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What's in a Whinny?

By Jackie Bellamy-Zions, Equine Guelph

When horses talk, we listen, but how good are we at deciphering what they have to say? According to a recently published study (Research Paper: https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2021.199960 5 from Nov 2021) by Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph, and her master student Haley Belliveau, we are faring well.

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sing an online survey, participants categorized 32 equine whinny audio samples as positive and calm or negative and excited. Knowing the difference and being able to act on this feedback could have positive equine welfare applications regarding how we interact with and manage horses. In a video interview (https://youtu. be/oFWv3og4w1U), Merkies discusses this interesting study and shares a couple of audio clips so you can test your skills in the language of horses. “In today's world, more and more emphasis is being put on animal welfare and the recognition of animals as sentient beings,” says Merkies. “As their caretakers, it's our responsibility to provide the horses that we interact with a good quality of life, and to do this, we must be able to understand how they function and what their needs are and what their desires are.” Merkies went on to explain if we know from a horse’s vocalization that they are upset or fearful, then we can remove the stimulus or remove the horse from that situation. Likewise, if we know that a horse is happy, we can ensure repeat scenarios. Horses don’t have as large a vocal repertoire as many animals and as a prey species they are masters at communicating with body language. The whinnies used in the study were collected from a variety of sources including Merkies’ past research on the weaning of foals, where distressed calls from both foals and mares had been captured. Other footage came from popular movies such as the beloved animated production, Spirit. Around 65% of the time the survey respondents were able to tell whether a whinny happened during a positive or a negative situation. Not surprisingly, in a female dominated industry, almost 60% of the participants identified as female. Akin to past scientific studies on vocalizations in cats and pigs, women were more proficient at categorizing vocalizations than the men.

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Age also presented a thought-provoking result, with older people rating the horse’s whinnies as more highly aroused than the younger people. Merkies hypothesized, “Perhaps it's because people who are older have more life experience and it may influence how they view the world. Maybe they're more attuned to emotional content and vocalizations or it could simply be that hearing in older people has deteriorated and they were unable to discern the differences in the vocalizations but that was one of our interesting findings.” Horses use different vocalizations to communicate. They may whinny when reunited or separated from a friend; therefore a whinny could be positive or negative

depending on the situation. Merkies explains, “Different whinnies can communicate the size, sex and social status of the caller. That whinny will tell them information, whether it’s a male or female horse, how large they are, probably whether they're immature, young or older.” It would be interesting in future studies to find out how humans interpret more horse vocalizations, like snorts, nickers, snores and sneezes, and to examine what specific acoustic parameters humans use to categorize horse vocalizations. Merkies concludes, “Understanding the vocalizations that horses do use can help us understand their underlying emotional state and when we pay attention to those things, then we can work to make their life better.”

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t can stop raining any time now… and get on with summer please? If it isn’t one (weather) extreme, it’s another. Good luck to everyone who lives near the water! Well when you have trouble finding volunteers (but the show must go on!); you contact your local middle & high schools! That’s exactly what I did. Some of the schools offer credits for work served in the community. Most of the high school kids were too busy with this year’s grad – except we did get one student; but the middle school kids (wow!)… I had many parents contact me to offer their child’s services for our show. I had to turn some kids away there were so many calls. And the seven kids that we did recruit were great!!! THANK YOU! So exciting that the fall fairs are back on track, including here in Armstrong, with our own Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede over the Labour Day long weekend. Let’s cross our fingers it goes off without any changes in the health regulations! Bring on the sunshine…

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Tails to be Told

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We want you to look back, reflect, recollect, and share your photos and memories with us. This is not a contest - it is your moment to share with our readers anything from days gone by. The older the story (and photo), the more fascinating. Could be from 20 years ago, 50 years, or a story your grandfather shared with you.

SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA IN THE 70s (a kind of fill in for the Limey Cowboy’s article in April magazine) Still same old - Chuck and myself and the best bunch of cowboys; and never forget about the locals. Spruce Grove rodeos, or any others - safety is #1. You have to set up and organize area – corrals, chutes, make things click for stock contractors, clowns, everything goes smooth, well you hope - keep up - just be there. This day a call come from the main gate yelling “Hey John, get your arse up here.” In the Grove I never had my own horse because all the outlying farm lands and families had more horses than they could ride, this was great for me, so off I went. This event, I had a ¾ Arabian, owner Gordon, who was a great buddy like all the rest. I used this horse for all functions. It had rained days prior, damp spots, puddles

all over and of course Arabians are quite shy. So I spun and headed to the gate but first two damp spots... she shied, then a dark puddle. She just stopped dead – brakes on!! She rolled over – full head roll – of course I had no choice and did the same thing. I got up, felt okay and checked her - all okay. But, my next check was my waist. I had a mickey of Scotch tucked into my belt and in those days the bottles were glass… scary!! Thankfully in one piece, no leaks. Went to the horse, held the reins, we were nose-to-nose and we had a good talk! Rodeo over, take horse back to Gordon. Next day he called and said “What did you do to the horse? She is wonderful to ride now?” I said “Just ride her lots and give her a good talking to once in a while.” It worked – just ask the Limey Cowboy. - John Chapman

Send Saddle Up one or two photos and your memoirs (up to 250 words maximum please). Memoirs will be printed as space allows each month. Please include your phone number and location for our files and verification if needed. We would like to print your name (or initials) and location with your submission. You are welcome to send one or more in the months ahead as well. This will be a regular monthly feature... So start looking through those photo albums and share your stories with us. Photos will only be returned if you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. See page 4 for contact information.

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Trail Walk to Improve Your HORSEMANSHIP By Glenn Stewart

B It seems like not too many people have heard of trail walks with their horse, but we like to do it here at the Horse Ranch often throughout the camps in the summer. It is a very enjoyable way to develop a horse. It gives the horse and the person a chance to get out of the corral and test some of the stuff they have been working on in the corral.

asically, a trail walk is taking your horse online out on the trails and asking them to do some of the things you might want them to be able to do if you were riding them. It is a great way to see what their behaviour is going to be like without being on their backs. We have had people and horses here that compete in horse shows of different sorts but can’t actually leave the confinement of the corral. They don’t have enough control or depth in their horse to ride in a field or down a trail. Yes, believe it or not.

