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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Ten Good Years With Pat and Linda The appearance of our friends Pat and Linda Parelli some 20 miles from Horseback Headquarters will mark the Tenth Anniversary of a wonderful relationship between our magazine and a couple of bona fide equestrian superstars. (Join us in Conroe, Texas May 17-18). To purchase tickets go to www.parelli. com. By Steven Long We had just bought a publication called Texas Horse Talk and were scrambling to revamp the editorial lineup to something more to our liking, and soon even to change its name to Horseback. Frankly, we didn’t know much about horses at the time other than the fact we needed to do regular vet care, what kind of feed to buy, that they liked turnout, and that the ground damn sure was hard when you fell off a 16 hh Thoroughbred named Dillon. But we were savvy publishers and quick learners. One of the first things we did was to learn the names of the top clinicians in the business. In those ten years, the names haven’t changed; John and Josh Lyons, Monty Roberts, Clinton Anderson, Buck Brannaman, and a good looking cowboy and his better looking wife, Pat and Linda Parelli. At one time or another, we’ve interviewed all of them. If longtime readers of Horseback have learned anything, it’s that we aren’t shy and always reach for the brass ring. One of the previous owner’s columnists had quit upon our taking the reins of the book and so we had an editorial hole to fill. We took a long shot and called Pat and he actually returned our call, much to our astonishment. Within five minutes he was talking about the two of us doing a column together in a Q&A format. It was the launch of a ten year relationship and friendship that has grown stronger with each issue. We believe that relationship, and that column did much to establish credibility for Horseback Magazine. We owe an enormous thank you to Pat and Linda, and the entire Parelli organization. I’m certain we could have done it without you, but it would have been neither as easy, nor as good! You see, Pat and Linda couldn’t possibly have known how small our magazine was at the time. Back then it was called Texas Horse Talk and was distributed in the five counties surrounding Houston as well as to a tiny subscription list. Within a year, we had taken the publication statewide and eventually grew it to the current distribution pattern of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Since that first call to Pat Parelli, we’ve reached for the brass ring time and time again, even into a former president’s inner circle when Ronald Reagan passed and we wanted some stories of the only horseman to occupy the White House since Lyndon Johnson. You see, reaching for the impossible is our style and it’s paid off, because quite often, what we’ve reached for reaches back to us. So thank you Pat and Linda, for giving a fledgling magazine the credibility and clout to gain the respect we enjoy today. We’ll see you in Conroe.

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“Horse Bites is compiled from Press Releases sent to Horseback Magazine. Original reporting is done as circumstances warrant. Content is edited for length & style.”

WORLD’S MOST EXTENSIVE EQUINE SURFACES STUDY PUBLISHED LEXINGTON, (FEI) – The world’s most extensive study into the effect of arena surfaces on the orthopaedic health of sport horses in the seven FEI disciplines and in racing has been published by the FEI. The Equine Surfaces White Paper is the result of a four-year collaboration between eight equine experts from six universities, three equine and racing-specific research and testing centers and two horse charities in Sweden, the UK and United States. The white paper brings together the latest data and published scientific papers on arena and turf surfaces, and the effects these have on horses in training and in competition. Key properties of footing, and the effects of footing on horses’ physiological and biomechanical responses, are described in the white paper, as well as the optimal composition, construction and maintenance of arenas for maximizing equine performance while minimizing injury risk. Current methods of measuring the physical properties of surfaces, and the essential surface preparation and maintenance techniques, are also discussed in the white paper in terms easily understood by riders, trainers, course designers and arena builders, in order to guide future progress in providing suitable competition and training surfaces for sport horses. “The Equine Surfaces White Paper is the biggest international col-

