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One of the fun things about horse medicine is that it has a lot of living history attached to it. Take “ringbone” for example. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first mention of ringbone (hyrngban) is from Old English, c. 1000 AD I point this out to say that this condition has been plaguing horses for a long time and it does not look like it is going to be letting up any time soon. So, since it is a problem that is likely to be with us for a while longer, let's look at this not uncommon problem of mostly older horses with a clear set of eyes, so you can try to help your horse and also afford your rent or mor tgage payment.

What Is Ringbone?

Ringbone is a colorfully named variation of arthritis, or, more specifically, osteoarthritis. The “osteo” part means “bone,” the “-arth” part means “joint,” and the “-itis” part means “inflammation”; put them all together and you got inflammation of bone and joint.

That, unfortunately, is just the start of things. You see, inflammation is an insidious, incessant problem that erodes the normal joint structures: particularly cartilage and bone. It feeds on itself, too –the worse things get, the worse things get. In more severe cases, bone builds up around one or both of the joints in the horse's pastern area: the “ring” in ringbone, as it were.

Depending on which joint gets involved, the ringbone may be described as “low” or “high,” but fundamentally the process is the same. The more the joint is inflamed, the more destruction occurs; as the process goes on, pain and inflammation increase, as well. Ringbone, as well as all other places where osteoarthritis occurs, inevitably gets worse over time.

What Causes Ringbone?

Sometimes you know what causes ringbone – sometimes you don't. For example, a horse with a fracture into his pastern joint will inevitably get ringbone because of the inflammation and instability that fractures cause in joints. Infection in a joint can end up causing osteoarthritis. We know about those causes.

Other thoughts about causes of ringbone are just speculation. It is easy to surmise that “improper” shoeing might result in stress on a joint that results in osteoarthritis, but there is no such thing as a single “proper” way to shoe any horse. The same with confor mation – we can surmise that a horse with legs that are less than our most recently determined ideal might have stresses on them that result in arthritis, but, in fact, we cannot pick out which crooked legged horse is going to get arthritis in advance. It is easy to say that old age “causes” ringbone, but not all old horses get ringbone (or any other variation of arthritis). Otherwise stated, osteoarthritis is not an inevitable consequence of aging.

The one thing that we do know is that by the time you see ringbone in a joint, the horse has already left the barn, the cat is already out of the bag, or whatever other metaphor indicating that things are too late you want to use. From that point on, your focus has to be on trying to help your horse deal with the problem. It is never going back to normal, no matter what you do.

How Do You Treat Ringbone?

In a sense, you cannot treat ringbone. That is, there is no therapy –no shot, no powder, no supplement, and no pill – to stop the pro gression of the disease.

Since the process cannot be stopped, all of the therapies available try to help the horse deal with his problem. There are lots of choices – pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, magnets and lasers, liniments and poultices, acupuncture and injections, manipulations and healing with hands, and supplements and DMSO, and on and on and on. While some may assert that they can “support” your horse or “help” this, that, or the other, the thing that these products all have in common is that none of them stop the progression of the disease.

In addition, very few of them have been shown to really do much of anything at all.

That is not to say you should throw up your hands and do nothing for a horse with ringbone. It is just that you have to understand that your goal in dealing with ringbone (and any other kind of osteo arthritis) is to try to control the clinical signs of the disease since you cannot really control the ringbone.

Medicines, and Such

Medicines for ringbone focus on trying to control or cover up pain and inflammation. You can do that, to a certain extent, but that extent largely depends on two things: how bad the problem is, and how much exercise is required of the horse.

Looking at it in this way, you might reasonably surmise that the probability of an international level dressage horse with advanced ringbone competing in the Olympics will be much less than the probability of an old pleasure horse with advanced ringbone taking a walk on the trail once on the weekends. The worse the problem is, and the more that the horse is asked to do, the more likely the horse will have difficulties dealing with it.

The two most commonly used medications are probably nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as phenyl butazone, flunixin meglumine, firocoxib, or others) and steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as methylprednisolone or triamcinolone. NSAIDs are generally given systemically (orally, IV, and such): there is also one that you can rub on top of the arthritic joint. Corticosteroids are most commonly injected directly into joints. NSAIDs directly relieve both pain and inflammation; corticosteroids relieve inflammation directly, and, if the inflammation is reduced, so is pain (indirectly).

Of course, NSAIDs and corticosteroids are by no means the only substances prescribed for ringbone. However, this is where things get both less evidence-based and more expensive. You have got all sorts of “cutting edge” products to inject into joints, muscles, and veins, some of which are very commonly prescribed – and even more heavily advertised – but actually have surprisingly little scien-

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE: One thing that you can do is to let your horse move around as much as possible. Gentle, regular movement helps keep joints from getting stiff – you have probably discovered that yourself if you have been around for a while.

The problem for horse owners is that, with so many choices, you can go broke trying them all. I would recommend you ask to see the evidence behind them before you just go chasing after a therapy that you already know is not going to fix the problem anyway.

Shoeing: Of course, horses get shod to try to help them move or to protect their feet, so it should be no surprise that there are all sorts of shoe-ing and trimming suggestions that can be made for a horse with ringbone. Generally, recommendations are along the lines of raising the heel of the horse's hoof and cutting back the toe, under the rationale that it will make it easier for the horse to move forward over his toe (“breakover”). Unfortunately, while this makes some sense, at least in terms of how we think things should work, the lovely princess of theory frequently gets slain by the cruel dragon of reality. There is no one way to shoe a horse with ringbone. Some times what you think should help really does not. But it is certainly worth working with your veterinarian and farrier to see if they might be able to provide some relief. You might have to try several different approaches, and none might work.

tific data to support their use: the list is long Ditto joint supple ments. Based on my experience, as well as that of my clients, I generally do not bother with them. Things that you rub on sore joints, such as liniments and DMSO and various other substances may cause a feeling of warmth in the area but they don't do anything to affect the underlying disease. What About Supporting The Joint? I am all for supporting your horse's joints. But the fact of the matter is that all of the stuff that is sold out there to provide joint support is about as important to the outcome of your horse's joints as the cheerleaders for a football team are to the final score of the game. They are nice to have, but they do not make any real difference in how the game turns out. In my opinion, if all a product offers is “joint support,” I wouldn't pay much attention to it.

Surgery? There is one possible solution to ringbone: destroy the joint. Yes, in some horses, depending on which joint is involved, it is poss-ible to fuse the bones on either side of the joint. Sometimes (rarely) it even happens on its own. Whether natural or surgical, two mov-ing, painful bones get turned into one bone. The success rate depends a lot of the size of the horse and whether it is a front or back leg (back legs on small horses would he expected to do the best), but surgical fusion is an option, albeit an expensive one.

In humans, they do not usually fuse an arthritic joint unless it is a bone of the neck or spine. They just put in an artificial joint: a new hip, a new knee, a new shoulder Unfortunately, that is not an option for horses – they are just too big, and put too much stress on implants. So even in human medicine, with far more resources than are available in horse medicine, arthritic joints cannot be fixed. At some point, human surgeons just hoist the white flag and put in a new, artificial joint.

What's The Bottom Line?

I want you to take away a few points from this discussion. The first is that ringbone is not a death sentence. Often, particularly early in the course of disease, you can find a use level where your horse can do whatever he does reasonably comfortably, perhaps with the assistance of some medication. Just because he might not be able

to do what he used to do does not mean that he can't do anything.

Still, when it comes to ringbone, as well as any other variation of osteoarthritis, here are some facts I want you to keep in mind.

Ringbone, and more broadly, osteoarthritis, is a common problem that occurs in horses all over the world.

There is no known cure for the condition. Ringbone is progressive and it does not let up.

In some cases, surgery can be performed to fuse the affected joint; it does help some horses, however it is expensive and it does not always work.

Ringbone can significantly impact the horse's ability to get around and take years off his life for riding or performance.

There is no intervention – no shoeing therapy, no medication, no device – that has been shown to prevent ringbone or to stop the progression of the disease.

Current therapies have little, if any, effect, and can rarely be associated with adverse events (e.g., effects from long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or reactions after sub stances are injected into joints).

Treatments can cost horse owners a lot of money in terms of chasing after pointless therapies, supplements, etc.

I do not want to sound like too much of a downer A diagnosis of ringbone is never good news. But it also does not mean that your horse is going to be unable to do anything It also does not mean that you have to chase after every unproven, expensive, useless therapy that is out there in a frantic attempt to “help.” Even though it is not a good diagnosis, when it comes to ringbone you can usually find some level of use – perhaps with a bit of medication – that will allow you to enjoy your good friend for many years to come.

Dr. Ramey began veterinary practice in 1984, in the Los Angeles area of southern California. He has been providing outstanding care to horses in southern California ever since. He specializes in the care and treatment of pleasure and performance horses. His clients particularly value his no nonsense approach, focused on providing services instead of selling products, his compassion for horses, and his ethical approach to the practice of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Ramey believes that compassionate care involves providing therapies for which there is good scientific evidence of effectiveness. It is not compassionate to simply offer to sell someone the latest unproven therapeutic nostrum, nor is it kind to the horse to simply pull out therapies and give them a try, just because it is something to do. True com-passion – for horse and horse owner – involves adhering to high ethical standards, and high standards of scientific evidence in choosing therapies.


Equine Small Business Series Planning For Success

Are you ready to turn your horse hobby into an equine small bus iness? Do you have what it takes to turn your passion into a career? Whether your dream business is a tack shop, freelance photo graphy, a boarding barn, or anything else, it is crucial to learn how to set your business up for success before launching and learn from those who have already made the leap. The goal of this Equine Small Business series is to guide you through the process of be coming a small business, be a resource for growing and maintaining your small business, and give real-life advice from equine professionals with an established small business.

Read on and let's get to business!

Build a Business Plan

Regardless of whether you are just starting out or expanding your services, every equine business should have a solid business plan! An important foundation, this business plan will become your roadmap to achievement and should summarize your business's past, current state, and future goals. At a minimum, you should include these categories and strategies in your plan: a summary, your business concept, outline possible challenges that could arise, management policies, marketing and advertising strategy, who your target audience will be, operations plan, current and projected finances, timeline for your business, and the plan for implementing your business plan.

Whether you are creating your first or updating your last, these are some tips for when you write your equine business plan:

· Write in simple, short sentences that will be easily understood by anyone reading.

· Value quality of your plan over length of your plan.

· Include facts, figures, and research about your equine business.

· Have an expert on that corner of the equine industry review your plan for flaws in logic, grammar, or organization.

