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Foals & Weanlings
Breeding Contracts Building Inner Strength
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Lugano Diamonds: Spring Blossoms Must Haves: Fashion Finds Chisholm Gallery: Christopher Ross Spring Fashion: Noble Outﬁtters Tim Foxx: Hats Top British Designers bluhorse Breeches & Boots Chisholm Gallery: Bob Tabor Dr. Lori: Making Old New Again Conceal Carry Vests
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Social Spotlight: Trotting Around Town Amanda Forte His & Hers: Derrick Perkins Mary Sue Jacobs
80 Taping For Soundness 86 Inner Strength For Weanlings 78 Anhidrosis and Performance Horses
36 Elements Of Good Barn Design: Courtyard Barns 58 Ocala’s Economic Impact Study of Equine Industry 70 Legal Issues: Breeding Contracts 72 Beneﬁts of Equine Insurance
44 Furusiyya Nation’s Cup Highlights 46 Live Oak International 61 Ocala Events
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Things Heat Up At
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Foals & Weanlings
Breeding Contracts Building Inner Strength
SPECIAL REPORT: Economic Impact Study Of Equine Industry In Ocala FL.
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Handmade! Fair Trade! Eco-friendly! Peruvian embroidered belts - rich with color from hand-dyed yarns. These densely embroidered belts take any outďŹ t up a notch. Available at Equine Divine 126 Laurens Street SW Aiken, SC. 803-642-9772 www.equinedivineonline.com See our ad pg 29
Dressage Pendant Jane Heartâ€™s Classic Dressage sterling pendant has an award winning ribbon and a twinkling eye! Adorned with a dark sapphire or black diamond eye, this special piece is the perfect momento for your show wins. $235. www.janeheart.com 1-888-703-0503 See our ad pg 29
Denita Polo Bracelet Made in sterling silver and sterling silver with 24k gold overlay. Magnet clasp in ball. Made in Italy. www.suzannewerson.com 917-213-8914 See our ad pg 22
Bridle Bag Purple Stars by ZIKY Get ready to show in style with ZIKY travel accessories! This fun bridle bag is part of a travel line that includes everything you need to stay organized during travel with your horses. You can also choose your own color combinations when you order a custom set, and have it monogrammed. Starting at $ 79.95. Available at www.ZIKYboutique.com See our ad pg 22
One K Defender Snake Helmet A trendy twist on a classic! The Snake Defender features a luxurious snakeskin center panel for a look that is very “in”, without being over the top. With suede covered Polycarbonate and Advanced ABS Composite outer shell, washable anti-microbial liner, comfort padded harness with Fastex buckle, and multiple vents. MSRP $499.95 www.englishridingsupply.com See our ad pg 15
“Don’t have a portrait of your horse yet? Why not? Finally, you can bring your horse inside, and in gorgeous detail, with a completely customized portrait by lifelong artist Risa Kent. These portraits often bring recipients to tears, almost magically capturing everything about an animal that their person loves. Have an idea for your horse? Portraits are made to ﬁt within most budgets and all artwork has a complete money-back guarantee. Starting at $150 www.RisaKent.com 978-857-2529 See our ad pg 26
PRETTY IN LACE! This stunning Equetech Florence Lace Competition Shirt brings pretty to performance! Made from a technical stretch breathable fabric with wicking properties, it features a stock collar, diamanté buttons and a curved bust design, capped sleeves and scooped back hem. Gorgeous for competition and great for casual wear too! Colours: White, RRP: £39.95 Sizing: 8-18 www.equetech.com
THE IDEAL STABLE MATE! This spring equestrian inspired fashion brand, Freddie Parker are celebrating in style with this gorgeous Freddie Parker Newmarket Shirt. This beautiful Grey long sleeve shirt is styled in 100% Oxford cotton and features a classic cut and some gorgeous design details. So with spring ﬁnally here, you can easily ﬁnd your perfect partner for the rest of your wardrobe at Freddie Parker! Available in Light Blue, Pink, Claret and White Freddie Parker Newmarket Shirt RRP: £79.00 www.freddieparker.com
Spring Fashion Spring
Wardrobe Essentials for Equestrians! By Alek Majtenyi
pring is here and it’s time to update your closet! The Noble Outﬁtters™ Spring 2015 Collection has English and Western riders raving about the new colors and functional design features. The entire collection has been created for riders by riders to give you the ultimate riding experience on and off your horse.
This year, the collection features new colors and prints like Ice Bandana, Lemon Fizz, and Tropical Palm but it’s the performance features designed into all their products that has made Noble Outﬁtters™ this year’s equestrian apparel brand of choice! Join the thousands of fans nationwide who have experienced the Noble Outﬁtters™ difference.
1. The Madison Show Shirt
For the ultimate show ring experience, pair the Madison Show Shirt with the Noble Outﬁtters™ Balance Riding tight! Featuring superior fabrics and innovative construction, these tights are perfect for professionals and pleasure riders alike. A ﬂattering euro-seat design and ﬂat seam construction reduces chafﬁng and the lightweight, stretch hem on the lower leg reduces bulk inside your boots and prevents painful rubbing.
Timeless in style and elegantly tailored, the new Noble Outﬁtters™ Madison Show Shirt (above) offers a traditional look with a pop of color inside the collar and the cuffs. The 4 way stretch woven material gives you the mobility and ﬂexibilty you crave while the cool comfort of soft, moisture-wicking fabric keps you comfortable all day long.
The convenient and secure stash pocket at the front left thigh and the hidden pocket on the inside back waist keep all the little necessities like cellphone, keys, and ID close at hand! Every feature of the Balance Riding Tight emphasizes comfort, quality, and
It’s easy to stay calm, cool, and collected under pressure with the added powermesh panels under the arms. The covered placket and convenient wrap neck collar with hidden snap closure give you a polished, professional look in and out of the ring. It’s a winning combination of high performance, traditional style, and fashion-friendly color!
What do you wear? Cowboy Boots? Tall Boots? Paddock Boots? No, problem! With extra cushion on the bottom of the foot and Noble Outﬁtters’ special Ankle Shield padded protection, Over the Calf Peddies (next page) are perfect for around the barn or a long show day and will even make the dreaded boot break-in period a thing of the past. The ultra thin calf is made to ﬁt perfectly under
versatility for an exceptional value. 2. Over The Calf Peddies
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jeans, or over breeches or jods. Opti-Dry technology wicks away moisture keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Over the Calf Peddies™ not only give you cushion and comfort, but they also come in lots of fun colors and prints to show off your style! Grab these outstanding socks in one of their newest colors or prints: Modern Roses, Ice Bandana, Bold & Free, Tropical Palm, and Vivacious Hibiscus! Each of these new prints coordinates perfectly with the entire Noble Outﬁtters’ Spring 2015 Collection.
3. The Karleigh Short Sleeve V-Neck
Look cool. Feel cooler! The new Noble Outﬁtters™ Karleigh Short Sleeve V-Neck tee (below) is designed to be soft, comfortable, and very wearable. The lightweight performance material is made for hours of incredible comfort and a full range of motion. The Opti-Dry Technology wicks moisture to the fabric’s surface, where it quickly evaporates for an enjoyable experience all year long. With the stretch mesh back panel for added breath ability you’ll love the Karleigh throughout the long hot summer months.
4. The MUDS Stay Cool Boots
Meet the most innovative and comfortable waterproof boot on the market! (right) Perfect for keeping lcean and dry at the show or just working around the barn, the Noble Outﬁtters™ MUDS™ Stay Cool boots are engineered with a completely unique design, inside and out, to keep you ultra comfortable and 100% dry. Constructed with a rubber bottom, thin neoprene top and an ultrabreathable and moisture wicking lining to improve airﬂow and reduce heat buildup, the MUDS Stay Cool style is designed to keep you comfortable, even in hot and humid weather. Adding to the specialized comfort and perfect ﬁt is a unique contoured foam at the top of the foot and Achilles heel for added relief and stability. With women’s styles made speciﬁcally to ﬁt a women’s foot, MUDS are less bulky and provide a customized ﬁt. The removable, shock-absorbing, anti-microbial insole ﬁghts odors to keep your feet dry and happy. A reinforced toe and heel is made for added protection and reinforced structure. The Noble Outﬁtters signature shield kick plate at the back of the heel and signature stripe pull-tab at the top makes slipping in and out these boots quick and convenient. The durable anti-slip, non-marking outsole has reliable traction and an easy clean tread design. Made to be 100% waterproof, but Noble Outﬁtters™ MUDS™ Stay Cool Boots are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them rain or shine. This is the ultimate choice for a spring wardrobe essential!
Designed for a feminine look and feel, this tee has a perfect V neckline and a ﬂat-seam, bulk-free cut that’s incredibly ﬂattering. The Karleigh is available in four fun colors: Vivacious Heather, Heather Grey, Aqua Sky Heather, and Wine Heather.
