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TheNEUTRAL Power of By Elisha Bradburn | Photos by Connie Ellis
This month I thought I would take a break from my series on the qualities of a horseman, and visit a very important, but not often emphasized topic: The power of neutral.
o begin with, allow me to define neutral from a horsemanship perspective. Neutral is the state of being engaged and ready, but not giving out any communications. You are ready, in that you are not slumped over, sitting on your back pockets, and chewing the fat with the neighbour over the fence. You are in an athletic riding position, reins up off the neck and poised for what’s next. It should be comfortable for you and the horse, a sweet spot of sorts, and it should be easily recognized by your horse as the “do nothing until further notice” position. Believe it or not, this neutral position is way easier talked about than executed! Continued on page 6
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The Power of Neutral Continued from page 5 To be a good rider, you need to be clear, crisp and concise in your communications to your horse. To be clear as an equestrian, you need to have a good neutral as your home base. It is the place that provides the difference, the punctuation between doing one thing, and then another, kind of like a period between sentences. The neutral home base is the place you return to when you have given a request via your aids to your horse, you have executed the request together, and are ready for the next thing. The visit to neutral could be as long as a few minutes, or as short as a second. But the difference that this moment of “nothingness” provides to the horse can’t be overstated. Miles Kingdon often tells a story about a fly buzzing in your ear, eventually you don’t hear it anymore. In contrast, a speaker who delivers a speech with proper cadence and pauses garners 100% of your attention. That is like the power of neutral, the silencing of aids, the nothingness, the pause, gives the aids their power. Neutral is the pause between the important instructions you are trying to relay to your horse. The first big lesson I squirreled away in my lessons with Miles was to develop awareness. He encouraged me to stop and really look at my horse. He told me to look at his ears. Boone’s ears were flicking back towards me on his back, and forward again, like antennas, as if to say, “what next boss?” It was a big moment. For the first time in my life, and I have been around horses many years, that I really looked at my horse for feedback. This is not to say I had never received feedback from my horse, the obvious feedback we can’t miss, such as limping, bucking, rearing, etc. However, generally that is the feedback that happens when we miss the feedback we should have seen prior to the horse needing to get so extreme. I mean seeing the type of feedback that will open the door to a relationship with a horse (different than dictatorship). We need this level of awareness to be great with horses. This level of awareness allows you to realize why you need to slow down to hurry up, why you need neutral. So many times, I would get in a rush and have expectations that my horse should deliver my requests with precision and speed, even if I didn’t have the feel, timing and skill to properly communicate my expectations. I felt like I had no use and no time for pausing, I was giving so many signals to my horse all at once (the fly was buzzing let me tell you!). Some signals on purpose, and some not on purpose, such as shifting in the slipping saddle, trying to adjust my foot in the stirrup, etc. My lack of awareness, and desire to go far fast was getting in the way of any real success with my horses. Too many signals (or aids) at once, and the absence of a clear neutral created confusion for my horse. Let me give you an example of the importance of a clear neutral to the horse. Imagine I am pulling your arm just lightly, so you walk forward towards me, thinking I am indicating for you to come forward. But when you come forward, I immediately start shaking your arm, so you start backing up. Then I pull your arm harder forward again, and we keep on doing this back and forth until you shove me away, out of desperation for relief. If the horse cannot find neutral as a reward and indication of a job completed, he will continue to search for the answer, with or without his rider still atop his back. This may also look like uneasiness, chomping the bit, rooting the bit, jigging back and forth, etc., because he can’t find the relief. This emphasizes why we need to provide a clear neutral to communicate well in a silent conversation. 6 • OCTOBER 2021
Me and Boone slacker rein neutral, but still ready. So, what does a clear neutral look like in a silent conversation? It starts with a feeling inside you, a feeling of calm, purposeful readiness, without tension. Your seat is on your balance point in the saddle - that is your ears, shoulders, hips and heels are aligned, so that if your horse were to be snatched out from under you magically, you would drop to the ground standing. Your body and legs are relaxed, heels not pushed down, just resting in your stirrups, no tension anywhere. Reins are held above the neck, not tight but not totally slack, so you are ready to do anything. It is a nothing going on, but ready to get on with it, kind of place. It feels good to the horse. It feels different from when you are actually giving a communication or aid. It is like a period at the end of the communication sentence. It says good job, yes, that was it, you did what I asked. If we just keep on giving aids, how will the horse ever know if he actually accomplished what we asked of him. How will he relate aids to actions if it is just one big run on sentence of instructions? Neutral is a pause, a sweet spot, but not to be confused with dropping the reins on the neck, giving total slack, and chilling right out. You want to picture neutral like you are still having a conversation, and you are pausing, but you are not “hanging up the phone” as Jonathan Field puts it so well. The value of neutral has been absolutely priceless in the development of a soft, responsive, listening, and engaged horse. My horses have come way farther, faster, by me learning the power of neutral. I believe it was Pat Parelli who said it best when he said, “Take the time it takes, so it takes less time.” That is kind of like neutral, if we slow down and ensure our communication is clear, as it is punctuated with neutral, it will make everything faster! Hope this enriches your journey like it has mine. Happy Thanksgiving friends! Elisha Bradburn and her husband Clay own Faithful Farm, an equestrian centre in the Fraser Valley of BC. Elisha’s passion with horses lies in psychologybased horsemanship, with a strong consideration for the horse’s point of view. Elisha is available for speaking engagements and can be followed on her Legacy Horsemanship pages on both Facebook and Instagram or e-mailed at email@example.com. (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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In the Driver’s Seat with Elisa Marocchi
In last month’s article, I shared a few safety tips you can incorporate into your driving routine. n this article, I’ll describe a few ways you can make harnessing more comfortable for your horse, and will also provide a couple of additional safe practices to adopt. We know that when putting on a full collar that is not equipped with a buckle at the top we need to first put our knee into the collar to stretch it out a bit, then turn it upside down when putting it on, so the widest part of the collar clears the horse’s eyes. By turning a breast collar upside down so the front of the collar passes over the ears, you will also avoid rubbing the eyes. Hold the collar by the trace buckles, and guide it over the head, avoiding the ears and eyes. Once over the ears, turn the collar in the direction the mane lies. Doing so will avoid the mane hairs being pulled. When you take the harness off, follow the same procedure in reverse - turn the collar over behind the ears, 8 • OCTOBER 2021
in the direction of the mane, hold the collar by the buckle attachment points, and lift it over the ears. (Photo 1) When placing the backsaddle on, I hold it and the breeching assembly over my right arm and use my left hand to lift the girth over the back and place the saddle on. (Photo 2) There’s no need to throw the backsaddle on or drop it heavily into place. I realize that draft harness may be heavy enough to make this process impractical, but for regular harness, doing it this way is just a bit more comfortable for you horse. Once the backsaddle is over the back, place the breeching on top of the croup. Before dropping the breeching into place, buckle the girth just tightly enough to hold the backsaddle in place. (Photo 3) At that point, you can then take the breeching from the croup and settle it in place around the butt. This way, if something were to spook your horse prior to the girth being buckled, the harness will fall freely away from the horse and not be entangled in the hindquarters. At the end of the drive, unbuckle the crupper, then place the breeching on top of the croup before unbuckling the girth. Fitting a buckle-in crupper is another place we can make the process more comfortable for our driving partners. To avoid the possibility of the buckle scraping against the underside of the tail, I grasp and lift the tail with my left hand, and with the buckle enclosed in my right hand, I pass the crupper under the tail. (Photo 4) I then keep my right forearm under the tail to keep it lifted while I buckle the crupper to the backstrap. When removing the crupper at the end of my drive, I make sure to cover the buckle with my hand to again ensure it doesn’t rub the tail. If anyone reading this article has ever tied their hair back with an elastic band, they’ll recognize the discomfort they feel from a single hair being caught in that band. To avoid this experience for your horse, take a moment to really check the crupper carefully once it is buckled in place and remove any hairs that are caught up or being pulled by this piece of equipment. The last two harness fitting tips are safety related, but like the other tips, are easy to incorporate into your routines. Putting to and unhitching are two of the riskier moments in driving because the horse is partially attached to the vehicle. Strive to complete these tasks as quickly and smoothly as possible, while avoiding rushing. If I’m using quick-release tugs, before hitching I make sure they’re open and ready to receive the shafts. Breeching straps and kicking straps are unbuckled with the tips tucked into the keepers so they’re easy to reach for and attach through the footman’s loops; the trace shackles on the singletree are open. My whip is in the holder, I’ve got my gloves either on, or on my seat waiting for me and
If a way of doing something doesn’t cost you anything, takes no more time than any other method, is safe and keeps your horse more comfortable during harnessing, you’d want to do it that way, right? the cart is lined up, ready to pull forward. Taking the time to properly prepare for the actual hitching process will make the job quicker and safer and is worth the few moments it takes to do so. Safe driving!
