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Here comes summer! For most of the horse community this is good news, but for those who live in the deep south, (south Florida for example) its not so good. Between temperatures in the high 90’s, I mean high, and torrential rains in the afternoons, it just doesn’t leave much riding time. Although when I was younger it didn’t matter so much. Bathing suits were our riding attire and what about the horse! When checking on my horse today, I found he was covered in sweat. His stall is well equipped, covered up, open and it has large fan he can stand in front of.
Most of us consider this our winter so what can we do. We can get up before daylight and try and ride, but my barn doesn’t feed until 7 am. You can try evenings but it will probably be too wet from the afternoon rain.
So lets look at some options. You know that saddle and tack are taking up your valuable space? Why not spend some time cleaning and oiling them? Take them to your local tack shop to sell, or better yet, donate them to a local equestrian facility that gives lessons to handicapped children. Why not do a thorough barn clean, including your tack room?
Speaking of tack, what needs to be checked on, our saddles and bridles, etc. How about spending some quality time with your horse? We are usually too rushed during the riding season to just spend extra time grooming and loving on them. And lastly, how about spending those hot days reading horse books like “Last of the Saddle Tramps” by Mesannie Wilkins. She will definitely inspire you!
My name is Mary Abraham. I will be 80 yrs old this Nov. I have been riding since I was in my 30’s . That was the first time I could afford a horse. I belong to the “Caloosa Saddle Club in North Ft. Myers, Fl. We have about 50 members give or take. We meet once a month starting in Sept. and ending in May. We have speakers ranging from vets to saddle fitters, with many speakers in between. We are primarily trail riders. We have 6 local parks and we have been instrumental in securing these. We are always working with local 20/20 organizations to promote a good relationship with public land and the local equestrian community.