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in every issue 5 From the Publisher 6 Your Letters 8 Lead Feature 18 Trail Guide 22 Horse Logic 24 Professionals

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Community Horse! We’ve combined Massachusetts Horse and Connecticut Horse magazines and we’ve

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horse owners, professionals, enthusiasts, and businesses in the Bay State, the Nutmeg State, and the Ocean State published twice a year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Every issue features farms, horse people, and three comprehensive events calendars are prepared exclusively for Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Each lead feature will be a topic that touches each horse owner and will be specific to our region. Every issue will have profiles of horse people— both professional and amateurs — and farms — backyard and large facilities — as well as a Trail Guide location for each state. You’ll hear from Horse Logic columnist Nicole Birkholzer as well as other professionals with advice to impart. In the new directory section, you’ll

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Your Letters To the Editor: Read your excellent article, Helmets: The Hard Headed Facts [January/February 2020]. Well done! So happy to see all the facts laid out on the importance of wearing an approved riding helmet. As an instructor, I’ve witnessed and experienced a number of falls that likely would have resulted in very different outcomes had it not been for a helmet. And, I too request my riders to wear one when taking part in unmounted activities. Thanks again for sharing this important information. Jeanna Pellino, East Hampton

To the Editor: Thank you so much for the beautiful Smith Worthington leather halter, awarded from the Is This Your Horse? contest [March/April 2020]. It looks gorgeous on my lovely mare, Willow, really brings out her auburn highlights, and is a perfect fit. This really is a fine piece of leather tack to inspire grooming and primping! MaryAnn Smith, Salem

To the Editor: Thank you for the great deal on advertising! Connecticut Horse is the only publication I advertise with as the others are too expensive. I love Connecticut Horse! Keep up the great work. Corinne Gagnon, Frazier Farm, Woodbury

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Deworming

An Easy-to-Understand Guide

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hen it comes to internal parasites and your horse, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: There’s evolving resistance by parasites to chemical dewormers. The good news: Though the problem of resistance is serious, with a savvy schedule developed with your veterinarian, coupled with good stable management practices, and fecal testing, you not only can stay a stride ahead of an infection but can potentially save money by decreasing how often you deworm and lessen your horse’s chances of a case of colic as well. Dewormers were introduced to the horse community more than 50 years ago. Now, the easy-to-use paste dewormer can be found in every barn, local tack shop, and vet’s truck. Effectiveness, safety, and ease of use in controlling internal parasite populations and minimizing parasiterelated diseases, including the dreaded colic, were the benefits to horse owners in the 1960s with the introduction of the first benzimidazole-type drugs (Panacur, 8

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Safe-Guard) that were highly effective at eradicating large strongyles. When tubes of paste dewormers were first introduced and available to the consumer without involving a veterinarian, the most common and concerning internal parasite was large strongyles. The goal of those initial tubes of dewormer was to eliminate adult large strongyles before they could lay eggs and infect pastures and paddocks. Because strongyle eggs reappeared in manure about two months after deworming, most parasite control schedules involved deworming every two months. In 1966, J. H. Drudge and E. T. Lyons were the first to describe a modern equine anthelmintic program based on suppressive treatments. With the availability of Panacur and Safe-Guard, Drudge and Lyons used the best scientific evidence available at the time to recommend a treatment protocol involving yearround, bi-monthly treatment of all horses. This protocol has since then been


denoted the standard interval dose regimen. If you’re still following this 52-yearold program, this article is for you! Today, dewormers are used in parasite-control programs but concerns about effectiveness have emerged due to parasites’ increasing resistance against various dewormers. Now, we’re seeing that small strongyles, roundworms, and tapeworms are the leading causes of parasite infection and parasite-related diseases. The life cyles of these worms differ from that of the large strongyle. This is one reason that frequent deworming on a two-month schedule is not effective in controlling small strongyles, roundworms, and tapeworms.

“In terms of management priorities, an effective parasitecontrol program is second only to supplying clean, plentiful water and high-quality feed. It’s that important.” American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

Large strongyles are now rare, and small strongyles are the parasites of concern in adult horses, while roundworms remain the parasite most frequently seen in foals and weanlings. While different worms have different life cycles, all types progress through similar stages: eggs hatch and develop into larvae, migrate through a host body and mature into adults that, in turn, lay from hundreds of thousands to millions of eggs daily. Horses are infected with eggs or larvae by eating grass, grain, or hay contaminated with manure or by physical invasion, via the mouth or skin. (Think of that mouthy foal or young horse that tastes everything.) According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), “In terms of management priori-

ties, an effective parasite-control program is second only to supplying clean, plentiful water and high-quality feed. It’s that important.” Left untreated, the damaging consequences of parasite infection can lead to obstruction of blood vessels or the gastrointestinal tract, tissue invasion/ destruction, toxic reactions, anemia, depletion of nutrients, and increased susceptibility to disease such as colic. In short, stopping a parasite problem before it starts is your best defense.

Growing Resistance Stopping parasite infection early is more important than ever because parasites are continuously becoming resistant to dewormers. Nature has a way of adapting its creatures to a changing environment and that resistance is happening now. Resistance develops with repeated use of dewormers to populations of worms that have resistant genes. Over time, those organisms with the greatest resistance to a drug pass on their genes, allowing evergreater numbers of their species to remain unscathed. Ultimately, enough of a proportion of the parasite population will possess resistance genes, resulting in dewormer treatment failure. Dewormer resistance is a major threat to the current and future control of worm parasites in horses. It will be years before a new class of dewormer is developed and tested for use in the horse. According to the AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines, “Resistance is real and researchers have identified it in the United States against three classes of dewormers.” A large majority of the studies have been performed in the southeastern states, but there’s little information for the Northeast. However, here are the current levels of resistance seen in the southeastern states for the four dewormer drug classes: Benzimidazoles – generic names: fenbendazole and oxibendazole; brand names: Panacur, Safe-Guard, Anthelicide EQ – widespread resistance in small strongyles in the Southeast, no resistance Community Horse Spring/Summer 2021

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in large strongyles, and early indications of resistance in roundworms. Macrocylic Lactones – generic names: ivermectin, moxidectin; brand names: Ivermectin, Zimectrin, Zimectrin Gold, Quest Gel, Quest Plus Gel, Ivercare – early indications of resistance in small strongyles, no resistance in large strongyles, and widespread resistance in roundworms. Pyrimidines – generic name: pyrantel pamoate; brand names: Strongid, Exodus, StrongyleCare, Equi-Mintic, Equi-Aid – common resistance in small strongyles, no resistance in large strongyles, and early indications of resistance in roundworms.

