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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.


y grandparents lived in the little community of Two-Mile, in between Old & New Hazelton in west-central BC. We used to spend summers with them. Their milk was delivered via a horse-drawn milk wagon which of course fascinated a horse-crazy 8-year-old. I eagerly watched for it every morning. This would have been in the early '50's. The driver would step

down from the wagon, deliver the milk, step back up and signal the horse to carry on with a distinctive whistle. I'm not sure he even touched the reins. I practiced this whistle daily, and one morning I hid in the bushes along the route, near a house with a long driveway. When the driver got down and headed for the house, I whistled softly. The obedient horse plodded off down the road, his driver running behind him and hollering "Whoa!" I was delighted that the horse had obeyed ME, and no doubt the driver was puzzled as to why his faithful old boy started without him! - Bev Henry, Clearwater BC (P.S. I guess at 8 years old and full of mischief, it never occurred to me that a horse pulling a wagon with no driver was a potential danger! But thankfully it was a calm well-broke old boy. Not a smart thing to do. But how many kids think of that...)

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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elcome to Spring! It’s about time too. The sunshine and milder weather is a bit more motivating… at least for me! Time to start thinking of road trips, events, places to go and see, explore too! Safely of course. And, we have some GETAWAY ideas for you in this issue too – take a look at this special feature. Our Drawing Contest ended April 30th, with drawings dedicated to our Health Care workers and Seniors! Winners Photo by Diane McIndoe will be announced in the June issue. And a new contest has begun, a “Caption” Contest – see more on page 13. All courtesy of The Finn & Fletcher Co. (thank you!) Last month I asked you all, “What are you THANKFUL for?” What has gotten you through this past year? Who or what has been your saving grace? Send us an email, put THANKFUL in the subject line – let us know! We all need some inspiration right now! Actually, Glenn Stewart’s article this month involves some inspiration and goal-setting. I am sure his article will open the eyes of many and remind us that we are not in this alone. See his story on page 18.

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Equine Hygiene


Top Dog!


Finding Balance


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Horse Coughing? Take Action!


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Lessons from the Herd


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Equine Hygiene ~ Spring Cleaning By Eve Gordon, BA, CEMT

It is common knowledge to groom your horse before and after riding; have the farrier visit every 4-6 weeks, the dentist every 6–12 months, and if a horse is in good health, a Veterinarian check-up once a year. But how often do you check your gelding’s sheath or mare’s udders?


ver the years, I have rarely heard folks talk about the importance of equine hygiene. This is often overlooked unless your Vet checks during a visit, and if left unchecked can create an environment ripe for problems. A dirty sheath can cause infections, dermatitis and inflammation, not to mention, it's just plain uncomfortable when they try to drop to urinate. I have seen some horses that have been thick with scale covering. For the

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Bean from Urethra Fossa

Smegma from Sheath

health and comfort of your horse, make this hygiene check a once-a-month routine. The covering is a collection of natural secretions that coat and protect the penis so it can move smoothly up and down during relaxation or urination. Over time, smegma, dead skin cells, urine and dirt collect along the sheath. This collection of material can become so caked on, and almost becomes glued to your horse’s sensitive skin. In the wild, this is not an issue as horses are mating which is a natural cleaner. When cleaning the sheath, you must not pull the scales off. Pulling causes extreme pain and damages the skin. You need to carefully saturate the surface with oil (I use coconut oil) to soften and prepare for removal. Then with warm water and Dove liquid soap, use a soft cloth, and gently wipe the surface. Patience is the name of the game. Once you have

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loosened and removed the smegma, rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear of soap and debris. Now that you have cleaned the sheath, remember to check around the head of the penis for any hard lump, this is called a bean. The bean is a hard waxy substance, cream, gray or black in colour, made up hardened smegma that lodges in the urethral fossa (a flap around the head of the penis). Left unchecked, this bean can grow to the point that it impinges on the horse's ability to properly urinate. Combined with thick build-up on his sheath, it may become so uncomfortable for him to drop his penis to urinate, he ends up urinating high up the shaft. This causes scalding of the tissue membrane and further complications can arise. Now let’s not forget to check the mares udders. The space between her udders can also collect a build-up of smegma and cause irritation or infection. It also gives you a chance to detect abnormalities like swelling or heat. Same protocol for cleaning applies.

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Finding Balance during a Pandemic with Centered Riding Principles By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Rebecca Wieben

I, Lisa Wieben, am a Centered Riding instructor and I am really seeing how the tools that Sally Swift brought to the horse community many years ago are so relevant in what we are now going through in the world today.


am going to start with the concept of Grounding. This is not one of the original Centered Riding basics, but in her second book Sally said that grounding gives all the other basics security. In riding we use the concept of grounding as having the feeling of being on the ground. This gives the rider a more secure seat and ability to connect with the horse. Being grounded affects us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Grounding allows you to take on life’s challenges in a more steady way. You are better able to process, learn, and focus when you are grounded. Imagine being rooted to the ground like a tree to begin to feel more grounded. Place your hands on your thighs and imagine the earth’s energy coming up into your body. Then imagine the energy of the heavens coming down from above and flowing through you to the ground. Just like the tree you will be more able to withstand life’s storms. Soft Eyes is the next concept. Through soft eyes we can see the bigger picture. In her first book Sally explained Soft Eyes this way, “It is a method of becoming distinctly aware of what is going on around you, beneath you, inside of you. It includes feeling and hearing as well as seeing. You are aware of the whole, not just separate parts.” When we ride with Hard Eyes, we are only focusing on one thing, perhaps the horse’s head, and our body becomes tense in the single-minded awareness. When we lift our eyes our body senses changes more readily and is able to respond in a relaxed manner. You may choose to see the current situation (the pandemic, or any situation in your life) as happening to you and be angry, fearful, frustrated, etc. or you can choose to see the world as a whole… we are all in this together. We can help each other. When you see things as a whole and see the good that is arising you will have fewer tensions, you will feel freer to move forward on your path, and you will be more equipped to “ride” out the storm. With everything that’s going on in the world it is important to remember to breathe. How many times have you heard an instructor remind you to breathe? When we breathe shallowly or hold our breath, we are creating tension in our body. Along with the 8 • MAY 2021


tension there will be less oxygen flowing through your body as your lungs will not be expanding fully. This will lead to feeling more tired, foggy, and moody. Sally said, “You can breathe a horse to quietness. You can breathe him past things that scare him.” Perhaps we can take note and breathe past what scares us. You see something on the news, breathe, you feel fear, breathe. As you breathe take that breath down into your centre, feel the belly expanding as the diaphragm drops down. You can use your imagination and your soft eyes and feel the breath going down into your centre and all the way down your legs into the ground, feeling more grounded with each breath. Perhaps think of drawing healing, harmonious energy up from the earth on your inhale and then exhaling negative thoughts back down into the earth, let them go. Feel how much your body relaxes with each breath. As we breathe into our centre, we create more stability. Just like in riding when we are centred, we have greater stability. The horse may spook, but we are better equipped to ride it out, keeping our centre low and balanced. During these times we can breathe down into our centre, but we can also come into our heart centre. “Retire to your centre and be quiet,” Sally wrote. In that space of quietness feel your body relax. By centering we can be ready for the next movement or exercise. As we retreat inside (social distancing) we can find our centre, rest, regroup, and be prepared for what comes next as the world will be changed from what it was when we entered this space. Building Blocks is another core basic. In riding that is having all of our parts stacked to give us stability. If any of the parts is out of balance it throws everything out of balance and creates tension in both the horse and the rider. I see Building Blocks in two parts. First we need to look at our own building blocks – good nutrition, fitness, emotional well-being, and soul connection. While we are going inside to our centre we can continue to take care of our bodies and minds. Exercise, do yoga, meditate, journal. You may at this time be eating well, but you are sitting on

the couch all day, or you may be exercising, but not eating well. Your building blocks will not be stacked. To have balance in our lives we need a little of all of the above, movement, nutritious foods, quiet time to reflect, and social connections. The second part of Building Blocks is our communities. Look at how many people are working together to help each other. Even if that is staying home to keep others safe you are helping the whole. Our essential workers are the building blocks to our communities. Without them this journey would be much more difficult and they need our support. The final basic is Clear Intent. This is a picture of what you want to happen. This gives structure to your ride, a purpose. Wake up each day with a purpose. In all of our life we will likely never get a chance again to be able to spend our days in this way. Find something you’ve always wanted to do and do it! Paint, sculpt, read, write, garden, enjoy nature, connect with those you love, or try something new with your horse! Enjoy the journey. This pandemic is giving us time to reflect, to dive deep into a topic we love, to study, to read, to BE with ourselves. What do you see? If you were to die tomorrow would you have lived the life you loved or were you looking for more? What changes can you make? What brings you joy? As you can see from all these basics, they all work harmoniously together to have us moving and living grounded and centered, able to take on what needs to be done without the stress and tension that we tend to feel. Life is a roller coaster, but by following these basics, these guidelines, we will be better able to work through any problem that comes our way. Practice and enjoy.

