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A collection of short stories, containing wisdom to live by, with a sprinkling of stupidity mixed in just for entertainment’s sake!

COWGIRL LOGIC by Crystal Lyons

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Everything Horse Related You Can’t Outgive God! Crystal Lyons................................................................ 6 Kentucky After Christmas Sale.............................. 9 Recipes.........................................................................10 The Barn of Your Dreams.......................................14 Western Dressage: Finding a Suitable Horse - Lynn Palm................18 Last Chance Corral....................................................19 Calendar Of Events............................................ 20-21 First Things First on the Trailer Robert Eversole.........................................................22

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YOU CAN’T OUTGIVE GOD! by Crystal Lyons

We were opening up new territory for church services at pro rodeos that previously hadn’t had cowboy church in the mornings of their Sunday performances. Ray had been entering the bull riding at these rodeos for a few years, and we asked the rodeo committee if we could simply have church in the stands. They gladly allowed us that privilege, and little did we know that it would continue for a couple of decades. At some of these rodeos, people would start finding their way into the grand stands an hour before each performance and this gave us an idea. I offered to sing horseback for free as entertainment for the people arriving early. We figured this would be great advertisement for Sunday morning, as the announcer would advertise the church service at the end of the concert. It worked great and a service that began with 12 people grew to several hundred fairly quickly. Problem was, after years of doing this, I began to cop an attitude over doing so much for free and never getting anything more than a rare “thank you” from the committee. After a few years I gotta say I’d had it. My attitude sucked. I had lost sight of the reason for offering it in the first place. Some years the contract acts would be great, but some years they were pitiful. Knowing that they were getting paid a few hundred dollars for each performance and I was still doing every performance for free, it really chapped my hide. I remember leaving that rodeo thinking I didn’t want to go back and even worse, I was actually ticked off enough to consider not doing the next rodeo that following weekend for the same reason. Thankfully, I figured I’d better keep my word and show up, but my attitude was... “bless God, this was gonna be my last year to put out all this effort for free!” I’d been saving money for my own horse, as I was singing off of horses borrowed at each rodeo, and all I had saved was $800. That wasn’t going to buy the kind of horse I had pictured in my mind. Things looked depressingly hopeless. After pulling into town for the next rodeo, someone told me about a paint stallion a local family owned that was for sale. I drove out to their place and saw him. He was standing in a pen, in mud up to his knees and hocks. He was beautiful! I immediately felt he was my horse. I drove back to the rodeo grounds and tracked down his owner and asked about the horse. He began telling me how this horse had been shown in halter and had won the state title in Minnesota. My hopes in buying him were quickly circling the toilet. He said he was priced at $10k. Well, now my hopes weren’t just circling the drain… they were flushed entirely. The man asked what I wanted to do with him and I told him, but quickly and politely excused myself so as to go cry somewhere. Isn’t it something how a “sucky attitude” just seems to attract more

“suckiness?” My miserable attitude had just descended to a brand new low. The next night, I was to do the music for a Bible study held in someone’s barn. Lo and behold, the man who owned the stallion came walking in along with his wife. He approached me and proceeded to give me a framed picture of the horse when he won the Minnesota title. He then began telling me that he had always felt this horse was destined for something special, and God had laid it on his and his wife’s heart to give me the horse! I burst out in tears over this great sacrificial gift! God later spoke to me about how I could never outgive Him. My former sucky attitude was instantly replaced with repentance and great thankfulness, along with renewed humility. If I’d gotten paid every “perf” for the last several years, I couldn’t have saved enough money to buy that horse. You simply can’t outgive God!

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JALAPENO POPPERS 20 fresh jalapenos, 2 to 3 inches in size Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, slightly softened 1 pound thin (regular) bacon, slices cut in half Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet. If you have them, slip on some latex gloves for the pepper prep. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membranes (the source of the heat; leave a little if you like things HOT). Smear cream cheese into each jalapeno half and then wrap with a bacon piece (1/2 slice). Secure by sticking a toothpick through the middle. Place on the rack in the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is sizzling and done, 1 hour 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or they’re also great at room temperature. 10

1 cup flaked coconut 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 cup butter softened 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour. 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup holiday red and green chocolate chips 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/4 cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place coconut and pecans on a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted, watching very closely so they do not burn. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture; beat well. Stir in the oats, white, dark, and holiday chocolate chips, dried cranberries and toasted coconut and pecans. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment covered baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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BARN of your Dreams

