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Elite Equestrian Volume 13 Issue 6 Complimentary

Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide Fall Fashion Lots of Jewelry & Accessories!

Fitness For Equestrians

Special Tips For Older Riders!

Winterizing For Your Senior Horse

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Equestrian Sport Productions

Holiday Horse Show Series Holiday & Horses, CSI-W 2* November 27 - December 1, 2013 Premier (AA) 4* Jumper Rated

Holiday Festival III December 20 - 22, 2013 National (A) -4* Jumper Rated

Year End Awards Show December 7 - 8, 2013 Regional 2 (C) -3* Jumper Rated

ESP New Years December 27 - 29, 2013 National (A) -4* Jumper Rated

Holiday Festival December 13 - 15, 2013 National (A) -3* Jumper Rated

ESP Holiday Finale January 1 - 5, 2014 Premier (AA) -5* Jumper Rated

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center 14440 Pierson Road Wellington, Florida 33414 For more information please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561.793.JUMP (5867).

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ressage in Palm Beach January 4-5, 2014 International Horse Sport Dressage Premiere Equestrian Estates Show Grounds January 11-12, 2014 Wellington Classic Clinic Series Jim Brandon Equestrian Center January 16-19, 2014 Gold Coast Opener CDI*/NAJYRC* Global Dressage Festival January 25-26, 2014 Wellington Classic Dressage Masters Class Jim Brandon Equestrian Center February 8-9, 2014 Wellington Classic Clinic Series Jim Brandon Equestrian Center February 15-16, 2014 International Horse Sport Champions Cup/NAJYRC* Equestrian Estates Show Grounds February 27-March 2, 2014 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDIW/NAJYRC/YH* Equestrian Estates Show Grounds March 8-9, 2014 Wellington Classic Clinic Series Jim Brandon Equestrian Center March 16, 2014 Gold Coast Dressage Schooling Show Jim Brandon Equestrian Center March 28-30, 2014 Dressage At Equestrian Estates Equestrian Estates Show Grounds April 12-13, 2014 Gold Coast Dressage Finale I & II Jim Brandon Equestrian Center May 17-18, 2014 Gold Coast May Dressage Jim Brandon Equestrian Center June 14-15, 2014 Gold Coast Dressage Summer Solstice Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex August 16-17, 2014 Gold Coast Dressage Made In The Shade I & II Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex

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October 16-19, 2014 Wellington Classic Autumn Challenge of Champions Great American Insurance Group/ USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships Jim Brandon Equestrian Center November 8-9, 2014 Gold Coast Fall Fling Jim Brandon Equestrian Center


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Must Haves: For Your Horse

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Saddle Fit & Tree Angle

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Saddle Fit Q & A

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What’s New: Swedish Fork

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Be Seen In Style

23 Horse Powered Jewelry Collection 24 June Towill Brown, Sculpture: Chisholm Gallery

26 WEF Coffee Table Book 28 June Towill Brown, Oil Paintings: Chisholm Gallery

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Lease To Purchase Option! Springfield Twp, PA - Room enough for horses! Nature surrounds this gracious home situated on 4 level acres. Just add a barn/fencing...and you are ready to go! 6 years young, this home has 4 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths and full, unfinished basement w/high ceilings just waiting to be finished. Close to Rtes 78 & 309 for easy commuting. $469,000

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Perkasie, PA --3 Bedroom Ranch w/2 bedroom in-law/guest apartment w/separate entrance on 10+ acres. Inground heated pool w/spa. Newer 5 stall barn w/wash stall, tack and feed room. 2nd barn with 2 stalls, tack room and dutch doors to 2 pastures. Pole barn for hay and equipment, 4 additional pastures w/no –climb fencing, fenced arena and grass jumping field. Country setting with perennials, vegetable garden, hay field and vineyard! New roof installed. Too many details to mention! $675,000 / $3,500

Plum Broke Farm is the quintessential equestrian property in beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ. 97 acres of gently rolling land w/pond & stream, 30 have 7 fenced pastures, 5 run-in sheds, 7-stall barn w/European-style courtyard, riding arena, cross-county course w/100+ jumps. Historic stone house, circa 1709, has distinctive antique features w/modern amenities. 3 BR, 2 BA, 4 fireplaces, random width wood floors, deep sill windows. 1850 Victorian house w/3 BR, 2 BA, porches, Chestnut detailing & amazing gardens. Separate carriage house 1 BR apt. Zoned for Horse Shows & additional residence. Near hunts, Princeton, NYC, Philadelphia. $3,750,000

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Holiday Gift Guide

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Huge selection of gifts, accessories and jewelry for the holiday season!

Great Winter clothing selection from Horseware Ireland, Mountain Horse. Goode Rider, Irideon, Kerrits, Joules, Tuffrider & more!

We offer many options for blankets including Weatherbeeta, Rambo, Amigo, Big-D, Ceentaur, EOUS & more!

Look for our new mobile rig at horse shows in Eastern PA and NJ this show season! We provide many services including: • Blanket Wash & Repair • Consignment • Tack Repair • Clipper Repair • Blade Sharpening • Engraving

Sing up now for our “Wish List” and let your family & friends know exactly what you want for the Holidays!

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Stirrup Bangle Bracelet with hinged top. Available in: Sterling Silver $195 Silver and 14K yellow gold $375 14K Yellow gold $795 14K White gold w/ Diamonds $1250 Van Dell Jewelry Designers Wellington Publix Courtyard 561-753-7937, Royal Palm Beach Costco Shopping Center 561-784-5220 www.VanDell.com

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Quilted Jacket English designer Emily Bond takes inspiration from Barbour’s equestrian heritage for the exclusive horse print lining of this quilted jacket. Available at Equine Divine 803-642-9772

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Horse Heart Pendent Holding your horse close to your heart can now be expressed with a beautiful necklace. Made from Sterling Silver, the Horse Heart Pendant by Eimerdesign is a unique piece of equestrian jewelry. It comes with its own 16 inch silver chain. More information about this and other jewelry for horse lovers can be found at eimerdesign.com.