Photo 4 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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Forage Alternatives for Horses By Dr. Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS
When we talk about forage for horses, most of us immediately think of sprawling green pastures or the smell of freshly baled hay. But what about horses that can’t chew hay properly, or that are kept on a small acreage with no pasture available?
here are a number of forage alternatives that can not only help horses meet their daily forage needs, but also help the horse owner stretch their hay supply if good quality hay is difficult to come by. Horses Are “Trickle Feeders” Horses evolved eating numerous small meals of forage all day, while simultaneously roaming 10 miles or more. The equine digestive system adapted as such, consisting of a relatively small stomach (a mere 10% of the entire digestive tract), small intestine, cecum (the “fermentation vat”), and large colon. Forage satisfies a horse’s need to chew, and promotes saliva secretion for ease of swallowing and to buffer stomach acid. Fiber should have some length to it, about 2-4 inches, to facilitate proper motility of the digestive tract. According to research discussed in the 2007 NRC Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Ed., it is estimated that an average horse can consume 1.5-3.1% of their body weight in forage, if left to their own devices. (For a 1000 pound horse, that translates to 15-31 pounds of forage per day.) Research in a small cohort of ponies suggested consumption of 2.9- 4.9% body weight (Longland, et al., 2007), which, if left unchecked, would potentially lead to obesity and metabolic concerns. But what about the horse that cannot consume forage due to dental issues? Or the horse that has to have a carefully controlled intake, such as in the case of obesity? Many horse owners don’t realize that there is a work-around, but there are some simple solutions for these unique situations. Forage Alternatives Let’s take a real-life example. A friend and fellow horse owner asked me for help with her 22-year-old, active horse’s diet after he had experienced three colic episodes in as many weeks, one of which landed him in the clinic. It turns out this horse was unable to chew hay due to poor dentition (despite a lifetime of routine dental care), likely the culprit causing digestive upsets. There is no pasture available at the boarding facility where the gelding lives, which turned out to be helpful in this case. I removed all the hay from his diet, and replaced it with an equivalent amount of hay cubes and some hay pellets – all to be soaked. In addition, a ration balancer and a low-carbohydrate concentrate rounded out the diet. Everything this horse eats now gets soaked to increase water consumption and make it easier to chew, and he still gets some longstem fiber to keep the gut moving. My friend likes to give him a “topper” consisting of a few handfuls of chopped forage with his lunch. To date, one year later, things are going very well and the horse looks fantastic (not my words!) and continues his active lifestyle. Horses can live on a hay- and pasture-free diet if necessary, provided the proper tools are utilized. • Hay Cubes – compressed hay typically available as timothy, timothy/ alfalfa, or alfalfa. Economical, and easily soaks up a lot of water. Provides 10 • OCTOBER 2021
enough fiber length for digestive health, and easy to consume when soaked. • Hay Pellets – often helpful for use in extending hay supply, but should not replace more than 50% of the forage in a horse’s diet, depending on the manufacturer. Also should be soaked, but take a while (an hour or more) to soften. • Chopped Forage – typically available in bags, unfortified or fortified. Can be expensive, but can usually be supplemented with hay cubes or beet pulp to reduce cost. • Beet Pulp – excellent source of digestible fiber, with short fiber length. Available as shreds or pellets. Pellets MUST be soaked for a few hours, shreds can be fed almost immediately with water. Shreds don’t necessarily have to be soaked, but I always recommend serving with water to reduce the risk of choke from small, dried particles irritating the pharynx. • Complete Feed Concentrate – specially designed concentrates that can be the sole source of nutrition in a horse’s diet, but does not provide any long stem fiber. Often recommend that these are soaked, but depends on the horse’s needs. Complete feeds will be labeled as such, and must be divided into several feedings per day. • Grazing Muzzle – if all of your turn-out areas have pasture and no dry lot is available, a properly fitted grazing muzzle can be used to limit intake of forage he may have trouble chewing. Just make sure the muzzle doesn’t stay on for more than 12 hours in a row. Even if your horse’s teeth are in perfect shape, hay cubes, hay pellets, chopped forage or beet pulp can be used to help extend or supplement existing hay supplies. These forage alternatives also provide some long stemmed fiber, which is necessary to maintain normal gut motility and function. With recent wild weather making hay production a major challenge, these forage products can come in handy to ensure your horse has enough to chew on. Summary If your horse is having trouble chewing hay, your first step should be a thorough dental exam by a qualified veterinarian or equine dentist. Your next phone call is to an equine nutritionist who can ensure a balanced diet tailored to the horse’s needs. Forage alternatives are a very useful tool for a variety of reasons, but just like anything else, need to be incorporated into the diet slowly and carefully. There are many options available, so finding the right one for an individual horse’s needs and management situation is not as hard as you think! Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for formulating and developing new products, research and education of the sales team, our dealers and our customers. BUCKEYE Nutrition is a 100 percent equine-focused company, 100 percent medication-free facility, sourcing 100 percent traceable, pure ingredients for consistency.
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By Lisa Wieben and Birgit Stutz Photos by Lisa Wieben | Rider is 12-year-old Anya Sales riding Pumpkin Spice, a grade mare
Standing fairly balanced and connected. The rider's body is in alignment.
Learn how to back up without pulling and have the horse move back soft, round, and light, and with an even rhythm. Teaching the backup improves transitions as the horse begins to shift its weight more onto its hind end.
efore teaching the horse to back under saddle, it is a good idea to teach the horse to back from the ground. When asking the horse to back from the ground keep the horse’s head low to level so that the horse can lift its back and step evenly back. Backing is an essential skill for every horse, no matter its age or level. Your horse may have to back out of a trailer, wash stall, or a tricky spot on a trail.
Rider is asking for the backup from the legs, seat, and hands.
Horse is starting to round more and soften off the rein contact. The rider maintained her position and used her legs more to keep the mare stepping back.
Here the rider has pulled on the reins without using her legs. You can see the tension in the rider's body. The mare has tension all through her body and has hollowed her back making it harder for her to step back. 12 •• OCTOBER 12 OCTOBER 2021 2021
The Western Dressage Association of America rule book states: WD107 1. Back is a rearward diagonal movement with a two-beat rhythm but without a moment of suspension. Each diagonal pair of legs is raised and returned to the ground alternately, with the forelegs aligned on the same track as the hind legs. 2. During the entire exercise, the horse should remain “on the bit,” maintaining his desire to move forward at the slightest indication of the rider. 3. Serious faults are: Anticipation of the movement, resistance to or evasion of the contact of the bit either by raising the neck or going behind the bit, deviation of the hindquarters from the straight line, spreading or inactive hind legs and dragging forefeet. 4. Steps are counted as each foreleg moves back. After completing the required number of steps backward, the horse should show a square stop or move forward in the required gait immediately. In tests where a back of one horse’s length is required, it should be executed with three or four steps. 5. A back series is a combination of two backs with walk steps in-between. It should be executed with fluent transitions and the required number of steps. WD108 Faults Faults of gaits include crookedness, loss of rhythm; tight and tense back with short stiff neck; horse on forehand and/or leaning on the bit; nose consistently behind the vertical; raising of the head to avoid collection; changing tempo; and evasion of contact which can come from improper training, too harsh a bit, or bad hands. In all cases faults will be penalized. How to ask for the backup In a correct backup the horse moves forward into contact, then steps back rhythmically in diagonal pairs. - Start with a square halt. - Centre, grow tall, and lighten your seat to allow the horse’s back to come up. The rider’s body will not lean forward or back. - With your legs ask your horse for forward into your contact which is maintained with blocking, not pulling, hands. You may want to widen the reins slightly in order to prevent your horse from getting out of boundaries. The reins provide just enough contact to prevent the horse from moving forward into a walk. The horse leans into the contact slightly, then will step back away from the blocking pressure. - As soon as the horse takes a step back, soften the reins a touch, but maintain a soft contact, keeping the light seat.
