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May/June 2012 – Vol 2 Issue 11
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n 1871, well before Kingman was established, and while Arizona was still a Territory, the Castle Rock Trading Post was established. During that time, Chloride and Hardyville, now Bullhead City, were active mining communities in the area, having started in the 1840’s. Ranches were spread about and the little trading post was a main hub for supplies. Miners, ranchers, rancheros, travelers, and settlers frequented the post. Today Peter Cimino and family are proud to have Castle Rock as a vital part of their lives. “This place has become everyone’s place” says Peter. “There’s just a certain feel to it. We’ve made some changes over the last few years... added a patio, cleaned and groomed the arena, and most recently remodeled the Bar & Grill to include a gift shop. Castle Rock is a family place. We want to let everyone know we’re here to be a part of the community, help host events, serve some good food or a cold beer with a smile from someone you know!!”
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Too Close To Laughlin
Written by Julie McNeary of the Purple Rose Ranch
hen we moved to Kingman we were pleasantly surprised on how centrally located the city is. Grand Canyon; 2 hours away, Phoenix; 3 hours away; Las Vegas 1 1/2 hours away and Laughlin 1 hour away. Well one hour away if you are just passing through. My husband likes to gamble. Oh, nothing dangerous, pennies, nickels, quarters, etc., but when it comes to any memorable moment in our lives he says “Let’s go to Laughlin.” Our anniversary in January; Valentine’s Day in February; my birthday in March; Income Tax day in April; his birthday in May; Father’s Day in June; 4th of July; August, just because it’s a month; September because it’s hot ou; November because it’s cold out; December because Christmas is coming. Maybe it’s raining and he wants to get away from the ranch, or it’s really hot and he wants to take me to a cooler climate, like Laughlin where it’s 115 degrees. He tells me it’s for the AC in the casino. We walk in hand and hand and his eyes glaze over and that’s the last I see of him until lunch. People in casinos are crazed. I saw a man fall off his stool and pass out and NO ONE MOVED! They just kept playing as paramedics put him on a stretcher and took him out. They get nuts. I was given a rose on my way into the hotel once and felt I should give it to someone who would really appreciate it. I saw an elderly woman in a wheelchair playing a slot machine. I went up to her and said “Excuse me would you like to have this rose?” Well she turned to me, snarling and said “Get the hell out of here, can’t you see I’m gambling?” Well that was the last thing I ever tried to give away in a casino. Back to the “Hour” drive there. On days when he wants to go to Laughlin he’ll tell me, “Take your time, I’ll feed the horses and warm up the truck.” The problem is I’m still in my pajamas and barely awake and he’s sitting in the truck with the motor running. I’ve become an expert at finishing dressing, doing my hair, and putting on makeup in a truck that’s going 75mph down I-40. So now on his birthday we’ll be going, I’ll be dressing in the truck, and his eyes will be glazed over when we arrive, but at least I don’t have to cook him something special for his birthday and he can whoop it up all he wants. I’ll be somewhere in the casino, dodging crabby old ladies. ■ ____________________ Written by Julie McNeary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Therapeutic Riding Facility Opens New Center Labor Day
Written by Andrea Smith
t gives me great pleasure to be able to say that after closing the doors to our former facility due to many costly repair and remodeling problems our new facility is trudging along nicely. Slow, but steady, for sure. For nearly six years, we operated under The Mohave Valley Equestrian Center, for disabled and “at risk” youth. This was my retirement gift to myself that I had been saving for. It was a dream I had since I graduated from high school and had spent my summer with disabled children as a counselor at summer camp. I was a natural, having been raised in the Pocono Mountains, in Pennsylvania, where I grew up around horses and farm animals most of my life. It was a bittersweet experience that led me down this road. I was a patient recuperating from a serious and debilitating spinal injury. I had the best doctors and hospitals that Philadelphia had to offer. In spite of the excellent medical treatment and care, I suffered partial paralysis on my left side for nearly six months and was doomed to several years of being in and out of hospitals and being flat on my back. I have managed to push those memories far into the past until now. It was these circumstances that forced me to make the heartbreaking decision to find a home for my two horses; a yearling, and my Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse, Chinga. While they moved on to much better pastures than the stable where I had boarded them for over three years, at an up-state estate, I didn’t fare too well over the coming years. It took a great deal of determination to fight my way back and a dream of finally moving out West, to my greener pastures. The irony of my story is that once I had finally made it out to Arizona, where I was enjoying better and happier days, I met a woman from back home who told me about an amazing pilot program that she had been part of where horses were being used to rehabilitate patients with back and spinal injuries. I was dumbstruck. Here I had to let go of my beloved pets because I feared that I could no longer ride or work with them. I guess at the time my fears were justified. I couldn’t help wondering that
