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Caring For Horses In The Winter Written by Cindy Johnson and Dr. Joanna Bronson Most horses do very well during the winter, if they are provided with ample good-quality feed and forage, essential minerals, clean water, and adequate shelter. Horses should be fed at least 1.5-3% of their body weight in some form of forage. Working horses will need an increase in that amount based on what they are doing. With horses who may be questionable as to their condition going into winter, it's a good idea to do a wellness check. Dental issues should also be addressed. A check list for winter care should include: · A source of fresh water (temps between 45-65 are ideal) · Additional hay during extremely cold weather · Access to shelter from wind and wet weather · Regular hoof care · Continual observation of horses body condition · Providing good ventilation and draft prevention in barns · Deworming Adequate water intake is essential to prevent illness and impaction colic. Horses cannot get enough moisture from snow and ice alone, especially domesticated animals. An average 1,000 pound horse will drink between 10-12 gallons of water each day. If a horse is not drinking that much, his salt intake can be increased to generate thirst. Adult horses can consume between 1-2 ounces daily. Keeping water buckets and tanks clean will also encourage horses to drink. If the containers are heated, it's important to check that there is no chance of electrical sensations or shocks. Compromised horses (either through age, illness and injuries, or environmental factors such as poor shelter) are especially at risk during the winter months for developing illnesses. Some horses may need blankets to stay warm. A healthy horse with a good hair coat is naturally protected by this layer of extra hair. However, clipped horses should be blanketed when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. A horse may need to be blanketed if: · He lives outside with minimal shelter · He has moved from a warm climate to a colder climate · There is no shelter when the wind chill is below 5 degrees · There is a chance he will get wet outside · He is body-clipped · He is very young or very old · He has a body condition score of 3 or less or is in poor health Snow and sleet can rapidly increase the cold. As little as 0.1 inch of rain can cause cold-stress by dampening the hair and reducing its' insulating value. Choosing the right blanket for your horse is based on weight and measurement and sometimes on breed. Blanket warmth is determined by blanket fill-weight measured in grams. Lightweight blankets begin around 100 grams. Medium weight runs from 150250 grams, and heavy weight starts at 300 grams. The following chart offers blanketing suggestions. JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

Temperature Natural hair coat Clipped/compromised 50 sheet with no fill light 40-50 light light/medium 30-40 light/medium medium/heavy 20-30 medium/heavy heavy Below 20 heavy heavy with liner Besides finding the correct blanket weight, it's important to get the right-sized blanket. Blanket sizes are measured from the horse's chest, along his side to the point of the buttocks where the “cheek” meets the tail. Be sure to include the widest part of his shoulder, while keeping the tape measure taut. Having chosen the right blanket in the right size for the right temperature, it's important to remove the blanket daily to see what he looks like underneath. Is he losing weight? Is he too hot or too cold? Is he developing rub marks and sores? If so, these might indicate a poorly fitting blanket. Does the blanket need adjustments/repairs? Is the liner intact? Horses are very skilled in twisting and destroying blankets. Sometimes, a simple adjustment may correct an irritation. A blanket that is too heavy for the temperature can cause him to sweat and develop a chill. Wet blankets are worse than no blanket, as they hold the cold against his body. Do not put a blanket on a wet horse. Use a cooler or let him dry naturally in shelter before reblanketing him. When removing a blanket, friction and static cling may develop. A dryer sheet passed over his back before blanketing helps. Winter turnout is important. Horses need to move to keep their systems, muscles, and joints working well. Even hand-walking during inclement weather is better than keeping horses stalled for long periods. Any movement is important. Using good judgment should bring your horse through the winter in good health. 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. Online at: http://bronsonvetservices.com/

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Tack Room Organization By Lisa Kiley | https://www.cashmans.com/ Chances are, if you have one horse or a whole barnful, you have a lot of horse related things. More likely, those items can end up scattered between your barn, garage, horse trailer or house. Equestrians invest a lot of money in the tack and products we use for our horses, so it makes sense to protect that investment by keeping things neat, clean, and organized. Winter offers a great time to get organized in the barn; you might not be spending as much time riding, but that doesn't mean you have to stay out of the stable. Put an extra layer on and make the most of your 'down time'. Inventory Knowing what you have and where it's located is important. It's a great idea to take an inventory and create a list of all the items you have. Start with your show tack, saddles, bridles, and other more valuable items. As you are creating this list, snap photos of each item, getting a few angles and making sure to take a close-up of serial numbers or makers marks on the items. Although it's not a pleasant thought, in the case of a natural disaster or theft, it can be vital for reporting missing or damaged items to your insurance company. It also makes it convenient if you decide you want to sell something that you have, you will already have photos and descriptions on file to post. Reorganize & Store After you have logged all your items, determine what products you are using most frequently. These items should get the most real estate in your tack room. Items used daily need to be in the most accessible spaces, but they still need a place to live. This way they aren't just left out all the time, which will cut down on clutter. Go through the 'off season' items and create a space to stow them. You can use bins, boxes, or storage racks. Protect the items against rodents, freezing, or exposure to light. As you put things away, make sure they are clean and in good repair. That way, when you pull them out for the next season, you will be ready to go. Label Items Sorting by size, discipline and/or horse, will make items much easier to locate. Color coding is a great way to determine what items belong to each horse. If all the horses in the barn use the same barn colors, you can tag each horse's tack and blankets with colorful electric tape, zip ties, permanent marker, or grease pen. Monogramming, embroidery or bridle/halter plates is another great way to keep things organized, especially in shared tack rooms. Utilize Organizational Tools Protect your investments with the right organizational tools. Saddle racks can keep your saddles supported, extending the lifetime of the tree, and keeping the leather in the right position to prevent curling and cracking. Bridle racks keep your bridles accessible, supported over the crown and give your reins the space to hang so they will not end up kinked or bent. Keeping saddle pads hung on racks that allow for airflow, allows wet pads to dry and prevents mold and mildew spores that transmit to skin and coat of the horse. Barn Safety In addition to saving time and protecting your tack investments, keeping items organized will also increase the safety of your barn. When things are left lying about, it's easy to get into a tangle which can be disastrous for both you and your horse. Keeping tack items JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

hung properly and regularly cleaned will also keep them in good condition and let you more easily notice when something needs to be repaired, preventing any issues of tack breaking while in use. Other safety precautions can include adding lighting to areas of your barn and keeping your tack room locked. Dark areas in a barn or tack room can make it harder to navigate. Just a few additional lights can brighten the space and add a layer of security to both the interior and exterior of your barn. Even simple locks work as a deterrent to theft. After all the work you've done organizing, it's worth it to take the extra step of putting your tack room under lock and key. Out with the Old Should you find that you have several items that you haven't been using or don't need anymore, it may be time to clear them out of your space completely. Depending on the items, you may want to sell them or donate the items to a non-profit or charity of your choosing. If you find that you have some items that are not safely usable, think about re-purposing for craft projects or recycling, rather than throwing away. Hopefully, some of these ideas will be useful as you make your horse related New Year's resolutions this year. Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. As a proud member of the Cashman’s Horse Equipment Team in Delaware, Ohio, she enjoys educating consumers on products that put safety first to benefit horses and the humans that love them. Cashman’s Horse Equipment has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for over 40 years, with a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A.

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ALL DONATIONS TO 4-H DOUBLED 4-H has helped kids achieve their dreams for 118 years. This year, we need to do more. We know 2020 has been undeniably tough and traumatic – especially for kids. You can help us ensure this year doesn't discourage, deter, or define them. 4-H  is committed to eliminating the barriers this year has amplified and providing opportunities for all kids to reach their potential. Today, you can give youth the resources they need to discover not only what they want to be, but who they want to be. To help your gift reach more kids, our generous supporters David and Paula Epstein are matching all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000! For more information and to donate, please visit www.4-h.org. 4-H GIVING TUESDAY All of us at National 4-H Council are so grateful for your support of 4-H on Giving Tuesday. You may not know all the kids whose lives you've touched, but they know you through your generosity. Here's what you accomplished in just one day: 200 4-H supporters just like you came together to raise over $20,000! Thanks to our generous matching donors, David and Paula Epstein, that brings our Giving Tuesday total to $40,000! These funds go directly to strengthening 4-H’s ability to reach more kids in need through innovative, accessible programming. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

AHC PARTICIPATES IN FEDERAL RESEARCH ON E-BIKES American Horse Council is pleased to be participating in a new Federal research project examining the use of e-bikes on public lands. The project, led by the Federal Highway Administration Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL) and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center (Volpe), aims to identify existing and potential social, natural, and safety impacts and opportunities related to

e-bike use on public lands. The project also aims to enhance coordination and cooperation regarding management of e-bikes among federal land management agencies, and transportation and recreation agencies at the federal, tribal, state, regional, and local level. To help accomplish this, the project team will convene a series of stakeholder workshops to ensure this study's approach, findings, and deliverables consider not only the concerns, questions, and research needs of land managers, but also consider those of public land users. The group took feedback on the study's initial framing of the issues and opportunities related to the social, natural, and safety considerations. The AHC continues to push back on this administration's declassification of electric bikes from motorized to non-motorized, and their presence on non-motorized equestrian trails. Both the Department of Interior and the Department of Transportation have been made aware of the horse industry's concerns, and with the support of member organizations and state horse councils we will continue to elevate those concerns among the oncoming administration as well. If you have a personal story or evidence of dangerous e-bike/horse interactions, or any other questions on the topic, please feel free to email Cliff Williamson at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org

