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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 5 Issue 10 2019

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Everything Horse Related Cover & Page 7 Michael S. White - DK Real Estate Owned by HorseNRanch Magazine A Horse Lovers’ Paradise .....................................1, 7 4 Horses Publications Designed For Purpose - Crystal Lyons ................. 6 PO Box 62, Ocoee TN 37361 Horseshoes with Traction... and Safety while horsenfarm@yahoo.com  info@horsenranchmag.com Riding - Casey & Son................................................. 9 Lisa Fetzner, Publisher 423.933.4968 DIY Barn Organization ..........................................10 Dennis Fetzner, Publisher & Sales Rep. 423.472.0095 DIY Horse Treats .....................................................11 Alison Hixson, Graphic Design 423.316.6788 Classifieds & Real Estate ........................................12 Horse N Ranch is distributed to businesses, horse shows, trail rides, Expos, auctions, and all advertisers. We reserve the right Horseback Riding Tips for Trail Riders .....................15 to edit any material we receive for publication. Horse N Ranch Magazine and staff will not be responsible for any claims or guarantees made by advertisers. The articles printed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 4 Horses Publications, LLC. Own Your Adventure-- Finding Your Way All ads created by 4 Horses LLC, are the sole property of Horse N Ranch Magazine. If ad is to be reproduced in another Robert Eversole ........................................................16 publication, there will be a fee assessed. Please call office for more information 423-933-4968. 4 Horses LLC, dba Horse N Ranch Magazine hereby limits all liability from any and all misprints. No warranties are expressed by Western Dressage: Horse N Ranch Magazine, Publishers, Reps or Employees; and are not solely responsible for typographical errors. Riding the Spooky Horse - Lynn Palm ...............18 Horse N Ranch Magazine stresses the importance of correctness and therefore proofreads all ads as accurately as humanly possible. Calendar Of Events ........................................... 20-21

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DESIGNED for PURPOSE

by Crystal Lyons

Anything that has a design has a purpose. A plane that’s designed for stealth or speed is built completely different from something like a C130, that’s built for hauling heavy loads for long distances. How something is built gives clues to its purpose. Vehicles, horses, buildings… people… their purpose is seen somewhat in their design. I pull my horse trailer with a semi. It’s powerful, heavy and built to go a million miles before needing an engine overhaul. My Volvo has over 800,000 miles on it at the time of writing this article and it’s still going strong. But when I get off the road, the Volvo isn’t my vehicle of choice. That’s where my Jeep comes in. It’s not built to pull heavy loads; it’s built for off–road fun, 4–wheel driving through mud and rugged terrain.

“Be yourself! You’re built for a purpose. Don’t compare yourself to someone else because you are unique! ”

If my Jeep compared itself to my semi, it would feel so weak and worthless because it simply cannot compete with the power of the Volvo. But the Volvo can’t follow in the Jeep’s tracks and go where it goes. How dumb would it be to compare the two! They’re designed for different tasks and their genius is found in the purpose they’re designed for. A fish isn’t designed to climb trees and a monkey isn’t designed to live under water. So, let me ask, why is it that our culture seems to lean towards having one look that everyone should seek to assimilate towards? It always gets me when shopping for clothes and you find a garment that says, “One size fits all” … REALLY? There’s no such garment! Or what about how the fad now seems to be making men look LESS like men and more like women. As if equality means becoming the same? What a boring world this would be if there was only ONE kind of everything… one color, one shape, all like abilities… and genderless. Wow!! Be YOURSELF! You’re built for a PURPOSE. Don’t compare yourself to

someone else because you are unique! The best way to get yourself in a funk is to start comparing yourself with someone else who you admire. Admire them for their abilities and talents or accomplishments as we should, but the moment we start comparing ourselves with them, we immediately open the door for discouragement to enter. Why? Because you can’t win in a comparison you weren’t designed to be compared to… any more than my Volvo should be compared to my Jeep! You and I are designed for specific purposes. Your purpose is attached to your design and your design comes directly from the Designer. With this in mind, maybe instead of comparing ourselves with what we’d LIKE to look like or be… maybe, just maybe we should spend time getting to know our Designer? Just a thought.