If you drag a pasture/spread manure on a live [actively grazed] pasture, you’re actually doing the parasites’ job for them and helping them travel. Isquinoline-pyrozines – generic name: praziquantel; brand names: Quest Plus Gel, Zimectrin Gold – no resistance known. There’s considerable concern about the eventuality of worms becoming resistant to virtually all the drugs currently available. In parts of South America, Australia, and South Africa, large sheep ranches went out of business because worms on those ranches became resistant to every drug available. The eventuality is rather frightening, because theoretically, worms should develop resistance to just about any dewormer. So what’s a horse owner to do? The Lowdown on Egg Loads Successful defense begins by working with your veterinarian and diagnosing which parasites your horse is carrying.

Fecal Egg Count Test A fecal egg count test, (two types are recommended by the AAEP: Modified McMaster Procedure and Modified 10

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Wisconsin Technique), quantifies the number of eggs per gram of manure. If the infecting parasites are at the stage in their life cycle when they are producing eggs, a fecal egg count can help estimate the worm burden. The fecal egg count test does not tell you the worm burden in the horse, but the number of eggs being shed by those worms. From there, one infers the parasite load in the horse. For example, horses with small strongyle egg shedding of 0 to 200 eggs per gram are considered low (pasture) contaminators; 200 to 500 eggs per gram are moderate contaminators; and eggs per gram of 500 or more are high contaminators — shedding the most eggs in your pasture, paddocks, and stalls. If you have multiple horses, 20 percent of your horse population passes about 80 percent of all parasite eggs on your property. In our Massachusetts climate, test adult horse’s manure in the spring when the grass begins growing and again in the fall after the first hard frost. Horses should not have received dewormer treatment at least eight weeks prior to the sample, preferably 12 weeks. Since we have cold winters here in the Bay State, you won’t need to deworm adult horses during the winter because the cold prevents parasites from developing into an infective stage. Once you’ve tested an adult horse several times to determine his shedding status, his classification as a low, moderate, or high contaminator is unlikely to change. Foals, yearlings, and young horses have higher burdens of parasites and are much more susceptible to disease. As young horses age, their immune system is better equipped to eradicate worms. Consult with your veterinarian if you have a youngster on your hands as they carry more roundworms and need a specialized fecal egg count and deworming schedule. Horses more than 20 years of age tend to have special parasite control needs as they are typically high shedders. Work closely with your vet to determine the best practices for your elderly horse.


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Fecal Egg Count Reduction Test A fecal egg count reduction test — running a fecal egg count before and after administering a dewormer — can help your veterinarian assess the efficacy of the dewormer used and identify the possibility of parasite resistance on your farm. The test involves comparing the fecal egg count in a fresh manure sample, taken the day a horse is dewormed (before deworming), with a second sample, analyzed 10 to 14 days after deworming. Although egg counts can vary, if the second egg count has not decreased by at least 98 percent compared to the first for ivermectin and moxidectin and at least 90 percent with other dewormers, it’s likely that your dewormer isn’t doing its job and/or your parasites have developed resistance. For dewormers that are effective with your horse, recheck about every two years with a fecal egg count reduction test to be sure their effectiveness has not decreased. If a fecal egg count reduction test suggests your product is working effectively, use it. If not, discuss with your veterinarian the next steps for your horse and farm. It’s easy to keep using the same products for years — maybe because there’s no reaction in your horse. But it’s also possible that no reaction means no parasites are being killed. They could be resistant, and without a test, how would you know?

Wrapping Up Tapeworms What a fecal egg count will not pick up is the presence of tapeworms, because tapeworms shed eggs only sporadically. Grazing horses become infected when they ingest, while on pasture, mites that have consumed tapeworm eggs from the manure of infected horses. The most common species reach about two inches as adults, whereas others grow upward of 30 inches long. Tapeworm segments are usually not detected in manure, so infection won’t be obvious until the horse is in surgery or has 12

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died. The most deadly colics are often a result of these parasites. In addition to colic, tapeworms can also cause unthriftiness and diarrhea. How can you confirm if tapeworms have infected your horse? A saliva test that determines your horse’s tapeworm burden is now available. Previously, the most reliable method of identifying tapeworms was a blood test to measure antibodies specific to tapeworms. The new test, EquiSal Tapeworm, works by identifying levels of tapewormspecific antibodies in your horse’s saliva. The saliva test is just as accurate as the blood test at predicting the presence of tapeworms, and it can also predict the severity of the infestation. A higher saliva score indicates that your horse is carrying a larger number of tapeworms. EquiSal is not available in the U.S. However, U.S. labs will be able to conduct the test early in 2019. Since fecal egg counts only identify small strongyle and roundworm burdens, once a year (the fall, after the first hard frost, is a good time), administer a dewormer that is also effective against tapeworms to adult horses.