When you decide to build a barn, combining your wish list with a dose of practical reality will result in a barn that brings you pleasure, saves you money and provides years of active use. There are reasons why barns are traditionally painted red—they are the functional and metaphorical heart of any farm. Barns shelter cows and cats, horses and hay. They evoke memories of exploration, discovery, safety and solace. Barns are the hub of summertime activity and a warm oasis of winter quiet. They age more gracefully than houses or humans, and over time, they take on a persona all their own. We instinctively relate to barns because, like most Americans, barns work for a living. If you are fortunate enough to have an existing barn on your property, you may have toyed with the question of whether to remodel or replace it. Then again, you might have unconsciously adjusted your needs and habits to fit the parameters of the barn. Regardless of your approach, you are probably going to spend nearly as much time in the barn as you are in the house, so it makes sense to create a space that is functional, efficient and pleasing to work in. Only you can assess your true needs. Are you more likely to get daily use out of a well-designed wash rack and rat-proof grain bins or a wet bar with Dolby sound? Combining 14

your wish list with a dose of practical reality will result in a barn that brings you pleasure, saves you money and provides years of active use. Accessorizing a Dream Barn If money is not an obstacle, there is no limit to the amount of accessorizing that can be done to build a dream barn. Using an architect specializing in barn design, it is possible to repeat architectural themes found in the home, and accommodate amenities, such as a loft or apartment, office, intercom, sound system, video surveillance, trophy case, restrooms and entertainment areas. For farm owners with show or racehorse facilities who entertain high-rolling clientele, these luxuries can actually qualify as requirements. A lounge area with a big screen TV is a perfectly reasonable feature if you need to let clients view videos of your sale prospects performing in world-class events. But even the priciest barns share some common features with backyard versions. 10 Affordable, Must-have Barn Accessories Most builders do not have the luxury of unlimited funds. When budgeting for the new barn, keep in mind that you can always add more items later. But it is ultimately more cost-effective to build in as many features as you can afford

up front, so the labor will be amortized over the entire job, as opposed to making a special installation call a year later. Some items you may be able to install yourself, with little more than a screwdriver and a drill. 1. Solar power If your barn is located a considerable distance from the nearest power source, and in an area that gets a direct southern exposure, it may be cost effective to consider a solar collector for your electricity. In some states, if you think you will be producing more energy than you are using, you can even tie into the “grid.” This makes you a net generator of power, rather than a consumer, and has the added advantage of running your power meter backward! 2. Hot water An “instantaneous water heater” will provide water on demand without taking up a lot of space or running up your power bill. Perfect for barn and office use, these compact, propane units are about the size of a large dictionary and can be mounted on an exterior wall. (Available through RV catalogs or environmental merchandise stores.) 3. Restroom With or without a shower, a commode in the barn will be appreciated by all. If you are daunted by the task of installing a septic tank or paying for another sewer hookup, consider a composting toilet. This technology has improved dramatically over the past decade and can be maintained completely odorfree. 4. Overhead retractable hose with pressure nozzle A pressure nozzle will not only clean more effectively, it conserves water, saving both energy and natural resources. Having the hose overhead keeps it out from underfoot, so it won’t kink or get run over. 5. Rubber stall mats If you have horse stalls, rubber stall mats will save your horses’ legs, save your sub-floor from horses that paw, weave or pace and save you enough money in bedding costs to pay for themselves in less than five years. 6. Fly traps They haven’t invented an

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aesthetically pleasing one, but there are several very effective models on the market. Even if your facility is spotless, the neighbor’s flies are bound to come calling. A fly trap (a glass or plastic one-way jug baited with something awful) placed in a discreet location will provide you with pounds of dead flies over the course of the summer. Smelly, but satisfying. 7. Owl/bat houses Forget the cutesy bird feeders— court some useful wildlife. One way to cut down on bugs, rats, mice and gophers is by encouraging bats, owls and hawks to make your spread their happy hunting ground. Environmental catalogs sell bat and raptor houses, or your local Audubon chapter may offer plans for building your own. Get instructions on building a singlechamber bat house here. » 8. Cordless barn phone Yes, this way you can yak to your friends while you are doing barn chores. But more importantly, if you ever have an emergency, you can have your vet on the line while you are attending the patient, making it easier to describe symptoms and follow instructions. 9. Refrigerator Just a small one, about the size you find in hotel rooms. This is perfect for keeping carrots, antibiotics, vaccines, sodas and sandwiches cool and fresh. You live in the barn anyway, you might as well be comfortable and have a nice lunch! 10. Small tractor If you’ve never owned a tractor, this may sound like an intimidating purchase. But home tractors are almost as user-friendly as riding mowers, but they are infinitely more useful. You’ll wonder how you ever got by without one. There is no single, magic formula for building a better barn. You must know your site, your needs and your budget. Save space. I originally planned to build a barn of the same dimensions as the one I lost in a fire, but I soon realized that I really didn’t need that much space. The previous owners stored several tons of hay every year, and I rarely had need VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 11 2018