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laboration of its kind, and is vital to understanding how surfaces work in order to reduce injury risks to horses,” said John McEwen, FEI First Vice President and Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee. “Now, thanks to scientific research, and extensive support and partnership between welfare charities and horse sport, we can fully understand how the right surfaces, with the necessary preparation and ongoing maintenance can extend the working lives of sport horses and produce the best performances.” The white paper has been funded by the FEI, World Horse Welfare, the Swedish Foundation for Equine Research and the British Equestrian Federation, working with lead author Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs – research lead in equine biomechanics at the University of Central Lancashire (GBR) and member of Research and Consultancy in Equine Surfaces (RACES) – and seven equine scientists and researchers in the UK, USA and Sweden DEADLINE NEARS FOR USA EQUESTRIAN TRUST GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS LEXINGTON, (USA Eq. Trust) — The deadline to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2014 grants program has passed. IRS-registered equine nonprofit organizations were invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at www.trusthorses.org. The deadline ended on Monday, May 5. In 2013, the Trust awarded nearly $265,000 to help fund more than a dozen projects. The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several nationallevel discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomed applications for need-based projects and encouraged applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding were:

THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUBS: $9,855 was awarded in 2012 to help create a traveling display that serves as an interactive, educational experience for children. “The United States Pony Clubs develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies,” said Shelley Mann, director of marketing and communications. “Through the grant received from USA Equestrian Trust, The United States Pony Clubs is now able to reach out at a grassroots level to bring the magic of horses to youth through interactive fun and a hands-on approach that will hopefully lead participants to a future with horses.” AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL: $5,000 was awarded in 2013 to support the group’s annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry. “We appreciate the significant support we received from USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Danette McGuire. “These are the kinds of investments that allow the American Youth Horse Council to help kids connect through horses by providing a cost-effective educational symposium for youth and youth leaders who represent all aspects of the equine industry.” KENTUCKY HORSE PARK FOUNDATION: $25,000 was awarded in 2013 to assist in the creation of dedicated horse paths at the Kentucky Horse Park to enhance safety for horses and riders. “The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation was able to meet our fundraising goal for constructing the All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path due in large part to the generous support of USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Laura Klumb. “We are delighted that the Trust’s commitment to equestrian sport dovetails with the Kentucky Horse Park’s commitment to ensuring the safety of horse and rider. The All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path allows the Kentucky Horse Park to ensure the safest environment possible for the thousands of horses and riders that compete here on an annual basis. We are very grateful.” Horsebites - Con’t. on pg. 19 www.horsebackmagazine.com


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Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship Spawns Champions by Steven Long

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or the better part PM. Attendees can expect breathof ten years I have taking performances by both Pat written a column and Linda throughout the show. with my friend Pat Horseback sat down with Pat Parelli and on occa- to talk about the Parelli program, sion his Aussie b o r n wife Linda. It has been a college level course in what he calls Natural Horsemanship, and it works. On May 17 18, 2014 he will bring his traveling road show to the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe at 9055 Airport Road, just off Loop 336, on the north side of town. The program will begin on Saturday with an all day seminar on The Future of Safety, Training and Problem Pat Parelli Competing Solving. It will conin NCHA Cutting tinue on Sunday with the theme, Creating the Calm, Confident Performance where it’s gone, and where it is goHorse. Saturday’s event will run ing. We first asked what it has acfrom 9 AM until 5 PM, and Sun- complished. day’s will continue from 9 AM to 4 “For three decades, my ears

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have been burning with something a lot of people have said and that is, what have you ever won?” Pat said. “What has anybody that has done the Parelli program ever won?” Well, for one thing, Parelli was a PRCA cowboy, traveling on the road in saddle bronc events long before he ever picked up a microphone and learned he could make a living teaching what came naturally to him. In his years as a rodeo competitor, Pat consistently won gold buckles. “I know one thing, horsemanship, natural horsemanship, true horsemanship, is the greatest foundation for any specialization,” Pat continued. “So far today, one of our Savvy Club members has won the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont, and the $6 million Dubai Cup race – Winstar Farms (Kentucky based Winstar Farms is one of the most legendary horse racing facilities in the world). Furthermore, for the last ten years one of our students, Luca Maria Moneta, has been one of the best jumping riders in Europe and is the number one rider in Italy.” www.horsebackmagazine.com


What’s more, the equestrian is now training for the Olympics. “He just won by jumping over seven feet high,” Pat proudly told Horseback in late April. “ The story was written in European papers about how every time he won a jump, he would get off and give his horse a carrot”. But the Parelli success story continued beyond Europe this past year, Parelli said. “A Parelli person went to the Para-Olympics in China and came back with silver and gold. One of the two best students I had in Australia is now known as Linda Parelli, by the way.” Parelli’s influence goes far beyond equestrian events such as show jumping and dressage. “I have graduates in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame”, Pat said. Parelli teaches through programs that were created from his astute observation and understanding of horses’ behavior, psychology, and communication. His word “Horsenality” was born in 1993 by combining the words www.horsebackmagazine.com

