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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 6 Issue 3 2020

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Boundaries, Discipline And A Work Ethic - Crystal Lyons................................... 6 Covid-19 And Best Practices For Your Equestrian Activities ..............................................10 Covid-19: Caring For Your Horse During A Pandemic ....................................................11-13 Classifieds ........................................................... 14-15 Horse Riding In The Time Of Covid-19 Robert Eversole.........................................................16 Western Dressage: Ponying Your Horse Part 3 Lynn Palm............................................................ 18-19 Calendar Of Events............................................ 20-21

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Boundaries, Discipline and a Work Ethic

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by Crystal Lyons

was offered the opportunity to buy a nice looking Gypsy Vanner gelding that had been rescued from a kill pen. What was the story behind WHY such an expensive animal ended up in a kill pen is a mystery but I bought him, picked him up and immediately started hauling him. It was obvious that he hadn’t seen anything other than someone’s back yard pen, and didn’t really know anything either. He was so insecure if taken out of sight of other horses. He didn’t want to eat or even drink water if it was in a direction away from the other horses. Seeing these issues I started by tying him out with a hay bag where he was completely cut off from view of any other horse. For two days during the hours he was tied he wallowed, pulled, reared and stomped, but the third day he rested a back leg while quietly eating. The first two days of getting in the saddle was fairly miserable, as he basically had the concept that he was still a loose horse. A gentle soul but completely disconnected in his mind from whomever was on his back. The third day I took him out of the pen and it was a completely spastic ride that didn’t make a quarter mile distance, as his head was in total overload. But the 4th day… awwww… that’s when I started to see what this guy was really like. Though he is petrified of cattle, (amazing to me) he was trusting and compliant to do as asked, instead of grabbing the bit and doing his own thing. I found some places to ride that had quite an assortment of things to navigate, several little creeks to cross, etc. He obviously had NEVER been out like this before. A horse, approximately 10 years old, that hadn’t experienced life outside a walled in existence. It was a JOY to see this guy’s reactions. His ears and eyes alert and taking everything in and obviously enjoying it. What a difference experiencing boundaries, discipline and a work ethic makes in one’s mental state! He was a MISERABLE horse if everything wasn’t exactly as he required. Now his whole outlook on life has turned from one of frustration and dis-connect, to one of peaceful enjoyment and an ease in yielding to whatever is asked of him. He’s HAPPY and he’s a joy to take out on a ride. In just one week of placing him within boundaries, not allowing a “loose horse” mentality to dictate and this guy turned from an insecure, nervous wreck of a horse to one that’s looking forward to what we’re doing next. I was thinking as I was watching this total attitude turn around how it’s the

same with people. The most miserable people are those who have never been made to face something hard and overcome. Anyone who’s never been made to adjust a selfish mental attitude that requires them to yield to leadership is a person who will wind up insecure and emotionally depressed. Why are so many young people today depressed and completely self-centered? I’m convinced it’s in part because they’ve never been brought up with correct boundaries that’ve been enforced. They’ve not been taught a work ethic. They’ve been given trophies without accompanying accomplishments, praise without praiseworthy actions and basically turned loose without ANY expectations of excellence on their part. This is a recipe for an unhappy person with unhealthy emotions. Correct boundaries, godly discipline and a strong work ethic make for a happy individual… and happy horses too.

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COVID-19

and Best Practices for Your Equestrian Activities We are happy to share this note from Tara Swersie, CEO of Event Clinics, about what you can do to incorporate COVID-19 protection protocols into your equestrian activities. As worldwide concerns about COVID-19 continues to grow, our #1 priority is the safety of our equestrian community. If you participate in or hold equestrian activities in the next 45 days, we ask that you treat the CDC/WHO guidelines for COVID-19 social distancing with the same commitment you would give strangles prevention protocols. That includes: • A minimum space barrier of six feet between yourself and other people at all times • No more than 10 people in an area or present at an activity at one time • Disinfecting all common surfaces/items handled by multiple people COVID-19 person-to-person transmission primarily occurs when an infected person sends out respiratory droplets via either sneezing or coughing. Please practice and enforce the six feet social distancing rule until it becomes second nature to you. That means no hacking out horses side-by-side, no casual chats with friends in the tack room, and no standing next to one another watching a clinic. While less common, a person can also contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. The team who cares for your horses will be under considerable strain to disinfect common surfaces and limit your exposure risk. Expect that shared barn items like pitchforks, pencils, wheelbarrows, hoses, etc. are off limits for the next 45 days.

