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Horse Bites - Dallas Crown’s Throws in the Texas Towel Wes White Coaches How to Give Medicine Without Spills Pat Parelli Talks Horsenality Elizabeth Kopplow Talks Roan and Dun Colors Dr. Chenault Talks Horse Resperitory Problems


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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK It’s high season for horse travel. With Texas four big rodeos underway, about to get underway, or already done, it’s hard to get on a freeway or country road without passing a horse trailer. Get on any of the state’s 12 interstate highways and you won’t drive five minutes until you pass a horse trailer going in the opposite direction. That’s why in the next issue of the magazine we will be introducing a destinations section to Texas’ almost 300,000 horse owner, 50,000 of whom are regular Texas Horse Talk readers. Our pages will take you on exotic rides across the state, and across the world. Adventure travel is the industry’s fastest growing segment, and a horse vacation is the ultimate in adventure travel. Right? And that brings to mind the need to review just who we are as horse owners. Do you realize that according to an American Horse Council study there are 4.3 million of us who participate in recreational activities? That’s a lot of saddle sores folks! Of those, 3.6 million participate in showing. Are you beginning to get the picture about why there are so many horse trailers on the highways all the time? Oops, forgot to mention the 941,000 of us who participate in racing in either a professional or volunteer capacity – and that doesn’t count the tens of millions of ordinary folks who participate as spectators. You see, there are 6.9 million horses in the United State. A million of them live in Texas. Nationally, almost 2 million horses are used in showing, while almost 1.3 million are used for all other activities including rodeo, polo, and police work. A little over 700,000 horses are involved in racing, or race horse breeding. So what’s out point? Horses are on the move all the time, and horse owners make up a whopping portion of the number of Americans who are on the road on a daily basis. By its nature, the owners of horses have disposable income and are willing to spend it. They buy goods and services from local retailers wherever they go, be it hay, tack, oil, gas, lunch, dinner, or a hotel room. So why are we launching a destinations section next month in Texas Horse Talk? It’s because we believe that the traveling horse owner is underserved by the equine press. We plan to do our part to change that. You see, the horse industry accounts for $11 billion in the Texas economy and $112 billion of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Don’t let anybody tell you that as horsemen we don’t have clout.

FEBRUARY 2008 14 HORSE BITES 16 THE HEALTHY HORSE - Dr. Angela Chenault 18 PARELLI - Pat Parelli and Steven Long 20 Q&A ~ HORSE SENSE - Jessica Jahiel 23 THE WORLD OF COLOR - Elizabeth Kopplow 24 TALKIN’ CUTTIN’ - Gala Nettles 28 CODY OHL - Ann Bleiker 32 A HUNTING DOGS ADVENTURE - Diane Holt 34 TACK TALK - Lew Pewterbaugh 36 ON THE ENGLISH FRONT - Cathy Strobel 38 BREEDERS BOX 40 OF HORSES AND KINGS - Jay Remboldt 42 THE TEACHER - Wes White 44 HOOF PICKS 50 COWBOY CORNER - Jim Hubbard TEXAS ADVERTISING OFFICES BRAZOS VALLEY BUREAU Diane Holt 936-878-2678 Ranch 713-408-8114 Cell Diane.Holt@texashorsetalk.com CENTRAL TEXAS BUREAU Bobby Reynolds 830-393-7037 Office 210-286-2192 Cell Bobby@texashorsetalk.com Donna Reynolds 830-393-9850 Home 210-286-2084 Cell Donna@texashorsetalk.com

Volume 15, No 2. Texas Horse Talk Magazine is published by El Dorado Funding, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397, (281) 447-0772. The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted February 2008 by Texas Horse Talk Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Texas Horse Talk Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Texas Horse Talk Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management. Subscription rate is $25.00 for one year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Texas Horse Talk Magazine, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397. Fax: (281) 893-1029 Email: news@texashorsetalk.com

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PUBLISHER Vicki Long EDITOR Steven Long ART DIRECTOR Pamela Sease NATIONAL NEWS EDITOR Carrie Gobernatz RACING EDITOR Jay Remboldt CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Jessica Jahiel Steven Long Gala Nettles Vicki Long Cathy Strobel Pat Parelli Jim Hubbard Lew Pewterbaugh Wes White Dr. Angela Chenault Elizabeth Kopplow Jay Remboldt Ann Bleiker Diane Holt Roni Nordquist


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HHHHH Dallas Crown’s Bloody Building For Sale By Roni Nordquist

As a sure sign that Belgian owned Dallas Crown has thrown in the towel in Texas, the company has put its Kaufman slaughter facility up for sale. Texas Horse Talk was contacted on January 19th by Roxanne Anderson saying she had photos of a for sale sign on the abattoir. Quickly, we dispatched her sister-in-law, Marianne Snyder, to take more photos of the sign and the now abandoned building. Dallas Crown was one of two Texas slaughterhouses to close its doors after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 1949 law prohibiting horse slaughter for human consumption was legal. The other facility, Beltex in Fort Worth, also closed its doors. Late last year Cavel International shut down its Illinois facility near Chicago after the Illinois Legislature passed a similar law. The company has said it will appeal the law to the United States Supreme Court but has lost a series of legal skirmishes thus far leaving no equine slaughter occurring in the United States at the present time. Currently thousands of U.S. horses are being shipped to Mexico and Canada.

HHHHH Davidson Brings Big Ideas to Large Animal Clinical Staff at Texas A&M CVM  It’s been called the toughest job you will ever love, and yet in spite of the many rewards, there remains a national shortage of rural veterinarians. Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is committed to spreading the word to current and prospective veterinary medical students about

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the opportunities that can be found in this challenging line of work. The first step was hiring Dr. John Davidson, an Aggie and former practicing veterinarian, to join the Food Animal Section of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the CVM.  “Today’s students need to be told about the best kept secret in all of veterinary medicine – mixed animal practitioners have more fun,” says Davidson And Davidson should know.  He returns to A&M, where he received both his undergraduate and veterinary medical degrees, from a successful mixed animal practice that boasted two clinics in Caldwell County Davidson acknowledges that some of the biggest challenges mixed animal veterinarians face are the different level of management intensity and sophistication among today’s cattle producers. This poses a challenge to all charged with providing a wholesome product to an increasingly conscious beef consuming public. Davidson’s enthusiasm for working with cattle and cattle producers began at an early age, and that passion was nurtured by his hometown veterinarians. “Dr. Davidson has a lot of energy, and has already begun to outline a very ambitious set of goals for the program,” said Dr. Dan Posey, chief of food animal medicine at Texas A&M. “We couldn’t have found a more dynamic individual to introduce our students to mixed animal practice.  We’re very excited he’s on board and expect great things to come.”

HHHHH AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship The American Quarter Horse Association, a longtime industry leader, continues its innovative path by being the first association to offer a comprehensive horsemanship book. Developed through an educational partnership with La Cense Montana, “AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship: Step 1” and “AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship: Step 2” are guides to horsemanship and training techniques developed to bring horses and their owners closer. Each book contains more than 100 step-bystep photographs to demonstrate 30 exercises to help people develop better relationships with their horses. A 90-minute DVD is included with each book and demonstrates each exercise using the scenic La Cense Montana Ranch

as a backdrop. The program was reviewed by a panel of AQHA professionals to ensure the methods were safe and easy to understand. La Cense Montana is an 88,000-acre ranch focused on developing premium recreational American Quarter Horses and raising topgrade Black Angus cattle through the principles of natural ranching. La Cense Founder William Kriegel has a passion for horses and a mission for education. For more than 20 years, La Cense has used the natural horsemanship methods described in AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship. Each book/DVD set sells for $24.95, and AQHA members receive a $5 discount per set. To order “AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship” visit www.fundamentals.aqha.com.

HHHHH “NTRA RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY” TO AIR ON ESPN NETWORKS BEGINNING MARCH 22; SERIES TO INCLUDE FLORIDA DERBY, TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES, ARKANSAS DERBY “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” will air on the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 22, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today. The series provides coverage of several key Triple Crown prep races, including the $1 million Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park, the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland and the $1 million Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park. Beginning with live coverage of the Lane’s End Stakes from Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” will offer six major races from four different race tracks. The series will conclude with a Triple Crown special airing from Louisville’s Churchill Downs two days prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense made his final start before the Run for the Roses in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The 2007 Arkansas Derby winner, Curlin, went on to capture the Preakness Stakes, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge. The initial NTRA telecast of 2008 will feature special, live coverage of the January 26 Sunshine Millions from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on ESPN2. The Sunshine Millions features the nation’s top Florida- and California breds squaring off in races taking place at both Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita.


