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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

In

The Change

a few weeks everything will change as we move into the very best time of the year for both horsemen and their horses. The weather will become comfortable again and animal and man will feel like doing something physical. Fall is, in my opinion, the very best time of the year to ride. It is a time of not only getting outdoors again, but also of By Steven Long attending the best events of the year, and I don’t mean just football games (albeit those are near the top of my personal list). People in the Northern Hemisphere worldwide will be hitting the trails after a hot summer. That means that there will be a lot of traffic, both vehicular, and equine on our roads and trails. Safety is a must, and we don’t mean just avoiding collisions with our cars and trucks. Slow down on the trail. Again and again we have seen horsemen who stall their horses 51 weeks a year take them to the country or to a state park on vacation and ride the poor animal hell bent for an entire weekend. That is not only physically wrong for the horse, it is also morally wrong to heap that kind of abuse on an animal that is not in shape, not to mention the other people riding on the trail near you. The fall weather in Texas is deceptive. Sure, it’s slightly cooler, but know that a horse is at his happiest when it is uncomfortably cool for humans. Be considerate of the comfort of the friend you are astride. If you think you are hot, just think of how he must feel. A few years ago we were riding at the lovely Hill Country State Natural Area near Bandera when a group came in on a hot Labor Day weekend. We watched them ride hard all weekend, and by Sunday about noon, their irresponsible behavior with their horses had taken its toll. The memory of one of their horses lying dead on a trail is seared into my brain almost ten years after I saw it. It lay on the ground without an ounce of sweat on its lifeless body. The horse had been driven to its death by an ignorant and arrogant human on a hot September day. The owner wore a cowboy hat, but every legitimate cowboy I was riding with that day felt only revulsion at the man’s behavior. Some actually wanted to get physical with him. We must remember that while things will be cooling down, by the standards of other locations across the country Texas trails are almost unbearable even in September and October. We should know our horse, and his physical ability to handle heat. About 20 percent of all horses suffer from anhidrosis. It is the inability to sweat. Anhidrosis is a killer. Sweat is a body’s natural way of cooling itself. If you are wet from perspiration you know that a little breeze will help you cool off quickly. I’ve even been put in a chill on a summer day just from that very process. The same is true for your horse. Sweat is a good thing. Finally, we need to be polite on the trail. Being considerate of other riders is of vital importance. It pays off each and every time for both you and the friend you are riding. On the Cover: Which trails will you enjoy this Fall?

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Cover Story: 16 Are Trails Vanishing? - Steven Long

Lifestyle & Real Estate: 20 Best of East Texas - Margaret Pirtle 30 Real Estate Roundup 32 Help for Hay & Forage Producers - Tx Farm Credit 36 Barn & Garden - Margaret Pirtle

Columns: 8 Horse Bites 14 Tack Talk - Lew Pewterbaugh 24 The Cowboy Way - Corey Johnson 38 On the English Front - Cathy Strobel 40 Hooves N’ Horses - Jaime Jackson 46 Cowboy Corner - Jim Hubbard

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“Horse Bites is compiled from Press Releases sent to Horseback Magazine. Original reporting is • 91-01-15: Define what is considered done as circumstances warrant. complete relating to show results Content is edited for length & style.” • 105-01-15: Remove restrictions for hiring stewards, remove redundant from the membership. rules and limit Stewards from stewThe following is a summary of arding the same show for more than action taken on these proposals. More two years detailed information on each item will be published in the Members RELATED ACTION – Proposal 54Only section of nrha.com. 10-15 • Amend the Animal Welfare & MediAPPROVED – Rule Changes cations Policy (Pol. 11-07-27) to con• 74-02-15: tinue the research phase through 2015 • Part 1. Change the AA and A and create a task force to review NRHA events to 90 days for event approval medications rules and policies. • Part 2. Move rules to a chart. Change added money caps on Rookie APPROVED - Clarifications Professional, Rookie Level 2, Novice • 43-01-15: Procedural change for Horse Level 1 and Novice Horse Level 2 contacting the accused during a inves• Part 5. Can hold two go-rounds tigation in an ancillary show • Part 6. Eliminate the restriction • 73-01-15: Rule clarification allowing that show management must hold both horses to be shown in Green Reiner I the Level 4 Open and Level 4 Non Pro and Green Reiner II without restriction classes at an Aged Show of ownership • Part 9 and 10. Combine Ride & Slide Level 1 and 2 show conditions • 74-02-15: Eliminate redundancies • Part 12. Remove mandatory and increase ease of understanding in awards through tenth for Youth classes Show Conditions • 59-01-15: Approve Professionals Membership category • 93-01-15: Clarification outlining ownership for Year End Awards, the • 60-01-15: A Non Pro is defined as a owner is the owner on record at the end person who, at the time of application, NRHA competition year has not won in excess of $200,000 • 149-01-15: Create consistency be• 62-01-15: Change the definition of tween the Handbook and Judges guide immediate family member on the maneuver description for the trot in • 62-03-15: Further define after-market Complete information on rule logoed apparel change voting will be posted at a later date on the Members Only section of • 66-02-15: Change fine and forfeiture nrha.com and in the NRHA Reiner process for Youth showing in the Rookie magazine. 1 and Rookie 2 classes • 74-01-15: Add Top Ten Event description that requires event approval forms to be submitted 90 days prior to the entry closing of the event and a three horse minimum in a class for it to count toward a world title • 80-01-15: Add Prime Time Non Pro added money requirements

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Along with the USHJA Zone 3 Finals, the show hosts the MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals and the VHSA Children’s and Adult Medals. As one of the best shows on the local show circuit and named a USHJA Member’s Choice competition, the WIHS Regional offers the opportunity for area riders to qualify for the Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center (October 21-26). Riders may qualify for the WIHS Regional Finals for horses and ponies as well as the WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships. The 2014 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Finals Prize List can be found at www.wihs.org/wihs-regional. Entries will be accepted electronically through HorseShowing.com. The featured class at the WIHS Regional is the MHSA Gittings Horsemanship Finals on Friday, October 17, at 6 p.m. in the Show Place Arena. An ice cream social will be held for all exhibitors to enjoy and watch the class. The top riders in the Finals will receive prizes courtesy of sponsors Charles Owen, RJ Classics, Andrea Steuhr Equine Therapy, SmartPak and Kimberley Gatto. New to the WIHS Regional schedule are Children’s and Adult Jumpers as qualifying classes for WIHS Jumper Championships, and a Junior Hunter 3’3” division will be offered at the Zone 3 Finals. Grand Championships will be awarded for Children’s and Adult Hunter and Children’s Hunter Ponies. A pizza party for exhibitors is on

Saturday, October 18. Nominations will be open during the WIHS Regional for the third annual Laura Pickett Trophy for Excellence in Horsemanship. Visit www.wihs.org/wihs-regional for nomination forms. This year’s winner will also receive a pair of custom-made E. Vogel boots. The award, generously donated by WIHS President Vicki Lowell in memory of Laura Pickett, will be presented to the adult or child rider and their trainer, who best exhibit the enthusiasm, dedication, style and commitment to excellent horsemanship that brings out the best in horse and rider at the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Finals. The trophy presentation will take place center ring on Barn Night at the 56th Annual Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center. All of the classes at the WIHS Regional Horse Show are open to all horses and ponies not already qualified for WIHS, regardless of geographical location. Only horses and ponies owned or leased by exhibitors living within 100 miles of Washington, D.C., are eligible for the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals at Verizon Center on Sunday, October 26. In addition, the Regional Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper champions can qualify for the WIHS Championships at Verizon Center on Tuesday, October 21 (hunters) and Wednesday, October 22 (jumpers). The WIHS Regional is proud to host the USHJA Zone 3 Finals again this year. Letters of invitation to riders

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eptember is here. Does anyone know where summer went? September in Texas is not much different from August, really. Hot, usually dry, never frosts or snows. In northern climes, September often shows lots of change. Early frost, cool mornings, a change in the air. The sun is in a different position in the sky, and the days are really getting appreciably shorter. OK, the day is still 24 hours, but the amount of daylight hours is shorter.

