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Table of Contents Feature Story:

Ghost Horses of Texas

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Featured Lifestyle: Fall Trail Riding Guide

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Cover Stories: 24 Hurricane Harvey Horse Rescue - Jennifer Williams, Phd.

Lifestyle & Feature: 8 Barn & Garden

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10 Halloween Pet Safety - Texas A&M 14 Cold Weather Prep - Vicki Long 27 Buzz Off! Texas Animal Health Commission 36 Recipe - Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

Columns: 30 Tack Talk - Lew Pewterbaugh 38 Cowboy Corner - Jim Hubbard

On the Cover:

Fall weather makes for great Trail Riding!

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Hubbard, Steven Long, Vicki Long, Roni Norquist, Lew Pewterbaugh, Cathy Strobel, Margaret Pirtle, Kelsey Hellmann

Volume 24, No. 5 Horseback Magazine, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397, (281) 447-0772. The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted Fall 2017 by Horseback Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Horseback Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Horseback Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management. Subscription rate is $25.00 for one year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Horseback Magazine | P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397 | Fax: (281) 893-1029 Email: vicki@horsebackmagazine.com

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Feeders Supply Co. Dallas, TX 214/371-9413

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More than “Just a Hoof Stand” Hoof Jack has been the premium hoof stand for the equine community for years, but did you know they also can supply you with videos on Natural Balance Shoeing and Common Sense Horse Hoof Care/Hoof Trimming? You can even pick up a Paul Mitchell Sharpener, the highest quality sharpener on the market from Hoof Jack! So don’t worry if you aren’t a specialist in hoof care, with Hoof Jack video’s you can learn all you need to know about keeping your horse on firm ground.

Going Nuts! Its fall and that means the Texas pecan crop should be dropping off trees in the next few weeks. We live among so many pecan trees that it’s hard to realize how special this nut is. Pecan trees are only native to North America and the first writing about pecans was in 1533 by two Spanish explorers who were shown how to eat them by the Indians. It’s taken a few years, but now everyone knows the health value of pecans. Since Texas is the second largest grower of pecans in the United States, it’s no wonder that our state tree is the pecan. The pecan pie is the state pie of Texas, so now the only debate still going on is getting Blue Bell Ice Cream to be the state’s favorite dessert. My solution is a heaping scoopful of Blue Bell on a warm slice of pecan pie.

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Crock Pot Gardening?! Planting bulbs can seem daunting if you haven’t done it before. After all, when it’s done right you have a beautiful spring garden. If you think that must be difficult, check out bulbs like “Crock-pot Gardening.” Basically read the care directions carefully. Give them a good watering the first day you plant and then periodically thereafter. Plant at the widths and depths directed. Then leave them alone. This fall’s bulbs will begin sprouting in the early spring, about six months after planting. You can add annuals in the spring for bulbs that didn’t make it. Crock-pot gardening is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have time to spend hours tending, watering, and clipping old leaves, flowers and stems. By just waiting, you will have a vase full of flowers from your very own garden.

Fall Foliage - Texas Style! I love fall. It’s always been my favorite season. But, by living in the Gulf Coast area, I am afforded only a brief glimpse of fall color. However, that’s not the case for all of Texas. Texas offers some magnificent areas of color that can rival the fall colors we come to expect from the Eastern United States. Lost Maples State Natural Area: First opened to the public in 1979, it’s located approximately 100 miles northwest of San Antonio and it’s the perfect place to view beautiful maple trees in their autumn glory. East Texas: From Rusk to Henderson, then northwest to Tyler and Longview plus all spots in between, East Texas glows in golden and orange shades of autumn at every turn. Leaves take on their most fashionable hues toward the end of October into the first weeks of November. Lubbock: Even in West Texas you can find a burst of fall color as neighborhood red oaks explode with color. Heading southwest to the small town of Balmorhea, take in the beauty of goldenleafed cottonwoods. Texas fall foliage may not include quaint covered bridges or be as widespread as the colors of New England, but they do have one BIG TEXAS SIZED advantage – they’re local!

