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Measure Twice – Cut Once By Robert Eversole | I don't know about you, but for me the permanence of drilling and cutting holes in my horse trailer is kind of daunting. I think it's the irreversible nature of what I'm trying to do. The tasks themselves aren't hard, but make a mistake and you could have a problem. Both of this month's trailer project improvements required work that at first I was hesitant to do myself. Then I learned better. Not only was I capable, I found out that I was competent at DIY! You can be as well. Just measure twice before you drill those holes! EZ Connector For this build, I went with a Maxx Air Fan with a built-in rain cover. If you've towed a trailer, you've experienced an electrical problem of It's the quietest fan that I found, and the reviews were uniformly some sort. Problems with standard blade style trailer plugs are a positive. It's even got a remote! common plague. Imagine this, laying in the dirt, on the side of the After getting past the fears of messing up the hole, the installation road, in the rain, with impatient hooves pounding above, trying to was a simple task that anyone with a little confidence, time, and get a good connection. It isn't fun. Indeed, bent blades, dirt, and power tools can tackle. The instructions were clear and easy to corrosion, aren't just annoyances, they can be dangerous. We're follow and in a short amount of time I had the fan mounted, wired counting on our trailer plugs to carry the current that powers and and circulating fresh air. controls our lights and brakes. The consequences of these safety Neither of the two Trailer Project upgrades this month were partiitems failing could be disaster. cularly sexy, but I would argue that both are very important in terms Fortunately, there's a solution. Featuring sealed components and Oof safety, comfort, and peace of mind. rings to keep dirt, water, and corrosion at bay, face-to-face metal For more information on the Trailer contacts, and rare earth magnets to hold the plugs in their sockets, Project, as well as videos of these the EZ Connector had the advantages that I was looking for to and other parts of the project, visit ensure a reliable trouble-free connection so that my lights and brakes work every time, regardless of the conditions. Learn more at the EZ Connector website Of course, the best plug in the world is only as good as the installation. And that's where I made my big mistake. Despite a fair bit of 36th Annual experience with electrical systems, I tend to avoid doing my own electrical work and instead opt to have a professional handle those jobs. I took my new plugs to the wrong “professional” and my beautiful connectors fell apart in my hands. It was bad. Joe Cardoza, President and founder of EZ Connector, offered help and encouragement with my connector woes and not only was I able to fix all of the problems my erstwhile “professional” caused, we were also able to create a better system by using a junction box instead of splicing wires together. When the President of the company personally helps solve problems that he didn't create, that 8am-2pm | $3.00 Admission gives me a lot of confidence not only in the company, but also the University of Findlay (Western Farm) product they make. Thanks Joe and EZ Connector! 14700 US 68, Findlay, OH 45840 Roof Vent Fan After Joe helped bolster my DIY confidence, I was ready to tackle GLApHC Swap Meet is the largest equine another of my DIY concerns – cutting a whopping big hole in the swap meet in this part of the country! living quarters roof. Installing a vent fan required a 14x14 inch space Tack Swap Director: be made in the shiny new metal skin of the trailer. Cutting the hole I knew would be the easy part, I was worried about cutting too big of Jason Moore (937) 570-0701 call/text a hole and also having roof leaks after I was done. Email: So why even take a chance? Roof vents help to increase airflow in your trailer, keeping the air fresh. It may not seem like an important NO PETS Allowed! component of your trailer, but without a roof vent, the air inside your home-on-wheels can get stale pretty fast. Fans also help eliminate Visit us online at: cooking odors and humidity, and are fabulous for dropping the temperature of our rolling homes. FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (10) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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NORMA AGNEW MEMORIAL HAIRY HORSE SHOW Saturday, April 6th, 2019 MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI • Horses may arrive after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th 7:30 a.m. Registration • 8:30 a.m. Show Begins • $40 Stall / $8.00 Class Proceeds to benefit Michigan 4-H Youth Horse Programs 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107. 108. 109. 110. 111. 112. 113. 114. 115. 116. 117. 118. 119. 120. 121.

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BEGINNER FIRST AID: HORSES, DOGS & CATS The best course of action for any emergency is to be prepared. The first thing we must do is gather the medical supplies needed to assist in helping your horse, dog or cat. Below is an example of what medical supplies you may need to help your four legged friend in case of an emergency. ALWAYS find an adult to assist you before treatment.

HORSE FIRST AID KIT • Adhesive Tape – place over bandage, never directly on wound • Antibiotic Ointment – purchase over the counter ointment • Bandages – to wrap/cover open wounds • Blunt Tipped Scissors – for cutting bandages off of the horse • Bucket/Container – for clean wash water DOG & CAT FIRST AID KIT • Disposable Gloves – to keep your hands clean while treating • Flashlight – helps you see the wound better • Adhesive Tape • Hand Towel – keep clean and in a sealed, zipper plastic bag • Alcohol Wipes • Hoof Pick – to clean the bottom of the hoof, check for sores • Antibiotic Ointment • Ice Packs – to keep the swelling down • Artificial Tear Gel • Insect Repellent – to keep the horse bug free while treating • Blunt Tipped Scissors • Knife – for cutting tangled ropes or halters • Cotton Balls or Q Tips • Large Syringe – to use for rinsing out or medicating a wound • Disposable Gloves • Q Tips – great for cleaning small, tight areas • Flashlight • Rolled Cotton – to wrap a leg wound • Gauze Pads • Rubbing Alcohol – an antiseptic used for minor scrapes/burns • Ice Packs • Scissors – for cutting bandages and gauze • Large Syringe • Spray Bottle – good for spraying and rinsing a wound • Muzzle • Sterile Gauze Pads – great for a wound that can’t be wrapped • Saline Eye Solution • Sterile Saline Solution – to rinse an eye injury • Styptic Powder (blood stop) • Thermometer – to take your horses temperature • Thermometer • Vaseline – to lubricate and keep a wound soft and pliable • Towels • Wound Wash – to rinse a wound (not for the eye) • Tweezers • Phone number, clinic name, name of your veterinarian, as well as local veterinary emergency clinics. Many items listed above will freeze in the winter. If you board, they are best left in your vehicle if the boarding facility is not heated. The first aid kits for horses, and dogs and cats are very similar. If you have 2 or 3 of the animals listed above, it is more convenient to combine the first aid kits. Tool boxes and fishing tackle boxes from your local hardware or sporting goods store make great first aid kits. Many of them have small storage areas that are perfect for syringes and small containers of medications. When stocking your first aid kit, always make sure you know what each item does before an emergency arises. One of the most important things you can do for your four legged friend in case of an emergency is to stay calm. Keep your voice lowered, find an adult immediately, and have them call your veterinarian, if needed. Make sure the animal is tethered, stalled or crated so they cannot continue to injure themselves. FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019



BEGINNER FIRST AID: HORSES, DOGS & CATS, continued What Is Your Pets Normal, Healthy Rectal Temperature? • Only check an animals temperature when they are calm and relaxed. • Slightly lubricate the thermometer with Vaseline before inserting it into the rectum. • Make sure the thermometer is inserted for the correct length of time for an accurate reading. • Digital thermometers can take up to 30 seconds or as little as 10 seconds, depending on the brand. • Glass thermometers can be used for animals, but are not recommended. Horses Normal Rectal Temperature 99.5°F to 101.5°F

Dogs Normal Rectal Temperature 100°F to 102.5°F

Cats Normal Rectal Temperature 100.5°F to 101.5°F

If your pets temperature is above or below the normal range, please call your veterinarian.

What Is Your Pets Normal Heart Rate? HORSES Although the normal heart rate for most horses is 32 to 36 beats per minute, some horses have lower heart rates, 24 beats per minute, or maybe slightly higher heart rates, 40 beats per minute. If a stethoscope is not handy, the pulse can be taken from the facial artery, which is on the bottom side of the jaw in a shallow groove beneath the last cheek tooth. Count the number of beats for 15 seconds, then multiply by four to calculate the heart rate in beats per minute. Remember, any excitement by the horse will increase the pulse rate. If a stethoscope is available, listen to the heart on the left side of the horse's chest, just behind the elbow. Each sound of the heart is considered one beat. DOGS The standard heart rate in dogs is 60–100 beats per minute for large breeds, and 100–140 for small breeds. Larger dogs have slower rates than small dogs, and dogs that are in good physical shape will have lower heart rates than dogs of similar age and size who are not physically fit. Puppies typically have higher heart rates; up to 180 beats per minute is normal for dogs up to one year of age. While you can check the rate with your hand over the heart, you can also take a pulse by gently feeling the beat near the inside top of your dog’s hind leg. The heart rate will be the same both places, so do whichever is easier for you and your dog. Count the number of beats you feel during a 15 second period and multiply by four to get the beats per minute. CATS An adult cat’s heart normally beats 140 to 220 times per minute with an average of 195 beats per minute. Newborn kittens have a heart rate of 220 to 260 beats per minute. To check your cat’s pulse rate, put your hand on the inside of the rear leg at mid-thigh. You should feel the femoral artery pulsing near the surface. It’s easiest to find if your cat is standing or lying belly up. Count the number of beats you feel during a 15 second period and multiply by four to get the beats per minute.

What Is Your Pets Normal Respiratory Rate? (number of breaths per minute) HORSES The normal respiratory rate for adult horses is 8 to 12 breaths per minute. Newborn foals have respiratory rates that are 60 to 80 breaths per minute. Older foals have resting respiratory rates from 20 to 40 breaths per minute. DOGS A normal, rested dog should breathe between 10 and 35 times per minute. Count the chest movement for one minute to get your reading.