- Some horses do better with pressure applied from both legs used together while others may prefer the alternating leg as the horse is stepping back. The legs would press alternating with the swing of the horse’s barrel. - Make sure your hips are following the movement. To complete the backup let your weight down and apply leg to ask the horse to move forward in the required gait. Ask the horse forward after every backup to teach the horse to propel from the hind quarters. Start out with just one step of back, then two, then three, and so on. Each diagonal movement is one step. Common problems while backing up Resistance is common when the horse is first learning how to back up. Often the resistance is caused by the rider pulling on the reins. This will be seen when the horse lifts its head up and perhaps gapes its mouth. There will be tension in the poll, neck, and back and the horse will step back unevenly. Remain patient and using your legs continue to ask the horse into contact until the horse drops its head. Reins block the unwanted movement so the left rein blocks the horse from bending to the right and the right rein blocks the horse from bending to the left. Keeping the hands wider will give more block if the horse wants to turn away from the pressure. The pressure of both reins together keeps the horse from moving forward. At first the horse will try to find a way out of pressure until it finds the point where the pressure eases, when he drops his head and softens the poll. Continue to apply leg pressure to ask for the backward steps. If the horse is backing crookedly use your legs to help guide the horse back by applying more pressure on the side the horse is veering to, while the reins keep the neck straight. Sometimes backing along a wall or fence will help maintain straightness.
Give your horse plenty of time to figure out the backup and only ask for one or two steps to start with, then immediately forward. By practicing this at the end of your training session you can finish your ride as a reward once the horse gives you a few good steps for the day. If you are unsure of where you are heading it is always a good idea to connect with a coach that knows the sport you want to prepare for. We (Lisa and Birgit) are both available for online and in-person lessons. Be sure to send your questions to email@example.com as we will answer another reader question next month.
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! www.somaticrider.com 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. www.fallingstarranch.ca. (See their listings in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
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By Glenn Stewart
in the Saddle
n this case, I’m referring to what I call the 7 Elements, these are what we need to have working to move the horse or parts of the horse, separately at first and then many times together and at different speeds and gaits.
These 7 Elements are: • Lateral flexion - being able to bend your horse’s neck left and right without the feet moving and when you ask the feet to move, on a straight line or on a circle. • Vertical flexion – being able to ask for the horse’s nose to come in, the neck to get round from the withers to the poll when you pick up the reins, standing still or when moving. • Hindquarter control – being able to move the hindquarters right or left separately from the forequarters when standing still or when moving. • Forequarter control – being able to move the forequarters separately from the hind, standing still or when moving. • Sideways – being able to move the horse sideways in a straight line as well as when moving forward. • Backwards – being able to ask a horse to back up on a straight line, in an arc, or a serpentine. • Forwards. At one point I considered there to be only six elements because I thought obviously all horses go forward. Then I remembered all the emails, letters and people I’ve seen ask their horse to go forward and the horse kicks out, bucks or goes forward but barely. These 7 elements are the first things I check out on a horse when I get on. I want to know how many of the elements work and how well they work. The less they work or the worse they work, the more I know I won’t be able to do with that horse and the worse the ride is going to be at that point in time. I check out the elements at first standing in one spot and asking for each element separately. This is the easiest for the horse and rider to manage but many horse and rider teams are unable to do these 7 elements standing still and with the use of their reins. When I say standing still I mean they are not trying to accomplish these things at a walk, trot, or canter. All these things should be able to be done at all gaits and most going backwards as well. If I can manage the elements standing still, 14 • OCTOBER 2021
Whenever I’m playing with my horses I try to be very conscious of what is working and what isn’t. Or what is working a little and what is working a lot. It is easiest for the horse and the human to break everything down into understandable, trainable portions. Separate the individual elements get each working a little, and then a lot, so we can start putting them together.
then I want to know how many I can ask for without the reins. Next I want to know if I can ask for them at the walk, then the trot and finally the canter. For example, can I ask for lateral flexion at each gait and come to a stop, keep riding straight ahead or on a circle. So from lateral flexion at the stand still to possibly cantering on a circle being able to ask for right or left flexion without interfering with the canter. If these elements work at all gaits separately then it is time to see if any 2, 3, or 4 of these elements can work together at the same time with or without reins. Here is an example of a horse in motion with five of those elements combined. 1. Cantering on a right lead (forward), 2. Lateral flexion to the right, 3. Vertical flexion nose in, neck and back rounded, 4. Half passing right (sideways), 5. Hindquarters leading.
What you would be looking at or asking for is a horse that is cantering forward and sideways with a bend in the neck to the right, head in, neck round, and the hip a bit ahead of the shoulder. Much more difficult or advanced would be able to do that same picture without reins or head gear of any kind. The sky is the limit as they say with what we can do with our horses and how much we want to know. The bare minimum from a safety perspective is to have the 7 elements working at a stand still. Then as many as possible at the walk and trot. The faster you want to ride the more of these elements should be working, and if they all work well at any gait you will have safe enjoyable rides and be able to do most anything you would like with your horse. Happy riding, Glenn Stewart
Glenn offers year round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort St John BC and is available to travel and conduct clinics. For more information visit www.thehorseranch.com. (See his listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
Triple Warmer Meridian and the Stress Response in Horses and People By Lisa Wieben
The Triple Warmer Meridian, also known as Triple Heater, or Triple Burner, is the meridian involved with the flight, fight, and freeze response and is most well-known for its connection to the stress response. Keeping this meridian in balance improves immunity, hormone health, adrenal fatigue (more so in people), and reduces stress.
in and out of barns and new surroundings, experiencing different sights and sounds. They spend more time in small pens and stalls. For some horses, especially ones that did not have a lot of handling or socialization when they were young, many more things become stressors. When the body is constantly bombarded by stressors the triple warmer reaction starts to get overwhelmed or over-energized. It starts to pull energy from other meridians. The first affected is the spleen meridian, which is responsible for metabolizing food, environmental toxins, as well as thoughts and feelings. In prolonged stress all the meridians, except heart, can be affected, as well as the adrenals and thyroid. Immune system challenges such as autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, MS, etc. are being diagnosed more and more as people are living with more and more stress! A horse with an over-energized Triple Warmer may be more skittish than usual, their immune system may become challenged. A compromised immune system can allow other illnesses to take hold. Thyroid issues and skin issues may appear. Tracing a meridian backwards helps to calm or sedate the meridian. In this case you can trace the meridian with your flat hand with very light pressure. If your horse is more sensitive you can also have your hand slightly above the body. Start just above the eye, trace up and around the ear (towards the poll), angle down to the mid neck, trace down the middle of the neck, follow the curve of the shoulder, move down the middle outside front leg and slide down and off the front of the hoof. For people a lovely way to calm Triple Warmer when you are feeling stressed is Eden Method’s Triple Warmer Smoothie. Rest your face in your hands with your fingers at your temples. Take a couple of deep breaths. Breathe in as you slide your fingers up slightly and start to slide the fingers back around the ears, exhale as you circle the ears and slide down the sides of the neck. Once at the bottom of the neck place your hands over your shoulders, pressing your fingers into the back of your shoulders. Take two deep breaths. Then slowly drag your hands down to the centre of your chest. Take two deep breaths. Enjoy!