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Pet Talk..

Halloween Pet Safety

T

hough children and adults get a thrill from the spooky traditions of Halloween, our pets are less likely to appreciate the costumes, masks, and parties associated with Halloween night. To ensure your pet’s safety this Halloween, Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended a few tips. “Keep candy secure from pets,” Darling said. “Many candies are toxic to pets, such as chocolates. Candies and gum containing the sugar-free sweetener xylitol are also toxic.” Additionally, Darling said lollipops and other candies with plastic components and wrappers can cause intestinal blockage if ingested. Be sure to clean up any candy trash, and store candy on a high shelf to prevent pets from reaching it. Other items to keep away from your pets include candles, pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, corn, lights, and electrical cords. These objects are a hazard if consumed or chewed on by your pet. If you suspect your pet has ingested harmful candy or another dangerous item, Darling recommended contacting the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your veterinarian. Pet owners may want their pet to participate in the well-known Halloween tradition of wearing costumes, but they may not enjoy the experience as much as you. To determine if it is appropriate to dress your pet for Halloween night, Darling recommended these helpful tips. “Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they are fine with it,” she said. “Try on the costume before Halloween and make sure it does not restrict their movement, hearing, sight, or breathing.” Additionally, costumes with lights or batteries are a safety hazard and should be avoided. Another safety tip Darling recommended was keeping [10] Horseback Magazine - Fall 2017

pets in a secure location to ensure they are protected from pranksters who may steal, tease, and injure pets. Black cats should be kept inside several days prior and after Halloween because they are especially at risk for being a target of a Halloween prank. Trickor-treaters or party guests may also stress out and startle your pets, so this is another good reason to reserve a safe and secure place for your pets to stay on Halloween night. “Continuous doorbell ringing and people at the door in costume may cause stress for your pet,” Darling said. “Put your pet in a secure location, such as a crate or room away from the front door. This will help minimize stress and will keep your pets from running out the front door.” Although pets should have an identification on them at all times, it is especially important on Halloween night. Human and vehicular traffic may frighten animals and cause them to run off from the safety of your home. If you are going to take your pet trick-ortreating with you, walk them on a leash and provide them with a reflective collar or tape so they are more visible at night. Darling also recommended a form of identification that could not come off, such as a microchip. Halloween is a fun night for people of all ages, but it is important to keep in mind your pet’s safety when planning parties and participating in other Halloween traditions. Nobody wants to spend Halloween night searching for a lost pet, so be sure to put your pet’s safety first.

Pet Talk is a service of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Stories can be viewed on the web at vetmed.tamu. edu/pet-talk. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to editor@cvm.tamu.edu.


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Putting Foot Back on a Horse By Tab Pigg

Maintaining and trimming horse hooves are essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again. Causes: The main cause of unhealthy hooves is lack of regular maintenance. In order to keep horses comfortable, horse owners should have their horses on a regular trimming schedule. Sometimes, keeping up with a schedule can be challenging, which leads to putting hoof care on the backburner. It is crucial to trim horse hooves every six weeks in order to avoid infections or expensive repair work in the long run. Unhealthy hooves can be a result of poor conformation, so horse owners should be mindful of their horses’ body structures. If a horse has unbalanced hooves or is base-wide or base-narrow, its feet may need more frequent trimming than the average maintenance schedule. Because the frequency of hoof care depends on the horse, and every horse is different, horse owners should consider their horse’s conformation to ensure hooves are getting proper attention. Symptoms: Symptoms of unhealthy hooves and soles