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The Platinum Palomino Bit Bracelet For a limited time, our signature bit bracelet goes a little glitz. Supple platinum leather that seems to change in almost every light and coordinates with silver, gold and bronze. The best news? With the purchase of each Platinum Palomino Bit bracelet, $10 benefits Canter USA, a preeminent re-homing non-profit charity for retired racehorses. Perfectly presented for gift giving in our rustically elegant jewelry bag and box with ribbon. Available on RebeccaRayDesigns.com beginning 11/01/13. Dim: 1.25″ x 9″ $85

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Medal Pendent Honoring history with fashion, jewelry designer, Donna Snyder-Smith creates elegant necklaces featuring original antique silver and bronze equestrian medals. Combining the small works of art with natural stones and mixed medals, Donna gives fashionista equestrians the opportunity to pay tribute to the efforts of the great horses and riders of the past. Prices start at $350.00 wwwdonnasnydersmith.com 510-487-9001

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Baron Slew Belt Buckle. Grandson to Seattle Slew, this handsome OTB is making history in another way. Check out his story and the designs he has inspired at Tempi Design Studio. Affordable keepsake jewelry, buckles and accessories in Sterling, Bronze and Gold. www.tempidesignstudio.com

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Cute Hand Beaded Placemat as part of a collection entitled “Circus” By Thomas Fuchs Creative hand-beaded and fabric backed. $65.00 www.tfc-nyc.com

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Jane Heart is pleased to announce her recently licensed jewelry designs for Ravel, the Grand Prix Olympic Dressage Champion inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame. Available in sterling silver in two pendant styles with chain and a stock/lapel pin, these designs benefit United States Dressage Federation Youth Programs and are stamped with the name Ravel on the back. Each piece comes gift boxed with a blue pouch and commemorative card and are ready for holiday gift giving. Available now at www. janeheart.com or call Jane at 1-888-703-0503.

Tack, Training Tool and Health Gift Ideas & Product Highlights Start on page 52

The perfect gift for somebody who has everything! “Pedicure”, limited edition bronze sculpture.Edition of 50, based on natural stone, a perfect landscape for this sweet little guy. 6” tall x 4”wide x 2” deep (approx) $475 www.SandyGravesArt.com

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The Donna B at Home Collection, inspired by the contemporary equestrian art of Donna B. “In this Collection I share the horses I create with whimsy and intuition -they seem to flow from my heart directly onto the pages of my fine art sketchbooks. In every color, every action, every personality, they are “The Horses of My Imagination”, celebrating my timeless passion for the inspirational horse.” www.theartistdonnab.com 208-861-4331 donna@donnabernstein.com

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Do you hear what I hear? ���������������������������������������������� From fun stocking stuffers to that perfect gift for someone special, Noble Equine has a gift for every reason this season! Whether you are making your shopping list or your wish list, be sure to jot down these fantastic Noble Equine items. You will be rockin’ around the barn and the tree with these Noble Equine® gift ideas.


Pretty, Practical Presents -Gifts under $25

Thank Your Trainer -Gifts under $50

The 5 o’clock Hoof Pick™ is a serious tool with a unique fun feature – a bottle opener on the opposite end! This gift knows how to work hard and play hard. The perfect entertaining gift for anyone on your shopping list, this hoof pick is priced starting at $9.99.

Baby, it’s cold outside and your trainer knows it! The holiday season is a great time to remember all the words of wisdom and help they gave you and your horse this year.

Add a little flair to the stockings this year, with the Viper Knife in Flamingo, Black, or Zebra. A functional, fun gift that no horse person should be without which is priced starting at $19.99.

Show them your appreciation with the innovative Noble Equine® Sierra Hoodie with its superior feel and hood that fits snugly under a helmet. Available in Black, Heather Grey, and Persimmon in sizes XS-L, this piece will fit your life and style with a price starting at $49.99.

Every equestrian young or old will love the amazing Over-The-Calf Peddies. These popular socks, with their padded Ankle Shield protection and ultra-thin calf material, are available in 13 fabulous prints and colors and priced starting at $12.99.

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The Noble Equine® Ready To Ride™ Gloves are the ideal gift for the equestrian on your list. The classic look with performance features gives these gloves an amazing fit and dexterity. These touch screen friendly gloves are available in Dark Chocolate and Black and priced starting at $29.99.

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Let it snow! Noble Equine® knows how to make those sleigh rides warm and cozy!

“All I really want for Christmas….”

Pack everything you need for the winter holidays and your year-round riding into the Noble Equine® Ringside Pack™ with its helmet compartment, padded laptop compartment, and multitude of additional pockets. This durable, functional bag is ready to take you around the world, back to school, or out to the show in style! The Ringside Pack™ is available in Black and priced starting at $89.99.

Gifts under $100

Practicality and style are wrapped together in the Noble Equine® Essential Jacket. This figure-flattering, waterproof jacket is designed for a long day at the barn or just running around town with features like adjustable cuffs, a hood which stows away in the collar and a dropped back hem with vents for better coverage and mobility while riding. The Essential Jacket is available in Peacock, Antique Bronze, and Black in sizes XS – XL and is priced starting at $99.99.

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14K yellow gold horse head earrings with diamond set white gold circle – light enough to be worn all day

Traditional bit ring available in 14K white or yellow gold with 1/4 carat in diamonds

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#1 on the “Nice” List- Gifts over $100

You haven’t just been nice this year, you’ve been outstanding! So treat yourself to a special equestrian gift.

The waterproof Noble Equine® Pinnacle™ Jacket is elegant with a flattering fit for riding through this year’s winter wonderland. This remarkable jacket has all the silver bells and whistles with features like a cord management system so you can carry your music with you and a design that is articulated for movement to make your riding experience more comfortable. The Pinnacle Jacket is available in Black or Antique Bronze in sizes XS-XL and priced starting at $179.99. (Also seen on page 16)

The Noble Equine® Signature Garment Bag is an elegant holiday gift for the stylish equestrian. Classic features like leather detailing and a customizable brass nameplate, give this garment bag a stylish and professional look. The Signature Garment Bag is available in Tobacco and priced at $129.99.

