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Ionia State Recreation Area Saddle Up! Magazine will feature a series of articles in 2017 dedicated to Michigan State Parks, which will be provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Kick off this summer at Ionia State Recreation Area

• 15 Mile Trail System • 47 Equestrian Only Campsites • Large Equestrian Staging Area

One of Michigan’s equestrian camping and trail riding destinations you should visit this summer is Ionia State Recreation Area, located approximately 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, MI off of I-96. This hidden gem is home to 15 miles of equestrian trails, 47 equestrian only campsites and a large equestrian staging area, making it the perfect location for day trips or overnight camping. The park’s organizational campsite is also available for nonprofit organizations, such as 4-H clubs. “The park’s diverse terrain lends itself to creating a variety of trail routes taking riders through fields of prairie grass, on straight two tracks (perfect for stretching legs), along wooded hillsides and over a bridge and water crossing,” said Kristie Walls, president of the Ionia Horse Trails Association (IHTA). “The campsites are large, grassy, and shaded making your overnight stay a pleasure! If you haven’t camped and ridden the trails at Ionia – you don’t know what you’re missing.” In an effort to continually expand the experience of visitors, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Ionia Horse Trails Association have been busy making many park improvements, including the installation of corrals as part of a 2017 DNR pilot project. “The biggest improvement this season is the addition of corrals,” said Trevor McGinn, park supervisor.“ The new corrals were installed on seven sites as part of a large volunteer work day organized by IHTA. It was great to see more than 20 volunteers come together to install the corrals, clear the trail and work on general spring clean-up. We’re excited to see what the equestrian campers think.” According to McGinn, the need for an alternative to picket posts came about in discussions with the IHTA. The corrals are more in line with what horses are used to and the addition should lead to a better overnight experience for equine campers. The success of the pilot program will help guide future changes to the equestrian camping policy. While not formally adopted, the purpose of the changes is to better separate equestrian campgrounds from non-equestrian campgrounds to make the overall experience more suited for different camping types. “Equestrians vary in experience and camping preferences,” said Anna Sylvester, Northern Field Operations chief.“ We want to better accommodate miniature horses and horses that dislike picket poles. This will also help people that have difficulty reaching the picket poles. The addition of corrals is one way we are hoping to offer more equestrian options.” Ionia Recreation Area also received funding for gravel and culverts. As a result, the DNR and IHTA will be working on filling in some low spots on the trail in the coming months. “The DNR and IHTA are excited to be working together to improve ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

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and expand upon this already fantastic facility,” said Kristie Walls, President of the Ionia Horse Trails Association. “Together, we are constantly brainstorming ways to enhance the equestrian experience and bring more riders and campers to the park. The new corrals and the, first ever, “Forbidden Trails Ride” weekend on July 15th and 16th this year, are two examples of the collaboration to improve the camping and riding experience at Ionia.” The IHTA also hosts the “Horseman’s Harvest Festival” September 22-24 and the “Chili Cook Off” October 13-15. Make your reservations for these fun filled weekends now! Reservations can be made by visiting www.midnrreservations.com or calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). More information about the park and campground can be found at www.michigan. gov/ionia, or www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar

Ionia Horse Trails Association (IHTA) www.ioniahorsetrailsassociation.org

Ionia Horse Trails Association – To Preserve and Protect The first State Park in Lower Michigan to have corrals for your horses! (22)


2016 Year-End Awards Exceeded $35,000!

Retired from Breeding & Now Farming

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HOPELESSLY N LOVE – 2002 AQHA Bay Mare, 15.3 hands. Sire: PROTECT YOUR ASSETS, Dam: A CLASSIQUE MISSILE. Grace is open. Last foal was 2/2015, a bay filly by Talarosa Zippo (TALAROSAS DARKNLUVLY). First foal (TALAROSAS SMARTASSET) being shown on the Ranch Horse Assoc. of MI circuit. Beautiful BIG mare. Never been shown, but could be in Halter and Showmanship. Not broke to ride, but is easy to handle and great in her stall. This mare is to good too pass up. Asking $2,000.00

2017 MQHA/AQHA APPROVED SHOW DATES JUNE 16-18 Jeff Bujack Quarter Horse Shows 4 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

JULY 4-9 MQHA Harbor Classic 6 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Western Michigan Fairgrounds, Ludington, MI

JULY 28 NMQHA All Novice Horse Show 1 AQHA/MQHA & NMQHA Approved Show Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

TALAROSA BE MINE N/N – 2012 AQHA/IF Chestnut Filly, 15 hands. SIRE: TALAROSA ZIPPO, DAM: SOPHIA GENTRY. Ginger was 2013 CHAMPION LL at the BHAM SSS. This filly has been show successfully in the Ranch Horse Assoc. of MI. Being ridden twice a week to keep her in shape. Nice loving mare. Also a great trail horse. A must see. Asking $2,500.00

JULY 29-30 NMQHA Horse Shows 2 AQHA/MQHA & NMQHA Approved Shows Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

AUGUST 23-27 Lisa Terry Memorial Show 5 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Western Michigan Fairgrounds, Ludington, MI

SEPTEMBER 14-17 MQHA Breeders Futurity & Great Lakes Classic QH Show 5 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

CLUES N RUMORS N/N – 1999 AQHA/IF Sorrel Mare, 16 hands. Sire: JUSTA CLUE, Dam: RUMORS ARE FINE. Dixie is open. Last foal 3/2015 (MISTERS LAST RUMOR) by Mister Tatter. Broke to ride. Ridden twice a week for the last month. Great for 4-H or trail horse. Must see. Asking $1,500.00

OCTOBER 27-29 MHSA All Breed Youth Show 1 AQHA/MQHA Approved Show MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

NOVEMBER 10-12 MQHA Harvest Classic


4 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

Ranch Selective Breeding for Quality & Ability


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Please Note: Information subject to change. Check the MQHA website for up-to-date information.

Email: bwirenroses80@yahoo.com 4868 W. Walker Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879

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Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs welcome. If you wish to offer a monetary donation, or have questions about the event, contact Vicki Reinhardt at 231.631.2209.

56TH ANNUAL MSMA PONY EXPRESS Every year, since 1962 the Michigan Mounted Sheriff’s Association (MSMA) has hosted a fund raising event called the “Pony Express” somewhere in Michigan. This year, the Otsego County Mounted Division is hosting the event in Gaylord, MI on June 9-11. All proceeds raised are being donated to two local children with serious illnesses. The 2017 recipients are: Vander Taratura, age 5, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was just 9 months of age. Vander is the youngest of four children and is the son of Joshua & Rebecca Taratuta. Megan Goodrich, age 11, has been diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a very rare disease that affects only 1 in 100,000 children annually. Megan is one of three children. Her parents are Aaron and Beth Goodrich. Donations are raised by selling Pony Express Letters that are carried by horseback along a Pony Express Route and then stamped with a commemorative stamp. Letters then travel to their destinations by the United States Postal Service. Donations are also accepted for items offered for the silent auction and for bag raffles. The event is open to the public and is held at the Otsego County Fairgrounds, 275 Fairview Road in Gaylord, MI. Send letters and meet with the mounted police officers and their wonderful horses! June 10th will start early in the morning with horses and riders carrying the mail across their selected routes. If you wish to send a letter, please contact Vicki Reinhardt at 231.631.2209. That afternoon there will be an all horse parade through downtown Gaylord. The event is expected to have 80 horses and riders this year. The parade is always very impressive! Also in the afternoon at the fairgrounds, there will be the annual speed show where mounted police officers compete against each other in a “friendly competition.” The annual Pony Express Ride is a 501 (c) 3 organization and is a FREE event with all

AHC’S ANNUAL MEETING & NATIONAL ISSUES FORUM ALMOST HERE The AHC’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, is just weeks away! We hope you will be able to join us from June 11-14 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. The AHC encourages anyone involved in the industry to try to attend our Annual Meeting and Issues Forum, as this is the only meeting where every segment of the horse industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole. Monday, June 12th, will include committee meetings for the 5 committees the AHC has: Animal Welfare, Horse Show, Health & Regulatory, Recreation, and Racing. Attendance at a committee meeting is welcome to all until they go into executive session. Monday will also spotlight the Van Ness Award, which is given to a member of a State Horse Council who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. The theme of the National Issues Forum (NIF) on Tuesday, June 13th, will be “The Power of Unity,” and will feature keynote speaker Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, which is the national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America. Following Mr. Dow, Allyn Mann of Luitpold Animal Health will lead the discussion for the Research Panel, which will feature: Edward Bowen, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Dr. Paul Haefner, Horses and Humans Dr. Tom Lenz, American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Dr. Nathaniel White, AAEP Foundation. Dr. Wendy Wood, Colorado State University ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017 (24)

