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INTHISISSUE Issue Number 11 Time sure does fly! I can hardly believe that it has almost been a year since we’ve launched HYP. To celebrate the start of the summer, we’ve included many exciting articles for you in this issue. If you’re in the market for a new horse, why not consider a wild mustang? In Mary Koncel’s article, “Help Preserve American History” on page 6, she explains why so many people are adopting these beautiful and untamed horses. If you’ve always wanted to own a wild mustang, be sure to read this article to find out how you can turn your dreams into reality. No matter where you are in the process of training your horse, there are always times when he may seem unwilling. Dana Hokana's article, "3 Tips for a Truly Willing Horse" will help you overcome any communication barriers that you may encounter while riding. “In order to have that fabulous ride we all want and work toward, our horse has to be willing,” she explains. To learn more on how to make your horse listen to you, turn to page 9. Next up, explore equestrian paradise at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. Whether you’re a dressage aficionado or enjoy trail riding in the great outdoors, this resort is set on 350 acres beside a national forest, and offers something for every discipline. Turn to page 14 to plan your next great getaway. We’ve also highlighted a couple other destinations on page 18. The Wildcat Tavern in Jacksonville, N.H., and the Paw House Inn in Vermont are two dog-friendly destinations that offer many far-fetched activities, including doggie day spas and dinner with your four-legged friend. Have a great summer and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Contents 6 Help A Horse More than 40 mustangs are looking for a new home. Find out how you can help. 9 Training Tips Quarter Horse trainer Dana Hokana offers 3 tips to make your horse truly willing . 10 Equine Science Learn about the horse's eye with our interactive diagram.


13 Gear You Need In this issue we feature Troxel LLC's new Dakota helmet, Summer Whinnys, and Pessoa’s Gen X saddles. 14 camp getaway Explore equine paradise at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. 16 Foto Fridge You send ‘em, we share ‘em. Here are this month’s photos from our readers. 18 Canine Corner Discover doggie destinations in the Northeast.

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ew Englanders are in love with their wild horses. And, after completing a study on wild horse adoption for a master’s degree from Tufts Veterinary School, I learned that they have good reason. Sturdy, agile, smart, and affable, these horses are excelling in a variety disciplines and activities that include trail and therapeutic riding, jumping, reining, and dressage. Overall, they

wild horses have found homes in New England. The tern “diverse” characterizes both the adopters in my study and the horses they adopted. Not surprisingly, most adopters were girls or women. But their ages ranged from “tweens” to those well into their 60s, and their occupations included a writer, trucker drivers, farriers, and a college professor. In this group of adopters, mares, geldings, and stallions were equally

make great companions. On Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, more New Englanders will have an opportunity to see and adopt wild horses. Steve Meyers, a wild horse specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, said that about 40 horses and possibly some burros will be coming to The Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, N.H. “They’ll be a good mix in terms of sex and age,” he said. In the past 20 years, about 1,300

popular. Although some wanted rarecolored horses, such as roans and pintos, others gladly chose the “plain old bays," one of the most common colors of wild horses. As for age, half of the horses were yearlings or younger when adopted. Defying beliefs that older horses are less desirable, however, many wanted more of them to be available. As one 60-plus-year-old adopter said, “I want to be able to ride my horse before I retire!”

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by Mary A. Koncel

Why a wild horse? For a number of adopters, it was purely romantic—they wanted to preserve a part of our country’s history. “It may sound hokey, but a mustang is America,” explained Jeff. “I grew up watching westerns and was always intrigued with these horses.” (More than one adopted horse went home renamed Nevada!). For others, practicality was key. Many talked about wild horses’ calm temperament and physical hardiness as being particularly appealing. “I had done a lot of research,” Martha said. “I wanted a horse with high endurance and a low metabolism—a good, quiet trail horse that was an easy keeper.” Finally, after hearing about the plight of wild horses, a few were compelled to adopt because they wanted to save a horse or two. Adopters were unanimous in believing that much thought and preparation were needed before taking home a wild horse. Educate yourself about these horses, they advised potential adopters by talking to other wild horse owners and knowledgeable professionals. It is also important to understand the time and financial commitments necessary to transition these horses into safe, trusting companions. According to Meyers, the horses that will be available in Swanzey, N.H., are coming from the BLM holding facility in Elm Creek, Nev. Some were captured in Nevada and Wyoming. BLM staff will be available to answer questions and help with selecting horses while Kristen King, a New Jersey trainer, will be giving gentling demonstrations. The adoption fees are generally $125 for horses and $75 for burros. No doubt, some past adopters will be in New Hampshire looking for their next wild horse!