What You Can Do Good stable management is the first and best line of defense because inevitably parasites will find their way into the intestines of almost every horse. What exacerbates the problem are conditions that perpetuate high parasite loads: overcrowding horses on pasture, not cleaning stalls and paddocks to minimize fecal contamination, and not tracking parasite loads, not only in your current horses but in new arrivals as well. Parasite control boils down to a deceptively simple, three-step strategy.

Strategic Deworming First, decrease the number of egg-laying, adult parasites by running fecal egg count tests and fecal egg count reduction tests and deworm horses based on findings and your veterinarian’s recommendations. All horses on a farm should be


Fecal Egg Count Testing Schedule horse’s age

fecal egg counts

fecal egg count reduction test

deworm

youngsters

routinely to determine roundworms

annually until more than two years old

deworm foals for roundworms, after weaning focus on small strongyles, tapeworms

adults

once or twice per year

every three years for each dewormer drug class used

deworm spring and fall after first hard frost, additionally for high egg shedders as needed

elderly

same as adults, some elderly horses are high egg shedders

every three years for each dewormer drug class used

same as adults

upon arrival

same as adults

new horses

Fecal egg counts help you know your horse’s level of worm egg shedding. Collect a manure sample prior to deworming.

Fecal egg count reduction tests are the only way to know if your dewormer is effective. Perform a fecal egg count before deworming, deworm the horse based on results, and perform another fecal egg count 10 to 14 days after deworming.

included on a deworming schedule. The way you deworm has to be strategic. The goal is not to eradicate worms entirely in your horse, but to reduce the number of eggs your horse is shedding to reduce pasture infection.

Pasture/Paddock Management Next, get rid of larvae and eggs your horse could ingest by removing manure from all feeding areas. The pickup and disposal of manure yields dramatic results and longer intervals between needed deworming — an important benefit considering the increase in drug resistance by parasites. If you remove manure within 48 hours from paddocks and pastures, there’s considerably less risk of contamination. Don’t drag pastures with manure

unless you’re rotating horses to a different pasture and spreading manure on a pasture where horses will not be grazing. Spreading manure exposes the manure to air, heat, and light, which will destroy parasite eggs IF the temperature is above 77 degrees for a few weeks or above 104 degrees for a few days. If you drag a pasture/spread manure on a live [actively grazed] pasture, you’re actually doing the parasites’ job for them and helping them travel. Notice the “rough” areas of your pastures and paddocks, the places the horses use as “toilets.” The majority of horses will defecate in these areas and will not graze on the grass that grows in these areas. This is to avoid the ingestion of parasite eggs. (One of my Haflinger mares didn’t get this evolutionary memo and grazes in the Community Horse Spring/Summer 2021

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rough areas. As a result, she’s a very high egg shedder.) When you drag a pasture where horses will be grazing before the eggs are destroyed by air, heat, and light, or feed hay where there’s manure, you’re forcing your horses to eat in their “toilet” and increasing the number of worm eggs your horse ingests.

New Arrivals When a new horse comes into a barn it should be stalled away from others for two weeks, which is enough time for any viruses in transit to go away. Begin a fecal egg count reduction test the day you deworm the horse (upon its arrival at your farm). Collect all manure from both the stall and isolation paddock. Be sure the manure goes off the farm, directly into compost, or is plowed under on crop fields. At the appropriate 10 to 14 days after the initial fecal egg count test, do another to finalize the fecal egg count reduction test. You

want to be sure the dewormer used was effective and that the new horse’s parasite load is known prior to introducing this horse to turnout buddies where he could contaminate your pastures, paddocks, and your horses with egg shedding.

Dosages and Weights Deworming results will be only as good as its application. Giving a horse an adequate dosage can be a big challenge. Horses can hold paste in their mouth for five minutes before spitting it out. Not all paste dewormers are particularly palatable, and it can be a challenge to get your horse to swallow it. If you can administer a flavored paste, you’re likely to be more successful. The critical step is in the dosage. Most horse owners are familiar with using a measuring tape to get the heart girth measurement to estimate the weight of their horse. Although muscle weighs more than fat, using a tape is a good place to start. However, there’s a more

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accurate way to estimate the horse’s weight. Weight tapes use a horse’s heart girth measurement alone, but by adding body length to the heart girth measurement you get a more accurate weight for horses older than one year. Measure the heart girth — the midsection of your horse, immediately behind the elbow and withers. Next, measure from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock. Then, use this equation: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) divided by 330. For a weanling divide by 280 and for a yearling, divide by 301. Now you have a more accurate weight for your horse. Deworming medications are not effective when given in an inadequate dose, so always err on the side of giving more rather than less of the recommendation for your horse’s weight. Consult your veterinarian, who may suggest that because deworming medications are very safe, even at higher-than-recommended doses, you should administer the dose for an additional amount of pounds more than you think your horse weighs. Your vet may suggest that if your horse weights 1,100 pounds, you dose the horse for 1,250 pounds. When it comes to foals, smaller ponies, and Miniature horses, however, overdosing can become a problem, so you should always consult with your vet before determining the appropriate dose, and take extra care during the actual administering to ensure that an overdose does not occur. Make sure that little stopper is firmly in place so you don’t mistakenly give a 250-pound Miniature horse a 1,250-pound dose! What if your horse spits out some dewormer? It’s much easier for your horse to spit out the paste when he can combine it with a wad of food, so before administering the dewormer check to be sure he has no hay, grass, grain, or treats in his mouth. It’s a good idea to have extra

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dewormer on hand in case more ends up on the outside of your horse's lips, on the ground, or on you than you expected. You want to be sure the correct amount all goes down the hatch, so to speak. These drugs are not effective when given in small amounts over a period of time. The whole dose must be administered at one time. If your horse doesn't swallow his full dose within 12 hours, wait a few days and start over with a new plan and another full dose. Rewarding your horse with his absolute favorite food after you are sure he’s swallowed the dewormer is one way to help him stay open to you putting dewormer and other medications in his mouth. I did this with my Haflingers from the time they were weanlings. Once they were about a year old, they got so excited to be dewormed that I had to be sure I

kept the tubes and caps securely in my pockets. My horses have been known to try to eat the actual dewormer tube! This is because they anticipate their favorite food via the “treat bucket” after every deworming. (They also swallow the dewormer immediately in anticipation of said treat.)