Everyone on your list will be singing your praises when they open their Noble Equine gifts! Visit www.nobleequine.com to see this year’s top equestrian gifts!

Something for Santa’s Helpers! Free Gift with Purchase

With any Noble Equine® purchase over $50, you have your choice of a FREE halter inspired key chain. Noble Equine partners with Claire Painter and Clever with Leather to bring you this unique gift, handmade in Lexington, Kentucky. Treat yourself this season! Choose from Dark Brown and Brass, Stamped Basket Weave and Brass, or Black and Silver. Each key chain features a nameplate with the Noble Equine Logo and the words “A Noble Sport”. This special gift for Santa’s helpers is valued at $24.99 and yours free with any Noble Equine purchase over $50. � �

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Fashion Finds From Europe!

SNOWFLAKES & SCARVES WITH STYLE! Whilst the prospect of the ‘white stuff’ might not be welcomed by the majority of horse owners here in the UK this season, these gorgeous accessories celebrating winter and available through online retailer Dressage Deluxe certainly will be!

1940S GLAMOUR WITH ‘FOXXY’ STYLING! This gorgeous jacket is a brand new addition from the latest seasonal collection by designers Timothy Foxx. The Timothy Foxx Mazie Field Jacket takes inspiration from 1940’s tailoring and creates a contemporary wardrobe These knitted pieces are all part of the new Pikeur autumn/ BELLA BELLA! winter collection, which bring a hint of ‘Après –Ski’ style to essential, which combines exquisite attention to detailing This stunning new addition for autumn 2013 by tweed fashthe yard. and practical elements. ion designers Timothy Foxx combines vintage inspiration with contemporary styling. Created in 100% British Eliza Tweed, this jacket is distinctly The Pikeur Snowflake Hat is a cute bobble hat and like the Pikeur Snowflake Headband they both feature a bold stylTimothy Foxx, with its flattering lines, nod towards the The Timothy Foxx Isabella Jacket celebrates Edwardian ish snowflake woven pattern with a distinctive Pikeur faux countryside and high fashion tailoring. elegance with a classically styled lightweight jacket, which leather badge with Silver embroidery. Lined with a super flatters feminine curves, without straying away too far from soft fleece lining for extra warmth, they cover hat hair and The Indigo Washed Blue corduroy collar has been the brand’s fashion heritage. help keep ears warm, as temperatures plummet. designed to be worn up or down and the two generous bellowed shaped main pockets and longer length sleeves The beautiful mid calf length jacket in British Coral tweed The Pikeur Knitted Loop is a clever wrap around scarf also echo the corduroy theme, with the pockets featuring features a sweeping Navy corduroy Shawl style collar and without ends, which will help keep your neck warm against a clever top flap which can be buttoned down for a smart puff sleeves with slightly longer length arms, which can and practical finish. The elegant long sleeves also feature the elements. Easy and comfortable to wear, the cable knit also be folded up to reveal matching Navy corduroy fabric four engraved Timothy Foxx buttons and can be worn up or scarves combine this winter’s catwalk trend with warmth! cuffs. down to reveal the a flash of colour with the corduroy lining Whatever the weather forecast you can be certain that with or worn down with equally stunning effect. Double-breasted buttons are angled down towards a point, these additions your wardrobe never looked so stylish or this coupled with subtle Navy corduroy jet pockets and a felt so toasty! Featuring a two way antique brass zip at the front and fitted silhouette help to create a jacket with timeless appeal further Timothy Foxx engraved buttons, the jacket also feaand grace! tures a subtle fixed waist band at the back of the jacket with The Pikeur Snowflake Headband and Pikeur Snowflake Hat are available in Black & Anthracite or Blackberry & blue button hole stitch detailing to complete the picture. Vintage inspiration with a Timothy Foxx twist! Anthracite RRP: £14.99 and £21.50 RRP: £450 Sizes: 8 - 16 1940’s glamour with contemporary ‘Foxxy’ styling! www.timothyfoxx.co.uk 01296 423 399 The Pikeur Knitted Loop is available in Light Grey or Black RRP: £29.00 RRP: £ 399.00 Sizes: 8 - 16 www.timothyfoxx.co.uk 01296 423 399 www.dressagedeluxe.co.uk Free Phone: 0800 321 3001

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has unveiled a stunning new coffee table book in collaboration with photographer Elena Lusenti that captures the beauty and atmosphere of the sport horse at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) and Adequan Global Dressage Festival (ADGF). The brand-new book of images from last winter’s exciting equestrian events recently made its debut at the Hampton Classic Horse Show to rave reviews and is now available for purchase.

quotes from exhibitors and some of the industry’s most respected equestrians add to the dynamic quality of the experience. The book is expertly designed and illustrates all of the beauty and majesty of the sport.

This book is a fantastic keepsake for exhibitors and spectators alike who wish to remember all of the exciting moments of the 2013 competition. Elena Lusenti’s beautiful photography captures the unique lifestyle of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) from every angle, and

Images of the one-of-a-kind show grounds, top show jumpers, beautiful hunter champions, elegant dressage stars, and fun behind the scenes moments all capture the heart of Wellington’s world-class equestrian community. Featured events include the $100,000 Trump Invitational CSI 2*, the $55,000 Nes-

“While Shakespeare’s King Richard offered his kingdom for a horse, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has created nothing less than a horse Kingdom,” begins the text.

presso Battle of the Sexes, the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Presented by G&C Farm CSIO 4*, and the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5*. The world’s best in dressage are highlighted from the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, the country’s best junior riders are featured in the Sam Edelman and George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championships, and stunning images of the nation’s top hunter horses and riders are all presented in the photographer’s unique style. Elena Lusenti brings her insightful eye to a sport she knows well, having competed with great success in show jumping on her legendary 15’2” stallion, Larone, in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper division for many seasons that included WEF. Her ability to “capture the moment” created a natural transition from rider to photographer.

