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14 www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com Published since 2008 Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. Ralph Waldo Emerson www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com info@EliteEquestrian.us • Main Office, Ocala, Florida PUBLISHER Bill Vander Brink Bill@EliteEquestrian.us EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief: Noelle Vander Brink Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Verderame Equine Art Editor: Jeanne Chisholm Fashion Editor: LA Sokolowski Legal Editor: Avery S. Chapman,Esquire CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Stephany Fish Crossman Alessandra Deerinck Kat Fuqua Ali Kelman Lynn Palm Tom Scheve On the cover... Copyright © 2024 Elite Equestrian is a registered trademark owned by Elite Equestrian LLC. No article, photo, or part of this publication may be reproduced wholly or in part without written permission of the publisher. Management reserves the right to approve or refuse any advertiser or contribution for any reason. EE does not endorse any product or advertiser and is not responsible for accuracy of info/opinions provided by advertisers or article content. Photographs are submitted by writers of each article who assume responsibility for usage approval. ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Kathy Dress 610-420-9964 kdress@ptd.net Advertising Free Lancer: Diane Holt 713-408-8114 diane@eliteequestrian.us CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS GRAPHICS Fran Sherman EQUESTRIAN LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE IN THE U.S.A. According To Feedspot blog #5 IN THE WORLD #1 Staff of Dr. Lori Jessie Jones Pete Coco Morgan Campbell Isabel Juby, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of African Horse Safaris www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com Volume 24 Issue 3 Complimentary HORSE FOAL Care TRAILERS Custom or Stock? ���������� ����� Celebra�ng The Equestrian Lifestyle ® ������� ������ Laser Therapy ���������� ����� Celebra�ng The Equestrian Lifestyle ®
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Winning Performances

This Summer

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These gloves combine summer riding performance with a beau�ful anatomical design. The Equetech Stellar Riding Gloves feature a technical lightweight construc�on that circulates air to offer op�mal breathability and comfort when riding during the hot summer months. Featuring metallic silver binding, Equetech logo and comfortable adjustable velcro straps to the back of the hand, these non-slip gloves offer a secure feel on the reins, even when wet.

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The new Equetech Wheatley Deluxe Tweed Range applauds an exclusive new tweed by Equetech in a stunning biscuit colour with a herringbone backdrop to overcheck in gold and maroon. With lead rein ou�its and junior and ladies’ riding jackets, this delicious combina�on will catch the judges’ eye for all the right reasons.

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The Equetech Lyra Compe��on Shirt features a concealed zip to the front and is adorned with mul�ple horizontal layering of crystal detailing throughout the collar, adding sparkle to your performance. Perfect for the show ring or dressage arena, this beau�ful shirt has been designed to offer extended wear beyond compe��on days, with its smart contrast navy body and zip front lending itself perfectly as a smart training shirt with a casual twist.

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Nancy Rynes ArtEquine

Nancy Rynes’ love of art began with her childhood on a small farm in rural Illinois. Drawing, wri�ng, working on the farm, and riding her Choctaw pony were a part of her life in the country. The ar�st focused on drawing horses and wildlife during her teen years, which led her to study fine art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Nancy paints from life when possible - she believes it’s an exercise that keeps her tuned in to the true colors and pa�erns of light, not simply in how a camera captures it. The freedom, energy, and movement of animals inspire her to paint larger and more energe�cally. Her paintings are devoted to these large, vibrant works that combine use of bold color and brushstrokes, all while trying to express the deeper energy of life.

Amanda Grace Markel

Within each sculpture she employs the use of posi�ve and nega�ve space to illustrate a connec�on between the posi�ve and nega�ve elements of life. “I think most o�en my work depicts the tension between two pieces of a whole.” Her work builds on storytelling tradi�ons. There is deep meaning ins�lled within elegant forms, which invite the viewer to connect with ideas, emo�ons, and their own stories.

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Persistence by Amanda Grace Markel. 8.25″ x 10″ x 5.5″ Limited edition bronze sculpture #5/9. $1,800 Shaman (study) by Nancy Rynes. Framed 12×16″ oil on board. $1150 A Tight Turn by Nancy Rynes. 24 x 30 ” oil on canvas. $2600 Amanda Markel is primarily a self-taught ar�st working in cast bronze. Mountain Heart by Amanda Grace Markel. Miniature bronze wolf on wood pedestal, in red patina. 5″ tall x 3″ long. $375.


Meet Jim Sisk: Military Veteran & Vice President of Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, Inc.

with L.A. Sokolowski, equinista

If you were to ask him, Jim Sisk will probably tell you that horses are not only his best therapy but yours, too. Jim and his wife, Erin, are founders of Therapeu�c Horses of Saratoga, Inc., (THS) where they have poured their hearts and souls into helping re�red racehorses and military Veterans. In addi�on to serving as vice president of THS, Jim is a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard and owner of Barrier Free Elevators, Inc. in Glens Falls, NY. This owner of Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses has taken a commitment to their lifelong wellbeing to (in “elevator-speak”) a whole new floor. Therapeu�c Horses of Saratoga, Inc. programs unite Jim’s dedica�on for supporting re�red racehorses with his passion for helping fellow Veterans struggling with mental health issues post-military service. This horseman is proud of the programs -- and safe space -- that Therapeu�c Horses of Saratoga, Inc. and its rescued racehorses have to offer and, a�er a sold-out benefit concert in 2023 with Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Season 10 ‘Masked Singer’ John Oates (and another big benefit planned this summer) odds are this nonprofit favorite is finding its stride.

Behind every legend lies an impossible dream “ “

HERS: Do you remember your first horse what did they teach you?

HIS: DW’s Regal was/is my first horse. He’s a Standardbred pacer and still with us at the farm. He was a little racehorse with a huge heart of gold. Ultimately, a bowed tendon ended his career. People think size is everything but he taught me if a horse loves to race, even if they’re on the smaller side, they are going to achieve. DW taught me the depth of a horse’s personality.

HERS: What qualities do you like best in a horse?

HIS: I like a horse that is curious, spunky and intuitive.

HERS: What qualities do you like best in a person?