Thanks to your business plan, you now have a comprehensive document to show the horse industry that you mean business. Keep updating your plan as your business expands and changes to stay one step ahead of your competitors.

Calculate Startup Costs

Another critical step to take before launching your equine small business is to determine how much money it will take to start your business and how long it might take before you turn a profit. Whether a brick-and-mortar, online, or service-providing business, these are some of the startup expenses you want to consider:

· Licenses and permits · Inventory

· Communications · Insurance

· Equipment and supplies · Advertising and marketing

· Printed marketing materials

· Office space and utilities

· Employee pay/salaries

Before your business even opens its doors, you will have bills to pay. Understanding these expenses before they are due will help you keep your launch as smooth/stress-free as possible. A fantastic resource would be to use the “Startup Cost Worksheet” available for free from the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

Once you have established what your business expenses will be and how much you expect them to cost, you should separate them into two categories: one-time expenses and monthly expenses. One-time expenses could include hiring a graphic designer to make your logo or paying for a permit. The larger of the two categories, monthly expenses, could include rent, utilities, employee pay, insurance, and more. Dividing your expenses like this could also save your equine small business some money as, usually, one-time expenses are tax deductible.

Business Loans and Beyond

Now that you know how much startup funding you need to get your new business up-and-running, it is time to figure out how you will get it. There is no one size-fits-all method for funding your business, but some types of funding will be better suited to your specific situation than others and sometimes the best answer might be a combination of several options. Essentially, there are four primary options to get funding for your equine small business: self-funding, crowdfunding, small business loans, and microloans.

Sometimes known as 'bootstrapping', self-funding is exactly as it sounds; using your own money and assets to fund your business venture. If you can realistically afford to, personally investing in your own business is one of the simplest funding options. If you choose to apply for a loan down the road, self funding will demonstrate your perseverance, dedication, and commitment to your business' success.

For those looking to secure funding without involving their families or bank lenders, crowdfunding is another readily-available method for funding your small business. Thanks to websites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo, this system allows you to receive small sums from a large pool of individuals rather than a large amount from a single source. In exchange for a minimal fee, you are pro vided with a secure and easy to use fundraising platform.

The most common funding method, small business loans, are an agreement with a lender where the borrower is obligated to repay the loan on time, including interest. Your interest rate and other loan conditions will vary from lender to lender but will be determined on the riskiness of the loan. An ideal option for riskier businesses that are struggling to qualify for a traditional loan is to use a Small Business Association (SBA)-guaranteed loan. Some benefits to SBA-guaranteed loans include the following: lower down payments, possibly no collateral needed, rates and fees comparable to non-guaranteed loans, and providing you with continued education and support for your business. Whichever your options might be, it is a good idea to compare any loan offers in search for the best


possible terms and lowest possible interest rates for your equine small business loan.

If you are looking to only borrow a small sum, a microloan of less than $5,000 might be a better option for your business. Microloans are designed to provide funding to women, veterans, low-income, or minority small business owners. They are often used to help you expand, rebuild, or improve your small business. Just as with traditional loans, the borrower is expected to pay the amount back with interest through regular payments.

Business Credit for Beginners

Although it may seem intimidating, building business credit is essential to convincing yourself, your customers, and your future investors that you are serious about success! Business credit is a financial tool for your equine small business that can help you qualify for loans or other financing options. As you may have guessed, business credit works similarly to personal credit; it is used as an indicator of how reliable and healthy both yourself and your business may be. It creates an important separation line between your personal finances and your equine small business' finances. Complete the following steps to build your business credit from the ground up:

· Establish your business

· Register your business

· Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

· Open your business bank account

· Open a business credit card


of your equine small business's report from Equifax, Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, or similar reporting services. While the scoring system may vary, the outcome remains the same. If your equine small business has a higher credit score, it will be considered a lowrisk investment. It will be much easier for your high-scoring tack shop to qualify for a loan, get better loan terms such as lower interest rates, and collaborate with other established businesses. Taking the time to educate yourself on business credit, understand how to interpret your scores, and how to increase your business credit score will help your equine small business in the long run.

Lisa Skylis graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She is a professional freelance writer and Lisa’s work largely focuses on the equine industry When she is not writing, Lisa can be found doting on the horses at her local therapeutic riding barn or entertaining her mischievous Golden Retriever, Roy Freelance inquiries can be sent to

Sources for this article include an article from Iowa State University authored by Don Hofstrand titled “Writing a Business Plan”, an article from Extension Horses titled “Equine Business Res ources- Developing a Business Plan”, an article from Iowa State University authored by Craig Chase in 2021 titled “Getting Your New Business Idea Funded”, an article from the U.S. Small Business Administration titled “Fund Your Business”, an article from Business News Daily authored by Matt D'Angelo in 2022 titled “How to Build Business Credit”, and an article from the U.S Small Business Administration titled “Establish Business Credit.

what a 'good' business credit score is will vary based on which business credit scoring system you use. You can get a copy
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Black Swamp Driving Club Enjoys Hayride!

Black Swamp Driving Club members are a hardy bunch. It was raining Oct. 24 for the annual hayride hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spear at their farm near Galion, OH. But no problem – the Percherons, wagons, and more than two dozen members and guests gathered for the fun and food.

The potluck was spread out on tables in a spotless stall in the bank barn. Plenty of chairs were set up in the barn aisle for groups catching up on the latest. Elliott had set up a grill on the house porch to keep the burgers and hotdogs tasty and dry from the rain. The hosts also provided welcome hot coffee and tea along with hot chocolate. A brief break in the rain gave time to prepare the teams for hitching. The covered wagons proved to be just what was needed as the rain picked up again. The relaxing (and dry) ride went along quiet back roads – with the welcome clop of hoofs and jingle of harness. A photo of an Aussie puppy raised and sold by Peg Graham is gracing the cover of the recent issue of Readers Digest. The picture was taken by the dog’s owner and sub mitted to the magazine. It won, earning the coveted cover spot.

BSDC members have had the chance to drive the well-groomed trails at the Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center. Each month four days are designated as “driving days,” and members can spend time enjoying the meandering way through both wooded and prairie areas.

Happy Holidays Everyone!


At the Brighton Recreation Area, the riding season has peaked but a good number of riders are still hitting the trails. They enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage and warm weather, and the staging area remained inviting with all its Weather permitting, conveniences hearty riders will still be on the trails well into Winter After October 15th, however, the equestrian campground was closed.

BTRA members were (and still are) participating in events sponsored by the Michigan Horse Council. We were represented at the Equine Legislative Day in September and our contingent was led by our Board member Penny Wilson. Penny serves as the Secretary of our Board and is also a member of the MHC Board of Directors.

As this is being written, the MHC Shoreline Ride is taking place and several of our members are participating in that big event. In its second year, this is gaining huge pop ularity Throughout the year we also tune into MHC-sponsored Zoom meetings.

We closed out our program of events on October 8th with our annual Poker Ride, Cook out and Camp out. This has always been popular but the turnout has recently grown even more. We had almost forty participants this year and a number of “gamblers” were big winners. The lunch menu featured delicious entrees from the grill that were prepared by BTRA member Jeff Pisco. Lots of folks chipped in with potluck dishes.

We’re looking forward to next year for several reasons. In the Spring we’ll hold our big banquet which is co-hosted with the Pinckney Trail Riders. We are also excited with the prospect of erecting corrals in selected sites in our equestrian camp ground. Of course, this is being done in collaboration with the DNR at Brighton and as always, we are grateful that we have this relationship with them.

As our readers review this article, they will note the extent to which BTRA is an active member of the broader Equestrian Community in Michigan. All of us should be grate

ful that we’re partners in this collection of horse lovers.


Greetings, trail riders! Our Halloween Riddle Ride was a huge success! We had 27 riders attend on an absolutely beautiful fall day Thank you to all who took part in the fes tivities and especially those who took the time to dress up in costume!

Our next annual meeting is planned for November 30, 2022. It will take place at the Northville Library meeting room. Please follow our website and Facebook pages for the most up-to date information. We hope to see you there!

We still have not received any good news yet on any interest of someone to take over the riding stables facility at the park. If you or anyone you know that might be interested, please contact Traci Sincock at sincockt@ We would not want this great facility to be left unused. Since the riding stables Facebook page has been taken down, we are getting many questions about horse rentals on our website. As of now, I am directing inquiries to other local riding stables such as Brighton, Waterloo and Pickney We hope to be able to give them good news about renting horses at Maybury State Park someday soon!

Please remember that there is NO hunting at Maybury State Park.

Check out all the new updates to the web site at

Continue to follow us on Facebook for up dates on the trails, events and general news going on in the park. Feel free to post pictures from your rides!

Happy Trails! Mary Nader

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How many different things can you and your MFT do or learn to do? You'd be surprised! Our association has an interesting Versatility Program that helps you keep track of you and your horse's accomplishments all year long. Go to the https://www.michigan “Activities” section to find the information about it and the registration forms. Read the loooong list of things that Fox Trotters can do; trail riding, pushing cows, endurance, showing, gaited dress age, driving, rodeo, participating in parades, the list goes on! There are categories for the Horsemanship Challenge (for the rider/ handler), MFT Not Under Saddle and MFT Under Saddle/In Harness. These are further divided into Youth and Adult divisions. Prizes are awarded each quarter and at year end. All you need is a membership to our association and a registered or grade MFT. Send in your forms now so that you can start par ticipating January 1st of 2023. It's a fun and inter esting way to work with your MFT and earn points throughout the year in various ways. Sign up now!

In 2022 our association offered a number of different activities (obstacle clinic, Gaited Dressage clinic, Intro to Cows clinic, Great Lakes National Trail Ride, Judged Trail Ride and the Versatility program).

For 2023, a National Trail Ride, a Levi Beechy Horsemanship Clinic, the Versatility program and member only weekend camp out/trail ride will be offered, as well as others. Send in your membership now so that you can qualify for the discounted clinic rate and become part of this fun and active association. Encourage your Fox Trotting friends to do so as well – it's more fun with horse friends!

We are the Michigan affiliate of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association based in Ava, MO Go to to learn more and become a member there too. The MFTHBA offers other great programs and discounts as well. It is worth your hardearned money to join both. Our mission is to promote MFTs and to en-

courage the breeding and training of them, as well as to help their owners learn to enjoy their horses more through educational clinics, trail rides and discussion.

We meet mostly on Zoom each month, but sometimes in person. Go to our website and Facebook page for updates and to see our list of sponsors who offer discounts to our members. Youth and adults interested in this versatile breed are always welcome to join, learn and enjoy We have lots to offer no matter what your discipline is.