CATS A normal, rested cat respiratory rate is 16 to 40 breaths per minute. If you are in doubt of your pets health, please call your veterinarian for assistance. FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019



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AHC TO OFFER INTERNSHIPS IN 2019 In 2019, the American Horse Council (AHC) will again offer internship programs available to both high school and college students. Students will be eligible to apply to one internship per year in the AHC Internship Program. “We feel that offering an internship is a great way for students to understand exactly what it is the AHC does here in DC, and educate the next generation to advocate on behalf of the industry be it at the local, state or national level.” said AHC President Julie Broadway. The three types of internships available are: 1 or 2 week shadowing program to gain a broader understanding of the AHC with a focus on expanding knowledge of equine industry and policymaking. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $250 available to offset expenses. Open to high school and college students. 1 or 2 month internship includes overview of AHC, student would conduct a research project and write a white paper on a specific topic of interest for academic credit, or learn about a focus area and provide support for initiatives related to that subject matter. Transportation and housing not included; stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students. Semester internship includes overview of AHC, research project and white paper for academic credit and attendance at annual AHC meeting. Transportation and housing not included; Stipend of $500/month available to offset expenses. Open to college students. There are also several focus areas to choose from (some in the DC office, and others with partner organizations): Policy & Legislative, Health & Regulatory, Marketing/Communications, Equine Disease Communication (at AAEP office in Lexington, KY), or Equine Welfare. “We encourage those that apply for these internships to also join at the Student Mem-

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MICHIGAN HORSE EXPO MARCH 8-10, 2019 MSU PAVILION, EAST LANSING, MI We're excited to bring you the all new Saturday Evening Spectacular at the 2019 Michigan Horse Expo! There is no additional charge for this program, your day's Expo ticket will get you in! After our Freestyle Reining competition, we will officially start the Saturday Night Spectacular with a warm welcome from the Michigan Horse Expo Chair, Ann Louise Budd. She will be arriving safely aboard a Heritage Hill Farm Belgian Hitch! The remainder of the evening will include: The Young Guns 4-H Drill Team will awe you with their fast-moving presentation of amazing horsemanship. You'll experience thrill to the precision of Freestyle Dressage by Dr. Rob vanWessum. Our winner of the Freestyle Reining Competition will perform in costume, the intricate spins and sliding stops in an exhibition of their winning performance. You'll be on your toes with Custer's Cowboys as they skillfully navigate their trusty horses through a course, firing their guns at targets in a race against the clock! Prepare to be fascinated as a group of horses and riders master unusual obstacles during Working Equitation...and there’s so much more! For more information, please visit



OHIO HORSEMAN'S COUNCIL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:30am-04:00pm All chapters are encouraged to have representatives present. All Ohio Horseman Council members are welcome. Held at the Fraternal Order of Eagle's Lodge, 127 E. William Street, Delaware, OH. For more information, call 614.600.1972 or visit, or find the Ohio Horseman's Council Inc. on Facebook.

USDF WELCOMES NEW OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is thrilled to welcome its new officers, President Lisa Gorretta and Treasurer Lorraine Musselman, elected at the 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, and Vice President Terry Coultas Wilson, former USDF Region 7 Director who was appointed by Lisa to fulfill her previously held position, for the remainder of the term. Two new members of the USDF Executive Board were also elected at the convention, Reg. 2 Director Debby Savage and Reg. 6 Director Peter Rothschild. Lisa Gorretta (Chagrin Falls, OH) is a USEF 'R' Technical Delegate and Level 3 FEI Steward, who has dedicated countless hours to the sport and to USDF. A USDF Participating Member (PM) for nearly 40 years, Lisa has earned her bronze and silver medals, and served in just about every position within USDF's governance structure, from Group Member Organization (GMO) President and Delegate to, most recently, USDF Vice President. She also currently serves as a USDF appointee to and co-chair of the USEF Dressage Sport Committee, USDF Representative on the USEF International ... WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDF NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS, continued Disciplines Council and Board of Directors, and as chair of the US Dressage Finals Organizing Committee. Lorraine Musselman (Zebulon, NC) acquired her CPA license in 1992, and holds a degree in Equestrian Studies from Findlay College (now University of Findlay), a BS in accounting from Marist College, and an MBA from Northeastern University. She has served as treasurer for multiple nonprofit organizations, including USDF GMO North Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association, and held the position of vice president for a Metro 1 United Way with a budget of $10 million. Lorraine has also served within USDF governance as a Region 1 PM Delegate, as well as serving as a board member for her local GMO. USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch enthused, "We are thrilled to welcome the new officers and board members. I'm certain that with their knowledge, expertise, and leadership, USDF will continue to thrive. I'd also like to thank our outgoing president, treasurer, and regional directors; George Williams, Steven Schubert, Ken Levy, and Carolynn Bunch, for their years of dedicated service. The positive impact that they have had on our organization will be felt for years to come." Lisa Gorretta, newly seated USDF President, also added that she, "will challenge ALL of our members to be more engaged in our governance process throughout the year and we will work to provide better tools to support that challenge. Like the correct training of the dressage horse, paying attention to the basics always pays off; as does tirelessly pursuing more and better education. The welfare of our equine partners, the personal fulfillment of our passion for horses and our sport for both adult amateurs and professionals, the support of both our young and elite riders, and the safety of all of our member athletes demands both dedication and vigilance from our almost 30,000 members." For more information about USDF governance, including the USDF Executive Board, USDF's council and committee structure, and governance documents such as USDF Bylaws and Policies and Procedures, visit

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COUNTRY WOMEN LIVING TOGETHER Horsewomen have long had an affinity for horses and for one another. The Zeemering Foundation in Howell, MI has long held onto its primary mission: to provide a place for people and animals to come together for their mutual health and growth. To further that goal the Foundation, and founder Ina Zeemering, started out 30 years ago with a 40-acre farm centered on raising and training Arabian horses. At the beginning, Ina built a modern farmhouse, additional barns, and one of Michigan's first indoor year-round training and riding facilities. With the Foundation's start in 2003, the farm has grown to 105 acres, with 2 sizable ponds, 40 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands with walking and riding trails, great fishing, organic agriculture, and a second training facility specifically designed for Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) and other human/animal interconnection. There is also a bee apiary, organic gardening, natural plantings that support bees and butterflies, and a planned aquaponic greenhouse. In the next few years, the farm expects to add another 50 acres of surrounding wilderness, with even greater natural amenities. Early on, Ina built roads on the southern portion of the land to foster a community of natural farming and lifestyle opportunities, concentrating on a growing population of active and involved retirees. It included the infrastructure to build up to 12 very modern, efficient and high quality homes. Four houses have already been built that are single-level construction – some with walkin basements – with handicapped access, FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (19)

high-ceilings, lots of windows and lovely outdoor deck spaces that look out over Mother Nature. One reason for the walk-in basements was to provide on-site living space for those helping potentially elderly residents and injured veterans (a target for the EAP therapy). The foundation is now starting a Co-Housing program aimed at women who live with horses or just want to be around them. Rents will be reasonable with limited responsibilities for horse, facility and land care. There is a place to stall your horse; paddock areas for grazing, pastureland for horses to roam and 105 acres (soon to be 150) of riding trails, and a year-round riding and training facility. Each of the current houses can accommodate 3-4 women. The vision for these homes is to have the residents support one another through communal meals at least once a day, as well as other shared activities such as the growing of a garden and preserving food for the future, and keeping up the properties and houses with the help of hired staff or potentially relatives. Land is getting more expensive to own and maintain. Horse facilities are becoming more costly to run. Housing for women getting older – and more single by the day – is increasingly hard to find. The Zeemering Foundation has worked to create a unique blend of equine oriented and natural environments through responsible and sustainable development. For those women seeking social contact and a continued relationship with the land, horses and animals and those who consider it crucial for their quality of life, this peaceful, restorative, natural setting is the perfect solution. If you are interested in knowing more, check out the website:, or call Ina at (517) 294-0328. Best of all, email inaz@ and tell us your story, your hopes and dreams and how you might fit into our cooperative housing at the farm. If you have facilitator type skills and would like to become part of the planning and running of the co-housing, or assist in EAP, send us your resume and ideas. Happy Trails! News Briefs are free of charge. Not for product endorsement. 600 word limit. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Para-Dressage By Lisa Skylis, Reporter at Large Dressage interests riders across all ages and abilities, ranging from competing at your first local show to Grand Prix. Para-Dressage extends the opportunity to enthusiasts of the sport who have physical, sensory, or intellectual impairments. What is Para-Dressage? In essence, Para-Dressage is parallel to dressage. Its foundation uses the same training basics, motions, gaits, and figures. Unlike typical dressage, its athletes have permanent physical impairments that sort them into distinct Classification Grades. Within each Grade, the skill of the individual competitor is evaluated without regard to their impairment. Who is Eligible for Para-Dressage? An athlete participating in Para-Dressage must have a “permanent, verifiable and measurable physical or visual impairment”1. A few examples of such impairments are amputation, partial paralysis, or loss of sight. Riders typically document their condition with a Certificate of Diagnosis from their general practitioner. They then meet with a United States Equestrian Federation classifier who determines their eligibility for Para-Dressage. Each athlete is evaluated by their coordination, mobility, and strength, and those with similar functional ability are placed into the same competition grades. There are five Grades of competition, and they range from Grade Ia for the most impaired to Grade IV for the least impaired. Becoming a Competitor Once a rider has been evaluated by two accredited classifiers and placed into a Grade, they can take part in a competition. As many horse enthusiasts would agree, that's when the real fun begins! Competitions in Para-Dressage occur at the local, regional, national, and international level. Similar to dressage, the highest level of competition for Para-Dressage is the Grand Prix level, which is spectacularly showcased at the Paralympic Games. An elite ParaDressage horse should boast the same physical talent as any elite dressage horse but should also maintain a gentle disposition. A noticeable difference between dressage and Para-Dressage is the use of compensating aids. When thinking of aids at a dressage rider's disposal, a few that come to mind might be a driving seat or the subtle use of a spur. In Para-Dressage, athletes may use aids to compensate for the sensory or physical limitation that was a result of their impairment. These aids cannot provide the athlete any advantage over an able-bodied rider. Generally, compensating aids either are adaptations for poor limb control or a loss of function. For example, a visually impaired athlete may use 'living letters' or people who call out the letters in the ring during a competition. If a rider had a spinal cord injury, their saddle may be modified with the addition of a hand hold at the front for balance. A Coach’s Perspective Jennifer Beyer is a Michigan native and has been a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified therapeutic riding instructor at Therapeutic Riding Inc. (TRI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan for nearly eight years. Jen combined her passion for teaching horsemanship and riding skills to people with disabilities with her extensive dressage experience by offering a brief Introduction to Dressage class at TRI. Jen found many of her riders FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

caught the “dressage bug” and some even moved into dressagefocused lessons after the introductory course. “Now they are talking about competing themselves someday – and that is how it all starts!,” said Jen of her riders. “I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to offer these opportunities to riders who may not have seen themselves as athletes who can compete in a sport.” After the continued success of her dressage endeavors at TRI, Jen has now committed to becoming involved in Para-Dressage as an instructor. Jen was eager to provide opportunities to para-eligible riders in the Midwest who were ready to compete in dressage, although she knew it would not be easy. “It is often difficult for riders, parents and care givers to see channels forward from their first riding lessons,” Jen emphasized, “We often fight the perception that therapeutic riding is 'therapy' more so than an entry point into adaptive equestrian sports.” In May of 2018, Jen was selected to participate in the ParaEquestrian Dressage Coach Pilot program, which preceded the official launch of the Para-Equestrian Coach Certification. Certification is aimed at developing high-quality coaches across all levels, each with a clear set of expectations and skill progression. The coach program is currently open to applicants – both therapeutic riding instructors and dressage instructors/trainers – and more information can be found on the USEF website. “As 'just a PATH instructor', participating in the pilot program was invaluable – it was a tremendous opportunity to get feedback on my coaching techniques, learn more about para-equestrian sports, and begin to build a network of other professionals working with parariders,” said Jen. She is currently working towards becoming a certified Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach and is enthusiastic “to pass along that knowledge to riders who are interested in making the transition into para-equestrian sports!” The cultivation of Para-Dressage provides opportunities to riders with physical, sensory, or intellectual limitations who might not have viewed themselves as equestrian athletes. Thank you to Jen Beyer from TRI Ann Arbor for allowing me to interview her. Other sources for this article include the following: The United States Para-Equestrian Association, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, and the United States Equestrian Federation. If you are interested in learning more about ParaDressage, a Para-Dressage Symposium will be held at TRI Ann Arbor, September 1st-2nd. For sign-up details, email Jen at: Lisa Skylis is a recent Animal Science graduate and avid horse enthusiast. Inquiries about freelance articles can be made via email at: (20)