HIS: Someone who is open and willing to share who they are, what they have been through in life, what they stand for regardless of whether my views are similar or not.

HERS: What was your first job and how old were you?

HIS: My first job, when I was 16 was at Cannone’s Deli in Saratoga Springs, as a dishwasher, shelf stocker, whatever they needed behind the scenes.

HERS: If you worked outside the horse world what would you be doing?

HIS: As co-founder of THS that is one of my passions but not my paying job. I already work outside the horse world! I’m an elevator mechanic and owner of a small elevator repair business.

HERS: Favorite quote?

HIS: “Behind every legend lies an impossible dream.” Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, by William Nack.

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HERS: First Saratoga racetrack memory?

HIS: Seeing Rachel Alexandra race there.

HERS: What makes the horse such a valuable therapeutic partner?

HIS: They don’t communicate in the ways that humans do. They use nonverbal signals and look at body language in ways that humans often forget to consider.

HERS: You can spend a day with any horseman, any horse in history, who is it?

HIS: I’ve been very fortunate to meet and partner with harness trainer John Mongeon, who is incredibly knowledgeable. I love spending time with, and learning from, such an honest and humble person. And… Curlin is my favorite horse ever. He defied the odds and showed that older racehorses can be as superior as younger ones.

HERS: What’s your vision for Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga over the next decade?

HIS: As a Veteran, I look forward to the continued growth of our Veterans Programs and understand the immense need for our services. I would like us to be able to help connect Veterans with other services they need, like housing, food and employment, by partnering with other organizations in our area and beyond.

HERS: You can invite three guests, past or present, real or fictional; who joins you and what’s served?

HIS: George Bush Jr., Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Elon Musk -- three very different people with unique perspectives on life. We would definitely serve chimichangas and tacos.

Learn more about how Therapeu�c Horses of Saratoga helps people reclaim confidence and coping skills in a safe space for mental wellness, through horse and human connec�ons, at thsaratoga.org.

Do you have a sugges�on for a His & Hers guest? Email latheequinista@gmail.com.

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Antique Clock Tips

I have appraised all types of clocks –tall case clocks, carriage clocks, mantle clocks, etc.--for clients in all parts of the world. These clock collectors have been surprised or even stunned when an otherwise reliable clock just stops working –-possibly for no good reason. There is a very good reason why a clock suddenly stops working. Moving a clock is the single most common reason why a clock fails to keep �me.

Clocks are homebodies. Once you move a clock to a new part of your home, the clock may stop working. Clocks of all types find comfort in a certain spot. Clocks react to the temperature and humidity. Moving a clock to a different loca�on may change the clock’s accuracy; some clocks may stop working altogether. Once you find a place in your home where a clock is working well, don’t move it.

Dr. Lori’s Clock Tips

There are some simple ways to keep your clocks working well.

Do you want a clock to keep accurate time? Wind it on a regular schedule, just like clockwork as the old saying goes. Pick a day of the week and time of day to wind your clock and stay on that schedule. It’s like “clockwork!”

Be sure to keep a clock fully wound. Don’t be overzealous when winding. If a clock will not easily wind with the key or the hands of a clock do not move, don’t force them. Consult an expert.

Place your mantle or carriage clock on a level surface. A clock’s pendulum will not swing properly on a surface that is not level.

Do not place a clock near a window, drafty area of a room, or near access doors. Clocks don’t like to be close to air conditioning units, HVAC returns or vents, radiators, attic, or garage access doors.

Remember the old rhyme: Clockwise for time, Counterclockwise for chime. In short, the rhyme means that you should move the hands of a clock clockwise to set the time and move the hands of a clock counterclockwise to set the chime. This will help your clock run properly.

If you intend to move or relocate your clock, it is wise to remove the pendulum first. Protect the pendulum out of harm’s way while you move the clock.

The pendulum’s length is an indicator of how the clock will run. The longer the pendulum, the slower the clock will run. The shorter the pendulum, the faster the clock will run. Some clocks have an adjustment with F (fast) and S (slow) marked on the interior clock works. You can adjust your clock. This simple adjustment of the F/S lever can help when a clock runs too slow or too fast.

Also, if you have a key to your clock, don’t give it up to anyone. It is a vital piece of equipment for your clock which is necessary to keep your clock working. Like your car keys, it will be a big headache if you lose your clock key.

Listen to the beat. If your clock misses a beat, that may indicate that your clock is on an uneven surface. Clocks that use pendulums or atmospheric-driven clocks, known as atmos clocks, need to be on a level surface to run properly. If your floors are warped or your mantle is crooked, your clock may not run properly. Mantles, bookcases, tables, or other flat surfaces must be level for most clocks to keep accurate time.

Remember, moving a clock may damage the clock. If you intend to synchronize or move a clock, be it a wall clock or a tall case clock, it is wise to consult with a clock professional first. Clocks featuring chimes and gongs may require special expertise.

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Equestrian Gardens

transforms farms, show set-ups, and communal areas at competitions by seamlessly blending nature with the equine world.

From lively rings to welcoming hospitality tents to functional and beautifully landscaped barns, this innovative business brings the therapeutic power of natural gardens to every corner of the equestrian experience.

Jessica Jones, owner and designer, uses a meticulous integration of personalized garden experiences that harmonize with the distinct characteristics of each location. She is highly skilled in selecting plants and foliage that can thrive in the specific environment she is designing. Jess wants to create spaces that last. It’s not just about landscaping but also about cultivating an environment that nurtures the spirit of equestrianism while embracing the beauty of nature.

“Working with Jess was both a pleasure and a breeze. She is professional and organized, with an absolute talent for fitting the right landscaping scheme to fit our specific needs. She used her skills to transform our barn into a tropical oasis that can survive the environment and thrive,” said Caitlin White, a professional at Holly Hill Farm. “She not only handled part of the installation process, but she also sent detailed preliminary instructions. Her follow-up for care and maintenance are beyond compare.”

With an eye on the world stage, Jess envisions Equestrian Gardens becoming a global phenomenon in the next few years. There is so much potential to work with barns and horse shows to beautify and also help them with sustainability. Jess wants to remove the plastics and waste from the landscaping and rings of the equestrian world. Her deep understanding of the universal connection between humans, horses, and the environment fuels this ambitious

journey. The business isn’t just about green spaces; it’s a visionary movement that redefines the equestrian experience.

