While it hasn’t snowed in Virginia (yet), it is definitely entering what I like to call the “Michelin Man” zone, wherein I wake up in the pitch black, go to my closet, and spend 10 full minutes intricately layering my clothing so to survive 10-12 hours unimpeded in the outdoors. I learned long ago to invest in very warm items that are also very thin (hello, nano puff jacket and under armour long sleeves) as you can layer a lot of them while still feeling like you can move your arms. There’s nothing worse than feeling like the little brother from A Christmas Story on your way to the barn!
News From Around the Globe:
Kentucky Equine Research is offering $15 off any order over $100 on shop.kerx.com through the month of December. The promotion includes ClockIt heart-rate monitors, which only going on sale this time of year. Heart-rate monitors make great stocking stuffers for the techy equestrian on your Christmas shopping list! [shop.kerx.com]
Hot on Horse Nation: Fantasy Farm Thursday
If you’ve got a horse with ulcers, you know that maintenance is a big part of your future success. After treating for gastric ulcers medically, the best way to keep them at bay is through a feeding and care program that prevents reoccurrence. Horse & Hound offers some advice on how and what to feed a horse with ulcers. [H&H Question & Answer]
This ain’t your grandma’s bedding anymore. People are getting creative with what they stuff in their stalls these days, with lots of different alternatives to regular old shavings or straw. Did you know that you can use corn husks? Or that you can get hemp bedding? Me neither. While some of these bedding options are best if locally sourced, they could be the key to your success in the barn this winter. [Bedding Alternatives]
Now that you’ve clipped your horse naked, the wind is picking up, and you might feel kinda bad going on a hack. If you don’t already, maybe pick up a nice quarter sheet? This one from SmartPak is incredibly nice fleece, comes in different colors, and really covers the important parts. Even better, it’s on sale for only $25!! I may or may not have just bought one myself. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
I know I’m not the only one who stays up late watching these old jumper videos…right??