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~ HORSE INFORMATION ~ HORSES MUST BE CONSIGNED EARLY! ~ We will be reserving horse numbers and will have a horse sale catalog. Mail a $12.00 non-refundable catalog and sign-in fee per horse (no catalog fee for ponies sold in riding horse ring). Send your name, address and phone number with horses name, age, breed, sex, and comments to: Yoder Bros. Auction Service, 9494 S. Rodgers Ave., Clare, MI 48617. Catalogs will be sent to over 2,000 buyers and sellers of past years! NOTICE: CONSIGN YOUR HORSES EARLY. HORSES MUST BE CONSIGNED PRIOR TO SALE DAY.


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work with it, the longer you can ask the horse to maintain the leg yield. At first I reward the horse when they soften their ribs to my leg and move over even just one stride. But as time progresses, I ask them to hold the leg yield for more strides before I give the reward. I use straight, forward movement on a loose rein as a reward for the leg yield, so as the horse softens to my left leg and yields correctly to the right, I release the rein aid, then the leg, and allow them to move forward as a reward. Next month, we'll talk about guiding the horse and the Cone Set-Up proper use of the outside rein. 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 NHorsman@albion.edu.

Lateral Softness Through The Body by Nathan Horsman, Western Team Head Coach, Albion College The sixth Cornerstone I call “lateral softness through the body.” It encompasses the sidepass, leg yield, and half pass. For the purpose of this short article, I'll focus on the leg yield. When talking about lateral softness, I'm talking about sideways movement or movement to the side in a 45 degree angle instead of straight forward. This is important for a number of reasons: It teaches the rider how to manipulate the horse using the rein, leg, and seat together. It teaches the horse the difference between a single leg aid versus both legs. It improves the balance of the horse and is a great way to begin to teach deeper engagement of the hind quarters. It also is a way that I begin to use two parts of the horse separately but for the same purpose. I'll explain how to teach the leg yield to the right (off of the left leg): In a leg-yield to the right, the horse is slightly flexed (to the left) through the horse's head and neck. The goal is to have the horse move forward and sideways at the same time with the forehand leading slightly ahead of the hindquarters and the left legs crossing over the right. To achieve this, the rider uses the seat to push the horse sideways along with the inside (left) leg behind the cinch, while the outside (right) leg drives the horse forward and controls the amount of sideways motion. The inside (left) rein maintains soft flexion through the horse's poll and jaw so you only see the outside corner of the horse's left eye. The outside (right) rein has a dual purpose – it controls the amount of bend that is exhibited by the horse's neck and rates the speed and frame of the horse. On most horses, I find this easier to teach in the trot. The horse has more engagement in the trot so it's easier to get the hindquarters and forehand to move together on a 45 degree angle. Most horses become “disjointed” if you try and teach this at the walk, so instead of the hindquarters and forehand moving together on a separate track, the forehand leads too much and you end up with a counter arc, not a leg yield. Once this exercise becomes easy at the trot, I begin to teach it at the walk, using cones as visual aids. I set two cones along the rail spaced four feet apart (set along the left side of the arena). I then walk 15 strides forward (without a horse) and then seven strides to the right. At that point I place one cone and then place another cone four feet the right of that. This pattern gives me two sets of cones to ride through and is set up on a basic 45 degree angle from one set to another (see photograph). As I ride my horse up the rail on the left side, I am set up to leg yield right. As I come through the first set of cones, I apply the cues mentioned earlier for the leg yield. As my horse learns and responds to the aids, he'll maintain a parallel line with the fence as he moves to the right in leg yield, ultimately going through the second set of cones. Most horses will try and move the shoulder more than the hips at first; if your horse does, check back on the right rein (to slow the shoulder) and slide your left leg further back, adding more pressure (to speed the hip). As the horse becomes willing to leg yield in trot on both sides, it's time to teach this exercise in the walk and the lope. The more you ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017

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Trouble-Free Trailer Unloading by Lynn Palm Trouble-free trailer “unloading” is really quite easy… just reverse the steps used to teach your horse to load. Let’s start with your horse already loaded in the trailer, ideally with another experienced horse to give him confidence. If you followed my recommendations, his loading experience was a good one. He is standing in the trailer relaxed and munching on his full hay bag. He is either tied by his lead line, or his lead is threaded through the hay bag to give him the feeling of being tied. All trailer doors and windows are open. Ideally, the trailer is parked in the corner of a fenced pasture or paddock, so that it is alongside one fence with the other fence line is behind it. If his lead is tied, untie it and thread it through his hay bag when you are ready to unload. Go around to the back of the trailer and stand off to the side of your horse. Do not stand directly behind him in case he would kick or back out quickly. Talk to him and pet him on his hip to reassure him and let him know you are back there. Slowly unfasten the butt bar and lower it. Keep talking to him to give him confidence. Move back to his head, unthread the lead from the hay bag, and gather it in your hand. Unfasten the chest bar. Standing off to the side of your horse’s shoulder give him the command to BACK, asking the same way as when you taught him the maneuver in his stall. If you need a little reinforcement to get him to back, gently push on the point of his shoulder as you move with him and give him the voice command. Let’s take a break in our unloading progression for an important reminder. Backing out of the trailer should be done as SLOWLY as possible. Take your time with this step. We do not want to teach the horse that it is acceptable to back out quickly. That’s why I like to park my trailer with a fence behind it. It helps reinforce to my horse not to run backwards out of the trailer. As he backs, use the lead to keep him straight. The fence line alongside the trailer will also help guide him straight. If the trailer has a ramp, a youngster typically has an easier time unloading because of its gentle incline. However, if the trailer is a step-up type, be prepared for the horse to be surprised the first time he steps back and down to the ground. He may be startled and come back into the trailer. If he does this, make no big deal about it. Ask again until he accepts stepping down. A second person can help introduce the horse to stepping down. Ask a friend to stand in a safe position at the outside, back corner of the trailer on the side where the horse is loaded. She should be able to reach up and touch the top of the horse’s rump. Ask the horse to back. As he gets to the point where his hind legs are close to the step, the helper should speak to him to reassure him as she puts her hand on his rump. Her hand will help him balance and give him more security to put his foot down to the ground. The helper should keep her touch on the horse as he backs out. Don’t worry if the horse moves sideways as long as he is straight. The fence line will help him stay straighter. Continue to praise and stroke him until he completes the unloading procedure. Need More Help Loading? Your Next Step… Here’s another method to help your horse learn how to load, especially if he needs more reinforcement. You will need a friend to help, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017

a longe line, and an in-hand or longe whip. I prefer using a longe whip for this procedure because its longer length gives extra safety should a horse kick in reaction of being touched with it. Snap a longe line on your horse’s halter rather than a lead. Ask the helper to hold the tip end of the whip in her hand, so the thicker blunt handle extends outward. For this lesson to be effective, the horse must first learn to accept, not fear the whip. To introduce it, position the horse so that he is between you and the fence to give you more control. The helper should stand on the same side you are standing, but toward the horse’s hindquarters. You will be using the longe line to guide your horse, while the helper will use the whip to help position his hindquarters. Ask her to gently stroke the horse’s hip with the whip as she continues to reassure him. Always stroke in the direction that the hair is growing. If the horse moves forward at the touch, ask him to “whoa”. If he moves, move with him and keep the whip in touch with his body. When he accepts this, stroke him with the whip down his hind legs. Once he accepts the stroking action of the whip repeat these steps, but ask the helper to GENTLY tap it on his hip and on his hind leg. These are areas where we use the whip without hitting the horse to ask him to move his body. The touch or tap on the hip asks him to move his hindquarters; a touch or tap lower to move a leg. He must first accept the touch and tap of the whip before moving on to the next step. Bring the horse back to the trailer and let him investigate it. Position him at the bottom of the ramp or at the step-up. Make sure he is STRAIGHT. The helper should stand at the horse’s hip on the same side you are standing. Ask him to load using the “come to me” command as you guide him into the trailer. If you need help, ask your assistant to use the blunt end of the whip to maintain a touch behind the horse’s hip and above his hocks. When he goes forward, release the touch and reward with a “good boy”. If you feel he still needs more reinforcement to move forward, ask her to use a light tap on the back of his hind legs, to encourage him to move forward into the trailer. More than likely the horse will resist the tap and move against it. Don’t be alarmed at this. Just keep repeating the gentle tapping and the touch until he moves forward. When he does this, praise him generously. As I explained earlier, your helper can also give your horse confidence during the unloading procedure by putting her hand on his rump to give him more security as he steps down and out of the horse trailer. (26)


No matter which trailer loading method you use, make sure it is as stress free as possible for your horse. These first experiences should be positive ones. Practice loading and unloading several times. When your horse shows he accepts the trailer, it is time to load him and take him for a short trailer ride. The distance doesn’t need to be any further than a city block. The ride should be slow and smooth. If another experienced horse is available to accompany him on his first trailer journey, it will give him confidence. Visit Lynn Palm online for more training articles, DVDs and books at www.lynnpalm.com or call 1-800-503-2824. Lynn is also on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attend one of Lynn’s “Ride Well Clinics” at a location near you, or join her at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida.

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Dr. Kellon’s Guidelines: Feeding Your Yearling Whether you are prepping for sales and halter classes or trying your best to raise a healthy and sound youngster, careful attention to nutritional needs is a key component. Yearlings should not be fed like little adults. Attention to detail will get you the well-developed, muscular rather than fat, shining and structurally sound young horse you are wanting. An easy way to see this is to compare their calorie needs (on a Mcal/kg of body weight basis) and their protein and mineral needs (as grams or milligrams/Mcal of diet.) Those second numbers show you how nutrient dense the diet needs to be. Compared to the adult maintenance, the yearling needs: • 113% of calories • 186% Calcium • 134% crude protein • 134% L-Lysine. Although the NRC has not gotten around to recognizing it officially yet, formal research such as vanWeeren et al 2003 shows an effect of Copper on healing of osteochondrotic lesions, as did Dr. Knight's original work in 1990. Feeding three times the current NRC minimum requirement is safe and cheap insurance. Other trace minerals are increased proportionately to keep them in balance. If you have a properly formulated weanling diet in place, this will also meet all the needs of the yearling simply by adjusting calories. If the horse starts to get too fat, cut back the diet but add 1/2 to 1 lb of a 25% protein and balanced mineral supplement to keep up the nutrient density. Unfortunately, the usual advice for feeding weanlings is a 50:50 diet of pasture or high quality hay and a commercial concentrate, by weight of each. For important reasons, the first thing I check is the fat content. In a 1999 study by Hoffman et al, young horses fed as little as 1 to 1.4 kg (2.2 to 3 lbs) of an average 10.4% fat concentrate twice a day, with pasture, had reduced bone mineral density, despite mineral intakes that were at least 200% of requirements. This is because fats form insoluble complexes with Calcium and Magnesium. Added fat in the supplement from the study above amounts to about 10 oz of oil. Unfortunately, many feeds labeled for use in yearlings have too much fat, which also increases calories and results in the concentrate alone providing all calories required, if not more, and a fat youngster. This leaves no room for hay and sets the stage for wide hormonal swings, digestive upset, and impaired development of the GI tract and its microbes. Commercial growth feeds do a good job with minerals, but don't correct imbalance issues in the hay or pasture, and assumes you feed the full recommended amount. If he backs off the recommended minimum 1% of body weight in hay or gets too heavy (and they will with those high fat feeds) you will have to reduce it – and with that, the protein and minerals also go down and will have to be added back in. Alternative approaches: A simple concentrate you mix yourself instead of the commercial feeds, adding a separate concentrated mineral mix and protein as needed. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017

