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Mason area, this 34 acre farm has a 11 stall horse barn with loft and 7 acres with 4 stall barn and a second pole barn that is heated. Ranch tack room. Hay barn. Ranch home and large pole barn with garage home with Geothermal heat in area close to Highland chain of lakes space and workshop. Property features a pond, outdoor arena, and is adjacent to State Lands. OFFERED AT $329,000. just minutes from Lansing. OFFERED AT $439,000.

REDUCED! LAPEER COUNTY – Updated Historic Victorian Home on 30 acre horse farm. Currently used as a Bed & Breakfast and wedding venue. Stunning home features 5 bedrooms (3 master suites), beautiful woodwork, and is located in the rolling hills of Lapeer. 8 Stall barn with SOUTH LYON HORSE FARM – 20 acre horse farm in South Lyon School District. 28 stall barn that loft, pastures with shelters and pond. Additional land available, has additional room for more stalls or hay storage, an indoor arena including Flint River frontage! REDUCED TO $650,000! (70x170) with observation room and elevated deck, a (40x40) area for lunging or extra hay storage, wash racks, custom tack cabinets VACANT LAND and much more. 3 bedroom home overlooks pond. Easy access to IN WILLIAMSBURG – US-23. Only 13 miles North 5 to 7 acre lots available of Ann Arbor in Northfield bordering Pere Marquette State Township. Fantastic opporForest, only 20 minutes from tunity for your own horse Traverse City. This area hosts business or have your own many horse shows throughout indoor arena and barn! the year. Your opportunity to set up your own private campground! REDUCED TO $649,900! Mature forests of hardwood and pine. STARTING AT $65,000.


We have buyers searching in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Genesee Counties. Please call if you are thinking of listing your property! HORSE FARMS, FARMLAND AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN MICHIGAN Keller Williams Farm and Ranch R E A L T Y

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Coming Soon to Saddle Up! Magazine... JANUARY 2018 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

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All participating associations/organizations receive a 1/2 page black & white ad in our special pull-out section in Saddle Up! Magazine’s January 2018 edition. Utilize your 1/2 page ad for your membership form and/or your show dates for 2018. An additional online 1/2 page black & white ad is complimentary for your association’s bio. Your online presence will be a full page which includes a 1/2 page association bio and a 1/2 page membership form. Each ad will be placed in alphabetical order and will be separated by state (MI and OH).

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

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Saddle Up in the Upper Peninsula! There is something about waking up with a slight chill in the air, pulling on a sweatshirt and enjoying a hot cup of coffee all while being surrounded by brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow. Add the sound of nickering horses, and you have created a perfect fall camping trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. "The Upper Peninsula is seeing a lot of expansion in equestrian trails and campgrounds,” said Janet Holmstrom, Upper Peninsula representative for the DNR's Equestrian Trails Subcommittee. “With the help of the DNR and a number of volunteer riding groups, the equestrian community are working together to create and maintain fantastic riding trails." “The Upper Peninsula offers miles and miles of woods, roads and trails,” said Joan Duncan of Superior Heartland Horse Trails. “The exploration of this beautiful peninsula is open to all. Come on UP!” Here are a few Upper Peninsula locations to explore if you're hoping to make a trip above the Mackinac Bridge this fall: Cedar River North Equestrian State Forest Campground (Menominee County) Nestled among a forest of mixed hardwoods and conifers, this rustic campground is situated along the winding banks of the Big Cedar River. There are six sites available for equestrian camping – five of which have corrals. All the sites have access to vault toilets and potable water from a well-hand pump. To top it off, there is access to 17.5 miles of equestrian trails on the Cedar River Pathway. The trails are maintained with the help of the Bay Area Mounted Search and Rescue. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thunder Valley Equestrian Pathway (Marquette County) This 8.8 mile stacked loop trail travels through one of the few oak forests found in the Upper Peninsula. Traveling along high ridges, this trail provides riders with ample opportunities to enjoy fall vistas. Its large equestrian staging area is located 8 miles south of Marquette off of Miller Road. There is no water access available onsite. Proposals are in place to connect the pathway to the nearby Marquette County Fairgrounds. Bill Nicholls Trail (Ontonagon & Houghton Counties) Stretching from Mass City to Houghton, this 38 mile trail provides excellent recreational opportunities for a variety of activities, including horseback riding. The trail features three train trestles that allow riders to cross 103 feet above the Firesteel River. The crossing provides breath taking views, especially during peak color season. Headquarters Lake Equestrian State Forest Campground (Luce County) Located just 24 miles north of Newberry, this rustic campground has six designated equestrian sites. For those wishing to ride for the day, there is an equestrian staging area. Water is available in the campground via a hand pump. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017


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“To round out riding opportunities in the Upper Peninsula, a number of equestrian-friendly events are being held throughout the year, such as endurance, competitive trail and poker rides, by active and passionate trail groups,” continued Holmstrom. The Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment, commonly known as MI-TRALE, is an alliance of multiple trail and outdoor recreation enthusiasts which actively maintain more than 550 miles of multi-use trails, including the Bill Nicholls Trail, most of which are open to horses. This year a new trail group, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Trail Riders Association, will be hosting its first event called The UP East to West Pony Express Ride. Details are still being finalized. A full list of equestrian camping and riding opportunities are online at To learn more about MI-TRALE or UPMTRA visit or Photo credit: Janet Holmstrom



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Hunt Seat Equitation – Students, Alumni, Faculty Hunt Seat Equitation – 13 & Under Hunt Seat Equitation – 14 – 18 Hunt Seat Equitation – 19 – 34 Hunt Seat Equitation – 35 & Over 15 Minute Break 30. Western Pleasure Sweepstakes – Open 31. Western Pleasure – Students, Alumni, Faculty 32. Western Pleasure – 13 & Under 33. Western Pleasure – 14 – 18 34. Western Pleasure – 19 – 34 35. Western Pleasure – 35 & Over 36. Western Horsemanship – Students, Alumni, Faculty 37. Western Horsemanship – 13 & Under 38. Western Horsemanship – 14 – 18 39. Western Horsemanship – 19 – 34 40. Western Horsemanship – 35 & Over 15 Minute Break (Gymkhana equipment set-up) 41. Trail – Open (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) 41a. In-Hand Trail (Trail judged by MSU Horse Judging Team) 42. Barrels – Sweepstakes 43. Barrels – Open** 44. Keyhole – Open 45. Pole Bending – Open 46. Speed and Action – Open

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AMHA NATIONAL EVENT ON OCTOBER 28, 2017 The American Morgan Horse Association announces a nationwide promotional event, "The Day of the Morgan". On Saturday, October 28th, 100 Morgan horse farms, barns and training stables will open their doors to the public in an effort to introduce as many people as possible to the wonderful breed in an up close and personal way. Times and locations are easily accessible on this interactive map by clicking each "pin", which reveals each individual farm's name, address, contact information and hours they will be open for the event. a4b902100ee777917d05aa1c3caca Riding and driving demonstrations will be on the agenda at many of the Open Barns. Others will offer carriage rides, and some may even have short test rides available. Most of all, it will be an opportunity to meet and learn about Morgan horses. More information is available by contacting the American Morgan Horse Association: Event Coordinator: Sandy Sessink at 248207-4956, or Executive Director: Carrie Mortensen at 802-985-4944.