can be addressed so the condition can be maintained and corrected. The most common symptoms include: • Flaring: A horse may flare in its feet, either toe-in or toe-out, if its hooves are bothering them, and may need extra attention to get its feet back to a healthy state. • Lack of comfort: If a horse is visibly uncomfortable when walking or is noticeably less active, it may be a sign that the horse needs hoof maintenance. • Chipping or cracking: Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop obvious chipping or cracking in the hoof wall, so it’s important for horse owners to be aware of it, keep hooves trimmed and repair the cracking or chipping. • Infection: Conditions like thrush or White Line Disease can also be a symptom of unhealthy hooves. Thrush is a bacterial infection that can be detected by a strong odor coming from the hoof, whereas White Line Disease is determined by a deep separation between the hoof wall and the sole. Both conditions can lead a horse to become lame, so it’s essential for horse owners to take all necessary steps in the hoof care process to avoid or treat these infections. Treating Unhealthy Hooves: In order to improve hoof health, a horse may need one or two aggressive trims before going back to a regular every-six-weeks maintenance schedule. To speed up the healing process, horse

owners can use pour-in pad and adhesive materials to help repair a horse’s feet. If lack of regular hoof maintenance caused damage to the hoof wall, hoof care professionals can use an adhesive to seal cracks or apply filler in areas with missing hoof wall. If a crack appears to be an exposed wound or infected, it’s important that the area is cleaned and left uncovered to heal, and treated by a hoof care professional or veterinarian. If it is not infected, Vettec Adhere can be applied over a crack to help close the gap, or even act as missing hoof wall. Adhere is designed to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs, and can be bonded to the hooves while a horse is standing. For shod horses with weakened hoof walls, pour-in pad materials like Equi-Pak CS can help take pressure off of the hooves and center a horse’s weight. Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting soft instant pad material, and is infused with copper sulfate. It provides extra protection and support, and also bonds to the sole. For barefoot horses, SoleGuard helps to increase sole depth and add protection to weak soles. Sole-Guard is a 30-second-setting liquid urethane hoof protection material that is easy to apply, durable and can last up to three weeks. In order to avoid costly treatment and procedures, it is crucial for horse owners to maintain a regular trimming schedule year-round. Ongoing maintenance to a horse’s hooves is vital to its comfort and wellbeing. Solar support, pour-in pad and adhesive products can aid in the recovery process, and be a tool for maintaining optimal hoof health.

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READY FOR SOME COLD WEATHER?

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self in a cold snap wishing you had done more preparation. Now is a great time to check out all your winter equipment, from tank heaters to extension cords. It’s much easier to order a part online now and have everything working fine than it is to need something and find yourself waiting on a part to come in.

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The stall which was fine in the spring and summer will probably need some extra shavings to keep your horses comfortable. And speaking of comfort, if you have a draft horse, this is the perfect time to trim the feathers to keep ice from solidifying on them.

LET THERE BE LIGHT With winter comes short days and long nights but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the dark. Placing solar lights near gates will help you find your way when coming out of a pasture and also help you see while placing the halter on your horse to lead him to the barn. Motion lights placed at each end of the barn will light up the area when you arrive and save energy when no one is around. CHECK YOUR PLUMBING Nothing is worse than waking up to no running water. Simple foam tubing around exposed pipes and facets is all it usually takes to protect your running water. Instead of waiting until winter is here, now is a perfect time to place that foam protection around all exposed exterior plumbing. Use caulk to seal any spaces where pipes enter your barn. GOOD TIME FOR VET & FARRIER Now is a great time to make sure your horse is up today on shots and worming. Call your farrier and see if it’s is a good time to remove shoes since hoofs grow slower in winter. Giving your horse some time to let its hoof walls grow out can benefit some horses. This season of pumpkin spice and sweaters is a great time to have everything ready before Old Man Winter comes knocking. Being prepared, makes winter just another season and not something to dread.


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Texas Fall Trail Riding Guide When the temperature dips below 90 degrees, it’s time to hit the saddle and go on a nice long trail ride.

Central Texas

7IL Ranch: Trails Open To the Public, 1,150 Acres of Private Land, 40 Miles of Permanently Marked Trails, Electrical and Water Hookups. No hunters or motorized vehicles allowed on trails. Just West of Houston off I-10; • 5389 Mill Creek Rd • Cat Spring, TX 78933; • 979-236-5552 | www.7iltrails.com

Dinosaur Valley State Park: The terrain is wooded and semi-rocky, and has no marked trails. Parking for trailers and horses can drink from Paluxy River. Restroom available in day-use area. • 1629 Park Rd 59 Glen Rose, TX.

