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National Forest Trail Bill Approved by House Agriculture Committee AHC, BCHA, and Wilderness Society all significantly involved in creation The House Committee on Agriculture has unanimously approved the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill, introduced by Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians. “The recreational horse industry contributes $32 billion a year to the economy and supports nearly 435,000 jobs nationwide,” said American Horse Council President Julie Broadway. “The industry is dependent on access to public lands and well maintained trails and the current Forest Service trail maintenance backlog is a serious threat to equestrians and all recreational users’ ability to enjoy our Nation Forests. The AHC, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society and many other recreational groups have all been working together to advance this bill.” “Trails keep our public lands accessible for all Americans and fuel a powerful outdoor economy. They are simply too important to lose. This bill will keep more trails open, and that’s a good thing for anyone who uses or cares about our public lands” said Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Policy at The Wilderness Society. "The condition of trails on our National Forests has reached crisis level," said Donald Saner, chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of America. "Public access on many forest trails is either blocked by miles of downed timber or made unsafe from a lack of upkeep. The bill before Congress represents a low-cost solution to encourage more volunteers and partners to help

shoulder this burden. At a time of shrinking federal budgets, why would Congress not act to pass this important bill?" A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests. The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail main-tenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system. “In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. However, this bill has strong bi-partisan support be-cause it will improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding,” said Ben Pendergrass, AHC, Sr. VP, Policy & Legislative Affairs. “The AHC strongly supports this legislation and is pleased the Committee has overwhelmingly approved it. We hope the full House and Senate will move quickly to pass this bill before the end of the year.” The AHC encourages all equestrians and trail users to contact their Senators and Representatives and urge them to pass the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act before Congress adjourns for the year. About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal



agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress The Ohio Quarter Horse Association, home of the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) continues to thrive as they prepare to celebrate 50 years of growth in central Ohio. AAQHC is the largest single-breed horse show in the world, which welcomes more than 650,000 equine enthusiasts from every state as well as several countries, across several continents. Recent trends continually show growth for the AAQHC. To put this staggering number into perspective, that's more attendance than the Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl and NASCAR Daytona race– combined. That's six times the fans as a packed OSU Horseshoe during the same October schedule. The AAQHC hosts activities for all ages, including the largest intercollegiate and Junior Horse Judging contest with more than 60 teams participating. The AAQHC awards nearly $3 million in cash and prizes with more than 21,000 horse show entries. Dr. Scott Myers, Executive Director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association discusses the importance of keeping the world class event in central Ohio. "The AAQHC is reliant on central Ohio businesses to be a positive force to continue the success of the event in future years." With the evolution of technology and urbanization in our country, one may not realize that the equine industry is a booming business. The direct impact of the horse WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs Quarter Horse Congress, cont. industry results in more than $39 billion of direct economic impact, pushing beyond an estimated $102 billion when the multiplier effect is considered by industry suppliers and employees nationwide. Via travel, dining, shopping, general expenditures and more, The AAQHC commands more than $250 million (more than $10 million per day) generated towards the Columbus area economy during 25 day event each October. In comparison, the Ohio State Fair, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 state fairs by USA Today and Travel Channel respectively, has more than 30% higher attendance than AAQHC yet only a third of the state economic lift. (Ohio State Fair =$68.5 million versus All American Quarter Horse Congress = $250 million). If you wish to attend the 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress, the information below can help you along your way. The Congress is a horse show that you must see to believe! Incredible horses, awards, shopping, clinicians, and more. 2016 Show Dates Horse Show: October 6-30, 2016 Trade Show: October 7-30, 2016 Location: Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio 717 East 17th Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43211 The Ohio Expo Center can be accessed from Interstate-71 by taking the 17th Avenue exit (Exit 111) West. 17th Avenue will be open only to Congress traffic. Parking: Single Day: $25 PER VEHICLE Daily parking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays is only $15 Entire Show: $70 PER VEHICLE Please note that there is no additional charge for parking. Admission includes access to all events except for Cinch Freestyle Reining, Equine Chronicle Congress Masters Event and the Congress Cutting Event. Contact Information: OQHA Office in Richwood Phone: 740-943-2346 Fax: 740-943-3752 Email: OhioQH123@oqha.com Website: quarterhorsecongress.com

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Helping Young Riders on College Decisions IEA Introduces the "Collegiate Connection" The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has partnered with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) to bring more knowledge to IEA members on how to prepare for college riding through the "Collegiate Connection" education series. A combination of live webinars and Twitter TakeOvers will offer an interactive platform with the leaders of these major college programs, who will guide IEA members through the process and preparation of getting on a college team. In addition to live Q&A, each presenter will provide background information on her collegiate equestrian program. Dr. Leah Fiorentino, NCEA Executive Director, will lead the first webinar and Twitter Takeover sessions; Jennifer Smith, IHSA Region President and Director of the Equestrian Program at Goucher College will lead the second part of the series and Patte Zumbrun, ANRC Chair will lead the discussion in the third two-part session. "The NCEA, IHSA and ANRC provide wonderful opportunities for our IEA riders who want to continue participation in equestrian sport at the college level. However, each organization has different requirements to join their programs and it can be a complicated process for our high school riders and their families," said Roxane Lawrence Durant, IEA co-founder/ executive director. "We are so very pleased that the leadership of these collegiate equestrian programs have graciously agreed to join us for this education series and help our members through the college decision-making process." The schedule is: IHSA Webinar: October 6 IHSA Twitter TakeOver: October 13 WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs College Decisions, cont. IHSA Region President and Director of the Equestrian Program at Goucher College, Jennifer Smith will give a brief background of the IHSA and all of its offerings and opportunities as well as how to find colleges with IHSA teams, where colleges recruit, what IHSA coaches want prospective athletes to know about recruitment and what coaches look for in a prospective athlete. ANRC Webinar: October 20 ANRC Twitter TakeOver: October 27 ANRC Chair Patte Zumbrun will give background and information on the American National Riding Commission program and its longstanding mission to promote the American System of Forward Riding. Her informational session will focus on the ANRC National Intercollegiate National Equitation Championship with a format overview, participating colleges, and additional overview information. Although each webinar will have a live chat room for participants to ask questions to the hosts, the NCEA, IHSA and ANRC will have full access to the IEA Twitter account during their Twitter TakeOver session. Any lingering questions can be addressed through IEA's Twitter handle, @rideiea, during the Twitter TakeOver's that will take place one week after each webinar. About IEA: Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, the IEA has more than 12,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org.


2017 Michigan Horse Expo Features Chris Cox Planning is well under way for the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo, slated for March 10, 11 and 12, 2017, at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. Featured clinician for 2017 will be Chris Cox. We feel indeed fortunate to have secured this popular clinician for our Michigan Horse Expo. As one of this country's leading horsemen and clinicians, Chris Cox has spent a lifetime learning from the greatest teachers of all, the horse. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Chris has had opportunities that most horsemen of this day and age will never experience. With only horses for transportation, and a cattle ranch as his life, Chris learned at an early age how to appreciate the abilities and tradition of the great men and horses. With his practical, straightforward approach, Chris teaches horse people how to get results. Influenced in his early years by both the English and Western traditions, he has implemented a proven style and technique that can be applied universally across all disciplines. Chris has been conducting clinics and demonstrations for over 28 years. While teaching the principles and methods behind his authentic horsemanship, Chris has also become a successful trainer/breeder and major competitor in the cutting horse world and also competes in Reined Cow Horse events and team roping when his schedule allows. As a four time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion he continues to travel the world spreading his message. In 2015, Chris had the honor of being inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Chris has dedicated his life to teaching horsemen and women in the hope that they will come to understand and appreciate horses in their lives. Chris Cox demonstrates, with dedication and a mutual respect, to achieve a versatile and willing partnership between horse and human.



