I recently traveled to Rotterdam to watch the U.S. team compete. It was the final observation show before the Olympic team was named. The U.S. riders had a great week finishing 5th in the Nation's Cup. In the Grand Prix Laura and her Zeremonie had a good round with 1 down and a time fault. Beezie on Cortez, McLain on Azur and Kent on Credence all jumped clear! The jump off was extremely fast. Beezie tried and had 2 down. McLain also was really fast in the beginning, and ended up 3rd. Kent was brilliant, but just slightly off of the pace to take 2nd! Luciano Diniz and Fit For Life won it.
Congratulations to Lucy Davis, Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Laura Kraut on being selected to represent the U.S. at the Rio Olympics!
In the spirit of the Olympic team selection, check out this article by The Chronicle of the Horse. Anne Kursinski And Michael Matz Led The Way To The Olympic Games 20 Years Ago
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During the summer it's especially important to give your horses fresh water. Actually, it's always important that your horses have fresh water. They are athletes!
In the summer, or when it is very hot, it's important to encourage your horses to drink more. They can become dehydrated, and this can cause colic. We wash their buckets every day. This is important so they don't get slimy like a fishbowl. When you wash the bucket, be sure to rinse them thoroughly! I have had several instances when horses did not drink because there was soap in the bucket.
At home and at the shows, I always hang 2 water buckets in the horse’s stalls with the snaps facing away from the horse for safety. And watch, nine times out of 10 when you empty and refill the water buckets the horses go right to them and drink because there's fresh, cool, clean water. When the water sits around and becomes warm they are not encouraged to drink.
Always put their hay under the water bucket to encourage them to dunk their hay. This also gets more fluid into your horse! Also, if they dunk their hay a lot in the buckets I change the water because the water gets sour from the hay sitting in the bucket.
Keeping fresh water available is very important for your horse’s health and encourages them to drink.