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Mud Truck Display (TBD) plus Season 6 American Idol Finalists: Phil Stacey & WSG Chris Sligh Comedy Night Featuring Tuscola County 4-H Alumni Melissa (Hecht) Hager & Special Guest (TBA) Nationally Touring Comedian KID’S DAY! Thumb Truck & Tractor Pull Super Kicker Rodeo Super Kicker Rodeo Monster Mega Truck Event Unique Motorsports Bump & Run

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MIHA District XIV Jr High Equestrian Meet Contact Marie Curell (810) 614-9390 or email: curellm@hotmail.com for the name of your coach in your school district, or online at: miha.org

Saturday, July 15 Ride For A Cure Open Show Proceeds to benefit Tuscola County Cancer Victims & their Families Contact Lori Bellor (989) 551-5898 The Open Show during the 2017 Tuscola County Fair has been cancelled. In it’s place, there will be Tuscola County 4-H Member Horse Program Cloverbud Classes. Contact Jackie Garner: jd070409@gmail.com

Saturday, June 17 Comb & Curry 4-H Club Qualifying Open Show Contact Kristal Baker (989) 660-9064

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hindquarters to the mouth, which means we use our legs and a driving seat to encourage impulsion and drive from the hindquarters. While teaching vertical flexion, it is necessary to drive the horse forward and also customary for the horse to want to slow down when you make simple contact during the early stages of training this, so an increase in leg pressure may be needed. One of the keys in this exercise is making sure the horse doesn’t change his stride from a loose rein to vertical flexion. If the horse learns to slow down while you ask for vertical flexion, it will create problems later when you ask for true collection and when you ask the horse to perform maneuvers from a collected state. In next month’s article, we will begin to look at the needs and benefits of hip control. The difference between good and great is doing the small things great.

Vertical Flexion by Nathan Horsman In last month’s article, I discussed lateral flexion and the softening of the mouth and topline by bringing the horse’s neck from one side to the other, remembering we want access to the Atlas (C1 vertebra) and do not want to engage the Axis (C2 vertebra) which creates a tilting of the head. Vertical Flexion After the horse has softened his jaw on both sides and is equally soft off both hands independently, I then begin to teach the horse to soften and accept both hands together. This is called Vertical Flexion and is the preliminary stage of true collection: softening of the mouth, vertical flexion in the C1, relaxed flexion in the neck, elevation in the withers, roundness in the back and engagement of the hindquarters. I begin at a halt with the horse in a snaffle bit. (I prefer heavy harness leather split reins.) With a drape in the reins, I begin to slowly draw the slack out of the reins. As I begin to feel simple contact (no slack in the reins, feel of the horse’s mouth but not pulling back with pressure), the horse should break in the poll and bring his forehead onto the vertical. If he doesn’t soften his mouth and break in the poll, I begin to use an intermittent pull of the reins (a light “seesawing” motion that’s created by pulling on one rein then the other - left, right, left, right, etc.). Once the horse softens and brings his forehead to the vertical, I drop the rein pressure as a reward. I use the heavier leather reins for a purpose. When I’m on a drape (loose rein), as I begin to draw the slack out of the reins, the horse feels this movement and gives the horse a pre-signal. Basically, this tells the horse “Pay attention, I’m about to ask you for something.” By doing this over time, once the horse gets soft, they become lighter and lighter to where simple contact isn’t needed and the horse will respond to the slightest of cues. After the horse is accustomed to softening for vertical flexion at the halt, it’s time to begin teaching this at the walk. I teach this almost the same way as at the halt, but I add the use of my legs. It is very important that, while using the reins, we always use leg pressure to drive the hindquarters forward to create impulsion. I teach this in an arena so that I’m not trying to steer the horse as well as teach this. I let the horse walk wherever he wants to. I ask him to walk out on a loose rein and as I begin to draw the slack out of the rein, I add leg pressure. The amount of leg pressure I use is dependent upon the individual horse and his response. I don’t want him to speed up, but as I add rein pressure, I sure don’t want him to slow down and lose impulsion! Once I’ve created the simple contact, if he softens his jaw and gives me vertical flexion, I release the reins and give him a reward. If he doesn’t soften and I feel resistance, I use the intermittent pull (seesawing) of the reins. I continue to increase the amount of pressure I use in my hands (slowly) while I gradually increase my leg pressure. Once the horse softens and flexes vertically, then I release the reins for his reward. It is important to note the use of leg within the vertical flexion. In training horses, I soften them from the face to the tail - meaning the head, then neck, then shoulders, then rib cage, and finally the hips. But during riding, we need to drive and ride the horse from the ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017

About Nathan Horsman Nathan Horsman assumed the role of head coach of the western team at Albion College in 2016. An AQHA Professional Horseman and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor, Horsman has been a rider since he was first placed aboard a horse at the age of two. For the past decade, his specialty has been training horses for reining, cutting, and reined cow horse events. He’s also a popular clinician across the U.S., working with non-pro and amateur horses and riders to help them improve their communication and training. As a coach in the Albion equestrian program, Horsman’s primary duties involve training the horses and riders affiliated with the IHSA western program, reviewing horse donation prospects, recruiting new students, and supporting the daily operations of the Held Equestrian Center. He can be reached at NHorsman@albion.edu.




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CATALOG DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2017 ~ CONSIGNMENT INFORMATION ~ We will start taking carriage and tack consignments on Thursday, May 4th, and Friday, May 5th, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm. Carriages and horses can be brought Saturday morning on sale day. NOTE: We will not be accepting any small horse tack on sale day. Please, no horses with balking problems.


~ HORSE INFORMATION ~ We will be reserving horse numbers and having horse catalogs. Send your name, address and phone number along with horses name, age, breed, sex, and comments. Get your horses consigned early • Catalogs will be sent to over 2,000 buyers and sellers of past years. Send $12.00 non-refundable catalog and sign-in fee per horse to: (no catalog fee for ponies sold in the riding ring)




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2017 HORSE INDUSTRY DIRECTORY The American Horse Council’s (AHC) 2017 Horse Industry Directory is available for purchase. NEW for 2017, the Directory can be purchased in two formats – traditional print (subject to availability) and a digital, interactive flipbook. The AHC’s Horse Industry Directory has thousands of equine listings and resources that will help any user find important information relating to the horse industry including breed registries; racing, rodeo, show, sport, and trails organizations; equine health and welfare organizations; interstate health requirements; statistical information on the horse industry; and an index of all the listings and telephone numbers are provided for easy access. The Directory reaches over 2,000 equine individual and member organizations, and horse enthusiasts across the country. “This is an incredibly useful resource for any person who is associated with the horse industry. No other publication provides the depth of national horse industry resources found in the Horse Industry Directory,” said Ashley Furst, AHC’s Director of Communications. To purchase a copy of the 2017 Directory, please visit the AHC website at www. horsecouncil.org. The 2017 Horse Industry Directory is also delivered as an AHC member benefit to Legislative level members and above – join today and receive your new copy! If you have any questions, or problems purchasing the Directory, please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org or call 202-296-4031.

Organization (HIO) that would be responsible for enforcement of the HPA. This bill is opposed by the AHC. The HPA was enacted in 1970 and prohibits the showing, sale, or transport of a horse that has been sored. Soring is an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry to intentionally cause pain in a horse’s forelegs and produce an accentuated show gait for competition. The AHC opposes the DesJarlais bill because it would not reduce the prevalence of soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry and does not address most of the issues raised in a USDA Office of Inspector General Report on the HPA enforcement program. In fact it could exacerbate the situation by placing responsibility for enforcement of the HPA more firmly in the hands of a walking horse-controlled HIO. Details of the Horse Protection Amendments Act and AHC concerns about the bill can be found here: http://www.horsecouncil.org/ press-release/ahc-opposes-horse-protect ion-act-bill-desjarlais/ The bill has 9 co-sponsors; Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), John Duncan (R-TN), Marsh Blackburn (R-TN), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Diane Black (R-TN), Andy Barr (R-KY), David Roe (R-TN), James Comer (R-KY), and Bret Guthrie (R-KY). The AHC continues to support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) that would strengthen the HPA and prevent the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses.

