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Come Join The Fun! Even if your horse hasn’t seen a cow before, we have a class for you! Everyone is welcome. Call Rochelle at 989.763.3276 for an overnight package deal for New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve Show: Main Dish provided by Bar JR Ranch. Please bring a dish to pass. Texas Hold ‘Em Competition after the show.

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higher in omega 6s than soybean oil (poorest choice)

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Added Fat Improves Behavior

How much? I prefer to limit fat intake to no more than 10% of the total calories, though some athletes are fed levels as high as 20%. For the lightly exercised, mature 1100 lb (500 kg) horse, the National Research Council recommends a minimum total diet of 20 Mcals per day to maintain body condition. Ten percent would be 2 Mcals per day from fat. One cup (8 fluid ounces or 240 ml) of oil will meet this requirement. It weighs 240 grams and at 9 kcals/g, provides 2.16 Mcals.

Dr. Juliet Getty • www.gettyequinenutrition.com Diet affects behavior. This makes sense. A well-fed horse is healthy. And a healthy horse feels good. Conversely, a poorlynourished horse is suffering. A variation in hormone levels, for example, can have a temporary effect on how the horse sees the world. Just as reaction to sugar intake varies in humans, so it does in horses. Horses may feel ill or “off” from an overindulgence in sugar/starch, and they certainly have been reported to exhibit “sugar highs and lows” caused by the sudden surge and subsequent drop in blood glucose from a high carbohydrate (sugar/ starch) meal. Although there is, in fact, little scientific evidence that proves a sugar/starch-driven behavioral component, many horse owners will attest to their own horses showing adverse behavioral responses and will therefore avoid feeding anything that contains starchy cereal grains or is sweetened with molasses. There are plenty of good reasons beyond the scope of this article to avoid high sugar/high starch diets, but in terms of behavior, what alternative does a horse owner have if the horse simply needs more calories? Hay and grass simply cannot provide enough energy (calories) to support the additional requirements created by exercise, work, and performing. The answer is fat. Gram for gram, fat provides more than double the calories of carbohydrates or protein. And it is well digested. But there's an added bonus! Fat has a calming effect on horses' behavior. Researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute noticed that horses fed a high fat diet are less reactive to startling stimuli

and had lower levels of excitability and anxiety than horses fed a more traditional grain-based diet. The horses in their experiment received 15% of the total calories from fat, which is high for most horses. However, the study reveals that fat is worth trying if you have a sensitive horse who may become easily excited by everyday activities.2 (Please note: Ponies, minis, donkeys, and mules should not receive high fat diets.3)

How to add fat? When adding any amount of oil to your horse's feed, start with a

What type of fat? All fat has the same number of calories, regardless of the source. But from a health perspective, it is best to steer clear of animal fats, as well as oils that are have too many omega 6s (which increase inflammation) in relation to omega 3s (which have an antiinflammatory effect). Oils high in monounsaturated fatty acids are a good source since they neither increase nor decrease inflammation. Below are some commonly fed oils: • Flaxseed oil: Has a 4:1 ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s, making it an ideal choice • Canola oil: 10% omega 3s and relatively low in omega 6s. Also contains monounsaturated fatty acids (no harmful impact on inflammation) • Rice bran oil: Only 1% omega 3s but low in omega 6s and high in monounsaturated fatty acids • Soy lecithin: Only 4% omega 3s but also contains choline, a helpful component of neurotransmitters • Soybean oil: Only 7% omega 3s and mostly omega 6s (less desirable choice) • Corn oil: No omega 3s and

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s m a l l a m o u n t ( s a y, o n e tablespoon or 15 ml). Most horses do not like oily feed, but more important, it takes several weeks for the horse's cells to become accustomed to metabolizing more fat. Summary Short attention span, spookiness, reluctance to work, excessive sensitivity and alertness to surroundings, irritability, and “hot” behaviors can be reduced by adding fat to the diet. Fat is high in calories, so limit the amount you feed based on the horse's weight and his caloric need. Omega 3s need to be in balance with omega 6s, so choose oils carefully. And finally, build up to desired intake by starting slowly and increasing over 4 to 6 weeks.