2021 EQUINE AFFAIRE IN OHIO TRANSITIONS TO A VIRTUAL EVENT The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect each and every one of us, our surroundings, and our businesses. Infection numbers continue to increase and while there is hope that the pandemic will begin to subside in 2021, we sadly share that Equine Affaire in Ohio on April 8-11, 2021, will not take place as an “in-person” event. The Ohio Expo Center is currently being utilized by Columbus Health and will continue to serve as a COVID-19 testing site in the coming months. It is also slated to be a location for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines once they become available for distribution. With the inability to produce the event at the Ohio

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Expo Center coupled with current health guidelines and regulations beyond our control, the 2021 “in-person” Equine Affaire in Ohio originally scheduled for April 8-11, will not take place at the Ohio Expo Center this spring and will instead be held as a virtual event. The virtual Equine Affaire will occur online on April 8-11, 2021, complete with education, shopping, competition and more! Stay tuned to our website, www.equine affaire.com, and social media as we connect attendees with exhibitors and other virtual content, plus exciting updates about upcoming events and special features. Equine Affaire will reach out directly to attendees who had exchanged tickets for the 2021 Ohio event, as well as exhibitors regarding their exhibit arrangements. Equine Affaire highly values the health, safety, and well-being of all who enthusiastically support Equine Affaire from year to year, and we are committed to producing our signature in-person events again in the future. We wish the best of health and wellbeing to all and look forward to celebrating the horse and the equine industry with you at the next Equine Affaire! https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/

BOB'S CUSTOM SADDLES CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH IEA The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Bob's Custom Saddles. Since 2018, Bob's Custom Saddles, the Official Western Saddle of the IEA, has provided educational tools for IEA riders in addition to prizes for the IEA online Horsemanship Program, IEA Semi-Finals and IEA Western National Finals. “We at Bob's Custom Saddles have always felt young riders are the future of the equine industry and are proud to support youth and scholastic equestrian programs. We think it's a great fit for us to be the Official Western Saddle of the IEA and we're very excited to continue to support the IEA and its western riders,” stated Chris Weaver, Vice President of Bob's Custom Saddles. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs BOB'S CUSTOM SADDLES & IEA, cont. “Bob's Custom Saddles goes beyond just providing prizes for our IEA riders and teams, they provide us with valuable resources and connections within the western industry. These associations have been beneficial for providing opportunities for our youth to learn and compete.” Roxane Durant, Co-founder/Executive Director of the IEA explained. “We are grateful to have Bob's Custom Saddles continue as the Official Western Saddle of the IEA.” For more info about Bob’s Custom Saddles, visit www.bobscustomsaddles.com. For more info about IEA, visit www.rideiea.org IEA WELCOMES USDF AS NEWEST MEMBER PARTNER The IEA is proud to announce that the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) has become the IEA's newest Member Partner. With this alliance, USDF will be named the title sponsor of the IEA Leading Dressage Rider at the IEA Dressage National Finals through 2023. Along with shared advertising opportunities and membership benefits, USDF will provide IEA with their expertise and experience for IEA's newest and most rapidly growing program, as well as other mutual benefits. “We have been encouraged and delighted by the continued interest in our Dressage program, especially this season,” says IEA Co-founder /Exec. Director Roxane Durant. “Under extraordinary circumstances, this year we welcomed 14 new Dressage teams stretching from Maine to Washington. We are excited to deepen our relationship with USDF and its members as we work to support our shared goals of providing opportunities to young Dressage riders.” “USDF is excited to see the development of a Dressage program in IEA. It is encouraging to see the growth in this program and USDF is looking forward to our growing relationship with IEA,” shares Katherine Robertson, USDF Education Department Director. The IEA Dressage program was initially introduced to the IEA membership in 2016 as a pilot program in response to increasing interest from the dressage community. The program was developed over three years with the intent to combine the standards and expectations of the competitive dressage community with the IEA objective to offer organized competitions for young

equestrian athletes who do not own their own horse. The program ran alongside the current offerings of hunt seat and western competition and became an official program in 2019. IEA offers dressage classes for riders and teams in grades 4-12 in both Dressage Test and Dressage Seat Equitation. The 2021 IEA Dressage National Finals will take place on May 15-16, 2021 at the Fairgrounds Showplex in Hamburg, NY.

OQHA ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS The Ohio Quarter Horse Association offers an extensive year-end awards program for members participating in AQHA Open, Level 1 Amateur, Amateur, Amateur Select, Level 1 Youth and Youth classes at OQHA approved Quarter Horse shows held throughout the year. More than $85,000 in awards are presented each year to top competitors in each class. 2021 ANNUAL MEETING: FEB. 6, 10 AM Due to the Governor's COVID-19 mandates, the 2021 Annual Open Meeting will be virtual for Directors & Invited Guests Only. Mandatory RSVP. Further details to follow. Due to COVID restrictions, the 2020 YearEnd Awards will be in the form of gift cards and will be mailed to recipients. 2020 OQHA All-Around and High-Point winners will be contacted individually.

SUPPENKASPER NAMED ADEQUAN®/ USDF GRAND PRIX HORSE OF YEAR The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) would like to congratulate the twelve-year-old, 18.0 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Suppenkasper, owned by Akiko Yamazaki's Four Winds Farm LLC, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA, for being named 2020 Adequan®/USDF

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Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Suppenkasper's median score of 76.149 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF's highest honor. Suppenkasper was recognized during the 2020 Adequan®/USDF Year-End and AllBreeds Awards presentation, as part of the 2020 Adequan®/USDF Virtual Convention. In recognition of this achievement, a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler, and a gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions will be awarded. Also, Suppenkasper is the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy to be on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, housed at the USDF National Education Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. “USDF is thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments during this unique and trying 2020 competition season. We also congratulate Akiko Yamazaki, Four Winds Farm, Steffen Peters, and the entire Suppenkasper team,” stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch. The USDF is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. visit www.usdf.org, email usdressage @usdf.org, or call 859 971-2277.

HELP SUPPORT OUR YOUTH The YEDA Scholarship Incentive Fund (SIF) is a program open to all YEDA student riders in the 4th-12th grades. YEDA riders earn scholarship dollars for points earned throughout their years of competition in YEDA. Scholarships are awarded to riders when they are seniors and are based on their lifetime points of all years they enrolled. Riders can begin to bank scholarship dollars as early as the 4th grade. The SIF has grown each year, adding up to a total of $53,145 in scholarship money. For more information and to become a sponsor visit the Youth Equestrian Development Assoc. at: https://showyeda.com/ WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Backcountry Horse Camping By Robert Eversole | www.TrailMeister.com Riding and camping in the backcountry is the ultimate way to experience less traveled wilderness. When you're exploring new areas, it pays to be prepared. Knowing what to expect in the backcountry will help you decide what to take as well as help if your plans unexpectedly change. After all, you can't jump in your car to resolve a rainy-day tent failure or a minor medical emergency when you're 20 miles from the trailhead. Here are our basic guidelines to prepare for overnight treks into remote areas. Try a Practice Run at Home – Test any new equipment before your trip. Learn how to set up that new tent and try out new saddles and tack before you leave. Before you hit the backcountry, take a few rides with the same load out as you'll carry it into the field. It's better to adjust things at home than on the fly. In fact, taking a few rides with a real load before your trip will help you gauge your, and your animal's fitness for the trip. Do the Research – Now is the time to start learning about an area to see if it fits your plans. I always start with an online search where a few quick clicks will return a lot of information about great horse camping areas. Use www.TrailMeister.com for info on what to expect at a given area including pictures, accurate directions to the trailhead, trail maps of the area, weather, links to land managers, and even GPS tracks. Know the Weather and Terrain – A major factor to consider is the forecast and the season. You need to pack and prepare for just about any weather, and it's important to have realistic expectations before you go. · Check a topographic map to see what altitudes you'll encounter. Remember that the weather can vary widely with elevation. A warm summer day at 700 feet can be a snowy wonderland at 7,000. · Make a mental note of your expected route and destination point. How far will you be from your truck or base camp? Will you be riding a loop or have an out and back route? What are alternate routes to take in the event that Plan A fails and you need a Plan B? · Also, check what type of terrain you'll be in: Will there be ample grazing and water for your animals? Is it open space, heavily forested, or marshy? Know the Rules – Knowing an area's regulations beforehand will make your trip much smoother. · Are permits required? · Are there fire restrictions? · Are there bear restrictions? Pack Right – Most of what you'll take will be determined by your destination and what type of weather you'll likely encounter. All of your equipment should be as practical, comfortable, and as lightweight as possible. Your pack animal will thank you! Quality gear comes at a premium, but the pounds not carried are worth their weight in gold. Organize gear into two groups; human and equine. Human Needs · Clothing – Jacket, stocking cap, and gloves, camp shoes, insulating layers, etc. · Shelter – tent, hammock, foam pad, sleeping bag, etc. JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

