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2018 Oakland County Tack Sale **Hosted by Oakland County 4-H Horse Council**

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Healthy Air in the Barn by Dr. Eleanor Kellon When the winds are high and temperatures drop we want our horses to be comfortable and protected. Nestling into a cozy stable may seem like a good solution, but there are health risks lurking in a tightly closed up barn. Horses with respiratory issues actually breathe easier in cold, dry air. However, this winter advantage is lost when horses are confined to a poorly ventilated barn where humidity and particulate matter in the air is high. Fine particulate matter and fungal elements from stored hay and straw are a major source of respiratory irritation in barns with poor ventilation. An elevated concentration of irritants in the air causes measurable lung inflammation in all horses. There may or may not be a true allergic component. Continued exposure can lead to IAD (inflammatory airway disease) or RAO (recurrent airway obstruction) in susceptible horses. These conditions have a considerable impact on the horse's comfort and performance. There may be increased risk of infectious lung disease or irreversible damage in chronic cases. A variety of airborne substances have been implicated. Ammonia from bacterial breakdown of urea in urine is a well documented lung irritant in a variety of species. “Organic dust” is also an offender. This includes microscopic particulate matter from mites, plant material (e.g. beta-glucans), feces, bacteria and their products (endotoxin) and fungal spores. Keeping stalls clean and the building well ventilated are the first steps in reducing exposure. Using wood chips or synthetic bedding (e.g. paper based) reduces plant and fungal matter, but must be used in all the stalls. Horses are also exposed when hay or straw are stored in the same building, even in a loft. Horses with clinical signs should have their hay and bucket-fed meals thoroughly wet down. Always strive to remove horses from the barn when stalls are being cleaned and aisles swept. These measures will go a long way in reducing risk of developing lung disease and reducing breathing difficulty in horses that already have it, but they cannot completely eliminate exposure, and some horses will need more help. Medical treatment includes a variety of systemic or inhaled agents including corticosteroids, bronchodilators and mucolytics. There are also supplements you can use to assist the horse's body in normal respiratory function and maintaining healthy tissues. Controlling exposure to lung irritants greatly reduces your horse's risk of developing chronic lung disorders. If you do have to deal with signs of lung irritation there are many options, including nutritional support for normal lung function. Exposure to lung irritants and activation of the immune system results in considerable oxidative stress. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant in the lung, with studies showing low levels of vitamin C in the lung fluid of diseased horses. Oral dosages of 4.5 to 10 grams per day are used for the average size horse. Antioxidant activity can be boosted by pairing it with sources of plant antioxidants such as Grape Seed and citrus bioflavonoids. Nagging coughs are a common sign of both infectious and noninfectious lung disease. The coughing itself is also irritating. Human ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

over the counter lozenges and chest rubs take advantage of the ability of aromatic oils like camphor, eucalyptus, menthol and orange to help maintain open, relaxed airways with thin mucus that is easily cleared. They work the same way in the horse, and equine specific products are available. Pastes are easiest to administer. Look for a soothing base with ingredients such as Aloe Vera, apple cider vinegar, glycerin and honey. Spirulina, 20 grams twice daily, helps the horse maintain lung homeostasis by stabilizing mast cells and supporting a balanced immune response. Jioagulan supports control of stress responses and maintenance of relaxed bronchial tone. Omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed provide the raw materials for normal balancing of inflammatory reactions. MSM also assists the body in balancing its responses to triggers of lung irritation. Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers formulas to support respiratory issues. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant to support healthy immune function, and is a potent detoxifier of environmental/internal toxins. LungEQ provides Spirulina Platensis which helps stabilize the mast cells that release histamine. MSM supports normal regulation of inflammation. Flaxseed meal promotes balanced inflammatory pathways. Jiaogulan supports healthy histamine levels, airways, and immune response. Resprun Paste is a soothing, aromatic paste that supports healthy respiratory function and free breathing to help maintain open airways with Eucalyptus, Camphor, and Menthol. HerbalMune Plus provides herbs and nutrients to support immune function and fight free radicals. About Dr. Kellon Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovationdriven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier. On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances. (18)



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To properly choose and fit a snaffle bit, consider the diameter of mouthpiece and its bend. The smaller the diameter of the mouthpiece, the more pressure it applies to a smaller area. A thicker mouthpiece displaces more pressure over a broader area. When selecting a bit, I always check the horse's tongue – some have thicker tongues and some are thinner. If it's thicker, I like to go with a smaller diameter mouthpiece, while a thinner-tongued horse needs a larger diameter mouthpiece. (This idea also applies to a curb bit.) The amount of bend in the mouthpiece is important as well. When you pull back with both reins, the snaffle bit “collapses” in the horse's mouth – nutcracker style – squeezing the tongue and applying pressure to the bars of the mouth. The more bend in the mouthpiece, the more pressure relief the tongue receives. A snaffle bit with no bend in the mouthpiece therefore applies the most tongue pressure. Meanwhile, pressure on the outside corners of the lips is applied when a rider draws the slack out of one rein and brings the snaffle laterally across the mouth, applying pressure to the opposite corner of the lip. It is important to note that the connection between the mouthpiece and snaffle ring makes a difference as well. An O-ring snaffle has the smallest connection to the mouthpiece and so applies the most lateral pressure, whereas the full check snaffle disperses the most lateral pressure. Next month I am going to talk about the curb bit, its parts, and the pressure points it uses to communicate to the horse. Of course, this article has barely scratched the surface on the subject of bits and bitting, but I hope the information presented makes sense to you. Remember, a bit is not classified as a snaffle unless it has a direct pressure ratio of 1:1. If the reins do not attach to the same ring as the mouthpiece, it's not a snaffle. Likewise, the mouthpiece itself (e.g. solid, single joint, double joint, smooth, twisted, etc.) has nothing to do with classifying the bit as a snaffle or curb. In the right hands, bits are a tremendous tool in the training process, but the same bits used incorrectly can have a detrimental effect on your horse! If you would like further information on bitting, please feel free to stop by Albion College's Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center to talk with me. Nathan Horsman, head coach of the western team at Albion College, is an AQHA Professional Horseman and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor, and a popular clinician across the U.S., working with non-pro and amateur horses and riders. He can be reached at

Snaffle Bits by Nathan Horsman, Western Team Head Coach, Albion College This month I'd like to talk about bits – of which there are so many different types, styles and combinations, it's almost endless. I don't believe a rider must be a bit expert to be successful, but I do believe if you're going to ride, you should know how bits work, their basic classification, and how to use them properly. We can do a lot of mental and physical damage to a horse by using a bit without knowledge of how and why it works. I've done many clinics over the years where I ask that people show up in a snaffle bit, only to be shocked by the number who show up in a curb bit with a single jointed mouthpiece and say it's a snaffle. With few exceptions, bits fit into two categories: snaffle (direct pressure) and curb (leverage) bits. Some of the exceptions are sliding gags, side pulls, quick stops, hackamores, and bosals. Snaffles are direct pressure bits because when you pull the reins with one pound of pressure, the horse feels one pound of pressure in their mouth; the pressure is equal to the pull. Leverage bits multiply the amount of pressure you put on the reins. For the sake of this article, I'll stick with the direct pressure bit, the snaffle bit. A snaffle bit has two basic parts – the mouthpiece and the rings– and the cheek piece of the bridle, the reins, and the curb strap (if used) each attach to the same ring on their own side of the bit. Because the reins connect to the same ring as the mouthpiece, you get the same amount of pressure in the mouth that's applied to the reins (e.g. direct pressure). The four basic kinds of snaffle bits are the O-ring, D-ring, eggbutt, and full cheek. Mouthpieces vary from single joint, double joint, smooth mouth, twisted mouth, square mouth, square twisted mouth, and solid mouth. The basic pressure points of the bit are the tongue, bars of the mouth (the space between the incisors and molars) and the outside corner of the lips.

The three bits shown are: 1) full cheek snaffle, 2) eggbutt snaffle and 3) O-ring snaffle. #1: displaces the most lateral pressure; when the right rein is pulled, pressure is distributed along the bars on the top and bottom of the ring. #2: displaces less pressure; where the mouthpiece meets the ring, a small edge distributes lateral pressure. #3: displaces the least amount of pressure. (Also note the different diameter of the mouthpiece in the eggbutt versus the O-ring.) The Oring applies more pressure on the tongue and the bars because of its smaller diameter. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

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Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, we requested the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The AHC ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR welfare, safety, and health of the animals in MARKETING INITIATIVE transit, together with the safety of other The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleas- drivers on the road, are top priorities for the ed to announce that they are accepting equine industry and its enthusiasts. management proposals for the popular Time The livestock sector has consistently been to Ride program. Time to Ride is an initiative one of the safest of the commercial hauling of the AHC’s Marketing Alliance, formed in sectors. The Large Truck Crash Causation 2012 to connect people with horses and Study, conducted by the Federal Motor encourage horse-interested consumers to Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, AHC Marketing Alliance is made of 22 indusshowed that of 1,123 accidents involving try organizations and associations, all from trucks hauling cargo, only five involved the various segments of the equine industry. transportation of livestock. Similarly, the The Time to Ride program engages new and report titled Trucks Involved in Fatal Accireturning horse enthusiasts to increase par- dents Fact-book 2005, conducted by the ticipation in the industry primarily through its Transportation Research Institute, shows successful Challenge. The annual Time to that livestock transporters accounted for just Ride Challenge awards $100,000 cash and 0.7 percent of fatal accidents. The ELD prizes to stables, clubs and professionals mandate itself, which is the subject of this who introduce newcomers to horses through petition, does nothing to improve that record beginner-friendly outreach events. Addition- of safety over paper logs. ally, the Pledge to Take a Friend Riding While this figure is not irrelevant, and any sweepstakes and Collegiate Challenge give safety improvements should be considered, equestrians of all backgrounds the chance to the trajectory of this rule’s implementation get involved by sharing the joy of horses with has left much to be desired. Despite its being new participants. issued nearly two years ago, awareness for “As we celebrate 5-years of the program, we this rule among livestock haulers and the can take excitement from the fact we have equine industry is nearly non-existent. For exposed over 120,000 people to horses,” instance, FMCSA’s recent change to include said AHC President Julie Broadway. “For the livestock in its interpretation of the 150-air new phase of the program we are seeking mile exemption for agricultural commodities, fresh ideas that will help further the ultimate a change that the industry strongly supports goal of getting more people active with and appreciates, has raised many additional horses, as well as creating a demand for questions from livestock haulers who are horse ownership and horse enthusiasts.” unsure about the mechanics of the new exTo request a copy of the RFP or learn more, emption and even if it means they are exempt contact AHC President Julie Broadway via from the ELD mandate altogether. More time email at is needed to reach out to the horse industry, and ensure that industry outreach can AHC EFFORTS: ADDRESS ELD MANDATE address ELD compliance and ELD impact. Over the past months the American Horse Many horse operations and competitions are Council (AHC) has reached out to the equine in rural areas, routinely requiring long, and recommunity to determine the potential impact peated trips. These animals, when loaded of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device onto trailers, are vulnerable to changes in mandate. Based on the information received, temperature, humidity, and precipitation. the AHC in collaboration with the rest of the Horse haulers are accustomed to managing animal agriculture community, has request- these changing conditions through planning, ed the Department of Transportation (DOT) log books and notations in those books. grant a one-year enforcement delay followed These planning techniques have adapted and ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018 (22)

evolved over decades as technology has improved, unfortunately the quick transition to ELDs does not allow for the natural trial and error process to adequately meet the needs of the horse industry. The equine industry and the millions of horse fans who attend equine events rely on safe and effective methods of transportation from every corner of the United States. Domestic transit of our competition and breeding animals is critical to the business continuity of our industry and is largely reliant on the use of large commercial haulers. These individuals have expressed their concern with the implications of this rule in regards to the negative impacts to standards in welfare, bio-security and cost. "We are disappointed that the FMCSA did not feel the need to reach out to the larger livestock industry stakeholders prior to finalizing this rule, but specifically for not reaching out to the equine industry considering the constant and repeated travel inherit to the competitive, coast to coast nature of our industry," said AHC President Julie Broadway. "While horse haulers are able to provide accommodating shipping conditions compared to other livestock sectors, the issues we have with immediate implementation of the rule mirror those of the larger animal agriculture community." The American Horse Council will continue to petition for an enforcement delay, to be followed by a waiver and/or limited exemptions from compliance with the final rule on ELDs and specifically the expected Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally we will continue to take advantage of any opportunity to collaborate with FMCSA and the DOT during this delay to better meet the needs of the animal agriculture community on future regulatory efforts. Contact Cliff Williamson at the AHC with questions or comments at 202-296-4031 or at LANDMARK TAX BILL CROSSES THE FINISH LINE The Senate hustled early Wednesday morning, December 20th, 2017 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by a vote of 51-48. Although the House passed the bill Tuesday afternoon, congressional budget rules required the Senate to return the bill to the House for a re-vote on Wednesday to address technical changes. While details related to WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs LANDMARK TAX BILL, continued the 1100-page conference report on the final legislation continue to emerge, please see the below highlights that will have the most direct impact on the horse industry: Business Provisions: Corporate Taxes: The new tax law reduces the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% and takes effect January 1. AHC members filing as “C corporations,” which are generally identified by the suffix, “Inc.,” will see an immediate reduction in their official, or statutory tax rate. AHC members filing as “C corporations” would include racetracks, makers of pharmaceuticals and agricultural equipment, and large breeding operations governed by officers and a board of directors, among others. While many policy experts believe that the new tax code will be easier to navigate from a business perspective, corporate taxpayers’ effective liability will vary to the extent they are able to utilize the new code’s remaining deductions, some of which are outlined below. Small Business, “Pass-Through” Deduction: The Tax Cut and Jobs Act establishes a 20% deduction for the first $315,000 of joint income or $157,500 for individual filers from “pass-through” entities such as partnerships, sole proprietorships and S corporations. New provision could benefit small businesses that generally report incomes at or near the new threshold level. While various types of “pass-throughs” constitute the fastest growing segment of AHC members, they also include the majority of U.S. farms. According to Dept of Agriculture data, 85% of domestic agriculture production comes from “pass-through” entities. Bonus Depreciation of Equipment: The House and Senate conference report includes 100% bonus depreciation – an increase from the current 50% rate – through December 31, 2022, for property placed in service after September 27, 2017. Beginning in 2023, bonus depreciation is reduced from 100%, to 80% in 2024, then falls by 20% increments each year through 2026. Farm equipment used in a business operation, breeding stock and according to a preliminary reviews of the final language, race horses will benefit from the robust deduction. Losses at the Racetracks: The final law preserves the deduction of losses “sustained on wagering transactions to the extent of the gains” realized “during the taxable year.”