At the conclusion of the Research Panel, the Youth Panel will take the stage, moderated by Julie Broadway, AHC President, and Danette McGuire, AYHC Executive Director. Members of the Youth Panel are: Flora ElmColone, Arabian Horse Youth Association Justin Irvine, Harness Horse Youth Foundation Sedate Kohler, United States Pony Club Sarah Kucza, American Morgan Horse Association Brock Murphy, American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) The afternoon session will start off with Congressman Ted Yoho speaking on the importance of the equine industry to him, followed by an update on the Economic Impact Study from Tom Zitt of The Innovation Group. Additionally, a new speaker has been added - Mark Bellissimo of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC and Equestrian Sport Productions LLC will speak on the importance of growing the equestrian sport. The AHC will also present its new strategic plan to give attendees an idea of what the AHC will be undertaking in the years ahead. At the conclusion of the Issues Forum, breakout sessions will be set up to allow groups to have further discussion about topics they found particularly interesting. On Wednesday morning, June 14th, the AHC will hold a short Legislative Briefing for those attendees visiting Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress. The AHC encourages all attendees to visit with their Members on issues of importance to the industry while here. If you are interested in setting up a meeting with your Congressional representatives, the AHC is more than happy to help you do so - please contact info@horsecouncil.org for assistance in setting up meeting times. Sponsorships are also now available for the AHC’s Annual Meeting. The American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting is the only meeting where every segment of the industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole. As such, your sponsorship dollars will be ensuring you receive outreach to every segment of the industry. Please visit the AHC website, http://www.horsecouncil.org/annualWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs iduals and teams participated in multiple competitions during regular season shows, regional finals and zone finals to qualify for the National Finals competition. During the three-day weekend, riders competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences and Equitation. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm up. In the individual competition, Abigail Whitmer, grade 10, who rides for Tuscaloosa Equestrian Team in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Zone 4) was named the 2017 HUBBARD® LIFE WEBSITE OFFERS Leading Hunt Seat Rider, winning the Varsity A WEALTH OF INFORMATION Open Championship class. Whitmer is When it comes to animal companions, coached by Reid Rickett. horses claim a special place in our hearts. The Champion of the Upper School Hunt As Winston Churchill famously remarked, Seat Team Competition was Grazing Fields “There is something about the outside of a Farm from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts horse that is good for the inside of a man.” (Zone 1) and coached by Jennifer Sullivan While horses may be a less common sight and Nicole Melanson. The Middle School than in the past, there’s never been a better Hunt Seat Team Champion was Movado time to be a horse. Today, our knowledge of Farms Equestrian Team from Durham, animal nutrition and health is excellent. Connecticut (Zone 1) and coached by Tricia The Hubbard® Life Equine line of products is Carlton and Louisa Fedora. The Team Spirit nutritionally balanced to meet the requireAward went to Chatham Hall from Chatham, ments of your horse. Whether your horses Virginia (Zone 3). are competing for ribbons, riding the trails or The IEA holds the trait of good sportshappy with affection and hugs, they’ll thrive manship in the highest regard - both for with Hubbard® Life. riders and coaches. Lauren Britton-Kamber Check out our Tips and Tools section on our from Fortitude Farm in Milton, Georgia (Zone website to learn more about horse manage4) took home the 3rd Annual Coach Sportsment and nutrition. The more you know, the manship Award. Carly Stirewalt from Lucky stronger your relationship with your equine C Stables in New Paltz, New York (Zone 2) companion. was awarded the Victor Hugo-Vidal SportsVisit the Hubbard® Life website at: http:// manship Award. www.hubbardlife.com/equine.aspx Each year at IEA National Finals, the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) presents a non-riding competition in the form of a test A Holy Innocents' Horsemanship Test for the Hunt Seat riders. Anna Bihuniak from Rising Star Equestrian Team in Medway, Massachusetts (Zone 1) was the overall winner. IEA HAS SUCCESSFUL Since its creation, the IEA has relied on the 2017 HUNT SEAT NATIONAL support from its many volunteers to assist in the success of the organization. Three Nearly 400 of the nation's leading middle Volunteer of the Show Awards, sponsored and high school equestrians competed in by Braveheart Farm at North Gate in Sudthe Waldron Arena within the Anderson bury, Massachusetts were awarded to Alex Coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center in Prymek, grade 12, from Shreveport, LA Lexington, Virginia on April 21-23. The (Zone 7), Madison Rheinheimer, grade 10 finalists represented 82 teams from a total of from Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Zone 5) and 11,167 eligible hunt seat student-riders from Hannah Keough, grade 10 from Burton, Ohio nine zones throughout the country. Indiv©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017 (25) AHC’S ANNUAL MEETING, cont. meeting-sponsorship/ for more information about the sponsorships available, or contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. For information about the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, please visit the Events tab on the AHC website. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org.

(Zone 5), for their hard work at this year's National Finals. The 10th Annual Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to K. Simon Towns. Towns is the former trainer at Falcon Ridge Stable in Woodstock, Georgia (Zone 4) and is the current IEA Zone Administrator Captain and the Zone 4 Administrator. She also sits on the IEA Rules & Ethics Committee, Education Committee, and the IEA Board of Directors. The IEA is committed to the wellness of the horses in all competitions. To recognize the quality of the horses donated for the threeday event, "Gypsy" (provided by Memory's Hill Farm) was named Champion Outstanding IEA Hunt Seat Horse and "Gem" (also provided by Memory's Hill Farm) was named Reserve Champion Outstanding IEA Hunt Seat Horse. The outstanding quality of the horses brought to this show by our horse providers are among the best we have ever seen at any IEA Nationals," said Roxane Durant, IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director. "We know that our kids appreciated the opportunity to ride such quality horses in such a competitive and beautiful environment." Learn more about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association at: www.rideiea.org

OMIQHA SUMMER SUNSATION – PLEASURE DRIVING OMIQHA is excited to announce our huge payout for the Pleasure Driving at $2,000! We will have $1000 for the Open and $1000 for the Amateur at the Summer SUNsation show held June 24th and 25th. We are also looking to make it the biggest pleasure driving class in AQHA history! Collect points from AQHA, OQHA, OMIQHA, and NOQHA! The Summer SUNsation horse show will be held at the University of Findlay Western Farm, 14700 St. Rte. 68, Findlay, OH 45840. There will be 3 sets of points at the show. For further information visit our website at: www.omiquarterhorseassn.com

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OHIO QUARTER HORSE YOUTH COLLECTION DRIVE The OQHYA Community Service Committee is hosting a canned food drive during May, June and July! The canned foods may be dropped off in bins near show offices at any of the Ohio Horse Shows during those months. Donations may be made at OQHA Youth Meetings during those months too. The youth are challenging ALL barns, trainers, and Ohio Association affiliates to a "Competition" to see who can donate the most cans! OQHYA will also be collecting horse supplies for the RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adaption Program again this year. A portion of the OQHYA raised fundraising funds will also be donated to RE-RIDE. Donated horse supplies may also be turned in at all approved OQHA horse shows and OQHYA monthly meetings through Congress in October.

SBS EQUINE CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY! SBS EQUINE is celebrating its 30th year in business. SBS is a well known pioneer and innovator of quality hoof care products. Dr Rick Shakalis and Dr John Pautienis are considered the fathers of modern hoof sealants. Their scientific research and informative articles on hoof disease and other equine health related issues are highly regarded in the industry. Ray Tricca, along with Drs Rick and John founded the company in Hyannis, MA in 1987. Their mission was to produce quality hoof care products that are based on sound medical principles and are safe for horses, humans, and the environment. After 30 years, the company is proud to have lived up to this promise. It is interesting to note that the original founders still own and operate the business. SBS products are sold ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

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PONY CLUB FESTIVAL COMING IN JULY! July 17-24, 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4041 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, KY. The week long Pony Club Festival is held every three years at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. More than 3,000 Pony Club members, volunteers, and families participate in this special event. The National Championships are held the first three days. Two more days follow with mounted and unmounted clinics and workshops taught by Pony Club graduates, Olympians, and equine industry professionals. Throughout the week, participants, family, and visitors can shop at the Festival Trade Fair, participate in and watch the Mock Fox Hunt, and enjoy all aspects of Pony Club activities! The Guidebook to Festival is now available online and contains the detailed information on participating in Championships and Education. Click on the Education button to learn more about the workshops and riding clinics that will be offered. Check out the Festival Opportunities button for special activities and events being held during Festival. Festival Championships and Education Entry Dates: Opening Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 Closing/Postmark Date: Mon., July 3, 2017 Visit the United States Pony Club (USPC) online at https://www.ponyclub.org and click on the Events tab for more information. (26)

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Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Otsego County Fairgrounds, 275 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI Each year a Pony Express Ride is held in Michigan on the 2nd Saturday of June. This date was proclaimed by the governor of Michigan, William Milliken during his governorship. The ride, sponsored by the Michigan Sheriff’s Mounted Association, features more than 200 mounted possemen carrying hundreds of letters in relays along various routes across the state. The Otsego County Mounted Division will be hosting the 2017 Pony Express Ride at the Otsego County Fairgrounds, in Gaylord, MI. This is a fundraising event where you can purchase a Pony Express letter and actually have it carried by Mounted Sheriff’s Officers along a designated route, and passed from rider to rider along the way! The Pony Express Ride has raised more than $265,000 for recipients to date. Every year the Pony Express event raises funds to assist an individual in need. This year’s recipients include 5 year old, Vander, who has Cerebral Palsy, and Megan, who is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (a very rare disease). The Otsego County Mounted Division is a 501-3 (3) non-profit organization. Donations can include sending a letter, financial, bag raffle, silent auction items, or advertising items to include in the rider welcome bags. Pony Express riders will begin carrying mail along Otsego County roads, starting at 7:00 a.m. on June 10th. If you wish more information about this event, please contact Nadia Kidder at 989.858.0935, or email kidcofarms@hotmail.com

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Make Your Trail Ride a Picnic by Lynn Palm It's time to apply all the great trail training we have covered to do a fun activity with your horse – going on a picnic. Be sure to follow all of the previous steps for training your horse on the trail covered in previous articles before heading out. Once you have included a warm-up for the horse and a warm up for the rider, it is time for the picnic pack up. A number of good companies now make saddlebags that allow picnic items to be safely and conveniently carried on horseback. There are bags that fit or attach on either the front or back of the saddle. Generally a western saddle, or a saddle specifically made for trail riding, will give more attachment points for carrying bags.

interfere unless he gets into trouble. Leave him alone and he should settle down in a while. The more you recognize or acknowledge his impatient behavior, the more he will act up.

