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“Over 40 Riders (and Drivers) Rock!”


RETR O PHOTOS S easoned Riders Submi t ted Photos f r om the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s , 70’s, 80’s


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“Over 40 Riders Rock” TABLE OF CONTENTS

Feature Articles



8 PRAIRIE WINDS FARM Breeding for quality and color By Cheryl Childs




24 RETRO PHOTOS We asked for retro photos and we got ‘em! Check them out!

Departments 5 FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK 10 HOLISTIC HORSE Natural Shampoos and Fly Repellant 14 THE LIGHTER SIDE Distracted Dressage by Bob Goddard 18-21 HORSE PROPERTIES FOR SALE 22 HEART AND SOUL At 57 I Decided to Get A Horse!


23 REVIEW CORRAL Horse Crazy by Bob Goddard 26 HEALTHY HORSE Massage Therapy

by Angeline Schwebke CEMT

27 LEGENDARY HORSES 28 TRAVEL ADVENTURES Riding Through History on the Lewis and Clark Trail




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From The Editor’s Desk: I want to thank all who sent in their Retro-Photos this month. I think we have all enjoyed seeing those great photographs. They are truly priceless. Speaking for myself those photos bring back so many great memories of “ the way we were”, to quote the song and the film. We received photos of Grandparents and Parents of Seasoned Riderssome dating back to the 1930s - which were great to see. The photos of the Seasoned Riders themselves dated back to the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. Those photos really brought back memories for me. It’s funny how all those photographs, including the ones of parents and grandparents, just seemed so familiar - as if they had come right out of my own family photo album. It looks as though we all share many of the same horse experiences in our lives. That’s me on Omar in 1975. For me it brings back memories of warm summer evenings riding almost until darkness fell and there was no more light to ride by. The scent of Wipe on the horse combining with the scent of Off on me. I still remember how it felt when, at the end of the ride, I slid the saddle off Omar and brushed him down before I put him up for the night, it was feeling of euphoria. I loved slipping the bridle off him and throwing my arms around him and hugging him before I shut the gait and called it a night. I didn’t care that I was covered with horse hair, my jeans were filthy and I had horse slobber on me as I went into the house for the night. After a shower I would go to bed happy and exhausted - looking forward to the next day and the next ride. I loved it all. Those were good times. I cherish those memories, but I like where I’m at today too. I like being a Seasoned Rider with 38 years of horse experience. Some things have not changed - I still don’t mind being covered with horse hair, dirt and horse slobber. I still have feeling of euphoria after a good ride - in fact maybe more so today, because I work a little harder at that good ride than I did when I was 12 years old. I still can’t resist hugging my horse after a good ride. I still look forward to the next ride, but today it may be that it’s not only a trail ride - it may be schooling the young horse, working on collection or flexibility with my horse, ground training or, yes, just a nice long trail ride. While sometimes I think I would like to go back to that time I realize I wouldn’t trade all the knowledge I have today for that. I believe those kids galloping bareback across open ground is still inside of all us. I can see it in my fellow Seasoned Riders’ eyes and in the smiles on their faces when they are riding. So let’s cherish those memories and keep riding on for many, many years to come Seasoned Riders. P.S. Check out all the retro photos that were submitted to us on pages 26 and 27.




That’s my Grandpa Clark at a harness race, probably in the late 40’s or early 50’s

