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J o h n 3 : 1 6 – " F o r G o d s o l ov e d t h e w o r l d, t h a t h e G a v e h i s o n ly b e G ot t e n s o n, t h at w h o s o e v e r b e l i e v e t h i n h i m s h o u l d n ot p e r i s h , b u t h av e e v e r l a s t i n G l i F e " Dec/Jan 2010 – Volume 1 Issue 6 – Page 1

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hard to Catch horses Written by Rick Gore


Photo provided by Dr. Robin Waldron

laminitis Founder Written by Dr. Robin W. Waldron, DVM Manzanita Animal Hospital


aminitis / founder is a pathological condition of the foot. It manifests by soreness of the sole, increased heat in the foot, sweating, a throbbing digital pulse, reluctance to move, shifting weight to the back feet, and lying down. The front feet are most affected, however, one foot may be affected, or all four feet may be affected. The causes of laminitis/ founder are numerous. Road founder is thought to be the result of excessive concussion. Most founder cases are caused by excessive carbohydrate intake. This can be from accidental grain feeding, or from over feeding in general. Laminitis/founder can result secondarily from trauma or injury, necessitating abnormal weight bearing on the opposing leg. Laminitis/founder may also result secondary to disease such as retained placenta, colic, or Potomac Horse Fever. The cascade of events in the foot often starts from the gut with the absorption of toxins from bacteria. These toxins cause histamine and prostaglandin release which causes inflammation in the foot. Ischemia (lack of blood flow) occurs in the foot and the interdigitating lamina of the horny wall (hoof) and soft tissue beneath separate causing the pedal bone to rotate downward. The treatments for laminitis/founder are many and various. The important things to keep in mind are that each horse should be treated individually according to the horse’s symptoms and response to therapy, and that changes in the therapy should be instituted when responses are not satisfactory. Most therapies are aimed at decreasing toxin absorption, decreasing the inflammation in the foot, increasing the circulation in the foot and making the horse comfortable. A good working relationship between your veterinarian and farrier is important to achieve a satisfactory outcome. Laminitis/founder is a treatable disease, but not necessarily a curable disease. Many horses can return to reasonable function but may never return to their previous athletic performance. Prompt veterinary care, farrier care, and a committed owner can result in a comfortable useable horse. ■ ____________________ Dr. Robin W. Waldron, DVM Manzanita Animal Hospital (928) 753-6138

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atching horses and trailer loading seem to be two of the biggest problems for lots of horse owners. I get asked all the time, why won’t my horse let me catch him? My first advice is “Stop trying to catch him”. A horse knows what is going to happen before it happens. This is because their life depends on it. If they get caught not paying attention, they are dead, eaten or seriously wounded (which means certain death). Horses have to know what is happening around them or they die. It is that simple for the horse and is very instinctive. I have a few videos on hard to catch horses on youtube: By not trying to catch a horse, a horse will not try to get away from being caught. You can still catch him, it may take a little longer, but remember, “The slow way is the fast way with horses.” So by just approaching your horse to pet them, to say hello, to bring them a treat, you tell the horse you are not trying to catch them, so they do not react to being caught. A horse will not run from someone who is not chasing or putting pressure on them. So if you go after a horse with a purpose of catching him, go straight to his head, and only approach your horse when you catch him, it will not take him long for him to figure out what you are up to. If you were a horse, you would know this and would not want to get caught either. So how do you hide this idea of catching your horse from your horse? It is not

easy. Since horses are the king of observation and don’t miss much, you really have to use your horse sense. You don’t want to look at the head, don’t reach out with your hands, don’t sneak up and don’t talk. You really need to understand pressure, release and driveline. You have to think that you are approaching your horse only to say hello and to rub his withers. By focusing on that you will not telegraph your intention to catch the horse. So your objective is to pet the horse at the withers, not to catch him. If you think that you are fooling the horse and you try to only pet him when the real intent is catching him, he will know it and you will fail. You cannot hide your intentions from a horse. “Horses keep you honest.” Now, that information will only get you so far. You still have to be aware of pressure and release. Anytime you approach a horse, even just to pet it or bring it a treat, you need to move as if you are the Alpha and you understand horse language. By knowing when to put pressure on and when to release pressure, you communicate with your horse and your horse knows that you talk horse. You make the horse know your intentions and you make the horse feel that you are not a threat. When you see birds, deer, rabbits or other animals hanging out with horses, you don’t see horses caring or reacting to them. They know these things are not threats and are not trying to catch them or hurt them. Horses do not know this about you until you tell them. You tell them this with your