However, the law clarifies that the “limitation on losses from wagering transactions applies not only to the actual costs of the wages, but to other expenses incurred by the individual in connection with the conduct of that individual’s gambling activity.” For example, the law subjects the deduction for travel expenses to and from a racetrack to the cap established by the amount of the gains. Like many of the deductions in the bill, the provision sunsets after 2025. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) - The new law repeals the corporate AMT, ending the need to calculate tax liability twice for a single filing. Individual Provisions: Estate Tax: The final law ultimately preserves the estate tax, but doubles the current exemptions of $5.49 million for individuals and $10.98 million for married couples. Raising the statutory threshold will reduce the number of farms and family businesses subject to the tax. It also spares many familyrun businesses from jumping over accounting hurdles to avoid the tax altogether. State and Local Taxes (SALT) – The tax law includes a significantly downsized, itemized deduction for up to $10,000 of state and local property taxes. This provision – which eliminates the unlimited, longstanding deduction for state, sales and local property taxes - may pose challenges for AHC members who file returns in high-tax states next year. Mortgage Interest: The new law reduces the current $1 million cap on mortgage interest to $750,000, which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will apply to homes purchased after January 1, 2018.

EQUINE AFFAIRE’S VERSATILE HORSE & RIDER COMPETITION Are you ready to show the world your horsemanship skills and earn some cash in the process? Applications are now being accepted for Equine Affaire’s popular allbreed Versatile Horse & Rider Competition – aka “VHRC” – that will take place on Friday, April 13th, in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. A select group of horse and rider teams will tackle a challenging



obstacle/trail course in this timed and judged race for $5500 in cash prizes and the coveted title of 2018 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion. The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is now in its eighth year at Equine Affaire. As Eugenia Snyder, Equine Affaire’s founder and President explained, “It’s a challenging test of horsemanship for those who choose to put their skills to the test, and it attracts some pretty amazing contestants. The event has become really popular for both the contestants and Equine Affaire attendees because it’s fun, fast-paced and unpredictable.” Admission to watch the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is included in the general admission cost to Equine Affaire, providing just one more reason to travel to the 2018 Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH. Win $5,500 in cash and more! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants with the first place team receiving $2,500 and the title of Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion and the second, third, and fourth place teams receiving $1,750, $1,000, and $250 respectively. Ribbons will be presented to the top 10 teams, and additional awards will be announced prior to the event. All awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race on Friday afternoon. Who can compete? The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is open to all riders age 18 years and older and horses of all breeds and disciplines. Horse breeds as diverse as Quarter Horses, TBs, Appaloosas, Morgans, Norwegian Fjords, Rocky Mountain Horses, Warmbloods, and Gypsy Vanners have participated successfully in past events demonstrating that the comp-etition is truly “all breed” in its nature. A maximum of only 25 horse/rider teams will be preselected to compete based on appli-cation materials submitted, and all horse and rider teams will compete against each other. There are no “divisions” based on gender or age. The competition course. The VHRC course will be made up of 12-13 obstacles and patterns set in the 90’ x 212’ arena of the Ohio Expo Center coliseum. The obstacles may include jumping over or through structures, backing through a pattern, pole bending and/or roll backs, gait changes, various gymkhana games, ground tying, working gates, and riding over or through difficult or spooky objects. How the competition is to be judged. The WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs EQUINE AFFAIRE’S VHRC, continued horsemanship performance of each contestant will be judged on each obstacle. Performance points will be awarded on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the rider’s horsemanship, the horse’s attitude, and the team’s overall performance. Horses and riders will be required to complete the course within a given time. Any contestant who fails to meet this time limit will be disqualified. Ride times will be translated into points, and the team with the highest overall point score will be the winner. Van Hargis will serve as this year’s judge, and Warwick Schiller will provide obstacleby-obstacle commentary. Are you and your horse ready to compete? To obtain all of the details on the VHRC and an entry form, visit, click on the Ohio event and “Participate” links to access the VHRC page. You may also contact Beth Volpe at or by calling (740) 845-0085 ext. 103. The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350 and includes stabling from Thursday to Saturday and 3 days of admission to Equine Affaire. Applications and support materials will be accepted by Equine Affaire through February 15th. They will be reviewed by the management of Equine Affaire, which will select the final contestants for the competition and notify contestants by March 2nd. Just want to watch? Come and cheer on the contestants as their horses succeed at some obstacles and fall short at others. You can also learn a lot by watching the different approaches that outstanding horses and riders take in tackling the same obstacles. Be sure to visit for everything you need to know to attend the 2018 Equine Affaire – North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering – on April 12-15 including details on all of the top quality clinicians and presenters; the clinic, seminar, and demo schedule; a list of trade show exhibitors; ticket information; and details on discounted rates at Equine Affaire’s convenient host hotels.

INTERSCHOLASTIC EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF CHUCK DEVENDRA The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce the addition of sales management professional, Chuck DeVendra into the newly created General Sales Representative position. Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. DeVendra’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Sales and Marketing office in establishing partnerships and collaborating with sponsors, vendors, and donors outside of the equestrian industry throughout the United States. About Chuck DeVendra: DeVendra is a broadcast sales management professional with over 30 years of sales and management experience. He has demonstrated success driving multi-million-dollar revenue and market share growth while leading sales teams to deliver record levels of performance. Prior to coming to the IEA, DeVendra served as the General Sales Manager with WCHM-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Other experience includes Director of Sales for WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio; General Manager for The Ohio News Network; General Sales Manager for WTSPTV, Tampa, Florida; General Manager for WKEF/WRGT-TV Dayton, and Vice President of Sales for WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH. In addition to his vast experience and success in sales management, DeVendra has also served as a Board Member with many nonprofit organizations including: Life Care Alliance, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Hannah Neil Foundation, and The Capital Square Advisory Board. DeVendra is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University About IEA: Now in its 16th year, the IEA has more than 13,600 middle and high school student-riders across the United States riding Hunt Seat and Western. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for Happy New Year! a rider to own a horse because the IEA ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018 (24)

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USDF ANNOUNCES ADULT AMATEUR MUSICAL FREESTYLE AWARDS The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce the new Adequan®/USDF Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards. These awards are designed to recognize adult amateur riders competing in musical freestyle, and will first be awarded in the 2018 competition year. Awards will be given at the following levels; First, Second, Third, Fourth, Intermediate I, and Grand Prix, with the champion and reserve champion at each level receiving a commemorative award, presented at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention. USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch stated, "USDF continues to look for ways to support adult amateur riders, and recognize them for their accomplishments in the competition arena. With adult amateur participation growing nationally, these new awards seemed like the perfect opportunity to provide well-earned recognition of their success." For complete award requirements, as well as a list of all other USDF award and recognition opportunities, visit the USDF website, reference the 2018 USDF Member Guide, or email the USDF office at About the USDF: Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit, email or call 859.971.2277. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


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Unconventional Equine Careers by Shelby Agnew Not every horse person wants to become an equine veterinarian or trainer, but many still desire a career that involves horses. There is a vast amount of options; it just depends on what fits each person. Some unconventional equine careers consist of equine marketing, lobbying, farm and breeding management, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, dentistry and rehabilitation therapy. Marketing is the promotion of a product or service through market research and advertising while analyzing price and demand along with competition. Equine marketing follows this description, the job is just more specific. Equine marketers seek out well-known companies to sponsor horse shows in addition to working with popular riders to encourage a product or service. Their job can also include publishing ads in magazines and on web-sites or planning a commercial for a product, service, stud, or horse farm. Similar to general marketing, this career still requires at minimum, an Associate's Degree, but most obtain a Bachelor's Degree and complete internships relevant to their desired business area. Freelance equine marketers can have a varied work environment with more experience and are usually able to have more flexibility compared to those working for one company. Some tasks may have to take place at a barn or horse show for data, photos, or videos. Any marketing career calls for good communication and analytical skills, creativity, cooperation, public speaking, tact, money sense, and an understanding of the market. Equine marketers should possess each of these traits as well as a desire to work with horses and be at least somewhat equine savvy. Their salary depends largely on where they are working. For example, an equine marketer is more likely to find work in big horse states such as Texas or Kentucky, rather than Michigan. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for market research analysts was $62,560 in 2016. For a full time equine marketer, their salary is likely to be lower, but in states such as Texas, the cost of living is less than other states. Although this career has a limited job market, this job is well suited for those that want to work in business while still being connected with horses. Lobbyists work to influence government policies and decisions in an organized way. Equine lobbyists specifically promote passage of bills that impact the horse sector. Many work for the American Horse Council (AHC) who strive to ensure that federal officials understand “the economic, agricultural, sporting and recreational importance of the horse industry,” (American Horse Council). Others may work for big show associations that need lobbyists at Washington, such as the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) or the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA). It is most common for aspiring lobbyists to complete government or agency internships and achieve a Bachelor's Degree in political science, journalism, or law. Any lobbyist organizes and attends meetings for conferences or committee hearings. Additionally, they meet with the public and offer advice to clients while communicating with government officials. Lobbyists oftentimes write press releases, articles, newsletters, and reports. Besides possessing a passion for horse welfare, equine lobbyists should have public speaking, communication, research and analytical skills along with the ability to be cooperative and judicious. Their salary also depends on their ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

state and organization they work for. The Bureau of Labor Statistics displays that public relations specialists earn an average annual wage of $63,320 in Texas, $53,200 in Kentucky, and $61,140 in Michigan. Like marketing, equine lobbyists likely earn a salary on the lower end of the pay scale. This career is a good fit for those that enjoy both politics and horses and want to create an impact for the well-being of these animals through government legislation. Farm managers have the responsibility to oversee an entire facility, which entails equine care, maintaining the farm, and supervising employees. They are in charge of choosing any equine service provider – everything from trainers, feed suppliers, farriers, veterinarians, and breeders. Farm managers oftentimes decide the type of feed and what horses to sell and breed in addition to keeping track of each horse's training process. They ensure that the facility and its barn equipment is in proper condition while maintaining a budget for every aspect of the farm. Managers could be in charge of training, riding, or show horse stables, hospitals, and breeding farms. Despite a college education not being required, it is encouraged to complete an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree. It is common for trainers with a degree to have a major or minor in farm management in case they can no longer school horses. Most managers acquire their position from working their way up at a farm by gaining experience. They should be willing to perform any tasks no matter the weather conditions and possible overtime. Equine farm managers should enjoy being around horses and be highly familiar with all forms of their care. They should also have good communication skills and knowledge of computers to efficiently keep track of the entire farm. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average salary for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was $66,360 in 2016. Those working in Texas or Kentucky are more likely to find work, but competition could be higher. Farm management is for those with a passion for the business and organizational side of an equine facility. Breeding managers are similar to farm managers, just specialized to the reproduction of the horses through live cover or embryo transfers. They decide which horses would be a suitable match for the chosen mares or studs for the best possible outcome by focusing on genetics. Those specifically in charge of broodmares oversee their entire care, including the well-being of the foals, weanlings, and yearlings. Those specifically in charge of stallions choose which mares would be a good cross to ensure that the stud's reputation remains intact. Like farm managers, college education for breeding managers is not required, but still recommended. At least a Bach(26)


they must apply and pass ACCC written and clinical examinations. Applicants will later receive three-year certification by the ACCC/AVCA based on fulfillment of all requirements and have to submit re-certification requirements before the end of the expiration year. Along with keeping digital files of their patients, equine chiropractors can have similar work environments and personalities as acupuncturists. They must be sensitive to the horse's needs and take caution to ensure that their hands do not get hurt. Like acupuncture, chiro-practic is an additional service that certified veterinarians can execute, possibly increasing their salary. Equine chiropractors likely earn at least $67,520, the 2016 average salary for human chiro-practors. This is another hands-on career for veterinarians wanting to expand their value. Equine massage entails increasing circulation, relaxing muscles, alleviating tension, and developing a horse's range of motion. Jennifer Hanneghan of Peno Creek Equine Massage discusses that her hands - on techniques “range from stretching, sports massage, range of motion, soft tissue mobilization and positioning exercises, as well as focal point work (stress and trigger points).” These methods help horses reach their full potential, so they no longer feel sore or uncomfortable. Hanneghan recounts that there are different laws to become equine massage therapists depending on the state. Since Michigan does not require schooling, she stresses that back-ground, education, and reference checks are crucial before hiring a massage therapist. The work environment for this career deals with every element of weather. Hanneghan reports that she works with “cold and heat, dust and mud, wet and dry, and of course, horse manure.” Equine massage therapists must be able to pick up on any soreness issue a horse may have. They may see or feel a problem with the horse's muscles that the owner, vet, or chiropractor cannot. Moreover, massage therapists should properly communicate with veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, and owners who all have an impact on the horse's well-being. Hanneghan works with vets and chiropractors who frequently refer the owners to her, suggesting that she can help a horse with a dropping shoulder, difficulty picking up a lead, flinching while being saddled, or even sudden behavior problems such as pinning ears, bucking, rearing, or refusing to move forward. There is no concrete salary, this job is still growing and gaining awareness, but Hanneghan recites that she has seen hourly rates in Michigan range from $50-$100, while other states such as Kentucky and Florida can have higher rates. She comments that equine massage therapists should focus on their market and exper-ience/education level to find the price that clients are comfortable with. This career can be rewarding for those with knowledge of the horse's muscular system and want to help equine athletes perform at their top level.

