Horse n’ Around the River
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assage is an old therapy for horses. Have you ever seen two horses in a field or paddock grooming each other? That’s a form of massage. Body work (massage) is not putting your horse on a table and giving him a massage like humans get; that is the first thing that goes through peoples’ minds when they think of a massage. Massage can free up tight muscles or connective tissue to enhance blood flow, improve range of motion, and joint flexibility, because you are improving muscle quality and circulation. There are several ways to do massage therapy. I was taught to start with a light touch and then, as needed, gently increase pressure. You adjust your technique on the horse’s responses. The horse will start showing subtle signs of adjusting himself by relaxing -- he will chew, lick his lips, sigh, or soften his
eyes. He will sometimes just move around, maybe showing his teeth with a stretch. I do not align the horse – that is a job for a veterinarian or an equine chiropractor, but as the horse relaxes his muscles, the horse’s body will begin to realign itself. As the muscles get tight from an injury, or just being worked, they will pull the skeletal portion of his body causing it to be out of alignment. Once the connective tissue is relaxed, it will begin release in the joint area to give the horse better mobility, and flexion (range of motion). A horse may require massage for many reasons. Here are just a few: before and after an event to assist in a warm up and cool down method; you notice your horse cheating in some way (stopping, turning); stride change; or over use (Massage – Continued on Page 2)
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Massage (Continued from page 1) of compensated muscles from an injury, (with your veterinarians approval), and attitude change. Reasons not to massage: lameness without a vet check, fungal skin infection, and fever undiagnosed, are a few. My name is Kimi Locke. I am a certified equine massage therapist with 360 hours of class time I also team rope as a heeler, hence my business name (Two FEET Inc.). I reside in Arizona; you can find me at the Mohave Event Center, or Mormon Lake. If I am not available, and you would like to have your horse massaged, I will help you find someone in your area. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions, I have gift certificates available, and take Visa or Mastercard.
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ew report on equine stress released as Foundation denied access to view the captured Calico wild horses in Reno, NV (April 23, 2010). Unexpected castrating of captured male mustangs, four years old and younger, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) started behind closed doors on Friday, April 16th in the Fallon holding pens of Nevada. Many depressed horses with swollen scrotums have been observed. The public understood that the castration of the Calico wild horses would not occur until the In Defense of Animals court case was heard in May as there is a possibility of returning the wild horses to their protected public rangelands. For months, requests for daily monitoring by humane observers have been repetitively denied at the new private facility contracted by the BLM. Now a request to visit the feedlot-style facility by Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Ginger Kathrens, has been denied as well. Outraged members of the public will hold protests in multiple cities because of the BLM’s lack of transparency and cruel roundups. “BLM seems determined to create a missing generation of mustangs” states Terri Farley, an awardwinning children’s author and a plaintiff in the Calico case. “In their care, 86 horses have died, more than 40 mares have aborted their late term foals and now they've castrated an undisclosed number of young stallions." On April 19th Ginger Kathrens, was denied access to visit the private wild horse holding facility in Fallon, Nevada. BLM holds fast to its policy of restricting viewing to Sundays for a few hours— a time when the horses are not being handled by the BLM. An email to Kathrens from BLM Deputy Division Chief of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, Dean Bolstad, he stated in part “The facility (Fallon) is not staffed adequately to host visitation on a daily basis or upon demand. Each time we conduct a tour, staff have to travel from Reno or Palomino Valley.” Kathrens responded that, “Since visitation is denied except for a brief two hours on Sundays, it causes your ‘management’ practices to appear less transparent. Consequently, this restriction/limitation ends-up being counter productive to your educational and public relations efforts. I hope that this practice will change in the near future so people such as myself can fully view the facility and the horses -- and feel like we're invited and informed partners in the care of our national wild horse treasures.” According to a newly released report by Bruce Nock, PhD entitled “Wild Horses, The Stress of Captivity” the deaths and abortions can be attributed in part to the sheer stress of the roundup. This report was released in conjunction with “BLM Calico Complex Roundup: A Case Study of a Broken System for
