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Everything Horse Related

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Cherokee Feed & Seed Customer Appreciation Day....................................1,2 How to Safely Pick Up Your Horses’ Hooves Casey & Son...................................................................... 8 Smoking Hot Jeeps And Fresh Starts Crystal Lyons................................................................... 9 Similarities Between Western and “Regular” Dressage - Lynn Palm..............................16 How Do You Know If Your Saddle Fits?” Terry Peiper ..................................................................18 Calendar Of Events............................................... 20-21 Going the Distance - Long Distance Horse Hauling Robert Eversole............................................................22

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horse accidentally spooks, he should be able to get away without hurting you or itself. A tight restraint will frighten him even more and you are asking for a blow up! Even a child can learn while helping if the horse is handled daily as in these photos. Ideally, if you feed on a regular basis, then clean the feet on a regular basis. In photos one and two, in picking up the front limb, you should always practice safety. By laying your arm across the horse and bending your legs, not only will you save your back, but you will keep your head higher and away. In case the horse swats a fly with the hind foot, he will not strike your head or face. In photos three, four, five, in picking up the hind limb, by laying your arm across the back of the horse you will also save your back, by bending your legs and keeping your head higher and laying your face on the animal. This keeps your face also out of range. With your arm across the horse, you can get a better feel of the animal’s movement. It also helps support some of the weight. By putting the hoof in your crotch and twisting your buttocks in a direction under the horse you will have control. If the horse does try to kick, remember he must cock his leg before he kicks. If you are locked in securely when he cocks the hind foot, he will pull back to your original position saving you from being kicked. This technique is one that must be practiced over and over, the more the better for both of you. Even when you do learn to how to use a hoof pick to clean out the hooves, most hoof problems are not obvious to the untrained eye, and only a few may be noticed by a novice horseman. By handling the feet and legs daily, you will begin to notice any other injuries,

swelling, embedded rocks, thrush, bruises, abscesses and loose nails or shoes, just to name a few. The Horseshoeing School can provide these directions one-on-one with owners of all ages, anyone who is willing to learn and own horses. Photo 6, Shown here is a safe humane headstall we use to help train horses to stand still while the farrier is performing hoof care, trimming and shoeing needs. A smart horse will quickly learn to respect the handler and be calm. When he starts licking his lips he is calming down. Thus…results !!

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SMOKING HOT JEEPS AND FRESH STARTS I had an 83 Jeep for 12 years after buying it when it was already 10 years old. Nothing....not a dent, scratch....NOTHING ever happened to that Jeep. That Jeep finally spit the bit and I decided to buy a brand new Jeep already lifted 4” and set up for “pretend” rock crawling. It was black....SHINY BLACK. My first brand new Jeep EVER!! Not long after getting it, a horse decided to run his upper teeth over the hood, just to see how black tasted l guess. Then Tyger, “fixing fence” flipped it in a pasture after an airborne jump that landed horribly wrong. Funny how fixing fence called for off road, dirt racing maneuvers. If that wasn’t enough, Colt Wrangler, in his senior year asked to just drive to the Llano River to watch it on the rise. With me knowing better, I strongly advised him to be sure and NOT drive out on the gravel bar but simply watch it from the ridge....and be back in an hour. Parents.....we should know better than to turn a teenage boy loose, with a cool Jeep, amongst other teenage boys, with 4 wheel drive rigs, down on a river that’s rising from all the flood rains. One hour passed....no son....2 hours...nothing. Finally at 1 am a truck pulls up and deposits Colt Wrangler at the front door and leaves. (I would’ve left fast too) Sure enough, Colt had done exactly what I said NOT to do and drove the Jeep out onto the gravel bar and sunk it! If there’s ever any retribution for his disobedience, it’s the fact that he had worked for HOURS trying to get it unstuck. Not to mention the gnawing fear of death over what was facing him by placing my precious Jeep in harms way! After expressing myself CLEARLY the importance of him praying to God that the river not rise up into my Jeep as that it might drastically effect the length of his young life, I sent him to bed. Long before daylight we got up, got shovels, tow rope and was down on the Llano to see if my Jeep was still above water. I felt like the king coming to see Daniel in the lion’s den and