Chris will appear all three days at the Expo, and we are working on a possible “Meet and Greet” with him and perhaps other clinicians on Thursday evening, March 9, at the MSU Horse Teaching and Research facility. Returning popular features will include the Heritage Hill Farm Belgian hitch, the Combined Mounted Police Color Presentations, the Friday evening Michigan High School Rodeo and the Sunday afternoon Ranch Rodeo. Reining will again “reign supreme” on Saturday evening, with competitive Open Reining, which will include a Calcutta auction where those present can bid on each individual rider, with 50% of the total amount bid split between the buyers of the 1st place and the 4th place horse and rider! Other incentives will be offered by the riders to encourage bidding. A youth and a short-stirrup reining class will be held on Saturday afternoon, and all the reining events will be NRHA approved! Contracts have been mailed to all 2016 Expo vendors, with an October 26th deadline for them to reserve the same space for the 2017 Expo. After that deadline, all space still available will be filled from the waiting list. New promotions and ideas are being incorporated to enhance the “Horse Area,” changing it from a “Stallion Avenue” to Stallion, Breed and Farm Showcase! We encourage more stallion owners to participate in this Showcase area, as well as breed organizations to promote their special breed, and/or farms to promote their champion horses and operations. However, the area will still be limited to stallions and geldings, only. All stalls, whether stallion, breed or farm, will still include arena showcase times as well. Focus for the 2017 Michigan Horse Expo will be “Our Youth, Our Future”! For more information, please visit us online at: www.michiganhorseexpo.org

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Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs Healthy Topline, cont. developing their topline. That conclusion is based on a survey of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which showed that seven out of 10 equine veterinarians consider adequate muscling surrounding/supporting the horse's spine (topline) is key to equine well-being. The same survey showed that 62 percent of equine veterinarians believe a healthy topline is key to fewer injuries. So what makes a healthy topline? “There's a lot of lore and confusion about the best way to build a healthy topline,” said Abby Keegan, Equine Innovation & Application Lead for Cargill Animal Nutrition's Nutrena® brand. “Many people believe topline problems are simply a result of the horse not yet being in work, while others blame breed or genetics, said Keegan” However, years of Nutrena® research and field trials have shown that balanced nutrition should form the core of any topline development or maintenance program. Horses, like people, need a nutritious diet to have a strong, healthy core. Select Nutrena® feed formulations contain easy-to-digest amino acids, the building blocks of protein. The correct amount and sources of amino acids – based on individual factors, such as a horse's age and weight – is essential to create strong topline muscles, from withers to hind quarters. Equine owners can now access an online tool, www.ToplineBalance.com, to help gauge their horse's specific topline condition, and determine the best nutritional approach to improve it. The site offers an easy, state-of-the-art, Topline Evaluation System to help owners accurately assess their horse's muscular condition and track improvements over time. Based on that evaluation, the tool recommends the right mix of feeds and supplements for their horse's specific needs. The evaluation is grounded in Nutrena's extensive expertise in equine health and nutrition. “The right nutritional balance, fed at the correct rates, may improve topline – both internally and visually – in as little as a few weeks,” said Keegan. The equine veterinarian study was commissioned by Nutrena and conducted by

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Heroes on Horses at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress New for 2016, the All American Quarter Horse Congress will offer a NO FEE special event, "Heroes on Horses," to honor our service men and women and the horses helping them heal. Riders must be disabled veterans or active duty "wounded warriors," who are participating in PATH Intl. Equine



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Uckele Donates to Help Louisiana Horses Affected by Historic Floods Uckele Health & Nutrition (Blissfield, MI) has sent relief for horses affected by the catastrophic Louisiana flooding, which has damaged or destroyed 60,700 homes and affected more than 102,000 people and countless animals. In response to the devastation, generous supplies of Zephyr’s Garden skin rescue salves, liniments, poultices and sprays arrived Saturday, August 27th to help Louisiana’s floodaffected horses. These horses are experiencing cellulitis, dermatitis and various wounds and lacerations caused by water submersion. “We care deeply about the people and the horses being affected by this devastating emergency,” says Kevin Isley, VP of Sales. “We’re very thankful we are able to offer much-needed topical products for stranded, lost or suffering horses impacted by the flooding.” Uckele’s Zephyr’s Garden products were shipped in conjunction with medical supplies being donated by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Hagyard, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary facilities in the world. A full semi was donated by Brook Ledge Horse Transportation. The supplies will be ship directly to Louisiana State University Veterinary Hospital to help the volunteers care for the horses being rescued. To assist with the rescuing and sheltering of WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs Uckele Donates to Help, cont. animals, cash donations to the Louisiana State Animal Rescue Team can be made at https://lvma.org/LVMA/LSART_Donations. aspx. Cash donations also can be made to the AAEP Foundation's disaster relief fund: https://www4.my- secure - checkout. com/AAEPFo…/information.php. About Zephyr’s Garden Zephyr’s Garden all-natural herbal topicals are potent alternatives for horse and dog owners who want to limit the use of harsh chemicals on and near their animals. Prepared in salves, shampoos, liniments, and sprays for everything from skin irritations, to seasonal itches, skin abrasions and support for hair regrowth and hooves, Zephyr’s Garden’s products are made using only pure, top quality natural ingredients. For more information, please contact customerservice@uckele.com, call 800-248-0330 or visit us online at: www.zephyrsgarden.com.

Uckele Launches Improved Glycocemic EQ Formula Uckele Health & Nutrition has reformulated their popular Glycocemic EQ Powder and Pellet formulas. Dr. Eleanor Kellon, Uckele Staff Veterinary Specialist, says the new formula addresses the common nutritional needs that play a significant role in maintaining healthy insulin levels. “The formula was improved to provide even more targeted support for normal insulin levels to help horse owners struggling to manage the health of their overweight, cresty-necked horses.” Horses with insulin imbalances cannot efficiently process the glucose in their bloodstream after eating. In an effort to remove this glucose and use it for energy, the horse secretes more and more insulin, resulting in elevated, unhealthy levels. The improved Glycocemic EQ Powder and Pellet contain increased mineral levels to be more compatible with an even wider range of hays. These higher mineral levels help maintain normal insulin levels and support