HHHHH APHA and the American HORSE COUNCIL SADDLE UP FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL CAVALRY In an effort to better represent and serve the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council (AHC) and the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) are initiating a new direct grassroots effort entitled, “The Congressional Cavalry Program.” All individual horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, trainers, competitors, recreational riders, service providers and anyone who desires to be involved in grassroots efforts in Washington are encouraged to join the Congressional Cavalry Program. The purpose of the program is to identify at least one member of the American Paint Horse Association in each Congressional District across America who will agree to contact his/her Representative/Senator or other federal officials when asked Individuals will be mobilized when there is a need for grassroots lobbying. The AHC will provide participants programs with any necessary information. Members of the program will be put on an email, fax or mail list so they can be contacted and activated quickly. Other Congressional Cavalry activities may include: Hoof Picks - Con’t. on pg. 26

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Last summer was harsh on horses in Texas. Respiratory problems were rampant, particularly heaves or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Cases of skin allergies were also rising. Most likely this was caused by the large amount of rainfall we received early on in the summer followed by the typical summer’s heat. These initial wet conditions followed by the heat allowed fungi and mold on pastures and therefore hay to grow wildly, particularly on the Gulf Coast. In the late summer there were horses exhibiting skin and respiratory allergies that had never had problems before in their lives. This was even occurring in younger horses, which is unusual. Horses with allergies in previous years were having more difficulty this year. I also observed that some of the horses with COPD were having difficulty sweating. While we may not have the weather conditions that caused these problems this year, let’s discuss what we can do help minimize these problems. If you know that your horse has COPD or skin allergies from year to year, it is helpful to know exactly what your horse is allergic too. Allergy testing is the fastest and most expensive way to determine this. Fall and winter is the best to do this testing as most of the allergens are at a lull in the environment and the horse’s immune system is also a little quieter because of this. This lessens your risk of getting false positives on the test. Also, at this time of year, your horse is usually off all medicines for allergies so the medicines will not be interfering with the test results. There are many things in the air and feed that horses can cause horses to become allergic. Timothy, bermuda hay, various fungi and molds, oats and corn are all common. Skin testing is considered the gold standard test but usually

must be performed at a university or referral hospital. Blood testing for allergy antibodies in the blood can be performed at the barn with reasonable success. Once the particular allergies are known, then you can remove those substances by changing their hay or feed or changing their pasture. This may involve keeping them off pasture all together. Another option is to get hyposensitization shots made according to the results of the tests. These are shots that can easily be given by the owner at home on a schedule. The blood test costs from $170-$200 and the allergen shots can cost from $100 to $170 depending on the number of allergens that are present. A cheaper but more labor intensive method is to remove all potential allergens from you horse’s environment while they are showing symptoms. After the horse has improved, then one by one reintroduce each week. This requires attention to detail and good record keeping. Items to start with would be pasture turn out, their usual hay and their feeds. If you are unable to determine what the allergen is or unable to remove it, then medications or herbal products will need to be given to reduce symptoms. Anti- histamines only help when the horse’s condition is not very advanced. Unfortunately, allergies tend to get worse with each passing year. Steroids are frequently needed to control symptoms and usually in increasing doses every year. There are herbal products available that claim to cure allergies; however, limited studies have been done to prove their claims. It’s difficult to prove that any one thing helps as each horse responds or doesn’t respond individually. Removal of the particular allergen is often the only treatment that works. Often horses with allergies also have difficulties sweating. They may not sweat enough or at all. Sometimes this goes unrecognized because the horse is not being worked due to the allergy problem. If you suspect your horse may not be sweating enough, then put her on One AC. You can find this at most tack stores and it is completely safe as it is minerals. It is very successful if given prior to the hot weather. I suggest starting it in late March or early April. The same can be said for most preventative programs… start before you actually need it. As we provide better care for our horses and they live longer such problems arise. However, with the advice of your veterinarian, you can stay on top of them. Dr. Angela Chenault owns La Paloma Equine Clinic in Waller and services the surrounding areas.


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Southern Star Ranch Offered at $348,220 LIVE YOUR COUNTRY DREAM 92 Acres Southern Star Ranch where the beat of bird wings can be heard and other gentle soothing sounds of nature. Totally and utterly unspoiled! This is a gorgeous 92-acre tract where dove, deer and wild turkey abound! Located just off of highway 95 near Kovar between Smithville and Cistern and close enough to Austin to be convenient, yet far from the noise and bustle of the city. Your own private Eden. These 92 acres are enhanced by a seasonal creek, a pond, and a water well that keeps wildlife and livestock happy even in the driest Texas months. The beautiful trees include Oak, Pine and Juniper. The land is still in its original state with a 5-strand barbed wire fence that encloses the property on three sides. Telephone and cable nodes available on land & the county roads are well maintained and all bridges are new. You must see this land to truly appreciate it. Red Tailed Hawks soar in the sky above and big Jack Rabbits call it home. The underbrush creates an excellent habitat for wildlife. It would be a game hunter’s paradise or wildlife lovers dream. Call Barbara for directions! GREAT PRICE FOR THIS AREA!! Visit the virtual tour at http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=353851

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1946 Jeddo Road, Rosanky, Texas Priced to Sell at $199,950 18.437 Acres where the beat of bird wings can be heard and other gentle soothing sounds of nature. Totally and utterly unspoiled! This is a gorgeous tract where you could bring your horses and your children to enjoy the country! This 4 Bedroom 2 bath home sports custom carpet in master bedroom which includes a sun room and office area. Master bath is expansive with his and hers areas including a stand alone shower and garden tub. Formal dining room is attached to living room which includes fireplace that has never been used. Laminate flooring in bathrooms and living room and tile in kitchen and entry ways. Brightly lit home with many windows, energy star throughout. Back bedrooms have new carpet. Kitchen is huge with island and informal breakfast area. Expansive deck off back of house which is brand new. COMPLETELY FENCED!! Separate fenced pastures (2). Picket fenced garden with extra panels to expand. Above ground pool with new foam pad for bottom and new liner. Three stall barn with adjacent livestock pen. Horse or hiking trails cut throughout property. City water and electric. Three sheds for storage. (Can include brand new riding lawn mower, extra riding lawn mower, blower, weed whacker, and other upkeep tools.) Visit the virtual tour at http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=394797

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By Pat Parelli with Steven Long

TEXAS HORSE TALK: We are increasingly seeing and hearing you talk about horsenality. What exactly are you talking about here? PAT PARELLI: Every horse has its own horsenality. I’ve been talking about horsenality for 25 years. My initial goal was first to get people to quit thinking so anthropomorphically and to start thinking about horsenality. For the past 25 years the Parelli organization has been able to do that. We’ve been able to get people to think of things differently. THT: So what do you mean? That’s an awful

big word you used. PARELLI: If you think of a horse as a horsenality, I want you to think of two major things. Does your horse tend to be extroverted or introverted? Extroverted horses tend to get up in the air and move their feet a lot. Introverted horses tend be more sedate. THT: Well that sounds pretty simple. PARELLI: It is THT: So what do we look for?

PARELLI: What I want you to think about is whether your horse is right brained or left brained. Right brained horses tend to be more instinctive, more perceptive, more sensitive. They tend to act without thinking just like they do when they are in the wild. In that environment there is no time to think because it may be a life or death situation. They react the moment they sense danger and take flight. What is certain is that right brained horses are not safe. They are dangerous to ride, dangerous when they are in unfamiliar situations, they are fearful, spooky, claustrophobic, over reactive, hypersensitive and have difficulty with anything that changes. They don’t have much self control and don’t learn as well as left brained horses. Yet they can learn but you must build their confidence. It takes a lot of repetition because change frightens them, but as they become more confident, they become better learners because the brain doesn’t go into shut down because of fear. THT: And I guess that means left brained horses are the better option? PARELLI: Left brained horses tend to be more thoughtful, they are thinking type horses who figure out the puzzle. THT: So figuring out the way your horses “thinks” goes a long way toward how you handle him, treat him, and train him? PARELLI: If you can figure out your horse’s horsenality, you might have a right brain extrovert brain, or a left brained introvert. Either way, at Parelli.com you can find out the solutions for your horse’s horsenality in order to be the perfect partner.

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RIDER POSITION; RIDER SAFETY Q

I learned to ride from a teacher who learned from an old cavalryman. Maybe it was the military influence? He was a real bear about POSITION. I always had to be in the right position before I asked the horse to do anything! I learned well and I’ve had compliments on my riding from horse show judges and clinicians. I just came home from watching my friend’s daughter ride in a show, and I was horrified. She was all over her horse, sliding this way and that, tipping to one side, pulling much harder on one rein than the other. I cringed the whole time and I couldn’t imagine what to say to her or her mother after the class. Of course she didn’t get placed! Afterwards, she (daughter) said the judge told her she needed

to work on her position, and I thought I was safe to agree. My friend and her daughter got very upset and told me that I was old-fashioned like the judge, that I didn’t understand modern riding, and that what mattered was to “connect with the horse” (whatever this means). Her instructor says she can “pick up a position” later on but if she thinks about position now, it will interfere with her learning to ride. Frankly I was floored. I can understand the daughter buying into this, she is only thirteen and her instructor is a good-looking young man in his twenties! But I don’t understand my friend. She isn’t a rider, but you’d think she would learn about the sport her daughter is doing! I know this isn’t really my business, I met

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my friend a year ago after her husband began working with my husband, and I don’t want to cause trouble between us, but I am worried about her daughter’s safety. There’s no point in taking “lessons”where the rider doesn’t learn to ride. She may “connect” with the horse, but she obviously doesn’t realize that she’s riding badly and making her horse very uncomfortable. This goes against everything I was taught, and obviously I’m not the only one since the judge made those comments to her. Am I just old-fashioned and wrong? Is this the new way of riding? I hope not! How can I tell my friend that her daughter isn’t safe and that she needs a real instructor?

