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Advertisers Directory Arnold Lumber B/K Ranch Horses For Sale Berrien County 4-H Tack Sale Big Acre Stores - Brighton, Caro Black River Farm & Ranch Brilliant Reflection Farm Cashman’s Horse Equipment Outlet CN Sawdust Coventry Realty, Carole Porretta Covered Wagon Saddlery Crest View Tack Shop DR Trailer Sales Ed Bock Feed & Stuff Equinox Farm Family Tree Chiropractic Farm Bureau Insurance, Arnesen Fiber Luxe Blanket Cleaning Focused Heart Massage Therapy Frankenmuth Carriage Company Galaxy Fence Giegler Feed & Landscape Supply Grand River Feeds Haylett Auto & RV Hicks Custom Blanket Care Hubbard Feeds Humane Society of HV Huron Valley Horse Blanket HQ Ingham County 4-H Tack Sale Ionia County 4-H Tack Sale Ironwood Farm Ivory Farms J & J Oakdale Large Animal Clinic Jim’s Quality Saddle Jump N Time Tack

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ARTICLES AAEP Parasite Guidelines, Part 2 36-38 Association/Club News 49-55 Basic Joint Supplements, Dr. Kellon 48 Bronson Veterinary Clinic 35 6 Ways to Tell Good Quality Hay, Purina 29 Resisting The Canter, J. Goodnight 39-40 Pelvis Position, J Kotylo 26-27 MI Horse Expo 2017 41 News Briefs 30-34 Getting Results, Lynn Palm 28 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Advertising Rates - Saddle Up! Classified Ads Membership Drive - January 2017 Show & Event Dates, MI & OH Subscribe to Saddle Up! Magazine Tack Sale Special

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Paddyngton’s Mark of Distinction Come see and meet

“Marcus” at the Novi Equestrian Expo. He will be performing daily in his “Full Silver!”

ews! Exciting N Marcus is featured on the front cover of an exciting new coloring book: “I Dream Horses” by Linda Dalziel Marcus has his very own coloring pages inside! Order yours today on Amazon. Limited copies will be available at our booth at the Novi Equestrian Expo.

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Meadow Reflections Farm would also like to introduce...

Paddyngton’s Ultra Suede Suede will also be dazzling the crowds in full silver at the Novi Equestrian Expo, December 2-4, 2016 at the Suburban Collection Showplace

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Fitness In The Saddle (FITS) Proper Pelvis Position By Jennifer Malott Kotylo Pelvis' first is my motto. If your pelvis isn't in the correct position, riding is either going to be difficult, ouchy or almost impossible, especially if your chosen discipline requires you to keep your bottom in the saddle most of the time. In addition to being in the correct position, it also has to move correctly. Most of us have the mistaken idea that the pelvis is fairly static, but in reality it should be able to move in three dimensions. Any hiccup in the pelvis' ability to move or maintain its correct position causes the majority of common riding problems. Are you crooked in the saddle? Does one stirrup always seem longer than the other? Can't follow the canter in one direction? Have trouble picking up one canter lead? Does riding create soreness in the lower part of your back? Do you have trouble with lateral movements or flying changes in one direction but not the other? Does your head tilt off to one side? Is one shoulder higher than the other? More than likely your pelvis is out of whack. Your pelvis might appear to be one bone, but is actually 3 bones – the diamond shaped sacrum in the middle and two ear shaped bones (the iliac) on either side. These three bones are connected by very tough cartilage that seemingly does not move. However, this cartilage allows the pelvis to flex ever so slightly in three dimensions. If it can't flex properly, the body compensates by getting crooked. So before I start fixing someone's head position, or uneven stirrup length, I take a look at what is going on with their pelvis. If a person has difficulty keeping the proper alignment from head to heel, sitting the trot or canter, or their hands are bouncing, I check to make sure that their pelvis is at the proper angle. In general, motion in a body occurs most efficiently when all of the joints are in a neutral position – basically when they are neither over flexed nor over extended. When your pelvis isn't able to achieve neutral relative to the correct position of the rest of your body, a rider will either assume a chair seat (bottom of the pelvis is too far forward relative to the top – over flexed at the hip) or a fork or arched seat (where the bottom of the pelvis is too far back relative to the top – over flexed where the pelvis meets the spine.) If your pelvis is in neutral or basically stacked vertically, then it has a chance to follow correctly. Yes, I know this sounds rather complicated, but truly it is where the rubber meets the road in riding correctly. Your legs and your torso can only operate properly if they are attached to a properly functioning pelvis. For your pelvis to function correctly, all of the muscles around it need to be balanced in terms of strength and flexibility. Your tummy must be as strong as your back and your hamstrings need to be as strong as your quads. The inside of your thighs need to be as flexible as the outside of your thighs and your right waist must be as long as your left. By balancing your pelvis, you will achieve better communication and harmony with your horse and hopefully save you from a sore lower back. Here are just a couple of super simple movement exercises to help you get started. 1. Knee sways. Lay on your back with your knees bent, legs together and feet flat on the floor. If your neck is straining, place a ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016

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small pillow under your head. With no muscle, allow your legs to fall to one side (don't force them to the ground, just let them go to where they go naturally.) Then gently bring them back up and let them fall to the other side. Continue “swaying” for a minute or two. 2. Hamstring stretches. Still on your back, keep one leg bent with your foot on the floor. Straighten the other one and lift it up towards the ceiling. Place your hands behind your thigh and place some gentle tension on it, pulling it towards your nose. Don't over strain or pulse AND do not let your back arch. Just breath into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Release and then repeat. Do the same with the other leg. 3. Pelvic Clock. Still on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, lift your tail bone off of the floor just until your lower back flattens. Bring your pelvis back into its starting position and then press your tail bone into the floor letting your lower back arch slightly. Continue to oscillate between these two positions for a minute or two. I want to hear from you! Your health and fitness is just as important as the health and fitness of your horse, so email me with any questions or challenges you are facing! Jennifer developed a passion for body awareness and biomechanics while pursuing her lifelong quest of international level dressage riding. She is a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor, certified Equilates teacher and certified Balimo practitioner. Jennifer is also the creator of the DVD program “Improve Your Riding Through Movement.” No matter what style of riding you are into – no matter what your experience level is and no matter what your age may be, these DVDs will help you create a body that is more flexible, safer in the saddle and one that can enjoy riding for years and years to come. Jennifer is also a national speaker on both health and wellness topics. To contact Jennifer, visit her website at: http://jenniferkotylo.com

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little “snapper.” This strong woven material helps make a snap/pop noise to encourage the horse to move away from it and to keep moving forward. Here are a few rules to follow when lunging: If the horse is already bridled and needs to be lunged, simply fit the halter over the bridle. Attach the lunge line either over the nose (for more response) or under the chin. A lunge line that ends in a chain will be more severe than a simple cotton line with a snap end. Before lunging (with a bridle on), it is very important to secure the reins so the horse cannot get them over his head, step on them, or get a leg between them. I'll cover this issue in the "Your Next Step" section of this newsletter. Before we start training outside the box, it is important to recognize and learn how to read a horse to determine if his inner energy and playfulness have been released. We'll cover that in the next article. Your Next Step… When lunging with bridle on, always secure the reins. Place the halter over the bridle. Attach the lunge line, with or without chain end, to the horse's halter. Do this by either threading the lunge line over the nose, to give more response, or under the chin. If riding in Western tack, tie reins under the pommel bringing them through the hole under the pommel and tying a knot in them. Loop the knotted end over the saddle horn. Make sure that the reins are not secured so loose that the horse could put his head down with his nose on the ground, or get a leg through the reins. Be equally careful not to tie the reins too short, either. It will restrict the horse's head carriage. If riding in English tack, the easiest way to handle the issue of the reins is just to take them off.

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Get Results You Can Use! Training Outside the Box “Training Outside the Box” is just in time for spring training. The “box” refers to those confined areas, such as arenas and paddocks, where many riders have spent winter training time. Let's get out of the “box” and learn to train outside for more fun, but always with safety in mind. This newsletter series is going to help you and your horse do just that! Why train outside? In 1976, I trained my first National and AQHA World Champion “Lecanto Raider” on the trails surrounding the beautiful Northwood community of Eagle River, Wisconsin. He was trained 85% on the trails, and only 15% in an arena. There are three important reasons for training outside: 1- It helps maintain the horse's awareness and attitude because he has new environments to experience. 2- It helps keep both the horse's and the rider/trainer's interest because being outside adds variety to lessons. 3- If the rider needs to teach a horse to go forward, especially a horse that gets lazy easily and requires effort to 'stay forward', training outside is the best thing to do! The most common question I am asked relates to training and trail riding outside. Riders are concerned about losing control of their horse, and what to do if the horse is disobedient, bucks, or rears. The rider gets fearful and apprehensive about getting hurt. We want to avoid these issues so riding and training outside remains fun and safe for everyone! The answer to preventing these problems is recognizing and exercising the horse to release what I call the horse's ‘inner energy’. Many riders do not realize that when they take their horse into a new environment, they will almost always experience their horse being overly sensitive and being higher strung in new surroundings. Riders tend to expect that the horse will work and perform in new surroundings in the same way as he does at home. They do not realize that a horse will nearly always be different in a new and different environment. This is especially true of horses that are not 'seasoned' - those who have not become experts in going different places and traveling many miles over many years. Just as importantly, many riders do not realize that any healthy, fit horse will have some level of 'inner energy' that must be released before he can concentrate on the task at hand. The level of 'inner energy' can vary among horses, but it is always there in high strung or sensitive horses, and lazy horses as well. When a horse has not released his 'inner energy,' he will be thinking 'fast.' Remember: You will be safe and you can teach a horse only if they are thinking 'slow'. You can recognize that a horse is thinking 'fast' if he is turning his head fast, moving his ears fast, and his movements are fast. One of the best ways to help the horse release this inner energy is through what we call "forced exercise". There are 3 types of forced exercise: 1- lunging, 2- liberty work, and 3- ponying. Of these three, the most important to master is lunging. If you need a review of how to lunge, see Palm Partnership Training™ Newsletters #56-60. Personally, I feel lunging is the most important form of forced exercise because you can use it anytime, at home or away. All you need is a good fitting halter, a cotton lunge line, and a lunge whip. The lunge whip should have a minimum length of 3 feet with a tassel that is 1-2 feet longer than the whip part. The whip should end in a ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016



content of hays,” says Fresquez. “Many vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, are not stable over time and lose biological activity. After approximately six months, almost all vitamin A and E activity levels are lost.” Exposure to heat, sunlight and rain will speed up this process. When good quality hay for your horse is scarce or too costly, you may need to compensate for poorer quality hay. In some cases, increasing the amount of feed to provide calories and nutrients not provided by lesser quality hay may be adequate to meet your horse’s needs. However, in some situations it is most beneficial to replace most or all hay in the horse’s diet with a feed designed for that purpose. Complete feeds, such as Purina® Equine Junior®, Equine Adult®, Equine Senior®, and Omolene #400 Complete Advantage offer built-in forage for situations requiring a replacement for some or all hay in a horse’s diet.

