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Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs

EQUESTRIAN ORGANIZATIONS TAKE PART IN INAUGURAL PARADE January 20th, 2017 the transfer of power in Washington, DC officially began with the traditional Inaugural Parade. Over 3,000 organizations applied to march in the parade, with only forty being selected. Of those forty, nine of them were equine organizations. “We are pleased to see the equine community being well represented during the Inaugural Parade,” said American Horse Council President Julie Broadway. “Equines were an integral part of the foundation of the United States, and Presidents throughout history have appreciated and admired the grandeur of the horse.” The most recognized equines in the parade were the Caisson Platoon from Fort Myer, VA. In addition to their well-known, solemn duty of military funerals, the Caisson Platoon also participates in numerous historic processions performed by the Old Guard, as well as the notable honor of being included in Presidential Inaugural Parades. The Michigan Multi-Jurisdiction Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard, from Ann Arbor, MI, participated in the Inaugural Parade for the third time. The Michigan Horse Council (MHC) were also represented, as MHC President Col. Don Packard, US Army Retired, carried the MHC flag in the parade. This was the first time a person not a member of mounted law enforcement has ridden with the group. There were 23 riders in this group, and they brought along a support staff of another 20 people who were also honored to be a part of such a historic event.” The 1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard of Ft. Riley, KS also participated in this year’s Inaugural Parade. Established in 1992, the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard (CMCG) provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uniforms, accessories and equipment

of the Civil War period. From privates to officers, these men and women recreate American Horse Soldier at community events, parades, and official ceremonies. At the AHC’s recent Coalition of State Horse Council’s Fall meeting in October, the CMCG did a demonstration for meeting attendees at Kansas State University and then a short meet/greet with Q&A about their program. The AHC was proud to have equestrian organizations with the distinct honor of participating in the parade. For more information on the Inaugural Parade, please visit the informational website http://www. inaugural.senate.gov/days-events/ inaugural-parade.

IRS PROPOSES CHANGES TO PARIMUTUEL WAGERING REGULATIONS The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published a proposed rule regarding withholding requirements on pari-mutuel winnings. The proposed rule would make changes to withholding requirements that are more accurate and reflect the current state of wagering in the horse racing industry. These changes, if made final, will be of great benefit to horse players and the racing industry. Specifically, the proposed rule would define “amount of the wager” as the total amount wagered by a bettor into a specific parimutuel pool on a single ticket for purposes of determining whether wagering proceeds are subject to 25% withholding on winnings of $5,000 or more and are at least 300 times as large as the amount wagered. Currently, the IRS does not recognize the total amount wagered on an exotic bet with “boxes,” “wheels,” and “keys,” when determining whether the 300:1 ratio has been met and 25% withholding is triggered, only the cost of the individual winning bet. This greatly increases the number of winning bets that are subject to withholding and does not accurately reflect the actual amount bet and the actual amount won. The American Horse Council and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have requested the IRS make the proposed change for many years. Example Under Current Regulations Assume an individual decided to make a Trifecta wager (selecting the first-, second-, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017 (20)

and third-place finishers in a race, in exact order). To improve his or her chances of winning, the individual selects a group of seven horses in the race and requests a “Trifecta box.” By boxing the bet, a bettor wins if any three of the seven horses finishes one-two-three (in any order). A seven- horse Trifecta box involves 210 different mathematical combinations. If the bettor bets $20 on each combination, the total amount wagered is $4,200 ($20 x 210). After the race, the bettor holds a winning ticket that pays $6,100 (which is odds of 304-to-1 under the current regulations which limit the amount wagered to only the single $20 combination). In accordance with the current rules, the racetrack would withhold $1,520 because the rules treat the $20 paid for the one winning combination as the only amount wagered. The withholding is computed as follows: $6,100 Winnings ($20) Amount wagered $6,080 Proceeds from the wager x 25% Automatic withholding $1,520 Withholding tax The individual, however, has really only won $1,900 ($6,100 winnings less $4,200 wagered). Consequently, after the withholding tax is taken out, the person is left with a net of only $380, making the withholding rate 80 percent of the actual winnings. Example Under Proposed Change The pay-off computations for the winning Trifecta outlined in the example above are changed by defining the “amount of the wager” as the actual dollars wagered by that individual into the Trifecta pool for that race. The wager in this scenario results in no withholding as the twin tests of winnings of more than $5,000 and odds of at least 300to-1 or more are not met: $6,100 Winnings $4,200 Amount wagered $1,900 Proceeds from the wager In this example, the proceeds from the wager of $1,900 is less than the $5,000 threshold and is far less than 300 times the amount wagered of $4,200. This proposed change will obviously be of benefit to individuals who bet on horse races and the racing industry in general. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING, continued Comments: This is a proposed rule and the IRS will be accepting comments for 90 days. The IRS will then have to review all comments and release a final rule. The proposed rule can be viewed at: https://www.federal register.gov/documents/2016/12/30/201631579/withholding- on-payments - ofcertain-gambling-winnings SPEAKERS FOR AHC’S FIRST QUARTER WEBINAR ANNOUNCED Primary topic to focus on climate change and equines. On February 13th at 3:00 pm EST, the American Horse Council will host its first quarterly webinar for 2017 on "Climate Change." “While the cause of climate change is of course a debated subject, there is no debate that climate change effects animals, sometimes drastically,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We wanted to educate people on understanding how your horses may be effected by these climate changes, and how you can be better prepared to keep your horses safe and comfortable with these changes.” David Herring, Director of Communication & Education at the NOAA Climate Program Office will be the featured speaker. Mr. Herring will discuss how they see changes in the weather affecting not only horses themselves, but also the areas in which they live, show, and are ridden. “Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and record-breaking snow and rain have devastated farms around the country recently,” said Mr. Herring. “We want people to be aware of how these potential changes in the climate can drastically affect their animals and their well-being.” Dr. Karen Davison, Equine Nutritionist and Director of Purina Animal Nutrition’s Equine Technical Services team will give an overview of how horses nutritional needs change with the weather. “It’s important to be able to teach people what we currently know to be the best ways to feed horses,” said Dr. Davison, “With changes in the weather that are sometimes drastic, we are learning and investigating new ways to be able to feed horses better.” Also being spotlighted will be the Back

Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), with Jim McGarvey, Executive Director of BCHA giving an overview of the work that they do. Most recently, the AHC worked with BCHA toward the successful passing of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Finally, AHC’s Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs Cliff Williamson will give a short overview on regulatory issues that the AHC is currently working on. The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members, we encourage everyone to attend! To register for the webinar, please visit https://kwiksurveys.com/s/Kfj 16SZQ#/0. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@ horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for the first of our quarterly AHC webinars! About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. Online at: www.horsecouncil.org

EXPERIENCE THE HORSE WORLD “UP CLOSE & PERSONAL” AT EQUINE AFFAIRE It doesn’t matter whether you have only a budding interest in horses or you’re a seasoned veteran of the horse world, your destination of choice this April will be Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH. The 2017 Equine ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017 (21)

Affaire will take place April 6-9 at the Ohio Expo Center and offer what Equine Affaire has become famous for: fabulous horses, phenomenal opportunities and unforgettable experiences. Horse people from throughout the country will convene at the 55th Equine Affaire in Columbus for their springtime dose of “all things equine” and to share their passion for horses with family and friends throughout the four days of the event. With an educational program that is second-to-none, the largest horse-related trade show in this hemisphere, 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 the horse world in person . . . and “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, or in a 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 seven venues – so a little advance, planning will be required to know just what to do when! Clinic topics will cover the gamut from the English disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, English pleasure and hunter under saddle through the western sports of cutting, reining, western pleasure, barrel racing, and trail. If you’re inclined to do more than just watch clinics at Equine Affaire – you and your horse can also participate. Through Equine Affaire’s “Ride With The Best” program you can receive individual instruction from or have your horse trained by one of the top clinicians at the event for a very reasonable clinic fee that includes stabling and event admission. The deadline to apply to participate is February 15, so check out all of the great clinicians and clinic opportunities at equineaffaire.com. If you’ve never ridden a horse or haven’t ridden in a long time, you’ll have an opportunity to connect or reconnect with horses this April. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s “Time to Ride” program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers to have their WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs formances by some of the foremost equine and equestrian entertainers in the country including Guy McLean, Bobby Kerr, Matt McLaughlin, and Dan James. The Fantasia will take you on a journey through various disciplines/breeds and quickly remind you why we find horses so enchanting. Advance tickets are on sale through March 30. There’s shopping online – and then there’s SHOPPING at Equine Affaire! At the largest horse-related trade show in North America you’ll be able to see, touch, try on and compare everything you and your horse “need” and some things you’ll discover you simply “must have!” With large “super stores” to wander, hundreds of exhibit booths, and acres of trade show to cover, you’ll want to review the vendor list online in advance before shopping in person at the show. You can also plan to find bargains on quality horse-related items including tack, training equipment and riding apparel for sale on consignment at The Marketplace conveniently located this year in the Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center. Visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Ohio event, and follow the links to detailed information on everything that Equine Affaire has to offer – and everything you need to know to attend and/or participate in the event. Or call our helpful staff of dedicated horse people at (740) 845-0085 from 9:00-5:00 ET for personal assistance. Get together with your family and horse-loving friends to make a weekend of Equine Affaire and share your passion for horses at North America’s premiere equine exposition/equestrian gathering!

time, learned about the program after conducting research for a school project. This year, she returned from West Texas A&M University to continue the tradition. A two-year-old, Crash, named for busting through several fences when he was only a few weeks old, was the 100th stallion to be gelded. Owner, Nikki Rebel, was grateful to find a clinic in her area. “I was thrilled to attend this final clinic for 2016,” said UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell. “It was exciting to celebrate such a big milestone for the program, plus it was a chance to personally thank everyone involved. Dr. Freeny not only donated her time, but created a dynamic learning experience for the college and veterinary students who were there to help.” Ten volunteers, including local Flower Mound, TX, veterinarian Dr. C.G. Freeny, gave a total of 116 hours to plan and conduct the clinic. Since 2010, the UHC’s Operation Gelding program has provided funding to geld 1,562 stallions at 122 clinics in 31 states. This year (2016), 348 stallions were castrated, just 18 fewer than the last two years combined. Numbers are expected to surge again in 2017 when the program will pay $100 per horse, an increase that was approved by the UHC at its annual meeting last June. Vouchers are also available to owners with financial need. Individuals interested in hosting a clinic should contact the UHC office at 202-7377325 or email uhc@horsecouncil.org; or visit online at unwantedhorsecoalition.org.

