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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 7 Issue 4 2021

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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 8 Issue 4 2021

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So You Think You Know The Way? Crystal Lyons.......................................................... 6 Caring For Horses During Hot Weather ................................................................................ 10 Tips For Beginner Horseback Riders ................................................................................ 12 6 Reasons To Know How To Read A Map Robert Eversole ................................................... 16 Western Dressage: Warm-Up Routine Lynn Palm.......................................................18-19 Calendar Of Events.......................................20-21

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It’s breeding season again, Strider’s favorite time of year! Last week I had a mare here to breed live cover, so I positioned her in the round pen and went to halter Strider to take him to her. Strider is EASY to catch. He always comes no matter how far off he is if I simply whistle… except when there’s a mare to breed. He doesn’t want me catching him as he has plans of his own rolling around in that big head. Never mind the strategic barriers between him and his desired destination, his mind is fully engaged in getting there all by himself. I walked out to where he was, halter in hand and as expected, he shook his head, gave a little rear and off he ran, circling back to the closest spot where he could see the desire he had in mind. Never mind that two fences lie between him and her. He seems to never take that little fact into consideration. I spent 15 minutes trying to get my hands on him to no avail. In frustration I stood by the gate vocally expressing to him how that I was the ONLY MEANS he had of getting what he so desperately wanted! The very one he was running FROM was the way to get what he desired. The ONLY way! I proceeded to tell him how that I was the gate through which he had to come to get to her, and I wanted the same thing HE wanted, but it had to come through ME! Suddenly… it was as if clarity came straight from the heavenly realm into my thinking. It was as if the Lord said, “This is a picture far too often of Me dealing with you.” As we know, Jesus told us that HE was THE DOOR to what we need and desire. (John 10:9) Problem with this scenario is, just like the situation with my stallion and the mare, the Lord often has to lead us AWAY from our desired destination to get us there! Strider wanted to go straight to the mare, but fences and the position of gates made how he wanted to do it non workable. He had to come to me and yield to me as I led him AWAY from his desire to bring him TO it. Isn’t that just like us? God is calling to us but NO, we have PLANS of our own! In all actuality, often we are too dull to realize that those desires could possibly be God’s as well. But whether they are or not, the bottom line is this… HE’S THE DOOR into “our pasture”. What’s

a pasture? A place of protection, provision, rest and peace. That’s what Jesus promises as we yield to Him and allow Him to lead the way. But does He always take us straight there? Rarely. Most often He will lead us seemingly AWAY from the very thing we desire. I have personally found that He seems to never acknowledge that the closest path from A to B is a straight line! He always takes us on a roundabout scenic tour in life, only to land us (eventually) right where our heart was longing. I guess it’s just like my stallion. Strider has to TRUST me and FOLLOW even if I lead him away from what he wants. In doing so, he gets to do what he was created to do. I am Strider’s door to his destiny and as he trusts me, he thoroughly enjoys his life. Need I explain further??

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Caring for horses during hot weather

You must provide extra care to your horse during hot weather to reduce their stress and maintain their health and well-being.

SWEATING IS NATURAL COOLING Horses normally cool themselves by sweating. The sweat evaporates from the skin surface and causes a cooling effect. Less sweat evaporates during times of high humidity. A horse that is working hard in a hot environment can lose 2 to 4 gallons of sweat per hour. Horses can acclimate to hot and humid weather conditions. Air temperature and relative humidity affect the horse’s ability to cool itself. KEEPING YOUR HORSE COOL Summer is a common time for heat-related issues but unexpected warm weather can add to overheating, especially if horses are out of shape and have long, thick coats. • Overheating can result from: • Hot weather • High humidity • Poor barn ventilation • Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight • Excessive work • Transportation • Obesity Here are some tips to keep your horse cool and comfortable during hot weather. COOLING AN OVERHEATED HORSE To cool an overheated horse (rectal temperatures above 103° F): Spray the horse’s head, back, neck, rump and legs with a steady stream of cool water. Repeat this continuously until the horse is cool. 10

You can add ice to the water to speed-up cooling for very hot horses (rectal temperatures above 105 F). Research shows using ice to cool a hot horse is safe. Ice baths reduce core body temperature and lower heart rates after hard exercise. Horses were also found to trot more freely after an ice bath. Don’t directly apply ice water over the hind end (large gluteal muscles). Focus on areas where the blood vessels are more prominent: head, neck, back and rib area. Don’t place a sheet or blanket on the horse when trying to cool it. Blanketing will block water evaporation from the skin. Don’t blanket during hot and humid conditions. EFFECTS OF HEAT ON HORSES Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can result in heat stress, heatstroke and problems such as dehydration, muscle spasms and colic. ACCLIMATING HORSES TO THE HEAT We recommend a 15- to 21-day acclimation period for horses from cooler or drier climates traveling to compete or reside in hot, humid climates. Acclimation increases the horse’s tolerance to heat and exercise. You should still monitor the horse during training and competition in hot and humid climates. WARM WEATHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES Hot weather brings an increased