“horse”and “personality”, and the knowledge that no two horses are the same. Understanding and working with that concept produce great horsemen and great horses. He has taken that philosophy to a remarkable level in his own family. “My son Caton, 31-yearsold”, was born with the condition hydrocephalus and had so much brain damage that he would probably never walk or talk.” Anybody who has attended a Parelli event in recent years has watched as his profoundly handicapped son progressed to become a proficient rider, even demonstrating his father’s winning ways in the arena in front of a crowd of thousands. “He had lost everything on the right side,” Parelli recalls. “He now competes in reining, reined cow horse, and he has won five belt buckles against able bodied competitors and has won more than $3,000 in the NCHA.” Parelli’s reach is global. “Another of my students in Switzerland just started cutting this year and is sitting fifth in the world in her class,” he stated. Increasingly, Parelli and some of his students are drifting toward

cutting. “It’s been a great start for what we call Team Parelli in NCHA Cutting,’ he said. “I have three horses sitting in the top 20 or 30 in the world.” But Parelli’s unbridled success doesn’t stop with cutting. “We have dressage riders, cutters, jumpers, and reiners,” he boasted. And as first time visitors to the Parelli event in Conroe will soon learn, Parelli teaches using easy to remember acronyms. In this case he reminds that “All of my students understand the formula, T.S.T.L.,” he laughed. “They have the talent, they have the skills to develop naturally, they will have the try that they will need to exceed most of what the world adheres to, and the horse will feel like the luckiest horse in the world.” And ever the promoter, Pat left Horseback readers with a final thought. “Come to Conroe May 1718 and you are going to see us apply these things to horses, both English and Western. Keep it natural.” For ticket information go to www.parelli.com. May 2014 2

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last wrote about skunks when I was the one getting dosed, so I thought I would tell another story where I was the witness and not the witnessed. In college there was a guy that was from one of the European countries (Sweden, I think) and he was there to take the Horse Training and Management course. He said he wanted to learn all he could so that he could go back to his country and start a training stable with his Dad. He was a pretty good guy, but we sure had a hard time understanding him sometimes. So we did our darndest to incorporate him in a wild cowboy lifestyle. Fortunately for him he was somewhat immune to our cowboyology lessons. But sometimes his curiosity got the best of him.

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“Skunkology 101” One of my buddies, Guy, was the RA for our dorm. Meaning he was tasked with keeping some order, I think mainly on me and some of my buddies. I would like to think there were others that were just as wild, but I never really saw any of them. The walkway from the dining hall area and the fellows dorm was glass on both sides. One evening someone noticed a skunk through the glass. We all knew to pretty much stay away from them. B u t Jan (pronounced yawn), I guess, had never seen a skunk and his curiosity got the better of him. Guy volunteered, (that’s what I’ll call it, anyway), and took him outside for a closer look to teach him something about skunks. You have to understand where they were going was like a box canyon, one way in and on no way out. Most of us were watching through the glass, pure evil, morbid curiosity, I guess. Guy had a wild streak in him and did like the practical jokes, so we just knew there was something about to happen. When they were approaching the skunk he was facing the glass, (I guess it was a he, none of us got brave enough to in-

troduce ourselves!), but with the racket Jan was making the skunk turned around to face them (lucky them). What happened next is hard to say, because at that moment the skunk sprayed the glass. Not only does skunk oil stink, but it makes a terrible glass cleaner too. The glass was so covered with skunk spray all you could really see was shapes. Two big ones and one

tiny black one. Jan and Guy were hollering and yelling trying to vacate the area as fast as they could. They came roaring in the dorms, bringing with them their new odor. Of course, this was the funniest thing most of us had seen in a few days so the laughing went on for some time. I don’t think either one of them got a full on spray, but they did get some of the fall out. It hung on for a day or two, but the memory has hung on for a lot longer! Guy, who is a successful reining horse trainer now, was always one who would gladly suggest crazy things to do…but always seemed to avoid the fall out. Does that make him chicken - or smart? I don’t know, there is a fine line there. Jan learned that curiosity didn’t kill the cat, but it sure would get him sprayed by a skunk! I think he passed Skunkology 101 with flying colors! www.horsebackmagazine.com


