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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 4 Issue 4 2018

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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 4 Issue 4 2018

Everything Horse Related


The Main Reason for Shoeing A Horse Casey & Son..............................................................................6 Does Your Horse Have What It Takes To Be The Next #Supermasksupermodel?.................................8 Body Language of a Horse...................................................9 Destined For Greatness Crystal Lyons........................................................................ 10 Up to Date on Vaccinations?............................................ 13 Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Chattanooga areas................................ 15 Western Dressage: Understanding Basic Level Tests 1 & 2 - Lynn Palm.......................................... 16 Calendar Of Events.......................................................20-21 Trailering the Trail Horse Robert Eversole................................................................... 22

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The Main Reason for Shoeing A Horse Link Casey, BWFA Certified Master Farrier, Master Educator

“The main reason for shoeing a horse is to keep the bony column in alignment, so when the foot strikes the ground, the entire bony column including the spine, equally absorbs the concussion.” If this plan of action were taken every time a horse is shod or trimmed, then every horse would stay natural from birth. Keeping your horse trimmed and shod properly will keep your horse natural like he was when he was born. By the end of 5-6 weeks he becomes unnatural due to excessive wear and stress on the hoof due to his conformation. The hooves grow and not always in the correct direction depending on its conformation. Trimming a growing hoof is like trimming a person’s toenails, you want to clean off the rough edges, clean out the debris and check for fungus. In Photo 1 We have drawn a line down the center of the bony column of the right hind foot of this quarter horse to show you how the” bone is not in the center of the foot.” You can see how the hoof on the right side is flared out. If you look closer, you can see how the shoe has been worn down on the left side, meaning that this horse was putting more weight and stress on the inside (medial) probably causing soreness in his legs and back. In Photo 2 On this horse, it is more than obvious to see that the angles are completely different and one heel is lower than the other. This horse has gone 16 weeks since his last shoeing. A clear example how the hooves DO NOT always grow out the same. Yes, those shoes stayed on all that time, but that was NOT a good thing in this case. In photo 3 If you draw a straight line across each hoof at the hairline, (the coronary band) we see that one toe is longer than the other. Photo 4 From the front, you can see how we corrected and re-balanced both feet and re-shod the horse wherein his bones will now be in alignment, therefore equally absorbing the concussion when his foot strikes the ground. There is only so much corrective work and hoof removal we can do at one shoeing, and it will take the whole summer and into the fall to get him back to what is normal for him.  In this case, the foundered foot grows more rapidly so there is plenty of hoof growth but not in the correct direction. Alas, this is where the farrier, who is the caretaker of the lower limb and hoof, comes in!! We want horse owners to understand why their horse gets sore in the spine, and overall why he cannot perform at his best.  When all we must do is look at ourselves.  If we were running a track meet, we sure could not expect to win if our heels and toes were uneven.   If we can help answer any of your questions, please feel free to contact us or bring your horse in for a free evaluation.  Our goal at the FNRC is EDUCATION for Everyone!! 6

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The remaining nine finalists will each receive $250 in Farnam products and a free subscription to EQUUS. Weekly SuperMask® drawings will be held for all entrants throughout the duration of the contest. Farnam has been the leader in fly masks for horses ever since SuperMask® came on the market in the 1980s. Horse owners appreciate the fact that this durable mask comes in five different sizes to fit all types of horses, and offers effective protection from flies, dust and debris without obstructing vision. And thanks to the unique horse-proof Double-Latch Closure, SuperMask® has twice the “stay-on power” of other horse fly masks. For more information on how Farnam® SuperMask® horse fly mask can be part of an effective fly control program, visit www.farnam.com. To enter your horse’s headshot in the SuperMask® SuperModel contest, go to http://bit.ly/farnamsupermaskcontest. Contest closes May 31, so enter today!