body language. You read the horse and know when he is getting nervous, so you know when to release pressure. If your horse tries to leave, you need to know how to move in front of the driveline, just enough to stop his forward movement. The more you control the horse’s movement, by anticipating what he is going to do, the more you tell the horse you control him and he will have less incentive to move away from you. Release is the key to any horse handling. Knowing when to release is timing. Knowing how much to release is felt. Understanding this is critical if you want to be successful with horses. Whether it is release of bit pressure, release of leg pressure, release of drive pressure, knowing when and how much will enable you to get great results from any horse you work with. So for the hard to catch horses, the smart ones, you need to be smarter. Don’t think catch and don’t chase them. Simply understand how horses talk, how they communicate, be like the horse and join up with your horse. If you can communicate that you are the herd leader and you are higher, then you horse will always allow you to approach him, just don’t try and catch him. I have lots of information about “the Horse” on my web site.■ ____________________ “It’s never the horse’s fault.” For more information please visit my website:

Festive holiday dining at harrah’s laughlin


favorite tradition of holiday dining at Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel will continue this year on Sat., Dec. 25, 2010 with special menus appealing to everyone’s taste. Delectable Christmas holiday meals will be offered at the Range Steakhouse, Beach Cafe and the award-winning Fresh Market Square Buffet. The Range Steakhouse offers a holiday dinner starting with a choice of Caesar or Range house salads followed by a delectable entrée of grilled halibut topped with spicy mango salsa served with coconut sticky rice and lemongrass slaw. A dessert specially prepared by the Range pastry chef completes the delicious meal. The special Range Steakhouse holiday dinner is $45 plus tax a person. The regular Range Steakhouse menu will also be available. The dining hours for Christmas at the Range Steakhouse are 5 p.m.

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– 9 p.m. For reservations at the Range Steakhouse, call (702) 298-6832. For a hearty meal served in a casual atmosphere, the Beach Café offers a special Christmas offering for $14.99 plus tax a person. Diners will enjoy a choice of sliced turkey breast and thigh meat topped with turkey gravy served with traditional sage dressing, marshmallow baked yams, mashed potatoes and pecan green beans, or sliced honey glazed ham served with green beans and marshmallow baked yams. Both entrees are served with Hawaiian sweet bread dinner rolls and tossed green salad. Dessert choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie completes the meal. The 24-hour Beach Café will continue to offer its regular menu serving the holiday menu only from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Christmas Day. In addition to the extensive menu offered at the Fresh Market Square Buffet, there will also be delectable Christmas fare to please every palate. Diners will find slow roasted turkey, cherry-glazed bone in ham, slow roasted prime rib with au jus and roasted top round of beef, carved to order, along with orange-

glazed roasted chicken, pork loin with apple cognac sauce and merlot braised beef ribs. Seafood offerings feature New England clam chowder, seven seas soup, Cajun fried catfish, grilled salmon with scampi sauce, ginger orange peel and eat shrimp, and sea bass. An assortment of trimmings includes holiday favorites such as menudo and butternut squash soups, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with banana caramel, bacon and cheddar scalloped potatoes, rice pilaf, traditional apple sausage stuffing, baby red mashed potatoes and gravy, and assorted sautéed vegetables. A variety of salads include Asian chicken salad, Waldorf salad and ambrosia salad. Enjoy an array of tempting desserts such as pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry pies, cranberry apple cobbler, cheesecake, bread pudding, carrot and German chocolate cakes and assorted cakes and tarts. The special Christmas menu items will be served from 8 a.m. till closing in the Fresh Market Square Buffet for $16.99 plus tax a person. For more information on Christmas specials call (702) 298-4600. ■