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“More About The Leather Trade”

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ast month I suggested that people should look at learning a trade, specifically in the leather craft business. My goal for this country would be to fire at least half of the government workers and put them into a trade so they could earn an honest living, however they would probably be as incompetent there as they are in their current position. Passion is the one thing that a person in any skilled trade must have. So many people used to come into my shop and say, “I just love the smell of leather”. Working leather, be it building boots, bridles or brassieres, is usually a pleasure. Personally, I’ve always wanted to make a career of building hand fitted deerskin halter tops. I’ve built three deerskin bedspreads, and one leather and

hair-on cowhide bedspread. I’ve built briefcases for Israeli tank commanders and Texas oilmen, and, one of the latest items, a “back up planner”. This looks like a day planner, but when you open it, it contains a pistol and spare clip. The demand for custom leather items is staggering, especially in metro areas. Where I work now, we are always three to four weeks behind, and it is very difficult to find anyone that wants to learn leathercraft as a business. We recently acquired a boot and shoe repair business. The former owner is working with us, but has health problems and wants to retire. I’ve been waiting four months for a pair of my boots to be rebuilt at a shop in Kerrville. I’m not complaining.

I have lots of good boots, and the guy is very reasonable on price. I heard there is a shop in Fredericksburg that is for sale. Lots of people still buy good boots, and even though there are more and more Chinese made boots that can’t really be rebuilt, I’m afraid that those of us who like good, handmade, hand lasted boots, with three quarter welts and pegged shanks, with leather soles and heels, there may come a time when we just can’t get them resoled. A good pair of boots can be resoled at least three times, then you may have to rewelt them, and they’re good for three more unless some other part just flat wears out. How about making new boots?

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Don Atkinson is dead. His boots started at $900.00 a pair. Paul Bond is dead. I’m not sure how much his boots were, but I’m sorry I never got a pair. Chinese boots with plastic heels and cardboard filler just don’t do it for me, plus I despise the companies that export our heritage overseas. We at least share a common thread with Mexico when it comes to the western industry. Hondo makes some fine boots. I have three pair. They are made in Mexico. If you want to run a factory, think about bringing boot making back to the U.S. If you want to make custom boots, you can get into the business pretty reasonably. Is saddle making a lost art? Not on your life. There are lots of custom saddle makers today Unfortunately, there are very few that understand saddle fit to go along with their saddle making skills, but still, if you know what tree you need, there are some exceptional saddle makers out there, and the good ones are generally

two or three years behind on orders. There are several good schools out there where you can spend a month or six weeks learning the basics, and you generally come out of the school with a saddle that you have made for yourself. It’s also possible to apprentice to a custom saddle maker to learn the skills you need. Gunleather is another wide open field. So many guns, and so many ways to carry them. Even though there are lots of companies that make gunleather, there are lots and lots of people that want something unique. We do lots of gun belts, and lots of holsters, most are tooled with fancy hand tooling, but a lot of them are just good plain leather. If you like guns and like leather, gunleather is an excellent hobby or business. There are leather craftsmen who specialize in cowboy mounted shooting leather. Those double holsters often approach $1,000.00. Rifle scabbards for mounted shooting are unique and can be very pricey.

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Custom chaps are another thing getting scarcer and scarcer. We had a woman from Arizona in the store the other day that could not find anyone in her state to make working chaps. We’re sending her a pair, customized with her ranch brand, this week. Some people specialize in rodeo chaps. One of my apprentices of years past worked his way through college building bull riding chaps for his buddies. Some elk skin chinks with twisted fringe, shadows, and hand tooling, can run $700.00 or $800.00. There is serious money to be made in the custom leather business, as well as artistic expression, and the satisfaction of having made something of utility and beauty will last for decades. Bandera’s Lew Pewterbaugh has been called the most knowledgeable saddle and tack authority in the Southwest. For private fitting consultation call (830) 328-0321 or (830) 522-6613 or email: saddlerlew@gmail.com.