by Crystal Lyons

hoping against hope that he was still alive. Was my Jeep safe? It was!! We got busy digging, filling ruts and with a borrowed tractor got it pulled out as water was filling up the holes behind us....literally! By the time we got fully out, we were in waist deep water! Nothing like this EVER happened to my old Jeep! Why all of this happening to the only Jeep I ever bought new?? It’s a mystery..... But I think the same thing goes for making a “new start” in life. As long as we’re going the “old way” we may not like the results but at least they’re usually predictable. But let us make a bold new start, a change for the positive and WHAM, we can be hit with some unexpected stuff! Make the shift towards a new start and living right and suddenly you’ve become a target. But just like my Jeep, you can dig out of any rut and move on. So don’t be afraid of a new move, new job, new relationship..... new you!! Will you face new problems? Most definitely....but let me tell ya, it’s WORTH it!! And btw....Colt Wrangler rhino lined my Jeep inside and out! She may not be new anymore, but she is still SMOKING HOT!!

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Similarities Between Western and “Regular” Dressage

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ou’ve probably already figured out that you can do the same dressage maneuvers in a Western saddle that you can do in a “regular” dressage saddle. This reminds me of our Western Dressage motto, “Why Not?!” I’ve been saying that since I learned of the vast interests in Western Dressage at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games. For the first 30 years of riding, I rode consistently in the dressage saddle. I still find myself training the exact same way whether I am in a Western saddle or a dressage saddle. Dressage principles are the basis of my show ring success. By using these principles with the training of the horses, I find I ride the same when riding in a hunt seat or Western saddle. I would guarantee you if you put a western saddle—correctly fitted, of course—on a Gran Prix horse and started to do Piaffe, Tempi changes, Passage, Half Pass, etc., you would find that a horse can do just as well in a Western saddle! It does not matter to a horse what saddle is on his back, unless it does not fit the horse or rider correctly. Actually, I find the dressage and Western saddles are the most similar. You ride in a sitting position at the walk, trot, and canter in a dressage saddle. If you are riding correctly in a Western saddle, you mirror the same basic principles at the walk, jog and lope. You can post to the trot in the Western or English saddle too. Have you ever compared dressage and Western riders? I encourage you to do this using my latest book, “A Riders Guide To Real Collection.” If you use another book, just make sure it features good quality training and correct horsemanship. Now, compare photos of riders. You are going to find the English riders and the Western riders are in similar positions. You should be able to define a vertical straight line from their ear, shoulder, middle of the hip, back of the heel to the ground. This vertical alignment that we must maintain while riding the horse in his three gaits is so similar, no matter what saddle you are using. For example, the Western rider can ride with two hands just like the English rider. By Lynn Palm

This is a similar balanced position. Remember, the horse does not care about the saddle as long as it fits properly. Whether you are riding in a dressage or Western saddle, the universal aids of seat, legs and hands used to communicate with the horse are all the same. It should not matter what saddle you are in, as long as you are consistently using your aids correctly. If you had a big, bulky, thick leathered Western saddle, you may not be able to use your aids as “close contact” as a dressage saddle. My Western dressage saddle gives just as close contact with my horse as my dressage saddle. I just love it!   The training of the horse and the levels you follow to improve the horse’s knowledge and performance, as well as your own skills, does not depend on the saddle you ride. The saddle is just a tool to keep you in balance with your horse, feel the horse underneath you, and to give your horse comfort as he carries your weight. A horse should have no problems unless the saddle does not fit.   I find that most riders love the Western saddle because it has a bigger seat and a horn for confidence. A Western saddle does not challenge your balance as much as an English dressage saddle does. All English saddles require more balance from the rider and a skill level, so they don’t rely on the horn if they should need it for balance. We require all our Western riders to ride English simply because I believe that riding English (dressage or hunt seat) will improve your Western riding. Over the years, this has proven very true.    I would like to end this training article with a challenge for you. If you have a friend or student who rides only Western, try to get them in an English saddle. They will find it helps their Western riding by enhancing balance and confidence. If you know an English rider, try to get them to ride in the Western saddle. They will have a blast, as it is so much more comfortable if the saddle is of top quality. Most riders retire riding in a Western saddle! Don’t ever forget that! We love to share our dressage backgrounds and knowledge with you and would love to have you come ride with us. You can join us at our farm in Ocala, Florida, or at one of our Ride Well Clinics on our USA Tour at a location near you.

