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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 4 Issue 9 2018

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Cover: Central Georgia Horse Carriage & Antique Auction..................................... 3 Getting Your Stable Ready for Winter................... 5 Horse Pastures, Cool Weather and Laminitis Explained - Casey & Son....................... 7 Are you Drowning Your Horses Hooves? Casey & Son................................................................... 8 Am I A Loose Horse? - Crystal Lyons...................10 Western Dressage: Basics of Balance - Lynn Palm...............................16 Muling Through Central Oregon Robert Eversole.................................................. 18-19 Calendar Of Events............................................ 20-21 Getting Ready for a New Trailer Prepping the Truck - Robert Eversole...................22

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GETTING YOUR STABLE READY FOR WINTER Weathering winter takes preparation and diligence - for both you and your horses. Winter impacts almost everything that goes into keeping you and your equine friends comfortable. Even your tack organization needs some attention before everyone starts spending more time indoors.

YOUR HORSES If you choose to blanket your horses, winter can take a toll on them so it is always helpful to have more than one. Over the season straps may break or blankets may rip. You certainly don’t want your equine friend shivering because a blanket didn’t hold up until spring. Also, don’t forget that you always need some spares for cleaning day. Already have extra blankets but no place to store them? Hang some new blanket racks and get those blankets off the floor and organized. How is other your tack? Do you need to replace your halters, saddle pads, or leads for winter? How are your girths holding up? These are heavy use items VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 9 2018

that can quickly show signs of wear. Just like people, winter drives horses indoors. Similar to a bored child tired of being indoors, your horses will benefit with some diversions to keep them busy. And if you own a cribber, a diversion and deterrent is even more important. Invest in some stimulating treats, such as toys and jolly balls or cribbing straps to prevent destructive bad habits. Having some extra salt around is a good idea, too.

YOUR BARN Organization is important to winter safety. A good New Year’s resolution is to tidy up the stable or barn. Dust off or replace bulbs so things are a little brighter. Get rid of extra feed bags or piles of junk. Old papers and worn tack are great places for mice and rats to hide. Keeping your tack organized offers the double-bonus of protection. Not only is your tack easy to find, but it is also safe from uninvited guests. Hang new bridle buckets, tack hooks and saddle racks to get things tidy.

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Organized tack, well-lit walkways, and tidy stalls offer protection to you, your horses, and anyone else who frequents your barn. Have you thought about your buckets and feeders? Are they in good condition, or did they barely survive last winter? Do you have some spares in case dislodging ice causes them to break? It’s always a good idea to make sure your buckets and feeders are in good condition before the really bad weather begins. You may even consider some heated supplies.

YOURSELF Finally, consider your own comfort and safety in extreme winter temperatures. Leather boots can wear and crack, especially in pressure points. You may need a new pair, so do a thorough inspection before the weather turns nasty. Think about your gloves, too. They also take a beating during winter months. Remember to protect yourself as well as you do your horses. 5


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Horse Pastures, Cool Weather and Laminitis Explained Cool spring weather brings in new green grass but what about the fall? Those cool weather days also bring in new green grass. So how does that relate to the horses’ diet? Most horse owners know about the dangers of eating too much new spring grass, but have you thought much about the fall weather grass? Yes, horses can founder on both. With the abundance of rain and sunshine this year, you may find yourself mowing your lawn every 5 days. How about your pastures? Fall is the time to fertilize and lime your pastures. If you do, keep your horses off for several weeks, not just days. We are thankful for all that good green grass, but with it comes limitation for horse grazing. It has been known for many years that lush pastures can cause laminitis and founder in susceptible horses. According to a popular farrier publication editor, Fran Jurga, scientists have identified fructans as the culprit in grass that causes horses to founder. Explanation: During the day, plants carry on photosynthesis and produce sugar. In grasses, these sugars are stored as carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose and fructans. During sunny days, horses can be grazing on pastures that are high in carbs. At night, the plants use the carbs to produce plant tissue. Therefore, carb levels are lowest at dawn. Fructans are a form of carbohydrate stored by grass. Seeds store energy as starch, grasses store energy as fructans. Problems can arise when stress slows the growth of the grasses and the plants do not use the carbs produced during the day. This condition can develop during the SPRING (and FALL), when falling nighttime temps and frost can shut down the plants. If the frosty nights are followed by warm, sunny days, fructan levels can accumulate quickly in the grass blades. Grazing grasses high in fructan levels can trigger a situation in horses very similar to carb overload caused by overeating grain. Increased carb and fructan levels can set off a series of metabolic disturbances in the horses’ intestines, potentially resulting in colic and laminitis. Until more research is done, it appears that fructans are the likely cause of grass induced laminitis or founder in horses. Courtesy of the Tribute Equine Nutrition: Laminitis is the inflammation of the sensitive structures in the hoof called the “lamellae.” The lamellae hold the coffin bone tight within the hoof horn. This condition is extremely painful and can lead to rotation of the coffin bone known as founder. A common cause of laminitis is overconsumption of pasture grass, especially when the grass is actively growing, typically in the spring or after a good rain – AND IN THE FALL. Nutritional causes are related to high intake of sugar and starch also from grain mixes high in cereal grains and molasses. Minimizing the horses’ sugar and starch per meal is the best way to prevent or manage laminitis. Once a horse has signs of laminitis, nutrition will always be an important factor in continuing a long healthy life. Dr. Dan, the Natural Vet of Tennessee describes it this way: Just so you also fully understand – molasses IS SUGAR. VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 9 2018