For example: • By weight, 1 lb beet pulp and 2 lbs high grade oats with 1 oz of flaxseed per pound of mixture is balanced for Calcium and Phosphorus, about 12% protein and contains about 65 to 70% of the calories as high fat yearling feeds. • Ingredients also meet or exceed the % Lysine required in protein for yearlings. • Other combinations of high Calcium (alfalfa, clover, beet pulp) and high phosphorus (grains, brans, seeds) can be used to get a balanced Ca:P ratio. For a 650 lb yearling: • Combine 7.5 lbs of good quality grass hay with 7.5 lbs of oats/ beet pulp mixture, 2 cups of ground flaxseed (all daily totals) and 1 lb/day of a high quality 25% protein and balanced concentrated mineral supplement. • Look for a blend of milk and vegetable protein, 4.5 to 5% Calcium, at least 350 ppm Copper, 875 ppm Zinc with lower Manganese. If needed: • An additional 2 to 4 oz of unrefined oil can be added for coat conditioning. • Boost protein for low protein hays or pastures using a protein supplement without the added high levels of minerals. When more calories are needed, increase all elements of the diet proportionately – e.g. pound each of concentrate and hay, 1 oz flax, 2 oz protein/mineral supplement. Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers formulas that are rich in ingredients to support a sound, healthy youngster. Milk & Grow meets the increased protein, vitamin and mineral demands of the pregnant and lactating mare and growing foal. Milk & Grow Pellet is a high quality protein supplement rich in the most often deficient amino acid, L-Lysine. This is a highly digestible protein with favorable profiles for all the essential amino acids combined with a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and Probiotics. Amino-Fac-41 is a concentrated source of all the amino acids, including 4% Lysine. Supports lean muscle mass, bone and joint structure, vital organ development, immune system function, and hoof and connective tissue health. Supports increased protein needs of growing young horses in training and for tissue repair and muscle growth in exercising horses of all ages. (28)


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EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON THE EFFECTS OF FEAR ON TRAINING Equitopia’s latest video: “Training Without Fear” explores the physiological and psychological impact of fear on a horse’s capacity to be trained with a renowned horse trainer, a veterinary specialist in neurology and an expert in equine behavior. The video raises the question of whether a horse can learn if it is afraid to the three including legendary horse trainer John Lyons who weighs in on optimal mental states when training and discusses how to avoid heightened states of arousal. Director of the Comparative Neurology Research Group at University of California at Davis, John Madigan DVM, MS. DACVIM, DACAW, discusses what part of the brain is affected by stress, the hormonal consequence of stress, and when learning becomes virtually impossible. Certified Equine Behavior Consultant Jody Ambrose shows how to recognize subtle signs of fear and how to increase the horse’s ability to process scary objects. Available at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=caQi8shfd3k, the “Training Without Fear” video is produced by Equitopia Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to provide free online and classroom education to expand universal knowledge about horses, and to teach better understanding of how to work in harmony with equine partners. Equitopia’s vision is to positively impact the lives of horses and their humans by providing a non-judgmental, supportive learning environment that delivers tangible results for its participants. By the careful selection of industry professionals and supportive services, that agree with the basic guidelines for the care and welfare of horses and humans, Equitopia strives to become a groundbreaking leader in promoting a “Whole Horse and Rider” wellness and training program.

In addition, Equitopia raises funds to help with the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of sport horses deemed dangerous or suffering from undiagnosed physical problems and, as a result, are for sale or discarded. Scholarships are available to those struck by financial hardship who are struggling to care for their horses. Visitors to YouTube are welcome to post and share the link the “Training Without Fear” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v =caQi8shfd3k. Permission is not granted to re-edit or alter the video content in any way. More information on Equitopia can be found at www.equitopiacenter.com

HIGHLAND EQUESTRIAN CONSERVANCY BARN TOUR Join us on Sunday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for our annual Barn Tour! This self-conducted tour will showcase barns in Oakland and Livingston counties and will include private and working equestrian barns. Tickets may be purchased at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts the day of the tour beginning at 10:00 am, cash or check only. Tickets may be purchased in advance on our website www.highlandequestrians.org using PayPal. All tickets purchased in advance must be picked up at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland, the day of the tour. Ticket pricing is $12 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. The Highland Equestrian Conservancy welcomes all members to participate in our Board Meetings held the third Monday of every month. Call 248-889-7328 for location details.

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NEW IEA ZONE ADMINISTRATORS FILL ROLES IN EXPANDING ORGANIZATION The Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s (IEA) recent announcement of the expansion of a new Zone 11 for Hunt Seat and a nationwide Zone reorganization for Western has created new assignments for Zone Administrators. Gretchen Dye of St. Charles, Illinois has been named the new Zone 5 Administrator for Hunt Seat (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan) and Lana Ciaramella of Yonkers, New York has been named the new Zone 2 Administrator for Hunt Seat (New York). Dye replaced former Zone 5 Administrator, Todd Knerr, as he has taken on the new role of IEA Western Zone Administrator for the entire nation. Ciaramella replaced former Zone 2 Administrator, Emily David, who has moved into the new position of Zone 11 Administrator for Hunt Seat (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) Both Dye and Ciaramella are veteran IEA members, having served as IEA Regional Presidents, as well as coaching IEA teams. Gretchen Dye developed a highly successful IEA team in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area which became a springboard for involving youth in non-profit and philanthropic causes. She served as the IEA Zone 5 Region 3 (Central Ohio area) President for four years and Zone 5 Region 9 (Chicago area) for one year. In addition to successfully reestablishing Childress Rodgers Stables as a viable business in the equine industry by reorganizing their business structure and adding new programs, Dye was also involved in creating the KITE (Kid, Infant and Teen Education) program that teaches teen parents the proper physical, mental, emotional and social development of their children. Dye enjoys advising parents and student athletes on goal setting and developing structured goal achievement plans. She received her Master of Education degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a concentration in Counseling. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs IEA ZONE ADMINISTRATORS, cont. Lana Ciaramella has served as an IEA Coach at Twin Lakes Farm for the past four years as well as the Region Chair for Zone 2, Region 12 (Southeastern New York area) for two years. In this role, she strengthened the structure of regular season competitions, educated coaches on existing and updated rules, and guided new teams through the initial steps of the season. Ciaramella has stewarded a number of regular season IEA shows as well as a Regional Finals. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from American University where she was a founding member of their Equestrian Team. Ciaramella also holds a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from Pace University School of Law and has served as a volunteer Mounted Auxiliary Officer with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. About IEA: Now entering its 16th year, the IEA has more than 13,500 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. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. 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. The IEA is open to public schools, private schools, and barn teams. For more information, visit www.rideiea.org ~ BACK TO SCHOOL QUOTE ~

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in...

Shiv Khera, Indian Author

50TH ANNIVERSARY SALE OF CHAMPIONS SALES REACH $284,000 The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held this past August 6 in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $284,000. This year’s sale broke one record: Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $32,000, breaking the record of $31,000 set in 2013. “The Ohio State Fair is rooted in agriculture, and each year we're privileged to celebrate the hard work of our youth exhibitors. That's what the Fair is all about," explained General Mgr. Virgil Strickler. "I'm eternally grateful for our incredibly supportive buyers. By participating, they are supporting not only the champions here in the show ring, but thousands of other youth exhibitors as well. Funds above and beyond the caps go to the Youth Reserve Program, which allows us to reward everyone involved. We are exceptionally pleased with the $196,000 raised for the Youth Reserve Program at today’s Sale of Champions.” While these Junior Fair exhibitors take great pride in raising a quality animal, the ultimate goal each year is to be awarded a grand champion ribbon. Grand or reserve champion is an immense honor for the exhibitor; and with the Youth Reserve Program and generous buyers, it is rewarding for the entire Junior Fair program. Since 1995, the Ohio State Fair has placed caps on the amounts exhibitors can earn from their exhibits' sales. Money exceeding the cap amounts is distributed to reward other youth exhibitors through the Youth



Reserve Program. The program allots funds for scholarships, the outstanding market exhibitor program, FFA, 4-H, skillathons, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir and other Fair competition winners. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $3,201,530 to approximately 33,600 youth exhibitors since its inception. The bill for the 2017 Sale of Champions is as follows: Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibitor: Addison Jones County: Allen County Sale price: $50,000, Cap: $22,000 Purchased by: Steven R. Rauch, Inc. Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef Exhibitor: Montana Hulsmeyer County: Allen County Sale price: $36,000, Cap: $11,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company Grand Champion Market Barrow Exhibitor: Matthew Butterfield County: Butler County Sale price: $41,000, Cap: $10,000 Purchased by: Meijer Res. Grand Champion Market Barrow Exhibitor: Ella Sprang County: Holmes County Sale price: $32,000*, Cap: $7,000 Purchased by: Bob Evans Farms, Event Marketing Strategies, Huffman's Market and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibitor: Bailee Amstutz County: Union County Sale price: $29,000, Cap: $10,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb Exhibitor: Carly Gump County: Miami County Sale price: $18,000, Cap: $7,000 Purchased by: Huffman's Market Grand Champion Market Chickens Exhibitor: LeAnn Regula County: Logan County Sale price: $15,000, Cap: $6,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber Poultry Res. Grand Champion Market Chickens Exhibitor: Zac Ortman County: Perry County Sale price: $11,000, Cap: $4,000 Purchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber Poultry WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs SALE OF CHAMPIONS, continued Grand Champion Market Goat Exhibitor: Paige Pence County: Clark County Sale price: $15,000, Cap: $5,000 Purchased by: AG Boogher and Sons and S & S Volvo and GMC Trucks Grand Champion Market Turkey Exhibitor: Milan Pozderac County: Knox County Sale price: $15,000, Cap: $3,000 Purchased by: Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Kale Marketing, Cooper Farms Grand Champion Swiss Cheese exhibited by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., representing the seven dairy champions Exhibited by: Grand Champion Ayshire: Lane Greiwe, Shelby County Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Keaton Topp, Shelby County Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County Grand Champion Holstein: Kris Ackley, Logan County Grand Champion Jersey: Allison Francis, Darke County Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Somer Reid, Guernsey County Grand Champion Red and White: Ally Cupps, Champaign County Sale price: $22,000, Cap: $3,000 Purchased by: AG Boogher and Sons and S & S Volvo and GMC Trucks Total sales: $284,000 Total collected for the Youth Reserve Program: $196,000 The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation. For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the web, visit us at ohioexpocenter.com ~ BACK TO SCHOOL QUOTE ~

Education & Horses are the secrets to...