“I first met Jess last summer at Saugerties. I could not believe how her work transformed the Hunter derby ring! I think it’s so important to have her out there decorating our hunter rings for these important events because the horses jump so much better. Those beautifully decorated jumps help improve rider mobility, allowing them to ride so much more forward. I really noticed a difference in how my horses went,” explained Amanda Steege, professional and owner of Ashmeadow Farm. “She also totally transformed the facility; her decorations and flowers really dressed the whole place up. I love that she has started helping farms with their set-ups at the show. It takes one important thing off our plate, and she is magical with her design.”

Jess has forged working relationships over the past year with top equestrian competitions like HITS Saugerties, TerraNova and top professionals like Amanda Steege, Caitlin White, and Jimmy Toon. These competitions and professionals understand that changes made at home and at shows bring out the best in the horses and allow people to relax and enjoy their surroundings more. Equestrian Gardens is a breath of fresh air for the industry. Jess is helping competitions breathe life into their properties and jumps, a wonderful experience for the horsemen and horses.

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Embracing Racing with VIP Style Part 2

Read part 1 in our March/April issue star�ng on page 58

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Our GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Wine Dinner with West Point Thoroughbreds featured salmi caprese of heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, soppressata and wine-cured salami in balsamic vinaigre�e, with an Italian San� Sortesele Pinot Grigio, choice of entreés of filet mignon in a mushroom red wine reduc�on with haricort verts, pomme puree, crispy leeks with a Californian Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon, or sea bass on summer succotash, sweet corn beurre blanc, potato chips with a French Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape; and chocolate mousse with blueberries and whipped cream, paired with a Portuguese Fonseca Ruby Port for dessert.

West Point Thoroughbreds whet appe�tes for horse ownership with an introduc�on to frac�onal ownership in racehorses led by WPT execu�ve vice president Tom Bellhouse and partner account representa�ve Jason Blewi� (formerly with The Stronach Group), amid ample peppering of great horse story telling by Blewi� and Durkin (ask him about a muddy 143rd Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming, and a certain white suit). “It’s about access. It’s a chance to be inside the velvet rope,” Bellhouse concluded.

On Tuesday, that access included a trolley trip to Old Tavern Farm, a private bou�que Thoroughbred breeding farm where Saratoga Arms guests got to see where racehorses really begin and enjoyed wine and charcuterie before returning to town for a private dinner at Boca Bistro with execu�ve chef Ian Sinda, star�ng with ham croque�es, poblano peppers, sweet potato quinoa cakes tapas, and entrees of sautéed mussels in curry-garlic sauce, grilled strip steak with scallion aioli, or breaded chicken with roasted corn and poblano peppers.

Saratoga Arms saved its best for last, pu�ng the VIP into Wednesday’s Experience at Saratoga Race Track, delivering us by trolley ride to this Gilded Age favorite where two airy tables of exclusive sea�ng on the Turf Terrace awaited near the finish line, where we could watch our exclusive sponsored race, the Saratoga Arms VIP Day at the Races before (wait for it) our Winner’s Circle Experience being photographed with the winning jockey and commemorated in the official win photo.

Wai�ng for us were buckets of champagne chilling atop the crisp white tablecloths, lunch at our leisure (hello, lobster roll) and complementary be�ng vouchers tucked inside our fluted glasses. For the brave of heart (and impervious to judgment), Saratoga Arms family and friends could join the tables’ pool, not to pick the Win horse in each race but to pick for the Show.

Champagne and silliness assured by this point that there were no more “guests” but only friends among us. We learned that included a surfer scared of horses (but married to an ex-rider), and a woman who had earned a fishing world record.

Thanks to Saratoga Arms, we too happily hustled, from the Terrace down to track level to become immersed in the kine�c energy of a Thoroughbred racing winner’s circle. With or without champagne, it is always a heady experience. EQUINE Lifestyle Whoa.

The pool selects one unabashed soul to both choose the horse and place the bet, and the bet must be placed while wearing the Smith family’s beloved, o�eat and horse-themed ‘Show’ piece necklace (I promised to get back to that).

We celebrated as friends as Relate, under Louis Saez and trained by Todd Pletcher, came in under the wire on 6/1 odds in our Saratoga Arms VIP Experience race. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC/South Elkhorn and owned by LSU Stables, we watched Relate (Connect/ Curlin) hustle from the gate, angle in while going to the front along the inside and then shake clear and stay there with three furlongs to spare in 1:41:98 on the 1 1/16th inner turf open to three year olds and up.

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After a fine dinner, Saratoga Arms looked especially warm and welcoming. Photo by LA Sokolowski Among our dining companions was Saratoga Polo School founder Mario Dino Di Salvo (right) who says ex-racehorses make excellent polo ponies. Photo by Morgan Campbell

West Point Thoroughbreds whet appetites for horse ownership amid ample peppering of great horse story telling by Jason Blewitt and Tom Durkin (ask him about a muddy 143rd Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming, and a certain white suit). Photo by Morgan Campbell

Our GOAT Wine Dinner with West Point Thoroughbreds entreés included a filet mignon in a mushroom red wine reduction with haricort verts, pomme puree, crispy leeks with a Californian Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by Morgan Campbell

After leaving us with the afternoon to explore shops, parks and cultural attractions (try Saratoga.com), Saratoga Arms presented the first of two nights of multi-course GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) dinners and wine pairings with Thoroughbred legends like Racing Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominguez and sports caller Tom Durkin, plus local horsemen like Saratoga Polo School founder Mario Dino Di Salvo (who says ex-racehorses make excellent polo ponies) among our dining companions.

Embrace the Arms

That winning feeling con�nued a�er our return to the Saratoga Arms Hotel, where we found wai�ng for us a canvas VIP Racing “swag bag” from The Dark Horse Mercan�le containing a pair of coffee mugs to share our memories over in the morning, a hardcopy of Saratoga Springs Preserva�on Founda�on’s The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course, by Paul Roberts and Isabelle

Taylor, and a framed complementary picture of our day at the races (we cleaned up good) by photographer Morgan Campbell.