Knowing Horses by Heart A Collection of Poems Written with Appreciation for the Horses in My World Discover the joys and challenges of owning horses as you turn each fascinating page of Knowing Horses by Heart. A groundbreaking literary masterpiece, this work shares a myriad of eye-opening revelations about author Barbara Hutson’s passion for equines. Learn the value of patience and respect in this exhilarating collection which brings the richness of her experiences to life. Compelling, this book gives readers an up-close and personal glimpse into the emotional spectrum experienced with a life centered around the love of horses. The realities of daily living with these amazing creatures are showcased using pure and simple artistry in this collection of heartfelt poems. 96 Pages, Trade Paperback: $11.95, Hardback: $21.95 iUniverse, Inc.Toll-free: 1-800-AUTHORS (288-4677) International: 001-812-330-2909

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First of all, do you know if you have a piece of sterling silver or a piece of silver plate? This matters because sterling silver and silver plate have different properties. Silver plate is a piece of metal, usually copper, that has been plated with a thin layer of silver. If you polish too hard then you may polish away the silver layer and reveal the copper beneath the silver plated surface. How to As silver oxidizes, it will tarnish. There is no stopping this process. And, once you notice even the slightest bit of tarnish, it is time to clean your silver. If you don’t want to use commercial polish, you can try this natural method but go easy on the salt because salt can damage your silver if you are overzealous. 1. Line the bottom of a plastic tub with a sheet of aluminum foil. 2. Fill the tub with steaming hot water atop the foil.

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The Horse in Art

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The Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Open Exhibition returned to The Mall Galleries, London for 2013. This years’ exhibition featured over 180 exhibits, including sculpture, drawings, paintings and original print.

The Society is made up of over 400 artists ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to internationally renowned professionals and was started by ten friends who wished to exhibit their equestrian work together in London. Thirty four years later it is the largest annual exhibition of equine art in London and is still going strong. Opened by Society President, Sir Mark Prescott, Bt, the exhibition was hosted by Brough Scott MBE.

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approved, are also a blueprint for the makers who construct those costumes, from Cutters to Leatherworkers, Armourers to Jewellery Makers. Explaining the commission that produced his prize winning painting, Warner continues. ‘Carlos has a very lovely back story in that I did a painting for an event rider 8 years ago whose girlfriend also approached me to paint her horse. However, being very superstitious didn’t want it done until after her horses’ death. ‘So the day arrived in June 2011 when I had the phone call to say that it was time for her horse to be put to sleep in November. I arranged a final visit that September. During that visit, my client commissioned Carlos. As a thank you to the yard owner, who Carlos belonged to, who in 25 years


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��������������������������� Haycock winning the Eggesford Studio Hunting Prize for the second successive year and McCullagh scooped both the Contemporary Art Prize and the Banstead Manor Prize for Best Sporting Picture. The British Sporting Art Trusts’ award for Sculpture was presented to Amy Goodman ASEA for her ‘Maquette for the Romsey War Horse Memorial’. A maquette is the name given to a small scale model for a larger sculpture and fundraising is well on the way to produce the life size version for Romsey War Memorial Park. The park was built in 1921 using rubble from the demolished Remount Depot, which had dealt with over 120,000 horses and mules during the First World War. Maquettes are available in both Bronze and Bronze Resin and 30% of sales will go towards the cost of the larger sculpture. For the first time the Hollyland Trophy went to a drawing, a finely detailed study of an Appaloosa by John Hewitt. Whilst the Norton Way Gallery Prize for Drawing went to Rachel Dray, who managed to go one better with ‘Pony Study’ as she had been on the shortlist for the same prize the previous year. Hannah Merson scooped the Horse and Hound Magazine Prize for Best Racing Picture with ‘First Lot – Warren Hill’, a very atmospheric oil depicting racehorses at early morning exercise in Newmarket. The Arabian horse was also recognised with a new award sponsored by The Arabian Magazine which went to Neil McDonald’s sensitive study on wood of an Arabian Mare. Another new initiative was the linkup between the SEA and the Pony Club for their Young Artist Award. Victoria Campion impressed the SEA Judges with ‘Posy and Me’ and was delighted to collect her trophy – a sculpture by Society Chairwoman Deborah Burt ASEA, in addition to a year’s free junior membership. It is hoped that this new initiative will encourage the young equestrian artists of the future. More firsts as the SEA was sharing its annual exhibition with the winners and highly commended works from the Injured Jockeys Fund 2014 Calendar Competition. The competition was held earlier in the year, exclusively for the SEA membership to produce images for the IJF 50th Anniversary Calendar and also it’s Christmas card. Next years’ Horse In Art exhibition will return to the Mall in the first week in September. For further information please go to www.equestrianartists.co.uk

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The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final™ By Henry Moreigne

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Brazilian team in the test that has closed the 102th edition of CSIO Barcelona Team members, Patrice Delaveau (Orient Express Hdc), Aymeric De Ponnat (Armitages Boy), Simon Delestre (Qlassic Bois Margot) and Penelope Leprevost, got eight eight points, one behind the Brazilian team. The third place has been for the Irish team, followed by the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine and Britain. Photo, top: Rodrigo Pessoa Citizenguard Cadjanine Z Photo, above:: Steve Guerdat Nasa Inset: The Trophy of the Furusyya FEI Nations Cup


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30th St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow, 30 January – 2 February 2014

The most prestigious polo tournament on snow is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. We are very pleased to announce the continued support of the four team sponsors, Cartier, Deutsche Bank, Ralph Lauren and BMW, as well as that of many other long-standing sponsors and partners.

About the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow The St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow is the world’s most prestigious and highest-level winter polo tournament on snow. Every year, four high-goal teams with handicaps of 15 to 18 goals compete on the frozen Lake St. Moritz for the coveted Cartier Trophy. Against a backdrop of breath taking mountain scenery, spectators experience a world of sports characterised by strength, elegance, speed, pride and traditional British sportsmanship. St. Moritz Polo AG is the tournament organiser and a leading international expert in the field of equestrianism. The services provided cover the conception, planning and execution of polo events. The team that manages St. Moritz Polo AG has in-depth knowledge of the equestrian world, tournament organisation, infrastructure, hospitality, sponsorship and marketing, acquired over 30 years.

