Journey is very sensitive to dust in her hay. It is almost impossible to get completely dust free hay. I puff it up, I shake it, if it is leafy I mist it with a sprayer, but I'm wondering if I should soak it? Then if I do, she will not be able to eat with her herd, and that would create all kinds of logistical problems, and Journey is not immune to walking through a fence if she wants to be with her buddies. We have had a rather extended winter weather season here, and another polar vortex is supposed to freeze us up again by next week. More dry hay, more delay in moist pasture grasses. I have her on a natural cough remedy, which is helping a lot. I'm sure when we go to some rides this summer I'll have to wet the hay to avoid the coughing misery she had at Spook Run.
An article on soaking hay here.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association