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Rare Opportunity to own almost 10 acres of a Horse Lovers’ Haven! No expense has been spared on this meticulously maintained, custom-built home that offers loads of country charm and quality throughout. It is located just 30 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga in Sequatchie County. Fenced and cross-fenced with white vinyl 3-rail fencing, as well as wood and electric fencing. The property has 3 pastures for grazing rotation with the potential to add 3 more additional pastures. Two open-front hay-storage barns comfortably hold 40-50 round bales. The all-concrete floor, 36’ X 48’ barn has 3 - 12x12 stalls built with beautiful Woodstar Products stall fronts and lined with heavyduty stall mats. Wash bay features extra cabinets, a wall fan, and a vacuum just for your horse! The gorgeous tack room offers plenty of space for your saddles and tack. Extra equipment storage areas complete the barn with a 24’ X 12’ garage on the back of the barn and an open 12’ X 12’ storage space. The large riding arena is made with premier footing. Plenty of room to train horses in any discipline. There is so much more to say about this amazing property! Scan the QR code for the full listing and additional photos! 3517 Henson Gap Rd | Dunlap, TN 37327

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Horseshoes with Traction... and Safety while Riding

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By Link Casey, Casey & Son Horseshoeing School and FNRC 2019

When it comes to having enough traction on your horse, it depends on what terrain they are riding on. In this passage we will talk about hard surface traction. A horse walking on a hard surface such as asphalt, rocky mountainous terrain needs to have adequate stability. For these types of terrain I recommend BORIUM or DRILLTEC. Shown in these photos are two shoes, both with Drill Tech. Most trail riders and wagon drivers know of Drill Tech but, is it being applied correctly??? In photo 1, the drill tech is a small piece in the center of the toe. THIS IS an INCORRECT application.

This is an INCORRECT APPLICATION of Drill Tech positioned in the center the toe of a horseshoe.

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A HORSE DOES NOT BREAK OVER IN THE CENTER OF THE TOE. A HORSE BREAKS OVER ON ONE SIDE OF THE TOE OR THE OTHER. With Drill Tech in the center only, they won’t have traction on the breakover and more than less will slip on hard surfaces. In this application (photo 2) no matter which direction the horse is going they will have traction at the breakover. The heels are not to be neglected; they need Drill Tech also for traction at the landing point of the heel. I personally recommend checking the application of your horses’ drill tech for the safety of your horse and for your own safety!! (I teach our farrier students to forge weld the drill tech on AFTER the shoes are properly shaped for the particular horses’ hooves... then apply the shoes to the hooves. We do NOT recommend purchasing pre-applied drill tech shoes ! )

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This Drill Tech is CORRECTLY APPLIED to the full width of the toe of a horseshoe.

Drill Tech is a brass rod embedded with chunks of tungsten carbide steel. The tungsten is what allows the horse to have “grip” on the hard surfaces. It is covered with a white powder called Flux. It will come in fine, medium and coarse grades. (Also spelled as Drilltec)

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BARN ORGANIZATION RE-PURPOSED FILE CABINET Used file cabinets are easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores for very little money (or find a business doing a renovation). It can hold lots of shovels, rakes, forks and more. EASY SADDLE RACK This is a quick project that uses scrap lumber and can be put together for about $5. Put eye hooks all over the tack room so they can be easily moved around and can accommodate different saddle sizes. To prepare the rack for use, the board is set perpendicular to the wall with the rope hook run through the eye bolt. The 2x4 butt-end is pressed against the stall wall. The more weight that is added the harder it pushes. BUCKET HOSE HOLDER The perfect way to organize an unruly hose. Mounted in a wash stall it creates a perfect nook for nozzles, brushes and soap. You probably have lots of these 10-Quart Galvanized Steel Pails. PALLET SHELF A re-purposed pallet is perfect for storing equine supplies (is there anything you can’t do with a pallet these days?) WHIP HOLDER Secure a piece of PVC pipe to the fence with hose clamps and you’ve got a convenient place to keep your whips. Maybe one for lunge whips, and one for crops. One less thing to lose on the way back to the barn! 10

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HORSE COOKIE APPLE TREATS 1/4 cup Molasses 4 Apples ; chopped 1 cup Carrots ; chopped 2 tablespoons Corn oil 1 cup Flour 1 cup Rolled oats 1/2 cup Bran

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet. Mix the apples, carrots, oil, and molasses together. Mix in the oats and flour. Shape by hand or roll and cut the dough into cookies. Cook for about 20 minutes.

