Volume 01 | October 11, 2017
Whatcom County Dressage and Eventing Association Newsletter
News and Notes October 2017

Greetings WCDEA club members. 

We hope you and your ponies are staying warm and safe during our early winter weather! Please be sure to attend November 16 at El Gitano in Bellingham. - meeting begins at 7 - arrive earlier to order food and be ready to participate! 

Focus of this months newsletter is getting to know our membership! Please send a bio and photos to nina.t@chiadopt.org if you would like to be included in the next newsletter. We are a diverse club with a fantastic membership!

  • the editors
On the Horizon
  • November 16 WCDEA Meeting- Annual Board Member Vote (El Gitano)
  • December 9 Christmas Party
Club Meeting! Join Us!
TALLY HO!  It's time to get ENGAGED! Step LIVELY! And, move FORWARD.....chop, chop!! Right now!!!!! Go get your CALENDAR!!!! Enter this IMPORTANT DATE!!!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16...........Got it?
WCDEA friends, we NEED you to gather for this important club meeting. Dinner and re-connect at 6:30 pm at El Gitano (1125 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham). The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. It is time to elect new officers and your INPUT and VOICE are NECESSARY. 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of WCDEA!  Let's COME TOGETHER and make it a MEMORABLE one!!
It's also time for membership renewal. Another IMPORTANT DATE for you (you still need your CALENDAR!)........NOVEMBER 17!!!!! If you RENEW your MEMBERSHIP by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, your dues will be $35. After that date, dues are $50. It's a BARGAIN you don't want to miss out!!!! You can download the 2018 Membership Form by going to our website: WCDEA.net (instructions for submittal are on the form). Or, forms will be available at the November 16 meeting.
If gathering with other, lively horsey friends, eating good food and indulging in spirits is not enough, how about the chance to win a SMARTPAK GIFT CARD!!! Yes, we have two chances -- there will be a drawing for a $25 AND a $75 gift card. You know you want one😀
It's going to be an EXCITING meeting and an EXCITING year!!!!! I know I am being redundant, but I'm EXCITED!!!!!!
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Designing Your Own Freestyle Clinic
submitted by Nina Thompson
There was a good member turnout for the lecture portion of the clinic held on Friday, October 20th! It was my first time giving a group lecture on the freestyle design process and I think it went well. The riding portion of the clinic included 5 rider/horse combinations working at first through third level. Each pair was able to walk away from the clinic with their choreography completed and appropriate music for their horse selected!
Congratulations to WCDEA members:

  • Garyn Heidemann for achieving her USDF Gold Medal aboard Siggi Wolf's French Kiss during the 2017 show season!
  • Kat Southam for achieving her USDF silver medal aboard Sashay during the 2017 show season.


By: Dr. Lydia Gray

Hot chocolate, mittens and roaring fires keep us warm on cold winter nights. But what about horses? What can you do to help them through the bitter cold, driving wind and icy snow? Below are tips to help you and your horse not only survive but thrive during yet another frosty season.

SmartPak strongly encourages you to consult your veterinarian regarding specific questions about your horse's health. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, and is purely educational.

Your number one responsibility to your horse during winter is to make sure he receives enough quality feedstuffs to maintain his weight and enough drinkable water to maintain his hydration. Forage, or hay, should make up the largest portion of his diet, 1 – 2 % of his body weight per day. Because horses burn calories to stay warm, fortified grain can be added to the diet to keep him at a body condition score of 5 on a scale of 1 (emaciated) to 9 (obese). If your horse is an easy keeper, will not be worked hard, or should not have grain for medical reasons, then a ration balancer or complete multi-vitamin/mineral supplement is a better choice than grain. Increasing the amount of hay fed is the best way to keep weight on horses during the winter, as the fermentation process generates internal heat.

Research performed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine showed that if during cold weather horses have only warm water available, they will drink a greater volume per day than if they have only icy cold water available. But if they have a choice between warm and icy water simultaneously, they drink almost exclusively from the icy and drink less volume than if they have only warm water available. The take home message is this: you can increase your horse's water consumption by only providing warm water. This can be accomplished either by using any number of bucket or tank heaters or by adding hot water twice daily with feeding. Another method to encourage your horse to drink more in winter (or any time of the year) is to topdress his feed with electrolytes.

It may be tempting to give your horse some "down-time" during winter, but studies have found that muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness and overall flexibility significantly decrease even if daily turnout is provided. And as horses grow older, it takes longer and becomes more difficult each spring to return them to their previous level of work. Unfortunately, exercising your horse when it's cold and slippery or frozen can be challenging.

