Lone Willow Ranch Newsletter
Here at Lone Willow, our barn community is of upmost importance. The benefits of an efficiently running barn help to create a cohesive and healthy environment for both horses and their humans. In keeping everyone connected and organized, we can maximize the quality of care that the horses receive and enjoy all of the blessings that come from building a community of people who all have a love of horses!
Annual Upgrade of Riding Facilities
We are pleased to announce that all arenas have had brand new footing added to them and the outdoor arena has been treated with dust-off! Additionally, the gallop track and large trail loop has been mowed and disced to ensure proper footing for our trail and conditioning rides. Good footing is crucial in maintaining the health and soundness of our horses and everyone enjoys riding in a dust free arena! To help preserve our wonderful footing, we kindly ask boarders to clean up after their horses in the arenas. Muck buckets and forks are conveniently located by each arena.
It seems that the green grass is forever growing. I cannot remember a mid May being this green in a long long time. Great news for California, but sometimes hard on the horses. When we have a cool day and then suddenly a day that is much warmer, a horse's level of potassium can drop and then they may start to feel poorly. I greatly recommend using the electrolytes and wheat bran up to 2 times per week for free from Lone Willow to keep your horse properly hydrated. I recently put most of the Cushings horses on a daily portion of electrolytes and I have really seen brighter eyes and behavior. The salt licks are good for salt as well as trace minerals, however, the electrolytes have potassium in them and this really helps keep the horses in balance and hydrated. The horses can also have too much grass and be gassy, so try not to over graze them after a long hot day.
Salvador let me know this morning that he is spraying all the horses with fly spray on the warmer days. I just wanted to let you know this and as usual, fly spray is at and around the barns as well as Swat for keeping bellies protected. If we continue to be vigilant about bellies and flies, we can once again try our best to avoid another season without Pigeon Fever. The hotter weather temp waves allow the flies to breed and even with the Fly Predators, we need to stay on our course. Thank you Salvador for always giving our horses the best care!
I think we are also getting to the time when we need fly masks on the horses. I have some left overs, but if you do bring a new one, please put horse's name on it. The fly mask not only protects the horse's eye from the 7 times more UV rays that shoot into their eyes compared to humans, but also keeps the dust, dirt and flies away from eyes. Once a horse has an inflamed eye because of trauma, infection or a scratch, typically the horse may have on going problems. Let's try our best to prevent these problems in the first place.
Any folks that did not have their vaccines done need to take care of that. Please write your name on the board for Dr. Grant when he comes or let me know you have completed the shots we did back in April. (3 way, Flu Rhino) Also, for horses who's vaccines were split up, I have the chart and Dr. Grant and I will take care of this on his next visit. I will let you know when that is soon.