VETERINARIAN & VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ANNUAL TRAINING Last year, Public Acts 47 and 49 came into Michigan law, requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. Under these Acts, veterinarians must complete 45 hours of continuing medical education every 3 years, while licensed veterinary technicians will have a 15-hour requirement per threeyear period. While the enforcement date may not be until 2020, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center has decided to be proactive. In accordance with the College’s Strategic Plan and in an effort to improve veterinary medical care throughout Michigan, the Hospital launched a CME program. The program offers inperson, webinar-style, and recorded lectures and labs to its referring veterinarians at no cost. “We’ve hosted one session so far, and once we have a bit of a library built up, we’ll be making the recordings available through our veterinarian’s portal,” says Dr. Chris Gray, director for the Hospital. “This is an important project for us because we’re able to share our specialty knowledge with veterinarians and veterinary techs that cater to many different communities and species.” Currently, CME is largely unregulated, and it is up to participants to keep track of their earned credit hours. The Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine is working to determine future regulations and how CME should be defined in the future. CONTINUING A TRADITION The MSU Veterinary Medical Center is known for taking an interest in improving veterinary medical care educational resources for veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians in local communities. “Our mission is to improve animal health, and we can’t do that if we just stay on campus,” says Gray. “It’s our responsibility to support our partners in the field. The strongest way for us to do that is to pass along our



skills, techniques, and knowledge.” Each year, the Hospital is a sponsor of the Michigan Veterinary Conference, a statewide event that offers a wide range of lectures, labs, and workshops to veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and their support staff. The Hospital also hosts its own wet labs throughout the year and sponsors the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association’s Small Animal Seminar Series (SASS). For more information on CME or other educational opportunities offered by the MSU Veterinary Medical Center, email: commun

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UHC’S OPERATION GELDING RECEIVES GRANT FROM AAEP FOUNDATION $10,000 grant marks 7th year of support for the program. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has awarded the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) a grant of $10,000 to support its Operation Gelding program. Operation Gelding provides funds and materials to help groups nationwide organize low-and no-cost clinics for owners who might not otherwise be able to afford to have their stallions castrated by a certified veterinarian. In 2017, the UHC introduced an increase in funding from $50 to $100 per horse, and a voucher program was put in place to help owners and rescue organizations that may have trouble attending a clinic due to transportation or other issues. “The AAEP Foundation is proud to continue its support of this important program,” said Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, DACVSMR, chairman of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council. “This program not only helps address a need but also helps to educate veterinary students, veterinary technicians and equine caretakers while assisting with the unwanted horse population.” “The increase in funding the UHC is able to provide was in large part aided by the generous grant from the AAEP Foundation,” said Dr. Doug Corey, UHC Chairman. “By gelding a stallion, the UHC aims to prevent unintentional and over breeding, thereby reducing the number of unwanted foals. This grant from the Foundation will allow the UHC to continue to grow and expand the Operation Gelding program, and reduce the number of unwanted horses nationwide.” “Funding for Operation Gelding comes solely from donations and grants like this one from the AAEP Foundation,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “The Foundation has been actively involved in and a supporter of the Operation Gelding program since its inception in 2010, and we are incredibly



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Have You Ever Been Kicked? Dear Julie: This may be a very odd question, but I was curious how many times have you been kicked or caught in the crossfire in your training career? I’ve been kicked three times, but tonight I got kicked square in the pelvis by a dominant mare who was going after my mare while I was putting a halter on her. I saw it start to happen, but couldn’t get away fast enough. It is the first time I have considered throwing in the reins because it frustrates me so much. First Time for Everything One of my earliest memories is of getting kicked by a horse. It was circa 1965. I was 5 or 6 years old and my dad was feeding the horses who had lined up in their tie stalls for their grain. I was watching my dad feed as I wandered aimlessly around the barnyard – right smack into the kick zone of the food-aggressive gelding. Lightning fast, he kicked me square in the stomach – throwing my little stick figure up into the air and landing flat on my behind unceremoniously in the mud. It was the first (but not last) time I got kicked and also the first (but not last) time I got the air knocked out of me. It was, however, the very last time I laid eyes on that gelding. My dad never tolerated unsafe horses. Nonetheless, wrong place, wrong time. Entirely predictable. Whenever someone asked, “Does this horse kick?” my father always said, “All horses kick, all horses bite, all horses strike.” That’s a simple fact of horse behavior – Horsemanship Safety 101, if you will. What I would add is that generally when you get kicked, it’s because you were too close to the kick zone when you shouldn’t have been. I know for myself personally, every time I’ve been kicked (and yes, there have been many – far too many to count), it was because I was doing something I shouldn’t have. Also, I would say, that which does not kill you makes you stronger! Whose Fault Is It? As I said, I’ve been kicked too many times to remember the number. Anyone who has worked with as many horses over as many decades as I have – handling colts, starting young horses under saddle, desensitizing, catching, gentling, doctoring, loading in a trailer – has been kicked too many times to remember each one. Still, some incidents stand out to me (for the sheer stupidity of my actions which resulted in me being kicked). The good news is that we learn (hopefully) from each stupid mistake so we won’t get kicked that way again! Another kicking episode that stands out in my memory, was the time I got kicked in the thighs by double barrels, coming from a shod 17-hand black Thoroughbred. His name was Magic and he was a kind and gentle OTTB gelding that belonged to a friend and client. He occupied the biggest stall in my barn (12×14), yet he made it look small. The door out to his run was wide open, but he barely fit out of it (the old barn being built for much smaller horses). I was in the middle of morning chores and his head was buried deep in the feeder as I walked by his stall. I looked at him, eye-to-eye, as I spoke a gentle, “Good morning big guy,” to him. I opened his door, speaking to him again as I reached out to touch his side and move him over so I could grab his dirty water bucket. Whaphumph!! Although I was absolutely certain that horse had seen me, heard me and understood me to be opening his stall door, when I reached out to touch him I startled him – and he kicked out with both his hind feet. They landed square in the middle of both my thighs and sent me sailing out of the stall, slamming my back into the wall on the other side of the barn aisle. In one huge movement, he kicked me out of his ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017

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stall and exploded his 1100-pound, 17-hand frame out of the tiny stall door, into the run. Even as I was flying backward out of the stall I knew I had done something stupid – made some unreasonable assumptions – and that this kind and gentle horse was not at fault. The good news is, I will never make that mistake again. Is Getting Kicked Part of the Sport? Although horses generally choose flight in response to a threat, they are perfectly well-equipped to fight. Kicking is one of three defensive or offensive “weapons” of the horse, and it is the least deadly. Biting and striking (lashing out with the front feet) are much more dangerous, but fortunately, we see these behaviors less. Horses sometimes kick aggressively (usually backing up and kicking with double barrels, squealing at the same time), but most often kicking is defensive in nature. You see it all the time when a dominant horse comes after the subordinate horse. The subordinate will kick out to buy a little time as he runs away – much like he would kick and run from a predator. Horses kick at each other all the time, mostly as a gesture or threat. They pull their punches a lot and tend to make contact when they want to. Generally, when they kick at each other (or at you), it is more of a threat or warning and less intent to injure. Often, when they do make contact with a kick, it is to a fleshy or meaty area that can take the punch better. But their aim is not perfect and it is not hard to get caught in the crossfire between two or more horses, as in this case. Sadly, most people that have been around a lot of horses for a lot of years have gotten kicked, stepped on or bit. Although I do not believe getting hurt must be a part of this sport (and I believe that most incidents are preventable), getting bumped, bruised and pushed around comes with the territory. Still, if you are smart and learn from your mistakes – and if you keep safety as your highest priority – you will be less likely to get hurt. My father taught me that when it comes to horses, always plan for the worst-case scenario. The more experience with horses you have, the more worst-case scenarios you’ve seen. Getting Smarter In most of my clinics, I physically show people the kick zone of the horse, so that they are aware of exactly where it is at all times. The horse can reach forward with the hind foot, almost to his front leg; he can reach the full length of his leg to the side; plus, the full extension of his leg back. That makes about a 3- to 4-foot half circle around the hind leg of the horse that is within his kick zone. To be safe around horses, you must always be aware of the kick zone and when you have entered it. For instance, when I clean my horse’s front feet, my head is right in the kick zone. That doesn’t mean I (28)


take precautions to keep ourselves safe – All The Time. There are sometimes when a kicking response is more predictable, and other times when it can seemingly come out of the blue (usually because we missed the warnings). But the horse’s kick range is a finite space; all you have to do is know where it is and stay out of it. I’m not saying that with this knowledge and awareness, you’ll never get kicked again. But by being smart, owning your mistakes (which is the only way to learn from them) and erring on the side of caution, it will definitely make you safer! Enjoy the ride! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight: Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horse-manship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles – she's experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. Explore her online library and many training videos at http://TV.; be sure to sign up for free monthly training news at and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library – part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy ( now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos, and MP3s! Check out her full list of clinics and appearances at: www.

