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The Wire Horse...


July 20-22,


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12500 Corunna Rd. Lennon, Michigan 48449

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ARTICLES Association/Trail Riders News 29-35 Eversole, Robert – The TrailMeister 22 Getty, Dr. – Using Bute For Pain 48-49 Goodnight, Julie – Trust Your Intuition 36-37 Horsman, Nathan – Stopping 27 Kellon, Dr. – Summer Allergies 28 News Briefs 24-26 Palm, Lynn – Reading Your Horse 50-51 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Advertising Rates – Saddle Up! Classified Ads Show & Event Dates, MI & OH Subscribe To Saddle Up! Magazine Youth Spot – NEW! Grooming Your Horse Let’s Ride Word Search Summer Writing Contest

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Serving Mid-Michigan

Majestic Oak Stables, LLC Private Horse Boarding

Located in Eaton Rapids, MI

2699 Cedar Lake Rd., Howell, MI 48843 (5 miles South of I-96/M-59 interchange) • Indoor & Outdoor Arenas • 10x12 Matted Stalls • Large Grass Pastures • Stall Board $450 • Pasture $200

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Happy Independence

• 80x160 Indoor Arena • 100x200 Outdoor • Heated Observation • Heated Bathroom • Private Lockers • Matted Stalls • Hay/Grain 2x Daily

Day! Call To Schedule Your Pick-Up!

Still Waters Boarding Stable Private Farm on 78 Acres • Located in Attica, MI 48412 Very Quiet Barn • Starting at $350 Per Month

28525 Beck Road Suite 102 Wixom, MI 48393

Dan (248) 321-0705

Located in Crossroads Business Center (1/4 mile North of I-96)


Safe Secure 24/7 Drop Box Wixom, MI

DROP-OFF PICK-UP SITES Highland, MI Holly, MI • Superior Quality Wash • Quality Repairs • Horsewear Hygiene Treatment • Water Repellent Treatment • Barn Ambassador Program • Rider Reward Club • Pick-Up & Delivery Available for Barns

Historic Horse Farm on 26.84 Acres! 8715 East Michigan Ave, Parma, MI Beautiful, well cared for home and historic horse farm! Only 4 owners in 172 years! 2,024 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. New kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, island, and heated floor. Main floor bedroom with built in shelves in the closet hanging on both sides. Deck off family room, wood burner in family room. Updated full main floor bath with granite. Main floor laundry. American metal roof on home. Security System. New furnace and water heater in the last 3 years. Central air and pressure tank new in 2016. Updated 200 amp electrical service. 150x60 indoor riding arena with insulated walls, 16 ft. ceilings and an observation room. Barn has 2 tack rooms (one is heated), wash rack with hot and cold water and 22 stalls. Six paddocks have run in sheds. Chicken coop. Pasture area has 13 paddocks. MLS# 201701021

Heather Herndon

2131 Ferguson Rd. Suite 116 Jackson, MI 49203

Mobile: (517) 812-1641 Office: (517) 787-9800 heatherherndon@howardhanna.com

Real Estate Mortgage Title Insurance

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New Store Hours!



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Jump ‘N Time Tack English Riding Attire & Tack Summer Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm Closed Monday

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Show Season is here – we have all the supplies you need!

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5790 Jefferson Road North Branch, MI 48462

RR Conveniently located off a paved road! 15 minutes from Lapeer, M-24 & I-69. Only a 1.15 hour drive from downtown Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills.

Board Rates Per Month: $300 Pasture, $400 Stall, $650 Mare/Foal Stall & Private Pasture $200 Miniature Horse/Pony Board • 30 Beautiful Acres • Indoor Arena 110 x 60 • Outdoor Arena 200 x 100 • Fed Twice Daily • Heated Water Tanks • Facility Has Video Surveillance • Bathroom Facilities • 2 Tack Rooms • Indoor Wash Stall w/Hot & Cold Water

• 9 Oversized Pastures with Run-In Shelters • Top Quality 1st & 2nd Cutting Hay • Numerous Trails • Guard Donkeys On-Site • Night Check Daily at 10 pm • Trailer Parking Available • Cross Country Course to be Completed Fall 2017

* Weekly Board Payment Plans Available! * Horses Available for Partial or Full Lease Ride our kid-safe trails or venture down our quiet dirt roads.

Senior Retired Horses are Welcome and Spoiled! NO MUD – Beautiful High & Dry Grass Pastures! We reseed and rotate our pastures each Fall, so your horses always have luscious grazing pasture. We Offer Vacation Boarding! Going on vacation? Ask us about daily & weekly boarding rates. Relax and know your horse is receiving the best care while you are away on vacation. Small Farm Animal Board Also Available! Always wanted a pet goat or a pig? How about your very own duck? Ask us about boarding your farm animal here at Rebel Ranch! Petting Zoo On-Site for your entire family to enjoy year round! Includes: miniature goats, alpacas, emus, miniature horses, donkeys, mammoth donkeys, ducks, chickens & potbellied pigs. Ask us about scheduling your school or organization for a field trip at Rebel Ranch! • Picnic Area/Tables with Umbrellas • Weekly Bonfires with S'mores & Songs • Barn Slumber Parties for Younger Boarders • Volleyball • Horseshoes • Kids Playground to be Completed Fall of 2017

Rebel Ranch Is Spotless! We pride ourselves in running a clean facility that even your non-horse friends and family are comfortable visiting. We run a quiet, family oriented barn. We know each horse here and treat them as our own. Our ranch has a relaxing and upbeat atmosphere. Call and schedule a visit today 248-703-0035! ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017



Indigo Sky Integrated Equine Bodywork

J. and J.


Certified Practitioner Masterson Method CESMT, LMT

Large Animal Clinic


Becky Kleinschmidt 734-649-1234 www.indigoskyeqbodywork.com niralijibecky.com


7117 M-99 North, Homer, MI 49245

Original Art by Lindsey Dahl

HAUL-IN FACILITY AS WELL AS FARM CALL SERVICE Serving Calhoun, W. Jackson, N. Hillsdale & Branch Counties


Jason D. Thornsberry DVM


• Lameness Exams & Wellness Care • Pre-purchase Consultation • Shockwave Therapy • Ultrasound & Digital Radiology • Select Surgeries • Endoscopy for Respiratory Performance Issues • Treatments & Injections for SI, Pelvic & TMJ • Reproductive Ultrasound & AI Services

Very large box stalls. Call for more information. Barns with large box stalls. Indoor and outdoor arenas, daily turnout and pasture. Private and quiet. $195 & up

Margie (734) 942-0995 or (734) 776-3594

Katrina Johnson LVT/EqDt. • Basic to Performance Dentistry

Romulus, Michigan

Open the Gate to Hills, Horses & Hospitality!


810.678.2288 Office • 248.310.4242 Cell


SUMMER’S HEATING UP AND OUR SALES HAVE BEEN HOT! 4427 Blood: $389,000 – Metamora Hunt Country Home! This 2800+ sq ft 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features kitchen with brick fireplace and butler’s pantry, formal dining, study, lower level. Partially finished walkout, 3 car attached garage, 19+ acres, pond and hardwoods. Plus Natural gas!

2545 Farnsworth: $438,000 – 30 Acre Horse Farm & business opportunity! Updated 1700+ sq ft 3 bed, 2 bath all brick ranch. 60x120 indoor arena, 17 matted stalls, 4 paddocks, Nelson watering system, large equipment storage, workshop, irrigated pond, outdoor arena, 14+ acres for hay sales!

3472 Casey: $387,900 – Metamora horse farm connects to trails! 10 acres, 2800 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. 1st floor offers master suite, 2nd bedroom, laundry, huge kitchen, sun room, living room with fieldstone fireplace. 2 car garage. 2 huge barns, 4 stalls, paddocks and inground pool. Square 10 acre parcel!

1835 E. Dewar: $345,000 – Completely renovated 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2500 sq ft farmhouse. 40x28 finished garage, 30x40 full workshop, 24x12 and 32x18 enclosed storage. 60x120 indoor arena with attached 60x80 storage/stalls. Heated observation/tack room! 20 acres or 40 acres at $389,000!

4643 Crawford: $374,900 – Hunt farmhouse, beautifully updated and maintained! 10 acres, 3 stall horse barn and paddock. 2400 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pine floors. Lovely kitchen, granite, island, breakfast dining, living room and study. Attached garage. Easy commute via Rochester Road! Carriage/house/garage!

13317 Washburn: $450,000 – 30 Acres of Seclusion! 2,200+ sq ft Chalet with stone fireplace, 1st floor master and laundry. Partial finished lower level, attached garage. Large barn with living quarters, 2 additional storage sheds, pines, hardwoods, wildlife! Offered with 72 acres at $650,000!

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The Arnesen Agency protects all your life’s moments

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on-site & phone appointments available

Horse & Dog Massage & Reiki

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Michigan Apple Blossom Classic Open Horse Shows

Mark & Carol Russell 2324 E. Holt Rd. Williamston, MI 48895 (517) 655-4712 rtrainct@aol.com n





(248) 887-2117


DELIVERY AVAILABLE Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:30, Sat 8-3:30, Sun Closed


1385 Pleasant Valley Rd.,Hartland, MI 48353 1/2 Mile South of M-59 - 1 Mile Inside Livingston County






For Indoor Arenas!

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Helpful Staff!




Kathie Crowley

248.207.7222 Email: kathie.crowley@yahoo.com



Elite Equestrian Property!

Start Your Own Business! JACKSON – Rives Township. Renovated farmhouse on 31+ gorgeous acres. 60x120 indoor arena, 21 box stalls, tremendous hip roof barn in beautiful condition. Apartment for manager or trainer. 3/8 mile stone-dust track, several fenced paddocks/pastures with 12 run-ins. Car lift for the mechanic in the family. Start your own business! This WEBSTER TOWNSHIP, WASHTENAW COUNTY - EXQUISITE HOME! 4,600 sq. ft. of living space, too many custom features to list here. 8 property can be a beautiful Wedding Venue or a Bed & Breakfast. rolling acres, nice horse set-up with stalls, fenced paddocks and runMLS# 217030067. Offered at $499,900. in shed. Only minutes to US-23, M-14 and Ann Arbor. MLS# 215007196. Offered at $725,000. Call Kathie for a private viewing of this elite equestrian property!

Horse Ready!

Selling or Buying? Call Kathie Crowley to set up an appointment today!


Kathie Crowley

Horse Farms, Equestrian Estates, Country Property, Vacant Land and Residential

248.207.7222 Consult with a professional who is in the horse business and understands your needs ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

RE/MAX PLATINUM OF ANN ARBOR 325 W. Eisenhower, Ann Arbor, MI 48103



Kathie Crowley

248.207.7222 Email: kathie.crowley@yahoo.com

Horse & Country Property Specialist “YOU CAN’T BUILD A REPUTATION ON WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO” CLARK LAKE: Jackson County - Beautiful two story home on top of a hill with a gourmet kitchen and many other custom features. 38 rolling acres of pasture, split rail fencing, 34x110 barn with 10 stalls and room for more, large pond in a serene setting. Too many features to list. MLS# 216094774 Offered at $434,900. Call for details!