5. The Perfect Fit Glove
You will understand why this glove is called the Perfect Fit the moment you try it on! The breathable spandex jersey back of hand and SureGrip™ synthetic suede palm conforms to your hand and the fabric is so light, you’ll forget you are wearing gloves at all! Grab one of each of the new colors that coordinate perfectly with the entire 2015 apparel line! In addition to amazing color and print choices, these gloves also feature double stitched critical seams for added strength and durability. With touch screen friendly ﬁnger tips, you can post selﬁes without removing your gloves! They are also machine washable to keep their colors looking bright all season long. These gloves are tough and pretty…. it’s a girl thing! You can add a touch equestrian to your style with the Noble Outﬁtters™ On The Bit Bracelet. Touched with a hint of coordinating color on the padding detail, this accessory piece is adjustable and highlights a beautifully crafted snafﬂe bit on the front. The distinctive Noble Outﬁtters™ Stirrup Wrap Bracelet is a beautiful full grain leather bracelet with an English stirrup closure. This bracelet can be worn wrapped different ways to become a statement piece of jewelry. Pair these two bracelets together and you have a classic, stylish look perfect to wear for any occasion! With these Spring essentials you will feel amazing and look incredible this season and all year long! The best part is that you can enjoy the designs all day long and not only when you are riding! In the new Noble Outﬁtters™ Spring Collection, you can still look chic and fashionable when you step out of the barn. If it’s affordable, attractive, and athletic.… it’s absolutely Noble Outﬁtters! From accessories to performance apparel, see the entire spring collection at www.nobleoutﬁtters.com or your local tack store.
Bionic improves grip strength, without the need to grip harder, and reduces hand fatigue.
The Bionic Equine Glove Anatomical Relief Pad System Plus, friction causing blisters and calluses is virtually eliminated. Unlike conventional gloves, which are designed with a straight cut in the ﬁngers, Bionic gloves feature a pre-rotated design that follows the natural motion of your ﬁngers. Made of stretchable and breathable Lycra material, Motion Zones are added over the knuckles and Web Zones are added between the ﬁngers.
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www.thebionicstore.com Whether its hiding dreaded hat hair after riding or making a style statement, if the hat ﬁts you should wear it apparently, so how about the Timothy Foxx Union Jack Patchwork Tweed Flat Cap which comes in 5 different sizes and brings a quiessentially English touch to country loving fashionistas! Ticking this season’s on-going ‘Boyfriend’ trend for masculine inspired clothes, which could have been stolen from your man’s wardrobe, these ﬂat caps are available in a variety of unisex sizes and all feature a unique patchwork blend of British and Scottish tweeds and a vintage inspired Union Jack ﬂag linen patch. Designed and made here in the UK for super stylish guys and girls, these hats are exactly what you need to cap it all off, when it comes to spring/summer style! Sizes: X Small: UK 6 1/2 - 53cm, Small: UK 6 3/4 – 55cm, Medium: UK 7 – 57cm, Large: UK 7 1/4 – 59cm, X Large: UK 7 1/2 - 61cm
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…. AND THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT WITH PLENTY OF DETAIL!
pring 2015 is here and that can only mean one thing– a new season!
Alison Nye-Warden, Elite Equestrian’s style contributor and MD of British retailer: “Over the past two years we have seen a growing trend towards technical fabrics, which offer freedom of movement, breathability, an easy care label and in some cases even stain resistance. This is especially true of the competition wear sector and I predict that this will be even bigger for next season, whilst moving into a new softer more feminine direction. In the past technical riding wear tended to be very unisex in its’ look, with men’s and women’s competition jackets for example being very similar in their design, then we started to see details such as subtle embellishment on pocket ﬂaps, lapels and crystal buttons growing and this has continued to be more common place. Next season I think we will see a real shift towards femininity making a comeback into competition wear with details such as lace panels and ﬂora detailing through embroidery and crystals. I think tail coats have vastly upped their game and next season you will see even more attention to detail through intricate waistcoat points, ornate buttons and discreet embroidery and crystal placement. Whilst leather seated breeches are still popular a new generation of technical, grip seat breeches are really ploughing ahead sales wise and offer exceptional adherence without bulk and still offering an ‘easy care’ label. I think riders are demanding more and more from their competition clothing, which not only includes function but fashion and style too, and next season I think they will continue to be impressed with the variety and quality we are bringing to our virtual shop ﬂoor”
www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk Liz Hayman, MD and designer for leading British equestrian label Equetech is always keen to translate catwalk trends into her equestrian clothing line and spring will be no different as she explains: “Pattern is going to be a big story for 2015, with the Equetech’s spring collection being without exception! We know our customers like to look fashionable and stylish in and out of the saddle and so we are careful to cherry pick patterns and trends which are both ﬂattering and stylish but also offer something a little different to everything else that is out there. For example, for spring 2014 we introduced the Equetech Fleur competition shirt, which was a huge winner for us. Its subtle ﬂeur-de-lis pattern, added a different slant on the classic white competition shirt and we will be launching alternative colours in this best
selling shirt this spring. We also incorporate and translate themes throughout the collection, so that customers can buy a top or a jacket and work it with a pair of our breeches, one of our tops or compliment with leg wear and accessories. Thinking about the whole picture is something we always do and when I am planning and designing collections, its imperative to the success of that collection”
Sue Bryant, MD & Head Designer at British equestrian inspired fashion and home ware brand Freddie Parker predicts colour and investment dressing will continue…. “With the trend towards brights still continuing for Spring 2015, our Candy Pink and Turquoise shirts are prefect for all those fashionistas keen to re-work that look in the ofﬁce or countryside! The ‘preppy’ feel, which we love to maintain as the essence to our own collections is also ﬁltering through for next season with a look that embraces investment pieces worn with a dressed down approach to styling. Mixing trends continues to dominate and I think this will follow through for spring. We have already see some of this with our clients, who take one ‘key investment’ garment and rework into several different looks i.e.: women wearing our shirts to work, then teaming them up with a leather pencil skirt and heels for a sexy evening look straight from the ofﬁce. Our shirts are also becoming very popular amongst riders as well, who want to look elegant and smart during training sessions or when riding for clients, because they are styled in quality fabrics, they last, wash up well and offer an alternative to riding in T-shirts which are far from forgiving on the majority of men and women, especially when tucked into breeches!! Our shirts are cut along slim lines, so ﬂatter curves and skim men’s tummies - an important consideration when you are buying clothes whether you are a rider or not!! I don’t think there are any hard, fast and set rules when it comes to ‘what to wear’ each season any more, I think men and women aren’t prepared to be dictated to when it comes to their own personal style and also more importantly they are more keen than ever to pick out the trends which suit them as oppose to what’s in. Men are more style conscious than ever and our customers are our inspiration, after all ultimately, sales speak volumes and fortunately for us, we seem to be listening well!!”
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Dressage First level and Second and above: Loretta Lucas, 2nd and above Open CH; Carol Hibbard, 2nd and above Res CH, Lonni Bechen 1st Level AA CH; Maj. Carlos Mancero 2nd and above Open Res CH
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Jodi Miller shows her horse off! Chris Hickey chats with Gunnar Ostergaard.
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Western Dressage: Western Dressage Level 1 Champion - Jody Simonton - Sage Quixote; Western Dressage Basic Level Champion - Mimi Leggett - Ram; Western Dressage Level 2 Champion - Adelaide Pickett - Riddle Me This; Western Dressage Basic Level Reserve Champion - Jack Hennig - Katie Introductory Level Champion - Angie Watt - Velvet Rose
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The Courtyard Barn
By Georgia Hickey, Equine Facilities Design King Construction Company
The courtyard barn enjoys more universal appeal than any other style, and with good reason. There is something very welcoming about the courtyard entry and, with the addition of some landscaping and a few garden benches, it also provides a nice space to relax after a ride. The courtyard barn is well-suited to many different architectural styles and details, so it looks equally at home in New England or in Florida. And, in addition to its aesthetic appeal, the courtyard barn is wonderfully practical and adaptable. One of the major beneﬁts of a courtyard barn is that it will stable a large number of horses on a fairly compact footprint and, just like a kitchen with a working triangle, a courtyard barn saves staff time and labor by centralizing the work areas, while it offers the horses more peace and quiet during their down time. Every horse has an outside window or Dutch door for increased natural light and ventilation, along with decreased boredom (especially for those facing into the courtyard because they can also see their neighbors in the opposite barn wing). In a large facility of 20 horses or more, the two barn wings can be an ideal arrangement to maintain two separate operations, i.e. one wing for the owner and another for a trainer. The support areas, such as tack rooms, wash stalls and grain rooms, can be duplicated, while service areas, such as laundry facilities and bathrooms, can be shared. A courtyard barn can easily be attached to the indoor arena, either directly down one long side or by using a rear connector. With a direct attachment, the cross aisle between the two barn wings will be longer, and there is an opportunity to place a lounge or viewing room on the common wall. (see photo of Epic Farm’s ﬂoor plan). When the barn is attached with a rear connector, the arena can be attached on the long side or from the gable end, and there’s a logical space for the lounge or viewing room at the junction of the arena and connector. The tack rooms and wash/ 36
grooming areas will also move to the rear connector, so the cross aisle between the barn wings can be shortened. Although at least one of my courtyard barn projects had no loft (hay and bedding is stored in a separate building) most are lofted. Hay lofts above the barn wings save time and labor with hay drops into the stalls, and they keep the barns warmer in the winter. By adding ventilation shafts that can be opened in the summer, the barn will stay cooler as hot air is evacuated and air exchange is increased. Of course, each stall should also be ﬁtted with a fan. The cross aisle and/or connector are usually designed without lofting, which keeps the wash stalls more open and less likely to retain moisture; adding a fan to the wash stalls is also important. The photo of Epic Farm’s courtyard illustrates the appeal of this style barn. Completed in mid-2014, this barn looks just right for its New England location, with classic board and batten siding accented with cedar shingles and wide board trim. When the cobblestone pavers, landscaping and garden benches are installed this summer, this courtyard entry will become an added living area. The photo of Beacon Woods Stables illustrates the ﬂexibility of the courtyard barn for wide-ranging architectural design detail. With its stone and stucco exterior and hipped roof gable hoods, the barn at Beacon Woods has a distinctly European ﬂair. A study of the ﬂoor plan for Epic Farm reveals the true value of the courtyard barn for a larger horse operation. Each of the two barn wings houses 10 horses, and each horse has a Dutch door with large window and full steel screen for great natural light and full ventilation in the warmer months. The fully ﬁnished ceilings in the barns are at 11 ft, so there is always good air movement.
