Black Swamp Driving Club August 2004 Newsletter


The dog days of summer are here and I Love It!  I live for days like these. However, our hoofed friends do not.  Between the oppressive heat/humidity and the biting insects, horses are probably miserable much of the time in summer.  Keeping that in mind, ride or drive your horses with moderation during the heat of the day.  Early morning and evening drives/rides are preferable times for our horses.  Spray your horse down as a reward after his hard work.  It also rinses the hair clean of the sweat and dirt he accumulated on the ride.  One reminder though, water-based fly repellants will be washed away and will need reapplied.  Soap is not necessary.  Actually, it is counter productive if overused.  Soap washes away the natural oils in the skin and hair, leading to dandruff and irritated skin.  Irritated skin is more vulnerable to the effects of the sun, wind and, of course, bugs.

    Speaking of bugs, I hope everyone has had their horses vaccinated against the West Nile virus.  Mosquitoes are in full force this time of the year and are feasting on our friends (human and animal alike) daily.  Use repellants, wash buckets and troughs regularly, and get rid of any standing water to reduce sites of incubation. 

The fourth of July was a wonderful day.  Several members met under the big old tree on the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  We sat in the shade and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  We all found food on the midway of the grounds and enjoyed it at the picnic table under the tree.  Did anyone find a vendor that knew what he was doing? I surly didn’t.  You would think that if you have a stand and a few people inside that it would not take a year to get a hamburger!  Oh well, I did finally get to eat and all was well.  Around four o’clock, the two turnouts that made it harnessed up and made their way into the line.  Connie and Gary Gillfillan brought their mini, Chance.  He was put to a two-wheeled cart and driven by Gary.  Sheryl and Gene Pore brought a mother and son team of Belgian horses.  They were put to an exquisite white vis-à-vis with blue velvet interior.  I was one of the lucky people to ride in it along with the Newman family.  Gary took the lead followed by Gene.  We were followed by a lady in a convertible car who was obviously in a hurry.  She drove dangerously close to the back of the Pore’s carriage and at one point, tried to pass us!  Who passes in a parade?  After many waves and smiles from the on-looking parade watchers that lined the streets of Kenton, we made it back to the fairgrounds.  Soon people were on their way to parts unknown to watch fireworks, eat at cookouts and other holiday traditions.  

On July 17th, Julie Emmons and Roger Higgins Jr. hosted there Amish drive in Hepburn, Ohio.  I personally could not make it because of a family engagement.    I trust that everyone had fun.  Eating, shopping and driving horses with friends – how could one not have fun?!  I look forward to hearing how it all went.

            So far, we are still open for drive dates in August.  I hope that if we do not come together as a group all of you can enjoy a few relaxing drives this month. Listen up Mary Elliot’s horse – I said RELAXING, not crashing.  I’m glad to see that you (Mary) are feeling better. 

Here are the remaining scheduled drives:

September 11- Sauder Village drive hosted by Henry ZumFelde

September 26 – Murray drive (directions will follow)

October 3- Emmons/ Higgins drive) directions will follow)

October 9, 10 – Corn Huskers drive in Sandusky hosted by John & Sara Hunter 

**All drives listed are club-sponsored events**

Please wish a Happy Birthday to all of the members born in August:

(3) Chris Langevin, (7) Dan Secrist, (8) Gene Pore, (11) Mary Ellen Toth, (18) Larry Young, (19) Jessica Yaney, and (28) Gerri Scarbro.

In addition, for all of you who got the e-mail that our President Peg Graham sent – I too am a person with a horse- hair allergy!  My poor husband does suffer hours of horse talk because of this condition.  Nevertheless, he has a tractor ‘condition’.  Just as he has to endure, hours of horse talk and horse related events, I must be taken to farm shows, listen to data about this tractor and that implement and regularly drive through dealer lots to admire whatever they have to offer.  Ladies, if your husband is a farmer or an enthusiast, I’m sure you understand.  I guess it all evens out in the end.  Just roll with it (I mean of course in a carriage).  Hee! Hee!