MOTHER & DAUGHTER TEAM HOLD 7TH OPERATION GELDING CLINIC, GELDS 100TH STALLION Operation Gelding clinic organizers Kaye Garrison and Lacey Edge have gelded 100 stallions through the Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding Program. Kaye and her daughter, Lacey, have been organizing clinics since the program began in 2010. Lacey, who was 13 years old at the ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017 (22)

USDA’S GOAL TO END SORING The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced final regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry.

EQUINE AFFAIRE, continued first encounter with a horse – to learn about the basics of horses, horse care, horsemanship, and to actually ride a horse for the first time. Representatives of area horse farms and trainers affiliated with the “Time to Ride” program will provide instruction and seasoned lesson horses for first-time and returning riders who sign up to ride. New riders and horse owners of all ages may also acquire basic horse and horsemanship expertise through demos, video presentations, interactive exhibits, and special activities at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum. Of course the focus of any “horse fest” is obviously the horses, and you’ll find plenty of ways to discover and appreciate the amazing diversity of the horse world in the Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits, and breed demos throughout the weekend. Get up close and personal with equines from miniatures to drafts, gaited to easy gaited breeds, and stock horses to sport horses. Representatives of dozens of horse, pony, color, and breed associations and registries will be on hand to answer your questions and share their exceptional horses with you. Equine Affaire’s ultimate test of horsemanship, the “Versatile Horse & Rider Competition,” will once again be an entertaining as well as educational part of the event. Up to 25 pre-selected horse and rider teams will race through a challenging obstacle course in the coliseum on Friday, April 7, in pursuit of $5500 and the coveted title of “Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion.” The VHRC is open to adult riders of all disciplines and horses of all breeds and has evolved over the years into one of the most popular features of Equine Affaire. Put your skills to the test – or come and cheer on your favorite contestants in this exciting, fast-paced event! The deadline to apply to compete is February 15. At the end of a great day of learning and shopping at Equine Affaire there can be nothing more gratifying than settling into a seat to enjoy the very best in equine entertainment – and you can do that at the Fantasia – Equine Affaire’s magical and musical celebration of the horse. The Fantasia, sponsored by Absorbine® – will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday in the coliseum and offer unforgettable per-


Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDA’S GOAL TO END SORING, cont. The final rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring. The AHC is currently reviewing the details of the final rule to determine its impact on the horse industry. However, USDA seems to have made several modifications and clarifications to the final rule in accord with the comments submitted by the AHC and others. AHC comments can be found at http://www. horsecouncil.org/press-release/ahc-sub mits-comments-proposed-horse-protec tion-act-regulations/ Importantly, the USDA has made changes to the final rule that addresses horse industry concerns regarding the proposed rule release last summer. These changes include explicitly limited new prohibitions on pads, wedges, and action devices to “Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses,” and removal of all references to “related breeds that performs with an accentuated gait that raises concerns about soring.” Additionally, USDA has adopted several proposals to make the rule less burdensome for smaller “flat shod” walking horse shows. USDA also has clarified that certain reporting and record keeping requirements apply only to “Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse shows.” According to the USDA under the final regulation: APHIS will license, train, and oversee independent, third party inspectors, known as Horse Protection Inspectors (HPIs), and establish the licensing eligibility requirements to reduce conflicts of interest. Beginning 30 days after the publication of the final rule, all action devices, except for certain boots, are prohibited on any Tennessee Walking Horse or racking horse at any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction. All pads and wedges are prohibited on any Tennessee Walking Horse or racking horse at any horse show, exhibition, sale, or auction on or after January 1, 2018, unless such horse has been prescribed and is receiving therapeutic, veterinary treatment using pads or wedges. This delayed implementation allows ample time to both gradually reduce the size of pads to minimize any potential physiological stress to the horses and prepare horses to compete in other classes.

Beginning January 1, 2018, management of HPA-covered events must, among other things, submit certain information records to APHIS, provide HPIs with access, space, and facilities to conduct inspections, and have a farrier physically present to assist HPIs at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions that allow Tennessee Walking Horses or racking horses to participate in therapeutic pads and wedges if more than 150 horses are entered, and have a farrier on call if 150 or fewer horses are entered. The final rule has not been published in the Federal Register, but USDA has stated they plan to publish it soon. In its initial assessment of the final rule, the AHC believes USDA has made many of the changes that were necessary to end soring and to fulfill the purpose and intent of the HPA as well as make sure other segments of horse show industry that have no history of soring horses are not unintentionally impacted or burdened by the regulation. The AHC is continuing to review the proposed rule to determine its impact on the horse industry. After the AHC has had the opportunity to analysis the details of the final rule we will follow up with additional information. USDA RELEASES FIRST REPORT FROM ITS EQUINE 2015 STUDY The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) released the first report from its Equine 2015 study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015. The Equine 2015 study is NAHMS’ third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’ 1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 was designed to provide participants, industry, and animalhealth officials with information on the nation’s equine population. This information will serve as a basis for education, service, and research, while providing the industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005, and 2015. Equine 2015 was conducted in 28 states, chosen for study participation based, in part, on the size or density of the states’ equine population. Data collected for the study represented 71.6 percent of equids and 70.9



percent of U.S. operations with five or more equids. Here are a few highlights of Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015: • Approximately 9 of 10 operations (88.9 percent) had 19 or fewer resident equids on May 1, 2015. These operations accounted for 58.1 percent of resident equids in the United States. Resident equids were defined as equids that spent more time at one operation than at any other operation. • The majority of operations (70.7 percent) used a private veterinarian as their primary information source regarding equine health care. • Operators on 38.8 percent of operations were knowledgeable about equine infectious anemia (EIA), while 18.2 percent recognized the name, not much else, and 7.7 percent said they had not heard of it before. • Overall, 47.1 percent of operations performed at least one EIA test on resident equids in the previous 12 months, and 36.8 percent of resident equids had at least one EIA test in the previous 12 months. • For all operations, the average cost of an EIA test (including call fee or cost of transportation) was $40.77 and ranged from $39.34 in the South Central region to $46.39 in the West region. Note to Stakeholders: For additional information on this topic, contact Joelle Hayden at (301) 851-4040 or email: Joelle.r.Hay den@aphis.usda.gov; or contact Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz at (970)494-7000 or email: Josie.Traub-Dargatz@aphis.usda.gov

USPC PARTNERS WITH NEW VOCATIONS RACEHORSE PROGRAM The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to partner with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program to launch an educational challenge designed to give Pony Club members an opportunity to own retired racehorses. Participants in the challenge will be able to showcase their horse management and riding skills learned through Pony Club while providing safe homes and WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USPC AND NEW VOCATIONS, continued new careers for retired racehorses. “By bringing together two organizations that are leaders in their fields, we will be able to provide an educational, incentive-based competition for Pony Club members that will ultimately increase the number of retired racehorses being moved into second careers," says Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director for New Vocations. "We feel very strongly that this program will help educate the public on how much these horses have to offer once they leave the track while providing a wonderful opportunity for Pony Club members to experience equine ownership.” The New Vocations Pony Club Challenge was made possible through a grant provided by the WaterShed Animal Fund. For the Challenge, New Vocations will provide up to 50 free, retired racehorses, along with a $1,800 stipend, to eligible and pre-approved Pony Club members. These Pony Club members will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes at the 2018 USPC Championships

East in Dressage, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping or Western discipline. More information can be found at newvocations.org. “We are thrilled to partner with New Vocations to give Pony Club members this unique training and ownership opportunity. Education and horsemanship is synonymous with Pony Club, so what better way for members to utilize their Pony Club knowledge. We look forward to seeing a preview of the Challenge at USPC Festival 2017.” Said Teresa Woods, Pony Club Executive Director. About New Vocations – New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, the program works directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare for their horses. New Vocations leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. The focus is on adoption verses retirement as the solution

for a large number of horses leaving the track. Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home. 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 through a formal educational program. There are approximately 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 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. Online at: www.ponyclub.org

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Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need. ~ Gillian Anderson, Actress The horse and trail riding associations in this issue of Saddle Up! Magazine are here today because of a strong sense of volunteerism. If you find that you have extra time weekly, or even monthly, the organizations that have advertised in our January 2017 Membership Drive and within this issue, could use your help. Even if you do not own a horse, but would like to learn more about them, volunteering is a great way to find out about our four legged equine friends. Working behind the scenes at a horse show, helping clean-up trails, campgrounds and staging areas are also a wonderful way to volunteer and help out a worthy organization. Find an organization in either Saddle Up! Magazine or online at www.saddleupmag.com, and give them a call or send them an email. They will be happy to tell you when the next volunteer opportunity is available. You can also attend a board meeting or two, there is always someone available to answer questions and provide additional information. Thank you to our friends that have advertised in our January 2017 Membership Drive! Your support is always appreciated. We hope that the New Year is a great success for your association. Best Wishes, Cindy Couturier, owner/editor and Mackenzie Gray, assistant editor

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large amounts of fat. Avoid corn, soybean, and wheat germ oils – these oils are high in linoleic acid (an omega 6) which is proinflammatory. Don’t forget the B vitamins! B vitamins are involved in many functions that promote a healthy body such as: • Energy (caloric) derivation from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins • Gastrointestinal health, promoting digestion and absorption • Protein synthesis to build body tissues • Healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen to tissues (to metabolize nutrients) • Appetite improvement Allow 24/7 grazing. Horses are meant to graze all the time, all day, and all night. Never let your horse run out of forage (pasture and/or hay). He needs to chew to produce saliva; this neutralizes the steady secretion of acid in the horse’s stomach. Forage free-choice also keeps the digestive tract musculature in good tone. Furthermore, the cecum requires forage for it to void its contents (see the article “Cecum Defies Gravity” in the Tip of the Month section of Dr. Getty’s website). By having pasture/hay available 24/7, your horse will self-regulate intake, the stress hormones will subside, and behavior will become more natural and receptive. Protein quality. A variety of grasses will boost protein quality, but also offer alfalfa (a legume) to provide additional amino acids that promote muscle development as well as add calories. Never feed more than 50% alfalfa; too much can lead to intestinal stones. Cereal grains such as oats or barley offer additional protein; however these should be avoided for horses with metabolic issues. Other high-protein whole foods to consider are: • Split peas or pea protein isolate • Hemp seeds or hemp seed fiber • Colostrum – also supports digestive tract health and immune function • Copra meal (coconut meal) • Pumpkin seeds • Black oil sunflower seeds (in moderation due to high linoleic acid content) • Whey protein Bottom line. Underweight is not a normal state for any horse. Rule out health problems, and then feed a nutritious diet while paying attention to the hindgut microbial health, providing non-inflammatory fats, and offering quality forage at all times (free-choice).