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Lucky you! You seem to have had a real riding instructor. Sadly that’s not the case for the poor young girl you’ve described. These “lessons” are worse than useless - they are downright dangerous. This child is putting herself at risk every time she gets on a horse, because she is not learning to ride. I think you can safely assume that her handsome young instructor knows nothing about riding or about teaching riding. The truth is that form and function are inseparable. All good teachers and trainers understand this, and promote good position in their students from the very beginning. There’s no such thing as learning to ride without learning

about position; there’s no such thing as learning to ride and “picking up a position” later on. That’s like saying “I want to learn ballet (or Argentine Tango) - but not all that position stuff, I’ll just learn it and then if I become really interested, I’ll come back and pick that up later.” It just doesn’t work that way. First, you can’t be an effective rider without a balanced seat - which means position. Form is crucial: We’re talking about (1) the rider’s ability to move with the horse and not interfere with it, (2) the rider’s ability to direct the horse’s movements, and (3) the rider’s ability to help and teach the horse. Without position, a person may sit on a horse, but will never actually become a rider, because that person will never make it to (1), much less (2) or (3). Form is not artificial - it’s essential to the rider’s education and the horse’s performance. Good form - position - is the only way for a rider to attain even that first stage of learning to ride. Second, position is a safety issue. Rider position is like a horse’s form over fences. We want horses to pick up their legs and look where they’re going, not because it looks pretty but because sloppy, leg-hanging, inattentive jumping is physically dangerous to horses and to their riders. Without form, there is no function - or there is only crude, uncomfortable, dangerous function that will never bring out the best in the horse. Third, it’s easier to learn a skill or a sport cor-

rectly in the first place than to re-learn it correctly after months or years of doing it wrong. Some people never can make all the necessary changes and corrections no matter how hard they try in later years. Yes, you’re in an awkward situation since your husbands work together, but for the child’s sake, do try to help her mother understand that this isn’t a matter of “fashion” or “style” or “old-fashioned” vs “modern” - it’s a question of skills acquisition, knowledge, competence, and her daughter’s safety. You could give the child a good book, but you couldn’t be sure that she would read it. Instead, you might try giving her a birthday gift certificate for a lesson or a few lessons with a certified, knowledgeable, safetyoriented instructor. Visit the American Riding Instructors Association web site (www.riding-instructor.com) for a list of certified instructors: Names, location, teaching specialties, certification levels, and contact information. When you present the gift certificate, say something like “Thanks for inviting me to the show, I enjoyed the day! I thought that Susie might really enjoy taking a few lessons with Ms. Certified Instructor because she specializes in (whatever discipline is involved) and she’s supposed to be wonderful with riders of Susie’s age.” Finally, you’re right: This isn’t technically your business, but you’re concerned for a child’s safety, and that matters more than anything.

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A WORLD OF COLOR W HAT C OLOR IS Y OUR H ORSE ? By Elizabeth Kopplow The last two colors we are going to discuss are the roans and duns. Although they are created by two different genes, they can have a similar effect on a horse’s base color, leaving the horse’s head, mane, tail and legs a darker color than the neck and barrel. The difference is the roan gene makes the horse’s body appear lighter by adding white hairs into the base coat color, and the dun gene actually dilutes or lightens each hair of the base coat on the horse’s body. For instance if a horse has a black base color with the roan gene, its head, mane, tail and legs will stay black, but its body and neck will have white hairs intermixed with it’s black hairs. Up close, you can see the individual black and white hairs, but from a distance this horse will have the appearance of having a lighter colored body and neck. A black horse with the roan gene is sometimes called a blue roan or black roan. Black roan is actually more correct, with black telling you the base color and roan telling you the gene that is causing the white hairs. Blue roan is more of a descriptive name, since at a distance many times this mixture of black and white hairs give the appearance of a blue colored horse. If the horse has a bay base color, its head will stay the brown bay color, its mane, tail and legs will be black, and its body will have it’s bay color intermixed with white hairs. Bay roan would be the correct name for a horse of this color. A red roan is a sorrel horse with the roan gene, so it will have white hairs mixed in with it’s sorrel body color. Roan horses do show some seasonal changes, with their winter coat generally being darker, caused by the body having more of the base coat color hairs than the white roan hairs. When the dun gene goes to work on a horse’s base color, it lightens or dilutes each and every hair on the neck and barrel, so your clue to what the base color on a dun horse is it’s head, dorsal stripe, mane, tail and legs. A black horse with a dun gene is called grulla or grullo, and these horses have black heads, a crisp black dorsal stripe down the back, black mane, tail and legs, with some horizontal barring on the upper legs. Some have additional markings such as frosting of a lighter color on each side of the

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mane and on the top of the tail and barring on the ears. A sorrel horse with the dun gene is called red dun, and will have all these same markings in its sorrel base coat color with its body and neck being a diluted sorrel color. When the dun gene is present on a bay horse, the result looks very much like a buckskin, with the black mane, tail and lower legs, except a dun will have the tell tale crisp dun dorsal stripe and stripes on the legs. For many years before the different genes were identified, there was no distinction made between buckskin horses and dun horses, with the terms being interchangeable even though they are actually created by two different genes. (Do you remember which gene causes the buckskin color?) For those of you that are scratching your head saying “Hey, what about my grey horse!” the fact is, grey is not a color, but actually the absence of color. Any horse, born any of the different colors, can and will turn grey if it has received the grey gene from one or both of its parents, just like a human born with red, brown or black hair, can grey as they age (not that I would know anything about grey hair personally !) Horses turn grey in various ways and some grey early and quickly and are almost completely grayed out when they are 3 or 4 years old, and others may be in their teens before they turn completely grey. It is not understood what controls how fast a horse will turn grey. A horse that is going grey can closely resemble a roan horse at times, since both coats will have a mixture of white hairs in with the base coat color. But a roan horse will always have it’s dark head, mane, tail and legs to give you a clue if it is actually roan or going grey. A grey horse will progressively get more and more of these white hairs until it is completely white, while a roan horse will have the same amount of white hairs as it ages. I hope you have enjoyed this series on the common horse colors, as more genes are discovered, we will expand our understanding of how all the beautiful coat colors are created on our equine friends, but one thing will always remain the same, a good horse is never a bad color.


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SOME EMPTY SADDLES AND STALLS The equine industry lost the great horseman Matlock Rose Saturday evening, January 5. Only a few years earlier, Rose, crippled with bad knees, with limited hearing and a string of other aches and pains caused by years of horse wrecks and heart attacks, still had horses standing in his barn and scattered around his pastures on the Rose Ranch in Van, Tx.. Saturday evening as he started to bed he instead sat down in a chair and then slumped over. Efforts to revive the 83 year old horseman failed. Visitation was held Tuesday, January 8, in Denton where friends overflowed the DeBerry Funeral Home. The scene was repeated at his services held the following day at Covenant Church-Crossroads in Aubrey. Burial was in Little Elm Cemetery, the community where Rose was born in 1924. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the American Heart Association or Cutters in Action. Part of the Christmas holidays were sad ones for cutting horse trainer Terry Riddle and his wife Sharon, Wynnewood, Ok, and owners of the 19-year-old stallion Young Gun. Young Gun, who was healthy and still breeding, had to be humanely euthanized Tuesday, December 18, after he cast in his stall and broke his leg. That wasn’t an easy day. Sired by Freckles Playboy and out of Lenaette Young Gun, the horse

won $34,749.35 in NCHA monies during his limited show career. He sired 674 foals with his first foal crop arriving in 1991, and according to records, his get have won over two million dollars. The Riddles buried him behind their house along side his Mom, Lenaette and other well-known horses they have owned. Enough sad tidings, now for some news and tidbits Lannie Mecom and Polly Hollar were involved in an accident late Sunday, January 7, near Laredo when an out of control truck hit them headon. The pair was first taken to Laredo hospital, and then transferred to other facilities. Lannie sent word for people to not send them flowers, because needless to say, their rooms could easily overflow with them. I personally know, however, that Lannie is passionate about S.I.R.E., a non profit Houstonbased organization that provides therapeutic riding for the handicapped. Her closest friend, who recently died, founded the organization in 1983. My plans are to send a donation to S.I.R.E. in honor of Polly Hollar and Lannie Mecom. If you’d like to join me, that address is 24161 Spring Dive, Hockley, Tx., 77447. Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips and his wife Debbie are proud of their granddaughter, Tracy, who plays that gorgeous belly dancer in the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Tracy is the daughter of Bum’s son, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, and his wife Laurie. Besides the belly dance scene, you can see her again in the background of the airplane shots of Tom Hanks. We don’t know whether Bum and Debbie ever had Tracy horseback during her growing up years, around their ranch but what we do know is that Debbie was right when referring to Tracy, she said, “She is a real sleeping beauty!” Hats off to the son of Norman and Flynn Stewart who is striving to connect rodeo youths with colleges. Located in the plains of the Texas Panhandle, Rodeokidz is working to bring together colleges and universities, rodeo coaches and potential sponsors and the youth rodeo athletes. Check them out at http://rodeokidz.com