Both cause insulin spikes, subsequent insulin resistance from over-production by the body, hypothyroid, Cushing’s horses, etc. Sugar highs and sugar lows are the culprits. Feeding corn and sugar at the morning meal is like us eating donuts and candy for breakfast. These high sugar levels wear the pancreas out. The pancreas produces insulin to handle the sugar and then later in the day, the sugar low causes tremendous stress on the body because the body is starving to death. This hypoglycemia also wears out the adrenals (glands that handle stress) and eventually hypothyroidism, Cushing’s (from over production of adrenal glands), and laminitis, as well as metabolic issues of all types can results. Heck, the body is “just flat worn out” from the stress. All commercial feeds are produced to “hit the middle of the road’ when it comes to vitamin and mineral fortification. Buck McColl of Mobile Milling Bio-Zin: Read your feed tag carefully. Have your pasture soil tested. Compare the quality of your pastures to what your horse really needs in a supplement. Ask your farrier about your personal horses hoof quality. From the Farriers’ National Research Center Some horses react to all of the above, and some don’t. You need to watch out for those easy keepers who seem to always be heavier. Going back to helping the hooves stay dry, put your horses in a dry lot or stalled overnight, let out about noon till 9pm or dark and they will have better hooves and stay on a better-balanced diet as well. We offer a Nutritional Information Class and DVD for our farrier students and horse owns are welcome. The information comes to us from many Professional Equine Nutritionists who study the subject for living. It is part of our daily business, helping horses stay healthy with healthier hooves to stand on. After all…”A Healthy Horse = A Happy Owner” www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com Villanow, Georgia (706)397-8909 for appointments Check out our other “Healthy Hoof Care Articles for Horse Owners”. We will share photos of hooves about this article in the next issue of Horse n Ranch.

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A Happy Horse = A Happy Owner! Are you Drowning Your Horses Hooves? This topic was selected due to the constant wet weather this summer in and around our area in Georgia. Ironically, upon submitting this article, Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas. Horses and Cattle are not always mentioned on the daily news, but we know they will be in need of care as the water recedes and the ground has a chance to dry up. As part of a farrier referral program, the BWFA, farrier association wants you to know that we are available to help. Contact their website at www.bwfa.net BWFarrier@gmail or call 706-397-8047. Horse owners often think that losing a shoe or having a rotten foot is 100 percent the farrier’s fault. That being said, there are some things that the farrier might miss to cause these things to happen, but with good farrier work it then comes down to the responsibility of the horse owner to maintain the condition of the horse’s feet in between the farrier’s visits. The environment In many parts of the country this year, there has been an abundance of rain and moisture, causing the feet to swell. What this translates into is that the hoof absorbs the moisture and it will swell like a sponge. With the swelling, the hoof expands more than normal. Being that the foot is expanding more due to the moisture, the clinches move outward with the foot. Then when the foot dries the hoof condenses down to the original size. The clinches do not move back in with the foot. This in turn causes the clinches to have a poppedup appearance. Once the clinches become loose, this means that the shoe is now loose and will shift on the foot. As the shoe continues to move on the foot, the clinches continue to become loser and the shoe will fall off. As shown in this photo with the popped-up clinches. This is never ending day in and day out occurrence. The horse owner is responsible for regulating the environment that the horse stays in. With more exposure to moisture, not only does it swell the foot and pop up the

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clinches, it spreads the most common bacteria in horses’ hooves known as thrush. As the thrush becomes worse this also causes the hoof walls to become weaker than they are supposed to be and causes shoes to fall off. They are simply not strong enough to hold nails.

