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Preparing Stalls for the Winter By Lisa Kiley | www.cashmans.com As the weather starts to change and horses may be spending more time in their stalls due to colder days, freezing rain or snow, it's time to ensure your horses stall is ready for the additional usage winter often brings. Some horses love their stalls, while others are not as excited about being confined in a space. Either way, there are things that you can do as an owner to make their space inviting, healthy and comfortable: Ventilation – When it's cold out, it is instinctual to want to close the barn tight to keep it as warm inside as possible, but when it comes to respiratory health of your horse, it can be detrimental. Dust, stall odors and even hay can contribute to respiratory issues. The best ventilation will allow the stale air to escape the barn without causing a draft. Ventilation strips under the eaves are a great option along with a ridge line down the center of the barn roof. Stall walls with bars will also maximize ventilation within the barn. Stall Size – Horses need to be able to move around freely and lay down in their stalls without fear of getting cast. Most average horses do well in stall sizes of 12x12. Smaller equines can be comfortable in 12x10 or 10x10 stalls. If you have larger horses or a horse that primarily lives in the stall, you may want to consider 14’ or 16’ options. Proper clearance overhead is also important for the safety of your horse and is recommended to be at least 12' to prevent injury. Stall Flooring – Rubber stall mats are a great option any time of year, but in the winter having a base under your mats help keep the floor level, which will help combat fatigue, and make cleaning stalls easier. Clean stalls thoroughly every day to avoid ammonia odors and help keep the stall dry. Bedding will also add a layer of warmth and absorption under foot. Kiln dried bedding that is 100% pine is going to have the best absorbency and stall additives that can be used to help control odor. The larger the flake, the more support and warmth the horse will gain from the bedding. Fresh Water – Providing plenty of water for your horse is essential all year long, but as temperatures drop, it is critical that you have a way to keep the water from freezing. A thermal bucket is a great way to keep water from freezing without needing electricity, because it surrounds the bucket with insulation and stabilizes the temperature. Heated buckets or tank heaters can keep water from freezing, just keep safety considerations in mind when using electrical products in a barn. Monitoring your horses water consumption in the winter is just as important as it is in the heat of the summer. Lighting – With the shorter, darker days, any bit of daylight that we get at the barn is precious. Having adequate lighting in the barn can make daily chores much easier and safer. Swapping out lighting to LED options can not only be energy efficient, but also safer because the lights run cooler, posing less of a fire risk. Simple additions like motion lights or lighting on a timer can make going out to the barn safer both morning and night during the winter months. Feeding for Warmth – Increasing forage as temperatures drop can help keep your horse warm. A shaggy coat or blanket can hide changes in weight, so make sure to check your horse often. Because the stall restricts the natural grazing nature of the horse, slow feed hay nets or stall floor feeders for hay can slow a horse down and mimic grazing. Feeding smaller quantities more freNOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
quently is also preferred to a twice daily feeding schedule. Implementing these practices will aid a horse's digestion and help negate boredom. Enrichment – Providing toys, snacks and treats that engage your horse in the stall are a great way to curb boredom that can stem into behavior issues. Horses are social creatures and herd animals by nature. If they can see their neighbors in the barn or hang their head out of the stall, it can help relieve some anxiety for them. Most importantly, your horse still needs to get out and be exercised. If you don't have a place where you can ride or turnout regularly, try hand walking and ground-work exercises. Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. As a proud member of the Cashman’s Horse Equipment Team in Delaware, Ohio, she enjoys educating consumers on products that put safety first to benefit horses and the Lisa, Bay and Mom, Sharon humans that love them. Cashman’s Horse Equipment has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for over 40 years, with a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A.
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The Making of a Trail Horse, Pt.2 By Julie Goodnight | www.juliegoodnight.com Manners and Skills There are many ingredients that go into the making of an exceptional trail horse and just like in the kitchen, quality ingredients can make the difference in an average dish or an outstanding one. So, what are the ingredients we are looking for in a good trail horse? Keep in mind that trail riding can be quite different, depending on the part of the country where you live or ride. For me, living in the high mountains of Colorado, trail riding typically involves terrain that is steep, rocky, and hazardous in places. Therefore, we don't take young horses, under the age of four, into the high mountains. They need physical maturity, strength and coordination, and a considerable amount of training. Here in the Rocky Mountains, natural obstacles can range from timber blow-downs to scary bogs to raging, rocky creeks with steep banks on both sides. On Pepperoni’s first ride in the high mountains, in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, one difficult water hazard had all those qualities in one crossing. Negotiating it safely meant having total control of the horse from stem to stern and a relationship based on trust and solid leadership. To me, the ideal trail horse is safe and reliable in changing environments, is always well mannered and obedient, consistent in its behavior, well-trained, responsive, and experienced in a variety of settings. I want a horse that is brave and forward thinking, with a strong work ethic. But the age-old question is this: Is a good (trail) horse born or made? Nature vs. Nurture A horse hits the ground with its instinctive behaviors almost fully formed and it's born with its temperament – inherited in his genes. That baby horse has instinctive behaviors such as flight, locomotion, and suckling. He has a temperament that may prove him to be brave and bold, scared and flighty, or somewhere inbetween. He may be curious and investigative or spooky and reactive; he may be calm and lazy or excitable and high-energy. He may be willing and eager-to-please, or dominant and challenging. Although training will always help, a horse is born with his temperament and there's not much we can do about it. There are only two types of behaviors in any animal (humans included): instinctive and learned (nature vs. nurture). Horses tend to operate a lot on instinctive behaviors, but they learn new behaviors wickedly fast (for better or for worse) and the learning starts the moment they are born. In the making of an excellent trail horse, it's best to start with the raw ingredients of good physical traits (conformation and gaits) and a great temperament (brave and willing). But we must also add to that, a lot of training, good handling, and varied life-experiences. There are certain basic skills that must be addressed through training, plus there are some foundational training philosophies that should be ingrained in the young horse throughout its training. All of this requires a lot of time and dedication to your horse and to the sport – there's no instant gratification in the making of a great trail horse. Basic Handling Skills I'm not a big believer in “training” young horses under 2 years old. I think they need to grow up first and foals should learn to be horses NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
first. It's also important for baby horses not to learn bad habits (like moving into pressure or walking all over you), that often comes with over-handling at a young age. We like to start teaching certain skills to yearlings (like tying, lead-line manners and trailering) but we keep it light and allow the horses to mature – physically and mentally – before hard training begins. Saddle training the young horse goes quite fast when they are ready, and starting a horse too early generally leads to more problems than it solves. While I may start teaching basic ground-handling skills on the horse as a yearling (lead, tie, trailer), the serious training will begin towards the end of its 2-year-old year. I like to start 2-year-olds under-saddle in the fall for simple basics. Then we get far more serious in the spring of their 3-year-old year. As a 3-year-old, he'll get an abundance of training, as well as confidence-building experiences “on the road.” By the time that young horse turns 4, he's mature, well-trained, and gotten the prerequisite experience he needs to be successful in the high mountains or on any trail ride. The basic training on a trail horse is the same as I would give any young horse, as they are useful skills that make the horse safe and pleasant to be around. Most of these skills will be solidly trained into the horse before under-saddle training begins. Here's a simple checklist of the handling skills that a young trail prospect should have: Leadline Manners: Leads well beside you, does not crowd you or get in front of you, rates his speed off yours, stands quietly when asked, can be led from ground or ponied from a horse. Ground Ties: When you ask the horse to stop and you drop the lead rope on the ground, he stands parked, as if he is a statue. This is a useful skill in any horse, but a must-have for trail horses. Stands Quietly While Tied: This requires many hours and days spent at the “patience post,” learning to stand quietly and patiently while tied. Eventually that horse will have to stand quietly tied to a trailer, and potentially tied overnight to a high line. A horse that does not tie well is a liability on the trail. Feet Handling: Proper manners here include lifting the foot when asked, holding it up without leaning or fidgeting and allowing me to place the foot back down on a particular spot (not jerking it out of my hands when I'm finished). Be particular about this. A good trail horse needs to allow you to have total control of his feet and body. Not Claustrophobic: Horses instinctively do not like tight places (14)
with no escape – some horses can be way more claustrophobic than others, and they may need major desensitizing. I want to make sure the horse will not rush through gates, tight spaces or scary places or have any kind of panic attack in confinement (like a trailer for example). It is easy to get into tight binds on the trail and I absolutely need my horse to remain calm, continue to think and always wait for my cues. Trailering: This includes loading promptly, riding quietly on the road and unloading easily. These are skills I want to develop and engrain over time, so we take every opportunity we can to load young horses, let them eat meals in the trailer and go for short rides (this is also a way to get experience in new places). Desensitizing: The horse must accept touch all over his body, legs, face, mouth, ears, nostrils, tail, and private parts. The horse needs to accept fly spray, oral medications, bathing, and grooming. While all of these skills may be quickly learned by the horse (with a good trainer), it will take weeks and months to ingrain these behaviors in the young horse, to the point these skills are “finished.” Taking your time, setting good precedents, and having consistent handling will cause the young horse to blossom and it will set a solid foundation for his under-saddle training. Next month, I'll discuss the progression into under-saddle training to build a strong foundation for an exceptional trail horse. These skills are important no matter what discipline you choose, but when riding into uncontrolled and unimproved environments with natural hazards, these skills can be the difference between a fun and exciting ride and a total disaster. Happy Riding, Julie Goodnight
MHDVA Hosts Blue Ribbon Dressage and Cones Show By Dorothy Childs, President MHDVA Originally scheduled for the first weekend of June, and rescheduled due to the restrictions on gathering size because of the Covid Pandemic and Michigan regulations, the ADS recognized shows took place the first weekend of August at the Ionia Fairgrounds, Ionia, Michigan. An amazing group of volunteers helped both days of the show. The Saturday show featured a clinic followed by classes including Working, Turnout and Pleasure Classes with the last two classes being Jack Benny and Carriage Dog Class. Terry Pickett of Metamora, Michigan was the judge for both days. Sunday was Dressage coupled with Cones in the morning to be a Combined Test. The afternoon classes consisted of cones classes like Pick Your Own Route, Reverse Psychology and Gambler's Choice. Following the ADS Covid Action Plan added complexity to the show. Linda Poland driving Hi Noon Tristan, a registered Half Welsh and registered American Sport Pony of Hartford, MI, was winner of Dressage and CT. This was the first year that Ionia Fairgrounds was used as the site of the MHDVA show. The show was small but had participants from as far as Ohio. Fun was had by all. A thank you to our sponsors; Driving Digest, Lynn West, Jane and Jeff Williamson, Black Swamp Driving Club, Julie Bates, Pam and Mike Catlin, Joyce Miller, Judy Campbell, Auglaize Farm: The Childs' Family, Linda Poland and Western Reserve Carriage Association. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
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Water Crossing Training By Robert Eversole | www.TrailMeister.com Dihydrogen Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands every year. Cocoa knows this, and has consistently refused to get anywhere near the stuff. Unfortunately, her job requires her to frequently cross bodies of this substance. Dihydrogen (H2) Monoxide (O) is of course water and water crossings are the bane of many trail riders. Cocoa and I are no exception as I discovered during one of her first packing experiences. A tiny stream that I could easily step across in one stride, and shallow enough that if I were to walk through would not touch the top of my shoes, was enough to derail the ride in short order. Thank you, Cocoa, for the opportunity! Preparing a horse, or mule, to steadily and self-confidently cross water takes planning, patience, and practice. This is how Cocoa and I went from refusing puddles to confidently crossing rivers. Planning: Nature tells Cocoa that bodies of water are full of alligators ready and waiting to turn her into lunch. So, all things considered, she'd much rather stay high and dry, thank you very much. To turn this landlubber into a veritable seadog, some planning and forethought is required. Living on the edge of a desert (it's true, most of Washington State is high desert) I have to drive over an hour to get somewhere with a reliable water crossing. So, I wanted to recreate easier to get to water obstacles at home. In this case I started with a tarp and a running hose. After that hurdle, we progressed to a natural depression in the ground that I filled with water. Neither of these bears much resemblance to a moving stream, but they're the closest I can get without driving, or hiring an excavator. Once Cocoa’s doing well with our faux stream, we'll start hauling to a real river and continue our training efforts there. Patience: Cocoa’s fear of strange water is natural, and I want to use our training to fill in the Cocoa coloring book with as many positive experiences as possible. To me this means looking at our training efforts as an ongoing process vs. a singular event and using methods that acclimate her to new challenges in degrees. In this I try to make our desired outcome “crossing the water” the easiest solution. For example, as long as Cocoa is facing the water we're good. When she plants her feet and refuses to step forward willingly, we move our feet. I may not be able to make her step forward, but I can certainly make her take a step to one side or another. And in the process move ever so slightly closer to the
