September 28, 2021

Spring Break Clinic Fun

Trotting uphill in the back field



With local schools on spring break, Wednesday April 6th was a great opportunity for our young riders to spend the day (10 AM to 4 PM) at Stonehouse Stables.  Even the weather cooperated as ten youth plus several adults had a great time learning, riding, and enjoying being together.  The day started with Dr.Hammond, DVM, from Woodside Equine Clinic teaching some basics of horse first aide.  Participants learned about the normal temperature of a horse, how to listen for the heart rate and for gut sounds, plus how to bandage legs in emergencies.  Hats off to a very patient Dr. Hammond and to Woodside Equine Clinic for such a good start to the day.

After the horse first aid session it was time  for an early lunch.  We had  great fellowship at the picnic tables while sharing pizza!  Then it was time to saddle up for a ride in the hilly mare’s field behind Stonehouse Stables.  Dr. and Mrs. Mathews were a little surprised to see twelve mounted riders trotting, cantering and jumping behind their house!  Everyone learned to ride up and down the slopes and tried their hand at jumping going uphill as well.

The afternoon sessions were on clipping for the show ring, learning to apply shipping wraps and polo wraps, and practice in braiding manes along with a demonstration by Tara on braiding a tail.  Big Heart or “Hearty” was our longsuffering demonstration pony for the braiding session – no step stool needed when braiding a small pony!  Everyone had a chance to work on their braiding style – and everyone at the clinic now knows it will take a lot of practice to get it right!

Stand still Hearty

Tara braiding Hearty’s tail.








Thanks to all who came out to participate in a fun-filled day of learning and riding.  If you missed this opportunity, stay tuned for upcoming events, including our April 23rd CHSA/VHSA Associate Show Day at Stonehouse Stables.

Meanwhile, back to school for our young riders. Hurry summer!


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