This month my Heart to Horse box came quite late.  I wasn’t too sure that I was getting it. I checked my account in Horse.com and it was there, but with no shipping information. Finally a few days later I received the shipping notification email.

They tell you that it typically ships around the 15th and often I receive it that day or the day after.  This month I was looking for it until the 21st.  I hope it’s worth the wait!

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A few days ago you were able to read about my first experience at Equine Affaire.  Yesterday I dove deeper into My 7 Most Memorable Vendors, and today I’d love to share my memorable clinicians.

As with yesterday I was unable to see everybody so this is in no way a ranking of “top” presentations.  Of the 13 presentations I DID get to attend these five stood out to me the most.

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If you missed yesterday’s novel about Equine Affaire, catch up by following this link. The article looks at my newcomer’s perspective as I attended my very first Equine Affaire.  It was a great time and I was able to catch three of the four days before returning home.  Since there’s so much to cover I only managed to cover a glimpse of the event yesterday.  Today I’m diving in a bit further to look at some of the vendors from the trade-show.  There must have been a couple hundred booths, and I made sure to walk by every single one.  I stopped at many and spoke with lots of people.

My list doesn’t rank the “top vendors” but from a personal standpoint these are the few that really stood out during my trip.  These vendors engaged with me and maybe I learned something or they might have simply impressed me.

When you’re finished reading about the vendors visit My 5 Most Memorable Clinicians at Equine Affaire 2017

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Monday this week I received a text that Blade was acting strange.  Not enough to be emergent but I should visit and take a look at some point during the day.  After a long night of work I got a few hours of sleep and went to check on him.  It had been raining so the horses were all inside staying dry and warm.  

Upon my arrival he greeted me with his usual kiss but I could tell he wasn’t right.  He wasn’t at his hay net eating but he’d eaten breakfast.  

One look and you can tell my poor man doesn’t feel well.

A temperature check revealed a fever of 102.7 so he got a gram of Bute but it didn’t do a whole lot.  He was able to nibble his hay but he was still clearly not well.  After 2 hours he parked out to urinate, struggled, and managed to get a small amount out.  After double checking his sheath (it was clean from a couple months prior) I called the vet.
A few hours and an IV of oxytetracycline later his temp was back down to 99.6. The complete blood count tests returned normal so the vet returned for two additional days to finish Blade’s antibiotic treatment with oxytet.  The fever has stayed down so far…

We believe him to have had a case of anaplasmosis, another disease carried by those repugnant creatures known as ticks.  While I’m glad he’s feeling better I felt rather guilty leaving yesterday morning for Equine Affaire.  Not only has Blade just drained my bank of a few hundred dollars but I won’t be there to keep an eye on him.  Fortunately I have amazing support from my barn family who’ve agreed to help monitor his temps.

That being said…

Day one of Equine Affaire was a success!  Since I was a youngster I’ve always wanted to attend this huge tradeshow but never had the oppprtunity.  This year I decided I would make it happen.

Although I will recap next week with deeper details and more pictures I wanted to recap some great highlights from today. 

Lets get “the bad” out of the way.  The leadership and organization of the parking leaves a lot to be desired.  There is very poor signage and the “rent a cops” were arrogant and rude to my friends with the trailer.

But once you’re here it’s great!

  • I met a miniature donkey breeder  (we hope to get one in the future)
  • I saw two of Margret Henkels clinics about myofascial release therapy.  The third is tomorrow. 
  • I had a great conversation with two great supplement companies and got a free trial of some supplements for Blade.
  • I watched a clinic with Chris Irwin and although his methods appeared odd at first he had a fantastic way of making sense of it.  We witnesses two horses transform and calm down.  He also had a very wonderful demeanor, and balanced his instruction of his riders with the presentation toward watchers very well.
  • The food all looks amazing!  So far we’ve stuck with the amazing, cheaper, and healthier food we brought but I’ll have to decide which of the delicious foods to buy here…the gyros are calling my name.

I’m sorry I don’t have names of vendors at the moment. I am writing from the darkness of the camper while the others are asleep (insomniac night shift worker dilemmas).  I took lots of photos and business cards so I promise to give a full rundown next week!

…you sometimes forget to eat.

I’m about to go Fighting the Fat Kid Within on you in this post because human health is equally as important as horse health.  We can’t do our horses any good if we’re not healthy.

True barn rats can tell you that time on the farm slips through your fingers worse than reins when you forget riding gloves on a hot day.  You arrive at the farm and before you know it six hours have gone by and you haven’t eaten anything and you’re lucky if you remembered water.

GRAZE FOREST FRUITS OPEN

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