Horsemen's Roundup June 2023

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On the cover: NAZEEKAH RH, Straight Egyptian Arabian mare (Ansata Suleyman x KC Alana), with her fraternal twin fillies sired by BULLAZIN FOR PERKS (AQHA) owned and bred by Rose Hill Equine. Photo by Diana Cantey.

6-7 FEATURE: The Musselmans keep family first while they learn the ropes of showing horses

5 Bits & Pieces: The miracle of thriving twin foals; U of A Ranch Horse team keeps winning; Jacci Perry Ryan is our rider profile

8 Arkansas Back Country Horsemen of America: Annual meeting notes 50th year 10

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Miracle: Twin foals thriving at Rose Hill

A mare that carries to term and delivers live healthy twins is a very rare occurrence and a miracle. The chances of twin foals being born alive are considered about one in 10,000.

The odds of both animals surviving past their first two weeks are deemed much higher still, with most pregnancies ending in the death of at least one of the foals if not both.

Most twin embryos spontaneously abort within the first six weeks of pregnancy. If the mare does carry, she is likely to suffer complications as a result, or the twins will have low survival rates, be born very weak, and have numerous conformational problems requiring hospitalization.

Occasionally, however, this miracle does occur with a great outcome like it did recently at Rose Hill Equine Center in Rose Bud, Ark., which is owned by Mike Pallone, DVM. Nazeekah RH, one of his Straight Egyptian Arabian mares, produced healthy fraternal twin fillies who are doing well.

How do you care for two babies and a mare with twice the demand for milk? Pallone said, “The mare demands a lot more nutrition so we have added a midday meal for her and free choice alfalfa grass hay with a Horselic tub. Also, creep feeding the foals Foal Lac pellets to decrease the demand on the mare adds necessary nutrition for the foals.”

According to Dr. Angel Jordan of Arkansas Equine Services, “Double ovulation aka twins appear to have a genetic link on the dam’s side. If the dam was prone to twins, then her daughters seem to be as well.”

Twin embryonic vesicles are optimally detected within 14-16 days of ovulation with rectal palpation and ultrasound. At that time the most successful technique is to manually reduce the embryonic vesicles by squeezing one. A very thorough scan is necessary to detect the twin as oftentimes they are missed.

Duane and Diana Cantey of Mount Vernon, Ark., who bred Straight Egyptian Arabian horses for over 20 years, had an unexpected set of healthy fraternal twin colts born in 2009.

“It was a breeding nightmare as twins were the last thing we expected to see when our mare went into labor. Everything went well with the delivery of the first colt but when the second set of hooves presented, we were both in shock. When I saw the second placenta I thought that maybe our mare was having a serious complication but she handled it without any problems,” Diana said.

“Both were born healthy and thrived with supplemental nutrition for both mare and foals. The chestnut colt was a little smaller but he developed into a handsome trail riding horse and the other colt became a futurity halter champion who was later exported to China.”

Ranch horse team wins

UofA Ranch Horse Team coach

The University of Arkansas travelled and competed at two major collegiate events April 16th – 23rd.

Starting in Amarillo, TX, the team competed for the National Intercollegiate Ranch and Stock Horse Association (NIRSHA) national title against 18 other teams across the country. Hard work and dedication paid off and after two go rounds of competition our ranch horse team ended up reserve national champions in the division 2. The competition had doubled in size from the previous year and earning a reserve championship was not an easy task.

The team then travelled to Sweetwater, TX where we competed in the collegiate championship through the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA). For the first time in school history, our team stepped up to the division 1 and was able to secure the champion title. This was a huge accomplishment for our team.

Individual accomplishments: Britnee Lynch, 4th high overall in the limited non-pro division (NIRSHA), 2nd high overall in the limited nonpro division (ASHA);

Kate Henderson, 6th high overall in the novice division (NIRSHA), High point overall in the non-pro division (ASHA); Carson Howle, 12th high overall in the novice division (NIRSHA);

Brianna Keeling, High point overall in the limited non-pro division (ASHA);

Justine Barb; High point overall in the novice division (ASHA), Earned the Don Henneke Trainers Award for the novice division (ASHA);

Max King, Earned the Don Henneke Trainers Award for the non-pro division (ASHA).

Rider profile: Jacci Perry

Jacklyn (Jacci) Perry Ryan of Springdale, Ark.

• Riding since she was seven, starting with a Welsh pony. She’s enjoyed team penning and barrel racing on Quarter horses and now trail rides on Tennessee Walkers.

• In the photo: Echo, Tennessee Walker and Saddlebred, 12 years old, taken at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

She rides the Buffalo River and was the trail boss with the Heritage Trail Partners organizing the Butterfield Trail route for the Butterfield Stagecoach and outriders for four years. She was also the Regional Director of The Black Stallion Literacy Program for 5 years, raising over $125,000

for Springdale and other school districts to purchase books for first and fourth-graders.

She is now the state representative of the Back Country Horsemen of Northwest Arkansas and has been a member of the Buffalo River Back Country Horsemen for 10 years.

HORSEMEN’S ROUNDUP JUNE 2023 5 • Bits & Pieces •
Nazeekah RH and her fraternal twin fillies

It’s all about family

BALD KNOB – Outside this small town in White County, off a winding country road, is a rather nondescript and winding lane that looks to be taking you into an undisturbed forest. You would never guess you’re heading into what could be the perfect place for a family.

It’s totally perfect for Treena and Tim Musselman, who have joined Treena’s parents Tony and Anita Coombe to re-occupy the historic old family property. If you take a left on the winding lane you go to the Coombe’s home, where Treena grew up. Go to the right and you’ll find Treena and Tim’s home and all the trappings of their carefully-crafted life.

The two families have chickens, cows, pigs, and a garden that they share for food. A few yards away from the Musselman home you’ll see a barn that they’ve begun to fill up with horses. Most importantly, you’ll find three young girls - Molly, 11; Hallie, 9; and Lilly, 5 - that their parents are allowing to follow their dreams.