Gorgeous Property!

60 VACANT ACRES IN OAKLAND COUNTY! 2 Gorgeous Custom Barns!

HIGHLAND/MILFORD: Build your own EQUESTRIAN FACILITY or upscale housing development on this gorgeous parcel! Paved road with 930’ road frontage! Open meadows, woods, numerous walkout sites available. North of M-59 on Milford Road across from Highland Oaks Park, riding trails, close to several state metro parks. MLS# 215112706. Offered at $749,000. Call Kathie for more information.

Ready to Build Your New Home!

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VACANT LAND WITH BARNS: Ann Arbor mailing, Washtenaw County, South Lyon schools! 36 acres just south of N. Territorial Rd., just east of Pontiac Trail. All work done with township. Well is in, permit ready for septic. Barn (1) 38x85, barn (2) 38x73 with nine custom, matted box stalls, six 12x12s and three 12x15s. 7 fenced pastures, 3 run-in sheds. Ready for your horses. Great location, easy access to Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Northville and major freeways. Reduced $625,000. MLS# 216045444 - 5755 Vorhies Rd.

Coming Soon! BRIGHTON – Farmhouse, indoor arena, outbuildings, 10 acres for only $249,900! Call for details! WANTED/NEEDED – HORSE PROPERTY of all kinds and sizes! I am selling all of my inventory, call to set up an appointment.

! D L SO HOLLY – 27 ACRE HORSE FARM Colonial home, walkout basement, FENTON – 30 gorgeous acres, nice brick ranch home with walkattached garage. Indoor arena & round pen, 25+ stalls, tack rooms. out basement. 56x34 barn with stalls and lean-to, fenced Two bedroom cottage for manager. MLS# 216097641. $499,900 paddocks, and outdoor arena. Offered at $549,900. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017



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Silver Fox Equestrian Center Joan Esterline, Owner, Trainer CUSTOM MIXES • ORGANIC POULTRY FEEDS

USDF ‘L’ Graduate USDF Bronze Medal Rider B.A. Equine Science, Otterbein College 2340 Williamston Rd. * Williamston, MI 48895 3/4 Mile South of I-96, Exit 117

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Indoor & Outdoor Arenas Show Quality Horses For Lease

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

Breathtaking Country Farm, 11.5 Acres & Two Homes! 76744 Burman, Richmond, MI – Macomb County MAIN HOUSE – 1,621 sq. ft. Features 3 bedrooms, and 2 full baths. Beautifully updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. 2ND HOUSE – 1,000 sq. ft. Features 1 master suite 19x15, granite and stainless kitchen, 19x21 main living area. Jaw dropping designer master bathroom! 14x10 Florida room overlooking the property’s peaceful swimming pond. Great in-law/student apartment! Live-in grounds keeper and handyman has kept homes up to near perfect standards! Armada school district. MLS# 217037691. Buyers must have pre-approval letter. Offered for $399,000. 25x40 HEATED HORSE BARN – Has 3 stalls (room for more), water, electric and an upstairs loft. 25x38 POLE BARN – Electric and cement flooring (horse stalls can be installed here as well).

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Come Show with Justamere in 2017! July 16, August 6 & August 20 Grand Champion of the Day Awarded at Each Show!

For information visit our website at www.justamere.info or contact our show secretary Kathy Biondo at kathysday@wideopenwest.com




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Halloween Fun Show Traditional Classes plus Fun entries such as Musical Stalls, The Great Costume Class and More!

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October 22

Chesterfield 94

ANCHOR BAY (Lake St. Clair)


What’s Bugging You? Trail Pests – By Robert Eversole, The TrailMeister It’s a fact. Bugs are part of the great outdoors that we love and many a trail ride has become a nightmare of slapping, scratching, and even swearing because of insects. Sometimes it seems that the entire insect kingdom is out to make us and our animals miserable. Wherever we ride we’ll encounter insect pests of some type. Here’s the low down on the five most common biting and stinging insects that you’ll encounter, when you’ll find them, and how to fight them. 1) MOSQUITOES – The mosquito is the deadliest animal family in the world. It might seem impossible that something so miniscule can kill so many people, but it’s true. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than one million people every year. When you’ll find them: Some species will bite all day long, some are most active at sunup and sundown, and many feed in the cooler hours between dusk and dawn. Diseases they carry: West Nile virus (WNV), malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus, and other arboviruses. Fight them with: Products containing DEET. QUICK FACT – Only female mosquitoes bite. 2) SAND FLIES/BLACK FLIES – Wet areas throughout the north are home to these nuisances whose populations swell April to July. When you’ll find them: These flies usually bite during the day in outdoor shaded or partially-shaded areas. Diseases they carry: Vesicular stomatitis (VS), another viral disease that affects both horses and humans. Equine symptoms are fever, mouth sores, and face-rubbing; humans typically develop flu-like symptoms. Fight them with: Products containing DEET or picaridin are most effective. However, given the limited effectiveness of repellents, protecting oneself against biting flies requires taking additional measures, such as avoiding areas inhabited by the flies, avoiding peak biting times, and wearing heavy-duty, light-colored clothing, including long-sleeve shirts, long pants and hats. QUICK FACT – Black flies are attracted to mammals by the carbon dioxide and moisture in exhaled breath, as well as dark colors. 3) HORSEFLIES & DEER FLIES – Large and agile in flight, these feroc-ious breeds of flies have cutting and tearing mouth parts that can easily pierce a shirt. Their painful bites can make a normally calm horse to go out of control. When you’ll find them: In the daytime. They prefer to fly in sunlight, avoiding dark and shady areas. Diseases they carry: Equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever, a chronic degenerative disease caused by a retrovirus similar to the one that causes HIV in humans. Biting flies can transfer EIA from horse to horse. Besides making life outdoors miserable, female horseflies can transfer blood-borne diseases from one animal to another through their feeding habits. In areas where diseases occur, they have been


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known to carry equine infectious anaemia (EIA), tularemia, and anthrax. Fight them with: Most repellents don’t impress these hard hitting flies. Light-colored long sleeve shirts and pants will help though. QUICK FACT – Horseflies have appeared in literature since 465 BC when the Greek playwright Aeschylus mentioned them driving people to madness through their persistent pursuit. 4) BEES, WASPS & HORNETS – Encountering bees is not pleasant, but if you keep your wits about you, and leave the area quickly, you should be all right. When you’ll find them: Throughout the summer, but especially autumn as the days grow shorter, these territorial insects will become more aggressive than usual. Wasp/hornet nests and bee hives may be found in dead/hollow trees and logs, and hanging from tree branches. Nests may also be in the ground or dug into the stream banks. When riled any exposed area of your horse’s body (and yours) is fair game. Fight them with: Insect repellents don’t work against these stinging insects. Instead aware-ness and avoidance are your best bet. Keep an eye out for nests and hives. Be ready to shout. If you’re on the trail and your horse is stung, shout “BEES!” to warn other riders. Before you head out, talk about what to do if you encounter bees on the trail. QUICK FACT – Yellowjackets are sometimes mistakenly called “bees” (as in “meat bees”), given that they are similar in size and both sting, but yellowjackets are actually wasps. 5) TICKS – These small arachnids have incisor-like claws that can tunnel beneath your skin in seconds. When you’ll find them: Ticks are widespread across the U.S. from spring until after the year’s first killing frost. They particularly like to attach to the base of your horse’s mane and tail, to the insides of his ears, and inner thighs. Diseases they carry: Ticks are implicated in the transmission of a number of infections, notably Lyme disease which both you and your horse are vulnerable to. Other gifts from the tick include typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, tula-remia, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis. Fight them with: Constant awareness (inspect you and your horse closely and often, several times per day), Prompt, careful removal is key. Some repellents have proven to be helpful. Especially permethrin which when applied to clothes, can repel and kill ticks for months. DEET has been shown to repel ticks, but mainly at higher concentrations (upward of 20 percent). Research has found that the repellant picaridin works pretty well against ticks. QUICK FACT – The fossil record suggests ticks have been around at least 90 million years. Trail riding is one of the most pleasurable activities that you and your horse can enjoy together. To promote your, and your animal’s health, safety, and comfort, be aware of the dangers of insect pests, and take the precautions to protect your horse and yourself. Robert Eversole is the founder of www.TrailMeister.com, a free online resource for the trail rider with trails, maps and much more!

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2017 FAIR DATES JULY 23-29 IN CARO, MI VENDOR’S WELCOME! Please use our website and Facebook, as well as tuscolacountyfair@hotmail.com to inquire about Commercial Vendor Space Rental during fair This Year’s Theme:


Corn Is Everywhere!

Sun, July 23

Mud Truck Display – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Season 6 American Idol Finalists: Phil Stacey & WSG Chris Sligh – 1:00 p.m. Mon, July 24 Comedy Night Featuring Tuscola County 4-H Alumni Melissa (Hecht) Hager & Special Guest (TBA) Nationally Touring Comedian – 7:30 p.m. Tues, July 25 KID’S DAY! – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thumb Truck & Tractor Pull – 7:30 p.m. Weds, July 26 Super Kicker Rodeo – 7:30 p.m. Thurs, July 27 Super Kicker Rodeo – 7:30 p.m. Fri, July 28 Monster Mega Truck Event – 7:30 p.m. Sat, July 29 Unique Motorsports Bump & Run – 7:30 p.m.



Tuesday – Saturday

Pay One Price – $11.00 Admission, Parking, Grandstand & Unlimited Rides

Tuesday, Kid’s Day: $9.00 – 14 & Under 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Carnival Opens at Noon Free T-Shirts to first 800 kids with paid admission!

Thursday: Seniors Are Free! – 62 & Over (Excludes Carnival Rides & Grandstand)

Brentwood Graphics


Mon: $2.00 (Grandstand Only) • Sun: Free

on grounds all week!




