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Whispering Winds Training Center


Avoid the Equestrian Winter Blues


FullBucket Continues Their Mantra of Doing Good in Guatemala

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Myth Busting Horse Feeding

Jesse & Diana’s Story By Ameristall Barns

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’m not sure if we’re going to have a winter here in East Texas this year, but we’ve definitely been enjoying the perfect riding weather! The horses are fresh and we’re setting goals for our spring shows. This month we have a special new contributor that we’re excited to be working with. Check out the FullBucket story and see what they are doing to help equines in Guatemala. We are also always looking for more contributors so that we can continue to grow and provide even more information and knowledge. We would love to have permanent sections for Hunter/Jumper, any Western disciplines, horse racing and any other area you feel compelled to share. I would also love to have a few young riders contribute and share their stories of training, riding and showing! I hope you enjoy this issue! We encourage you to join us online on Facebook and on our website at Go Ride! Valerie Mellema Editor

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eNortheast Texas Equine Winter 2016 PUBLISHED BY Gray Horse Publishing & Marketing CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER/EDITOR Valerie Mellema CONTRIBUTORS Valerie Mellema FullBucket Health Jennifer Riley, Ameristall Barns Marea Breedlove Photography Angie Peters Hughes Debbie LaValle Juliet Getty, Ph.D. DESIGN & LAYOUT Valerie Mellema COVER IMAGE Valerie Mellema Copyright 2016 Gray Horse Publishing & Marketing Find us Online at


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{ Farm Spotlight }

Whispering Winds Training Center Located in Quinlan, Texas, Whispering Winds Training Center is the home of dressage trainer and instructor, Debbie Lavallee.


ebbie Lavallee is passionate about teaching and believes in starting her students correctly under with the Classical Dressage methods she learned while training in Germany. She started her riding career like many equestrians. She participated in 4-H and showed in hunter under saddle and over fences classes at local shows with no formal instruction. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old and had her first dressage lesson with Judy Baumeister in Oklahoma that she got the dressage bug. Shortly after, she asked her husband to get an assignment in Germany and which he did. Moving to Germany provided Debbie with the opportunity to study dressage in Landstuhl, Germany with Master Werner Brumme as well as Rudolfe Brumme in Rodenbach. After just one year, she was hired as an instructor. She also purchased a Hanoverian mare, which she trained from Training Level to Prix St. Georges in just four years. She also passed her German riding license with the highest scores. Debbie was also involved in the community and formed a German-American riding club. She was president of the club for three years. The group held two horse shows per year and she organized many horse-re-


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lated trips throughout the country. Debbie moved to Texas in 1995 and began serving on the board of the Dallas Dressage Club in 1996. She served as president for two years and also as a member at large. She served as regional level as the Large GMO Representative from Region 9 for the USDF. In 2001, Debbie opened Whispering Winds Training Center. Debbie offers riding lessons to all level of riders from beginners to advanced. She holds summer camps as well as summer jumping clinics. Her students compete and do very well in jumpers, cross country, dressage and even driving dressage. Whispering Winds Training Center also offers boarding, half training, and full training services. You can find Whispering Winds Training Center online at

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{ Nutrition }

Myth Busting! The Horse’s Stomach Should Be Empty While Exercising to Avoid Digestive Upset


e don’t feel comfortable exercising after a large meal and we therefore assume that our horses don’t either. But define a “meal.” We generally think of feeding a commercially fortified feed -- something that comes out of a bag. Or we may feed a meal of oats along with supplements. And, you’re right… this type of meal that is low in fiber and high in feedstuffs that provide starch, protein, and fat, should not be fed immediately before exercising your horse. But forage should! It’s just the opposite – restrict forage before exercise and you’ll produce, rather than avoid, digestive upset. Here’s why… The horse’s stomach, unlike our own, secretes acid all the time – that’s right – it never stops. Chewing produces saliva, a natural antacid. But left without anything to chew, the acid will accumulate in the stomach and 10 The Northeast Texas Equine

