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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Volume 18 Issue 6 Complimentary



HOLIDAY Gift GUIDE • Jewelry • Fashion • Accessories

TRAINING • Find Harmony • How To Correct Falling In • Western Saddle Fitting • Compare 17” Saddles


Choosing the Right BOARDING Barn


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Ocala Jockey Club International 3 Day

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Fashion • Home • Art�

Holiday Gift Guide For You & Your Home Holiday Gift Guide For Horse & Farm Next Level Gifts Noble Outfitters Cool Wraps & More Sylvia Kerr Equine Jewelry More Christmas Gift Ideas Equine Art Kathy Landman Dr. Lori Family Heirlooms in Holiday Decorating



People & Places

40 His & Hers Brian Wee 44 Equestrian Life Book Review 46 Ocala Happenings

Equine Health

52 Lameness Exam Part 3 54 Wound Care Part 3 Bandages 58 Beet Pulp


Training, Tack & Showing


60 Jane Davies Follows Her Dream 64 Saddle Fit Western Saddles 68 Finding Harmony 70 Choose The Right Boarding Barn 72 Real Life Rider Compare Saddles 74 Lynn Palm Correct Falling In



73 Great Reads 78 Tack Box Retail & Service Source 20






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Elite Equestrian magazine is proud to celebrate 10 years of publication in 2018 �������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� Publisher: Bill Vander Brink Editor in Chief: Noelle Vander Brink Advertising Sales, N.E.Region: Kathy Dress 610-420-9964

Advertising Sales, S.E. Region Karen Eagle 352-812-1142 Advertising Sales, National: Diane Holt 713-408-8114 Editorial Advisor: Rebecca Larkin Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Verderame Equine Art Editor: Jeanne Chisholm Health Editor: Marilyn Miller-Heath Fashion Editor: LA Sokolowski-Pomeroy Legal Editor: Avery S., Chapman,Esquire Saddle Specialist Editor: Jochen Schleese NEXT ISSUE: Jan/Feb 2019 Deadline: Dec 7, 2018 Editorial Deadline: Dec 1, 2018

Contributing Writers: Eleanor Blazer Jessica Cooney Alessandra Deerinck Dr. Amy Hayek Wayn G. Hipsley, BSc, MSc Dr. Bill Ormston Lynn Palm

Contributing Photographers: Sept/Oct 2018 Cover Photo by LisaThomas Social Media: Vanessa Ashton Thomas Oldenborg Photography: Steven Edward

On The Cover: A rider competing at the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club International 3 Day, photo by Elite Equestrian.

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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Volume 18 Issue 6 Complimentary




Gift GUIDE • Jewelry • Fashion • Accessories

TRAINING • Find Harmony • How To Correct Falling In • Western Saddle Fitting • Compare 17” Saddles


Choosing the Right BOARDING Barn

Bonus Distribution: November/December Lynn Palms Western Dressage & Obstacle Challenge• Final Chase at GSWEC Dressage on the First Coast, Fall at JEC • Equus Film Festival Ocala Jockey Club International 3 Day Event • Orlando Winter Classic National Grand Prix, $25K Grand Prix Venice FL • Western Dress. Championships Harvest USEF Premier Show • GSEC Autumn Classic USEF Premier Show GSEC Final Chase USEF Premier Show • VHSA Asso Championship Show UPHA Winter Tournament • Snowbird Dressage, KY • U.S. Dressage Finals, KY Snowball Series Mounted Games, KY • Central CA Circuit (West Palms) Twin Rivers Ranch Horse Park, CA

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A MUST Read Saddle fitting basics for horses and riders. Learn how your poorly fitting saddle may be harming you and your horse. See our ad pg 65

Whether at a show or at home in the barn, dogs love the comfort and security of having their own bed with them. The KONA CAVE® Travel Dog Bed folds in half to be carried like a stylish bag and opens into a thick and cozy dog bed. Available in two sizes: Small & Medium. Free Shipping.

ZIKY Custom Tote Verden is the perfect bag to carry your boots, helmet and riding clothes $89. Made in the USA in custom color combinations. Pair it with a cosmetic bag for smaller items. $30 Cotton Twill Cap $28. Visit See our ad page 33

PLAY Ball GREAT Taste Cherished recipes from Philadelphia’s historic Radnor Hunt. See our ad pg 35

...or tug or fetch-andretrieve with AuburnLeathercrafters’ Cotton and Leather Tug Toys.Great stocking stuffers! Available at fine retailers and or See our ad page 31 24

Taking Flight EARRINGS

Arlington JACKET

A parka style long, waterproof jacket with removable hood design that feels as good as it looks. Features: med. weight insulation, removable faux fur trim, zippered pockets, read rider vents, snap fastening storm flap, touch close wrist adjusters and thumbhole cuffs. XXS - XXL See our ad page 36

Artisan Jeni Benos visually captures the fierce determination of a jumper striving for the height of success! These expressive sterling silver earrings are meticulously hand crafted by Jenuinely Jeni inc. in the USA. See our ad page 81

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with clinically proven targeted peptides, helps protect, repair, & reverse damage done to your skin’s cellular structure from sun exposure and general aging. A targeted treatment for aging and sun damaged skin. Find this and several other Natural Skincare products at

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Just For Fun This rider is sporting lots of pink for a breast cancer awareness and fund raiser schooling show this past October. Pink pad, spurs and those oh so cute hoof decals can be found at Shires Equestrian. Other colors available. See their ad on page 36


Holiday Gift Ideas

MAKE A Statement...

for your horse and farm at your farm entrance with a beautiful and affordable customized farm sign. Our popular New England Style signs have unlimited styles and options to choose from. Our website will guide you through a unique step by step process where you get to choose the options you want and see complete pricing along the way. Free sign proofs, fast turnaround and free shipping! Build your sign today at today. 1-800-640-8180 See our ad on page 37

ENJOY YUMS Healthy Horse Treats

A horse treat that you can feel good about feeding every day. Made in the USA with only 6 ingredients that you know and trust. Rice Bran is our main ingredient, guaranteed to put a winning shine on your loved ones coats. Ask for Enjoy Yums at your local tack store. See our ad page 59 For further info please visit us at

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ROYAL Quick Wraps by Back on Track are made from a therapeutic material equipped with Welltex technology which uses the horse’s own body energy to create long infrared waves which increases blood circulation, and can help decrease inflammation, keep muscles supple and help with arthritic joints. Pair the Quick Wraps with the Back on Track therapeutic Mesh Sheet to help your horse prepare, perform, and recover., See our ad on page 45

‘The SLOW BALE BUDDY is the veterinarian approved way to aid your horses digestive health while eliminating hay waste. It is made of knotless nylon netting with 1 and 1/2 in openings, closes with a patented safety fastener and is available in all bale sizes. Everyone loves a gift that keeps their horses healthy and saves them money, so order one for your horse lover today, at: or tollfree: 866-389-9952 One year warranty. See our ad page 45

Mesh Sheets are available in Black, Navy, Burgundy, and Hunter Green. Quick Wraps are available in Black and for a limited time in Navy, Burgundy and Hunter Green.

RELIABLE Rails Larrys Jump Rails offers Spruce wood rails/poles that are Free of Heart Center with no finish, made with pride in North American, available in 10cm FEI specified weight and also in 3.5 inch diameter. Call 480-330-3948 See our ad page 63 26

EQUINE Emergencies Seconds count in every emergency. Your horse counts on you to take care of him. Be prepared with a well equipped first aid kit from EquiMedic USA. 866-211-1269 See our ad page 53



Fall & winter are an especially difficult time for Senior horses, who need extra help to maintain weight, energy and superior overall health as their metabolic systems become less efficient with age and the additional stress of cold weather. FOCUS SR contains SOURCE micronutrients providing a unique spectrum of support vitamins and minerals plus, digestive enzymes, beneficial microbes, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids. 3.5 lb., 25 lb. ESSENTIAL TO THRIVE! 800-232-2365 See our ad page 57

Your Horse will love a softer cookie that is wheat, corn, soy and alfalfa free LOW CARB LOW SUGAR GREAT FOR THE MATURE HORSE AND THE YOUNGSTER MADE WITH HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS See our ad page 5 A2ZHORSECOOKIES.COM

