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Mohave County is Our Region • Arizona is Our Reach Oct/Nov 2011 – Volume 2 Issue 04
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A Guest’s Adventure
Written by Julie McNeary of the Purple Rose Ranch
er name is Athena, and I haven’t seen her in 18 years. We worked together in California and were good friends, funny friends, laughing all the time. As luck would have it when I moved to another house, all my other friends disappeared and my husband was out of town, so Athena stuck with me and helped me move. Then in 2000, we moved to Kingman and I lost touch with her, but she was never off my mind. To know Athena is to love her, it’s like having a Meerkat next to you all the time, she is fast, she is hyper, she is funny and intelligent and after guiding her into our ranch I felt like I had just helped the space shuttle land. She’s 48 and looks 20 and is one of the few people that can make ME laugh. The first outing was to town and our car broke down, so that wrecked that day, the next day I taught her how to ride the ATV and she left me in the dust, then we took the Polaris on the roughest road on the ranch. She bonded with my horses and as my husband went to the Rodeo Chili Feed, we just relaxed on the porch as the sun went down. Athena walked out to take a photo and screamed, “Snake! Green!” She was 1 ft. away from a Mohave Rattlesnake. Athena doesn’t scream, and spotting the snake I grabbed my gun, which didn’t have snakeshot in it at the time and began unloading on the snake as it headed closer to the porch. 12 shots later, looking like swiss cheese, it was dead. Athena shot it 3 more times just to be sure. We cut off the head, buried it, poured bleach over it, all new things to Athena. By the time my husband got home we were high on adrenalin. The next night we went to the cow plop. Who won? You guessed it....Athena, $950, which made her vacation. She left the next morning with cash in her pocket and stories to tell for months. Miss ya Meerkat! ■ ____________________ Written by Julie McNeary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org EQUINE & ALL THINGS COUNTRY NEWSPAPER Mohave County is Our Region • Arizona is Our Reach
Buddy Sour Horses
o you have a horse that behaves as long as he’s with his buddies, but as soon as he has to leave, he becomes hard to handle? The secret to overcoming this problem is to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. If you’re riding with a group of horses, use them as obstacles to trot and canter around. If your horse wants to get back to them, let him, and when he gets there, really put him to work by hustling his feet in and out and around all the other horses. Then take him 100 feet away (or less if you need a better starting point) and let him rest. Then take him back to his buddies and do the same thing. The objective is to get the horse to think that his buddies equal work. Make it hard where he wants to be and easy where you want him to be. With repetition, your horse won’t think his buddies are much fun anymore. ■
Don’t Invite the Problem
outhy horses are like little kids; they’ve got nothing to do and all day to do it in. If you don’t give a kid something to do, he’ll stick things in his mouth, climb on the furniture, draw on the walls, or do a number of things that’ll drive you crazy. Horses need both mental and physical stimulation to be happy and content. If you don’t give your horse a job and keep his mind busy, he’ll find an outlet for his pent up energy and a way to keep his mind busy. In a lot of cases, that results in the horse developing some sort of vice (weaving, cribbing, etc.) including being mouthy – constantly playing with your shirt sleeve, nibbling on the lead rope or chewing on the Handy Stick, for example. Very athletic horses and young horses tend to develop this habit. The bad news is that mouthy behavior often turns into biting – a very dangerous vice. The good news is if you give your horse a job, as simple as making him move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right, his mouthiness will disappear.
Don’t Invite the Problem
If you know your horse tends to get mouthy and nibbles on you, protect your space and take the temptation away from him to begin with. Don’t let him get close enough to mouth on you. Anytime you’re with him, keep him out of your personal hula hoop space – a 4-foot circle that surrounds you and serves as your safety zone. When you are working with a horse, always imagine that there’s a 4-foot circle drawn around you — almost like an invisible electric fence. Unless you invite the horse into your personal hula hoop space, he should keep a respectful, safe distance from you.
Make Those Feet Move
When the horse does get mouthy, put his feet to work. The most effective punishment you can give a horse is making him move his feet. Horses are basically lazy creatures and would rather stand around with their legs cocked daydreaming about their next meal than moving their feet and working up a sweat. They’ll always choose the option with the least amount of work involved. So if you’re standing next to your horse and he starts nibbling on your shirt, turn around and put his feet to work and turn a
negative into a positive. Practice some Backing Up, Lunging for Respect, Sidepassing or Circle Driving. The horse can’t mouth on you and move his feet at the same time, especially if you make him hustle with energy and do lots of changes of direction. If you’re consistent, it won’t take long for the horse to connect the two together; when he gets mouthy, you’ll make his feet move. One of the best ways to stop a mouthy horse, and especially horses that bite, is to back them up. Backing Up is a very humbling exercise for a horse to do. When a horse gets mouthy or tries to bite you, it’s a very forward action; he’s coming forward to get you. When you back him up, it’s the complete opposite; he’s being submissive to you by moving out of your space.