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How Do You Know If Your Saddle Fits?” Without a doubt, this was the #1 most asked question at the Southern Equine Expo in Murfreesboro, TN last month. Since it is such a great question, I would like to share with you a brief description of what you should be looking for in your own saddle. Terry Peiper First of all, let’s just get this out of the way. You Fit Right Saddle Solutions cannot diagnose saddle fit by the sweat patterns or in pictures! Diagnosing saddle fit with a picture or a sweat pattern is like sending a picture to the doctor and expecting him to give you and diagnosis and a prescription. My Grandson, Gentry had a fever last week, can you imagine how ridiculous and downright dangerous it would be to ask a Doctor for a diagnosis from a picture? Yet that is exactly what a lot of riders are doing. To evaluate your saddle fit put your saddle on without a saddle pad and stand your horse up square. His head should be straight and at a normal height. Does the saddle sit level? A saddle that is too high in the front equals too narrow tree. If the tree is too narrow, there is nothing you can do. No saddle pad can fix that. If the saddle is too low in the front it means the tree or the tree angle is too wide. Sometimes wide tree can be helped with a pad but it should be only a temporary fix until the horse returns to his normal weight or until a proper fitting saddle can be purchased. A saddle that has too wide an angle cannot be fixed with a pad. Is there enough wither clearance? The correct answer is there must be clearance on the sides and the top of the withers all the way back to the base of the withers. It is usually 2-3 fingers on top and on the sides without the pad. There must also be clearance with the pad, girthed up with the weight of the rider. There must never be pressure on the spinal ligament. A lot of saddles would fit better without the big bulky pads taking up all the extra space. The withers are the longest vertebrae wrapped with the spinal ligaments. They act as a fulcrum pulling the back up so the horse can engage. Pressure on the ligament will prevent the horse from being able to lift his back and engage causing muscle soreness and lameness. Does the tree angle match the horse’s shoulder angle? Looking at the front of the saddle whether it is English or Western the angle of the tree or the bars must be the same angle as the horse’s shoulder, not the angle of the wither area. The shoulders need to have the freedom to pass under the front of the saddle. Saddles that slip back or to one side usually don’t have enough room for the shoulders to pass under the front of the saddle so the shoulders simply push the saddle out of the way. The worst thing we can do is put a breast collar on to keep a saddle from sliding back if there is no room for the shoulders. At the top of the shoulder is cartilage, which can easily be damaged by a pinching tree. Are the billets or rigging in the right place? After you have determined the tree width and tree angle match the horse’s width and shoulder angle, check and make sure the girth will fall into the right place approximately 4 fingers behind the elbow. A girth that is back too far will drag the saddle forward then the shoulders will 18

kick the saddle back then the girth will pull it forward. This back and forth, back and forth every step equals girth sores. Is the saddle too long? This is a very controversial question. Some say the saddle support area ends at the last rib where it connects to the last thoracic vertebrae. However, the bars of most western saddles are longer than that. So which is correct? Well, the answer is different for every situation. A good fitting western saddle has some of it’s tree over the shoulders and over the lumbar however, the weight is mostly in the center over the rib heads and the rider’s center is towards the base of the horse’s withers. Saddles that bridge put painful pressure on the shoulders and lumbar area instead of on the belly of the longissimus muscle over top the ribs. Bridging saddles causing muscle soreness, irritation to the spinal ligament and can cause kissing spines, hunter’s bumps, and chiropractic and lameness problems. Is the channel wide enough? The channel down the middle of the saddle needs to be wide enough to allow clearance for the vertebrae and the spinal ligament. Most horses are 3-4 fingers wide. No horse has a vertebrae width of 1-2 fingers. The English saddles with 1-2 fingers gullet width don’t fit any horse. It is not possible. Is the horizontal bar or panel contact even? It is best to go ahead and ride the horse without the pad for a few minutes to see the contact. We would like to see even pressure on both sides with a nice 3-4 finger wide area on top that is untouched. The goal is to have 1-2lbs per square inch. However, it is very easy to see or feel if a saddle is bridging or not touching in the middle of the horse’s back. If it is not too bad, a pad can be shimmed to fill in the space. In my experience that is the only thing that can be fixed with a pad. A saddle that fits in all other areas can be shimmed to fill in a spot on the horse that is hollow or not as big as the other side but, it must be rechecked frequently. Shimming a saddle pad is definitely not a good long term solution. After you ride, take the saddle off and look at the marks on the horse’s back. I like to see that the hair if flatten all the same on both sides with nothing touching the top or the sides of the withers or any where down the middle of the horse’s back. There should not be too much pressure in the lumbar area or on the shoulder’s. There should not be any hair ruffed up. Both sides should match. A little bit of sweat in the front and back is normal for a short ride. Remember, if the saddle doesn’t fit without the pad, you need a different saddle or a different horse to fit your saddle. Joanna Robson DVM, said “if you can’t afford a saddle that fits, get a cheaper horse.” In 1914, the US Cavalry handbook spells out these exact same guidelines. They depended on the horses to carry them into battle and safely home. Sadly, the information has been lost over the past 100 years but we can help change that. Horses communicate through behavior. If your horse becomes grouchy when the saddle appears, bites while being girthed up, won’t stand for mounting, has trouble with leads, going down hills, refusing jumps, is anxious and hot headed, has unexplained lameness issues, requires regular chiropractic care or injections it could be your saddle. To prevent needless suffering and possible long term permanent damage, please check your saddle fit regularly and if you are unsure, get some help. Doesn’t your horse deserve to be comfortable?