Six Signs Of Good Quality Horse Hay Use these six helpful tips when choosing hay for your horse. Forage makes up between 50 and 90 percent or more of a horse’s diet. Much of the forage part of the diet comes in the form of hay. Because it’s such a big part of the ration, good quality hay can help keep a horse healthy, while poor quality hay can be detrimental. “As nutritionists and horse owners, we put a big emphasis on the quality of hay we feed,” says Gina M. Fresquez, technical specialist for Equine Technical Services at Purina Animal Nutrition. “The most important factor determining hay quality is the stage of plant maturity at time of harvest,” says Fresquez. “Young, immature plants contain more nutrients than older, stemmier plants. Though after hay is harvested, the level of hay quality goes beyond the age of the plant at harvest as there are more factors to consider.” When selecting your horse’s forage, Fresquez recommends keeping these six signs of good quality hay in mind: 1. High leaf-to-stem ratio: Think about the leafy greens you eat. You likely prefer greens with leaves rather than just stems. The same is true for your horse. “Look for more flat leaves in the hay and fewer round stems; this indicates the plant was less mature when cut,” says Fresquez. “More leaves typically mean higher digestibility and nutrient content for your horse.” 2. Small diameter stems: Stems smaller in diameter or finer are also indicators of higher quality. Small stems mean the plant was less mature when cut. To test stem size, Fresquez recommends grabbing a handful of hay and giving it a squeeze. “Good quality hay is soft and pliable, and feels good in your hand,” says Fresquez. “If it feels like you’re squeezing a handful of sticks, it is not a good choice of hay to feed your horse.” 3. Few seed heads or blooms: No matter the species of plant, hay with little to no seed heads or blooms indicates a younger, early maturity plant, and thus a higher quality hay. For example, timothy should be cut in the pre-bloom or early-bloom stage when you see little to no seed heads; and alfalfa (for horses) should be cut at early to mid-bloom stage. 4. Fresh smell and appearance: Avoid musty, moldy or off-setting smelling hay, because it can reduce palatability and indicate poor quality. “On our farm, there’s nothing like haying season,” comments Fresquez. “We love the smell of fresh hay. The same is true for your horse. Good quality hay should have a fresh cut smell and appearance.” 5. Cleanliness: Hay should be primarily made up of the harvested forages. Fresquez recommends looking for a clean forage with little to no dust. Even if most of the hay is high quality, hays containing dirt, mold, weeds, trash or other foreign materials indicate poorer quality hay and may be unfit to feed to horses. 6. Color: Good quality hay should be bright green in color with little fading. A bleached, yellow, brown or black color may indicate aged hay, mold or poor storage conditions. “Storage conditions and age have a significant effect on vitamin ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016

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6 Ways to Identify Good Horse Hay Leaf-to-stem Ratio The leafier the better! Look for more flat leaves and fewer round stems.

Small Stems Grab a handful of hay and give it a squeeze! Good hay will feel soft and pliable.

Avoid Seeds & Blooms Hay with fewer seed heads or blooms is better for your horse.

Fresh Smell Think of a freshly cut hay field; your hay should smell similar.

Cleanliness Avoid hay with dust, mold, weeds, trash, and other foreign materials.

Color Look for bright green hay with little fading. (29)


Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program to Launch Across Ohio The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program will expand the voluntary retailer program to the full state of Ohio, allowing nutrient service providers across the state to participate in the efforts to reduce nutrient runoff into waterways. The program encourages agricultural retailers, service providers and other cert-ified professionals to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. The program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council (NSC), stakeholders from business, government, university and nongovernmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to decreased water quality. On January 1, 2017 the program will be open to nutrient service providers providing nutrient recommendation and/or application services to grower customers in the full state of Ohio. The program was initially launched in March 2014 with a focus area of the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The decision to expand came as retailers outside the WLEB expressed interest in getting involved. “The Nutrient Stewardship Council was getting requests from nutrient service providers, farmers, researchers and citizens throughout the state. We are excited to see this voluntary yet robust program expand to all of Ohio," said Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, The Nature Conservancy’s nutrient strategy manager and Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman. The program currently has 34 certified retailers who have earned or maintained certification through annual third-party audits, servicing 2.7 million farm acres in and around the Lake Erie Basin. The expansion will allow the program to reach more than 14 million total acres of Ohio's farmland. Those eligible for the program can learn specifics, hear from peers currently participating in the program and sign up for certification at a statewide launch event, 4Rs for a Growing Ohio, on December 9th at

the Homestead of Radnor, northwest of Delaware, Ohio. For more information about the event or to register, visit oaba.net/events, or email aallman@oaba.net or please call 614-3267520 ext. 4. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. For more information, visit 4Rcertified.org, or email info@oaba.net or call 614-326-7520.

AHC Submits Comments on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations The American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AHC supports taking action to strengthen HPA regulations, but in its comments requested USDA make several important improvements to proposed rule. The HPA was enacted in 1970 to prohibit the showing, exhibiting, transporting or sale at auction of a horse that has been sored. Soring is an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry. It usually involves the use of action devices, chemicals, stacks or other practices to cause pain in a horse’s forelegs and produce an accentuated show gait for competition. Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for over forty years, this cruel practice continues in some segments of the walking horse industry. Soring is not a problem in other segments of the horse industry.



The USDA proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes/foreign substances at walking horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. “The AHC strongly opposes soring and believes action is needed to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “However, the AHC believed it was necessary to voice concerns that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry.” The AHC’s comments strongly urge USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the widely supported Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act. The AHC believes making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will still achieve the goal of ending soring. Additionally, the AHC supported USDA’s decision to eliminate the current Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program and remove Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) from having a role in enforcement of the HPA. The AHC believes the new Horse Protection Inspector (HPI) program proposed in the rule will be able to more effectively enforce the HPA. The AHC also asked USDA to take into consideration the costs the proposed rule could impose on smaller “flat shod” walking horse shows that make a good faith effort to comply with the HPA, and make accommodations for such shows. The AHC proposed several changes to the rule that it believes would help control costs for these types of walking horse shows. “The AHC is unequivocal that many of the proposed changes to the HPA regulations are needed, but that it is equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses,” continued Broadway. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs AHC Submits Comments, continued The AHC also reports that a large number of Members of Congress have expressed a position similar to that of the AHC. “We are pleased that over 180 Members of Congress have signed a letter to USDA that supports the proposed rule, but also calls on USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses,” said AHC Sr. VP, Policy & Legislative affairs Ben Pendergrass. “We are appreciative of the leadership of Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) on this issue.” The AHC hopes USDA will include these needed changes in any final rule that is enacted. The Congressional letter to USDA can be viewed at: www.horsecouncil.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/10/usda_hpa_memb er_letter_signed_october_24_2016-2.pdf The AHC’s full comments can be viewed at: www.horsecouncil.org/wp - content/ uploads/2016/10/ahc-comments-on-hpa2016-.pdf AHC Announces New Student Membership Starting in January 2017, the American Horse Council (AHC) will be offering a NEW membership option available to Students only! The Student Membership will be available to both high school and college students, and membership will be subject to verification; only full-time enrolled students are eligible for this special Student Membership. “The involvement of youth in our industry is critical to its future. We felt that it was important to expose students to the issues in Washington, DC and how the federal government can impact the industry they love,” said Julie Broadway, AHC President. “The AHC is excited to offer this new membership and we are looking forward to helping educate the next generation.” The Student Membership will be available for $25, and includes over $1,000 worth of benefits: Quarterly roundup of the issues impacting the industry and other noteworthy articles with the AHC News ($250 value) Learn how to effectively get in contact with your member of Congress with the Grass-

roots Lobbying Guideline ($50 value) Up to the minute information on legislation and regulations with our Washington Update ($400 value) Discounted Registration ($150) to the AHC’s Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum ($300 value) Opportunities to meet with AHC Staff for insights and information. Discounts! Student members will be eligible for discounts with John Deere, Nationwide Insurance, Redbrand Fencing, HotelStorm, and MORE! Display your support for the AHC with an AHC window decal “It’s more important now than ever to get the youth in the industry involved. Organizations such as the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, and the Arabian Horse Association have wonderful programs and memberships available for their younger members, and we felt it was time for the AHC to do the same,” said Ashley Furst, AHC’s Director of Communications. If you, your organization, school, or university is interested in helping promote this Student membership, or if you have any questions about the membership, please contact the AHC at 202-296-4031 or info@horsecouncil.org

Innovation Group Selected to Update AHC’s 2017 Economic Impact Study The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has retained The Innovation Group to update the 2017 National Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in the US. “We are very pleased to have The Innovation Group undertake this study. They have done numerous economic studies in the gaming, recreation and leisure segments of the U.S. economy and have extensive experience in the horse industry,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Their proposal suggested several avenues to approach the industry to get as much information and as broad a sampling as possible. We hope that the industry participates and responds, as we are confident the study results will be extremely valuable.” “The Innovation Group and its team members are honored to have been selected for



this major benchmarking work,” said Thomas Zitt, Executive Vice President of The Innovation Group. “We are eager to collaborate with the AHC and industry leaders in producing a comprehensive study.” “Even though we say ‘update,’ this will truly be a complete re-study of the entire industry and its impact,” said Broadway. “Especially since we will now be including demographic information of 18 years and under; as well as expanding to include equine welfare and therapeutic organizations. We anticipate data collection to start in March of 2017, with a completion date of October 2017.” The 2005 National Economic Study established that the horse industry in all its segments, including racing, showing, and recreation, had a $102 billion effect on the US economy, involved 9.2 million horses, and supported 1.4 million full-time jobs. The study has been extremely helpful to the industry’s efforts in Congress and state legislatures and in documenting its size and diversity to the public, press and media. The 1996 and 2005 National Studies were accomplished with the economic support and participation of many organizations and individuals in the horse industry. “Many organizations, including the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and the U.S. Equestrian Federation, have already pledged their support,” noted Broadway. “ We hope other organizations and individuals will pledge to support the study again now that they have seen its value on many levels.” The AHC is currently seeking pledges to begin work on the study. If you would like to contribute to the update of the national study, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the American Horse Council Foundation here. For some Frequently Asked Questions about the study, please visit the AHC website here. Please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031 if you have any questions. About The Innovation Group The Innovation Group is a global research and advisory firm recognized throughout the gaming, entertainment and hospitality industry for quality analysis and accurate forecasts. Multi-billion dollar companies, government entities, global financial instiWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs AHC & Innovation Group, continued tutions, professional associations and private equity investors are just a few of the client segments that have made prudent economic, financial, social and political decisions based on our analysis, advice and strategic support. The firm’s data analysis arm, Innovation Analytics, uses technical expertise in statistics, econometrics, and big data to unlock business insights in management, strategy and marketing.

Congress Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act The Senate has passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act (H.R.845/ S.1110). This follows House passage of the bill earlier this fall. The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (RWY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians. “The AHC applauds Congressional passage of this important legislation and would like to thank the bill’s sponsors Representatives Lummis and Walz and Senators Enzi and Bennet for their leadership, We would also like to thank Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, Chairman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts(RKS) for their help” said American Horse Council President Julie Broadway. “The AHC has made trails a priority and has been working with Backcountry Horsemen of America, the Wilderness Society and many other groups to advance this bill.” “Many people have worked to achieve passage of this bill over the last couple of years and this is an important victory for equestrians and everyone who enjoys our national forests” said Ben Pendergrass, AHC, Sr. VP, Policy & Legislative Affairs. “National forest and trails are important to thousands of recreational horseback riders and are a vital component of the $32 billion recreation segment of the horse industry. This bill will help make certain that equestrians and all trail users are able to have access to and enjoy our national forest.”

“We need to provide more opportunities for Americans to experience their great outdoors, and this bill will help do that. Keeping more trails open is a good thing for anyone who cares about our public lands. We applaud the Senate for passing this important legislation and thank Representatives Lummis and Walz and Senators Enzi and Bennet for their commitment to keeping America’s trails open,” said Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Policy at The Wilderness Society. “We are overjoyed that Congress recognized the need to improve the condition of trails on our national forests. Public access to public lands provides many benefits, including enhanced tourism and a stronger local and national economy. This bill will encourage more volunteers and partners, like the Back Country Horsemen, to concentrate their energy toward reducing the trail maintenance backlog. We applaud Representatives Lummis and Walz and Senators Enzi and Bennet," said Donald Saner, chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of America. A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests. The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system. About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council



works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, and state horse councils.