Managing Winter Laminitis By Dr. Eleanor Kellon | Some veterinarians that work with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with this problem, but others are unfamiliar with it. It's a laminitis-like syndrome triggered by cold weather. Horses normally have a very high tolerance for cold. In all species, cold causes a reflex shunting of blood away from the extremities and toward the core to limit loss of body heat. Healthy horses prevent the hoof tissue from being damaged from low blood/oxygen supply by using local arteriovenous shunts, which are pathways that divert blood quickly back to the veins, or to send it to the local tissues. When low blood supply reaches a critical level, the arteriovenous shunts to that part of the hoof can close, forcing it to flow through the tissue. The only adverse effect of cold weather and reduced blood flow to the hoof in healthy horses is slower hoof wall growth. In horses with metabolic issues that result in high insulin levels, it may be a different story. We don't know all the details of the mechanism, but it is clear from research that high insulin can cause laminitis. We also know that even if they have never had a full-blown laminitis episode, these equines can show similar abnormal structure of their laminae. One thing we do know is that levels of endothelin-1 are greatly elevated. This is a chemical in the body which causes blood vessels to contract down. It has also been shown that the vessels in the hoof become more sensitive to other messengers that cause contraction. These changes may interact with cold induced blood vessel constriction to cause a critical interruption of blood supply to the hooves of those horses. Horses with cold induced hoof pain/laminitis show obvious lameness, foot pain and often typical laminitis stance, but without bounding pulses or heat in their feet. In milder cases it may be mistaken for the sensitivity to moving over frozen uneven ground that all horses show. However, it doesn't go away on level surfaces. There is variability in individual sensitivity to cold, but signs may appear beginning at 40F [4.4C]. Even horses that have their insulin usually well controlled by a low carbohydrate balanced diet can be susceptible. This may be because cold weather has also often been observed to cause wide swings in insulin levels and/or because of previous damage to the circulation in the feet. The first step in helping these horses is protecting their extremities from the cold. Leg wraps such as lined shipping boots work well and are safe to leave on because they won't slip out of place and cause uneven pressure on the tendons [aka "bandage bows"]. Boots with pads and socks or fleece lining are essential. The equine can be supported nutritionally by supplements that encourage the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vessel dilating messenger that is the natural counterbalance to endothelin-1. The herb Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Jiaogulan) is a powerful support for nitric oxide. This is helped by providing the precursors for nitric oxide in the form of L-arginine and L-citrulline. Antioxidants also combat oxidative stress which inhibits the activity of the enzyme that produces nitric oxide inside blood vessels [eNOS – endothelial nitric oxide synthesis]. Winter laminitis has historically been regarded as very difficult to FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

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Harley's Lesson on Impact By Kim Cardeccia | I was fortunate and blessed to be the last owner of a horse named Harley. He was a beautiful horse and an amazing teacher. One of the most impressive things that he taught me was about my impact. Although Harley's been in horsey heaven for almost a year, I still love him with all my heart and will cherish all that he showed me. I had Harley for barely a couple of months when he taught me about impact. I had known him a few months prior, having had the pleasure of his assistance for workshops that I conducted at the farm where he lived. He wasn't a horse that trusted easily when I first met him. When he delivered this lesson, we were co-facilitating a session with a client. It was February, and we were in the indoor arena. Our interaction with Harley was casual, and my client was updating me on what had transpired during her week, as we brushed Harley. Nothing remarkable about anything thus far. I can't remember if I needed a tissue, or to get Harley's thrush remedy, or something like that, but I do remember that I went into the observation room. After I walked inside and shut the door, I heard Harley whinny. I looked out the windows and saw him rushing back and forth by the door I had just gone through. Of course, I walked right back out into the arena, minus whatever it was I went inside to get. It took me completely by surprise that Harley was getting that much support through my presence.

Reflecting back on this experience, I can liken it a bit to watching a puppy grow. When it's your puppy, and you see it every day, it might not strike you how much it's grown, as someone that only sees the puppy once a month. I knew that Harley had trust issues, yet because the trust between us grew, I wasn't aware of how much the trust had grown, nor was I aware that the trust wasn't developing with all humans. I hadn't at all been aware of the impact that my presence made for my Harley horse. His ability to co-facilitate self-growth sessions was linked with support from me. We were truly co-facilitating in that he was offering his magic his way, and I was offering him the security to be able to do so. Having Harley show me what he did about my impact made a huge impression on me. Once we earn their trust and create a bond with our horses, it feels to me like we have both a gift and a responsibility. Our horses teach us that we are important, and we matter. Hence, the most important thing we can do for our horses is showing them that we care, and that they matter as well, because the impact definitely goes both ways! About Kim Cardeccia Kimberly Cardeccia is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has loved horses for as long as she can remember and has over 35 years of horse experience. She combines her professional skills with her passion for horses in order to help individuals surpass the mental and emotional blocks that continue to limit their experience of life. For more information, visit Hidden Promise’s website:

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Learn to Sit the Trot By Julie Goodnight | Dear Julie, My horse is a Friesian/Warmblood cross. Even though he moves beautifully, he has a big trot and he's not exactly smooth. I am hoping to show him in Dressage – at the higher levels. How can I learn to sit the trot smoothly instead of bouncing all over the saddle and jarring my back? Bounce A Lot Dear Bounce A Lot, I think sitting a trot can be one of the most difficult skills to master in horseback riding. The fact that you're riding a big moving horse with rough gaits at a strong pace – which dressage requires – makes the challenge even more daunting. Like any athletic skill, if you get your technique right and develop strong muscle memory, you'll get it! As your horse moves up the training levels and begins to work in a more rounded frame, his gaits will smooth out some. However, you'll have to be able to sit the trot to get him there. The trot is a gait of suspension. That means all four of the horse's feet come off the ground at the same time. His back lifts and drops with each beat of the stride. Your goal is to move your body exactly with the horse's movement – lifting and dropping to absorb the motion in his back without losing contact with the saddle. You're not trying to sit down on the horse to burden his back. Instead, your goal is to move in rhythm with him, like a dance partner. To start practicing for a perfect sitting trot, you'll need to have soft and open joints that act as shock absorbers. You'll also need to use your abdominal muscles to lift and drop your pelvis in time with the lift in your horse's back. Riding a big horse with a strong trot, you'll need excellent coordination and well-toned core muscles. First, check your position. To be in balance and rhythm with the horse at any gait, you need to have your skeletal system aligned – ear-shoulder-hip-heel in a straight line – and have all of your joints soft and relaxed. Your joints are shock absorbers, especially your hips, knees and ankles. Tense muscles lead to locked joints – which is the number one cause of bouncing on the horse. Check that you have a balanced position and that all of your muscles and joints are soft and relaxed. Balance and rhythm in the saddle are covered in volume one in my DVD series Goodnight's Principles of Riding. Next, you'll need to develop the muscles and coordination that will allow you to move your hips in perfect timing with the movement in your horse's back at the sitting trot. This will require you to isolate your abdominal muscles and master the pelvic tilt – which is why Pilates has become such a popular exercise routine for equestrians. In the sitting trot, your hips move both vertically (up and down) and laterally (side to side). Your horse's back also moves in these directions as he trots. When he pushes off with his right hind, the right side of his back muscles contract and you feel a lift in your right hip; the next stride you'll feel your left hip lift. At the same time, both hips will lift up and drop down in a vertical motion. You do not create this motion, the horse does, but you'll have to use your muscle memory to follow the motion with your hips. FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

Here are some visual aids to help you sit the trot. First, think of sitting on a trampoline or exercise ball and bouncing your bottom up and down, without actually lifting up off the surface. To generate that motion from your seat, you'll use your abdominal muscles, a pelvic tilt and the spring in the tramp to create the up and down motion. Bouncing your bottom on a trampoline or exercise ball is very similar to how you sit the trot and move vertically with the horse. You'll be like a ballerina who pre-jumps in a lift so it's easier on her partner to lift her up over his head. When you can move in rhythm with the horse, you can control the horse's rhythm with your seat – a skill you'll need to excel in for dressage (or any discipline). Another useful image for sitting the trot is to imagine you're pedaling a bicycle backwards as you trot. This helps you coordinate the lateral and vertical motion that your hips make at the sitting trot. You can try the exercise while sitting in a chair with both feet on the ground. Pedal with your hips – not your feet – and you'll feel the vertical and lateral movement that's similar to trot. This and 23 more exercises to improve your riding are on volume 3 in my riding series, called “Perfect Practice.” Without question, it's easier to learn the sitting trot on a smaller, smoother horse at slower speeds. The faster and bigger the trot, the harder it's to sit. Many riders have had success practicing and conditioning on an exercise ball that emulates the horse. Make sure you use a high-grade ball strong enough to use as a desk chair. In my riding videos, Goodnight's Principles of Riding, Volumes 1-5, position, balance and the rhythm of all the gaits are addressed, as well as many other topics to improve your riding. It helps to have visual guidance as you learn to perfect your riding. You can order DVDs and exercise balls online at Good luck with your riding and with a little work, you can easily become the rider your horse deserves! Keep up with your lessons and be sure to visit my website for help on your riding skills. Enjoy the ride! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician

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Round Bale Feeder Safety By Cindy Couturier | Email: Round bale feeders can be a great asset to a horse farm, saving in time and hay costs. Throwing hay on the ground typically creates a lot of waste as horses trample it, roll in it and defecate in it making the hay unpalatable. Confining your hay within a safe round bale feeder for horses can eliminate as much as 38% of wasted hay. Many round bale feeders available today are mainly designed for livestock such as cattle. Horses tend to be easily spooked, so cattle round bale feeders should not be used for them. They startle and react with explosive force when surprised by noises, smells, strong winds or even other horses. Often a horse will rear or jump without looking. There is a danger that the horse will land on exposed sharp edges of the ground-placed feeders. It has also happened that horses find themselves tangled in the feeders as they panic or try to avoid being kicked or bitten. Sometimes bale feeders are so low in hay that the horse actually moves into the center of the feeder, eating the hay that is left. For safety’s sake, horses should never be allowed to enter a round bale feeder at any time. A horse can easily find a hoof trapped in a narrowly spaced bar of cattle feeders, which can lead to disaster. When purchasing a round bale feeder for horses, make sure that it is specifically designed for equines, which will make it much more efficient to use and safer as well. Horses need hay feeders with rounded corners and smooth edges. By using a tubular steel design with no sharp edges, the feeder minimizes the dangers of cuts or serious injuries. The height of the feeder should facilitate feeding and eliminate the issue of the mane being rubbed off as they feed. This has been known to happen with narrowly spaced bars when horses put their heads through to eat.