Hutchison HW Brand Traditional Horse Stalls

FABULOUS French Old Dominion Saddlery offers high quality, affordable French used saddles.Owner Dina Mazzola takes the hassle and risk out of saddle shopping with expert fitting advice, free shipping and a 7 day trial period. Shop their selection of fine used French saddles at and visit their ad on page 71

Lay-Flat Hose QuickReel This “one of a kind” reel makes deployment and retrieval of 1.5” or 2” irrigation hose a very quick and simple process!! The Lay-Flat Hose QuickReel has mounting holes on the bottom side of the frame panels for mounting to a cart or vehicle. The reel is also available with an ATV trailer cart assembly. Proudly Made in the USA by our team of craftsmen at!! Medium Duty Hose Kit w/ Cam-Lock Connections (1.5” thru 2”) Heavy Duty Hose Kit w/ Cam-Lock Connections (1.5” thru 4”) See our ad page 63

2” x 2” square 16 gauge fame material. 1”/14 gauge material vertical rails. Vertical bars on fronts and dividers are at 3” spacing. Stall fronts have center door with horse-proof latch. Drop down grill is recessed into rolling door. Feed grills come standard with traditional stall fronts. Hutchison HW Brand. See our ad page 2. 800-525-0121

ULTIMATE Tack System ... is designed to handle all types of Tack from the lightest English saddles to the heaviest Western Rigs. Baskets and racks can be mixed to fit your environmental needs further providing ultimate storage and customization. Let us help you keep your winter Clutter to a minimum! See our ad page 47 Call 800-444-7430 or visit

Chewing Gum For Horses The ultimate treat and training tool, GumBits activates salivation, encourages submission, eliminate teeth grinding, promote salivation, and are 100% natural and show ring legal. GumBits are used by Olympic and international riders in show jumping, hunters, dressage, eventing, combined driving, vaulting, western, and breed specific disciplines. See our ad page 59 EE


Next level GIFT Giving: The holidays are here! Be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you with essentials from Noble Outfitters™. Created with the rider in mind, these innovative products make perfect gifts for your trainer, barn buddies and that tough to buy for equestrian!


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Every equine enthusiast agrees, the EquinEssential and Mini EquinEssential tote are a must have. Say goodbye to cleaning dust and horse hair out of the bottom of your grooming bag or box. The EquinEssential tote’s innovative mesh bottom allows dirt and debris to fall through while still keeping all of your tools inside. A durable 600-denier 100% polyester canvas fabric with water repellent finish and heavy-duty interior coating ensures that the tote is easily maintained and long-lasting. The large tote features 3 zip-closure exterior pockets and 2 oversized interior mesh pockets, or choose the Mini version for a convenient way to carry a few items to the show ring. Also check out our full Bag Collection featuring Helmet, Bridle, Garment and Boot Bags!

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The fit and durability of Noble Outfitters™ gloves is enough to get any rider excited. The best-selling Perfect Fit Glove is armed with a sure-grip synthetic suede palm, breathable jersey material and a reinforced forefinger, thumb and pinky. These gloves also feature doublestitched seams at critical wear points for additional durability. And nothing is more annoying than having to take your gloves off to use your phone in the winter months. With touchscreen compatibility, Perfect Fit gloves make it that much easier to go from ride time to down time during a competition or at home. These Gloves also come in a variety of sizes and weights including the Kids Perfect Fit Gloves, Perfect Fit Cool Mesh Gloves and the Perfect Fit 3 Seasons Gloves. The 3 Seasons glove is idea for colder weather with a thicker soft shell material on the back of hand for increased insulation. Another great option this winter is the Winter Show Glove, crafted from genuine goatskin and lined with micro fleece for warmth and dexterity, this winter weight show glove gives Perfect Fit Glove you a traditional polish- in Merlot ed look with superior grip and comfort.

On The Bit Bracelet

An old classic with the colors, the On The Bit Belt is both stylish and functional. Beautifully inlaid snaffle bits accented with traditional padded leather make the On the Bit Belt a great finishing touch for any riding outfit. Shop our new colors like Navy & Hawaiian Blue or Juniper Green & Tan. Tie it together with a matching On The Bit Bracelet, too!

Hoof Picks Wine down after you spend a long day at the barn. A new twist on a traditional hoof pick, this classically styled Wine Down Hoof Pick has an easy access wine opener concealed in its handle. Packaged in a box ready for gifting, it’s the perfect gift to surprise a trainer or barn friend. For the beer lover in your barn crew, choose the 5 o’clock hoof pick with an ergonomic grip and a bottle opener built in! Wine Down Hoof Pick

And last but not least, our warmest winter glove can withstand even the harshest winter regions. 100% waterproof, breathable and insulated, the Noble Outfitters™ winter riding glove is great for cold weather riding. The stretch shell fabric, ribbed cuff and primaloft® insulation keep the cold out.


Merino Wool Over The Calf Peddies

Horse Blankets

4-in1 Guardsman Horse Blanket

The perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list, Noble Outfitters™ socks are always a hit! Ideal for the winter months, our Alpine Merino Wool Boot Socks keep you dry with natural moisture-wicking capabilities providing comfort in any temperature. Our World Famous Peddie Socks also come in Merino Wool now! The Merino Wool Over The Calf Peddies are ultra-thin, lighweight and breathable. Whether you’re riding in your tall boots or paddock boots and half chaps, the utlra-thin calf material will make it easy to slip your boots off afterwards and help keep you cool while wearing them. 30

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On The Bit Belt

Do you have someone on your list who has been especially good this year? Give them the gift of convenience with the 4-in-1 Guardsman Horse Blanket by Noble Outfitters™. This is no ordinary blanket; the removable and interchangeable insulation layering system consists of a waterproof ballistic polyester ripstop sheet and two weighted inserts. Simply unzip the shell and insert up to two weights to adjust the blanket to your horse’s needs. The two insert weights provided are 150g and 250g. Use it four ways: 1. Waterproof Shell for cool days 2. Waterproof Shell + 150g insert (lightweight blanket) 3. Waterproof Shell + 250g insert (medium weight blanket) 4. Waterproof Shell + 150g insert + 250g insert (heavyweight blanket) This innovative blanket features two front patent-pending 360 quick connect buckles on the front closure for added security on the interior of the blanket. Engineered with comfort collar and comfort withers with unique memory foam to contour and adapt to the neck for exact fit and comfort. The durable shell made from 1000 denier polyester double ripstop material with fully taped seams make this blanket 100% waterproof and able to withstand the elements.



It’s AWrap! Wrap yourself up in style this season with the new Equetech Poncho & Wrap Collection. This gorgeous Equetech Reversible Snaffles Poncho gives you twice the love with its reversible design. Choose from classic navy with grey snaffle bit detail or slip into ‘easy to wear’ grey with navy bit design hem. Styled in a lightweight knit. RRP: £37.50 S/M, L/XL Tweed is always a big story for autumn and this year the catwalk has gone crazy for our staple country fabric. The Equetech Tweed Poncho comes in two gorgeous colours (Navy & coffee) and features a bold gold metal zip to the neck, suede tassel and pretty paisley lining. RRPL: £119.95 One Size. The Equetech Tweed Cape features a central gold zip with suede tassel and quality faux fur collar trim showcased on a striking red kite tweed cape with gold plaid throughout. RRP:£ 129.50 One size.

Smart Snaffles

This Equetech Snaffle Poncho was so popular last season, its back! Available in junior and adult sizing, this poncho features a snaffle bit design throughout and is a striking equestrian addition to your everyday wardrobe. Junior: RRP: £26.95 Sizes: 9yrs+ Adult: RRP: £37.50 Sizes: Ladies. Navy and Cream.

Easy to wear and effortlessly chic.


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With Christmas looming, thoughts turn to gift shopping, and for the person that loves stylish tweed, Timothy Foxx has lots of great gift ideas to make their Christmas extra special.

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The ULTIMATE Jewelry Collection For The

Stylish Equestrian

Looking for stylish equestrian jewellery, designed with love?

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CHRISTMAS Gift Ideas They’ll Love Stylish equestrians can be difficult (and expensive to buy for) but equestrian fashion brand, Paragon Equestrian have some great gift ideas for all budgets...

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Kathy Landman The Horse Photographer

A COMMISSION Commissioning a renowned artist such as KATHY LANDMAN is a step towards owning a very personal piece of peerless work.