Equitopia Commits To Championing Education To Benefit Equine Longevity and Vitality Video Interview With John Lyons On True Engagement: November 14, 2016 (Fairfield, CA) – Equitopia, interviews the legendary western trainer, John Lyons, on the fundamentals of engaging a horse's core. Proper engagement benefits a horse by correctly using core muscles to enable the horse to improve balance, better carry the weight of a rider, reduce fatigue and injury to the horse, and enhance longevity and vitality of a horse's body and mind into its later years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPng bGJG-OQ Equitopia, a nonprofit equine education center, became an online sensation when its video “Developing your horse’s back: the bio-mechanics of engagement” went viral Produced in cooperation with University of California Davis’ Dr. Sarah LeJeune, the video revealed the deleterious physical effects of a riding horse that travels with a ‘hollow back”. (https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=hokqRs9GbrI). Developing strong and health equine back begins with an evidence-based understanding of Bio-mechanics of Engagement was the topic for the Equitopia’s recent lecture and demonstration at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Famed Quarter Horse breeder and trainer Nancy Sue Ryan, World, Congress/Futurity champion, was on hand to demonstrate the power of a WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs the USDF Group Member Organization (GMO) Western Pennsylvania Dressage Association in 1977, before focusing on his home GMO, Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA). He served as president of PVDA from 1984 through 1988. In 1983, he founded the Colonel Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships, and managed the series from its founding to 1995. In 1983, he also earned his dressage technical delegate’s license from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), then the American Horse Shows Association. Sam has author-ed over 50 articles on the sport of dressage in The Chronicle of the Horse, showing his passion for a sport that he entered by chance. Sam holds the record for the longest tenure as a member of the Executive Board through his roles as Region 1 Director from 19881995, USDF Vice President from 1997-1999, and USDF President from 2000-2009. During his presidency, Sam's leadership was the guiding force in the relocation of the USDF headquarters from Lincoln, NE, to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. In 2000, he appointed the USDF Relocation Committee and later led a successful capital campaign, resulting in the building of the permanent and debt free USDF National Education Center, completed in 2006. In 2007, Sam facilitated the creation of a comprehensive USDF Strategic Plan that guided the organization for years to follow. Sam was Dr. Samuel Barish to Receive 2016 also a vocal advocate of a more symbiotic relationship between USDF and USEF, USDF Lifetime Achievement Award signing a Memorandum of Understanding The United States Dressage Federation that led to numerous joint initiatives that (USDF) is pleased to announce that Dr. continue to benefit the US dressage commSamuel Barish will be presented with the 2016 USDF Lifetime Achievement Award at unity today. the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, Sam has served in various volunteer on December 3, 2016, during the Adequan® positions with USEF and its predecessors, /USDF Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO. including the Board of Directors, Vice Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement President for FEI Affiliates, the USEF High Award are long time members of USDF, who Performance Dressage Committee, USEF have shown a lifetime of dedication to the Dressage Committee, as well as the organization through their volunteer efforts, Planning, NGB Advisory, and Hearing Commas well as having played an instrumental role ittees. He has also served on the United in developing programs, projects, and States Equestrian Team (USET) Board of committees that have contributed to USDF's Trustees and the USET Executive and Dressage Committees. mission. Dr. Sam Barish started his career in dressage USDF President George Williams says, as an announcer in 1980, working his way "Through his tenacity, Sam got a job done into the sport, not as a rider or owner, but as a which many did not believe was possible. He “horse husband”. Sam served as president of was the major force behind the move of the ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016 (33)

Equitopia Champions Education, cont. properly engaged horse. Equitopia educators taught how to properly engage the horse’s core through gymnastic exercises that produce a stronger, healthier riding horse and avoid painful back problems such as “kissing spine.” Equitopia, a nonprofit education center based in Fairfield, Ca., serves the horse community with online, print and in-person access to a respected team of educators with the goal of becoming the horse industry's gateway to cutting edge and timehonored knowledge of equine care, training, wellness and welfare. “We are working toward a world where horses live in harmony with humans based on a deep understanding and regard for the horse’s true nature. To see that vision come to reality, our mission is to empower horse owners, breeders, riders with the tools to discover that compassionate, harmonious relationship and become the best stewards of their horses,” says Caroline Hegarty, executive director of Equitopia, online at: www.equitopiacenter.com

USDF offices into our own building at the Kentucky Horse Park. As he believed it would, this move cut our operating costs, allowing us to direct more funding into programs that benefit our members." For more information about the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website, or contact the USDF office at halloffame@usdf.org.

Rocher and Lilian Wittmack Roye Named 2016 Roemer Foundation/ USDF Hall of Fame Inductees The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Lilian Wittmack Roye and Rocher will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, on December 3, 2016, during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on individuals and horses that have made outstanding contributions to dressage in the US. Rocher is a dressage icon in the US, for those that witnessed her in competition before her retirement in 2009. Owned by Charles and Joann Smith, of Richwood, OH, this German born 25-year-old Westfalian mare (by Rolls Royce and out of Fraenzi) touts a long and successful competition record, including 59 Grand Prix tests on file with USDF. In 2002, Rocher, and rider George Williams, played to the crowds winning the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon as well as the Grand Prix for the Region 2 Championships. In 2003, Rocher added international competition to her repertoire, finishing fifth in the FEI World Cup Freestyle. That same year, Rocher was named the USDF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year, as well as The Chronicle of the Horse Dressage Horse of the Year. Rocher competed extensively across Europe, in Oldenburg, Munich, Goteborg, Hagen, and Wiesbaden with George on board and showing off her floppy ears and flashy extended trot. She was poised to be a strong contender for the 2004 Olympic Games, but was temporarily sidelined by tendonitis as the event drew near. In 2005, Rocher returned to competition sweeping all three classes of the USEF Grand Prix Championship, as WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDF Hall of Fame Inductees, cont. well a putting in a valiant and crowd pleasing performance for the US Team in Aachen, Germany. Rocher moved on to break records, by being the first horse to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon three times. Rocher had a long and impressive showing career, but it is her character and inspirational performances that truly set her apart. Her owner Charles once said "Rocher took a dream and made it a reality. She took us all over the world and filled us with pride. She has incredible character and inspired her fans wherever she showed." Lilian Wittmack Roye was instrumental in the development of dressage in the US, after coming to this country from Denmark at the close of WWII, on a visa allowing her to work as a performer in show business. Lilian trained her horses in dressage, and was already giving small demonstrations when she signed a one-year contract with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She spent time practicing her routine at the circus’ headquarters in Sarasota, FL, and then logged 20,000 miles traveling with the circus and performing with her horses in the coveted center ring. Lilian then settled in York, PA, building the area's first indoor arena and founding Bri-Mar Stables. After hosting a few unrecognized shows, Lilian organized the first American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) recognized dressage show held in the US in 1955; hosting riders from Canada to Michigan. She hand-wrote all of the tests, which she translated from Danish, and judged the show herself. In February of 1958, Lilian founded the International Equestrian Organization (IEO); USDF’s oldest established and charter Group Member Organization. Lilian was instrumental in IEO establishing their first recognized dressage show. In 1976, the club produced another milestone: the first FEIsanctioned dressage competition in the US, held at the York Fairgrounds. The current success of dressage competition in the US is a direct result of Lilian’s efforts in growing the sport. USDF Historical Recognition Committee Chair Bettina Longacre says, “Every now and then a gem is found, Lilian Wittmack Roye is one. She held dressage shows in the 1950s, when the civilians were just starting to take over the sport and not many people knew

what the word meant, much less how to hold a formal dressage show. Lilian is truly one of our founding mothers, and it is an honor to have her inducted into the Roemer Foundation/ USDF Hall of Fame.” For more information about the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at halloffame@usdf.org. Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, email usdressage@ usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

Hawley Bennett Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce that Hawley Bennett, Pony Club graduate and two-time Eventing Olympian, will be the keynote speaker during the Saturday night awards banquet at the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC January 25-29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Bennett (Grove & Langley Pony Club, British Columbia) grew up on a hobby farm and was involved with the 4-H Horse Club and the Grove and Langley Pony Club throughout her childhood. In 1994, Hawley met Livingstone, a 4-year-old off-the-track Canadian Thoroughbred gelding bred by Dr. Anderson of Langley, BC. Following a 4th place finish at the North American Young Riders’ Championship, Hawley, then just 21, was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List. Since then Hawley has accomplished numerous Top placings at the Three Star and Four Star levels including top placing at The Rolex Kentucky CCI4* Event. Hawley has competed on two Canadian Olympic teams, been a member of the Silver medal Pan American Games team and World Equestrian Games Team. Registration and schedule information can be found at https://www.ponyclub.org/ Events/AnnualMeeting/. The 2017 Equine



Symposium & Convention will offer many educational opportunities for both adult and youth equine enthusiasts. Throughout the week attendees can participate in a variety of workshops covering disciplines such as: Polocrosse, Games and Tetrathlon; or topics such as saddle fitting and energy sources for horses. In addition to workshops the Symposium includes a trade fair, silent auction, research project fair and a hands-on educational anatomy room followed by evening dinners and award banquets. About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

Unwanted Horse Coalition Releases New Operation Gelding Program Policies for 2017 New policies and procedures for organizations wishing to host no-or low-cost gelding clinics through the Operation Gelding program. The new policies take effect January 1st, 2017, and applications for 2017 clinics are now being accepted. The UHC voted in June 2016 to expand the Operation Gelding program by offering $100 per horse gelded. Program details are described in two new documents available on the UHC website. The How to Conduct a Clinic handbook is a resource guide to planning, running, and evaluating a clinic. It includes information about setting goals, creating a budget, recruiting veterinarians, marketing, post-event follow up, and tips from previous clinic organizers. Individuals and organizations interested in hosting a clinic should contact the UHC office by calling 202-737-7325, email uhc@ horsecouncil.org; or visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorse coalition.org. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Bronson Veterinary Services Opens New Clinic Spring 2017 Owner and practitioner, Dr. Joanna Bronson, of Bronson Veterinary Services, recently announced that the practice is moving to a new location. “Our current facility has been a wonderful start and served its purpose well, however after nearly 12 years, our practice has grown and our services have increased to the point that we have simply outgrown this building.” On any given day, clients flock to Dr. Bronson’s clinic which is on the same property as her home, for small animal and equine surgeries and evaluations. “Initially, the waiting room and facility worked just fine, but as the practice grew, so did the need for a new, larger location.” With after hour emergency service for both equine and small animals, the doctors, technicians, and support personnel were defining a graceful waltz in an attempt to not trip over each other in the current facility. After a few part-time practitioners rotated through the practice for a time, Dr. Bronson began seeking a second veterinarian to work full time in her practice. In 2013, Dr. Anthony Klingler, came onboard, and they were able to expand their services to include more comprehensive care and more complex small animal surgeries. “We are currently looking to add a third veterinarian to our team as well to continue to expand our services in more advanced orthopedic surgeries and reproductive procedures.” “We just outgrew our location,” commented Bronson, “I decided to add onto our existing horse barn to combine the equine and small animal practice into one location.” This move will also expand the parking area and provide more room for horse trailer traffic. The new building is a multi-plex facility, as it contains a state-of-the art, surgery suite and a pharmacy that can compound various medications. A diagnostic laboratory is also included that boasts a “pass through window” into the pharmacy, for specimens

and blood analysis to be quickly processed. “One of my biggest concerns was to be as efficient as possible, while keeping my clients and patients as comfortable as possible. We have a snack bar/refreshment area and televisions in our waiting area to further enhance our customer experience.” The current clinic housed one exam room and a surgery suite that doubled as a second exam room. This new facility has four exam rooms, an isolation room (for contagious patients), and a private room for euthanasia of beloved pets. This room also has a separate entrance and exit to respect the bereaved owners' privacy during a very difficult time. The lobby is spacious and inviting. There are two sides in the waiting room to separate cats and dogs. This warm, inviting atmosphere is filled with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in full sunlight. In the middle of the lobby is a huge, stone-faced reception desk. This unique greeting area has funloving, paw prints for both dogs and cats imprinted on the polished concrete surface. “When designing the clinic, my goal was to combine modern, state-of-the-art medicine with a rustic, country design. I am a country girl, and I wanted to express my roots in the design. My reception area is the perfect example of this. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.” Where before, dental work had to take place in either the empty surgery area, or the diagnostic (lab and pharmacy) area, there will now be two stations in the treatment area for dental procedures. Another unique addition is a special dog room with outside kennel access. These runs are perfect for boarding larger dogs that need the extra room. The dog doors are operated by giant, plastic bone-shaped pulls that open the outside doors into the kennel runs. There will also be a cage back in the treatment area equipped with an oxygen cage for recovering surgical/ICU patients. This will enable doctors and staff members to monitor these cases closely. There is also a separate cat cubby, where cats can rest quietly. These cages are fun with multi-level perches for active cats. Cats can also be boarded. This room is completely isolated from any dogs, and there is a large window for the cats to see outside. The extremely well-ventilated facility is also bright and cheerful with individually colored,



brightly-lit exam rooms and unique structural décor throughout the building. The lobby reception area showcases a custom wall feature behind the reception counter. Offices for both veterinarians and a muchneeded filing and storage room have also been included. Since the nature of the practice often includes working outside in the elements with the equine practice, there is an in-house shower. Attached to the pharmacy is a door leading to the equine exam room and surgery. This well-equipped room features restraining stocks, a floor scale, a surgery area, and a recovery area. Where before the surgery and recovery area often shared space with recovering canines, this area will be isolated and quiet to better accommodate equine behavior. A door leads from this room into the multi-stall area. Close observation and treatment of the equine patients will be more convenient, as before the horses were housed in a separate barn. A great addition to the clinic is a separate garage for the veterinary vehicle. The current set up was a shared space in the equine exam area. This area is next to a storage room that will be used to re-stock the vehicle each day. Bronson shared that with the advent of this new facility, more complex surgery and critical care is now possible. With the addition of new diagnostic and procedural equipment, expert service to clients and their animals will continue to be foremost in the practice, along with opportunities for client education seminars.