Here in South Central Texas, we may not see too many hundred degree days, so people are starting to think of riding again. I know I’m not enthusiastic about riding when the temp is hovering around a hundred. I just spent a few days down on the Rio Grande on a small hunting ranch. Small hunting ranch is an oxymoron, of course. The North end of the ranch was 6 miles from the South end. Still, it was fairly good sized. I was hoping to meet one of the tick riders that work the river, but the one assigned to that area did not show up to our invitation of bar-b-q and beer. At 105 degrees, with an average of 16 miles covered horseback every day, I think being a tick rider would dispel anyone of the idea of being a “cowboy” down on the Rio Grande country. That brush country is inhospitable to say the least. There are probably about 48 workdays a year that make your job worthwhile. September brings the promise of relief. September also brings the

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promise of death. Death of the green growing grass, green leaves, warm soft nights, and hot, sultry days. September is a bittersweet time. You look forward to the cooler weather, but you hate to see the summer gone. Some parts of the country revel in the winter. There is snow for skiing and snowmobiling, ice for skating, and wood for burning. In much of Texas, there is brown, brown, and brown. Brown grass, brown leaves, and brown wood to be burned on chilly nights. These chilly nights are good times to clean and condition your leather tack, while the wonderful mild days of fall and winter are really the best times for riding, and that of course, is what we all love. Whether it is riding in the hills for pleasure, riding in the big pasture after cattle, or riding in the arena practicing a dressage test, this is our time. We know it’s going to get cold, but, by God, we’re going to ride today! I have been working on lots of saddles. People are happy that I’m back in the saddle repair business, and the saddle

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days, they told stories. They all started the same way. “You remember when we were------------------------------? We were drunker than (Feces)”. I was seriously reminded of “Second Hand Lions”. It reminded me to stop and smell the fresh smell of rain on long parched soil. If you happen to come by my humble little shop and find me gone, just remember, my little break will invigorate me to work twice as hard when I get back. I can’t explain why it gives me so much pleasure to turn out a good looking old saddle that was made with pride in the good old USA, with a new lease on life, and many more years to bring pleasure to a proud owner. So much of what made this country great has been lost, and I am so thankful to be able to

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Are Trails Vanishing? If

you live in the big city, you have seen urban expansion replace land that once housed boardŝŶŐďĂƌŶƐ͕ŚĂLJĮĞůĚƐ͕ĂŶĚůĂŶĚƚŚĂƚǁĂƐŽŶĐĞ accessible to ride turned into housing and condo developments. Horseback Magazine’s home base is ,ŽƵƐƚŽŶdĞdžĂƐ͕ĂŶĚǁŚŝůĞŽŶĐĞďĂĐŬLJĂƌĚŚŽƌƐĞƐĂŶĚ ŚŽƌƐĞƐƚĂďůĞƐŝŶƚŚĞĐŝƚLJǁĞƌĞĞĂƐŝůLJƐƉŽƩĞĚ͕ŶŽǁŝƚ ŝƐŚĂƌĚĞƌƚŽĮŶĚƚŚĞŵŝŶƚŚĞĐŝƚLJƉƌŽƉĞƌ͘ >ŝŬĞĂůůŵĂũŽƌĐŝƟĞƐĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞhŶŝƚĞĚ^ƚĂƚĞƐ͕ equestrian community housing developments are becoming a niche real estate market in suburbs. dŚĞƌĞ͕ŚŽƌƐĞŽǁŶĞƌƐŵĂLJůŝǀĞŶĞdžƚƚŽƚŚĞŝƌĂŶŝŵĂůƐ͕ ƐŚĂƌĞĂĐŽŵŵŽŶƚƌĂŝůŶĞƚǁŽƌŬ͕ĂŶĚĞŶũŽLJƚŚĞƉƌŽƚĞĐƟŽŶŽĨĚĞĞĚƌĞƐƚƌŝĐƟŽŶƐ͘dŚĞƐĞƐƚƌŝĐƚŐƵŝĚĞůŝŶĞƐ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĨŽƌĂŚŽƌƐĞͬƉĞŽƉůĞƌĂƟŽƚŚĂƚƉƌĞǀĞŶƚƐŽǀĞƌĐƌŽǁĚŝŶŐĂŶĚŚĞŶĐĞ͕ƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůŚĞĂůƚŚƉƌŽďůĞŵƐĨŽƌ both horse and human. Further, many such environments are gated, ƐƵŐŐĞƐƟŶŐĂŚŝŐŚĐŽƐƚ͘/ŶĨĂĐƚ͕ƵƐŝŶŐĐŽŵŵŽŶĨĂĐŝůŝƟĞƐ ŝƐ ĂĐƚƵĂůůLJ Ă ŵŽŶĞLJ ƐĂǀĞƌ ĨŽƌ ĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐ ǁŚŽ ŶŽ ůŽŶŐĞƌĂƌĞĨĂĐĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞĞdžƉĞŶƐĞŽĨďƵŝůĚŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌ ŽǁŶďĂƌŶĂŶĚŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶŝŶŐŝƚĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĨĞŶĐŝŶŐ͘

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ϮϬϬϵĂƐƚƵĚLJǁĂƐĚŽŶĞďLJƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ,ŽƌƐĞ ŽƵŶĐŝůďĞĐĂƵƐĞƌŝĚĞƌƐĨŽƵŶĚĨĞǁĞƌƚƌĂŝůƐ͕ƚƌĂŝů heads, and federal land closings for horses and ƉĂĐŬĂŶŝŵĂůƐ͘dƌĂŝůƐǁĞƌĞďĞŝŶŐůŽƐƚ͘tŽƌƐĞ͕ƚŚĞLJĞŶcountered a bias against equestrians by land managers. The council delved further into the problem seeking the cause of the distressing trend. “This led the AHC to ůĂƵŶĐŚĂŶĞīŽƌƚƚŽĐŽůůĞĐƚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶŽŶĂĐĐĞƐƐŝƐƐƵĞƐ ĞƋƵĞƐƚƌŝĂŶƐǁĞƌĞĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐŝŶŐŽŶĨĞĚĞƌĂůůĂŶĚƐ͘dŚĞ ĐĞŶƚĞƌƉŝĞĐĞŽĨƚŚŝƐĞīŽƌƚǁĂƐĂŶ,ŽŶůŝŶĞĨŽƌŵƌŝĚĞƌƐ ĐĂŶƵƐĞƚŽƌĞƉŽƌƚƚŚĞŝƌƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐƌĞŐĂƌĚŝŶŐ ƚƌĂŝůƐŽŶĨĞĚĞƌĂůůĂŶĚƐƚŚĂƚŚĂĚďĞĞŶĐůŽƐĞĚƚŽƚŚĞŵŽƌ ŽƚŚĞƌĂĐĐĞƐƐŝƐƐƵĞƐ͘͟  dŚŝƐƌĞƉŽƌƚǁĂƐŶŽƚĂƐĐŝĞŶƟĮĐƐƵƌǀĞLJ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ ,ĚŝĚŶŽƚĐŽŶĮƌŵƚŚĞŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůƐ͛ƌĞƉŽƌƚƐƚŚĂƚǁĞƌĞ based on their experiences and personal assessments, ďƵƚĚŝĚĚƌĂǁƐŽŵĞƚĞŶƚĂƟǀĞĐŽŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶƐƐƚĂƟŶŐĨƌŽŵ their 2010 report: ͞/ƚŝƐĚŝĸĐƵůƚƚŽĚƌĂǁďƌŽĂĚĐŽŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶƐĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞƌĞƉŽƌƚƐƚŚĞ,ŚĂƐƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚƚŽĚĂƚĞ͘/ŶĂĚĚŝƟŽŶ͕ ĂƐŶŽƚĞĚ͕ƚŚŝƐŝƐŶŽƚĂƐĐŝĞŶƟĮĐƐƵƌǀĞLJ͘/ŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůƐĂƌĞ ƐĞůĨƌĞƉŽƌƟŶŐďĂƐĞĚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐĂŶĚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌ ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĂƐƐĞƐƐŵĞŶƚƐ͘tŚŝůĞĞīŽƌƚƐŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŵĂĚĞƚŽ ĐŽŶĮƌŵůŽĐĂƟŽŶƐŝƚŝƐďĞLJŽŶĚƚŚĞĐĂƉĂďŝůŝƚLJŽĨƚŚĞ, ƚŽƉŚLJƐŝĐĂůůLJĐŽŶĮƌŵĂƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƚƌĂŝůŝƐĐůŽƐĞĚŽƌŝŶ ĚŝƐƌĞƉĂŝƌ͘  dŚĞƌĞƉŽƌƚĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚƐĂLJŝŶŐ͕͞/ƚŝƐĐƌŝƟĐĂůƌĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶĂůƌŝĚĞƌƐĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƚŽƌĞƉŽƌƚƚŚĞŝƌĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐĂŶĚ ĂůůŽǁƚŚĞ,ƚŽĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƚĂĐůĞĂƌƉŝĐƚƵƌĞŽĨƚŚĞĂĐĐĞƐƐ ŝƐƐƵĞƐĨĂĐŝŶŐĞƋƵĞƐƚƌŝĂŶƐĂƌŽƵŶĚƚŚĞĐŽƵŶƚƌLJ͘dŚĞ, ŶĞĞĚƐƐƵĐŚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŽǁŽƌŬŵŽƌĞĞīĞĐƟǀĞůLJǁŝƚŚ ďŽƚŚƚŚĞĨĞĚĞƌĂůůĂŶĚŵĂŶĂŐĞŵĞŶƚĂŐĞŶĐŝĞƐĂŶĚŽŶŐƌĞƐƐƚŽĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĂĐĐĞƐƐŝƐƐƵĞƐĨĂĐŝŶŐĞƋƵĞƐƚƌŝĂŶƐ͘  /ŶƚŚĞůĂƐƚLJĞĂƌƚŚĞĮƐĐĂůĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚŝŶtĂƐŚŝŶŐƚŽŶŚĂƐĐŚĂŶŐĞĚĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌĂďůLJǁŝƚŚĂŶĞǁĞŵƉŚĂƐŝƐ ŽŶƚŚĞĚĞĮĐŝƚ͕ŶĂƟŽŶĂůĚĞďƚĂŶĚƚŚĞŶĞĞĚƚŽĐƵƚŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚƐƉĞŶĚŝŶŐ͘dŚĞĨĞĚĞƌĂůďƵĚŐĞƚŚĂƐĂĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌĂďůĞŝŵƉĂĐƚŽŶĨĞĚĞƌĂůůĂŶĚĂŶĚƚŚĞůĂŶĚŵĂŶĂŐĞŵĞŶƚ www.horsebackmagazine.com www.horsebackmagazine.com


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ŝŶŐŝŶƚŽŶĂƟŽŶĂůĨŽƌĞƐƚƐŝŶƉƵƌƐƵŝƚŽĨĞdžĞƌĐŝƐĞ͕ƌĞůĂdžĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞ͕ŽŶůLJ ŽŶĞƋƵĂƌƚĞƌŽĨĂůůƚƌĂŝůƐĂƌĞŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶĞĚ ƚŽƐƚĂŶĚĂƌĚ͘dŚĞƚƌĂŝůƐďĂĐŬůŽŐƉƌĞǀĞŶƚƐ ƉƵďůŝĐĂĐĐĞƐƐ͕ƉŽƐĞƐĚĂŶŐĞƌƐƚŽƉƵďůŝĐ ƐĂĨĞƚLJ͕ĂŶĚĚĞŐƌĂĚĞƐĐůĞĂŶǁĂƚĞƌ͘  dŚĞĂĐŬŽƵŶƚƌLJ,ŽƌƐĞŵĞŶ ŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂƐĂLJƐƚŚĞĞīŽƌƚƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞĂ ŵŽƌĞƌŽďƵƐƚĂŶĚĐŽŽƌĚŝŶĂƚĞĚƚƌĂŝůƐͲ ĨŽĐƵƐĞĚǀŽůƵŶƚĞĞƌƉƌŽŐƌĂŵŝƐĞƐƐĞŶƟĂů ƚŽƉƌĞƐĞƌǀŝŶŐŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ͛ƐĂĐĐĞƐƐƚŽƚŚĞ ŐƌĞĂƚŽƵƚĚŽŽƌƐ  ͚ŽŶŐƌĞƐƐƌĞĐŽŐŶŝnjĞƐƚŚĂƚŽƵƌ ŶĂƟŽŶĂůĨŽƌĞƐƚƚƌĂŝůƐLJƐƚĞŵŝƐĚĞƚĞƌŝŽƌĂƟŶŐ͕͛ƐĂŝĚ:ŝŵDĐ'ĂƌǀĞLJ͕ŚĂŝƌŵĂŶ ŽĨĂĐŬŽƵŶƚƌLJ,ŽƌƐĞŵĞŶŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂ͘ ͚dŚŝƐďŝůůĞŵƉŚĂƐŝnjĞƐŐƌĞĂƚĞƌĐŽůůĂďŽƌĂƟŽŶǁŝƚŚǀŽůƵŶƚĞĞƌƐĂŶĚƉĂƌƚŶĞƌ ŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚƐĞĞŬƐƚŽůĞǀĞƌĂŐĞ