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Add Your Own Riding Experience To Your WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES ADVENTURE! By Patti Schofler

From one end of France to the other, the summer of 2014 will the preferred destination for watchers and riders of horses. Starting at the country’s northern most tip, the World Equestrian Games (WEG) will open its doors in Normandy Aug. 24, filling the days with dressage, eventing, reining, endurance, para-dressage, driving and vaulting, with closing ceremonies Sept. 7.

From a horse’s back, travelers ride to the village of Bonnieux, graced with 16th through18th century homes whose earth-toned stones harmonize with the surrounding land. This once wealthy town had belonged to the Popes of Rome, and is filled with interesting history.

Before or after watching the world’s best horsemen and women, spectators have the opportunity to visit the amazing countryside of France, and what better way than on the back of a horse.

On the trail outside Bonnieux, riders will see Lacoste, the village and haunted castle of the notorious Marquis de Sade. The trail then descends into the Aiguebrun Valley where lofty fingerlike granite cliffs provide a popular venue for cliff climbers, and leads back home, passing Sainte Victoire Mountain, so often painted by Impressionist painter Cezanne.

South of the cliffs of Normandy, either before or after the WEG, riders can journey with High Pointe International Equestrian Tours’ through the Provence of Van Gogh, Cezanne and the Mediterranean Sea, or the Loire Valley of castles and vineyards. A WEEK IN PROVENCE Home base in Provence is the beautiful village of Lourmarin, inspiration to the famous American writer, Peter Mayle, who is a current resident. From there, visitors ride through countryside vineyards, and olive and cherry orchards, soaking in the light so loved by Van Gogh and Cezanne. Riding through the Luberon National Park and along the Durance River, bordered by deep forests of the lofty oak, popular and pine trees, where eagles and brilliantly colored bee birds nest, riders meet views of the French Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Picnic lunches are provided along the river bank

These three to five hour rides call for intermediate riding ability, on French-bred and Arabian crosses. Pre-WEG rides run Aug. 17,-22 and Aug. 24-29; Post-WEG tours run Sept. 1-7, Sept. 8-13. The price of $1,895 per person, double occupancy,$1,055 single supplement, includes five-nights accommodations at Hotel Bastide, a 3 1/2* country hotel , four guided riding days, horse, guides, all meals, transfers from Aix-en-Provence train station or Marseille airport, taxes. LOIRE RENAISSANCE CASTLE RIDES Both pre and post rides travel through the Loire Valley countryside, from charming lodging to romantic hotels. On a typical day, riders on their French cross breeds journey along the banks of the River Cher


Loire and under the canopies of the Amboise Forest’s chestnut trees. Lunch is at the 16th Chateau de Chenonceau in the extensive gardens created by Diane de Poitiers, mistress to Henry II, and later expanded by Henry’s wife Catherine d’Medici who spent a fortune to turn the castle into the party place of France. The next day may be a ride through the Bois de Boulogne, a favorite hunting forest for the Renaissance kings, to the Chateau de Chamord, the Loire Valley’s largest castle constructed by King Francois I so he could be near his mistress, the Comtesse de Thoury. Lunch at the chateau includes an equestrian exhibition. An evening gourmet dinner and entertainment in elegant French fashion caps off the day. Other rides wind through vineyards and grain fields to Château de Amboise, the favorite choice of Louis XI and Charles VIII, or through the Amboise forest to the gardens of Pagoda de Chanteloup for lunch. Chateau de Nitray is the entrance to one of the beautiful paths of Tourraine, once traveled by Chopin, Balsac and Georges Sand. Afternoon entertainment includes wine tasting at local wine caves. Before the WEG, Aug. 17-23, the ride is priced at $3,027 per person, double occupancy, $835 single supplement, and includes six-nights accommodations, four-days guided trail rides, all meals, horse, tack, guide, luggage transfers, tax and tours.

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The post-WEG ride is priced at $990 per person, double occupancy, $120 single supplement, includes three-night’s lodging, two guided riding days, all meals, transfer to and from train station, horse, guide, tack, and will run from Sept. 8-11.

More information on these tours, contact High Pointe International Equestrian Tours at www.highpointetours.com.

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Many ask at what age does a horse become “senior”? As in humans, it varies with each individual horse. What may be old for one horse is still very active and healthy in another. As a general rule, I would consider evaluating for “seniorhood” in the early to mid twenties, although I have seen “old” horses in their late teens and others beginning to show their age in their early 30s. Every horse is different. Genetics and lifestyle play a huge role in when they turn “old”. With age come changes, which occur to both the mental and physical state of the body. Joints don’t move as fluidly, balance is altered, the internal temperature regulators don’t function as well, food isn’t digested as efficiently, teeth are worn and eventually fall out, awareness and mental sharpness are diminished, eye sight is lessened, hearing is less acute, and immunity is harder to maintain. In general, nothing functions as it did when in its prime.

During cold weather, we are constantly reminded to make sure the elderly in our human family, or in our neighborhood, are surviving OK. We are told to check in on them and to make sure they have heat, shelter and food. Sound familiar? In all seriousness, the same should apply to your senior horse.

Most senior horses do not have the luxury to live the summer months in the north and the winter in Florida. Snow-birding is generally not an option. Therefore, to keep the senior horse in the winter states, many considerations must be made in order to make both you and your senior horse comfortable.

and wind. This is appropriate if your senior lives outside year round. It may not, however, be appropriate if your horse is used to stall housing and pampering. If transitioning suddenly from show circuit to retirement pasture, plan to acclimate the horse before bad weather sets in. Don’t hesitate to consider keeping the horse stalled with regular turnout. All options should be considered before making a decision. Ask for input from your veterinarian when making this decision. Each horse requires different needs, especially in “seniorhood”. HOOVES Winter months can present with very hard frozen, wet soupy or icy ground. Hard ground can predispose the hoof to bruising while wet soupy ground can lead to bacterial/fungal problems. Icy conditions can be a major problem because of the potential for catastrophic results such as broken bones and torn ligaments/tendons due to slips and falls. You should discuss with your farrier the needs of your horse’s hooves and what might be necessary for winterization at home.