I would like to think the historic Putnam family, founders of Saratoga’s grandest hotel experiences, would approve of the Smith family and the Saratoga Arms cura�ng an Off to the Races VIP Experience that invites the inner children who wanted a horse at Christmas to come play racehorse owner for a few glorious days.

Still want a horse?

Come to The Saratoga Arms, where great hospitality includes filling wish lists.

To learn more and preview the 2024 “Off to the Races” experience visit: www.saratogaarms.com/off-to-the-races/

Saratoga Arms Bedside Affirmations

Best accompanied by soothing tea and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

My confidence, health and happiness improve while I sleep. I am grateful for the simple and profound joys of the day.

I trust, I believe, and I know that my dreams are coming true.

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A framed photo at Saratoga Arms evokes a long tradition of fine horses and fine dining. Photo by LA Sokolowski West Point Thoroughbreds whet appetites for horse ownership with an introduction to fractional ownership in racehorses led by WPT executive vice president Tom Bellhouse and Jason Blewitt. Photo by Morgan Campbell
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Isabel Juby, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of AFRICAN HORSE SAFARIS describes this fabulous experience that is full of Excitment and lasting memories in this informative interview...

Isabel, African Horse Safaris has grown significantly in a rela�vely short period and is now the leading specialist in horseback safaris in Africa. Could you please tell us a bit about when and how you got started?

I was privileged enough to first step onto African soil when I was 16 on a family holiday to Namibia. I was completely blown away, and like most people when they’ve been to Africa, I flew home knowing I would be back. Skip forward a few years to university, I met one of my best friends Ashley who grew up in Kenya. Not missing a chance to head back to Africa, I flew out to Kenya most holidays to join her and explore the country. Leaving University, I knew I wanted to travel further around the con�nent. I had seen pictures of horse safaris online and was desperate to do one - Horses and wilderness?! What could be be�er. Having ridden horses all my life, I thought perhaps I could go out and work for one of the ride operators. Several emails and Skype interviews later, I flew out to Botswana for what was supposed to be a 2 month stay… but here we are 8 years later! A�er working in Botswana, I extended my flights and headed to Malawi, then on to Zimbabwe - Always working with horses. I was approached in 2016 by my now business partner who was looking for someone to start and head their new venture idea ‘A niche travel agency for horse safaris’; and so African Horse Safaris was born in May 2016 when I was living in Zimbabwe.

How many operators are you currently working with and what are the criteria for joining AHS?

We currently work with 30 operators, and offer close to 50 rides across 12 African countries. We’ve handpicked excep�onal operators who seamlessly blend unparalleled adventure, expert guiding, authen�c accommoda�ons, and excep�onal horses. Being based in Africa gives us the edge that at least one of the team has been to every one of our des�na�ons and rides, so we know them in�mately and can give firsthand advice to our travellers.

To maintain our high standards, African Horse Safaris exclusively collaborates with those who share our ethos and dedica�on. While we have a varied por�olio of rides across Africa, the most important requirement is the quality and care of the horses. The horses are as well looked a�er as the guests (if not more!) and each horse is recognised for their ability and personality. Expert guiding ensures that our guests get the best expereince possible. We’re fortunate to work alongside some of Africa’s finest guides and horsemen, who not only share their knowledge, but also a contagious passion for Africa. Combine this with seamless logisi�cs, unique accommoda�ons and delectable meals, and you have a formula out of this world.


How many staff members do you have now, and how did you find the transi�on from being a solo operator to running a company with employees?

I now have a wonderful team of 10, about to become 12! I can’t quite believe it. It is crazy to think how much the company has grown since I first clicked ‘publish’ on the website aged 23 in Zimbabwe.

I was very nervous when my one-woman band become two, and then three. However, we became a three just before Covid hit, and I don’t think I would have weathered the ‘Coronacoaster’ of 2020 and 2021 nearly as well without their support. That was a very tough �me for all those in travel, but we kept each other going and driven. We marketed hard, as we finally had �me to do so, and kept traveller dreams alive. As a result, since Feb 2022 we have exploded and the team has grown from 3 to 10, going on 12. Managing such a big team definitely has its challenges, but I absolutely love it. They are all brilliant and it gives me such pride seeing them grow in the role. I have always been incredibly lucky to never have my hours tracked, never have my leave counted and to be able to work flexibly and travel doing something I adore. It is great being able to share this and create an environment where others can do this too.

We understand that most of your travellers are solo. How do you ensure that people feel comfortable when traveling alone and can you give us acouple of examples as to how welcome they are made to feel?

Our team of women o�en travel solo, so can relate to our guests and understand the ini�al apprehension solo travellers might feel. We aim to jump on a call with all our travellers to make sure they are reassured and all their ques�ons answered. AHS takes care of every detail, star�ng from the moment travelers touch down at the airport to the final flight home. With services ranging from seamless airport pickups to the expert guidance of locals, solo travelers have 24 hour support throughout their trip and can travel worry-free. You arrive and meet a group and team of like-minded people, all with a shared interest of horses. You leave as firm friends - Welcomed into the horse safari-fold.

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Have you no�ced an increase in the number of people seeking “bucket list” rides or adventures since the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes! Horseback safaris are growing in popularity as more and more people are seeking adventure holidays. For many, gone are the days of simply wan�ng to lie on the beach – they’d rather gallop across them! People are more keen to book last-minute adventures, and o�en stay longer in Africa so they can experinece more. Africa offers some phenomenal horse riding adventures, from galloping in front of the Pyramids in Egypt, to swimming on horseback, and of course feeling your heart skip a beat as you see lions or elephants from horseback for the first �me. But you can also �ck off other bucket list adventures, such as gorilla trekking in Uganda, swimming in Devil’s Pool and seeing Victoria Falls, or going hot air ballooning in Kenya.

What breeds of horses are predominantly used on your rides, and do you conduct regular checks to ensure the welfare of the horses with your Operators?

