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HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER
newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting
stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.
Update - Longeing
November Sherlock received his ponying
Then he had the luxury of spending our mild winter out on
pasture. This spring, he has had an extensive review of all grooming, ground training,
and a fine tuning of his in-hand manners and maneuvers, which included letting
him stand tied at the hitch rail to develop patience.
During May, I began
longeing him "formally". By formally, I mean that last year, I did use
free longeing to teach him to stop, stand, face me and turn (as I describe in
But now, I've added a longe line and other tack in preparation
for riding. I've never been in a hurry to longe or ride young horses. This is
partly to prevent excess strain to their developing limbs. But its also due to
the fact that I've always have had plenty of mature horses to ride. There is nothing
wrong with working and riding horses sooner than I do, as long as the horse is
well-developed and you and/or your veterinarian have determined the horse's limbs
can withstand the work.
So as Sherlock is just turning three years old,
his lessons progress "formally". Take a look at his third longeing lesson
in May 2003. There are 16 step-by-step photos from the very beginning to the end
of the lesson. My buddy Richard not only stood in the middle of the round pen
and twirled around behind me to take these photos for you, but he also put together
3 handsome pages showing the lesson.
and when you get to the bottom of each page, click to the next.
receive so many really good questions to "Ask Cherry" that I truly wish I had
the time to answer each and every one of them. Besides choosing a few to answer
each month in detail, every so often, I will post a batch of them that can be
answered with "One Liners". Here's the first such installment.
What store carries the Calgon Water Softener you refer to in your body
wash recipe? Thanks, Kathy
I've seen it in every major grocery
store in the Laundry Detergent section in a small, dense, very heavy little box
that says "Calgon" - NOT Calgonite which is automatic dish washer detergent.
My two horses are generally allowed to come into their stalls
and go into the paddock as they please, except during feeding time. They spend
about 90% of the time outside of course! Last night, we had a terrible storm -
the first since I had brought the horses home to live. The horses stood outside
under a tree keeping dry. I would let them stand outside in the rain, but the
lightning worried me, so I called them in. Is it dangerous for the horses to be
outside in a lightning storm? Thank you! Christine
it can be dangerous - the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that
80% of accidental livestock deaths are due to lightning strikes to animal herds
congregating under isolated trees or along ungrounded wire fences. Read
brothers and I have been having an argument over whether Gelding is pronounced
Jelding or Gelding. El
It's pronounced with a hard G as
I am in need of help to stop the horses from chewing
on each others manes. I have two 15 year old mares and a 15 year old gelding.
All in the same pasture. They get along great. Other then eating each others manes.
Bald horses are not very cute. Thank you for your time, Shawnee
To stop mane chewing or keep foals from chewing their mother's tails,
I spray them with non-toxic Grannick's Bitter Apple.
My pony has had a foal. She comes to the fence of her pen and extends her
head and nuzzles my face. She will also extend her head and then curl her top
lip up and keep it there for a short time without making a sound or giving a threatening
gesture. What does this mean? Thanks, Nancy
When a horse
smells or tastes something unusual (perhaps perfume, hairspray or hand lotion),
he will often exhibit the "flehmen" response which you describe.
Every since I was a very young girl, I have loved books. In fact, I still have
some of the very first books I ever owned - and yes, they are about horses. Some
of them are classics that you probably know such as Black Beauty
but others are lesser known tales by that great cowboy writer,
Will James and others. Over the years, I've accumulated extra copies of some of
these books and will regularly add them for sale on the Collectible