Two barn wings can be an ideal arrangement to maintain
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At the entry to each barn wing, there is a staircase to the loft and a blanket closet. Each barn wing has its own custom-ﬁtted tack room which opens onto the cross aisle and faces the wash stalls. In the winter months, the barn wings can be closed from the cross aisle with sliding doors; the entire cross aisle and all of the rooms are heated with radiant ﬂoor heat. This gentle heat source keeps everyone comfortable and increases productivity. In a training barn or busy boarding barn, I plan one wash stall for every ﬁve horses; at Epic Farm, there are four wash/groom stalls, each has a hose boom, high level lighting for grooming work, recessed shelves for supplies and a fan. Two of the wash stalls have infra-red heaters to supplement the radiant ﬂoor heat. The entry to the indoor arena is located between the two sets of wash stalls, which creates an efﬁcient trafﬁc ﬂow.
The other rooms on the cross aisle include the ofﬁce with a viewing window into the arena; laundry room, grain room, a large lounge with kitchen and viewing into the arena, and a bathroom with shower and dressing area. The farm also has a large viewing room with kitchen on the gable end of the arena and two more half bathrooms located alongside the viewing room. The six windows and windowed entry door bring in lots of natural light and provide a nice view of the courtyard. There are recessed mats with concrete aprons throughout the facility, and all stalls
are ﬁtted with mats, fans, hay drops, automatic waterers with consumption gauges and full view stall doors. The insulated envelope, coupled with the big sliding doors on all gable ends and cross aisles, keeps the entire barn signiﬁcantly cooler and more comfortable during the hottest days of summer. If you’re planning for a new barn, be sure to consider the many attributes of the courtyard style. And, whatever size or style of barn you select, always enlist the help of an experienced horse barn builder because this type of construction requires a multitude of special considerations. With professional advice and guidance, you’ll save money, time and effort and, most importantly, your investment will result in a completed barn that will look and function like the one you and our horses have always wanted.
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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
Tip 2: Go all the way! Don’t be afraid to really change an antique. For instance, if you love your grandmother’s high chair but you would really like to put it to good use in your home instead of just having it sit in a corner as a display piece, remove the arms and tray and re-purpose the high chair as a child’s chair. It will look cute in a corner of a kitchen, a child’s playroom, a grandparent’s den, or a dining room. Be sure you know what you are doing when repairing and reﬁnishing wooden pieces and search online for helpful hints.
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Tip 3: Re-think the scraps. Do you have a cedar chest ﬁlled with old textile pieces like parts of crocheted afghans? Needlepoint pictures that will never see the light of day? Quilted squares that were never made into a full quilt? Quilted squares that were never made into a full quilt? If you know that you will never complete these projects, don’t despair. Frame them up and enjoy a great graphic picture of your crochet, quilt square of needlepoint picture. Remember to use acid free materials whenever you frame textiles or any antique piece. Install the framed textiles on an interior wall away from direct sunlight to prevent the item from fading and sun damage. Repurposing is a fun way to integrate antique pieces into a contemporary home and to enjoy the process of sprucing up something old. ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� �
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Equestrian Facilities at Las Campanas The Equestrian Center at the Club at Las Campanas originally began as a 28 stall Morton barn and evolved in design not only to meet the needs of the discipline diverse equestrian community, but also to blend harmoniously with the beautiful surroundings of Santa Fe. When designing the facilities, they faced the challenge of creating a facility that had a large footprint that was unobtrusive. The equestrian center is positioned along the hillside with close proximity to a naturally occurring arroyo (great for conditioning). There are ﬁve riding arenas (including their 32,000 sq. ft indoor riding hall), 90 stall barns, turn out pens, lunging areas, and access to 68,000 miles of trails (in addition to their own campus, they have access to 5,000 acres of BLM land). Careful consideration was given to developing a facility that could meet the needs of a variety of horse breeds and riding styles with the least amount of impact on the surrounding environment. Every effort is made from minimal water usage, to strategic use of native ﬂora, to ensure they are being good stewards for future generations. The equestrian center stresses the importance of care for the horses and they offer multiple stall size options beginning at 12’x12’, automatic waterers, individualized feed programs, individual turn out pens, blanketing, grooming services, and fully trained staff (including an onsite staff member for round the clock emergency horse care). The equestrian center also has an upstairs lounge overlooking the courtyard, which is perfect for kicking back after a ride. The lounge provides complimentary coffee, tea, or cocoa. The administrative ofﬁces are used to book lessons, training sessions, or trail rides and complimentary apples or carrots are available to feed the horses. Full restroom facilities are available throughout the barn with showers available upstairs. In addition, Las Campanas has a Log Cabin that is licensed, and serves American comfort cuisine. It is an easy walk across the parking lot and overlooks the outdoor riding arena. The tiered decks offer great outdoor seating options with unobstructed views during the warmer months. For more information, please visit: http://www.theclubatlascampanas.com/ club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=PE
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Action Packed Live Oak International 2015 The Best Place to Horse Around March 18th -22nd
Kids and horses just seem made for one another, so when you’re looking to spend family time together, come see how kids – big and small – can enjoy the Live Oak International in Ocala’s “horse capital of America,” on some of the most breathtaking and historic acreage found anywhere in Florida.
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Its daily schedule demonstrates all the horse brings to our lives. Miniature Horses will charm and delight toddlers. Sunday’s Sleepy P Ranch Leadline Class showcases tomorrow’s riders today. Saturday’s ‘Horseless’ Grand Prix brings out the inner show jumper in everyone. Sunday features Parelli Horsemanship demonstrations. And that’s before mentioning the real stars of Live Oak International: the world class horse and pony champions who, Thursday through Sunday daily, will deliver the ﬁnest competitive action anywhere in the world in pursuit of victories destined to resonate throughout their careers. For more than two decades Live Oak International has made Ocala the place to be in March and in 2015 the event will award more than $100,000 in prize money, making it the richest CDE driving competition in America, as well as hosting the USEF National Pair Horse and Pair Pony Driving Championships. US driving history was rewritten last year at Live Oak International when its host – and FEI’s number one four-in-hand driver -- Chester Weber set a new record by claiming an 11th FEI Four-in-Hand Horse USEF National Championship. For show jumping fans, there will again be the lure of a $10,000 Leading Rider Award, plus the Live Oak International CDE/CSI2*W show jumping competition has been named a World Cup Qualiﬁer for April’s 2015 FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Las Vegas.
Live Oak International also the third jewel in the coveted Florida Triple Crown of driving, which will be presented to the lowest-scoring Intermediate and FEI drivers competing in all three of the series — The Sunshine State CDE, The Kingdom of the Sun CDE, and The Live Oak International. From the cool elegance of driven dressage and thrilling show jumping action in the main stadium to the up close, to the pell-mell thrill of the marathon, each horse-ﬁlled day will entertain and educate. Between classes explore the boutiques garden, enjoy a fresh snack under Live Oak’s shady, stately namesakes, or plan a tailgate party. On this almost 5,000 acres of equestrian paradise, there’s room for everyone (and plenty of parking, too). Speaking of parties, don’t miss Live Oak International’s sparkling Saturday evening gala, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Wine, dine and dance under its spacious tents and the Florida stars. You and your special someone will be glad you saved the best for last. Bring the family or indulge your own inner child. Every day is a play day for the equestrian lifestyle enthusiasts at the Live Oak International, March 18-22, in Ocala, FL. Come and play.
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Charleston Summer Classic
Your Show-Cation Destination!
By: Lisa Engel
elcome to Johns Island, South Carolina, home of the harleston Summer Classic and the flagship show of the Classic Company, Ltd.
While it has maintained its boutique charm, the show has grown in size signiﬁcantly over the past few years. “I always think of this show as one big party for my friends who own horses,” he said. “I started this show 22 years ago and asked a bunch of my friends with horses to support it. Twenty two years later, the tradition continues, “Bell said. “But by the looks of it, I have a lot more friends now,” he laughed.
What sets this show a part from others is its ‘show-cation’ feel. Where else can you show in the morning and head to the beach in the afternoon, which is a short ﬁve minute drive from the show grounds? Or, if the beach isn’t your thing, head to downtown Charleston, a short drive from Johns Island and Mullet Hall Equestrian Center or tee it up on the world class golf courses. Exhibitors travel from around the country to compete at the Charleston Summer Classic and are drawn to its friendly, laid back but elegant, ‘show-cation feel’. Steeped in tradition, it is truly one of the only top level show jumping competitions that combines a beach and island vacation with a two week USEF Premiere rated horse show. This is a very special event not only for the competitors, but their family and friends as well. 48
Last year saw record entries and stalls, perfect weather and nonstop party action. The overall sentiment was, “I’m having so much fun-I don’t want to leave!” What contributed to this growth? “It’s hard to say,” said Bell. “In 2014 we offered two grand prix which was one more than last year, and we also offered the new Hunter Breeding Division, thanks to Rhett DeStefano,” he said. “But while these class offerings could be a draw, I think the real reason is that people want to go on ‘show-cation’,” he said. “The opportunity to show in the morning, head to the beach in the afternoon and then back to the show for an evening grand prix or hunter derby is what people love.” And truly, the riders and their families take advantage of this! British show jumping superstar Gemma Paternoster experienced her ﬁrst Charleston Summer Classic last year and not only won both grand prix classes and had all of her horses in the ribbons each week, she also learned to wind surf! And truly, the riders and their families take advantage of this! British show jumping superstar Gemma Paternoster experienced her ﬁrst Charleston Summer Classic last year and not only won both
grand prix classes and had all of her horses in the ribbons each week, she also learned to wind surf! The Owens family of San Antonio, Texas makes this trip every year to show at the Charleston Summer Classic and rents condos at the beach.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Bell, “the competitors had a great time, we had great weather and people were just delighted to be here,” he said. “We have even more fun and prize money planned for 2015!”