Cindy Couturier, Editor – Saddle Up! Magazine

UHC RELEASES NEW EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS Handouts provide information on finding a horse, horse care, and more The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce the addition of several new educational documents available to the industry and the general public. These handouts are available on the UHC’s website under Before You Buy and Options for Horse Owners, and will provide additional information for both first time horse buyer on how to “Own Responsibly” and what “Owning Responsibly” entails, as well as information for the current horse owner on re-homing horses and more. “The UHC has transitioned into an organization that individuals and other organizations turn to for information and education,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “Buying a horse or pony is a big decision, and also one of the most costly purchases that you will make in your lifetime. We want prospective owners to do the necessary research before purchasing a horse, and felt these short handouts would be helpful in getting started on the journey to horse ownership. We also wanted to educate current horse owners a little more on what their options are should they find themselves no longer able to care for the horses.” Topics in the handouts include: • How to Pick the Perfect Horse • Questions to Ask When Rehoming a Horse • Implications of Charitable Contributions • Basic Horse Care: Shelter • Basic Horse Care: Nutrition • I can no longer care for my horse, what options are available? • Preventative Health Care • And more! The handouts will also be available to be customized with an organization’s logo upon request should an organization wish to share the handouts with their own members or



other individuals. If you are interested in receiving a handout with your organizations logo, please email Ashley Furst at afurst@ horsecouncil.org. About the Unwanted Horse Coalition: The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse industry about the unwanted horse issue. The UHC was a direct result of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the plight of the unwanted horse, defined as any horse no longer wanted by its current owner. Operating under the American Horse Council Foundation, the UHC provides resources to prospective owners, current owners, rehoming facilities, and industry leaders in its effort to encourage responsible horse ownership.

USDF ALBERS AWARD PRESENTED TO REGION 3 CHEF D’EQUIPE SUE BENDER The United States Dressage Federation is pleased to announce that the Albers Award perpetual trophy was awarded to Region 3 Chef d’Equipe Sue Bender, at this year’s USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships, as part of the Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). “To say that Sue Bender is devoted to her Region 3 teams is an understatement. She works tirelessly, all year, to give the athletes the best NAJYRC competition experience that she can. She never stops advocating for her teams. She truly demonstrates what the Albers Award seeks to reward,” stated Roberta Williams, USDF FEI Jr/YR Committee Chair. The Albers Award is named in honor of long time USDF Region 1 Chef d’Equipe, supporWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDF ALBERS AWARD, continued ter, and good friend, Patsy Albers. The award is presented annually at the USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships, to the dressage chef d’equipe who best demonstrates the same level of dedication, enthusiasm, and team spirit shown by Patsy, throughout the years. The award is open to all of the dressage chefs d’equipe, and any competitor or chef d’equipe can nominate a candidate by submitting a written explanation as to why that chef deserves to win the Albers Award. The NAJYRC is the premier competition for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and eventing, the Paralympic discipline of paradressage, and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines reining and endurance. LOIS HEYERDAHL AND WINNIE HEINEY-DUNCAN NAMED 2017 USDF MEMBERS OF DISTINCTION The United States Dressage Federation is pleased to announce that Lois Heyerdahl and Winnie Heiney-Duncan will be recognized as USDF Members of Distinction at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, on December 2, 2017, during the Adequan®/ USDF Annual Convention in Lexington, KY. The USDF Member of Distinction Award is a prestigious, national award that annually recognizes USDF members, who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to his or her local area or region. Lois Heyerdahl was an influential trainer, judge, and dressage instructor in the Midwestern United States. Lois taught clinics across the country from Introductory to Grand Prix, through 2011. In 1977, she began her judging career in the first United States Equestrian Team (USET) learnerjudge program. She was a Senior Judge in Dressage, a candidate for the US Equestrian Team from 1979-1983, and a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist. Lois trained seven horses to Grand Prix, four of them from start to finish, and was top ten in all FEI levels with her horses Silhouette and Vertex. Along with her other accomplishments, Lois was a founding member of the Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association. Her determination to promote dress-

age was demonstrated every day and she remained a USDF member up to the year of her passing, in 2012. Winnie Heiney-Duncan has been an asset to her local dressage community, and to the mission and values of USDF, for over thirty years. Winnie is an active member of the Oregon Dressage Society (ODS), having served as an officer and board member, and was one of the founding members of the Cascade Combined Training Club. In 2011, in honor of her contributions and unending support, ODS established the Winnie Heiney-Duncan Junior/Young Rider Scholarship, which has helped numerous young riders reach their goals in dressage. Winnie and her horse, Trail Bender, were inducted into the Oregon Dressage Society Hall of Fame in 2011, for her well known freestyle to rag time tunes. In addition to receiving her Technical Delegate license in 1970, Winnie has served as the Region 6 Technical Delegate Coordinator, Region 6 Youth Coordinator, and as a volunteer at the Junior/Young Rider Region 6 Championship Show. She has also earned her USDF Certificate and USDF Diploma through the USDF University Program, in recognition for her dedication to continuing education, and received her Master’s Challenge- 3 rd Level Rider Award in 2000. For more information about the USDF Member of Distinction Award and Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at halloffame@usdf.org. Founded in 1973, The United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership/programs, visit www.usdf.org, or email us at usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277.

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ROSIE NAPRAVNIK, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, 2018 EQUINE SYMPOSIUM The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is going “Back to the Track” for the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky Jan. 24-28, 2018 in the Midsouth Region. Keynote speaker for the Saturday night awards banquet will be Thoroughbred jockey and current trainer, Rosie Napravnik (D-3, Hunterdon Hills Pony Club). Napravnik’s storied career includes two wins in the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 and 2014. In 2013 and 2014 she was a top ten earning jockey and in 2014 capped the year off by winning the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff race riding Untapable. The 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention will offer many educational opportunities for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include leadership training, workshops, anatomy lab, trade fair, research project fair, Pony Paddock, and Saturday night banquet. While in “The Horse Capital of the World”, attendees can get a taste of Louisville’s unique history and culture. The famous Churchill Downs, Muhamad Ali Center, and several distilleries along the bourbon trail are minutes from the Galt House. To see highlights from previous conventions, or more information about Pony Club and things to do in the Midsouth Region, please watch these videos: “We are Pony Club” and 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention. Information regarding schedule, registration and workshops can be found on the Pony Club website at https://www.ponyclub.org/ Events/AnnualMeeting/ in October. About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship. There are approx. 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 thru age 25. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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Summer Writing Contest Winners Children and teens in three different age groups entered our Summer Writing Contest for a chance to win a gift card to be used at a retail location of their choice. The stories submitted were entitled: “What’s The Difference Between A Horse and A Zebra?” The staff at Saddle Up! Magazine chose two winners from each age group, first and second place respectively. Winners are chosen by originality and by fact content. Congratulations to all winners within these pages, you’ve done a great job! All entries will receive a free one year 3rd class mail subscription to Saddle Up! Magazine. Thank you all for your submissions!


Julie D., Age 15, Lennon, MI At first glance, you would probably shout “Anyone Can Tell!” And I have to agree that the most noticeable difference between a horse and a zebra is that zebras have stripes and horses do not. But take a closer look. Even though the horse and the zebra are of the same family, there are still some major differences here. I think the main thing that strikes me most about the difference between horses and zebras is that horses come in a broad range of colors and sizes, while zebras are always about the same size and always come in black and white. But there are also a few smaller reasons that also set them apart. First of all, a zebra is slightly smaller than an average sized horse and the bone structure of both are different from each other. For example, a zebra’s structure is more pony-like, being half leg and half body in height, while most horses are longer in the leg than they are in the body. The tail bone is also different. A horse has a short tail bone with long flowing hair growing from the dock of the tail. A zebra has a tail like that of a mule with a longer tail bone that is solid halfway down with hairs growing from the distal end of the tail. The shape of the head differs also. When viewing from the side, a horse’s head is shaped slightly like a funnel with the nose being smaller than the rest of the head. A zebra’s head on the other hand is shaped more like a rectangle with the nose being almost the same depth as the rest of the head. And a horse’s muzzle can vary in color, either being pink, brown or black, while a zebra’s muzzle will always be black. Also, a horse’s ears are slightly smaller than those of a zebra, a zebra having larger, rounder ears that are slightly dished for exceptionally good hearing. A difference can be seen between the manes too. A horse’s mane is more prominent, being longer and always drooping over the crest of the neck. A zebra’s mane is less prominent, always being short and sticking straight up as though it were cropped. Another point is that the anatomy of the horse makes them use speed to run away from predators. They have a well developed sense of balance and a powerful flight or fight instinct. A zebra can also walk, trot, canter, or gallop but they are generally much slower than horses, but they have great stamina that helps them outpace their predators. And when being chased, a zebra will zigzag from side to side, making it more difficult for the predator. And zebra’s have excellent eyesight, unlike horses that see in different shades of grays and white, zebra’s are believed to be able to see in color, and they also have night vision. One of the biggest differences is that horses are domesticated and zebras are not. Horses are easy to train for riding, driving, and working purposes, while zebras are more difficult to handle and harder to train. And this list wouldn’t be properly finished if we didn’t at least touch on the most outstanding difference. As I said, the zebra only comes in one pair of colors in one pattern, black and white stripes. A zebra relies on this vibrant coat pattern to confuse their predators. When in a herd, it is hard to tell which end is the head and which end is the tail, so the zebra has a better chance of escaping if the predator chose the wrong end. The horse does not use trick patterns but almost more of the camouflage technique, or just turn and run. So if the horse and the zebra seemed pretty much alike before, I hope you see them a little bit differently now. I love horses for their many colors, and I like zebras for their stripy print, but I’m waiting for the checkerboard horse. Julie D., Summer 2017


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Molly W., Age 13, Gaines, MI Dr. Seuss once said “There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.” The zebra and horse are very different animals, yet look similar. One of the main differences in them is their color. While horses have a range of colors from leopard Appaloosa to mosaic, zebras only have their black and white stripes. Scientists think that the zebra’s stripes are actually used to stay cool, avoid bug bites, and are for camouflage. Zebra’s use their camouflage to hide in the grasses of Africa from their predators such as lions, who are color blind. Many may not know this, but there are only three species of zebras, the mountain zebras, plains zebras and the Grevy’s zebra. They also have many subspecies. Horses on the other hand have over 350 breeds and have very few subspecies. Zebras and horses also have quite a bit of difference in size, depending on the breed. While zebras may be as small as a pony, they are much stronger. As a matter of fact, the zebra’s kick is so strong, it could break a lion’s jaw. Another difference I never took the time to notice, is the difference in the animals tails. A horse’s tail is reasonably longer than a zebras and has a lot of strands of hair. A zebra’s tail is rather donkey-like and also comparable to a cows, it is tufted. An interesting fact about zebras is that they aren’t color blind. They can spot a lion in the brownish grass of Africa early enough to have time to run away. Zebras can run up to 40 miles per hour which is fast enough to escape the deadly jaws of a lion. However, horses can run reasonably faster. Some can run slightly over 54 miles per hour. Another way zebras stay safe or alive in the wild is by using their instincts. An example of their instincts is running in zigzags to make it hard for their predator to catch them. People have tried to catch zebras before to domesticate them and say that they are very hard to catch. When they tried to throw the lasso around the zebra’s neck, the zebra, out of instinct dodged it. Horses do not have this kind of instinct. This is why they are caught more easily in the wild and more of them are domesticated. One of the horses instincts is to be a part of a herd or to be together, they depend on each other. If you have ever had two or more horses that were kept together you would have noticed this when you took one horse away. Finally, domesticated horses usually live up to about twenty five years old. Zebras that are kept in zoos can live up to about forty years old. A very small part of this may be because of their small size (as ponies live longer than horses), but the main reason is because they don’t have to face the problems they had in the wild. When they are in captivity they don’t have to worry about a food shortage or any predators. Overall, the point I’m trying to get at is, zebras and horses may look very closely related or have similar traits, but are different in many ways. Molly W., Summer 2017 MOUNTAIN ZEBRA (equus zebra)

PLAINS ZEBRA (equus quagga)

GREVY’S ZEBRA (equus grevyi)

Mountain zebras live in hot, dry, rocky, mountainous and hilly habitats. They prefer slopes and plateaus as high as 1,000 metres (3,300 ft.) above sea level, they do migrate lower during winter. They are native to south-western Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

Also known as the common zebra or Burchell’s zebra (formerly Equus burchellii). The Plains Zebra ranges are from the south of Ethiopia through East Africa to as far south as Botswana and eastern South Africa.