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Body Language of a Horse

The horse is a herd animal and needs to be able to communicate with other herd members. The “conversations” are limited primarily to the conveyance of basic emotions, such as fear. This communication system is also used to establish a hierarchy of dominance without reverting to actions of a violent manner. Domestic horses treat the humans that they interact with as members of their herd and will use a similar system of communication. The horse’s body language will give signs indicative of how they are feeling. A contented horse is not worried about any other horses that may be around. It will show off its best features by carrying its head high and holding its tail up. Because horses like company, they are usually pleased when they see someone they recognize and trust. They will approach you without fear, rather than running away. If a horse wants to be left alone to enjoy a rest, it will turn away from other horses. A stabled horse may turn its back to the door to show you that it is not interested in any type of interaction. Like children, horses may not like being ignored. A horse may demand a human’s attention by nudging with its muzzle. A horse can get impatient waiting for food or being restricted when it is stabled. It may stamp or kick the stable door to make noise in an attempt to get your attention. If a horse becomes aggravated or frustrated, it may express its anger by biting. Unlike a carnivore’s teeth, the horse’s teeth are not designed to cause wounds when it does this. Biting is a status symbol for dominance. A horse may bite you for the same reason that it would bite another horse. Never tolerate this kind of behavior; ignoring this will tell the horse that you accept it as a superior. There is a big difference between an aggressive and a frightened horse. Some signs are the same, such as showing the white of its eye or biting and kicking. It is very unusual for a horse to be aggressive, but if one is, it will move toward you. A frightened horse is more likely to run away so wait as long as it takes for it to come to you. Horses can also get depressed during illness or if they are bullied by other horses or people. They will look uninterested and unhappy. In the past, riders would brag about breaking a horse’s spirit, but the practice is unacceptable. horse.com

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GREATNESS by Crystal Lyons


here comes a time when we all must stand or fall, stay steady or flip out and look for a more comfortable place to hold up while others withstand the storm that we seek to evade. We all cheer for the person or horse that wins against what looks like impossible odds. We love the heart of a champion and we ALL want to identify with such, but it takes more than “want to” to align with that image. The one who conquers when all looks lost, pulling a victory out of defeat is the one who has the stoutness of heart to keep going when nothing spurs a person on but shear desire and an absolute hatred of the thought of quitting. I love the war stories of those who never wavered in the face of incredible hardships and won a great victory. I cannot watch the great races of Secretariat or Seabiscuit without tears running out of my eyes as they cross the finish line. Such incredible heart!! I LOVE it!! I am inspired by these incredible feats. But then I ask myself the question.....do I have what it takes? If in my life I am called upon to run my race without falling back when things get tough, can I be counted on to not quit? Or just as bad....go through the motions of finishing but withholding the passion and the courage and the energy that it would take to GIVE ALL for the outcome! Do I have what it takes? I honestly don’t know. But I DO KNOW, that IF I call upon the power of God to rise up inside me so as to never fail Him in what He expects of me.....I will have what’s needed to finish well. Our lives are sorta like sailboats with beautiful sails. We each have our talents, our strengths and giftings, like the sails on a sailboat. But these sails, no matter how colorful and brightly beautiful they are..... are incomplete without the WIND! My gifts and talents are INCOMPLETE without merging with the wind of God! I may look stately while moored in a harbor, but a boat’s purpose is not to be safely docked......it’s purpose is to challenge the waters by engaging the wind!

I believe that the days ahead will reveal some of history’s greatest champions. “The people who KNOW their God shall be strong and do great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32). In a culture where being kept comfortable is honored above becoming strong, courageous and inspiring.....there will be those who shake off the attitudes of mediocrity and they will arise to become what God destined them to be in this hour! One of my favorite lines in Robin Hood is: “Cometh the times, cometh the man.” God has ALWAYS had His champions! If we so desire to BE who God destined us to be, we will be empowered to be His champions for “such a time as this”. It starts in the small things. If I am compromising in the small.....I CERTAINLY will not stand honorable in the great! Be faithful in the small. Be honorable in the little things. Give encouragement to others even when your heart is heavy. Choose the path of those before us who inspire us to rise above the cowardice of the masses and BECOME that one who makes a difference! Only God knows, but you could be destined for GREATNESS!

