Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Just a little throw back to my idol at Burghley. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Yesterday I took my sausage dog (it’s her body type) and my fat pony (his preferred nomenclature) on a long two hour adventure down the road, through the woods, and over the rivers. It is finally starting to act like spring, which is my favorite season, and I was reminded of how lucky I am to enjoy the horse that I have, and the open lands I have access to. Then, my dog came home and immediately jumped into my bed, wet and muddy and everything.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]  [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Danielle Dunn is only twenty-four, and heading towards her first Badminton CCI4*. Having been to the Young Rider European Championships three times, Danielle and her mare Zocarla BLH are primed and prepared for the Big B. She’s heading to Belton CIC3* as her last prep with the mare, and is blogging along the way for Horse & Hound. [Danielle Dunn’s Badminton Diary]

With Galway Downs coming up this weekend, are you ready for the action? Galway is the first Adequan USEA Gold Cup qualifier on the west coast, and almost everyone is heading that way. You’ll be able to enjoy live streaming, and watch another CIC3* course designed by Ian Stark. [Gold Cup Fast Facts: Galway Downs]

Dust patterns and sweat marks have long been indicators of saddle fit, but do you know the real story? The long and short of it is that your sweat marks and dust patterns should be even from both sides, and not show anything down the middle or near the withers. Inspecting your horse and your saddle pad after a ride could give you a better idea of how your saddle is fitting, and thereby giving you insight into any training issues you might be experiencing. [Do You Understand Sweat Marks?]

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KER Service of the Week – Nutrition Advisors

Problems such as brittle hooves, tying-up, and lack of energy or appetite can be solved with simple changes to your horse’s diet. If you suspect your horse’s diet is the culprit of a problem, or not producing the results you expected, consider talking to a nutrition advisor.

The nutrition advisors at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) analyze your horse’s needs, current ration, and workload to make custom recommendations using products available in your area. Using MicroSteed™, a proprietary ration evaluation software, KER nutrition advisors are able to produce a custom graph showing how each component of your horse’s diet contributes to its nutrient requirements.

Have a question about your horse’s diet? Share a few details and a KER nutrition advisor will be in touch.