Horses and Taxpayers” a report by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). Dr. Bruce Nock, Associate Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine and expert on the physiological effects of stress on animals, wrote: “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say, as gathers [roundups] are routinely done in the USA, if a wild horse doesn’t die straight off from the immediate devastation and commotion, it compromises him/her physically and mentally, putting him on a path of accelerated deterioration.” Even during the limited once a week visits, members of the public have observed the horses being fed moldy hay, which can cause serious illness and death to horses of all ages. The feeding of the moldy hay was noted and photographers and colic results from ingesting sand and has been known to be fatal in many cases on the automatic feeding trucks most recently on Sunday, April 18. Other photographs underscore the lack of cover for the horses, the extreme dust during frequent windy periods, and the presence of sand and even small rocks in the hay being fed to the once wild and free roaming Calico horses. “The reports we get from citizens able to get in to see and document the captive wild horses during the once a week staged tours are awful. This shameful taxpayer funded nightmare behind closed doors must stop!” states Kathrens. The Calico Mountain Complex wild horse roundup has drawn intense public attention worldwide. BLM went forward despite historic public opposition and a recommendation from US District Federal District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman to postpone the roundup. Despite the increased scrutiny, the roundup has been a disaster for the nearly 2000 federally protected mustangs. In late December government contracted helicopters took to the air, rounding up every horse they could find on the vast 500,000 acre Calico range—an area designated principally for wild horse use since 1971 but grazed by thousands of privately-owned, governmentsubsidized cattle. The roundup and short-term holding of the Calico mustangs has cost at least $1.3 million to American taxpayers while causing injury and death to hundreds of wild horses. The 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act placed the authority for managing wild horses and burros primarily in the hands of the BLM. 54,000 wild horses and burros comprised 303 herds throughout the West when BLM conducted the first population census in 1974. Since that time, over 100 herds have been completely eliminated and the current range population is believed to be less than half what it was in 1974. This roundup and removal policy is fast leading to the extinction of wild horses and burros in the West. "At the same time the BLM strips federal land of wild horses and (BLM Castrates Mustangs continued on page 4)
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Confidence: Get It, Keep It!
any riders seem to search in vain for confidence, or wish they had more. But confidence is not something you can find, or something that will one day be bestowed upon you from above. These are not the only misconceptions about confidence riders possess. Some people think that they have to wait to win before they can have confidence. If that were true, no one would ever win a class at their first try, and we all know this does happen. Others believe confidence will guarantee success. Unfortunately, this is not true. Sure, if you expect a positive outcome from your ride, your chances will be better. But life being what it is, with all the uncontrollables out there, can interfere with the best of intentions. What this means is riders all too often give up on their “confidence” with the first failure. They think “well, that didn’t work. Thinking positively just doesn’t work”. Sure it works, but it’s also not magic. The good news is confidence is yours to have and keep, if you develop it and take care of it properly.
The business of changing how you feel about yourself as a rider entails action and experience. Think about it, if your horse suffered a lack of confidence over a spooky jump, you wouldn’t pat him on the neck and tell him to feel better and believe in himself. (Well, maybe you would but it would make you feel better than him). You would need to show him he could feel better, by leading him through an experience of handling that spooky jump. How you seek to build your own confidence is ultimately the same.
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What do you need to feel more confident about? If it’s winning, you may be heading down the wrong path. Not that you shouldn’t want to have confidence in winning, but it’s not the easiest starting point. There will always be a percentage of winning that is not in your control. So, if you rely on its presence to fuel your confidence, it may not always show up. Then, like many other athletes, you may mistakenly conclude that you’re no good and therefore don’t deserve to feel confident. There is an easier way. Choose specific skills that are crucial to your particular horse sport. Your list should include physical and mental skills. A dressage rider requires, among other things, precision in position and body state control. The jumper rider needs an assertive attitude and excellent timing. Once you have created your list, get to work. Like the aspiring actor, you will need rehearsal, after rehearsal to get to know and incorporate each of your skills. That kind of familiarity will bring you confidence. But remember, it will not guarantee you perform the skill perfectly each time. Distractions, mistakes and other confidence disrupters will happen. In fact, you could say that by its very nature, horse sport can be a real confidence zapper. Top riders have days when their horses don’t cooperate. Many leading riders have more losses than wins in a season. There are just too many variables in competitive horse sport to make anything a sure thing.
