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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Volume 18, Issue 1

Winter Fashion EQUIVIBE Heal & Enhance Performance Volume 18 Issue 1 Complimentary


•The right program for your mare •Bringing your foal up right Learn


with Lynn Palm

Longines Masters

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Winter Season Events

34 Longines’s Riders Masters Cup 38 Live Oak International 40 OJC International 3-DayReview

Departments 18 20 23 25 27 32

Fashion • Home • Art�


Must Haves For You & Your Horse Winter Fashion Equine Inspired Jewelry Sylvia Kerr For The Dogs Chisholm Gallery Eros Dr. Lori Yard Sale Finds

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People & Places

29 His & Hers Christophe Ameeuw 42 Umbria, Italy and more 81 Bill Rube Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund

Equine Health


52 Equivibe 54 Prep for Successful Pregnancy 58 Modern Equine Dentistry 64 68 70 72 76



Training, Tack & Showing

Raising A Foal Training Right From The Start Saddle Fit Q & A Real Life Rider Is my saddle too big? Trainer Spotlight Judy Oliver Palm Partnership Proper Bend


78 Horse Trailers from your horse’s point of view 79 Directory Florida Venues & Organizations 82 Tack Box Retail & Service Source

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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, National: Diane Holt 713-408-8114 Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Verderame Equine Art Editor: Jeanne Chisholm Health Editor: Marilyn Miller-Heath Fashion Editor: LA Pomeroy Legal Editor: Avery S., Chapman,Esquire Saddle Specialist Editor: Jochen Schleese

Contributing Writers Jessica Cooney Alessandra Deerinck Dr. Amy Hayek Dr. Bill Ormston Lynn Palm Emily Riden Neva Kittrell Scheve Social Media: Vanessa Ashton Photography: Steven Edward

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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

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Volume 18, Issue 1

Winter Fashion EQUIVIBE Heal & Enhance Performance Volume 18 Issue 1 Complimentary


•The right program for your mare •Bringing your foal up right Learn


with Lynn Palm

Longines Masters Ce 10 lebr Ye ati ar ng s!


NEXT ISSUE: Mar/April 2018 Deadline: February 9, 2018 Editorial Deadline: February 1, 2018 Polo Aiken Highlight Health: Digestion/Feeding Fashion: Spring Fashion

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New, Spitfire Show Bows: Two for you, and one for Pony too! Boxed set of 3 Bows. Ask for them by name at your favorite Equestrian Retailer or call 718-729-2454. Made with love in NYC. Wholesale: See our ad page 59

Fall & winter are an especially difficult time for our Senior horses. They deserve 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 See our ad pg 53 800-232-2365


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combines the ancient symbol for Infinity with the never ending love for the horse. All jewelry is sterling silver and is made with love in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pamela Kellett See our ad page 25 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. or tollfree: 866-389-9952 -One year warranty-’ See our ad pg 61



Our 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! Call 800-444-7430 or visit See our ad pg 37

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Expertly handcrafted, attention to detail, use of the finest leather and a flair for innovation and design.Choose classic competition boots or design your own custom boots with endless possibilities. Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Polo and Western boots. Contact for more information. Model shown is from our Savage collection See our ad page 23

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���������������� A proud member of Shires’ new ARMA horse boot line, the flexible ARMA Cross Country Boot provides exceptional protection, with quick-dry breathable cooling and contoured superior fit. See our ad pg 27

Sterling Contemporary Horse Y Necklace. 2 sided Horse on a cable chain. Chain measures 23 inches long and fits over your head. Weight of the Horse allows the chain to sit at whatever length you would like. A fun updated design! Tempi continues to create new designs quarterly! www.TempiDesignDesignStudio 855-KEEPSKE See our ad page 84 � �



RED Alert This beautiful Libertine Jacket by Egality Freedom from The Spanish Boot Company is your new wardrobe lust after. This stunning Miltary inspired jacket is styled in a cosy wool blend fabric and features a parade of bold buttons down the front lapels, cuffs and across on the back also. The jacket can be worn undone as shown or buttoned up for a sharp double breasted silhoutte. The jacket has been cut to flatter with a hemline that falls into a longer scoop hem at the back. A beautiful jacket you’ll wear throughout the seasons to come. RRP: £425 20





The Equetech Charlgrove Micro Packable Jacket & Gilet are the perfect lightweight winter warmers every equestrian needs in their riding wardrobe! Both new additions are styled in ultra-lightweight microdown insulation and feature a flattering tailored silhouette. The gilet has a beautifully sculptured neckline to keep you warm. The jacket has a detachable quilted hood, and both garments have vertical side quilting with piping, front pockets and a machine washable care label. Both styles come with their own drawstring storage bag ready to roll into action when temperatures drop.

The micro solution to a mighty cold problem! Chalgrove Micro Packable Gilet: RRP: £80.95 Chalgrove Micro Packable Jacket: RRP: £101.95 Sizes: XS – XXL Colours: Charcoal

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The new collection ‘Farah’ by fine jewellery designers Sylvia Kerr Jewellery takes inspiration from Sylvia’s very own beloved warmblood horse of the same name. Captivated by her bold character, elegance and strength, Sylvia has created a strong six-piece collection which celebrates the horse that forms the centre of her world. Her noble head finishes a long statement neck chain and playfully nuzzles your neck on the stunning neckpiece featuring three dramatic chains that lay entirely to decorate your décolletage. Her tack brings a hint of leather strap detailing to a contemporary bangle and her plaits ready for competition are celebrated in a pair of earrings which swing delightfully from Sylvia’s signature leather strap detailing. The brand embraces Sylvia’s love of horses, but it was one very special equine that inspired a whole new collection. Farah. Image shows the Sylvia Kerr Farah Neckpiece RRP: £558 Farah Earrings RRP: £206


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Scottish jewellery designer brand Sylvia Kerr Jewellery is celebrating 16th Century Scottish Baronial style with a beautiful collection of pieces entitled ‘Blair’. The collection takes inspiration drawn from architecture and details of medieval castles and towers with the centrepiece of the collection focusing on one symmetric design taken from the designer’s love of wrought ironwork.




