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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK It’s Horse Theft No Matter How You Look At it

Yet another South Florida race horse has been found butchered in a field where it previously grazed peacefully. This one like others was killed to fuel the illicit Cuban American desire for horsemeat. Last year, another horse was butchered, this time alive, when Miami-Dade’s grisly horse meat trade dismembered the fully conscious animal beginning with the removal of its legs. By Steven Long In the most recent incident, a race horse was taken from his unlocked pen, led by his halter to some woods behind the owner’s property. Neighbors in Southwest Ranches, a town of 7,000 on the eastern side of the Everglades, 15 miles southwest of Ft. Lauderdale, slept through the incident. The animal was quietly killed and butchered for its meat. In yet another instance, a Florida horse was found dead in its pasture, dispatched professionally by a captive bolt gun, a device used to stun cattle in slaughterhouses. The gun is inappropriate for the use on horses because of their flighty nature. All that was left of the animal was, a meatless carcass. The incidents happen in remote pastures where trusting owners leave their animals unattended. In some cases, the horses were killed with the owners sleeping nearby in their own homes. Isolated instances of illicit horse butchery in other states have been reported as well. This must stop before this trade expands. Presumably, the meat is sold at a premium; otherwise the killers would not take the certain risk of jail time they face if they are caught. It is not an easily deterred crime, but deterrence is possible, and the solution is twofold: 1. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges must take a zero tolerance position regarding this most cruel of property crimes. Sentences must be painful. 2. The Cuban-American community must police itself, letting the horse killers, and their customers know, that the practice of butchering horses in their own pastures will not tolerated in the United States. Taken to its lowest common denominator, these killings amount to three crimes, not a single act. First they are animal cruelty. Next, they are theft. Finally, they are destruction of personal property. Finally, they are an affront and an insult to every American who has even once petted a horse.

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10 HORSE BITES 16 Dream BIG & Believe - Kelly Kaminski 38 Whole Horsemansip - Dianne Lindig 40 TACK TALK - Lew Pewterbaugh 44 On The English Front - Cathy Strobel 46 Horse Sense - Dr. Jessica Jahiel 52 The Cowboy Way- Corey Johnson 54 COWBOY CORNER - Jim Hubbard Cover Story:

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Team Girl Power Wins 2012 Dude Ranch Rodeo Championship By Peter Lovett (Bandera TX )They were run over, stepped on, run into, and cut off. But getting roughed up would not deter Team Girl Power of Hill Country Equestrian Lodge from going home with what they came for with them. With true grit and great horsemanship skills, this year’s line up of Horseback’s own Dianne Lindig Lovett, Janna Lindig, Shannon Neumann, Maureen Readdy, Kathy Lindig Hunt along with assistance and saavy advice from “Horse Bites is compiled from Stephanie Husky and Bobby Saltzman, Press Releases sent to Horseback won the coveted Esther Benedict sculpted Magazine. Original reporting is Trophy for the third time in four years. done as circumstances warrant. Sponsored by Frontier Times Content is edited for length & style.” Museum, The Ranch Rodeo has become an annual two night event at Mansfield

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soring, the deliberate infliction of pain to force horses to perform an artificially high-stepping gait for the show ring. The tip line and reward are advertised on a new billboard that was installed across from the Celebration venue. Many of the trainers and judges participating in this month’s Celebration have records of soring violations. “It is unacceptable that the deliberate torture of Tennessee walking horses continues despite a decadesold federal law to stop it,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS. “The Humane Society

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Aguirre all privileges of The American Stud Book for a period of one year, effective January 1, 2013. Denial of all privileges of The American Stud Book includes the privilege to register foals or submit any documents related to foal registration. Mr. Aguirre violated California Horse Racing Board rules when he altered the back of the Certificate of Foal Registration for the horse Doc Can Dance to affect eligibility for a race. The denial of privileges was made pursuant to Section V, Rule 19, of Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book, which covers “deceptive practices, cruelty to a horse and medication violations,” and was based upon information received by The Jockey Club’s Registrar. TAHC Rides for the Brand AUSTIN, (TAHC) - The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced its new horseback emergency response team. As part of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) state response structure, the TAHC is designated as the lead

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or those of us living near the Gulf, storm watching is a way of life, especially when we have our horse’s safety to think of. By the time you read this, our current storm, Isaac will be just a memory that is being cleaned up. We had Ike visit in 2008 and there are still places that will never be the same. Of course, who can forget Katrina then her sister Rita, later following? With Katrina, I remember watching the images on TV, from my friend’s ranch in Pendleton, Oregon.

Then the horrific stories started circulating on rescues of horses. The most vivid one that I recall is about the carriage horses and how the guy saved as many as he could by swimming them to higher ground and safety. I wish I could find that story and reread it again. When Rita was coming, I had scheduled a rare flight to come home for a few days. We had made a commitment, years before, that we wouldn’t spend more than three weeks apart. So I arranged for my very trusted friend, Julie to drive Rocky and his buddy, Shine to Albuquerque, NM. I was to fly there to compete at the New Mexico State Fair. I knew Rita was in the Gulf, and was praying she wouldn’t come our way. Fear was in the hearts of everyone after seeing the mass chaos in the news reports and we had evacuees all over from there,

some even staying in the Astrodome. It was a mess. Everyone should have some sort of evacuation plan in place. That is what I have always been told and truer words could not be spoken. So we got home for what we thought was going to be spent hanging out, eating the much missed Tex-Mex, Chicken Fried Steak, etc. Seeing the course of Rita, we decided to take action with the 13 horses we had here on the ranch. First, we filled everything that possibly could hold water. Then we filled every gas container we had and made sure the generator was working. We had the canned goods, and decided we can always cook on the bar-be-cue pit if needed. (I shook my head at some of the people waiting for government handouts then complaining about it. Get proactive) We had a small motor home at the time and a three horse bumper pull trailer at the house, my giant mother ship was of course

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in route to New Mexico from Oregon. We borrowed our neighbor’s stock trailer. I had to make several calls to find a place since there were horses all over the state that had come from Louisiana and were stuck until they could head back. After several calls to several people, I found a place in Abilene. Instead of taking the horses a few hours west or northwest, where we were going would normally take 6 hours. We loaded as much hay and feed as possible, then the horses were packed in the trailers. We had my Mom, her dog and all of ours in the motor home pulling the little trailer. We planned on leaving around 5 or 6am in order to avoid hauling in the daytime heat. We live on a hill in beautiful Austin County and can see parts of Hwy 36 from our back door. Looking out, we were astounded to see lights from cars lined up like Friday traffic in Houston! It was an evacuation route so people just followed the signs and were stuck bumper to bumper at almost a standstill. Later we would hear the terrible stories of people getting dehydrated, cars dying in the heat, dogs and other animals not making it, etc. Bellville, small town that it is, had folks actually open their homes to the evacuees and let them use their bath rooms. There were folks who handed out water and food, etc. I was so proud of my hometown when I read this in our local paper after returning. Looking out the backdoor, I thought at the time, “Don’t these people know how to read a map?” Luckily for us it seems at this time, they didn’t. There was some arguing about whether we should do this or wait to see if Rita was going to change her course. At the moment, she was headed just southwest of us. If she came ashore there, we were in trouble. We live about 60 or 70 miles inland and the along with the storm and winds, tornados are a problem as well. There is a brick foundation in our back yard that was once the summer kitchen for this old house. It was taken out in 1983 when Alicia hit. We took off making our way by way of every FM road and county road we could follow on the Texas map. I still don’t know why some of those folks didn’t do that in the first place, but I was glad to see clear roads everywhere we travelled for the most part. We ended up getting back on Hwy 36 on the west side of Temple, Texas and were able to continue our journey to Abilene without much of a problem after that. Finally, we arrived nine hours after we left