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Riding Your Pattern What the judge is looking for and how to master your pattern. By Mark Bolender | First and foremost we want to show the judge a real partnership between horse and rider. You want to show up with a horse that has been properly trained so a picture of unity is shown to the judge. At first, memorizing a pattern will feel overwhelming, but with practice and experience this too shall pass, so don't worry about making mistakes but relax and enjoy the ride. With this said, let us break down a level II riding pattern that was used in the Washington horse expo for the Mountain Trail Show/Challenge. The first obstacle is the trot or forward gait. The judge is looking for the trot/gait to start at once with no walk into it. To score the entry well, the trot must start at once. If the trot starts a stride late then a minus one will be given for a fault. The trot/gait must be maintained without a change of speed (consistent cadence). Whatever speed you start with, you must maintain it. This is how different breeds can be judged in the same class. The trot/gait ends at the rolling bridge in this pattern. To plus the exit, one needs to break at the rolling bridge and step onto it. It is all about the transition. The exit and entry are one and the same. The exit/entrance must be center and one horse length straight. Anything else is a minus 1/2 to a minus 1. Walk your horse to the center of the rolling bridge and make a 360 without stopping or hesitating. This is a forward go discipline, yet technique should never be sacrificed for speed. After the 360 walk, forward and step off the rolling bridge centered and one horse length straight. Walk to the Texas two-step, which is the next obstacle. Step on centered and straight in a consistent walk. When you have reached the fourth step, ride to the far right corner and then start your turn to the left without hesitating and come back to center and step off. Walk to the 45 degree balance beam and step onto and walk across without changing speed from the walk to the exit. A tip to remember is when the horse begins to round the bend, or 45 degree corner, reach back with your left leg and hold it to bring the left hind leg over and under it so it steps onto the beam. If you do not do this the horse

will do what I call “step in the hole” and off the beam with the left hind, which is a minus 2 fault. Once off the 45 degree balance beam, walk to the teeter totter in a manner that allows you to line up centered and one horse length straight and step onto it without hesitation. Walk to the center and begin your turn just as the teeter totter begins to totter. A plus turn will require the teeter totter to move three times. Once when the turn begins, once when you have completed a 180 and once when the 360 is complete and you are walking off. This whole maneuver should be seamless and without stopping. Each time you stop that is a minus one fault. Now relax and head for the next obstacle which is number 6 and simply line up centered and straight and let the horse walk through the cross logs. The key to this obstacle is to let the horse have its head and pick its way through on a loose rein. Remember to finish this obstacle by exiting centered and straight one horse length as you head to the swinging bridge. The swinging bridge is navigated in the same manner with nice forward motion and no hesitation on the 360 in the center. The number one mistake is not turning in the center or ending the 360 off center. Remember this is a pivot on center without stopping. Walk off without hesitation. The most common fault between these two obstacles is failing to finish the obstacle by walking off straight and one horse length, for it is tight between the two obstacles. For the back through, make sure that you set up straight and begin your back up without any hesitation. Make sure that you are centered and straight. You have up to 3 seconds without a fault or penalty, but in order to plus the entry you will need to walk up, make your turn and move into the obstacle in one fluid movement center and straight. Once you exit, turn around in one flowing movement and pick up the trot/gait without stopping. The trot/gait starts as soon as you turn around in one controlled smooth manner. Do not rush it, but keep a nice smooth forward turn and then move out all in one motion. Maintain the trot/gait to the step up on the hill, break to walk as you step up and pick up the trot/gait at once to the water pond. This is a tough obstacle, for most horses will pick up speed as they begin the downward decent of the hill toward the water pond. The trot/gait must be maintained to the pond where you will step...

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Level II Riding Pattern Walk Trot




Riding Your Pattern, continued into the pond. A one point fault will be given for breaking gait before one horse length to the pond. Now that you are at the pond, step into without hesitation and walk through and out in one smooth forward motion. Most points will be lost upon exit if you are focused upon the 60” box and forget to go one horse length out straight, before you start your turn to your left to set up for the box. You should simply walk across the box to the next obstacle, which is the water squirting water box. What will happen to most riders is you will rush off the box because you are focused upon what may go wrong with the water box. The horse will feel this apprehension and will rush or jump off which will blow your set up for the water box. Learn to relax and trust your horse. You have worked hard to get to this level to show your partnership with your horse. Once you are through the water box, pick up the trot/gait at once to the rock patch and simply trust your horse to pick its way through. If you try to override and keep a tight rein, your horse will tick most to the rocks and each tick is a 1/2 point fault or penalty point. At this point you have one obstacle left and that is the small balance beam. Beware of letting down and finish the rock patch before focusing on the balance beam and remember to line up straight and hold the horse straight and walk on and over. When you complete the last obstacle, make sure you turn and acknowledge the judge. Learning to master and showing your pattern with many technical challenges is very rewarding and proper training makes the impossible possible. Mark Bolender – Bolender Blessings & Happy Trails.


Level II Riding Pattern 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Obstacle Description Trot circle to trail, walk down steps Navigate rocks, back figure 8 shown Side pass maze (back feet in) back out Trot to cross bucks, exit at side Trot to “L” then back through Enter pond, dismount on rock, turn horse 3600 around rock, remount and exit over bridge Water box Trot to swinging bridge Trot to teeter totter, 1800 turn and back off Rolling bridge 20’ balance beam Texas two step, 3600 turn on each end Trot to balance beam 450 balance beam Trot to gate, go through gate Trot to cross logs, walk over


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FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 1-2 – MI 4-H Horse Program’s Benefit Clinic. Fri. 6:30pm-9pm. Sat. 8:30am start. Interactive clinics. $50 per rider, auditors $10. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, E Lansing, MI. Contact Taylor Fabus or visit: FEBRUARY 2 – 17th Annual MQHA Tack Sale. Free admission, 10am-4:30pm. Spaces $65 each. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. MQHA 616.225.8211, email:, visit us on Facebook or at: FEBRUARY 2 – Good-Horsekeeping Expo, 10am-5pm, free admission. Vendors welcome. Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI. Laurie 269.657.3842, email: or visit us online at: FEBRUARY 2-3 – Cabin Fever Relief CMO (Competitive Mounted Orienteering). MiCMO sanctioned event. Windy Ridge Horse Farm, 950 Rosell Rd., Holly, MI. Contact Cindy Hotz 248.328.9960, email:, or online at:

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MARCH 16 – Berrien County 4-H Tack Swap, 11am-2pm. $1.00 admission, under 10 free. Berrien Springs Middle School Gymnasium, 502 Middle School Dr., Berrien Springs, MI. Contact Pam MCCalebb 269.362.3252, email: MARCH 16 – Ionia 4-H Tack Sale, 10am-2pm, FREE admission. Vendors welcome! 10x10 space $20. Reservations by March 1st. Ionia High School, 250 East Tuttle Rd., Ionia, MI. Contact Dolores Powell 443.532.4102, email: MARCH 23-24 – MI Trail Riders Association Banquet and General Membership Meeting. Doherty Hotel, 604 North McEwan, Clare, MI. Contact Jan Wolfin at or visit: online. MARCH 23 – Winter Series Dressage Show. Series awards for those attending 3 of 6 shows. We offer the Western Dressage tests! Willowbrooke Farms, 7461 Brookville Rd., Plymouth, MI. Contact Jennifer 313.938.9221 or online at:

FEBRUARY 9 – MJMHA Tack Sale, 10am3pm, $1.00 admission. Pinckney High School, 10255 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Pinckney, MI. Contact Sherry Kollien 313.207.8194, email:, or find MI Justin Morgan Horse Assoc. on Facebook for more info.

FEBRUARY 22-24 – 39th Annual Southern MI Quarter/Paint Horse Auction. Fri. Dealer Tack 10am, Sat. Public Tack 10am, Horses at 2pm. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, E. Lansing, MI. Contact Tom Moore 517.467.7576, or email: Sun. Open Horse Show, 8am start, Steve Taylor 517.420.7505.

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MARCH 8-10 – MHC’s Michigan Horse Expo. Featuring Julie Goodnight and Ray Ainsworth. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Marilyn Graff 231.821.2487, email:, or online at:

APRIL 2-5 – Spring Break Horse Camp for ages 8-16. 10am-3pm daily. Learn about horses, ride every day. Wildwind Equestrian Center, 3935 7 Mile Rd., South Lyon, MI. Call 248.486.7433, email:, or online at:

MARCH 9 – Biomechanics of Dressage Clinic, 8am-5pm. Limited to 10 riders. WillowTree Equestrian Center, 61087 34th Ave., Bangor, MI. Contact Karin Bielefeld 269.470.5007, email:, or find Equine Training Consulting on Facebook.

