The Plaid Horse - July 2016 - The Horse Care Issue

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July 2016 • The Horse Care Issue Trainer David Bustillos of Durango Farms & Noteworthy Horses Cold Laser Therapy • Grooms on Grooming • The Science of Shavings Helping Your Horse Survive the Heat • Technicolor at Devon

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P. 17 PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Piper Klemm, Ph.D. P. 20 TRAINER PERSPECTIVE: Ashleen Lee P. 24 GUIDE TO ELECTROLYTES: Clair Thunes, Ph.D. P. 30 BERGEN SANDEFORD: Irene Elise Powlick P. 45 THE SCIENCE OF SHAVINGS: Chapel Puckett P. 46 TECHNICOLOR AT DEVON: Jordan Cobb P. 48 GROOMS ON GROOMING: Sissy Wickes P. 52 COVER STORY: DAVID BUSTILLOS’ Durango Farms P. 56 COLD LASER THERAPY: Mackenzie Shuman


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Coming off of a Devon high this week - we had been planning our new website and merchandise launch to coincide for so many months – and so much emotion was wrapped up into a long 12 days of horse showing. It was fabulous - our styles were so well-received, the site has been met with positive reviews, and I can’t wait to dig into the upcoming projects we have in store. But, on a personal level, I tried to be an Adult Amateur. I tried to do it all - to balance work, stress, passion, and excellence with something that brings me pure joy. My pure joy is in a currently 12 h package. His name is Sugarbrook Positron Blue or Eagle to his friends. At 2 years old, he is simply the most handsome pony I have ever seen. He is out of a sibling of my pride and joy first and best pony Brighton Boast A Bit. He is by a stallion that combines the lineage of

the greatest strengths of many of my other ponies. His canter, his athleticism, he’s a complete love - he is everything I want to see in the performance ring as he grows up. All of his wonderful attributes empowered me to say yes I can. To tell me that I had everything I needed to handle him myself at Devon in the 2-year-old Colts and Geldings class. I have handled enough young ponies to not be concerned by that point. But at two full years and still intact, I simply did not have the tools in my toolbox to keep the situation on track. I felt like the kids you see at Pony Finals every year experiencing the first refusal of their life and have no idea what to do and no ringside coaching to help them. I was humbled. Here I was, thinking I could just show up and do it, and be good at it amid everything else going on in my

life. This sport is so hard. We read all the time how much effort it is to win. But, it is so much effort to get 4th place. It is so much work just to arrive at the ring. It is so punishing to have bad days. Afterwards, of course, people said ‘why didn’t you do this?’ ‘Why didn’t you do that?’ I learned so much. I got advice and wisdom on how to handle this in the future from the best in the sport. I made lemon sticks out of lemons - I am a better handler today than I was that morning. I am also more appreciative of everything that goes into this sport and respectful of the knowledge base of every single handler who walks into that ring. We’re all learning - it would be nice to learn sometimes at home and not at Devon, but we’re all taking the best lessons that we can get. ◼ PIPER KLEMM, PHD, PUBLISHER

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As I sit in my air conditioned office writing this article, it is 106 degrees outside. Summer has arrived in Northern California! Some areas of the country such as Florida and Arizona have been experiencing the effects of summer for some time, and the more northern states will be there soon enough. When the heat gets turned up questions about electrolytes are not far behind. Here are the answers to some common heat-related questions.

MY HORSE SWEATS A LOT. IS THAT A GOOD THING? Sweating is a key cooling mechanism for your horse just as it is for you. About 70 to 80 percent of energy consumed by your horse is lost as heat. And, because exercise requires energy, it results in heat production. If unable to remove heat, the horse would be at risk of overheating within as little as 10 mins. Unlike dogs which are not good at lowering body temperature (this is why it is so important not to leave them in hot cars!), horses are able to reduce 55 -70% of exercise generated heat through evaporative sweating and another 25% through exhalation. Without the ability to sweat, your horse is unable to prevent overheating. This is why the nonsweating condition anhydrosis is a big concern. If other horses are sweating and your horse is not, you should discuss the situation with your veterinarian.

IS HORSE SWEAT THE SAME AS HUMAN SWEAT? Interestingly it is not. Horse sweat contains much higher concentrations of electrolytes than human sweat which is part of what can get them into trouble. As they sweat, they lose large amounts of chloride, sodium, and potassium, and lesser amounts of calcium and magnesium. High circulating sodium concentration is one of the things that will trigger a horse to drink. However, if your horse has lost a lot of sodium in sweat, then circulating sodium concentration drops and the desire to drink disappears. As a result, even though a horse has lost a lot of fluid sweating, he may have no desire to replace that fluid. Hence, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

WHAT DO ELECTROLYTES ACTUALLY DO? Electrolytes dissolve in solution and once dissolved are able to conduct electricity. Due to their conductivity, they play important roles in regulation of nerve and muscle function. Electrolyte levels directly impact muscle function. Electrolytes have many other functions within the body including maintenance of fluid levels within and around cells, controlling blood volume, absorption of nutrients across the digestive tract lining, digestive tract secretions, and organ function. • July 2016 • 25