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In addition to the election of two new Board members, the Chairs of the five AHC Committees were also confirmed: Animal Welfare Committee: Dr. Tom Lenz, American Association of Equine Practitioners Health & Regulatory Committee: Dr. Richard Mitchell, United States Equestrian Federation Horse Show Committee: Gary Carpenter, National Reining Horse Association Racing Advisory Committee: Alex Waldrop, National Thoroughbred Racing Association Recreation, Trails and Land Use Committee: Jim McGarvey, Back Country Horsemen of America Learn more about the AHC: horsecouncil.org

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 all-breed Versatile Horse & Rider Competition – aka “VHRC” – that will take place on Friday, November 10th, in the coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA. A select group of only 25 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 2017 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition Champion. The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is now in its tenth year at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, and this year’s event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Nutrena, manufacturer of exceptional nutrient focused feeds for horses and other livestock. “The VHRC is a challenging test of horsemanship for those who choose to put their skills to the test, and it attracts some pretty amazing contestants,” explained Eugenia Snyder, President of Equine Affaire. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs “The event has become really popular for both the contestants and attendees because it’s fun, fast-paced and unpredictable.” Win $5500 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 competition 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, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Morgans, Norwegian Fjords, Rocky Mountain Horses, Warmbloods, and Gypsy Vanners have participated successfully in past events demonstrating that the competition is truly “all breed” in nature. A maximum of only 25 horse/rider teams will be pre-selected to compete based on application materials submitted, and all horse and rider teams will compete against each other. There will be 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 95’ x 200’ arena of the Eastern States 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 will be judged. The 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. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

Are you and your horse ready to compete? To obtain all of the details on the VHRC and an entry form, visit equineaffaire.com, click on the Massachusetts event and “Participate” links to access the VHRC page. You may also contact Alison Scott at ascott@ equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 8450085 ext. 105. The entry fee for each horse/rider team is $350 and includes stabling on Thursday to Saturday and three single-day tickets to Equine Affaire. Applications and support materials will be accepted by Equine Affaire through September 8th. They will be reviewed by the management of Equine Affaire, which will select the final contestants for the competition and notify contestants by September 29th. Just want to watch? Come and empathize with 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. Admission to the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is included in general admission to Equine Affaire – providing just one more reason to travel to the 2017 Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA. We extend our thanks to Nutrena for their support of this exciting competitive experience at Equine Affaire, Massachusetts. Be sure to visit equineaffaire.com for everything you need to know to attend the 2017 Equine Affaire – North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering on November 9-12 including details on all of the top quality clinicians and presenters; the clinic, seminar, and demo schedule; list of trade show exhibitors; ticket information; and discounts at convenient host hotels.


HIGHLAND EQUESTRIAN CONSERVANCY The Highland Equestrian Conservancy is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2017 Trails & Conservation Program – The Highland Trail Riders and the Maybury State Park Trail Riders! The Highland Trail Riders will use funds to revise and print new trail maps that include the Cedar Creek Trail. They also plan to work on erosion control on hill areas, adding hitching posts on the Cedar Creek Trail, and adding culverts to two low areas on the west loop trail. The HTR wants to improve the quality of the trails resulting in increased numbers of riders using the trails. The Maybury State Park Trail Riders are working on reopening the previously closed trail on the eastern side of the park. They also want to refurbish a bridge in disrepair that crosses a critical culvert on a trail on the western side of the park. Both of these improvements to the trails will increase the number of miles available for equestrians to trail ride in addition to improving the trails. HEC BARN FIRE SAFETY SEMINAR The Highland Equestrian Conservancy Barn Fire Safety Seminar is Saturday, July 8th from noon-3 pm, Equinox Farm in Highland! Topics include barn fire prevention, common ignition sources, safety and security in your barn, emergency response, handling and storage of materials and supplies, evacuation planning, fire drills, smoke and CO2 alarms, heating safety, Q&A session and more. Speakers include Ken Chapman, Fire Chief, Highland Township Fire Department and Don St. Clair, retired Battalion Chief, Farmington Hills Fire Department and owner of Miracle Ranch in Milford. Lunch begins at noon and includes fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, Greek salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. Seminar is free for current HEC members, $5 for non-members. Equinox Farm is located at 855 North Hickory Ridge Rd. in Highland, MI. Please RSVP to 248-889-7328 or email hec.editor@aol.com by July 3rd. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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IEA CREATES ZONE FOR THE WESTERN DISCIPLINE The Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) recently approved a proposal to reorganize the structure of the Western discipline beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Under the current structure, there are ten Western Zones across the United States that includes multiple regions within each Zone. Under the new format there will be one Western Zone splitting into eleven regions that will have more than 160 teams and 2,000 riders. In contrast to the Hunt Seat Zone structure, this unique, non-geographic, disciplinespecific zone encompasses all of the United States with an effort to lead to a more successful and equally balanced IEA National Western Finals. The IEA will continue to hold the Western National Finals in Oklahoma City, OK in conjunction and affiliation with the National Reining Horse Association. During the regular season, there will be no change to the process for qualifying for regional finals and all eleven regions will hold a regional competition. The change happens in that there will not be Western Zone Finals as in previous years, but instead there will be two Semi-Finals held to determine which riders will move on to the National Finals competition. "The ongoing, year-long effort by IEA Cofounder and Board Member, Ollie Griffith,

along with his Western Committee, has launched a new and exciting endeavor for Western teams," says IEA Executive Director, Roxane Durant. "We hope that this restructuring will allow riders to experience a more robust regional finals and semi-finals and ultimately help to inspire new Western Teams to form throughout the U.S." In addition to Griffith, the IEA Western Committee members include: Jessica Bein (Zone 8, Arizona); Bobby Dean (Zone 2, Pennsylvania); Roger Elder (Zone 4, Tennessee); Ruth Finley (Zone 3, North Carolina); Lynlee Foster (Zone 5, Kentucky); Holly Hover (Zone 8, Arizona); Kevin Jewell (Zone 4, Georgia); Todd Knerr (Zone 5 Administrator); Katie Morehead (Zone 5, Ohio); Ashley Wilson (Zone 4, Georgia) and IEA staff members Roxane Durant (Executive Director), Jennifer Eaton (Membership Marketing Coordinator) and Myron Leff (Chief Operating Officer). A Western Zone Administrator will be named in coming weeks. For more details and guidelines on the new Western Zone, please visit www.rideiea.org. About IEA: Celebrating its 15th Anniversary year, the IEA has more than 13,500 middle and high school student riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concern-

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SADDLE UP! MAGAZINE 2ND ANNUAL SUMMER WRITING CONTEST Saddle Up! is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Writing Contest for youth under 16 years of age. There are three categories for youth to participate; 13-16, 9-12 and 6-8. Prizes for each category are gift cards: 1st $75.00, 2nd $50.00 for ages 13-16. 1st $50.00, 2nd $35.00 for ages 9-12, and 1st $30.00, 2nd $20.00 for ages 6-8. This years’ title is “What’s the Difference Between a Horse and a Zebra?” All first and second place winners essays will be published in the September edition of Saddle Up! Magazine. Deadline is July 31, 2017. More information and entry form can be found in this issue of Saddle Up! Magazine. Sponsors welcome! If you have an equine related business and you would like to donate cash or prizes, please contact Cindy at 810.714.9000, or email her at saddleup@ voyager.net. All sponsors will receive a free complimentary ad in our September edition.


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weight they will learn to carry on the hindquarters. If you run into trouble teaching this, make sure you review the Lateral and Vertical Flexion and the Backing Cornerstones. If you are doing all three of those correctly, stopping is a natural byproduct of that!

Stopping By Nathan Horsman, Western Team Head Coach, Albion College The fourth Cornerstone is stopping. Just like backing, a horse can stop one of two ways: correct or incorrect. Incorrect stopping is the horse falling onto the shoulders with a hollow back. Correct stopping is the horse taking weight on the hindquarters, rounding his back and elevating his withers. If you've taught the backing cornerstone well, correct stopping is fairly easy to teach. The event or discipline you ride in dictates the type of stop your horse needs. For this article, I'll talk about the way I teach my horses to stop. (Please note that because I train reining and cutting horses, I do a lot of backing. Every time I stop a horse (from any speed), I ask him to back until he learns that “whoa” means “start backing up.” A horse doesn't need to learn this to stop correctly, but with western performance horses, I believe it's easier to get a deep stop if the horses actively think “back up.”) First, I believe it's easier to teach stopping once the horse has been worked a while so their extra energy has been put to use and they're more likely to want to stop when asked. I begin by teaching the horse to stop by a release of my legs. Using steady pressure on the reins, set your hands to create a barrier (take the slack out of your reins and brace your hands on the pommel). Bump consistently with your legs (to drive your horse into the barrier) and, once your horse begins to move forward, roll your seat bones down and back and release your legs. Your horse should immediately stop and begin to back up. If your horse just stops and doesn't back up, increase rein pressure a little bit. It's important for the horse to know the Vertical Flexion Cornerstone well and the Backing Cornerstone for this exercise. While driving the horse forward, use your legs to also ask the horse to lift his back. We want the horse to willingly drive into pressure and also willingly respect it by backing off the bit (if we're not actively driving them onto it). Next, I teach the horse to stop from seat pressure on a loose rein. This isn't essential for English horses; however, it would be beneficial for them to learn it. Walking the horse forward on a loose rein, I make sure I sit up on my seat bones and not back on my pockets. I walk the horse forward a few yards and ask for the stop by releasing my leg aid and exhaling while doing an “ab crunch” to roll my seat bones down and back, signaling the horse to stop. At first this means nothing to the horse and he'll keep walking, so when you cue him for the stop, allow him two strides, then correct him by picking up the reins and quickly backing a few steps. Allow him to sit and process that, then begin again in the same manner. This process can be frustrating; it takes the horse some time to figure out what we're asking for and what the cues mean. It's not unusual for it to take upwards of an hour for some horses to understand. Once they consistently respond correctly at the walk, however, it's time to ask for more. I begin that by allowing them to walk farther, then ask for the stop. Once they consistently stop and back a step or two when cued, I do this from the jog, then the lope. Each horse has a slightly different stop; no two horses stop the same. Bloodlines, conformation, footing, and previous training play a part in the ability and level at which each horse can stop. Not every horse can slide, but every horse can stop correctly. The more willing the horse is to back up immediately from stopping, the more ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

“In this picture, you see the horse wanting to get her hips underneath her; however, she is stiff through the shoulders and - because she is stiff and putting weight on them - the withers are not able to elevate, which would allow the back to round and the hips to get deep."

