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orses have a way of helping individuals over life’s hurdles and have proven to be remarkable teachers. The lessons taught through working with horses can be applied to real-life situations, which in turn can help anyone grow and learn. Horses don’t lie or over-think their riders’ emotions, and over time the horse and rider create a powerful team, which can communicate non-verbally. At Taponi Animal Mentoring, located in Mountain View, in southwestern Wyoming, the disabled youth in the community come to learn basic horse skills and build a relationship with their equine partner in ways best suited to their individual strengths. A physical, cognitive or emotional special need doesn’t limit a person from interacting with horses. Interactions with the equine world have been proven to be highly rewarding. Riding a horse moves the body in a manner much like the human gait. The horse’s pelvis has a similar threedimensional movement to the human’s pelvis at the walk. In addition, the three-dimensional movement of the horse’s pelvis leads to a movement response in the rider’s pelvis, which is similar to the movement patterns of human walking. Riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. “I have seen improvement in balance, speech and even attitude,” Taponi Animal Mentoring owner Aubrey Andersen said. “One of my riders said ‘Hey, look what I can do,’ and he was balancing on one leg. Or I say turn the horse left, and they go left. There are so many opportunities to learn. The brain is a big muscle,


Jayden Heltz visits with Hatch and walks Joey the lamb during a Taponi Animal Mentoring session.



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TEACHERS continued from page 6 and while riding, blood gets pumping to the brain and endorphins are released resulting in a good attitude.” The youths involved in the Taponi Animal Mentoring program also learn basic horse skills, including grooming, haltering and leading. “We halter, we lead and we brush and bathe the horses. They look better now than they did when I was taking them to horse shows,” Andersen said. “One of my girls loves to braid, so we braid the horses’ manes and tails, working on fine motor skills as well as personal care.” A horse’s healthy routine is enforced during the session, and each horse is provided with proper care and nutrition. “The kids are involved in every aspect. Right now we have a horse who put a stick through his hock, so they help doctor and give medicine,” Andersen said. “This gives them a sense of responsibility and pride.” Over the course of the equine therapy, both the horse and the youth begin to form a partnership in and out of the saddle. A mutual respect between the youth and the equine teacher is built through safety.

Helmets are always worn. Saddles with a high back give the riders extra support, and special stirrups built by Andersen’s husband, Troy, keep the rider’s feet from slipping. When the youth is mounted, a leader is focused on the horse and two side walkers are focused on the saddle and rider. “The horses have grown to know these kids, and love them so they act appropriately,” Andersen said. “We do have one horse – and he is a good horse – he just doesn’t know how to act around the kids and seems almost afraid. For safety, we tie him up, and he enjoys watching. Troy has built all the special equipment we use, and on a larger scale the walkers are most important.” The goal at Taponi Animal Mentoring is to have the skills learned in the program transferred to the youth’s personal relationships with family and friends. A positive social interaction with animals translates to positive Courtesy

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TEACHERS continued from page 7 human interactions. “I want the kids to be successful,” Andersen said. “We set small daily goals so we can celebrate with high fives and picnics with the horses, and I set larger goals with the parents. I want them to want to come to Aubrey’s and ride.” The steps taken in the Taponi Animal Mentoring program include three stages to best improve the youth’s physical and psychological health. During stage one, the young person and his or her family visit with Andersen to assess the appropriate therapy. Andersen spends roughly four sessions getting to know the youth and allowing a relationship to form. In stage two, the youth and the chosen equine begin to bond through motor skills, which includes feeding the animal treats and grooming. A verbal introduction is also given to improve vocal skills. “We spend a lot of time just sitting on buckets,” Andersen said. “It is important the horses are comfortable, and the youth are comfortable around the horses. So we sit and feed them treats and watch.”


Clay Cantlin sits atop a big sorrel while practicing for the Special Olympics, using his safety helmet and non-slip stirrups. In stage three, Andersen views the animal and youth’s interaction and decides if the youth has progressed

enough for some independence to make choices for their equine partner. “One of the boys sat on the trailer

next to the horse for weeks,” Andersen said. “This is where he felt most comfortable, so we sat and talked and petted the horse. And the horse just stood for us. Finally he (the boy) felt comfortable, and he sat up on the horse. It was a huge milestone. I don’t push the kids or the animals. We show each other patience, and it pays off.” Equine-assisted activities and therapies can benefit a wide range of people with or without special needs. Programs are offered throughout the world for individuals, children, teens, families, couples or businesses to build stronger communication and relationships. Horses as teachers are utilized to help with various educational and human development goals, such as teamwork, leadership skills, bully prevention, behavioral issues, anger management, communication, responsibility, selfconfidence and much more. Andersen is currently working to obtain grants to help all youths who can benefit from an equine teacher. He said horses make the best teachers because they have a big hearts.


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Curt Gowdy State Park has three reservoirs and a series of streams and waterfalls, some of which are visible after riding along some of the more than a dozen miles of trails open to horses in the west section of the park.



urt Gowdy Park is one of the most frequently used state parks in Wyoming, and it is incredibly popular with mountain bikers, hosting the Stone Temple Mountain Bike Camp, but the trails are quieter during the week, when riders and their horses can explore the foothills of the Laramie Mountains. There is a single trail system dedicated to horses for riders who don’t want to take the chance of rounding a corner and running into a pack of cyclists flying down a hill. The Lariat Trail is a three-mile loop that heads up a hill and passes around a peak by the Stone Temple rock feature before descending again. Horses are only allowed in one section of the park, and the longest

trail in that area is the Stone Temple Circuit, at nearly four miles. Many of the trails intersect, however, and a rider looking for a longer outing can jump from one trail to another to extend a ride and cover more ground. The park has three reservoirs and a system of streams meandering through the area. The section open to horses is west of Granite Reservoir and includes trails that follow or have nice views of many of the streams. Crow Creek Trail, accessible off the Stone Temple Circuit and the Pinball Trail, takes riders out to Hidden Falls. El Alto, a trail rated for experts due to its incline, ends at a scenic overlook above the falls. With the ability to mix and match trails, Curt Gowdy State Park has a

ride for any level of comfort and any timeframe, from a few hours to an all-day adventure. Maps of the tails and the difficulty level are available at the state park website,, to help riders plan a trip. The snow in the lower elevations should have melted by mid-April, and the higher elevations should be clear by the beginning of May. For those traveling long distances, the park recommends calling ahead to see which trials are clear. Information about Curt Gowdy State Park is available at http:// aspx?siteID=4 and Curt-Gowdy-State-Park/2843.

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s the spring temperatures quickly begin to melt snow throughout the region, many horse owners will soon allow their animals to graze in pastures. While grazing is fine for most horses, veterinarians and feed store owners say it’s important to monitor horses throughout the summer to ensure they’re not eating too little or too much. “For most horses, under most situations, summer grazing in Wyoming – especially with the cold season grasses that we have – is more than adequate nutrition,” Marshall Kohr, an equine veterinarian in Gillette, said. Horses evolved as natural grazing animals, Big Piney veterinarian Bob Beiermann added. While the quality and availability of grass and pastures should be considered, grazing is the preferred way to feed horses, he said. The size of a pasture required to support horses during the summer months can vary dramatically, depending on conditions. “It’s not enough pasture if there’s no grass left. You need to have grass out there, and if you’re talking about Wyoming in general, the range land really varies,” Kohr said. Some areas that lack an abundance of grass could require up to 20 acres per horse, while in other areas of the state, two or three acres can be plenty, he said. Before turning horses loose on a pasture, both veterinarians suggested a few preparations after the snow clears. “If it’s a small pasture, it’s always a good idea to drag the pasture and rake up manure that’s left over from the year before,” Beiermann said. “Allow the manure to dry out and then spread it out – it helps the pasture and can reduce the parasite load in the soil and plants that are going to be coming up.”

Kohr warned there are poisonous plants in Wyoming, primarily locoweed, and it’s important to make sure they’re not present in pastures where horses will be roaming. “Know what you have and get with your extension agency; they’re great resources for that,” he said. While grazing can provide a healthy diet for most horses, some owners prefer to feed their animals supplements. Keeley Jensen, manager of Jensen’s Feed in Pinedale, said minerals are a popular nutrient during the summer. “A lot of people put mineral out all year, so the animals won’t lack anything – because that can cause behavioral issues if you don’t provide your horse with it,” she said. Horses that suffer from equine metabolic syndrome should be monitored while grazing, Kohr said. And animals that have a repeated history of grass foundering shouldn’t be allowed to graze, Beiermann added. Extreme weight gain can also affect some horses after they are left in a pasture following a long winter. “Some horses can get fat, and then it’s important they are brought in at night and then turned out at daytime,” Kohr said. “For most, it’s not an issue, but can be for some.” Because grass is particularly lush and full of carbohydrates early in the summer, Beiermann suggested transitioning to grazing slowly. “You may want to limit grazing early on – just allow them access to grass a few hours a day and then bring them in,” Beiermann said. “It’s always good to go between different feed types gradually, if you can.” Both veterinarians also recommended vaccinations against mosquito-borne viruses for horses who will be spending the summer outside in pastures. “And if they’ve had a tough winter, if they’re thin, it’s always a good idea to have them checked out,” Beiermann added.

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Kelsey Jenkins and Laurie Mueller compete in the Pairs Class during a Platte County Horseman’s Association event. By Vicki Hood STAFF WRITER


Keen Huston, an entry in the lead line division, runs the barrel, with a little help from mom and dad.



t is well-documented that when horses and people get together, many good things can happen. Regardless of the discipline, the benefits from working with horses range from learning responsibility to gaining selfconfi dence and a host of others. And regardless of age or ability, life with a horse can be one of the best relationships someone can have. For residents in and around Platte County, there are a group of dedicated people who know plenty about those kinds of relationships and, more importantly, how to improve and keep them going. The Platte County Horseman’s Association was established in 1980 through the efforts of a small group of people who wanted to share their experiences and build an organization where entire families could participate in a variety of horse-related activities. Some of the

founding members included Bob and Donna Gilmore, Dick and Jean Thompson and Deanne Woods. The idea came from the Woods family, who moved to the Wheatland area and had belonged to similar groups in other places they had lived. The group caught on and has had many members over the years. Membership is open to anyone of any age and they do not have to reside in Platte County to join. With an annual membership fee of just $15 per family and $10 for an individual, the costs are kept as low as possible to make the membership available to more people and families. Currently the group has 30 family memberships and is always looking for new members. A nine-member board is the governing body for the PCHA and they are selected from the membership at large. Elections are held each year during the banquet in November. Terms are staggered so that approximately half of the

board is replaced each year, allowing experienced board members to remain for continuity. Financial support for the group comes from memberships and entry fees, as well as sponsors. Sponsorships are actively solicited each spring but the group will accept support any time it is offered. There are four levels of sponsorships and all sponsors are recognized at each PCHA sponsored events, in newsletters and on their Facebook page. They are also acknowledged during the Platte County Fair Parade. The list of sponsors is a veritable who’s who list of businesses in the community. Board member Kelly Brown said, “We’ve been very lucky that many of our local Platte County businesses support our efforts. We understand these folks are continually asked to provide sponsorship or other support to many different activities and we truly appreciate that they feel the PCHA is worthy. The board strives to give back the majority of memberships, entry fees and sponsorships in prizes each year.” The club holds a summer series and a winter series of events with showmanship held on Saturdays and the riding competitions (or gymkhanas) on Sunday. The summer series runs from June through September. The horse shows have classes ranging from halter and showmanship to western pleasure, reining, and trail as well as English riding classes. One of the unique events is the Pairs Class. A team of two riders must compete next to each other, completing changes of gait, stops, turns and occasionally a pattern. The class is judged on how well the team completes each of the maneuvers and how well the riders match up throughout. On Sundays, events involve riding for times in a variety of ways. They include barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole and two special events such as a flag race or running a pattern. Entry fees of $4 for members and $6 for non-members are collected and pay