Underweight: Solutions for the Hard Keeper by Dr. Juliet M. Getty You might be relieved to have a horse who doesn’t have an obesity problem. Carrying less weight certainly has its advantages: less strain on joints, faster metabolism, and lower risk of a laminitis. But if your horse is underweight, where the ribs easily show, and the spine and hip bones are not covered with enough tissue, there could be a problem. If you’ve tried to put weight on your horse without success, there is reason for concern. But the solution may be easier than you think. First, rule out three things: 1. Dental problems. The most common reason for weight loss is poor teeth. Watch your horse while eating. Does he drop a lot of food? Does he spit out clumps of partially chewed grass or hay? His teeth or gums may need attention. If your horse is getting up in years, tooth loss may be issue. 2. Worms. Test your horse’s manure every three months and work with your veterinarian for the best treatment. Worm infestation can reduce nutrient absorption, contributing to the inability to gain weight. 3. Disease. Have your horse’s blood checked for liver or kidney disease, anemia, or Cushing’s (especially if your horse is older than 14 years of age). Next, pay attention to two key factors: Hind gut microbial population. The fibrous portion of forages (pasture and hay) is digested by the bacteria living in your horse’s hindgut (cecum and large colon). You can feed the best hay available, but if these microbes are not in good numbers, the fiber will be poorly digested. Fiber digestion results in calories for your horse. A good prebiotic (fermentation products), as well as yeast, will feed existing bacteria. Calories. The most concentrated source of calories is fat, with more than twice the caloric value of carbohydrates or proteins. Therefore, you can feed less of it in order to avoid making your horse’s meals too large; remember the stomach is small – never feed meals larger than 4 lbs (1.8 kg) at a time to a full-sized horse. Not all fat is the same, however. Choose sources high in omega 3s, such as ground flaxseed. Feed at a daily total rate of ½ cup per 400 lbs (120 ml per 180 kg) of desired body weight. Flaxseed oil can also be supplemented at a rate of 2 to 4 ounces per day. Chia seeds do not require grinding but are best wet so they can plump up before feeding. Feed at a daily total rate of ¼ cup per 400 lbs (120 ml per 180 kg) of desired body weight. Camelina oil, add 2 to 4 ounces per day. Hempseed oil, is a good source of the anti-inflammatory omega 6 known as gamma linolenic acid. Add 2 to 4 ounces per day. If your horse is not used to these fatty foods, start slowly with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) per meal, building up to the desired amount. If your horse is heavily exercised, additional oil can be fed. Rice bran oil or organic canola oil can be fed in addition to a high omega 3 oil, offering 1 cup of total oil per day (may increase up to 2 cups for a heavily exercised horse). Take a month to allow your horse to get used to this high level since it takes a while for the liver to adapt to ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017

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Sleepy Hollow State Park Saddle Up! Magazine will feature a series of articles in 2017 dedicated to Michigan State Parks, which will be provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It’s not too late to make a resolution to put more miles in the saddle in 2017! With more than 4,100 miles of equestrian trails and an abundance of stunning scenery, Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds are the perfect backdrop to plan an equestrian vacation in the great outdoors. One such equestrian destination is Sleepy Hollow State Park, which is located just north of Lansing in Clinton County. The park is home to two equestrian friendly cabins and is a perfect option for visitors looking for the comforts of home or who may not have a trailer with living quarters. Both the rustic and modern cabin feature picket poles, fire pits, picnic tables and easy access to Lake Ovid. The rustic cabin sleeps up to five people and offers beautiful views of the lake. It is heated and has solar power lighting. At only $65 a night, it is great for a vacation on a budget. The modern cabin sleeps up to 6 people and features a knotty pine interior and furniture. It is $96 per night. The cabins are available to rent year round and are ADA accessible. Guests will enjoy stunning lake views, grilling near the lake and enjoying s'mores around a campfire during this one-of-a-kind experience. Thanks to the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association, the new rustic cabin is now a popular feature at the park. The all-volunteer

group provided a 50% match for construction and have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours maintaining trails, installing picket poles and working on general improvements to equestrian amenities found at this park. The cabins are complemented by the park's 12.9-mile beautiful looped trail system. The trails take riders through grassland meadows, stands of pine and hardwoods, rolling hills and creeks. The southern loop is open to cart horses. A newly refurbished arched bridge connects riders to a multi-use trail system located on the largest island in Lake Ovid. “The Island trail is reminiscent of a miniature Mackinac Island,” said Marsha Putnam, president of SHTRA. “Riders enjoy the cool breeze and clip clop of the horses crossing the bridge, as well as seeing kayakers and other visitors enjoying the park. Members of the Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association have enjoyed working with park staff to enhance the park through their donation of hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in materials.” The Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association was awarded the Michigan Parks and Recreation Association's Community Service Award for their dedication to Sleepy Hollow State Park in 2015. “The SHTRA has been a tremendous partner and a big reason that there has been such

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significant development of equestrian trails throughout the park,” said Tim Machowicz, park supervisor. “I compare their efforts to an old-fashioned barn raising, where everyone takes an even share of the work and doesn't stop until the job is completed. They are a shining example of how volunteers can truly make a difference. ” SHTRA hosts many family-friendly equestrian events, such as poker runs and scavenger hunts. More information on volunteering and programs can be found online at www.shtra.org. The cabins can be booked up to 12 months in advance by visiting www.midnrreser vations.com or calling 800-44-PARKS (800447-2757). More information about the park can be found online at www.michigan.gov/ sleepyhollow. Saddle Up! Magazine will be working with the MI Department of Natural Resources to feature a variety of equestrian destinations in 2017. Stay tuned for more information next month!

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to lift the whole saddle (visit http://JulieGoodnight.com/bridgepads for more information). To check for adequate clearance over the withers, you should be able to stick your whole hand in over the withers, under the pommel, when the horse is saddled and cinched normally. Remember, once you sit up there, the saddle will be even closer to the horse's withers, so make sure there is plenty of room there. The Shoulders. Just above the shoulders and below the withers, you often see white spots or white hairs on a horse. This is a tell-tail of poor saddle fit and often goes unnoticed or is mistakenly thought to be a natural white marking. It is usually an indication that there is too much pressure on the horse's shoulder blades and/or his shoulder blades are running into the front of the tree when he moves. Surprisingly, many horses will tolerate this pressure without much protest, resulting in the horse possibly being ridden for years in an ill-fitting saddle. Keeping in mind that horses change body shape every year from birth to old age (three to four times as fast as a human), a saddle that fit your horse perfectly when he was 4, may not fit at all when he is 8. This was the case with my horse Eddie, who I started riding as a three year old. Then, he fit perfectly in a full-skirted saddle with a regular sized Circle Y Flex2 tree. By the time he was seven (when horses really mature), he not only needed a wide-tree version of the same saddle, but he also needed a shorter skirted saddle. We moved him from the Monarch saddle to the Wind River in my line of saddles – the design is almost the same, but the skirt is a bit shorter and rounded in the Wind River. We continue to experiment with denser but thinner pads for him to accommodate his heavy muscling. If a horse is experiencing too much pressure at the shoulders, he could need a wider tree or the saddle may be bridging (this occurs when the bars of the tree touch in front and back but not in the middle). If the tree is too narrow for the horse, he needs a wider tree saddle; there is nothing you can do to pad that out (it would be like putting on an extra pair of socks when your shoes are too small). But if the tree is bridging, often a configuration of pads will help. Look into bridge pads, shim pads or sway-back pads. Be wary of pads with built up shoulders, since that may just shift the fit problem off the shoulders and onto the loins. Sometimes I see horses with white marks on their backs caused simply by placing the saddle too far forward. Look for the screw that sits right at the base of the pommel in both English and Western saddles. This screw shows you the forward point of pressure from the tree and it should sit behind the shoulder blades in the “pocket.” Depending on the slope of the horse's shoulders, the prominence of his withers, the length of his back, and how the saddle is rigged, the saddle may sit farther back on one horse than it does on another. Sometimes people try to position the saddle by lining up the cinch behind the elbow, but that doesn't really work. Depending on how your horse is built and how the saddle is rigged, the cinch may be farther back on some horses. To check the saddle fit in regards to the shoulder, put the saddle on the horse without pads and without cinching. Holding the saddle in place with one hand as someone else leads your horse at the walk, slide your other hand up under the saddle until you feel the top of the horse's shoulder blade. As he walks, you'll feel the shoulder move back; make sure your fingers aren't being pinched between the tree and the shoulder blade as the horse walks.

