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Time for Healing By Carole Herder | www.cavallo-inc.com Horses provide a quiet connection to nature and help us all connect and quiet our minds. We live in the country and enjoy a rural setting. We all have our animals to keep us from feeling too much isolation. They are often the best companions anyway. During this time of pandemic, people are out riding their horses, and they are calling us for advice about how to keep their horses moving and feeling great. Pandemic Panic Unfortunately, not everyone is doing as well. For example, my neighbor is negatively affected by this pandemic. By the news, the fear, and the anxiety around COVID. She's not alone. Constantly judging the correct distancing and checking to see whether people are wearing masks has many people upset. These folks are placing their frame-of-reference on the external forces around them and forgetting to nurture their own internal states. They're letting the news run the show. My friend has a hard time looking inward and is continuously being distracted by the media. She lost her horses last year, and I now see how important they were to her happiness. They helped her focus, be quiet and connect with nature. That's what horses do. Connect with Yourself Instead of COVID-19 Connecting to the essence of nature changes our perception. The fear of the events, circumstances, people, and things becomes less impactful. While we'll never have that innate connection that horses do (we're simply wired differently as a separate species), we are still part of nature and can work to increase our connectivity to the natural patterns of the world. We can do this by hanging around our horses, they can provide a lot of comfort. I would rather sit quietly with my horse than sit in front of a television or phone being disturbed by all the news. Horses give us a reality check and help us put perspective on what matters. A simple way to start calming down is to focus on breathing. Find and feel the rise and fall of your diaphragm. Become aware of your heartbeat. It takes time, but as you practice and master control (or at least awareness of your breathing), you become more attuned to the rhythms of nature. You and your horse are both alive, breathing the same air with hearts beating in sync. It's very uplifting. Being Horsey: Your Super-Power Being in this quiet place with your horse, you're free of the fear of the 'what's ifs' and the ruminating thoughts. Alternatively, it's hard to connect with your horse when your mind is busy wondering if that guy in the store has COVID and why the woman at the post office was sneezing everywhere without a mask. Humans have over 60,000 thousand thoughts a day. That's quite a distraction. Our horses don't over-think. They are present, and you will benefit if you meet them in present time. How do you do it? Through stillness and noticing. You don't usually detect the beat of your heart or the cadence of breathing. You don't usually perceive how your lungs are sustaining you by working as your breathing apparatus. But once you find the stillness, the awareness, and the noticing, you will find joy. You'll find the joy in seemingly little things, like your beautifully functioning organs. Some people sit and meditate. Some can find connection through a walk in the forest. And horse people can find it through being with or riding their horse. Regardless of how you find it, once you do, you can lose your cares and worries. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

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Enable the Silence Meditating while you are at the barn or in nature can help you clear your mind and relax. Some may think this is something "flaky," but we don't have to go far to find real people who have made meditation a part of their lives. Not only football players like Joe Namath, but there is also the media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Entertainers such as David Letterman, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, and Sheryl Crow meditate, too. Meditation helps release the past and disconnect from the future to allow you to truly be in the present moment. It will enable the silence you need to listen to your inner wisdom and spiritual guidance. Meditation keeps you grounded and focused. When you're first learning to meditate, it can be frustrating and challenging to quiet the incessant chatter in your head. It may be most comfortable to start with guided meditations that help steer your mind. You could also use a mantra – a word or phrase you silently repeat as part of your breathing pattern. Some find that playing soft instrumental music in the background can be helpful as well. For me, it's a distraction because I am always listening to find the melody. We're all a little different. It is usually not something you can jump into for long stretches. If you've never done it, try to be still for just two minutes. Observe what it is that you are thinking about. If you can quiet the mind to the point where you can track and be aware of your thoughts, the next step is to observe the gap between the thoughts, where your often over-active mind gets a break. Don't Run Yourself Out of Time Once you feel you have mastered that, add a minute. There are people who have ritualized meditation in their lives for decades and only meditate for 15 minutes at a time. It doesn't require extraordinary effort. It is a skill that takes time to build but has tremendous benefits for your mind, body and spirit. People say they don't have time to sit still. They say they are busy, and they are always running out of time. Well, let me tell you, if that is your perception, you will run out of time. In many ways, taking the time makes you more productive and focused so that you can actually achieve and enjoy more. In these tumultuous, uncertain times, we horsey folks can access the quiet solitude of beauty that resides in all of us. Relieve agitation. Relax fears and anxieties. So, quiet your mind and go sit with your horse. Sign up here for Cavallo’s free newsletter and special community discounts at: https://www.cavallo-inc.com/CavalloNews Visit https://www.cavallo-inc.com to learn about the full line of Cavallo Hoof Boots. Call (877) 818-0037 from the USA or Canada or call direct, (604) 740-0037. (10)


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Tips For Virtual 4-H Meetings By Roxanne Turner, Michigan State University Extension Follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your online meetings and ensure a fair process for decision-making. 4-H has prided itself on its face-to-face, hands-on learning and relationship building for years. Due to the present situation, meeting face-to-face is not something that is available at this time, but it has created an opportunity for 4-H leaders and members to work on teaching and learning life skills in new and exciting ways. 4-H's strong background of adapting when the situation changes can help 4-H groups to figure out how to get the most out of this virtual world. The relationships built through a 4-H setting can be life changing and that can still be achieved even when done virtually. According to the Search Institute, “Developmental relationships are the roots of young people's success. They are essential for all young people, in every community. When young people experience these relationships in their families, schools, programs, and communities, they are more likely to be resilient in the face of challenges and grow up thriving.” These developmental relationships can continue in a virtual setting and with a little support, the 4-H community can lead the charge. Zoom is one great way to host online meetings, and assistance can be found by reaching out to your 4-H program coordinator to help set up and in some cases host the meeting. For additional help transitioning into online meetings, follow the tips outlined below to ensure you get the most out of your meetings and ensure a fair process for decision-making. Virtual Meeting Tips: Assign at least one co-host in addition to the host. This person can run polls, monitor the room for raised hands, monitor the chat, and allow the meeting to continue in case the host loses connectivity. When possible, every committee member should have access to a video feed connected through their device with a working microphone and camera. There may be times when someone needs to call-in; during these instances, the chair/president should check in with the call-in participants to make sure they understand what is being discussed or see if they have questions. When possible, every committee member should keep their camera on so participants can see each other while engaging in discussion. This maintains the closest experience to an in-person meeting because non-verbal communication can also be shared. Using the video on your device can take up a lot of bandwidth. If you are connected and notice lag or freezing, consider turning off your video, even though this won’t allow for non-verbal communication. If a small group is meeting in one place (i.e., a family) with one device, make sure a camera is showing all the participants so others can see and engage with each of them. Alternatively, if multiple members of the same family choose to join the meeting on separate devices in the same room, there could be microphone feedback issues. Mute both the mic and the speaker on all but one device. Connecting multiple devices to the same internet connection may put a strain on connectivity and create challenges with audio/video capabilities. Consider putting the agenda on a cloud-based, synchronous storage platform such as Google Docs so everyone can follow along as the meeting takes place. This helps keep everyone focused, which can be challenging when virtual. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

Have fun! Don't cut out the fun just because the meeting is online. There are many icebreakers that can still be done and they serve many purposes in addition to allowing for fun such as allow for a sound check, allow for a video check, get everyone motivated, and help build the team or get acquainted. Say the pledges! 4-H committee and clubs should start their meetings with the pledges and being virtual doesn't change that. Saying the pledges helps remind the group why they are there, to be present and to realize it is time to officially start the meeting. Saying them online can feel chaotic but in addition to allowing for the aforementioned items, it also allows for fun, a sense of normalcy and putting people at ease. The president should pause after asking for a verbal vote to allow for the internet lag. Then when they ask for the no vote, it is best practice to ask for a different word so that it is clear they are voting against. For example, “All in favor say aye, (pause) all opposed say no.” If it is too difficult to tell if the motion passes, a roll call vote or another virtual voting method would be a great alternative. If it is difficult to hear the president due to feedback or a poor connection, it is best to move the president duties to the vice president or another member who is not having those challenges for this meeting. It is often easier to get distracted in a virtual meeting than in a faceto-face meeting. Regular check-ins, either through votes or discussion, can help ensure the group is engaged. 4-H groups work best when the members can have open discussion, hear all the discussion clearly and can easily see the nonverbal communication of the other members. Even virtual meetings, when done with intention, can accomplish these goals. Roxanne S. Turner, MSU 4-H/Youth Extension Educator (contact at 517-546-3950 or by email at: turnerr@msu.edu) Other Michigan State University Extension articles that can help with online meetings are “Host a virtual Michigan 4-H meeting” and “Voting in virtual 4-H club meetings.” For further help with online meetings, contact the 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement team at: MSUE.DL.4HLeader ship@msu.edu. This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit https://extension.msu.edu. To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit https://extension.msu.edu/newsletters. To contact an expert in your area, visit https://extension.msu.edu/experts, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).



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2021 AQHA CONVENTION The American Quarter Horse Association annual convention is a highly anticipated event for AQHA members around the world. The 2021 AQHA Convention is slated for March 18-22 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas and will be held according to local, state, and federal mandates. All members are invited to attend and can now register online. After careful discussions with AQHA leadership and key stakeholders, the AQHA Executive Committee has decided to modify the traditional format of the annual convention to host a business format in 2021. With the cancellation of the 2020 convention as a result of the coronavirus, AQHA leadership understands the importance of hosting an in-person convention in 2021. AQHA is a member-driven organization, and the modified schedule will allow attendees to focus on business initiatives, including committee and council meetings, reviewing member submitted rule-change proposals, appointing new AQHA directors, and electing the AQHA Executive Committee. AQHA's top priority is to safely host a convention for our members and staff; therefore, AQHA will not host larger indoor social gatherings that do not meet social distancing guidelines during the convention. The American Quarter Horse Foundation Board of Trustees, Foundation Council and AQHF made the decision to postpone the annual Hall of Fame Induction, which will recognize the Classes of 2020 and 2021. “Each year, AQHA members look forward to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Induction to honor the legends who have shaped our industry,” said Chris Sitz, chief foundation officer. “Due to the worldwide pandemic, we felt it was necessary to postpone this event to protect our Hall of Fame inductees and representatives, along with their family and friends. The Foundation Council and Foundation staff are planning to host an event that will match the prestige of the honorees. More information about the Hall of Fame Induction, including the date and location of the event, will be released once details are finalized.”

AQHA is working closely with the Hyatt Hill Country Resort to implement health protocols and guidelines to protect the health and safety of attendees and staff during the 2021 AQHA Convention. The Association will also employ social-distancing protocols during the convention and host events outside when possible. It is important to recognize that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any setting where people are present. More information regarding the health protocols will be released at www.aqha.com/convention. For registration questions, email convention @aqha.org or call AQHA Manager of Organizational Events Cheyenne Tyk at 806378-4320 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday. For more info on the 2021 AQHA Convention, visit www.aqha.com/convention.