Sometimes it’s only the person that is worried and the horse would be fine if their owner would relax. So, one way of bridging the gap, whether it is a horse or human problem, is to do a trail walk. I’m fortunate here because I have miles of trails; wide ones, narrow ones, ravines, and gentle and steep hills to go play on. When we are out on the trails, we ask them to walk up and down hills at the speed of the person, stop on the hill if needed, and even back up and down the hills. We will also back them down crooked trails even when there are up and down hills. In the corral we practice sending them over poles and logs, so out on the trail we send them jumping over windfall. The goal is to really check them out and to expose them to the bush and trails so they can become relaxed and thinking. The person gets to see that their horse is very capable of being led quietly up a steep hill and doesn’t need to run or lunge and that they can stop or walk slowly going down. We also have water holes that we send them through and a few man-

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made scary horse obstacles to use as well. This tests the horse’s ability to navigate the trails and find out that it is easy to do and nothing that they need to get emotional about. At the same time, the humans get to work on the same thing. It is very common to see people get very worked up even when they are leading their horse through the trails. If they were on the horse, the horse would really feel the anxiousness of the rider and if the horse weren’t anxious before he probably would be now. All you need to have is some bush and preferably some hills, then head out with your horse and have a play. It is also fantastic for older “broke” horses. It’s surprising how many horses that have been ridden for years that won’t back up or down a hill or between two trees. Heading for the bush to play after you can do all the 7 patterns with your horse is a great experience. I like to have the 7 patterns established and working well in the corral before asking them to go on a trail walk. I feel it is too much to ask of them if you haven’t taught and/or learned how to have good body control from the ground. If you don’t know what the 7 patterns are you can find more info on our website at www. thehorseranch.com. Try a trail walk with your horse. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with your horse and put some depth into their skills and yours.

Glenn Stewart travels extensively conducting clinics, demonstrations, and colt starting sessions, and also offers Camps and a 3 month Horsemanship Course at his home The Horse Ranch, as well as the Horsemanship Learning Adventure Series; two completely different experiences, High & Wild in the Northern BC Rockies, and Working Equitation with Lusitanos in Brazil. He rides 30-60 client horses per year, including young horses, restarts, challenging horses, and foundation training. For more information visit www. thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Welcome Back to the 2022 BC Ag Expo After two years of Covid restrictions both the organizers and contributors will be looking forward to having spectators back in the stands at this year’s 4-H agricultural fair.

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ith 2020’s BC Ag Expo having to be delivered virtually and not all the divisions competing virtually, it was then back to an in-person event for 2021. While all the 4-H and Open contributors were extremely happy to be able to attend in person in 2021 the absence of spectators was felt during the fair. “Our 2022 BC Ag Expo should be back to normal with spectators being able to attend and cheer on and celebrate our youth’s accomplishments with their projects. We know this adds greatly to the excitement and enjoyment of the fair. The ever-popular awards banquet and dance should also be able to go ahead as normal this year also,” said President Evelyn Pilatzke. “It has been a long two years and although we successfully delivered fairs in 2020 and 2021, everyone is so hopeful Covid restrictions are behind us, and all can go back to normal.” There will be 4-H classes in Showmanship, Equitation, levels and judging. 4-H and Open Youth classes also include: English Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, English Equitation, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Handy Horse and Trail classes. Our Horse Division judges are Jan Brant and her daughter Amanda Daly, both are 4-H alumni. BC Agricultural Exposition The Society’s annual Expo highlights the benefits of supporting and promoting agriculture

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Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo grounds. Hope to see you there!

through our youth. Over 225 dedicated 4-H youth will gather to celebrate their hard work and dedication to their projects. Included with numerous entertaining and educational events are a variety of interesting displays and vendors. Our live auction also gives you the opportunity to take home some top quality meat from the beef, sheep and goat projects, and some beautiful creations from quilting to photography. 2022 BC Ag Expo will be taking place during September 23 – 26th at the North

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In the Driver’s Seat with ELISA MAROCCHI INTRODUCING YOUR HORSE TO DRIVING – PART 6 You’ve done your homework and you and your horse are now enjoying relaxing ground-driving tours of the neighbourhood while pulling a tire. It is time to bring in the last piece of equipment your horse must become comfortable with before he is actually introduced to a cart for the first time.

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emember that the instructions I’m sharing with you are meant as a guideline only – more detailed instructions can be found in my handbook “Introducing Your Horse to Driving” (www.wildwoodfarm.ca) or in any of the many excellent books and publications on harness training. Inexperienced handlers should ask for help from a qualified driving coach or instructor, or from a wellseasoned and knowledgeable driver. Wear your gloves, helmet and sturdy shoes for these exercises. Green poles are used to simulate the sensation of cart shafts on the horse’s barrel, flank and shoulders. They can be made from 1.5” to 2” PVC piping, or you can make a set by cutting a suitable diameter small tree providing the diameter of the tree is fairly consistent. A slight tapering of the wood is fine if you’re using cut poles. The length will vary depending on the size of horse or pony you are working with. A rough estimate of the length can be obtained by measuring from halfway between the point of the shoulder and the girth line, back to behind the horse to a point where the handler will be holding the far ends of the poles, far enough back to be out of the kick zone. My poles, made for 16–16.3 HH horses, are approximately 12’ long. The name “green pole” is derived from the fact that green wood (live wood) is more flexible than dried wood and may not break as easily under pressure, but I’ve found either works fine. (Hint – if you opt for PVC stock, store it out of the sunlight and in cold seasons, try to store it inside rather than out in the weather. Over time, it can become brittle and/or shatter if exposed to the elements). Start your workout as you have done before by reviewing something the horse is already comfortable with. You might do some double lunge work, or perhaps pull the tire for a few minutes. Once your horse is warmed up, have your assistant stand with the horse while you introduce one green pole. As with the singletree, allow your horse to investigate the pole by sniffing it. Gently and carefully run the pole over the horse, ensuring it touches his belly and the inside of the legs. When he is comfortable with this, put the pole (carefully and gently!) between the hind legs and move it about a bit. This simulates the sensation of getting a leg over the shaft. While we hope this won’t ever happen, it is good to see what sort of reaction he will have, and work through any worries at this time. Take extra time to lay the pole lengthwise against his side, in the position the shaft will be once hitched (photo 1). Move the pole around a bit, allowing it to move lower on his hind legs. Press the front end into 12 • JULY 2022

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the shoulder a bit and be sure to also allow the pole to push up against the flank and side of the butt. Repeat all exercises on both sides. Following the same routine we did with the singletree and tire introduction, you will now have your helper drag a single pole around the horse and eventually out in front of him as you ground drive. Be sure he is comfortable and relaxed with this manoeuvre, then begin dragging it beside him and behind him. As with previous exercises, the first experience with the pole beside him should have the helper positioned between the fence and the horse before moving to the other side, and eventually behind the horse. When he is showing no nervousness with these activities, you can place the thicker end of the pole through a shaft loop – one side only to start with. You can have your helper lead the horse while you handle the pole, or can ground drive him while your helper manages the pole. Do whatever makes your horse the most happy and relaxed as you introduce this new experience to him. Begin walking around the work area, first with the pole barely touching his barrel, then eventually allowing it to lay against his side. Vary the pressure and position of the pole and be sure to let it touch the upper hind leg and shoulder as you change direction. Change sides and repeat all the experiences again. When your horse looks happy and unconcerned, try using both poles at the same time (photo 2). You’ll find that as you turn from one direction to the other, the “outside” pole will press more firmly into the hip/flank/buttock area. It is important for your horse to be okay with this, so work until he is ok with this sensation. The poles are held in place simply by the fact that one end is through the shaft loop. This way, if your horse becomes upset and moves forward quickly, the pole can be pulled out so as not to frighten him further. You should though, at some point allow the pole to slide out of the loops and onto the ground. Your horse will likely jump a bit at this the first time you try it, so start off at the halt when you attempt it initially. Eventually try this move while walking, and as soon as the pole falls out, ask your horse to stop. This will teach him that when things go a bit sideways, the best option is to stop and stand. At some point you may wish to use a small length of baling twine wrapped around the front end of the poles and attached to the harness to prevent the poles from slipping out. Do this only when you are confident your horse is truly settled and unconcerned about the poles. This way, you can let the back end of the poles drag on the ground