elor's in equine reproduction or science would provide an advantage for those planning to operate a breeding farm. This career involves computer work, as well as duties outside in a barn among various weather conditions. Breeding managers should be interested in the science behind breeding and be able to communicate with the owners and other managers of each horse. There is no general salary for this career since it is not widely known, but they likely earn comparable wages to a farm manager. Equine breeding management fits those who are more nurturing and enjoy the genetics that shape the future horse industry. Acupuncture is a growing form of equine care that many owners are still learning about. Dr. Crystal DeWitt, an equine veterinarian, dentist, and acupuncturist in training, describes this career as “part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine, which is a tradition of health and well-being based on 'Qi' or life energy. It is an ancient concept that considers the body a small part of the entire universe. Acupuncture hopes to achieve wellness by balancing Qi and clearing stagnation or excess from the body.” To achieve this process, fine needles are placed on certain points of the body, similar to the way it is performed on people. Dewitt discusses that any horse can benefit from this wellness program, whether or not they have any pain or illness. She mentions that there are multiple institutes for veterinarians to become trained or certified in acupuncture. She was trained at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida and is now in the process of completing certification which requires a written case study and 30 hours of internships with someone who is certified. An equine acupuncturist travels to the places that the horses live where they may deal with extreme weather, high end barns, or just “a pasture with a small shed and no utilities.” Like other vets, DeWitt has a clinic facility that she recommends clients bring their horses to in the case that their own facility is dangerous or difficult to work in. Resembling traditional vets, acupuncturists should be able to remain level-headed despite stressful situations and have an understanding of animal biology, a strong work ethic, and a compassion for the horses and owners. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for veterinarians was $88,770 in 2016, but DeWitt points out that salaries for equine acupuncturists are dependent of country location and the amount of work someone is willing to put in. Plus, acupuncture is a service that veterinarians can add to their job abilities. This career would be a valuable asset for veterinarians looking to administer more services to care for clients' horses. Equine chiropractors manipulate precise areas of the body to relieve pain and gain range of motion. With their hands, they adjust the horse's joints and vertebrae to lessen pain, resulting in an increase in performance. By working with a vet, chiropractors may obtain xrays and medical history in addition to watching the horse's movements in order to provide the necessary readjust-ments. Routine follow-ups and therapeutic exercises may be required depending on the horse's health. Many equine chiropractors attain certification through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). For this program, aspiring chiropractors must first be either a licen-sed chiropractor doctor or a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. Then, they must attend and pass an AVCA Education Committee approved animal chiropractic program and contact the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the AVCA to be sent an Examination Candidate Handbook. After, ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018



Each of these careers will continue to grow in the equine industry. The stigma that horses are simply livestock is disappearing. Instead, these animals are seen as family members that need additional forms of care such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic. These methods were hardly heard of just decades ago. Since the industry is expanding, there is more reason for lobbyists to advocate for welfare at Washington. Furthermore, the number of ranches is rising and calling for more managers and people to market them. Moreover, horses will unfortunately continue to get hurt, requiring people to rehabilitate them into better lives. There is an endless amount of options for anyone looking into a career with horses, the field is not limited. Contact Information Dr. Crystal DeWitt with Don Ryker & Associates 1344 S Hadley Road, Ortonville, MI 48462, (248) 627-2815 Jennifer Hanneghan, Peno Creek Equine Massage, LLC Email: Contact the author at

Equine dentistry is the care and maintenance of the horse's teeth; they need a dentist just like people. DeWitt expresses that “the most basic level of dentistry involves teeth 'floating' to keep the teeth in proper alignment for chewing and processing food as well as ensuring bits can be used comfortably in a horse's mouth. More advanced dentistry involves extractions, filling defects, and sometimes orthodontic work.” She adds that although veterinary school teaches the basics of dentistry, one should pursue supplementary experience and training if they wish to specialize. DeWitt addresses that “There are several options for training in equine dentistry to people other than veterinarians, but when dealing with sedative drugs and pain control, a licensed veterinarian is required to be involved by state and federal laws.” Like any other medical career, this job requires extensive schooling in order to be properly certified. Some equine dentists could work in hospitals, but they more commonly travel from barn to barn for their patients unless a client needs to bring their horse to the vet's facility. Besides having a complex understanding of the horse's mouth, equine dentists must be able to remain calm and have a critical attention for detail. Since dentistry is usually part of a veterinarian's program, the median salary is still about $88,770. This career broadens the services equine veterinarians can offer, usually making the extra training worth it.

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Equine rehabilitation therapists work to heal horses that have been emotionally and/or physically damaged. They usually work in hospitals where they plan a horse's nutrition plan and administer first aid and several methods of therapy. The horse may undergo types of hydrotherapy, massage, ultrasounds, hand walking, or balance exercises. Some horses are former athletes who sustained a lifethreatening injury on the racetrack or in the arena. Many equine rehabilitation therapists obtain an advanced degree in physical therapy, equine exercise physiology, equine health and rehabilitation, or veterinary medicine before finishing internships and passing a possible state test in order to receive certification. They should have a large level of compassion and patience for the traumatized horses and an understanding for the owners that may also be stressed. These therapists should be strong with a calm demeanor and a vast knowledge of the horse's anatomy. Since this career is not well known, the median salary is not fully available; however, they could earn about an average human physical therapist's wages of $85,400, slightly less than a equine veterinarian. Equine rehabilitation therapy is a grueling, yet rewarding career for those who have a desire to repair the damage done to a horse's mind and body. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

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4-H TACK SWAP Saturday, March 17, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission $1 • 5 & Under Free Dealers Welcome • Door Prizes (must be present)

NEW LOCATION • ALL INDOORS Shadow Trailer World Michigan 8716 US 31N, Berrien Springs, MI 49103 Sponsored by the Berrien Co. 4-H Horse Leaders Association Early Registration (before February 28, 2018) One 8x10 $20, Two for $35. At The Door One 8x10 $30, Two for $45. MUST bring your own tables, hanging racks & chairs. Set-Up 11:30 a.m. | Clean-Up MUST be done by 5:00 p.m. Make checks payable to: Berrien County 4-H Horse Leaders Mail reservation/payment: Swap Meet, c/o Pam McCalebb 114 S. Detroit St., Buchanan, MI 49107

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Dressage Book Excerpt – Written by Douglas Puterbaugh FOUR Fear From time without beginning, man and horse have shared something in common: an ancient and deeply rooted emotion called fear. Fear is the brain’s response to danger. It’s the fight-or-flight response. Triggered by a powerful instinct for self-preservation, fear is a crucial reason why species survive despite dangers, both subtle and gross, in what philosopher Thomas Hobbes called a “state of nature,” where fear is constant, danger is ever present, and life is nasty, brutish, and short. However, while fear helps keep danger at bay, it can also be misappropriated. When fear asserts itself in circumstances that more credibly call for courage, the results are often failure. Fear is a deadly sin of dressage because it acts as a barrier to progress for both rider and horse: no one can perform at a high level when they’re anxious or nervous. When you’re anxious or fearful, your mind is disordered. Your thoughts are overwhelmed with feelings of failure and doom. Thought processes are chaotic and frenzied, and you’re unable to appraise an issue rationally or analytically. When fear takes over, your ability to focus narrowly on a goal is submerged beneath a swell of emotion. In such a state you can’t learn, let alone perform to your potential. Say a great poet is kidnapped and his captors demand – with a gun to his head – that he write them a poem. Chances are that whatever he comes up with will be far below his ability because he is anxious and unable to relax and concentrate fully. Likewise, when you’re afraid, you can’t relax or concentrate fully. Beudant said, “It’s the fear of drowning why man can’t swim as all other mammals do.” You aren’t thinking about the horse. You are out of the moment and can’t properly communicate your wishes. You’re focused on self preservation and thus can no longer think in the language of the horse. Because you’re unable to properly communicate your wishes to the horse, you unwittingly abdicate your role as herd leader. And once your horse feels your fear, he may also become fearful. His instincts for survival may kick in, as well, and he’ll ignore you, focusing instead on his own survival. The Physiology of Fear Physiologically, fear begins in the brain. Acting on information relayed by the eyes, ears, and other sensory organs, the brain responds to a threat by activating the sympathetic nervous system. Nerve impulses provoke the body’s glands to secrete adrenaline and other hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones produce changes to the body. Respiration increases, the heart beats faster. Blood pressure increases. The pupils dilate, allowing in more light and sharpening vision. Veins constrict, allowing an increase of blood flow to major organs. Digestion and other nonessential systems cease, allowing more energy for fast movement. Blood glucose levels increase, which together with adrenaline, cause the muscles to energize even further. Time seems to slow. Sweating increases. The mouth dries. All this is nature’s way to prepare the body to stand and fight, or to turn and run. Fear and the Rider If a horse bolts, you reflexively fear for your safety. Your adrenaline flows and your body tenses. Your muscles get stronger. Your grip ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

tightens on the reins and your legs press in on the horse. Your movements become quick and sharp. Some riders may even scream. All this only heightens fear in the horse (who is already frightened), and intensifies the fear in the rider (who is already alarmed). Mutual fears thus form a frightening dynamic in which horse and rider feed each other’s fear until panic results – and perhaps injury to the rider, the horse, or both. Like horses, humans have a natural and understandable fear of injury and death. But with humans, that’s just the start. People are also afraid of failure, afraid of criticism, afraid of public humiliation (not to mention needles, spiders, and public speaking, to name but a few). Being the product of a more highly evolved and sophisticated brain, human fear not only replicates many of the same fight-orflight responses of other animals, including the horse, but it invents new and insidious symptoms for us to feel. Among humans, fear is manifested in a variety of physical responses: It is anxiety, the chest-tightening but generalized fear for which there is no obvious cause or object. It is dread, the slow death, sickin-the-stomach feeling of butterflies you may experience prior to competing before a championship show. It is apprehension, the extreme reluctance you may feel before you practice with a highly accomplished trainer. Human fear can be both rational and irrational. Irrational fear includes a spectrum of mental disorders called phobias. Phobias are persistent and illogical fears of specific situations or objects. Papyrophobia, for example, the fear of paper, and somniphobia, the fear of sleeping, are just two of many dozens of documented phobias. There’s even a phobia of horses – equinophobia. But fear of horses is rarely the result of a phobia. On the contrary, fear is nearly always a prudent consideration based on rational concerns. Fear affects all riders, from the lowest level student to the best competition riders, and with good reason. Care has to be exercised around any large animal, and respect for horses is warranted simply by virtue of their size. Even a small horse is stronger than a large man, and an angry or frightened horse can kick with enough force to kill a human being. Horses can also run 25 miles an hour, a capability exploited by military trainers who for centuries trained them to crash through brigades of infantry soldiers armed with everything from swords and shields, to long rifles and sharpened pike poles. Fear and the Horse As a species, horses are non-discriminating skeptics, wary of (30)


horse. Subjection, familiarization, acclimatization, imprinting, sacking out, call it what you will – you should not try to get on a horse until he is absolutely calm to be around and you have established a means to return a horse to a calm, submissive state.

everything unfamiliar to them. As prey animals, they have evolved hair-trigger fear responses, and even in domesticated horses these instincts remain potent. This is especially true of a young horse, whose trust is tenuous and easily broken. It’s normal for a young horse to display fear by raising his head sharply when you touch or approach him. Less obvious is a young horse that comes above the bit when you’re riding him or when you want him to turn. Similarly, a horse that walks to the side when you try to lift his hind leg may also be displaying a certain level of fear or apprehension. Less ambiguous is the fear response of a panicked horse. A panicked horse is ruled only by his instincts. Like a deer in the headlights, his mind is operating at a primitive level, momentarily unreachable even by the most experienced rider. A panicked horse can’t listen to his rider. He’s no longer in the mind to be controlled, let alone trained. His instinct for self-preservation has kicked in, and at the point he panics, you could say he’s almost insane. It’s when a horse is in this state of mind (“blanked-out”) that most accidents and injuries occur, both to riders and to horses. The actions of a panicked horse may be mistaken for aggression, but the genesis of his behavior is more often fear and the overwhelming desire to escape perceived danger. Sometimes, though, it is aggression. A horse may bolt in anger when he perceives the rider’s demands as unreasonable; if he is sufficiently annoyed by the rider; or when his instinct to be with his equine companions is greater than the authority of the rider. It’s important to mention that all horse trainers try to establish a certain control over this tendency before they attempt to ride a

Douglas Puterbaugh has traveled and trained internationally, and has successfully taught many horses to the Grand Prix. He enjoys coaching his students at regional competitions and conducting clinics across the United States and Canada. Douglas is a USDF Gold Medalist, CDRA Certified Test Administrator and a USDF L Program Graduate. To order the book “The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage” , visit either or Read more about “The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage” in next month’s issue of Saddle Up! Magazine.