Notes From Julie Goodnight

Top 3 Saddle-Fit Pains At each of my clinics, my attention first turns to the horses' tack to check for fit, adjustment and function. When it comes to saddle fit, my eyes always go to these three parts of the horse first: the withers, the shoulders and the loins. Most of the saddle fit issues I see affect one of these three parts of the horse. Often problems can be fixed by simply adjusting the placement of the saddle or getting a little creative with padding. Sometimes a different saddle is needed and for some horses, saddle fit will always be a challenge. Whatever the case, we owe it to our horses to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible while we ride. The Saddle’s Function. The tree of the saddle serves the purpose of evenly distributing the weight of the rider over a larger area--so that the pressure is not focalized on one point of the horse's back. When the tree fits the horse's back well, he can carry the weight of the rider comfortably. When the bars of the tree are not evenly contacting the horse's back, he will develop pressure points which can lead to soreness, scarring, and even permanent damage. Keep in mind that saddle trees are made to fit average horses, but not all horses are average. Also, saddle trees are made to be symmetrical and not all horses are the same on both sides of their spines. Whether your horse has anomalies or not, assessing saddle fit each year is important, since horses, just like humans, change body shape as they age. Of course we want to look at the big picture for saddle fit, but here are the three areas that I see the most problems. The best way to check saddle fit is to place the saddle on the horse's back without any pads, un-cinched, so you can see how the shape of the tree jives with the horse's back. The Withers. In a perfect world, your horse's withers would be prominent enough to hold the saddle well, but not so high that they hit the pommel. The “average” horse will not have any problems here, but high withers or very low withers can be a challenge when it comes to saddle fit. The “mutton withered” horse (very low withers) tends to be quite round, instead of 'A' shaped at the withers. There may be a lot of fat or muscling on top of the shoulder blades that make it seem like the withers are low. This horse will generally need the cinch or girth very tight to prevent the saddle from slipping. You will probably not have trouble with the withers hitting the pommel, but you may have too much constriction at the shoulders and/or need an anti-slip pad or a split-withered pad to help keep the saddle from slipping too much. The horse with prominent withers is more of a challenge for saddle fit. Certain types of horses, like Thoroughbreds, may have prominent withers. As horses age, their withers naturally become more prominent. Obviously, when a horse is in poor flesh (low body condition score), the fat and muscling that often sits below the withers and the flesh that surrounds the spine all the way down his back can disappear, leaving the withers and back bone more vulnerable. Combined with other saddle fit challenges like low in the back, short backed or long backed, the horse with high withers can be hard to fit in a traditional saddle. Often, horses with high withers can be comfortably fit by using a split-withered pad to gain a little clearance and/or using a back pad or bridge pad in addition to your regular pad ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017



design of the tree was most important. I wanted to make sure that there was a substantial tree that would distribute weight well. I ultimately chose Circle Y's Flex 2 tree as it has some give for the horse – allowing him to move comfortably without a rigid tree, but is strong enough to carry weight without bowing. Other flexible trees could not make this claim and having a rigid tree made it more difficult to fit many horses during my travels. My favorite saddle in the line is the Monarch – it has a more traditional, longer skirt and room to attach bags and jackets for the trail. The shape matches the traditional Western saddle look. The same saddle with a rounded skirt (better for short-backed horses) fits my horse, Eddie better than a longer skirt would. Having the tree widths available in wide and regular (with a 2-degree difference) helps fit the high withered and the stocky horses. Plus, having a tall gullet and opening at the back of the saddle keeps weight off of the horse's spine. It's got other comfort features for both the horse/rider, making a more comfortable ride for both. Check out all of my saddles at http://JulieGoodnight.com/saddles. We owe it to the horses to get the best fit possible. Get expert advice whenever you can. Professional saddle fitters are well worth the expense and are experts not only in fit, but also in how saddles are constructed and options available. I prefer certified saddle fitters. Often horse trainers, riding instructors and veter-inarians can help with saddle fitting advice, in lieu of a saddle fit expert.

The Loins. How the saddle fits at the loins, behind the saddle, is more of a concern in Western saddles but it is an area that tends to be overlooked by all kinds of riders, when it comes to saddle fit. The Western saddle is generally longer than the English saddle, giving a greater potential for problems at the loins, but both English and Western saddles can be out of balance on a horse, causing an increase of pressure on the horse's back. Once the horse is saddled, with the horse standing on level ground, step back and look at the horse from the side. The seat of the saddle should appear to be level – not inclined uphill or downhill. If the saddle appears to be going uphill, it may be out of balance and putting too much pressure on the loins of the horse, as well as throwing the rider out of balance and into the “backseat” position. Often, moving the saddle back a little will help level it out or using back pads or shim pads may help. Since the Western saddle is generally longer than an English saddle, it's important to check how the saddle fits all the way at the back of the skirts. Horses can be quite different in shape at the loins – the spine may rise up there and/or the horse may not have enough flesh to protect the spine. Make sure the saddle accommodates the shape of the horse's back at his loins and is not pressing down into the back. Keep in mind that whatever you see from the ground could be much different or worse for the horse once the rider is mounted. Often Western saddles will have a 'V' shape behind or the skirts are laced together in such a way so as to not press into the horse's loins. In the case of very short-coupled horses, you may need to look at a saddle that is shorter in overall length – with a rounded skirt or a saddle that is specifically designed for short-backed horses. 'Hybrid' designs (cross between English and Western) or endurance style saddles tend to be shorter in overall length than a traditional Western saddle. Keep Up the Good Work. It's important to assess your saddle fit every year. Mark it on the calendar and check. It's so easy to get complacent and overlook developing problems if you don't check often. Many riders don't notice a problem until it's been there for a while, until it causes behavioral issues, or until someone with fresher eyes sees it (this is a big advantage of going to a riding clinic). These three areas – the withers, the shoulders and the loins, are easy to check and I try to assess it on every saddled horse that comes in front of me. While most horses can fit into readily available saddles, some horses will always be a challenge. A custom-made saddle or an unconventional type of saddle made for a different discipline may be the right choice. Think of it this way: shopping for a saddle is a lot like purchasing shoes for yourself. If you wear a size 7, most size 7 shoes will fit, right off the rack. Some will be a little snug and some too big. Sometimes, with the right socks, all can be comfortable. That's what we want to do in regards to saddle fit – choose the saddle that's best for your horse and see what you need to do to make it a perfect fit. Consider all the options. Find the best shape for the horse, and if it's not perfect, pad it out to make the fit as comfortable as possible. Designing Saddles to Fit. There's no one magic saddle that fits every horse, that's why I decided I had to have different types of saddles in my own line. The saddles had to be available in regular and wide trees and I wanted to make sure there were different lengths of skirting to fit the longer and short-backed horses. The ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017

About Julie Goodnight: Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her nononsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Explore her online library and many training videos at http://TV.JulieGoodnight.com



2017 MICHIGAN TACK SALES Berrien CoUNTY 4-H Horse Leaders

17th annual SPARTA TACK SALE February 18, 2017 10am-2pm

March 11, 2017 1pm-4pm

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Have you ever wondered why you placed the way you did at a horse show? Wouldn’t it be nice to have time for more feedback from the judge so you can become more successful?

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NORMA AGNEW MEMORIAL MSU HAIRY HORSE SHOW Saturday, April 8, 2017 It’s OK to bring that hairy horse! 7:00 a.m. Registration – 8:30 a.m. Show Begins • $40 Stall / $8.00 Class MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

*No ribbons or points will be awarded for class placing; the feedback is your reward! Proceeds to benefit Michigan 4-H Youth Horse Programs Saturday, April 8, 8:30 am 102. A/HA Showmanship 14-19 103. A/HA Showmanship 13 & under* 104. Open Showmanship 20 & over* 105. Open Showmanship 14-19* 106. Open Showmanship 13 & under* 15 minute break 107. A/HA Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse 108. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 20 & over 109. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 14-19 110. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 13 & under* 111. Open Hunter Pleasure 20 & over 112. Open Hunter Pleasure 14-19* 113. Open Hunter Pleasure 13 & under* 114. Adult Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk-Trot 115. Youth Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk-Trot 116. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 20 & over* 117. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 14-19* 118. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & under* 119. Adult Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot 120. Youth Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot 15 minute break 121. A/HA English Pleasure Jr. Horse 122. A/HA English Pleasure 20 & over

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A/HA English Pleasure 14-19 A/HA English Pleasure 13 & under* Adult Walk-Trot English Pleasure Youth Walk Trot English Pleasure Open English (Saddle Seat) Pleasure 20 & over* Open English (Saddle Seat) Pleasure 19 & under* Open Saddle Seat Equitation 20 & over* Open Saddle Seat Equitation 19 & under* Walk Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 15 minute break A/HA Western Pleasure Jr. Horse A/HA Western Pleasure 20 & over A/HA Western Pleasure 14-19 A/HA Western Pleasure 13 & under* Open Western Pleasure 20 & Over* Open Western Pleasure 14-19* Open Western Pleasure 13 & under* Adult Western Pleasure Walk-Trot Youth Western Pleasure Walk-Trot Open Western Horsemanship 20 and over* Open Western Horsemanship 14-19 * Open Western Horsemanship 13 & under* Adult Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot Youth Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot

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Class Entries Close at 11:00 a.m., April 8th Horses may arrive after 5:00pm on Friday, April 7th Show open to any breed of horse. ASTM/SEI approved helmets required in all youth Hunt Seat classes (19 & under). A/HA classes are open to Arabian & Half-Arab only Show Clothes are optional No stallions or dogs allowed at this event! Negative Coggins within the last 12 months required. No refunds will be issued after March 24, 2017.

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Palm Partnership Training™ – Get Results You Can Use!