for more than 1 or 2 tons at a time. The money I saved in downsizing went into building a second story loft— something I had always wanted to do with the first barn. Now I have covered, secure storage that can be converted into a studio or office in the future, as well as a functional, open hay and equipment storage area below. Don’t skimp on the base. I was tempted during site prep to order the minimum amount of base. It seemed like such a waste of money to dump a bunch of sand and gravel on a site that already looked level to me. But when the first rains drained right into the center bay and puddled around the stairs, I had to order another truck and trailer load. Lesson learned: Spreading base in a finished barn is much more challenging than spreading it before it’s built! Let there be light! The biggest expense relative to lighting is getting power to the site. The cost of installing fixtures and outlets is negligible. My former barn had a single outlet and a single exterior light. My new barn has a ceiling fan, exterior and interior lights, a lighted stairway and plugs everywhere. No more flashlights and extension cords! Know your weather. I decided to change the orientation of my new barn for better traffic control. What I didn’t factor in was the prevailing winds and rain. As soon as the autumn winds returned, I recognized my mistake. As a result, I

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had to close in an extra side that I had previously planned to leave open— another additional expense. Reuse and recycle. In an attempt to cut costs, I looked for opportunities to use recycled materials. I scrounged used telephone poles for supports, and refinished some old wooden-frame windows. What I didn’t realize is how much charm and character this would add to what would otherwise be a completely new structure. This is obviously a matter of taste, but when coupled with the cost savings it becomes attractive in more ways than one. Plan for changes. As the building took shape, I got excited about possibilities and new ideas that I had not considered during the planning phase. In addition to the obvious need for more base and siding, I added more windows upstairs, built in additional storage and changed the configuration of the stairs. My contractor was obliging, but it added to the total cost. I suggest keeping a 10 percent “contingency fund” on hand! Combining your wish list with a dose of practical reality will result in a barn that brings you pleasure, saves you money and provides years of active use. Whether you are building from scratch or revamping a grand old gentleman of a barn, planning, environmental sensitivity and a firm grasp of your material needs and economic limits will help guide you through the adventure. Sarah Christie/from Hobbbyfarms.com


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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse


I am so excited to do this series on western dressage. I am positive this new discipline following classical dressage with a western horse is going to give the western industry its next step in developing better horsemen. Dressage promotes “Riding Well” and “Being the Rider Your Horse Deserves!” When I was young, it did not take me long to learn that if I wanted to participate in the sport of riding, I had to learn to become a good rider. I was in the dressage saddle learning this. Learning to become a good rider was not only necessary in the dressage saddle but is required in any saddle on any breed of horse. As a young rider I felt so fortunate to learn dressage because it was a new discipline in the U.S. at the time. I recognized that I rode NO differently in the dressage saddle than I did in a western saddle or hunt saddle. I found it very interesting that the training I was learning with dressage worked on any kind of horse. Breed didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now. Dressage gave me the best foundation possible as well as a solid understanding of correct fundamentals about riding. It also helped me understand correct training according to the horse’s conformation, instincts, behaviors, temperament, and personality. Most importantly, I learned that it takes TIME to train horses naturally. The goal is to teach the horse to do tasks with manners, obedience, and willingness to perform. Learning dressage has taught me that a balanced rider, communication through the rider’s natural aids, and a balanced horse will give you willing and confident responses that will last the horse’s lifetime. The key here is that it is training with understanding, not training through submission. By using dressage principles, I have been able to achieve success as a competitor and trainer of horses for more than four decades. As a top competitor in AQHA for many years, I showed numerous