Ad Lib - A 2014 American Warmblood colt out of Trinket by Catherston’s Liberator owned and bred by Fernanda Kellogg This was a particularly fun commission because it started with foal pictures, yearling images and continued through his being shown in hand by his owner/breeder as a two-year-old. Looking forward to seeing him in competition in a few years.

As the wonderful images hung on the walls of galleries, museums, corporate offices and private homes around the world illustrate, no two of her portraits are alike. Each is painstakingly crafted by Kathy’s artistic instincts in order to draw out the personality of her equine subjects and provide genuinely memorable art.

Ella, (left) and Storytime, (below) - A set of portraits for Mr. & Mrs. William F. Henze II’s home in Aiken. Inspired by English hunt prints, this second set of portraits that I’ve produced for these wonderful clients. Their now retired horses Pierre and Henry’s portraits are hanging in their home in Millbrook. In all of the pictures I combined landscape hunt images taken on their property during a meet, formal portraits or each horse and action photos hunting.

Kathy has compiled a series of tiered commission packages designed to guarantee the complete client experience. They include personal pre-shoot consultations with Kathy herself, beautiful prints presented in bespoke, custom frames, exclusive art books and even advice on the hanging of the artworks. The commissions can be purchased for clients’ own pleasure or gifted to others. These are rare opportunities to have an artist acclaimed as one of the world’s leading photographers capture your horse in a truly unique manner. To find out more, you can contact Jeanne Chisholm at 845.505.1147.

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War Dancer - The 2010 Horse by War Front out of Deed I Do is now standing at Rockridge Stud. In his second season, War Dancer is known as America’s Most Eligible Stud. This portrait was commissioned by his owners.

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WELLINGTON The Wellington National Golf Club features the best collection of equestrian art the area has to offer.

The Chisholm Gallery’s Jeanne Chisholm and Wellington National Golf Club owner, Doug Marty.

Wellington National Golf Club has announced a new partnership with the Wellington based Chisholm Gallery, owned by Jeanne Chisholm. Already a prominent local fixture in the golf, dining and event scenes, Wellington National will also join the realm of the international art world with help from Chisholm’s meticulously curated collection. The beautiful artwork now adorning the club’s walls is all available for purchase so that members and select guests may be able to enjoy it in their homes. As each piece is sold, a new exquisite piece will take its place.



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When Brian Wee asks about your net, he’s not talking hay or flies. He’s talking worth, because a solid foundation to the business of horses starts not with the seat and hands but with financial planning. The registered investment advisor has ridden with US Olympic Gold medalist Leslie Howard, German Olympic Bronze medalist Karsten Huck, and California trainer Gry Mcfarlane. A second generation Certified Financial Planner, he returned to the family business of financial planning with his dad as a mentor. Even with modest success training and importing sale horses, he was puzzled as to why it was so difficult to be financially successful in the horse business. High overhead, a scarcity of clients, the culture within the horse industry, the difficulty in scaling, can feel like headwinds for professionals carving a living out of working with horses. Meet a horseman who helps others create as balanced a financial outlook as a balanced seat. HERS: What never got the chance to be included on your résumé? HIS: I worked for six months in Germany as a rider for one of the toughest people I’ve ever met. He also ran a car dealership and treated his horse business like a used car lot. One time, he traded in his best horse for cash and 10 lower quality horses. It was my job to prepare these young horses for sale- he had 12 horses under four years old who had already had five different riders because there was a revolving door. The average rider only lasted a few months. It was a dangerous job, and I remember one day realizing (when one of the younger horses was walking around on its hind legs)- that my family and friends didn’t know exactly where I was- and I wasn’t sure what my German boss would do if he found me unconscious in the arena. HERS: How old were you when you had your first paying job and what was it? HIS: When I was in elementary school, my friend and I used to find golf balls, clean them up and re-sell them to golfers for 50 cents. He lived near a golf course and it was a pretty good little business. HERS: On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you? HIS: Great question. There aren’t a lot of half-Asian male show jumping riders comfortable enough with their masculinity to bump to Shakira and Taylor Swift so I would say I feel pretty unique. HERS: Give me an example of when you solved a difficult problem. HIS: When my wife and I moved from our 1-bedroom condo in California to a 60-acre farm in Maryland with three horses, a dog, and three-month old daughter we found ourselves solving a string of problems, from financing to career changes to logistics- not to mention an epic road trip. 40

HERS: What’s your superpower or spirit animal? HIS: We have a grouchy Miniature horse that we bought deep in Amish country that pulls a carriage like a champ. He is becoming my spirit animal. He’s angry when you greet him in his stall but when he’s hooked to a carriage he becomes an extension of my mind as we zip around the property! HERS: What is your favorite quote? HIS: This is either madness or brilliance, by William Turner. And, it’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide, from Captain Jack Sparrow. HERS: How would you describe yourself in one word? HIS: Innovative. HERS: If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great 12 months it’s been for you, what do you hope you achieved? HIS: That my family and I will simply be very happy. HERS: What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?” HIS: The abundance of opportunity available to me. The pressure of needing to provide for my family and two kids under two years-old. HERS: What would the closest person in your life say if I asked them what is the one characteristic they totally dig about you and the one that drives them insane? HIS: My wife might say that she digs my can-do attitude. She would probably complain about the pressure of being married to such a perfect husband. HERS: If you worked outside the horse world what would you be doing? HIS: I keep finding a way to stay connected to the horse world. If I couldn’t be connected whatsoever I would probably build houses. I love carpentry and building even though I’m not very handy.

HERS: If I were to ask your friends to give me three adjectives that best describe you, what would I hear? HIS: Hopefully loyal, fun, and creative. Probably something worse though! HERS: Tell me something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on. HIS: I think the first Pirates of the Caribbean was the greatest film ever made. HERS: What was the last costume you wore? HIS: I dressed up as a lion, I dressed my young daughter as a lioness cub, and my wife dressed as a lioness for Halloween. HERS: Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that and what you did instead of giving up? HIS: I almost gave up when trying to help a younger client purchase a home. He was shopping in a really competitive real estate market and was not a very strong buyer. Instead of giving up, I didn’t give up, and he eventually bought a duplex in San Diego. Great story, huh? HERS: What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse? HIS: Another great question! I would try and lock my family up somewhere safe and with supplies, and then probably join the resistance, and be a crucial and incredibly heroic main character whose bravery and selflessness leads to their eventual defeat!

12 Questions Before Jumping into a

HORSE BUSINESS •What is your current net worth? •How much do you have in retirement, real estate, and debt? •How do you manage your tax liability? •How much did you do in revenue last year? •How much do you want to make? •Exactly how many clients to you need to get there? •How are you going to find those clients? •What is your message and offer to your prospective clients? •What will you say to prospective clients once you get in front of them? •Can you scale your business? •How much revenue do you need before hiring another employee? •Are you improving and helping the welfare of horses?

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Family Heirlooms as Holiday Decor


This holiday season, home décor takes center stage. Lights, wreaths, seasonal plants are all the rage. So, as you decorate your home to receive visitors, why not highlight your cherished objects and family heirlooms? As you dig out last year’s gift wrap from your closets, attics, and storage areas, take some time to look for those family heirlooms that are “too precious” for everyday display. Now’s the time to display them proudly around your home. Revive those objects that remind you of loved ones from years past, family gatherings, or vacations. Photo frames that present slide shows of digital images scanned from old fashioned snapshots are great conversation starters. Pull out those old high school yearbooks, scrapbooks, and wedding albums and give them center stage on the family room coffee table. Don’t stop there, bring out special objects for reminiscing. While there are always the tried and true heirlooms that make it to the holiday table like Mom’s Staffordshire china Turkey Platter or Grandpa’s favorite Football jersey, feature objects that haven’t seen the light of day in a while.

Memory Bowls

Fill a few small, decorative bowls with items from your past. Place these memory bowls around the house where people might set down a drink during a holiday gathering. For instance, fill a bowl with collectibles from your


sports activities or favorite school clubs. Assemble old Girl Scout patches, swim goggles, or fishing lures. For the powder room or guest bedrooms fill a memory bowl with the costume jewelry that were used by the kids when they played dress up. You can even fill a bowl with slips of paper asking guests to share something about their history like “what was the number of your college dorm room?” or “name the store where you bought your high school prom dress” or “what was the phone number at your first job?” It’s fun!

