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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 4 Issue 2 2018

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Are you Ready to Ride? How To Give Your Horse A Spring Checkup Biting Dogs, Angry Horse & Screaming Rider Trail Riding’s Most Wanted Thermal Imaging Technology & Equine Western Dressage Calender Of Events

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Everything Horse Related How to Give Your Horse a Spring Checkup......... 6-7 Biting Dogs, Angry Horse & Screaming Rider Crystal Lyons................................................................... 8 Thermal Imaging Technology & Equine Casey & Son....................................................................10 Western Dressage Benefits any Horse Lynn Palm......................................................................14 Calendar Of Events............................................... 20-21 Tips for Trail Riders: Trail Ridings Most Wanted Robert Eversole............................................................22

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! r i A e th n i Spring is How to Give Your Horse a Spring Checkup Do you ride all winter, no matter how deep the snow gets, or do you hang up your saddle at the first cool breeze in autumn? Do you pull your horse’s shoes, blanket him, or keep him in the barn during the cold months? Do you cut his grain ration when he’s not working or feed more hay to keep him warm? If the winter season has caused any modifications in your horse’s exercise level or feeding plan, you will need to consider the following points as you bring the horse back into work in the spring. #1 CHECK BLANKETING If horses have been wearing blankets all winter, keep an eye on daytime temperatures as the weather begins to moderate. Blankets may still be needed at night but often should be removed during the day to prevent sweating. #2 CHECK SKIN


As the horse sheds his heavy winter coat, look him over carefully for cuts or other problems. Even if you have been faithful with daily grooming, small injuries may have been hidden by long hair. Give the horse an all-over bath as soon as the weather is warm enough, thoroughly rinsing to remove all shampoo. Look for rain rot, ringworm, scratches, and other conditions that may have been encouraged by blankets and damp weather. Treat skin diseases, asking a veterinarian for help with any stubborn conditions that don’t respond to overthe-counter remedies. #3 CHECK HOOVES Whether or not your horse was barefoot for the winter, he needs to start the spring with feet that are in the best possible condition. Schedule a farrier visit to be sure the horse is trimmed or shod correctly before increasing his exercise or training. Think about the work the horse will be doing and the terrain he will encounter. Will he need studs for soft ground, pads for hard or rocky terrain, or wedges or special shoes to accommodate injuries or conformational defects? Discuss these concerns with a farrier and get a veterinarian’s advice if needed. #4 CHECK TEETH This should be done once or twice a year by an equine dentist or veterinarian. A dental check-up can prevent some training problems like head tossing and fidgeting, and will also help to ensure that your horse gets the most benefit from whatever he eats. #5 CHECK FOR PARASITES Start or continue a schedule of deworming. Some owners prefer to do a fecal check to determine parasite infestation, VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 2 2018

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while others simply buy and use popular deworming products. Check with a veterinarian if you are unsure about the right products and scheduling for your horse. #6 CHECK VACCINATIONS Consult immunization records or ask your veterinarian what shots your horse needs. The recommendations will vary according to the horse’s age (foals may initially need two doses of some vaccines while mature horses need only an annual booster); location (if a particular disease in not common in your area, your horse may not need protection); travel schedule (horses that never encounter other horses may be able to skip some shots); and special conditions in your area (the series of West Nile vaccinations needs to be completed well before mosquitoes are seen). There is some evidence that horses develop a stronger immunity and have fewer skin or metabolic reactions if vaccinations are spread out over several days or weeks instead of being given all at once. #7 CHECK FENCES, GATES, FIELDS, WATER TROUGHS If horses have been stabled through the winter and will now be turned out, walk the pasture to find hazards such as holes, trash, or low tree limbs. Clean water troughs and check for sharp edges. Carefully check gates and fences for loose or broken parts and repair any defects before letting horses into the field. #8 CHECK TACK AND EQUIPMENT Have blankets cleaned and repaired now so they will be ready for fall. Look over halters, saddles, bridles, and other equipment and repair or replace as needed before starting training or competition. Clean and condition leather to avoid irritating the horse’s skin. #9 MONITOR GRAZING Pasture time may need to be limited at first to avoid problems related to overconsumption of lush grass. Because fresh spring grass contains a high percentage of moisture and very little fibre, continue to offer horses hay for the first few weeks of grazing. Heavy, cresty VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 2 2018