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There are some simple tests you should be familiar with that can help you determine if your horse may be dehydrated. There is the skin pinch test where you pinch some skin on the horse’s neck, let it go and it should immediately spring back flat. If it remains “tented” this is a sign of dehydration. Note that this is not the most reliable do-it-yourself test because as horses age their skin gets thinner and may spring back quickly even when dehydrated. Another method is to check capillary refill time. For this you raise the horse’s lip exposing the gum tissue and gently press your finger into the gum. The gum will appear white on removal of your finger. Then, time how long it takes for the gum tissue to re-perfuse and return to its original salmon pink color: ideally 1 to 2 seconds. . Other indicators of dehydration include eyes looking dry or dull and sunken in, flanks appearing drawn up, manure being hard, mucus membranes feeling dry or tacky to the touch, lack of urination and or dark urine, lack of desire to drink, overheating, increased heart rate and respiration. You should check with your veterinarian if any of these symptoms are present.

I like to put them in feed but you can also put them in water. If you put them in water always insure that you provide water without electrolytes as well. Paste products are available and these are a great way of ensuring that your horse gets the electrolytes necessary.

SHOULD I USE AN ELECTROLYTE? There are two parts to providing ample electrolytes. First is to insure that you are meeting your horse’s baseline maintenance needs. Second is to replace electrolytes lost in sweat. While your horse’s forage and other feeds may fulfill his needs, unless you have had your forage tested this is not guaranteed. You may provide a salt block and believe that this is covering your horse’s baseline needs. However, unless he is going through a 4 pound block every other month that is not the case. While salt should be available at all times, the addition of 1 tablespoon of salt per 500 pounds of body weight to your horse’s ration each day is a wise choice. This will cover maintenance requirements.

IS THERE EVER A TIME I SHOULD NOT GIVE ELECTROLYTES? If you have given your horse electrolytes and he has not consumed any water, do not give additional electrolytes without consulting your veterinarian. If your horse is already dehydrated and you continue to give electrolytes, it may worsen dehydration as fluid will be pulled out of cells to dilute the electrolyte levels in the blood. With a good daily electrolyte management program, this problem is less likely to occur.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD BE AWARE OF? Glycogen in muscle tissue, the storage form of glucose, requires water so hydration is critical for energy store replenishment. Dehydrated horses will not be able to replenish lost energy store, negatively impacting performance. This is especially true in competition environments where horses may be working hard every day. Remember you may not be able to tell that your horse is mildly dehydrated, but it will be impacting body functions whether you can see it or not.

Trailering especially for long distances can cause a surprising amount of sweat loss. One expert reports that a 10 hour ride in a trailer can lead to 18 liters of sweat loss. This could put your horse at a disadvantage before On days when your horse works hard or the weather is so hot that he is you even start a competition. sweating while just standing around, you should add an electrolyte in addition to the salt. The purpose of the electrolyte is to replace sweat Humidity really ups the ante because it reduces the body’s losses. In hot weather and for hard working horses this may mean ability to dissipate heat through evaporation and so horses that you are giving an electrolyte every day. For others it may be less are at greater risk of overheating. It takes about 3 weeks frequent. Many people make the mistake of only giving electrolytes for horses to adapt to significant climate changes so be during competitions. However, if you have been training hard in the very careful if competing in unfamiliar climates especially weeks before without replacing sweat losses, your horse will not be if you are facing humidity. able to replace those losses in time for maximum performance. In conclusion, a good electrolyte protocol used in combination

HOW CAN I SELECT A GOOD ELECTROLYTE? This is really key. For a product to have any impact on replacing sweat losses it must contain adequate levels of the necessary electrolytes. As these are not particularly palatable, there is a tendency for companies to include sugar to improve palatability. If the list of ingredients puts sugar or dextrose as the first ingredient, keep looking! You want to find a product that mirrors the composition of sweat and provides more chloride than sodium or potassium. Calcium and magnesium may or may not be included.

with careful management and common sense will allow your horse to keep competing in the heat to the best of his ability.

Clair Thunes, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist and owner of consulting company Summit Equine Nutrition LLC based in Sacramento, CA. She works with owners/trainers and veterinarians across the United States and globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses. She can be reached via her website • July 2016 • 27