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By: Margaret Pirtle, Lifestyle Editor

“If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong” - Pat Parelli

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Garden Berry Pick’n Time! While I grew up picking wild berries along the roads of East Texas, now pick-yourself farms have made it much easier to find a slew of berries deliciously waiting for you to pick them. I have even retired my old stick I used to keep snakes at bay, as I have found that these farms offer a wide variety of berries without all the chiggers and ticks that come with tramping through weeds and stickers trying to grasp one more blue delight. There is a great website for Texas if you are trying to find a farm near you that will help you in your quest. www.pickyourown.org/TX.htm No reason now not to have fresh jams, jellies or a freezer full of berries waiting to top a nice bowl of homemade ice cream.

Summer Dehydrating Time? As I gave my daughter a dehydrator for her birthday, I wondered to myself why she was so excited to receive it. To me, food should be soft and plump, not dried and crispy. Well sometimes daughters know a heck of a lot more than an old mom. From organic fruit rolls for her kids to jerky spiced perfectly, she has given me a whole new look at what can be done with this simple machine. By just dehydrating onions, then giving them a whirl in a blender, you have onion power. Same for garlic and celery. All those herbs that seems to be ready in the garden at the same time - dry them out and put them in small jars, ready for a whole year of seasonings. From vegetable chips to sauces, this small inexpensive machine can help you save a whole summer of goodness that can be used throughout the year. Dehydrators can be purchased from Walmart and a range of other stores for less that $50.

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Inside Haras Dos Cavaleiros By Cathy Strobel

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hen you drive through horse country in Texas, you never know what to expect. But somehow I doubt that many people would expect to find the international flair that struck me as I drove onto the beautiful Haras Dos Cavaleiros property. With a blend of Portugal, Spain and Mexico mixed in together; this multi-faceted training facility is the home of numerous beautiful Lusitano horses. With their breeding stock located on two other nearby properties, most of these horses are home-bred by Haras and all of them will turn your head. As I arrived for

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my tour of the facility, I was greeted by General Manager, Ariadna Soler. Clearly passionate about the many aspects of Haras, she made it clear that everything on the property was inspired by horses. With two accomplished international full time trainers and many more hands to keep the operation running, the horses are

kept on a rigorous training schedule that centers on the sport called Working Equitation. A popular sport in Europe and Mexico, the Working Equitation International Association, U.S.A. has been established as the governing organization in the U.S. The sport is focused on developing a partnership between horses and riders with the competition format consisting of four phases: 1. The Dressage Trial is a compulsory test in a standard 20 x 40 meter arena, based upon the sport of dressage. Each element of the test is scored separately for quality as well as overall scores on the quality of the performance. www.horsebackmagazine.com www.horsebackmagazine.com


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of styles adds even more interest to this fascinating sport. I n October of 2014, Haras will be hosting the Haras Cup Working Equitation competition in their new show arena. With thousands of dollars in prize money, they are hoping to draw more attention to this sport. The spacious covered arena is well equipped with lights, sound system and a viewing area for spectators on one side. At the end of the arena is a stately glass enclosed room for viewing in air conditioned comfort. The furnishings are comfortable yet elegant and the centerpiece is an enormous gold statue of a magnificent horse. With a great love and respect for horses, everything May May2014 2014 2 2H HORSEBACK ORSEBACKM MAGAZINE AGAZINE

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on this special property has been designed with the equestrian influence. An elegant gourmet Mexican restaurant sits near the entrance with succulent aromas wafting through the air inviting you in. Above the restaurant is a small inn with 5 rooms for visitors to stay overnight. Across a short hallway is an elegant conference room with spacious seating on plump couches and chairs, complete with a large media board. Outside is a quiet swimming pool for cooling off after a hot ride. The grounds are well kept with a large courtyard between the 32 stall barn and the covered arena, complete with a splashing fountain. Behind the courtyard is a beautiful lake with a pier and bridge to a small island. The atmosphere is perfect for a special gathering such as a wedding. And yes, they do facilitate all kinds of events, meetings, parties and even weddings. And they are not finished. As I toured the 60 acre facility, I could see where they were clearing the land for a new convention center, 24 room hotel, day spa and show arena. There is always a lot going on at this destination. While I was there, Claudia Elsner Matos, international Working Equitation judge, was con-