PUMPKIN OATMEAL HORSE COOKIES 4 cups whole oats 1 can pumpkin 2 cups water 2 tsp baking powder 1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour 2 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 1 tbsp. honey or molasses (optional) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the pumpkin and water together well. Add the flour, oats, and spices. Add the optional honey or molasses. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done. VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 10 2019

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1 cup rolled oats ¼ cup water 1 to 2 tbsp. molasses 5 peppermints Mix the oats and water until the oats are damp. Add molasses by the tablespoon until the mixture is sticky. Roll into balls and press peppermint in the middle of each cookie. Put in refrigerator (uncovered) to harden.

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Horseback Riding Tips for Trail Riders Take the time to understand a few of the basic principles of horsemanship, you will be better equipped to successfully and confidently partner your horse – and fully enjoy your ride.

THINK OF THE HORSE AS YOUR PARTNER Riding a horse is only deeply enjoyable when you recognize that a horse isn’t a tool to be used, it’s your partner. Pay attention to what your horse looks at, how it reacts to various things around it (including you), what it does with its eyes, ears, and tail as you get to know it and learn to work with it. Approach riding a horse as teamwork, not as an animal to be controlled.

BE A LEADER

SAFETY TIPS

By nature prey animals, there is little a horse can sniff out faster than your fear. When you are afraid, horses will typically react in one of two ways: they’ll get scared too or they will take advantage of you.

A trail ride should be fun and relaxing. Nevertheless, accidents happen!

Horses turn to their riders to keep them safe and direct them. They appreciate having a rider they can understand and trust. Understanding comes with being firm and direct while still being kind.

• Bring more water than you think you’ll need.

UNDERSTAND PRESSURE AND RELEASE One of the most basic principles or riding or teaching a horse is that “pressure motivates and release teaches.” Squeezing with your legs to ask a horse to move forward, or pulling gently on the reins to turn, is applying pressure. The horse wants to remove the pressure and will take action to make the pressure stop. When your horse responds, stop the pressure and it will know it did the right thing. Squeezing with your legs means go. Sitting still with your seat and pulling back on the reins means stop. If you push with one leg against the horse’s side, it should move in the opposite direction. If you apply a right or left neck rein, the horse will turn that direction.

REWARD YOUR HORSE Horses are happier and more willing partners when they find you to be a good leader and feel appreciated. A gentle rub and kind words go a long way towards making friends with your mount and encouraging it to enjoy you, too.

RELAX AND HAVE FUN Probably the single most important thing you can do is relax – no matter how your ride is going. When you stay calm you stay in control (or can get it back quickly when the horse goes offroading for the green growing snack). Plus, when you are relaxed – you are having fun! VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 10 2019

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Follow these safety tips to keep the ride smooth no matter what: • Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. • Never go on a trail ride alone. • Bring snacks for yourself, and your horse, to keep energy up. • Double check your saddle and equipment before mounting your horse to make sure everything is tight and tucked in. • Avoid going for a trail ride during the middle of the day, unless it’s cool weather. Ride early in the morning, or take a sunset ride in the evening. • Check the weather before you go. If there’s a chance for thunderstorms, reschedule your ride! • Keep your cell phone in your pocket or a holster, rather than a saddlebag, just in case you are ever separated from your horse. • A helmet may not be required, but is recommended, especially for children or novice riders. • Always be aware of your surroundings and on the lookout for potential threats, such as a water crossing, low tree branch, or wildlife.

