Elite Equestrian magazine May June issue 2013

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Elite Equestrian Volume 13 Issue 3 Complimentary

Equine Travel Educational Opportunities Breeding Exams Bling in the Ring The Male Vs Female Seat


Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle


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Whoa Factor Must Haves


Equine Travel Burnt Well Cattle Drive


Teen Travelers


Equine Education Opportunities: 22: Penn Vet’s Summer V.E.T.S. Program 23: Fountain Valley School 24: Horse Shoeing School 24: Make Cinches & Girths 56: Bob CacchioneIntercollegiate Shows


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Chisholm Gallery Selections

39 Breeding Soundness Exams


Summer Camp


Hand Crafted Serving Trays

42 New Bolton’s Wellness Program


Must Haves: Tack NEW!


Bling in the Ring: HIS/HERS LA Pomeroy and Cesar Parra

44 What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?


A New Approach To Training


Spooks: New Fleece Jacket

51 Foals, Weanlings & Yearlings


Saddle Fit Q & A


Collecting The Old West & Royal Arabian Saddle


Equestrian Real Estate


68 Sharon Camarillo

From Barrel Racer To Rodeo Star and Tack Designer


66 Front Range Equine Rescue

64 Saddle Fit: Males VS Females 72 Patent Leather: What’s Hot This Summer!

73 Show Schedules

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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle

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Educational Opportunities

Breeding Exams

Bling in the Ring

The Male Vs Female Seat


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A RIDE on the wild side Burnt Well Cattle Drive by Mark Bedor

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Today’s young show riders are not only talented but are incredibly well travelled as well. In fact, junior equestrians often wrack up more frequent flyer miles than the adults at horse show due to their educational commitments outside the show ring. Putting in a thousand miles on a weekend is not unusual for a young competitor who has to make it to his or her jumper, hunter or equitation class and also sit down for some serious studying in history, math and science at school.

Balancing equestrian ambitions and year-end goals with stellar grades is a task that many teens on the show circuit as easily as they navigate a difficult jump off or posting results on Facebook. While teachers can keep in touch with assignments and studies online, there are times when students have to forgo sitting in the saddle to sit down in the classroom. This has lead many a youngster to inordinate amounts of time in transit! “I was flying back and forth from the Dominican Republic all the time, “explained 10th grade honor student and junior jumper rider Jose F. Bonetti. It was not unusual for me to fly a few thousand miles or drive hours to get to a horse show.” To take off some of the pressures that come with traveling, and to focus on his riding the 16 year old enrolled in a school located minutes from Stransky’s Mission Farm where he trains and the Palm Beach International Show grounds in Wellington, Florida. For the first time in years, Jose has been able to spend more time on his horse than in car

or plane! “Flying to Miami and then driving to Wellington was not the worst part. It was the two-hour check in time at the airport, then time spent going through immigration and customs, and of course there is always delays. One of the worst flights was when we were going to HITS-on-the-Hudson; it was a late flight and we landed late, then immigration and customs. After that we had to rent the car, and then drive hours to Saugerties. We arrived at 2 a.m. and then I had to get up a few hours later to compete.”

“When I can I used the time to study and catch up on my school work,” he acknowledged, “but too much travel and not enough training led to a sense of inconsistency with my riding and results in the ring. Just as things started to really click it would be time for me to make the long haul back home. I am used to flying, traveling to Florida, Kentucky, Colorado and even Europe for the Gucci Masters, its unavoidable. Going to school near the barn has given me a bit of a break, but not 100%,” smiled Bonetti. “But traveling with my trainer Hector Florentino and everyone at Stransky’s

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Mission Farm, time seems to go much faster. Now Daniela (Stransky) and I have our license so now we don’t have to wake up our parents at the crack of dawn to get take us to the course walk on time. Our mother’s can sleep in a bit if they want and meet us there. It is less pressure really for everyone concerned.” “I don’t mind the traveling really,” added Stransky, a 16-year old junior jumper champion and Grand Prix rider who also trains at Stransky’s Mission Farm. “Once I got my driver’s permit things did get easier, but we all car pool! I live and go to school in Miami, which is about 70 miles to the stable. But getting to the barn on time after school for a lesson before an important class, and then back home for homework can make for a long day. I’ve had some great times on flights to competitions in Atlanta, Kentucky, or when I am competing for Venezuela internationally. You never know whom you will meet with some international and even celebs too.” Stransky has a different memory about her flight to HITS-on-the-Hudson, and while her Bonetti spent the time sitting around in the airport, in a plane, or car, she was hanging out with singer Chris Brown! “That made the trip more interesting for sure.”

There can be problems any mode of travel, from lost baggage, flight delays, rush hour traffic, flat tires, missed connections, road blacks, and yes… natural disasters! “We were trying to get to the Summer in the Rockies Series at the Colorado Horse Park during the wildfires,” remembered Stransky. “We were stuck in traffic, not moving, which can be frustrating. Nothing you can do about it though! “ Getting to a competition is just part of the travel journey; getting around the vast show grounds that go on for miles can also be tiring. But savvy equestrians know that there is always some sort of transport available. Finding a lift to the food tent or up to

the ring can mean anything and everything from luxury golf carts to decked out scooters, bikes and skateboards, even rollerblades come in handy if the there is a walkway that’s flat! But no matter how much time it takes, once the teens finally mount up on their favorite means of transportation – their horse – it all seems worthwhile!

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Equine Education Opportunities

������������������������������ Students Experience Veterinary Medicine through Penn Summer V.E.T.S. Program

V.E.T.S. (Veterinary Exploration Through Science) is a summer day program for college and high school students with an interest in veterinary medicine. Offered by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, the program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the challenges and rewards of the veterinary profession. Three one-week sessions are for college students, and two sessions for high school students. Through the V.E.T.S program, students participate in rotations with Penn Vet fourth-year veterinary students and experience veterinary medicine throughout Matthew J. Ryan Hospital, the small animal hospital on Penn’s West Philadelphia campus, interacting with other students who share their passion. Special labs in Pathology, Microbiology and Anatomy are taught by renowned Penn Vet faculty or veterinary students. An entire day is devoted to New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large animal facility in Chester County, where students tour the Marshak Dairy, Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and Sports Medicine Treadmill. The program also includes lectures on relevant topics such as Public Health, Toxicology, Working Dogs and Clinical Trials. A student panel discussion provides participants with the student perspective on veterinary school. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to interact with members of the Admissions Office who are coordinating this program. One-on-one sessions with an Admissions officer can be arranged. For additional information, please visit www.vet.upenn.edu, then click on Education and Training, Student Admissions, and Summer VETS Program, or call 215-898-5434 or e-mail summervets@vet.upenn.edu.