healthy thyroid function, which can be impacted by insulin imbalance. In addition, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, an antioxidant that supports healthy insulin levels and sensory nerve function, was significantly increased to be compatible with the most current research on L-Carnitine use. Jiaogulan, an herb that supports normal insulin levels and optimal blood flow to the hooves, was added to the formula based on findings Dr. Kellon researched for a presentation on Jiaogulan at the Equine Congress in Ghent, Belgium. The pellet form of Glycocemic EQ is particularly beneficial for horses prone to elevated insulin levels because owners are advised to feed primarily hay. These horses are unlikely to be fed bucket feeds, leaving few options for getting powder supplements into the diet. The pellet is made with a highly palatable base of Beet Pulp (no molasses added) and Grape Seed Meal, both known to support healthy insulin balance, and heat stabilized Rice Bran. Glycocemic EQ Powder and Pellets are available for dealer distribution, or can be ordered directly at http://equine.uckele. com/metabolic About Uckele Health & Nutrition Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, is an innovation-driven health company committed to being on the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years. Uckele takes pride in formulating and manufacturing a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances for equine athletes and companion animals to help achieve optimal health. www. uckele.com Dr. Eleanor Kellon is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Revives Ambassador Program Volunteers to Represent UHC and Unwanted Horses Around the Country The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has revitalized its Ambassador Program, a volunteer service involving members of the horse industry who represent the UHC at meetings nationwide to present information about the UHC and unwanted horses. Any organization or group interested in the issue of unwanted horses, how they can help reduce the number of unwanted horses, or what it means to “Own Responsibly” can request a speaker from their area. Five, 10 and 20-minute presentations are available along with relevant literature and materials. A core group of 25 volunteers will work to renew the conversation over the next year. If there is a larger demand for speakers, the program can expand. The original program began in 2009 and ran for three years. “We have a very small staff at the UHC,” said Director Jennifer Purcell, “so we are grateful to the volunteers who see the importance of this issue and are willing to donate their time to share our work with other equine enthusiasts across the nation.” If you would like to request a speaker for your upcoming event, or are interested in becoming an ambassador, contact the Unwanted Horse Coalition at 202-296-4031. To learn more about how the UHC can help your organization help unwanted horses, visit www.unwantedhorsecoalition.com, or contact Jennifer Purcell at jpurcell@ horsecouncil.org. The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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Regional Qualifying Starts for the 2016 US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan® “You bet I’ll be back. I’ve declared and I made my hotel reservations in Lexington months ago!” Every November since 2013, Julie McCrady and her husband have made the trek to Kentucky from Raymore, Mo. with their home-bred Hanoverian mare Remanessa in tow to compete at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. They can’t wait to do it again, and if things go well at this weekend’s Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 4 Championship in Mason City, Iowa, they may get their chance. McCrady will join 600 other competitors who are preparing to ride down centerline over the next two weeks as the first round of Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships get underway across the country, vying for not only a wealth of awards but also a ticket to Lexington for the Finals, which will be held November 10-13, 2016. Even though McCrady admits that her mount was so naughty as a youngster that she tried to sell the temperamental redhead, Remanessa has found her purpose in life

inside the dressage arena. The pair competed at Training and First Levels during the inaugural Finals in 2013, and then claimed their first national title the following year in the First Level Adult Amateur division. Last November their journey to the Kentucky Horse Park once again proved worthwhile as McCrady and Remanessa stole the show in the Alltech Arena, dancing to victory in the Third Level Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship. “To this day she’s not nice on the ground and isn’t ‘loveydovey’ at all, but as soon as you put the bridle on her she’s all business,” McCrady explained. “When you breed them, watch them grow up, and do a lot of the work yourself, I think it makes it all the more special.” Now McCrady is hoping to qualify for the Finals in the Fourth Level Adult Amateur ranks as well as with a Fourth Level Freestyle. “I really love the show – every year it seems to get better and better, and the people who put the event on are great. They make the drive worth it,” she said. “Even the hotel staff, residents and everyone around the Horse Park are so friendly and really seem to cater to riders, bending over backwards to help you. I’ve even encouraged my friends to go there to ride in the open show just so they could be part of the Finals experience.” Following this weekend’s Region 4 Championship, riders will then compete on September 15-18 in Estes Park, Colo. in Region 5, as well as in Williamston, N.C. for Region 1, where Jessie Hayes of New Jersey is hoping to win a chance to take part in the Finals experience for the first time as a competitor. She will be competing with the six-year-old Hanoverian mare Rivendell at Training and First Level. “When I first saw Rivendell, she was very fat, slightly feral and tried to bulldoze me more than once, but my trainer Lauren Chumley saw something in her that made us decide to buy her,” Hayes remembered. “Little did I know that over the next year, she would blossom into something so incredibly fun and talented that she would take me to the American Eventing Championships, our Area Eventing Championships, and now to Dressage Regional Championships and hopefully on to the US Dressage Finals. She will probably always be a hot little firecracker but she has taken



every single thing I’ve thrown at her this past year right in stride and continues to give me her all.” If Hayes were to qualify for the Finals, she will be thrilled to make the 12-hour drive to Lexington. “Why wouldn’t I want to go to the Finals? I went with Lauren last year as her groom and I had a blast just being there. The Kentucky Horse Park is such a fun venue and they always put on such a great show – the only thing that could make it better for me is to actually ride in it!” she exclaimed. “I hope to go to the Finals because I want to prove that you don’t have to have a milliondollar horse and you don’t have to be the most amazing rider in the world. All you have to do is have a goal, a willing horse, the drive to work hard and do what it takes to get it done, and of course have really fabulous people to help you along the way. I have no idea if I’ll qualify past Regionals; but if we’ve come this far in just a year, I can hardly wait to see where Rivendell will take me in two or three because there’s still so much in her that I haven’t even tapped into yet. Even though making it to the Finals will be the icing on the cake for this year, no matter what happens I’ll still be able to walk away with a smile on my face.” Don’t miss your chance to compete! The US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® is a unique national head-to-head competition which offers a wealth of championship titles and over $60,000 in prize money, all while showcasing adult amateur and open riders from across the country in Training Level to Grand Prix. As a reminder for competitors, a horse/rider combination must declare their intention to participate in the US Dressage Finals by completing the Declaration of Intent form by midnight on the day prior to the first day of their Regional Championship competition (including any open class day before the start of championship classes). There is no fee to declare, but horse/rider combinations must declare at the level(s) and eligible division(s) they intend to compete in at the US Dressage Finals. To learn more about the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, download competition information, declare and nominate for the Finals, and sign up to receive news and updates, visit the official event website at www.usdressagefinals.com WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

for a few months and this is our first attempt at a road trip. He came from a rescue, so I don't really know much about his history, but I think he was abused. “When I ride at home with my husband, he's perfectly Photo credit: Heidi Melocco calm and does everything I whole-picture.com ask,” she said with exasperation. “This is the first time I've tried anything like this and we thought it'd be better to leave my husband's horse at home, so we could get some confidence on our own.” One thing was very clear to me, this horse was stressed out way beyond the point of thinking and his owner was certainly not getting any more confident. She looked like she'd be happy to tuck her tail and run out the arena gate – gladly forfeiting the tuition and chalking the whole thing up to lessons-learned if I gave her even the slightest opening. Meanwhile, the horse was reaching back into his most basic survival instincts. He forgot everything he knew about his training and was getting more angry and frustrated by the minute. He cried out for help in every way he knew how. Creating Calm No horse is happy in this state and no horse wants to feel this way – it's just the only way they know how to feel. They don't know how to get rid of that bad feeling except to fight or flee. I feel like it's my job as a horsemanship clinician, to give the horse (and human) what he needs in the moment to feel safe and comfortable. Because only when his mind is calm and relaxed, is he capable of learning and growing. Without question, the same can be said of humans too – when the mind is in a state of stress and turmoil, it's hard to get much clear thinking done. Before the horse owner could get any closer to the exit gate, I asked her if I could take her horse for a few minutes to see if I could help him. It only took 10-15 minutes of guiding his energy, telling him where to go, how fast to get there and how to act in the process. I provided him with structure, guidance and praise – making all the decisions for him so he didn't have to think, until he began to soften. As the horse began to understand the very simple things I was asking and the clear and quiet directives I was giving, things made sense to him again. He could trust me and realized that it might benefit him to listen to what I had to say – especially since leaving was not an offered option. Once his focus came onto me, I stopped him to let him rest and turned my back to take away all the pressure. It wasn't long before he exhaled deeply, lowered his head and rested his very busy mind and body. Soon he was licking his lips and dropping his head as his eyelids went to half-mast. Horses are emotional animals, perhaps more emotional than even humans. Maybe it's because of their sheer size or because of their exceptional capabilities when it comes to fight or flight. But when a horse has reached his limit and his emotions boil over, it can be a scary and daunting challenge for us humans. In fact, most of us would be so uncomfortable around a horse like that, we would want to look the other way or shun the horse as bad. It's far easier, and sometimes safer to get rid of the emotionally troubled horse than it is to be empathetic and to work through the problem to help him feel