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water hazard. With every step closer to the water I release the pressure and praise her. I call keeping her feet moving when she's not ready to stand quietly in water, the yoyo game. Once she’s relaxed, we try for another step. And another. Then another after that. Practice: Once we've gotten that first crossing under our belt (or is that cinch?) it's time to reinforce the skill with practice and grow the size of Cocoa’s happy place. Once she was good with a watery tarp, we moved to a water filled depression in the yard, then to a small rivulet on a trail, then to an honest to goodness river crossing. Each subsequent success was built upon the accomplishment of the obstacle before it. By varying the type of water obstacle (depth, current, clear vs muddy, narrow stream vs wide river), I'm teaching Cocoa that water is water regardless of type and I believe that this generalization will help us when approaching different water passages in the future. Water crossings are going to happen. We'll all be better off if we make the time and effort now to acquaint our horses and mules to this fact of trail riding now and on our terms. My method seeks to avoid a battle of the wills and instead tries to make the obstacle an area of rest and relaxation. It takes time, but avoids drama. As always, for more information on trail riding and camping with horses, as well as the world’s largest guide to horse trails and camps in the world, please visit
Michigan Reined Cow Horse Show By Paula Stevens | MSU Horse Management Program Student Maybe it's the adrenaline rush that you get from chasing a cow, or it's the challenge of having to be able to read what the cow is going to do, before it does it. Whatever it is, I think anyone can agree that watching any event that involves riding a horse and working cattle, is addictive. For the debut of the Michigan Reined Cow Horse Show, organized and put on by Deena Dunkle in Midland, Michigan, equestrians from all over gathered to either try something new or show in something they're passionate about. Reiners, Cutters and Cow Horse enthusiast cheered one another on in each of the classes and just had a grand ole' time. Reined Cow Horse shows consist of three events that riders show in throughout a few days. The scores from each event is added up and a winner is declared on the final day. The events are Rein work, which is your reining class, showing the willingness of the everyday ranch horse. Herd work and/or Boxing is usually next, which shows how well horse and rider work to keep a cow where they want it. In Herd work a small group of cattle are sent into the pen and horse and rider have to select and cut (remove) one cow and keep it from the herd. Boxing, one cow is sent out and the rider must keep the cow on the end of the arena it was sent out in between the penalty lines for a score. The final portion is the Fence work, where a single cow is sent out and horse and rider work the cow along the fence. They stop the cow and turn it and circle the cow as well, to show how well they can work as a team to control the cow. Judging is based on smoothness, good manners, cow sense and ease of reining. Reined Cow Horse is to show how the lightest touch of the
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reins can control the horse, and the grit and speed the horse possessed to go after the rankest of cattle. Formed in 1949, the National Reined Cow Horse Association set out to preserve and share it with equestrians today and educate them about its history. Seventy-one years later, it is still a popular event and practice that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. Friday morning kick-started the weekend with reining classes, with Bill Thomas of Bill Thomas Performance Horses, Bill Brown of W. Brown Performance Horses and Jarid Walton of Walton Performance Horses taking the top three places in the Open with scores of 72.0 and two 71.5s. Herd work was next on Saturday with high-scores of 73 and 71 being laid down by some very talented horse and rider teams. Sunday concluded the show with fence work, my favorite event of it all. Stephanie Gilliland of Gilliland Horse & Cattle Co. was our top rider in the Open Bridle laying down a score of 71! Horses and riders gave it their all as they worked the cow down the fence and circled it. Tired from a busy weekend, horses, riders and cattle gave everything they had in the final event. Those who watched sat on the edge of their seats holding their breath at every cow that got by and cheering when horse and rider would take control of the pen. The top composite score for the Futurity Week was a 216.5 by Lyle Frederickson of Triple F Ranch; and just like that, the weekend was over and everyone left talking about next year's show. Children and adults, young horses and seasoned horses all came together for a weekend of fun and excitement. Good times were had by all and everyone helped one another out, regardless of if they knew the person or not. It was like being at one big family reunion, with riders cheering each other on and lending helping hands when needed. It was a great weekend and a beautiful way of introducing reined cow horse to Michigan. Now get up and go chase some cows! Paula Stevens is a current student at Michigan State University, enrolled in the Horse Management Programs with plans to go on to get her bachelor's degree in business with a minor in journalism. She manages blog and Facebook page CitifiedCowgirl and also manages and operates CitifiedCowgirl Photography, and works at Chase Lake Equine Center, a barn out in Fowlerville. (17) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
• Seizures, paralysis, or "tying up" (form of muscle cramps that ranges in severity from mild stiffness to life-threatening illness). American Association of Equine Practitioners | www.aaep.org ACTION PLAN If you own horses long enough, sooner or later you are likely to No matter what emergency you may face in the future, mentally confront a medical emergency. There are several behavioral traits rehearse what steps you will take to avoid letting panic take control. that make horses especially accident-prone: one is their instinctive Here are some guidelines to help you prepare: flight-or-fight response; another is their dominance hierarchy – the 1. Keep your veterinarian's number by each phone, including how need to establish the pecking order within a herd; and a third is their the practitioner can be reached after-hours. If you have a speed natural curiosity. Such behaviors account for many of the cuts, dial system, key it in, but also keep the number posted. bruises, and abrasions that horses suffer. In fact, lacerations are probably the most common emergency that horse owners must 2. Consult with your regular veterinarian regarding back-up or contend with. There are other types of emergencies as well, such referring veterinarian's number in case you cannot reach your as colic, foaling difficulties, acute lameness, seizures, and illness. regular veterinarian quickly enough. As a horse owner, you must know how to recognize serious prob3. Know in advance the most direct route to an equine surgery lems and respond promptly, taking appropriate action while awaitcenter in case you need to transport the horse. ing the arrival of your veterinarian. 4. Post the names and phone numbers of nearby friends and RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF DISTRESS neighbors who can assist you in an emergency while you wait When a horse is cut or bleeding, it's obvious that there is a problem. for the veterinarian. But in cases of colic, illness, or a more subtle injury, it may not be as 5. Prepare a first aid kit and store it in a clean, dry, readily accessapparent. That's why it's important to know your horse's normal ible place. Make sure that family members and other barn users vital signs, including temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR), as know where the kit is. well as its normal behavior patterns. You must be a good observer 6. Also keep a first aid kit in your horse trailer or towing vehicle, so that you readily recognize signs of ill health. and a pared-down version to carry on the trail. WHAT'S NORMAL? FIRST AID KITS There will be variations in individual temperature, pulse and resFirst aid kits can be simple or elaborate, but there are some piration values. Take several baseline measurements when the essential items. Here is a short list to get started. horse is healthy, rested, and relaxed. Write them down and keep (*Material that should be sterile.) them within easy reach, perhaps with your first aid kit, so you have *Cotton roll *Contact bandage them to compare to in case of an emergency. *Cling wrap *Gauze pads, assorted sizes Normal ranges for adult horses are: *Gauze wrap • Pulse rate: 30 to 42 beats per minute. • Adhesive wrap & adhesive tape • Leg wraps • Respiratory rate: 12 to 20 breaths per minute. • Sharp scissors • Hemostats • Rectal temperature: 99.50 to 101.50 F. 0 If the horse's temperature exceeds 102.5 F., contact your • Steel cup or container • Latex gloves veterinarian immediately. Temperatures of over 1030 F • Rectal thermometer with string & clip attached indicate a serious disorder. • Surgical scrub & antiseptic solution • Pliers (to pull nails) • Capillary refill time (time it takes for color to return to gum • Flashlight and spare batteries • Permanent marker pen tissue adjacent to teeth after pressing and releasing with • 6" diameter PVC tubing cut in half the long way (like a gutter) into your thumb): 2 seconds. lengths of 1-1 /2 to 2 feet (for emergency splinting) Other observations you should note: EMERGENCY WOUND CARE Skin pliability is tested by pinching or folding a flap of neck skin and The sight of blood may unnerve you, but maintaining your presence releasing. It should immediately snap back into place. Failure to do of mind can save your horse's life. The initial steps you take to treat so is evidence of dehydration. a wound can prevent further damage and speed healing. How you Color of the mucous membranes of gums, nostrils, conjunctiva proceed will depend on your individual circumstances, and you (inner eye tissue), and inner lips of vulva should be pink. Bright red, must exercise good judgment. pale pink to white, or bluish-purple coloring may indicate problems. The following should be viewed as guidelines: Color, consistency, and volume of feces and urine should be typical Catch and calm the horse to prevent further injury. Move the horse of that individual's usual excretions. Straining or failure to excrete to a stall or other familiar surroundings if this is possible without should be noted. causing distress or further injury to the horse. Providing hay or grain Signs of distress, anxiety or discomfort. can also be a good distraction. • Lethargy, depression or a horse that's "off-feed.” Get help before attempting to treat or evaluate a wound. It can be • Presence or absence of gut sounds. difficult and very dangerous to try to inspect or clean the wound • Evidence of lameness such as head-bobbing, reluctance to without someone to hold the horse. You cannot help your horse if move, odd stance, pain, unwillingness to rise. you are seriously injured yourself. • Bleeding, swelling, evidence of pain. Evaluate the location, depth, and severity of the wound. Call your ... NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (18) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
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veterinarian for a recommendation anytime you feel your horse is in need of emergency care. Here are some examples of situations where your veterinarian should be called: • There appears to be excessive bleeding. • The entire skin thickness has been penetrated. • The wound occurs near or over a joint. • Any structures underlying the skin are visible. • A puncture has occurred. • A severe wound has occurred in the lower leg at or below knee or hock level. • The wound is severely contaminated. Consult with your veterinarian regarding a recommendation before you attempt to clean the wound or remove debris or penetrating objects, as you may precipitate uncontrollable bleeding or do further damage to the wound. Large objects should be stabilized to avoid damaging movement if possible. Don't put anything on the wound except a compress or cold water. Stop the bleeding by covering the wound with a sterile, absorbent pad (not cotton), applying firm, steady, even pressure to the wound. Do not medicate or tranquilize the horse unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. If the horse has suffered severe blood loss or shock, the administration of certain drugs can be life-threatening. If the eye is injured, do not attempt to treat. Await your veterinarian. If a horse steps on a nail or other sharp object and it remains embedded in the hoof, first clean the hoof. Consult with your veterinarian regarding a recommendation before you remove the nail. If your veterinarian advises, carefully remove the nail to prevent the horse from stepping on it and driving it deeper into the hoof cavity. As you remove it, be sure to mark the exact point and depth of entry with tape and/or a marker so the veterinarian can assess the extent of damage. Apply antiseptic to the wound, and wrap to prevent additional contamination. All horses being treated for lacerations or puncture wounds need to be current on their tetanus vaccine. OTHER EMERGENCIES There are far too many types of emergencies from heat stroke to hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, bone fractures to snake bites, foaling difficulties to colic – to adequately cover them all in this article. However, regardless of the situation, it's important to remember these points: 1. Keep the horse as calm as possible. Your own calm behavior will help achieve this. 2. Move the animal to a safe area where it is unlikely to be injured should it go down. 3. Get someone to help you, and delegate responsibilities, such as calling the veterinarian, retrieving the first aid kit, holding the horse, etc. 4. Notify your veterinarian immediately. Be prepared to provide specific information about the horse's condition, as mentioned above, and other data that will help your practitioner assess the immediacy of the danger and instruct you in how to proceed. 5. Listen closely and follow your equine practitioner's instructions. 6. Do not administer drugs, especially tranquilizers or sedatives, unless specifically instructed to do so by the veterinarian. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
SUMMARY Many accidents can be prevented by taking the time to evaluate your horse's environment and removing potential hazards. Also, assess your management routines to make them safer. Mentally rehearse your emergency action plan. Preparation will help you stay calm in the event of a real emergency. Keep your veterinarian's phone number and your first aid kit handy. In an emergency, time is critical. Don't be concerned with overreacting or annoying your veterinarian. By acting quickly and promptly, you can minimize the consequences of an injury or illness. Your horse's health and wellbeing depend on it.
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About the AAEP: The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) was founded in 1954 by a group of 11 charter members who saw that together they could direct the focus of equine veterinary medicine. Today, the AAEP, headquartered in Lexington, KY, at the Kentucky Horse Park, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. Nearly 9,300 veterinarians and veterinary students in 61 countries are members of the AAEP.
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RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF DISTRESS IN HORSES Knowing what is “normal” for your horse will make it easier to recognize a problem and describe the horse’s condition to your veterinarian.
