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From Cherry Hill’s Horsekeeping Almanac

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Shedding horses, green grass, the return of the meadowlarks . . . spring is here! When I go to bed each night, I am often rehearsing all the things I want to do the next day as I slip into dreamland, and when my feet hit the floor every morning, they are in high gear. This is the beginning of a new horse season and it can’t start too early for me.

Mother Nature, however, can bring some interesting events to the mix. We usually have our deepest and wettest snowstorms during March, April, and even May. So although I am revved, I always need a backup plan in place if the weather makes it unsafe or impossible to train or ride.

The horses are all brought in from winter pastures in March, if not before, to allow the land to rest and the plants to grow. Each horse has his own separate sheltered pen. I bring the horses back into work one at a time, starting with a grooming program. I might vigorously groom a horse daily to remove as much of the shedding hair as possible, or in some cases, I might bathe a horse in early March and give him a body clip. (See more about body clips in December.) Until a horse is 95 percent shed out, I usually don’t put a sheet on him. Then I either give him a turnout sheet or a fly sheet, depending on the weather, to protect his coat.

The horses are still on a 100 percent hay ration, but I cut back a bit to help them start to lose their winter fat and hay belly if they have one. Because they are in pens, they require exercise, so I review in-hand and longeing to get them back into work mode.

I pay attention to each horse’s specific needs for conditioning and adjust rations as needed.

Horses in training are kept shod, and even some that are not in training are kept shod to protect their hooves from our abrasive Rocky Mountain terrain. It is great having a resident farrier!

This time of year, the horses are fed three times per day, at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 7:00 p.m. The seniors are still getting their beet pulp and supplements, and the rest of the horses receive beet pulp with additives as their level of work dictates.

Spring makes us all feel great. I’m spending lots of time outdoors. I always wear a broad-brimmed hat, bandanna around my neck, gloves, and long-sleeved shirt. This is mainly to protect my eyes and skin from sun damage. I often find that from this time of year through fall, I get plenty of varied exercise from chores, grooming, training, riding, mowing, and facilities maintenance tasks, so the indoor exercise equipment gets a little dusty over the summer. The early mornings and late afternoons can still be a bit chilly, so mainly for my horse’s sake, I try to do vigorous training and riding either mid-morning or mid-afternoon, giving them plenty of time to cool out thoroughly before chilly evening temperatures.

 

Visit our Good Horse Books site for new, used and collectible horse books – Buy one and get TWO FREE.

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Here are a few added today

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Haymaker's Handbook

Haymaker’s Handbook

Cherry Hill is thinning her personal horse book library. I will be listing the books for her – from vintage to new –  on the Horsekeeping.com website

Right now, I have it set up for you to buy one and get 2 books FREE. There is no additional shipping charged on the two FREE books.

I hope to be adding new selections each week so bookmark that page and help yourself. Here are some examples…….good reading and riding…………Paula, manager at http://www.horsekeeping.com

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$2.99 for the eBook during October 2015

 

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How to Think Like a Horse by Cherry Hill now translated into Polish

How to Think Like a Horse by Cherry Hill now translated into Polish

 

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2015

Translated into Polish:

How to Think Like a Horse
The Essential Handbook for Understanding
Why Horses Do What They Do

by Cherry Hill

Myslec Jak Kon

Cherry Hill
Jak Zrozumiec Zachowania Konia

 

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The ebook is on sale for $2.99 during the month of April – click here to learn more.

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Translated into French:

101 GROUND TRAINING EXERCISES
for Every Horse & Handler
by Cherry Hill

101 Exercices au Sol
Travail du Cheval au Sol et en Main

Cherry Hill

101-Ground-French-484hCherry Hill’s comprehensive collection of 101 Ground Training Exercises leads you and your horse through catching, yielding, turning, sacking out, backing, longeing, long lining, doing obstacle work, and much more. Every exercise is fully illustrated and described in easy-to-follow, step-by-step language that you can refer to during your ground training work — simply hang the book in the barn or on a fence post, and your’re ready to go! The exercises include clear goals, variations, common problems to watch out for, and lesson reviews.

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“Every moment you spend with your horse is an opportunity to instill good habits and develop his respect, trust, and willingness to work with you. All horses need a solid foundation of in-hand and guide-line training in order to be safe to handle and ride”.  

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Translated into Italian:

How to Think Like a Horse
The Essential Handbook for Understanding
Why Horses Do What They Do

by Cherry Hill

Pensare Come un Cavallo
Manuale per Capire il Comportamento dei Cavalli

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101 EXERCICES DE MANEGE 
MAITRISER LE TRAVAIL EN SELLE DE SON CHEVAL DANS UN ESPACE DELIMITE
by Cherry Hill 

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