Small But Mighty

What has four legs, mad basketball skills, great hair and looks awesome in his jersey?POI_Amos2_6_14

It’s Amos the Wonder Horse, and he’s one of the busiest Minis we know. Each year, he spends a little time with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, visiting schools and helping the team teach their program, the ABC’s of Bullying Prevention.

The Globetrotters made Amos an honorary goodwill ambassador for his community service work. Plus, what other team has a real horse that can actually play the basketball game, H.O.R.S.E.?

Amos also visits nursing homes, works with special needs kids, and visits schools with local law enforcement. In his spare time, he paints, plays the xylophone, plays beanbag toss, and posts on his Facebook page where he has friends from around the world who follow his daily adventures.

Get Going on Grass

Did You Know? Horses that graze on pasture consistently eat more slowly.10313661_10150390447994970_1026370195013098683_n

If you let your horse out to graze on pasture for only a few hours each day, and provide hay the rest of the time, you’ve likely noticed how he approaches the grass like a vacuum cleaner, barely lifting his head the entire time he is outside. On the other hand, horses who graze on pasture 24/7 are more relaxed, eating less grass at a slower pace, taking time to rest and interact with buddies.

Researchers at North Carolina State University were interested in just how much pasture horses consume at varying combinations of pasture and hay availability. What they found confirms what we have all witnessed. The less time you allow for pasture grazing, the more excited your horse will be at the opportunity to have fresh grass and he will eat nearly three times faster than if he had access to pasture 24/7.

The Fungus Among Us

POI_Mushrooms_10_14Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful anti-oxidative and probiotic properties known in any food product. They have strong anti-viral properties, excellent anti-inflammatory active ingredients and other natural healing elements. For instance the Reishi mushrooms can help horses process their stress better, while the Cordycep builds muscle mass and helps with muscle recovery, and the King Trumpet is known for it’s high antioxidant properties.

Learn from the Pros!

Top professionals have years of experience as riders, trainers, coaches, and clinicians. You name it; they’ve probably done it. But, believe it or not, they were all amateurs at one time. So, we’ve asked them what their tips to today’s amateurs would be, with their experiences in mind. Here’s what they had to say:

Gayle Lampe: “I’m so old that I barely remember being an amateur! From a professional’s point of view, I wish the amateurs would listen to what the trainers tell them to do. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, and that is very true when dealing with horses.”

Gigi Nutter: “Take the time to enjoy the journey while you are working on getting to your destination. Remember, there can be detours along the way. Sometimes, the back roads take a little longer, but in the long run, enjoy the scenery and allow your mind to process your work.”

Dale Brown: “I’m not sure I can even recall my days as a youth rider! But, from a trainer’s perspective, I wish they would understand that there are a million factors to riding and showing. They need to be proud of every single accomplishment they make.”

Jamie Price: “I wish I knew how important rhythm is. From the swinging rhythm of the canter down to a jump, to the swing of the hips in the sitting trot, rhythm is the force behind the beauty and elegance between horse and rider.”

Karen Evans Mundy:In my early years as an amateur, I wish I had known that winning wasn’t everything. Learning to be happy with a great ride, and/or the progress you have made with your horse, is very rewarding.”

James Hale: “I wish amateurs realized it’s about what you learn (good or bad) each time you ride, and enjoying the process of reaching the goal. That is what is valuable—not just attaining the goal.”

Take it from the pros, and keep these tips in mind when you’re riding—whether it’s at your home base or in the show ring.

Sweet Sponsorship!

We are excited to announce the partnership of Sweet PDZ and Hallway Feeds in presenting the 2014 Hallway Feeds United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Derby Series. Each year this high level competition draws the top horse and rider combinations from around the country and is hosted at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The events will be held May through September.

Tom Menner, President of PDZ Co. LLC, noted, “we are very pleased to take on a sponsorship role in supporting our longstanding Sweet PDZ partner, Hallway Feeds, in presenting this series. These competitors are an important market for our Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher product and we feel this is another way to demonstrate our support of them.”

The 2014 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series will consist of one class during each of the Spring and Summer shows. The shows are as follows: Kentucky Spring Horse Show May 7 – 11; Kentucky Spring Classic May 14 – 18; Kentucky Summer Horse Show July 23 – 27; Kentucky Summer Classic July 29 – August 3; Bluegrass Festival August 12 – 17; Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association August 20 – 24; and Kentucky National Horse Show September 17 – 21.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its fifth year in 2014 and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, Juniors and Professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. For more information on this Hunter Derby Series please visit, www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.