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risk of infectious diseases that involve mosquito transmission to horses. Two important diseases in this category are West Nile virus (WNV) and Potomac Horse Fever (PHF). WNV causes neurologic signs and muscle trembling, killing almost a third of the horses that develop signs. Mosquito numbers often soar in late summer, as larvae hatch from warm water pools. Horse owners can do 3 things to lower the risk of WNV infection: 1. Eliminate or treat all standing water in the horse’s environment to discourage mosquito hatching. 2. Minimize mosquito bites by keeping horses indoors during prime mosquito feeding times (dawn and dusk) and protect with repellants. 3. Ensure horses are well vaccinated against WNV. This may include a late summer booster vaccination, in addition to vaccination in the spring. PHF cases are more frequent in late summer and are characterized by fever, laminitis, and often, diarrhea. Horses can be infected by drinking contaminated water or by eating feed that has been contaminated by insects from aquatic environments. PHF resembles several other diseases so immediate veterinary care and diagnostic testing are strongly recommended. extension.umn.edu/horse-care-andmanagement/caring-horses-during-hot-weather


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Tips for Beginner Horseback Riders If you’ve just started horseback riding lessons and feel overwhelmed over the number of things you don’t know, don’t worry. At some point, we’ve all been there. Being a beginner horseback rider comes with its challenges, but it’s also an integral part of becoming a true equestrian. RECOGNIZE A HORSE’S BODY LANGUAGE Recognizing a horse’s body language and understanding what it means will help you to remain safe around horses. Whenever there’s an incident of someone without any equine knowledge getting injured around a horse, it’s usually because that person failed to recognize what the horse was telling them through body language. Horses can’t speak, so they’re limited to communicating with you through body language. This will include the movement of the ears, the swishing of a tail, stopping of hooves, and looking at you a specific way. If a horse’s ears look as if they’ve been pinned to the back of the horse’s head, this means that the horse is mad. If their ears are up and pointed to you, that means that the horse is paying attention to you. A tail swish can signal annoyance while hooves pawing the ground can signal boredom. If a horse is wide-eyed and nostrils flared, then they’re probably nervous or anxious. If their eyes are half-closed while they chew their teeth together, then they’re relaxed and comfortable. RESEARCH PROPER TACK PLACEMENT When you first start riding, it can be challenging to figure out how the tack is supposed to go on the horse. There are so many different tack pieces to remember: you have the bridle, girth, saddle pad, and saddle. Each piece has specific rules on how and where it should go on the horse. A great way to properly learn how to tack up a horse is to watch videos on tacking up. This way, you’ll get to see how the tack is placed on the horse. WORK ON BALANCE Balance is an important aspect of horseback riding. As a rider, you staying on a horse should not be dependent on stirrups, a comfy saddle, or reins. Instead, it should be dependent on the balance that you have on a horse. When you first start riding, you may feel like you bounce all over the place. When the horse trots, you’ll bounce left and then you’ll bounce right. You may feel that if the horse made one wrong move, you’d be thrown off balance and fall off. There are a few great exercises you can do to help yourself gain balance on the horse. The first one is simply to get a feel for the rhythm of your