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Horses are always under threat by any number of infectious diseases. But if you work with your veterinarian and stick to a regular vaccination schedule, you can not only fight these diseases, but build their immune systems against further threats. Prevention is far less expensive than the physical, emotional, and financial costs of treating an ill horse. Some of the most common diseases are mosquito-borne, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Western equine encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus (WNV), with some cases of Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) reported in the U.S. as well. These are mosquitoborne diseases that attack the neurological system, and can be fatal. The first mosquito hatch depends upon your region and your climate, so it is a good idea to consider the timing of possible exposure when you are building your vaccination program. Tetanus is a specific bacteria transmitted through the soil, and can cause severe muscle paralysis. Rabies can affect horses too, and subsequently affect humans. The equine herpes virus (EHV) comes in many forms, but all can affect a horse’s respiratory, reproductive, or neurological systems. Similarly, the equine influenza virus (EIV) is frequently mutating, just like the human version, and can be just as dangerous. S. equi (strangles) is the horse version of strep, affecting the respiratory system and lymph nodes. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) categories vaccines as either core, which tend to be more common and widespread, or risk-based, which may vary by region or circumstance. Most are recommended to be administered annually, or semi-annually, depending on several factors, including age and condition of the horse, plus any risk factors associated to exposure to other horses. Also, a horse that is away from its home a lot has a different disease exposure than horses that don’t travel. Your best chance for a healthy year is vaccinating before the chance of infection. Consult with your veterinarian to build your vaccination program, and keep your horse on the right track to health. For more info see horse.com

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HORSEBACK RIDING in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Chattanooga areas Cades Cove Stables

If you want to sightsee at Cades Cove, head to the Park’s only officially authorized stables in the area. Offering all guided tours that are either on horseback, carriage, or hayrides, they emphasize a family friendly philosophy where everyone, regardless of riding experience, can feel comfortable. Cades Cove Stables features a helpful wildlife viewing guide on their website, which will come in handy when you’re out on the trail.

Sugarlands Riding Stables

Located near Gatlinburg and just inside the Park’s boundaries, Sugarlands offers excursions that wind their way up onto the mountain trails. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains expanse and likely spot some wildlife along the way. Children must be at least five years old to participate, and the maximum weight limit is 225 lbs. Experienced riders can sign up for a two-hour, eight-mile trip deep into the wilderness.

Five Oaks Riding Stables

This Sevierville establishment is the only one that has its own nature park, and the stable horses know the 70-acre property well. So you and your companions don’t have to worry about getting lost or going in the wrong direction. You’ll ride amidst lush green forests and wide open spaces. It’s a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. The rides are self-directed, and children can double up with adults on the horses.

Walden Creek Stables

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Valley Mountain, Mountain View, Mountain Adventure. Each of these vary in time length, terrain and trail route. The most basic trail ride, Valley Hill, allows for doubling and is perfect for riders of different ages and experience.

Deer Farm Riding Stables

These stables provide dual activities – an exotic petting zoo and horses to ride, separately priced. Younger kids can also ride ponies on a small fenced track. The owners Lynn and Greg Hoisington make sure their horses receive attention and care for each ride and tour. Three different ride options at 30, 60 and 90 minutes are available, and there is an $7.99 doubling fee. Be sure to check out the petting zoo after your ride.

Blanche Manor Horseback Riding

Blanche Manor offers a variety of guided trail rides through its 350-acre property in Copperhill, with stops along the way at creeks and to enjoy panoramic views. The facility is home to 19 horses, mostly quarter horses and gaited horses, and offers a variety of rides and packages, including 1.25-hour beginner and advanced trail rides, proposal packages, pony rides, and wagon rides paired with fireside dinners. Their “Saddle and Paddle” adventure includes a half-day of Ocoee River rafting with OAC combined with a 1.25hour horseback ride at Blanche Manor.

