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TABLE OF CONTENTS The Right Horse Makes All The Difference............................... 8

Smart Blanketing Tips .............................. 18 The Magic Of Equine Affaire Celebrating 25 Years.................................. 22 An Introduction To Straightness Training................................. 26 Oh Hay! Let’s Talk Testing........................... 29 Quality Nutrition Makes All The Difference .................................... 31 To Protect And Serve…And Ride!........... 32 Gentle Giants............................................. 37 Sustainable Farming.................................. 41 Equine Innovators Of Ohio.................... 46 The Correction Misconception.................... 51 Runway On Wheels.................................... 53 EORTH – Is Your Horse’s Mouth At Risk?........................................... 55 A Vet Of Five Decades The Legendary ‘Doc’ Genovese................... 57 Why Does My Horse Need To Have Chiropractic Care?......................... 67 Equine Emergencies.................................. 69 Mindfulness With The Masterson Method..................................... 71 Authentic Presence In Leadership And Life.................................... 75 Equine Insurance....................................... 83 Business Directory.................................. 85 2


Championofthenile, or “Niles”, above, is a 5 yr. old Thoroughbred gelding with the same sire as the 2015 Triple Crown Winner, American Pharoah. Sold as a 2 yr. old for $840,000, he raced until his career ended in 2017, at which time New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program stepped in to rehab and retrain him for his next career. Niles has a super attitude, is respectful and obedient, with a steady, quiet temperament. He’s a pleasure to work with and loves having a job. See more about ‘The Right Horse’ on page 8. Photo courtesy of DMG Photography.

ABOUT THE COVER Littlebitadominic aka “Dom” is a 5 yr. old, 16.1hh dark bay Thoroughbred who’s soft, soulful eyes match his sweet personality. He also has some big name relatives, like Girolamo, A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, and Secretariat. Photo by Tracey Buyce Horse Photography.

From the publisher Welcome to the 2018 issue of Ohio Equestrian Directory! It has been an exciting first year thanks to you, our readers and fellow equestrians. We are honored by your overwhelmingly positive support. It is with much gratitude that we present you with this new issue. Photo by Paradox Photography

Ohio Equestrian Directory was created for YOU… owners, riders, professionals and businesses of all disciplines…to help you connect within the local horse community. More than just a business directory, it also features content on trending topics, the best practices and innovators in the industry, plus tips from the pros. The cover features Littlebitadominic, a success story out of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. “Dom”, a former racehorse who’s handlers describe him as “a lovable teddy bear of a horse”, now in his second career as an eventer, turned out to be the “right horse” for his new adoptive owner. According to Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse, a new initiative launched in 2017, “There is a right horse for everyone,” and it may be an adopted horse. The goal of this groundbreaking program is to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions in the US, Erika and Enso through education and collaboration with industry and community partnerships. It begins with changing the collective conversation around adoption, and supporting at-risk equines. We are proud to premiere this feature article that includes several Ohio organizations similarly aligned with this unique and fresh movement. Equine Affaire, a cherished Ohio gem, turns “25” this year and we are celebrating along with them! Join us as we travel down memory lane, discovering the history of North America’s Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering. A unique celebration of the horse, offering unparalleled educational, entertainment, and shopping experiences, Equine Affaire is a not-tobe missed yearly excursion for horse enthusiasts! Speaking of anniversaries, trail riders in Ohio are surely familiar with our beloved Cleveland Metroparks, which covers 23,000 acres of protected land in six counties. The park system, which just celebrated their 100th Anniversary, not only protects the land and trails, but also its visitors with its Ranger Department Mounted Unit. Enjoy a rare, behind the scenes look at this prestigious group of officers and their fearless mounts. You may know him only as “The Leg Man”, but there’s more to the legendary Dr. Ron Genovese than meets the eye. Known equally well for his charming demeanor and orthopedic expertise, he is the go-to guy for all types of equine lameness issues. Highlighting a career that spans more than five decades, “Doc’s” story - because he’s not one to seek the spotlight - is told by those whose lives he’s touched. Lastly, our Innovators article features three Ohio entrepreneurs who turned their passion for horses into creative equine products from arena drags to sleek roller gates to bubble tubs. Their success stories are sure to inspire you. Thanks to the equestrians who generously shared their stories, and the businesses that enthusiastically supported this issue!

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Rocket’s Black Bomber aka “Jake”, A Tennessee Walker gelding, turns 36 this year! He’s lucky to have a forever home at Angel’s Haven Horse Rescue in Grafton, OH. He is owned by its co-founder Mindy Kazaroff. Jake loves attention from summer horse campers and his time in the pasture, where he’s still kicking up his hooves with his barn buddies. Photo courtesy of Silk Studio Photography

‘The Right Horse’ Makes All The Difference

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Olympic gold medal winner on the German dressage team, Gabriella Grillo, once told me: “Always respect your horse. Your horse did not ask to come into your yard. You have to do your best for him. You are not always the best person to match a horse. Always be humble.” Grillo was showcasing a new horse in her yard to this keen student of dressage, and it was a powerful reminder to me that for every horse there truly is the right rider. Over the many years since I trained in Germany, her words still echo in my head. To this day, even though I breed horses, as well as import and train them in the U.S.A., I have long held the belief that for every horse there is the perfect



human counterpart and vice versa. Just because of my education or intent, that person may not be me. Regardless of your education or riding talent, when you seek a new horse you may ignore the obvious option of adopting a horse to suit your needs. It is true that many horses that are in need of a new home and available for adoption are actually sound and perfectly useful as riding horses. Horses, just like humans, find themselves in need of a new home for a myriad of reasons. They need a place to shine; a new start. Sometimes a family has fallen on hard times and can

no longer support their horses. Other times divorce or a family death precedes the decision to move a horse along. Choices within a community are often limited and horses all too often end up in a kill pen or rescue situation. If you are searching for a new horse, also consider that horses available for adoption come in multiple breeds and are not limited to the Thoroughbred breed. The Right Horse, a new initiative based in Katonah, New York and ‘foaled out’ in February 2017, seeks to address the issue of adoption in the horse community. It also seeks to change the conversation from rescue to adoption and to educate all horse lovers of all riding disciplines, talent and interest, about the thousands of horses that are available for adoption. We spoke with Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse, to learn more about this new initiative. Counts is an ardent believer that there is a right horse for everyone, and from my own years of experience in the equestrian community,

I believe she is right. The privately funded program is supported by WaterShed Animal Fund, a division of the Arnall Family Foundation that is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals and equines. The Foundation offers fresh and unique pilot schemes and partnerships, as well as grants across the U.S.A. to aid in raising the ‘pole’ in the conversation about horse adoption. They do not shy away from the need for euthanasia and responsible end of life care for a horse, neither do they partner with unfettered enthusiasm with just anyone that wants to join in. The Right Horse does due diligence and partners strategically with others of like mind and intent, to bring horses home to the right adoptive parent. The grants offered are substantial. For example, in January 2016 the WaterShed Animal Fund provided a $442,500 grant to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center to fund the Continued on page 10

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Dot Morgan credits the success of New Vocations in placing more horses in adoptive homes per year than any other equine charity (regardless of breed), as one of the main reasons The Right Horse selected them to work together. Morgan quoted the impressive number of 350400 horses per year that are successfully adopted through their programs. “We have always focused on adoption as the optimal aftercare solution for large numbers of racehorses leaving the track each year,” Morgan explained. New Vocations is currently offering a Pony Challenge funded by The Right Horse to inspire United States Pony Club members to adopt a retired racehorse as their project. The challenge offers free Thoroughbreds to qualified members along with an $1800 stipend for the first year to help them develop the horse into a productive mount. The horses in the challenge will then compete in 2018 USPC Championships East for $10,000 in prizes. When asked what the most common misconception people have about adopting a horse Morgan had this to say, “They think that these horses are rejects, horses no one wants. The Right Horse is working to change that perception in a mighty way. In reality, these are amazing, athletic individuals in transition from one career to the next.” Morgan also indicated that the biggest mistake people make when considering a horse for adoption is that they underestimate how much it costs to feed and care for a horse, while overestimating their experience and riding ability. The focus for The Right Horse in 2017-2018 is to develop more pilot programs in the areas of Continued on page 12



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Feature story ‘Right HOrse’, continued from page 10 training, growing community resources and industry/welfare group collaborations. Partners of The Right Horse will pilot these programs. There will also be a heavy emphasis on collecting data, which Counts said is sorely needed in equine welfare. When asked how many horses are currently in centers across the country and what the main geographic location of them is by state, Counts agreed that this was a question that needs to be addressed, along with many others in data collection and analysis. “This is part of the equine welfare data we intend to start collecting and reporting on. There are approximately 750-ish equine welfare groups around the country but even that number is not firm. We also cannot say for certain on geographic location. Equine Welfare is a bit like the Wild West; lots to learn and lots of work to do.” Speaking of data, how does The Right Horse track all the adopted horses and what follow-up is in place? “At this point we only collect data on our adoption partners’ horses that go through adoption. In the first year of The Right Horse, our adoption partners’ overall adoptions increased by 30 percent,” said Counts. The ultimate success of an adoption can perhaps be told by whether the horse receives a ‘forever home.’ When asked if there is such a thing and what folks that adopt can do if the horse doesn’t work out for them Counts explained: “We do not believe that it is reasonable to expect all horse owners to keep their



horses forever. In fact, placing these types of unrealistic expectations on horse owners actually drives them away from adopting a horse. People’s lives and circumstances change and owning a horse is a big deal. Horses will always go through transitions and it is our job in the industry to provide safe transitions.” But are all horses sound and ready to go on to a new career? From experience we know some may need medical support or even be at a point in their lives where the kindest option is euthanasia. Counts indicated a possible new pilot program she is exploring is to develop an ambulatory veterinary support program in communities where horses can be evaluated by a professional team. End of life euthanasia can be expensive for horse owners, and it is sometimes the case that horses are left standing in a field somewhat neglected because they have no use and the owners cannot afford, or do not want to emotionally face the need for euthanasia. These horses often end up in a round robin of auctions to eventual kill pens and suffer unnecessary and immeasurable hardships that could be prevented. When asked what The Right Horse could add to their pilot program ideas, Morgan expressed her interest in euthanasia centers: “I want to see euthanasia centers created in each state to make it easier and less expensive for horse owners to have a horse euthanized. Currently, many geriatric, debilitated, injured and chronically lame horses are