Ben Pendergrass, ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ,ŽƌƐĞŽƵŶĐŝů (202) 296-4031 WĂƵů^ƉŝƚůĞƌ͟ϮϬϮͲϯϲϬͲϭϵϭϮƉĂƵůͺ ƐƉŝƚůĞƌΛƚǁƐ͘ŽƌŐŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁŝůĚĞƌŶĞƐƐ͘ŽƌŐͬ press-release/groups-rally-behind-naƟŽŶĂůͲĨŽƌĞƐƚͲƐLJƐƚĞŵͲƚƌĂŝůƐͲƐƚĞǁĂƌĚƐŚŝƉͲ act ,ŽƌƐĞŽǁŶĞƌƐůŝǀŝŶŐŝŶdĞdžĂƐ ĂƌĞďůĞƐƐĞĚǁŝƚŚƐŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞďĞƐƚĂŶĚ most abundant trail riding venues in ƚŚĞŶĂƟŽŶǁŝƚŚĂŵƉůĞŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐĨŽƌ horsemen to mount up and breathe the unspoiled country air. /ƚ͛ƐŶŽǁŽŶĚĞƌƚŚĂŶƚŚĂƚdŽŵ ^ĐƌŝŵĂ͕ƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ ŽŵƉĞƟƟǀĞdƌĂŝů,ŽƌƐĞƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶ ;d,Ϳ͕ŝƐĂdĞdžĂŶ͘,ĞŚĞĂĚƐĂŚŝŐŚůLJ respected group of trail riding enthusi-

 dĞdžĂƐĂůŽŶĞŽīĞƌƐƚŚŽƵƐĂŶĚƐŽĨ miles of unspoiled trails from novice to ĞdžƉĞƌƚŝŶĚŝĸĐƵůƚLJ͘  ^ĐƌŝŵĂ͛ƐŐƌŽƵƉŚŽůĚƐƚǁŽ'ƵŝŶŶĞƐƐtŽƌůĚZĞĐŽƌĚƐ͘ ͞tĞŚĂĚƐĞǀĞƌĂůƚŚŽƵƐĂŶĚďƵƩƐŝŶƚŚĞ ƐĂĚĚůĞ͟ŚĞůĂƵŐŚŝŶŐůLJĞdžƉůĂŝŶĞĚ͘ŶĚ ůŝŬĞŵŽƐƚƌŝĚĞƐĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞŶĂƟŽŶ͕ĐŚĂƌŝƚLJŝƐĂůŵŽƐƚĂůǁĂLJƐĂůĂƌŐĞĐŽŵƉŽŶĞŶƚ͘ dŚĞ͚ZŝĚĞĨŽƌƚŚĞZĞƐĐƵĞƐ͛ ǁĂƐĂ'ƵŝŶŶĞƐƐŽŽŬŽĨtŽƌůĚZĞĐŽƌĚͲ ďƌĞĂŬŝŶŐĞǀĞŶƚĐŽŵƉƌŝƐĞĚŽĨϱϬƚƌĂŝůͲ ƌŝĚŝŶŐĐŽŵƉĞƟƟŽŶƐŚĞůĚĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞ ĐŽƵŶƚƌLJŽŶŽŶĞĚĂLJŝŶ:ƵŶĞϮϬϭϬ͘ďŽƵƚ ϭ͕ϳϬϬŚŽƌƐĞƐĂŶĚƌŝĚĞƌƐƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƚĞĚ ŝŶƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚ͕ƌĂŝƐŝŶŐŶĞĂƌůLJΨϳϬ͕ϬϬϬ ƚŽďĞŶĞĮƚdŚĞ,^h^͛ǁŽƌŬǁŝƚŚŚŽƌƐĞ ƌĞƐĐƵĞƐĂŶĚƐĂŶĐƚƵĂƌŝĞƐ͘WƌŽĐĞĞĚƐ ďĞŶĞĮƚĞĚƌĞƐĐƵĞŐƌŽƵƉƐŝŶϮϰƐƚĂƚĞƐ͘

ĂĚĚŝƟŽŶĂůƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞƐƚŽĂƵŐŵĞŶƚƚŚĞ ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚƌŽůĞƉůĂLJĞĚďLJ&ŽƌĞƐƚ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞ ƚƌĂŝůĐƌĞǁƐ͛͘  ͚dŚĞƌĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶĂůŚŽƌƐĞŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚĞƐΨϮϬďŝůůŝŽŶĂLJĞĂƌƚŽƚŚĞ ĞĐŽŶŽŵLJĂŶĚƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƐŶĞĂƌůLJϯϬϳ͕ϬϬϬ ũŽďƐŶĂƟŽŶǁŝĚĞ͕͛ƐĂŝĚŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ,ŽƌƐĞ ŽƵŶĐŝůsŝĐĞWƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚŽĨ'ŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚ ZĞůĂƟŽŶƐĞŶWĞŶĚĞƌŐƌĂƐƐ͚͘,ŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ŝƚ ŝƐĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚŽŶĂĐĐĞƐƐƚŽƉƵďůŝĐůĂŶĚƐ ĂŶĚǁĞůůŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶĞĚƚƌĂŝůƐ͘dŚĞĐƵƌƌĞŶƚ&ŽƌĞƐƚ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞƚƌĂŝůŵĂŝŶƚĞŶĂŶĐĞ ďĂĐŬůŽŐŝƐĂƐĞƌŝŽƵƐƚŚƌĞĂƚƚŽŝƚƐĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚŐƌŽǁƚŚĂŶĚŚĞĂůƚŚ͘dŚŝƐďŝůůǁŝůů ŚĞůƉĂĚĚƌĞƐƐƚŚĞƉƌŽďůĞŵĂŶĚĞŶƐƵƌĞ ĞƋƵĞƐƚƌŝĂŶƐĂŶĚĂůůƚƌĂŝůƵƐĞƌƐĐŽŶƟŶƵĞ ƚŽŚĂǀĞĂĐĐĞƐƐƚŽ͕ĂŶĚĂƌĞĂďůĞƚŽĞŶũŽLJ͕ ƚƌĂŝůƐŽŶŽƵƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůĨŽƌĞƐƚƐ͛͘ ŽŶƚĂĐƚƐ͗ WĂƵů^ƉŝƚůĞƌ͕ dŚĞtŝůĚĞƌŶĞƐƐ^ŽĐŝĞƚLJ (202) 360-1912 Jim McGarvey, Chairman of Back Country Horsemen ŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂ (706) 624-6505

ĂƐƚƐǁŚŽƐĞŵĞŵďĞƌƐŚŝƉŝƐďƵƌŐĞŽŶŝŶŐ ŶĂƟŽŶǁŝĚĞ͘ ͞dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞĂůŝƩůĞŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶ ϭ͕ϬϬϬƌŝĚĞŚŽƐƚƐĂŶĚǁĞĞdžƉĞĐƚƚŽŚĂǀĞ Ϯ͕ϬϬϬŶĞdžƚLJĞĂƌ͕͟ŚĞƚŽůĚ,ŽƌƐĞďĂĐŬ DĂŐĂnjŝŶĞ signifying the explosive ŐƌŽǁƚŚŽĨƚƌĂŝůƌŝĚŝŶŐ͘ ͞KƵƌĚĂƚĂďĂƐĞŚĂƐŐƌŽǁŶƚŽ ĂůŝƩůĞŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶĂŚĂůĨŵŝůůŝŽŶ͕͟ŚĞ ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚ͘DŽƌĞŽǀĞƌ͕ŚŝƐŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ͛Ɛ membership has spread from coast to coast. ͞tĞĂƌĞĐƵƌƌĞŶƚůLJŐĞƫŶŐ ƌĞĂĚLJĨŽƌƚŚĞsŝƌŐŝŶŝĂƌŝĚĞ͕ďƵƚǁĞŚŽůĚ ϮϬϬͲϯϬϬŵĞŐĂƌŝĚĞƐĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞŶĂƟŽŶ͕͟ he said. The Virginia event is slated for October 18, 2014. ^ĐƌŝŵĂŬŶŽǁƐŚŝƐďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ͕ ĂƐŬŝůůŚŽŶĞĚďLJƌŝĚŝŶŐƉƌŝŵŝƟǀĞƚƌĂŝůƐ near his home. ͞tĞ͛ǀĞŐŽƚĂďŽƵƚϮϬŵŝůĞƐŽĨ ƉƌŝŵŝƟǀĞƌŝĚŝŶŐ͕͟ŚĞƚŽůĚ,ŽƌƐĞďĂĐŬ DĂŐĂnjŝŶĞ of the local trails near his ďĂĐŬĚŽŽƌ͘͞tĞůŝǀĞŶĞdžƚƚŽĂϮ͕ϬϬϬĂĐƌĞ >ŽǁĞƌŽůŽƌĂĚŽZŝǀĞƌƵƚŚŽƌŝƚLJ;>ZͿ ƉĂƌŬ͘͟

ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ŚƵŵĂŶĞƐŽĐŝĞƚLJ͘ŽƌŐͬŶĞǁƐͬ ƉƌĞƐƐͺƌĞůĞĂƐĞƐͬϮϬϭϬͬϭϮͬŚŽƌƐĞͺƌĞƐĐƵĞͺ ŐƌĂŶƚƐͺŝƐƐƵĞĚͺϭϮϭϲϭϬ͘Śƚŵůη  ͞tĞŐŝǀĞϮϬƉĞƌĐĞŶƚŽĨŽƵƌ funds to the charity the ride host ĐŚŽŽƐĞƐ͕͟ŚĞƐĂŝĚƉƌŽƵĚůLJ͘  d,ƌŝĚĞƐ;ŚƩƉƐ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ ĂĐƚŚĂ͘ƵƐͬŐĞƚͺŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚͿĂůŵŽƐƚĂůǁĂLJƐ are held in public parks or on private ranches. Yet some states are far more trail rider friendly than others. The ŐƌŽƵƉƐĞĞŵŝŶŐůLJŽīĞƌƐĂƉůĂĐĞĨŽƌĂůů ŚŽƌƐĞŵĞŶĨƌŽŵĞǀĞŶƚŚŽƐƟŶŐ͕ƌŝĚŝŶŐ͕ judging, and sponsorships available to businesses. In Texas, for example, ƌŝĚĞƌƐĂƌĞǁĞůĐŽŵĞĂůŵŽƐƚĞǀĞƌLJǁŚĞƌĞ ĂƐůŽŶŐĂƐƚŚĞLJŽďĞLJďĂƐŝĐƚƌĂĸĐƌƵůĞƐ and don’t trespass on private property ǁŚĞƌĞŚŽƌƐĞƐĂƌĞŶ͛ƚǁĞůĐŽŵĞ͘  ͞dŚĞ^ƚĂƚĞŽĨtĂƐŚŝŶŐƚŽŶ ŵĂŬĞƐƵƐũƵŵƉƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŚŽŽƉƐƚŚŽƵŐŚ͕͟ he said. That is unusual. For the most ƉĂƌƚŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚƐĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞŶĂƟŽŶĂƌĞ ĂĐĐŽŵŵŽĚĂƟŶŐƚŽŐƌŽƵƉƐůŝŬĞ^ĐƌŝŵĂ͛Ɛ embracing a fading remnant of the na-

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ACTHA: “ Beyond the Guiness Record, we are far more proud of the fact that, to the best of our knowledge, there is only ŽŶĞŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚĐĂŶ claim, and prove, a successful model for employing and saving the “Unwanted Horse.” To date 1,762 horses are recorded with names and ĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞŽǁŶĞƌ͛ƐŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ in ACTHA’s registry for all to see. These are a few of the people responsible for ͞ƚŚĞƌĞĂů͟ƐŽůƵƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞ “Unwanted Horse.” ƟŽŶ͛ƐƉĂƐƚ͘  >ŽĐĂůƚƌĂŝůŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƐĂƌĞ ǀĂƐƚůLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĨƌŽŵƚ��ĞďŝŐƌŽĚĞŽƚƌĂŝů ƌŝĚĞƐƚŚĂƚƐƉĞŶĚĂĨĞǁĚĂLJƐĞĂĐŚLJĞĂƌ ƌŝĚŝŶŐĂůŽŶŐƐŝĚĞĂďƵƐLJŚŝŐŚǁĂLJ͕ĞĂƟŶŐ catered food each night, and sleeping ŝŶƉůƵƐƌĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶĂůǀĞŚŝĐůĞƐ͕ƚŽŚĞůƉ hype a big event such as the legendary ,ŽƵƐƚŽŶ>ŝǀĞƐƚŽĐŬ^ŚŽǁĂŶĚZŽĚĞŽ͘  /ŶƐƚĂƚĞƐǁŚĞƌĞƉƵďůŝĐƚƌĂŝůƐĂƌĞ

ƵŶĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞ͕ƚƌĂŝůƌŝĚĞŐƌŽƵƉƐŵƵƐƚǁŽƌŬ ǁŝƚŚƉƌŝǀĂƚĞůĂŶĚŽǁŶĞƌƐ͘ Others, the really lucky ones, have trails near their back doors. Riding ĂǁŝůĚĞƌŶĞƐƐƚƌĂŝůĨŽƌ^ĐƌŝŵĂŝƐĞĂƐLJ͘ ŶŽƚŚĞƌŐƌŽƵƉ͕ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ dƌĂŝůƐ͕ŝƐĂŵĞŵďĞƌƐŚŝƉŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ devoted to both equine and pedesƚƌŝĂŶƵƐĞ͘dŚĞŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶǁŝůůŚŽƐƚĂ ͞tĞďŝŶĂƌ͟^ĞƉƚĞŵďĞƌϭϴ͕ϮϬϭϰƚŚĞŵĞĚ

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Shopping Pink Pistol Texas Wine Bar & Gift Shop - Lindale, TX Pink Pistol Texas Wine Bar & Gift Shop in Lindale opened by country singer Miranda Lambert in her childhood hometown, of Lindale, Pink Pistol Texas offers Lambert’s wines and her signature Pink Pistol gear along with other handselected gift items including fairy dust, t-shirts, pink cowboy boots and more. 100 E. Hubbard•Lindale, TX•903.882.9305

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Ribs & BBQ Country Tavern - Kilgore, TX Finger-lickin’ best ribs, brisket and sides you could put your mouth on. A little expensive for dinning daily, but you can’t beat the size of the platters, and the moist, perfectly cooked meat, plus friendly service. 1526 FM 2767•Kilgore, TX•(903) 984-9954

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Flying Cats & Ranch Security