Terry Peiper, Fit Right Saddle Solutions

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of Events April-May 2018

First Monday of month - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:00, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN 423-472-0805

First Tuesday of every month National Racking Horse Assoc, Choo Choo Chapter meets at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge Tn @ 7pm. New members and visitors always welcome! Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 Fourth Thursday of every month Gordon County Saddle Club monthly meeting @ Gordon County Agricultural Service Center Visitors welcome! Info: (770) 548-5956 First Monday of every month Club Meeting 7:00 pm Last Monday of every month BOD Meeting 7:00 pm Murray County Saddle Club.com

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MAR. 30-APR. 1 Harriman, TN. Tri-State Exhibition Center. East TN Cutting Horse Assn. Info: Lynn Hicks (423)741-1435 APRIL 5-8 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Springtime in Dixie APRIL 6-7 Bill Pickett Rodeo Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace APR. 6-9 MTSU Stock Horse Show Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc

First Monday of every month Meeting 7pm Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org

APR. 7 Barrel Racing Sparta, TN. Sky Ann Wilson Arena. NBHA. Lana Blankenship 931-247-2340

3rd Saturday each month - GA Catoosa County Saddle Club facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub

APRIL 7-8 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. No Frills 2, 3

Monthly Horse Sales/Adoptions Second Saturday: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. 6:30 pm. Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198

APRIL 7-8 Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Dressage at Circle G. USEF/USDF rated. www.circlegranchevent.com/upcomingevents.html

Second & Fourth Saturday: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. facebook.com/scottshillstockyard

APRIL 12-15 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Springtime Encore

APR. 13-14 Athens, TN. Chilhowee Shriner Rodeo (865)565-9154

APRIL 14 East TN Pleasure Walking Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

APRIL 13-15 WTQHA Spring Fling Circuit. www.wtqha.org Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc

APR. 14 Buchanan, TN. Milam’s Horsebarn, Hwy 218. Pro and Non-Pro Bull Riding and Mutton Busting. 8pm. Call April 9th, 4-10 pm 731-642-8346. Info 731-644-5665

APRIL 13-15 Harriman, TN. Roane State CC Expo Center. TQHA Country Music. Korry Bailey 931-265-4657

APRIL 14-15 Volunteer Ranch Horse Assn. Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace

APRIL 13-15 Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. West TN QH Show. Info: www.wtqha.org APR. 14 Barrel Racing Mason, TN. Coyote Run Arena. Winter Series. Info: 901-355-3429 APR. 14 Knoxville, TN. Stonegate Farm. ETHJA Show APR. 14 Nashville, TN. Walnut Trace Farm. CTDA Schooling Show

APRIL 14-15 Franklin TN Tennessee HS Rodeo Association 731-658-5867; tnhsra.com APRIL 14-22 Waynesboro, TN. Buffalo River Trail Ride. Info: 931-722-9170; buffalorivertrailride@live.com; www.brtr.com APRIL 18-22 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Spring I

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APRIL 20-22 Dynamite Barrel Race Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace

Please call before you haul. Always verify dates and times BEFORE you travel. FREE CALENDAR of EVENTS LISTINGS: If you would like to include an event please Contact: Lisa Fetzner , 423-933-4968, Info@horsenranchmag.com

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APRIL 21-22 Ranch Horse Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MAY 3-6 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Memphis in May I

APRIL 21-22 TN Pony of the Americas Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu

MAY. 4-5 Bristol, TN. Fox Hollow Riding Accadamy. ETHJA Show MAY 4-6 Harriman, TN. Tri-State Exhibition Center. East TN Cutting Horse Assn. Info: Lynn Hicks (423)741-1435