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left to suffer because their owners can’t deal with having them euthanized on their property or disposing of them. A euthanasia center, preferably at a vet college or hospital and subsidized by foundations and grants, would make this final stage of a horse’s life much easier on the horse and its owners.” Counts explained that all partners are held accountable for fulfilling their goals and that each partner is carefully researched before grants are provided. There is a program in place that collects metrics each year to evaluate how the individual programs are working. As WaterShed Animal Fund is privately funded and has been working in this arena in the small animal world prior to The Right Horse Initiative, their experience in following through to make sure they are not just ‘throwing money at the board’ is well established. Even though The Right Horse currently comprises just three or four employees, that number is growing and the resources are in place to follow through on the programs executed. So just how can you become

involved either as a partner organization or trainer who would like to help? Counts suggested: “Currently the best way to get involved is through our growing online community. We are raising awareness and making friends through the online community which we believe is the best way to communicate with the next generation of horse owners.” Counts said she is currently looking at many new partnership opportunities, including several organizations here in Ohio. One such organization is Copper Horse Crusade, in Cambridge, Ohio. Counts had this to say: “We were immediately impressed with the quality of horses that are transitioned out of the Copper Horse Crusade program. Julie Copper is exceptionally talented at pulling horses into her program that show excellent potential for new careers. Additionally, Julie puts a strong emphasis on training which is a crucial element to a successful transition program.” Julie Copper, Founder of Copper Horse Crusade, when

hearing they were selected responded with, “Copper Horse Crusade is pleased to partner with The Right Horse Initiative. Being aligned with an industry wide initiative will allow CHC to maximize our effectiveness in ‘sustainably saving slaughter bound horses.’ We look forward to working with The Right Horse Initiative to reform rescue!” Other recent partnerships include the EQUUS Film Festival and the medical manufacturer, Zoetis. There are many worthy organizations across the country that most certainly could benefit from some financial help and ones that are philosophically aligned with The Right Horse. If the manufacturing industry also becomes involved and lends a hand, the benefits of affordable health care, adequate food supplies and horse care products will all aid the horses in transition. One of the oldest, if not the oldest independent rescue organization in Ohio, is Last Chance Corral run by Victoria Goss. Goss has some good advice for you if you are a potential adoptive home, and certainly agrees there is a right horse for every rider. “My mother used to say, there’s a lid for every pot,” Goss stated. “When looking at a horse, look for that ‘Love Boat Connection’, but do not just fall in love visually with a horse. If it is not a good match then it is not worth the time. The horse will become confused. Figure out what is not a good match ahead of time. Do not send horses from pillar to post.” Goss has been operating Last Chance Corral, in Athens, Ohio, for more than 40 years. She started out working with horses that had behavioral issues and migrated to working almost solely with nurse mare foals which she calls, “the dirty

Victoria Goss of Last Chance Corral with a foal. Photo courtesy of Last Chance Corral

little secret of the racehorse industry”, and admits it is one not likely to change after three or four generations of Kentucky practices. With an impressive count of aiding 150 to 200 foals every year, Goss spends upwards of $24,000 annually on milk powder alone and provides the necessary round-the-clock medical care to these foals in barns she has built herself. Her diligence is rewarded with one of the lowest mortality rates in the industry of 2%, (when she started out, she was told by industry medical professionals to expect the number to be 40-50% maximum successful save rate). Last Chance Corral is one of the largest neonatal facilities in the country that is not associated with a teaching university. Finding and funding help to run the facility is often difficult. Goss does everything she can to add to the pot, including renovation of carriages for resale to aid the funding.

Currently, Goss remarked, she has a lovely Surrey ‘with the fringe on top’ available. Round-the-clock care takes its toll on the team, and finding help is difficult. “Every year there is a new litter of help to train, as students graduate from schools and colleges and move on with their lives,” said Goss. It is not easy for Goss to move quite as sprightly though the barn as she once did. She states: “Through 50 years of experience with horses, I’ve suffered 52 fractures and have 18 pieces of metal in my body. I’ve broken my neck twice. The first time was Christopher Reeve-style, and I blame having my hands buried and not forward for that. The second time was a car accident.” Goss certainly soldiers on regardless of her medical issues and has shepherded many other horse folks through the process of opening and running a

successful rescue. Bella Run Equine also located in Athens, Ohio, seeks funding through whatever fundraising efforts they can. Owned and operated by Zack and Rachel Bendler, Bella Run Equine currently has 29 horses in their care, most having been pulled from auction. The auctions they attend include primarily Sugarcreek Livestock Auction and occasionally auctions in New Holland, PA and Shipshewana in Indiana. Rachel Bendler stated they currently help 50-75 horses every year find new homes. “We learned quickly that every penny matters!” said Rachel Bendler. “Because the funding for this program came solely from us, this micromanaging of resources is one of the reasons that Bella Run Equine is able to function today. My husband, Zack, and I started saving horses from kill auctions together, rehabilitating them, and finding them homes. One by one, we would work with our own money. Once we had the ball rolling, there were three horses at a time, then five, then ten. Eventually people were returning to adopt a second or third horse and our reputation as honest, thorough horsemen grew.” When asked what the most important thing a potential adoptive parent should consider before taking on a new horse, Rachel Bendler had a few tips to impart. “I try to drill into people’s minds that they must be willing to give a little and put their time in when they want to adopt. I don’t care how many horses you’ve had in the past, each one is an individual and should be treated as such. To expect them to acclimate to you and your ways instantly is a recipe for frustration. Continued on page 14


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lanketing doesn’t have to be difficult, which is why SmartPak is here with expert tips from their Ultimate Blanket Guide to get you and your horse through the colder season. TO BLANKET OR NOT TO BLANKET?

That’s the age-old question. There are five key factors to consider that impact how your horse stays warm (and if he’ll need a blanket). HAIR COAT - Shorter periods of daylight trigger horses to grow longer, coarser winter coats. When it gets chilly, the hairs stand on end to trap warm air close to the body, insulating the horse from the cold. Horses with a full winter coat are likely to be OK au naturel, but horses that are clipped will need a blanket to stay warm.



LIVING SITUATION Access to shelter can help horses cope when winter weather’s at its worst. Horses with stalls or other permanent shelter may well be fine with just their winter coat. Horses that can’t fully escape from the elements should have a waterproof sheet or blanket to keep warm and dry. AGE & DIGESTIVE HEALTH - Horses ferment forage (like hay) in the hindgut, creating heat that helps maintain core temperature. Young, healthy horses are likely to be fine maintaining their core temperature with extra hay when it’s extra chilly.

Older horses, or those with compromised digestive function, would benefit from a blanket. BODY CONDITION - Body condition impacts how easily a horse can regulate his temperature. Easy keepers, or horses with plenty of fat, are more likely to be fine sans blanket. Hard keepers, or naturally thin horses, often burn extra calories just trying to keep warm, so giving them a blanket is a smart choice. LCT AND GEOGRAPHY - A horse’s lower critical temperature (LCT) is the lowest temperature at which he can maintain his core temperature without using

additional energy. Once the temperature drops below that LCT, his hair coat and normal calorie intake alone aren’t enough to keep him warm. The temperatures a horse is used to can impact his LCT, which is why horses in warmer climates often “get dressed” at milder temps than horses in colder areas.


Choosing between the different types of blankets available can be overwhelming, but SmartPak will help you understand their differences, so your horse’s wardrobe is properly stocked.

If your horse is going to wear his blanket outside, choose a turnout sheet or turnout blanket. Turnouts are designed with special features that make them ideal for outdoor use. First, turnout sheets and turnout blankets are waterproof to keep your horse dry. Additionally, turnouts feature a heavier fabric denier. Denier is the measure of nylon fiber density and is used to rate the strength of the material. A higher denier (D), like 1200D, indicates the blanket is more durable than a lower denier, like 600D. A higher denier better withstands outdoor elements, such as rough ground (and rough pasture mates!). Other features commonly found in turnout sheets and blankets include a tail flap to provide blockage from the wind, and shoulder gussets to allow for freedom of movement. If your horse will be inside, a stable sheet or stable blanket will keep your horse warm and clean. Because they’re meant to be worn inside, they aren’t waterproof, and your horse shouldn’t wear them outside. Also, stable sheets and blankets are typically a lower denier than turnouts, meaning they are less likely to hold up to the conditions of being turned out. But how much warmth does your horse need? The weight of the blanket refers to the amount of fill in the blanket, and it’s measured in grams (g). Turnout sheets (“lightweight turnout blankets”) have 0 g to 100 g of fill. They are meant to keep your horse dry outside, but do not provide much warmth. Stable sheets are typically cotton or nyloncotton blend which provide little warmth and are used to

keep your horse clean inside the barn. For more warmth, choose a blanket. Turnout blankets and stable blankets have more fill to keep your horse warm. You may need multiple blankets for your horse in different weights, so you can change his blanket based on the weather conditions. Medium-weight blankets typically range from 150 to 225 g of fill. Heavyweight blankets generally have 250 to 370 g of fill. Because each blanket weight is appropriate for different temperatures, you want to choose the weights that will be most appropriate for your local weather.

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Don’t forget that the temperature outside isn’t the only factor to consider when you’re choosing the right blanket for the weather. That’s why SmartPak created the SmartPak™ Blanketing App! All you have to do is tell the app a little about your horses and we’ll provide recommendations tailored to each horse and the local weather at the barn. Visit www.SmartPak.com to learn more smart tips.