Cheryl Childs - Editor

The Celtic People and Horses The Celtic people are a bit of a mystery to historians and anthropologists. It is believed the the Celts occupied land in Eastern Europe, Greece, Spain, Northern Italy, England, Wales, Scotland and, of course, Ireland. Horses were a very important animal in both Celtic culture and spirituality. Horses certainly were a integral part of Celtic life. It's said the Roman begrudgingly admired the equestrian skills of the Celtic people they encountered in war. They were said to ride their horse bareback and without bridles in battle. The Celts were said to not only be highly skilled horsemen and horsewomen, but also to have had a special knowledge of a horse's psyche on a very intimate level. Celtic warriors, who were both male and female, were taught to ride at the center of the wind, for they believed the wind was literally and symbolically God's spirit and breath. The Celts preferred to live in the country in clans and move when they wanted, taking their horses with them of course. They didn't like excessive organization, management or conformity. Many horse breeds are credited to the Celtic people. Breeds like the Shire, the Belgian, the Clydesdale and the Percheron. Other breeds such as the Connemara Pony are also thought to have been bred first by the Celts. The Celts worshiped the horse on many levels. Today you can see horses carved into a chalk hillside in Berkshire, England. It is called the White Horse Of Uffington. It was discovered in 1994 and some think there are probably other such horses carved out of hills. The hill upon which the figure is drawn is called White Horse Hill and the hills immediately surrounding it, the White Horse Hills. White horses have been considered lucky much like a horseshoe. At one time the Celts believed in a horse goddess. Her name is Epona and shrines to her could be found in stables. She was often depicted sitting sidesaddle or lying on a horse, or standing with multiple horses around her. They believed she protected horses, animals, riders and stables. The Romans even embraced her as a goddess. People would bring offers of baskets of apples and carrots.


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Even after the Celts embraced Christianity they did not abandon nature and combined nature's teachings with the lessons of Scripture. Like the Native American in this country the Celts still believed in nature's way as well as embraced Christianity, combining the two the beliefs. It said that when St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland he used nature to teach the Celts about Christ. The Celts respected nature and felt as if horses were a Godsend. The Celtic people’s influence can still be found in places suc as Spain, Wales, Scotland, Italy, and Ireland. These countries are places where horses and humans still seem to have a special spiritual and emotional bond with each other.

Heartland Horse Show Series Providing a Place for Seasoned Riders to Show Their Horses Seasoned Rider magazine will sponsor the Seasoned Rider Classes for those 50 and over at a Series of Shows in Missouri. The Heartland Horses Show Series (formerly the Pony Press Horse Show Series) will again include Seasoned Rider classes at both their 1 Day and 2 Day shows in 2013. These shows are ideal for those Seasoned Riders who are new to showing. The Heartland shows have a very relaxed atmosphere while also being competive. Those who attend enjoy that combination. They also feel comfortable enough to ask questions if they are new to showing - without fear of being thought less of because they are new to showing. Seasoned Riders who have left the show ring find these shows a great place to get back into showing their horses. “ I haven’t been in a show ring in 20 years, but this was fun and I enjoyed it,” one Seasoned Rider exhibitor commented. Again the relaxed and friendly atmosphere appeals to many who are at the point in their lives that they just want to enjoy their horses. The Heartland Horse Shows attract generations of riders as well, so while Grandma shows in the Seasoned Rider class the Grandkids can show as well. “We have had grandparents, parents and kids showing,” Heartland’s show manager commented. She explains that adding the Seasoned Rider classes to the class list has enhanced the shows and brought more exhibitors to the shows. The 1 day shows are really more like a schooling show. According to show managment the rules are less strict and the dress code more relaxed than at the 2 day shows. The first show of the 2013 season was held March 9th and, naturally, the horses were still fuzzy and riders a little rusty, but they a had good turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves. The first 2 day show of the season will be held June 8 & 9 and, while these shows will also be relaxed, the rules and dress code are little more strict. While the Heartland Horse Shows are produced by Dog & Pony Productions based in Southwest Missouri the shows draw from several states. The 2 days shows are held at Flying M Arena in Mount Vernon, MO. The 1 day shows are held at Valley Water Mill Park Equestrian Center in Springfield, MO. For more information on these great shows go to Like them on facebook as well.