Plan the packing list of what to bring on the picnic at least one day, if not a week, ahead of the departure date. Try to pack as lightly as possible. When packing, always put heavier items or long items over the pommel or at the horse's wither area in front of the saddle, rather than off the back of the saddle. Of course, pack heavier items on the bottom of the saddlebag to keep it weighted down. Distribute the weight between saddlebags as evenly as possible.

Here is one of my favorite picnic dishes to make ahead of time and take in my saddlebag on a trail ride picnic. It is super easy to make, tastes great, keeps well, and will give you the energy to ride the rest of the day! Lynn's “Crispy Oriental Noodle Salad”

Besides the picnic goodies, remember to bring some important items for your horse. Put a halter on him, either under or over the bridle, with a good lead and snap attached. Tie the end of the lead around his neck using a knot that will not hang down so low that it gets caught between his legs. Equip him with protective boots, especially if he is wearing shoes.

Step 1: Cut one large head of Napa cabbage into long, thin slices. Slice up the bulbs only of 8-10 green onions. Mix together. Step 2: Melt one stick of butter. Crumble into the melted butter 2 packages of Ramen noodles (from a Ramen noodle soup package without the seasoning packet). Add in ½-cup of sesame seeds and 2-1/2 ounces of slivered almonds. Mix together.

After the rider's warm-up is completed and the horse has been warmed up at the walk, trot, and canter in both directions; plan how the ride will be conducted. Whether riding by yourself or with friends, decide what gaits to work in during the ride. Consider the experience levels of the horses and the riders, the trail's terrain, and the distance to be covered. Options include doing the trail totally at the walk, walk-trot, or walk-trot-canter. The speed within each gait can be varied to add more variety.

Step 3: Combing 1 cup of oil, 1 cup of sugar, ½-cup of vinegar, and 2teaspoons of soy sauce. Mix together. Step 4: Mix the ingredients of Steps 1, 2, and 3 together just before serving. Hint: To keep this salad nice and crispy, I like to pack the ingredients from each step in separate containers and mix them together just before the picnic begins.

Once the horse is packed, do a short under saddle warm-up to make sure everything is secure and will stay in place during the ride. Then it's time to hit the trail!

If a horse that is tied during a trail picnic gets too fretful or uncontrollable, you need to address the issue. Here is how to turn the situation into a learning experience for him.

Once the picnic destination is reached, find a tree to tie the horse to. Because the halter and lead are already on the horse, you will not have to change tack to tie him. Select a spot to tie him where, within a 360-degree circle, there is enough room between him and the next horse that they cannot touch. Always tie the lead rope high. The knot should be at the ear level of the horse. Always use a slipknot to tie him, putting the end of the lead through the slipknot so he cannot pull on the end and untie himself. The length of the lead allowed between the tree and the horse is also very important. It should be taunt at the horse's natural head level. If he is tied lower than this, he has the chance of getting a leg over the lead. Secure the reins so the horse cannot get them over his head or step through them.

Untie the horse from the tree and lead him to a spot closer to the picnic where he can graze. Let him graze for 10-15 minutes, then tie him again at the tree. Allow him to remain tied for 10-15 minutes, then untie him and let him graze again for the same amount of time. Alternate between short segments of the horse being tied and grazing. This should calm him down while teaching him to accept tying. The more you take the horse on the trail and expose him to being tied, the more he will accept this. When the picnic is over, it is time to pack up for the trip home. The good news for the horse is that his packs should be lighter. Because of the weight difference, be sure to re-secure all packs and bags to the saddle and make sure they are balanced properly.

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putting him back in his stall or into the trailer. Cooling these areas will help prevent stiffness and soreness. Be sure to give him a treat and a pet to say “thank you” for a great picnic trail ride together! Until then, follow your dreams…Lynn Lynn's Training Tip: Be smart with what you pack for a picnic. Carefully secure it on the horse so you do not have a chance of scaring the horse or losing your lunch! I really like the Bickmore Leather Company's new Mac Wipe Trail Pack Equine Body Grooming Wipes. The wipes come in a resealable bag designed for packing into a tight area like a saddlebag or an already cramped tack box. Body Grooming Wipes are perfect for long weekends at the show as a fast fix on the way into the arena, before and after a tough workout, or just as a refreshing clean up for your horse. They are also great for any on-the-trail cleaning chores, including mopping up spills. Once back at the barn, treat your trail partner to a soothing bath with Bickmore's Mac Wipe Body Wash. This mild witch hazel based formula with essential oils leaves your horse's coat looking and feeling shiny and clean. Applied full strength or diluted, it does not contain any harsh or abrasive chemicals like other washes. It is perfect for taking off the trail dust and leaving your horse feeling refreshed. Visit Lynn Palm online for more training articles, DVD’s and books at www.lynnpalm.com or call 1-800-503-2824. Lynn is also on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attend one of Lynn’s “Ride Well Clinics” at a location near you, or join her at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida.


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BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION As this is being written, the sky is blue and the temperature today should be in the seventies. Maybe, just maybe, we won't see any more miserable weather and the spring/ summer riding season is upon us. A lot of things have been happening at Brighton over the last month. The work bee on April 8th that we mentioned in our last column readied the trails for full-scale operations and the Competitive Trail Ride sponsored by the Great Lakes Distance Riding Association took place over the weekend of April 22nd-23rd. Fully sixty-five riders participated and many of them camped over, and we received numerous compliments on the excellent conditions of our equestrian facilities. As we have said before, this event is not sponsored by BTRA, but receives our full support and we always make sure that our spring work bee takes place before that event. One of the event's coordinators recently joined our organization and another coordinator is already a member, so our relationship will be even closer. An event sponsored and hosted by BTRA was held on May 13th. The “Celebrate Spring” Ride and Lunch has been held for several years. Participants ride from the Brighton staging area to the home of one of our members, Sue, whose property is just off the trails. Upon arrival, after a ride of one and one-half hours, they tie up their horses and partake of a delicious lunch that our host has prepared. After the meal we held our Annual Meeting, which includes the election and/or re-election of Board of Directors members. Five members were up for re-election and all were quickly voted back into office. Ah, democracy can be efficient! We also distributed copies or our recently revised Bylaws, which include a provision for equestrian trail usage. Since non-riders such as hikers, dog walkers and general nature lovers are welcome on our trails, this is now officially included in our Bylaws and they have the option of joining BTRA as associate members. Finally, members attending the meeting received a nice “party favor.” Our supply of BTRA window decals ran out sev-

eral years ago but we just received a new order, and they were handed out to everyone. We hope they proudly display them on their trailer or truck windows. We have another big event coming up on June 17th: an open ride and campout. It will really put the riding season into full swing. In the meantime, come ride at Brighton and visit our website at www.brightontrail riders.net In closing, we want to thank Saddle Up! Magazine for including an article featuring the Brighton Recreation Area equestrian facilities and BTRA in its May issue. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOC. Hello Trail Riders! Everyone is loving our great Spring riding season so far! As this is being written, our Spring Camp Out is underway. Thursday camping had 20+ rigs set up for the weekend and riders out enjoying the gorgeous trails! The Whitford Event Area that we use for the special camp out dates was mowed by our DNR and set up with picnic tables and fire pits. More groups are expected for the weekend for another successful and fun time. If you couldn't attend this camp out, please try to come and join us for the Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out in September. This event is September 14-17 at the Whitford Lake event area. Four days of camping for only $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers is a great way to spend the weekend with old and new friends. We will also feed you a pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings and a potluck supper on Saturday with pulled pork supplied by the club. As always, there is water for your horses, a new outhouse donated by FCHFA, manure removal, community fire pits and a covered picnic area. Our fundraising auction Saturday night has everyone laughing with our own DarylAnn taking bids on anything you care to donate. Go to our website for more info at www.fchfa.org or call Toni Beth Hess at 269-781-9688 for a reservation. We are still working on fine tuning the campground proposal for submission to our Park ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017 (30)

manager. All looks good for this long awaited goal and more news to come in the near future. Thank you to everyone who has completed the surveys we will submit with this proposal. There are still surveys in the mailbox at the pavilion at the trail head for anyone that wishes to fill one out. A new sign is being worked on by Judy Johnson to be displayed at the trail head entrance to diagram how to utilize diagonal parking, pull in and pull out with your rigs. If everyone uses the parking area efficiently with 3 rows of rig parking, there is always room for all on busy weekends. Thanks! Come enjoy the 20+ miles of trails and 6 creek crossings, prairie grasses, woods, lake scenery and abundant flowers popping out everywhere. The time and effort of club members is evident when you see how great our trails are maintained! Join us for rides and pot lucks or work days, check out the calendar of events on the website. Just a note on a new posted rule for dogs at Fort Custer. Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed to be loose on the trails. There have been several incidents, for all trail users and the Park has posted new signs thru-out. See you on the trails! Toni Strong, Secretary