Horses are Survivors By Julie Goodnight Have you worked with a rescued horse or a horse with abuse in his past? The lessons learned from working with these troubled-butnot-disposable horses are priceless. If you let them, these horses can help us understand horse and human behavior. Like humans, horses can carry some heavy emotional and physical pain “baggage” from their pasts. As horse handlers, we may or may not get to know about that past pain. The burden of this past-trauma (real or imagined) has a tendency to surface unexpectedly and may spiral out of control quickly. The best we can do is help the horse feel safe, try to comfort him as best we can and direct his energy in a more positive direction--in the hopes that his mind will calm and he'll be able to think his way back to some sense of normalcy. At a recent clinic, I met a horse who reminded me what it's like to feel out of control – and he taught me what can be done to create a place of calmness where learning can occur. It started like any other clinic, with about 15 horses and their handlers meandering into the large arena, each equipped only with halter and lead. As usual, most of the horses were looking around, assessing the situation showing mild to moderate interest in the other horses, but hanging tight with their human. Some horses gave the distinct impression that they were thinking, as they looked my way, sizing me up (all 5'4” of me, mic'd up, talking 100 words a minute, pacing a rut in the middle of the pen). “Uh oh, looks like we're at another horsemanship clinic; do nothing to draw attention to myself, conserve all energy, because I think I might be here all day!” Other horses were too busy looking at all the unknown horses and cycling through a range of emotions from excitement, to flirtatious, to intimidating, to cocky and strutting like a peacock. Some horses had the appearance of a well-heeled dog – keeping one keen eye on their handler so as not to miss any cues or expectations. At the same time, these horses took in as much information as possible from the other horses and the unfamiliar environment. A few of the older, seasoned horses stood quietly, half asleep and giving the occasional stink eye to the 'uncivilized' horses. But one horse was very distressed. He was a mess: pawing, stomping and head butting his handler, screaming at the top of his lungs, tossing his nose in the air and hurling himself to the right and then to the left, bouncing off the end of the lead when he hit it. The handler was doing an admirable job of hanging onto the end of the lead with a few strides of dirt skiing here and there. Looking at the horse's face as he called out, I could see deep lines of fear-sweat around the eyes--in spite of the cool morning temps in the mountain air. The whites of his eyes were visible much of the time and occasionally his eyes gave the appearance of rolling back in its head. This horse was desperately trying to send a message. “I do not want to be here. In fact, I would rather be ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH than here or with you!” As I got the rest of the horses and handlers moving about the arena in an orderly fashion, I asked the woman with the troubled horse to tell me about him. “I have no idea what's wrong with him! He's not normally like this at home,” she cringed in embarrassment, like a mother whose kid just threw a wall-eyed fit in a restaurant. “How many times have you taken him to a strange place to ride him?” “Well never, really,” she started. “You see, I've only had him ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2016



safe and find some peace. But there was good in this horse, he didn't need to be ignored or shunned. This horse needed to be understood. He needed kindness, patience and a release of pressure. The Horse-Human Connection Horses and humans can both feel this sense of “out of control.” I've learned from personal experience that when people are in turmoil – mentally or emotionally, they are in a very lonely and desperate place and what they need most in that moment is kindness, patience and a release of pressure. I understood this next concept with horses long before I came to understand people are the same way – when they are struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or any number of mental health issues. It's far easier to cross the street to get away from that angry/frustrated/volatile being than it is to look him in the eye and ask sincerely how you can help. Because horses and humans share this common emotional connection, it comes as no surprise that horses can help humans who are struggling with mental health issues of any kind. Horses are especially good at helping those who feel stress and fear. No human is more empathic than a horse when it comes to understanding your fears and no human is more honest in reacting to your own emotions than a horse. That's why the therapeutic value of horses is so high. Horses have survived in our society for thousands of years – long after their usefulness in “paving civilization,” they have adapted and survived and made themselves valuable to us in so many different ways – from sport to entertainment to therapy. Today, perhaps one of the greatest gifts we get from horses is the mental health benefit that we – all riders and handlers get. Whether an autistic child, a wounded warrior, an abused spouse, a person with a physical handicap, or a person struggling to control their emotions, there is help with horses. They understand. Horses make me a better person – they teach me patience, emotional control, clear communication skills. And they make me look within myself a lot – even when it is not comfortable to do so. Horses have a unique way of giving us exactly what we need in the moment to find our place, to quiet our minds, to rise to a challenge and to be a better person. Just like the horse in my clinic, horses are beautiful teachers. They are survivors; and if we pay close attention and understand what they need, they can help us all to survive in this often-crazy world. Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library – part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy (http://signin.juliegoodnight.com) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and MP3s! For more thoughts from Julie, watch her Horse Master TV show each Monday night on RFD-TV (at 2 and 10 pm ET on RFD-TV!) or catch the show online anytime at TV.Julie Goodnight.com and please subscribe to the free Youtube channel at http://youtube.com/ juliegoodnight and find her on Instagram. Check out her full list of clinics and appearances at: JulieGoodnight.com/ calendar Julie Goodnight is proud to recommend Myler Bits, Nutramax Laboratories, Circle Y Saddles, Redmond Equine, Spalding Fly Predators, Troxel Helmets, Bucas Blankets and Millcreek Manure Spreaders. Goodnight is the spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association. ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2016

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and place a second cone (approximately 6'). This is your first quarter of the circle. Continue with the other three quarters of the circle. Finally, make sure your quarter lines up with the quarter on the opposing side of the circle.

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How to Put Your Horse in Balance through Proper Bending – Part 2 In our last Palm Partnership Training Tips, “How to Put Your Horse in Balance Through Proper Bending – Part 1”, I described what a correct bend of your horse's body is, and the aids sequence used to ask your horse to bend correctly. Hopefully this has helped explain how essential accurate bending is to your horse's balance, and you have been able to ride with more control and enjoyment!

The goal of this exercise is to ride the curve of the circle consistently while maintaining the proper bend as described above. Keep your horse on the track of the circle. You must keep looking ahead and staying directly in the middle of each pair of cones. Let's begin to the right at the walk to first get the feel of what you are asking for from your horse. At the walk, you have time to feel what you are doing, but make sure your horse stays forward at this gait. I suggest working at an extended walk, which always helps controlling your horse's body position. Also, let the cones be a great guideline to keep your eyes looking ahead to the next quarter of the circle. You will learn to feel more clearly how you are executing your aids and how your horse is responding to them.

In this article, I will review the key points, continued by an exercise to help train your horse to bend correctly! You will find that I am reviewing a lot from Part 1; however, controlling your horse's balance is a very important step in your riding skills. With your horse's performance, it is crucial that he is balanced in selfcarriage while riding on a curve at any gait. This training will help improve problems you may encounter controlling your horse on any curve or turn.

Using Your Aids Use your active, inside aids to bend the body. The right leg behind the girth will curve the body slightly in a right bend, while the open rein will flex the head inward. If your horse wants to move or turn inward with the open rein, then use an indirect or neck rein to ask the horse to flex the head inward, just enough so you see the right eye. The indirect rein against the neck of your horse will naturally encourage him to yield to the pressure and move outward with the assistance of your right leg aid. If you pull back with your rein instead of the rein action moving sideways, you will feel tension in your inside rein. Because of this, there will not be a bend of the neck; thus, your horse will resist and not stay on the center track.