horses that performed in multiple western and English events. Dressage can be done with western horses and in the western saddle. I am so excited to be a part of western dressage as it starts! I encourage you to follow their tests and levels because this will lead to a more controlled and responsive horse, whether you are on the trails or in the show ring. You may be wondering what horse is best for western dressage. If you’ve watched traditional English dressage on television or gone to an event, you have no doubt noticed that many of the horses are warmbloods. As wonderful as those horses may be (and they are), don’t worry…you don’t need a warmblood to participate in western dressage. The beauty of this hot new discipline is that any horse and all breeds are suited for it. This includes all the stock horse breeds, such as Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Palominos, and Buckskins. You’ll also see many “non-stock” breeds, including Morgans, Arabians, Saddlebreds, even draft horses, and ponies. If you are happy with the horse you are currently riding and have a good bond with him, that’s all you need to get started. You certainly don’t have to go buy a different horse. If you have an interest in western dressage, please send me a photo of you and your horse so we can put this up on our web site, QuarterHorsesInDressage.com. Despite the name, we welcome all breeds! I hope many of you reading this will decide to join the Western Dressage Association of America and get involved. If you are an “English only” rider, be careful… once you get in a good western saddle and ride a test, you may get hooked. Why not? Give it a try!

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 training courses, educational materials and much more, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800-503-2824.


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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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or physiological we are committed to addressing the individual needs of each rescued animal. Our work begins with developing an individual diet, treatment regiments, and a training program for each horse according to its needs. When a horse has been sufficiently rehabilitated we go about the work of finding appropriate adoptive homes that suit the horse’s needs and abilities. 740.594.4336 lastchancecorral.org


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of Event y 2019

r a u n a J 8 1 0 2 r e Decemb January

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

First Tuesday of every month National Racking Horse Assoc, Choo Choo Chapter meets at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge Tn @ 7pm. New members and visitors always welcome! Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 Fourth Thursday of every month Gordon County Saddle Club monthly meeting @ Gordon County Agricultural Service Center Visitors welcome! Info: (770) 548-5956


DECEMBER 7-9 IEA Show Tennessee Miller Coliseum Mtsu Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc DECEMBER 8 Buchanan, TN. Milam’s Horsebarn, Hwy 218. Pro and Non-Pro Bull Riding, Mutton Busting. 8pm. Call Monday, Dec. 3, 4-10 pm @ 731-642-8346. Info: 731-644-5665

First Monday of every month Club Meeting 7:00 pm Last Monday of every month BOD Meeting 7:00 pm Murray County Saddle Club.com

DECEMBER 8 Working Horse Cow Clinic Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

First Monday of every month Meeting 7pm Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org

DECEMBER 14-15 SRSA Rodeo Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

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

DECEMBER 28-30 4-H Horse Camp Williamson County AG EXPO Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

JANUARY 25-27 IEA Zone 4 Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

JANUARY 11-12 Women’s Pro Bulls & Barrels Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

UpComing 2019

JANUARY 12 Buchanan, TN. Milam’s Horsebarn, Hwy 218. Pro and Non-Pro Bull Riding, Mutton Busting. 8pm. Call Monday, Jan 7, 4-10 pm @ 731-642-8346. Info: 731-644-5665


(731) 658-5867 http://tnhsra.com FEB. 16-17: Scottsville, KY. MAR. 9-10: Memphis, TN. APR. 13-14: Franklin, TN. MAY 4-5: Martin, TN. JUN. 7-9: Cookeville, TN. HS Rodeo Finals

JANUARY 12-13 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre. IEA Horse Shows. www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook JANUARY 19 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Jumper Show & TJC Jumper Classic. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook JANUARY 20 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Equitation Day. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook JANUARY 26-27 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Snowflake II Hunter Show. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook

Save the Date!


JAN. 12: Shelbyville, TN. Celebration Grounds. SSHBEA Banquet 5:30 pm; meeting at SSHBEA office 10 am. JAN. 25-26: Nashville, TN. Embassy Suites by Nashvbille Airport. Judges clinic and NWHA Annual Meeting.


JAN. 19: Franklin, TN. Marriott Cool Springs. MTHJA Awards Banquet. JAN. 19: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Jumper Show & TJC Jumper Classic. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook FEB. 16: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Snowflake III Jumper Show. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook

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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MAR. 15-17: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook JUN. 21-23: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Summer Hunter/Jumper Show. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook


DEC. 15: McEwen, TN. Blue Creek Arena. NBHA/IBRA. Info: Christy Lee 615-879-2639 DEC. 29: Mason, TN. Coyote Run Arena. CRA Winter Series. Info: www.coyoterunarena.net JAN. 4-5: Martin, TN. UTM Ag Pavillion. Info: Jamie or Katie White 270-627-1031 JAN. 11-12: Martin, TN. UTM Ag Pavillion. Info: Jamie or Katie White 270-627-1031 JAN. 19: McEwen, TN. Blue Creek Arena. Info: Christy Lee 615-879-2639 JAN. 26: Decsturville, TN. Triple P Arena. Info: Jamie White 901-378-7470 FEB. 1, 15: Murray, KY. Bill Cherry Expo Center. Info: Becky Ballard 502-220-9838 FEB. 16: McEwen, TN. Blue Creek Arena. Info: Christy Lee 615-879-2639 FEB. 22-24: Memphis, TN. Show Place Arena. IBRA Super Show. Info: Jamie White 901-378-7470


MAR. 15-17: Memphis, TN. Show Place Arena. Volunteer Ranch Horse Assn. Show. Info: www.volrha.com


JAN. 5: Thaxton, MS. 11347 Hwy. 6. Horse & tack Sale. Info: 662-840-2427 or 662-790-3699

FEB. 11: Eads, TN. Eads Civic Center, 12365 Washington Road. Dr. Jennifer Dunlap, “Respiratory Disease.” Info: Dunlap Equine Services facebook MAR. 30: Knoxville, TN. UTCVM Horse Owners Conference. Info: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/ce/ Pages/default.aspx

SPECIAL EVENTS JAN. 19: Southaven, MS. Landers Center. Mid-South Rodeo Queen Pageant. Entry deadline Dec. 29. Info: rodeotenn@aol.com JAN. 24-26: Fort Worth, TX. Mustang Magic competition. Info: https://mustangheritagefoundation. org/mustang-magic/



FEB. 2: Thaxton, MS. 11347 Hwy. 6. Horse & tack Sale. Info: 662-840-2427 or 662-790-3699 FEB. 22-23: Lebanon, TN. BLM Mustang Adoption. Info: blm.gov; 866-468-7826 MAR. 15-16: Searcy, AR. BLM Mustang Adoption. Info: blm.gov; 866-468-7826 APR. 26-27: Murray, KY. BLM Mustang Adoption. Info: blm.gov; 866-468-7826 JUN. 20-22: Lexington, KY. Kentucky Horse Park. Extreme Mustang Makeover Info: extrememustangmakeover.com


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JAN. 12: Jackson, TN. Miniature Horse Therapy Seminar. 9:30-11:30. $50. Info: Andrea Gibson 731-589-1926; 646minis@gmail.com

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SATURDAYS: Pontotoc, MS. Pontotoc Stockyard. 11 am. Info: 662-489-4385. pontotocstockyard.com FIRST SATURDAY: Hattiesburg, MS. T. Smith Livestock sales. Tack 10:30 am; Horses 1:30 pm. Info: 601-583-0828 SECOND SATURDAY: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. 6:30 pm. Info: Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198 SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. https://www.facebook.com/ scottshillstockyard SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY: Carthage, MS. Farmers Livestock Marketing. Tack 1 pm; Horses 5 pm. Info: 601-267-7884; 662-317-9021

114-Acre Horse Farm In The Heart Of Coweta County Ga. Main house 5,000 sq ft with pool, second house 1500 sq ft. w/12-stall horse barn w/shavings bin, wash & tack room; pole barn. Quiet country living! $1.9 million. Call agent 770-354-8542. Video tour https://vimeo.com/202860904. Sheila Rambeck 770-354-8542; REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, 300 Clover Reach, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269, 770-487-8300 (Office)


FEB. 23-24: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Snowflake IV Hunter Show & TJC Hunter Derby. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook


15 yrs old. 16 hands, TW. no papers. very smooth, broke to do field trials, but we only trail ride, loads ties UTD teeth feet COGGINS shots. stands for mounting. (386) 559-1230 Lynn

AQHA #5155916 Broodmare. 12 yr, excellent conformation & disposition. Gr-granddaughter Mr Gunsmoke / Great Pine. Gr-gr-granddaughter Easy Jet / Cutter Bill. $2500. (865) 406-1684 Vicky

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hen I started the TrailMeister trailer project I knew that I would want to learn about all that goes into a horse trailer first hand as opposed to having everything completed at the factory. This meant I would be hauling the new trailer across the nation and back again as I visited numerous manufacturers of equipment for horse trailers. It’s been a busy year.