GREAT LKS. DISTANCE RIDING ASSOC. How do I check my horses pulse? The most basic way would be with a stethoscope. Position the ear pieces of your stethoscope so they point slightly towards the front of your head. Position the diaphragm of the stethoscope on the left side of the horse just behind the elbow where the girth rests. Move it around in that area until you can hear the beating of the heart. At rest, the horse's heart has a slow, regular rhythm that sounds like “ker-plunk, ker-plunk”. Each “ker-plunk” is counted as one beat, not two. Once you have established the rhythm, look at your watch. You can count the beats for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 or take the pulse for 30 seconds and multiply by 2. Your intent is to establish how many times your horse's heart beats in one minute. Take his pulse often. Learn what his resting heart rate is. Take it directly after a workout, 10 mins. after, different situations/ WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News GREAT LKS. DISTANCE RIDING, cont. locations and time of the day. Fluctuation is typical, find out what’s normal for your horse. While a horse may come into the vet check with a high heart rate, the rider can lower the heart rate in a number of ways. A conditioned horse's heart rate will lower on its own with little help of the rider. The rider can facilitate the lowering of the heart rate by cooling the horse through water on the neck and legs of the horse, or even by icing the horse down. As the temperature of the horse declines, the heart rate will also decline. However, if the horse has been over stressed, even after the heart rate has come down, if the horse is stressed again, the heart rate will jump up again. When the horse is presented to the vet, the heart rate should be lower than pulse criteria set by the Vet before the ride (e.g., 60, 64). If the heart rate is above criteria, the vet will probably look at the card to see how long it took the horse to come down to criteria. If the heart rate is still at criteria, and the horse has been waiting around for several minutes, again the vet might be a bit concerned. As always, there are some tricks you can play to lower the heart rate even while the vet is checking. First, if another horse walks by, particularly a best buddy, then the horse's rate is sure to go up. Stand such that you block the horse's view of whatever might excite him. Do not let the horse eat while the vet is taking the pulse. Do not let the horse throw his head way up. Preferably, have the horse hold his head in a "neutral" position. If you have a calming technique, such as gently rubbing the horse, do so. For yourself, take a deep breath and try to relax to show your horse that the excitement is over, no more trotting right now. Come ride with us! Our White River Summer Ride is June 10, 11 in the Manistee National Forest with distances of 50E, 25LD, 25C, 15I (Saturday new rider clinic) miles offered. Next up you can ride the gorgeous Hiawatha National Forest in the U.P. at the Grand Island North Ride, June 24, 25 with distances of 55E, 30LD and 30C offered. The rest of the GLDRA season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Milford, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today at www. gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way! ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION By the time this issue is printed our Poker Ride and Campout on May 12th-14th will be over. Unfortunately, the deadline for this issue will not allow us to give a report on the event until July's issue. We are still calling for artists for our 9th annual art competition and exhibit “It's All About the Horse.” Even though you may not be interested in competing, be sure to visit the Exhibit at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, September 5th-30th. The talent for this event is amazing. Additional information is available on our website at: highlandtrail riders.com HTRA is pleased to announce that we have secured a $1,000 grant for trail improvements which will include three new culverts, erosion barriers in wet areas and hitching posts. If all goes as planned, we should be able to complete these projects in 2017. Visit our website highlandtrailriders.com or our Facebook page for additional information on upcoming events. Happy Trails!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. HTRA is planning to install a pavilion at the main campground to allow campers a place to mingle and enjoy others company while having breakfast/lunch/dinner or just to chat. We hope to have the pavilion available by Memorial weekend. Reminder: The forest service has changed the checkout time to 2:00 pm; please make note of the time change. Trail #24 is complete and ready for riders. Riders can access Trail #24 from the Hungerford entrance on 19 Mile and enjoy a short ride or begin from the main, group or day use area for a longer ride. There are two versions of the Hungerford map that members will can download from the website or receive via email; a new electronic map has (31)

the trails listed by trail numbers, and the beta version can be viewed via a cell phone app. The Trail Derby Competition began March 1st and concludes October 15th of this year. Riders/members will log their trail miles at Hungerford to become eligible for prizes at the End of the Year Banquet. We encourage guest riders to log their miles as well; to assist HTRA in documenting trail usage. The online log form can be found on the HTRA website at www.hungerfordtrailriders.org. The HTRA Family Trail Ride/Picnic is Saturday, June 3rd from 11am – 2pm. This is a trail ride/picnic to J&M's Place. Members and their guest can start at the main campground, group campground, or day use area and ride to J&M's. No picnic charge for members, but requesting a $5 donation from guests. If you are challenged with identifying a riding buddy to enjoy the trails, don't give up. HTRA is pleased to announce our new service of providing a Guided Trail Ride. If you and your friends are new to the Hungerford trail system and would feel more comfortable having a trail guide come along on your first trail ride, please contact Joan Balk at jbalk72@att.net a few days before your planned trail ride. New riders can also become a HTRA member, join our FB page and let others know what you are looking for in a riding buddy. There is a compatible riding buddy out there! We are still accepting 2017 membership applications. Please visit the website at: www.hungerfordtrailriders.org to print an application or send an email to: hungerford trailriders@gmail.com and request an application or 'like' our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association'. HTRA has merchandise and apparel available to purchase. Choose between hunter orange, light blue, red, or gray t-shirts or hoodies; coffee cup and travel mugs; and ride in comfort in Hungerford apparel. T-Shirts $15, Hoodie sweatshirts or zipper hoodies $35, coffee cups $8, travel mugs $15, and window decals $5. Happy Trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MiCMO KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Welcome Spring! Get ready for a great time this summer. We start the season off with our Spring Fling campout June 2-4 at the Kensington Horse Staging Area off of Martindale Road in Milford. Information on how to register will be circulated through Infoshare and on our Facebook page shortly. We may have a PayPal option for registering on our website www.kensingtontrailriders.org, so please check our website. Saturday night we will hold a potluck and there will be fabulous entertainment, so please be sure and make reservations early. Upcoming in July is the Milford Fourth of July Parade. Decorate yourself and your horse and come join us as we march down Main Street. Because of our insurance company's requirements, you must be a member to ride in the parade with us. If you are interested and would like to become a member, or renew your membership, you can do so on our website or by contacting us through our Facebook page. We hope you can join us for a really good time. Now that the trails are getting clear and you are heading out to ride, I would like to remind folks to stay on the marked horse trails in Kensington. Outside of Kensington, please honor the 'no riding' or 'private property' signs people have posted on their property. If there is a trail you normally go down that is now closed off, please contact us and we will do our best to give you an alternate route. And remember, you can report a trail problem on our website at: www.kensingtontrail riders.org. We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Don't forget to visit our website and like our Facebook page! Happy Trails, until we meet again...

MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Maybury is in all of her spring glory! The trails are exploding with wild flowers and the new leaves are popping out all over! Come out and ENJOY! A few of us met at Karl’s Cabin May 10th to plan for the upcoming Word in the Woods Ride, the food and atmosphere were GOOD! The service, not so good, waiter must have had a hangnail or something. Upcoming events! NATIONAL TRAILS DAY SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd, 9AM-12 NOON. We are planning to: build a manure pit, set mounting blocks made by the Boy Scouts, and bush whack around the staging area to be able to put up picket lines. Please be sure to register online at: REI.com/Northville or visit https://www. rei.com/event-cart. Bring a water bottle and some gloves. Free shirts, equipment and lunch will be provided and we, ta-da, will provide the muscle power! If you can spare a few hours please meet us at the maintenance building behind the ranger station off of the Beck Road entrance, it should be a fun and productive time! THE WORD IN THE WOODS RIDE, SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 10:00am-2:00 pm. We will have hot dogs, chips and POTLUCK! So please bring a dish to pass! Prizes, 50/50 raffle, and a wonderful time with our horses and friends! Meet and register at the new equine staging area around 9-10:00am, ride our beautiful Maybury park in search of cans containing letters to come up with the BEST WORD! Prizes to be awarded by 2:00 p.m., $5.00 DONATION. 20145 Beck Road, Northville, MI 48167. Contact Cris at crispurslow@yahoo.com or call 248-912-5238. Find us online at: www. mayburytrailriders.org or on Facebook.

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MI COMPETITIVE MTD. ORIENTEERING The first official ride of the 2017 Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering is under our belts. The Hadley Hills CMO had beautiful weather and competitive riders. On Saturday first place was taken by Brandi Apol on Gracie in just over two hours. The short course, that has five plates to find, was won by Melissa Fox on Legend. On Sunday Brandi was unable to hold onto her top spot, losing it to The Freedom Riders by eighteen minutes. The short course was swept away by Grandma’s Gang which is led by our newly elected president Trudy Reurink and her lovely grandchildren Hunter and Emily. Melissa Fox lost her top spot to the first place finishers by eleven minutes. If you have never done a CMO before it may sound like that is a lot of time between first and second places but when you are out in the woods for a couple of hours hunting for plates, coming in minutes apart is a close race. There will be more chances to win coming up in June with two rides on the schedule. The first weekend in June we will be heading to Silver Creek County Park for a Saturday and Sunday ride. June 16th and 17th we will head back to Ionia State Recreation Area. After not going for a couple of years, it will be nice to get back to this familiar park. There will also be two rides in July with the first one being at Yankee Springs on July 8th and 9th. Two weeks later we will be riding on the other side of the state at Elba Equestrian Complex. For more information on any of these rides, please visit the Saddle Up! Magazine calendar of events or go to our Facebook page. All of the rides will have a practice station set up if you are new to CMO or would like a refresher. The ride managers or any available competitor will help you to learn how best to look for plates in the woods. If you are thinking of joining us for any of the rides, please contact the parks for camping reservations but there is no need to sign up before the day of the ride with the ride manager. Riders are started on a first come, first serve basis in increments of at least 10 minutes. Any riding attire and any breed is welcome. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News If you would like more information about our rides or how to get started, please visit nacmo.org or our Facebook page and search for MiCMO. Although this year is going to be challenging for me to make many of the rides, I am there in spirit. Hope to see you on the trails, Janet