had I known anything about plans for such a program would I have changed my mind about letting go of my horses? Would I have even been a candidate for it? I don’t like to second-guess any of my decisions in life. Sure, there are some things that you think you might have wanted to do differently given the opportunity for a second chance, but I think we’d go crazy dwelling on it. So, for the years that lay ahead I learned all I could about these programs rather than think about what could have, would have or should have been. You move on and build on the experiences you have had and make new ones. In college, I developed steel nerves and actually taught driving lessons to students in our AE, Adaptive Education class. They were students with mild learning disabilities, including students like me who had serious physical impairments but were able to attend classes and even work. It was a great program that was established through Vocational Rehabilitation. It is a department that most every state has utilized under the auspices of that State. Since owning and operating the therapeutic facility, I have authored a proposal for the Tri-State Region to hopefully introduce therapeutic riding for students and children. I’m not sure I’d be the best candidate to launch such a program, but I would help to promote and work with it. My skills as an instructor are limited to teaching basic riding to students with minimal disabilities. I am certified as an “Habilitation Counselor” in Arizona and California, and while I can work with many disabled children, those with more severe disabilities would require instructors with more advanced training and skills as well as special equipment that is used for assisting the rider. The equestrian center, which has now expanded to the Tri-State region, is multifaceted. While we offer riding to students and children, we also put on about six events during the year just to have the public come out with their children to enjoy the fun and animals. Riding is not limited to the disabled. A “Rough Rider” group, for children between the ages of 7 and 12, is also a big part of our program here. For the older teen
group, ages 13 to 16, we have Junior Counselors, that take on some of the responsibilities here, such as “spotting” and leading the riders and care of the horses and livestock. It is also something that students can do for extra credit at school. Since opening our riding facility six years ago there are other therapeutic facilities available that have riding programs for the disabled. They offer the best trained, experienced staff as well as expert riders that I pale in comparison to. Nonetheless, we need all of these riding centers. And we need to support them. I can unequivocally tell you that the benefit of their work provides an enormous opportunity for these students that give them self-esteem and hope as well as fun and adventure. I am fortunate to have been able to live out my dream of turning a bad time in my life into a fairy tale come true. I can’t describe the feeling of seeing children and students every time they mount a horse and ride for the first time. It is a sight to behold. Like a lot of programs these past two years, money has been tight. It costs money to feed horses and operate. Most of the horses we have acquired for our facility are good horses. Many of them have some health issues, some need to put on extra weight. They are all extremely gentle and find their new purpose in life. When C.R.R.Y.S., the Youth Center, down the road from us closed its doors several years ago, our attendance dropped dramatically. With the economy and soaring gas prices it was not the best time to rebuild. Now we are glad to be able to complete the work here. While we still offer riding, our new therapy facility will be up and running Labor Day weekend. Come join us! ■ ____________________ For more information call Andrea 928 768-0194, or email at email@example.com Andrea Smith is a freelance writer in Mohave County and contributer to Horse ‘n' Around The Mountains. She is the owner and Director of the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Facility in Mohave Valley and Kingman
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Handling the Mouthy Horse
he best way to handle a horse that gets mouthy is to never let the problem develop in the first place. Horses that get mouthy are often bored and looking for attention. The more you work with your horse, moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right, the more he’ll use the thinking side of his brain and the more respectful he’ll get. A horse that respects your space doesn’t lip on you; he stays out of your personal hula hoop space unless you invite him in. You also need to be careful that you’re not encouraging the horse to be mouthy. People often make this mistake with young horses like foals and weanlings. Because they’re small, they allow the foal to nuzzle them, play with their shirt, etc. Then when the foal grows up to be a 1,200-pound pushy, disrespectful horse, they wonder where they went wrong. Don’t wait until the horse gets mouthy to do the groundwork; start earning his respect and attention before a problem shows up. I personally never lead my horses to where I’m going. Instead, I back them up, practice side passing, do the C-Pattern, etc., moving their feet forwards, backwards, left and right. I never waste an opportunity to teach my horses something. The busier you keep a horse’s feet and the more you keep him mentally stimulated, the less mouthy he will be. Remember, horses that are mouthy are searching for interaction, so give them your attention by moving their feet. ■
