Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tips to Keep you in the Saddle on Hot Summer Days

Tips to Keep you in the Saddle on Hot Summer Days

For many of us, being able to ride year-round is important. Whether you’re on a training schedule or you just like to ride as consistently as possible, keeping at it from one season to the next can sometimes be challenging.

One of the biggest challenges facing riders is the weather. Those in colder climates know that riding through the winter is doable with the right equipment, but often we forget that summer can present obstacles as well.

Summer temperatures can be a big factor in determining when and how much you can ride. Just as in the winter, extreme temps in the summer can affect the amount and intensity of the work you and your horse can do. But just like with winter, there are ways to get around these difficulties.

On days of stifling heat, give yourself options so you can avoid having to ride at the hottest time of the day. For example:

· If possible, plan to ride in the early morning or early evening when temperatures are cooler.

· If your farm or boarding facility has an indoor arena, ride inside, especially if the indoor is well ventilated.

· Consider cutting your riding time in half on extremely hot days or at least give your horse (and yourself) many more walk breaks than usual.

· If you had scheduled a hard training session on a day when it’s blistering outside, switch up your routine and go for a leisurely hack in the woods or somewhere shady instead.

And remember, you can always skip a day or two of riding every now and then and not suffer serious setbacks. Better to take the conservative approach than risk succumbing to heat stroke or other heat-related problems.

Another consideration is dealing with extreme heat at a horse show. Horse shows typically don’t cancel classes because of hot weather, so it’s up to you to know what you and your horse can tolerate. Fainting in the middle of a class is never much fun.

Flexibility is the name of the game when you’re dealing with Mother Nature. Remember that during the summer you’re bound to have days when it’s just too darn hot, and being able to adapt your riding plans accordingly will help keep you in the saddle despite the heat.

Monday, July 5, 2010

SafeBump Technology makes hauling in Horse Trailers More Safe

Protect your Horse’s Head with our SafeBump® Roof System

For those of you that have been subscribers to this newsletter for a while, you’ve probably noticed that a frequent topic is horse trailer safety. I don’t think I need to elaborate much on why that is; as I’m sure that your horse’s safety is in the back of your mind every time you load him in the trailer (as well as your safety too!)

Since safety is a big deal here at Double D, we’re always working to build a safer horse trailer for our customers. And I think it’s important that we point our safety features out to you, especially if you’re thinking about buying a new horse trailer.

Today I want to talk about horse trailer roofs. And before I tell you about Double D’s SafeBump® Roof System, I’d like to tell you a story.

A few years ago, one of my fellow boarders was trying to load her horse on the trailer. Her horse was very reluctant to get on but after a fair amount of time, she began to make progress. What was happening was her horse would walk a short distance into the trailer, and then back right out again. As time dragged on, everyone started to get a little testy. Finally, the horse had had enough and just as he had entered the trailer, he decided to violently exit by quickly backing up. Unfortunately, as he backed up, he slightly reared and clocked the top of his head, right between his ears, on the roof of the trailer.

Needless to say, there was some blood. The owner had to call the vet to stitch her horse’s forelock back on.

Now I’d like to tell you why Double D’s SafeBump® Roof System could have avoided this unfortunate outcome. We designed the SafeBump® Roof System so it will “flex” if something, like your horse’s head, comes in contact with it. Our SafeBump® Roof consists of three parts: a sturdy Galvalite sheet on the bottom (the horse trailer’s ceiling), a white aluminum sheet on top (the exterior roof), and sandwiched between the two is a block of high-density Styrofoam insulation.

If a horse rears up and hits his head on the ceiling, the Styrofoam, which is designed for absorption, will absorb the impact and “give.”

This may not sound like much, but you only have to witness a horse hitting his head on the roof of a horse trailer once to appreciate how this design could help avoid injury.

Safety isn’t the only benefit of our SafeBump® Roof System, but if I tell you more, I’ll be getting off the safety topic. So, I’ll save the other benefits for another article, or, if you can’t stand the suspense, you can click here to learn more.

Double D Trailers, Inc.