MI FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION We have some interesting activities coming up this summer. The first one is the July 2123 Ivy Schexnayder Gaiting Clinic which will take place at Massman Stable,714 Hogsback Road, Mason, MI. There are a few spots still open. Ivy will work with just nine riders. Print off a registration form from our website at: www.michiganfoxtrotters.com, and send in your non-refundable check (made out to MFTA) for $270 (if MFTA member) to reserve a spot. One more installment of $135 will be due by July 1st. Non-members must send in $300 (non-refundable) to reserve a spot with the last installment of $125 due by July 1st. The fee includes use of a stall for the weekend, two bags of shavings, a rustic camping spot and free morning coffee and donuts. Auditing MFTA members pay $25/day or $60 for the whole weekend. Non-member audit fee is $35/day or $90 for the weekend. Please pay in advance if possible and send it to MFTA, 2333 Hagadorn Road, Mason, MI 48854 by July 1st. Please bring your own chair. Lunch will be available on-site. Ivy will teach you and your horse to fox trot better together! The next event is the National MFTHBA/ MFTA/MTRA trail ride which is set for Sept. 17-28. Contact Chuck Fanslow at 989-4359224 (evenings) for more information or go to www.mtra.org to learn more. Become an MFTHBA member and earn a point toward a cool award! All summer (and til the end of the year) the MFTA Versatility Challenge will be going on. This program offers year-end prizes for using your horse in many different ways. Info and registration form are available on our website or by contacting Kathy Kruch 989-390-1838 if you have questions or print off the form from our Facebook page. There are trail rides, parades, dressage clinics and shows, driving ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

events, scavenger hunts, camp outs, obstacle challenges and clinics, rodeos, cow clinics and other equine-related activities which will earn you points for this program. Let's see who earns the most points! MFTHBA member, Vicki Tobler of Canton, MI, has recently become a member of our affiliate. Welcome to the Association! We look forward to meeting you and your horse! We are always welcoming new members! Go to our website or Facebook page to learn more about us. The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association and affiliates in surrounding states have a number of interesting events coming up. Go to www.mfthba.com to see the whole list. Check them out on Facebook too! It might be fun to visit other affiliates' events this summer! The next meeting will be announced at a later date. Meanwhile, be an ambassador for our breed and show everyone how versatile Fox Trotters are! Marilyn Mannino, MFTA Sec./Treasurer

M H DVA MI HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOC. Our Annual Horse Show is quickly approaching. We have changed the venue this year...It will be held the first weekend in June at Wyn Farm, 3100 Noble Rd, Williamston, MI 48895. It will feature a Driving Derby fun event on Friday evening. Saturday will be driven dressage and traditional pleasure driving classes. Sunday will have a clinic officiated by our American Driving Society Judge, Debbie Banfield, who is from Georgetown, KY. Sunday afternoon will feature a variety of cones classes. Come watch the show. Admission is free! Make sure you let the office staff know if you have questions, so we can answer them for you! Later this month, the club will meet for recreational driving at a beautiful venue in Metamora, MI. Please check our calendar at Michigan Horse-Drawn Vehicle Association’s website: www.mhdva.org. Contact Judi Campbell if you have questions about the show: campb234@msu.edu. (33)

NORTHERN MI PAINT HORSE CLUB With Expo come and gone, thoughts for many of us are of Warm Weather, Haying and Showing. And not especially in that order, as the show season will be in full swing. The NMPHC invites all exhibitors to come show with us at our NMPHC Summer Series POR's shows, July 1 & 2 and July 22 & 23 at the MSU Livestock Pavilion. There are High Point & Reserve Awards All Divisions Each Weekend. Just check out the New Lower Cost of Showing - APHA Flat Fee of $225 per horse includes: 1 stall, all APHA classes, APHA, Office, and trail set-up fees. All Breed classes with Flat Fee of $100 per horse includes: 1 stall, 1 judge, All Breed classes and fees. Sweepstakes Classes with 100% payback plus added money. Complete slate of SPB, Longe line classes. NSBA approved classes, free classes to Novice Amateur, Novice Youth, and SPB exhibitors who have never shown a breed show - exhibitors pay for stall, APHA, Office and Applicable fees. AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF – "Exhibitors HOG ROAST" July 1st starting at 4pm. I'm also please to announce that the dates for “Going For Broke Casual Pleasure Series” Open show circuit will be Tuesday Nights – June 13, July 11, July 25 and August 15, starting time 6:30 pm at Montcalm County Fairgrounds, Greenville, MI. Showbill and entry forms are on our website and Facebook “Going For Broke” or contact Emily Reem at emilywhite25@yahoo.com. This is a great show to have fun at and you can receive great Awards! For further information check out our website at: www.NPMHC.net or our Facebook page: Northern Michigan Paint Horse Club.

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) Thanks to our fabulous work bee crew, we've started our 2017 riding season with a clean and clear campground. In addition, we've WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News ORTONVILLE REC. EQUEST. ASSOC., cont. added a user survey at the trailhead so we can learn more about park users and get feedback about their experience on the trails and in the camping area. Thank you to those who joined us for the Hadley CMO and OREA's annual poker ride. Lots of folks and lots of fun at the first events of the season. Don't forget to put our Judged Trail Ride on your calendar for September 16th. Meanwhile, we hope to see many of you out on the beautiful trails at the Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed from hadleyhills.com or mailed to you upon request. Call/text me or leave a note on our website’s “Contact” tab. Happy Trails – Karen DeOrnellas OREA President, 913-660-8012

PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. Greeting's Trail Rider! It's AWESOME outside and the trails are open and clear of fallen trees and debris at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area THANKS to Rich Sulla, our awesome trail boss! On occasion, days and weeks after a storm, trees will fall on to the trail, even hours after Rich has been in the park clearing the trail. So please, if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! Please contact Rich at either the www.plha.info website tab at “trail boss” or directly at rsulla70@msn.com and tell him the location of the fallen tree or debris, so that he may get right to it. Rich and the PLHA sure do appreciate any assistance you can give us when it comes to the trails and improvements to the trails at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. Some exciting updates to the park. We will have new trail marker maps that will be installed on to the trail posts, over the next few weeks that match the new MDNR horse trail map. There will also be Large Trail Head map signs installed at both the Rustic Camp/ Staging area inside the park and the Teggerdine day use staging area. Hopefully this will assist all the rider's, new and old, at the park

to our wonderful trail system. Oakland County, White Lake Township and private developers have been purchasing or have considered purchasing large areas of land around White Lake Township. The PLHA, will attempt to stay involved in case there is a connectivity opportunity for horses or any opportunity for horse trails. However, it appears that recent discussions between White Lake Township and ITC, it was stated they (ITC) would prefer not to include horses on their transmission corridors. June 10th is our FUNdraising poker ride! Plenty of fun for the entire family for the whole day, so please consider coming on over to the park to support the PLHA by participating in the FUNdraising activities. Need more information, please check out our website at www.plha.info or email us at plhanews@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your support! See you on the trails!

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello Everyone! Our annual winter banquet was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. We had over 100 delightful people to spend the evening with. I think everyone made a few new friends and riding partners. Saturday, June 24th is our Destination Ride. Where are we riding to???? Come and find out! You will figure out the Destination when you arrive at it, with lunch waiting for you! This ride will also include a Saturday night camp-out and potluck. Winding down our season will be our Fall Obstacle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. Once again, any level rider welcome, and come out and do as much or as little as you would like. Or just come and hang out! Our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be)! We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list for upcoming events, email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017 (34)

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Our first workbee of the year on April 22, was well attended with 26 volunteers and the donation of their equipment. The tractors, loaders, ATV's, chain sawers and trail clearers all worked hard to clean up winter debris and gravel our staging area road. Noon lunch was served and crews went back out and tackled trail maintenance. All volunteers hours of labor were greatly appreciated! The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt was held at the SHTRA Staging Area during a break in the drizzle on Sunday, April 30th. There were three kinds of eggs to find. The young egg seekers were delighted to find the “rotten” black eggs which were exchanged for cash. One lucky 3 year old found the “golden egg” to win a gold dollar coin and a giant chocolate bunny. Then many plastic multi-colored candy filled eggs were rounded up by the searchers. This fun event was hosted by Don and Pat Brown for SHTRA young members and guests. They appreciated the candy and prize donations. Our other special event camping weekends allowed by the DNR will be: The Fourth of July Weekend beginning June 30-July 4 with a Golden Horse Shoe Ride and Potluck on Saturday. Labor Day weekend fun activities and Root Beer Floats on Sunday, Sept. 1-4. The Haunt Club Ride Weekend with special rides on all equestrian trails Oct. 6-8 will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck. “Explore the Hollow” weekend is Oct. 20-22 will have Open Houses for the Modern and The Rustic Cabins for everyone to visit and a special ride TBA for that day. Sleazy Barb Horsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants need to register with our Host at the Horseman's staging area. All have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check our website, www.shtra.org, or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for specific details. Sunday, September 24th will be the 11th Annual Rangers 4-H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic. From 10 am-2 pm this 10 obstacle event draws many particiWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS, cont. pants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be lunch and cash prizes awarded. There is no overnight camping at this event. Renew your membership via the website to run off a membership form. We have fun family events using our scenic 14 mile trail system. Don't forget that the rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 picket poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-44Parks. Get your rental date early as these cute cabins overlooking the lake, sign up fast. Marsha Putnam

across the state. Just recently added to the event opportunities are six shows in the Stepping Stone Show Series offered in Northern Michigan. This is a great chance for those living in the UP and the tip of the mitt! Please visit their Facebook page Stepping Stone Horse Shows, and you can email Katie Colfer at katie@kcolfersporthorses.com for entry forms and prize lists. Enjoy the summer – happy and safe riding!!