Lisa Wieben’s passion is empowering women in becoming confident and healthy riders. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Clinical Somatics Practitioner she addresses pain, tension, hormones, stress, and the issues that appear as a result. As a Centered Riding Instructor and Irwin Insights Master Level 7 Trainer she works with riders incorporating awareness exercises both on and off the horse. Balance the rider, balance the horse! Book a clinic that incorporates all the modalities! As an Irwin Insights Level 6 Master Certified trainer and coach, Birgit Stutz helps riders of all levels and backgrounds advance their horsemanship skills by developing personal and situational awareness, focusing on indepth understanding of equine behaviour, body language, psychology and biomechanics. Driven by her passion for both equine welfare and performance, Birgit believes that facilitating effective communication between horse and rider is an approach that fulfills our responsibilities to the horse and elicits great results. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)



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In the By Elisa Marocchi

Driver’s Seat

As a coach and trainer, I’m often approached by people looking for advice on purchasing harness. With many styles, materials and manufacturers available, deciding on the right harness for your needs can be difficult. This article will help dispel some of the mystery, make the process easier and hopefully will result in a harness both you and your horse will be happy with.

Harness Selection - what to insist on and what to avoid


efore jumping into a discussion of the features to look for or to avoid, a word about used harness. While there are some well-maintained used harnesses on the market, be cautious and inspect any prospects very carefully. Look for cracks in the leather, abraded synthetic pieces, weak or broken stitching and defective or cracked metal fittings. Remember that your safety, and that of your horse depends on having safe equipment so take the time to inspect any used equipment you are considering purchasing. Drivers today have several options to choose from in the actual material the harness is constructed of. Leather, synthetic or a mix of both are readily available. Leather harness needs regular cleaning and conditioning but offers a more traditional look – a consideration if one is headed for the pleasure show ring. Synthetic is easy care and often just takes a quick hosing off to be ready for the next

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drive. Some drivers keep a set of synthetic harness for everyday use, and a “fancy” set for dressage or other more formal uses, though at lower levels of competitions, one set of wellcared for harness is more than sufficient. Metal fittings come in brass or stainless finishes and while brass lends a classic look, and is considered correct when the vehicle is also trimmed in brass, it takes a lot of work to keep it shiny and beautiful. Because of this, many people prefer stainless trim. Whatever you choose, ensure the tongues of any buckles are stainless as brass is soft and can bend when put under stress. Bridles Bridles must fit snugly, but not so tightly as to be uncomfortable. Blinkers should be slightly cupped to prevent the eyes from being rubbed. Blinker stays should be stiff enough to prevent the blinkers from flopping about. As throatlatches need to be snugger on driving bridles than on riding bridles, a rolled throatlatch is a nice feature as it offers slightly more comfort for the horse. For most horses, a ¾” to 1” wide noseband is adequate. The noseband should be attached to the cheekpieces in some manner to prevent the bit from being pulled back and to help transfer some of the bit action, via the headstall, to the nose and poll. Light padding on the noseband is another nice comfort feature. Collars The choice between full collars, breast collars and hybrids (Euro or French collar) is governed by several factors, including cost, adjustability, vehicle used and the task being performed. A full collar is appropriate for heavier loads, as it allows weight to be more evenly distributed around the shoulders and chest of the horse. Full collars are often more expensive than breast collars and can be more difficult to fit correctly. It is conceivable that a well-fitting collar placed on a horse at the beginning of the driving season may not fit correctly by the summer, when the horse has built up muscles from regular work. Breast collars are often less expensive than full collars and can be adjusted to fit different horses. More suited to light loads






Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to find a safe set of harness that will serve you for years to come.


and two-wheeled carts, they should be a minimum of 2” wide for ponies and wider for larger animals. Split shoulder straps allow for more adjustment than a single strap, and padding on the collar and neck strap help ensure greater comfort for your horse. Hybrid collars offer some adjustability and distribute weight better than a breast collar, but not as well as a full collar. If you are driving several different horses, this option may appeal to you. Backsaddles Ensure your harness has a well-padded backsaddle. It must include a gullet channel to avoid pressure on the spine, and if used with a twowheeled cart, should be a minimum of 3” wide for ponies and 4” wide for horses to ensure the weight of the cart is well-distributed. Drivers with two-wheeled carts may want to consider buying a backsaddle with sliding tug straps, which allow the tugs to move somewhat while driving over uneven or bumpy ground. Finally, a padded girth is a nice option. Breeching Like breast collars, breeching should be at least 2” wide and padded. The hold-back straps need to be strong; split hip straps

provide for more adjustment than a single strap. For single or pair turnouts, look for buckle-in cruppers. Traces and driving lines Traces should be double layer and constructed of good quality leather while lines should only have a single splice and have buckles at the bit ends – never snaps or clips.

Elisa Marocchi is an Equestrian Canada licensed driving coach. 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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The time to take action IS NOW!

Prevention of airway problems is the best way to protect your horse, but when not successful, what is next? Early intervention is paramount when dealing with the irreversible disease, equine asthma, commonly referred to as heaves, RAO or IAD.

quine asthma starts off with a hypersensitivity reaction to particles in the air (e.g., dust, mould). These particles cause inflammation in the airways and restrict airflow.

Heaves Heaves is now called severe equine asthma as the horse will struggle to breathe even at rest. Heave Line – the heave line develops along the lower edge of the ribcage as the horse has to work harder to breathe, due to inflammation and airway obstruction. The chest muscles must work harder during each breath taken by the horse. If you wait until a heave line appears, the disease has already progressed to advanced stages. It is important that horse owners never ignore a cough in their horse. It should be investigated and diagnosed without delay. There is much that can be done on the management side to prevent further damage, as a global paper on equine asthma attests (https://www.ncbi. Intervention is recommended at the first sign of coughing, and more so if the cough is repetitive or persistent. Triggered by the microscopic particles that cause airway inflammation, common signs of equine asthma include coughing, nasal discharge, exercise intolerance and breathing difficulties. Equine asthma can affect horses at any age in any discipline of riding.

Many stabled horses are exposed to exponentially more inhalable irritants than horses kept outside. Pasture board is often the best option for horses suffering from equine asthma – minus the round bales of course. Every precaution to reduce dust in the environment should be taken. Low dust bedding, turning horses out before sweeping, cleaning stalls regularly to keep ammonia levels low and clearing out any mould under stall mats are just some of the effective measures that can be taken. Maintaining arena footing to minimize dust, making sure the barn is well-ventilated and feeding steamed hay and soaked concentrates are all environmental factors within the farm owner’s control. More causes and diagnostics If asthma is suspected, the veterinarian will be looking closely at the horse’s environment to determine what is causing the irritation in the lungs. They will be looking at all potential causes which could include: dusty environments, smoke inhalation, pollen or other allergens and particles in the pasture or hay. One cannot jump to conclusions at the first sign of a cough. The vet will need to rule out upper airway diseases and bacterial or viral infections. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is the gold standard diagnostic test for asthma. Corticosteroids administered with or without a bronchodilator may be prescribed to help the horse recover from bouts of equine asthma, but environmental improvement is the key to longterm management. Always bring in the veterinarian to check a horse that repeatedly coughs. It is vital to prevent the debilitating progression of asthma. For more information and video clips visit

Prevention is key According to Renaud Leguillette, DVM, DACVIM, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, feeding horses from a round hay bale can potentially double the risk of developing equine asthma! Horses are picky eaters and do not hesitate to bury their heads deep in the round bale to look for the most desirable hay first. In doing so they inhale all sorts of dust, mould and particulates. 12 • MAY 2021


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Lessons from the Herd: Predictable Patterns

By Christa Miremadi

A happier "Jasper" enjoying his new lifestyle of friends, freedom of movement and endless foraging.