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y the time you read this our first clinic will have been done. I will put photos and a write up about how it went. There will be two more after that and a series of horse shows as well. Farnam is sponsoring our clinics and sent nice gifts for riders who try hard and show improvement. We will be finding other sponsors for the shows so we will be able to provide great gifts to the winners!! “Winners,” that’s a great word, the meaning is anyone who is work-
ing hard at training themselves or their horse is a winner. It is not the ribbon that you get from a judge that determines that. When I’m riding a young horse that may not have ever been in the show ring and he does well, that’s a win. Or you ride and have a great ride with few or no mistakes and the horse listens well and behaves…another winning event!! If the rider does well and feels like they have learned something from the experience that would be a win. People learn very little when they are winning, we learn much more when we are working on a problem to solve. Once we have won a few times we think we know everything. A difficult ride or a problem horse can give us great insight. I know I like to win but more than that I like to progress as a team with the horse I’m working with at the time. Perfecting our skills and the skills of our horses can take time and patience. We like to have instant results in this world today. We like things done now like a quick text message or email. Horses don’t work on that kind of time. It keeps us down to earth and I find it relaxing and peaceful. So enjoy the process and don’t get in a hurry. Look for the upcoming clinics and shows. We love to help you and your horse find success in all your endeavors. Have fun and keep it safe. ■
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Walkin’ out across my place the other day I was aware that I was lookin’ real close where I was steppin’, snakes are out and movin’ around. Back in East Texas where I came from, I never in my whole life ran into a rattler. Fishin’ the Sabine River you had to watch out for Cotton Mouths and walkin’ the forests and grasslands you had to look for Copperheads. If snakes are pretty, the
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Copperhead is the prettiest in my book. These snakes that I had tangled with are quiet and sneaky. Out here in the desert, I have tangled with a couple Diamondbacks, the first one was about six feet and had eleven rattles. He never moved until after a piece of angle-iron dispatched his head. The second one took up residence right outside my door under the outside wash stand. Twelve gauge took care of that one, about three foot, both of them were “coon-tails” Diamondbacks. Haven’t run into a live Mohave Green...yet...but I sure do watch where I walk. Most of the trouble I ever got into came from following my feet into a bar or some party where folks was drinkin’. Drinkin’ deceives us into thinkin’ we’re somethin’ we ain’t, like tough, good lookin’, or God’s gift to women, (or men)...sometimes we even think we can drive that truck home until a ditch jumps out in front of us, or worse, someone’s loved one... God says we are responsible for what we do and we will answer to HIM whether we
believe it or not. It don’t make any difference to the judge when you get a speeding ticket what you believe, you’re gonna pay! The Bible says in Galations 6:7,8...Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8: Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Trustin’ in Jesus as Savior will pay your sin tab. We teach straight talk and give you the truth to live by at Cowboy Church, no bull! Well, maybe a little on our boots and jeans as we come right from the ranch or arena. We eat good and laugh a lot...come see...Along The Way. ■ ____________________
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Rhona Hornsby and her horse Tia have been working together since January, and they both have improved leaps and bounds. Rhona’s confidence was shaken after a serious fall, and since then she has studied and learned the ground work exercises to build her confidence again in the saddle. She has even started to trot with Tia, practicing her posting. Tia has also grown in confidence herself and is now seeing Rhona as the leader of the team. Keep up the GREAT work Rhona, we are very proud of your accomplishments!
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VET WRAP Stomach Ulcers
A Common Horse Health Problem
Written by Christy Garfinkle, DVM
very common drawback for horse health is stomach ulcers and an increase in awareness has resulted in more and more horses gaining from the veterinary care of stomach ulcers. The signs of stomach ulcers comprise: poor appetite, dull coat, dark faces, poor performance, behavioral problems and general poor health of the horse. Diagnosis is by endoscopic examination of the stomach. Blood tests can be suggestive however not authoritative. It is often cheaper to treat than diagnose abdomen ulcers. So, why do stomach ulcers arise and how could we manage them? What leads to stomach ulcers? It is a very common horse health problem, they’re present in over 50% of horses in work and some studies cite around 95% of horses in work having stomach ulcers. Horse health management factors that further the risk: •
Stabling, horses in stables are much more liable to get than horses in paddocks with grass to graze. Feeding hard feeds, particularly high grain feed. Being in work, particularly strenuous work. Horses which crib bite or wind suck. These horses typically do not eat well and so have very little gastric components to neutralize stomach acid. The employment of some NSAIDs, particularly Bute. Thus how do we reduce the chances? Grazing good grass can improve the horse’s health. Veterinary medications have Omeprazole or Ranitidine from your vet could be beneficial in treatment and control. Some dietary supplements, such as or can help coat the stomach thus reducing the chance of development.