horse’s gaits. Take time to focus on how the horse is moving under you. Recognizing and being familiar with these movements will help you to know how to shift your balance while riding at these gaits. The second exercise would be to ride bareback. This is a great exercise for building balance and muscle. When you ride bareback, you learn to rely more on balance than you would on your stirrups or reins. LEARN ABOUT PRESSURE AND RELEASE If you’re a beginner horseback rider who dreams of one day being a horse trainer, then you should know that learning about pressure and release is essential to communicating with a horse. Horses learn by pressure and release; what this means is when you ask a horse to do something, you use pressure. As soon as they respond correctly, you release the pressure and relax in order to reward them. For example: When you ask a horse to stop, you pull back on the reins. This is considered the pressure. As soon as the horse stops and stands still, you release the pressure or relax your hands to tell the horse that they did the correct thing. What most beginners do is keep applying pressure even when the horse has responded correctly. Like in the above example, a beginner may ask the horse to stop, but when the horse stops, they continue to pull on the reins instead of relaxing the pressure. This would cause the horse to back-up. Soon, you have a situation where the rider is frustrated with the horse for “not listening,” even when the horse is just doing what it’s being asked to do. Understanding pressure and release will help you communicate better with the horse. It will also help you to ride with softer hands and more aware of your actions in the saddle. LOOK UP! This is something many riding instructors repeat over and over to new riders. Beginner riders tend to look down at their hands and the horse’s mane. This is understandable when you’re first learning to maneuver the horse and use your reins; however, it will help you and your horse is you establish looking up early on. There are a number of reasons you should be looking up and ahead while you’re horseback riding. The first and most obvious reason is to look up so you can see where you’re going. Yes, the horse may keep going even if you look down, but if there’s something you’re not expecting that pops up, you can easily be caught off-guard and fall off. Another reason to look up and to the horizon is to help your horse understand where they need to go. A horse can feel any body movement you make while you’re sitting on their back. When you look where you want to go, your body position adjusts to look that way. For example, if you’re sitting on the horse and you look to your left, you turn your neck. Your horse can feel that, and it signals to them to go left. So if you look up you tell them to keep going straight. If you look down, you’re essentially telling your horse to stop. Many new riders have difficulty getting the horse to move forward; however, it’s mostly due to the rider looking down. When you look up, you’ll notice that your horse is much more willing to go forward.



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KEEP YOUR WEIGHT IN YOUR HEELS Do you find that your foot is constantly sliding out of the stirrup while you’re riding? The reason for this would be that you’re not keeping your weight in your heels. The way to keep your heels down is to allow your weight to focus down to your heel. Keeping your weight in your heels will not only help keep your feet in the stirrups, but it will also make you feel more secure on your horse. If your weight is focused down into your stirrups, it will be much harder for you to fall off of the horse. Keeping your heels down will help your leg to fall properly on the horse’s side, making you more effective in your cues and in the rest of your general position. When your heels are down, you secure your seat because the weight has to travel through your hip and leg to rest in your heel. This will help keep you properly in the saddle. While keeping your heels down is important to your riding position, make sure you are not thrusting your legs forwards when putting your heels down. Your heel should still stay directly under your shoulder. KEEP YOUR LOWER LEG STILL This brings us to the next point. While horseback riding, it’s important to keep your lower leg still so as not to confuse your horse with cues. Horses think that when the lower leg moves back and forth against their side then they’re being told to go faster. This can result in a runaway horse with a terrified rider. A steady still leg will make a steady horse. Usually, the reason a new rider’s lower leg tends to swing back and forth is that they are pinching the horse with their knees. If your knees are locked to your horse, then you have no control over your lower leg. The way to keep your lower leg still is to loosen up your knee. When you do this, you will automatically change the point of contacts to the inner thigh and the inner calf. This is the correct riding position. You will also notice how more secure your seat feels hugging the horse with your inner thigh and inner calf rather than pinching the horse with your knee. By making this one adjustment, you can feel new and better security in the saddle. LEARN TO MOVE YOUR SEAT WITH THE HORSE Many beginner riders are taught that the reins mean stop and your legs mean go; however, did you know that your seat can control both of these factors? Your seat’s movements are controlled by your hips. If you want your horse to move out more, you will move your seat more using your hips. Your seat will go with the motion of the gait. If you want the horse to slow down, you will slow your seat by moving your hips less. By using your seat in conjunction with leg pressure and rein pressure, you will feel much more in control and your horse’s transitions will seem easier. Next time you try bringing your horse to a halt, try to stop moving your seat to see how well they will halt. Once again, a great way to practice this would be to ride bareback. You can feel the movement of the horse much better bareback than you can in the saddle. You’ll learn to move your seat with the horse. LEARN DIAGONALS AND LEADS Another thing that beginner horseback riders struggle with is picking up the correct diagonal or lead. The diagonal is the beat you rise up with during a posting trot. When you post trot, you should always rise up when the outside front leg rises up and you should always sit when the outside front leg hits the ground. A lead refers to a canter lead. The canter lead is determined by VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 4 2021