never clean his feet, but that I am aware of it and monitoring the horse while my head is at risk. When you are doing groundwork with a horse and when you are entering a group of horses to catch one, you have extra risk of getting kicked. We do groundwork with horses to move them around and control their space, like a dominant horse would. Often in the earlier stages of groundwork, the horse may feel threatened by the handler. So it is not only normal, but to be expected that the horse will kick out. If you get kicked while doing groundwork, you were in the way and it is your fault—not the horse’s. Another memorable time I got kicked very hard, was doing circling work on a 20-year-old beginners’ school horse. I assumed that this gentle old horse wouldn’t kick, but I was wrong. I stepped right into the kick zone, then shushed her with the flag. Then she shattered my assumption (but thankfully not my leg). It hurt a lot (and embarrassed me more), but it was an important lesson to learn, and one I share with my students every time I teach circling work. Going to catch your horse in a group of horses is one of the riskiest things you’ll do around horses, especially when you are not familiar with all of the horses or the pecking order of the herd. I’d suggest taking a flag or a whip to keep the other horses in control while you catch your horse. Take your time and keep the other horses away – they should respect your space. If not, chase them off with the flag. Your horse will come to understand what you are doing and should cooperate. It Is What It Is Kicking does not make a horse bad. It makes him a horse – and all horses kick. We know that, we should expect that and we should





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Guiding The Horse by Nathan Horsman, Western Team Head Coach, Albion College This month we will talk about the seventh cornerstone: guiding the horse. It seems easy and straightforward: you want your horse to go here, you pull him in that direction or use neck rein to send him that way - right? While guiding is pretty basic, it's not as simple as pulling or pushing. To guide a horse well, the horse needs to have weight on his hindquarters (collection) so his shoulders are free to move laterally and drive forward (engage) with the hindquarters. The shoulder also needs to be elevated, allowing free movement with his forehand. The two basic methods for reining a horse are direct reining and neck reining. Direct reining is used in the English disciplines and when we first train western horses. Neck reining is used in the western disciplines for finished horses. Direct reining means we use the right rein to turn right and the left rein to turn left with the reins held one in each hand. When neck reining, both reins are held in one hand and the reins are brought to the left to go left and the right to go right. While direct reining, I use the outside rein (opposite the bend of the horse) for collection and to help guide. The inside rein creates the bend needed to turn. The legs are also used – inside leg bends the rib cage at the girth and outside leg slightly behind the girth keeps the hips from drifting to the outside. While neck reining, the outside rein comes against the neck of the horse and the horse moves off the pressure. The inside leg at the girth sets the ribs to the outside while the outside leg keeps the hips engaged. In both direct and neck reining the desired function is the same: to drive or engage the hindquarters, lighten the shoulders, create bend from nose to tail, and have a horse willingly guide across a turn. One of the main exercises I use is to ride a square. Done correctly, this creates a situation where all of those things just mentioned happen, whereas on a circle, it's easy for the horse to drift to the outside and travel on the forehand. To set up a square, I use four cones and I set them up with 20 strides in between. I begin in a trot because it has more engagement of the hindquarters; however, the cues for the square are the same for walk, trot, and lope. I ride from the first cone in a straight line toward the second. As I near the second cone (on my left for a left turn), I ask for a slight lateral bend off the left rein with my left hand and apply left (inside) leg pressure to move the ribs to the right. My right (outside) leg moves slightly back and applies pressure to keep the hindquarters from drifting and encourage continued forward movement of the hindquarters. As the horse's shoulder passes the cone, I look left and apply pressure with the right (outside) rein, bringing it slightly up and back toward the horse's withers while applying equal pressure with both legs. If the horse drifts right instead of turning, I apply more pressure with the right rein and right leg. It is important to note that even though I'm using each rein differently, both reins should have the same amount of pressure. The left (inside) rein sets and controls the bend while the right (outside) rein controls the shoulders and speed. After the turn, I slide my right leg to the cinch and straighten the horse with the reins, using equal pressure on both legs to drive him forward. The exercise is almost the same while neck reining. Riding from the first cone to the second, as you approach the second cone, draw the Š2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • AUGUST 2017

reins to make light contact. Use your left (inside) leg near the cinch to move the ribs right. Use your right (outside) leg and apply pressure near the rear cinch. As the shoulder comes to the cone, look left and draw your rein up and left while you add pressure with your right (outside) leg. After the turn, use equal pressure on both legs to drive forward and return your rein hand to the center near the horn. Next month, we finish the Eight Cornerstones series with turnarounds (pivots). Guiding is very important for turnarounds because the horse must drive forward with the hindquarters while the withers elevate and shoulders move laterally. About Nathan Horsman Nathan Horsman assumed the role of head coach of the western team at Albion College in 2016. An AQHA Professional Horseman and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor, Horsman has been a rider since he was first placed aboard a horse at the age of two. For the past decade, his specialty has been training horses for reining, cutting, and reined cow horse events. He's also a popular clinician across the U.S., working with non-pro and amateur horses and riders to help them improve their communication and training. As a coach in the Albion equestrian program, Horsman's primary duties involve training the horses and riders affiliated with the IHSA western program, reviewing horse donation prospects, recruiting new students, and supporting the daily operations of the Held Equestrian Center. He can be reached at

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recognize telltale signs because they don’t know what to feel or what to look for. Thus, they fail to react at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner, which leads to confusion and frustration rather than confidence and achievement. Signs of Ignorance It’s said that the ignorant person aware of his ignorance is for that reason a wise man, but the fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest fool of all. So how can you tell if you’re committing the sin of ignorance? Committed riders constantly measure their progress. Like all disciplines, dressage is demanding and challenging to master. But self-awareness coupled with knowledge yields results that improve over time. For riders at a loss to explain their lack of progress, there are several key signs that point to deficits caused by lack of knowledge. Low Test Scores Consistently low dressage test scores is one indication that there is something wrong in your approach. It’s not easy to be objective about your own riding. Often, a rider’s first reaction to a low score is incredulity. However, after reflection (and looking at the video), many will admit that the judge might have been right. If you are convinced of your abilities and yet consistently receive low scores, you may want to consider reassessing your own understanding of the directive ideas. Directive ideas found in the United States Dressage Foundation’s (USDF) Glossary of Judging Terms are the purpose and essence of a movement. For example, the directive ideas for the Free Walk on the diagonal are complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; a clear walk rhythm; straightness on the diagonal; ground covering stride. If your fundamental understanding of the subject is missing or limited, you may be fooling yourself. Dressage at the highest level must be built on the fundamentals. If you can’t pull the double bridle off and produce the lower level requirements, then your basics aren’t there. The Way Your Horse Reacts Listen to your horse. He is another indicator of your understanding of the subject. He is your report card. You may have reason to believe that you need more knowledge to become a capable dressage partner when your horse displays the following: Unreliability – The goal of training and the constant aim of the trainer – is to develop through practice, study, and repetition a horse that’s reliable. This horse responds to the rider’s correctly given aids, whether he’s ridden at home, during practice, or in competition. Such a horse is said to be “confirmed.” Signs of unreliability are a horse that is stiff, not supple in the poll, unbalanced, and irregular. If your horse is unreliable or contrary, it may mean that he needs more training, or that you need more knowledge and understanding. Experienced riders know that reliability results not from endless hours of going around in circles but from targeting specific areas and by thoroughly understanding the dressage Training Scale. In the best of circumstances reliability

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Dressage Book Excerpt – Written by Douglas Puterbaugh ONE Ignorance Ignorance hinders any endeavor and dressage is no exception. Success hinges on mastering the subject’s many intricacies, so it’s vital that riders are well-schooled in the techniques and motivations of dressage. What you don’t know will hinder your development. Proficiency in dressage begins by learning the basics. Movements, timing and technique – not to mention the unspoken language between horse and rider – develop gradually over time. Intuition is important, but there’s no substitute for structured education and regular practice. Without knowing what to do, when to do it, and eventually understanding why to do it, riders thrash about wasting time and effort in the hopes of conveying their wishes to the horse. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge, and it’s the most fundamental of the deadly sins of dressage. It’s the seed from which all the other riding sins sprout. Ignorance affects every aspect of a rider’s development, and all riding problems stem from it. What makes ignorance so insidious is that riders often don’t know that they don’t know something. That’s the essence of ignorance. For the purposes of this book, ignorance is defined not in the pejorative sense of, “That was really ignorant of you,” but rather as a gap in your knowledge; a lack of information. It doesn’t mean a lack of intelligence or common sense. Given the intricacies of dressage, and the sometimes cryptic nature of horses, we all have gaps in our knowledge. It takes a lifetime to master dressage; it takes a long time to be good at it, and it’s not surprising that all riders struggle at times. It’s inevitable. Beginners, of course, struggle most. They are the least experienced and the most uninformed. Novice riders may have attained a level of proficiency in the saddle, but they may, nevertheless, still be unfamiliar with equine behavior. They may not know much about their horse: his nature, instinct, needs, or fears. These riders may assume, but they don’t know. Without the benefit of more knowledge they can only imitate the actions of a learned rider (which is not so bad if you are working with a trainer). If you don’t understand why your horse behaves as he does, then any progress, not to mention any real achievement, is greatly diminished. You’ll just make the same mistakes over and over. This is why many “experienced” riders, some of whom have ridden for 20 years or more, still ride at the level of a beginner. Not only do they fail to correct their mistakes, they often fail to recognize that they have even made mistakes. To admit ignorance, the saying goes, you reveal it only once. To conceal it is to reveal it again and again. The essence of ignorance is unawareness. How can you solve a problem you don’t know exists? By contrast, the essence of dressage is a technique grounded in knowledge, triggered by awareness, and executed by feel. It’s the truth that frees you. It’s little things, like knowing that using your fingers and wrists for small directions results in a better feel for the horse’s mouth, and big things, like knowing that the secret to developing a good seat is a horse that “swings” well over his back. Knowledge, both intellectual and physical, determines a rider’s potential. Riders that fail to achieve their potential often do so because they misunderstand the meaning of their horse’s behaviors: they miss subtle clues and fail to ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017