COLLEGE Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

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Fountain Valley School of Colorado 83-year Equestrian Tradition


ne of the nation’s finest boarding schools is located in the Rocky Mountain West, and its strong equestrian tradition is as old as the School itself. Fountain Valley School of Colorado was founded in 1930, and today is an international learning community where students grades 9-12 thrive in a vigorous and multidimensional curriculum, combining top notch academics with the opportunity to pursue passions such as riding. Both the English and Western riding programs flourish yearround at FVS, with riders competing annually at the IEA National Championships. FVS won the national title in both 2007 and 2010. Riding facilities are first-rate with a newly constructed indoor arena that is one of the largest in the state. For a small school of just 250 students, Fountain Valley has an extraordinarily broad program: AP and honors courses in every discipline; experiential programs unique to the School; 30 competitive team sports; and a renowned arts program. With a student/teacher ratio of 5:1 and an average core class size of 11, the accomplished faculty has the opportunity to challenge students to push the limits of their potential. The School’s spectacular setting offers a continual source of inspiration. Historical adobe architecture is surrounded by 1,100 acres with Pikes Peak front and center as the vista, making the campus a serene haven to learn, pursue passions and make lifelong friends.

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An Alternative to Equine College ����������������������������������������������������������������� College has become very expensive. If you are going to college to gain a marketable skill in the horse industry, you may be very disappointed. College can be valuable as a place to help you find yourself. However, it’s an expensive place to play in a “giant sandbox,” as riding arenas at equine colleges have been called. I taught horse courses in several public universities for over thirty years and saw many students become disillusioned and discouraged when they graduated with an equine degree and could find nothing but a minimum wage job in the horse industry. Some were even offered jobs that paid less than they were making before enrolling in college. Low wages would be acceptable if the job led somewhere within an organization. Yet, most did not find such a position. A few did find good jobs in an equine related business, but these were rare and often depended more on skills the student brought to college than ones they gained while there. If you know you want to work with horses, have some mechanical ability, are reasonably strong, don’t mind hard work, and enjoy being your own boss, there is a more practical alternative. If you seek to make a better than average income with horses, but don’t have the desire, funds or patience to attend veterinary school, farrier training can be a better choice. Learning a craft in a private trade school is different than taking classes in a public university. You work at improving your chosen


skill every day. There are seven components to farrier work that must be mastered to be an effective farrier and to run a profitable business. Book work compliments hands-on physical skill training. Your time away from income production can be relatively short and with much less expense. Years ago people used horses as work animals. Today many are kept as pets and their owners rarely ride them. Others own very expensive horses that are exceptional athletes. Horse owners are often not the skilled

horsemen they once were and tend to rely more on a professional’s advice. You must have a strong preparation if you want to be a respected farrier in today’s horse industry. Practicing the farrier craft is easier than it used to be. Most types of plain and therapeutic shoes are now available premade and need little alteration to fit. However, when you are presented an unusual case, creative thinking and shoe forging become necessary skills. Clean burning gas-fired forges have replaced the coal and coke

Learn the Ropes of making cord cinches and girths with natural fibers. Your horse or mule will be glad you did! ArtCords is pleased to extend an invitation to those interested in learning to make cord girths, western cinches, and breast collars. Special attention is given to use of natural fibers of alpaca and mohair, while providing greater understanding of quality hand-crafting techniques. Learn tips of the trade from history and pointers drawn from collaboration with many who have a deep dedication to increasing girth comfort levels for a more enjoyable riding experience. Darin Alexander learned cinch making as a high school student in 1986 and subsequently gained practical riding experience as a hand on an Uncles ranch in the heart of Wyoming. Since his first public cinch demonstartion in 1992, Mr. Alexander has been collaborating with cinch makers who learned the art as far back as the 1940’s.

Spring of 2013 workshops are provided in two venues: 20th Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show in Sheridan, Wyoming May 13 through 17

Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming May 19 through 21

Cordage-Style Cinches: Pattern & Design Monday & Thursday (am)

Basic Cord techniques & detailing Sunday 8am - 12pm (Pattern & Design for Girths & Cinches)

Cord Cinches: Styles, Width & Fiber Monday & Thursday (pm)

Styles and Design Comfort Considerations Clinic Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Powerpoint followed by Girth/Cinching-up Demonstrations)

Mohair Vaquero Cinches: Make Your Own Tuesday & Friday (full day)

Vaquero Style Cinches: for English and Western Monday 8am - 5pm

Mohair Breast Collars: Creating Your Own Wednesday (full day) Contact: The Leather Crafters Journal to enroll - 715-362-5393 Online registration: http://leathercraftersjournal.com/ SW13WorkshopRegistration.html


Cordage Chest-plates and Breast Collars Tuesday 8am - 5pm Contact: Central Wyoming College Community Outreach Services, Attn- Sherry Shelley Phone: 1-800-735-8418, ext 2125 or (307) 855-2125


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����������������������� Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori I recently evaluated a wonderful set of spurs in the Great Plains style. These spurs were hand-made by Les Garcia which had some typical features of the Great Plains Style with decorative motifs including swinging buttons, dental style details, and handhammered silver rowels. They were worth $4,000. The various styles of spurs are indicative of the area in which a cowboy lived. For instance, a California spur looks different from a Texan or Great Plains spur. The attributes or traits of each spur demonstrate their origin. If you are wondering, women had spurs too. Like pocket watches, it is easy to tell a man’s spur from a woman’s spur by their size and the delicacy of the decorations. Depending on regional criteria, the rowel (or wheel) on the spur may have different characteristics.


Old West collectibles are gaining significant interest in the art and antiques market. While many folks collect objects that relate to some of the beloved western characters like Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, Geronimo, and even Hoppalong Cassidy, some functional objects that were part of the western experience are of interest too. Object such as vintage saddles, spurs, and horse blankets are highly sought after in the antiques and vintage marketplace today.


Condition is key to the value of any piece of equestrian equipment including spurs. One vital aspect of collecting antique (an object that is more than 100 years old) or vintage (an object that is less than 100 years old) spurs is the condition and quality of the leather straps. For instance, if the leather is deteriorated on a set of spurs, then that will impact value. If your aging spurs have no straps, then that devalues them. Never attempt to clean or repair the leather straps. Many spurs are silver plated or made of various metals. The condition of the metal speaks to the desirability of the spurs in the market. When it comes to old western objects, every old horse has a lot of offer.