An ironwork screen was the focal point & starting point in a journey which resulted in this beautiful collection of four statement pieces which work wonderfully alone or together to bring the past into the present with a contemporary play on classical design. Sylvia Kerr Blair Bracelet RRP: £428 Sylvia Kerr Blair Earrings RRP: £178

International jewellery brand Sylvia Kerr Jewellery think so, which is why they have created an exclusive club for you! The Sylvia Kerr Jewellery VIP Club is free to join and ensures that members get access to fantastic offers, great tips and advice and news on all the latest jewellery releases directly into your email inbox. And did we mention that subscribers also have the chance to win a £300 voucher to spend at Sylvia Kerr Jewellery Online? For content and offers you’ll love:

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������������ With the trend for ‘matchy matchy’ continuing amongst celebrities and their children, riders and their horses, so the trend for dog owners and their beloved pooches to co-ordinate is filtering through according to Kate May, designer and owner of the canine style emporium Pink Whiskers. The Pink Whiskers Ear-Warmer & Dog Snood Set offers the perfect Christmas gift for the style conscious dog owner and designer doggy. Styled in a beautiful ‘Berry’ plaid tweed, the headband is reversible with Polar Bear faux fur and plaid patch and on the inside matching tweed for a completely new look! This look is echoed through their doggy snood, which features the same cute faux fur trim and tweed Pink Whiskers - bringing winter warmth and style to both people and pooches this Christmas! Bespoke service also available & items can be bought individually or as set: Human Ear Warmer: £25.00 Doggy Snood: £20.00 Full Set RRP: £40.00


When it comes to excellent pedigrees, designer pet furniture brand, Pink Whiskers certainly boasts a good heritage. Qualified upholsters with a celebrity clientele that ranges from top international horse riders, TV and film A-listers and musicians, the British brand certainly know a thing or too about creating the perfect pieces for pampered pooches! And while the brand is a huge fan of all dogs (regardless of breed), their ‘Polka Dot & Pooch’ Collection certainly celebrates Scotties, Spaniels, Bulldogs, Labradors and Borders with it’s vintage inspired dog print fabric, complimented with a beautiful colour coordinated polka dot fabric to contrast. Choose from three different sizes in their luxuriously soft pillow bed with removable zipped machine washable cover, and for the home, they also have matching door stops with buttery leather Marl Grey base and handle. Made with love at their Lancashire studio and boutique. 26

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Three A DAY! Quintessentially British brand, The Dog Treat Company, is launching three brand new delicious taste varieties to their growing collection. In keeping with their ‘no nasties’ ingredients policy, the low calorie, wheat free treats contain only human grade ingredients with a tasty base flavour of chicken liver, buckwheat and vegetable oil. Wide Eyed And Bushy Tailed is an appetising breakfast combination with goji berries, banana and pumpkin seeds to offer a great start to your dog’s busy day. Fine And Dandy cleverly incorporates charcoal and dandelion leaf for a healthy treat that celebrates vitality and well-being. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is the ideal bedtime treat with a delightful blend of valerian root, lavender and chamomile. Three fantastic new treats that are bound to set dog tails wagging! RRP: £5.99 110g Tin

About The Dog Treat Company: Hand-baked in small batches at their purpose built bakery in Devon, The Dog Treat Company pride themselves on delivering low calorie treats free of grain, gluten and wheat, without artificial colouring, flavouring or preservatives. Salts, sugars, synthetic vitamins, minerals, meat or bone meals aren’t added to their healthy delicious treats and are approved by leading canine nutritionists. Loved by dogs and their humans worldwide.




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Pioneer and visionary, Christophe Ameeuw, CEO of international show jumping organizers EEM World, and founder of the Longines Masters Series Paris-Hong Kong-New York, says hosting equestrian sports on the world’s finest stages and keeping them in the international spotlight is his everyday motivation. His dream began in 1997, with the founding of the Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and creation of a stable renowned for its high standards in breeding and training and innovative approach to leasing sport horses. In 2004, he paired with the Pessoa family to relaunch the Jumping de Bruxelles (known as the Audi Masters) and in 2009, created EEM World, turning his equestrian and marketing expertise to salvage the Jumping de Paris, build a partnership with a luxury fashion house, and launch the Gucci Paris Masters, which today welcomes up to 50,000 visitors to four days of sporting action and entertainment. Now, with a new Longines venue (New York) planned and the launch of to offer free of charge, minute-by-minute action at the Longines Masters and Riders Masters Cup, we caught up with this globe-trotting rock star to ask how he keeps it all in stride. ������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� ������� ��������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������ ���� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� � ���������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������ ����� � ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������

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That’s right, the elite auction houses and internet markets for art, antiques, and collectibles use yard sales as a major source for their inventory. And, many of the major auction houses and smaller estate auction houses regularly send people known as pickers or runners out to yard sales to get some of their auction inventory from yard sales.


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These people are sent to neighborhoods where the homes have reached the 50-year old mark assuming that their original owners are ready to move on to assisted living facilities, in with family members, or on to smaller, downsized residences. Most unknowing yard sale hosts just think that they are just selling their stuff to naive shoppers. Well, be warned if you are a yard sale seller or shopper. Yard sale buyers and sellers are competing with the pros out there. These big time buyers know what you’ve got, know what it is really worth, know where to sell it for top dollar, and they are not in the game to tell you that you just made a big mistake putting out that Eastlake table or vintage Guerlain perfume bottle on the front lawn for $25 dollars or 50 cents respectively. And your asking price is all wrong too! These guys are going to get you down on the asking price and take away something very valuable that was once in your house as a treasured family heirloom.

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������������������������� �������������������� Start by taking the excitement, prestige, and international rivalry of something like a Nations’ Cup competition. Now, give it an edge. Instead of having each nation competing solely as a team against opposing countries, pit each rider directly against another in an exhilarating face-off. This describes the creation of the all-new Riders Masters Cup, which made its thrilling debut on December 2nd at the Longines Masters of Paris, the first event of Season Three of the prestigious Longines Masters Series. In the first leg of the inaugural series, five riders from Team USA took on five riders from Team Europe over two rounds of competition. Team Europe ultimately emerged victorious on their home turf in front of an electric, predominately French crowd, but not before an exciting showdown and a promise from Team USA to come on strong for the second and final leg of the Riders Masters Cup, to be held April 28, 2018, at the inaugural Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live. Led by 2014 Olympic medal winning Chefs d’Equipe Robert Ridland for Team USA and Philippe Guerdat for Team Europe, the riders faced off individually against their randomly drawn rival, with match-ups as follows: 34

 Team USA’s Devin Ryan vs. Team Europe’s Kevin Staut of France

Team USA’s Chloe Reid vs. Team Europe’s Maikel van der Vleuten of The Netherlands Team USA’s Laura Kraut vs. Team Europe’s Grégory Wathelet of Belgium Team USA’s Reed Kessler vs. Team Europe’s Jos Verlooy of Belgium Team USA’s Lauren Hough vs. Team Europe’s Lorenzo de Luca of Italy


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Devin Ryan and his mount, Cooper, and Kevin Staut aboard Ayade de Septon et HD C were the first to take on the track set by 2017 Longines FEI European Championship course designer Louis Konickx of The Netherlands. An unfortunate tack malfunction forced Ryan’s elimination, while a clear round in a time of 59.05 seconds from Staut further cemented the win in the first match-up for Team Europe. Next came 21-year-old Chloe Reid aboard Sally 643, who left Maikel van der Vleuten, ranked number five in the world at the time of the Longines Masters of Paris, and his mount, Dana Blue, in the dust. Reid posted a clear round in a time of 64.08 seconds while van der Vleuten saw rails fall at both the first and final fences. Tied heading into the third duel, Laura Kraut and Viper Vrombautshoeve Z moved Team USA into the lead with another clear round in a time of 63.01 seconds, beating out Team Europe’s Grégory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S, who incurred four faults following a refusal at the last jump.