APR. 21-22 Knoxville, TN. Fiesta Farm. ETHJA Show

MAY 5 Georgia Draft Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

APR. 21 Saddle Up Fundraiser For Ann Campbell Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc

MAY 5 Franklin, TN. Harlinsdale Farm. CTDA Schooling Show

APRIL 24 ETSA; Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MAY 5-6 East TN Cutting Horse Assn. Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

APRIL 25-29 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Spring II APRIL 26-28 Southern Saddlebred Spring Fling Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc

MAY 9-13 AQHA Lucky Seven QH Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc

April 27-29, 2018 - Jasper AL Alabama Governor’s Ride Faye Whittemore Farms 540-829-9555 *$50 rider fee for BOABH Trail Club covers all scheduled activities & banquet meal www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com

MAY 10-13 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Memphis in May II

APRIL 27-28 East TN. Saddlebred Assn. Spring Classic Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MAY 12 Ranch Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

APR. 27-28 Lebanon, TN. IPRA 2nd Sanction. www.lonestarrodeocompany.com

MAY 12 Buchanan, TN. Milam’s Horsebarn, Hwy 218. Pro and Non-Pro Bull Riding and Mutton Busting. 8pm. Call May 7th, 4-10 pm 731-642-8346. Info: 731-644-5665.

APRIL 28 TN Paint Horse Club Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu APR. 28-29 Knoxville, TN. Penrose Farm. ETHJA Show

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MAY 12 Nashville, TN. Percy Warner Park. Iroquois Steeplechase. www.iroquoissteeplechase.org

MAY. 12 Barrel Racing Estill Springs, TN. Estill Springs Arena NBHA. Info: Lana Blankenship 931-247-2340 MAY. 12-13 Talbot, TN. Walnut Grove Stables. ETHJA Show

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MAY 17-20 TNRHA Spinning in the Rein Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc MAY 17-20 Jamestown, TN. East Fork Stables. SHOBA Spring Fling MAY 19 Lebanon, TN. Meridian Equine Education Center. MEEC/LFF Hunter Show. Info: Cristin Jordan 615-289-7539 MAY. 19-20 Knoxville, TN. Select Sport Horses. ETHJA Show MAY 19-20 NTRL Show Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu MAY 19-20 Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Dressage at Circle G. USEF/USDF rated. www.circlegranchevent.com/upcomingevents.html MAY 23-27 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Nashville Country

MAY 31-JUN. 2 REGIONAL 4-H SHOW Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

CLINICS/CLASSES

APR. 7-8: Senatobia, MS. XTreme Wylene Horsemanship Clinic. $400. Info: Irene O’Conner: ireneoconner@gmail.com APR. 19-21: Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Ken McNabb Horsemanship Clinic. Info: https://www.circlegranchevent.com/ upcoming-events.html MAY 4-9: Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Robert Langston Horsemanship Clinic. Info: https://www.circlegranchevent.com/ upcoming-events.html MAY 5-6: Crossville, TN. Otter Point Farm. Barb Gerbitz Horsemanship clinic. Info: Christie Walling Riek 309-781-4825; otterpointfarm@gmail.com MAY 19-20: Jacksonville, FL. Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour. Info: 888-287-7432 downunderhorsemanship.com MAY 25-27: Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Sean Patrick Clinic. Info: https://www. circlegranchevent.com/upcoming-events. html

SPECIAL EVENTS

MAY 25-26 Outlaw Pro Rodeo Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

APR. 14: Martin, TN. UTM Ag Pavilion. 4 p.m. Info. Meeting. Miss Rodeo TN & Miss Teen Rodeo TN. Pageant. Info: Sue Lynn Perry rodeotenn@aol.com

MAY 26 Murfreesboro, TN. Roberson Equestrian Facility. CTDA Schooling Show

APR. 21: Knoxville, TN. UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Equine Podiatry Conference. Register by April 11. Info: Barbara Campbell 865-974-7264; cvmce@ utk.edu. vetmed.tennessee.edu/ce

MAY 26-27 IEA Western Semi Finals Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu MAY 27-28 Volunteer Ranch Horse Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc MAY 30-JUN. 3 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Nashville Classic MAY 31-JUN. 2 Central Region 4-H Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc

MAY 5: Collierville, TN. 916 Billy Bryant Road. Southern Rein’s Jockey & Juleps Ky Derby Party. Tickets $150-$200. Info: http://www.southernreins.org/2018jockeys-and-juleps JUN. 13-16: Cleveland, TN. Tri-State Exhibition center. Chattanooga Cleveland Charity Horse Show