On safari you’ll find a whole mix of horse breeds from thoroughbreds, arabs, boerperds (A South African breed), friesians and many cross breeds. A good safari horse needs to be forward going and brave, but with a level head – They need to be able to keep their cool in any wildlife situa�on!

On our website, under each ride, you’ll find a blurb about how the horses are cared for in each place. Horse care is a priority and we have great rela�onships with the teams in each loca�on and regularly chat to them. We also visit frequently, and each of us have a few favourite safari horses that we always check in on.

Lastly, as most of our readers may be reading this from their work place,desk, or home, could you indulge us with a brief insight into your most glamorous ride and describe what a money can’t buy experience might be like with African Horse Safaris?

Oh gosh, that is a very hard ques�on to answer - Almost as difficult as when I am asked which is my favourite (One I have no answer to as they are all so different!). However, one of our rides that pairs glamour spectacularly with adventure would be our Big 5 Horse Safari in South Africa. This brilliant ride, on the edges of the worldfamous Kruger Na�onal Park, combines fun athle�c riding and exci�ng close-up wildlife encounters with luxury accommoda�on and delicious fine wining and dining beau�fully. 60% of spaces are already gone in 2024 for this one!

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Highland Oaks Stables is the perfect place, whether you are looking for a Hunter/Jumper or a Dressage star, to find your new equine partner, or have your horse’s training advanced. There are lush pastures for young horses to graze, socialize and exercise. Every prospect receives the developemental training that young horses need.

New prospects are imported from Germany several �mes each year.

Horses are developed with an individualized program to build their strength, suppleness, and condfidence.

You are welcome to come for a trial with one of our sale horses for several days to engage in a repoir building experience, allowing you to fully familiarize yourself with a prospect.

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Horses are just like us. They can experience many feelings like excitement, nervousness and even stress. Horses can experience stress from a variety of different environmental and social factors. Each horse may show signs of stress in different ways, and many respond to stress differently, too. Le� unaddressed, stress can have nega�ve impacts on a horse’s physical health and overall quality of life.

As a horse owner, it’s important to be aware of the common causes of stress, signs that a horse may show when stressed and how to proac�vely address stress levels.

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THE PROBLEM: Failure to Sweat (Anhydrosis)

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►Can endanger your horse’s life during stressful training schedules in heat and humidity

THE SOLUTION: ONE AC* (Feed Supplement)

►Safely balances your horse’s chemistry enabling it to sweat, naturally cooling it down.

►No side effects.

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GASTROGARD IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: The safety of GASTROGARD paste has not been determined in pregnant or lacta�ng mares. For use in horses and foals 4 weeks of age and older. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of inges�on, contact a physician. Cau�on: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

ULCERGARD IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 lbs. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medica�ons out of the reach of children. In case of inges�on, contact a physician.

1. Pro Earth Animal Health, Causes and Effects of Stress in Horses. Available at h�ps://proearthanimalhealth.com/causes-and-effects-of-stress-in-horses/ Accessed February 27, 2023.

2. Le Juene S., Nieto J., Dechant J., Synder J. Prevalence of Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbred Broodmares in Pasture: A Preliminary Report. Available at h�ps:// pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18511313/ Accessed March 7, 2023.

3. Young A. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. Available at h�ps://ceh.vetmed. ucdavis.edu/health-topics/equine-gastric-ulcer-syndrome#:~:text=Gastric%2C%20 or%20stomach%2C%20ulcers%20are,racing%2C%20endurance%2C%20and%20s howing Accessed on February 27, 2023.

4. Boehringer Ingelheim, Equine Gastric Health. Available h�ps://bi-animalhealth. com/equine/gastric-health Accessed February 27, 2023.

5. McClure S. Equine Gastric Ulcers: Special Care and Nutri�on. Available at h�ps://aaep.org/horsehealth/equine-gastric-ulcers-special-care-and-nutri�on Accessed February 27, 2023

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About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innova�on for the predic�on, preven�on, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innova�ve por�olio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock. As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of the familyowned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspec�ve. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innova�on, we enhance the health and well-being of both.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the U.S. From a start in St. Joseph, Missouri, more than 100 years ago, it has grown to encompass seven sites. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s por�olio contains widely used and well-respected vaccines, parasite-control products and therapeu�cs for pets, horses and livestock.

Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA at bi-animalhealth.com

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How Does Laser Therapy Work?

At this moment there are a lot of new effective medical techniques that are used to heal human beings and animals, and one of these is laser therapy. Laser can have many uses, ranging from anti-inflammatory, antipain, nerve regeneration, improving vascular activity, tissue repair, trigger point and acupuncture. Laser light causes vasodilation, and activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation and less pressure on pain receptors. Laser light facilitates better transmission of nerve impulses through the stimulation of neurotransmitter cells, reducing and eliminating pain through more effective function of tissue surrounding peripheral nerves and by temporarily suppressing pain receptors. Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action. Laser light will significantly increase blood flow to injured tissue as well as the formation of new capillary growth. Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into

tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and tissue regeneration and growth. Laser light also activates stem cells in the treatment area. This leads to faster wound healing with minimal scar tissue. Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis. Although all lasers produce the above effects on the horse’s body, the important differences are that in order to get a greater depth of penetration, just as with x-rays, you need more power. Unfortunately, lower power lasers, i.e. cold lasers, cannot deliver the energy necessary to get deeper penetration.


In 2019 Diowave began developing the next generation of Laser therapy aimed at healing medical failures in human medicine which did not respond to our previous HPLT (High Power Laser Therapy). Today, Diowave is pleased to reveal the Stealth MicroPulsed Laser System ™. Diowave operates a human patient treatment R&D Center on the campus of

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Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. We take what we learn from treating humans as they can provide instantaneous feedback and use it to develop similar parameters for treating equine conditions. Treatment parameters are based on location, depth of injury and degree of pain or lameness. This technology has shown great promise in safely healing the majority of today’s equine athletic injuries. With higher outputs and micro-pulsing (laser firing in millionths of a second), large amounts of energy can be delivered safely and efficiently to greater depths as all heat is eliminated in the treatment process. Stealth Micro-Pulsed Laser Therapy ™ (SMPLT), is only available thru Diowave. SMPLT was designed to allow the operator to hold the laser hand piece static over a focal injury without heating the tissue. This allows 100% of the laser energy to reach the target injury.