Amber Mitchell of Brass Ring Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey has been bringing her barn to Charleston for the past ﬁve years. “There is no other show out there where you can ride in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon,” she said. “It’s really a perfect combination and there is a class offering for everyone in my barn,” she said. www.EliteEquestrian.us
Conde Nast, the experts on the where to go and what to do, named Charleston a number one destination city. Historic Charleston is a quaint city located on the water that features antebellum homes, art galleries, world class shopping, horse drawn carriage tours, ﬁne dining and a sense of nostalgia complete with cobblestone streets and gas lamps. And the Charleston Summer Classic is a short drive from this charming city! Want something even more local? Stay on the island (where the show is located), check out Bohicket Marina, rent a kayak, go dolphin watching, rent a charter or go ﬁshing. Or just sit and watch the sunsets. Red’s Ice House at the Marina is a fabulous place to meet up with friends after the show. Most Friday and Saturday nights you’ll ﬁnd a live band on the dock and families sitting outside enjoying dinner and cocktails with the setting sun in the back ground. 50
The Charleston Summer Classic is USEF Premiere rated by the United States Equestrian Federation and this year will be offering even more grand prix prize money! There are even walk trot classes for the up and coming riders in the barn, as well as a host of hunter, equitation classes and breed divisions. Twenty two miles of beautiful, well-groomed trails surround the show grounds and the barns are conveniently located ringside. In typical Classic Company format, it’s a very user-friendly show venue. RV sites complete with electric and water hook ups in a park setting are available and some are even adjacent to the trails. Since the show is on Johns Island, most riders rent condos on the beach at Kiawah or Seabrook Islands. Reserve your beach condo as early as possible since it is the height of the vacation season. Condos are closest to the show and are truly the best buy for your
vacation dollar. The show schedule complements beach condo living in that most classes are done by 1 pm so that riders can get to the beach for some fun, sun and surf. The evening classes at the show are always festive and fun events. Every day offers hospitality, a horse show party and even a reception at the renowned Seabrook Club.
e at the Classic Company invite you to make memories with us this summer. See you at the ring! For more information, visit our website www.classiccompany.com.
Romanian Lipizzaners Dance
In The Snow At The ‘Sambata de Jos’ Stud Farm by photographer Manuela Stefan of ‘Graceful Horses’
in the foothills of the majestic Fagaras mountains in Transylvania (Romania), the stud farm at ‘Sambata de Jos’ has earned solid reputation in Europe and North America for its sustained efforts in preserving the superb Lipizzaner breed. Short history of the Lipizzaner breed The Lipizzaner breed dates back to the 16th century, when it was developed with the support of the Habsburg nobility. The breed takes its name from one of the earliest stud farms established, located near the Karst Plateau village of Lipica (spelled “Lipizza” in Italian), in modern-day Slovenia. Back in 1580, a stock of Spanish horses (produced during Moorish rule by crossing Berber and Arab stallions with Iberian mares) was brought to Lipizza by the Archduke Karl Von Steiermark, with the intention of creating a non demanding, high resistance and elegant horse. Up until the 17th century, the breeding involved mainly Spanish and
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Today, the Lipizzaner breed belongs to the European Cultural Heritage. www.EliteEquestrian.us
The Romanian Lipizzaners The stud farm at ‘Sambata de Jos’ was created in 1874 and its ﬁrst horses were brought from the Mezohegyes state farm (Hungary), with all the blood lines originating from Lipica (Lipizza) in Slovenia. Due to the imminence of the ﬁrst world war, the entire ‘Sambata de Jos’ farm was moved to Hungary in 1913 and then was ofﬁcially reopened by the Romanian State in 1920 (with 3 stallions and 22 brood mares). ‘Sambata de Jos’ works with seven blood lines named after the ﬁrst sires: Conversano, Favory, Maestoso, Neapolitano, Pluto, Siglavy-Capriola, Tulipan and is in the process of acquiring the 8th: Incitato.
The Romanian Lipizzaners The stud farm at ‘Sambata de Jos’ was created in 1874 and its ﬁrst horses were brought from the Mezohegyes state farm (Hungary), with all the blood lines originating from Lipica (Lipizza) in Slovenia. Due to the imminence of the ﬁrst world war, the entire ‘Sambata de Jos’ farm was moved to Hungary in 1913 and then was ofﬁcially reopened by the Romanian State in 1920 (with 3 stallions and 22 brood mares). ‘Sambata de Jos’ works with seven blood lines named after the ﬁrst sires: Conversano, Favory, Maestoso, Neapolitano, Pluto, Siglavy-Capriola, Tulipan and is in the process of acquiring the 8th: Incitato. ���������������������������������������������������������������
The staff at ‘Sambata de Jos’ has their great way with the Lipizzans. There is an undeniable bond both on the ground and astride. These dedicated, horse loving men not only take amazing care of their working partners, but they are the ones who perform in front of the lucky visitors who can watch some skillful dressage acts this breed is so very famous for. Since 2002 the Lipizzan stud farm at ‘Sambata de Jos’ has worked under the patronage of the Romanian National Forrest Registry. The stud farm can be visited daily, 45-60 min long dressage shows are available per request. Leisure horse and carriage trips are offered as well and they are a fantastic opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings. �������������������������������������������������������������������
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Number of full and part time jobs provided by the equine industry.
Economic Impact Study of the equine industry.
Korean based buyers purchased
horses at OBS for over $4.4 million in 2014 and have spent $26 million on 1,417 horses at OBS since 2000.
of out-of-town visitors reported a “more favorable” impression of the region as a result of their experiences during 2014 OBS/HITS events and more than indicated they plan to return the following horses were sold year. at OBS in 2014 for a record
total of more than $142 million, a 20% increase over 2013 gross sales.
$2.62 Billion The estimated total economic impacts of the equine industry in Marion County
amount of weekly participants at HITS, Ocala
was the total industry output (revenue) impacts to the area based on the 2014 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. The direct expenditures (human and horse-related) attributed to the event were
$1.6 million was paid by Representatives from Qatar for a two year old in training. This purchase tied for the highest price for a two year old in training in North America with all three top sales occurring at OBS
The out-of-town visitors to OBS/HITS represent a high socioeconomic status which distinguishes them from attendees of other large scale events, with the typical OBS/HITS attendees having a larger than average discretionary income.
This economic impact study was conducted by the Sports Management Research Institute www.EliteEquestrian.us as per the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.
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$25/ per round (not including money class on 3/31) All competitors enter through Gate 5 (polo field)
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EE: An important part of your career was with HUGE as an Interaction Designer. Tell me about what an Interaction Designer does? AF: Huge is now one of the biggest global digital agencies with ofﬁces in NY, Rio, Singapore and London, but when I started out with them in 2006, we were just a scrappy 28-person shop. I worked as an Interaction Designer, someone who — at a basic level — tries to help clients answer the question “what should be the online experience for one of my customers?” and “how can I get customers to do what I want on my site?”. It’s a role that combines business thinking with an empathic sense of design in a way that I’ve found consistently challenging and rewarding. In my time there, I was working with some very big clients on challenging work with a team of very smart people! EE: You made the transition from being a amateur rider to being a professional rider and trainer. Are you ﬁnding this fulﬁlling and balanced? AF: When I was riding as an amateur it was a constant struggle to balance work and horses. I was living in Brooklyn and ﬂying to meet my horses at shows. I remember times when I’d jump off my horse at the ring and run to the exhibitor’s lounge to get on a client call. After several years of this I felt like I was not doing justice to my horses or making the personal progress that I had hoped. Thankfully, in my amateur years, I was able to be successful, but I never felt like I was 100% on my game and I never felt like it was the best for my horses. To jump start my professional career, the ﬁrst thing we did was pack up our horses and head down to Aiken, SC for the month of January. The goal of that was to escape the cold and snow of the north and allow me to dedicate my now full-time attention to the horses. I rode between 8-12 horses a day, which helped ease the transition to my professional career, and it was also the perfect opportunity to condition, train, and get the horses competition ready. Between the polo ﬁelds, the perfectly maintained jumping arenas, and the roads for hacking, we had everything we needed to get me and the horses competition-ready. We had 13 horses in Aiken and I’ve never seen a happier group of horses in my life. Now that I’ve been able to fully commit myself to the sport, I’ve seen such marked improvement in my horses and my show ring efforts. I’m sharper and my horses are ﬁtter, stronger, and happier. It’s been extremely fulﬁlling. EE: Is it a challenge running your business as a trainer and being able to train for yourself, and get to the shows you want to compete in? Do you have students who show at the same shows you compete at? AF: I’m lucky in that I have a great group of people with me at Cerulean Stables. We have a nice mix of hunters and jumpers, as well as both young and more experienced horses. I’m able to work with our clients’ horses during the week, which is really helpful to both set-up the horse for them, but it also helps me truly get to know them, understand them, and then apply that insight to help the client get the most of out their rides. On top of that, I have a string of horses that I’m bringing along, so I get to work on developing and competing them, which gets me in the ring a lot. 64
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The working team of Cerulean Stables includes: Elizabeth Shiah (advisor, partner, cheerleader!) Debbie Wilson (co-trainer) Devan McNamara (road manager) Rodrigo Martinez (head groom) EE: I know you’re in Aiken now, is that going to be your primary residence now? AF: Our physical farm is based in Glenmoore, PA. Aiken was our home for the month of January, which we needed to escape the cold and snow of the north and as our training grounds to prepare for the winter circuit. That worked out perfectly for us, and I would deﬁnitely consider that to be an annual option, if not a more frequent destination. From Aiken we headed to Gulfport, MS where we are now for the 6 weeks of competition of the Gulf Coast Classic. From there we continue our show season and we’ll pick our schedule based on the progress of the horses and what works best for them and our clients. EE: Tell me about your new string of horses. Do you plan to keep them for your own showing/competing or are you planning to bring them along and then sell them? AF: I wanted to make sure I started this venture with a great string of horses. My goal was to have quality young horses that I could bring along in the young jumper divisions as well as horses that could get me in the Grand Prix ring jumping the big tracks. I certainly have that now with my current string and I couldn’t be happier with how they’re all doing. Because most of my horses are young or inexperienced, my goal is to train them to be competitive at their respective levels. They all have great minds and good hearts - so that’s the consistent foundation - but I’m working on ﬁne-tuning their natural talents, working on ridability, balance, and giving them the positive experiences they need to be successful with any rider. Since this is a business now, my goal is to produce quality horses that are ridable, competitive, and marketable.