If you suspect stomach ulcers to be a problem for your horse’s health,call your veterinarian to provide the most effective guidance and treatment if essential. ■ ____________________ Christy Garfinkle, DVM 2514 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA 92019 619-659-1180 www.drgarfinkel.com / email@example.com
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e’d been in this country once, years ago, and a lifetime before. He’d had friends, and people that cared for him, but he’d changed a long time ago. Not that they’d know that, but he would. Would they be able to tell? Would they care? Hell, there probably wasn’t any one who would remember him, let alone care. Not that it mattered. He’d quit caring a long time ago. All he did now was get by, and take one day at a time. If he just got through that one day, he was satisfied. Tomorrow would be worried about, and got through when it got here. Yesterday didn’t matter. It was already over and done. Besides, it hurt too much to think about. There was too much pain and sorrow. He’d had a family. A wife, children, a home, a job. Everything that other people had. But they were gone now, and he was driving down the road of life, alone again. Him and his wife had split after sixteen years, for the second, and last time. There’d been two years
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after the first divorce, and then they tried it again. For three years it had gone great. Then somewhere; he didn’t know where exactly, things had turned again. The kids were grown and had families of their own now, and they didn’t need him hanging around. Oh, they still loved him, but they had their own lives, and that’s how it should be, he figured. Still, it was nice to stop by once in a while, and bum dinner, play with the grandkids, and visit. He didn’t want to wear out his welcome, so he never stayed long, though. He smiled to himself, as he thought, “They’d be upset if they knew that I worried about my welcome getting worn out, but I do. It’s just better to keep my visits short, few, and far between”. The CD player was playing Waylon, and he was singing a song about lost love, and wanting to drift. “Well, he was living proof, that that wasn’t necessarily the best way,” he thought, as he pushed the repeat button, and laughed at the irony of his thoughts. All he’d done his whole life was drift, lose loves, and hit repeat buttons Some things never change! He glanced in the rearview mirror, and considered the horse trailer he was pulling. His family was snug in that trailer! They consisted of his three horses. That was the only constant in his life, anymore. Well, he had to consider God as a constant too! No matter what he did, he never forgot the Lord. Sometimes, he slipped, but he tried to not fail. In a way, it seemed to him, God and those three horses had a lot in common. They loved him, cared about him, and were never too busy to listen when he needed to talk. They were not only his friends, but his confidants, and they never told any of his secrets to anyone else. Pretty good deal, he figured.
He was coming into a town. It was small, but seemed like it might be a good place to gas up, let the horses out so they could stretch, and all of them could get a bite to eat. Maybe, if he could find an arena, he’d turn the horses out so they could run and play, while he slept in the truck. “It won’t be the first time, nor the last,” he said to himself, as he eased up to the gas pump and shut off the truck. While the gas tank was getting full, he checked the oil, washed the windows, and walked back to the trailer. Opening the three side windows, he rubbed the horses gently on their faces, and around their ears. They loved it, and he always took the time to do it for them. It was a way to say “thanks”, and “I love you”, all at the same time. He reached into the grain bag in the back of the pickup, and gave a handful of grain to each of the horses before closing the windows again. The gas pump had quit pumping, so he topped off the tank, and went inside to pay for the fuel, and get a hot dog, or a snack to eat. It’d been a long day, and he hadn’t stopped driving for the last six hours. “Sure are beautiful horses you’ve got out there, cowboy,” the gal behind the counter said, with a smile. “Thanks, ma’am,” he replied, as he grinned. It always made him feel good when people noticed his horses. As he put ketchup, relish, and onions on a hot dog that was probably as old as he was, he asked her, “Sis, y’all got a rodeo arena here, where I could turn the boys out for the night? They’ve come a pretty fair piece today, and need to just relax, eat, get a drink, and some sleep. Come to think of it, I do too!” To Be Continued
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The Vitamin D Message for Your Horse’s Health
Dr. Juliet Getty
Written by Dr. Juliet Getty Getty Equine Nutrition LLC
hirty to 90 minutes in the sun will give the average person all the required daily vitamin D. But a horse’s hair coat alone creates such a significant barrier to
absorption that it typically takes 5 to 8 hours of exposure to ultra violet light for horses to produce enough vitamin D. Compound that with added blocks like fly spray, coat conditioner, blanket or sheet, or decreased body oils due to bathing, and it becomes apparent that in some cases, horses may not get enough of this vital ingredient. How does sunshine convert to vitamin D? The key is in the skin’s oils, which contain a derivative of cholesterol called 7-dehydrocholesterol. When exposed to sunshine, this compound is converted to Cholecalciferol, which is then converted to the actual vitamin D, known as: 25-hydroxy-cholecalciferol, or D3, for short. D3 is actually a hormone. A hormone, simply put, is a substance that is produced in one place and delivers a message to another place. D3 is produced in the kidney, and its message is to insure correct blood calcium levels which are critical to the proper function of your horses’ bones, joints, and muscles. D3 looks first to increase absorption by the intestine of ingested calcium, then if necessary, it will key the bones to give up calcium, and finally, it will instruct the kidneys to reduces calcium losses through urine. There is a vitamin D2 which is found in plants. Plants make D2 from sunlight exposure, much in the same manner as D3 is made