REGISTRATION OPEN: AHC’S ANNUAL MEETING & NATIONAL ISSUES FORUM Registration is now open for the AHC’s 2017 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum. Registration information, along with a tentative schedule and link to make room reservations is available on the AHC website HORSE PROTECTION ACT BILL OPPOSED Events tab. The Meeting & Forum will be BY AHC REINTRODUCED held June 11-14, 2017 at the Washington Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) has Court Hotel, Washington, DC. New this year, reintroduced the Horse Protection Amendthe AHC is offering discounted registration ments Act (H.R. 1338). This is the exact for those who register before April 15th! same bill DesJarlais introduced last year to The theme of the National Issues Forum, amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will be bill would create a single Horse Industry ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017 (26)

“The Power of Unity,” and will feature keynote speaker Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Assoc. The Issues Forum will feature two panels: a Research Panel and a Youth Panel. The Research Panel will be moderated by Allyn Mann of Luitpold Animal Health and will feature researchers from AQHA, AAEP, Grayson Jockey, Horses & Humans, and Colorado State University. The panel will focus on why research is important to our industry, and some of the research they have recently completed that is transforming the industry. The Youth Leader Panel will be moderated by Julie Broadway & Dannette McGuire of the American Youth Horse Council and will include youth leaders from Arabian Horse Youth Association, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, US Pony Club, AMHA and AQHA. They will focus on what their respective organizations are doing to engage youth and give attendees some insight as to what the industry should be doing in order to remain relevant to the younger generation. The AHC will also provide an overview of its new Strategic Plan, and Tom Zitt of the Innovation Group will give attendees an update on the progress of the 2017 Economic Impact Study. Two members of Congress have also been invited to speak on why the horse industry means so much to them and what we can do to ensure it remains successful and thriving. Finally, in a new part to the Issues Forum, breakout group discussions will take place at the end of the presentations with various topics being discussed. The AHC’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum is the only meeting where every single segment of the equine industry meets! We hope you will take advantage of the discounted registration if you register before April 15th. 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. Visit www.horsecouncil.org. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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OHIO STATE FAIR CONCERT SERIES ACTS ANNOUNCED The Ohio State Fair continues to offer fair goers a diverse entertainment line-up at a great value. The Fair is excited to showcase a variety of entertainment, including R&B, pop, comedy, classic rock, country, and also Christian. “One of the things we strive for each year is to offer a diverse line-up with acts from a variety of genres that will appeal to many Ohioans,” said General Manger Virgil Strickler. “Value is very important to us as well. As an added bonus, each ticket purchased in advance includes free admission to the Fair. This gives music lovers the opportunity to arrive early and enjoy all the Fair has to offer, ending the day at a great, entertaining show.” All concerts take place in the indoor, airconditioned WCOL Celeste Center. The 2017 Ohio State Fair Concert Series is as follows: Hometown Sounds featuring McGuffey Lane and Ohio-born musicians, Wednesday, July 26, 7 pm, Free (no tickets required) The KIDZ BOP Kids: Best Time Ever Tour, Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm, $15. BWB Jazz Jam starring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Friday, July 28, 7:30 pm, $25 Alabama, Saturday, July 29, 7 pm, $55/$40 All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert, Sun., July 30, 1 pm, Free (no tickets required) Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy Tour, Sun., July 30, 7:30 pm, $35/$25. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10 am. For KING & COUNTRY with special guest Zach Williams, Monday, July 31, 7 pm, $30/$20. The Carpenters Tribute featuring Michelle Whited, Tuesday, August 1, 1 pm, Free (no tickets required) Cole Swindell, Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 pm, $37/$27 George Thorogood and The Destroyers / 38 Special, Weds., August 2, 7 pm, $32/$25

Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour, Thurs., August 3, 7 pm, $85/$65/$45 Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross, Friday, August 4, 7:30 pm, $25 Pentatonix, Sat., August 5, 7 pm, $55/$40 Sale of Champions Livestock Auction – 50th Anniversary, Sunday, August 6, 2 pm, Free (no tickets required) To purchase tickets: Ticketmaster online www.ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair or Ticketmaster phone centers - Call 1-800745-3000. Concert tickets purchased before arriving at the Fair include Fair admission. Unless otherwise noted, there is a limit of eight tickets per person, per show on the first day of sale. Please note that Ticketmaster no longer offers retail outlets. For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com. The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 - August 6.

ONLY ONE HORSE EXPO TO REMAIN IN MICHIGAN? Unfortunately, earlier in the month of March, Saddle Up! Magazine received notification that the Novi Equestrian Expo held annually at the Suburban Collection Showplace, will no longer take place. The decision was made due to dwindling attendance, announced Suburban Collection Showplace owner, Blair Bowman, on March 3, 2017. The staff at Saddle Up! Magazine has attended every horse expo held in Novi, Michigan since Saddle Up! was created in August of 1996. Since then the expo has changed locations and has moved to the Suburban Collection Showcase. The facility was new, modern and had nice wide aisle ways, a plus for us vendors! The regular date was then changed from the first weekend in November to the second weekend. This just happened to be the start of deer hunting season, which brings 2.3 billion dollars annually to Michigan’s economy (Detroit News, 2014). Could this be why the Novi

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Equestrian Expo was destined to fail? Could it have been the ticket price, plus a parking fee that turned horse enthusiasts away? There wasn’t a parking fee at the old expo location, was the $5.00 fee a factor? I guess we will never know. Last year’s Novi Equestrian Expo was held the first weekend in December. I did not worry about the date change, it was not during hunting season weekend, that was okay by me. I really did hope that the management at the Suburban Collection would stick it out a little longer to see if the date change ended up being a positive factor. I think in the long run it would have worked out well for horse enthusiasts, especially with Christmas just weeks away. I did personally speak to about a half dozen vendors at the MHC’s Horse Expo, March 10-12, 2017 in East Lansing. They said the Novi Horse Expo was a great show for them. They also added that they always had good sales at the show. So if it wasn’t the vendors complaining, why has it been cancelled? I realize that the expo center needs to cover their expenses as well. Maybe they weren’t meeting their quota? Again, we will never know. I am disappointed that Michigan has lost another major horse expo. In the gold ole’ days there were three annually; East Lansing, Birch Run and Novi. Is it possible for Michigan to have another successful horse expo, to again have two expo’s yearly devoted to horse lovers? If you would like to add your “two cents” to the great Michigan Horse Expo debate, could you please send me an email answering the following questions: 1. Where would you like it held and why? 2. What time of the year would you like it? 3. What do you feel is a fair admission price? 4. Why do you go to a horse expo? a. Clinicians b. Shopping c. Horse Demos (Please answer in order of importance) 5. If you have children, what types of activities would you like for them? Please email your answers to Cindy at saddleup@voyager.net. Please Watch for questionnaires coming to future issues of Saddle Up! Magazine and on our Facebook page. Thank you, Cindy Couturier, owner WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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THE USPC, INC. PARTNERS WITH THE RIGHT HORSE INITIATIVE The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to partner with The Right Horse Initiative; a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. The goals of the initiative, which include fostering a pragmatic and compassionate support system for horses in transition and creating a unified national network of equine professionals, are in line with the core values of Pony Club. This movement is dedicated to reframing the conversation about equine adoption. To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative and find out how you can help, visit the righthorse.org online.

THE USPC, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP Now all instructors, professors, teachers, and educators can have access to ready-toteach educational material for their equine students. Individuals who join will receive a variety of previously unavailable Pony Club instructional materials such as organized lesson plans, webinars, and Pony Club IQ (an interactive online informational tool). In addition to the member benefits, Professional Members can choose printed material such as The Badge Program Guides and Workbooks in either riding or horse management through easy-to-understand Educational Packages. “Over the years we have received a lot of interest from the equine community for Pony Club educational material. USPC graduates and members are testaments to the quality and reputation Pony Club education provides. We are excited for this opportunity to reach more equine professionals and educators not currently affiliated with Pony

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. As these words are being written, the calendar tells us that spring is only a few days away. But the forecast for the next week calls for snow and temps in the teens, 20's, and maybe the 30's. Plus, we just experienced a horrendous wind storm, perhaps the worst on record, which resulted in almost one million Michigan residents losing power. It comes as no surprise that the trails at the Brighton Recreation Area took a big hit, and early reports have told us that a good number of trees and limbs have come down. Even though BTRA has a work bee scheduled for early April, we don't want to wait that long before starting to clean up. We know that some of our members live close to the trails and can get out to do some work on their own, so we're hoping that they get started early clearing part of the mess. We're asking the local DNR office to send out a crew to attack downed trees with chainsaws. Getting the trails ready for riding needs to be accomplished soon, since Brighton is the venue for a major event in April: the annual Competitive Trail Ride, put on by the Great Lakes Distance Riding Association. This is one of the events at Brighton that is not directly hosted by BTRA, but it certainly has our support. It brings large numbers of riders and campers to Brighton, and we want everything to be in good shape for them. We've had some changes in our Board of Directors, with the resignation of our VicePresident, Frank DiCarlo. He's been replaced by Peter Andrews, who not only serves on the Board but is the Chair of our Trail Maintenance Committee. Pete has been the moving force in the resurrection of that committee and has poured an incredible amount of energy into trail improvement projects. A BTRA member who has been with us for years, Marsha Jones, was just appointed to join the Board, and we can't think of anyone more deserving of this position. Marsha has been one of our most active members, and could be counted on to participate in just about every BTRA event. Plus, there is no one who rides the trails more frequently than Marsha, and we have joked that she could designate our staging area as her “second home.” We look forward to the additional contributions that she will make to the BTRA.