“It was always my hope that whoever I married would like to be a part of this,” said Treena. “It’s just the perfect place to raise kids. They are free here. They’re roaming around, tending to animals - Hallie’s out catching crawfish and salamanders.”

It was only three years ago that their journey with horses started when Treena’s former teacher and a long-time family friend, Glen Reed, gave them one of his retired reining horses.

“Hallie had wanted a horse since she could say the word,” said Treena, who also had a horse when she was growing up. She remembers admiring “Mr. Glen’s” horses when she was a teenager visiting the family.

During Covid, the Musselmans went to Bible studies at the Reed’s covered arena where their girls were also fascinated by Glen’s horses. One day, Treena remembered, Glen asked her what would she think if he gave them a horse?

“Hallie was thrilled,” Treena said with a laugh. “I was just supposed to lead these girls around on this horse. One day Hallie kicked the horse and they took off across the arena. It scared Mr. Glen a bit at first but then he saw she was whooping and smiling. And he said ‘I think we’ve got ourselves a little reiner!’”

Things just took off from there. Much to everyone’s surprise, the retired mare, Taj Ma Hollywood, decided she wasn’t ready for retirement after all.

“Hallie has no fear,” Treena said. “She started riding when she was six years old and that horse was supposed to be a pasture ornament. That first year that we showed, Glen and Peggy Reed told us about the Central Horse Show Association and went with us to help us figure things out.

“Hallie made it to the state show and placed 10th in junior reining that first year. We got the horse in July and the Arkansas State Champi-

onship Horse Show was in September. That no fear thing will take you pretty far,” she said, laughing.

Then that same year, right before the state show, they took Hallie to a show put on by the Tennessee Reining Horse Association. “She showed in Short Stirrup and she won. That really gave her some confidence,” Treena said.

It wasn’t long before the Musselmans purchased Snap N Dixie, a now 15-year-old mare, for Hallie.

“Hallie will usually run Short Stirrup and then last year started running 13 and under in the TNRHA. She wins the Short Stirrup a lot and does well in the 13 and under. Since we show with TNRHA, she qualified for the national finals in Indiana and she won a bunch of stuff there. They put the kids on teams and they take their scores and add them up and give prizes for the team. They had tons of prizes for youth.”

From there Hallie qualified for the 2022 National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City in December. “In Short Stirrup she was in the top 10 with Dixie and the other horse she rode was 11th. That was fun because we’ve never done anything that large,” Treena said.

“The kid who won the Short Stirrup, that horse was imported from Brazil. These kids are riding really expensive horses! Sometimes I think, why are we even here? I wonder, can we even hang with these people?

“But we’re here because she has a chance to do something and we’re going to try. She has a good horse and a good head on her shoulders. Not every run looks amazing but she amazes me how she never comes out crying. She doesn’t come out angry. If things don’t go just right, he’s just like, alright, we’re showing tomorrow. She can let it roll. She doesn’t let it get her down and tomorrow it’ll be a different ball game. We go over the videos and the score sheet. The next time, it’s a new day and time to go fix things.”

Treena said they are often amazed at how things have worked out. “We’ll go someplace where nobody knows us and the crowd will just be going wild when she comes into the arena. I guess they see this little girl up there - they just want to root for her!

“I keep telling her what you have, is a gift. We never would have gotten here without Mr. Reed giving us that first horse. It’s exciting to think where she’s going to go next,” Treena said. “She likes to win but I don’t think she’s motivated by the trophies. She just loves it.”

“I love all of it,” Hallie said. “I just enjoy riding.” Then she grinned and added, “Mr. Reed is one of my loved ones!”

Now all the Musselman girls are involved in showing. Molly, who took over riding Taj from Hallie, loves horsemanship and now they’re looking for a Western pleasure horse for her. Lilly is loving lead line and will probably graduate to showing Walk-Trot soon. Even Treena has gotten in the show ring.

“I’ve shown Hallie’s horse a couple of times. I’m learning, too. I’m

Tim and Treena Musselman and their girls Mollie, in back, Lilly, front, and Hallie, right.

Glen and Peggy Reed have been an extra set of grandparents for the girls. When Hallie was named the White County Fair Horse Show Princess, Mr. Glen volunteered to drive her in the parade in his prized antique Ford truck.

still riding in the green class. I just wanted to know more and be able to help her keep her horse put together. I want to be able to tell her things and not just be a sideline talker and not know what it feels like.

“I’m doing it for knowledge. All this is not for me, it’s for them. But I’m also having to push myself. Since I’m a mom with three kids, I’m more cautious now. But I’m getting more confident.”

The family’s days are always full. First, feeding the horses in pajamas, Treena said, laughing. “Unless Hallie beats me to it, and she often does.” And when Tim is home from his job as an oil and gas consultant, he often takes barn duties.

Treena home schools the girls, which can take anywhere from three up to five hours, depending on the lessons. Then they often run errands, like delivering lunches for the elderly and shut-ins or making, packaging and delivering Treena’s handmade goat’s milk soaps and bath bombs, labeled “Beena’s Farm Products, to flea markets and shops.

Riding is always on the day’s agenda, Treena said, from maybe three days a week during off season to five days or more during show season. When it’s nice weather they ride in the afternoons but when it gets hot, they ride early and do schoolwork later in the day.

Riding is always at the Reed’s arena.

Treena’s parents travel with them to shows and her dad, Tony, always gets an autograph from Hallie when she wins or has a great ride. He didn’t have paper so she autographed his hand at this show.

“They are so gracious, letting us go over and use their arena,” Treena said. The Reeds are are a “Christian example to our children, encouragers and bonus grandparents,” Treena said. They are often with them at shows, where Glen is still successfully competing in his mid-80s.

“A lot of times he’s sitting there watching Hallie ride and he has this big grin on his face,” Treena said.

Treena’s parents Anita and Tony Coombe pose with the girls during the two families’ annual pumpkin harvest. They grow, pick and then prepare the pumpkins outdoors, canning them for future pies.

Treena was a teacher herself for 10 years. The career path she and Tim have been led along was truly God-directed, Treena said. At one point, she happened to find a better job with a nice pay increase just when Tim lost his job.