Paper, Paper, Paper

Paper collectibles, or ephemera as they call it in the antiques world, are always interesting. Fill a decorative hat box with old newspaper articles about your home town, high school, favorite vacation spot, etc. Add in some old school report cards, class pictures, i.d. cards from jobs, maps to vacation cabins, school photos, college i.d. cards, old passports, expired library cards and driver’s licenses for variety. These items that can liven up a holiday gathering with chatter. The boxes can be simply placed on the floor near a comfy chair or by the hearth. Choose boxes that are colorful or holiday themed. Make a real key chain for this year’s holiday trees or string of lights. Just knot old keys and tags from your first car, roller skates, apartment door, or school locker on a long piece of string or twine along with a tag stating the key’s origin like “Locker 754 from Martindale High School” or “John’s first car: 1987 Buick Regal”. Add this “key chain” to the holiday string of lights or on a holiday tree or topiary in the foyer or family room. To decorate all rooms in the house with family heirlooms, hang Grandma’s cocktail dress and beaded purse from the 1960s on a guest room door. Feature Grandpa’s golf clubs in the corner of the foyer so they can be seen as guests enter. Place an old crystal punch bowl with old ornaments on the dining room table or toss your kids mittens into a flour-sugar-coffee-tea canister set on the kitchen counter.

Use family heirlooms for home décor to spark memories and make the holidays bright.

Happy holidays.

Don’t forget to dig out those old school projects made by you or your kids like white-glue macaroni picture frames or masterpiece drawings from grade school. No need to frame them professionally, just carefully place them on small inexpensive table easels that you can buy at the hobby store and position them around the holiday dessert buffet table. You can even tape them to the cabinet in the garage or mudroom to brighten up that busy space that will be used by the whole family after a game of Thanksgiving afternoon touch football.

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From Riding Houses to Country Estates

Combining high elegance with all the signature elements of an equestrian-centered culture, Equestrian Life: From Riding Houses to Country Estates is a beautiful style book celebrating upscale country living in England, Scotland and Ireland. From tack, trophy and portrait rooms, to coach houses, stables and wood-paneled libraries, this visual study provides readers a glimpse into the best of the British Isles’ diverse horsecountry homes.

A feast for the eyes and the soul! Equestrian Life gives the reader a splendid peak into the most magnificent equestrian properties found in the British Isles. It is the ultimate coffee table book, a must have for all equestrians! - Noelle Vander Brink, Editor of Elite Equestrian Magazin

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Centuries-old residences belonging to owners of polo-ponies, magnificent thoroughbreds, hunt horses and carriage teams are included in this extensive and lavishly illustrated collection. With entirely new photography shot specifically for the book, Equestrian Life is certain to delight horse and classical interiors enthusiasts alike and bring ideas and inspiration for breathing new equestrian life into their homes.


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About the Authors: Australian born photographer, Mark Roskams, started his photography career in the early 80’s when he began to travel the world and developed his interest shooting architecture and design. His work led him from New York to Florida, the Carribbean, and back to Europe until finally settling in New York. Roskams’ photographs have been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest: Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China and Elle Decor. During this time, he crafted his unique style of modfying, and working with natural light in order to give structures an abstract shape, thus providing the intense forms and shapes he is known for his photographs. His books include Masseria: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia and Inson Dubois Wood: Interiors. Lavinia Branca Snyder is a photographer and author of the Lavinia’s World book series. Lord Patrick Beresford is an equestrian and former soldier as well as being the younger son of the seventh Marquess of Waterford.

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OCALA Happenings If you are coming south to escape the cold, and Ocala is your destination, be sure to check out these fun events! Jammin’ at Jumbolair Extravaganza 2018! Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center Charity Benefit Saturday, December 1 from 5:00PM – 10:00PM Jumbolair Ballroom – 1201 NE 77th Street, Ocala, FL

Look forward to a delicious dinner, desserts and cocktails along with live music and entertainment for your listening and dancing enjoyment. Activities include a lively and exciting Live Auction, Silent and Chinese Auctions and wonderful theme baskets to add to the bidding excitement! Located in Ocala’s Jumbolair Grand Ballroom, the event promises to bring a festive air to an exceptional evening! Holiday attire suggested. We are truly grateful for your support of Stirrups ‘n Strides programs. We look forward to seeing you at Jammin’ at Jumbolair Extravaganza 2018! Would you like to be a table sponsor at this event? Please contact Mary Luster at 407-488-4069, email at or Betty Gray at 352-427-3569, email Tickets are now available online at or Facebook. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������

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January 21-25 Customized Program Clinic


January 28-February 1 Customized Program Clinic


February 4-8 Customized Program Clinic


February 11-15 Customized Program Clinic


February 17 Trail Challenge & Dressage Competition


February 18-22 Customized Program Clinic


February 25-March 1 Women LUV Horses Retreat


March 4-8 Customized Program Clinic


March 11-15 Customized Program Clinic


March 21-23 Western Dressage & Ranch Riding Clinic


March 24 Trail Challenge, Dressage & Ranch Riding Comp


April 1-5 Customized Program Clinic

April 1

April 8-12 Customized Program Clinic

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New Dressage Test Clinic with Natalie Lamping, Hosted by STRIDE This is a two day symposium and clinic covering the new Dressage tests. Day 1 will feature two demo riders and each level highlighting both entire tests and specific movements. Day 2 will be a “Ride a Test” clinic format, two riders at each level. Both days will feature a question/answer session, and all discussions will be over the PA system. Coninuing Education credits are available for L judging program graduates. Lunch is available. Visit our FaceBook Group “View From C Clinic” for all applicatioins.

December 15 & 16, 2018 Held At 9605 South Magnolia Avenue, Ocala FL 34476 352-875-3613

December 1st and 2nd Preview sale: November 30th

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After just two runs of the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event in November of 2016 and 2017, this “equine triathlon” competition showcasing dressage, show jumping and cross-country segments ridden by the same horse-rider combination teams over the course of multiple days has already become a popular destination.


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It won the 2017 Florida Sports Foundation’s Small Market Event of the Year award. The prepared galloping tracks are already gaining reputation among riders as having some of the best footing in the country, if not in the world. As a result, FEI-level eventing riders supporting this event come not just from the East Coast, but from across the West Coast, Canada and beyond. As a 4* perennial top eventing rider Joe Meyer says: “The venue is world class. The weather is pretty much guaranteed. Even without rain the footing and going is fantastic. The courses are well suited to all levels. The one star is encouraging. The two star is educational and three star is a champions’ track. It’s fantastic for trainers to bring students who can hone their skill without the worry of poor footing, wind and rain.” The sprawling 900-acre Ocala Jockey Club’s picturesque setting provides a premier yet authentic experience for riders and spectators alike. In the last two years, the event ran three FEI divisions (CCI1*, CCI2* and CIC3*). The 2017 CIC3* division was won by Phillip Dutton and Z, one of the five horse-rider combination chosen to represent the USA in the 2018 World Equestrian Games held at Tryon, NC. Lynn Symansky and her off-track Thoroughbred Donner, another of the five US Team members to WEG, won the 2016 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event’s CIC3* Thoroughbred Eventing Champion award. The 2017 Event grew to 178 entries from 115 entries in 2016, and qualified 6 high performance competitors from 4 countries to the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Due to the early popularity of the event and venue, the sanctioning bodies awarded the Ocala Jockey Club to add the CCI3* division as a new level for the 2018 event, to be run November 15-18. The main difference between the existing CIC3* and the added CCI3* is the additional length of the cross country course and the number of efforts required to be cleared by the horse and rider combination. While any of the jumping effort sizes appear challenging to most humans and horses with a strong selfpreservation instinct, the CCI3* level requires an additional level of stamina, training and courage to get through the test. The Ocala Jockey Club CCI3* will be only the 5th of


such levels in the USA, reflecting both the added prestige to the event as well as the need for high performance riders to prepare for international competitions such as 4* events across the world and the 2020 Olympic Games. Joe Meyer says, “The CCI3* is a great addition to the program. It is really needed on the East Coast.” Top courses around the world need to include a track and jumping efforts that are challenging physically and mentally to the horse and rider combinations, but footing is of paramount importance to allow the test to be as safe and predictable as possible. The naturally sandy loam ground of the Ocala Jockey Club along with well-rooted natural “100-year” bahia grass forms a great foundation to do just that. It certainly helps that Ocala’s typical sunny and balmy November weather is in sharp contrast to weather almost anywhere else in the world. A top venue should also be pleasant to spectators and a VIP experience alike, which the 900-acre facility does as well. The live oak-dotted rolling hills are more like the English countryside than the mostly flat land of Florida, and provide both the rider-appreciated long gallops between jumps and magnificent scenery loved by the spectators. The quality of the course design is another important element that needs to balance safety with sufficient challenges to properly prepare for international competitions. Mike Etherington-Smith, the former head of British Eventing and cross country for the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has designed the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* cross country course since the event’s inception. This year, he has a timing conflict that has him in Australia at the Adelaide CCI4* the same weekend as this year’s Ocala Jockey Club Event. As a result, Etherington-Smith will collaborate on the CIC3* and CCI3* courses with Clayton Fredericks, a Silver Olympic medalist and former Canadian eventing team coach, who has been designing the CCI1* and CCI2* courses at the Ocala Jockey Club Event in the first two years and will do so again for 2018.