Sometimes when we teach our horses something, it’s something that we wanted them to learn and on purpose. That usually happens when we’re being mindful and have carefully chosen a task we’d like them to learn, paying close attention to our own actions as well as to theirs.

ther times, when our horses learn something, it’s completely by accident and often, when that’s the case, it was as a result of a lack of mindfulness. We failed to notice the predictable patterns we were presenting to our horse or the patterns they were presenting to us, missing our opportunity to “weigh in” and inadvertently allowing our horses to learn something we may not have intended to teach them. Predictable patterns can provide our horses with comfort and security. They can help them to learn about expectations and give them a sense of control. The conditions in which our horses live in will influence them emotionally, either providing them with this comfort and emotional balance or becoming a souse of stress, augmenting and nurturing imbalance, depending on how we’ve handled things. For example, how and when they’re fed, turned in or out and what

kind of routines they’re exposed to will all have an impact on their experience as well as their behaviour. When we use this understanding and knowledge to our advantage, we can actually make teaching them and communicating with them far easier and considerably more enjoyable for everyone involved. When we don’t, it can have the opposite effect. Many disciplines are already make great use of our horse’s predisposition to learning patterns and consequence, such as Reining, Dressage, Barrel Racing and/or Pole Bending. These events rely on teaching a horse a pattern and allowing that pattern to become a habit, providing the horse with a sense of control and security as well as making our task of riding them through these patterns much easier. Often, this sense of security that patterns can provide, however, can allow us to “get away” with an incredibly stressful and sometimes damaging lifestyles for our horses.


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The knowledge and understanding of the power of patterns should not be taken advantage of in a way that would use the horse but rather, it should be used in a way as to provide an advantage to developing our relationships with our horses.

"Jasper" in his traditional stabled lifestyle which was how he lived throughout his competitive Dressage career. Small pens, box stall, meals and all exercise determined by his riding and training program.

"Jasper" displaying the typical "look" of a horse who is beginning to feel the effects of their lifestyle. These visual clues were accompanied by behavioural changes that prompted examination by a vet and it was determined that he was indeed suffering from ulcers.

I don’t believe people do this intentionally but rather that they are unaware of the damages that these lifestyles can create for the more sensitive horses: constantly traveling, spending long hours in strange places, the stress that the energy of a competitive lifestyle can induce, the resulting ulcers, tension, arthritis and emotional trauma that many of these horses live with… I’ll admit, it can be hard to recognize when your horse is continuing to perform well, doing their job seemingly better than ever and is showing the results that so many do, despite the effects that these lifestyles can have on them. There are also even some horses who seem to thrive in these conditions, but not many. The symptoms can creep up slowly, making it hard to connect the dots at times but eventually these horses begin displaying similar behaviours: Pinning their ears, wrinkling their nose, appearing to be despondent or unwilling to connect like they once were. Tight and tense in their responses, their bodies begin to display discomfort and they can become “grumpy” or mildly (or even seriously) dangerous, offering to bite, kick, buck, and pushthrough or worse. Alternately, they might become shut down, dissociative or begin internalizing their experience. The good news is, once these things are noticed (depending on the level of damage of course) they can be reversed. We’ve witnessed many horses who arrived as grouchy, uncomfortable, irritable horses who’d developed ulcers or behavioural issues, make complete turn arounds. Once they are listened to, given the freedom of movement, the freedom to express themselves, friends, choices and a more natural digestive experience and of course, the necessary medical treatment for the damage they’re suffering, many of these horses displayed noticeable, profound changes, both physically and behaviourally. Sometimes they seemed like totally different horses, the old friend and partner coming back to the surface and becoming much more willing to connect, as they once had been. When a horse is cooperating and offering the performance that so many of them do, despite the damage they’re experiencing, it can be hard to accept that they could be suffering, but when you understand the power of repetition and patterns and the effect that they can have on a horse, it’s easy to see how a horse could become a victim of the pattern. In a sense, they become like a child with a severe case of OCD, not at all in control of their actions but rather, a passenger inside the body of someone who’s been “programmed” to repeat a behaviour. Finding comfort and security in the repetition of a known action while everything else becomes more and more uncomfortable, more unpredictable and more overwhelming, that predictable, reliable pattern can become their refuge and provide them with something to hold onto, giving us the illusion that they’re ok.

We can use patterns to teach our horses about our expectations and to keep our horses and ourselves safe. We can use our understanding to help teach desirable behaviours and develop our horse’s partnership and confidence and we can communicate more effectively when we understand how a horse learns, through consistent, repeated, well-timed responses. We must be careful not to use this phenomenon to “program” our horses to a point where they’re no longer a participant or to where we could miss the subtleties in their feedback due to them repeating behaviours mindlessly, simply because the habit or pattern has been set. To continue reading, go to:

Christa and Pinto Miremadi own and manage The Rock'n Star Ranch in Pritchard BC. They offer Natural Care Boarding, horsemanship lessons, training and clinics focused on building relationships, strengthening partnerships and developing confidence between horses and humans. Through compassionate communication and sharing the horse's point of view, Christa shares her passion for horsemanship, hackamore/bridle horse development and the art of developing a working equine partner. (See their listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Kaylan and Matt

Kaylan Eek Cutting Horses comes to the Peace River Region! By Rachel Vowles

Despite living in uncertain times, Mile 0 Farrier Co. decided to continue our sponsorship program. In an attempt to keep things flowing in the Equine Industry, we felt it was a must-do!

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his year we are sponsoring three riders, Robyn Formanski (Barrel Racer) from Fort St. John BC, Maddy Fraser (High School Rodeo competitor) from Rose Prairie BC, and Kaylan Eek (cutting horse trainer) from Logan Lake BC. All three Mile 0 Farrier Co. sponsored riders take time to give back to the Peace Region equine community. In March, Kaylan Eek’s turn was up as he traveled from Logan Lake with horses and clients in tow to help the cutters of the Peace Region prepare for their season. 2020 was our first year sponsoring Kaylan, and we are thrilled to continue working with his business through 2021 and beyond. Like most of us, Kaylan is a lifelong horseman. He grew up on a farm in Rock Creek BC, chasing cows with his grandfather. As soon as they were old enough to do so, he and his brother packed up their saddles to enjoy employment as working cowboys under the warm Arizona sun. Upon returning to Canada, Kaylan took up a job as a cowboy for Douglas Lake Cattle Co (DLCC) where he met Mile 0 Farrier Co.'s main man, Matt - they have been best pardners ever since! In 2013 Kaylan took on his first training horse while at DLCC. After that, it was off to the cutting pen for good. As his new cutting obsession took over, he decided to leave his gig at Douglas Lake and the rodeo arena and head for the coast to get serious about training cutting horses. In 2016, he settled his family in Logan Lake BC, and now operates an excellent training and lesson program out of Highland Valley Arena.

Over the past five years, Kaylan has had many successes in the Canadian Cutting Horse show pens across western Canada; including two appearances at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity. 2021 will be another exciting season with hopes of traveling across the border to compete internationally. This year Kaylan's performance horse barn looks off to a good start with two promising 2-year-olds, a handful of suitable 6-yearolds, and an increasing number of horses getting ready for the show pen. It is early in the season, so Kaylan is still currently accepting new training clients for 2021. Northerners welcomed Kaylan to Dawson Creek BC on March 2628. We started on Friday with private flag lessons at Old Baldy Ranch. Saturday, we moved locations to Moore Ranch in Pouce Coupe BC, and got serious about learning to cut cows! Kaylan had his work cut out for him as he taught everything from horses who had never seen a cow before, to folks who are seasoned competitors. To keep in compliance with Covid-19 safety regulations, we kept the attendance small. We worked one at a time with Kaylan, creating a more intimate teaching environment. The weather gods brought us the third wave of winter here in the north on Sunday. It made for a cold day, but everyone put on their coats and toughed it out! We want to extend gratitude to our gracious hosts, Aaron and Colleen Wangler at Old Baldy Ranch, and Clayton and Steff Moore at Moore Ranch. And, of course, many thanks to Kaylan for trekking to the north and working hard for us all weekend. We cannot forget to thank all who attended; you folks made it a great weekend! Stay tuned to the Mile 0 Farrier Company’s Facebook page for details on our next planned event - a Miles Kingdon Horsemanship with Cattle Workshop to held at Old Baldy Ranch in Dawson Creek on June 4-6, 2021. Details on this event will be released to the public shortly as we wait to see how the world turns.