2021 EQUINE AFFAIRE IN OHIO TRANSITIONS TO A VIRTUAL EVENT Virtual event link and content will become active on April 8, 2021, at 9:00am. You will click on the “virtual event” link, enter your registration details and receive access to all programming, guides and virtual event content on-demand. The virtual Equine Affaire will be FREE for all viewers and will be presented as a digital event program –your traditional event guide for everything at Equine Affaire, including all that you’re accustomed to finding in the print format plus much, much more! From shopping guides and enhanced advertising to on-demand educational presentations, interviews with clinicians and performers, fun competition and other interactive event highlights you won’t want to miss the virtual Equine Affaire this April! Virtual Event Features: Shopping: Shop by exhibitor name or product type and take advantage of special promotion codes and discounts with select retailers, and shop the new online Equine Affaire Store! Educational Presentations: On-demand educational clinics w/renowned clinicians. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021 (14)

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INDIANA AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOCIATION Let's start 2021 on the right lead! The IASHA will not be holding a banquet this February for the 2020 show year. We will, however, be presenting awards at the Spring Warm Up Horse Show in Cloverdale, IN March 19-21, 2021. Winners will also have the option to pay shipping costs in lieu of attending in person. More details will be announced regarding this at a later date. In the meantime, Taylor Boyer has graciously agreed to produce the annual slide show to be played at the banquet! Please send any photos you would like to be included to: Horselvr1994@gmail.com by February 28, 2021! Amy will also be reaching out to all winners for photos to be featured in our social media highlights! Lastly, a huge congratulations goes out to our new board members! Bill Whitinger, Eliza Payne, and Emma Faesi Hudelson. They will serve from 2021-2023! Here's to a happy, healthy, horsey year in 2021! Visit us online on our Facebook page or at: https://www.indianasaddlebred.net/

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Horse Owner Challenges By Kim Cardeccia | www.ConfidenceThroughConnection.com It can be challenging to be a horse owner, for many reasons. The one that I want to focus on here is the importance of taking a customized approach to our interactions with our horses. With just about everything, custom made is better. It's not only better with horses, it's essential to building a true partnership. Being mindful of thresholds is going to help a lot. Of course, the better we know our horses, the more we'll understand about how they travel the line between responding and reacting. Ideally, we want to have a conversation with our horses. The tone and tempo of the conversation will change as they get closer to threshold or move back into safety and calmness. I have two brown thoroughbred horses. They look similar, same breed and height, and they're very different. Even though both of these horses benefit from structure when they're having a hard time regulating, there is a big difference in how I can help them create art, so to speak, within the structure. One specific example I can share is letting each horse look at something when their state was elevating. Delilah is one of the most “lookiest” horses I've ever been around. She will be the first to look at something when all the horses are out, and the last to take her gaze away from it. When she looks at something, usually, it works better for us as a team if I let her gaze linger. I watch to make sure that her body is heading toward softening, and allow her the space she needs to feel more secure. When she's ready, she'll bring her focus to me either with her eyes or by walking toward me. We've done this many times! FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

Petey, the other TB, needs a different manner of support. If I allow his gaze to linger, as he's in an elevated state, he spirals up. Almost immediately. If I don't gently encourage him to break his trance, he'll have a difficult time keeping all his legs organized or on the ground. So I gently ask him to shift his focus in my direction, I've learned that one of the best ways is to walk from his side close to his midline and get him to bring his eyes or ears in my direction. I go with the inclination horses have to track things that move. This is how I can best help him keep his calm. I have to hold space for Delilah and be a little more direct with Petey. How they each need to be led in order to get out of chaos, and into a more balanced state is so very different. And even though they each have their normal patterns, there will also be variances in that. Really, what they can help demonstrate is that there are seldom hard fast methods. There aren't many “always” with horses, more “sometimes.” The more balanced we can be internally, the more we can shift gears externally. This opens us up to have conversations with our horses, They will be able to respond, rather than react and our interactions can be more fun. Do it your way, as a team. About Kimberly Cardeccia: Kimberly 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, please visit Hidden Promise’s website at: www.ConfidenceThroughConnection.com. (15)


Horse Halters By Robert Eversole | www.TrailMeister.com If you have a horse, or a mule, you have a halter. It may be plain, fancy, or have special uses, but you've got one or several of these pieces of tack laying around. Let's take a peek at some of the different types of halters you find around the barn and spend a little time talking about how and when they'll be used. All halters perform the same basic functions. They provide a tool for controlling horses' movements during handling. But all halters are not equal. Not every halter is going to suit your needs any more than every halter is going to fit your horse's head perfectly. I lump my halter collection into 3 piles. Flat, Round, and Special Purpose. Let's check them out.

FLAT: As the name implies flat halters are flat. Generally made of strips of flat nylon webbing or leather, connected with metal rings and buckles. Flat Halter Materials Nylon: Available in a variety of colors and patterns, these halters stand up to the weather and resist abrasion. Nylon halters are very strong and they're easy to wash and care for. With its wide webbing a simple nylon halter is my go-to tool for trailering. Leather: Leather halters look terrific! They offer plenty of strength and durability as long as they're well taken care of. Well taken care of is of course the point here. Despite the classic look, feel, and smell of leather, I'd rather be riding than cleaning and oiling leather. Fitting A Flat Halter Flat halters come in a variety of sizes such as Cob, Full, and more. Sizing your halter correctly is important not only for appearance, but also functionality, ensuring it stays in place properly and is comfortable. To fit your flat halter properly, be sure to use the adjustment points on the crownpiece and noseband. The crownpiece should fit comfortably behind your horse's ears without pinching. The noseband should sit about halfway between your horse's nostrils and eyes, with about two to three fingers width between the leather and your horse's nose. The throatlatch should allow for three to four fingers width so your horse can breathe and swallow properly, but won't get a hoof caught. Finally, be sure that the hardware is not too tight. Properly fitted flat halters evenly distribute pressure and are ideal for trailering. ROUND: Round, or rope, halters are my favorite type of halters for around the barn and on the trail. Rope halters are created from a single piece of rope and forego hardware attachments that are prone to failure, found in flat halters. Because rope halters don't involve any hardware, they are much stronger than flat styles and offer an unfettered connection between handler and horse, allowing for the development of subtle cues. I use rope halters when pracFEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

ticing groundwork at home, under a bridle when trail riding, and when camping with a highline.

How They Work Rope halters are thinner than leather or nylon halters, so the pressure is more focused versus being distributed across a wider area. As a result, a rope halter can apply a bit of pressure when you want to reinforce a cue. Tying a Rope Halter Rope halters may not be as instinctual to put on as a flat, but with a little practice the process will become second nature. At its heart, a correctly tied rope halter is secured with a sheet bend knot that points back towards the rump. SPECIAL PURPOSE HALTERS There are many types of special purpose halters available from grooming to shipping. The two most common special purpose halters are leading/packing halters and breakaway halters. Leading/Packing: Also known as side pull halters, these tools help keep an animal that you're ponying from pulling back on you while going down the trail. The halter tightens as they pull back and the animal quickly learns that the easiest way down the trail is without pulling. These can be found with chain or leather pulls. I like my “come along nicely” halters to have a wide leather nose piece so they're a bit more comfortable. Breakaway Halters: These flat style halters typically have a breakable crownpiece that act like a fuse in the case something exciting happens. My preference is, I don't want my equipment to break. If a horse tied with a breakaway halter gets free a time or two, he has been trained to walk away whenever he wants. That could be a very bad thing. For me, the risks from running free outweigh those of staying put. Lost horses in the wilderness rarely come to good ends and even in a front country camp, a free roaming equine can cause injury to others. For those reasons I choose to avoid breakaways. You'll have to decide what works best for you. Of course, I spend a significant amount of time with my animals and they have earned the privilege of being tied. Until I can reliably saddle and unsaddle without the aid of tying, my animals aren't ready for the trail or the opportunity to rest and relax while parked to a trailer, tree, or highline. I also hear from people who say they keep halters on their animal's so they can catch them. To that I say that both human and beast need more training. Teach your critters to come when called. As always, for practical information on trail riding and camping with horses, as well as the largest guide to trails and camps, visit our website.

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Round Bales By Kentucky Equine Research Staff www.ker.com The unpredictable weather and barren pastures of winter complicate forage feeding for horse owners. Because of this, many rely on round bales to provide necessary forage. “Using round bales as part of a feeding system has advantages. They are economical compared to traditional square bales, which is important as hay is commonly the most expensive component in the diets of mature horses,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research. “In addition, round bales are convenient to use, especially when forage must be transported through snowy and ice-covered paddocks in the dead of winter.” However, round bales should be used appropriately to offset potential drawbacks, which include loss of nutrients, mold growth, negative effects on the respiratory system, and waste. “Freeze-thaw cycles may have an effect on certain nutrients, particularly organic nutrients like proteins and fat-soluble vitamins,” explained Crandell. “Other nutrients, like minerals, appear to be fairly stable even if the hay is frozen, just as long as the hay stays dry.” Once the hay gets wet, forage quality degrades rapidly. Further, when wet hay freezes and thaws, even more damage can occur to the protein found in the hay, particularly if it is a slow thaw. If hay gets soaked through, there will be some leaching of nutrients and nonstructural carbohydrates, just like when hay is soaked for horses with certain metabolic conditions. Fat-soluble vitamins decline as hay ages, but soaking may intensify losses.

Because of the structure of the round bale, rain does not penetrate into the inner layers. This is especially true if the bale has been tightly bound and laid on its side. “Mold growth is another factor to consider when hay gets wet and does not dry. Mold not only affects nutrient loss, but can also be toxic to the horse,” Crandell advised. Because of the inevitable losses of nutrients, round bales exposed to the elements should be consumed in four to seven days. Depending a bit on the size of the bale (they can vary greatly in weight), four horses can usually consume a bale in this time frame. Be cognizant of each horse’s body condition score when feeding herds and remember that if there are too many horses trying to eat from one bale there may be a problem with competition. “When using round bales, feeding a concentrate may be necessary if the hay doesn't provide sufficient calories for maintenance of body condition. For horses that can maintain weight with hay alone, use a research-formulated vitamin and mineral supplement or ration balancer,” advised Crandell. Waste from large round bales can be reduced through the use of feeders. Various models are marketed to the horse industry, and dimensions of the feeders vary. Some have roofs to protect hay from precipitation. In one study that compared nine models of round-bale feeders, hay waste ranged from 5% to 33%, while waste when fed with no feeder was measured at 57%. Resources: (Martinson, K., J. Wilson, K. Cleary, W., Lazarus, W. Thomas, and M. Hathaway. 2012. Round-bale feeder design affects hay waste and economics during horse feeding. Journal of Animal Science 90:1047-1055).