Safety & Confidence on the Trail In previous articles we have reviewed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it. We have discussed preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises. Now we are ready to go out on the trail! Even when trail riding, a rider should have goals in mind for the time he or she will be spending with their horses. I believe 5 major goals should be included on every trail ride. They are: • Maintaining safety and confidence • Providing a fitness workout for the rider • Training the horse on the trail • Socializing with other riders and having fun • Managing pre- and post-trail ride logistics such as trailering, ponying, etc. Maintaining safety and horse and rider confidence on the trail must be the first priority of these goals. Without these, the other trail riding goals cannot be achieved. Here are some general safety tips to help you and your horse have a safe, confidence-building experience on the trail. If you have never been on the trail before… it is a good idea to scout out the trail a day ahead of your ride. Your first trip on the trail should be hiking it so you won't have any surprises that you or your horse may not be ready to handle. If you are inexperienced…do not go alone on any trail. Scout it out first. Then ask an experienced trail riding horse/rider team to go with you and your horse for at least the first ride on the trail. The third trip down the trail, you and your horse should have enough confidence to either go solo or feel comfortable with a group of riders. Remember to take a halter and longe line…keep the halter on underneath the bridle, and keep the longe line either hooked to the saddle where it can be safely carried or in a saddle bag. If you get into any situation on the trail where you are unsure of the horse's reactions, get off, attach the longe line to the halter, and work the horse if he needs to get out his inner energy or nervousness. Evaluate your last ride…before you go out on the trail. Was there anything you encountered during the previous trail ride that caused an issue? What goal do you want to achieve on this ride that will help solve that issue? Always have a plan in mind before setting off down the trail! Unlike arena riding, most trails offer a variety of challenges for horse and rider. The varying terrain is great for conditioning the horse and adds interest to the ride. Here are some tips for handling common trail terrain challenges while maintaining safety and confidence. Hills: Unlike arena riding, most trails have some up and downhill terrain. It is important to practice the correct position for riding uphill and downhill that will help you and your horse stay balanced. When riding uphill, move your shoulders forward. This will help you stay centered over the horse's center of gravity as he shifts it for©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017

ward going uphill. Be careful not to let your legs swing back and out of position as you move the shoulders forward. Going downhill is harder. Bring your shoulders back and your feet in front of the girth. Encourage the horse to keep his head up by bringing your hands straight up over the crest of his neck in time with his stride. If he increases his speed or pulls on the reins, he is balancing too much on his forehand. Make sure you are in the correct position and bring his head up to help him shift his balance off his forehand. Obstacles: If you have scouted out the trail ahead of time, you know if obstacles such as water or ditches will be encountered. Evaluate the obstacle and decide if you can safely negotiate it. If you have to get off to cross an obstacle, dismount and negotiate the obstacle safely from the ground rather than trying to ride through it. Strategies for leaving “home:” “Home” when trail riding may be the barn if you are going for a ride from the horse's stable, or it may be his trailer if you have driven to a trail. A horse's instinct will always cause him to be more sluggish traveling away from home and more anxious when going back towards it. You will not be able to change this basic instinct, so plan to use it to your advantage. When leaving “home,” ask the horse for more forward movement. Ask him to travel at a jog to get him thinking forward. The outbound, away-from-home part of the trip is also the best time to practice maneuvers requiring the horse to stop and stand. When coming back toward “home” when he wants to be quick and anxious, ask him to do controlled, but slow, actions. A note about trailering to a trail ride: If you or your horse are not familiar with trailering, give yourself plenty of time to practice this skill before the trail ride date. Too often, riders think they can just “throw” a horse that is inexperienced into a trailer and drive off to meet their friends at the trail. This is a recipe for safety problems and loss of confidence for both horse and rider. Learn how to safely load, unload, and trailer your horse. I recommend my Longevity Training Video #2 - Advancing Basic Ground Training tape which includes a large segment on teaching a horse how to trailer and pointers for safely driving a trailer. When you know how to safely trailer a horse, access to many more trails and more fun will be open to you.

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. When this column was being written in December, heavy snow was on the way and this writer (who is far from infallible) predicted that the odds of anyone riding in the near future were pretty slim. Well, of course, that didn't turn out to be the case. By New Year's Day, most of the snow had melted and the weather was unseasonably warm. So what happened? We went riding. The word went out on Facebook a couple days before and even though just a few riders were expected, fully ten of us showed up. The trails were in great shape and the ride was enjoyed by all. What a great way to usher in 2017! Visit the BTRA Facebook to see some pictures of this activity. Not surprisingly, the warm weather hasn't lasted and when wind chills are factored in, we've experienced sub-zero temps and more snow. But, no predictions on riding are going to be made this time around. If Mother Nature has a change in mood, we might just be riding again before the calendar says spring has arrived. One event from December that didn't get reported on before was the DNR-sponsored Equestrian Workshop that was held early that month at the Ralph MacMullan Conference Center near Roscommon. The workshop was held over two days and was very well attended by both DNR staff and representatives from numerous riding organizations from around the state. BTRA was in attendance and this proved to be a good opportunity to learn what the DNR was planning for the resources that we cherish. It demonstrated that we are recognized and appreciated by the DNR, and that our input is valued. Moreover, it allowed us to network with other trail riding groups and get a much better picture of what we're all doing. Yes, we have common concerns but we also realize that we hold common values and sense of purpose. The Parks and Recreation Division of the DNR is to be commended for hosting this event, and we hope that this program continues in the future. Even though it's winter, BTRA is keeping busy. We recently had a meeting with the

DNR management at the Brighton Recreation Area and several plans for 2017 were discussed. One project has already been accomplished. The network of equestrian trails at Brighton contain several loops, and over the years they have acquired informal names. Thus, when a group of riders planned a ride (“Let's hit the Farley Loop today”) or have returned to the staging area and report to others that “we rode the Brady Loop today,“ everyone had a pretty good idea of what trail sections they were talking about. Last year, after discussions with the DNR, it was decided to formalize these names and signage for the loops has been erected. Now, all riders, particularly those who are new to the Brighton trails, will know more precisely where they're at, where they've been, and where they're headed. When new trail maps are printed in the future, the names of the loops will be included. This project represents just one more example of how BTRA and the DNR are working together is making the equestrian trails at the Brighton Recreation Area better and safer for all riders who visit us. We hope to see you when the riding season gets underway. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS Hello Trail Riders! It's the beginning of another riding season and many of you are making plans already of destinations to explore with friends and trusty trail horses. Our calendar for 2017 has been set for the camp outs, ride/potlucks and work days. You can go to our website at www.fchfa.org to print it off and keep track of the happenings at Fort Custer this year. The first camp out will be for the Annual Spring Camp Out May 11-14th. This four day event will be held at the Whitford Lake event area in the Park. Picket poles, water (for horses), manure removal, outhouse are available for campers. A Saturday pancake breakfast and supper potluck is always enjoyed by all. Spring flowers will be blooming along our beautiful trails and it's the time to ride with NO bugs!! The second date is our Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out September 14-17th. This has the same offer-



ings and also our Saturday evening auction fundraiser. Any donations are welcome, horse-related or otherwise. Bidding has been fierce in the past over peach jam and maple syrup!! Our Annual Meeting will be held at the Kal Val Saddle Club in Scotts, MI on March 18th. Social hour starts at 3pm, Potluck at 4pm and Meeting at 5pm. All are welcome to come! The January board meeting was attended by Tony Trojanowski, our park manager and plans for 2017 were discussed. On this year's agenda are replacement of the board planks on the bridge on the Historic Trail, new signs and posts where some riders are still getting confused, getting our MOU agreement with the Park so that we can qualify for MatchPartnership grants and submitting a proposal for campsites at the trail head staging area. We will be having a sign in sheet and survey (questions for proposed campsites) at the staging area. This will help to get justification numbers for our proposal. The club would like to thank two of our board members that are Pfizer retirees for the grants they qualify for because of their volunteer hours at the Park. Ken Vandervest worked a total of 304 hours for 2016. Also, Roger Glidden put in 156 hours for 2016. Pfizer generously donated $2000 to our nonprofit for their time spent working at Fort Custer. Thank-you Ken and Roger! 25 additional volunteers logged in with a total of 1497 hours for 2016. It's the reason our trails are so GREAT! For any information about trails, events, etc. contact Nancy Simmonds at 269-967-3613 or go to the website at www.fchfa.org See you on the trails, Toni Strong, FCHFA, Secretary

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Highland Trail Riders Association and the Huron Valley Council for the Arts 8th Annual Competition and Exhibit. Competition open to all Amateur and Professional Artists, please contact Vickie Banyash via email at nbranyash2009@comcast.net WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS, continued It's All About the Horse Art Contest 2017 Call for Artists!! Enter your favorite horse photo, sketch, painting, or any 2D artwork. Art must include horses, ponies or mules and be no larger than 48” in any direction. Art must me framed and securely wired for hanging, no sawtooth hangers. We begin taking Art on July 17th, 2017. Digital photos of art accepted by email at nbranyash2009@comcast.net and must arrive by August 20, 2017. Entry fee is $30.00 which includes 2 entries per individual and must be mailed to Vickie Banyash c/o Highland Trail Riders Association at 13890 French Ln, Davisburg, MI 48350. Fees must be received by August 25, 2017. First and runner-up awards granted for both hand created and photography entries. The two categories will be judged separately. Cash and ribbon prizes awarded in each category. Intake for artwork takes place on August 30th and 31st, 2017. Reception and prizes will be announced at the Huron Valley Council for The Arts gallery during Highland Heritage Day Festival on September 1, 2017. Please mark your calendars and participate!!!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello HTRA Trail Riders! Many of us are planning our trail riding and camping events for 2017. Hungerford Trail Riders Association plans to have our Calendar of Events published in March. Please check the website for updates. Remember that Hungerford National Forest is not plowed during the winter. If you ride during the winter months, please note the road to the Day Use area may not be accessible depending upon the weather conditions. Reservations for the main campground and group campground opens May 1st. But keep in mind that the Day Use Parking is available all year around. The Association relies on the support from our members and volunteers. We will start the year with a member meeting Saturday, February 25th at 1pm at the Norwich Township Hall, 7213 N. Cypress, Big Rapids,

MI 49307 to meet new and returning members; organize a spring work bee; review 2017 events & projects, and assign volunteers to the Adopt-A-Trail program! Again, thanks to our members who have made the Association a huge success; and to those who continue to support HTRA in the near future. If you have not renewed your 2017 membership or plan to become a new member to Hungerford Trail Riders Association, please visit the website at: www.hungerford trailriders.org to print an application or send an email to: (hungerford trailriders@ gmail.com) and request an application or like our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association'. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION Ionia Horse Trails Association has a lot of plans in the works for summer 2017. First and foremost we will have a work bee on April 15th. If it turns out the weather is nice, we will camp and clean up the campground, clear trails, and INSTALL CORRALS on seven campsites. This is a HUGE deal for our park! We could use ALL your help to make the park ship shape for the spring riding season! Bring your shovels, loppers, trimmers, and chain saws if you are safety certified to use them on state property. Don't forget to wear gloves, and of course, any weather related gear needed. Our park has obtained yards of various fill materials along with culverts to work on those wet areas. How much we can get done COMPLETELY hinges on how many hands we have to help. Dates have been set for our events this year, with the exception of one new SURPRISE MEMBERS ONLY event. Details will follow as soon as we can cement them in! You’ll want to make your camping reservations for this!!