Marion County has earned its’ designation as the “Horse Capital of the World” due to the number of horses of various breeds residing within the county. There are certainly plenty of horse events of all shapes and sizes in Marion County, yet the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event is one of the few international-caliber equestrian competitions in the area capable of drawing top talent along with a festival experience that makes it a fun weekend outing for the entire family. This potential has already been recognized with the support of the Marion County Visitors and Conventions Bureau and sponsor partners such as Sky Fine Dining that will cater the popular competitors’ party on the Saturday of the Event. The 2017 event added experiences such as an inspirational Ladies’ Luncheon talk by Olympian Karen O’Connor, the “Hip, Hoakey and Handsome Hat Contest”, Saturday night competitors’ party with a band, and the Kid Zone with fun activities such as horse stick races, inflatable jump and face painting. The OJC Event, despite its recent creation, has already been compared to European 3-day events such as the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials each September in England, with rich history and immense popularity by spectators attending both to observe top level competition, bravery in horses and riders, visually stunning scenery, one-in-a-kind shopping experience, tailgating and picnicking out in the country. The 2018 event will build on similar interactive experiences along with a vendor village for opportunities to get unique equestrian-themed items and a head start on holiday gift shopping. With involvement by world-class organizing team and advisory members that include Shelley Page, the eventing organizer of this year’s World Equestrian Games, and Alec Lochore with rich organizing experience in multiple Olympic games and other world-class eventing competitions around the world, the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event is well positioned to grow into a strong destination event for riders and spectators alike. November 15 - 18, 2018 8720 W. Highway 318, Reddick, FL 32686

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Marion County has earned its’ designation as the “Horse Capital of the World” due to the number of horses of various breeds residing within the county. There are certainly plenty of horse events of all shapes and sizes in Marion County, yet the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event is one of the few international-caliber equestrian competitions in the area capable of drawing top talent along with a festival experience that makes it a fun weekend outing for the entire family. This potential has already been recognized with the support of the Marion County Visitors and Conventions Bureau and sponsor partners such as Sky Fine Dining that will cater the popular competitors’ party on the Saturday of the Event. The 2017 event added experiences such as an inspirational Ladies’ Luncheon talk by Olympian Karen O’Connor, the “Hip, Hoakey and Handsome Hat Contest”, Saturday night competitors’ party with a band, and the Kid Zone with fun activities such as horse stick races, inflatable jump and face painting. The OJC Event, despite its recent creation, has already been compared to European 3-day events such as the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials each September in England, with rich history and immense popularity by spectators attending both to observe top level competition, bravery in horses and riders, visually stunning scenery, one-in-a-kind shopping experience, tailgating and picnicking out in the country. The 2018 event will build on similar interactive experiences along with a vendor village for opportunities to get unique equestrian-themed items and a head start on holiday gift shopping. With involvement by world-class organizing team and advisory members that include Shelley Page, the eventing organizer of this year’s World Equestrian Games, and Alec Lochore with rich organizing experience in multiple Olympic games and other world-class eventing competitions around the world, the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event is well positioned to grow into a strong destination event for riders and spectators alike. November 15 - 18, 2018 8720 W. Highway 318, Reddick, FL 32686

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EQUINE WOUND CARE PART 3 THE BANDAGES �������������������������������� Horses are curious and with that curiousness along with their fight or flight tendency, they tend to routinely aquire an assortment of wounds. Statistically, this makes the horse the number 1 animal for accidental injuries. With that kind of track record, it becomes important to know when to call the vet and when to treat it yourself. Part 1 of this article discussed the basic types of wounds and the first aid options. Part 2 discussed the immediate aftercare of the wound in order to have a well repaired wound. Part 3 will consider the bandaging aspects.


After the initial treatment of the wound, it may be necessary to manage the wound. This will aid in the prevention of infection, contamination, swelling, bleeding, and additionally for support. Every wound has the potential of at least one of these things happening and bandaging is one of the ways to prevent complications if bandaging can be done on that particular wound and site. There are three basic layers to a bandage. The first layer is sometimes called the basic or contact layer. This layer comes in direct contact with the open wound and is meant to protect it from contamination. Most poplar of the contact layer materials are the nonadherent types (e.g. Teflon types). These are generally used over the areas of primary closure with minimal drainage.


Conversely, an adherent bandage is used for open wounds that require some debridement An adherent bandage means that the exudate from the wound is meant to stick to the pad so that it can be routinely removed from the wound itself and can be one of several types (dry to dry, wet to wet and wet to dry types).A dry to dry bandage is utilized to allow removal of the exudate (low viscosity “watery” ooze) that is coming from the wound. A wet to wet bandage is used to dilute a high viscosity or thick exudate. The wet to wet can be saline or chlorhexidine soaked. A combination wet to dry example would be a gauze pad with topical ointment.


The second layers of a typical bandage is the absorption layer which ultimately keeps all the blood, exudates and tissue fluids away from the wound surfaces. Rolled cotton and rolled gauze and other forms of padding are sometimes used for this purpose.



The third layer is meant to hold everything in place. It is important to assure that the first two layers remain at the wound site. If support is indicated, then additional padding or rolled cotton can be used before the final wrap typically of tape or elastic wrap. More serious injuries may need special types of bandages such as pressure bandages, casts, splints and even stents. Generally, they are used at sites where fluid can accumulate easily or where even surface pressure is difficult to achieve. Each is generally unique depending on the wound type and location.


VETERINARY INSTRUCTIONS It is mandatory that you obey what is described to you to the letter. Observations while the veterinarian is constructing the bandage is important so that when you are left to change the bandage or to remove it, you understand the construction aspects completely. Hearsay never works. Timing of the bandage change will depend on the wound type and healing stage. It may be a daily change, every other day or even longer depending on each circumstance. It is important to do the changes at a routine time so as to assist the healing process. For example, if the change is to be made every day……. that means every 24 hours or so. Changing the bandage one day at 16 hours and the next at 36 will not enhance wound healing and in fact, may severely hinder it. Make sure you have all the layer supplies before the veterinarian leaves. Don’t assume that someone else in the barn has the same ointment or the wrap. Have it on hand so that each change is accomplished correctly and flawlessly. Extras come in handy if the bandage falls off before the change time. Pay attention to the tightness/snugness of the bandage as the veterinarian puts it on. A bandage too loose will fall off while a bandage too tight can severely inhibit blood flow and cause damage to surrounding tissues. Ask for signs you should be looking for such as puffiness, smell, color, texture, exudate type and color, bandage soaking thru, skin/hair appearance where any anchoring is done to keep the bandage in place and overall behavior and health of the horse. Make a checklist of each observation sign so that you look at it specifically as well as compare it to the records days past. All of these signs are extremely important and your veterinarian should be consulted if anything out of place becomes apparent. Have someone assist you when changing the bandage. You assistant can not only steady the horse, but give you the necessary supplies needed. Chasing a horse about the stall to change a bandage is not only unsafe for you but can be harmful to the horse as well. Remember, crouch/ stoop down to wrap if the wound is low…. Never kneel or sit on the floor. You cannot get out of the way if trouble occurs.