Keep In Mind Many equestrian businesses and service providers are struggling financially to cope with the pandemic’s impact. If a venue is graciously offering you distance lessons or schooling options, do what you can to pay it forward. #StrideForward • Post a nice note/facility photo on social media and tag the farm. Use #StrideForward on Instagram to help get the word out. • Pay schooling fees and board electronically, on time, as much as possible. • Be as sensitive as possible to their health risks and staff exposure concerns as you possibly can be. Horse people are stoic, not invincible.

Before You Visit The Barn or Schooling Venue • Monitor your own health. DO NOT go to the barn or take your horse schooling if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing, or unusual shortness of breath. • Feeling exhausted? Not sure if you “have something” or just a wine hangover? Take your own temperature and rule out a fever. • Do not go to the barn if you have been in an airport in the last 14 days. • Use the bathroom at your home, rather than the barn. The fewer areas you access around the barn, the easier it is on barn employees. • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you leave your home.

How To Visit Your Horse • If the facility that cares for your horse allows outside visitors, be considerate of the staff’s health risks and the 10 -person rule. • Do what you can to avoid showing up to ride at the same time as other boarders/service providers. Remember that vets and farriers need to visit the facility too — and they count under the 10 person-rule. • Set up a group text and deconflict ride times. • Disinfect (wash/sse Sanitizer) your hands upon arrival. • Avoid touching things such as door knobs, lockers, stall door latches and light switches unnecessarily. Limit your use of common barn tools such as pitchforks, etc. Limit your stall contact to just the one that contains your horse(s). • Avoid petting barn dogs and cats. • Ride your horse outside (in the sunlight) away from others as much as possible. It’s great for your spirit, plus the virus doesn’t like sunlight. • While on horseback, practice the 6-foot separation rule.

Before You Leave The Barn • Disinfect anything you’ve touched before you depart. • Smile at barn employees and thank them for their work. They are under a lot of stress right now and appreciate your support. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding as the equestrian community collectively works to address these global health concerns. In partnership with Eventing Nation, we’ll be publishing updates as they become available. Stay Safe & Hug Your Horse, Team Event Clinics

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COVID-19: Caring for your horse during a pandemic

At present, there is no evidence that horses, other livestock or companion animals can become sick with COVID-19 or spread it to people. However, horse owners should have alternate plans in place for the care of their horses if they themselves become sick and self-isolate or become hospitalized.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID19, please contact Telehealth at (1-866-797-0000), your primary care provider, or your local public health unit. Please let them know that you have had contact with horses or other animals.

If you are concerned about the health of your horse, please contact your veterinarian. Preparedness planning: Who will look after my horses? • Create a short list of people who, at a minimum, can feed, water and muck out your horses on a daily basis. • Although horses can remain in a stall for days if needed, this is not an ideal situation and could increase the likelihood of colic, respiratory and muscle issues for some horses. If daily exercise is needed, people asked to look after your horses should have the necessary experience (able to turn out horses, ride, or jog harness horses). They might be needed to assist the veterinarian or farrier as well. • If you are an employer, you should have a plan in place for the number of essential staff required to look after your horses’ minimum needs ( feed, water, stall cleaning and exercise).

How will they look after my horses?

