President's Message for September
Belated greetings, all,
September is upon us. Can it have come so fast? Oh, yes. Lovely cool mornings, occasional monsoons to freshen the evenings. September and October are the very best months for riding, in my not-so-humble opinion.
The schooling show in Espanola was Sunday, September 3rd. Teresa Heine did another fine job organizing that show to encourage dressage riders in the northern part of New Mexico. Nicely done. Not a super full show, but enough to have fun and break even.
The New Mexico State Fair is coming right up. They are only offering Western Dressage this year. I was told that the Fair makes more money in group classes, so they'd have to charge a lot for individual riders in classic dressage. Oh? Western Dressage riders do their tests, one at a time, but perhaps this is the entre' for classical dressage riders. We'll see what happens next year.
Opening date for applications to the Bill McMullin clinics was September 5th. If you want a super learning experience, don't dally in getting your paperwork in. Check the calendar page for particulars.
The weekend after the McMullin clinics is the free-style clinic at Hippico in Santa Fe. No matter at what level you and your partner are working, you could learn to design a ride to music. Amazing fun, and a way to keep from schooling the same tests over and over.
The second Sunday in October is our last schooling show of the year. It's at lovely Cherry Tree Farm down here in the South Valley. Karin Lencyk is judging. It promises to be a full show.
There will be a tack swap/sale in one corner of the parking lot there, so check your tackroom for equipment you just don't use or need anymore. Seriously, how have I accumulated a dozen simple cavessons, with no headstalls to go with them? I have no idea, but there they are. The breed associations and 4-H clubs will be invited to bring stuff, too.
Also, you will have the opportunity to bid on a gorgeous, almost new (ridden twice) 17" Passier dressage saddle. There's a $600 reserve on it, so your bid will have to be over that amount. You will be allowed to try it on your horse at the show. It's a chance to really up-grade your saddle, so don't let this opportunity get away from you. Look up what a new Passier goes for. Really, check it out.
Now, a cautionary tale from yours truly. I have a little lesson pony you may have seen at a show. Chestnut with high white stockings, probably half-Arab and pinto(?). Somewhere in her 20's. Sweet, reliable. Kids love Three's a Charm. Two weeks ago she stopped eating or drinking. Became seriously dehydrated and dropped a lot of weight in just a few days. My vet thought maybe her kidneys were shutting down, but the blood tests he did didn't indicate that. He asked if she was getting salt. Yes. She has a 50 lb. Salt block in her pen, and I sprinkle a little loose salt on her dinner. Had I ever seen her licking the salt block? No, but it's there if she wants it.
I was instructed to put salt on her tongue, and salt her dinner, which is Equine Senior with a little sweet feed for dessert. It worked. She started drinking, then eating everything I put in front of her. What in the world was that episode about? Old age? Hormonal imbalance? Hot weather? Whatever, she's back and we'll be at Cherry Tree.
I've started adding about a tablespoon of loose salt to all their dinners, even though they all have access to salt blocks. Do you feed granulated salt? Is that just something I've missed over the years? According to my vet and on-line research, we all should be adding loose salt. OK I'll do it. I want Charmie and all the others around stress-free.
Hope to see you all at Cherry Tree and at the clinics. What a learning feast we have coming our way.
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