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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

January 2002

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Happy Birthday Horses!

The Best Christmas Gift

Footing Part 4: Types of Arena Footing

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Happy Birthday Horses!

Happy birthday Zinger, Sassy, Zipper, Dickens, Seeker, Aria, and Sherlock!

 

As you probably know, January 1 is considered the birthday of most horses. No matter what day your horse was born (January 1 or December 31 or anywhere in between), on January 1 your horse becomes one year older. That can make quite a difference when you are comparing a foal that is born in February with one that is born in October. On the following January, they are both yearlings, even though one is 11 months old and the other is 3 months old. If they were to compete in a yearling halter class, it would be like judging apples and oranges. The size difference usually evens out by the time the horses are five years old.

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The Best Christmas Gift

Richard knows my feelings run very deep for horses, for our country, and for his talents, so he created the perfect Christmas gift for me. If you'd like to see my Star Spangled Sparky, click here.

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Footing Part 4: Types of Arena Footing

Three months ago, I began a 5 part series on arena footing, a most important consideration for your horse's soundness and your safety. To have a productive training session, arena footing must be safe and appropriate for your event. Good footing gives a horse the confidence to move forward with energy and elasticity. Poor footing is dangerous and can cause a horse to fall or to move timidly or with resistance. Various materials can be used for arena footing. Each has its attributes and drawbacks. Read about Grass, Dirt, Sand, Stone Dust, Wood Products, and Rubber Products here.

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That's it for this month.  Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.


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