Photo provided by Mary Iozzo

Photo provided by Mary Iozzo

have Fun but Keep it safe Look Up Not Down Written by Mary H. Iozzo – Iozzo Shoeing


his month I’d like to share a story with you about a horse I met while shoeing in 1996. I had originally met this beautiful stallion in 1991. At that time I had considered breeding a really nice mare that I owned. The horse’s owner was a rather angry older man, who was standing the stallion in a very large barn. When I went to view him the owner would not allow me to remove the horse from his stall. He swore at me when I tried to view him in daylight, so I left the premises. I never did breed the mare, as I was unable to locate another suitable stallion. Then in the summer of 1996 I was called to that same barn to do some farrier work. I went to the stall where the stallion had been years before and found that he was still there. I put a rope on him and took him out of the stall. He walked with me to the end of the barn where there was a hitch rail to tie him. He carried himself like a king, very smart, strong and wonderful. I knew then that he was the one I would breed to my mare. I had him vet checked, but they doubted that he would successfully breed as he had not covered any mares in a long time with any success. He also had an injury to a shoulder that rendered him lame for any kind of performance. I was unconcerned that his confirmation was not perfect, as he was as stunning a horse as I had seen in a very long time. He had a nice quiet way

about him despite some apparent rough handling at some time in his past. I took him home on my birthday in 1996 and stood him for the next ten years. He produced some great horses during that time, a few who are still here on my property today. My good friends now own some, and others have been sold all over the USA. Many times people told me that this wonderful stallion was too hot, that there was too much blood running in him for him to produce good horses. Despite their negative opinion of him this stallion produced offspring of all talents, from show horses to barrel horses, jumping horses and trail. All the people that have owned one have loved them. They were beautiful, intelligent and highly trainable. Cash was definitely one of the best Christmas/Birthday presents that I have ever had. He made me aware of what great stallions can produce. I thank you Cash for your greatness that I was privileged to witness daily, and the many horses you sired for me, all so wonderful and talented. So my words of advice to anyone considering a stallion to breed to or own, if you have to bend down to see if the horse is a stallion, don’t breed to him. A true stallion will be apparent by his regal presence, his grace and his magnificence. ■ ____________________ Mary Iozzo – Iozzo Shoeing Horse Shoeing • Riding Lessons • Horse Training 928-727-4881 • Email:

advertisers testimonial I placed my nearly new Circle Y saddle on consignment at K Bar M Feed Store in Yucca and it sold in two weeks!! – Karen Buzzell – Page 3

ride time Fixes most all so Called horse problems

R Julie McNeary

Photo Provided by Julie McNeary

this wasn't in the brochure Holiday Hangover

Written by Julie McNeary of the Purple Rose Ranch


ell we made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas is around the corner and we are still gorging ourselves on all the leftovers. All of us who have horses try to treat them special on the holidays. Extra treats, little acts of kindness, but really they don’t care. All they care about is getting their food that day and running in the sun.... well when you think about it, it’s just like us humans. Since moving to the ranch a lot has changed. No electricity, we are on Solar, so that means not being extravagant with the decorations. In California my husband would decorate everything that didn’t move, even the dog slept with one eye open. We had cars lined up on our street to see the lights of our house. Now it’s a few lights around the porch and we can still see the stars. We’ve dropped the commercialism and I make gifts with a Western flavor. What is more important is that we have a tradition of inviting people for Christmas dinner that have no relatives out here and they always know when to come because when dinner is ready at my house the smoke alarm goes off guiding them to a unique meal. Simple is better, gone are the days when my husband wanted a 12 foot tree under our 8 foot ceiling, easy to spot the hunchback angel on the top. Gone is the surprise of our Christmas ambience turning into darkness because of blown fuses. Gone is the German Shepard sized polar bear he bought that growled and moved when people approached. “Mr. Christmas” is not going nuts anymore, he’s not buying decorations to fill Buckingham Palace for our little 1700 sq. ft. house. Christmas is about goodwill toward men, and remembering that child in the manger, not wondering if your friends and family will like their gifts or you’re going to get what you want. Let’s get back to basics where gifts aren’t given to placate society, where light displays are not a competition and we appreciate the stars provided by the MAN upstairs, just like the stars that decorated the sky over that little child born so long ago. So, here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ■ ____________________ Written by Julie McNeary E-mail:

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Written by Rick Gore

iding is the art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. This is done with some luck, a good seat, balance, good equipment and of course a good Horse (Is there any other kind?). I see riders fall off horses all the time and then hear later that the horse threw the person off. I guess saying you got thrown and blaming the horse is easier than saying, I lost my balance, I was not paying attention, I got too relaxed or just, it was my fault and I fell off. I used to hear expressions about, “Riding between the reins” and “Keeping the horse between your legs”, I used to think this was just some clever way that old good riders talked about riding. It wasn’t, it was like many things with horses, and you don’t really understand it until you experience it. For some good old Cowboy sayings that apply to understanding horses visit I am by no means a perfect rider and there are many out there can make me look like a rookie. However, I can stay in a saddle, I can communicate to a horse, I am said to have a good seat and I have many hours of time in the saddle. Time in the saddle is key, in my opinion, to making you a good rider. If you are a weekend warrior, ride an hour every few days or just on the weekends, then it will take many many years for you to really learn to ride. Owning horses and riding horses is a lifestyle and not a hobby. Unless you fully engulf yourself into the equine, you will probably not ever get really good at horses or riding. You may ask, surely not everyone that wins awards and medals

spend all their time with a horse or in a saddle. I would say most of them probably do. Can someone learn to ride and become good by just taking lessons? People can learn how the horse was trained, what cues were used to train it and then be taught to give those cues. In this case the horse is carrying the rider. This person will not be able to fix issues, will not able to refine the horse’s movement, will not be helping the horse and may never truly understand what it takes from the horse to give them what they are getting. Ride Time is the key. Some say that only perfect practice is beneficial. I say all practice and contact with horses helps you in some way. Even if you ride badly, spending time in the saddle helps. If you just sit in a saddle it helps. Just getting on and off the saddle, helps you get better in the saddle. Any time you spend time in the saddle, you train your balance, you use muscles that increase your balance, you improve your balance, you gain confidence, you feel more comfortable in the saddle and all of this transforms into making you a better rider. Every time you fall off a horse you get better! Yep, just like when you learn to ski, you fall a lot and each time you learn how not to repeat the thing that made you fall last time. Soon you are not falling as much. No difference in riding horses. Experience makes you better, the only way to get experience is to “DO IT.” You can get some help from a trainer, you can get lots of help from others that don’t know much and you can watch videos until your DVD wears out, but when it comes down to it, “Ride Time” is the best teacher. But Rick, I am busy, I have a life, I have kids, I have responsibilities, I just don’t have the

time, bla, bla, bla, either you want it or you don’t. It is very frustrating to see people always looking for short cuts with horses, there are not any and every time a person tries “the horse pays for it.” Spend time with your horse and spend time in the saddle, there is no better way to learn how to ride. With that said, I will try and give some tips that may help you understand riding a little bit better, but without doing this, practicing this and spending time in the saddle experiencing this, what I say is nothing more than some talk from me. When riding your horse, your goal is to be neutral. Neutral is “stay out of the way of the horse”. Ride and concentrate on staying out of the way, stay neutral in balance, don’t lean, don’t lean forward, don’t lean back and don’t lean to the sides. But Rick, I thought you were supposed to lean back when you stop. That is correct, when you want to send a cue to stop you lean back and or shift your weight back. Stopping is not riding. When riding, you stay neutral. If you can’t sit on a horse bareback you do not have balance. If you need a mounting block to mount a horse you probably don’t have good balance or strength. I do know some old cowboys that have gotten long in the tooth and their body is just not able to jump onto a saddle to mount, so they use a block. They still have balance from years of experience of riding. The people I am referring to is the people that are overweight, unfit, lack coordination, don’t exercise and have little or no leg muscles and then think they can ride. Riding takes balance and the ability to keep your balance while the thing (the horse) is moving under you. By being able to stay – Ride Time Continued on Page 6

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hoof beats Horse Sense Needed for Winter Care Written by Andrea Smith


Photo provided by Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis Ken Walker of ATR Towing; Kevin Schleeter, President of Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis; Johnna, Jayson and Mike Elwood; Kerri and Allen Kuns.

Kiwanis helps Family in need Written by Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis


n August, 2008 – just three weeks after moving to Kingman, Johnna Elwood gave birth to her fourth child, Jayson, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Initially, everything seemed fine. The pregnancy was full-term with no complications. However, the first time Johnna nursed Jayson, she realized something was wrong. Upon closer examination, it was discovered that the roof of his mouth was missing and he had Pierre Ribin Sequence – a condition that will affect him for the rest of his life. Jayson was rushed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he spent the next nine months undergoing numerous surgeries. Johnna and her husband, Mike, had to spread their time between their three children still in Kingman – Cierra, 11; Zachary, 9; and MaDawna, 6; and baby Jayson in Phoenix, traveling back and forth with a much traveled van that had no air