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BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK • Going in to Devon, Bergen Sanderford knew it was her last time in the Dixon Oval as a junior rider. The seventeen year old has the unfortunate birthday of November 20th, which means that she will be an amateur when many of her friends are still juniors. Sanderford brought three of her own horses; Confidential and Perspective for the Small Junior Hunters 16-17, and Mystical for the Large Junior Hunters. In addition, she leased At Last for the large division from Century Performance Horses LLC. “I’ve had Confidential and Mystical for over two years now, but I just got Perspective in September of last year,” Sanderford explained. Perspective, or “Mack”, just moved up to the 3'6" Junior Hunters in October of 2015, as he is just turning 7 this year, and was on the waitlist to get into the Devon Horse Show and County Fair until just a few weeks before her horses headed north from their base in Atlanta, Georgia. However, it

was no mistake to bring such a young horse to the mid-season championship show. The young horse garnered a second place ribbon in the first round, and then sixth in the under saddle. “In my first round with him he just cantered right up to the first jump and didn’t seem nervous at all,” Sanderford recalled. “He went around the course like he’d been to Devon for years!” On the second day of the division, Mack continued to impress, and was third in the handy round, and was also fifth in the stake. When everything was added up, Sanderford and Mack earned enough points to get the reserve championship in the Small Junior Hunters 16-17. “He was just amazing throughout the entire show, and I am so incredibly proud of him!” Despite being so young, Mack is very mature and stays very composed in most situations. Before Sanderford acquired him, he • July 2016 • 33

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had been showing in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'3" division with Alyssa Mansfield. He is of Belgian Warmblood breeding, and comes from the Van de Heffinck stud farm in Belgium. Sanderford’s horses are all prepared for her at the Atlanta Hunt Club in Georgia, as Sanderford, herself, resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. She meets her horses at shows a day in advance, and rides them there before her classes. Her horses also regularly use Back On Track products which keep them healthy, as well as Platinum Performance supplements that are tailored to their individual needs. And while her horses are ready, sometimes Sanderford has to prepare herself. “I mostly just try to relax before a show. I take a lot of deep breathes,” Sanderford explained. “I remind myself that it’s all just to have fun and to have the experience, and appreciate the experience. I try really hard to just continue learning and improving.” Sanderford plans to continue to show in the Junior Hunters, as well as her two Medium Junior Jumpers, until she ages out at the end of the year, and then will show her horses in the Amateur-Owner divisions next season. “I am very thankful for my horses. They are always so brave and take care of me so well. They’ve helped me achieve things that I would never have dreamed of two years ago.”

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Horse Care is More Than a Clean Brush

BY ARMAND LEONE • Whether at home, on the road, in the air or at the show, our horses require care to prevent injury and maintain peak condition. The administrative aspects of horse care are often overlooked because horse owners and professionals feel the paperwork creates more hassle than benefit. Unfortunately, the days of sealing a deal on a handshake are fading, if not gone already. Barn owners, trainers and horse owners must have the documentation for proper horse welfare. Keep reading for some of the often overlooked aspects of horse care administration and documentation.

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AT THE HOME STABLE, both the horse and barn owner should have a written boarding contract. Written contracts protect both parties. Aside from the financial terms and other conditions of boarding, there are health related issues that should be addressed in a boarding contract. The most important pieces of information to be documented and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the farm are Emergency Contact Phone Numbers to contact the Owner, Emergency Veterinarian Care and Insurance Company insuring the horse. When a problem arises in the middle of the night, the owner’s emergency contact information and alternate contact people and numbers must be readily accessible to the people at the farm. It behooves the owner to make sure that the Emergency Contact information is accurate and up-to-date. Equally important, the information must be at the horse’s stall or in a place designated by the barn owner. It does no good to have emergency contact information that cannot be found in minutes. While a boarding contract may have this information, that contract may not be available at the time of crisis. The barn owner must advise the horse owner of what veterinarian and/or veterinarian practice provides emergency service to the barn horses. The horse owner must understand and authorize the barn owner to contact the emergency vet and to take any necessary actions if the owner or owner’s agent is not available when crisis strikes. This authorization should be memorialized in the boarding contract. Although the horse owner may have another veterinarian provide care for her horse, the middle of the night rarely allows such an option. Horses insured for major medical and mortality must include emergency insurance company contact information

along with the emergency owner contact information. Again, this information must be at the horse’s stall or in a place designated by the barn owner. Decisions about calling the vet, sending the horse to the clinic and operating for colic create costs that can be substantial. Failing to call a vet and the insurance company promptly can create denial of insurance coverage. Failing to have authorization for an expensive treatment or surgery can cause the owner to have to pay the entire bill. Horse owners should inquire about the vaccination policy and the health paper requirements for new horses coming onto the property. It does little good to have your horse vaccinated and up-to-date on Coggins and other health papers, if new horses coming onto the property are not. All it takes is one horse arriving with a case of strangles or other infectious disease for the whole barn to be quarantined. So, know the barn owner’s procedures for accepting new horses onto the property. While horse care requires getting mud on your boots and dust off the horses, the administrative aspects are no less important. By having accurate and available emergency information, by having appropriate vaccination and health policies, by confirming insurance coverage, and by keeping a Medication Log Book, horse owners, barn owners and trainers can protect themselves and their horses from unnecessary injury and loss. Have questions or need legal help with your next horse transaction? Leone Equestrian Law is available for consultation at 201.444.6444 or Visit or Leone Equestrian Law on Facebook for more information.


For most riders, competing in a hunter derby is a daunting endeavor. Doing so for the first time can be even more intimidating. But, for junior competitor Brooke Morin, it was a smooth transition into her first-ever derby, competing against professionals and derby veterans alike.

