Hi Trail Riders,
We are beginning a new riding year. The outgoing board and officers have worked very hard to provide many opportunities for your riding pleasure. Their work is greatly appreciated. The new board members and the veterans are looking forward to serving you this year. A big THANK YOU is extended to everyone who made themselves available to the possibility of serving on the board by allowing their names to be on the ballot. Also, thank you to all who took the time to vote. Please be reminded that this is your club. We welcome your input and ideas. You could even be a trail boss. It is a rewarding experience.
When you watched parades as a child, did you dream about riding a horse in a parade? Now is your opportunity. The parade team is always looking for new members. Emails have already been sent about the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. We hope you can join us. Contact Debi Catarineau-Priest for more details at 305-775-1820.
Plans are being made to have the Glades to Bay ride again this year. Where else can you ride from one national park (Everglades National Park) to another (Biscayne National Park) in the same county? You won’t want to miss this one. Keep your eyes and ears open for more details. We are also bringing back the specialty Redland 100 rides this coming year. Augie is working on those locations now.
It is also time to be thinking of hurricane stalls. If you have not reserved one yet contact Debi Cat-Priest. Hopefully, you will not need one; but it is better to be prepared than to have regrets.
We look forward to seeing each of you on the trails. We have many events scheduled for your enjoyment. Take advantage of as many as you can, including the camping trips. If you would like to schedule an event, please let us know.
THE REDLAND 100 RIDES ARE BACK!!
We are going to have 10 rides this year of 12 to 15 miles each, approximately 4-5 hours depending on how fast we walk. You will only have to complete 7 rides to accomplish the 100 miles.
If anyone has a new area (must be 12 to 15 miles) that they would like to explore or suggest, please contact me.
We would all like to see and ride in some new areas.
The following are the scheduled rides:
Oct.4 Andrea's ride to Black Point
Nov.22 & 23 Glades to Bay
Dec.14 Everglades Ride
Jan1 Black Eyed Pea Ride
Jan 10 Night ride from 136th St. parking area
Feb.22 OPEN - we need an area
March 21 Thompson Park to Black Point Marina
April 18 Urban Ride
May 2 OPEN - we need an area
You can contact Augie at 305-582-1557.
SFTR's National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration.
DATE: July 26, 2014 Saturday
TB: Mike & Deda Maldonado. 305-331-7599
Ride will take place at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park 24801 SW 187th Ave.
The Cowboy Attire competition will be at 9:30 AM judging / 10:00 AM ride out.
Put on your best cowboy duds and you can win a prize!
Deda will host a Cowboy Art Display all day in the adjacent classroom, stop in and see the beautiful quilts and other artwork.
All will be welcome to join us for lunch in Mango's Cafe (bring lunch money). SFTR will provide cold drinks for this event.
A Sympathy Card was sent to Neil Chambless on the passing of his father.
A Sympathy Card was also sent to the family of Peggy Barnes.
A Get Well Card was sent to Ron Pfau who's recovering from surgery. Ben Kroner also received a Get Well Card while he recovers from surgery. And Linda Rose received a Get Well Card following minor surgery.
Sympathy Cards were sent to Craig Priest who lost is 26 y/o Andalusian/Arab cross, Lilio; and to Marsha Schloesser who lost her pup, Peanut, to a snake bite.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
On a happy note, a We're Proud of You Card was sent to Katrina Caroll who graduated from high school with honors and will be going to college on a scholarship. And a Congratulations Card was sent to Carrie Hershberger who passed her state exam and is now a Certified Nurse's Assistant.
You make us proud!
Please contact Debi Cat-Priest if you need a card sent to a SFTR member
Brian and Mike’s Grill Off Ride
The weather was beautiful, the riding was great, the food was delicious, and the company was awesome. Augie Saavedra, his daughter Myra Vasalla, and his friends Carlos Cardenas and Terri Schultz, began with their own 45 minute ride to our farm. Augie’s partners jokingly said that Augie got lost on the way-but it was just a slight detour-Augie always knows where he’s going…. that’s why I enjoy an Augie ride-it’s an adventure. We greeted Terri as a new member. And Myra’s husband and children joined us later for lunch.
From our neighborhood we had Sandy Fobb, Sharon Scott, Mike Garneau, Amaris Hess, and Yelani Lopez all ride in on horseback. Jeffery and Kiera Fobb joined us later for lunch, as did Ben Kroner. Dottie Kroner has not been feeling well and has been to the ER several times recently; please join with me to ask God to lift his healing hands over Dottie.
Trailering in was Sylvia Cruz-Alvarez and her son, Tony; Mike Maldonado with Vicky Maitland and Colby Stroud; Lynn Stine; Trey Pearce; and Sharon and Rob Dixon.