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

Albion's equestrians train out of the College's Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, which spans 340 acres and is the only on-campus equestrian center at a private college in Michigan. The Held Center offers student horse boarding in addition to housing the collegiate riding program. The staff of the Held Equestrian Center takes pride in the fact that only one thing rates as highly as the education of the students - and that is the well-being of the horses who live there. (27)


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Surviving Summer Allergies By Dr. Eleanor Kellon, Uckele Health & Nutrition Nothing ruins enjoying the warm weather with your horse quite like the bane of allergies. Signs run the gamut from sneezing and snorting to wheezing, runny eyes, and agonizing itching. Allergies are basically a normal immune reaction that becomes misdirected when the body overreacts to ordinary things like grass or pollen and tries to fight them, and a reaction is triggered that results in the release of chemicals like histamine. Why some horses are prone to allergy and not others is not entirely clear, but studies show a strong link to heredity. Management of the allergic horse includes minimizing exposure to the substance that triggers a reaction as much as possible. Antihistamines may be used to try to prevent the development of new reactions, but antihistamines cannot reverse symptoms already present. Corticosteroids are typically prescribed for problems that do not go away on their own. They are extremely effective, but come with side effects. We can help the horse by providing supplements that support a balanced immune response. At the most basic level this includes key antioxidant nutrients of Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids. These are vital building blocks for the body's own antioxidant defenses. Vitamin C is a key antioxidant both in its own right and by virtue of its ability to reinforce other antioxidants, like Vitamin E, to an active form. It is abundant in fresh grass, but activity is lost rapidly in hays. Vitamin C is particularly important in the respiratory system and the eyes. Flavonoids (e.g. Quercetin) are plant compounds that work together with Vitamin C. MSM also has documented antioxidant activity. Spirulina is an edible algae that promotes normal balance in the immune system, including supporting the production of antibodies and healthy histamine levels. Finally, several herbs have been found to support normal immune function. These include Astragalus, Siberian Ginseng, Pau D'Arco and Echinacea. Herbals used topically can also provide soothing relief for temporary skin irritations. Ingredients that excel in this include Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Calendula and Chickweed. There is no question that allergies can ruin your warm weather fun and create discomfort for your horse, but the good news is that nutritional and herbal approaches can support normal immune function and provide temporary skin relief. Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers products that address summer allergies. Lung EQ is for horses with respiratory reactions to environmental irritants and seasonal allergens. Helps stabilize the mast cells that release histamine, and promotes normal inflammation, balanced inflammatory pathways, healthy histamine levels, open airways, and healthy immune function. Herbal-Mune Plus provides herbs and nutrients to support immune function and fight free radicals. Supports strong and balanced immune responses through the modulation of hormones, as well as gut related immune response. Phyto-Quench provides powerful antioxidants help maintain healthy immunity, especially for horses not on fresh pasture. With bioflavonoid rich ingredients for vascular and tissue integrity, fights ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017


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Horse Association & Trail Riders News July 23: Potluck and Drive at Byers Woods, Ashland, OH Sept. 26: Late Afternoon Drive at Riverbend Park, Findlay, OH. Please come and join us! BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB, OHIO For several years, the Black Swamp Driving Club has served carriage driving enthusiasts in northwestern Ohio along with some in southern Michigan and northeastern Indiana. Each year the group holds numerous events and picnic drives. Throughout the winter months, educational meetings are held at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH. A trip to Weaver Leather, Mt. Hope, OH, this past winter showed members the extent of the equine products made by the company. Another popular club activity is displaying beautiful antique vehicles. Carriages were brought to the Governor Foster (Ohio 1880-4) birthday celebration in April. Antiques will again be brought to the Wyandot County Historical Museum, Upper Sandusky, OH, for the annual ice cream social on July 8th. Spectators not only see the vehicles, but can ask questions about them and driving. Potluck’s precede club drives. Popular driving locations include Byers Woods, Ashland, OH, Parker Bridge, Upper Sandusky, OH, the Coon Hunters Lodge, Tiffin, OH, and Riverbend Park, Findlay, OH. Members also enjoy national driving events like the National Drive and the Spring Fling held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park. Educational trips have been made to the Studebaker Museum and the Carl Casper Museum in Indiana. The annual fall hay-ride features stew cooked over an open fire, and the Holiday Banquet caps off the year. BSDC is an affiliate of the Carriage Association of America, headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. CAA sponsors several activities that BSDC members attend. Guests and new members are more than welcome to attend any BSDC event. Our website is: www.blackswamp drivingclub.com or you can visit the BSDC Facebook page for more information. Upcoming BSDC Events: July 8: Carriage display at Wyandot Historical Museum, Upper Sandusky, OH July 15: Cookout and Boat Rides at Gillfillans, Indian Lake, OH

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION The warm weather is here to stay at Brighton. As this is being written, June 21st is still a bit in the future but Memorial Day has passed so as far as we're concerned, it's Summer! And, a lot of trail riders subscribe to that notion, since the equestrian facilities at the Brighton Recreation Area are getting hoards of visitors. The campground was booked for the Memorial Day weekend and the staging area was full of rigs. For the time being, the bugs are not out in full force and it's not too hot, so this is the perfect time to hit the trails. Although we reported on our “Celebrate Spring” ride and annual meeting in last month's column, we want to add a few things about that event. For several years, BTRA Board member Sue Charleville has hosted this affair and the lunch which she served up at her place has always been well received. However, this year it garnered rave reviews, it was rated as “gourmet quality,” and she was even asked for recipes for her dishes. Yes, burgers and dogs on the grill after a ride are OK, but what a treat to dine on food that is really special! We also reported on the new supply of BTRA window decals which were made available to all those in attendance at our annual meeting. At our recent Board meeting, we decided to make them available to all members who come to our events, free of charge. Just another reason to join BTRA. June was the month for our Campout and Open Ride event, scheduled for the weekend of the 17th, and we're hoping for good a big turnout. After registering for the event, participants hit the trails for as long or as often as they want, and have the option of returning to the staging area in the early afternoon for a lunch provided by BTRA. Although no organized dinner is planned for ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (29)

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FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! These hot days of July are upon us. It has meant a great season for hay for our horses. This weather is perfect for making hay at least! The trails at Fort Custer have been groomed for enjoyable riding days, trees removed, creek crossings improved and the prairie sections are mowed. Come and bring new friends to see our wonderful trail system through the Fort Custer Recreation Area. We would like to thank all of you that attended our Spring Camp Out this year. Again, it was a big success! The weather was beautiful for the 4 day event allowing riders to go on the trails all day long. We had several new campers who appreciated the pancake breakfast served up Sat. and Sun. mornings. Campers brought delicious dishes to pass for the Saturday potluck and enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches along with our DNR staff on duty that evening. Thank you to our club members who worked so hard to make this event one that riders plan to attend next year. You can still plan a 4 day stay September 14th-17th for the Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out. We already have reservations coming in for these days! All 4 days are just $45 for members or $60 for non-members. We supply water, manure removal, breakfast WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News Sat. and Sun. and a potluck supper Saturday. Following supper is our famous auction of donated items. DarylAnn will keep everyone laughing with her famous auctioneer style, trying to make this another great fundraiser for the trails. You can go to the website at www.fchfa.org for more information on this or other calendar dates. Or, call Toni Beth Hess 269-781-9688 for reservations (suggested but not necessary). As always, our Park manager attended our board meeting and shares his monthly report. We have had a ongoing issue with dog owners not leashing their animals on the trails. There are new signs throughout the Park about leash laws for pet owners. There has been some improvement in compliance but there are still people letting their dogs off leash. Please contact the Park office if you encounter any on the trails. Get out and ride! Enjoy our lovely creek crossing all summer and stay cool! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION What is the difference between Competitive Trail (CTR) and Limited Distance (LD)/ Endurance? In CTR, the riders cover a specified distance in a given time. Ride times are at the ride manager's discretion with 25 miles in 4.14 hours, including a 40 minute vet hold, being the minimum allowed time. CTR's require a rider to maintain a maximum pace of 5.5-7 mph on the trail. Every horse & rider team starts out with 400 points which is a perfect score and points are deducted from there based on comparisons to the pre-ride observations of fatigue, lesions & muscle soreness. Ride time, lameness, pulse, and respiration are judged against a set scale. The goal is to cross the finish line at exactly the specified time, there is a 10 minute safe window where no points will be deducted and a completion is given up to one hour past the specified time. LD rides are between 25-35 miles. Endurance

rides are those of 50+ miles per day. Total completion time per day (including vet checks) for 25 miles is 6 hours, for 50 miles is 12 hours, and for 100 miles is 24 hours. The LD winner and subsequent placings are determined by the horse that pulses down to 60 bpm the fastest while also being sound at the trot. Endurance ride placings are based on the order of finish of horses that meet the completion criteria for soundness and pulse rate which are set per the vet's requirements for that ride day and who are thus deemed fit to continue. Before any horse starts a CTR, LD or Endurance ride, they are required to pass a pre-ride vet check for soundness. During the rides there are mandatory vet checks where horses are deemed fit to continue or not based on soundness and pulsing down within a set time. In the sport, every precaution is taken to keep the horses safe and healthy. Come ride with us!! Our AHAM at Hopkins Creek ride is July 8 and 9 with distances of 50E/C, 25LD/C miles and a 10 mile fun ride are offered. August finds GLDRA on the Shore to Shore trail August 5-11, check the website for all the information on this amazing time! The GLDRA season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Milford, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today at www. gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION May Campout and Poker Ride Report – Our May campout and poker ride was a HUGE success. Thanks to everyone who participated, the event was well attended and mother nature cooperated by giving us fantastic weather. We had a large group of day riders that we hope to see back at our future events. Many were requesting a larger t-shirt inventory. I will be looking at some additional style and color variations. If we continue to have events as successful as this last one, we will ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (30)

be in a better position to expand our inventory. Our next event will be our Annual Horseshoe Hunt and Campout September 8th thru 10th, we hope to see you there! We are still calling for artists for our 9th annual art competition and exhibit “It's All About the Horse”. If you are not interested in competing be sure to visit the Exhibit at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, September 5-30. The talent for this event is amazing. Additional information is available on our website at: Highlandtrailriders.com. Visit our website or our Facebook page for additional information on our events. Happy Trails!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION We would like to thank all our members and guests who made the Annual HTRA Family Ride/Picnic a success! Riders enjoyed Hungerford trails and in groups or individually, then made time to network and have a picnic at J&M Camp. Thank you again for supporting HTRA. HTRA installed a fire ring pit and benches around the pit over at the main campground to allow campers a place to mingle and enjoy others company while having breakfast/ lunch/dinner or just to chat. We look forward to adding a covered structure to enhance the environment. The forest service has changed the checkout time to 2:00 pm; please make note of the time change. There are two versions of the Hungerford map that members can download from the website or receive via email; a new electronic map has the trails listed by trail numbers and the beta version which can be viewed by a cell phone. The Trail Derby Competition began March 1st and concludes October 15th this year. Riders/members will log their trail miles at Hungerford to become eligible for prizes at the End of the Year Banquet. We encourage guest riders to log their miles as well; to assist HTRA in documenting trail usage. The online log form is accessible on the HTRA website link below. If you are challenged with identifying a riding buddy to enjoy the trails, don't give up. HTRA WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News is pleased to announce our new service of providing a Guided Trail Ride. If you and your friends are new to the Hungerford trail system and would feel more comfortable having a trail guide come along on your first trail ride, please contact Joan Balk at jbalk72@att.net a few days before your planned trail ride. New riders can also become a HTRA member, join our FB page and let others know what you are looking for in a riding buddy. There is a compatible riding buddy out there! We are still accepting 2017 membership applications. Please visit the website at: www.hungerfordtrailriders.org to print an application or send an email to: (hungerford trailriders@gmail.com) and request an application or 'like' our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association'. HTRA has merchandise and apparel available to purchase. Choose between hunter orange, light blue, red, or gray t-shirts or hoodies; coffee cup and travel mugs; and ride in comfort in Hungerford apparel. Cost includes; T-Shirts - $15, Hoodie sweatshirt or zipper hoodie - $35, coffee cups - $8, travel mugs - $15, and window decals - $5. Happy Trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling

9:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 to 1:00 on Sunday. IHTA will also host a Poker Ride out on the normal horse trails. Come join us for a FUN WEEKEND!! The IHTA annual meeting has been rescheduled to the evening of September 22nd, the Friday of Harvest Fest weekend. Ionia's Chili Cookoff weekend will be October 13-15, with our activities taking place on Saturday. Visit our website at: www.ioniahorsetrails association.org, for more info on our events!