home. It was hot and the temperature was hovering around 104. We got the horses settled in a beautiful barn that was a cutting horse place. The ceilings were high. I appreciated the wonderful hospitality shown to us during this stressful time. We didn’t know what we were going to come home to. My friend, Tom Perini has a restaurant in Buffalo Gap, outside of Abilene. He is the one who helped us find a place for the horses. He also had a guest house he was restoring on some property near there, so we had a place to stay. If you ever have a chance to eat at his place, do it. He also has a wonderful cookbook. On a side note about Tom, he has cooked for presidents and dignitaries. On 9/11 he was setting up to cook out of his chuck wagon at the White House for President Bush. You know the rest of the story that day. I still planned on getting to Albuquerque and have Julie collect me from the airport. So I started seeing what plane tickets I could buy flying out of Abilene. The prices were really high, so I check DFW since it is a little over 2 hours away and found one. Of course, this sat wonderfully well with my husband since I was leaving him with the horses, kids, dogs and my mom to deal with. He let this be known the whole way to the airport which is when the air conditioner in his truck quit working. Wonderful, I thought. It was over a hundred degrees we had a long drive to the airport, I was already sweating because if you know me, I HATE TO FLY. I fight panic attacks on planes. So emotions were, pardon the pun, flying around that day. Now I was going to stink, be sweaty and then sit next to some poor soul on the plane who had to deal with it. I got dumped, I mean dropped off at the door and did the usual goodbye’s to everyone. Mom was in the hot crowded truck too and she had to hug me. Off I went, trying to hurry thru security and getting stopped because I bought my ticket while I was on my way to the airport. Good thing I didn’t have to check a bag. After my pat down, I ran to my gate as they were boarding the last few passengers. I was the last one! I checked my ticket for my seat assignment, and headed to the back. I was dismayed to find that there were no windows. There Kelly Kaminski - Con’t. on pg. 42 September 2012 - HORSEBACK MAGAZINE


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a field where men dominate by sheer numbers, one woman stands head and petite shoulders above the rest. The beautiful diva of natural horsemanship, Linda Parelli, has taken the reins this year from husband Pat to be the star attraction in the couple’s annual coast to coast tour. Sitting with both Parelli’s is a treat at any time, but when sitting with Linda a girl quickly learns the conversation is nuanced with a special Australian charm her cowboy husband adores, a charm fans find captivating. She sat down with Horsebacks Diane Holt for a relaxed conversation, horsewoman to horsewoman.

Diane Holt: Tell our readers a funny story of things that happen when you all have been on the road? Linda Parelli: Over the years we’ve had some funny things happen when we travel… well, sometimes not that funny! We used to string up electric fence for our horses while on the road and one day we’d just finished and I went to get water. As I returned I saw that the fence was missing! I stood and listened, not quite sure what to do and all of a sudden I heard galloping hooves and here came the three horses wearing the tape across their chests as though they were pulling a chariot! Thankfully all were just fine and thanks to the program they ran right to me! Diane: What student/intern left the biggest impression on Pat and or you? Linda: Many of our top instructors have spent a lot of time with us. I can’t think of one that I would talk about over the others. That level of dedication and hard work is what we expect of those at the highest level in Parelli, and it’s wonderful to be surrounded by students like that. Diane: Who are your mentors besides Pat, and who are Pat’s mentors that are (alive) still? Linda: For me, it’s Walter Zettl. In my pursuit of dressage, finding the man Pat calls the “Tom Dorrance of dressage” is an incredible blessing. I have learned a lot, and been particularly excited to find out how aligned the real German Dressage way of training is with our approach. Walter has such a deep knowledge of training to the highest levels while maintaining the horse’s trust and confidence. For Pat, there is not one mentor but his study of western performance is leading him to some pretty talented, savvy and successful people. Diane: Who is someone, or something that you have read that gave you inspiration? Linda: I’ve read a lot of books over the years and attended hundreds of seminars from health to marketing, and of course my in-depth study of horses has lead me to some very inspiring people and books. But I must say that most of my inspiration these days comes from teaching. I love solving learning puzzles for both horses and people and I wake up every day inspired and excited about what I’m going to encounter before I hit the pillow and pass out with a smile on my face! Diane: What direction do you and Pat think horsemanship is headed in ten years? Linda: We think that a more natural, humane and relationship-oriented way with horses is absolutely the future. Look how much has changed in the 30 years that we’ve been teaching, you cannot go anywhere in the modern world without seeing the influence of the Parelli approach in the recreational horse world. So what’s next? The performance world of course… demonstrating that horses can run faster and jump higher out of heart and desire is one area.



Pat has already started that journey by competing in cutting and reined cow horse events with his son, Caton, and I am working with a top show jumper in Italy who is a long time student now destined for the Olympics in Rio; and one of our top Swiss instructors is coaching one of the top Swiss show jumpers too. Then there is continuing inspiration and impact that para-equestrian Lauren Barwick had in London on her Olympic challenge with horses she helped become calm, confident and connected partners through the Parelli approach. I know Pat is passionate too about changing industry standards in the way horses are raised, handled in every way which means expanding our ability to help people become more savvy with horses in more diverse areas such as farriers, vets, breeders and trainers and handlers in every discipline for which horses are trained. Diane: How do you think we get the public to the next level of awareness of being natural? Linda: By being good examples. I don’t think we can make people change, but we can cause them to want to change by demonstrating calm, connected and responsive horses that have a happy look on their face! I know more people will get into and stay in horses if they know how wonderful the relationship really can be. Diane: Linda we would love to hear about books your reading now? Linda: I don’t get to read too many books these days because I’m so busy traveling, teaching and writing my own stuff! I mostly read articles and cookbooks! But every now and then I do get my hands on something compelling and right now I’m reading Col. Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner’s book “The Elements of Dressage”. Col von Ziegner is a dear friend of Walter Zettl’s and I love how he approaches it all with such care for the horse’s confidence and understanding. He explains the major concepts of dressage too, without making it too complicated. Diane: What do you do in a daily practice session with your horse? How do you NOT let the rest of the “Stuff” bog you down to hold you back from

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getting time out with your horse daily. Do you keep a strict schedule to allow that time and HOW do you do it? Linda: It used to be very difficult for me as Parelli was more of a full time job! But a little over two years ago, as the Parelli team got to a whole new level, I decided that it was time to put my horsemanship at the top of the list and only work part-time! So every morning I am with my team and my horses. It is the number one priority and the only thing that changes that is if I’m filming DVDs, in which case my horses are often still involved! And if not, I try to make sure that we get it done in the afternoon. I’m lucky because horses are my ‘work’ and my passion, but even back in my Australia days working as a corporate executive, I would do whatever it took to make sure I got my horse time in. I kept my horses within 20 minutes of where I lived and I either rode early in the morning on my way to the office, or in the evening when I was headed back home. You just have to schedule it with a high priority or it will get pushed to the bottom of the list. Diane: What studies have you done to improve your communication with your horse that we would love to hear about? Linda: I would say that my deepening knowledge about Horsenality has become the biggest factor in more successful communication with horses – my own or any others I come into contact with. I find myself understanding increasingly more about what they need, how they think, what’s important to them and all of a sudden it all seems so easy! My work on Horsenality has also led me to a relatively new way of explaining how to train horses with very specific qualities as the governors: Calm – Connected – Responsive. These are the goals and the things we need to keep in balance and when we know how to do that the results are fantastic. Diane: What did you do to get your confidence up to ride some of the crazy stuff you did with Pat for example, the National Geographic shoot?