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Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs

CHAGRIN SADDLERY NEWS New Location Provides More Opportunity for Extraordinary Customer Service CHAGRIN FALLS, OH – Dana Miller and Kris Kurtz, co-owners of Chagrin Saddlery and Second Round Tack today announced the relocation of their retail store to a new, larger space which will accommodate their 2013 growth plans, made possible by their outstanding customer support. The new store opened Tuesday, November 13, at 8574 E. Washington Street (Market Square East behind CVS) Chagrin Falls, OH 44023. With an excellent selection of top quality equestrian brands, Chagrin Saddlery has carefully cultivated an offering of best-inclass products and an expertise in ensuring customers are correctly attired for their specific discipline and level. Known for their fun retail environment and extraordinary customer service, the Chagrin Saddlery team has built a reputation for being top 'equestrian consultants' when it comes to the fitting of riding wear and tall boots, in particular. Combined with a commitment to provide great value at reasonable prices, these qualities have earned them a loyal customer base that will benefit from the new store location. “We are overwhelmed with the support of our wonderful customers who have made it possible for our dream to grow,” said Dana Miller, Partner, Chagrin Saddlery. “Our goal is to create an unparalleled shopping experience for the equestrians in the area, and our new location is part of our plan to make that happen.” For more information please visit the saddlery online at www.chagrinsaddlery.com.

horses, or Racking horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales or auctions and bans weighted shoes, pads, wedges, hoof bands, or other devices that are not used for protective or therapeutic purposes; • Increases civil and criminal penalties for violations, and creates a penalty structure that requires horses to be disqualified for increasing periods of time based on the number of violations; and • Allows for permanent disqualification from the show ring after three or more violations. "The passage of H.R. 6388 will strengthen the Horse Protection Act and significantly increase the effort to end the abuse of the Tennessee Walking Horse," said AAEP President Dr. John Mitchell. "The AAEP encourages all veterinarians to contact their legislators to voice support for the bill and help end the cruel soring of these beautiful animals." For more information on the AVMA and AAEP's efforts to stop this egregious abuse of horses, visit the AVMA's Soring Resource Page online at www.avma.org/soring

AAEP & AVMA NEWS AAEP, AVMA Call for Passage of H.R. 6388 - Amendments to the Horse Protection Act November 19, 2012: Today the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners issued a joint statement of support for the Amendments to the Horse Protection Act, H.R. 6388. “Soring is an unconscionable abuse of horses that is used to produce a high- stepping gait—the “Big Lick”—and gain an unfair competitive advantage in the show ring. For decades we've watched irresponsible individuals become more creative about finding ways to sore horses and circumvent the inspection process, and have lost faith in an industry that seems unwilling and/or unable to police itself. The AVMA and AAEP are committed to strengthening the USDA's ability to enforce the Horse Protection Act and ending this abuse for good. We strongly encourage everyone who cares about the welfare of horses to contact their member of Congress and urge them to pass H.R. 6388,” said Dr. Doug Aspros, AVMA President. Specifically, H.R. 6388: • Makes the actual act of soring, or directing another person to cause a horse to become sore, illegal; • Requires the USDA (rather than the industry) to license, train, assign and oversee inspectors enforcing the Horse Protection Act; • Prohibits the use of action devices (e.g., boot, collar, chain, roller, or other device that encircles or is placed upon the lower extremity of the leg of a horse) on any limb of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle

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AHC INDUSTRY DIRECTORY AHC is Rounding Up New Listings and Advertisers for the 2013 Horse Industry Directory The American Horse Council (AHC) has announced that it will be offering a new section for 'Equine Businesses' in its 2013 Horse Industry Directory. Now your equine business can be included in the most complete equine related registry and will reach the horse industry's most diverse audience. This new section will include: attorneys, accountants, farriers, feed (24)