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Amateur competitor Pat McCanlies is one who shared her inspirational story about two cutting horses in “Beloved Sport Horses.” a new horse book by children’s author, Sharon Miner. This is Miner’s third book in a series and is a collection of 30 or so short stories describing the special bonds between riders of all disciplines and their horses. You can contact Miner at 814-937-0704. The folks at Leddys Boot & Saddle Company in Fort Worth are practically on first name basis with several in the President’s entourage this year. The White House has called the famous western store on numerous occasions to build saddles for them, which they then present as gifts. Usually the dignitaries receiving the saddles are in the United States when the saddle is presented, but last month, Bush took a Leddy Saddle on his trip to the Middle East to present it to the Prince of Saudi Arabia. The neat thing about it is that it’s all American made. Built by Carl Suvaco it has the Five Star Cinch, Herman Oak Leather, Silver by Benny Poulane and of course, Nettles Stirrups! It’s deja vu time for horseman David Brown, Gainesville. It was in 1977 that he owned the great mare Doc’s Serendipity sired by Doc Bar out of Biltoft’s Poco by Bar Mix. That year the mare won the title of the 1977 NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion. She then went on to produce 17 AQHA-registered foals with eight of them earning over $294,664. Fast-forward almost three decades and thanks to modern technology, you might say the mare has resurfaced. At least that’s exactly how David Brown feels. During the NCHA Futurity sale, a clone of the great Doc’s Serendipity, called Doc’s Serendipity DNA, a DNA registered baby, was purchased by Brown for $14,000. “It’s like seeing her in the barn all over again,” said Brown, with a huge smile. Brown is looking forward to seeing just how much like Doc’s Serendipity his new purchase will be. Until next month, Happy New Year from the Nettles Cutting Horse Ranch. When you’re near Madisonville, stop by for a visit or to sit on the arena fence and watch the horses work. The coffee pot’s always on!

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Horse Bites - Con’t. from pg. 14  Visits with members of Congress in Washington or back in the home district.  Invitations to members of Congress to visit your facility, event or activity.  Regular reports to Congress/staff about your activities “back home,” illustrating the importance of the horse industry to the local economy, sport and recreational life. For more information contact the American Horse Council at 202-296-4031 or ahc@ horsecouncil.org. To sign up for the Congressional Cavalry Program please send your name, ranch name or business name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail, congressional representative (if known), along with a list of your involvement in the horse industry to ahc@horsecouncil.org or by mail to: American Horse Council 1616 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

HHHHH $17,000 Distributed to Fire Victims from USEF’s Disaster Relief Fund By Joanie Morris

The California wildfires caught the attention of the world in 2007 and humans weren’t the only ones affected. Hundreds of horses were displaced, their winter hay supplies up in flames and their barns destroyed. The USEF’s Disaster Relief Fund lent a hand. After a call to action which reaffirmed the tie that binds horse people, money poured in from all over the Unites States, corporations got involved and the rebuilding effort began. The USEF worked closely with organizations on the ground in California to determine where a donation from the Disaster Relief Fund would be best utilized. The USEF formed a partnership with the United States Humane Society who established a separate account to maintain the USEF’s funds and distribute them, as needed, to equine victims of any breed affected by the Southern California wild fires. $14,500 was allotted to the Humane Society of the United States to aid equines of any type directly In a separate tragic occurrence in upstate New York, 26 horses were killed in a barn fire on November 27. In addition to this tragic loss of life, the facility and all the equipment at Burgundy Hill Farm were completely destroyed. Under the direction of USEF CEO John Long, $2,500 was allotted to aid in rebuilding this facility. For more information about the Equine Disaster Relief Fund please see http://www.usef.

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HHHHH American Quarter Horse Association Reaches 5 Million Milestone The American Quarter Horse Association, the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization, has reached the 5 millionth registration milestone. Registration number 5,000,000 is being held for Shelly Nielsen of Alberta, Canada, who purchased the naming rights through an online auction. At 3:36:01 p.m. CST on December 26, AQHA completed registration number 4,999,999 and assigned the number to Slash Nic, a bay roan stallion owned by Julie Ann Boer of Rigby, Idaho. Nielsen, who is an AQHA life member, was the highest bidder of the online auction that was held for the 5 millionth registration number. While the special American Quarter Horse that will be AQHA’s number 5,000,000 hasn’t been born yet, Nielsen’s bid of $8,750 will benefit many horses through the American Quarter Horse Foundation as the auction proceeds will be donated to the Foundation’s Equine Research Fund. Since 1979, AQHA and AQHF have provided more than $6 million in equine research grants to numerous colleges and universities. In 1994, a permanent fund was established with a long-term goal of $5 million for equine research for the prevention and cure of equine diseases and injuries. In 1941, AQHA registered its first horse - a stallion named Wimpy.

HHHHH HBO SPORTS WINS NATIONAL TELEVISION MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR BARBARO DOCUMENTARY The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that HBO Sports has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category for its documentary “Barbaro,” which aired on June 6 of last year. The award was presented in late January. The one-hour program documented the life story of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who captured the public’s imagination through his significant accomplishments on the racetrack and his tremendous courage and desire to live following his injury in the Preakness Stakes that ultimately led to his death last January. The main focus of the documentary, though, was on Barbaro’s owners. “The film came together after we met the

Jacksons,” said Margaret Grossi, who produced the documentary. “We recognized that they were making a genuine effort to save the horse. They never veered in their conviction and never relinquished hope. They handled all of the ups and downs with a lot of class.” The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.

HHHHH Paint Preferred Check Presented After all the hard-running, quick spinning and show-stopping slides came to a finish at the recent National Reining Horse Association’s Futurity in Oklahoma City, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) presented its first Paint Preferred incentive check of the year to Colonels Nite Special for the stallion’s spectacular performance. Revamped in 2007, the Paint Preferred incentive program now pays out additional percentages to owners whose horses place in the top three of the Open division at select events. The incentive is open to 3- year-old Regular Registry and Solid Paint-Bred horses whose owners are APHA members in good standing and payouts are based on a percentage of the purse offered by the affiliate association. A talented American Paint Horse named Colonels Nite Special (Gunners Special Nite is his AQHA registered name) rose to the occasion and fit the requirements perfectly. The 3-year-old sorrel Solid Paint-Bred was piloted by Marcy Ver Meer to the 2nd place finish in the Open Futurity finals with a score of 230, earning $94,655 from NRHA and an additional $9,467 from APHA’s Paint Preferred program. The money-earning run led the field of 35 horses in the Open finals until the final run when they were outscored by 1.5 points.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear THT ~ I am a new horse owner ,and I happened to pick up your neat magazine while buying tack- you will be getting my money for a subscription soon. I’ve enjoyed and learned so much from the articles! Your magazine has helped me to “think like a horse!” Thanks again, Carol Jackson Dear THT ~ I really enjoyed your article on Dillon. It touched me as I am sure it has touched many others. Horses do that to us. They often bring out the best and sometimes the worst in people. The best is because that is what horses do. The worst is usually do to our frustration and inherent weaknesses, too often from human

arrogance. We all enjoy the ‘best’ and in my work I try to eliminate the ‘worst’ with education. I train people. The horses know all they need to. Dan Sumeral www.sumereltraining.com Editors Note The following was written as a thank you to nationally renowned anti-slaughter activist John Holland after Lin Sutherland asked THT Editor Steven Long for his take on a letter being sent by a California woman to Congress in opposition to the pending American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. The woman favors the slaughter of American horses to feed foreign gourmets. We think Sutherland’s description of a horse she saved from slaughter is eloquent and moving. SL Dear THT ~ There’s so much misinformation going around I am grateful you take the time to correct it. I should tell you about the gentle paint I bought from the killer buyer at the Seguin horse auction 12 yrs ago. I saw him in the ring, and said that’s a good horse, but even after I outbid all others the auctioneer said “sold!” to I.W., the killer buyer, because he spent probably thousands there a month, and I was just an unknown. I went up to I.W. (I knew him from the sales) and said, “Look, I.W., I’ll just

give you $200 more than you paid right here and you make your money and you don’t have to spend the gas to haul him to Dalhart.” He thought, I saw the future of the horse in swaying in balance before me,-- and then he said, ‘Wellll,okay’. I took my halter from the truck and went into the filthy stock pens where they kept both pigs and horses, not a healthy thing for horses, and walked up to this big soft-eyed red and white paint gelding. He had the gentlest air about him. I noticed he had a mild “club foot” on the right. I figured that’s why they sold him. I didn’t even look in his mouth like the others did. Didn’t matter. He stood by me in what I can only say was an intimate manner and lowered his head into the halter. He led out on a loose rope and then jumped into the trailer before me without hesitation. I hauled him the hour to my ranch. He rode like a stone, my truck never swaying. Occasionally I looked in the rearview mirror and I could see his eyes. I named him Cochise for his statesmanlike nature. I got him home and examined him. He was in good flesh. He had good teeth, aging him about 12-14 yrs old. My farrier said he had good hooves and the slight upright clubbing didn’t affect anything. Which it didn’t He rode in a bosal or a halter on the miles of trails around my house without ever EVER exhibiting one misbehaviour. He was

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Feature

OHL

So Good

Cody Ohl and his wife, Jenny, son, Blake, daughter, Saylor and stepson, Hunter, call the charming North Central Texas town of Hico home. It is a long way from Orchard, the Houston bedroom community where he grew up. He has won it all, well almost. Now he is looking toward his swan song as a rodeo cowboy when his strong body plays out. As a hedge, he’s already doing something that will keep him near the sport he loves. He’s raising bulls.