In general, signs that indicate your horse needs attention include:
Purple or red gum color
Your horse is lethargic, or lying down longer than normal
Single animal off by itself
High Fever (greater than 1020F)
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Squinting, tearing or holding the eye closed
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Overcoming a Horse Trailer Accident By Valley Vet Supply | www.ValleyVet.com Kailey Schmidt was at the wheel of a truck pulling three horses home from a college rodeo. Two friends, also members of the University of Tennessee-Martin rodeo team, were with her in the cab. It was 11 o'clock at night when Kailey noticed a car speeding toward an upcoming intersection. The driver didn't see the stop sign he was soon to blow past. Kailey did, and pulling a 42-foot trailer with horses, she knew there wasn't time for them to stop. She stepped on the gas with hopes of making it across the intersection. The oncoming car T-boned the bed of her truck, sending their truck spinning so fast that it slammed against the living quarter compartment of the horse trailer, detaching completely from the gooseneck hitch. The horse trailer's emergency brake cable allowed it to come to a standstill; however, its resting place left the horse compartment dangling on top of guardrails over a 30-foot drop to a gully. “If that car would have been a few seconds earlier, it would have killed all three girls – and just a few seconds later, killed all three horses,” said John Luthi, head coach of the UTM rodeo team. As the three women stepped from the truck, they were each unharmed, but in shock. “I looked up to see our horse trailer on the edge of rolling off a gully,” recalled Kailey Schmidt. “When I picked up my phone to dial 911, I couldn't believe the words coming out of my mouth.” The horses and trailer were teetering on the guardrails, and it wasn't safe to get on to help the horses. “It would be silent, and then the horses would start thrashing really bad. I could hear the horses struggling to get up. We were able to cut their lead ropes so they wouldn't choke,” Schmidt said. One of the horses on the trailer was Tater, who was gifted by Kailey’s parents for her 13th birthday. Getting The Horses Out Safely Half of the UTM rodeo team was miles behind them, and soon 10 horse trailers were parked on the side of the highway. They were there for emotional support and to lend a hand however they could. Sometime later, a wrecker arrived to remove the horse trailer from atop the guard rails to safety. “One horse was trailered immediately to an emergency vet clinic. He was left with severe injuries and a long road to recovery,” recalled Schmidt. “My horse was the only one who could pull himself up on his own. He was the only one wearing Back On Track wraps that night. The wraps played a huge part in enabling him to recover so fast. With the wraps, he was thankfully not cut up down his lower leg or severely injured. His legs were clean where the wraps were. To this day, he is the only horse on that trailer that is back riding or competing after the wreck. Just four short weeks after the wreck, he was back to competing at Southern Arkansas University, and we won third in the long round tying goats.” 5 Safety Tips For Hauling Your Horse 1) To help prevent injury while transporting your horse, wrap your horse’s legs, or secure horse shipping boots or therapy boots. 2) Always pack an equine first aid kit, even if you’re only traveling a few miles down the road. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
Kailey Schmidt, member of the University of Tennessee-Martin rodeo team.
3) Ensure your vehicle is rated for the tow capacity to pull your horses and trailer. 4) Make sure you have the right size of trailer ball for a secure fit to avoid a trailer coming unhitched. 5) Always double-check that your tires are fully aired without cracks, all doors and slants are secure, trailer lights work properly, and the hitch is completely secure before transport. Healing After an Accident Kailey’s love for horses started as a young girl, and like many, she has never grown out of it. “I was born and raised in the horse world. When I was a toddler, I wouldn't go to sleep unless they walked me down the barn hallway every night.” She knows she is lucky to still have her 13th birthday present Tater with her today, and that they can continue their riding and love for rodeo together. “He was the first colt I ever broke, and I was pretty green myself. We have learned together.” A finance major, she has two more years with UTM competing in “Everything they let me,” she said, which includes: goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. When asked how she has overcome such a traumatic accident, Kailey paused. A few moments later she continued, “You have flashbacks, but you have to accept it and move on. You can't live life in fear. Keep moving forward.” She credits UTM rodeo team head coach John Luthi for his inspiration and her positive perspective. Luthi has been a wellrespected name in the rodeo ranks since he was a contestant, as five-time Prairie Circuit qualifier in bareback riding and a three-time qualifier in bull riding. He won 15 all-around saddles during his 22year career as a contestant. As a college rodeo coach for now 39 years, his passion for the sport, and mentoring his team, is unwavering. “Our rodeo team is on the road a lot,” said Luthi. “You have to have faith that you'll make it and that things will be fine. We do a lot of praying and that's part of life. It's like when you get out of bed in the morning, you step off, and you have faith there’s a floor beneath your feet. You have to have faith and trust that things are going to be fine.” Valley Vet Supply was founded in 1985 by veterinarians to provide customers with the very best animal health solutions. Building on over half a century experience in veterinary medicine, Valley Vet Supply serves equine, pet and livestock owners with more than 23,000 products and medications hand-selected by Valley Vet Supply founding veterinarians and their professional staff. With an in-house pharmacy that is licensed in all 50 states and verified through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Valley Vet Supply is the dedicated source for all VALLEY VET SUPPLY things horse, livestock valleyvet.com and pet. (21)
Winter Weather Advisory Preparing for Winter Care By Lisa Skylis | email: email@example.com As the pasture dies down and the winter winds begin blowing, it's time to turn up the heat on creating a balanced nutritional plan for the colder months to come. Don't wait until the snow starts piling up to develop your horse's winter feeding program! Your horse's feeding requirements will always be dependent on their age and activity level, but here are some general rules of thumb when it comes to winter feeding: · Feeding forage will result in more heat for your horse than feeding grain. This is because roughage contains more fiber which is then fermented in your horse's large intestine and produces much more heat than grain, which is fermented in the small intestine. Feed forage first! · Check the weather forecast for any upcoming, long-lasting winter storms and be prepared with enough hay and grain to last until the weather calms down. · Always make your grain feeding changes gradual to avoid causing colic or other GI maladies. · Do not overfeed your horse, as this increases their risk for developing a variety of health conditions such as excessive weight gain and laminitis. · Continue feeding according to your horse's current state of physical fitness and current level of body fat. A thinner, highly competitive horse will likely need supplemental grain during winter, whereas a fatter, retired horse will be fine with only quality hay. Generally, most of your horse's nutritional needs do not need to be dramatically altered for the winter season. Your horse will still require the same amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, and water as they did in the fall. However, if your horse is enduring a particularly harsh winter, they may need an increase in high-quality hay. As previously mentioned, roughage produces more heat in your horse's gut and the freezing temperatures can place a high heat production demand on your horse's body. Winter Watering As the temperatures drop, it's natural for your horse to begin drinking less than they would in the warmer weather. However, you might be surprised to learn that your horse's wintertime water requirements will still remain between eight to twelve gallons per day! Here are a few tips to increase your horse's water consumption this winter: · Use an electric or solar water heater to keep the water between 45 and 65 degrees F. · Check their water sources twice a day and keep it free from ice. · Notice how much your horse is really drinking each day; maybe jotting down any relevant patterns or preferences you notice. · Consider adding free choice access to a salt block. During the colder months, providing adequate water for your horse is often an overlooked aspect of horse care. If your horse is eating plenty of hay, access to clean and fresh water is critical to decreasing your horse's risk of developing impaction colic and maintaining a healthy gut homeostasis. Proper water intake is essential to keeping your horse healthy during all seasons. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
Body Conditioning Score areas to check Myth: My horse can get the same amount of water from eating equal parts snow and meet their daily water requirement. Fact: It would actually take eating six times as much snow to provide an equal amount of water. Eating snow also lowers your horse's body temperature significantly more than drinking water would. Snow is not an adequate replacement for access to clean, fresh, and ice-free water. Let it Snow! Let it Grow! Before you dust off your horse's winter blanket collection, remember that horses have two natural defenses against the bitter cold: a heavy hair coat and a layer of fat underneath the coat. Because their fuzzy coat may hide it, it's important to assess your horse's Body Condition Score (BCS) to determine how much help they may need to keep warm during the winter. Determining your horse's BCS reveals their relative body fat and only requires your hands, eyes, and a little experience. The BCS for horses ranges from a one – graded 'poor' and emaciated – to a nine – graded 'extremely fat' and obese. Focus on these six areas when evaluating your horse's BCS: the tailhead, along the spine, the ribs, the withers, behind the elbow, and the crest of the neck. Depending on their current age and activity level, your horse should fall between four and six on the BCS. If your horse has this ideal BCS, their layer of fat will provide excellent insulation without the expense of a blanket! When grown out, a horse's thick winter hair coat could rival even the best of blankets. Generally speaking, an unclipped horse with a thick hair coat won't need a blanket if it's above thirty degrees and there's no heavy precipitation; they may not need a blanket during the cold months at all. This winter, let your horse's natural hair coat grow out and keep them cozy. Shelter from the Storm When checking off your winter preparedness list, be sure to consider your horse's pasture shelter situation. If provided acceptable shelter, horses can be happy and healthy outdoors even in colder weather. A simple three-sided shed can greatly decrease the effects of strong winter winds and keep your horse dry – letting their insulating natural hair coat keep them warm. Before the temperatures drop, here is a winter shelter checklist: · Is their shelter for the winter leak-free? Your lean-to is no use to your horse if it can't keep them dry! (22) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
· Can your horses actually fit in the shelter you have? Check your shed's measurements: each horse should have about 80 square feet of space, the opening should be at least 11 to 12 feet wide, and the back wall should be roughly 9 feet high. · Does your shed have proper drainage? It should be positioned so that water doesn't pool and create muddy chaos or freeze over and lead to ice accidents. Even in the colder climates, horses prefer to be outdoors. When kept dry and given adequate shelter, they can tolerate temperatures nearing zero degrees Fahrenheit. Hoof Maintenance Hacks Just because the snow starts falling, doesn't mean your horse's hooves will stop growing! Although slightly less frequent, your horse will still need regular trimming during the winter season; do not underestimate the importance of maintaining your horse's regular hoof care. If not cared for properly throughout the colder months, your horse's overgrown and brittle hooves will prove much more difficult to be shod when spring comes. Save your farrier the challenge and yourself the extra expense. · Maintain a consistent trimming schedule with your farrier. · Examine your horse's hooves for cracks, signs of thrush, or ice damage on a regular basis. · Create a more even landing surface for your horse by routinely picking gravel and ice out of their hooves. · For your older or arthritic horse, consider having their shoes removed and their feet trimmed up before turning them out for the winter; as they will usually do best barefoot.