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Feeding Flaxseeds By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Do you feed your horse flaxseeds? You likely do. Good job! Flaxseeds are a wonderful source of fat, quality protein, water-soluble fiber, and have amazing health benefits. Read on and get all the facts about this excellent whole food. Flaxseeds are high in fat The type of fat is what makes them so special. What differentiates flaxseeds from other high fat foods is its fatty acid profile. Most of the fat in flaxseeds is in the form of two polyunsaturated fatty acids – linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Your horse requires them to be healthy. But his body is not capable of producing them (the same is true for you!). So, it is up to you to add them to his diet. Consequently, by definition, LA and ALA are referred to as essential fatty acids (EFAs). LA belongs to the omega-6 family of fatty acids and comprises 16% of flaxseed’s fatty acid content. Inside the horse’s cells, it is converted to arachidonic acid, which promotes the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins and eicosanoids. ALA is one of several omega-3 fatty acids and comprises 58% of flaxseed’s fat content. It has the opposite effect on inflammation – it reduces inflammation because it enters a different metabolic pathway, leading to the formation of an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, it has been suggested that this conversion rate of ALA to DHA is low. Nevertheless, the amount of DHA produced may be sufficient to maintain tissue function and may not be a concern unless the horse is experiencing significant amounts of inflammation. For example, horses suffering from arthritis, obesity, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, PPID, ulcers, allergies, muscle soreness, ligament/ tendon damage, and injuries, would likely benefit from adding DHA directly to the diet. Further discussion of fatty acid metabolism is complex and beyond the scope of this article. Suffice it to say, that the addition of these two EFAs is critical to your horse’s health. Furthermore, they need to be in the proper proportion to each other. What is the correct ALA to LA ratio and how much does your horse need? The ideal ratio of ALA to LA has not been formally established. It makes sense, however, to strive toward the ratio that naturally exists in pasture grasses. The average EFA level of grasses during warm growing seasons is 10 mg of ALA and 2.5 mg of LA per gram of dry matter. Therefore, this 4:1 ratio of ALA:LA is what horses would realistically consume in a wild setting. The requirement of these two fatty acids is also unknown. However, if we use 22 lbs (10 kg) of pasture dry matter as a realistic consumption amount, the horse would ingest, on average, 100 grams of ALA and 25 grams of LA. Since many healthy horses do well with far less, it is reasonable to assume that their requirement is not this high. However, it helps us to appreciate how important it is for the diet to contain more ALA than LA. Unfortunately, hay no longer contains appreciable levels of EFAs and most commercial feeds have an inverted ratio with more LA than ALA. Evaluate the ingredients in your feed The phrase “vegetable oil” on the ingredient label refers to soybean ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

oil. While soybean oil does have 7% ALA, it contains a whopping 54% in the form of LA. If you are relying on this feed to provide EFAs, it has an inverted ALA to LA ratio that potentially damages your horse’s health through excessive inflammation. The terms “flaxseed” and “linseed” can be used interchangeably. However, be cautious of flaxseed or linseed “meal.” This denotes a product that has had most of its fat content removed through crushing (known as expeller pressed). Therefore, the product does not provide sufficient EFAs. Look instead, for “ground” flaxseeds or linseeds. Flaxseeds have many health advantages Flaxseeds, as with any source of fat, aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K, as well as other fat soluble nutrients such as the increasingly popular turmeric (curcumin), boswellia, and resveratrol. Flaxseeds are also a terrific way to add protein, thereby boosting the diet’s overall protein quality. When you offer a variety of protein sources, your horse’s body has a large, varied, amino acid pool from which to choose for building and repairing tissues. Flaxseeds are low in sugar and starch (2.6%), making them safe for horses with insulin resistance, PPID (Cushing’s), and PSSM (Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy). They are high in fiber (47%) with a large amount of pectin and mucilage. These water-soluble fibers create a soothing gel inside the digestive tract. Flaxseeds are low in potassium, making them appropriate to feed to horses with HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease). But they really shine because of their EFA content. One ounce (28.4 grams) of flaxseeds contains 6 grams of ALA and 1.6 grams of LA (4:1 ratio). These offer amazing health benefits for: • immune function • joints and ligaments integrity • allergies to seasonal pollens and sweet itch (Culicoides hypersensitivity) • heart and blood vessel health • respiratory well-being • digestive function and gastrointestinal health • hair and hoof strength • energy needs for athletes • nervousness and behavior • tying up prevention • insulin resistance reduction (32)


Feeding directions Horses who are not accustomed to eating ground flaxseed do best when it is introduced slowly, over a 2 to 3 week period, to allow the hind gut bacterial population time to adjust. If your horse is getting at least 8 hours of fresh, healthy pasture during the growing seasons, you do not typically need to add any ground flaxseed, unless he is having health issues that would benefit from it. During cold seasons and hay based diets, I recommend the following amount of ground flaxseeds per day: For an adult, 1100 lb (500 kg) horse (adjust for smaller or larger breeds): • Maintenance, overweight: ¼ to ½ cup • Maintenance, of healthy weight: ½ to 1 cup • Maintenance, underweight: 1 cup to 1 ½ cups • Working or performing horses: 1 ½ to 2 cups For young and growing horses: • Foals do best with a creep feeding approach: ¼ cup • Yearlings and growing horses: ½ cup to 1 cup For full-sized (1100 lbs) adult horses with health conditions that warrant additional ground flaxseeds: • Feed 2 cups, up to 4 cups (480-960 ml). Adjust amount to less than 1 cup if the horse is overweight and is not exercising. • More than 2 cups per day should not be fed long term, but only until you see improvement. Then reduce to maintenance levels. Ponies, donkeys, and minis These animals are genetically predisposed toward becoming overweight and while dietary fat is important, it should be provided at more moderate levels than what you’d give to a full-sized horse. As with horses, EFAs must be in the diet because their bodies are not capable of producing them. Ground flaxseeds are worth adding in lesser amounts if the animal is not getting EFAs from pasture, supplements, or fortified feeds. Bottom line Essential fatty acids (EFAs) must be in the diet since they cannot be produced within the horse’s body. Pasture grazing during growing seasons offers plenty of EFAs. However, when hay is the primary forage source, EFAs must be supplemented. Ground flaxseeds offer an economical, palatable, and nutritious source of EFAs. About Dr. Getty 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 – buy the book there and have it inscribed by the author. Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon (; find print versions at other online retail bookstores as well.

A word about the lignan content in flaxseeds Flaxseeds are a rich source of lignans, plant chemicals that act similarly to estrogens in the body. They are found in the cell wall of many fiber-rich foods including berries, seeds, grains, nuts, and fruits. There are many studies to suggest that lignan metabolites provide health benefits due to their antioxidant and weak estrogenic activity, and may also reduce cancer risk. It has been suggested, however, that pregnant women should not over-consume flaxseeds. Relative to broodmares, there does not appear to be any reason to avoid feeding flaxseeds and can be nutritious in moderation. Nevertheless, I generally tend to rely on other sources of omega 3s, such as chia seeds and algal DHA during pregnancy. Whole or ground flaxseeds? Flaxseed oil? Whole flaxseeds are wasteful. Flaxseeds are tiny, and are not adequately chewed, leaving an intact outer hull. As a result, two things can happen: the hind gut bacteria can digest the fibrous hull, and ferment the seeds’ contents. This would provide energy for your horse, but nothing more, since the EFAs cannot be absorbed from the cecum and large colon; or the whole seeds may escape digestion altogether and end up in the manure. Ground flaxseeds provide the best bio-available source of EFAs. If you grind them yourself, limit the amount to two or three days’ worth and store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Exposure to light, heat, and moisture will trigger an oxidative rancidity reaction, making them not only unpalatable, but unsafe to feed. Oxidation of EFAs creates free-radicals, molecules that are chemically missing an electron and will seek to obtain one by damaging tissues throughout the body. Flaxseed oil is especially vulnerable to oxidation and starts to go rancid as soon as you let air into the bottle. Naturally occurring vitamin E is an antioxidant and will protect the EFAs from oxygen but will soon run out, leaving the fatty acids defenseless. Furthermore, the oil only provides fat, whereas the ground flaxseeds offer far more nutritive value. Is there cyanide in flaxseeds? Yes, but you would have to feed more than 2 lbs of raw flaxseeds for this to be a concern. Flaxseeds contain cyanogenic glucoside enzymes that, when activated by water, create cyanide gas. Your horse’s stomach acid denatures (inactivates) these enzymes. Hot water also renders them inactive, but boiling flaxseeds is not recommended because it destroys the EFAs. Soaking whole seeds or ground raw seeds in cold water will cause this gas to be released. So, when adding your own ground flaxseeds to a moistened meal, add them last and feed immediately. Or better yet, choose a commercially stabilized ground flaxseed product because the stabilization process exposes the ground flaxseeds to enough heat to inactivate these enzymes. Measuring ground flaxseeds can be confusing If your product’s directions are in “ounces” you must determine if they are describing “ounces by weight” or “ounces by volume.” For example, two ounces (by weight) of ground flaxseeds will fill a ½ cup measure (which is 4 fluid ounces in volume). In the directions here within, I give you volumetric amounts to make things easier to measure. For my international readers, 2 ounces by weight would be the same as 57 grams and would fill a 120-ml measure. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018



Mounted Archery in Michigan and the Midwest by Heather Grace | The domestication of the horse 5000 years ago has carried us through many miles, many labors, and many disciplines. Our partnership with the equine for transportation, labor, as hunters and warriors is nothing short of remarkable. Mounted archery, still a fairly new modern sport, has a rich tradition and history of over 2,000 years that spans the globe. In North America, our revitalized tradition is that of Native American Plains hunters and warriors. Across the globe, even further back, mounted archery originated with the Mongols and several other cultures throughout Eurasia . While horses as transport, and arrows as weaponry have been transformed in modern time to vehicles and bullets, the strength of our steeds and formidable art of primitive archery can never be replaced. In a world where technology seemingly connects while simultaneously dividing us from our rich history, many of us choose horseback archery. Today the sport is practiced in dozens of countries. You can compete with mounted archers across the globe without ever leaving your home course in an online international rank system. And you may also compete in person. The sport of mounted archery, founded in the U.S. in 2007 by Lukas Novotny, focused largely on representing the United States in international horseback competitions in places like Turkey, Korea, Poland and more. In the U.S., the sport had largely been fixed in the southwest throughout the last decade. It is only recently that it was established in the Midwest through marketing, outreach, training, events, and competitions sponsored by Midwest Mounted Archers and Michigan Mounted Archers, otherwise known as MMA; named after mixed martial arts and our Michigan and Midwest roots. Mounted archery is considered the mixed martial art of the equestrian world. MMA has hosted over a dozen mounted archery events in the last two years – the first to do so, bringing mounted archery to the masses in Michigan, Indiana and more, training aspiring mounted archers from five states to grow the sport safely and ethically. MMA has also created the first progression of training for those not only aspiring to play and compete, but to teach in the field, utilizing best practices of leading organizations. Since mounted archery uses live ammo, we utilize the safety practices of national organizations with demonstrated success across industries of archery, horseback, and mounted archery. While we all learn archery on the ground and practice on the ground, the translation from ground to saddle is not without variation. Not only must you become an archer, but your horse must also accept the vibrations, sounds and feelings of a bow and arrow being carried and shot from the saddle, along with a quiver, and mistakes we all make along the way. The rider and horse must also be comfortable riding rein-less as you drop your reins when shooting. Your form when shooting a Korean course is typically a modified two-point, but there are more complicated shooting forms. And then there are multiple ways in which to draw, nock and release. The most widely ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

used by ranked and winning competitive mounted archers in the United States is thumb draw, which is said to be the most ancient form. However, those who come into horses and horseback archery as three fingered or “Mediterranean” release archers find it is easier to stay with what they know rather than learn another method. The divisions in the sport often center along these different practices as well as purposes. Some are mostly focused on national and international competition, others on recreation. MMA welcomes both, emphasizing safety, skills training, education, preservation, and performance. Even the bows used in horseback archery are different than traditional recurves. Horse-bows, as we call them, are shorter, lighter and have no shelf. There are as many variations on where one shoots as there are on form in riding and shooting. There are internationally standardized competitive tracks, field tracks, or 3D tracks. And now MMA is proud to have founded the first ever Mounted Archery Performance Team in the United States, combining the drill elements of martial arts, hunt and war across horseback cultures, to the modern sport of mounted archery. The MMA Performance Team will be doing demonstrations at the Michigan Horse Expo this coming March. We will also have a booth to share information and opportunities. You will find mounted archery clubs recently established in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and more. The overwhelming majority got their start with MMA. For MMA has hosted hundreds at Indiana's Hoosier Horse Fair for the first time ever in the Midwest in 2017, as well as training since 2016 in Michigan. If you would like to know which leaders have trained as ground instructors and mounted archery instructors through MMA, or schedule a demonstration, performance, or training, contact us. MMA maintains the highest standards in the industry for safety and training and we pride ourselves in being all breeds, all speeds, ensuring horsemen and horsewomen their trusty steed, whether they walk, trot or canter – can learn, train, and play in this ancient and modern art form. We are thrilled with the growth of the sport and will continue to support those whose safety and community standards include a commitment to horsemanship and sportsmanship both in and out of the saddle. Aim true, Heather Grace. About Heather Grace – Founder Mounted Archery in Midwest, USA Archery Level 2 Instructor, Founder of MMA (Midwest Mounted Archers and Michigan Mounted Archers). Find the MMA online at: (34)




American Horsemen Challenge Association – Page 36

Black Swamp Driving Club Page 36

Central MI Horseman’s Association – Page 37

Eastern Michigan Arabian Association – Page 37

Fort Custer Horse Friends Association - Page 38

Highland Trail Riders Association - Page 38

Holland Western Saddle Club Page 39

Ionia Horse Trails Association Page 39

M H DVA MI Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association – Page 40

Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association – Page 40

Michigan Horse Council Page 41

Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association - Page 42

Michigan & Midwest Mounted Archery – Page 42

Michigan Quarter Horse Association – Page 43

Michigan Trail Riders Association – Page 43

Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Association – Pg 44

Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association - Page 44

Proud Lake Trail Rider’s Association - Page 45

Shiawassee Trail Rider’s Association - Page 45

Yankee Springs Trail Rider’s Association - Page 46

Horse & Trail Riding Associations are an important part of a healthy equine economy! Please show your support and become a member of one, or more of your local associations today. Have a little extra time in your day? Why Not Volunteer! Our 2018 Membership Drive will be online January-December at: ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018



American Horsemen Challenge Association P.O. Box 350, Swartz Creek, MI 48473 • 810.730.0682 2018 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


Birth Date (Youth)



(please check one)

Lifetime Membership $500 Regular Membership $50 Youth Membership $25

Amateur/Novice: I have read the rules and regulations that govern the AHCA Amateur, and Novice status. I hereby affirm and agree to comply with the rules and regulations of the AHCA as written and contained in the AHCA office rule book, as it is updated by necessity. If for any reason I become ineligible to exhibit in above Approved Amateur or Novice classes, I understand it is my duty to voluntarily and immediately notify AHCA. I acknowledge that for violation of AHCA rules, I may be subject to disciplinary action and/or revocation of points and awards for my horse and myself.