Review of Bending When a horse has a proper bend in his body, his entire body is bent from the poll to the dock, not just the head and neck. When a horse is balanced, he will have this proper bend and will be relaxed, easier to steer, and will maintain the same speed. Therefore, the relationship between bending and balance is: No bend = No balance Bend=Balance Bending Aids Sequence First, the active aids are used to achieve the correct bend and balance. The inside leg is used to bend the horse's body; while an inside open or INDIRECT (neck rein) is used to flex the horse's head in the direction of travel.

Using your active aids will be followed by using your outside aids to support the bend. Your left leg will be slightly further back than your right, to keep the hips slightly inward and create a bend from the withers to the tail, and your left rein will prevent the shoulders from going out or the head from turning too much to the inside.

Secondly, the supporting aids are applied. The outside leg keeps the horse's hips from swinging out, and the outside rein against the neck (INDIRECT OR NECK REIN) keeps the shoulder from going out. This indirect rein prevents the head from flexing too far inward and also keeps the neck from bending.

Once the correct bend and balance is achieved at the walk, move to the trot. If your horse is wiggly on the circle, go to the trot and then back to the walk. Control the bend through the upward or downward transitions. If you can stay on the middle track of this exercise, you are controlling the correct bend at all times! Your horse will be easy to steer, will be relaxed, and will be able to maintain a consistent speed through this exercise. When you are ready to change directions to the left, the same aids sequence will apply to the left. The inside (left) leg and rein aid are the bending aids, and the outside (right) leg and rein aids support the bend.

Remember, as you are bending your horse, you have to ask him to turn! Your outside, supporting aids are always your TURNING aids as your horse moves away from the pressure of your outside leg and rein aid. Don't forget to support your horse's bend with your inside leg and rein as you turn with your outside aids. This is how you will achieve correct riding on a curve. Your horse will respond with lightness and smoothness while turning and he will be more willing to turn because he is balanced.

To change directions, change through the middle of any quarter of the circle, and change to the opposite side of the circle. If you make sure you have time to get your horse straight and stay close to the center cone of the circle, your change of direction will be balanced! Continue this exercise to the left.

Exercise #1 This first exercise is an excellent one to practice on your own at home. You will need eight pairs of cones to use as a visual for a circle. The cones in each pair should be set 6' apart, with one cone placed in the middle of the circle. The diameter of the circle should be 70' maximum. Here's any easy tip to measure the circle without a tape measure:

Helpful Hint Remember not to do more than three circles in each direction because your horse can become bored with drilling circle work. After you complete two sets of circles in each direction, go practice something else and then return to the exercise, or leave it alone for the day's training if you were pleased with the perfor-

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mance. This particular exercise is very good to do 3 or 4 times a week until you condition your horse to be strong with his bending and balance in each direction. Don't forget that all horses have an easy side and a hard side. Work more on the hard side to get them as equal as possible. By suppling and strengthening muscle, you will achieve evenness and a strong balance for your horse! Key Point from these Exercises Remember that to achieve a proper bend and balance from your horse in figures like these on a curve, both legs and both hands must be active every stride! Your horse will truly love these consistent guidelines to stay balanced! Have fun! Additional Assistance If you would like more step by step guidance for achieving a proper bend you will really enjoy Palm Partnership Training's “How to put Your Horse in Proper Balance Through Bending” Parts I and II. http://shop.lynnpalm.com/catalog/ product_info.php/cPath/33/ products_id/135 http://shop.lynnpalm.com/catalog/ product_info.php/cPath/33/ products_id/136 “Keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle.” ~ Henry Taylor

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Horse Association & Club News BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. September, at least for a good part of the month, brought some delightful weather and the trails at the Brighton Recreation Area welcomed many riders. Some of the days have been a bit cooler and the bugs haven't been so aggressive. As usual, comments on the sign-in sheets at our welcome station in the staging area have all been positive. The annual BTRA Poker Ride was the big event in September. The original plan included the ride starting off Saturday morning on the 17th, followed by the “poker game.” Then, the lunch was scheduled for 1:00 pm. Burgers and dogs from the grill have been the traditional offering, but this year we decided to go with party subs, with participants bringing side dishes. What Saturday actually brought was rain, beginning early in the morning and extending into the afternoon. We're not talking rain showers, but major downpours, and the ride itself had to be cancelled. Some people did show up – even a few riders – but it was clear that no poker was to be played that day. Some more folks showed up for lunch and we did get to enjoy the subs, and a variety of desserts and side dishes. The pavilion that we constructed several years ago was our salvation once again. The event organizers decided to hold the ride to the next day, when the weather forecast called for blue skies and not one drop of rain. Fortunately, that forecast was accurate and the Poker Ride was held. We had a good turnout, participants collected their “goodies” on the trails, turned them in for cards and played their hands after returning to the staging area, and the rest of the day went very well. This year the camping portion of the event was revived, and a good number of sites in the equestrian campground were occupied. Those folks were able to get in some enjoyable rides in the afternoon after the rain cleared out on Saturday, socialized around campfires that night, and stayed around until Sunday for the postponed ride. The last big outdoor event of the season is scheduled for early October and this year it's the Brighton to Pinckney Ride. On alternate years it's the Pinckney to Brighton Ride. We partner with our friends and neighbors, the Pinckney Trail Riders so we should have a good turnout. Participants start off at the

Brighton staging area and ride the trails and some stretches of rural roads to the Pinckney staging area, and it's fortunate that our two recreation areas are so close to each other. Since Mother Nature threw us a curve ball for the Poker Ride, let's hope she redeems herself and gives us good weather for this event. BTRA collaboration with the DNR management at Brighton has continued, and another meeting recently took place that was especially productive. We re-established some priorities and when it looks like we can get to work on them, we'll let everyone know. In the meantime, we can still enjoy glorious weather and soon the leaves in the woods will be taking on color. So, be sure to visit us at the Brighton Recreation Area. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION Endurance riders hit the trail. The world's fastest growing equine sport, endurance riding, combines the appreciation for nature of a trail ride with the athleticism of endurance sports. Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, riders will be hauling their trailers from miles around to converge at Silver Creek Park in Hamilton, Michigan for the Oak Leaf Run Ride. Riders will choose distances of 25, 30 or 50 miles. The ride also offers a 15-mile Introductory and Novice ride with a pre-ride clinic. New riders are welcome to join us to experience what an AERC ride is like and if their equine can do that mileage at a comfortable pace. The night before the ride, the horses will be examined by a ride veterinarian and there are mandatory checks during the ride and within 30 minutes after the finish. In this sport, the emphasis is on the horse; not the rider or the equipment used. Safety and the welfare of the horse is our primary concern at all events. Conditioning and proper nutrition are key ingredients in preparing the horse for distance riding. The public is invited to come out to cheer on the riders and their horses. Volunteer positions are also open, for those interested in finding out more about endurance riding, a turn as a veterinarian's assistant or timer is a great way to learn about the sport.



