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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 3 Issue 12 2017

Everything Horse Related

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Horsemanship is a Journey Building A Place Western Dressage: Beat Fear with Proper Form & Balance Reese Brothers Mule Co. 2018 Spring Tennessee Mule Sales Winterizing Your Horses’s Living Conditions The Top Six Beginner Blunders for Trail Riders Training Tips If You Can’t Afford A Trainer

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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 3 Issue 12 2017

F E AT U R E S

Everything Horse Related Building a Place: Crystal Lyons.................................. 6 Reese Brothers Mule Co. 2018 Spring Tennessee Mule Sales .......................11 Horsemanship is a Journey Patrick King..................................................................12 Winterizing Your Horses Living Conditions.......15 Training Tips If You Can’t Afford A Trainer F.J. Thomas....................................................................16 Western Dressage: Beat Fear with Proper Form & Balance - Lynn Palm....................................18 Calendar Of Events............................................... 20-21 Tips for Trail Riders: The Top Six Beginner Blunders for Trail Riders Robert Eversole............................................................22

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Building a Place accurate for us today. Jesus will come and manifest Himself anywhere room is made for Him. Then, as a person opens themselves up to Him, a relationship with Him begins, and the more a person builds room in their life for the King, His Kingship overflows into all places where room is made.

by Crystal Lyons

As we enter into this Christmas season, it helps to remember what this season is about. It’s not

the advertisements to buy, buy, buy and all the movies about a Santa Claus who only gives to those who deserve it. Boy we humans can sure screw up a good thing can’t we!

One of many such incidents that comes to mind is a time when having money for just the bare necessities seemed so far away. I remember us driving 45 minutes away to a church where God’s Spirit actually could move. We only had enough gas to get there and only $10 for gas to get us back home again, but we were hungry for God, and we went. During the service God moved on our hearts to give our last $10 in the offering that Sunday night. I was SO SCARED to do it. But with a shaky heart...we let go of the only way we had to get back home! With a newborn baby and absolutely no money and our car on fumes, we just made ourselves extremely vulnerable. But we had “made room” for Jesus to manifest Himself to us. What happened next, 28 years later, is still awesome to me and a reminder of the awesome character of God! After the service ended, a young man who we didn’t even know, walked up to us and said that the Lord suddenly put our faces before him and said that we had just given our last $10 and we had no money and no way to get home. God then told him to give us the $100 he had in his wallet....which he did! You can imagine the awesome wonder and the great confidence that this gave us as to God’s supreme trustworthiness!! In becoming obedient and vulnerable to Him, we had made room...we built a place for God....and He CAME and filled it! This Christmas and beyond....start building places in your life for God....you simply cannot know Him any other way!! And at the risk of using a quote from an already over quoted line in a movie, here goes...”Build it, and HE will come”!

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HORSEMANSHIP

IS A JOURNEY with Patrick King Horsemanship is a Journey… and it’s a journey unlike any other. It’s all about personal discovery, increased awareness, and self discipline. enterprise3When I say personal discovery, I’m talking about knowing what our limitations really are, instead of what we think they are. Fear – or compliance – or laziness – or social acceptance – or whatever else – keeps us in a sort of stagnant state within ourselves. So many folks think that they are capable of doing some things, but incapable of others, for whatever reason… until they find themselves in a spot where they need to move on, to change, to grow. They realize at this point that the limitations that they had were only selfimposed. You really can do more than you think you can. You can accomplish amazing things. All you have to do is get out of your comfort zone. The horse will appreciate that for you. Increased awareness is very important. Awareness of the horse and awareness of ourselves. Many riders ask things of their horses, and never really see when things are starting to shape up one way or another until it’s too late to make changes and adjustments. The rider is too focused on getting a thing done and they don’t realize that they are in their horse’s way, or that the horse was never even with them in the first place. If a person could get themselves focused and in tune to what’s going on within the horse, then they could make all the little changes that are necessary to get their task accomplished, and it would seem easy. To the outside observer, everything would be smooth and seamless… to the aware rider, and to the horse, there would be many little