Annual Meeting – July 14 -16, meeting & potluck Saturday afternoon. Harvest Fest – September 22-24, IHTA events on Saturday. Chili Cookoff – Oct. 13-15, IHTA events on Saturday. If you haven't yet renewed your membership, Please Renew! The form can be found on the footer of every page of our website. We need every membership to help fund the projects and events coming this year! www.ioniahorsetrailsassociation.org Happy 2017 – Hope it's full of safe rides!

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Members will soon be receiving an election ballot by email to vote for our new board members and officers. Your opinion is important to the club, so please remember to vote. We will shortly be announcing our Annual General Meeting for election of Board Members and Officers and to conduct any other business necessary. Our first spring event will be a Spring Campout June 2 - 4. Stay tuned for details! If it's too cold to ride this winter, or the ground is too hard, there is plenty of 'back-end' work to be done: tack cleaning and repair; mending blankets, shopping for new horse boots; reading horse stories; watching training DVDs; or working on ground manners. For the past few winters a friend and I put together our own really ugly obstacle course in the round pen (we have no indoor). We used some 'traditional' obstacles like tarps and balloons, but we found a whole mess of unusual items in our basements and garages. One obstacle was my husband's horrible monkey Halloween mask (let's sniff and eat it); some very weird, dangly old food containers on strings (let's sniff and eat it); a couple of old umbrellas with broken spokes (mildly interested); fuzzy scarves (let's sniff and eat it). Anything to amuse ourselves in the winter. As you can see, our horses are mostly the 'let's sniff and eat it' types now. We're never going to see monkey masks or dangling food containers on the trail, but familiarizing your horse with strange things will WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS, cont. get him out of the rut of the 'same old-same old' in case you do run into something odd. Here's a little article on the horse's brain and how new experiences help: http://iceryder. net/brainworks.html. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Deanna Hanner (dsh agency@aol.com) or visit our website to renew online and to pay with PayPal. By the way, all our events can now be registered for and paid for online through our website and with PayPal. As a reminder for those of you who ride Kensington trails in the winter, a portion of the West Trail will be closed for cross country skiers. You can obtain a skiers map to see what's available for horse trails at http:// www.metroparks.com/Kensington-Metro park (map link in the left hand side bar). And if you don't want to ride your own horse, consider a sleigh ride at Kensington! Remember, when you do get out on the trails this winter, you can report a trail problem on our website: www.kensingtontrailriders.org on the main page. We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Hope to see you out on the trails soon.....

THE MARTIAL HORSE ASSOCIATION Presents The International Series Military Horsemanship Competitions. The Martial Horse Association and The International Series are based in martial (military) horsemanship. They combine elements from thousands of years of military, law enforcement, and cavalry horse training into the world's first Military Horsemanship style series. These elements include training in Dressage, Jumping, Law Enforcement, Cavalry, and Jousting. The International Series is not a re-enactor event nor a living history event nor a theatrical show. These are modern equestrian competitions combining historically inspired elements of all three. Who Can Ride? Pretty much anyone over the age of 10.

What Kind of Horse can I use? Pretty much any sound horse or pony will do. What is a class like? They range from a simple pattern type class to a complex extreme trail style class to full on armored knights jousting. There are speed and action classes as well as costume classes. What else do I need to know? Today's modern competitions are geared towards the safety of horse and rider alike. They are a great alternative for the horse and rider looking for something new and different to do for a weekend. They operate and feel like a modern open horse show but with a twist. Skills needed for beginners include basic walk, trot, back, halt. Show attire includes ASTM approved helmet (ALL Riders), polo style shirt, boots and belted pants/breeches to match horses tack. Any discipline tack may be used as long as the saddle and bridle are uniform (no horns are allowed in armored divisions). Our MISSION is to honor those who have gone before us, maintain military horsemanship skills of the ages, and apply them today. Our all volunteer organization is dedicated to promoting, educating and competing with the military type horse and those who love them. Join us for the upcoming season. Whether you're interested in being a spectator, volunteer, competitor or just want to learn how to do more with your horse for fun. There is a place for all from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. The International Series competitions run through the summer each year. Competitions are planned in Michigan and Ohio for 2017. Each weekend competition brings world class competitors together to vie for the honor of taking home the gold medal. For more information: visit us online at: www.TheInternationalSeries.com

MiCMO MI COMPETITIVE MTD ORIENTEERING The winter months are upon us and the planning stages of what happens in the summer is underway. The membership is busy deciding where and when they will be putting on our competitive rides, beginners clinics are being planned and parks are being secured.



Due to social media and very helpful membership, we have many riders north of Grand Rapids that are interested in learning our sport. Due to this, Chris Hubert has offered to do a beginners clinic at Hungerford near Big Rapids probably around the first of May. This will be a clinic on foot, no horses. This is a great way to focus on the mechanics of CMO without having to worry about also managing your horse. She will be finalizing the details and posting them on Facebook. Like any horse related activity, there are locations all over the state. We have rides on the east side of the state at Elba Equestrian Complex, Mt. Morris and Hadley Hills. We also have many rides south of Grand Rapids at Yankee Springs, Ely Lake and Silver Creek. Many years we have also traveled north to DBarD just west of Reed City. We may be heading north and west to Luther if everything goes as planned. If you are interested in learning more about our sport be sure to visit our Facebook page for updates and more information. The great thing about competitive mounted orienteering, much like show circuits, is that you are there for the whole weekend. You can settle into your campsite and enjoy a ride on Friday to explore the trails and then compete on Saturday and Sunday. This helps break up the drive if you have to travel very far. You may also haul in for the day if that is what your schedule allows. Looking forward to spring, so I can see everyone on the trails! See you soon, Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS ASSOC. The 2017 Jan. 14th meeting was held at the Italian Oven restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Those in attendance were President Kathy Kruch, VP Bob Howell, Secretary Marilyn Mannino, and Directors Chuck Fanslow and Joe Burrill. Members Char & George Ostrom, Miranda Mannino and Mike Kelterborn were also present. Kathy called the meeting to order. The Secretary's report was given by Marilyn. The minutes from the Nov. 12th, 2016 meeting were accepted as read with no mistakes. Marilyn read the card from Maggie Potter WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS, cont. wishing us a Happy New Year. We were happy to read that she reached her 90th birthday! Marilyn also reported that the MI Horse Show Association had recently inquired about our interest in competing in their show at the end of August at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Marilyn referred their request for information about judging requirements, etc. to Amber Wilson at the MFTHBA. If you are interested in learning to compete in Halter, two and three-gait classes, please let us know so that educational clinics can be set up for you. We currently have 22 members. 12 of them are also MFTHBA members. We need at least 8 more with dual membership. Encourage your friends to join and please send in your dues ASAP! In the absence of a Treasurer, Marilyn reported the savings and checking account balances. Thanks go out to Megan McGarry, Bambi Platz, Char & George Ostrom and Joe Mannino for their help in the booth at the Novi Equestrian expo. Joe Burrill remarked that the placement of our booth there suffered from low attendance due to it's location away from the vendor area. Marilyn mentioned that attendance may have been affected due to the event being held in December, rather than November. At any rate, those who stopped in at our booth enjoyed viewing the gaiting DVD, bought t-shirts and asked questions. Fox Trotter info was also distributed to interested individuals. Kathy is working on resubmitting our costshare request to the MFTHBA for our booth at the Novi expo. The first submission was lost in the mail. The proposed 2017 National Trail ride is tentatively set for Sept. 17-28th starting in Empire and ending in Oscoda, MI. Chuck made the motion which Joe B. seconded to accept the proposed bylaw changes. It was voted to combine the Secretary and Treasurer positions and to reduce the number of Directors from three to two. The wording of the bylaws will be updated to reflect those changes. The 2017 Officer election was held with all of the officers re-elected, except that Marilyn is now the Secretary/Treasurer with Directors being Chuck Fanslow (1 year term) and Joe Burrill (2 year term).