• Horses should be easily identified by a name on a halter or a stall, or by other identifying features written in instructions for care. • You should have enough feed (concentrate and hay) and bedding for a week (ideally two) at your barn. If you regularly pick up your feed, you will need someone else to do this for you or check with the feed, bedding and hay supplier to see if they can deliver. • Instructions for care should be written down on paper, in a text, via email or on a voice message that can be provided or sent to whomever is looking after your horses. VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 3 2020

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COVID-19: Caring for your horse during a pandemic

• Instructions for care should include: a. Feed instructions for grain/concentrate: ✓ how much (e.g. 1 can, or by weight), how often (e.g. 3x /day), where to feed (e.g. on , the floor, in the feed tub). Don’t forget to tell someone where the feed is located if not obvious b. Feed instructions for forage (e.g. hay/hay cubes) ✓ how much (e.g. 3 flakes/feeding), how often (e.g. 3 x day), where to feed (e.g. on the floor, in a hay net). Don’t forget to tell someone where the hay is located if not obvious c. Instructions for providing water ✓ how often to fill up the bucket or change the water (there might be individual horse recommendations for this), where to find the water tap including any special instructions for use. d. Feed instructions for supplements ✓ how much, how often and where they are located in the barn. e. Instructions for medications ✓ Be clear about which horses receive medications and especially how much and how often medications should be given. Make sure there are spare tools to administer the medication if needed (oral syringes etc.). If medications require a certain level of experience to administer (e.g. intravenous, intramuscular or eye medications) please make sure you help has the needed experience. f. Instructions for bedding ✓ how much and what type of bedding should be used per horse/day or during a certain time frame, where to find the bedding in the barn, and where to put the soiled bedding. g. Instructions for exercise ✓ Turn-out: Make sure you have specific instructions for individual or group turnout including equipment (e.g. bell boots) and which horses go out together (or which must go out individually) ✓ Ridden exercise: Have specific instructions for tack for each horse and other individual needs. Make sure riders have the experience and wear the necessary safety equipment. ✓ Harness horse exercise: Have specific instructions for the harness worn/equipment card along with people who have the experience to jog/exercise them . Make sure people wear safety equipment. g. Instructions for individual horses ✓ People looking after your horses should be aware of any safety concerns (e.g. horse bites or kicks) or any quirks a horse has that could become a safety issue (e.g. horse runs into stall, horse will only back into a wash stall) h. Important contact numbers should be provided ✓ Veterinarian, farrier, feed/hay supplier, other people on your list of caretakers if help is needed. March 13, 2020 12

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COVID-19: Caring for your horse during a pandemic COVID-19: Caring for your horse during a pandemic What about cleaning and disinfecting? Because an infected person can be shedding COVID-19 before showing any symptoms, cleaning and disinfecting commonly used surfaces is a good idea and should be done at least twice per day. Some of these surfaces include: • water and feed buckets wheelbarrow/shovel/broom handles • cross-ties lead ropes • halters tack (including harness and bits) • grooming supplies stall and barn door handles • water taps hoses Please consider your fellow horsepeople who may share the barn with you and who may have chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, who are immune-suppressed or who may be older and more at risk for complications from infection. Fortunately, commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19. If you are using human products, please make sure they are safe to use around horses. If you are unsure, please check with your veterinarian. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and rinse any feed, water containers and bits prior to use. Remember to clean off any debris PRIOR to disinfecting. Disinfecting wipes can be very useful for cleaning smaller objects and surfaces.

Should I handle my horses if I am feeling sick and/or diagnosed with COVID-19? Even though there is no evidence that horses can become infected with COVID-19 or transmit the virus to people, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States recommends that people with COVID-19, or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should avoid direct contact with pets and other animals, including horses. This includes handling their mouths, feeding horses treats and kissing and/or petting them on the nose. Please make sure your health provider is aware you work with animals.