Working with Your Veterinarian A recent study in the United Kingdom found that deworming strategies were 75 percent more effective when veterinarians were involved in the deworming program. There’s a lot more to it than just picking out a tube of paste from a shelf and hoping your horse is cured. Veterinarians are able to act as your horse’s health consultant. They do it every day, with each physical exam, with every animal. Not only can they advise on when to give

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worm

population

symptoms

resistance

bots

all horses in summer

none, bothersome, a way for flies to breed

none known

large strongyles, bloodworms

uncommon in adult horses

sever colic, blood clots in arteries, intestinal damage

none known

pinworms

widespread, less common in adult horses

tail rubbing, skin irritation around the anus

some

roundworms

widespread on breeding farms, foals, weanlings

airway inflammation, small intestine impaction, poor growth

pervasive

small strongyles

widespread

weight loss, diarrhea, dull hair coat, poor performance, lack of appatite, lethargy

pervasive

tapeworms

horses more than six months of age

spasmodic colic, colic

none known

threadworms

widespread

diarrhea, sometimes unthriftiness

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dewormers, there are times when they will advise against it. This is just as important. Today’s products have negated the need for such old-fashioned approaches as tube worming, but they’ve also disenfranchised veterinarians from the process. Essentially, to stay one step ahead of the worms work closely with your veterinarian to customize a parasite control program — one that addresses the problem completely. As parasites develop resistance to dewormers regularly used to treat against them, the answer is not to stop deworming our horses. What it does mean is that, whenever possible, we should deworm fewer times a year and select the deworming agent with care. Using fecal tests allows us to do just that, deworm less frequently and more accurately. Continuing the old methods of deworming every two months, or whatever you may have done in the past that doesn’t include fecal tests, is contributing to the parasites’ ability to become resistant to the current dewormers. As parasites evolve and develop resistance to dewormers, we too, as owners, must evolve in our efforts to come up with a better system of horse care, incorporating a closer relationship with our veterinarian, a more rotational cycle of dewormers, and more vigilant stable management protocols. Stephanie is the publisher of Massachusetts Horse and Connecticut Horse. A lifelong horsewoman, she’s been a riding instructor and a breeding manager at an 80-horse Arabian farm where she foaled out mares, collected stallions, and administered the vaccination and deworming programs. Stephanie currently lives in the foothills of the Berkshires on Pocketful of Ponies Farm.

Dewormers Demystified BENZIMIDAZOLES generic names: fenbendazole, oxibendazole brand names: Panacur, Safe-Guard, Anthelicide EQ effective against: large and small strongyles, encysted small strongyles, roundworms, pinworms resistance*: prevalent in small strongyles in Southeast, early indications in roundworms

MACROCYCLIC LACTONES generic names: moxidectin, ivermectin brand names: Quest, EquiMax, Zimectrin, Equimectrin, IverEase, IverCare, Rotectin effective against: large and small strongyles, roundworms, pinworms, bots resistance*: early indications in small strongyles, widespread resistance in roundworms

PYRIMIDINES generic name: pyrantel pamoate brand names: Strongid, Equi-Aid, StrongyleCare, Equi-Mintic, Exodus effective against: large and small strongyles, roundworms, pinworms, bots resistance*: common resistance in small strongyles, no resistance in large strongyles, early indications in roundworms

ISQUINOLINE-PYROZINES generic name: praziquantel brand names: Quest Plus Gel, Zimectrin Gold effective against: large and small strongyles, roundworms, pinworms, bots, tapeworms, threadworms resistance*: none known * Based on information for the southeastern states that have been studied. No studies yet in Northeast.

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Trail Guide Danbury by Stacey Stearns

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erty. Equestrians from the stable often ride in the park and enjoy the trails. Lucy Prybylski owns and operates Happy Trails Farm with her husband, Ed, and enjoys western dressage, ranch riding, and trail riding. She serves on the board of the Friends of Tarrywile Park and the Newtown Bridle Lands Association. “It’s important for equestrians to be active in trail organizations so we can con-

passive recreation and education area. Riding here reminds you of a different era and way of life. Large estates such as Tarrywile were once commonplace, and although we’ve all seen it in the movies, riding through Tarrywile and imagining how people once lived is a unique experience. Tarrywile is a hub of activity and connects community members across all spectrums. Other passive recreation at Tarrywile includes hiking, cross-country skiing, orienteering, scouting events, cross-country running, and primitive camping. Happy Trails Farm is located on Mountainville Road in Danbury across from the eastern side of the Tarrywile prop-

tinue to have access to these places,” Lucy says. There are several equestrians who serve on the board of the Friends of Tarrywile Park. The Newtown Bridle Lands Association is dedicated to preserving equestrian and passive recreation trails.

Lucy Prybylski

arrywile Park and Mansion in Danbury is a renowned wedding and event location. However, the 722-acre treasure also has 21 miles of trails that are open to hikers, nature enthusiasts, and equestrians. Tarrywile Lake, Parks Pond, and Back Pond add to the beauty of the location while attracting local anglers. The city of Danbury purchased the land in 1985, and the Tarrywile Park Authority manages it as a

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History Lesson Tarrywile Mansion was built in 1897 as a home for Dr. William C. Wile and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s frequently rented out as a popular wedding and event location. Visitors can take a self-guided tour when there aren’t events. Rental proceeds help sustain park operations. The English-style garden surrounding the mansion attracts numerous visitors each year.


