A Guide to Winter Circuit Mondays

During the busy show season, Monday is a sacred day off for busy trainers and barn managers.   It’s a day to rest, regroup, and do something different.   Sometimes, you still have to go to the barn to care for the horses, or meet the farrier or vet, but hopefully it’s only for a few hours.  If you use barn management software like Stable Secretary, you won’t have to spend hours on your invoicing or record keeping, so you can enjoy more of the day off!

Below is a list of suggested activities to help you refresh body and mind on a Winter Circuit Monday! (This list is a work in progress – please contribute your own ideas by adding comments at the end of the post.   Many thanks to Amanda Steege for Ocala ideas, Hope Glynn for Thermal ideas, and Liz Davoll for WEF ideas!)

Winter Equestrian Festival – Wellington, FL

Fun during the day… 
Dog Beach in Jupiter http://www.jupiter.fl.us
Mani/Pedi and more at La Mer http://www.lamernailsandspa.com
Mani/Pedi at California Nails https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Nails
Lion Country Safari http://www.lioncountrysafari.com
Snorkeling at Peanut Island http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/peanutisland
Luxuriate at the Eau Spa http://www.eaupalmbeach.com
Visitors Guide to Palm Beach and West Palm Beach http://www.palmbeachfl.com
Go see Miami! http://www.miamiandbeaches.com

Shopping, anyone?
The Mall at Wellington Green http://www.shopwellingtongreen.com
City Place in West Palm Beach http://www.cityplace.com
Del Ray http://www.downtowndelraybeach.com
Worth Avenue http://worth-avenue.com

Eat, Drink, and be Happy!
Breakfast at Short Stacks http://www.shortstacks.net
Breakfast at Gabriel’s Cafe http://southflorida.menupages.com
Lunch or Dinner at Oli’s http://olisfashioncuisine.com
Lunch or Dinner at La Fogata http://lafogatawellington.com
Dinner at Agliolio http://www.agliolio.com
Dinner at Stonewood Grill & Tavern http://www.stonewoodgrill.com
Dinner and Drinks at Kontiki http://www.kontikiwellington.com
Many restaurants in Del Ray http://www.downtowndelraybeach.com
Lunch at Brazilian Court http://www.thebraziliancourt.com
The Breakers  Seafood Bar http://www.thebreakers.com
Health and Refreshing Smoothies at Jamba Juice http://www.jambajuice.com

Trivia Contest at JoJos http://www.jojosrawbarandgrill.com
Movies in Wellington http://www.wellingtonmovies.com
Movies in Royal Palm Beach http://www.regmovies.com

HITS Ocala – Ocala, FL

Fun during the day…
Azulene for walk-in spa services http://www.azulene-dayspa.com
The Canyons Zip Line http://www.tripadvisor.com
Face the Day Aveda Spa http://facethedayocala.com
Golden Ocala which is offering HITS memberships for 2014 and has a gym, spa, golf, tennis, pool, and restaurants http://www.goldenocala.com

 Let’s Go Shopping!
Dillard’s http://www.dillards.com

Eat, Drink, be Merry!
Horse and Hound has Martini Mondays http://www.horseandhoundsrestaurant.com
Marks Steak House in the Square http://gainesville.marksprimesteakhouse.com

Regal Movie Theater http://www.regmovies.com/


HITS Thermal – Thermal, CA

Living Desert in Palm Springs http://www.livingdesert.org
The Spa at La Quinta http://www.laquintaresort.com
YMCA Aquatic Center which is great for adults and kids http://www.desertymca.org

Buy some New Stuff!
El Paseo for medium to high end stores http://palmsprings.com
Lulu Lemon at El Paseo http://www.lululemon.com

Restaurants at La Quinta – check out the Adobe Grill! http://www.laquintaresort.com


We need advice for other winter circuits. Please share your suggestions for Mondays in Aiken SC, Gulfport MS, Jacksonville FL, and Tucson, AZ.

Press Release: Stable Secretary releases enhanced features, welcomes new partner

Stable Secretary releases enhanced features, welcomes new partner

In today’s world, multitasking is no longer a skill – it’s a requirement. From riding multiple horses to teaching lessons, keeping track of blanketing and turnout, farrier visits; vet appointments and more, trainers and barn managers have their hands full.

StableSecretary.com founder Kate Rice knows that life well; after more than two decades of work experience in busy stables, she created StableSecretary to make the jobs of barn managers and trainers more manageable.

StableSecretary’s cloud-based record keeping software simplifies life for equestrian professionals at all levels of the business. This month, it released new features that provide instant access to lease agreement details, registration numbers, bloodlines, insurance information, categorized comments, and more.  It enables users to customize calendars and reports to show past and future health and service events for one, some, or all horses. It also tracks payments and invoice balances to ease billing.

“StableSecretary has been a lifesaver for me,” says young professional Hayley Barnhill. “Before, I struggled to find the best way to track my rides and make invoices. I’d forget things because I didn’t write them down, and I’d waste a whole day off at month’s end trying to make invoices. Now all I have to do is pick up my phone and click on the horse’s name that I rode or showed. Billing at the end of the month is just as easy.”

Easy-to-use and tailored to users’ specific needs, StableSecretary’s intuitive software enables users to access and manipulate health, billing, and operational information for their stables. Supported by the most advanced technology, it can be operated from any mobile device or computer.

Most recently, Stable Secretary acquired the expertise of existing software Show Barn Manager. Show Barn Manager contributed to the latest updates and now supports Stable Secretary. The combined experience of Rice and Cathy Warner Goodwin, founder of Show Barn Manager, now operate together under Stable Secretary to create a leading system that reduces oversights in horse care and incomplete invoicing.

“Stable Secretary is an invaluable tool for every horse person who knows how hard it is to keep track of all of the records for your own horses and for your clients’ horses,” says grand prix rider Debbie Stephens. “It allows you to spend your time with the horses, but at the same time never lose track of precious data which can be life-saving to our equine partners.”

Stable Secretary offers proactive, dependable, and friendly training and support.  It is available for purchase at http://stablesecretary.com.

Kate Rice
Email: pr@stablesecretary.com Phone: (617) 564-1241

Best Practices for Shipping South


For a lot of horses, it’s time to head South for the winter. Sometimes, a long trailer ride from cold weather to hot weather is hard on horses – they can become dehydrated, colicky, and can get shipping fever. I asked a few respected trainers and barn managers how to avoid health problems for their horses when they ship south. Their wise comments are below.

Barn manager from PA: I give them mash and electrolytes and oil.

Trainer from NJ: The night before they travel, we give the horses a mash with lots of mineral oil. The morning of the trailer ride, we give the horses a small meal with some type of stomach medicine like omeprozale powder or gastroguard. I always check the weather for the route, and blanket appropriately. I instruct the driver when to take sheets off.

Trainer from RI: We try not to clip right before. We give the horses a mash with oil for two feedings before. And then I cross my fingers.

Trainer from NY: We give the horses a mash the morning before and the morning of departure, with a little mineral oil. If they are furry, we clip before as it’s bad for them to arrive and be hot – best is to clip 3 weeks or a month prior, then again when they arrive. And we start them on Cavalor Resist C five days before they ship.

Barn manager from MA: We bodyclip at least 2 weeks before the trip (clip before you ship). And we make sure that their fall vaccinations are done well before, 2 to 3 weeks or so. Then we give them mash with mineral oil the night before and the night before that. The morning of the ride, they get half their normal grain with a Gastrogard. Then we figure out what they should wear to depart, and when and where their clothes should come off. We take all of their temperatures upon arrival, and for the next few days.


Safe travels!!

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