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either on a full time basis or as a pre-farrier visit to allow for ease in the elevation of the leg for hoof trimming. BLANKETING Most seniors who are maintained outside will grow the appropriate haircoat; however, if they have been pampered in a warm barn, the coat may not be sufficient for a quick weather turnabout. Keep in mind that senior horses are more predisposed to skin conditions and skin infections due to the accumulative undercoat moisture, abrasions, bruising etc. Blanketing material, if necessary, should be waterproof and breathable. If blanketing your senior, routinely check the underlying hair and the blanket. Check for skin/blanket wear problems as well as condition of the blanket. With or without a blanket, brush the horse. Too many times horses are turned out for the winter and never given the proper everyday care their advanced age demands. Remember the horse is retired, not discarded. PHYSICAL CONDITION Seniors need check-ups too! Have your veterinarian check the teeth, parasite level, and general condition by doing a routine physical exam and clinical tests. This will allow determination of the diet type and amount of feed that should be given. A blood chemistry panel will also be beneficial in determining the physiological condition of the horse. Metabolic disorders and system malfunctioning will play major roles in determining what is needed for your senior.

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Water access is vital to all horses but especially to the seniors. Clean fresh water that is not frozen, or nearly so, is necessary. Horses normally consume 6-10 gallons of water a day and can require even more since juicy pastures are replaced by dry hay. Water must be available at all times. Intermittent watering is not acceptable, especially for seniors. Check the water heater for proper functioning before cold weather begins. If not working properly, they not only can let the water freeze but can potentially shock the horse when the nose is inserted into the water to drink. SUMMARY Winterizing senior horses can be reasonably easy if some planning is done prior to its occurrence. All aspects must be considered. With the help from your veterinarian and farrier, your senior partner can comfortably survive not only this winter, but also many more to come.

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RANGER is the story of a horse that lived to be 32 years young! He survives many obstacles in his life and thus this book becomes inspirational for all ages of readers. He writes his own story and re –counts his life with humans and other horses. All the adventures in the book are true as the author lived everyone with him. There are fourteen beautiful illustrations by Paul Parton who knew Ranger. Be ready for a tug on your heart by “Ranger, the little horse with the big heart!”. Order single copies at: www. wdnhorse.com, to save on shipping for multiple orders, please call 559-561-4268

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Saddle Fit and Tree Angle & Width by Jochen Schleese Certified Master Saddler, Saddle Ergonomist

Pretty much everyone who rides is aware that trees come in narrow, medium, or wide, but did you know that those designations can refer both to the width of the tree and to the angle of the tree? If a saddle fitter tells you that your saddle is a “wide narrow,” this means that you have a saddle with a wide tree width but a narrow tree angle.

We have previously discussed why it is so important that the saddle stay behind the horse’s shoulder. If it does not, and constantly moves forward, the tree points of the saddle will drive into the horse’s shoulders, first producing a buildup of scar tissue on his scapula, and then chipping away cartilage and bone. This is irreversible long-term damage, and can lead to persistent unsoundness and the premature retirement of the horse. What does the tree angle have to do with all of this? In order to avoid this kind of damage, it is crucial that the angle of the tree be adjusted to match the angle of the

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horse’s shoulder. Think of two sliding doors. If they are properly aligned, one will slide freely past the other. But if they are not, one will jam into the other. It is the same with your horse’s shoulders and the angle of the saddle tree at the tree points. As the horse moves, his shoulder rotates upward and backwards. If the tree angle does not match the angle of your horse’s shoulder, his shoulders will be unable to move freely under the saddle, compromising his movement, sometimes severely. At the very least, a saddle with a tree angle that is not correctly adjusted is extremely uncomfortable for your horse. At worst, it can lead to irreversible long-term damage.

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Measuring tree width How do saddle fitters determine if the tree angle of your horse’s saddle matches the angle of his shoulder? They can use the Sprenger gauge to measure the horse’s shoulder angle. They put the Sprenger behind the shoulder blade, and set it so that the upper arm of the device is parallel to the angle of the horse’s scapula. Then they adjust the tree of the saddle so that the tree angle matches that of the horse’s shoulder. Many saddle fitters use flexible rulers to determine shape over the withers, which can be somewhat remedial if what you really want is to get the angle right.

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How can you tell if the tree angle on your saddle is correct for your horse? Put the saddle on your horse without a saddle pad. Then check if the angle of the piping on the saddle matches the angle of your horse’s shoulder. If it does, the angle of your saddle’s tree is correctly adjusted for your horse. If you’re still uncertain if the angle of your saddle’s tree is correct for your horse, observe his behavior under saddle. If the tree angle is too wide, there may be clearance on the top of your horse’s withers, but the saddle will pinch the sides of his withers. It will also hit the reflex point (cranial nerve 11) that restricts movement in his shoulders and makes him unwilling or unable to move freely forward. The horse will raise his head or hollow his back, or exhibit other forms of resistance until the reflex point/ nerve becomes numb. If your horse behaves in this manner, it may be because the tree angle of your saddle is incorrect for him. It is important to understand that your horse doesn’t want to be bad, but if the saddle keeps hitting that reflex point, he almost has no choice: he cannot engage the muscles you’re asking him to engage. He cannot do what you’re asking him to do, and this can lead to unnecessary fights between horse and rider. One of the most common ‘excuses’ we hear is “I have to ride him for a while and warm him up before he’ll listen”. What is really happening here is unfortunately that

Determining the shoulder angle with a Sprenger gauge the horse is being ridden until he becomes numb to the pain! So maybe here is the reason why – and even though a saddle may look like it fits while the horse is standing still, the angle may actually change when he begins to move! The baroque style horses especially need to have saddles to accommodate freedom over the withers to allow their huge moving shoulders to really work. Whereas thoroughbreds often have the paradox of ‘narrow wide trees’ (to accommodate narrow shoulders but big withers), with the baroque horses you have usually no or small withers, and really wide shoulders.