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Other things to consider is keeping the whole wound clean. Make sure no shavings, hay or dirt becomes incorporated in the bandage when wrapping. If you drop the initial first layer contact material, discard it. Don’t even try to salvage it. Also, if any of the outer wrapping is frayed or wrinkled, don’t use it. These areas can cause pressure sores because of the uneven aspect. When wrapping, make sure the layers are smooth and with even tension on the wound… especially when wrapping a leg. Overlap the layers by at least 50% to make sure the edges of the wrap do not dig into the leg. It doesn’t matter whether you wrap clockwise or counterclockwise as long as all layers are done the same. Do whichever is best for you. Even tension should be applied to the upper two layers, the first layer next to the wound should be even and without tension. Bandages are a good thing and when used properly, can lead to quicker and flawless healing. Improper bandaging can result in major complications. Listen to your veterinarian. Do what they say. Don’t be afraid to snap a picture of the wound, send it to your veterinarian and ask for their instructions. Don’t hinder healing by not asking questions.

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The fiber pieces should not be less than three quarters of an inch long. Here are two myths that persist about feeding beet pulp to horses. Myth number one: it will swell up and rupture the stomach. The stomach of the horse has the ability to detect when the maximum content level is approaching. A hormone called motilin is released. This hormone causes the stomach to empty - passing the contents into the small intestine and in turn to the large intestine. There is plenty of room and the beet pulp will be utilized very efficiently. Myth number two: beet pulp needs to be soaked. Numerous horses have been fed beet pulp dry with no problems. Horses that tend to eat quickly or gulp their feed should have the beet pulp soaked or they may choke. Horses that choke on beet pulp may choke on other concentrated feeds. These horses usually bolt their feed. A few large rocks in the feeder will slow down their consumption rate. Soaking may help…no matter what the feed is. Some horses may eat it more readily if it is soaked. The pellet form may also be very hard, so soaking will help break it down. The amount of time to soak beet pulp varies; many owners will just soak for 15 minutes in hot tap water, while others will soak it for an hour before feeding. Be sure to throw out any soaked beet pulp that is not consumed in a reasonable amount of time, as it will ferment. Also, soaking helps get more fluids into a horse. Beet pulp can help the horse that has trouble maintaining weight or problems chewing. It can also be used as a hay extender if hay supplies are running low. There are many products on the market that have a beet pulp base, for example senior feed. These products also contain the needed minerals and vitamins to balance the diet. As always, when introducing a new feed make all changes gradually to allow the microbes in the hindgut to adjust. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� Elite Equestrian does not endorse or confirm content suggestions in any articles.


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Bridle Brook Farm, Sherborn, MA $2,500,000

A tastefully updated 5BR 6BA Antique on 10+ acres, attached 6 stall horse barn w/tack room & wash stall, run-in shed,16x34 tractor shed, chicken house, outdoor 85x160 riding ring & direct trail access. Professionally landscaped grounds w/irrigation, motorized entry gate, in-ground salt water pool w/ spa, hot tub, outdoor kitchen & inviting gas fire-pit complete this very special property conveniently located near Sherborn Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Richard Sanger III House.

Castle Hill Farm, Medfield, MA $1,999,000

A beautifully renovated, well maintained 5 BR 4.5BA Antique home, 3 stall horse barn, 7 fenced paddocks abutting the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course with direct access to miles of riding trails. The chef’s kitchen features radiant heat, stainless appliances, granite counters, double ovens, gas range, wet bar, island and custom cabinets. Beautiful wide pine flooring throughout the house, 7 fireplaces and lots of built-ins. This lovely property offers beautiful views out the back. Located 17 miles southwest of Boston. — 617-413-2879 — Licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island


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Saddle Fit and Western Saddles By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life ® All Rights Reserved My principle on saddle fitting – any model or discipline – is to fit the saddle firstly to the rider and ensure he/she is sitting correctly, balanced, and comfortably, as well as fit it to the horse’s conformation. Regardless which saddle – dressage, jumping, racing, endurance, speciality saddle, or western saddle – it has to fit along the lines of these commonly accepted principles. The saddle must not impact or deform the horse’s back in any way (i.e., negatively influence the conformation). It should fit into the saddle support area, and not sit over the shoulder and damage the cartilage, impinge the spinal processes or ligaments, nor pinch and numb the nerves permanently - in other words, to protect horse and rider from long term back damage – regardless of the saddle. For the rider, the basics are that the back shouldn’t ache, the hips shouldn’t hurt and feel pulled apart, the knees shouldn’t bruise, and the rider should sit in proper balance to achieve riding in harmony. The Devin Western trail saddle

Most western saddles are still built to the principles of the last century where they were working saddles used by cowboys. Most western saddles built in the last 40 to 50 years are still built for the male rider, but it seems that the manufacturers may have forgotten what was done in the old days – when the cowboy came from a cattle drive after being 3-4 months in the countryside, the horse was usually put out to pasture for a few days to rest. It may have gotten new shoes, and got a thorough grooming, while the saddle itself was completely overhauled. The panel sheepskin was pulled off and replaced, and the bottom of the tree was reshaped to the horse’s back with new sheepskin. He was then ready for the next cattle drive with a newly properly fitted saddle.

Devin Grace Frantzke and Lady Bug.

The same applied to the army saddles – in the cavalry the officer was taught how to shift the stuffing around through the bottom of the saddle which was made of a serge panel. The stuffing was horsehair and deer hair and could be adjusted as much as 4-5 times per year. I have yet to see a modern western saddle refitted in any way – so they either fit well or they really don’t.

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So what does this mean? Both the working riders – cowboy or soldier – realized proper equipment and properly fitted saddles allowed them to do their jobs while protecting their horses. Today we have mass-produced western saddles (except perhaps those generally deemed ‘custom’) still made mainly for a traditional male cowboy, (even though statistics show that 75% of western riders are female), and most are made and sold without proper fitting to the horse. This is why we introduced the western and English trail saddles to our line – to bring back old traditions but to fit new clientele (women) who want to enjoy recreational rides in a more secure seat than the English saddle can offer. The average weight of a ‘real’ western saddle is 45-50 pounds which is an effort to lift, so we developed a lighter model approximately 25-27 lbs. We use our patented 64

The story behind the Devin saddle: Devin Grace Franktze was a young rider of 14 years old and a dear member of the Schleese extended family when she lost her life suddenly in a tragic car accident. The saddle was named in memory of her caring spirit, work ethic and passion for western riding in the Arizona desert on her beloved horse, Lady Bug. Devin cared deeply about the health of her horse and understood the importance of proper saddle fit. The Devin will let others experience the joy and satisfaction that she felt while riding the trails. AdapTree® in a remodeled version designed for pleasure trail riding and which can be adjusted in the panels that are attached to the bars. It is also completely adaptable for the rider with its adjustable seat – which makes it unique in the western world in that it becomes useable for many different riders and many different horses. Everyone who has sat in it has absolutely fallen in love with it.



Variances in Western Saddles Based on Discipline Since mankind began riding and saddles were developed to help keep them astride their mounts, the original purpose was based on supporting the function of the horse. Saddles were designed to accommodate the use – whether it was military, side-saddles to allow women to ride, mail delivery, herding cows, etc. Recent years have seen a change from strictly function to include fashion (bling, silver, etc.) And even more recently, as the demographics of riders as a whole has changed to include primarily women, gender considerations have been added to the mix of saddle design for both English and Western disciplines. Western Saddles In Western Riding it seems to be that riders have been willing to spend quite a bit of money to get the right ‘look’ with fashionably appliquéd saddles incorporating beautiful tooling and silver accoutrements. However, the basic design of the saddle (i.e. the ‘style’ for which of the various western disciplines) include many variations in the seat, fork, swell, horn, cantle, and skirts. All of these can change with the discipline mainly for the rider. Western saddles are classified into different categories by fork style, intended use, tree type, breed type, material type, and production technique. Let’s look at some of the more popular types of western saddles by intended use: Cutting saddles are designed to separate a single animal from the herd. These are not overly secure saddles, but designed to keep the rider balanced and out of the way during starts, stops and turns. They can also be used for reining. Calf roping saddles are made for demanding use and maximum freedom of movement for the rider. This saddle must have an extremely strong tree and horn, with a lower cantle for easier dismount. The seat is usually deep and covered in suede for grip. For barrel racers where the saddle is designed for speed, the cantle is higher, the horn is thinner and longer (easier to hold on to) and the swell and cantle are built to wedge the rider into position, so when the rider comes out of the gate and has to make turns at full speed she sits securely. Many saddles also feature wider gullets and greater flare on the bars to help the horse move freely, and with forward hung stirrups to keep the rider in position by being able to brace the legs. Since females also compose the majority of barrel racers, these saddles are often very flashy with bold colours and materials. In Western reining, the saddle cantle and swell are lower and the pitch of the seat is higher to be able to seat the rider further back in the saddle to stay out of the horse’s way. A reining saddle needs to provide the rider with the close contact needed to communicate subtle commands to the horse for the meticulous patterns of circles, spins, and sliding stops. For the relatively newer sport of Cowboy Dressage or Western Dressage, the ground seat, the cantle, the swell and skirts are designed to place the rider more forward and over the centre of balance on the horse’s back. The movement in this discipline is somewhat different from that in any