Sea Rim State Park: Three miles of Gulf Coast beachfront that’s ideal for horseback riding. Primitive camping is available on the East Beach - bring your own portable corrals and horse trailer. Please check with park HQ on best places to ride. Galveston – West Beach

C-Bar Ranch: A thousand acre ranch is not far from Waco and Hillsboro. There are approximately 20 miles of trails to explore. The trails range from basic level ground to more challenging gullies and steep rocky inclines. There are two horse pens and you can also high tie your horses as well, plus 17 electrical hook ups, water, 2 portable restrooms, cabin rental and camping allowed. Valley Mills, • Texas Larry & Martha Montgomery, 254-749-6962.

Gulf Coast

Cattail Marsh: Tyrrell Park offers a unique horseback riding experience on 900 acres of wetlands, eight miles of gravel levee roads allows you to enjoy the wildlife along the banks of Hildebrandt Bayou and Willow Marsh Bayou. Beaumont, TX. Big Thicket National Preserve: The Big Sandy Creek Trail is an 18-mile horseback riding trail in one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. Horseback riding is allowed only on the Big Sandy Creek Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit. This trail is approximately 18 miles round-trip. There are no stables in the area and trail is closed during hunting season. Beaumont, TX; (409) 951-6700 Brazos Bend State Park: Six primitive equestrian campsites are at the trailhead of the six-mile multi-use trail system. Each site has a picnic table, but sites do not have water, electricity or showers. Water for horses and chemical toilets are available. Needville, TX [16] Horseback Magazine - Fall 2017

Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center: A great place for horse and mule riders to camp and ride on over 50 miles of trails along the Lampasas River on 2000 acres. There are four cabins available which includes corral and water nearby plus RV hookups and primitive camping. • 13816 N. Maxdale Rd. Kileen, TX, 254-394-0330


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Hill Country State Natural Area: Tucked away in the rugged terrain southwest of Bandera is Hill Country State Natural Area, an undeveloped and secluded retreat. Approximately 40 miles of multiuse trails wind up grassy valleys, cross spring-fed streams, and climb steep limestone hills. Campsites for primitive and back country camping are available to equestrian riders. A group lodge will sleep 12 people and the area has five stalls and two pens for horses. W.Texas • 10600 Bandera Creek Road Bandera, TX • (830) 796-4413 Big Bend Ranch State Park: Horseback is a great way to explore almost 300,000 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert, in Texas’ largest and most remote state park. Big Bend Ranch State Park offers approximately 238 miles of multi use trails that are suitable for horses. Five equestrian-oriented campsites are available, most of which offer corrals and water.

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Caprock Canyon State Park: The park offers day-use and camping facilities. Almost 90 miles of multi-use trails range from the very difficult in rugged terrain to trails with less than 3% grade. About 25 miles of the trails include cliffs and drop-offs, with steep climbs and descents that are recommended only for the experienced equestrian and mountain bike riders. There are 13 trails in all for equestrians to explore. • Quitaque, TX Davis Mountains State Park: Davis Mountains State Park offers a unique and remote destination for riders. The 11 miles of trails take riders from 4,900 feet high at Limpia Creek to over 5,700 feet high at a scenic overlook. Choose from one of six primitive or equestrian campsites. Non-potable water is available at the staging area and at the high point on the trail. • Ft. Davis, TX • (432) 426-3337

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North & East Texas

Sam Houston National Forest: Offering 85 miles of multi use trails designated and developed for hiking, biking, horses, and registered Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The multiuse trail, forest service roads and areas cleared for pipelines are used as horse riding trails. • New Waverly, TX • (936) 569-8547