Kathy is working on updating our website. It took a lot of work for her to totally revamp it. Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters.com to check it out. Thank you for your hard work on this Kathy! The Levi Beechy Spring Tune-up clinic is tentatively being set for a weekend in April with hopefully another camping class to be offered there too. A three-day Ivy Schexnayder gaiting clinic is being set up also for this summer. Committees and budgets were set up to handle each clinic. Kathy (katmc cully@hotmail.com) is the chairperson for the Levi Beechy clinic. Marilyn (mman nino2333@gmail.com)and Bambi (valdisere bouvs@sbcglobal.net) will be co-chair people for the Ivy S. clinic. Please choose a committee to help out on. Contact the above chair-people to let them know that you are willing to lend a hand. Details will also be posted on our Facebook page. This meeting was adjourned. Please attend the next meeting 11 AM Sat. February 11 at Wheel Inn restaurant in St. Johns, MI. Respectfully submitted by Secretary, Marilyn Mannino

M H DVA MI HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOC. A thank you to Jan Wolfin from Shiawassee County who was our speaker for the January MHDVA "Ask the Experts." Jan has been shore to shore with the Michigan Trail Riders over 50 times. She drove a horse across 7 of those times. She shared her experiences with the club. She gave us tips if we wish to join Michigan Trail Riders and complete a crossing. It is not for the weak!!!! To cross the State of Michigan takes 10 days of riding/driving from 17 to 27 miles each day. The next club meeting will take place at the Brody Complex Cafeteria at MSU on February 11th. Lunch is at 11am costing $10 for all that you want to eat. The meeting follows at noon with our speaker at 1pm. Jack Mirakian, a long time club member, will speak to the club about geocaching. There are some geocaches at the Brody Complex, so after the meeting, those wishing to learn more, can get hands on experience. The club will have a meeting March 25th at



the Brody Complex. The MHDVA club will have a non-profit table at the Lansing Horse Expo in March. Please look for us there if you are interested in learning more about horse cart driving. MHDVA will have a driving show at Kalamazoo the first weekend in June. Sincerely, Dorothy Childs, President

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) Excitement is building around new trail possibilities at the Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. We hope to announce the addition of 1.5 to 2 miles of trail before the 2017 season ends. The DNR process for this approval has taken some time, so please be patient as we work to clear all the hurdles. Currently, you can ride 8.5 miles on the bridle trails and add another mile or so by enjoying the minimum maintenance sections of Fox Lake and Tody Roads. Even more riding time can be added by enjoying the lightly traveled gravel roads surrounding the park. Don't forget that you can camp too! We have a well maintained equestrian campground with plenty of high line poles to accommodate you and your equine partner. Come on out and spend a weekend with us. Event dates planned for in the new year are as follows: Work Bee April 22 CMO May 13 & 14 Poker Ride May 27 Judged Trail Ride September 16 OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed directly from hadleyhills.com or we will be happy to mail one to you upon request. Call or text me, or leave a note on our website's Contact tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President 913-660-8012 This is a FREE section! Email your news: saddleup@voyager.net (600 word limit) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. We made a whole lot of updates to our website recently and welcome you to come take a peek. We would like to Thank Lynn and Susie for all the work those two gals put into the updated site. You can find the new updated printable PDF Pontiac Lake Recreation Area horse trail map there, as well as our ride and event schedule. We have an awesome photo album collection that is sure to jog some memories and our member products and services link is full of some great opportunities and services too! Check it out at www.plha.info. While you are on your computer, smart phone or tablet give us a ‘LIKE’ on Facebook. You can find us under Pontiac Lake Horseman's Association. Currently we have a few proposals for 2017 submitted to the MDNR/PRD for some improvements to the park. We are trying to get an 8 foot picnic table for every rustic equestrian campsite, tons of more gravel for the road to the campground and around the staging area, new map signs for the trail posts located on the trails and trail head signs for the Rustic Equestrian Campground and Teggerdine day staging area. We recently also discussed with our PLRA supervisor, the possibility of getting electric to our well, so that water could flow instead of us pumping and pumping and pumping to fill our bucket and building arms that are often larger than Popeye's! Our well is over 225 feet deep and Supervisor Bissett thought that was a good idea, the electric to the well, not the huge arms, and is looking into the cost of such an improvement. We’ll keep you posted as we are quite sure this comes at a large expense and will require an XTRA-ordinary FUNdraiser activity for us all at the park. Winter is almost over. Have a great February!


like to thank everyone that has come out and ridden in our events this season. We are always thinking up new rides that we think everyone will enjoy. If you have any suggestions for future events, please let us know. I want to remind everyone that hunting season is upon us so please be safe and wear brightly colored clothes as there is hunting allowed in Proud Lake. Please mark your calendars for our annual banquet which will be Friday, February 17th at Bakers in Milford. We will have dinner, open bar and a silent auction. Doors open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. Our banquet always draws a large crowd, usually 100 plus…and it is a great way to get out and see your riding buddies. In 2017 we will have a Scavenger Hunt Ride on May 21st. June 25th will be our Destination Ride and finally our Obstacle Course Ride will be September 24th with Saturday night campouts and potlucks at all of the aforementioned rides. If you would like to be a part of our email list, you can get all of the latest details about our events by contacting Nancy Efrusy at Efrusy @yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to add you. The most exciting news of all is the addition of our new pavilion in the staging area. Please come by and check it out. We hope to see everyone soon and enjoy the beautiful weather on the trails!

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS A big thank you goes to our members who have worked hard this past year with our work bees, cleaning trail and hauling gravel to low spots. The wooden bridge in the big woods was re-decked with thick planks for safe crossings. Those who helped with camping events and fundraising contests, your efforts are appreciated. Many members attended Draft Master Plan meetings with equestrian input for additional trail mileage and camping opportunity. 2017 Event planning has begun with the Annual Meeting February 4th at Victor Twp. Hall, 6843 Alward Rd., Laingsburg, MI. This will be our 19th annual meeting, potluck and fun filled donated horse item auction. Please



help with hall set-up starting at 11:00 am, then social hour with Danny Crampton and friends playing cowboy tunes for us. This is the time to renew memberships, visit with trail buddies and check out auction items. Potluck dinner is at 1:00 pm with the auction following. Table service, coffee and water will be provided, and the ovens will be on to keep your passing dish hot. We will have a short business meeting to recap 2016, elect Board members and highlight 2017 plans. Bring family and horse friends, as guests are welcome. Sign up for door prizes when you arrive. There will be a paid up membership drawing. 2017 memberships get a 30% off one apparel item. New decals! Saturday, April 22nd 9:00 am is the date picked for our first work bee. Staging area clean up, trail trimming, pickett pole fixing, and graveling low spots are on the agenda. 8:30am Sign in at staging area for assignment. Lunch helpers are always welcome, if you can't help out on trail work. Facebook will have updates. The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt will be at 2:00pm, April 30th. Host Pat Brown and friends will have the wee ones and the young at heart look for hidden eggs. There will be several types of eggs to look for. This is an donation event, all youth welcome and all activities in the staging area including trail riding-weather permitting. Our special event camping weekends will be: Memorial Weekend May 26-29th, The Fourth of July beginning June 30-July 5th, Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-4th, and Haunting Hollow, October 6-8th with decorated trails, contests and soup cook-off. October 20-22nd will be an Open House at The Rustic Cabin for anyone to visit, and a special ride for members. Sleazy Barb Horsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants register at the Horseman's staging area, have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping, your participation is welcome. Check our website at shtra.org or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for more details. Sunday, September 24th will be the Annual Rangers 4H Club Judged Trail Ride. From 10am-2pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. There is no camping with this event. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS. cont. Renew your membership via the website to run off a membership form or sign up at our annual meeting. We have fun family events using our scenic 13 mile trail system. The rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 pickett poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available by calling 1-800-44Parks. Get your date early as they do sign up fast. Marsha Putnam

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC. OF MI As shared in December, the WDAMI Board of Directors held their election of officers at the November Board meeting. Officers for the 2017 year are as follows: Secretary-Rachel Belcher, Treasurer-Jill Robiadek, Vice President-Sue Hughes, President-Carol Baldwin. The following are Board Trustees: Dorothy Mueller, Suzanne Morisse, Jessica Shier. The Board also accepted Violet O'Dell's resignation from the Board. Violet has been instrumental in establishing our Award program. We wish Violet the best and thank her for her service. The WDAMI will host the annual awards banquet for members and awardees on February 25, 2017, 1-4 pm, at the Pine River Country Club in Alma, MI. The cost for the banquet is $25 per person and reservations must be made by February 3, 2017. Please send your check and reservation to: Jill Robiadek, 1300 Richmond Dr., Cheboygan, Michigan 49721. The banquet will include a silent auction, door prizes and speakers. WDAMI is hosting Clinician Jec Ballou for a three-day clinic being held at Tromble Equestrian Center, LLC on M-33 in Cheboygan, MI. The clinic dates are June 2, 3 and 4. Both individual and group lessons will be offered. Jec's clinics are the best in the business. Her clinics fill up very quickly. If you are interested in participating and want more information, contct Jill at jrrob1@gmail.com. The WDAMI Schooling Show is scheduled for June 17. More information will be forthcoming but for now get this date on your calendar. WDAMI will also be co-hosting a WD/Dressage show on July 30, 2017 with Sari Clapperton, Woodbine Farms in Chelsea,

MI. Sari hosts numerous shows at Woodbine throughout the season. Visit her website: www.woodbinefarms.com to learn more. The National Organization has posted the new WD tests for 2017 on their website: www.westerndressageassociation.org. These tests are valid for 4 years. Tests can be downloaded from the national website. The organization has elected to have two ways of downloading the tests. If you have questions about the two test formats, please contact the national organization directly. Please remember to renew your dual memberships. You can do that at our website: www.wdami.org. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for Western Dressage and Western Dressage Association® of Michigan. Also, if you wish to further support WDAMI by donating to our organization, you may do so by sending a check made out to WDAMI to Jill Robiadek, 1300 Richmond Dr., Cheboygan, MI 49721. We are a 501 c 3 organization and upon receipt of your donation, WDAMI will issue you a donation letter for tax purposes. You will become a member of our Join the Journey participants. Thank you in advance for considering a donation. Till next time, stay warm!!