ducting a judging clinic for judges Supporting the Pin Oak who had gathered from around the Charity Horse Show as a major sponcountry. Also on property was Jorge sor and by creating a destination DeSousa, two time World Working horse facility to be enjoyed by many, Equitation Champion from Portugal. Haras Dos Cavaleiros promises to Jorge flies in several times a year to add a new dimension of luxury and train the in house trainers at Haras entertainment to equestrian sports in and conduct public clinics. Texas. The horse community is very I was fortunate enough to fortunate to have such a dynamic fameet the owner, Rafael Chavez, who cility blossoming in Texas. For more was meeting with his architect on information, visit www.harasdc.us. final plans for future development. He and all of the people we photo by Sherry Curnutt met were incredibly nice, helpful and informative. Originally from Mexico, Rafael told me that he and his wife, Carmina Zamarano, love this location. They consider it to be a great place to raise their children and appreciate how easy it is to travel in and out of nearby Houston for business or pleasure.

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munity planning efforts, and why they should. To find out more about this exciting project, please visit the Indigogo campaign site at www.indiegogo. com/projects/no-land-nohorse#home. “Since land is saved locally, it is vital that horsemen understand the basics of planning and zoning and how this impacts horse keeping, breeding, competing and recreating, as well as equine related businesses in their communities.” say the guide’s authors. “Planning and zoning decisions can affect how land is taxed, what it may be used for and which standards and regulations are applied to it.” We hope you will join

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Hoof Health...

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launching this new series by Jaime Jackson, we wanted to start with an excerpt from The Natural Trim: Principles and Practice, which is largely based on research he conducted in the U.S. Great Basin from 1982 to 1986 and further by his nearly 40 years as a hoof care professional. Specifically, this excerpt is an abridged one and primarily from Chapter 5’s “What is a Natural Trim?” One reason we began in this manner was to attempt to ‘set the stage’ for subsequent articles that will focus on both the natural trim and natural hoof/horse care (NHC). At present, the misunderstandings about these topics are growing at the same rate as their popularity! The natural trim is not a generic term but one that describes a specific method modeled after the research and findings on the hooves of horses living in the U.S. Great Basin. Jackson, a former farrier, initially set out only to incorporate elements of the natural wear patterns from his research of the wild horses onto the horses he was trimming but it was in the response of the hooves that the natural trim method was born and developed over time. Since the 1992 release of The Natural Horse: Lessons from the Wild, in which he shared his observations, findings and data, a number of barefoot trimming ‘methods’ have surfaced and many are highly concerning. Our hope is that this series will help to set the record straight on both genuine natural hoof/horse care and on the authentic natural trim method. At the foundation of NHC is the understanding that in order for our domestic horses to be healthy and sound, they require a ‘reasonably natural’ diet and lifestyle that emulates the diet and lifestyle of their wild cousins serving as our model for hoof care. Unfortunately, many of the most widely accepted, traditional practices - from confinement and isolation of horses in small pens or stalls (cages) to