Dr. Joanna Bronson

Dr. Anthony Klingler

Bronson Veterinary Services 452 West Central Road Coldwater, MI 49036

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AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines, Part 2 of 3 Developed by the AAEP Parasite Control Committee of the AAEP Infectious Disease Committee – Updated February 2016 FECAL SAMPLING AND FECAL EXAMINATION There is a large number of techniques available for generating fecal egg counts in equines, and Appendix A provides protocols for two of the most widely used techniques. Automated smartphone-based egg counting systems are currently under development and will be made commercially available to veterinarians in 2016. REASONS TO PERFORM FECAL EGG COUNTS (FEC) • To evaluate the anthelmintic efficacy using the FECRT. • To evaluate and monitor the egg reappearance period (ERP) of the most recently administered dewormer. • To determine the shedding status of the horse at the time of sampling. • To determine whether parasite burdens in foals and weanlings are primarily Parascaris spp. or strongyle. LIMITATIONS OF FEC • They do not accurately reflect the total adult strongyle or Parascaris spp. burden of the horse. • They do not detect immature or larval stages of parasites including migrating large strongyles and ascarids, and/or encysted cyathostomins. • Tapeworm infections are often missed or underestimated by fecal techniques. • Pinworm eggs are usually missed since they are adhered as egg packets around the anus rather than being shed in the feces. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FECAL SAMPLING AND STORAGE • Samples should be stored in airtight and leak-proof containers or plastic bags. • Collected manure should be as fresh as possible. Samples less than 12 hours old are acceptable, but should be refrigerated immediately after collection (Nielsen et al., 2010b). • Refrigeration is always recommended for storage of fecal samples, but anaerobic storage at room temperature will also prevent eggs from hatching. Anaerobic storage can be achieved by squeezing all the air out of the bag, or by using a vacuum-sealing device. Note that anaerobic storage works best on wet feces; if feces are dry, it is difficult to achieve an anaerobic state. • Samples should preferably be tested within 7 days of collection, although there are indications that eggs can remain intact for longer if adequately refrigerated. • Fecal samples that are or have been frozen are not acceptable, as this will damage the eggs and decrease the recovery rate. • Diarrhea samples are not acceptable for FEC, but can be used for qualitative testing. Note that if a horse has diarrhea that may be associated with parasitism, deworming may be indicated per clinician’s recommendations without regard to results of the FEC. FEC TRAINING AND MICROSCOPE MAINTENANCE • Make sure that microscope lenses are adjusted to the parasitology slides used for the egg counts. • Make good use of contrast (aperture condenser) to get a better image of morphological features. • To improve skills at parasite egg identification, several resources are available online and through use of textbooks. One should consider review by a veterinary parasitologist if questions arise. ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016

• It is recommended that microscopes be equipped with an ocular micrometer so that eggs and other questionable objects can be measured. Having measurements can greatly assist in the identification. INTERPRETATION OF EGG COUNT DATA In managed horses, greater than 99% of all strongyle eggs seen in a fecal are from the cyathostomins. In feral horses or in cases of severe neglect, 90-95% of the eggs seen will be from the cyathostomins and the remaining few percent will be from several large strongyle species, which are potentially more pathogenic. It is not possible to distinguish a large strongyle egg from a small strongyle egg while doing a FEC. This requires culturing the feces, recovering, and identifying the L3 larvae. This procedure is not difficult to learn, but does require some training. Larval culture and ID procedure presently is not offered by commercial laboratories, but may be available in a few university veterinary diagnostic laboratories. An ELISA test recently has been developed to detect the presence of Strongylus vulgaris larvae in the bloodstream (Andersen et al., 2013) and may be made commercially available in the future. OTHER GASTROINTESTINAL PARASITES Anoplocephala perfoliata (Tapeworms) - Necropsy surveys performed in Kentucky prior to widespread use of cestocidal drugs in horses reported prevalences for Anoplocephala perfoliata of approx-imately 50% (Lyons et al., 1984; Lyons et al., 2000). The prevalence in other areas is unknown; however in much of the US tapeworms remain common. Oribatid mites serve as the intermediate host for tapeworms, and are commonly found on grass pastures. Though epidemiological data are limited, it appears that higher densities of oribatid mites occur where moist environmental conditions are found; in arid areas few or low numbers of oribatid mites are present leading to a lower incidence of tapeworm infection. In recent years, parasite A. perfoliata has received growing attention as a potential pathogen causing various types of colic (Proudman et al., 1998; Nielsen, 2016a). Several studies have found an association between presence of tapeworms and colic originating from the ileocecal region (Nielsen, 2016a). Tapeworms produce small mucosal erosions at the site of attachment and when present in relatively high numbers, have been associated with ileocecal impactions and spasmodic colic (Proudman et al., 1998). However, most horses infected with tapeworms tend to have relatively few worms, and these likely produce little in the way of pathogenic consequences. Tapeworm infections are difficult to diagnose using common egg counting or flotation methods since eggs are passed only intermittently with shedding and disintegration of mature proglottids. Consequently, unless a horse is infected with a large burden of tapeworms, seeing (36)


Parascaris spp. infections. The parasite is practically ubiquitous in breeding operations and the eggs are characterized by being particularly resistant to environmental influences and can remain present and infectious for several years, if organic matter is present in the soil (Ihler, 1995). Parascaris spp. infections may occasionally be diagnosed in immunocompetent adult horses, but clinical disease would be an extremely rare event. Typically, such infections are observed on properties where foals also reside, and the FEC observed are low (<50 epg). No specific evidence shows that the biology of Parascaris spp. has changed, but it appears empirically that more adult horses are positive for Parascaris spp. on fecal exams than in previous years. However, the increased fecal testing on farms may be rendering positive horses that previously went undiscovered. High levels of resistance have been documented across the world to ivermectin and moxidectin (Peregrine et al., 2014), and some early findings suggest pyrantel and benzimidazole resistance as well (Lyons et al., 2008b; Armstrong et al., 2014). Given that benzimidazoles have a non-paralytic mode of action, they appear to represent the best choice for Parascaris treatment on many properties, but pyrantel salts may be considered as well. Given the levels of resistance found to ivermectin and moxidectin on many farms, fenbendazole given at 10 mg/kg for five consecutive days may be the only remaining option for larvicidal treatment. Oxyuris equi (Pinworms) - Clinical disease from pinworms historically was seen mostly in young horses; however, in recent years cases in adult horses appear to be becoming increasingly more common (Reinemeyer and Nielsen, 2014). Pinworm infections tend to be sporadic, and usually only one or a few horses are affected out of a group. Clinical signs vary in intensity, but in severe cases, intense tail rubbing and hindquarter and/or perineal skin excoriations are seen. Some adult horses may have patent pinworm infections without showing any specific clinical signs. Definitive diagnosis is made by identifying the O. equi eggs. Eggs can sometimes be found on a fecal exam, but the scotch tape test or examination of perineal scrapings (using a tongue depressor and lube) are more sensitive. As a consequence of rubbing, horses can spread pinworm eggs throughout the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environment; transmission can occur in stalls and from contact with grooming materials, tail wraps, fence posts, etc. Furthermore, pinworm eggs are rather hardy, and can persist on the perianal region and in the environment for relatively long periods of time. There are many anecdotal reports of pinworms being resistant to macrocyclic lactone anthelmintics, however, there is only one documented case in the literature thus far (Wolf et al., 2014). If resistance is suspected, the available evidence suggests benzimidazoles should be given priority over pyrantel salts due to better historic efficacy levels (Reinemeyer and Nielsen, 2014). It should be emphasized that rectal lavage using liquid formulations of various anthelmintic products is very unlikely to have any effect as O. equi do not inhabit the rectum or descending colon. Because the pruritus secondary to pinworm infections is caused by the material secreted by the female when depositing her eggs, washing the perineum and perianal region may help to relieve symptoms. After scrubbing, all materials should be discarded or washed in hot water with soap and/or disinfectants. Bots (Gasterophilus spp.) - Bots are rarely associated with measureable disease, but they are aesthetically unpleasing. It is often recommended to treat with a boticide once each year during late fall or early winter as a clean-out treatment, which will help to decrease transmission in the next season. Currently, ivermectin and moxidectin are the only available parasiti-cides for horses with activity against bots.

tapeworm eggs in the feces is a chance event, when a standard egg counting method is used. A modification of a centrifugation-based egg counting technique based on analyzing 40 grams of feces has been validated to have a diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of 0.61 and 0.98, respectively (Proudman and Edwards, 1992). For detecting tapeworm burdens of 20 worms and above, the sensitivity of this method was found to be 0.90, which is very good for a parasitological diagnostic test. One study has found a Wisconsin method set to analyze 5 grams of feces to have a diagnostic sensitivity of 0.62 (Slocombe, 2004). Since eggs are clustered in the feces, the number of eggs seen is not highly relevant, and fecals should just be interpreted as being either negative or positive. To greatly increase the sensitivity of detection for tapeworms, horses can be treated with either praziquantel or a cestocidal dose of pyrantel, and then 24 hour later fecals are performed (Sanada et al., 2009; Slocombe, 2006). If the horse was infected with tapeworms, there is a high probability that tapeworm eggs will be seen in the feces. The research group led by Proudman at University of Liverpool developed the first fully validated and commercially available serological diagnostic test for diagnosing equine tapeworm infection (Proudman and Trees, 1996). This assay measures A. perfoliata-specific antibodies and titer levels have been found to correlate with worm burdens. However, being an antibody based test, it more reflects exposure than actual infection, and horses can remain seropositivefor months after treatment (Abbott et al., 2008). A different serological test is also available to test for the presence of antibodies to A. perfoliata at the University of Tennessee, but at present the test lacks sufficient validation as a quantitative assay for use in detecting current infections or for measuring worm burdens in individual horses. Most recently, a saliva-based ELISA has been validated for diagnosing tapeworms and made commercially available in the United Kingdom (Nielsen, 2016a). Because tapeworms are relatively common and widely distributed, have a strong seasonality of transmission, have potential to cause disease, and are difficult to diagnose, it is likely that a properly timed single annual tapeworm treatment would be beneficial for most horses. Even if this treatment is not needed for the health of an individual horse, a properly timed annual treatment given to all horses on a property should diminish transmission the following grazing season. However, there is no evidence that frequent tapeworm treatments throughout the year would provide any additional health benefit. Drug choices for treatment of tapeworms include praziquantel (licensed in the US for horses only in combination with ivermectin or moxidectin), or a cestocidal (double the nematode dose) of pyrantel pamoate. In most areas, this treatment should be given in the late fall or winter after tapeworm transmission ends due to cold weather. It should also be noted that horses living in dry arid regions may have little or no exposure to tapeworms and thus would not require any cestocidal treatments. In these areas performing ELISA testing would be valuable, as low or negative titers would suggest that annual treatment is unnecessary. Parascaris spp. (Roundworms; Ascarids) - This parasite is the most important in foals causing ill-thrift and poor growth. Migrating larvae can cause signs of airway inflammation, including cough and nasal discharge (Clayton, 1986). Further, infection poses a risk for small intestinal impactions, which are associated with a guarded prognosis for survival, and can be further complicated by intestinal rupture (Cribb et al., 2006). Current evidence suggests that deworming of a heavily parasitized foal with an efficacious anthelmintic that has a paralytic mode of action, can cause acute small intestinal impaction (Nielsen, 2016b). This association has not been found with benzimidazole type drugs, and these may therefore represent a better treatment choice for Š2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. â&#x20AC;˘ DECEMBER 2016