Cooking – Cook stove and fuel, pots, cooking utensils, cup, water filter, etc. · Emergency/10 Essentials – Keep the 10 Essentials on your person in case you get separated from your riding animal. Take a few days extra of any medications you need. Equine Needs · Saddles – Make sure that they fit well and that you have good saddle pads. · Panniers – Options include hard boxes that can deter a hungry bear to soft bags that are more forgiving to your pack animals. Regardless of the type, balance is everything, so be sure to load with the same weight and volume on each side. · Containment Options – There are several good options for keeping your animals in one place during your trip. I use all of three. Before using any of these techniques in the backcountry make sure to get your horses used to them at home first. Highline – The gold standard. A strong rope strung between two sturdy trees protected by tree savers will ensure that you'll be riding instead of walking the following morning. Hobbles – Will nearly immobilize your horse, at first. Where grazing is permitted, hobbles are an excellent way to allow your animals to graze while under your strict supervision. Electric Fencing – Another excellent way to allow your animals to graze and relax while under supervision. Electric fencing is not a substitute for a highline. Your animals may believe in the bite of the fence, but the local elk or deer population doesn't, they are apt to bolt/tear down the thin line if you're not careful. · Equine First Aid Kit – Check with your veterinarian for suggestions about what to take and how to treat minor issues. • Brush, curry, hoof pick, insect repellent, bucket, etc. Additionally, if you're in bear country, you want to carry bear spray. It's better to have it and not need it than the alternative. And one last thing: There are no bathrooms. Bring biodegradable toiletries. And don't forget a trowel or shovel for digging cat-holes. Sleep Setup – The old boy scout motto “Be Prepared” still holds true. Being prepared for sleeping in various conditions is not an exception. Your sleeping gear must be matched for the weather conditions in the area that you plan to camp. · A three-season tent is fine for most camping trips. · A sleeping pad is essential. Not only does a pad add comfort but most importantly it provides insulation from the ground. · Regarding sleeping bags, it's fair to say you should find one that’s temperature-rated below what you expect to encounter. (15) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM ·


should you let that factor into your own decision making. Try to remember that it's not a failure if everything doesn't go according to your plan. Improvise as much as you can and have a good time camping! One of the many appeals of backcountry rides is the challenge they represent and the memories that remain afterward. For more info on trail riding, camping with horses, and the largest guide to horse trails and camps in the world, please visit us online at www.TrailMeister.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! When embarking on a multi-day backcountry trip, a certain level of discomfort is to be expected. Prepare your mind for this and embrace it. Sleeping in the backcountry will never be as comfortable as a night at the Hilton, but with proper planning and the right equipment, it can be quite acceptable. It's a necessary skill to master for those wanting to head away from the beaten path. Ride hard enough, and a bed of granite and tree roots can feel like a pillow top mattress. Meal Planning – Whether it's a quick overnight trip or a multi-day adventure, you want meals that will nourish and strengthen you, and also taste really good! You'll also want to factor in meals for your animals. Here are some quick ideas and common questions about meal planning for backpacking trips; · How long will you be out? Factor in meals you'll eat at the trailhead and when you're done with your trip. · What is the size of your group? Meals can be much simpler if you're going solo. If you're camping with others, decide if you want to share meals. A larger group can split the weight of food, as well as fuel and cookware. · What's your meal plan? It helps to make a meal plan to know how much food to take. This could be as simple as writing it out on paper; or as complex as creating a spreadsheet. Start with dinners, which generally are the biggest meals of the day and the ones you're likely to sit down for. · Test out recipes at home: Just as it's good practice to test out your stove or tent at home first, try new potential camping recipes before you leave. Although trail food always magically tastes better on the trail, practice can give you an idea of how much effort it will be to make, cooking time, and adjustments you might want to make for taste. · For the ponies: At 2% of body weight per horse per day, you won't easily be able to take enough feed for your animals. Period. End of story. Instead, you'll have to allow time during the day for your animals to graze. Hand grazing is relaxing for everyone. Portable electric fences are also good options. If you're camping in bear country, remember that smelly things (including toothpaste) can attract unwanted attention. A point about food that is often overlooked is that all kinds of animals raid food, not just bears. If the rodents and raccoons raid your food supply, this could be a trip-ender! For that reason we always store our food in bear canisters. One Last Thought – Like most outdoor adventures, you need to be ready to change your plans. Mother nature doesn't care if you traveled hundreds of miles for your backcountry trip. And neither JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

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May 14-16: Highland Trail Riders Spring Poker Ride and Camp Out http://highlandtrailriders.com/web/ May 29-31: Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Assoc. “Do You Feel Lucky” Poker Ride/Camp https://www.hadleyhills.com/

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June 5: Pinckney Trail Riders Association “Blessing Of The Horse” http://pinckneytrailriders.com/ June 5-6: Maybury Trail Riders Association Picnic Destination Ride and Camp Out https://www.mayburytrailriders.org/ June 11-13: Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association Summer Fun Camp Out https://www.plha.info/ June 18-20: Proud Lake Trail Riders Association Obstacle Course Camp Out http://www.proudlaketrailriders.org/ June 26-27: Brighton Rec. Trail Ride http://brightontrailriders.net/ June 26: Ionia Horse Trails Association Forbidden Trails Ride www.ioniahorsetrailsassociation.org

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The Fort Custer Horse Friends Association (FCHFA) works to maintain the trails and advocates for equestrians in Fort Custer Recreation Area in Augusta, MI. In 2019 a total of 1,773.25 volunteer hours (for a total value to the park of $44,480.00) were spent on diverse projects and purchases including picket poles at the Special Events Camping Area and for new permanent camping sites.

Kensington Trail Riders strive to not only maintain, but also improve the equestrian trails and facilities at Kensington Metropark in Milford, MI. The Metropark encompasses more than 4500 acres of beautiful terrain through mixed hardwoods and open elds with more than 30 miles of trails and a singletrack connector route to Proud Lake State Recreation Area.

Promoting and protecting the horse industry since 1973. Providing individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the state of Michigan.

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOC. Nancy Simmonds, Pres. 269.967.3613 Membership/Ken: 1754 North 3rd St. Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Online: www.fchfa.org

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS P.O. Box 534, Milford, MI 48381 248.672.0154 | Find us on Facebook KensingtonTrailRiders2019@gmail.com www.kensingtontrailriders.com

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The Michigan Horse-Drawn Vehicle Association (MHDVA), founded in 1981, is open to all breeds of horses and ponies and welcomes any type of horse-drawn vehicle. Our member experiences range from novice to the very elite. The MHDVA has something to offer everyone. Join us for a drive today, new members are always welcome!

The Mission of the PLHA is to promote, improve and preserve the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area and its equestrian trails, while encouraging proper land management and equal access. To advocate and provide a voice of leadership with policy makers and a physical presence in regard to trail issues and improvements at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area.

WDAMI is the Michigan Afliate of the national organization WDAA. We are an equine community that combines western tradition with Classical Dressage. Our Board of Directors meet monthly. We offer educational clinics and awards for both live and virtual competitions. WDAMI and WDAA memberships are $25 and $35 per year (January though December.)

MI HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOC. Dorothy Childs, Pres. 517.627.8888 4379 Bell Hwy., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 Email: pchilds_2004@yahoo.com Online: www.mhdva.org

PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. Membership Coordinator, P.O. Box 798, Highland, MI 48357 Email: PLHAnews@gmail.com Online: www.plha.info

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN (WDAMI) 9075 Brudy Rd., Wolverine, MI 49799 231.525.8842 | www.wdami.org Email: infowdami@gmail.com

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2021 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Fort Custer Horse Friends Association

MEMBERSHIP FEES:

Single $20/year

Come ride some of the most beautiful trails in Southern Michigan! • Over 20 Miles of Horse Trails • 6 Creek Crossings • Separate from Bikes

Family $25/year

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I hereby release FCHFA from any and all liabilities for personal loss/injury and/or property damage of any kind. I accept all responsibility for myself, family members and personal property.