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Dad was a feedlot cowboy, which means we always had horses. They were not push button, can only do one job horses. They were the tools of his trade. The same ones that us kids “rodeo’d” on, were the same ones he used in the feedlot. We always had a couple of colts, or in some cases five or six year olds, that we were starting at the house. After about 30 rides, Dad would take them to the feedlot and ride them for 90 days. Ninety days of pushing cattle around, dragging roped ones and opening gates made for some pretty broke ponies. My brother and I were usually the ones that started these “colts”, me probably more than him. I think that had something to do with my level of brains…. At one time we had this little T-Cross mare. She was pretty sharp looking…kinda that old timey quarter horse type, square, blocky and solid. For whatever reason we never really started riding her. We would pull her up and mess around with her for a

day or two and then turn her back out. I suppose it was because she was ours and any customer horses took precedence over her because, after all they were paying. We called her Misty and Misty didn’t really get started good until she was about six. Now Misty wasn’t a big wild bronc by any means. In fact, once we started riding her, you had to pedal for all you were worth to keep her moving. I always said that she wore me out faster than walkin’. Except for one time… I had ridden her about fifteen or twenty times, so I thought she was really going well. With a little work you could lope her all over the pasture and even come in for a somewhat bouncy, jilted stop. I’m sure I was a shadow ridin’ sonof-a-gun, I thought I was a he-wolf of a hand and the world had better get ready. We always had four or five dogs, which considered themselves ranch security, and about the same amount of barn cats (which the dogs considered Satan’s spawn), so at some point every evening there was a commotion. The cats seemed to be a little smarter (gulp, am I going to says this?) than the dogs because they never let themselves be caught out in the open. Except for one time…. I was ridin’ ol’ Misty up close to the barn, admiring my shadow and how good things looked. Why, I had the world by the tail. There wasn’t a better hand than me, most anywhere. As I rode along I heard the usual ruckus

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raised when the dogs had gotten a cat on the run. I was working on stopping and backing so we weren’t moving much. I kept noticing that the ruckus with the dogs kept getting closer. I finally looked up and all five dogs had a big orange tom cat on the run. Now Tom had let himself get caught out in the open and was runnin’ like his tail was on fire as fast as he could for high ground. And since there were no trees in the pasture, I noticed to my horror that Tom was headed straight for Misty and I, with the dogs in joyous pursuit about five feet behind him. At about eight feet Tom jumped into the air and flew toward us. At that point, Misty noticed the ruckus. Her head flew around toward the commotion, but even she was too slow for the blazing orange streak that was now airborne. Tom landed with all claws out, one front and one back leg hooked into my fine Navajo saddle blanket, while the other front and back leg were desperately clawing to get a grip in what now appears to have been tender horse flesh. Add in the fact the dogs were still in hot pursuit barking and howling like a pack of wild beasts, this was now too much for Misty to handle. To put it mildly, we left the country. We left the country like Satan was riding one of the hounds of hell and was swinging a lariat trying to drop a loop on us to brand and ear tag

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ing more than to be loose from the whole situation. Also added to the mix was the wolf pack that was now very excited to be chasing not only a cat, but also a horse. They were probably grinning like crazy thinking, “can this day get any better?!?! What a great and wondrous day!” As we got toward the end of the pasture, Tom finally loosed himself from the saddle blanket. I’m sure he had somewhat of a spill, but his welfare had ceased to be at the top of my priority list. The good news was that this distracted the wolf pack somewhat. They immediately lit into the cat, he of course had landed on all fours (how do cats do that?) and immediately skedaddled up an electric pole. The dogs appeared somewhat disappointed, but were glad to take up the chase again with the horse and I. Misty and I were working on our second lap around the pasture and as we passed them, they heard the siren call of a running horse. They,

as ranch security, felt the need to participate in the horse training as they saw it. They left the cat and immediately leaped into action to help slow us down, jumping in front of Misty right before we got the electric pole. Technically, they did their job. She jammed on the brakes and I did a pretty fair impression of Superman and yard darted into the midst of the wolf pack, which seemed to create a large amount of excitement in itself. Looking at it from the dogs’ point of view, their master had dismounted to play with his faithful and brave ranch security team. They were wagging, slobbering and licking all over, just excited that I would venture from my lofty position to mingle with them. From my point of view, I wanted to kill all of them! The mare trotted back to the barn and was waiting for me, only a little jittery. She turned into a nice little mare and some people from Oklahoma bought her for their grandkids later on. They were as happy as they could be, but I’m just glad they did see the flying cat and ranch security episode.

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competitors alike will be encouraged to utilize “Mentors” as an additional opportunity for teaching and learning on the trail. Many ride hosts have established specific times at their events for Mentors to have clinics, demonstrations and even private or group lessons. In this way, the Mentor gains an additional opportunity to gain the attention of ride attendees. Founder Carrie Scrima states “Last year we focused on good sportsmanship and good horsemanship for the horse and rider. This year we would like to add an emphasis on “Casual Competition, Serious Fun” in a family oriented environment that encourages healthy competition while enhancing the education of horse and rider.” In advancing this effort and to encourage professional participation, ACTHA has established a “Professional Partners” page on its website that will provide links to local trainers, instructors and clinicians. Having a presence on this page will be free to those equine professionals that support ACTHA events and the discipline of

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very horse owner recognizes the importance of having high-quality pasture and hay, and plenty of it. Unfortunately, weather tends to dictate both the quality and quantity of forages. While this year brought generally better pasture and forage conditions in many states than did last year, next year’s crop is anyone’s guess. If you’re a horse owner or hay producer who would rather not gamble on the unknown, consider hedging your bets with Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Insurance. But decide soon – the sign-up deadline is Nov. 15. This risk management tool is designed to insure against a decline in rainfall or vegetation on rangeland and perennial forage land, including both improved and unimproved pasture and land intended for hay production. “PRF insurance is available for land that is used exclusively to graze horses, as well as land that is used to graze horses and cattle, or just cattle, or is used for hay production,” explains Jen Livsey, pasture insurance specialist with Texas Farm Credit, a rural lender that offers insurance products to ranchers and farmers. A 184 Percent Return on Premiums in 2012 For many landowners affected by drought, this type of insurance has been a blessing. Texas Farm Credit reports that its PRF policy holders realized a 184 percent return on their premiums in 2012. One of those policy holders, a central Texas rancher, was particularly glad he purchased PRF insurance that year. “In 2012, which was one of the driest years this cattleman has experienced, he received indemnity payments that were more than five times the cost of his premium,” his loan officer, Jolene Curtis, Texas Farm Credit vice president of operations, reports. “PRF insurance gave him immediate financial relief to cover feed costs as well as extra time to evaluate his destocking options. Although conditions have improved, you can be sure he took out a PRF policy again in 2013,” Curtis says. Payouts Cover Feed Purchases, Lease Payments

burden on many horse owners and livestock producers throughout the dry southern states in recent years by providing timely payments to help cover the cost of purchasing additional feed and hay when forage production dropped. For some, it also meant they could continue making lease payments rather than relinquish land that they might never have another chance to operate. Known by various names, including grass insurance, hay insurance and rainfall insurance, PRF insurance is a customizable product developed by the USDA Risk Management Agency, which also sets the rules and prices. With PRF, landowners and lessees can choose the variables for which they want to insure: • Specific months • Number of acres • Type of land (hay or pasture) • Percentage of average historic rainfall In Texas, rainfall amounts are determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which means that there are no reporting or record-keeping requirements for participants. Each two-month insurance interval stands alone, so even if a wet period immediately precedes a dry period, the dry months can still pay out. Decisions to Make Before You Sign Up Acreage – Individuals can insure all or part of their owned or leased property. If applicable, Farm Service Agency farm numbers or lease agreements are required to prove ownership and interest. Level – Coverage ranges from 70 to 90 percent of the average rainfall (or vegetation) index. The final grid index must come in below the chosen coverage level in order to trigger a payment. Protection Factor – This ranges from 60 to 150 percent and allows individualization based on the productivity of the insured property compared to the county average. Index Intervals – These are the specific twomonth time periods during which data are collected in order to calculate the expected and final grid indices.