Photo 1: Press the green pole gently against the shoulder, barrel and flank

Photo 2: Walking with both green poles in place

while the horse walks. Remember though that the poles will no longer fall out of the loops should your horse panic so do this cautiously only and also keep in mind the fact that the horse may not be able to step back with the poles on the ground as they will dig in. Repeat these exercises as often as needed and add in the usual neighbourhood stroll with your helper along for company. Next month, we will look at the actual first experience with the cart! Safe driving! Elisa

Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach and a member of the EC Driving Committee. She owns and operates Wildwood Farm, a full service driving facility near 100 Mile House BC. An active driving coach since 2000, Elisa offers clinics and lessons in a safe, supportive and fun manner both on and off the farm. As a combined driving competitor, Elisa has successfully competed throughout North America with both her own homebred horses and those of clients. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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K C AROO U B Barbie

By Elisha Bradburn

Elisha & Boone in his first Hackamore, 5/8" rawhide Photo Credit: Kathy Adams

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suppose this is because I feel I may be more Barbie than Buckaroo. I am not a Vaquero, I grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia on a small horse ranchette, not a cattle ranch. These things considered, it doesn’t change the way I feel about Vaquero horsemanship, nor do I feel it discounts me from pursuing the greatness with horses that the Vaquero exemplifies. I was first introduced to the bridle horse progression by Miles Kingdon, a working Boone in his 2 Rein Outfit cowboy of 40 plus years. Miles put to practice the methods of the Vaqueros in his life’s work of cowboying. What I saw that really caught my interest in this art form, and made me want to pursue it, was that it took into careful consideration, and made the most sense to, the horse itself. You see, my quest is how to do right by the horse. No longer what I can win, how fast I can go, or how high I can jump. I consider myself a steward of the horse, and want most to know the things that we can mutually enjoy pursuing. In taking this stewardship into consideration, I was very excited about finding a way of communicating with, and progressing horses that they responded so beautifully and softly to. Let me briefly touch on the history of vaquero horsemanship and the bridle horse progression as I understand it. Vaquero simply means cow herder in Spanish, from the root work vaca, the Spanish word for cow. Buckero, and later Buckaroo, are the American pronunciation of Vaquero. The Vaqueros were Native Mexicans, Native Americans, Africans brought by way of Spain, and people of mixed Spanish and Native American blood. They were the first cowboys that came up from Mexico into Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and, in the late 1700’s, California. They worked as ranch hands for wealthy Spanish colonists and the first Missions, and were excellent 14 • JULY 2022

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I wanted to share with you this month something I am very passionate about, the California Bridle Horse Tradition, or Vaquero Horsemanship as it is also referred to. I share with some hesitancy, as to be honest, I feel a bit like Buckaroo Barbie speaking up on this kind of horsemanship. horsemen. With the wild and wiley long horn cattle they dealt with, they had to be amazing horsemen and cattlemen. Their survival depended on it. Horses were a prized possession and a valuable tool when working well, that the Vaquero took great pride in. They took the time in training their horse (7-8 years to make a bridle horse is not unusual) so that the result was a turn on a dime, trust worthy, and handy work partner. It was of the utmost importance that one’s horse was obedient, and would move at the mere idea of moving coming into his rider’s head. After all, the Vaquero’s horse was his method of handling cattle, and his very livelihood depended on him getting the job done with efficiency, precision and without a dust up. The Vaqueros used traditions handed down by word of mouth and on the job training from one generation to the next. The roots of this knowledge would have come from the Spanish who settled Mexico, and before that, the Moors who invaded Spain. The classical knowledge was honed as they adapted to raising cattle on vast tracts of land devoid of fencing, as they did in the Americas. Where rodears and fine roping skills on a welltrained horses were a necessity. Vaqueros used three different stages for training these fine horses, which would result in a “finished” bridle horse, or one being “straight up” in the bridle. The first stage of the bridle horse’s training begins outside the horse’s mouth, with La Jaquima or hackamore as is the American version of the word. This stage makes sense as horse’s mouths/teeth are not mature until approximately 5 years of age, so staying out of the mouth is of benefit. The Hackamore consists of a braided rawhide bosal with a thin leather strap spanning from one side to the other behind the horse’s ears, with or without a throat latch or browband. Not all hackamores are created equal, and they can come with different cores, a rawhide core being preferable. The outside of the bosal can be rawhide or leather and can vary in the number of strands and their thickness and whether or not the strands are bevelled or not on their edges. All of these factors affect the feel of the hackamore on the horse’s nose. Hackamores come in a variety of sizes as well, the diameter, the length and width and the heel knot. All of these factors will again affect the weight and feel of it. Generally, you would start with a larger hackamore such as a 5/8” and work your way down until you are using a finer one such as a 3/8” and are getting ready for the 2 Rein Stage. It should be noted the hackamore is used with a mecate or macarty,


the American pronunciation. A mecate is a rope made of mane or tail hair and is used for many reasons, but the most important being the feel it brings. As a horse can feel a fly walk along its hide, the horse can very well feel this prickly horse hair rein grazing his neck, and respond, long before you even need to make contact with the bosal itself. The 2 Rein stage is following the hackamore stage and would be embarked on once the horse is very responsive and working well with a light weight hackamore. The 2 Rein stage consists of the use of a bridle with bridle bit attached to romal reins, accompanied by a small bosal. This would be a 3/8” or less bosal with the same size mecate attached, thus providing 2 sets of reins. Bitting the horse for the first time is a process as well, with care taken to let the horse adjust to having a bit in his mouth. The 2 Rein stage of training allows you to slowly introduce your horse to carrying the bit, working primarily off of the bosal rein in the beginning, eventually transitioning to working primarily off of the bridle reins. The final stage is referred to as “straight up” in the bridle and is the mark of a horse that one has poured a lot of time and care into, if done properly. The horse is able to carry the bit comfortably and work off the very slightest signal from the rider’s body and the romal rein on his neck. The bit, the rein chains, the romal reins themselves, all these things are weighted precisely to work off a balance. If the horse carries the bit in balance and the rider makes use of this balance, by sending signals and then returning to balance, the horse can govern off of these subtle signals and respond accordingly with the utmost lightness and softness. It is one of the most beautiful, dignified, and elegant forms of equestrianism I have ever witnessed seeing experienced bridlehorsemen work their horse. It should be noted, any form of gear is only as good and useful as the hands it is being used by and that vaquero horsemanship is not defined only by its unique gear. It is primarily and most importantly defined by the use of a signal/balance method. The rider’s weight, seat, leg and hand as well as the gear, all work together to contribute to this signal/balance method. The degree of subtlety due to the signal primarily coming from the rider’s shift in balance in weight is like nothing I have ever seen. It is the ultimate in doing very little and getting a whole lot! I hope this has given you a taste of why

this Barbie wants to be a buckaroo! Perhaps you want to be a buckaroo too! I would encourage you to dig deeper and find out more about this beautiful and practical form of horsemanship. It is one of my missions in life to learn all I can about, teach, and promote this way with horses because I truly feel it does right by the horse. And that’s tops in my books! Wishing you and your horse sunny summer trails ahead.