Keeping things exciting for the packed house, Jos Verlooy and Igor gained the edge over Team USA’s Reed Kessler and KS Stakki by posting a time of 59.84 seconds versus Kessler’s 60.71 seconds and bringing the competition to a tie once more. The outcome of the first round came down to the final duel between Lauren Hough on Waterford for Team USA and the number four rider in the world, Lorenzo de Luca, on Jeunesse Van’t Paradijs for Team Europe. De Luca went first, delivering a dominating clear round in a time of 60.07 seconds while two refusals meant elimination for Hough, giving Team Europe a 3-2 victory in the opening round. After a quick break and a chance to strategize, the teams came back to the competition ring ignited by the first-round competition. Team USA, considered the underdog, was showing its persistence against a tough European squad. In the second round, riders and horses would compete over a faults-converted speed course, with three penalties added for every fence down and match-up victories worth two points, placing double the significance on the second round. Ryan and Cooper redeemed themselves, jumping clear to take two points for Team USA over France’s Staut and moving the U.S. into a 4-3 lead.

Longines Masters Paris 2017 Rider Master Cup Manach 1 USA Devin Ryan

Team Europe was not ready to relinquish its lead just yet, with both van der Vleuten and Wathelet besting their Team USA opponents, Reid and Kraut respectively, to move Team Europe to the top of the leaderboard with a commanding 7 to 4 score. Keeping Team USA in contention, Kessler and KS Stakki bested Team Europe’s Verlooy and Igor for two more points, making it 7-6 before it all came down to Hough and de Luca. With another refusal as well as a rail down for Hough, de Luca clinched the match-up win and secured the overall victory for Team Europe with a final score of 9-6.

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While Team USA narrowly missed the win in Paris, spectators can expect the home team to be ready for retaliation in New York on April 28th, 2018. “There was a little bit of the unexpected and a couple instances of bad luck,” said Ridland, who competed for the U.S. in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. “For New York, we will come in with a pretty good strategy and a very good team. The home field advantage will be in our favor in New York. The spectators, riders, and the sport in general will realize what it’s all about after seeing this, and I really look forward to that. We’ll give them a run for their money!”

Tickets for the Longines Masters of New York and The Riders Masters Cup go on sale in January 2018. For more information, go to

USA Devin Ryan & Cooper

No matter the outcome in New York, riders and fans alike can expect top-level equestrian sport. “When we decided to move our American leg of the Longines Masters to New York, we were living a dream to jump on the grandest stage,” said Christophe Ameeuw, CEO of EEM, the organization behind the innovative Longines Masters and the Riders Masters Cup. “Our show has become known for combining glamour, lifestyle, and gastronomy with the best in show jumping; a true 6* experience! We are thrilled we have the opportunity to bring an exciting new competition along with it. The Riders Masters Cup brings the best of equestrian sport together with team competition, and is a showcase for the exhilarating event in the world’s biggest media market.” The Riders Masters Cup is presented by EEM, in collaboration with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) and Longines as a founding partner. Riders will head across the Atlantic for the final showdown of the series on April 28, 2018, during the inaugural Longines Masters of New York. Until then, stay updated on news from each team at www., and show support for your favorite team on social media with the hashtag #WaveYourFlag.

Longines Masters Paris 2017 Rider Master Cup Manach 1 USA Reed Kessler & KS Stakki

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Chester Weber, who won the USEF FourIn-Hand National Championship at Live Oak International last year for a record 14th title, is also the founder of the event. “We are excited to welcome competitors in the new USEF intermediate divisions to the world-class competition at Live Oak International,” Weber said. “We’re also honored to again host the advanced four-in-hand championships, and look forward to welcoming leading drivers, horses, trainers and coaches from Europe and North America.” While not vying for a national championship, top-level show jumping athletes will have their eyes on another prize—a ticket to Paris, France for the Longines FEI World Cup Final. The Live Oak International Grand Prix is the fi38

nal chance to qualify for the international indoor show jumping championship. In 2012, Weber and his sister, Juliet W. Reid, collaborated on the effort to bring show jumping to Live Oak International. As the event has grown, so has the familial involvement. Reid’s daughter Chloe is a show jumper at the sport’s top level, and a regular competitor at the event. This year she hopes to make her first trip to a Longines FEI World Cup Final.

“Last year my top horse had been injured, so although I wanted to make the World Cup a goal with him, we weren’t able to qualify. This year, however, we hope take advantage of the [Live Oak International] Grand Prix as our last chance to get points for the [Longines FEI World Cup] Final,” said Chloe, who has maintained top international placings since her

Many of the world’s most talented equestrians will again descend upon Ocala’s Live Oak Plantation this spring for the largest combined driving and show jumping event in the United States. For the third year in a row, US Equestrian has named Live Oak International as the host for the USEF Combined Driving Advanced Four-in-Hand Horse National Championships, but this year, champions will also be crowned in Ocala for the new intermediate divisions of Single Pony, Pair Pony, Pony Team, Single Horse, Pair Horse, and Fourin-Hand Horse.

sixth-place finish in last year’s LOI Grand Prix. “But no matter what, this is always a special event for my family.” Live Oak Plantation is first and foremost the home of Live Oak Stud, a Thoroughbred breeding and training business owned by Charlotte C. Weber, Chester and Juliet’s mother, and Chloe’s grandmother. Besides being the location of Chester’s Live Oak Combined Driving, and the venue for Live Oak International, the Weber property is home to the 2017 $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, World Approval. World Approval is the second Breeders’ Cup winner that Mrs. Weber has bred, in addition to many other stakes-winning horses of note. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Live Oak Plantation, and the Weber’s continue to prove that equestrian excellence runs in the family.


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About Live Oak International Started in 1992 by Chester Weber when he was only 18-years-old, the reputation of Live Oak International has grown each year. Now run by Co-Presidents Chester Weber and his sister, Juliet W. Reid, the show is a world-class equestrian event and is the only show in the United States that offers both Combined Driving and Show Jumping.



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Four days of beautiful blue skies set the tone for watching some of the best riders compete at the Ocala Jockey Club’s 2017 International 3-Day Event, that ran from November 16th through November 19th. Thanks to Pavla and Erik Nygaard owners of the Ocala Jockey Club, they gave this years event a more intimate feel. Which made spectators, competitors, owners and trainers really feel apart of the event. The Club House was open to patrons, the Vendor Village showcased some great shopping sprinkled with new companies promoting their product for horse and rider. Retired Racehorse Project was there giving demonstrations and taking donations by raffling off a 1989 Silver Spur Rolls Royce. Ocala Farm Ministry promoted their mission by hosting the Family Fall Festival area where kids were able to enjoy face painting, horse themed games, bounce houses, and arts and crafts. On Friday the Clubhouse held Ladies Day Celebration honoring those that stand out in a sport where women and men compete on equal grounds. 40

First two days of competition kicked off with CCI1*, CCI2* and CIC3* Dressage. CCI2* rider Lauren Kieffer riding D.A. Duras and Katherine Coleman aboard Monte Classico had some very nice moments during their dressage tests making them two women to watch for the rest of the weekend. CCI1* rider Leslie Law and QC First Class gave an exceptional performance in dressage Ring 1 making them another pair to pay close attention to. Competition on Saturday was the start of CCI1*, CCI2* Cross Country and CIC3* Show Jumping. Clean rounds in the Show Jumping and fast times combined with difficult obstacles throughout the Cross Country course made for a very exciting day. Sunday being the last day of competition made for a rather, hold your breath feel as the margins in the CCI1*, CCI2* Show Jumping and CIC3* Cross Country were closing the gap on competitors. By end of day the results were in making it a landslide with women taking top place finishes for all CCI1*, CCI2* and CIC3*. Alexandra Knowles CCI1* rider and Business Class placed First with a Final Score of 40.20. CCI2* rider Lauren Kieffer riding D.A. Duras finished in First Place with a Final Score of 37.10, and CIC3* rider Hannah Sue Burnett riding Harbour Pilot wrapped up the event by placing EE first in her division with a Final Score of 42.20.