The Oak Leaf Run Ride is sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), the national governing body for endurance riding. Established in 1972, the nonprofit association has over 5,000 members across the U.S. and Canada. Members can choose their level of competitiveness – while many riders choose to shoot for steady pacing, others are highly competitive and may aim for competing internationally in this growing sport. AERC has awards programs based on mileage achievements for horses and riders as well as an annual award program, with honors given out at their national convention. All breeds of horses are welcome in the sport, and riders range in age from juniors through 80-something endurance enthusiasts. If you enjoy trail riding and are interested in learning more about the well-being and fitness of your horse, we think this sport is for you. For information about the Oak Leaf Run Ride, contact ride manager B Kurti at (616) 8966798 or visit Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (GLDRA) online at www. gldrami.org. Information about AERC, visit www.aerc.org, or phone 866-271-2372 for a free information packet. The GLDRA ride season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Brighton, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today online at www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION The Hungerford Trail Riders Association Year End Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22nd at 1pm at Norwich Township Hall, 7213 North Cypress Road, Big Rapids, MI. The HTRA membership continues to grow and we want to celebrate your trail experience with you. The next time you trail ride or camp at Hungerford with your family and friends, post pictures on our FB page or email us hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com so we can capture them in our newsletters. Remember, Hungerford Campground Season closes October 15th. This means that the group campground, main campground, and the out bathrooms at the day use areas will be closed. Day Use Parking at both areas will remain accessible; but the WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS, cont. bathrooms will be closed. Please note that Trail #15 has very muddy spots throughout the trail. We recommend that you avoid that trail until further notice. USFS is working on repairing the trail, and trail riding may be hazardous due to the deep mud. The Trail Derby Competition is ending Oct. 15th. Members are asked to log their trail miles at Hungerford each month to become eligible for prizes at the end of the season. The Derby log sheet can be downloaded from the HTRA website or request a form by emailing hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com. Grab a friend and continue racking up the miles until the deadline!! We would also like non-members to share their trail miles with us by completing the Derby Log Sheet. HTRA members would like to take a moment and send condolences to the Johnson Family. Lawrence 'Larry' Johnson was an Association member who passed away following his battle with cancer on Thursday, September 1, 2016. An excerpt from his obituary reads, "He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home, and now rests with his Lord and Savior. Larry had a passion for riding horses and raising longhorn cattle. Larry was a cowboy, but truer yet, he was a gentleman rancher at his beloved Cow Camp." One of Larry's request for expressions of sympathy was that memorial contributions to be made to Hungerford Trail Riders Association. We thank you Larry, and you will be missed!! Please visit the HTRA website at: www. hungerfordtrailriders.org to view association information or send an email to: hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com if you have questions; or 'like' our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association'. Happy Trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOC. IHTA board members met on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (always the second Tuesday at the Park Office 6:30 pm). Among other business

conducted your current officers agreed to continue on in their respective positions. We will have a work bee at 3 pm on Wednesday 9/21 to address the wash out on the cart trail. Our park has obtained some aggregate to hopefully provide a more long term fix. We are planning another work bee, hopefully before the Chili Cook Off, for a wash out that just won't go away out between #9 and the Overlook. There are lots of activities being planned for Harvest Fest weekend, September. 23-25. The campground is full up, so we expect a lot of participation! Our Chili Cook Off weekend, October 7-9, will also happen before our next board meeting and minutes publication, so don't forget to put it on your calendar and come on out with your best chili - your best chili tasting skills or both! There will be horse events starting at 10 am Saturday, October 7-9 !! Come on out and see the largest equestrian only campground in a Michigan State Park. We have 47 sites and 15 miles of varied terrain. We have some rocky areas, so unless your steed is tough footed, it's best to come shod or with boots for your most enjoyable ride. Our trails are laid out in a way that makes it easy to vary your route and garner more than 15 miles worth of variety. Check us out soon! Kristie Walls, IHTA President

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION KTRA and PLTRA held their combined Circle Ride on Sunday, September 25. Both KTRA and PLTRA held camp-outs the weekend of September 23-25. We would like to thank all the riders who came out this year for the ride and displayed incredible generosity to the Michigan Hay Bank. This year as the weather gets colder and resources start to dry up, consider making an independent taxdeductible contribution to help a fellow rider in need at http://www.michiganhorse welfare.org/hay-bank OCTOBER TBD: KTRA is in the process of putting together a FUN event for all ages in October. Details to follow on our website and on our Facebook page. Last year's Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt was a great success. You're not going to want to miss this year's adventure!



KTRA is still looking for new members. As a member you will be able to participate in KTRA events at a discount and, as a member, you will be able to ride in the July 4 and Holiday Parade in Milford with a great group of people! Coming up December 2 to 4 is the Novi Equestrian Expo located at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. This year, KTRA will have a booth and we are looking for volunteers. If you would like to participate, please contact Deanna dshagency @aol.com or at 248-895-3142. One of this year's featured performers is Ken McNabb. You won't want to miss this great show and volunteering is a good way to help out! If you are interested in participating in the Milford Holiday Parade (you must be a KTRA member in good standing), visit our website or Facebook page where details will be posted shortly. Please also contact Deanna at dshagency@aol.com or 248-895-3142. If you prefer not to ride, we are also looking for volunteers to help! Our next KTRA "open" meeting will be November 14th at Baker's Restaurant in Milford from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Bring your ideas, suggestions and meet old and new trail riding friends. Remember, as winter approaches, you want to make sure your horse is in good shape and weight to withstand the rigors of the season. A little extra weight helps. Make sure to check your blankets, shelters, hay supplies, water tanks, fencing and other horse related items to make sure they are in good repair now because who wants to be out there in January doing more chores than we have to! While you are out riding the trails, remember you can report a trail problem on our website: www.kensingtontrailriders.org We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Thank you for supporting Kensington Trail Riders Association and Kensington Metro Park. ~ Happy Trails!

MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION A Pre-Event meeting was held September 8th. Jennie P., Mary N., the new director of Maybury, Traci Sincock and Sara Zalewski the Ranger that works directly with the Trail Riders were in attendance. Lisa Z. provided WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News MAYBURY STATE PARK, cont. a financial statement via email. The Park will provide a grate and firewood for the event. We will supply the rest of the goodies! The history of the Trail Riders group and how we fit in the park was discussed. FYI - The Maybury Trail Riders was started in 1997 by a group of concerned horse persons that believed an organization to work with the Park in the maintenance and protection of the equine trails in Maybury State Park was needed. Did you know that Maybury was Wayne Countys' first ever State Park? Yes! In 1975. Before that from 1919 ‘til 1969 it was a Tuberculosis Facility where people could come and recover from what was also called consumption. It was a beautiful and interesting place to ride back in the early 70’s. Remember, there is NO hunting in Maybury State Park. Please come join us to see the new improvements along with the already wonderful and well maintained miles of trails of your Maybury State Park. Located in Northville, Southeast Michigan. Staging area is at: 20145 Beck Rd. just South of 8 Mile Rd. Recreational Passport is necessary. Like and follow us on Facebook at: “Maybury Park Trail Riders Association” or visit us online at: www.mayburytrailriders.org

MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING The month of September has been a quiet one for the Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering riders. I hope that our members have found time to enjoy riding the trails in the cooler weather and are looking forward to the last two rides coming up in October. The first weekend in October we will be enjoying the trails at Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, Michigan. This is a great ride where the colors usually reflect on the lake. Even though it looks like the colors will be later, I am sure it will still be a gorgeous ride. The last ride of the year will be at Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan on October 22nd and 23rd. No reservations necessary and each picket pole is $15. Please call or email Mary Greiner 734-426-6144 (home), email: hockeypuckmg@gmail.com for more information. This is a beautiful park to ride with no hunting allowed.