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Carson and Sonny Richards run the ribbon barrels race during the PCHA Fun Day last summer. for a number of nice prizes for the winners. Volunteers also do the judging and are selected for their experience and ability to provide assistance. Prizes are awarded to the high point winner in each age division at each show and gymkhana as well as year-end prizes provided for the top six contestants in

each age division. At the end of the summer series, a “Fun Day� is held, open to everyone, with no fees required. The events are designed for a good time, no times are taken and everyone ends up with a prize and, of course, some ice cream. The winter series begins in December

and runs through April. In the winter se- try out. The 2014 PCHA queen is Jadea ries events, all the competition is held Graves, who was crowned in November on Saturdays. Events are for all ages and levels of 2013, and the Princess is Gracen Mount. riders and horses. The lead line division has no age limits for the rider and anyone can be led by an adult if they are EVENTS not comfortable riding by themselves. continued on page 14 A walk-trot division is for riders who aren’t quite ready to lope or when a horse is just beginning. The remaining divisions include PeeWee (ages 1-8 — riders must ride by themselves), Juniors (9-13), Seniors (1418) and Adults (19 and over). The PCHA elects royalty each year to represent the organization in area parades and rodeo events. Anyone be- Sonny Richards, Danielle Brow, Carson Richards and Bobijo Cordtween 9 and 18 may ingly talk at a PCHA gymkhana.

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EVENTS continued from page 13 Mount said, “I am most looking forward to riding in parades. I have never ridden in a parade before so the idea of riding my horse in a parade is exciting and a little scary. The week I was crowned as the PCHA Princess, I went to meet Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2013, Holly Kennedy. She told me her first title was PCHA Princess, so I have some big boots to fill.” The PCHA has even been around long enough to have several generations involved and some who have come through the organization growing up have gone on to find even bigger successes. Brown said many previous members have gone on to compete at the state and national level in junior high, high school and college rodeo. Some have competed at the Miss Rodeo Wyoming, Miss Rodeo America, National Western Stock Show and other state and national events. Holly Kennedy, the 2013 Miss Rodeo Wyoming, is a past member. Mike Grant participated in PCHA events as a child and now brings his children to compete. Grant recently won the World Series of Team Roping held in Las Vegas. Seth Brockman, another past PCHA contestant, is ranked in the top 15 competitors in the world in steer wrestling. Several members have gone to college on horse show scholarships and one of them won a national reined cow horse competition and another has competed and won at the intercollegiate level. Brown also spoke of a young girl who was autistic who competed in the gymkhanas. “Her mother told us that the PCHA did more for her than any other activity she was involved with.” Brown added that the biggest benefit of being involved in PCHA is the opportunity to spend time doing what she loves. “I always say that weekends spent horseback keep me sane enough to go back to work Monday morning.” Another member said she comes not only to ride, but to socialize as well. Many lifelong friendships have been developed at PCHA events. She says the majority of kids with the Platte County 4-H horse projects are active members of PCHA and says PCHA provides an opportunity for those kids to get real show experience, which gives them a leg up on the competition. Board member Laurie Mueller, another long-time member, says “the PCHA has been a very important part of our lives for the past 25 years. My twins were raised horseback and there isn’t anything



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Rayne Grant gallops through the favored Pudding Race during the last summer’s Fun Day. better for the inside of a kid. It’s a great environment to raise a family; it teaches sportsmanship and brings out the best in them when they have something they are passionate about. I wish every community had an organization like PCHA that teaches camaraderie and competition at the same time.” Brown, who’s been a member for the better part of past 25 years, also says that, although some things have changed since the early days of the PCHA, the group’s goal remains the same. “We want to provide a fun and safe, family-friendly learning environment for our members and others. The PCHA board really wants to create a good atmosphere for all our members. We are on hand to provide assistance of all kinds to our members. It makes us proud to see someone come up through the ranks of the PCHA and go on to bigger and better things. The PCHA has provided many hours of enjoyment, time spent with family and friends, as

well as helping me improve my horsemanship skills.” Brown also gave high marks to those who make the program successful by handling a lot of behind-the-scenes jobs. “From swinging gates to setting patterns, announcing, recording times and entries, it’s the volunteers who keep this organization going. I would just like to thank everyone who has helped make the PCHA successful for the past 34 years.” For anyone interested in becoming a member or a volunteer, you may contact any of the following board members: Kelly Brown (331-2013); Melanie Brown (331-1447); Jill Graves (331-1413); Roxie Harris (322-5743); Bill Klein (331-0136); Kim Mann (331-0597); Dixie Mount (322-4075); Laurie Mueller (331-0363) or Shawn Rupert (322-9020). Their next event will be held June 7 at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Wheatland, Wyo.

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selected horses that were gentle but had speed and a little bit of “cow” in them. Most of the colts went to area ranchers and they did produce some very nice horses, but as the kids grew up there wasn’t anyone to show them anymore and with the declining horse market they became more difficult to sell. Then their stud broke his leg playing in his pen and had to be put down. This was a defining time for the Bakers. They could get out of the breeding

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July • 3 Lil Buckaroo Rodeo. More information to follow. • 4 Chuckwagon Days Rodeo following community BBQ. Everyone is welcome. • 16 SBRC time only 6 p.m., race at 7:15. Call Konra at (307) 360-7647 with questions. • 18 MESA Therapeutic Riding horse show in Ag Center. Call (307) 749-3979 for information. • 19 United Truck and Tractor Pulls 6 p.m. in the outdoor arena. • 19-26 Sublette County Fair. • 27 SBRC time only 6 p.m., race at 7:15. Call Konra at (307) 360-7647 with questions. • M.E.S.A Therapeutic riding – 7 & 14

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Guys Piece of the Pie in action, ridden by Rod Grote of Harrison, Neb., winning second at the Dash & Dance in Spearfish, S.D. Grote has trained the horse and rides him for the Bakers. business or purchase better stock. They had been attending the Myers horse sales and liked what they saw. “Horses are like a drug; they become so addicting,” said Dick Baker. “We were very impressed with their horses. They had such nice dispositions and had accomplished so much. They were not only good barrel racing horses but also had a lot of cow in them.” These were qualities important to



the Bakers. Once the decision was made to continue the operation, they made their selection carefully. They purchased Guys Piece of the Pie, or Nugget as he is known, as a weanling from a Myers sale in 2007. He possessed all the qualities they were looking for plus a magnificent bloodline. The palomino stallion’s sire is Frenchmans Guy, a $7 million producer, and the

dam is Fleeting Pie. Frenchmans Guy is well known in the world of rodeo for producing many of the premium roping and barrel racing horses in the industry. At the PRCA’s National Finals Rodeo in December, offspring from Frenchmans Guy won close to $360,000 in prize money in steer wrestling, steer roping and barrels. A full brother to Nugget is Sky High Guy who has won over $60,000 in fu-

turity money. Futurity programs differ between breed registries, but in general they are to encourage breeding for outstanding offspring. Futurity classes may be judged for conformation only or may be judged on performance under saddle or in harness. Nugget is not just another pretty horse with an impressive pedigree. His stand of 16 hands and 1300 pounds is that of a working cow horse, and he can hold his own. He is designated as a 1D barrel horse and has won money in futurities and derbies. Not only do they stud him at home, but he stands at Northern Hills Veterinarian Clinic in Sturgis, S.D., and they also ship semen. The Bakers have six mares in their breeding program. “We really focused on selecting horses for our operation that have a good disposition. If you can’t ride them and be able to control them, they aren’t worth a lot,” Baker said. They save the best colt to sell at the Black Hills Stock Show Exiss/Sooner Horse Sale. The large crowd attending this sale provides the Bakers with important promotion opportunities. Nugget’s offspring is beginning to excel as evidenced by their high placing’s in their futurity classes. While at the stock show, Nugget took his place on Stallion Row. The stallions are kept in pens with wire mesh so that they can be seen but are kept safe from the throngs of people who come to see them. Each day before the sale, they are led to the sale ring for prospective clients to view them and sign contracts for breeding. By the second day, most of the stallions were nervous and wearied from the attention. Nugget, however, appeared to enjoy the attention. A special needs teacher brought her students to see the horses. They asked if they could touch Nugget. Connie agreed, comfortable with the disposition of their horse. Nugget leaned against the mesh stall so that the students could touch him. The Bakers said they will continue to improve upon what they have built, but there is a definite pride in their special palomino stallion. “He’s like a once-in-a-lifetime deal to get one like him. We’ve had horses forever and he is by far the best one we’ve ever had,” Baker said.

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ince 1978, the Cheyenne Trotters Drill Team has become a familiar sight in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Specializing in horse and rider drill routines, the group entertains audiences that not only include local residents, but tourists from all over the world. When the group started over 30 years ago, they simply participated as riders in local parades. “Then we wanted to expand, and, in 1980, we started talking about a drill team, and did our first performance in 1981 at Frontier Park,” Glenna Ross, one of the original eight riders who began the group, said. “We’ve been drilling ever since.”

Ross, who is the last living member of that original drill team, continues to be an integral part of the group today, acting as drillmaster both at practices and at performances. Ross said the Trotters perform drills in three categories – parade, regular and cavalry. All drills are performed with eight to 10 horses and riders. Parade drills are performed at a walk, right on the parade route. These are performed throughout the region, from county fairs to the parades held during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Regular drills are performed in an Courtesy

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TROTTERS continued from page 19 arena, last 8-10 minutes, and are done at a trot for the entire performance. Like the parade drills, these are preplanned. Calvary drills are the most challenging type of drill. Formations executed during these drills are performed at a quick pace as drillmaster Ross spontaneously calls out which riders must execute immediately, in order to keep the routine going smoothly. “They don’t know what I’m going to say; they just do what I tell them to,” Ross said. The cavalry drills are based on historic military drills which Ross has researched. She said it is especially fun to perform at venues such as Fort Laramie, Wyo., and Fort Robinson, Neb., with the group riding on the original grounds where U.S. cavalry troops trained. Performing any of these drills is no easy feat, considering 12 horses are moving in patterns and circling each other at close quarters. Ross said the performances require teamwork within the entire group, including the horses. Joining the group is a major obligation, Ross said. Riders and horses have to go through a tryout phase, and are encouraged to simply come and ride with the group a few times before they commit. There are


Drillmaster Glenna Ross directs the Cheyenne Trotters during a recent practice. Ross is an original member of the drill team, which began in 1978, and continues to coach and direct the group. many travel and financial obligations associated with being a member, so any riders have to be both passionate and dedicated to drill performances. The group meets

weekly at a local arena owned by Cheyenne residents Lanita and Otis Lovercheck, and also practices twice a week at Cheyenne’s Frontier Park as the summer perfor-

mances get closer. Cheyenne resident Gail Sundell joined the group 11 years ago, and enjoys the variety of experiences that being part of the team has to offer. Sundell said the venues where the Trotters perform offer a wide variety of experiences, from Cheyenne Frontier Days, to smaller venues such as Fort Robinson. Each location has something special to offer the riders. For Sundell, joining the group was in some ways a life-changing event. When she was invited to a group practice by a friend, Sundell was about to sell her horses, as she was not riding them and working with them as she would like to. Now, Sundell rides at least once a week at practice, and says her horses have matured and benefited from the continuous training. For Sundell, members of the group have become fast friends. “They are just a wonderful group of people to work with,” she said. For more information on joining the Trotters, as well as a full schedule for their performances, please visit www.