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Release of Information: I hereby give the American Horsemen Challenge Association permission to use my name and/or photographs and/or videos in publication of point standings, awards, or other club activities.

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WARNING: Under the Michigan Equine Liability act an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from the inherent risk of the equine activity. I understand that horseback riding will expose me to above normal risks. These risks include collisions, obstacles, variation in terrain and surface/subsurface conditions, and unexpected actions of a horse, such as kicking, biting, rearing, bucking, striking, rolling, bolting, or running away from danger by trotting, cantering or galloping. I also understand that I will be exposed to inherent risks of equine activity including but not limited to the unpredictability of an equine reaction to cattle, other animals, and sudden movement of people, sounds, and unfamiliar objects. I further understand that horses have a propensity to behave in ways that may result in injury, harm or death to a person on or around it. I agree that I assume and acknowledge these and other dangers that are inherent in the activity of horseback riding. I agree that I am responsible for my own safety. I agree that I have my own medical coverage. I agree that the AHCA, their members, employees, and agents will not be liable if I suffer personal injury or death, except if caused by their gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct. I agree not to bring any claims, demands or lawsuits against AHCA, their members, employees or agents. I agree that if AHCA, their members, agents or employees are sued by anyone else because of claimed conduct of myself, I will indemnify and hold them harmless for all damages and costs, including reasonable actual attorney fees. I agree that the consideration for this release to be binding on me, my heirs and assigns that I am permitted to participate in AHCA activities or ride on property rented or in use for events. I specifically affirm and agree that, this release constitutes a wavier of liability beyond the provisions of the Michigan Equine Activity Liability Act 1994 P.A. 351. I agree that Michigan law governs the interruption and enforceability of this release. I acknowledge that I am eighteen years of age or older, and I am signing this release on my own behalf and on the behalf of my minor children, our heirs, representatives and assigns.

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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB Interested in driving your equine? The Black Swamp Driving Club serves members in Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan and Northeast Indiana Fun club drives, great potlucks, education concerning driving safety, equine care, harness and carriages.

2018 Membership Application Individual and Family Memberships are $25.00 Name Address City





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For more information, visit the BSDC website: Send membership form and check to: Susan Murray, Treasurer 558 East Twp. Road 58, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018




YOUTH (18 & under as of 1/1/2018) $5.00 per youth membership ADULT (19 & over as of 1/1/2018) $15.00 per adult membership

* Make checks payable to: C.M.H.A. Mail to: C.M.H.A. Membership c/o Katie Hartsuff 3846 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, MI 48817

NEW FOR 2018 – Back Numbers: All C.M.H.A. members are required to have an assigned back number to show and earn year end points, a different back number for each horse/rider combination. Beginning in 2018, C.M.H.A. will be purchasing back numbers 1-599 ONLY, if you are a member and want to use a back number between 600-999 you may provide your own. Each member will receive one set of two (2) back numbers with their membership if the chosen back number is 1-599. The reserved back numbers will be available in the show office, at the first show attended. Any questions or for more information, contact Katie Hartsuff at

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HORSE INFORMATION: *Please print clearly the following information – horse name (as it will be entered in the data base, announced, and printed on awards), year the horse was foaled, breed, and color of horse (ex: bay, overo/tobiano, buckskin, etc), the back # you are requesting. If showing more than one horse, you will need additional back #’s, one per horse/rider combination. HORSE NAME





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Eastern Michigan Arabian Association 2018 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NEW RENEWAL Membership no. if known

YOUTH $20 Consists of one person, 17 yrs & under INDIVIDUAL $30 Consists of one person, 18 yrs & older $40 Consists of 3 family members residing at the same address FAMILY

(Family Membership does not include trainers, friends or anyone not living at the address provided. Proof of home address may be required, and may include but is not limited to drivers license or school I.D. Additional children may be added for $10 each.)



EMAA I – May 18-20 Ingham County Fairgrounds ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP EMAA II – June 22-24 MSU Pavilion, East Lansing PHONE EMAIL COUNTY EMAA III – July 13-15 ADDITIONAL MEMBERS – FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS ONLY (Residing at the same address) Shiawassee County Fairgrounds EMAA IV – September 7-9 NAME BIRTH DATE Ingham County Fairgrounds NAME BIRTH DATE November 3 NEWSLETTERS and important updates are delivered electronically via email. Please visit to opt in. EMAA Year End Banquet NAME


MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT To apply and pay by check: • Make checks payable to: EMAA • Mail completed form with payment to: EMAA c/o Sharon Murch, 2640 Curdy Rd., Howell, MI 48855 Email: ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

To apply and pay online: • Go to and select Memberships. Complete the form and click submit. • You will be directed to our payment page, and then to the secure PayPal payment site. Email:




Come ride some of the most beautiful trails in Southern Michigan!

Fort Custer Horse Friends Association


Single $20/year

• Over 20 Miles of Horse Trails • 6 Creek Crossings • Separate from Bikes

Family $25/year

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Grand Rapids

I hereby release FCHFA from any and all liabilities for personal loss/injury and/or property damage of any kind. I accept all responsibility for myself, family members and personal property.

Mail completed form with check made payable to: FCFHA FCHFA / Toni Beth Hess 20875 Division Drive, Marshall, MI 49068

DATES TO REMEMBER May 17-20, 2018 Annual Spring Equestrian Campout


Lansing Kalamazoo

Ann Arbor

Fort Custer Recreation Area is a 3,033 acre State Recreation Area located between Battle Creek and Kalamzoo, MI

September 13-16, 2018 Annual Fall Equestrian Campout

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS Association Dedicated to preserving & expanding the presence of equine activity at the Highland Recreation Area

2018 Membership Application Membership is for one year and expires each year on December 31st New Member

$15.00 Per Household 1 Year

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HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS Association (HTRA) Mail signed applications to:

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WAIVER: “I hereby release the Highland Trail Riders Association, its membership and officers, of any and all liabilities resulting in physical injury, property damage or personal loss to myself or my family members in connection with any activities sponsored or organized by the Highland Trail Riders Association. I realize that horses can behave unpredictably and I agree to participate in these activities fully aware of the potential risks involved.”


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Total Paid Make checks payable to:

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Joyce Love 1795 Stonecrest Milford, MI 48381

HTRA EVENTS May 18, 2018 September 7, 2018 Organized Camping Weekends Fridays & Saturdays Pre-registration required WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Come show with us in 2018! HWSC Show Grounds: 3856 61st Street Holland, MI 49423 Email: HWSC is an all-breed open horse show. Classes include Halter, Showmanship, Western and English, and Extreme Mountain Trail. Members accumulate points at each show towards annual awards that are given at our HWSC Annual Banquet each fall. Points are accumulated after your membership dues have been paid. A member must show in at least three shows and complete their work/show credits to qualify for year end awards. Everyone is invited to join the competitive, family-oriented fun! For more information about HWSC, you can check us out online at or on Facebook.

2018 SHOW DATES May 12th • May 19th • June 9th • July 21st (double judged) August 4th • (Rain Date August 18th) 2018 YEAR END AWARDS plus Two Saddles: High Point Adult & High Point Youth (you do not have to be a member for saddles) AGE GROUPS • 13 & Under Walk Trot • 14 & Over Walk Trot • 14 & Under • 15-18 • 19-34 • 35 & Over 5 Sweepstakes Classes with Added Money • HWSC has High Point and Reserve High Point Awards at Every Show • HWSC Offers Trail Classes and Ranch Riding Pattern Classes

Visit us online at for complete membership information.

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION (I.H.T.A.) 2018 Membership Application Membership (please check one) q New q Renewal q Single $15.00 q Family $20.00 Name









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Names and ages of minor Family Members

WAIVER AND RELEASE: I HEREBY RELEASE Ionia Horse Trails Association of any and all liabilities for personal loss/injury and/or property loss/damage of any kind. I accept all responsibility for myself, family members, and personal property. Signature


Please make checks payable to: I.H.T.A. and mail to: I.H.T.A. SPECIAL INTERESTS c/o Ionia State Rec Area, 2880 W. David Hwy., Ionia, MI 48846 Please check all interests q Assist with Events

Renewals can be paid to PayPal: q Work Bees/Trail Projects by noting the primary members name, family or single, and q Board Member “send to a friend.” Fees stated above. q Committee Member ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018






MICHIGAN GREAT LAKES QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION POINTS ACCUMULATE WHEN MEMBERSHIP IS RECEIVED Any Membership received after July 31st will not count towards year end rewards

2018 Membership Application

Membership Type: (please check one) q Individual $20.00 q Spouse $10.00 q Lifetime $100.00 q Youth $10.00 (12 & over) q Youth $8.00 (11 & under) Age determined as of Jan. 1 of current year Member Name


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Membership coverage includes the state of Michigan, the UP and all bordering states and countries

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Please mail application and payment to: MGLQHA Nancy Sinko | 4400 W Jackson Road | Alma, MI 48801 Email:

FOR OFFICE USE: Amt. Paid Cash

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MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION 2018 Membership Application Membership Type New



Annual Dues: $30.00 for Individual or Family


Please send check payable to: MHDVA and this form to:

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Linda Aloyo 4123 S. Portsmouth Rd. Bridgeport, MI 48722 Membership questions can be directed to: Linda Aloyo (810) 397-1586

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MICHIGAN HORSE COUNCIL Membership Application Calendar Year Membership January 1 – December 31

Michigan Horse Council is organized for the following purposes: a.

To provide individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the State of Michigan; To educate and inform individuals and organizations through all available media, education programs, and cooperation; To advocate the conservation and promotion of the horse industry and community

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Benefits of Individual Membership in Michigan Horse Council • •

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Receive a monthly email newsletter, keeping you informed of events that are happening in the state, current health issues, pending legislation affecting the equine industry, trail issues, and more. Being a member of an organization that is working to promote the Michigan Horse Industry - assimilate information about and promote all aspects of the equine industry in the state, including all breeds and disciplines, including trail riding and racing. A chance to attend monthly, open board meetings (except during June, July and August), many with informational speakers. Having the opportunity to become a member of one of the standing committees of the Michigan Horse Council, including Communications, Membership, Legislative/Land Use, Expo, Special Events (all events in which MHC participates, including Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show, 4-H Horse Jamboree, MSU Autumnfest and more); Education; Horse Sports (including 3 subcommittees: Trail, Exhibition, Competition) and Philanthropy. Being associated with people who are working towards the enhancement, safety, preservation and enjoyment of both the horse and owner, whatever their individual interests may involve. Reduced individual membership in the American Horse Council with all benefits, $40 with coupon (normally $50)

Classes Of Memberships –

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$15.00 Basic Individual: All of the above benefits $35.00 Enhanced Individual: All of the above benefits, plus $1,000,000 excess liability insurance through Equisure Insurance

$35.00 Basic Family: (2 adults, all children under 18) All of the above. $60.00 Enhanced Family: All of the above benefits, plus $1,000,000

JOIN THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL! Visit to join *Use discount code: SHC10 to receive $10 Off a Legislative Membership (*normally $50) Disclaimer: coupon valid only for members of state horse councils.

Not transferable. Only one coupon valid per transaction. 2018 membership only. excess liability insurance through Equisure Insurance $35.00 Business Membership: Open to all businesses engaged in any type of horse related activity, and/or who support the goals and purposes of the Michigan Horse Council. Liability insurance not included.



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Return with check payable to: Michigan Horse Council Michigan Horse Council Membership P.O. Box 22008 Lansing, MI 48909-2008 ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018


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MICHIGAN INTERSCHOLASTIC HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION MIHA is a non-profit organization providing interscholastic equestrian competitions for over 2,000 riders/grooms from over 300 schools. Teams are organized based on their school affiliation – private, public, charter, alternative, Christian, online and home school students are welcome to compete. For information on how to start a team or to find out if your school has a team, visit:

Over $10,000 in Scholarships will be awarded in 2018! Junior division competition occurs from April through July with riders/grooms in grades 5th-8th. High School riders/grooms in 9th-12th grades compete in district, regional and state competition August through October.

H 2017 State Champions H Oxford (Div A), Ludington (Div B), Williamston (Div C), Sacred Heart Academy (Div D) The logo competition highlights our riders/grooms artistic creativity each spring. Logo winners’ artwork is displayed on various media types and apparel.

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2017 Logo Contest Winner: Alaynah Pelton, Reed City – D8




MICHIGAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 278, Greenville, MI 48838 • 616-225-8211 • Fax: 616-225-8313

www.MIQUARTERHORSE.COM MQHA Membership Application* q New

q Renewal

Youth Date of Birth ( / / ) q Individual (12 months) Adult q Individual (12 months) q Adult with Spouse q Addition of Spouse (to existing membership) Other q Farm, Ranch, Corporate or Partnership (12 months) q Individual Lifetime

A few benefits of your MQHA Membership: • Nearly 50 AQHA Shows Annually • Youth World Show Team & Youth Congress Team • Stallion Service Sale • Michigan Quarter Horse Breeders Futurity • Queen Contest • Various Clinics • Annual Convention and Year End Awards

$30 $45 $65 $20 $45

Please make checks payable to MQHA and mail to:


MQHA, P.O. Box 278, Greenville, MI 48838 For office use only:



Spouse (if applicable)

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Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. 2018 Membership Application New memberships are $35. Renewal memberships are $25 until March 31, 2018 and then will be $35. A Lifetime Membership is $440. All memberships are “Family Memberships.” If you are single, a membership includes just you and any children. Family Memberships consist of a husband, wife and children under the age of 18. The membership year is from January 1st to December 31st. Maps and Guide books are included with the New Member fee. If you would like to purchase the maps and guide book only, please remit $10. No bicycles are allowed on this trail. We are a non-profit organization, therefore, all membership income over and above expenses is used to improve and promote the Michigan Riding-and-Hiking Trail.