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adjustments going on to keep things balanced and on track. Many people lack the self-discipline necessary to be really great with horses. What I’m talking about is ownership of everything that goes on. Everything that goes on with your horse, from the time that you head to get him from the pasture in the morning until the time when you release him to graze again after a day’s work, is your responsibility. You own it. If it goes well, if it goes poor… the good, the bad, and the ugly… it’s all yours. I tell riders in my classes, If your horse kicks another horse (in the class), it’s your fault for not recognizing that shaping up and getting your horse doing something different. If your horse gets kicked by another horse, it’s your fault for not recognizing that shaping up and getting your horse doing something different. You own everything that happens when you are with your horse. You can’t blame somebody else or their horse for your frustrations. That other person usually has enough trouble handling their own problems… they don’t need you adding to their pile. Just deal with what you have on your plate. Once we can get our awareness and discipline under control, and start to figure out just how much potential we truly have, the journey called Horsemanship becomes very rich and rewarding. Our only limitation is the edge of the horizon… and the farther we get toward that, the farther ahead of us it seems to go on.

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Caring for horses attentively through winter will help to ensure that they get through the season with relatively few problems. Horses are reasonably hardy in cold temperatures and grow a winter coat for additional warmth. The key to caring for horses in winter is a collection of simple steps. By knowing what actions to take, you can easily care for your horse over the winter.

Decide whether to bring the horse in or not. Deciding whether to stable your horse or not on a particular night depends on a number of factors, including the age of the horse and the weather. Sick or older horses should always be stabled on nights when severe frosts are forecasted. A healthy, rugged pony, on the other hand, might be okay staying out on a colder night with the correct rug. Your horse will likely need to come in at night at some point over the winter in order to protect him from temperature extremes, harsh wind, and snow. You will find it helpful to develop a routine where the horse goes out during daylight hours and comes back in at night. This allows him to stretch his legs and have a change of scenery, so he is less likely to become bored when stabled. Provide the correct outdoor environment for the horse. For the times when you do leave the horse outdoors, you need to provide a proper setting to care for the horse. This includes making sure he has access to shelter to get out of wind and rain. This could be a lean-to, a shed, or barn to which the horse has free access and can wander in and out at will. Make sure he has drinking water available at all times as well. In freezing temperatures, this means ensuring the water trough has a heater or a no-freeze device, so the water never freezes over. Prepare the stable. When preparing the stable or barn for winter, ensure that the horse’s quarters are clean, warm, well ventilated, and free from drafts. Clean bedding is a priority, so you should prioritize regular changes of the bedding. Remove anything that might injure or tempt the horse, such as low-hanging lights, nails sticking out, toxic cleaning substances, etc. Bank your horse’s bedding up against any doors that lead out to the pasture so drafts don’t chill him. Give your horse plenty of outdoor time even when stabling during winter. This will help keep your horse healthier because he can breathe fresh air and adjust to the temperature changes on a regular basis. Encourage lots of movement and exercise to keep warm. This is how horses keep warm in the wild. Use the appropriate blankets for the conditions. Blankets (also known as rugs) come in different weights. There are three main types of blanket for horses: stable blankets, turnout blankets, and sheets. Stable Blankets are lightweight and not waterproof. Never put a stable blanket on a horse that is going out in the rain as it will act as a towel and soak up all the rain. Stable blankets are ideal for a clipped horse to wear in a stable during the winter to keep the chill off. Turnout blankets are made of tougher fabrics than stable blankets and are waterproof. They are designed to have better insulation and keep the horse warmer. They also help keep the rain out. Horse sheets are not as relevant during winter. They are a lightweight cover to keep the horse clean after grooming, such as prior to attending a show. Don’t overheat your horse. When you touch a horse with your bare