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Arabian horses, saddles and antique-themed TV Shows


On a recent episode of Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Auction Kings, I was asked to review, authenticate, and appraise an Arabian saddle. It wasn’t just any old saddle, it was an Arabian saddle commissioned by the royal court of Morocco.


The Arabian horse is the original work horses. The Arabian is the oldest known breed of riding horse. They are a breed of incredible energy and intelligence with a gentle disposition. Their backs are short in order to carry heavy loads and they have been the horse of choice for some of history’s heroes such as George Washington, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon. Of course, these historical figures rode other breeds of horses, too. When compared to other breeds, the Arabians have large chests to compensate for their large lungs, an identifying characteristic. Arabians are marked by a distinctive dished profile; large, lustrous, wide-set eyes on a broad forehead; small, curved ears; and large, efficient nostrils, too. The Arabians were bred by the Bedouins as war horses in the vast Arabian desert and these horses could withstand travel over long distances. They could travel for long periods of time because of their large lung capacity and endurance under pressure. Arabian horses are still seen as the undisputed champion of endurance events. They are the marathon runners of the equine world. The saddle itself was easy to identify as a saddle made for an Arabian horse. The saddle had a cantle or very high back and a pommel or front that was characteristic in size to those made specifically for Arabian horses. The saddle in question was a 20th Century saddle because earlier saddles would have used goat skin or camel skin to support the stirrups and this saddle used rope.

This saddle featured a unique set of stirrups. The stirrup was one of the milestones in saddle development. The first stirrup-like object was invented in India in the 2nd century BC. Back then, the stirrup consisted of a simple leather strap in which the rider’s toe was placed. It offered very little support to the rider. The nomadic tribes in northern China are thought to have been the inventors of the modern stirrup, but the first known representation of a rider with paired stirrups was found in China in a Jin Dynasty tomb of about 300 AD. The stirrup appeared to be in widespread use across China by 475 AD. After circa 475 AD, the horse stirrup spread throughout Europe. This invention gave great support to the rider and quickly became of essential use in warfare. The Auction Kings saddle had a relationship with the Arabian Horse breeders alliance according to the auction seller. It was made on commission from HRH Mohammed VI King of Morocco. The King has been a great patron of the Arabian Breeders World Cup for years. The saddle was said to have been commissioned as an award for a race winner with all of the trailings attached. Such saddles typically bring $500 to $900 at auction but are far more valuable as trophies. In addition to King Mohammed, many other celebrities rode Arabians. One noted Arabian horse enthusiast was American actor, Patrick Swayze of Dirty Dancing fame. Today, many horse lovers choose Arabians as their pet of choice. They are wonderful, impressive animals with a fascinating legacy dating back to the ancient times.

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A breeding soundness exam, or BSE, is a necessary and practical expense for both breeder or buyer. They are done on both mares and stallions, and include a battery of tests to determine the breeding status of the animal, and health of the reproductive and endocrine systems. Often when purchasing a mare, the buyer will, and should, do a vet check. Although the mare may not be purchased for the intended purpose of reproduction, she may be harboring reproductive problems that could impede her performance career. These may include cystic ovaries, uterine infections, chronic or otherwise, hormonal imbalances, and vaginal wind sucking to name a few. For this reason, we recommend a BSE in addition to physical exam, blood work and x-rays, when investing in any mare. Pre season BSEs need to be addressed as early as November for the February breeder. Often when finding a manageable problem, it can take time to identify and alleviate. If waiting until February, you can lose valuable weeks of your season before your mare is “clean.” As example, if a biopsy is found to be necessary, you would not breed on that cycle, but wait for the next. Time lost can mean the decreased value of a foal born later in the season. A breeding soundness exam, may consist of all, or a combination of tests. These would depend on the mare’s age, breeding status, and history. The history is quite important, and if at all possible, should be presented first, to the vet performing the BSE. Examples of this background would include: 1. Has she been previously bred. 2. How many live foals delivered. 3. Any foaling problems. 4. How many cycles to settle. 5. Any early embryonic loss. 6. Average length of estrus cycle. 7. Abortions, and at what stage of pregnancy. 8. Previous treatment for uterine infection. 9. When was her last foal.

Moving on to the uterus, which consists of a body and opposing horns, forming a Y or T formation. It is checked for size, symmetry of the horns, and abnormalities. These may include possible tumors, atrophy of the endometrial folds, or lymphatic cysts, to name a few.

The exam commences with a visual exam of the mares vaginal conformation. This includes the vulva, perineum and anal area. As mares age, and this is certainly more prevalent with certain breeds, the vulva, normally vertical, tips, creating a recessed anus. This gives the vulva a shelf effect, and allows dropping manure to contaminate the area, in turn allowing bacteria to find entrance to the vaginal tract. The opposing lips should not sag or gap. If they do not seal, the mare will aspirate air, predisposing her to uterine infection. This condition is called Pneumovagina. A procedure called a Caslick, effectively corrects this. It is is a simple suturing of the external vulvar lips. Mares in race training are routinely Caslicked when they enter training. This is to alleviate them from wind sucking, common during speed work. Without the Caslick, they are predisposed to vaginal, uterine and endometrial problems, in turn, affecting performance. Caslicks are removed shortly before parturition, in the bred mare. Open mares are often Caslicked, as routine, to keep them clean until the next season. 38

Your vet will then move on to the internal exam. A rectal palpation is used to check the status of her ovaries, possible follicles, uterus, uterine tone and cervix. Pregnancy status is also confirmed. The ovaries are kidney bean shaped and can range in size from a marble to a golf ball. Hard, smooth, small ovaries are indicative of anestrus and, or a hormonal imbalance. Ovarian tumors can create an oversized ovary. The vet is looking for follicular activity, either a pre-ovulatory follicle or a corpus luteum. These would indicate normal estral activity.