Bottom (sole) of this foot is rotten with black thrush around the white line and nail placement areas. To translate farther; when wet outside, keep your horse inside. When dry outside, your horse can remain outside. Now, I know what you are thinking; my horse does not stay outside 100 percent and my clinches are still popped up and I am still losing shoes. This is due to the 10-12 hours of standing in dewy wet grass overnight. They are constantly standing in wetness, therefor the clinches will pop up. Bathing a horse to often provides too much moisture in the hooves, cleaning out the hooves more often with a hoof pick and a simple wire brush will help greatly between visits. If standing in tall grass allowing the hair to remain wet, then “scratches” will sometimes show up which is the scabby and scaly, fungus mess that you see on the fetlock. So, if your farrier has been having an unusual problem keeping shoes on your horses, do them a favor and regulate the time your horse stands in moisture of any kind. That being said, you also don’t want the hooves too dry. It is best to consult your farrier in order to determine a good moisture balance for your horse. They see more hooves than any other equine professional in a day so yours are probably not the worst, so let’s try to make them the best. Short courses are available for Horse Owners and Riders, Trainers, novice & professionals: to learn more about healthy hoof care. Afterall….. “A Happy Horse = A Happy Owner!” Submitted by: Link Casey, Certified Master Farrier & Educator Casey & Son Horseshoeing School, Farriers’ National Research Center, La Fayette, Georgia More “Healthy Horse & Hoof Care Maintenance Articles by Farriers” can be obtained at www.caseyhorseshoeingschool.com and www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com We welcome your questions for future feature articles 706-397-8909

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Am I A Loose Horse? by Crystal Lyons

The other day I did a picture sermon using my stallion, Strider. After riding around in the arena and singing a couple of songs, I got off, unsaddled him and removed his bridle. He did exactly as I expected. He happily trotted off and began to do his “stud-ly ritual” smelling poop FIRST, and rolling in the dirt SECOND and all in all completely ignoring me. Even though I own Strider, I paid a price to call him mine, he could choose to ignore me in this situation. I asked the crowd, “Is Strider focused on me?” The obvious answer was NO. We can do the same with God. Some of us have said “yes” to Jesus and became His. But even though He has legal ownership of us by a great and costly price He paid....we can still chose to ignore Him! We can spend our lives smelling poop and rolling in the dirt and not realizing how costly it is to do so. You see, Psalms 34:8 says “Oh TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good.” That implies EXPERIENCING HIM!! God doesn’t simply want “ownership” of us. He wants us to EXPERIENCE Him! By moving closer to Strider, I got his attention long enough for him to come to me. I bridled him and led him to the center of the arena. But unless he yielded to my request and laid down, I was helpless to climb aboard. Unlike some of you men, I cannot swing up on a 14 hand horse, much less one that’s 16.1! Strider quickly did as I asked and I got on him. Now.....we could move TOGETHER! His talents, training and strength under my direction could suddenly come alive by being in sync with me. Suddenly what simply was a “loose horse” changed into fluid movement with purpose and beauty! That’s EXACTLY like us! We were NEVER created to be NORMAL!! But we can never attain to what God created us for without allowing God to rest His “super on our natural”. He wants to “clothe me” in Himself and in that union, I suddenly become something I cannot be without Him! God NEVER intended our relationship with Him to be limited to a church service! If all we know of God is through a preacher than that’s second rate AT BEST. We can do our “church thing” and still basically live a life ignoring God. God wants us to TASTE and SEE.....EXPERIENCE for ourselves His goodness! We can’t do that without yielding to Him and inviting His presence to come rest on us. What a waste to spend our lives basically ignoring the One Who paid such a high price to buy us to

Himself! We forfeit a life of supernatural adventures and wonderment when we don’t “taste and see”. I can buy a cookbook and memorize it’s recipes but unless I cook and EAT the food, I’ve missed the whole point of the book. Just so, we can memorize scriptures but never go on to EXPERIENCING what those verses are inviting us to experience! A walk with God is a life of experiencing His presence, His supernatural interventions, knowing His voice and His touch and experiencing His abilities placed upon my lack.....making me “other than” what I am without Him! May we all turn from a lower existence of rolling in the dirt and smelling poop and place our focus on the only One Who can elevate us to a higher life, a life of supernatural guidance and purpose with beauty!

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estled just off a curvy back road in Tennessee lies a small horse ranch with a big purpose. It’s easy to miss among the barns and pastures that scatter Red Clay Road, but the impact it has on some children and parents in the Chattanooga/Northwest Georgia area is unforgettable. Mending Arrow Ranch is a facility that offers a safe haven for children and teens to experience healing and personal growth through interactions with horses. Situated at the southern edge of Cleveland, Tennessee, the fence line at Mending Arrow sits at the crossroads of both Bradley and Hamilton County (Tennessee), as well as Whitfield and Catoosa counties, in Georgia. Its quiet, country atmosphere is perfect for completing the tasks for which the owner finds herself compelled. In August 2016, Mending Arrow Ranch opened its gates and hearts to children with special needs and at-risk adolescent girls, absolutely free of charge. Each child that comes to the Mending Arrow has had to deal with their own set of unique challenges in life. Serving emotionally wounded, physically disadvantaged, discarded, lost, or broken hearted little souls, the ranch aims to help students experience healing by fostering relationships with horses. The mission of Mending Arrow Ranch is simple- to meet the full potential of each child by linking them to the spirit of a horse through passion and love. Students participate in tailored, one-on-one sessions with an instructor that include horseback riding, equine groundwork exercises, animal care, farm chores, and a variety of other activities. The staff at the ranch strives to equip students with life lessons and tools they can use to rise above their circumstances and enrich their overall quality of life. Mending Arrow Ranch is fully funded by individual and corporate donations, fundraisers and grants. Every aspect of the ranch is FREE of charge for participants and visitors. Your gifts enable us to continue serving kids and families at no cost to them. If you would like additional information about our programs, to refer a child, volunteer, donate financially, donate items, or sponsor a horse please contact us at www. MendingArrowRanch.org. We are profoundly grateful for your kindness and support. God Bless.