Lisa Wieben is an Essential Somatic Clinical Practitioner, an Eden Method Clinical Practitioner, a Centered Riding Instructor, Bach Flower Level 1 Practitioner, Equine Canada Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 7 Coach. Her passion is developing Confident Healthy Riders. Available for online Somatics sessions, Energy Medicine sessions, and lessons. www. somaticrider.com (See her listing in our Business Services section under TRAINERS)
f a horse senses danger, for example, while grazing it senses a bear nearby, or a nasty plastic bag blows past its pen, the horse will feel the adrenaline and prepare to fight or run away. Triple Warmer begins the chemical reaction in the body that activates the reaction and once the perceived danger has passed, the balance will return as the horse settles back to eating or resting. In today’s world we have stressors all around us, from the news, from families, from work, the list goes on. Horses today are also feeling more stress. Horses spend more time in trailers than they used to, OCTOBER 2021
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Emergency Recall – The one word every dog must know Courtesy of www.spca.bc.ca | Photo courtesy of Alpine Dogs
Suppose you unexpectedly face a scary wildlife encounter or an aggressive dog on your off-leash walk and need to call your dog back immediately. Do you have an effective, distraction-proof recall? An emergency recall can be life-saving and it is the one essential skill for you and your dog to master. An emergency recall is different than your regular recall. It is used only in emergency situations, when you want your dog to get back to you immediately, with no hesitation, regardless of the circumstances. An emergency recall is the one cue every dog must know.
e spoke to BC SPCA AnimalKind accredited trainer Saundra Clow, owner and trainer at Alpine Dogs, about emergency recall, the advantages of having it and how to train your dog so they can enjoy more freedom in your outdoor adventures. What is an emergency recall? According to Clow, an emergency recall “is one that, like the name implies, you only use in an emergency when you really need to ensure your dog comes to you no matter what.” Every dog guardian wants their dog to come when they call and your everyday recall should do that, but it can sometimes fail when the environment is more exciting to your dog, or they are simply having too much fun. For this reason, an emergency recall is different because it is a unique cue. “The difference with the emergency recall is that it will be so salient that your dog will disengage from more major distractions because they heard the magical emergency recall word or sound that is different from the recall they hear daily outdoors,” explains Clow. “The novelty of this alone will help ensure your dog’s success in disengaging from the environment to come running back to you.” What are the advantages of having an emergency recall? Having an emergency recall is beneficial for both you and your dog. Clow explains, “dogs that have an emergency recall can be offered more freedom,” which makes off-leash trails more enjoyable to dogs and their guardians. “British Columbia is a beautiful province and there are so many dogfriendly off-leash trails to explore. It’s important to have an emergency recall trained with your dog before going on these adventures in case you need to use it to call your dog back from a person, another dog or wildlife,” says Clow. What makes a good emergency recall for dogs? For Clow, for a good emergency recall, consistency is key. “Dogs learn by association so it’s important to have a consistent recall that uses the same verbal cues or sounds (like a whistle) that you say in the same order and in the same way every time you use it. This consistency will
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help your dog recognize that you’ve just said their recall cue and they’ll know what behaviour to offer.” The other essential component of a good emergency recall is the rewards. Clow says, “ensure you have built up a very strong history of pairing the recall with delicious, high-value food rewards. You need to use a type of reinforcement that your dog is motivated to recall off dogs, squirrels, etc.” And it is not just any food rewards. “Dried biscuit-type treats won’t cut it here. You’ll get better results with your training efforts by rewarding with boiled chicken, cheese, roast beef, etc.” How do you train an emergency recall? Training an emergency recall requires patience - so don’t rush the process, or you could risk overusing the recall losing its novelty and efficiency. The process has different steps. Clow says, “you first need to choose what your emergency recall word will be. You can also train your dog to a whistle as it is a sound that carries well and will be consistent for your dog.” The next step involves preparing in advance those high-value food rewards. “Once you’ve decided on your recall cue word or whistle, then you need to pair that with delicious, high-value food rewards. To do this, have a container of food prepared ahead of time in the fridge. You’ll need a big handful – think a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chicken, cheese, etc., depending on the size of your dog.” After you have everything ready, it is time to start practicing at home. Clow says, “say your recall cue once, very clearly, when your dog is in the room with you. Then encourage your dog to run to the fridge with you, where you’ll give them the food. Feed your dog the high-value treats, all while praising them. Then repeat daily, only once a day, for a minimum of 7 days in the house only. Be sure to vary the room you are in, the time of day you say their emergency recall and always have the food prepped and in the fridge, well in advance.” Once the training at home shows results, it is time to move the training outside and start practicing outdoors. “Practice once a day outdoors, without any distractions with your dog on a long line, slowly building up to practicing your emergency recall when your dog is offleash. It is very important to ensure your dog comes when they hear the
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cue the first time without hesitation.” Remember, you need patience. “Avoid the temptation of using it outdoors too soon. My general rule is if you are not willing to bet $100 your dog will be successful, do not use your emergency recall cue,” says Clow. How can you practice the emergency recall? Practicing your emergency recall gives you the confidence that it works and that your dog knows what to do when you use it. Find the right environment to practice and do it only once per day. “Using a long line outside with minimal to no distractions is a great way to practice your emergency recall. You can work up to practicing it when your dog is off-leash as well. It’s important to practice at random to keep your emergency recall familiar for your dog, but no more than once per day. Long-term, practicing it once or twice a week is ideal,” says Clow. All about safety The safety of your dog is top-of-mind for you. A solid emergency recall is one thing that will help you keep them safe. If you need help with training an emergency recall or want to find a dog trainer, check out animalkind.ca, where you’ll find the list of trainers the BC SPCA recommends.
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Horse Council BC - Notes from the Office 2022 AND 2021/2022 EXTENDED MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!
orse Council BC is pleased to announce that our extended memberships are now available! We will continue to offer the 2021 memberships, the extended memberships and the 2022 memberships. Get a jump on 2022 and renew early! Once you have purchased your membership and received your confirmation, you will have the option of printing out the emailed printable card or downloading a digital card to your phone. Both versions (Apple and Android) are available. You also have the option of having your card printed and mailed to you as well. If that is the option that you would like, please look for it in your membership walkthrough. Membership renewal is available at www.hcbc.ca. NEW “SHARE THE TRAILS” RIDER HANDOUTS We ALL love getting outdoors and with the influx of people exploring beautiful BC, it has posed some challenges for equestrians. In conjunction with our social media campaign and reaching out to clubs and businesses of other user groups directly we have created a “Share the Trails” handout that you can use if you find yourself in a sticky situation. Our goal is for us to educate other user groups in a respectful and lighthearted manner. No matter which outdoor activity we choose we all have the same goal of enjoying our time outside! Feel free to place on a windshield of a vehicle, place at a trailhead kiosk or handout to a fellow trail user.
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Canada at Tokyo Paralympic Games
he Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Canadian ParaDressage Team of Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove BC, Winona Hartvikson of Langley BC, Jody Schloss of Toronto ON, and Roberta Sheffield, who resides in Lincolnshire GBR, reunited to pick up the mantle at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan held August 24–September 5, 2021. The para-dressage competition got underway with 76 horses from 27 countries passing the official horse inspection on August 25 – including the 4 Canadian entries. Four-time Paralympian Barwick, 43, headed into the Games sitting 33rd on the FEI Para Dressage World Individual Ranking, and seventh in the ranking for Grade III. Her impressive standings are due to her partnership with Lee Garrod’s Sandrino (sired by Spirit of Westfalia), a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding with whom Barwick has had explosive results since the combination burst on the scene in January 2020. They have never placed outside of the top three in 14 competitions together and most recently, Barwick and Sandrino won the 2021 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) CPEDI 3* Grade III Freestyle with a personal best of 77.656%. Hartvikson, 62, has over 30 years of dressage riding, coaching and judging experience to her first Paralympic appearance. Her wealth of experience has recently been on display in Grade I competition with Onyx, who was previously campaigned by Barwick at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding has continued to achieve success at the FEI level in Hartvikson’s hands and in partnership with her co-owner, Jane Macdonald. Most recently, the pair posted a commendable score of 75.856% at the 2020 AGDF CPEDI 3*. Schloss, 48, made her Paralympic debut at London 2012 riding Inspector Rebus before partnering with Lieutenant Lobin (Lobster x Fanal Prydsholm) in 2014. Together, Schloss and her 17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding have been a constant presence on the Grade I leaderboard, recording over 20 top-three finishes at the CPEDI 3* level and earning top-10 team and individual finishes at WEG 2018. Rounding out the Canadian Para-Dressage Team is 40-yearold Sheffield, who has demonstrated incredible skill with different horses at major games (Bindro T at the Caen 2014 WEG; Double Agent at the Rio 2016 Paralympics; and Bailaor at WEG 2018). Now, Sheffield is ready to show off her self-professed “heart horse,” Fairuza, on the world stage. Together, she and her 12-year-old mare have collected many international top-three finishes since 2018, including wins at the 2018 Bishop Burton CPEDI 3* and 2019 Chi Al Shaqab and back-to-back second place finishes at the 2021 NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage. The Canadian Para-Dressage Team is supported at the Games by: Chef d’Équipe, Clive Milkins; Para-Dressage Veterinarian, Alan Manning; Grooms, Lillie Durbin, Courtney Palleson, Karis Van Essen and Richard Neale; Athlete Personal Supports, Shannon Dueck, Jane Macdonald and Melinda Castillo; and Equestrian Team Lead, James Hood. After the conclusion of the Team Test competition on August 29, 2021, the Canadian Para-Dressage Team earned a respectable 10thplace finish at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. 20 • OCTOBER 2021
Ultimately, a tight medal race finished with Great Britain on top of the podium on a total score of 229.905. The Netherlands followed close behind for the silver medal, scoring 229.249, and a score of 224.352 earned bronze for the United States.