“Idyllic surroundings, fantastic food and the warm welcome offered by the family make this a unique and exceptional riding holiday,” said Claire Cavini, just back from a recent visit to do the Umbrian Adventure programme, her second so far this year. “Many guests just keep coming back for another slice of this Umbrian paradise; I’ve been 10 times in the last 5 years!” Her impressive record is beaten only by a Dutch group of friends, who make a pilgrimage to the riding stables at least once a year for their fix of dizzyingly beautiful scenery, mouthwatering home-cooked food and memorable treks. One of them has chalked up 15 visits so far, and is already planning to return to try a new trail ride to the pretty medieval hill town of Monteleone di Spoleto, famous in this part of the world for the Roman chariot found by a local peasant farmer in his field.

There is something distinctly addictive about the riding holidays offered by the Unicorn Trails equestrian centre based in Italy’s spectacularly beautiful region of southern Umbria. Beguiled by glorious countryside, delicious food and the friendly hospitality of the large Italian family who runs the centre, many of the guests find themselves unable to resist the temptation of returning time after time.


With rolling mountains, hidden valleys and mediaeval hill villages, the views defy description in this unspoilt corner of Umbria, where time has stood still. You can ride for hours without seeing a soul, other than the occasional shepherd grazing his flock on the hillsides, or the woman farmer who makes her own pecorino cheese. This will later be served as part of one of the many picnic lunches laid out for hungry riders on a wooden table beneath a shady chestnut grove, together with salame and frittata – omelettes made with home-grown courgettes – and washed down with a glass or two of wine and a shot of strong dark espresso coffee to finish.

The Umbrian stables, itself located in an improbably panoramic setting, surrounded by woodland and overlooking mountains and valleys on all sides, offers a range of riding holidays, from a long weekend to a week, and from centre-based holidays to trail rides. Either way, riders are taken out on a series of half and full-day treks, stopping for picnic lunches or an aperitivo at a hand-crafted huntsman’s table in the woods. Riders of all levels are welcomed, including beginners, and the guides, all of whom are qualified and highly experienced, go to a great deal of trouble to ensure that the riding is safe, as well as fun.

Dressage, Show Jumping and Children’s Pony Games taught by knowledgable instructors add learning to the fun.


As an added bonus, the centre also has excellent teaching facilities, with high quality instruction available in a range of disciplines, including dressage, show jumping and pony games for children. All the programmes offer guests a chance to improve their skills with some lessons in the manege. And the popular Show Jumping Combo features an enticing mix of treks and lessons, with flatwork for novices, and intensive jumping tuition for the more advanced.




nicorn Trails also offers a number of other tuition opportunities across Europe.

The Sardinian Country Retreat (https://www.unicorntrails. com/europe/italy/sardiniancountryretreat/) offers the perfect combination of stunning Italian scenery and world class show jumping tuition. This idyllic, family run country retreat is situated between the Montiferru Mountain range and the Sardinian coastline, offering experiences for riders of all ages and abilities. You’ll find world-renowned dressage tuition at Escola de Equitaçao de Alcainça in Portugal (https://www.unicorntrails. com/europe/portugal/alcaincaclassicaldressage/), where riders have access to the centre’s senior instructor, George Malleroni, who trained under Portuguese master Nuno Oliveira. If you’re looking for a taste of Portuguese life, the centre makes an excellent base for exploring the local area.


Rural Ireland offers a tranquil setting for horse riding and Castle Leslie ( in County Monaghan is the ideal place to escape. Surrounded by rolling hills, parkland and lakes, you’ll have access to tuition from top competition riders in addition to 300 cross country jumps. Finally, the Caledonian Intensive Tuition experience (https:// set in the stunning countryside of the Scottish borders boasts an intensive course of high quality tuition for adults and children of all ages and abilities. With BHS trained instructors on site, riders are able to access dressage, show jumping and crosscountry training.

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Call your veterinarian! Discuss everything in the contract with him. Without his expertise, your mare will probably not get in foal. Be sure that he is VERY comfortable with being able to predict and pinpoint your mare’s ovulation. If your mare is a difficult breeder and usually takes more than one cycle to conceive, or she is a chronically dirty mare, discuss the management issues involved with obtaining and maintaining a pregnancy. Tease your Mare! Keep track of her cycles and be sure that she is cycling regularly, not transitionally. Normal cycles generally last 5-7 days, with approximately 18 days of no heat in between. Early in the season this may vary and be much longer. Be sure that she has a clean culture and a clean cytology. Cultures alone are not always completely accurate, so including a cytology is most important. A quick ultrasound of her uterus at this time is a very good idea. This will enable your vet to see if your mare has fluid in her uterus or if she has any existing cyst that could be misinterpreted as an early pregnancy. If your mare is currently in foal, we suggest your vet do a post foaling inspection. Discuss the possibility of flushing and oxytocin, to prepare her for re breeding. The mare normally will cycle 6-15 days following her foaling. We have had mares cycle as soon as five days post foaling, but that is unusual. Teasing these mares is also important. Bear in mind, some mares will tease to anything on hooves, some mares will tease only to certain studs or some only to geldings. Occasionally a mare will not tease at all and will need to be palpated to ascertain where she is in her cycle. Some mares will also tease even when they are pregnant. Those mares should not be teased on a regular basis once they are confirmed in foal by ultrasound.

They should have their progesterone levels tested to insure they have adequate P-4 levels to maintain pregnancy. When your mare begins to cycle, call the farm to notify the estimated date that you will want the shipped semen. Confirm your order after your vet has given the green light making certain the stallion station ships on a schedule for your mare. Your vet additionally needs to ultrasound 24 to 48 hours after inseminating to be sure your mare did ovulate. Some vets prefer to inseminate two days in a row, some prefer to put all semen in at one time. We request that in no case both doses are inseminated together. Your inseminate should be correctly dosed to above average standards. The second dose is only complimentary, should your mare hold on to her follicle or unavoidable spillage occur. If the semen is being shipped directly to you, notify your vet as soon as it arrives so that he can inseminate your mare as soon as possible. Do not open the canister until the vet is ready to inseminate. Once your mare has ovulated continue to tease her, to insure that she doesn’t short cycle back into heat. On day 16 following her ovulation, have your veterinarian ultrasound for pregnancy. If positive, we suggest a P4 test for progesterone levels. Notify the farm of the results. Day 30 check again to be sure your mare is still in foal, and that a heartbeat is seen. Please call the farm to confirm your pregnancy.