Membership must be in effect for 30 days prior to ride date. Name:

Would you prefer to receive the newsletter by mail? o Yes Would you print your newsletter from the MTRA website to save printing and postage? o Yes Would you want the newsletter emailed to you? If yes, please list your email address below:

Address: City:



Phone Number: Children’s Names/Ages:

Please mail check with completed application to:

Michigan Trail Riders Assoc., Inc. P.O. Box 72, Ovid, MI 48866

Date: New:


Jan Wolfin (989) 723-1425 Secretary





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2018 Membership Application

Membership Type: (please check one) Single q Family q q 1 Year Single $20 q 2 Year Single $35 q 3 Year Single $50 q 1 Year Family $30 q 2 Year Family $45 q 3 Year Family $60 Membership is for the calendar year and will expire December 31st

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OREA – Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Association



Family Memberships Only: children’s names/ages please 1) 2)


RELEASE AND WAIVER: I HEREBY RELEASE Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Association (OREA), its members and officers, and the State of Michigan any and all liability resulting in physical injury, death, property damage or personal loss to myself or my family members in connection with any activities with OREA and/or the Ortonville Recreation Area. I understand that equine activities/work bees may be risky and dangerous by nature. I take full responsibility for those risks to myself and my family members. This Release and Waiver constitutes a waiver of liability beyond the provisions of the Michigan Equine Liability Act, 1994 PA 351. ALL ADULT MEMBERS MUST SIGN THIS RELEASE.



Spouse Signature


Please make check payable to: Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Assoc. Mail to: OREA Membership • 3090 Papadelis Court • Oxford, MI 48371

How did you hear about OREA?

Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association Making a difference for the future at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area

2018 Membership Application Membership is for one year and expires each year on June 1st. Please indicate which membership you are applying for.

o Individual $10 o Family (includes children under 18) $15 o Business $35 Name Please make checks payable to:

Spouse’s Name

Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association (PLHA)

Children’s Names under 18

Mail signed application to:

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Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Assoc. Attn: Membership Coordinator P.O. Box 798 Highland, MI 48375


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Stay Found – Getting lost on a ride is easy to do. A bit of fog, a path you thought was another trail, an engaging conversation – all can lead you astray. When (yes, it happens to everyone) you become lost, don't panic. Instead, remember the acronym STOP (Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan.) These four simple steps will help you stay on track and return to camp in time for dinner. Yes, giving your horse “his head” may get you back to the trailer. We've all done it. Unfortunately, it may also get you even more lost than you were before, or he may choose a route that is far too difficult for you to stay mounted. Consider those thoughts before you trust your horse to get you back to the trailer safely. Give it up – Give your horse some extra rein when you are going up or down slopes so he can use his head and neck to balance himself. As you go uphill, lean slightly forward and keep your legs aligned below your hips. This will help keep you balanced while also freeing up the horse's hindquarters. When going down a steep slope, lean back slightly and put your feet in front of you. One way to think of this is to keep your body parallel with the surrounding trees. This will prevent you from tumbling forward over your horse's shoulders should he stumble. For more of my thoughts on trail riding and the world's largest guide to horse trails and camps, visit Have a happy and safe ride, Robert Eversole The 2018 TrailMeister clinic season is upon us! In January, I'll be doing two clinics in Washington State, then heading east to Tennessee for the Southern Equine Expo at the end of February. For more informtion on clinics visit

10 Tips for Happier Trail Rides by Robert Eversole, The TrailMeister It's time to leave the arena behind and head for the trails. Before you go, review this list of tips to make every trail ride as safe and enjoyable as possible. Athleticism for Yourself – Horse riding is physically challenging. To be a rider requires muscle strength, balance, flexibility, agility and overall body awareness. To be a passenger requires much less. Don't be a passenger. While it's not necessary to be a body builder to ride, dealing with an animal many times larger than yourself does require some physical presence. Athleticism for Your Horse (or mule) – If your animal is out of shape, please take the time to get it in condition for the trails. Any equine fitness program should start slowly, then gradually increase either distance or speed, but never both at the same time. Bug Off – Before you leave the barn, fill a small spray bottle with insect repellent and stash it in a saddle bag. A quick spritz can help keep the bugs at bay and you and your horse more comfortable. Be Prepared – Being prepared is not just for boy scouts. Trail riders need to be prepared for mishaps that are certain to happen. Besides a trail buddy, there are a few essential items that belong on every trail ride in case you encounter trouble on the trail. To ensure you have what you need to enjoy any ride or trip to the fullest, you can find a comprehensive checklist that will give you a good start at Print it off and keep it with you. Check the forecast – Get a weather forecast before your trip so you can properly outfit yourself and your horse. Have a plan for dealing with extreme weather conditions that may suddenly develop. uses a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) interface to generate five-day weather forecasts for precisely the area where I'll be riding. These results are far more accurate than traditional forecasts for the nearest town, which could be miles away and thousands of feet lower than a trail. Communicate – Talk with your riding buddy. No riding companion? Then at least carry a tool that you can use to call for help in case of an emergency. Mobile phones are great, but think about coverage areas. Much better devices include the Garmin InReach which can send messages via satellites. Collect – Get trail maps and other available information about the trail area before you load the trailer. Resist the temptation to depend on a buddy who knows the area. If an accident should occur, you could be left alone and in a real predicament. You can find maps and data on thousands of horse trails and horse camps online at www. Drink it Up – Horses that are actively working and are hot and sweaty should be given water. A perfect example is a loaded pack horse on a hot mountain trail. That animal is losing vital water and body salts through their sweat. Your riding animal is no different. They will need water while out on the trail to prevent overheating and dehydration. When you reach a watering area, take turns and don't crowd. Wait for everyone to finish before moving off. And remember your LNT (Leave No Trace) principles: don't trample the banks so everyone can water at the same time. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

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slightly behind the girth to move the horse out toward the left to make the circle bigger and bring his barrel (body) and hips back on the circle. Use the inside (right) rein, now an indirect against the neck, to bring his shoulders back to the left and on the circle. Note: the rein cannot be a stronger aid than the leg because it will bend the neck and bring the head flexed inward too much. This will cause more of the horse's weight to be placed his right front leg, which will swing the hips out – leading to another balance problem! The inside leg, in this example the right leg, is the most prominent correction aid. Move the horse out with the inside leg and inside rein. Support the horse bending right with the inside leg and indirect inside rein to move the shoulders to the left and also not allowing the neck to bend too much. Move the horse out with inside rein and leg. The rider may also have to use an open left rein to encourage the horse to go wide to the left while not allowing the neck to bend too much. The outside (left) leg reminds the horse to stay forward at the walk, trot, or canter. The turning aids, the outside rein and outside leg, are not as prominent when the horse is falling in. This is because he is already turning too fast. Use the inside aids more and keep the horse wider on a curve so he does not turn so fast. When the rider can get the horse going wider while curving, the turning aids can be very minimal to get him to turn. Make sure you perfect the walk, then go to the trot work and last to the canter. If you have troubles with your aids coordination or your hands continue to take charge, go back to the slower gait and continue to perfect this. Here's a tip for improving both the horse and rider: Always repeat the exercise on your horse's stiffer side at least one more time than his better side. Repeat the direction and double the number of repetitions on the rider's weaker side, too. By “doubling up” practice in the weaker direction of the horse and rider, both will have greater opportunity to improve. Your Next Step… Once you have practiced controlling falling in on the circle at the walk, repeat the exercise at the trot. All the aid sequences are the same. However, at the trot you will need to keep your eyes and vision ahead of the horse. Keep looking ahead at each quarter of the circle, visually remembering where the horse fell in. Before that quarter, use the inside bending leg to move the horse out on the circle to make it bigger while lightly applying the inside indirect rein to move the shoulders out on the circle. Support him with the outside leg and rein to improve his balance and keep him from falling in. Your turning aids will be used again on the portion of the circle where he is not falling in. Remember: in last month’s lesson the turning aids are important to help when the horse is falling out. The bending aids and making a curve bigger using the inside aids are the key to improving falling in. Visit Lynn Palm online for more training articles, DVDs and books at or call 1-800-503-2824. Lynn is also on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attend one of Lynn’s “Ride Well Clinics” at a location near you, or join her at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida.

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Correcting Falling In by Lynn Palm In the last article about “Falling Out” I explained how to properly use the bending and turning aids to correct the problem known as falling out. This week it is back to the circle pattern we used, to learn how to identify, anticipate, and correct the second of two common problems that can occur when turning – a problem caused by loss of balance in the horse's body position called falling in. When a horse is not bending through a turn, he could easily fall in. It may be more of an issue when turning in one direction than the other. Falling in is like a tripping effect, much like if you were to stumble and almost fall. The horse quickens his steps to catch his balance as you would too if you tripped. Falling in may show up as the horse dropping the inside shoulder in a turn, cutting the corner or squaring the corner, or making a turn smaller as a result of not bending while turning. It is the rider's responsibility to recognize when the horse is falling in and know how to correct it using the bending aids and make a wider turn. The goal for both the bending and turning aids is to control the horse's body position and his balance. We will use a circle pattern to demonstrate how to correct falling in while bending and turning through a turn. Start at the walk and bring the horse on a large circle once again to the right. Remember, to turn correctly the rider must get the horse bending correctly first. Let's review those aids. Before the turn, bend the horse using the bending aids, the inside leg and open inside rein. At the same time, support the bend with the outside leg applied slightly farther back on the horse's barrel than the inside leg, and outside indirect rein against the neck to support the flexion of the head and curve of the neck and shoulders. Use the turning aids, the outside leg and outside indirect rein, to direct him through the turn and follow the circle. If he is straight, the bend in his body from poll to tail (the horse's spine) will conform to the same arc as that of the circle. The horse being straight while bending means the hind legs track directly into the same track as his front legs. His body alignment stays straight even while bending and turning, his head and neck stay in the middle of the shoulders while curving and his shoulders stay in line with the hips. The hind legs are directly under the hips and the front legs are directly under the shoulders. This is called straight while bending. If a horse, while turning along the arc of a circle, travels too far off the curve and drifts to the inside we say he is falling in. He has lost the proper bend in his body. His head and neck are positioned too far to the outside while his shoulders and hindquarters have left the arc of the circle to the inside. The rider will notice quickness or increase of speed because of the tripping effect. Think about what happens when we lose our balance. Our legs don't slow, but quicken to regain it. The same thing happens to the horse. A horse tends to fall in when heading back to the gate or barn. To correct falling in when on a circle to the right, use the inside leg

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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB – OHIO Winter meetings are set for Jan. 14, Feb. 11, and March 11 at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH. A variety of topics will be discussed during the meetings set from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. New board members will be seated and snacks will be served. One of the major items for discussion will be scheduling of club drives and events. Since several BSDC members belong to other driving clubs, an effort will be made to coordinate BSDC dates with other groups. Last years’ drives were hosted by the Emmons family, Sharon & Ron Hayhurst, Wayne & Ann Leightey, Roger & Sue Murray, Jeff & Mary Ann Tock, Jackie & Mike Minges, and Mary Thomas. Other events included historical days and the Gillfillans' picnic at beautiful Indian Lake. Angie Hohenbrink is planning a drive that will be held under the auspices of the Ohio Horse Council. Participants would have to be a member of OHC or one of the county affiliates of OHC. This event will point out to OHC that there is a need for trails around the state open to drivers. BSDC is an affiliate of the Carriage Association of America, and CAA is sponsoring a symposium in Williamsburg, VA, Jan. 21-24. Experts from around the world will present talks about travel by carriage throughout history, and of course, those attending will have time to explore the restored historical area and walk around in the colonial atmosphere. Check for more information. Recent snow has BSDC members thinking about getting out the sleigh or bobsled. Several members have beautiful sleighs, robes, bells, foot warmers, fur coats and hats. Nothing like dashing through the snow! Many renewed their memberships at the Holiday Banquet on Nov. 11. Sue Murray will be sending out membership forms to those who still need 2018 memberships. Individual and family memberships are $25.00 for a year of driving fun. Check out or the BSDC Facebook page for latest news.

A Dartmoor mare, Bishop Field Terraza, bred by Mary Thomas is half of the National Champion Preliminary Pony Pair. The championship event, sponsored by the American Driving Society, was held at the Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL, Dec. 1-3. The ponies competed in dressage, cones, and a cross country marathon with the best combined score to win the event. Dust off your sleigh and have a very Happy New Year!

