Blazing through winter

The Scandia Trail Blazers have been blazing through the past frigid cold months. The members have been learning all about their four-legged, furry friends and are anxious for the warm spring months so they can start learning with their horses.

The Nov. 6 meeting was held at Scandia Fire Hall. Members took part in a hands-on lesson about blanketing horses and leg wraps. Club leaders Heather Wilcox and Stephanie Arthurs explained the difference in blankets and what blanket is suitable for different situations. They also went over how to wrap a leg and what each leg wrap is used for. The members then grouped up and practiced wrapping a leg by wrapping each others legs.

The Nov. 20 meeting was held at Fox Run Stables. Members were divided into groups and went through three stations. The stations included: using the proper bit, fitting a saddle to your horse, and fitting a blanket to your horse. The older members taught the lesson at each station. When the meeting was adjourned, members enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa.

December brought the holidays and high spirits for everyone. The Scandia Trail Blazers celebrated their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 1 at the Scandia Fire Hall where club members and their families enjoyed lunch and games. The club leaders went together and made each member a rhythm bead mane clip. The rhythm beads will help each member become a better rider. December also brought on the winter fundraiser. The club bagged groceries at Thorne’s BiLo of Warren. They collected donations for their hard work. The Scandia Trail Blazers would like to thank all of the individuals who took time to make a donation.

Jan. 15 was a mandatory meeting held at the Warren County Conservation District office. The members completed the Good Production Practice (GPP). This year’s GPP included a debate on modern dilemmas. There were three debates and the club was split into six teams. The debates included: shoeing your horse vs. keeping your horse barefoot, English riding vs. Western riding, and blanketing your horse vs. not blanketing your horse. The members were exposed to both sides of each predicament.

The upcoming February meeting will consist of the members giving their mandatory five-minute speech. The speech may be on any topic related to the equine industry. While the cold winter months are coming to an end, the club members are getting anxious about having meetings with their horses.