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atrina Snow attends Evanston High School and has chosen an unusual senior project. Snow, the daughter of Becca Erickson, intends to get her business degree, so she and her mother came up with a novel solution for her to learn how to run a business. They formed a small company, not yet in operation, called Painted Ponies. A custom-made carrousel is being constructed and a small wagon is being built for the small business. The carrousel will have tie rings to which miniature ponies can be tied, so that the ponies can be led in a circle while children ride behind them in two-wheeled carts. The wagon is designed

so children can sit side by side while the ponies pull it around. A website is even being developed for the business. The idea came about because the family already had the miniature ponies to work with. There is Sugar Baby, who will load right up in the family van and likes to go through drive-through windows because of a penchant for French fries. There is June Bug,

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PONIES continued from page 21 who is Sugar Baby’s offspring. There is Layla, who loves to run and, when she escapes her pen, will run all over the property as fast as she can. Then there are Hot Rod and Buffy, who both can be ridden. The first two-wheeled cart Erickson and her daughter owned was given to them by a girlfriend. It was rusted out and the seats were gone. The entire cart had to be rebuilt from the ground up. “My brother is building us the wagon,” Erickson said. “We’re having the carrousel built.” When asked why Snow chose this line of business for her senior project, Erickson explained there were no pony ride businesses around Evanston. “They have some in Utah but they don’t travel to where you are,” Erickson said. “You have to go to them. There’s nothing like that here.” And when asked why they employ miniature horses rather than regular ponies, Snow said they are easier to work with. “You just snug them up against your thigh and they just follow where you lead,” Erickson went on to say. “They’re really friendly and gentle and easy to handle.” Erickson also talked about the amount of feed these tiny horses consume. They require



a half bale of hay per day where the regular horses would consume two to three times as much. That’s a big savings in any type of horse business. “When we got them, we didn’t know which ones we could ride and which ones we couldn’t,” Erickson said. “So, I just put saddles on all of them. They can all be ridden, though they haven’t worked since fall, so we start them slow until they remember what they’re supposed to do.” The same applies to pulling a cart, Snow related, as she showed the cart with her brothers and sisters all around. Everyone in the Erickson family is involved with the mini horses and even the dogs like to play with them. When asked what prompted Erickson to suggest this idea as her daughter’s senior project, she explained that they already had some of the equipment and the miniature horses. “She wants her business degree and we wanted something for Catrina, where she could learn how to run a business,” Erickson said. “This seemed like a good idea. With no pony rides around the area and all the kids around, it seemed like a good fit.” The ponies will need some brushing up and grooming before they’re ready for such a venture as they still have long, fuzzy

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Catrina Snow and her daughter Alice along with Catrina’s mother, Becca Erickson, pose for pictures with Hot Rod as they explain the idea of a pony ride business for Snow’s senior project. coats this time of year, but Snow and her mother aren’t too worried about that. They still have to get the equipment finished and get the mini horses used to pulling carts and being ridden.

In the Evanston area, the business will likely only operate during the summer months as there is no indoor arena for such an operation, but Snow and her family are upbeat and carry positive attitudes about the venture.

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he smell of mud is in the air. Melting snow and warmer temperatures make horses and their riders anxious to get out and stretch their legs. Before you take off for your ďŹ rst ride, however, there are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself and your horse for spring riding. One of the ďŹ rst things to check is the health of your horse’s hooves. Make sure they are trimmed neatly, without cracking and the shoes are in good repair. Much like you wouldn’t try to run a marathon in the spring without a little preparation, your horse also needs some prep work before you can begin riding him. A winter of resting and being in the pasture reduces your animal’s athletic performance, and it’s important to start slowly, and build up his endurance, muscle tone and exibility. Feet, muscles and tendons need to get back in shape slowly, and veterinarians recommend starting out with 20 minutes at a time. Taking your time with your horse will ensure a healthy return to an active lifestyle, with as few injuries to your horse as possible. There are a variety of factors that go into determining how long it will take to get your horse into riding shape. How old is your animal? An older horse will take longer to bounce back after a long winter off. Take some time to build endurance and conditioning slowly. Younger horses, while more able to get into shape quickly, will require additional mental training, to prepare for long rides. Don’t take a young horse out for an all-day ride until he’s accustomed to being ridden.

Other factors for getting your horse in shape include their winter activity level, and the horse’s weight. If your horse spent the winter in a barn with little exercise, he will need more time to get back in shape than a horse that roamed the pasture all winter. Think of it in terms of getting yourself in shape after winter: If you spent the winter on the couch, watching TV and eating chips, it will likely take you longer to get in shape this spring than if you got outside during the winter for some activity. If your horse is older than 15 years, it might be wise to ask your vet to conduct a general health check. Just as we seek medical advice as we age, it is important to have a vet check on the condition of your horse. Make sure to ask about the condition of the horse’s teeth, his hooves, his heart and lungs, and ask the vet to perform a lameness exam. A few extra minutes in the spring can go a long way to preventing problems down the road. As you are getting your horse in shape, it is important to work on the training basics. This is essential for both you and your animal. Spend your ďŹ rst week reminding your horse to relax while being haltered, and to walk quietly by your side. Reintroduce basic groundwork skills, such as lowering the head, moving the shoulders, and backing. Taking the horse for a walk will help both of you get back into shape. Once you’ve laid the groundwork, saddle him up and continue with your training. Start at the beginning to ensure that your horse hasn’t developed any bad manners or habits over the winter. If your horse doesn’t have issues, then both of you can progress quickly and you can start riding.

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uite possibly the oldest adage of horse ownership is “There is nothing more expensive than a free horse.” Common sense would dictate that, if offered a free horse, two questions would immediately need to be answered: “Why would someone give away a good horse?” and “What’s wrong with it?” Usually the justification for giving away a “perfectly good horse” goes something like this; “He’s a good, sound horse. My kids rode him and I wouldn’t put them on him if he wasn’t bomb proof. But I’ve got too many horses and need to reduce my herd. I just want to make sure that he gets a good home, someone who knows horses.” There is no sharper hook than to ac-



knowledge and compliment a person’s horsemanship ability, whether such praise is deserved or not. Of course, the sell is much easier after several adult beverages have been consumed. That is how, a few years ago, I became the owner of a “free” thoroughbred polo pony that didn’t much care for polo. Truthfully, if I were a horse, I don’t believe I would care much for polo either – eight minutes of full out sprints and equipment, mallets and balls that are harder than last year’s fruit cake, traveling at speeds faster than a North Korean rocket, and with about the same degree of accuracy. His name was Itsy, my daughter changed it to Gunner. I’m not sure why, but there is nothing “Itsy” about him. Don’t get me wrong, I like him; he’s friendly, stands still to be scratched, can

be hard-headed from time to time but isn’t big on being ridden. It is because of Gunner I recently became acquainted with Ted Holman, self-taught horse chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist. But a little history is needed to understand the nature of the journey that eventually led to Holman’s door. From the first day Gunner came to us, I noticed he dragged his hind hooves when he walked or trotted. So much so his toes are squared off. He looks like he’s wearing a pair of biker boots, the kind with the square toes. He doesn’t work well to the left in a round pen, often stumbling and looking uncoordinated and physically uncomfortable. I wouldn’t say he was in pain, just uncomfortable. So like any good horseman, I asked our farrier what he thought.

“It could be that he has stifles,” came the reply after several seconds of thought. I asked exactly what that meant, since all horses have two stifles that help hold the back legs together. Unfortunately, he couldn’t precisely explain what he meant by stifles, just that he was stiff in his hind legs and the prognosis wasn’t good. “You’ll probably never be able to ride him,” were the words of encouragement he left me with. After a few hours of running Google searches on “stifle problems in horses,” I certainly wasn’t encouraged. The stifl e is much like the human knee, only longer and angled, whereas the human knee is smaller and upright. But both can suffer much of the same types of problems: arthritis, degenerative joint disease, fractures and ligament injury. There are a number of other diseases of the stifl e, all with very long names, like osteochondrosis. But usually, one telltale indication they all share is swelling of the stifle, a condition Gunner never displayed. Tears of the cruciate ligament, meniscus or meniscus ligament were also possibilities. But having suffered a few of those myself, I didn’t think that was the problem. When I had ligament tears, I didn’t drag my toes; I didn’t move my leg. And if I had to move my leg, I walked as though I was in a cast from my ankle to my hip. And I certainly wasn’t in any mood to run; Gunner drags his feet when he walks or trots, but at a gallop you wouldn’t know that there was anything wrong. Accurate diagnosis of stifle problems can involve anything from x-rays to ultrasound and treatment is anything from intra-articular medication, which just sounds expensive, to surgery, which is definitely expensive. “There is no such thing as a free horse.” After our move to southeast Wyoming, I looked up a horse vet to vaccinate the horses. He watched Gunner walk around for a few minutes, pushed on his rump a few times and said he thought Gunner had

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SHEN continued from page 24 “hunter’s bump.” After another extensive Google search, the vet’s diagnosis started to make sense. “Hunter’s bump” most often occurs in horses used in demanding disciplines such as jumping, reining, roping or even polo –

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SHEN continued from page 25 Medically, hunter’s bump is described as a “dislocation or partial dislocation of the sacroiliac joint,” again, a condition that does not sound inexpensive to remedy. However, to quote one Internet source on the subject, “Arriving at a diagnosis of hunter’s bump can be tricky: it is often a diagnosis of exclusion.” It went on to say the most accurate diagnosis is achieved through “nuclear scintigraphy, ultrasonography and thermography,” none of which sounded inexpensive nor readily available in our part of the world. Regardless of the technique used to diagnose the problem, treatment for “hunters bump” was pretty much the same, stall rest so the ligaments can scar and Bute (phenylbutazone) or Banamine (flunixin meglumine) for inflammation and pain. Again, the prognosis for being able to ride Gunner was not very good. It looked as though my “free” horse was, at best, going to be a pasture gnome. A veterinarian in one of the articles I came across in my Google search did say that “acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and massage therapy should also be considered.” Another Google search turned up nothing for horse chiropractors, massage therapists or acupuncturists anywhere close to southeast Wyoming. A search of the yellow pages produced the same results, zilch for homeopathic horse medicine. Eventually, the horses needed their feet trimmed and my daughter is the one who usually sits with the farrier, especially if he’s cute (which this one happens to be), while he does his snipping and filing. The farrier made a comment about Gunner’s unusually square toes and she explained about the opinions we received about stifles and hunters bump. “Well, I know a horse chiropractor in the area and people seem to like him,” the farrier said. “Wouldn’t hurt to give him a call. It would be cheaper than anything you’ve been talking about.” And that is how I came into possession of Ted Holman’s phone number. He drove to our place on a Tuesday from Lusk, Wyo., where he ranches and raised his family. All of his kids were involved in rodeo when they were growing up. “I have always loved horses,” Holman explained. “I love the smell and the feel of a horse, and I try to ride every day. “When my kids were in rodeo, we’d have a few horses that would develop physical problems and we’d take them to the vet. They’d give medications and suggest stall



rest, but when it was all said and done, it seemed as though they still had the same problem. There had to be a way to get their rhythm back.” It just so happened that Holman had a friend who was a physical therapist who specialized in sports medicine. After the therapist worked on a cowboy one day, the cowboy told the therapist that he should do the same thing to his horse. So he did. Then he worked on another horse. And then another. He found that physical therapy could have the same results for horses as it had for the cowboys who rode them. Holman was sold. He began studying on

ence between putting things back together and actually healing. We treat horses and people as machines, we fix what is broken, but healing is about restoring the energetic imbalance, restoring the rhythm the physical damage created.” At the core of Holman’s work with horses is the ancient Chinese medical practice of shen harmony, or balance. Ideally shen is a healthy, harmonious spiritedness. The loss of shen is often displayed by spiritlessness and mental illness. In Chinese medical literature, this condition is described as “shen disturbance” and includes mental and spiritual pathological conditions, which can prevent