Due to rapid declines in their population, they are now confined to the Horn of Africa, primarily Southern Ethiopia and Northern Kenya. There are only approx. 2,500 Grevy’s zebras left in the wild and are considered endangered.




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Riley B., Age 11, Paris, MI The main and most common difference between a horse and zebra is the fact that the zebra has stripes. Although many zebras look like they have the same stripe pattern, each zebra has a stripe pattern as unique as a human fingerprint. Horses tend to be larger than zebras, with a zebras body looking more like a donkeys. A zebra has a mane that stands up, while a horses lies down. Their tails are also different. A horse has hair all up and down their tails, but a zebras tail has hair on the very tip, like a donkey or a cow. Zebras have a difference in ear shape. A zebra’s ear is big like a donkeys, but a horse’s ears are small and close to their cranium. Zebra’s come from different parts of Africa, and there are three types of zebras. Zebra’s used to be hunted for their meat and beautiful skins. Africans would sell the skins to market in Europe, but due to the endangering of the species, wildlife biologists and wildlife conservationists have stepped in to prevent this magnificent creature from going extinct. A zebra’s mane is striped just like its body, and if you look closer you’ll notice on the body the stripes go up and into the mane. Zebra’s hooves tend to be harder and more oval than horses. Horses can whinny, but zebras usually only bray. Zebra’s are immune to the tsetse fly bite. A female zebras gestation period is longer than that of a female horse. A zebra can make a high “barking” noise to warn other zebras that danger is coming, like a pride of lions. Zebra’s cannot be used like a horse, you cannot ride on them. So those are the different things between a horse and a zebra. Riley B., Summer 2017


Daphne B., Age 11, Metamora, MI Some might think the only difference between a horse and a zebra is the color, but there is much more than that. Like, they have different bone structures, their outside body is different, and the reasons they can’t be ridden like horses. For instance, one way the bone structure is different is a zebra has more bones in its tail than a horse. Another difference is that zebras have a shorter stiff mane. There are more differences than bone structure, like their diet. Sure, they are both herbivores and both eat grass, but when horses only eat grass, zebras will eat bushes and shrubs, when grass is not available to eat. The outside body of the horse and the zebra have many differences, one is color. A zebra has a black muzzle and a black and white coat. Each zebra has its own pattern, and like human fingerprints, none are the same. A horse’s muzzle can be pink, brown or black and its coat color can be white, gray, black, brown or multicolored. Another example of the difference on the outside body is zebras have stiffer, stockier legs and a zebra is lighter and smaller than a horse. Why can’t zebras be ridden too? Well, zebras are pretty unpredictable. They can be very aggressive and even vicious as they get older. To add on to the bad news, saddles just don’t fit a zebras body shape very well. In the past few years zebras have been trained to be domestic, but as a species it does not cooperate. In conclusion, there are many differences between a horse and a zebra, some as simple as color of a horse and a zebra and some as complicated as the difference in their bone structure or the fact that humans don’t ride zebras. Daphne B., Summer 2017


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Natalie H., Age 8, Vassar, MI Although horses and zebras are part of the equine family, there are still many differences between them. Some of the differences include their appearance, where they live and how they are used. The first difference in how they look is that horses don’t usually have stripes, but zebras do. A zebra’s tail also has a very long bone connected to its body that has hairs at the end of it. A horse’s tail has a bone too, but it’s shorter than the zebras, and it has long hairs connecting to the hindquarters. Next, horses usually have sleeker coats than zebras. Since zebras are usually in the wild, their coats are commonly dirtier than horses that have owners to groom them. In addition, horses have manes that lay on the side of their neck and a zebra’s mane sticks straight up. Unless they live in a zoo, zebras only come from certain parts of the world. Horses however can live just about anywhere. The way horses are generally used is different than the way zebras are used. A horse is usually ridden, but zebras aren’t normally trained to ride. The movie “Racing Stripes” however is a different story. Horses also have smoother gaits than zebras. Zebra’s aren’t generally ridden, so I would expect them to have rocky gaits. While most horses are tame and can be kept, trained and ridden by people, zebras are not usually farm pets. Horses are kept for pets. Horses make a different noise than zebras. While zebras bray, horses whinny. These are some of the many differences between horses and zebras. Natalie H., Summer 2017


Colin B., Age 7, Paris, MI The big difference between a horse and a zebra is a zebra is striped and horses come in many colors. A zebras mane stands up but a horses mane lies down. You can’t have a zebra as a pet. Their hooves are different shapes. You can’t ride a zebra like you can ride a horse. Zebras use their stripes to protect themselves but horses don’t have camo. There are many breeds of horses but only three of zebra. Zebras are smaller than horses. You can see a horse at a rodeo, but you can’t see a zebra at a rodeo. Zebras bray and horses neigh. You can see a zebra at a zoo, but you can’t see a horse there. So that is the difference between a horse and a zebra. Colin B., Summer 2017 AFRICA has 54 sovereign countries – the most on any continent – and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa spans over 5,000 miles north to south and 4,800 miles east to west and contains a wide array of peoples, skin colors, religions, and cultures, and of course zebras! Source: www.wikitravel.org/en/Africa





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information about a horse’s “weighty matters,” instructions for using the Henneke system are on page 173 of Feed Your Horse Like a Horse. You can also view a helpful demonstration in this Purina video at https://youtu.be/sXe1TxC5ukc . Monitoring your horse’s weight helps you know how well your weight loss plan is working. Keep in mind, however, that measurements tell you nothing about the source of weight loss. Your horse may be losing muscle instead of fat, especially if you are limiting his amount of forage intake. Conversely, horses fed forage free-choice will naturally produce more gas, creating a “hay belly;” the measurements will make it appear as though your horse is gaining weight, when in fact, it is gas that is causing abdominal distention. This is normal and healthy.

Dr. Getty’s Tip of the Month:

Weighty Matters Planning to medicate your horse? Deworm? Calculate feed? You absolutely need to know how much he or she weighs. But without a commercial scale, how do you do that? A weight tape provides an estimated weight, but for a closer approximation, Dr. Juliet Getty shares this handy formula for figuring your horse’s weight using a tape measure: • Measure heart girth in inches (circumference of the horse's body just behind the shoulder and at the middle of the withers, where the saddle girth would be) • Measure length in inches – a straight line from the point of shoulder to the point of buttocks. Formula: Weight (in lbs) = (Girth X Girth X Length) divided by 330 (To obtain weight in kg, measure length and girth in cm. Use the above formula, except divide by 11,900, instead of 330.) Weight is not the only important diagnostic tool Girth to measure your horse’s health. You’ll want to Length consider his Henneke body condition score too; a horse can be of normal weight and still develop regional fat deposits along the crest of the neck, back, shoulder, and tail head, indicating insulin resistance. Along with other useful

Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices. Dr. Getty’s goal is to empower the horse person with the confidence and knowledge to provide the best nutrition for his or her horse’s needs. Dr. Getty’s fundamental resource book, Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, is now in paperback as well as in hardcover, searchable CD and Kindle versions. All except the Kindle version are available at www. GettyEquineNutrition.com – buy the book there and have it inscribed by the author. Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon (www.Amazon.com); find print versions at other online retail bookstores. The seven individual volumes in Dr. Getty’s topic-centered “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions.

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Chart showing where and in what order fat deposits generally accumulate.

The Henneke System – The Henneke horse body condition scoring system is a numerical scale used to evaluate the amount of fat on a horse's body. It was developed by Henneke et al. (1983) at Texas A&M University with the goal of creating a universal scale to assess a horses' body weight. It is a standardized system that can be used across all breeds without specialized equipment; condition is assessed visually and by palpation. Scores range from 1 to 9 with one being poor and nine being extremely fat; the ideal range for most horses is from 4 to 6. The table below gives a description of the possible body condition scores. The system is based on both visual appraisal and palpable fat cover of the six major points of the horse. Body condition influences everything in your horse’s life, from reproductive efficiency, to performance, to good health. The sys-tem is used by law enforcement agencies as an objective method of scoring a horse's body condition in horse cruelty cases.

A. Along the Neck B. Along the withers C. Crease down back D. Tailhead E. Ribs F. Behind shoulder

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1. Poor – Extremely emaciated. Spinous processes, ribs, tailhead, hip joints, and lower pelvic bones project prominently; bone in withers, shoulders and neck are easily noticed. No fatty tissue can be felt.

2. Very Thin – Emaciated. Slight fat covers base of spinous processes, transverse processes of lumbar vertebrae feel rounded. Spinous processes, ribs, tailhead, hip joints, lower pelvic bones are prominent. Withers, shoulders/neck structure faintly discernable.

3. Thin – Fat buildup about halfway on spinous processes. Transverse processes can't be felt. Slight fat covers ribs. Hip joints appear rounded but easily discern-able; lower pelvic bones not distinguishable. Withers, shoulders, neck accentuated.

4. Moderately Thin – Slight ridge along back. Faint outline of ribs discernable. Tailhead prominence depends on conformation, but fat can be felt around it. Hip joints not discernable. Withers, shoulders and neck not obviously thin.

5. Moderate – Back is flat; ribs easily felt, but not visually distinguishable. Fat around tailhead feels a bit spongy. Withers round over spinous processes; shoulders and neck blend smoothly into body.

6. Moderately Fleshy – May have slight crease down back. Fat over ribs spongy; fat around tailhead soft. Small fat deposits behind shoulders and along sides of neck and withers.

7. Fleshy – Might have slight crease down back. Individual ribs can be felt, but noticeable filling between ribs with fat. Fat around tailhead soft; fat deposited along withers, behind shoulders and along neck.