All heat during a stealth treatment is inhibited, thus allowing for deeper penetration. Excessive heat inhibits deeper penetration of the laser energy due to inhibitory factors such as vasodilation, leading to increased blood, water, and hemoglobin in the treatment area. Because they are the highest absorbing factors for laser energy, it allows for more energy absorption superficially, ultimately inhibiting the treatment of deeper-seated pathologies. Because of the efficiency of the stealth system, horses can achieve a positive clinical response with the administration of a low dosage treatment, often less than 1 joule (the unit of energy measurement in laser medicine) during a 15-minute treatment session. For every watt of power output on a continuous basis, one joule of energy is delivered.

Another important factor to consider is the operating wavelength. Over the years Diowave has investigated the most common operating wavelengths measured in nanometers, 810, 905, 980 and 1064nm, and determined 810 by itself in human patients produced the best results. Today we only use the 810 nm wavelength in all of our lasers. 810nm is also the wavelength least affected by water and hemoglobin, thereby enabling more efficient penetration.

This is a significant advancement especially when it comes to safely treating small tears to tendons and ligaments. There are no other lasers in the world that can accomplish that. Everything else is really yesterday’s technology.

For larger areas such as the shoulder, neck and back, the laser can also be operated manually without AI to produce a thermal effect. As long as the laser is kept in motion the risk of a thermal injury is minimal. When operating in this fashion it is advised to keep a finger or two over the skin to make

sure there is not a significant thermal buildup. When the laser detects there will be a thermal effect, it will alert you prior to activation, to keep the hand piece moving before you can begin the operation. This safety feature will register any time a thermal effect is anticipated.

Diowave: The World’s First Therapeutic Laser with AI Software

The Diowave Stealth Laser now incorporates the most advanced patent pending AI software that now allows the operator to fine tune their horse’s treatment plan to their individual level of lameness. This system is very easy to operate and based upon the horse’s response to the previous treatment, the laser will automatically reset the operating parameters. Personalized precision pain management for your horse has arrived.


• Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease

• Tendon Suspensory and Ligament Disorders

• Back and Muscle Soreness

• Disc and Neurologic pathologies

• Stifle Hip and Sacro-iliac disorders

• Epiphysitis, Carpitis, Sesamoiditis

• Laminitis and Navicular Disease

• Pre- and Post-Surgical Hard and Soft Tissue Trauma

• Wound Healing – Acute or Chronic

• Non-specific Dermatological Conditions

For more information, please feel free to reach out to the author, Bruce R. Coren, DVM, MS. At bcoren@diowavelaser.com or by phone at 561-7221153. Dr. Coren was the first to introduce class iv laser therapy to both the veterinary and human world in 2002-03. His company has been advancing the technology ever since. Practically every company with a higher power laser you may be introduced to can be traced back to Dr. Coren.

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Y From Birth to Weaning

Your new foal arrives, and you want to provide for its proper growth and health. The first considera�on is to make sure that the foal receives an adequate amount of quality colostrum from the dam.

Your mare’s first milk is called colostrum, and it contains an�bodies that provide immunity for the foal against infec�ous diseases. These an�bodies are absorbed directly into the foal’s bloodstream from the diges�ve tract. This direct absorp�on of an�bodies can only occur in the first two days of the foal’s life and is more efficient during the first 12 hours a�er the foal is born.

Normally, the foal will nurse o�en enough, and the mare’s colostrum will contain enough an�bodies or immunoglobulins (IgG) to provide sufficient immunity. Within 12 hours a�er birth, foals should have nursed colostrum from the dam, been fed a colostrum replacement, or had colostrum administered by nasogastric tube by a veterinarian. Colostrum can be frozen for up to two years, and sources of frozen colostrum are available and can be found locally at large breeding farms or through the internet (cyberfoal.com).

Foals can have the IgG concentra�on in the blood checked at 12 to 24 hours a�er birth to ensure that an adequate level has been achieved. If no colostrum has been provided to the foal by the third day or the IgG level is too low (<400 mg/dl), blood plasma can be administered intravenously by a veterinarian to provide a sufficient an�body concentra�on.

An orphan foal can be the result of the dam’s death, rejec�on, illness or lack of milk produc�on. Alterna�ve sources of milk for a foal include a nurse mare and milk replacer. The use of a nurse mare, typically a dra� breed, would be the ideal situa�on for the foal, but the expense for leasing a nurse mare could exceed the value of the foal. If the use of a nurse mare is imprac�cal, the alterna�ve is to provide a milk replacer and hand-raise the foal.

A high-quality milk replacer should have similar composi�on to mare’s milk and contain only milk-based protein sources. Progressive® Nutri�on Foals First® is a high-quality milk replacer that can be bucket fed, even in a free-choice manner (prognutriton.com).

The easiest and safest method to feed milk replacer to foals is by bucket. To train a foal to drink from a bucket, start with a pan that is so shallow the foal’s mouth can touch the bo�om of the pan without submerging its nostrils. Place your fingers in the foal’s mouth to s�mulate a suckle reflex. Change to a bucket with larger capacity as the foal learns to drink and the amount of milk replacer fed is increased.

Foals are normally weaned at 4.5 to six months. Milk produc�on by the mare is usually sufficient to provide a desired growth rate for the first two to three months and then declines to a level that will not allow a desirable growth rate.

Creep feeding allows the foal to consume feed on its own without having to compete with the dam. Creep feeding not only allows the foal supplemental nutrients to con�nue an op�mum growth rate un�l weaning, but also provides a balanced diet to prevent developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) during the first three months by supplying nutrients deficient in mare’s milk.

A desired creep feed for foals should be very palatable and contain high quality protein sources (i.e. soybean meal and milk protein), guaranteed amino acids (lysine, threonine, methionine and tryptophan), and high levels of major and trace minerals as well as vitamins A, D and E. An example of a high-quality creep feed is Progressive® Nutri�on Starter & Creep Feed (prognutri�on.com).