Pinto Horse Association of Ohio


Ohio Pinto Officers and Directors want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With the new year comes new goals for our members and club to achieve. We recently held the election of officers for 2023. Pres ident will be Kaylee Claggett, Vice President will be Angie Wolfe, Secretary will be Leslie Watson, Treasurer will be Amy Leibold. Directors that were elected to a two year term were Jodie Ricks, Pete Thornton, Shannon Dillinger and Amber Madden.



Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association (MHDVA) had its annual meeting on November 12th. Three Lifetime members were in attendance. These members were instrumental in the beginnings of the club. It was wonderful visiting with them, as well as the several new members who have joined. MHDVA had 61 members in the 2022 year membership roster There is a drive being planned for the 2023 season incorporating geocaching and CMO driving!!! Stay tuned for the date!!! Also at the meeting, Kathy Robertson from Owosso informed us about how important it is to keep track of water intake in our equine. Molasses Tea can help increase water consumption. One Tbsp Molasses, One Tbsp loose salt, and a handful of grain in 1 gallon of warm water. To make 5 gallon, multiply all ingredients by 5. You could also make alfalfa tea by using alfalfa pellets in the water. Always have a source of plain drinking water available too. The Robertson’s also believe in adding a Tablespoon of loose white salt to the horses grain everyday to encourage drinking

The next meeting of the MHDVA is December 3 at 11am. Bring your own lunch, noon meeting and voting for officers Meetings take place in the Grand Ledge Public Library, Grand Ledge, MI. For more information, call Dorothy 517 763 3729 Visit us online at:

The PtHAO Year End Awards banquet will be Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Thirsty Pony in Sandusky, OH. Please get your reservations to Emily Wolery. There will be an Officers and Directors meeting, as well as a General Membership meeting at 2pm.

Ohio Pinto Officers and Directors are work ing hard to prepare for an exciting and fun 2023 show season. We have been working on a new showbill with suggestions from members, as well as other activities at the shows in 2023. We will publicize everything once we have the final approval from the Pinto Horse Association of America.

Please be sure to check the club website at and Facebook group at Pinto Horse Association of Ohio for the most up-to date information and forms.

Until next time, may there be spots in the barn and warmth in your homes.

Hello Everyone! We are just wrapping up our Galloping Gourmet Ride. It was great fun. We had a full house of campers and the trails were busy with horses and riders enjoying a bite to eat on each trail. Thank you to all of those that came out and joined in on the ride and supported Proud Lake.

We are also very happy to report that we have added even more obstacles to our obstacle course. Please come out and give it

Leslie Watson, PtHAO Secretary Happy Holidays ~ Marilyn Mannino MI FOXTROTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION
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Proud Lake Trail Riders has been working diligently with the DNR to separate our trails from the bikers. A huge hurdle was just accomplished in that the location of the new bike trails has been decided and agreed upon. The next step will be cutting out the trails. Once the trails are separated, there will be signs up stating what are horse trails and what are bike trails. We have been working on this for the past several years and we are thrilled that the park is committed to making this happen. As of right now, the GPS maps have been submitted and we are moving forward.

If you encounter bikers on the trails that are not giving the right of way to horses, please contact the DNR immediately. If you are able to get photos, please try to.

Remember, it is hunting season and there is hunting allowed in Proud Lake. Please wear bright colors and be visible. If you would like to join our email list, please email me at and also remember to like us on Facebook!

Stay safe and keep riding ~ Nancy

Portage Lake/Jackson County side of Waterloo. When arriving at the Parlor, WHA was treated to a fabulous lunch, great music provided by Phillip Tolliver, and a raffle of donated gifts. Rounding out the last of the Fall rides was the 2022 Turkey Trot. It took place on November 4th-6th and was a great time by all who attended. Although the weather wasn’t completely cooperative, everyone bundled up and participated in a Poker ride on our Ridge trail, a 50/50 raffle, and was followed by a Thanksgiving dinner consisting of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and corn provided by Jerry and Sandy Beaubien. Other dishes and deserts were brought in Potluck style by Waterloo Members. The evening ended with live music at the pavilion and a great way to say goodbye to the 2022 camping season.

lights Santa hats are only allowed on horses, per City of Chelsea. Riders don’t have to pay or sign up to walk with the WHA group, just please be present by 5pm. For those who want to attend without horses, we welcome walkers to carry the Waterloo banner, hand out candy, and poop scoop.

The next Waterloo event is the annual New Year’s ride. This ride is weather permitting as we won’t ride during extreme cold or if ice is present. The ride takes place on New Year’s Day and may include a lite lunch at the pavilion or Burns Cabin depending on interest and expected weather. There is no poker ride, just a chance to ride the park during the beauty of the winter season.


Wow, what a great year we’ve had. We finished 2022 with a very busy Fall. We plan on enjoying a well deserved break before gearing up for the holidays and 2023. Although our Labor Day Events were canceled, we still saw a number of riders enjoying our campgrounds and trails. Following Labor Day was the 2022 Women of Waterloo Girls Weekend at Farmlane Campground hosted by Leah Kunzelman. The event started Friday with day trail riding and ended with fun and speed games in the main area. Saturday featured a scavenger hunt during the day, followed by a potluck, a raffle, and catching up with old friends while welcoming new ones. The Portage Lake Parlor ride followed. We welcomed approx imately 70 riders on October 1st. Our riders left Maute Rd. staging area at 10am and enjoyed a 15-mile ride that crossed into the

While all of our events were taking place, our Waterloo board and volunteers completed several tasks on the never ending list of trail maintenance The most notable project was the completion of the pavilion at Maute Rd. staging area. This project was solely finished by our Waterloo Board members, volunteers, and staff members of the DNR Maute Rd. was also treated with a wheelbarrow to complete its manure area. Along with Maute Rd. staging area completion other significant updates to our park include hi-line poles added to site 2 at WHA camp, the reopening of the blue switchback, work to one of the water crossings, and several areas where sight distances were opened at road crossings. For the Portage Lake Parlor ride, a big shout out to our board members for their help with land clearing, hiline installation with drop-ties added, and two permanent mounting blocks placed for everyone’s convenience. Our creek cross ing also underwent a few cosmetic changes including new footing, staining of the splitrail fence, the mounting block, and installation of a new swing that has been placed at the crossing overlooking the creek. The swing was purchased through donations of Waterloo members and dedicated to Wayne Mears, Waterloo’s first ever president. May we never allow Wayne Mears’ efforts and accomplishments be forgotten.

Moving along, we are looking forward to the Christmas Parade in Chelsea, MI on December, 3rd 2022. Riders are requested to be at Chelsea State Bank parking lot at Old US 12 and M-52 by 5pm for check in. All bodies (horse or human) in the parade must have

Kicking off the 2023 season is the annual WHA banquet which is planned for February 18th and will be hosted at Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor, MI. Donations are being accepted for the banquet to raise funding for trail improvements. Questions can be addressed on the WHA Facebook page. Additional information will be provided in the February 2023 Saddle Up edition.

Thank you to all of our riders, volunteers, DNR staff, Board Members, and most importantly, our WHA President Chad Simpson for an incredible 2022 season. Maintaining Waterloo would not be possible without the dedication and support of every individual who visits Waterloo Recreational Parks. Happy Trails to all and we look for ward to our Holiday events and 2023.

Holiday season is here with all its beautiful white fluffy snow and cold. WDAMI would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This seems like the per fect time to say thank you to our members and to our wonderful sponsors: Sunrise Equestrian Sport, Jerry and Mary Linton, Lazy S Ranch Equine Learning Center LLC, Spotlight Horse Shows, Ida Norris, Joann Williams, Betsy Van Dyke, and Classic Saddlery LLC. We very much appreciate their support and donations to WDAMI. We also extend a special thank you to Kristen Kill for her amazing work in putting together

Happy Holidays from Waterloo Horsemen! Sincerely, Tracie Hafley, board member

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC OF MI, CONT the Michigan basket for the silent auction at this year’s World Show As a result of her efforts, WDAMI now holds the record for the most successful basket! And, finally, I would also like to say thank you to WDAMI Board members Diane Kaser, Dorothy Mueller, Mary Holiday, Mary Zylstra, Jessica Riechel, Mary Linton and to our officers; Treasurer Carol Baldwin, Vice Pres ident Sue Hughes, and Secretary Joann Coy for their dedication/support of the WDAMI.

WDAMI News! The Year end Awards Cele bration will be held virtual on January 28, 2023. This year’s awards event will again be held virtually via Zoom starting at 7:00 pm. Hope to see everyone for a fun and wonderful evening. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening’s celebrations.

WDAMI will again have a booth at the Michigan Horse Expo at Michigan State University on March 10-12, 2023. If you are a WDAMI Member we are looking for volunteers. If you would be willing to help us out, please contact Suzanne Morisse via email at:

WDAMI is planning a total of four educational clinics for 2023 There will be a WDAMI benefit clinic on May 6 and 7. This clinic will be on Understanding Collection with Elizabeth David-Zoerhof Elizabeth is a student of Buck Brannaman and has spent the last six years working with Bettina Drummond. (Bettina is highly regarded in both the US and Europe as a trainer and teacher in the French Classical system of riding, and was a student of Nuno Olivera, one of the last great masters of Classical dressage.) That clinic will be held at the Lazy S Ranch in Dafter, Michigan in the beautiful U.P For more information, please text or call Suzanne Morisse at 906.440.0215.

Our Freestyle Clinic will be held on June 2425 and will feature Joann Williams. Joann is a WD large R Judge, a WD Multiple World Champion and Supreme Champion, and a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist along with top honors in USDF Freestyle Awards. The clinic will be held at the Lucky Dog Ranch in Harrisville, Michigan. For more information, please contact Mary Linton at 810.338.0884 or by email: luckydogranch. I’ll have details next month for two other clinics that are in the works. Quote of the month, Charles De Kunffy: “A round topline is a prerequisite of impulsion.”

Don’t forgot to renew or join WDAMI and WDAA for 2023, and be part of the fastest

growing equestrian sport. You can find us online at

Thank you for your support. Be safe, have fun, enjoy your equine partner and exercise the act of kindness to all.

Until next time, Suzanne Morisse, WDAMI President

termined on each individual site discussed with our land mgrs. Will be the determining authority on requirements and permits. In spring, come up with a marking system on trails to indicate areas for re-routing/work.

Ruth spoke with individual who does maintenance on trails at Silver Creek. He indicated he would be willing to come do some work at Yankee Springs (as a volunteer). Ruth got his name and number.


November Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 6:00PM

Attendance, Carla, Travis, Ron W, Heather W, Heather S, John, Ken, Ruth. All other members were excused.

2023 Tentative Event Dates

April 22nd shot clinic: Inquired if will be held at Buehler’s again – Travis confirmed that was the plan.

May 20th Chuck Wagon Ride Membership Appreciation Day, Hot Lunch on the 9 Mile.

New ride proposed that is a “Membership Appreciation” ride to attract new members. Lunch will be provided at Shaw Rd. in the “horseshoe” area. YSTRA will provide bur gers, chips, beverages, cookies for members. Tie-lines/water for horses provided.

September 2nd Annual meeting

October 9th Halloween Event

Travis proposed that we tentatively approve these dates for events pending any needed changes (reason for change would need to be provided). Ruth 2nd motion, all in favor

Consent agenda, Accept Secretary, Treasurer’s Report Previous month

• Travis noted that the treasurer’s report does not have the Halloween deposit yet.

• Ruth put motion forward to approve as written at this time, Carla seconded the motion, all in favor.

Trail Report: Nine Mile is closed for the year. Re open new year ’ s day…RIDE?? Ron wanted to put a New Years Day Ride on everyone’s radar. Do not need to decide now but be thinking about it.

Ken brought up re-routing needed on trails.

• Difficult to get quads/side by sides through in spots to do work, is dangerous. Ruth asked that we add fill to spots that are difficult to re-route. This will need to be de

Enact a Bylaws Committee to re-write our BOD requirement. Current bylaws indicate that our BOD must have 14 members. We have not been able to fill this position for some time. Ron, Ken and Travis will be work ing on rewriting the bylaws. Proposed that we take on similar requirements as Ionia in which there is a number range of board members allowed, versus one rigid number. Proposed that the range be “no less than 7, no more than 14.” John brought up that once bylaw is re-written it will have to be brought to entire board for a vote, as well as sent out to all members for comments, questions, requested revisions. Ron confirmed that this was accurate.

Hitching posts at new day use area location.

• Board requested that they be on the sides and be staggered DNR agreed with placement on sides, however indicated there is not currently enough space. DNR will be bringing in excavators to push back area to make room. Tentative workbee to install hitching rails, Joe to coordinate dates. DNR is asking that this be a combination of their workers and YSTRA members.

• Brought up that we need signage for the new day use area.

Land Mgr., Day Use Overflow/Group Camp

• New Water Well is in! Porta potty – 1 is built and at DNR head-quarters

• Due to it being “end of year” we are likely coming to a stand-still on work on new day use area for now.

New Business: Travis asked about progress on the rails around the pavilion. Ron updated that DNR is looking at the cost of getting 2x6 treated lumber to cover the rails. Hopefully DNR will supply, YSTRA members will likely do work John inquired about power washing the benches at camp. Ron updated that this will be a project for next year Ken and John volunteered to do this next April.

• Ruth asked about signage for the new day use area regarding picking up after your horse (manure). Like “Riders are responsible for manure pick-up in day use area.”

Next meeting: Wednesday 12/14/22, Location TBD. Meeting adjourned 6:35pm


4-H IS A COMMUNITY FOR ALL KIDS – In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us.


A reminder that the MI 4-H Spectacular Youth Leadership Institute will be held as an overnight event in East Lansing, MI December 3-4, and as a day-long program in Wayne County and Kalamazoo County, December 3rd (10am-3pm). This Michigan 4-H work shop is open to ALL teens (ages 13+ by Jan. 1, 2022) and to adult leaders who have Gold Level Volunteer status with MSU Extension. Attending the Institute will help teens gain leadership skills and approach life with their head, heart, and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures. Participants who register for the overnight event in East Lansing will attend a MSU Men’s Hockey Game on Saturday, December 3rd as part of our evening entertainment! Space will be limited for this workshop, but registration will be accepted until the day of the event, December 3rd. For more details about the Youth Leadership Institute, please contact Roxanne Turner by email or phone 517-546-3950 or contact Brian Wibby by email or by phone 906-439-5065. Attend the Institute and be part of the movement that has YOUth leading the way!

Calling all Lapeer County 4-H kids, check out the SPIN 4-H Club’s Fun Craft Class on December 10th and January 14th. From 9am until 12pm at the Lapeer County MSU Extension Office (1800 Imlay City Road), come meet new friends, make a master piece, and have a blast! Both classes are geared towards kids aged 5-14 years old and the cost of each class is just $10. Registration is encouraged and will be accepted until the day of the Craft Class. Please register by calling Tina House at 810-667-0341.

Save the date for the MI 4-H Horse Judges and Show Volunteers Conference on January 14th-15th, 2023! This annual event

hosted by the Dept. of Animal Science, and the MI 4-H Horse Judges Advisory Committee is open to all Judges, Show Managers, and Adult Volunteers. The following infor mation will be available the first week of December: registration fee, program schedule, lunch details, and registration deadline. For more information, contact either Karen Waite at or Taylor Fabus at

Join Michigan 4-H, the MSU Department of Animal Science, and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine for the 4-H Animal Science Career Quest on February 18th and 19th, 2023. Youth will learn about all the opportunities an animal science education can bring them, not just as an under graduate student, but long term post graduate, career options, and beyond! Animal Science Career Quest is open to youth ages 12-19 (as of January 1, 2023) and 4-H volunteers. The complete sche dule, registration link, and fees will be available in the first week of December 2022. Activities Saturday will take place at Anthony Hall (474 South Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824) and the MSU South Campus Animal Farms. Sunday will take place at Anthony Hall and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Free parking will be available all day Saturday and Sunday in lots 40, 41, and 43. For one day, the cost is $30 and for both days, the cost is $50. Please note that no overnight lodging or transportation is provided for the event, these are the sole responsibility of the program participant. For more details, please reach out to Melissa Elischer by emailing

For more information on events or how to get involved in Michigan 4 H, please contact Taylor Fabus, 4-H Horse and Pony Extension Educator, by email at tenlenta@ Stay in-the-loop on Michigan 4-H Horse and Pony events by visiting the online calendar of events at: https://www.

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Are you looking to spread some holiday spirit and support the 4-H Exchange Club? Come to the 15 year anniversary of the 4-H Exchange Club Holiday Light Show! This drive-thru light show is at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in Van Wert, Ohio and costs $5 per car For passenger vans, limos, or busses, the cost is $25 per vehicle. The Light Show will be open on November 23rd -27th , December 1st -4th , December 8th 11th , and December 15th -25th from 6pm until 9:30pm every evening

Attention Wood County 4-H friends, the 4-H program is excited to bring back the popular “4-H Holiday Craft Workshop” again this year! The Workshop will take place on December 15th from 6pm until 8:15pm at the Wood County 4-H Extension Office (639 S Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH). Registration is $15 and is required to par ticipate in the Workshop. The 4-H Leader ship Board will host this all-time favorite event for 4-H members in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Participants will make numerous items that can be given as gifts to mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles or simply someone special for the holidays! For more information, please call the Wood County Extension Office at 419-354-9050.

Calling all older youth age 14 to 18 who plan to serve as 4-H camp counselors! You’re invited to this year’s Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) – an interactive and quick-paced training that offers innovative camp ideas to new and veteran camp counselors. Don’t miss your chance to participate – the event will be offered in person again in 2023, on February 25th to 26th. Registration for 2023 MXC opened on December 1st and will close on January 31st, at noon. The cost for adults participating is $45, and $65 for youths participating Counselors will earn camp counselor training hours while attending this...


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event (number of hours is determined by county). All participants will be able to share and gain ideas with teens from other counties all across the state. County Extension Professionals and Camp Directors are NOT required to attend with their counselors.

In 2023, MXC participants can attend sessions on the following topics: Camp Program Planning, Teaching and Facili tation, Communication, Camp Environ ment, Teamwork, and Leadership. This is an overnight training camp and more updates will be posted on the following website:

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on Friday, March 11th, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus! The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4 H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. Sessions will start at 9:00 am on March 11th, 2023.The registration deadline is Friday, February 10th and the cost for the conference is $40. For more details, please reach out to Allen Auck via email at:

If you’d like more information or have ques tions, you can contact Dr. Kimberly Cole, the Ohio State Extension Equine Specialist, via email at

Stay up-to date on Ohio 4-H Horse Program happenings by visiting their online calendar of events at:


Get into the Holiday spirit a little early, and head on over to Harrison County’s annual Saturday with Santa on December 3rd, 2022. Join us from 10am until 12pm at Purdue Extension Harrison County for Holiday fun, crafts, and a visit with Santa. Although the event is free, we ask that you please bring two canned goods for Community Services to spread the Holiday cheer to those who need it most in our community Event space will be limited, so please RSVP by emailing Mary, or call her at 812-738-4236.

Did you know that as a 4-H high school student, you are eligible for scholarship money? Families and high school students, join us for this in-person workshop to learn about available scholarships and draft your application with us! Come to the 4-H Scholarship Workshop at the Marion County Extension Office (1202 E 38th St, Suite 201) on December 7th, 2022 from 5pm until 8pm. Please RSVP by going to When you sign up for this workshop, you will receive: Reminders for the in-person workshop happening on 12/7, a link to all 2022 scholarship applications, and a link to the website with more information and additional resources. For more information, please email Ashley Shufflebarger at

Attention all those involved in Elkhart County’s 4-H Saddle Club! Head to the Elkhart County 4 H Fairgrounds on the following dates for these meetings: 4-H Saddle Club Junior Leader on December 4th from 6pm-8pm and the 4-H Saddle Club Meeting on January 9th from 6-8pm.

For more information about the Elkhart 4-H Saddle Club meetings, please reach out to Ashley Holdeman by phone 574-354-7403 or email

If you’re a 4-H’er in Clay County, you’ve got a busy month this December! Come on over

to the to the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds on the following dates for these meetings: the Clay County 4-H Council Meeting on December 14th from 7pm-8pm, the Horse & Pony Club Meeting on December 15th from 7pm-8pm, the Clay County Junior Leaders Meeting on December 19th from 7pm 8pm. For more information about the Clay County 4-H meetings, please reach out to the Clay County Ext. Office 812-448-9041 or email

Is your 4-H family looking for some relax ation time during the stressful Holiday season? Look no further than Vanderburgh County 4-H! Come to the Spa & Relaxation 4-H Spark Club event on Monday, December 19th from 10am until 4pm and learn productive ways to de stress and rejuve nate with your parent or caring adult Hosted at the EVPL Central Browning Room (200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd , Evansville), 3rd to 12th graders and their accompanying adults are invited to indulge in a DIY face scrub, make healthy snacks, meditate, and learn self-care and stress relieving activities. The cost for the event will be $50 for non-4-H youth and $30 for either 4-H youth or accompanying adults. This cost includes all supplies you’ll need for the event and lunch. Download the registration form on the Vanderburgh County 4H website and return with payment by December 9th.