Jody Schloss and Lieutenant Lobin placed 11th in the Grade I Individual Test at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Lauren Barwick and Sandrino rode to a sixth-place finish in the Individual Freestyle on August 30, 2021.
Roberta Sheffield posted her highest ever major games score partnered with Fairuza in the Team Test at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Winona Hartvikson cracked the top 10 in her Paralympic debut, riding Onyx in the Grade I Individual Test on August 27, 2021.
Dr. Alan Manning hamming it up for a photo op. Note: Saddle Up editor found this photo on EC’s Facebook page and had to include it!
Canadian Cowboy Challenge Update By Hans Kollewyn | Photos by Eric Frogley
his summer show season has not been like the ones in past years, but it was a good season, even though we had to be careful and take the necessary precautions to be able to ride and show. It was good just to get out and about. We are now coming to the end of summer and heading into fall. There was a late start in hosting Challenges in the spring but we still managed to host 12 Challenges in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a few more possible Challenges in October. The board has made the decision, based on the number of Challenges held this year, that a year-end awards banquet will be organized. Buckles will be awarded to the High Point and jackets awarded to the Reserve High Point placings in all divisions. The facility for the banquet will hopefully be in Camrose with a date later in October. Please check our website for final arrangements, ticket pricing, location, etc. September results for YKnott Ranch double header will be in the next Saddle Up. August results for you below. It was great to see the number of entries CCC received at the Challenges this year. Getting to visit and catching up with existing members and meeting new members was special this year. I got the impression this year that everyone was ready to re-engage in the equine world. August 14/15 (20 & 21 entries) Prairie Sky Ranch Double Header in Saskatchewan was judged by Melissa Zarubiak. August 14: Shooten Sprouts (SS): 1st Hailey Reddekopp on Beau; 2nd Baily Black on Jazzy Youth (Y): 1st Leah Vielhauer on Sandy; 2nd Sasha Rodriguez on Tennyson Older Than Dirt (OTD): 1st Barbara Kerslake on Taz; 2nd Leane Buxton on Badger Novice (N): 1st Tricia Melanson on Chance; 2nd Wanda Marie Semenick on Jackson Rookie (R): 1st Eric Frogley on Archie; 2nd Judy Hill on Itchy NonPro (NP): 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Murry Buxton on Sonita Open (O): 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Murry Buxton on Sonita Bucking Crazies (BC): 1st Janet Goltz on Peanut August 15: SS: 1st Hailey Reddekopp on Beau; 2nd Bailey Black on Jazzy Y: 1st Leah Vielhaver on Sandy; 2nd Sasha Rodriguez on Tennyson OTD: 1st Barbara Kerslake on Taz; 2nd Leane Buxton on Badger N: 1st Wanda Marie Semeniuk on Jackson; 2nd Judy Hill on Itchy R: 1st Eric Frogley on Archie; 2nd Judy Hill on Itchy NP: 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Murry Buxton on Sonita O: 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Elaine Mohar on Spice BC: 1st Janet Goltz on Peanut
August 21/22 (26 & 27 entries) Bar U Ranch Double Header in Alberta was judged by Hans Kollewyn. August 21: SS: 1st Violet Ransom on Scooter; 2nd Rylan Hanlon on Abby OTD: 1st Leane Buxton on Badger; 2nd Greg Paranich on Sonny N: 1st Judy Hill on Itchy; 2nd Tricia Melanson on Chance R: 1st Eric Frogley on Archie; 2nd Judy Hill on Itchy NP: 1st Greg Paranich on Sonny; 2nd Murry Buxton on Sonita O: 1st Murry Buxton on Sonita; 2nd Alana Eaton on George August 22: SS: 1st Violet Ransom on Scooter Y: 1st Olivia Dafoe on Seven OTD: 1st Greg Paranich on Sonny; 2nd Leane Buxton on Badger N: 1st Judy Hill on Itchy; 2nd Tricia Melanson on Chance R: 1st Eric Frogley on Archie; 2nd Melissa Deauea on Ally NP: 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Greg Paranich on Sonny O: 1st Shane Goltz on Jazzy; 2nd Murry Buxton on Sonita
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Alberta Equestrian Federation, www.albertaequestrian.com Raegan Wasilka 2021 AEF Industry Scholarship Winner for $500 Raegan’s early passion for animals, especially horses, led her to weekly riding lessons at the age of nine where she learned the value of patience. Over the years, Raegan progressed to her own horse, A Major Ray of Sunshine (Raya), a registered Tennessee Walking horse. They have developed a very deep bond and a strong connection — requiring only soft, subtle cues to achieve their goals. Raegan has also had the opportunity to train on different breeds of horses of varying age and skill levels, and she enjoyed the challenge. Raegan and Raya have participated in a variety of disciplines; most recently in Extreme Cowboy Racing. In 2019, they worked extremely hard to gather points and were rewarded with the opportunity to compete at the Extreme Cowboy World Finals in Texas. Hard work really does pay off in the end! Raegan is currently enrolled in the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College and hopes one day to follow her love of large animals by working in a mixed practice clinic.
Caitlin St. Amour 2021 AEF Educational Scholarship Winner for $1,000 As a teenager, Caitlin was a camp leader where she passed on her passion for animals to the young campers and taught them the importance of the commitment required to care for horses; it was fulfilling to watch the campers progress their skills and develop a love for horses. As a boarding facility employee, Caitlin was responsible for the care and safety of horses which provided her with the opportunity to gain experience with time management and teamwork; and to gain knowledge of the medical and animal behavioural issues of horse ownership. The AEF community and events such as Extreme Cowboy competitions have created many amazing contacts for Caitlin and shown the importance of building personal connections that will guide her through her journey of horsemanship. Caitlin is pursuing a degree in Animal Science at the U of A, majoring in performance and companion animals. Her passion for horse welfare has inspired her to seek a career performing physio, massage therapy, and rehabilitation for horses; and to make a difference in the equine community.
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A recent CRTWH contest asked “How many CRTWH registered horses are on the registration papers of your horse?” Including the horse itself, there is a possible total of 31 horses on a CRTWH certificate. To my astonishment, entries to the contest included 3 horses with 25 Canadian registration numbers and 2 horses with 21 Canadian registration numbers. Is it possible there is a horse or horses with even more than 25 Canadian registration numbers on their registration certificate? I’d found my project - a fitting tribute to the CRTWH visionaries would be the following: 1. To determine the horse or horses with the most Canadian Numbers on the registration certificate. 2. To develop a picture pedigree of that horse or horses. This visual will be included in the CRTWH 40th Anniversary event. The ultimate result - a visual of the pedigree of The Most Canadian Horse as of 2022. 3. To compile a digital pictorial library of every CRTWH horse (alive or deceased) including their registered name and the number of CRTWH horses on their pedigree. This visual will also be
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Here is a photo of Chapie’s Summer CRTWH 1997[CAN]1988 by N-Mile Summertyme Decision x Chapie’s Daisy May.