settle along the bottom (as water would in an empty jar). The lower portion of the stomach (the glandular region) has a protective mucus layer, but the upper squamous region has no such lining. Ask your horse to move, and the acid sloshes around, reaching the unprotected area, leading to an ulcer. And, as the acid flows through the small intestine, cecum, and large colon, it can cause further damage along its wake, potentially leading to colic and ulcerative colitis. Allow your horse to graze on hay or pasture before asking him to move – 15 minutes ought to do the trick. You’ll not only keep him healthy, but he won’t be in physical and mental discomfort, making him more relaxed and receptive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices. Dr. Getty’s comprehensive resource book, Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, is available at - buy it there and have it inscribed by the author, or get it at Amazon or other online retail bookstores. The seven separate volumes in Dr. Getty’s topic-centered “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Dr. Getty’s books make ideal gifts for equestrians. Find a world of useful information for the horseperson at Sign up for Dr. Getty’s informative, free e-newsletter, Forage for Thought; browse her library of reference articles; search her nutrition forum; and purchase recordings of her educational teleseminars. Reach Dr. Getty directly at She is available for private consultations and speaking engagements.

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andolph College Wildcat’s head coach, Chris Mitchell, is slated to coach student riders at the College Preparatory Invitational Texas horse show which is scheduled for March 10 – 12, 2017, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. All riders participating in the event must have a coach present to participate. The CPI offers student riders who cannot bring their own trainer the opportunity to be coached by Mitchell for the weekend for a fee of $80.00. Mitchell joined Randolph College in July of 2012 after a very successful 13-year tenure at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Since taking over at Randolph he has had three riders qualify for IHSA Nationals and in 2014 coached one National Champion. In his 13 years at Cornell, he led many riders to regional and zone championships. His teams claimed 27 collegiate horse show team crowns, including four Ivy League titles. Mitchell led his team to a brand new level during the fall of 2011, guiding the group to six invitational titles in eight competitions, already matching a school record for victories in a season (six show titles in 2003-04). Mitchell’s teams won a pair of shows (Skidmore, Hartwick) en route to a regional reserve champion showing in 2009-10. His 2010-11 team won its first-ever regular season regional championship after claiming four team blue ribbons during the season. Mitchell had previously been an instructor and trainer at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., and was the barn manager and trainer for Lion Hill Farm in Easton, Conn., from 1996-98. During that time, he also served as an equestrian instructor for Sacred Heart University and was an assistant coach and instructor at Pace University. He coached one of his riders to a national championship in walk-trot equitation at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition and had other riders place among the top 10 nationally in the novice flat, novice fences, intermediate fences and open levels. Mitchell was a member of the NCAA steering com12 The Northeast Texas Equine

mittee for equestrian and is also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), and a board member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). He is a graduate of Longwood University in Farmville, Va., with a degree in business administration and marketing.


The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more about the CPI, please visit

CPI TEXAS REGISTRATION March 10 – 12, 2017 – Tyler, Texas Applications/Entries Available CPI Texas Applications Available Online September 9, 2016 Application Fee: $30.00 Entry Fee: $530.00 Walk – Trot – Canter Entry Fee: $430.00 Friday Mounted Clinic: $300.00 For all applications received before midnight on December 15, 2016 Your $30.00 Application Fee will be applied to your Entry Fee.

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{ Dressage }

Avoid the Equestrian Winter Blues S

horter days & colder weather makes it tough to stay motivated but don’t let yourself fall victim. Keep your head in the game by trying my top five tips for beating the equestrian winter blues.

GET AHEAD ON THE SPRING CLEANING • Clean your tack and send out items for repair. • Have your show clothes cleaned and pressed. • Sort through your tack and supplies. • Sell items you may not need. • Reorder items that you may need. Now it the time to take advantage of holiday discounts and shipping deals. • Condition your leather tack • After a ride, wipe down tack, removing any dirt and mud as soon as it gets on your tack. Remember your leather tack is an investment that can last a long time with a little bit of care.


We are already limited by the shorter days. Don’t add unnecessary pressure on yourself and your horse. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect but you do need to work with purpose - if it matters to you, it will matter to your horse. Use the off season to streamline your movements, quiet your body and calm your nerves. Eliminate the unnecessary and harness your skills with focused work. Continue to make small changes towards goal.