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! Happy New Year to all of our friends out there! Thank you to all who made it to our Christmas party at the Kal Val Saddle Club. We had a good turnout, wonderful food and a lively gift exchange. Thank you to Kal Val member Marty Goodwin for letting us use the clubhouse for our gatherings! It has been a great year for our club, with work bees, potlucks, camp outs and all we do to volunteer to make Fort Custer the special place it is for equestrians. Please consider joining FCHFA to become a part of all that we do for our trails. Even if it's just membership dues money, it all goes right back into the Park. Anyone that can squeeze a little more time into helping out at any date is always welcome. Please feel free to bring a friend! Please put our May and September camp outs on your 2018 calendars. These four day events are always eagerly anticipated by riders. Potlucks, pancakes, and campfires are just a bonus to the spectacular trail riding offered. Go to our website at for more details and the calendar of events for 2018. We have turned in our campground proposal and hope for the best after it goes through the review process with the DNR. Nothing happens overnight, but all the time and work that went into this proposal by Roger Glidden will hopefully give us the campground we so need at Fort Custer. Thank you to all that came to ride our trails, camp with us, work with us, and experience ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018 (56)

our beautiful trails and Park! See you next year on the trails! The Park is open for anyone that cares to ride all winter also! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION 2018, a New's a new year! We hope your holidays were safe and joyful. Our new year's resolution is to ride and camp as much as possible! The HTRA is looking forward to an eventful 2018 riding and camping season. The trial period for equine only camping will be launched in 2018. April 20-May 21, 2018 and Sept 5-30, 2018 will be equestrian only. Program details and reservation instructions are posted on our website www.highlandtrail Please invite your friends and coordinate your own events during these time frames. We have worked hard and don't want to miss this awesome opportunity to restore “equine only camping” at Highland Recreation Area. We are a smaller club looking to expand our membership. Please join our club (only $15.00 annually) by completing the form in the membership section of this edition of Saddle Up. While we are always looking for volunteers to help with our events, you can also join to provide monetary support. Be sure to mark your calendars for our 2018 events. HTRA will again be hosting two equine only camping weekends/day ride events. Pre-registration is required for the camp outs. Event information will be posted on our website and our Facebook page. Camping / Day Ride Event Dates : *May 18-20* (Saturday – Poker Ride). Sept. 7-9 (Saturday – Horseshoe Hunt) *Note: Event date for the May event was changed to avoid conflicts w/Mother's day. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails – Come Ride with Us! Highland Trail Riders

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News MiCMO IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION For a multitude of scheduling reasons, we skipped our December meeting, and moved our work out to January 9, 2018. One IHTA event of note took place in December: For personal reasons, Robbin Stout has resigned from the board of IHTA. We would like to thank her for her many contributions to IHTA and our events over the last several years. She will be missed, and we wish her all the best. Robbin does plan to continue to pitch in wherever she can for work bees and events! This opens both a seat on the board as well as Vice Presidents’ role. In addition, Robbin was our Events Chair, so her absence will create gaps that we will work hard to fill. We would love to welcome a new member to our board, so we are asking all interested parties to consider investing one evening a month with us. We'd appreciate you sharing your perspective on what our park needs and what we can do to achieve those goals. Please feel free to contact any board member A.S.A.P., or come to our January 9 meeting!! As noted in the November minutes, the board has selected a new, sleek, uncomplicated logo. This change-up reflects how we try to conduct business and how we want our events to impact our members. Uncomplicated and fun. This change should also reduce silk screen costs and help us control the cost of our merchandise. We hope that you all like the new logo and that you agree with our reasoning. Just a Reminder of our Event Dates in 2018: Memorial Weekend – Come camp and ride with us! Our 2nd Forbidden Trail Ride – We are planning some new activities to make the ride interesting. Date TBA for late June to mid-July. Annual Chili Cook-off will be October 6, 2018. We hope to see some new faces at the January 9th meeting, still located at the park headquarters, at 6:30 pm.

MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING December has certainly reminded us what winter is all about in Michigan. Living in northern Michigan, we have lots of snow on the ground already and it looks like the ski’s should come out! My horses are just glad that the nasty frozen ground got covered up by the soft white fluffy stuff. Whatever your horse situation in the winter is, be sure to stay safe and take good care of your four legged friend(s). The schedule for 2018 is coming together nicely with an average of one to two rides per month. At this point in the year all the dates are tentative so be sure to keep checking the Saddle Up! Calendar for the final additions and revisions. The annual Hadley Hills ride is scheduled for May 19th and 20th. Two weeks later we will get to ride on the other side of the state at Silver Creek, now scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd. Then there is one ride already in July and one in August. It looks like the year will come to an end at Kensington Metro Park on October 19th, 20th and 21st. We will be adding more rides as more great volunteers come forward. We should be able to share the entire schedule by February. Everyone is looking forward to the annual awards banquet for 2017. Michigan again had a great showing on the national level with several teams in the rankings. We will be recognizing all of these teams at the banquet. February is such a great time to get together and get our hopes up for a great 2018 and plan our trips to the Michigan Horse Expo in March. Remember to make it a new year’s resolution to try treasure hunting on horseback this summer! A great guy once told me to try everything twice unless it is illegal or fattening. Competitive mounted orienteering is legal and you might even lose weight, so come on out and join us on the trails this summer. Happy trails! Janet

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MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS ASSOCIATION Happy New Year! Which resolutions have you made for 2018? If it is to ride more comfortably on a sensible Fox Trotter who is versatile enough to take you down the trail, over obstacles, around the show ring, pull you in a carriage or a sled, strut for you in a parade or carry your children or grandchildren, then you have made an achievable goal! Our breed can do all of that! Or if it is to raise a young MFT and train it, then you can do that, too, by shopping among the quality breeders within our association. If you are aspiring to go to college, a scholarship may be in your future! The MI Fox Trotter Association was founded 30 years ago and is a non-profit organization. The mission of our organization is to promote and improve the enjoyment of Missouri Fox Trotters in our state. To fulfill that mission, we spread the word about this breed at trail rides, shows, tack sales, online, etc. And we offer educational clinics. We are an affiliate of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association based in Ava, MO. We are again offering the Versatility Challenge for 2018. Go to www.michiganfox to get a copy of the rules and application form. Earn a specially-designed belt buckle for having the highest number of points in your division! The contest starts January 1st and runs through the whole year. It is a fun program to participate in. Sign up now and get recognized for your hard work and incredible accomplishments! Are you interested in an obstacle clinic or two? A gaiting clinic? How about trail rides? In the recent past we have offered a gaited dressage clinic and horsemanship clinics. All of these activities are in the talking stages and will be finalized early this year. Stay posted for upcoming details! 2018 memberships are currently being accepted. You do not need to own one to become a member. We offer scholarships to High School Seniors who become members. Youth are especially encouraged to sign up! Please print off a form from our website or Facebook page and send it to the address WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS, continued indicated. An individual membership is $15 or $20 for a family, annually. This will get you a discounted price for participating in MFTA clinics or a college scholarship. New members are always welcome! Also, the MFTHBA is accepting 2018 dues. Go to to pay online or print off the form to send with your $40 check (or $96 for a three-year membership). There are alot of benefits to registering your horse and being an MFTHBA member. Visit us online at to find out more. Let's have a great 2018 on a Fox Trotter!

MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION MHDVA wishes everyone a happy holiday season. May you have many blessings in the 2018 New Year. Come join us on Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Brody Hall dining complex for a wonderful lunch, our meeting and then a speaker to be announced. Brody Hall is on Harrison Road on the MSU campus in East Lansing, across from the Kellogg Center. Parking is in the Kellogg Center ramp. If you’ve ever had an interest in driving an equine, join us to get more information. Give me, Dorothy, a call for more information at 517-763-3729. You can also contact any of our board members at Happy Driving!! – Dorothy

We have set our event schedule for the new year as follows: Memorial Weekend Poker Ride and Campout – May 27 Horseshoe Hunt & Campout – June 23 Judged Trail Ride – September 8 In case you don't know, the equestrian campground is well maintained and just a short distance to stores, restaurants and fuel stations. It's lightly used, so you can always be sure there will be a spot as you think about packing up for a nice weekend. You know the saying, use it or lose it, so we encourage you to come on out! Rustic, but a hand pump is available. The bridle trails are very well marked and offer a variety of terrain and plenty of natural beauty. OREA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be found online at or mailed to you upon request. Find us on Facebook at OREA - Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. Questions? Looking to ride with someone? Call/text me(Karen) or leave a note on our websites’ “Contact” tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President, 913-660-8012

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone! The board of Proud Lake would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in our 2017 events. From our banquet, to our Scavenger Ride and then our Obstacle Ride. Camping was such a hit that we broke open our additional lot and created twenty more hitching posts. We had the highest attendance at all of our events this year, so thank you for making everything such a success! ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN Big news: Our annual banquet will be Friday, ASSOCIATION February 9th at Bakers in Milford. It is $25 a The Board of Directors election was held at person for a full meal. We will have our ever our December annual meeting and we head famous Silent Auction and there will be into the new year with all seats filled. Thank plenty of door prizes. Join us and hang out you to Terri Swaim, our newest board mem- with your riding buddies and make new ones. ber, for offering her talents to the organ- We now have it set up that you can pay in advance. You can either pay by PayPal to ization. Officer elections will be this month. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018 (58) or drop a check off to Cindy at the feed mill (Grand River Feeds). As always, there will be a cash bar. We are also always looking for Silent Auction items, so when you clean out your closets or get a holiday gift you would rather pass along, we would be glad to take it off your hands. You can drop items off at the mill with Cindy or bring them the night of the banquet. This event is always packed so be sure to RSVP to Nancy Efrusy via email at Come join us and have more fun then you can pack into one evening. Mark your calendars for the rest of our 2018 schedule. The dates of our riding events will be Sunday, June 3rd and we will be camping all weekend and Sunday, September 23rd with camping again all weekend. Camping is always full of pancakes, movies, campfires and lots of riding. Our events are known for our famous potluck lunches and we always throw in some fun prizes. 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 Lastly, I want to remind everyone that there is hunting in Proud Lake. Please wear your ORANGE. Have a great winter everyone. Cannot wait to see you all at the banquet! Nancy Efrusy

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News from 1pm-5pm. WDAMI members and their guests are invited to attend! The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person and checks can be made out to WDAMI and mailed to: Jill Robiadek, Treasurer, 1300 Richmond Dr., Cheboygan, MI 49721. Deadline for luncheon reservations: Feb. 2, 2018. The activities for the afternoon include presenting Year-End Awards, speakers, silent auction and door prizes. Please join us!! We are proud to announce that WDAMI Board members Suzanne Morisse and Dorothy Mueller will be presenting Western Dressage at the upcoming Michigan Horse Expo held at the MSU Pavilion, March 9,10, and 11, 2018. These ladies will be presenting WD all three days. Suzanne and her horse Sabreena Sue will also be entertaining the students attending the school program on Friday, March 9, 2018. Please make time to attend the MI Horse Expo and see their awesome presentation and learn more about Western Dressage! The WDAMI Schooling Show has been scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2018. The show will be held at the Pine Lake Stables in Plainwell, MI. Details on the show, prize lists, etc. will be forth coming. In addition, WDAMI will be co-hosting a schooling show with Sari Clapperton and Woodbine Farms in Chelsea, MI on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Sari holds several schooling shows throughout the show season and you can learn more about her farm and the show schedule by visiting the website WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® The 2018 Show Season Schedule is taking OF MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION shape. Please go to our website www. The WDAMI Board of Directors voted on to obtain a list of events that will officers during the November meeting. The include schooling shows that are hosting results are as follows: Western Dressage classes. The number of Trustees: Rachel Belcher, Dorothy Mueller, opportunities for us to show our horse(s) has Diane Kaser, Suzanne Morisse, Bonni Hazen continued to increase over the past several and Kim Nobel; Treasurer: Jill Robiadek, years. Many, many thanks to the schooling Secretary: Joanne Coy, Vice President: Sue shows who are opening their classes to Hughes and President: Carol Baldwin. We Western Dressage. We are so excited that would like to also welcome our newest Board you have embraced this sport and encourmember, Kim Nobel. Kim has been an avid aged riders to compete! supporter of Western Dressage as well as an Membership for WDAMI is a dual memberactive participant in WD competitions. She is ship. $25 for the national organization and an extremely talented horsewoman and we $25 for the state affiliate, WDAMI. Both are very excited to have her join the Board. memberships expired at the end of 2017, so The Fourth Annual WDAMI Year-End Banquet it is time to renew! You can do so very easily Luncheon is being held on February 24, 2018 online at Please do this at the Cheers Neighborhood Grill and Bar, prior to the first show that you attend so 1700 W. High Sreet, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 scores can count toward Year-End Awards!!! ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018 (59) SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS, cont. Dan and friends will be singing and playing for us. Drawings and door prizes. Optional card games later in the evening. See y’all. There will be a special drawing for an equestrian night at the rustic cabin for 2018! Events for 2018 will include: The Rotten Egg Hunt on April 15. Camp Over weekends of May 25 - May 28 for Memorial Weekend and August 31 - Sept. 3 for Labor Day Weekend. A Forbidden Trail weekend (TBA) in October and The Judged Trail ride are being scheduled. If interested in renting a cabin for a “get away” weekend go to www.midnr or call 1-800-44-parks. Its easy and fun to camp in a cabin overlooking the lake. Watch your old snail mail or email for your 2018 membership renewal reminder letter. Don't miss out on unique special camping events being planned for group fun. Check out our website for membership forms that can be easily downloaded. That's or the groups Facebook page. Next Board Meeting at Modern Cabin SHSP January 15 at 6:30 pm. Any interested event hosts and new board members please feel free to attend.

WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL (WMAR) Wow, that's kind of intimidating, looking at that date up there. Hard to believe that it's 2018 already! Plans are pretty well buttoned up for our WMAR Year End Awards Banquet to be held January 27, 2018 at the Okemos Conference Center which is right off I-96 at the Okemos Road exit. Invitations will be mailed out soon. There is a Comfort Inn attached to the conference center as well as a Holiday Inn Express right across the parking lot. The Holiday Inn Express does have a pool. WMAR will be hosting the luncheon while MApHA will be hosting dinner. We will have the General Membership meetings for both clubs as well as having the Silent Auction, awards presentations for both clubs and some game night fun in the evening. Don't forget that the 2018 WMAR State Show scheduled for July 14-15 will be held at the south end of the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, MI. We've got plenty of stalls, two nice pens, lots of camping, and Crest View Tack Shop is right next to the barns. We will again be using two judges and will also offer our All Breed Open classes. The WMAR Red, White & Blue show held on June 2 & 3, 2018, will return to the north end of the Ingham County Fairgrounds and will also have our All Breed Open classes. We'd love to have all of you invite your friends who may have other breeds, or who just don't show on the circuit, to please come and join us for some fun. Our youth classes will now be combined into “Youth 18 Yr. & under” until such a time that class numbers start growing again. We will still have Leadline, Walk Trot and Novice classes, though. Halter classes will also be combined for the same reason and will now be Junior Mares, Junior Geldings and Junior Stallions ages 2 yr. and under, with Senior Mares, Senior Geldings and Senior Stallions ages 3 yrs. and older. We will still hold Performance, Youth and Non-Pro Halter classes as before. WMAR will also be adding some Non -Pro Walk Trot classes. Forms are available for you to sign up for the WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News W MI APPALOOSA REGIONAL, continued WMAR Open Horse Incentive Program, where the WMAR gives back cash for every WMAR OPEN point you earn. Be sure to pick them up at the banquet and turn them in to Tami Vickery before show season. Please remember to keep an eye out for some silent raffle items for the club while you are out there shopping. Amy has all the points and awards posted on our Facebook page. Our next WMAR Board meeting will be held January 27, 2018 at the Banquet. Check your banquet itinerary with your banquet reservation for the exact time. 'til next month, Sharon Clark