The final area to check is the cervix. Physically it is a tube like structure that connects the vagina to the uterus. It is of vast importance to the reproductive efficiency of the mare. During diestrus, (non heat) or pregnancy, it is closed and firm. During estrus, it softens and dilates to allow passage of the ejaculate or insemination. If the mare loses the ability to close and keep the cervix sealed, she will abort. Damage to the cervix can come through difficult foal delivery, rendering tears and scar tissue. To check the cervix, the vet will additionally do a visual check, by placing a vaginal speculum into the vagina. Using a flashlight, the entire vaginal canal can be inspected. Scarring and tears to the cervix can be observed along with possible pooling of fluid or urine. Specimens are now collected. A uterine endometrial culture and cytology are routine. These are done with the introduction of a swab into the uterus, and the samples grown and examined for


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uterine infection, and the presence of microorganisms. The cytology is a study of the actual cells for evidence of contamination, yeast, fungi, etc. An endometrial biopsy is the best method of evaluating the mare as a potential broodmare. It uses a category system for prognosis. 1. Class 1: 70 - 90% chance of carrying to term 2. Class 11A: 40 - 70% 3. Class 11B:10 - 40% 4. Class 111: Less then 10% chance of carrying to term An alligator type uterine forceps, introduced vaginally, extricates a small piece of endometrial tissue. Most serious problems, that can adversely affect a mare’s fertility, can be detected only by these samples, under a microscope. Additional information can be obtained with the use of transrectal ultrasound. One of the best uses of ultrasound, in a BSE, is it’s ability to “see” fluid accumulation within the uterus. Another excellent diagnostic tool is blood work. Non physical problems in mares are often the result of inefficiencies of the Endocrine system. It is these glands that are the brain of the entire reproductive factory. Without the proper hormonal stimulation, there can be reproductive shutdown. A hormonal assay is a quick, inexpensive diagram of your horses reproductive fuel source. Stallions too should receive a yearly exam. As a stallion ages, he goes through physical changes. After age 13, you may see signs of testicular degeneration. Before considering a stallion for purchase, breeding, or pre season re-evaluation, a BSE would include: 1.Penile cultures, including Urethra, pre and post ejaculation, Fossa Glandis, and semen culture 2. Semen collection and evaluation for Progressive Motility, Concentration, Volume, Morphology, Longevity, Velocity, Extenders 3. Testing for STDs 4. Testicular palpation, with ultrasound if necessary

5. Check Orientation of testicles 6. Daily sperm production VS Daily sperm output 7. Hormone analysis Additional visual observations of the BSE include; Signs of testicular degeneration, Libido, Number of mounts, Ability to maintain erection, Mount without difficulty, Physical ability to thrust, Ability to ejaculate sperm. It is possible for a stallion to hold back sperm, ejaculating only seminal fluids. This is often caused by previous breeding and/or collection mismanagement, but can also be physical. Stallions who do so can become “accumulators” and develop blockages. In most cases these can be eliminated through repeated, multiple, daily collections. It is unfortunate that culturing stallions at the onset of each breeding season, is not a prerequisite of breeders. Stallion owners demand clean cultures and cytologies of mares to be bred, and mare owners should do likewise. Mare owners have every right to inquire as to a stallion’s breeding soundness exam, and current status. Whether a stallion had a good past season, is not necessarily an indication of the current one. Mares may be high tech, high maintenance, factories, but stallions are not machines. Annual pre season breeding soundness exams are good horse sense, good business sense, plus outstanding preventative medicine. Talk to your vet early to prepare for your coming breeding season. Discussing and implementing a program, including early breeding soundness exams, will help you realize your reproductive expectations, and put you on the road to a successful endeavor. � �

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Every horse gets into trouble and presents him/herself with minor cuts, abrasions type wounds. Generally speaking, it is usually at a most inopportune time and decisions must be made on the spot. The outcome of the wound will be directly related to your first decisions. When in doubt, call the veterinarian. Part one of this article discussed the importance of knowing what’s in your “horse” medicine closet, checking expiration dates, examining the contents and carefully reading the directions. Part 2 will discuss the act of wound healing thus allowing a better selection of which type of medication to apply. NORMAL WOUND HEALING Human knowledge of wound healing did not advance at the same rate as the ability to produce wounds of various magnitudes. It has only been in the last 60 years that concerted investigations have occurred that delineate the actual wound healing processes. To understand the rationale behind a particular medicine choice, basic wound healing should be understood. When skin is incised (whether intentional or not), the anatomy of the skin is disrupted. Since the skin itself is the protective shield to the body, disruption in that barrier can lead to amongst other things, infections if not assisted correctly in its attempts to heal. Once an injury occurs, the wound undergoes three phases of reconstruction: inflammatory, proliferative (or fibroblastic) and remodeling (or maturation). In order for the tissue to be restored, these phases must occur in the proper timing and sequence in order for the skin to return to its intended function. Figure 1, next page. The inflammatory phase occurs in the first 4 days after wounding. Immediately after the

wound occurs, vascular responses are initiated automatically. Vasoconstriction occurs to control the hemorrhage and a platelet plug is formed to stop the bleeding. This generally occurs within the first 5-10 minutes. A scab is then constructed and secured over the wound. During the first 72 hours, there is also a leakage of plasma proteins, water, complement and electrolytes into the wound. This enters the spaces between the cells causing localized swelling (edema) to occur. The white blood cell invasion occurs in 2 stages. The first is made up of primarily neutrophils whose job is to destroy bacteria and other debris. This is followed closely by the 2nd stage called macrophages, which act as the garbage removers as they digest and transport debris away from the site. It is during this phase that infection can become uncontrolled thus disrupting the healing process significantly. The proliferative phase overlaps the inflammatory phase and begins to synthesize collagen. Collagen is the major component of replacement connective tissue and through the cross linking of the fibers, a matrix is made linking the bundles for strength and

framework. This process is somewhat shortened if the wound is an abrasion or lengthen if major tissue disruption or full thickness wounding has occurred. If the inflammatory phase is disrupted and/or delayed, the result is an unregulated proliferation phase potentially leading to what is commonly known as “proud flesh”. During the remodeling phase (which generally begins after 3-4 weeks post wound), the wound contracts to minimize the scar tissue. This process can last for at least a year or more depending on the wound and patient health. Contrary to popular belief, a scar is not as strong as normal uninjured tissue. Scar tissue is not well organized, is structurally weaker and generally lacks the normal skin features (e.g. hair follicles or glands). WOUND HEALING GONE AWRY Any delay in the healing process can cause problems. One of the more common delays is infection. Bacteria lie on the surface of the wound and within two or three hours begin to invade the injured tissue. The bacteria