Do you feel comfortable in your seat but your legs drift forward as you ride? Does your horse have a preferred direction? Do you find that you are constantly adjusting your saddle? I would suggest you get someone to watch you ride and help you discover what it feels like to ride centered in your saddle. Have you heard of ‘No stirrups November’? Its not just a method of torture. Taking the time in November to strengthen & stabilize your core has lasting effects while you anchor your legs to help keep your seat solid in the pocket of your saddle. After the new year we will working on the longe-line during my biomechanics multi-part workshop to help riders improve their rhythm & timing in saddle. Its not just to look pretty but for a functional seat for each riders specific needs. Watch for the info at AngieHughesHorsemanship.

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By Angie Hughes com


Riding alone only gets you so far. Some say, riding alone is the worse thing you can do when working with your horse. Your vision of yourself and your horse could be distorted and biased. Can you really tell how your trot looks from the saddle? Is your lope departure clean? Are your transitions smooth or abrupt? Riding with an educated eye can help prevent you from making some common mistakes that can delay achieving your goals. I have coached riders from local shows to the national breed shows and the one thing is for sure, having someone on your team can really help make your dreams a reality.


Infuse your riding and training program with a new skill adding to your horse training tool-belt. Over the next few months I am teaching a multi-part Ground Driving Workshop Series to resolve training issues, prep young horses for getting started and building the confidence in riders by giving them another set of tools to use to train their own horses.


Review your goals: Winter is the perfect time to sit down and go over the last year. Set your goals and find someone that can keep you honest, on target and progressing. Be sure to set achievable goals. This might mean getting serious and honest with the skills of both you and your horse, as well as your time management skills. Then measure your progress along the way - a key component of a goal is that it’s measurable. The best thing to do is to learn to fall in love with the process and enjoy the rewards when you reach your goals. The winter months are an ideal time to resolve training issues, perfect transitions to improve scores and learn some new skills. Connect with us: Tell us what you are doing to stay active with your horse and avoid the equestrian winter blues. Facebook: Website: email:

Upcoming Events: Multi-part Ground Driving Workshop at the Yellow Pony Arena outside Leonard, Texas December 3rd, January 7th, February 11th, March 4th Details can be found at Lesson Days at Yellow Pony Arena December 10th January 21st For more information please visit February 25/26 Northeast Texas Horsemanship Clinic with Angie Hughes, Nancy Williams and Richard Shrake, at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas visit

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Angie Peters-Hughes is a sought after instructor of advanced riders looking to improve their horses and sharpen their overall performance. Being a fully Accredited Resistance Free® Instructor, Trainer & Riding Coach, a money winning rider, an AQHA Professional Horseman and a US Pony Club Alumni has qualified her for multiple Open Horse Show Judges’ Cards & Licenses. And as a founding partner of Angie conducts Cowboy Dressage™ clinic’s and horsemanship workshops focused on improving the horse and rider relationship. The Northeast Texas Equine


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Jesse & Diana’s Story

By Jennifer Riley, Ameristall Barns


esse and Diana are AmeriStall barn owners in Tennessee. Diana loves to compete in barrel racing events and Jesse enjoys English riding. As AmeriStall barn owners, they appreciate the features and stability of their steel horse barn. They both lead very busy lives and having the reassurance that their horses are safe and secure gives them the peace of mind they needed. We recently interviewed Diana by asking her a few questions you may find helpful. During our interview, we asked her questions about her AmeriStall barn experience. Diana, what are your favorite barn features? “My favorite barn feature would definitely have to be the Rotating Tack Wall...just for the convenience. I have really long days. So, when I come home from work, being able to just swing the door to the center aisle is super helpful. It cuts down on the lifting and carrying of tack from some other room in the barn. It is just so easy... One of our stalls has a Swing-Out Feeder. It is convenient because when my father-in-law is unable to care for our horses as usual, we can simply fill the feeders and then all our help has to do is swing the feeder in at the appropriate time.” Is there anything about your barn or the installation process you wish you would have known beforehand? No. We are completely happy with how our barn turned out. It is a perfect fit for us.

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{ Business Sense }


By Valerie Mellema


hile simply being present and active on the right social networks can make a big difference in the success of your online marketing efforts, it’s no secret that social media ads can propel you much higher. In some instances, putting an ad on Facebook or another social network might actually be both cheaper and more effective than attempting to build your audience by hand. Of course, this is still advertising, and if your ads are not created correctly, not only will you fail to see success, you’ll be spending money just to fail. How do you get better results from your social media ads?