companies, shippers, stables, trainers, veterinarians, and miscellaneous. AHC's Horse Industry Directory has thousands of equine listings and resources that will help any user find important information relating to the horse industry including breed registries; racing, rodeo, s h o w, s p o r t , a n d t r a i l s organizations; equine health and welfare organizations; interstate health requirements; statistical information on the horse industry; and an index of all the listings and telephone numbers are provided for easy access. The Horse Industry Directory is sent to AHC members as a member benefit, is available for easy access online on AHC's members only page. To find out more visit www.horsecouncil.org MICHIGAN HORSE EXPO Mark your calendars for March 8-10, 2013! These are the dates for our 30th Annual MHC Horse Expo and Trade Show, "Michigan Horse Expo®". What a milestone! 29 years of successful Expos, and the 30th coming up. We plan some special publicity and programs for this notable year. Lansing CVB is planning to help with some special promotions and signage for this Expo. One big change, made at the request of many vendors, for the 2013 Expo is an earlier closing time on Friday for the vendor area. Therefore, in 2013, we will close the vendor area at 7:30 on Friday evening, rather than the previous 9 p.m. closing time. As usual, the rodeo will continue in the main arena past this time, but there will be no further access allowed to the vendor area after 7:30. Joe Coalter, last year's announcer, has again been secured for the 2013 Expo, as has the Heritage Hills Farm draft hitch. Both were delighted to be WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs MHC Expo, Cont’d. able to return for the coming year's Expo. Other returning venues will be the Combined Mounted Law Unit Color Presentations, the Crosswinds Ranch Trainer's Challenge, and the Michigan High School Rodeo Association's Friday night rodeo. The elementary school field trip program is well underway, under the capable management of Tammy Tyler Howe. Several schools have already confirmed their attendance for the coming year, and more are very interested. We're looking at an exceptional program being put together for the elementary program, which is continuing to grow in both interest and attendance. We also invite all association queens to participate with this program (what a wonderful chance for them to complete some of their "volunteer hours"). We are planning a special introduction of

any and all participating Queens prior to the Rodeo on Friday night, on horses if possible, if not, then in the hitch wagon! If your organization has a queen that would be interested in participating, please contact Marilyn Graff with that information. Letters will be sent out, probably in January, to all organizations that we know have a Queen, inviting them to attend. For more Expo information, go to michiganhorsecouncil.com

C e n t e r, S e p t 2 8 – 3 0 . Competitors came from across the United States, including Michigan, Illinois, Florida, California and other states. Four individuals from Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas and California judged the 3-day event. Riders competed on Friday and Saturday. The top ten riders in each division then came back for a third round to compete on Sunday. Over $35,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. Championship saddles were awarded in all 8 divisions, as well as champion and reserve champion buckles in each division. Numerous other prizes were also awarded. Prize money included 50% payback of entry fees in addition to AHCA adding $5,000 split across all divisions. Congratulations to the four competitors from Michigan who finished in the top ten in their divisions. Jeff Lebbin and his family would also, like to thank

AHCA 2012 FINALS The American Horsemen Challenge Association wound up its first year by holding the National Finals Competition in Abilene, TX. The Finals were held at the Taylor County Expo

the many volunteers who made this year and the Nationals a huge success. AHCA thanks all its members, affiliates, and judges for making our first year so successful. We look forward to many more successful years in the future. USDF 2012 VOLUNTEER Lexington, KY- The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Trenna Atkins has been named the 2012 USDF Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes a USDF member who, through consistent and cumulative volunteer activities, has demonstrated exceptional commitment towards carrying out USDF's mission. For more information on the USDF Volunteer of the Year Award, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact the USDF office by email at voyaward@usdf.org.

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Horse Association & Club News

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS The BTRA Poker Ride is one of our organization's oldest traditions, and it was held again this year. Originally scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, it had to be postponed for one day due to a gloomy forecast for Saturday. As it turned out, Saturday's weather wasn't all that bad but Sunday's was great. We had a good turnout, a potluck featuring hot dogs and chili, and we all enjoyed the amenities of the Brighton Recreation staging area. Once again, our new pavilion was put to good use and our electric water pump provided cool fresh water for our horses. The riders with winning poker hands walked away with cash prizes and our president, Russ Spicer, won the 50/50 drawing. Of course, he immediately donated his winnings back to BTRA. We held our last outdoor event on November 10th, an open ride that was well attended. That Sunday was unusually warm, especially for November, so we feel pretty lucky this year with the way the weather has cooperated. Granted, we had some hot weather but all our big events came off, even with the delay for the Poker Ride. Thank you, Mother Nature! Now we're gearing up for our a n n u a l C h r i s t m a s Pa r t y, scheduled for December 1st. For the past several years, this has been a combined event with our friends and neighbors, the Pinckney Trail Riders. This arrangement makes sense because it allows us to combine our resources and increase attendance, and we've all been very satisfied with the results. Our two clubs have been holding this party at the Howell Nature

