My horses seem much happier with the warmer weather too. If anything they are too warm since they haven't even begun to lose their winter coats. When I returned from our quick weekend getaway and checked on the boys I found the dreaded skin disease "Rain Rot" beginning on both of them! Aaack!
I confess - I had no idea how to treat it. I've never had to deal with it! Thankfully, my pony-clubber friend and guardian to my boys when I go away, educated me on how to treat it. I was so disappointed that they both ended up with it. I kept a diligent watch out for it. Everyday while they ate their meals I would "fluff" up their coats to get air down to the skin with a hair brush. They hated being fluffed but I kept at it. Oh well. I tried. Now I'm all about treating it. Just wish they would start shedding. They have the thickest coats which isn't doing their skin any favors when it comes to treating the rain rot.
This warm weather has me anxious for all outdoor activities and seeing the race horses in Tampa gave me a case of Derby Fever. I have no idea who I like yet but it'd be a bonus if Brethren got there and raced well!
My husband is into following the possible Derby horses. He used to do an email report each week during the preps for the Derby and send it out to his buddies. With some encouragement from his wife (that'd be me) and friends, he turned his email report into a blog. If you want to follow along and catch some of the name horses before Derby Day (and hopefully catch the Derby Fever) then you can follow along on Matt's blog: Turf and Dirt - On Horse Racing. You're guaranteed good photos too!
Finally, my last plug for today will be for Old Friends and their "Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail." It's a fun fundraiser at the MOST BEAUTIFUL HOTEL in Louisville, KY. The historic Seelbach Hotel. There is bourbon tasting in the most beautiful room along with a silent auction. We went last year and found ourselves amongst many big name thoroughbred people. I got a kick out of meeting Jean Cruguet. He was Seattle Slew's jockey when he won the Triple Crown. All I can say is that the $100 ticket is worth every penny and you'll be helping some great retired thoroughbreds along the way.
|Michael Blowen and Wicked North are discussing all the cool people who will be attending the Bourbon Trail.|
You know, Matt and I will be posting photos from the event. :)