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Mail completed form with check made payable to: FCFHA Fort Custer Recreation Area is a 3,033 acre State Recreation Area located between Battle Creek and Kalamzoo, MI

FCHFA / Ken Vandervest 1754 N. 3rd St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009

DATES TO REMEMBER: MAY 13-16, 2021 Annual Spring Equestrian Campout

SEPTEMBER 16-19, 2021 Annual Fall Equestrian Campout

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KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS Membership Form Membership Year January 1–December 31

Year: □ New □ Renewal □ Single $15/yr. □ Family $20/yr. □ Business $30/yr. I own (or lease) a horse □ Name

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MICHIGAN HORSE COUNCIL www.michiganhorsecouncil.com – Register Online! Calendar Year Membership January 1 – December 31

Mission of the Michigan Horse Council To provide individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the State of Michigan; To educate and inform individuals and organizations through all available media, education programs, and cooperation; To advocate the conservation and promotion of the horse industry and community.

Benefits of Individual Membership in Michigan Horse Council (Varies depending on membership type)

• Receive a monthly email newsletter, keeping you informed of events that are happening in the state, current health issues, pending legislation affecting the equine industry, trail issues, and more. • Being a member of an organization that is working to promote the Michigan Horse Industry – assimilate information about and promote all aspects of the equine industry in the state, including all breeds and disciplines, including trail riding and racing. • Have a chance to attend monthly, open board meetings (except during June, July and August), many with informational speakers. • Can become a member of one of the standing committees of the Michigan Horse Council, including Communications, Membership, Legislative/Land Use, Expo, Special Events, Educational, Trails, and Philanthropy. MHC participates, including Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show, 4-H Horse Jamboree, MSU Autumnfest and more); Education; Horse Sports (including 3 subcommittees: Trail, Exhibition, Competition) and Philanthropy. • Being associated with people who are working towards the enhancement, safety, preservation and enjoyment of both the horse and owner, • Eligibility to participate in the AHC Advantage Program, which provides discounts to agricultural companies. • Eligible for MHC Scholarships.

Membership Types (select one of the following) $20.00 $40.00 $30.00 $75.00 $50.00

Basic Individual Enhanced Individual – addition of $1,000,000 liability insurance Basic Family Enhanced Family – addition of $1,000,000 liability insurance

Business Membership Organizational Membership Under 400 Members – $35.00 401 Members – $60.00 Over 1,000 Members – $120.00 Add Enhanced Event Insurance Policy – $45.00

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Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association Making a difference for the future at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area

2021 Membership Application Membership is for one year and expires each year on December 31st. Please indicate which membership you are applying for.

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WAIVER: I hereby release the Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association, its membership and officers, of any and all liabilities resulting in physical injury, property damage or personal loss to myself or my family members in connection with any activities sponsored or organized by this Association. I realize that horses can behave unpredictably and I agree to participate in these activities fully aware of the potential risks involved.

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Does your association have a Mission Statement? To promote, improve, and preserve the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area an its equestrian trails, while encouraging proper land management and equal access. To advocate and provide a voice of leadership with policy makers and a physical presence in regard to trail issues and improvements at the Pontiac lake Recreation Area. What year was the association founded? 2000 What is the average number of members? 125 families Does your membership run January to December? Yes. What breed/discipline does the association focus on? All breeds – we are a Trails group. How many events do you hold each year? Four Where are they normally held? Pontiac Lake Rec. Area Do you have an annual banquet? Yes, in June. Do you have an annual fund-raiser? Yes, bi-annual fundraiser events – one in June and one in September at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. Do you have monthly meetings? No - 4 board meetings a year, held every 3 months. Do you have a newsletter? Yes, it is mailed. What is your association website? www.PLHA.info

Who should be contacted with questions? Susie Sulla, PLHA Trail Boss: 248-933-6338 (call/text) or by email: plhanews@gmail.com What goals would you like your association to obtain in 2021? The Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association and members are always trying to expand opportunities for the equestrian trail riding community. Positive actions, assistance and involvement by the PLHA and the equestrian trail riding community with recreational trails and parks planning, within our local and state government agencies, secures the safest and best equestrian trail riding opportunities available.

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Equine Massage Therapy By Lisa Skylis | Email: skylisli@msu.edu When you think of yourself getting a massage, do you picture a cozy spa room with nature sounds playing quietly in the background and a relaxing shoulder rub? Did you know that massages aren't just for humans, can happen in your own barn, and can accomplish far more than just relaxation? Your horse doesn't have to be a top-level competitor to benefit from massage therapy; equine massage can function as targeted treatment for injuries and even act as preventative care. Meet the Massage Therapist A horse fanatic from the very start, Connie Bultemeier grew up filling her weekends with her local Pony Club meetings and knew horses would become her career, not just her hobby. She also fostered a unique passion for massage and began taking human massage classes immediately after high school. Unsure of how to merge her passions, Bultemeier headed to college for her Associate’s Degree and hoped to find her way to a career in equine health. “I originally went to college for Veterinary Technician, but really wanted to work [only] on horses,” Bultemeier explained, “I made the switch to massage and have never looked back!” She became an approved massage therapy provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, eventually gained accreditation to teach, and began collecting equine massage clients throughout Indiana. In 2003, Connie and her husband Nate, founded the NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage & Rehab Facility in Decatur, Indiana to further their work rescuing and rehabilitating horses in need. The team expanded their business in 2011 to offer an Equine Sports Massage Therapy (ESMT) certification course and partnered with the University of Findlay to teach ESMT-related classes to students. Now, the Facility is focused on training future horse wellness practitioners and offering certifications in Equine Sports Massage & Rehab Therapy, Thermal Body Imaging, Raindrop Therapy, and Kinesiology Taping. To date, the Bultemeier’s have certified many students both across the United States and Canada, and continue to educate others about the benefits of equine massage. Why Massage? Through her clinical experiences, Bultemeier has found the most common reason a client brings their horse for massage therapy is that they notice their horse isn't performing or behaving as they usually would. Some signals from the hurting horse might be: · Missed leads or refusing to change gaits · In barrel racing, running up the fence · Resistance to girthing · Frequently coming out of frame and/or hollowing out their back · General muscle or joint soreness/stiffness Regardless of what ails them, the sore horse should experience many of massage therapy's benefits including: · · · · · ·

Improved circulation Increased muscle flexibility and range of motion Strengthening weakened or injured muscles Reduced stress levels Lessen post-performance fatigue Prevent muscular injury

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Connie Bultemeier owner of NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage & Rehab Facility

At NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage & Rehab Facility, Bultemeier prefers a comprehensive treatment plan for her clients and frequently pairs massage therapy with other modalities. She offers Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, kinesiology taping, and thermal body imaging. In all of her time as a massage therapist, Bultemeier has noted only occasional soreness due to dehydration as an adverse effect of equine massage therapy. To prevent this, she recommends the horses drink before and after a massage therapy session to remain hydrated and stave off any soreness. Ease into Massage During the initial appointment, Bultemeier has the client fill out a series of comprehensive intake forms with detailed information about the horse's health history, current activity level, and more. After this, she evaluates the horse's gaits, does a visual inspection, and decides which of the two popular techniques of massage therapy she offers would best suit the horse's needs: sports massage or Swedish massage. Sports massage is usually her method of choice for performance horses, as it specializes in preparing the horse's neuromuscular system for the rigors of competition and can prevent over-exerting or injuring muscles during a performance. Swedish massage is common for horses who are at the beginning of their rehabilitation therapy, still experiencing high levels of discomfort, and aren't ready for the deep-tissue sports massage. Once a course of action has been determined, Bultemeier’s new client is now ready for its first massage therapy session. Over the course of a one hour session, she begins the massage slowly and never forcing the horse into a stressful experience. “My attitude determines theirs,” Bultemeier asserts, “So, I chose to work with them… I let them be shy or skittish. I believe [that] if I build their trust and make it a good experience for them, they will remember it the next session… after all, my goal is relaxation.” Depending on the specific ailments of the horse, the onset of massage therapy's benefits can vary slightly from patient to patient. “You can see results in as little as one massage,” Bultemeier asserts, “But I normally recommend three to five sess(24)

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ions over a period of a month to see huge improvements.” After the first visit, the massage sessions will typically take forty-five minutes unless paired with other complimentary treatment options. The frequency of equine massage visits is dependent on the horse's activity level and goals. Ideally, a horse that is competing frequently or in heavy training should have weekly massages to keep them at peak performance level. For the semi-retired lesson horse, biweekly may be frequent enough to keep them comfortable. What the Science Says… Although there's a lot of anecdotal evidence, very few scientific studies have been done to investigate the efficacy of equine massage therapy. A publication from the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science published in 2009 (1) reviewed ten clinical trials that evaluated therapeutic massage in controlled settings. Five of the studies in this review reported numerically significant effects on the post-massage subjects including the following: decreased postperformance fatigue, increased work/performance output, decreased instances of delayed-onset muscle soreness, and increased flexibility and extension of major muscle groups. The review concluded that the existing research has demonstrated the benefits of equine massage therapy but that there's a lack of recent data in this field and more clinical studies need to be done. Until then, equine therapeutic massage will continue to provide practical solutions to many equine companions and athletes.