Top view of the horse’s back showing the saddle support area (white crosshatching) and the red ‘triangle of doom’

The tree width must be wide enough for the horse’s shoulders to rotate freely under the tree. But too often we see a saddle with a tree width that is too narrow for a particular horse. Not only can your horse’s shoulders not move freely under such a saddle, but the saddle can be driven forward on top of his shoulders as he is being ridden. This will result in all of the problems we’ve already discussed. Trying to make a saddle fit where the tree is too narrow by adding more padding is akin to wearing another pair of socks to make your shoes fit if they’re already too tight – it doesn’t work! (but unfortunately we often see riders doing this in an effort to make a particular saddle fit!)

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If the tree width is too wide, the entire saddle may rock or slip from side to side when it’s being ridden, or the back half of the saddle may twist to one side or the other. (but this may also happen when one side – usually the left – is more heavily muscled than the other, forcing the saddle then over to the other side in compensation) Why should saddle makers and saddle fitters consider both tree width and tree angle when fitting a saddle to a particular horse? Tree width and tree angle need to be adjusted together. If the width of your saddle’s tree is correct for your horse, but the angle is incorrect, the saddle will not fit your horse.

A properly fitted saddle will have a tree that is wide enough and an angle that is correctly adjusted so as to avoid hitting the spinalis muscle. This is also a reflex point that inhibits or completely stops forward movement. When a stallion breeds a mare, he bites her on this reflex point so that she stands still, hollows her back, and rotates her pelvis open. In order to locate your horse’s spinalis muscle, draw a line 4” down from the base of your horse’s withers, and then draw a horizontal line back. The saddle must stay off of that triangle - we call this the ‘triangle of doom’ if you want to get really dramatic about it – but the thought is valid; if you pinch the horse in this triangle, you

INCORRECT WIDTH AND ANGLE OF THE SADDLE’S TREE CAN CAUSE PERMANENT, LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO YOUR HORSE.

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Conversely, if the angle is alright, but the width is not, the same will happen. Adding flocking to or removing flocking from the vertical panels of the saddle will not solve the problem – it is the gullet plate that needs to be adjusted. Some of the self-adjustable gullet plates will accommodate angle adjustment, but will not allow width adjustment (over the wither area). At times both the width and angle of the saddle’s tree are incorrect for a particular horse. This can cause permanent, long-term damage to your horse.

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There are a number of issues at play during this situation, and it is not an uncommon one. First of all, the girth will naturally seek the narrowest part (the ‘girth area’ under the elbow) once the horse starts moving. If the saddle billets are not positioned properly, then they will not support the proper positioning of the girth. Occasionally, you may need to cross the billets (so that they run parallel to the muscle fibres) to maintain proper girth position. If the saddle is too long for the horse’s back, it will also be pushed forward during movement. Once the back muscles engage and ‘come up’ the saddle will creep forward until it is over the shoulder. This of course will hinder proper movement of the forelegs, as with each step, the shoulder cartilage will come upwards and backwards and hit the tree points. (very painful, not to mention potentially damaging in the long run. Shoulder cartilage can actually chip off over time!). You want to make sure that your saddle does not extend past the 18th lumbar vertebra – you can follow the hairline up at the flank and feel where the ribs end.

The saddle sliding forward onto the shoulder can cause pain and issues at the shoulder cartilage. And lastly, if the tree has not been adjusted at the gullet to accommodate both the necessary width and angle over the wither and the shoulder, any movement is going to start a reaction by moving the saddle around. You want to ensure that the action here is like a sliding door – the shoulder should be able to ‘slide’ through like a parallel sliding door.

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Horsemanship With Young Horses

By Alessandra Deerinck

While the relationship with an adult horse is a widely explored territory, when it comes to foals, relating with them, and especially doing it without tack, is still a wide opened subject. Difficulties are present on both sides. By choice or circumstance, human beings at times have to relate to foals, which are young individuals still in the process of learning how to live and relate to others or objects. Whether a professional or an amateur, a human being often encounters difficulties interacting with a foal because its actions are most of the time unpredictable and uncontainable. Obviously the problem is that the relationship cannot be based on asking for trained behavior as it happens in horsemanship with adult horses. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������� Some people tried to solve this situation by going to the roots of it and substituting themselves to the mare in the first moments of life, giving the foal the chance to recognize the human as self. This intrusion often disturbs forever the natural mechanisms of development of the equine individual. I compare this approach to wiring an aircraft carrier with the circuits of a motorboat and pretending that it can serve its purpose. Human to Horse in cooperation with Rancho de Los Cielos has begun a program that combines raising foals in a herd and working closely with them from the very early stages. This offers the foal’s owners the possibility of being actively involved in the process. The foals that are enrolled in this program are all born in 2012 and live together with some broodmares. Some foals are simply living with this herd and not being actively involved in the program because this is what the owners want for them, still recognizing the advantage of a life in the herd at an early stage of development. Human to Horse is also interested in bringing the program to other facilities that are interested in this kind of work, while Rancho de Los Cielos, in addition of being a boarding facility situated in an area well served by trails near Lake Matthews, offers boarding for those who are interested in our foals program.

pate will get the chance to learn how to approach the young horse and personally start building their relationship. Later, when the horses will be mature enough to start training, they will be directed to their owner’s preferred activities with a head start on horsemanship that will make working with them easier. Our approach to horsemanship is called H2H Sensing. It is based on a direct and spontaneous communication that happens from individual to individual and works only through the natural senses of the horse, without the mediation of trained responses. Safety is always a main concern, especially when we deal with foals. In order to interact with a horse “off the line” he needs to be interested in the action and not to be afraid of us. If this is not the case, the horse makes it apparent by staying away and we have to reconsider our actions. This kind of approach allows us to understand the mind of the individual horse we are dealing with, and customize our action to be able to communicate with him properly, and to possibly correct his attitude if needed.

