Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

As of this week, the eventing season holiday break is over! Hard to believe, considering the snow fall and frigid temps we’ve been experiencing thanks to Winter Storm… whatever they’re calling it this week. The Stable View Aiken Opener in Area III officially kicks off the 2018 eventing season this coming weekend. We realize some areas of the country won’t get back underway with competition for a few months yet and we feel for you. We promise, spring will be here soon!

National Holiday: National English Toffee Day

The agriculture industry is reeling over the federal mandate requiring installation of electronic logging devices in commercial motor vehicles. A 90-waiver to comply has been granted which ends on March 18. [DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days]

Just one week left to enter the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition. January 15th is the last day to submit a trainer application. Well over 400 applications from all over the U.S. and Canada have been received so far. Accepted trainers will be announced on February 1. [Apply Now]

How has the short format and longer eventing season affecting our horses? Top international groom and stable manager Max Corcoran suspects horses are being competed too often without sufficient time to recover, leading to unseen injuries that may be detrimental over time. [How Much Is Too Much?]

From water and forage to transportation, a little preparation goes a long way to surviving winter. [Barn from the Ground Up]

Monday Video: Snow + sled + mini horses = most fun you’ll have all winter