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The Magic of Equine Affaire­– Celebrating 25 Years By Mandy Boggs

If you’ve lived in Ohio, you have likely experienced the magic of Equine Affaire. Every spring, thousands of horse enthusiasts gather to shop, learn, and immerse themselves in everything equine. From educational seminars and clinics with top trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, and experts in the industry, to demonstrations of over fifty different breeds of horses, it truly is a destination. We learn about what goes on behind the scenes to create and manage such a successful and sought after event, not just in Ohio, but one that attracts equine enthusiasts from



around the world. More than 450 vendors fill the exhibit halls, with every product imaginable tempting horse lovers into opening their wallets, and taking home items for

themselves, and the horses they share their lives with. If walking into a tack shop is hard enough, imagine a venue so large, you can spend an entire weekend just shopping. For us, as

equestrians, regardless of age, being at Equine Affaire is something we can all treasure. This year, Equine Affaire celebrates their 25th Anniversary, with the 2018 Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, April 12 – 15, 2018, and November 8-11, 2018 in W. Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, Founder and President, Eugenia Snyder, created Equine Affaire, Inc. She is the creative force behind both the company and the events, over the past twenty-five years. Eugenia’s professional career has been one to include many of her talents. She has worked as a paralegal and statistical analyst, a freelance journalist, a band agent in the music industry, and assisted the production

than worth it.” As many may know, there have been numerous similar equine-themed fairs, festivals, and events put on around the country. We asked, what makes Equine Affaire so special? “As the first all-breed, all discipline equine exposition in the United States, Equine Affaire set the standard for all equestrian gatherings and has continued to evolve and adapt to the needs of the industry. Our signature educational programs feature the top

eager to share information about and showcase their breed of choice. Performers are carefully handpicked for each Fantasia evening show, to dazzle audiences with not only their horsemanship, but also their finesse and the most important part of it all – the HORSES themselves. The scope and magnitude of Equine Affaire’s events continue to set it apart from other expos, as it embraces an educational mission and truly is all about opportunities. Opportunities to learn, shop, network,

has been produced annually every year since. In 1998, a second Equine Affaire was created and held in W. Springfield, Massachusetts, which still continues today. Other events have even been put on in California and Kentucky over the years. Ohio and Massachusetts continue to prove the success and desire for such a prestigious event. Horsemen and women both attending and participating, have come from all 50 states, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

experience, and discover all that the horse world has to offer,” Coagi explained. As mentioned, this year marks the 25th year that Equine Affaire has been in the state of Ohio. In 1994, 1995, and 1996, the first three events put on, were held in Dayton, Ohio, at the Hara Arena Complex. Equine Affaire quickly outgrew the venue, and moved to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbusm in 1997, where it

Equine Affaire’s legendary programs and stellar lineups of professionals, Olympians, World Champions, and everything in between, continue to make this a world-class equine expo. This year, Coagi shares some new programs. “We are thrilled to celebrate our 25th year in Ohio and with it we’re excited to debut a few new event features

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of a major music festival. Horses have been a lifelong passion of Eugenia’s, which ultimately encouraged her to create what is now, Equine Affaire. Coagi Long, the Vice President and Executive Producer, joined the team in 2003. Coming with the education and expertise in Marketing and Equestrian Studies, Coagi manages the extensive program of demonstrations, clinicians, seminars, and the Fantasia production. She also oversees the marketing, web site, and day-today operations. A true equestrian herself, Coagi has spent her life riding Dressage and Hunt Seat, where she continues riding, training, and breeding warmbloods with her family, at their farm in West Mansfield, Ohio. “Believe it or not, planning the two Equine Affair events (one in Ohio and one in Massachusetts) keeps myself, as well as, our corporate staff of less than ten individuals, busy year-round,” Coagi shared. “There are many, many details that must be orchestrated to produce an event the size of Equine Affaire. Not only does it take advance planning, but also teamwork among our staff to coordinate all aspects of the event,” she explained. “While Equine Affaire is more than a full-time job for me, I do still make time to enjoy horses outside of the office. Horses are an integral part of my family, as my husband and son also ride, compete, and enjoy them. Keeping our horses on our farm at home requires a lot of early mornings and late nights, but in the end it all comes back to passion for the horse – and it’s more

professionals, trainers, and industry coaches who share their expertise in clinics, seminars, and demonstrations. Shoppers can’t wait to pursue the largest horse-related trade show in North America, where they can see, touch, try on, and compare everything for horse, rider, and farm,” said Coagi. “Breed associations from throughout the United States and beyond convene

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Feature story Equine Affaire, continued from page 23 including; the Your Farm Forum, a College/Career Fair Scavenger Hunt, and an Interscholastic Equestrian Association western horse show. The Your Farm Forum will take a slightly different twist from our traditional exhibits and educational programs, in that it will focus not so much on the horse itself, but on the horse’s environment and surroundings,” she shared. “A combination of retail and educational exhibits will complement a presentation area, providing owners of horse farms of all sizes with the opportunity to discover how you can create, manage, or expand your equine operation to include other hobby farm activities and/or animals.” “The College / Career Fair Scavenger Hunt will take place on Saturday April 14th, and provide the opportunity for aspiring equestrians to learn how to match their equine interest with college programs and equine-related careers,” said Coagi. “The Interscholastic Equestrian Association western horse show will take place on Sunday, April 15th, and feature youth competitors representing schools from throughout the region.” One of the most wellknown features of Equine Affaire, is Fantasia. Fantasia is a ticketed musical equineperformance, put on every evening, portraying a variety of breeds, jaw-dropping performances, and beauty. “The Fantasia show is a unique production at each



Equine Affaire event, with planning often starting more than one year in advance. We create a unique blend of entertainment appealing to all admirers of the horse, by assembling an assortment of acts representing a wide variety of disciplines and breeds, ranging from amateurs to professionals,

all choreographed to music,” explained Coagi. “Each Fantasia is a new production; therefore, no two are the same. As we celebrate our 25th year in Ohio, we are excited about this spring’s lineup of performers, including professionals from all over the world. Whether you are partial to Drafts or minis, Friesians or Andalusians, Paints and Quarter Horses, Dressage or Reining, Drill Teams or Vaulting, the Fantasia is Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse – an evening of

entertainment you’ll want to be sure to experience!” Tickets are available all year long on their website, for advance purchase, as well as during Equine Affaire in April. If you have never been to Equine Affaire, or only went as a kid, infatuated with the beautiful horses, this could be your year to discover the vendors, clinics, or extensive shopping. We have to agree with Coagi when she said, “Honestly, it is hard to explain all that Equine Affaire is. It’s something you simply must experience to appreciate.” ♦ Photo courtesy of Equine Affaire


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traightness Training is a series of progressive exercises to gently gymnasticize horses to improve their balance, suppleness and strength for carrying the added weight of a rider in a sustainable way. It can be used as add-on training for any riding discipline, is suitable for all horse breeds, and can be taught to riders and horses of all skill levels. After extensive study of the grandmasters of the art of riding, whose teachings form the very foundation of dressage, Marijke de Jong of the Netherlands founded Straightness Training (www.straightnesstraining.com) with a mission of spreading this classical way of training to riders and horses all over the globe. Her method helps balance horses not just physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually, while greatly improving the bond between horse and rider. The primary tool used in training is the cavesson with a single line or a pair of reins. Once the horse has reached an advanced level, a curb bit is added to refine aids and work towards collection. THERE ARE FIVE TRAINING ELEMENTS, CALLED “PILLARS:” Groundwork The horse is taught the basic exercises, followed by the lateral movements, in all gaits. Longeing The distance between the horse and trainer is increased step by step, requiring basic balance and self-carriage of the horse. Work in Hand Two reins are used from the ground to help teach a correct shoulder-in and familiarize the horse with the rein aids before being ridden. Riding The learned exercises are expanded



upon under saddle, progressively through all gaits. Liberty All lateral movements are also trained at liberty, as this refines and enhances the horse-trainer connection by requiring communication through mostly energetic and mental aids rather than mechanical ones. Being able to choose an element from the five pillars in each training session means a lot of available variety for both trainer and horse, and work on any increases the quality of the others. The horse is gradually and thoroughly prepared for carrying the weight of a rider by first learning all lateral movements in groundwork, plus the horse and rider develop a bond of trust long before the horse is actually ridden.

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o you have good hay? Whether you answered yes or no, what is the basis of your answer? I often hear reasons including color, weight, softness, or the horse’s preference. While these attributes are all something to consider they do not provide any specific information about the nutritional value of the hay. Visual inspection does add value and can be used to detect noxious weeds, mold, dustiness, or palatability issues. Nutritional quality is not determined visually, but rather scientifically tested to determine protein, digestibility, fiber components, and vitamin/mineral levels. Because only specific testing can identify the strength and weaknesses of hay, it is important to get it tested. You may be wondering what is a hay test and how do I get one done? A hay test involves a representative sample of all your hay that is sent to a reputable laboratory to perform a variety of analyses. A nutritional profile is created based upon the results of the analyses. The overall sample is comprised of core samples taken from 15-20 bales within the same lot. Samples are taken with a hay probe and composited into one sample that is a true representation of all of your hay. It is important that bales are chosen at random, rather than selecting just the ones that appear the best. Samples must be placed in a sealed bag and sent to the lab as soon as the sample is collected. After the laboratory analyses a nutritional evaluation will be compiled and presented. To the right are some of the common parameters examined, although, exact parameters to be included are determined by the laboratory. The value of hay testing is

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The non-moisture component of hay. Nutrients minus water


Total amount of protein.


Total mineral content


A subset of NDF consisting of the poorly digested cell wall components, cellulose and lignin. Used to predict digestibility; as ADF increases digestibility decreases.


Polysaccharide that is a good source of energy


Includes mono-, di-, and polysaccharides and fructans.


Subset of WSC. Does not include fructans.


Index for ranking forages.

that it allows a balanced ration to be developed. When you compare hay it is best to do so on a dry matter basis as it

Energy dense nutrient with 2.25 x the energy of carbohydrates and protein Consists of the cell wall, hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin. Used to predict intake; as NDF increases intake decreases.

Digestible energy.

allows for equal comparison. Forage is the foundation of the equine diet and testing it is the only way to determine

the nutritional status. Once tested, a ration can be developed using commercial concentrates or supplements to balance any nutritional deficiencies. It is important to read the guaranteed analysis, and to feed according to labeled instructions to ensure all deficiencies are met. If you are feeding less than the recommended rate for your horse’s weight and class, consider a ration balance, as they have been formulated to provide the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your horse may be missing at a very low feeding rate, typically 1-2 lbs. per day. While you can sample your own hay, you must have the appropriate equipment and know which scientific labs accept the samples, and are reputable. To find a certified sample, go to The National Forage Testing Association (foragetesting.org) or call your local extension office. Additionally, you need to know how to use the resulting data. The terms and values may be a little overwhelming, but thankfully, there are many people available to help. Nutritionists are accessible through a variety of sources such as feed stores, feed companies, and your state extension office. Please feel free to contact Sam Sechler with questions regarding all phases of the hay testing process, and to assist you in meeting the nutritional needs of your horses and livestock. Sam received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences & Master’s of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from Auburn University. NFTA Certified Sampler (330) 635-1276 ssechler21@gmail.com