Foaling Season Has Begun! By Paula Stevens | MSU Horse Management Program Student If you had told me a few months ago that I'd be bringing in 2021 foaling out mares on a large breeding farm in Oklahoma, I probably would have laughed and said something along the lines of “Yeah right. I'm not good enough for that and don't have the experience required to even consider it.” Two weeks into January and I have been doing just that as I dive into an internship for the next five and a half months, learning all about the breeding industry and what goes into creating and bringing these future equine athletes into the world. It has been a whirlwind of change from what I am used to, and while I am not as wide-eyed and overwhelmed as when I first got here, there is still an overwhelming feeling that lingers each day. Still, being able to be part of such an operation, and knowing that in 2-3 years I'll be able to watch some of these horses do what they're bred for and say “I delivered that horse when it was born” makes this all so worthwhile. I am glad that I chose to take this opportunity. The skills and information that I will come home with will be ones I keep with me and utilize in other areas, I'm sure. That all being said, foaling season has begun, here on the farm I'm at and at other facilities too. Always hope for the best when expecting a foal and be prepared for the worst. Have your veterinarian's number handy and be ready to step in and assist when necessary. The '1-2-3 Rule' was taught in my classes at MSU and it is also discussed at the farm. The foal should stand within 1 hour, suckle within 2 hours and the placenta should be passed within 3 hours. Be sure to retrieve the placenta when it has been passed so that it can be looked over for any abnormalities. It should take twenty to forty FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

minutes for the mare to deliver the foal when in stage two of the birthing process. Assistance may be necessary at some point in which an experienced handler or veterinarian should step in. We have delivered 13 foals so far and we have well over a hundred left for the rest of the season. We are about to enter the busy time of the season once we get into February and from there it is all handson deck at all times. I think the one thing I've learned thus far is that it does not hurt to be prepared for anything to happen or go wrong. It is a happy time when everything goes by the book, but that does not always happen and there's nothing worse than something going wrong, and not being prepared for it. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and enjoy this exciting time of new arrivals. Paula Stevens is a student at Michigan State University, manages blog and Facebook page CitifiedCowgirl and CitifiedCowgirl Photography, and works at Chase Lake Equine Center in Fowlerville. (17)


Conquer the Canter, Part 1 Five Canter Hacks for Green Horses and Green Riders By Julie Goodnight | www.juliegoodnight.com The natural gaits of the horse are walk, trot and gallop. The canter is a slow, collected gallop, developed over time, through training. Rarely do you look out into a pen full of horses and see them making slow bendy circles at the canter. Instead, they prefer to run full speed straight ahead, then drop their shoulder, wheel around, and take of in the other direction. Balancing the rider enough to canter slowly and arc turns at the canter come with time and training. Canter and lope mean the same thing. Canter is the more traditional term and lope is a slang term used in Western riding, derived from the Spanish word gallope. Whether you ride English or Western, learning to sit the canter smoothly and control the horse's direction and speed is a goal of most riders, even though it is a gait that can be intimidating to ride. Whether you're just starting out and learning to ride the canter for the first time, an experienced rider dealing with a loss of confidence, or an advanced rider training a green horse, these hacks are for you! I'll discuss some of the most common canter problems I see in less-experienced riders and green horses, I'll give you some quick fixes, and I'll share some horsemanship secrets that you may not know. It's not likely that you'll need all these hacks, but it is likely that at least one of them will help propel you and your horse to a higher level. Confidence To Canter: There's an old saying in horsemanship that says, “The best way to improve canter is to improve the trot.” This simply means that if you wait to canter until you have truly mastered the trot, cantering will be easy. The trot is actually a harder gait to ride, with a lot of vertical motion that tends to throw you up and out of the saddle. There is a lot to accomplish at the trot: you can ride it sitting, posting, and standing; none of which are easy. You can ride a working trot, collected trot, extended trot. You can ride changes of direction, circles, serpentines, and execute many maneuvers at the trot. I encourage riders not to get in a big hurry to canter. It will be much easier when you've mastered the trot. When riders approach the canter with trepidation, the horse will read the reluctance of the rider and be reluctant to canter himself. Most horses have learned the hard way that when a rider is reluctant, they usually get hit in the mouth in the canter departure. He doesn't want to canter anyway, so if the rider is not committed, the horse will not be either. It's best to wait to tackle the canter until you're ready to commit! Work on your skills and confidence at slower gaits. I offer a short course on developing confidence, which may help you address your fears, so that you come to cantering with the right mindset. Sitting The Canter: If you're just learning to canter, it's hard to know what to teach you first – how to get the horse into the canter or how to ride the gait when he does canter. It's an awkward stage! I prefer to set the student's horse up to canter in the easiest way possible so that the rider can focus on sitting the gait first. To sit the canter smoothly, your hips make a circle – forward and down, up and back, like they do when you push a swing to go higher. There's a moment in the stride, when the horse goes into FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

complete suspension (all four feet are off the ground), when your shoulders go behind your hips – if you are sitting back far enough. The biggest mistake I see in riders learning to canter is that they sit too far forward and the lift in the horse's back throws them up and out of the saddle. Therefore, I encourage riders learning to sit the canter to lean back, with your shoulders slightly behind your hips. But make sure you reach forward with your hands as he starts, so you don't accidentally hit him in the mouth when he departs. One of the easiest ways to learn to canter is out on the trail, with steady horses in front of and behind you, on a flat sandy surface. With good communication and more experienced riders supporting you, it will be easy to get the horse into the canter and you can focus on the feel of it without having to steer. My training video Canter with Confidence can be especially useful in learning to ride the canter smoothly and thoroughly covers how to cue the horse for canter and how to get the correct lead. Controlling Direction: Riding straight lines at the canter is far easier than riding turns. In the arena, horses tend to drop their shoulders, cut corners, and lean into the middle. It's what horses do, and these natural tendencies are often exacerbated by the rider. Often, when a rider is learning to control the horse at the canter, the horse breaks gait as soon as a turn is attempted. The rider leans into the turn, throwing the horse off balance and into the middle, then the rider pulls back on the rein to turn, instead of opening the rein to the side. The backward pull equals opposition to forward movement and causes the horse to break gait. In this common scenario, the rider's errors are causing the horse to canter fast and out of balance, and rider error trains the horse to break gait. Set up a cantering scenario where you can canter a long straight line at first, then come back to a controlled trot before you make a turn. Once you can ride the straight lines and upward and downward transitions well, then think about tackling turns. But first, you must conquer the straight line on the long wall, with balanced upward and downward transitions. Your next goal in the arena for controlling the canter is being able to canter around the short side and past the gate, without breaking gait; then all the way around the arena. Be aware! There's a fine line between a rider learning to control the canter and a trained horse being disobedient. If the horse is refusing, shutting down, diving into the middle, or slamming on the brakes at the gate, you may be dealing with disobedience. If so, go back to walk and trot and regain your authority. Address the disobedience before coming back to the canter, but keep in mind (18) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

this kind of disobedience is often a result of a horse's frustrations over the rider's mistakes and may lead to worse behavior is the mistakes of the rider are not addressed. Controlling Speed: Green horses cannot canter slowly – that is a skill that is learned over time. Young horses will usually need to carry a little speed because sometimes balance requires speed. Some horses are more talented in this area than others. In my experience, people often complain about their horses going too fast at the canter when the horse is actually moving well. If the horse is green, you may have to accept a little speed. One thing I know for sure, you cannot control speed by pulling on the reins. Pulling on two reins to make the horse go slower at the canter will almost always result in the horse going faster and “running throughout the bridle.” This is a ridiculously hard concept to comprehend for novice riders, but often the horse will slow down when you loosen the reins. For me, the two most effective means for slowing the canter is first to put the horse on a wide arcing circle. Lift slightly up and in with your inside rein and energize and lengthen your inside leg, so the horse lifts his inside shoulder and tips his nose into the circle. Gradually bring the horse onto a smaller circle, with a lot of bend in the horse's body – which will physically cause him to slow down. As soon as you feel the horse gear down, release him from the circle on a loose rein. Gradually, through circling and bending, the horse develops better balance and coordination and learns that going slower is easier and gets him what he wants. Another useful hack to slow down the canter is with trot-canter transitions. Start by just cantering 3-4 strides, then coming back to a slow, collected trot. After many repetitions of that, start going 5-6 strides, then 6-8 strides, always coming back to a slow collected trot. Soon the horse begins to anticipate the downward transition, so he prepares by going slower. This is a classic example of “replacement training,” a highly effective means of training horses, where you replace one thought or behavior with another. Soon, every time he speeds up, he will think about slowing down.

without admonishment or ramifications, tells the horse that you condone his breaking gait. If the horse breaks gait at the canter, give him a good scolding, with your voice and other aids, to let him know you disapprove. Then put him immediately back to canter and make him work harder for a 1020 strides. If you feel the horse starting to falter in his stride, drive him forward into a hand gallop and only let him stop and rest when you feel him moving freely forward. If you only stop the horse when he is moving forward willingly, he'll stop breaking gait. Don't Worry, You'll Get There! The canter is the most complicated of gaits to learn to ride and it takes time to develop good skills in both the horse and the rider. In a perfect world, people learning to canter would only ride easy, well-trained horses, and untrained horses would only be ridden by high-level, experienced riders, but that's not always how it goes. Whether you're just learning to canter for the first time or you are training a green horse, I hope you found some help with the canter hacks listed here. Tackle your issues one at a time – start with the most basic and work toward the more complex skills. Give it time and practice deliberately. Get help from an instructor or a more experienced rider, so you have some external feedback. Next month, I'll give you five more canter hacks for the more experienced horse and rider, working to perfect the canter. We'll look at how to keep the horse from dropping his shoulder in turns, how to deal with the horse that trots faster instead of stepping smoothly into canter, preventing bucking, perfecting canter departures, and collecting the canter. ~ Until then, enjoy the ride!

Breaks Gait: Which brings us to another common problem, mostly caused by the rider – breaking gait. It's a cardinal disobedience for the riding horse and it may Illuminate a hole in the horse's fundamental training, a lack of authority from the rider, or gross errors of the rider that impede the horse's ability to continue the canter. The latter is often the cause of the aforementioned frustration in the horse. If the horse also breaks gait at the trot and walk, the horse is lacking basic training, or the rider has no authority, or both. For thousands of years, we've known that forward motion is the basis of all training in the horse; without it, the horse cannot be trained. A properly trained and obedient riding horse continues at the speed set by the rider, until the rider cues the horse to speed up, slow down, or stop. If the shoe fits, go back to basics and come back to the canter once it's resolved at the walk and trot. Horses often learn to break gait simply because the rider allows and condones it. Most horses don't want to keep cantering circles with a rider on their back. If the horse breaks into trot, most riders politely re-cue the horse to canter, as if breaking gait was not a problem. But the disobedience continues indefinitely because the horse benefits from breaking gait (rest) and pays no penalty. Re-cueing to canter, FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021



Caring for Hoof Abscesses By Lisa Skylis | skylisli@msu.edu In these wet winter months, you may find your steadily sound horse abruptly becomes very lame. The most likely cause? The moisture from the weeks of rain and snow have brewed bacteria and formed a hoof abscess. A hoof abscess will form when bacteria is trapped between the hoof wall and the sensitive laminae. The trapped bacteria then create a build-up of pus and this intense pressure can cause your horse significant pain. The source of the abscess' bacteria might be from a puncture wound, such as a nail, or from living in wet conditions, such as muddy pastures or wet stalls, or genetically-prone poor hoof quality. Look At The Foot Your horse may have a hoof abscess if you notice the following:

Homemade Healing: Poultice and Bandage For centuries, poultices have been the tried-and-true method for · Sudden lameness relieving soreness and reducing inflammation in horses. A poultice · A swollen pastern or coronary band is a soft, moist preparation that is applied topically and can either · A hoof that is sensitive to the touch have a warming or cooling effect. Although readily available in most · A hoof with an increased digital pulse supply stores, it's cheaper and easier to make your own poultice · A hoof that feels warm to the touch using ingredients you already have around the kitchen. This recipe, If you've detected any of the signs listed above, first you must be commonly known as 'sugardine', makes a poultice out of sugar and sure that your horse's leg or hoof hasn't been punctured or lacerated betadine to draw out the infection and then disinfect. because hoof abscesses can mimic these more serious injuries. If Here's a how-to for making your own poultice and hoof bandage to they're wound-free, then it's time to have your horse examined by help your horse's abscessed hoof: your veterinarian. Likely, your vet will conduct a lameness exam to Materials to Gather rule out other injuries and will use hoof testers to locate the pain • Sugar • Betadine source in the hoof. After confirmation from a veterinarian, you • Plastic cup/bowl and spoon • Hoof pick horse's abscess is ready for treatment. • Epsom salt • Tub full of warm water Treating A Hoof Abscess • Clean towel • Baby diaper With little room for expansion between the hoof wall and the coffin • Cotton elastic cloth tape (Elastikon) • Duct tape bone, a hoof abscess is particularly painful for your horse and needs • Elastic cohesive bandage (Vetwrap) • Scissors to be relieved quickly. Similar to popping a large pimple, the Combine three parts sugar and one part Betadine into a paste. The quickest way to decrease your horse's pain is to have your mixture should have a consistency similar to peanut butter. veterinarian drain the abscess. Usually, this process can be done Poultice and Bandage Application simply with a paring knife and some pain relievers for your horse. Occasionally, a deeper or prolonged abscess may need to be First, add one cup of Epsom salt to the tub of warm water. Clean surgically drained to prevent them from spreading. If an abscess your horse's hoof out with the hoof pick and soak the affected hoof remains untreated and has spread to deeper tissues, the treatment in the tub for ten to fifteen minutes. will be much more costly and could result in lasting unsoundness. While the hoof is soaking, you will make the duct tape boot that will Once drained, your veterinarian will recommend the hoof be kept make up the final layer of your horse's hoof wrap. bandaged with an antiseptic dressing or a poultice to prevent 1. Cut one piece of duct tape roughly eight to ten inches long. Set bacteria from reaching the hoof’s freshly made drainage tract. this piece aside for after the duct tape boot has been made and While healing, your horse will have to be kept in a dry, clean area applied to your horse's hoof. such as a small paddock or a well-bedded stall. You can expect the 2. Cut six to seven pieces of duct tape long enough to cover the abscess to be drained around 48 hours, although the hoof may take base of your horse's foot. Place one strip of tape on a flat up to a week to completely heal and harden. Fortunately, your horse surface vertically and place another strip of tape, also should be significantly more comfortable within a few hours of the vertically, onto it so that the pieces of tape overlap by half. abscess being drained. Otherwise, your veterinarian may advise Continue doing this for all of the pieces of tape, creating a sheet your horse takes bute (phenylbutazone) or banamine for one to two of duct tape where all of the adhesive faces the same side. days to keep their pain more controlled. 3. Cut six to seven pieces of duct tape long enough to cover the Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse: bottom of the hoof. Place one strip of tape horizontally on your · The abscess drains excessively after 48 hours existing sheet of duct tape that made in step one. Place a · Refuses food or water when they normally would not second strip of tape horizontally onto the tape sheet so that the · Is not putting their weight on the healing hoof two pieces of tape overlap by half. Start at the top of the sheet · Is frequently lying down and work your way to the bottom, creating a double layer of · Requires pain relievers for more than two days duct tape sheet. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021 (20) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

4. Unstick the duct tape sheet and begin cutting the sheet into a roughly circular shape, trimming the edges. This rounder shape will better fit your horse's hoof. After you've soaked the hoof and made the duct tape boot, you are ready to apply the poultice and bandage to your horse's hoof. Gather all of the following materials to be within reach of your horse: poultice, diaper, Vetwrap, scissors, duct tape boot, duct tape, and Elastikon. Then, dry your horse's hoof. Now, take your horse's clean, dry hoof and begin applying your homemade poultice thickly onto the affected hoof. Be sure to cover the entire bottom of the hoof. Then, wrap the hoof in the baby diaper, keeping the wings of the diaper up the sides on the hoof. Secure the wings to the diaper along the sides of the hoof wall. Next, begin wrapping the diaper-covered hoof in Vetwrap and cover the entire bottom of the hoof with the bandage. Do not wrap the hoof too tightly; your goal is to use the bandage to keep the diaper in place. Use scissors to cut the bandage when the hoof is covered. After wrapping the hoof, it's time to put your duct tape boot on. Roughly center the duct tape boot around the hoof tape and stick the boot onto the bottom of the hoof. Smooth the edges of the boot along the sides of the hoof. The duct tape boot should not touch the horse's hairline on their leg. Now, use the longer strip of duct tape previously cut to adhere to the toe of your horse's duct tape boot. This will reinforce the toe line and prevent it from wearing down before the next bandage change.

Finally, wrap the Elastikon over the cohesive bandage, around your horse's coronet band and slightly up the pastern. This layer is meant only to keep the bandage and homemade hoof boot on and add some more protection. Do not wrap this bandage too tightly. Generally, an abscessed hoof will heal after being drained, poulticed, and bandaged for several days. The poultice and bandage will need to be changed daily to remain effective. After you've weathered the abscess, keep the poultice and bandage materials on hand because it's not a question of 'if' you'll need them again, but 'when'. Lisa Skylis graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She is a professional freelance writer and Lisa's work largely focuses on the equine industry. When she's not writing, Lisa can be found doting on the horses at her local therapeutic riding barn or entertaining her mischievous Golden Retriever, Roy. Freelance inquiries can be sent to skylisli@msu.edu. Sources for this article include an article from Minnesota State Extension by Felice Cuomo, DVM titled “Horse Hoof Abscesses,” and an article from the American Association of Equine Practitioners by Brian W. Fitzgerald, DVM titled “Hoof Abscesses.”

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Horse Lameness By Dr. Joanna Bronson | http://bronsonvetservices.com/ Horses are designed to carry a lot of weight on 4 legs. These legs need a strong hoof base that can evenly disperse that weight. Due to genetics, some horses do not have sufficient hoof span to effectively support the work they are asked to do and are more prone to developing hoof problems that can temporarily or permanently disable them. Given the knowledge that good hoof care is essential to the welfare and usefulness of the horse, consistent care can forestall a lot of hoof problems. However, problems do exist and show up despite the most diligent care. Common hoof problems include laminitis, thrush, ringbone, keratoma, corns, sole bruises, cracks in the hoof wall, navicular disease, quittor, hoof abscesses, white line disease, thin soles, hygroma, keratocele, cidito, nail punctures, sheared heels, and quarters, plus other unpredictable injuries. A Tetanus booster is warranted for any puncture, open wound, or abscess. Every horse owner fears Laminitis, which ranks high as a severe disease that can lead to total disability and even premature death. Laminitis might have multiple causes. Among those are poorly trimmed hooves, an overindulgence of grain or grass, a reaction to medication, injury, stress, and toxins produced from an incident of colic, or a high fever from an illness. Signs of Laminitis are a red-alert situation and an afflicted horse needs immediate medical attention. Most cases of laminitis can be treated with good management, medication, and hoof care. However, the chances of a repeat flare-up is always a concern. Thrush can be an ongoing concern. Treatments consist of medication, good horsekeeping, and hoof trimming. Some horses are more susceptible than others housed in the same conditions. Ringbone is thought to be primarily genetic. This condition produces an excessive accumulation of horn tissue in areas of the hoof. Over time, the ringbone solidifies, and most horses can resume normal activities. Keratoma develops with the formation of corn tumors inside the hoof wall. The cause is from regular irritation in the sensitive laminae of the coronary band's soft tissues. Removal of the tumor is the main treatment with medication. Corns and sole bruises are most often caused by injuries during walking or riding, insufficient hoof trimming, or improper balance of weight over the frog area. Affected horses display varying degrees of lameness. Sand cracks in the hoof wall need surgical removal of the extra tissue and antibiotics. Navicular Disease is any type of heel pain resulting in lameness and a painful gait. It is thought to be genetic, but can also be caused by improper nutrition, continuous exposure to unusual hard, rocky ground, and working in too tight or small circles. Corrective shoeing, and a selective balanced diet can help alleviate the pain. Quittor is an infection usually found on the front legs with the primary cause being an injury. If not treated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Hoof abscesses are like a boil. The injured area is contaminated by a secondary infection leaving the horse severely lame. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. Š2021

White Line Disease is a white line in the hoof. Since the separation may invite bacteria or fungi, treatment is essential. Trimming the area and treating it with antiseptics is the usual route. Thin soles might be natural or due to neglect. Shoe pads are helpful in protecting sensitive soles. Hygroma is an inflammation of the bursa of the knee joint and is common in racehorses. Many may not experience lameness. There are multiple nutritional supplements that might help stimulate hoof growth through feed additives. A variety of topical applications are also available to nourish the hoof wall. New types of shoes and pads can offer relief for hoof problems along with removable hoof boots that can be custom sized. Trial studies have become reality with new products such as Hoof Armor. This is an adhesive which is being used as a horse shoe replacement where glue is used instead of nails to adhere the shoe. Hoof Armor has also been used to treat severe cases of White Line Disease and as an effective antimicrobial agent. Upon physical inspection, most cases of lameness can be treated at home with rest, proper trims or shoeing, and medication. Still, the best defense against developing any hoof problem is routine inspection, cleaning, regular trims, proper shoeing, and good horse-keeping practices. All lameness issues warrant a call to your vet. About Dr. Bronson Dr. Joanna Bronson graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 at the top of her class. Following graduation, she worked as an intern at a large equine referral practice in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in lameness, surgery, and racetrack medicine. In 2005, she opened Bronson Veterinary Services in Coldwater, Michigan. What started as an ambulatory only practice, quickly grew to a full-service equine, small animal hospital and surgical center. The now three doctor practice provides medical, surgical, reproductive, and preventative care services for Branch County and the surrounding area. Dr. Bronson lives with her husband, two children, and a variety of pets. In her spare time, she enjoys going to horse and cattle shows with her family, attending various sporting events, and working around the family farm. (22)


Enrichment for Horses By Lisa Kiley | https://www.cashmans.com/ Winter weather can mean horses are stuck spending more time inside or don't get as much ride time as usual. Horses are herd animals, so when they are confined to their stalls, it can be helpful to provide them with some options to help keep them preoccupied in the winter months when the weather is too inclement for them to get outside. Enrichment toys and activities can also keep horses busy when they are outside in the pasture together and there isn't as much grazing opportunity. Horses are naturally inquisitive and can be very playful creatures. At the same time, some horses are more interested in playing than others. This can be dependent on their life stage – younger horses are more likely to be playful than their older counterparts. Each horse is unique, and their personality is going to determine how much enrichment and interaction they are going to need and enjoy. Horses can get bored with things just like we do. Winter is a great time to introduce activities and items that can help spice up the winter doldrums. When determining what type of enrichment is best for your horse, there are a few options: Visual Surroundings Often over-looked (no pun intended), your horse's surroundings can make a significant difference on their well-being. Even if your horse spends a significant amount of time inside a stall, surroundings can have a big impact. This means that horses who can put their head out of the stall and interact with their neighbors or see the horses next to them can yield a reduction in stress and anxiety. A busy barn is also stimulating for a horse and can help curb boredom leading to reduction in negative behaviors associated with boredom like stall walking, pawing or wood chewing. The more activity that can be provided in and around the barn will help keep a horse preoccupied and has the secondary benefit of desensitizing the horse to things such as loud noises and moving objects in a safe environment. Horses naturally want to be in a herd because it provides a lot of things for the animal including safety, security, and social stimulation. Providing an environment that can closely mimic this, even if a horse can't actually be out in a herd, is a good place to start when thinking about their housing and enrichment needs. Interactive On the Ground – Enrichment that is interactive can be as limitless as your imagination. Remember, every interaction you have with your horse is teaching them something, so make sure you are aware of this and act accordingly. This goes for anything from grooming sessions to leading them around. Even if the point is to have fun with your horse, you will still want to be safe and make sure that the horse is respecting you as the leader. Teaching your horse commands, working on 'tricks' , or asking your horse to stretch out with simple techniques are activities that don't take a lot of room to accomplish. If you have limited space to work with your horse this can be an ideal way to work together. Groundwork activities can improve your relationship with your horse and increase trust in your partnership. In the Saddle – If you do have access to an indoor arena, there are still opportunities to promote more engagement. It can get boring FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