· If your horse remains shod throughout the winter, ask your farrier about adding a rubber bubble pad/rim pad to keep snowballs at bay. · Regardless of their shoes or lack of shoes, consider outfitting your horse in hoof boots to help their hooves stay drier Whatever your plans for the season might be, make sure to include these hoof maintenance hacks in your horse's winter care routine. Proper hoof care is always 'in season' and your horse's hooves will continue to grow and change as the seasons change. Sources: Penn State Extension article titled “Winter Care for Your Horse,” Horses Extension, a part of the Cooperative Extension System, titled “Winter Care for Horses,” and an article from the University of Wyoming Extension titled “Caring for Horses During Winter.” Lisa Skylis graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She is a professional freelance writer and her work largely focuses on the equine industry. Freelance inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
release any negative opinions we have about where we are, will free us to move forward. There's a saying...what you resist, By Kim Cardeccia | www.ConfidenceThroughConnection.com persists. That's because if we're pushing against it, or resisting it, we can't let it go. When we release our displeasure for where we This is such a wonderful time of year to recognize the importance of are, that allows us and frees us to move forward. and lean into gratitude. Thanksgiving helps bring gratefulness to the Sometimes, our resistance to accepting where we are is anchored forefront, which is great for increasing the level of positivity in our mental/emotional state. Of course, as I see it, this can be directly in the belief that if we are ok with where we are, we somehow won't applied and related to interacting with our horses. be able to achieve the growth we're seeking. That we'll settle for what is, if we make it alright that we're in that situation. Once we An obvious and easy example of this is being grateful for our horses. are aware that accepting where we are isn't committing to stay Deep down we appreciate and love them. Sometimes in the hassles there, it can be much easier to be okay with it. (Okay with it doesn't and pressures of life, we might be caught up in expectations or mean proud, or that you even have to share it with anyone!) It could emotional journeys that cause some of this brightness to dim. be helpful to think of where we are as a springboard. If we don't Bringing our “why” back into our awareness as we spend time with settle into it, we can't push off and go forward into what's next. our horses can help soften the edge of tension that life can bring. Aligning our energy in this way can help our horses want to be with This idea of anchoring into the present moment with open accepus and accept invitations we extend to them. Adjusting our internal tance has great value for us around our horses in that it will help us state to a lighter and brighter energy is always appreciated by our keep our expectations in check, and also with not taking what our horses. And there is a wonderful benefit for us and growth in our horse does personally. In essence, it helps us regulate our inner journey in taking the time to move into gratefulness. emotional response. The more we can observe without judgement, the better we can meet our horse where they are and support and When we are in a state of gratitude, we bring our awareness to the encourage them in our interactions. Accepting where we are helps present moment. Not only is this a desirable place to be with our us better accept where our horses are, which helps us better horses, it works great in the rest of our lives too! In the present accept where we are...and the circle can continue to spiral upward moment is where our power lies. Here we have the ability to calm and forward. anxiety, lift our heavy mood, and be open to heeding our intuition. Keeping our focus in the present moment is very healing and Gratitude in the present moment also helps us ease into accepempowering. A great excuse to make lists of what we're grateful tance. This is important, because in order to progress, we have to for. I will share that I am very grateful that you have read this article! start from where we are. There is no other option, much as we wish we could start from somewhere else sometimes. Being able to Wishing you a warm and healthy Thanksgiving, Kim. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (23) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
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2020 MI Equine Legislative Day The Michigan Equine Legislative Day was started three years ago by Colonel Don Packard, Michigan Horse Council President. The mission for this event is to educate our state leaders about the diversity of the Michigan equine industry by showcasing the variety of equine professions, associations, businesses, and educational and therapeutic opportunities. The 2020 event was held exclusively on the Capitol lawn stretching from the parking spaces in front of the lawn to the Capitol steps where attendees could enjoy country music and dancing. Presentations from Michigan equine leaders took place under the tent from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. From 11am-1pm our equine vendors and leaders visited with our Michigan legislators about various aspects of the equine industry. Two media groups were on site to capture interviews to further help promote the equine industry. Thank you to MI Farm Bureau's Janelle Brose for being onsite and developing some fantastic media pieces featuring equine issues which you can see on their MFB MI Farm News 5 Facebook posts on Fridays and their weekly MFB email newsletter. We also thank Doug Damon with Davidson Blake Production and Bill Hall from Podium Video for taping interviews to develop a 15 minute documentary on Michigan’s equine industry. The Michigan Horse Council would like to thank these individuals for helping us present a diverse glimpse of the economic impact, opportunities, and blessings that horses provide to Michigan youth, families, associations, businesses, and communities. • Rep. Dr. Hank Vaupel – Host for the 2020 MI ELD event • Rep. Julie Alexander – Secretary of the Ag Committee • Michigan High School Rodeo – Sam Bennett, and Trey, Ky and Brandy Casey • Michigan Little Britches Rodeo – Jess Hiebert, Queen and Kenzie Kirkpatrick, Princess • Michigan Harness Horseman's Association – Crystal Serra • Michigan Interscholastic Horseman's Assoc. – Jo Kosanic • Lansing School District Equine Riding Center – Julie Vruggink, MHC Youth Chair • Dave Hallock, Farrier • Tribute Feeds – Tracy and Carrie • Captain Jesse Loudenslager and Magnum from Clare County Sherriff's Dept. and Search and Rescue Team • Dr. John Shelle – MI Equine Promotion Fund • Carlene Davis – MI Draft Horse Breeders Association • Jenny Cook – MI Equine Trail System Connie Gentry Carriages, Grand Rapids, MI • Ovid Elevator, Ovid, MI • Gail Johnson and Tim Bunce – Bemer Products and Quarter Moon Farm • Denise Webber – Nottawa Paint Horses • Denise Adel Photography • Trish Jegla – Homeschool Equine Programs • Dance INstitute of Lansing • Glen Packard Jamison – Country Music Michigan Horse Council Board and Members: • Colonel Don Packard, MHC President/Event Coordinator NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019
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Defining Horse Jargon: Movement Terms By Taylor Fabus, Michigan State University Extension In this article from Michigan State University Extension, we explore a variety of often confusing horse-related terms; specifically, we'll delve into the complex world of horse movement. You'll often encounter these phrases being used when describing or evaluating a horse's movement. If you find this content especially interesting, you may want to explore competitive horse judging, where evaluating movement is explored in great detail. The terms described below are advanced and complex to define, and even more complex to put into practice while riding or training. Stride Length: No matter the discipline, it is more ideal for a horse to have a long stride. In all types of performance, longer strides are preferred over shorter strides. While this isn't necessarily a judge's first priority, it is certainly taken into consideration in the evaluation process. A horse with longer strides will cover more ground with less steps, in theory being more efficient and tiring less quickly. Cadence: Similar to its meaning in music, cadence refers to the rhythm of a horse's hoof beats. Each gait that a horse performs (walk, trot, canter, etc.) will have a specific footfall pattern. No matter the discipline or gait, you want a horse to have a consistent, even cadence. Not only will this be an indicator of athleticism and soundness, but also level of training and focus. A horse with a steady cadence will likely also maintain a more consistent pace and be more pleasurable to ride. Collection: Collection is an indicator of many things, not the least of which is a horse properly using its body to perform an athletic task. Achieving collection is one of the most difficult skills and must be developed over months and years and is often easier for a more seasoned horse. Collection while traveling involves the horse being lifted in its shoulders and at the same time engaging the use of its hind end joints and muscles to propel itself forward. Another symptom of collection is a horse with a topline that appears somewhat rounded from its withers all the way to its tail, with the highest point of the curve being the back. A horse that lacks collection will have a flatter topline, or even concave with the back appearing dropped. Some other terms that may be associated, or used in conjunction with collection, are impulsion (referring to the amount of engagement from the hind quarters that's propelling the horse forward), drive (again referring to engagement of the hindquarters), and lift (referring to a horse being lifted in their shoulders and back). Behind The Bridle: A horse that is described as behind the bridle means that its chin is held too closely to its chest, giving the appearance of either intimidation or resistance to the bit. Ideally, a horse's face will be held perpendicular to the ground with any excessive deviation from that not being ideal. On The Forehand: This is referring to a horse that lacks collection and is placing more weight on its front end than its hind end. This horse may appear to be traveling downhill, hitting the ground harder with its front feet. Furthermore, a horse that is heavy on its forehand will lack ideal engagement of the hindquarters. You can imagine if a horse is asked to perform a difficult athletic task, such as jumping a fence, it would be more difficult for a horse that is traveling heavy on its forehand. A horse that is on the forehand is also more likely to trip and stumble as it travels. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019
In this photo we see a horse cantering while collected, but also somewhat behind the bridle. Self-Carriage: A horse that exhibits a great amount of self-carriage likely has a great amount of natural ability or has had a great amount of training. This horse has the ability to hold its frame, collection, impulsion and lifted forehand with little assistance or interference from the rider. This horse will also likely have a consistent cadence. In order to exhibit self-carriage, a horse would not necessarily need to have a long stride, though. Article published by Michigan State University Extension.An excellent resource new horse owners may want to consider is the free online course “Purchasing and Owning a Horse 101” offered by My Horse University. Visit MSU Extension online at: https://extension.msu.edu
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EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY PROGRAMS GAIN POPULARITY IN CONGRESS In a significant win for equine assisted therapy (EAT) programs, on October 1 the Senate approved “The Whole Veteran Act” (H.R. 2359), legislation to authorize a federal study assessing the effectiveness of EAT to treat veterans facing mental health challenges. The EAT provisions within H.R. 2359 originate from an amendment from Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairman, Rep. Barr (R-KY). According to a statement from Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), a former U.S. Marine who acted as the bill’s chief sponsor, the legislation will require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “to provide Congress with an analysis of the accessibility and health outcomes of…whole health activities…and equine services.” The horse industry has advocated for the final passage of H.R. 2359 since May 2019, when it first cleared the House of Re-presentatives, and is pleased to see the bill cross the finish line. On September 25, the House passed the
“Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act” (S. 785). Like the “Whole Veteran Act,” the bill also includes provisions to promote EAT, focusing on treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues confronting U.S. veterans. Prior to passage in the House, the bill cleared the Senate in August. On October 6, the President signed S. 785 into law. On July 23, Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) offered an amendment to increase money for EAT by $5 million within the VA's Adaptive Sports Grant Program. For the fourth consecutive year, Rep. Barr's EAT provision passed the House of Representatives, this time amending H.R. 7608, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 spending bill that funds VA. Following passage of the amendment, Congressman Barr stated “this important funding will help ensure that veterans…across the country have increased access to equine assisted therapy programs through the VA, giving them a non-traditional, innovative and alternative approach to healing.” Rep. Barr further stated that “as a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, I look forward to continuing to see the positive results this evidence-based equine-assisted therapy provides our veterans.” While the Senate has not yet moved a companion bill, the horse industry advocates for final adoption of the House provision. AHC will issue an “action alert” during the post-election legislative session, urging all senators to embrace the robust funding included in H.R. 7608. By Bryan Brendle, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs; email@example.com.
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EMAA 2020 ANNUAL MEETING This year has thrown everyone many curve balls and has impacted our ability to meet in person. Since April, the Board has been meeting monthly through Zoom calls, discussing the status of the pandemic and the Executive Order (EO) restrictions imposed on the State of Michigan and this Association. As many of you know, each year NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (26)
EMAA's Annual Meeting is conducted on the same day as the Annual Awards Banquet. With no shows hosted this summer and the uncertainty of being able to gather in large groups, EMAA Board voted to cancel the Annual Banquet and at that time, the banquet facility remained closed for large gatherings due to the EOs. The Board discussed the importance of having an Annual Meeting since Board elections are held every year and voting must be performed in person per EMAA's Bylaws; therefore, the Board intends to hold the EMAA Annual Meeting on Nov. 7, 2020, 2:00 pm ET, at Ambiance Arabian Farm, 9378 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473. The main purpose of the meeting will be to hold elections for the Board seats that end in 2020. Because all Michigan residents are currently caught in the legal battle between Michigan Supreme Court's ruling (October 2, 2020) and the Governor's EO restrictions (that she vows to reinstate through other legal avenues), we currently plan for the meeting to be held outdoors, so please bring a chair with you. Per the EMAA Bylaws, in order to qualify to run for a board position, a person must be at least 18 years of age and we want to make sure all 2019 members are given the opportunity to be a part of this democratic process, therefore the Association is currently accepting memberships; the membership forms can be found on the EMAA website www.EMAA.org and can be mailed and paid by check (no credit cards at this time) or memberships can be submitted online and paid via PayPal. It will also be possible to pay for your membership at the Annual Meeting before voting (cash or check only). Please note that EMAA will be rolling all active 2020 memberships into the 2021 calendar year. If you would like to be included on the ballot for the open Board positions ending in 2020 you must fill out a nomination form and have that submitted by October 23, nominations from the floor are always taken during the election. The Board seats ending at the end of 2020 are President, Secretary, Director at Large #1 and Director at Large #2. Danielle Hawes, EMAA President
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A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS AT THE MICHIANA EVENT CENTER IN SHIPSHEWANA, INDIANA “Noel” is back! Two full hours of non-stop Christmas excitement returns to the MEC, the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana, December 11th through 19th, 2020! This amazing and uplifting show is filled with nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring some of the most beautiful horses anywhere, along with incredibly talented riders from all around the world. In addition, this show also features our lovely and death-defying aerialists, performing jaw-dropping routines, high in the air, which will have you on the edge of your seat, gasping at their every move! A blend of beauty and grace combined with danger and bravery that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions! You'll witness all the festive lights, the timeless music, and the costumes that make the Christmas season so special! You'll sing along with our world-class vocalists to all your favorite traditional songs of the season, as well as some new favorites! You will want to get out of your seat, and dance along with our Yuletide dancers as they spread Christmas cheer! You won't believe your own eyes as our Christmas magicians leave you bewildered and speechless! Your entire family will laugh together at hilarious comedy throughout the show, including a particular moment when a cow thinks he's a reindeer! Mostly, you will be transported back to your childhood, and experience a feeling you may have forgotten about for many years.....that childlike innocence and excitement that only the Christmas season can bring. Come experience the reason for the season in NOEL, only at the Michiana Event Center! NOEL SHOWTIMES: Dinners begin one and a half hours before the show • Friday, Dec 11th - 1:30 & 6:30 • Saturday, Dec 12th - 1:30 & 6:30 • Sunday, Dec 13th - No Show
• Monday, Dec 14th - 6:30 • Tuesday, Dec 15th - 6:30 • Wednesday, Dec 16th - 6:30 • Thursday, Dec 17th - 6:30 • Friday, Dec 18th - 1:30 & 6:30 • Saturday, Dec 19th - 1:30 & 6:30 Adult Admission: $29.95 Child Admission: $14.95 For shows that start at 6:30 p.m.: doors open at 4:30 dinner is available at: 5:00 pre-show will be from 5:30 – 6:00 6:00 – 6:30 seating for the show 6:30 show begins For the shows that start at 1:30 p.m.: doors open at 11:30 lunch is available at 12:00 p.m. the pre-show will be from 12:30 – 1:00 (during the meal) 1:00 – 1:30 seating for show 1:30 show begins For more information, visit: https://www.michianaevents.com/noel
MICHIGAN HORSE COUNCIL CANCELS 2021 MICHIGAN HORSE EXPO It is with regret that the Michigan Horse Council Board of Directors announce that the Michigan Horse Expo scheduled for 2021 will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions set upon venues able to host this event. With this announcement Michigan Horse Council will continue to provide individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the state of Michigan. The Board understands and recognizes the tremendous commitment that the Expo had to all the vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors that have been loyal for the past 38 years. To continue this strong partnership, Michigan Horse Council is working quickly and carefully to develop a potential online format where vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors can join virtually and support one another. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (27)
Michigan Horse Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will adjust accordingly. We genuinely appreciate the continued support, partnership, and excitement for this event over the past 38 years and cannot wait to see everyone again in 2022!