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION KTRA's Spring Campout on June 2 to 4 weekend was a great hit with lots of food, fun, and singing. And, surprisingly for a KTRA campout, there was only a bit of rain on Saturday after the evening activities. Thank you very much to Marlene Wieczorek for the great DJ-ing, Patti Perushak for her great organization, and to Paul Jones for the tent and help setting up. A special thank you to Cindy Burd who made this a memorable event for her husband, Ed, on his retirement. There was some great fun, prizes, food, gifts and gags to help Ed enjoy his special day. KTRA's next event will be the 4th of July Parade. You and your horse can be part of this historic parade in downtown Milford. This is a member-only event because of our insurance requirements. If you would like to parade with your horse or volunteer, please contact Pattie with a TEXT to 734-637-1555. IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION To join, or to renew your membership, please Ionia Horse Trails Association board of direc- visit our website, www.kensingtontrail tors met on Tuesday, June 13 at our usual riders.org, for the membership application. location, the park supervisor's building. Click on the Membership tab along the top, Plans are in place for our first ever FOR- fill out the application and pay by PayPal for BIDDEN TRAILS RIDE on July 15 & 16. We your convenience. If you do not have PayPal, are excited to share over 6 miles of new trail please bring your membership form the day with our members. We have been given one of the parade. Parade information will be time permission to ride on Dog Trail acreage posted on our website and on our Facebook for this weekend, and will be serving lunch page. If you would like to participate but don't out on the trail. If you haven't renewed yet, or feel confident that your horse is 'parade need to join up, now is the time as only ready,' we would love to have you volunteer. members will be allowed on these trails. The We are always looking for help: walkers, forms are on our website. We'll be camping decorators, pooper scoopers, gator drivers, all weekend with merchandise available from etc. Come have fun with us! Š2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (31)

SAVE THE DATES: July 29 will be a summer day ride, September 22-24 will be our Fall Campout, and October 14 will be a fall day ride. We will be posting more information soon on our website and on Facebook. Please remember...all riders participating in any of the KTRA events held at Kensington Metropark will need to have a bridle tag issued BEFORE the event. This is a permanent tag that will only need to be issued once. You must have this tag displayed either on your saddle or bridle. This is a Kensington Park requirement. Bridle tags are free. You can fill out forms on our website and bring them to the park office or you can obtain the forms directly from the park office. The bridle tags are issued for your safety and the safety of your horse. Should any of your personal information change (address, phone number, etc.) please update your information with the park office. Because, as a trail club, we are committed to Kensington Metropark, we would like you to consider supporting other activities at the park. To view or register for any of the activities, please visit the Kensington Metropark event page, http://www.metroparks.com/ Kensington-Metropark/Events. Samples of what's coming up at the Metropark in July are: Farmer for a Day, Beasts at the Boat Rental, Philharmonic Concert, Fish Camp and much, much more! If you are out and about on the trails and you see a problem, don't forget to report it on our website, www.kensingtontrailriders.org. See you on the trails...

MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Working on that Maggie Trail a few hours a week and its shaping up! It's not exactly a freeway, but its passable and very pretty. I am in awe of my little old John Deere weed whip! Nothin' runs like a Deere! National Trails Day went great! We had some wonderful volunteers who helped out at Maybury! It was a perfect day! A manure pit was put in by our President Cindy K and Dennis 'Tree Feller', 5 mounting blocks made by the Boy Scouts were put in at strategic WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News places around the horse trails: we had to dig two 2 foot holes for each to deadman them in so they wouldn't walk away, SOOO glad we had those wonderful volunteers to help!!! Weed whipping and removing brush around the staging area, getting ready for the June ride so we can put up picket lines. Worked on that Maggie Trail too. REI provided t-shirts, cold beverages and LUNCH! Wonderful time! COMING EVENTS: THE WORD IN THE WOODS RIDE will have already taken place and I will let you all know how it went next month! SCRABBLE RIDE, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2017 – 4:00 til 8:00 Come join us for a lovely fall ride! Potluck, 5050, Prizes! If you can, bring a dish to share, we will have a campfire! $5.00 DONATION 20145 Beck Rd. Northville, MI 48167 Contact: crispurslow@yahoo.com 248-9125238. Find us online at: Mayburytrail riders.org or find us on Facebook.

we head to the other side of the state and visit Elba Equestrian Center for the annual Horses for Hope CMO. Contact Greg and Linda Weirauch at 810.955.9368 for more information on this July 22nd and 23rd ride. We always love Greg’s heartfelt stories and supporting such an important cause. Horses for Hope helps children undergoing treatment for cancer to enjoy healing effects of horses. The group will finish out the season with two rides in August and two rides in September. We will wrap up with one final ride in October at Kensington Metro Park. We would love to see some more newcomers to the sport. There are lots of weekends left to try this fun sport out. Please visit nacmo.org for more info about the schedule and how to CMO. Happy trails and stay safe out there! Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION The July 21-23 Ivy Schexnayder Gaited clinic MiCMO at Massman Stable, 714 Hogsback Road, in Mason is really coming together! All nine spots are taken with more people on the MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED waiting list! Ivy has helped quite a number of ORIENTEERING riders all over the Midwest get their horses to Although my season is off to a slow start due gait properly. This should be another very to conflicting schedules, the Michigan Com- good clinic! Go to ivyshorses.com to learn petitive Mounted Orienteering year is off to a more about her and her methods. Some of great start. With two ride weekends in the our members will be in this clinic as well as books we are seeing lots of people out on the horses of other gaited breeds. Audit fee for trails. The Circus Extravaganza CMO at Silver MFTA members is $25 per day ($35 for nonCreek County Park was a great success. The members) or $60 for the whole weekend trails were gorgeous and the bugs weren’t ($90 for non-members). If you could send in even all that bad. Unfortunately, there was a your payment now to MFTA, 2333 Hagadorn bad fall on the trail. The next CMO at Ionia had Road, Mason, MI 48854, that will help us to be rescheduled due to the fact that the ride plan for enough seating (or you could bring manager must be with her husband as he your own chair). There will be food to purrecovers. A full recovery is expected and her chase on site. ride has been rescheduled for September 9th And we are also having a tack sale there from and 10th at Ionia State Recreation Area. We 10am-3pm on July 22nd. The tack sale will appreciate everyone being flexible with this be in the same barn as the clinic. Cost is $10 change and please look for updates on the per booth if you want to reserve one by July MiCMO Facebook page and at nacmo.org. 14th. Sell your extra tack and shop for more! Go to www.michiganfoxtrotters.com to print We will be visiting Yankee Springs for the off a reservation form. Beautiful Butterfly CMO on July 8th and 9th. If you have questions about this ride contact Share this info with your friends so we have a the ride managers Brandi and Emily Apol at good turn out! Our Association gets to keep 616.889.0660. Please contact the park if you all of the audit fees and booth rental fees so would like to make reservations. After that we can put on more fun activities. Bring your ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (32)

friends to meet and learn from Ivy or shop at the tack sale! Help us advertise this clinic & sale by copying the flyers I sent you and post them everywhere to encourage more people to attend! A phone vote was taken and the members who responded, voted to allow the officers to conduct Association business over the summer until the next meeting in the Fall. It is not too late to sign up for the MFTA Versatility Challenge program. Earn points doing everything with your Foxtrotter! The guidelines and enrollment forms are located on our website and Facebook page. The program runs until the end of the year. There are lots of categories that you are sure to qualify for. Get started now! Hasn't the weather been great for hitting the trails? If you are planning to participate in the MFTHBA/MFTA/MTRA National Trail Ride please go to MTRA.org to get the needed information or call Chuck Fanslow at (989) 435-9224 (evenings). Become an MFTHBA member, too, so you can earn a point toward a great prize! Congratulations go out to Chuck Fanslow, Gale Gunders and the Ostroms for the births of their new foals! Some lucky owners sure got some excellent bloodlines when they made those purchases! A warm welcome goes out to new member, Jennifer Edgell of Williamston, MI. The MFTHBA show barns in Ava, MO are being repaired after the early May storm damaged a couple of them. They should be fully operational by this summer. Go to www.mfthba.com or their Facebook page to see all of the interesting activities going on in MO and other states. By Marilyn Mannino

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION In an attempt to learn more about equestrian park users, OREA has placed a mailbox at the trail-head in the campground. It contains a clipboard with a simple survey we hope each visitor will complete each time they come to the park. This will assist us in learning more WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News about who uses the park, including how and when, and gather comments/suggestions. We will use this to continue our improvement efforts and share it with our local DNR staff. Please help us make this a useful tool by taking time to fill out a line each time you come. We want to hear from you!! OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed from hadleyhills.com or mailed to you upon request. Call/text me or leave a note on our website’s “Contact” tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President 913-660-8012

PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. Our June event was just incredible!! We had all campsites full, lots of day rider's on Saturday and the most participants and horses present in our 15 year history! Friday night Mother Nature tossed us a thunder shower only to clear the skies in time for the most incredible FULL strawberry moonlight ride. Saturday blue skies greeted us in the morning and although it was hot for June, a breeze kept the bugs away and the campground comfortable. The event was a great success for both the participants and the club. We sold out of practically all our new apparel and the poker ride yielded the most participants ever. Rich, Sally, Mary, Gina, Kyler and Susie were as always the most gracious of hosts and made the event go on without a hitch and our members, their families and friends are quite frankly the best of the best. We also want to give a shout out of THANKS to Mike and Kim English for entertaining the crowd on Saturday night, Supervisor Bissett and his Staff at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area for getting the new trail marker signs up, clearing and grading the road to the campground and making sure we had enough picnic tables, trash cans and toilet paper!! So I say sincerely THANK YOU ALL for your incredible support. We will see you in September for another record breaking event! Caryn Robinson

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer. Our next event will be our Obstacle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. This event is open to members and non-members and any level rider. Come out and try as many obstacles as you like and then go for a ride and enjoy our trails. If you are not riding that day, come and just hang out with us. We will be camping on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please let us know if you plan on camping so we can save you a spot. Lunch will be included on Sunday. All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be!). We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with our old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events, please email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com Visit us online at: proudlaketrailriders.org or find us on Facebook too!