for both you and your horse to just go around and around in circles. Especially when you are in a smaller space, it can be a great time to work on 'foot work' exercises. This can be going over poles, backing through obstacles, and working on side pass maneuvers. Adding a raised pole with a jump block or rail razer can help teach your horse to pick up his feet. Just remember, when introducing your horse to anything new, take it slow and exercise patience as they learn what you are asking them to do. Items that Encourage Play Enrichment toys for horses can be divided into two categories: Toys that provide treats – We aren't the only creatures that are motivated by food; walk into a barn in the morning and you will be greeted by excited nickers and whinnies waiting for breakfast. If you are looking to help curb boredom between meals, a foodoriented object may be a motivation for horses to engage with toys even if they aren't the most playful type. For horses that don't enjoy playing with other items, even just introducing something that holds hay or treats where they have to work a bit harder to get to the food can help keep boredom at bay. Toys for physical play – For really playful horses, sometimes all they need is an object that they can pick up and grab and shake around or chase. Sometimes the drive to play increases when they are out with a buddy or several pasture mates. When horses are out in a paddock or arena, mega balls can provide great interaction for them to chase and play with. Engaging with a toy like this can also help a timid horse become more confident. Just make sure that the toys are durable and safe. Horses can become habituated to toys quite readily. Think of a todd-ler that gets bored with something because it is not new anymore. For this reason, it may be a good idea to rotate enrichment items every so often, this will help keep your horse's attention. You will gain a better understanding of what items your horses are interested in, helping to gain insight on their personality. Enrichment activities and items can help provide physical and behavioral wellbeing for your horse. Cashmans Horse Equipment offers a wide array of enrichment options. We would be happy to help you decide what would work best for you and your horse. Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years and a proud member of the Cashmans Horse Equipment Team in Delaware, Ohio. Cashmans Horse Equipment has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for Lisa, Bay and Mom, Sharon over 40 years, with a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A. Visit Cashmans website at: https://www.cashmans.com/ (23)


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Western Dressage: Practice Tips By Lynn Palm | www.lynnpalm.com Now that you've gotten into Western Dressage, you're eager to do well. But what are the best ways to improve your horse at his current level and move on to advance to the next level? Make a plan before you get in the saddle. You are teaching your horse every time you work with him, whether you are taking an actual lesson or not. Be sure he's learning something positive! Get your horse totally warmed up before attempting more complex maneuvers. I follow these “Golden Rules” for warm up: 1. Change directions often for lateral suppleness of your horse. 2. The working trot is the best gait for warming up. You should post to help your own body prepare and warm up. 3. Do transitions often for the longitudinal suppleness of your horse. This also helps build strength and flexibility in your horse. 4. Do some simple lateral training to loosen up your horse. Now that you're ready to work, here are some suggestions to help you accomplish your goals: 1. Have a plan of what you want to work on and follow it. Use the level/test you are presently working on to formulate your plan. 2. Each lesson, use a figure to work on. Practice transitions before and after the figure that are in your level/test. 3. Review the score sheet from the judge(s) at your last show and practice a tip. 4. Always work in short segments. Recognize where you have a weakness in the training figure or transition. Improve your horse through your position/aids before you practice the weak areas. Remember to perfect your accuracy of the figure or transition. 5. Have someone video you as you practice so you can see if you are making progress. This allows you to recognize and review the action and timing of your aids. 6. Review your training figure and transitions. Work last on the straightness of the turn, straight line or upward or downward transition that you had in your lesson goal. 7. If you need help with a transition, use a curving line. 8. Try to improve the figure work on the size of the curve or the straight line at a different spot from where you have done your training figure. 9. Use maneuvers such as turn on the forehand, yielding at walk, turn on haunches as "cool down" maneuvers from trot and canter work. This will keep your horse's concentration and help him remain more interested and responding to your aids. We all want to advance to the next level, but how do you know you're ready? There are several ways to know: 1. Your scores improve from competition to competition. 2. Riding the test gets easier and easier. 3. Even though the hardest maneuver in the test is still challenging, all the others go well. 4. As you advance to a new test and still have one, maybe two, tasks that are challenging, when you go back to the easier test, you will find that it will improve more. The more difficult test sets your horse up to improve the easier test. FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

5. Ask your coach/instructor to confirm your desire to advance in your level/tests. 6. Have someone video you at a show or at home doing the whole test. Watching the test ridden in its entirety should help you realize if you're ready to advance or not. The best part of advancing your tests is that if you fail, or the more advanced new movements in the harder test are not going well, you can always go back to the easier test. Don't get discouraged! I recommend giving yourself at least one to three months with a new test to decide if you are advancing at the new level, or if you need to go back to the easier one and perfect it even more. One of the best things about dressage, whether English or Western – is that the levels and tests are the perfect progression to teach rider skills and the training/development of your horse. If you can't master a task, find a similar movement in the easier level/test a similar movement and work on perfecting it. This will help you advance. Everything is in print, so use the tests for your homework as you practice at home or with your instructor. Make it a point to learn and understand how and why you are doing each component of a test. Take your time. Getting in a hurry will only set you back and cause frustration. There is no rule saying how far you have to advance; if you stay at a certain level for your riding career, that is okay. Best of luck, Lynn For more info visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 352.629.3310.

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FEBRUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 6 – Tyler DeLange Cutting Clinic, 10am start, Free Clinic. DeLange is an NCHA World Champion, and 2x National Champion. DeLange Cutting Horses, 5093 State Road, Fort Gratiot, MI. Call 810.479.1659, or for more info find “DeLange Cutting Horses” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 20 – Tack Sale at WillowTree Farms, 61160 34th Ave., Bangor, MI. Contact L. Buxton 269.207.5265, email: avosequine@ gmail.com. Find “Avos Equine” on Facebook or visit: https://www.avosequine.com/event

MARCH 2021 MARCH 27 – Great Lakes Cutting Horse Assoc. event. Slippery F Ranch, 9770 Butler Rd., Nashville, MI. Call 810.356.3338, or email: greatlakescutting@gmail.com. Visit us online at: www.greatlakescutting.wixsite.com/glcha or FB: “Great Lakes Cutting Horse Association”

APRIL 2021 APRIL 17 – EUPHA Tack Sale, Noon-3pm. Dafter Township Hall, 3029 W. 10 Mile Rd., Dafter, MI. Vendor tables $20 each. Vendors Tracey 906.322.4032, email: laitinen207@ gmail.com. Online: eupha.weebly.com, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/rideEUPHA APRIL 17 – Great Lakes Cutting Horse Assoc. event. Slippery F Ranch, 9770 Butler Rd., Nashville, MI. Call 810.356.3338, or email: greatlakescutting@gmail.com. Visit us online at: www.greatlakescutting.wixsite.com/glcha or FB: “Great Lakes Cutting Horse Association”

APRIL 17 – Red Horse Ranch IBRA Open, Master, Youth, Adult Barrels. MI & IN approved. Noon start. Red Horse Ranch, 64247 Library Rd., Cassopolis, MI. Call Peggy 269.626.4795 or for updates visit “L&G Quarter Horses” on Facebook or visit: www.ibra.us

Hay and Straw Auction – Tuesdays 1pm. Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, 3675 Tupper Lake Rd, Lake Odessa, MI. Call 616.374.8213 or www.lakeodessalivestockauction.com

APRIL 17 – Waterloo Hunt Club Annual Hunter Trials. 9:30am start. Located in Waterloo Rec. Area, 11500 Glenn Road, Grass Lake, MI. Contact Arlene Taylor 517.960.9417, or email: actaylor@umich.edu, or visit: www.waterloo hunt.com or Facebook “Waterloo Hunt Club.”

Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month (except July) Tack 2 pm, Horses 6pm. Hay and Straw, plus Farm Related Items Weds. 2:30 p.m. Northern MI Livestock Auction, 1848 N. Townline Rd., Gaylord, MI. 231. 439.5679, northernmichiganlivestock.com

APRIL 24 – Fuzzy Horse Show, 9am to 5pm. WillowTree Farms, 61119 34th Ave., Bangor, MI. Contact Kim Lerch 517.881.8700, or email: avosequine@gmail.com for showbill. Online at: https://www.avosequine.com/event

Moore's Monthly Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month, starting at 6pm with tack, horses to follow. Tom Moore Sales, 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. 517.467. 7576, email: sales@tommooresales.com, or online at www.tommooresales.com

APRIL 24-25 – Buchanan Westerners Riding Club Fuzzy Show. 14665 Mead Rd., Buchanan, MI. Pleasure arena opens at 8am, show starts at 8:30am. Email us: buchananwesterners@ outlook.com. Find us on Facebook or visit: www.buchananwesterners.com APRIL 24-25 – Lower MI Horse Association Fuzzy Show, 8am start. Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI. Stall reserve (preferred): kholzhei@hotmail.com or call/text: 517.719.2329. Find us on Facebook at “Lower-Michigan-Horse-Assocation.” APRIL 30-MAY 2 – CMHA All Breed Lope For Hope Fuzzy Show. Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, 2900 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, MI. Email Katie Hartsuff at cmhasecretary@gmail.com, visit us online: https://cmhainfo.weebly.com/ or Facebook: “CMHA-All Breed Horse Shows” APRIL 30-MAY 2 – The Delta Classic hosted by the Michigan Reining Horse Association. Midland Co. Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave., Midland, MI. Call 616.581.2230, email: reining michigan@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook or visit: http://www.mrha.org/


Moore's Monthly Dealer Tack Auction: 3rd Thursday of every month, starting at 10am. Held at 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. Call 517.467.7576, or email: sales@tommoore sales.com, or visit www.tommooresales.com Hay and Straw Auction: Mondays 3:30pm. Ravenna Livestock Auction, 3265 S. Slocum Road, Ravenna, MI. Call 231.853.5738, or visit us online: online at www.ravennaauction.com Warner Farms Dealer's Tack Auction: First Thursday of every month, 10am. Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, 602 Dean St., Adrian, MI. Call James Warner 517.596. 3028, email: jimbohorse46@frontier.com, or online at: www.lenfair.com W-H Horse Saddle and Tack Auction: Fourth Saturday of every month. 10am used tack; 1pm horses. Wayland-Hopkins Livestock Auction, 3634 10th St., Wayland, MI. Call Leon, Cal or Tye Casey (269) 945-9398 or online at www.your-auctioneers.com

MI WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at The Orchard Arena. 5:30pm sign-up, 6pm start. $20 per person. 5966 W. Sanilac Rd., Vassar, MI. Call 989.823.3352 or 989.673.3767, email: gwright@centurytel.net or visit us online at: www.gwhorsesandtack.com SUNDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at Blue Ridge Stock Farm, N. Latson Rd., Howell, MI. 2pm start, $25 cattle fee, all ages welcome, no exp. nec. Call 517.376.1930. Spring - Fall Only.