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Prairie Winds Farm - Breeding for Quality and Color Edmond, Oklahoma breeder’s focus helps produce quality Miniature Horses. By Cheryl Childs Judy and Darrell Wooster of Edmond, OK have been in the miniature horse breeding business since 2005 and they have a definite idea what they are breeding for - in fact their motto is “ where quality meets color”. For Judy and Darrell that is exactly what their breeding program is all about. They aren’t just breeding for color they are breeding for excellent conformation and good temperament which puts them ahead of the game on many levels. The first Prairie Winds Farm foal

arrived on March 10th 2005. The filly Prairie Winds Ima Lil Bit Sassy Too ( Little Bit) exemplified exactly what they had in mind for their breeding program. When they purchased Little Bit’s dam Sutherlins Little Miss (Sassy Sue) she was in foal with Little Bit. When the foal hit the ground the Woosters knew they had a winner on their hands. Little Bit had a very successful show career. She was 2006 Pinto National Top Ten - 2006 World AMHA Top Ten (#5) - and 2006 AMHA High Point Honor Roll Champion Mare Multicolor. Their second foal was also a filly Prairie Winds Sunday Morning Rain (Rainy). Rainy was sold to Hummingbird Meadow Farm in Minden, 8

LA. Rainy is presently being shown and is doing well in the ring. In 2007 the Woosters began searching for a stallion of their own. They wanted a colorful stallion for showing and breeding. Judy and a friend (Charlotte Lupton) visited a particular farm to look at stallion for sale. Judy wasn’t really interested in that stallion but when she saw the beautiful stallion on NXS Spuds My Romeo (aka Hawk) she was very interested in him. She liked his great conformation, his coal black color and his blue eyes. Hawk is 31.75 inches high and is registered with American Miniature Horse Association, American Miniature Horse Registry and the Pinto Horse Association of America. He is a Black/White Tobiano/Tovero pinto and has two Blue eyes. Judy wanted to purchase Hawk, but he wasn’t for sale. When Judy telephoned the owners after several days she was honest with them and told them she wasn’t interested in the stallion she had come there to see, but she was interested in Hawk. They agreed to let Judy purchase Hawk. Hawk had everything Judy and Darrell were looking for in a stallion. He had the conformation Judy looks for - a short back, high tail carriage, laid back shoulders and a nice soft eye. That, combined with striking Tobiano/Tovero and lovely temperament, made him the ideal stallion for the Woosters. Hawk was shown in 2008 and he brought home several Championships. He

has won multiple AMHA Grand and Reserve Championships in color and halter. Going into Central Regionals he was second in points for AMHA multicolor stallions, and in the Top Ten for points in halter. He won the 2008 Pinto National Grand Champion in color and Reserve National Grand Champion in Halter. Hawk’s first foal crop hit the ground at Prairie Winds Farm in 2010. The Woosters were very pleased with the foals that arrived. Judy will tell you that breeding horses has been a learning experience for her and for Darrell. Darrell had horse experience, but Judy had never had horses. In 2003 they were attending a Miniature Horse Show in Tulsa. “We found ourselves falling in love with the breed.” says Judy. So even though their journey has only just begun it’s one they are enjoying. They have plans to start showing their horses themselves in the near future and, of course, to keep breeding quality horses with color. Judy jokes “sometimes I have to make myself look past the color and focus on the conformation and temperament of the horse I’m looking at”. It’s that focus that is helping Prairie Winds Farm produce quality Miniature Horses.

USRider Offers Seasonal Tips for Trailer Preparation During down-seasons, it’s important for horse owners to maintain their trailers. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for horse owners, reminds equestrians to spend some time doing preventive trailer maintenance, not only in case an emergency arises but to ensure that their trailers will be in optimal shape for the upcoming riding season. A recent research project co-sponsored by USRider illustrated the importance of maintaining horse trailers. “The data showed that a leading cause of trailer wrecks is lack of proper maintenance,” said Cole. Some of the horse trailer maintenance tips include: 1. Remove and inspect all wheels and hubs or brake drums. 2. Inspect suspension for wear. 3. Check tightness of hanger bolt, shackle bolt and Ubolt nuts per recommended torque values. 4. Check brake linings, brake drums and armature faces for excessive wear or scoring. 5. Check brake magnets with an ohmmeter. The magnets should check 3.2 ohms. If shorted or worn excessively, replace. 6. Lubricate all brake moving parts, using a high temperature brake lubricant. 7. Remove any rust from braking surface and armature surface of drums. 8. Inspect oil or grease seals for wear or nicks. Replace if necessary. 9. Inspect and grease wheel bearings.