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes – May 10, 2017 This meeting was held at the Yankee Springs WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC® OF MI Horsemen's Campground starting at 6:00 Summer is in full swing and the show season p.m. with a Pot Luck dinner. The meeting was has begun! The Western Dressage Assoc- called to order at 6:35. iation® of Michigan schooling show is being Shot Clinic April 15th: Dr. Rachelle Bennecke held on June 17th at Serenity Farm in Byron reported 52 head of horses were vaccinated Center, Michigan. The prize list and entry and 18 dogs. Some trail work and camp forms are located at our website at: clean-up also took place. Members raked all www.wdami.org. This is our second school- the leaves out of the pavilion. Barrier posts ing show and we anticipate a full day of riding were installed on the 9 mile to prevent unfun and competition. authorized users access to equestrian trails. On July 30, we will be co-hosting a schooling Trail Report: Road Signs are installed on the show with Woodbine Farm in Chelsea, MI. McKibben Road crossing. YSTRA will purPlease visit the Woodbine Farm website, chase more tree paint so we can update our www.woodbinefarms.com, for information trail confidence markers. about the farm and paperwork for the show. Corrals: Carla and Ron Walker worked on Just a reminder as you prepare for the show site, 14 corrals on Sunday and Monday. and enter competition, please make sure that Board members attending had a chance to the tests you are riding at the show are the see the work completed and all agreed the 2017 tests. The 2017 tests came out earlier project was going very well. The rail boards this year and there are several changes. are carriage bolted on the posts with the Copies of the 2017 tests can be downloaded hardware counter bored into the post for at the National website, www.westerndress safety. Ron called for a work bee Saturday ageassociation.org the 13th to start at 9:00 am to complete If you wish to submit your scores for WDAMI corrals at sites 7, 10, and 14. Skip made a Awards, please be sure to read the Award motion for YSTRA to Purchase the 6 foot Guidelines at our website. These guidelines gates that the corrals required, Carla second must be followed for your scores to be the motion. Voted all nine members in favor eligible for Year End Awards. If you have of motion. Skip will purchase and deliver questions on the awards, please email your gates to the work bee Saturday. inquiries to: infowdami@gmail.com. We will DNR Report: Brad Bedford attending in be happy to help. Andru's place. The confirmed oak wilt tree on Please check our website and the event list site 14 has been removed and we are to be for shows that will host western dressage watchful for more trees with no foliage on classes. There are many opportunities them as they could also be infected. Andru is ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017 (35)

continuing talks with the people in Lansing for alternatives to our Spur trail proposal. Our new District Supervisor comes from the Waterloo area and has had experience dealing with the Masasauga Rattler, this may help our approval process. Andru has contacted Consumers Energy and requested the cost to bring Electricity to our camp. He will have numbers for us to discuss soon. Brad told us that they plan to have the camp mowed for the Memorial weekend. New Business: We are roughly a month away from our annual Judged Trail Ride. Ron called for a committee to be formed and Suzie Dykstra said she would chair this event again this year. Carla, Laura, Jodi all Volunteered for the committee and their first meeting will be Saturday noon, at the pavilion at horse camp. Anyone wanting to participate in the production of this event should attend. Jodi motioned discussion about Western Days at Caledonia. Not enough information was available for the consideration. We will deal with this issue via email to be better prepared for that date. Skip made a motion to adjourn meeting at 8:15, John Dermody 2nd, meeting adjourned. The June Board Meeting will be held at the YS Horsemen's Campground, second Wednesday of every month, all members are welcome to attend. With deepest regrets we accept the resignation of vice president Richard Smith. Richard has always been very thorough with work at YSTRA. He always gave the board a complete view of the subject at hand. We thank Richard for all the efforts and enthusiasm he shared with our group. The vice president position is now open for any individual wishing to contribute their time and efforts to our equestrian cause. Please contact a board member if you are interested in participating in our mission to improve, preserve and protect our equestrian community. Happy Trails, Ronald Walker, YSTRA President

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Backing Correctly By Nathan Horsman, Western Team Head Coach, Albion College The third Cornerstone I teach is backing correctly, which helps improve the horse's stop. I believe it's easier to teach a horse to back correctly then stop correctly, so I teach backing first. There are two ways a horse backs: They either use the shoulders to push themselves backward or they use the hips to pull themselves back. Our goal is to teach the horse to back with his hips. When a horse uses his shoulders to back, he does so with resistance because the rider tries to pull him backward with the reins, the horse resists in the poll, and locks the jaw. As the rider continues to pull, the horse raises his head to avoid the pressure. The topline stiffens, the back drops (disengaging the hips), and the horse pushes back on his forehand. The further they are asked to back, the more resistant they get. If the rider tries to push past this, the horse will eventually refuse to move and some will rear to avoid the pressure. This is not only dangerous, but this resistance will show up in other areas of riding. When the horse uses his hips to back, he yields to pressure from your legs and hands. The horse has learned to give to the hands (lateral and vertical flexion) and go forward off the leg. We drive the horse's hindquarters forward and contain it with our hands. The horse feels the barrier of the bit and backs on the hindquarters. With engaged hindquarters, the back rounds, the shoulders elevate, the mouth softens, and he backs with the hips. Backing is a very submissive thing for a horse and you gain a lot of respect from him by teaching him to back correctly. If the horse does not learn this, it becomes difficult to teach him how to collect and travel correctly. It's important to remember that backing is almost a forward movement, meaning it has forward engagement of the hindquarters. I first teach this from the walk. Begin by walking your horse forward on a loose rein; after a few strides draw the slack out of the reins until you have enough contact that the horse stops. Maintain this contact while you begin to bump (add pressure) with your legs. Continue bumping with your legs until the horse moves backward. As soon as he takes one step back release your legs and reins for a reward. If he walks forward when you begin to bump, add a little more pressure on the reins until he

This horse is behind the bit, but its body is correct. The hindquarters are engaged, the back is rounding, withers are elevated, shoulders are underneath the horse, and the poll is softening while he backs.

backs one step. When training, we want movement first, then form. Don't expect a perfect back in the beginning. Reward the movement and get them consistently backing a few steps, then work on form. It's important that the horse has learned good lateral and vertical flexion and hip control so it's soft to your hands and off your legs. Now it becomes important that you release the cue as the horse is in correct form, soft in your hands (giving vertical flexion), soft through the neck, elevated withers, round back and engaged hindquarters. As you back the horse, you should feel the withers lift in front of you and you should feel the back lift. As the horse begins to use his hind legs, he will develop a cadence to his backing, almost like he's marching. If his feet feel “sticky,” he's still on his forehand, so increase leg pressure and slowly increase the rein pressure. Once you get this soft feel with him marching backward, release your cues and allow him to stand a minute for his reward. Then walk forward and begin the process again. It's important not to back from a halt but to ask from forward movement until the horse is consistent in movement and form - then you may ask for back from a halt. Remember, backing is not a backward movement, but a forward movement to the rear! Next month we'll move on to teaching a horse to stop. Before moving on to the next Cornerstone, make sure your horse is consistent in the movement, form, and function of the prior one. Each one builds upon the last. About Nathan Horsman Nathan Horsman assumed the role of head coach of the western team at Albion College in 2016. An AQHA Professional Horseman and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor, Horsman has been a rider since he was first placed aboard a horse at the age of two. For the past decade, his specialty has been training horses for reining, cutting, and reined cow horse events. He is also a popular clinician across the U.S., working with non-pro and amateur horses and riders to help them improve their communication and training. As a coach in the Albion equestrian program, Horsman’s primary duties involve training the horses and riders affiliated with the IHSA western program, reviewing horse donation prospects, recruiting new students, and supporting the daily operations of the Held Equestrian Center. He can be reached at NHorsman@albion.edu.

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What we can do if the worst happens and our mounts do overheat? Rest, Water, and Relief are the biggest things that we can do to help our mounts and they're the same things that we'd do for ourselves. These solutions can include: • Rest him in the shade to minimize any additional heat gain from the sun and to help maximize heat loss from cool breezes. • Douse him with cool water. The water will absorb the excess body heat and can be scraped off with a sweat scraper to remove the heat. • Let the horse voluntarily drink 2-3 gallons of water at a time separated by 10-15 min. intervals until the horse is no longer thirsty. If rest, water, and cooling strategies don't relieve the horse's stress it's time to call your veterinarian. NOTE: It's not just our horses. Heat exhaustion affects humans as well as equines. Our symptoms include feeling lightheaded, nausea, and a rapid heartbeat. If a rider is experiencing these symptoms, get them out of the sun, loosen their clothing and have them drink water. Don't let them "ride it out." Heat exhaustion is easily remedied, but if left untreated, it can advance to life-threatening heat stroke. Prevention - Mr. Ben Franklin said it well when he uttered the famous line, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Heat stress prevention is largely a matter of conditioning. Keeping your horse in shape through the off season will help him adjust more easily to summer's temperatures and increased physical demands. Keep that in mind next winter. Heat and humidity are the hallmarks of summer. But what is too hot to ride? A quick tool to help you determine when conditions may be likely to result in a heat related illness is the Heat Stress Index test. This test is simply the sum of the temperature and the relative humidity. If that number exceeds 150, riders should exercise caution. Consider postponing activities involving long or intense exercise when the sum nears 180. Summer's temperatures present special problems for equines and not only when they are working. Horses traveling in enclosed trailers are also subject to excessive heat. Anything that inhibits a horse's ability to cool itself can lead to problems. Old Wives' Tales - While we're on the topic of treating heat stress let's dispel some common misconceptions with studies conducted during the 1996 Olympics where it was both hot and humid. "Never let a hot horse drink more than one or two swallows of water at a time." Although allowing a hot horse to consume unrestricted amounts of water may lead to problems such as colic due to hyperdistension of the stomach, it should be remembered that a typical horse's stomach can hold between 2 and 4 gallons of fluid without being distended. One or two sips of water at a time is overly restrictive for a hot horse. “Never give cold water to a hot horse - either inside or out.” To help a heat-stressed horse's core body temperature cool down, you can speed the evaporative process by moving him to a shaded area and dousing his entire body with cold water. You can draw a lot of heat out of horse with cold water applied in large volumes all over the exercising muscles of the horse, and the horse will not tie up afterwards.