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YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting minutes – Dec. 13, 2017 This meeting was held at John and Cindy Dermody's home starting at 6:00 pm with a potluck dinner. The meeting was called to order at 6:40 by Ron Walker, President. New Year's Day Ride: Start the New Year off riding your horse at Yankee Springs. Ride begins at 12 pm with Chili and hot cocoa afterwards. Email me with any questions. Electrical Grant: A request for grant money has been written by John Soper and submitted to the Gun Lake Casino, we have not heard anything back yet. A suggestion to also submit this grant request to the Kellogg Foundation was made. John said he will look into how that process works. New Business: Saddle Up! is having their Trail Groups Membership Drive issue in

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Riding in the Moment By Julie Goodnight One thing horses are really good at is being present in the moment. People, not so much. We tend to carry baggage from the past and stress about the future, but not stay present with our horse in the moment. Wouldn't it be nice if you could stay present and thinking in the moment and ride through any sticky situation with your horse? Riding an unfamiliar horse, or riding in a new situation like a clinic or a big trail ride, or when riding a horse that was less-than-trustworthy in the past, are typical times when I see people lock up and shut down on their horses. When the rider shuts down, the horse's behavior deteriorates under the pressure of a fearful, untrusting, and clenching rider. It goes something like this... The horse triggers an emotional response in the rider, then a chain reaction of events occurs between the rider and the horse, which results in gasping, clenching, hollowing, and bracing on the part of both rider and horse. Pretty soon the rider has a death grip on the reins, pulling back and manually steering the horse's nose every inch of the ride, instead of guiding direction and letting the horse move forward and do his job. Soon the horse is high headed and defiant; rooting the reins and starting to act like a bull in a china shop. Resistant behavior in horses tends to amp up fearful behavior in riders, leading to more clenching, gasping, and hollowing. And the downward spiral continues. Riding in the moment is not the same as having no fear. It requires the mental discipline to be aware of your surroundings, objectively reading your horse's mood and responsiveness, trusting your horse to do his job but being prepared to react if he doesn't. Riding the horse that is beneath you means that you are present in the moment with him, not thinking about what could go wrong or a past incident. It means responding to your horse with both praise and admonishment as needed, and giving him every opportunity to be a good horse, not doubting his every move. Riding a thousand-pound flight animal certainly comes with risk; there's nothing we can do to completely eliminate that, but when all you think about is what can go wrong, it affects your riding in very negative ways. The horse becomes anxious and resistant, which generally increases the fear in the rider, creating a snowball effect. The keys to riding in the moment and riding through problems are to have awareness, to think through and ride through it, to have a deep and anchored seat and to be relaxed, but prepared – with both physical and mental skills. Prey and the Herd Mentality It's hard for us to remember, but horses are prey animals and they worry about their safety a lot. That's one reason they crave strong leadership and authority – it makes them feel safe. The leader of the herd is responsible for keeping the herd safe, leading them to food and water when it's time, and maintaining order in the herd. It is only possible for your horse to think of you as the leader (and therefore be confident going anywhere with you) if you act this way – thinking through the problems and taking charge. If you are scared, dodgy, and unaware of things going on around you, it worries the horse. Horses also have an incredibly strong herd instinct, known as gregarious behavior – they are instinctively drawn to the herd. Because horses are both prey and herd animals, they are hard-wired to adopt the emotions of the animals around them – when one horse in the herd startles, they all do. This emotionality carries over to people as ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

well. When the rider gets fearful, the horse knows it and can't help but feel anxious too. If the rider is constantly thinking about what can go wrong, the horse becomes suspicious and anxious as well. The horse looks to his rider to set the tone – be it relaxed or tense; confident or insecure; leader or follower. It would be unreasonable to say you should never have any fear or anxiety; that's impossible. But what is possible, is not to let that emotion creep into your body language and your actions and succumb to the paralysis it can cause. Having good mental discipline and an awareness of your posture, your body language, your eyes, and your breathing, will help settle your horse and give him more confidence in you. Presumptive Leadership To be a strong and confident leader for your horse, you need to develop a presumptive quality in your demeanor – presume everything will go well, presume your horse will respond as he is trained to do, presume that your horse agrees you are the one in charge and that you have complete control. Horses really dig that kind of strong leadership. Set a positive tone for the ride – visualize the best outcome; keep your eyes engaged and ride with a destination in mind – be a proactive rider, not one that devolves into a clenching, gasping, redfaced mess. When things go awry, ride forward – go somewhere – take action – redirect your horse. Don't pull back, clench the reins, and try to stop the ride and get off. When something scary happens on your ride, divert attention rather than focus on the scary thing. Perfect the art of shifting gears and doing something else, not stopping in paralysis. Riding forward is usually better than stopping since forward motion is the basis of all training. Since horses are flight animals, they generally respond better when they are moving than when forward motion is inhibited. When a horse is anxious, it's generally easier to control the forward motion of the horse than it is to stop all motion and try and contain it. Look around, find a destination and ride there. Ask the horse to move forward then direct that movement. Throw in some turns and changes of direction to establish even more control. Be a pro-active rider in times of stress, not a victim. Be Prepared, but Relaxed When you have the riding skills and mental skills you need to control a horse in almost any situation, it will give you great confidence. This has a positive effect on your horse as well, because when you are confident in yourself, your horse feels more confident in you too. When you have confidence in yourself, your horse is far less likely to challenge your authority (see the comments above on being presumptive). The riding and mental skills needed, include having a (62)


balanced position in the saddle with an anchored seat, keeping your eyes up and focused on your environment and staying objectively aware of your horse, breathing deeply and rhythmically, and knowing effective emergency stopping techniques. Beyond basic riding position (ear-shoulder-hip-heel alignment), having a deep and anchored seat means that you are sitting back, weighted in your heels, your lower back is in a “J” shape and your joints are loose and relaxed. From this position, almost nothing can get you off the horse. But fear and anxiety will do the opposite to your position if you allow it – your back hollows, you perch forward, your heels come up, your joints stiffen (causing you to bounce and your horse to hollow his back and throw his head up), you clench the reins and pull yourself even more forward – all of this is transmitting fear and panic to your horse. Develop your mental skills so that when the going gets tough, you automatically sit back, round your lower back, get weighted in your heels, keep your eyes up and engaged and your breathing deep. Ride pro-actively and go somewhere! It's also important to develop your riding skills and have a full understanding of emergency stopping techniques and when to use them. Learn the one-rein stop for times when your horse is acting up or getting a little frisky; however, the one-rein stop should not be used when a horse is bolting because it could cause him to trip and fall. The emergency stopping rein (a/k/a the “pulley” rein) is an important skill that all riders should learn. The pulley rein is like a one-rein stop, except the outside rein is fixed and locked on the crest of the neck, so it will not cause a turn. When executed properly, the pulley rein generates leverage and will allow the rider to stop any horse on a dime. It's not often taught because not all instructors/trainers know it and because the practicing of it is hard on the horses. However, if you don't practice the maneuver, you certainly won't be able to employ it when your horse is bolting. You can read articles and watch videos about the pulley rein at www. Awareness, Knowledge and Skill When it comes to riding horses, nothing gives you more confidence than knowledge and skill. Being aware of your environment, being balanced in the saddle and anchored in your seat, staying in the moment, being aware of your horse's behavior, riding pro-actively, with purpose and intent will get you through almost any tricky situation with a horse. Armed with knowledge, skills, and mental discipline, you’ll have the confidence you need to get the job done! Enjoy the ride! About Julie Goodnight Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles, she's experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. Explore her online library and many training videos at http://TV.; be sure to sign up for the free monthly training news at and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

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Clever Hans (in German: der Kluge Hans) began performing arithmetic and other intellectual tasks in 1891. Hans was an Orlov Trotter horse owned by Wilhelm von Osten, who was a mathematics teacher, an amateur horse trainer, and something of a mystic. Hans was said to have been taught to add, subtract, multiply, divide, work with fractions, tell time, keep track of the calendar, recognize different musical tones, and read, spell, and understand German. Von Osten would ask Hans, “If the eighth day of the month comes on a Tuesday, what is the date of the following Friday?” Hans would answer by tapping his hoof. Questions could be asked both orally, and in written form. Von Osten exhibited Hans throughout Germany, and never charged admission. Hans’s abilities were reported in The New York Times in 1904. After von Osten died in 1909, Hans was acquired by several owners and his history from then on is unknown.



Beautiful Jim Key was a famous performing horse from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. His promoters claimed that the horse could read and write, make change, and do arithmetic for numbers below thirty. Beautiful Jim’s trainer, William Key, was a former slave, a self-trained veterinarian and a patent medicine salesman. Key emphasized that he used only patience and kindness in teaching the horse, and never a whip. Beautiful Jim Key and his trainer periodically toured the United States in a special railroad car to promote the newly formed cause of the humane treatment of animals. They performed in the best venues in most of the larger American cities, including New York’s Madison Square Garden. The horse was among the most popular attractions at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

Lady Wonder (1924–1957), was a horse that was said to have psychic abilities. Over 150 thousand people came to consult the horse at the price of three questions for one dollar. Lady Wonder is said to have helped the Massachusetts police to find the body of a missing boy, to have predicted that Jack Dempsey would defeat Jack Sharkey in 1927 (including two other documented heavyweight bouts), and to have helped discover oil. Lady Wonder’s trainer, C.D. Fonda, raised the horse on a bottle in Richmond, VA. Lady was trained to operate a device consisting of levers that activated alphabet cards on a homemade typewriter the size of a piano. Fonda’s husband, a worker at the old Tredegar Iron Works, build it out of scrap metal.





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1-20’x12’-8” sliding door 1-24’x14’ sliding door 1-3’-0”x6’-8” walk door Trusses 4’ O.C.

1-20’x12’-6” sliding door 1-24’x14’ sliding door 1-3’-0”x6’-8” walk door Trusses 4’ O.C.





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Prices good within a 100 mile radius.

Arnold Lumber Co.

Steel Building Package 100’x125’x16’ Two 16’x14’ overhead doors with openers, One 3/0x7/0 man door

$105,950 Erected

Call for all your building needs! • Decatur, Indiana

1-800-903-4206 FABRAL Grandrib 3 Steel Roofing & Siding ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JANUARY 2018

Steel Buildings Up To 200’ Spans! Call Arnold’s for a free quote! Erected Prices Also Available



.. LL Legend Land

FENCING Professional Design, Installation & Delivery

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All the beauty of traditional wood Your privacy or semi-privacy fence horse fence is combined with the low should be more than just a barrier maintenance advantages of PVC to wall, if should be a reflection of provide a dramatic boundary to your your individual style. farm, ranch or neighborhood. Ranch Rail Styles: 2-Rail | 3-Rail | 4-Rail | Crossbuck

Professional Planning & Free Estimates Professional Landscape Service Available

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FEED & SUPPLY Quality Products & Service

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11271 Rushton Rd. South Lyon, MI

(248) 486-0925

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Opening end of January!

Quality Products & Service

8880 Pontiac Trail South Lyon, MI

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Jim Moule 1130 Tipsico Lk. Rd. Milford, MI 48380






Western & English Tack • Show Quality Silver New & Used Saddles & Tack Hat Cleaning & Shaping American Big Horn, Tex Tan & Rocking R Saddles

H February 17, 2018 H 10:00 am– 2:00 pm Sparta Middle School 480 S. State, Sparta, MI


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Call or text: 810-938-5535 Email:

(810) 636-7000 Grand Blanc, MI

Contact Julie Klein 616.887.8324 or 616.890.8476 Email:

Stall Board • Large Pastures • Indoor Arena Board Discount: Multiple Horses, 4-H, Equestrian Team Members 5531 Atlas Rd., Grand Blanc, MI 48439

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Corner of M-37 & Sparta Ave., Sparta, MI

Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3


42” Stalls, 7’7” Tall, 7’ 6” Wide, Aluminum Wheels, Rear Tack & More!


4 H GN w/12’ Outback Custom Conversion, Generator, Loaded!








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10’ LQ, 7’6” Tall, 8’ Wide, Sofa, Hickory Interior, Power Awning, Hydraulic Jack, and More!



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The Wire Horse February 16, 17 & 18, 2018 Special Sale Hours: Friday 9:30am-7pm, Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm


40% Off

(Excludes Royal Wire, dewormers, special orders & consignments)








Including our beautiful and unique WIRE HORSE LTD. Custom Line!

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WOVEN WIRE 4 Ft. Tightlock



Woven wire designed for horses with 3”x3” spacing on wood posts

$1.25-1.50 $1.50-2.00 $1.75-2.50


BOARD FENCE 3 Rail 4 Rail

$4.50-$5.00 $5.00-$5.50 $5.00-$5.50

$11.00-$12.00 $12.00-$14.00

2 Rail 3 Rail

$6.00-7.00 $7.00-8.00

Average installed cost per foot of fence (labor & materials) – All prices subject to change without notice.









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2018 Lakota Charger Straight BP 2018 Lakota Charger C311 (7311S) 2018 Lakota Colt 8309 (AC839) 2 Horse, 6’9” Wide, 7’6” Tall, All 3 Horse, 6’9” Wide, 7’6” Tall, All 3H GN, LQ, 9’ Shortwall, 8’ Wide, Alum., Drop Down Windows, Ramp Aluminum, Drop Down Windows, 7’6” Tall, All Aluminum, Wood Floor in Load, LED Lights, Saddle Boss Saddle Deep Slide Out, LED Lights, Saddle Horse Area, Split Barn Doors, Saddle Racks, Front Dress. Stock# P8158 Boss Saddle Rack. Stock# P8327 Boss Saddle Racks. Stock# P8428

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January 2018 Saddle Up! Magazine  

This edition of Saddle Up! Magazine features our 8th Annual Membership Drive. This is a great time of year to support local horse associatio...

January 2018 Saddle Up! Magazine  

This edition of Saddle Up! Magazine features our 8th Annual Membership Drive. This is a great time of year to support local horse associatio...