On Farm Breeding PALPATIONS: Your mare will usually be examined every other day while she is in heat and being bred, to be sure her follicle is progressing and ovulating. She will also be checked if she does not come into season or does not show to the teasing stud (silent), on a weekly basis to be sure that we are not missing her cycle. It is also necessary to palpate prior to administering Lutalyze to insure that multiple follicles are not present. Ulttrasound cost varies. Check with the farm vet or breeding manager for current costs. Should it be necessary to sedate your mare, for her safety, check to make certain if this is an extra cost or included.

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normally they can be infused and bred, within the same heat cycle, with about an 80% success rate, depending upon the seriousness of the infection, or multiple pathogens. Wet mares that do not conceive with the first coverage are then cultured at the 30 day heat cycle. Occasionally, resistant bacteria will not show up until later on in the breeding season. This is unusual but does occur. The mare must be in a good heat cycle to get a fair and accurate culture. Additional problems such as fluids, pooling and cervical incontinence should be addressed at this time.

ULTRASOUNDS: Your mare will be ultra sounded for pregnancy on or about the 16th day following ovulation. Twins are not unusual and must be dealt with. Most twins can also be pinched off at 16 days if necessary. Depending upon the clarity and size of the pregnancy, mares are re-checked again at 30 for heartbeat. UTERINE CULTURES and CYTOLOGIES: This procedure is usually done to all open mares to insure that we are not starting out with a problem in the uterus. Should your mare’s culture/cytology be dirty,

INFUSIONS AND FLUSHES: The type of antibiotic used for your mares infection depends upon the sensitivity test that is run on the bacteria during the Culture and Cytology.. Occasionally mares will have a low grade running infection and poor uterine tone, which is when a post ovulation infusion is strongly recommended. The cost of this depends upon the type of antibiotics that are required. Dirty mares require 2 to 4 infusions per cycle. Clean mares that tend to retain fluid due to poor internal conformation do well with a regimen of flushes and oxytocin, often combined with banamine.

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Breed the REGUMATE: This is administered in the mouth at the correct dosage for your mare if necessary. It is a synthetic Progesterone. We use Regumate in conjunction with mares in transition (multiple follicles or irregular cycling) and also on mares that are indicative of low progesterone levels. We put these suspect mares on Regumate until the progesterone test (P4) can be run at the time of the positive Pregnancy test. LUTALYZE: This is a prostin shot that is administered to bring on heat cycles. This can be used if your mare is cycling regularly and to short cycle. Occasionally early in the year this shot will bring a mare into the transitional stage when Regumate can be used to bring them into a good breeding cycle.




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FOALING: The mare should have already been given her EWT, FLU, Strep-Vac, & West Niles booster protection shots preferably 30 days prior to foaling so the foal will get its immediate protection from the mare’s antibodies. The foal is examined for any problems and gentle iodine or Nolvasan solution is applied to the navel. The foal is watched until it stands to nurse. To be sure adequate antibodies have been passed on, an IGG blood test is pulled on the foal the next day. Any tears or problems are also repaired.. Each new foal’s navel is treated for three more days. In today’s market and cost of breeding horses, it is important to approach your venture with a professional and experienced staff, knowledge of costs, and a plan. Do not be afraid to ask questions, get references, get a good contract and have a plan in place.

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Here are some questions to ask yourself before hiring an equine dental professional: Do they consult with you or your trainer regarding any problems your horse may have, even those that don’t directly involve teeth? Having information about current or past health issues can help in making decisions about how to manage and treat your horse.

For many years, our understanding of equine dentistry was the “tooth fairy” floating our horse’s teeth once a year. We had a vague understanding of what that meant. A nonveterinary “lay-floater” would come with his or her bucket of floats, put the horse in a corner, hold the tongue and run the rasp up and down on the sides of the teeth. (The term “floating” is a construction term and simply means to smooth or finish.)

Do they perform a physical exam before sedating and performing the procedure? Many problems unrelated to dentistry are found during routine physical exams.

Do they use sedation? Don’t be turned off by sedation. If used appropriately, it is to the horse’s advantage and is very safe. Sedation allows them to relax, be more comfortable and get a thorough dental exam. It is not possible to do so if they are chewing or moving their head. While it can be challenging to embrace Just as in human health There is also more risk of tooth or soft tisnew ideas, we should not continue using sue damage. Tooth extractions, root old technology and outdated know- care, an annual visit to the canals and fillings are painful surgical ledge simply because that’s how we’ve dentist is part of a complete procedures and should only be done always done it or out of a misguided health care regimen. with the use of sedation and nerve sense of loyalty. As horse owners, we blocks. Sedatives should only be adhave wholly embraced the use of advancministered by individuals who are knowledgeable ed technology in diagnosing and treating our horses about them and can legally buy and sell them. In all for other health issues. We should do the same cases, this is a veterinarian. regarding equine dentistry. Equine veterinary dentists use improved equipment and techniques to do Do they use a speculum, mirror and bright head comprehensive dental exams, perform reductions, lamp? After the patient is sufficiently quiet and reextractions, root canals and restorations (fillings) as laxed, an oral speculum should be placed between well as floating teeth. They use modalities like digital the front teeth and the mouth opened. A dental radiography, CT and MRI to diagnose dental probmirror and very bright headlamp, makes it possible to lems in horses. Knowledge of equine dental problems see to the back of the mouth. The horse’s last cheek and how to correct them increases with each passtooth is located under its eye. Despite what you ing year. Just as in human health care, an annual visit might read or see, it is not possible to evaluate the to the dentist is part of a complete health care regisurfaces of the ALL the teeth and the gingiva without men. The goal in equine dentistry is the same as it is in a speculum, mirror and light. There are even veterihuman dentistry, to eliminate pain and promote the narians out there that insist hand floats are better and long term health and functioning of the teeth. 58

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no speculum or sedation is needed. Imagine going to your own dentist and being told “I can tell everything I need to know just by feeling your teeth. I don’t need to look. No radiographs are necessary to evaluate your tooth roots.” That is 19th century technology! What type of equipment does your dental professional use? Power tools make it possible to perform procedures efficiently and quickly. They should only be used by those individuals who are knowledgable about skull anatomy, tooth anatomy and are legally allowed to use them. If used properly there is little risk of thermal damage. Some types of equipment spray water on the teeth to cool them and have vacuum systems to eliminate tooth dust and improve visibility. In modifying the shape of the teeth, we are essentially performing “Ondontoplasty” and this is a site specific procedure. Use of appropriate equipment ensures that only the tooth that needs to be reduced is worked on. This is not possible using manual handfloats.

Before: periodontal pocket packed with food. After: pocket after cleaning with air abrasion.