horse goes to the experienced rider. Similarly, the passive body language of riders unwilling or unable to assert their leadership can make a horse uneasy. As herd animals, horses look to the leadership of the dominant horse. In the herd, weak leadership is an invitation to the strong to challenge that leader. These same instincts are at play throughout the entire education of the horse. (To be continued in the November issue of Saddle Up! Magazine) About Douglas Puterbaugh Douglas Puterbaugh has traveled and trained internationally, and has successfully taught many horses to the Grand Prix. He enjoys coaching his students at regional competitions and conducting clinics across the United States and Canada. Douglas is a USDF Gold Medalist, CDRA Certified Test Administrator and a USDF L Program Graduate. Douglas Puterbaugh owns and operates Puterbaugh Dressage Sports with his wife, Tamara. Located in Howell, Michigan, their facility offers boarding, training, lessons, coaching, clinics and dressage camps. Excerpts from the book “The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage” have been used with permission from the author. To order the book in its entirety, visit either or

can occur only as fast as is possible, proceeding, as it does, as slowly as is necessary. Unsurprisingly, the most reliable horses have been the most thoroughly trained. Unwanted Behaviors – More often than not you unwittingly provoke your horse’s unwanted behaviors. A rider with an insufficient seat, for example, or with hard or clumsy hands, can put even a well-trained horse immediately out of balance. Similarly, a tense or out-of-balance rider can make even a mild-mannered horse feel uneasy and suspicious: a horse seems to be able to sense the mental state of a human. Body language and mannerisms influence the horse’s perceptions of the rider, too. Spoiling, mollycoddling, and other expressions of affection may be heartfelt and extended in all sincerity, but from a horse’s perspective it’s permissiveness they interpret as weakness. The giving of carrots, lumps of sugar, or other treats may be viewed as harmless, but it can lead to a spoiled horse that bites if no treat is forthcoming. The treat is the most powerful tool you have. Far more powerful than the spur, it should be held as the most convincing way to express to the horse your satisfaction with him. Therefore it should be saved, because down the road you will want to give the treat, but you are wasting this tool by randomly feeding treats by hand. I’m referring here primarily to the education and training of young horses. This is why many riding books and cavalry manuals state that the giving of treats in an untimely way spoils the young colt. It can lead to biting, striking, and other vices that would otherwise not have occurred. Most riders run into problems because both they and the horse they’re trying to train are inexperienced. This is why knowledgeable horsemen say that the experienced horse goes to the green rider, and the green

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2018 Michigan Horse Expo Mark your calendars so you don't miss the allnew, and exciting 2018 Michigan Horse Expo, which will take place on March 9, 10 and 11, 2018, at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing, MI. This year's theme is Something for Everyone, and will feature clinicians, demonstrations and speakers to address a wide variety of interests and disciplines! Included in our extensive lineup of presenters and presentations will be Craig Johnson. The Legendary Craig Johnson has earned his spot among the elite group of Horse Professionals that can claim the title of $1 Million Dollar Rider. Few individuals have trained, shown, earned and competed at this highest level in the Professional Horse Industry. Craig has earned his spot among the best of the best. He is now passing his wisdom and knowledge to the next generation and to all who desire to learn a tried and proven system for accomplishing the best a horse has to offer. Craig has hosted over 400 clinics around the world on Reining, Ranch Pleasure, Cowboy Dressage, and General Horsemanship. He has presented seminars and demonstrations at every major horse fair and equine event in the United States, Europe and Australia. Terry Myers has trained stock and hunter horses for state, national and world competition. His training is for all horses regardless of the discipline, as he incorporates work with both horse and rider to achieve balanced movements. His Ride-in-Sync™ philosophy helps riders understand how body position affects the horse's performance. Through Myers' 45 years of experience and work with horses and riders, he has developed coaching and demonstration methods which provide logical information that is easily understood and put to use. Consistent and frequent feedback from clinic attendees is confirmation that Terry's training ideology and teaching style produces results. For those interested in classical Dressage, we are very pleased to present Dr. Rob van Wessum. An accomplished trainer and rider, Dr. van Wessum has competed in the FEI classes in the Netherlands, Prix St. George, and Intermediare I. He is a Royal Dutch Horse Federation certified instructor and trainer and national Judge for all classes up to Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music. At the moment, he has brought five horses in the US to FEI Small Tour and one horse to Grand Prix dressage, he works with his friend and fellow judge Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode, a 5* FEI judge from the Netherlands as his coach and trainer in the US. In addition, Dr. van Wessum is a veterinarian, specializing in lameness and sports medicine. In 2005 he was appointed at MSU as the Lameness and Sports Medicine Expert at the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University and became a faculty member of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Science of the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. In the end of 2009 Dr. van Wessum started his own sports medicine clinic in Mason, MI, just 7 miles South of East Lansing. In 2015 Dr. van Wessum became board certified by ACVSMR. For the Trail Rider, Samantha Szesciorka is a life-long equestrienne with a passion for long distance trail riding. She is a member of the Long Riders' Guild, having completed a 500 mile ride in 2013 and a 1,100 mile ride in 2016. Samantha's love for horses and long riding ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB – OHIO Summer Continues Busy for Black Swamp Driving Club – Pittsford, NY, and the Walnut Hill Driving Show Aug. 9-13 drew Mary Ann and Jeff Tock to compete and Sue and Roger Murray as spectators. The Tocks and their pony collected some good ribbons, while the Murrays’ not only watched but spent time helping friends with the endless preparations required to turnout winning entries at a major horse show. The Will Stevenson family, Ft. Wayne, IN, welcomed a large group of Swampers Aug. 19 to their lovely home. Although located in a residential area, their barn was right across the street. Standing quietly at the hitching rail were their Morgan horses three abreast, hooked to a red, canvas topped peoplemover. A delicious lunch was provided by the Stevensons, augmented by lots of scrumptious dishes brought in by members. Tables were set up around the house, allowing everyone to enjoy the meal and socialize. After lunch, President Julie Emmons called a brief meeting to order. A change of location for the Sept. 17 drive was announced. Parker Bridge is under construction resulting in the drive being moved five miles down Rt. 53 to the Leightey's. Upcoming events were discussed with emphasis that the Holiday Dinner November 11 was fast approaching. Members were reminded that the Coon Hunters Drive, Tiffin, OH, was set for September 24. It was reported that Darleen Higgins remains at home recovering and Molly Owen had fallen, broken her nose, but was feeling much better. The wonderful day out continued for members with tours of Ft. Wayne with Will driving and commenting on the sights. The horses showed their excellent training, handling motorized traffic through downtown, stopping and waiting quietly for lights, and ignoring noises and distractions. The hour long drive went by tall downtown buildings, along the Maumee River, past the baseball stadium, and through some beautiful neighborhoods. The day ended with members extending sincere thanks to a wonderful family and their hospitality. Late afternoon Aug. 26 saw about two dozen BSDC members gathering at Riverbend Park, Findlay, OH, for a potluck and drive sponsored by Jackie and Mike Minges and Molly and Dale Owen. After another great potluck, four turnouts were prepared to the drive along the scenic river road or around the