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with Derrick Perkins, USOC Paralympic Emerging Athlete and L.A. Pomeroy, Equinista
Derrick Perkins is in a class all his own: A Sugar Land, Texas horseman with roots in Brooklyn, New York. A dressage rider with a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo belt buckle, who compares horsemanship to martial arts. A U.S. Air Force veteran who served his country before riding to represent it. With every stride, this 2013 PATH International Horseman of the Year, 2014 Para Equestrian National Championships ﬁnalist, 2015 ‘hometown rider’ when Houston hosts PENC, October 30 – November 1, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Paralympic Games hopeful is doing more than just emerging. He’s soaring. HERS: Texas born and bred? HIS: Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Living in Texas since my four years of active duty Air Force, beginning with basic training in San Antonio then stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin. HERS: Were horses part of your life growing up or before you entered the Air Force? HIS: There were a few times during my childhood when my father took us camping at a dude ranch in upstate New York where we rode horses out on the trail. But that’s about it. HERS: When did you enlist and why did you choose Air Force? HIS: When I graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School (Electrical Engineering) in 1982 I went to the University of New Orleans majoring in EE. I intended to pledge a fraternity but during registration I saw someone in uniform sitting at a table in a corner. We started a conversation as I was passing by and the next thing I knew, I was enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. It was probably one of the best decisions of my life. After a year I enlisted in the Louisiana Air National Guard. After basic training I decided to drop out of UNO and went active duty and was stationed at Bergstrom AFB from 1984 to 1988 I believe that a major reason that I chose the Air Force is because I grew up watching I Dream of Jeannie and always thought it interesting. I also liked the idea of working on jet air craft and being part of the U.S. Military. And... blue is my favorite color. HERS: Is that where you had your martial arts training? I’ve heard that you compare dressage to martial arts, which sounds like a great opening line for a joke, but seriously? HIS: As a kid I informally trained in Karate, off-and-on getting serious during my last year of high school. Shorty after arriving at Bergstrom I started training seriously at River City Martial Arts where I earned my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Kuk Sool Won. Both martial arts and dressage require systematic, disciplined training. Both require an understanding of the center of gravity and, in the case of dressage, an understanding of the horse’s center of gravity and coordination of the two. Martial arts and dressage require an intricate coordination of different body parts in a ﬂuid manner, as well as a deeper mental and spiritual understanding that goes beyond physical activity. HERS: Speaking of dressage, how did you meet Kai Handt? (Handt, the German-born owner and head trainer of North Texas Equestrian Center, is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist and received his Bereiter FN license in 1981) HIS: I met Kai in Houston, at the ﬁnal 2012 Paralympic qualiﬁer. He told me to give him a call after the Games. I began commuting to Dallas for a year and a half. Last July, I began riding with classical trainer Jayne Lloyd at Snowdonia Farms Equestrian Center in Tomball. 68
HERS: What did Kai say or do that convinced you to dream big with your riding? HIS: I don’t think it was any one thing he said, but over time, his experience and insight put me on a fast track to being competitive. HERS: What do you look for in a para dressage horse? HIS: I’ve been fortunate to ride several different horses between SIRE - Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, from 2008 until 2014, North Texas EC in 2013 and 2014, and now Snowdonia Farms. Most importantly, a horse has to tolerate the mounting process, and have tolerance for balance issues and a walk-only rider. It’s also good for the horse to ‘look the part’ and have a little, but controllable, ‘edge.’ HERS: How did your 2014 season mount, NTEC Hans, ﬁt that bill? HIS: Hans ﬁt the bill because he was somewhat compliant but also well trained. HERS: And now you’re training with Gracias Juan? HIS: I found Joshua (Gracias Juan) after his owner, Stephanie Dubicki, watched me ride and thought we would be a good match. She was right. HERS: What or who is Xena the Dressage Horse Simulator? HIS: Xena the dressage horse simulator is owned by Jan Shultis, at All Things Xena in Beasley, Texas. The nonproﬁt side of Jan’s business is her veterans program, The Xena Project and she is a Naval Veteran of the Iraqi War. The simulator allows me to practice balance and coordination without worrying about the horse or falling off. I believe it will help me achieve my underlying goal of becoming a three gait rider. HERS: You were active duty in 1988 when you were injured and started riding in 2008. That’s a big stretch of time. How did you ﬁnd your path after the injury? HIS: I went through my initial physical rehabilitation at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. While there I joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Texas Chapter and got involved in the VA’s wheelchair sports. I participated in just about every wheelchair sport known to man; from bowling to archery to rugby and downhill skiing. Wheelchair sports really helped with my outpatient physical rehabilitation. From 1988 until 2008, I trained for and participated in the VA’s annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Then I heard about SIRE - Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center and began riding. Being on a horse is totally different. I went from a sitting position in other sports to being on a horse, which is more of a standing position. I use different muscle groups to ride. There’s actually a science to riding horses because, when sitting in the saddle, the motion of the horse’s gait simulates the motion used when humans walk. With daily riding, I use the muscles used to walk, which makes the tedious process of recovering from spinal cord injury feasible and fun. There is no other way to simulate how humans walk,
therefore therapeutic riding is perfect for me. Even though I’m training for competitive riding, I am still having a therapeutic ride. HERS: As a Texan, what did it mean to you to compete in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and earn a buckle that’s not your usual dressage buckle by any means? HIS: As a long time Houstonian, I have gone to the rodeo show every year, so when I heard that I could participate, I was ecstatic. For the last couple of years I’d ﬁnished in second place, so when I ﬁnally got ﬁrst and won a belt buckle I felt great! It was also a good time for me to transition out of the Top Hands Horse Show program and into the Paralympic program. It was the perfect way to move to the next level. HERS: You’ve served and represented your country in more ways than most. What has been special about each experience? HIS: From day one it has been special and rewarding to wear the Air Force uniform. I liked getting up early in the morning and heading out to the ﬂight line or shop to work. It was special to be part of an organization that was protecting the United States and others. Before my injury I was already planning a long Air Force career. Once I got involved with the para equestrian program and found out that I could wear my uniform again, it was mind-boggling. It’s been an unbelievable ride; all pun intended. HERS: You’ve won the conﬁdence of the U.S. Olympic Committee so the 2016 Games in Rio must be your next big goal. What does the wish list look like to make that happen? HIS: Well, it has been estimated that it will take approximately $300,000 for me to train, compete, qualify for, and then travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Paralympics. Equestrian sport is one of the top three most expensive, and para equestrian is even more expensive because of the support each rider needs. I have been blessed with a pretty good team of people supporting me. Unfortunately I can’t take daily care of my horse and can’t mount and dismount like able-bodied riders. I travel with a support team of approximately three people. Each rider must compete regularly to gain the necessary points for national and international ranking lists, both count towards Paralympic qualiﬁcation. HERS: Are there riders, para or otherwise, that you look to for inspiration? Who or what inspires you in general?
I believe that if you “Acknowledge God in all that you do, he will direct your path,” Proverbs 3:6. HIS: I watch, listen to and learn from all the top dressage riders but Steffen Peters is my role model. I feel like he’s one of my trainers even though we’ve never met. (laughs) I stalk him on YouTube! In general? I believe that if you “Acknowledge God in all that you do, he will direct your path,” Proverbs 3:6. I stumbled into the horse world and I’m loving it and growing mentally, physically, and spiritually. HERS: Where can we follow and support what you and Gracias Juan need to train and attain a trip to Brazil for the 2016 Paralympic Games? HIS: They can follow my journey on Facebook (facebook.com/derrick/perkins.50) and on my website, derrickperkins.com, and help support that journey at gofundme.com/kk6ous. HERS: So, got a good down-home Texas recipe for barbecue? HIS: I usually do the drive-thru at Pappa’s Bbq or Rudy’s Bbq. ������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������� ������������������ ���������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� � �
When review contracts concerning breeding, it is important to keep in mind exactly which interest you represent and what is your ultimate goal. If you are the stallion owner, you want to ensure that you are not making guarantees upon which you cannot deliver, perpetuate the reputation of your stallion and his service and protect your ability to get paid. If you are the mare’s owner, you want to protect the health of your mare and foal, while ensuring that you do not have to pay for stallion services in the event you do not obtain a live foal. If you represent the stallion station or agency, you must consider your own liability, your agency relationships and duties, and also get paid. Breeding creates complicated relationships, and a good contract goes a long way to anticipating and providing solutions, and apportioning risk, for those problems that might arise.