In just 13 years, tie-down roper Cody Ohl has gone from PRCA Resistol Rookie of the year to six-time world champion and one of the all-time greats of the sport. In fact since 1995, it has been Ohl or eight-time world champion and Hall of Famer Fred Whitfield atop the final world standings every year except two. The first was in 2004 when Monty Lewis captured his first title and in 2007 when Trevor Brazile captured his first tie-down roping title to complete rodeo’s Triple Crown. Ohl, an only child, was born September 21, 1973, in Rosenburg, a farming and ranching community near Houston. His parents, Leo

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Rosenburg’s

$2 MILLION Favorite Roper By Ann Bleiker Photos Courtesy of Linda Hubbell, PRCA

and Agnes Ohl made their home in nearby Orchard, and Cody got his rodeo career started at the age of five. His father was his coach, mentor, idol and Cody’s top fan. “My dad taught me everything and was always there for me,” Ohl said. “I went to one roping school, which was Roy Cooper’s, when I was nine or 10, but otherwise I just worked with my dad in the practice pen.” Growing up Cody competed in all events including pole bending, steer riding, junior bull riding, and of course calf roping. He won his first saddle at the age of nine. He now he has too many to count.


Three years after winning the Rookie of the Year title, Cody captured his first PRCA World Championship in 1997 outdistancing Whitfield, who that year set an NFR average record of 84 seconds on 10 head that still stands today.

Winning back-to-back world titles was unbelievable and it proved that I was for real . . .

Besides rodeo, Cody played football at Orchard High School where he was a defensive end, and a tailback. After graduating from high school, the young Ohl headed to Vernon Regional Junior College on a rodeo scholarship. Having always wanted to compete on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, it wasn’t long before Ohl left college to pursue rodeo full time. He bought his card in 1994 and that year he captured the PRCA/Resistol Overall, and Tie-down roping rookie of the year honors. He also qualified for his first National Finals Rodeo and finished 12th in the world with $71,505.

“There is nothing like winning your first world title and having that feeling of accomplishment,” Ohl told Texas Horse Talk Magazine. “I was a little like Peyton Manning in the fact that I knew I had what it took but it was just a matter of time before that first world title would come. For me I had guys like Herbert Theriot, Fred and Joe (Beaver) in front of me and I was always wondering when it was going to be my turn. Then it all came together in ’97 and it was a great sense of accomplishment.” Even though he had one title to his name, Ohl still felt he had to prove to everyone that he was the real deal and that his championship run in 1997 was not a fluke. All doubts were put to rest during the 1998 season when Ohl captured his second consecutive world title and finished the year with $222,794 setting a new season earnings record. He also captured his first average title at the NFR finishing with a time of 91.6 seconds on 10 head. “Winning back-to-back world titles was unbelievable and it proved that I was for real,” Ohl said. “From that time on it pretty much became the Fred and Cody show at the Finals and it really helped elevate our event. Joe (Beaver) changed the style of roping in terms of the speed and then Fred and I just took off from there.” As with any great athlete there are ups and downs and Ohl has not been immune to this during his career. The most crushing came in 2000 when his dad died in an automobile accident and Cody found himself just going through the motions. “When my dad died, I felt like I was missing part of my heart,” Ohl said. “He was my biggest supporter and without him I didn’t feel like there was a purpose anymore. I continued roping that year and made the finals but it wasn’t the same. There is no easy cure or a magical formula to help you overcome a loss like that.” In 2001, Ohl got back on track and he made up his mind to pursue a longstanding goal that he and his father shared – a world all-around

championship. In June of 2001, Ohl got on a hot streak and didn’t look back. On the last week of the regular-season, Ohl tied the PRCA single-run tie-down roping record of 6.7 seconds at the Texas Stampede in Dallas and set a new regular-season earnings record of $152,670 before hitting the bright lights of Las Vegas. Once there, Ohl kept the peddle to the metal winning the first three rounds with times of 8.2, 8.5 and 7.4 seconds, respectively. He failed to place in the fourth round but came back to split the victory in the fifth and sixth rounds with runs of 7.4 and 7.9 seconds. Through six rounds, Ohl had won $64,776 and was well on his way to another

I was a little like Peyton Manning in the fact that I knew I had what it took but it was just a matter of time before that first world title would come. For me I had guys like Herbert Theriot, Fred and Joe (Beaver) in front of me and I was always wondering when it was going to be my turn. Then it all came together in ’97 and it was a great sense of accomplishment.

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A great horse makes a great roper and he gives me a lot of confidence which is half the battle.

tie-down roping world title and his first allaround title. However in the ninth round, Ohl was dealt another blow. After missing his first loop, Ohl quickly regrouped for his second attempt. Upon catching the calf, Ohl stepped off his horse like he had done millions of times before, but this time he wrenched his knee, fell and literally crawled to his calf. Despite being in a great deal of pain, Ohl managed to get the calf flanked and tied down to remain in the average. He immediately fell to his back in excruciating pain as the Justin Sportsmedicine Team rushed into the hushed arena.

The stricken roper was carried on a back board from the arena floor. It was shortly announced that Ohl had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) as well as his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and would have to undergo surgery to repair the damage. He would not compete in the 10th and final round but fortunately, he had already banked enough money to capture his third tie-down roping world title and first ever all-around title. An incredible feat for an athlete hurt dreadfully at the height of his career. The 2002 season was spent in intense rehabilitation after three surgeries to repair the severely torn knee. Ohl returned to the arena at the end of 2002 determined to regain the top spot the following season. It wasn’t an easy year as he battled back and forth for the top spot with his traveling partner, former World Champion All Around Cowboy and eight time Tie Down World Champion Fred Whitfield. In fact, it came down to the 10th and final round at the Wrangler NFR to decide the championship. Ohl had to beat Whitfield in the final round and he did so in record setting fashion. Cody stopped the clock in 6.5 seconds setting a new arena and PRCA world record to capture his fourth world tie-down roping title. Following the 2006 Wrangler NFR championship run, Ohl learned that his mount Luke, the 2006 PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year, had a partial tear in his suspensory ligament near his hoof capsule and would have to be sidelined for six months. Without a trusty stead, Ohl was very selective of which rodeos he competed at and anxiously awaited the day that Luke was given the green light. That day finally came, and it came at a good time leading right into the Fourth

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of July run. Ohl started riding him again the end of June at the West of the Pecos Rodeo and things started to pick-up immediately. Within a span of three weeks, Ohl picked up checks totaling close to $40,000. “People don’t believe me but he is at least 75 percent of my success,” said Ohl of Luke. “A great horse makes a great roper and he gives me a lot of confidence which is half the battle.” Just when Ohl had hit a hot streak bad news hit again. This time it was a shoulder injury. After winning rodeos in Vernal, Utah and Colorado Springs the roper re-aggravated an old rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder. Doctors told him that the only way to fix it would be to undergo surgery. Despite not wanting to set out the last months of the season, Ohl knew that he couldn’t keep roping with the pain. So he underwent surgery in early August and would remain sidelined until the last week of October. He made his PRCA return at Dallas’ 2007 Texas Stampede, and after only going to 27 PRCA rodeos he entered his 13th NFR ranked seventh in the world. When the dust settled on the 2007 Wrangler NFR turf, Ohl captured the average title in a total time of 90.8 seconds and picked up checks totaling $103,522, the most of any tie-down roper. Unfortunately, he fell $6,803 short of defending his world title. “Obviously I would have liked to have ended the year on top but it wasn’t meant to be this year,” said Ohl of his 2007 finish. “I would have liked to have won about $10,000 more before I had to have surgery but it didn’t work that way. To have only competed in 28 rodeos and be able to come within $7,000 of winning the world is an accomplishment in itself.” Ohl is not one to worry about what type of legacy he will leave on the sport of tie-down roping when he decides to walk away, but instead cherishes a comment made by eight-time world champion tie-down roper Dean Oliver. “He said that pound for pound I was the best roper he had ever seen and that really meant a lot to me coming from him,” Ohl remembers. Asked how many more years he thought he had in him, Ohl responded by saying “I feel like I have a good four or five years easy. If I can go to 30 rodeos a year and be in contention for the world title then there is no telling how many years I have left in me. I do know when the time comes I want to go out on top.” When he is not traveling Ohl enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenny, son, Blake, daughter, Saylor and stepson, Hunter, at their home in the charming town of Hico in North Central Texas. He also stays busy with his bull breeding business. He currently has 100 heifers/cows and 100 bulls. By this time next year, many of his bulls will be coming of age to haul to the numerous bull riding events around the country.