MSU EXTENSION DEVELOPED RESOURCE DOCUMENT TO HELP EQUINE OWNERS MANAGE MANURE Overwhelmed by horse manure? If you answered yes, it may be time to reevaluate your current management practices. There are times when developing a horse manure management plan may seem like a daunting task. The good news is that it does not have to be. It can be helpful to compartmentalize the components of a manure management system plan, as this allows you to see what is feasible and makes sense for your horse farm. First, it is important to think about what encompasses your horse farm by documenting the following information: Describe your horse farm in terms of goals, objectives, partnerships, business opportunities, recreation and number of horses that currently reside at your farm. Map land base resources: identify the number of acres you own/lease that are considered usable acres – grazing pastures, paddocks, dry lots, crop and hay fields, etc. for managing and taking care of your horse(s). Map land base resources: identify the number of acres you own/lease that are considered unusable acres – wetlands, wooded areas, buildings and riding arena. Once you have a good description of your farm's purpose and land base resources, you can develop a manure management plan that takes into account your farm's specific needs. Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) has created a factsheet to guide horse owners and barn managers through an 8-step process in managing manure that includes information from the following progressive articles: Part 1: Volume produced and collection Part 2: Manure storage WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs MSU EXTENSION, continued Part 3: Composting horse manure Part 4: Manure transfer and application Part 5: Manure utilization Part 6: Records and record keeping Part 7: Odor management Part 8: Manure emergency spill response This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more info visit https://extension.msu.edu. To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit https://extension. msu.edu/newsletters. To contact an expert in your area, visit https://extension.msu. edu/experts, or call 888-678-3464.
PONY CLUB PIVOTS TO ONLINE FORMAT FOR 2021 EQUINE SYMPOSIUM AND CONVENTION The 2021 Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC, originally scheduled for January 28-31 in St. Louis, Missouri, will take place instead as a virtual event. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential safety risks to USPC members, leaders, volunteers, and staff attending necessitated the move. The exact dates for January's Virtual Equine Symposium & Convention, along with the schedule of sessions and events will be announced in November. The virtual event will offer a blend of live and on-demand educational opportunities, ensuring participants can conveniently attend based on their personal schedules. The newly envisioned Virtual Equine Symposium & Convention, Hosted by USPC, will include many of the popular elements which
have brought equine enthusiasts together for years: leadership training, equine education, and comradery and connection to equine enthusiasts from all around the country. Registration for the USPC Virtual Equine Symposium & Convention will open in November and offer affordable pricing structures in hopes of making online education available to a broader audience than in-person events offer. Now members, leaders, and friends and family will not need to travel to have Pony Club education at their fingertips. About Pony Club: The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines.
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Help for the Arthritic Horse By Carole Herder, Cavallo President Q: Carole, I recently rescued a 15-year-old horse who was just diagnosed with arthritis. Can you help me understand what is happening to him? And what tips do you have to help horses avoid the pain I see him experiencing? I want to make sure my younger horses avoid this, if possible. Cavallo President, Carole Herder shares her thoughts... A: Some say that once a horse has arthritis, it can’t be cured. I don’t believe this is the case. But it’s best to catch it in its earliest stages before too much damage occurs. All horse owners should pay close attention to a horse's bumps, swellings, and quirks and alleviate any “dis-ease” before it can progress to arthritis. Even if your horse can’t be healed, he can live comfortably for years if you understand hoof function and treatment. Arthritis means inflammation, pain, or stiffness of the joints. Horses’ joints are supported by collateral ligaments (which keep bones in place) and synovial fluid, which fills the space between the bones and provides lubrication to the cartilage. The cartilage is a matrix of tissue that gives strength to the joint structure. As the joint flexes, the cartilage compresses and expands. It forces minerals and water throughout the spaces to provide a shockabsorbing effect. The joint capsule stabilizes the joint, and the synovial membranes and the articular cartilage cushions the bones. Natural Movement: This expansion and contraction can be seen in a healthy, functioning hoof. There, the movement is like a plunger. Nutrients, synovial fluid, and oxygen plunge throughout the tissue and absorb shock to keep joints healthy. However, if the hooves are held rigid with metal shoes, they don’t function well to absorb the horse’s weight. That pressure is not absorbed, so it moves up farther to damage the horse’s joints, tendons, and cartilage. This can lead to arthritis. The hoof is perfectly engineered to function as support for a horse’s weight during movement. When a horse’s full weight descends, the hoof is sandwiched between the horse’s body mass and the ground. The hoof spreads apart to allow the coffin bone to drop like a trampoline. This is the hoof’s natural shock-absorbing feature. The walls spread (up to 6mm from side to side), and the sole draws flat. At the same time, the frog works to spread the heels apart. It pulls the sole flat and invites the leg’s bone structure to descend into the hoof. The hoof capsule absorbs the shock and the horse’s joints function without extraordinary strain. If the frog cannot make ground contact and function as it should, then shock can’t be correctly absorbed. Plus, the horse’s blood cannot freely flow. Circulation is imperative to the distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the horse’s body system. Healthy blood flow aids in arthritis prevention and facilitates healing. Limited blood flow leads to degeneration. Nailing metal onto horses’ hooves restricts the frogs’ ground contact, which in turn limits blood circulation. All metal shoes are nailed on when the hoof is in the air, at its smallest, most contracted shape. The hoof is not expanded with weight-bearing. It is then held firm in this smallest state. Manage Arthritis Naturally: Here’s my list to help you keep your horse feeling his best. With care and planning, you can help reduce arthritis inflammation or help other horses avoid the problem. NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
1. The first line of defense against arthritic conditions is to stop clamping and nailing. An unrestricted hoof will encourage blood to circulate through the proper channels. The hoof can flex and expand by carrying a host of functional nutrients to allow shock absorption and relieve the strain to extensor tendon, joints, and cartilage. Oxygen and nutrients help encourage healthy new growth. 2. Hooves require proper trimming, hydration, and adequate movement on appropriate terrain. Work with a qualified trimmer to ensure that your horse’s hooves will flex and absorb weight properly. Your goal is to have your horse’s hooves function with unrestrained movement, flexion, and pumping action. 3. Horses move around more when kept in a herd where social interaction motivates movement. Their hooves function when they are moving over varying terrain. Horses are happier emotionally, when kept with a group. Keep your horse with at least one other. 4. Vary the terrain. Keep your horses on varied terrain – and include some hard terrain – to encourage hoof growth and circulation. 5. Adequately hydrated hooves include elasticity, which promotes the all-important hoof mechanism. Suppleness also allows for a more effortless trimming procedure, especially in dry weather. Consider your horse’s environment and add water or a mud pool in an area your horse must move in. Water is preferred over commercial products as many moisturizers available on the market contain alcohol, solvents, and other agents that draw moisture out. As with many authentic solutions, there are often no quick fix shortcuts. You may have to stand with your horse while soaking. Possible Treatments: Tack store shelves are lined with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and topical cream pain killers. Currently, there are more than 80 oral nutraceutical supplements on the market. Glucosamine may play a role in forming and cartilage repair, chondroitin sulfate helps cartilage elasticity, and hyaluronan may help lubricate joints. Corticosteroid can be injected directly into the synovial fluid. It has been documented to suppress inflammation within a joint. Hyaluronic acid can be injected directly into the arthritic joints. It may stimulate the body to produce more HA, condensing the synovial fluid, and increasing its cushioning ability within the joint. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) directs a beam of energy waves at the site, can show some improvement. In severe cases, where there is no other way to alleviate pain, a surgeon may opt to fuse the joint. Either by chemical, laser, or physical surgery, destroying cartilage to facilitate bone ends growing together into one, immobile structure. When friction is gone, the pain lessens. You have now read through many options for preventing or alleviating the results of arthritis conditions. It may be a learning process and a challenging circumstance, but it need not be confusing. Whatever you and your veterinarian choose in the right direction, you can always provide your horse with the comfort, protection, and support benefits of Cavallo Hoof Boots. Visit https://www.cavallo-inc.com to learn more about the full line of Cavallo Hoof Boots. Call (877) 8180037 from the USA or Canada, or call us direct, (604) 740-0037. www.cavallo-inc.com (29)
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NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 6-8 – Michigan Quarter Horse Association Harvest Classic. AQHA/MQHA approved. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. MQHA office: 616.225.8211, email: email@example.com, or visit us online at: www.miquarterhorse.com
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DECEMBER 6 – All Horse Parade. Wassailing Celebration Horse & Carriage Holiday Parade. Horses: 2pm start at the Metamora Lions Club. Santa 3pm-5pm at Metamora General. Hosted by the Metamora Chamber of Commerce. Visit us online at: www.metamorachamber.org
Warner Farms Dealer's Tack Auction: First Thursday of every month, 10am. Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, 602 Dean St., Adrian, MI. Call James Warner 517.596. 3028, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at: www.lenfair.com
DECEMBER 11-13 – A Very Horsey Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. Fri 2-8pm, Sat 8am8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI. Vendors email: jkiser@inghamorg. Tickets: www.tix.com/ticket-sales/fairingham/6427
W-H Horse Saddle and Tack Auction: Fourth Saturday of every month. 10am used tack; 1pm horses. Wayland-Hopkins Livestock Auction, 3634 10th St., Wayland, MI. Call Leon, Cal or Tye Casey (269) 945-9398 or online at www.your-auctioneers.com
MI WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at The Orchard Arena. 5:30pm sign-up, 6pm start. $20 per person. 5966 W. Sanilac Rd., Vassar, MI. Call 989.823.3352 or 989.673.3767, email: email@example.com or visit us online at: www.gwhorsesandtack.com SUNDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at Blue Ridge Stock Farm, N. Latson Rd., Howell, MI. 2pm start, $25 cattle fee, all ages welcome, no exp. nec. Call 517.376.1930. Spring - Fall Only.
NOVEMBER 7 – HTRA & WMTR Fall Trail Ride. Meet 11am, ride noon. Hungerford Recreation Area, Big Rapids, MI. Email: hungerford firstname.lastname@example.org, find us on Facebook, or visit: www.hungerfordtrailriders.org
Hay and Straw Auction – Tuesdays 1pm. Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, 3675 Tupper Lake Rd, Lake Odessa, MI. Call 616.374.8213 or www.lakeodessalivestockauction.com
NOVEMBER 7 – Mounted Archery Introductory Clinic presented by MI Centaurs. $150 fee, 10am start. Alex Tyson Horse-manship, 12567 Dunham Rd., Hartland, MI. Alex Tyson 248.245.9850. Find “Michigan Centaurs” on Facebook or www.michigancentaurs.com
Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month (except July) Tack 2 pm, Horses 6pm. Hay and Straw, plus Farm Related Items Weds. 2:30 p.m. Northern MI Livestock Auction, 1848 N. Townline Rd., Gaylord, MI. 231. 439.5679, northernmichiganlivestock.com
NOVEMBER 12-14 – Mason Holiday Craft Show. Thurs & Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, main arena. Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI. Vendors 517.676.9498. Visit us online at: https://www.inghamfair.org or find us on Facebook.