conditioning and was in need of some repair. The Ronald McDonald house in Phoenix became their second home. Fortunately, Jayson was able to come home in 2009, but still needed to be brought back to Phoenix Children’s Hospital frequently for follow-up visits and more surgeries. Recently, the Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis heard about the family and the serious financial problems they were experiencing. Their only vehicle had no air conditioning and the radiator was shot. Research showed that it was going to cost over $1,000 to temporarily repair the vehicle. That’s when other members of the community stepped in to help out. ATR Towing in Kingman donated a vehicle that had been given to them in lieu of the towing bill. The vehicle needed two tires, which Kiwanis purchased. The inside only had two front seats so Kingman Pic-A-Part donated two bench seats that fit in the vehicle. The car was extremely dirty and Clean

Xtreme Mobile auto detailing came out and detailed the car including shampooing the carpets. Allen’s Ironwork and Welding installed the new tires, and initiated the donation of the van. Flawless Auto Glass provided a discount on a new windshield, which Kevin Schleeter, President of Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis paid for personally along with a new battery. Kerri Kuns, of KGMN Radio, took charge of the communicating between all the donators. The Elwood family is extremely grateful to all of the businesses and individuals who came together to help them in their time of need. Attached are pictures of the van and the majority of the donators who helped. Kingman Powerhouse Kiwanis meets every Wednesday from 12 to 1:00 p.m. at the Golden Corral on Stockton Hill Road. For more information about this non-profit, community organization, contact Kevin Schleeter at 928/377-9993. ■

readers testimonial Hi- I'm enjoying your publication. Looking forward to more local articles. I really enjoyed reading about Miss Broody. I saw her at the fair and wondered what her story was. What an inspiration. I also read the article about barefoot being a crippling thing. I see lots of shoeless horses doing just fine. A friend of mine competed in the jumping at the county fair show this year and went Reserve Ch. on a "performance barefoot" horse and lots of people are doing endurance riding with hoof boots. I guess this article was a warning about using unqualified hoof care people but doesn't give any credence to the "qualified" barefoot professionals. It seems to lump them all into the "dangerous" category. Why it doesn't warn against unqualified "fly by night shoe nail tackers" I am not sure. The author calls the natural hoof care practitioners "con artists". But really gives no evidence, just anecdotal references which assume all trimmers trim all horses the same and expect all horses to perform on all surfaces the same. I doubt this is true. Why are easy boots getting so popular? Perhaps you will run an article from another viewpoint in the future. I am not qualified to write one but could suggest a source if you wish. Again, I am glad to see your publication and look forward to a greater variety of content. Perhaps news about the 4-h horse events, regional shows (Las Vegas horse shows), a listing of competitions within 3 hour radius. Just some thoughts. – Happy Trails Rebecca Maguire

hen I took on older and more gentle horses for the kids at our equestrian center, I didn't take into consideration the endless care that would be required to go into their upkeep. Especially that several of them were over twenty-years old, and two that were over thirty. That's right thirty! Fortunately, the previous owners were able to give me much insight to their care during all seasons. What I didn't realize at first was how many different diets were required for each one of our elder residents and individual care. For the milder climates during Spring and Fall, that didn't last more than a month, I got a reprieve from paying high feed and hay bills. A hay drive, and prices of $5.00/7.00 a bale had set us up nicely for the upcoming months of winter, that I knew would skyrocket when diesel prices went up during winter months. Being a farm girl from Pennsylvania, and understanding some of the infrastructure of what makes "agribusiness" tick, I've never been one to begrudge the farms and ranches their just dues. Including the rising price of hay and feed this time of year. And one bad season of inclement weather and all bets are off. Don't expect hay and feed prices to ever stabilize in a fluctuating economy or with unpredictable weather patterns that we have certainly experienced in these parts. High winds, brutal heat and unexpected freezes all affect the pricing of hay and feed at your feed store or ranch or farm. In addition to the hay and feed market we horse owners have to keep vigilant watch over the weather patterns as well. Just last week when those "expert" weather people were telling us about how warm our winter was going to be, it got freezing. Temperatures dropped to all-time lows that I personally, haven't seen here this early-on and usually not until February! For many of us, the freezing temperatures sent us racing to get blankets and straw for our hoofed friends. In addition to preparation for their stalls or holding areas and throwing blankets on them to keep them warm, many horse owners have added additional supplements to their horses' diets. If you’re a novice like I am in caring for multiple horses, it is best to consult your veterinarian to find out what your horses's needs will be during the cold months. Especially where diets are concerned. Various feeds may be required for different horses and your horses diet may change during winter months. Many equestrian owners and experts in the industry agree that every horse has individual needs, especially, older horses. What is good for one horse may not be for another. There are several excellent equestrian veterinarians in the County who specialize in horse care and can advise you to what is best for your horse's individual needs. The ASPCA, located in New York, is used to below-freezing temperatures and winters that are problematic for pets and their owners. They recommend that Owners "winterize" pets the way you do your car! Said a spokesperson for the agency. Most horse experts and veterinarians advise that one of the most important things to remember in preparing your horse for winter is keeping your horse in a warm and dry area either in a (Hoof Beats – Continued on Page 6) – Page 5