other Western discipline. The horse’s head is ridden very low so that back comes up – which means a different fit is required from a western saddle in any other discipline. Most western saddles have always focused more on fitting the rider, since there is very limited fitting to the horse that can actually be done. This was actually not traditionally necessary as the quarter bars, semi-quarter bars, or Arab bars were basically the only changeable options that were needed in the past. The horses used for western disciplines were usually generically ‘average’ quarter horses. These quarter horses were kept pretty pure in their breeding lines (which led to a whole other issue resulting from issues arising from genetic inbreeding – in particular, for example HYPP (Hyper Kalemic Periodic Paralysis), but that has nothing to do with saddle fit, so I’ll only briefly mention this in a sidebar below). Suffice it to say that western saddle fitting is now much more complicated since many more breeds are being ridden within the various disciplines, regardless of natural proclivity based on background to one type of equestrian discipline or other. Certain breeds were for certain jobs and there was less cross-breeding back then. The options for the rider on a Western saddle have increased in recent years as well. For example, the bars as one variable can now be ordered with 6 different options with innumerable variations in each combination of choices: • Length of the bar • “Twist” of the bar (this is a different term than what we use for English saddles) The ribcage of a horse is angled more steeply near the shoulders than towards the back • Curvature of the bars = ‘rock’ • width of the bars (mainly in the front) • flare of the bars (how much the bars flare up in front of the swell and behind the cantle) • angle of the bar (mainly towards the front) Schleese has taken this individualization one step further and offers split bars and split ground seats to allow both male and female riders on the same saddle, as well as fitting options to accommodate different horse conformations. The main commonality for both Western and English saddles – regardless of discipline - is that the saddle must distribute the weight of the rider and the saddle over a large weight bearing surface (the panels) without putting undue pressure on very sensitive areas. The saddle needs to align the horizontal spine of the horse with the vertical spine of the rider to allow them to move in complete harmony to accomplish whatever goal they have in whatever discipline they choose.

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What is this much desired harmony? Where does it come from? And, soon after, how to retrieve it when it wears off? These are among the most common and spontaneous questions, when it comes to harmony between human and horse in any equestrian discipline.

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HELP with Choosing the Right Boarding Barn for Your Show Horse Choosing the right boarding barn can be a tedious effort that requires much of your time and attention. Most that are reading this may take the approach of just winging it and hope for the best, while others have a tendency to go with what their friends have suggested. Both of which may not be the best scenarios and here is why.


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Being a long time boarder since I was a wee child, I can confidently say that I have plenty of data and experience to reference; but back then I relied heavily on the judgement of my parents to make the best decision, since they were the ones writing the checks. When my free boarding ticket had expired, this sizable expense was quite a shock with every dollar scrutinized. Now that I’m in my late 30’s and have been paying board for over 25 years, the shock has worn off but not the scrutinization. Boarding as an adult amateur rider that competed, I not only had to vet the trainer but the boarding facility they were attached too. What I noticed in my travels is that all full board is not equal. There are trainers that offer full board which also includes a training package, a package that you have to pay for even if you don’t use it, and then there are trainers that offer full board with lessons optional, but recommended. In order to gain the best experience you really need to ask yourself what will work for your lifestyle at the moment, while making sure all of your horses current needs are met or exceeded. There are many things to take into consideration such as nutrition. Do they cater to dietary needs? (Because not all horses should be on the same feed) Some breeds are more susceptible to higher sugar intake and therefore need to be on a simple pellet diet. If you have an older show horse he/she needs a completely different diet than the young show horse. The older animal also needs water added to their feed for easier digestion, which goes for the ulcer susceptible horse as well. Hay is a BIG deal too. What type of hay do they feed and the amount? Again all horses are different, most show horses are ridden an average of 4-5x’s per week. This triggers high metabolism which requires you to feed the beast with a good amount of hay forage throughout the day. Meals should also be broken up, any quality show barn will normally feed breakfast, lunch, dinner and night time hay. This keeps the gut moving and the horses from being bored, mak70

ing them less susceptible to picking up undesirable habits, such as cribbing and wood chewing. Along with feed, don’t forget water access. Do they use buckets or auto waterers in the stalls? Do they clean the buckets and/or auto waterer daily and their turnout water cleaned weekly? Do they add your provided supplements at no additional charge? Do they give ample turn out for the horses to relax and stretch out, having the option to graze on natural land? How onscious are they towards bad weather and your horse standing in it? Do they provide run in shelters in the paddocks in case there is a pop up storm over night? The worst thing for a show horse is to be rained on, which can cause rain rot and other dermatological issues. How deep do they bed the stalls? This is a huge factor in stabling your show horse. The most expensive part on your horses body to insure are their legs, so bedding needs to be up to snuff! The system that is widely used and the one I used when running a Dressage professional’s show barn, was the Deep Litter System. Even with rubber mats, wood shaving bedding should be approximately 12”-18” high, banking the walls and corners several feet up to prevent casting. The deep bedding also prevents hock sores and unnecessary stress to joints and arthritic conditions. The stalls should also be picked out

multiple times per day eliminating odor, flies and bacteria. Be sure to look into manure removal practices, fly spray systems, tidiness of the barn and cleanliness of the aisles. Barn aisles should be blown and sprayed down with a disinfectant every day to prevent illness. Stalls should be on a constant rotation for disinfection, because disease can spread quickly. This brings me to new horse quarantine practices. A new horse should never be immediately thrown into an existing horse’s paddock or a stall in the main barn. Make sure that management has a protocol for new arrivals, such as a separate barn and paddock away from the prominent areas. Routine shots and a deworming schedule are extremely necessary with show horses and should be well documented and filed with the barn manager. Is blanketing and putting on fly masks, fly sheets or bell boots for turnout included in the board? Do they fly spray your horse before turn out? In the summer months do they wash your horse off if they are sweating from the heat and/or running around? The worst thing to do is to throw a horse back in his stall when he is over heated, this can cause tying up and possible colic.

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A few other things you want to keep in mind is the farrier and veterinarian. Can you continue to use your own or do they want you to use theirs? What about their staff? Are they competent, happy and focused or does the barn have a reputation of having a revolving door? Does the barn provide laundry room access? Do they provide tack box storage and tack room accessibility? What’s the security level of the barn? Is the farm gated, have security cameras and/or have someone living on the property? Pay attention to the environment. Do they have a radio blaring 24/7? This can be very stressful on some horses. According to Kentucky Equine Research, barns that have radio noise contributes to stress, which leads to ulceration. It was also documented that talk shows caused even more stress then music. At most show barns, lessons are going on all day. So another question you want to ask is do they have multiple riding arenas? Having more then one arena can alleviate congestion, and confusion, while allowing the rider taking the lesson to give their undivided attention to the trainer. Another thing to be very weary of is double boarding. This is where your horse shares a stall with another horse, meaning when your horse is turned out, another horse is in your stall. This is not a common practice but does exist. You want to make sure that what you are paying for and what your expectations are, are being meet. You can’t be afraid to ask questions about the facility and the management that you plan on leaving your horse with. This is a huge decision that needs to be well thought about. You also need to question yourself, as to what is the purpose of you the boarder, and the barn you’re choosing to board with? Ask the trainer and/or owner what is the purpose of their barn? Do they look at all horses equal or are they only focused on theirs and your horse is secondary in the grand scheme of things. I had a trainer once tell me that her horses were her main priority and that the boarders horses were just there to keep the lights on. Needless to say I didn’t stay there very long after that. Also keep in mind that some show barn’s include everything in the full board and others are a’ la carte. Customer service is key to any effective show barn and there needs to always be cohesiveness in communication between you the boarder and the person you’re writing the checks to every month. This is an expensive sport that has a wide variety of people in it, all having their own opinions about how they care for the horses. Remember you are interviewing each other to ensure it’s an equal fit. By sharing some of my subjective experiences from running a successful show barn, and being a long time boarder; I am hopeful that this article assists you in making an informed decision that allows you and your horse to continue on your blissful journey.