in animals, except the original starting point is ergosterol. Most vitamin supplements, however, contain the animal source – vitamin D3 – because it tends to be more stable and therefore has a longer shelf life. But when your horse eats fresh grass, he is getting the plant form. Once inside your horse’s body, they both have the same function. Vitamin D deficiency is more common than you might think. • Horses that are kept indoors have the highest risk • Frequent bathing with soap inhibits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D simply because the precursor in body oil (7-dehydrocholesterol) is washed away • The reduced intensity of sunlight during the winter or at higher latitudes (starting with the upper one third of the U.S., into Canada) inhibits vitamin D production • Vitamin D does not survive in hay Deficiency causes reduced appetite, slowed growth, physitis in growing horses, bone demineralization (leading to stress fractures and bone deformities), and poor muscle contraction. Horses do best when they receive at least 6.6 IU of vitamin D per kg of body weight. For an 1100 lb (500 kg) horse, this
translates into 3300 IU/day. Sunlight exposure—5 to 8 hours/day under optimal conditions—will produce this amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D toxicity is unusual but possible, and somewhat confusingly, the signs of toxicity are similar to deficiency: reduced feed intake, poor growth, and an unthrifty appearance. An upper limit of 44 IU/kg of body weight (22,000 IU for an 1100 lb horse) has been established. Improper supplementation can cause excessively high intake; check all your supplements and fortified feeds to make certain you’re feeding a safe amount. The very good news is that sunlight exposure cannot lead to excessive vitamin D production. So give your horse as much time outdoors, with minimal chemical or physical barriers. Let that vitamin D message do its wonders for the good of your horse. ■ ____________________ Dr. Juliet Getty has taught and consulted on equine nutrition for more than 20 years. The Getty Equine Nutrition website offers helpful articles, a library of previous teleseminars and articles, and a nutrition forum. http://www.GettyEquineNutrition.com
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Kingman’s Healing Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Photos and article by Karrah Rodney
hat was all the excitement for Saturday April 14th ? We introduced our upgraded ramp and new hoist system to the general public along with introducing the Kingman’s Healing Hooves Therapy Horses to new clients, both able body riders and disabled riders. We are now set up to service more of the community through all levels of challenged riders from all spectrums of Autism, ADD, ADHD, Soto’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, MS, MD, Paraplegic, Quadriplegic and everything in between. We currently have four GREAT horses that we use for therapy riding; Hutch, Denny, Charmer, and Dreamer are only 5 years old and display a caring, sensitive nature to all they meet. We also have a 26 year old gelding named Bud that loves to be brushed and will carry the smallest of riders along with our 15 year old white mare named Mystery. The girls LOVE her and want Mystery to be the horse of choice because “everyone knows, all princesses ride white horses.” Last but not least we have our 9 year old mini horse Whiskey Pete who is trained to pull a cart so those who are unable to ride the larger horses can still use their hand to eye coordination and build confidence by being a part of the therapy program. Our updated ramp and hoist system is the only one in Mohave County and the closest facilities that offer this type of therapeutic machinery to help those who are wheel chair bound experience the freedom of riding a horse, are in Las Vegas and Phoenix. We are also very proud of our newly fabricated saddles that offer support to riders who are not able to hold themselves upright in the saddle. We have a patent pending which will allow us to help other facilities who are looking for stable back supports for their riders. We have seen GREAT success with our program, the little steps are GIANT steps for our students and we love to celebrate their accomplishments during the lesson and also with our Facebook Fan Page. We post updates so family and friends can comment and share their love and encouragement for their loved ones. Kassie Schuerr is the Director of Kingman’s Healing Hooves and has also trained all the horses used in the program. Page 8 – Horse ‘n Around the Mountains®
Along with daily duties, she also leads the therapy sessions, whether it is riding around the arena with a child on a horse; helping them progress in building core strength and body control; to riding the horse on the obstacle course she has designed. Kassie has a wealth of knowledge for training and also working with able riding clients as well as disabled children and adults. A Kingman native, she was brought up training horses from a young age. Kassie and her husband Tom decided to return to Kingman to raise their two children Lindsey and Chad in a home town atmosphere after being away for 12 years. She continued gaining experience by attending the Exotic Animal Training And Management Program at Moorpark College in Southern California, earning degrees in Animal Behavior, Animal Training, and Wild Life Education. She is an Animal Behavior Specialist and has had the opportunity to train and assist training a vast array of animals from an American Badger, Wolves, Baboons, Parrots, Elephants, Sea