From our farm I had myself, my daughter Kelly Murphy, her friend Celine D’Arbelles, and Celine’s Mom Valerie D’Arbelles; Celine and Valerie are new members also, but I forgot to announce them, so now it’s here in print.
Now we are on our way with myself and Amaris leading; Bonny George snapped our pictures, and off down the trail we went, leaving my wonderful husband, Brian Reynolds at the farm to do the cooking. We rode many shady groves and canal banks. Kelly and I had scouted the route the day before, and luckily the one critical narrow spot on the canal bank was not overgrown, thus we were able to take the group to secret areas we cannot always ride thru. And the cantering group got in some nice moving out time also.
We came back to Brian’s BBQ chicken, and Mike G. quickly cooked his burgers, Jeffrey Fobb was there to prevent any fire hazards. A panel of certified judges awarded the distinction of Grill Master to both Brian and Mike for their outstanding grilled creations. I look forward to seeing all of you on the trail.
What are electrolytes and why are they important to my horse?
Electrolytes are substances in the blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Common electrolytes include: sodium, chlorine, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals regulate nerve and muscle function, hydration, blood pH, blood pressure, and the rebuilding of damaged tissue.
Horses, like humans, lose electrolytes when they exercise and sweat. To maintain appropriate electrolyte concentrations and body fluid levels, these electrolytes must be replaced. Horses will receive some electrolyte replacement from their daily diet; however, salt is lacking in forage and grain. Commercial feed and a salt block can aid in replacing the salt that is needed for their diet. If your horse is exposed to high heat and humidity or is worked heavily, causing him to sweat excessively, he may need the addition of an electrolyte supplement to help maintain necessary fluid balance and body function.
There are many different electrolyte supplements on the market and it is difficult to determine which supplement is right for your horse. Optimum electrolyte standards include: 45% - 50% chloride, 6kg/oz sodium, and 4.8g/oz potassium. In addition, sweat contains nearly 80% as much potassium as sodium and twice as much chloride than sodium. You want to choose an electrolyte supplement that most closely mimics the sweat that is being lost by your horse. It is best to choose an electrolyte that contains little to no sugar. Some electrolytes may contain sugar for palatability, but it is not necessary and typically the more sugar, the fewer electrolytes. Further, if your horse receives furosemide (Salix, Lasix) there may be a need for additional calcium in their diet. The horses’ gastrointestinal health should also be considered when administering electrolyte supplements, as repeated use can lead to stomach irritation.
In an effort to fill the need for a balanced equine electrolyte supplement that replenishes the minerals lost in sweat and provides added calcium while supporting gastrointestinal comfort, the veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute developed RelyteHA. ReltyeHA is the first electrolyte supplement with added calcium and Hyaluronan (HA) to buffer against stomach irritation. http://www.hagyardpharmacy.com/
Tropical Park Hurricane Stalls
Yes, Hurricane Season is almost here and following are a few things to consider… When a Hurricane Watch goes into effect, the barn manager, Pablo Tejeda, will attempt to reach everyone to confirm that you will take possession of your stall. If unsuccessful, he will reassign your stall for that hurricane to someone else. Please call him either way at (305) 554-7334 and leave a message (only if a hurricane is imminent)
Reserve your stalls with Debi Catarineau-Priest.
Your reservation fee per stall is $26.00. This reserves a stall for the 2014 Hurricane Season. Once a Hurricane Watch goes into effect and you take possession of your stall, on the 25th hour Miami-Dade County will charge a daily fee, plus an additional $26 to re-reserve your stall for the remainder of the 2014 Season.
Upon arrival, Pablo will need to see your Coggins papers. Suggested items are flashlight, buckets with clips for water, (muck buckets work), a fly mask, your name, horse’s name and phone #’s taped to your stall doors, halter, written on your horse, etc.
You can’t leave anything but your horse at Tropical Park. No trailers.
Depending on the storm’s estimated arrival, Miami-Dade County will lock the park gates. Once the Hurricane Watch is lifted, you have 48 hours to remove your horse. All stalls must be cleaned before leaving or an additional charge of $26 per stall will be applied and you will be unable to reserve stalls in the future.
Hope to see you on the trail – not at Tropical Park!
Have a great summer!
PARADE TEAM NEWS
Hi Team! Parade Season is here!!
Our first parade of the season will be the Key Biscayne 4th of July parade. We hope to see you there!
We need 2 walkers to carry the banner, a pooper scooper and a couple of side walkers to make sure the people stay away from the horses on this route. All need to be in parade uniform.