The grounds include a carriage house that was originally a stable before automobiles replaced horses, an apple orchard, icehouse, greenhouse, and gatehouse. An active dairy farm was on the property until the 1970s. You can still see the silo and milking parlor when you visit. Danbury High School has a garden project in the greenhouse, which helps students learn horticultural skills. Picnic tables and a gazebo in the orchard make it an inviting spot for park guests. Tarrywile Lake was a drinking water reservoir for the city of Danbury, so the family had Parks Pond dug for their personal use. Footbridges around Parks Pond were built as Eagle Scout projects but are not suitable for horses.

Environmental Education Center, milking parlor, and silo to the trails. Parking is limited for horse trailers. “I recommend that equestrians come on a weekday and arrive early to ensure adequate parking,” says Becky Petro, the executive director of Tarrywile Park and Mansion. Clean up around your trailer before you leave, including sweeping up any hay. Trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Equestrians and other trail users can experience a variety of terrain across the 722-acres. There are large fields with spectacular views, while the terrain is rugged and rocky in other places. You’ll ride past ponds and natural blueberry and blackberry patches. Tarrywile is home to a plethora of plant and wildlife species; keep your eyes peeled for small animals, fun plants, and enjoy the chorus of birds as you ride along.

Out Riding It

Equestrians should also avoid the areas near the mansion. Hearthstone Castle, built in the 1890s, is on the eastern side of the park, but is supposed to be demolished. The castle has a long and unique history of its own. It’s currently fenced off.

A Leg Up Download a map at tarrywile.com/ exploring. Click on TARRYWILE HIKING TRAIL GUIDE. There are two parking lots at Tarrywile, one off Southern Boulevard, another off Brushy Hill Road. Horse trailers should use the larger lot off Southern Boulevard. From the parking area you can ride past the picnic area, Red Barn

Brushy Hill Road cuts through Tarrywile Park, and separates the trail system. Parking is on the western side of the park. Lucy and the boarders at her barn generally ride on the eastern side of the park, since that’s where they access the park. Fewer trail users are on the eastern side. “A lot of equestrians use the park,” Lucy says. “They don’t want horses near the mansion, but with so many trails, it’s easy to avoid. We’re careful not to leave manure on the trails, and we only ride when the footing is good so that we don’t tear up the fields. It’s important for equestrians to take good care of the trails and land we access.” From the silo and dairy barn the park unfolds before you as you’re standing in the hay fields. Loop around the edge of the fields, and then you have two options. Follow the edge of the field alongside Parks Pond and over to the orange trail to ride the eastern side of the park. Or, cross Brushy Hill Road to ride the orange trail loop. The location markers on the trail match your map. You can go left or right Community Horse Spring/Summer 2021

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at marker 11, although you’ll want to stay right if keeping the markers in numerical order matters to you! All of the trails are blazed. You’ll ride along the edges of hay fields and past the old ski slope. This loop is along the base of 820-foot Town Mountain. The trails meander up and down small hills, and are filled with blooming mountain laurel in late spring, and lots of interesting rock formations. When you reach the park boundary at marker 14 the trail loops north back toward the ski area and hayfields. Starting from the parking area, riding the orange loop is approximately four miles. Trails can be technical; hoof protection is recommended. Those looking for a longer ride can explore the trails on the western side of the park. Coming back off of the orange trail you’ll reach Parks Pond. Go left on the white trail (marked in gray on the map) until it connects to blue. From here, follow the markers and blue trail. At the intersection with the yellow trail, go

left on yellow for a longer ride, or right on blue for a shorter ride. These sections also have rolling hills to climb and descend as you enjoy the woods, surrounded by pine trees, wildflowers, and occasional wildlife. The blue trail will take you along Back Pond, while if you go on the yellow trail, you’ll enjoy views of Tarrywile Lake. Yellow connects back to blue at Back Pond, and heads east and then north to the hay fields, and back to the parking lot. An abundance of trails and wildlife is not what you expect to find in Danbury, but that’s exactly what Tarrywile Park offers. The trails and park bring people from all parts of the community together as we enjoy our recreational pursuits. Come explore this hidden gem and enjoy the miles open to us in one of Connecticut’s largest cities. Happy trails! Stacey Stearns, a lifelong equestrian from Connecticut, enjoys trail riding and endurance with her Morgan horses.

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events April 6 WOOLY HORSE SHOW, Crimson Acres, Orange. crimsonacres.org. 6 BSTRA TACK SALE, Uxbridge VFW. bstra.org. 6 – 7 MICHAEL PAGE JUMPING CLINIC, Cutter Farm, Dracut. cutterfarm.com.

14 SPRING FUN SHOW, Camp Marshall Equestrian Center, Spencer. campmarshall.net. 14 NEECA GYMKHANA SERIES, Athol. neeca.org.

7 TWO PHASE, Millis, appleknoll.com. 14 POKER RUN, Millis. appleknoll.com. 7 HCRC RED BUCKET PANCAKE RIDE, Worthington. hampshirecountyridingclub.org. 12 – 14 MASSQHA NOVICE AND OPEN SHOW, West Springfield. massqha.com. 13 MHC HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway. saddlerowe.com. 13 BSTRA WEST HILL DAM TRAIL WORK, Uxbridge. bstra.org. 13 COMBINED TEST, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield. sbschool.org.

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14 TACK SALE, Middleboro. hansonridingclub.org. 14 MHC SHOW, Pembroke. herringbrookfarm.com. 14 SCHOOLING TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SHOW, Cutter Farm, Dracut. cutterfarm.com. 14 OPEN SHOW, Haskins Farm, Berkley. sunflowermeadowsequestrian.weebly.com. 14 SCHOOLING TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SHOW, Cutter Farm, Dracut. cutterfarm.com.