(L3) can survive for only a few days to a few weeks in hot weather (temperatures around 40 degree C), but for as many as six to nine months during colder weather (Nielsen et al., 2007). Consequently, L3 survival in the environment will vary greatly from region to region and season to season. Thus, strategies for environmental control must be made based on local conditions. Strongyle infective third-stage (L3) larvae can survive in wide extremes of weather and climate, but there are sets of conditions that are optimal and sets of conditions where development and/or survival are poor (Table 5). Therefore, it is recommended to focus anthelmintic treatments at times of the year that are most optimal for larval development, i.e. when transmission of strongyles is most likely. Doing so will reduce pasture contamination with infective stages, thereby decreasing the acquisition of new infections. In addition, a time when transmission is likely is also the time of year when adequate refugia are present, thus selection pressure for anthelmintic resistance is theoretically lessened. Conversely, it is recommended to avoid or limit treatments of equine strongyles during the winter months in cold temperate climates and during summer months in warm/hot climates (times of low refugia), in order to reduce the development of anthelmintic resistance. It is practically feasible to temporarily turn a grazing pasture into a hay field and recover the forage. Grazing infected pastures with ruminants may also assist in control (Eysker et al., 1986). Equine strongyle larvae are quite host-specific; they cannot infect cattle, sheep, goats or camelids. The only exception is the stomach worm, Trichostrongylus axei, which can infect both ruminants and equids, but this parasite has become very rare in equine establishments. The environmental control of worms using nematophagous fungi has shown promising results. Several researchers have used these fungi that are harmless to people, and the environment (Larsen et al., 1999). Unfortunately, these biological control agents are not commercially available at present.

AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines, continued METHODS OF PARASITE CONTROL Environment-based approaches - Equine strongyle parasites begin life as an egg in a manure pile, which then must develop to infective larvae in the feces, get out onto the pasture, and then be ingested by a horse. Thus, infection of horses could be prevented if all feces were promptly removed from the pasture. In a bygone era, the most elite stables employed pasture grooms, who followed grazing horses with a scoop shovel and a broom. Their job was to remove manure as quickly as it was dropped. In the 1980s, a similar approach was evaluated using updated technology. Studies at Newmarket in Great Britain examined the efficacy of cleaning horse pastures with a large commercial vacuum unit that was originally designed for golf course maintenance. Twice weekly vacuuming was demonstrated to control pasture infectivity more effectively than routine deworming (Herd, 1986). However, the cost of the vacuum units was prohibitively expensive for the average horse owner, and the process only worked well on level, relatively dry pastures. Despite this, several commercial devices are now available for cleaning pastures, and these have found use on many horse farms. Environmental Control - Eggs hatch and develop into infective larvae under conditions of moderate temperature and moisture. Cold slows the rate of development or stops it altogether, and excessive heat kills eggs and larvae. It is possible to heat manure sufficiently to kill the parasites, including even ascarid eggs (Gould et al., 2012). Proper composting of manure and soiled bedding will generate relatively high internal temperatures, and strongyle larvae in manure are virtually eradicated by exposure to temperatures over 40 degree C for a minimum of one week (Gould et al., 2012). Composting is a practice that should already be in place at any stable. Non-composted horse manure should never be spread on pastures as this will increase the level of parasite contamination. This practice has been associated with higher Parascaris spp. prevalences in Germany (Fritzen et al., 2010). Leaving pastures unoccupied for several months of the year may or may not reduce the risk of infection depending on the time of the year and the climate where the farm is located. Infective strongyle larvae

Part 3 of 3 of this article will appear in the January edition of Saddle Up! Magazine. To view this article in it’s entirety, visit: http://www. aaep.org/custdocs/AAEP%20Parasite%20Control%20Guidelines.pdf

Table 5. Effects of temperature on the survival, development and persistence of free-living stages (eggs, L1, L2, L3) of strongyles (Nielsen et al., 2007) Development

Temperature Range

No development above this level Optimal temperature range for development of eggs and larvae. Reach infective L3 stage in as little as 4 days. Eggs develop into L3 within 2‐3 weeks. O

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>40 OC or >104 OF

Free-living stages die rapidly. Intact fecal balls may retain enough humidity to enable L3 to survive for some weeks.

>25-33 OC or >77-91 OF 10-25 OC or 50-77 OF

Larvae survive on the shorter term (ie a few weeks), but conditions are too warm for long term survival.


6-10 C or 43-50 OF

L3 capable of surviving for several weeks to a few months. L3 survive for many weeks and months under these circumstances.

0-6 OC or 32-43 OF

Eggs and L3 can survive for several months at temperatures just above the freezing point.

<0 OC or <32 OF

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Work from the ground. One thing I would do is address this issue of obedience from the ground. I would put him in the round pen and What do you do when your calm and cool put him through his paces and see if I could horse doesn't want to move out at the trot or make him canter from the ground. Chances canter? Resist the urge to peddle and make are, he will resist that as well. Use a stick and sure your horse will listen to your cues. Find flag to apply mental pressure (by waving it) out how Julie helped this rider work with her and ask him to canter in the round pen at your slow and steady horse - first ruling out pain request. He may kick and resist, make sure then making sure the horse follows her you keep a safe distance from him. Ask him to leadership canter, enforce it with the flag, ask him to QUESTION: I have a four-year-old gelding. He canter a few strides, then let him trot or walk. has a wonderful jog and walk. When he is There is an old saying in horsemanship that asked to canter or do anything faster than the says, "All of training occurs in transitions." It jog he displays a bad attitude - complete with is not so important that he canters around the pinned ears and curled nose. I know he does round pen ad nauseam, but that he obedhave a very nice canter, because he will do it iently picks up the canter when asked. As out of the arena in the fields where we ride soon as he appears to be cantering without (and sometimes he still has attitude with that, resistance, go ahead and let him trot or walk, but he will move out more). What are your even if he has only gone a few strides. thoughts on this? – Claudia Also, working from the long training lead, you ANSWER: It sounds like your horse is resis- should be able to move the horse around you ting forward movement. There are two types in a circle at the trot (it is too small a circle to of horses: the ones with too much whoa and ask him to canter) without any resistance the ones with too much go; you find that de- from him. You will have to use a long lead. I pending on the horse you must always push- use a rope halter and 15-foot training lead for to-go or pull-to-whoa. You are blessed with a this type of work (available at JulieGoodnight horse with too much whoa - which makes .com). Use your flag to help you move the him easy to ride. That's the good news. The horse out in a circle around you. This is similar bad news is that he will try to get out of work to lungeing a horse and it helps if you have if he can. He would rather stand still or amble previous experience doing this. It is important along at the slow and steady gaits. When he that you stay behind the horse's balance point pins his ears and fusses, it is likely because (girth area) and drive him forward and away he does not like the thought of working hard- from you. er and he is protesting. Many people have trouble driving a horse That said, do make sure that you have his away from them because they try to lead him back evaluated and make sure that the saddle in a circle or they stay in front of the balance fits well - those factors can cause an point. You have to stay behind the balance otherwise willing horse to resist the speedier point to get a horse to move away from you. gaits. If they feel pain, they won't want to Back in the saddle. Once the horse will move move. Once pain and saddle fit is ruled out, out willingly in the round pen and on the lead you must work on his disobedience to move line, he should be more willing and more faster as a training issue. And even if he did obedient when you are riding. Be pre-pared to start the resistance because of pain, he'll enforce your cue to canter with a crop or the need to know that he is expected to move tail of your reins if needed. While I don't past the pain memory once all is well. endorse whips for horses, reinforcing your horse with one quick tap is much better than Cantering is work. The canter has much constantly kicking him into the canter gait. If more suspension (all four feet off the ground) he learns he must follow your direction, you than the trot (the walk has no suspension at won't have to constantly kick in the future. all) and therefore requires a lot more physical effort on the part of the horse. He is okay with Another concept in horse training is "Ask, Tell, working at the walk and trot but the canter Command." This means that you ask once represents more effort than he is willing to put lightly and politely, then tell with a reprimand. out. 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Notes From Julie Goodnight – Resistance to Canter

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ask, ask, ask, and ask; which only serves to prove to the horse that you do not really mean what you say and that there are no ramifications if he does not respond. Make sure that when you ask him to canter, you are giving an adequate release of the reins, so that you are not contradicting your signal and giving him a legitimate reason to complain. When a horse canters, his head drops down with every stride. Often riders do not give an adequate release when they cue the horse to canter and the horse tries to pick the canter up, drops his head into the bit and stops. This is very frustrating to the horse and is a good reason for him to resist. Reach your hands toward his ears and give him room to move forward. Once you have asked the horse to canter and he does, wait until he is cantering willingly, relaxed and forward before you ask him to stop. Do not canter to the point of diminishing returns. All of training occurs in transitions, so it is the asking and the compliance that causes positive training, not how far or how long you canter. Good luck! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library - part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy (http://signin.julieGoodnight.com) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and Mp3s! For more thoughts from Julie, watch her Horse Master TV show each week on RFD-TV or catch the show online anytime at TV.JulieGoodnight.com and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at http://You Tube.com/juliegoodnight and find her on Instagram at http://www.Instagram. com/juliegoodnight. Check out her full list of clinics and appearances at: JulieGoodnight. com/calendar WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


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2017 Michigan Horse Expo We're excited about the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo, which will be featuring Chris Cox as our keynote clinician this year. We also have a great additional lineup of clinicians, speakers and demonstrations. For the trail riders, we have two excellent speakers that will be presenting a variety of programs throughout the weekend. Robert Eversole, The TrailMeister, owns and operates the largest horse trail and camp guide in the world, www.TrailMeister.com. Robert founded www.TrailMeister.com when he found that accurate trail information wasn't easily available for trail riders and horse campers. Fast forward 11 years and www.TrailMeister.com is now the largest guide to horse riding and camping areas in the world; with free trail and trailhead information, trail maps, and much more to help outdoor enthusiasts experience the joys of trail riding. Active in the equine community, Robert is a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor with over a decade of experience helping individuals with special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine assisted activities. While working full time helping horse and mule riders find the straight scoop on new places to ride and camp, Robert has found himself a highly requested clinician at equine events around the nation where he shares his knowledge of trail riding, camping with livestock, and trail safety with horse and mule groups. Yvette Rollins, from Indiana, currently serves as the Chair of the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources Trails Advisory Board, on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and as the President of the Hoosier Back Country Horsemen of West Central Indiana. She is a certified trail crew specialist on trail design and maintenance, a certified Class A Sawyer through the USDA Forest Service, a Trail Trainer through Tread Lightly and a Leave No Trace Master Educator with Stock Use. Yvette is a lifetime member of the Indiana Horse Council, the Greenways Foundation, Best of America by Horseback and the Indiana Trail Riders Association and a charter member of the American Quarter Horse Association Trail Riding Program and the Red Hats & Purple Chaps. Yvette was recently awarded the 2015 Marjorie Van Ness Award from the American Horse Council. The Van Ness