Letters to the Editor - Con’t. from pg. 27 the horse I could put a novice on, and be compeltely confident he’d take care of them. He also took care of the yearlings like an uncle, and he was a statesman and the friend to every new horse that arrived. A nobler gentleman I would be hard pressed to know. 5 yrs down the road my friend Binnie fell in love with him during her lessons on him. She begged me for him, and so I sold him to her, knowing the kind of home he’d get with her. And he deserved it. He was with Binnie and her two horses on their nice ranch riding the grandkids around (including the two year old!) for years.... Until the day he lay down and died a year ago. I will never forget that horse, and that day in Seguin at the auction. The next day Cochise would have been chunks of meat in cellophane, instead of giving many people the love of riding and the learning with confidence with a gentle wonderful horse. That horse is in my mind and heart forever. I saw those horses hauled away from Seguin in I.W’s 20 horse trailer many a time. I passed them on the highway, with glimpses of beautiful tails flying out of the slats and muzzles pressed against the bars. I’ve seen the photos of the holding pens at El Paso. In 1970 I even saw the horse steaks for sale at a restaurant in Lichenstein and watched it eaten. I tasted it. I wanted to know why it was desirable. It was just like beef. Why would you not serve beef instead? All that is why I am opposed to horse slaughter. But the main reason was that paint horse Cochise. Lin Sutherland www.onioncreekranch.net

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A Hunting Dogs Adventure in the Brazos Bottom Country

By Diane Holt

Story and Photos by Diane Holt

As horsemen, we have a great affinity for the dogs who accompany us on trails, rounding up cattle, hunting, and just being there for us to share the unconditional love that is always there for man. Sometimes that love demonstrates itself in a heroic manner when a dog loses his way and is left behind. Army, a little white and tan dog spent six weeks in the wild trying to find his owners. He faced danger alone, but finally found a friend who determined he would have a reunion. It was just after the calendar turned for the eighth year of the 21st Century that Army came to our house. He was just another stray dog like so many before who had shown up at our ranch. I don’t know if we hold a record in the Brazos Bottom, we have had 32 dogs either found, dumped, traveled our way, or just followed their noses to the place. I always try to find the owner if at all possible, and then if I’m not in luck, I try to find the poor creature a home. If I fail in that regard, I opt for a rescue to help find them new adoptive owners, but

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only after I’ve spayed or neutered them if they aren’t already, and get them their shots. It’s the monthly donation to my vet. It’s the same with stray felines. At last count it was 52 cats, babies, mamas, and Toms that have wandered on our place. I catch them in a safe trap and then take them in to be neutered or spayed to prevent more breeding, and also get them their shots. I release them if they are wild to stay on the ranch, or find them a home. After all, cats are a very desirable commodity around a ranch where they keep snakes, mice

and rats away. That gives you some background of the stray critters showing up at our ranch. So it was not a surprise that one day, Army, a tan and white spotted dog with a pretty smiling face showed up. He was just another stray that needed a hot meal.  We had no clue what kind of dog he was he was just hungry and a bit beat up from traveling. We gave him some steamed ground meat and rice, a fresh bowl of water and a bed on the porch for the night. The next day I checked the collar he had on. It was black nylon with dog paw prints and no tags saying where he belonged. I took the dog with me to check on our cattle herd riding in the Polaris. It wasn’t long before we were being chased by my filly Patootie and colt Zappa.  The dog took my horses in stride. It was no big deal. When they chased him he would run under the fence for protection He didn’t even bother my cats. So I quickly surmised this good natured dog belonged somewhere and had to be loved by someone and obviously was used to other animals around. I made up my mind to find the owners. The next afternoon I thought to check his ears, belly and neck for maybe a tattoo or chip or something to say who was missing him. Bingo…..in the right ear I found MFH, and that had to be someone’s initials, so I called folks around our ranch area and asked them if they could think of anyone with the name of MFH to let them know I had found this dog. The numerals 03 were in the left ear. That got me to thinking that is when he was born and most likely the breeder did the tattoo at birth so I decided to search the internet.   I went into ask.com and typed in MFH trained dogs 03, all kind of things came up even MFH Cancer - but at the bottom was Masters of Foxhound (MFH)  Bingo! I had something, so I went to that sight and it was www.mfha.com/memb.htm which is the association of Masters of Foxhounds and scrolled down to Texas. In Texas there are 5 hunts, the Grand River Hunt, Brazos Valley Hunt (that has Cloudline Hounds), Hickory Creek Hunt, Independence Foxhounds (Kendada Foxhounds) and than Longacre Hunt. I went into each site and called to leave a message and emailed them the photo’s of the dog. Well to my surprise under Independence Foxhounds a name came up as the contact, our friend Russell Gaines. It is truly a small world. We have known Russ Gaines from South Wind farm and his wife Monika because 6 years ago, before we had built a place, I boarded my horses Max And Lucky at their ranch for about a year. It’s a fabulous place. Russ has hunters and jumpers, magnificent horses. I sent him an email with the photo’s of the dog I found


thinking he might be able to help me track the owners down. I called his number and left a message as well. Well within 30 minutes Russ called me back to tell me the dog belonged to him and Monika. His name is Army and they had lost him on a hunt over six weeks ago in Bellville. When playing their sport, the hunter always puts electronic trackers on their dogs and collars with information on them. These dogs are family members. After the hunt they started to look for Army and only found his tracker on the ground with the collar so now Army was lost with nothing on him to identify him. The dog was on his own facing a fabulous and dangerous adventure in the wilds of the Brazos Bottom country. It is 35.38 miles from Bellville to Washington where our ranch is located – and at least twice that far due to the meandering course of the Brazos. So for six plus weeks Army was a hobo traveling the river banks to get to the lower pasture of our ranch. Another danger Army faced on his trek was high water where the river was up. During his travels someone else may have taken Army in without trying to find his owners. He looked as if he hadn’t missed many meals, however, he may have used the skills he learned as a hunting dog to provide for himself.

Monika had put photos of Army up everywhere, at vets, feed stores all around and they had been going crazy looking for him.  We believe he probably visited other good Samaritans for a time, then left to continue his hunt for his family and he ended up here with me. Monika and Russ where here to get Army within 30 minutes they were so excited. Army

waited for them to show lying on top of my office desk quite happy I think. And we knew the day would likely have come when Army would have left our ranch also, so he could continue his search for Russ, Monika and the rest of his family. He is quite a dog, you know.

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TRADE SHOWS AND NEW PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE I just returned from the WESA trade show in Denver with a new commitment to my store, Bunkhouse Leather, and it’s growth in 2008. I renewed acquaintances with old sales reps and met new ones, looked at new companies, re-looked at old companies, and ordered more than I anticipated but not as much as I’d like. I also talked to several companies about saddle fit, one of my number one concerns here at the store, and I came away with the absolute conviction that there are as many ideas about saddle fit as there are saddle fitters, saddle makers, saddle sellers, trainers, riders, and armchair quarterbacks. One noted saddle maker stated in a recent publication that the folks who try to seek cus-

tomers money by touting themselves as saddle fitting experts are irresponsible and do no good, because horses backs are in constant movement while being ridden and besides, they change their musculature every few years and so what fits one year may not fit the next. All of this may be true but I still think it’s imperative to do the best you can to get the best fit you can. When a saddle is way off, it’s going to hurt! If you have a fit that’s close, a good pad will help make up for the slight changes. I feel it’s my duty to make sure people that buy a saddle from me are getting the best or closest fit that we can possibly achieve. To do less would be irresponsible, and to blow off the importance of fit to make a sale would be against

everything I’ve ever worked for and based my reputation on. Yes, your horse’s back is going to change as years go by. Yes, it’s not feasible to buy a saddle for every horse you own. Yes, the next horse you buy will most likely have a different shape from the last. All these things are true and still I firmly believe you need to try to get as good a fit as you can, and the more you ride, and the more performance you expect from your horse, the more critical it is to try to achieve the optimum fit. As to other new things from the market, Bunkhouse Leather is going to expand into more accessories this year. We’re adding boots, wild rags, ladies purses, etc. in an effort to

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boost sales in what the “experts” are predicting will be a tough year. We are also adding new saddle lines for a wider range of choices in styles and fit, and going much deeper into accessories such as horse boots. One of the new trends is to keep your horse barefoot and use removable boots when you ride. This makes perfect sense to me for the casual rider. Horse’s feet are much healthier when left barefoot as long as their feet don’t wear down faster than they can grow. A barefooted horse will grow a healthier hoof wall and frog and the internal structure will benefit considerably. I really like the new Cavallo boot that is distributed by Toklat in the U.S. It is even easier to put on than the Old Mac, has drain holes in the bottom, has a relieved soul like a natural hoof, and is said to last about 2,000 to 2,500 miles, and it has a great price! Also, ladies, it comes in PINK! Trade shows are an important part of every retail business and I have been negligent in attending for several years. This show not only gave me a welcome reprieve from the shop, but also allowed me to review all of the suppliers in the industry. I could see all in one place, all of the competitors, evaluate the pros and cons of their products and marketing, make decisions about what I want to drop, add, or keep in the store, and more importantly, gain valuable information to help be a better informed retailer to help you, the horse people and western life style people who make this business possible.