13 NEECA CLEAN UP DAY, Athol. neeca.org.

14 HUNTER/EQUITATION SHOW, Evenstride Ltd. Byfield. evenstrideltd.com.

13 VINCENT FLORES DRESSAGE CLINIC, Barre. (978) 355-8306.

14 OPEN DRESSAGE SHOW, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. mhcriding.com.

13 BRDC VACCINATION CLINIC, Felton Field, Barre. barreridingdrivingclub.com.

14 – 17 MIGUEL ANACORETA SOARES CLASSICAL DRESSAGE CLINIC, Millis. appleknoll.com.

13 – 14 KIM SEVERSON CLINIC, Berlin. orchardhillequestriancenter.com.

15 – 20 KIDS’ WEEKSmartpak Retail Store, Natick. smartpak.com/retailstore.

13 – 14 LUCILE BUMP CENTERED RIDING CLINIC, WEST TISBURY. (508) 645-3723.

19 ERIC HORGAN CLINIC, Full Circle Stables, Sherborn. shasanoglu@icloud.com.

14 WNEPHA DRESSAGE SHOW, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. wnepha.com.

20 CAPE COD HUNTER SHOW, Rozena’s Field, Raynham. capecodhunter.com.

14 GRHC TRAIL PACE, Dufresne Park, Granby. granbyregionalhorse.org.

20 VINCENT FLORES DRESSAGE CLINIC, Barre. (978) 355-8306.

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20 NEECA LISE KRIEGER SADDLE FIT SEMINAR, Athol. neeca.org.

28 CMHSS CAMP MARSHALL EQUESTRIAN TEAM OPEN SHOW, Spencer. cmhss.net.

20 SUNRISE PLEASURE SHOW, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. mhcriding.com.

28 CCDS SPRING DRIVING CLINIC, Orleton Farm, Stockbridge. colonialcarriage.org.

20 GAMES NIGHT, Grafton. hillside-meadows.com.

28 RIDE-REVIEW-RIDE DRESSAGE SHOW, Haverhill. (978) 374-0008.

20 NEHC MHC HUNTER SHOW, Cornerstone Farm, Haverhill. ridecornerstone.com.

28 DRESSAGE SHOW, Hatfield. rerponies.com.

20 COMBINED TEST WITH CROSS-COUNTRY SCHOOLING, Plymouth. valinorfarm.com.

28 NSHA HUNTER SHOW, Evenstride Farm, Byfield. northshorehorsemens.org.

20 WNEPHA DRESSAGE SHOW, Heritage Farm, Easthampton. heritagefarmeasthampton.com.

28 BSTRA PARK SERVE DAY, Douglas. bstra.org.

21 MHC SHOW, Herring Brook Farm, Pembroke. herringbrookfarm.com. 27 EQUINE EXPO AND PARAPHERNALIA SALE, Topsfield. (978) 768-6275 or kljoreo@aol.com. 27 SOUTHEAST HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway. southeasthunter.com. 27 GWYNETH MCPHERSON DRESSAGE CLINIC, RER Ponies, Hatfield. rerponies.com. 27 NEECA POKER RUN, Athol. neeca.org. 27 FAMILY WEEKEND HORSE SHOW, StoneleighBurnham School, Greenfield. sbschool.org.

28 WRC TRAIL RIDE, Littleville Reservoir, Huntington. westfieldridingclub.org. 28 SCHOOLING DRESSAGE SHOW, Beland Stables, Lakeville. belandstables.com. 28 SPRING USEF ONE-DAY SHOW, Grazing Fields, Buzzards Bay. grazingfields.com. 28 NEIGHMASTE YOGA ON HORSE WORKSHOP, South Egremont. bluerider.org.

May 1 SOUTH COAST SERIES JUMPER SHOW, Valinor Farm, Plymouth. southcoastseries.com. 4 POLO MATCH, Georgetown. bostonpolo.org.

27 SPIRIT TRAIL CHALLENGE RIDE, Glencroft Farm, Southampton. glencroftfarm.com. 27 – 28 CRDA ADULT DRESSAGE CAMP, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. crdressage.org. 27 – 28 VERA KESSELS CLINIC, Stony Brook Farm, Norfolk. jodipearsonkeating.com. 27 – 28 SPRING SALE, 15 percent off. Smartpak Retail Store, Natick. smartpak.com/retailstore.

4 BSTRA HODGES DAM TRAIL WORK DAY, Oxford. bstra.org. 4 NEECA TRAILER TUNE-UP CLINIC, Athol. neeca.org. 4 SPRING HORSE-MIND-SHIP FESTIVAL, Plainfield. peacehavenfarm.com. 4 GWYNETH MCPHERSON DRESSAGE CLINIC, RER Ponies, Hatfield. rerponies.com.

27 – 28 STATE 4-H ROUNDUP, hippology and horse bowl at Wheaton College, Norton; horse judging at Elmwood Acres, Mansfield, mass4h.org.

4 CAPE COD HUNTER SHOW, Rozena’s Field, Raynham. capecodhunter.com.

28 OPEN HOUSE, Berkshire Equestrian Center, Richmond. cathydrumm.com.

4 – 5 SNECDA ARENA DRIVING TRIAL, Blackbridge Farm, Southbridge. snecda.org.

28 MHC SHOW, Century Mill Stables, Bolton. centurymillstables.com.

4 – 5 SUZY STAFFORD DRIVING CLINIC, Sunset Ridge Farm, Southwick. nefriesians.org.

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5 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Muddy Brook Farm, Amherst. wnepha.com.

11 BRDC SPRING TRAIL RIDE, Felton Field, Barre. barreridingdrivingclub.com.

5 MERRIMACK VALLEY DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Haverhill. (978) 374-0008.

11 NEECA TRAILER SAFETY AND SKILLS CLINIC, Athol. neeca.org.

5 NEECA TRAILER TUNE-UP CLINIC, Athol. neeca.org.

11 GRANBY SADDLE CLUB SHOW, Dufresne Park, Granby. luckyhorsefarm.com.

5 GAMES NIGHT, Grafton. hillside-meadows.com.

11 – 12 ART AND EQUINE RETREAT, North Brookfield. fdhorsemanship.com.