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FEBRUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 6 – 4-H Tack Sale hosted by the Madison County Equine Committee, 8am-2pm. Vendors $15: 10x10 space. Champion Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Vendors Colleen Martin 614.374.6149, or Sam Seidenstricker 937.561.8500. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Show & Event Dates OHIO, CONTINUED FEBRUARY 6 – Ohio Quarter Horse Association Virtual Annual Open Meeting. Mandatory RSVP, 10am start. 2020 Year End Awards will be gift cards due to Covid-19. For more information, email: info@oqha.com or visit us online at: http://www.oqha.com/ or Facebook. FEBRUARY 6-7 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Sat. 6 & under, & 7-10. Sun. Jr High & High School. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 12-13 – Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Barrel Racing Series. Added Money. Fri.: NPBA approved, start 8pm. Sat.: IBRA approved, start 1pm. WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. Contact Baily 567.644.5761, or Heather 419.788.8245 or http://turning3.com/ FEBRUARY 12-13 – WB Ranch IBRA Approved Barrel Racing. 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Contact Baily Vantilburg 567.644.5761. Visit us online at: www.ibra.us, or www.turning3.com, or find “WB Ranch Swanton” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 12-14 – YEDA Founders Show, Double Judge, Split Combined. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Show Sec. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu or http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/ FEBRUARY 13 – Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club 10th Annual Swap Meet, 9am-2pm, $2 admission. Mozelle Hall, Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. Contact Taylor 419.606.5165, email: taylor93 77@gmail.com, or ashlandpaintandplain.com FEBRUARY 13 – Crazy Woman Ranch IBRA Barrel Racing Series. 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, email: joycehaynes@ att.net, or you can find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook or visit: www.ibra.us

FEBRUARY 18-21 – OPHA National Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

MARCH 6-7 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Sat. 6 & under, & 7-10. Sun. Jr High & High School. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.

FEBRUARY 20-21 – YEDA Show hosted by Royal Creek. Double Judge, Split Combined. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Haley 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu, or http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/

MARCH 6-7 – OPHA Approved Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

FEBRUARY 21 – 38th Annual GLApHC Swap Meet, 8am-2pm, $3 admission. University of Findlay Western Farm, 14700 US 68, Findlay, OH. Contact Jim 269.214.6194, or Deb 734.341.9219. Must reserve booth by phone. Online at: www.glaphc.com or on Facebook.

MARCH 11-14 – OPHA National Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

FEBRUARY 26-28 – The Challenge, presented by SOQHYA. 3 judges, AQHA, NSBA approved. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Vendors: Judd 614.205.8056. Email: soqhastalls@gmail.com. Visit us online at: www.soqha.com or find us on Facebook.

MARCH 12-13 – Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Barrel Racing Series. Added Money. Fri.: NPBA approved, start 8pm. Sat.: IBRA approved, start 1pm. WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. Contact Baily 567.644.5761, or Heather 419.788.8245 or http://turning3.com/

FEBRUARY 26-28 – YEDA Founders Show, Double Judge, Split Combined. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Show Sec. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu or http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/

MARCH 12-13 – WB Ranch IBRA Barrel Racing. 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Contact Baily Vantilburg 567.644.5761. Online at: www.ibra.us, or visit: www.turning3.com, or find “WB Ranch Swanton” on Facebook.



FEBRUARY 27-28 – IDA Mock Show & Clinic. Lake Erie College, George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu. FB: “Intercollegiate Dressage Association” or https://teamdressage.com/ FEBRUARY 28 – 15th Annual Tack Swap hosted by NBHA Ohio 02. 10am-2pm, $2 admission, 10 & under free. Vendors welcome! Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. Contact Amy Snyder 440.479.8503, email: cowgirlup73@hotmail.com. Find “NBHA Ohio 02” on Facebook.

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FEBRUARY 13-14 – IHSA Hunt Seat Mock Show & Clinic. Lake Erie College, George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu. Find IHSA on Facebook or https://www.ihsainc.com/events/calendar

MARCH 5-7 – YEDA Show hosted by M & M Equestrian Team. Dbl. Judge, Split Combined. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Show Sec. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu or visit: http://showyeda.com/

FEBRUARY 13-14 – OPHA Approved Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

MARCH 6 – IHSA Hunt Seat Mock Show & Clinic. Lake Erie College, George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess, DVM 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu. Find IHSA on Facebook or https://www.ihsainc.com/events/calendar



MARCH 12-14 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road Columbiana, OH. Contact Kelly Dempsey 330.907.5225. Visit us online at: www.ibra.us, or www.garwoodarena.com, or find “Garwood Arena” on Facebook. MARCH 13 – Crazy Woman Ranch IBRA Barrel Racing Series. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, email: joycehaynes@att.net, or you can find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook or visit: www.ibra.us MARCH 13 – IHSA Western Mock Show & Clinic. Lake Erie College, George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess, DVM 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu. Find IHSA on Facebook or https://www.ihsainc.com/events/calendar MARCH 14 – Defiance County OHC Horse Tack & More Sale. 11am-3pm, free admission, food onsite. No pets. Paulding County Fairgrounds Extension Hall, 503 Fairgrounds Dr., Paulding, OH. Contact Michelle Cogswell 260.445.4240, email: cogswell824@gmail.com


Show & Event Dates MARCH 27-28 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series 10 & Under Finals. Scholarships, Paybacks, Saddles, & more! 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.

APRIL 10-11 – Lake Erie College Dressage Prix de Villes, USEF & USDF Approved. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess, DVM 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu, or visit us online at: https://www.lec.edu/

MARCH 18-21 – OPHA National Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

MARCH 27-28 – YEDA Show hosted by Hancock Horsemen. Double Judge, Split Combined. WB Ranch, 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu, http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/

APRIL 10-11 – OPHA Approved Horse Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagin valleyfarms.com, or visit us online at: www. opha.org, or www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com

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MARCH 19 – Friday Barrel Bash at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road Columbiana, OH. Contact Stefanie 330.717.4329, email: stefanie@garwoodcattle.com, visit us online http://garwoodarena.com/ or find “Garwood Arena” on Facebook.

APRIL 2-3 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series Jr High & High School Finals. Scholarships, Paybacks, & more! 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.

APRIL 11 – Lebanon 4-H Tack Expo, 10am2pm. Vendors welcome, concessions onsite. Held at the Lebanon Grand Opry House, 620 N. Broadway Ave., Lebanon, OH. 513.850.1770 for more information or find “Lebanon Grand Opry” on Facebook.

MARCH 19-21 – Marne Loosenort Barrel Clinic. 9am start ea. day. $450, includes lunch daily. Trailer electric hookups. Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Call Joyce 614.595.1850, or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.

APRIL 2-3 – Spring Fling Barrels at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road, Columbiana, OH. Contact Stefanie 330.717.4329, email: stefanie@garwoodcattle.com, visit us online at: http://garwoodarena.com/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarwoodArena/

MARCH 20-21 – Lake Erie College Winter Dressage Show, USEF and USDF approved. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess, DVM 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu, or visit: https://www.lec.edu/

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OHIO, CONTINUED MARCH 14 – OHC Great Tack Exchange, hosted by Warren County OHC. 11am-4pm. NO vendor reservations before January 2! Warren County Fairgrounds, Building C, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, OH. Visit us online at: https://greattackexchange.webs.com/



MARCH 20-21 – YEDA Founders Show, Double Judge, Split Combined. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Sec. Haley 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu or visit us online at: http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/ MARCH 20-21 – Youth Rodeo at Garwood Arena, 8am start. 2538 Middleton Road Columbiana, OH. Call Stefanie 330.717.4329, email: stefanie@garwoodcattle.com, visit us online http://garwoodarena.com/ or find “Garwood Arena” on Facebook. MARCH 26-28 – OMIQHA Spring Warm-Up Open Show. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Dan Klaus 419.307.9212, email: dsmklaus@gmail.com, online at: https://omiquarterhorseassn.com/ or on FB: https://www.facebook.com/omiqha MARCH 26-28 – USTPA Region 8 Sanctioned Penning & Sorting Event. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. USTPA show office: 817.599.4455. Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/USTPA or visit us at: https://ustpa.com/

APRIL 2-4 – Ohio Valley Reining Horse Assoc. Show. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Email: ovrha@yahoo.com, online at: http://ovrha.org/ or find “Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association” on Facebook. APRIL 3-4 – EOQHA/OQHA Approved Horse Show. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. Visit http://eoqha.us/ online or find the “Eastern Ohio QHA” on Facebook. APRIL 7-11 – World Equestrian Center Premier Show #17. WEC, 4095 OH 730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email: julie.agar@comcast.net. Visit us online at: https://worldequestriancenter.com/wilmingto n-oh/ or Facebook: “World Equestrian Center.”

APRIL 14-18 – World Equestrian Ctr. Premier Show #18. WEC, 4095 OH 730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email: julie.agar@comcast.net. Visit us online at: https://worldequestriancenter.com/wilmingto n-oh/ or Facebook: “World Equestrian Center.” APRIL 16-17 – NBHA OH District 04 Barrel Racing. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Call Keith Malone 740.525.0401, email: keith@malonerenova tions.com. Online at: https://nbha.com/ APRIL 16-18 – Lake Erie College H/J Prix de Villes, OPHA and Up & Over Approved. George M. Humphrey Equestrian Ctr., 8031 Morley Rd., Mentor, OH. Contact Pam Hess, DVM 440.375.8005, email: phess@lec.edu, or visit: https://www.lec.edu/ APRIL 16-18 – USCHA Region 6 Sanctioned Cutting Event. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Office 903.440.4122, email: office@unitedstatescutting.com. Visit: https://unitedstatescutting.com/ or Facebook: “United States Cutting.”

APRIL 9-11– Ranch Sorting, North Eastern Regional. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Call 970.897.2901, email: cinchrsnc@hotmail.com. Visit us online at: https://www.rsnc.us/ or on Facebook.

APRIL 17 – IBRA Ohio Approved Barrel Racing. Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Call Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook or visit: www.ibra.us for more information.

APRIL 9-11– Buckeye Legacy Rodeo. Open to NHSRA HS/Jr High Members. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. OHSRA President Tanya Tupps 330.464.8075. Visit us online at: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org or on FB: Ohio High School & Jr High Rodeo Assoc.

APRIL 21-25 – World Equestrian Ctr. Premier Show #19. WEC, 4095 OH 730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email: julie.agar@comcast.net. Visit us online at: https://worldequestriancenter.com/wilmingto n-oh/ or Facebook: “World Equestrian Center.”

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Show & Event Dates OHIO, CONTINUED APRIL 23-24 – Ohio Ranch Horse Association Show, Double Judged. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Call Amy Roberts 740.819.8446, or email: amyshd@ yahoo.com. Find us on Facebook or visit us at: http://www.ohioranchhorseassociation.com/ APRIL 23-25 – USTPA Region 8 Sanctioned Penning & Sorting Event. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. USTPA show office: 817.599.4455. Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/USTPA or visit us at: https://ustpa.com/ APRIL 24-25 – YEDA Founders Show, Double Judge, Split Combined. WB Ranch, 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Show Sec. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu Visit us online: http://showyeda.com/ or FB: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/ APRIL 30-MAY 2 – YEDA Horse Show. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Secretary: Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh@findlay.edu. Visit us online: http://showyeda.com/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/


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FEBRUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 6 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Beach Family Farms, 7800 W. Baseline Rd., Holton, IN. Contact Justin 812.756.2011, or Penny 812.406.8512. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Beach Family Farms” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 7 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Call Nat Stewart 812.736.3759. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Yankeetown Arena” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 12-13 – Michiana Friesian Sale. Fri. 5pm auction, Sat. 8:30am. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Auction Comm.: Pete 574.825.5807, Melvin 574.773.7797. Email: info@michianafriesian sale.com, Facebook: “Michiana Friesian Sale.”

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.