Once we get the trails cleaned up, we'll be ready for the upcoming riding season and we have a full schedule of events planned for 2017. Our annual “Celebrate Spring” ride is coming up in May and we have a camp-out and ride scheduled for June. But, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, so for now we'll keep busy cleaning our tack and getting our horses in condition for some riding. We just visited the MHC Horse Expo and were quite impressed with the show. The vendors, displays and demonstrations really get our “equestrian juices” flowing. We also stopped by the Saddle Up! booth and had a nice chat with some of the staff. We're glad that we can be part of that publication by being given the opportunity to submit our monthly columns on BTRA. To learn more about us, you can visit our website: www.brightontrailriders.net and also check us out on Facebook at www.face book.com/groups/brightontrailriders/ Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS Hello Trail Riders! The months of February and March brought many things including warm days to ride and the MHC Expo. Extremely warm temps had riders enjoying our trails on beautiful sunny days. Some weekends there were as many as 20 rigs at the trail head. Parking is always easy and the gravel/stabilizer base is never muddy. Come enjoy lunch under our new pavilion and cook hotdogs on the new grill. There's water, manure pit (new), an outhouse and the pavilion for all to use. There is also a mailbox by the pavilion with surveys in it that we encourage riders to fill out for the progress of our campground proposal. The time spent at the MHC Expo this year was amazing. We had our surveys there for everyone to fill out for the campground proposal. We averaged 150 surveys completed each day of Expo. It was heart warming to see trail riders coming thru the trail room looking for camps and events to attend this season. The response and feedback was phenomenal! Also, being back in the Trail Room at Expo meant a lot to our club. Thankyou Expo committee! You can also go to our website at www.fchfa.org and do the survey there. Do your best to help our endeavor and

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fill a survey out! It was wonderful to talk with riders who have been using the trails and LOVE them. Other horsemen raved about our special camp-outs and took flyers to get their spot for the Spring Camp Out 2017. Don't miss the opportunity to camp for 4 days during the Annual Spring Camp Out May 1114th coming up soon. This event includes pancake breakfasts and a Saturday potluck supper. Water, manure removal, outhouse are provided. Picket poles around the perimeter of the grassy Whitford Lake event area make a picture perfect camp area. Electric pens and corrals are allowed, too. 20+miles of trails meander thru woods, prairies, hills and lakes, allowing for creek crossings on every trail. What more could you ask for in a riding destination?! The Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out will be held September 14-17th, 2017. All the perks of the Spring event apply to this date with our fundraising auction Saturday evening following the potluck. Go to the website for the 2017 calendar of events including all the work days and rides/potlucks. You don't have to be a member to participate and the ride dates are to meet, ride your own ride and meet back for lunch. Remember though, all dues and monies raised go directly back into the trails and towards the proposed campground. We need your help! Come enjoy Fort Custer! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, Secretary

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING How do I know if my horse and I are ready for a distance ride? If you're new to distance riding, plan to attend a Novice/Intro ride and if you've been riding 8-10 mile trail rides and incorporating some trotting/walking intervals chances are that your horse is prepared to do a Novice ride. If you are planning on riding 25 miles either Competitive or Limited Distance in general you should be riding at least 3 days a week at distances between 5 and 15 miles each ride. You should be trotting most of the training ride only walking when the footing or terrain requires it. A medium to slow trot is fine. Other things to work on at home are your horse's manners. The horse needs to be able to be examined by a Vet and not be a danger to the Vet or anyone else, be able to trot in WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News GREAT LAKES DISTANCE, cont. hand in a circle in both directions as well as a straight line, and also behave safely on the trail with other riders and horses. This also should not be your horse's first camping trip! You should know what type of containment system your horse can be left in or on safely and comfortably throughout the night. Getting your horse used to camping prior to the event helps them to relax and eat and drink properly which is of utmost importance. What equipment (saddle, bridle, etc) will I need in order to do distance riding? One of the great things about riding distance is that riders use any and all types of equipment. While a lot of riders will eventually purchase a saddle made specifically for endurance riding, there is no reason to run out and buy a bunch of new equipment to start out. Stick with what is working for you and your horse for now. There are many endurance related products, including saddles, that you will see at the rides. Some of these items you will eventually want and some you won't. Websites such as www. endurance.net has a long list for endurance related saddle and tack vendors. There is only one equipment rule and that is that riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. A helmet is strongly recommended and there are many options available. Some of the more commonly used helmets are the Tipperary and the Troxel brands. The GLDRA season starts with the Brighton Competitive Trail Ride, April 22-23rd offering 15, 25 and 35 mile CTRs, with an optional tutored ride on Saturday. May takes the riders to the Manistee National Forest in Hesperia, MI, May 6-7th for rides of 50, 25 and an Intro ride offered Saturday including a pre-ride clinic. Next up is gorgeous Hiawatha National Forest in the U.P. at the Grand Island Ride May 27-28th with distances of 50E, 25LD and 25C, 15N offered. The rest of the GLDRA season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Milford, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today, www. gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. HTRA Poker Ride – Mark Your Calendars!

Please come and join us on Saturday, May 13th for our annual poker rider. HTRA has permission to mow and use the open field adjoining the campground for day riders attending the event, so come on out and enjoy the day. We are thrilled to announce our campground is fully booked (equine only) for the May 12-14th, 2017 poker ride weekend. We have tons of fun stuff planned: Poker Ride will be from 10:00AM - 4:00PM at $5.00 per hand, with prizes awarded for the best poker hands. Collect your ribbons or just pick your cards. Drawing and Prizes will start at 4:15PM. HTRA will provide lunch (hot dog, chips, pop or water) from Noon – 3:00PM and potluck dinner (please bring a dish to pass) providing the meat, pop and water from 6:00PM – 7:30PM for a $5.00 per person donation. Enter the 50/50 raffle and/or buy some really cool HTRA shirts! We look forward to seeing you. COME RIDE WITH US!

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS KTRA held its Annual Banquet at Bakers of Milford on March 31. If you weren't there, you missed good times with good friends, good food and good dancing. Congratulations to the winners of the Silent and Chinese Auctions and to our 50/50 winners. A big thank you to the Banquet Committee and all those who made this a great success. A shout out to Bakers for the fabulous food! We will be posting Banquet pictures on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook. com/pages/Kensington-Trail-Riders Association/417515618279903 Our next Board Meeting will be Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM at Baker's Restaurant on Milford Road, Milford. Please consider coming out and adding your voice. Coming up next is our Spring Campout scheduled for June 2-4 at Kensington Metropark. More information will be posted in the May Saddle Up news, on our website, and on our Facebook page. We will also be sending information through our Infoshare newsletter. If you are not currently receiving Infoshare and would like to, please contact us a ktrainfoshare2u@gmail.com. Also on our radar for this year, is the Milford July 4 Parade; a day ride on July 29; and a Fall Campout September 22 - 24. Please look for

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more information on our website, on our Facebook page and through our Infoshare newsletter. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Deanna Hanner at dshagency@aol.com. You can also renew through PayPal on our website. Remember, when you do get out on the trails, you can report a trail problem on our website: (www.kensingtontrailriders.org). We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Don't forget to visit our website and like our Facebook page. Happy Trails, until we meet again

MARTIAL HORSE ASSOCIATION 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 and clinics 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. A brief history of the organization: (Part 2) It was decided early on that representatives of The International Series (TIS) would reach out to other organizations to develop relationships with those organizations. In November of 2012 Andre Renier (TIS), Barb Lesson (International Jousting League (IJL) and Ultimate Jousting Championships (UJC), Nikki Fourtzialas (International Jousting Association (IJA) - USA – President) flew to Utah for a weekend summit with Charlie Andrews (UJC-President). After three days of discussions, agreements were reached to allow for IJL, IJA-USA, and UJC competitions to be held on the same field, using the same judges and ground crew, and with a scoring system that the spectators (and competitors) could easily understand. The common components included: Field of Play (60mx20m standard Dressage Arena – the most common size for an arena on the planet); Common Length for jousting (45m or 150ft. the most preferred length by competitive jousters surveyed); Common Scoring WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MARTIAL HORSE ASSOC., cont. System (simple and progressive). TIS was given permission to use IJA-USA and UJC rules, logos and “Best Practices.” Organizations such as 4-H, The American Quarter Horse Association, The United States Equestrian Federation, the US Cavalry Association, and Mounted Law Enforcement were consulted. Youth and new rider training, rules, and regulations were considered and adopted. “Best Practices” from around the world were reviewed and draft rules were enhanced throughout 2013. Discussions were held with many individuals. During these discussions the aforementioned ideas were put forth along with the draft rules. Over time Dale Geinow (President, IJA-Canada), Radar Godard (IJA, IJL), Fred Piraux (Leader, IJL), Nikki Fourtialas (President, IJA-USA), Charlie Andrews (President, UJC) and a host of other key individuals in the equestrian world offered their thoughts, comments and advice on improvement. Finally, after years of work, the rules were sent to Fred Piraux, Nikki Fourzialas, and Charlie Andrews among others to review in late 2014. They offered their thoughts for even further improvement and a final rule set was adopted January 1, 2015. What was ultimately developed was a “military seat” discipline and association. Welcome to The Martial Horse Association and The International Series! For more information visit us online at: www. TheInternationalSeries.com

MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Work on the Beck Rd. trail is progressing, we will email our members to let them know when we will need a WORK BEE to do some Bush Whacking! With help, it should be ready for opening by our June Event: THE WORD IN THE WOODS RIDE, SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Come join us! I am in search of ideas to help improve safety on our wooden bridge that is located in a shaded spot, it tends to be slick when its wet, I was looking for TIMBER CLEATS mentioned in a bridge website to attach to the deck, anyone out there with this info please e-mail me, Christina at: crispurslow @yahoo.com, I would really appreciate it.