5 CCEA JUDGED SHOW, South Yarmouth. ccequineassoc.com. 5 SPRING TWO-PHASE, Berlin. orchardhillequestriancenter.com. 5 SPRING JUMPER SHOW, JH Eventing, Sutton. (978) 875-2036 or jjlhalliday@comcast.net. 5 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Independence Stable, Belchertown.independencestablellc.com.

12 TANHEATH HUNT SPRING HUNTER PACE, Douglas State Forest. tanheathhunt.com. 12 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, White Horse Hill, Richmond. heritagefarmeasthampton.com. 12 SCHOOLING HORSE TRIALS, Palmer River Equestrian Center, Rehoboth. (508) 252-6347. 12 SPRING DRESSAGE BENEFIT, Bear Spot Farm, Concord. bearspotfarm.com.

5 CRDA DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. crdressage.org.

12 SSHC SHOW, Raynham. sshconline.com.

5 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Briggs Stable, Hanover. heritage-dressage.org.

15 SOUTH COAST SERIES JUMPER SHOW, Valinor Farm, Plymouth. southcoastseries.com.

5 ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND HORSES WORKSHOP, South Egremont. bluerider.org.

15 HCRC BARBARA MACON LIBERTY DEMONSTRATION, Circle Double G Farm, Southampton. hampshirecountyridingclub.org.

5 SPRING USEF ONE-DAY SHOW, Grazing Fields, Buzzards Bay. grazingfields.com. 8 – 10 FIELDSTONE SPRING FESTIVAL, Halifax. fieldstoneshowpark.com. 10 GAMES NIGHT, Orange. crimsonacres.org 10 – 12 NHHJA SPRING SHOW, Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton. nhhja.com. 10 – 12 AHCC ARABIAN SHOW, West Springfield. ahcofct.org. 11 BSTRA PATRIOTISM BENEFIT RIDE, Douglas. bstra.org. 11 SUNRISE PLEASURE SHOW, Mount Holyoke College , South Hadley. mhcriding.com.

15 – 19 MASSQHA SPRING SHOW, West Springfield. massqha.com. 18 POLO MATCH, Georgetown. bostonpolo.org. 18 SCHOOLING EVENT I, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield. sbschool.org. 18 HCRC FUN DAY, Goshen. hampshirecountyridingclub.org. 18 NEECA SPRING TRAIL RIDE, Lake Dennison, Winchendon. neeca.org. 18 – 19 NEECA SUSAN HARRIS CENTERED RIDING CLINIC, Petersham. neeca.org. 18 – 19 DANIEL STEWART CLINIC, Course Brook Farm, Sherborn. coursebrookfarm.com.

11 HUNTER SHOW, Medway. saddlerowe.com. 11 TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SHOW, Aquila Farm, Hamilton. (978) 501-2649. 24

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18 – 19 WILL COLEMAN CLINIC, Westborough. emeraldisleseventing.com. 19 BRDC PETER WHITMORE VERSATILITY CLINIC, Barre. barreridingdrivingclub.com. 19 NEHC MHC HUNTER SHOW, Cornerstone Farm, Haverhill. ridecornerstone.com. 19 SCHOOLING TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SHOW, Cutter Farm, Dracut. cutterfarm.com. 19 THREE-PHASE SCHOOLING SHOW, Hazel Grove Park, Groton. grotonponyclub.org.

25 POLO MATCH, Georgetown. bostonpolo.org. 25 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, JW Equestrian at South Hadley. wnepha.com. 25 TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Hamilton. grotonhousefarm.com. 25 – 26 109TH NORFOLK HUNT SHOW, Medfield. norfolkhunt.com. 25 – 27 BSTRA MEMORIAL DAY CAMPOUT, Carver. bstra.org.

19 BSTRA HUNTER PACE, Oxford. bstra.org.

26 TWO-PHASE AND DRESSAGE SHOW, Red Mare Farm, Hatfield. redmarefarm.com.

19 GRHC SPRING TRAIL RIDE, Northfield Mountain. granbyregionalhorse.org.

26 RECOGNIZED DRESSAGE SHOW, Beland Stables, Lakeville. belandstables.com.

19 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, SJH at Berkshire Equestrian Center, Richmond. wnepha.com.

26 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Riverbank Farm, Amherst. wnepha.com.

19 NEHC “C” RATED, MHC “C” RATED SHOW, Grafton. hillside-meadows.com.

26 POLO MATCH, S. Hamilton. myopiapolo.org.

19 CMHSS TWO TOWN TROTTERS 4-H CLUB OPEN SHOW, Spencer. cmhss.net. 19 SOUTH COAST SERIES HUNTER SHOW, Buzzards Bay. southcoastseries.com. 19 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Xenophon Farm, Montague. xenophonshows@gmail.com. 19 HRC OPEN SHOW, Briggs Stable, Hanover. hansonridingclub.org. 19 OPEN SHOW, Uxbridge. azrael acres.com. 19 MYOPIA HUNT CLUB SPRING HUNTER PACE, South Hamilton. myopiahunt.org.

26 HRC TRAIL RIDE, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver. hansonridingclub.org. 26 NSHA HUNTER SHOW, Evenstride Farm, Byfield. northshorehorsemens.org. 26 NEMHS MINIATURE HORSE SHOW, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. nemhs.org. 30 — 31 TOM CURTIN CLINIC, Clover Creek Farm, Rochester. drass@hotmail.com.