Cooper Lake State Park: The 10.5-mile Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail crosses nearly 600 acres of shaded forest and thick vegetation, and takes you down hillsides and through creek gulches. Some parts of the trail are challenging. Equestrian campsites available and you can access the trail from them. • 1664 FM 1529 South Cooper, TX 75432 • (903) 395-3100 East Fork Campground: The Lake Lavon Trinity Trail system is about 25 miles long with multiple access points and even a well-appointed horse camp. This excellent trail system is located near Dallas and is one of the best maintained trails in Texas. Each equestrian camping site has a portable horse stall. • 3375 Skyview Drive, Wylie TX • (972)442-3141 Ebenezer Park: Sam Rayburn Reservoir: This is the only area where equestrian camping is allowed at the very popular Sam Rayburn Reservoir. With many miles of excellent riding available with 1.5 miles on US Army Corps of Engineer land and well over 20 miles on the adjacent Angelina National Forest. The Equestrian area contains 30 campsites, 13 with campsite water and electric connections, and 17 without water and electric at the campsite. • Jasper, TX

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Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society Jumps Into Action to Help Horse Owners Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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fter making sure the rescue’s adopted and foster horses were safe, Bluebonnet’s Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Williams joined the moderator team for the Facebook group East Texas Equine Evacuation and Disaster Relief Network. The group, which was established by Fleet of Angels, served as a resource for horse and other livestock owners and those who wanted to help. Using the Facebook group, horse owners posted requests for assistance evacuating their animals, and volunteers offered to help. Hundreds of cattle, horses, and other livestock were saved due to the resources offered on the group. The group continues to function to help owners find needed supplies, to connect donors and donations sites, and to provide educational resources for future disasters. Bluebonnet also partnered with mobile equine veterinarian Dr. Kris Anderson of Santa Fe. The organization established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that’s helping pay veterinary bills for horses injured in the flood, and Dr. Anderson has been traveling throughout the area answering pleas for assistance from horse owners. Dr. Anderson’s goal is to help any horse who needs it during this time, regardless of their owner’s ability to pay, “Please do not let financial limitations prevent you from seeking care for your horses that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

Mare surrendered to Bluebonnet after standing in flood waters for days. She’s recovering from “river rot”, a condition that occurs when horses slough skin after standing in water for days.

Dr. Anderson and Bluebonnet also established a donation center, first at the Galveston County Fairgrounds and now at a private residence in Rosharon. Donors from across the country have brought hay, feed, shavings, and other supplies for horses, cattle, other livestock, dogs, and cats. Bluebonnet is distributing those items to local animal owners who lost their supplies to Hurricane

Harvey. “I know what it is like to suffer a huge weather-related loss,” says Dr. Jennifer Williams. “After Hurricane Ike, it took us seven months to rebuild our home and barn. So many people helped make that possible, and now we want to help others. Our goal is to provide supplies so that horses and other animals can stay with their people.”

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Rescue shipments of feed from our neighbors up north in Maryland! Unfortunately, some owners are unable to keep their horses after the hurricane. Although Bluebonnet rarely takes in ownerdonated horses, instead focusing on law enforcement cases, they’re making exceptions for horses whose owners need to rehome them due to damages from Hurricane Harvey. So far, the rescue has taken in ten horses with an additional three on the way, and they expect to take in more over the next few months. The worst case has been an emaciated mare who stood in flood waters for days. She’s lost large patches of skin and hair all over her body and has to be medicated and bathed daily to help her recover. Bluebonnet knows that the rebuilding and regrouping process could take a long time, and they’re committed to helping horse owners throughout the process. “Our donation and distribution centers will stay open until we are no longer receiving donations or until there are no longer folks needing help,” says Dr. Williams. While the rescue’s goal is to keep horses with their humans, they are also providing peace of mind to owners who have to rehome their horses. For more information on Bluebonnet and their Hurricane Harvey efforts, visit www. bluebonnetequine.org. [26] Horseback Magazine - Fall 2017

Photo of the barn of one of the people who has received supplies from Bluebonnet. Her barn and property flooded and she lost hay, feed, and other supplies.