FEBRUARY 12-14 – IBRA Super Show at C Bar C Expo Ctr., 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Contact Cindy Harlan 765.426.1457. Online at: www.ibra.us or www.cbarcexpo.com. Find “C Bar C Expo Center” 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: www.laruehorsesale.com

FEBRUARY 20 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Beach Family Farms, 7800 W. Baseline Rd., Holton, IN. Contact Justin 812.756.2011, or Penny 812.406.8512. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Beach Family Farms” on Facebook.

Mt. Hope Auction: Horse, Tack, Livestock Auctions Monthly. Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 OH241, Mt. Hope, OH. Call 330.674.6188, or online at: www.mthopeauction.com

FEBRUARY 20-21 – MYRA Rodeo & Little Britches Rodeo. C Bar C Expo, 253 Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Email: flying51livestock @gmail.com, or myraentries@gmail.com or can find “Midwest Youth Rodeo Association” on Facebook.

Sugarcreek Stockyards: Fridays: Horse sale, 11am tack, hay & horses to follow. Mondays: Livestock, hay at noon, livestock at 12:30pm. Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek, OH. Call Brady 330.831.1720, or online at: www.sugarcreekstockyards.com 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. 800.364.2870 | www.yoderandfreyfarm.com

FEBRUARY 21 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Call Nat Stewart 812.736.3759. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Yankeetown Arena” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 27 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Monroe County Saddle Club, 8010 W. Elwren Rd., Bloomington, IN. Contact Brad Johnson 812.322.4473. Visit us online at: www.ibra.us, or find “Mason County Saddle Club” on Facebook.

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FEBRUARY 27 – Topeka Driving Horse Sale. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Call 260.593.2522, email: info@topekalivestock.com. Find us on Facebook or visit: www.topekalivestock.com FEBRUARY 27-28 – MYRA Rodeo & Little Britches Rodeo. C Bar C Expo, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Email: flying51livestock @gmail.com, or myraentries@gmail.com. Enter at www.myra.xyz Monday before rodeo. Facebook “Midwest Youth Rodeo Association”

MARCH 2021 MARCH 3-7 – IQHA Shamrock Shuffle. AQHA, NSBA, IQHA, IKI approved. C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Shavings, RV, Vendors: 765.720.3251. Show Mgr. Kathy Avolt 765.714.4324. Online: www. anequineproduction.com or www.iqha.com MARCH 5-8 – Online Indiana Belgian Breeders Stallion Sweepstakes. Register to bid online at: https://wlivestock.com/account/register, or call Aaron Freitag 219.898.0728 or Krissy Freitag 219.313.2908. Phone bids available: Willoughby Sales 317.340.6392. MARCH 6 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Beach Family Farms, 7800 W. Baseline Rd., Holton, IN. Contact Justin 812.756.2011, or Penny 812.406.8512. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Beach Family Farms” on Facebook. MARCH 6 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Monroe County Saddle Club, 8010 W. Elwren Rd., Bloomington, IN. Contact Brad Johnson 812.322.4473. Online at: www.ibra.us, or find “Mason County Saddle Club” on Facebook. MARCH 7 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Call Nat Stewart 812.736.3759. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Yankeetown Arena” on Facebook. MARCH 13 – Spring Southern Ohio Horse Sale. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Call 740.988.2971, or on Facebook: “Southern Ohio Horse Auction.” MARCH 13-14 – Two Day Dressage & More Schooling Show, 9am start. Wild About Horses Equestrian Center, 6830 State Road 25 S, West Point, IN. Contact Pam Bowen 765.714.7403, email: pambowen63@gmail.com, or online at: https://www.wildabouthorses.net/ MARCH 15-19 – Spring Topeka Draft Horse Sale. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Catalog deadline: Feb. 4, 2021. Call 260.593.2522, email: info@topeka livestock.com. Find us on Facebook or visit: www.topekalivestock.com WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Show & Event Dates INDIANA, CONTINUED MARCH 19-21 – Youth Equestrian Development Assoc. Horse Show. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Sec. Haley Bok 567.712.4214, email: bokh @findlay.edu or http://www.showyeda.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/showyeda/ MARCH 21 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Rd. 160, Henryville, IN. Call Nat Stewart 812.736.3759. Online at: www.ibra.us or find “Yankeetown Arena” on Facebook. MARCH 26-27 – Indiana Haflinger Horse & Draft Pony Sale. Fri.: 10am driving, 1pm tack, 4pm preview, 6pm futurity. Sat.: 7am driving, 8:30am stallion service, sale to follow. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Glenn 574.646.3225, Dennis 217.621.4969 MARCH 26-28 – IBRA Super Show at C Bar C Expo Ctr., 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Contact Cindy Harlan 765.426.1457. Online at: www.ibra.us or www.cbarcexpo.com. Find “C Bar C Expo Center” on Facebook.

APRIL 2021 APRIL 2-4 – Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association Show. Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen West Rd., Jackson, OH. Email: ovrha@yahoo.com. Visit http://ovrha.org/ or find “OVRHA” on Facebook. APRIL 8-11 – Spring Fling presented by the Indiana Reining Horse Association. C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Contact Shannon Fowler 317.440.5248, email: sfowler7@att.net. Visit us online at: https://inrha.com/ or find us on Facebook.

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APRIL 14-18 – IQHYA Show, AQHA, IQHA, NSBA, IKI approved, 6 sets points. C Bar C Expo, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. RV, shavings, or vendors call: 765.720.3251. Show Mgmt.: Kathy Avolt 765.714.4324. Online at: www.anequineproduction.com or Facebook.

APRIL 29-MAY 2 – Indiana Equine Roundup presented by Kerlin. C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. C Bar C Expo 765.720.3251, or email: info@cbarcexpo.com Find “C Bar C Expo” on Facebook or visit us online at: http://www.cbarcexpo.com/

APRIL 17 – Davis Ranch Open Horse Show, 10am start. Indoor arena, PAC, ISHA, OCAP approved. Davis Ranch, 385 East US Hwy. 150, Hardinsburg, IN. Call 812.620.5707, email: dave@daviddavishorsemanship.com, or online at: www.daviddavishorsemanship.com

APRIL 30-MAY 2 – OMT Judges Training & Competitors Schooling Clinic. Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. Call 330.323.3559, email: creeksidehorse park@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook or visit www.creeksidehorsepark.com

APRIL 17 – Indiana IBRA approved show. Mason County Saddle Club, 8010 W. Elwren Rd., Bloomington, IN. Contact Brad Johnson 812.322.4473. Visit: www.mcsaddleclub.org or “Mason County Saddle Club” on Facebook.


APRIL 17 – Farrier Competition followed by Round Robin. 9am-3pm, 80% Payback, Preenter $50 ea. event. Shoes by Jackson Farrier Supplies. Tuff Creek Arena, 1150 South 100 West, Flat Rock, IN. Joe 812.447.9579, or Amanda 812.322.9027. FB: Tuff Creek Arena APRIL 22 – Topeka Driving Horse Sale. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Call 260.593.2522, or email: info@topeka livestock.com. Find us on Facebook or visit us online: http://www.topekalivestock.com/ APRIL 24-25 – Indiana/Ohio Invitational Rodeo & Shoot, JH & HS. Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W. 100N, New Castle, IN. INHS Pres. Sage 260.413.9303, email: sagethomas4@icloud. com. Online: https://www.inhsrodeo.com/ or FB: “Indiana High School Rodeo Association.” APRIL 24-25 – MYRA Rodeo & Little Britches Rodeo. C Bar C Expo, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Email: flying51livestock@ gmail.com, or myraentries@gmail.com. Enter at: www.myra.xyz Monday before rodeo. Facebook “Midwest Youth Rodeo Association”

Hamilton County Horse Sale: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Approx. schedule: 3pm Used Tack, 5:45pm New Tack, 7:30pm Hay & Trailers. Saddles & Horses to follow. 22217 St. Rd. 37 N., Noblesville, IN. Call 317.946.4450, or 317.773.5590, or find us on Facebook. Rigsby Farms Worthington Horse Auction: Auction held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. 5917 N. 200 W., Worthington, IN. Contact Jerry Rigsby 765.271.5063, or Blake Rigsby 765.865.5770, or find us on Facebook. Shipshewana Trading Place: Horse Auction Every Friday. 10:30am tack, 12:30pm Horses; saddle, ponies, work and driving. 345 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN. 260.768.4129, email: info@shipshewanatradingplace.com, or visit: www.shipshewanatradingplace.com Topeka Livestock Auction: Horse Auctions throughout the year. 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. Call 260.593.2522, or email: info@topeka livestock.com, visit us online at: www.topeka livestock.com or find us on Facebook.

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Given the winter weather and the pandemic, activities at the Brighton Recreation Center have been at the minimum. Nevertheless, the Board members and other members of BTRA have remained in communication. We're also aware that our trails are getting some use from riders, hikers, and dog walkers. They're all welcome, as long as they are cautious and respect the limitations imposed on us by Old Man Winter. On January 13th, we held our first hybrid Board of Directors meeting. What is a hybrid meeting? It's a combination of an in-person and Zoom gathering, and it worked well for us. Roughly half of our nine-member Board met at a member's house and the rest of us joined in via Zoom. We weren't quite sure how this was going to work but were gratified that we were able to see each other and communicate effectively. We plan to continue this practice until the weather turns warm and we can hold outdoor meetings. This is what we did last year and we're eager to resume this arrangement. We discussed a number of issues at our meeting, including our 2021 schedule of events. The schedule has been published with the understanding that all events are tentative and subject to change. We were unable to host any formal events last year, although the Brighton staging area, trails, and campground saw a good amount of use. This year, we're determined to resume a BTRA presence at Brighton, although just how we're going to do this is still under consideration. We want BTRA to have some type of involvement in activities this season to the benefit of our members. However, we're not certain yet if this will involve the official hosting of events or something less formal. We're awaiting word from the DNR on what type of requirements/restrictions will be required this year. Many of us recall that last year there was a complete ban (temporary) on organized events and when the ban was lifted, formal events were subject to a rigorous review and approval process. No matter what, BTRA will observe all conditions associated with pandemic guidelines.

So, we'll endure the rest of the winter and hope that things start to get better for everyone. For those of us who keep our horses on our property, daily barn maintenance reminds us how much our friends depend on us, and we know they'll want to repay us when we tack up in the spring. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

The trails are especially beautiful in the winter, so quiet and serene. Come and explore the winter season with us! If you have any questions give Nancy a call at 269-967-3613. See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

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FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! The trails are open and with such a mild winter so far, hopefully some of you are out enjoying the winter riding season. Ken has been out on our trails keeping them free of downed trees and limbs. Thank-you Ken! The trailhead parking lot is always easy to get in and out, even this time of year. Bring some charcoal and roast some hotdogs on the grill at the pavilion to enjoy with a thermos of hot cocoa! Check out the 7 new campsites if you haven't seen the layout yet. Camping reservations are available online on the DNR website. Camping for the Fall of 2020 was a huge success. Stay tuned for events to be planned if Covid restrictions are lifted in 2021. Go to our website at www.fchfa.org for all FCHFA 2021 news. Think about joining us as a new member or a returning member to help support the new campground and beautiful trail system that trail riders enjoy at the Fort Custer Recreation Area. Our endeavors include maintenance for the trails and campground. This entails purchasing and upkeep of equipment, removal of the manure regularly from the pit for day riders and campers, erosion control on the trails and creek crossings, signage and much more. Our commitment to the Equestrian Campground is a longterm agreement with the Park that will require participation of all equestrian trail users. Please know that your support guarantees the future of a place to camp and ride like Fort Custer!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. The Highland Trail Riders Association hopes that you are starting this year with lots of plans for riding, camping, and other great equestrian activities. The milder weather has brought great opportunities to visit our local trails. Horses and riders have enjoyed the winter experience and we hope we can continue to do so for much of this year's Michigan winter. As you plot out your plans for Spring, Summer and Fall riding, we hope you will include the Highland Trail Riders Association Camp and Rides. Our Spring event is scheduled for May 14-16, 2021. Our Fall ride will be held September 10-12, 2021. Our campsites fill quickly so contact Sally Oberg at www.Highlandtrailriders.com. More information can be found on our Facebook page at highlandtrailridersmi. Our association is always looking for new members to assist with trail maintenance, event planning, and general support. Please consider becoming a member. Membership forms can be found on our FB page. Dues are minimal and the rewards are great... meeting friends, protecting our trails and receiving the latest news about the parks and trails. Wherever you ride, have fun out there, stay healthy and be safe! Use the trails, enjoy your rides but please clean up your horses' manure in the staging area, report any and all unsafe practices, and educate others to do the same. See you on the trails!

