Downeast Medal Finals

February 2024

Downeast Medal Finals

Presented by Dover Saddlery

September 12-15, 2024

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Cool Facts- How Horses Stay Warm

Courtesy of the AAEP Horse Owner Education Committee

Are you familiar with the many adaptations that help your horse stay warm during the cold winter months?

Hindgut digestion of hay produces the most heat, acting as a small furnace inside of the horse. This is why free choice, good quality hay is so important in the winter.

Horses have a huge muscle mass and muscle activity produces heat. This includes running and playing and even shivering if their body temperature starts to drop. It is important to remember that these activities also will result in a bigger caloric demand so free choice hay and in some cases, grain, is often needed.

To blanket or not to blanket is a constant debate but either way, as it starts to get cold your horse will grow a thicker coat. If you decide to leave your horse unblanketed you may notice that they look “fluffy”. This is due to a phenomenon called piloerection where the hair stands up to better trap air within. Two layers of the coat also help with warmth. The inner layer is softer and has air pockets to create an insulating layer. The outer layer is coarse and has oils that keep moisture from penetrating the insulating layer and keep the horse warm.

Wild horses go into the winter heavier than ideal and the fat serves as an extra layer of insulation. However, if a horse is going to be kept heavily blanketed and in a barn during the cold weather months this is unnecessary and can lead to obesity related issues.

Their distal limbs (below the knees and hocks) are made of mostly bones and tendons, tissues that are resistant to the cold temperatures.

The hooves have an alternative route of blood circulation through larger vessels that can be used in low temperatures. This is why horses can stand in snow without detrimental effects.

A horse’s nose has a robust blood supply and is rounded so that it is less susceptible to frostbite than a human’s nose.

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Port Harbor Marine

Thank you to Port Harbor Marine for sponsoring Downeast Medal Finals!

Port Harbor Marine has 6 locations across two states, we specialize in the complete boating experience- we offer sales, service, rentals and boat club memberships. Our mission is to create the ultimate boating experience by consistently providing products and services that exceed our customers expectations. Although, we are much more than the largest marina/dealership in the northeast- we are a family of devoted employees that play just as hard as we work. Come visit us at one of our locations and see just what fun we might have in store for you, from lake pontoons, to bass boats to ocean center consoles, we’ve got something to fit every budget and lifestyle.

We’re excited to be a new partner with Downeast Medal Finals, and hope that the coming season brings much success to all riders! Remember, when you’re not hauling your horse trailer- why not tow your new boat to the lake or ocean?

Upcoming Shows with DMF Qualifying Classes

Qualifying for DMF 2024:

Apr. 20 Graystone StablesBerwick, ME

Apr. 21 Lucky Clover StablesSanford, ME

Apr. 27 Seacoast Show SeriesFremont, NH

May 3-5 NHHJA Spring ShowNorthampton, MA

May 4 Coastal Classic ShowNobleboro, ME

May 5 Graystone StablesBerwick, ME

May 18 Autumn Sky FarmNewbury, MA

May 18 Seacoast Show SeriesFremont, NH

May 19 Lucky Clover StablesSanford, ME

Want to see your show listed here? Fill out our Downeast Classes Form to host our classes!
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Thank you to Spotted Vision Photography and Riitta Fortier for providing us with many wonderful photographs from the Downeast Medal Finals.
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Bernard Klingenstein/Euclide Albert Memorial

Maggie Mae Memorial

My Horse Heroes Memorial

Peter N. Thompson Memorial

SeaHorse Stables

Lucky Clover Stables

In memory of Betsy Milliken Giustra

Betsy Bee Farm

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