reservoir. The weather could not have been better, making this one of the best drives of the year. Fair season found Mary Elliott with her Percheron pair at the Richland County Fair, Mansfield, OH. This pair will provide the power for the annual hayride at Elliott's farm near Galion, OH, Oct. 22. Prior to the hayride, Elliott and Linda Spear will host a potluck. Mary Thomas took a pair of ponies to the Sandusky County Fair, Fremont, OH, that earned the champion pony mare and reserve champion pony gelding honors. Each year a large number of BSDC members attend the National Drive, held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. The six day event (October 10–15) offers unlimited driving through the park, marked trails, shopping opportunities, wine and cheese parties, a trace pace, free clinics, driving lessons from the clinicians, a chance to weigh equines and carriages, the hotly contested dog class, a mimosa drive, a tack swap, and always a surprise or two. Upcoming events: October 10–15: National Drive, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY October 22: Hayride, hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spear, Galion, OH November 11: Holiday Dinner, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION As this is being written, the official start of Fall is still a few days off, but the weather recently has been undeniably fall-like. However, that's OK since the cooler nights have made for good sleeping and the cooler days have made for pleasant outdoor activities, including – of course – riding the trails at Brighton and elsewhere. Given what's happening with the hurricanes in the South, we in Michigan should be grateful for the relatively benign weather that we typically experience in our state. One of our members recently commented, “We Michiganders for the most part seem to dodge the meteorological bullet.” This comment was underscored on September 9th, when we held our annual Poker Ride. This event has been held for years and is always popular with our members. Participants ride out from the staging area and are directed to a number of pumpkins located at intervals on the trails, collect “cards,” (actually candy bars), return to the staging area,



exchange the bars for cards, and “play poker.” The winner wins the pot and then everyone sits down to a delicious lunch. This event has been organized by long-time BTRA member Gayle Pawl and once again she did a great job. When she was complimented on how well everything went, she quipped “Well, this wasn't my first rodeo.” The fun didn't end there since a number of folks also camped that night and several of us gathered at one of the campsites around a roaring fire and socialized. Michigan's Mother Nature was kind to us throughout the day and night, and the weather couldn't have been better. On October 7th our biggest outdoor event of the year will be held. This year it's the “Pinckney to Brighton Ride” and on alternate years it's the “Brighton to Pinckney Ride.” This event is co-hosted with our friends and neighbors, the Pinckney Trail Riders and as we've mentioned before, many of us belong to both organizations. Participants first go to the Monks Road staging area in the Pinckney Recreation Area, leave their horses with a “horse sitter,” drive their rigs to the staging area at Brighton, get shuttled back to Pinckney, and hit the trails for Brighton. This isn't a short ride but not too long, and when the riders come in they're treated to a tasty lunch. Last year we drew sixty-seven participants and we're expecting the same crowd this year. Please, Ma Nature, be kind to us once again! Things wind down in November but in early December we'll hold our annual Christmas Party, another event co-hosted with the Pinckney Trail Riders. We'll talk about that more in our next column. In the meantime, we hope that everyone can take full advantage of the remaining 2017 riding season and of course, the trails at Brighton await you. Mark Delaney, BTRA President FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOC. Hello Trail Riders! The fall riding season is upon us and many of you are coming to our Fall Camp Out that starts tomorrow! We just came back from setting up camp and have 30 sites reserved already. And, as you know, we never turn anyone away. There's room for all riders whether they show to camp or day ride. We would like to thank-you ahead of the event if you are one of the many that mark your calendars for this special event! Trails, fun, friends and food await all!! WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News Our board meeting was this morning also. As usual, our Park manager attends and shares the Park news with us. He has reviewed our campground proposal and had a couple minor corrections with the language. This will be revised by Roger Glidden and resubmitted and shall be moving thru the next channels of the DNR. Our manager praised the overall proposal and has been supportive of the efforts put forward by FCHFA for a campground. The bridge project for this summer is completed. The decking on the top of the bridge is all new mill white oak. This is located on the Historic trail and riders have a choice of riding thru the lovely creek or crossing on the bridge. This is yet another project that your dues and fundraising pays it forward to the Park for riders trail experiences. Take note of the new directional parking diagram at the trail staging area. On the upcoming autumn days the parking lot will fill up and parking your rigs as the diagram shows will enable all to have a spot. There is also a new leash law for dogs on the trails, so keep this in mind or tell hikers with loose dogs to leash them if you encounter any out on the trails. Come enjoy our 20+ miles of trails with 6 creek crossings, 2 miles of trails along the Kalamazoo River, prairies, woods and lakes with your friends this fall. There's a pavilion to picnic under, manure pit, outhouse and water all at the trail head. The trails are groomed, beautiful-waiting just for you!! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA secretary GREAT LKS. DISTANCE RIDING ASSOC. Endurance riders hit the trails! 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 14 & 15, 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, 50 or 75 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) For 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,, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

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attended and supported our organization. The weather was perfect and the company stellar, what could be better? A special thanks to trainer, Derrick Hunt from Happy Place Horse Ranch located in White Lake, MI who was willing to help a stranded participant unable to get her horse to load. While others made a long and valiant attempt, it was Derrick who in a short time was to convince the horse, the trailer was definitely where it wanted to be. Thanks to everyone who has attended our events over the past two years. A special shout out to Pontiac Lake Horseman's Association without whom we would have never attempted an equine only camping event in the first place. We are now positioned to move to the next level which includes equine only camping months. The DNR has agreed to initiate equine only camping time frames starting in 2018, please stay tuned for details of how this will work. It is absolutely imperative once the equine only time frames are established that individual campers utilize this facility. If we do not show usage, all we have worked for will be gone and Highland Recreation Campground and this awesome campground will go back to its shared equine and non-equine shared status. HTRA will send out information once the dust has settled, so if you like camping at Highland stay tuned for information that could make equine camping time frames permanent. Sorry for the hiccup, unfortunately I forgot to post an up-date until it was too late in the last issue of Saddle Up. Happy Trails, Highland Trail Riders HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. The Hungerford Trail Riders Association Year End Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 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 at: hungerfordtrailriders@ so we can capture them in our newsletters. Remember: Hungerford Campground Season closes October 31st. This means that the group campground and main campground will close on October 31st. Both Day Use Parking areas will remain accessible; but the out bathrooms will be closed. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News HTRA & West Michigan Trail Riders will host another group trail ride on Sunday, October 29th. Riders should meet at the main campground, new pavilion at Noon and be ready ride at Noon. Riders will enjoy a 3 hour trail ride and potluck after the ride. The menu is a Chili Cookout and participants are asked to bring a dish for the potluck. The Trail Derby Competition will conclude October 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 complete the form right at the weblink at: http://www. 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. Please visit our website at: www.hungerford to view association information or send an email to: hungerfordtrail 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 MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Maybury is looking particularly beautiful this time of year! Very few bugs! The colors are starting to change. A couple more days with the weed whacker and the Maggie Trail will be in fine shape. The Highland Equestrian Conservancy has stepped up again! They have blessed the Maybury Trail Riders with another grant so we can purchase a chainsaw! We have met with the park and there are going to be some improvements for our trails in the future, the Eagle Scout bridge in the western beech and maple forest is old, narrow and can be slippery when covered with wet leaves. This bridge will be replaced with a wider and less slippery deck, on the same lines as the Luzerne bridge up on the shore to shore trail. There are a couple culverts that need improvement. I attended the September board meeting of the Michigan Horse Council. They are work-

ing on getting new software for internet friendly forms for financial grants for the trail groups. I will let you all know how that progresses in the future. There was a discussion about a Horse Park in the Howell area, there is almost a 1000 acres available that the DNR is looking for the MHC’s assistance in putting this idea into action. MHC is looking for $$ to do a feasibility study on this. There is going to be more horses at the MI Horse Expo this year! New events at the Expo are an Archery Event, Side Saddle riding, Western Dressage and some Cow Riding!! FYI – There were 13 cases of West Nile reported this year in the state – these horses were NOT vaccinated! 2 cases of EE2 in the state, neither were these. Check us out online at on Facebook or contact me Christina Purslow at 248-912-5238, or email crispurslow for more information. Hope to see you out there! Come enjoy our Beautiful Urban Gem!! MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING What a busy eight days we have had as I sit down to write this article. Just getting home from a great ride at The Tin Cup Special CMO in Luther and realizing how many rides we have had in the past week. Last weekend we spent two days looking for plates in Ionia. What great weather we had for that weekend! Turn and Burn Babes brought home the top spot both days with two amazing times for the long course. Even the fastest short course team took longer than they did on Sunday! Annalore and Olivia took home first place for the short course on Saturday and the dynamic duo called The Twisted Sisters grabbed the blue ribbon on Sunday. The top four short course teams were within nine minutes of each other so that was a close race for CMOing! After getting home on Sunday from Ionia, several riders headed out again to ride at DBarD for the Hump Day CMO. The weather remained fabulous and it sounds like everyone had a great time. Thank you Colleen and Austin for putting this fun ride together! Only two days later we were up at The Tin Cup Special CMO in Luther for three more days of plate hunting. The trails were awesome to ride and although the weather got a little