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News groundwork with them and seeing them grow. When they are mature you can send them off to a good trainer for further education if you don't feel confident doing it yourself. It's true: to ride one is to own one (or more)! By Marilyn Mannino MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION Our association is growing! We welcome Michiganders Katie Collier and family, and Mandy Kellogg, as well as Ohioans Mary Mast, and Sheri and Gary Smith. We encourage all people with MFTs to join our association, especially those under 18. Fox Trotters are so versatile. They can be shown in Dressage and in 4-H and open shows. Many people trail ride and camp with them. It is a fun social activity involving our favorite breed. Michigan, Ohio (and surrounding states) have lots of trails to explore. Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters.com to print off the membership form and get involved. We even have a Versatility program that helps motivate members to get out and work with their horse. Information on that can be found on our website as well. We meet via Zoom each month, so you don't have to travel long distances to meet other members. Our mission is to educate those interested in this breed, as well as to promote the breeding, training, and enjoyment of them. Are you a new MFT owner? Did the registration papers come with your horse's purchase? The MFTHBA is offering a membership plus transfer ownership discount through March for new MFTHBA members. It's only $20! Please visit www.mfthba.com for more information. Are you thinking of breeding your mare? Quality breeders, Chuck Fanslow (www. riverflatranch.com) and Gale Gunders (989534-1207), both of Gladwin, MI, have wellgaited, registered, easy-going stallions to breed to. Chuck's stallions' bloodlines are strong in Cotton-Eyed Joe Y breeding, Gale's stallion (Radar Rico) is spotted and will give you color and gait. Due to the pandemic this year, we are Available trained Fox Trotters are becoming having three showbill issues rather scarce. Everyone wants to get out of the house and find tranquility on the trails and in than one. We have special reduced the arena. Those who have good MFTs are rates for 2021 as well. Advertise hanging on to them because they are such in one or all, it’s your choice. great companions and good for our mental health. Buying a young MFT from a good Details are in this issue of breeder will guarantee you a comfortable Saddle Up! Magazine ride in about four years. It is fun doing FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021 (35) MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION (MSPTRA) Greetings, trail riders! The decking on the equestrian bridge between V and W will not be usable until mid-April 2021. The remaining railings and approach will be completed at this time. We have made some slight changes to our proposed schedule regarding trail ride events for this year. Please make note that the overnight camp-out will be postponed until 2022. Instead, we are going to do a Riddle Ride on Sunday, June 6, 2021. The tentative schedule is noon to 3:00pm. We will have some great prizes to give out and there will be no ride fee for current members. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! 2021 RIDDLE RIDE Sunday, June 6, noon-3:00pm 2021 SPOOKTACULAR EVENT Saturday, October 16 Our website, www.mayburytrailriders.org has undergone some recent updates! You will soon have the ability to sign up and send in your membership dues via the website (PayPal) or by mail if you choose. In addition, we have posted our bylaws, links to other horse-related sites, and a form you can fill out for suggestions or feedback. Check it out when you get a moment. And continue to follow us on Facebook for updates on the trails, events and general news in the park. If you visit Maybury, please sign the registry book at the kiosk in the staging area. Happy Trails, Mary Nader

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PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS Hello Everyone! Proud Lake Trail Riders has been working diligently with the DNR to separate our trails from the bikers. The park is completely committed to doing this and they are presently evaluating options and locations. Once the trails are separated, there will be signs up stating what are horse trails and what are bike trails. We have been working on this for the past several years and we are thrilled that the park is committed to making this happen. As of right now, the GPS maps have been submitted and we are moving forward. At this point, we are undecided as to whether or not there will be a banquet in February. We have a calendar ready to go for this year's events and will be publishing that soon. Once again, all of the local parks have coordinated together so that we are not booking multiple events on the same days. We will be having camping/event weekends on June 18-20th and September 24-26th. If you have been to Proud Lake recently you will see our new obstacle course in the runoff field next to the staging area. A few of these obstacles were built by a local boy scout who built them as part of his Eagle project. He also created two cement mounting blocks for us. One is in the staging area and one is by the railroad tracks. Please come out and try the obstacle course, it is a lot of fun! If you would like to join our email list, please email me at efrusy@yahoo.com and also remember to like us on Facebook! Stay safe and keep riding!


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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN The New Year is here with a promising future, full of love, hope, successes, and good health to all. 2020 was a challenging year, but those challenges brought us new opportunities to learn and grow. New friendships were developed, and our western dressage family grew. Thank you to all of our 2020 sponsors and supporters: our double diamond sponsor, Sunrise Equestrian Sports; our diamond sponsor, Lazy S Ranch Equine Learning Center; our Silver Sponsors Kristen Kill, Erin Rhea Rodriques, Joann Williams, Brian MacMahon, and Dressage Sport Boots; and to our Bronze sponsors Dennis Kaser Painting, Betsy Van Dyke, and Spring Moon Equestrian Center. I extend an especially big thank you to Kristen Kill and Jennifer Sigety for their outstanding job of managing the WDAMI Boss Show and their dedicated hours to WDAMI and to our WDAMI Board members, Secretary Joanne Coy, Treasurer & President's Secretary Carol Baldwin, VicePresident Sue Hughes, and Trustees Kim Nobel, Mary Lynn Zylstra, Rachel Belcher,

Dorothy Mueller, and Diane Kaser. Thank you for your invaluable service. And, finally, a special thank you to all our members for their support of Western Dressage. Onward and forward we go. Michigan first USEF Lite shows are planned for 2021. Wyn Farm is planning on hosting 6 and perhaps as many as 8 USEF/WDAA Lite shows this year and Sunrise Equestrian Sports in northern Michigan is hoping to do one. This is exciting news for those who show and who are signed up for the WDAA Horse Lifetime Points and Awards program as this will mean double points for those events. I will have more information on these shows next month once the details have been finalized. There are some changes to the WDAMI awards program for 2021. Our virtual YearEnd Awards will now require 5 tests from 3 different judges and 3 different shows just like our regular non-virtual Year-End Awards. The Rider Achievement Awards Program is being renamed as the WDAMI Hour Milestone Award. The Achievement Certificate Program, both virtual and non-virtual, will only require 2 shows, 2 judges, and 3 test scores (instead of the old requirement of 3 shows and 3 different judges) and we have also eliminated the requirement of one test having to be the highest test at that Level for the Achievement Certificate Program.

WDAA is planning to hold their own virtual show in June. WDAA has also announced that riders who wish to compete in this year's World Championship Show in the fall will have to qualify by competing in a WDAA recognized show (virtual or non-virtual) unless they competed at last year's virtual World Show. Our quote of the month comes from Dr. Thomas Ritter: “Misunderstandings and mistakes that happen to the horse can become the basis for new discussions, since they provide the rider with opportunity to explain certain things to the horse in more detail, which deepens the relationship between horse and rider.” WDAMI is looking for sponsors for our yearend awards and educational events. If you would like to help by sponsoring or by helping us to find sponsors, please contact us by email at infowdami@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer or offer other service we need, please contact us. Please don't forget to renew your membership. Thank you for your support. Be safe, have fun, enjoy your equine partner and exercise the act of kindness to all. Until next time, Suzanne Morisse, President of WDAMI

On Our February 2021 Cover My name is Taylor Shifko and I am an aspiring equine photographer. My obsession with horses began when I was a little girl. When I was five years of age, my aunt and grandma enrolled me in a tiny tot horse-riding program. My love and passion for horses took off on the first day and has not slowed down since. I grew up riding English and showing in the hunter jumper circuit. I went to a local farm not knowing I would find the redhead mare of my dreams, truly my heart horse. At the time I found my mare, I was fourteen. My best friend wanted to go to the barn down the road from us. She knew the owners, so of course I said I would go with her. What horse lover would not want to go to a beautiful barn full of horses? We talked with the owner and she said she had a mare she wanted to lease. The horse was surrendered by her previous owner and was not earning her keep. Like the little brat I was, I immediately asked the color of the horse. We all want a flashy horse! The owner responded “red roan.” I was obsessed with Appaloosa’s, so I was a little leery of her answer. I took a deep breath and walked to her stall...#42 to be exact. After shuffling my feet down the long, long aisle, I reached the stall. Her name card read “Cinnamon.” I took another deep breath and peaked in the stall. There stood a small, red, fat and sassy mare glaring at me. Without hesitation, I said yes, I want her, she is mine. Cinnamon, you are mine! Fifteen years later, that crazy, moody, redhead mare is now twenty-eight years old and still with me. My love for her has grown everyday. After spending years with her in my backyard, brushing her every morning and watching her grow old and grey, I knew I needed a camera. I wanted to document and cherish all the unforgettable memories of Cinnamon for years to come. It was then I realized I wanted to give other families something I wish I had when I was younger...beautiful, timeless photographs of their faithful four legged companions. Contact Taylor Shifko via email at: devineequinephotography@gmail.com FEBRUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021



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Feed a high-quality diet comprised primarily of roughage.

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At least twice as much energy should be supplied from roughage than from concentrates.

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Provide fresh, clean water at all times. In winter months, water temperature should be between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid putting feed directly on the ground, especially in sandy soils to prevent sand colic.

Check hay, bedding, pasture and environment for potentially toxic substances. Example: noxious weeds, blister beetles, and other ingestible foreign matter.

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Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and winter pasture. Cold or frozen water can decrease overall water consumption. The combination of drier feeds and inadequate water intake increases a horse’s risk of developing impaction colic.

TIP 1: Provide moist feed when possible. • Soak hay in room temperature water prior to feeding. Offer soaked hay as long as it does not freeze or begin to freeze before it is consumed. • Add warm water and a couple of chopped carrots and/or apples to your horse’s regular concentrate, or introduce a high fiber feed like beet pulp into the daily ration. Soak it in warm water before feeding. • FEED WARM MASHES DAILY: Feeding a mash inconsistently can upset gut microbes and cause gastrointestinal issues. • AVOID WHEAT BRAN: It is high in Phosphorus and can unbalance your horse’s diet.

TIP 2: Keep drinking water from getting too cold or freezing. • The ideal temperature for a horse’s drinking water is between 45 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. • Offer warmer water to horses that are older and may have sensitive teeth, are drinking less than normal amounts, or those with a history of impaction.

TIP 3: Ensure horses are consuming adequate levels of salt. • Salt stimulates the thirst response and helps keep horses drinking. At rest, a horse should be consuming about 2 oz. of salt per day. In most cases this requirement can be met by providing freechoice access to a plain white salt block. • If your horse continues to work through the winter, supplement with a well-balanced electrolyte.


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