8. Fat – Crease down back. Difficult to feel ribs. Fat around tailhead very soft; area along withers filled with fat. Area behind shoulder filled with fat, noticeable thickening of neck. Fat deposit inner thighs.

9. Extremely Fat – Obvious crease down back. Patchy fat appears over ribs. Bulging fat around tailhead, along withers, behind shoulders and along neck. Fat along inner thighs. Flank filled with fat.




Notes From Julie Goodnight

Does Your Horse Like You? Recently at one of my clinics, a rider told me that three different trainers told him flat-out that his horse did not like him. He was hoping that the clinic would help him understand if the horse would ever come to like him or if he should get a different horse. I was hoping that the clinic would help me understand why a trainer (let alone three of them) would say something like that to anyone, let alone their client. We know horses are very emotional animals, and we know them to also be very relationship oriented. The question is, what does your horse think of you? And what are the signs that tell you? People say all the time, “I want my horse to like me and I want my horse to trust me!” All the “want” in the world won't make this happen. Learning to read the signs from your horse that indicate his emotional state – and asking yourself what you are doing that is causing this reaction – will get you where you need to be. What horses want the most is security and comfort. They love things that make them feel safe, like clear rules and expectations, consistency and strong leadership. They love to rest, they love to be praised for a job well done and they love it when you take all the pressure off of them. Horses don't like you or dislike you randomly. They react to how you make them feel – safe and content or anxious and uncomfortable. Analyzing the mistakes you make and the reactions of your horse will help you find the answers and bring your relationship with your horse to a whole new level. Do Horses Like People? In the case of the owner who was told that his horse did not like him, I personally found that to be ridiculous, but I gradually came to understand what was going on. It wasn't a matter of who the horse “liked” and “disliked,” it was a matter of riding skill and how the horse reacted to the rider's mistakes. It was a young Quarter Horse gelding, only 3 years old and working very well under saddle. He had been trained and ridden by several different pro-riders since he was a 2-year-old. This is a great start for a horse, and it certainly showed in this horse's performance at the clinic. He was cool as a cucumber and keeping up with much older and more experienced horses. The reason why this guy thought his horse did not like him was that the horse was showing some signs of frustration when he rode – but not when the trainers rode him. When a young horse is ridden primarily by pro-riders, that level of rider becomes the norm for that horse. They are highly sensitive, fast-learning animals – and they come to know the patterns, routines and idiosyncrasies of the rider fast. Of course, the pro-rider is generally very balanced, using light aids, and very consistent in her cues and expectations of the horse – giving praise and rest when earned, and correcting the horse fairly when needed. The pro-rider that is very accustomed to riding green horses also knows what to expect and knows how to avoid problems. This consistency and confidence of the rider is palpable to the horse and results in a confident and compliant horse. I learned a long time ago that when starting colts it's a good idea to have more than one person ride the horse, so that the young horse comes to understand that there will be different riders, who cue and ride differently. When a horse is only ever ridden by one person as a youngster, and that one person is a highly qualified rider, the horse rightfully may come to believe that all riders will be exactly this way. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017

Photo Credit: Melissa Arnold Then at some point, when the new rider comes along and cues differently, holds the reins tighter, and gives conflicting and confusing signals, the horse is shocked and frustrated. Signs to Look for in Your Horse: Horses are all quite different in their temperaments, so their reactions to a new and/or lesser skilled rider may range from mild frustration to downright anger and revolt. Some horses have a strong sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair. These horses tend to be less tolerant of the rider's mistakes. Like people, some horses have the patience of a saint, while others, not so much. When a trained horse becomes frustrated with the rider, the signs may be as subtle as a shake of his head or tensing/hollowing of his body, or as blatant as swishing the tail, kicking out or flat out refusing to do what the rider asks. As his frustration with a lesser skilled rider grows, he may start shutting down, refusing to move forward, diving toward the gate or center of the arena, or running right through the bridle – no steering, no brakes. These are all signs that the horse is frustrated with the rider and feels like he is being treated unfairly. This nice QH gelding did not dislike his owner – he just wished he rode as well as the trainers. The horse never acted out badly, he was just happy when the trainers rode – and a little frustrated when the novice owner rode. When the rider made a mistake – like pulling back on the reins when he wanted the horse to go forward – the horse would get understandably frustrated and shake his head or swish his tail in irritation. This does not mean the horse did not “like” the person; it meant that the rider needed to learn to ride better and own up to his mistakes. Fortunately for us, horses don't stand around the water cooler and decide which humans they like and dislike, or who did what to whom. They live in the present moment and they react to your actions (good or bad). They learn to trust you – or not – based on your actions, not whether they like you. They get frustrated or irritated or they become content and relaxed – based on what you do. That's why most of the time when we are having problems with trained horses, we examine our own actions, not blame the horse. As the clinic progressed, I worked with all the riders to develop a balanced seat and to ride with all their aids – not just their hands. In fact, we worked on controlling speed and direction without using the reins, cueing lightly and consistently and having proper position in the saddle and moving fluidly with the horse, having clear and reasonable expectations of your horse and following through with (40)


consistency. The young gelding worked very well for his proud owner, and at the end of the clinic I asked the rider, “Do you still think your horse doesn't like you?” Seeing the huge smile on his face as he kissed his horse smack on the lips, told me all I needed to know. Maybe it was my imagination, but in this moment I thought I saw a twinkle in the horse's eye that said, “Thank you (for fixing my rider).” Enjoy the ride! – Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight: Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles – she's experienced in dressage 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.Julie Goodnight.com; be sure to sign up for the free monthly training news at http://JulieGoodnight.com and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at http://YouTube.com/JulieGoodnight. Julie talks 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) with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and Mp3s! Check out Julie’s full list of clinics and appearances at: www.Julie Goodnight.com/calendar

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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB – OHIO July continued to be busy for the Black Swamp Driving Club. Gary and Connie Gillfillan hosted a picnic at their Indian Lake cottage July 15. Twenty members enjoyed morning boat rides followed by a delicious picnic, making it a pleasant day at the lake. Hot, humid weather and a threat of rain July 23 didn't put a damper on the Byers Woods drive in Ashland, OH. The joint event with the Western Reserve Carriage Association, hosted by Jeff and Mary Ann Tock along with Mary Thomas, drew six turnouts – including one from Indiana – and more than two dozen members. Jeff Tock had numbered various spots on the trails, placed stop signs in areas unsafe to drive, and made maps to correspond to the numbers. No one got lost as they drove the trails in the woods, along the ponds, and through the prairie area. Mary Ann Tock drove around the trails to offer assistance and answer questions. Before the noon potluck began, Joanne Taylor, who hosted the original Byers Woods drive several years ago, introduced her guest, Tom Kruse, head of the Ashland County park system. He welcomed everyone, giving a brief history of the park, and added when he was the vocational agriculture teacher at the adjacent JVS, he and his students planted hundreds of trees throughout the park. Although construction on a pipeline had closed about a third of the park for the summer, there was still plenty of room for driving, and once the pipeline is completed, a new parking lot, big enough for larger trailers, will be built. July 28-30 found several members at the GLADS Horse Driving Trial (HDT) held at Windy Knoll Farm, Sullivan, OH. Organizer Stacey Giere had designed the event to prepare competitors for the upcoming Indiana Combined Driving Event (CDE) which will be held September 22-24. Jackie and Mike Minges, Bobbe Polvony, and Mary Thomas competed in driven dressage, a shortened marathon, and the cones challenge, earning several good ribbons. Sterling Graburn, several times U.S. representative

for the World Driving Championships, was available for private lessons. Bobbe Povony, Mary Ann and Jeff Tock took advantage of that opportunity. Carrie Fricker, Graburn's navigator at the 2016 World Championships, presented a clinic with a chance to try navigating through obstacles. On hand to watch the action and lend a helping hand throughout the weekend were Molly and Dale Owen, Mary Elliott, and Linda Spear. The National Drive, slated for October 10-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park, will draw several BSDC members. The six day event offers free clinics by well-known driving trainers, unlimited driving throughout the park, parties, a swap meet, a carriage dog class, the trace pace, driving vendors for great shopping, the mimosa drive, a chance to weigh equines and carriages, private lessons with the clinicians, and always a few last minute additions. Check www.nationaldrive.net for more information. Upcoming events: September 17: Parker Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, OH, hosted by the Emmons family September 24: Coon Hunters Drive, Tiffin, OH, hosted by Sue & Roger Murray October 1: Crosswinds Marsh Drive, near New Boston, MI, hosted by Jackie & Mike Minges. A wide 4.5 mile dirt and gravel trail with two bridges circles the park. A joint drive with the Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association. October 22: Hayride, Galion, OH, hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spear at their farm November 11: Holiday Dinner, Grace Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH Interested in equines and/or driving? New members and guests are always welcomed at BSDC events. Check us out online at: www.blackswampdrivingclub.com or on the BSDC Facebook page for information on our upcoming events. You are welcome to join us!

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION We continue to enjoy summer at the Brighton Recreation Area and refuse to acknowledge that we're well past the halfway point of this beautiful season. When that does intrude on our thoughts, we remember how glorious the days can be in September and October. Our most recent summer event was our annual Picnic and Ride, held every August. This celebration of summer has been around for years, and it's always well-attended. We have a winning formula, featuring an easy ride on the Brighton trails which was blessed this year by the best weather imaginable and only a few bugs. Some participants only stayed out a few hours and others extended their rides for longer. However, everyone made it a point to return to the staging area for the food that awaited them. Keeping with tradition, BTRA supplied all the meat off the grill, condiments, beverages, and desserts. Guests contributed side dishes and snacks. Once again, BTRA member Rose Clark coordinated this event and oversaw all the preparation. And, once again, her husband John served as head chef at the grill. The burgers were really special this year (super thick) and some of the diners even mistook them for fillet mignons. We're going to take full advantage of this summer weather by riding the trails at every opportunity, and look forward to our next big event in September, our annual Poker Ride on the 9th. Later that month is the 4-H Grand Equestrian Ride-A-Thon, another event that is not hosted, but supported by BTRA. This is a fundraiser which serves a very good cause, and is another example of how the equestrian facilities at Brighton can be utilized and enjoyed in so many ways. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

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FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! Cooler riding days are just around the corner with September here. That means it’s time to plan to come to the Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out at Fort Custer! This is our rider favorite 4 day event, September 14th-17th, a 3 night – 4 day chance to camp at the beautiful Whitford Lake event area! Kick back, enjoy our pancake and sausage breakfasts on Sat. and Sun. mornings (with coffee!) and the wonderful pulled pork sandwiches and potluck Saturday supper. The camp area is mowed, picket poles and water for horses, manure removal, new outhouse (which we donated), and you can use portable corrals if you wish. As always, the cart trail will be open for driving your ponies. Don't forget the highlight of Saturday evening is our famous fundraiser auction of donated items. With DarylAnn showing off her auctioneer skills, your generous donated items (horse related or not), laughter and fierce bidding is sure to entertain everyone! All 4 days are just $45 for members and $60 for non-members. Reservations are suggested but not necessary. Go to our website at www.fchfa.org for info or call Toni Beth Hess at 269-781-9688 for reservations. We have been busy to get everything ready for fall riding. The bridge on the Historic trail has been completed, redone with thick sawmill planking thanks to Ken and Roger and a few members that came to install the boards. This was done for under $1500 with club monies, just another example of why riders should join FCHFA and all the GREAT things we have donated to the Park for riders to enjoy! Also, our campground proposal has been turned in by Roger and Nancy for review by our manager. This is a step-by-step process and we'll keep our fingers crossed! The new directional parking sign has been install at the trailhead entrance. Please look at this and park your rigs accordingly. Busy weekends fill the lot quickly and efficient parking is important!