horses and those subject to laminitis may be sensitive to the fructans (sugars) in rapidly growing grass. The use of dry lots or grazing muzzles can allow horses to get out of the barn without risking metabolic upsets. #10 CHECK CONDITION The resumption of training or exercise is a good time to evaluate your horse’s body condition. If possible, weigh the horse; otherwise use a weight tape as a rough measure of body weight. If a visual examination doesn’t tell you whether your horse is too fat or too thin, try a “hands-on” determination — generally you should be able to feel, but not see, the ribs of a horse that is in moderate condition. Record the horse’s weight and condition as exercise resumes and recheck the numbers periodically as you continue riding through the spring and summer to keep an eye on excessive weight loss or gain. #11 EVALUATE FEEDING PROGRAM Will you be asking your horse for a much greater level of exercise? If so, he may need more grain or a high-fat ration to meet his energy requirements. He may also benefit from electrolytes, a muscle recovery supplement, or a feed designed to minimize tying-up. In areas with extremely hot, humid summers, some sweet feed proponents change to feeding pellets to avoid problems with mould. Any modification of a feeding program needs to be made gradually over several days, blending new feed into old and allowing the horse to adjust to the new regimen. #12 BEGIN TRAINING! Consider clipping a heavy winter coat if you are planning to get back into a regular riding routine. A horse carrying a long winter coat will heat up faster and take longer to cool down and dry out on warm spring days. After clipping, your horse may need to be blanketed on cold spring days or if the temperature drops at night. If the horse has been off work for the winter, you need to schedule steadily increasing work to bring him back into condition. Start with brief periods of walking, moving to longer rides and faster gaits over a period of several weeks. Conditioning involves not just the horse’s muscles but also his lungs, heart, tendons, ligaments, and bones. By progressing slowly and paying attention to the horse’s reactions, you can often avoid lameness and injuries. By Kentucky Equine Research, posted in Canadian Horse Journal.

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Biting Dogs, Angry Horse & Screaming Rider It was a nice workout in a nice indoor arena where all was proceeding “nicely” UNTIL....... My dog, Ruger was playing in the dirt and another dog, also named Ruger, a red heeler cross, in his boredom came to “play”. As I’m loping between barrels, the heeler mix Ruger ran in under Strider, got stepped on and as a result, got totally P-O’d and started barking and biting Strider’s heels! My Ruger, happily joined into this apparently FUN game when out of my peripheral vision I caught sight of him going in for the hind legs. Strider is stomping at one dog on the front end and trying to kick the one behind as it quickly escalated into rearing and leaping and kicking while I’m screaming out the one name of BOTH dogs who seemingly at this point were totally deaf or had completely FORGOTTEN their names!!

“Sometimes it’s best to change up your response to what’s happening around you.” This was NOT how I had foreseen the afternoon ride to go. I actually remember, (as I was teetering dangerously off to one side of the saddle) having the thought come to mind that it’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve felt the impact of being pie-yied like a yard dart off the back of a horse. That alone got my mind to thinking how what I was doing in response to what was happening was NOT WORKING and I’d better come up with a different approach as how to bring this situation to a more pleasant end! Since the dogs were only getting MORE hyper oriented, I decided instead of trying to hold Strider in place, to push him OUT and make the dogs run! That proved to be the answer, as this quickly discouraged the bull dog from having to run down his quarry. I guess it was fun as long as the prey made itself a meal on his plate but having to run down his prey?? Naw!! The “other Ruger” quickly gave it up and all settled back down into a semblance of normality.

by Crystal Lyons

Sometimes it’s best to change up your response to what’s happening around you. If the response you give seems to escalate the situation, possibly a different approach to that dilemma might be wise? For instance, if the situation is one where the attitudes are already escalated, did you ever stop to think that adding a higher crescendo into the mix only adds to the escalation of stupidity?? I have slowly come to the realization that stupidity shouted louder than everyone else in the room is STILL stupidity! I’ve also become aware of the fact that sometimes, not always but sometimes, simply RESPONDING to an atmosphere inundated in stupidity is like taking hold of an anvil when already standing in quicksand. Just being there puts you in danger, but entering in with your mouth is a no win situation! Retreat quickly and live to fight another day!! Bottom line: Sometimes you CANNOT bring peace into a situation and when that’s obviously the case, you have no other option but to protect your own inner peace by removing yourself from the arena where the dogs are biting.