The Park office has asked us for our input for their 5 year plan of action, for trail improvements and costs. We have some good ideas that we will submit. Events at the park: APRIL, 15th, 2017, EGGSTAVAGANZA at the Maybury Farm. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY AT THE PARK, SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2017. Come on out and help us out! We will have some fun work to do. Maybury Trail Riders and a delegate from Proud Lake Trail Riders attended the monthly meeting of the Michigan Horse Council, they are working diligently on revamping and improving the bylaws of that organization for ease and work ability. Their Annual meeting is next month. We had a table in the Trails Room for the first time in years at the Expo! It was fabulous! Great weather! Good and cold, I didn't want to be riding instead! Lots of action and wonderful Equine People, saw a lot, spent a bit on my favorite hobby, horses and riding, which is always satisfying for this girl. Thank You to all who helped out with this! It puts MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAILS out there! Remember, Life is Short , Ride , Ride , RIDE!!

held a membership meeting right before the banquet where we elected a new president. Congratulations and good luck goes to Trudi Reurink on her new position at the head of the table. I am sure it will be an ambitious two years full of laughter and hard work. We appreciate all the members who have stepped up to keep this club going and growing. The ride season is going to be coming up quickly with our first ride on May 13th and 14th at Hadley Hills in Ortonville. This is a benefit ride for OREA and put on every year by Steve Keim and Vera Craft. If you need more information about this ride please contact them at 810.793.4558. A few weeks later we will be traveling to Silver Creek County Park for the Circus Extravaganza on June 3rd and 4th. Vicki Horsley will be glad to answer any questions about this ride at 269.244.9913 and you can contact Silver Creek for reservations. If you are new to CMO and would like to attend a beginners clinic, we will be having one near Hesperia in late April or early May. Please watch our Facebook page for more information about our upcoming events. Hope to see you on the trails very soon! Janet



What a great time everyone had at our 2016 awards banquet. The awards committee did a super job of organizing all the awards and making sure everyone was taken care of. A huge thank you goes out to Trudi, Julie, Luann and Deb for all of their hard work in pulling this one off! Although there were many awards given and great silent auction items sold, I will focus on a couple of the highlights. The high point long course team was Turn and Burn Babes. What a great accomplishment for the family! Another family team takes home the honors for high point short course team, congratulations goes to mom and son team called The Little Buckaroos. Individual long course top spot goes to Melissa Fox and the short course top spot goes to Dennis Hurley. Emily Apol, a member of Turn and Burn Babes, took first place in Michigan for the juniors. These are all huge accomplishments and the competition in Michigan continues to grow. Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering

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The March 18th meeting was held at the Italian Oven restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, MI with featured speaker, Levi Beechy, who gave a talk on how he got started in training horses. He knew from a young age that he wanted to train horses differently from his Amish upbringing. Levi learned the methods of Pat Parelli, John Lyons, Clinton Anderson. Levi left his Amish way of life at age 24 after he had started his training business a few years earlier. He has competed in the past two Extreme Horse Make-Overs with a different feral Mustang each time. He has done well against other professional trainers and plans to continue competing and training clients’ horses. He is also learning reining. Levi answered many questions and shared training stories at the conclusion of his talk. We thanked Levi for taking time out of his busy day to spend time with us. Levi will be the clinician for the April 29th & 30th Spring Training Clinic at his boarding and training facility in West Branch, MI.He WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MI FOX TROTTER ASSOC., cont. will focus on flexing, ground and riding training techniques. There are still a few more openings left for people to participate. Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters.com for more info and to print off a registration form. A $50 nonrefundable reservation check holds your spot. Fee is $200 per horse-rider combo for the weekend. Audit fee is $15 ($10 for MFTA members) per day. Food and entertainment will be available as will massage and farrier services for extra fees. Rustic camping is allowed. A silent auction will also take place to raise funds for more clinics. We currently have 29 MFTA members and 19 MFTA/MFTHBA members. Hopefully that one last dual member will send in their memberships so that I can mail our affiliate report to the MFTHBA. If you want to become involved in our association and learn more, please send in your membership. The form is available on our website. New members are always welcome! The July 21-23 Ivy Schexnayder gaiting clinic is half-full already. Nine riders will be accepted. It will take place at beautiful Massman Stable in Mason, MI. The fee for this three-day clinic is $425 ($400 for MFTA members) per horse-rider combo. The fee includes a rustic camping spot, a stall, two bags of shavings and free AM coffee and donuts/muffins. Use the form on our website to send in your non-refundable $135 reservation to hold your spot. Audit fee is $35/day ($25 if MFTA) or $90 ($60 if MFTA) for the entire weekend. Our next meeting is scheduled for 11AM April 8 at Wheel Inn restaurant in St. Johns, MI with Dressage instructor, Penny Underwood ,speaking. See you there! Marilyn Mannino

ORTONVILLE REC EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) “Sticks and Stones” is the name of our game for the Spring work day coming up Saturday, April 22nd. Come out and help us spiff up the trails and campground for the 2017 season. We will start at 9 a.m. and plan to work into the early afternoon. Some of our tasks will help us prepare for the addition of new bridle trail sections. Please don't hesitate to join us even if you can't stay the whole time. All help

is greatly appreciated! Other events planned for this year are: 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, President (913) 660-8012

PINCKNEY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. The riding and planning season is on us again and we want you to put the BLESSING OF THE HORSE AND RIDER on your calendar for the weekend of MAY 5-7TH. The Blessing and Camping Weekend will be held at 3683 Monks Rd., Pinckney Staging Area. The Blessing will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. COME WITH OR WITHOUT YOUR HORSE! Comedian Chris Young is scheduled to appear Friday evening May 5th for the enjoyment of our campers. YES, WE ARE HAVING A CAMPING WEEKEND FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS!! We will have 15 sites for our first time out with 13 sites initially available. SO, if you want to camp that weekend get your reservations in early (no refunds). Call 734-878-2975 to reserve a site and to get instructions for mailing your payment. $40 for the weekend including the comedy show! Sorry, single days are not available. Hitching poles will be available, vault toilet and hand pump in staging area. Central fire pit for visiting, roasting marshmallows, kibitzing and enjoying music and don't forget the comedy show on Friday night! We'll be hosting a Swap & Sell Tack Sale on Saturday after the Blessing. So, clean up your tack you want to swap or sell and bring it along with you. We are also planning on inviting vendors. Don't miss a RIDE TO HELL after the Blessing for a beer and burger at the Hell Hole Diner or Hell Saloon. Both places have a spot for your horse and a way to keep an eye on them too! A potluck dinner on Saturday will start at 6pm with PTRA providing the meat, soft drinks and water.

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We're planning a jam-packed weekend so check back often on our website at www. pinckneytrailriders.com for updated information. The other big event for 2017 will be our yearly joint ride with Brighton Trail Riders on Oct. 7th with rain date scheduled October 8th. This year the ride will start at Monks Rd. staging area and ride through Pinckney Rec. Area, down the Lakeland Trail and into Brighton Rec. Area where the ride ends with a tasty lunch waiting! The ride is approximately 13 miles. Check either clubs' website for details. Our first Work Bee is scheduled for Sunday, April 30th starting 1:30 pm at Monks Rd. staging area with pizza and pop provided after the work is done! Check our website often for all the updated details to our events. Lastly, PTRA's Annual Spring Flower Sale is going on and raises our funds for support of the Pinckney Rec. Area bridle trails. You can find the information and order form on the website www.pinckneytrailriders.com. Your order is tax free and supports a MI nursery as well as many others! Flower delivery can be arranged by calling 734-878-2975 and will come in the week before Mother's Day. Great Mother Day gifts! As always, please consider joining one or more clubs as your membership means something & gets recognized!

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello Everyone! Our annual winter banquet was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. We had over 100 delightful people to spend the evening with. I think everyone made a few new friends and riding partners. Our event calendar for the season is scheduled and ready to go. First off, we have our Scavenger Hunt ride on Sunday, May 21st. This ride will include a camp out and potluck on Saturday night. Any level rider can join in and you can do as much or as little as you would like. Saturday, June 24th is our Destination Ride. Where are we riding to???? Come and find out. You will figure out the Destination when you arrive at it with lunch waiting for you! This ride will also include a Saturday night camp out and potluck. Winding down our season will be our ObstaWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS, cont. cle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. Once again, any level rider can come out and do as much or as little as you would like. Or just come and hang out! All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be!). We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with our old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events, please email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com.

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Don't forget to support the following businesses who generously donated items for our annual auction: Tom's Western Store, The Wire Horse, Ovid Farmer's Elevator, Tractor Supply Co. of Owosso and Ithaca, Family Farm and Home of St. Johns and Corunna. The Clinton Vet Clinic donated three farm calls! Thank you all! Saturday, April 22nd is the date for our first work bee. 8:30 am sign in at the staging area for work assignment areas. Staging area clean up, trail trimming, pickett pole fixing, and graveling low spots are on the agenda. Noon Lunch helpers are always welcome, if you can't help out on trail work, bring a dish to pass. Facebook will have updates. ATVs will be needed, if weather permits us to get to areas in need of trimming. Call 989-661-2541 for equipment needs. Remenber that four hours of work bee credit, earns one free night of camping! The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt will be at 2 pm April 30th with Host Pat Brown and friends. This event is for members and their guests. They will have the wee ones and the young at heart looking for hidden eggs. There will be several types of eggs to look for. All fun activities are on foot in the staging area. Trail riding depends on the trail conditions according to the weather. 2017 SHTRA Events May 26-29 – Memorial Weekend Campover with Activities – Free Youth games. Contact Chanda 517-285-6501 or Pat 515-651-5984

June 30-July 4 – Fourth of July Weekend Campover with Activities – Potluck and Patriotic Games. Call 517-625-3220 July 28-30 – The Pirate Treasure Hunt Weekend Campover. Saturday, 10am-3pm to find the hidden treasure chests. Winners announced at the 6:00 pm potluck. Call 517-930-5558 Sept. 1-4 – Labor Day Weekend Campover with Activities. Saturday Potluck. Sunday – DAMN Poker Run Ride with Root Beer Floats. Call 989-661-2541 Sept. 24 – Sun. 10-2 Rangers 4-H Club 11th Judged Trail Ride. Test your horsemanship skills, pick one of 6 divisions with lunch. Cash payback. No campover. Call 517-651-6884 Oct. 6-8 – The Haunt Club Campover with Haunting Activities. Costume Contests, Games on all trails, Spooky Glow Ride, Friday Mummy Dogs and Saturday Potluck. Contact Therese 989-289-2334 Oct. 20-22 – Explore the Hollow Weekend Oct. 21 - Rustic Cabin Open House with Cider and Donuts and “Special Trails” Ride Call 989-227-0045 or 989-763-5968 For all camping weekends, participants register at the Horseman's staging area, have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. Check our website, shtra.org or our Facebook page as the dates get closer.