Fall Creek Falls Riding Stables

Fall Creek Falls Riding Stables, located within Fall Creek Falls State Park, offers 2-mile guided trail rides through the woods of the state park. The facility

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has been in operation since the early 1970s. Trail rides are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch

Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch is one of the Sequatchie Valley’s bestkept secrets. Families can stay for a weeklong family dude ranch vacation or a shorter guest ranch stay, and each guest receives a working ranch horse at check-in as a faithful partner for their entire stay. If you are simply interested in a daylong adventure, check out their four-hour and six-hour Ranch and Ride programs, which include learning to groom and saddle a horse, basic training and safety, and a ride. Groups can sign up for a chuck wagon dinner and barn dance, and the ranch offers National Horse Camp each summer for new beginners and intermediate riders ages 8 to 15 years.

Trails End Ranch

Trails End Ranch, located on 200 acres bordering Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, has been owned and operated by the Crawford family for 55 years. The ranch offers one-hour guided trail rides along Chickamauga Creek and is home to 20 trail horses (mostly quarter horses).


WESTERN DRESSAGE: UNDERSTANDING BASIC LEVEL TESTS 1 & 2 By Lynn Palm Knowledge is power. It’s always in your best interests to fully understand the dressage tests before you compete. Take time to review and there will be no surprises, so let’s take a closer look at Basic Level Tests 1 and 2. Basic level is the first level where you will do working walk, working jog, and working lope. New in this level are the 20-meter circle figures at the working lope. Here are my tips for practice and competitions at these levels: 1. You should time your practice and warm-up at home. This way you can practice in just the right amount of time before you compete. This also includes what you are going to do around the arena before you enter at A. 2. In Tests 1 & 2 you still have to halt at X through the walk. So practice transitions, working jog, walk (about five to six steps), and then halt. 3. I love the turns at E and B in Test 1. Here you have to turn sharp and keep the same rhythm throughout the turn. You cannot pull back on the reins at all! You have to use an open rein and neck rein, along with your leg aids for both turns. Make sure you look early for both turns and that you lean back with your shoulders as you turn. The turn will tilt the horse forward, thus making it harder for him to turn. 4. In Test 1, you have 20-meter circles at A. Walk it on the ground to get the sizing perfect. You will have to do working jog and working lope here as well. 5. Introduced in these tests is the 20-meter circle at the working lope. I love that you have plenty of time to prepare, this will teach you to take your time with the cues for the lope. You also have plenty of time to do the hardest transition: working lope to working jog. I like to see the transition done on the last quarter of the circle. However, as you are starting with this, use the last half of the circle. It says that you have to get the transitions here before A. 6. Free walk is required in both Tests 1 and 2. Make sure that you have your reins really long by the quarter line

and then shorten your reins at the other quarter line. This will help your horse to make this a smooth transition from and to the working walk. 7. In Test 2, you have a loop. I love this figure, as you have to show that you can have a slight bend to your horse’s body and change it as you do the loop line. This is also a good figure to practice at the walk so you can reach X and have all three loops of equal size to have a good figure. You must master this at the working jog to be able to do working lope, and introduce the counter lope. 8. Also new, you have to do a 20-meter circle at X. I had never done one of these, as it is not traditional in classical dressage. I had to walk this first to get the size correct and to make sure I was starting and ending the circle at X. Not having a real letter to start the circle makes it a fun challenge. (Do your math and refer to the article on dressage mathematics for help.) 9. You will have to do the 20-meter circle at X at both the working jog and working lope. Before X, you have to do the upward and downward transitions from working jog and working lope. It is a bit more difficult because you don’t have the arena to give some guideline to keep your horse straight and balanced on the circle during the transitions. Take your time and don’t look down as you slow down. Make yourself look at a letter. Always keep your mind in front of your horse and utilize the letters for this. You will learn to FEEL more. You will feel more clearly how to control your balance in every movement and this will allow you to be the most consistent with clear aids (cues) for your horse. For more information on these training materials and more, as well as clinics, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call us at 800-503-2824. 