For more information on Indiana 4-H news and events, you can contact Courtney Stierwalt, the 4-H Youth Development Ext. Specialist, email

Visit the Purdue Horse Extension’s Facebook page to stay up-to date on 4-H and equine-related news. Hands-on Activities for Kids online at:


The most common tranquilizer is acepromazine (Ace) which pro duces a calming effect by blocking the transmission of dopamine. It does not block pain nor does it cause a decrease in blood pressure.

Sedation drugs affect the central nervous system, calming the horse. Ace, reserpine, and ketamine are common horse tranquilizers. A gel form of Dormosedan is becoming more common since horses appear less wobbly and are less likely to react to handling. Only Dormosedan and Rompun are used for control of horses for riding, clipping, trailer loading, shoeing, or trimming, wound treatment, sheath cleaning, and some forms of training. Ketamine should never be used.

An extremely anxious horse may not respond well to a tranquilizer They are also not the first drug of choice for sick or senior animals.

Sedation is most commonly used for medical or farrier work that requires the horse to be more manageable for treatments such as stitching wounds, treating eye injuries, dental care, and other sur gical procedures.

With the sedation xylazine, a combination with another drug is recommended for any procedure involving the hind legs, as horses sedated with just xylazine have been known to kick.

It is not unusual for a horse under sedation to show a lower lip droop, and some horses may even drool. Lip twitching, head bobbing and even swaying from side-to side is also normal.

Sedatives act on the nervous system. Their use triggers muscle relaxation, with most offering some form of pain control, and inco ordination of the skeletal muscle. The most common sedatives are xylazine, detomidine, and romifidine.

With sedation the horse remains upright and conscious. The medicine allows the horse to stand quiet, be pain-free, and unreactive to stimuli. Additionally, nerve blocks are still employed. Veterinarians usually combine these drugs into a cocktail based on the horse's size, personality, and the length and strength of sedation required for the procedure. This mixture helps balance each drug's individual effects and gives the most control and pain relief with the fewest side effects.

Most sedatives are either injected into the muscle (IM) or given intravenously (IV) but can also be administered by oral paste or gel.

The differences between IV, IM, or oral administration is the more direct route into the blood stream means the faster the medication takes effect. IV administered drugs can produce results in a matter of seconds.

One thing to remember is that every horse is unique, and a standard dose may not be enough for some horses, so adjustments must be made. For example, even though donkeys are smaller than horses, they may need a larger “horse size” dose.

When deciding on dosage, a horse's personality must be considered. If the horse is highly strung, he may need a larger dose than his same size, quieter barn buddy. Sometimes feisty ponies may need the same dose as a draft horse. Draft horses tend to be more easily sedated than regular sized horses.

Under sedation, a horse's eyes will droop, and his ears will flick towards sounds. This is a good sign, as it lets your veterinarian know that the horse is still conscious and is able to react. However, if he is over-reactive and is able to move quickly, more sedation may be required.

Even though it appears that a sedated horse may fall down, falling is very unusual. The typical “saw-horse” position he adopts will cause him to stand with a wide-base stance for balance. His head will drop low and seem to be close to touching the ground.

Once a horse is sedated, he should not be asked to move, since he will be very uncoordinated, and he could stumble since he cannot balance himself Keeping the area obstacle-free is also important. Most IV sedation lasts around 30 minutes, but if the horse has to be re sedated, the time frame will be longer.

As the sedation wears off, the horse will become more aware and responsive to his surroundings. If he must be disturbed while he is recovering, it is important to remain quiet.

Turning off any overhead lights and keeping him in a quiet stall away from other horses and obstacles is the best method for a safe recovery After a few hours, when he appears steady on his feet, he can begin drinking and eating hay Sedation effects will wear off within 2 hours, and he can resume his normal routine.

Foremost, tranquilizers and sedation should only be administered under a veterinarian's care unless by an experienced horse person.

Dr. Joanna Bronson graduated from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 at the top of her class. Following graduation, she worked as an intern at a large equine referral practice in Cleveland, OH, specializing in lameness, surgery, and racetrack medicine. In 2005, she opened Bronson Veterinary Services in Coldwater, MI. What started as an ambulatory only practice, quickly grew to a fullservice equine and small animal hospital and surgical center The now three doctor practice provides medical, surgical, repro ductive, and preventative care services for Branch County and the surrounding area. Dr. Bronson is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative healthcare and healthrelated educational opportunities for her clients. Her practice offers a number of resources to learn about how to take better care of your pets.

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When Your Horse Refuses Hay


Several issues may be at play when a horse backs off its hay. The first consideration is whether the issue lies with the horse or with the hay. To help identify the root concern, think about these following questions:

• When did the horse start refusing hay?

• Is it a new batch of hay?

• Are other horses eating the same hay?

• Is the horse drinking water?

• Is the horse eating its feed?

• Is the horse exhibiting any other unusual behavior?

Let's address the first three questions. If hay refusal comes on fairly suddenly, especially if it coincides with a new batch of hay, then it is likely that the hay itself is the issue, especially if other horses are showing the same behavior. Horses may refuse to eat hay that is old, moldy, coarse, stemmy, or full of weeds, so check to make sure that your hay is “clean” – that is, free of mold, dust, weeds, trash, and other impurities. Horses are sensitive to odors and can easily detect off-putting scents that humans cannot, and sometimes this is enough to cause refusal. More sensitive horses back off forage intake simply when a change is made to a different type of hay, as some grasses are more palatable than others.

One additional consideration involves access to pasture. Hay intake often corresponds to pasture conditions. For example, some horses may reduce their hay intake when pasture grass is readily available and high quality, but will return to hay when pastures dry out due to drought or season.

If other horses are eating the hay as usual or if no change of hay has been made, the final three questions in the list become relevant.

The question of water is an important one. Clean, fresh water should always be available. Without sufficient water, a horse will quit eating. Check to make sure your horse's water source has not been compromised in function or hygiene, such as a broken auto matic waterer, a leak in a water tank, or contamination from manure or a decomposing bird or animal.

Once you have verified the hygiene of the hay and water source, other causes of hay refusal should be investigated. Common causes of inappetence in horses include dental issues, such as painful chewing due to uneven wear, split or broken teeth, missing teeth, and infection of the teeth, gums, or other oral tissue. Some times it could be as simple as the horse eating hay containing foxtail seed heads, which can lodge in the gums and cause pain and infection if not found and removed.

Moreover, dental condition often depends on age, as teeth deteriorate as horses hit their late teens and twenties. When this happens, it can result in a gradual or sudden decline in hay intake. Regular dental care for horses throughout their lives can help address dental issues in a timely manner and ensure that horses are able to comfortably consume hay for as long as possible. When horses reach the point where they no longer can chew hay, there are several alternative forages and fiber sources appropriate to help maintain weight.

Other health issues that can affect a horse's appetite for hay include colic, ulcers, choke, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, and generalized infection or disease. In any case, a call to the veterin-

arian is most likely in order to help determine if there is a significant health condition and the best options to help a horse regain its health and appetite.

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The Equine Athlete with Dr John Shelle. 10am2pm, $35 per person, includes lunch. MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, 3527 Collins Rd., Lansing, MI. Gwyn em.: heyboerg Register at:

DECEMBER 3 – Oakland Co. 4-H Tack & Craft Sale, 10am-2pm, $1.00 admission. Springfield Oaks Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg, MI. Vendors: 10x10 $35, 4-H Clubs 10x10 $25. Call Debbie Morgan 248.347.3860, ext. 279 or email:

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FEBRUARY 4 – 21st Annual MQHA Tack Sale. 9am-4pm, free admission. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Vendors:10x10 space $65, table if requested, no chairs. No reservations by phone. For registration form, visit:

FEBRUARY 17-19 – 53rd Annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo. Hosted by the MSU Rodeo Club. Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Facebook: “Michigan State University Rodeo” Tickets:


JANUARY 6 – Winter Barrel Racing Series Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Rd , Bellevue, MI Contact Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other info. Find us on Facebook: “Rosebud Ranch”

JANUARY 14 – Livingston Co. 4-H Tack Sale, 10am-2pm. Free admission. Hartland Educational Support Service Center, 9525 E. Highland Rd., Howell, MI. Vendors: 6x8 $20, 6x16 $30, tables additional $5 each. Paula 517.404.4544, or email: Registration form:

FEBRUARY 18-19 – 4-H Animal Science Car eer Quest. Youth explore career options in animal science and veterinary medicine, plus MSU programs. MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI. Find out more on Facebook: “Michigan 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science”

MARCH 2023

MARCH 3 – Winter Barrel Racing Series Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Road, Bellevue, MI. Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other information. Find us on Face book at: “Rosebud Ranch”

MARCH 10-12 – 40th Annual Michigan Horse Expo. Celebrating the MHC’s 50th Anniversary. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Find us on Facebook: “Michigan Horse Expo” and “Michigan Horse Expo Marketplace” Tickets: JANUARY 14-15 – MSU Horsemen’s Week end. Clinicians: Matt Lantz, Kevin MacKinder, and Taylor Fabus. Vendors, consignment sales, educational classes. Adoptable horses from MI rescues! MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Email: msuhorsemens@gmail. com or visit:

JANUARY 20 – Winter Barrel Racing Series

Double Point Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Rd., Bellevue, MI. Contact Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other info. Find us on Facebook: “Rosebud Ranch”

JANUARY 27 – Winter Barrel Racing Series Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Rd , Bellevue, MI Contact Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other info. Find us on Facebook: “Rosebud Ranch”

MARCH 12 – Equine Workshop Series: Equine Nutrition, 3pm-5pm. Hosted by Oceana 4-H. Oceana County 4-H, 844 Griswold St., Hart, MI. Pre-register: call Sarah Schaner 231.873.2129, or email: Facebook: “Oceana County 4-H Youth Program”

MARCH 17 – Winter Barrel Racing Series Double Point Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Rd., Bellevue, MI. Contact Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other info. Find us on Facebook: “Rosebud Ranch”

MARCH 31 – Winter Barrel Racing Series Show, 7pm start. Rosebud Ranch, 7440 Cox Rd., Bellevue, MI. Contact Stassi Pyne 269.720.6507, text for stalls or other info. Find us on Facebook: “Rosebud Ranch”

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Horse & Tack Auction: 2nd Saturday of each month. 5:00 p.m. start. Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, 3675 Tupper Lake Rd., Lake Odessa, MI. Call Roger Leech 231.730.0353. Facebook or

Horse/Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month (except July) Tack 2pm, Horses after 6pm. Consignments welcome. Northern Michigan Livestock, 1848 N. Townline Rd., Gaylord, MI. Office 231.439.5679. Find us on Facebook.