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Thermal Imaging Technology and EQUINE


he uses of Infrared Thermal Imaging technology in the world of equine can be very long and drawn out. I’m here to give the short and to the point version of how thermal cameras have been used with equine for many years now, by myself and a few others.  The benefits that have come from thermal cameras are outstanding.  I myself, am a farrier of 18 years and I use thermal cams in all of my daily practices.  Being the owner of the Casey Horseshoeing School, in affiliation with the Farriers’ National Research Center, I also use thermal cameras in the teaching process with my students.  It has become so simple now to evaluate the horse with thermal tech that it is definitely a go to for me.  The old saying is “no horse is trimmed or shod better than the human eye”.  I say, why not make the human eye better. Taking half an hour evaluating the horse looking, poking and prodding is a thing of the past.  Do I still examine how a horse moves and read the feeling in its face to see how much pain or discomfort it’s in? Of course, I do! I always make a visual determination about every horse I see but, with thermal tech the problems that a horse may have or not have, can be found to a precise point. Then the proper corrective procedures can be 10

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Dressage is the only way to naturally train Western horses of any breed. After all, a horse is a horse! You don’t have to train differently just because you use an English or Western saddle. We must remember that “Dressage” is a French word that means “training of animals.” Dressage is a foundational way to teach a horse according to his natural instincts, behaviors, personality and temperament. Dressage utilizes successful methods that have been practiced for centuries. When you use Dressage properly, you teach the horse to learn with confidence and willingness. Dressage also teaches the trainer or owner to advance the horse with patience and time. It’s only practical to use a common sense approach to develop the horse’s health and fitness as he advances in his training. I believe that the best part of using Dressage for Western horses is that the levels and tests give you a structured guideline for training. If you follow the tests with training figures, transitions, and control the rhythm in the gaits, you will find yourself practicing in a step-by-step manner. This enables you to train your horse with understanding and willingness when you can accomplish each step well and with accuracy. This is how I learned in an English Dressage saddle many years ago. Today, I would not ride or train a horse any differently in an English or Western saddle. The beauty of Dressage is that it is training is for ALL breeds of horses. Of course, becoming a good rider is the most important tool for the training of your horse. Your equine partner will improve as you better your riding and understand the correct mechanics of how a horse’s body operates, along with his simple, natural instincts. Follow these tips as you learn to train your horse successfully: 1. Conformation and form to function is necessary for a performance horse to achieve his potential; you can’t expect

By Lynn Palm a horse to do something he’s physically not built to do 2. Always remember that horses have strong prey animal instincts and behaviors 3. Train with variety to keep the horse interested; horses learn through repetition but not “drilling” 4. Patience is crucial! Take your time and don’t rush any steps 5. “Listen” to what your horse is “saying” through his body language, including ears, eyes, mouth, tail, and overall composure 6. Use Dressage levels and tests to help your horse learn in a practical way 7. If you run into challenges at any level, just go back and perfect the lower levels or tests 8. Always respect the fact that you have to Ride Well for your horse in order for him to learn and give back 9. Giving your horse a variety of training and fitness work at least 5 days per week 10. Keep your horse happy by leaving the arena behind and training on the trail (Refer to my E-book, Training Outside the Box) Remember, patience, understanding and Dressage training will always bring you a willing and happy horse, but you also have to “Be the Rider Your Horse Deserves!”

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2018 EVENTS AT EVENTS AT MERIDIAN EQUINE EQUINE MERIDIAN This year is going to be busy at Meridian. We will be hosting 6 trail obstacle challenges on 3 dates through Equine Trail Sports, 2 open breed Western shows, and a new 4-show hunter and jumper series. The hunter series will be co-hosted in partnership with Lucky Fox Farm, and 2 of the shows will be

Sat March 17th Equine Trail Sports St Patrick’s Day Challenge Sat March 24th MEEC/ LFF Hunter Series I (MTHJA Show) Sat April 14th Spring Fling Open Western Show Sat May 19th MEEC/ LFF Hunter Series II Sat June 30th Equine Trail Sports Summer Fun Challenge Sat August 11th MEEC/ LFF Hunter Series III (MTHJA Show)

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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