Whenever we had the possibility, we started working with the mare and foal pair since birth, interacting with them without constraints, but in a fenced space, big enough that they could safely get away from our vicinity. Our The work done with a foal starts with a non-forcing interaction works through space and reciprocal and tack free approach. The foals involved in the movements. Because of its nature, a horse would active program are already showing an improved only let another trustworthy individual approach. behavior compared to what they displayed in the In getting away from another individual when free beginning, in terms of respecting the space with human to express himself, the horse shows his feelings of beings and attitude in the presence of food, both issues uncertainty. If the individual they are trying to avoid are also relevant with horses of any age. Some of the things that the foals involved in the program first learn ��������������������������������������� persists in his approach, the horse is more and more inclined to get away. In this situation most are how to get groomed and to trust us when we pick ���������������������������������������� people persist in their approach because they get up and clean their hooves without being contained. At ����������������������������������� frustrated for their inability to catch their horse, not the same time they learn to be haltered and lead properly understanding that by doing so they are making without being forced. Our goal is to raise well balanced horses the problem bigger and more permanent. that will also know how to relate to people from the get-go. By bringing their foals to our program, owners that choose to particiContinued... 64

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hen we work with foals and mares, W the mother’s presence is key in giving

them a clue on how to interact with human beings. Throughout the weaning process we continued to work with the foal without the mare, sometimes staying outside of the fenced area where the foal was until we have a clue that the foal understands the meaning of personal territory and that he knows to stay away from us or to approach us when we give him permission. The very presence of the barrier gives a sense of security to both human and horse, allowing us to stay close to the foal without having to worry about being pushed over and giving the foal the ability to get away from us by simply moving away from the fence. Safety is a very important factor, given that a foal is not easily containable and that it is still learning how to manage its space and express itself with other individuals.

y simply observing horses, anyone can B learn that some of its behaviors, like kick-

ing and biting are absolutely normal between horses, but unacceptable if displayed towards a human being. The best way to avoid being the target of those behaviors is to always be aware of the horse’s behavior while in its presence and to interact with him without tack, keeping the horse away from us when it is “misbehaving” and let it only approach if he is acting in an acceptable manner. Using a stick or a whip, and waving it around us, creating an area that we consider our territory, accomplishes keeping horses away. In case we are deal-

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ing with a difficult behavior, a fixed barrier allows us to accomplish this task without any doubt even when we are dealing with a foal.

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n our experience, establishing a harmoniI ous relationship with the foal and its

mother has helped the transition through the weaning phase, where the horse will be more in physical contact with human beings than with other horses. The developmental stage of the life of a horse is fundamental for the part of the horse’s character that is formed through learning by experiencing. Making this stage a positive experience is a sure advantage for both individuals involved in the horsemanship. BOX In nature In the natural state it is the mother that teaches the foal how to live. She is the first to interact with the newborn, followed by the stallion who often keeps away the other members of the herd, without interacting too closely with the foal. Later it is the foal from the previous year that approaches his mother and the newborn. When the new foal is physically and socially ready to interact with other individuals, the mother lets the other foals and adult members of the herd approach. he base unit of a herd with reproductive T purpose is a stallion, some mares and the

young horses before they reach maturity. Because of a natural mechanism, when the

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young horses reach the reproductive age, the lead stallion disperses the colts while the young mares are incorporated in other herds different than the parental one. Sometimes, young horses that break off of their original herds form the “bachelor herds”, groups of horses that are often unstable from the social point of view. The purpose of those groups is survival in the phase of transition from the parental herd to the reproductive unit. In captivity When a horse is born in the domestic state it is still the mother that first interact with the newborn, followed by the farm personnel. From here and on, the foal’s life is very different than what it would naturally be and the most disturbed factor is definitely the social one. Unfortunately this is a constant fact that will affect the horse for its entire lifetime.

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ome breeders aim to keep intact, at least in part, the social aspect of a horse’s life by managing herds in a semi feral state. In this state of management it is possible for the stallion to be within the herd for at least part of the breeding season. The young stock remains with the herd of mares for the first two or three years of their life. The complete structure of the herd makes it possible for the individuals to grow up in a social hierarchy and to learn the meaning of space and how to move relatively to other individuals. After all, body expression and movement are the base for the natural communication between horses and this

foal at an early stage. Like it happens with horses of any age and attitude, people tend to loose sight of what is really important for the horse and instead, do what makes the human being who owns the horse feel better. In this instance some people keep foals in enclosures isolated from other horses, but close enough that they can visit, not realizing that by doing so they are taking away from their horse the ability to develop his character and learn how to move and relate to other individuals. ���������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� �����������������������

breeding practice allows for the young horses to be raised properly and to develop a balanced personality. Another horse is definitely able to teach a young one how to move correctly and express himself clearly from a natural point of view, while a human being would have some serious problems in this role. It has been observed that in breeding horses in a semi-feral state, there are great benefits to be gained from introducing foals to the human interaction in the first year of life, and then to release them with the herd and let them grow up. The importance of this time spent with other equine individuals is often overlooked, and this is especially true when people purchase a

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H2H SENSING In H2H Sensing, the way a human and horse pair works is strictly related with how the two individuals perceive the situation they live, have lived, and will live together. In “real life” individuals receive information from what surrounds them through their senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), which never get shut down. The same individuals process the information and express themselves by the way they behave. Between two individuals, the leader is the one that has the whole plan in his mind. Between two individuals, the leader is the one in charge of the manner, quality, and complexity of the communication between them, which eventually conveys the plan, leader to follower. The leader is the one with foresight, casting his vision forward one minute to the next or a month down the road, the one who can project how the plan will be carried out and how it will change the relationship between leader and follower. From every interaction both individuals build memories that will inevitably affect their future. In this kind of dialogue a horse can be a follower without being submissive; a rider can be a leader of leaders. When a horse recognizes a human being as a leader, things that could be challenging are instead possible. www.humantohorse.com Ph: 760 896 4424 …ABOUT THE MANGALARGA MARCHADOR The Mangalarga Marchador is a gaited breed of horse imported from Brazil, middling in size, balanced in build, elegant in carriage, and incredibly hardy and handy. Mangalarga Marchadors are a rare breed in the United States. In Brazil, their country of origin, given their versatility and a�itude, people ride them for any purpose from working with ca�le to dressage. � �

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