Livestock Sale (cattle) Mondays. Ravenna Livestock Auction, 3265 S. Slocum Road, Ravenna, MI. Call 231.853.5738, email: tracy. Facebook or visit us at:

Moore’s Horse Company: Facebook LIVE tack sales first & third Wednesday of each month at 6pm. Call Tom Moore 517.467.7576, email: Find us on Facebook: “Moore’s Horse Company”

Tack Auction: 3rd Saturday of each month, 5pm start. Longhorn Auction Service, 3265 S Slocum Rd., Ravenna, MI. Call 231.730.0353. Facebook: Longhorn Auction Service

WHS Horse, Saddle & Tack Auction: Fourth Saturday of the month, 10am start. WaylandHopkins Livestock Auction, 3634 10th St., Wayland, MI. Call Leon Casey 517.937.4305. Find us on Facebook or visit: http://www.your

Yoder Bros. Auction Service: Spring and Fall Horse and Carriage Auctions in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Auctioneers: LeRoy Yoder or Willis Yoder, 989.386.9082, Clare, MI.


DECEMBER 3 – Rodeo Action at TTC! Gates open 5pm, Action starts at 6:30pm. Tickets at the gate: $15 per person, kids 5 & under free. Treharne’s Training Ctr., 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. 330.692.1271, or email:

DECEMBER 3 – Rodeo with the Rockin R Ranch Youth Rodeo Assoc. Entries 9am, rodeo starts 10am. Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Rd. NW, Canal Winchester, OH. Entries open 2 weeks prior to rodeo. Entries 740.538.1491 (text), email:

DECEMBER 3 – Tiedown & Breakaway Cold Calves Series. Entries 11am-noon, pee wee 11:30am, noon start. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: Visit us at:

DECEMBER 3-4 – Champions Center Hi-Point Buckle Series Open Show. Champions Center Arena, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Stall reservations text: 614.402.1260. Find “Champions Center Arena” on Facebook or at:

DECEMBER 3-4 – Foster Equine Boarding & Rescue Snowball Series. Indoor arena, show starts at 9am. Foster Equine Boarding and Rescue, 60500 Patch Rd., New Concord, OH. Call 740.291.3556, email: fosterequinerescue Find us on Facebook.

DECEMBER 4 – 7th Annual Cowboy Christmas. Tack swap, gifts, live auction. 9am-2pm, auction 2pm. Free admission, parking WB Ranch & Arena, 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Contact Jo Neeley 419.356.1350. Face book: Fulton County Ohio Horseman’s Council

DECEMBER 4 – Tack Swap, 10am-4pm. Indoor arena. Hartland Ranch LLC, 4887 Bixby Rd., Groveport, OH. $15 per space (bring your own table & chairs). Call Jody 614.332.4649, email: Find us on Facebook: “Hartland Ranch, LLC”

DECEMBER 9-11 – RSTPA – Ranch Sorting & Team Penning Garwood Arena, 2538 Middle ton Rd., Columbiana, OH. 540.487.0075, email: Facebook: “RSTPARanch Sorting Team Penning Association” or visit:

DECEMBER 10 – Henderson’s Arena Buckle Series. Barrels & Poles. Show starts 1pm. Henderson’s Arena, 800 Van Fossen Rd. W., Jackson, OH. Call Kelsie Bauerle 937.728.9422 or Lisa White 740.590.3065. Find us on Face book: “Hendersons Indoor Arena”

DECEMBER 11 – Breakaway Series. Office opens 11am, roping Noon. One time member ship fee. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@ Find us on Facebook.

DECEMBER 17-18 – Carhartt Classic, Fun Casual Fuzzy Show. 9am start, hi-point prizes. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: coppermareranch@

DECEMBER 30 – Breakaway & Team Roping. Office opens 5pm, breakaway starts 6pm. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredrick town Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call TTC 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@ FB: “Treharne’s Training Center”

DECEMBER 30-31 – Friday: New Year’s Special Horse Catalog Sale. Saturday: New Year’s Special Tack & Misc. Sale. Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek, OH. Call 330.831.1720. FB: Sugarcreek Stockyards or at:

DECEMBER 31 – Henderson’s Arena Buckle Series. IBRA approved: OH, WV, KY. 1pm start. Henderson’s Arena, 800 Van Fossen Rd. W., Jackson, OH. Call Kelsie Bauerle 937.728.9422 or Lisa White 740.590.3065. Find us on Face book: “Hendersons Indoor Arena”

DECEMBER 31 – Rodeo Action at TTC! Gates open 5pm, Action starts at 6:30pm. Tickets at the gate: $15 per person, kids 5 & under free. Treharne’s Training Ctr., 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. 330.692.1271, or email:

DECEMBER 31-JAN 1 – Champions All Breed Association Open Show Champions Center Arena, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Email: for membership/volunteer info. Find “Champions Center Arena” on Facebook or visit our website at:


JANUARY 7-8 – Foster Equine Boarding & Rescue Snowball Series. Indoor arena, show starts at 9am. Foster Equine Boarding and Rescue, 60500 Patch Rd., New Concord, OH. Call 740.291.3556, email: fosterequinerescue Find us on Facebook.

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JANUARY 13-15 – Youth Rodeo Series at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Call 330.717.4329, email: garwood Entry/membership infor mation on Facebook: “Garwood Arena.” Online at:

JANUARY 14 – Rodeo with the Rockin R Ranch Youth Rodeo Assoc. Entries 9am, rodeo starts 10am. Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Rd. NW, Canal Winchester, OH. Entries open 2 weeks prior to rodeo. Entries 740.538.1491 (text), email:

JANUARY 14 – Team Roping Saddle Series. Books open 10am, Rope 11am. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call TTC 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@gmail com Find “Treharne’s Training Center” on Facebook.

JANUARY 14-15 – Carhartt Classic, Fun Casual Fuzzy Show 9am start, hi-point prizes. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: coppermareranch@

JANUARY 15 – Breakaway Series. Office opens 11am, roping Noon. One time member ship fee. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@ Find us on Facebook.

JANUARY 21 – Henderson’s Arena Buckle Series. IBRA approved: OH, WV, KY. 1pm start. Henderson’s Arena, 800 Van Fossen Rd. W., Jackson, OH. Call Kelsie Bauerle 937.728.9422 or Lisa White 740.590.3065. Find us on Face book: “Hendersons Indoor Arena”

JANUARY 21 – Tiedown & Breakaway Cold Calves Series. Entries 11am-noon, pee wee 11:30am, noon start. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: Visit us online at:

JANUARY 22 – Wilmington College Tack Swap. 10am-3pm, $2 admission. Proceeds to the Wilmington College Equestrian Team. 1535 Fife Ave., Wilmington, OH. Vendors $20 10x10. Contact Allie Pitt (text) 614.832.6342, or email: DoubleRTack@yahoo com Facebook: “Wilmington College Equine Program”

JANUARY 28 – 11th Annual Tack Meet hosted by the Ashland Paint and Plain Saddle Club. 9am-2pm, admission $2 or canned goods. Ashland Co. Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave. Ashland, OH. Taylor Rebman 419.606.5164, email: Visit us online at:

JANUARY 28 – Henderson’s Arena Buckle Series. IBRA approved: OH, WV, KY. 1pm start. Henderson’s Arena, 800 Van Fossen Rd. W., Jackson, OH. Call Kelsie Bauerle 937.728.9422 or Lisa White 740.590.3065. Find us on Face book: “Hendersons Indoor Arena”


FEBRUARY 4-5 – Carhartt Classic, Fun Casual Fuzzy Show 9am start, hi-point prizes. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: coppermareranch@gmail com Online at:

FEBRUARY 4-5 – Foster Equine Boarding & Rescue Snowball Series. Indoor arena, show starts at 9am. Foster Equine Boarding and Rescue, 60500 Patch Rd., New Concord, OH. Call 740.291.3556, email: fosterequinerescue Find us on Facebook.

FEBRUARY 10-12 – Youth Rodeo Series at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Call 330.717.4329, email: garwood Entry/membership infor mation on Facebook: “Garwood Arena.” Online at:

FEBRUARY 11 – Rodeo with the Rockin R Ranch Youth Rodeo Assoc. Entries 9am, rodeo starts 10am. Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Rd. NW, Canal Winchester, OH. Entries open 2 weeks prior to rodeo. Entries 740.538.1491 (text), email:

FEBRUARY 11 – Team Roping Saddle Series. Books open 10am, Rope 11am. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call TTC 330.692.1271, or email: Find “Treharne’s Training Center” on Facebook.

FEBRUARY 11-12 – Champions All Breed Association Open Show Champions Center Arena, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Email: for membership/volunteer info. Find “Champions Center Arena” on Facebook or visit our website at:

FEBRUARY 12 – Breakaway Series. Office opens 11am, roping Noon. One time member ship fee. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@ Find us on Facebook.

FEBRUARY 18 – Tiedown & Breakaway Cold Calves Series. Entries 11am-noon, pee wee 11:30am, noon start. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: Visit us online at:

FEBRUARY 25 – Coshocton Co. 4-H Horse Committee Tack Swap. 10am-1pm, admission $2 or non-perishable food item. Coshocton Co. Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton, OH. Alonna Hoffman 740.622.2265, email:

MARCH 2023

MARCH 4 – Team Roping Saddle Series. Books open 10am, Rope 11am. Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call TTC 330.692.1271, or email: d t t r a i n i n g c e n t e r @ g m a i l . c o m . F i n d “Treharne’s Training Center” on Facebook.

MARCH 4-5 – Foster Equine Boarding & Rescue Snowball Series. Indoor arena, show starts at 9am. Foster Equine Boarding and Rescue, 60500 Patch Rd., New Concord, OH. Call 740.291.3556, email: fosterequinerescue Find us on Facebook.

MARCH 5 – Breakaway Series. Office opens 11am, roping Noon. One time member ship fee Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. Call 330.692.1271, or email: dttrainingcenter@ Find us on Facebook.