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Hallie showing Snap N Dixie. Her riding ability is a gift, the Musselmans said, but their goal is to keep it fun and not to let her get burned out. Dad helps Hallie prepare for a show. He always leads the girls in a prayer for safety and concentration before they show, which is very important to Tim and Treena. Dad helps Hallie prepare for a show. He always leads the girls in a prayer for safety and concentration before they show, which is very important to Tim and Treena. Above left, Lilly with her tenth place trophy for leadline at the 2022 Arkansas state show; right, equine dentist Rick Beavers lets Hallie, who wants to be a veterinarian, feel the horse’s teeth.

Arkansas Back Country Horsemen hold annual meeting; celebrate 50 years of BCHA

It was a full house at Cowboy Up Trails when Arkansas BCH met for its annual meeting and camp-out May 2-7th. The success of last year’s meeting, which was also held at Cowboy Up, ensured that every site was reserved for this event; no one wanted to miss the camaraderie on the trail or the hospitality of camp owners Barry Mcelfish and John Stallings.

During the week members of all four Arkansas chapters (Buffalo River Chapter, Lower Buffalo River Chapter, Sylamore BCH, and BCH of Northwest Arkansas) gathered to ride, camp, and share their accomplishments of the past year.

Each of the chapters has its own service area, but they share the common goal of keeping public trails open for all. Members meet regularly throughout the year to clean and clear trails, pack out trash, and advocate for the safe and sustainable use of equine trails, so this event is a welcome opportunity to just have fun together. And Cowboy Up is the perfect setting for that!

Our days were well spent riding the ruggedly beautiful trails of the Ozark National Forest that surround the camp, and the stories told around the evening campfire were always worthwhile.

This year’s meeting held special significance as this is the 50th anniversary of Back Country Horsemen of America. The organization was founded in 1973 in Kalispell, Montana in response to threatened trail closures in the Bob Marshall Wilderness due to misuse of trails

The four founding members recognized that sustainable practices were needed to ensure that the timeless tradition of horses and mules on public lands would not be lost. Their willingness to work side-by-side in partnership with the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and other agencies led to BCHA becoming the leading advocate for equine use on public lands, and it now includes 32 states and nearly 13,000 members who have a strong voice in Washington or wherever trail issues are being considered.

In celebration of 50 years of service, the organization returned to its Kalispell roots this April for its National Board Meeting. Arkansas delegates to that meeting, Jacque Alexander and Larkin Floyd, made sure the celebration continued back home at our Cowboy Up gathering.

After President Evelyn Mills called the business meeting to order, Jacque and Larkin shared a slide presentation and their reminiscences of the Montana meeting, including a tribute to our founders. We were reminded that we all stand on the shoulders of giants, and it is our privilege to carry on the mission that those four envisioned around the campfire 50 long years ago.

Our national delegates also updated the group on issues affecting today’s trail riders. Two issues of note – the need to attract young riders and the concern about E-bikes encroaching on non-motorized trails –are already being addressed at both the national and local levels.

Arkansas chapter reports followed the national updates. Each chapter highlighted current trail projects and shared goals for the future. The common thread involved building better partnerships as partnerships and relationships are the crucial elements in building successful chapters.

Gary Gerber, vice-president of the Sylamore chapter, noted a recent meeting with the new District Ranger of the Sylamore district of the Ozark National Forest. The chapter representatives and the ranger share a common goal of protecting and securing trails in that area, and they have plans for another meeting soon.

Kathy Trotter-Henson, a region leader for BCHNWA, also had encouraging news to share. That chapter has formed a successful

partnership with the Pea Ridge National Military Park and has several trail-expanding projects in the works. They’ve helped build a trail linking to a new parking area and are working to re-route sections of the North Loop of the horse trail.

The chapter’s work is made possible by the relationships it has established with the park officials who quickly realized the commitment and dependability that BCH members bring to the job.

On that positive note the meeting was adjourned and members gathered for a truly stellar potluck, complete with a birthday cake celebrating 50 years of BCHA. Thank you to members of BCHNWA who hosted this year’s potluck and made sure everything ran smoothly behind the scenes. We all appreciated their hard work. Later, as some riders saddled up and hit the trails again, others simply relaxed under the shade of their awnings or watched the Kentucky Derby in Cowboy Up’s comfortable meeting room (thank you, John Stallings, for making that possible).

The members of Arkansas BCH will come together again next year; meanwhile, the work of keeping trails open continues with renewed dedication.

If you would like more information about Arkansas BCH or any of its chapters, please visit or call Elaine Appel at (513) 477-0598. You can learn more about our national organization at bcha. org. Membership is a great way to connect with others who enjoy riding, camping and working on trails. If trail work is not your thing, there are lots of other ways to participate, and our chapters welcome new members at any time.

At top, a group photo taken during the annual meeting; center, Cowboy Up co-owner John Stallings poses with the BCHA banner; at bottom, Arkansas BCHA chapter president Evelyn Mills at one of the waterfalls.

Horsemen’s College

Equine recommended deworming schedule

Whatever the time of year, horse owners need to always be thinking about the deworming schedule for their horses. The Colorado State University Veterinary School has published information that horse owners can find helpful when establishing a deworming plan:

All egg count thresholds given here are guidelines and based on the range of counts typically generated by the McMaster technique.