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Own Your Adventure-- Finding Your Way Navigation is one of the most important frontcountry and backcountry skills, and the most liberating. It allows you to pilot your own journey, rather than being a passenger. In recent years maps, and the way we use them, has dramatically changed. Going from point A to point B in our everyday lives has turned into speaking into our phones and receiving turn by turn directions. Technology has greatly expanded our navigation abilities especially for street directions. Trail directions and planning routes have unfortunately been another story. Until now. In the past planning a ride meant buying a printed topo map and using a compass to triangulate my position on the trail. Of course it’s hard to use a map if you can’t find one and finding worthwhile trail maps can be a challenge. Here’s an image (see 1) of a published trail map for a riding area that I enjoy (Riverside 1 State Park, WA) - Can you see where the hills are? What about steep ravines? Heck, it’s even missing most of the trails. Could you really use this to effectively navigate unfamiliar terrain? (Illustration: Washington State Parks) Here’s a standard USGS map (see 2) of the same area – It’s even worse. There’s zero information on trails. Again, this isn’t something you’d want to be stuck with in an emergency. (Illustration: USGS) Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem. I’ve been using an online resource for the past few years and it’s been a game 2 changer for planning adventures both near and far. CalTopo is an online tool that allows you to make custom topographic maps of anyplace in the U.S. It has become an invaluable tool for planning trips, especially backcountry travel. Here’s a simple map (see 3) that took me just a few minutes to build online in CalTopo. To build it, I browsed through the available topo map base layers until I found the one that worked best for me. I was even able to 3 add a hill shading layer which makes short work of deciphering contour lines. Saving this map as a PDF, allows me to both print a hard copy AND export the same map to my phone, giving me a backup system and an easy to use reference point. (Illustration: CalTopo) Riders wanting an accurate, reliable, and free navigation tool can easily build maps using CalTopo. Once you’ve created your custom trail map. You can—and should— print these out as a non-battery-based, unbreakable backup. Importing these maps into a simple navigation app, like Avenza Maps, on your smartphone gives you a simple user experience, combined with very useful indepth information. Remember to share all this information with your riding partners, in the event you part ways during the ride, and with your significant others that stay home, in the event of an emergency. The end result is as easy to use as Google Maps—just open the Avenza app, and 16

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a blue dot shows your location. But instead of city streets, it’s real navigational data such as contour lines, trail locations, slope shading and whatever else you want, all working whether or not you have cell signal. Avenza Maps is an app (iOS and Android) that uses your phone’s built-in GPS to locate you even when you’re out of range of a cell network. It works without cell coverage. Maps used by Avenza are special PDF’s that contain geospatial information. Using CalTopo you can create these special maps to open within the Avenza app. That this much navigation information I carry three types of maps on most trail rides: • Paper small-scale overview map. • Paper large-scale detailed maps, normally with the US Forest Service Topo series as a base map, created in and exported from CalTopo. • Digital layers downloaded to my smartphone using apps such as Avenza, or GaiaGPS, as backups and/ or accompaniments to my printed maps.

can be accessed so easily is unprecedented. That it can be free is even better! For more information on CalTopo visit caltopo.com For most riders CalTopo’s free plan will be enough to get them down the trail. For more info on the Avenza Maps app visit https://www.avenza.com/avenzamaps/. Again, the free plan gives me plenty of options. As always for more information on trail riding and camping with horses visit www. TrailMeister.com the world’s largest and most accurate database of horse camps and trails!

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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

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

VALLEY VIEW RANCH Equestrian Camp for Girls

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

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Equitation lessons in English & Western for beginner to advanced riders. Experience the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction in the ring, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having your own ranch horse. Enjoy 4-6 hours daily with your horse. Limited to 50 campers per session.