1. KNOW YOUR BUDGET This tip doesn’t really apply to your entire marketing budget, but rather to what you can afford to spend per user acquired through social media ads. What is each conversion worth to your company? For instance, if it costs you $5 per person and you get five new followers, you’ll have spent $25, but for what? Is that worth it to your business? Each company is unique, so you’ll need to determine this for yourself.

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YOUR AD In the industry, this is referred to as A/B testing because you’re testing multiple versions (A, B, C, D) of the same ad to determine which one works best for which type of audience. The more you can experiment, the better your results will be. You’ll find that you can tweak one ad and use it for more than one audience, as well, reducing the costs going into the creation of your ads while simultaneously improving performance.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR Valerie Mellema is the owner of Gray Horse Publishing & Marketing and the President of Words You Want, a highly successful content marketing agency. She holds a BS in Equine Business & Industry from West Texas A&M University. She has several self-published books and has been published in equine magazines and websites. Learn more at and on the Barn Chat blog at

When you create an ad for use on the news feed in Facebook, you’ll be able to choose to use one of several different buttons, or to omit the button completely. When in doubt, use the “learn more” button to encourage your viewers to take action. Leaving out the button means that you’re missing a critical component to your ad – a direction for users to take action. While they can click the ad, certainly, this isn’t always clear. Having a “learn more” button tells your users what you want them to do. Other button options available include “shop now”, “sign up”, “download” and more.

4. TEST DIFFERENT AD COPY While images are crucial to the performance of your ad, the ad copy itself is just as important. You cannot afford to make this a blatant ad like you’d find in a magazine. The copy should incite curiosity, tease a solution to a problem, or pose a question that your audience is asking and imply that the answer can be found with your company. Use the same principles you would if you were creating a PPC ad for Google AdWords. Don’t sell outright. Incite curiosity and get the reader to click the ad.

5. CREATE CUSTOM LANDING PAGES FOR EACH AD In order to ensure that you’re only paying for ads that are actually working and to drill down into ad performance, create a custom landing page for each page. You can then use Google Analytics or another similar program to dig into the number of visitors who land on the page and where they came from (in the instance that you’re using the same ad on more than one site). With the right steps and the right tools, you can increase the effectiveness of your social media ads without spending a fortune.

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FullBucket Continues their Mantra of Doing Good in Guatemala


ullBucket was the first animal healthcare company with a one-for-one giving business model. The digestive focused supplements are used daily by Triple Crown racehorse trainers, top equine clinics, universities and veterinary specialists across the US. Since 2010, they have been using their profits to provide nutrition and basic healthcare to the thosands of horses and donkeys located in poor, third world countries, such as Guatemala. FullBucket founders Dr. Rob Franklin, Dr. Keith Latson and Robo Hendrickson headed to Guatemala October 15-30th. They provided on-site, hands-on support for many malnourished, sick and overworked equines. The men led two groups of volunteer veterinarians, vet students and animal health professionals where they shared in the challenging, yet rewarding, task of treating local horses and donkeys. They also provided training to local veterinarians. The group set their home base in Antigua and traveled to surrounding areas including San Andres Itzapa, Tecpan, and Santa Maria de Jesus. This year they expanded the Lake Atitlan area, about 30 miles from Antigua. The lake is surrounded by steep cliffs and three 22 The Northeast Texas Equine

volcanos. It is Central America’s deepest lake. While the land is ideal for growing coffee, avocados, corn and onion, the terrain is very hard on the animals that work there. The groups that took part in this year’s trip to Guatemala included: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Rob Franklin, DVM Jessica Garrett, DVM Ciera Guardia, DVM Scott Giebler Padyn Giebler Kunz Cheri Honnas Rachel McPhail Robo Hendrickson Michael Pintar Concho Hernandez, DVM Lisa Fultz, DVM Ashlee Brown, DVM Cal Davis, DVM Chris Brasmer, DVM

From the first day that FullBucket was created, the company had a mission to give back. Their experience in traveling outside of the US, especially to poorer countries, they had a global perspective of how fortunate we are to live where we do. The company goes on Giving Trips twice per year to fulfull their mission, while improving the lives of the people and animals they help.