APRIL 6 – Buchanan Westerners Tack Sale, 11am-2pm. $1 admission, kids 10 & under free. Buchanan Westerners Riding Club, Inc., 14665 Mead Rd., Buchanan, MI. Call Chrissy Bradford 269.362.2915, email: buchananwesterners@,

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APRIL 6 – Norma Agnew Memorial Hairy Horse Show. 7:30 am reg., 8:30am start. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Stalls online: msu_3645, email Taylor: or: APRIL 6 – Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Assoc. Work-Bee. Earn camp credits! Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 E. Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Contact Marsha Putnam 989.661.2541, email:, or APRIL 13 – Winter Series Dressage Show Finals and Year End Awards. Series awards. Western Dressage tests! Willowbrooke Farms, 7461 Brookville Rd., Plymouth, MI. Jennifer 313.938.9221, APRIL 20 – Waterloo Hunt Club Annual Hunter Trials. 9:30am start. Waterloo Recreation Area, 16345 McClure Rd., Chelsea, MI. Contact Arlene Taylor 517.522.3409, email: actaylor@, or online at: APRIL 27 – Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Assoc. Work-Bee. Earn camp credits! Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 E. Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Contact Marsha Putnam 989.661.2541, email:, or APRIL 27 – Winter Series Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show, WBF Finals. Series awards for those attending 3 of 6 shows. Willowbrooke Farms, 7461 Brookville Road, Plymouth, MI. Contact Jennifer Blades 313.938.9221, or online at:

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FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 2 – Chagrin Valley Farms Hunter Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find our schedule online at: FEBRUARY 2 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Rodeo begins 10am. Paybacks, saddles, buckles! 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, email: or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. FEBRUARY 2 – Lake Erie College IHSA Western Show. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or FEBRUARY 2-3 – Chagrin Valley Farms Jumper & Academy Schooling Show. OPHA approved. 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@ or find us online at: FEBRUARY 6-10 – World Equestrian Center Winter Classic #7, USEF “AA” Premier - Hunter Jumper Level 4, PLUS World Championship Hunter Rider. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or FEBRUARY 9-10 – Lake Erie College IHSA Hunt Seat. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or FEBRUARY 13-17 – World Equestrian Center Winter Classic #8, USEF “AA” Premier - Hunter Jumper Level 4, PLUS World Championship Hunter Rider. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or FEBRUARY 14-17 – Chagrin Valley Farms National “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@ or visit us online at: FEBRUARY 17 – 36th Annual GLApHC Swap Meet. 8am-2pm, $3 admission. University of Findlay Western Farm, 14700 US Rte. 68, Findlay, OH. Contact Jason 937.570.0701 (text ok), or email: Visit us on Facebook or at: WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Show & Event Dates OHIO, continued FEBRUARY 20-24 – World Equestrian Center Winter Classic #9, USEF “AA” Premier - Hunter Jumper Level 4. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or FEBRUARY 23-24 – Lake Erie College IDA Show. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or FEBRUARY 23-24 – YEDA Horse Show at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Show Sec. Molly 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at: FEBRUARY 24 – Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find us online at: FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 3 – World Equestrian Center Winter Classic #10, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or visit us online at:

MARCH MARCH 2 – Chagrin Valley Farms Hunter Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find our schedule online at: MARCH 2 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Rodeo begins at 10am. Paybacks, saddles, buckles! 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, email: or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. MARCH 3 – Chagrin Valley Farms Jumper & Academy Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find us online at: MARCH 6-10 – World Equest. Center Winter Classic #11, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or MARCH 7-10 – Chagrin Valley Farms “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or visit:

MARCH 9-10 – Lake Erie College Winter Dressage Show. USEF & USDF recognized. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or online at: MARCH 13-17 – World Equest. Center Winter Classic #12, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or MARCH 15-17 – Marne Loosenort Barrel Clinic, 25 student max. $450 for stall, shavings, lunch, and beverages daily. Crazy Woman Ranch. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce 614.595.1850, email: or on Facebook. MARCH 16 – 4th Annual Old Fashioned Tack Sale. 10am-3pm. Richland Co. Fairgrounds, 750 Home Rd., Mansfield, OH. Contact Custom Concho’s and Tack 567.560.4457, or email:, or online at: MARCH 20-24 – World Equestrian Ctr. Winter Classic #13, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or MARCH 23-24 – Lake Erie College Winter Hunter Jumper Schooling Show. OPHA approved. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or: MARCH 23-24 – YEDA Horse Show at Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Sec. Molly 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at:

MARCH 31 – Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find our schedule online at:

APRIL APRIL 3-7 – World Equestrian Ctr. Winter Classic #15, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or APRIL 6-7 – Chagrin Valley Farms Hunter Schooling Show (Sat.). Jumper & Academy Schooling Show (Sun.). Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or find our schedule online at: APRIL 6-7 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series Finals. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, email: or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. APRIL 6-7 – Lake Erie College Dressage Prix de Villes. USEF/USDF recognized. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or online at: APRIL 10-14 – World Equestrian Ctr. Winter Classic #16, USEF Regional II Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or APRIL 11-14 – Brave Horse Spring Show II. Hunter/Jumper National. USEF and OPHA approved. Twin Stables, 1029 S. County Line Rd., Johnstown, OH. Call 614.885.9475, email: or visit us online at:

MARCH 27-31 – World Equestrian Ctr. Winter Classic #14, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or

APRIL 11-14 – Chagrin Valley Farms “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or visit:

MARCH 28-31 – Brave Horse Spring Show I. Hunter/Jumper National. USEF and OPHA approved. Twin Stables, 1029 S. County Line Rd., Johnstown, OH. Call 614.885.9475, email: or visit us online at:

APRIL 11-14 – Equine Affaire, North America’s Premiere Equine Event. Thurs-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH. 740.845.0085, email: or visit us online at:

MARCH 29-31 – Lake Erie College Hunter Jumper Prix de Villes. OPHA recognized. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, Cars: 8031 Morley Rd., Trailers: 10145 Pincrest Rd., Painesville, OH. Contact Pam Hess, email:, or online at:

APRIL 18-21 – Brave Horse Spring Show III. Hunter/Jumper National. USEF and OPHA approved. Twin Stables, 1029 S. County Line Rd., Johnstown, OH. Call 614.885.9475, email: or visit us online at:




Show & Event Dates APRIL 24-28 – World Equestrian Ctr. Winter Classic #18, USEF “AA” Premier Show. OPHA approved. WEC, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie at 248.892.6806 or email:, or APRIL 25-28 – Chagrin Valley Farms “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or visit: APRIL 27 – University of Findlay Western Farm Spring Horse Sale. Demos 10am, Sale begins at Noon. University of Findlay, Western Equestrian Program, 14700 US Rte. 68, Findlay, OH. For more information, online at: www.findlay APRIL 27-28 – YEDA National Championship Show at Eden Park Equest., 2607 Blayney Rd., Sunbury, OH. Show Sec. Molly 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at:

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OHIO AUCTIONS Auction listings are free, call to be included! Athens Livestock Sales: Regular sale every Tuesday at Noon. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740. 592.2322 or find us on Facebook. Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. Larue Horse Sale, LLC, 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. 419.889.9150 or online at: Mt. Hope Auction: Horse, Tack, Livestock Auctions Monthly. Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 OH241, Mt. Hope, OH. Call 330.674.6188, or online at: Sugarcreek Livestock Auction: Horse sales every Friday of the month. Tack 11am, horses follow tack. Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek, Ohio. Call us at 330. 852.2832 or find us on Facebook. Yoder and Frey Hay and Straw Auction: Every Monday at 12 noon. Farm Machinery Auctions: 2nd Tuesday monthly at 9am. Yoder and Frey Inc., 3649 Co. Rd. 24, Archbold, OH. Call 1.800.364.2870, or visit us online at:

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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB, OHIO January 13th saw BDSC members meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, OH, to begin organizing for the 2019 driving season. Election of board members was held as John Heffernan, Susan Murray, and Bobbe Polvony had completed their terms. The new board met to elect officers with Roger Higgins, Jr. as President, Julie Emmons Vice President, Sue Murray returning Secretary/Treasurer, and Mary Thomas, reporter. Remaining board members are Sue Bell, Greg Leidel, and Annetta Shirk. Treasurer Susan Murray presented the 2018 final fiscal report and the 2019 budget. The club has funds for drive and activity expenses. Drive hosts should keep track of receipts so reimbursement can be made. Memberships for 2019 are due now. Events for the year were discussed and Susan Murray presented a list of activities already set. Additional ideas were presented including a possible “spur of the moment” sleigh ride with Mary Elliott. Jackie Minges will bring the film “The Caravan” for showing at the February 10th meeting. The film chronicles the trip made by horse drawn vehicles across the southern U.S. from California to Florida. Several participants made the entire journey, but others joined for a few days along the route. Guests are invited to attend. New members are especially welcome to enjoy the presentation. Schedule of Driving Events: February 10: BSDC Meeting, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH March 10: BSDC Meeting, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH April 6: Tour of Barhorst Farm, horses and antique wagons May 2-5: Spring Fling, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN July 6: Wyandot Historical Museum Ice Cream Social and Carriage Display July 21: Byers Woods drive, Ashland, OH

August 24: Parker Bridge drive, Upper Sandusky, OH September 20-22: CAA Conference, Germantown, TN September 29: Coon Hunters Dr., Tiffin, OH October 1-6: The National Drive, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN October 20: Hayride at Mary Elliott's, Galion, OH November 9: Annual Banquet, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH

event was successful and enjoyed by all, we felt that we should try “a change of pace” so we're giving it a try. For the hardy souls who enjoy winter riding and weather permitting, the trails at Brighton remain open. Just be sure that your horses are properly shod and exercise caution when you're out there. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

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BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION So far the new year has been OK, weatherwise. Of course it's been cold, but not too cold. We've had some snow but not too much (at least as this is being written). In fact, our trails are seeing a few riders and on New Year's Day, a group from the Brighton Trail Riders and Pinckney Trail Riders had an organized ride at Pinckney. For the most part, however, we're tending to our horses and for those of us who keep our animals on our own property, that means a lot of chores and daily barn cleaning. While it may not be possible to classify this work as fun, it is satisfying and keeps us in touch with our animals. Maybe it's a bit early to view the riding season as being just around the corner, but we do know that it will occur in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we're still keeping ourselves occupied with BTRA-related business. We've had discussions with the new DNR management at the Brighton Recreation Area and are developing plans for the 2019 season. Our Board of Directors completed our schedule of events for this year and that has been distributed it to our membership. What's getting lots of attention is the planning for our upcoming banquet, cohosted with the Pinckney Trail Riders. An organizing committee with representatives from both clubs was formed last fall and has pinned down quite a few details for this event. It will be held in late March and will replace the annual Christmas Party which was held for many years. Although that



FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! The new year of trail riding is here! Winter being as mild as it was here has riders coming to enjoy the trails every day. The trail head parking is nice and dry and the outhouse is open. Local trail riders are coming to ride, as well as new friends from Indiana and across Michigan. The word is getting out that Fort Custer is the place to come and ride 20+ miles of beautiful trails that wander through woods, hills, around lakes, prairie grasses and 6 creek crossings. There is a pavilion with a grill for all to use and hand-pumped water available on site. We look forward to seeing you on the trails! Our Spring Camp Out is May 16-19, 2019. This is a great way to camp for 4 days and explore the trails. Camp will again be at the lovely Whitford Lake Event Area. This is a grassy, open area with trees on the perimeter and picket poles for high-lines. We have a community fire pit, outhouse, water tank for horses and manure removal. FCHFA will furnish pancake and sausage breakfast on Sat. and Sun. mornings (with coffee!). There is also a pulled pork potluck supper on Sat. for campers. All this is for our fundraising, and only $45 for members and $60 for non-members for the 4-day event. Think about joining FCHFA to support the work we do in the Park! We will be at the MHC Expo with our trail table on March 8th, 9th, and 10th looking forward to answering any of your questions. We will also have a table at the Kalamazoo 4-H Tack Sale on March 18th from 5-9pm. Our Annual Meeting is March 23 at the Kal Val Saddle Club in Scotts, MI. Social hour at WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS, cont. 3pm, Potluck @ 4pm and Meeting @ 5pm. Go to our website for our 2019 calendar of events. Put some ride/ potlucks or work bees on your list of things to do and come meet some of the hardest working trail riders you'll ever come across! Hopefully, riding on our wonderful trails inspires you to join and do more this year! Any questions, feel free to call Nancy at 269-967-3613. See you on the trails! Toni Strong FCHFA Secretary