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS This meeting was held at Kathy & Richard's house with a pot luck starting at 6:00. The meeting was called to order at 6:35. 2017 Calendar of Events: February 18 – Euchre Tournament, 3pm, Sandys Country Kitchen, 11114 Gun Lk. Rd, Middleville, MI 49333. Proceeds go to Cancer Family's United. Cash prizes 1-3rd places. Registration fee: $15.00/$10.00 16 and under. Bring lots of quarters. 50/50 drawing, Door Prizes. April 15 –Shot Clinic, Dr. Rachelle Bennecke June 24 – YSTRA Judged Trail Ride September 9 – Annual Meeting, Hog Roast, and Camping October 14 – Halloween Haunted Ride Barry Roubaix Race – March 25th: This is a



great way for YSTRA to make some money. Barry Roubaix will pay YSTRA $35.00 per volunteer, so anyone who can volunteer please do so, email Ron Walker ronaldw@ grmr.com or Kathy Taylor at taylorkl@tds.net so we can get a list of names. Being a road guard takes about 3 hours or less of your time. It was suggested we request STOP paddles, with SLOW on the opposite side to help with stopping traffic. Ron will follow-up on this request. Trail Report: Andru Jevick asked that we map the requested reclaim trail and send him this information. Andru is also closely following the DNR app-roval progress for the requested Spur Trail off the 6 mile. New Year's Day Ride: We had 14 rigs in camp, what a great success! The 40 degree weather was perfect for riding. Two large crock pots of chili were eaten and YSTRA made $80.00 in donations. Thanks to everyone who came out and rode with us and made this day a success. We had people ride the 9, 6 and 4 mile trails and reported they are clear and good for riding, of course we just had a big wind storm last week so that might not still be true. Corral Update: Plans are in the works to install two 12x12 corrals this summer on a several campsites. The plan is to build a few each year to see how campers like them. We will have a fundraiser to help pay for these corrals in a couple of months. A newsletter will be sent out in April to give you an update on our projects and how you can help. New Business: It was suggested our projects be posted on the Kiosk for park visitors. Solar Well Update: Skip Burger, Richard Smith, and John Soper have formed a committee to research cost, put together a proposal and write a grant. The proposal will then be presented to the DNR for approval. Lori Wilson donated a playground climbing tower with swings and slide which is located in her back yard. A picture will be taken and brought to the next meeting for approval. It would need to be taken down and a few repairs are needed but overall it is in good shape. A place could be cleared next to the confidence course for a kid's playground. A proposal would need to be put together and submitted to the DNR for approval. Next meeting will be at Jeanne and Skip Burgers home, February 8th. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

2017 Oakland County Tack Sale **Hosted by Oakland County 4-H Horse Council**

Saturday, March 25, 2017 10am - 2pm Springfield Oaks Activity Center 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI 48350

Admission $1 10 x 10 SPACE $35.00, 4-H CLUBS $25.00 Name:

Business/Club Name:

Address: City:



Zip Code:

Email: Please check set-up choice: # 10x10 spaces x $35.00 = $

Friday, 3/24, 6pm-8pm or # of 4-H spaces

# extra table & chair sets (1 table/2 chairs included with each space)

Saturday 8am x $25.00 = $ x $10.00 = $

Please make check payable to Oakland County 4-H Horse Council and send to: (Registration & Payment must be received by 3/18!!!) Debbie Morgan, Oakland County 4-H/MSU Tollgate 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377 For more information please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-347-3860, ext. 279 or morga194@anr.msu.edu MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Debbie Morgan at 248-858-0894 by 3/10/2017 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp – June 18-22, 2017 Improve your horsemanship skills, get ready for show season and have fun!!!!

4 day overnight camp for kids age 9-19 at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, MI 3 instructional classes/day, crafts, games and horse care education! Fee: $200 per camper & horse, $185/each for 2 or more, $140/each for 3 or more of same family

Informational Meeting – March 29, 7:00 pm at Springfield Oaks Activity Center 12451Andersonville Road, Davisburg For more info about camp and/or becoming a counselor, email Debbie Morgan at:

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Dr. Kellon’s Guidelines: Why Test Hay? Dr. Eleanor Kellon would like to ask horse owners who think hay analysis is another unnecessary way to waste money to please reconsider. As staff veterinary consultant for Uckele Health & Nutrition and a respected veteran at analyzing hay, she has experienced how this important tool can make a vital difference in a horse’s health, and provide tools to formulate a least-cost ration, as well. “Without analyzing hay, you are just guessing at your horse’s nutritional needs,” Dr. Kellon reasons. “You could be wasting money on supplements your horse doesn’t need - or even making your horse’s mineral imbalances worse. You probably wouldn't feel comfortable buying a bagged feed for your horse that did not have an analysis. However, for most horses bagged feed is no more than 25% of their diet, leaving the remaining 75% hay in their diets nutritionally unknown. This introduces a host of potential deficiencies, excesses and imbalances into the major portion of your horse's diet.” Part of the analysis gives information on protein, calories, fiber, fat and simple carbohydrates. Equally, if not more important, is the mineral information. Dr. Kellon contends that widespread deficiencies are a major reason why there is a flourishing market for hoof and coat supplements. Throwing a lot of supplements at the horse without knowing what is actually needed for its specific diet won't fix the problem and can be an unnecessary expense. Variable factors in hay include type and strain of hay, soil type, geographical location, rainfall, organic matter in the soil, stage of growth, type/amount of fertilizer, or soil treatments such as liming. Dr. Kellon says the solution is simple, “Get a hay analysis. If hay changes too frequently for that, at least research the regional figures for where the hay was grown. You will save by supplementing only what your horse truly needs and in the correct amount. The health benefits are tremendous.” Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers hay testing, as well as products that address deficiencies most often found in hay. Hay Mineral Analysis is a simple test to identify mineral and vitamin imbalances in your horses' hay to help you match deficiencies and balance toxic mineral levels. You simply need to mail a hay sample in a quart-sized baggie. Visit http://equine. uckele.com/media/wysiwyg/equine/Hay_Test_Submittal_Form_ 8-12_revised.pdf for submission form. Equi-VM is a concentrated source of vitamins, time-released trace minerals, abundant probiotics and digestive enzymes that are most likely to be deficient. Sport Horse Grass is a mega potency vitamin, mineral and amino acid supplement containing the three important amino acids LLysine, DL-Methionine and L-Threonine, important trace elements, very high levels of fat and water-soluble vitamins, and more. About Dr. Kellon Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017

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Horse Hoof Health & Nutrition: Balance Is Key Nutrition affects your horse's hooves, but balance is essential for hoof health. The need for balance seems to arise in every aspect of horse riding and ownership. Your trainer will push for a balanced ride. Your farrier will trim and shoe for a balanced hoof. And, perhaps most importantly, you aim to provide your horse the right balance of forage and feed. But how much do you know about the balance between nutrition and your horse’s hoof health? “Hoof quality is determined by several factors including genetics, environment, and nutrition,” says Karen Davison, Ph.D., equine nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition. “Some horses inherit weak hooves, and that can't be changed. But proper care and nutrition can help a horse develop and maintain the best hooves genetically possible.” The reverse is true too: improper care and inadequate or unbalanced nutrition can lead to hoof problems in a horse with the genes for great hooves. Elements of Nutrition Several nutrients can influence hoof growth and quality. A wellbalanced diet will contain the nutritional elements needed for optimal hoof growth, but each horse is unique and different life stages, performance levels and lifestyles can affect hoof quality. Here are some key nutrients and their impacts on hoof health. Protein: The hoof structure is primarily made of keratin, a protein. Proteins are made of amino acids and are necessary for healthy hooves and growth. Methionine, an essential amino acid, is thought to be important for hoof quality. However, balance is key; if fed in excess, methionine is also believed to cause a depletion of iron, copper and zinc. This can lead to crumbling horn and white line disease. Fat: A diet with adequate levels of fat can be beneficial to the hoof. Fats create a permeability barrier helping to prevent bacteria and fungi from entering the hoof horn. Zinc: Zinc is necessary for normal keratinization of the hoof. A study by Harrington, Walsh and White in 1973 showed horses with insufficient hoof horn strength had less zinc in the hoof horn than horses with healthy, undamaged horns. Calcium and phosphorous: Calcium is essential for proper cell attachment in the hoof horn and wall. The right ratio of calcium and phosphorous is required, though, because excess phosphorous can block the absorption of calcium, leading to weak and/or abnormal bones. Selenium and Vitamin E: Selenium and vitamin E are important antioxidants protecting cell membranes. However, the balance of in©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • FEBRUARY 2017

take is crucial because selenium toxicity can cause hair loss, coronitis and coronary band bleeding, as well as sloughing of the hoof and laminitis. Note: Selenium levels in forage and soil vary by region. Talk to your vet or nutritionist about the proper amount of selenium for your horse. Biotin: Perhaps the most-researched vitamin for hoof growth, biotin is thought to help with hoof integrity, coat, mane and tail growth. Studies have reported varying effects, but horses with poor hoof quality despite a balanced diet and favorable environment might benefit from a therapeutic dose of biotin. Research indicates a therapeutic dose of biotin to be 15 to 20 milligrams per day. “For the majority of horses, a diet with naturally occurring biotin, a suitable amino acid and fatty acid balance, as well as proper vitamin and mineral fortification will support excellent hoof growth rates and quality,” says Davison. Certified Journeyman Farrier Donnie Perkinson with the American Farriers Association agrees. “The foot reflects everything about the horse, and nutrition is a paramount aspect of the overall health of the horse.” Keep Learning. Every horse is different, and their nutritional and hoof requirements are significantly varied. Keep an open dialogue with your farrier, vet and nutritionist as well as seek opportunities to learn more about how feed affects your horse’s health and well-being.

The American Farrier’s Association, in partnership with Purina Animal Nutrition, is offering free clinics to AFA members. The clinics will include hoof care-related educational topics for farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. For a schedule of events and to find a clinic in your area, visit www.americanfarriers.org. For more information on Purina® Horse Feeds, visit purinamills.com/horse-feed. American Farrier’s Association is the oldest and largest U.S. based membership organization for farriers, and the only U.S. farrier association to have an internationally recognized certification program. To learn more visit www.americanfarriers.org/calendar. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the US. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.



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February 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Michigan and Ohio's favorite horse magazine brings you interesting and informative articles about feeding and caring for your horse througho...

February 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Michigan and Ohio's favorite horse magazine brings you interesting and informative articles about feeding and caring for your horse througho...