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Notice that the lead has been dropped. Gunner never tried to get away from having his legs manipulated and popped into place. his own, reading everything he could find about chiropractic medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy for horses and began using those techniques on his own horses with great success. “It all about balancing the horse’s energy so the rhythm of the body is balanced,” he explained. “Once those are in balance, the body will heal itself. “Part of the problem with horses is they are mismanaged. They become an outlet for people’s egos and they don’t understand it. I’ve seen roping horses tense up when the roper misses a loop because they are going to get blamed for the mistake. They start to develop negative energy and don’t know what to do with it.” For Holman, treating a horse is about restoring rhythm and energy. Those are the key elements in healing. “A vet repairs the physical damage to a horse,” Holman said. “But there is a differ-

the body from healing. “Ancient cultures understood the need for balance in the body’s energy,” Holman explained. “We often treat horses and people as machines, but the energetic imbalance is still there. People are peculiar in that they get distracted from the creative side to the intellectual side of of medicine. “But when your life is rhythmic and balanced, it makes you feel at peace. When a horse is balanced, he is at ease and relaxed – a much better partner to have.” During our Tuesday appointment, I witnessed Holman’s efforts to get Gunner balanced, and hopefully at ease. After we finished talking about his philosophy of horses, healing and the ancient arts, Holman walked into the corral and observed Gunner walk and trot around the perimeter. After a few minutes, he tentatively walked up to Holman to investigate and was soon getting his shen worked on.

“I think Gunner’s problem is in his hocks,” Holman said. “He looks like there’s some scar tissue in them that he has learned to live with. If it was in his hip or stifles, he wouldn’t even want to walk.” I watched for about an hour as Holman massaged Gunner’s back, hips, legs and neck, pointing out those areas where he appeared to be most sensitive. Amazingly, Gunner never tried to escape or fight the massage. Soon he had a few acupuncture needles placed in Gunner’s hip and left rear foot, just above the hoof. Gunner never moved. He continued to massage on Gunner, and as he did, you could visibly see the horse relax more than I had ever witnessed. He was stretched out, head down, eyes blinking and he was licking his lips. Every once in awhile, he would breathe a deep sigh, like an infant or toddler might breathe just before he goes to sleep in his mother’s arms. I was amazed when I realized that Holman had completely dropped the lead while working on him and all Gunner did was stand there and lick his lips. Even more amazing was when Holman began working on each individual leg, picking up the hoof and pulling and contorting the joints. Every once in awhile you could hear a loud “pop” as something snapped back into place. Before I knew it, the other three horses in the corral lined up behind Holman as if they were waiting their turn. I didn’t know whether the massaging and popping and needles were going to do any good, but I was very impressed by Holman’s quiet and assured presence with the horses. Finally, Holman walked over to me. “I think he’s in a good place for the first visit,” he said. “There is a lot of negative energy in that horse. You can feel it in his neck and head. But I think we can get him back in balance. “We won’t be able to fix his hocks, they’re too scarred and the injury is too old, but he’s adjusted to it. You should be able to ride him. He won’t be doing any polo or roping. But I think we can get him balanced.” Holman doesn’t advertise; he gets all the business he wants by word of mouth. His ranch keeps him plenty busy. “I’ve never meant for this to be a business,” he said. “I don’t want it to be a business. I believe in the divine and whoever I’m supposed to help will get hold of me. Just like you did.” I don’t know if it was providence, God or some other force of nature that brought Ted Holman to my corral that Tuesday, but I do know it was the best $80 I’ve ever spent on a free horse.

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wo Kemmerer, Wyo., girls wrapped up the 2013 horse shows with outstanding results, and were ready to kick off the 2014 season in mid-February. Eleven-year-old twin sisters Jami and Jordan Roberts competed in five different horse show circuits ranging from AQHA Nevada to the Eastern Idaho show circuits. They’ve even competed in the Wyoming Bits and Spurs Open Horse circuit. Starting in May of last year, the girls traveled all over the western U.S., competing in 15 different shows during the season that ended in September. Jordan qualified for the World’s Championship through the state of Idaho in Youth Halter Aged Geldings. She also received reserve high point in Idaho and eastern Idaho. Jami won Reserve All

Around for Utah and Nevada Quarter Horse. She also won high point in Idaho and Eastern Idaho. Besides smiles from achieving so much with their hard work, both girls have brought home a slew of saddles, belt buckles, jackets, tack, coats and display cases. But, according to the girls, the awards aren’t the best part. Both girls love to spend time on the road with their parents having family discussions in the early hours of the morning. The girls said they love to dress prettily, as well as spend time with their horses. Of course, winning isn’t so bad either. The twins got their start in 2011 and are going on their third year competing. According to their mother, however,

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Jordan and Jami Roberts, two Kemmerer twins, stand with their horses during the winter. The girls spend many hours a week training and care of their horses, which has paid off – both are champion horse showers and have started off the 2014 season with high marks.





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eave-no-trace principles are important for every outdoor recreationist to master, no matter the sport. Horse riders especially need to know the seven key guidelines to be environmentally conscious while recreating in the wilderness, to keep nature intact and horses happy on trail. Horsemen need to properly plan and prepare for a trip by horseback. Poorly prepared riders are more likely to leave more impact if an unexpected



situation occurs. Riders need to have thorough knowledge of the area they will be riding through and learn where water sources are located. They should only take animals out that are fit, calm and experienced in the wilderness. Backcountry riders should also know the best way to travel on trails and the importance of riding and camping on durable surfaces. Riding and hiking on wet surfaces can trample organisms and also damage and erode trails. Stock should not be allowed to feed in wet meadows and they should also be tied up in a manner that prevents them from chewing

on tree bark. Riders need to know how to dispose of waste properly and how best to pack out garbage while still being bearaware. Everything must be removed from the backcountry, including trash and leftover food, and it might be best to consider using a bear-resistant pannier to store attractants. Additionally, riders need to keep nature in the backcountry and to minimize campsite alterations, such as permanently clearing the area of rocks and twigs. Just like backpacking, riders also should learn how to minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and

be considerate of other forest visitors. Horsemen need to share trails with other outdoor recreationists and should take breaks with their stock off the trail to give other users room. As a rule of thumb, horsemen have the right of way on the trail and should politely ask non-horsemen to step to the side while they pass through. Des Brunette, a member of the Mountain Men Back Country Horseman, said leave-no-trace principals could be used in every type of recreation. The organization occasionally teaches clinics tailored to horse riders. “We [show] them how to make a highline and different ways of grazing,” Brunette said. “Hobbling and picketing verses leaving them in one spot. Scattering manure. All kinds of stuff.” Brunette also thinks it’s important to give riders a review of how to pack their horses for long wilderness trips. She said young kids can practice packing a horse on hay bails and should be familiar with tying hitches. Brunette said a properly fitted pack would prevent a horse from becoming sore and tiring quickly. “Its important to get the saddle to fit properly,” Brunette said. “There are different types of pack saddles, so we [go] over those and what is best used for what.” The members of the Mountain Men Back Country Horsemen believe the leave no trace and proper packing skills are important for all backcountry riders. The main seven principles keep wilderness areas healthier and help ensure courtesy on the trail. “Its just ethical things,” Brunette said. “Everybody doesn’t want to make their own path, where we have 25 trails up to the same destination. We don’t want everybody making their own campfire. We try to use the ring that’s there.” The horsemen organization insists if animals are packed properly and every rider follows leave-no-trace guidelines, summer pack trips will be more fun and more environmentally friendly.

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they’ve always had a fondness for horses. “Jordan has always been into horses since she was about two, and Jami since she was about four,” their mother, Robin Roberts, said. Jordan got her start competing in pole bending, barrel racing, and goat tying events. During that time she gravitated toward horse showing, although she still competes in barrel racing events. Jami got her start with her first-ever win, which happened during a county fair. According to her mom, she won the first time she entered the arena and was hooked. The girls have received bumps and bruises along the way but have yet to receive a serious injury; although, Jordan is currently wearing a knee brace because of the possibility that she may have torn something in her left knee. The only thing bad about running the horse show circuit is the early mornings, they said, but the two youngsters see even that as a positive aspect of the experience. “The worst thing is having to get up at 2 a.m., but that’s not so bad,” Jordan said. “We have the best family conversations at three in the morning and spending time

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Jordan and Jami Roberts walk their horses during a practice one March evening. The girls took high point and high point reserve at the Early Thaw Show in Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 19-21. together is great.” Even with an extensive training and chore schedule for the horses – training or longeing the horses at least three times a week – the girls love to do other things. Jordan enjoys hanging out with her family and taking care of her horses while Jami

enjoys singing, playing volleyball and watching babies. The girls started off the 2014 season by traveling to the Early Thaw Show, in Hurricane, Utah. The event took place from Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21. Jami received high point and Jor-

dan received reserve high point in their age groups at the Hurricane show. Jami received an embroidered horse blanket for her effort. The girls and family spent a considerable amount of time traveling. Getting home at around 2 a.m., they still had to be up and ready Monday morning for school. And even with their busy schedule, the girls do well in school. “If their grades started suffering, we’d pull them out,” Robin Roberts said. “But so far, they haven’t had a problem.” Jami, Jordan and family have a show family that they practice with, eat with, and spend time with while on the road. Show family aside, the girls said they will participate in the 2014 season with a large group of amazing friends, family and trainers who support them and follow their progress. Their next event is a Bits and Spurs showing on Saturday, May 3, in Big Piney. That will be followed by the Utah Quarter Horse show the last week of May. After that, the girls will spend each weekend of their summer vacations traveling and showing.