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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse

BASICS OF BALANCE

By Lynn Palm

It is essential that a horse be balanced to maximize his athleticism and do what you ask of him. In this article, we’ll look at the basics of balance. Communication is the Key Balance can only be attained when your horse is driving himself forward from his hindquarters with his body in straight alignment. To get your horse to drive himself forward from his hindquarters, you must have good communication with him through your aids. The three aids we will work with here are: your reins, your legs, and your seat. Reins—Your hands “talk” through the reins to the front third of your horse’s body, from withers to poll. This includes his head, neck, shoulders, and front legs. Think of this area as his steering wheel. To keep your horse light and willing, your hands/reins should comprise no more than 20 percent of your aids. You will use two types of rein aids for the exercises in this series—an opening or leading rein and an indirect or neck rein. 1. Opening (leading) rein: Rein contact directly out to the side literally leads your horse’s nose in the chosen direction. To apply the aid, establish light contact with both reins. Bring your right hand directly out to the side until you can see the corner of your horse’s right eye. (If you can see more of his eye then you have pulled his head too far and his body out of alignment.) Tip your thumb to the right as though you are turning a key in a lock. This prevents you from pulling back which would impede his forward movement and balance. 2. Indirect (neck) rein: A neck rein is not an aid, but rather a cue as a rein laid against the left side of your horse’s neck tells him to go right. It’s a conditioned response. Through repetition, your horse learns that rein pressure against his neck will be accompanied by bit pressure from the opposite rein. He soon learns to turn in response to the rein pressure alone. To apply a left neck rein for a turn to the right, tip your left thumb slightly outward as you lay that rein against the left side of your horse’s neck. Keep your right hand neutral while maintaining the same distance between both hands. Avoid the temptation to cross your horse’s withers with your cue hand because doing so would pull his head to the left (opposite of where you want it to be) which would ruin his alignment. Legs—Your legs influence the back two-third of your horse’s body, from the withers to the tail. Think of this as his engine. Your legs, combined wit your seat (below), will act as both accelerator and brakes. Decreased pressure means “stop;” increased pressure means “go.” Together they should comprise 80 percent of your aids. Seat—Your seat controls your horse’s hind legs and, thus, his speed.

When you are correctly balanced, your hips move in sync with your horse’s motion. To speed him up, simply move your hips faster than his current movement by pushing them forward in the saddle as though propelling a swing higher. To slow down your horse, tighten your stomach and rump muscles in order to slow your hips’ following motion. Support your seat aid with light rein aids, and you’ll keep your horse’s weight rocked back over his hindquarters so that he slows but retains the energy needed to balance. Now we will put all of these aids to use in an exercise. Exercise 1: Body Control on a Circle Warm up your horse. When he’s relaxed and focused, use your leg and seat aids to pick up a forward jog. You want enough energy that you can feel him pushing forward from his hind legs but not so much that you feel compelled to post. Use the following aids to guide your horse onto a circle to the right: 1. Right leg contact just behind the cinch, or at a spot at which he’s responsive (my horse’s responsive spot is farther back, so that’s where my leg is). Light leg pressure here will arc his body on the circle’s track and prevent him from leaning to the inside. 2. Inside (right) opening rein, to bend his head and neck slightly to the inside. 3. Light left leg pressure about six inches or so behind the cinch to slightly tip his hip to the inside. 4. Outside (left) indirect rein to block his shoulders from bulging to the outside and to prevent his head from tipping too far to the inside. As you do this exercise, keep your head up and your eyes looking ahead on your track. This will help subliminally to guide your horse on the circle. Stay balanced and centered in the saddle with your shoulders mirroring his. If you tip or slouch in one direction or the other, your horse will be forced to change his alignment to balance beneath you. That is counter to our goal. Also, be sure your contact is light so that your horse feels free to move forward. Keep practicing this exercise until you feel confident about the use of your aids. If you have trouble keeping your circles round, mark out your circle with a series of double cones spaced far enough apart so that your horse can easily travel between the two. Besides helping to keep your circles round, the cones will make it easier to spot if your horse falls in or out.

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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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Muling Through Central Oregon I recently had the opportunity to camp and ride with two of the most enthusiastic mule ambassadors that I’ve ever met. Joe and Jenny from the North Idaho Saddle Mule Club. We rode and camped throughout central Oregon for two weeks, stopping at 4 different equine camps along the way and riding some phenomenal country. Together we shared fabulous trails, wonderful meals, and a more than a few laughs over the many mule misconceptions that we encountered!