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Memorial Day weekend – May 26-29 was three days and nights of camping, group campfires and a potluck. The staging area was packed as it was beautiful weather. There was a photo scavenger hunt game with youth riding for free, several folks found the Golden Horse-Shoes and there was a poker run. Nice prizes for participants. Chanda and Scott cooked up burgers for all at the potluck. Don and Pat Brown had the firewood and apparel for sale. Thanks to all who helped Pat & Chanda host this fun event. The Fourth of July Weekend will beginning June 30-July 4 with riding for fun, seeing our apparel for sale and a 6:00 pm Potluck on Saturday, SHTRA will provide the meat. On ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (33)

Sunday, there will be a patriotic game from 11-2pm. On Monday a very special event is being hosted for all park users on the island. It's a POKEMON Hunt for the tech crowd. Three divisions will be offered for participants +21, 14-20, under 13. Ride your horse, bike or hike it to find those critters. $5.00 entry fee. Prizes given out back at staging area at 4:00 pm with an optional donation lunch. Call 989-289-2334 for more Pokemon info. Camping is $15.00 per night. Register at staging area. Group campfire. Dogs on leashes. Work-bee credit may be used for this camping event. Call 517-881-6656. Ride like a Pirate for Treasure! There will be A Great Treasure Hunt on July 29th from 10 am2pm. This annual ride has a map w/clues to the horse high treasure chests. $10.00 fee with nice prizes given at the 6:00pm potluck. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Optional overnight camping on July 28 and July 29. Call 517-930-5558. Our other special event camping weekends allowed by the DNR will be Labor Day. It's a Ride or Drive 'em weekend September 1-4 with MHDVA joining us for Saturday potluck and fun activities and Root Beer Floats on Sunday, September 3. The Haunt Club Ride Weekend with special spooky rides on all equestrian trails October 6-8, will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck. “Explore the Hollow” weekend is October 2022 will have Open Houses for the Modern and the Rustic Cabins for anyone to visit and a special ride TBA for that day. Sleazy Barb Horsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants need to register with Host at the Horseman's staging area, have a group campfire, dogs on a leash, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check our website at shtra.org or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for specific details. Sunday, September 24th will be the 11th Annual Rangers 4-H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic. From 10am-2pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be lunch and cash prizes awarded. Call 517-651-6884. There is no overnight camping with this event. Renew your membership via the website to WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS, cont. run off a membership form. We have fun family events using our scenic 14 mile trail system. Don't forget that the rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 picket poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-44Parks. Get your rental date early as these cute cabins overlooking the lake, sign up fast. Marsha Putnam

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN WDAMI and Woodbine Farms are co-hosting a Schooling Show on July 30th, 2017 at Woodbine Farms on Liberty Rd in Chelsea, Michigan. The Woodbine facility is owned by Sari Clapperton. It is a high quality, well organized venue suited to host equine events complete with three large outdoor rings, stabling, full hook up camping and much more. You can learn more about Woodbine Farms at: www.woodbinefarms.com. On the date of July 30th, Woodbine will be offering regular and western dressage classes. The proceeds from the Western Dressage entries will go to the Western Dressage Association® of MI. WDAMI will be providing ribbons for the qualifying western dressage riders. Sari Clapperton has been very supportive of western dressage and the WD riders. Every schooling show at her farm offers western dressage classes. Her efforts to offer and include WD classes at her shows in the southern part of Michigan has opened riding opportunities for not only Michigan riders, but also riders from neighboring states. WDAMI is very appreciative of Sari and her farm. Thank you!!! To access entry forms and the prize list for the July 30th show, go to: www.woodbine farms.com/dressage. Once at that site, you can enter online or download forms and mail. Entries must be received 10 days prior to the show (July 20th). Please take advantage of this great opportunity to ride western dressage tests. Your participation in this event will help encourage

others to try this sport!! Also remember to check out the WDAMI Awards you can be eligible for by becoming a WDAMI member. Awards guidelines can be found at our website: www.wdami.org. You will also find membership sign up/information at that site. Just a quick follow up to the Jec Ballou Clinic that WDAMI hosted June 2-4 at Tromble Bay Equestrian Center, LLC in Cheboygan, MI. Again, the clinic was a great success. Riders participated in private and group lessons. Jec is a true student of the horse. She not only rides, shows and teaches, but she is extremely knowledgeable about the biology and chemistry of the horse. Her insights are so valuable and help all attending her clinic to better understand our magnificent creatures. She has written several books including: Equine Fitness, 101 Western Dressage Exercises for the Horse and Rider, 101 Dressage Exercises for the Horse and Rider and The Unscheduled Dismount. You can learn about Jec at: www.jecballou.com. We are hosting our WDAMI Schooling Show June 17. In our next bit of Association News, we will share information about the great rides, horses, participants and winners. Till then, keep bug spray handy & keep riding!

WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL We've got the show season off to a good start with two approved shows already under our belts. Our WMAR Red, White & Blue show had entries from Ontario, PA, TN, KY, OH, IN, IL, as well as our Michigan crew. We managed to get through it with only a few showers on Sunday morning, then clearing up. It sounds like we will have some WMAR members heading out to the ApHC National and Youth World Show. Those of us stuck back here in Michigan will most likely be keeping up via live feed on our computers and living vicariously through your showing efforts out there. Good luck to all! Show dates for the remaining shows are WMAR State Show in Centreville on July 1516, 2017; and the Sizzler that we co-host with MApHA at the MSU Pavilion on August 5-6, 2017. The MApHA show that we approve is the Classic show August 25-27, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (34)

2017 also at the MSU Pavilion. Stall reservations may be made by emailing me at appa loosastalls@yahoo.com. Remember that the Centreville stalls do have to be prepaid, but that the shows at MSU do NOT need prepayment, just your reservation with me. At the Centreville show, we will be holding a potluck dinner on Saturday night. Please keep in mind that we will not have a food booth at this show. There is, however, a McDonald’s, Yoder’s Country Store and other restaurants very close to the fairgrounds. Don't forget to sign up your horses for the WMAR Incentive Program. It's a great way to win some cash for your showing efforts. Forms are available on the WMAR website. To keep up with the latest WMAR news and happenings, check out our website at www. wmarapp.org or our Facebook page, WMAR. 'til next month, Sharon Clark

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes – June 14, 2017 This meeting was held at the Yankee Springs Horsemen's Campground starting at 6 p.m. with a Potluck dinner. The meeting was called to order at 6:30. Special Guest: Brad Bedford, DNR There was a discussion regarding the next set of corrals to be built on sites 3 & 4. We had a suggestion to build some of the corrals as a 4 set unit shared by 2 campsites. These would have a common back wall. It was suggested if we do the common wall it should be solid. Others said they would rather not have a shared wall, each site have their own corrals. Another suggestion a 4 set unit should only be used on small sites where space is limited. There was a vote for 4 set units or only 2 set units per site, voted on 9-4, 2 set units per site won. There will be more discussion at the next meeting. As there was a proposal already sent in to Andru for a 4 set unit with a shared wall for site 3 & 4, a suggestion was made the club pick up the extra expense where necessary for separate stalls per site. Judged Trail Ride June 24: Ron wants 10 WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS, cont. donations of $40.00 to help cover expenses of the JTR. So far we have: Caledonia Elevator, Grand Rapids Machine Repair, Sandy's Kitchen, Suzie & Erv, GC Arabians, JBD Ranch, R/C Ranch. Suzie Dykstra, Chair Person asked for obstacle volunteers, anyone who would like to help, show up at 8 am on Saturday, June 24th for the Judges meeting. So far we have Kathy Taylor, Kris DeRyder, Ruth Terpening, Lori Wilson, Judi Struble, John Dermody, Susie & Erv Dykstra, Laura Soper, Jeanne & Skip Burger, and Mr. & Mrs. Cross. Registration starts at 9 am, ride started at 9:30. There will be ribbons and cash prizes. Lunch is provided. The ride is about 3 miles long with 10 obstacles. Trail Report: Road signs are out on the roads on the 9 mile trail, one is missing for Sager Road, Ron will get this installed. There was a suggestion the trails need to be better marked. Kathy Taylor and Linda Moore volunteered to do the trail marking. Ron will get the stencil and paint to Kathy. Ron will also make metal plates with a horse shoe for our posts to indicate horse trails.

Update from Brad Bedford, DNR: Andru will be back to work in July after maternity leave and will contact Consumers Power for an update of the requested quote to get electric in the horseman's camp. A request for $2,400.00 was made for lumber to build more corrals. No update on the new trail requests. We were asked if any picnic tables need repair, we were not aware of any. Ron wanted to verify the procedure here at the YS Park for any horse that might pass away while on the trail or in camp. The DNR MUST be notified immediately, their phone number is located on the Kiosk. There is a ruling no domestic animal can be buried on State property. The owner is responsible for the cost of the removal of their animal. Also the manure pits are full, if they could be cleaned out before the Judged Trail Ride next Saturday, that would be wonderful. John Dermody recommended we try having a booth at the Barry County Fair the night of the rodeo to try and sell memberships. John will look into what needs to be done to make this happen.

Equestrian Trail Maps are needed; these are provided by the DNR at other state horsemens campgrounds. Ron asked if the DNR could provide a pamphlet advertising YS Equestrian campground with a map. Brad will look into this. New Business: Request the hornets get sprayed living in the Pavilion. We had a suggestion to mark the picket posts with corresponding numbers matching their campsite. Ron will get the numbers off the telephone poles and get them on the posts. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: In 1969 my family moved from a mobile home park in Brighton to a 3.5 acre mini farm in Walled Lake, Michigan. The home and property had a one stall barn, a fenced pasture and the most beautiful little red Shetland Pony named Bonnie. I was 8 years old and I was absolutely thrilled – my very own pony! Our 1/4 mile long road was dirt with eight houses and almost everyone owned horses! The property was adjacent to state land and we all could ride for hours, which was an incredible amount of freedom for an 8 year old girl and her pony. All our horsey neighbors would come together and ride the trails for hours on end. One of my neighbors, Susie Sulla would take my pony and I to 4-H shows. Bonnie Cindy & Mom’s Horse Melody, 1970 and I would compete in musical stalls, cloverleaf and other fun classes. You may recognize Susie’s name, she and her husband Rich are very active with the Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association. I can’t thank Susie enough for giving me my start in horses. The knowledge that she shared with me started me on a path to my life with horses and other farm animals, and in 1996, to creating Saddle Up! Magazine. Our farrier back in the 1970’s was Bob Parsons. He would come every 6-8 weeks and trim/shoe all horses on our street in one go. He was also our hay supplier and would bring us huge loads of hay that all of us on our street would split up for all our horses needs. In 1995, my husband Bill, my son Jason and I moved to our very own horse farm in Fenton, MI. Bob Parson’s became my farrier once again. Even though it was quite a drive for him, he still came. Bob is at least 6’ 5” and I remember when I got my first miniature donkeys, he said “you had to get minis didn’t you.” I knew he was thinking of his back at the time, and how stubborn donkeys could be. He still came, even with Dually, my miniature donkey that loved to sit down while being trimmed! Susie and Rich Sulla moved to a farm next door to Bob Parson’s farm in the White Lake area. Bob is retired now, but I know that his son Billy still trims Susie and Rich’s horses feet, when Bob can’t come. At this past March horse expo in East Lansing, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Susie. She remembered a lot of the good ole’ days with me and we spoke quite awhile. The August 2017 issue of Saddle Up! Magazine marks our 22nd year. I am so grateful to the people that have helped me along the way. Thank you to my parents, Don & Nancey Withrow, Susie & Rich Sulla and Bob Parsons. I would not be where I am today without your guidance, your friendship and support. I dedicate the August 2017 issue of Saddle Up! Magazine to all you! Cindy Couturier, owner/editor ~ Saddle Up! Magazine ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017 (35) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Trust Your Intuition to Avoid Injury “Try That One More Time.” When it comes to horses, these words are often looked back on with regret. They're often the words muttered right before something goes terribly wrong. Words matter. Sometimes we need to listen to the words that come out of our mouth and to listen to the voice inside instead. I strongly believe that most incidents with horses are entirely preventable and if we consider an incident to be an opportunity to learn, not a failure, then we get safer and more effective with horses as times goes on. If you think about incidents as “freak accidents,” you've lost the opportunity to learn, grow and improve. There's always a cause and effect; there's always an opportunity to learn and grow as a horse person. Recently, I had a message from a rider that was sadly an all-too-familiar refrain. Here's what the message said: I had been riding seven months and was posting while trotting and doing 20-meter circles and reverses. We had ridden over an hour. It all clicked that day. I ended with a canter. The trainer wanted me to canter one last time. My intuition said no. I told myself to just do what she said. As we are cantering she (the trainer) is yelling use the crop, use the crop. [The horse] got scared, did a 360 and went into a full run. I hung onto the mane with one hand as she instructed then finally I fell. I couldn't move. [The trainer] tried to pull me up. I told her not to. She assured me I was ok and the breath was just knocked out of me. I finally was able to get up in searing pain. She had me get back on and post and trot. I did, like a fool. All bent over, I untacked, put him up, drove home two hours. My husband rushed me to the ER. I had broken T-12, crushed L-1, fractured my whole vertebrae and had a concussion. I was told I missed paralysis by 1/8 inch. For three months I couldn't lift more than the weight of a coffee cup. Riding brought me so much peace and joy - before this incident. There are quite a few lessons to be learned here. Falling off is part of the sport and can only be entirely avoided by not riding, but while it's a rough and tumble sport, I do not believe serious injury has to be a part of it. If we learn to not push the limits of our horses and our own abilities, if we learn to pay attention to that inner voice that often warns us when things aren't quite right and if we let go of archaic and egotistical approaches, the risk goes way down. Words Matter. I've seen many horse wrecks that started with the words, “Let's try that one more time” In several decades of work with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to safe horsemanship instruction, I've learned these words to be a red-flag warning. What those words really mean is, “Even though I think we've already done this enough, and even though I think there's a chance we've already accomplished what we needed to, let's get greedy and do it one more time.” When it comes to horses, this kind of approach often backfires. I've learned this important lesson myself over the years and I can think of more than one instance where 'trying it one more time' was the worst possible choice and resulted in a wreck and/or an injury to a horse or a rider. When we say things like, “one more time,” or “I'll try,” or “maybe we should,” there is an unstated concern that something might not go right. When you hear words like that, why not complete the thought and consider why you need to do it again, what good can come of it, why do you think you might not be able to ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