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION 2019 HTRA Membership Applications and Renewals. Join our club today ($15.00 annually per family) by completing the form in the January Saddle Up! edition or by visiting our website at www.highland We held our annual goals meeting in January. HTRA will be focusing on the following items in 2019: · Increasing our membership · Continue hosting 2 camping events annually · Complete trail maintenance on the West Loop (using 120 tons of gravel and Geo tech fabric to alleviate wet areas) · Print & install updated equine trail maps The HTRA trails are currently in good shape, we have been riding them weather permitting (upper 30's plus) without shoes and have not had any problems. Be sure to mark your calendars for our 2019 events. HTRA will again be hosting two equine only camping weekends/day ride events. Pre-registration is required for the campouts. Event information will be posted on our website and Facebook. Camping Weekend/Day-Ride Event Dates May 17-19 (Saturday Poker Ride) September 6-8 (Saturday Horseshoe Hunt) Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

MiCMO MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Winter is finally here! All that mud has frozen into a moon scape of holes! We are looking down the barrel of below zero temps and hopefully the snow will stay away. Thank goodness the days are getting longer, spring is just around the corner. Signage at Maybury. I have spent a good deal of time on this, at Maybury taking pictures of the existing signage and the problem trail intersections, much more time with a map and my trusty computer figuring out what we need to make our park safer for everyone and improve navigation. We will need to have a couple work bees to implement the new and improved signage, I will be looking for some volunteers. I had the opportunity to give Cindy and Dennis of the Proud Lake Trail Riders a hand with their signage project, I've learned a lot, and Cindy has given me ideas and the proper paperwork for requisitioning the actual signs and how to install them correctly. I really enjoyed working at Proud Lake, it is such a wonderful peaceful place. I LOVE the Great Outdoors, I feel a strong connection with my Higher Power. Working on getting some fine gravel footing for the staging area. I hope you all get to Maybury, the trails are great, and I have been enjoying some lovely rides with friends, a bit chilly but NO BUGS! And there is NO HUNTING IN MAYBURY! Check us out at www.mayburytrailriders .org, or on Facebook. If you visit Maybury, PLEASE SIGN THE REGISTRY BOOK AT THE KIOSK IN THE STAGING AREA, just so they know how many of us enjoy the park. For more information, check the parks website at: or call 248-349-8390 Christina Purslow, Maybury Trail Riders

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MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING (MICMO) Living up north has its advantages and disadvantages. While everyone else is complaining about the mud on their farms, I get to look out at a blanket of white. Unfortunately, the snow turned to ice and we are now in a time period where the trails are icy and the paddocks are worse. It seems that trail riding has not ended yet this year for many in the southern part of the state and here we are getting ready to kick off 2019 with the first ride. By the time this goes to print, the first ride will be close to being in the books and we will have officially begun the season. February 2nd and 3rd will hopefully bring good weather and lots of safe hauling to those hunting for plates at Windy Ridge Farm! Competitive Mounted Orienteering is going to be off to a strong start this spring with another ride March 23rd and 24th. Please feel free to join us at Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers for the Leprechaun Leap CMO. If you have any questions or need stall reservations, please call Vicki Horsley at 269-2449913. With the schedule coming together, there will be more to add, but currently the next ride after that will be The Hadley Hills CMO on May 18th and 19th. This ride is a benefit ride to help support the trails at the Ortonville Recreation Area. For more information about this ride, please contact Steve Keim at 810-793-4558. All Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering rides will be added to the Saddle Up! Calendar of Events, posted on our Facebook page, and you can also find them online at There you will also find flyers for many of the rides, ride results, sport information and a list of rides across the United States. What fun it would be to compete in another state with your own horse. This sounds like a retirement plan for an adventurous person! Here's to the days getting longer and spring getting closer! Happy Trails, Janet WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION Are you thinking of breeding to a quality Foxtrotter stud this spring? Contact one of our breeders: Chuck Fanslow in Gladwin, MI (989-435-9224) has Cotton-Eyed Joe Y sons who he is standing at stud, Gale Gunder also in Gladwin,MI (989-534-1207) has a spotted Radar Rico stallion, Joe Burrill in Beaverton, MI (989-205-4745) has breeding service available, too. Use these bloodlines to improve your ride. Your foals will have surefootedness, calm dispositions, versatile adaptability and maybe some color to ride. Start making your breeding plans now! Our affiliate is currently accepting new members. Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters .com to print off a form. For just $20 couples/family membership (or $15 single person) you can become part of a fun organization that offers a Versatility program, reduced-cost clinics and organized trail rides (including a National Trail ride in coordination with the MI Trail Riders Association). Returning members please send your renewal memberships in now, too. If you have (or need to register) your MFT, go to to do that. We need at least 20 dual MFTA/MFTHBA members to keep our affiliate in compliance so we can receive benefits from the national MFTHBA. Our mission is to educate those interested in Missouri Fox Trotting horses, as well as to promote the breeding, training and enjoyment of them in Michigan. Your membership helps us do that. If you are considering getting an(other) MFT, contact these members with horses available: Lola Kuhn of Newaygo (231-652-3043) has some real nice MFTs with Snips Travlin Major foundation bloodlines available. Chuck Fanslow, Gale Gunder and Joe Burrill (all mentioned above) also have quality MFTs for sale. They go quick, so don't hesitate to contact one of them. Ours is the only affiliate to offer a very unique program called The Versatility Challenge! Sign up for a small fee to earn a

beautiful embroidered jacket or a patch when you win your division at the end of the year. Earn points in the various categories and show how versatile your MFT is! The rules are listed on our website along with the enrollment form. Call Kathy Kruch (989390-1838) for more information. We are working on the details for a Horsemanship/obstacle clinic May 11-12 at Levi's Training and Boarding Center in West Branch, MI with Levi Beechy instructing. For more information, please call Kathy at 989-390-1838. We would like to meet you at our next meeting set for 11am, February 16th at the Shepherd Community Library, Shepherd, MI. Please consider attending.

M H DVA MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION Our speaker for the January meeting was Tom Guthrie from extension service. He spoke on clearing land using goats instead of chemicals or mechanical means. The 15 goats actually in 90 days can exfoliate about 2 acres. They love to eat wild grape, poison ivy, box elder, autumn olive and buck thorn. Amazing pictures on this were provided. February 9th will be our next club meeting at the Brody Hall complex cafeteria on Harrison Road in East Lansing. We eat at 11:00 am, have a meeting at noon and the speaker will be Melissa Boyd on conditioning the driving horse. The March 16th meeting will feature a speaker on the beneficial effects of bees. The time and place remain unchanged. MHDVA is planning a driving clinic May 31, June 1-2. More information on this TBA. Visit for more information & contacts. Look us up on FacebookMichigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association. Happy Driving! Dorothy Childs, President

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MICHIGAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Days are starting to lengthen and thoughts of planned rides and clinics to improve skills and of course shopping, are in the air. We are hoping to be working on the new trail camp in Cheboygan this spring. This camp will be the northern most camp and the last stop before reaching Mackinaw. March 23 is our annual meeting which will be held in Clare this year. Three of our board of directors, Al Davis, Bob Thorton and Terry Meir, will be retiring from service so vacancies will need to be filled during election of officers. The Doherty Hotel will provide a great meal followed by visiting with friends and dancing. Our trail ride calendar is finalized. Check dates to plan a ride on Remember our youth fund allows youth under 18 to ride for free. We are in need of a bus driver for our June, September and October rides. Please contact the office if interested. Enjoy some winter riding and stay warm! Melinda Gosdzinski

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) We're pleased to share some exciting news for Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area and Michigan trail riders! A Recreation Trail Development Proposal is being finalized for the addition of 2.5 all-new miles of trail. These new pathways, which travel through meadow, along a small lake, and on high ridges of mature hardwood forest, will bring us to a total of eleven miles of well maintained off-road trail. While the proposal must receive final approval at the state level DNR organization, it is supported by our local DNR management. We are optimistic that work could WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION, continued begin this spring, starting with a one-mile segment above the lake, connected on both ends to the existing bridle trails. This year's work will be financed by OREA, through your ongoing donations to the park by way of organization membership and ride participation. Please consider a membership to support us and join us at this upcoming season's events. We will also be performing the majority of the ground work on this project along with park personnel and will announce work dates and equipment needs as the project moves forward. Visit our website at for more information about the organization and the location, or to print a membership application. Your membership directly supports our work at the park. OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Find us on Facebook at OREA – Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. Questions? Looking to ride with someone? Call/text me or leave a note on our website's Contact tab. Happy Trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President (913-660-8012)

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS Hello Everyone! Looking forward to our biggest, most fun event of the year. The Proud Lake Banquet! The Banquet will take place on Friday, February 22nd at Bakers in Milford. The night will include a delicious meal, a cash bar, our Silent Auction and a great group of people. The cost per person is $26.00. We are always looking for Silent Auction items, so please bring anything you might want to donate to Grand River Feeds or bring the night of the banquet. We also have our events calendar ready to roll out! June 14-16 will be a competitive obstacle course and camp out. The obstacle course will take place on Sunday the 16th. It will be a competitive one for those that want to compete and those that just wish to ride it

at their leisure may do so as well. There will be camping Friday and Saturday evenings with breakfast served on Saturday and a potluck dinner on Saturday night. September 13-15 will be the Circle Ride with Kensington Trail riders. We will be camping on the 13th and 14th and the Circle Ride will be on the 15th. All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be!) We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events please email Nancy Efrusy at Stay warm! Nancy Efrusy, Proud Lake Trail Riders