Different 17” Saddles

Here is an interesting comparison of Amber, who is 5’ 8” and wears a size 26” breech in 2 different 17” saddles. Amber is a busy trainer, who frequently hops on her client’s horses in their saddles to demonstrate an exercise. She was kind enough to let us take a few candids for our series.

In the first photo we see Amber in a Devoucoux Socoa 17” with a 2 flap. While the seat looks great the flap is small overall. It looks a hair short and she needs bit more knee roll in front of her knee. In the second photo, we see her in a CWD SE03 17” 2C flap. The C is CWD’s forward flap, which many people assume they need if they are tall. In Amber’s case, despite being tall, the flap is the wrong shape for her leg and also may be a bit short. We can also see that the seat is too big for her, despite measuring a 17”. While both saddles are a 17” seat, the surface area of a Socoa is less, so the seat looks right, however the best flap for her would probably be a 3A - slightly longer with a touch more forwardness. In the case of the CWD, she could either select a different seat model, or go down to a 16.5”, and go up a size in the flap to a 3 and select the standard L shape, which would fit her leg better. Photo 1

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GREAT READS A Hero of the Forgotten War Remembered The courageous war horse Sergeant Reckless comes to life in literary form She was a decorated Marine, a combat veteran and a horse. Now, she’s the star of a new children’s picture book. Aperture Press is pleased to announce the release of Sergeant Reckless: Hero War Horse, written by Loren Spiotta-DiMare of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey and illustrated by Deborah DeShon of South Paris, Maine. Sergeant Reckless is the true story of an amazing sorrel horse who served alongside the Marines during the Korean War. Trained to be a racehorse, Flame was destined to be a winner, but on the day of her first official race the war began. Forced to leave Seoul, her owner packed up his family and his beloved horse fleeing to a safer location. It would be two years before they were able to return. During their time away, American troops arrived to help the South Koreans. Lieutenant Pederson, leader of the 5th Marine Division Recoilless Rifle Platoon, determined his men needed a pack horse to carry heavy ammunition up a steep mountain to the rifle station and to bring wounded Marines back down to safety. (The Recoilless Rifle has a huge, back blast. The men in the unit referred to it as the Reckless Rifle.) Lieutenant Pederson discovered Flame at the Seoul racetrack. He instinctively knew she was the right horse for the important job that lay ahead. His men renamed her Reckless after their mighty weapon.

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Reckless endured difficult training and combat and formed a deep attachment to her men during her tour of duty. However, she is best known for her bravery and commitment during the battle of Outpost Vegas, one of the most vicious battles of the war. The Unit was unable to spare a man to lead Reckless over miles of rugged terrain, but that didn’t stop her. She trudged up and down that mountain 51 times, covering 35 miles for over two days all by herself. Wounded twice she kept on going with courage and determination. For her valiant efforts, Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and a United Nations Service Medal. She retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

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From Germany to Florida, from Alberta to Texas, and from Florida to New Jersey, Maynard was willing to go wherever he had to, to learn from the best. Along the way he discovered something more important: horsemanship. It is that idea that continues to motivate him. Today, Maynard searches out knowledge from many sources, but his most important mentors are his parents and his wife. He is married to US Eventing Team Member Sinead Halpin. Together they run Copperline Farm in Citra, Florida. Maynard has always been a passionate book lover. He has written a children’s story, published by REAL magazine, has won the Malahat Review Open Season Award, and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards for his non–fiction works.

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Aids Communication Correcting Falling In Palm Partnership Training™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse It is back to the circle pattern we used in the last article about “Falling Out” to learn how to identify, anticipate, and correct the second of two common problems that can occur when turning --- when I explained how to properly use the bending and turning aids to correct the problem know as falling out. This week I will explain the problem caused by loss of balance in the horse’s body position called falling in. When a horse is not bending through a turn, he could easily fall in. It may be more of an issue when turning in one direction than the other. Falling in is like a tripping effect, much like if you were to stumble and almost fall. The horse quickens his steps to catch his balance as you would too if you tripped. Falling in may show up as the horse dropping the inside shoulder in a turn, cutting the corner or squaring the corner, or making a turn smaller as a result of not bending while turning. It is the rider’s responsibility to recognize when the horse is falling and know how to correct it using the bending aids and make a wider turn. The goal for both the bending and turning aids is to control the horse’s body position and his balance. We will use a circle pattern to demonstrate how to correct falling in while bending and turning through a turn.

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Start at the walk and bring the horse on a large circle once again to the right. Remember to turn correctly the rider must get the horse bending correctly first. Let’s review those aids. Before the turn bend the horse using the bending aids, the inside leg and open inside rein. At the same, time support the bend with the outside leg applied slightly farther back on the horse’s barrel than the inside leg, and outside indirect rein against the neck to support the flexion of the head and curve of the neck and shoulders. Use the turning aids, the outside leg and outside indirect rein, to direct him through the turn and follow the circle. If he is straight, the bend in his body from poll to tail (the horse’s spine) will conform to the same arc as that of the circle. The horse being straight while bending means the hind legs track directly into the same track as his front legs. His body alignment stays straight even while bending and turning, His head and neck stay in the middle of the shoulders while curving and his shoulders stay in line with the hips. The hind legs are directly under the hips and the front legs are directly under the shoulders. The hind legs track directly in the same track where the front legs take off. This is called straight while bending. If a horse, while turning along the arc of a circle, travels too far off the curve and drifts to the inside we say he is falling in. He has lost the proper bend in his body. His head and neck are positioned too far to the outside while his shoulders and hindquarters have left the arc of the circle to the inside. The rider will notice quickness or increase of speed 74

because of the tripping effect. Think about what happens when we lose our balance. Our legs don’t slow, but quicken to regain it. The same thing happens to the horse. A horse tends to fall in when heading back to the gate or barn. To correct falling in when on a circle to the right, use the inside leg slightly behind the girth to move the horse out toward to the left to make the circle bigger and bring his barrel (body) and hips back on the circle. Use the inside (right) rein, now an indirect against the neck, to bring his shoulders back to the left and on the circle. Note: the rein cannot be a stronger aid than the leg because it will bend the neck and bring the head flexed inward too much. This will cause more of the horse’s weight to be placed his right front leg, which will swing the hips out—leading to another balance problem! The inside leg, in this example the right leg, is the most prominent correction aid. Move the horse out with the inside leg and inside rein. Support the horse bending right with the inside leg and indirect inside rein to move the shoulders to the left and also not allowing the neck to bend too much. Move the horse out with inside rein and leg. The rider may also have to use an open left rein to encourage the horse to go wide to the left while not allowing the neck to bend too much. The outside (left) leg reminds the horse to stay forward at the walk, trot, or canter. The turning aids, the outside rein and outside leg, are not as prominent when the horse is falling in. This is because he is already turning too fast. Use the inside aids more and keep the horse wider on a curve so he does not turn so fast. When the rider can get the horse going wider while curving, the turning aids can be very minimal to get him to turn. Make sure you perfect the walk, then go to the trot work and last to the canter. If you have troubles with your aids coordination or your hands continue to take charge, go back to the slower gait and continue to perfect this. Here’s a tip for improving both the horse and rider. Always repeat the exercise on horse’s stiffer side at least one more time that direction than his better side. Repeat the direction and double the number of repetitions on the rider’s weaker side, too. By “doubling up” practice in the weaker direction of the horse and rider, both will have greater opportunity to improve.



Your Next Step… Once you have practiced controlling falling in on the circle at the walk, repeat the exercise at the trot. All the aid sequences are the same. However, at the trot you will need to keep your eyes and vision ahead of the horse. Keep looking ahead at each quarter of the circle, visually remembering where the horse fell in. Before that quarter, use the inside bending leg to move the horse out on the circle to make it bigger while lightly applying the inside indirect rein to move the shoulders out on the circle. Support him with the outside leg and rein to improve his balance and keep him from falling in. Your turning aids will be used again on the portion of the circle where he is not falling in. Remember: in last week’s lesson the turning aids are important to help when the horse is falling out. The bending aids and making a curve bigger using the inside aids are the key to improving falling in.

Until then, follow your dreams… Lynn

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