Payment Keep an eye on this essential term of the contract: when is payment due and what triggers the obligation to pay? In many cases, stud fees are not payable unless or until a live foal stands on the ground. For how long must the foal stand? Who pays the taxes on the transaction? Check the contract. If it is not speciﬁed, then put it in the contract. Rights to repeat breedings or refunds should be speciﬁcally set forth. Many breeding contracts reserve a security interest in the foal for the stallion owner, to ensure payment for the breeding. If you are the mare’s owner, remember that. If you are the stallion owner, be sure to record your interest, upon which you can foreclose, if you are not paid. Remember, good contracts make for good friends and business partners, so be as speciﬁc as possible. If you do not put the speciﬁcs in, each side may not anticipate what the other side has meant in the contract and there may not be a “meeting of the minds.” In these situations, you run the risk a court either will not save you from an ambiguously drafted contract or will not enforce a contract as if there was no agreement. 70
Allocation of Risk
What travels with payment is a provision as to with whom the risk of loss sits. These are the typical “live foal guarantee” provisions that you likely have seen or heard. This type of provision apportions the risk of the emergence of a live foal to the stallion owner, after which time the risk of the foal continuing to live shifts to the owner of the mare and foal. The live foal guarantee is distinct from the “guarantee in foal” which only guarantees that the breeding, or artiﬁcial insemination, will create a pregnancy. If you want a live foal guarantee, which is more inclusive, then insist on it or purchase live foal insurance. As well, be sure the contract speciﬁes what are the acceptable forms of live foal evidence, be it veterinarian’s certiﬁcate or other documentation. Other risks to be allocated include harm to the stallion, harm to the mare, harm to employees, grooms and other personnel. As an aside, although your state may have an equine activity statute, it is not a foregone conclusion that breeding operations fall under the protection of your state’s law and certainly those statutes do not guard against harm to your stallion or mare. Therefore, it also makes sense to set forth insurance requirements and amounts to be carried. It may be that your equine policy does not cover loss of reproductive ability. Again, insist on being speciﬁc in your breeding contract and err on inclusiveness.
Disclaimers and Disclosures
To effectively disclaim warranties, again, you must be speciﬁc in the contract. Warranties as to motility of the semen provided, as to the viability of the offspring, as to ﬁtness or merchantability of the offspring, should all be set forth in accordance with applicable law. Similarly, health issues or conditions of the mare and stallion should be speciﬁcally and reciprocally disclosed, so there is no confusion later as to what each party knew. For example, if the stallion or mare falls ill, who has the right to cancel the breeding or nominate a substitute horse?
Jurisdiction and Venue
For that matter, provisions in the contract should specify the state jurisdiction that the parties submit to, as well as the court location and choice of law. this is particularly true if the parties are crossing state lines with their horses or shipping semen, which leads to the issue of which state an action arising from the contract is to be brought. The best intentions of the parties can be lost if their contract does not speciﬁcally state what was agreed upon. If you do not have a contract, it really is penny wise, pound foolish to proceed without one.
Outside of the contract, if you are the stallion owner, agent or stallion station owner, you should be sure to carry care, custody and control insurance, above and beyond your regular CGL insurance. As well, the contract should specify who is responsible for provision of, and payment for: emergency veterinary care, farriar services, and the like. This set of provisions should look much like the provisions of a boarding contract that apportion that cost and provide the owner with advance notice in the event such services are necessary. Note to self: if your boarding contract does not have those provisions, you are missing something critical there.
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The Founder of Destiny International Properties
her Love for Wellington, Horses and Giving Back By Carrie Wirth
Marysue Jacobs, a successful real estate broker and the founder of Destiny International Properties of the Palm Beaches, says that she loved horses from the minute she was born. She was raised on a farm in the Maryland hunt country near Sagamore Farm, home to famous race horses Native Dancer and Bed o’ Roses. “We had a couple hundred acres and we grew everything you could imagine,” Jacobs shared. “I used to run the produce stand for my family. I was in 4H and I had sheep and cattle as projects. It was wonderful.”
Jacobs has raised her disabled daughter, Kelly, now 25, as a single mother and took in Sammy when he was 12.
As a child Jacobs dreamt of being the ﬁrst girl to win the Hunt Cup.
“Sammy and his mother had no place to live three years ago,” Jacobs explained. “I took them in and I’ve raised him and love him like he’s my son.”
“Back then, girls weren’t allowed to ride in the Hunt Cup,” she said. “I grew up on National Velvet. I wanted to cut my hair and ride in the race.” Jacobs worked helping to run the stables at Merryland Farms, a thoroughbred racing farm, for Mrs. Henry Obre, the niece of Harry Guggenheim and owner of Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star. Later, Jacobs worked in real estate and nonproﬁt organizations. She discovered Wellington when she came to run a charity event at the old Palm Beach Polo. “Sylvester Stallone and Ivana Trump were there, and Merv Grifﬁn and Zsa Zsa Gabor threw out the ﬁrst ball,” said Jacobs. “I loved it here and I was offered three jobs to stay. I stayed and started a marketing company and that led to a magazine and a TV show.” Jacobs produced The Florida Horseman, which aired on the local ABC afﬁliate every Sunday. “It was the number one local television program for 32 weeks in a row,” said Jacobs. “When, The Horseman magazine went national I sold it and got back into real estate.”
For Jacobs, helping people and animals is in her DNA. She has had as many as 200 rescue animals at her farm, including peacocks, different varieties of parrots, horses, tortoises, dogs, cats and more. In business, Jacobs has been hugely successful. Her company soars in national sales, staying in the top 1 percent for over nine consecutive years. She has a loyal and growing following of happy clients. “She’s a great people person. She’s very honest and up-front,” said professional polo player Tommy Biddle. “She’s very conscientious,” said Dawn Minger. “If you are serious about getting your house sold, she’s going to move heaven and earth to get it done.” Jacobs is living out her dreams in Wellington with the best of all worlds. “I’ve been here over 20 years and I love this town and love what I do,” Jacobs said. For more information contact Destiny International Properties and Marysue Jacobs at 561-791-2501 or 561-758-5212 or visit www.destinyinter.com
Sweating the Big Stuff:
ANDHIDROSIS AND PERFORMANCE HORSES While ‘not sweating the small stuff is an iconic cliché for the overly fastidious, sweating the big stuff is a major issue for performance horses. Anhidrosis, as deﬁned by Joan Gariboldi, DVM of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, is the absence of an adequate amount of sweat. A debilitating condition for working and competition horses, identifying and treating anhidrosis can mean the difference between viability and loss of use for many horse owners. Anhidrosis is a signiﬁcant detriment to performance, and in severe cases can lead to life threatening conditions like hyperthermia and heat stroke. Prevalent in warm climates, anhidrosis is diagnosed through a series of injections to stimulate the sweat glands along with blood work and electrolyte analysis. Because the range of severity of the condition varies from case to case, there is no set guidelines for determining anhidrosis. Cases range from subtle indications of a minor decrease in sweating: loss of performance, poor quality coat, or lethargy; to more severe cases where there is a total loss of sweat production and severe signs of hyperthermia. In general decreased sweating, even during heavy activity, is the most prominent sign.
Anhidrosis can lead to life threatening conditions
Following exercise, horses exhibiting elevated respiratory rate and temperature that requires an extended period of time (more than 30 minutes) to return to normal range are typically those to be evaluated for anhidrosis. While curing anhidrosis is challenging at best, treatment and lifestyle adjustments can keep horses cool and comfortable, as well as continuing to compete at the top of their respective disciplines. It is a trial and error process, however, as many horses respond differently to various treatments. Management of non-sweating horses incudes covering the basics such as minimizing heat stress during the hottest time of the day, especially if the horse is not being treated. Also reducing heavy work in high temperatures can reduce a horse’s risk of developing anhidrosis all together. Shaded pastures, free access to cool clear water, misters and fans are just a few of the most obvious options for managing anhidrosis. The diet also plays an important factor, as the horse may need to be supplemented with electrolytes or varying products to boost its ability to sweat. More unconventional methods include a can of beer a day for horses with minor anhidrosis, but most cases require more scientiﬁc and speciﬁc treatment.
• Choline is used by the kidneys to maintain water balance, which is critical for normal membrane structure and function. It is also used to produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. • Inositol is a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles. Deﬁciency of inositol can lead to poor hair condition, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain, relies on inositol to function properly. • Thiamine, one of the B-vitamins that helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy, is essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system. • Niacin, another B-vitamin required for cell respiration, helps in the release of energy and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Niacin also promots proper circulation, healthy skin, correct functioning of the nervous system and normal secretion of bile and stomach ﬂuids. • Pyridoxine is a B vitamin necessary for the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It also assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium, essential nutrients of sweat. • Pantothenic acid, another B-vitamin and component of coenzyme A, an essential coenzyme for a variety of reactions that sustain life, is also necessary for the synthesis of essential fats, steroid hormones, and the neurotransmitter acetycholine. • Tocopherol is a fat soluble antioxidant vitamin involved in the metabolism of all cells. It protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation in the body cells and prevents the breakdown of body tissues.