Elisha Bradburn and her husband, Clay, own Faithful Farm, an equestrian center in the Fraser Valley. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychology based horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for clinics, expos, demonstrations and speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at legacyhorsemanship@shaw.ca (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

Elisha & Boone in the 2 Rein at Horse Expo Canada Photo Credit: Red Deer Advocate

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“Your veterinarian can remove the tick for you or provide information on safe methods of removal and any necessary follow-up,” says Townsend. “Either way, guardians should ensure the tick is removed as soon as possible to reduce the chance of disease transmission.” Townsend cautions guardians using old-school methods like burning the tick out or attempting to suffocate it with oil should never be used. “The risk of tick-borne diseases for pets in BC is still low, but it has been growing over the past several years,” says Townsend. “Regular tick checks of your pet can help to reduce that risk, as well as tick prevention medications, especially for pets who spend a lot of time in wooded areas.” If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tick, Townsend advises to watch them closely

Tip of the Month - Why the Long Nails? (Courtesy of Harmony Farm Kennel & Lamb)

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ong nails prevent a dog's pads from making comfortable ground contact, from getting good traction and to insulate concussion for joints of the leg and spine. When a dog's nails are long they need to make a higher lifting 'breakover' motion to clear the ground – a slow breakover is often why nails get caught and rip on roots, rocks or uneven ground. And when those long nails rip... yeowww! It's very painful, recovery is long and risk of infection is high. Worse, your dog will be evermore sensitive about having their nails clipped! Clicking on the floor? Nails are too long! Once nails get long, the 'quick' or live part of the nail runs forward too, making it difficult to shorten. Set up your dog for successful nail clipping!

 Every chance you have stroke, touch and massage your dog's pads. If risky, muzzle your dog to stay safe while proving to your dog that they will live through foot handling!  Exercise in moist areas to soften nails making them easier to clip  Use actual dog nail clippers  Have lots of small tasty treats for distraction and a positive association  Have someone calmly hold and support your dog 16 • JULY 2022

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 Holding paws up behind, rather than forward, is safer and makes nail length easier to see

 Clip below the pink quick, black nails show a tiny black spot in the center when you're close to the quick.  If you are nervous, relax and just take a sliver off at a time but do it more often! If you would rather not be the one to clip your dog's nails, hire a groomer or a vet to take care of them before they cost your dog a lot of unnecessary pain and you a large vet bill! Both you and your dog will be grateful! Patricia Skinner-Porter is the owner/operator of Harmony Farm Kennel & Lamb at Monte Lake BC. Offering custom care boarding (non-dog park style) Patricia provides personal care, attention and daily exercise for ALL dog types, breeds and doganalities! She also offers one-onone dog-owner training, helping individuals to create healthy happy relationships with their dogs. Here she shares her vast array of experience with a beneficial monthly tip for you and your pooch to enjoy! (See her listing under Pet Central)


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for changes in behaviour or appetite or for any unusual illness such as fever, lameness, lethargy, bruising or bleeding. Steps pet guardians can take include: Check your pets daily for ticks, especially if they spend time • outdoors. Make sure to check armpits, between the toes and other warm protected areas on their bodies. • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it (talk to your vet about safe ways to remove it and any necessary follow-up) or have it removed by your veterinarian right away. • Talk to your vet about a blood test they can do to determine if your pet was exposed to a tick-borne disease. • Ask your vet to conduct a tick check at each exam. • Talk to your vet about tick-borne diseases in your area. • Reduce tick habitat in your yard. Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventatives on your • pet – there are a number of safe medications and prevention is the best medicine. • Learn more about other parasites, such as fleas, that can also be problematic for pets and humans if not properly addressed. “Unlike lice, which are species-specific, fleas and ticks don’t discriminate – they’ll bite anything with a heartbeat,” Townsend says, adding deer and other wild animals can also carry the parasite.

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office LIVESTOCK EMERGENCY RESPONSE COURSE

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alamity” was hard at work this past month with two Livestock Emergency Response Course trainings in Barriere and Lumby. This life-size equine mannequin and livestock handling expert Jennifer Woods have been travelling around the province of BC for over five years helping train emergency protocol involving livestock. Course content includes: • On the spot decision making for motor vehicle accidents, fire and emergency situations involving livestock • Lift and drag for downed horses • Trailer design and extrication • Animal behaviour, particularly in distress situations • Means to calm, rescue, capture and temporarily confine animals • Laws, ethics, and euthanasia protocol • Horse handling and behaviour

George Game Ready, Summer Games Athlete Development Camp. 31 athletes attended the Camp which was held at the Prince George Agriplex, home of the Equestrian Competition at the 2022 Summer Games. Riders attended from Prince George, Quesnel, Hixon, Smithers and Terrace and enjoyed a great weekend of learning from coaches Burgi Rommel, Andrea Strain and Lynda Ramsay. HCBC would like to give a great big thanks to all who attended and helped to make the Prince George Game Ready Camp so successful, but we would like to give a special shout out to Bonnie Kennedy, Jodie Kennedy, Katy Ostgaard and Steven Dubas for going above and beyond, we couldn’t have done it without you! The deadline to qualify for the 2022 BC Summer games in Prince George has passed! The Team Selection Committees are busy reviewing all of the declarations and results. Good luck to all of the declared athletes and stay tuned for the announcement of the 2022 BC Summer Games Equestrian Team! Heads up Summer Games athletes… please be advised: All horses competing at the 2022 BC Summer Games must show proof of vaccination. So if you are planning on competing at the Prince George Summer Games make sure your horse has been vaccinated.