March MARCH 2-3 SRO LoneStar Rodeo Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc MARCH 2-3 NCA Pro Rodeo Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu March 3 Smoky Mountian Show 8am-6pm TriState Exhibition Center Cleveland TN; 423-476-9310 TriStateExhibitionCenter.com MARCH 3 Germantown, TN. The Pickering Center. Megford Show Year End Awards Banquet. Info: info@megford.com

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

MARCH 8-11 TN HS Challenge rodeo Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace

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

MARCH 9 Sweanee, TN. Univ. of the South. Regional Hunt Seat Championships






























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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



of Events

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








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MARCH 9-11 Memphis Challenge Tennessee HS Rodeo Association 731-658-5867; tnhsra.com

MARCH 10-11 Music City Paint Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc MARCH 16-17 4-H Clover Classic Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu

MARCH 10 TN NBHA Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

MARCH 16-18 AQHA Circuit of the Southland Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc

MARCH 10 Hunter/Jumper Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. No Frills 1

MARCH 16-18 Memphis, TN. Show Place Arena. Volunteer Ranch Horse Show

MARCH 10 Murfreesboro, TN. Roberts Equestrian Facility. Greystone Dressage Schooling Show. Info: Kim Carpenter (931) 452-9255

MARCH 16-18 Franklin, TN. Ag Expo Park. Tennessee Championships. www.Jx2events.com

MARCH 9-11 TQHA Celebration Circuit Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu

MARCH 10-11 Hamilton, GA. Poplar Place Farm. Poplar Place Farm Dressage Show. www.poplarplacefarm.com MARCH 10-11 Springfield, TN. Smart Lil Acres. Mounted Patrol and Obstacle De-sensitizing Clinic. Miranda Hogan (615) 433-6285

MARCH 17 Barrel Racing, Cookeville, TN. Hyder Burke Ag. Pavillion. Cordell Smith 615-556-1059 MARCH 17-18 Volunteer Ranch Horse Assn. 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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MARCH 17-18 Martin, TN. WTQHA Show. UTM Eq. Team Benefit Circuit. www.wtqha.org

APRIL 5-8 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Springtime in Dixie

March 17-18 Western Dressage 8am-5pm TriState Exhibition Center.com Cleveland TN 423-476-9310

APRIL 19-21 Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Ken McNabb Horsemanship Clinic. www.circlegranchevent.com/upcomingevents.html

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

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

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

MARCH 23-24 MegFord Show Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace

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

MARCH 23-25 IBRA Barrel Race Tennessee Miller Coliseum MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc

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

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

MARCH 24 Crossville, TN. 470 Copperhead Lane. Fit Right Saddle Class. All disciplines. 9AM-5PM www.fitrightsaddlesolutions.com

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

APRIL 13-15 Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. West TN QH Show. Info: www.wtqha.org

MARCH 24 Lebanon, TN. Meridian Equine Education Center. 2018 MEEC/LFF Hunter Show series. Info: Amanda Agee 615-586-2152 MARCH 24-25 Trail Rides/Challenge Toomsboro, GA. Region 5 Benefit. Info: Cindy Keen 478-272-5097

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APRIL 18-22 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Spring I

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

MARCH 22-25 TN Reining Horse Assn. Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu

MARCH 30,31, April 1 - TN Ranch Horse Clinic Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

APRIL 14-22 Waynesboro, TN. Buffalo River Trail Ride. Info: 931-722-9170; buffalorivertrailride@live.com; www.brtr.com

APRIL 6-7 Bill Pickett Rodeo Agricenter Showplace Arena 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 901-757-7777 ext.7106 www.agricenter.org/showplace

MARCH 18-21 Murfreesboro, TN. Embassy Suites. TN. State 4-H Congress 4h.tennessee.edu

MARCH 31-APR. 1 East TN. Cutting Horse Assn. Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu

APRIL 14-15 Franklin TN Tennessee HS Rodeo Association 731-658-5867; tnhsra.com

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

April 14, 2018 LINCOLN COUNTY HORSEMAN ASSOCIATION OPEN SHOW Reining, Barrels, Ranch Horse based and Gaited 3 Wilkes Dr, Fayetteville, TN Mcclanahan36@gmail.com Www.tnlcha.com APRIL 14 WHOA Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com 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 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