MANURE!!! There has been too much manure left in the parking lot. We have a manure pit, wheelbarrow and pitchforks there. The riders that are picking up others mess came to ride, not to clean. Be respectful of our staging area. Also some riders have brought horses into our pavilion area and left hay and their mess next to our picnic tables. Signs will have to be made for something that should be common courtesy. Our volunteers work hard to make sure our Park and trails are the best in southern Michigan. Help us out! Hope to see you at the Camp Out or on the trails! Call Nancy for any information at 269967-3613. Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION What is the difference between Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) and Limited Distance (LD)/ Endurance? In CTR, the riders cover a specified distance in a given time. Ride times are at the ride manager's discretion with 25 miles in 4.14 hours, including a 40 min. vet hold, being the minimum allowed time. CTR's require a rider to maintain a maximum pace of 5.5 to 7 mph on the trail. Every horse/rider team starts out with 400 points which is a perfect score and points are deducted from there based on comparisons to the pre-ride observations of fatigue, lesions and muscle soreness. Ride time, lameness, pulse, and respiration are judged against a set scale. The goal is to cross the finish line at exactly the specified time, there is a 10 minute safe window where no points will be deducted and a completion is given up to one hour past the specified time. LD rides are between 25-35 miles. Endurance rides are those of 50+ miles per day. Total completion time per day (including vet checks) for 25 miles is 6 hours, for 50 miles is 12 hours, and for 100 miles is 24 hours. The LD winner and subsequent placings are determined by the horse that pulses down to 60 bpm the fastest while also being sound at the ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017 (50)

trot. Endurance ride placings are based on the order of finish of horses that meet the completion criteria for soundness and pulse rate which are set per the vet's requirements for that ride day and who are thus deemed fit to continue. Before any horse starts a CTR, LD or Endurance ride, they are required to pass a pre-ride vet check for soundness. During the rides there are mandatory vet checks where horses are deemed fit to continue or not based on soundness and pulsing down within a set time. In the sport, every precaution is taken to keep the horses safe and healthy. Our ride season has started and continues on with four rides in September. The first is the White River Fall ride in Hesperia, MI where you will ride in the wonderful freshness of the Manistee Forest. Choose your ride from distances of Intro, 25, 50, 55 and 75 miles. After that, catch us in the U.P. at the Keweenaw Ride with distances of 25, 50 and an 815 mile fun ride. Next up is Tin Cup Springs in Luther, MI, go ride beautiful two tracks with distances of 25 and 50 miles offered concurrent with a CMO's too. And then find us at Kensington and Proud Lake for the fun Metro Park Express ride with distances of 50, 30, 25 and 12 miles offered! October 14-15 is our last ride of the season, held on the west side of the state at Silver Creek in Hamilton. Rides of 15, 25, 30 and 50, 75 miles are offered at this very beginner friendly ride through winding trails surrounded by oak trees changing color with the fall! There is still plenty of time to join us in 2017, see you there! The GLDRA ride season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Milford, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out online today, www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

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IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION Ionia Horse Trails Association hosted it's first ever Forbidden Trails Ride on the weekend of July 15th & 16th. We were pleased with the turnout! Riders enjoyed a lunch of brats, salads, chips and cookies out on the trail, and were allowed to ride about six additional miles of trails normally forbidden to the public. If we get the opportunity to repeat this event in 2018, we have ideas for improving the ride. If you wish to share ideas with us, please come to our meeting September 12th at the park headquarters or contact one of our board members. Please be reminded of our Harvest Fest the weekend of September 22nd through 24th. Our annual meeting and elections will be Friday, September 22nd, 6 pm at site 138 in the horse campground. Come cast your vote and share in our pulled pork potluck dinner. If you're a member and you'd like to join our board, let any board member know and we'll get your name on the ballot. Write in candidates are accepted at the meeting also. Our Annual Chili Cookoff will be the weekend of October 13th through 15th. Bring out your best chili – or join our potluck chili sampling dinner. The suggested donation to judge the chili is $8 (entering your chili is free). We have some fun fall style items to auction off, so come on out and try your luck. For more information, visit us online at: www.IoniaHorseTrailsAssociation.org We hope to see you out on the trails at Ionia!!

vided by the Highland Equine Conservancy – THANK YOU SO MUCH! The trail is so much quieter since Wayne County repaved Beck Road recently. But vegetation has been growing all summer and we need to get it cleared again – it's the Never Ending Story. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH – FROM 4:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M. IS OUR SPECTACULAR FALL SCRABBLE RIDE! Come and bring your favorite equine and join us for a lovely fall afternoon, meet us at the staging area at: 20145 Beck Rd., Northville, MI 48167, between 7 and 8 Mile Roads. $5 Donation. The colors should be divine and the bugs should be non-existent, we will have a potluck, a campfire and fantastic trails with friends both two and four legged. Come join us, and bring your favorite yummy dish to pass. Members, flyer to follow shortly. Check us out at mayburytrailriders.org, on Facebook, or contact me, Christina Purslow at 248-912-5238 or email crispurslow@ yahoo.com for more information. Come enjoy our BEAUTIFUL URBAN GEM – MAYBURY STATE PARK!


MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING What a great weekend we just had at Ely Lake Campground in Fennville. Thank you so much Trudi and Luanne for throwing such a great MiCMO party. There were some new faces at this three day event and they proved to be pretty competitive. The turnout was great with 33 riders on Friday, 35 riders on Saturday and 28 riders still around for Sunday. Every competitor received a wonderfully embroidered beach towel to use in Ely Lake. Such a great personal touch! The short course was popular this weekend with a total of seven teams/individuals each MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION day. The Twisted Sisters out did themselves Well it's back - THE BEST RIDING WEATHER with two firsts and a second. The times were IN THE WORLD! The bugs are abating, trails within minutes of each other! Congratare dry and the Park is doing a bang-up job! ulations to the Lil Buckaroo’s for taking the At the time of this writing we bush whackers top spot for the short course on Saturday. The and trail blazers are fixin' to get back to work long course was equally competitive with on that Maggie Trail, with our new Weed about seven teams/individuals each day. Wacker we purchased with the funds pro- Turn and Burn Babes took first place two out ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017 (51)

of the three days, giving it up to the Trail Stompers on Sunday. It is so fun to hear the stories of time wasted looking for plates in the wrong spots and the challenge of breaking through the prickers in the woods. One of the many great things about Competitive Mounted Orienteering is the friendship and respect that each team has for each other. Whether you are there to enjoy the stroll in the woods and get as many plates as you can with no regard for speed, or you are riding hard for the top spot, everyone is welcome and embraced. The support for each other goes beyond the competition, helping each other with any and all challenges presented when you are traveling and competing with your favorite equine. We all help each other, from backing your trailer into tight spots to making sure your neighbors picket line stays up. Many have been known to provide a mount when someone’s trusty ride is not feeling their best, or allow a non-gated rider to try out their gaited horse before making the big switch. It warms my heart to be around such a positive and inviting group of people that are just looking for ways to spend more time with their animals and nature. It was great to see John DeBiak there and making his way around on crutches. He will be riding next year I am sure! Always remember to stay as safe as you can out on the trails, because accidents happen quickly. There has been a new ride added to the schedule on September 13th at DBarD in Chase. This will be a warm-up ride for the Tin Cup Special in Luther. Please contact Colleen Carson for more information: 231-854-7074 or visit MiCMO on Facebook. This will make for a busy couple of weeks in September with the Ready to Ride CMO at Ionia on the 9th and 10th, Hump Day CMO on the 13th and the Tin Cup Special CMO in Luther on the 15th, 16th and 17th. After that marathon of rides, we will close out the year at Kensington Metro Park on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd for the Looney Tunes CMO. It’s not too late to give this great sport a try! Happy Trails ~ Janet

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MI FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION I neglected to post last time that member, Vicky Tobler of Canton, MI, and her gorgeous black and white MFT mare, Beauty, also participated in the July Ivy Schexnayder clinic. They perfected Beauty's gait and showed us all an awesome fox trot! The next association event is the MFTHBA/ MFTA/MTRA National Trail Ride across beautiful Northern Michigan September 1728 heading east. You must be an MTRA member to participate (for insurance purposes). Annual dues are $35 with each day of the 12 day ride costing $12 to camp. Go to www.mtra.org or call Chuck Fanslow at 989435-9224 (evenings) for more information. Also, enroll in the Fox Trot America Program at mfthba.org and earn a point toward a great prize! The MFTA Versatility program is in full swing! There is still time to get involved however. Earn a cool prize for doing everything with your horse! I know some have been in parades, participated in clinics, taken lessons, gone to horse camps and have ridden trails in ours and other states. Get credit for it! Go to our website to find more information and print off an enrollment form or call Kathy Kruch at 989-390-1838 if you have any questions. Awards will be given out at our January 2018 meeting. Is anyone going to the Celebration show at the Ava, MO show grounds? It should be a very fun show! It is held annually during the first week of September. This year the dates are Sept. 3-9. There will be classes for adults and youth from all states and countries, MFTs of all ages and both sexes, performance and model. There will be versatility, cattle sorting and local trail rides in the Ozarks, too! Lots of Grand Champions will be awarded garlands and professional pictures taken. Go to www.mfthba.com to learn more. Don't miss it! Improvements (lighting, signage, footing, etc.) to the Ava show grounds are happening quickly to improve the show experience. Vendors will be on-site, as well as food offerings. You will meet and make many new

friends if you go! If you are interested in learning more about our versatile breed and association activities, go to our website www.michiganfox trotters.com 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!