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As of September 1, 2017 the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported five cases of WNV and one case of EEE in 2017. In addition to vaccinations, horse owners also need to reduce the mosquito popula-

tions and their possible breeding areas. Recommendations include removing stagnant water sources, keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening, and using mosquito repellents. Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease of all equine species. Infected horses may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders. Symptoms may include unsteadiness, erratic behavior and a marked loss of coordination. The death rate for animals infected with EEE is 75100%. West Nile Virus is the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and has been identified in the entire continental United States, most of Canada and Mexico. The case fatality rate for horses exhibiting clinical signs of WNV

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Mosquito borne Threats Post Hurricane & Flooding Authorities have recommended that horses and pets be vaccinated and/or treated against mosquito-borne illnesses resulting from standing water. Here’s what to watch out for: HUMANS ONLY: Dengue - sudden onset of high fever, severe headache, back ache, joint pains along with a rash which appears on the third or fourth day of illness.

Remember to keep both horses and premises free of standing water, in addition to spraying with the proper repellants to keep nuisance insects at bay! infection is approximately 33%. Data have supported that 40% of horses that survive the acute illness caused by WNV still exhibit residual effects, such as gait and behavioral abnormalities, 6 months post-diagnosis. Vaccines are available for neurologic diseases such as EEE and WNV. As part of routine equine health care, the TAHC strongly recommends that equine owners consult with their local veterinarians to discuss an appropriate vaccination program to protect their horses against mosquito-borne diseases. For more information contact the Public Information Dept. at 512-719-0750 or at public_ info@tahc.texas.gov.

Yellow Fever - high fever, internal bleeding, jaundice. Law requires such cases be reported immediately. Malaria - fever along with flu-like symptoms, including chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Zika - fever, rash, muscle and joint aches, red eyes. Pregnant women and infants are particularly at risk. Chikungunya - joint pain, headache, nausea, fatigue. PETS, LIVESTOCK & HUMANS: Encephalitis - (Humans, Birds, Equines) Human Symptoms: high fever, convulsions, delirium along with other central nervous system issues. West Nile Virus - (Humans, Birds, Horses) Human Symptoms: fever along with flu-like symptoms can affect brain and nervous system. Dog Heartworm - (Dogs, Cats & rarely Humans) Human Symptoms: coughing and labored breathing, a general loss of vitality in advanced stages. If left untreated can cause death.

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Tack Care...

Musings from inside the Saddle Shop!

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I sit here in my little saddle shop on a rainy afternoon, I am thinking about how our country seems to be falling apart more and more in countless ways, big and small. Political correctness has made wusses of so many, while liberal education in schools has taken away competitiveness, the racial divide is worse than it has been since the 60’s, and politicians are career path people instead of a governing body. I never was a football fan, or any other team sport fan for that matter, but these overpaid mental midgets need to stand with their hands on their hearts for the National Anthem, then get on their knees to thank God for the opportunity they have to do so. All of this brings me to my personal pet peeve, companies exporting our heritage to third world countries to make inferior products and make more money by hiring cheap labor and avoiding U.S. payroll taxes. I really dislike the big companies that take good U.S. designs and take them to India and China and Viet Nam to try and copy. I could probably get in trouble for naming names, so I urge you to check your purchases for the country of origin. Some of the Indian saddles look [30] Horseback Magazine - Fall 2017

pretty good in pictures, but on close inspection, they are almost always poorly tooled, inferior leather, and crappy silver. You simply cannot buy a good saddle for $400.00, period. Today, you can barely buy an adequate saddle for $900.00. So, you don’t have $900.00 or $1,000.00 to buy a new saddle? Buy a good used one. A good used saddle can sure fill the bill if you don’t have the bucks for a brand new saddle. Typically, a 10 year old saddle will be about one half the price of a new one of the same type. For instance, I have a Billy Cook roper in the shop now. It’s an older Greenville Billy Cook, probably from around 1980, so it’s almost 40 years old, hard to imagine. Anyway, in 1980 that saddle retailed for about $895.00. Today that same saddle retails for about $2000.00. A ten to fifteen year old saddle of the same quality is going to sell for around $1,000.00. Since this older saddle I have is still in excellent shape and the style hasn’t changed, it has actually started climbing in value, and is still a good buy at $800.00. I guess in 20 years, when a new saddle is $4,000.00, that 20 year old saddle will probably be around $2,000.00. I have another great saddle in the shop, an older Keyston roper. Now Keyston hasn’t made saddles since the 70’s, but when you see the glow on this saddle, you just know that is some really fine leather. Most new leather today will never show the quality tannage that some of those older saddles had. I’m guessing this