Return the Favor
Then there are some horses that like to put things in their mouth – the halter, lead rope, Handy Stick, etc. Most people’s first reaction when the horse grabs a hold of the lead rope or halter is to try and tug the object out of his mouth. However, the more you try to pull something away from them, the mouthier they will get. It’s like a puppy with a toy. The more you try to yank it away, the more he grits his teeth and hangs onto it. Instead of getting into a tug-o-war with the horse, use reverse psychology and “mouth” him back. Use both of your hands to vigorously rub the horse’s muzzle for a good twenty seconds. While you’re not hurting the horse, you’re rubbing him firmly enough to make him feel uncomfortable. It’s like when your uncle would scuff your head at a family get-together. Every kid in the world hates that. It didn’t hurt when he tousled your hair, but it was annoying and you didn’t like it, and you soon learned how to avoid him. It’s the same philosophy with your horse. If he wants to get mouthy, take all the fun out of it for him by roughing up his muzzle with your hands.
Let’s say that your horse grabs the halter in his mouth as you go to put it on. As soon as he grabs it, instead of trying to pull it out of his mouth, stand beside him and tug one end of the halter up in his mouth and then the other end to make him feel uncomfortable. When you do that, the horse might throw his head up in the air, but you’ll continue to tug
up on the halter. You’re not really hurting him, but you are making him feel uncomfortable. Do that for ten seconds and then let the horse lower his head and spit the halter out of his mouth. Then dare him again by waving the halter in front of his nose. If he grabs it, repeat the process. You’ll only have to do that two or three times, and pretty soon, those horses wise up and want no part of grabbing a hold of the halter. You might be thinking, “Well Clinton, isn’t that going to make the horse head shy or not want to accept the bit?” No, because you’re only making him feel uncomfortable when he gets mouthy. You’re not physically putting the halter in his mouth and then roughing him up. He’s choosing to take the bait and be mouthy. As long as you use common sense and only make him feel uncomfortable when he grabs a hold of the object, you don’t have to worry about him getting head shy or not accepting the bit.
Punish Thy Self
Another tactic is to make the horse think that he’s punishing himself. For example, a lot of young horses like weanlings or yearlings get mouthy. They’ll come up to you and start nibbling on the sleeve of your shirt or your jeans. If your horse walks up to you and starts playing with your sleeve, without even looking at him, flap your elbow out to the side so that he runs into it with his nose and feels uncomfortable. You have to time it just right so that at the same time he leans forward to play with your shirt, he runs into your elbow. The secret is not to look at him or act like you’re moving your arm on purpose. It’s like your elbow just developed a nervous twitch. If you look at the horse, it’s like you’re acknowledging that you’re the one making him feel uncomfortable. You want the horse to think that he’s doing it to himself. Every time he leans in to nibble on you, he runs into your elbow. Horses always learn faster when they teach themselves the lesson. It won’t be long before your horse is like “Man, I really need to keep my lips to myself because I seem to be running into his elbow.” ■ ____________________ Written by Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship www.DownunderHorsemanship.com
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VET WRAP Hay Fever & Ringbone in Horses
Written by Dr. Christi Garfinkel Equine Veterinary Services Inc.
common condition seen in young and old horses alike is Allergic Respiratory Disease. Unlike humans, horses that have allergies tend to show more flu-like symptoms and less sinus and nasal effects. Their lungs become inflamed and are more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. The horse owner sees this as frequent (recurrent) “chest colds” that the horse never quite gets over. Other symptoms include coughing, excessive eye discharge and exercise intolerance (tires easily). The causes of Allergic Respiratory Disease are many but some general classes of allergens are more common. Several types of mold spores and weeds found in otherwise high quality hay or straw seem to bother many horses. These contaminants are seasonal, so for the horse in pasture the problem may only be seen in spring and summer. However, hay that is taken from local fields represents a year round source. Each year, the horse usually shows more symptoms as the body’s sensitivity to these allergens gets stronger and stronger. Treatment of this problem can be as simple as keeping your horse outside where air circulation is optional (fresh air vs. stagnant dust filled air). If your horse must stay in the stall most or all of the time, try to store your hay in a separate place; maximize airflow in the barn. If it is cold, put a blanket on the horse and soak the hay fed to the horse in water first. If the problem is not taken care of by the above steps, then your veterinarian should get more involved in the process. Diagnostically, your doctor can help by performing a simple procedure that looks at the fluid and cells in the horse’s lungs to determine the severity of the allergy. Secondly there is a relatively new blood test that can specifically determine what “things” the horse is allergic to and allow for production of a “customized” treatment for that individual horse. Other general treatments include corticosteroids (cortisone) and bronchodilators (like those taken by human asthma patients). The important thing to realize is that recognizing your horse has this problem is more than half the battle. Once that is done, proper treatment can dramatically improve the usefulness of your horse.