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When riding, do you ask yourself these questions: • Is he capable of doing his job? • Am I giving a clear message?” • What is he saying back to me?

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illingness is important. In order to have that fabulous ride we all want and work toward, our horse has to be willing. When I train, I want their heart; I want them to want to try, and to want to be part of the team. You can get a lot of rides out of an unwilling horse, but eventually the unwillingness will come out. He will either start cheating you in the show pen or show signs of problems in his movement or attitude. He may act like he hates his job. Training your horse to be obedient is important. It is critical to a broke horse. But when you carry that a step further and spend the time it takes to build willingness, in addition to obedience, you are creating a team that can last for years and you will have a truly fun horse to show.

that’s the first step. They have to say yes to you!

If you feel your horse can do his job, then ask yourself “Is my horse…” • Throwing his head • Jumping up in the air • Kicking at my leg • Biting at the bit or gnashing his teeth • Pulling down or away from pressure • Getting heavy in the face • Turning his head from side to side or jerking his head away from pressure • Wringing his tail • Pushing his hip into my leg • Stomping his feet at the ground

2. Teach Your Horse to Say “YES” Willingly. Let’s say we have our horse moving over. He is stepping over off our leg cue but how is he stepping over? Is he mad and running over off your leg If you answered yes to any of or is he moving over only as much as these questions, follow the you are asking him to? Let’s think and three steps to make your evaluate while we’re riding. Are you in horse obedient. control of his legs? Can you push and get the response you want? Are you driving or riding? I like to think I’m driving, not that my horse is driving me. I pay attenWhen we ride and work on our horses, tion to his body language. we are in a relationship with them. We have many relationships in our lives 3. Teach Your Horse to Say “YES” and our riding relationships with our Willingly with Cadence. Cadence horses is important to us. To have is a rhythmic flow or sequence. I want to that truly great ride we all work and aim feel fluid motion. I want to ask and not toward, we need to be a team with our feel surges and uneven steps. I want horses. We want our horses to want to try 1. Teach Your Horse to Say “YES” to feel my horse step, step, step, in a for us. Developing and improving your to You. It is critical that your horse rhythm and when I take my cue away, relationship with your horse is time well responds and is obedient to you and he stops moving and waits for the spent. Work on this and watch your that you get your desired response, next direction. horse try for you. It’s a great feeling!

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by Ellen Rosenberg

Horseback Riding Adventures at

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Chittenden, Vermont

For a summer vacation or a long autumn weekend, what could be better than a short drive to a nearby ranch or horse-friendly bed and breakfast? Many people think the far West is the only place to find wide-open riding spaces, but you may have to look no farther than your own state.

This “little piece of heaven� located in Chittenden, Vermont, 11 miles from Killington, is a classic fourseason resort set on 350 acres beside a national forest. Originally a barn built in the 1870s, it was refurbished in the 1940s. The lovely fall foliage, midSeptember through October, adds a stunning touch

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to the riding. There are more than 30 miles of trails, everything from mountain meadows to higher trails, and a longer ride around the lake. Well-behaved pets are welcome! Accommodations vary. There are suites offering views of the lake or of the high meadow, rooms with

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a deer/moose or horse the one or two queen-sized be four bedrooms, chalet hom President Eisenhower stay 1955. The dining room offe favorites, such as grilled Ve Tavern has less formal fare equestrian center is open M caters to novice through ex are lessons, guided trails, j cross-country course, basic dressage, and even driving thing from ponies to prelim quiet hunters. Guests are w horses and enjoy the facilit