Center, which has a number of facilities suitable for events of this nature. It's always been a potluck and has featured a variety of games and group activities. This year, we're trying something quite different. We're holding the party at a restaurant located in Hamburg, RJ's Grill. It won't be a potluck but instead will offer a buffet dinner for all the guests who don't have to bring anything but their appetites. We'll still have a game or two, but we're also going to have a DJ and dancing. We're telling everyone to wear their dancing boots! We're pretty excited about this new arrangement and will be sure to give everyone a report in the next BTRA column. Mark Delaney BTRA Secretary

items to chose from. Her horse embroidery for hoodies and tee's are beautiful and the color selection are very pretty. Thanks for hosting our club Pam! We finished up with our meeting and dinner at the Panel Room Restaurant, also in Hartford. We will be setting up our club schedule for 2013 at our very important January meeting (there are already lots of great ideas). We also have a lot of outside activities to look forward to. There is a Championship Rodeo Dec 28, 29 & 31 at the MEC Center in Howe, Indiana, also at the MEC Center is their Equine Expo Feb 15 & 16. Then in March is the Michigan Horse Expo and the Kalamazoo Tack Swap meet. We are all already looking forward to next year. Club members did a lot of trail riding during the nice days in November, the weather was just beautiful, sure wish it would last all winter. Our club is open to any woman 18 years old or over. Equine Ladies is a great resource for meeting new horse people, finding someone to ride with and learning about equine related subjects. If you would like to join our club or want further information, please contact Sally Forraht at 269-473-1730 or Debbie Brown at 269-655-7289. ~ Judy Poluhanycz, Sec.

EQUINE LADIES The October meeting was a tour of Dr. Garry Fedore's new state-of-the-art Large Animal Veterinarian Clinic in Cassopolis. Everything has been well thought out for the horse and owner. This is a wonderful facility for our area and we congratulate Dr. Fedore and his very qualified staff. When you read this, we have already had our fun and exciting Christmas Party with our delicious potluck and gift exchange. Officers for next year were installed. They are: President-Sally Forraht, VicePr e s i d e n t - D e b b i e B r o w n , Secretary-Judy Poluhanycz, Corresponding Secretary-Leah B o w e n , Tr e a s u r e r - Pe g g y Lippert, and Sunshine GirlJoAnne Tees. Our November meeting was our shopping spree to Rick's Tack in Hartford. Pam always seems to have a lot of great

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MI APPALOOSA HORSE ASSC Hi Everyone, The Board of Directors has elected Denise DeVolder as President and Lee Fischhaber as Vice President. We gave Bobbie Best a huge thank you for her years of service to this club. Jill Baker was appointed Secretary and Judy Biber was appointed Treasurer. (30)

The General Membership meeting was on November 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM, MSU Pavilion Ro o m B . We w e l c o m e d membership to come and join in at the meetings. This was the meeting that you must turn in any suggested Charter By-Law or Rule changes in writing to be discussed at the January General Membership meeting. The board would like ideas from the membership for awards including high point awards next year. If anyone has suggestions please contact any of the board members. If anyone has interesting news for the newsletter please contact Jill Baker at 517-336-8144 or jillbaker75@comcast.net. Until next month, Jill Baker

MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING Now that the riding season is coming to a close, points are tallied and many horses are on vacation until early next spring, all we have to look forward to is the great tack sales and expos. Fortunately if you are part of a great club like MiCMO you can also look forward to the awards banquet. MiCMO has scheduled their banquet for February 9th at Tony M's in St. Johns. Riders will be receiving awards in many categories including consistency clubs for riders who competed in more than fifty percent of the rides and perfect attendance awards for the truly dedicated. There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for MiCMO and allow us to continue to give back to the friends of trails clubs from the areas where we ride. The MiCMO Annual meeting was held on November 10 near St. Johns. Thanks to Barb of WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Horse Association & Club News MiCMO, Continued. Sleezy Barb Horsewear I was the lucky winner of the nibble net door prize! This will be perfect for my gelding. When he is on vacation his three flake limit will last longer than 45 minutes! Many rules were discussed at the meeting and it was decided that any rule changes will be written in read on the website. MiCMO follows NaCMO rules but we do have some rules that are specific to Michigan. Please visit us at MiCMO.org for all the latest news and changes. You can also visit us on Facebook.com to get to know the members of our club. We are working on the ride schedule for 2013 and I am sure it will be as fun and creative as it was in 2012. As in years past all of our events will be listed in the calendar of SaddleUp Magazine. You will also find a membership form in every issue of SaddleUp so don't delay and become a member for 2013. See you at the expos! Happy Trails! Janet

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS Howdy from Howdy from the Pr o u d L a ke Tr a i l R i d e r s Association! We are so pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Please visit us at www.proudlaketrailriders.org and let us know what you think. You are easily able to access all of our event and membership information. We just finished with our hugely successful Spooktacular Halloween event. Thanks to everyone who came out on that beautiful fall day. We had a huge crowd of participants and many spectators. There were some very original costumes in our crowd and choosing a winner for our contest was tough! Our first

place winner in the adult contest was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too! First place in our 18 and under contest was The Little Mermaid astride a Seahorse led by Sebastian (the crab). Our riders went trick or treating on a two mile loop trail, participated in the costume contests, played some games and had a delicious potluck lunch. This is an annual event for Proud Lake so we hope to see you and your friends next year! Check out our Facebook page for some great costume photos. Please be sure to save the date for our annual banquet. It will be on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Bakers in Milford. Come to chat at 6pm with dinner being served at 7pm. Our guest speaker will be an Equine Nutritionist. We will also put on a Chinese auction with the proceeds going towards a pavilion we would like to build in our staging area. We are accepting donations for our auction. Dinner is a full meal with a cash bar. Be on the lookout for more information. It is always fun to get together with old friends and make new friends so we hope to see you there! For more information on this event please contact Cindy Godair at 248-672-0154. Happy Trails and don't forget to check out our new website and also please like us on Facebook! Happy Holidays and remember… Ride Happy, Ride Safe and Love Your Horse!

had waited 13 years to open. Though it was a very cool day, we had a potluck dinner at our pavilion. The warm food was so yummy. Thanks to all who attended. A large number of riders from other trail groups attended and rode our different loops. The lake loop connects to our west loop, with scenic views of the lake making it a lovely ride, especially during a full moon. Made wide enough for cart driving and wagons, it is useful for various events. Special permission is not necessary to drive it. We have been working on the signs and plan to order new maps, having them in place by spring. Congratulations go to several of our SHTRA members: Barb Drake and Linda Kraai and their fellow MiCMO teammates of “Gurlz in Gear” who placed 3rd in NACMO, 7 points from first place in this national competitive event. Linda's mare, Meka, earned the coveted Horse of the Year award. Well done, gals! At our most recent Board meeting, we discussed events from 2012. Using feedback from our camping events and activities, 2013 will have the best of our fun events. We will be making changes with options for Plow Day and Ichabod Crane Day. Stay tuned for what evolves. On June 15, there's an ACTHA Ride at Sleepy Hollow park. Contact Chanda Nielson 517648-1984 or twhmajor@ gmail.com These 2013 dates are also set : February 3, 2013: Annual Meeting at 6843 Alward Rd. Victor TWP Hall. Noon set up, Potluck 2:00 pm, and Horse Item auction. Host Marsha Putnam 989-661-2541. March 8-10: Expo, MSU Pavilion April 7: Rotten Egg Hunt 2:00 pm Staging Area. Host Pat Brown 517-651-5984 May 4: Tentative Plow Day May 24-27: Memorial Weekend

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRL RIDERS “Night out at the Swartz Creek Races” on Saturday Dec. 29th for members and guests through Michigan Horse Council. $23.95. RSVP by December 15th to m.marilyngraff@frontier.com Sunday, November 4th we celebrated the first anniversary riding our south lake loop that we