(See Mile 0’s listing in our Business Services section under FARRIERS & SUPPLIES)

Steffie and Kaylan

Robyn riding Fred

Maddy on Smarty

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By Glenn Stewart

On the other side of discomfort lies great rewards, goals, excitement, adventure and dreams that come true. – Glenn Stewart Do you ever feel like you’re pushing a rock up a hill when it comes to your horse? Imagine what it would be like pushing a rock up the hill. Every day you think about that rock and the hill you have to push it up.


ou start finding reasons why you don’t have time today, maybe tomorrow or maybe on the weekend or next weekend or when the weather is better or in the summer. Weeks, months, years go by and basically nothing has changed. We are just older and so is the horse. When we finally talk ourselves into trying again it isn’t that much fun for various reasons. It’s difficult, challenging, maybe scary. The rock is always trying to roll backwards. What if you stayed at it long enough to get the rock to the top of that hill? What if the next day it was all downhill, no more pushing and working so hard? I experience this every time I start another colt. Until I get to where I can ask the horse to canter right and left leads from the saddle it feels like I’m pushing the rock up a hill. Wondering as I take those first few rides getting to where we can canter around comfortably if I might get bucked off. I don’t like pushing the rock up the hill or wondering if I’m going to get bucked off so I do everything I know I need to do so hopefully on the third day I’ve got them saddled and cantering around. After that it feels like I made it to the top of the hill - no more pushing the rock. I’d rather do the work, be uncomfortable for a short period and get done what I need to get done so I can get to easy street as soon as possible. I don’t want to drag things out by pushing the rock up the hill any longer than I have to. I’d rather be uncomfortable for a short time than avoid what I need to do and be uncomfortable for a long time all along knowing that at some point it has to happen. Some folks will avoid discomfort at any cost. By cost I mean financial, social, emotional. They don’t get to go ride with their friends or are always paying someone else to ride their horse, feeding and caring for a horse that is just a pasture ornament. There are many ways and reasons that we can feel uncomfortable. So, we need to do what we need to do to get through it,

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over it and to the other side. Is there anything that you are working on or avoiding working on that has been a challenge, difficult, uncomfortable for some reason? Do you ever avoid a little or a lot? Are there things you want to do that you are not? Riding with friends out on the trails, loping across a field, loading your horse and heading out on a poker ride, moving the neighbour’s cattle? Riding other people’s horses, going on horse adventures around the world? Have you changed or given up on your goals or dreams from when you bought your horse? I hope not, there are absolute proven pathways to follow. The exact steps already laid out, you just have to follow the path. However, the best equipment, exercises, advice or most proven pathway won’t help anything unless we are willing to throw away the excuses. Be willing to put in some effort and know that learning is uncomfortable. Knowing that the immediate gratification of excuses and avoidance is actually just a long slow burn of disappointment. Some people understand that the immediate gratification of comfort and avoidance has way too high a price to pay. The trade off is absolutely not worth it. If the same problems are appearing a month down the road something has to change. When you get uncomfortable what is your reaction to it? Uncomfortable can show up in many ways - fear, challenges, difficulties, frustrations or embarrassment. It seems impossible. What’s your response when one of these happens? How do you view being uncomfortable? Have you ever listened to someone rationalize their avoidance? Listened to a hundred excuses why they can’t or it won’t work or it’s someone or something else’s problem. They just have no control over the situation that they keep finding themselves in. Even though the solution is right in front of them, they are still unwilling to make the changes, learn the skills, look in the mirror? I hear it, see it and listen to it all too often and I can tell they actually would like to do whatever it is with their horse but they spend more time making excuses and rationalizing all their decisions than following a completely proven path to success; used with amazing success by thousands of other horse enthusiasts. The difference is the ones having success understand learning new skills takes time and often feels uncomfortable. They also know that on the other side of discomfort lives all the good

Keily has followed Glenn’s Horsemanship Program which has prepared her to work with horses all over the world and taken her places beyond her dreams… from colt starting, to riding on the beach, to ranch work, and even to the Calgary Stampede. stuff. All the goals and dreams live on the other side of discomfort. Goals and dreams are never achieved from excuses and avoidance. Allowing ourselves a few excuses once in a while, doing a bit of avoiding, isn’t the end of the world but we don’t want to hang out there. Being comfortable is a good thing for short periods. Maybe for a quick breather, but change and growth comes from the challenges and learning.

Until they are ready to end the BLAH BLAH it won’t matter what amazing path they are given to follow, they will never arrive. We have to be willing to follow the path, do the work, learn the skills, embrace discomfort, drop the excuses and have fun, enjoy the new skills we learn and get ready for doors to open that we never knew were closed. Push the rock up the hill, put your back into it and reap the rewards. - Glenn Stewart

We can end up in a constant state of discomfort because we work so hard trying to stay comfortable. Embrace discomfort, stay focused, don’t avoid, no excuses, keep your eye on the prize. On the other side of discomfort lies great rewards, goals, excitement, adventure and dreams that come true. The main thing to realize is that constant comfort has a very high price attached to it. I have listened to people tell me the same sad story for literally years about all the things they want to do with their horse but can’t because BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!

Glenn Stewart has a complete horsemanship program and offers year-round educational opportunities at his facility near Fort St John BC. He is available to travel for clinics, demonstrations, events and corporate leadership. He also offers on-line learning and has a complete Horsemanship DVD Educational Series on his stages program, a great way to learn his horsemanship program from home. For more information on Glenn and The Horse Ranch visit www. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)

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Po we r Po ny ! This is High Power Pepto, an 18-year-old Quarter Horse (and a cutting horse, owned by Tamara Davies) going for a stroll with his buddies atop... LOOK MOM!!!!! - Mickanna (age 11) & friends, Rocky Mountain House AB

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Aservo™ EquiHaler™, industry-first Therapy for severe Equine Asthma NOW AVAILABLE IN CANADA • Aservo™ EquiHaler™ (ciclesonide inhalation solution) leverages synergies between the company’s human pharma and animal health divisions to set new standards of care. • An industry first in equine medicine, the inhaler addresses an unmet need for horses with asthma. • The company continues to set new standards of care to strengthen its commitment to animal welfare.


oehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Canada Inc. has been granted marketing authorization for Aservo™ EquiHaler™, an inhaled therapy for horses with severe asthma. While inhaled therapies for the treatment of asthma are common in human health, the Aservo™ EquiHaler™ marks an industry first in equine medicine in Canada. Until now, there have been no approved inhalant therapies licensed for use in horses with equine asthma. Equine asthma leads to inflammation of the airways which causes horses to experience coughing, wheezing, difficulty exercising, slow recovery from exercise and in severe cases horses struggle to breathe, even at rest. It affects 11-17 percent of horses. Developed after more than a decade of collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim’s Human Pharmaceutical and Animal Health businesses, the Aservo™ EquiHaler™ integrates the Soft Mist™ technology from the human Respimat® inhaler allowing medication to be inhaled deep into a horse’s lungs. It is designed specifically for horses, with a nostril adaptor that fits gently in the nose of the horse for direct delivery of the medicated mist. “Humans and animals are connected in deep and complex ways, and we know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too,” said Randy Trumpler, Business Unit Director, Equine, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Canada. “The Aservo™ EquiHaler™ is a great example of how Boehringer Ingelheim is helping enhance wellbeing through innovative solutions that truly benefit horses and their owners.” Equine asthma is often triggered by exposure to high concentrations of airborne dust particles, which leads to obstruction of the lower airways. These particles are commonly found in hay and bedding. The active ingredient in the Aservo™ EquiHaler™ is ciclesonide, a corticosteroid that is only activated once it reaches the lung, where it reduces the lower airway inflammation associated with equine asthma. Aservo™ EquiHaler™ was developed with sustainability in mind. The Soft Mist™ technology delivers medication in a fine mist generated by tension, not propellants, so it does not produce greenhouse gas emissions. The inhaler has been responsibly manufactured with the body of the inhaler made from up to 50% recycled materials. In addition, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada has partnered with TerraCycle to introduce a national recycling program for used AservoTM EquiHalerTM devices. Veterinarians and horse owners can send in their used AservoTM EquiHalerTM to be processed and diverted from landfill sites. Once collected, the plastic material is melted down, formed into pellets and shaped into hard plastic to be used in items like shipping pallets and park benches. “Aservo™ EquiHaler™ is an innovative therapy made possible by years of research and collaboration,” Trumpler said. “Not only will it offer the promise of relief to horses with severe asthma, our commitment to sustainability ensures it is produced responsibly and can be kept out of landfill sites with our recycling program.” The approval of Aservo™ EquiHaler™ comes following a joint submission from Boehringer Ingelheim in Canada and the United States that saw regulatory agencies from both countries participate in a collaborative review process. The regulatory agencies for each country maintained the right to determine whether a product was approved for its own market. The joint submission and simultaneous review mark an important achievement in international regulatory cooperation.