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neutral in the saddle, you stay out of the horse’s way. You allow the horse to carry you with the least amount of effort. You make his job easier and you learn how he moves when you are not in the way. If you don’t do this, you are so busy keeping your balance that you confuse the horse, make the horse work harder and make the horse uncomfortable when you are on him. So don’t compensate for the horse, don’t try and help the horse and don’t interfere with the horse. Work on yourself and your horse will get better. If you don’t learn how to stay out of the way of the horse you will create future problems, so learn to be neutral, learn to stay out of the horse’s way and learn to be balanced in the saddle. You learn this by doing it! Ride time! The more you ride and the more horses you ride, the more you will be able to tell the difference between a horse that can carry himself well and it will help you carry yourself better. At the beginning you will not know the difference. To be well carried by horse is a good feeling. To help a horse you must make yourself a good load and an easy load to carry. You can’t do this if you are pulling and using the reins for balance, if you are using the stirrups for balance, if you are hanging onto the saddle for balance. As you get better you will learn to use all things a little and nothing alone! This is really important. The reins alone do not stop a horse, the bit does not stop a horse, your seat position does not stop a horse, your legs do not stop a horse, your voice commands do stop a horse, a fence does not stop a horse, and your whip does not stop a horse. Communication to the horse and the horse wanting to comply stops a horse. Some of these together may work, but in

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my experience if a horse wants to run more than he wants to stop, he will run. Not because he is mean, not because he is stubborn, not because he is a bad horse, he is just simply a horse and has not been taught to stop. So like balance, not one thing gives it to you. You should use the stirrups lightly, the saddle lightly, your leg muscles, you center of balance, you seat, your head, your shoulders, your back, your position of your arms (not your arms pulling on the reins), your knees acting like shock absorbers, your core strength, all of this will help give you better balance and help keep you neutral. Using all of these takes time to learn so it becomes natural, until it becomes unconscious, over time you will not have to think about it, it will just happen. But to get you to that point, you need to “Do it,” you need to spend time in the saddle to learn it and practice it. You need “Ride time.” Anyone can stand around and say “Keep your heels down,” “Sit up straight,” “Don’t look down,” “Relax your back,” “Use your legs,” “Look where you are going,” “Use your seat,” “Don’t lean,” “Keep your hands still,” “Stop pulling on the reins,” “Relax,” “Don’t bounce in the saddle,” “Move with your horse,” “Find your rhythm,” “Keep your hands soft,” “Get off the bit,” “Get on the bit,” “Stop picking at your horse,” “Feel your horse’s beat,” so if you are trying to think about this, you are not riding. Most will tell you that you should have a straight line from your ear, shoulder, hip and ankles. If you have to think about this it is hard to make it happen, it will happen when you are not thinking about it, if you ride enough to feel it, to learn it, to feel how it does not feel right when you don’t do it. All of these words may help, but you

hoof beats barn or enclosure that can provide adequate heat for the horse. Hay or shavings are good insulators for providing warmth for your horse. Some horses like my Lady, prefer standing outside in the snow or rain, even though I went to the expense and trouble of providing her with a warm stall with dry hay at a boarding facility. If your horse is one that enjoys the outside elements, they still need a dry and warm area to retreat to, especially at night when temperatures drop.