Through this training, the welfare of the animals will be greatly benefited, the safety of responders increased and the economic impact significantly decreased. The two-day workshops are facilitated and funded by HCBC and offered free of charge to all fire, police, search and rescue personnel and veterinarians. The course has been highly successful and we are always thrilled with the positive feedback from participants... “We want to thank the BC Horse Council for funding this training session. On behalf of the firefighters and other participants that attended the LERC Training, please accept my appreciation for the excellent job Jennifer and helpers have done. The course was a great success and immensely wellreceived by everyone with positive feedback. I know at my fire hall the attendees will be passing on what they learned tonight. We can expect to work effectively as a valley during any emergency involving large or small animal rescue. Best Regards, Lucas Banton BBA Fire Chief – Cherry Creek Fire Department” GAME READY PRINCE GEORGE

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CARA WHITHAM EC / HCBC DRESSAGE JUDGES CLINIC HCBC is very excited to be hosting the upcoming Dressage Judges Clinic with EC Senior and FEI 5* Dressage Judge Cara Whitham. Registration is open for the EC/HCBC Dressage Officials Clinic. The clinic is open to EC and HCBC Dressage Judges needing updating, EC Judges wanting status promotion, prospective new Dressage Judges, or anyone wanting to learn through the eyes of one of Canada’s highest-ranking Dressage Judges. The Clinic will take place at the Saanich Fair Grounds on September 16–18. Register at hcbc.online/events.

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Canadian Cowboy Challenge By Hans Kollewyn | Photo by Nick Eaton

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ur Challenge season has started with the Prairie Sky Ranch Triple Header in Saskatchewan on May 21-23. Entry totals for each day were 22, 21 and 17 respectively.

We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out! What are these numbers for? Congratulations (so far) to: Jackie Scheepbouwer, Cloverdale BC Bernice Yeadon, Langley BC Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Rod Parkinson, Falkland BC From the May issue This was a Drive-in Movie Speaker with a bracket on the back so it can hang on the car window in conjunction with the movie on the Big Screen. Congratulations also to: Ruth Wagner, Duffield AB Faye Gustafson, Merritt BC Jackie Scheepbouwer, Cloverdale BC Bobbi LaHay, Stirling AB Colleen Ross Shirley Dudla, Onoway AB Nancy Knight, Langley BC Yvonne Olson Hans Leuenberger, Houston BC

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RESULTS: May 21: Shootin’ Sprouts (SS); Bailey Black riding Jazzy (22 & 23 as well). Youth; 1-Sasha Rodriguez riding Sunny and 2-Sasha Rodriguez riding Tennyson (22 as well). Older Than Dirt (OTD); Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines (22 and 23 as well). Novice; 1-Bailey Black riding Jazzy and 2-Tricia Melanson riding Chance (22 and 23 as well). Rookie; 1-Judy Hill riding ITCHY and 2-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel. NonPro (NP); 1-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel and 2-Eliane Molnar riding Spice. Open; 1-Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines and 2-Sabra Estabrooks riding Sunny. Buckin’ Crazies (BC); Michelle Woodall riding Indy and 2-Jacqueline Herie riding Boomer (22 as well). May 22: Rookie; 1-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel and 2-Danielle Herman riding Tyra. NP; 1Shelly Johnson riding Jewel and 2-Janet Goltz riding Peanut. Open; 1-Sabra Brooks on Sunny and 2-Elaine Molnar riding Spice. May 23: Youth; 1-Sasha Rodriguez riding Tennyson and 2-Sasha Rodriguez riding Sunny. Rookie; 1-Shelly Johnson riding Jewel and 2-Judy Hill riding ITCHY. NP; 1-Elaine Molnar riding Spice and 2-Janet Goltz riding Peanut. Open; 1-Sabra Estabrooks riding Sunny and 2Janet Goltz riding Mr Red Pines. BC; 1-Brian McRann riding Bissco and 2-Jacqueline Herier riding Boomer. The Challenge at Rosebriar Ranch Rally Day 1 and 2 was held in Alberta on June 4 & 5 respectively. There were 70 entries total for the two days. Results were not posted at the time of this writing. In the last issue I explained the three Es a judge is looking for when a rider is guiding their horse (the team) over or through an obstacle. Smooth and effective guiding is based on how effective the communication process is within the team. The foundation for communication is a combination of body language, hands, and legs used in isolation or any combination of the three. Body language is the confidence the team has in each other which is transferred within the team through feelings. These feelings can be through muscle tension, stiffness, or any other non-

The obstacle requires the team to execute a 360 turn to the right on the disc. The hands are directing the horse to the right with enough contact to have a slight bend of the neck. Left leg is just ahead of the cinch to move the front end to the right. Hind quarters are stationary as it looks like the right leg is not engaging the hind quarters to move to the left. A 360 on the disc requires the rider to communicate to the horse that a barrel turn is required to execute this obstacle effectively and efficiently. verbal methods. The hands are the direction and speed indicator within the team. With the legs, there are (what I call) three buttons which control the front end, both the front and hind quarters (side pass) and the hind quarters. The first leg button is just ahead of the cinch on the saddle which controls the front end. The second leg button is at the cinch of the saddle which moves the front and hind quarters in unison in the same direction. The third button is behind the cinch of the saddle which moves the hind quarters. With the steadiness from the hands and leg button #1, a turn on the hind quarters is made. Again with steady hands and leg button #2 a side pass is made. And with steady hands and leg button #3 used, a turn on the forehand is made. Communication is a process and is an element that should be part of the basics that the team consistently and constantly works on to refine and to improve over time. It is an ongoing learning process over time for the team to be effective and efficient communicators.


Armstrong Enderby Riding Club By Lauri Meyers

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ig and small we had them all, horses and humans. So many smiles and lots of laughter. We are sure glad to have had the show inside the Agriplex as Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind as to the weather. The rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our exhibitors, some new faces and some familiar faces. Our Judge, Marylou Barker, and Ring Steward Daina Hodgins were wonderful offering valuable feedback and ensuring all exhibitors had a great day. Thank you both for sharing your expertise and knowledge with everyone. Our next show is September 18 at the Fairgrounds in Armstrong. We look forward to seeing new participants enjoying themselves and learning in a friendly and laid-back setting. We are a grass roots, family friendly club and have been hosting events in Armstrong since 1966. We welcome everyone of every age, discipline and experience. It’s all for the enjoyment of the sport. Check out our website, www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca, and our Facebook page for more information and pictures.

