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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

May 2001

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Cherry Hill's
Horsekeeping  Newsletter
May 2001

LOOKING FOR MR. GOOD HORSE

     This time of year, many of you are looking to buy that perfect horse.  Maybe you are going to be a first time horse owner.  Or perhaps your good horse is starting to get a  little age on him or her and you need to get a new horse in place.  Or you have moved up in the levels of your riding or competition or changed events and need to find a suitable horse .  So this month I've included some articles related to buying and selling horses.  But first here are a few quick thoughts for May.

Check the fuel filter in your tractor:  Over the winter, your tractor's fuel tank could have taken on some water from fuel or condensation.  If your tractor puffs white smoke or chugs, it could be due to water in your fuel line.  Be sure to regularly check your fuel filter bowl to see if water has settled to the bottom of it.  Refer to your tractor's owner manual or call your local equipment dealer to get advice on how to remove and empty your fuel filter bowl.  This is a task you should master.

Musical Pens:  For the good of my pastures and the health of my horses, I don't turn my horses out to graze until the pastures are about 4-6 inches tall which is usually about June 1.  So during April and May, I play musical pens.  What this means is that besides providing my horses with exercise by riding and longeing, I give each horse access to a large pen on a rotating basis.  For example, I keep 3 mares by my north barn where there are 2 normal size pens and one very large oval pen.  Each day, I rotate the mares clockwise so that every 3 days, one of those mares has a 24 hour period in the large pen where she can rip and tear. 

Take it one step at a time:  If you are bringing your horse back into work after a relatively idle winter, take it easy and gradually progress.  All you have to do to see that this is the way to go is to do 12 hours of yard work in one day - the next morning, you'll wake up feeling like you've been "rode hard and put up wet".  Gradually accustom your horse to his summertime workload.  He'll have a more positive attitude and look forward to his work because he won't be sore.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Process of Buying a Horse

Selection Criteria

Heaves

Interview on The Horse Show

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The Process of Buying a Horse

    If you are in the process of buying a horse, here are some things to consider.  Sellers should read this too. It can give you some insight into the buyer's perspective.   buying_a_horse

Selection Criteria

    What do you look for first when buying a horse?  A set of pretty white socks or a willing mind?  There are many factors to consider when choosing a horse.   selection_criteria

Heaves

    If you find a horse that fits your budget but find out he has heaves, what does it mean?  heaves

 


That's it for this month.  Remember, often the slower you go, the faster you get there. 

        Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

                                                           

 

"...there ain't nothin' better than ridin' a fine horse over new country...." 
                    -Augustus McCrea in "Lonesome Dove"


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