Why do we blanket horses in the Fall and what are those silly hoods they wear?

Along with Fall comes the need to blanket most of the horses in the barn.  This is an important part of horse care for the majority of the year, and most of our students will take part in the process.  You may notice that not all horses in the barn, and not all horses kept elsewhere, wear blankets.  We like to teach students about the what, when, how and why of blanketing to support their horsemanship education!   Please review with your students:
  • What:  Thick, water resistant winter blankets, and for some horses, silly-looking fitted hoods called 'Sleezy Sleepers'
  • When:  When the temperatures start dropping into the 50s at night until mid-late Spring.  In the 'shoulder seasons' of September/October and April/May, blankets often have to be taken off during the day and put back on at night (which is quite the task for 30+ horses in the barn and we love helpers!).
  • How:  Don't unbuckle the front!  Blankets are removed by unbuckling the leg and belly straps, sliding the blanket to the ground under the horse's neck, then sliding the narrow part in front over their head. They are put back on by doing the same, but in reverse order.  Sleezy Sleepers are a lot trickier – ask your instructor for help until you have it figured out!  
  • Why:  Horses don't need blankets if they never started wearing one early in blanket season – their bodies will naturally adapt to the cold by growing their own Winter coat.  However, horses that grow their own Winter coats overheat very quickly with rigorous riding, and the sweat produced leads to wet, cold horses after the rides and a higher susceptibility to fungus.  
New Board Members and Board Openings

Sande School of Horsemanship would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to two new members of our Board of Directors, Drew Yoder and Liz Swagerty Olsen. Liz is the Vice President of Vice Marketing and Communications at Ferguson Wellman Capital Management in Portland and Drew is a Certifier with the Department of Human Services.

The Board is currently seeking one or two more members, specifically individuals with local community connections who are in the Education or Healthcare fields. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to Kassi at The Board will review this information at their next meeting in early December. Thank you for your interest!

Sande School of Horsemanship recently received a grant from Columbia Pacific CCO to help expand and create long-term sustainability for the Sande Youth Leadership Program. Staff and volunteers recently participated in a trauma-informed care training with Leslie Ford of CPCCO and Kassi Euwer, Executive Director, is participating in the annual PATH (Professional Association of International Horsemanship) Conference in Colorado early next month. 

The Nike Community Impact Fund recently provided funding to help Sande increase the number of individuals of all ages we can serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With Nike's generous support, groups of people experiencing disabiltiies will visit Sande from schools, group homes, other nonprofits and health organizations to participate in Horsemanship Field Trips. Please let us know if you are interested in more information about field trips!

Thank you to Ferguson Wellman Capital Management and new Board Member, Liz Swagerty Olsen, for providing a donation sponsoring our nonprofit programs! We are incredibly grateful for this new partnership and Liz's commitment to helping lift up our community's youth and people of all ages with disabilities. 

Fall Horse Camp on School Holiday - November 11th!

Sande has added an exciting new camp opportunity this year! Your kiddos can come enjoy a day of horseback riding, horsemanship education, games, crafts and more at Sande on school holidays in the Scappoose and St. Helens School Districts. The next Fall Camp is offered on November 11th from 9:00 - 2:30 with before and after care available. The cost is $75 and you can register here to reserve your spot today! 
Save the Date for Fall Show n' Tell!

Our Fall Show n' Tell is scheduled for Sunday, December 15th, from 1pm to 4pm at Sande. This is an opportunity for all students in the lesson and Sande Youth Leadership programs to showcase their skills and celebrate their equestrian accomplishments. We will share a detailed schedule closer to the date so you know your specific ride time! 


Sande's annual fundraiser is coming back on Saturday, May 30th! This family-friendly event includes live music, dancing, dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions, mechanical bull rides and so much more. Stay tuned for more details and let us know if you are interested in volunteering!
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