Within 10 minutes of the horse camp riders can step back over 7,000 years to a time of bubbling basaltic lava flows and volcanic vistas. Riding through the lava flows that tower overhead is quite the experience! For more info on the horse camp including accurate directions, GPS tracks, pics, and more, visit https://www.trailmeister. com/trails/quinn-meadowhorse-camp/ Mule Misunderstanding #1

Joe and Jenny U of Oregon with mules Jesse and Lacy Can I Pet the “Mewls” at Quinn Meadow? Celeste and I met up with Joe and Jenny at the Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, west of Bend, Oregon where they had already become the daily stop for a 4 year-old young lady who became a fan of the long ears! This burgeoning mule fan made daily visits to the pipe corrals that Joe and Jenny’s mules, Jesse and Lacy, called home for a few days. The Quinn Meadow Horse Camp is a popular destination point for riders throughout the Pacific Northwest. This very clean, very welcoming camp offers sturdy corrals, potable water, private camp spots and miles of loop trails to enjoy through dense forest, and remnants of the area’s volcanic past. 18

Me at Broken Top completing ride from 2017

Mules cannot be ridden. While returning to camp one afternoon I stopped to chat with a family that was shocked to see someone riding a mule. Indeed, the first thing said was “I didn’t know you could ride a mule!” They thought mules could only be used as pack animals. I enjoyed sharing some of my mulish experiences with the uninitiated, but I think that these folks thought I was an escapee from a traveling circus. Great Minds Think Alike at Todd Creek After a few days at Quinn we decamped and traveled an impressive 5 miles down the road to the Todd Creek Horse Camp where I would be completing my unfinished ride of 2017. Pulling into the immense parking lot that is the Todd Creek Camp we saw that two of our Quinn Meadow mule neighbors had already arrived. Washingtonian’s Vicki and Dean, and Kathy, all accompanied by their own marvelous mules, had made camp and were now planning the next day’s ride. You may be asking, what’s to enjoy if I called the camp an “immense parking lot” and that’s a fair question. Lots. From the Todd Creek Camp riders can more easily connect with a myriad of wilderness rides within the Three Sisters Wilderness that sits right across the road. Riders enjoying Todd Creek’s

mountainous skyline might wonder the cause of such blessings. Inquisitive minds will soon discover that underneath many of those beautiful, jagged, snowy mountains lie volcanoes. Our destination point for Todd Creek was the nearby stratovolcano “Broken Top” which lies within an area of many densely-spaced volcanic vents. I’m pleased (and so are my surgeons!) that the ride was both fantastic and uneventful. Our little group had a long day in the saddle and covered nearly 20 miles as we explored the slopes and the amphitheater-like eroded crater. Joe and Jenny took an adventurous side trip into the bowl of a small glacial lake near the summit. While they adventured, I opted to instead chat with a team of wilderness biologists that had hiked to the lake to study the remains of an elk herd that was just beginning to appear from beneath the glacier feeding the lake. Evidently at some point in the far past a sizable elk herd was engulfed in an avalanche. The biologists said it could have been 50 or 500 years ago, but that it had occurred during the summer months as evidenced by bulls in velvet and young calves mixed in the remains. For more info on the horse camp including accurate directions, GPS tracks, pics, and more, visit https:// www.trailmeister.com/trails/todd-

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creek-horse-camp/ . Mule Misunderstanding #2 Mules will attack horses. This was Jenny’s experience to share. While watering Jesse and Lacy, Jenny encountered a mother and daughter who promptly cleared the area around the stream used for stock water. The daughter then asked, “why do mules hate horses?” Evidently some people think that mules will attack any horse they encounter. Thank you, Jenny, for clearing up this misconception! World Class Views at Newberry Volcanic Monument Any trip to Oregon’s volcanoes is incomplete without a stop at the Newberry Volcanic Monument ½ hour south of Bend. The Newberry Volcano is the largest volcano in the Cascades, covering an area the size of Rhode Island. And it’s still active as proven by the hot springs and the youngest lava flow in Oregon; the 1,300-year-old Big Obsidian Flow. Obsidian is a volcanically created glass which has been used for millennia for arrowheads and cutting tools. It’s nifty to see it laying on the ground, edges clear and sharp enough to slice an unwary thumb. Our ride at Newberry took us from the Chief Paulina Horse Camp east and around the Big Obsidian Field and up to the top of Paulina Peak. The views, oh my, the views across the twin azure blue lakes that fill the main body of the caldera over a thousand feet below are simply spectacular. It was another long day in the saddle but one that was well worth the effort. Back in camp was another story. Chief Paulina is an older horse camp that sadly is showing its age. When I imagine the camp 50 years ago, in 1960’s Technicolor, before big LQ’s, and before uncaring users took their toll, this would have been a magical place. Fortunately, I was told by the Forest Service that they have plans to upgrade the camp to modern VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 9 2018

standards and that they are actively seeking the partnership of an equine group to help with the campground. How about it Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon, are you up for the job? Can you help make Chief Paulina a world class horse camp to match the world class riding? For more info on the horse camp including accurate directions, GPS tracks, pics, and more, visit https://www. trailmeister.com/trails/chiefpaulina-horse-camp/