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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. If you would like to train with Lynn & Cyril at home with Western Dressage, take advantage of the following supportive training materials: BOOKS: “Head To Toe Horsemanship” “Western Dressage—A Guide to Take You to Your First Show” “A Rider Guide to Real Collection” DVDS: “Dressage Principles for the Western Horse & Rider” Volume 1 Parts 1-5 “Dressage Principles for the Western & English Horse & Rider” Volume 2, Parts 1-3 “Let Your Horse Be Your Teacher” Parts 1&2 For more information about training courses, educational materials and much more, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800-503-2824.


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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 First Monday of every month Meeting 7pm Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org 3rd Saturday each month - GA Catoosa County Saddle Club facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub Monthly Horse Sales/Adoptions Second Saturday: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. 6:30 pm. Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198 Second & Fourth Saturday: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. facebook.com/scottshillstockyard

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Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Memphis in May I MAY 4 Rutherford Co. 4-H Horse Show Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, Tn www.mtsu.edu/tlc 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 MAY 4-5 Georgia Draft Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center 7pm / 11am Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

Tennessee Youth Rodeo Association (731) 855-1860, www.tennesseeyouthrodeo.com

Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc MAY 10-13 Spring Fling Ride Circle E Guest Ranch, LLC 50 Circle E Lane; Belvidere, TN 37306 (931) 962-1790

MAY. 12-13 Talbot, TN. Walnut Grove Stables. ETHJA Show MAY 16-19 Franklin Rodeo Williamson County Ag Expo Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

MAY 10-13 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Memphis in May II MAY 11-13 4-H Horse Show Williamson County Ag Expo Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

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

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

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.

MAY 5-6 Martin, TN Tennessee HS Rodeo Association (731) 658-5867 http://tnhsra.com

MAY. 12 Barrel Racing Estill Springs, TN. Estill Springs Arena NBHA. Info: Lana Blankenship 931-247-2340

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

MAY 12-13 Ranch Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center 10am / 8am Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MAY 9-13 AQHA Lucky Seven QH Show

MAY 12-13 Martin, TN. TYRA Finals

MAY 18: National Spotted Saddlehorse Show Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, Tn www.mtsu.edu/tlc MAY 19 Stillwater Trail Sports; Buckle Series Stateline Arena, Ringgold Ga Info. 423-331-8055 or Facebook 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

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MAY 19-20 NTRL Show Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu


JUNE 1-2 Rodeo and Bull Riding Sevierville, TN. Sevier Co. Fairfrounds Rodeo. Info: 800-639-9002

MAY 19-20 Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Dressage at Circle G. USEF/USDF rated. www.circlegranchevent.com/upcomingevents.html

JUNE 6-9 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. 70th Annual Germantown Charity Horse Show

MAY 23-27 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Nashville Country

JUNE 7-9 Cookeville, TN. State Finals Tennessee HS Rodeo Association (731) 658-5867 http://tnhsra.com

MAY 24-27 Memorial Weekend Ride (Horse & OHV) Circle E Guest Ranch, LLC 50 Circle E Lane Belvidere, TN 37306 (931) 962-1790

JUNE 9 United Professional Horseman Association Tri-State Exhibition Center 8pm; Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MAY 25-26 Outlaw Pro Rodeo Tri-State Exhibition Center 8pm; Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com MAY 26 Murfreesboro, TN. Roberson Equestrian Facility. CTDA Schooling Show 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-JUNE 3 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Nashville Classic MAY 31-JUNE 2 Central Region 4-H Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN; www.mtsu.edu/tmc MAY 30-JUNE 2 REGIONAL 4-H SHOW Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

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JUNE 9 Stillwater Trail Sports; Buckle Series Stateline Arena, Ringgold Ga Info. 423-331-8055 or Facebook

JUNE 15-17 Southeast Regional POA Show Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, Tn www.mtsu.edu/tlc

JUNE 27-JUL. 1 H unter/Jumper Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Summer

JUNE 15-16 Thunder on the Mountain Speed Racking & Pacing Event (Horses Only) Circle E Guest Ranch, LLC 50 Circle E Lane; Belvidere, TN 37306 (931) 962-1790