At only thirteen years old, the young rider tackled the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby course at Showpark Ranch and Coast series in Del Mar, California. Morin, who trains with John Bragg at Bridgeport Farm, lives in Laguna Beach, California, and was the youngest rider in the international derby. She has been riding for nine years. • July 2016 • 43

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Her mount, Boss, is owned by Highpoint Farm LLC and is a ten-yearold Dutch Warmblood by Indoctro. Friday afternoon’s event marked Boss’ first time competing in a hunter derby, also, as he was originally purchased with the plan of using him in the Jumper divisions. “We found out he would be a good derby horse, so we wanted to start doing the derbies and equitation with him instead,” Morin said. Despite having Boss for only two months, Morin completed two solid trips over the Thomas Hem designed course. She accomplished a ninth place finish overall against thirty other tough contenders such as successful veterans John French and Tara Metzner. When asked about the course, she said, “It was fun! It was kind of long, but it was really fun.” Morin knew she could be brave and confidently piloted Boss over all four high-option fences. “My trainer said that I could do either option, and he was planning on me doing the two vertical options, but I did all of them.” The four judges were impressed and awarded their first round a score of 110 and their second trip a score of 149 for a total of 259. Morin also has two other horses, Social Hour and Seaside, which she competes in the Large Junior Hunter division. All of Morin’s current horses are fairly new mounts for her, but that hasn’t hindered their success in the show ring. “I’ve had Social Hour for two years, but I’ve only been riding him for a few months, and I have had Seaside now for about four months.” To make the day even sweeter, Morin captured The Plaid Horse High Placed Junior Rider Award and Boss received the highly-coveted custom wool cooler.




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The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Devon, PA, June 2016. 1. TJ O’Mara won his first blue ribbon at Devon in the USEF Talent Search Section A, followed by a win the Maclay Saturday morning. 2. Equitation classes are notoriously large and competitive, with as many as 124 entries in the WIHS Jumper Phase. 3. Emma Weiss rode her own Cheveaux to ribbons in the 16-17 Small Junior Hunters. 4. Mountain Home Stables’ Krave and Hunter Siebel took top ribbons in the 16-17 Small Junior Hunters including a win in the handy round to give hem the division championship. 5. Lucy Deslauriers won the RW Mutch Equitation Championship, the first year under a new format in which the championship has its own class and riders compete head to head. PHOTOS © IRENE ELISE POWLICK. • July 2016 • 45

The Science of Shavings Shavings are an integral part of any horse care routine – horses can spend a lot of time in their stalls. It is important to know the composition of different kinds of shavings, as many horses can be irritated by some components. From those with respiratory issues to foaling mares, there is an appropriate type of shaving for every horse, from those with respiratory issues to foaling mares. Shavings are the most common bedding for horses, as they are easy to store and widely accessible in different variations. They are very absorbent and therefore less expensive, as a small amount of shavings will absorb urine. With a small surface area of shavings to be disposed of, little shavings may be used. Importantly, the quality of shavings may vary greatly. Further, there are different kinds of shavings that provide different benefits as well as some kinds that should be avoided due to health risks. • P ine shavings are usually the most common kind of shavings used in the horse industry, as most horses don’t have skin reactions to this kind of wood. The limitation is that if too green, the sap might still be in the shavings and cause irritation to the horse. •C edar is another popular choice. Some horses are irritated by this kind of wood because it has a high oil content, which is something that an owner should consider. •O ak shavings rarely cause irritations but is not widely available, as it is only accessible where hardwoods are milled. •B lack Walnut shavings should not be used for horses because it can be toxic and even brief contact can cause extreme irritation and hair loss for horses. Stay away from these shavings. •C yprus shavings are usually available in the south but horses with sensitive skin may be irritated by this kind of wood. •M aple and red maple shavings are toxic to horses and should not be used. •B lack Cherry shavings can cause slightly more mild reactions, but is toxic if eaten. Do not use this kind of shavings either. Although shavings are considered a popular and safe bedding to use, it is clear that there are some types that should not be used due to safety issues. Research which kind would be best for your horse and test it out before changing their entire stall to a new brand. Sawdust is not necessarily the most preferable kind of bedding, as it is made up of fine wood particles and therefore can be quite dusty. Every movement in a stall with sawdust moves particles and raises dust which a horse will inhale. These dust particles can also get into their eyes