MARCH 10-12 – Youth Rodeo Series at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Call 330.717.4329, email: garwood Entry/membership infor mation on Facebook: “Garwood Arena.” Online at:

MARCH 11 – Tiedown & Breakaway Cold Calves Series. Entries 11am-noon, pee wee 11:30am, noon start. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: Visit us online at:

MARCH 18 – Rodeo with the Rockin R Ranch Youth Rodeo Assoc. Entries 9am, rodeo starts 10am. Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Rd. NW, Canal Winchester, OH. Entries open 2 weeks prior to rodeo. Entries 740.538.1491 (text), email:

MARCH 18-19 – Carhartt Classic, Fun Casual Fuzzy Show. 9am start, hi-point prizes. Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N ST RT 53, Tiffin, OH. Call Grant 567.207.6339, or Christy 419.721.1376 or email: coppermareranch@gmail com Online at:

MARCH 19 – The 37th Annual Great Tack Exchange (GTE). 11am-4pm, admission $2. Hosts: Warren County Chapter OHC. Greene Co. Expo Ctr. & Fairgrounds, 120 Fairgrounds Rd., Xenia, OH. Vendors: 513.409.1344 (after Jan 2).




Athens Livestock Sales: Sale Every Saturday at 12:30 pm. Consignments welcome. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740.592.2322, email: jdbrowning01@ or find us on Facebook.

Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. Call 419.889.9150, email: laruehorsesale@hot

Mt. Hope Auction: Horse, Tack, Livestock Auctions Monthly Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. Call us at 330.674.6188, email: Find us on FB or

Sugarcreek Stockyards: Fridays: Horse and Tack Sale, 11am start. Mondays: Hay noon, Livestock, 12:30pm. 102 Buckeye St., Sugar creek, OH. 330.831.1720, email: sugarcreek Find us on Facebook or at:

Yoder and Frey Farm: Hay auctions every Monday at noon. Yoder and Frey Inc., 3649 Co. Rd. 24, Archbold, OH. 419.445.2080, email: sales@yoderandfrey farm. com. Find us on FB or

DECEMBER 17 – Quarterly Show Series, 9am start. Sign-ups at least 48 hrs. before show. Savage Riding Academy, 19030 CR 23, Bristol, IN. Call 574.329.1431, or email: contact@ Facebook: “Savage Riding” or at:

DECEMBER 30-JAN 1 – IBRA Super Show at C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Contact: Cindy Harlan 765.426.1457. Find us on Facebook: “C Bar C Expo Center” Visit us at: or


JANUARY 7 – KC Performance Horses Winter Buckle Series. IBRA approved. 75% Payback. Weaver’s Farm, 13392 Roosevelt Rd., Mishawaka, IN. Entries close two days prior to show Pick your time slot. Cash only Call Kaylee Weaver 574.248.1465. Visit:

JANUARY 8 – IBRA show at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, email: natstewart Facebook: “Yankeetown Arena” or

JANUARY 14 – IBRA show at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, email: natstewart Facebook: “Yankeetown Arena” or

JANUARY 21 – KC Performance Horses IBRA Winter Buckle Series. 75% Payback. Weaver’s Farm, 13392 Roosevelt Rd., Misha-waka, IN. Entries close two days prior to show Pick your time slot. Cash only Call Kaylee Weaver 574.248.1465. Visit:

MARCH 2023

MARCH 10-12 – IBRA Super Show at C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Call Cindy Harlan 765.426.1457. Find us on Facebook: “C Bar C Expo Center.” Visit us online at:

MARCH 13-17 – Spring Draft Sale. Catalog Deadline February 1, 2023. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E Lake St., Topeka, IN. Call 260.593.2522, or email: info@topekalive Find “Topeka Livestock Auction” on Facebook or:

MARCH 19 – IBRA show at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, email: natstewart Facebook: “Yankeetown Arena” or

MARCH 31 – IBRA show at Hoosier Horse Park, 7105 S Kern St, Nineveh, IN. Contact Penny Barth 812.406.8512.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2 – Indiana Equine Roundup presented by Kerlin. Shopping, Clinicians, Pony Rides & More! C Bar C Expo, 253 W Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Vendors contact: Danisa Lewis: or visit:


Hamilton County Horse Sale: 1st & 3rd Saturday each month. New and used tack, hay, straw, trailers & horses. Consigners welcome. 22217 St. Road 37 N., Noblesville, IN. Call 317.946.4450 or 317.773.5590, or find us on Facebook for more information.


DECEMBER 1-4 – IKI Winter Circuit Show IQHA, AQHA, NSBA approved. C Bar C Arena, 253 W Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Stalls: 813.785.3090, email: Facebook: “Mark Harrell Equine Marketing”

DECEMBER 11 – Intro To Roping Clinic. Learn from the ground up. Indoors, $50 per person. No prior experience, all ages. Schaefer Perfor mance Horses, 12096 S Co Rd 1050 W, Westport, IN. Reservations text: 270.945.4765. Facebook: “Schaefer Performance Horses”

DECEMBER 16-17 – 8th Annual “KISS”MAS Juvenile & Futurity. Barrels, poles, slot race, more! C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Call 812.595.0832, email: Find us on Facebook: “Kissmas Juvenile and Open Barrel Race”

JANUARY 25-29 – C Bar C Winner Circuit Show AQHA, IQHA, NSBA, IKI approved. Cowpokes Arena, 253 W Stardust Dr , Cloverdale, IN. Shavings (20+ bags), vendors, RVs text: 765.438.8696. Stalls available online at:


FEBRUARY 4 – KC Performance Horses IBRA Winter Buckle Series. 75% Payback. Weaver’s Farm, 13392 Roosevelt Rd., Misha-waka, IN. Entries close two days prior to show. Pick your time slot. Cash only Call Kaylee Weaver 574.248.1465. Visit:

FEBRUARY 10-12 – IBRA Super Show at C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Cindy Harlan 765.426.1457. Find us on Facebook: “C Bar C Expo Center.” Visit us online at:

Illiana Livestock, LLC. Tack, ponies, donkeys, and horse sales held at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds, 325 W Maple St., Cayuga, IN. Call Clay Norris 574.780.8378, or Cobie Norris 217.260.5696. FB: “Illiana Livestock LLC”

Shipshewana Trading Place: Horse Auction Every Friday. 10:30am tack, 12:30pm Horses; saddle, ponies, work and driving. 345 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN. 260.768.4129, email:, or visit:

Topeka Livestock Auction: Hay and Live stock Auction every Tuesday. Special horse auctions throughout the year. 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Call 260.593.2522, or email: Find us on Face book or



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Is It Time To Change Bits?

While enjoying a ride with your best horse, she throws her head in frustration and pins her ears. You chalk it up as an off day, one of many as of late, but it could be much more than that.

“It is important to understand what the bit is doing and what to watch for,” cautions Chris Blevins, MS, DVM, Associate Professor, Equine Field Service with Kansas State University. “It is our responsibility to keep our horses comfortable.”

If your horse is experiencing bit pain and discomfort, you may notice signs of bit resistance.

“There are several signs of bit resistance,” says Judy Auble, with Toklat and Myler bits. “The best way to determine whether your horse needs a new bit is to pay attention to how your horse reacts to your rein action and rein pressure.”

Could it be time to change bits?

Watch for these warning signs:

Inverting, when horses ride with their muzzles held high

Riding behind the vertical/horses tuck their nose into the chest

Gaping, when horses drop their jaws behind the vertical, relieving tongue pressure

Running through the bit or being heavy on the bit Riding with their tongue out of the mouth

Consistent throwing of head and pinning of ears

“If you think your horse is experiencing bit resistance, look for the

When To Blanket A Horse

behavior repeated frequently and routinely,” Auble said. “When a horse inverts only once in a while, or is fussing because his trail buddies left him on the trail, it could be more of a behavior or training issue.” Signs of bit resistance could also be dental health issues.

To learn more about when to change bits, watch a helpful video at:

When exploring new bit options for your horse, take the following into consideration: What you are doing with your horse, as well as which mouthpiece is going to best fit your riding style, recommends Dr. Blevins.

Learn which bit level is appropriate for your horse's performance needs and find an extensive selection of mouthpieces, as well as other tack at

UMN Professor Emeritus and Krishona Martinson, PhD, UMN Extension |

The horse's hair coat insulates by trapping and warming air; however, wet or muddy hair can reduce its insulating value and increase heat loss. As little as 0.1 inch of rain can cause cold stress by matting the hair and reducing its insulating value. A horse will continue to develop a natural winter coat until December 22 (winter solstice), as the daylight become shorter. Horses begin to lose their winter coat (and start forming their summer coat) as the daylight become longer starting on December 23. Therefore, blanketing before December 22 will decrease a horse's natural winter coat.

Although blanketing tends to be a personal decision, blanketing a horse is necessary to reduce the effects of cold or inclement weather when:

· No shelter is available during turnout periods and the temperatures or wind chill drop below 5° F

· There is a chance the horse will become wet from rain, ice, and/or freezing rain. Becoming wet is usually not a problem with snow

· The horse has had its winter coat clipped.

· The horse is very young or very old.

· The horse isn't acclimated to the cold.

· The horse has a body condition score of three or less.

If blanketing a horse, make sure the blanket fits properly Poorly fitted blankets can cause sores and rub marks along the straps.

Remove the blanket daily, inspect it for damage, and reposition it. Make sure that the blanket stays dry and wait until the horse is dry before blanketing Never put a blanket on a wet horse. More information on winter horse care, including topics like feed ajustments, water needs, shelter, excercise, hoof care, and facility upkeep during the winter, can be found on the UMN Extension Horse website at: care and management/caring your-horse-winter



Beat Fear with Proper Form

It is only natural for a rider to feel fear at some point in her riding years. Usually that fear is based on the concern for being out of control of the horse and coming out of the saddle. If this has ever been an issue for you while pursuing Western Dressage, or at any time during your riding endeavors, you will be encouraged to know that one of the best ways to stay in control of the horse and stay in the saddle is through proper rider form and balance.

Proper form is how the rider positions her body to follow her horse's movement at all times without interfering with the horse's move ments and reactions. It is important for the rider to learn proper form and balance, and proper function of her form.

Proper form lets the rider:

1.Achieve a state of balance that allows her to feel relaxed and in command of her body. Only when she feels in command of her own body can she feel in command of her horse.

2.Use the parts of her body to communicate at will with her horse. This is critical to riding because without the ability to clearly communicate with the horse, the rider cannot transmit her orders to him. Also, the horse cannot understand the rider's requests and respond well to them.

To achieve proper form, a rider must understand the proper pos itioning and function of each part of her body. I see many riding problems rooted in incorrect rider form. Even experienced, confident riders can benefit from improving the basics.