whatever front leg lands on the third beat of the canter stride. If you’re tracking right, then you will want the right canter lead or the right front leg as the third beat. If you’re tracking left, then you will want the left canter lead or the left front leg as the third beat. Sooner or later, you’ll get to a point where you’ll be able to tell what diagonal or lead you’re on just by feeling the horse’s gait. For now, the best way to tell what diagonal or lead you’re on is to glance down at the horse’s shoulder. Just to reiterate; as mentioned in a tip above, you should never stare down at the ground while horseback riding. However, you can glance down a few seconds at the horse’s shoulder to tell what diagonal or lead you’re on. If you want to know if you’re on the correct diagonal, you will glance down to the outside shoulder of the horse. You must be post trotting to the beat of this leg. When the leg lifts off the ground, you post up. When the leg hits the ground, you post down. To know whether or not you’re on the correct canter lead, glance down to the horse’s inside shoulder. If this leg is not the third beat or if it’s not extending farther than the outside shoulder than it’s the wrong lead. BUILD YOUR MUSCLES Building the correct muscles for horseback riding doesn’t happen overnight Recognizing the muscles you use most in horseback riding will help you to know what muscles you need to give attention to. Your arms, core, lower back, thighs, and calves are all muscles that you use extensively for horseback riding. You’ll probably notice at least one of these muscles sore after a ride, which means you need to work on building them up. You’ll find that after a while, horseback riding will naturally tone these muscles. In the meantime, if you’d like to avoid fatigue and soreness, you can work on increasing the stamina of these muscle groups. STAY RELAXED…EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT Horses mirror your emotions. This means that if you’re getting nervous or anxious, you may make your horse nervous and anxious as well. Horses can sense your emotions when you start to tense up in

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Horseback Riding Tips the saddle. Many times, a horse will get spooked about something. Instead of the rider staying calm and relaxed, the rider will tense the body, lean forward, and shorten their reins, expecting their horse to blow up. When a rider does this, they are encouraging their horse to become more spooked. In this scenario of a spooked horse, a rider should remain calm, their body relaxed and weight down in their heels. Their hands will stay steady but not tighten on the horse’s mouth. The horse will soon pick up on the rider’s calm demeanor, telling the horse that there’s nothing to be afraid of. In these moments of an out-of-control horse or a scary situation, you may not always feel relaxed, but that doesn’t mean you have to portray that to your horse. The best way to keep a relaxed stance with a horse is to breathe slow and deep. This will cause your body to remain loose and your heart rate to remain slow, both things that the horse can pick up on. HAVE CONFIDENCE Like mentioned above, horses pick up on your emotions. If you lack confidence, your horse will know it, and it will cause them to lack confidence as well. Confidence is a big hurdle to jump over for any level of rider, but don’t let that stop you. Confidence comes from trust. If you don’t trust your horse, then you’re not going to have confidence in them. Learning to trust your horse will not only build your confidence, but it will also allow your

horse to then trust in you. If you’re a beginner rider, be confident. Be confident in what you’re asking the horse to do, even if you’re doing it wrong. Be confident in how you look, even if you look like you don’t know what you’re doing. BE ASSERTIVE WITH YOUR HORSE Assertive doesn’t mean abusive. Being assertive means that you don’t let the horse get away with things it shouldn’t be doing. You’ve probably noticed how lesson horses love to walk slow, stop frequently, and not go when asked. This is mainly because beginner horseback riders aren’t assertive enough to get these horses to pay attention. Horses will test you to see what they can get away with. If they realize that they can get away with one thing, they’ll make sure that they work that one thing into their routine as much as possible. To get your horse to listen, you have to be assertive. Going back to pressure and release; being assertive means that you apply the pressure until the horse responds correctly. If the horse doesn’t respond right away, then you increase the pressure. If you ride a lesson horse that loves ignoring you while you ask them to go, being assertive may look like one big kick to the side. If they don’t respond, then you take your hand and smack them on their rump. Once you get after your horse once for testing you, they’ll know that you mean business. The more you correct bad behavior, the more equinehelper.com your horse will respect you and respond quickly.

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6 Reasons to Know How

From cave paintings, ancient manuscripts, and on to the 21st century, people have created and used maps as essential tools to explain and navigate their way through the world. With their longitudes and latitudes, as well as myriad lines crisscrossing miles of ground, encompassing mountains, valleys, and more, maps have been guiding the curious traveler for thousands of years. From enabling the discovery of new trails, to helping travelers plan their next pit stop, maps are crucial tools connecting the known and unknown for many generations of explorers, and you. With the increasing popularity of GPS devices and cellphone navigation apps, you could be forgiven for thinking that the days of old-school, hard-copy paper maps are numbered. You would, however, be mistaken. In a world where technology reigns supreme, the skill of map reading is one that every outdoors person should have in their repertoire. Below, we highlight the six most important reasons why you should learn how to use a map. 1 - Safety First The most obvious and practical reason. A map is a visual resource crammed with information about the area we’re exploring. The information tells us about water sources, potential campsites, viewpoints, cliffs, and more. By becoming a skilled map-reader, you’ll be able to find the former and avoid the latter, even in poor visibility. Fun fact: Around 50% of Search and Rescue call outs 16