If you would like to learn more about competitive mounted orienteering please visit nacmo.org or feel free to inquire on our micmo Facebook page. We love to share experiences, answer questions and provide information to people who might be interested in this amazing sport. If you love to spend time on the trails but like to have a mission while you are out there then mounted orienteering might be the sport for you. The bonus is when you get off the trail on Saturday you can enjoy the group potluck, awards and shared stories of the trails. This is a very friendly group of people and the whole group is very family oriented. If this summer slipped by without joining us for a ride then be sure to pencil us in for next summer. We will be posting our schedule in Saddle Up! Calendar of Events, at nacmo.org and on our Facebook page. New members are always welcome. Happy Trails! ~ Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOC. As you read this now, the MFTHBA/ MTRA//MFTA National Trail Ride is underway in the awesomely beautiful northern country of upper Michigan. A number of MFTs carrying their riders are making their way from Goose Creek to Cadillac, MI October 1-9. They are camping, rig-jumping, sharing campfire food and saddle-sore stories, songs around the camp fire, river crossings, hills, seeing breathtaking views of lakes and rivers, enjoying woods ablaze with color and the feeling of accomplishment when they reach the end of their 200plus mile excursion on their comfortable foxtrotting steeds. Those MFTHBA members who participate in the Fox Trot America program logging their miles will earn a point toward a buckle, saddlebags or jacket. Go to mfthba.com to learn more. It's a really good program. The documented miles stay with the horse thru it's lifetime. The documentation can be transferred from owner to owner as long as they are members of the MFTHBA. The new owner has actual proof that the horse completed those miles rather than having to listen to hearsay. The 58th annual MFTHBA World Celebration show was held September 5-10 in Ava, MO with the awarding of many World Grand Championships. Hopefully someday one of



our members will show in that show. The MFTHBA 2016 officer election has concluded. Ballots were due for tallying Sept. 24th. Hopefully you got yours mailed in to be counted. Will our association have a booth and a member demo their MFT at the Novi Equestrian Expo, December 2-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace this year? We will have discussed and voted on this at the September 24th MFTA meeting. We will hold you in suspense until the next edition of the Saddle Up Magazine is published! Kathy Kruch has been working on getting our website back up and running. It will be functional again soon. Our Facebook page is active, so check there for more recent updates on what is happening in the Fox Trotting world. Many of you have been trail riding, participating in obstacle clinics, camping and traveling to other states with your horses this summer. Each of your Fox Trotters are shining ambassadors of this breed. Keep up the good work of showing people how versatile they are! Our next meeting will be held in October at Wheel Inn Restaurant in St. Johns, MI. All are welcome to come. New memberships will be collected. The only requirement is that you must love Fox Trotters! By Marilyn Mannino, MFTA Secretary

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION Our final OREA event is the Fall EXTRAvaganza, October 8 - this year featuring a photo shoot, as well as a horseshoe hunt. Riders wishing to participate in the photo shoot must indicate interest in advance by visiting hadleyhills.com. Go to the contact page and send us a message with the words 'Photo Shoot' in the subject line along with your name. Just $25 for a digital file of your photos and the horseshoe hunt ride, followed by prizes and a potluck. If you wish to participate in the horseshoe hunt only, registration is $10. Event starts at 10 a.m. Visit our website for more details on the above ride, the park and the organization. OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed directly from the website or requested by WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News thank several important individuals and groups of incredible people. First, we give a mail. Happy Trails! huge shout out to our incredible members Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President and the horse trail users of the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. The PLHA works hard to PINCKNEY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. improve and promote the horse related opportunities and trails at the park because Who shops on Amazon? You can now of YOU and your equine friends. Thank You choose Pinckney Trail Riders Association as for your endless support to the PLHA! Next the charitable organization your purchases we recognize Rich Sulla who tirelessly mainwill support when you shop at AmazonSmile tains the trails to keep them safe for us to http://smile.amazon.com/. We will receive use and continuously listens to your sugges0.5% of your purchase price quarterly; it's a tions, reports of trees down or trail issues great way to give back. Just remember to and attempts to carry out special requests always shop from www.smile.amazon.com like directional markers when possible. instead of the regular amazon site to make Thank you Rich for all that you do! Also let's your shopping count! hand out a great big thank you to the PLHA PTRA 2016 Schedule of Events event team! Ms. Susie coordinates those The Brighton to Pinckney Ride, Saturday, incredible weekend events and reservations October 8, 10:00 am. Rain Date October 9, and the PLHA board Sally, LeAnne, Mary, Brighton Rec. Staging Area, Brighton, MI Caryn, Rich and Gina continuously and gracThe PTRA/BTRA Annual Christmas Party iously entertain the crowds with smiles, Saturday, December 10, 6:00 pm, Cleary's Euchre games and appear to make the Pub, Howell, MI events seem effortless. We appreciate you all for your incredible dedication and deterPlease visit us on Facebook for up-to-date mination, love and incredible sense of fun to information and to RSVP for all of our events. all things horse related at the PLRA. PLRA Supervisor Bissett and his MDNR PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN'S crew have made several improvements to ASSOCIATION the rustic Horseman's campground recently The Pontiac Lake Horseman's Association like adding gravel, grading and leveling the board of directors would like to shout out a road to and throughout the campground. GREAT BIG “THANK YOU” to all the increThey also hand built and installed a new dible people who participated in our Tour the kiosk in the staging area and have informed Trails weekend fund-raiser! us of their commitment to continue improvements to the equestrian facilities. ApparWe enthusiastically celebrated another ently our park supervisor recently received incredibly successful weekend with a full some random designated equestrian campground despite Mother Nature's improvement grant money and purchased a pockets of heavy rain throughout the first lot of gravel to improve the shelter floor and half of Saturday. Campers eagerly arrived the campground road access. We’re thrilled early on a beautiful sun filled Friday afterwith the improvements and are super noon and the big bright September harvest excited to have such a great MDNR team to full moon ride on the trails was spectacular! work with. The Saturday morning deluge deterred a few riders from hitting the trail early, but not all. We would also like to say Thank You to Scott Two brave hearted all weather women hit Ruggles and the staff at the Ruggles Family the trail early and rode the entire Westside Farm and Market located on White Lake trails during the storm! They made it back, a Road for the generous donations of pumplittle wet, but with great big smiles! The kins and corn stalks that were used to create skies cleared and all were back on the trails the gorgeous Harvest festival atmosphere at eventually and we had amazing participation the park over the weekend! The Ruggles are in the poker ride fund-raiser. Campers conbig supporters of the PLHA and the White firmed their reservations for 2017 and as Lake community horseback riders. always you can reach out to our Event boss Once again A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the Susie to get on the waiting list. PLHA board, it's amazing membership and We would like to take this opportunity to the MDNR for helping to create a successful ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2016 (47)

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and beautiful park to ride horses in. Have a safe and fun filled fall riding season. Happy Trails!

PROUD LK. TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello Everyone - HAPPY FALL! We would like to thank everyone that has come out and ridden in our events this season. We are always thinking up new rides that we think everyone will enjoy. If you have any suggestions for future events, please let us know. I want to remind everyone that hunting season is upon us, so please be safe and wear brightly colored clothes as there is hunting in Proud Lake. Be sure to check out our beautiful colors and trails this fall. We are in the midst of planning our annual winter banquet. Look for details soon. Our banquet always draws a large crowd, usually 100 plus...it is a great way to get out and see your riding buddies. If you would like to be a part of our email list, you can get all of the latest details about our events by contacting Nancy Efrusy at Efrusy @yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to add you. The most exciting news of all is the addition of our new pavilion in the staging area. Please come by and check it out. We hope to see everyone soon and enjoy the beautiful weather on the trails!