Linda with her two dogs: Vinnie and Moxie.




Linda: I have to admit, at one point in mid gallop on the top of the mesa, galloping flat out with the mustangs, on my ex-racehorse, with a helicopter flying next to us, I had this moment when I thought “What was I thinking?!”. But of course I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was such an amazing experience. I’m pretty confident with horses because I know how to get control when I need it, I know how not to upset a horse, and I’m not too proud to get off if things get too much for me to handle. Most importantly, I won’t get on a horse or into a situation unless I know that I am skilled and prepared enough. Diane: Linda what are your thoughts on the Natural hoof trimming, and what have you seen over the years that are successful and working for the horses? And do all the horses you work with wear shoes or are they barefoot? Linda: I think it works for some horses but, like anything, success depends on the expertise of the trimmer and the dedication of the owner. But I’m not against shoeing because I know how much it helps the ridden horse, especially in performance. I’m against bad barefoot and bad shoeing. All too often bad shoeing is compared to good barefoot and vice versa, but the most important thing is what is best for the horse and I think we should always be evaluating that… making sure they are comfortable, happy and able to perform what we ask them to do. I assess this in my horses every day. Linda on “Zen”, her schoolmaster, riding in a lesson with Walter Zettl

Diane: Parelli has so many fans that have gone to the Florida Parelli location and were wondering why you are closing the fabulous facility?

Linda: A couple of reasons… the first being that we need a break! We decided that it was really important for us to be able to totally focus on developing horses and protégés, planning and making new educational products. To be really good at this we needed to be able to concentrate on that. The second reason is that we need to develop more instructors to be able to support students in the field, so our Colorado Campus is finally becoming the university we’ve dreamed of. There will still be some undergraduate courses, but we’re encouraging our instructors to offer more of that in local areas to make them more accessible. Diane: So what is it like to live with Pat Parelli on just an average day or evening together, readers would love to know the inside scoop of the relaxed Parelli.

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Linda: There is no such thing as ‘the average day’! We are both really passionate about what we do, we are often filming for Savvy Club, and there is also a lot of travel involved. Pat pretty much rides all day now, developing his western performance horses in cutting and reined cow horse specializations plus he is going to a lot of competitions. Both Pat and Caton are starting to win a lot. They donate the winnings to the relevant youth organizations. I ride each morning (unless I’m traveling of course) and the afternoons are usually dedicated to teaching or writing and other business demands. Evenings are sometimes quiet ones and I love to cook. Then we talk about the day and crash on the couch with the dogs! We love to watch comedies to relax with, some documentaries and of course golf (Pat is crazy about golf now, too). We also entertain fairly regularly with all manner of guests coming to visit from around the country, sometimes going to the good local restaurants. But we eat out a lot, especially when on tour, so it’s really nice to eat at home. Diane: What do you feed your horses and why? And how many times a day? There seem to be a number of different opinions! Linda: I’ve pretty much been doing the same thing since the mid 1980s! Our horses are on pasture, and I think that is a really great advantage, because they can more naturally socialize, move around and always have something to nibble. Then I feed, morning and night, a grain and seed mixture with bran to which I add Parelli Essentials, linseed oil and Parelli Vitals (minerals). They have free choice kelp and sea salt, and access to both water and molasses-water (which I use as a kind of natural electrolyte) to make sure they are well hydrated. They also get a little alfalfa hay. Diane: Becoming a PNH instructor what is the average life span of a good instructor in the PNH program right now? What benefits do they get being a PNH instructor over other programs? Linda: We have instructors who have been with us since the first trainings in 1991! I think their longevity depends on how committed they are to helping us change the world for horses and the people who love them. As far as benefits, Parelli is the number one horsemanship training organization in the world. There are students all over the world who are hungry for information and support in their local areas. Being able to endorse instructors and have them trust the Parelli name is huge. We also encourage constant updating of knowledge and continuously share new teaching approaches. Parelli Instructors attend our tour events, often performing in them, so they can meet with students looking for help. Probably best of all is that they belong to a large network of some 400 instructors all over the world and they have the help and support of our company and international offices at the touch of a button. Diane: Do you feel you or Pat are going to have to win some major events in competition before you can

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make an impact on the trainers, and people in the competition world that just care about a ribbon rather than the horse? Linda: One of the reasons Pat is competing right now is to earn that respect, but his real goal is to figure out how to help our students succeed in competition and believe that horses can be trained naturally to very high levels. He is certainly attracting attention now that he is winning! In the end, we want our students to compete and be successful and have fun, not us. Diane: Some of the up and coming fabulous horsemen in the equine industry today not only in the clinician field but also in competition as well, give Pat Parelli credit for their foundations in horsemanship and are out there telling the world there is a better way, Natural with your horse. What does PNH think about that when they are not an official PNH instructor but still support the Parelli program and foundation and are winning competitions the natural way? Linda: We think it’s great! That’s how you change the world. Not everyone wants to be a Parelli Instructor, but there are still lots of great people out there using what they’ve learned, being a great example and helping to spread our message. We are grateful that they mention the Parelli name. Diane: One thing I’ve heard Pat say several times is, “Horses have gotten a bad deal over the years”, how can each individual reading this help change this for horses? Linda: If you are doing Parelli, you’re already helping. I talk to hundreds of students and instructors who are influencing kids, who rescue horses, who are staying in horses because of what they’ve learned. Change has got to start in your own home, then spread to the neighbors, and pretty soon it’s a movement that has changed the world. That’s what Natural Horsemanship is today.