Adult Horse Schedule

Low Shedders (<200 EPG – eggs per gram of manure) Fecal egg count performed prior to deworming in spring (ideally spring and fall)

• Spring (March) – ivermectin (Equell®, Zimectrin®, Rotectin®, IverCare®), moxidectin (Quest®)

• Fall (October) – ivermectin w/ praziquantel (Equimax®, Zimectrin Gold®) or moxidectin with praziquantel (Quest Plus®)

Moderate Shedders (200-500 EPG)

• Fecal egg count performed prior to deworming in spring (ideally spring and fall)

• Spring (March) – Ivermectin (Equell®, Zimectrin®, Rotectin®, IverCare, etc), moxidectin (Quest®)

• Late Summer (July) – ivermectin

• Fall (October) – ivermectin w/ praziquantel (Equimax®, Zimectrin Gold®) or moxidectin with praziquantel (Quest Plus®)

High Shedders (>500 EPG)

• Fecal egg count performed prior to deworming in spring and fall to monitor for signs of resistance

• Spring (March) – ivermectin (Equell®, Zimectrin®, Rotectin®, IverCare®), moxidectin (Quest®)

• Summer (June) – ivermectin

• Early fall (September) – ivermectin w/ praziquantel (Equimax®, Zimectrin Gold®)

• Late fall (November) – moxidectin

In general: Check treatment efficacy with fecal egg counts. The treatment recommendations made here are general guidelines based on current drug resistance findings across the world. Other types of dewormer may still be effective on your farm, and can be used if you have determined good efficacy with a fecal egg count reduction test.

Foal Schedule

• Two months of age – fenbendazole (Panacur) or oxibendazole (Anthelcide)

• 4-5 months – Fecal egg count to track the occurrence of ascarids versus strongyles. Treat for ascarids with fenbendazole (Panacur) or oxibendazole (Anthelcide).

• Treat with ivermectin for strongyles at approximately five months

• Treat with ivermectin plus praziquantel before the end of the calendar year

• See RUSSELL, Page 14


Campfires, Trails & Tales

Shaping up

The hands need to shape the horse to execute a maneuver; but the body needs to be responsible for the energy to cause the maneuver to happen. One of the most common problems I see in horsemen is dependency on the rein to cue the horse for a maneuver or control the horse. Another thing I see is riders gathering up the reins and balance themselves on the horse’s face instead of their feet and seat. It is easy to detect because you can see a high headed horse that has its nose out; tense body; and no collection. The face and head of the horse is a small percentage of the entire horse - we must communicate and develop softness in the shoulder, rib, and hip to have a responsive horse.

Rein: I define the rein as the combination of hand, arm, connecting rein and the bit. The rein is neutral without the action and angle of hand, arm and bit. Neutral is a necessity for release of pressure so the horse knows what the previous message was conveying and create an “open door” for them to go to. Rein stays in neutral until another change is needed. I want to use the rein to convey 1) a change is coming; 2) what kind of change is going to be asked; and 3) help shape the horse’s body to effectively execute the maneuver I will be asking of them. Pressure from hand, arm and bit is applied as needed from light to heavy as needed to shape the body until the desired reaction is achieved. Always light to heavy- in time and consistency, light will become even lighter. Horses must learn from consistent repetition. Angles created by hand and arm is more important to me than the pressure applied. For example- a tight rein directly over a shoulder slows down or blocks the movement of that shoulder; rein up and slightly out from the body helps lift that shoulder; a rein extended up and directly out from the rider and horse’s body causes the horse to drop his shoulder, gets them off balance causing a lean, and circles them – feet behind the body. The latter I see way too often and is a non-athletic position. I want my horse over his feet, with his feet moving under their body. Body: I believe we need to ride with our whole body. This starts with balance, centered in the middle of the horse, and weight distributed evenly in the stirrups. Shoulders should be squared up with and over our hips. If you are not balanced, you send mixed signals to the horse.

Horses learn from consistent repetitive scenarios! Things that contribute to imbalance are improper stirrup length, poor posture, lack of confidence, and not enough hours in the saddle. Many horsemen I see ride with excessive stirrup length. Contrary to popular opinion, long stirrups will put all your weight on your seat and causes you to bounce and forces you to ride stiff.

I look at riding/cueing this way: foot is attached to the ankle; ankle is attached to the leg; leg is attached to the hip; hip is attached to the pelvis, etc. until we get to our eyes. Where we look will shape our body and send a message to the horse. All these parts need to be totally coordinated.

In my system, I use the term of riding outside to inside. Simply put, outside is where we are leaving from; and inside is where we are going. What’s leaving? The answer is a horse body or body part. I build my horses to move specific body parts on cue and then combine them to get more complex maneuvers. I use my feet, legs, hips, shoulders, and eyes as needed to send the horse/part where I want him to go. I try to keep my body core in the center. Another way I verbalize this is I create an open door with leg and rein on one side; and then push the horse through the door.

What parts am I training on and where to cue? I break the horse down into 4 quadrants- 1) head and neck; 2) shoulder; 3) rib and 4) hip. Once I have some control on the head and neck of a young horse, I work from the hip forward. On an older horse that is stiff and pushy, I work from the hip forward, immediately. The hip is where the motor is; therefore, I need more control there. I use the “ABC” system to give specific cues. “A” is forward of my stirrup toward the cinch and moves the shoulder. “B” is at the stirrup or slightly behind it and moves the ribs laterally. “C” is behind the stirrup towards the flank and moves the hip over.

Putting it Together- Teaching the Right Spin: 1. While the horse is moving forward, Right leg is moved off the horse so he knows we are going right (inside). Engage right rein back and out slightly to tip his nose to the right and arc his neck for balance. This will also shift his weight back and establish a pivot foot. Once he moves that way, that rein goes away completely.

2) Left leg(outside) is applied at “A” to move shoulder to the right (left leg should cross over right leg); simultaneously I will slightly raise left rein (outside) and touch neck. At this point I am pushing (cuing) the left side to move right. If I get too much forward and not enough turn, I can use the left rein (pulling back) to slow down the shoulder and encourage more lateral and crossover. This will also assist in creation of the inside (right hind) pivot foot.

3) Once the horse is moving, I can relax my left hip so that I have my entire left side from foot to hip into the cue., pushing the horse around. This example shows the rein shapes the horse; right side is relaxed to create a feel of less resistance to the horse; and then the left side closes off (pressure) to direct the horse in that direction – Outside to Inside.

Ultimately, we want the horse to be able to complete all maneuvers on a relatively loose rein with relatively little pressure. In order to accomplish that, we have to be consistent with our cues. It is very important that your stop and relax your horse when they give you a good performance. Reward the try- not the success. Success will come as the horse becomes comfortable with the cue.