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UNEVENTFUL TRAINING Horses are phenomenal animals with big, sensitive hearts and willing attitudes. It’s what we do with those hearts and attitudes that make the difference. Training horses is about establishing and improving the communication between horse and rider. When I train a horse, I use what I fondly call uneventful training. Now, don’t confuse uneventful with unproductive; to the contrary. Uneventful is when the rider delivers the aids in a calm and persistent manner, resulting in pleasant training sessions so that the horse begins to understand and enjoy the work. When concepts are introduced logically and in small steps, they are easy for the horse to digest. If the concepts are broken into small enough steps, the horse will understand what you want, and there will be no argument. Consequently, the session will run smoothly, and there will be no explosive event to remember it by. There are two major elements to training any horse. The first is that the horse must understand what you wish him to do. He must not be con-

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fused when you cue him. Therefore, it is essential that your aids are delivered clearly at all times. Primarily, cues are delivered through pressure applied to the horse. Pressure can come from the legs, hands or seat. When you consider the fact that a horse can feel a fly land on his skin, it is logical to conclude that he will notice when light pressure is applied to his body. The first lesson that a horse should learn is to move away from pressure. If he presses or leans against the hand or leg delivering the pressure, it is imperative to maintain the pressure until the horse accepts it and moves away. Any other response is wrong. If the pressure is released before the horse submits, you will confuse him as to what you really wanted. If he tries balking, twisting or leaning against you and you release the pressure, he will learn that all he has to do is argue and the cues go away. On the flip side of that, if the pressure isn’t released immediately when the correct response (moving away) is given, then the horse will con-

tinue bracing, twisting or turning until it’s released. Such a delay in the rider’s response will confuse and frustrate a horse. The second element of training is to make the horse want to do whatever it is you are asking. You might be able to forcefully keep a horse still if you need to give him a shot or brand him, but there is no way you can make a horse walk forward when riding him if he doesn’t want to go forward. No amount of kicking, spurring or beating is going to work if he doesn’t want to go forward. Horses, as most animals, do things because it makes them comfortable which translates into happy. If he feels pressure on his side, moves away from it and feels the pressure go away, he is comfortable and therefore, willing to move away the next time. Since he wants to be comfortable and knows how to escape the pressure, he will readily move off when asked. When pressure is applied or released, it is never simply a matter of flipping a switch on or off. It is a matter of degrees; using more or less pressure from the aids. Often riders get into trouble when they don’t recognize that the horse has given the correct response and the aids are held too long or strong. This lack of sensitivity can result in a major event such as rearing or bolting. The promptness of the rider’s response has a lot to do with how willing the horse becomes. I like the rule of thumb that less is best. Your goal should always be to ride with the softest possible aids that will get the job done. However,


the softest possible aids are not always soft. If the horse is testing and intentionally leaning against you to take the leadership position in your relationship, then you must firmly hold your aids or even increase the pressure to get your point across. I call it being quietly stubborn. You must hold your ground, but never lose your patience. When a concept is difficult for a horse such as backing up, the rider should look for and reward the slightest positive response. If a horse refuses to step back when asked, hold or increase the aids until he decides that he is no longer comfortable with the pressure. When he takes the smallest step back with even one foot, release the aids and praise him. Then ask for another step and repeat the process. When he has taken three or four individual steps back and received ample praise, change what you are doing. Revert to something that he is familiar with and let his mind relax. He will come away with a feeling that backing is not a big issue. The next time you work him, review backing with him by repeating the process and using soft aids initially. You are likely to find that he quickly begins to back sooner and with less effort. He is even likely to willingly take an extra step or two more than he did the last time. The idea is to present every new or difficult concept to the horse in a quiet but insistent way. It should always be clear to him what you want and presented in a sensitive manner that gives him pleasure in his work. Horses enjoy the companionship of humans and appreciate skillful communication. Cathy Strobel has over 30 years of experience as a trainer, judge and clinician and can be reached at Southern Breeze Equestrian Center at (281) 431-4868 or www.sbreeze. com

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F OREVER B ANNED Roger Clemons and Dancer’s Image have a lot in common. Both reached the pinnacle of their respective sports, Clemons winning the World Series and Dancer’s Image the Kentucky Derby. They also have been accused of being injected with illegal drugs. Clemons has been linked to steroids and Dancer’s Image to Butazolidin (the trade name for phenylbutazone). Clemons denies using the drug and will testify before congress on the matter. Dancer’s Image has never commented. Dancer’s Image problem with drugs began during the week of the 1968 Kentucky Derby. The promising colt’s right front ankle had always caused problems, but not enough

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though to keep him from winning eight of fifteen starts, including four stakes victories, as a two-year-old. That Sunday before the Derby, trainer Lou Cavalaris and veterinarian Dr. Alex Harthill examined Dancer’s Image’s ankle. The slight sprain they observed could be helped with medication. Harthill injected the colt with four grams of Bute. This was 152 hours before the running of the Derby. According to many veterinarians the standard for which a horse can eliminate Bute from its system is generally 72 hours. Yet after winning the Kentucky Derby in spectacular fashion the following Saturday Dancer’s Image post-race drug test came up positive for Bute.

This was during a 14 year span in which the Kentucky Racing Commission banned horses from racing on Bute but allowed them to train while using the drug. Three days after wearing the roses in the winners circle and hours of hearings the Churchill Downs stewards took Dancer’s Image victory down due to racing on a prohibited substance and declared Forward Pass as the winner. No one connected to Dancer’s Image has ever said how or why the horse came up positive for Bute. The only one who could say for sure has no way of telling unless he picks up a hoof and points at someone and I doubt that would ever happen. This brings us back to Clemons and baseball, he admits being injected but with vitamin B-12 and Lydacain. Fair enough, those are legal substances. He seems like an honest person and if he testifies under oath tells the truth and clears himself fine. The only thing left in the wake of these accusations will be the distrust of fans. Fans are the driving force in all sports, without fans to cheer, what athlete wants to perform in an empty arena. Horseracing will soon have empty arenas if racing commissions, track stewards and trainers don’t take note of this latest athlete/drug scandal. They need to clean up the trainer ranks and set better standards for the number of times a trainer’s animal tests positive. Trainers are granted their license from a racing commission and they agree to abide by the rules. If a trainer continues to have positive tests for illegal drugs ban that trainer for life from all racing venues period. They are either, stupid, arrogant, or ignorant. Whichever it is they do not need to be ruining a sport that each year sees its fan base dwindling in part due to fan distrust. Take a page from history, if the winner of the worlds most prestigious race can be disqualified for banned drugs so can today’s habitual cheaters. If the fans are given respect they will give respect back to the sport. See you in the paddock.


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The Teacher By Wes White

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The anxiety can build as soon as the purchase is made. Sometimes weeks before the inevitable. Sweat and nerves shake over your already emotionally drained body - but for what? Most folks have these feelings prior to paste worming their horse, an event which turns that once trustworthy steed into the most ferocious bully we have ever encountered. After all the horse is only defending itself against the foul tasting substance we intend to inject down his throat using all the force necessary to make him ingest the unsavory morsel. If you are anything like me, most of the high dollar stuff ends up on the front of your shirt or thoroughly smeared throughout your mustache if you have one. However with some preparation, the struggle can be avoided. To begin with we need the horse to like it. I know what some of you are thinking. But I haven’t completely lost my mind. The fact is we are going to train the horse to take the medicine. This requires months of preparation so don’t wait till the last minute to start. We must first prepare our tools. These consist of a 30 to 50 cc syringe with the top, or where the needle attaches removed. This can be accomplished by the delicate procedure of using a sharp knife, or the method preferred by most cowboys which involves the use of a large hammer. I won’t let on to my preferred method. Either way the objective is to create an opening large enough to put the little finger in. The next items we need are some apple sauce and some molasses bought at your local grocers. After you gather the necessary implements

it’s time to prepare the mixture. Mix the apple sauce and the molasses together in whatever is handy. A word of caution: avoid using a container your wife has reserved for the kids lunch. This can open a whole new can of worms. You just think you’re having trouble with that cranky horse. I speak from experience. Anyway, put some of the mixture into the syringe and approach the horse with the attitude you have after you have slept on the couch for two nights. This is to help relax and not frighten the horse. Administer the mixture to the horse’s mouth and walk away. Continue this procedure for several weeks or until the horse comes looking for the syringe. Then you trick him with the foul tasting stuff. This event should be pretty uneventful. Beware, the horse will get wise so be prepared to repeat the whole process over again. I want to close with a story about how far some folks will go to make sure their prize equine receives his proper dose of medication. Charlotta is a young woman who happens to stable at the same facility as myself. One afternoon she was attempting to give her mare Cricket some medicine mixed in the mare’s feed. Well Cricket wasn’t having anything to do with that tainted concoction called horse feed. Now me being the polite gentleman that I am, proceeded to offer some helpful advice. After a struggle involving twitches and leg ropes. I noticed a spoon she had used to mix the feed and the medicine. To set the record straight I only made this suggestion to avoid the humiliation of someone seeing me do this myself. I said “why don’t you try that spoon”. Thinking she would savvy that it should be used as an enforcer, she didn’t. Charlotta gently and methodically placed the feed on the spoon. Instead of manipulating the spoon into the mare’s mouth, like any self respectable cowboy would do, she fed the mare out of the spoon. The worst thing about it was that it worked. The mare lapped it up like it was the best meal she had ever had, and ate every last bite. You ask about me? My response was simple; I walked away like I knew it would work all along, and that I’d saved another horse from disaster. It’s just a good thing none of my pards saw me make such a charitable gesture,. After all, that might ruin my reputation.