If they are not a veterinarian, is it legal for them to perform equine dentistry? That depends on what procedures they are performing and what state you are in. In my many years of practice, I have met with clients who were confused about their “equine dentist’s” training and qualifications. In many cases, they assumed that they were hiring a veterinarian who was legally allowed to perform the procedures and administer sedation. Many of the self-proclaimed “equine dentists” have letters after their names that seem to indicate some specialized education or licensing. It can be very confusing. To help eliminate the confusion here are some definitions: A “Veterinarian” is a person who is licensed to engage in surgery, acupuncture, dentistry, physical therapy, radiology, reproduction, and other branches or specialties of animal medicine. A veterinarian has had a minimum of four years of undergraduate education and four years of veterinary school. They will have the letters “DVM” or “VMD” after their name. A “Certified Veterinary Technician” is someone that has gone through a program to receive specialized training and provides limited veterinary care supervised by a veterinarian. They instruct clients, perform laboratory testing, take radiographs, provide skilled nursing care to animal patients, administer medications, and assist in anesthesia and surgery. All of these tasks are done at the direction of a veterinarian, but may be performed with varying levels of supervision as specified by the veterinary practice act. A “Lay-floater” is a non-veterinarian who floats teeth. They may or may not have attended an equine dentistry school for varying periods of time.

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 A periodontal pocket filled with dental impression material to prevent feed packing.

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In the state of Florida, the “floating” of equine teeth with manual hand-floats is permitted by non-veterinarians. However, “Lay-floaters” are not legally allowed to use motorized tools, sedate, perform surgery or do extractions. While there are schools in the United States where non-veterinarians can get training in equine dentistry there is no legal pathway for a nonveterinarian to get licensed to perform equine dentistry in the true sense. You may see advertisements for individuals that say they are “equine dentists” and they may have letters like “CEqD” next to their names but unless they are a veterinarian (have DVM or VMD after their name) they do not have a state or nationally mandated license to perform the work. What can I expect to pay? The cost can vary tremendously based on training and region of the country. ����������������������������

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a DEA license, a state license and a state business license to legally buy, administer and sell the sedatives that are used during dental procedures. There are no such requirements for “lay-floaters” or non-veterinarians and it is illegal for them to do so. As equine health care knowledge, equipment and procedures improve it simply costs more to provide the service. Most veterinarians who have a special interest in dentistry have an extensive array of equipment that is not cheap and must be maintained. You might be surprised to find they use the same equipment you would see at your own dentist. Going to dental continuing education seminars and wet labs is expensive. Some vets regularly spend $2000 or more a year on these courses. Veterinarians are legally required to do (30) hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their veterinary licenses but most do more because they want to keep up with current advances and provide their patients with better care.

Regardless of cost, no one wants to waste money on substandard care, which is what you are getting without a comprehensive exam as previously described. Floating is only 20% of what a good veterinary dental professional will do, so getting a thorough annual dental from a knowledgeable professional is a better value at twice the cost of an annual “float”. Regular maintenance will prevent premature tooth loss and more costly problems later. Does your dental professional routinely attend dental seminars and keep up with the latest information? In Modern Equine Dentistry, the goal is to provide “evidence based care”, not performing procedures because that’s the way it’s always been done. It’s important for dental professionals to attend continu62

Taking radiographs of mandibular incisors.

ing education meetings to keep up with new research and learn about cases that critically address dental issues found in horses and how we can best address them. Case in point, for many years it was common practice to excessively reduce canine teeth. Over time many people noticed that these teeth became discolored and occasionally developed cavities. Excessive reduction of a tooth opens up the living tissue in the pulp chamber to bacteria and can cause a tooth root infection. Once the tooth becomes infected it will need to be extracted. Canine tooth reduction is an unnecessary procedure that when done to excess causes tooth damage and ultimately pain and suffering for the horse. Care must be taken when reducing any tooth to avoid opening a pulp horn. As horse owners we are the guardians and caretakers of these noble, beautiful, benevolent creatures. Dental disease is one of the most overlooked and least recognized problems by horse owners because it is not obvious and horses don’t always communicate their pain in a way that we understand. We can’t expect to keep the whole horse healthy if such an important part of its health care is neglected. Put as much time and thought into selecting your horse’s equine dental professional as you do anything else involving your horse Know what you are getting for when you hire someone.

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There is no right or wrong time or age to start building a good foundation in horsemanship, for the horse the relationship begins the moment we enter the same space. Just like we do, horses form memories, the learning process never ceases to happen. Young horses are even more receptive to learning than when they are older. No matter the role we play in the equestrian world, when it comes to relating with a horse we always need to consider that each and everyone of our actions will influence how a horse is going to act in our future interactions. Since horses do not talk, but use movement to express themselves, it is important to take a moment to assess what a horse is thinking in regards to us. While genetics needs to be considered before the horse is born, through good horsemanship we can structure and manage any horse’s environment and life, to give him a good present, or future experience, and to make him become interested in sharing time and space with us. Young foals are sweet, and can become a joy forever, if we take care of interacting with them with a proper relationship while they grow into horses. From birth, the senses of a horse are his window to the environment, and they never cease to bring information to the brain, where new data combines also with the memories, and the personality, ultimately determining the behavior, which is the complete expression of each individual. Foals have a very short attention span and no training, which can make it difficult to interact with them, but knowledge of the equine instinctual behavior, and of how to communicate spontaneously through the senses can allow us to relate and start training them early. Our behavior is what counts. Once the horse perceives our actions, our part is done, and this is the very reason why Human Horse Sensing emphasizes so much that in horsemanship we need to focus on what we do and on which sense will carry our information to the horse’s brain. When given a choice, the foal chooses its leader just as any other horse does. A leader is an individual worth following because his behavior makes sense. It definitely is a role that a foal’s mare naturally covers at first, and it is very 64

important that when we interact with a foal we make sure to have the mare’s cooperation to become a positive part of the foal’s life. Foals, just like horses at any age, have an instinctual response to movement. They move away from something that approaches them, and they move toward things they are interested in and that move away from them. They key is the fact that the objects must be in motion to play a role on the horse’s movement. Once the object stops moving the horse can just lose interest for it, and not move. As with horses of any age, foals learn from what they experience, therefore we need to avoid making them experience fear, if we want them being open to horsemanship and to choose to see human beings as leaders. This statement brings me to differ from many of the ways that are now in use to interact with mare and foal, where consideration for the feedback the horse gives us is not important even while the relationship is developing. Foals are handled without considering the state of their mind, often because at the moment of the birth we think that what we “need” to do is more important than how we do it, and of how the foal feels about it. Examples of what I am describing are the practice of imprinting, which disturbs the development of the relationship between a foal and its mother, or the way the weaning process is commonly done, where the mare and foal are