Featured Clinicians Chris Cox (above) Robert Eversole & Yvette Rollins Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. As an adventurous trail rider, she enjoys finding out what is on the other side of the next ridge and taking her grandchildren on trail rides with the hope that they will carry on the tradition of helping to promote and protect the trails that remain. Responding to the many requests for more reining programs, following the very popular Freestyle Reining that was held on Saturday evening at the 2016 Michigan Horse Expo, we are including a NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) approved Open Reining on Saturday evening for the 2017 Expo. Expected to draw some of the top reining competitors in the area, the competition will boast a sizeable purse to be divided among the top six placing in the competition. In addition, and in accordance with NRHA rules, we will also host a Short-Stirrup (Youth) Reining Competition, beginning at 5pm on Saturday afternoon. To add to the excitement of the Reining competition, a Calcutta (auction) will be held for all horse/rider combinations entered in the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo NRHA approved Open Reining competition, to be held on Saturday evening, March 11th, 2017. The Calcutta will be held immediately prior to the reining competition. Each rider entered in the event will be auctioned separately, with the highest bidder “buying” that rider. All the money generated by the Calcutta auction will go into a pot, with 50% of the total being divided equally between the buyer of the horse/rider combination that places 1st in the competition,



and the buyer of the horse/rider combination that places 4th in the competition. The other 50% of the Calcutta pot will go towards paying judges and other expenses of the competition. To make the Calcutta even more exciting, each horse/rider combination entered in the competition will donate something of value (perhaps some lessons, training, etc.) that will go to the buyer of that particular horse/ rider combination, even whether they place or not! So bring your purses and be prepared to buy your favorite horse and rider! Payment on all winning bids must be settled immediately following the Calcutta, prior to the start of the competition. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. Winning buyers of the first and fourth place horse/rider combinations will receive their winnings immediately following the placing on the competition on Saturday evening. Watch the Michigan Horse Expo website, www.michiganhorseexpo.org for details on the entries in the competition. These will be posted, with photos and bios of each, as entries are received, so you will have a chance to pick out your favorite before the Expo even begins! Other favorite programs will also be included in 2017. The Michigan High School Rodeo Association Rodeo will be held on Friday evening, beginning at 7pm; the Ranch Rodeo will take place on Sunday afternoon; Cowboy Church with Chad Coppess, starts at 9am Sunday morning in the Main Arena. Additionally, the very popular Heritage Hill Farms Belgian Draft Hitch will again be an integral part of the Expo, as well as the Combined Mounted Police Color Presentations and remembrance of fallen officers and first responders. Check our website out, www.michiganhorse expo.org, or the MHC 2017 Facebook page, for information on other speakers, clinicians and programs, as well as schedules and an exhibitor's list of vendors participating in the huge trade show that the Expo always offers. Don't forget the dates: March 10-12, 2017; located at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing. Remember, your gate ticket gets you into ALL programs, clinics and evening specials. NO additional fees, AND parking is free, with free shuttle bus service to the door. Hope to see you all there! WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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Dr Kellon’s Guidelines: When Basic Joint Supplements Aren’t Enough The majority of horses will need joint support at some point in their lives, and heavily worked horses are virtually guaranteed to need support even earlier. However, with all the joint supplement options available it's difficult to make a choice. As a general guide, upper level athletes and horses working on hard ground or over difficult terrain are good candidates for a more extensive approach to joint support. Any horse known to be prone to joint issues or one that does not respond to the basic joint nutrients should also take a more targeted approach.

sponse in connective tissue. The following key nutrients provide hard working joints with added support to maintain healthy, strong structure and function. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, is the basic substance of all types of connective tissue. Research has shown that hydrolyzed collagen supplements can strengthen bone and strengthen the amount of stress the tissues can withstand while being stretched or pulled. Egg shell membrane is a thin translucent membrane attached to the inner surface of (chicken) egg shells. It is composed of 25% collagen as well as Hyaluronic Acid, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and other connective tissue proteins to support joint health and movement. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural form of sulfur that supports the reduction of free radical formation and the stress that can take a toll on joints.

Bone, whose framework is connective tissue, can lose density around joints. Ligaments, tendons and synovial membranes play critical roles in maintaining the stability of joints by controlling their motion. Inflammation is a normal part of day to day tissue maintenance. It is the clean-up crew that removes old or damaged cells and participates in tissue remodeling and strengthening. A healthy joint has the tools it needs to keep a balance between the forces of breakdown and repair.

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BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Aside from informal rides at Brighton, which can still be enjoyable because of the warm weather, BTRA outdoor events have wound down for 2016. As we reported last month, our Brighton to Pinckney Ride was a huge success, with a record number of riders turning out. Later in the month, we held our last Work Bee of the year, and we had a squad of eager volunteers show up with hand tools, chain saws and motorized equipment to shuttle workers out to work sites. The trails are in great shape and can be enjoyed by all riders who want to beat the cold weather, that is certain to come. As we have done in the past, we keep track of the riders who park their rigs in our staging area before hitting the trails. Our sign-in station was constructed several years ago and we encourage all visitors to record their visits. We just tallied up the number of riders who signed in from April until the end of October and the total was six hundred and forty-eight. While that number is impressive, we recognize that not all visitors sign in, so the actual number is considerably higher. We're discussing this with the DNR management at Brighton and may erect more signage next year. Our last major event is coming up in early December – the annual Christmas Party. Once again, we're co-hosting this with the Pinckney Trail Riders at a local restaurant in Howell, where we have a banquet room reserved. This has always been successful and we're looking forward to it. We'll give a report in our December column. Mark Delaney, BTRA President


soon. Hopefully all the trail ride memories of this riding season will tide all of us over through the coming winter months. Thank you to all of you who made it to the Fort Custer trails this year and attended our camp outs. Our Park has seen a tremendous increase of equestrians using our beautiful trail system. Our events have been a great success with return campers and new friends enjoying the lovely camp area, potlucks and riding opportunities on some of the best trails in the southern part of Michigan. Plan to put our 2017 dates on your calendars for the Annual Spring Camp Out, May 11-14. Then our Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out will be September 14-17. These 4 day events are a perfect way to stay and explore 20+ miles that meander around lakes, woods, prairie grass and cross 6 creeks. Hope you can join us next year! These events and membership dues are the means the club uses to make improvements to the Park. From the new trail system, trail head staging area, bridge, trail signage, picket poles, pavilion and grill, outhouse toilet, tractor and trailer to groom trails, trail improvements and creek crossings, the monies raised have been used to benefit all trail users. If you wish to renew your membership dues before the end of 2016, you may save $5 by paying $15/single or $20/family. A price increase to help cover insurance required by the DNR will make dues for 2017 $20 for single and $25 for a family. The FCHFA Christmas Party will be held again at the Kal Val Saddle Club in Scotts, MI on Dec. 3rd. Social hour at 3pm, Potluck at 4pm and Secret Santa gift exchange at 5pm. More information can be found on the website at www.fchfa.org or call Nancy Simmonds at 269-967-3613. All are welcome to attend and join the festivities, food and fun. Again, Thank You for a great year! We could not do it without dedicated volunteers, board members and all of you! Remember the trails are open all year (except Nov. 15-30 for gun season). The Park will keep a portion of the parking area plowed as they are able, and remember to wear bright colors during the rest of hunting season. See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

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GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION Endurance riding is. Fun for all ages and abilities. From the youngest junior riders to seniors who have plenty of time to travel far and wide to compete, riders from across the U.S. and Canada have many things in common: a love for their equines, desire to ride on scenic trails, and at least a little bit of competitive spirit. Riders compete in endurance (50 or more miles) and limited distance (25-35 miles) rides. AERC offers junior-level prizes in most categories, and all riders may compete for regional and national awards, or just to earn mileage awards with their favorite trail companion. Challenging. In endurance riding, the equine and rider are a team, and the challenge is to complete the course with a horse that is "fit to continue." A panel of control judges supervises the equines, each of which must pass a pre-ride examination in order to start the event. During each ride are set hold times, which vary in duration from a simple gateand-go to one-hour rest holds. During these holds, the equine's physical and metabolic parameters are checked. The horse must pass the exam in order to continue on the course. Each horse must also pass a postride exam in order to receive credit for completing the course. Educational and fun. Member education, through AERC's mentoring program and articles in Endurance News, help riders learn the latest tips and techniques for this exciting sport. Learning together can be fun, and friendships spring up along the trails as riders share their experiences and become part of AERC's "endurance family." A great family sport. Whether you are a competitor at heart or are looking for a sport for your entire family, endurance riding has something for everyone. Endurance riding combines the opportunity of riding a challenging course with your equine partner and the fun and camaraderie of camping and socializing with a group of individuals who share your same interests. The competition WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News GREAT LAKES DISTANCE, cont. itself is just part of the fun of this familyoriented sport. Welcoming to beginners. The best way to get started in endurance riding is to volunteer at a local ride, get your horse in shape, and read up on AERC's educational literature. Mentors are committed to helping new members and answering their questions about endurance riding. Once your equine and you are ready, it's time to try a limited distance event of 25 to 35 miles. These rides are great for new-comers to the sport, or those who prefer riding shorter distances. Everyone who completes an AERC ride earns a completion award. But, no award can match the satisfaction of earning your first completion! An advocate for trails. AERC is the nation's leader in encouraging the use, protection and development of equestrian trails, especially those with historical significance. Many events -- particularly multi-day rides -- take place over historic trails. Such rides promote awareness of the importance of trail preservation for future generations, and foster an appreciation of our American heritage. If you and your horse are ready for the trail and the challenge . . . we invite you to join us! The GLDRA ride season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Brighton, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. Check us out today at www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Holiday Greetings from the Highland Trail Riders! The HTRA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the year. 2016 has been a very successful year for the HTRA. Despite the weather, we held 2 successful equine only camping events to meet the DNR usage challenge. HTRA will continue working with the DNR to help establish separate des-

ignated camping months for equine and nonequine campers. We have a laundry list of goals for 2017 which will be announced after our goals meeting. We would also like to reach out to our day rider community to increase the attendance at the Saturday events during our camping weekends. Deer season has officially kicked off. The East side of the park is off limits to hunters, but the West side has a significant hunter population. Our regulars typically stay off the West loop entirely from Nov. 15-December 31, 2016, and proceed cautiously in orange after this date until spring. Be sure to mark your calendars for 2017: Spring Poker Ride – May 12, 13 & 14 Fall Horseshoe Ride – September 8, 9 & 10 Happy Holidays to you and yours! Hope to see you on the trails in 2017.

Check out our website at www.hunger fordtrailriders.org and let us know what you would like to see and provide suggestions. The 2017 Membership Application will be available on the website in January; click on the 'HTRA Membership' tab on the home page to join. The executive board would like to thank all the members for a great year of trail riding at Hungerford, the volunteers who completed their Adopt-A-Trail assignments, and to other riders who came out to experience what Hungerford has to offer. Visit our Facebook page at 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association' or our website at www. hungerfordtrailriders.org. The HTRA executive board looks forward to meeting you in 2017: President, Michael Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling We hope you enjoyed your saddle time at Hungerford in 2016!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Although the overnight campground and group campground closed October 15th, that doesn't mean riding has to end. Both day use parking areas are open all year around, but the road to the main Hungerford entrance is not plowed during the winter! Keep in mind that hunters access Hungerford property during hunting season; so if you ride during hunting season, be careful and wear bright colors. The Hungerford Trail Riders Association had a great time networking with association members at our annual Member Appreciation banquet this past October. The Association provided members with a choice of grilled steak or chicken and the members came together and provided the remaining menu items. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Please take a moment and browse through the Hungerford Trail Riders Association website! We look forward to providing current information to the membership and enhancing communication efforts with members and other interested trail riders.



IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOC. IHTA would like to thank all the folks who came out to share trails for the DNR Harvest Fest and the Chili Cook Off this fall. Both events were quite successful! We enjoyed poker rides, costume contests - both horse & rider and dogs, campsite decorating contests, and of course lots of great chili! We were blessed with many generous donations that will help fund trail work next year. We have some new and awesome news for the 2017 season! IHTA and the Ionia Park staff have partnered to obtain two 12x12 stalls for each of seven campsites. We will have them installed for the spring camping season. At this time it looks like sites 139, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, & 147 will have corrals for the 2017 season. If you like corrals for your horses when you camp, help us out and reserve these sites! We are a "test site" for corrals in state park equine campgrounds. If we fill these sites WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News IONIA HORSE TRAILS, cont. consistently, we will be far more likely to get more corrals for more campsites, and it will increase the likelihood of other parks getting corrals for their campsites. Next spring we will have a sign in the desk at our day staging. When you ride at Ionia, please sign in! Tracking how much our trails are really used will help us obtain funding for trail improvements! If weather permits this winter, we will have a work bee to get those corrals installed. If not we will need a huge work bee turnout in April to get all the corrals installed and spring clean up on all the trails. We have 15 miles of trail that are sure to need down trees cleared, overhead branches pruned back, and lots of clean up. Many hands make work light! Please plan to come and help! And we are always looking for new ideas for trail events and fun things to do. Please feel free to contact a board member and share your ideas, or come to one of our meetings at park headquarters the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there! Kristie Walls, IHTA President

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION SAVE THE DATE: January 28, 2017 for the KTRA ANNUAL BANQUET. Information and details will be posted on our website, on our Facebook page and will come around in our Infoshare newsletter shortly. Additionally, you can find more event dates on our website at www.kensingtontrailriders.org. Please click on the event link. KTRA held its final 2016 Board meeting for the year on November 14. It was productive, informative and enjoyable. Some great ideas and suggestions were brought to the table. KTRA would like to thank everyone who participated in this Board meeting and past 2016 meetings. December is a time to look back over our 2016 events: The Annual Banquet, The Election Meeting with guest speaker Koren

Knox, the Spring Campout, Fourth of July Parade, Bits, Bridles and BBQ, the Appreciation Picnic, the Fall Campout and Circle Ride, and the Milford Holiday Parade. It is also a time to say a special thank you to all volunteers and businesses who donated to our events: Comeback Inn, Baker's Restaurant and M.J. Whelan. We can't do this without you and your wonderful support. We also want to say a special thanks to our Camping Weekend Entertainment: Reenie Moore and Marlene Wieczorek. Ladies, you were wonderful! Sometimes it was cold, sometimes it was rainy, but always the music was great! Last, but not least, thank you to our Board members for their time, dedication, involvement, and hard work and to our membership who make it all worthwhile. KTRA will not be hosting any horseback riding events over the coming winter but we do have a board election meeting in February and our Annual Banquet on January 28th (place to be determined). Look for upcoming information in our Infoshare newsletter; on our website; www.kensingtontrailriders.org; and on our Facebook page. If you have not 'liked' us on Facebook, please do so next time you are on the site. While you are out riding the trails, remember you can report a trail problem on our website: www.kensingtontrailriders.org. We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Thank you for supporting Kensington Trail Riders Association & Kensington Metro Park. We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year from the Board of Kensington Trail Riders.


What are The Martial Horse Association and The International Series - Military Championship Competitions? The Martial Horse Association and the The International Series are based in martial ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016 (51)

(military) horsemanship. They combine elements from thousands of years of military, law enforcement, and cavalry horse training into the world’s first Military Horsemanship style series. These elements include training in Dressage, Jumping, Law Enforcement, Cavalry, and Jousting. The International Series is not a re-enactor event, a living history event, or a theatrical show. These are modern equestrian competitions combining historically inspired elements of all three. Who Can Ride? Anyone over the age of 10! What Kind of Horse can I use? Any sound horse or pony will do. What is a class like? They range from a simple pattern type class to a complex extreme trail style class to full on armored knights jousting. There are speed and action classes as well as costume classes. What else do I need to know? Today's modern competitions are geared towards the safety of horse and rider alike. They are a great alternative for the horse and rider looking for something new and different to do for a weekend. They operate and feel like a modern open horse show, but with a twist. Skills needed for beginners include basic walk, trot, back, halt. Show attire includes ASTM approved helmet (ALL Riders), polo style shirt, boots and belted pants/breeches to match horses tack. Any discipline of tack may be used as long as the saddle and bridle are uniform (no horns are allowed in armored divisions). Our mission is to honor those who have gone before us, maintain military horsemanship skills of the ages, and apply them today. Our all volunteer organization is dedicated to promoting, educating and competing with the military type horse and those who love them. Join us for the upcoming season. Whether you're interested in being a spectator, volunteer, competitor or just want to learn how to do more with your horse for fun. There is a place for all from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. The International Series competitions run through the summer each year. Competitions are planned in Michigan and Ohio for 2017. Each weekend competition brings world class competitors together to vie for the honor of taking home the gold medal. Online at: www.theinternationalseries.com WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News MiCMO MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Well, the Word in the Woods Ride was cancelled due to the weather and terribly sloppy conditions from so much rain. Of course the weather since then has been absolutely WONDERFUL!! I don't know about you, but this girl has been riding, riding, riding! Maybury is in wonderful condition these days, they have put up beautiful full color signage, so you can't get lost. The trails are well groomed and in excellent shape. Come on out and enjoy! We are having the annual meeting at the Park Headquarters at the Beck Road entrance, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 , at 7:00pm all members are welcome to come and help plan our events for 2017. We will meet the new Park Manager, Traci Sincock. Please join us!


What a beautiful fall to continue enjoying the trails. My last ride over at Hungerford was so enjoyable. It is nice to have the company of friends and my horse in the fresh air. We will stick to the arena during the firearm season and hope the winter brings some mild days to enjoy the trails again. MiCMO would like to send a sincere thank you to all the members who took the time to put on rides during the 2016 season. The hours that they take to set up the course, finalize the paperwork and organize the camping is truly appreciated. We don’t say thank you enough to these generous members. We hope that their experience was fulfilling and fun. The final ride of the season was a long, challenging course set up by Mary Greiner. She has written a great essay about being a first time ride manager that I will be using as a column next month in Saddle Up! A great big MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN thank you to Mary for sharing her experience VEHICLE ASSOCIATION with us and for taking on such a responThe Club members are excited about plans sibility. The Trail Stompers ran away with for 2017. There will be “Ask the Experts” first place for the long course on both meetings at Brody Hall Dining Complex for Saturday and Sunday and the short course Jan, Feb and March meetings. Some of the was taken by Little Buckaroos on Saturday topics will include “What does it take to drive and Red and Free won on Sunday. shore to shore in Michigan? Another planned topic relates to “Geocaching” and “How to Many plans will begin to take shape for the conduct orienteering while driving a horse next couple of months so we can be ready for drawn vehicle.” Check our website at: an even better 2017 season. The preparation www.mhdva.org for dates, times and for the awards banquet has already begun events. The Annual Blue Ribbon Driving with many horses and riders deserving of Show and Clinic is scheduled for June 3-4, year end awards. If you are in an organization 2017 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center with that does year end awards, be sure to thank Debbie Banfield, an ADS judge from the volunteers who put it all together. It is Georgetown, KY. We were excited to have easy to forget how much time and energy Kim and Mandy Kamar, Charlotte, MI bring goes into every event. their new Vardo to the November annual The schedule for MiCMO events will be meeting. This is a traditional wagon that the posted in the Saddle Up! Calendar as soon as Gypsy Vanner Horse pulls. As a club, we are it is finalized. We hope to have this by planning several drives next year at different February 2017. We hope that many locations around the state of Michigan. If you volunteers will step forward to put on rides have an interest in driving an equine, please again next year. Who knows, maybe we can visit our site and plan on coming to any of our get some more members to step out of their events. The organizations exist to encourage comfort zone and put together a ride for us! the art of equine driving. Happy Trails! ~Janet ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016 (52)

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOC. We turned 30 this year! The November 12th MFTA meeting held at Wheel Inn Restaurant in St. Johns, MI was called to order by Pres. Kathy Kruch at 11:25AM. VP Bob Howell, Sec. Marilyn M, members Harland and Alora Fish, George and Char Ostrom and Megan McGarry were also present. Megan shared with us her love of hypoallergenic Curly MFTs. She has three of them which she, her children and husband ride in the Milford, MI area. The Secretary report from the Sept. 24th, 2016 meeting was accepted as read. Bob made a motion, which George seconded to that effect. Correspondence: We received our MI Horse Council dues check for $35 back from Jan Wolfin. An advertising request from MFTHBA for inclusion in the 2017 Annual Show and Celebration catalog was discussed and voted down. Maggie Potter sent us a nice card to keep in touch. She is 89 now! Our oldest founding member!! Membership: Our membership is staying steady at 36 members. Please send in your renewals now for 2017 and encourage your friends to join too! We lose some members each year and count on new ones to fill in. Marilyn read the Adventure Credit Union balances. Missy Schafer has resigned as Treasurer and returned the checkbook. MFTHBA report: Twenty-one of our members are also MFTHBA members. The October MFTHBA/MFTA/MTRA National trail ride across northern Michigan was a success with 30 MFTs participating out of about 60 riders. The weather was beautiful! Old Business: Kathy is working with Chuck to revive our website. Megan offered her programmer husband to help, too. It may have to be totally rebuilt from scratch. New Business: Our booth at the Novi Expo, Dec. 2-4th will be set up and run by Megan and Bambi Platz on that Friday. Char & George plan to man it the next day and WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER, cont. Marilyn & Joe Mannino will attend to it and take it down on Sunday. Megan was given a TV to show the MFT Super Horse DVD on, tshirts to sell, as well as other related handouts. Be sure to come visit your MFTA booth at the Novi Equestrian Expo! A motion was made by Char, and seconded by Bob, to change Article IV (Executive Board of Directors) Section A (Directors and Officers) #3 “The executive officers of the MFTA shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer” to “The executive officers … Secretary/Treasurer.” This would combine the two positions into one. Discussion ensued concerning the fact that so few people vie for the officer positions. We voted and the motion passed. George made a motion, which Bob seconded, also in that Section A #1 “Only a quorum of three Executive Board of Directors may call a meeting” be changed to “Only.... two Executive Board of Directors.....” Discussion followed explaining that an odd number of officers is needed to break a tie. A vote was taken and the motion carried. Then Bob made a motion, which Harland seconded, to update the wording of the bylaws after the whole membership weighs in on these proposed changes. Are these changes agreeable to you, the members, or not? Please let us know your thoughts ASAP. Officer nominations: Marilyn nominated Kathy for the President position, Marilyn nominated Bob for VP, Kathy nominated Marilyn for the Secretary/Treasurer position (if the membership okays the bylaw change at the next meeting). Nominations will also be accepted at the next meeting so you still have time to vie for any of these positions. Our next meeting is scheduled for 11AM January 14th, 2017 at the Italian Oven Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, MI. See you at the Novi Equestrian Expo! ~MFTA Secretary Marilyn Mannino



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ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION YOU'RE WANTED!! At our Annual Meeting and Christmas party. Whether you are an OREA member or a friend, come and meet many others who ride and support the equestrian park. Join us Sunday, December 4th, 4pm at the Davison Little Caesar's Restaurant. We have secured the small banquet room in the rear of the building for our gathering, where we'll enjoy pizza, salad, bread sticks and soda at a cost of $8 for adults and $6 for 16 and under. Following the meal, we will hold our annual meeting including election of directors for 2017. When the business is complete, we'll settle in for a little holiday fun with a gift exchange. Plan to bring a wrapped item, horsey or not, in the range of $10, if you'd like to take part. Looking ahead to next year, the following rides were approved at our November board meeting. More detail will be available as we move closer, but here they are to add to your calendar. CMO May 13 & 14 Poker Ride May 27 Judged Trail Ride September 16 OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed directly from the website or requested by mail. Feel free to contact President Karen DeOrnellas with any questions at (913) 660-8012, a text is okay. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President

PINCKNEY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Who shops on Amazon? You can now choose Pinckney Trail Riders Association as the charitable organization your purchases will



support when you shop at AmazonSmile http://smile.amazon.com/. We will receive 0.5% of your purchase price quarterly; it's a great way to give back. Just remember to always shop from smile.amazon.com instead of the regular amazon site to make your shopping count! PTRA 2017 Schedule of Events Work Bee on Saturday, April 29th, more details will be announced. Blessing of the Horse and Rider on Saturday, May 13th, more details will be announced. The Pinckney to Brighton Ride, more details will be announced. The PTRA/BTRA Annual Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 2nd at 6pm, Cleary's Pub in Howell, MI. More details will be announced. January 1st will begin our fiscal year. Memberships will then be accepted for 2017. Please consider joining our group as memberships help maintain the trails you enjoy annually. Please visit us on Facebook for up-to-date Information, to RSVP for all of our events and to renew or join the PTRA.

PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION It's December already and the holidays are fast approaching, where does the time go?!! If you're pondering a really cool stocking stuffer or awesome gift for a trail riding friend or family member, the PLHA have some fun and functional bandanas that have the new GIS Pontiac Lake horse trail map on them, for sale for only $ 5.00. There currently are 10 assorted bandana colors and if you wish to pick one up, send an email to PLHAnews @gmail.com and we shall set you up. SAVE THE DATES!! We have our 2017 trail event dates and our local partner trail organizations, The Proud Lake Trail Rider's and the Highland Trail Rider's collaborated early and also have their trail event dates for 2017. So here are the following 2017 dates: PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN'S ASSOC. – WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News PONTIAC LAKE, continued www.plha.info June 9, 10, 11th Welcome Summer Weekend Camp and September 15, 16, 17th Tour The Trails Fall Camp PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. – www.proudlaketrailriders.org February 17 banquet, May 21 ride, June 25 ride and Sept 24 ride. HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. – www.highlandtrailriders.com Feb 24 or 25 Banquet, May 12-14 Spring Camping Event, and September 8-10 Fall Camping Event. We hope you can come join us for the above events and look forward to seeing you in 2017. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday season and don't forget to like us on Facebook.

on May 21st. June 25th will be our Destination ride and finally our Obstacle Course ride will be September 24th with Saturday night campout and potluck at all of these rides. If you would like to be a part of our email list, you can get all of the latest details about our events by contacting Nancy Efrusy at Efrusy @yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to add you. The most exciting news of all is the addition of our new pavilion in the staging area. Please come by and check it out. We hope to see everyone soon, and enjoy the beautiful weather on the trails!

Next Board Meeting will be Dec. 13th at 6:30pm at the home of Pat and Don Brown. If interested in becoming a Board Member or a helpful member for 2017, we welcome you. Memberships for next year will be coming out soon. Watch your mailbox, go online to our website, or check Saddle Up! Magazine. JOIN US! Our 2017 annual meeting potluck will be Feb. 4th at the Victor Twp. Hall, 6843 Alward Rd. Laingsburg. Hall set-up starts at 11:00am with social hour at noon. Potluck at 1:00pm. Followed by short business meeting, then the donated item auction. Renew your membership, visit with friends and have a great meal while checking out items for sale. Contact 989-661-2541 for more information. Mark your calendar for this first fun event for 2017.


PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone, HAPPY FALL! The trees have graced us with such beauty this fall, I hope you have had the opportunity to get out and ride. We would like to thank everyone that has come out and ridden in our events this season. We are always thinking up new rides that we think everyone will enjoy. If you have any suggestions for future events, please let us know. I want to remind everyone that hunting season is upon us, so please be safe and wear brightly colored clothes as there is hunting in Proud Lake. Be sure to check out our beautiful colors and trails this fall. We are in the midst of planning our annual winter banquet. Look for details soon. Our banquet always draws a large crowd…usually 100 plus…and it is a great way to get out and see your riding buddies. Please mark your calendars for our annual banquet which will be Friday, February 17th at Bakers in Milford. We will have dinner, open bar and a silent auction. Our banquets are always filled with people and we always have a lot of fun. There will be more details as we get closer. In 2017, we will have a Scavenger Hunt ride

Feel like enjoying a nice day riding? It's all of a “Four Hour Ride” if you ride all the trails at Sleepy Hollow. Got your trailer winterized and got the “bug to go camping” during this winter? Don't want to drive home? Remember there's Equestrian camping ANYTIME- with the heated SHSP rental cabins. Don't forget that BOTH RENTAL CABINS HAVE EQUESTRIAN pickett poles and connect to the trail network. They are Open year round check out the possibility of renting one of these scenic cabins. Both cabins have heat, the modern one has inside plumbing and a hot shower! Online reservations are made on the DNR website or call 1-800-44-PARKS. See what days are available for you and your friends. New pictures of the knotty pine interiors will be on our website soon. SHTRA members are awaiting the release of the DNR new Master Plan Draft for Sleepy Hollow's future users. An equestrian campground and more trail mileage have been asked to be included in the park's plans. The open public meeting to discuss the draft is scheduled for Dec. 7th at the Victor Twp. Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. SHTRA hopes our goals will be acknowledged by the DNR planners. There should be a time period of online comments available for nonattendees. Check our Facebook page to see if and when this option is live.



WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC.® OF MICHIGAN During the Western Dressage Association® of Michigan Board meeting held on November 17th, 2016, the following individuals were elected to serve as WDAMI Board officers for 2017: Treasurer-Jill Robiadek, Secretary-Rachel Belcher, Vice PresidentSue Hughes and President-Carol Baldwin. Congratulations, Ladies! WDAMI is looking forward to another productive year! Your expertise and leadership are most appreciated as our organization continues to learn and grow. The Year End Awards banquet will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 1-4 PM at the Pine River Country Club in Alma, Michigan. The banquet will include a luncheon, speakers, door prizes, silent auction and presentation of 2016 Awards. The cost for the banquet is $25 per person. You can send your reservations and check made out to: WDAMI to Jill Robiadek, Treasurer, 1300 Richmond, Cheboygan, MI 49721. The reservation deadline is February 3rd, 2017. We look forward to seeing you!! Other activities in the works for 2017 include: Western Dressage Association® of Michigan Schooling Show, co-hosting a schooling WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News WESTERN DRESSAGE OF MI, cont. show with Woodbine Farms, a Jec Ballou Clinic and more. Details, dates, etc. will be forthcoming shortly. Please keep in touch with our Facebook page as dates, etc. will first appear there! The Board is also reviewing and revising the Award Guidelines for the 2017 Show Season. If you would like to share your thoughts regarding this, please send your information to: infowdami@gmail.com. We welcome your input! The national organization is producing new WD tests for 2017 – 2021. Per the national organization, the new tests will be available in February of 2017. Realizing the timing of the release of the new tests, at the November 17th, 2016 meeting WDAMI Board did pass a motion stating that both 2013 and 2017 WDAA Western Dressage tests would be eligible for 2017 Year End Awards. The timing of the release of the new tests is such that the Board felt that this would be fair to our process and our members. Both the WDAMI and WDAA memberships will expire at the end of this year. To renew both memberships you can go to the WDAMI website, www.wdami.org, and renew the dual membership there, or you can renew with WDAA and WDAMI individually. Remember you must be a member of both organizations and you must be a member in good standing at the time you begin your competition year so the tests scores you submit for Year End Awards are eligible for consideration. If you have any questions about this, please send your inquiries to: infowdami@gmail.com. We have been blessed with warm Fall weather, but that is due to change very soon!! Get out the long johns!!

WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL Hard to believe it's December already. We had a beautiful fall stretching almost until Thanksgiving before even getting a taste of winter.

Several competitors from Michigan competed at the World Show with some exciting results. Congratulations to Winter Scheer, Julie Fisher-Fryman, Julie Townsend, Lee Fischhaber, Marcy Best, Jess Hadden, Jim Ellis, Emily Lundstrom, Michelle Stirling and David Wagner. I hope I remembered everyone! Final year end points have been posted on the WMAR Facebook page in case anyone wants to see where they are standing. Plans are underway for the year end awards banquet which will be held on January 28th, 2017 at the Quality Inn University in East Lansing, MI. Tentative show dates for 2017 are WMAR Red White & Blue Show at Mason on June 34th, 2017; WMAR State Show in Centreville on July 15-16th, 2017; and the Sizzler that we co-host with MApHA at the MSU Pavilion on August 5-6th, 2017. MApHA shows that we approve are the Spring Show on May 6-7th, 2017 (new dates) at Mason and the Classic show August 25-27th, 2017 at the MSU Pavilion, East Lansing. Our next meeting will be December 10th, 2016 at the Okemos Convention Center at noon. We welcome everyone to join us. To keep up with the latest, check out our website at www.wmarapp.org or on our Facebook page, WMAR. 'til next month, Sharon Clark

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes, November 9, 2016 This meeting was held at Ron and Carla Walker's home starting with at potluck at 6:00pm. The meeting was called to order by Ron Walker at 6:30pm. Amendment to October's Board Meeting Minutes, New Trail Report: Andru Jevicks, YS Park Manager has walked the newly marked trail and has started the paper work for the legal trail approval. The word approved needed to be removed, the new trail has not been approved.



Halloween Report: The campground was sold out, an excellent turnout. Thanks to all the members who participated and made this event a big success. A suggestion was made to make the judging easier, we need to identify what category the contestants are in easier to identify. Trail Report: two trees are down on the 6 mile that needs to be removed. Carla purchased green signs that can be used for road signs, will pick up the alpha letters to spell out the road names. These road signs will then be placed at each road crossing so you know where you are. Trail Work Shop: Sponsored by Michigan State DNR will be held in Roscommon. December 2 & 3, cost is $40.00 a person. Anyone interested can attend; Ron & Carla Walker will represent YSTRA. New Business: We need to do the fall road clean up on Yankee Springs Road. DNR Update from Andru: Several trees have been removed from the horse camp that were infected with the Oak Wilt Disease. It is very important to use local firewood; importing firewood is the number one cause of transporting tree disease from one area to another. If you are from out of this area and need firewood, you can call Ron Walker or Skip Burger to purchase firewood at a reasonable rate. The state trail mapping has been completed. New Trail update: paperwork has been submitted and Andru has written an email asking the District Planner to expedite the process. John Soper has talked with the DEQ department and received the requirements needed to put an Erosion Plan and permit together. Andru reminded us the DNR Stewardship has their own unique requirements which could be different from the DEQ. New Business: New Year's Day Ride. January 1, 2017. Meet at the YS Pavilion at 1:00 for a hot Chili lunch and bonfire then take your horse for a ride out on the trails. Next meeting at Ken and Ruth Terpeing's home, 1025 North Norris Road, west side of road. Team of wooden horses in the yard. Meeting adjourned at 7:25. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, Secretary YSTRA WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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indermere Equestrian Center

(586) 465-2170 | 20615 Dunham Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038 | windermereequestrian@comcast.net All paved roads - plenty of parking! ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2016




FEED DEALER! “Ask us how you can get Free Feed” Our Outside Sales Representative Will Be Your Personal Contact

Certified Expert Purina Dealer


See us at the...

Novi Equestrian Expo Dec. 2-4, 2016 Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI Great Deals at the Expo!

PROFESSIONAL DELIVERY “Your One Stop Horse Shop Delivered To Your Door” Hay Testing • Feed Management • Chopped Straw Pasture Maintenance Programs Pasture Seed • Fertilizer • Weed Killer


THREE LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! Customer Service Is Our Top Priority!

BRIGHTON (810) 227-5053

CARO (989) 673-3163

8220 Grand River Ave. Brighton, MI

610 N. State St. Caro, MI

PINCKNEY (734) 878-3092 1360 E. M-36, Pinckney, MI





ELECTRO-BRAIDTM 3 Strand 4 Strand 5 Strand

3 Strand 4 Strand 5 Strand

$2.00-$2.50 $2.50-$3.00 $2.75-$3.50

WOVEN WIRE 4 Ft. Tightlock



Woven wire designed for horses with 3”x3” spacing on wood posts

$1.25-1.50 $1.50-2.00 $1.75-2.50


BOARD FENCE 3 Rail 4 Rail

$4.50-$5.00 $5.00-$5.50 $5.00-$5.50

$8.00-$9.00 $9.00-$10.00

2 Rail 3 Rail

$6.00-7.00 $7.00-8.00

Average installed cost per foot of fence (labor & materials) – All prices subject to change without notice.








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Michigan and Ohio's Favorite Horse Magazine! Happy Holidays from your friends at Saddle Up! Magazine.