May 2009 BSDC Newsletter
by Stephenie Miles
Spring is in the air. Can you feel it? Birds are
singing. The warm weather is finally upon us. The horses are shedding their
winter coats. We need to get out there and get them cleaned up
and worked to get them in shape. It's driving season!
If your horses have been idle during the winter months,
then you will want to begin riding or driving your horse slowly. Due to
if they haven't shed their winter coats, they can heat up
faster. I mean you wouldn't want to go out in the dead of summer in a fur
coat would you? So it takes them longer to cool down. You could
consider clipping their coat if you are going to get back into a
riding or driving routine. Spring is also vaccination time.
Call your local vet to get their updated vaccinations.
If your horse has been eating hay all winter, introduce
them to green pasture slowly. If they eat too much it may cause them to
colic or founder, so take it slow especially for ponies, draft
breeds and draft crosses. Keep an eye out for rain scald. It is the rainy
season. It usually shows on their backs, shoulders or haunches. The hair may
be matted in some areas, if you pull it away it will
appear to be oozing and raw. Don't leave untreated infection
may set in. Check out their hooves and call a farrier. If they are "aunatural"
you may want to shoe them to get ready for driving.
We recently held our Safety Clinic at the Hancock County
Fairgrounds on April 19th. It was a great turnout. There were so
many informative demonstrations given and I hope everyone who
came walked away learning something and had a great experience then what they
did walking in. I know I did.
Our very first drive of the year is coming upon us. May
9th is the Higgins Hepburn Amish Drive. I'm so excited. This is my favorite
one. You get to drive along the river and listen to the birds sing and see the
wildlife. Stop and visit the local amish families. A good place to stop is
Mary's Market. You've got to get there early if you want some of her fabulous
It is such a beautiful drive. The directions are as follows to
get there: If you are coming from Marion, follow SR. 309 W to Wildcat
Pike. If you are coming from Kenton, follow SR. 309 E to
wildcat Pike also known as CR 144. If you get lost you can call Roger Jr
on his cell: 740-251-7193. Signs will be posted. Lunch at noon!
Also in May is our trip to Greens Heritage Village in
Orient, Oh. That will be May 16th. Don't forget also that your paperwork
for the Kentucky Horse Park has to mailed out by the 20th of
May. May 23rd there is an Open Class Horse Show at the Crawford County
Fairgrounds in Bucyrus, Oh. There is a $100. prize for the open class driving
show. It is being put on by the Central Ohio Open Show Horse Association. The
show starts at 9am. "Rain or Shine". For more information you can contact
Donna Marrow 419-564-1603 or CIndy Sands at 419-569-0192.
We would like to send prayers out to Annetta Shirk. She
has been in and out of the Columbus Hospital. Our prayers are with
you and your family and we hope to see Tom and Arnetta at the
Hepburn Drive. John Miles is in our prayers as he is battling renal failure
and has been in and out of Toledo Hospital and Blanchard Valley Hospital with
complications. And Darlene Higgins is still in our prayers. Hope to definately
see her at the Heburn Drive. We miss you!
As always, If you have any ideas for drives please feel
free to email me or call me at 567-208-3094. I would also like to have
some pictures submitted to me by email of our drives that we
will being going on this year. If you have any, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder also, if you havn't paid your dues, you really need to get them in.
Everyone have a safe and wonderful driving season!