Summer Riding Thoughts A TrailMeister column by Robert Eversole June 20th marks the first day of summer. The many joys of this wonderful season go far beyond the smell of pine in the air as you ride down a shaded path. I'm especially looking forward to long days in the saddle leading a pack string in a wilderness area. My plans haven't been finalized just yet, but it'll be either hauling trail crew supplies in Montana's Bob Marshall complex or Washington's Pasayten Wilderness. I hope that you've been more diligent about planning your trips than I, but if you are also still considering areas to ride and camp you can find ideas at www.TrailMeister.com. It's the largest and only accurate horse trail and camp website in the world. While we're planning our summer trips, it's also important to consider a few of the potential problems of hot weather riding. Heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, along with their complications can be debilitating and even life threatening for you and your horse if not recognized and treated properly. The terms “Heat Exhaustion” and “Heat Stroke” refer to the conditions that summer's heat makes worse, and especially when we're working beyond our fitness level. Heat exhaustion is a situation where the horse is dehydrated and exhausted from overheating. A horse suffering from Heat Exhaustion is very tired and very hot, but with treatment should recover without incident. A far more serious condition is Heat Stroke which is a total collapse, and far more life threatening. A horse in heat stroke is in imminent danger of dying. One of the main ways that a horse cools himself is by sweating and using evaporation to get rid of body heat. If the horse runs out of fluid due to excessive sweating, dehydration has occurred and a dehydrated horse is at higher risk of heat stroke because he can no longer cool himself by sweating. Learning to identify the signs of dehydration will help you to keep the situation in hand. Now let's look at our horse to learn a few of the symptoms of dehydration. Your veterinarian wants to teach you more, ask him or her. A horse's gums should be a healthy pink color. If the mouth and gums are dry, brick red or very pale he is showing the signs of dehydration. While you're looking at his gums you can also check the capillary refill time by pressing your finger on the gums. If the spot doesn't return to the original color within a second or two he may be dehydrated. Another symptom is a loss of skin elasticity. If you pinch the skin on the neck between your fingers and release, the tent of skin should snap back into place. If it takes more than 2-3 seconds to return the horse is dehydrated. The longer it takes the worse the condition is. A dehydrated horse's heart rate will also increase as his body attempts to push more blood to the surface for cooling, but has less fluid to work with. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017



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Getting Ready for the Riding Season – Top 3 Mistakes Riders Make Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library – part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy (http://signin.JulieGoodnight.com) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos & Mp3s!

For many of us, the winter months are not conducive to riding, due to frozen ground, inclement weather and/or mud. And whether we like it or not – sometimes life gets in the way of our riding plans – your horse gets hurt or you have a personal situation that causes an extended layoff for your horse. One way or the other, your horse may go months with no riding at all. As a result, the horse may get little handling as well. The recipe, no riding/little handling, doesn't always result in sweet rides in spring or a delicious comeback to riding. What we love most about horses is that they are not machines. They are thinking and feeling animals, capable of forming an athletic partnership and a bond with their human. But because they are not machines and because our relationship with them matters, we can't just ignore them for months and then expect them to step right back into their role as your perfect horse. To make sure your spring “comeback” goes smoothly with your horse you need to plan ahead. Avoid the missteps that I hear about often when talking to horse owners at clinics and expos. Avoid making the mistakes that may leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Instead, try this recipe for a sweet summer of riding. Take Time to Reconnect with Your Horse. If your horse has been turned out with a herd over the winter or if he has had little interaction with people for a while – his herd instincts may be stronger. His focus may be on the herd, not on you and he may fret when you take him away from his friends. This is perfectly normal, instinctive behavior for horses and it's unrealistic to think otherwise. To have the kind of relationship with a horse where he is focused on you and happy to leave the herd with you – requires work in the beginning of the relationship and steady maintenance thereafter. Plan ahead as your riding season approaches and spend some time reconnecting with your horse. Groom him, do some ground work and take him on some walks away from his herd. Depending on how strong your relationship was last fall and how trained/experienced your horse is, plan on spending at least 3-6 days just getting reacquainted with your horse. I like doing lead line exercises to reconnect with my horse and remind him of his manners and my expectations of him (check out my Lead Line Leadership video online at Shopping.JulieGoodnight.com). Check Your Tack and Saddle Fit. Don't get carried away with riding until you have taken the time to inspect all your tack for needed repairs and maintenance, as well as checking the saddle fit on your horse. A horse's body shape changes a lot every year. If you've ever had young horses you already know that. (As weanlings, if you watch them closely it seems like you can actually see them grow.) Think about the changes in the human body from birth to the end of life. A horse's body goes through those same changes – only three to four times faster. If he has not had much exercise over the winter, he may have gained weight and/or lost muscle toning, which can have a big effect on ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

saddle fit. Take the time to analyze your saddle fit at least once a year and especially after your horse has had an extended time off. You may need different padding or adjustments. Last year, my horse Eddie (still filling out at the age of 7) outgrew his regular width tree and needed a new saddle. That's not the answer I was hoping for when re-assessing his saddle fit, but I can't bear the thought of working him in a saddle that causes discomfort. Don't forget to clean and condition your saddle and bridle, and check all the places where metal meets leather and all fasteners to make sure they are strong. Often the smaller parts of your tack – like latigos, leather ties, Chicago screws, and straps, need replacing or fixing. Make sure your bridle is clean and comfortable and the bit is the right size. Eddie also went from a 4 ¾ inch bit into a 5 inch (the standard size for a horse). But I would've changed his bit anyway since his training had advanced so much in the past few years that he was ready for a different bit. As horses progress in their training, they have different needs in bits too. You may find that the bit that worked well for your horse a couple years ago now makes him unhappy – he's leaning, pulling, chomping, tossing his head, or running through the pressure. These are all signs that a bit change may be in order. Check out the “Bitting Assistant” from Toklat at JulieGoodnight.com/bits. Avoid Doing Too Much, Too Soon. After a long, cold winter and too much time spent indoors, it's easy to want to jump back into riding right where you left off in the fall. But the reality is, both you are and your horse need some time to get back into riding shape – and the older either you or your horse are, the more time you each may need. Both horses and humans get out of shape really fast when not getting exercise; and for both species, the activity of riding (or carrying a rider) uses special muscles. You both need time in the beginning – shorter rides with greater frequency to build strength slowly. Your horse also needs time to get used to his tack again – to get “hardened” to the cinch/girth, the saddle and the bit/bridle. If you had gone for months without wearing anything but slippers on your feet, you'd have to get used to wearing heavy boots again over subsequent days to avoid getting sore feet and blisters. Just as you would never want to hike all day in brand new hiking boots, your horse needs time to get re-accustomed to the feel of the saddle, the weight of the rider and the bridle on his face. Finally, if you're coming back to riding after a long layoff, think of reconditioning your horse's training and mental focus as well. Don't expect him to respond perfectly to cues he hasn't thought about in a while. Don't jump right in, asking your horse to perform the most difficult riding maneuvers right on the first try. Even if it seems like he's just as responsive as the last time you rode him, asking for too much too soon could lead to problems. Start by doing easier stuff (50)


and focusing on fundamentals. Make sure you acknowledge and reward your horse when he tries – whether it was brilliant or not – so that you recondition his spirit and willingness as well. By setting realistic expectations, planning ahead and building up slowly but methodically, your “comeback” will go smoothly and your horse will be happier. Remember, your horse needs the same time that you do to get in condition – both mentally and physically. Be fair to yourself and be fair to your horse. With quality ingredients and careful preparation, your riding season will be cake! Enjoy the ride! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles – she's experienced in dressage, jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. For more thoughts from Julie, watch her Horse Master TV show each week on RFD-TV or catch the show online anytime at TV.Julie Goodnight.com. Please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at http://YouTube.com/juliegoodnight and find her on Instagram at http://www.Instagram.com/juliegoodnight. Available online: free monthly training news at http://JulieGoodnight.com. Check out her full list of clinics and appearances at: JulieGoodnight.com/calendar.

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Horse & Country Property Specialist “YOU CAN’T BUILD A REPUTATION ON WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO” CLARK LAKE: Jackson County - Beautiful two story home on top of a hill with a gourmet kitchen and many other custom features. 38 rolling acres of pasture, split rail fencing, 34x110 barn with 10 stalls and room for more, large pond in a serene setting. Too many features to list. MLS# 216094774 Offered at $434,900. Call for details!

Gorgeous Property!

60 VACANT ACRES IN OAKLAND COUNTY! 2 Gorgeous Custom Barns!

HIGHLAND/MILFORD: Build your own EQUESTRIAN FACILITY or upscale housing development on this gorgeous parcel! Paved road with 930’ road frontage! Open meadows, woods, numerous walkout sites available. North of M-59 on Milford Road across from Highland Oaks Park, riding trails, close to several state metro parks. MLS# 215112706. Offered at $749,000. Call Kathie for more information.

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VACANT LAND WITH BARNS: Ann Arbor mailing, Washtenaw County, South Lyon schools! 36 acres just south of N. Territorial Rd., just east of Pontiac Trail. All work done with township. Well is in, permit ready for septic. Barn (1) 38x85, barn (2) 38x73 with nine custom, matted box stalls, six 12x12s and three 12x15s. 7 fenced pastures, 3 run-in sheds. Ready for your horses. Great location, easy access to Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Northville and major freeways. Reduced $625,000. MLS# 216045444 - 5755 Vorhies Rd. Coming Soon! BRIGHTON – Farmhouse, indoor arena, outbuildings, 10 acres for only $249,900! Call for details! WANTED/NEEDED – HORSE PROPERTY of all kinds and sizes! I am selling all of my inventory, call to set up an appointment.