Meet the Patient In the summer of 2020, a twelve-year-old Standardbred mare slipped while in her pasture and injured her hip. After a thorough assessment by their equine veterinarian, the mare's owners were encouraged to try massage therapy as a treatment option and they immediately contacted Bultemeier for an appointment. The driving mare was quickly worked into Bultemeier’s schedule and had two massage sessions over a seven-day period. Bultemeier chose to loosen the mare's muscles with a Swedish massage for the first session and then work deeper into the muscles with a sports massage as the second session. Almost instantly, the StandardJANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

bred was moving more confidently and comfortably around her pasture and became a regular massage therapy client. Finding A Massage Therapist Before seeking out an equine massage therapist, you should first ask yourself a few questions to determine if massage is the next logical step in pursuing treatment for your horse's health condition. Does your horse's health condition need immediate treatment? It should go without saying, but a massage won't help a horse that's thrashing from severe abdominal pain due to colic. As always, in situations like these calling your vet is your best option. Have you already tried conventional medical treatment? Meaning, your horse should have already run the gamut of tried-and-true treatments for their medical condition. “Massage should NEVER replace your veterinarian,” Bultemeier emphasized, “I do not treat health conditions, but I do work on a lot of sore horses… I think using massage in conjunction with your vet would be [a] huge asset to your equine partner.” After asking yourself the aforementioned questions, you are now ready to find an equine massage therapist for your horse. Certified massage therapy practitioners can have one or more of the following accreditations: Certified Equine Massage Therapist (CEMT), Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT), Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (CESMT) and accreditations are often provided by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB). These professionals have a deeper understanding of the equine musculoskeletal system and can use that knowledge to pinpoint which specific muscles to massage. Bultemeier reminded “Choosing a therapist who has been properly trained will help you in getting the best results for your horse.” A great way to find a certified equine massage therapist near you is to simply ask your veterinarian. As massage therapy has become more popular, many veterinarians have partnered with other equine wellness practitioners that offer services like massage, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. Your veterinarian may already have a few reputable professionals for the job in mind to recommend to you. Another route is to search the website of the previously mentioned NCBTMB or IAAMB. Sources: Thank you so much to Connie Bultemeier, CESMT/CERT from NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage and Rehab for allowing me to interview her and for the wonderful photos. For more information visit www.indianaequinemassage.com. (1) Scott, Mike, and Lee Ann Swenson. “Evaluating the Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy: A Review of the Evidence and Current Practices.” Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, vol. 29, no. 9, 2009, pp. 687–697., doi:10.1016/j.jevs.2009.07.017. About Lisa Skylis: Lisa graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She is a professional freelance writer. 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

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JANUARY 2021 JANUARY 10 – Monroe County Tack n’ More Sale. 10am-3pm, $3.00 admission. Active duty military/veterans free admission with valid ID. First Merchants Expo Center, 3775 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, MI. Contact Christin Gordon 734.430.5377 or christinnowland@gmail.com

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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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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

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JANUARY 2021 JANUARY 2-3 – 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. JANUARY 8-9 – 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/ JANUARY 9 – 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

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

JANUARY 9 – WB Ranch IBRA 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.

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

JANUARY 9-10 – Steel Town Gunslingers presents Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assoc. Cabin Fever. 9am start, 3 divisional awards. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Email us: steeltowngunslingers@ gmail.com, Facebook: Steel Town Gunslingers

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JANUARY 23-24 – Steel Town Gunslingers presents Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assoc. Cabin Fever. 9am start, 3 divisional awards. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Email us: steeltowngunslingers@ gmail.com, Facebook: Steel Town Gunslingers

FEBRUARY 2021 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.

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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.

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 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/

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 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.

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 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

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 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

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 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 12-13 – 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.

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 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

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 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/

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 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

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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. MARCH 26-28 – OMIQHA Spring Warm-Up 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

OHIO AUCTIONS Athens Livestock Sales: Regular sale every Tuesday at Noon. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740. 592.2322 or find us on Facebook. Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. Larue Horse Sale, LLC, 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. 419.889.9150 or online at: www.laruehorsesale.com 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 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

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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.

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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.

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.

JANUARY 9 – 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.

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.

JANUARY 10 – 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 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.

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

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JANUARY 16 – 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. JANUARY 17 – 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. JANUARY 21-24 – Winner Circuit Show, AQHA, IQHA, NSBA, IKI Approved. 6 judges, 4 days, AQHA & NSBA Flat Rate! 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 at: www.anequineproduction.com JANUARY 23 – 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. JANUARY 31 – IBRA Approved Barrel Racing at Twistn B Ranch, 3435 S. Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. Penny Barth 812.406.8512. Visit us online at: www.ibra.us or find “ Twistn B Ranch” on Facebook.

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.

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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. 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 Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Email: flying51livestock @gmail.com, or myraentries@gmail.com or can find “Midwest Youth Rodeo Association” on Facebook.

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.

INDIANA AUCTIONS 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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: My goal as editor of Saddle Up! Magazine is to pack our printed/online pages with as many horse shows, expos, clinics, and tack sales as possible to keep all horse enthusiasts in three states informed and up-to-date. This has been extremely difficult since the coronavirus has caused so many cancellations of equine events in our target states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Let’s work together to keep our horse industry in our state(s) strong, viable and successful! Visit our website and enter your 2021 show and event dates on our online calendar, so I can add them to our printed/online editions. There is no charge, and it just takes a little time. This is my way of contributing to the equine communities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Once entered online, email me your showbill (.jpg please), and I will attach it to all of your online show dates at no charge to your association or group! Also, due to Covid-19, all advertisers receive the 12x rate on all display advertisements (until further notice). Thank you for your consideration and support. Happy New Year ~ Cindy Couturier, owner/editor

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News Fort Custer Horse Friends Association

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! What a great year our club had in spite of Covid restrictions. The Fort Custer Equestrian Campground opened for camping and proved to be very popular with trail riders from all over. The rustic campsites that are located at the Trailhead parking area are easy to access with any type of rig. The 7 sites have parking pads, fire pits, picnic tables and picket poles. A pavilion, outhouse and water pump are available for all users. Online registration is available on the DNR website so there will be a site waiting for you. We are looking forward to a busy 2021 for camping. Thankyou to all who support what FCHFA does for our Park, including the new campground, manure removal, campsite maintenance, trail grooming, trail improvements (especially the creek crossings) and all that goes into managing 20+ miles of trail system. Please remember FCHFA is a 501-c-3 nonprofit that is totally self-supporting for all that is Equestrian at Fort Custer. Your membership dues are so very important for our club to be able to continue to take care of the campground and trails. Our 2021 Spring and Fall Camp Outs are two other ways that we raise monies to support our projects. The date for the Spring Equestrian Camp Out is May 13-16. The date for the Fall Equestrian Camp Out is September 16-19, 2021. These 4-day special dates are held at Whitford Lake, where our camp outs have been held for several years. This beautiful grassy tree lined area is ideal for large gatherings. Water, manure removal, community fire rings, outhouses, potlucks and portable pavilions are on site. Camping is first come, no reservations. Due to Covid, these were cancelled for 2020. Let's hope we can make camping plans for the year in 2021! Fort Custer offers 20+ miles of trails with 6 creek crossings, woods, prairie grasses and beautiful lake vistas. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring along with the wildlife and birds along the Kalamazoo River. These trails have been developed by our hard-working FCHFA members, past and

present, to make our trails some of the nicest riding available in southern Michigan. Support us, the new campground, and our trail system in 2021. Join the club, help us show the DNR your support for new projects at Fort Custer. Check our calendar of events and other news online at www.fchfa.org. Call Nancy at (269) 967-3613 for any other questions. Thank you everyone! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION (MSPTRA) Greetings, trail riders! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful winter and I hope you are able to bundle up and get out for a trail ride or two. Please put the following dates down on your calendar for 2021. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Rustic Cowboy Camp Out: Saturday, June 5-Sunday, June 6, 2021 Spooktacular Event: Saturday, October 16, 2021 Look for additional updates to our website, www.mayburytrailriders.org. 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. It has been recently replaced, since going missing a while ago. Wishing everyone a healthy, happy 2021! Happy Trails, Mary Nader

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MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION Happy New Year! We have a new MFTA President! He is Bob Howell of Mt. Pleasant, MI who is a retired Central MI University professor. He has held several important leadership positions over the years. Bob has bred, shown, and sold quality foundation Fox Trotters for 25 years. His stallion, Mr. Royale, was shown in performance classes in Ava, MO. Bob has been our Vice President, member, and promoter of our association for a number of years. He understands the needs of our trail riders as well as the requirements of our members who show. He is a lifetime member of the MFTHBA and a staunch supporter of our association. We are looking forward to Bob's leadership in 2021. Please welcome our new member, Mary Mast of Berlin, Ohio, who has a registered Fox Trotter. We are accepting membership renewals and new memberships for 2021. Youth are encouraged to join too! Please visit www.michiganfoxtrotters.com to print off the form. You will learn a lot from our members about the history of Fox Trotters, their uses and availability and be able to network with those of us who camp, train, and show them. Our association is blessed to have skilled trainers, breeders, and a farrier to learn from. We love promoting this breed as they have great personalities, are very versatile and come in many sizes and different coat colors. A benefit to joining is that we can offer clinics at a reduced price to our members. Due to Covid, we are meeting remotely each month. We have members from Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Holding meetings on Zoom is a good way to easily exchange ideas and get to know each other. We invite you to join us! Participants are being accepted now for the popular Versatility Challenge for 2021. The highest point earners for the Under Saddle and Not Under Saddle divisions will each be awarded a prize for their efforts at the end of the year. Review the guidelines and print off the enrollment form from our website and... WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