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he horse has evolved as a grazing animal; forage plays a pivotal role in equine health. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores, also known as “hindgut fermenters”. The front portion of the digestive system, the stomach and small intestine, utilizes enzyme digestion to break down food material. The back portion of the digestive system, the cecum and colon, have a microbial population (bacteria, yeast, fungi) that ferment and break down fiber. Without microTania Cubitt organisms in the hindgut, horses would not be able to digest and utilize plant material such as hay and pasture. These microbes in the hindgut break down and ferment fiber, producing volatile fatty acids that serve as a significant energy source. During this fermentation of plant fiber, microbes also synthesize B vitamins and other nutrients essential to the health and wellbeing of the horse. In order to efficiently digest fiber, the microbial population of the hindgut must be healthy and their numbers at appropriate levels. There are additives that can be added to feed, or used as supplements, that may assist in keeping the microbes in the hindgut healthy and primed for proper digestion. Minerals are inorganic elements that are needed by all animals to remain healthy and productive. Some minerals are essential components of bone, teeth, blood cells, vitamins, hormones and

By Tania Cubitt, Ph.D. amino acids. Minerals that are required in larger amounts - usually listed as a percentage of the horse’s diet – are major minerals, which include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride and sulfur. Minerals required in small amounts are trace minerals, and include copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, cobalt, iodine and iron. To remain healthy, a horse requires both major minerals and vitamins, and adequate amounts of trace minerals. When feeding horses, we often concentrate on the major components of the diet. Does the horse have enough pasture, hay, or even concentrate feed? When we are pressed for more details of the diet, we may recall the amount of protein in the feed, but most other nutrients seem unimportant. However, the intake of these other nutrients – minerals and vitamins – combined with the major diet components, are vital to the performance, growth, immune function and reproduction of all horses. Additionally, the source of minerals is important – chelated minerals should be used in equine diets as they are more bio-available than inorganic minerals and enhance absorption. dac® Vitamins and Minerals utilizes chelated minerals in all of their formulas to ensure increased bio-availability of nutrients and increase overall horse health. The Direct Action Company, Inc. (dac® Vitamins and Minerals) began in 1983 with a single product called Direct Action (dac®), and was based on a “new” feed technology called chelation, where a mineral is wrapped with an enzyme to

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TO PROTECT and SERVE... AND RIDE! By Regina Sacha-Ujczo

Sergeant Jessica and Ranger Tim, Edgewater Park in Cleveland.

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A winding wooded trail leads to an ensconced barn not unlike most barns in beautiful rural Ohio. However, amidst a variety of trees and colored fallen leaves there is a telltale sign, alerting visitors that this barn is special. It reads, “Restricted Area – Keep out! Police Horses: Do Not Enter.” It is the private barn for housing and training the esteemed Cleveland Metroparks Rangers and their beloved Police Mounts. In a back sandy paddock, Rangers Tim and David, looking more like young men helping each other ride a “gymkhana” course, are practicing a riding pattern to showcase their prowess at an upcoming Police Equitation Competition in KY.



Walking through the old but well-kept barn, one is greeted by friendly horse faces peeking out of their ample and well-bedded stalls to garner a loving pat or perhaps an apple or carrot treat! This is a very common setting with very uncommon steeds and rangers who possess unique talents, training, abilities and responsibilities. The Ranger Department Mounted Unit of the Cleveland Metroparks is a deep-rooted unit serving the expansive

park district of 23,000 acres of property and 18 park reservations located in six counties. Established in 1921, the Mounted Unit serves the park district as it has for decades patrolling natural areas not readily accessible to vehicles. The Mounted Unit is ideal for search and rescue missions and crowd control for major community events. Two mounted rangers can control a crowd that would normally take many foot officers to manage. They provide a myriad of community outreach, public relations, and an ageless connection of protection and service to the Metroparks community. The Mounted Unit is so approachable and bridges to the community in softer, but very effective ways. Who has not smiled at the sight of a small child petting the neck of a ranger horse for the very

first time, radiating with awe and amazement. You may be witnessing a budding love affair with horses that will bloom for years to come! The Mounted Unit is sleek; consisting of six rangers, five full- and one part-time, and nine ranger horses. Rangers work four 10-hour shifts and each rides two mounts on rotation. Seven days a week one can see the presence of rangers and their steeds on patrol. In addition to normal patrols, each horse has regular training and of course, pasture turnout for re-energizing and rest. To complement The Mounted Unit, the Metroparks also employs 85 rangers who patrol in cars, detectives, and five versatile K-9’s, to provide complete protection of the various park areas. In 1967, the title “Police Officer” was more aptly

changed to “Ranger” to reflect the outdoor law enforcement perspective. Make no mistake, these are fully functioning StateCertified Law Enforcement Officers who encounter the range of police activity. They are one of only six parks to receive accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The “tactics” are just different with the mounted units. The focus of their law enforcement has not veered from the initial purpose to provide “general peace and good order of the park.” This prestigious Mounted Police Unit is led by the impressive Sergeant Jessica McNally. She is an approachable leader, exuding a complex combination of fitness, focus, fun, confidence, and competence. Sgt. McNally is beloved by her unit, whom she has led for the past five years. She has been a member of this unit for the past decade and conveys extreme passion for this - her “perfect job.” When asked about the unit, one can

see the pride in her eyes when she states, “This unit is fueled by passion. If you don’t have it, you don’t belong here!” Ranger Tim enters the very neat and organized on-site administrative office after being out on patrol. Except for his riding boots, one would mistake him for local policeman, wearing his bulletproof vest, carrying his Smith & Wesson pistol and a plethora of other necessary police tools. He interrupts the interview to say, “she won’t tell you, but she’s the greatest!” This unsolicited and effusive compliment makes Sgt. McNally flush, since her humility covers both her personal and position power. She is not one to “toot her own horn!” Sgt. McNally and her esteemed unit embody the Metroparks Ranger Core Values: Professionalism Respect Integrity Dedication Ethics While administratively focused upon budgeting, purchasing, scheduling,

and training, Sgt. McNally is also an active riding ranger who loves her horses. She becomes animated when she is pointing out the newly erected pasture fences for the lush and abundant turnout, so necessary for the mounts. She walks in the barn and all horse heads instantly recognize her as their familiar Sergeant accompanied by an “unfamiliar guest.” Of course, they quickly become exceedingly friendly and sociable as they recognize that the “unfamiliar person” is freely dispensing carrot treats from a large plastic bag! Talking about her herd, Sgt. McNally describes them with appropriate pride and warm affection. “Most of the horses are younger,” she states. “With all the training involved, it helps to get the horses when they are young and utilize them for many years.” Several of the horses are draft crosses and all at present are geldings. “Onyx” is a Percheron/Tennessee Walker, and “Whisky” a Quarter Horse/Draft cross. “It

gives them nice bone, a calmer demeanor and lots of height!” There is only one Saddlebred named “Myron” a 10-year-old chestnut beauty numbered among the current stable. Myron is feisty and smaller at 15.2 hh. He is a natural leader amongst the other horses. He has a humorous side, and shows enjoyment at racing away from the bigger, slower boys. “Friday” is a very talented nine-year-old Tennessee Walker. He is a sweet and kind horse who thrives on positive praise and nuzzling. He is always eager to tackle new obstacles and challenges. “Pirate”, a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is by far the biggest boy in the barn standing 18 hh! He is only 10 years old with an imposing presence. However, he possesses a very sweet nature and kind eyes. He loves to canter on the beach and watch the sun set over Edgewater. The tack room is immaculate, with all equipment receiving Continued on page 35

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Feature story Metroparks, continued from page 33 a thorough cleaning after its use. Each Stuebben Saddle and gorgeous bridle, adorned with brass fittings is cleaned and polished to perfection and placed in appropriately labeled areas and lockers. Police horse, “Friday”, was receiving a hands-on bath from his rider, Ranger Tim, in anticipation of his assignment that night at “Boo at the Zoo!” For special events and parades, each mount dons a spectacular gemstone breastplate to further enhance their elegant but functional attire. So much time and attention is spent preparing for an assortment of scenarios that the rangers and mounts may encounter. Obstacle and desensitization training are a normal course of regular training and review. The gorgeous and manicured indoor arena at their private stable is filled with “homemade” obstacles that run the gamut from tents and “dummy” campers to tarps, bridges, and even rock-filled plastic bottles hanging from the ceiling! Noise, including gun shots and smoke, is also a part of the challenging regime. Training continues throughout the wintertime and this indoor provides the perfect venue for that continuous and important experience. Do all horses make the grade? Not all - but surprisingly, with good initial selection, the “opt out” and re-homing percentage is very low. This is truly a tribute to the selection, handling and training of these superior horses. The amount of community outreach is staggering. This unit has been featured at many

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investment and mutual trust to handle these extreme crowd circumstances! This past year was a very special one for the Metroparks. It marked the 100th Anniversary of the creation of this hallowed “Emerald Necklace” Park System. Aptly named, the Emerald Necklace is a “jewel” of a park system, surrounding the city as opposed to being placed in the center, like New York City’s Central Park. The Emerald Necklace began as the brainchild of William Stinchcomb, who had the foresight to preserve this natural land to provide a respite for people to “get away from the city.” It provides conservation, education and

Ride.” It has been in full swing this past summer, as 225 rider combinations from all counties signed up to ride all of the gorgeous bridle trails, either on their own or with their respective groups. As part of this event celebration, a gathering was held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. Part of the day was spent traversing obstacles that the Mounted Unit had provided as part of their expansive community outreach program. Sgt. McNally and her team skillfully worked with members of the Ohio Horseman’s Council, an organization of “Horsemen Helping Horsemen”, and their mounts

as they negotiated scary uneven tarps and teetering bridges, pushed jumbo balls, and culminated with a herd walk through smoking flares! It was amazing to watch the trust between horse and rider as they navigated together, demonstrating an elusive and indescribable bond created between a 1,000 lb. animal and her rider. Donations to the Ranger Department Mounted Unit Fund are a unique way for individuals and organizations to support Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers and their horses. There is a wonderful “Adopt a Horse Program” which enables you to provide sponsorship of “your horse” with healthcare, equipment and training, through an annual donation. Your name would appear on the saddle pad and recognition received on the Mounted Unit trailer at special events throughout Cleveland Metroparks. You would receive an invitation to a special event at the Mounted Unit stable and a photo of “your horse” and an adoption certificate. There are also opportunities to have “your horse” visit your business or home and you would have first priority to renew adoption of “your horse!” For centuries, horses have been intricately woven into the fabric of our existence and served humankind in many ways. Although time “trots” on and technology “gallops” forward, the relationship between horse and human is fundamental, cherished and enduring. The Metroparks Rangers will continue their mission of providing superior service and law enforcement through proactive, innovative, and unbiased practices while they concurrently elevate horse and rider as a vital part of the Metropark’s conservancy of yesterday, today and tomorrow! ♦


