At the Ranch: July 2019

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Focus on your goal.
Don’t look anywhere but ahead.
— Henry David Thoreau

Announcements

SUMMER HOURS

We are now holding our adjusted summer hours until September 20th. BMREC extended hours are on Wednesdays and Fridays, open from at 8am to 9pm.

SEPTEMBER BOARDER'S BBQ

We will hold a Boarders BBQ on Saturday, September 17th at 12pm


July Events

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July Boarder Meeting:

Join us for our next boarder's on
July 18th at 6:00pm
in the loft above the County Store

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Summer Riding Camp Session 4

July 30 to August 1
9am to Noon

For beginner riders, from ages 9 to 11


10 Oddball Facts About Horses

Think you know everything about horses? Here are 10 facts we were surprised to learn!

  1.  Hypothermia starts to set in when your horse’s body temperature is as low as 98-99 degrees. This is, of course, if their normal temp is 99.6. Obviously, it will be different than a typical temperature of 101.1.

  2. Horses with typical anatomy are “obligate nasal breathers,” which means they must breathe through their nostrils and cannot breathe through their mouths.

  3. Did you know, in the wild, a horse spends 16 hours eating, 5 hours standing, 2 hours socializing, and 1 hour laying down?

  4. Horses can produce up to 10 gallons of saliva a day, depending on how much they eat.

  5. Horses prefer anise flavoring over other oil-based palatants.

  6. The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse whose ancestors were never domesticated. Ironically, this stocky, sturdy animal exists today only in captivity.

  7. An adult horse’s brain weighs 655 grams, about half that of a human.

  8. A horse’s teeth take up a more substantial amount of space in their head than their brain.

  9. Horses will not all lie down at the same time. At least horse will stand guard against potential dangers while the rest, well, rest.

  10. Horse hooves are made from Keratin, the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernail

Click here for works cited.


Employee Spotlight: Ally

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Meet Ally Hough

Allie has been one of our Stallmasters for the last year. She is super friendly and we loved getting to know her better!

  • One of Allie’s favorite things about BMREC are the people. She loves the boarders because they are all really kind.

  • She wasn’t necessarily raised in a horse family but has been around horses since she was four years old. Many of her friends had horses, so she rode them until she started riding lessons at a hunter/jumper barn between 8 and 9 years old. Soon after this she changed from English to Western riding and has been a Western rider ever since.

  • Before working here, she used to handle horses for a farrier friend and has helped with many pony rides at different Douglas County events. She has worked in barns for some time and plans to go to college for equine sciences.

  • After college, she hopes to get into training, giving lessons, managing breeding farms, or rodeo coaching for college students.

  • She loves riding horses and anything related to that. She is specifically interested in rodeo riding, like roping, goat tying, and barrel racing. She also likes most anything you can do outdoors, like camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Thank you for all your work, Ally!

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Works Cited

Bazay, Casie Emerson. “16 Fascinating Facts About Horse Digestion.” Horse Network, 20 Feb. 2018, https://horsenetwork.com/2018/01/16-fascinating-facts-horse-digestion/. 

Beckstett, Alexandra. “Horses Really Don't Like Citrus.” The Horse, 10 June 2019, https://thehorse.com/173746/ess-symposium-day-2-equine-nutrition-take-homes/. 

“Body and Brain Weights.” Body and Brain Weights, MSTE at University of Illinois, https://mste.illinois.edu/malcz/DATA/BIOLOGY/Animals.html. 

“Can Horses Sleep Standing Up?: All About Horses for Kids.” Pony Dreams, 8 Oct. 2017, www.ponydreams.com/can-horses-sleep-standing-up/.

Clarke, Jordan. “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth.” Scientific Scribbles, https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/sciencecommunication/2017/08/29/straight-from-the-horses-mouth/. 

Hill, Cherry. “How to Think Like a Horse.” Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=jdPvX9yM0D8C&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=how%2Bmuch%2Bdo%2Bhorse%27s%2Bheart%2Bweigh&ots=YHy1OzEqBY&sig=VdKW-44ga1F7oqUqrxzWfxHe6pE#v=onepage&q&f=false. 

Holcombe, Susan J, and Norm D Ducharme. “Equine Exercise Physiology.” Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=it-m5VlwKRgC&oi=fnd&pg=PA170&dq=Horses%2Bare%2B%22obligate%2Bnasal%2Bbreathers%22%2B&ots=Qyk3nG-JE7&sig=jgsArF5DSWjJXRYzyi__9hjchi8#v=onepage&q=Horses%20are%20%22obligate%20nasal%20breathers%22&f=false. 

“Horse.” National Geographic, 21 Sept. 2018, www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/h/horse/.

Huntington, Peter. “The Horse's Hoof.” Kentucky Equine Research, 9 Apr. 2018, https://ker.com/equinews/the-horses-hoof/. 

“Is Your Horse Cold? How to Tell!” Pro Equine Grooms, www.proequinegrooms.com/tips/health-and-well-being/is-your-horse-cold-how-to-tell.