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April 27-29, 2018 - Jasper AL Alabama Governor’s Ride Faye Whittemore Farms Pumpkin Patch Trail Ride Come Ride on Best of America by Horseback National Television Show. Be on the Filmed Trail Ride with celebrity hosts Tom Seay & Kristen Biscoe, seminars, demos, live music & banquet meal all included! Sponsored in part by the Alabama Horse Council celebrating 200 years of Alabama History. 540-829-9555 *$50 rider fee for BOABH Trail Club covers all scheduled activities & banquet meal www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com APRIL 28 ETSA Tri-State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN , 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com APRIL 28 TN Paint Horse Club Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn www.roanestate.edu



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MOST WANTED The most dangerous mistakes are the ones you don’t recognize. By Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole The advice that I usually write about is geared towards avoiding mistakes. But what defines a mistake? And how do you recognize one? After all, one person’s gaffe could be another’s routine. Many drivers, for example, don’t wear seat belts. And those folks do just fine – until they wreck. Before the accident, the mistake wasn’t visible to them. If it were they would have buckled up. Instead it was a bad habit that they didn’t recognize. And because they didn’t see it, they didn’t fix it. Human nature encourages us to pursue the path of least resistance, which often means doing things the same old (and maybe wrong) way until we get caught. How does this affect those of us who play outdoors? Horse and mule riders practice bad habits just like everyone else. In fact, trail veterans who follow a “that’s the way I’ve always done it…” attitude are some of the worst offenders. Maybe at one time you could empty the trailer wherever you wanted, but not anymore. The same goes with weed free feeds and burning trash. To become better and safer trail riders, we need to recognize which of our outdoor habits are mistakes. These are bad decisions we make while planning trips, packing gear, or riding the trail. And while not wearing a seat belt seems like an obvious error, some of the most common outdoor blunders are just as knuckleheaded. How do you uncover your own bad habits? You’ve got to examine your pre-trip and on-trail routines. Or better yet, ask your friends and hiking partners for feedback and advice. To get started, here are the three of trail riding’s most wanted mistakes.

NOT LEAVING INFORMATION WITH A RESPONSIBLE PERSON Always tell someone where you’re going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to be back. And here’s the important part: Do it for every trip, not just the ones you think are dangerous. Whether you plan your ride a week ahead or wake up with an itch for the trail, taking a few extra minutes to sketch out an itinerary is always worth it. Creating a plan and leaving it with friends or family is a safety basic, and one to cultivate into a habit. It prevents unnecessary anxiety and, in an emergency, will save precious time for search and rescue responders. Here’s a link to our Ride Itinerary Form for you to download and use. https://www.trailmeister.com/trailride-itinerary/ 22

Creating an itinerary also forces you to think about, and include, a backup plan. If you ride regularly, it’s inevitable that something—from wildfire to a washout to a full trailhead— will force you to change your plan on the fly.

RIDING WITHOUT A MAP The difference between a complacent and a clever trail rider is realizing you don’t need a map, but bringing one anyway. When do experienced riders get lost? Not the first time they explore a new trail with a good map in hand. And not the 100th time, when they know the route well. The danger zone is the second, third or fourth outing, when overconfident riders convince themselves they don’t need a map, but actually do. Miss a crucial turn or gamble on a short-cut, and an easy trail quickly becomes a maze of doubt.

FORGETTING A HEADLAMP You might be planning “just a day ride”. Take a hint from the Gilligan’s Island crew who expected a three-hour tour, and got 99 episodes instead. A thousand unforeseen problems could strand you on the trail after sunset. Remembering to pack a 3-ounce headlamp or flashlight can prevent a wretched overnight in the woods. Because once you’ve had that experience, you won’t ever forget a flashlight again.

NOT CHECKING YOUR CINCH Think of the cinch or girth on your saddle like your seat belt in your car. The cinch is what keeps your horses saddle properly placed on his back. While I’m sure you always check the horses cinch before you mount the horse, often times the cinch will loosen up during a ride, as the animal warms up. Fight the urge to say, “it’ll be ok”. It won’t. Re-adjust the saddle and tighten the cinch. What are your favorite trail rider faux pas? As always for more tips on trail riding and camping with equines, and the world’s largest and most accurate horse trail and camp guide visit www.TrailMeister.com. Robert Eversole; Trail Meister Owner and Chief Trail Boss. 513-374-9021; robert@trailmeister.com; www.TrailMeister.com TrailMeister is The Largest Equine Trail and Camping Guide in the World

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