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then release enzymes that not only damage the tissue but also will delay the healing process throughout the subsequent healing phases. The “turn off” switch in new tissue construction can be interrupted thus resulting in a continuous tissue formation (e.g. proud flesh). Irritation in the area is another cause of concern in wound healing. Chronic irritation such as movement or rubbing of the wound as well as using caustic soaps or disinfectants can disrupt the tissue and potentially kill or alter the cells behavior and proliferation. Another factor is the type of the wound. A sharp slice wound will tend to heal more rapidly as there is minimal tissue disruption. A tear type wound has greater tissue disruption causing more impending re-plumbing needs to get the blood supply there as well as a greater potential for infection due to larger open area. Finally, body wounds tend to heal quicker than the limb. This is probably due to blood flow differences in the limb area. The injured tissue doesn’t have the ability to replenish itself as quickly. WHAT NOW When a fresh wound is discovered, initially, stop the bleeding with pressure unless it has clotted on its own. To stop the bleeding, direct pressure from the heel of the hand over

a clean towel will initiate the clot process. Leave the pressure on for several minutes. Don’t poke or peek. Once you have determined that the wound is minor and does not need a veterinary professional to come, make sure the wound is clean and free from debris. Irrigate the wound with sterile saline solution (see Part 1, if unavailable). The use of a hand held sprayer is an ideal pressure flow (15 lbs/sq inch) in order to flush the wound and not damage it further by forcing debris and bacteria further into the wound. Don’t rub it. Gentle cleaning with a chlorhexidine or similar solution can also be performed as directed.

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If the ointment is directed to be placed on the side (edges) of the wound and not on the wound itself, it is important to assure it stays there. Oozing into the wound from the edges can be more harmful than the wound being without it. If the product is meant to be administered daily, then it should be administered accordingly. Every other day or 4 times a day (more is not better) is not acceptable when the label directions indicate something different. Also, a light coating of the product is not a glob. Directions on the label are meant to be followed and have been tested accordingly for obtaining the best results. Discuss your medicine closet contents with your veterinarian ahead of time so that you know what uses each product is meant for as well as how to use it correctly. Remember, tissue (especially wounded tissue) is very sensitive to anything it comes into contact with. Your intent is to assist the tissue in the healing process, not delay it by inadvertently altering the delicate processes that must occur in order to complete the process. Think of the healing process as a cascade of events that must be performed in a synchronized precise pattern in order to complete. Alter one tiny aspect of that cascade and the ending may not be what you expected. Think before you act.

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Foals, Weanling’s and Yearlings… the right mindset Learning how teachable young horses are means you can get it right from the beginning. ������������������ ���������������������� For years young horses have really fascinated me. There is nothing more thrilling than playing with a sensitive, keen mind and an open spirit. Whether it’s a foal, weanling, or a yearling, it’s all fun to me. One of my favorite pastimes is watching the interaction that happens between youngsters and their mamas. There is so much to learn: how the foals discover the language of ‘horse’, the respect to be gained and the love that is given. Many years ago when I was watching Ronnie Willis a mentor that I often mention in my articles and clinics. Ronnie was working with a new foal. He wanted to make this first contact with the touch of a human the best experience possible. He leaned down allowing the foals curiosity to build its confidence enough to come over for a sniff. Ronnie would say: “It’s hard to tell if you’re working on the start or the finish!” To this day, I think of that statement. Is it the start or is it the finish? Every time I get the chance to play with a young horse, even if it’s a newborn, I know that what I do today will influence what this horse thinks of me, and everyone else that he comes in contact with, from that moment on. We don’t realize how much the initial handling of a young horse will impact its future. The horse is so very different from humans. In order to survive they are born ready to learn. They learn so much more in the first few days of their lives than the human brain is capable of during the same time period. In the first three days, if not sooner, the foal can run, stop, turn, pick up both leads, and maybe even throw in a buck or two. He learns the majority of the language that he needs to be safe and, just by looking at the stance of mama and the herd, he can tell whether its time to relax and play or run for his life.

The horse is a precocial species (offspring born relatively mature and independent, mobile from the moment of birth) and that sets them apart from us as an altricial species. (Highly dependent, incapable of moving on their own at birth) One of the main differences that we need to understand is that horses are neurologically mature enough to learn at birth, unlike humans who have a very limited ability at birth as our brain takes years to come “online”. From the start, this gives us a great opportunity to get a horse’s future right…or wrong. Because they are born learners they can learn both the positive and the negative equally.

What I do today will influence what this horse thinks of me, and everyone else that he comes in contact with. If we learn to differentiate between a young horse and a human baby, it will begin to put us on the right track. It is very important when handling a young horse, to understand that he needs lots of time to physically mature. Be aware that over taxing a young horse physically can be very damaging. While he has an open and willing mind he has not developed at the same speed physically. We have to proceed carefully. Later in this article I’ll outline more about the types of movements I will ask of the young horse.

Mistakes are often made in the first training sessions. This happens because foals and weanlings are small and it is easy for people to handle them incorrectly. The following are the two most common mistakes made: • The ‘love, love, love and buckets of carrots’ tradition where this cute little cuddly baby turns into a very difficult, disrespectful horse when it crosses the 1000lb mark. • The ‘I’ll show him who is boss while I have the size advantage’. This often results in the horse losing interest and trust in humans and can become over-flighty and defensive for the rest of its life. In both these scenarios, we tend to realize too late that we only have ourselves to blame for the outcome... just like with kids, right? Hindsight is foresight. Not only is it hard to find this balance as a parent (which I’m still working on all the time with my two boys aged 5 years old and 3 years old) but with a horse it seems even harder to know what to do because there are so many confusing ideas about what we should be doing. Couple that with the fact that the horse is so innately different from humans and is it any wonder that we make mistakes?