Okanagan Khanate - After the Clinic By Erin Jardine

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any folks attend the Intro to Mounted Archery clinics, however not everyone takes the sport to the next level with personal practice. Though horse archery hosts group events, the development of skills within the sport is a very personal journey. You’ve got the equipment, now what? Practicing on the ground is an excellent way to develop the muscle memory necessary to succeed in horse archery. All you need for your own practice range is a target! Shooting towards a hill or a knoll provides a natural backdrop for stray arrows. Don’t worry too much about shooting at a distance. In the beginning, frequency of practice is more important than the distance to the target. Even a few metres is more than enough to work on form and consistency; and of course, safety first! Ensure that dogs and children are under control while practicing, and that any surrounding people are notified that you are shooting. When practicing form, it can be difficult to remember your coaching. A fantastic way to give yourself feedback is to film yourself shooting. Notice your anchor point, the flow of your draw, and your body position. Identify any areas to improve, and don’t be afraid to ask local coaches for feedback, we’re happy to help! Keep an eye on how you improve over the weeks and months, with consistent work you’ll be sure to see fantastic results. If you are at a barn that does not allow horse archery practice, that is okay! Many folks cannot practice with their equine partner, and that is what

OKMA’s practice nights are for. The lane will be set up for your horse to get accustomed to in a quieter environment. There will always be less participants at the practices than at clinics. There are some skills you can practice at your home riding ring. Foremost is a top notch “whoa,” since you won’t be able to cue with your reins while shooting. The best insurance policy should something go wrong is a horse that stops when you ask it to. Practice the verbal cue for the whoa in hand, at the walk. Then move to the saddle and introduce the deepened seat and shifted weight as a cue to stop. Consistency in gaits is another important skill for horses to have in this sport. What happens when you walk down the lane standing up in your stirrups? Many horses want to speed up as they interpret the shift in weight as a cue. It’s helpful to work on keeping the horse in the chosen gait for the entirety of the track, or the long side of an arena, regardless of your position in the saddle. Once the horse is ready to work on a canter, a balanced and easy canter transition is the key to a good archery run. How can you achieve accurate shooting when you’re worried about getting the canter? Taking your training into your own hands is the key to improving in this sport. It is so gratifying to feel your horse improving with every practice, while your consistency at shooting gets better and better. Welcome to the unique challenges and triumphs of mounted archery, I’ll see you on competition day! JULY 2022

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Vernon District Riding Club News By Holly Baxter

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t VDRC every weekend has been taken with a show or a clinic. In June we had Dressage Clinics with Henk Glijn and Wendy Christoff for an Equitation Clinic. The EC Bronze Hunter/ Jumper Show was held on June 10-12; and our final Dressage Test Nights were June 14 and 21. The well-known clinician Dale Irwin had a full booking from May 21-23. This was a fundraiser for the Vernon Pony Club which would not be in existence if it wasn’t for the indomitable Ruth Moore BHSAI who has been instrumental in keeping the Pony Club active since 2000. Born in England, Ruth carries the strong tradition of Pony Club and its development of young riders very seriously. She has held the position of District Commissioner and Test Representative Organizer and holds her B Level Examiner. Currently the Vernon Pony Club has a strong membership with many children going on into the horse world, including Veterinarian Dr. Evany Forrest who has her Pony Club A and currently works at Mills Vet in Armstrong. Our EC Bronze/Gold Show judged by John MacPherson of Braeburn Farms, Ontario and Nancy Olsen Beaulieu of Maple Ridge, BC was sold out. Coupled with wonderful weather, competitors from all areas of the province came including the Island. Our Dressage Show Champion was Terry Leggat of Fox Springs Farm, who rode her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Bolero in Prix St. George as well as taking second place with Duke, her 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion. She is coached by Henk Glijn. The Rising Star Equitation Grand Champion was Ruby-Jade Humphreys on Siracha. Congratulations to you both! It is wonderful to see so many up-and-comers getting involved in the world of horses. At VDRC, whether you are a spectator or participant, there is something to view or participate in. There is a food kiosk usually on the weekends and plenty of shade trees and benches to see the three beautiful rings lovingly maintained by Jean Guy. All information is available on our website at vernonridingclub.com or on Facebook at VDRC. Our final shows for the summer are Jump Into Summer Show July 9-10 and the VDRC Summer Show August 20-21.

Alberta Donkey and Mule Club By Karina Trudel

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e have continued our momentum into May! We held a Horsemanship and Obstacle Clinic at Sunwest Equine in Onoway. Leave it to us to provide the most diversified group they have had to date. We had participants aged 6-50+, equines varying from mini donkeys, mules, horses, and mini horses. As a group we are family focused and do not discriminate against ear length (even though some of us know long ones are better, haha). Everyone learned, had fun, and enjoyed great food. We followed this up by hosting a fun show the next day again at Sunwest Equine. We had a terrific turnout with just as much diversity. We had long ear only classes, and in the open classes we acknowledged the “top long ear.” It was laid back, and FUN was the most important goal of the day. We were very fortunate to have a photographer attend, who just so happened to be a Ukrainian refugee who arrived that morning to stay at Sunwest. She was very excited to see the show and snap some pictures. A very welcome surprise to all of us. We are wishing her well as she transitions to life here. To see what we are up to next make sure to check out www. albertadonkeyandmule.ca and our Facebook Group - Alberta Donkey and Mule Club. We welcome everyone!

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Mackenzie Chamberlain on Avie at the Dale Irwin Clinic. Photo by Amanda Bird.

Terry Leggat and Bolero, winner of the Prix St. George. Photo by Coralie Nairn.


BC Interior Morgan Horse Club By Nancy Roman

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he Pot O Gold Open Horse Show returned to the Armstrong Fairgrounds on June 4th after a two year hiatus due to Covid. The storm and downpour of rain the night before might have been the reason entries were sparse; although we did have riders and drivers from all over the interior including Oliver and Pritchard. Folks with their horses big and small came out and enjoyed some great camaraderie, cash and prizes, and had an all-around good time! Judges were Glenn Perran from Kelowna for halter and riding classes, and Mahina Rose from Spallumcheen for the driving classes. Everyone was in good spirits and happy to be back in the horse show world! Thank you to our generous sponsors: FireValley GlassWorks Studio, Edgewood Sangrida Peak Artisan Soap BC Welsh Pony & Cob Association

Fernrigg Welsh Farm Noble-T Morgans Shepherd’s Home Hardware Armstrong Regional Co-op McLuskey Family Country West Supply Ledge End Acres, Bev Routledge Vernon Communications Shuswap Veterinary Clinic

Judge Glenn Perran with two Armstrong riders (Lynndsay and Patti).

And thank you to our volunteers – for which without… a show would not take place. Next up our club has a Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby September 25th. For any other information feel free to call Nancy at 250-546-9922.

One of the driving classes

Donna Holland of Lavington was a multiple winner, here with her coach Carmen Letawski-Dyck of Armstrong.