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC OF MI The Western Dressage Association® of Michigan Board of Directors passed a revised Awards Document and Rider Report Form effective March 3, 2017 for the 2017 Show Season. The revisions can be accessed and downloaded at: www.wdami.org/ year-end-awards. The revisions explain in detail what requirements must be met to submit your scores for year-end awards. Making sure that the judge scoring your rides is a judge that meets the WDAMI Award requirements is paramount. You can access judge credentials at the USDF website. Also, as you enter shows, you may want to double check and make sure that management is offering the new 2017 Western Dressage Tests. These current tests became available earlier this year. As of this writing, the Jec Ballou Clinic being held in Cheboygan, Michigan on June 2, 3

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and 4 still has two spots open in the group lesson and four spots open in the private lessons. If you are interested in this clinic, please contact Jill Robiadek at jrrob1@ gmail.com or call her at (231) 420-2654 for more information. Auditors are welcome too. The WDAMI Schooling Show is coming up quickly. It is being held at Serenity Farm in Byron Center, Michigan on June 17th. Forms and more information on the Schooling Show can be downloaded: www.wdami.org/show. You can also sponsor a class for $25. The sponsorship letter can be downloaded at the same address. If you want more information on the show, you can contact our show secretary Gail Anderson at gail@michigan dressageclinics.com or call her at (586) 2463827. We welcome you to come and ride!! We are also co-hosting a Schooling Show with Sari Clapperton and Woodbine Farms on July 30, 2017. Sari is hosting five Schooling Shows at Woodbine this season. Woodbine is in Chelsea, Michigan. The 2017 Western Dressage Test Books are available at our store on our website: www.wdami.org/store-2. There are five books, one for each level Introductory through Level 3. Each book contains the four tests along with diagrams for that Level. The books are printed on waterproof paper and the ink is permanent. Each book is $20 and includes shipping. Place your order today! Supporting Western Dressage Association® of Michigan through your dues is so appreciated. The WDAMI membership is a dual membership and the cost is $50, $25 stays in the state of Michigan and $25 is sent to the National organization. You must be a member of both organizations. You can easily join both organizations at our website: www.wdami. org/membership. Just fill out the application and then you can pay with PayPal. Simple and quick!!! Many thanks to all who helped with the Awards Banquet and with the Western Dressage Association® of Michigan booth at the Michigan Horse Council Expo held in the MSU Pavilion, East Lansing. Great help makes for fun times and is most appreciated. Hope to see you riding the new 2017 Western Dressage tests at Schooling Shows across the state. Please come and support our show too – June 17, 2017 at Serenity Farm, for info visit www.wdami.org/show. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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Board Meeting Minutes – March 18, 2017 This meeting was held at Skip & Jeanne Burger's house starting at 6:00 with a Pot Luck dinner. The meeting was called to order at 6:25 p.m. Trail Report: We have just learned there could be a problem where our proposed spur trail runs into some low areas, habitat for the massasauga rattlesnake. There is concern the massasauga will become listed as an endangered species, which could affect our proposed trail. Euchre tournament Report: Not as many people attended the Euchre tournament this year, we think because of the beautiful weather that day. It was held at and catered by Sandy's Kountry Kitchen. The food was wonderful! Grand Rapids Machine Repair made a generous donation of $300.00 which covered almost all of our costs. Carla Walker made a motion YSTRA add enough money to our tournament proceeds to make an even $500.00 contribution to Cancer Families United. Laura Soper 2nd, voted on and approved 10-0. The check will be presented to Dr. Rachelle Bennecke, April 15 at YSTRA's shot clinic. Corrals: There was discussion regarding wood built corrals versus steel panel corrals, Ron said Andru visited some nice wood built corrals. The board weighed wood verses portable corral panels the installation and maintenance. The board decided to go with 10x10 permanent wood built corrals. Using 8- 8' treated posts, 2x8x10 cross rails with a 4' pipe gate. Skip will get costs which will be submitted to the DNR for approval. Solar Water Well: Skip had talked with the Health Department and gave the board an update. YSTRA will need to purchase a permit and the well will need to be installed by a certified well driller. We are waiting for Andru to send us an example of a grant written by another group for a YS project as an example. Our plan is to write a grant for additional funds for this project. Playground equipment: Kathy contacted This is a FREE Section! Playtime playground equipment manuEmail us your submission by the 13th of facturer. They are sending some information each month. There is a 600 word limit. regarding regulations and pricing. The prices Logos will be used when space allows. start at $9,000.00 and up, also have to install Email: saddleup@voyager.net or the correct footing under the equipment call us at 810.714.9000 for more info! which is additional cost. It was suggested ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017 (35) Even though it's snow covered and 19 degrees, but feeling like 5 out there right now, we all know that show season is right around the corner. I know we've got horses that are really starting to shed, so they must be right, right? Show dates for 2017 were voted on and they are now official: WMAR Red White & Blue Show at Mason on June 3-4, 2017; WMAR State Show in Centreville on July 15-16, 2017; and the Sizzler that we co-host with MApHA at the MSU Pavilion on August 5-6, 2017. MApHA shows that we approve are the Spring Show on May 6-7, 2017 (new dates) at Mason and the Classic show August 25-27, 2017 at the MSU Pavilion. Stall reservations may be made by emailing me at appaloosastalls@yahoo.com. Please remember that both Mason shows and Centreville do have to be prepaid. Good news for those of you who attend our Centreville show. It appears that they have gutted the tie stalls out of two barns and will have 20 new box stalls in each one in time for our show!! That's also a very good reason for those of you who have not attended before to come join us for a fun weekend. Amanda Kutchey will be handling the WMAR and MApHA Pattern books and would welcome any advertising you might want to place in them. Full page ads are $100, half page is $75, quarter page is $50 and a business card runs $20. You can contact Amanda for further information. Don't forget to sign up your horses for the WMAR Incentive Program. It's a great way to win some cash for your showing. Forms are available on the WMAR website. Our next WMAR Board meeting will be April 11, with the location yet to be determined. To keep up with the latest WMAR news and happenings, check out our website at www. wmarapp.org or our Facebook page, WMAR. ‘til next month, Sharon Clark

we table this project for now. New Business: The Young Riders 4-H Club is having a pancake breakfast to raise money to cover the expenses for Fair week. Breakfast is being held at the Bedford Area Lyons Club, 22116 Bedford Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49017, on Sunday, March 12th, starting at 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, $6.00 for adults, $3.00 kids under 10. Ron suggested YSTRA do something to help the Young Riders with their bedding expense for fair week. Kathy Taylor made a motion YSTRA purchase a pallet of sawdust, Jodi Jirtle 2nd, voted on an approved10-0. Bedding will be purchased at Caledonia Farmers Elevator. Mary Wolf of Caledonia Farmers Elevator also asked YSTRA to provide brochures to give out at their booth during the Barry County Fair. The April Board Meeting will be held at the YS Horsemen's campground, all members are welcome to join these meetings. Watch for our newsletter…coming soon! Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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Take Your First Ride Have you dreamed about riding a horse, but not had the right opportunity? Now is your chance. Equine Affaire is partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to provide opportunities for new and aspiring horse lovers (age 12 and over) to have their first encounter with a horse – to learn about the basics of horses and horse care and actually ride a horse for the first time. Representatives of area horse farms and trainers affiliated with the Time to Ride program will provide basic instruction and seasoned lesson horses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Cooper Arena. Interested first-time and returning riders must sign up in advance at the Time to Ride booth in the Voinovich Center, where stable owners and equine professionals may also learn more about the Time to Ride Challenge presented by the American Horse Council. “We are really excited to be working with Time to Ride to make is possible for our attendees to experience their first horseback rides,” reported Eugenia Snyder, the President of Equine Affaire. “Our event is not just for seasoned horse people who already own horses – it’s also designed to introduce horses and the horse world to the general public. We’re hoping that a lot of folks will take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with a horse on a one-on-one basis and explore the many breeds of horses, riding styles, and ways to get involved with horses in this region. To those who take their first ride at Equine Affaire I can say ‘Get ready to fall in love!’”