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Diane: What are your thoughts about getting actors involved to support the program? Even the new westerns movies show bad riding and treatment of the horses in movies on big screens. How can we change this so the public sees the changes going on with horses on the big screen? Linda: If Richard Gere wanted lessons I wouldn’t turn him away. Haha ;) I don’t know that you can really change that, people love the rough, tough image and unfortunately horses get caught up in that. But there are movies like the “Horse Whisperer” and “Buck,” that are making an impact. I hope there’s more of those. Movies like The Black Stallion, My Friend Flicka, TV shows like Fury and National Velvet (I’m showing my age now!), all get people to fall in love with horses. What’s most important is keeping horses in our lives, There is something really special about them and how they influence mankind. Diane: Well Linda Horseback Magazine reaches a lot of folks so don’t be surprised when he calls you, you know I have your personal cell number, ha! Diane: West Point? Linda: I lost West Point last November in a freak accident where he got tangled in his pasture gate. He panicked violently and killed himself instantly. It was awful, such a shock. I miss him terribly and I am so grateful for what he helped me learn and experience. He was an amazing horse, and I am so grateful for the privilege of having him in my life, the thrill of riding such a talented mover and at the same time helping him over his difficult past. He contributed enormously to my development as a horseman. Diane: Tell us about your new horses

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Linda: I have a stable full of young and upcoming stars – all warmbloods because of my passion for dressage! Apollo is my 2yo Palomino. Oldenburg. He’s LBE and already full of mischief. He is going to be super. Na’vi is my 3 year old, dark bay, Trakehner filly. I’ve had her only for a couple of months. She’s elegant, sensitive and LBI. Highland is my flashy white-stockinged bay, 4 year old Holsteiner gelding. I found him on the internet and it is quite the story of how I finally was able to bring him home – you can read about it on his wall on ParelliConnect. Hot Jazz is my 6 year old, black Oldenburg gelding. He is beautifully bred and we bought him when he was just 6 weeks old. So he’s had a Parelli upbringing since he was 6 months old which is great because he is a really hot, sensitive RBI. Zen is my 13 year old, black Oldenburg gelding that I was given by a friend when I lost West Point. He is trained to Grand Prix level in dressage but has been lame for 4 years. My Healthy Stride farrier, Jim Crew worked his

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magic and the horse is now sound and getting fit so he can be my school master – you know that Parelli Principle #7: Humans teach horses and horses teach humans. He’s a lovely horse, LBE. Then there is Allure, my infamous dark chestnut Trakehner gelding who has taught me so much. Alli is now eventing with my protégé, Marion, and doing very well. And finally there is the famous Remmer, who is now 18 but retired due to an injury two years ago. He’s in the pasture with the herd, playing and bucking and bossing them around, and sometimes he comes with us on rides but he always turns up for his favorite scratches. Diane: Walter Zettl? Linda: Walter is a wonderful mentor to me in the sport of dressage. I have learned so much from him and I am truly blessed to be under the guidance of such a master. Walter resolutely puts the horse’s trust first and the attitude with which we train horses is the same. What I love the most is his passion for dressage and keeping the beautiful tradition alive, the way it should be done. He is my guide towards the Grand Prix and I love how he says it all starts in the basics. In fact my favorite quote of his is “The Grand Prix is not that difficult. WE make it difficult in the basics.” Just like Parelli, what you learn in Level 1 is really ‘it’. Now you just take it to greater heights, degrees of difficulty, complexity and energy, but there’s really nothing different. You keep improving the quality and sophistication with which you do it and the relationship with your horse deepens. That sure takes the mystery out of it for me.

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By Margaret Pirtle


I began writing about all the great festivals, fairs and events, the fall season is only a short time away. This fills me with great anticipation - a time to kick off the dust and heat of summer and look forward to changing colors and a cool breeze. With summer finally beginning to fade out - it is the perfect time to plan a weekend away. Listed below are some of the most popular festivals that will be going on in the months ahead. So pack up the car, put your flip flops in storage, grab a sweater and head out for some cool fall fun.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS September 12-23 ♦ New Mexico State Fair ♦ Albuquerque, NM Artisans, performers, and food vendors showcasing the state’s rich Spanish and Native American heritage and culture. Not to be outdone by rivals, the New Mexico State Fair closely follows an All-American venue featuring livestock shows and exhibits, as well as cooking and gardening competitions. September 13-23 ♦ Oklahoma State Fair ♦ Oklahoma City, OK Ranked among the top five fairs in North America, The State Fair of Oklahoma hosts many special events, including Disney on Ice, Hamid Circus Royale, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Championship Rodeo with top-name country entertainers following each rodeo event.

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September 21-23 ♦ Plano Balloon Festival ♦ Plano, TX The largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in Texas features daily balloon launches, balloon glow, entertainment & fireworks! September 21-30 ♦ East Texas State Fair ♦ Tyler TX Ten days of food, thrills, music & fun. Something to amaze all ages! September 28 - Oct 21 ♦ Texas State Fair ♦ Fair Park - Dallas, TX Embarking on its 126th exposition, the State Fair will amp up with high wattage attractions. Fairgoers visiting Cotton Bowl Plaza will be entertained with an all new production of lights & graphics displayed on the facade of historic Cotton Bowl stadium. Traditional crowd favorites, such as the Starlight Parade, Illumination Sensation & Midway Lights will also light up the evening sky.

September 28-30 ♦ Fin and Feather Fall Festival ♦ Gore, OK Each September, Fin and Feather Resort hosts its annual Fall Festival, one of the most popular arts and crafts shows in the state. Thousands of visitors flock to see more than 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their unique handiwork during the three-day event. Sept 28-Oct 6 ♦ Round Top Fall Antiques Show ♦ Round Top, TX For over 40 years, this area comes alive with activity centered around antiques as promoters, dealers, and shoppers gather together for one of the largest antiques events in the United States. Sept 28-Oct 7 ♦ Taos Falls Arts Festival ♦ Taos, NM Celebrating the visual arts and artist in Taos County, this festivals shows over 250 Taos artists working in a variety of mediums.

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER EVENTS Oct 5-7 ♦ Oktoberfest ♦ Fredericksburg, TX Celebrating its German heritage through Oktoberfest. Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. Oct 6-14 ♦ Albuquerque Int’l Balloon Fiesta ♦ Albuquerque, NM Watch the sky teem with brightly-coloured hot air ballons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October each year. The Fiesta plays host to an amazing range of vendors, including lots of unique New Mexican fare, interesting balloon equipment and all-around great souvenirs. Each evening is rounded off with an exciting fireworks display! Oct 12-13 ♦ Cuero Turkey Festival ♦ Cuero, TX This year’s the 100th anniversary for the Cuero Turkey Trot which centers around the annual march of thousands of turkeys through the streets of Cuero en route to Thanksgiving tables throughout the country. The festival also features food, dances, a parade, and entertainment for the whole family. Oct 12-13 ♦ Peanut Festival ♦ Floresville, TX A grand celebration to recognize the importance of the peanut to the Southwest Texas agriculture. Food, Entertainment, Vendors and Family Fun.

Oct 13 -14 ♦ Scarecrow Festival ♦ Chappell Hill, TX This Festival boasts over 250 juried exhibitors (home decor, gardening, artist, craftmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.). Delicious country-style food, live entertainment, music. Special games & treats for kids. Come early, festivals draws over 100,000 people each year.

Oct 25- Nov 11 ♦ State Fair of Louisiana ♦ Shreveport, LA Host to the largest livestock show and carnival in the state. Founded in 1906, the State Fair includes: carnival rides, games, concessions, attractions, music entertainment, PRCA Rodeo, livestock competitions, exhibits and much more.