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ith spring on its way, most horse riders are going through tack sheds and riding equipment, making sure everything is in tip-top shape for the upcoming season. When it comes to taking a trip into the backcountry, there is one essential item riders should not overlook – feed. But backcountry landscapes can be fragile, and making sure that hay is certified weed-free is of the utmost importance when taking a trip. There truly is no greater experience than taking a trusted four-footed companion into the backcountry for an overnight or extended trip, but even before setting a date, a good horseman will do his or her research to make sure the destination, and trails leading there, are horse friendly and suitable for stock. Good water and grazing are essential to keep a horse healthy in the backcountry, but some areas do not offer ideal pastures or good, nutritional grass for horses. When that is the case, it becomes the rider’s responsibility to pack in the right amount and correct type of feed to sustain the horse without damaging the environment. For decades, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has implemented orders to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and invasive plant species in national forests. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is also actively trying to stop non-native weeds from destroying federal, public and private lands. Each state has a list of weeds or plants that are considered noxious or invasive and while some overlap, Wyoming alone has 30 species that are considered non-native and which pose a threat to the ecosystem. According to the bureau, about 25 million acres of BLM-managed lands in the Western U.S. are infested with invasive weeds. More than six million acres of USFS-managed lands also contain harmful species. This invasion poses numerous threats to the ecosystem. Most concerning is the way non-




Keeping invasive and noxious weeds out of the ecosystem allows natural wildflowers and native species to flourish. native plants, like cheatgrass, enhance the risk of wildfires. “These grasses flourish immediately after wildfires, serving to increase the number and intensity of future fires because of their ‘fine fuel’ nature, thus paving the way for invasive grasses to spread even further,” a BLM fact sheet reads. Other disruptive invasive plants include spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, yellow starthistle and scotch thistle, among others. The reason noxious weeds can be so troublesome to deal with is because these plants are “alien” to the U.S. and “have no natural enemies to keep their populations in balance.” “It is widely acknowledged that

these and other invasive plant species can destroy habitat, displace wildlife and significantly alter ecosystems,” the fact sheet reads. While the USFS, the BLM and local conservation districts actively work to stop the spread and introduction of invasive plants into ecosystems, the general public, and especially horse owners and riders, can do their part, too. Because some store-bought and even homegrown hay can contain noxious or invasive weed seeds, in most western states, including Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho, the USFS and BLM require hay be certified weedfree. This requirement affects anyone who uses pack and saddle stock, out-

fitters, ranchers with grazing permits, ski areas and contractors. Non-pelletized hay, stray or mulch must all be tagged or marked as certified weed-free when being transported onto federal or public lands and must meet state and county standards. Violation of this requirement can result in a fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, as well as imprisonment for up to six months. While punishment is a tool of the USFS and BLM, the emphasis is to educate and inform the public on why these plants pose such a risk to

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LANDSCAPE continued from page 32 fragile areas. Most feed stores carry certified weed-free hay, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains lists of known producers carrying those products. Individual forests and areas also keep track of local stores that sell the appropriate hay, and a list of those businesses can be obtained by contacting ranger districts. Because some invasive and noxious plants can be found in neighboring states, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Nebraska and Idaho have a regional certification program with similar certification standards so riders traveling from one of those states to another do not have to purchase state-specific certified hay. Just as hikers, backpackers and campers are expected to leave no trace when traveling into the backcountry or other public lands, riders also need to take care when recreating in these areas. A single bale of hay can contain hundreds of noxious seeds, and that can be disastrous for the ecosystem and the future of forests and grasslands.


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t was out of the past, but at the same time, very much a part of the present. A ride to remember: The flight of Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce people 136 years ago passed through northern Wyoming last year. “Here they come,” said Mike Weiner, gazing through his binoculars at the rider/

horses, who, to the naked eye, resemble colorful dots on a very steep and distant slope. A tiny puff of dust on a patch of shale signaled the passage of a half-dozen or so riders. A group of 150 equestrians rode a stretch of the same trails Chief Joseph traveled on during his historic fight and flight from the U.S. Calvary in 1877. Since 1965, the Appaloosa Horse Club of Moscow, Idaho, has ridden around 100 miles each summer of the approximate

1,300 miles that started for Chief Joseph in Wallowa Valley, Ore., and ended near present-day Havre, Mont. By riding in annual legs, they complete the ride every 13 years. Last year’s trek embarked from Pilot Creek in the Beartooth Mountains on July 20 and concluded at Line Creek above Clark on July 26, about 16 miles from their location in the Clarks Fork Canyon on the day the Powell Tribune observed the riders.

Like the chief and his people who bred Appaloosas, all riders, brown and white alike, rode the unique spotted equines. On a Thursday, Weiner and his wife, photographer and western painter Pat Weiner, rode their Polaris Ranger up the stonestrewn Clarks Fork Canyon (Morrison Jeep

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In 1877 Chief Joseph led around 600 people down the Clarks Fork Canyon to elude U.S. Cavalry troops hot on his trail. Since 1965, the Appaloosa Horse Club of Moscow, Idaho, has re-enacted part of the ride each summer, completing it in 13 years.



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RETRACE continued from page 34 Trail) to meet and photograph the riders. The Weiners also raise Appaloosas on their ranch outside Greybull. Rumor has it there is a trail above the river, but it’s likely mighty hairy, so they stick with the Jeep Trail. While the Ranger ride was rough, it boggles the mind to think what the Nez Perce endured in 1877 when Chief Joseph led them away from American soldiers. The famed Indian leader was named Joseph at the Lapwai Mission in Idaho where he was born in 1840. His native name translated into English is “Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain.” Joseph’s father helped establish a large Nez Perce reservation by treaty in 1855. However, a gold rush in 1863 caused the U.S. government to reduce the reservation to a small area in Idaho, according to the Oregon Historical Society. With miners flooding the area, the government ordered the Nez Perce, led by Chief Joseph and other tribal leaders, to relocate to a new reservation. To avoid violence, they agreed to the relocation. However, when four settlers were killed by young Nez Perce, the U.S. Army retaliated against all Nez Perce, including those who were not part of killings, according to

the society. To avoid defeat by the Army, Joseph helped lead 600 Nez Perce toward the Canadian border. They defeated the Army in several battles while en route, and their slow retreat drew national attention. But in the late fall of 1877, Joseph and his weary people were surrounded just south of the Canadian border. The military was hot on Joseph’s heels, at times no more than a ridge away. The hill above the river appears almost perpendicular, but all the riders on the reenactment ride finally reach the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. It was a steep trail that the Army did not attempt 136 years ago, but Chief Joseph and his people did, and so do the modernday riders. It was “impassable,” according to the cavalry, said Loretta Waltner of Sioux Falls, S.D., but the club members wanted to follow the historic trail, so they slowly descend down it. Maybe the breed of horses made the difference then and now. “They (Appaloosas) are so tough,” Waltner said. But even the spunky spotted horse has its Achilles heel just like its skittish cousins.

Waltner’s horse broke a shoe and later suffered a stone bruise on its foot, so Waltner hitched a ride for the last mile or so with the Weiners to rest her mount. Back at the river, Rita Lovell crossed the river to chat with the Weiners. Her handsome horse, “White Bird’s Fire,” towers over the folks on foot. He must be at least 16 hands at the shoulder, or withers, which equates to 64 inches. He has a milky coat, white mane and red-brown spots as though someone splashed him head to hoof with burgundy wine. Sitting atop her mount, Lovell watched fellow riders negotiate the perilous slope she descended just minutes ago. The switchbacks are so sharp her horse’s front quarters would nearly touch his hind quarters making the tight turns, Lovell said. Watching her friends brings to mind the 600 to 700 riders and 2,000 Appaloosas on Joseph’s run. “There is almost something spiritual about watching them come down,” Lovell said. Not all members of the modern-day party are white. Along with Europeans and riders from across the country, there are Lakota Sioux and Nez Perce making the ride too. Pat Weiner had a very good day photo-

graphing and chatting with riders she knows. “I love reenacting history,” she said. It was the scene of utter tranquility. The river sparkled invitingly as it must have for Joseph and his band. Riders ease their mounts into the current and the horses slosh about, reveling in the cool water while a trout snatches a fly from the surface a few yards upstream. Other riders lounge on the bank as cottonwood leaves flutter in the breeze like a million green butterflies yearning to join the trek. Lovell munched a sandwich and shared it with her horse. For dessert, White Bird gets his favorite, Fig Newtons. Ron Fowler, of Wenatchee, Wash., joined Lovell and the Weiners. He was the chief scout. Riding drag are a medical doctor, a veterinarian, a farrier and wranglers. “This is Day 4 and so far we have not had a single injury,” Fowler said Thursday. Scuttlebutt coming down the line reported the only casualty was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich getting squished.

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RETRACE continued from page 35 Identical twins Julie Jepson of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Janet Smith of Park City, Utah, galloped up the river for the sheer fun of it. Any dude or westerner would easily conclude these gals are cowgirls through and through. “We did this ride in 2000,” Smith said. “We’ve been doing it ever since,” Jepson finished. One couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary riding the Joseph trail. For some, this ride is a major part of their lives. “I will always do this,” Waltner said. In long lines the riders crossed the river. Like a scene from a big budget western movie, the procession strung out heading down the canyon toward Clark. It was a beautiful and inspiring sight. “You’ll not likely see this many horses and riders in one place again,” Mike Weiner said. Waltner’s husband died in July of 2012. Later she met folks preparing for “the Joe” ride and decided to join them, Waltner said. “Within a week you have a whole family of friends,” Waltner said. It brought Chief Joseph’s effort to her mind. “It was very spiritual,” Waltner said, referring to Joseph and the men, women and

children dodging the army. “It just makes you think.” Joseph and his people almost made it, but they were surrounded and surrendered about 40 miles south of the Canadian border in what is now Montana. The chief reportedly uttered a memorable line upon his surrender. It has been used in history book, biographies, movies and TV shows for decades. “Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever,” he said, according to the Army account. However, some of Joseph’s people actually eluded the troops and crossed into Canada, Waltner said. The Nez Perce were exiled to Oklahoma before they were allowed to return to the Pacific Northwest. Chief Joseph gained national stature, and spoke with presidents, urging them to allow his people to be allowed back on their native soil. But he was never to return to his homeland. Chief Joseph died at the age of 64 in 1904 and was buried on the Colville Reservation in Washington state. At the mouth of the canyon, the riders lead their mounts to the river for a final drink be-

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BRONCS continued from page 39 Just like another horse is bred to be a cow horse, these are bred to buck. “Our goal is to raise them and sell them, and provide other contractors with quality horses.” The Trumbulls began breeding bucking horses about eight and a half years ago after Britt sustained a broken neck during the 2005 Mountain States Cir-

cuit Finals rodeo in Denver, Colo. The accident resulted in the 21-yearold being a quadriplegic, although he maintained some use of his arms. “When the boys were in high school, we wanted them to have the right kind of horses to get on and practice and we didn’t have that here close,” Britt’s mom, Kathy said. “There were some

at Kaycee, but that’s a long way to take them to get on practice horses.” After Britt’s injury, the family began breeding the saddle broncs. “I’ve always liked bucking horses and wanted some around,” Britt said. “I knew I wanted to be in the rodeo business somehow after I got done rodeoing. Either picking up bucking horses or