What is Ringbone?
ingbone is a term used by horse people and veterinarians when they have identified arthritis in either the coffin joint or the pastern joint. It means that the horse has some degree of arthritis in one of those joints. When it involves the coffin joint then the horse has low ringbone, and when it involves the pastern joint then the horse has high ringbone. Your veterinarian can prescribe a treatment protocol specific to your horse. ■ ____________________ Dr. Christi Garfinkel Equine Veterinary Services Inc. 2514 Jamacha Road #50233 El Cajon, CA 92019 www.drgarfinkel.com 619.659.1180
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The Love of a Rescue Horse Written by Andrea Smith
or many years I boarded my horse Lady at an equestrian center. She was in the company of some pretty lofty horses and what she might have lacked in breeding and class she made up for in a nobility and spirit all her own. She had been rough-shod by her former owner and badly abused by one before that. I bought her for a mere six-hundred dollars from her drunken owner. A bargain as horses go, and considering he got more for the saddle he sold at the local feed store where I had first seen the notice of sale for her. When I went to pick her up the former owner offered to buy her back and I refused. As he unleashed his anger and profanity, I walked Lady to the road to avoid a confrontation or any chance of losing her for any reason. I waited for the trailer to load her and to take her away from her past life and to a new one with a new beginning. She became a pet, a friend and companion. She had been a rodeo horse and a good barrel horse. But not anymore. Lady was never ridden again. I pampered her and hung out with her. We watched the other horses go through their training and Gymkhana and pass by with their riders on top. But we walked the trails together and I turned her loose in the arena just to watch her run... her mane and tail blowing in the
wind. Every time I looked into her eyes they told a sad story. It is the same look I have seen over the past years in the eyes of many horses. It is a look that never goes away and burns for infinity deep inside their memory. It is the look of a rescue horse. And for every horse that has been rescued there is hope and resolve. There will be victory each day as the horse begins to awake to a newer kinder day. One without pain and suffering. And when all is said and done and the rescue horse emerges strong and whole again and can run again with his head held high, you know that you have made a friend for life. I’ve been told never to turn your back on a horse that has been badly abused because they never forget and will strike back. I will tell you that a rescue horse will love you unconditionally and forever. My heart has been ripped out on and off these past years with too many unwanted and neglected horses that deserved better in life. I’ve had my share of success stories with horses that were old and had reached the end of their days and others that had just reached the end but had enough fight left in them to survive. I wasn’t in the business of saving horses. I was a one horse person who was trying to save broken kids and teens. And miraculously I had a dream and place where they
found each other. The kids and the horses shared a common bond all of their own. And it worked like magic! But many kids can have a happily-ever-after story of their choosing and with intervention of some sort. Horses don’t. We don’t throw kids away or send them to slaughter. It is this insanity and reasoning that drives a lot of us to do the work we do. I know I share my story with many others who have dedicated their life to rescuing the alarming number of horses in this area that need homes and who will continue to devote their efforts to this cause. I know not every horse can be saved or will be fortunate enough to find a home. Sadly, there are many who will meet an unknown fate at the auction. It is the nature of the beast. But, if it doesn’t matter that your horse not be pedigreed or of show quality and if you just want a friend...someone to hang out with or walk trails with, or even ride, a horse that will be forever grateful and loving, then you need to open your heart and home to a rescue horse. ■ ____________________ 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
What is a freeze mark?
he BLM uses freeze marking to identify captured wild horses and burros. Freeze marking is a permanent, unalterable way of identifying each wild horse or burro individually. It is applied to the left side of the animal’s neck and uses the International Alpha Angle System – a series of angles and alpha symbols. The mark contains the registering organization (U.S. Government), year of birth, and registration number. The following example shows the interpretation for an alpha angle code freeze mark. ■ ____________________ Ref. BLM Adopt a Wild Horse or burro Program Brochure
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he sun was warm on the many dimensions of his shiny red coat. Even now, on his last day, he was still more regal than most horses are on their best day. Despite the pain, he was still a gentleman, kind to and careful of the people around him. Cash overcame an early injury in life to become a sire of successful barrel racing, roping, ranching, race, eventing, and show horses. He improved each of the mares he was bred to by passing on his calm, smart mind, willingness to work, size, large open hocks, beautiful neck and shoulder conformation and fluid movement. His foals all have speed, but they are smart and have the ability to rate and learn their jobs. Cash lived with the Iozzo family in Golden Valley, Arizona and then went to live with the Vollbracht family, also of Golden Valley, Arizona. He never missed a meal and was a big eater and talker…yelling out to greet the mares or to announce it was feeding time. He was shown once, and when he was led from the stall area to the arena, the holding area became hushed and people cleared a path for him. He snorted once, as if to make
sure everyone knew they were looking at what a real stallion looks like, and then stepped into the arena with confidence and that beautiful suspended movement of his. For those that knew and loved him, that day is a memory frozen in time as it was a glimpse of what might have been and what should have been for the beautiful stallion. He was puppy dog gentle, and gave many a first ride to children and people new to the sport; but with an experienced rider he was a powerful mount, and had he not been injured in the shoulder as a yearling, he no doubt would have made his mark on the track or in an Olympic sport. He lived out his days surrounded by his mares and his best friend, Hoover the donkey, and he let his people know when it was time to say goodbye. His sun-warmed iridescent red coat was now a bit tear stained, but to the end he remained glorious in his being and appearance. We are better for knowing him, and we give thanks for the time we had with this magnificent horse. ■ ____________________ Mary Iozzo – Iozzo Shoeing Horse Shoeing • Riding Lessons • Horse Training 928-727-4881 Email: email@example.com
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Veterans Day Salute to the WWII Navajo Code Talkers
t is a great American story that is still largely unknown—the story of a group of young Navajo men who answered the call of duty, who performed a service no one else could, and in the process became great warriors and patriots. Their unbreakable code saved thousands of lives and helped end WWII.