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True Sweat, a product developed and distributed by Choice of Champions, International, is one of the most effective and cost efﬁcient products to assist in anhidrosis cases. True Sweat helps to manage anhidrosis by boosting the horse’s production of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Its ingredients are a plethora of vital nutrients to support the horse’s overall internal balance, and so promote healthy and efﬁcient sweat production. While the cause of anhidrosis is a vague world of possibilities veterinarians hesitate to navigate, one thing they can all agree on is that proper mineral and nutritional support can prevent and successfully treat the condition and allow horses to continue to perform at the top levels.
For those aiming to manage their horse’s anhidrosis through diet and nutrition, here is a list of the important compunds to include in your selection: • Zinc, an essential trace element, plays an important role in growth and develoment, the immune system, neurological function and reproduction. Nearly 100 different enzymes depend on zinc for their ability to catalyze.
Keeping a horse performing at its peak is a delicate balance of training, supplementation, and conditioning, and anhidrosis can throw a wrench into any equestrian’s agenda. Managing the condition successfully a challenging guessing game of trial and error, but nutritional support is one of the strongest and most successful options to keep horses ‘sweating the big stuff.’
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equine health Elastic kinesiology tape (EKT) has been successfully used in human athletics for many years, and now the equestrian community is observing these same beneﬁts as the tape’s popularity has been markedly on the rise. The many varied uses for EKT, its clinical success, and the ease with which the tape can be applied is contributing to its popularity. In addition to treating injuries, EKT can be used to enhance training outcomes and improve potential performance of equine athletes. In the competitive environment of equestrian competition, Equi-taping can give the equine athlete an added edge with their training.
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A key feature of the tape is that it has a speciﬁc stretch and recoil component which, when applied properly, can affect the function and physiology of musculoskeletal and vascular systems of the body. The tape adheres by a non-medicated adhesive, and is designed to be used during activity as well as at rest. Therefore, the tape can be used when training (and during a competition where allowed). EKT can be used in addition to other modalities, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and physical therapies. In fact, use of the tape in conjunction with other modalities can help increase their effect. EKT can be used to aid both the treatment and prevention of equine injuries. Applications can stay on for as little as a few hours or as much as 4-5 days, depending on the speciﬁcs of the given application, and can be repeated as necessary. Some of the beneﬁts derived from the proper use of EKT include: • Reducing pain, swelling, and inﬂammation • Relaxing tight, hypertonic muscles • Supporting joints and assisting muscles during activity • Decreasing recovery time • Increasing circulation of blood and lymph Equi-taping is an easy to use, non-invasive modality with many beneﬁts and virtually no downside, which makes it very desirable to horse owners. 80
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Equi-Taping Applications For Common Conditions Therapeutic Taping Anyone who rides, trains or treats horses knows that equine injuries are part of horse ownership. Whether a horse is performing or grazing in a paddock between occasion trail rides, at some point there will likely be some malady that requires therapeutic attention. Included in the more common conditions are ligament issues, muscle soreness, joint pain and swelling and inﬂammation. With Equi-taping, there are many appropriate applications for any given condition, depending on the speciﬁcs of the injury. Here are examples demonstrating the use of EKT as a therapeutic modality for common equine disorders. Case 1 – (photos previous page) Back soreness from overuse syndrome- there are numerous applications for taping sore backs, depending on the speciﬁc goal and area of involvement. For example, you might tape to relax tight muscles in spasm, or assist the back muscles used for bending, or tape for skeletal problems in the horse’s spine. Here the tape is used to give relief to a sore back, and can be used under the saddle while riding.
Case 2 – Suspensory injury–helps give relief to the suspensory ligament by decreasing stress, allowing it to heal more quickly and become less damaged during work, and can be used preventatively for horses prone to suspensory ligament damage. This taping also gives additional support to the ankle and is good for helping prevent injury. Suspensory and lower leg tapings can be an important modality to help keep horses sound when included in training programs.
Case 3 – Lower leg swelling and inﬂammation - used to increase blood and lymph circulation and remove inﬂammation and decrease swelling. This application is a bit more complicated and the diagnosis more difﬁcult to assess, therefore, consulting a professional/certiﬁed taper is advisable. This taping is extremely successful in reducing lower leg swelling. Polos and standing bandages can be placed over the area, and the horse can be ridden with the tape.
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Athletic Taping EKT can also be used on otherwise healthy equine athletes with the goal of helping them train better, or prevent injury to weak or injury prone areas. There is growing use of the tape by trainers who include it as a regular part of their equine training programs. Here are examples of athletic taping using EKT.
Case 1 – (right) Sacroiliac (SI) support – this is a good taping for performance horses, and is used to stabilize the sacroiliac area. This example is of a common simple taping, but a more supportive taping for horses in heavy work can be used if necessary.
Case 2 – Ankle support –supports the fetlocks and soft tissue structures of the ankle. A major beneﬁt of this taping for training and performing horses (jumpers, polo horses, etc.) is that it supports without restricting the range of motion. It can also be used to reduce the incidence of swelling which occurs after work.
Case 3 – Muscle support, Gluteal muscles – Equine athletes, like their human counterparts, suffer the physiologic changes as a result of hard work. Increasing circulation (and therefore oxygen) to working muscles helps muscles work longer and recover quicker, as the circulating blood removes metabolic toxins which cause muscle soreness after work. Tapings such as this used during training and warm-up, or after a performance are called “recovery tapings”, and can easily be incorporated into any training program.
More About Using EKT on Horses Humans have been using elastic kinesiology tape for many years, but including it in health care and training programs for horses is relatively new. While the theory of the tape remains the same, taping applications and techniques for horses differ, so it is best to consult an equine professional certiﬁed in “Equi-Taping”. Improperly applied tape will not yield the desired results as the amount of stretch, the pattern, and the speciﬁcs of each application can differ. Proper technique is paramount to successful taping. The horse’s hair MUST be free of lotion or spray prior to application, though you
can use sprays, polos, standing bandages, and even poultice (if it the tape is not wet) OVER the tape after it has been applied. Not all elastic kinesiology tape is the same. Many tack shops carry EKT speciﬁcally designed for use on horses. (Equi-tape). Learn more about using elastic kinesiology tape on horses and ﬁnd a qualiﬁed equitaping professional, including educational courses and certiﬁcation, by visiting www.Equi-Tape.com.
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The Weanling Foal’s Inner Strength ��������������������� ������������������ The stronger your foal is before weaning, the stronger your horse will be. Some foals that appear to be weak can improve with simple changes to their current situations. Foals that were protected by their mothers have to become more independent at weaning. This is difﬁcult for a herd animal. If they have been compensating for any weaknesses prior to weaning these weaknesses will be more evident after weaning because they no longer have the dam to depend upon. Weanling foals will make the transition to adulthood more easily if they are conﬁdent. Strength is part of developing conﬁdence. Those foals that have the strength and ability to move easily in any way they choose will have an easier transition to adulthood. As you may notice, these are also the foals that have fewer illnesses. This is where routine chiropractic care for the foal is essential. What? You say. My foal doesn’t have back injuries or pain, why would I have him adjusted? Foals undergo the most traumatic injuries to their cervical spine before they ever do anything else in life. They pass through a birth canal nose ﬁrst. The compression on their upper spine during this transition is enough to cause signiﬁcant imperfections in your otherwise perfectly formed foal. The power that made this foal also installed power to ﬁx it. Every nerve in the horse’s body passes through the portion of the spine that connects to the head. Any complications to this area can cause nerve ﬂow issues elsewhere in the body that result in failure in the repair department. Any of these subtle issues that occur at birth might go unnoticed during early life, but at the stress of weaning can become much more obvious. The fact that the issue occurred between 3 and 6 months before it becomes more obvious is part of the reason it is also more difﬁcult to solve.
This is where prevention is worth a lot of cures. Realigning the spine on a foal at or before weaning will help the foal lead a stronger life. Those foals that are adjusted will be more conﬁdent. They will be able to move in any direction more easily. They will be able to make better decisions when it comes to learning because they will have all the options and not have to make choices about movement based on their own limitations. Being able to move better also makes it less likely that they will injure themselves. Let’s face it, foals can be clumsy. Foals that have limited movement abilities are clumsier than foals that have all the options for movement. These foals will eat better, drink better and rest better. They will actually grow better. When is it best to have a foal adjusted? We like to say that it is best to adjust the dam 9 months before she conceived. But here you are with a nearly weanling foal and you want to know when is most economical for your situation. The sooner the foal is adjusted the better, because that foal is learning new information every day. In the learning process its nervous system is making new nerves to remember the information. If a foal has to learn a behavior and movement one way because it is too weak or stiff to turn the other way, then it will take longer to unlearn and redirect those nerve ﬁbers than it will to make correct ones the ﬁrst time. It is easier to continue a pattern he learned ﬁrst; harder and takes more practice to learn a new pattern. Notice I didn’t say impossible, just takes more time and effort on your part to retrain.
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How often should a foal be adjusted? In a perfect world, one adjustment would last that foal for the rest of its life. In that perfect world your foal would never have another injury. It would never be exposed to a toxin that could cause other changes to its nervous system. It would never be emotionally stressed to cause its own internal chemistry to react in an emergency manner, which can change the nervous system if it becomes a chronic issue. The ﬁrst adjustment will help reduce the primary injury, birth. Future adjustments help the foal to continue to remain strong in-spite of what happens outside of its nervous system. In general foals do well when adjusted a few times a year. Foals with more weakness issues will need to be seen more often but should show signs of improvement with each adjustment.