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Campover w/ Blazing Saddles. Host Mary 989-288-4522 July 12-14: Drive In the Park Campover w/ MHWVA. Host Gale 517-290-7624 July 26-28: Dennis Austin Memorial Ride DAMN Campover Host Marsha 989-661-2541 August 22-25: CMO/MiCMO Campover. Hosts Barb 517-5250511 & Linda 517-930-5558 August 30-Sept. 2: 2013 Labor Day Weekend campover Sept. 20-22: 2013 Pirate Ride w/ Full Moon Madness Campover. Hosts Carrie 517-230-7032 & Chanda 517-285-6501 Oct. 11-13 or 18-20: Tentative Ichabod Crane Weekend November 2: 2013 Anniversary Ride & Potluck Don't forget to renew your memberships for 2013. They are coming in the mail or are available on our website www.shtra.org. Membership includes 30% off one apparel item. We have great times, fun events and lovely trails. Hope to see ya! Next board meeting will be Dec. 11th 6:30 pm at Gale and Lori's. Bring a dish to pass.

WEST MI APPALOOSA REG The World Championship Appaloosa Show is once again history and we had quite a few members who won and placed well out there this year. Congratulations to all of you! Plans are under way for the 2013 shows and it looks like we will have our June 1-2 show back at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason while the other show will be July 13-14 at the Centreville Fairgrounds. Tami, Amy and I took a little road trip and met up with Terry to check out the facility. Stalls were good, arenas were very nice with one that's just huge, and there's WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Horse Association & Club News WMAR, Continued plenty of camping hookups. Most important to many of us was the fact that the restrooms are new, big with plenty of showers and hot water! There is also a very nice new indoor arena that can be utilized if the weather forces us inside. Please keep in mind that stalls for both shows must be pre-paid with no refunds. I am also on the hunt for show high point awards so if you have any ideas, please let me know. I'm always open to suggestions. The WMAR Banquet arrangements are well under way for January 27, 2013 at the Quality Inn, East Lansing. You might want to thinking about keeping an eye out for silent auction items. 'til next month… Sharon Clark

YANKEE SPRINGS TRL RIDERS BOARD MEETING MINUTES November 14, 2012 The meeting was held at Sam's Joint, Gun Lake and called to order at 7 pm by Vice President Tom Chaffee.

Secretary's Report: Was accepted as written, motion to pass by Skip Burger and 2nd by Brenda Noteboom, voted on and passed. Treasure's Report: Was accepted as written, motion to pass by Skip Burger and 2nd by Kathy Taylor, voted on and passed. Halloween Committee Report: This event was cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions. Lessons learned: have an alternate date for events/better control of our web site. Old Business: Bylaw Committee: A revision to Article V- Dues/Fiscal Year – 5.01 Annual dues for membership shall be established by the Board of Directors and shall be for the fiscal year established as January 1 to December 31. Any member in default of dues shall be suspended from all membership privileges. If dues are not paid within (30) days membership shall terminate. A new membership application may be made with dues included, an exception will be made for new memberships when dues are paid at the end of the riding season, but not before August 31. If you have questions regarding this Bylaw change

c o n t a c t R o n Wa l k e r a t ronaldw@grmr.com. Friends of the Park status: After much research it was discovered one of the requirements to obtain this status is to carry Insurance for the full year. This would be cost prohibitive for our club at this time. Annual Meeting: Scheduled for February 2nd at 5:00pm at Hope Township Hall. Drinks will be provided by the club, bring a dish to pass. S u g g e s t e d s p e a ke r s a r e Rashelle Bennecke and Sarah Schaefer. If you have speaker suggestions let Ron Walker know. Ron has ask current board members who are up for election this year to let him know 30 days in advance if they are interested in running again. Board members who are up for election this year are, Jeanne Burger, To m C h a f f e e , N a n c y Counterman, Jean Mulder, Brenda Noteboom, Kathy Taylor, Ron Walker, and Virginia Werner. Any YSTRA member can run, if you are interested in running for board membership let Ron Walker know. YSTRA Web Site: A motion was made by Kathy Taylor with Nena Redmond 2nd to investigate what it would cost to create our

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So I drew on the right rein a little more, causing his head to come even more to the right. We did a couple of laps like this and I could feel his mind getting active (usually it is shut down or arguing) so that was good! All of the sudden, he wanted to go straight. He tugged on that right rein (whose contact he was avoiding) and as I allowed the rein to slip slowly through my hand, he straightened his neck, stretched his topline and lengthened his stride. I was shocked! After several strides, he shortened and started to go crooked again, so I did the same thing. This time it worked even quicker. Pretty soon I could pick up the reins and he stayed straight and forward, taking the contact. It was really cool. As soon as it started to go well at the walk, I moved on to the trot. Same thing happened: he went short, bunched up and crooked. Once again I said, “Let me help you!” and I helped him to be more crooked. This was such fun.