HOW TO SLOW YOUR WALKER (or Other Gaited Horse) DOWN To Ride With Other Breeds By Windi Scott, crtwh.ca

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’ve often heard comments like, “I’d like to get a Walker, but they’re too fast to ride beside my friends who ride non-gaited breeds.” Or… “I hate riding with the Walkers; they go too fast.” If you notice your Walking horses walking around the pasture or coming up to the water trough, they are probably not in their middle gait. They are usually sauntering along at a dog-walk at best. So how come we can’t slow them down on rides? They DO know how to walk slowly! This is what I think: It’s all in the training and the mind-set of the horse. A Walking horse who won’t slow down when asked, or respect the following distance on a trail ride is similar to an Arabian horse ‘jigging’ in frustration. Or a Quarter Horse lagging and then trotting to catch up. It can be a tough thing to fix. Often we ride alone (at that all-too-fun running walk) or we ride with other Walkers (at that all-too-fun running walk). Then we get into a trail ride that moves at 1.5 mph and the trouble starts. So… the trick is to train the horse to go slowly. For this you will need a willing partner on a quiet horse with a laid-back manner, who can speed up and slow down when requested. Play leap frog and take turns at the front position. Key point: Never use steady pressure on the reins for the horse to brace against. This causes tension and often makes the problem

worse. Never circle the rammy horse since this just elevates his energy. Instead, work to keep him behind the other one with pull and release cycles. This will help, but it’s not the only answer. Ride often in small groups of four or fewer until your horse learns trail etiquette. Teach him to stay back. A rider in front with a fluffy spruce bough in hand can help encourage him to stay back. Spot the most animated horse and stay away from it. (A Riding near the Badlands in kicky mare can be a good teacher Donalda, AB on Mother’s Day 2022. though.) Don’t let him take the Photo by Shari Stashko. lead until he has ‘earned it’. If you pull a Walker that’s not ridden much out of pasture and put him in a big group, you are asking a lot. Practice makes perfect. Here’s a side note on riding with other breeds that trot big. DON’T. Unless you are willing to trot or pace to keep up. Some Walkers can. Lots can’t. A good running walk is faster than a jog, but slower than an all-out extended trot. Choose your riding partners… and Happy Trails! JULY 2022

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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Leave No Trace Principles for Equestrian Use Story by Rose Schroeder, member of BCHBC Shuswap Chapter | Photo by Dawson Friesen

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n the February issue of Saddle Up, we introduced Two riders ‘Leave No readers to Leave No Trace Trace’ by watering Canada (LNT). This national non- their horses (and profit organization is dedicated dog) where the to promoting and inspiring footing is solid, along responsible outdoor recreation the Vedder River in through education, research, and Chilliwack partnerships. The Back Country Horsemen Society of BC is proud to be an affiliate partner with LNT. This month, we expand on the seven basic LNT principles, focusing on equestrians riding and/or camping on public lands. These strategies will help you plan your visit, minimize your environmental impact, and help keep public lands accessible to riders in years to come. 1. Plan and Prepare • Ensure someone knows where you are going, with whom, and your anticipated return time/date. Carry a communication device with you. • Limit your equipment by taking only the minimum number of animals necessary. • Plan your route carefully. Familiarize yourselves with the trails, regulations, potential hazards, and climate of the area. • Plan meals accurately. Repackage into reusable containers to reduce weight and garbage. 2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces • When possible, choose a designated campsite or an area that is well away from water sources. Hard sand or gravel surfaces are the best. • Use lightweight camping equipment. Fewer pack horses will be needed, minimizing impact. • Horses should be high-lined overnight. Avoid tying stock to trees except for short periods or in an emergency. Put hobbles on livestock that paw while high-lined. Choose a dry, hard area. • Water animals where footing is solid. • Stay on established trails and old roads. Avoid shortcuts through the bush. • During rest breaks, stop off the trail on a durable surface. Tie horses to sturdy trees for short periods. Tie and hobble restless animals to prevent pawing.

100m (300ft) from water and well away from camp. It should be a trench 15cm (6”) deep. (No deeper because the topsoil is where waste is most quickly decomposed.) Sprinkle soil over after each use, and when leaving camp, replace the remaining soil and naturalize it with organic debris. • Horse manure can carry viable weed seeds, so start your horses on pelleted feed the day before leaving. Remove manure piles from camp and scatter them in the bush before you move on. In meadow areas, kick the piles apart so they decompose faster. • It is important to prevent contamination of water supplies from food scraps or soap. Wash yourself, your dishes, and your clothes at least 100m from water sources. Strain out food particles from dishwater and pack them out with the garbage. Dig a ‘sump hole’ down to mineral soil and pour your greywater into it. Fill in and conceal the hole when leaving camp. 5. Use Fire Responsibly • Consider a portable stove for cooking, rather than a campfire. However, there’s nothing like the crackle of a welcoming evening campfire! Respect campfire bans. When permitted, keep campfires small and either in established fire rings or on non-flammable soils. Extinguish the fire completely with water before you leave camp. 6. Leave What You Find • It is illegal to remove or disturb interesting objects like shed antlers, colourful rocks, and wildflowers. • Avoid damaging trees and plants. • Take only pictures, leave only hoofprints!

3. Pack It In, Pack It Out • Pack out all your litter/trash/cans, etc. If you see litter left by others, consider bringing that out, too. Only burn paper in your campfire.

7. Be Considerate of Others • Respect private property. • Be courteous. To reassure worried equines, engage in conversation with people that you meet. • Dogs must be under control at all times and on a leash. If your dog will harass wildlife or livestock, leave it at home! • Respect wildlife. Use binoculars and telephoto lenses to get a good view. If you are close enough that the animals show signs of distress, you are too close. • Enjoy the serenity and keep noise to a minimum.

4. Properly Dispose of Waste • Raw human feces can carry several dangerous pathogens, such as Giardia (Beaver Fever). Use outhouses where they are provided. Otherwise, dig a cat-hole latrine for your group to use. Locate it at least

Following and adapting these simple guidelines ensures a cooperative, enjoyable outdoor experience for everyone including your horse! Happy Trails! Learn more at: leavenotrace.ca

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Clubs & Associations Alberta Donkey and Mule Club

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The CQHA is the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd. Visit us at www.cqha.ca.

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ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca 10/22 2/23

CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION CanTRA promotes the benefits of therapeutic riding across Canada through awareness, education, and setting standards for therapeutic riding instructor certification, centre accreditation, hippotherapy, and equine-facilitated wellness.

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BC ANIMAL OWNERS ASSOC. Mission is to get ‘legal’ access to non-vet practices to support our companion/farm animals. bcanimalownersassociation.ca

Contact: ctra@golden.net • Website: www.cantra.ca

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BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 6/23

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CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 12 /22

BC EQUINE ARENA 2 TRAIL ASSOCIATION (on FB), Clinics & Coaching Building your & your equine’s confidence, bcearena2trail.com 4/23 BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 11/22 asmarawg@telus.net, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. 2/23

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail: akylles3_kozyn@hotmail.com, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/23

Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding!

BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. cathyglover@telus.net 3/23

We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.

Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com

BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.bcqha.com Contact Carolyn Farris, email cfarris@telus.net 8/22

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Bob Watson, President • 403-378-4323 cbwatson@cciwireless.ca equinefoundationofcanada.com 4/23

Team Cattle Penning is a race against the clock to have 3 riders pen 3 of 30 numbered head of cattle. Each rider is rated to their current abilities and the three riders on a team make up the maximum allowed number for the division they are riding. Example: a 10 Class is made of a 4-rated rider and two 3-rated riders. The herd is on one end of the arena and the foul line is usually 1/3. DON’T BLOW OUT!! YEE HAW!! Visit our website at: bctcpa.ca

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BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see FB) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, bcwelshponyandcob@gmail.com. Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/23 BOUCHIE LAKE GYMKHANA CLUB (Quesnel BC). May to September. All info on our Facebook Page: B LAKE Gymkhana CLUB. Tel: 250-249-9667 11/22 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, kmespenhain@telus.net 4/23 10/22

Canadian Cowboy Challenge 12/22

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Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 11/22

PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kevin Froese (Kevin.leroy.froese@gmail.com). Info, Gymkhana dates & events at www.peachlandridingclub.com 6/23

LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Tamara Jameson, tamarajameson@hotmail.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 12/22

Peruvian Horse Club of BC Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent www.phac.ca/BC/index.html

NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 9 /22

OKANAGAN KHANATE MOUNTED ARCHERY Join us in this incredible sport of Horseback Archery in the Okanagan Valley, BC Intro Clinics • Skills Clinics • Family Clinics • Practices • Competitions • Community

‘The Obstacle Is The Way’

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OKANAGAN POLO CLUB (Kelowna BC), new members welcome, weekly gatherings, annual tournament, and fun! www.okanaganpoloclub.com 9/22

100 Mile & District Outriders

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Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. Harvey President: Adam Mike Kidston E-mail: info@outriders.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com

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RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, Rustyspurshorse4h@gmail.com & Find us on Facebook! 12/22 SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 12/22 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun, vintageriders@shaw.ca, on Facebook 4/23 VERNON DISTRICT RIDING CLUB (Vernon BC), check out our website at vernonridingclub.com or visit our Facebook & Instagram pages 2/23 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/23

Clubs - you could be listed here! Non-profit rates start at only $100 per year and includes a FREE web link for one year!

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Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 johnsmith@smith.net, www.smithshow.com

DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS CALL AHEAD TO SEE IF THE EVENT IS STILL HAPPENING. BE SAFE EVERYONE!

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STRATHCONA MOUNTED TROOP, Spruce Meadows Tournament, Calgary AB, strathconas.ca WELCOME BACK 2 WORKING EQUITATION SHOW & Clinic, Armstrong BC, ilona.berbekar@equusenvironmental.com or Cathy cathy.macdonald@mac.com HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Black Creek BC, Francine 204-771-5335, hoofgeeks.ca

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STRATHCONA MOUNTED TROOP, Calgary Stampede, Calgary AB, strathconas.ca 3-DAY ROUND PENNING CLINIC w/D’arcy Luttmer, on FB Wildhorse Ventures at Merston Creek Ranch, Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 PRAIRIE SKY RANCH TRIPLE HEADER, Saskatoon SK, Cheryl 306-978-9596, canadiancowboychallenge.com HIGH & WILD LEARNING HOLIDAY ADVENTURE w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, sandy@thehorseranch.com BC SUMMER GAMES, Prince George BC, hcbc.ca HOOF TRIMMING CLINIC, Sherwood Park AB, Francine 204-771-5335, hoofgeeks.ca VDRC BILL ULMER YOUTH CLINIC, Vernon BC, vernonridingclub.com PRC BEACHTOWN SHOWDOWN - Ladies All Around Cowgirl Rodeo & more, Peachland BC, 250-718-2761, peachlandridingclub.com COWBOY FESTIVAL, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon BC, https://okeeferanch.ca 3-DAY TRUST & CONFIDENCE CLINIC #2 w/D’arcy Luttmer, on FB Wildhorse Ventures at Merston Creek Ranch, Quesnel BC, 250-249-9613 KIDS & YOUTH WORKING EQUITATION CLINIC & Fun Show w/Darcy Henkel, Paradise Hills Ranch, Lumby BC, Susanne sz.kelowna@gmail.com MOUNTED ARCHERY Skills Clinic/Revelry, Salmon Arm BC, okanagan.khanate@gmail.com, okkma.ca, 250-899-4344


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International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. www.lpperformancehorses.com 8 /22

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HORSE FIRST HORSEMANSHIP

TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS

Elisha Bradburn is available for Clinics & Events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley, BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to legacyhorsemanship@shaw.ca

DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 10/22

TRAILER REPAIRS PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 7/22

TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 4/23

TRAINERS/COACHES BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 10/22 DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching all levels using obstacles, in-hand, equitation. Clinician, IMTCA and GP judge. See Damarhe Training on FB. 250-808-0738 3/23

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SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Focus Working Equitation, Natural Horsemanship, www.sandylanghorsemanship.com 9/22 SOMATIC RIDER AND ENERGY MEDICINE - Lisa Wieben (Vernon BC) Balance the Rider, Balance the Horse, www.somaticrider.com, 403-335-5993 7/22 WILDHORSE VENTURES AT MERSTON CREEK RANCH (Quesnel BC) 250-249-9613, Horse Training & Clinics, Horses & Cariboo Mountain Dogs for sale. See us on FB 12/22

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Deitrick 4/23 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 9/22

KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC

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ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, www.wildwoodfarm.ca 5/23 WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 9/22

YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE HERE!

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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse

The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at PHAC.ca!

Looking to the future with:

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) oldbaldy@hotmail.ca www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy

Horse”

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066

(Princeton BC) ponderosaridgeranch@outlook.com PonderosaRidgeRanch.ca

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AW Blue Fire N Te AQHA Blue Roan AW Poco Kintaro | AQHA/NFQH 98% Palomino with dun dilution Axels N Steel Dust | AQHA/NFQH 98% Grullo

If you’re looking for your “Heart look no further!

Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!

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BREEDERS YOUR AD COULD BE HERE!

Cupid

“CUPID” - Holsteiner by Cassini/Silvano N Canadian Warmblood Stallion

PHOTO ADS ONLY $60 OR LESS NEXT DEADLINE JULY 5

• World class Jumping & Dressage lines • Extremely Athletic & Versatile • Lovely Temperament Fresh/Frozen Semen available

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Contact Ueli & Ruth Boss (Armstrong BC) 250-546-7959 / Text 250-517-9051 E-email: bossru2002@gmail.com

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Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/22

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5 Panel Negative AQHA Stallion Standing at: Charles Rance Equine, Ashcroft BC and (owners) Circle M Farm, Qualicum Beach BC For breeding inquiries email cdsdualtwist@gmail.com

FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. footnotefarm.com 5/23 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/22 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales, on Facebook.com/sunsetviewranch

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HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 7/22

Leather & S titches

MOUNTAIN VIEW HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIR, pick up & delivery, serving Chilliwack & Lower Mainland, 604-845-7179, championhorsewear@gmail.com

Leather Hats, Belts, Moccasins Holsters, Knife Sheaths Upholstery Work & many Repairs

Custom Sewing

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DEEP CREEK GENERAL STORE ARMSTRONG’S GENERAL STORE

that has a little bit of everything Dealer for

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3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

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