hands in winter, it will feel cold to you. In reality, the horse’s coat and body heat do a wonderful job of insulating the horse and keeping the warmth directed into the horse. Some experts recommend that blankets only be used on horses with special needs, such as clipped horses, old horses, sick horses, thin horses, rescued horses, horses which seem cold by nature, and horses without shelter. However, this should be balanced against the severity of the weather. In snow and ice, any horse will need to be given a blanket or preferably be brought indoors. If you do use a blanket, keep using it. The horse adapts its temperature regulation to wearing a blanket. Keep in mind that your idea of cold is not your horse’s idea of cold. Don’t add too heavy a blanket or too many. Follow the recommended uses of the blanket by the manufacturer according to its weight. Wet cold is worse than dry cold for horses. A good quality waterproof rug is a great investment. This helps to keep your horse dry and reduces heat loss. It is possible to have a rug rewaterproofed, so be sure to keep your equipment maintained and in the best order. Be aware of possible winter ailments. Horses can easily become sick during winter just like humans. It’s important to know what to look for and how to manage the problems that human intervention can cause. Horses are susceptible to respiratory illnesses during winter. The ammonia buildup, mold, and dust inside barns and stables can bring on a variety of respiratory illnesses. Do your best to prevent this by ensuring adequate ventilation. You also want to clean out the stalls regularly. Give your horse plenty of outdoor opportunities to breathe in fresh air as well. Horses are also susceptible to skin conditions during winter, such as rain-rot, bed itch, ringworm, lice, and infected scratches. Keep the horse clean, groomed, and medicated appropriately. Be careful not to blanket a wet horse. Use breathable blankets that do not cause moisture buildup. See your vet promptly for treatment of skin ailments. Mud fever and rain scald are other specific skin conditions. Rain scald tends to affect the horse’s back and rump (where the rain hits) wheres mud fever affects the legs (where the horse stands in mud). The softened skin allows bacteria to invade and set up infection. Crusts, scabs, and swelling develop, and the hair starts to fall out in clumps. You can treat the conditions by washing with a common disinfectant, such as Hibiscrub. However, the horse also needs to be kept in out of the weather for this to be successful. Spend time with your horse during winter. Even when the weather is foul and bleak, be sure to sit with your horse in the shelter and talk to him, groom him, and just be with him. He’ll appreciate your company, and it keeps the two of you connected. It will also help you to look forward to the better winter riding days, and the warmer days to come. Keep a regular grooming time in place during winter, no matter what the weather. If you can’t get to your horse as often as you’d like because of winter conditions on roads, etc., have someone else check in on your horse regularly to make sure he’s fine. wikihow.com

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TRAINING TIPS If You Can’t Afford A Trainer By F.J. Thomas

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hen someone asks a question about how to fix a behavioral problem in a horse, the first response from those more knowledgeable is to send the horse off for training, or to work with a riding instructor. While this may the easiest – and often the safest – answer, the cold hard truth is that an awful lot of people simply don’t have the financial means to send a horse off for training at $600 a month, or $50 a lesson when they’re struggling to provide feed and vet care. They didn’t have a lot of money to invest to begin with which is why they ended up with a horse

that has issues instead of a solid horse without any. What we put into our horses goes with them the rest of their lives and can ultimately mean their life or death. Taking on a horse that needs work is not to be taken lightly, but if a person is dedicated, it can be done with minimal to no help if they can’t afford a trainer. So what do you if you have a horse with issues that you don’t know how to fix and you can’t afford a trainer? The first step is becoming the owner that your horse needs you to be in order to improve by becoming more educated about how horses think and react. It also means that you need to maintain a certain level of strength so that you stay safe and are an effective rider that can help your horse. Learn about their body language. A horse will think about something before they do it. If you’ve learned how to read the angle of a horse’s ear, or determine the softness of the eyes, you’ll see the subtle changes that occur in their body BEFORE they do something. Not only will this help you with training, it can help you avoid an accident. Plan out every interaction with your horse so that you both stay safe, and you set your horse up for success. Every time you interact with your horse, you’re training him – good or bad. Break things down as simply as you can. A horse has the mental capacity of a three year old child. The simpler you make things, the quicker they understand and the less frustrated they get. Remember a horse learns by repetition and reward. When they do what you ask, quit asking and leave them alone. Work on your ground work and foundation. Most riding problems trace back to a lack of foundation, and foundation starts on the ground. Work on getting your horse light so that you don’t have to tug or push hard, you only have to pick up. A light horse is a safe horse that you can control. Don’t get in a big hurry and enjoy the journey. If you’re dedicated, over time you’ll see an improvement in your horse. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the ride and the horseman you become and the horse you create.

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Looking For Adventure?