From the April issue We’re going to give you more time to figure this one out! This specific item is 2.75” long, the widest part is 1.25”. The opening on the shaft is 3/8” long and 1/8” wide. Congratulations (so far) to: Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB Vaughn Paul, Sturgeon County AB Flo Redpath, Kamloops BC Captain Esther Allen, Quadra Island BC Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Brian Waldie, Lethbridge AB From the March issue It’s a vegetable peeler of the vintage type from the 1940s. Congratulations to: Karen Wilkie, Armstrong BC Jim Schenk, Rocky Mtn House AB Ron Parkinson, Falkland BC Lynda Norris, Spallumcheen BC Ruben Hofer, Fort Saskatchewan AB Sandra Krivak Sandrine Flement, Quesnel BC

This unit stands 3’ tall. The handle is an integral part of making this item function. The wooden drum is approximately 12” across and 18” deep. Good luck! READERS – What’s your guess? Discuss this item with your friends and send your guess to

Do include your city and province please. Saddle Up will print names (and location) of those with the correct answer in a future issue. GOOD LUCK! If you or your company would like to sponsor this monthly brain teaser, do call 1-866-546-9922 or email nancyroman@ for details. MAY 2021



Lo o k i n g t o e s c a p e th e r a t r a c e? Want out of the city and just get away for a spell? Want to leave your worries and woes behind and just chill somewhere else?


The Covid pandemic might have thrown a loop in your usual vacation plans, but there are other GETAWAY options for you… over the next few pages. Check them out!


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ith Summer 2021 quickly approaching, Tyax Adventures is gearing up for another safe and enjoyable season on the trails of the South Chilcotin Mountains. The unique horse packing tours bring together the authenticity of the wrangler team combined with a setting that is rich with history of times from the past. Tyax Adventures is offering a limited number of multi-day horse pack trips this season, ideal for those looking to get away from the crowds into true wilderness. Our experienced team will take care of the comforts and details, while you and your group experience the magic of the South Chilcotin. We are offering a 4 day/3 night or 5 day/4 night package this season. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

• Authentic Multi-day Backcountry Packhorse Trips for Private Groups • Guided by our Seasoned Wranglers, Accommodations & Meals with our Talented Camp Hosts • Come and experience the remote wilderness of the South Chilcotins

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e are nestled on 300 acres and surrounded by Wells Gray Provincial Park and Crown Land. Wells Gray Guest Ranch is a historic dude ranch and has been specializing in vacations since 1984. Whether you’re staying in one of the 10 log cabin rooms, in a tent, RV or rustic camping cabin, you’ll find a wide range of on-site amenities that bring an added level of convenience to your stay, like our Black Horse Saloon! Find the Old West alive in our Saloon/ Restaurant and enjoy the Western Style atmosphere in our outdoor Chuck Wagon patio. Wells Gray Park is a spectacular, pure 5200 sq. kms of protected wilderness area. A world-class destination for hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, lake

tours and much more. The ranch is located within the Park boundaries, just 26 km from Clearwater - making it an ideal destination to enjoy nature on its doorstep and all the fresh air you need! Wells Gray Guest Ranch is the perfect place for you and your family to unwind, get back to nature, and enjoy a cold beverage after a long day on the trails. So come hang your hat and get acquainted with the beautiful Wild West! Contact us anytime, we are more than happy to help you with your travel planning.

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t’s a landscape you’ll recognize immediately. You’ve seen it a thousand times in the theatre and on TV, though it is often presented as being somewhere else. Alberta’s Cowboy Trail winds its way through the foothills of the Rockies from Mayerthorpe to Pincher Creek. The blue-hued and snow-capped mountains on one side, an ocean of grass and farmland on the other. Indigenous buffalo hunters cherished it for millennia for this diversity, where nature provided the magical mix of ample grass, fast-flowing streams and woodland shelter. In the 1800’s it drew the first ranchers who established cattle kingdoms. The discovery of oil made its mark in some communities in the early 1900’s, and more recently it has attracted moviemakers who’ve used the stunning backdrop for feature films and TV series. The Cowboy Trail perpetuates the western heritage with outfitters, artists, events, culinary experiences and hospitality. This 700 km route along highway 22 is the source for western experiences, vacations, and adventures. There’s plenty to do along The Cowboy Trail. Stay at a guest ranch or working ranch. Experience a trail ride with an outfitter into some of Alberta’s prettiest country. Take in a rodeo, cowboy festival or a pow-wow for a day. The western spirit comes alive in the small communities along the trail with special cowboy-flavoured events. This summer, come discover what we have to offer. Visit the for vacation inspirations.

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“The landscape and scenery along the Cowboy Trail is stunning with gold coloured wheat fields, dotted with hales of bales everywhere. This contrasted with brilliant blue skies and unusual cloud formations, makes for some stunning photos! It is worth a stop in some of the very cowboy style towns along the way!” “We drove the Cowboy Trail on a day trip and it wasn’t our first time. There are so many interesting things to see and towns to visit. Definitely a big part of our Alberta Heritage!” “The Cowboy Trail is very scenic passing through small Alberta towns, sprawling ranches, cattle grazing and mountain views. Stop along the way in some of the small towns and enjoy some good old-fashioned hospitality.”





lthough Chilcotin Holidays is still running their standard horse pack trips, they are now spotlighting the opportunity for horse riders to ride self-guided through the South Chilcotin Mountains, in the southeast corner of the Chilcotin Ark, an area of international ecological importance. They have 25 mountain camps located throughout their guide area, including the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, Big Creek Provincial Park, the Shulaps Range and the Bendor Range. These camps facilitate the opportunity for riders to explore the mountains, enjoying the subalpine meadows, knowing there is a secure camp with a log cabin, grazing for their horses and a warm fire to spend the night. For those who aren’t ready to take a multi-day tour in the mountains, they also offer bed and bale with ranch-based cabins or campsites with power and water and grazing for guests’ horses. This gives their guests the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness with a secure base and a community team available to assist with route choice and horse care. And if guests aren’t able to bring their own horse, Chilcotin Holidays offers day rides at the ranch where their sure-footed mountain horses will introduce guests to the South Chilcotin Mountains. If riders are looking for a longer wilderness experience, Chilcotin Holidays’ horse pack trips can take guests further into the mountains, heightening their nature connection as they learn about local flora and fauna, refine their horse care skills and contribute to conservation with species population counts. Chilcotin Holidays also cater to those who want to develop their horse skills further and become a wilderness guide. They are running one and two week horseback wilderness mentor guide programs this summer. Students learn how to shoe and pack, guide guests safely in the mountains and facilitate a nature connection, personal development and conservation experience for them. These guide schools are available for people with all levels of horse and wilderness skills – Chilcotin Holidays provides all the training their students need to become competent, confident horseback mentor guides. But what if students aren’t able to join Chilcotin Holidays at the ranch this year? They can join their online community with their training website the Wilderness Training Academy. Here students can take the online Wilderness Mentor Guide Training Program, teaching them the theory of horseback guiding. They then have the opportunity to join Chilcotin Holidays at the ranch to complete the practical part of their training when they can travel. Students can also sign up for one of their other training programs. The FREE Wilderness Explorer course gives students the opportunity to explore the training the Wilderness Training Academy has to offer. For students who want to learn more about conservation, the NEW Wilderness Steward Training Program launched last month. Students can sign up to learn how to play their part in the conservation of the Chilcotin Ark, their own local area and the greater environment. Every trip with Chilcotin Holidays plays its part for conservation of the Chilcotin Ark. Whether guests join a conservation and

tracking trip, take part in a species population count or record a wildlife sighting in Chilcotin Holidays’ Wildlife Sightings Form, they have the opportunity to get involved in on-the-ground conservation, making their contribution to the Chilcotin Ark. Chilcotin Holidays works with their partner the Chilcotin Ark Institute to educate guests about conservation and empower them to play their part, giving back to this vital ecosystem they are benefiting from. Give Chilcotin Holidays a call or take a look at their website to find out which wilderness experience is right for you. (See more Getaways in our Business Services section under GUEST RANCHES)