June 1 NEECA SPRING TRAIL RIDE, Lake Dennison Recreation Area, Winchendon. neeca.org. 1 POLO MATCH, Georgetown. bostonpolo.org.

19 OPEN SHOW, Haskins Farm, Berkley. sunflowermeadowsequestrian.weebly.com.

1 OPEN SHOW, Orange. crimsonacres.org.

22 WESTERN DRESSAGE LESSON SERIES, South Hadley. cathydrumm.com.

1 BLUE RIDER HIPPITYHOP CIRCUS, South Egremont. bluerider.org.

22 – 25 GREATER BOSTON CHARITY HORSE SHOW, West Springfield. greaterbostoncharityhorseshow.com.

1 SOUTHEAST HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway. southeasthunter.com.

24 – 26 HAWLEY BENNETT CLINIC, True North Farm, Harwich. truenortheventing.com.

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9 GAMES NIGHT, Grafton. hillside-meadows.com.

2 POLO MATCH, S. Hamilton. myopiapolo.org.

9 SCHOOLING DRESSAGE SHOW, Beland Stables, Lakeville. belandstables.com.

2 NEDA SPRING DRESSAGE COMPETITION II, Marshfield. neda.org. 2 MHC HUNTER SHOW, Century Mill Stables, Bolton. centurymillstables.com. 2 MHC, NEHC, DOWNEAST MEDAL SHOW, Back Bay Farm, Ipswich. backbayfarm.com. 2 CRDA DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. crdressage.org. 2 SPRING USEF ONE-DAY SHOW, Grazing Fields, Buzzards Bay. grazingfields.com. 2 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Harmony Hill Farm, Great Barrington. wnepha.com.

9 ADULT DRESSAGE SCRIMMAGE, Baile HIll Farm, Sutton. (978) 875-2036. 9 WRC SPRING OPEN AND 4-H SHOW, Westfield. westfieldridingclub.org. 9 HCRC OBSTACLES AND TRICK TRAINING CLINIC, Goshen. hampshirecountyridingclub.org. 9 SUMMER CLASSIC, Groton House Farm, Hamilton. grotonhousefarm.com. 9 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Bellwether Stables, Richmond. wnepha.com. 9 HRC TRAIL RIDE, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver. hansonridingclub.org.

2 – 3 ALLISON SPRINGER CLINIC, Azrael Acres, Uxbridge. azrael acres.com.

9 USEF SHOW, Holliston. rideaugustfarm.com.

5 SOUTH COAST SERIES JUMPER SHOW, Valinor Farm, Plymouth. southcoastseries.com.

9 SPRING USEF ONE-DAY SHOW, Grazing Fields, Buzzards Bay. grazingfields.com.

6 – 9 CONNECTICUT MORGAN AND OPEN SHOW, Northampton. ctmorgans.org.

9 – 10 LUCINDA GREEN MASTER CLASSES, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. appleknoll.com.

8 NEECA EQUESTRIAN SHOWCASE, Athol. neeca.org.

12 WESTERN DRESSAGE LESSON SERIES, South Hadley. cathydrumm.com.

8 SPRING SCHOOLING HORSE TRIALS, Course Brook Farm, Sherborn. coursebrookfarm.com.

12 JUMPER CHALLENGE SERIES, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. appleknoll.com.

8 POLO MATCH, Georgetown. bostonpolo.org.

13 – 15 SUMMER KICK OFF OPEN SHOW, Northampton. vtspringclassic@aol.com.

8 HHRC JUNE SHOW, Hanover. briggsstable.com. 13 – 16 CQHA CLASSIC, West Springfield. cqha.com. 8 LUCINDA GREEN MASTER CLASS SYMPOSIUM, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. appleknoll.com. 8 – 9 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION DAWN ALLEN WORKSHOP, S. Egremont. bluerider.org.

15 SUNRISE PLEASURE SHOW, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. mhcriding.com. 15 CAPE COD HUNTER SHOW, Rozena’s Field, Raynham. capecodhunter.com.

9 DRESSAGE SHOW, Hatfield. rerponies.com. 9 NEHC MHC HUNTER SHOW, Cornerstone Farm, Haverhill. ridecornerstone.com.

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15 HCRC MEMBERS TRAIL RIDE, Goshen. hampshirecountyridingclub.org.

9 POLO MATCH, S. Hamilton. myopiapolo.org.

15 – 16 BUCK DAVIDSON CLINIC, Course Brook Farm, Sherborn. coursebrookfarm.com.

9 OPEN SHOW, Haskins Farm, Berkley. sunflowermeadowsequestrian.weebly.com.

15 – 16 HCRC CAMPOUT WEEKEND, Goshen. hampshirecountyridingclub.org.

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Associations & Clubs Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association riarabianhorseassociation.com We are dedicated to promoting the Arabian and half Arabian. We’re a small group of dedicated horsemen — owners, trainers, riders, breeders, and enthusiasts. All are welcome to join in our many activities from quarterly meetings and educational events to horse shows, clinics, and year-end awards. Rhode Island Federation of Riding Clubs rifederation.wixsite.com/rifrc Since 1966 we have organized horse clubs and individual horse people in Rhode Island and bordering states into a single body. We work toward establishing and maintaining suitable control of bridle trails and horse activities. Rhode Island Horseman’s Association rihorseman.com The RIHA encourages and promotes all horse activities in Rhode Island and joins together the horse people of Rhode Island in a cooperative interest in horse activities, especially in horse shows, breeding, and presenting high-score awards to the leading point winners at affiliated shows.

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Riding Instruction Canterbury Farm – Maria Mack 1754 Morresfield Rd., Wakefield (401) 783-7512 • canterburyfarm@cox.net canterburyfarmri.com Exceptional quality instruction for riders of all levels, in a beautiful farm setting, BHS licensed instructor with 20 plus years of experience, training, teaching, and competing in the U.S. and Europe.

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