Equine Affaire Celebrates “All Things Horse” at the Ohio Expo Center If spring is in the air and you have a passion for horses, your destination of choice is Equine Affaire. North America’s foremost equine exposition and equestrian gathering returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 6-9, 2017, with all of the elements that have made Equine Affaire a legend in the horse industry and one of the greatest events in Ohio. Imagine what you could do with four days to devote to your passion for horses? Improve your riding and horse training skills by attending clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top trainers. Shop at the largest horse-related trade show in North America while selling your unwanted equine and equestrian items on consignment at Equine Affaire’s Marketplace. Discover dozens of horse breeds and disciplines at Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farms Exhibits. Develop your basic “horse skills” at the Equine Fundamentals Forum. Experience your first horseback ride on a qualified lesson horse... and maybe even buy one of the horses for sale at the show. Sit back and enjoy fabulous entertainment including Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse – the Fantasia-and the ever-popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. The stars of the equestrian world will be aligned at Equine Affaire, and you can meet and mingle with them while enjoying a special getaway with family and friends. Four Days, Seven Venues, Hundreds of Sessions Whether you’ve been in the saddle since childhood or are new to horses and equestrian activities, you’ll find sessions at Equine Affaire to help you and your horse excel and experience a winning relationship. Equine Affaire’s extensive program of clinics, seminars, and demos will be presented by many of the nation’s foremost coaches, competitors, trainers, TV personalities, authors, judges, and other industry experts. With literally hundreds of sessions presented in seven venues, there will be something to satisfy almost every equestrian interest and taste – not to mention the need for a little advance planning as to what to do when. The lineup of presenters who will share their knowledge and expertise will include experts offering a range of horse training philosophies and techniques and representing a wide variety of competitive arenas. There will be sessions on general horse training and horsemanship topics of interest to all horse people as well as sessions focusing on understanding and communicating with horses, building rider confidence, improving horsemanship, addressing training issues, and enhancing the horse-rider partnership. Learn the Basics at the Equine Fundamentals Forum If you’re new to the horse world or still developing your basic skills as a rider or horse person, you’ll find plenty of useful information at Equine Affaire’s Equine Fundamentals Forum in the Celeste Center. The “EFF” will feature a demo ring where experts who are quite savvy about horses will share their knowledge on a wide range of “fundamental” topics of use to new riders and horse owners young and old. You’ll also discover informative and hands-on interactive exhibits about horses, horse health, and horse management as well as activities geared toward the youngest horse fans. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017

Shop for All Things Horse Related If it’s something horse-related that you want, you’ll find it in Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show--the largest equine-oriented shopping opportunity in North America. Explore hundreds of the nation’s leading equine and equestrian retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and organizations in four exhibit halls and the outdoor areas in between. All of your equine and equestrian musthaves will be available in a trade show with literally acres of superb shopping. Online shopping may be quick – but Equine Affaire shopping is intoxicating! Experience the Fantasia – Sponsored by Absorbine® As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, athleticism, and willing spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of shopping, learning, and mingling at Equine Affaire. Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States will perform to a wide range of musical styles to create an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment for horse lovers of all ages. The Fantasia will take place at 7:30pm on April 6-8 in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center and be an evening of great entertainment for horse lovers of all ages (36)


Equine Affaire will be up and running from 9:00 am-7:00 pm on Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, and from 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday, April 9th. You can enjoy all that the show has to offer – the clinics and seminars, the shopping, the specialty pavilions, and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition for the price of a single-day or multi-day general admission ticket. Adult admission is only $15/day (and includes a free event program) and youth (age 7-10) tickets are only $8. A four-day adult pass is just $50–a savings of $10 from the daily rate. Kids 6 and under attend for free. Tickets will go on sale at 8:30am at event entrances each show day; cash only at the gates. Camping with hookups is also available at the Ohio Expo Center – no reservation needed. Everything You Need to Know to Go Round up your horse-loving friends and barn mates and plan your getaway. Equineaffaire.com contains everything you need to know to plan your trip to the show and make the most of your Equine Affaire experience. And, if you’re not web-savvy, not to worry: call Equine Affaire at (740) 845-0085 and speak to a member of our friendly, horse-loving staff, Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern. Generous Sponsors Make Equine Affaire Affordable Equine Affaire’s exceptional program of educational activities and entertainment are made possible through generous sponsorships by dozens of equine-related companies and organizations. We extend our gratitude to Absorbine®, Rod’s Western Palace, Farnam, Centaur Fencing, Wahl Clipper, Cosequin®, US Equestrian, Horse Network, and the dozens of other companies who have endorsed Equine Affaire through their sponsorships!

Equine Affaire, continued “This year’s show will offer just the right mix of drama, comedy, fast-paced action, remarkable horses, and remarkable horsemanship,” explained Eugenia Snyder. “The 2017 Fantasia will incorporate many of the elements that veteran Fantasia-goers have come to expect at the event including Grand Prix freestyle dressage, driving, freestyle reining, horses performing at liberty, garrocha, and drill team performances. We’re thrilled to be able to feature three of the very best liberty horse trainers and performers in the world – Guy McLean, Dan James, and Bobby Kerr – and also introduce several very special acts and performers that will be new to the Fantasia and to the Ohio Equine Affaire audience. The show will feature plenty of sensational equine entertainment provided by Icelandics, Andalusians, Mustangs, Lusitanos, Percherons, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Australian Stock Horses, and ponies–and plenty of reminders of why we find horses so enchanting.” The 2017 Fantasia is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine. Fantasia tickets range in price from $14 to $25, and advance tickets are available online until April 5th. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 6th at Equine Affaire and at the box office at the coliseum just before each show. Continuously-updated information regarding ticket availability will be posted at equineaffaire.com. Catch all of the Action Twenty-five preselected horse and rider teams will compete for $5500 in cash and other prizes in Equine Affaire’s ultimate test of horsemanship, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. The “VHRC” is a true test of horsemanship for those who are willing to put their riding skills on the line tackling a tough obstacle course at top speeds – and a whole lot of fun for everyone watching in the audience. This popular race will take place in the Ohio Expo Center coliseum at 1:00pm on Friday, April 7th. Be sure to get there early to take in all of the action and watch great horses and talented riders tackle real riding challenges. Explore a World of Horse Breeds... and Buy a Horse! Dozens of horse breeds from ponies to drafts and stock horses to sport horses will be on exhibit and presented in hand at Equine Affaire. Under saddle demonstrations of a wide range of breeds will be conducted throughout the weekend in the main clinic arenas as well as the Rod’s Arena, offering you a chance to understand the conformation, movement, and temperament of different breeds as well as the many different disciplines at which they excel. Visit Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Center and meet with horse owners and breeders and representatives of various national, regional, and local breed associations. They’ll have plenty of helpful information and be able to answer your questions about their horses and tell you where and how you can get involved with their breeds. The nearby Horse & Farm Exhibits in the Gilligan Complex will showcase individual horse farms, stallions, stables, and training and breeding facilities from throughout the region and provide opportunities to network with horse owners, trainers, and facility managers. Evaluate horses for sale in the Horse & Farm Exhibits area to find your first horse…or your next. Equine Affaire 2017: A Great Value for Horse Lovers ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017


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Michigan Horse Council 2017 Catalyst Awards The Michigan Horse Council Catalyst Awards were started in 1995 by our then president, Barb Heyboer, who thought there should be recognition for individuals involved in the Michigan Horse Industry. A catalyst is a person who dares to step forward and make a difference. Four “Catalysts” are recognized each year at the annual Michigan Horse Expo®. The inscription on the plaques presented to the recipients reads: Your efforts and communication have made a significant contribution to the renaissance of the Michigan Horse Industry. These Catalyst Award recipients have made an impact in the horse industry through education, leadership and innovation. Presentation of the plaques to the recipients of the 2017 Michigan Horse Council Catalyst Awards will take place at 12:45 on Saturday, March 12th. ERNIE BIRCHMEIER Ernie Birchmeier is the Livestock and Dairy Specialist for Michigan Farm Bureau. His responsibilities include working to protect the rights of Farm Bureau members and their families involved in the animal industry, enhance Michigan’s agricultural economy and advocate for the agriculture industry. Ernie guides the work of the Michigan Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee which is tasked with providing horse industry specific recommendations and policy ideas to the state’s largest general farm organization. During his tenure with Farm Bureau, Birchmeier has helped lead collaborative efforts relative to Michigan’s horse racing industry, has assisted with efforts to establish an equine promotion fund, and helped foster Michigan equine participation and understanding of the Right to Farm Act. He has participated in a variety of equine industry priority and planning discussions and worked with many equine enthusiasts to strengthen the horse industry. Ernie is a strong advocate for member involvement in the Farm Bureau and agriculture and has a fundamental belief that those involved in the industry will typically come up with the best solutions to solve the problems facing them. He began his career with Michigan Farm Bureau in 1989 following graduation from Michigan State University. He managed leadership development efforts for the Young Farmer Department for over eight years. Ernie has been in his current role since 1999. Along with his position at Farm Bureau, Ernie is a lifelong farmer. He grew up on a diversified livestock and cash crop farm in Shiawassee Co. He currently owns and operates Birchmeier Show Hogs, specializing in producing high quality show pigs and working with youth involved in livestock exhibition.

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CINDY COUTURIER In 1969 my family moved to a new home in Walled Lake, MI on acreage that came with a Shetland pony. I STEVE TAYLOR was 8 years old and instantly fell in love with my new I showed horses in the mid 80’s to the early 90’s. I friend Bonnie, and everything and anything to do with showed in the Ingham County 4-H program as well as horses. I learned to ride, joined 4-H and even went to a AHAM and WMAHA on the Arabian circuit. I moved to few horse shows. I was blessed, my parents allowed me to have any animals I wished, as long as I took care of them. Soon, a Mason with my family in 1992 and left the horse world for about 12 years working direct and retail sales. In Pinto mare named Melody was added, along with many other farm animals. After college, in 1992, I started my publishing career by creating a regional 2002, I began working with my family at Crest View magazine in West Oakland County that was direct mailed to over 42,000 Tack Shop as a way to help my parents out with their homes. Success with this first publication lead me to start an all breed growing business. In 2012, I became the Open Horse magazine for horse enthusiasts in 1996. This was truly my passion, I still Superintendent for the Ingham County Fair, bringing the open show from a adored everything horse related, and was delighted to be able to have a loss of money to one of the biggest open shows in Ingham County. In 2014, I was asked to become a board member for the Ingham County Fair career within the equine community. Foundation which I was pleased to do and am currently the president of that It’s been 21 years since the creation of Saddle Up! Magazine and we’ve board. In 2015 I decided to apply for the Ingham County 4-H Horse grown to thousands of monthly followers in print and online. When I started Saddle Up! I never dreamed that some day people could read the entire Superintendent and was blessed with being chosen for that position. Today, magazine online from the comfort of their homes! The changes in this field I now own Crest View Tack Shop and am enjoying all that the horse world since I started have been dramatic, and thankfully have made my work has to offer. I have made it my mission to give the kids in Ingham County all that I can, so that they can continue to make the best better. much easier throughout the years to produce a quality equine publication. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017 (47) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Michigan Horse Council 2017 Scholarships Every year, the Michigan Horse Council (MHC) recognizes outstanding Michigan equestrian students by providing scholarships to further their education. It is the sincere hope of the Michigan Horse Council that these individuals will obtain an education that will allow them to continue their involvement with horses in the future.