abruptly separated, often developing what we call “separation anxiety”. Both of these practices affect the horse for the rest of its life. My experience with horses spans across being a Veterinarian, racing as a jockey, competing in jumping, dressage, and endurance, but regardless the situation I concentrate on horsemanship as the performance tool. In Human Horse Sensing we consider horsemanship as an always dynamically changing, and instantly manageable state, independent from training. We base our interaction with horses on five social concepts that are natural for horses of any age, and work bridging the gap between human and equine behavior using social interactions through the natural elements of space, movement, and time. When it comes to relationship horses do not sign a contract, and promise to be loyal forever, we need to be worth the position of leaders at all time. The focus is not on building a “bond”, it is instead on modulating the communication through the senses, using social meanings, and developing the horse’s interest for the time spent with people. Being social is a common trait to human and horse and is always present in the horsemanship, with a meaning that is independent from the action that is happening in any equestrian performance. Interaction through trained behavior uses the horse’s ability to execute a learned action in response to a fixed stimulus that we give him, and cannot cover every instance we live with our horses Spontaneous interactions are moments when the horse expresses himself, and do not need any training, so they are a great resource with young and untrained, or unknown horses. With young horses, giving them the chance to develop their social skills, and to have freedom of choice in relating with horses and humans, is the first step to develop a balanced mind. Ideally they should be able to share space and time with other mare and foal pairs. When it comes to weaning, the process should be done in stages, gradually letting the mare and foal experience situations of being 66

apart through each one of their senses. This process works by building the skills necessary to stay apart in the mare and the foal, along with building our relationship, and also avoiding the development of separation anxiety. After being weaned, young horses can live in groups, and even have an older mare as leader. In Human Horse Sensing we work with herds composed by young horses between seven and twelve months to teach them to respect space, and interact with us in the presence of food, both relevant issues with horses of any age. The young horses learn to get groomed, to have their hooves cleaned without being contained, then later to be haltered, and lead properly without being forced.

When it comes to weaning, the process should be done in stages

Space and food are natural subjects for horses and can allow us to let horses learn in a cognitive manner while we train them, rather than by the classical conditioned training methods, where often the action has no meaning for the horse, and emphasis is put in the timing and reward. There is much more to the learning process than just what we are controlling with training. Input to the brain coming from different sensory receptors, can actually develop different behavioral responses. An example of this is the inability to train from the ground where communication happens through sight, and elicit the same response through touch, which is the main communication used when riding. Once again, something I do not compromise is to leave force, and fear out of horsemanship. It has been scientifically proven that fear causes changes in the nervous system at the cellular level, that reflect on behavior of the animal that has experienced it. The resulting behavior can be out of the voluntary control of the animal, undesirable in horsemanship, and very difficult to modify.

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The efficiency of the work done with young horses and horsemanship confirms even more the determinant role horsemanship plays in any moment between human and horse. Being able to understand in depth, enjoy, and to purposefully manage the human to horse relationship, can make it go from a fearful experience to one that we would always want to have, and this is true for both equine and human. HH Sensing offers training from starting to competing, problem horse retraining, and horsemanship instruction for any level or discipline. It is a method of horsemanship that focuses on managing the relationship while it is happening, rather than giving riders things to do, to train or occupy their time with horses. We are dedicated to enhance the potential of horse and rider, always keeping their wellbeing in mind. We provide a method to build a solid horsemanship, which goes beyond training, and can support human and horse to be successful in any equestrian discipline. Our approach is based on classical dressage, behavioral studies, liberty training, and thorough management of the healthcare, allows taking challenges we would not imagine being possible even with good traditional training. With HH Sensing, human and horse work in team, with or without tack, through how they perceive the situations. It works whether just starting or repurposing a horse, at any time of his life. We teach human and horse how to establish an active and dynamic dialogue that will assist them in any situation. Your horse can execute without being submissive, and you can become a leader of leaders. We are located in San Marcos, California, but work online and hold clinics worldwide upon request. Email Visit Call us at +1 760 715 1554

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Is there anything I particularly have to look out for when having my saddle fitted to my Friesian horse? I know he is difficult to fit.



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have always been among my most favorite horses, for both their beautiful appearance and because black horses are just simply eye-catching. Although the breed’s conformation resembles that of a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Middle Ages their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. Around the 15th century, Andalusians were bred with Friesians, producing a lighter horse more suitable for work as carriage horses. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage and they are once again being ridden. 68

Friesians are however, as you noted, notoriously difficult to fit properly. Saddle length has become more of an issue over the past few years, as breeding seems to have concentrated on making somewhat more ‘compact’ (i.e., ‘shorter’) horses. This is especially prevalent in the ‘baroque’ style horse – a category which includes the Lusitanos, the PRE, the Andalusian – but also Friesians. They have relatively flat withers and their saddle support area is short. Riding these horses in a ‘normal’ saddle with a regular panel can often result in behavior that indicates something is off.

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Real Life Rider: Do I Need a Bigger Saddle? Photo 1

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In this real life rider comparison, we are going to look at our rider Brooke in the same model of saddle, the Voltaire Palm Beach, in 2 different seat and flap sizes. Brooke is 5’ 8” and wears a size 30 breech. In photo 1, we see her in the 17” 2AA flap Voltaire Palm Beach. Although the flap looks like the right shape for her, her knee is right at the edge of the flap and overall the 2 flap looks small in surface area. In the second photo, we see Brooke in a 17.5” 3AA. You can see the flap looks roomier and her knee is not at the edge of the flap as it is in the 2AA. Now let’s compare the seat. In the 17” Brooke looks to have about 3 fingers width from the back of her seat to the cantle. In the 17.5” she has closer to the traditional 4 or 5 fingers between the rider and the cantle.

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How To Put Your Horse in through

Balance Proper Bending Part 2

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In our last Palm Partnership Training Tips, “How to Put Your Horse in Balance Through Proper Bending – Part 1”, I described what a correct bend of your horse’s body is, and the aids sequence used to ask your horse to bend correctly. Hopefully this has helped explain how essential accurate bending is to your horse’s balance, and you have been able to ride with more control and enjoyment! In this article, I will review the key points, continued by an exercise to help train your horse to bend correctly! You will find that I am reviewing a lot from Part 1; however, controlling your horse’s balance is a very important step in your riding skills. With your horse’s performance, it is crucial that he is balanced in self-carriage while riding on a curve at any gait. This training will help improve problems you may encounter controlling your horse on any curve or turn.