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have to experience it to recognize the significance of it. You need to learn this by doing it. Ride time! I mentioned shock absorbers earlier. This is muscles working and it takes training and strength. Your shoulders cannot help you stay in the saddle, per say. Your seat is made soft and secure by being relaxed and not tense. Your feet and ankles, your knees, and your legs and hips all working together can help reduce movement and absorb shock. So by using your ankles, knees and hips, you control your bounce up and down and forward and back. You use these to stop some movement and then to create other movement (impulsion). By using these correctly you – Ride Time Continued on Page 8

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Veterinarians also recommend foot and hoof care regularly for horses during all seasons. Sharp ice and hidden objects beneath snow and slippery mud can damage the foot and hoof area of your horse and regular seasonal checkups with your farrier can head off any problems when sudden and bad weather hits the area. Winter can be enjoyed by both horse and owner if certain considerations are taken to provide your horse with safety and health measures for their care during the winter months. As most horse enthusi-

asts, experts and veterinarians who specialize in equestrian care would agree, "prevention is the best medicine." ■ ____________________ ANDREA SMITH is a freelance journalist in Mohave County and contributor to Horse n' Around the River. She is the Director/Owner of the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Facility, in Mohave Valley, and welcomes all suggestions and comments from her equestrian friends and horse enthusiasts in the area: Email:

readers testimonial After I read a current issue of Horse ‘n Around the River I was left impressed with all the good articles especially the one entitled “The Shoeless Experiment Cripples Horses”. This writing helped me better realize that common horse sense people continue to roam the range. Thank God! Doug Butler from Nebraska had more “useful” information in one short story than a reader can usually find in many full blown publications. In his article, the paragraph beginning with “Our society is rejecting science and eduction as a whole”, hits home. Incompetence and misinformation is rampant among our contemporary population and publications. Case in point, thirty years ago I was big, dumb and happy. I owned a year old morgan gelding named Dallas. My horse was almost lamed by a tinhorn shoe jockey who goated me into getting my little friend shod incorrectly and much to early for a young colt. Yes, I sure can relate to Mr. Butlers thinking. Horse ‘n Around the River has more useful information in 8 pages of print than other newspapers have in their whole publication. Your honest, direct and to the point. Keep up the good press. – Sincerely yours, George Robsen





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Cowboy Jef Keegan rides Famous Moments, his 7-year-old Spanish Arab horse, in a dirt lot at the intersection of Havasupai Boulevard and North Acoma Boulevard Sunday. Famous Moments is one of six horses that will be ridden during the cross-county endurance ride, set to begin in June in Virginia.

ride for the wounded Havasu Cowboy to Ride Horseback Across US to Honor Veterans

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local 63-year-old cowboy will saddle up with his 18-year-old son to ride horseback through 11 states across America in June to honor wounded U.S. military veterans. Jef Keegan, a five-year resident of Lake Havasu City, said he anticipates beginning the trek in Virginia. The endurance ride should take him and his son about five months. The path they have chosen is the American Discovery Trail, the nation’s first coast-to-coast non-motorized trail, according to the ADT website. The trail’s terrain includes the Appalachian Mountains of West

Virginia, the states of Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the states of Utah and Nevada ending in San Francisco. The Keegans will travel with about six horses and plan to camp each night along the trail. “Our horses are like part of the family,” Keegan said. The trip is to help raise awareness for Wounded Warriors and to empower those wounded in battle, Keegan said. Keegan, a retired U.S. Marine Corps combat medic and surgical first assist, spent 28 years in the military — 22 of them as a Marine. “I’ve seen (soldiers) when they’re hurt and I have helped put them back together again,” Keegan said. “I am hoping to one day

have a therapy riding project for the wounded vets.” During the ride, Keegan said the terrain west of the Rockies poses the biggest challenge for the duo. The area will be a new adventure for the father-and-son team because neither has traveled there by horseback. The trip will be documented with photos and video footage from a donated helmet camera that will be mounted to Keegan’s cowboy hat. “Feed for the six horses, cowboy rations, monthly veterinarian checks for the horses and new horseshoes every eight weeks is another looming challenge.” Keegan said.■