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The Natural Trim different. Scientists define adaptation as the evolutionary process by which a population becomes better suited to its environment over many generations or tens of thousands of years. Adaptations occur through natural selection, the process by which those heritable traits that make it easier for an organism to survive and successfully reproduce become more common over successive generations. Thus, from an evolutionary standpoint of long term species stability, the wild horse foot, like the wild horse himself, is, very worthy of being a model to emulate. Rejecting the value of “wildness” is foolish because it means rejecting the horse’s biology! When we say a horse Jaime trimming just a ‘sliver’ of the hoof wall from the hind foot is “wild,” all we’re saying is that he isn’t (Another word that of ‘Tess,’ one of five horses living in a Paddock Paradise at the domesticated. seems to cause confusion is the term AANHCP field headquarters in Lompoc, California. Jaime refers feral. Wild horses are sometimes said to the rim of hoof wall - a characteristic of the hooves of wild to be “feral,” which means they were horses as well - as ‘nature’s horse shoe.’ Photo by Jill Willis domesticated but have returned to their wild state.) Nevertheless, they are all what and how we feed them or the unlimited grazing in lush, green pastures - contributes to genetically derived from Equus ferus ferus their breakdown and the onset of diseases and and are one species. This is no different from disorders such as Cushings, EMS, laminitis, camels, llamas, and elephants, all of which Navicular Syndrome, IR, etc. Happily, many have known feral, wild, and domesticated conditions that had once been a death sentence lifestyles too. It is simply a matter of the for horses are now either reversible or manageable effects of lifestyle and environment rather if we simply incorporate those NHC practices than biology. Wild horses did not (Note: that we know to be appropriate for the species. ~ Jill Willis, J. Jackson NHC Services and partner, technically adapt to the Great Basin Institute for the Study of Natural Horse Care environment; these horses came from runaways and deliberate turn-outs, the first Practices “The sound, healthy feet of the Great probably deriving from Spanish stock during Basin wild horse define the natural state of the the early exploration and colonization of hoof and the foundations for natural hoof care. the continent. In fact, scientists believe the Thus, we must begin with a discussion of the species became extinct here some 10,000 “natural state,” why it applies to domesticated years ago. It is thought that the unfavorable horses and why the wild horse hoof is worthy climate contributed to the horse’s extinction, of emulation. It seems reasonable to ask, “What accelerated from over-hunting by early tribes does a “wild” hoof have to do with a “domestic” of humans. And by the time the Spanish horse?” Often, I hear, “What applies to wild arrived in the American southwest, the horses doesn’t apply to domestic horses because region more closely resembled the semithey aren’t wild and they don’t live naturally.” arid Eurasian steppes where Equus ferus Of course, this type of logic is fraught with ferus had long ago flourished and became misunderstanding. While the science of how domesticated. But my point is that these / when they arrived on our planet lies beyond horses did not adapt to this environment, the scope of this text, it is their relevance to but the Great Basin once more “fit” the their domesticated cousins that matters. Of adaptation of the species. Thus, the hoof we significance for our purposes is that the modern see in the Great Basin today, is representative horse (Equus ferus caballus) and his wild, pre- of that adaptation - what I have come to domesticated antecedent, Equus ferus ferus, appreciate as the perfectly natural hoof.) At the core of the natural trim form a single homogeneous group and are which is defined as a humane, barefoot genetically indistinguishable from each other. This fact is foundational to our work trimming method that mimics the natural because what we do is based on their biological wear patterns of wild, free-roaming horses adaptation - yet another word inviting confusion! of the U.S. Great Basin or similar adaptative Many think adaptation means biomes, is the word natural. Of course, this that someone or something ‘adjusts’ or warrants more confusion. Can anything becomes accustomed to something new or be natural when human “intervention” is www.horsebackmagazine.com


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Hoof Health...

THE FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE NATURAL TRIM:

1. Leave that which naturally should be there. This refers to protecting and preserving the integrity of the basic structures of the hoof, One of the horses living in the Paddock Paradise at the Houston Police Mounted Patrol Unit Officer Gregory Sokoloski has been a visitor to the such as the AANHCP field headquarters on several occasions. Here he is with Jaime in front of the AANHCP field headquarters runs along a path on the track in frog, bars, sole, Lompoc, CA. Photo by Marijke lower paddock entrance that sits about 400’ below the track Photo by Jill Willis. and wall. This involved in the process? Arguably, the term must be absolute adherence to two tenets: aligns with “do no harm.” natural has been so savaged that the answer Primum non nocere (First, do no harm) and 2. Remove only that which is naturally worn must be “no!” However, when we rise to Vis medicatrix naturae (Respect the healing away in the wild. the laws of nature and apply common sense powers of nature). Nature’s principles flow Only that which would be worn principles, the meaning stands firmly in readily from these two admonitions. In away in the horse’s wild state is what should place. addition, I have included in the trimming be removed during the trimming process. The adaptation of Equus ferus guidelines the “Four Guiding Principles,” 3. Allow to grow that which should be there caballus is a constant undercurrent to which are based on the wild horse model and naturally but isn’t - due to human meddling. anything done to the hoof. This force cannot connect us directly to nature’s principles and If the hoof has already been be ignored; it must be understood and the powerful forces of adaptation. I would over-trimmed, one must use restraint. In integrated. The natural trim, even with its never trim a horse’s foot without these in particular, refrain from removing needed own complex mechanics, cannot stand alone mind at every moment. epidermis to attempt matching an already to bring the hoof into alignment. There

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they do, the hooves are more naturally shaped. It is interesting to note that muscle groups, once organized around a less than natural or outright pathological hoof conformation also begin to transform. It is not uncommon to hear, “My horse looks entirely different!”