What if I am sick and have no one else to care for my horses? If you have no one to help look after your horses, then the CDC recommends that you wash your hands before and after caring for them as well as wear a facemask while handling them until you are cleared by your health care professional. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information may change. Recommended resources for animals and COVID-19: Cleaning and disinfection for public settings – Public Health Ontario https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-andrecommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/ https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/interim-guidance-managing-people-inhome-care-and-isolation-who-have-pets.html March 13, 2020 VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 3 2020

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HORSE RIDING in the Time of COVID-19 The TrailMeister community of equine trail riders and horse campers is important. During these uncertain and trying times, we want to help take care of our community and the values that we hold dear. As the world’s largest guide to horse friendly trails and camps, we know the value of getting outside with our equine friends. Additionally, we understand that the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors is vital right now. But in order to protect our community and ourselves, it’s important to be careful about when and how we choose to leave our homes. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to help you enjoy the trails responsibly. The situation is changing quickly, and we will try to update this page as best practices for public health evolve. (Some of these recommendations might change under a shelter-in-place order.) CHOOSING WHERE TO GO: PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING Fresh air and outside time is critical for all of us, especially right now. But please take a community-centered approach to your outdoor time and check current guidelines and local restriction orders before getting outside. www.TrailMeister. com includes a link to the land manager on every area listed. In the coming days, agencies may change their recommendations. For now, consider the following: • Try to stay local. Find trails near your home. (Here’s the guide https://www.trailmeister.com/trails/)- Help keep our neighbors safer by sticking close to home, especially if you are near a major population center in the middle of an outbreak. • Try lesser-traveled trails. Avoid trails where the main attraction is a viewpoint or other area that would serve as a likely gathering point for many people. • Some areas may not be big enough to safely accommodate extra visitors at peak times. Visit in off hours or take a ride around your property instead. If we want to continue to have access to parks, it’s important that crowds not gather. GETTING OUTSIDE SAFELY & RESPONSIBLY Before you leave the barn • Verify that the area you are going to is open. Most parks and green spaces are still open. Some other lands and facilities have already closed. (Again, https:// www.trailmeister.com/trails/ includes a link to the land manager on every area listed.) • Plan on any ranger stations, park buildings, restrooms and facilities to be closed. • Practice social distancing on the drive to the trailhead. This is not the time for carpooling. • Try to ride with people you are already in physical contact with, such as your family. This is not the best time to meet up with new friends 16

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We work to alleviate the suffering and senseless slaughter of domestic equine and to provide an environment for rehabilitation and carefully select adoptive homes At the age of 12 Victoria rescued her first horse. Since 1968 she has always taken in the horses that everyone has given up, trying to turn their life around by giving them one last chance. In 1991, orphaned nurse mare foals were brought to Victoria’s attention. Since then, Nurse Mare Foal Rescue is our main priority and has progressively grown to save THOUSANDS of foals. We offer a neonatal and intensive care facility for orphan nurse mare foals. We provide the foals with the necessary attention in order to secure a future in adoptive homes. Annually, we save 150-200 throw away foals from a certain death and provide them with the opportunity to a healthy life. One or two at a time, horses have come in and out of her life inspiring her to firmly believe that there is always a horse out there in need of refuge, and always a need for someone to feel responsible and intervene on that animal’s behalf. Establishing the Last Chance Corral in 1986 was the realization of her vision of creating a muchneeded facility to offer horses asylum. Today, the Last Chance Corral proudly offers horses hope, shelter, and opportunity regardless of their situation or problems. Be it psychological

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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse By Lynn Palm