GET BACK TO NATURE IN THE CHILCOTIN MOUNTAINS • Ranch cabin rentals • Ranch campsite rentals • Alpine meadow cabin rentals • 1000 kms of horse trails (guided rentals or bring your own)

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Last September BC SPCA animal protection officers executed a warrant and removed 97 animals from a Princeton property in the Interior, including 43 puppies, 24 adult and senior dogs, after receiving a complaint about animals in distress.


he animals were living in an extremely poor environment, with lack of shelter, unsanitary living conditions, overcrowding, poor ventilation and were exposed to injurious objects,” Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, said at the time. The dogs and puppies seized were a range of breeds and breed crosses, including Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Corgis, Great Pyrenees, King Charles Spaniels, Yorkies, Maltese, Poodles and Australian Cattle dogs. After ongoing veterinary care provided by the BC SPCA and foster homes, many of the animals recovered and found their ‘fur’ever homes, including Maisy and Joey. Here’s what these two adorable pups are doing now… MAISY After her stay in foster care, Maisy found her forever home with her family on their Salt Spring Island farm. “We were really excited about being able to offer a home to an animal who had been through a difficult situation,” says Diane K., Maisy’s guardian. While the family continues to work with Maisy through her nervousness, her transition to her new home was made easier thanks to another young BC SPCA rescue dog in the family, Arnie. “They were instant buds and he provided her with a lot of comfort and confidence,” says Diane. More recently, Maisy has befriended a new lamb on the farm, Dylan. “The cutest part is while Dylan is getting bottle-fed, Maisy is right there licking and cleaning up the spilled milk on his face,” says


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Diane. “It’s also pretty cute when they cuddle together on the dog bed.” Maisy is adept at keeping herself busy. She loves being outside, going for hikes and loves exploring the farm. When it comes to adopting an animal from a challenging circumstance, Diane says it’s important to offer the pet a very calm home. “Don’t introduce too many people too quickly. Make sure you’re paying attention to how they’re feeling and don’t try to have them fit into your lifestyle too quickly. Use all the patience and compassion you have – and high-value treats are always a good idea.” JOEY Annemarie T. and her family adopted Joey in December 2020. While they were initially concerned he may not be as well-socialized or have health issues due to his upbringing, his clean bill of health and meeting him in person at the shelter quickly diffused their worries. “He was immediately comfortable with us and as we watched him interacting with other dogs, we could see that his foster people had done a great job socializing him and taking care of him,” she says. Joey was a bit shy and uncertain when he first arrived at his new home, however, within a few weeks his true personality shone through. “Now he’s very rambunctious and is completely comfortable with us and tries to tell us all what to do,” says Annemarie.




Fully integrated into the family and his new home, Joey loves chewing his toys and playing keep-away. “He’s very social. He loves meeting other dogs and people. He’s very curious and enjoys exploring the world.” As for her advice for those who are interested in adopting a pet from a tragic situation, Annemarie says it’s key to have a training plan that can adapt to the dog before you adopt. “Also, make sure your family’s aligned behind a plan. It doesn’t work if one person is doing all the work. Enlist professional trainers as needed. That assistance is as much for you as it is for the dog. And be prepared for how much time you’ll spend walking and playing and generally hanging out with your dog.”

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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office Thank you to everyone who attended our first March Madness Equine Education Series


ur “rock star” line up of speakers did not disappoint! It was fantastic to see how engaged and interested our BC Equine Community was with this program. Every session was sold out. Every Monday evening at 7:00 pm for the month of March, HCBC was happy to provide 5 excellent virtual presentations given by industry experts to everyone in the comfort of their own homes. HCBC would like to thank Lesley McGill “The Saddle Doctor,” Dr James Carmalt, Dr Julia Montgomery, Dr Christine Fuchs and the Western Canadian Farrier Group for their informative presentations. A very special thanks to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for their continued support of Horse Council BC’s educational programs. CENSUS 2021 IS COMING THIS MAY Do you live on an acreage with your horses? Then you may qualify to complete the upcoming Census of Agriculture as an agricultural operation. In May 2021, Canadian farm operators will have the opportunity to take part in a national dialogue by completing the Census of Agriculture questionnaire. The Census of Agriculture is a source of community-level data on agriculture. By drawing on these data, decision makers will act in the interest of farm operators, farm communities and agricultural sectors across Canada. Farm organizations are heavy users of census data and draw on this information to formulate policy recommendations, produce communications and outreach activities, and conduct market research. An agricultural operation is defined as a farm, ranch or other operation that produces agricultural products for sale. The definition does include horse operations that do not sell agricultural products but offer boarding, riding or training services. The data collected from the census will greatly improve our government’s understanding of the equine sectors’ needs and will empower our industry to build and maintain a sustainable and healthy equine lifestyle. When you are completing your Census of Population questionnaire, it will ask you if you are a farm operator. If you answer yes, you will be required to complete a Census of Agriculture form. This May speak up for your horses and your industry, information available on the census website. BC SUMMER GAMES 2022 The Road to Prince George Starts Now! If you are an Equestrian athlete competing in Dressage, Jumping,

Vaulting or Eventing and will be 12 to 18 years of age as of Jan 1 2022, OR if you are a Para Equestrian athlete, 13 years of age to 30 years of age, YOU ARE INVITED TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2022 BC SUMMER GAMES BEING HELD IN PRINCE GEORGE BC JULY 21–24 Make it your goal and part of your yearly training plan to set your sights at competing at the BC Summer Games! We would like to thank Susan Harrison for her years of volunteering and dedication to our sport by acting as our Provincial Advisor for Equestrian at the BC Summer Games. We wish Susan well and the best of luck with her new endeavors. We would like to welcome and introduce Lynda Ramsay as our new Provincial Advisor for Equestrian. Lynda is from Kelowna, where she and her husband Daryl operate D & L Equine Services, at Mission Creek Ranch, where they have a busy coaching, boarding and training facility, primarily working with Eventing, Dressage and Jumper clients. They also have a varied program at the ranch involving Working Equitation and training of young horses. Lynda brings with her a wealth of experience from the equine industry. She is an EC High Performance Coach, and is a very active EC and FEI Official in 3 Day Eventing and Dressage. Lynda is excited to help deliver an amazing Summer Games experience to the athletes, families and volunteers in Prince George in 2022. Welcome to the Team Lynda! CONTACTS Provincial Sport Organization Equestrian Horse Council BC (604) 856-4304 Provincial Advisor Equestrian Lynda Ramsay (250) 470-0424 More information, Athlete Declaration Forms and Technical Packages available at

Horse Council BC • How to Reach Us Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Address: 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3N5 604-856-4304 or Toll Free 1-800-345-8055 • Fax: 604-856-4302 •

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Canadian Cowboy Challenge By Hans Kollewyn


ince our AGM in January, CCC board members have attended monthly meetings via zoom. An area of discussion was to read over and make adjustments to our Challenge rules and regulations. We address any concerns or clarifications brought up by our membership and/or updates that we feel will help our Challenges be a more positive experience for our competitors. Updates are posted on our website with access through the home page. We scheduled a Judge’s conference on April 18 via zoom. This is a yearly conference where all Tjudges attend. The agenda included review of CCC rules, video critique of riders over obstacles and group discussion to assist enhancing the judging process. We hold these Judges conferences before the start of each season as a refresher to the judging process and prepare judges for the upcoming season. We are being optimistic for the 2021 season. There are 8 Challenges scheduled already starting in mid-June and July held in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is a good possibility more Challenges will be posted in August and September. These dates are yet to be confirmed. Check out our schedule in the coming events in Saddle Up or on our website www. Keep on putting the miles on your horse and hope to see you at the Challenges.

Blair Dyberg

Our condolences… The CCC is sad to announce the passing of Blair Dyberg on April 4, 2021. He was a dear friend and member to the CCC. He stood on the board for several years as a Director and Vice President. He helped build the association to what we have today. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

Why we Love our Canadian Walkers By Windi Scott


e live in a country that is 5,780 miles wide. That’s a lot of trailering if we want to get together with other Canadian Walking Horse owners outside of our own province. We would, if it were possible, because we share a deep-rooted love for these wonderful horses and their people. I’ve been riding and working with Tennessee Walking horses in my home province of Alberta for about 40 years. I am passionate about them because of their unique comfortable gaits and their great personalities. They are versatile and willing. Their original popularity in Canada came about mostly on the merits of their unsurpassed even 4-beat running walk. That appealed to folks for comfortable trail riding, but nowadays TWH are present (and excelling) in most disciplines. I have ridden my Walkers many miles, up and down mountains, in the competition ring, working livestock, and driving in harness. I have never wavered in my love for them. I find this to be true of most Walker owners. No need to look any further once you find a good Canadian-bred Walking Horse! We keep connected through publications such as the Walking Horse News, the on-line Canadian Walker and the CRTWH website and Facebook page (and Saddle Up!). If we can, we find other TWH folks to ride with who are not too far away. We take advantage of the programs offered through the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Most of these programs are designed to encourage owners to work through incremental levels of training (on their own or with friends) that progress in skill toward the top achievement of Ultimate Canadian Horse. Submissions are by video. The programs are open to all TWH owners. Many of us connect this way and it sure makes 5,780 miles seem a lot closer!