The areas of Guatemala that were visited are some of the most picturesque and beautiful in the world., but the beauty is contrasted by the extremely poor people that strive to make a living there. There’s no electricity and, with the cooler temperatures in the higher elevations, they must collect wood on a daily basis as fuel for their warmth. As for the food, they rely on the crops they farm and their cows and goats for milk. The backbone of their survival are their pack animals that we call “Working Horses” or “Working Equids” - a horse or donkey that carries their food and supplies up and down steep slopes and rocky terrain. Because of the intense conditions, lack of proper nutrition and overuse, these animals have developed a small stature and weak bone structure that cannot handle the heavy loads imposed upon them.

As a result, what the doctors typically see are animals with open wounds due improper saddles, severe malnutrition, sharp points on teeth that prevent proper chewing (mastication), parasite infestation, lameness, and problematic skin conditions.


Working closely with World Horse Welfare, FullBucket employs a “divide and conquer” process. World Horse Welfare provides local saddlers and farriers who repair saddles and provide hoof care. Concurrently, FullBucket provides local veterinarians responsible for dental work (floating teeth), vaccinations, deworming, wound care and treating illnesses. World Horse Welfare also handles all the logistics of the trip by coordinating with the local villages and communities that they visit. In effort to not upset local economies, we provide tools and training to local veterinarians or interested young men who can help carry on the health care programs care year-round. They are very welcoming and eager to learn and take advantage of the knowledge as the doctors also obtain knowledge and experience from the locals.


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port therapeutic riding centers. These institutions value horses, as they are instrumental in helping people with mental and physical disabilities. It’s truly amazing to see the positive effect the animals have with people who are usually immobilized by a physical disability and with people who have a mental illness. FullBucket also supports similar programs with dogs who provide much needed companionship to those who are sick or disabled and include TheraPet and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Their mantra is: Help a Horse, Help a Family. And they apply that mission both here and in impoverished communities.


the US. It is customized for the needs of the animals in Guatemala. The area is volcanic in nature and the soil contains heavy deposits of ash. It has been depleted of necessary nutrients, especially salt, to keep the animals healthy and strengthen their immune systems. FullBucket works with local veterinarians, scientists, and manufacturers to produce an optimized formula for these animals. World Horse Welfare keeps a supply locally in a warehouse for continual distribution throughout the year.


When people hear about the work that FullBucket does in Mexico and Central America, they often ask about the horses and animals here in the US that are in need of care. The truth of the matter is that the situations are very different. The animals treated on Giving Trips are worked hard every day and are essential for the survival of the people. These villages are extremely poor and have no access to resources. The animals in the US are usually kept for pleasure or for riding. The poor conditions you see here at home are mostly due to owner neglect and mistreatment. The FullBucket Domestic Giving strategy is to sup24 The Northeast Texas Equine

FullBucket is realistic in that they don’t expect the animals they treat to always stay healthy between their visits. Nor do they expect the owners of the animals to sustain the care given their level of poverty. Sustainability requires a continuous effort on the part of FullBucket and they are up for the challenge. FullBucket orchestrates these trips to let these people know that there’s someone who cares about them and to give their animals some much needed love and relief. Spreading a little happiness does make a difference, even if it’s only temporary. After-all, life is only temporary and it is the small doses of joy, encouragement, caring and sharing that allow us to fill each other’s buckets up one drop at a time. Through our sustained efforts we also see a difference in the attitude the owners have toward their animals. They are more aware of the importance of improving their welfare and keeping them healthy. They start to take pride in them and view them as a compadre vs. a tool. After all, they are VITAL to their survival.


Contact us at for more information on how you can get involved. Visit to learn more about their products for horses and dogs.


FullBucket is a division of Animal Stewards International. We have many people who give us the ability to bring these products to the market, but the three partners include Dr. Rob Franklin, Dr. Keith Latson and Rob “Robo” Hendrickson. FullBucket is located in Dennis, Texas.