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Thanks to all who attended SHTRA's Labor Day weekend festivities. The staging area was packed for several days with campers and day riders who came to enjoy the SHTRA events. Pat Brown and I planned several poker runs, a potluck, hotdog roasts and making rootbeer floats. Thanks to Pat for planting the clues for the Flag Poker Run and The Sneaky Snake Poker Run. Lynn Maynard won the Flag Run and Anna Sedlacek won the Sneeky Snake with a straight. Bud and Maureen McLean donated a grill and added a griddle for SHTRA. Thank you so much. It made grilling so much easier for serving a crowd. Our clothing items were on sale and we thank those who bought apparel. We had the pavilion decorated with patriotic banners and table decorations. It really looked festive. Don Brown cut us several loads of firewood and it was appreciated. September 25th, Sunday was the annual WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News SLEEPY HOLLOW, cont. Kris Kulhanic Memorial Judged Trail Ride which was hosted by The Rangers 4-H Club. This well-attended event is fun, challenging and the cash pots grow every year. October 14th-16th will be our Spooky Halloween weekend. With a full moon, plan for a glow stick ride. Come and decorate your campsite, costume yourself and your horse. Prizes by SleezyBarb Horsewear for these three contests. A Chili Cook-Off on Saturday afternoon will be a part of the fun. We'll have a Saturday and a Sunday Poker Run. For info call 989-661-2541. Visit our Facebook page or website at shtra.org to stay tuned to our activities . Equestrian camping - ANYTIME - at the SHSP rental cabins - Don't forget that BOTH RENTAL CABINS HAVE EQUESTRIAN pickett poles and connect to the trail network. If you don't have an LQ trailer, or traveling on US -27, or have family members who want to “camp with a roof overhead” check out the possibility of renting one of these scenic cabins. Online reservations are made on the DNR website or call 1-800-44PARKS. New pictures of the knotty pine interiors will be on our website soon. Wear Orange, Ride Safe. ~ Marsha Putnam

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN The Year End Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 1-4 PM at the Pine River Country Club in Alma, MI. Details on the cost of the luncheon will be forth coming. We hope you are able to join us as we celebrate our 2016 Year End Award winners. If you are submitting scores for Year End Awards, please review the Award Guidelines. The Guidelines are available on our website, www.wdami.org. All scores must be sent in snail mail and postmarked no later than November 15, 2016. The address for the score submission can be found in the Award Guidelines. The Fall is a great time to get out and ride and enjoy the beautiful cool weather and fascinating leaf colors. Winter will be here before we know it!!

chance to catch up on things around the farm. Some of you are still showing and getting ready for the World Championship Appaloosa Show. Year end points (first draft) have been posted on the WMAR Facebook page in case anyone wants to see where they are standing. Banquet will be sneaking up on us before you know it. If you have any ideas for awards, our Facebook page would be a good place to post them. Speaking of points, our Michigan shows once again proved to be some of the biggest around. Some of our games classes had more entries than the Nationals! It was great to also see so many exhibitors in our leadline classes. It's nice to see so many future exhibitors! Many of you have been sharing lots of photos on our WMAR Facebook page this summer. If you've got some pictures that haven't been posted yet, please take a minute to put them up to share with the rest of us. We would love to see them. If you would like to come and join us at our monthly meetings, our next one will be October 8, 2016 at the MSU Pavilion in Room A at approximately noon. To keep up with the latest, check out our website at www.wmarapp.org or visit our Facebook page, WMAR. 'til next month, Sharon Clark


Saturday, September 10, 2016. About 35 members braved the cold and rain to attend the Annual Pig Roast Saturday. Grand Rapids Machine Repair donated The Hog Roast, it was delicious. Colleen Byrd was the winner of the 50/50 drawing and became a new member to YSTRA. Thanks to the members who donated Silent Auction items, that was a big hit this year. Some items were hand crafted by members and donated to the auction. Ron Walker gave a Presidents address after lunch. Ron highlighted the club's achievements for this year. YSTRA's new Memorandum of Understanding with the DNR, this formal contract WESTERN MI APPALOOSA REG. is our commitment to work with the DNR to The weather is finally cooling off, foals are maintain and improve the Yankee Springs getting weaned and we are finally having a Horse Camp. The new benches and kiosk all ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2016 (48)

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wound. After rinsing and allowing the area to dry, a sterile pad can be applied to the area and fastened in place. It is not necessary to apply antibiotic ointment if the area has been cleaned and bandaged. If the wound is in a location that cannot be bandaged, an ointment or spray will help protect it. Because our equine friends tend to be accident-prone, due to their large size and reactive nature, observation and immediate care of wounds is imperative. Keep your first-aid box well supplied and your veterinarian's phone number at the top of your favorite's list. Like the Boy Scout motto says: “Be prepared!” THE WAY OF HORSES, By Eleanor Blazer. Copyright @ 2016. Take the online course “Horse Health and Disease” taught by Dr. Jack Sales. Earn certification or work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies. Go to www.horsecoursesonline.com for more information.

Equine Wound Care Horse owners joke about wrapping horses in “bubble-wrap” to protect them from injury. Unfortunately we can't, so we have to deal with the resulting wounds when our beloved steeds do damage to themselves. Before slathering, spraying and daubing on the many wound treatments available, several steps must be taken. The first step is to recognize there is a problem. Knowing what is normal for each horse and frequent observation are keys to keeping horses healthy. The sooner the wound is found, the better chance it has of healing without complications. The next step is assessing the wound. To perform this step the horse must be restrained and the wound examined. Care must be taken that you don't get hurt while inspecting the injured horse. During the assessment period the wound may need to be cleaned to aid inspection. Hosing the area with cool water works best for this, but do not hit the wound directly with a high-pressure stream of water. High pressure could drive dirt or other foreign material deeper into the wound, and it will be painful to the horse. Direct the water above the wound and let it run downward, over the wound. Anything embedded which cannot be rinsed away with the water should be left for your veterinarian to remove. There are basically two types of wounds: superficial wounds and deep lacerations. Superficial wounds are abrasions which may be as minor as hair loss, to a laceration that penetrates the first few layers of skin resulting in the appearance of blood and serum. Some lacerations may require a veterinarian to suture the area. Suturing should be done within six hours of the injury occurrence. Deep lacerations penetrate through the skin, the fat and into the underlying structures, and could involve muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone. A veterinarian must be contacted, the horse kept quiet and the wound stabilized until the vet arrives. The horse's tetanus immunization status will need to be reviewed. After assessing the wound and contacting the veterinarian if needed, any bleeding must be controlled. Light bleeding from a superficial wound can be stopped by applying pressure with a clean lint-free material or gauze pad for three to five minutes. If blood vessels are involved the bleeding can be stopped by applying pressure for five minutes. If the bleeding resumes when pressure is removed, apply pressure for another five minutes with new material to soak up the blood. Bleeding that continues and quickly soaks the material may be a damaged artery. Pressure must be kept on the wound until the veterinarian arrives. Do not apply a tourniquet unless the veterinarian advises it and walks you through the steps. Next the treatment phase begins. Follow the veterinarian's instructions on caring for wounds that needed sutured or were deep lacerations. Most superficial abrasions and minor lacerations can be cared for by the horse's care-giver. If the wound has not been cleaned, hose the area with cool water by directing the light stream above the wound, allowing the water to flush out any dirt. A second gentle cleaning with Betadine or hexachlorophene by using lint-free material or a gauze pad will help kill any bacteria that were introduced into the ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2016

DURING AN EMERGENCY REMEMBER TO: Stay Calm - keep a calm demeanor while helping your horse. Call for Help - always keep your veterinarian’s number close. Stay Safe - a horse in pain is unpredictable, be careful. Wash Your Hands - keep the wound area clean, wash your hands and where latex or rubber gloves.

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