old Keyston was probably made with Scholts leather or one of the other great old companies that were pushed out of existence by the EPA. I’ve often talked about my old Heiser saddle, made in 1923. I still ride it every week. Even the finest Hermann Oak leather today won’t compare to that old well- tanned leather. Shep Hermann was quoted in an old Weaver Leather catalog saying that they could tan leather in a week that it used to take them 6 months to tan. Really? And it will come out the same? I sure don’t believe it. Hermann Oak leather is one of the finest still tanned in the U.S.A., along with Wickett and Craig. Still, I don’t think they compare with that long tanned leather. I was in a saddle shop in Burnet years ago and this big old boy was putting the finishing touches on a nice custom saddle. I said, “Yep, that’s a nice saddle. Too bad you can’t make one as good as my old Heiser”. He turned on me with his hammer in his hand, pretty po’ed, and said’ “Listen Pup, I can make a saddle as good as anything Heiser ever made!” I said,” no you can’t. You can make one as well, but you can’t make one as good, because you can’t get the leather!” I smiled at him and he laughed and said, “well, you got that right.” Of all the new saddles that I’ve sold over the years, back in Tennessee, here in Texas at Bunkhouse Leather, and out of my little shop in Medina, how come, you may ask, don’t I ride a new saddle? Because to me older is better if it has been taken care of and not just plumb wore out. I have


three western saddles; the old Heiser almost 95 years old, A Big Horn cordura which I dearly love for its weight and little maintenance, and on older Circle Y that I made several alterations to make it work on my extremely wide, short backed Polish Arab. If I rode often enough to justify it, and if I had the money, I would gladly ride a McCall saddle. Heck, even the used ones go for $2500.00 to $3,000.00. Frankly, I just don’t ride enough to warrant it. So, rather than spend $400.00 on one of the new cheap saddles on eBay, shop around for a good used saddle, preferably a name brand, and not one with a name that is supposed to confuse it with a popular name. Circle this and Circle that will try to make you think it’s a Circle Y, and there have been times in Circle Y’s past when they weren’t very good either. Keep in mind, most production saddles were made down to a price. Most small volume builders were built up to a quality. If you find a name like Oliver, McPherson, McCall, or tons of other small manufacturers, check them out. If you aren’t familiar with the name, call me and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction.

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By Margaret Pirtle

Devil's Backbone Can Send Chills Up Your Spine

DEVIL’S BACKBONE

There are plenty of ghost stories along the Backbone, a limestone ridge that runs along State Highway 122 between Wimberly and Blanco which is one of the most scenic drives in the hill country. Like many areas of Texas it has seen its share of violence and is ripe with the ghost of both people and horses that seem to have lingered there. Apparitions have been seen of a lost patrol of Confederate soldiers, the sounds of their horse’s hoofs so loud that they can shake a car if they pass near. Locals in the area say they have witnessed this lost patrol of ghostly soldiers and their [32] Horseback Horseback Magazine Magazine -- Fall Fall 2017 2017 [32]

steeds usually in the dead of the night when the wind is still and the moon lights the hills. The rebels look real, but if you turn your eyes

away for just a minute, they vanish into the night with only the sound of their horses filling the night air.