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Getting Started In the first instant of contact, I want the horse (of any age) to build a desire to come over and have a sniff to meet me. I want to allow him this time to feel me in his pen and be ok with it. If it’s a foal, I want to gain the dam’s trust make her comfortable with me, so I make friends with her first. This is her foal and I don’t want her thinking that she has to defend her space or her foal. The mindset that I want to establish is to have the young horse see me as a friend. During the first few hours and the following days, I proceed slowly. The most important thing is to take the time to desensitize the foal to your presence and to befriend him. You can’t rush this. Every horse is different depending on the environment and the mare. The next step is to build a bit of a language. As the young horse’s confidence increases, it is very natural for him to see if he can push you around. He is not being bad; he is being a horse. He wants to know where you fit in his herd. This is where the balance I spoke about begins. You want to make friends, but you don’t want to be pushed around. Remember: what is cute today may not be in a year or two. So with assertion, not aggression, ask the young horse to yield out of your personal space because that space is to be respected. I love him to come close to me providing he doesn’t try to be dominant. He learns this quickly because he has already learned this with his mama or with the herd. Orphaned foals are harder to deal with because they haven’t

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had a mare teaching them every moment of the day and it takes a lot more time to establish respect. As this little dance plays out I slip in bits of communication such as stop and stand close to me, back away, move the hind quarters or forequarters, and then rub the legs before picking up all four feet. At this point, all of this can be done slowly and without ropes. Depending upon the situation, I may move to some type of rope setup. This could be a halter and lead and possibly combined with a bum or belly rope combination. How I go about this depends upon how well we did with the basic fingertip yields. Do this only in a small area and it’s best to have a handler for the mare while you play with the foal. Start with quality time. Get used to hanging out in each other’s space. At this point, it’s about hanging out together near the mare if it’s a foal, or walking around to see new stuff if it’s a weanling or yearling. I like to hang out with the babies in new and stimulating environments. Time spent in the arena when it’s full of activity such as the quad and trailer going by to feed horses, people riding, and when the cattle are in there, is especially beneficial. Events of this nature are all about letting the young horse experience new situations and have the time to soak it up. No matter the age, horses need to be exposed to new things when nothing is required of them. Around the yard, no matter what the activity, rarely will you see me without a horse close by. This is not only beneficial but a very relaxing time

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for me as I love the company of horses. I practice short yields away from the touch of my hand, the rope, or my mini horsemen’s stick. I ask him to move away from pressure on the hind quarters and forequarters and back a few steps away from me. Friendly desensitization is also very important. I rub him all over with my hands, swing ropes around him and gently over his back. I practice on my roping dummy with him beside me. I also do foreign object desensitization: rub plastic bags all over his body, swing saddle blankets and pads onto his back, and even rub him with things like pool noodles. All of this, over time, helps the horse generalize that different objects will do him no harm. It is so valuable for the future. I rub the legs and pick up the feet a lot. I also simulate the rasp strokes and hammer pounds with my hands and the actual tools that a blacksmith might use. I load him and stand him in a horse trailer. This may seem early for a foal or weanling, but what if you have a late night medical emergency? It’s important that under the pressure of an emergency my young horse doesn’t also have to be desensitized to a horse trailer and all its noises. Walking him over tarps, rails, logs and through water every chance I get is also really valuable way to get the young horse used to new things. These types of exercises are valuable for our older horses too. If this early opportunity of time has already passed for your horse, I want to also emphasis that hope is not lost. You may know that your horse had a tough

start when they were young and vulnerable. If so, know that they are born learners and remain with an amazing ability to change and learn for the rest of their lives. As I travel around the country teaching clinic’s, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of horses and to observe and learn these concepts from the best teachers, the horses themselves. Horses never ceases to amaze me if we get it right for them!

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“The IHSA gift to thousands of graduating members is entry into the larger horse world. As members of a team, they have been part of a ‘family,’ with goals, well-defined rights and duties, and like-minded riding companions,” said Jeanne Eichelsdoerfer, author of the April 2010 self-published Horse Sense, The Story of the IHSA: How One Young Man Turned his Love of Horses into a National Movement. “If you had asked me a year ago about IHSA, or riding in general, I would have not seen them in my future. Now it’s such an important and fun piece of my life. Doors have opened, friends have been made, bruises gained, and I’m having the time of my life. Thank you, IHSA. Thank you, Mr. Cacchione,” said Miami University rider, Tom Schoen, recipient of its 2010 Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship. Humanitarianism is defined as a commitment to improving the lives of others, and in 2011, Cacchione received the Pfizer Equine Vision Award at the American Horse Publications awards banquet in San Diego, California, in recognition of the vision of one man who refused to accept anything less than equal opportunity, and never wavered from his commitment to young people, education, and the horse world that he loves.

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of Wellington’s elite equestrian community is a new hunterjumper facility that’s a unique experience for riders of all levels. Palms stables is already having a big impact in this community because of its familyfriendly approach to riding. Open for less than a year, owners kelly and mike wiener designed palms stables with the goal of providing a barn in south florida that offers lessons and training for riders of all ages and levels of experience in a fun environment. “We just couldn’t find the right atmospehre for our son when he was starting to ride, “ says kelly wiener, adding, “either it was too expensive, we had to have our own horses, or there was pressure to show regularly.’ Wiener explained she couldn’t find stables that offered lessons with the atmosphere and quality of horses she and her husband were looking for. “Mike and i want palms stables riders to feel at home, and to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them.” “Whether it’s the person who wants to take his or her skills to the next level, or someone who wants to ‘just ride’-palms stables offers top notch training, instruction and management that will fit within most budgets. Clients who come for lessons will find horses that are healthy and safe. Several of the horses are available to lease on a short or long term basis--for the person who may want to have a horse for a month to show at the winter equestrian festival, or the full time resident who wants to lease one of the hunters or jumpers to ride and show all year. Wiener, whose background entails working with children extensively in legal and fitness areas, strongly believes that children must be provided with a non-stress, hands on learning environment while still emphasizing competitiveness. Wiener also ensures that parents feel that their child’s safety and well being is the foremost priority when at palms stables. Mike wiener echoes his wife’s feelings: “the mindset and attitude at palms stables is that we want all of our students and their families to feel at home when they are here, and learn at a pace which is specific to each rider. We cater to riders of all levels, and want them to know they can be as serious as needed to turn this in to a career, or they can be laid back and just have an enjoyable weekend hobby—perhaps just come out and go for a relaxing trail ride.’ Wiener continues: “they can show in smaller local horse shows, or join us for season, and train with us exclusively for the winter equestrian festival.’ ‘No one is excluded, we do what is right for our clients.’ Another distinguishing factor that sets Palms Stables apart from other stables in the area is that when most stables are shuttered for the summer, Palms Stables remains a hub of activity. There are summer camps that include everything from hands on learning with the horses and ponies, riding, as well as arts and crafts so children have a day camp experience that will entertain and educate them. Birthday parties are available and horse shows are offered to students to enrich their riding experience. Trainers Wendy Ballard and Rosemary Bertin oversee Palms Stables. Bertin is one of the most respected trainers in the United States and Canada. She has shown and produced National and Zone Champions in the hunter and jumper rings, and has worked 60

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CANTER Chapters are celebrating a milestone year for transitioning exracehorses into second careers through their free online sales listings. The 10 CANTER Chapters online sales websites served 596 trainers at 30 racetracks nationally in 2012 and successfully transitioned 1,015 racehorses nearing the end of their racing careers. “Our horses try hard for us on the racetrack so our loyalty to them goes beyond their race careers,” noted Bob and Marcia Wolfe, trainers at Penn National Race Course, Grantville, PA. “We feel very fortunate to work with CANTER to find great homes for our horses. It’s the best program we’ve come across to display our available horses for buyers who are knowledgeable and sincere about their interest. We’ve had tremendous success placing horses and continue to stay involved in their futures through regular updates from buyers. It’s a great feeling to see our horses excel in secondary careers and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of all CANTER volunteers.”