Jaime Jackson is the author of 5 books, a hoof care professional & natural horse care consultant. He is the founding member of the non-profit equine advocacy organization, Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices (www.aanhcp.net) & the principle instructor for the Institute for the Study of Natural Horse Care Practices (www.isnhcp. net), which he and his business partner, Jill Willis, created in 2009. He can be contacted at jacksonaanhcp@gmail.com and his website is www.jaimejackson.com

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Last month, again, recalled “when in doubt, build it hell for stout”. Great words that have stood the test of time. Learned a lot from my vocational agriculture teacher and he deserves a lot of credit for my life long pursuit of “Brazos Bottom engineering”. Ol’ teach taught me early in life that you can’t make a racehorse out of a mule, but sometimes a fast mule is good enough. Seems like am always riggin’ or reriggin’ or whatever you want to call it, cattle pens. Each lease pasture must have some type of catch pen. The catch pen doesn’t have to be real big, but big enough to handle the number of mature cattle in the pasture. Say the pasture is 100 acres and down the road from existing operations, with no pen. If the stocking rate is one cow per 5 acres then you don’t need to build a pen for 50 cows, but say half that many, or 25. Learned early on that the eight sided or octagon shape is very strong and can be easily reinforced. As an example if using 16 feet long panels or old gates or wire cattle panels and lumber or a combination, then seven pieces and a gate are required. Sometimes an ol’ gate or panel can be substituted for a real gate and work ok. Material 16 feet long and in an octagon shape will make a pen 40 feet across, big enough for 25 cows, and a round pen for horse work. If locating a new pen, try to find an area with drainage and shade. A sand hill with big live oak trees is a great place to start. Access to a good road is also important, and if water and electricity are available, all the better. If the pen can be placed in a fence corner then

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handling cattle will be much easier. The corner will also make the fence panels easier to support and “hell for stout”. About gates - have learned that gates need some special, or additional, or Brazos Bottom engineering support or bracing. Have often wished for a sky hook, but guess we’ll have to just keep lookin’. Gates need a top brace or header to work properly. Like 16 feet wide gates on the perimeter of the pen, and 12 feet gates inside the pen. Be sure the gate headers are at least 8 feet off the ground for horseback and machinery access. Can help make the pens easier to work in wet weather by using bank sand, but remember to increase the header height to compensate for the sand fill. For headers, like to use 2” schedule 40 galvanized pipe. A joint of pipe 21 feet long will make two 10 ½ feet posts, 2 ½ feet in the ground, and 8 feet tall. Used pipe is good, affordable, and available. The muffler clamp bases described before in 2 ½” size make the pipe easy to attach to anything, whether panels or posts. Also male gate clamptype gate hinges are available to fit 2 3/8” O.D. pipe. For the top of the header or cross piece, have been using a square tubing liberated from the scrap yard.

The tubing is 1 3/4” square, available in long lengths, has 3/8” holes 1” on center, and is plated for rust resistance. This tubing is being used by the governments for road signs, such as stop, yield, turn, etc. With pre-punched holes the square tubing is easily attached to the round pipe with the muffler clamp bases and machine bolts, washers, and nuts. Talk about “hell for stout” this Brazos Bottom engineering is bull proof. This prefabricated tubing is also great for reinforcing corral panels. Use the tubing in corners, diagonally across the angle formed by the panels. Attach at the top of the panels, so cattle can go under the brace. A 12 feet long piece of perforated tubing, diagonally across a 90 degree angle formed by the cattle panels makes another “hell for stout” example of Brazos Bottom engineering. Some of these liberated pieces of tubing are painted yellow which is great where visibility and caution are important. The tubing is strong, easy to work with because of the 1 inch on center holes, and affordable. ‘Meets my engineering specifications and budget.

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