do it and why are you not sure of what the right thing to do is? Maybe just stepping back for a moment and reconsidering isn't such a bad idea. When you let words of doubt creep into your vocabulary, like “I'll try,” it really means you don't think you can do it. You are doubting yourself and giving yourself an escape. The problem is that horses respond to your level of confidence and determination, be it high or low. When you use words like “if” and “try,” you erode your own confidence and your horse may respond negatively as well – by challenging your authority or losing his own confidence. When you feel the need to use doubtful words like try, if, or maybe, just take a moment to consider why you feel that way. Is this a smart thing to be doing? Are you prepared and qualified to do it? And what good can come of this or what can go wrong? If the answers are affirmative, go for it and drop the 'try.' I AM going to do this! If any of the answers are less than affirmative, maybe rethinking or thinking it through, is not a bad idea. Trust Your Inner Voice. When people are describing bad incidents with their horse, I often hear them say, “I knew I shouldn't have done it, but my trainer/spouse/friend pushed me, so I did.” Our inner voice of wisdom is important and although it may not always be right, it's worth at least considering. Far too often in hindsight, it seems clear that had you listened to that inner voice, the wreck may not have happened. It's important to hear, respect and consider your inner voice and to take responsibility for your own self – don't abdicate that responsibility to anyone. Don't let others pressure you into actions that you don't feel good about. You know yourself and your horse better than anyone. You know your capabilities and you know where you are emotionally in that moment better than anyone. Yes, sometimes it's helpful to have someone to gently push you into things you aren't entirely comfortable with, but no one has the right to pressure and cajole you into something you are not prepared for. If you have realistic goals and an objective view of both your and your horse's capabilities, then you should be confident in your own decisions and not let yourself cave into the pressure of others. Remember, your trainer works for you, not the other way around. Make your expectations and needs known and don't be afraid to stop, look and listen when you hear that inner voice of warning. Let Go of Archaic Notions. The idea of getting back on the horse that just bucked you off, is rarely a good idea, in my opinion. Whether you got bucked off or just fell off, chances are you are not in (36)


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the best frame of mind to get back on that horse. Chances are also good that your horse is not in the best frame of mind either – he's probably scared or anxious and something led to the problem to begin with. The adrenalin rush that comes from this kind of incident can often mask injuries that you may have sustained and getting back on may make the injuries worse. When a rider comes off the horse, we'll call it an “unscheduled dismount,” I prefer that she take a break, sit down and rest, get checked out medically if needed, get control of her emotions, debrief the incident, and only think about getting back on when ready. Maybe that's today; maybe not. Often, I'll get up on the horse after an incident, to settle it and let the rider see what's going on. If the rider feels strongly about getting back on, that's fine and I will support her as best I can. But no one else has the right to tell you to get back on. Not your husband, not your friend and not your trainer. Again, take responsibility for yourself and don't let yourself be pressured by others at times like this. Before getting back on a horse after an incident, think it through. What good will come of this? What would have prevented the incident from happening? Is my horse injured, physically or emotionally? What needs to change with my horse or with my own skills or equipment, to prevent this from happening again? Taking a little break – rather that it is for an hour, a day, a week or longer, is not necessarily a bad idea. Think through what happened, how you may have prevented it, and what you would've done differently if you could. Armed with this kind of knowledge, you will come back to riding with more confidence and a plan to not let that happen again. Always give yourself time to heal – both physically and emotionally, after any kind of scary incident with a horse. The sport of riding is a challenging and exhilarating sport that comes with a certain amount of risk that cannot be entirely eliminated. But we don't need to add to that possibility by doing foolish things and taking unnecessary risks. This is a sport that takes years and decades to master and getting in a hurry and cutting corners rarely pays off. The same thing is true of training horses – generally the slower you go, the better the outcome. Be patient in developing your skills and your horse's training. Work with trainers that are supportive of your needs, listen to what you have to say and make good decisions. Learn to trust your inner voice and hear what it has to say. Let your rational mind be the judge of whether or not that inner voice has a point; don't let someone else make that judgment for you. And finally, when a rider comes off a horse, take the safest and smartest approach – get medical clearance, take a break, debrief the incident and make a smart plan to get back in the saddle safely. And don't forget to enjoy the ride! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight: Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles – she's experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. Explore her online library and many training videos at http://TV.Julie ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

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and repair body tissues. Furthermore, minerals found in feedstuffs are typically bound to proteins, making protein digestion necessary in order for these minerals to be released and absorbed. Nevertheless, when COX-1 is inhibited, acid becomes the enemy because it can seriously damage the compromised mucosal layer throughout the stomach and the entire gastrointestinal tract. Turning off stomach acid is not the answer. Well, it’s an expedient solution. And it relieves the symptoms, but it doesn’t truly undo the damage that bute has inflicted. Think about it…the lipid bilayer has been damaged by inhibiting COX-1, making it vulnerable to acid. Removing the acid doesn’t take away the fact that the bilayer is damaged. Why not just prevent damage or repair it instead? There are two important foods you can add to your horse’s diet that can prevent or repair gastrointestinal damage from bute: Lecithin plus apple pectin, and colostrum. Researchers from the University of Texas Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology described this mechanism using human subjects on NSAIDS (in particular, aspirin and naproxen). They created a formula that combines the NSAID drug with phosphatidylcholine (PC). When PC combines with NSAIDs, it creates a complex that is more fat-soluble, thereby promoting its transit across the hydrophobic mucus layer of the stomach, with reduced surface mucosal injury, while not altering the efficacy or pharmacological activity of the NSAID. They also found that not only does PC significantly reduce gastrointestinal injury, but in some cases, it even eliminated gastrointestinal ulcerations. Lecithin and apple pectin. Lecithin is the common term for PC. Other research indicates that lecithin is effective in providing protection and treatment of equine gastric ulcers. PC is a naturally occurring substance; it is the most abundantly found phospholipid in animal and plant cell membranes, and is most commonly derived from soybeans, though can be derived from other plants. Chemically, it primarily consists of essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha linolenic acid (omega 3), along with a molecule of choline (an essential B vitamin-like nutrient). Apple pectin, when combined with lecithin, offers a synergistic approach in preventing and alleviating ulcers. Pectin is a water-soluble fiber which acts with lecithin to form a hydrophobic barrier on the gastric mucosal membranes, protecting them against the corrosive effect of HCl. Lecithin granules and apple pectin can be purchased in any health food store, or in bulk through online providers. I recommend feeding ½ cup of lecithin plus 2 Tablespoons of apple pectin with each dose of bute (for an 1100 lb horse). It can be mixed with any feed and is quite palatable. Another option is a lecithin/ apple pectin supplement called Starting Gate (SBS Equine Products), which may be more convenient. Colostrum. Colostrum has been shown to prevent stomach and intestinal ulcerations and also increase new, healthy cell proliferation. The Transforming Growth Factors (TGF) present in colostrum actually stimulate gastrointestinal repair and maintain the integrity of the epithelium layer of the gastrointestinal tract.