and cause irritation. It is relatively inexpensive and widely available, so many owners use it. It is not recommended for horses with respiratory issues. Wood pellets are becoming a popular alternative to traditional shavings as they provide absorbency without dust. The pellets themselves are made of kiln-dried woods and sawdust. They expand into the sawdust when broken down by the horse’s hooves as well as any liquid it conta They are incredibly absorbent and easy to store due to their smaller size in comparison to regular shavings. New pellets are often sprayed with water to make them softer for the horse. They are also cost-effective as virtually no excess pellets are removed when mucking since the pellets themselves absorb liquid. A manure pile will accumulate significantly slower when using wood pellets. They aren’t generally available yet, but with growing popularity will come wider distribution. Paper shavings are the most absorbent kind of shavings when compared to straw, wood shavings, peat moss, and hemp fibers. This was discovered in a study in 1998 at the Equine Research Centre. They are easy to store--close to the size of a typical shavings bag--and their absorbency is very attractive to horse owners. However, if there is a lot of humidity, paper can become very heavy due to its absorbency. This can lead to mold in some cases, which is harmful to horse’s skin and respiratory tract. It is also important to find a good-quality paper rather than glossy paper which is associated with heavy metals or paper that has ink other than vegetable ink. Shredded paper, however, is unlikely to irritate horses if the paper is of good quality as it is virtually dust-free. Straw is also popular although it is a very inconsistent bedding. If there has been a rainy season, it could be moldy which causes respiratory problems. There is also a lot of waste since it is not very absorbent and a lot of it is used to absorb urine. Its popularity is often based off of its availability as it is the only kind of bedding readily accessible in some places. A typical use for straw is for broodmares. Straw cannot be inhaled by foals and does not contaminate umbilical cords. One danger is that if it is inhaled a highly dangerous impaction colic could occur. Storage is also slightly harder since it must be under cover in order to not get wet and moldy. BedEdge is a new bedding product made of chopped straw. It has the same absorption qualities of shavings and mucks out the same way. Without the porous nature of baled straw, BedEdge is more economical to use as less is removed each day. It is dust free and a good choice for horses with allergies. Like shavings, it is sold in bags for easy storage and transport. ◼ BY CHAPEL PUCKETT.

46 • THE PLAID HORSE Nick Haness’ first Devon blue could not have been won by a more meaningful horse than Lindsay Maxwell’s Technicolor. Haness teamed up with the six year old Oldenburg to win three rounds and the championship in the First Year Green Hunters at Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Haness imported “Nico” during the summer of 2015 as a 5 year old. He took the young hunter around the Pre-Green Hunters a mere three times before the end of last year before deciding that it was time to move up. Haness said that the most important thing about bringing along young horses is to “listen to the horse. They aren’t all the same, they don’t all go the same, and they don’t all progress at the same rate. It’s important to let the horse tell you when they are ready to move up.” Haness said that he would not have guessed that such a young horse would be ready to step into the First Year Green Hunters in 2016, much less go to Devon. He remarked, “[Technicolor] is such a natural athlete, and you can tell it's fun for him. He likes to show.” Haness’ philosophy paid off as the now 6 year old took HITS Thermal by storm, earning the tricolor at almost every show in the First Year Green Hunters. In addition, “Nico” had many successful outings in the Amateur Owner Division with Lindsay Maxwell. Haness then picked up two championships at Blenheim Spring before heading back east for a week of Keswick. As a pre- Devon practice show, a championship at Keswick seemed to be “the perfect combination.” Monday morning of Senior Week proved the excellence that Haness had seen in Technicolor as a 5 year old in Germany. The horse was a force to be reckoned with, garnering back to back wins over fences. After stepping out of the ring, Haness confirmed his feeling: “He knew this was a special show. He knows when it’s time to do good enough, and he knows when it’s time to shine. ” And shine was what they did, earning two scores in the 90s that morning and besting the field in both classes. Tuesday morning was handy day and stake day for the First Year Greens, which posed an intimidating task for Haness and “Nico”. Haness expressed, “The most important thing for me to remember today was to stay calm; stay calm and canter on. I didn’t want to override or over think anything, just demonstrate to the judges that he can get to the jump on a long rein and jump that way on his own.” His state of mind payed off; the second the pair landed from the last jump of the stake, both judges muttered “wow” in unison. Their flawless ride earned them a 95, the highest score of the day, and the win in the stake class. With the top call in three over fences rounds, Haness and Technicolor were awarded the First Year Green Championship for owner Lindsay Maxwell. Haness remarked, “He tried hard in every class and he put 110% into every jump. He knew what this show was all about. He enjoys jumping, and he loves to show off. So I let him.” Devon can be an intimidating show for any horse and rider combination, much less a 6 year old First Year Green horse, but Haness reported that Nico took it right in stride. “He’s a great show horse. He doesn’t have to practice a lot. Lindsay, who owns him, is a very good rider, so she doesn’t have to practice much either. Luckily, we are able to save him for shows.” Maxwell rode to numerous wins during the HITS Thermal circuit in the 3’6” Amateur Owners, and she plans to keep riding the horse in that division. Haness will keep showing him for Maxwell, eventually getting into the International Hunter Derby Ring. Haness hopes Technicolor and he will come back to Devon in years to come. “I’ve never won Devon before, even as a junior. This is my sixth time coming here, and to win anything was such a huge accomplishment, but to win on a horse that I saw potential in as a 5 year old is beyond rewarding. It is a journey that has been so much more worth it now that I have been part of this horse’s career since day one.” ◼ STORY & PHOTOS BY JORDAN COBB.