Horse Association & Trail Riders News MI FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION, CONT. start earning points. There are many areas in which you can accumulate points – even in the non-rideable months. We have resources and people available to help you and breeders to refer you to if you want to buy a young one to train, or if you want to further the training with the horse you have. It is also time to renew your MFTHBA membership. By registering your MFT, it keeps them credible and part of a national registry. Your horse's bloodlines are important. You want them in your name on their paperwork and not the previous owners. In a court of law, you could lose your horse if you can't prove ownership. Your MFTHBA membership gives you a vote and a voice in matters on the national level which affect you and your horse. You will have free access to the horse registry database and discounts with various vendors and trail riding venues. The MFTHBA partners with several organizations including Foxtrot Urbane, NATRC, AERC, ETS, WDAA, AHCA and Top Trail to provide year end awards. Your membership allows you to enroll in Fox Trot America and the National Trail Ride Program as well as the new Medal Program starting in 2021. This year can be a success if you update your contact information by going to www.mfthba.com. This year we are looking forward to a brand new start with you and your MFT!

M H DVA MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION Hello fellow driving enthusiast and truly extraordinary good wishes for BLESSINGS in 2021!! What a strange year we have had…I still have trouble believing it is not just a very bad dream. A big thank you for all those that stepped up to continue driving event support in 2020. In spite of Covid, MHDVA held several outdoor events. We postponed spring events and held them this last fall. We had a successful, if small, ADS recognized Pleasure Show and Dressage, Fun Cones Day in August at Ionia

Fairgrounds. It is a lovely venue, but under new directors. We enjoyed primitive camping at Elk Hill in September. We were trying to camp during a warmer time of year but, September 2020 was not warmer…we scraped ice from tables most mornings!! Just made for fun around a campfire in the evenings. The days warmed to the 50s and foliage was beautiful. Linda and Richard Wells again offered their property for a drive in Lake City in October. What a fun weekend!! I am looking forward to this drive in 2021. The dates are already set. Put them on your calendar. Contact me if you want more information on what to expect or bring to the events. MHDVA met in December to plan 2021. We hope to Facebook live our “Ask the Experts.” If gathering size changes, we will make these live. We continue to meet as a board to plan for the coming year. Please visit our website, www.mhdva.org, or our Facebook page to attend our events, either virtually or live! We are planning a cones fun day, a despooking fun day, our annual show, three “Ask the Experts” sessions, and the drives at Elk Hill and Lake City. We list other events on our calendar of events for you to enjoy. Dorothy Childs, President

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION We are planning to honor all 2020 SHTRA memberships through 2021. It is a show of appreciation for supporting us. A little bit of good news for these crazy times. We are not planning any definite dates for work bee and camping events as Covid and DNR restrictions limit activities. As the virus lessens and restrictions lift, we will take action and get to planning. Thinking of doing our annual meeting in the summertime at our pavilion. Our website, www.shtra.org and our Facebook page will keep your informed. Thanks to those who worked hard in 2020 trimming trails, it made a big difference this past year to ride without getting branch whipped. Our trails are open for all to come ride. Please wear orange, as small game

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season goes until March 31. If the bunny hunters are out training with their beagles, just speak politely and they round up their little dogs. Get cabin fever! Remember to go online at www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-80044-parks if you wish to rent SHSP’s cabins. Both are equine friendly with four picket poles and a path connector to the equine trail system. Go online to see the many perks of the Deluxe cabin and the charm of the Rustic cabin (allows dogs). I would advise to book ahead, as these cabins are getting more popular. Get a group together and rent both for a great get away. Coming in 2021, there is the possibility of covered corrals at both cabins. When the trails are really muddy, please avoid the East and West Loops. Try to ride the scenic south loop that has the firm old roadbed, goes over the dam, takes you to the island and is a much less muddy ride. Happy New Year, Marsha Putnam

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Don't Forget The City Kid By Paula Stevens | MSU Horse Management Program Student I was and still very much am, a “city kid.” We lived in the city when we lived in Texas and we have lived in the city since returning to Michigan all those years ago. I was a city kid who was bit by the “horse bug" from the early age of four and that hasn't changed eighteen years later. Being from the city and from a lower income family, having a horse was not a realistic option, and the only family I had with horses lived in Texas. I collected horse figurines and toys and watched RFD-TV religiously. It wouldn't be until I was thirteen that I'd try riding out, on a sassy pony and in an English saddle. That lasted a few months, then three years later I met and leased Cody, a buckskin reiner/lesson horse. He was my “first everything” – first time riding bareback, doing a barrel pattern, going over jumps, on a trail ride, falling off, etc. He was and is a great horse who will always have my appreciation for putting up with me. When I parted ways with Cody, I went to a therapeutic riding center in Lansing, to volunteer and get my horse fix in. I was there from 7am to 8pm most days, cleaning paddocks, grooming horses, aiding in lessons and doing night chores, 6 days a week. A majority of the riders they catered to at the time were disabled in some way, but there was a section of students whose disabilities weren't physical, but emotional. They were kids that had been thrown out of schools for bad or aggressive behavior and this place was their last stop before the streets. They didn't come from the best neighborhoods or have the best crowd around them, and at thirteen, twelve and even eleven years old, most had decided they weren't going to amount to anything. I spent a lot of time with this group of kids. They did their best to come off as tough and hard core, but eventually their personalities started to shine through. One wanted to be a nurse, she wanted to get her GED and go through Lansing Community College’s nursing program and work at Sparrow as a NICU nurse. The adults around her wanted her to be realistic and go for something more achievable like a cashier somewhere, because no program wants a “school reject." Her self esteem was low and her confidence was shot, but being around, handling and riding horses started to change that overtime. I'm not sure where she is now, but I hope she went into that program in Lansing, MI like she wanted to. A twelve year old boy from that group wanted to be a farrier, but his peers and older brothers told him that wasn't a “manly” job and he wasn't smart enough for it. The next time the farrier came down to do the horses, I made sure he was there, and he talked to the farrier and decided that it was something he definitely wanted to do. What’s the point of this article? Nothing makes me happier than seeing youth involved in the horse industry, showing, trying all different disciplines and working together. But I think the industry needs to expand outside of their own people; let's give the “inner city” youth a chance to be involved. The children who might not have it as well as their classmates or neighbors or friends. While those children at the therapy barn might not have all wanted to be horse trainers or doctors or equine professionals at all, being around horses and being around a supportive group of people helped give them a more positive outlook on life. That little bit could help make a big difference in the life of a child or teen or young adult who is on the edge right now. Whether it's a camp, a clinic, retreat or specialized lesson program, if horses have changed the lives of JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

equestrians all over for the better, what’s to say it won’t do the same for our neighbor down the street? Therapeutic riding centers in general can do this for the most part with their programs, but there is more to horses than therapy. There is the farrier aspect, veterinary care, breeding, training, journalistic and photographic fields too. There are a lot of areas that can be covered and shown to these “city kids." When I got involved with horses, I was going to be a veterinarian, but that all changed when I realized how much I hated science and math. I still went out and shadowed equine and bovine veterinarians because I wanted to know more about what they did. I still know the equine vet I shadowed and she comes to my barn to treat horses and explain things and lets me help as she goes along. The rehabilitation part of horses was what caught my attention; rehabbing a horse after an injury was a process I liked being a part of. Breeding and training have always been two things that I've wanted to do, which is how I decided I wanted a facility that specialized in breeding, training and rehabbing performance horses. I didn't discover photography was something I wanted to do until almost four years ago, and I've always known I wanted to be a journalist of sorts for an equine magazine. I had no idea there were ever any other choices aside from veterinarian, horse trainer or farrier when I first got interested in the horse industry. I reached out to a few equine professionals in my area, but most didn't tell me much when hearing I didn't have an equine background. The lady I leased Cody from was the first to decide to give me the benefit of the doubt, and she introduced me to Kern Road Veterinary Clinic in Fowlerville, MI which is how I found out about Chase Lake Equine Center, where I've worked for almost four years now. The veterinarian I shadowed was probably the first to really listen to what I was wanting to do and she told me about other options aside from being a veterinarian. She has since let me use her as a reference when needed and always checks in on what I'm doing when she's out at the barn. We need more professionals like her in the industry, not only for the equestrian youth coming up, but also for those in the city who might never have been around a horse before. Horses, if nothing else, provide the means to develop confidence and self-esteem. The industry can provide a community filled with supportive people who quickly become like family, which some children and teens need more so than others these days. Coming up with a cost-effective program for the “city kids" of our communities is something that should be done, in areas where it hasn't been done already. Paula Stevens is a current student at MSU, manages blog and Facebook page CitifiedCowgirl and CitifiedCowgirl Photography, and works at Chase Lake Equine Center in Fowlerville, MI. (35)