HAPPY FOR HYDRAULICS The very first change that I made to the trailer was removing the standard manual jack and having the folks at Equalizer Systems in Elkhart, Indiana replace it with an electric hydraulic jack. No endless cracking. I like being able to push a button and have the trailer go up or down as I see fit. If you’ve ever hauled horses you already know what a “joy” hand cranking a trailer jack can be. Standard jacks take more effort than I care to expend and the “improved” geared jacks may be easier to turn, but take seemingly forever to extend the leg. I prefer to save my energy and time for the ride. Equalizer Systems has been producing jacks for horse trailers for over 25 years, and it shows. I’ve seen Equalizer jacks on horse trailers from coast to coast and uniformly the owners have had positive things to say about them;” very dependable” was the most commonly used term. Those encouraging owner accounts made my decision to go with an Equalizer System quite easy. Immediately after picking up my MH Eby Trailer near Columbus, Ohio I headed northwest for Elkhart, Indiana - RV capital of the world and home to Equalizer Systems. As a layman being able to observe Equalizer’s professionals not only building the jacks, but also installing them was fascinating. For my 22 foot, long stock trailer with a “to be completed” living quarters area, the Equalizer engineers recommended their AM single leg jack for the job. With a lifting 22

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capacity of 12,000 pounds this jack can lift not only the nose, but the entire trailer and a load of horses, so it’s plenty strong for the job. And it’s quick! Instead of budgeting minutes to lift and lower, it’s now a matter of mere seconds. I like the extra time it gives me to work on other things besides cranking on a jack handle Another feature that I’m a huge fan of is the manual override. Should I lose power I can manually work the jack. With my solar power system (more on that in a future column) that should never be a concern, but I’m a big fan of redundant systems. There you go! The first thing I did to the trailer was entirely for me. I’m all about preserving my back, conserving my energy, and generally making life easier on myself! Equalizer made that possible and I thank them for that. Now I need to save my pennies for their hydraulic jack for the bumper pull!

FABULOUS FLOORING The second change I made to the trailer was mostly for the horses and mules, and a little for me. I wanted a stock area floor that would be safe for the beasts. Specifically, I was looking for a nonslip surface that was impervious to liquids while also providing some cushion to smooth the ride. I also wanted to reduce my workload when cleaning out the trailer. I’m not about to claim that I regularly pull the rubber mats from my bumper pull. I know it’s a chore I should pay more attention to. The accumulation of pee and poo growing under my mats isn’t doing my aluminum floor any favors. I also know that trying to manhandle multiple ungainly 90 plus pound rubber mats isn’t going to happen as often as it should. I needed something that would keep my animals safe and save me a bit of back breaking work. WERM Flooring does that. Depending on where I’m going, the ponies may be in the trailer for anywhere from a few minutes to 10-12 hours. I don’t know why but every one of my animals voids their bowels as soon as I have them in the trailer. Every trip.

Every time. That can make for a long slippery and dangerous trailer ride. I want to make the ride as safe and pleasant as I can for my trail partners. That means I want to give them a secure and safe surface for the ride. I considered a wide variety of durable flooring surfaces from Rumber (much too slippery) to Rhino Lining (no cushion) and finally settled on WERM Flooring for a permanent solution for the trailer, horses, and me. My trailer has a solid aluminum floor so being impervious to liquids was a key concern for me. I needed a material that would prevent any urine or poo juice (Is that a word? It is now; “poo juice”) from getting to the floor and corroding it over time. WERM accomplishes this by being sealed to the floor. This permanent bond doesn’t allow anything to come between it and the floor. This is accomplished through careful preparation of the trailer floor and the application of a proprietary primer and epoxy compound by WERM’s highly skilled technicians. In a nutshell, this makes for a permanently installed rubber mat that eliminates a nasty job for me. Instead pulling mats, I pull out a hose and spray it clean while the trailer floor beneath stays dry and protected. Easy peasy. The flooring is mostly rubber and as such provides a goodly amount of cushion for the ponies. I like that the surface is textured and slip resistant. It’s much less slippery than the standard rubber mats in my old trailer. For my needs WERM saved the day. It keeps my horses safe and more comfortable, protects my trailer floor, and saves me a lot of work. It even comes in a variety of colors! I wanted a sporty red, but my better half prevailed and we went with a brown that hides “stuff.” I love the efficiency and convenience of both the Equalizer System and WERM Flooring. Watch videos of the manufacture, installation, and every episode of the Trailer Project at TrailMeister.com.

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Robert Eversole; Trail Meister Owner and Chief Trail Boss. 513-374-9021; robert@trailmeister.com; www.TrailMeister.com TrailMeister is The Largest Equine Trail and Camping Guide in the World

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