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION SHTRA 2019 events are planned. We offer 9 events, 5 have weekend camping with 12 overnights available. We hope you can attend the annual meeting, 1:00 pm potluck, auction and board games on Feb 2, Victor TWP Hall. Our first work bee for cleaning up trail debris and the staging area is 9:00 am Saturday, April 6th. April 27th is our second work bee date. You come to work and earn camping credit, we do lunch. The Rotten Egg Hunt hosted by Pat Brown will be Sunday 2:00 pm, May 5th. This is a fun staging area event on foot for youngsters searching for goodies the Easter Bunny left behind. Optional trail riding that day depends on trail conditions. Camping? Riding? Trail Driving? Memorial Day Weekend will have a 3-night campover, one fundraiser ride, potluck and campfires with Marsha Korrock hosting. MHDVA will be attending this event. There will be no Fourth of July Ride, as so many other events are occurring elsewhere. On July 12-13, host Chanda Donnan will have us gathering for Lazy Days Weekend with a potluck but



no organized ride. It's a 2-night campover. The weekend of July 26-28 our theme is “Fantasy Island.” Host Dave and Therese Kline are planning numerous sights for the riders that weekend. You won't want to miss this unique event. Who knows what you will find! The Labor Day weekend will be hosted by Marsha Putnam and MHDVA friends. It will be a 3-night campover with special fundraiser ride, Sat. Potluck, Sunday Root Beer Floats and group campfires. Sunday, Sept. 29 will be the 16th Kris Kulhanek Memorial Judged Trail Ride hosted by the Rangers 4-H Club. No camping. This is a great horsemanship test, with lunch and cash back prizes. Our 3rd Explore the Hollow weekend will be a 2-night campover Oct. 18-20 with host Pat Brown. This weekend is in time for a full moon and a special ride. So plan to come explore the forbidden hiking trails. We welcome everyone's participation and assistance with our events. Check our website for Host contact numbers and specific information for that event. Our Facebook page is a great way to contact others who are attending or gathering to ride or drive the SHTRA trails. Remember when cart driving the East Loop to “go UP the big hill” not down! Also, please no carts over the big 100' bridge to the island as it has narrow winding trails. Have you visited Wayne Mear's Memorial picnic table on the island yet? If interested, go to 1-800-44-Parks or online to register for a cabin rental. If you want to horse camp when there is no special event scheduled at Sleepy? Don't have an LQ trailer? Try renting either the two-bedroom modern cabin, electricity/shower or the one-bedroom, heated rustic cabin for a “get away & go riding” weekend. Try getting a group together and rent both! It's easy and fun to rent a SHSP cabin with pickett poles overlooking the lake. If you want to bring your dogs, it is now allowed at the rental cabin for a $10.00 fee. You can call SHSP at 517-6516217 for more info, but must book online. Got your 2019 renewal letter with membership form? Sent it back? If you would like to join our fun group and need a membership form, go to our website or call 989-661-2541 and I will send you one. Happy Trails, Marsha Putnam WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN The Western Dressage Association® of Michigan is hosting the fifth Annual Year End Awards Banquet Luncheon on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Cheers Neighborhood Grill and Bar in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In addition to lunch and award presentations, Joanne Coy will be sharing her experiences as a Western Dressage judge and WD clinician. There will be a silent auction and door prizes too. Members of WDAMI and their guests are invited to make reservations to attend the banquet. The Board of Directors of WDAMI would like to welcome Denise Williams to the Board. Denise will be officially joining the Board in February. Welcome, Denise! The WDAMI Board of Directors meet monthly to discuss a variety of issues, plan for upcoming events and fundraisers and more. Members are invited to listen in on the WDAMI Board of Director meetings. Simply email WDAMI at and you will be sent pertinent information about the meeting. Becoming a member of the WDAMI and the WDAA (national) organizations is very easy. Simply go to our website,, and click on “Join Up.” Once there, you join both WDAMI and the national organization Western Dressage Association® of America and then you can pay with PayPal. The memberships to both organizations are good for a calendar year, January 1st thru December 31st. Many Schooling Shows across the state will be hosting Western Dressage classes during the 2019 riding season. Please check our website for the most up-to-date event list for 2019. If you are aware of other activities involving Western Dressage that will be taking place in the state in 2019, please email us at We try very hard to keep an accurate and up-to-date event list for your convenience. Thank you for supporting Western Dressage and WDAMI!!!

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes, January 9, 2019 This meeting was held at the YS Recreation Managers Headquarters with a Potluck dinner. Ron Walker called the meeting to order at 6:25 pm, then lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Annual Euchre Tournament February 16th, 3:00 pm, at Sandy's Country Kitchen on Gun Lake Road. $15.00 adult, $10.00 for 16 and under. Supper catered by Sandy's Country Kitchen. Bring your quarters! Prize money $50.00, $35.00, and $25.00. Carla Walker and Skip Burger will be chairing this event. Summer Events: April 13th: Shot Clinic Starting at 9:00 am. Call Dr. Bennecke for appointments on this day, 269-377-1222. Also there will be a Road Clean up starting at 10:00 am meeting at the Pavilion to do road cleanup of Duffy Road and Yankee Springs Roads. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. June 22nd YSTRA Judge Trail Ride: Looking for a chair person for this event. August 31st: Annual Meeting & Hog Roast: Ron chairing this event, there will be a poker run and a ride to Yankee Bill's Tavern this weekend. September 29th: Last Chance Nine Mile Ride with lunch on the trail. Carla will be chair of this ride. October 12th: Halloween Haunted Ride. Kathy Taylor will chair this event. Trail Report: The 4, 6, and 9 mile trails have been ridden and are all open to ride. A few downed trees, but nothing you can't walk over. New Year's Day Ride Update: This was our biggest ride yet with 29 riders out enjoying the horse trails on a beautiful sunny day. There was a big bonfire, hot chili and hot cocoa at the end of the ride. Fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this a fun day.



Land Manager Updated Brad Bedford: There was a bike rider in camp on New Year's Day, it seems he had permission to ride the roads through the campground as the camp was officially closed. There were two loose dogs on the trails; they had an unfortunate run in with some horse riders. These dogs were rescues that ran away from their new home, but were soon reunited with their owners. DNR did have a talk with the owners regarding the loose dog policy. The new Billy the Kids trail around camp has been approved by Lansing, now YSTRA can start to put in the needed culvert, cloth, and gravel at the corner of the day parking area and mark the trail. It will be marked the same color as the 4 mile trail. The hand pump in camp will be worked on before spring. A group campground plan needs to be created by YSTRA and submitted to Andru, then it will be included in the parks 5 year Master plan. Overflow Day Use Parking area at the Quonset hut area: the Quonset hut area needs to be cleaned up and parking areas made. Perhaps the Day Use Parking area would be moved to the Quonset hut area. It was brought up that this would be an issue on the days YSTRA puts on an event. New Business: Work Bee & Camp Out: May 17, 18, 19 work on the steps in the confidence course and put notches on all the picket posts to keep high lines in place. All Roubaix Volunteers are invited to a meet and greet at the Walldorff on the 17th of January. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, drink and pizza provided. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm. Next meeting will be February 13th, at the Recreation Managers Headquarters, 2104 Briggs Rd., Middleville 49333. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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your horse with calories. They are also necessary for B-vitamin production and maintaining a healthy immune function. Their numbers can significantly diminish due to several causes, such as stomach acid reaching the hindgut because of an empty stomach or inadequate saliva production (saliva neutralizes acid), pain and mental stress, illness, or administering antibiotics. Pro and pre-biotics are often added to senior feeds or supplements designed for aging horses. Include a source of omega 3s. They support immune function, reduce the inflammation of aging joints and muscles, regulate blood insulin levels, promote healthy skin and hooves, and improve attitude. Stabilized flaxseed meal (that has added calcium to correct for high phosphorus levels) and chia seeds are excellent sources of omega 3s. They are well tolerated and easy to feed. Supplement vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production (protein found in bones, joints, and blood vessels). It is also a potent antioxidant and natural antihistamine. When young, your horse was capable of producing his own vitamin C. Now that he's getting older, he's losing that ability. He'll get ample vitamin C from fresh pasture, as long as it is lush; but hay has virtually no vitamin C. Supplement vitamin D during winter or when stalled. Your horse can produce vitamin D from sunlight but during the winter months or if your horse is not exposed to at least 8 hours of sunlight each day, be sure there is enough vitamin D in your commercial feed or supplement. This vitamin (along with vitamin C) will help keep your horse's bones, muscles, and teeth in top shape. Avoid high starch feeds. Cereal grains (oats, corn, barley, etc.) and feeds made from cereal grains should be eliminated from the diet. As horses age, they are more inclined to become insulin resistant and may start to exhibit signs of equine Cushing's disease.

The Healthy, Older Horse By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. | Let me tell you about Bugsy. He was an Appendix Quarter Horse I rescued a few years ago. When he came to me, he was significantly underweight, suffered from an old stifle injury, and had a distrustful attitude. A few months later, he'd filled out, was running up and down hills with ease, and showed the curiosity and warmth of a youngster. How old was he? 25. Not old by today's standards and yet, definitely up there. What made the difference? Nutrition played a big part in his improvement. Advances in veterinary medicine and greater attention to nutrition have made it possible, and even probable, that your horse will live well into his 30s and even the 40s or older. Individuality plays as much a role in the way horses age as it does for us. There are fairly predictable changes, however, that go along with growing old, no matter at what age they become noticeable. Some horses have trouble gaining weight, others become too fat. Teeth wear down, making chewing difficult; some may even lose teeth. Most horses experience a decline in immune function and get sick more easily or develop allergies. Muscle mass may diminish, and joints can become stiff. Digestion and absorption efficiency declines. All these changes come about gradually, but as your horse starts to show signs of aging, the diet you've been feeding may now be obsolete. It may be time to adjust it to meet your horse's needs. While the scope of this article is limited, you'll find more detailed information in my book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse as well as in the Spotlight on Equine Nutrition series book, The Aging Horse. Here are some highlights… There are two major changes to consider: 1. Saliva production diminishes. A senior-friendly diet takes into account your horse's reduced saliva production, which makes dry food difficult to chew and nearly impossible to swallow. This natural aspect of aging is easy to manage by simply moistening your horse's feed; he'll appreciate having his meal a little on the mushy side. And be sure there is water close by. 2. Digestion efficiency is not what it once was. This leads to diarrhea, electrolyte imbalances, and weight loss. It starts in the small intestine where your horse produces fewer digestive enzymes, leading to malnutrition simply because his tissues never receive the nutrients from his meal. Plus, undigested food enters the hindgut where it is either fermented (which can lead to colic or laminitis) or ends up in the feces. To improve the diet, follow these guidelines: Choose senior feeds. Senior feeds are pre-cooked and extruded (formed into kibbles) that are easy to chew and digest. Many senior feeds add digestive enzymes to their formulas to further assist with digestion. They also contain vitamins and minerals, but keep in mind that the only way your horse will get enough of these nutrients is if you feed the recommended amount. Or choose beet pulp or hay pellets. Moisten these feeds into a mush. You'll want to add a digestive enzyme supplement, along with proper vitamin/mineral supplementation. Feed the hindgut microbial population. These microbes are responsible for digesting the fibrous portion of the diet, providing FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