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How often have you found yourself counteracting something your horse does? It's natural for us humans to exert our will (direct line thinking) rather than take the horse's idea and cause him to turn it around (lateral thinking). For as long as I can remember, Pat has been saying, “Cause your idea to become the horse's idea, but understand the horse's idea first.” Well, isn't it interesting how long something apparently simple like that can take to sink in? I'm finally starting to understand how to truly do that and it has led to a major breakthrough with my horse, Allure. Over the past five years, my journey with Allure has been challenging because of his extreme Left-Brain Extrovert Horsenality, and his tendency to go extreme Right-Brain Introvert as a learner. Here's what I love about it: because of those challenges, Allure has made me a better horseman and teacher. The best thing he helped me come up with is the Horsenality Profile, a major breakthrough in reading, understanding and becoming more effective with horses. In this article, I want to share with you how I used the principle of understanding Allure's idea when riding to not only get him to want to go straight, but be more relaxed and not feel like bucking. It's a great lesson in reverse psychology because you do the opposite of what the horse expects (and what you want to do!). Lucky for us, Amy Bowers was visiting and just happened to have her camera with her!

Day 1 Usually when I begin to ride Allure, he's a bit tight. He doesn't want to go straight and if I push him he'll buck. So I spend a lot of time in walk until he relaxes and then try to do some trot. It kind of works, but it takes a lot of time and I don't feel like we've really made any progress because the next time it's no better. He also doesn't like going into anything that looks like a dressage arena and gets quite shut down — Right-Brain Introvert. Then when he comes out of it, he goes LeftBrain Extrovert and is very challenging to ride! I decided to use the Game of Contact because of the great success I'd been experiencing with it helping horses to get more confident and more forward. As I picked up the reins, he started fussing with the bit, shortened his neck, body and stride. As we inched forward, he started to go crooked. At first I tried to straighten him, and then I thought of the principles of the Game of Contact, so I changed my approach and encouraged him to go more crooked: “You want to be crooked, let me help you!”

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Again, a couple of laps and all of the sudden he wanted to go straight. I allowed the rein to slip through my fingers as he stretched his top line and lengthened his stride. This time he started blowing out. Success!

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to work, but I knew it was the best thing. Remember, we are not riding for today, we are riding for tomorrow!

Day 2 Walking into the arena today was completely different. Instead of having thresholds, he strode willingly and confidently into the arena. He wanted to be there. It was a great sign. It took about two minutes for him to be straight at the walk, so I began the trot. The first few strides were great, then he went crooked again. “Let me help you!”

This time I needed to have him be even more uncomfortably crooked before he wanted to go straight, but the good part was that there was no stress for him (remember, it was his idea!) and it was still simple, fun and interesting for me. “I wanna be straight!” said Allure. “Sure!” I responded. And it was amazing. Lovely, forward, relaxed trot. I couldn't believe it could be that simple.

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Then he stopped, pooped, and as I gathered my reins when walking off, he lifted into this beautiful, soft canter. Wow.We cantered half a lap, I stopped and then got off and praised him. End of session! I was so thrilled and excited.