Moore's Monthly Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month, starting at 6pm with tack, horses to follow. Tom Moore Sales, 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. 517.467. 7576, email: email@example.com, or online at www.tommooresales.com
NOVEMBER 20-21 – Southern MI Fall Quarter and Paint Horse Sale, plus Tack Sale. Fri. Tack 10am, Sat. Tack 11am, horses to follow. 11771 US-223, Onsted, MI. Call Moore’s Horse Co. 517.467.7576, email: sales@tommooresales. com, or Facebook: “Moores Horse Company”
Moore's Monthly Dealer Tack Auction: 3rd Thursday of every month, starting at 10am. Held at 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. Call 517.467.7576, or email: sales@tommoore sales.com, or visit www.tommooresales.com
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Hay and Straw Auction: Mondays 3:30pm. Ravenna Livestock Auction, 3265 S. Slocum Road, Ravenna, MI. Call 231.853.5738, or visit us online: online at www.ravennaauction.com
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NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 1 – CVF Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online at: www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or find us on Facebook. NOVEMBER 7 – A-S Livestock Team Roping. Books open 10am. Rope at 11am. Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Call Adam Schlechty 937.459.2248 to enter or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook. NOVEMBER 7 – OVTPA Final Show of 2020. Ranch sorting, ranch hand, open 3 man 2 sort. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road, Columbiana, OH. Show day call Pam Bradshaw 814.504.4215. Find us on Facebook: “Ohio Valley Team Penning Association” NOVEMBER 7-8 – CVF “B” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, or email: lindajoseph@chagrin valleyfarms.com. Visit us online at: www. chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or on Facebook. NOVEMBER 7-8 – On The Road with Dawn & Clea Barrel Race. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Email: email@example.com, or online at: www. ontheroadwithdawnandclea.com
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NOVEMBER 12-14 – 3rd Ann. The Horseman’s Mission, 3 days of horsemanship clinics, colt starting comp., and horse sale. Holmes County Fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge, 8880 OH-39, Millersburg, OH. Call Ray Raber 330.275.2877, or visit: www.thehorsemansmission.com
DECEMBER 3-6 – CVF “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, or email: lindajoseph@chagrin valleyfarms.com. Visit us online at: www. chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or on Facebook.
NOVEMBER 14-15 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Sat. 6 & under, & 7-10. Sun. Jr High & High School. 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850, or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.
DECEMBER 5-6 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Sat. 6 & under, & 7-10. Sun. Jr High & High School. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850, or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.
NOVEMBER 14-15 – Hunter/Jumper, Academy Schooling Show at Chagrin Valley Farms. 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at: www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com
DECEMBER 10-13 – CVF “A” Rated Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, or email: lindajoseph@chagrin valleyfarms.com. Visit us online at: www. chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or on Facebook.
NOVEMBER 17-19 – 73rd Annual Fall Speed Horse Sale. Blacktype entries close October 1. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. The Blooded Horse Sales Co. 859.858.4415, email: info@bloodedhorse. com, or online: www.bloodedhorse.com
DECEMBER 19-20 – Hunter/Jumper, Academy Schooling Show at Chagrin Valley Farms. 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, or email: email@example.com or visit us online at: www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com
NOVEMBER 21 – Crazy Woman Ranch Bonus Cash Series Speed Show. BOTB Qualifier. IBRA, NPBA, Roadies approved. 70% Payback, +$1300 Open. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Call Joyce 614.595.1850, or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook.
DECEMBER 27 – CVF Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online at: www.chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or find us on Facebook.
NOVEMBER 21-22 – Youth Equestrian Development Assoc. (YEDA) Show. Hosted by YEDA Founders. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road, Columbiana, OH. Contact Show Sec. Molly Niese 419.957.7379, email: mniese@ showyeda.com or www.showyeda.com
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NOVEMBER 27-29 – Garwood Arena & RSP Productions Sorting and Team Penning Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Tom 269.838.1273, or Stan Ayers 419.203.5800 or find Garwood Arena and RSP Productions on Facebook. NOVEMBER 27-29 – IBRA Preferred Show at Circle G Arena, 10816 Verona Rd., Lewisburg, OH. Contact IBRA home office 502.239.4000, or online at: https://ibra.us. Circle G Arena email: email@example.com or visit them online at: http://www.circlegarena.us/ NOVEMBER 29 – CVF Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email: lindajoseph@chagrin valleyfarms.com. Visit us online at: www. chagrinvalleyfarms.com, or on Facebook.
JANUARY 2-3, FEBRUARY 6-7, MARCH 6-7 – Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series. Sat. 6 & under, & 7-10. Sun. Jr High & High School. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Entries Weds. before rodeo: call/text Joyce 614.595.1850. Find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook. JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 13 – Crazy Woman Ranch Barrel Racing Series. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Call Joyce Haynes 614.595.1850, or find “Crazy Woman Ranch” on Facebook. FEBRUARY 21 – 38th Annual GLApHC Swap Meet, 8am-2pm, $3 admission. University of Findlay Western Farm, 14700 US 68, Findlay, OH. Contact Jim 269.214.6194, or Deb 734.341.9219. Must reserve booth by phone. Online at: www.glaphc.com or on Facebook.
MARCH 14 – OHC Great Tack Exchange, hosted by Warren County OHC. 11am-4pm. NO vendor reservations before January 2! Warren County Fairgrounds, Building C, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, OH. Visit us online at: https://greattackexchange.webs.com/
OHIO AUCTIONS Athens Livestock Sales: Regular sale every Tuesday at Noon. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740. 592.2322 or find us on Facebook. Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. Larue Horse Sale, LLC, 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. 419.889.9150 or online at: www.laruehorsesale.com Mt. Hope Auction: Horse, Tack, Livestock Auctions Monthly. Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 OH241, Mt. Hope, OH. Call 330.674.6188, or online at: www.mthopeauction.com Sugarcreek Stockyards: Fridays: Horse sale, 11am tack, hay & horses to follow. Mondays: Livestock, hay at noon, livestock at 12:30pm. Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek, OH. Call Brady 330.831.1720, or online at: www.sugarcreekstockyards.com Yoder and Frey Hay and Straw Auction: Every Monday at 12 noon. Farm Machinery Auctions: 2nd Tuesday monthly at 9am. Yoder and Frey Inc., 3649 Co. Rd. 24, Archbold, OH. 800.364.2870 | www.yoderandfreyfarm.com
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NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 1 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved show. Twistn B Ranch, 3435 South Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. Contact Penny Barth 812.406.8512, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find “Twistn-B-Ranch” on Facebook, or visit the IBRA at: https://ibra.us/ NOVEMBER 6-7 – Shipshewana Ranch Rodeo Sanctioned by Western States Ranch Rodeo Assoc. Bronco riding, pony express, more. Gen. admission: $19.95, 6 & under free. MEC, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Tickets: https://www.michianaevents.com/rodeo NOVEMBER 6-8 – Autumn Fest ARHA Show hosted by the Illinois Ranch Horse Assoc. PLUS ILRHA’s First Futurity! C Bar C Expo Ctr., 253 W. Stardust Rd, Cloverdale, IN. Contact Kathy 708.297.1103 (text okay). Visit us online at: www.illinoisranchhorse.com NOVEMBER 7 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved show. Twistn B Ranch, 3435 South Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. Contact Penny Barth 812.406.8512, or email: email@example.com. Find “Twistn-B-Ranch” on Facebook, or visit the IBRA at: https://ibra.us/ NOVEMBER 7 – Fall Finale CT, Derby and Fun Show. Come Again Farm, 406 W. 256th St., Sheridan, IN. Call 317.371.4688, or email: LeeAnn@comeagainfarm.com. Find us on Facebook “Come Again Farm” or visit our website at: www.comeagainfarm.com NOVEMBER 8 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved show. Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Road 160, Henryville, IN. Contact Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, or email: natstewarthorses@ gmail.com or online at: https://ibra.us/ NOVEMBER 13-14 – Heart of America Registered Haflinger Sale. Fri. 9am horses check in, driving starts 10am, tack 3:15pm. Sat. Driving starts 7am. C Bar C Expo Ctr., 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Contact Bennie Chupp 217.543.2015, or Phillip Chupp 217.543.2904
NOVEMBER 14 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved. Saddle Up Arena, 178 North Badger, Madison, IN. Contact Kelly Carr 502.645.2304. Saddle Up Arena email: mark@mcdiamond. com or online at: www.saddleuparena.com or visit: https://ibra.us/
DECEMBER 3-5 – Michiana Equine Expo. The MEC, 455 East Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Karen 260.768.3306, email: karen.flanhardt@ michianaevents.com. Event coordinator: Lloyd 260.336.8137. Visit: https://www.michiana events.com/event/2020/12/3/equine-expo
NOVEMBER 15 – Barrel Race, IBRA approved show. Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Road 160, Henryville, IN. Contact Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, or email: natstewarthorses@ gmail.com or online at: https://ibra.us/
DECEMBER 4 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved show. Twistn B Ranch, 3435 South Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. Contact Penny Barth 812.406.8512, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find “Twistn-B-Ranch” on Facebook, or visit the IBRA at: https://ibra.us/
NOVEMBER 20-21 – Superior Morgan Horse Sale, LLC. Fri. 11am tack sale, 2pm sale of 85 horses, 7pm stallion presentation. Sat. 8am sale of rest of horses. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Online at: https://www.michianaevents.com NOVEMBER 20-22 – Ultimate Challenge Barrel Race, IBRA Super Show. C Bar C Expo Center, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. Contact IBRA office: 502.239.4000, email: email@example.com or visit us online: https://ibra.us C Bar C Expo: https://cbarcexpo.com/ NOVEMBER 21 – Introduction to Working Equitation Clinic w/Lidia Taylor, 11am. $100 per rider, $35 auditor. Transitions Equestrian Center, 2525 E. 850 N. LaPorte, IN. Transitions 219.778.9592, or email: transitionshorses@ gmail.com or call Lita 775.217.5083 NOVEMBER 24 – Midwest Mixed Standardbred Sale. Ideal market place for both breeding stock and racehorses. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Online bidding/information: https://www.midwest auctionco.com/sale/midwest-mixed-sale/ NOVEMBER 25 – Michiana Classic Yearling Sale. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Contact Hoosier Classic Sale Company, LLC. 574.825.4610. Entries closed. Visit: http://michianaclassicsale.com/ NOVEMBER 28 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved. Saddle Up Arena, 178 North Badger, Madison, IN. Contact Kelly Carr 502.645.2304. Saddle Up Arena email: mark@mcdiamond. com or online at: www.saddleuparena.com or visit: https://ibra.us/
DECEMBER 4-5 – National Breeders’ Showcase Annual Auction. The very finest young stock in North America open to all breeds with saddle seat style emphasis. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Visit us online at: https://www.facebook.com/ nationalbreedersshowcase/ DECEMBER 5 – Barrel Race, IBRA approved. Monroe County Saddle Club, 8010 W. Elwren Rd., Bloomington, IN. Contact Malisa James 812.325.0964. Email: mcsaddleclub@gmail. com, online at: www.mcsaddleclub.org or visit us at: https://ibra.us/ DECEMBER 5 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved. Saddle Up Arena, 178 North Badger, Madison, IN. Contact Kelly Carr 502.645.2304. Saddle Up Arena email: mark@mcdiamond. com or online at: www.saddleuparena.com or visit: https://ibra.us/ DECEMBER 6 – Barrel Racing, IBRA approved show. Yankeetown Arena, 13334 E. State Road 160, Henryville, IN. Contact Nat Stewart 812.736.3759, or email: natstewarthorses@ gmail.com or online at: https://ibra.us/ DECEMBER 11-12 – Dutch Cross Classic Horse Sale. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 East Lake Street, Topeka, Indiana. Contact 260.593.2522, email: info@topekalive stock.com. Facebook: “Topeka Livestock Auction” or at: www.topekalivestock.com
DECEMBER 11-19 – Shipshewana Majestic “Noel” Equestrian Variety Show. Nonstop equestrian adventures, featuring some of the most beautiful horses anywhere. Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. Adult: $29.95, child: $14.95. Tickets: https://www.michianaevents.com/noel
DECEMBER 3-6 – IKI Winter Circuit. 5 judges, AQHA, NSBA approved. C Bar C Arena, 253 W. Stardust Dr., Cloverdale, IN. Stalls: Julie Pardue 813.785.3090. Vendors: C Bar C 765.720.3251 Facebook: Mark Harrell Equine Marketing or visit: www.markharrellequinemarketing.com
DECEMBER 12 – Barrel Race, IBRA approved show. Twistn B Ranch, 3435 South Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. Contact Penny Barth 812.406.8512, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find “Twistn-B-Ranch” on Facebook, or visit the IBRA at: https://ibra.us/
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DECEMBER 22-23 – Miller Yoder Christmas Horse Sale. Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 East Lake Street, Topeka, IN. Topeka LSA 260.593.2522, email: info@topekalivestock. com. Facebook: “Topeka Livestock Auction” or visit: www.topekalivestock.com
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BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION In last month's column, we published a message that went out to all members of the Brighton Trail Riders Association, we announced that our organization's 2020 dues would be applied to 2021, since we have had to cancel all our events for this year. Now, what about next year? That is a question that cannot be answered at this time, since the Covid-19 pandemic continues to leave us with many uncertainties about the future. Will it be possible or even prudent to hold big events in 2021? We have already heard that one huge event, Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio is not being held physically, but instead will be held virtually. Although we commend organizers for trying to salvage something in these times, virtual events simply are not the same. The BTRA Board of Directors recently held our final outdoor meeting of the year. We had been meeting in the equestrian staging area at Brighton but concluded that trying to hold a productive meeting when we're shivering and brushing the snow away is not something we want to do. So we came up with a new idea. We're going to hold hybrid meetings through the cold months. What is a hybrid meeting? It's a gathering of brave souls who don't have misgivings about getting together personally in an inside venue combined with Zoom participation by those who don't feel comfortable with that arrangement. Although we're still active and riding, many of us fall into the age category that is labeled vulnerable, so we're practicing caution. At our recent meeting, we devoted a lot of attention to how we're going to operate in 2021. Although we can't determine with certainty what we can or cannot do, we are going to publish our schedule of events for the year. However, it will be stipulated that all events are tentative and subject to postponement or even cancellation. Of course, we're not happy with this but have to accept the fact that circumstances may not allow us to hold the type of events that have been popular in the past. All we can do is wait and see.