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AT DEVON: GROOMS ON GROOMING The Devon Horse Show is “where champions meet” and where grooms compete. The premier horse show on the east coast, everyone wants their best turnout at Devon. Beginning their day well before the sun, horse show grooms ensure that their horses are at peak condition and performance as they compete for the Devon blue. The Plaid Horse caught up with two top hunter and jumper grooms to get their insight and perspective. David Vega works for Traci and Carleton Brooks’ Balmoral Farm in Los Angeles, California and grooms mostly hunters and ponies. Kate Meyer is the show manager at Beacon Hill whose clients ride in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings. She has had more than 20 years’ experience with greats such as Peter Wetherill, Tim Grubb, John and Beezie Madden, and Chloe Reid. What does a normal day look like for you at home caring for horses? David: We still like to start early, especially during the Summer. The earlier we start, the better we can perform with the horses. We don’t care what time we finish; usually if we start early, we can finish early, but sometimes we will still finish later. Kate: We start our routine at 6-6:30 AM. We start by turning out or putting horses on the walker. We make the next day’s schedule the night before and write it on the board in the aisle for all to follow. We make any changes to the board as early as possible. And what about a normal day at the show? David: I get up at 4 A.M.- early mornings every morning. We have to take care of all the duties before everyone shows up. We could finish at 5, 6, or 7 P.M. when we finish; sometimes it’s later. As long as it's not an emergency case, it should be around that long. Kate: Every show day is different. Again, we follow the schedule made the night before. We list times for lunging, riding, etc. Everything is spelled out. If there is a change, we adjust to that change. What routine does each horse go through to get ready to show? David: Every horse is different. Some we lunge, some they ride, some they do a combination, and sometimes we have to re-lunge or re-ride;

it all depends on what the horses need. Not every horse is the same, so it could be that, or it could be more, or it could be nothing; you never know.

Kate: Injuries are stressful. Potential injuries always worry me. I want to prevent them and do all that I can for the horse.

Kate: It varies from horse to horse, discipline to discipline. Jumpers are usually less prep because we like them fresher. Equitation horses usually are ridden in the ring first thing in the morning. Some get lunged after that, some do not. Some hunters take a lot of work, some do not. Each horse has its own routine.

David: Showing is my favorite. I’m an outside guy. I like to show, and I love to be on the road. The worst part is missing my family, but aside from that I do love showing; that is my thing.

Do you have a different grooming plan for each horse or do you generally stick to the same plan? David: We treat every horse the same, so they all look their best to show. Some might need a little more, some a little less, but we get every horse to the same standard. Kate: Our approach to each horse varies. We move slowly with the sensitive ones. The grey ones take longer. Those who get therapies like the magnetic blanket have to be clean before that can happen. Coats vary and require different amounts of work to get them looking their best. Do you have any go to products that you couldn't live without? David: I use whatever works and whatever we have. I use whatever I’m comfortable with, and whatever the horse is comfortable with. I can make do with anything, just get them done. Kate: I do have some products that I love. Vetrolin Shine is better than Show Sheen and seems to stimulate their coats. And, I love all of the Healthy Hair products. Do you have any secrets for getting horses perfectly clean for the model? David: That’s my recipe! Carleton does love bay horses! Not every horse gets the same recipe either. Kate: There are no tricks. It is about having healthy, conditioned, well-groomed horses and elbow grease! What is the most stressful part about caring for horses? David: I try to do my own thing and get my work done. I respect everybody. I get my part done, and everybody else is doing the same thing. I just hope everything goes well for everybody; that is the goal.

What is your favorite part?

Kate: My relationship with my horses is the most valuable part of my job. There have been many horses in my career, and a few special ones that have stolen my heart. I can name them all. Do you like it when new horses come to the barn or do you like when they keep the same ones around? David: It doesn’t make a difference. The ones I keep the longest, I know them the best. But I love challenges, so I like to be able to figure out new horses. Kate: I always want to keep my favorites, but I love the excitement of a new horse, especially a young one. It is exciting to watch the relationship between the horse and rider grow. What goes in the grooming box up to the ring? David: Lots of goodies, lots of treats. Carleton didn’t use to be a treat guy, but now he is. We are backing off the treats some, but a lot of horses don’t like it when they don’t get treats. Lots of treats! As for grooming, I can go with a single towel. Like everybody, we bring brushes fly spray, alcohol, but most importantly towels. I can do anything with my towel; without a towel you are armless! Kate: I always make sure there is a body brush, stiff brush, hoof pick, comb, scissors, and towel. For jumpers, back boots, studs, T tap, and a wrench. For hunters, hoof oil. Sometimes spurs and a stick. What are your favorite horses to have in the barn? David: I like challenges, but we generally get very good horses. The ponies are usually more intensive attention because kids have to ride them. We have very nice horses, but a challenge is fun once in a while. But I’m happy with what we have. Kate: I love jumpers, and I have travelled all over the world with them. But, there is nothing like a hunter that wins every time. You show up and people want to go home. I love that! ◼