I have emailed the Parade package out. If you have not received it, please let me know. Please try to RSVP for the parades so I have an idea of who is coming and who wants to carry a flag.
Remember to wash all your bridles, pads, etc. in your washer and they will come out like new and ready to go parading in!
Here is a list of the upcoming parades:
July 4th - Key Biscayne
Nov. 11th - Homestead Veterans Day
Nov. 30th - Jr. Orange Bowl
Dec. 7th - Parade of the Elves in South Miami
Jan. 24th Homestead Rodeo
DOWN AT THE FEED LOT
While Wendy Lewit has taken a sabbatical from school she’s been hunting for a trailer to travel in. Well, she found it and it comes in the form of a horse trailer! We are very hopeful that she and Don will give us a tour of Ruth Brace’s old trailer during the club’s upcoming camping season!
We all know that Craig Priest loves his Corvettes, but his new ride is a Hemi! Hemi is his new B&W Spotted Walker that we look forward to meeting on club rides and seeing on this year’s parade team!
Let Debi Cat-Priest know if you have something special you would like to share with the club and she will put it in the “Feed Lot” notices.
FOR SALE: BREYER HORSES. I have over 50 out of the box. Come and look, real cheap!! Make an offer for the whole box. Need to get out of my garage! Andrea 305-216-2461.
BOARDING: Full board, daily turnout - $400.00 per month. Please call Augie 305-582-1557.
REPAIR: Tack cleaning and repair. Buying old used tack. Sonni: 305-938-0572.
PET SITTING: Professional pet/equine/farm/house sitter servicing areas in South Miami, Homestead and the Redlands. Loads of references. Call Vicky at 786-619-7200.
FOR SALE: Timberline western saddle 15" seat with silver conchos. Will send pics. Brand new, only used once. Selling for $2200 or best offer. Dee 786-253-2175.
FOR SALE/LEASE: Warmblood gelding that jumps; Appaloosa gelding that trail rides; kid safe horses avail also; each $500 month lease here with saddle etc. or $200 month; lease offsite. Call 305-323-4038.
FOR SALE: Bob Marshal treeless saddle. 16.5 seat. Great condition. $750 Jlanz1960@gmail.com
FOR SALE: ARIAT Western Women's Boots. Black, Size 10B, like-new condition, $50. Call 305-773-8227.
FOR SALE: 1 used Mexican saddle $350; 4 used English saddles $50 to $100; 1 used Synthetic western saddle $250. Mike 305-331-7599.
FOR SALE: New Abetta Pathfinder 16"w/ extra d-rings, QH tree, 7/8" rigging, endurance stirrups, Cordura nylon shock absorbing foam. $375. Shipping $50 or someone can pick up. Becky Swerdloff 352 279 2505.
FOR SALE: Bay Quarter Horse Gelding, 15yr old, 15 hands, looking for a new loving home. $600. For more information and photos see my listing at horsetopia! Ad #579681 Laura 239-537-8165.
FOR SALE: Hobby Horse ultra-suede show chaps. Medium sand color, washable. New $349. Worn twice $175. 305-255-9417.
FOR LEASE: Thoroughbred mare. Rides English only. Coconut Creek next to Tradewinds Park. 17 y/o, needs experienced/confident rider. $250 unlimited monthly lease. Call Vicki 954-290-3944.
LOOKING FOR: I collect bits but they have to be unique. Mostly Paso and Western style but if it is different looking call me. Call Andrea 305-216-2461.
FOR SALE - LOT 149 in Indian Hammock Hunt & Riding Club (http://www.ihammock.net/), Okeechobee, FL; 2.84 acres with electric, partially cleared, close to stables. Asking $29,999. Call Debi at 305.775.1820.
FOR SALE: BOGO!! Buy one, get one, experienced trail riding geldings. 15.2h AQHA palomino, get one gentle 14.2h (senior) Arabian. Good ground manners & trailer loading. $2,500 obo. Includes saddles & bridles Ready to ride package. Call Linda, 954-817-2585 for more info, pics or come look -- in Davie.
FOR SALE: Obstacles. 4 traffic cones, one barrel, 3 Rails 10Ft X 4 1/2 “ White PVC , 2 sets of modular cavaletti’s 18” X 18” from Jumps USA. $150.00. Call Carol 561 312-2082.
FOR SALE: 1 acre, vacant, buildable, low taxes. Secluded but near town, a rare parcel. SW 152 Av & just N of 272 St, 33032. Asking $85K! Call Liz 305 281-6166 or 305 248-2748
FULL BOARD: Beautiful property with concrete barn, large sand ring, plenty of pasture and trails near by. For more info call 305 562 5052. Ranch is located at 18272 SW154 St. Miami.