warmer, it was still a beautiful weekend. Thank you Chris Hubert for working so hard at this event, mapping the trails and putting up three challenging courses. It was very educational to be there while the endurance riders were competing. The final ride of the season will be upon us before we know it. The Looney Tunes CMO at Kensington Metro Park is scheduled for October 20th, 21st and 22nd. This should be an awesome fall ride. Camping is available and bridle tags are required for this ride. Please contact the ride manager Cindy Hotz at or call 810-513-6379 for more information. With six rides finished but not recorded in the books and three more days of riding in October, it is great to see that out of the top seven teams for long course in the United States, three of them are from Michigan. For the short course, out of the top four teams, two teams compete in Michigan. Our chapter of Competitive Mounted Orienteering is growing in numbers and competitiveness. The club is already looking forward to scheduling rides for the 2018 season. We have loved to see new members join and have fun on the trails looking for plates. I hope to see you on the trails! Janet MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS ASSOC. The MFTHBA/MFTA/MTRA National Trail Ride across beautiful Northern Michigan September 17-28 from Empire to Oscoda,MI has been completed under the experienced eye of Trail Boss, Gale Gunders. Congratulations to those who successfully finished the trip! The colors have started to appear on the various trees, making this a beautiful ride over varied terrain beside assorted bodies of water. Where else can you ride from one Great Lake to another? No where! That is why this ride is so unique. A number of riders on MFTs and other breeds had a wonderful time and swapped many interesting stories around the campfire each night. Put this ride on your calendar for next year! The MFTHBA Celebration show at the improved Ava, MO show grounds took place Sept. 3-9. There were classes for adults and youth from many states. MFTs of all ages and both sexes, performance and model competed. There were, among other classes, cattle sorting, versatility, and trail rides in the Ozarks. Many World Grand Champions were chosen. Member, Betty Ann Horn from WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News Illinois, entered one of her horses to show. Special guest, 15-year old Jakob Gregory, presented a talk about his completion ride on an MFT in the recent Tevis Cup race. Go to to see the pictures or look on Facebook. If you are an MFTHBA member, expect your ballot to arrive in the mail soon. Member, Megan McGarry, participated in the Larry Whitesell clinic held September 9-11 in Milford, MI. Larry is a well-known gaited clinician from near Cookeville, TN. Megan said it was great! She learned how to ride with her seat and to have a giving hand so the horse can be soft and supple. He also taught her how to get her horse in balance by teaching the horse to bend at the ribs. The MFTA Versatility program is in full swing! There is still time to get involved. Earn a cool prize for doing everything with your horse! I know some of you have been in parades, participated in clinics, taken lessons, gone to horse camps and have ridden trails in our state and others. Get credit for it! Go to our website to find out more info and print off an enrollment form or call Kathy Kruch (1-989390-1838) if you have questions. Awards will be given out at our January 2018 meeting. If you are interested in learning more about our versatile breed and association activities, go to our website at michiganfox where you will find links to many things including a membership form which you can fill out and become more involved. We also have a Facebook page where many pictures and videos are posted by members. We are an educational association promoting the breeding and use of Fox Trotters in Michigan. We conduct as many different clinics as we can to help people learn how to enjoy their MFTs more. You do not have to own one to join. Visit us online at: www. MI HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOC. MHDVA had a great horse show in June at Wyn Farms in Williamston, MI. This year we had a great audience coming to watch the horse drawn classes. We still have several drives planned for this year. Join us at Cross Winds Marsh on October 1 from 11-7 for a day drive. October 21 and 22 will be a drive at Elk Hill. Contact information for these drives is located on our website. Please contact us if you want to

learn more about horse cart driving! Find us online at: Dorothy Childs PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. Mother Nature certainly delivered a spectacular weekend for the PLHA Tour the Trails participants! Summer lingered during the day and cool nights made the camping outstanding. The trees had just begun to indicate fall was upon us and the bugs had pretty much vanished. The PLHA board presented a fun and fresh new twist to the regular poker ride by replacing ribbons with words, so that participants would create their own version of a county song title. Laughter and cheers filled the activity center in the campground as a few chosen participants “sang” their song titles to the crowd under the shelter during dinner. Rich, Susie, Sally, LeAnn, Mary and Gina were exceptional and gracious hosts as always for the entire event weekend! PLHA introduced a whole lot of new colorful apparel and Susie has already filled the campground reservation list for June 2018. So remember if you want to camp at the June 2018 event, be sure to contact her and get on the waiting list! Ruggles Family Farm Market located at 6401 White Lake Road in White Lake Twp. generously donated all the colorful fall decorations for the event at the shelter and around the campground. Please be sure to check them out this season for U-pick pumpkins, corn stalks, and mums and maybe even try out their corn maze!! We sure appreciate them for adding all that color and style to our event and supporting the PLHA! The Pontiac Lake Horseman's Association board honestly appreciates all the support YOU, the horse trail rider's give to all the horse trail groups! Without you, we certainly could not have these incredible and successful events or be such a strong voice in the community. So THANK YOU again for all your support and we look forward to seeing you on the trails. SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. HALLOWEEN FUN: Join Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders in “The Spooktackular October Haunt Club Ride” and Campover on October 6, 7 & 8th. Camping is $15.00 per night. $10.00 covers all the games all weekend. Ride when



you want. Do as much or as little as you wish. Games on every trail. Ghosts, bats, cats, skeletons, witches, mummies and ZOMBIES! Friday night is mummy dog night with potluck. Saturday is share the leftovers with a Spooky Glow Stick evening ride. Four costume contests – Horse, Human, Dog and your Campsite! The famous 50/50 Heads or Tails game will be played. Any questions? Call Therese Kline 989-289-2334. Register at the Horseman's Staging Area. OPEN HOUSE – THE EQUESTRIAN CABINS – EXTRA TRAIL MILAGE! This is your chance to view the insides of the Rustic and Modern Cabins that allow equestrians to rent and stay anytime. This new event will be the “Explore the Hollow” weekend on Oct. 20-22. SHTRA members have rented for your visit Saturday Oct. 21st the Modern and the Rustic Cabins with their pickett poles for anyone to tie up and visit. Cider and donuts will be served on Saturday11am-3pm. These cute cozy cabins overlook Lake Ovid and are available for equestrians to rent by calling 1800-447-2757. An access trail leads to the equestrian trail. Have you been to the Island ? That day a special ride on “Forbidden Trails” is being allowed to “Explore” a beautiful part of the park's bike trail that we cannot have access to. SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event. All camping participants need to register with Host Todd at the Horseman's staging area, enjoy the group Saturday potluck and campfire. If interested in being an “Explorer“, come for the day as we will have a special poker run! There will be a costume contest before the potluck – dressing as your favorite famous Explorer. Prizes! Your participation is welcome. Check our website or our Facebook page as the date gets closer for specific details. Our Labor Day weekend was a Ride or Drive 'em weekend when MHDVA joined SHTRA Sept. 1-4. Over 40 riders and drivers enjoyed a unique poker ride and were thrilled when a young gal won the pot with three-Kings. On Sunday, the Sneaky Snake poker ride and Root Beer Floats were enjoyed by a large gathering. The same lucky gal drew the same winning hand-three kings again! The riders and drivers were able to share the trails enjoying each others' horsemanship and company. MHDVA had eight drivers with different cart styles. Minis to Cleveland Bays were some of the different breeds. We hope that the drivers who used the south loop in different combinations will be back to drive in WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News the park more often. I was the host and appreciated all the help from Don and Pat Brown, Rosie Johnson, Marsha Korroch, Dave Kline, Channda Donnan and Michelle VanderBoom. Don’t forget to wear your hunter Orange while riding!!! Marsha WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC® OF MI As the 2017 show season winds down many of you will be preparing paperwork to send in for consideration for WDAMI Year End Awards. The available awards and the guidelines for submitting for awards are located at the following link: www.wdami. org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WDAMIYEAR-END-AWARDS -PROGRAM.pdf. Please read over the Award document carefully before sending in your material. Note the deadlines for submission, the forms that must be filled out, the paperwork that must be included in your submission, what is okay, what is not okay, etc. If you have questions regarding what is required, please send your questions to That email site is monitored regularly and your questions will be answered promptly. The entries that you send in for Year End Awards are not opened until after the deadline for submitting your paperwork. Please, if you have questions, send WDAMI an email before you send in your paperwork for Year End Awards. WDAMI is also planning for the Year End Award Banquet Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. As in the past, we will hold the Luncheon in the center of the state. At this point in time we have not selected an exact location, but that information will be coming soon and will be posted on our website: and on our Facebook page: Western Dressage Association® of Michigan. We will be seeking donations for our silent auction too. If you have items you would like to donate for this, please let us know by sending information to We can assist with transporting items to the banquet. Just send us an email! The WDAMI Board is in the process of discussing plans for 2018. We will be hosting a booth at the 2018 Michigan Horse Expo. March 9-10 and 11, 2018. This is a great time to see all of you who attend the Expo! Our booth will be in the non-profit section, so we hope you will stop by and say hello.