In 2012, CANTER volunteers made over 600 trips in total to racetracks in Ohio, New England (Massachusetts), Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the MidAtlantic region (Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia) to meet with trainers and owners of horses that were ready to retire from racing but are capable of beginning a second career. “CANTER is a 100% volunteer organization,” said CANTER Executive Director, Nancy Koch. “Our volunteers are dedicated to helping the Thoroughbred racing community find appropriate homes for their horses when they are ready for second careers.” During racetrack visits, CANTER volunteers meet with trainers and owners to photograph, write descriptions of their sale horses and post that content along with the trainer’s contact information on the CANTER sales website. The CANTER sales listings website receive between 35,000 and 55,000 visits each month. In 2012, the site received a total of 651,783 visits. Of those, 455,647 were returning visitors and 196,136 were new visitors. And, 142,000 visitors accessed the site through their mobile device.




The success of ex-racehorses turned show horses along with exciting new programs such as The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) that has committed $100,000 for Thoroughbred classes and high point awards is proving that ex-racehorses have more to give after the finish line. “The response to the Thoroughbred Incentive Program has been immensely gratifying,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “For 2013, we have approved 375 horse shows from 37 states Canadian provinces for participation in T.I.P. That means thousands of ribbons and over 1,000 prizes will be available for Thoroughbreds in horse shows across the country.”

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If your saddle is too high off the horse’s withers or too low in the back, this will cause a lot of excess uneven pressure on the horse’s loins. it will be very difficult for your horse to engage as it will be unable to come through with its back and step underneath itself into a correctly engaged frame. It will also put you in the wrong position. If your saddle is too low in front, it will pinch the horse’s shoulder - which is very restrictive for your horse! In this situation, your saddle may be too wide in the front or too high in the back. This causes discomfort for your horse, and forces you to sit in an unnatural position that may affect your riding or strain the discs in the lower back.


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Some riders seem to have had an inherent ability to ride, excelling in their discipline to become FEI riders and trainers. Others seem to have similar advantages – a good horse, natural athletic ability, discipline to train, and yet – something is missing. Over 20 years ago many female riders first came to Jochen Schleese to find solutions to issues they were experiencing as riders – repeated urinary tract infections, hip, knee and back issues and pain in the pelvic area. Puzzled that these maladies generally escaped male riders, Jochen figured that it must be due to the differences between the male and female pelvis and their interface with the saddle. On examining many ‘butt casts’ and the comparative muscular / skeletal structures, Jochen reflected on how these differences related to riding ability – often women struggled, whereas men rode with relative ease. Male Saddle. Female Saddle. What’s the difference? Position and balance of the rider are the key ingredients in all riding disciplines because


the majority of time is spent sitting. The seat bones are the key structure for the foundation of position and balance. Women experience difficulty achieving the classic “shoulders-hips-heels” straight line (especially in dressage), because the pelvis is balanced differently and the articulation of female hips is different from that of men. It is painful for a female rider to sit straight only on her seat bones because her pubic bone will hit the pommel area in the front of the saddle; as a result most women ‘collapse’ at the hip to escape the pain. The leg shoots forward, and women fight the saddle for correct position instead of concentrating on riding. For men, this does not provide the challenge it does for many women. Men have two “V”

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shaped seat bones set close together, giving them a bipod axis. Saddle manufacturers have traditionally afforded special attention to the male skeletal structure. Unfortunately, too many women ride in saddles built for men – a main reason for their issues. Women have a broad range of hip shapes, all of which need to be accommodated when constructing a saddle. Unlike the “V” shaped man’s seat bones, women’s are usually flatter. Women have a more prominent pubic bone with a lower pubic symphysis. Their tail bones are longer, and their gluteus muscles generally higher than a man’s. The combination of skeletal structures causes women to sit as on a tripod. Herein lies the problem for most women – unless the pelvis is straight, the pommel of the saddle interferes with the pubic bone. Unless the

abdominal muscles are used, it is almost impossible for a woman to sit correctly in a saddle which was built for a man, especially because the ‘male’ saddle will also lack the necessary support from behind – causing her to ‘scoot back’ to find the support she needs. The traditional ‘male’ saddles are built fairly wide through the crotch area (twist) but are narrow in the seat. Women find themselves sitting with their legs pushed outwards from the hip, and perching painfully on the seat seaming. Female anatomy dictates the saddle for women should be exactly opposite – narrow in the crotch area and wider in the seat area. Over 25 years of research and innovation provide the foundation for Schleese`s line of truly female saddles that are uniquely designed for women and the well-being of the horse. The points mentioned above are only a few of the considerations in the design of a well-fitting saddle made for women. Schleese’s 80 point Diagnostic Saddle Fit Evaluation examines 25 fit points to rider (55 to horse). A rider out of balance and not comfortable in the saddle will not be able to properly communicate aids to the horse. Are you sitting comfortably?

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Front Range Equine Rescue: Rescuing Horses in Need Since 1997 Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education.