Windi on her Walker in Rock Lake Alberta

Bill Roy with his Walker gelding “Woodhill’s TS Trooper” in BC

Sue Gamble’s “Dixie’s Chocolate Fix” in Ontario MAY 2021


Vintage Riders Equestrian Club FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES By Simonne Rempel


ur March meeting was held online. Gina Allan joined us and taught an Equifit class. Equifit is a fitness program designed for equestrians, that focuses on improving back health, balance, core strength and posture. Thank you Gina. On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrated with a ride through Campbell Valley Park. For the occasion, we dressed accordingly and rode with the luck of the Irish. For safety, our group rides are walking only and follow the Provincial Health Orders. Members have also been meeting online for our Virtual Happy Hour. We enjoy this time to socialize and catch up with one another. Now that spring has sprung, let’s get out and ride.

gathering of horse enthusiasts within the Fraser Valley. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome. We meet every 3rd Tuesday in Fort Langley to enjoy fellowship and a speaker and host a variety of clinics. Find us on Facebook at Vintage Riders Equestrian Club – public, email: 2021 Upcoming Events: Online General Meetings Virtual Happy Hours Mountain Trail Clinic Obstacle Trail Sports Clinic Ranch Trip

Vintage Riders Equestrian Club …for the love of horses! We are a

What’s 4-H Been up to? By Hannah Peterson


ello, my name is Hannah Peterson. I am a second-year BC 4-H ambassador. I thought I would update you, Saddle Up readers, on how some of the 4-H clubs have maintained their equine enthusiasm through these tough times. I interviewed a few members asking what their clubs and members are up to during this pandemic...

Rose and her horse Tacoz all “fancied up”

Rose Thon, Secretary of Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club in BC “I rode my horse every day, and also gave riding lessons to a handful of non 4-H kids. I even helped a bunch of people by putting starting reining on their horses.” Not only did Rose work with horses and some group rides, she is planning on taking another young girl on her first trail ride. Rose’s club might not have had a lot of events but she made sure she still showed others how to “Learn to Do by Doing.”

Lauren (l) with Zip, and Rory (r) with Sonoka. Friends first, CoPresidents second. 30 • MAY 2021

Lauren Couch, Co-President of Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club in BC Lauren had public speaking before Covid and also assisted in organizing a virtual show. She continued to work with her horse throughout the year, not letting her extra time go to waste. Not only is she continuing to work with her horse, Lauren is a jack of many trades… “I do ordinary trail, pleasure, equitation and showmanship.” She is holding out hoping for shows this year.


Rory Brown, Co-President of Kelowna Hoofbeats 4-H Club in BC Rory had the opportunity to have meetings with her club online over Zoom, to maintain the club aspect. They play kahoots to keep meetings fun and interesting. Lessons start next month (fingers crossed!) for 1 hour to 1½ hours every Monday. A longtime member of 4-H, Rory told me, “We just completed our speeches, and our judging event is at the end of this month.” Rory is just hoping her club can meet soon, and on their behalf I wish so as well. Abby McLuskey, Club President of Vernon Young Riders in BC Abby didn’t have much opportunity for in-person events this year. Like any dedicated horsewoman, she made sure to work with her horse and be hands-on. Abby told me, “I worked with my horse separately from my club, mainly on cutting and basic maintenance.” They had socially distanced meetings, Abby spending quality but Abby just can’t wait to have in-person time with Remington activities.

Taylor working hard on her horse Gator

I also had the opportunity to ask an Alberta 4-H member about her past year. Taylor Swedgan, President of St Paul Light Horse Club Although Taylor wasn’t able to do much within her club, she continued to work with her horse as much as she could in other ways. Taylor participates in roping, barrel racing, gymkhana and has made sure to maintain her training. She also rode her horse through town earlier this year.

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association By Marilyn Griffin


e are a full year into this Covid pandemic and things have not improved, but there is hope for relief on the horizon. It is unlikely we will be able to hold our May Schooling show but please keep checking our Facebook page as we will keep you updated. Our AQHA/APHA combined show is scheduled for August 14-15 at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre and we are hopeful we will be able to hold it as vaccinations are well underway. Covid‑19 has affected so many things in the past year, but we can still ride our horses for which we are grateful. Series 1 of our virtual show is now in progress. Check out the BC Virtual Show on Facebook! Member Feature In the next few issues we intend to feature some of our youth members and their families. So let’s introduce you to… Emily Firth is the daughter of Leighanne Couchman and Gordy Firth. Gordy started Sunrise Trailers in 1990 and has been a sponsor of the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Bazaar & Country Fair for 30 years. His passion for horses has been in the form of team roping, calf roping, cattle penning and cutting. Leighanne has recently started taking lessons and it is definitely a family affair. Emily has been riding since she was 2 years old and got her first horse, Viper, in March 2016. The pair competed for the first time last year and did very well in both the open shows and the August AQHA show. Her horse Viper is a son of Wild Haired Cat whose pedigree includes some great horses like Highbrow Cat and Peptoboonsmal. Emily has been training with Jodie Moore for almost 4 years which has given her the opportunity to ride many different horses and learn from each of them. Emily says, “The thing I like most about riding is the joy and happiness it can bring and the amazing people you meet along the way, people like my best friend Avery Caron. She is my support and is a great cheerleader and we always have the best time when we are together. My dream is to one day show at the AQHA World show, and ride for an equestrian team in the horsemanship category in university.”

Emily on Dunner

Best friends Emily and Avery

Emily in Showmanship

Emily, mom, dad and Viper

Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, Website: Visit our Facebook page

MAY 2021


The Back Country Horsemen of BC Recognizing 10 Years Commitment to Saddle Up & BCHBC

By Terri Perrin, BCHBC North Vancouver Island chapter & Saddle Up magazine submissions coordinator Juanita Gibney has semi-retired and we’ve turned the proverbial reins over to a new Saddle Up magazine coordinator


in ensuring there were monthly articles ready to print over the past 10 years,” adds Verna Houghtaling, provincial vice-president. “I would imagine that the job was sometimes akin to herding cats! Our sincere appreciation goes out to her for the countless hours of volunteerism for the benefit of the Society.” “Thank you to Juanita for her submissions over the years,” adds Nancy Roman, Saddle Up publisher. “She was almost always on time for deadlines ... except for when she was off gallivanting down south! Enjoy your ‘semi-retirement’ Juanita and take care!”