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TPH COVER STORY: TRAINER DAVID BUSTILLOS David Bustillos is a man who can do everything. From training young horses to retraining difficult ones, from teaching beginners to equitation finalists, from hunter derbies to Grand Prix jumpers, he is a trainer for all occasions. Born in Durango, Mexico, Bustillos came to the United States in 1991 as a seventeen year old. He grew up in a family where horses were working animals used as transportation and farm work. In fact, Bustillos’ mother transported the family to school via carriage until they obtained their first automobile when David was 11 years old. Bustillos describes horses as “ part of my blood, part of my childhood. And, it is the only thing I am really good at.” Bustillos arrived in the United States with a job in construction. On the way to the site, he passed an equestrian center, and simply got out of the car. “I saw the horses and said, ‘I am staying here. This is for me.’” Bustillos started at the bottom of the ladder mucking stalls. A keen observer and quick learner, he moved on to grooming horses. He loves taking care of the animals, getting to know the idiosyncrasies and needs of each. Bustillos was curious about the great events called horse shows which caused a ripple of excitement through the barn with the arrival of the big, shiny vans. Honing his caretaking skills, he graduated to horse show groom extraordinaire. Soon, Bustillos was hired as a groom for the LaJoie family who had a string of ponies, hunters, and jumpers. In his twelve year tenure there, Bustillos developed a dedication to the welfare of his horses and riders. “I had a personal stake in this,” he explains. He was responsible for preparing the horses to meet the head trainers at the horse shows. • July 2016 • 53

The scope of his job grew to include executing the schooling and preparation schedules dictated by the trainers. Bustillos credits equestrian greats Karen Healey, Archie Cox, and Dale Harvey as integral to his early education. “Karen was intense and I learned about winning from her. Archie always praised my grooming skills and made me feel like I was doing something important. Dale was business, business, business… I would do whatever they said and a little more.” When the last child of the LaJoie family, Allison, aged out of the junior ranks, a “heartbroken” Bustillos returned to Mexico to assist his aging father. For twelve weeks, he broke young horses and helped to sell them. Upon returning to the U.S, Bustillos was worried that he would not be able to find employment that matched the level of his previous job. Instead, his telephone rang off of the hook. ‘I could not believe it! I was jumping around my house with happiness.” One of the calls came from the legendary Irish showjumper Eddie Macken, Presented with the opportunity to learn from one of the best ever, Bustillos exclaimed, “I’m in!” The year spent with Macken gave Bustillos invaluable experience in the showjumping field. He explains, “I felt like a superstar with Eddie. All the good riders would come out of the ring and talk to him.” Watching and listening, Bustillos would take with him lessons from the master.


After productive working relationships with Nick Haness and Richard Slocum, Bustillos now operates Durango Farm in Coto de Coza, CA. His business has expanded to 27 horses, a number that Bustillos finds optimal. If the number becomes too big, he feels too removed from his animals. At 27 horses, he can “get to touch every horse every day.” He trains beginner riders to advanced, young horses to veterans, hunters and jumpers. Bustillos’ favorite moment the day is getting on the first horse of the morning. “I can close my eyes


and really concentrate before it gets so busy.” When asked what he would like his legacy to be, he answered, “I would like to be remembered as the guy that fixed something: a horse, a rider, the footing, a problem.” He prides himself on being able to help problematic horses, “horses people gave up on. I take pride in getting it done.” As for his riders, he claims that “85% of my riders were told in some way that they were not going to make it. I teach them to embrace the competition and the sport.” Durango Farm has a familial feel to it. “It is OUR barn, not MY barn,” he explains. Many of his employees have been with him for decades and he applies the same loyalty to his clients. In fact, former employer Allison LaJoie has been Bustillos’ assistant for four years! Bustillos is constantly learning and improving.“I am a student of everything. The greats inspire me and I try to follow them. I feel so humble every time I learn a new thing. I watch and learn from the best.” Look for David Bustillos and Durango Farms on the California horse show circuit. Be sure to view his now legendary Instagram video on their Facebook page. ◼ SISSY WICKES, EDITOR


David Bustillos launched to widespread notoriety through the Instagram video of him catching a falling rider. That rider is twelve year old Jaden Cheikha. Described by Bustillos as a “great kid and a gentleman,” Jaden aspires to be a jumper rider. His family owns eight horses in Bustillos’ care. There are five riders in the Cheikha family with mother, Kim, and four children all participating. In addition, the family has started an equine business venture called Noteworthy Horses which imports sales horses from Europe. Patriarch Fadi Cheikha is a successful businessman. He credits David with possessing the two most important qualities in a business partner: heart and will. He calls David a “horse whisperer, who cares first and foremost about the welfare of the horse and safety of the rider.” Fadi believes that the tape exemplifies David’s heart. With over 317,000 views and counting, David’s epic catch has given the world a glimpse into the heart of this talented horseman.