By Dianne Little
he Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse was founded in 1982. It is hard to believe that 40 years have passed since then and even harder to believe that in 2022, the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse will be 40 years old. As the celebration for the 40th Anniversary of CRTWH gets closer, I have been pondering what I can do to celebrate this important milestone. I have considered a variety of projects, but for one reason or another, nothing seems to be worthy of the amazing vision and accomplishment of that small group of determined people. However, I kept coming back to “The Canadian” Futurity. I reread The Canadian Times of the TWH, a publication issued yearly during The Canadian Futurity. The 2003 issue included an article entitled “Uniquely Canadian.” This horse, Chapie’s Summer, had a pedigree that included 19 Canadian registered horses, plus a number that, while not registered with CRTWH, resided in Canada and in some sense could be considered ‘citizens of Canada’. A pedigree with pictures of many of the horse’s ancestors was developed for this ‘Uniquely Canadian’ Horse.
included in the CRTWH 40th Anniversary event. As with most projects, I cannot do this alone – I need the assistance of past and present owners of CRTWH registered horses. I invite you to submit a picture and registered name of your CRTWH horse including the number of Canadian registration numbers on the registration papers. Don’t forget to add the horse in the picture to the total CRTWH numbers on the registration papers. How can you help? Join the 40th Anniversary party by sending pictures of present or past CRTWH registered horses to Dianne Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-874-1023. If you know of a suitable candidate for The Most Canadian Horse (determined by the numbers on its Registration Papers), please contact Dianne Little (as above) to discuss. Thanks in advance!
Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association
By Tamara Jameson | Photos Kaliyan Cartwright Photography
hank you to all the exhibitors, trainers, grooms and support teams who came out to the AQHA/APHA Summer Icebreaker Show at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre on August 14-15. Seeing so many new and “old” faces makes it worth all the behind work that it takes to put one of these shows on. We had riders come all the way from the Island and even a few from the Cariboo area up north! Thank you to the amazing show staff and judges (Todd Bailey and Joe Carter) who make the show run so smoothly and so much fun. As well, to my fellow board members from BCPHC and LMQHA for the teamwork and countless meetings to get things organized. We look forward to see what the future brings for LMQHA.
Allyssa Belanger in Halter
Barb Hazell in Showmanship
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR HIGHPOINT WINNERS! AQHA Level One Youth Walk/Trot Champion - Jenna Arthur & Peppys Lil Dun It Level One Amateur Walk/Trot Champion - Leslie Beaudoir & KPN Bonnie Blue Chip Reserve - Andrea Robinson & I’ve Got Party Potential Level One Youth Champion - Erika Garost & Going Dirty Reserve - Kali Thompson & Today’s Lucky Cody Level One Amateur Champion - Hailey Zilkowsky & Rawhides Ringoffire Reserve - Mackenzie Inksater & Classic Cruzer Youth Champion - Emily Firth & Viper Cat Reserve - Erika Garost & Going Dirty Amateur Champion - Carole Walton & KPN Bonnie Blue Chip Reserve - Lea Anne Oosterhoff & The Spy Who Loved Me Open All Ages Champion - Deanna Williams & ZWF Western Reserve - Kami Tymchuk & Irwinning APHA Amateur Walk/Trot Champion - Anne Marie Gellein & Dream N Style Novice Youth Champion - Allyssa Belanger & Lazy Specialty Reserve - Erika Garost & Going Dirty Novice Amateur Champion - Rosalea Pagani & Spooks Hired Hitman Reserve - Kerry Sawyer & Zippos Lady In Disguise Youth Champions (tie) Erika Garost & Going Dirty Allyssa Belanger & Lazy Specialty Amateur Champions - Barb Hazell & Zipintomy Appointment Reserve - Laura Bouchard & Ima John Simone Open Horse All Ages Champion - Barb Hazell & Zipintomy Appointment Reserve - Brandy Belanger & Lazy Specialty Solid Open Champion - Avery Caron & SPP Spider Image Reserve - Maddy Shannon & Bye George He’s Got It
Carol Walton in Halter
Tami Hutton in Hunter Under Saddle
Sherry Sulz with her Grand Champion Gelding
Bill Yates in Ranch Riding
Jenna in Youth Walk Trot
Reserve LMQHA Tri Challenge Winner Avery Murray
ALL BREED 12 & under Walk/Trot Champion - Jenna Arthur & Peppys Lil Dun It Walk/Trot All Ages Champion - Anne Marie Gellein & Dream N Style Reserve - Kaitlyn Marion Harmatuik & Make Mine A Scotch Open Champion - Avery Caron & SPP Spider Image Reserve - Emily Firth & Viper Cat
LMQHA Tri Challenge Aggregate Winner Dianne Rouse
Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association President: Tamara Jameson, email@example.com Website: http://bcqha.com/index.php/lmqha Visit our Facebook page
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The Back Country Horsemen of BC Don’t Let the Name Fool You!
Back Country Horsemen of BC offers camaraderie and fun for all types of riders and horses… and we are looking for new members! By Terri Perrin, Saddle Up magazine coordinator and North Vancouver Island Chapter member
questrians looking to get out and enjoy beautiful British Columbia on horseback can find like-minded folks to ride with by joining the Back Country Horsemen Society of BC (BCHBC). We are a province-wide, volunteer-run organization with 21 regional chapters and more than 600 members. And, despite the name, not all of our members ride mules and head off into the wilderness to camp! “BCHBC truly is an organization for riders of all ages and disciplines, with any breed of horse, or mule,” explains provincial president Brian Marriott, member of the East Kootenay chapter. “The majority of our members just want to connect with other people to enjoy non-competitive trail riding close to home. We focus on safety for horses and riders, environmental stewardship, trail building and maintenance … and fun! Why join Back Country Horsemen? Whether you own horses or just want to support the maintenance of the amazing network of multi-use recreational trails in our province, BCHBC is the group for you! “I love our purpose of saving horse trails and building horse camping areas and how we cooperate with other recreational trail users to make it a safe experience,” says long-time member Rose Schroeder. And I love how BCHBC members are willing to share their knowledge and skills. We are more than a volunteer organization. We are like a family that works hard and has fun all at the same time … with our horses and without!” BCHBC has a proud history of working on many projects that maintain existing trails and trail infrastructure such as bridges, signage and maps. We are very active in developing, constructing and maintaining trails and equestrian camp facilities. Since the year 2000, our volunteer efforts have an estimated value in human resources of over $1.6 million. Due to COVID, projects completed in 2021/22 were scaled down somewhat, however, the group still accomplished a great deal. To give a better perspective of activities during a ‘normal’ year, the economic value of work bees and projects in 2020 alone equaled $111,500. Many projects benefit from funding received from Horse Council BC and other organizations and government bodies, as well as creative fundraising on both the provincial and regional chapter levels.
BCHBC members also work in collaboration with Horse Council BC to create, maintain and continuously update an online trails database. We had worked on our own trails database since early 2000. In 2012, we partnered with Horse Council BC to host this information on their website. Our members assist by uploading photos, writing descriptions and mapping trails using a cell phone app called Avenza. These georeferenced maps can be downloaded to your phone for free. Join us! We’re having a membership drive! This fall, BHCBC is holding a membership drive, in an effort to get our membership numbers back up to pre-COVID totals of 800+. Annual membership fees are $45 for adults and free for youth age 18 and under. Most chapters host monthly meetings (September through June) as well as group rides, educational events and more. All members must also be members of one of the following: Horse Council BC, Alberta Equestrian Federation or Canadian Equestrian Federation. For all new 2022 memberships received between October 1 and Dec. 15, 2021, six Saddle Up magazine subscriptions will be awarded to lucky recipients by random draw on December 20th. There will also be a draw for custom saddle bags branded with the BCHBC logo. (Winners will be contacted by email.) Check out the locations of regional chapters and purchase your membership online at BCHorsemen. org/membership. Benefits of belonging to BCHBC include: . Non-competitive social activities - with and without horses . Trail riding with others in urban, rural and back country settings . Regional chapter and inter-chapter events and the annual ‘Rendezvous’ meet-up (held in a different region each year) . Discounts with community partners and the BCHBC store . Educational programs at monthly meetings and clinics focused on horse care, trail riding and environmental stewardship . Preservation of our National Horse Heritage through the care and upkeep of historic trials . Community-focused initiatives and projects
Rose Schroeder at a North Thompson Chapter Inter-Chapter Ride near Clearwater and Wells Grey Provincial Park. BHBC assists with installation of trail signage like this.
Fences, benches, trails, corrals and more! We work hard to improve recreational places for all to enjoy. Sandra Erickson of our Prince George Omineca Chapter. Photo by Corinne Ross.