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ENGLISH AND HUNT SEAT, WESTERN STOCK SEAT AND BARRELS (GYMKHANA), TRAILS, AND VAULTING. OUR PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES ECO-EDUCATION, SWIMMING, CANOEING, ARTS AND CRAFTS, ARCHERY, POTTERY, AND OF COURSE, HORSEMANSHIP. 606 Valley View Ranch Rd · Cloudland GA 30731 706.862.2231 · www.ValleyViewRanch.com VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 10 2019

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

RIDING THE SPOOKY HORSE

To review, we have discussed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence on the trail. We covered training tips for dealing with two of three common trail training issues: the horse that wants to always be in the lead and the horse that wants to run up from behind. When dealing with a spooky horse, go back to the routine we suggested before to prepare him for his first trail ride. If he is spooky on a trail, it is better to work on overcoming spookiness issues there rather than moving on to a different trail. If he has been on a trail before and he has spooked or resisted, stop and figure out the reason why this happened. Was he reacting to something permanent that cannot be changed along the trail like a tree stump or a water crossing? Or did he spooked at something temporary, like a gush of wind, a grouse that flushed in front of him, or a sound in the bushes? It’s Okay to Dismount! If it was something permanent, to improve his training on the next ride get off his back and on the ground before reaching the object he spooked at. One key to controlling a spooky horse is that you must stop him before he decides to stop and spook. In this way you keep control so the horse can address the offending obstacle before he stops and spooks in fright. How do you do that? By being alert to the horse’s body language. Watch for these cues that tell you he is getting ready to spook. His ears are alert. His eyes get bigger. His breathing gets stronger. As soon as you hear stronger breathing than normal, this is the point where you want to stop and dismount. While on the ground be sure to give the horse his head to let him study the obstacle and swing his head to see it with both his left and right eye. After he studies it and seems to ignore the obstacle, take a few steps toward it. Stop and let the horse study it again. When he appears to ignore it again, continue the process until you reach the spooky spot. Allow him to smell it. This will really give him confidence. Once he seems to accept it, the lesson is not over yet. He must learn to accept the obstacle when 1) it is behind him, and 2) when approaching it from the opposite direction. In the first situation the scary obstacle that he accepted and walked past is now behind him. Horses sometimes show more spookiness when an obstacle is behind him. This is because a horse is a flight animal. His reaction once he has passed a spooky spot may be to flee or overreact to spook away from it. In the second situation, a horse may be spooky approaching an obstacle he has already accepted when he comes at it from the opposite direction. This is because a horse sees things differently from each direction. If you get him accustomed to the scary obstacle coming at it only from one direction, when he approaches it from the opposite direction he may ignore it, spook with the same level of concern as before, or spook even worse. Be sure to accustom the horse to obstacles from both directions! As you start to leave spooky spot, such as walking past a scary stump, take a step or two and stop. Let him look and swing his head and let him look at the spot with each eye. If he moves and does not stand still, reposition him exactly where he was standing. Do not circle to reposition him. If he moves to the right, reposition him to the left. If he moves left, reposition him to the right. If he moves forward, back him and vice versa until he is positioned right back to where he was originally standing. This is very important to do to keep his respect and keep you in charge of the situation. Get him accustomed to approaching the scary spot from the opposite direction. On the Ground . . . Remember, when on the ground, be ready to use the “move away from me” commands. The horse’s first instinct will be to herd or get close to you. This is dangerous, and puts him in control of the situation.