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“Majestically set on 350 acres with sweeping views of a mountain lake and Green Mountain National Forest, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers an endless array of outdoor adventures, ideal for both couples and families....” to school over the cross-country course. There’s also a hunter pace held at the end of September. Additionally, the private beach has swimming, kayaks, canoes, and scenic boat tours. There’s fly fishing, clay bird shooting, hiking and mountain biking, tennis, croquet, and many beautiful golf courses within a short drive. Winter sports include back country snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, dog sled tours, and a horse-drawn sleigh ride pulled by the Inn’s Clydesdales. Paige Gough and her daughter, Brigitta, visit as often as possible. Paige is proud that Brigitta, who started off as a timid rider, is now able to school over the cross-country course. “I never thought she’d do that,” Paige says.

“Brigitta’s only eleven and very cautious. She wouldn’t even canter. But the staff at the Inn was so nurturing that they built up her confidence. The teaching is solid, and their horses are great. It’s beautiful, a lovely experience. We love it up there.”

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eme, lodge rooms with eds, cabins with one or mes, even the suite where yed when he visited in ers gourmet and fresh local ermont quail salad, and the e with pub-style seating. The May through October and xperienced riders. There jumping, an outstanding c reining, barrel racing, g lessons. They have everyminary dressage horses and welcome to bring their own ties. Many people come just

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or dog lovers, New England is a perfect place to get away. With trails to run on, and lakes and the ocean to swim in, the Northeast is an ideal getaway for dogs and their families. If you’re contemplating bringing your pooch on your next family vacation, it may be worth doing your homework and checking into a hotel that is both dog and human friendly. Read on to learn about petfriendly inns where dogs and their owners can relax together. One particular popular destination for dog lovers is the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A popular ski destination in the winter, the White Mountains are petfriendly with miles of trails perfect for those who want to bring their dogs on vacation with them. Stew Dunlop, the owner of the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village, N.H., located in the heart of the Mt. Washington Valley, came up with an innovative idea to draw more business to his dog-friendly lodge. Dunlop developed “Dinner with your Dog,” a fun event where customers bring their pets to dinner with them every Tuesday night. Pet owners can enjoy their meals in a special dining area (both inside and outside) while their dogs are pampered with a bowl of water, dog

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treats, and a “doggie bib”—a bandanna tied around their necks. “People really love it,” says Dunlop. “We started this last summer for the first time. On a typical Tuesday night in the summer, we might have eight to twelve people with their dogs out in the garden.” Located in Vermont, the Paw House Inn features many activities where dogs and their owners can enjoy themselves. Mitch and Jen Frankenburg, owners of the Inn, chose Vermont as its home because of their accessibility to canine enthusiasts. “The exact reason why we came here is because there are a lot of places where people can bring their dogs,” says Mitch. From a dog-friendly movie theater to a restaurant called “Far Fetched,” to an on-site dog (and human) spa, the Paw House Inn has gone out of its way to make sure dog owning visitors in Vermont enjoy their stay. No matter where you’re looking to vacation with your dog, the perfect place is within your reach.


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Name: Sadie Breed: Pitbull Mix Size: 35 lbs. Hi – my name is Sadie. I am a 35 lb. Pitbull mix available for adoption through Bobbi and the Strays. My friends here found me stranded on the highway. When they brought me to the shelter, they gave me a bath and took me to the vet, where they found out that I would soon be giving birth to a litter of puppies. One week after my rescue, I had a litter of six beautiful puppies, who have all been adopted. Now I hope it will be my turn. I am a very loving dog, and superfriendly. I’m playful, and if you love to get kisses, I will have no problem with giving you many of them. I’m also extremely playful with other dogs. I get so excited when I see another dog coming, that I usually crouch down to get ready to play with them! I also love to go hiking and going for walks. If you’re interested in adopting me, please contact Bobbi and the Strays at or call 718-326-6070.


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