The Equine Nanny Brings TLC Through the Night to Dressage Horses at Shows
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Perhaps one of the most unique requests for Missy Sage co-owner of the Equine Nanny, a nighttime watch service for Dressage competitions, was made by customer Lauren Sammis. The Pan American Team Gold and Silver Individual medalist wanted to be sure her equine partner; Hyperion Farm’s Sagacious would “get kisses throughout the night”. “We did so,” said Missy, “noting it on his chart.”
With the busy May and early June CDI schedule, dressage competitors and their horses are on the move. The Equine Nanny will be at this week’s Lamplight Dressage, and the upcoming Raleigh CDI, providing their loving night watch services, easing the stress of horse owners concerned about whether or not their horse is settling in for the night. “We take the burden off of horse owners and riders, so the can get a good night’s sleep for the next show day.” explained Sage, just finishing up a busy show at the Paxton Farm CDI***. So respected is the Equine Nanny within her community, that Olympic hopeful Lily Zilo Chiu (HK), has already had her outfitted with official clothing and credentials should she make the team for Hong Kong, to be her groom. Lily will have Missy close by this weekend at Lamplight to be sure the only thing Lily needs to focus on are her rides, and going for the qualifying scores she needs to earn to represent her country.
All customers have a chart on their stalls, for recording night check and any issues the Equine Nanny notices. “We have had many diggers that can dig a 3 foot deep hole in 10 minutes and horses that rip or kick holes through the tents to see the horse next to them. Common is the horse that lets themselves out to take a stroll in the middle of the night, or a stallion out looking for a mare! We do get that one that just won’t settle down unless one of us stands there the whole night talking to them - That’s a lotta fun! " said Sage. "We have also caught many beginning to colic and have called owners immediately. A colic caught early in its stage is better than coming back to show grounds at 7am to find your horse has been colicing for hours with no help." One of the most common things they find at shows is empty water buckets by 9:00 PM. Lack of hydration is the cause of many issues which can affect a horse and its comfort level.
"The Equine Nanny is a wonderful addition to the Florida horse show season, I love it and it is making such a difference for me, so I do not need to drive out to the show grounds and do night check, as I did before. Missy and her staff are very professional and I feel I can trust them 100%. I look forward to use them again next season."
Equine Nanny’s are on the lookout for any abnormal behavior throughout the night, (colic sign, cast, unusual happenings that occur during the night to horses when no one is there to help them). “We hear the coughing of horses and will note on your chart if horse has been coughing during the night.” said Sage. Anything that might interest the owner that is not an emergency will be noted on the individual stall chart for that horse.
Some of the Equine Nanny regulars are; Caroline Roffman, Lily Zilo, Courtney King, George Williams, Tim & Suzy Dutta, Tuny Page,Jane Hannigan, Lisa Wilcox, Chris Hickey,Tami Hoag,Shawna Harding, Todd Flettrich, Marco Bernal, Cesar Parra, Kathy Priest, Karin Offield,Oded Shimoni, Bent Jensen, Shannon Dueck, Lars Petersen, Melissa Taylor,Lauren Sammis, Janne Rumbough
The Equine Nanny will be at Paxton Farm CDI, Lamplight CDI and Raleigh CDI.
Please book ahead for the upcoming shows, and
Ask your Dressage Show organizer to bring them to your shows.
E-mail - Missy Sage Msagefox@aol.com
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