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Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association Mark your Calendars for our 2008 events

E VENTS February 11 & 12 GCDMA   San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo This stock show offers a super fun environment and nice facility for a donkey and mule show. It features a $10,000.00 scholarship award for youth exhibitors, and great awards all around for large donkeys and mules, and miniatures. Special GCDMA driving awards. Entries offered on-line at www.sarodeo.com For more information Contact Rose Jones (713)416-3289 RoseJ@gcvs.com, or Jeannie Richards (979)732-7097 heavenlydonkeys@ aol.com

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Feb 16 – Play Day in Cleburne (Theresa McClendon) Mar 15 – Draft Horse Seminar in Sealy (Steve Wisknewski) Apr 1 – Plow Day in Tolar (Bob Lewis) May 3 – Trail Ride at Lake Whitney  (Dick Curtis) May 17 – Harvest Day in Ledbetter (Rodney Read) Oct 25 – TDHMA Show in Brenham (Danielle Wisknewski) Nov 8 – Annual Meeting Temple (Rodney Read) Check for additional events and changes on www.tdhma.org or contact Rodney Read at  979-249-5795

Competitive Trail Challenge Schedule of Events 6-10 Miles of trail with challenging obstacles $500 Cash Awards, Great Prizes 1-6th Place Open, Pleasure, Junior Div. Facilities for Overnight stay. Clinics available February 16 – C Bar Ranch, Valley Mills, TX March 15 – 7IL Ranch, Cat Spring, TX April 19 -  Woodrock Ranch, Bluff Dale, TX (just east of Stephenville, about 1 hour southwest of Ft. Worth)

May 17 – ** Championship ** at C Bar Ranch, Valley Mills, TX, www.CompetitiveTrailChallenge.com, or call Patty 325-3880426, or Karen 512-554-8683

Clinton Anderson Horsemanship Clinic Feb 29-Mar. 2, 2008 Dodge Show pavilion, Waco TX Participants slots have been filled for monthsget your spectator tickets now, before they are sold out! Pre-paid observer tickets just $35.00 per person per day. (tickets at the door are $45.00 per person, per day. www.clintonanderson.net, 888-287-7432

An Evening with Country Music Legend and Hall of Fame Member Ray Price Saturday March 8, 2008, 8:00 pm Benefiting the Humane Society of Montgomery County Live and In Concert with Special Performance by Members of The Conroe Symphony Orchestra Historic Crighton Theatre. For Show Tickets Call 936-441-Show (7469)

Aussie Horse Trainer Coming to Nacogdoches, TX March 15-16 If you’re a horse owner and have ever wondered what it would be like to ride a horse with the feather-light response of a top caliber sports car, you can’t miss Clinton Anderson’s Wahl Walkabout Tour in Nacogdoches, TX


March 15-16 2008. The native Australian horse trainer and RFDTV celebrity will bring his training techniques to the Nacogdoches Expo Center for the action packed Saturday and Sunday event.  Topics covered include colt starting, trailer loading, spooky horses, groundwork, safety in the saddle, advanced riding and more. A crowd of more than 2,500 horse owners is expected. As the host of two popular horse training television shows on the RFD-TV network (available on Dish and DirecTV to over 40 million homes), Anderson has helped countless riders achieve the level of success they desire with their horses.  Now he’s passing his information on in an easy-to-understand, live format that’s designed to inspire and educate horse owners. Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to watch Anderson work with problem and untrained horses on the ground and under saddle during eight separate demonstrations over the two days.  Watching Anderson’s step-by-step techniques and explanation of every action will allow attendees to quickly learn how replicate the same respect and responsiveness with their own horses. On Sunday, the event ends with an advanced riding demonstration by Anderson with one of his own trained horses that allows horse owners to see the end result of Anderson’s training techniques. Attendees will also be able to personally ask

Anderson any of their horse training questions during scheduled autograph sessions.  Avid fans can even have their photo taken with Anderson, who is the only two-time champion of the prestigious Road to the Horse Colt Starting Challenge (an event that gives trainers just 3 hours to train an unbroken horse to ride). Event sponsors Wahl Clipper, Ritchie Waterers, Horse and Rider Magazine, EZ All, ABI Equine, WW Livestock Equipment, Featherlite Trailers, Classic Equine, Corona, Lexol and The Kent Group will also have booths on hand both days. Over $6,500 in free prizes will be given away throughout the weekend. Ten percent of all ticket sales benefit the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, a national non-profit organization which encourages the benefits of therapeutic riding. Advance tickets are just $25 per person for the entire weekend, and are buy one get one free until February 29.  Children 16 and under get in free. Tickets at the door are $50 each. Doors open at 7:30 am and the all-day program starts at 8:00 am each day.  For more information call 1-888-AUSSIE-2 or visit www.clintonanderson.net.

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Exhb. @ 6:00pm - 7:45pm. 4D Open Barrels @ 8:00pm followed by 3D Youth Barrels.7 Saddles, 7 Buckles,Prizes though 3rd in each D. Participation awards if you ride all shows and get 4 work pts. 4D Entry $25, 3D Entry $20. One time nomination fee for awards $25. $1 office fee per entry. Exhb. $4.Must participate in 4 out of 6 shows. Winners determined by time averaging. 75% payback daily. Located just off FM 1774 on Friendship Ln. ( Map Quest address is 31245 Industrial Ln. ) FMI Darlene Keller 713-410-8671 or Phyllis Clay 281-259-8175 www.magnoliahorseclub.com, darlene@texasprintersinsurance. com or paclay@sbcglobal.net.

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Youth Auction The Long Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, March 15, 2008 The Youth Auction is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication from many youth from the great state of Texas. Winning participants will be rewarded at the Youth Auction, to be held at the newly constructed Long Center for the Performing Arts. The first event of its kind to be held at this location, the Youth Auction will be the grand finale to the two week Junior Livestock show that is anticipated to bring in 6,000 entries in 2008. The Youth Auction will begin at 8

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Hoof Picks - Con’t. on pg. 45 a.m. and continue until approximately 3:30 p.m.. The Grand Champion Steer is the most prestigious lot of the Auction and will be auctioned at 12 noon.www.RodeoAustin.com  Join us for Rodeo Austin, February 29 - March 15, 2008!

NMDA National Miniature Donkey Show, hosted by Gulf Coast Donkey and Mule Association (GCDMA) April 5 & 6, 2008 Heart of Texas Fairgrounds, Waco, TX For more information on what we expect to be the biggest and best miniature donkey show ever, Contact Rose Jones (713)4163289 RoseJ@gcvs.com, or Jeannie Richards (979)732-7097 heavenlydonkeys@aol.com. You don’t want to miss this event of the year. Fun for all, door prizes, great awards! Entry Forms on-line at: www.gcdma.org September 13, 14 ADMS National Show Hosted by GCDMA (pending approval) Lone Star Equestrian Center, Conroe, Texas. This has been a super show, and attracts exhibitors from all over the country. Great Awards, a National Title and a great photographer to capture your wins for longlasting memories. Entry Forms on-line at: www.gcdma.org Contact Rose Jones (713)416-3289 RoseJ@ gcvs.com, or Jeannie Richards (979)732-7097 heavenlydonkeys@aol.com.

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T HE H AY K NIFE Howdy, welcome to Cowboy Corner. “Got your knife in your pocket?” “Have I got my pants on?” Had a recent exchange among friends putin’ out hay. Talkin’ about hay, there is lots of putin’ out if you own much livestock. As we all know hay is available as square bales or round bales and in the alfalfa country as blocks. Have had no experience with alfalfa blocks, but know that lots of blocks are further processed as ground alfalfa or made into pellets. These alfalfa products are popular in the cattle feeding industry on the “high plains” of Texas.

Think that nowadays most of the square bales go to the horse community. Lots of horse owners don’t have enough need to justify the equipment required for round bales. However, know lots of owners that use round bales for horses, it’s a numbers deal. Square bales are about the same size and vary a lot in weight. Round bales come in several sizes and naturally vary in weight. So how do we equate the smaller square to the large rounds? Only way I know is weight. However, for openers, if a 5 X 6 feet round bale weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and your square bales weighs 50 pounds, then the ratio is 30 to 1. Thirty square bales to one round bale. Now put cost on the hay and the economics of round bales is very apparent. If square bales are $6.00 each, thirty square bales are $180.00, however big round bales are $40.00 each. So the good news is that round bales are a lot cheaper, and the bad news is that specialized equipment is required to handle the big hay bales. However, if you own a say 40 HP diesel tractor you’re almost there, especially if the tractor is equipped with a front end loader. Implements to handle round bales are affordable, and with a front loader, two bales can be handled as the same time. A midsize tractor with a loader and 4 wheel drive is perfect for handling round bales. If you’re feedin’ stock too far away from the

hay supply to use a tractor, a hay buggy works great. The hay buggies are strong, easy to use, are affordable and can be towed loaded at highway speed. By my definition a hay buggy is designed to carry one bale at a time pulled by a truck. A hay van or trailer can carry multiple bales, has a dump capability and use in the field or on the road. Difference is that the hay van or trailer must be loaded with a tractor but the buggy allows backing up to a bale, and tilting the bale on a set of forks for the trip to the field. Round bales are either string or net wrapped. During a lifetime of handling hay I hope we have all learned to properly dispose of the hay binding, whether wire or string with square bales or string or net wrap with round bales. When using round bales I have learned to remove the binding before the bale leaves the tractor or buggy. It’s much easier to take the string or net wrap off a round bale before unloading. Used to use my pocket knife for the binding but have found a better “hay knife”. The knife is called “Sheffield”, looks like a folding pocket knife, and uses disposable utility blades. Utility blade knives have been around a long time, but are bulky and don’t fold. The “Sheffield” is stainless steel and aluminum and has a locking blade and a pocket slip. Great for cutting hay netting and available from the feed stores. Happy Trails!

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