Oct 18-21 ♦ War Eagle Mill Fall Arts & Craft Show ♦ Rogers, AR Professional craftsmen and women from across the United States offer original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps, country furnishings, white oak baskets, collectables & much more Oct 19-21 ♦ Robbers Cave Fall Festival ♦ Wilburton, OK Thousands of people head for this annual event where all types of hand crafted items from soaps to stick horses, cedar furniture to pottery, yard art to jewelry is for sale. There is also a carnival for the kids, a variety of music and lots of mouth watering food to sample as you enjoy beautiful Robbers Cave State Park.

Nov 1-3 ♦ Teralingua Chilie Cook-off ♦ Teralingua, TX Each year on the first Saturday of November CASI holds the ultimate celebration of Chili. Everyone is welcom to come and enjoy this grandaddy of all chili cookoffs and celebrate with unique vendors, rugged terrain, and...of course....the Chili ! Nov 2-11 ♦ Wurstfest ♦ New Branusfels, TX Everything sausage and beer is what Wurstfest is all about. This unique celebration rich is German culture and full of Texas fun is the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment Nov 9-10 ♦ Brazos Valley Worldfest ♦ College Station, TX Highlighing the many cultures that reside in the area, over 120 different countries will be represented by residents of the Bryan/College Station area. Stage preformances by groups from Houston, Austin & other cities will cap the educational opportunities of this fest.



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That’s Overalls!


ere is a reality check. Who thinks that overalls only come in blue and are worn by old men? Well it’s out with the old baggy overalls that you think you know and in with colors and design that are made for a woman’s body. It was ten years ago that Sharon Moore had to find a pair of overalls to wear for a class she was taking at the community college. All she could find was the old denim style men’s overalls that were stiff, baggy and not at all comfortable or stylish. There had to be something out in the market place for women, after all women now do a lot of work that was once just for men. There are ladies who work on phone and electrical lines, plus women who work in all types of jobs that are suited to the coverage and protection that overalls give. “I gave up looking and decided that I would have to just make some for women myself,” Sharon said. After a long search for a

manufacturer who could produce a line of women’s overalls, Sharon found the perfect one in Utah. Using softer, but still rugged material, along with colors that women want in their clothing lines, Sharon came up with a design and Rosie’s Workwear was born. Her all cotton overalls retain the look of a traditional pair, but with more room in the bust area and with fitting in the back, these overalls are charming. She added padding to the knee area, as jobs like gardening can put strain on the knees, however they can can be easily removed, when not necessary. For everyday casual wear, outfit them with a bright colored plain t-shirt and you have a great look for just relaxing in their comfort around the house. You can dress them up with a nice button down top and a wedge heel for a night out with the gals or try a bling shirt for a stylish date look.

There is no denying that overalls that fit have a quirky-cute look. They have been a staple in the traditional work clothing line, and now with color and style they can go from job to night functions with very little change. It is no wonder why overalls are so darn popular with men but now it is the women’s turn to make them our goto fashion clothing for work and play. hB

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If You Keep Doing What You’re Doing, You’ll Keep Getting What You’re Getting!


you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting”, arguably the longest title ever for an article about horsemanship, this expression is also heard in contexts as varied as human behavior, relationships, and golf. More significant than the obvious meaning of this phrase, is the flip-side question that it brings to mind: “If you don’t want to keep getting what you’re getting, how do you change what you’re doing?” Re-patterning established behavior and responses is much more difficult than developing brand new ones, due to the subconscious mind’s ability and desire to over-ride the suggestions of

conscious thought. For example, in riding, it is common for new students with no “bad habits” to progress more rapidly than those who’ve ridden for much longer, but with significant flaws in their balance or technique. In the case of the first, both the conscious and subconscious minds are open to the suggestions that a teacher will make- “Lower your hands”...”Soften your elbows”..”Open you chest”...”Relax you hips”...”Breathe!”...etc.. The new rider has no conscious nor subconscious idea about what will work or not work, or about what is safe or not safe. Conversely, when a student has been riding regularly for some period of time, ways of stabilizing the rider’s

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body and controlling the horse, whether good or bad, will become ingrained. The rider’s body may not be as stable as possible, and may be giving the horse mixed signals, or even impeding the horse’s athletic movement. The rider’s methods of controlling the horse may be neither kind nor effective. But if the rider has survived the experience, repeatedly in the past, without injury, the subconscious does not want to change a thing! Many times, during a lesson, I’ve repeated an instruction to a student 3, 4, or more times, with no response to the instruction whatsoever. It’s important to note that the student is not consciously ignoring me. After all, they’ve sought my

help, scheduled a lesson, and hired me to teach them. Rather, the rider’s changeresistant subconscious is over-riding my suggestions, by keeping the rider within their pre-established comfort zone. When this happens, I often have to stop the lesson briefly, walk up close to the student, and ask politely whether they could hear the instruction that I just gave them. If they say yes, I explain that they are not responding to the instruction, and that they must break through the subconscious barrier by doing something different, that will feel unfamiliar, maybe even uncomfortable at first, in order to make a specific improvement to their riding technique. The student is typically able to make a change afterward. Even if it is not exactly the right change, it can lead to the desired result. Another effective means of breaking through the subconscious learning barrier is to video your students, and to let them watch the video at intervals during the lesson, and after and before lessons. “Oh my gosh, my hands are bouncing way up and down!, or “My hips are so stiff!”, are some of the surprised reactions I’ve received from students who’ve just viewed themselves on video, within seconds or minutes of my having given them the same information verbally. It turns out, when

it comes to learning movement, visual information is much easier to process and to turn into action than verbal information is. It makes sense. It’s like having one less translation that the mind has to make, between receiving the information, processing it, and turning it into a change in kinesthetic response, or movement. In this case, a video, or moving picture, is worth more than a thousand words! As horsemanship and riding instructors, it is our responsibility to always seek alternative ways of expressing ideas, ones that will appeal to both the conscious and sub-conscious mind in the learning process. As a riding or horsemanship student, it is important for you to be aware that your conscious and sub-conscious intentions be consistent. For instance, it is one thing to say, “Yes, I want to try cantering today”. But, if on the first stride of your horse’s canter, you stiffen your hips, lurch back, and tug on your horse’s mouth, just after having asked him or her to transition, you have allowed you subconscious fear, however slight or subtle, to override your conscious desire to try something new or unfamiliar. Your horse gets wrongfully corrected for trying to respond to your request, and your progress as a rider is impeded. Instead, you should commit to going with the movement, no

matter how unfamiliar it first feels. I am not saying that you should throw caution to the wind, and try skills far above your ability. But if you and your instructor have established a relationship of trust and respect, and you both feel that you are ready to try a particular skill, and you express a desire to do so, then you, the student, must commit to executing it as instructed, both consciously and subconsciously. Only then can your horse give you a fair and accurate try at helping you to succeed at executing the new skill. In horsemanship, as in life, we must be honest with ourselves about what changes we are truly ready to make. Once we have decided to make a change, we must commit, both consciously and subconsciously, to doing whatever it takes to make it happen. Change implies uncertainty, and the fear that comes with it, but it also implies possibility, and without it, there is no opportunity for improvement, in horsemanship, or in life Till next month, always remember to enjoy the ride!. hB

Dianne can be reached at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge where she teaches Whole Horsemanship year-round., or (830) 796-7950



