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Fox Tales, November, 2017


Let's congratulate our amazing riders for their excellent ECHO/Sweetwater SDSDC Horse Show accomplishments!


Our girls did great in the  2017 San Diego Single Day Circuit, placing high in the final standings:


Walk/Trot Division:


  • Ayden Widmer: First Place.  

  • Lilly Feher: Fourth Place

  • Grace Mailloux: Sixth Place

Crossrail Division:

  • Anna Klestinec: Fourth Place.

Green Riders: 

  • Sierra Vacchio: Sixth Place.

  • Marcella Herlehy is also high in the standings.

Short/Long Stirrup Division:

  • Anna Tynan: First Place.

  • Stacy Kneeshaw: Third Place.

  • Sharona Silverstein: Sixth Place (tied)














Some Reminders:

The fire season, which spared us here in San Diego but devastated many of our fellow Californians to the north, is almost behind us, but let’s remember to stay alert until wet weather comes.

Let's Keep Conserving Water:  Maybe we'll get a decent amount of rain this winter, or maybe not. Regardless, we need to continue to conserve water in this desert we live in.

Some News:


New Trail:  We’ve cut a new loop trail across the north side of the property to give horses and their riders a new challenge.   Please use this trail only when there are no lessons in the main arena.    


New Horses:  Make sure you say hello to Maggie, the lovely young Clydesdale owned by Randy Niven. She's here for the winter, training to be an eventing horse.  And if you haven't met Bow Tie yet, you are in for a delight.  He's a darling black pony gelding and we hope he'll be a fancy show pony for our young riders by next year.  Mike is working with JoJo, a cute liver chestnut Tennessee Walking Horse mare with a flaxen mane and tail.  She needs some attention, and with exercise and regular work, she'll be a great trail horse. 




Whew!  It’s been a long, hot, dusty summer.  We may get a few more warm spells, but Fall means cooler temperatures and shorter days, and possibly rain.   What does this mean for you and your horse?  That depends on what your plans are:  Will you be showing, trail riding, or just hacking?  Are you planning to give your horse some time off?

For You:

  • Now may be a good time to start cleaning and oiling your tack, waterproofing your boots, putting some leather conditioner on your saddle.

  • Think about getting those warm clothes - jackets, gloves, hats - out of storage.  A raincoat or rain hat might come in handy.

  • Rainy Day Cancellation:  If it's raining, or if rain is in the forecast, and you’re wondering if lessons are cancelled, call Katy’s number and listen for the message.  Sometimes it's perfect riding weather at the barn, while it's raining at your house.  If you miss a package lesson, remember to reschedule it during the same month.

  • Lesson Schedules:  It will be pleasanter to ride mid-day when possible.  Remember that lessons need to be done by 5 PM.

For Your Horse:

  • Exercise:  Shorter days and rain often mean the horses get less exercise.   Work with us to make sure your horse gets the exercise needed to stay fit and healthy.

  • Clipping:  There are two types, a trace clip and a body clip.  A trace clip will clip the chest and belly, reducing sweating but allowing the horse to maintain a warm coat on his back.  A full body clip makes it easier to keep your horse clean, reduces sweating, and looks nicer, but he'll need day sheets and blankets in cold weather.  Check our website's Services and Fees tab for prices on clipping and blanketing.

  • Corrals:  Some horse owners have opted to put rubber mats and/or larger 12' x 24' roofs in their horse's corral.  If you want to do this, talk to us soon to get an idea of costs and timing.

  • Day sheets and Blankets:  This is a good time to get those blankets washed and repaired, or to buy new ones.

  • Feed Regimen:  Generally, your horse will be fine with the same feed schedule, but a shaggy winter coat makes it harder to tell if he is gaining or losing weight.  To keep an eye on his weight, you can run your hands and eyes over his rib cage, shoulders, and hip bones.  You can use our weight tape to monitor his weight.  Your girth fit may also be an indicator of his weight.

  • Frisky Caballos:  Cool weather means a frisky horse that might need time in the round pen, in a turnout, or on the longe line to settle down.



  • Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 5:  Remember to set your clocks back one hour so you won’t miss your lesson…

  • PVMR Ride.  Nov. 18.  The Pine Valley Mountain Riders will have their annual membership trail ride in Descanso, with lunch included.  Let us know if you're interested.

  • Thanksgiving - no lessons, since we'll be busy cooking, but horse owners may come hack on their own.  We will be giving lessons on Friday, so please schedule with your trainer.  Would anyone like to trailer out to the mountains?

  • Christmas Party,  December 15.  The Hawley’s House.  Invitations will be coming soon.  Bring a side dish and something to drink.

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