Come to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Jamestown, Tennessee, known as the trail riding capital of the Southeast! The BSF National park encompasses 125,000 acres of wilderness on the Cumberland Plateau. The park protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and several of its tributaries. The area is rich with both natural and historical attributes. It protects delicate species such as the threatened Cumberland Sandwort plant which is indigenous to this area. During the day you can see a number of beautiful wild flowers, flowing streams and wildlife. At night you will be amazed at the dark sky filled with millions of stars, glowing fireflies and sounds of the night. If you have never ridden the horse trails in the Big South Fork, you are missing out. There are over 200 miles of scenic horse trails available throughout the park. Trails provide access to many of the park’s scenic features and natural beauty. The trails are clearly marked and easy to follow; just look for the red blaze on the trees or posts, or the brown park signs with white lettering. The well maintained trails vary in length as well as degree of difficulty. Some of the trails are short, easy day rides; others are more challenging with loops that may take an entire day, or several days to complete if ridden in their entirety. The park spans both Tennessee and Kentucky so there is plenty of riding for your long term stays as well as for the weekend rider. Overlooks, bluffs, rock overhangs and other unique rock formations you’ll see will have you wanting to see more. There are several trails with water crossings which will keep your horse hydrated during your rides. Many of the more popular trails crisscross the White Oak Creek which runs along the O&W trail. This trail was once the Oneida and Western Railroad which ran between Oneida TN and Jamestown TN in the early 1920’s. It is now part of the Cumberland Valley Loop, one of the most popular riding trails in Big South Fork. Several trails branch off from the O&W, such as Little Cliff and Proctor Ridge which brings you to more caves and overlooks. Many of the overlooks such as the East Laurel Overlook, the White Oak Overlook and the Leatherwood Ford overlook are also accessible from the O&W. Riders from all over the US come to experience the natural beauty of BSF and the abundant wild life. It’s not uncommon to see a black bear roaming along the trails or down by the creek. True West Campground, Stables and Mercantile is the premier campground of Big South Fork. Located near the heart of Big South Fork, it is the most centrally located, private campground in the area with trail access right from the campground. The Cumberland Valley Loop Trail head is just one trail mile away. While you’re in Big South Fork, make the most of your trip. Don’t pass up the opportunity to take a few short hikes to see the Twin Arches, Chimney Rock, Slave falls or Angel Falls. Visit the local Winery and other historical landmarks in the area. Without a doubt, you will enjoy all that Big South Fork and the Cumberland Plateau have to offer. Don’t take my word for it. Come see it and experience it for yourself!

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BEAT FEAR with

WESTERN DRESSAGE:

Proper Form and Balance

By Lynn Palm It is only natural for a rider to feel fear at some point in her riding years. Usually that fear is based on the concern for being out of control of the horse and coming out of the saddle. If this has ever been an issue for you while pursuing Western Dressage, or at any time during your riding endeavors, you’ll be encouraged to know that one of the best ways to stay in control of the horse and stay in the saddle is through proper rider form and balance Proper form is how the rider positions her body to follow her horse’s movement at all times without interfering with the horse’s movements and reactions. It is important for the rider to learn proper form and balance, and proper function of her form. Proper form lets the rider: 1. Achieve a state of balance that allows her to feel relaxed and in command of her body. Only when she feels in command of her own body can she feel in command of her horse. 2. Use the parts of her body to communicate at will with her horse. This is critical to riding because without the ability to clearly communicate with the horse, the rider cannot transmit her orders to him. Also, the horse cannot understand the rider’s requests and respond well to them. To achieve proper form, a rider must understand the proper positioning and function of each part of her body. I see many riding problems rooted in incorrect

rider form. Even experienced, confident riders can benefit from improving the basics. The Importance of the Rider’s Upper Body Position Picture yourself mounted on a horse. The position of your head and eyes, and your thoughts and facial expression are all important to how well you function as a rider. Your head should be relaxed and coming straight out of your neck. Your chin should be level and not tipped up or dropped to the chest. Your eyes and your “eye contact” are one of the most important elements of riding. Your eyes should be looking straight ahead at least 10 to 12 feet beyond the horse. This helps keep your head aligned. More importantly, this type of eye contact opens up your peripheral vision to 180 degrees, letting you see from the front of the horse to his sides. Because you are looking up, you see where you are going. You have control and time to think about possible upcoming problems. You can react and properly time the application of your aids to ask your horse to do something. It is instinctive to want to look at your horse to control him. However, if you do this, your horse will have control of you; and that will only add to your fear. When you are in control, you can overcome your fear! The key to improving your riding form is looking up and ahead with your eyes. If you are looking ahead, with a confident look and relaxed face, you will align your back straight with your shoulders square and down. This enables you to stay straight and better absorb the horse’s movement which keeps you more secure in the saddle. In return, your horse will move more freely and responsively because you are moving with him. If you look down, you will cause your back to round and shoulder to hunch up and yours arms to tighten up. Your horse will feel this, and he may stiffen his back and his gait in reaction to your incorrect form. It will be harder for you to follow his movement, and you will feel less secure in the saddle. The hardest thing to teach a rider is not to look down. It is the easiest way, however, to get yourself out of balance! Start today to ride with your eyes looking up and in front of your horse to stay in control, and you will be on your way to conquering your fear!