Once you secure confidence, don’t think your work is done. Your confidence will require upkeep, and (Confidence continued on page 7)
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burros it is supposed to be protecting, it props up a public lands grazing program that costs American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year” states Rob Pliskin, a BLM volunteer and wild horse supporter. 36,000 wild horses are currently in holding facilities instead of roaming in the lands designated for their
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VET WRAP Navicular Syndrome
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he navicular bone serves two purposes. The first is that it acts as a shock absorber and fulcrum for the flexor tendons. The second job of this bone is its ability to help turn on and off blood flow to the coffin bone and hoof. Symptoms of Navicular Syndrome are: Front leg lameness, inability to go down hill, hesitant to turn, and weight shifted behind front legs. Common causes are shoe or hoof trimming issues. This syndrome is not genetic but rather acquired. A very common problem that goes unstated is that of poor biomechanics of the rear legs, pelvis and low back leading to Navicular Syndrome. The horse normally carries 65 percent of their weight on the front legs, but when the low back, sacroiliac or pelvic bones do not move freely there is a weight shift and increase in weight bearing on the front legs. This weight shift will cause strain on the Flexor Tendons of the front legs and eventual chronic inflammation of the navicular bone. Chronic inflammation leads to a breakdown of the navicular bone and eventual disease. This alteration in the front hoof will necessitate a change in shoeing and or trimming, but this is just a treatment for the symptoms and not the elimination of the cause. Your Vet will also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication. You may be asking yourself what else can be done; well having an Equine Chiropractor evaluate your horse after your Vet has seen him is paramount to getting at the possible cause. If there is a Subluxation in the aforementioned regions then the chiropractor may be able to help eliminate the cause of this syndrome. The best time is of course is long before a Navicular Syndrome occurs. Keeping your horse well balanced with periodic chiropractic evaluations, massage, stretching and farrier visits is the best way to prevent Navicular Syndrome and to keep your best friend healthy. ■
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The Secret to Stopping a Horse from Backing Up, Bucking or Rearing
ave you ever been in a situation when riding your horse where his misbehaviour had you feeling vulnerable and out of control? Most riders will experience this situation more than once in their riding careers. How do you regain control without having the horse buck, rear or run backwards? There is a simple solution ... The bend is your friend. A horse in a true bend cannot buck or rear and can be quickly and easily stopped from backing up.
Creating True Bend
To create a true bend, apply pressure from your inside leg just behind the girth and ask the horse to yield his ribs. At the same time, open your inside rein to “open the door” into the turn. Keep his nose lined up with the centre of his chest so that you don’t create over flexion in his neck by pulling his head in towards your leg. You want to create a nice bend through his spine from nose to tail with no
kinks in his spine. Pulling his head to the inside will cause his outside shoulder to pull out of the bend making it more difficult for you to control the outside of his body . Create a block to his outside shoulder by keeping your own outside shoulder back and maintaining contact on the outside rein. If your outside shoulder or arm slide forwards, you will be giving away the outside rein which will allow the horse to over flex himself and push through his outside shoulder. You may also need to use your outside upper leg as a block to your horse’s outside shoulder. As you get your horse bending & turning, ask him to go forward into the circle and gradually spiral in to a smaller & smaller circle. (Maintain contact on both the outside & inside reins without over flexing the neck & pulling the head in.) As the circle gets smaller, it becomes more difficult for the horse to go fast & he will slow himself down. Done correctly, both you &
your horse remain balanced and in alignment which helps to decrease the stress both you are feeling.