PONYING YOUR HORSE- PART 3 We are now finishing our discussion on how to “pony” your horse. “Ponying” means leading one horse from another horse that you are mounted on. Last week I covered how to pony a horse at the trot. The pony horse must be able to do the basics I’ve described in the first two ponying at the walk and trot, in both directions, and be able to back before we can graduate to ponying him outside of a confined/enclosed area. In this article I am going to teach you how to introduce ponying outside of a smaller enclosed area, like a paddock. We will teach this lesson in gradual steps progressing from more familiar, secure environments until we can confidently pony the horse in an open field or on the trail. Before we do, let’s take a quick review a few important basics from our first two ponying lessons: • The horse being lead or “ponyed” as the “pony horse”. The horse that you will be mounted to lead the pony horse is the “lead” horse. • Equip the pony horse with a properly fitting halter and thread the longe line with a short chain end through the halter’s side ring, over the nose, and snap it to the side ring on the opposite side of the halter. Put leg protection on both horses such as polo wraps. If the pony horse has been saddled before, he may wear a saddle during this lesson. • Hold the longe line a neatly stacked coil in your right hand. The longe line loops should be roughly the same length. I like to keep my index finger and my thumb between the last loop leading out to the pony horse. This lets me use my fingers to take up a little on the longe line if needed, or give out more line. • I will describe this exercise as if leading the pony horse from the off (right) side of my lead horse. We will pick up this lesson as if you have already warmed up by ponying the horse at the walk and trot in the paddock. Once the horse is consistently responding in the paddock, it’s time to take him outside the enclosed area. Why? …because it is more fun for you and especially for your horse. As you leave the security of the paddock, the first step is to pony the horse close to the barn rather than moving right out into an open field. This is a safety precaution and a gradual step to help from getting into trouble. In case the pony horse would startle in this new less secure environment and get away from you, chances are he will just go the short distance back to the barn. Especially when working outside the paddock, it is important to use your peripheral vision to keep track of where you are going while keeping a close eye on the pony horse’s position. This will allow you to see and correct any speed or body alignment issues and avoid any obstacles in your path.

After you feel comfortable at a walk around the barn area, ask the pony horse for a trot using the same sequence of aids as we covered last week. Trot a few steps and ask the pony horse to walk. Walk a few steps, then “whoa”. Ask the pony horse to “back” as you back the lead horse with him. Praise the pony horse for his efforts. Vary the maneuvers during the pony lesson often to keep your horse’s attention. When he is stopped at a “whoa”, it is a great time to reach over to pet and praise him. If he is new at wearing a saddle, gently slap it and move it slightly to give him a feel for it on his back. This is also a good test if the pony horse understands and responds to the “whoa” command. He must be solid with this command before moving on to the next steps of ponying him out in a large field and on trails. While ponying around the barn, if the pony horse stays close, shows confidence, and is responsive to what you are asking him to do, it’s time to for the next step. Take him into a big fenced field away from the barn and practice ponying him there. A big field offers the advantage of giving you enough space to really give the pony horse some good exercise. When starting out in the big field, position the pony horse so he is between the lead horse and the fence. This will give him some security as he gets used to this new environment. Work along the fence at a walk and trot. If he is responsive, gradually move away from the fence and evaluate his reactions. If he continues to be responsive, continue ponying him away from the fence. Now have some fun together! Change directions across the field. Try some large circles, serpentines, and other large figures. Vary the gaits and speed within gaits. Watch the pony horse carefully. Keep your arm and elbow flexible so you can react quickly and smoothly if he startles, lags behind, or speeds up. This also keeps you from being pulled out of position in the saddle or jerking on the longe line. Especially in the open environment of the field, the pony horse may move ahead faster. Be ready to ask the lead horse for more forward movement to keep pace with the pony horse. This may mean that a naturally slower moving lead horse will be slowly cantering or loping while the pony horse is trotting alongside. The goal is to keep the pony horse in position between the lead horse’s neck and the rider’s leg. If he gets behind your leg, he is too far back. If he gets far in front of the lead horse’s neck, he is too far forward. Keep the lead horse moving at the speed of the pony horse—and not the other way around. You may need to use a “cluck” to encourage the pony horse to move forward. Or if he surges ahead use your voice to say “EASY” and reinforce it with a