Woodrow is shaped up to go left; open door to the left; right side is closed off pushing to the open door.

Beyond Boundaries:

When horses and humans meet, healing begins

WARD, Ark. – Meet Brinley! Brinley is a sweet seven-year-old girl who loves music and dancing. She also happens to have Trisomy 2, also known as Down Syndrome.

Brinley started hippotherapy in fall of 2022 at the recommendation of her physical therapist. Brinley struggles with sensory processing and often becomes over stimulated when she participates in traditional therapies but being outdoors and riding horses provides her with sensory integration (new sights, sounds, and smells) resulting in a calming effect.

Doing therapy while riding doesn’t feel like work but like play. Brinley loves riding so much she has actually been able to increase her therapy to three times a week and is meeting and exceeding goals!

Beyond Boundaries

There is something magical about watching a person’s abilities grow and thrive on the back of a horse to reach goals and milestones they thought were impossible. That is what the staff and clients at Beyond Boundaries get to experience every week. Beyond Boundaries is nonprofit Equine Assisted Therapy Program in Ward, Ark. Their mission is to help individuals with disabilities reach beyond their expected potential physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The staff, therapist, and volunteers at Beyond Boundaries have become like family to Brinley. She starts smiling as soon as they pull in the driveway.

Before hippotherapy Brinley was non-verbal and now she can say “go, go, go” when she wants the horse to start moving and is now also able to say her favorite horses name “Bay.” Her balance has also improved so much that so no longer has to hold on to the handlebar when she rides. “We are so thankful for Beyond Boundaries and all they do to help children with special needs improve their quality of life,” said Brinkley’s mom.

What is hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word for horse and is defined as equine-assisted treatment. Hippotherapy was first used as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy in Germany, Austria, and Sweden. By the 1970’s hippotherapy had made its way to the United States.

Today hippotherapy can be found being used all over the world. There is a certification that occupational, physical and speech therapist can obtain through the American Hippotherapy Association. Despite the proven benefits of hippotherapy, this type of therapy is often not covered by many traditional health insurances in the US which is a barrier in patients receiving these services.

Benefits of Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is utilized by occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists. It has been proven beneficial for many types of conditions including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, autism, muscular dystrophy, psychiatric disease, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, and spinal cord diseases.

Using equine movement as a tool by a therapist improves strength, muscle coordination and sensory processing. These are important skills needed for walking, talking, and the use of fine motor skills.

The average horse walks at a rate of approximately 100 steps per minute. Just five minutes on a walking horse represents 500 neuromotor inputs to the rider. In a riding session of 15 to 25 minutes of equine movement that is incorporated by the treating therapist represents 1500 to 2500 neuromotor inputs to the rider.

Studies have shown that hippotherapy can shorten recovery times, improves balance, and improves muscle control of patients. Clients

have so much fun when they are riding that they tend to forget they are even engaging in therapy. This improves compliance, which improves outcomes!

How to help

Beyond Boundaries relies on donors to deliver these lifechanging services to the central Arkansas community. Check out their website at to see their current needs including things such as new safety belts, helmets, or sponsoring monthly feed and grooming for the horses.

Be sure to check out their Mane Event fundraiser, which will be Casino Night on Nov. 4, 2023 at Bella Terra in Cabot for games, food, and an auction.

Brinley Barnes, rider, is assisted by leader Meagan Cox; Jimmy McMinn, sidewalker; Zadie Busby, physical therapy assistant; therapy horse Peanut.

As short yearlings, check fecal egg count for presence of ascarids and treat those with fenbendazole or oxibendazole if present

• During the yearling year, treat for strongyles approximately three times with ivermectin followed by one treatment with moxidectin plus praziquantel by the end of the grazing season.

• Check treatment efficacy with fecal egg count reduction tests

Deworming Protocol Guidelines

1. Non-chemical parasite management: Rotate pastures; Cross graze pastures with ruminants if possible; Remove manure frequently; Harrow/ drag pastures in hot/dry weather and keep horses out for two months; Avoid overstocking pastures;

2. Measure the success of parasite control by doing fecal analysis at least once a year: Fecal egg count—an estimate of the number of parasite eggs shed by the horse; Talk to your veterinarian before doing a fecal analysis to be sure enough time has passed since your horse’s last deworming for eggs to have reappeared in the feces. This Egg Reappearance Period differs depending on the dewormer used; Fecal egg count reduction test—worm egg count should decrease 90% when measured 14 days after deworming, depending on the product used;

3. Treat for tapeworms once a year with use of a dewormer containing praziquantel (Zimectrin Gold® or Quest Plus®).

4. In their encysted larval stage, small strongyles (cyathostomes) are only susceptible to a couple dewormer categories. Given drug resistance findings world-wide, moxidectin (Quest) would be drug of choice in most cases. Treatment for the encysted larvae are recommended in the fall near or at the end of the grazing season, before going into the winter.

5. Don’t use the same pasture or paddocks year after year for mares and foals. This allows build-up of a high level of ascarid eggs, which can survive between years and infect new foals being born in the spring.

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Photo Roundup

The new job provided well enough that Tim was able to go back to school and finish a degree in industrial engineering. That led to a much more lucrative job for Tim, so after Hallie’s birth, he asked Treena if she wanted to stay home.

“I told him I didn’t think I was stay-at-home material,” Treena said, laughing. “I was like, sorry, you got the wrong girl for that! I just thought it would be boring and I’d be cut off from people. I was teaching at the high school in Cabot then. I love being out and around and I get energy from people. Now I’ve been home nine years and I don’t know how I could go back to work. I just love it.

“When you work, you only get to see those babies for a few hours in the evening. This is like a whole day I get to see them. If I weren’t home there is no way we could do what we do.”

Treena said she knows her girls will have to become computer-literate later but for right now she says she’s not sorry they don’t have “screen time.” She wants them to play outside, get creative on their own, learn to do things for themselves and, of course, try new things, like learning to show horses.

