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|April 20, 2012|
Hello and welcome to our first BHR Equine Newsletter! The great turnout at the last Easter egg hunt/pony ride event motivated us to start doing more and sharing our passion for horses with our neighbors, as we feel there is a lot of interest out there.
In every newsletter, we will announce upcoming horse events at BHR (shows, pony rides, etc.), include info related to grooming, feeding, horse care in general, and sometimes seasonal issues (horse pests in the summertime and how we address that, for example). A couple of fun pages for the kids will end our quarterly letters.
First of all, we’re very excited to introduce some of the horses in our neighborhood today; our horse-count will be completed in the next issue, and we will keep you updated on all new horses moving in!
RH, Quarter Horse gelding, lives at the community barn, owned by Laura Kenney
Baldy, Quarter Horse gelding, lives at the community barn, owned by the Loebach family
Panda, Paint mare, lives at the community barn, owned by Lauren Newman
Sly, 9-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, lives with the Kenny family at the end of Horseshoe Bend
Belle, 11-year-old Quarter Horse/Arabian mare, lives with the Kenny family at the end of Horseshoe Bend
Beauty (Miss Beauty Sunset), Quarter Horse mare, currently at the community barn but will move to her family’s home, the Costes, on Hackney Court, at the end of May.
Brownie Sugar (Marvin's Revenge)
Fjord cross gelding, lives with the Coste family on Hackney Court. His mane stands straight up and he is very fuzzy in the winter. He is very sweet and gentle.
Sweetman, Quarter Horse gelding, lives at the community barn, owned by the Loebach family
Prissy, 9-year-old Paint mare, lives with the Kenny family at the end of Horseshoe Bend
Rafi (Rafael), 12-year-old Lippizaner/Thoroughbred cross, trained at level 4 dressage, lives with Carrie Browning on Straight-A-Way Lane
Rio, 8-year-old Haflinger gelding, lives with Carrie Browning and Andrew on Straight-A-Way Lane
Lady, Thoroughbred mare, lives with the Jelley family on Horseshoe Bend
Chloe, Quarter Horse mare, lives with the Jelley family on Horseshoe Bend
Chain, 20-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding, lives with the Pinter family on Appaloosa Run East. He's been a trail horse his whole life and he loves to run, despite his age.
That makes 14 horses in our community so far… how many do you think there are in total? If you know or guess the correct answer, email it to Annette Kenny, email@example.com, on or before May 30. A winner will be drawn from all the correct answers, and awarded a prize. Sorry horse owners, you may NOT enter this contest!:) We will complete our head count in the next issue, until then, you are free to count and guess for yourselves…
IN THE RIBBONS
Hooray for our successful BHR riders!
Erin Kenny on Belle: April 14, Triangle Jumper Series at Mac Nair’s, two 1st Places (2’3”), one 2nd Place (2’6”)
Ashley Fletcher on Sly: April 14, Triangle Jumper Series at Mac Nair’s, two 1st Places in the 18” to 2’ division
Bailey Privette on Buster: March 31, Franklinton Saddle Club Fun Show:
Western GAYP 1st Place, Western Pleasure 3rd Place, Ride a Buck 2nd Place,
Mailbag Race 4th Place, Barrel Racing, 11-18 4th Place, Fastest Horse Around the Track 2nd Place
April 14, Franklinton Saddle Club Point Show: Western/English GAYP Novice Rider 5th Place, English GAYP 6th Place
Alona Harris on RH: April 14, Franklinton Saddle Club Point Show: 4th Place in Western/English GAYP Novice Rider. This was Alona’s very first show, congrats!!
Tamara Coste on Beauty: they recently competed at a hunter show at Finally Farms and did a youth fun day at CCWH, where there were no ribbons but tons of fun games!
On to our educational section:
Did you know a horse’s intestines are about 70 feet long? And those 70 feet are extremely sensitive… Colic in horses is the most common cause of untimely death. 10% of all horses in the US have colic every year.
8. Liver, upper extremity
9. Large colon
11. Small intestine (approx. 70 feet)
12. Floating colon
15. Left kidney and its ureter
Their complex digestive system makes horses very susceptible to “belly problems”. Very common are stomach ulcers, colic, or “founder”, which is really laminitis, an inflammation of the foot bone caused mostly by too many carbohydrates and other feed-related incidents in horses that are prone to it. Colic refers to different types of severe gastrointestinal problems. Colic can come on very quickly and cause a horse a tremendous amount of pain. If not treated within a few hours, colic is often fatal. Among domesticated horses, colic is the leading cause of premature death. The incidence of colic in the general horse population has been estimated between 10 and 11 percent on an annual basis. Just like laminitis (founder), colic can be caused by the wrong type or amount of food – one grain bucket carelessly left open and within a horse’s reach can mean its death unless a vet is called right away.
Another threat for horses is some of the vegetation: lots of plants are poisonous to them (please Google for a complete list, there are hundreds in NC!). While horses know instinctively not to eat the buttercups in the pasture, for example, some “greedy” horses might eat them out of hands that usually give treats.
Very few treats are actually safe for horses. Here are some:
Please do not feed the horses in our neighborhood anything other than what’s on this list. Fresh apples and carrots are always ok, as long as they’re sliced so the horses can’t choke. A lot of owners don’t want their horses to eat refined sugar because of their teeth, so it might be a good idea to check before feeding mints and sugar cubes.
Weeds from the side of the road, bread, chips or fried food in general are not only unhealthy but potentially dangerous for the horses. The horses and their owners thank you for being thoughtful about this.
Help Jumper Joe and his Horse Jolly find the next jump!
Printables for Kids from www.PrintActivities.com
Find the horse breed words from the bottom in the horse word search grid. The words can be forwards or backwards, vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Circle each letter separately, but keep in mind that letters in each horse breed may be used in more than one word. When the horse word search puzzle is complete, read the remaining letters left to right, top to bottom, to learn an interesting horse fact.
Horse Breeds Word Search Puzzle
ABYSSINIAN APPALOOSA ARABIAN ASTURIAN AZTECA BELGIAN BUCKSKIN CARTHUSIAN CASPIAN CLYDESDALE DALES PONY GELDERLANDER HIGHLAND PONY MINIATURE MUSTANG PALOMINO PINTO QUARTER HORSE SADDLEBRED SHETLAND PONY
And last but not least, here is some horse anatomy. Did you know horses have barrels, cannons, and muzzles? They can be highly explosive, indeed! Although most BHR horses have a calm nature, we should never forget that horses are prey animals and their instinct to run from danger cannot be eradicated completely even with the best of training.
The BHR Equine Newsletter will be published quarterly on the BHR website and sent by email to all BHR members whose email addresses are on file with the BHR office. If you do not want to receive any more Equine Newsletters, please let Pat Snyder know.