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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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slight check on the longe if he pulls ahead of the lead horse. The last step in our ponying progression is the most fun, but should be taken only when the pony horse is confident and not scared or confused in an open environment like a big field. Now it is time to pony him out on the trails. This is a great way to expose young horses to new sights, sounds, and smells while having the security of the lead horse alongside. It is a wonderful conditioning tool for both youngsters and older horses. Apply the same training techniques I’ve shared with to ponying on a trail. As you move through the training steps to teach your horse to pony in increasingly less secure environments, watch him carefully for these signs: • He gets anxious • He speeds up in front of the lead horse • He lags too far behind the lead horse These are signs the handler may be asking too much of the pony horse too soon. If you observe any of them, go back and practice ponying in a more secure environment, like the paddock, until the horse is more responsive. These signs may also indicate that the pony horse has some inner energy that needs to be worked out using liberty work, before he can get the full benefit of any ponying lesson. Your Next Step… To conclude our lessons on ponying, here are the key points I’d like you to remember: Lynn’s 10 Commandments for Safe and Successful Ponying 1. Do not attempt to pony a horse until he can respond to basic verbal commands on the ground. 2. Practice ponying first in an enclosed area, with an assistant if possible. 3. Make sure the lead horse is willing and safe. 4. Keep your longe line organized and stacked in your hand. That way you will be able to use it without it tangling. 5. As you start ponying, let the pony and lead horse greet each other by smelling and sniffing 6. Fasten the longe line to the pony horse’s halter using the longe-line-over-the-nose for more control. 7. Keep a safe, arm’s length distance between the pony and lead horse. 8. If you lose control at any time, slow down or come to a halt. 9. Maintain the pony horse’s position so he is even with your leg. 10. Be sure to change speed, gait, and direction as you practice ponying to maintain his interest—and yours!

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Calendar of Events COVID-19 Equestrian Event Cancellations

Here’s a list of equine events currently canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ORGANIZATIONS United States Pony Club (USPC) — All USPC-sponsored events are suspended for 30 days beginning March 18. United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) — All USEFowned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities are suspended for 30 days beginning March 16. USEF also recommends that organizers of USEF-licensed competitions suspend those events and that equestrians do not compete during that time. Points, scores, money won, qualifications, and rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF-owned event, or selection to a U.S. team — including USEF National Championships—will not be accumulated during this time. United States Dressage Federation (USDF) —As of March 18, USDF has suspended accepting sores from USEF-licensed/ USDF-recognized competitions through April 15. United States Eventing Association (USEA) — Recognition of events is suspended for two weeks effective March 14 United States Hunter-Jumper Association (USHJA) — All recognized events are suspended for 30 days beginning March 16. EVENTS Adequan Global Dressage Festival — Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida. Final two weeks (March 16-29) canceled American National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Equitation Championships — April 9-11, Littlestown, Pennsylvania, canceled American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) — 2020 AQHA Convention canceled AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum closed until April 1 Arabian Breeders World Cup — April 8-11, Las Vegas, Nevada, canceled

Burlington Capital International Omaha — May 7-10, CHI Heath Center, Omaha, Nebraska, canceled for 2020 Carolina International CCI & HT — March 19-22, Carolina Horse Park, Raeford, North Carolina, canceled Commonwealth National Horse Show — April 15-19, HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, Virginia, canceled Del Mar National Horse Show — April 14-May 3 in Del Mar, California, canceled Equine Affaire — April 2-5, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio, canceled Federation Equestre International (FEI) World Cup Showjumping and Dressage Finals — April 15-19, Las Vegas, Nevada, canceled Galway Downs International Event and Horse Trials — March 27-29, Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula, California, canceled Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo — March 3-22, NRG Park, Houston, Texas, canceled Keeneland — Spring Meet (April 2-24) and April Sale (April 7), Lexington, Kentucky, canceled Kentucky Derby — Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, postponed from May 2 until Sept. 5 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix — April 22-26 in Lexington, Kentucky, canceled Longines Global Champions Tour & Global Champions League — April 2-4, Miami, Florida, postponed National Reined Cow Horse Stallion Stakes — March 27-April 4, Las Vegas, postponed until further notice Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show — March 21-22, Galway Downs, Temecula, California, postponed until further notice Winter Equestrian Festival — Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida, canceled PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL as this list may change daily due to the virus! Stay Safe and Well!

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PANDEMIC HORSE ACTIVITIES

• Hanging with your horse • Riding your horse • Petting your horse • Looking at your horse • Grooming your horse

• Reminding your horse that he/she is a good horse • Posting a picture of yourself and your horse

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