These photos were taken at the Sunday morning Easter service at CrossRoads Cowboy Church. At top, attendees gather in the arena around the cross at the end of the service. At center, pastor Ron Riddle presented the morning’s message from horseback. At bottom, John Barber, left, and Erven Duch throw biscuits into the crowd before the service begins. A free breakfast prepared and served from a chuckwagon kicked off the morning’s events; at right, some of the gallons of sausage gravy that were prepared. An Easter egg hunt was also held for youngsters. The final event of the morning was an official groundbreaking for the church’s new chapel. The service also commemorated the church’s 10 anniversary.

“The ultimate goal is that I want them to be independent children and know their strengths,” Treena said. “That’s the only way they’ll get through life, is to understand themselves. The things we do and the things I involve them in, everything is geared to help them learn new things and be very aware of other people, to love others.”

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Treena got to play the part of The Book Woman with Have A Juice (Jose’) at Westside Elementary in Searcy. Librarians used to deliver books to children on horseback. A photo from when Hallie rode with trainer Randy Shaffhauser. Treena said Randy’s wife Susan always went above and beyond for the girls, like bringing stall decor and letting the girls decorate to they had a chance to win.

Payouts big at Circle G Classic

Arkansas Quarter Horse Association’s Circle G Classic took place on April 28-30 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark. The weekend was full of good weather, fun times, and great classes!

Some of the largest classes were 15+ in Open Ranch Trail, Amateur Working Western Rail, and Amateur and Open Ranch Riding, 10+ in Level 1 Amateur Ranch Riding, Amateur Ranch Trail, Open Aged Mares, and Open Barrel Racing, and 9 in Level 1 Youth and Youth Western Pleasure and All-Breed 11 & Over Walk-Trot Pleasure!

Making a comeback for the show was the 4D Jackpot! There was a $1,000 added 4D Ranch Riding jackpot and a $300 added 4D Trail jackpot.

The Ranch Riding paid out $1,720 and the Trail paid back $520.

Abby Lewis claimed four of the spots in the Ranch Riding and walked away with the largest check of the weekend – $894.40!

1D Ranch Riding winners were 1st and 2nd Abby Lewis with Buck Roo and 3rd Hot Angel Flying owned by Rick Peeler and shown by Jeff Honey. 2D winners were 1st and 2nd Abby Lewis with Suddenly No Warning and 3rd Megan Berry with Gotta Nifty Pistol. 3D winners were 1st Jerry Matthews with Masquerade In Red and 2nd and 3rd Ellie Wilburn with Frost Fancy Shell.

4D winners were 1st Alicia Parker with DJs Vested Trouble, 2nd Terry Moore with My Jersey Guy, and 3rd Jessica Redd with Show Me The Gems. 4D Trail winners were 1D Lazy Loping owned by Kathy Valentine and shown by Mark Dunham, 2D (tie) Candy Workman with Dreams R Made Ofthis and Jarrett Bamburg with Zippos Ginger Zee, 3D Amanda Ready with MWS Flashn My Jacks, and 4D Shelby Layne Ridgway with A Radical Bonus.

A special thanks to the show sponsors for allowing ArQHA to have great prizes and added money: Farm Credit, Brian Brady, Ingram Insurance Agency, Rancho Del Sol, Williams Quarter Horses, Mark and Emily Russell, and anonymous donors.

And a special thank you to all of the show staff, exhibitors, trainers, owners, and arena staff for helping ArQHA put on such a great show!

The next ArQHA show will be open to All-Breeds and no AQHA membership or papers are required, so join us and prepare for the State Show!

The Stirrup a Little Fun show and clinic will be held at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton, AR on August 19-20. The show will have the Arkansas State Championship Horse Show patterns in Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, and Reining. Plus, speed events, pleasure events, and more!

This is the second show in the Level 1/All-Breed series, so if you attended the No Bling Spring Fling in March, come back in August and you will automatically be in the running for at least one of the 15 highpoint awards!

You can stay up to date by visiting or by following Arkansas Quarter Horse on Facebook.


AHJA announces show winners

AHJA had another great show on May 6th! This May show was held at Harmony in Hooves in Benton, Ark. It started with a cloudy morning but ended up being a beautiful sunny afternoon. We had some sponsors for this 2023 season division including Adams Pest Control, Christy Day Equestrians, Seamist Farm, Kelli Schlesinger, GastroArkansas, Flora Jeans, and Finish Line RV Park.

We also had six jump sponsors that include Bemer Group, Connaway and Associates, Bradley Equestrians, Applewood Farm, Pinnacle Valley Farm, and West Rock Travel.

Results: Poles on the ground

Champion- Banana Pancakes, Marlowe Tharp

Reserve Champion- Kobe, Blaik McCauley

X-Rail rider

Champion- LongNTall, Brooklyn Pitts

Reserve Champion- Goldilocks, Sage Ellis

18” Beginner rider

Champion- Marshall Matt Dillon, Teagan Owen Reserve ChampionLongNTall, Brooklyn Pitts

2’ Green Horse

Champion- Boss Moon, Allison Claire

Reserve Champion- Chrome’sRisingSun, Hannah Rawlings

2’ Limit Rider

Champion- Eloise, Sofie Schlesinger

Reserve Champion- Oh My Sweet Carolina, Morgan Peeples

2’ Thoroughbred Hunter

Champion- Barkley LZ, Reese Lozada

Reserve Champion- Regala De Vida, Hannah Rawlings

2’3” Schooling

Champion Caballo De Regalo, Mattison Roberts Reserve Champion-Curiozity, Bianca Sawyer

2’6 Thoroughbred Hunter

Champion- Navastorm, Meagan Landreth

Reserve Champion- Hapiboy, Bella Anne Park

2’6” & 2’9” Progressive

Champion- Hapiboy, Bella Anne Park

Reserve Champion- Peppermint, Stella Youngbauer

2’6” Thoroughbred Jumper

Champion - Hapiboy, Bella Anne Park

Reserve Champion- Navastorm, Meagan Landreth

NWAHSA plans show June 17

The Northwest Arkansas Horse Show Association June 17 show will be held at Butler Creek Arena, starting at 9 a.m.