The lone horse, Minning, enjoying the views from Paulina Peak

Mule Misunderstanding #3 Mules can’t be ground worked. Most of our evenings at Chief Paulina were spent watching the sun’s rays slowly creep down the twin spires of Paulina Peak, chatting about our mules, and the various mule misunderstandings that we’ve encountered. One of these was the assertion that a mule cannot be ground worked. I’m glad that no one has told Ty Evans about this! I’ve become a big believer in Ty’s saying that “You ride what you lead.” An Early Departure The fourth destination for our Oregon odyssey was the Whitefish Horse Camp. With 17 camp sites, pressurized water spigots, and more, Whitefish was the best appointed of all the camps we visited in this trip. Combine the fantastic amenities with the easy access to numerous trails that loop and meander through the Diamond Peak Wilderness and you’ll quickly understand why this camp is a winner in all regards. For more info on the horse camp including accurate directions, GPS tracks, pics, and more, visit https:// www.trailmeister.com/trails/whitefishhorse-camp/. Compared to our previous stop, Whitefish was operating room clean. The corrals, campsites and general area were spic and span. The place is

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loved and it shows in the care that is receives. The only things I saw that weren’t spotless were three Pacific Crest Trail through hikers who looked exhausted. As luck would have it I had three remaining beers in the cooler, I think the hikers needed them much more than I. Unfortunately, our stay here ended after just one night. Our old dog, Abby, had more excitement than an 18-yearold pup needs and was having a hard time with the heat. So, family being family we sadly parted ways with Joe and Jenny and headed home. Mule Misunderstanding #4 Mules will never colic or get sick. Our mule musings over dinner included reflections on the hardiness of mules. While it seems odd, I can say that my mules have fewer unplanned vet visits than my horses. That’s not to say that I’ve never heard of a mule in distress, I certainly have, but rather to say that perhaps, just perhaps, the combination of hybrid vigor and a heightened sense of self-preservation helps mules take better care of themselves than their horsey kin. Well there you go, a very brief rundown of a fabulous couple of weeks in Oregon riding and camping amongst volcanoes. For more information on these and other riding and camping areas throughout Oregon and the US visit www.TrailMeister.com! 19


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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 First Monday of every month Club Meeting 7:00 pm Last Monday of every month BOD Meeting 7:00 pm Murray County Saddle Club.com First Monday of every month Meeting 7pm Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org 3rd Saturday each month - GA Catoosa County Saddle Club facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub 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

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OCTOBER 7-14 October Fest (Horses Only) Circle E Guest Ranch, LLC 50 Circle E Lane; Belvidere, TN 37306 (931) 962-1790 OCTOBER 12-14 Beast of the East Team Roping Williamson County AG EXPO Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

OCTOBER 17-18 UT Extension Ag Fun Fair Williamson County AG EXPO Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov OCTOBER 17-21 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Autumn Country OCTOBER 19 Treadway, TN. Valley View Farms. Jackpot Barrel and Poles 865-210-0073

OCTOBER 3-6 Shelbyville, Tn. Celebration Grounds. Sshbea Fall Show

OCTOBER 12-14 Smoky Mountain Reining horse show Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. TQHA Circuit (WTQHA dual points)

OCTOBER 6 Ranch Horse 10am/8am Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

OCTOBER 13 Lebanon, TN. Meridian Equine Education Center. Autumn Classic Open Western Show Info: Cristin Jordan 615-289-7539

OCTOBER 19-20 Fall Brawl Thunder on the Mountian Speed Racking & Pacing Event Circle E Guest Ranch, LLC 50 Circle E Lane; Belvidere, TN 37306 (931) 962-1790

OCTOBER 6 Dressage; Murfreesboro, TN. Roberson Equestrian Facility. CTDA Schooling Show

OCTOBER 13 TN National Barrel Horse Association Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com

OCTOBER 19-20 Rodeo Booster Club Barrel Race UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION www.utm.edu

OCTOBER 6-7 Nashville, TN. Percy Warner Park. Middle TN Pony Club Horse Trials. Info: Delana Owen 615-598-0205

OCTOBER 13 Stillwater Trail Sports Buckle Series Stateline Arena, Ringgold Ga Info. 423-331-8055 or Facebook

OCTOBER 6-7 Franklin, Tn. Brownland Farm. No Frills 5,6

OCTOBER 13-14 Franklin, TN. Camwood Fall II. Info: (513) 267-8157

OCTOBER 19-21 Nashoba Carriage Assn. Show Germantown Charity Arena www.gchs.org, Susan Winn (901) 754-0009

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OCTOBER 13-14 Talbot, TN. Walnut Grove. ETHJA show