First, work with your farrier to determine if your horse has the best traction with no shoes, regular shoes, shoes with borium added, shoes with "snowball" pads, or some other arrangement. Do your best to lunge, ride or drive in outside areas that are not slippery. Indoor arenas can become quite dusty in winter so ask if a binding agent can be added to hold water and try to water (and drag) as frequently as the temperature will permit. Warm up and cool down with care. A good rule of thumb is to spend twice as much time at these aspects of the workout than you do when the weather is warm. And make sure your horse is cool and dry before turning him back outside or blanketing.

A frequently asked question is: does my horse need a blanket? In general, horses with an adequate hair coat, in good flesh and with access to shelter probably do not need blanketed. However, horses that have been clipped, recently transported to a cold climate, or are thin or sick may need the additional warmth and protection of outerwear.

Horses begin to grow their longer, thicker winter coats in July, shedding the shorter, thinner summer coats in October. The summer coat begins growing in January with March being prime shedding season. This cycle is based on day length—the winter coat is stimulated by decreasing daylight, the summer coat is stimulated by increasing daylight. Owners can inhibit a horse's coat primarily through providing artificial daylight in the fall but also by clothing their horse as the temperature begins to fall. If the horse's exercise routine in the winter causes him to sweat and the long hair hampers the drying and cooling down process, body clipping may be necessary. Blanketing is then a must.

There are a number of health conditions that seem to be made worse by the winter environment. The risk of impaction colic may be decreased by stimulating your horse to drink more water either by providing warm water as the only source or feeding electrolytes. More time spent inside barns and stalls can exacerbate respiratory conditions like "heaves" (now called recurrent airway obstruction), GI conditions like ulcers, and musculoskeletal conditions like degenerative joint disease. Control these problems with appropriate management—such as increasing ventilation in the barn and increasing turnout time—and veterinary intervention in the form of medications and supplements.

Freeze/thaw cycles and muddy or wet conditions can lead to thrush in the hooves and "scratches," or, pastern dermatitis, on the legs. Your best protection against these diseases is keeping the horse in as clean and dry surroundings as possible, picking his feet frequently, and keeping the lower limbs trimmed of hair. Another common winter skin condition is "rain rot," caused by the organism Dermatophilus congolensis. Regular grooming and daily observation can usually prevent this problem, but consult your veterinarian if your horse's back and rump develop painful, crusty lumps that turn into scabs.

Member Spotlight
Introducing Kelly Dress!

I was 6 when the love for horses began. It started just by being around them, watching others ride and being in their presence. Soon my parents started leasing a pony for me in the summer. Every summer was a different pony, and every fall brought heartbreak as I didn’t want to say goodbye! At 11 I finally had a horse to call my own! Her name was Lady. She was kind, generous, and tried her heart out. She was a variety of breeds, and we could only guess which ones, but her heart was pure gold. 

I currently own, love, and revolve my world around a (mostly) Andalusian mare. She is 12 (I bought her as a 2 year old) and we train in dressage.

I absolutely can’t narrow down my favorite accomplishment to just 3! One of my favorites is competing at rated shows. Lets face it, just getting to a show can be considered an     accomplishment! Competing, surviving, and doing well is a thrill like none other. It is a huge amount of work, and it’s more fun than I can describe.

I am the Office Manager of a residential construction company. It is super fun, I get to do lots of different things, and I think what we do is worthwhile.

There is no one thing I can say was better than another. This whole year has been awesome! Spending time with friends, family, horses, learning and growing…..every bit of it is good!

You can ask anything you’d like!
Member Spotlight
Introducing Natalia Czerwinski!

1. I was 5 years old when I first started riding. I leased a few horses and then I got Mr. Sox a couple years ago.

2. Mr. Sox is a Arabian. He is 16 years old and 14.3 hands. We had our first show season and we showed at training level 3. Mr. Sox is a great horse and we like to go on trail rides.

3. My biggest achievements are performing at Baay, showing my freestyle on Mr. Sox and learning to play the piano.

4. 6th grader!

5. The best thing that has happened this year is going to the Lynden Fair with my best friend.

6. When I grow up I want to be a actor and ride horses.

Saddle for Sale:
17.5" Karl Neidersuss Symphonie Dressage Saddle. Medium-wide tree with 16" flap and medium thigh blocks. The saddle is in great condition with normal wear for a used saddle. Asking $500. Contact Jessica Irwin at 360-224-4479 for more info.

LOVEY, 15.2 h 2013 Hanoverian Mare by Weltmeyer out of a Flemingh mare. Email Garyn at garyn.heidemann@gmail.com for more information
Horse for Sale
2014 Dutch WB mare by Counsel
Charlie is a 16.3 H 2014 KWPN mare for sale. By Consul, email Garyn at garyn.heidemann@gmail.com for more information. 
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