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“When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid; I figure it’s a sure sign that the animal has somehow outfoxed them” -Tom Dorrance, True Unity: Willing Communication Between Horse & Human

Meet Me at the Fair

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here is nothing better to do than spend a day at a county fair to kick off the fall season that is heading our way. The weather may still be warm, but a fair in September renews the soul and brushes off the dust and dirt of summer. Check out these two great county fairs: Washington County Fair September 12-20 - Brenham, TX Established in 1868, Washington County Fair was the first county fair held in Texas! A variety of events including concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, arts and craft shows, special attractions, carnival, commercial exhibits and more. There’s something there for everyone! FM 577 ( Blue Bell Rd) between Hwy 36 and 105 Waller County Fair September 26 - Oct. 4 - Hempstead, TX One of the last great rural escapes from the Houston area, the Waller County Fair has been providing fun and excitement since 1945. Built around the ongoing livestock shows featuring local high school FFA programs and 4-H clubs, each evening holds live entertainment, great food and rodeo fun. The fairgrounds are located on FM 359 just south of US Hwy 290 and old Hempstead Hwy about 1 mile on the left.

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Unwritten Rules of Owning a Horse: • No matter

what amount of time you give yourself to groom your horse - it will take longer. • You will always forget one critical

thing at a horse show. • The day that you start saying “It hasn’t happened yet” is the exact day your horse will begin to do it. • The spare clothes you always carry with you for emergencies, will be in the laundry the day you need them. • Your horse will always poop immediately after you have finished cleaning his stall • Only the most beautiful and expensive pieces of tack and blankets will be destroyed by your horse.

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How well do you know your plant facts? With fall gardens underway this month, it’s time to check out some fun trivia knowledge on the plants we love. • The average strawberry has 200 seeds, it’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside. • Trees are the longest-living organisms on earth. • The tiniest tree in the world is the Dwarf Willow, its size is about two inches. It is found in Greenland. • Cabbage has 91% water while the apple is 25% air. That is why it floats on water! • Apples, Onions & potatoes have same taste. Don’t believe it? Here is the test: Pinch your nose & taste all 3, find any difference? • The tomato and the potato are the two vegetables which are grown in largest quantities in the world. But the onion is the most widely used vegetable. It is used in more dishes than any other vegetable in the most number of countries. • Carrots were originally purple in color. www.horsebackmagazine.com www.horsebackmagazine.com

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a world of their own, cute little girls dressed up in hunt coats and shadbellies with braids full of grosgrain ribbons flapping behind them, parade up and down the horse paths of Kentucky Horse Park on their perfectly groomed ponies. Some are chattering with friends and laughing with excitement. Others are nervously receiving advice from trainers or parents in anticipation of the competition that looms before them. In the stable areas, grooms wash and prep the ponies while parents and friends cheerfully prep the riders. Meanwhile trainers busily oversee all of it to make sure that no details have been missed. From the humble beginnings of their training, all of the ponies and riders have been well prepared with teams of people that have made this special opportunity possible. The 2014 US Pony Finals were held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky August 5-10. An annual tradition of the United States Equestrian Federation, the finals were created to bring the best ponies in the nation together to compete for the title of Champion. Ponies compete as hunters or jumpers and are separated into small, medium and large pony divisions. The hunters are further divided into green or regular divisions to compete in 3 separate phases: Model, Under Saddle and Over Fences which are judged using numerical scores. Each of the 3-6 judges gives an independent score between 0 and 100 to each entry. With dozens of ponies competing against each other, they are brought into the arena in small groups of no more than 12 for the model and under saddle portions. The model and under saddle phases each count as 25% of the score,

while the jumping phase counts as 50%. In the model phase, the ponies must stand quietly and attentively while each of the 3 judges inspect them from all angles. Then they are jogged for soundness and way of moving before the scores are tallied and posted. After the model class, the ponies are saddled up and the riders are given a chance to warm up their mounts before entering the arena for the flat class. As a group, the ponies are shown at the walk, trot, canter and hand gallop. They may also be asked to show an extended trot. The ponies should be ridden on light contact, stop easily and stand quietly while being judged on performance and soundness. With so many talented and beautiful ponies, the performance in the arena needs to be nearly perfect. Only one small mistake can cost a pony the entire class. After the scores for the model and flat phases have been tallied, the course is set. The riders are given the opportunity to walk the course with their trainers and then the jumping competition begins. The arena is beautifully decorated with flowers and plants adorning a course that begs to be jumped. With the scores tallied, the lowest scoring pony starts the class with the highest scoring ponies wrapping it up. Lining the arena are white tents and tables with spectators eagerly posi-

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tioned to take in every stride of the competition. As you look around, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to tell who lays claim to the little rider and pony clipping around the arena by the concentration of cameras and devices trained on the pair, recording every step. At the end of each round, exuberant cheers erupt from the spectatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seating in an attempt to influence the judges to award good scores for their favorite competitors. As the competition winds to an end, with the cumulative scores being posted after each round, it becomes more apparent who the top ponies are. In the end, one pony is awarded the title of Champion and the top 20 ponies are paraded around to receive their awards. Meanwhile, the Pony Jumper Finals are held on an individual and team championship basis. These ponies are judged on their ability to jump courses with no penalty points for refusals, knockdowns or time faults. Additionally, the US Pony Jumper Style Award is presented to the pony rider who the judges feel exhibits the best style of riding throughout the Pony Jumper Championships. And finally, the Pony Medal Finals are also held to judge the top pony equitation riders in the country. But where do these riders come from? Looking around, you see multitudes of confident, capable riders who www.horsebackmagazine.com


look like mini-professionals. But they’re not. Some of these children practically live at the barn and compete every chance they get on any horse they have the opportunity to ride. But there is also the other end of the spectrum where these kids might have only one pony to ride with no opportunity to ride others. And budgets are all over the place with those riders who have to borrow money to make the trip and those who come with a staff to take care of all of their needs. But when they go into the arena for their turn to compete, they all have a chance to win. It’s all about the performance. So let’s all give a big congratulations to all of this year’s winners! And to those who didn’t win, congratulations on making the cut to be a part of the 2014 US Pony Finals. But now, it’s time to start preparing for next year. Cathy Strobel has over 30 years of experience as a trainer, judge and clinician and can be reached at Southern Breeze Equestrian Center at (281) 431-4868 or www.sbreeze.com

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Form & Function How the natural trim positively impacts these important characteristics of your horse’s hooves.