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During the early months of WWII, Japanese intelligence experts broke every code the US forces devised. They were able to antici-
KEITH LITTLE served as a Navajo Code Talker with the US Marine Corps from December of 1943 until after the war. He fought in numerous engagements of WWII, including battles in the Marshall Islands, Sai Pan, and Iwo Jima. Like most of the Navajo Code Talkers, he wasn’t aware of the significance of his contribution to the war effort until much later in life. It was only then that he understood the importance of documenting their story for posterity. In conversation about his hopes for the new museum, he speaks with certitude of his desire to teach the younger generations of the importance of striving for excellence and of serving above and beyond the call of duty. Promoting a greater understanding of the Navajo culture, traditions and way of life is a cause he also holds dear. When asked why he chose to go to war, he answers simply: “[because] the Japanese made a sneak attack on the US,” adding that he wanted “to protect our people, land and country.”
in California learned of the crisis, he had the answer. As the son of a Protestant missionary, Johnston had grown up on the Navajo reservation and was one of less than 30 outsiders fluent in their difficult language. He realized that since it had no alphabet and was almost impossible to master without early exposure, the Navajo language had great potential as an indecipherable code. After an impressive demonstration to top commanders, he was given permission to begin a Navajo Code Talker test program. Their elite unit was formed in early
1942 when the first 29 Navajo Code Talkers were recruited by Johnston. Although the code was modified and expanded throughout the war, this first group was the one to conceive it. Accordingly, they are often referred to reverently as the "original 29". Many of these enlistees were just boys; most had never been away from home before. Often lacking birth certificates, it was impossible to verify ages. After the war it was discovered that recruits as young as 15 and as old as 35 had enlisted. Age notwithstanding,
TEDDY DRAPER SR. joined the Marines on November 3rd, 1943, and was soon after sent overseas as a Navajo Code Talker serving in many harrowing campaigns. In the assault on Iwo Jima, he was wounded in the face and leg by mortar fire but continued to fight on with his comrades. He landed with the 28th Marines on Green Beach and, at one point, bravely ran through heavy enemy fire and back again to retrieve lost equipment needed to open lines of communication. It was a distinguished act for which he was promoted. Sadly, he lost many friends during this bloody struggle. Teddy Draper Sr. later went on to serve in occupied Japan, where he became proficient in his third language, which he still remembers today. He was discharged May 16th, 1946.
BILL TOLEDO was a Navajo Code Talker for three years from October 1942 to October 1945. He served in many engagements including the Battle of Bougainville in the British Solomon Islands, and the battles for Guam and Iwo Jima. On the island of Guam, while filling in as a messenger, he narrowly escaped sniper bullets by means of some quick footwork. Impressed by his moves, some of the Marines jokingly asked about his football career before the war. Not all Marines were so jovial, though. On one occasion, while marching through the jungle, he was mistaken for a Japanese soldier and taken prisoner. After being marched back to headquarters at gunpoint, he was assigned a bodyguard to avoid future misunderstandings. Although the danger is gone, he still gets calls to this day making sure he’s okay. Bill Toledo feels it is important to share experiences like his with new generations so that they may understand the cost of freedom and the sacrifices which were made on their behalf.
SAMUEL TSO When Samuel saw the tiny island of Iwo Jima for the first time, he thought US forces would be able to take it in one day. Even as they landed, the beaches were dead quiet. Only after they had made their way up the beach did the heavily entrenched Japanese open fire. It was not long before the young Marine reconsidered his first assessment. It would take more than a month of brutal combat before the island was secured. Samuel Tso bravely served with the US Marine Corps from February 13th, 1943 to March 29th, 1946. Even now, some 65 years later, he recalls with clarity the experience of crouching in bomb craters for cover, unable to ascertain the direction of fire until comrades on the opposite side of the crater were killed. Hearing his experiences, it becomes quite clear why the Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans’ Project is so meaningful to him. It will be a place where the Code Talkers can tell their own harrowing stories and help promote the cause of peace.