Moving Forward Since that day, Allure has been amazingly calm. Playing the Game of Contact for straightness and relaxation has led to being able to ride him FreeStyle – I've waited years for this moment! And on one day, I was cantering him around the Big Top and he got a little over-stimulated by something going on up there. As he wadded up I quickly did the opposite of what I would have usually done: instead of bending him, I helped him wad up. I

remember thinking, “Either this is going to work, or I'm going to help him do the biggest buck ever!” We wadded up together for a few strides and then I felt him ask to go forward instead of up. “Sure!” I said, as I allowed the reins to lengthen. And that was the last time he thought about bucking. So why is this so effective? I think it is because you're giving the horse nothing to argue with, nothing to brace against. As a result, emotions de-escalate and trust and harmony grows. I hope you find a lot of “aha” moments as you read this story and, like me, that you will now understand what it means to truly understand your horse's idea and use lateral thinking to cause him to want to follow your idea. Best of all, it takes all the stress and frustration away… it's fun saying “Let me help you!” PS: I would not recommend using the Let Me Help You approach when riding a horse that wants to run off! Instead, use Partial Disengagement or get off and encourage your horse to go faster when you're on the ground. For more information on the Game of Contact, visit www.parelli.com.

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~ Equine Health Series ~

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Tips for Managing Winter Colic By Eleanor Kellon, VMD, Staff Veterinary Specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition

Colic can strike at any time and has many well-known and some not so well-understood factors. Fall and winter are particularly high risk times of the year and there are several things you can do to decrease your horse's colic jeopardy during those months. As pastures fail in the fall and horses must switch to a different diet, two major factors are at play. One is the fact there is a different diet. The other is change in the moisture level of the diet. Most people know they should transition slowly when adding or changing grains and other concentrates. However, it is important to realize that a change in forage, including hay types, should also be made gradually. This is because the protein, sugar and starch components of hay are digested in the small intestine, and while digestive enzymes there can adjust to changes, it takes time. Undigested fractions then spill over into the large intestine,

where the resident microorganisms must deal with them. Hays also contain a variety of fiber types and complex plant carbohydrate compounds that can only be fermented in the large intestine. The bacteria, protozoa and, to a lesser extent, yeasts in the large intestine work together to efficiently ferment. For example, some species will ferment starch, sugars and fructans into lactate while others will use that lactate as their fuel, preventing acidosis that could harm the fiber fermenting organisms. The population of organisms in the large intestine will mirror the food that is presented to them but efficient adaptation takes time. Allow at least 5 to 7 days to make a complete change. If that sounds complex, it is. The moral of the story is to avoid rapid changes in diet, including substituting hay for grass and changing hays. Disruptions in organisms that occur with rapid changes can cause gas and possible displacement of the

placed close together. Warm water is consumed more readily. At the very least, water should never be allowed to freeze over. To encourage drinking, add at least one ounce of salt to the feed daily, or dissolve and spray on the hay for picky horses. Intake can be increased by adding warm water to pellets, hay cubes, even sweet feeds. Adding some wheat bran improves appeal. Beet pulp is ideal because it can hold four times its weight in water. The final colic risk factor, especially in winter, is inactivity. Do not reduce turnout and stall the horse unless weather is really severe. When conditions are so bad the horse is barely moving, ensuring adequate water intake goes a long way toward preventing impaction colic.

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If the whip that you are using to measure slants down to the cantle, you also could have a saddle that is too narrow in the pommel area or too high of a pommel. This, too, will cause pressure point pain from the saddle in the wither area, right behind the withers, and at the point where the shoulders start. A saddle that is too narrow in the pommel always will cause the saddle to slide back. If this is happening, do not try to improve the fit with a breast collar. Consider a new saddle for your horse! Too high of a pommel could cause the rider to bruise their crotch on the saddle, and that is very painful. If the measuring whip is excessively slanted forward, it usually means that the pommel is too wide. You have to look at the clearance between the pommel and the top of the withers. Use your fingers in a vertical position between the top of the withers and the inside of the pommel. You should have two to three fingers clearance for a correct fit. If you see that the withers are touching, or almost touching, the top of the pommel, or you cannot get two fingers between the two, then this is a very painful fit for any horse, and it will cause injury over time. The fit described in the previous paragraph also happens when the pommel is too wide and the top of the flap panels are too narrow. In addition, a saddle that is too narrow at the top of the flap panels could cause dry spots behind the withers and at the start of the shoulders. This is very painful for the horse, and you will lose your balance forward which will increase the pain for the horse on the withers and on top of the shoulders. If your saddle fits this way, please consider purchasing a new saddle. The only way a rider can ride balanced is in a saddle that fits balanced on the horse. A properly fitting saddle makes a big difference in the performance

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING STARTS HERE AT

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