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said, “We have this colt over here”…and lydesdales, Belgians, Percherons, the rest is history! They were kind enough and Shires are the four most to allow me to make payments on him, as common breeds of draft horses I was a college student at the University of in the United States. The Clydesdale Findlay, studying pre-veterinary medicine. originated in Scotland in the 1800s, and They took me along to some local shows, the first Clydesdale Breed Registry was and the Ohio State Fair, giving me my started in 1877. The appearance and use of this breed has changed since its founding. Originally, a shorter (16 hh), stockier breed used for agricultural and other heavy hauling duties, the Clydesdale is now a taller, leaner horse used more for exhibition and crossbreeding. This crossbreeding was instrumental in the development of the Gypsy Vanner breed. Over time, due to export and industrialization, the number of Clydesdales in England had dropped so significantly that in the 1970s it was considered vulnerable to extinction by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. And, currently in 2017, they are still on their “watch” list. Clydesdales are also on the American Livestock Conservancy “watch” list, as less The Clydesdale is a very than 2500 new foals are registered versatile horse. They are truly annually in the USA. gentle giants, typically easy to According to the Clydesdale work with, and friendly. Breeders of the United States (CBUSA) official studbook, there are approximately 12,500 living registered Clydesdales in the start in showing Clydesdales. Copper and United States today, belonging to 700 registered members. Of those horses, 72% his companion donkey, Wiley, traveled to Kansas, Florida, Indiana, and back to Ohio are bay, 16% are black, and 8% are roan. with me as I completed my veterinary Ohio has 42 different owners, and 743 education and began my career as a total horses registered with CBUSA. More veterinarian. We met and showed with a than half of those horses are mares. Ohio lot of Clydesdale enthusiasts along the also has its own Ohio Regional Clydesdale way, many who are still friends today. and Shire Association, which welcomes We showed at the Kansas and Nebraska Clydesdale and Shire enthusiasts to joinState Fairs, and trail rode on the Kansas horse ownership not being a requirement prairies, Florida Greenway, backroads for membership. of Indiana, and Ohio state parks. Sadly, I At Coppertop Clydesdales in Marysville, lost Copper way too soon due to colic in Ohio, we have two stallions and seven 2006. Coppertop Clydesdales farm name broodmares. We typically have a few foals was chosen to honor the memory of this born every year. I purchased my first Clydesdale, Scotchwind’s CopperTop, from amazing horse! Wiley, however, is in his 20’s and still lives at the farm, nurturing Jeff and Deb Pelphrey in Alvada, Ohio, in and helping to wean all of my baby Clydes. 1994. I looked at two fillies they had for Over the years, we have participated sale and passed on both of them. Deb

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irginia Shaw has been involved with many local environmental groups throughout her life, and has a strong passion for preserving land. It was only natural that when she and her daughter, Betsy, acquired the property that is now Sand Hill Stable, an emphasis would be placed on creating an environmentally sustainable farm on the 52 rolling acres, which had been aggressively and commercially farmed for years. The first step was to lay the facility out to allow for minimal excavation, good drainage, ample natural light, and great airflow. This was achieved by placing the main stable on top of the hill, and aligning the aisle east to west, catching the western breeze. All stalls have windows, and the indoor arena was fitted with skylights, allowing plenty of natural light in, and reducing electricity consumption. The paddocks and pastures were laid out in a circle around the stable, minimizing foot traffic to and from the fields. To further improve soil quality, composted manure is spread on the pastures, providing “natural fertilizer”. To reduce the carbon

Sustainable Farming An Ohio Horse Farm Shares Their Journey To “Go Green” By Betsy Shaw footprint of the stable, and the monthly electric bill, 20 solar panels were installed on the southern facing roof. The solar system at Sand Hill is hooked into the grid, so the meter actually goes backwards with the energy produced by the solar panels. The biggest issue faced, as a pioneer in this area, was with Ohio Edison, as they had to learn how to properly bill the stable. To prevent overgrazing, we created enough pastures to rotate fields, allowing the grass to recover before being grazed again. Every turnout group is rotated between three pastures. Betsy always wanted goats and chickens.

After researching pasture management, she realized the value these animals could provide to pasture health by including them in the rotation system. Goats are wonderful “weed eaters” and eat many plants horses cannot (cows and sheep are other good options). Chickens eat parasite eggs found in horse manure, and their scratching breaks down manure clumps…so shortly after the farm was built, along came goats and chickens! Although great in theory, rotating other species on the pastures was time-intensive and presented some obstacles. The Angora goats did not appreciate being placed in different,

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Equine Innovators of Ohio By Mandy Boggs

How many times have you seen a product and thought to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” For these innovative business owners, they likely developed one of the very products you have found yourself admiring. In the equestrian world, there seems to be an endless amount of things we all wish could be made easier. When you‘re around horses, you have farms to manage, property to care for, fencing to fix, footing to maintain, and that hasn’t even touched on keeping your horses happy, healthy, and sound. These three companies based in Ohio, have found a way to help horse owners with at least a few of those areas. The Reveal 4n1 Arena Drag Family Owned Since 1990

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The only reason that date is known, is for the fact that it appears on the very first check they ever received for their newly invented product, which just so happened to be the day their granddaughter was born. Pam Heist, daughter of Don and Janet, mother of the little girl born on that very big day, shared touching memories of her parents and the business they built for their family. “Dad worked in his mind for years, trying to come up with an easier and better way to make a piece of equipment to help with his farm work,” Pam said. “He got together with my brother-in-law, who happened to be a welder, to work on creating this perfect tool. Together, they built the first prototype.” Pam went

on to share how in the last 20 years, there have only been a handful of changes to the design. She joked, “Dad always said, if you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it again!” Don and Janet Reveal had seven children together. All of their children agree, The Reveal was their eighth child. Those who knew him said, “He would talk about the Reveal just as much as he talked about his own children!” Family was important to Don and Janet. They worked tirelessly to build a business and provide for their children. “Mom and Dad would load up

some drags and travel around to anywhere and everywhere that had something it could be used on. He taught us to always ‘act like you belong,’ no matter where you go, if you believe that you should be there, it will sell the product.” Pam explained. “He would leave a Reveal at a place and tell the owner he would come back next week and pick it up. He would call them up asking how they like it, and every time he said he would come by to pick it up, their answer was always, “No! I want to buy it!” When I asked how the Continued on page 48


Feature story innovators, continued from page 46 Reveal 4n1 got into the “horse business”, Pam admitted that none of them are actually true horsemen in comparison to those in the industry who treat this machine like gold when it comes to arena maintenance. “We grew up on a farm and had all sorts of animals and horses. The most riding I can say I ever did, was maybe hang off the underside of a horse when my saddle was put on too loose,” Pam laughed. The Reveal was originally created to help farmers, landscapers, excavators, and the like, but it was quickly discovered the vast market that needed a piece of equipment like this. Once equestrian’s started seeing what the drag could do, it just took off and has been, and still is, the top of the industry standard in arena drags. The Reveal 4n1 is used by equestrians, farmers, Universities, baseball and soccer fields, racetracks, and everything in between. It is sold throughout the United States and all over the world. Over the past 28 years, numerous large corporations have made offers to buy the company, including John Deere, with the Reveal family always standing their ground and sticking to their roots. The company was built by the family, for the family, and that is how they intend to keep it. Today, there are five family members running the company, in Mt. Orab, Ohio. Don passed away in 2009, with Janet following in 2016. Together, the family has continued to offer the same friendly and professional service that has been



expected, and has no plans on ever changing. Ranch Rollers Reinventing the Wheel

We can all use things to make our lives easier around the barn. Gates are something we all use, we all need, and we all have frustrations with. Ranch Rollers was created by “reinventing the wheel”, so to

speak. Owner, Mary Mehwald, first thought of the idea about ten years ago in her very own riding arena. Frustrated with cumbersome gates and arena doors, often spooking unsuspecting horses as they traveled past, or disrupting other riders while trying to swing open a large gate, Mary knew there had to be a way to create a gate that went sideways – but was safe. She needed something simple and easy to open herself with just one hand. “I worked with engineers until we designed exactly what worked. As the mother of all inventions, necessity created the Ranch Rollers,” said Mary. “The steel used to create this product is the same steel used

during summer. Ranch Rollers offers an easy to use design with horse safety in mind. Staying off the ground avoids those year-round headaches. No horses to paw and get injured on the lower bars of a pipe gate. You can easily open and close the Ranch Rollers with one hand, allowing for a safer and easier way to handle day to day duties around the farm. The Ranch Rollers can be retrofitted for just about every type of fencing including wood, vinyl, PVC, split rail, traditional mesh, and more. You can use one Ranch Roller to make a single divider, or two to create a gate. Adding a single Ranch Roller to an opening in the barn aisle, makes for a quick and easy divider amongst the aisle ways, or creates gates anywhere around the farm. “The hardest part about selling Ranch Rollers, is getting people to use a new product. Everyone is used to traditional gates, since that is what everyone has always used. They don’t believe me that a horse won’t go through a 2x4 gate. When a horse pushes on a gate, it about the Ranch Rollers is how moves, it goes back and forth, versatile it is. You can use it for and they know they can get through or past it. With the any size opening where the length of your board fits. In her Ranch Rollers, a 2x4 is held own barn, Mary uses it in a 10’, in so securely that it doesn’t move or flex. A horse instantly 12’ and 16’ opening. You just need a 2x4 or whichever board ignores it thinking it isn’t an you are using, cut to the length option,” explained Mary. “If the wood ever does break, you you need. just go pick up another 2x4. Designed, manufactured, and assembled in Strongsville, No lugging around gates and collecting old broken gates Ohio, Ranch Rollers solve around your farm.” the problems that come with Jim Roberts, owner of using pipe gates around your Clipity-Clop Saddlery in pastures, too. Mary knows Brecksville, Ohio carries the problems the seasons can this product and has a vast bring whether it be snow and ice blocking gates in the winter, admiration for its usefulness. “In the 46 years I have been in spring and fall mud making business, not many products dragging a gate open an endless chore, or tall grass and help us out and make life a little easier. The Ranch Roller is weeds slowing things down that product,” said Roberts. As and making mowing a pain for submarines. It’s going to last a long time! How many times do you have to replace an expensive gate that takes two people to pick up, load in a truck, install, just to do it all over again after horses and weather destroys it. With the Ranch Rollers, you can fit them in the back seat of the car!” She laughs. “The wheels do not have bearings, which keeps them from locking up or getting stuck. Even in winter, if a little ice builds up, you just tap it and the ice falls right out, allowing for smooth rolling. No getting stuck in the mud and snow.” Perhaps the best part

the Ranch Roller’s motto says, “Ranch Life Just Got Easier!” Equine Therapy Products 37 Years Serving Horse’s Therapy Needs