“Neglect, suffering and death often occur due to ignorance rather than outright cruelty”, says Hilary Wood, FRER’s president and founder. “We provide timely rescue of horses in need, as well as educational programs covering a variety of horse care issues designed to help prevent horse abuse.” FRER interacts with local animal control agencies that are authorized to investigate reports of potential abuse and to seize animals. FRER utilizes a resource network of qualified equine veterinarians, farriers and other horse professionals who assist in its efforts to help horses removed from harmful situations. Since its beginning in 1997, FRER has helped thousands of horses via its rescue program, and countless others through nationally-based efforts, including ending horse slaughter responsibly and saving America’s wild horses. FRER’s programs include: Rescue Program The majority of FRER’s fundraising efforts support its rescue and educational programs, including paying for feed, veterinary, farrier, facility and educational campaign costs, and any other expenses necessary for the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of rescued horses. FRER often attends livestock auctions to obtain horses that are no longer being cared for and purchases slaughterbound horses from kill lots. Other horses in need come from impound by local authorities, owner surrender or other referrals. Adoption Program The majority of horses rescued by FRER become available for adoption to qualified adoptive homes. This program prohibits the breeding of FRER-adopted horses. They thoroughly screen applicants prior to adoption and reserve the right to conduct follow-up visits for the life of the horse. Re-homing tips are available to owners needing to safely place a horse in a new home. ‘Save the Wild Horses’ Campaign In 2004, an amendment was slipped into the FY2005 Appropriations Bill which greatly weakened the protections America’s wild horses and burros were granted by the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act. As a result, wild horses over the age of 10 and those offered for adoption three times, but not adopted, are excluded from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) ‘Adopt A Wild Horse’ program. The Burns amendment allows for these horses to be sold, which leaves them available for commercial sale (i.e., slaughter). Tragically, many wild horses met this fate. FRER’s ‘Save the Wild Horses’ campaign was implemented to urge the public to pressure those responsible for wild horse management to reinstate full protection to wild horses and stop unnecessary and cruel roundups. Funding is also used to 66

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A celebrity rodeo performer as a young barrel racer, Sharon Camarillo won by sheer grit – going as fast as she could around a series of tightly spaced barrels. It was not until her 30s when she decided to be a serious student of horsemanship, that she began the journey she’s been on for the last 3 decades. Riding with a loose rein and the Western outfits that she has loved since childhood, she nevertheless trains her horses meticulously. They have to develop a balanced, supple body to gallop at full speed around the barrels. To do so, each horse needs to be on the bit and getting its impulsion from the rear. Since barrel racing is a timed sport with tight turns, horse and rider must have extensive training to be fit and safe. What does barrel racing consist of, according to this consummate trainer? Sharon uses the acronym ART, for Approach, Rate, and Turn to describe the 3 elements of navigating the barrels. The approach involves accurately directing the horse from the start point to the “pocket,” the turning area surrounding each barrel. The “rate” refers to shortening the stride for the turn. The rider sits, moves the point of contact in the saddle to the back of the jeans’ pockets and applies leg, then rein pressure to allow the horse to enter each turn in balance. How did Sharon Camarillo transform herself from being a daring young racer to the learned trainer, coach, TV commentator, and Western tack designer she is now?



She grew up in a modest house in a Los Angeles suburb, not a hotbed of barrel racing, in the 1950s. Her beloved dad used to take her for pony rides starting at age 3. It wasn’t until she was a pre-teen and met Jack Pole, a livestock auctioneer, and his daughter Wendy that her life began to suggest the course that it has taken since then. She was enthralled with the livestock business and she and Wendy worked summers and weekends on horseback, helping Pole with the business. Not a bad job for a suburban cowgirl. At 15, the Poles invited her to attend the prestigious National Finals Rodeo. There she saw barrel racing for the 1st time, and knew instantly that it was what she wanted to do with her life. Sharon had been hooked on the Western lifestyle, Western dress, animals, and the outdoors from a young age, Now she had a goal. But, this wasn’t exactly the life that her parents envisioned for her. To please her family and still realize her heart’s desire, she went to college, became educated and articulate, and behaved “like a lady,” a value that her family held dear. But, while in school, she always made sure to pursue her passion; she was on the intercollegiate rodeo team and studied dairy and beef production at the agricultural college she attended. She earned her degree in agricultural production and business, which later helped her build a thriving business as a Western rodeo entrepreneur.

When she was 27 she met the celebrated rodeo star, Leo Camarillo, and married him, even though his background couldn’t have been more different from her own. She and Leo created Rafter C Productions, which made roper supplies, and they traveled together and competed in barrel racing at rodeos all over western US. She qualified on 4 occasions for the National Finals Rodeo in those years and was the Women’s Professional Rodeo Champion. Twelve years into their marriage, Sharon became pregnant, and decided to stay closer to home to raise her son, Wade. She soon discovered that the things she valued --- home, family, holidays, tradition, and education – were not shared by her husband. This time was marked by intense strife between the 2 of them. But, Sharon is a woman who learns from her challenges. Rather than being beaten down by her marriage, she tried to maintain a home that pleased her and one where she could be the mother she wanted to be. To her dismay, the marriage ended in divorce after 27 years of having tried to repair the damage. Although Sharon suffered serious disappointment about how she was treated by Leo, her positive outlook and faith helped her survive and build a thriving life, post-divorce.


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She had recognized in her 30s that she lacked the equestrian training she needed to advance in horsemanship and to develop her horses. Using contacts she established as the partner of a famous rodeo star, she began to get training by some of the greats, including cutting horse champion Lindy Burch, Gary Ballmer, the reining expert, and Bobby Ingersoll from the snaffle bit industry. Instead of just racing around the barrels as she did as a young competitor, she cross-trained herself and her horses. Her riding and knowledge increased exponentially. Now she was ready to train others. In the past 30 years, Sharon has succeeded in building up a training and coaching business, where she has trained more than 500 people directly and many more through her instructional videos, books, and TV shows. Nothing makes her happier than knowing that she’s affected a student or viewer in a positive way. An attractive and articulate woman, she also has become a media celebrity. Legendary rodeo announcer Bob Tallman and she co-hosted a successful television show and he was instrumental in getting her to be a commentator for the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest stock rodeo in the world. In 1997, Sharon was honored to receive the Tad Lucas Award, named for the champion cowgirl of the 1930s and 40s. A person with a passion for designing Western riding clothing and gear, Sharon formed collaborations with manufacturers, who’ve produced her signature products. She recently came back from a diplomatic tour to Saudi Arabia, a guest of Prince Sultan. As an announcer at the National Livestock Show in Houston, she came to know astronauts at NASA. George Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center, got her involved with the Association of Space Explorers, which led her to Saudi for a conference. Of course, she could not resist joining Prince Sultan to try out his beautiful Arabian horses. Although Sharon is passionate about teaching riding and training horses, she doesn’t “live and breathe it.” She also cultivates her interests in the arts, music, Western memorabilia, interior design and in maintaining nurturing friendships. The photos in this article reflect her eclectic design sense.


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