NORTHERN MI PAINT HORSE CLUB What a Great Show the NMPHC had July 22nd and 23rd at MSU. Despite a little bit of rain Saturday morning and the moving of the show booth/annoucer stand many times made things interesting, the show staff came though with flying colors. Thank you Jennifer and Dustin. The NMPHC would like to thank all the All-Breed exhibitors who came to show. The All-Breed turnout increased twofold at this show and we hope all of you come again next year! Congratulations to High Point Winners: Stallion: R Star Attraction. Gelding: Burning Style. Mare : R Image of a Star. Yearling: One Lazy Loper. Amateur: Norma Hamilton. Novice Amateur: Livn Large, Rachel Rodenhouse. Youth 13 & Under: Scent To Be Fancy, Julie Knapp. Novice Youth: Lope NB Still, Hannah Wright. WT Amateur: Custom Built Hotrod, Linda Krzemecki. All Breed Adult: HowBoutThisHilfiger, Melissa German. All Breed Youth: Long Cool Woman, Andi Reynolds. All Breed Walk Trot: Fantacize Alott, Abigail Ebner. Youth 14-18: Lopin To The Big Time, Hailey Davis. SPB Amateur: HowBoutThisHilfiger, Melissa German. SPB Youth: Long Cool Woman, Andi Reynolds. SPB Open: Long Cool Woman. All Breed Walk Trot: Chute the Rocket, Kimberly Krawczak. High Point APHA Open: Drop Top Diva. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017 (52)

Sweepstakes Sponsors: Geldings: Gary & Kathy Vankampen. Mares: MI Open Horse Show Championships, Jennifer Kiser. Showmanship: Diane Lynn Kerman. Longe Line: Todd Olsen. Hunter Under Saddle: Phyllis Imhoff. Western Pleasure: Ream Performance Horses, Emily Ream. Trail: Jeff Race. Sweepstakes Results: Halter Geldings: No Apologize, Kearstin Miller. Halter Mares: R Image of a Star, Robert Rasch. Trail: Drop Top Diva, Norma Hamilton. Showmanship: Drop Top Diva, Norma Hamilton. Hunter Under Saddle: Hoos Real, Rachel Kooiker. Western Pleasure: Drop Top Diva, Norma Hamilton. Longe Line: When Im Good N Sleepy, Michael Jankowske. Our last show of the season will be our Fall Color Classic at MSU, October 20 – 22, 2017, with a 4 judge All Youth/Amateur Show on Friday and Split/Combine 4 judge show on Saturday and Sunday. Circuit Awards and Point Approved for NMPHC and MPHC. Check out the NMPHC website at: www. NMPHC.net or Facebook for details. This is a homecoming weekend of MSU, book your hotel now!

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) It’s time for OREA's annual Judged Trail Ride, happening September 16th at the Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at the pavilion next to the trailhead. Riders hit the trail between 10 am and 12 noon. The requested donation is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 16 & under. Cash prizes/ribbons for the best scores, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and lunch await you after the ride. Camp with us on Friday and/or Saturday night and get your name in the drawing for a surprize bag. Just bring your camping receipt to one of the organizers at the pavilion to participate. OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION Susie and I recently attended the Equine Trails Subcommittee meeting in late July up in Lansing. We had gone up to follow through with the Draft Equestrian Camping Policy. We were informed that the fee for camping would be increased from $18.00 per site to $20.00 per night, per site starting in 2018 at Michigan State Recreation Areas. MDNR will also be charging an additional reservation fee. The fee will be $8.00 per reservation when made online and $10.00 per reservation when made by phone. We are not sure of the refund or cancellation policy of such reservations. Once we know what the MDNR policy will be, we will share the information. Currently you cannot book a site online at the Rustic Equestrian Campground at Pontiac Lake. Also Gabrielle Hume is no longer the ETS representative to our SE district. The new representative has not been formally introduced to the committee to our knowledge and they have not made any contact with our group yet. The September Tour The Trails event is around the corner. While we don't have any openings at the campground for camping, we have plenty of space for those who wish to participate for the day. If you want to get on the camping waiting list or find out what the activities are for the day, please check our website at www.plha.info or contact our event coordinator Susie via email at Us5495 @frontier.com. It looks to be a spectacular fall for trail riding and camping. Thanks to the trail boss Rich Sulla, the trails are ready and waiting for you and your horse at The Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. We look forward to seeing you! Caryn Robinson

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer! Our next event will be our Obstacle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. This event is open to members and nonmembers and any level rider. Come out and try as many obstacles as you like and then go for a ride and enjoy our trails. If you are not riding that day, come and just hang out with us. We will be camping on Friday and Saturday evenings. Here are all of the details: for the ride, registration will begin at 9am. The ride is $10 per rider and there will be prizes. If you are camping, we will provide a breakfast Saturday morning and a movie on Saturday night. Please let us know if you plan on camping so we can save you a spot. Lunch will be included on Sunday. All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be!). We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with our old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events please email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com.

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Pirates! Pirates! Well, they came to Sleepy Hollow and found thar’ treasure chest! There were eight hidden chests to find with your map, mates followed the clues to the horse height chests. The Cash Back Prizes were awarded at the 6:00 pm potluck. In first place were Pat, Lindsey and Gary, second were Pat, Jenny, Anna and Sam, third were Lori, Jennifer, and Chanda! The Sleepy Hollow Equestrian pavilion was decked out in pirate fashion and costumes were fun. Mates shared the group campfire and comradeship. Wench Linda hosted this unique event that ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017 (53)

was a blast. She thanks those who helped her with this awesome event – especially Rosie who helped set the course. Our special event camping weekend allowed by the DNR will be on Labor Day. It's a Ride or Drive 'em weekend September 1-4 with MHDVA joining us for a Poker Run and Saturday potluck, and group campfire. Cart driving will be on the south loop. We will be making Root Beers Floats on Sunday, September 3 about 3:00 pm after the Sneaky Snake Ride 10 am - 3 pm. Optional camping. Call 989-661-2541 or check out Facebook for more information on this event. Two more camp over weekends are: The “Haunt Club Ride” weekend with special spooky rides on all equestrian trails October 6-8. We will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck. “Explore the Hollow” weekend is October 20-22, we will have Open Houses for the Modern and the Rustic Cabins for anyone to visit and a special ride TBA for that day. SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants need to register with Host at the Horseman's staging area. enjoy the group potluck and campfire. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check our website at: shtra.org, or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for specific details. Sunday, September 24th will be the 11th Annual Rangers 4-H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic. From 10 am - 2 pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. Call 517-651-6884 for more information. There is no overnight camping at this event. Happy Trails, Marsha Putnam

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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN (WDAMI) On July 30th WDAMI co-hosted a Schooling Show with Woodbine Farms in Chelsea, MI. Woodbine is owned by Sari Clapperton. Sari is very supportive of Western Dressage and offers WD classes at all her schooling shows held throughout the season. Her farm in Chelsea is a full facility complete with camping sites. Please check out her website at: www.woodbinefarms.com. The July 30 show also included a potluck and information session organized by Kristal Homoki and Joanne Coy. Not only fun, but informative, riders had many questions answered. Joanne and Kristal had a great time helping new and seasoned riders understand some of the differences and similarities between western dressage and classical dressage. Opportunities like this are an awesome way to get the word out about Western Dressage & WDAMI. Thank you, Kristal & Joanne! The Board of Directors continue to hold a meeting via phone conference once a month. We have done this consistently since the inception of our organization in 2013. As a member of WDAMI, if you would like to attend a meeting, simply email infowdami@ gmail.com and we will be in contact with you. Upcoming WDAMI agenda items include: planning for 2017 Year End Awards Banquet, Board of Director officer elections, planning for 2018 activities, discussion and participation of 2017 World Show and other items. The national organization is hosting the WDAA Annual Meeting and World Show at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. September 28-30 and October 1, 2017. You can learn all about the show/convention online at www. westerndressageassociation.org. Thank you to the many schooling shows that have sponsored Western Dressage classes! Your inclusion of WD classes has allowed many riders and horses to participate in the sport of dressage. Dressage is the foundation of correct and beautiful riding. Western Dressage has encouraged those of us who love our wade tree saddles and big fenders to

show the talents of our horses and riders and the harmony between the two! Our western hats are off to you!! Please remember to renew your WDAMI and WDAA membership for 2018. All memberships expire on January 1, 2018. You can renew your membership for both organizations at: www.wdami.org. Fall riding is on the horizon. A beautiful time of year when bugs back off, the temperature is cool, the air crisp, and the leaves begin to display their colors. Enjoy!!

WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL It's hard to believe that I'm already writing the September newsletter!! We are almost through the show season. Our shows this summer have been very well attended with lots of out of state exhibitors coming up to the mitten to join us. We appreciate the fact that they made the trip to join us and helped make our shows a success. We had some WMAR members head out to the ApHC National and Youth World Show. There were many excellent placings and wins. Michigan and WMAR were well represented. Congratulations to all! We made it through our show at Centreville without any rain at all this year. In fact, the weather for our weekend was downright awesome! As I'm writing this, we have a few WMAR members heading out to the NSBA World Show. Good luck to them and thank you for representing and showcasing Appaloosa’s out there. To keep up with the latest WMAR news and happenings, check out our website at www. wmarapp.org or our Facebook page, WMAR. 'til next month, Sharon Clark

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YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes – August 9, 2017 This meeting was held at YS Horseman's Campground starting at 6:00 pm with a Potluck dinner. Meeting was called to order by Ron Walker at 6:30 pm. Annual Meeting: Saturday, September 9th will be our Annual Meeting and time again to vote in YSTRA Board Members. Come for the meeting and the delicious Hog Roast at 1:00 pm. At 1:30 pm Shannon Stafford Equine Dentist will be the guest speaker. We are starting out the day with a Poker Run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. $10.00 entry fee, best hand gets half the entry fees. There will also be a Silent Auction, so bring your unwanted items to auction off, all proceeds benefit YSTRA, also we will have a 50/50 raffle. Sunday morning at the Pavilion there will be a pancake breakfast with sausage and eggs prepared for you by Chef Ron, Chef Laura, and Chef Jodie. Board Members who are running for a board position are Kathy Taylor, Jeanne Burger, Carla Walker, Jodi Jirtle, Ruth Terpening, Judi Struble, and John Dermody. We have an open position on the board. If anyone is interested in running, please let Ron Walker or myself know. Our Halloween Event: Is October 14th, registration fee of $10.00, kids 12 and under free. There will be a judged costume parade, potluck Lunch, campsite trick or treating, and an award for the best decorated campsite. If you would like to be on the planning committee there is a meeting August 16th, 6:00 pm at the YS Horsemen's campground pavilion. Projects: Stairs are being built going into the obstacle course. The top rail has been installed, 2 more steps with the geotech material and gravel are planned. The purpose of these stairs is to stop the erosion that has started and to help your horse think about where his feet are while entering the obstacle course. Compact able sand is needed for the corrals and between high line posts where it has washed away. Ron will ask Andru Jevicks if this could be provided by the DNR. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS, cont. If you haven't noticed two more corrals were built last weekend for a total of five corrals for campers. There seems to be a problem with day riders using the corrals. This has caused a problem with campers coming in and finding all the corrals busy with day riders and they have to camp on a site without a corral. If you are a day rider, please do not use a corral and if you do, don't be surprised if the DNR asks you to leave the camping area and park in the day parking. New Business: There are several stumps in camp. A request was made to make these into mounting blocks. Ron said he could do that and would bring his chain saw next time he came into camp. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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The Gorgeous Patterns & Colors of the American Paint Horse The flashy, multi-toned coat of the American Paint Horse traces back to the horses brought to North America by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. These horses were a mixture of Barb, Arabian and Andalusian blood and were considered the best horses in the world at that time. Indians of that era (Aztecs) had never seen horses and to them the horse and rider team were a godlike being. One of the first laws passed by the Spanish conquerors prohibited any Indian from riding or owning a horse. In 1541, however, Viceroy Mendoza put allied Aztec chieftains on horses to better lead their tribesmen in the Mixton War of Central Mexico. This appears to have been the first time that horses were officially given to the Indians. Indians were seen to rub themselves with horse sweat, so that they might acquire the magic of the “big dog.” The acquisition of the horse Ixtlilxóchitl II, Aztec chieftain completely changed the Plains Indians’ way of life, transforming (1500–1550), the chief of Texcoco, Mexico. them from plodding pedestrians to nomadic hunters and warriors.