Tom Rummel, of Hudson, Ohio, started his Equine Therapy Products business 37 years ago. He started with a single product, the Equine Laser, and today has a catalog of products to help horse owners keep their horses healthy, sound, and feeling their best. His vast knowledge of equine anatomy led him to study various treatments and their usefulness in equine wellbeing. When Tom got started, the term “equine therapist” was unknown. He essentially, created the role of equine therapy. The results Tom found with so many of these available therapy treatments, eventually allowed for his business to include a variety of equipment options, such as, magnetic field, ultrasound, respiratory care, whirlpool and diagnostic equipment. Thousands of treatments later, Tom has something for every customer, every horse, and every need. His customers have grown to trust his expertise in caring for their horse’s needs. “I have been in business for a long time. If you don’t do business right, you won’t do well in business,” Tom said. His available products, both created by other manufacturers, as well as his own company, include therapeutic products for Cold Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, Nebulizers, Shock Wave Therapy, and a variety of items from Centurion. For example, the Centurion Mini Pulse (pictured) is a leader in portable pulsed magnetic therapy, offering a versatile and lightweight unit that can be placed on numerous parts of the body for people, small

animals, and horse’s legs and hocks. Tom also has his very own Equine Therapy Products, such as The Equine Therapy Bubble Tub. The Bubble Tub promotes circulation therapy for faster relief of inflammation and swelling, using either hot or cold therapy. When asked which product is the most popular or recommended as far as usefulness, Tom replied, “Everyone should have a cold laser and ice wraps in their stable. Those items would probably be the two things that any rider, farm owner, and horse owner could use for a variety of problems.” Tom went on to talk about the variety of products and how every horse can benefit from something different. Each injury or ailment is unique, and each stable has a different need. “A hands-off

product, such as a Mini Pulse boot, can be a great tool when a horse owner has a lot to get done and doesn’t have the time to stand there holding a product on horse after horse, all day long. You can use some of these products in a handsfree manner,” he explained. Thirty-seven years in the industry has certainly allowed him to spread his knowledge not just to his own clients, but at numerous functions including, the International Thoroughbred Exposition. He is a personal consultant for many farms and stables, for their equine-therapy needs. When asked what has made these last 37 years so special, Tom replied “The horses. Story after story all come down to the horses. One story always comes to mind. Years ago, a customer I knew out of state

called me one day about a friend’s horse that needed help. The horse was a family pet that suffered an injury, with the suggestion from their vet to just put the animal down. My customer suggested they send the horse down to me to see if I could treat the injury and possibly save this horse. I told him, it wouldn’t be cheap and it would be a long process. Next thing I know, the horse was on his way.” Tom continued, “I get the horse fixed. I tell them ok, he can go home now. The owner says, ‘how about you do whatever you did, all over again.’ I explained, you’re looking at about ten thousand dollars by the time this horse will go home. They insisted. Finally, the horse goes home. I get a phone call a few days later. The owner wanted to say thank you. He told me that his kids are the most important thing in his life, and seeing how happy they were that their horse could be saved, was worth all the money he spent on saving this horse.” Over the years, Tom has always done everything himself, since he has always had the most extensive knowledge of his products and customer’s needs. This year, he recently found a college student who was persistent in sending her resume over, with a great interest in the business and learning more. This year, she will work alongside Tom absorbing every bit of knowledge he has to offer. Tom explained, “My nephew always says, I need to write a book so that all of this knowledge doesn’t go to waste when I retire. Now, I have someone I can teach everything I know. It will be nice to have the extra help, too! I have 37 years of knowledge that can’t be bought, sold, or traded, but I can share it with our customers.” ♦


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make ground contact the same way. This is very important to the health of the horse’s lower limb. As the preceding illustration shows, uneven mediallateral ground contact would place considerable stress on the joints of the lower limb with every step, because they cannot articulate in a side-to-side direction. The consequences of smaller imbalances may initially be subtle, and may show up as an unwillingness or difficulty in performing certain movements on harder surfaces, or being a bit “off ” after doing such movements. But the damage caused by the stress placed on the joints with every step eventually takes the form of osteoarthritis – deterioration of the cartilage that lines the joint, often accompanied by calcium deposits (bone spurs) around the joint – and lameness. Larger imbalances may result in more pronounced lameness and a definite hastening of joint damage, resulting in career-ending conditions such as articular ringbone. The good news for barefoot horses is that lesser imbalances will “self-correct” through wear; conversely, the bad news for shod horses is that no such

self-correction can occur, and the effects of imbalance are actually intensified by the shoe. Unfortunately, deliberately unbalancing the hoof is extremely commonplace, often advocated by veterinarians and hoof care providers to “correct” a limb whose foot points in a direction other than perfectly in line with the horse’s body. Since the “set” of the limbs is determined by the shoulder and hip joints, however, it’s impossible to “correct” such a condition through trimming or shoeing. These methods use deliberate imbalance to twist the foot as it comes under load, giving the appearance of a straighter limb when the horse is standing still. But since the shoulder or hip cannot actually be changed, the horse ends up paying a heavy price for the false impression of being “more correct.”

Determining whether or not your horse is in mediallateral balance isn’t difficult. On an unyielding flat, level surface, such as concrete or asphalt, and with as much light on the situation as possible, carefully watch each of your horse’s feet as he walks both towards and away from you. No part of the hoof or shoe should make ground contact before any other part, and there should be no rocking or twisting. Listening to ground contact is also extremely useful; the sound of a balanced foot will be distinct, with no “doubletap” or “smearing” evident. Slow-motion video is an even better and more definitive method: Video your horse at ground level from the front and back, and then either slow the video down to about 1/5 normal speed or step through each hoof contact frame-by-frame to determine if the feet are making even contact. Eliminating hoof imbalances can be challenging – not because of the actual trimming, but because many hoof care providers are unaware they’re not properly balancing the hoof, and the ones that are deliberately unbalancing the hoof are usually convinced they’re doing the right thing! So while it may be possible to explain to your hoof care provider that you want your horse’s feet to be in balance, it may ultimately be necessary to change hoof care providers to actually accomplish that objective. But your horse will thank you for it – by performing better and by staying healthier for a longer time! Steve Hebrock (330) 813-5434 www.EnlightenedEquine.com


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Humble. A word often used to describe someone having a modest view of their own importance. This is also one of the first words that comes to mind when describing Dr. Ronald Genovese, VMD, of Cleveland Equine Clinic, in Ravenna, Ohio. It is as if the definition of the word was created specifically for this man, as nearly everyone who has ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with Dr.

Genovese, all agree one of his most noted character qualities is undervaluing his own extraordinary expertise. A reputation that far exceeds any

credit he will ever give himself, Dr. Genovese is often the first name that rolls off the tongue when you ask just about any horse person in Northeast Ohio

to recommend a veterinarian for lameness. Dr. Genovese has been practicing veterinary medicine in Northeast Ohio for over five decades. A simple search online will easily impress anyone with the lists of accomplishments, contributions, awards, accolades, and everything that comes with fifty years of practicing in equine sports medicine, surgery, and lameness. We are lucky enough to live in a state surrounded by such a large equestrian community, however, many are not aware of just how lucky we are to have Dr. Genovese Continued on page 59


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and Cleveland Equine Clinic so close to home. Dr. Genovese has impacted so many lives of horse owners, trainers, and most importantly, their horses, in ways that often go unrecognized. His passion for teaching has been gifted to countless students, interns, veterinary technicians, and more than one hundred veterinarians that have started their careers with him. This piece is not to document the latest medical findings in clinical research, or convince someone that this veterinarian is better or different than any other. If it were up to Dr. Genovese, his name would likely not even appear on these pages. He would likely be content with being anonymously referred to

just simply as, “Doc”, which as expected, is what he is known as to his clients, colleagues, and peers. While standing in the lobby of Cleveland Equine Clinic, wrapping up a busy day of exams and treatments, I mentioned how everyone seems to refer to him as, “The Leg Man”. He shrugged, smiled, and brushed it off like a gnat floating past his face. His veterinary technicians and office staff all giggle, admitting that yes, that is the nickname everyone seems to refer to him as. A nickname that is well deserved, honest, and frankly quite true. In typical Doc fashion, he deflects from being the center of the conversation and begins to discuss how all veterinarians are just as talented

and skilled as he is, often times better skilled in other areas than himself. The fact is, however, Dr. Genovese is gifted and not just as a veterinarian, but as a human being that all of those who know him seem to cherish. His kindness fills any room he enters. You cannot help but like him. You can see his honest love for these animals right through him to his core. He enters the room, polite to say hello, but his eyes are always on the horse. What seems to be instantaneously, he starts pinpointing abnormalities and areas he wants to investigate, before you can even discuss what you think may be wrong. Doc has always had a love for horses,

influenced by his father, a thoroughbred race horse trainer. Growing up, Doc rode every horse or pony he could, including galloping racehorses at the track. Admiring old photos of Doc as a child, he reminisced, chuckling to himself about how at the time he thought the ponies and horses he was riding were the most talented horses on Earth. Laughing, he recalls that in reality they were not exactly screaming talent. The old black and white photos dating back to 1947, show a young Ronnie riding bareback and jumping fences in a dandelion filled field. The love he had for horses carried on through his childhood leading him to attend college and his studies to become a veterinarian. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1964, Dr. Genovese served two years in the U.S. Army’s Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, CO, doing physiological and pathological research. Two years later, Doc joined the founder of Randall Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Joseph Solomon, a close friend and mentor. As Doc has always said, “It is all for the horse. That is what it’s all about, always has been and always should be.” Doc spent many years practicing at Thistledown Racetrack in North Randall, Ohio, treating Thoroughbreds all day, every day. Caring deeply for the horse’s wellbeing and soundness, this is when he became known as the go-to for soundness issues, due to his dedication and knowledge of lameness and treatment for these athletes. Owners and trainers valued his opinion. When I talked to numerous owners and trainers from the track that have known Doc for many years, including my own Continued on page 61