Again in 2017, many schooling shows included western dressage classes in their show. So many thanks to all the schooling shows who have given this opportunity to those of us who are riding western dressage. Together we will continue to work toward spreading the word/opportunity for WD riders! Lastly, a reminder that your WDAMI membership, which is a dual membership with WDAMI as well as the national organization, will expire January 1, 2018. You can easily renew both memberships at our website: It is our hope that you will continue to support our organization and encourage your friends to do the same. We are so grateful to all of you and all you do to encourage this wonderful sport! Enjoy the Fall. Ride bug free & in cool temps!

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS Board Meeting Minutes – September 9, 2017 YSTRA had their Annual meeting and pig roast Saturday, September 9. We also held our first Poker Ride with 25 riders hitting the 6 mile trail trying to find the well-hidden buckets of candy. Gunner Count (Bull Rider) was the Poker Ride winner of ½ the entry fees. The Pig was roasted to perfection thanks to Ron Walker and who started cooking at 2 am Saturday morning. Be sure to thank Grand Rapids Machine Repair for donating the pig. Also thanks to everyone who brought a dish to pass, you helped make this year's potluck a feast. The silent auction was also a big success, thanks to everyone who donated items. The dish towels were a hot item! Shannon Stafford, Equine Dentist gave an interesting and educational talk on Equine Dentistry, it's history and health issues related to the lack of dental care. Horace the horse skull helped us see different ways teeth can wear due to chewing and the proper names of the teeth. If you want to contact Shannon call 269-948-0097. 50/50 winner was Chris Rockafellow. The YSTRA members then voted for board members, reelected this year were Kathy Taylor, Jeanne Burger, Carla Walker, Jodi Jirtle, Ruth Terpening, and John Dermody. Please welcome Micki Vandenbosch our newest elected board member and Tom Chaffee a returning board member. After the annual meeting the regular YSTRA September Board meeting was held. The election of officers: Skip Burger made a motion to nominate Ron Walker as President, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017 (48)

Tom Chaffee as Vice-President, Secretary Kathy Taylor, Treasure Jeanne Burger. Jodi Jirtle 2nd , voted on and approved 11-0. Halloween Event: Scheduled for October 14th. Registration from 9-10, Haunted Ride 9:30-11:30 (3 mile ride) Judged Costume Parade 12:00, Lunch 1:00, Awards 2:00. Campsite Trick or Treating 6:00. Best Campsite Decoration Contest. Trail Report: A request was made to ask for the DNR to put a Horse Camp directional sign at the corner of Hastings Point and Duffy Rd., also Gun Lake Rd. and Hastings Point Rd. Also request from the Game Area DNR for carbonite horses/no bikes signs to be installed at the roads. Bikes have been using the horse trail and when told they are restricted from the horse trail they told us there are no signs that tell them to stay off the 9 mile trail. Projects: Need to finish the steps into the Obstacle Course and out. Corrals need compact-able sand, ask DNR if they have a sand source. Corral seam brackets for site 3 & 4. Stop Chew for Corrals A Spur Trail update from DNR DNR Campsite registration web page does not include corrals Trail map on YSTRA web page and update new Board members New Business: Suggestion to enlarge current Day Parking area towards the east, with the removal of a few trees and some fill dirt can add another 5 parking spots. This will help cut down on people needing to park in the campsites due to the day area being full. Plan a group camping area. Install lights in the outhouses. A request was made to ask if we could create 'eye brow' trails to scenic views like Hall Lake. Also can we have the old horse trail across from the driveway back. Sunday Morning YSTRA fed breakfast to about 20 people which included pancakes, eggs, and sausages, a great way to end a beautiful weekend. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor

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Whoa! – Part 1 By Eleanor Blazer, “Whoa” is the first verbal command a foal hears, and will be repeated many times over the course of its lifetime. How well the horse responds to “whoa” depends on training and consistent reinforcement. When teaching a horse to stop, the trainer needs to understand the definition of “whoa.” And that definition is “STOP and DO NOT MOVE.” This means no movement of the feet until the horse is given the next command or cue. Every person who handles a horse is a trainer. Becoming distracted and allowing the horse to move teaches the horse it is permissible to cheat when executing the stop. This does the horse no favor - it only leads to confusion and lack of discipline. It sets you and the horse up for failure when stopping and standing still is necessary. So put down the cell phone and pay attention to your horse. Horses learn what “whoa” means during leading lessons. Foals will only be able to stand still for a few seconds after stopping due to short attention spans. Keep daily lessons brief – working with the youngster for a few minutes every day will lay a good foundation. At this stage repetition and gentle reinforcement is the key. As the youngster matures, the length of time for standing still will increase. Unfortunately confrontation is a requirement for learning. There will be a time when you will need to confront the horse about not responding to the cue to stop, or not standing still after the stop. Dr. Jennifer Williams, instructor for the course “Understanding Equine Behavior”, explains, “Reinforcement increases the likelihood of a response. But when reinforcers are no longer given, eventually your horse stops performing the behavior you've conditioned/trained. This is called extinction or extinguishing a behavior.” During training sessions properly executed stops and standing quiet should be reinforced by rewarding the horse with a verbal “good boy”, a few minutes of rest, or a pat on the neck. The trainer must be prepared to use positive punishment when the trained horse cheats with a lazy stop or doesn't remain standing still until the next cue is given. When handling the horse in-hand this can be a sharp jerk on the lead and backing a few steps. The use of a stud chain over the nose or under the jaw may have to be utilized for horses that don't believe you mean business. Under saddle this could be backing a few steps after a “lazy” stop. Dr. Williams reminds her online students that no matter what reinforcer is used, it must be implemented right after the behavior. Eventually most young horses will advance to lungeing as part of the training program. Reinforcing the stop when a horse is 25 feet away from you can be daunting. All horses must know that “whoa” means STOP and DO NOT MOVE before being lunged. When asking the lungeing horse to stop, say "ho" and move your body to a position in front of the horse's natural balance point. This will block the horse's forward movement and effectively bring him to a halt. If the horse doesn't respond correctly, give the verbal command again, followed by a jerk on the line. (Be sure you are lungeing the horse with a chain over his nose so the gentle jerk on the line has some meaning. If you cannot get the horse's attention, the physical cue is useless.) Repeat the verbal and physical commands as often as it takes until he understands the ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017

message and complies. Be sure you have moved to a position in front of the horse's balance point when asking for the stop. It may take a few tries to get the horse to stop, but he will soon get it. Praise him when he does. Do not allow him to turn and face you; do not allow him to come into you. Walk to him and pet him on the head and neck, then go back to your original position and restart the horse at the walk. Repeat the stop command, and when he stops, praise him. Teach the stop at all three gaits, and go in both directions. Stopping the horse while under saddle will now be easier to teach – the horse recognizes the verbal command to stop and understands its meaning. Teaching the horse to ground-tie is a great aid for reinforcing the “whoa.” When grooming or tacking-up remove the horse from the cross-ties and make him stand still as you move around him. If he moves, put him back in place and tell him “whoa.” In several days he will understand that he is not to move. Allowing plenty of time to learn is the key to teaching stopping, just as it is with other specific performances. Don't rush the horse. Proper training, along with reinforcing the behavior, will result in the desired performance. Take the online courses “Understanding Equine Behavior” and “Training Performance Horses.” Earn certification or work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies. Visit to for more information.