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pate American actions at an alarming rate. With plenty of fluent English speakers at their disposal, they sabotaged messages and issued false commands to ambush Allied troops. To combat this, increasingly complex codes were initiated. At Guadalcanal, military leaders finally complained that sending and receiving these codes required hours of encryption and decryption—up to two and a half hours for a single message. They rightly argued the military needed a better way to communicate. When Phillip Johnston, a civilian living
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C Bar J Horsehaven Rescue in Dolen Springs Needs Your Help Written by Bill Jackson of the C Bar J Horsehaven Rescue
ello, my name is Bill Jackson. I am currently president of the newly incorporated C bar J Horsehaven Rescue, no. 16999766. We were approved by the State of Arizona on August 15, 2011, as a non-profit rescue. In early 2007, Cindy Jackson and myself founded the rescue and the C bar J Horsehaven Rescue opened its doors in hopes of rescuing horses that have been abused, neglected, starved, or were just no longer wanted by anyone anywhere and for any reason. Since then, horses have come to us from all over northern Arizona, from Seligman to Yucca and all points in between. My wife and myself have taken in up to 40 horses and have been successful in adopting out many. But we are small and this has been done with little or no funding except from our pockets. Sometimes good people have helped, like Debbie and Mike Gleason from Milton, Washington, and a few others. But even those good people have discovered that just feeding horses is a major expense. Additionally, there are vets, medical supplies, housing, horse safe panels as well as many other items needed to sustain these magnificent creatures. Our goal has been to rescue as many horses as we can with no questions asked of the donors. We have a horse (Elvis) that was punched and starved. We have two that are half blind. One was blinded by violence enacted upon it by its owner with a two-byfour. We have one (Peaches) whose only
source of food was peanut butter sandwiches. When we cleansed her poor digestive system, she produced forty pounds of mud from her intestines. We even have a beautiful fleabitten grey that didn’t know what hay was. What folks need to be aware of in this county is that domesticated horse neglect and abuse is on the rise. We have taken in six horses in the last two months. Again, we ask no questions. Now our funds have run out and my wife and I have one week's worth of food left. No horse that we currently have has seen a vet because we found that vets won't come to Dolan Springs because of costs. So we care for them the best way that we can. We now need the public's help. It seems the communities that we serve are turning a deaf ear to our plight. So I ask, what will it take for the public to realize that these problems affect us all as a community of horse lovers? We wish to invite anyone to our small center and you will see for yourselves what we need and are asking for. We hide nothing and our gates are open. Here are some photos of some of the horses we have received. Please be advised that these pictures are very graphic and may offend some. The little red sorrel is Missy Kateland. The black filly is Peaches. The big mustang is Elvis. Thank you ■ ____________________
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Gutsy Wrangler Huge Horse Saves Boy from Charging Grizzly Written by Rich Landers
lingering winter and late berry crop kept bears in proximity to humans longer than normal, perhaps contributing to a stream of headlines about grizzlies killing people and people killing grizzlies. Meanwhile, a young lady on a big horse charged out of the pack of grizzly stories near Glacier National Park. In a cloud of dust, the 25-year-old wrangler likely saved a boy’s life while demonstrating that skill, quick-thinking and guts sometimes are the best weapons against a head-on charginggrizzly. On July 30, Erin Bolster of Swan Mountain Outfitters was guiding eight clients on a horse ride on the Flathead National Forest between West Glacier and Hungry Horse,Montana. “It’s the shortest ride we offer,” she said Wednesday, recalling the incident. “We’d already led two trips that morning. It’s always been a very routine hour-long loop, until thatday.” The group included a family of six plus a vacationing Illinois man, who’d booked the trip for his 8-year-old son’s first horse ridingexperience. The young boy was riding Scout, a steady obedient mount, following directly behind Bolster, who was leading the group on Tonk, a burly 10-year-old white horse of questionable lineage. Tonk isn’t the typical trail mount. Best anyone knows, he’s the result of cross-breeding a quarter horse with a Percheron – a draft horse. Bolster is 5-foot-10, yet she relies on her athleticism to climb into the saddle aboardTonk. “He was one of the horses we lease from Wyoming and bring in every year,” Bolster said, noting that she’d picked him from the stable in May to be hers for theseason. “He’s a very large horse – 18 hands high. That intimidates a lot of riders. But I’ve always loved big horses. He’s kind of high-strung and spooky, the largest of our wrangling horses. I like a horse with a lot of spirit, and I was really glad to be on him