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ith the barefoot hoof care movement in full swing, I have been asked many times how natural hoof care affects the foot’s “form and function”. It is an excellent question, and in fact addresses one of the fundamental concerns and objectives of natural hoof care (NHC). It’s also a timely door opener to a related question that may be confusing to riders -- is there a difference between NHC and the natural trim? NHC AND THE NATURAL TRIM Yes, there is a difference, per se. The terms “natural hoof care” and “natural trim” are often used interchangeably, but while related, they have different meanings. NHC is the holistic or “whole horse” approach to hoof care. NHC advocates like myself point to the “four pillars” of NHC: natural boarding, a reasonably natural diet, natural horsemanship, and the “natural trim” itself. The science of NHC uses the wild, free-roaming horse of the US Great Basin as its model for guidelines and standards in how we define and carry out these four pillars. I will use the natural trim as example of how we do this. The natural trim refers specifically to trim mechanics -- that is, how we physically trim the hoof. It is technically defined as a humane

barefoot trim method that mimics the natural hoof wear patterns documented for wild horse feet. As with the other three NHC pillars, we are specifically referencing the feet of US Great Basin wild horses. FORM AND FUNCTION The question that naturally arises from this distinction is how does the natural trim affect hoof form, and as a consequence, its function? Of course, each of the four pillars -- not just the trim -- are going to impact the quality, health and function of the feet. These include where the horse lives, what he eats, how he is made to move by our riding, and the way the hoof is shaped by the trimmer. NHC trimmers affect hoof form in accordance with what is called the “Principle of Biodynamic Hoof Balance”. Biodynamic refers to the hoof ’s “living relationship” with the environment;

in terms of NHC, it is a naturally trimmed hoof characterized by the following: • Hoof health • Hoof soundness • Natural wear patterns • Natural growth patterns • Natural shape/size/proportion characteristics Without getting into the details of this very complex process (which requires considerable training to understand and execute), I have included an illustration (Figure 1) that gives you a general idea of what is happening. Implicit in this discussion is the understanding that the other three pillars of NHC are always at work, in some measure affecting the dynamic of the natural trim. hooves - Con’t. on pg. 42

Two horses living in a Paddock Paradise at the AANHCP Field Headquarters in Lompoc, California demonstrating optimal athletic balance and collection which is at the foundation of the natural gait complex. Photo: Jill Willis

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THE NHC CYCLE 1. The NHC practitioner trims the foot, mimicking the natural wear patterns documented for wild horse feet. This is done regardless of the damage done to the foot by the pernicious effects of shoeing, unnatural trimming methods and lifestyle complications. Other than booting, this ends the trimmer’s role; NHC holistic practices are then implemented. 2. Natural wear patterns precipitate

natural growth patterns, a stimulus response elicited from the highly innervated hoof dermis within. 3. In turn, natural growth patterns reinforce the natural wear patterns to create more naturally shaped feet in terms of size, shape and proportion. At this point “active wear points” surface to balance the foot from side to side, and front to back. 4. Not surprisingly, with more naturally shaped feet beneath him, the horse is able to move more naturally within his natural gait complex.

5. As a direct consequence of natural movement, biodynamically borne weight-bearing forces arrive inside the hoof, aiding further in the shaping process (“form”). 6. Finally, the descending weightbearing force drives the “hoof mechanism” -- circulation, concussional shock absorbance, fluid hydraulics, growth stimulation and “attack-support-breakover” -- which then reinforces the trim and allied NHC holistic practices.

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IN SUMMARY The relationship between the natural trim and hoof â&#x20AC;&#x153;form and functionâ&#x20AC;? is extremely complex, and interdependent with the other three pillars of NHC. When all four pillars are consistently integrated, the result is powerful, sound feet with a healthy horse attached to them -- in other words, optimal hoof â&#x20AC;&#x153;formâ&#x20AC;?. Further, when this is the case, the entire musculoskelature of the horse is also optimized in terms of form and function. Horses given naturally shaped feet typically experience a corresponding whole body â&#x20AC;&#x153;makeoverâ&#x20AC;? of form as muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones realign over the biodynamically balanced feet. 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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horsemanship sessions so clients will not be turned away for lack of resources. The need is great. Nearly 1 million people in the Houston region have a disability, according to government estimates. At least one in four persons with disabilities has an income below the poverty line. The Department of Labor this year estimated less than 20% of people with disabilities participate in the labor force, compared to 69.4% of people without disabilities. The unemployment rate is double for people with disabilities (12.1%) compared to people without disabilities (6.3%). Here, too, SIRE and Waste Management are teaming up. Waste Management will be identifying suitable internship opportunities and SIRE will identify candidates among their clients. Selected clients will be exposed to the corporate work environment and have the opportunity to develop more skills while interning at Waste Management. Stella Raymaker, Director of Ethics & EEO Compliance with Waste Management, sees the partnership benefiting both entities. “Since most of SIRE’s clients are individuals with disabilities and/or veterans, this sponsorship provides Waste Management with a unique outreach opportunity to identify well-qualified individuals with disabilities for our open positions. This also helps Waste Management to comply with newly established Department of Labor’s regulations to increase outreach efforts toward the disabled and veterans communities. WM’s sponsorship provides SIRE with an opportunity to provide additional services to their clients by connecting them to potential employment opportunities.” Thanks to donations from Waste Management and others, SIRE’s clients - in the words of our tagline - “Ride Beyond” and thrive. About SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship: SIRE is a nonprofit organization with locations in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend County that provide therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted. SIRE needs volunteers (horse knowledge not necessary), horses, and resources to underwrite therapeutic horsemanship sessions. For more information on SIRE, please visit www. SIRE-htec.org or call 281-356-7588.

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Flags! Howdy!

Welcome to Cowboy Corner. School is starting in Texas so we’re on the short end of summer. Fall is on the way and I’ve really had enough of hot and dry August. Late summer and early fall in Texas means lots of county fairs and parades and rodeos. Might be a good time to check your tack. Find a comfortable spot whether it’s in the kitchen or under the big oak tree with Hank the cow dog. Check your saddle and bridle carefully and replace worn parts. Am not the magazines’ Tack Editor, just the dude that hits the dirt when the chinch breaks from long use. Several months ago the Tack Editor discussed mildew, and suggested a vinegar/water mixture for cleaning. Tried the mildew cleaner and liked the result. However, on really green pieces used straight vinegar with a real stiff brush, and hard scrubbing. Rinse with fresh water then clean with Murphy’s Oil Soap, scrubbing again with the stiff brush. Rinse again, and let dry then apply pure neats foot oil. Thanks Mr. Tack Editor for the tip. Can teach an ol’ dog new tricks, guess just depends on the dog and the trick. Mentioned parades, and to me parades means flag carryin’. Have had a lot of experience with flags over the years, and will share some thoughts from the parade routes.

Guess better start with flags. Have learned that three feet by five feet is about the largest flag that can be carried horseback outside. Inside a building or enclosed area, larger flags can be carried, depending on the carrier. Next lesson was about flag poles. The wooden jointed poles are not suitable for horseback flag carrin’. For occasional use, steel electric conduit ¾” size works good and the 10 feet joints can be cut easily to 8 feet lengths for horseback carrin’. The best flag poles I have found are ¾” aluminum electrical conduit. The aluminum is light in weight, plenty strong, and easily cut down from the 10 feet length. Naturally aluminum is rust free, and cleanable with a damp cloth. Aluminum cleaning products are available and work very well. Pole tops are available in a range of designs from star, to ball, or eagle. These tops are made from cast aluminum, and internally threaded. The flag companies have male threaded tubes which can be attached to the poles or the poles can be threaded to fit the tops. The pole tops are not real tough, so be careful when the tops are

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attached to poles. Flags come with grommets, and have found nylon flags with grommets are very serviceable for horseback use. Flags can be attached to the poles using nylon ties used in electrical industry. To prevent slipping wrap the tie around the pole twice, then use the tie back. To carry the flag on the pole requires a flag boot. The boot attaches to the saddle on the stirrup leather, just above the stirrup. With the base of the pole in the boot, the pole can be held about half way up the pole giving the carrier/rider good control. Before the parade be sure to check the diameter of the pole and fit with the boot. A good boot is essential for flag control especially on a windy day. Have seen riders carrying flags actually blown off their horses, especially in the canyons created by sky scrapers in downtown areas. Not a pretty sight and mighty dangerous. Be careful in parade situations and remember horses have to be taught to do flag carrying and parades.

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