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2017 MHC/MIHA $500 Scholarship:

The Michigan Horse Council awards three scholarships to members each year. These scholarships may be awarded to high school seniors or any member pursuing a degree in any field of study. The Michigan Horse Council member scholarship is in the amount of $1000. The application for the 2018 member scholarships will be available on the MHC website at www.michiganhorsecouncil.com.

Brooke Pfeiffer Marine City, MI Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

Hannah Waroway Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard High

Michigan Horse Council 4-H Scholarships For Senior division participants at the State 4-H Horse Show, Michigan Horse Council has two scholarships in the amount of $500 each. The winners are selected by randomly drawing two names from those of all the senior exhibitors; it is not a competitive award. You are entered in the drawing when you enter the show.

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For Senior division participants at the State 4-H Horse Show, Michigan Horse Council has two scholarships in the amount of $500 each. MIHA makes the selection for these scholarships, and application forms are available from MIHA or online at www.miha.org.

Rya Greene Grand Haven, MI Grand Haven High School

Michigan Horse Council MSU Scholarships One scholarship in the amount of $1,500 for a student enrolled in the Horse Management Program at MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology.

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Onondaga, MI

Katherine Maiville Taylor Orefice

One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to a student pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with an intent to practice equine medicine in Michigan.

Glennie, MI

Ben Littlefield

One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 – The Dr. John Shelle Equine Scholarship.

Burr Oak, MI

Please contact the MSU Department of Animal Science for information about the Horse Management, Bachelor’s Degree and the Dr. John Shelle scholarships. Contact the College of Veterinary Medicine for information regarding the veterinary scholarship.

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#2: Get off the hot horse and attach the longe line to his halter as I described above. When a horse is nervous or upset, he will have a tendency to jump on top of you. Use the “move away” command and toss the longe line towards him so he moves away from you. Let him settle down while you stay on the ground. #3: Remain mounted, but mentally patient, relaxed, and positive. Keep your body relaxed and as centered on the horse as possible. Continue to ride as if the horse is nice and calm. The horse should settle down in a short time. Lynn’s Training Tip… You can calm the nervous or hot horse with training, but you can never change his personality or temperament. If this type of horse frightens or worries you, or if he makes you feel less confident or nervous – this type of horse is not suited for you. Mentally anticipate your horse’s reactions to outdoor situations. The more positive and confident you are, the more confident your horse will be. Riding really is a mental sport. One of the best resources I know of to help riders conquer the mental aspects of riding is “That Winning Feeling,” a book written by my friend and Olympic Dressage rider Jane Savoie. No matter what discipline you ride, Jane’s experience and advice will help “program” your mind for peak performance. She will teach you how to banish negative thoughts, conquer self-doubt, and be the rider your horse deserves. ~

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Trail Training: Dealing with the “Hot” Horse Our series on “training outside the box” continues with another training tip for dealing with common trail training issues: Dealing with the horse that is “hot” while on the trail. What is a “hot” horse? I am not referring to a horse’s body temperature; I am referring to a nervous horse. This is the horse that is tense and moves quickly. He may toss his head, jump around, rear, and maybe even buck. To use a human description, he appears as if he could “fly off the handle” at any moment. When dealing with a hot horse, it is really important that the rider does warm-up exercises both on the ground and under saddle to be physically prepared for riding. It is equally important to warm up the horse by longeing to allow him to release his inner energy (please see Palm Partnership Training™ Newsletters #56-#60 for “The Art of Longeing” for specifics). Doing some in-hand groundwork exer-cises and under saddle maneuvers before going out on the trail will help the horse focus on the rider. Before going out on the ride, be prepared! Check the weather. Do not go out if it is windy or if a storm is approaching. These conditions will only make the nervous horse more anxious and less likely to focus on you. When tacking up for a trail ride, place a halter over the bridle and bring a soft, flat cotton longe line along on the ride. I’ll explain how and when to use these items later. When you plan the trail ride, go with ONE other horse and rider, not a group! Ask a friend who has a quiet, experienced trail horse to accompany you. If the hot horse begins to get nervous while on the trail, the experienced horse will give him confidence and can be used to pony him. Select a trail where the terrain is simple and easy to negotiate. Let the hot horse take the lead for a while, then ask the experienced horse to ride alongside. Continue down the trail side-by-side for a while, then shift the hot horse behind the experienced partner. During the periods when the horses are traveling single file, mix in some lateral work, yielding left and right. Do simple transitions from walk to slow trot and back to walk. Stop several times. Dismount, lead the horses, and remount. The idea is to do many different things to help keep the hot horse’s focus, slow down his thinking, and direct his attention to you and not on getting nervous! Keep the trail ride short. The shorter the better so the hot horse has a chance to experience a quiet time without the chance of being disturbed. As you and your horse progress to taking longer rides, make sure to stay with the same routine. Your Next Step… Here are three ways to deal positively with a horse that gets hot, nervous, upset, or uncontrollable on the trail: #1: The best thing to do is have the friend riding the experienced horse pony you and the hot horse. Take out the longe line you have been carrying on the ride and thread it through the hot horse’s halter so it is over his nose and snapped to the opposite side of the halter. While you stay centered and relaxed on the hot horse, ask your friend to control him by ponying him from the experienced horse. Because you will not be pulling on the reins and his mouth, the hot horse will have a good chance to settle down. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017

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Avoiding Feed-Time Frenzy If you keep your horses at home, you’ve probably already developed a routine that makes your job efficient and keeps the horses happy. But if you are new to this, or are looking for helpful hints to make your horse life easier, I’d like to share with you the ‘tricks of the trade’ that I have learned over the decades. Feed time can be very stressful for the horses, especially when they are only fed twice a day. Nothing could be more unnatural to the horse, since he is designed to eat small amounts all day long. His digestive system is designed to always be full, so when he is fed two lump-sum meals that he finished within an hour or two, his stomach gets empty and he now has 6-8 hours or more to worry about when his next meal is coming. In addition to digestive and emotional stress, horses may also learn to act aggressively or rudely, which is reinforced as soon as you feed them. So it’s important to do what we can to alleviate the stress, by developing a good feed-time routine. Keep Their Bellies Full! My horses have free-choice access, 24/7, to a low-protein grass hay (tested at 9% protein). When your horses have free-choice hay (only grass hay and never alfalfa), it removes almost all the feed-time stress; there is little to no fighting over food; horses that previously would chase other horses off and hoard the food will eat side by side with their herd mates. I often look out in the paddock and see all of our horses eating from the same pile, with their noses virtually touching. Because horses know they can eat whenever they want and never worry about having enough food, they take turns at the feeders and they never gorge themselves. Free choice access to grass hay brings a lot of peace and tranquility to the herd, helps keep mental stress low and is critical to digestive health. I find that we have much fewer problems with colic and ulcers with the horses on free-choice and we have no problems at all with obesity. If you are not in a situation where you can give them free-choice hay, you should feed hay in sufficient quantities that he always has a little bit left over before the next meal comes or feed more often than twice a day. If the hay you feed it too high in protein or so sweet that your horse may over eat, try using a slow feeder, such as the Savvy Feeder, that will slow your horse down and help him savor the hay all day long. Follow a Consistent Routine. Horses love to know what is coming next and they love routines. It makes them feel safe. Develop your feeding routine in such a way that the horses can anticipate it and so that they will help you get the job done. Everyone’s situation is different and there are many ways to make it more efficient, but I will tell you our routine and why it works. Half our horses stay outside in the paddock all day and all night, while the other half (our performance horses) are out all day and come into stalls at night. We do this for several reasons. One is that our performance horses frequently travel and have to stay in stalls when they do, so we want them accustomed to and comfortable with that confinement. Also, in addition to their free-choice hay, each horse gets special supplements and some get medications, so separating them makes it easier to feed a customized diet. All our horses receive daily doses of Cosequin (a joint health supplement), Wellactin (an omega 3 fish oil for their coats, immune systems and cardiovascular health) and Calxequin (an all-around vitamin supple©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017