thatday.” Bolster has accumulated a wealth of experience on and around horses of national and even world class. She started riding at 4 years old, became a pro trainer at 15, graduated from high school at 16 in Roanoke, Va., and ran a riding academy for severalyears. Seeking a more laid-back lifestyle, she wrangled in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic before moving to Whitefish three years ago to guide tourists during the summer around Glacier National Park and ski through winter. “It’s the country, the mountains and the idea of seeing a lot of wildlife that appealed to me, ironically enough,” shesaid. Bolster quickly racked upbear experience, too, although until July 30, it was always at adistance. “At the peak of the season, we were seeing bears daily,” she said. “The wranglers name them so we can let each other know where they are. Usually the bears just keep feeding in the distance or they run away when we come. Just seeing them is a treat for us and our guests.” Because they guide around Glacier Park, bear awareness is part of the preparation wranglers get when hired by Swan Mountain Outfitters. “We go over a lot of wildlife scenarios in our training,” Bolster said. “We learn to watch our horses for signals of possible trouble so we can steer clear.” That’s the key, she said: Avoid trouble with a moose or abear. “We can’t use pepper spray when we’re riding because that could blind the horse,” she said. “And using a gun would spook the horses and probably produce more danger thansafety.” That’s how she went to work that day: a young but seasoned pro rider on a new, huge and spirited horse, unarmed in the wilderness with eightdudes. “It was a pleasant ride until we came around a corner on the trail and my horse stopped firm and wouldn’t move,” Bolster said. “He never refuses to go, so that caught
my attention quick.” But not fast enough to avoid the spike white-tailed deer that burst out of the brush and glanced off Tonk’s left frontshoulder. As Tonk spun from the impact, Bolster saw a huge grizzly bear crashing through the forest right at the group in pursuit of the deer. Horses panicked and guests grabbed saddle horns for the ride of theirlives. “No amount of training could keep a horse from running from a 700-pound charging bear,” shesaid. Seven of the horses sensed the danger, scrambled around and galloped back on the trail toward the barn. But Scout bolted perpendicular to the trail into the timber packing the 8-year-old boy. “The deer peeled off and joined the horses sprinting down the trail,” Bolster said. “So the bear just continued running right past me. I’m not sure the bear even knew the roles had changed, but now it was chasing a horse instead of adeer.” The grizzly was zeroed in on Scout and the boy – the isolated prey in the woods. Adding to the drama, the boy’s father, an experienced rider, could not convince his horse that it was a good plan to ride to his son’srescue. “The last thing he saw over his shoulder as his horse ran away was the grizzly chasing his boy,” Bolstersaid. With the bear on Scout’s heels, Tonk’s instinct was to flee with the group of horses. But Tonk responded to Bolster’s heels in his ribs as she spun the big fella around. They wheeled out of a 360 and bolted into the trees to wedge between the predator and theprey. “The boy was bent over, feet out of the stirrups, clutching the saddle horn and the horse’s neck,” she said. “That kept him from hitting a treelimb. “But all I could think about was the boy falling off in the path of thatgrizzly. “I bent down, screamed and yelled, but the bear was growling and snarling and staying very focused onScout. “As it tried to circle back toward Scout, I realized I had to get Tonk to square off and face the bear. We had to get the bear to acknowledgeus. “We did. We got its attention – and the bearcharged.
Photo provided by Rich Landers Erin Bolster, a wrangler for Swan Mountain Outfitters near Glacier Park, poses with her horse, Tonk.
“So I charged at thebear.” Did she think twice about that? “I had no hesitation, honestly,” Bolster said. “Nothing in my body was going to let that little boy get hurt by that bear. That wasn’t anoption.” Tonk was on the samepage. With a ton of horse, boulder-size hooves and a fire-breathing blond thundering at it, the bear came within about 10 feet before skittering off to the side. But it quickly angled to make yet another stab at getting to Scout and the boy – who had just fallen to theground. “Tonk and I had to go at the bear a third time before we finally hazed him away,” she said. “The boy had landed in some bear grass and was OK. Scout was standingnearby.” Bolster gathered the boy up with her on Tonk, grabbed Scout’s lead and trotted down thetrail. “The boy was in shock,” she said. “I looked back and could see the bear had continued to go away (Gutsy Wrangler Continued on Page 11)
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Just Maybe, It’s time We Talked A Little About Cowboy Church Just maybe it's time we talked a little about "Cowboy Church." I would guess that there are a lot of folks that have never heard of "Cowboy Church" before, but most cowboys that rodeo know a little about "cowboy church." Most rodeos, ropin's, buckouts, etc., have some ministry there to pray for those folks and to be available to answer any questions someone might have about getting along with God or life in general. There is a group of folks in our society that just aren't comfortable in a lot of traditional churches. There is always the problem of what do I do with my hat. Churches don't have hat racks and if you wear it in most churches, folks look at you like you stink. I'm just not goin' to put my hat on the floor to be some slicker's rug! So, in "cowboy church" you just wear your hat, it's okay. We like country music, southern gospel music, and bluegrass music. We can take songs like Folsom Prison Blues and "save" it by changin' a few words to give us a gospel message and like it. We can make old traditional hymns swing with a good country beat. Folks that like music like this are "cowboys" too as far as we are concerned. We don't care how you dress as long as your "stuff" is properly covered. Some hands might be comin' in right from the cow pens, others from a hard days work, others