JUNE 30-31 Western Dressage Tri-State Exhibition Center 10am / 5pm Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

JUNE 16 Lebanon, TN. James E Ward Agriculteral Center. Greystone Dressage Show Info: Kim Carpenter 931-452-9225

MAY 4-9: Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Robert Langston Horsemanship Clinic. Info: https://www.circlegranchevent.com/ upcoming-events.html

JUNE 16 Cookeville, TN. TN Tech. WHOA Versatility Show

MAY 5-6: Crossville, TN. Otter Point Farm. Barb Gerbitz Horsemanship clinic. Info: Christie Walling Riek 309-781-4825; otterpointfarm@gmail.com

JUNE 16 Cleveland Tri-State Charity Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center 8pm; Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

JUNE 9 NBHA Barrel Race Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

JUNE 16 Barrel Racing Corryton, TN. Aaa Arena, Pam Brown 865-973-0030

JUNE 9 Barrel Racing; Newbern, TN. Newbern Saddle Club IBRA James Bell 731-694-3273

JUNE 16 Barrel Racing Winchester, TN. Southern Middle TN Pavilion IBRA, Neysa Logan 423-903-7437

JUNE 9-10 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. CTDA, USDF Tennessean Express and Tennessean shows JUNE 9-10 Morristown, TN. Smoky Mountain Showdown. www.Jx2events.com


JUNE 22-23 Clarksville, TN. Clarksville Speedway. Montgomery Co. Fair Rodeo. 800-639-9002 JUNE 22-23 Gray, TN. Appalachian Fairgrounds. Gray IPRA Rodeo. Info: 800-639-9002

JUNE 11-15 WHOA Service Horse School Williamson County Ag Expo Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

JUNE 22-23 WHOA Jamboree Tennessee Livestock Center MTSU Murfreesboro, Tn www.mtsu.edu/tlc

JUNE 13-17 Franklin, TN. Williamson Co. Ag Expo Park. WHOA Service Horse School

JUNE 22-23 Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. WHOA Jamboree. www.walkinghorseowners.com

JUNE 14-17 TQHA Dogwood Classic Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

JUNE 23-24 Ranch Horse Show Tri-State Exhibition Center 10am / 8am Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

JUNE 15-16 Lawrenceburg, TN. Rotary Park. Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Reserve Rodeo. Info: 270-269-6000 www.lonestarrodeocompany.com

JUNE 23-24 Martin, TN. WTQHA Homecoming Circuit. www.wtqha.org

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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 JUN. 15-17: Tunica, MS. Expo Center. Clinton Anderson Three-Day Fundamentals Clinic. www.downunderhorsemanship. com JUL. 28-29: Lexington, KY. Ky Horse Park. Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour. Info: https://downunderhorsemanship. com/events-calendar/Craig Cameron Horsemanship Clnic JUL. 21-22: McDonald, TN. Tri State Exabition Center. Dan James Horsemanship Clinic. Into: Kristine Pecca 423-504-0584

SPECIAL EVENTS 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 JUN. 21-23: Lexington, KY. Kentucky Horse Park. Extreme Mustang Makover www. extrememustangmakover.com

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Trailering the Trail Horse By Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole

Spring and summer are upon us and with them trail riding. Unless you’re one of the fortunate few that has immediate access to trails you most likely have to load your mounts and haul to the trails. With that in mind let’s take a moment to consider what goes into hauling our horses and mules. The effort involved with towing starts long before we arrive at the trail head or even hook up the trailer. Consider the training aspect of trailering a horse. Just as we might not enjoy riding down the road in a noisy, bumpy, and drafty trailer, most horses tend to be a bit leery of this dark box, fortunately given enough time and patience most equines learn to tolerate the process. Most of us have had experience with a horse that refuses to load or races out of the trailer. Practice obedience and calmness by asking him to walk forward, stand quietly, and back up on your command. The objective is for your horse to walk quietly into the trailer, stand there for a bit, and then calmly back out on your command. How long it takes to get here depends on you and your horse. Teaching your horse to load takes patience, trust and much groundwork before he’ll be a consistent loader. But once that happens he’ll step into any trailer when asked and unload easily and relaxed when you arrive at the trailhead. Quiet and confident trailering equates into a pleasure ride for both of you. The second part of trailering involves the difference between jumping into the car for a quick drive to the grocery and hauling to your favorite trailhead. Once you are out on the open road, the driving task seems almost the same as driving the family car, but it’s what happens at either end of the trip that cause white knuckles for the first-time horse trailer driver. With many favorite horse-camping areas located well off the beaten path and perhaps up, or down, a steep hill; now is a great time to prepare yourself by thinking about how you should approach the task. HERE’S A QUICK TIP TO HELP TAKE THE PUCKER OUT OF THE DRIVE. • The proper use of your brakes while descending a grade is to not use them. It may be counterintuitive but your brakes are not there to help you maintain a safe speed of descent. Brakes should only be used to slow you down enough to “grab a lower gear.” Though your truck and trailer weigh many times that of a car their brake surface area is only slightly larger. Therefore, a very different driving technique is needed. The goal is to use your transmission to slow down and to use the correct gear to hold your speed in equilibrium; neither gaining nor loosing speed. That could mean 1st or 2nd gear, or even the 4WD low range. It’s very easy to fall into the habit of driving your rig just like you would drive a car; with your foot on either the gas pedal or the brake pedal. Driving with a trailer in this manner will quickly wear out your brakes and could very possibly compromise your safety. The third piece of the trailering puzzle is how we can create an equine friendly environment while we roll down the road. There are many topics to discuss but today we’ll narrow our focus and concentrate on two factors; dealing with heat and our driving style. Regardless of how far we haul we’re asking a lot of our horses and we’re creating stress on them in several ways; from the interior heat of the trailer to being bounced around inside the trailer. Summer heat is a very real concern when trailering. Most horses’ comfort range is between 30 to 75 degrees depending upon the breed. Now consider the trailer and how hot it can become on a warm sunny (think perfect riding weather) day. Studies have shown that temperatures inside trailers can easily be 10 to 15 degrees greater than outside temperatures. That perfect 80-degree day just became a hot and humid 95 plus degrees inside the trailer. To ease heat stress on your animals, take the following precautions. • Select departure/arrival time schedules to avoid the hottest parts of day (i.e. leave early when it’s still cool). • Ensure your horse is well hydrated beforehand and offer water frequently (at least every 4-6 hours) during longer trips. • Keep the trailer moving and avoid parking for long periods. The wind’s cooling effect is very helpful so keep those vents and windows open. This also requires you to 22

check road conditions prior to the trip to avoid congested areas. Your driving habits are a huge factor in a comfortable trip for your horse. Towing a horse trailer is, as you already know, very different than going for a Sunday drive in your car. Trailers are long, heavy, and loaded with precious cargo. Your consideration of your equine passengers will not only reduce their levels of stress during the trip, it will also help in having them load willingly into the trailer at the start of your next trip! Driving practices to keep at the front of your mind when hauling include: • Avoid sudden stops and starts. You’re in a truck with a trailer in tow; now is not the time to pretend you’re a NASCAR driver. Slow and steady starts and stops will give your horses time to adjust and to brace themselves. Think ahead and anticipate what could, would, or should happen before the situation occurs. • Equine friendly driving also includes careful braking and smooth cornering as key elements to towing a trailer in a responsible manner. Take turns easily and wait to resume your normal speed until the rig has straightened out from the turn. • Take it easy when traveling over bumpy roads. One of the best ways to learn first-hand what your equine friends are going through is to take a ride inside your horse trailer. Find a large parking area or your driveway (not on the road, it’s illegal) and have a trusted someone take you for a spin. You’ll be amazed at how it feels each time the rig turns or makes a sudden stop. I can guarantee that this exercise will cure any bad trailer driving habits you may have. For more information on this and other trail riding and equine camping topics, as well as the largest source of validated horse trail and horse camp information in North America visit TrailMeister.com

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