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Trouble-Free Trailer Loading by Lynn Palm Trailering is a big step. Not only are we dealing with loading our horse into a trailer, we will be driving and maneuvering a large vehicle (like a truck or SUV) and towing our precious cargo behind. Once trailering is mastered, it opens up many new opportunities for fun with our horses. We have the freedom to go to shows, trailer to a friend's house to trail ride, and have the mobility to take our horse with us almost anywhere! I want to point out some important tips for trailer safety and while driving. This is not an exhaustive list of safety considerations, but ones that I want to share with you based on my experience. How and where a horse is tied in the trailer is an important safety issue. It isn't necessary to always tie a horse in the trailer. Rather than tying a youngster or green horse I often just loop the lead line through the hay bag. This gives the horse the feeling of being tied, without the constraint of really being tied. Young or green horses can be startled when they are first learning to stand and ride in the trailer. If they are tied, they may pull back and react in fear at being restrained. We want this experience to be stress free for our horse. Only when I am sure that a youngster or green horse is comfortable with trailering, will I tie him. I like to tie my horses to the trailer tie ring that is above the chest bar and just above his head. Tying there does not create a lot of excess lead line between the horse and the point where he is tied. Every trailer is different, but select a tying point that is secure, above your horse's head, and as close as possible to him. Tie your horse with enough slack in the lead line so that he, if he would be startled and back up, has enough freedom of movement to touch the butt bar with his rump. This will give him security and a place to balance himself against while the trailer is moving. I use a lead line to tie my horses. It allows me to vary the tying length between different sized horses I am hauling. I have found the best way to tie is using a quick release knot with the end of the lead looped through it. Many people like breakaway trailer ties. I do not have a problem with them as long as the horse can keep his head in a natural position and they are not too short or constricting. If you are using them make sure they are long enough to let your horse have enough freedom of movement that he can touch the butt bar. Make sure that your vehicle and trailer are road ready before leaving on a trip. The vehicle should be rated to pull the weight of both horse and trailer. Check all tires to make sure they are properly inflated and that wheel lug nuts (the bolts that hold the wheel on the axle) are tight. Be sure that you are using the proper size trailer ball. Some trailer hitches require a larger ball than others. The correct size should be indicated on the trailer. Make sure the trailer hitch is correctly coupled with safety locking device engaged. Hook the trailer's safety chains in a criss-cross fashion to the vehicle. There should be enough slack in them to allow the trailer to turn without binding them, but they should not drag on the ground. Plug in the trailer lights and electric safety brake harness (if the trailer is equipped with one). If you are using electric safety brakes, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017

make sure that you have set them properly for the trailer's loaded weight and road conditions. Check that the trailer's brake lights and turn signals are working. Latch all doors and windows so that they won't swing open while underway. Make sure all gear inside the trailer is secure so it cannot fly around in case of a sudden stop or turn. I also like to carry a trailer emergency kit with me. Emergency items include flares, flashlight, tire changing equipment, a can of “fix-a-flat”, wheel blocks, fire extinguisher, a set of tools, and extra fuses. Make it a habit to take one last walk around your truck and trailer to inspect it for safety before departing. Driving a vehicle with a horse trailer behind is much different than driving a passenger car. The entire unit is at least twice as long and often twice as heavy! Here are some good driving tips I've learned from years of hauling my show horses across the United States. The weight of a truck with a horse trailer behind it requires a much greater stopping distance. Look further ahead down the road and anticipate when you may have to brake. This gives you time to brake gradually and slowly. Slow changes in speed and direction help your horse keep his balance in the trailer. Accelerate slowly. Slow acceleration makes it easier for your horse to keep his balance and from being slammed backward against the butt bar. It also is much kinder on your vehicle's transmission. Two road conditions create the most difficulty for the horse to maintain his balance in a trailer. They are turns or curves and going downhill to a curve. Here's how to safely handle both situations. Always turn your rig slowly. After proceeding through an intersection or turn, let the trailer straighten out before accelerating. Too many drivers forget that the trailer is behind them and accelerate through the turn, curve, or bend in road. This “whips” the trailer, and their horse, around the corner. On highways, curves are usually “banked” meaning the outside edge of the curve is higher than the inside edge. Drive toward the “high” or outer side of a curve. This allows the horse to balance himself better. Some older roadways do not have banked curves. When encountering this situation, you need to be more cautious. Slow down and cover the brake with your foot. Be ready to regulate speed to balance your rig using the brake or coast until you have passed through the middle of the curve before accelerating. The hardest situation for the horse to balance through is a curve (66)


he accepts this step, should you try loading him in a more open environment. - Never pull on the lead to muscle your horse into position or into the trailer. If you need to exert tension, release it the moment your horse comes forward. If you are working alone, use the “longe loop”, around his hip, that I taught you how to make. Or ask a friend to help you, as I described in this series. - Practice trailer loading regularly, especially if you are not hauling regularly. Be consistent in the procedures each time you load and unload your horse. - Unload your horse SLOWLY. Teach him to unload even slower than you taught him to load. - Be a safe, considerate driver – for both you and your horse's sake. - My best advice: Avoid last minute frustrations…if you have plans to go somewhere, work on trailer training your horse many weeks prior to the departure date. Be prepared and do your homework before your trailer adventure. - Above all – take your time and be patient. Getting frustrated only makes you/your horse stressed and less likely to achieve success. May all of your travels with your horse be safe and happy ones! Until then, follow your dreams… Visit Lynn Palm online for more training articles, DVDs and books at or call 1-800-503-2824. Lynn is also on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attend one of Lynn’s “Ride Well Clinics” at a location near you, or join her at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida.

after a downhill. Here the “live” weight of the horse and the trailer moving downhill will push you into the curve. It is easy to build up too much speed to safely negotiate the turn. To be safe, as you crest a hill, assess how steep it is and if there is a curve at the bottom. Take your foot off the accelerator, cover the brake, and coast. The trailer's weight will push you down hill. Minimize any acceleration by either braking or coasting until you are safely into the curve. Once you feel that the weight of the trailer passing through the curve, slowly accelerate. This will give your horse his best chance to safely balance in the center of the trailer stall. Practice driving your trailer before taking your horse for a ride. Good trailer driving skills means a safer, less stressful experience for you and your horse. He'll learn to love the trailer, not to fight it. You'll have the freedom of going almost anywhere with him and the satisfaction that you are doing it together safely. Backing Tips… Backing up a trailer does not have to be a confusing, intimidating situation. Here is my best tip for trouble free backing. Try this simple procedure and I guarantee that you'll be able to back your trailer from now on! 1. When you are ready to back your trailer, place one hand (either hand will work, but I prefer my left so I can look over my right shoulder when backing) on the bottom of your steering wheel. 2. Whichever way you want the tail end of your trailer to go, move your hand and the steering wheel in that direction. For example, if you want to back the end of your trailer to the right, with your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, rotate the steering wheel to the right. The end of the trailer will go in that direction. That's all there is to it! Watch how the trailer is reacting using your mirrors or looking over your shoulder. Just make sure you do not turn so sharply that you jack-knife the trailer and it gets pinched in a 90-degree angle with the truck. If you get in that situation, just pull forward and straighten the truck and trailer, and try again. Knowing how to back up a trailer takes a lot of stress out of trailering and gives you greater freedom to do more with your horse! Your Next Step… This newsletter ends our series in tips for trouble free trailer loading. I hope that you've gotten some practice lesson plans and advice you can use. Let's review the most important points to remember for teaching your horse stress free trailer loading: - Do not introduce trailer loading until your horse understands and demonstrates he is consistent with the basic ground training commands of “come to me”, “move away from me”, “whoa” or stop, and “back” when asked for them in a stall. - Have all the tools you need to teach trailer loading on hand before starting. - Open up all trailer doors and windows to make it a bright, inviting place. Have some “trailer bait”, like a full hay bag, inside. - If possible, have an experienced, schoolmaster type horse loaded in the trailer to give the first time loader more confidence. - Start in a confined area, like a fenced pasture. Repeat loading and unloading next to a fence for greater security until you get consistent responses. Then move away from the fence, but continue practicing still in the enclosed area. Only when your horse shows ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • OCTOBER 2017



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