from whatever they are doin', we don't judge folks, we just want you to come to "Cowboy Church" and feel comfortable and at home. Kids are always welcome and they don't bother us at all. Sooner or later we'll get'em penned where they are happy. We usually have good stuff to eat, that's important. We like to visit and be friendly. We don't pass the hat so no one feels put upon. We have lots of stuff to do for horse people, too! You name, we'll try it. Why do we have "Cowboy Church?" It is for folks that just don't fit anywhere else comfortably. If you like our western heritage and country culture, want straight talk and honest relationships, you might just like a cowboy church. There might just be one close to you. Come and see, Along The Way..... there may be a Cowboy Church for you. In Luke 14: 22,23, Jesus told a story about a feast. "There is still room for more.’ So his master said, "Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come." Cowboy Churches do just that. We minister to folks by doing western heritage activities with cowboy hospitality and acceptance. Yall come! ■ https://www.facebook.com/groups/225853687426393/ http://cowboychurchofmohaveco.com/
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We at A-Schuerr-Thing Horse Training And Riding Lesson Facility are extremely proud of our students and horses in training for their showing at the Mohave County Fair Open Horse Show held September 18th. You all have worked so hard and it showed! Congratulations to Josephine Brandt on Hutch in lead-line, Kinsley Gordon on Dreamer in lead-line, and Kyrstn Wise on Denny in lead-line class with each student earning blue ribbons and trophies. Leonna Brandt was riding Dreamer in the Walk/Trot under 10 class where she earned a 2nd place ribbon. Lindsey Schuerr earned Reserve Champion Western All Around on Dreamer owned by Mary Ogden. Lindsey also earned Reserve Champion English All Around on Hutch owned by Emilie McGerty, and earned a third place ribbon in the Trail class 14-19 year old division riding Denny owned by Thom McGerty. Lindsey Schuerr also earned the 4-H Grand Champion Senior Round Robin Showman. We are looking forward to seeing everyone compete in next years Open Horse Show. Kassie Schueer of A-Schuerr-Thing Horse Training And Riding Lessons
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they easily bore the rigors of basic training, thanks to their upbringing in the southwestern desert.
The Code 7 Code Talking
The code they created at Camp Pendleton was as ingenious as it was effective. It originated as approximately 200 terms—growing to over 600 by war's end— and could communicate in 20 seconds what took coding machines of the time 30 minutes to do. It consisted of native terms that were associated with the respective military terms they resembled. For example, the Navajo word for turtle meant "tank," and a divebomber was a "chicken hawk." To supplement those terms, words could be spelled out using Navajo terms assigned to individual letters of the alphabet—the selection of the Navajo term being based on the first letter of the Navajo word's English meaning. For instance, "Wo-La-Chee" means "ant," and would represent the letter "A". In this way the Navajo Code Talkers could quickly and concisely communicate with each other in a manner even uninitiated Navajos could not understand. Once trained, the Navajo Code Talkers were sent to Marine divisions in the Pacific theater of WWII. Despite some initial skepticism by commanding officers, they quickly gained a distinguished reputation for their remarkable abilities. In the field, they were not allowed to write any part of the code down as a reference. They became living codes, and even under harried battle conditions, had to rapidly recall every word with utmost precision or risk hundreds or thousands of lives. In the battle for Iwo Jima, in the first 48 hours alone, they coded over 800 transmissions with perfect accuracy. Their heroism is widely acknowledged as the lynchpin of victory in the pivotal conflict.
After the war, the Navajo Code Talkers returned home as heroes without a heroes' welcome. Their code had been so successful, it was considered a military secret too important to divulge. They remained silent heroes until more than two decades later. Even after declassification of the code in 1968, it took many years before any official recognition was given. In 2001, nearly 60 years after they created their legendary code, the Navajo Code Talkers finally received well-deserved Congressional Medals of Honor. Now, in their 80's and 90's, only a few of these silent heroes remain. Many of their stories have yet to be documented for posterity. At the Navajo Code Talker Association, we are working to create a lasting record of the Navajo Code Talker legacy. Help us preserve the greatest stories never told.