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

Overo: A paint pattern with uneven splashes of white over the horse’s belly, legs, neck and head.

Tobiano: A paint pattern in which the horse has white across the topline, which extends downwards with white legs and a dark head.

Tobero or Tovero These horses have inherited both the tobiano and overo genes. Some look very much like a tobiano. It is important to DNA test these horses to establish if the overo gene is present. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017


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DOWN ACROSS 2. Body color of irregular white and color patches other than black. 1. A gray or roan horse having bay or chestnut specks or spots on a mostly white background. (2 words) 3. A continuous stripe of black/brown hair from neck to tail. (2 words) 6. Small patch of white, runs over the muzzle, often to the lips. 4. A coat color of white with patches of another color. 8. A dark stripe across the shoulders. 5. White marking on any or all of the horse’s lower legs. 10. Deep reddish brown coat with black mane and tail. 7. Term for white body color with black patches. 11. Used by auctioneers to describe the white markings on a horse. 9. Large area of the horse’s croup, loin, and/or back is spotted and the rest of his body is a solid dark color. 13. Mouse-colored hairs on the body, often with shoulder and dorsal stripes and black barring on the lower legs. 12. A strawberry _ _ _ _ is where chestnut and white hairs are mixed for an overall reddish effect. 15. Term used to describe a horse with a mostly white face. (2 words) 14. A horse’s coat that is basically red, mane/tail the same shade. 18. Yellow or sandy colored body w/black points and a dorsal stripe. 16. A few white hairs in the center of the horse’s forehead. 20. Term for the color of the lower legs, mane and tail. 17. This means that darker spots are embossed on the hair coat. 22. Elongated white marking down the front of the horse’s face. 23. Refers to the sheen which, when the light strikes certain shades of 18. Mostly black hair coat or deep color with a little yellow. dun, chestnut or bay, make them seem translucent and golden. 19. Mostly yellow or white hairs in the coat. Opposite of 18. 25. White marking on all or any of the horse’s legs, which extends 21. Areas of solid color on some base coats. Some Grullas have. beyond the knee or hock. 24. A darker ribbon of color that extends from the mane to the tail. 28. A gray or roan horse having small black or blue specks or 25. Name given to any white markings on a horse’s forehead. spots on a mostly white background. (2 words) 27. Uneven splashes of white over the belly, legs, neck and head. 30. Term for large roan spots on a different base color. 29. Many of these horses are mistakenly called black because| 33. Coat color can be varying shades of gold w/white mane and tail. they’re so dark. 34. Horse has white across the topline that extends downward, with 31. Indicates lack of pigment. Pink skin, white coat and pink eyes. white legs and a dark head. 32. This color of horse has black eyes, hooves and skin. 35. Coat color: cream to dark bronze with black mane, tail, ear tips. Answers on page 66 of this edition of Saddle Up! Magazine 36. White strip covering coronary band (band around top of hoof). ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017 (61) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

7 Deadly Sins of Trail Riding By Robert Eversole, The TrailMeister I may not attend church as often as I should, but I still remember many of the concepts. For example, the Seven Deadly Sins. Anyone that spends time with equines knows that these ideas make sense whether we're in church or on the trail. Here are my seven sins of trail riding. 1) GLUTTONY – Don't expect a green, unconditioned horse to carry you for miles and miles down a trail. The word derives from the Latin “gluttire”, meaning to gulp down and has been interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one's own impulses or interests above the well-being or interests of others. In this case, the well-being of our horses and mules. Your horse needs to be in good physical condition, especially if you plan to embark on demanding trail-riding adventures. You'll need to slowly work up to the demands an all-day ride over varied terrain will place on your equine friend. 2) GREED – Avoid riding when your horse's hooves will damage the trail. Also, known as avarice, greed is a sin of desire. I love riding and the itch to put a boot in the stirrup is a strong one. Sometimes it needs to be tempered. It's true, horses and mules are designed to cope with wet, muddy trails. But those broad hooves can leave the trails a lot worse for wear, especially during the late spring freeze and/or thaw cycle. Spring runoff can leave trails waterlogged and vulnerable to damage from trail users. This doesn't mean that you should hang up your saddle until Memorial Day! It only means that you'll have to think of alternatives to sodden, single-track trails. 3) SLOTH – Don't litter. From the Latin “acedia” which translates as without care and refers to laziness, indolence, and idleness. If you managed to carry it out with you, you can carry it back with you. Litter damages the environment, harms wildlife, and leaving it behind is just lazy and inconsiderate. Put it in your bag, then put it in the bin or recycling when you get back home or to the trail head. Oh yea – pick up your manure at the trail head! 4) PRIDE – Please wear a helmet. From the Latin “superbia”, pride has been labeled the father of all sins. There are many excuses for not wearing riding helmets. Yet research has repeatedly shown that a properly fitted, safety-approved riding helmet can dras-tically reduce the risk of head injury. For you “experienced riders” who don't need a helmet; a Canadian study found that injured riders had an average of 27 years of experience. New riders were safer, perhaps because they were more cautious. 5) WRATH – Don't be rude. Anger or “ira” from Latin is an intense emotional response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat.

Remember that bicyclist that came charging behind you, nearly face planted into the back of your horse, then whipped past on a narrow section of trail? Not nice, was it? What was your response? Did you explain why that wasn't safe, or did you get angry because you were afraid? Yoda said it well with “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Eye contact, a friendly hello. You can even ask how their walk or ride is going! I guarantee you'll leave the situation feeling better for it. 6) DESPAIR – Don't forget to have fun. From the Latin “tristitia”, despair is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. I write a lot about the harder parts of trail riding and horse camping. In part I do that because I think it's important to show the real nitty –gritty aspects of being on the trail and camping with our horses and mules – you know as a counter to all of the perfectly curated Instagram feed out there. But in that pursuit, sometimes I forget that trail riding isn't all navigation skills and conditioning. As hard as it can be, trail riding is also really fun. Yes, there's some risk, but instead of being the kind of risk that leaves you frozen in terror, it feels like the moment when you step on a plane to go somewhere you've never been before. 7) LUST – Inconsistency. St. Augustine equated lust as “disordered love”. With horses that disordered love can take the form of inconsistency where we send our animals mixed messages. Indeed, some horses receive training that is consistent enough in its inconsistency that they recognize that different rules apply in different surround-ings. Most do not. Remember that every time you swing your leg over your horse, you are training him. You are either training him well or training him badly, but you are nevertheless training him. It's not just a trail ride. Ride safe. Ride Often. Ride with TrailMeister.com!

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There’s two ways to access the TrailMeister’s website: Visit www.saddleupmag.com – click on the “Trail Maps” tab or go directly to www.trailmeister.com Don’t forget to tell them that Saddle Up! Magazine sent you! ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017



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Your Express Trip Ticket to the Wide World of Horses The Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, will once again become “horse-central” for horse lovers from throughout the East Coast and beyond when it hosts the 56th Equine Affaire on November 9-12. Since its introduction to New England in 1998 by founder and president, Eugenia Snyder, Equine Affaire has been a ‘must see’ for horse enthusiasts associated with all breeds and equestrian disciplines. With an unwavering mission to elevate the equestrian experience, Equine Affaire offers an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in the East, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Equine Affaire is where you see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and smell all aspects of the horse world in person and, most important, “in horse.” At the heart of Equine Affaire is an educational program designed to help horsemen of all riding and driving persuasions reach their equestrian goals at home, on the trail, and in the competitive arena. Hundreds of clinics, seminars and demos by many of the foremost trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, TV personalities, and industry professionals will be presented in six venues—so a little advance planning will be required to know just what to do when! This year’s gathering will feature Olympic, Pan American, World Equestrian Games, and World Champion greats including Greg Best, Phillip Dutton, Craig Johnson, Steffen Peters and Suzy Stafford as well as outstanding overall horsemen such as Ken McNabb, Julie Goodnight, Van Hargis, Chris Irwin, Steve Lantvit, and Wendy Murdoch. Clinic topics will cover the gamut from the English disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, and English pleasure through the western sports of cutting, reining, western pleasure, ranch riding, cowboy dressage, and trail. Sessions will also be presented on liberty horse training, mounted games, the training of easy gaited horses, vaulting, and more. If you’re inclined to do more than just watch clinics at Equine Affaire – you can also receive individual instruction from or have your horse trained by one of the top clinicians through Equine Affaire’s Ride With The Best program. The experience is as economical as it is educational, as expenses normally associated with traveling for just one clinic are invested in so much more at Equine Affaire with four days of equestrian education, entertainment and shopping. Ride With The Best clinic fees start at just $85 and include stabling and event admission. Participants will be reviewed and selected based on written applications and videos submitted by September 8, so check out all of the great clinicians and clinic opportunities at www. equineaffaire.com Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum, located in the Mallary South, will be where new riders and horse owners – and those still developing basic skills – will meet and learn together with their own demo ring and savvy string of experts sharing solid “horse sense” that forms the building blocks of good horsemanship. The Forum will offer video presentations, hands-on interactive displays about equine health and management, and fun activities tailored to the youngest horse lovers. Of course the focus of any “horse-fest” is obviously the horses, and ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2017



11, and from 9:00am-5:00pm on Sun., Nov.12. You can enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer – the clinics and seminars, the shopping, the specialty pavilions, and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition for the price of a single-day or multi-day general admission ticket. Adult admission is $16/day (and includes a free event program) and youth (age 7-10) tickets are $8. A four-day adult pass is just $50 – a savings of $14 from the daily rate. Kids 6 and under attend for free. Advance tickets to Equine Affaire are available online through October 22 at equineaffaire.com or by phone at (740) 845-0085 Mon. - Fri. from 9:00am-5:00pm (ET). You may also download a mail-in ticket order form from the site to send with a check. Tickets go on sale at 8:30am at event entrances each show day; cash only. Equine Affaire makes your trip even more affordable with special room blocks and discount rates at dozens of area host hotels. But make your hotel reservations soon. The demand for hotel rooms during New England’s fall foliage season is high, and most room blocks and special rates at the show’s host hotels will expire by mid-October. Camping with hookups is available right at the Eastern States Exposition on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 8th. Whether you have only a budding interest in horses or you’re a seasoned veteran of the horse world, your destination of choice this November will be Equine Affaire. Visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Massachusetts event, and follow the links for detailed information on everything that Equine Affaire has to offer. Or call Equine Affaire’s helpful staff of dedicated horse people at (740) 8450085 from 9:00-5:00 ET for personal assistance.

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September 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

2nd Annual Summer Writing Contest Winners are announced in this issue. Congratulations to everyone that placed!

September 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

2nd Annual Summer Writing Contest Winners are announced in this issue. Congratulations to everyone that placed!