“The Road Goes on Forever”

Horseback Magazine’s Saddle & Tack Editor


bought a Big Horn Cordura saddle the other day. A gal had gotten rid of her horse and didn’t have room for the saddle in her new place. It was like new except for cat scratches, but I figured that won’t hurt it any. I always wanted a lightweight Big Horn for hot summer days when I just didn’t feel like hauling out the old Heiser. Unfortunately, the Big Horn has full quarter horse bars and just doesn’t fit either of my thoroughbreds. I haven’t tried it yet on the Polish Arab. He’s so flat backed, it might work for him. I still love the Big Horn Corduras because they had the widest selection of tree widths and angles of any of the synthetics,

and the better ones had “Steele” fiberglass covered wood trees. Even the “Ralide” trees were better than most synthetic saddles since they were primarily screwed together rather that stapled. I just don’t know how the new Big Horn saddles, made by American Saddlery, are put together. Being as I don’t have a store to work with now, I don’t get to keep up with new happenings and

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techniques. I guess I may have to cultivate a relationship with some stores over a hundred miles from Bandera, outside of my “no compete” area. As a matter of fact, that’s a good idea. If any Horseback readers know of any tack store in our readership area, I would be more than happy to do saddle fittings or clinics, using their inventory or resources to help you get the saddle and the fit that you need. A modest mileage charge and per diem is all that I require. You might suggest it to your favorite store. I always thought it would be nice to have a trailer full of saddles that I could haul to fittings and clinics, so if you had a saddle that didn’t fit, we could try on different

ones ‘til we found one you and your horse both liked. I would have an ever changing source of saddles, and there would always be a variety to choose from. I also need to get more bare trees for demonstration purposes. It’s really helpful when you can see exactly how the parts of the tree interact with your horses back as he moves. Remember, no tree fits perfectly all the time, as the back is always dynamic, or in motion. I always like to say, “A clock that is wrong, is wrong all the time. A clock that is stopped is still right twice a day”. A saddle that is wrong is wrong all the time. A saddle that is right is right some of the time. It’s how much of that time that we try to improve on.

hB Bandera’s Lew Pewterbaugh has been called the most knowledgeable saddle and tack authority in the Southwest. For private fitting consultation call (830) 328-0321 or (830) 522-6613 or email:



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Lew explaining how to do a set of templates of your horses back to take saddle shopping. Lew Pewterbaugh • Bandera, TX (830) 328 0321 • (830) 522 6613 saddlerlew@ • Available for individual or group saddle tting & clinics. Will gladly work with trainers, stables & other clinicians to help with saddle tting issues.

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was a galley on the one side of the plane and on the other was a wall with no window in my row! How was I supposed to deep breathe when I took off and looked out? That is how I handle taking off. I swallowed and looked nervously at the flight attendant getting ready to do the “safety talk.” She saw the panic in my eyes and asked if I was alright. I explained as I sat red with embarrassment, about my panic attacks and not being able to look out a window. She got on the speaker and asked if anyone would be willing to change seats with me or if there was an empty seat I could fill. One hand went up and mercifully I moved to a window seat. I thanked the elderly gentleman profusely. The plane started to taxi and he started conversation with me. I briefly explained my dilemma about flying to him. He was charming to visit with and I found out so many interesting things about him. He was a retired judge, etc. About halfway thru the flight, he asked what I did. I had explained how we had evacuated because of the storm and how we did it. Then I added about my living, “Right now I barrel race in PRCA rodeos and am working on making the NFR in Vegas. I drive usually and put about 43,000 miles on my truck, pulling my horse trailer loaded around the country. My daughter and a couple of dogs go with me too! I love it!” He sat back and studied me for a minute. His eyes were sparkling as he made this incredulous observation, “And you are afraid to fly?” I have to admit, I am better about it now. I believe in pushing through my walls of fear. I actually had a trip to Australia this past winter and am looking at returning in the fall. Rita came in east of where we live, so we were on the “clean” side. We were lucky. Our friends in Louisiana and east Texas got her wrath. I drove my rig and met Jerry along with Mom, Colton and Kenna in Abilene and brought the horses back safely. It worked in our favor that the storm didn’t come here, but I always have an evacuation plan to keep the horses safe. hB

Kelly Kaminski has twice won the WPRA World Barrel Racing Championship, and has also won the Reserve Championship twice at the National Finals Rodeo. This great American horsewoman continues to compete, hold clinics, and train worthy horses. She is currently accepting a limited number of horses for training.

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with shelter activities, support any unmet needs of impacted livestock and poultry producers, as well as assist the local veterinary community that may be affected by a catastrophic event. For more information about the TAHC visit or call 1-800-550-8242. Vaughn, Somer Hit and Her Highness O Win Final Championship Crowns of the National Dressage Championships WAYNE, IL, (USEF) - The 2012 USEF National Dressage Championships came to a conclusion in late August at the Lamplight Equestrian Center with champions crowned across three divisions. Intermittent rain could not dampen spirits as final competition was held in the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals presented by Dressage Today, the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship presented by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International. In the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals

presented by Dressage Today Genay Vaughn clinched her first equitation National Title riding in the 14-18 division. Alice Tarjan and Somer Hit claimed the final Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championship of the weekend; winning the six-year-old division. In the final championship class of the weekend Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O earned a decisive victory in the Developing Horse division. USEF Names Drivers for 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships LEXINGTON - The following drivers have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships, in Lezirias, Portugal, September 12-16, 2012. The United States will be represented by the following drivers (in Alphabetical Order): • Leslie Berndl (Newcastle, CA) will drive Fritz Grupe’s Uminco. Uminco is an 11-year-old KWPN gelding.

• Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, PA) will drive her own RG Cowboys Black Cadillac. RG Cowboys Black Cadillac is a 16-year-old Morgan gelding. • Sterling Graburn (Georgetown, KY) will drive Larry Denny’s Ulano. Ulano is an 11-year-old Dutch Harness gelding. • Sara Schmitt (Flemington, NJ) will drive her own Kaboom. Kaboom is a 9-year-old New Forest gelding • Marie De Ronde will serve as Chef d’ Equipe.