Review of Bending When a horse has a proper bend in his body, his entire body is bent from the poll to the dock, not just the head and neck. When a horse is balanced, he will have this proper bend and will be relaxed, easier to steer, and will maintain the same speed. Therefore, the relationship between bending and balance is: ����������������������������������� ���������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������� ����������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� 76

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Considering the nature of the horse as a species, it’s a minor miracle that our equine friends get into a trailer at all. Horses are creatures of the prairie who are designed for life in wide open spaces. Because they are prey animals, they have a highly developed “flight or fight” response. When danger threatens, horses run away. That is how they survive. Feral horses who don’t run fast enough end up as dinner! They also have to watch their footing so they don’t fall into a hole or quicksand! Whenever we deal with a horse, we have to consider this flight response and reluctance to step on suspicious ground in our training. Because a horse trailer is small, dark, and shaky, it goes against the horses’ very nature, but because horses are also trainable, they learn to put their natural fears aside and do the crazy things we ask them to do. However, even if they do what we ask, it may not be comfortable for them, and they can suffer stress in ways that we don’t even notice. It’s easy to notice when the horse won’t load, but it’s less obvious that illness and some injuries can be caused by design features in a trailer that make trailering more stressful for the horse. Some trailering problems have become so commonplace that people just accept them as part of the process. Things like breaking halters and loading and unloading problems are some of those “acceptable” incidents that don’t need to happen. Other problems like shipping fever, dehydration, colic, and even the acute stress of injury can be prevented by a stress free trailering environment. Stress can be defined as an external stimulus which is beyond the control of the animal. When a horse is exposed to stress, the autonomic nervous system kicks in to physically prepare the animal to react to the stress. Heart rate elevates, adrenaline and epinephrine are secreted, and other bodily functions such as hormone levels, change to help the animal survive. For the horse, the reaction is to run away to avoid the object of the stress and the system returns to normal, so therefore, this system works in the horse’s natural environment. However, if the horse cannot escape the object of stress over a long period of time, the health of the horse begins to suffer. The chronic stress can have a negative impact by changing the immune functions that can predispose the animal to disease. Putting a horse in a trailer goes against its very instinct. He cannot get away from the stress of this small enclosed box. He is also put at risk of injury from the trailer itself or the possibility of a traffic accident. Whether your horse is a pet, or you only think of your horse as an investment or a tool, avoiding illness and injury can save you money and heartbreak, and at the very least, can actually improve his performance. 78

LIGHT AND AIRY Room to stretch and less scary.

Of course, horses travel all the time without incident, and trailering can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Buying the safest horse trailer will increase your chances of arriving at your destination with a healthy, happy horse. Manufacturers must build horse trailers to conform to the requirements of the road, but because there are no industry or government regulations concerning the safety of the horse, there are wide differences in horse trailers. Look at your prospective trailer from the horse’s point of view. What does the horse want? Room and light, good ventilation, and safety in design. Room and light: An average sized horse ( 15.1h - 16.3h) needs about 10 feet of usable length to be comfortable. A larger horse may even need more. A horse needs to be able to spread his legs for steadiness, but is also important that he be able to use his head and neck freely for balance. A light colored interior and lots of windows or slats will make the trailer much more inviting and less claustrophobic. Good ventilation: is important for the horse’s respiratory health and to control the temperature and environment of the trailer. Hay dust and noxious gasses from manure and urine compromises the horse’s respiratory system and predisposes him to diseases such a shipping fever. Roof vents will remove contaminated and/or hot air from the trailer. A light colored exterior, especially the roof, will make the trailer cooler in hot weather. Safety in design: There should be nothing sticking out to harm the horse in anyway. Tie rings, and latches should fold flat against the wall. All center posts and dividers should quick release, but should be strong enough to not break apart until you can make the decision. (Exception - dividers should come up and out if a horse would get under it.) No sharp edges anywhere. All parts of the trailer should be strong enough to hold up to the largest, strongest horse who will be hauled in it.




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Ramps should be low to the ground and not slippery. It should be possible to reach every horse individually in the event of an emergency. (This is a special problem with many slant load trailers.) Butt and chest bars should quick release. Safety in design also includes road safety. All brakes and lights should be in perfect working order and the emergency breakaway brake battery should be charged. Safety chains on tag-along trailers must be crossed underneath, and ball hitch gooseneck hitches should also have safety chains or cables. Tires should be inflated to the recommended capacity, and rubber torsion suspension will not only reduce road shock for the horse, but will be an added safety feature if the event of a flat tire. It is most important that a tag-along trailer be hitched to a frame mounted Class III or Class IV hitch, and that the trailer be towed in a level position. Whether you are towing a gooseneck or a tag-along trailer, you must have a properly rated tow vehicle to insure your own safety.

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LINDSAY MAXWELL CHARTABLE FUND By L.A. Sokolowski-Pomeroy The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has named noted equestrian William ‘Bill’ Rube as its executive director. Whether it is his decades of equestrian experience, multiple US Hunter Jumper Association awards or humorous “Stationary Adult Amateur Championship” photo series on Facebook, there isn’t anyone in the hunter/jumper community who doesn’t know (and love) Bill Rube. Having previously served the USHJA Foundation as its development director, he took the reins to the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund on December 1. “The mission of the fund really resonates with me. Whether it is bringing the passion of horses to so many people in a special way, seeing the smile on a kid’s face when he or she connects with a horse in a therapeutic environment, helping someone reach their aspirations through a grant, providing opportunity through scholarships, or focusing on the traditions within equestrian sport, the Fund accomplishes many things,” Bill told Elite Equestrian. “The hard work of the LMCF team provides the tools to create true horsemen.” The Fund is a private, charitable fund that reflects its namesake’s personal interests, priorities and values. LMCF focuses on improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access opportunities to education, and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from taxexempt, charitable organizations. “Bill is an incredible asset to our team as we build upon the work the Fund has accomplished, be it sponsoring classes at national and international charity horse shows, offering grants for riders or donating to organizations that support our mission,” said LMCF Founder Lindsay Maxwell. “Bill brings with him decades of industry knowledge and experience that will be instrumental to achieving our goals.” Bill gathers inspiration from the saying, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression.’ He said, “Whether it’s a sponsor, athlete, friend or colleague, the first time there is contact sets the tone for the relationship.”

Which explains how he and Lindsay struck off on the right lead. The two “officially” met last year in Florida: “We met in passing at the Winter Equestrian Festival; I have been a fan of Lindsay’s riding for years. We had a quick hello at Devon, but it wasn’t until I traveled to California in June for the WCHR West Coast Spectacular that we got to know each other. I was impressed with how genuine she is and that, coupled with her pure intent and passion, made quite an impression. As we continued our discussions, it was determined that I would be a great fit to the team. The rest, as they say, is history.” Bill brings to the Fund a significant history of fundraising experience. During his tenure with USHJA, he orchestrated a collective effort to reach and surpass goals set by the USHJA Foundation to support its programs, grants and scholarships and, for his dedication, was awarded in 2012 and 2013 with USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Awards, in 2014 with the USHJA Volunteer of the Year award and, in 2016, the Moran Family Award for Excellence from Caroline Moran. “From my work with the United States Hunter Jumper Association, I learned many skills, including the importance of pu�ing the donor first to make sure they are 100 percent satisfied; they do not have to choose a specific organization and a donor’s impact can have far-reaching benefits. I take with me, in my new role at the LMCF, a true understanding of what kind of impact a donor or fund can have, on a person or organization,” he added. “The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund has some great things planned for 2018! Right now, we are working to ensure that the fund is set up in a manner that works well with its beneficiaries. We are constantly looking for national opportunities to expand its impact at all levels of equestrian sport.” A�er a li�le celebrating back home in Merchantivlle, NJ, with husband Joe Miraglia, that is. “We were so excited when we learned I was going to join the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund team,” Bill said. “I was on Cloud Nine! Joe was excited for me as well, and we enjoyed a quiet celebration. When he met Lindsay, he truly grasped the extent of my enthusiasm, and together, we are thrilled!” To learn more about the Fund, visit lmcharitablefund.




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