A few words about weight… Many horses gain weight as they age. This has to do with his sluggish metabolic rate. If he has weight to lose, he doesn't really need anything other than pasture and hay except for a small, low starch meal each day to serve as a carrier for supplements such as flaxseed meal, vitamin C, and a comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement. But never restrict forage – he needs to be able to graze all the time. Going for hours without eating will, ironically, prevent him from burning fat and he'll remain heavy. (42)


Bottom line…Your horse's genetic background combined with his health status throughout his growing and adult years will influence how well he ages. If he was fed well all his life, with attention paid toward filling in nutritional gaps, he will likely live longer and with fewer ailments. You are the best judge of how well your senior horse is aging. By keeping track of his weight, his eating habits, and his overall condition, you can make appropriate adjustments to his diet that will impact his health and overall quality of life. Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Find a world of useful information for the horse person at Reach Dr. Getty directly at:

The Healthy, Older Horse, continued The underweight horse can be very challenging. First, try to determine the reason for weight loss. Worm infestation, ulcers, infections, liver or kidney disease, even cancer can cause weight loss. Pain and mental stress can also make it difficult for your horse to hold a normal weight. The most common reason for weight loss in older horses, however, is poor teeth. Soaked hay cubes or chopped forage, fed free-choice, will meet forage requirements. Extra calories can be provided in a variety of ways, but avoid cereal grains. Horses are more prone toward developing Cushing's disease as they age and should be fed a low starch diet. Additional fat through flaxseed meal and rice bran are safer ways to help your horse gain weight without the risk of starch. Additional protein from alfalfa will boost protein quality to help maintain muscle mass, while adding extra calories. A good pre/probiotic will allow for more calorie production from the hindgut microbes. Other age-related problems Joint and muscle deterioration. Most, if not all, horses over the age of 20 will develop arthritis to some degree. Stall confinement makes arthritis worse and makes muscles tight. Mild exercise helps lubricate stiff joints and builds up surrounding muscles. Even if you don't ride your horse, the more pasture turnout he gets the better off he'll be. Tendons and ligaments lose elasticity over time and muscle mass starts to decline. There are several nutrients that I find helpful in boosting joint and connective tissue strength and lean body mass. These are gamma oryzanol; branched chain amino acids; vitamins B6, C and E. Enter Online 24/7/365!

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Riding the Spooky Horse By Lynn Palm | To review, we have discussed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence on the trail. We covered tips for dealing with two of three common trail training issues: the horse that wants to always be in the lead and the horse that wants to run up from behind. When dealing with a spooky horse, go back to the routine we suggested before to prepare him for his first trail ride. If he is spooky on a trail, it is better to work on overcoming spookiness issues there rather than moving on to a different trail. If he has been on a trail before and he has spooked or resisted, stop and figure out the reason why this happened. Was he reacting to something permanent that cannot be changed along the trail like a tree stump or a water crossing? Or did he get spooked at something temporary, like a gush of wind, a grouse that flushed in front of him, or a sound in the bushes? It's Okay to Dismount! If it was something permanent, to improve his training on the next ride get off his back and on the ground before reaching the object he spooked at. One key to controlling a spooky horse is that you must stop him before he decides to stop and spook. In this way you keep control so the horse can address the offending obstacle before he stops and spooks in fright. How do you do that? By being alert to the horse's body language. Watch for these cues that tell you he is getting ready to spook. His ears are alert. His eyes get bigger. His breathing gets stronger. As soon as you hear stronger breathing than normal, this is the point where you want to stop and dismount. While on the ground, be sure to give the horse his head to let him study the obstacle and swing his head to see it with both his left and right eye. After he studies it and seems to ignore the obstacle, take a few steps toward it. Stop and let the horse study it again. When he appears to ignore it again, continue the process until you reach the spooky spot. Allow him to smell it. This will give him confidence. Once he seems to accept it, the lesson is not over yet. He must learn to accept the obstacle when 1) it is behind him, and 2) when approaching it from the opposite direction. In the first situation the scary obstacle that he accepted and walked past is now behind him. Horses sometimes show more spookiness when an obstacle is behind him. This is because a horse is a flight animal. His reaction once he has passed a spooky spot may be to flee or overreact to spook away from it. In the second situation, a horse may be spooky approaching an obstacle he has already accepted when he comes at it from the opposite direction. This is because a horse sees things differently from each direction. If you get him accustomed to the scary obstacle coming at it only from one direction, when he approaches it from the opposite direction he may ignore it, spook with the same level of concern as before, or spook even worse. Be sure to accustom the horse to obstacles from both directions! FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

As you start to leave a spooky spot, such as walking past a scary stump, take a step or two and stop. Let him swing his head and let him look at the spot with each eye. If he moves and does not stand still, reposition him exactly where he was standing. Do not circle to reposition him. If he moves to the right, reposition him to the left. If he moves left, reposition him to the right. If he moves forward, back him and vice versa until he is positioned right back to where he was originally standing. This is very important to do to keep his respect and keep you in charge of the situation. Get him accustomed to approaching the scary spot from the opposite direction. On the Ground Remember, when on the ground, be ready to use the “move away from me” commands. The horse's first instinct will be to herd or get close to you. This is dangerous, and puts him in control of the situation. Do not let him move on top of you! Make him move away and respect your space as he learns to accept the obstacle. When you are between 15 to 20 feet away from the obstacle, you can remount and move on to whatever you were doing prior to the spookiness. Continue with the same short segments if his spookiness returns. Take a few steps, stop, study the obstacle, etc. The more time you take time to let him study an obstacle, the shorter time it will take him to accept it. If you rush this process or force him, it will take you longer to get him to accept it. The way to handle spooky behavior while mounted is basically the same as on the ground. Stop before getting to the spooky object and allow the horse his head so he can see it with both eyes. Once he seems to ignore it, take a few steps towards it, stop, and let him look again. If he does not stop, but starts “dancing” around, reposition him to the exact point where you asked him to stop. Instead of using the “move away from me” command, use your seat, leg, and hand aids to put him back in position. If he goes to the right, use your aids to make him come back to the left and vice versa. If he backs up, send him forward to the spot where you asked him to stop. What to do when a horse spooks? Turn him with the inside rein quickly and just as quickly loosen the outside rein. Keep him turning in as tight a circle as possible until you get control. Be very careful not to keep a tight outside rein. The horse may react to this by rearing. Do not pull on both reins either. The horse will only “run” through the reins. Don't look down at whatever the horse is reacting to, instead look up and away from it. Hold the saddle horn with the same hand that is holding the outside rein. (46)


Riding the Spooky Horse, continued For example, if the horse spooks and moves to the left, quickly shorten the inside left rein to turn him tightly to the left while loosening the outside right rein held in the right hand. Look over your left shoulder as you turn him to the left. Grasp the saddle horn with the right hand. Keep the horse in as tight a circle or turn as possible until he submits to you and control is regained. Then go back and address the obstacle again. If you have a horse that tends to be spooky, go with a rider with a gentle horse who can give your horse confidence. Or teach your horse how to pony on a longe line next to a calmer horse that will give him confidence while he is training outside the box. Make a note that the next time you go out on the trail, exercise the spooky horse by longeing him before riding more than may have been done on past rides. The goal should be not to get him tired out, but just to make him more humble to accept his new surroundings while on the trail. If possible make arrangements to go on the trail ride with another rider mounted on a quiet horse or try ponying your horse with a calmer partner. Repeat the same trail, but hike it before going out with your horse. Analyze spots where you may need to stop to allow him enough time to accept areas he might be unsure about. By doing this, you will be prepared to help your horse accept spooky obstacles while staying in control of the situation. Riders must understand that when a horse is taken into a new environment, his level of sensitivity and tendency to overreact will increase. He is being placed in a new situation or being asked to do something he has never done before. Often riders who are surprised at their horse's spooky reactions will say to me “my horse has never done this before.” Chances are that is exactly what is causing the spooky behavior. Because the horse has no experience with the situation, he becomes overly sensitive and reactive. It is the rider's responsibility to anticipate that these situations may happen, and be prepared to handle them effectively. Your Next Step… Here are some tips for the rider when dealing with a spooky horse. 1. Don't look down at the spooky areas. Always look over and beyond obstacles that could have the potential to spook your horse. Why? Because when you look down and have negative thoughts about the obstacle, the horse picks up these negative feelings. He knows what you are thinking. Give him positive thoughts instead. Say to yourself: “I am going over to the other side of this water crossing.” “I am going to keep my horse responding to my aids and commands.” Be confident and build your horse's sense of security. 2. If you are hesitant about dealing with issues of spooking, or if you are inexperienced, trail ride in a western saddle. The security of a western saddle, with its easy-to-grab horn, will give you more confidence than an English saddle. 3. Take every negative or nervous thought and turn it around to a positive statement. It is important that the rider has positive thoughts for the horse to be positive, too. 4. When riding away from the barn or trailer, make sure you and your horse are well exercised and warmed up. The horse should be walking quietly. Schedule “forward” work when going away from FEBRUARY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

the barn or trailer. Forward work includes walk to trot, trot to lengthening trot, trot to canter, and yielding at the trot both to the left and right. The more often you change gaits, and speed within gaits (transitions), the more it will improve the horse's concentration on you rather than being worried about the outside surroundings. 5. When coming back to the barn, trailer, or turning around on the trail to return “home,” do “slow down” work to keep his focus on you rather than mindlessly rushing back, and possibly discovering something to spook at. Slow down work includes slow trot to walk, walk to stop, yielding at the walk both right and left, stopping, turn on the haunches and forehand, mounting and dismounting. 6. Don't get frustrated if a horse continues to spook over an object or situation. Some horses simply take longer to get over these issues than others. The longer it takes and the more patient you are, the more you are building a foundation for advancing his training. The key to solving the issue of a spooking horse is to not allow the horse to take charge of his rider. If he does, the horse is being allowed to go out on the trail prematurely. Both horse and rider need to go back to work in a big field or arena until they gain more confidence and skill together. Until then, follow your dream...Lynn Palm Lynn's Training Tip Remember...a horse knows what you are thinking. You have to be a positive rider to bring out the best in your horse! Visit Lynn Palm online at: or you can find her on Social Media.



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February 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

It's Tack Sale Season! We have many listed in our show and events section and throughout our magazine. Enjoy articles, sales, events and mor...

February 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

It's Tack Sale Season! We have many listed in our show and events section and throughout our magazine. Enjoy articles, sales, events and mor...