Lions and Killer Whales. She worked for 7 years at the Mirage Dolphin Habitat as one of the six trainers working with the seven Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Kassie volunteered at both the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Zoos, along with the opportunity to work as an intern at Universal Studios Hollywood with the Animal Show (along with helping in the training of animals in the movie Batman Returns) and Marine World in Vallejo, CA in the Marine Mammal department. She then spent 7 years at the Mirage Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas learning more about training the dolphins for medical procedures, public interaction desensitizing, dolphin communication research projects and learning behavioral modification skills for disabled children and adults. Kassie was also an integral member of the training staff who worked on a Mirage Autism Research Project with local children in Las Vegas. “We saw amazing results with the children using the pools for swimming, playing catch with the ball or Frisbee then swimming with the dolphins as a reward for completed tasks and good behavior. We set out to either prove or disproved the theory that the dolphins cured Autism, some facilities in Florida were claiming they were curing the children, often times leaving the families disappointed and financially ruined during the
last ditch effort to cure their loved ones.” “What we did determine through the data collected, we as trainers are very “black and white” when it comes to correct or incorrect behavior. With the ability to read behavior we could redirect quickly to get a positive response and complete tasks. We were able to teach “control behaviors” that we incorporated with the children, so when they started their hand flapping, sitting and swaying etc., we could get their attention back to the task at hand. Their self-reinforcing behaviors diminished greatly and we were excited to see them come out of their shells, even if only a small amount. The day-to-day tasks for most able-bodied people are HUGE accomplishments for those struggling with both physical and mental challenges. We disproved the theory that the dolphins cured Autism, and we proved that with consistency and using any animal in general (not necessarily dolphins), the children were more likely to improve in their fine and gross motor skills, communication, and we saw the children become more collected with their thought process” Kassie explained. With Kassie’s love of training and experience gained with a variety of disabilities, she developed a facility and program to give back to the community through equine assisted therapy. “My friend, Levi Rogers, was in a serious vehicle accident in 2004 leaving him a quadriplegic. We had been in touch and I had seen him post a comment on Facebook stating; “The one thing I wish I could do again is ride a horse”. “I saw that post and it sent chills up my arms, I contacted Levi and told him about our facility and the goals for our program that we had developed and that we would make it happen. It took one full year to get everything in place to start the construction of the hoist system to be ready for the spring riding season. Levi came over the end of March for his first “Cowboy Up” session. There wasn’t a dry eye in the facility. Levi continues to returned for weekly lessons and he was been building strength with every ride.” Kassie welcomes you to be a part of someone’s life by following our students on Facebook, volunteering at the facility caring for the horses and helping during the riding sessions and to just be a part of something that is so much bigger than our day to day lives. “I have always felt the need to be serv-
ing others and this is the most incredible opportunity to make a change in someone’s life. I absolutely LOVE what we have developed and who we are able to touch with the horses and positive reinforcement, I am the one blessed to have our students/clients in my life.” Kassie wanted to make sure to thank everyone involved in helping make her dream come true by helping others make THEIR dreams come true with horse therapy. “We couldn’t have done any of this with out the dedication of our volunteers: Mitch Gregg and Tom Schuerr who designed, fabricated, and built the ramp, hoist lift system, saddles and numerous other tasks needed. Kenni Sue Gregg for Administration work including everything needed to apply for a non-profit status, Karrah Rodney for photos throughout the last 2 years, Emilie and Thom McGerty for the use of their wonderful 5 year old geldings, Robert Wise and family owner of Raw Dirt Works for sand in the arena, Gulbranson Excavating West for all the tractor work needed to enhance the facility, Walgreens for their donation of drinking water for our Open House, Safeway for their donation of cookies also for the Open House and the NUMEROUS volunteers that make our jobs so much easier. THANK YOU ALL for what you do to make a” life changing experience” in our student’s lives.” We continue to accept able-bodied and physically/mentally challenged riders. Rider applications and Volunteer Packs are available upon request, and we do require a physician’s release for our disabled riders, along with waivers for our able-bodied riders. We look forward to making a difference in more people’s lives, one ride at a time. ■ ____________________
Photos and article by Karrah Rodney You can contact Kassie Schuerr at email@example.com by phone at 928-757-1341, or through her Facebook pages; http://www.facebook.com/KingmansHealingHooves and/or http://www.facebook.com/ASchuerrThingHorseTrainingAndRidi ngLessons?ref=tn_tnmn Kassie Schuerr • Kingman’s Healing Hooves Kingman’s Healing Hooves mission is: “To improve the minds, body’s and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapeutic riding. Joy can heal in so many ways and we strive to help in the healing process for family and friends of the special needs client”.
