If raising a colt teaches you anything at all it’s that they like routine, consistency, and patterns. Linda drilled into my head, “consistency, consistency, consistency,” so that’s what I did and then some. Well creating a routine has almost backfired on me, now Tana likes to begin eating at least 2 hours prior to warming up, knows on the road she gets grain twice a day, etc.
When we arrive at the race the night before I make sure and wake up 2 hours before time-only’s begin to feed Tana her morning hay. This way she has plenty of time to eat before and then after time-only’s I unsaddle, put all her BOT wear on, feed her the rest of her hay, and her grain mixture and let her rest till the race.
My favorite BOT Products
- Mesh Sheet – At night I will put this on her with a rain sheet or stable blanket on top
- Quick Wraps
- Hock Wraps
I make sure and begin saddling up about an hour before I think I’m going to make my run, I wander down to the warm-up and long trot two laps, make two circles each direction and then walk. About 3 rakes before my number I find my Mom and boot Tana up and then in another rake I cinch up and get on. I seriously could not barrel race without my Mom.
After my run, I hand walk to cool her down, water her, and if I notice she’s sore at all or seems to have heat I make sure and put lineament where needed. Lately, we’ve been going to multiple day races so when were done running I feed her more hay and let her relax in the pen.
Tana’s Feed Routine on the Road
- AM- Before Time Only’s: 1 flake of grass hay, 1/2 flake of alfalfa,
- AM- Prior to Run: 1 flake of grass hay, 1/2 lb of Haystack Special Blend, 1 scoop of Equerry’s Glucosamine, 1 scoop of LMF 911, a pinch of salt
- PM- Evening Feed: 1 flake of grass hay, 1 flake of alfalfa, 1/2 of Hay Stack Special Blend, 1 scoop of Equerry’s, a pinch of salt
(The grass hay is just estimates, even at home she is pretty much on free choice)
All the products that keep Tana happy & healthy:
I am constantly learning every single day, and being told to try new things, changing up what I always thought was right and so much more! If I didn’t have a trainer well, I’d be even more of a hot mess than I already am. I definitely don’t know it all and I love to learn new things this is just what works for me so far!
XOXO Until Next Time