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ride time help the horse carry you and make yourself appear lighter and easier to carry and give good signals/cues to the horse. You use these to stop your shoulders and arms from bouncing up and down and all around. Just like a horse running on the wrong lead, it is hard on the horse, you bouncing in the saddle because you don’t know how to use your body and balance is hard on you and hard on the horse. By not using your shock absorbers correctly you harden the jars and blows to the horse’s back and your back. The horse pays for his mistakes and pays for your mistakes and then pays again when he is blamed for both. You can visit my Bad Horsemanship page on my site with many examples of how horses pay: I hear lots of people tell people to use their legs. If you don’t have balance, if you don’t know how to control your reins softly, if you don’t have much “ride time”, then trying to use your legs is just one more thing to confuse you and the horse. Legs help communicate with the horse, but it has to be done without throwing you off balance, without you getting confused and having to think about it. When you try to do too much, you make the situation worse and you confuse the horse. I can not help a person round pen a horse if they don’t know how to lead a horse. I can not help a person use their legs if they don’t have balance and rein control. I can’t teach rein control if the person has not got balance down. Legs are additional cues to the horse, but if your horse is confused with your lack of balance and your lack of consistency of rein usage, confusing him more with legs will only make it worse. I have lots of videos on youtube that also discuss this: I say this a lot, 80% of all horse owners are women, and 75% of new horse owners get OUT of horses in the first year. New horse owners want to get a “baby” (a young untrained horse), want to teach it themselves, want to learn with the horse, all BAD! Green riders with green horses = hurt riders and people getting out of horses. It is a

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bad combo and no matter how much you tell someone this, they all know they are different and they can do it and they can make it work, it won’t happen to them, and they will be careful, they know the risk……….. “And they get hurt and get out of horses and the horse gets blamed”. The statistics are out there, they grow every year and if you go to any clinic you will see bright eyed women with their dream of owning and training their own horse coming true. Then go to any barn and you will women getting dragged, thrown, with slings on, wearing helmets to keep them safe and riding with fear and insecurity. They will ride in enclosed areas where it is safe and making their horse arena sour, barn sour, or other names they want to pin on a horse. This is done by men too, it is just now predominately women. Had I been writing this 25 years ago about, I would be talking about men beating and abusing horses to get them to listen and blaming the horse and when they got hurt I would be saying good for the horse. When someone gets hurt trying, it is sad and unfortunate, but when someone gets hurt being brutal to a horse, I say, good for the horse. I love horses, but they are very “DANGEROUS” in the wrong hands. Don’t underestimate the gravity of this statement. They will kill themselves if they are scared and trapped or think they can get away. It is their nature. So people want to wear a plastic helmet and feel safe. A helmet will not stop your neck or back from getting broke. It will not stop you from breaking a hip or leg. It will not help keep you in the saddle or stop your from being dragged with a foot in the stirrup when you fall off. A helmet gives a false since of security and causes people to do things they would not normally do without a helmet, because they FEEL safe. This is bad when it comes to horses. A horse does not care if your head is protected or if you ride him in a Styrofoam body suit. If he gets nervous, scared or feels you are not in control and you are putting his safety in jeopardy, he will take charge and react. And when he does it will be with extreme force and strength and you and your safety will be of no consideration to him. But

Rick, I have heard lots of stories where a horse has saved a person and protected a fallen rider. It is the rare exception and people want to see things in their own way and it may be different than it actually happened. I can bring a horse a carrot and hay every day and the horse will be happy to see me and allow me to feed him, but let me try and get this horse to move or put this horse in a fear situation and I assure you, the last thing in this horse’s mind is that I have given him carrots and feed. As the horse threw his rider into a tree or barbed wire fence, the rider thinks, “why would you do this, I treat you so good”, the horse thinks “I can run faster and save myself now with less weight”. So why do I talk about dangerous horses when I am talking about riding. They are so connected it is not responsible to talk about one without the other. Riding a horse is dangerous, this is why it is probably so fulfilling and gives such a joy and a since of wholeness. Joining with a horse is something special. It is risky and does not come cheap or without time and sacrifice. The problem is being human; we want things now, fast and without sacrifice. Well, I think you can either sacrifice now and learn to ride and understand the horse, or you can sacrifice later and get hurt, maimed or killed by taking short cuts. If you take the time it takes, it takes less time. The slow way is the fast way with horses. Ride time is the best teacher for learning to ride and the horse is best teacher of the horse. If I said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times, ride your horse, spend time with your horse and learn about the horse. Knowledge about the horse is the best gift you can give to your horse, second only to time. If you spend enough time, knowledge will come and the horse will teach you.■ ____________________ “It’s never the horse’s fault.” For more information please visit my website:

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