Stopping Backing Up
If your horse is backing up, you can also use bend to your advantage to deal with this evasion. Again, keep an open inside rein, inside leg asking for the bend, outside shoulder back to maintain contact on the outside rein and outside upper leg blocking the outside shoulder. Rotate your core into the turn. Bring your inside leg back towards the hind quarter and push the hind end out of the bend. This action disengages the hind quarters. As soon as your horse stops backing up, ask him to walk forward into the bend. Maintain contact on the reins without pulling back. He must feel no block to going forward or he may start backing up again. Remember that simple does not mean easy. To be in control when riding, your horse needs to have respect
for your boundaries, blocks & pushes. You need to be supple and balanced in your seat and clear in your aids. To develop your own skills, practice on a well schooled, well behaved horse under the guidance of a professional trainer. As your skills progress, you will be able to apply them to a younger, less schooled or more challenging horse. Practice the exercises described above regularly so that they become second nature and you will have the ability to apply them effectively and proactively when your horse is getting out of control. Practice does not make perfect - Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.■ Written by Anne Gage Confident Horsemanship Putting you & your horse in good hands. www.annegage.com
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Confidence (Continued from page 3) this is where your mental skills come into play. There are bad mental habits that can prevent you from keeping the confidence you have so carefully earned. One of the greatest thieves of sport self esteem is the habit of clinging stubbornly to the idea of perfection. Some riders believe if they are not reaching for perfection, their goals are not high enough. The truth is, perfection is not a high goal, it’s an impossible one. To illustrate this point, I often will ask people in my office to demonstrate what perfection is. I say, “Let’s imagine we are at the world chair sitting championships. Everything hinges on you being able to sit perfectly. How are you going to do that?” They inevitably look at me like I’ve lost my mind, but we always have a good discussion after this. There is no sitting perfect, there is sitting well, and this can mean many different things. Similarly, there is no perfect performance. Each performance that you give will be different, just by virtue of the variables involved. You cannot control everything so don’t even try. Aim for excellence in your skills and learning to trust your instincts. This you can control. Even more fortunately, you can control your thoughts. High level athletes have developed precise skill in this area. They are very discriminating about which thoughts they allow to dictate their training and performance. This means a keen sense of self, of thought patterns. It also means knowing how to turn the unhelpful patterns into productive ones, and being aware enough to know they’re hanging around in the first place. This isn’t always simple, although it does get easier. It takes discipline to pay attention to what role your mind plays in your sport day after day. But it sure is a habit worth cultivating if you want to protect your confidence. Keeping your confidence on the high side also means striving to have a bit of a selective memory.
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We all have a bank full of sport and other memories. But which ones we rehearse and are most familiar with is totally up to us. So why not put more focus on the positive ones? It may sound potentially self deluding, but really its just good common sense. And after all, those memories are all yours, you were there. You’re just making a choice to use certain experiences to your advantage. Finally, you say you want to keep your confidence? Be careful what you wish for. Confidence building may not always arise from pleasant circumstances. Sometimes, it’s the toughest of moments that inform you what you really think of yourself. Anyone can feel good when everything is swinging their way. But who are you when you’re challenged? Every top level athlete must learn the skill of how to have ‘good bad days’. What this means is that every time something doesn’t go quite right in your training, an opportunity presents itself. You can either allow yourself to opt out – “I just don’t feel quite right today, better quit while I’m ahead”. Or, you can grab onto it and reap the rewards – “Sure, I don’t feel great today, but I am going to practice dealing with it because who knows how I might feel before my next performance.” Then you will be keeping a kind of confidence that is invaluable. The confidence to perform when you’re not all that confident.■ Written by April Clay For more information and to sign up for a free newsletter, visit April's two sites: www.ridingoutofyourmind.com and www.bodymindmotion.com April offers individual consultation as well as clinics in equestrian sport psychology. You can email April at email@example.com
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