Start creep feeding the foal at one month of age and provide access to good quality hay at this �me also. The foal’s diges�ve system does not produce enzymes in sufficient quan�ty to digest sugars and starches un�l at least three weeks of age and should be provided only a milk-based diet un�l then.

Feed one pound of creep feed per month of age for the first three months if the mare produces a normal amount of milk for light horse breeds. Then increase the amount of feed to 1.25% to 1.5% of body weight daily un�l weaning, and adjust the amount of feed according to the desired growth rate and hay or pasture quality.

A�er weaning, the growing foal can be transi�oned from a creep feed to a quality feed for growing horses, such as ProElite® Growth (proelitehorsefeed.com), SafeChoice® Mare & Foal (nutrenaworld.com) or Legends® Growth (legendhorsefeed.com). Con�nue to feed at the rate of 1% to 1.5% body weight per day according to desired growth rate and hay or pasture quality.

Following these steps will help to ensure that you have a properly growing and healthy foal.

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Foal Health Watch Guide

First Symptom Other Symptoms

Labored, suppressed or noisy breathing

Soreness, reluctance to move

Reluctance to move or nurse, extended abdomen

Yellow-stained amniotic fluid with delivery

Depression, coughing, intermittent fever

Probable Diagnosis Actions

Broken ribs due to severe compression from delivery

Ruptured diaphragm, often due to birth trauma

Meconium-aspiration pneumonia

Foal pneumonia

Loose stools


Profuse watery discharge from eyes

Navel stump dripping urine


Low immunoglobulin (IgG) count

Mild diarrhea at time of dam's foal heat

Dehydration, scalding of skin on buttocks, matting of tail

Rapid dehydration, scalding, matting, fever, depression

Colic after ingesting first milk, enema ineffective

Rolling, thrashing, lying on back, fecal matter not passed

Lethargy, appetite loss, diarrhea, teeth grinding, lying on ground with feet in air

Blinking, avoidance of light, scratched cornea

Wet, soiled, warm, swollen navel stump

Tail switching, meconium (first feces) not passed

Distended abdomen, little or no urine produced, toxicity, fever, jaundiced membranes, progressive weakness

Less than 400 mg/dl

Greater than 400 mg/dl, low risk environment

Less than 800 mg/dl, high risk environment

Weakness, incoordination

Delivery between 300 and 320 days of gestation, low birthweight, little or no suckle strength, weak fetlocks and lax pasterns

Intolerance to exercise

Will not nurse, severe diarrhea, dehydration, subnormal temperature, bluish-white third eyelid

Inflammation of umbilical vein, fever, depression

Transient, "9-day scours"

Noninfectious diarrhea (due to overeating, eating manure, etc.)

Infectious diarrhea

Closed colon or rectumdevelopment error causes gut to end in blind pouch

Severe constipation, fecal mass too large or too far forward for enema to be successful


Inversion of eyelid (entropion), dehydration, if uncorrected can lead to blindness

"Leaky navel" (pervious urachus), failure of umbilicus to close

Simple constipation, meconium not passed

Ruptured bladder due to birth trauma or jerk on umbilical cord after deliver y

Failure of passive transfer, foal did not receive adequate colostrum or was unable to absorb IgG

Partial failure of passive transfer

Partial failure of passive transfer

Premature birth

Congenital heart defect

"Sleeper foal" caused by Actinobacillus equii bacteria

"Navel ill" (septicemia), systemic infection of bloodstream

Stall rest, gentle handling

Immediate corrective surgery


Antibiotic treatment based on bacterial culture

Gently clean foal's tail and buttocks with soapy water to prevent scalding of skin

Fluids, decreased rations, clean tail and buttocks as above

Antibiotics, fluids, clean tail and buttocks regularly

Surgery, success depends on length of missing part

Laxatives, fluids

Confirm with endoscopy, treat with anti-ulcer medication

Fluids, lubricate eye and lids gently, pull out eyelid as often as necessary, surgery may be needed

Daily cauterization with silver nitrate or iodine, some require surgery

Enema, fluids

Surgery to repair hole in bladder, drain urine from bladder, fluids

Provide colostrum if foal less than 24 hours old, otherwise administer plasma IgG transfusion

Foal probably adequately protected, but watch closely

Administer plasma IgG transfusion, monitor IgG level

Oxygen, humidity and temperature control, tube feeding, fluids

Cardiovascular exam, surgery

Antibiotics, fluids

Antibiotics, fluids, intensive nursing care

Swollen joints

Mare cannot nurse

Lameness, fever, depression, joints are h ot and painful

Mare dies, does not allow foal to nurse, or is unable to provide milk (agalactiae)

Joint ill (septic arthritis) or bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Orphan or rejected foal, agalactic mare, early weaning


Antibiotics, surgical draining

Supply colostrum to newborn, provide foal milk replacer or nurse mare

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Held By a Horse

They touch that place longing for freedom and to be just a li�le more wild, that place wan�ng to feel larger, faster and more powerful, yet be as peaceful as their gentle, grass-ea�ng ways. They remind us we are s�ll herd animals, seeking connec�on and the safety of loved ones. And for those of us lucky enough to share our lives with them, there is the opportunity for restored trust— in each other and within ourselves.

Photography offers a sense of theatre, in that I want viewers to feel something. I am in awe of my subjects and I try to express the feeling in the moment of exposure, that millisecond in �me that will never be repeated and be forever cherished. In sharing those moments, maybe viewers connect with the statuesque form of the horse that takes their breath away, or perhaps it’s a reminder of the best ride of their life, or maybe it touches the memory of that li�le girl inside who only dreamed of the life she and her horse would share.

Horse opened my heart and taught me to be present. In sharing my work, I hope the images will invite people to take a moment and look below the surface, just as horses do.

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This is a great subject, and I totally agree that this is a must with any sport! Equestrian sports should be no different than any other sport with their need for coaching. However, equestrian sports and their need for coaching are the most important category because we have a live being (horse) included in the equation! No other sport, other than equestrian, has an animal they bond and harmonize with during training and competition.

As with any sport, an eye on the ground has a positive benefit. Coaching is beneficial for progressing as an equestrian and for succeeding with whatever competition and disciplines you’ve chosen.