The Importance of the Rider's Upper Body Position

Picture yourself mounted on a horse. The position of your head and eyes, and your thoughts and facial expression are all important to how well you function as a rider. Your head should be relaxed and coming straight out of your neck. Your chin should be level and not tipped up or dropped to the chest.

Your eyes and your “eye contact” are one of the most important elements of riding Your eyes should be looking straight ahead at least 10 to 12 feet beyond the horse. This helps keep your head aligned. This type of eye contact also opens up your peripheral vision to 180 degrees, letting you see from the front of the horse to his sides. Because you are looking up, you see where you are going. You have control and time to think about possible upcoming problems. You can react and properly time the application of your aids to ask your horse to do something. It is instinctive to want to look at your horse to control him. However, if you do this, your horse will have control of you; and that will only add to your fear. When you are in control, you can overcome your fear!

The key to improving your riding form is looking up and ahead with your eyes. If you are looking ahead, with a confident look and relaxed face, you will align your back straight with your shoulders square and down. This enables you to stay straight and better absorb the horse's movement which keeps you more secure in the saddle. In return, your horse will move more freely and responsively because you are moving with him.

If you look down, you will cause your back to round and shoulder to hunch up and your arms to tighten up. Your horse will feel this, and he may stiffen his back and his gait in reaction to your incorrect

form. It will be harder for you to follow his movement, and you will feel less secure in the saddle.

The hardest thing to teach a rider is not to look down. It is the easiest way, however, to get yourself out of balance! Start today to ride with your eyes looking up and in front of your horse to stay in control, and you will be on your way to conquering your fear! Learn more in my book, Head to Toe Horsemanship, which is available through our website

Cyril and Lynn offer clinics throughout the country and abroad, as well as online coaching. Join them on their teaching tours or their Palm Equestrian Academy European Journeys. Please visit, or contact at or 352/362-7847. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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8:30 am Start | $40.00 Stall | $8.00 Class MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI

All proceeds to benefit Michigan Youth Horse Programs and the MSU Horse Judging Team



• Fine Horse Showmanship

• Open Showmanship

• Cloverbud Showmanship

• Fine Horse Hunter Pleasure

• Open Hunter Pleasure

• Adult Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk Trot

Open, Adult, Youth: 14-19, 13-8, 5-7

• Youth Walk Trot English Pleasure (Saddle Seat)

• Open English (Saddle Seat)

• Open Saddle Seat Equitation

• Walk Trot Saddle Seat Equitation

• Fine Horse Western Pleasure

• Open Western Pleasure

• Adult Western Pleasure Walk Trot

• Youth Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk Trot

• Open Hunt Seat Equitation

• Cloverbud English Equitation

• Adult Hunt Seat Equitation Walk Trot

• Youth Hunt Seat Equitation Walk Trot

• Adult Walk Trot English Pleasure (Saddle Seat)

• Youth Western Pleasure Walk Trot

• Open Western Horsemanship

• Cloverbud Western Horsemanship

• Adult Western Horsemanship Walk Trot

• Youth Western Horsemanship Walk Trot

Horses may arrive AFTER 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 14th, 2023

• An Approved Michigan 4-H Horse Judges Seminar

• Event open to all, not just 4-H members!

• ASTM/SEI approved helmets are required in all youth Hunt/Saddle Seat classes.

• Negative Coggins in last 12 months required.

• No stallions allowed at this event!

• Show clothes are optional.

• Class entries will close at 11:00 a.m. on the 14th.

• No refunds will be issued after 4/06/23.

• ONLY PREPAID STALL RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. A limited number of stalls are available. You must have a stall, no showing out of trailer! All horse stalls must use bedding.

To reserve a stall, please send a check payable to “MSU” to: Hairy Horse Show – Attn: Carla 474 S. Shaw Lane, Room 1287 East Lansing, MI 48824

Stalls may also be reserved with credit card online at:

Cloverbud Policy (age 5-7 as of 1/1/2023). ALL 4-H Cloverbud members must wear ASTM- or SEI- approved helmets.

• Age 5 (6, or 7): May be involved with equine on a halter and lead. They MUST be directly accompanied one-on-one by a parent, guardian or adult volunteer who is on foot holding the animal’s halter or lead to maximize safety

• Age 6 (or 7): May ride a horse unaccompanied, but only at the walk. Adult volunteers should be in the ring with Cloverbud at all times.

• Age 7 only: May participate in walk-trot events with adult volunteers in the ring at all times. 4-H Cloverbud members must wear ASTM- or SEI-approved helmets for all 4-H Cloverbud horse experiences.

• No Stallions allowed at this event. • “Fine Horse” Classes open only to Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan, Saddlebred, etc.

• Reserve early, a limited number of stalls are available. You must have a stall, no showing out of trailer.

• No refunds will be available after 4/06/23.

Questions? Email Carla McLachlan:

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Department of Animal Science

2023 Join us for an interactive horse show where the judges wear microphones and give on-the-spot feedback to exhibitors!
No ribbons or points will be awarded for class placing; the feedback is your reward!

Storm Warning

If you are like me, anytime you hear about storms, fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters in the news, your mind quickly goes from the people in these areas to the animals that are in their care. It was hard to hear stories of Hurricane Ian without thinking of all the horses, livestock, and pets that are also affected by this tragic event. Natural disasters can often come up quite unexpectedly, but if we can learn anything from these situations, it is that when you have animals, you should have a plan and every minute counts when there is an impending disaster In the Midwest, we are quite fortunate when it comes to many of the natural events that can affect the rest of the country. The main things we need to be concerned with are tornados and winter storms. Since we are appro aching colder weather, we will focus on some of the things to do to prepare for winter storms around the barn, although some of these tips can be useful for any natural disaster

Get A Game Plan – Remember when we were in grade school, and we were tasked with going home and asking our parents what our plan was in case of an emergency? It might be time to take an evening and re do this homework assignment. Figuring out a plan is the first step to being prepared for tricky situations. In the case of winter storms, the things that will often become an issue are accessibility, especially on roads off the property, maneuverability on the farm, power outages, and availability of water. Thinking ahead on how to navigate these potential issues is a great start.

Frost Free Water – Having fresh accessible water is a number one priority for your horse. Horses still need to drink an adequate amount of water in cool temperatures to prevent dehydration and colic. Horses also prefer water that is not too cold. While the normal set up for your barn and pasture may be a heated bucket or tank heater, if the electricity is out, these options will not work. An easy solution is to have some thermal buckets that do not require electricity to work. Lack of electricity may also lead to loss of a water source or pipes freezing. It is a good idea to have at least some water stored back in a container that can be kept in the house. Water tanks that are used for trail riding and trailers can be useful in these circumstances as long as you can keep them in a space that does not get below freezing It is also important to note that a horse is NOT able to ingest enough snow to keep them hydrated, so snow cannot be a replacement for water

Feed For Days Having enough grain and hay on hand is vital to weathering any storm. A good rule of thumb is to have two weeks worth of feed for all animals onsite. While it is not likely that you are going to be snowed in for two whole weeks, depending on the storm's impact, there might be a shortage at local stores if deliveries were delayed. Just make sure that whenever storing feed it is secured in bins that prevent rodents from contaminating the supply or moisture that can cause the feed to spoil. While it is always a good idea to have hay for the cold weather season, if you are expecting ice and snow, bringing down extra into an accessible area will make feeding in bad conditions that much easier If the storm coincides with frigid temperatures, feeding extra forage can help your horse stay warm.

you might wonder how you ever lived without one. The key to utilizing a generator is proper storage and maintenance. Additionally, you cannot rely on a generator if you don't have fuel, so be sure to stock up if you see inclement weather in the forecast. One word of caution: make sure you know how to properly use the generator and beware of circumstances that could lead to carbon monoxide emissions leading to toxicity; stay safe when operating.

Maintenance Matters – Before it even gets to be storm season, there are several things that you will want to address around the barn. Look at branches that once weighted down with ice or snow could pose a risk to breaking on the barn or fencing Ensure that the siding and roof of the barn is in good shape to withstand storm conditions, same goes for gate latches and hinges. Can doors be easily closed to prevent drafts and drifts of snow from coming in the barn? Double check that the tractor or farm vehicles have been fueled up and plugged in as needed so that they will be ready to help you dig out of the snow. While most northern roofs are made to withstand heavy snowfall, it may be necessary to remove snow or ice dams to prevent damage to the rooftop. In case of damage, make sure to exercise caution and consult with a professional.

Don't Forget The Basics – Once you have created a plan and addressed some of the above-mentioned items, it is time to make sure some of the other basics are covered. It is always a good idea to check the human and animal first-aid kits in the barn to make sure that they are fully stocked. If you have a horse on required medications, make sure that they also have a back-up supply. It is a good time of year to make sure that some of the smaller items like shovels, ice melt (or cat litter), extra warm gloves, hats and other gear are accessible. Stock up on batteries for flashlights and keep them in a common area. Back-up chargers for phones can also be very helpful to keep you connected. Everyone in the family or work ing on the property should know how to turn off/on water, electricity, and utilities, and a phone list should be made for emergency contact numbers. While we never look forward to these difficult situations, it pays to be prepared and it can make all the difference in keeping you and your animals safe from the storm.

Invest In A Generator

– While they can be a little pricy, investing in a generator is one way to ensure that your family and animals will have access to electricity. This is a game changer for when the power goes out anytime of year and has so many practical uses,

Lisa Kiley is a horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. She is also a proud member of the Cashman’s Horse Equipment Team in Delaware, Ohio. Cashman’s Horse Equipment proudly provides top quality products to the equine and agricultural community, with a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A. For more information, visit them at:

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Theoldadage“nofoot,nohorse”holds,inthatahorsewithoutregularhoof carebyaknowledgeableprofessional,isunlikelytobeofusetoitshumancaretakers.Further,mosthorsemenandwomenwouldratherhiresomeoneknowledgeabletodothisworkthantodoitthemselves.Finally,well-trainedfarriershavethepotentialtomakea decent living, as evidenced by “An American Farriers Journal survey in 2012 found that the national average annual salary for full-time farriers in the U.S. was reported to be $92,623 per year and for parttimers, $21,153. This amount is an average and varies according to experience level, training, etc.” (

TheproblemcurrentlyfacingthehorseindustryintheMidwestisthatthereiscurrentlynoreputablemeans by which to consistently produce well-trained farriers. Michigan residents wishing to pursue this line of work,haveneededtoleavethestateforextendedperiodsoftime.Untilnow.

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