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Divergent Theories On Saddle Fitting
here are many opinions and theories on saddle ﬁtting. Occasionally we have even heard riders say “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It ﬁts me perfectly and ﬁts every horse I use.” I have to really bite my tongue on that one but usually just manage to smile and say. “Lucky you”. Some people are unfortunately just not open to being educated on the facts that have been substantiated in recent years through MRIs, thermography, and ﬁbreoptic cameras, and do not realize the possible damage they are doing to themselves and their horses. I am going to deal with two main theories on how to ﬁt saddles properly, but there are probably several other variations on this theme. ���������
Many saddle manufacturers and their trained saddle ﬁtters maintain that a saddle should have a narrow channel, therefore sitting on the spinal processes and ligaments. The tree is long and ﬂat (resting on the shoulder and lumbar area) and sits with minimal weight bearing surface on the musculature. In this scenario, the saddle barely moves because it is sitting on the spine (other than perhaps to twist during motion as it is ‘kicked back’ by the bigger shoulder – but this will be addressed in a future blog). This saddle rarely does need to be adjusted because bone structure and ligaments do not adapt and change their conformation through training like muscles do – and the muscles really won’t change much because the horse simply is not able to use his muscles properly with a saddle that ﬁts like this. Often people will say “my saddle always ﬁts” or “my saddle ﬁts any horse”. They are semi-right, because one advantage to this is that they do not have to have a saddle ﬁt or modiﬁed. The horse doesn’t really change.
The disadvantage with this is the spine and ligaments will not tolerate prolonged compression and the horse’s back movement is restricted. To protect the shoulder, lumbar and spine, the horse will get tighter and tighter in its back (especially in the lumbar area), which leads to cramping in the gluteus maximus muscle. The horse will then develop a dip in front of its SI and the glutes will seize up. Between the SI joint and the tail, the gluteus will become atrophied (see image below). The front end of the horse will then push down the base of his neck and will ‘break’ over C3 in order to get on the bit. At this point it will become difﬁcult for the rider to get the horse supple through the poll and have his highest point at the poll and not at C3.
In complete opposition, the other theory (the one we like!) is for the saddle to stay off the spine, lumbar vertebrae, and shoulders – while maximizing the surface area the saddle sits on. The saddle support area is on the weight bearing longissimus dorsi (long back muscle). The advantage to having the saddle on the saddle support area muscle is to stay away from the reﬂex points that create negative behaviour or negative conformation and health issues. Staying off the spine, lumbar area and shoulder keeps the back muscles loose and supple. Your horse can then articulate through the SI joint, and use his haunches better by stretching his gluteus maximus and ham-
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string. In theory one, where the saddle sits on the ligaments, involuntary contractions (ex. cramping) impede correct co-ordination of muscle contractions and thus full range of motion is not possible. In contrast, theory two allows for both stretching and contraction of the muscle (full range of motion). The most efﬁcient way to train is to maximize both ﬂexion (contraction) and extension (stretching), and in order to achieve this, full range of motion is required. By reducing the pressure on the shoulder your horse will be able to lift the base of his neck and become supple through the poll. With theory number two, by allowing the horse to fully engage his muscles and lifting his rib cage, he will become more uphill and the balance of the saddle will need to be readdressed many times throughout his career due to his positive changes in his conformation. In theory number one, because the saddle is mainly sitting on the spine, with limited contact on the back muscle, the horse will continue going but his body will take a toll. He will continue developing incorrect muscles and deformities will become more visible. Eventually, the atrophy in the back muscles and compression of the spine will lead to permanent damage. With theory number two, the increased range of motion will cause temporary soreness due to greater lactic acid build up (just like we have after using muscles during a new workout) which is nature’s way of recovering muscle ﬁbre, but the result in greater muscle formation and increased circulation. During acute soreness, keeping pressure off the muscle would appear to be logical, however, somewhere the saddle needs to be supported. If the horse has been in ill-ﬁtting saddles in the past that have caused some back pain (as in theory one), don’t be discouraged if your horse shows signs of muscle soreness after switching to a saddle ﬁtted according to theory two, as this is good muscle soreness (as mentioned above). You can temporarily help your horse by having the back of the saddle a bit looser (by loosening the V webbing back clip for instance). Yes, this will make the saddle move more in the back (up and down, not onto the spine!), and onlookers may misinterpret this as bouncing or an ill-ﬁtting saddle. However, you will know if you choose to go with the theory number two, that this is part of the process to help your horse. It will help him heal, get stronger, and develop correctly. � �
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Saddle Fit Q&A By Jochen Schleese, Certiﬁed Master Saddler, Equine and Saddle Ergonomist. Question: What should I expect from my horse now that I can ride after a 4 month layoff from a sore back, sore hocks, inﬂamed suspensory - probably all from poor ﬁtting saddles? If a well ﬁtted saddle is put on him, will there be some coaxing and working through some resistance because of anticipation of previous pain?
ANSWER: You raise a valid point - even if you put a 100% perfect saddle back on him, is he going to be ready to go? 1. If all the soreness and soft-tissue injury is totally gone, conﬁrmed by your veterinarian, and you are certain you have a “clean slate”, then with a proper saddle there shouldn’t be any reason for reactivity except behavioural anticipation. I have seen this behavioural anxiety in a few horses - they mentally remember and anticipate the pain from prior experience and can still harbour some reactivity or resistance until they come to realize that the new saddle isn’t an issue. 2. Underlying chiropractic issues. I would stress having your horse evaluated and treated by a proper veterinarian-chiropractor to ensure there are no other issues that can create a problem for you.
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3. Time in rehab means your HORSE HAS CHANGED. Muscle loss occurs quickly, and top-lines change with even a little time off. I strongly encourage working from the ground to re-build top-line and strength before worrying about a rider on board, unless you feel that you can also start stretching him and engaging him from the saddle. It’s imperative to have a correct foundation to work with. Too many lamenesses are created by hollowness and weakness. 4. Saddle-ﬁt. This is a big-one. Whatever saddle you put back on him today - even if it ﬁts 100%- may not ﬁt him in 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, etc. If you have a brand that you like in particular use what you feel is best, but ensure that you work alongside a proper ﬁtter (not just a sales rep) who can monitor your saddle closely. Bring him back correctly. Build him back up to be strong and engaged and happy from the ground, ensure no chiropractic issues or other underlying problems from his time off, introduce a saddle that you know ﬁts correctly - and monitor it for correct ﬁt, and you should have a happy, harmonious return to work.
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Western Dressage: A Closer Look at Tack
By Lynn Palm
Any time you are getting into a different discipline, it is important to know what tack is allowed in competition. The smart rider will research ahead of time to learn all the rules about what tack is permitted and what is not. I recommend practicing at home with the tack you plan to use at the show. This is so important! Train with at home the bridles, bits, and saddles/pads that you would use at a show. This allows you and your horse to be familiar with the tack and helps avoid unpleasant surprises on show day. Most people will have a nice show saddle that ﬁts the horse and rider, but never use it unless they are at a show. Instead of using their “good” saddle at home to school and practice in, they may have a “working” saddle, but one of poor quality that does not ﬁt the horse and rider. If you want to ride well you have to have properly ﬁtting tack for you and your horse. Properly ﬁtting tack will allow you to have better balance in the saddle. Bits are another topic. Some people will train at home with a milder bit and use a harsher bit at the show. I advise against this practice because it will only cause problems. When a horse goes to a show, he is in new and unfamiliar surroundings. A new place will always make a horse more sensitive. Using a more severe or responsive bit to get control of a horse who is more reactive at a show will only intensify the horse’s reactions even more. Keep the same bit and use the mildest bit possible to promote relaxation. A relaxed mouth will always give you a more responsive horse. The Western Dressage Association of America is very new, only a few years old. The association just released their rules a few months ago, which you can ﬁnd at their website, http://westerndressageassociation.org/. Please refer to page 14 through 17 for all the tack and attire rules. Let’s summarize what tack is required: Headstalls and Bits • Western headstalls - a western cavesson is optional • Smooth snafﬂes, 3-piece smooth snafﬂes, or mullen mouthpiece bits are allowed. Use the snafﬂe for any level test and all ages of horses. Snafﬂes are ridden with two hands.
• Hackamore (bosal) can be used in Introductory and Basic Levels only. • Curb bits can be used on any age of horse and any level. They can be ridden with two hands. If you refer to the tack rules, you will ﬁnd the speciﬁc sizes and types of bits that are legal. (You should also review the section on illegal bits so you don’t use the wrong one.) Saddles and Whips •Western saddles that are permitted include stock saddles, work saddles, Aussie, or native or side saddle can be used. Silver on saddles will not count over good working equipment. A horn on the saddle is not required. •Whips are allowed no longer than 47.2”. • Check out the section on illegal equipment, as it shows other miscellaneous Western tack that it not permitted. I have worked for more than 25 years with a family-owned saddle maker company from North Carolina called Phil Harris Leather. I have developed a western dressage schooling and/or show saddle for us ladies of light weight (under 130 lbs). It has a Quarter Horse tree that will ﬁt most breeds of horses and has wonderful balance. If you would like to see what it looks like you can visit my website at www.lynnpalm.com. It takes about three months to receive a saddle once you’ve ordered one because they are all handmade, and the Phil Harris saddles are very popular. If you would like to try one of our test ride saddles, I would be more than happy to send you one. If I can help you with any tack questions or ﬁt, please email me at email@example.com. Now, get out there and try a western dressage test to get your feet wet. I know that if you do, you will love it!
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