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ment). Additionally, some of our horses get Proviable daily (a highquality pre-biotic and pro-biotic for digestive health) and occasionally one or more of our horses are also receiving some medication in their feed. Each morning at the same time every day, the horses are all given a token amount of grain to carry their supplements. Most horses do not need any grain if they are receiving adequate amounts of hay. Hay or grass forage are considered “roughage,” while grains and complete feeds are considered “concentrates.” I personally like to avoid concentrates as much as I can but to get the horses to eat the supplements, we give them just a handful of whole oats (no additives or processed feeds). While they are eating their grain, we are taking off blankets and opening the alleyway to the paddock so that when they are finished, we can just open the stall door and let them trot out to the paddock by themselves. They will all spend the day out there together, munching contentedly when they want, napping in the sun and playing together. Once the horses are all out, we clean the stalls, wash and fill the water buckets, load up the hay in each stall (so the stalled horses have all the hay they want at night) and prep the night-time grain and supplements (but leave it in the feed room so it doesn’t get eaten by the dogs). By 10 o’clock each morning all the chores are done for the whole day and the only remaining feed-time chore is to open the gates and let the horses in. At 4 o’clock each afternoon, we place their previously prepared grain/supplements in the stall (I always feed hay and grain from the ground level, which is more natural and healthier for their respiratory systems, than putting it in a raised feeder). We close the barn doors to the outside, open all the stall doors, then open the gate to the paddock to let the horses in. Because we use the same routine at the same time every day, the horses are lined up to come in and they march right into their stalls. Keep It Simple! A horse has very simple needs when it comes to nutrition – they need roughage (10-20 pounds a day), water (10-15 gallons a day) and free-choice salt. I keep a Redmond all-natural sea salt lick in each stall and I keep several “rocks on a rope” in the paddocks, near the waterers. We also hang two water buckets (heated) in each stall and one of them has “Rein Water” mixed in – it’s a mineral mixture that horses love. It not only encourages them drink more, but it also helps the water taste familiar when we are on the road. I prefer to have buckets in the stalls and not automatic waterers so that I know exactly how much water each horse consumed overnight. (64)


Train Your Horses to Help. I’ve taught my horses to come in the barn when I call them. It’s easy to do. Just use a unique call or whistle every day before they come in for feed. To get started, you may have to shake a grain can after your call and let them have a taste as soon as they come. Soon, the call or whistle itself will get them in. Use it every day so it is like a dinner bell. Then, even if I need to bring them in early, my call will always get their attention. If one horse learns it, the rest will likely follow and teach the new horses what it means. If you let your horses march themselves into the barn and stalls, do it in the same order everyday so they know what to expect. Soon they will be lining up in order and not vying for position. The more consistent your routine is, the better the horses will respond. Make sure your horses do not act aggressively or display dominance when you feed them. If you must walk into a pen with feed, use a flag to make sure all the horses stay back and do not try to grab feed out of your arms – this is dominant behavior and very dangerous. If a horse is inside a pen or stall and you do not have to go in to feed, he should still be patient and polite. If he is acting aggressively or rudely, do not feed him in that moment. Use a flag to back him up and wait until his ears are forward before you throw the feed in. If you feed him while he is acting poorly, it reinforces that behavior and turns it into an engrained habit. Keep in mind that horses establish dominance in the herd, in part, by taking away food from others. If the horse ever comes to believe that his aggressive antics are causing you to feed him, then in his mind, every day you are proving to him he is dominant. Make sure your horses are acting appropriately in the moment that you feed them to help avoid dominance issues. Whatever your horse-keeping situation is, there are probably things you can do to make it more time-efficient, easier and less stressful for your horses. Keeping a routine that is strictly adhered to by everyone that does the feeding chores, will help train your horses so that they cooperate in the process instead of interfere. Enjoy the ride!

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Eating! An Important Key to Improving Insulin Resistance By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Do you have an overweight horse? Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevated insulin. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues. Even horses of normal weight can be insulin resistant, exhibited by regional fat deposits along the neck, shoulders, tailhead, and back. The opposite of insulin resistance is insulin sensitivity Unlike when humans are “sensitive” to a food or ingredient – meaning intolerant or allergic – insulin sensitivity is a good thing. It simply means that the horse’s cells respond well to insulin and there is no longer a need for the pancreas to continually pump out high levels of this hormone. Storage of body fat normalizes, as well as blood sugar levels.

Allow your horse to self-regulate When forage is restricted, your horse perceives this as “winter is coming,” and his body adjusts by holding onto body fat. But if hay is always available, he will soon get the message that he can walk away, and the hay will be there when he returns. It is important, however, that the hay never runs out, not even for 10 minutes, to allow his brain to relax. It is amazing to watch - he starts to calm down his eating, eats more slowly, and eats less – eating only what his body needs. Insulin sensitivity increases, and body weight begins to normalize. With the help of exercise, your horse’s cells will respond to insulin even better and no longer store excess body fat.

Putting your horse on a diet that restricts forage will not increase insulin sensitivity. The problem is that horses are designed to graze. They need to consistently chew to neutralize stomach acid (through saliva production, a natural antacid). Left with an empty stomach, your horse will likely develop ulcerations. But even more damaging is the hormonal stress response he will experience. This results in increased insulin, and ironically, your horse remains overweight because excess insulin tells the body to hold on to body fat. Furthermore, insulin is highly inflammatory, leading to pain and inflammation throughout the body, including increasing the propensity for developing laminitis.

Bottom line The closer you get to a feeding environment that simulates a natural setting, the healthier your horse will be. Give your horse a chance to be a horse, and let him tell you how much forage he needs. He has the ability to regulate his intake to match just what he needs, resulting in a normalized hormonal response. He will be insulin sensitive, not resistant. Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices. Dr. Getty’s goal is to empower the horse person with the confidence and knowledge to provide the best nutrition for his or her horse’s needs. Dr. Getty’s fundamental resource book, Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, is now in paperback as well as in hardcover, searchable CD and Kindle versions. All except the Kindle version are available at www.Getty EquineNutrition.com -- buy the book there and have it inscribed by the author. Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon (www.Amazon.com); find print versions at other online retail book stores. The seven individual volumes in Dr. Getty’s topic-centered “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Dr. Getty’s books make ideal gifts for equestrians! Find a world of useful information for the horse person at www.Getty EquineNutrition.com: Sign up for Dr. Getty’s informative, free e-news letter, Forage for Thought; browse her library of reference articles; search her nutrition forum archives; and purchase recordings of her educational teleseminars. Find top-quality supplements, feeders, and other equine-related items, at her online Free Shipping Supplement Store. Reach Dr. Getty directly at gettyequinenutrition@gmail.com.

Consistently eating forage, on the other hand, matches what a horse would naturally do. It allows cortisol (stress hormone) secretion to calm down, making the cells more responsive (more sensitive) to insulin. Researchers at Louisiana State University evaluated how eating affects insulin sensitivity; they determined that hay-deprived mares experienced a greater degree of insulin resistance and less insulin sensitivity than those mares who were fed hay ad libitum (free-choice). These results are consistent with a horse’s natural eating pattern. A healthy, insulin sensitive horse is a horse that will not easily gain weight when fed forage free-choice. A healthy horse will burn body fat and not store excessive amounts. Reduce concentrates but not forage Calorie reduction, though important, should only be accomplished by reducing or even eliminating commercial feeds and cereal grains. Never reduce forage intake. While pasture grazing may not be an option for your overweight, insulin resistant horse during certain times of the day or seasons of the year, you should always offer hay, day and night, 24 hours a day. Be sure to provide a vitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the gaps that exist with hay. To make sure your hay is appropriate to feed free-choice, it is best to have it tested, so you know that it is low enough in sugar, starch, and calories. To evaluate the testing report, look at the column labeled “Dry Matter.” Add the ESC (simple sugars) to the starch. This amount should not exceed 11%. The Digestible Energy (DE) is an indicator of calories and should not be more than 0.95 Mcals/lb (2.09 Mcals/kg) on a dry matter basis. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • APRIL 2017






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• All Breeds Welcome • Family Oriented TRAIL JACKPOT TRAIL GREEN RIDER-1ST YR. LOPE/CANTER • Membership/Year End Awards Available TRAIL 40 & OVER TRAIL 19-39 • Great Weekend Awards TRAIL 14-18 and High Point TRAIL 13 & UNDER • Classes for ALL Ages TRAIL PEE WEE WALK 11 & UNDER and Skill Levels TRAIL LEAD LINE 7 & UNDER • Friendly Atmosphere LEAD LINE EQ/HORSEMANSHIP 7 & UNDER • Speed Class PEE WEE WALK EQ/HRSMNSHP 11 & UNDER July 8th and August 19th RANCH RIDING • Versatility Class July 22nd WESTERN PLEASURE JACKPOT-OPEN • Bridleless Western Pleasure WESTERN PLEASURE JR. HORSE 5 & UNDER August 20th WESTERN PL WALK/TROT 19 & OVER • Obstacle Showmanship WESTERN PLEASURE WALK/TROT 14-18 May 6th and June 10th WESTERN PL WALK/TROT 13 & UNDER • Dressage to be offered GREEN HORSE WESTERN PL-1ST YEAR LOPE July 23rd and August 20th WESTERN PLEASURE SR. HORSE 6 & OVER WESTERN PL GREEN RIDER-1ST YR. LOPE One of the Largest and WESTERN PLEASURE 40 & OVER Most Competitive Open Show WESTERN PLEASURE 19-39 Circuits in the State! WESTERN PLEASURE 14-18 All shows held at the: WESTERN PLEASURE 13 & UNDER Shiawassee County Fairgrounds WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP W/T 19 & OVER 2900 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, MI WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP W/T 14-18 WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP W/T 13 & UNDER Lytle Rd. WESTERN DISCIPLINE RAIL-W/T/L-OPEN 71 WEST HRSMNSHP JACKPOT-PATTERN ONLY Hibbard Rd. WEST HRSMNSHP GR. RIDER 1ST YR LOPE WEST HORSEMANSHIP 40 & OVER Shiwassee County 71 WEST HORSEMANSHIP 19-39 Fairgrounds N WEST HORSEMANSHIP 14-18 WEST HORSEMANSHIP 13 & UNDER BAREBACK WALK/JOG/LOPE

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