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are because someone got lost. Learning to read a map will lower your risk of getting lost in the first place, will help you find your way again if it does happen, or—worst-case scenario—at the very least be able to tell rescue teams where you are should things go wrong. 2 - Maps are a Passport To New Adventures While learning to read a map is certainly useful when following a marked and established trail, where it is most beneficial is when you want to satisfy your thirst for more serious adventure and take your trips off-trail. Map skills are enablers. The skill of map reading empowers you take your adventures in the backcountry further, letting you head into remote locations that you wouldn’t dream of venturing into without ample competency with your topos. 3 - Maps give you Self-confidence And Peace Of Mind Not only do maps let you find your way to new and exciting areas, learning to read a map can also provide a boost to your confidence both on the trail and before leaving the house. While pre-trip butterflies are a good thing, it’s much better to head off with faith and confidence in your abilities and know that if anything goes wrong it’s not going to be because you got lost. Honing your navigation talents and gaining confidence in your abilities is not only good for you, but also for those riding with you and the folks back home. Your confidence will spread to your riding partners. Your spouse and family members will feel a whole lot better about you venturing into the wild knowing that you have the requisite smarts to do so. 4 - A Map is More Than A Backup Sh*t happens. It’s one of the most popular sayings of our times and maybe never more applicable than when talking about trips in the backcountry. With so many variables to account for, it’s almost expected that over the duration of a few days on the trails something will go wrong. A counterpoint to that, however, is less sh*t happens if you know how to read a map. Mechanical devices will fail and electronic ones will die. Cell phones lose signal and batteries run low. In such circumstances, you’re on your own, and getting out of that situation will often depend on your ability to use a map, especially if you’ve headed off-trail. While GPS devices, and navigation apps on HorseNRanchMag.com

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cellphones are handy tools, they shouldn’t be relied upon as your only means of navigation and instead, should be used in combination with a detailed paper topo map and compass. After all, paper maps don’t require either batteries or signal and can survive a soaking. Try that with your phone and see what happens. 5 - Maps Encourage Engagement with your Surroundings A map is used in conjunction with the physical world around you, be that reading a sign or identifying the mountain on your right. This process of using your eyes and engaging your brain leaves memories and knowledge of the world around you. With GPS as a guide, nothing is learned or loved about the journey. Indeed, there’s something almost selfish about the GPS‘s tiny screen displaying only the area immediately surrounding you: it’s all about you. But let your eyes wander across a map and you’ll discover a nearby lake, a beautiful view or a convenient watering spot. Maps open the world whereas GPS narrows your mind.

6 - Maps are Inspiring Few things can inspire curiosity and wonder like a proper topo map. A paper map gives us the bigger picture, encompassing a huge swathe of terrain packed with countless features that can leave us marveling at the sheer scale and richness of the environment. Not only are maps practical, but the visual imagery of the space is truly art. As always for more information on trail riding, camping with livestock, and the world’s largest guide to horse trails and camps, give us a visit at www.TrailMeister.com

VALLEY VIEW RANCH Equestrian Camp for Girls

Since 1954

Located a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views

2021 will be our 67th Summer!

Equitation lessons in English & Western for beginner to advanced riders. Experience the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction in the ring, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having your own ranch horse. Enjoy up to 6 hours daily with your horse. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers per session.

Summer Camp 2021

for girls ages 8-17

English and Hunt Seat, Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana), Trails, and Vaulting. Our Program also includes eco-education, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, pottery, and of course, horsemanship. 606 Valley View Ranch Rd · Cloudland GA 30731 706.862.2231 · www.ValleyViewRanch.com VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 4 2021


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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse

Western Dressage: WARM-UP ROUTINE By Lynn Palm A good warm up routine is valuable, whether you are about to school your horse for your latest test in Western Dressage, or are just heading out for a trail ride. Your horse needs a pre-exercise warm-up routine to help loosen and limber up his muscles. A warm-up also prepares the horse’s mind for the work you will be asking him to do--whether it is schooling, trail riding, pleasure riding, or showing. Start the warm-up by letting your horse walk on a loose rein. The warm-up pattern should include very large circles, large turns, and straight lines. The horse should be moving forward, but in a relaxed manner. After warming up at the walk, ask the horse for the trot or jog. The trot is the best gait to limber up the horse. At this point, the rider should not be worried about the horse being “on the bit.” Instead, he should be allowed to move forward on a loose rein with the rider guiding him to stay on the circle, large turn, or the straight line. Spend equal time going in both directions. Change directions often to loosen up both sides and to keep the horse’s interest during the warm-up. Post when trotting/jogging during the warm-up period, whether you are using an English or Western saddle. This gives the rider an opportunity to warm up and to use her own muscles. As the rider begins to loosen up, she will notice that her muscles

respond better and her coordination improves while her thinking slows. The rider begins to relax as her warmed-up body allows her to better follow the horse’s movement. As part of the warm-up, the rider may try taking her feet out of the stirrups to get down in the saddle and closer to her horse. As her body loosens up, she will find she is able to follow the horse’s movement and stay in balance even without stirrups.

PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING ™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse

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 Lynn Palm; her educational programs at Palm Equestrian Academy in Ocala, Florida; Lynn’s Ride Well clinics across the U.S.; saddles; DVDs; books; and trail and Western dressage competitions; visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 352/629-3310.


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There is no set amount of time for a warm-up routine. Usually, the colder the weather is, the longer and slower the warm-up should be to loosen up cold muscles and joints. It must be long enough to physically and mentally warm up the horse, but it is not intended to wear him out or bore him. Enough time should be spent in the warm-up so that both sides of the horse are equally loosened up. A good gauge for the rider is that she should feel the same balance and relaxation without stirrups as she feels with them. She also should feel her mind slow down and focus, and she should feel positive about the upcoming riding session. Once this has been achieved, it’s time to proceed from warm up to the actual lesson, training period, or pleasure ride. For more information about Lynn Palm; her educational programs at Palm Equestrian Academy in Ocala, Florida; Lynn’s Ride Well clinics across the U.S.; saddles; DVDs; books; and trail and Western dressage competitions; visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 352/629-3310.

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HORSE CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS Advertise Your Club, Events, Shows & More! Make sure all Equestrians know about you, and where you are! Call 423.933.4968 ~Lisa

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Upcoming 2021


Calendar of Events

HORSE/TACK SALES & ADOPTIONS First Monday of month - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:30, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN , 423-472-0805

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SECOND SATURDAY: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. Tack 5:30 pm. Horses 8 pm. Info: Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198

RODEO Tennessee HS Rodeo Association http://tnhsra.com Lebanon, TN RODEO SCHEDULE 2021-22 Sept 11-12 - Athens, AL (Joint Rodeo) Oct 2-3 - Cookeville, TN Oct 16-17 - Murray, KY (hosted by KYHSRA) Nov 13-14 - Cleveland, TN Mar 19-20 - Memphis, TN Joint Rodeo with TN Jr High & KYHSRA April 2-3 - TBA May 14-15 - Tuscumbia, AL June 3, 4, 5 - Martin, TN STATE FINALS CUTTING Dates - TBD NATIONAL FINALS NHSFR-Lincoln, Nebraska July 18th-24th, 2021

SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. www.facebook.com/ scottshillstockyard MEETINGS 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 Monthly Club meetings are held the first Monday of every month except July, there is no July meeting due to Wagon Train Murray County Saddle Club.com Monthly meeting, the 1st working Monday night of the month. Board meeting at 6:00 followed by membership meeting at 7:00 and a pot luck dinner. Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org Catoosa County Saddle Club facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub



GAITED HORSE SHOWS nwha.com THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW SEP 27 – OCT 2, 2021 Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Judges TBA Visit www.thenwhanational.com HUNTER/JUMPER ushja.org ZONE 4 HORSE OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP November 23-28, 2021 SFHJA Annual Charity Wellington, FL QUARTER HORSE SHOWS 2021 www.tqha.org TQHA CIRCUIT SEPT 16-19, 2021 Murfreesboro, TN HILLBILLY CLASSIC December 3-5,2021 Harriman, TN

BARRELL RACING LUCKY DOG PRODUCTIONS luckydograces.com October 8-10, 2021 – Texarkana, AR December 3-5, 2021 – Memphis, TN