56 • THE PLAID HORSE Kim Harries has been around the horse world for many years. Originally from Bakersfield, CA, she learned the basics of horsemanship and horse care as a child by staying at the barn all day every day grooming, riding extra horses, and working with some very accomplished riders. Soon after starting her own business in the horse industry, Harries moved to Santa Ynez, CA, where she has stayed ever since. Harries has spent her life learning and working. At age 42, she decided to go back to school to finish her degree in Kinesiology, or the study of human movement. Through her studies, Harries found a new passion: Pilates. She found that the practice of Pilates made her a stronger athlete and a better rider. Also a certified personal trainer, Harries works at a local studio, Bilancia Pilates, and at the local YMCA.

Kim Harries

While concentrating on a busy career, Harries was led in another direction by the sudden lameness of one of her beloved dogs. Teddy began to limp and was taken to the veterinarian for treatment. Here, Harries witnessed the profound effect of Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). “I was amazed. I immediately started thinking about how this could help horses and dogs, and people, with everything from arthritis to soft tissue injuries, to chronic pain,” she said. After experiencing the rapid recovery of her dog, Harries decided to pursue treating horses with LLLT. “[Horses] just love it. After I treat for general wellness and overall circulation, removing inflammation in the body, then I go to


PHOTO © RITA GOOD. • July 2016 • 57 specific points known to be a problem for that specific horse.” Horses benefit from this therapeutic treatment in faster healing and recovery times. Each laser treatment lasts about 20 to 40 minutes, usually in a stall or wherever the horse is most comfortable. A relaxed environment and a silent, hand-held laser device make for a good experience for the horse and the owner. The laser is a great way to give non-invasive, natural, safe, and drug-free pain relief. To explain how the laser works in simple words, Harries said, “The way the laser works is light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete. This creates an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, accelerates tissue repair and cell growth, improves vascular activity, increases metabolic activity, and stimulates acupuncture trigger points.” The procedure is relatively inexpensive, with cost ranging around $50 per treatment. Many proponents of LLLT claim that they are able to use less NSAID medication or muscle relaxants on their horses as they receive the same anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects with a laser treatment program. Once a week treatments during the show season and off season help a horse stay in top condition. “I absolutely love what I do, my days include teaching, training, and providing therapy to help horses, dogs, and even people,” Harries said. She is always available for farm calls if your horse or dog needs to be treated, and will be at several shows around California. If you are interesting in her services, check her website at or call her at 661-345-9657 for more information. ◼ BY INTERN MACKENZIE SHUMAN.

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Beauty and Versatility... The Arabian Sport Horse Story and Photos By Betsy Kelley

From a torrential downpour to record high temperatures all in one weekend, there was never a dull moment at the Region V Arabian Sport Horse Celebration held at Donida Farm Equestrian Center in Auburn, WA. In a fast growing community, this show is currently the second largest Arabian Sport Horse competition in the country, second only to Arabian Sport Horse Nationals (September 21st - September 25th at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, ID.) Riders of all ages competed, but the Juniors won the weekend. A Versatile Arabian Award (Versatile Arabian competitors entered classes in Hunter Over Fences OR Carriage Driving, Dressage OR Western Dressage, Sport Horse In-Hand, Sport Horse Under Saddle OR Show Hack) was won by Tennessee Sanders, 13, with her 9 year old Arabian gelding Galihadin+/ and a High Scoring Purebred Hunter Award won by Libby Hollinger, 10, with LA Thunder Bey, a 23 year old Arabian gelding. The hunter classes included Working Hunter, Handy Hunter, Hunter Hack and Hunter Seat Equitation with fences ranging from crossrails to 3'3". The highlights of the weekend were not just the big rosettes and beautifully turned out horses; it was the awesome teamwork and welcoming atmosphere this show offered. The Arabian Sport Horse Community is doing a fantastic job of bringing new riders into our sport and providing them with a fun, friendly introduction to the horse show world.




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Medium Pony Hunter

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Large Pony Hunter Dreamsicle Dressed Up Hidden Springs Woodstar* Jessandi Famous Amos* My Dear Watson My Little Black Dress† Reservations Required* Stonewall Eleanor† Stonewall Texas† Top That*†

Small Green Pony Hunter Blue Ivy Jennifer Grey

Large Green Pony Hunter Stonewall Top Call†

Pony Jumper

Miracles Happen* Cartier


*Previous Pony Finals Ribbon Winner † by Hillcrest’s Top Hat

Best of Luck at USEF Pony Finals 2016!

Always a selection of small, medium, and large pony hunters for sale and lease. S TO N E WA L L P O N IE S@YA H O O.CO M • IXO N IA , W I S CO N S I N


After receiving my first GiddyUp Goodies box, I am officially a fan! The "Muscle Mania" was full of horse care items perfect for my senior athlete. Inside were several flavors of healthy horse treats (even my picky eater gobbled them up!), two different massage curries, Hilton Herbs Muscle Magic lotion, and a Giddy-Up Goodies branded resistance band with a 10-Minute workout, perfect for a busy equestrian! • July 2016 • 71