Community Collaboration in Action! Brian Marriott (on tractor) and other volunteers at a work bee to remove barbed wire cross-fencing in the Cranbrook Community Forest with participants from our East Kootenay chapter as well as the Wild Horse Cycling, Cranbrook Orienteering Club and Rocky Mountain Naturalists.
Back Country Horsemen of BC – serving BC trail riding enthusiasts since 1989!
Check out our beautiful website at https://bchorsemen.org / Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s Happening? Let’s Go!
2021/2022 Events? LET US KNOW – THIS IS A FREE SERVICE FOR NON-PROFIT EVENTS. REQUIRED FORMAT FOR EACH DATE:
Jan 1-3 OPEN HORSE SHOW, Smith Arena, Smithsville, BC, John 604-123-4567 email@example.com, www.smithshow.com
DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS CALL AHEAD TO SEE IF THE EVENT IS STILL HAPPENING. BE SAFE EVERYONE!
27-Oct 2 STORE WIDE SALE, 26th Anniversary Celebration, Diamond H Tack, Kelowna BC, www.diamondhtack.ca, 250-762-5631 28-Oct 1 WIND-UP ARENA 2 TRAIL WORKSHOP w/Dawn Ferster at Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, firstname.lastname@example.org
1-2 PERLICH BROS. FALL HORSE SALE, Lethbridge AB, 403-329-3101, www.perlich.auction 2-3 ARENA 2 TRAIL OBSTACLE SCHOOLING CHALLENGE, Timber Ridge, Lumby BC, email@example.com 15-18 STAGE 1 & 2+ HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC w/Glenn Stewart at The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, firstname.lastname@example.org 16-17 PRC SADDLE SERIES BARREL RACES & GYMKHANA, www.peachlandridingclub.com
1-12 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, email@example.com 6 PRC PUB NIGHT, www.peachlandridingclub.com 15-26 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, firstname.lastname@example.org 19(tent) HORSEY LADIES ANNUAL BANQUET, Spallumcheen Golf Club, Vernon BC, Nancy 250-546-9922 20 PRC YEAR-END GYMKHANA BANQUET, www.peachlandridingclub.com 29-Dec 10 HORSE DEVELOPMENT w/Glenn Stewart, The Horse Ranch, Baldonnel BC, 250-789-3072, email@example.com
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Clubs & Associations Join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Membership is FREE!
31 Years of Celebrating Long Ears www.AlbertaDonkeyandMule.ca
members from across Canada and the US
ARMSTRONG ENDERBY RIDING CLUB Schooling Shows (Eng/West/Games), Armstrong Fairgrounds, April to Sept. www.armstrongenderbyridingclub.ca 10/22
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.
NOW YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE. CRHRA is a voice for the Recreational Rider.
Our low cost membership includes $5 Million and $30,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Check out our web site for more information www.crhra.ca 4/22
BC CARRIAGE DRIVING SOCIETY, Pres: Ellen Hockley 250-572-7516, Pleasure, Combined, Recreation from Minis to Drafts, www.bccarriagedriving.com 6/22
BC Equine Arena 2 Trail Association
Working with obstacles to overcome obstacles Building confidence, patience, respect and trust in your equine partnership! bcearena2trail.com facebook.com/BCEA2T 4/22
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.
Contact: email@example.com • Website: www.cantra.ca
BC INTERIOR ARABIAN HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Wally Goertz 250-546-6004 10/21 firstname.lastname@example.org, clinics, Recreational riding programs, Awards/Social Activ. BC INTERIOR MORGAN HORSE CLUB see our FB page. Pres: Michelle Kozyn e-mail: email@example.com, Trail Rides, Pot O Gold Show, Poker Ride 5/22 BC PAINT HORSE CLUB www.bcphc.com, Open Show & Competition Program, award sponsorships for local clubs, youth scholarship. firstname.lastname@example.org 3/22
FRASER VALLEY’S OWN ‘GRASSROOTS’ CLUB dedicated to promoting the sport of cutting to enthusiasts of all levels See us on acebook & Instagram
CHILLIWACK RIDING CLUB, Drill Team, Horse Shows (Heritage Qualifiers), Gymkhana, Trail Rides, Clinics, Open Ride, Socials, www.crchorse.ca 12 /21 Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. 1-866-282-8395 | email@example.com | www.equestrian.ca
BC QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.bcqha.com Contact Carolyn Farris, email firstname.lastname@example.org 8/22
Want to enjoy miles of beautiful new trails with your equine partner in BC? Try Endurance Riding! We welcome all levels of riders and all breeds of equines.
Info on clinics and events at www.erabc.com
or e-mail: email@example.com
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!! www.bctcpa.net
A charitable equine organization funding veterinary colleges and students, and other worthwhile equine causes.
DONATIONS WELCOME PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE HELPING HORSES
Bob Watson, President 403-378-4323 firstname.lastname@example.org www.equinefoundationofcanada.com
BC WELSH PONY & COB ASSOC. (see Facebook) Pres: Rosanne 604-302-7650, email@example.com. Breed promotion program throughout the province. 4/22 BOUNDARY HORSE ASSOCIATION (Grand Forks BC), Offering shows, gymkhanas, clinics & more. See us on Facebook, 250-443-3191, firstname.lastname@example.org 4/22
Canadian Cowboy Challenge
A SPORT for the whole Family! Hoping to host a full season of Challenges in 2021 For more info please call 403-828-2044 or visit www.canadiancowboychallenge.com
INTERIOR CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION www.ichacutting.com New cutters always welcome. Lee Poncelet 250-938-2034 9/22
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5th of each month
Clubs & Associations LANGLEY RIDERS SOCIETY, www.langleyriders.com. English/Western, Games, Jumping, Drill Team, Rodeo. 604-530-5981 10/21
Smooth • Versatile • Intelligent www.phac.ca/BC/index.html
LOWER MAINLAND QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. Pres: Tamara Jameson, email@example.com, http://bcqha.com/index.php/LMQHA 12/21 NORTH OK THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOC. 250-549-0105 www.notra.info Providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities 9 /22 OKANAGAN POLO CLUB (Kelowna BC), new members welcome, weekly gatherings, annual tournament, and fun! www.okanaganpoloclub.com 9/22
100 Mile & District Outriders
Peruvian Horse Club of BC 9/22
PRINCETON RIDING CLUB, Pres: Stephanie Antonick, firstname.lastname@example.org See us on Facebook. Offering shows, clinics and more! 2/22 RUSTY SPURS 4-H HORSE CLUB (Abbotsford BC) Open to Youth 6-19, Rustyspurshorse4h@gmail.com & Find us on Facebook! 12/21
Promoting equine activities and knowledge in the south Cariboo with Shows, Clinics, Gymkhanas and more. Harvey President: Adam Mike Kidston E-mail: email@example.com ~ www.100mileoutriders.com
PEACHLAND RIDING CLUB, Pres: Kevin Froese (Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org). Info, Gymkhana dates & events at www.peachlandridingclub.com 6/22
SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTER HORSE ASSOC., Host of April Fuzzy Horse Show and September AQHA Circuit Show, http://bcqha.com/index.php/scqha 11/21 SPIRIT OF THE HORSE GARDEN, a place to honour our equine friends; memorial plaques available, email@example.com, FB 11/21 VINTAGE RIDERS EQUESTRIAN CLUB (Fraser Valley BC), English/Western, lectures, clinics, socials, safe and fun, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook 4/22 WILD ROSE DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION, www.wrdha.com. Barb Stephenson (Secretary) phone 403-933-5765 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) 6/22
Clubs - you should be listed here Non-profit rates start at only $100 per year and includes a FREE web link for one year!
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. www.footnotefarm.com 5/22 OLD BALDY RANCH (Dawson Creek) 250-843-7337 SS: Breeding AQHA/NFQH Grullo & Blue Roan, www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy 12/21 SUNSET VIEW RANCH (West Kelowna BC) 250-707-7271. Top Performance AQHA/APHA bloodlines, Breeding & Sales. SS: Dunit Canadian Style 3/22
BREEDERS YOUR LISTING SHOULD BE HERE.