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The Dressage Training Pyramid By Lynn Palm | www.lynnpalm.com One of the best things about dressage is that it builds upon itself and every step is based upon a training pyramid. When you understand all the “building blocks” in this pyramid, you increase your ability to achieve your goals. The Dressage Training Pyramid is a wonderful guideline for the natural training of a horse. We must not forget that dressage is a French word that means “training.” The pyramid is the guideline to which we refer as we develop our horse's body in order to advance his training through correct collection. The Dressage Pyramid is also our guideline for the physical conditioning of our horses through progressive development. Obedience is achieved with “increasing thoroughness” when using the pyramid. Thoroughness is simply riding the horse from “back to front,” thereby connecting the leg aids to the hand aids, or, in other words, the horse's hind legs to his mouth. Let's take a look at each step of the Dressage Training Pyramid: 1. Rhythm 3. Connection 5. Straightness

2. Relaxation 4. Impulsion 6. Collection

Rhythm describes the horse's gait. Rhythm is the energy and tempo in each gait and the speed within the gait. You must achieve control of your horse's rhythm because without it, you will lose the connection from the horse's hind legs to his mouth.

your horse. To transition your horse's frame from long and low in training level, to developing an uphill balance and self-carriage frame in first level, you must have straightness in order for the horse to collect his frame. Collection is what we all want to achieve with our horses. Collection is accomplished by strengthening the horse's muscles and uphill carriage. The formula of “rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, and straightness” is the only way you can achieve correct collection. Collection is increased engagement, lightness on the forehand and correct self-carriage. The most important formula to the pyramid of training is TIME. It takes time to develop the horse's confidence and understanding. It is important that you take the time to become a correct rider for your horse. You should never blame the horse; only improve what you are doing to achieve positive results from your horse. You need time to learn and teach your horse the training levels. Take the time to understand that your horse will tell you when he is ready to move to more advanced maneuvers by responding with positive results. Time is the only formula that can be used to develop the horse's strength so he can carry himself correctly and with collection. To learn more about Lynn Palm, her educational programs at Palm Equestrian Academy in Ocala, Florida, Lynn’s Ride Well clinics across the United States, saddles, DVDs, books, as well as trail and Western dressage competitions, and more...please visit her website at www.lynnpalm.com, or call 800-503-2824. Lynn can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Relaxation is the elasticity and suppleness throughout the body of the horse at work. When a horse is relaxed, he is confident, accepts the aids, and is willing. Relaxation always tells me that my horse is supple in his muscles throughout the body, especially in his neck and back. When relaxed, the hind legs swing under the horse with power and allow him to show a natural self-carriage. Connection is the acceptance of the bit through the acceptance of the aids. This is when the horse responds to the leg and rein aids when cues are given. The rider can control the horse's body alignment and his frame. When horse and rider have a good connection, the horse will reach for the bit and round his spine correctly. The horse will bear more weight on the hind legs, bring the back up and break at the poll correctly. Impulsion is the next step of development. Impulsion is when a horse will increase energy and thrust from the hindquarters and legs to propel himself forward. This development is necessary for the horse to bear more weight on the hind legs and lighten the forehand in order to collect his body. A horse that continues to be encouraged to bear more weight on the hind legs will engage his legs deeper under the body, thus having more energy and impulsion for self carriage, balance. He will also have more ability to do advanced movements, such as lengthening the trot and canter. More bend from the horse's body, lateral training, and lead changes cannot be accomplished without impulsion. Straightness is a necessity for the horse to be balanced. Correct balance from the horse cannot be achieved without straightness. Controlling your horse's body alignment through your leg and rein aids is how you will accomplish ideal straightness and balance in JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

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The Making of a Trail Horse, Pt. 4

Julie’s father, riding his horse Scout.

By Julie Goodnight | www.juliegoodnight.com I remember my father's last and best trail horse, Scout. He was a big, bold, grade quarter horse, afraid of nothing, with a motor like a freight train. Aboard Scout, my father climbed all over the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming, usually ponying a string of pack horses. He always said, “Julie, you could ride a welltrained horse over a cliff if you wanted to, because he'll go anywhere you point him without argument.” He also said Scout would sleep in his bedroom, if only he could figure out how to get him down the hallway. I was fortunate to climb some of those Wyoming mountains with my dad, horse packing point-to-point in some of the most magnificent terrain in the country. My dad was always up for an adventure – you could count on every outing entailing surprise. There wasn't much terrain he would shy away from, and Wyoming has a lot of rugged mountains! But my perspective on great trail horses involves more than the adventures with my father. I first moved to Colorado in 1984, fresh out of college, and promptly landed a job guiding hourly trail rides in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and wrangling dude horses for an outfitter. The Sangres are notoriously steep and wild. It's not a popular area for riding horses, and I have come to understand why. Despite the wild terrain, we took people who had never ridden before all the way up to the tree line. In a way, it was better that way because they were unaware of all the things that could go wrong. “Just lay the reins over the horn, hold on with both hands, and don't move!” The horses would make it safely across the treacherous scree slope with incredible sure-footedness, as long as the rider stayed out of their way. This is where I formed the strong and everlasting opinion that good dude horses are worth their weight in gold. Being a trail guide and wrangler in the high mountains, sometimes leading three pack mules while keeping an eye on the dudes, shaped my perspective of what it takes to make a great lead horse. A great trail horse is also a good lead horse – your partner in safety, in control, and in leadership. It's the kind of horse that would jump off the cliff for me, if I asked, but that trusts me enough to know I would never ask him to do anything we couldn't handle together. Scout was an exceptional lead horse and pulled my father out of many hairy situations. My old Morgan mare, Pepsea, was too, and I guided trail from her for a couple of decades. She was possibly the best lead horse I've ever known. We climbed a lot of mountains together and she was a reliable partner through thick and thin. I've ridden a few other great lead horses over the years – enough to know that my young horse, Pepperoni, has the prerequisites needed, and he may make the cut. Which brings me to the age-old question… is a great horse born or made? Nature vs. Nurture. The truth is, it's difficult to answer that question, because from the moment a horse is born his learning begins. A naturally goodtempered horse can turn sour in the wrong hands, and a horse with a challenging temperament can be shaped into something amazing. But starting with the best raw ingredients, then adding copious amounts of training and experience, you can turn an averageperforming horse into a great one. In previous installments on the making of a trail horse, I've written about the qualities of a good trail horse, the manners and ground training it needs, and the foundational under-saddle training that

will take him from average to exceptional. Now it's time to talk about the hard stuff. To Lead or Not to Lead: To be truly exceptional, I think a trail horse must be willing to accept any position in the lineup – in front, in the middle, or at the end. I think he should always mind his manners and rate his speed, keeping appropriately distanced from the other horses. He should be willing to ride calmly away from the herd any time I ask and be happy going out alone – just the two of us. He needs to act the same way every day so that I can count on him when the going gets tough. He needs a lot of awareness and presence and some sense of caution, but not be prone to flight. Being exceptional is not easy or common. It's a very tall order, and not all horses will pass the test. Even with a lot of natural talent, it still takes training and experience, over months and years – not hours and days – to make a good horse great. The Right Stuff: It's not hard to train a horse to follow another horse down a trail. That's completely natural, and they would probably do it on their own if you turned them loose. Horses naturally stay with the herd and follow the leader. Horses are instinctively drawn to other horses because they are prey animals, and there is safety in numbers. Taking that theory one step further, imagine you're a horse traveling with your herd through treacherous terrain in lion country (think Sangre de Cristos). Where would you feel safest? Right in the middle of the herd. It's the horse in front that gets sucked into bogs or falls in the hole; it's the horse in the back that gets picked off by the lion. For many horses, being out in front or tailing behind is untenable. Horses can be very social, but also jealous and competitive animals, prone to seeking higher status in the herd. It takes a brave and confident horse to lead, but those qualities often come with dominant personalities. While many horses don't want to be out front, some insist on it and throw a wall-eyed fit if you try to ride in the middle or tail-end. To me, the best trail horse is the one that likes being out front, is eager to head down the trail and see what's around the corner, but is happy to let others lead or bring up the rear. Flight and investigation are also instinctive behaviors of horses, even though they are opposite qualities. A horse “hits the ground” with its temperament and these qualities can become apparent from the moment it's born. Some horses will be high in flight and low in curiosity; others low in flight and high in curiosity; while some hit right in the middle. It's obvious that for a good trail horse, you want

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Julie on a trail ride with her son, Hunter, and her mare, Pepsea.