uanita Gibney developed a love for all things equine while growing up on a farm in Alberta. Today, she and her husband Bob reside on an acreage in Summerland BC, where they keep horses, mules and a donkey. Mules, she says, are her latest passion. She credits longtime BCHBC member, the late John Gardner, for introducing her both to riding ‘long ears’ and to the Back Country Horsemen of BC. One thing that most BCHBC members may not know about Juanita In March, Terri Perrin, a member of the North Vancouver Island is that from 1982 to 2003 she competed in endurance riding in BC, Chapter took over as the new Alberta and the Western United States Saddle Up coordinator. Terri is also and was just short of achieving 5,000 a life-long equine enthusiast who competition miles ridden. brings a wealth of communications When she felt she had achieved and horse experience to this all she wanted to with the endurance volunteer position. She has circuit, she headed to the back country been extensively published in - at a more leisurely pace! She initially newspapers and magazines across joined the Yarrow chapter of BCHBC North American and has authored in 2011 and later joined the Okanagan three books ... including ‘Trail Chapter. Considering that she and Bob Juanita Gibney and her mule George in Arizona Blazers: The creation of the Salmon typically spend five months of the year Brewster Equine Campsites and in the USA, she is also a member of an Trail Corridor Project. (The book is sold out, however, a downloadable Arizona chapter of Back Country Horsemen of America. In 2012, when BCHBC was looking for someone to volunteer as the PDF of it will soon be on BCHBC’s new website.) Saddle Up magazine coordinator, she offered to help. “I had spent 13 years at a daily newspaper in Alberta and was a “I am excited to be handing over the reins to such a talented publisher of community newspapers for 11 years in the Okanagan,” she volunteer,” concludes Juanita. “The BCHBC relationship with Saddle Up magazine is in good hands.” explains. “It was a natural fit.” In 2013, while serving on the marketing committee for BCHBC Juanita says, “I somehow got talked into taking on the BCHBC logo Terri joined BCHBC after moving from Calgary to the Comox wear coordinator role, in addition to Saddle Up, through 2018. During Valley, on Vancouver Island, in 2009. In the past, she has assisted with those six years, I am proud that my efforts produced profits for BCHBC BCHBC’s provincial website, e-newsletter and social media and served exceeding $20,000.” on the board for her chapter. She recently Juanita was also instrumental in seeing the Trapping Creek Trails semi-retired from a job as communications and Horse Camps near Kelowna move from idea to reality, navigating manager for a local nonprofit. With more the Government departments necessary to get the trails registered and time on her hands, she was able to once again offer her support to our organization. developed. Juanita’s dedication has not gone unnoticed. In 2017, the Okanagan Terri currently leases a lovely Arabian/ Chapter presented her with the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award and, in Morgan mare (pictured here). 2018, she received the ‘Provincial Volunteer of the Year’ award. Terri is looking for new stories “I volunteer because I get satisfaction in contributing to help make about BCHBC events, adventures and Terri Perrin, our new the organization be the best it can be,” she says. projects for Saddle Up. Chapter members Saddle Up magazine with ideas may contact her by email at coordinator, and Smiley. “On behalf of each and every member of BCHBC, the current Photo by Nancy CarrExecutive wishes to thank Juanita for her dedication and persistence Hilton.

Back Country Horsemen Provincial Executive ~

President: Scott Walker,, 250-764-8555 or 250-300-8415 Vice President(s): Karl Arnold,; Verna Houghtaling,; Sandra Erickson,; Marie Reimer, Treasurer: Debra Oakman,, 250-897-5779 Secretary: Christine Heffernan,, 250-714-6001 Past President: Brian Wallace, 250-569-2324

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CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION (CHA) Certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, & publishes educational manuals, webinars & videos. 8/21

BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail:, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22

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INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 8/21 KELOWNA RIDING CLUB, contact and event info. Daily drop-in rates & facility rentals open to all. 3745 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. 3/21 MAY 2021


Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 10/21

PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 2/22


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SPIRIT OF THE HORSE GARDEN, a place to honour our equine friends; memorial plaques available,, FB 11/21 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun,, on Facebook 4/22 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 5/21

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LUTTMER TRAINING AND CLINICS, starting horses, building trust and confidence, Quesnel BC 250-249-9613, see updates on Facebook 10/21 SANDY LANG HORSEMANSHIP (Abbotsford BC) 778-344-3804, Foundation Horsemanship & Working Equitation, Clinics & Lessons, 8/21 THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. 3/22


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LEE PONCELET TRAINING STABLES (Vernon, BC) 250-938-2034 Starting Colts. Training all levels. Specializing in Cutting/Cowhorse. 7/21 LISA WIEBEN (Bowden AB), Clinics, Training, Lessons, Centered Riding/Western & English Dressage 6/21



JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses®, 1-888-533-4353 10/21

VETERINARIANS ANIMAL CARE HOSPITAL Williams Lake 250-392-5510 / Quesnel 250-747-3053 Drs. Magnowski, Scheidt, Thompson, Jordan, Ree , 4/22 INTERIOR VETERINARY HEALTH SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-769-4217, Mobile Equine, Brytann Youngberg DVM, VSMT, College of Animal Chiropractors 8/21 OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM,


WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, 8/21




Rural Roots

SOUTH CARIBOO 160 ACRES EQUESTRIAN/HAY RANCH RECREATIONAL ESTATE PROPERTY WITH INCOME POTENTIAL Equestrian enthusiasts take notice! To purchase a revenue-generating 15.99 acre lot featuring a 5,800 SF main house, 3,100 SF log house, 1,152 SF carriage house, covered outdoor pool, hot tub, BBQ entertaining area, 14 box stalls, new workshop, enclosed hay shed, indoor & outdoor riding arenas, and more. A private park setting with Little Campbell River running through the back of the property. A truly unique estate offering.

447 232nd Street, Langley, BC $7,890,000 JESSE GODIN Cell: 604-760-2187 • NAI Commercial Fly-Through Video:

Enjoy your own Heartland in the Cariboo, on the Fishing Highway near 100 Mile House! 4 bedroom, 2 bath, Log House with vaulted ceiling Set up for horses, 130’x280’ sand arena, 7’ high x38’round pen 10 paddocks, 4 stall barn 25’x52’ with tack room and 20 ton hay loft 50 acres cultivated hay field, produced 70+ tons in 2020 25 acres sub-irrigated hay field, another 40 acres cleared to plant 30’x60’ shop (Man Cave), cement floor, wired 220, 14’6” overhead doors

Virtual Tour/Photo Gallery: Priced at $1,125,000 Contact: Linda Poel 250-706-9286



Equestrian property with a 1,911 sq. ft. 3 bed/2 bath renovated rancher, as well as a 1,225 sq. ft. 2 bed/1 bath suite above the barn that is tenanted. This facility features a 72’ x 220’ indoor riding arena, 125’ x 295’ outdoor arena, 45 total combined stalls and paddocks, 55’ round pen, is fully fenced and more. House has been fully renovated inside and out with granite counters, stainless appliances, new windows, metal roof, and more. Minutes from all amenities.

Located in Abbotsford BC $2,799,000 CONTACT AMY BRATTEBO, PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CORP. 604-613-1684 /


1-866-546-9922 for more info

Stallions & Breeders APPALOOSACENTRE.COM 250-963-9779 Real Appaloosas for Today and the Future! 9/21 FOOTNOTE FARM FJORDS (Langley BC) 778-822-3276. Registered & imported breeding stock. Bred for performance and built to last. 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, 12/21 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22



MAY 2021


On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse


We Have the Blues!

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

for Trail ~ Work ~ Show

2021 Foals will be available sired by:

LBJ Sierras Blue Te | AQHA Blue Roan and his son AW Blue Fire N Te | AQHA Blue Roan

To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website. 12/21

Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC)

Visit for more Information on this Incredible Breed! • 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21

7/21 3/17

Glynn Irish Sport Horse If you’re looking for your “Heart Horse” look no further!

We breed and train GYPSY COBS AND VANNERS


Champion bloodlines and amazing temperaments to suit everyone’s adventure!






(Ph): 250-546-6599 (Cell): 778-212-7721 38 • MAY 2021





Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) 10/21


HORSE BLANKET LAUNDRY & REPAIRS HORSE BLANKET & SADDLE PAD WASHING & Repairs. Clean used Blankets for sale. Town Centre Dry Cleaners, Town Centre Mall. 250-546-0104 (Armstrong BC) 6/21


Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles


Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm



that has a little bit of everything

Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM


Double Delichte Stables

Full Board $350 monthly (3 feedings p/day) Daily/Nightly/Weekly Group or Individual Paddocks with Shelters Individual Feed Program Box Stalls, Wash Stall, Heated Tack Room 90 x 200 all purpose Western/English Arena 110 x 200 Jumping Arena, Round Pen Lessons, Conditioning TRAINERS WELCOME 15 minutes from downtown Vernon  250-309-2384 Coldstream, BC  9/21

Dealer for

Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE


3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC

FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD in either a group pasture or paddocks with run-in sheds with access to pasture • Overnight camping with paddocks available • Heated auto waterers • Round pen and • 120 x 160 sand Arena 10/21

Contact: Indigo Ridge Farm 4784 Stepney Road, Armstrong BC 250-898-4075 /





1521 Sumas Way ........................................ 604-864-2665



3663 South Island Hwy ............................... 250-334-0801



1309 Northwest Boulevard.......................... 250-428-2254



4650 Trans Canada Hwy ............................. 250-746-1755



1090 Stevens Road Hwy ............................. 250-769-8700



5592 Hwy 97 South ..................................... 250-498-2524



Upper Mud River Road ............................... 250-560-5431



7155 Meadowlark Road .............................. 250-545-3355

40 • MAY 2021