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A. Custom Farm/Event Coats & Jackets Promote your farm or event with personalized coats or jackets. Quality Eddie Bauer coats and jackets in a variety of colors can be customized with your logo on the front and back. Coats and jackets are available in various weights depending on the protection you need from the elements. Starting at $100. Visit B. Perri’s Leather Halters High quality leather halters available in a variety of color combinations including brown/teal, black/white, brown/hot pink, just to name a few. Personalization also available. Starting at $109.59. Visit https://ingenie. us/collections/custom-equine. C. Custom English Saddle Pads Create your own custom saddle pad! A variety of 26 The Northeast Texas Equine

bright and fun colors available as well as traditional. We have many of the most popular breed brands as well. Starting at $27.50. Visit to design your own! Custom decals, signs, polos, hats and apparel available as well at Contact us for all of your farm and event apparel needs!

Equine Art by Amanda Hukill Located in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She has many beautiful pieces of artwork for sale online at

Custom Hand Tooled Belts by Nick McCormack’s Leatherwork Located in Alto, Texas. Find them on Facebook at https://

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Handmade Rope Halters Handmade out of very strong rope and paracord. All halters and leads come with a 1-year guarantee against halter and lead breakage. Decorative paracord is not included in the guarantee. I have a large selection of colors! Average horse size $30. Large pony/small horse size $25. All halters also come with a 10’ lead with laced leather popper. I can make and ship in time for Christmas if ordered by December 15th! Contact Miranda Langley on Facebook at customhaltersandleads.

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The Healthy Horseman: Health & Fitness for Horse & Rider is a complete e-guide to horse and rider conditioning and nutrition. As equestrians and horsemen, it’s easy to put our horse’s health and fitness needs ahead of our own. However, when we look at both the horse and rider, we want to see a healthy partnership. This means that both horse and rider nutrition and fitness need to be considered. You won’t be an effective team if only your horse is fit and ready for performance, while you – the rider – lacks in stamina and endurance. This book is for any equestrian that wants to live a healthier lifestyle and perform better in the ring, whether you ride English or Western, this guide has the information you need to create that healthy partnership. We also look at equine conditioning to ensure your horse’s nutritional and exercise needs are met no matter what discipline they perform. You’ll also get tips for show day to ensure you keep up with your healthy habits and keep show day as low stress as possible. $9.99 Purchase at

Lameness in Horses is a ehandbook for owners looking for quick information regarding the most common lameness issues in horses. It provides information on recognizing conformation faults, recognizing lameness, the various treatment options available for each injury as well as information on equine leg protection. $6.99 Purchase at

Horses 101: The Complete Guide to Buying & Caring for Your Horse takes you from the purchase of a new horse to caring for it once it’s home, whether on your own land or boarding. There are many different horse care strategies, but our methods are as natural and horse-friendly as possible. This is an excellent eBook for new and experienced horse owners alike. $9.99 Purchase at The Northeast Texas Equine


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Contribute! We want to hear about what’s happening on your farms, with your businesses and the successes that you’ve had in the show ring! Share our magazine with your equestrian organizations and clubs. Send your show photos, ribbon pictures and moments of success! We want to celebrate and recognize our local equestrians and encourage more people to take part in our equine community. Have a story to tell or tips to share? We accept all types of contributions and in exchange you receive free advertising, a bio and a profile picture! Letters to the editor or suggestions? We’re all ears! Let us know what you think and we’ll publish your thoughts and ideas. Have a unique product to share? Each issue of The Northeast Texas Equine will feature products from local tack shops, stores, artists and handcrafters that we love and find unique. Send an image and a short description of the product and the creator/seller as well as contact information. Like to read? Share with us your book reviews! We’re always looking for ways to improve our riding, horsemanship, barn management and relationship with our horses. Let us know what you’ve read and what you think! Add to our horse show and summer camp directory! Send your prize/class lists and summer camp information for free inclusion.


The goal and mission of The Northeast Texas Equine is to promote our local equine economy. We are located in one of the most robust equine communities in the state and there are no other publications that focus soley on this area. It is the goal of this publication to introduce new businesses, farms, trainers, equestrians, and industry professionals to the vast opportunity that is available, while also encouraging economic growth by introducing the North & East Texas equestrian community to new individuals, riders and organizations.

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