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BRONCS continued from page 42 the breeding. “They’re bred to do it, so you don’t want to take it out of them,” he said. “You just buck them and let them kind of learn how to buck correctly without hurting themselves. They just figure it out. The more outs that you give them, sometimes they get better and sometimes they don’t.” “It’s kind of like a race horse, you run them,” Kathy explained. “You continue to run them. You put them in a derby here or a futurity there and then you let them rest. And then next year, you run them again. And you just kind of have a feel for that. “Young colts, when you buck them the first time, sometimes they have to learn to manage their feet. Because when they buck, they don’t know what to do with their feet. There again, it’s like a race horse learning to come out of the gates and putting all of that together. That’s how I liken it, to a race horse. There’s nothing you can do to a race horse. It either runs good, or it doesn’t. That’s how they’re bred.” Establishing a reputation as a bucking horse breeder is a process that

takes years, according to Britt. And a horse will be 6 or 7 years old before it is known whether it is a good bucking horse. “They really don’t mature until they’re six, seven, eight years old,” he said. “So we try to hang onto them for quite awhile. At six or seven you’ll really know what they’re gonna be. We participate in some futurities throughout the year. “We start bucking horses at four years old with a rider on them. So we’ll go to those futurities as four and five year olds and then we go to Las Vegas to the bucking horse and bull sale and we’ll sell one out there.” The Trumbulls co-produce three bronc riding competitions a year in Wyoming, one of them in Goshen County, but their ultimate goal is to build a national reputation for breeding quality bucking horses. “We’re working on the national,” Kathy said. “It’s a process.” Competition between breeders of bucking horses is growing, according to the Trumbulls. “There are getting to be more and

more people raising bucking horses all the time,” he said. “It’s kind of behind the bucking bull business by a few years, but it’s headed that direction. My biggest goal is to sell one and have it go to the National Finals.” Since a bucking horse is not permanently paired with a specific bronc rider in competitions, broncs are voted on by rodeo cowboys for the honor of making it to the National Finals, according to Britt. “If we sell one to a contractor, he will haul him and he has to have eight outs throughout the year on that horse to be eligible to go to the National Finals,” he explained. “And then, from there, the cowboys all vote on what horses go.” “We’re in the baby stage,” Kathy added. “Britt has had the opportunity to take two horses to Las Vegas during the National Finals to the bucking horse sale. We went this past year and the year before. That is a big honor and a good ‘in’. But even still, that’s like being a two-year-old still. There still are a lot of dues to be paid. “If Britt gets a horse in the National

Finals, it will be because another contractor has purchased one of Britt’s horses either by private sale from Britt, or through that bucking horse sale. So, it will come out of Britt’s herd, out of Britt’s breeding program, but it won’t have Britt’s name with it anymore.” Good bucking horses can sell for significant amounts, according to Britt. “Three years ago they sold a bucking horse for $100,000 at the Las Vegas sale,” he said. “Two years ago, they sold one for $50,000 and last year their top seller was $30,000 or $40,000. “Hopefully within the next two or three years, we’ll have our name established as far as raising good bucking horses and be able to sell five to seven or eight to contractors.” Until that day arrives, Kathy labels their bucking horse breeding operation a hobby that is a money pit. “We would take any of those numbers, but we’re not there yet,” she laughed. “Right now, it is a hobby.” “It’s kind of like that movie, ‘For Love of the Game,’” Britt added.



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RODEO continued from page 49 to make me better and them better,” he said. “If there is any daylight, many of the college rodeo kids are out riding.” Once the rodeo weekend arrives, it’s time for Kautzman to mentally prepare for competition. He said everyone goes about it differently, but for him, he likes to warm up by himself and visualize his run over and over. “Mentally bring yourself up. Then you go there and just do it,” Kautzman said. As a team roper, there is a second player involved in preparation – his heeler. “He prepares himself, and I prepare myself,” he explained. “We’ve practiced

together. He knows how I’m going to turn the steer, and he knows where the steer is going to be. He visualizes it that way and sees himself in that position and goes and ropes.” One of the issues that college rodeo participants face is the cost of the sport. “It is expensive, but when you win, it pays for the whole weekend,” Kautzman said. He added that winning one rodeo (the long round, short round and average) will cover the competitor for the rest of the season. In addition to that, the college will help with some of the travel costs if you are on

the points team – a group that is selected by Clark, consisting of four women and six men who earn points that go toward the regional and national standings. The competition in the region is tough, but it doesn’t faze the Lancer rodeo team, which is the defending regional champions and went on to finish fourth at the College National Finals Rodeo last June in Casper. EWC is a two-year junior college going up against four-year institutions like the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University and Chadron State College (Neb.) along with other junior colleges from Wyoming and Colorado.


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McCullough Peaks mustang mare named Dazzle may have dodged the dart Thursday, but very soon she will be inoculated to prevent pregnancy for another year. The horse will remain healthier to boot, thanks to the contraception, according to researchers Ada Inbody and Patricia Hatle. Inbody belongs to Friends Of A Legacy, a group that supports the wild horses in the peaks. Hatle, a range/wild horse specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, is tasked with looking after the animals. The bureau manages all wild horses and burros. In a shallow draw, Dazzle grazes in bliss with the members of her band.

The sagebrush is short and dusty and the grass stunted. A little precipitation would be nice, but it is an iconic Wyoming image, just the same, of untamed beauty. Although not plump, Dazzle and her equine companions look healthy. “It’s just amazing how good they look,” Inbody said. A peaks mustang was grand champion gelding at the Park County Fair this year, Hatle said with a hint of pride. Inbody holds a dart gun containing porcine zona pellucida or PZP, a form of birth control that has been used on horses for the last 20 years. In 2004, McCullough mares were treated with PZP. In 2009, during what the bureau calls a gather, 92 adult horses were removed and 24 mares were treated with PZP. This year, five foals were born so far. There were 46 foals in 2009, with 24 in 2010, 27 in

2011 and 14 in 2012, Hatle said. Sixty to 70 mares have received the airborne inoculation for the last three years. This year, 65 mares are on the booster shot list, Hatle said. “I’d rather see them do birth control than a roundup,” said Ken Martin, who operates Red Canyon Wild Mustang Tours. The herd has 140 adults this year. The bureau says the appropriate management level is 70 to 140 adults for the McCulloughs. However, studies say the population shouldn’t drop below 100 adults to maintain good genetics in this herd, Hatle said. Gathers will not be needed if the bureau can control the number of pregnancies. The bureau could use low-impact bait traps to catch five to 10 horses from time to time when needed to control the population. On the flip side, if foal recruitment is low,

mares can again become pregnant when the PZP wears off in one year, Hatle said. Gathers often are controversial events, as helicopters can be used to drive the horses to a nearby location where they can be sorted and culled. The extracted mustangs are put up for “adoption.” Most wild horses captured in the McCullough Peaks or the Pryor Mountains to the north are adopted at the auctions, but not all. When the horses are not bought, they can live out their lives on the taxpayers’ dime. “Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators, and their herd sizes can double about every four years,” said the bureau.

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CONTROL continued from page 52 As of July, there were 47,723 wild horses across the West being fed and cared for at BLM short-term corrals and long-term pastures, according to bureau figures. There are no worries if a PZP arrow hits the wrong target. The drug has no effect on studs or humans. Nor does it harm a fetus if a pregnant equine is treated, Hatle said. The women gave a demonstration. A square of carpet with black spots was propped up 18 yards away. While Hatle spotted with binoculars, Inbody swiftly aimed and fired the rifle. With a pop sounding like one from a .22 short round, the dart left the barrel to hit the target dead center with a thump like a wrangler slapping a horse’s rump. “We’ve never hit the wrong horse,” Inbody said. The dart’s range is up to 60 yards. The recipient doesn’t know what hit them, often suspecting the prickly offender is a fly, Hatle said. There was no serum in the demo dart because the drug costs $26 a pop, Inbody said. The mares are not simply numbers on a list of suspects. “They’re all named,” Hatle said. “That’s how we tell them apart.” Dazzle didn’t cooperate Thursday. To the right were the McCullough Peaks, looking grassy and inviting above U.S. Highway 14-16-20 (Greybull Highway). Behind rose Red Point, a butte with rusty striped horizontal stone lines and a pancake-flat top. A few hundred yards from her observers, Dazzle grazed

with four other bands that Hatle refers to as the Red Point group. Hatle and Inbody eased down to the herd, but each time they were nearly within range, the fickle mare would drift just out of range. The game of cat and mouse continued for about 15 minutes until the women threw in the towel, temporarily. They have been darting horses since January. “We have many days like this,” Hatle said with a laugh. It takes patience and persistence. “You have to keep trying,” she said. If cattle were kept off, the range could support more wild horses. There were no grazing permit cattle on the range in 2012, and none this year. The bureau’s reason is to allow the land to recover from lack of precipitation in 2012, Martin said. Thirteen domestic horses have been removed in the last three years after they were foisted on the herd. One man put his Nevada mustang in the McCullough herd, and he wound up with a $1,200 fine, Hatle said. Domestic horses don’t fare so well fending for themselves in the wild and around a bunch of ornery wild horses that know the range ropes. Mustangs are a clannish, and clan hierarchy is strictly observed. Domestics don’t understand mustang psychology, “so they really get beat up on,” Hatle said. Allowing mares a chance to recover before impregnating them every year is improving their condition on a range with only fair conditions to begin with, Inbody said.

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efore coming to the Kindness Ranch, RayAnne, a tall thoroughbred, was not adoptable. The mare had been used in research and had behavior problems and no manners. Today, she is able to run free through a pasture with other horses in rural southeast Wyoming. The once ill-mannered RayAnne now has good manners, thanks to the new culture that surrounds her. RayAnne’s story is just one of the Kindness Ranch’s success stories. Located near Hartville, the Kindness Ranch American Sanctuary For Research Animals is a 1,000-acre ranch that takes in all kinds of animals formerly used in research. Dr. David Groobman founded the sanctuary, which opened in the summer of 2007. Groobman dedicated 10 years of planning to the sanctuary. Ranch manager David Sleeper said Kindness Ranch staff members are not animal activists. “Our job is to provide the research laboratories a wonderful alternative to euthanasia,” he said. In order to do that, the Kindness Ranch fosters a working relationship with the researchers. While at the Kindness Ranch, animals

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Dashing Move Fame is the stud for Heather Wells’ 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses outside of Boulder. works out of town much of the time, and many of these tasks are left to Wells. Mares are monitored with an ultrasound machine Wells has at the ranch. Images can tell her when mares are beginning their fertility cycle, to give Wells as much time as possible to administer the artifi cial insemination to impregnate them. The ultrasound can also tell when fertilization has occurred, even before there’s a heartbeat. The day-in, day-out work comes once the foals are born. “It’s a lot for one person to halterbreak, trim the hooves and pick up the feet of all the foals every day,” she said, explaining part of the routine to get the newborns accustomed to being around people. But when the foals aren’t being handled, they’re running around the paddocks, bucking and carrying on like the ability to walk was their own personal discovery, which, in a way, it was.

After 11 months and two weeks growing slowly in a mare, foals are born and able to walk within hours. It’s not the most graceful walk, as their legs unfold from nearly a year curled beneath them. But they figure out what it means to be a horse. Soon enough though, they’re walking and running – then racing. If Wells can’t fi nd buyers for her foals, she’ll keep them and race them when they’re a year old, with the hopes of selling them as finished racehorses. Unlike thoroughbreds, who race between 3/4 and 1 1/2 miles, quarter horses typically run between 300 and 400 yards, around one quarter of a mile – hence the name. Wells takes her horses to Idaho to ce, where there are fi five race, ve tracks. The ock Springs track recently opened, and Rock shee said she’s looking forward to doing me racing closer to home. But Idaho some n’t that bad, she said, when compared isn’t

to traveling to Oklahoma to race her paint horses. Quarter and paint horses belong to different associations, so their races are separate, although the races themselves are similar. When their racing career is over, Wells’ horses transition into running barrels, and this is where Dashing’s bloodline emerges to take center stage. Wells said in the barrelracing world, Dash Ta Fame is a household name, and often all the promotion needed to get Dashing’s name recognized. And with that should come demand for breeding opportunities. That’s all the more so, since Wells is keeping the stud fee at $650, when most performance stud fees exceed $1,000. That mayy change, g , though, g , when Dashing’s potential, as realized through his offspring, is recognized. If his foals do well next season, Wells and Kelly may not be doing this all just for fun anymore.