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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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The Top Six Beginner Blunders for Trail Riders

Whether it’s parenting, driving, or trail riding, when you are learning how to do something new, you are bound to make a mistake or three. We’re only human after all and making mistakes is part of our nature. Here’s a list of the top six trail riding mistakes, that I freely admit to having made, to help future beginners avoid these pitfalls. Out of Shape and Overweight For both us AND our mounts riding is an athletic sport which demands good muscles and a fit body. Overweight or out of shape riders put more stress on their animals than a rider who weighs less. Those extra pounds make a difference. There’s a reason that jockeys go to extreme lengths to shed a single pound. Trail riders may not be racing but those extra Twinkies will add up as the miles pass by. Also, riding as your only activity does not create enough cardiovascular stimulus to keep you fit. This means your heart can be under strain from riding, as opposed to being conditioned by it. Not Bringing a Trail Map Not all dotted lines are made equal. Thus, the map that helps you find the trailhead parking lot won’t help you navigate a trail. A good trail map is a fundamental piece of your riding gear as it accurately depicts your route so you know where you are going, which is vital. Having a trail map could be a lifesaver and the good thing about a map is that you don’t have to worry about it losing battery or signal when out in the wilderness. Another handy piece of equipment to have with you is a compass so you can easily navigate your way along the trail without going off course. You should know how to use these tools properly before you go, so take some time to learn how to use them as these could prove life-saving in emergency situations. Ignoring the Weather Forecast A little rain isn’t a reason to cancel a ride. That’s why we have Gore-Tex jackets, right? But even the best equipment can’t provide 100 percent protection from the soggy remnants of a hurricane or an Arctic-born blizzard. Before every trip, I review the website www.TrailMeister.com which uses a NOAA interface to generate five-day forecasts for precisely where I’ll be riding. These results are far more accurate than the traditional forecasts for the nearest town, which could be miles away and thousands of feet lower than a trail. Skimping on Leave No Trace Litterbug? Not you. You may also be a committed recycler. Maybe you even wash and re-use zip-lock bags. But on a camping trip, where do you dump the soapy water after washing dishes? Do you really strain out the food bits and scatter the “gray” water at least 200 feet from any lake, stream, or campsite? And do you use biodegradable soap? That’s what the Leave No Trace (LNT) seven principles promoting ethical, low-impact outdoor recreation—advises you to do. It’s easy to practice LNT’s big three: Carry out trash, keep away from wildlife, and minimize the impact of campfires. The finer points, however—like packing out toilet paper and building small fires—are sometimes harder to follow. 22

Tailgating Failing to keep a distance of at least one horse length (about 10 feet) is a common problem that could easily turn into an emergency room visit. In general, horses don’t like to be crowded and those laidback ears may be the only warning you get before your animal’s rear hooves leave the ground, aimed at your neighbor’s beast. Here’s a tip: Horse’s with a red ribbon tied in their tail should be given a wide berth. Red ribbons mean they appreciate a little more space lest they kick the horse who rides too closely behind them. Failing to Check the Cinch Riding with a loose cinch (or girth for us English types) can cause big problems for you should your saddle slip on a bit of tricky trail. Too tight will cause issues with your mount by promoting sores and galling. After learning the hard way, I now gradually tighten the cinch as I’m tacking up and then again shortly after starting the ride. I check for tightness where the cinch crosses the bone at the horse’s sternum. I try to slide one finger between the cinch and my pony’s belly. If I cannot, it is too tight and if I can get more than one finger in, the cinch is too loose. It is important to remember that making mistakes is perfectly normal. Even the most experienced riders have had a blunder or two, so don’t let it put you off trail riding and camping for good. Instead learn from them and use your experience to help improve your skills and soon you’ll be an expert on the trails.

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