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Louisiana Equine Council Blog

Hoofbeat News

Updated: Sep 25

The Fall Women's Riding Retreat at Rustic Sky kicked off today with an evening of delicious Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, potato salad, garlic bread and peach cobbler followed by a Pajama Party & Contest which was coordinated by Cherie Britton! Prizes were given for the Craziest and Cutest pajamas! A brief break was taken while LEC board members clad also in pajamas did a presentation about the benefits of becoming a member of The Louisiana Equine Council. Happy Broussard refused to toss on his PJ's for this event but did an excellent job in his presentation just the same!

Pictured below left to right: Lisa Skelton Bell, Edwin "Happy" Broussard, Ginger Schouest, Robbin Rosalis

If you would like more information about the Louisiana Women's Riding Retreats, email Founder Robbin Rosalis @

To learn more about the Louisiana Equine Council and member benefits, visit our website.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Trails Committee or for more information on upcoming Trail Rides, email Happy @

AUTHOR: Ginger Schouest, Board Member

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In Louisiana Equine Industry News, the Louisiana Equine Research & Promotion board is currently accepting grant

applications to support the economic development of the equine industry in the state now until mid September. Improvements on equine infrastructures, current equine trails, new equine trail development, and even equine events will be considered. So now is the time to get those applications in. Below please find the grant application as well as the instructions which you can download and print.


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To learn more about the Louisiana Equine and Promotion Advisory Board, visit the link below.

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For healthy horses working during the summer, Dr. Becky McConnico of LSU says adding a salt containing potassium chloride—which horses lose more often when they get dehydrated—to the feed will encourage water consumption and help recover elements lost during ­sweating. Horses become more at risk for dehydration (loss of body water at a rate greater than the body can replace it) on hot summer days.

McConnico adds that owners should know how much their horse drinks normally and consult the heat index before riding. If adding the humidity percentage to the outside temperature

Spraying Water on your Horse cools them down on  average in 2 minutes
Cool Down Your Horse

value (in degrees Fahrenheit) results in a figure above 180, she advises skipping

your ride.

Otherwise, cooling down your horse after a summer ride is important. A 2020 Study from The American Association of Equine practitioners has shown that applying tap water continuously took about 2 minutes to achieve normal body temperature compared to walking a horse which averaged 25 minutes. Click the link below for more summer time equine tips.

Author: Ginger Schouest, LEC Board Member & Marketing Chair

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