Hang in there, Aiken friends! Reader Carrie Wehle (Rochester, New York) submitted this photo, saying, “Sight for sore eyes in Aiken after a week without power.” After this winter storm from hell, I think we all will be breathing huge sighs of relief (especially after everyone is able to take nice, hot showers)! Just remember that we’re over halfway through the shortest month of the year, which also means that we’re that much closer to spring!
News and Notes:
Help Save Subway: Here’s your chance to help a horse in need! Olivia Loiacono’s 4* horse, Subway, is recovering from emergency colic surgery performed on February 15th. Unfortunately, his major medical and surgical coverage have run out; Olivia has turned to GoFundMe to see if the equestrian community is able to help. Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated! For more information and to donate to Subway’s Surgery Fund, click the following link: [GoFundMe]. To see updates on Subway’s progress, check out his Facebook page: [Saving Subway]. Thank you, friends!
Calling all FEH/YEH aficionados! Join the USEA on February 24th and 25th for their Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) Educational Seminar. The seminar will be held at Ocala’s Longwood Farm, and will include presentations from breeders and judges, as well as in-hand and ridden demos. The event is FREE for USEA members, and $50 for non-members. Catch the High Performance training sessions while you’re there! [USEA]
Cavalor Feed for Thought: From increasing forage to adding appropriate supplements, it is important to adjust your horse’s winter diet to accommodate his changing needs. In addition to upping your horse’s calories, ensuring adequate water intake is essential; water heaters, soaked mash, and electrolytes all help encourage your horse to stay hydrated. [Feed for Thought]
Miners Frolic retired: Britain’s Tina Cook has retired her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Miners Frolic. The bronze-winning Olympic eventer was found to have atrial fibrillation, a non-life-threatening but performance-limiting heart condition. While he will be retired from competition for precautionary reasons, his veterinarian says that Miners Frolic can still be ridden for leisure. Happy retirement, Miners Frolic! You’ve earned it. [The Horse]
Video of the Day: As eventers, we sure do love our obstacles. Check out a different kind of obstacle course with the Working Equitation Speed Test. Can you and your horse do this?