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Going the DISTANCE

Long Distance HORSE HAULING

By Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole

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is the season for horse riding and camping trips and all the stress that comes along for the ride when traveling with equines. When the siren song of a new trail gets loud. Well, you’ve got to load that trailer and go. Sometimes those new trails are further away than you’re used to hauling and that alone can create some stress and certainly some questions about how to safely get from A to Nirvana. My go to guy for this kind of information is my vet. Doc Peters of McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital. Not only is Doc Peters a great DVM he’s a Cowboy Shooting pro who hauls his horses across the country on a regular basis. I dropped in on Doc Peters recently to ask about his thoughts on hauling safely. Here’s what I learned. PREPARATION IS KEY The trailer and what you tow it with should be reliable. To ensure that your hauling vehicle and trailer are ready for the long haul check the following items at a bare minimum: • Trailer floor - Is it solid? Will it hold your animals safely? • Electrical System – Are all your lights and brake connections operating? • Tires - Are they sound and properly inflated? And the spare? Your horses and mules also need to be prepared for the long haul. A horse that has never been hauled before shouldn’t take an eighthour ride for his first introduction to trailering. Start with local trips, and bring along a buddy for your horse to reduce his stress even more. Besides helping your horse learn that the trailer is a happy place you’ll want to make sure that his traveling papers are up to date. Since I do a fair bit of interstate hauling my paperwork includes at a minimum, a current negative Coggins test and a certificate of veterinary inspection or health certificate and a brand inspection. Requirements for your area may vary, but your vet can help point you in the right direction. Check, in advance, with your veterinarian for any additional requirements you may need for the state you’re visiting as well as the states you may be driving through to get there. Remember that equine rules and regulations are different from state to state and they can change without notice. Therefore, it’s important to discuss your travel plans with your veterinarian to determine what documentation is required for your trip. Another thing to ask your vet about are common diseases in the area you’re planning on visiting. For example, here in the Pacific Northwest rabies isn’t a huge concern but in the south, it’s much more prevalent. Those vaccinations need to be done well before you load the trailer. Other topics to talk with your vet about BEFORE the trip include: • Equine vital signs – Learn how to take them and what NORMAL is for your animal. • What to keep in your First Aid kit – You do have one, right? • Feeding and watering during the drive. How much and how often. DURING THE TRIP One, of many things that I learned from Doc Peters was the 22

importance of bedding in the trailer. Previously I had avoided it because I used Soft-Ride boots and shavings are a mess and fly around. Doc enlightened me to the miracle of adding water to keep the dust down, provide cooling, and add a welcome cushion against the jarring of the road. He’s also a fan of Soft Rides and uses them along with a healthy layer of moist shavings. Fly masks will help keep any errant shavings out of your pony’s eyes. QUICK TIP - Not only does a thick layer of shavings help keep your animals comfortable as they roll along it also encourages them to urinate. If you can’t hold your water for the length of a trip don’t expect your horse to do so. Slow feed hay nets will help keep your animals more content during the drive and give them something to do as well as keep their delicate “innards” gurgling along. I’ve always soaked my hay before a trip to help put a little water into the ponies. You may think otherwise but standing in a horse trailer takes a lot of effort for your horse. It’s a constant balancing act for your horse, as you speed up, slow down, and twist into and out of traffic. Be mindful when you’re hauling and think about your precious cargo in the rear. Trailer drivers should gradually increase and decrease speeds and change lanes and turn corners much more slowly than what you might normally do. Be the turtle not the jack rabbit. If you want to know what you’re putting your animals through find a safe place to have a friend take you on a trailer ride. I guarantee it’ll be an eye-opening experience. Doc and I both agreed that stops every 4 hours or so (for me about the time it takes to empty a fuel tank) are a great way to reduce stress on animals and humans alike. Half an hour is plenty of time to refuel the truck, refuel the two legged creatures, offer the ponies water (don’t be surprised if they don’t drink much) and re-fill their hay net. Be kind and try to park in a shady spot. I could go on and on about the good points I picked up from Doc Peters. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of room for this month! Talk with your vet, and get their recommendations for your next “Long Haul” they’ll be able to help you make the trip safely. Robert Eversole; And visit www. Trail Meister Owner and TrailMeister.com Chief Trail Boss. 513-374-9021; for the largest and robert@trailmeister.com; most accurate guide www.TrailMeister.com to horse trails in the TrailMeister is The Largest Equine Trail world. and Camping Guide in the World

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