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n the horse world, horse shows are venues to showcase the results of months or even years of hard work that has gone into the training and conditioning of a horse. The end result in the hunter arena should give the appearance that the horse is a true pleasure to ride. It should look as if the horse is so comfortable and easy that anyone could ride it and still be safely in control. The hunter should carry its rider in a bold and calm fashion with a steady, forward pace. He should maintain a balance that enables him to easily swap leads when needed and turn onto a line of jumps already lined up in the center of them. Many behaviors can influence the overall impression given while on course. One of the most important considerations is the pace. A horse that gets excited and rushes the jumps can become dangerous and should never be used for a novice rider. Many green horses that are learning to jump will speed up before or after the jump as a result of adrenalin or nerves. It is up to the rider to train the horse to maintain a steady, cadenced pace. Quiet repetition of low jumps should eventually teach the horse to learn to relax and stay

“The Quiet, Steady Hunter”

calm. So, what do you do when your horse refuses to relax and insists on charging the jumps? Just say, “No!” of course! There are many ways to tell the horse to slow down. Let us assume that you have good balance and position so that you are not interfering with the horse and let’s take a look at the problem from a training viewpoint. The first and most

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basic way to slow him down is to train him to the aids. Make sure your horse responds well to your aids when working on the flat. Test your horse by practicing a few transitions. Can you take your horse from a canter to a walk without pulling hard on his mouth or taking more than two or three trot steps? If this is difficult for him, spend some time on a circle practicing transitions. Use the bending aids to help shift his weight back for both the up and down transitions. For the up transition, start with a half-halt to get his attention. Then drive with your inside leg and seat bone to create the engagement of the hindquarters. Lightly hold onto the reins to prevent your horse from falling on the forehand as he transitions to the next gait. To practice the down transition, turn his head slightly inward with your inside rein. Then, squeeze your inside leg to move his shoulders out while you firm up the outside rein to shift his weight back. This connection between the inside leg and outside rein will help you to balance your horse and stop him from leaning against the bit. The outside rein acts as your brakes. Make sure your outside leg is slightly back to complete the bend and

prevent the haunches from swinging wide. Also remember to prepare your horse for any transition by giving a half-halt prior to making the transition. If he doesn’t respond well, increase the pressure on the outside rein until you feel him give to you. Then immediately release the pressure. Once he responds well to the aids, try trotting into the fence and see if you can hold him at a steady pace. If he gets strong, immediately deliver a firm half-halt to steady him. Be sure to get completely out of his mouth when you release him over the jump. On landing, give him another half-halt right away while using the inside leg to outside rein connection as you did on the circle. If he still wants to drag you around, promptly come to a complete halt each time he ignores the aids. Then pat him and do it again. Don’t try cantering the jumps until he is looking for your aids and stays consistently soft at the trot. Sometimes it helps to gently flex the jaw and neck from side to side to soften those muscles and keep the excitable horse from bracing against the hands. The idea is to relax the horse’s muscles and to give him something else to think about other than charging. You shouldn’t try to seesaw

the bit with the intent of hurting his mouth to make him back off. The horse needs to learn to trust the hands of his rider if he is expected to give to the bit. Combinations are another good way to slow your horse down and make him place his feet more carefully. You could try placing four caveletti poles at four and a half feet apart followed by a small jump nine feet later to make him pay more attention as he trots through. Another pole placed nine feet after the jump can also help to set him up for a softer landing. The distances can be adjusted to suit the length of your horse’s stride. If he still wants to rush before or after the jump, shorten the distance of the jump or the last pole by six inches. The last pole could also be replaced by a second jump at 18 feet to create an in and out for trotting once he is going willingly through the combination. Keep the landing pole on the back side of the last jump to make him land more carefully. There are numerous gymnastic combinations that can be used, but try these for starters. If your horse still wants to charge, try going on a circle that points him in the direction of a jump each time you come around. When you can point him at the

jump without him pulling on you, take him over it. If he is strong on the back side, try another circle where you use the outside rein to slow him down or take him all the way to a halt. Some horses are so resistant to the bit that it’s necessary to go to a stronger bit. Only do this if you have tried the other techniques without success first. Once you have found a bit that gets his attention, train him to the aids more thoroughly. The idea is to take him to a softer bit once he gets the idea that he needs to stay soft in your hands. Regardless of which exercises or equipment you use, always remember that your most valuable asset will be your patience. Without displaying a quiet, calm and patient attitude toward your horse, he will never get the idea that he can calmly jump a course. The end result of your training should produce a horse that not only appears to be, but truly is a safe horse that is a pleasure to ride. hB

Cathy Strobel has over 30 years of experience as a trainer, judge and clinician she can be reached at Southern Breeze Eq. Ctr. at (281) 431-4868 or



Q&A Q:

“Hilly Trails & Safe Riding”

Trail riding is my favorite thing to do and six months ago my husband took a new job and we moved to what I call trail ride heaven. This place is just beautiful and there are trails everywhere, and woods and streams and hills. Big hills. When we moved here I thought they were mountains but I guess they are just high, steep hills after all. They seem like mountains to me! I have been trail riding all my life but only in flat areas and for the last ten years we were in an area where the trails were limited to three loops, so I am thrilled to be here but I am having some problems riding these hills. I keep getting conflicting advice and I hope you can answer my questions. 1. Do I need special equipment or tack for hills? 2. What position should I be in going up and down hills? 3. What gaits are safest for going up and down hills? 4. When should I get off and lead my horse? Thank you! I will feel better and probably ride a lot better too, when I have answers!

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Lucky you – you’re a lifelong trail rider with new trails to explore and lots of new skills to learn. Here are the answers you wanted, plus some tips to help you stay safe whilst you enjoy yourself. Tack and Equipment: On steep hills, you might need a breastcollar to keep your saddle from slipping backward on the way up – and you might need a crupper to keep your saddle from slipping forward on the way down. Either way, you’ll need to get expert advice on adjusting the equipment for your horse, and you’ll need to let your horse become accustomed to the unfamiliar sensations. You’ll also need to watch for rubs! Your horse’s conformation will affect your choices, but if your hills are very steep, you might find that a double-rigged saddle offers additional stability. Get advice from a local saddlemaker or saddle fitter, and learn exactly how to adjust your new tack. Be sure to keep the connector strap (this attaches the

rear cinch to the front cinch) fastened, and don’t overtighten the rear cinch. You might also consider investing in a halter-bridle combination. The halter is very useful if you end up leading your horse – or if you’d like him to be able to graze comfortably whilst you pause for lunch. Rider Position: You need to be balanced over your feet at all times, knees slightly bent, back straight and eyes up. Going uphill, you can close your hip angle slightly and give your horse all the rein he needs to use his head and neck to balance himself. Going downhill, you’ll want to be in basically the same position – you may be tempted to lean backward, but all this will do is interfere with your horse’s ability to keep his own balance. Remember, a horse’s engine is in the rear, and you shouldn’t interfere with it. If you are worried that your horse will fall forward, go too fast, or even stumble going downhill, practice on gentler slopes until you and your horse have both developed better balance and more selfconfidence. Gaits: Going up steep hills, horses typically do best at walk and canter; going down steep hills, you and your horse will be safest at the walk. When you see horses being trotted and cantered down steep hills,

it’s likely that either the horses are speeding up because they’ve lost their balance, or their riders are unaware of the very real risks involved. Asking or allowing a horse to descend a steep incline at speed puts the horse at risk of slipping, sliding, stumbling, falling or even somersaulting, and even if the horse manages to make the speedy descent without an accident, it has put severe strain on its joints and tendons, and may go lame as a result. That’s a risk not worth taking, for your horse’s sake and for your own. As for the best speed for climbing a specific hill on a specific day, you’ll always have to use your own good judgment based on the terrain and footing, on your horse’s feet (Is he barefoot? shod? wearing hoof boots?), and on your own sense of safety. When in doubt, go more slowly – if you don’t feel safe cantering up a steep slope, walk your horse or get off and lead your horse at a walk. Trotting up steep slopes is physically very stressful and can damage your horse; walking and cantering are both less stressful. Be wise and take the best possible care of your four-legged partner – he’s both your transportation and your friend. Leading Your Horse: If you find any hill frighteningly steep, it’s very sensible to consider the possibility of leading your

horse up or down that hill. (This will also give you a chance to develop your leg muscles – and increased respect for your horse’s ability to carry you over hilly terrain.) Just remember to (a) to go slowly, giving your horse the chance to use his head and neck for balance, and (b) whether you’re going up or down a hill, always lead the horse as you would at home – that is, from a position slightly ahead and to one side of the horse. Never place yourself directly in front of your horse – that position puts you at risk of being trampled if you slip, if your horse slips, or if your horse becomes frightened or unbalanced, stumbles or speeds up for any reason at all.

