Spring is finally here! For riders, spring means many things – some of them good, some of them not so great. Here are some of the things that we love – and hate – about spring!
Daylight Savings Time
Sometimes Daylight Savings Time is the earliest sign that spring is right around the corner. Who doesn’t love that extra hour of daylight? While it might mean feeding horses in the dark mornings before the sun is up, it also means we can actually see when we ride our horses after work! Daylight Savings Time can't help but hint of usable outdoor riding rings, late afternoon lessons and horse shows.
Nothing says spring more than your hairy horse suddenly becoming not so hairy. Every rider can commiserate with shedding season – the new rug that is left beneath your horse after a grooming, how you can endlessly run a shedding comb over your horse with no end to the hair in sight, and the hair that follows you home no matter how hard you try to leave it at the barn.
When it comes to shedding your horse out, we advise that you use a light jacket or pullover to help keep as much hair off of you as possible. A few other tips include keeping a lint roller nearby for good measure, Leaving the hair outside for birds to use in their nests, And NEVER putting on lip gloss before a trip to the barn in the spring.
Does your horse feel like he’s on "springs" when you first get on him again after the winter? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have an indoor riding arena, but haven’t quite kept up in your riding routine this winter. Regardless of the reason, know that many other riders are also riding out the “spring sillies” and are hoping that their horses settle back into their work routines – soon!
Ahh, always leading back to mud. Your horse loves it, but you don’t feel the same. Thanks to the mud, your grey comes in from the pasture looking like a chestnut on a regular basis. Shoes are sucked off to the depths where they will never be found again, and hoof abscesses and soft hoof soles abound. Fighting the mud is often a losing battle unless you take serious measures such as installing a Stable-Ity Grid. Hopefully the spring showers stop soon, allowing the mud to finally dry up.
The First of the Flies
Do we even have to say it? spring, unfortunately brings with it the first of the flies. Sure, they’re just the little ones that get into your eyes and ears, and aren’t yet the full-blown blood suckers that we know are coming, but still. Late spring will have us thinking of fly prevention before you know it, so enjoy the minimal fly presence while it lasts.
Spring! We love the fact that it’s finally here, but we don’t love all of the fun that it brings. What are your favorite things about spring? Drop a comment and let us know!