OCTOBER 20 Murray, KY. St. Rt. 80 E. Wranglers Riding Club Dressage & Hunter/ Jumper schooling show. Info: wranglersridingclubofmurrayky@ hotmail.com & facebook

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OCTOBER 21 Stillwater Trail Sports Obstacle Clinic Stateline Arena, Ringgold Ga Info. 423-331-8055 Or Facebook OCTOBER 23 Murfreesboro, TNH. Mac Gregor Stables. WHOA Versatility Show OCTOBER 24-28 Franklin, TN. Brownland Farm. Autumn Classic OCTOBER 26-27 Sunflower Craft Show Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com OCTOBER 26-28 No Bulls Barrel Race Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu OCTOBER 27 Franklin, TN. Harlinsdale Farm. WHOA Fall Classic OCTOBER 27 Murfreesboro, TN. TN Livestock Center. TN Paint Horse Show. Info: Marvin Butler 615-397-6754 OCTOBER 27-28 Knoxville, TN. Fiesta Farm. ETHJA show OCTOBER 27-28 2018 AHC Colt Starting Competition Cullman Agri Business Center, Cullman, AL Fun, Food, Horses, Shopping, Education, Excitement, Clinicians, Vendors, Entertainment and more! *Four Round Pens *Four Unbroke Colts *Four Clinicians *One winner to take home the Title of the ALABAMA COLT STARTING CHAMPION; 205-678-2882 info@alabamahorsecouncil.org

November NOVEMBER 2-4 Memphis, TN. Show Place Arena. MegFord Show NOVEMBER 3 Ranch Horse 10 am - 8 am Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com NOVEMBER 3-4 TENNESSEE HS RODEO ASSOCIATION (731) 658-5867, http://tnhsra.com Fayette, AL NOVEMBER 3-4 Bristol, TN. Fox Hollow. ETHJA Show NOVEMBER 3-4 Knoxville, TN. Select Sport Horses. ETHJA Show NOVEMBER 8-11 Germantown, TN. GCHS Arena. WTHJA Harvest Time NOVEMBER 10 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Jumper Show. Info: 855-523-2553 ext. 788; events@jaecklecentre.com NOVEMBER 10 TAGDEA Dressage Show Tri-State Exhibition Center www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com NOVEMBER 10-11 Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. Volunteer Ranch Horse Show NOVEMBER 11 Stillwater Trail Sports Ultimate Buckle Challenge Stateline Arena, Ringgold Ga Info. 423-331-8055 Or Facebook NOVEMBER 17-18 NTRL Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu

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NOVEMBER 17-18 TENNESSEE HS RODEO ASSOCIATION (731) 658-5867, http://tnhsra.com Cleveland TN NOVEMBER 17-18 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Hunter Show & MTHJA Finals. Info: www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook NOVEMBER 17-18 White Pine, TN. Walters State Expo Center. ETHJA Show NOVEMBER 19-20 4-H Livestock Camp Williamson County AG EXPO Park Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov NOVEMBER 30-Dec 2 TQHA Hillbilly Classic Roane State Expo Center Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tn; www.roanestate.edu NOVEMBER 30-DEC. 2 Memphis, TN. Show Place Arena. Lucky Dog Barrel Race. Info: www.luckydograces.com

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CLINICS/CLASSES OCT. 3-4: Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre. Sonosite. OCT. 12-14: Shelbyville, TN. Clearview Farms. Buck Brannaman Clinic. Info: 931-619-0773. https:// clearviewhorsefarm.com OCT. 19-21: Lynnville, TN. Circle G Ranch. Kerry Kuhn Horsemanship Clinic. Info: www.circlegranchevent.com OCT. 27-28: Crossville, TN. Otter Point Farm. Barb Gerbitz Horsemanship Clinic. Info: Christie Walling Riek 309-781-4825; otterpointfarm@gmail.com

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Getting Ready for a New Trailer PREPPING THE TRUCK

By Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole Welcome to the start of a new series for by my local tire and repair shop, TireRama. horse owners who may be considering a new I was incorrect. While it’s great to watch trailer or upgrading one. My 12’ EBY bumper other people work and avoid crawling pull is fantastic, but I want to be able to haul under the truck, the install of the system a few more animals and their assorted gear, was in fact straight forward. I think that as well as enjoy a more comfortable stay at even I could have done the job had I been the trailhead, so a bigger rig is in order. For so inclined. Even with my endless questions, the next few months I’ll be sharing my trials Steve had the job done quickly and neatly and tribulations with you as I move from a within a couple of hours. small bumper pull to a larger gooseneck that After having upgraded to an Air Lift system I’ll be converting into a DIY LQ. I’m a convert. The adjustable air springs For this segment, we’ll be discussing what allow me to customize my suspension to changes I made to my truck to more safely my load making for a smoother, safer ride. haul a bigger trailer. There’s a reason why semi-trucks use air Sally, my 2008 Ford 1 ton diesel short bed, springs and I’m glad that I joined the club is a big girl. Not as big as I’d like, the short and I’ll be riding on air far into the future! bed kills the truck’s functionality but was a HITCH IT UP necessary evil at the time I bought her. I had When you’re towing major equipment thought that a one ton truck wouldn’t need such as a horse trailer you need the right any modifications other than a gooseneck setup to get the job done. With a gooseneck hitch. I was wrong. style trailer that means my old rear receiver AIR IT UP hitch wasn’t going to work. I needed to After years of pulling a bumper mounted mount a new hitch in the bed of my truck. trailer I’d noticed that with heavy loads not But which hitch? only would the steering feel “light”, the I use Sally for much more than moving headlights would tend to illuminate the trees horses. She hauls hay, water, and any of the and not the road ahead. Neither of these myriad of items used on any farm. Sally’s were particularly comforting sensations, a worker so any hitch that goes in the bed especially when hauling several horses as needs to be removable when we’re not well as feed and supplies for an extended towing the trailer. I’ve been very grateful to camping trip. I thought the solution was a have the option to turn the ball over, or even bigger truck to haul the bigger load. Again, take it out completely, when I need to use I was wrong. the whole of the truck bed. Squat was my problem and it was MUCH I’ve seen removable balls that aren’t less expensive to fix a saggy rear end than to removable due to sticking, freezing, or rust, purchase a new vehicle. It can be stated as a so being confident in my ability to remove fact that I knew “squat.” Sally, you’re going said ball was an important consideration to be around for a little longer! when choosing a gooseneck hitch. For me After a lot of research, I went with a load that meant going with PopUp Towing’s Flipsupport system from Air Lift and I wish that Over Ball hitch. The round shank of the ball I had invested in the system years ago. My rotates easily and should it even try to seize system included the air bags and an onboard up, can be manipulated with a wench. Some air compressor with wireless remote control of the other manufacturers I considered so I can inflate and deflate the air springs have square shanks that seem to freeze up with a touch a button. This gives me the easier. ability to adjust the height and ride of the Again, not being much of a mechanic I suspension based on what I’m hauling or opted to have the guys at PopUp do the carrying. Whether I’m hauling a fully loaded install and in this case, I’m glad that I did. trailer or making a light run to the recycling It wasn’t necessarily a hard job, heck you center I can set the ride to what’s both don’t even have to move the exhaust, but comfortable for me and safe for the load. rather 10 years of my ownership had left a Not being much of a mechanic, and fair number of rusted bolts to break free. reluctant to break my truck, I thought it best However, even with that slow down, the to have the system installed professionally guys at PopUp had the hitch installed and 22

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PopUp Hitch me on my merry way in just a few hours. There you go, the two most important changes I made to the truck to prepare it for hauling a larger trailer. Next month we’ll continue the adventure by considering the important features we should be looking for in a horse trailer. For more information on this topic as well the largest and most accurate guide to horse trails and camps in the world visit www.TrailMeister.com

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Sundowner Rancher Express- This value minded all-aluminum stock trailer features a full aluminum floor, cut gate, rear swing with slider, storage area in nose, and 2 escape doors. Priced & built to move you along. Torsion axles, radial tires, and more. 16, 20, & 24’ on hand - Starting at $14,904!

Exiss 7X00 series. Nice all-aluminum, with front dresser and folding rear tack. Extruded sides, aluminum wheels, HD drop windows and more. A great value- 3 and 4 horse in stock now. Just in, and ready for you.

Exiss STC6820. Handy all-around trailer for all types of uses. Haul a lot of horses, sheep, goats, cattle, college students, and so on. Front tackroom, with 16’ of hauling space. Starting at $17,459.

Sundowner Charter- The classic warmblood/big horse trailer. We have bumperpull and gooseneck models on hand, in addition to the popular 2+1 that has rear AND side ramps. Come pick yours today!

Lots of new Lakota’s rolling in. Many smaller units perfect for tight roads & 3/4T trucks.

Come see them!

Sundowner 2H Gooseneck- This is truly the ½ ton truck friendly gn. With proper axle placement, it balances nicely. Yet the 4x8 dressing room comes with a walk thru door, nose windows, and carpeted. Just right for day use, or light camping. And at only $19,423 or about $250 a month, easy to make it yours.

“Located beneath the BIG American Flag”

on Hwy 231 between Murfreesboro & Shelbyville TN

Sundowner SuperSport BP. 2 & 3 horse models on hand, even have 1 for a motorhome! Starting at $14,633. Or about $270/Month

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866.484.0420 SelectTrailer.com or 931.685.4040

Come by for the latest selection, or check our website!

All prices are plus applicable taxes, tag, & title fees. Payment prices are quoted with 10% plus T, T, & L down with qualifying credit and a 720 or better score. Call for specifics in your case.

Horse N Ranch Oct 2018  

Horse N Ranch Oct 2018

Horse N Ranch Oct 2018  

Horse N Ranch Oct 2018

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