DRESSAGE tndressage.com SCHOOLING SHOWJuly 10 Old Hillsboro Manor 1709 Old Hillsboro Rd Franklin , TN 37069 OLE SOUTH PRELUDE August 13 Miller Colosseum 304 W Thompson Ln Murfreesboro, TN 37129 OLE SOUTH CLASSIC August 14 - August 15 Miller Colosseum 304 W Thompson Ln Murfreesboro, TN 37129 SCHOOLING SHOW- SERENITY FALLS FARM August 28 Serenity Falls Farm 1211 Rehobath RD College Grove, TN TRAIL RIDES/TRAIL CHALLENGE/ENDURANCE www.aerc.org DISTANCE HORSE NAT’L CHAMPIONSHIPSBIG SOUTH FORK 25-50 miles, Sept 9-12 Big South Fork NRRA-3550 Bandy Loop Rd, Oneida TN SKYMONT Oct 1-2, 2021 25/50 miles, Has introductory ride! Altamont TN SPIN AROUND THE RIM Nov 13 Limited to 50 riders 25/50/35 miles Has introductory ride! East Fork Stables, Jamestown TN

Mark Your Calendar!

CLINICS / CLASSES www.eventclinics.com www.stridepro.com LE BONHEUR SCHOOLING SHOW Sept 18-19, 2021 Nov 20-21, 2021 Dec 11-12, 2021 September Combined Training, Dressage and Show Jumping -GDCTA Approved! AGRICENTER SHOWPLACE ARENA http://www.agricenter.org/events NRCHA EASTERN DERBY July 11-17 https://nrcha.com/nrcha-eastern-derby/ WEST TN QUARTER HORSE SHOW July 23-25 https://www.wtqha.org JX2 TEAM ROPING Fri, Aug 13, -Sun, Aug 15, 2021 www.jx2events.com VOLUNTEER RANCH HORSE SHOW Sat, Sep 18-Sun, Sep 19, 2021 www.volrha.com TN REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION Fri, Oct 22- Sun, Oct 24, 2021 https://www.tnrha.org MID SOUTH BREEDERS AQHA Fri, Oct 29, 2021 Sun, Oct 31, 2021 662-587-9303 or visit their Facebook RUBY BUCKLE BARREL RACE Thu, Nov 4, 2021 Sat, Nov 6, 2021 https://www.therubybuckle.com JX2 TEAM ROPING Fri, Nov 12, 2021 Sun, Nov 14, 2021 https://www.jx2events.com MID-SOUTH QUARTER HORSE SHOW Fri, Nov 26, 2021 Sun, Nov 28, 2021 http://www.midsouthquarterhorse.com/ LUCKY DOG BARREL RACE Fri, Dec 3, 2021 Sun, Dec 5, 2021 https://www.luckydograces.com/ LIBERTY BOWL RODEO Monday, December 27, 2021 https://www.libertybowl.org/ BROWNLAND FARM - 2021 www.brownlandfarm.com MID-SOUTH CLASSIC July 7-11, 2021 BROWNLAND FARM FALL I Sept. 8-12, 2021 BROWNLAND FARM FALL II Sept. 15-19, 2021

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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BROWNLAND FARM AUTUMN CHALLENGE Oct. 13-17, 2021 BROWNLAND FARM AUTUMN COUNTRY Oct. 20-24, 2021 BROWNLAND FARM AUTUMN CLASSIC Oct. 27-31, 2021 CIRCLE E GUEST RANCH circleeguestranch.com FALL BRAWL Oct 7th-10th OCTOBER FEST RIDE 10th-17th NOVEMBER THANKSGIVING RIDE 23rd-26th NEW YEAR’S RIDE AND PARTY Dec 31st 2021-Jan 1ST,2022 GREENRIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER greenridgeequestriancenter on Facebook CAMP WEEKS July 6th-10th - All Levels Camp July 29th-Aug 1st- Advanced Camp LONG VUE STABLES 7001 Ron Road, Ooltewah,TN 239.860.2265, LongVueStables.com CENTERLINE CT SHOW SERIES August 14 Combined Test, Dressage, Jumping, Western Dressage And Prix Caprilli Tri State Exhibition Center Cleveland, TN 423-476-9310 ROANE STATE EXPO CENTER www.roanestate.edu For information please contact Diane Cox at: 865-882-4590 coxdm@roanestate.edu EAST TN CUTTING HORSE ASSN. July 2, 3, & 4 Jason Whitaker 865-654-0697 TN STOCK HORSE SHOW July 24 & 25 South East Ranch Horse Series Aug. 6, 7 & 8 Michelle Turner 423-619-4467 VOLUNTEER STATE PINTO ORG. Aug. 13, 14 & 15 Linda Kreig 615-653-7157

