Know Your Pasture Plants

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 (bcarlis@ufl.edu) for identification or, with enough… Continue reading Know Your Pasture Plants

Protect Yourself on the Trail

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

How do you know if your horse is too tired?

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?

Special User Permits for Marshall Hampton, Gator Creek and Sumica

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