The White Ghost Steed of the Prairies Out of the descendants of the Spanish horses comes the legend of the White stallion – a superb horse with all the desirable qualities of speed, endurance and beauty that the imagination could give him. The stories around the camp fires of this large stallion is that he was always seen alone in the vicinity of the Cross Timbers area north of Denton near the Red River. He was never known to gallop or trot, but could out pace any horse and rider sent out to find him. A Mexican, mounted on a fresh horse was paid well to bring him in by a rancher in the area. After days of spotting him, but watching him vanish as he neared, the Mexican

returned and gave back the wealth, leaving empty handed. Now this area is no longer wild and free but still the white stallion is seen in the distance by many– a lasting hope that the horse still exists – even if he is a ghost. Fall 2017- Horseback Magazine [ 33]


Phantom Horses of Palo Duro Canyon

PALO DURO CANYON

In September of 1874, the Comanche warriors left their reservations to hunt and stockpile for the winter. They made their camp in the Palo Duro Canyon. Hearing the Comanche were off their reservation, General Ronal MacKenzie and a large number of troops tracked them to the Canyon with orders to force them back to their reservation. A Comanche lookout spotted the soldiers and alerted the Indians who were able to flee from the charging troops by climbing up the canyon walls, but they had to flee for their life by leaving

their horses behind. In the one-sided fight, more than 50 Indians were killed and the troops captured all the Indians’ supplies and almost 2,000 horses. After giving 30 of the captured ponies to a scout and saving 300 more as a bonus to his troops, MacKenzie ordered the rest of the 1400 horses killed. Over the years, since the killing of the pinto ponies, dozens of people who have visited the Canyon have heard the ghostly sounds of hundreds of horse hooves. Then, like magic, the sight of ghostly pinto horses, at full speed appear running along the canyon rim. As quick as they appear, the misty horses and noise of their hoofs vanish, leaving spectators with nothing but an eerie silence.

STAGECOACH ROAD

Stagecoach Road The sight of an old stagecoach drawn by four black horses has kept an old dirty road spread beneath a canopy of pine trees buzzing with locals for decades. The Stagecoach Road which has been in use since the early 1800’s ran between Marshall and Shreveport Louisiana. Locals and ghost hunters have dubbed the road haunted by the appearance of the old clattering coach and its four jet black spectral horses which appear and

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Of Hurricanes & Hitches! Howdy! Welcome to Cowboy Corner. Wow, what a storm. Harvey will go down in history as a real mess maker. After every storm threat to the Brazos River Valley I have written about lessons learned. Trailers, especially high profile models such as livestock trailers, are real susceptible to wind damage. All trailer pullers have been in crosswind situations at highway speeds, and can imagine 100 mph winds moving their trailers around. Several of our trailers have rear receiver hitches which allow hitching one trailer behind the other - handy, when hauling hay for example. So for the storm, an eighteen foot stock trailer got hitched to a twenty foot flat bed trailer, which got hitched to a tractor. Don’t forget to use the trailer safety chains and park away from trees and buildings. Another smaller stock trailer got chained [38] Horseback Magazine - Fall 2017

to a shredder which was hitched to a tractor and a smaller cargo trailer chained to the stock trailer. All my “trailer trains” made the storm okay and I am plenty grateful. Soon as the clean-up started, unhitching was easy. Since portability is very important, I use medium size tractors of about 50 hp. These tractors, as all in the medium horsepower and smaller range, are equipped with a Category 1 - three point hitch. Years ago I built a three point receiver hitch to be attached to a Category 1 drawbar available at the agricultural supply stores. The use of the tractor’s three point hitch allows for one person hitching and unhitching of bumper pull trailers. To use with goose-

neck trailers, a 2 5/16 inch ball must be attached to the top of the hitch in the area of the adjustable connecting link. When the tractor three point hitch is used, raising the drawbar and the front of the trailer has a “dumping” affect by lowering the rear of the trailer. It’s handy, when handling tree limbs and branches, cleaning up from a storm. Think that cowboys knew before plumbers, that **it doesn’t run up hill, so “dumping” your livestock trailer will make it easier to clean. Guess we only have to know two more things to be plumbers, don’t lick your fingers and pay day is every Friday.

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