FEATHERED HORSE CLASSIC Aug. 28 & 29 Gail Shrine 512-653-3635 EAST TN CUTTING HORSE ASSN. Sept. 3, 4 & 5 Jason Whitaker 865-654-0697 NO BULLS BARREL RACE Sept 17 & 18 Jeff Robinson 828-713-4712 TN PAINT HORSE SHOW Sept. 25 Tracie Haskell 615-417-4253 SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER sceniccityequestrian.com See our events on FACEBOOK COMPETITIVE VAULTING CAMP MON, JUL 5 - JUL 9 TOTS CAMP -AGES 5 - 8 WED, JUL 7 - JUL 9 BEGINNER VAULTING CAMP MON, JUL 12 - JUL 16 BEGINNER CAMP #2 MON, JUL 19 - JUL 23 FRIENDS’ DISCOVERY CAMP AT SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER MON, JUL 26 AT 8:30 AM Creative Discovery Museum - Scenic City Equestrian Center FDC: SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER MON, JUL 26 - JUL 30 TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK CENTER MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc TN WALKING HORSE BREEDERS & EXHIBITORS Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 8am – 9pm TLC MAIN ARENA Pleasure Walking Horse Show TN PAINT HORSE CLUB Aug 21-21, 2021 TLC Main Arean TENNESSEE MILLER COLISEUM MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc CIRCUIT OF THE SOUTHLAND July 7-11, 2021

Combined Test, Dressage, Jumping, Western Dressage and Prix Caprilli August 14,2021 at Tri State Exhibiion Center

Judge: Donna Richardson licensed S judge and WDAA Registered R judge Prizes and Ribbons awarded Points system for additional awards at year end Please join us! Like us on FB: Centerline Combined Test Show Series Inst: Centerline CT Schooling Website: WWW.Longvuestables.com Email: Centerline@longvuestables.com Contact: Carolyn 239-216-3293

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INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP WHOA July 23-31, 2021 THE OLE SOUTH DRESSAGE SHOW CTDA August 13-14, 2021 TRI-STATE EXHIBITION CENTER www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com JX2 SUMMER SLAM ROPING July 9-11 Pam Blevins 423-963-8106 OCOEE RIVER RUN BARREL RACE July 16-17 Blue Horse ProductionsSarah Burrell - 828-557-3125 SMOKEY MT HORSE SHOW July 31 Shanna Rose 423-506-8031 NRH TENNESSEE STATE SHOWAugust 21 Stanley Brown- 770-367-4833 NBHA 04 & 06 Aug 27th-28th Lacey Thompson- 423-368-2623 JX2 ROPING Sept 3,4,5 Pam Blevins 423-963-8106 NRH WORLD SHOW Sept 9,10,11 Stanley Brown- 770-367-4833 CHA TEAM ROPING FINALSSept 24-25~~IN MAIN ARENA~~ Clint Moore- 423-817-5605 BRENT GRAEF HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC Sept 25-25 ~~IN WARM UP ARENA TAG SHOW Sept 25 ~~SHOW IN AG HALL UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION & EQUESTRIAN www.utm.edu/departments/agnr/calendar_ events.php WILLIAMSON COUNTY AG EXPO PARK Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov / 594/Ag-EXPO-Park Agricultural Center facilities are PARTIALLY OPEN Events at the Agricultural Center have are slowly resuming (some events in the parking lot)

All offices are still accepting correspondence through phone lines and email, which includes the UT Extension Office. WILLS PARK EQUESTRAIN CENTER Alpharetta GA willspark.com/activities/equestrian-info ELITE SHOW JUMPING (H,J) July 14-18; 21-24; 30-Aug1; Sept 1-5; Sept 29-Oct 3; Vic Russell 678-858-7192 ROLLING HILLS SADDLE CLUB (H,J,W,B) Aug 7; Sept 25; 770-338-0143 info THE JUMP AHEAD BENEFIT SHOW (H,J) Aug 14-15 TICKET TO RIDE Aug 21-22 CHERYL & CO. (H,J) Sept 18-19 Cheryl Sims 404-518-9198 MILTON IEA Sept 26 SADDLE PALS RIDING CLUB Find us on Facebook STATE LINE ARENA NOOGA BARREL RACING CLUB statelinearena on FACEBOOK noogabarrelracingclub on FACEBOOK SADDLE SERIES Aug 7, Sept 4, Oct 2 10 am - 5pm SUNDAY SERIES July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19 11am - 5pm HIGH STAKES NIGHT RACE July 31 @ 8pm State Line Arena INTRO TO MOUNTED ARCHERY WITH ELIZABETH TINNAN Sept 25-26 Chattahoochee Horse Archers, Inc State Line Arena

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