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and suggested a different approach to training, treatment, time off, or even retiring, and it was helping those horses,” explained Doc. “Without their willingness and openness to let us use this machine, I can’t imagine what that would have done to the future of those racehorses and so many horses in the future. Since 1985, we have ultra-sounded over 80,000 limbs.” The story behind the photo hanging in the lobby of Cleveland Equine Clinic, is one of many accomplishments that the majority of Dr. Genovese’s clients would never know. A man who made such an impact

credit to the owners and trainers of so many of the horses that we treated and examined over the years, at Thistledown and Northfield Park. They allowed us to use this machine and use a new technology to help their horses. Because of that machine, the amount of breakdowns and catastrophic injuries in racehorses were reduced by 60%. Trainers would listen to us when we found something on an ultrasound

on the technology used in equine lameness diagnostics, yet he talks about it as if it was as microscopic as holding a door open for a stranger on a Sunday afternoon. Dr. Genovese has made widespread contributions that have been recognized worldwide, throughout the Veterinary Medicine field. Doc is a member of the AVMA, OVMA, and AAEP, including

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Grandfather, who has known him all his life, they all shared the same testimony. Dr. Genovese is “the best around”, “the only vet for fifty years that I will have operate on my racehorses. If they need pins or screws, whatever it is, Doc is where they go”, “one of the best track vets we had, helping too many horses to count”, and “the man you take your most prized racehorse or your good ol’ pony horse to, it didn’t matter what they did he was going to try and help them with just as much dedication and care.” In December of 1983, Dr. Genovese was one of the first equine veterinarians to use diagnostic ultrasonography as a clinical tool to evaluate ligament and tendon injuries in horses. Dr. Norman Rantanen, DVM, of Washington State University, at that time, pioneered the ATL 4600 machine, known as “Norman 1”, the first diagnostic ultrasound tool for the equine veterinary field. Dr. Rantanen needed someone with the ability to do extensive clinical research and use this machine to prove its abilities. Dr. Rantanen believed this machine could be useful and Dr. Genovese was the man that proved it was. By 1984, Dr. Genovese and veterinary technician, Sue Meteling, who still works with Dr. Genovese, had brought “Norman 1” to Thistledown racetrack and began ultrasounding soft tissue injuries in horse’s limbs. “That machine has been one of the greatest contributions in equine therapy,” said Doc. “Dr. Rantanen was the only one who knew how to use this machine, and taught us how to use it so we could collect the

“This picture is a reminder that it’s not about us, it’s about the horse, the technology, and that machine. That machine started so many advancements in technology that we use in helping these horses. We still have “Norman 1”, actually. He still works and will someday be donated to a museum,” said Doc. The use of ultrasound technology in equines not only paved a path to the technology and advancements used in veterinary medicine today, but they changed the lives of so many horses. “The advancement of health, welfare, and the care of horses and lameness issues, really needs

can take pictures of tendons.” Sue and I have always disliked pictures of ourselves, so when they mailed it to us, we rolled it up and stuck it in the back corner of a closet, where it sat for 25 years.” Doc continued sharing the story of how a friend surprised them after finding it in 2010, when they moved to their new facility, Cleveland Equine Clinic. She had it restored and framed, where it now hangs in the front lobby of the clinic.

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regions only Hallmarq Standing MRI machines. Typically, a horse requiring an MRI would need to go under general anesthesia and have the MRI taken lying down. With the Standing MRI, the horse comes in and leaves the same day, only requiring light sedation while they stay standing during the process. The benefits of an MRI for horses, offer the highest quality bone and soft tissue imaging available. A clear diagnosis is typically immediate. In addition, CEC also offers sports medicine, lameness, health and wellness services, and innovative technology such as the Lameness Locator, a computed gait analysis program, along with procedures such as IRAP, PRP, stem cell therapy, and more. Dr. Genovese, Cleveland Equine Clinic, and the entire staff of veterinarians, are dedicated to protecting equine welfare and the interest of horsemen and their involvement in their horses lives.

Even with the contributions to equine science and medicine, and the thousands of horses he has helped over the past fifty years, Dr. Genovese still denies having any extra abilities in diagnosing or treating lameness. For his clients, we all seem to agree that he has a gift. Perhaps he has x-ray vision or he can actually communicate with horses, none of us know for sure, but we know his dedication to the field of equine medicine is something that all of us in Ohio and beyond, are so lucky to have and can only hope retirement isn’t anytime soon. His veterinary technicians just smiled and laughed when the mention of him retiring came up. “He will always tell us he is so old, he was around when Bute was invented,” they chuckled. In all fairness, he is right. Phenylbutazone was first created for human use in 1949, the same time those black and white photos were taken of him riding his ponies. Luckily for not just the

horsemen and women in Ohio, but the horses now and in the future, Dr. Genovese has always shared his knowledge of caring for horses with everyone he meets. Whether it is a client there with their horse, a child anxiously awaiting the diagnosis of their pony, an intern quietly observing from the side of the room, or a room full of veterinary students absorbing every word during a seminar. Doc always takes the time to explain everything, in every detail, answer every question, and do everything he can to teach. You could be a total stranger and instantly feel like you have known him your entire life. Just minutes spent with Doc will leave a lasting impression on you, one that you will cherish. Claudia Brown, a client of Doc’s, shared something he said during an exam of her horse recently. He said, “Any vet can give you a list of famous horses they’ve treated. Of course, they’re going to do well, they’re top horses in the country or world for a reason. I want to treat the everyday horse and hear that they excelled. That tells me that I did my job, if the ordinary horse gets well after I have treated them.” She shared a story about how in 2002 she took her kid’s pony to him for lameness issues. He spent so much time teaching her kids how to compare legs, how to make sure they feel the same or different, just the same as he would with an Olympic caliber horse and a concerned owner. That, she said, is just one of many reasons why everyone admires him so much. A past veterinary student of his shared the same thoughts, that he is always willing to teach, explain, and show you the “why”. He continues to pass his wealth of knowledge onto other veterinarians, which makes us hopeful that his knowledge and passion will carry on. Continued on page 64


the first Ultrasound machine, They are gifted. The horse “We helped a lot of horses. Just community is lucky to have those horses we found injuries these new up and coming vets, on while ultra-sounding them, the ones right out of school, or and the trainers deciding not the ones building their career. to run them, let them heal, and Do the world a favor and pass Genovese, continued from page 63 they went on to win, was so that info along. Use these worth it.” new vets, they are probably are young, doesn’t mean they The Leg Man. A nick-name that “We shared a lot of people’s better than me. The levels of can’t do it. So many people are is so fitting, and complimentary lives, economically, emotionally, lameness care in the last 55 afraid to use a younger vet, but of his extraordinary dedication the ups and downs, over the years has greatly progressed most of them do things better to veterinary medicine and years. Veterinary medicine and will continue to. I like than me! These youngINFO@OHIOEQUESTRIANDIRECTORY.COM vets are lameness, yet seems so sterile • 440-668-2812 doesn’t live on the bright side what I see coming up in these sharp,” he explained. “Every and clumsy to him, when of people’s lives, especially vet follows the same procedure, new veterinarians. We have describing the seriousness he racehorses. So many horses programs here at Cleveland it’s almost chiseled in stone. takes towards equine sports This proof is submitted to give youYouthe opportunity to check for any possible errors and toare make any necessary living longer, competing Equine for these vets, techs, take time to figure out the medicine. “It’s more than ‘The corrections. Directory cannot befinish held responsible for errors appearing the fiand nal having printed piece better lives, and students. We don’t sugar inlonger, horse from start to and Leg Man’,Ohio what IEquestrian do is just because of the advances in coat anything. Here, it’s the put the puzzle together. Here contributions to the horse. which are not brought to our attention at this time. Please reply to this email asap and let us know if: veterinary care and technology. There are no experts. Lameness at the clinic, I have two vets that good, the bad, and the ugly. Just think, things started It’s a tough business but the specialize in doing MRI scans, is daily life and vets all over from something like that first patients can’t talk, and that is Dr. Brett Berthold, DVM, and Dr. the countryAD haveIS a system to APPROVED AS IS AD IS NOT APPROVED ultrasound machine, Norman 1, veterinary medicine Sasha Hill, DVM. I can’t read the what makes deal with it and they all do Please reply ASAP to this email and have progressed so much so hard. It is our job to do the scans as well as they can. Back things themselves, their own to let us know what changes are in the last fifty years. Our horses best we can to figure out what in the ‘80s there were maybe way, which works. We all try. It needed are really lucky. It’s been quite they can’t tell us, and help shouldn’t be that you have to be five vets in the area that were the journey I am proud to have them,” his staff all nodding in great at lameness care. Today, old to know everything about been on,” Doc shared before agreement at his words. Sue there are probably fifty you legs. These younger vets are disappearing into his office, smiled, remembering all the could choose from.” trained far better than we were another horse waiting for his work they did thirty years ago Dr. Genovese continued, and they are very smart, and exam. ♦ at the racetrack, starting with very talented. Just because they “Vets today are so smart.

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n recent years, veterinary chiropractic has grown exponentially. Some think that it is just a “fad” that will move on with the times, but in reality most are discovering an adjustment to be extremely beneficial for their horse’s performance and overall well-being. Regardless of the horse’s chosen discipline or workload, it is fair to say that most animals can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment performed by a licensed and board-certified individual. Of course there are some conditions that limit the scope of the adjustment, but a well-trained individual will recognize these “red flags” and work closely with your primary veterinarian to determine the safety and necessity of chiropractic treatment. Whether you notice that your older retiree is struggling to get up and down or your young jumper is late behind on his change, both can get great results from an adjustment. Chiropractic is built upon the biomechanical function of joints throughout the entire body. I often describe it to clients as a domino effect- what is restricted in the horse’s pelvis, inevitably will also affect the neck’s ability to flex, extend, turn left, and turn right. Every joint within the body affects every movement the body makes. When a joint is not moving properly, soft tissue

“Whether you notice that your older retiree is struggling to get up and down or your young jumper is late behind on his change, both can get great results from an adjustment.” —Kiley B. Dill DC, CAC, Topline Equine Chiropractic

is at risk because their function is compromised. When an adjustment is performed the “motion restriction” is released, thus allowing muscles, ligaments, and tendons to perform efficiently. A properly performed chiropractic adjustment does not involve a big show with lots of popping and cracking, as most people think. The animal should be fairly relaxed and enjoy the session. Most of the time the precision of the adjustment cannot be seen by the untrained eye and a typical session is completed in 15 to 20 minutes. Some practitioners like

to use additional therapies with their chiropractic treatments, which is based solely upon the individuals’ practice. To find a licensed and boardcertified equine chiropractor in your area, visit the websites of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Happy Riding! Kiley B. Dill DC, CAC received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO and is IVCA board certified in Veterinary Chiropractic from OPTIONS for Animals in Wellsville, KS. She resides in Wakeman, OH with her husband and wonderful critter family.