Good Pen... Bad Pen
few years ago, I witnessed a neighbor’s horse die from an injury sustained in an unsafe pen. (See “Death in the Alley” in Human to Horseman.) Ironically, the pen was designed very well, with an open feeling, good air circulation, shade, water, and plenty of room for the half-dozen minis and full-sized horses that lived there together. It was the execution of the design that was the problem. Used materials and poor construction made the pen an eyesore, and a sharp edge somewhere in that tangle of tin, rusted pipe and weathered wood cost a horse her life. Today there is a different problem at that address. The original pen and owner are long gone and the new occupant is an older woman with a safe but equally inappropriate home for her single horse. The living area is as sturdy as a prison cell, with a similar feeling to it. A fivefoot solid block wall defines the perimeter, blocking both view and air circulation. A single brown mare lives inside, isolated from the world and other creatures in it. When I walk down the street with my horses, she hears us and runs over to the wall. She nickers at us and tries to peek over the top. It always saddens me. I try to remember two things at times like this. First, horses are extremely adaptable and this horse will probably be just fine. Bored, yes, but in any real danger? No. Second, it also matters what the human is getting out of this deal. There is a reason my neighbor went to the trouble and expense of building this little horsey
prison. Maybe the little mare is bringing something very special to this human’s life. I wouldn’t deny that to anyone. So why even bring this up? Because it’s an opportunity to tell you what I would have done. I would have spent a fraction of the money and put up a v-mesh or non-climb wire horse fence such as those made by Red Brand. This is not a commercial for Red Brand, I promise. That just happens to be the product I would use. This would give the horse a view of her surroundings and allow air to circulate through the area, which is absolutely critical when you live in the desert as we do. I would also get the horse a companion. Another horse would be ideal, but a mule, donkey, mini or goat would be fine. Even a chicken or duck could provide companionship for this horse. Horses have a primal need to live in a herd. Any kind of herd. I do not know the new neighbor. We said hello one time as I walked by and she seemed nice enough, as is usually the case. Most people don’t deliberately abuse or stress their horses; they just don't know any better, and there's no shame in that. Every good horseman I know grieves for the horses he or she failed along the way. Growth requires stretching, reaching for something better than we have and are. All I can do is hope that my neighbor continues growing. ■ ____________________
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Written by Zen Mocarski of Game & Fish Region III in Kingman, AZ
rom research efforts and habitat to species specific information, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced its 2012 Summer Wildlife Series schedule. The series opened on May 11th with venomous critters and concludes on August 17th with a presentation on research and wildlife. The presentations are held from 6:307:30 p.m. at the Kingman Mohave County Library located at 3269 Burbank. The series is sponsored by the Brenden Kingman Cinemas and the Mohave County Library, which is serving as host site for the third straight season. “The series is designed to be educational, but we do our best to keep the talks entertaining,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Kingman office. “Each year we open with venomous critters as a public safety service, but the other seven talks are all new to the series.” Mocarski said most of the presentations will run approximately 45 minutes to allow time for questions. The presentations are open and free to
the public, although seating capacity is limited to 52 and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The presentations will be, in order:
Owls ..................................................May 25 Pronghorn ............................................June 8 Habitat and Wildlife............................June 22 Carp Fishing........................................July 13 Small Mammals of the Desert ..............July 27 Deer ..............................................August 10 Research and Wildlife ........................Aug. 17
“Thus far the series has been well received and we continue to try and provide a wide range of topics,” Mocarski said. “Last year we set attendance records and averaged nearly 47 people per talk. “It is good to know there are so many people in the area who have such a thirst for information in regards to wildlife.” The library and Game and Fish office have schedule cards available. Presentation descriptions will be posted on the Game and Fish outdoor calendar on the department website at www.azgfd.gov. ■ ____________________
For more information, contact Zen Mocarski at (928) 692-7700, Ext. 2301
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Route 66 Leads to Oatman, Arizona
Written by Susan of Lazy Susan Speaks
ove old mining places? I absolutely fell in love with Oatman, Arizona. I am ashamed to say I have lived within a 60 mile radius of this fair mountain mining heaven for 15 years and never stepped foot into Oatman until yesterday. I had no idea what to expect and was literally bowled over at how cute the town is. Oatman, Arizona is about 24 miles west of Kingman, Arizona and is the site of one of the richest gold lodes in the west. The town started as a tent camp in 1906 and grew like crazy because of the gold until World War II. Today the town is a tourist attraction still very true to its history
as a gold mining center. Descendants of the burros who were used in the mines roam the street looking for “free eats”. The town sells alfalfa chunks for the burros. Carrot feeding is discouraged. The setting is a mining boom town. Many shops lure people in with very interesting names and merchandise. The food is fabulous. I ate at the hotel which was covered with dollar bills on the walls. Dollar bills don’t do well underground and so miners would tack their money on the wall of the saloon and to assure themselves a drink or two after work. In Oatman, establishments live the period and tell stories of their past proudly. You may even walk down the street and experience a live gunfight. All in fun, of course.