ONLY $250 PER YEAR PLUS A WEB LINK AT JUST $50 PER YEAR
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Business Services FARRIERS & SUPPLIES
BEDDING, HOG FUEL, SHAVINGS
WWW.REIMERSFARMSERVICE.COM (BC Interior) 1-855-737-0110 or 250-838-0111. Bulk & Bagged Shavings, 4x4x4 Totes, Sawdust, Bark Mulch
FEED DEALERS ASHCROFT HOME BUILDING CENTRE (Ashcroft) 250-453-2281 Otter Co-op Dealer & Pet Foods. You can find us on Facebook 10/21
31852 Marshall Place 5410 Trans Canada Hwy. 103-1889 Springfield Rd. 975 Langford Parkway 1-1227 Island Hwy. S. 587 Alberni Hwy. 1970 Keating Cross Rd. 1771 10th Ave SW 2565 Main St.
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DEAD STOCK REMOVAL THE BLUE GOOSE CATTLE CO. (Ok/Shuswap) 250-309-0629 or 250-838-2157, Providing prompt dead stock removal service when the decision has to be made. 4/22
Gates, Panels, Feeders, Continuous FenCe deer & Farm FenCe installations
Custom built and installed to your needs
GRK Fasteners Dealer * Customized Bale Spikes * Custom Welding * Horse Trailer Repairs *Serving BC/AB/WA for over 10 years
Wanted Wranglers / Trail Guides
Alan Cossentine, Oliver, BC • 250-490-5662
Guide on Guest Ranch / Horse pack trips www.chilcotinholidays.com
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WHOLESALE PANELS & GATES countrywestsupply.com ARMSTRONG 250-546-9174
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FARM SUPPLIES HORSE HAY SALES (Calgary AB) Meadow Brome Grass/Alfalfa mix, tested, firstname.lastname@example.org, 403-325-5556 2/22
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Business Services GUEST RANCHES
TRAINERS/COACHES DAWN FERSTER (Kelowna BC) Coaching/Training/Workshops 250-808-0738 Mountain Trail/Western/Dressage, see Damarhe Training on FB 3/22 ELISA MAROCCHI (100 Mile House BC), EC Licensed Driving Coach 250-706-2824 Clinics, Lessons, Training on/off farm, www.wildwoodfarm.ca 5/22
International Clinician and Horseman 1-877-728-8987 www.thehorseranch.com
Spring Lake Guest Ranch
Close to nature Far from crowds 8-10,000 acres & private lake
www.springlakeranch.com • 250-791-5776 (100 Mile House BC)
JONATHAN FIELD HORSEMANSHIP - Inspired by Horses® www.JonathanField.net, 1-888-533-4353 10/21
LESSON PROGRAMS WWW.FOOTNOTEFARM.COM (Langley BC) 778-822-3276 Certified instructors, safe & sound horses, curriculum followed, privates for beginners. 5/22
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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Specializing in BC’s Rural Communities
778-209-0305 E-mail: email@example.com Follow me on social media @kamloopsandruralrealestate
Listing and Selling – Rural and Residential Properties in the North Okanagan and Shuswap Cell: 250-549-0996 / Office 250-546-3119 firstname.lastname@example.org Armstrong 10/21
SADDLEMAKERS & REPAIRS DON LOEWEN SADDLERY, 1802 Houston St., Merritt BC, 250-525-0220 Custom saddlery, chaps, repairs, leather bags & more, www.donloewen.com
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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
Available for speaking engagements & events Based out of Faithful Farm in Langley BC Follow Legacy Horsemanship on Facebook and Instagram E-mail inquiries to email@example.com
THE ROCK’N STAR RANCH (Pritchard BC) Natural Care Boarding. Training. Education. Offering quality care, horsemanship support & education. therocknstarranch.com 3/22 WILDHORSE VENTURES AT MERSTON CREEK RANCH (Quesnel BC) 250-249-9613, Horse Training & Clinics, Horses & Cariboo Mountain Dogs for sale. See us on FB 10/21
TACK/CLOTHING SHOPS DIAMOND H TACK INC. (Kelowna BC) 877-762-5631 English & Western Saddlery, Clothes, Farrier, Feed, Blanket & Leather Repairs 10/22
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 9/22
KAMLOOPS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY CLINIC
TRAILER SALES KITT EQUIPMENT TRAILER SALES, (Chilliwack & Aldergrove), 1-877-823-7199, Horse ~ Stock ~ Utility ~ Dump ~ Flatdecks, Kittequipment.com 4/22
PETERSEN TRAILERS LTD. (Langley) 604-533-4209 Service and Repairs. All makes. www.petersentrailers.ca 7/22 OKANAGAN EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Kelowna) 250-764-9888 Sheila McDonald DVM, www.okanaganequinevet.com
WALES EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES (Okanagan) 250-258-2299 Drs. Alex Wales and Dr. Susan Wales, www.walesequine.com 9/22
TRAINERS/COACHES ALICIA HARPER of Hylee Training, EC Comp. Coach/Trainer. Specializing in Western, available for training, lessons/clinics, www.hyleetraining.com 2/22 BIRGIT STUTZ, Irwin Insights Master Level 6 Cert. Trainer, www.fallingstarranch. ca, Training/lessons/clinics/student programs, Dunster BC, 250-968-6801 10/22
YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE HERE! LISTINGS START AT ONLY $250 PER YEAR (FOR 12 ISSUES);
PLUS WE CAN ADD A WEB LINK FOR JUST $50 PER YEAR. SEE PAGE 4 FOR CONTACT INFO. OCTOBER 2021
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On The Market (Private Sale) The Peruvian Horse
THE VERSATILE PERUVIAN HORSE
We Have the Blues!
The smoothest riding horse in the world! For Pleasure, Trail, Show, Work... Discover the versatile Peruvian Horse at PHAC.ca!
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
Visit PHAC.ca for more Information on this Incredible Breed!
www.ringsteadranch.com • firstname.lastname@example.org 403-860-9763 Locations in Chase BC and Cayley Alberta 10/21
Aaron & Colleen Wangler 250-843-7337 (Dawson Creek BC) email@example.com www.northernhorse.com/oldbaldy
To learn more about this beautiful & unique breed of horse, and for a complete Sales List, please visit our website.
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!
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Aimee & Luc Beauchamp 250-438-1066 (Princeton BC) firstname.lastname@example.org www.PonderosaRidgeRanch.ca 10/21
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HAY FOR SALE - 50LB SMALL SQUARE premium alfalfa hay. $10 per bale. Kamloops hay 1st and 2nd cut available. No rain, baled and picked dry. Easy to handle and store. Great for performance horses and companion horses. 250-238-2274 (Kamloops BC), email@example.com HEAVY DUTY CATTLEGUARD $5,000. 15’ x 8’ cattleguard, 18” foundation side plates, 4 1/4” x 5” I-beam cross beams, 10 runners 4” x 2.5” I-beams. 250-238-2274 (Kamloops BC) firstname.lastname@example.org HEAVY DUTY STOCK TRAILER $6,000. 29.6’ overall length, 21.5’ x 6’ inside space, 8’ x 6’ x 3’ closed storage area over gooseneck. 2 5/16ths ball and standard fifth wheel attachments so can be driven with any fifth wheel hitch. New 2” Douglas fir deck boards, extra heavy duty axles and leaf springs, 8 bolt 16” tires. Electric over hydraulic brakes. Brakes and lights work. Recently driven long distance, works great. 250-238-2274 (Kamloops BC) email@example.com
DEEP CREEK GENERAL STORE ARMSTRONG’S GENERAL STORE
that has a little bit of everything
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) 12/21
Complete Balanced Bioavailable Source Of Essential MACRO and MICRO nutrients for HEALTHY HORSES Contact: Brigitte MacKenzie, 604-768-9558 (cell/text) WWW.ULTRA-KELP.COM 1-888-357-0011
Pet Food & Supplies Wood Shavings and MORE
3455 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong, BC
FULL, PARTIAL OR SELF-BOARD Custom Made Chaps Any Style Saddle, Tack & Blanket Repairs Top Quality Australian Saddles Sherri DeBoer • 250-838-0778 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hwy 97, Grindrod, BC Open Mon - Sat 9-6 pm 12/21
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 / email@example.com
NEXT DEADLINE OCTOBER 5, 2021 FOR THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OCTOBER 2021
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