Finally, do your best to stay fit – and to keep your horse fit. Easy, flat trails don’t put much demand on your body or on your horse’s body; steep hills will make both of you work hard, so be sure that you’re also working smart. Good preparation at home will make those wonderful new trails much more fun for both of you. hB

Dr. Jessica Jahiel is the best selling author of Riding For The Rest Of Us.





Horse Care

he term Natural Horsemanship has been around since the 1980s, bolstered by the Robert Redford film, “The Horse Whisperers.” The concept is simple, and boiled down to its common denominator, it amounts to treating the horse as another being rather than a slave. The system has been around forever, but it was given nomenclature by trainers Tom and Bill Dorrence, then passed along to Ray Hunt. All have become legends in the natural horsemanship world. Today the two brother’s original concepts, long before developed by the great European masters has evolved beyond ground work and in the saddle training to a variety of devices, tack, and even feeders and rope, all branded in one way or another under the catch-all term, natural horsemanship which was originally coined by practitioner, Pat Parelli. Today leaders in the field are Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Monty Roberts, Craig Cameron, Stacy Westfall, and Chris Cox. As one longtime trainer who once used what he calls the old cowboy way said to us, “I believed that if it wasn’t hurting a horse he wasn’t learning anything.” The quotation is true. Many methods, particularly used by trainers south of the border are harsh. Natural Horsemanship methods rely on persuasion and common sense, often bringing the animal to the point in which he comes to believe performing an act when prompted by his handler is his idea, not that of the person at the other end or the rope or rein. Both methods produce results, however, Natural Horsemanship is much more humane and has developed a rabid following across the globe, including the owners of Horseback Magazine.

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“Cowboy Ingenuity”


Dad can be a little old school and before I talk about what his latest thing is, I thought I would give a little background. I grew up in Higbee Colorado, about 25 miles south of La Junta. To say we were far from town was somewhat of an understatement. The bus ride was about 4 hours per day, two in the morning, two in the evening. A lot of things were learned on that bus, but that is another story. Our bus driver lived down the road from us and she took the bus home with her for the school year. One of the things that almost always happened was getting snowed in. As kids we all enjoyed this, probably not so

much for the adults. One year Dad was having trouble with a tooth, and he mentioned that he was going to go to the dentist the next day. But it was not to be as it started snowing that afternoon and by morning the roads were impassable. For my brother, sister and I, this was a glorious day. No school and we could break out our scoop shovel (for those that don’t know we would ride it down the hill like a sled). For Dad this wasn’t as much fun. His tooth was hurting and he couldn’t get to town. There were still trails to be broke in the snow so that the cows could get to the pond, and also ice to chop. So he took a dip of Copenhagen and headed out to saddle a horse at the barn. By the time he was done saddling that tooth was starting to feel better. He figured it must have been the dip, so he kept his tooth packed with Copenhagen for most of the week. I don’t know if he got used to the pain or all that nicotine made it numb. When he finally got to the dentist he sat in the chair expecting to get a numbing shot and have the tooth pulled. He barely sat down and the dentist had just stuck his fist in there. and then

was done! Dad asked him if he was going to give him the shot and the dentist turned around, showed him his tooth and said, “I’m done”. Dad never even knew that he had pulled the tooth! Fast forward to a few weeks ago. We were out in Utopia, Texas for Mother’s Day. We had a real good visit, probably not as long as anyone would have liked, but a good time was had by all. Dad gets to telling us about a tooth he broke, said he took one of Mom’s nail files and just rounded it off so it wouldn’t cut the inside of his mouth. That’s right, I said he took a nail file and just rounded it off! No dentist, no plans on going to the dentist, just rounded that bad boy off! Floated his own teeth! What can be said after that? Price of Broken tooth: $Painfull Price of nail file: $2.00 Actual price of going to the dentist: $0

A little cowboy ingenuity: Priceless! hB

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owdy, welcome to Cowboy Corner. Wish some of the summer rain could have made it to my place last spring when the corn was trying to grow, but sure ain’t going to complain about the summer rains. No one I know has fully recovered from last year, but the cowmen are all smiles about the good prices. Cow business is never boring, and a new world every morning. Got into a deal the other day to help my nephew with a pen for a team of mules. The pen was to be built under a lean-to on the side of a metal building barn. The barn is about 50 X 100’ and the lean-to is about 20 X 100’. The 20 foot north wall of the lean-to and the 24 foot west wall of

the barn make two of the pen sides, so a 24 foot east wall and a 20 foot south wall were needed. An additional help, was a metal column at the south-east corner, supporting the lean-to. Just happen to have two 20’ long gates made from 2” metal tubing. One gate just fit the space between the building and the support column on the south end, and the 20’ gate plus a 4’ gate was right for the 24’ west side. Quick deal, three pieces, and we had a pen with solid walls on the north and west sides. The gates can be wired or bolted to the building and a “T” post used for additional end support if needed. The building has concrete beams for the support columns and the gates were placed on top of the beams, not on the ground, before wiring to the columns. If a beam at the gate end was not available a concrete block was used to make the gate level and about six inches off the ground. Only glitch in this quick pen was the 4’ gate to be attached to the 20’ gate used as a panel. Most small gates are made from 1 5/8” tubing and have hinges requiring 5/8” pins. However, 20’ gates use hinges requiring 3/4’’ pins. Have written before, about using automotive exhaust system clamps or “muffler clamps”, with cattle panels for support, as attachment to a round pipe, support, etc. Muffler

clamps come in all sizes to fit tubing or pipe used in panels and gates. To make a set of hinges for the 2” gate/panel to hang a smaller gate using 5/8” pins start with a 2” muffler clamp. The 2” muffler clamps come with 3/8” “U” bolts, which is good. Like to add a 3/8” lock washer to each side of the “U” when attaching to the panel to keep the hinge tight. Next ream the inside of a 3/8” pipe coupling to 5/8”. The coupling needs to be steel not cast iron and not galvanized. Weld the pipe coupling to the flat portion of the muffler clamp about mid-way between the “U” bolt at a 90 degree angle. Wanted a little space between the muffler clamp and pipe coupling so used a ½” solid square bar to the length of the coupling. Think the addition of the square bar about 1 ½” long, added strength to the hinge by providing more surface to weld the parts together. The described hinge is very versatile, since the clamp portion can be sized to the gate or pipe, used as posts. The pipe coupling has plenty of wall thickness to be bored to a 5/8” or ¾” or say 1” to accommodate hinge or panel connecting pins. Total material cost for this custom hinge is less than three dollars and meets our ranch requirements of affordable, available, and strong. hB

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