! D SOL BELLEVILLE – 5+ acres, remodeled ranch home with bonus room FENTON – 30 gorgeous acres, nice brick ranch home with walkabove the garage! Two pole barns, one with a workshop, and a fenced out basement. 56x34 barn with stalls and lean-to, fenced pasture. Great buy at $219,500! paddocks, and outdoor arena. Offered at $549,900. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017



Saddle Up! Magazine is featuring a new section for our younger equestrian’s titled “Youth Spot!” This section will feature fun facts, puzzles, word searches, trivia and articles specifically tailored to equestrians ages 14 and under. Enjoy the fun!

Encouragement of higher education for our youth is critical to the success of our collective future. Charles B. Rangel, Politician


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Ayla is a Leopard Appaloosa mare, and she is the mascot for our New “Youth Spot” Section.

When is a horse considered a miniature horse? The designation of a miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal, which, depending on the particular breed registry involved, is usually less than 34 – 38 inches as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. Just like smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds, miniature horses, on average, outlive their normal sized brethren. The average miniature horse’s life span is around 30 years old. The oldest known mini was a dwarf named Angel, who was just under 2 feet tall and lived to be over 50 years old! Because of their compact size, miniature horses are potential candidates for serving as guide animals. In addition to appealing to horse lovers, using minis in place of dogs has several benefits, including their longer life spans, which means they can serve as a guide and companion animal for over 30 years.

Photo Credit: Mary Gray Photography 810.282.8687


Have a Summer Yard Sale!

Each month, we will hide a smaller image of Ayla within the pages of Saddle Up! Magazine. When you find her, mail us a post card or email us with the page that you “spotted” her on and you will be entered to win $25.00! Email: saddleup@voyager.net Address: 8415 Hogan Rd., Fenton, MI 48430 Please include your age and address so we may mail your winnings, if you win.

Try to pick a high traffic area and make sure you place an ad in your local newspaper for the time and date of your sale. Mention in the ad that your group is holding the sale. Maybe a local business would host the sale in their parking lot? Before the sale, visit families in your neighborhood and ask for donations to sell. Make sure you tell them it is for your group and that it’s a good cause! Also, ask parents and youth in your group to make refreshments and baked goods to sell. You could even have a sandwich bar and let people pick what toppings they wish for their sandwiches while your members prepare them!

Only Ages 14 & Under May Enter

Congrats Rebecca H., Dimondale, MI – Our May Winner! Contest Rules: Ages 14 & under only. One entry per month, per person. Entry will be entered into our random drawing of all correct answers. Deadline for entry: 15th of each month. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017




So you want to start a 4-H Club?

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization – empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

by Christine Heverly, Michigan State University Extension 4-H provides volunteers a variety of different ways that they can get involved and share their interests. This article will provide an overview of the different types of 4-H clubs a volunteer could lead. No matter what your passion area is, a 4-H club can be created to fit. The first step is to contact your local Michigan State University Extension county office and talk to the 4-H program coordinator. They can walk you through all the steps in the Volunteer Selection Process and the specifics to get a club started in your county. In addition, the Michigan 4-H Club Development Guide at (http:// msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/236/67484/4-HClubDevelopment Guide.pdf) will provide a lot of in-depth information about what goes into a 4-H club. However, having some knowledge about the types of clubs that can be created will help you be prepared about what experience will fit your passion and your time commitment best. • Community clubs focus on multiple projects and involve members of a variety of ages and interests. Community clubs normally have monthly general club meetings that can include icebreakers, team building activities, club business and educational programs. In addition to the general club meetings, members will participate in separate project meetings with different volunteer project leaders. • Project clubs are centered around one primary 4-H project that all members of the group participate in. Meetings may be monthly or weekly and focus on the specific project along with any club business such as team building, service projects and fund-raising. A project club can be the simplest club to start if you are looking for a year-round volunteer experience as it focuses on just one interest area of youth. • SPIN clubs combine concepts of special interest groups with the 4-H club model. A 4-H SPIN club focuses on one specific topic for a set length of time. This type of club provides a volunteer leader with a set time frame they will volunteer for and will focus on one topic. Typically, SPIN clubs meet six to eight times for about one hour. This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit http://www.msue.msu.edu. To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit http://www. msue.msu.edu/newsletters. To contact an expert in your area, visit http://expert.msue.msu.edu, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

4-H IS A COMMUNITY 4-H is delivered by Cooperative Extension – a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country – through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps.

Support Ohio’s 4-H Programs! OHIO 4-H SPECIALTY LOGO PLATE AVAILABLE! The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is once again offering a specialty license plate dedicated to Ohio 4-H Youth Development and the new logo plates are now available for purchase. Show your support for Ohio 4-H by purchasing an Ohio 4-H Specialty License Plate. A portion of the annual plate fees collected from sold and renewed plates is given directly to Ohio 4-H and is earmarked for 4-H programming. License plates are more than just an accessory – they are an investment in your 4-H members. Ohio 4-H provides over 250,000 youth members in local clubs and county based special interest programs with experiential learning that enhances their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills. You can purchase or renew your Ohio 4-H Specialty plate at your local Ohio BMV Deputy Registrar’s Office or online at https:// www.oplates.com/ Other ways that you can help: • Promote the Ohio 4-H Logo plate to your friends and family • Talk about the plate on your Facebook page and Twitter • Promote the logo plate at all of your meetings • Display a banner ad on your website • Promote the 4-H logo plate in your newsletters and emails • Talk to local companies about supporting Ohio 4-H with a plate on their vehicles Show your pride by purchasing an Ohio 4-H Specialty License Plate today! ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JUNE 2017

ONLINE RESOURCES: MI State University Extension 4-H Club Development Guide: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/236/ 67484/4-HClubDevelopmentGuide.pdf

Ohio State University Extension 2017 4-H Family Guide: www.ohio4h.org/families/family-guide 4-H Official Website: www.4-h.org

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Can You Name The Parts Of The Horse?



Test Your Family & Friends – Hide the bottom part of this page and see how many horse parts they can name! 33.


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137 Acres, Otsego County, $529,900. Top notch equestrian facility near Gaylord, not far from I-75. Unique facility. 14 - 12x12 stalls, 2 monitored foaling stalls(all matted, include feeders). Ofce, tack room, grain room, laundry room. 60x120 indoor arena, observation room, kitchen/bath. Add’l. Heated 40x60 pole barn. Open plan living quarters.

54 Acres, Oakland County, $1,550,000. 100x195 indoor arena with clubhouse, 60x90 indoor working arena, outdoor Dressage arena, 30-12x12 matted stalls, 14 board fence pastures with automatic waterers, plus run-ins. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, full finished walkout. Includes 15 acres hay, and 2 additional outbuildings.

40 Acres, Charlevoix County, $399,900. 2500 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch home with natural wood burning fireplace. All appliances, 2 car attached garage. 4 matted stall horse barn, 26x60 pole barn and fenced pastures. Charlevoix Schools.

7+ Acres, Kensington Metropark, Oakland County, $875,000. Equestrian Estate with 66x120 indoor arena with heated observation room, 13 - 11x11 matted stalls, tack and grain room, office, heated wash rack. 5,000 sq. ft. home with huge great room with an aspen fireplace. Heated fenced in-ground swimming pool, cabana area, changing rooms, sauna.

106 Acres, Mayfield Twp., $1,695,000. One of a kind equestrian facility. Heated 20K sq. ft. barn with indoor arena, 10 stalls (room for more), tack and grain rooms, wash rack. Bleachers and judging booth. 3 outbuildings for hay/equipment storage. Paved parking for approx. 100 cars. Main home w/enclosed indoor pool. 2nd home, 2 bdrms., 1 bath.

47 Acres, Isabella County, $315,000. 60x120 indoor arena, 10 - 12x12 solid oak stalls, 2 - 12x18 stalls, 1 - 12x24 stall, heated office with bath, tack room, large wash rack/grooming area, storage for hay and equipment. Features 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath living quarters. Beautiful setting offering privacy on a paved road.

35.3 Acre Equestrian Estate, Genesee Co., $795,000. French Country home, open oor plan. Beautiful curved staircase, wood ooring, crown molding, French doors, granite kitchen counter tops. 1st oor master w/FP, separate shower, Jacuzzi tub, large walk in closet. 3 outbuildings. Barn with 18 matted stalls, 60x120 indoor arena & more!

20 Acres, Ingham County, $335,000. Hayfields produce (98 – 4x4 600lb rounds). Webberville Schools, country home, 1904 sq. ft., vaulted tung/groove ceilings, loft w/ great room. Wood burning stove heats entire house. 3 lg. bedrooms, kitchen has built in pantry. New roof! Finished basement. Barn w/electric/water, 6 oak stalls, hay storage.

50 Acres, Barry County, $495,000. Lakefront accessible to 600 plus acre Crooked Lake. Eventing horse facility! Dressage arena, heated wash rack, heated observation, bath and shower. Main barn has 22 stalls, hayloft. Two outdoor arenas with lighting; dressage arena and jump arena. Additional 36x60 barn, and a 40x15 kennel.

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June 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Enjoy articles by Lynn Palm, Julie Goodnight, Nathan Horsman and now Robert Engersole, The TrailMeister! Show and event dates are always fre...

June 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Enjoy articles by Lynn Palm, Julie Goodnight, Nathan Horsman and now Robert Engersole, The TrailMeister! Show and event dates are always fre...