In the meantime, the staging area and trails at Brighton are still open and riding in colder weather can still be enjoyable if you're one of those who enjoy a bit of a challenge. Keep in mind, however, that the equestrian trails do go through areas that are open to hunting for the rest of the year. Whether you're out and about or not, you can still visit our website and follow us on Facebook. Mark Delaney, BTRA President
IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION The Ionia Confidence Course has been improved with deeper gravel at all obstacles. We hope this makes it a safer and more enjoyable experience for you and your steed. Our approximately 100x100 arena built with a joint effort of park staff and IHTA volunteers in September 2019, is next to day staging. If you have an anxious horse you want to expose to trail riding, you'll have a safe place to "work out the kinks" before hitting the trails. We'll also be encouraging 4-H groups to hold their practices there, as well as potentially inviting clinicians and outside events in the future. THREE DAY PARKING AREAS: 1 – Normal Day Staging; 2 – Go past the day staging parking lot to the "Barn Lot" on the same side of the road; 3 – There is also a new option to access the west end of the park more easily! It is still signed as the X Country Ski Trail, just before the beach entrance (on the opposite side of the road) when entering the park. Park staff enlarged the parking area to hold four or five horse size rigs. Please park like you expect the lot to be full when you come back. Leave room for others and plan for all rigs to be able to exit safely. If you haven't ridden Ionia yet this season, you'll find a fun new by-pass just past the Overlook where the downhill run trail was so washed out and rocky. We plan to add some gravel to this new section of trail, as well as "bench cut" sections to provide a flat riding surface, to alleviate what could become "slippery when wet", as soon as the park manpower is back to full strength. Also, when making your reservations at any NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (38)
state horse campground, be sure to use a good email address. At the end of the season, there will be an electronic survey sent to horse campers. The state is looking for feedback and concerns about camping with horses, and potential interactions with non-horse campers. If you register directly at the park, please ask the person working at registration area to take down your email address and give it to the park supervisor so you can be included in the survey. The camping season at Ionia ends on November 1, 2020 and will resume on April 15, 2021. Riding trails are always open, but some park roads are not maintained in the winter. Proceed with care should you decide to day ride when there is significant snow cover. You can call 616.527.3750 to check conditions on park roads before you travel. Remember, you can ask questions or report trail issues on our Facebook page at: “Ionia Horse Trails - IHTA”
MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION (MSPTRA) Greetings, trail riders! Although we have had some chilly days, we should still have plenty of beautiful, bug-free days left this fall season. Get out there and take in the gorgeous fall colors! We were sad to hear that there will be no Michigan Horse Expo in 2021. We always look forward to seeing some familiar faces and also informing other attendees about our beautiful park! The equestrian bridge between V and W does have footings but is not completed as of yet. The building materials are placed along the main trail down to the bridge, so keep an eye out for it (my horse was not amused)! Alex, a member of the Boy Scout Troop 755, has most of the donations to cover the remaining supplies for the replacement bridge. Thank you to all of those who made a donation! We will keep you informed of any additional progress. Our annual membership meeting has been set for November 11, 2020 at 6pm. Location to be determined, but most likely it will be a WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
Horse Association & Trail Riders News MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC., cont. video conference call. Check out our Facebook page for further updates. Visit us at www.mayburytrailriders.org, on Facebook, or call 248-912-5238 for more information. If you visit Maybury, PLEASE sign the registry book at the kiosk in the staging area, just so they know how many of us enjoy the park. Happy Trails, Mary Nader
MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS ASSOC. And suddenly we have cold weather and some snow again! That was a fast Fall! It was good that so many got to get out and enjoy the colors along the trails at least. It is time to think about heating the horses' water tank and feeding them more hay to keep them hydrated and warm. Adding a tablespoon of extra iodized salt to their grain or setting out a salt block will help them drink more and prevent colic. Is your horse losing weight or looking unthrifty? Have you done a parasite check on your horse yet this Fall? Contact your vet to get this done. You don't want to pay for feeding the parasites in your horse's system. Treat for the exact parasites in your horse, don't let them build up an immunity to the dewormers not needed. If you have acquired a new-to-you MFT, please register it/transfer the registration papers into your name through MFTHBA. You want your horse in your name-not the previous owner's. Also, get your horse's DNA testing done. The kit is available through MFTHBA. If your horse's papers get lost, and your horse's DNA is on file, the MFTHBA can help you get new registration papers issued. Go to www.mfthba.com for more help. Congratulations go out to Jodi Myers and Radar's Top Secret Spy for being the third quarter point leader in FoxTrot Urbane and for finishing 1245.1 challenge miles in the MFTHBA Top Trail program. Well done! Would you like to have an actual model made of your Fox Trotter? Stateline Tack has virtual shows going on until early December.
One is the Autumn Affaire Online Horse show from Oct. 8 – Dec. 9. The other is The Fall Festival 4-H Edition Online Horse show on the Stateline website Oct. 4 – Dec. 2. Winners from all of the 2020 Stateline online horse shows will be entered into their respective contests and the winners by popular vote will win a custom model of their horse! Voting opens Dec. 10th! For more info go to: https://bit.ly/3469hxH Our Versatility Program participants are working very hard to get their training, showing and trail riding completed. Two high point earners will be awarded their prizes at the end of 2020. Check out the program for 2021! The rules are posted on our website. Our 2021 clinic schedule is being worked on. Stay tuned for more details. We are always welcoming new members. If you own an MFT or are passionate about them, please consider joining the MFTA. As a member, you will be admitted to association clinics at a reduced cost. Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters.com for the membership form. For 30 plus years we continue to educate those interested in Missouri Fox Trotting horses as well as to promote the breeding, training, and enjoyment of them in the state of Michigan. We wish everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. By Marilyn Mannino
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MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION Over 20 people, drivers, friends and families with 11 dogs and 9 horses gathered the third week of September at Elk Hill Campground which is north of Vanderbilt, Michigan. The dogs ranged from a Border Terrier puppy to a big, black Great Dane! There were 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 14 years old. It was a week filled with learning new skills and enjoying fellowship. Liduina Fedewa from Pewamo, MI played folk songs on her guitar and sang several nights around the campfire. Luiduina taught Kelli Hagemeister from Avoca, MI, new chords and songs. Kelli NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (39)
spent time instructing Irma Harrison from Lansing, MI, how to use round knitting needles. Michelle Vandenboom, Avoca, MI, worked with Dorothy Childs, Eaton Rapids, MI, on the art of spinning fiber from Michelle's own alpaca! Colby, 14, learned more about harnessing and driving Nicki, a Haflinger owned by Dorothy Childs, President of MHDVA. Different recipes were tried in the Dutch Oven, including yeast bread and dump cakes! There is no electric or water at the equestrian camp. With temperatures falling into the 20's at night, campfires were appreciated! The day temperatures went up into the 60's with beautiful sunshine Foliage was just starting to change to reds and yellows amidst the dark green of the pine trees. Drivers enjoyed the dirt roads around the state park during the day, then campfires and warm sleeping bags at night. Michelle VandenBoom reported she saw an Elk cow and bull during her last early morning drive. The bull even bugled at her as she drove by!! Dorothy Childs stated that she is looking forward to her fourth year of joining this group of campers in September of 2021. Elk Hill, part of the Pigeon River State Forest, is a beautiful place to enjoy fellowship, learn new skills, ride and drive horses. Dorothy Childs, President
PINTO HORSE ASSOCIATION OF OHIO Our 2020 show season has come to a close with our final show on October 10-11 in Lima, Ohio…and what a great show it was to end the season with! This show was a late add to our normal schedule after some cancellations in the spring, but did not disappoint. The weather was beautiful, and the class numbers were great. We kicked off the weekend on Friday night with a stall decoration contest, the barns were full of Halloween spirit and spookiness. On Saturday, the Youth Club sponsored a costume class and boy were the exhibitors creative! Our adult division saw the Queen of Hearts, Paul Bunyan's blue ox Babe and some Hocus Pocus. The youth division had WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
Horse Association & Trail Riders News PINTO HORSE ASSOC. OF OHIO, cont. superheroes, bison, Little Bo Peep and even the Tiger King! For videos and pictures of the class make sure to visit the PtHAO Facebook page. Following the costume class, the youth participated in stall trick-or-treat and showed off their costumes some more. Sunday brought the Charity Walk-Trot class sponsored by APHA/PtHA stallion, Fish-NChips. Thank you to all that participated and congratulations to the class winner Joan Ames, who graciously chose Ohio Pinto as the organization to receive the funds raised by the class. On hand to hand out the awards for the class were Ian Raugh, owner of Fish-N-Chips, and 2020 PtHAO Queen Kimberly Griggy. Sunday also brings the crowd’s favorite class, leadline. We had nine exhibitors who did an amazing job and received a gift bag handed out by our PtHAO Queen. The bags for this season were graciously donated by the PtHAO Youth Club and the 2020 PtHAO Sweetheart Madison Wade. The show closed with lots of goodbyes and good lucks. We hope to see everyone again in 2021! Please make sure and visit our website and Facebook page to keep up on all the news and upcoming events. Ohio Pinto would like to thank all of our exhibitors, donors and sponsors for this past year, without you the amazing things we do at these shows would not be possible. We ask that you take time to visit our website and view the list of the companies, stallion owners and individuals that helped make it all possible.
PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone! This past October has blessed us with incredible riding weather! As bad as this year has been, the fall weather has been beautiful. Thank you to everyone who came out for our September campout. It was a great time for all. At this point, Proud Lake Trail Riders has been working diligently with the DNR to separate our trails from the bikers. The park is completely committed to doing this and they are presently evaluating options and locations. Once the trails are seperated, there will be signs up stating what are horse trails and what are bike trails. We have been working on this for the past several years and we are thrilled that the park is committed to making this happen. At this point, we are undecided as to whether or not there will be a banquet in Feburary. Our goal and intention is to have one. We have a calendar ready to go for next year's events and will be publishing that soon. Once again, all of the local parks have coordinated together so that we are not booking multiple events on the same days. Please remember it is hunting season. Wearing orange, putting bells on your saddles and speaking loudly are all good ideas. If you have been to Proud Lake recently you Horse Association & will see our new obstacle course in the run off field next to the staging area. A few of Trail Riders News these obstacles were built by a local boy scout who built them as part of his Eagle are FREE! project. He also created two cement Use this section to announce: mounting blocks for us. One is in the staging • Volunteer Acknowledgments area and one is by the railroad tracks. Please • Changes To Show: Rules, Dates, come out and try the obstacle course, it is a Added Money, Jackpots, etc. lot of fun! • New Assoc. Website or Email For more information you can visit us online • New Show Added to the Season at www.proudlaketrailriders.org. If you would like to join our email list, please Email: email@example.com email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and also Word Limit: 600 remember to like us on Facebook! Deadline the 17th for following issue. Stay safe and keep riding! Questions? Call 810.714.9000 Nancy Efrusy, Proud Lake Trail Riders NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020 (40)
ROSE OAKS EQUESTRIAN FRIENDS This month has seen some beautiful fall riding weather! The bugs are gone and the leaves are turning and starting to fall. We invite you to come visit our lovely park! Bow hunters allowed in Rose Oaks, HOWEVER, they are kept very far away from the horse trails. Wear your orange for additional safety, but the hunters are great to talk with and know where the safety zones are to keep everyone safe. (Mid-day riding is great for avoiding all of the hunters and moving deer.) Gun hunting is not allowed at Rose Oaks. The Oakland County Park workers held a work day on October 6. The park was a beehive of activity with chain saws, lots of trail trimming tools, wood chipper, tractors and lots of hands on deck! Some huge piles of fill and stone appeared and have been dispersed to low spots and washout areas on the trails. Look for more improvements as time allows. Hope everyone finds time to get out and enjoy the trails this fall! Anne Breen, 864.395.8028
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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC. OF MI Fall is here and the holiday season is fast approaching. WDAMI would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Fall has shown many beautiful fall colors this year and trail riding has been a welcome enjoyment for many of us. A few Announcements: If you entered the WDAA Online World Championship Show and are a member of WDAMI, please let me know at email@example.com or text or call me at 906-440-0215. WDAMI will be giving out Awards for the Highest Scoring Amateur, Junior, and Open Rider at that show. You must be a WDAMI member to qualify for these awards. Also, WDAMI Board has extended the Year-End Awards deadline to November 30th for this year only. As many of you are waiting for your scores for the online WDAA World
Championship show for WDAMI Virtual Year-end Awards. WDAMI would like to wish everyone good luck who is competing in the Online WDAA World Championship Show. It has been quite the adventure for many of us. The Jec Ballou Clinic for 2021 has been canceled because of the persistent challenges of Covid. Jec Ballou is now offering some online courses, that look great. You can check them out www.jecballou.com. Our WDAMI 2020 Battle of the Saddles Virtual Show was a big success. There were over ninety rides! WDAMI Board would like to say thank you to all the participants for their support and congratulations to all for a job well done. Thank you again to our judges Sue Hughes and Joanne Coy to and our show Managers Jennifer Sigety and Kristen Kill for a job well done. Quote of the month: A lesson I that learned this year. There is no perfect test ridden so enjoy your journey, be happy with even small improvements that will build on one another to form a solid foundation and a harmonious partnership between you and
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Bronson Vet Services Completes Team Written by Cindy Johnson What began 17 years ago as a mobile practice for Dr. Joanna Bronson has grown into a full-time veterinary practice in Coldwater, Michigan, that provides regular and emergency services to Branch County and surrounding areas. As the need grew, various temporary veterinarians assisted with the workload. Now, the transition time is over, and the team has settled into a unified staff. Two years ago, this past May, Dr. Stacie Cressman joined Bronson Veterinary Services. Having previously done an externship with Bronson, Stacie was a clear choice for the expanding practice. Born in Sturgis, Michigan, Cressman was hoping to settle in this area. A Michigan State grad, Cressman had recently married and moved to Angola, Indiana where her husband works as a site superintendent for JICI Construction. From a young age, Cressman said, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I remember a drawing I made in first grade that I wrote on, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a vet’.” Commenting on the family atmosphere of the clinic, she said, “We get along really well. The three of us have little boys all under the age of 2, and we share similar interests.” Cressman said, “My comfort area is working with small animals. However, I do some horses, mild colics, and lacerations. I like what I am currently doing, but I hope to do more specialty surgeries such as orthopedic procedures. I also do neutering and spaying, Csections, some foreign bodies, and lacerations.” This past spring, the Cressman’s welcomed a new family addition, son Logan. “Balancing family and work has been a fairly easy transition,” she said, “as Logan really likes his daycare. And he’s such an easy baby.” Each work day begins with a 30 minute commute, dropping off Logan in Fremont on the way to the clinic. The clinic is booming with new clients now that some area practices have reduced or eliminated their emergency services and hours of operation. The trio of vets share a rotating on-call status. Cressman said, “We get a lot of after-hours calls. My recent weekend call list included 10 emergencies on a Sunday with situations ranging from a gun-shot wound, to a dog hit by a car, to a dog ‘not acting right’, and one who had ingested a foreign body, amongst others. The variety is always unpredictable.” Commenting on frustrations she faces in her work, she said, “It makes me sad when people don’t invest the time and money into training and keeping their animals healthy.” She added, “Prevention will save money.” One heartworm treatment can cost as much as 7 years of preventative heartworm medicine. A typical treatment to remove heartworms cost around $1000, without complications. Prevention is around $9 per month and is so much easier on the dog than the very invasive medicine used to kill the worms. With the addition of the Proheart vaccine for Heartworm prevention, a dog can be protected for around $108 a year. Cressman said, NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
“This year-long vaccine has been used in England and Australia for years. The U.S. has finally approved its’ use.” Another very common canine disease, Parvovirus can be prevented with a $30 vaccine, whereas, treating a case of Parvo averages around $1500. Cressman also shared that it’s very hard when people bring in a sick pet and decline any diagnostic testing or medicine and don’t treat their animals. Medical care can be expensive. She added, “If you’re going to have a pet, you need to set aside money to care for it.” The clinic does offer payment programs and clients can apply for Care Credit. If they cannot afford treatment, clients can surrender their pets to be cared for by local organizations. She added, “We can offer the surrender service, but we cannot confiscate an animal. Only law enforcement can do that.” To complete the staff of veterinarians, Dr. Kara Laird, a recent MSU graduate joined the clinic this past May. Laird moved to Coldwater from Hartland, Michigan to join the clinic. Although Laird did not grow up on a farm, she lived in a rural area that had access to lots of horses. She said, “I got involved with horses at a very young age. I helped do chores on neighboring farms and got to ride my first horse at the age of 10. After that, I helped, so that I could ride.” Laird bought her first horse in high school and showed hunt seat on the Morgan circuit throughout high school and her undergrad years. True to type, Laird said, “My mom has a picture I drew of myself and a cat at the age of 6, saying I wanted to be a vet when I grew up.” Laird professes a love of rural areas and has relished going on farm calls as soon as she arrived. She said, “I generally do vaccines, draw Coggins, do wellness and lameness checks, lacerations and equine dental care. I really like doing teeth.” She travels alone or with a technician dependent on scheduled farm needs. This summer, she has seen several cases of EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis), in horses as well as cases of Potomoc Horse Fever. There are treatments for both diseases, but the recovery is dependent on the severity of the disease. Wet, woody areas, dense foliage and high moisture content contribute to these diseases. EPM is spread by opossums and PHF by mosquitoes. Commenting on the fast-paced work place, Laird said, “I don't remember a day that wasn't busy!” In the clinic, she has done surgeries for spays and neuters, mass removals, and some dental extractions. “I really hope to do more orthopedic surgeries, as time allows,” she said. One recent farm call was for a horse that had stepped on a nail that had pierced his coffin bone. The treatment for such an injury can be extensive and involves antibiotic infusions for several days, with repeat treatments. “I caution anyone with such an injury to their horse, not to try to remove the nail,” she said. “Instead, keep the horse as quiet as possible until help arrives. This will help prevent a more serious complication later.” Fitting into her new community has been easy for Laird, as she was already acquainted with a former college friend living there. She said, “I also hang out with my coworkers a lot. We hike and go to (42)
beaches.” Laird played volleyball in school and participated in gymnastics as well. In her not-to-often spare time, Laird enjoys spending time with her Morgan horse Emma, and her three goats, all boarded nearby. When she does find the right location, Laird plans to purchase a house with a barn and small acreage for her animals and then bring her two donkeys to join the rest of the crew. “I also intend to get a Bull Mastiff dog,” she added. Laird hopes to expand the clinic’s equine services now that she is doing more farm calls.
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Western Dressage: Test Scores By Lynn Palm | www.lynnpalm.com In Dressage, it is tradition to receive score sheets from the judge. Horse and rider are judged on each component of the test; a score and comments are recorded. Each element of a test will be scored, and most elements will have a comment from the judge. You can see how the judge scored your ride on a point scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being perfect. The judge will also add comments about your score. These comments can explain how well you executed the test or show you areas where improvement is necessary. Once you understand the scoring system, you can use the score sheet as a helpful guide for your practice at home before the next show. The Scoring: 10 Excellent, 9 Very Good, 8 Good, 7 Fairly Good, 6 Satisfactory, 5 Sufficient, 4 Insufficient, 3 Fairly Bad, 2 Bad, 1 Very Bad, 0 Not Performed. There are three tests within a level. Each level and test advance with the higher numbers. In other words, First Level Test 1 is less advanced then Test 3 in the First Level. First Level is more advanced than any of the Training Level tests. Here are some statistics about First Level Test 1: · There are 16 elements in the test. · 290 = Maximum Possible Points. · Arena: Standard (20 meters X 40 meters) · Average Ride Time: 5:00 (from entry at A to final halt) The scores that I love to see and always look at first are the Collective Marks and Comments. These marks and comments give the best overview of your skills and your horse. The Collective Marks: · Gaits (freedom and regularity) · Impulsion (desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back, engagement of the hindquarters) · Submission (attention and confidence, lightness and ease of movements, acceptance of the bridle, lightness of the forehand) · Rider’s position and seat · Rider’s correct and effective use of the aids · Harmony between rider and horse · Further Remarks: The judge will also give you further remarks about your horse and your performance. Some tips that will give you more knowledge about your test: First Level Test 1 – Purpose: To confirm that the horse, in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and thoroughness and to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Introduce: 10m half circle at trot; 15m circle in canter; and lengthening of the stride in trot and canter. Check out the Dressage Illustrated books I have available for purchase on our website. The best part of these books is that you have “directive ideas” that explain what the judge will be looking for in each element. An example: A Enter Working Trot, X Halt NOVEMBER 2020 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2020
Directive Ideas: Straightness on the centerline and in Halt: immobility: quality of trot; willing, balanced transitions. The books are great tools for success in the show ring. I have each Dressage Illustration book for each level in the office of my barn right next to the tack room. I also have two sets for horse shows. I put one in my clothes bag to study at night and the other in my tack trunk to be ready at the show. At the end of each show, I make sure I have my books before heading home. I hope you take these suggestions to heart. The Dressage books are very helpful at home and at the horse show. Books: Head To Toe Horsemanship, Western Dressage – A Guide to Take You to Your First Show, A Rider Guide to Real Collection. For more information on these training materials and more, as well as clinics, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800-503-2824.
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Color Preferences Among Horses By Kentucky Equine Research Staff | www.ker.com Is it possible horses have color preferences? Does your palomino prefer purple, your Trakehner turquoise, your mare mauve? Can horse owners ever know? Researchers recently explored color preferences through the use of different colored water buckets. Preference was determined based on how much water was consumed from galvanized steel buckets painted one of six colors: red, yellow, green, light green, light blue, and turquoise. Six horses, three Thoroughbreds and three Haflingers, were maintained on the same diet throughout the study (1-2 kg of forage, 0.5-1 kg concentrate per 100 kg of body weight). They were turned out in paddocks each day for seven hours for the duration of the study period, which lasted 18 days. Six buckets, one in each of the six colors, were attached to the fence equidistant from one another, about two meters. Researchers shifted bucket positions each day so that every bucket was in every position along the fence. Based on water intake, researchers found that horses preferred to drink from the turquoise buckets. Preferences for the colors, from highest to lowest, were turquoise, light blue, light green, green, yellow, and red. Horses chose the blues over other colors and lighttoned colors over darker tones. In light of these results, the researchers suggested that the use of turquoise or light blue buckets might encourage horses to drink. How Horses Perceive Color, Simply Put Behavioral studies have demonstrated the ability of horses to disNOVEMBER 2020 â€˘ C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ÂŠ2020
criminate colors. Like most other non-primate mammals, horses are thought to have dichromatic color vision. Humans have trichromatic color vision and can see the four basic hues of red, green, blue, and yellow as well as an array of intermediate hues, like orange (yellowish-red) or violet (reddish-blue), and thousands of shades. Scientists believe that horses and other animals with dichromatic vision do not process intermediate hues, seeing only shades of blue and yellow. Figure (1) The approximate colors used in the study. Yildirim, F., and A. Yildiz. 2020. Water bucket colour preferences in horses. Australia Journal of Veterinary Sciences 52(2). Figure (2) The spectrum of colors perceived by humans with trichromatic color vision (left) and the same spectrum as viewed by horses (right), which are thought to have dichromatic color vision. Carroll, J., C.J. Murphy, M. Neitz, J.N. Ver Hoeve, and J. Neitz. 2001. Photopigment basis for dichromatic color vision in the horse. Journal of Vision 1:80-87. Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry. (48) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM
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