Is Your Horse on Bute? Consider Something Other than Omeprazole to Prevent Ulcers. by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Bute (phenylbutazone) is the most commonly used NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) for pain resulting from injury to the joints and feet. But while you’re relieving your horse’s pain, you may be putting him at risk of developing an ulcer. Here’s why: Bute functions by blocking the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes responsible for converting arachidonic acid (a fatty acid) to prostaglandins, some of which contribute to pain and inflammation. There are two types of COX enzymes, COX-1 and COX-2, which differ in their impact on your horse’s digestive system. COX-2 is the one we want to inhibit because it is involved in producing the problematic prostaglandins. COX-1, however, is a beneficial enzyme that maintains a healthy gastrointestinal lining and also promotes proper blood clotting. Unfortunately, bute blocks both of these enzymes, alleviating your horse’s discomfort (because it blocks COX-2), but making the mucosal lining of the stomach more vulnerable to stomach acid (by blocking beneficial COX-1), potentially leading to ulcerations anywhere along the digestive tract. Bute disrupts the natural surface barrier within the stomach’s mucosal lining. Within this lining is a fatty bilayer made up of two rows of molecules called phospholipids. The outer portion is hydrophilic (attracted to water) while the inner portion is hydrophobic because of its fat content. Because bute inhibits COX-1, it causes the inner hydrophobic barrier to become hydrophilic, allowing acid to permeate the mucosal lining, resulting in ulcerations. To protect against ulcers, many veterinarians will prescribe omeprazole. Produced by Merial, omeprazole goes by the brand names of the full-strength GastroGard® used to treat ulcers or the lowerdosed, UlcerGard®, used to prevent ulcers while the horse is receiving bute. There is some justification for using this. Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor which blocks the final step of acid production within the stomach. Since the protective mucus lining of the stomach may be compromised by bute, it becomes vulnerable to acid. Omeprazole reduces the acid content of the stomach, thereby preventing the formation of ulcers. But there are real concerns with continued use of omeprazole. You may not be aware that: Sudden discontinuation of omeprazole can cause a rebound acid effect, at increased levels, making your horse more vulnerable to ulcer formation. Omeprazole can lead to malnutrition because stomach acid is necessary to start protein digestion and absorption of key minerals. Omeprazole doesn’t protect against ulcers that may show up in the colon. Allow your horse’s stomach to do its job. Your horse’s stomach is meant to produce hydrochloric acid (HCl). HCl is needed to activate pepsin, an enzyme that starts to break down large protein molecules so they can later be completely digested in the small intestine down to individual amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of the proteins found throughout your horse’s body. If the protein in your horse’s diet is not adequately digested, amino acids will not be available to produce ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017



potential side-effects that omeprazole can create. Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices. Dr. Getty’s goal is to empower the horse person with the confidence and knowledge to provide the best nutrition for his or her horse’s needs. Dr. Getty’s fundamental resource book, “Feed Your Horse Like a Horse”, is now in paperback as well as in hardcover, searchable CD and Kindle versions. All except the Kindle version are available at www.GettyEquineNutrition.com – buy the book there and have it inscribed by the author. Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon (www.Amazon.com); find print versions at other online retail bookstores. The seven individual volumes in Dr. Getty’s topiccentered “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Dr. Getty’s books make ideal gifts for all equestrians! Find a world of useful information for the horse person at www. GettyEquineNutrition.com: Sign up for Dr. Getty’s informative, free e-newsletter, Forage for Thought; browse her library of reference articles; search her nutrition forum archives; and purchase recordings of her educational teleseminars. Find top-quality supplements, feeders, and other equine-related items, at her online Free Shipping Supplement Store. Reach Dr. Getty directly via email at gettyequinenutrition@gmail.com.

I recommend 20 grams of colostrum per day (for an 1100 lb/500 kg horse) while your horse is receiving bute. All horses, even healthy ones, can benefit from this nutritious food. Bovine colostrum is very low in lactose, making it appropriate for adult horses (who are naturally lactose intolerant). As a superfood, it is a natural source of nutritive factors that have a significant impact of on your horse’s recovery from a vast variety of ailments. It has been used by adult humans and animals for hundreds of years with remarkable results. Its impact on the horse industry is starting to show promise, revealing itself as an amazing tool to help your horses maintain optimal health. Look for colostrum that is from a source that is harvested during the first few hours of lactation and has been processed at low temperatures. The Bottom Line Instead of adding omeprazole to protect against ulcers when you use bute for pain relief, consider adding lecithin and/or colostrum to prevent and repair bute’s potential damage to the gastrointestinal lining. Omeprazole turns off acid production which can lead to other health issues. Lecithin, apple pectin, and colo-strum protect the delicate phospholipid bilayer that lines your horse’s digestive tract. Lecithin (phosphatidylcholine) is a naturally occurring phospholipid and can easily be added to the diet along with apple pectin. Bovine colostrum is also worth considering and has multiple benefits beyond ulcer protection. Both of these offer a solution without the

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Reading Your Horse by Lynn Palm Before we start training outside the box (a confined area), it is important to recognize and learn how to read the horse to tell if he has inner energy and playfulness that needs to be released through forced exercise like longeing. Many riders do not realize that any healthy, fit horse has some level of inner energy that must be released before he can concentrate on the task the rider will be asking him to do. The level of inner energy can vary among horses, but is always there. It may be present in a healthier dose in higher strung or sensitive horses. Most riders will also face another issue when training outside the box. Their horses may be overly sensitive and more high-strung than usual when taken into new surroundings. Riders tend to expect that the horse will work and perform in new surroundings in the same way as he does at home. They do not realize that a horse will nearly always be different in a new and different environment. This is especially true of horses that are not ‘seasoned’ – those who have not become experienced in going different places and traveling many miles over many years. Probably one of the hardest, but most important, things to learn is how to read a horse to know if he has inner energy that should be released or is calm and ready for schooling. One of the most obvious signs of inner energy are his ears moving very fast and his head moving side to side. Under saddle, the ears and head are an easy indicator to observe because they are right in front of the rider! We can see tension or relaxation of the horse's mouth while on the ground or hear him be nervous under saddle with noises like grinding his teeth. Relaxed and soft eyes indicate acceptance, while bulging eyes show alarm. His breathing is an important indicator, especially when riding outside. A horse will always try to smell with big breaths if he is unsure or afraid, before he spooks. His skin, whether it is relaxed or tensed tight and twitching like there is a fly on it, communicates his mood. Also, another very obvious indicator of alarm in your horse is his tail. If the horse is wringing or switching the tail, he is irritated or frustrated. While doing a forced exercise, like longeing, a horse will tell you if he is playful and has inner energy to release through these common signs: (1) shaking his head, like he is saying “no”, (2) flicking his ears with tight or tense muscles in his neck and body, (3) drastic loss of attention, and (4) wanting to run, buck, kick up his heels, or kick at you. If the horse is communicating with one or any of these actions, it is important to work him to release his energy, instead of trying to calm him down. Working him means making the horse go forward, but not running like a maniac. While longeing, if he starts to run out of control, put both hands on the longe line, lean back and use a checking pull, instead of a constant pull, to bring him back to a controlled speed and keep his head to the inside. Get him to exercise at the trot, then walk, back to the trot, then back to canter. Trot should be a square trot, not a jog. Do not let your horse cross-canter (left lead in front, right lead behind). If he does, bring him back to trot, balance and get organized, then go back to canter. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • JULY 2017

A young horse releasing inner energy on the longe line

Let the forward motion help you evaluate his level of inner energy. When the horse begins releasing it, his stride will become smoother. The tenseness in his body will relax. His tail will relax and swing with his gait. His nostrils will flare and the veins in his neck will pop out, even in cool spring weather. These are signs that inner energy is releasing. His head, eyes, and ears will lose their tenseness or quick movement. When one ear cocks toward you, his concentration is coming back to you. He will begin to respond quicker to commands. When you think his inner energy is released, test him by stomping your feet or clap your hands while he is longeing. If he shows any of the four signs of inner energy, he needs more work to get it out before schooling. Your Next Step… If your horse's past reactions or behavior while schooling outside the box surprised or concerned you, prepare to deal with them by bringing longeing gear along on the next ride. Attach the longe line to the saddle, leave the halter on the horse, stick a shorter 3-foot longe whip in the back of your pants or some other place where it will be safe and easy to carry. As soon as the horse shows signs of nervousness, or becoming high strung or distracted, get off, control him on the ground, and longe him when you can find a safe place on the trail. Lead him to an open area where he can be worked. Don't worry that getting off will cause him to repeat a misbehavior just to get you off his back. This will not happen if the rider has a plan to take this action. However, if the rider jumps off in fright or worry, the horse will sense it. This will reinforce to the horse that misbehaving will intimidate the rider. Remember, a horse knows what we are thinking. We are all afraid of falling off; it is a natural reaction. Get the horse's inner energy out first. If you are worried or frightened in the saddle, get on the ground and take charge of the horse. Riding with a friend on a very seasoned horse will help your ‘green’ horse on the trails. It will make schooling outside the box safer and more fun for you and your horse. Lynn's Training Tip… Are your longeing sessions going around in circles? My Longevity Training Tape #5 - “The Art of Longeing” will teach you how to use longeing to improve a horse's body position and balance, exercise through different speeds and gaits, condition him, and evaluate his readiness for riding or training. If you are planning on training “outside the box” (a confined area) or out on the trails, longeing is one of the best ways I know to help the horse to release his inner energy so he can safely concentrate on the lesson. Learn more about “The Art of Longeing” and other Palm Partnership Training™ educational products, services, and equestrian schools online at www.lynnpalm.com. (50)


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Become Better Friends with Your Horse While Grooming! Grooming is an important part of horse care. Grooming a horse daily allows the handler to check on the horse’s general health and well-being. Horses are generally groomed before being worked, and are usually groomed and cleaned up after a workout as well. The main reasons for daily grooming include: • Improved health of the skin and coat • Decreases the chance of various health problems such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems • Cleans the horse, so chafing does not occur under tack • Gives the groom a chance to check the horse’s health, such as looking for cuts, heat, swelling, lameness, and to look to see if the horse has loose or missing shoes • Helps to form a good relationship between horse and rider, which can carry over to other handling duties and riding

Horse Grooming Steps 1. Secure your horse: cross-tie, post or hitching post. 2. Pick your horse’s hooves: when finished, gently place the horse’s foot back on the ground. 3. Use a curry comb to remove loose hair from the horse. This is a stiff brush, so don’t use it on sensitive areas. 4. Use a dandy brush (also called the hard brush). Again, don’t use this brush on sensitive areas like the face. 5. Clean up with a soft brush (also known as the body brush). This will finish your horse’s coat into a nice shine. 6. Clean the horse’s face: use unscented baby wipes or a soft damp cloth, or wipes designed for this purpose. 7. Brush out the mane and tail: use care when working on a tangled mane and tail. Groom small portions at a time to avoid pulling out hair. 8. In summer, spray your horse with fly spray to help with biting insects like horse flies.

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• 1-20’x12’ 6” split slide door • 1-24’x14’ split slide door • 1-3/0 walk-in door • Engineered Truss 4’ on ctr.

• 2-30’ x 16’ split slider doors • 1-36” walk door • Engineered Truss 4’ on ctr.

• 2-16’x14’ overhead doors with openers • 1-3/0x 7/0 walk door




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2017 MICHIGAN BUCKLE SERIES How To Win A Buckle: Compete in five events. Three of those events must be completed at each of the Michigan locations. Example: One event at each Michigan affiliate and two other events at your choice of Michigan affiliates. Your top five scores from the summer (for your division) will be used to put you in the running for the Division Buckle. Lead-Line Division will win a trophy.

AHCA YOOPER CHALLENGES Eagles Flight Arena 21428 S. M-129, Pickford, MI May 13 & 14 June 3 & 4 July 8 & 9 August 5 & 6 September 9 & 10 Contact: Katrina Head 906.440.4181

AHCA is a family friendly competition and a diverse skills challenge. It is an obstacle course event that is perfect for all riders, all disciplines and every skill level. Divisions: Lead-Line • Wrangler • Youth Novice Rider • Limited Amateur • Amateur Legends • English • Open • Green Horse I Green Horse II • In Hand I • In Hand II



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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

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July 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Enjoy the July issue of Saddle Up! Magazine, Michigan and Ohio's Favorite Horse Magazine!

July 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Enjoy the July issue of Saddle Up! Magazine, Michigan and Ohio's Favorite Horse Magazine!