No one gets hurt. Clark Gable and his bride, Carole Lombard spent their wedding night at the Oatman Hotel. The story goes that Clark enjoyed the camaraderie with the miners and often joined them to play cards. He married Lombard in Kingman, Arizona and they honeymooned in Oatman. Charming Oatman portrays a unique time in our history. The town’s main industry is tourism and all of the locals help to keep the mining spirit alive. It’s a fun destination and I’m so glad I finally checked it out. ■ ____________________
More Information http://www.oatmangoldroad.org Written by Susan of Lazy Susan Speaks
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Published Author, Jimi “Chance” Owens
Was the “Cowboy Poet” at Arizona’s Centennial Dinner on April 21st What’s A Cowboy Poet? What’s a Cowboy Poet, he’s a good Cowboy with his brains kicked in, Tryin’ ta tell ya how he’s felt, time and time again. There’ll be a bunch of laughter, and yes, lots of tears, And start ya reminiscin’, about all those long gone years. You’ll ride the miles with him, along some dusty trails, You’ll travel up ta heav’n, or maybe down to hell. On horses snortin’ fire, a-ridin’ em with pride, And chasin’ cows, wild as deer, and the devil in their hides.
Maybe you’ll be a sittin’, with a girl with eyes of blue, That makes yore heart twitter, at the way she looks at you. You’ll mend fence and fix windmills, clean out the water tanks, And work from sunup to sundown, with no words of thanks. You’ll fight the heat and cold, you’ll pray for the rain, You’ll due the chores yore asked to, and nearly go insane. So saddle up yore pony, with the Poet you will ride, ‘Cause his tale will fill your heart, with his Cowboy Poet Pride. Written by Jimi “Chance” Owens 5-6-12
GHOSTS FROM THE PAST Listen! Can you hear them? As the wind blows thru the trees, These knights of old, in leather, moaning on the breeze. They have no tales of tomorrow, only of the past, As they rode and drove their cattle, in a time that couldn't last.
Ridin' unbroke horses, their ropes tied to the horn, They were out of bed and movin', before each day was born. They gathered wild cattle from the thickets, and out on the Plains, And the like of these old cowmen, won't be seen again. They had no trailers or pickups, a wagon was their home, And upon a horse's back they went, wherever they might roam. They had no time for lazy; hard work was these men's creed, They did it cause they loved it, not for riches or for greed.
They ate the dust of a thousand trails, their lot, not to complain, And they rose before the sun each day, to battle snow and heat and rain. They had no fences, only trails, and each was his own man, And cowboy pride filled each heart, content to ride for the brand. Now the ones I've known, of these old cowboys, most have ridden on, To greener pastures and better trails, they're all, almost gone. But they left us a legacy, out in that knee-high grass, And I'm proud to say, I trailed 'em up, these ghosts from the past. Written by Jimi "Chance" Owens 8-14-98
Andy Patterson Sustains Burns
Written by S.L. Pierce
with Andy Patterson I6thandvisited his wife Audra Sunday, May in their hotel room. Andy was
in pretty good spirits considering he had 2nd degree burns on his hand and 3rd degree burns on his foot. He had been released from the Burn Unit at Las Vegas University Medical Center the previous Wednesday. He must return daily for bandage changes. Three weeks ago, on April 16th, Andy, with Mohave Electric, touched an “elbow” located inside an electrical vault. He tells me the electrical voltage immediately shot his head back and he was looking straight at the sun. Of course he couldn’t let go until the massive breaker tripped. He took over 14 thousand volts. Andy was very lucky that day. Because he had a metal plate in his heel from an earlier injury, the current went directly to ground and missed his heart and other vital organs. The worst of the burns were on his foot…but the dastardly thing about electrical burns is that they continue to burn from the inside out. In other words, it continued to get worse along with the pain. The doctors thought they would need to remove Andy’s foot. Instead they tried temporary skin grafts with pig skin to see if that would work. The good news is, it worked. Next came
Audra & Andy Patterson
Photo provided by Audra Patterson
the shark cartilage… the good news is, it worked. If this is the avenue the doctors want to continue down, Andy has many more painful surgeries ahead of him. Family, friends, coworkers and neighbors are planning a benefit for Andy on June 9th at the Castle Rock Bar & Grill. Even though most of Andy’s expenses are covered by workman’s compensation, Audra indicated that the big bills are piling up. She hasn’t left Andy’s side since the accident and hasn’t been able to completely do her job since then either. Andy has a lot of family, friends and neighbors praying for him… and we will continue to pray until he comes home. ____________________
Written by S.L. Pierce of the Broken Wheel Ranch Kingman, Arizona
at 4:00 pm Castle Rock Event Center
June 9th, 2012
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Enjoy Cowboy Church Team Roping Event & Bake Sale at 6:00 and Great Food from the Castle Rock Kitchen
The Curtis Patterson Jr Fund (a.k.a. Andy) has been set up at Mohave State Bank
For More Information & To Make Donations Call: Rhonda Johnson @ (928) 530-1373 Susan Pierce @ (928) 897-7020 Any donation made are not tax deductible
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Published on Sep 6, 2012