The rider’s mental and physical skill levels also progress with the help of an experienced equine professional. Training should always develop a correct rider and/or how to become a more skilled competitor.

Even though a horse owner and their horse can benefit with a professional, on the flip side of the coin, you can also get very bad advice from someone who is not experienced. In the United States anyone can call themselves an equine professional because it takes no official licenses or education requirements to hang out a shingle and call themselves an “Equine Professional”. Beware of this person, especially if you are just getting into horses and have very little knowledge of who’s who in the world of coaching. In this circumstance, use your common sense, ask questions, and always keep the well-being of the horse paramount in your mind. Look for facilities that are spotless, organized, and the horses look well-taken care of. If not, just find another place. If a facility is a mess, stalls are dirty, the horses are not in good health, the office is a mess — just leave. This person will give you every excuse and will probably try to sell you a horse in the near future.

Also be aware that a coach can also be your worst enemy without you even knowing it. Example: The coach is at a competition and they are visiting more with friends than keeping their eye on their students. Or they’re on the phone more than they are coaching the rider!

But there’s good news. You can have a coach or professional equine trainer/instructor who has a clean and organized facility, has a great teaching program exemplified by students who are always happy and learning, and horses

that are happy with a great shine to their coats. These coaches will have a plan for instruction at home and at the show for each rider/horse they are coaching. This plan will include timelines to get the horse confident in the performance arena. They will develop timelines to be “smartly ready” with horse/rider, a warm-up plan, a strategy about their competition, and have mental tips for the rider on how to be confident and positive in the show ring. This is a huge benefit. Anytime you have a focused rider who works well with the coach the horse will know too, and they will undoubtedly perform as well as they can.

An experienced coach will also recognize possible problems that a horse may have. This coach can help the rider recognize these situations before they happen. Coaches will also know how to improve what the challenge is and how the rider can continue to keep a positive attitude. A great coach will always discuss a rider’s performance. The discussion should cover what was very good in the performance and what could be better. That coach will always discuss challenges their rider and horse had in competition. It’s the coach’s job to improve the team for the next competition.

If you don’t have a coach, today’s technology allows us to work long distance and through video and the internet. Virtual training and competition has allowed people to connect long distance with instructors/coaches easier than ever. Coaching videos are so easy to use and access to the internet makes a perfect formula for learning. I just love giving a lesson to a rider in Switzerland while I’m at my kitchen counter in Ocala, Florida! It works! You can get coaching reviews with videos of competitions as well. Many riders send videos of their competitions and I critique the performance, describe what went well, and what did

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what do you do if you have different size horses?

Perhaps your daughter or son has a pony and you have a big old warmblood. Or your spouse has a Morgan and your Oldenburg is so tall you can’t see over the withers. You certainly won’t find a trailer to oblige you on a dealer’s lot. But you can have it custom-built.

However, it’s not as easy as it may sound. You can order a trailer from most all manufacturers (through a dealer) and piece together certain available op�ons to try and make it fit your horses’ needs but to do so, you need to know what a manufacturer has in the way of op�ons and how to u�lize them for your situa�on. For example, you can add adjustable bu� and breast bars that can be lowered and raised for different size horses. However, in the raised posi�on they may fit your horses from sixteen to eighteen hands, but in the lower posi�on, they most likely will only accommodate horses from fourteen hands to sixteen hands. That’s certainly won’t work for that pony. So what do you do?

This is where the dealer’s understanding of horses, knowledge of trailer designs, and willingness to work in your interest come into play. Perhaps the manufacturer the dealer represents offers a lower center patrician under the center divider to keep your smaller horse or pony from ge�ng under the divider. But is it padded, sized correctly (pony can’t get a hoof stuck under it), removable…? For these ques�ons, you depend on your dealer to take you in the right direc�on.

For example. The stall for the pony, which should be on the ditch side (passenger side), has to confine the space without harming the pony while in transit. At EquiSpirit, we would install a removable lower rubber center par��on that is safe for

both the Warmblood and the pony. (see above photo) It hangs down and wedges on the floor, which holds it in place but allows it to move if kicked. This prevents the pony from get�ng under the center divider while protec�ng the horse and the pony. It has to be removable otherwise it will restrict the needed lateral stall space when hauling standard-size horses making it difficult for them to balance. The same type of lower rubber divider can be installed under the breast bar (or a mesh gate) preven�ng the pony from entering the horsehead area. Full doors in the rear (preferably with a ramp over the doors) make it safer to unload and load the pony into the stall.

The ability to add or remove features is also ideal for those who have different riding disciplines. A rear ramp is a hindrance to an endurance rider when loading and unloading horses in rough terrain. A dressage rider with horses approaching 18 hands or more, may want to take a friend who has smaller horses, solved by adding adjustable bu� and breast bars to the ditch side stall. Nineteen-plus hand dra� horses need extra floor strength, eight feet of interior height, and twelve feet of stall length. Experienced dealers will know to recommend this but they are really worth their “salt” if they suggest installing addi�onal brackets, dividers, and post placements to convert the trailer to fit conven�onal-size horses, giving it a be�er future resale value when it’s �me to sell or trade it.

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Remember, your horse trailer is a long-term commitment so it’s wise to make sure it has everything you want and need. Spend the �me to make a wish list and pursue it with a dealer and manufacturer who can deliver. You will be glad you did.

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not. I give reasons about what they need to do to avoid weak performance areas. Then I suggest training exercises to help improve the rider and their horse for the next competition. I will also give new strategies for warm-ups or what they can improve on in the competition class.

A successful way to help train yourself is to follow the Traditional Dressage or Western Dressage Levels. Each level and test is a gradual progression for horse and rider, and it’s in print! Following the tests, levels, figures, transitions, and new requirements is a great way to build a solid foundation for you and your horse for ANY riding discipline. This foundation will improve your knowledge, advance your riding skills, and allow you to train your own horse. But this approach is always best accompanied with the help and assistance of an experienced coach.

If you would like to follow the progression of dressage training as the foundation for any riding discipline, contact us for Western Dressage Levels books, explaining each level of training, with figures, transitions, and what is expected for a correct performance, whether in the show ring or at home.

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