the latter. But again, be careful what you wish for, because a very brave, bold horse can also be quite dominant, and may be prone to question your authority. Energy and sensitivity levels are important qualities inherent in the horse's temperament, and once again, be careful what you wish for. For myself, I know I need a forward-moving and forward-thinking horse, one that is sensitive to his environment and responds to the lightest cue. But there is a fine line between that and a horse that spooks at his own shadow and spins and bolts like his hair's on fire. To be exceptional, the horse must be my partner in all things – be willing to work as hard as I am, to be as achievement-oriented as I am, and to be game for an adventure together. I believe that a good work ethic can be trained into any horse, and that a horse with a natural work ethic can be worthless if poorly handled. Beyond his temperament, that exceptional lead horse must also be strong and athletic to get me out of tricky spots and handle the unexpected. But not so tall that I am ducking under every branch or need to carry a step ladder. And since I don't ask for much, I'd like him to be smooth gaited, so I can ride all day and my saddle bags aren't flapping. The best raw ingredients in the temperament of an exceptional trail horse are willingness, bravery, curiosity, adventurous, independent, steady, reliable, energetic, aware, thinking, game. These ingredients alone won't make any horse exceptional. Starting with the right stuff helps, but there's still a lot of training and shaping to do. Education and Experience: Every successful horse trainer knows that some horses are easier to train than others. Some horses are so willing and eager-to-please that shaping their behavior is easy. Others, not so much. I believe strongly that good training and solid, consistent handling can make any horse a great horse. We can always improve a horse through training, though starting with quality ingredients sure helps. Some of the qualities of an exceptional trail horse are baked into his temperament, but others come from training and handling from a young age, nurturing the horse along slowly, so that he only develops good habits and never learns behaviors that will affect his ability to do his job later. Ground manners, ground skills (like trailer loading and ground tying), finish training under-saddle, work ethic, and the ability to perform in all settings (independently of the herd), are trained into the horse over time. In part two of this series, I talked at length about manners and ground skills that are important for a good trail horse, but to be an exceptional trail horse there must be more. Over time, with consistency and experience, the exceptional trail horse learns his job JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

and understands his role. He isn't ground tying because you've scolded him in the past for moving, he's staying put because he knows his job is to stay with you. If you'll excuse an over-used COVID phrase, the horse knows, “we're in this together.” He doesn't jump down the steep embankment of a creek because you forced him to, but because he sees the horse below in trouble and knows we must help. He doesn't question when you ride away from the herd, because he knows there must be something important to do ahead. When a horse begins to understand his job, not just giving rote responses, he begins morphing into the exceptional category. Work ethic is one of the most important qualities to instill in a young horse. It will be much harder to teach when the horse is older. It starts early with groundwork and is one of the very first things a riding horse learns – keep going until I tell you to stop. One of the most fundamental tenets of classical horsemanship (wisdom which dates back 5,000 years), is that forward motion is the basis of all training. Without free and willing forward motion, a horse cannot be trained. No truer words were ever spoken. When taught early, consistently reinforced, and significantly rewarded (with release, praise and rest), even a horse that is by nature lazy, will develop a strong work ethic. Some horses have a go-for-it temperament too – game for any adventure, always looking ahead, eager to prove themselves. When you combine this kind of temperament with a good work ethic and solid training, you are well on your way to exceptional. Behind the Magic Curtain: Horses are extremely fast learning animals who are willing and seek acceptance by nature. Sometimes truly exceptional horses can be made from the most unlikely candidates. You can turn a Scarecrow into Braveheart, by simply shaping their behavior. A subordinate, omega horse can develop into the best lead horse and become a steady partner. For instance, all horses are instinctively flighty and fearful, some more than others. But we can systematically teach any horse how to deal with its fear in a different way. By replacing one behavior with another, we can turn fear into curiosity. By praising and rewarding investigative behavior, we can instill bravery. I have written and talked a lot about “de-spooking” horses (if only there really were such a thing); check out my blog and podcast for more information on this training technique. At the very core of a horse's behavior, he is drawn to the herd for comfort and safety. No matter what his circumstance, a horse will always seek acceptance into a herd. To me, this is a quality we can shape to our advantage. What a horse gets from the herd is a sense of safety, structure (rules), and leadership (someone to take care of you and tell you what to do). Horses are also comfort-seeking animals and the herd provides them with plenty of that in the form of social engagement, friendship, mutual grooming, and frolicking. When a horse feels alone, he will always seek out a herd. From the first moments of interacting with a horse, young or old, it's my goal to teach the horse to seek acceptance from my herd. To show him that I will be a strong, but fair, leader, and that I will always watch out for his safety – and never ask him to do something he's not capable of. He will learn to trust that I will have high expectations of his behavior, but that I will also recognize and reward his efforts. In short order, he is seeking my acceptance and getting the same good feelings from me that he gets from the herd. Ultimately, he is willing to leave his herd and go anywhere with me. (40)

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The Making of a Trail Horse, Part 4 (continued) To me, there are few things in life as satisfying as riding a great horse in the wilderness. To have an exceptional trail horse – one that trusts you, is safe, reliable, willing, loyal, and dedicated to the task at hand – is a thrill that few people get to experience. I've been fortunate to ride a few great trail horses throughout my career, and I've got at least one more in the making. Not every horse is destined for greatness. Not every great horse was naturally talented to begin with. And every horse has the potential to be great in the right hands. In the end, it takes a lot of hard work, patience, dedication, and determination. But to me – without question – a great trail horse is made, not born. Visit Julie online https://juliegoodnight.com/ and on social media.

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Assessing Your Horse’s Vital Signs By P. Hickman, DVM, Wichita Equine & Sports Medicine, KS Equipment Needed: Assessing an animal's vital signs is easy, straightforward and can be done with minimal equipment. The only equipment needed are a thermometer and lubricating jelly. A stethoscope makes monitoring the heart rate and respiration easier. Stethoscopes are a worthwhile addition to any emergency medical kit. Thermometers come in many different shapes and sizes from digital to manual. If a manual variety is chosen, a livestock thermometer with a string attached will make your life much simpler when taking the rectal temperature of a large animal. Proper restraint is important no matter what animal you are assessing. The primary goal is safety of the handler and the animal. Ensure that the animal is in a comfortable location (if possible) before you begin to assess the vital signs. It is always a good idea to have a practice run before you have an emergency, so you're aware of how the animal will react. A practice run will allow your animal to know what to expect during the procedure, as well. Vital signs consist of primarily three things: temperature, pulse, and respiration. Other considerations are: Gastrointestinal or G.I. sounds, digital pulses, mucous membrane color, and hydration status when confronted with an emergency. Taking Vital Signs Temperature: With the animal properly restrained, apply a small amount of the lubricating jelly to the end of the thermometer. If using a manual thermometer, make sure the thermometer is shaken down prior to inserting into the rectum. Insert the thermometer approximately 3 to 4 inches into the rectum. Allow at least 2 minutes before reading and removing, if using a manual thermometer, or until the digital thermometer beeps if using a digital thermometer. The string on a livestock thermometer can be attached to the tail so that it is not inadvertently lost into the rectum or dropped on accident. Caution should be used to assure the end of the thermometer is not within a fecal ball, as this will tend to falsify the reading in some cases. Normal temperature for a Horse is 98.5-101 degrees F. Pulse: An animal's heart lies approximately behind the elbow. The pulse is easiest to detect by using a stethoscope on the left side of the animal's body. It can be measured manually by finding an artery and palpating the pulse, much as you do on yourself when you palpate your pulse over your wrist. The horse's pulse may be taken manually by placing your fingertips on the large artery up against the inside of his jawbone near his cheek. The pulse (each lub-dub counts as one beat) can be counted for a minute, or can be counted for 15 seconds and multiplied by 4 to get the rate per minute. Normal pulse rate in a Horse is 28-45 beats per minute. Respiration: Respiration is perhaps the easiest vital sign to obtain since no contact with the animal is required in order for it to be measured. In contrast, respiration is also the most variable of all the vital signs, and the most effected when the animal is excited or in pain. It is not uncommon for respiration rates to double or triple with pain or anxiety. Watch the animal's flanks, counting every inhalation for 15 seconds. Multiply by 4 to get the rate per minute. Normal respiration rate in a Horse is 10–14 per minute. Take your animal's vital signs over a number of days in different weather and temperature conditions. This will assist in establishing a baseline to interpret variations in values should the need arise. JANUARY 2021 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2021

About The Author: Dr. Preston Hickman practices veterinary medicine in Wichita, Kansas, specializing in equine podiatry and sports medicine. He combines traditional veterinary medicine with video gait analysis to diagnose physical problems and abnormal motion in horses. His experience as a farrier and chiropractor allow him unique perspective into biomechanical movement. Dr. Hickman has worked extensively with horse wellness issues as Assistant Medical Director for the Louisiana Racing Commission, overseeing four tracks and 16 veterinarians. Dr. Hickman has a background in mixed practice, equine and bovine veterinary medicine, as well as veterinary consultation to feedlots.

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