– which include horses, dogs, cats, sheep and pigs – are rehabilitated in a homelike environment. Though Sleeper says he doesn’t consider himself a horse whisperer, he has a philosophy that has allowed him to form relationships with once untrusting animals. The more afraid an animal is, the more powerful and “permanent” is the response to his techniques. Although the philosophy is given in much better detail when Sleeper relays it to visitors at the Kindness Ranch, the bottom line is that animals mimic our behavior. If a human shows respect by using certain listening and intuiting techniques, coupled with an unwillingness to enter in to the animal’s “zone of intimacy” unless invited, the fearful animal becomes attracted like a magnet to this energetic safety exhibited by the human. The human basically focuses on evolving themselves to their higher form with no agenda and the animal amazingly is attracted and mimics that behavior. The fearful animal ends up being the instigator and choreographer of the deep bonding on an energetic level that emerges. Techniques then follow which encourage non-impulsive thinking behavior with the resulting boost in self esteem. Sleeper said that he can’t tell who is the

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Horses at the Kindness Ranch roam a pasture on a sunny October morning. The Kindness Ranch is made up of 1,000 acres. lead mare at the Kindness Ranch. “They all have manners, squabbles are rare and the pecking order seems to be non-existant,” he said. The former lead mare now has the most manners and perhaps the others are following her lead. In RayAnne’s case, the thoroughbred had been getting treats and sweet feed before coming to the Kindness Ranch and she was ill mannered towards people and equines. Sleeper’s idea is that having a relationship with an animal’s stomach leads to impulsive and addictive behavior with poor manners. Whereas relating the heart and mind encourages thinking and evolving and good manners. Sleeper said the 15 horses at the Kind-

ness Ranch now have their own culture that is based on manners and thinking. When a new horse arrives like RayAnne, instead of pecking order battle, the whole herd helps her to leave her impulsiveness behind and become a thinker with manners. “This sounds so strange and impossible until one sees it in action. It is a very rewarding for us folks to see animals that were subject to the trials of research end up living harmoniously with high selfesteem in a Wyoming paradise,” he said. The Kindness Ranch welcomes visitors. It offers well-appointed cabins for its members to stay in while visiting. For more information on the Kindness Ranch, visit

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yoming boasts the second largest wild horse herd in the nation, second only to Nevada. Wild horses are symbols of the West – they are untamed spirits and have free range on a wide-open landscape. Today’s wild horses are descendants of horses brought to the United States by the Spanish, as well as horses subsequently turned out by ranchers or led away by the wild horse herds. As of February, there were 5,333 wild horses in Wyoming, according to June Wendlandt, Wyoming’s BLM wild horse and burro program lead. Currently, the number of wild horses is around 2,000 head over the projected management level, which is set at between 2,490 and 3,725 horses.

The wild horses are regulated under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The act sets guidelines for maintaining the wild horses and their forage. “We have healthy horses in Wyoming, and we want to keep it that way,” Wendlandt said. Wild horses differ from domestic horses, as they have naturally bred for survival in the wild countryside. They are more compact and have thicker, sturdier legs to carry them over the open ranges. Wendlandt said a large part of management requirements for wild horses is determined by the vegetation and forage on BLM land. She explained the BLM is a multiple-use agency, so the land they manage is divided into multiple purposes, such as wildlife, wild horses, livestock and recreation. BLM analyzes the “amount and type of forage and divides it into pieces of the pie.”

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Wild horses are found in Wyoming on the western half of the state from as far north as the Cody area to the state’s southern border. Wendlandt said wild horses in Wyoming are managed in 16 management areas, with the largest number of wild horses in the southwest. Wild horses can be seen from I-80 as motorists drive across the western portion of the state. There are Courtesy photos of BLM also a number of wild horses in the Some of the scenes of the horses living in the wild make for worthRed Desert area. while touring.


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The two easiest places to view wild horses are in the Pryor Mountains outside Lovell and in southwest Wyoming, near Rock Springs. A loop tour has even been developed near Rock Springs, known as

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in either Green River or Rock Springs. Travelers should plan on about 1 1/2 hours to complete the tour, most of which is on gravel roads. “It is a good tour to take,” Wendlandt said, “and most likely the wild horses will be there.” Another sizable herd is in the Adobe Town area, south of I-80 near Rock Springs. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center features a museum. Visitors can learn about the horses there, as well as the current location of the herd before driving out to locate it. Another benefit is often the sighting of other wildlife in the area. Wild horse management tools include a count of the herds, maintaining the forage, roundups and adoptions, and managing the reproduction of the herds, Wendlandt said. Other management tools for the wild horses include “gathering and removing excess horses, treating the mares with PZP – a form of birth control which prevents the mares from breeding for two years – and adjusting the ratio of the released horses so more males are released than females. That helps maintain a slower growth rate of the herd so the time between round ups can be lengthened, Wendlandt said. Another option that has been considered has been spaying mares and neutering studs. This option has been sidelined until it can be determined what its impact would be on geldings being released back into the herds.


Roundups are conducted periodically if the wild horse numbers are deemed too large. The gathered horses are then put up for adoption. To adopt, applications must be submitted by interested parties that contain many specific, including what type of trailer will be used to pick up a horse, and what type of pen will be employed. Requirements include maintaining a fence six feet or higher, a 20by-20 foot enclosure constructed of substantial pipe or wood and connected to a shelter of at least 12by-12 feet. Such specifications are required because most of the ad-

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opted horses are “untouched,” or have had little training, though some of the adopted horses may be halter or saddle broken. In Wyoming, the process runs through the spring and summer, though in other states the adoption process is handled year-round. The corrals in southwest Wyoming were closed Sept. 30. There were 128 horses adopted in Wyoming this year, Wendlandt said. The aim is to have 2,000 to 3,000 wild horses adopted nationwide; these numbers were not met this year. Wendlandt blamed the lower adoption rate on the weak economy. “It is hard for people to think about feeding a horse,” Wendlandt suggested, “when they are thinking about feeding their family.” Wild horses have been adopted by a wide variety of individuals. Some are retirees who want to trail ride, others are younger p e o p l e who need a good working horse for their ranch. Others just wa n t to pleasure ride. W i l d horses, Wendlandt said, are “very versatile and

can do almost anything.” She added a wild horse was “the best horse I ever had. She would wait for me to get home from school. I could catch her with no halter, no lead line, and ride her to the house” after Wendlantdt got off the bus from school.


A prime wild horse-related event in Wyoming is Mustang Days. The event is held in conjunction with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, a non-profit group. The event was most recently held at the Wyoming State Fair Aug. 16-20, and included competitors as young as 5 years old showing their wild horses. Competitions consisted of mustang owners competing in things like halter, trail courses, western pleasure and freestyle, which can include a theatrical bent. Cheyenne resident Kathi Wilson’s performance with her wild horse was “so cool,” Wendlandt said. Wilson “laid her horse down on the ground. It was done to music, and then she got on and road bareback.” Another important part of Mustang Days is the competition between wild horse trainers. Members of the Honor Farm at Riverton work with some of the wild horses before they are adopted. Also, three members of the Mantle Wild Horse Training Facility competed against one another. The horses have been trained anywhere from 20 days to a year. Jeff Martin of the Honor Farm earned the belt buckle for being the best trainer. The adoption rate was 20 out of 20 – 18 horses and two burros – at the Mustang Days. Wendlandt credited this to the fun and excitement of the event, which made others want to participate next year.



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or more commonly animals with external skeletons, such as a mosquito. West Nile is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes and can cause inflammation of the brain, lining of the brain and spinal cord. “West Nile can be a terminal disease.� said Roesch, “We’re a society that is extremely mobile. Our horses go where we go; they could easily be bit by a mosquito.� “You need to start early so that the body will have time to build immunity,� she continued. Currently, the American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends Tetanus, Eastern/ Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, West Nile Virus and Rabies as core vaccinations.

This year, there have been at least 25 cases of rabies reported in skunks in Goshen County, Wyo. Rabies is incurable and attacks the central nervous system, ultimately causing death. The recent cases may cause additional concern for equine owners. Roesch said that rabies vaccinations are, as with all horse vaccinations, optional. “If you want to do everything you possibly can for your horse and you’re close to an area that’s having some rabies, you don’t have any skunks around or bats then you may not want to vaccinate. It’s entirely up to you,�she said. “Every horse is an individual; contact your veterinarian. They will have the best advice for you,� said Roesch.

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ark Twain once called the Concord Coach “an imposing cradle on wheels.” At Powell High School, you can call it a work of art. For months, students have worked during art classes, after school and in early mornings to create a realistic Concord Coach replica inspired by the John Wayne 1939 film‚”Stagecoach.” At the high school, the stagecoach sat surrounded by students’ lockers. The curved coach looks like it would be more at home on a dusty road in the Old West, drawn by horses and carrying folks across the open plains.

To make it look as realistic and historically accurate as possible, students paid close attention to small details, meticulously working on each feature. “A lot of it came as we went along. We realized more things that made it realistic,” said Austin Ouellette, a senior art student who helped lead the project. Students built the stagecoach entirely from scratch, using some diagrams and scaling them down to 80 percent, said Jim Gilman, who teaches art at Powell High School. Without blueprints or a how-to guide available, students researched stagecoaches, drew stencils for the various pieces and used their creativity. “They had to figure out, ‘How are we going to make it?’” Gilman said.

One of the most diffi cult parts was bending the wood to create the stagecoach’s curved shape, said PHS senior Alvaro Acevedo, who also helped lead the project. Woodworkers often use steam to bend wood, but that wasn’t an option with the resources students had available. Instead, they learned how to bend wood with water. “The most impressive thing is that they got the curve right,” Gilman said. Figuring out how to bend the wood to an exact angle so the curved coach’s door would open and close presented another obstacle, Acevedo said. “Alvaro spent a lot of time on that door,” Gilman said. Windows also were a challenge. “There was a lot of problem-solving,”

Gilman said. The stagecoach project incorporated a variety of subjects and skills. “It’s a lot of work, but you learn a lot of new things,” Acevedo said. Art students learned how to do upholstery for the stagecoach’s interior. The upholstery “took so much time. It was very tedious,” said Ouellette. Students also had to use mathematics to determine correct measurements to build the stagecoach. In their scale, one inch equaled 13.33 inches. Of course, students’ artistic abilities and creativity were integral to the project.

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STAGECOACH continued from page 58 “It’s a lot of work to get the color right,” Acevedo said. “We didn’t want it to have a ‘new’ look to it.” A blend of paint and stain gives the wood an antiqued look. When students watched the 1939 film “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne, they noticed details to add to their stagecoach, such as the lights adorning the sides and the small inscription “U.S. Mail.” The fi lm was released 75 years ago and was Wayne’s first starring role in a film by legendary director John Ford. It

is considered a Western classic. Beyond the art department, other PHS students also had a hand in the stagecoach project. Welding students helped with all the steel work, and woodworking students helped make the wheels. “We had about 50 students involved at various points in production,” Gilman said. Most supplies came from local businesses, but students repurposed some materials, too. To make hubs for the wheels, they used an old telephone pole

donated by Gilman’s father. Straps used in the suspension were made from an old fire hose donated by the Powell Volunteer Fire Department. Aldrich Lumber donated some of the materials, Gilman said. The stagecoach eventually will be suspended from the ceiling in the PHS library, but that may take several more weeks. “It depends on how long it takes to get the cables rigged,” Gilman said Wednesday. “It is now on display in the library, but still using a table for stability.”