Do not let him move on top of you! Make him move away and respect your space as he learns to accept the obstacle. When you are between 15 to 20 feet away from the obstacle you can remount and move on to whatever you were doing prior to the spookiness. Continue with the same short segments if his spookiness returns. Take a few steps, stop, study the obstacle, etc. The more time you take time to let him study an obstacle, the shorter time it will take him to accept it. On the other hand, if you rush this process or force him, it will take you longer to get him to accept it. The way to handle spooky behavior while mounted is basically the same as on the ground. Stop before getting to the spooky object and allow the horse his head so he can see it with both eyes. Once he seems to ignore it, take a few steps towards it, stop, and let him look again. If he does not stop, but starts “dancing” around, reposition him to the exact point where you asked him to stop. Instead of using the “move away from me” command, use your seat, leg, and hand aids to put him back in position. If he goes to the right, use your aids to make him come back to the left and vice versa. If he backs up, send him forward to the spot where you asked him to stop. What to do when a horse spooks? Turn him with the inside rein quickly and just as quickly loosen the outside rein. Keep him turning in as tight a circle as possible until you get control. Be very careful not to keep a tight outside rein. The horse may react to this by rearing. Do not pull on both reins either. The horse will only “run” through the reins. Don’t look down at whatever the horse is reacting to, instead look up and away from it. Hold the saddle horn with the same hand that is holding the outside rein. For example, if the horse spooks and moves to the left, quickly shorten the inside left rein to turn him tightly to the left while loosening the outside right rein held in the right hand. Look over your left shoulder as you turn him to the left. Grasp the saddle horn with the right hand. Keep the horse in as tight a circle or turn as possible until he submits to you and control is regained. Then go back and address the obstacle again. If you have a horse that tends to be spooky, go with a rider with a gentle horse who can give your horse confidence. Or teach your horse how to pony on a longe line next to a calmer horse that will give him confidence while he is training outside the box. Make a note that the next time you plan to go out on the trail, exercise the spooky horse by longeing him before riding more than may have been done prior to past rides. The goal should be not to get him tired out, but just to make him more humble to accept his new surroundings while on the trail. If possible make arrangements to out on the trail ride with another rider mounted on a quiet horse or try ponying your horse with a calmer partner. Repeat the same trail, but hike it before going out with your horse. Analyze spots where you may need to stop to allow him enough time to accept areas he might be unsure about. By doing this, you will be prepared to help your horse accept spooky obstacles while staying in control of the situation. Riders must understand that when a horse is taken into a new environment, his level of sensitivity and tendency to overreact will tend to increase. He is being placed in a new situation or being asked to do something he has never done before. Often riders who are surprised at their horse’s spooky reactions will say to me “my horse has never done this before.” Chances are that is exactly what is causing the spooky behavior. Because the horse has no experience with the situation, he becomes overly sensitive and reactive. It is the rider’s responsibility to anticipate that these situations may happen, and be prepared to handle them effectively. Your Next Step… Here are some tips for the rider when dealing with a spooky horse.

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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1. Don’t look down at the spooky areas. Always look over and beyond obstacles that could have the potential to spook your horse. Why? Because when you look down and have negative thoughts about the obstacle, the horse picks up these negative feelings. He knows what you are thinking. Give him positive thoughts instead. Say to yourself: “I am going over to the other side of this water crossing.” “I am going to keep my horse responding to my aids and commands.” Be confident and build your horse’s sense of security. 2. If you are hesitant about dealing with issues of spooking, or if you are inexperienced, trail ride in a western saddle. The security of a western saddle, with its easy-to-grab horn, will give you more confidence than an English saddle. 3. Take every negative or nervous thought and turn it around to a positive statement. It is important that the rider has positive thoughts for the horse to be positive, too. 4. When riding away from the barn or trailer, make sure you and your horse are well exercised and warmed up. The horse should be walking quietly. Schedule “forward” work when going away from the barn or trailer. Forward work includes walk to trot, trot to lengthening trot, trot to canter, and yielding at the trot both to the left and right. The more often you change gaits, and speed within gaits (transitions), the more it will improve the horse’s concentration on you rather than being worried about the outside surroundings. 5. When coming back to the barn, trailer, or turning around on the trail to return “home,” do “slow down” work to keep his focus on you rather than mindlessly rushing back, and possibly discovering something to spook at. Slow down work includes slow trot to walk, walk to stop, yielding at the walk both right and left, stopping, turn on the haunches and forehand, mounting and dismounting. 6. Don’t get frustrated if a horse continues to spook over an object or situation. Some horses simply take longer to get over these issues than others. The longer it takes and the more patient you are, the more you are building a foundation for advancing his training outdoors. The key to solving the issue of a spooking horse is not allowing the horse to take charge of his rider. If he does, the horse is being allowed to go out on the trail prematurely. Both horse and rider need to go back to work in a big field or arena until they gain more confidence and skill together. Until then, follow your dreams…Lynn

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LYNN’S TRAINING TIP…Remember… a horse knows what you are thinking. You have to be a positive rider to bring out the best in your horse!

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HORSE/TACK SALES & ADOPTIONS First Monday of month - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:30, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN , 423-472-0805 SECOND SATURDAY: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. Tack 5:30 pm. Horses 8 pm. Info: Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198 SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. www.facebook.com/ scottshillstockyard

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