Founded in 2009 by a small group of surviving Navajo Code Talkers, the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating current and future generations about the history, ideals, and heroic accomplishments in World War II by the Navajo Code Talkers. The Foundation further sets out to preserve and pass on the unique Navajo language and the Navajo Code Talkers legacy through public education in a place of honor, refuge, renewal and healing. ■ ____________________ For More Information Contact the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation PO Box 1266 Window Rock, Arizona 86515 email@example.com
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My father, Dion Hartman, had been at camp for a few days setting up and doing a little hunting of his own. I had just gotten to town Saturday morning from being on a forest fire in Salmon, ID. I made it to elk camp around 4pm Sunday night on the 25th of September and my father was talking to me about a bull elk that had been walking around camp keeping my dad awake the last couple of nights bugling. I jokingly said "well let’s go shut him up" and about 5:45 p.m. we walked out of camp across the road and when we got about 80 yards out of camp we heard the bull bugle so my father proceeded to call back to him. We did so for about 10 min. and each time the bull got closer and through the thick trees I could see his antlers approaching closer and closer. My father pushed back up into a tree for cover. The bull came cautiously walking up to about 40 yards just out of view of a clean shot. I pulled back as he pushed forward through the trees and he stopped again as I stood there holding my Mathews Adrenaline at full draw. It crossed my mind that I might lose him cause I can't hold this bow much longer and my father was whispering "wait...wait...wait..." Just then he took 3 more steps into the clearing in front of us, I aimed and pulled the trigger on my release,....THWAP! It hit him in the side about 6 p.m. above his heart and he turned and bounded into the woods... I turned to my dad with a face full of excitement only to see the same reaction in his and about 20 min. later we had tracked him back into the woods and there he slept under a tree... My first harvest of a Bull Elk with my bow.
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through he woods, but I had another five or 10 minutes of riding before I got back with the group.” Not until she reunited with her riders – all OK and standing in various stages of confusion with their horses – did she start to shake. “I looked at Tonk, and he was wet with sweat and shaking, too,” she said. She was especially concerned for the boy’s father, who probably suffered the most terror in the ordeal. “He was fine, and I got my biggest tip of the season,” Bolster said. “My biggest hope is that the boy isn’t discouraged from riding. This was a one-in-a-million event.” For the next few days, the outfitter shut down the trail rides and Bolster joined other wranglers and a federal grizzly bear expert to ride horses through the area looking for the bear. “They tracked it for a long way and concluded that it kept going out of the area,” she said. “Judging from the tracks and my description of how high the bear came up on Tonk, the grizzly expert estimated it weighed 700-750 pounds. “This was a case of us being in the wrong place as a bear was already in the act of chasing its natural prey. He was probably more persistent because he was
really hungry.” Bolster and the other wranglers vowed to have bear spray on their belts to make sure they can defend their guests during breaks on the ground. “But when you’re riding, the horse is your best protection, if you can stay on,” she said. “Some of the horses I’ve ridden would have absolutely refused to do what Tonk did; others would have thrown me off in the process. Some horses can never overcome their flight-animal instinct to run away.” In those minutes of crisis, the big lug of mongrel mount proved his mettle in a test few trail horses will face in their careers. Tonk’s grit moved Bolster. She wasn’t about to send him back to Wyoming with the other leased horses. “Two weeks ago, I closed the deal and bought him,” Bolster said as she was wrapping up her 2011 wrangling season. “After what he did that day, he had to be mine.” ■ ____________________ Permission to Publish in Horse ‘n Around the Mountains and Written by Rich Landers of the Spokesman-Review
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Beautiful Purebred Arabian Gelding Was Donated To Help Raise Funding For A 400 Ft Water Well This is not a rescue animal as he is in fantastic condition. His name is TN Bandera and his registration number with the Arabian Horse Association is AHR*626952. Bandera is 5 years old born on April 21st, 2006. He is quite the beauty with big movement. He has been trained a bit western but lately he was trained for a dressage horse. He needs an experienced rider and could still use more training, but he’s very smart. We have lots more photos of Bandera so feel free to call or email us at
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Probably the biggest question we get is how someone can help out the Rescue. And that’s a really good question too! A lot of people don’t understand that your local horse rescues, whoever they may be, are not funded by the State or the Government. They are funded by regular folks who care about what’s happening to the abused and neglected. Its all about Donations. Many of the local Rescues like ourselves, may throw a fundraiser every once in a while. It brings in Donations and helps make the public aware of the Rescue and its needs. Another thing that really helps is Volunteers. We have Volunteers come from as far as Las Vegas. Some Volunteers just work with the animals while others might help us build or maintain what we already have. God gave us all different skills, and we’re pretty lucky to have some great Volunteers. But if you can’t send us your hard earned money :) or make it out to Wikieup to Volunteer there are still other things you can do to help. Right now we are in the process of expanding. We are already feeding 31 horses and another 30 goats sheep and llamas, but receive calls every day about taking more in. Hay prices are on the rise and its scary thinking about what a bale of hay will cost this winter. So we are building some pastures, we have the acreage, so we are building some 1 acre to 5 acre holding pens. To do this we will be needing lots of T-Posts, wood posts, railroad ties, steel pipes, anything we can use as a post. Then wire, all types of wire and ranch fencing even chain link. Lumber of every kind from 2x4s on up. Maybe you have a pile of old gray lumber sitting out back, we can use those old twisted 2x4s, 2x6s whatever. We’re gonna need water tanks of all sizes. And for those of you with a business, maybe you can sponsor one of these pens. Sacred Grounds Rescue Ranch is a 501(c)3 non profit organization and we have a lot of tax deductible sponsor opportunities. The list goes on and on, and its not just us. Check into your local Horse Rescue and maybe see what they need, either way your helping to save some horses lives.
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