Though it’s not built for actual passengers, students factored in that possibility and reinforced the seats and the floor. “We didn’t intend for anyone to get in it, but we worried someone would try,” Ouellette said. Acevedo and Ouellette would like to take the stagecoach to the Wyoming State Art competition this spring. But Gilman said they’re not sure if they can get it safely to Casper. “We’re trying to figure out how to get it in a trailer,” Ouellette said.

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Powell High School students created a replica of the Concord stagecoach, paying close attention to each detail. Here, Austin Ouellette, a lead student on the project, places a wheel on the stagecoach. Now finished, the stagecoach is on display in the PHS library.



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EVENT CALENDAR APRIL ■ Ride ‘em High 4-H, Mondays, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs. For more information, contact (307) 389-7840.

■ Sublette County junior high and high school rodeo, April 15-17, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton. For more information, contact the fairgrounds at (307) 749-3546.

■ Team roping, Tuesdays and Fridays, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

■ Powder Basin Equestrian Association clinic, April 18-20, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

For more information, contact (307) 350-8292.

For more information, contact Teresa Craig at (307) 682-9429.

■ Sweetwater Ranch Sort, Wednesdays, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

■ Sweetwater County high school rodeo, April 18-20, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

For more information, contact Carol Fritzler at (307) 389-4064. ■ Spring barrel series – Thar’s Feed, Tuesdays, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

For more information, contact the event center at (307) 352-6789.

For more information, contact Stacey Thar at (307) 685-0149.

■ Central Wyoming Performance Horse two-day show, April 19-20, Douglas.

■ Ed Wright Clinic, April 11-13, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton.

For more information, contact Shannon Lakner at (307) 251-6795.

For more information, contact Shelly at (307) 360-7002.

■ Race for Dreams barrel race, April 25-27, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ Thar’s ranch sorting, April 12, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Stacey Thar at (307) 685-0149.

For more information, contact Tanya Jolovich at (307) 686-8075.

MAY ■ Bar S Bar rodeo series, Thursdays, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson.

For more information, contact Brianne Brower at (307) 276-5373.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

■ 2nd Annual Cowboy State Bull Games, May 17, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ Supermodel ropers, Sundays, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson. For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289. ■ Bits and Spurs horse show, May 3-4, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton. For more information, contact Brianne Brower at (307) 276-5373. ■ Team roping – national, all amateurs, May 3-4, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Ty Yost at (208) 863-4310. ■ Gillette High School Rodeo, May 9-11, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Michelle Beck at (307) 680-4253.

■ Sweetwater Ranch Sort buckle series, April 26, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

■ Thar’s Ranch Sorting, May 9-11, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

For more information, contact Carol Fritzler at (307) 389-4064.

For more information, contact Stacey Thar at (307) 685-0149.

■ Roping school with Bobby Harris, April 12-13, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ Team roping jackpot, April 27, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs,

■ Spring series barrel race, May 10-11, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

For more information, contact Bobby Harris at (605) 870-0228.

For more information, contact Gary Brown at (307) 352-8292.

For more information, contact Marty Besso at (307) 350-5805.

■ Spring series barrel race, April 12-13, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs. For more information, contact Marty Besso at (307) 350-5805.

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■ Pat Wyse Horsemanship Clinic, May 14-18, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton.

For more information, contact Sis Palmer at (307) 689-0060. ■ Outdoor barrel race, May 23, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton. For more information, contact Brianne Brower at (307) 276-5373. ■ Central Wyoming Performance Horse one-day show, May 24, Casper. For more information, contact Shannon Lakner at (307) 251-6795. ■ Cowgirl Classic Barrel Race, May 24-25, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton. For more information, contact Brianne Brower at (307) 276-5373. ■ Cruel Girls barrel racing, May 24-25, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Carey Mackey at (307) 680-4105. ■ Seven Bar Ranch summer cutting, May 24-26, Saratoga. For more information, email Cindy Carnes at cindycarnes@ EVENT CALENDAR continued on page 68



EVENT CALENDAR ■ Outfitters team roping, May 24-25, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton.

■ Supermodel ropers, Thursdays, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson.

For more information, contact Brianne Brower at (307) 276-5373.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

■ U.S. Team Roping Championships Red Desert Classic, May 25-26, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

■ Rodeos, Saturdays, Teton County Fairground, Jackson.

For more information, contact Bill Cornia at (435) 793-5035. ■ Kohr/Caldwell poles and barrels clinic, May 30, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Lynn Kohr at (307) 687-1551. ■ Bucking H Bash women’s ranch rodeo, May 31-June 1, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Heidi Huggins at (307) 682-0212.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289. ■ 4-H rodeo and timed event, June 2, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (307) 682-7281. ■ Cowboys States Reining Horse Assoc. Energy City Classic, June 5-8, Cam-Plex, Gillette. For more information, contact Joanie Broadbent at (406) 425-0399. ■ 4-H rodeo and timed event, June 9, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ 4-H rodeo and timed event, June 16, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

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For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (307) 682-7281.

■ Powder Basin Equestrian Area horse trials, July 11-13, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ Central Wyoming Performance For More information, contact Horse one-day show, Theresa Craig at (307) 682-9429. June 28, Casper. ■ Seven Bar Ranch summer For more information, contact cutting, July 12-13, Saratoga. Shannon Lakner at (307) 251-6795. For more information, email Cindy Carnes at cindycarnes@


■ Supermodel ropers, Thursdays, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson.

■ Teton County Fair, July 1330, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson. For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

■ 4-H rodeo and timed event, July 14, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ Rodeos, Saturdays, Teton County Fairground, Jackson.

For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (307) 682-7281.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

■ Charmayne James barrel racing clinic, May 17-20, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

■ 4-H rodeo and timed event, July 7, Cam-Plex, Gillette.

For more information, contact Charmayne James at (210) 701-8913. ■ Red Desert Roundup Rodeo, July 24-26, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.


For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (307) 682-7281.

■ Bar S Bar rodeo series, Thursdays, Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson.

■ Red Desert Futurity, Derby and 5D, June 13-15, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

For more information, contact Jessica Gladson at (307) 682-7281.

For more information, call the Teton County Fairgrounds at (307) 733-5289.

For more information, contact 351 Productions at (307) 260-3007.

■ National High School Finals Rodeo, July 10-20, Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs.

For more information, visit

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4G Ranch Supply Inc. .......................... 50

HorizonWest Inc. ................................. 16

4Rivers Equipment............................... 38

Jay Fear Real Estate ............................. 49

Agri AfÀliates......................................... 9

JH Feed and Pet ................................... 53

Americas Best Value ............................ 33

J’s R Wild (TB) .................................... 64

Austin Eller .......................................... 63

Kings Saddlery ....................................... 9

Baker Quarterhorses............................. 70

KMER Riding Club ............................... 7

Bar CS Quarter Horses......................... 31

Laramie County Community College .. 25

Baymont Inn......................................... 57

Linton’s Big R Store ............................ 51

Benedict’s Market ............................... 44

MESA Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc 45

Big Horn Coop ....................................... 7

Metalmart Inc. ...................................... 47

Big Sky Ford .......................................... 3

Mike’s Shoeing .................................... 35

Blue Ribbon Realty .............................. 64

MJB Animal Clinic .............................. 52

Bunkhouse Trailer Sales ...................... 20

Moss Saddles Boots & Tack ................ 53

Burns Insurance ................................... 69

Murdochs ............................................. 36

Bridger Valley Electric Assoc. ............. 33

PaciÀc Steel.......................................... 58

C&K Equipment .................................. 11

Park County Fair .................................. 40

Car Quest ............................................. 62

Pick’s Saddle Shop............................... 65

Casper Animal Clinic .......................... 50

Platte Valley Riders .............................. 31

Cleary Buildings .................................. 41

Probst Western Wear ............................ 65

Coffee Cup Fuel Stop........................... 65

Quarter Horse Sale ............................... 23

Covolos ................................................ 19

Rawhide Valley QH ............................. 37

Cowboy Dodge .................................... 72

Real Estate Arena ................................. 61

Cowboy Motors Credit App ................. 27

Reganis ................................................ 43

Cowboy Motors Trucks........................ 26

Remax .................................................. 23

Don Bruner Sales ................................. 48

Sandberg Implement ............................ 52

Eastern Wyoming College ................... 19

Sublette Co. Fairgrounds...................... 17

Equine Enthusiat - Deadlines ............... 56

Sublette Co. Fairgrounds...................... 43

Equine Enthusiat - Drop Points............ 59

Sharp Bros. Seed Co. ........................... 58

Equine Enthusiat ClassiÀeds ................ 62

Sheridan College .................................. 45

Evanston Rodeo Series .......................... 2

Sheridan Leather .................................. 22

Flat Broke Performance Horse............. 64

Sportsworld ............................................ 8

Floyd’s Truck Center............................ 46

Sweetwater Events ............................... 55

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Fossil Country Classic Horse Show..... 25

The Tack Room .................................... 37

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Frannie Tack Shop ............................... 57

Todd Stevie .......................................... 29

Gary Cooper Performance Horses ....... 21

Ulmer FU Bar Horse Ranch................. 13

Goshen Co. Fair Grounds .................... 71

Western Skies Vet................................. 25

Goshen Veterinary clinic ...................... 39

Wheatland Country Store..................... 63

Harnish Veterinary ............................... 66

White Horse Country Store.................. 48

Heilbrun’s Power Sports ...................... 15

Wildman Riggins ................................. 65

Henderson Meat ................................... 35

WR Stone Scapes ................................. 20

High Country Motorsports ................... 22

Wyoming Pawn and Rental .................. 64



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INSURANCE continued from page 69 know about. In fact, her branch has to work through an Idaho brokerage in order to provide the insurance for local residents. “It’s one of those things that is really, really specialized,” Elmer said. “You have to go through certain avenues to purchase it.” Though it may take a little extra time or a few more phone calls, she said it’s something horse owners should consider. “We insure a few horses,” she said. “We can actually put them on [a current] insurance policy. That one basically covers collisions or acts of God.” The other policy, Elmer said, actually insures the life of the horse, similar to life insurance for humans. But insuring your horse isn’t the best idea for everyone. “You have to remember that it’s kind of spendy,” Elmer said. “But for those making money off of their horses – their roping horses, their barrel horses, their cutting horses – it can be a good thing.” For several years a Riverton man took that route for his fleet of show mares. But now, about two years after dropping

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coverage on all his equines, he cautioned owners about insuring their horses. “We used to insure but we don’t anymore,” Steve Husted of Shield H Quarter Horses said. “It got to where it’s too much, then you have to get in a squabble with the insurance company.” Husted said he insured some of his show mares for over $100,000, with companies out of Oklahoma and Texas. But the one time he made a claim, he said, it took four months of back and forth with the insurance company and the involvement of lawyers before his claim was paid. “They play Russian roulette because they make people jump through hoops,” Husted said, adding that some people are bound to just give up on a claim rather than deal with all the red tape. “They can cover you up with paperwork.” He said that although he was insuring certain horses for certain amounts, and paying premiums at agreed upon rates, the burden of proof concerning how much the horses were actually worth fell upon him. “Boy, they’re anxious to take your money, but they’re sure not anxious to give it back if something happens,” he said. Husted estimates he’s saved $50,000 by dropping his coverage a couple of years ago. He said if he could have found a local insurance company to handle his coverage, his experience may have been better. “If you don’t have an agent to go to bat for you, it just makes things tougher,” he said. After all was said and done, Husted said he received $68,000 for a fallen mare – a bittersweet ending since, he said, she was insured for over $100,000.

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