This will be a double point show. Judged classes will include halter, showmanship, lead line, walk trot HUS for all ages, HUS classes, a full slate of Western classes including pony classes, walk trot, Western plesure, horsemanship, trail classes, reining classes, ranch riding and ranch pleasure along with ranch halter.

Entry fees are $5 each with a $5 office fee per rider. All-day fees are $40 per individual or $60 per family.

Rider must compete in three of the four shows where speed is offered or 50 percent of all shows offered, have a paid membership and place in the top 5 in points to qualify for the Arkansas State Championship Horse Show.

Negative Coggins is required and must be verified before entry. For more information find NWAHSA on Facebook.

Hopeful Jumper

Champion- Navastorm, Meagan Landreth

Reserve Champion-Hapiboy, Bella Anne Park

Low Schooling Jumper

Champion- Hapiboy, Bella Anne Park

Reserve ChampionStolen Silver, Lainey King


NTRs held; youth ride discussed

The Arkansas Chapter MFTHBA sponsored our Spring Fling National Trail Ride in April at Cowboy Up in Witt Springs, Ark. and another NTR in May at Shelton’s Big Flat Getaway in Big Flat, Ark. Both rides were well attended, had good weather and lovely spring scenery. Lee had a special visitor on the May ride. NTRs in June, July, and August include:

•June 1-3, MFTHBA Spring Ride

• June 2-4 Borden, Indiana, Indiana Foxtrotters, Kathy Shafer, 574-453-7107

• June 14-18, Jamestown, Tennessee, Tennessee Affiliate, Sam Gerhardt, 423-2378724

• July 7-9, Chelsea, Michigan, MFA, Marilyn Mannino, 517-862-6676

• July 13-15, Watkins Glenn, NY, NEFTA,Tracy Hower, 717-222-1139

• July 21-22, Strawberry, Utah, UFTHBA, Mike Huntsman, 435-315-6557

• Aug 30-Sept 2, MFTHBA Celebration Trail Rides

Our president, Lee Fonken, is willing for the Arkansas Chapter to sponsor a special youth trail ride if there is enough interest. This would

Washington County Fair Horse Show will include demos and rodeo events

The Fair show is back and will be better than ever in 2023 with classes, spectators, entertaining demos and rodeo events.

The Open Horse Show Saturday Aug. 19 will again be at Pauline Whitaker Arena thanks to the sponsorship of Washington County Farm Bureau. The show is open to all Washington County residents of all ages and to any breed, registered or not, including gaited horses. Best of all, the show is FREE to show AND FREE for spectators. Winners receive money paybacks, ribbons and trophies. Concessions will be provided by Girls Scouts, available in the lobby.

The Equestrian of Tomorrow competition will be included in the Premium Livestock Auction Thursday evening, Aug. 24 and is for 4-H and FFA members. They compete in Showmanship, Hunter, Hunter Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Ranch classes to earn points towards Grand Champion awards in 13 and under and 14-18. There will be Youth Halter classes Tuesday from 1-3 PM in the Fairgrounds’ Livestock Arena. For more info visit, Washington County Fair Horse Show on Facebook, or contact Shannon Blanchard at 479-799-3384,

Saturday’s demos include a Parade of Breeds and Civil War re-enactment, plus there will be horse club information booths.

The Shodeo will be Friday night, Aug. 25 from 6-10 PM at the fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. Events are $5 to enter and include Barrels, Speed, Baton Race, Rescue Race and a Surprise event. Buckles to each age and event winner! Speed events will be open to all Washington County Residents, all ages. Find more info at, (4) washington county fair rodeo | Facebook or contact Katie Center at 479-856-3061, .

not necessarily be limited to gaited horses and would be designed so it appeals to young people and encourage them to learn how to participate in a trail ride. If you have any suggestions for or are willing to help with a youth trail ride, contact Lee at (501) 607-2256.



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1-3 – Equestrian Zone in Dardanelle, Ark., will host 3-day equine bodywork clinic featuring the Masterson Method. See for more information.

2-4 – Lucky Dog barrel race, Memphis, visit for more info.

3 – ARKANSAS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Saturday trail ride at Pine Grove Trails, 4183 Trace Ridge Rd. Leslie, Ar. Host- Katie Smith-501-253-3059.

3 - NAWA show at Batesville at 5 p.m. All shows are Arkansas Elite qualifiers.

3 – Arkansas Valley Horse Show Association Double Point Show - Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville

3-4 – RanCher Arena’s American Horsemen’s Challenge Assoc. / RanCher Trail Obstacle Challenge in Mount Ida / Story, Ark. Trophy buckle tumblers for the high point contestant & $100 added money each day in the Pick 8 class (with 5 or more entries). Free lunch each day for contestants. Snack Shack & Restrooms are on premises. Entry Forms can be texted to you. RV Hookups & Stalls can be reserved by calling or texting Cher Barrett @ 870-490-0177.

10 - RanCher Arena: Ranch Sorting Practice 2-5PM, $40/person, ride as much as you want, with as many horses as you want. Call or Text Cher at 870-490-0177 with any questions or to reserve RV Hook up & or Stalls.

10 - NAWA show at Batesville at 5 p.m. All shows are Arkansas Elite qualifiers.

10 – Mid-State Horse Show Association at Sheridan Riding Club. Show fees are $5/class/person, $5 trailer fee, $1 participation fee/ person, Optional Elite fee $5. CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES- MIDSTATE HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION

11 - RanCher Arena: Ranch Sorting Jackpot. 7AM Registration, 9AM Start. $15/ride + $5 office fee, 1st ride draw, 10 ride limit. 50% Payback. Call or Text Cher at 870-490-0177 with any questions or to reserve RV Hook up & or Stalls.

11-Association of NWA Riding Clubs- open show 9:30 a.m., for all breeds at Jasper Springs Ranch, Fayetteville. Anyone can show; for more info contact Shannon Blanchard 479-799-3384, Phillip Curlee 479-841-3107, or Dianna Watson 479-721-3969. Open show dates left are June 11, July 9, Sept 10, Oct 1.