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lanning ahead and knowing how to respond in an emergency will help you keep calm and may improve the outcome for your horse. It is important to prepare for an emergency long before it occurs. Emergencies range from commonly seen problems such as colic to the less frequent eye injury, or even the dreaded “nail in the foot” in addition to all the other troubles in which horses find themselves. The first step in preparation is having a well-stocked emergency kit. It should include a stethoscope, thermometer, eyewash, sheet cotton, vetwrap, sterile gauze, and wound cleansing solution (betadine solution and sterile saline). Next, know how to perform an equine physical examination. Ask your veterinarian to teach you how to listen to the heart, assess gastrointestinal sounds, evaluate mucous membranes, and check digital pulses (normal heart rate: 28-48 beats/minute, respiratory rate: 8-20 breaths/minute, temperature: 98.5-101.5 F (adult values)). Additional skills include knowing how to properly bandage wounds. All injuries should be clipped, cleansed, and wrapped with sterile gauze before application of sheet cottons and vetwrap. Vetwrap should never be applied directly to the skin, but should always be used over sheet cotton to help provide adequate support to the injured area. Severe bleeding should be stopped with a pressure bandage, applied in layers as needed. Application of a tourniquet is not recommended except by a veterinarian, as it can lead to permanent damage if improperly applied. Finally, your veterinarian’s contact information should be readily available, as should the location of your nearest

referral hospital. The last thing you should worry about in the middle of an emergency is “where do I take my horse if he/she needs advanced care?” It is also vital to know how you will be transporting your horse if referral is necessary. Do you have emergency transportation available if you do not own a truck and trailer? Do you know how to quickly and safely hitch up your truck and trailer and drive at all times of the day or night, and in

inclement weather? And finally, does your horse load easily and willingly? Trying to load a sick, uncooperative horse will only worsen the stress levels for all involved, and will delay potentially life-saving treatment. One of the most common emergencies is colic, but it is important to note that the vast majority of colic episodes do not require surgery and will respond to on-farm treatment or to medical therapy at a referral hospital. Colic surgery is only recommended when it is determined that the horse will not, or is highly unlikely to, survive the problem if surgery is not performed. At home, while you are waiting for your veterinarian to arrive, walking your horse will keep them from rolling, which leads to selfinflicted trauma. Do not let them eat or drink until your veterinarian determines that it is safe to do so. If you administer any medications, perform a physical

examination first, so you know what the temperature and heart rate were originally. This is vital information for your veterinarian. Another horse-owner nightmare is the horse that steps on a nail. While it may not appear to go in very deep, it is absolutely critical that the nail remain in place until an x-ray is taken. Knowing exactly where the tip of the nail is determines how aggressive treatment must be. Nails frequently penetrate deep enough to injure the navicular bone, damaging the deep digital flexor tendon and navicular bursa along the way. The nail can also reach the coffin joint and the flexor tendon sheath. Without surgery to flush these structures and debride the tract of the nail, the resulting abscess creates severe damage that at best will require long-term rehabilitation and at worst, may require euthanasia of the horse. Upon finding your horse with a lacerated eyelid, cloudy cornea, or tearful squinty eye, you can safely rinse it with eyewash solution. Application of ointment to the eye should be done cautiously, as steroid-containing ointments (i.e. dexamethasone, prednisone, hydrocortisone) should NEVER be applied to the eye if an ulcer is present. Eye injuries should be considered an emergency, as some ulcers can progress rapidly to the point of vision or eye loss, and eyelid lacerations can damage the cornea if not sutured promptly. If you have any question regarding the health of your horse you should contact your local veterinarian or closest referral hospital. They will provide you the best recommendations on treatment and if referral is necessary, they can assist you. Melissa Milligan, DVM, MS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons 440-834-0811 www.EquineSpecialtyHospital.com




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he slightest blink of an eye, quiver in the bottom lip, and twitch of an ear are all things your horse does every day. They are normal bodily functions, as are behaviors like pawing, snorting, yawning, and even passing gas. They happen on a regular basis and may not mean much…until they relate to something else… like the human touch. To a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork® (MMCP®), all of the above are considered neurological responses in a process that allows the horse to show where tension may be lurking in the body, how much pressure is acceptable to release it, and a confirmation of the release. With proper intention and mindfulness, MM certified practitioners have the ability to correlate equine nonverbal body language to their touch. This is a finely tuned skill set that allows the horse to relax his mind and body, a necessary state for the release of tension. MMCPs are able to listen to what the horse is saying and respond accordingly with specific techniques, designed by founder James Masterson, enabling the “letting go” of stress held within the connective tissue and the key junctions of the body that affect performance most. Jim Masterson, based out of Iowa, has been the official Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 USET Endurance Teams. He developed his integrated, multimodality equine massage and bodywork program after many years of recognizing certain neurological responses to touch, as tension is released in the body of the horse. During a Masterson Method® bodywork session, you will not see the strokes used in traditional massage. Instead, practitioners use levels of pressure that the horse does not brace against or resist. For instance, an opening technique called The Bladder Meridian is typically used. The Bladder Meridian is one of twelve Traditional Chinese Medicine energy pathways in which Chi energy and blood circulate through the body delivering

By Wendy L. Shaffer, MMCP® nourishment, offering strength, and healing properties. This involves very light touch or even no pressure (referred as “air gap”) with the hand beginning near the poll, following the side of the horse’s topline, coming down the croup and through the lower hind limb. In essence, this practice brings the horse’s awareness to regions he has blocked out. Once the horse is aware of the blockage, holding his attention to it long enough and with pressure he doesn’t brace against, allows the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in by sending blood to the area. Eventually, he will

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start to release and give more visual and audible responses, such as licking, chewing, snorting, sneezing, yawning repeatedly and eye rolling. Other behavioral changes may occur too, like the way the horse breathes. (Breathing patterns are often overlooked but are key in the elimination process of toxins within the body.) Once the horse is in a relaxed state and two-way communication has been established, requests for small movements, initiated by intention and gentle wiggles with soft hands can happen. This unforced movement enables the horse to further let go of deep-seated tension and stress that affects comfort levels, attitude, and performance. Once released, restrictions in key junctions of the body are either reduced or eliminated. How effective is The Masterson Method™? As Jim says “it isn’t like pushing a button and the horse is perfect, but we will get improvement in the range of motion” each time we get releases. Progress can be immediate following one session, and multiple sessions allow the horse to release restrictions developed over many years. Successive MM sessions can also unlock compensatory movement patterns Wendy L. Shaffer from a past injury and prevent manifestations of new tension into muscle spasms, strains, and other possible tendon/ligament damage. Wendy L. Shaffer, MMCP®

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Quiet Meadow Farm Located at Chagrin Valley Farms 9250 Washington St. Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 Stefanie Portman 440.636.3813 Shirley Kopas 440.708.3023 QuietMeadowFarmOhio.com

Pole Barns Direct 2212 Fox Ave.SE Minerva, OH 44657 877.71.BARNS PoleBarnsDirect.com

BOARDING STABLES/ TRAINING BARNS Cessna Stables 7651 Friendsville Rd. Lodi, OH 44254 330.461.2318 CessnaStables.com

Handle Hill Farm 11244 Handle Rd. Strongsville, OH 44136 440.238.4541 HandleHillFarm.com

Sand Hill Stable 4311 State Route 303 Mantua, OH 44255 330.221.8819 SandHillStable.com Spring Lain Stables 5368 Tallmadge Rd. Rootstown, OH 44272 330.842.1186 SpringLain.com Stachowski Farm 12561 State Route 44 Mantua, OH 44255 330.603.2116 Stachowski.com Sterling Lakes Equestrian Center 13175 Bass Lake Road Chardon, OH 44024 440.346.2651 SterlingLakesEquestrianCenter.com Stone Gate Farm 31407 Schneider Rd. Hanoverton, OH 44423 Jackie Smith - 330.277.6964 Kyle Smith - 330.277.6592 StoneGateFarm.org Topline Stables At Walden 1109 Aurora-Hudson Rd. Aurora, OH 44202 440.666.6182 Topline-Stables.com BREEDERS Coppertop Clydesdales Laurie Gallatin Marysville, OH 43040 937.707.9216

IHSA Intercollegiate Horse Show Association 844.307.4472 IHSAInc.com MODA Mid-Ohio Dressage Association MidOhioDressage.com NODA Northern Ohio Dressage Association NodaRider.org OHC Ohio Horseman’s Council 614.600.1972 OHCOnline.com OPHA Ohio Professional Horseman’s Association OPHA.org YEDA Youth Equestrian Development Association ShowYEDA.com EDUCATION / UNIVERSITIES Lake Erie College 391 West Washington St. Painesville, OH 44077 855.467.8676 Lec.edu Ohio State University 281 W. Lane Ave. Columbus, OH 43210 614.292.6446 Osu.edu Otterbein University 1 South Grove St. Westerville, OH 43081 614.890.3000 Otterbein.edu

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SADDLES / SADDLE FITTING Saddles 101 Heather Soones-Booher SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter 135 Hunt Road Portersville, PA 16051 240.431.1318 Saddles101.com Schleese Saddlery 34 Centennial Avenue Holland Landing, Ontario Canada, L9N 1H2 800.225.2242 SaddlesForWomen.com The Saddle Tree Amanda Berges Certified Independent Saddle Fitter Johnstown, OH 440.983.1495 TheSaddleTree.com *(See TACK / RIDING EQUIPMENT/APPAREL for Additional Saddles Retail / Resale)

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TRAINERS Dora Hebrock Enlightened Equestrian 330.803.2043 Facebook.com/DoraHebrock Jessie Paine 216.509.2335 JPDressage.com Stephanie Portman Quiet Meadow Farm 440.636.3813 QuietMeadowFarmOhio.com Williams Dressage George, Roberta + Noel 740.272.5549 WilliamsDressageLLC.com TRUCKS/TRAILERS SALES/SERVICE Altmeyer’s Trailers 5122 Park Avenue, West Seville, OH 44273 330.769.3040 AltmeyerTrailers.com Leonard Truck & Trailer 12800 Leonard Pkwy. North Jackson, OH 44451 800.455.1001 LeonardTrailers.com

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Equine Specialty Hospital 17434 Rapids Road Burton, OH 44021 440.834.0811 EquineSpecialtyHospital.com Ohio State University Large Animal Services at Marysville 937.642.2936 vet.osu.edu/Marysville Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center Galbreath Equine Center and Equine Field Services 614.292.6661 vet.osu.edu/vcm/equine

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