We were very fortunate to have Bridget Stice, Polk County Agricultural Extension Agent, speak to us at our May meeting. She identified plants that members brought in, handed out posters of poisonous plants, and recommended containment and eradication practices. Polk County residents can email picture of plants to Bridget (email@example.com) for identification or, with enough… Continue reading Know Your Pasture Plants
Two Florida Sport Horse Club members recently took a “Mounted Self-Defense” class from Mark of Suncoast Equine, Emerald Oaks Ranch in Webster, FL. It was eye-opening, and definitely worth the time and money. The attached document has some of the tips learned; an online video shows just a few of the things taught. http://www.horsenation.com/2015/03/31/mounted-self-defense-know-how-to-protect-yourself-on-horseback/. Be… Continue reading Protect Yourself on the Trail
Plans are proceeding at Tenoroc for building a clay pigeon shooting range, which will be located just north of the office. The location borders the equestrians’ north riding loop, and for obvious reasons we will be unable to use the old trail as it was originally laid out. BUT–we owe much to Danon Moxley for… Continue reading The Tenoroc North Loop has changed
How many times have you found drowned squirrels, mice, rats or lizards in your water buckets or troughs? There’s not only the “gross” factor of disposing of the remains, but I always worry about cleaning the buckets well enough to prevent any infection to my horses. We were riding recently at Shangri-La and discovered that… Continue reading Save the Varmints from Drowning!
With our sudden and very early heat wave, I’ve seen a few horses lately who have showed signs of working too hard and been completely worn out. According to Horse and Hound (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/the-signs-of-equine-fatigue-294522), fatigue can manifest itself in a variety of ways according to discipline. Some signs to watch out for are: ➤ A slowing… Continue reading How do you know if your horse is too tired?
The best time to ride is any time you can do it! Those who couldn’t come out today missed a wonderful ride at the Hampton Tract, as we used some trails inaccessible in wet weather. Since there was only a few of us, we extended the ride out to 4 hours and had an absolute… Continue reading The Best Time to Ride…
Polk County requires a free special use permit for riding at Marshall Hampton Reserve, Gator Creek, and Sumica. In the past users had to renew annually, and permits were dated from the date of request. This process is changing slightly in 2018. For 2018: If you currently have permits for these areas, Polk County is… Continue reading Special User Permits for Marshall Hampton, Gator Creek and Sumica