17 - Free family horse show with a Patriotic Day theme at Mountain Top Cowboy Church, 45 Heber Springs Rd., Heber Springs. Walk trot, Ranch horse, Golf ball drop, Keyhole, Stakes Race, Poles, Barrels and divisions for all ages. Watch their Facebook page, Mountain Top Cowboy Church Arena Ministries, for more info.

17 – Arkansas Valley Horse Show Association Double Point Show - Pope County Fairgrounds, Russellville

17 – NWAHSA show, Butler Creek Arena, Siloam Springs, double judged, starts at 9 a.m.

17 – Mid-State Horse Show Association at Sheridan Riding Club. Elite Qualifier. Show fees are $5/class/person, $5 trailer fee, $1 participation fee/person, Optional Elite fee $5. CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES- MIDSTATE HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION

17 - Association of NWA Riding Clubs- gaited show, 5 p.m., for all breeds at Jasper Springs Ranch, Fayetteville. Anyone can show; for more info contact Shannon Blanchard 479-799-3384, Phillip Curlee 479-841-3107, or Dianna Watson 479-721-3969. Gaited show dates left are June 17, July 19, Oct 7. All gaited breeds welcome.

24 - NAWA show at Batesville at 5 p.m. All shows are Arkansas Elite qualifiers.

24 - June 24 - 2023 Whiskey Ridge Ranch Open 5D Barrel Race Series Race 4 of 4 @ 1pm- $ 7000 Added Series Money Open 5D ( $1750 added each race) - $400 Added Series Money Pee Wee 3D ($100 added each race). 3DYouth, & 3D Senior Side Pots. Must enter Open for Side Pots. Pee Wee is NOT a Side Pot. Gates will open 2 ½ hours before race time. Exhibitions will start 2 hours before race time. Must have attended 3 of 4 races for Series Awards. Series Buckles will be awarded for 1st place in each D of Pee Wee, Youth, Open, & Senior. Additional Series Awards will be awarded to the 3rd spot of each Open 5D. BBR, NBHA, & AR Elite APPROVED. DRESS CODE REQ’D. Negative coggins req’d. Food

Vendor on-site. Like & Follow the WhiskeyRidgeRanchArena Facebook page for up-to-date details or call 501.304.3089 FMI.

24 – Horsemen United Horse Show single point show at Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction off Hwy 65 north of Harrison. Rain date

July 1. All shows start at 5 p.m., 19 classes, qualifier for Arkansas Elite Barrel Racing and BBR. For more info call Pat Edwards 870-6882864.

June 30-July 2 – Arkansas Reining Horse Assoc. Red, White & Slide at the White Co Fairgrounds in Searcy, AR. The event will be an NRHA Affiliate show and will also have ranch classes.


1 – Pope County Riding Club rodeo at Atkins, Ark.

8-9 – RanCher Arena, Mount Ida/Story, Ark. American Horsemen’s Challenge Assoc. (AHCA) / RanCher Trail Challenge (RTC). Trophy Buckle Tumbler for each weekends High Point Rider* (must have avg. 50 entries per day of each competition weekend). $100./per day added money to the Pick 8 Class each competition day* (must have 5 or more entries/day for added money to be given). Entry Forms can be texted to you & you’re welcome to text 870-490-0177 with you entries of who you are riding, in what classes, on what days. Current Negative Coggins on each horse is required & checked.Free Lunch each competition day for contestants. Snack Shack, Restrooms, Covered Horse Stalls & RV Hookups (with water/electricity/Wi-Fi) on premises. Stalls & RV Hookups, by reservation only, by calling or texting Cher at 870-490-0177.

15 - Free family horse show with a Christmas in July theme at Mountain Top Cowboy Church, 45 Heber Springs Rd., Heber Springs. Walk trot, Ranch horse, Golf ball drop, Keyhole, Stakes Race, Poles, Barrels and divisions for all ages. Watch their Facebook page, Mountain Top Cowboy Church Arena Ministries, for more info.

15 – Horsemen United Horse Show double point show at Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction off Hwy 65 north of Harrison. Rain date July 22. All shows start at 5 p.m., 19 classes, qualifier for Arkansas Elite Barrel Racing and BBR. For more info call Pat Edwards 870-6882864.

15 – Mid-State Horse Show Association at Lorance Riding Club. Elite Qualifier. Show fees are $5/class/person, $5 trailer fee, $1 participation fee/person, Optional Elite fee $5. CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES- MIDSTATE HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION

29 – Mid-State Horse Show Association at Lorance Riding Club. Show fees are $5/class/person, $5 trailer fee, $1 participation fee/ person, Optional Elite fee $5. CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES- MIDSTATE HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION


4 – Arkansas Valley Horse Show Association Jackpot Barrel Race, Don Owens Arena, Conway

5-6 –RanCher Arena, Mount Ida/Story, Ark. American Horsemen’s Challenge Assoc. (AHCA) / RanCher Trail Challenge (RTC). Trophy Buckle Tumbler for each weekends High Point Rider* (must have avg. 50 entries per day of each competition weekend). $100./per day added money to the Pick 8 Class each competition day* (must have 5 or more entries/day for added money to be given). Entry Forms can be texted to you & you’re welcome to text 870-490-0177 with you entries of who you are riding, in what classes, on what days. Current Negative Coggins on each horse is required & checked. Free Lunch each competition day for contestants. Snack Shack, Restrooms, Covered Horse Stalls & RV Hookups (with water/electricity/Wi-Fi) on premises. Stalls & RV Hookups, by reservation only, by calling or texting Cher at 870-490-0177.

12 - Arkansas Summer Classic Horse Show, Saline County Fairgrounds, Benton, AR - Please join us for this family-friendly, affordable multi-breed horse show. Classes are PtHA & ApHC approved. We also have classes for PtHA miniature horses. Openbreed horses are welcome in all classes. Find us on Facebook, “Arkansas Classic Horse Shows.”

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