In addition to these recommendations, USRider advises horse owners to check all trailer tires, (including spares) for signs of dry rot, correct air pressure, faulty air valves, uneven tire wear, overall tire wear and damage. USRider recommends investing in a high-quality air pressure gauge and to inspect tire pressure before each trip. Always replace tires if worn or damaged. In addition, tires should be replaced every three to five years regardless of mileage. When replacing tires, always replace the valve stems. USRider recommends that only tires specifically designed and rated for trailers be used – never use automobile tires on a horse trailer. It is also important to service the wheel bearings annually, or every 12,000 miles, regardless of mileage due to moisture build-up. Be sure to inspect trailer wiring and lighting; inspect door latches and grease the doors; inspect the floor (be sure to remove any rubber mats so the entire floor can be examined); and inspect and lubricate mechanical moving parts, such as the hitch and suspension parts. If the trailer has been sitting for a while, check for wasp nests, spider webs and any other creatures.

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HORSE Recipes for Natural Horse Shampoo

Easy Horse Shampoo #1 10 chamomile tea bags 1 cup liquid castile soap 1/2 tablespoon glycerin A few drops of essential oils from the list provided – optional but nice Steep chamomile tea bags in boiled water, cover for about an hour. Remove tea bags, add castile soap, glycerin and essential oils (if using) to the cooled tea mixture. Bottle and place it in a dark, cool place or in the refrigerator. Since your homemade shampoo is preservative- and paraben-free, keep the lids tightly closed and store in a cool place.

Easy Horse Shampoo #2 1 cup distilled or spring water 1 cup liquid castile soap 1 cup aloe vera gel 4 teaspoons glycerin 1 teaspoon avocado or rice bran oil A few drops of essential oils from the list provided - optional Mix well and store in a bottle. Place in a dark, cool place or in the refrigerator. Shake well before use.

Purifying Rinse To remove silicone and product build-up 2 cups cider vinegar 8 cups cool water 6 tablespoons baking soda Mix the cider vinegar and water together in a bucket, then add the baking soda and lightly stir. Pour over mane and tail let sit for 15 minutes, rinsing is optional. You can follow with conditioner or shampoo.

Editor’s Note: Here is another a tip - try using Pine Tar Soup when you bathe your horses. This is a tip my mother gave to me. Her father , who trained and drove Standardbred Harness Horses, always used that. You should be able to find Pine Tar soap at your local Drug Store or Health Food Store. Just dip the bar in a bucker of water and then rub it on your horse directly and lather up just like you do on yourself. These natural fly repellents really work:

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Fly Repellent #1

Fly Repellent #2

20 drops Eucalyptus Oil 20 drops Citronells Oil 2 cups Water 1/2 cup Vinegar

1/4 teaspoon Citronella Oil 1/2 cup Vinegar 2 cups Water

Seasoned Drivers Rock! Our cover this months pays tribute to the Seasoned Drivers out there. The sport of driving is growing and Seasoned Drivers are a large part of the growth of that sport. For some driving is just the pleasure of getting together with fellow horsemen/women and enjoying a day driving in the country. Still other Seasoned Drivers enjoy attending a show and competing in a driving class. Many people enjoy the challenge of the sport of Combined Driving - the driving equivalent of three day eventing: dressage, marathon and cones classes. Coach Driving (driving large and elegant coaches with teams of horses in competitive events) is also popular. Still others enjoy driving large draft hitches pulling wagons. There are so many options for driving today from the type of vechile to the breed of horse you choose to drive. The photos on the cover is a great representive of that with a Percheronon team hitched to a wagon, a Gypsy Vanner Horse hitched a two wheeled wooden

cart and Welsh cross hitched to a two wheel metal jog cart. Whatever your interest in driving there is a vehicle and breed to suit you. For many people driving is the fulfillment of a life long dream that they now have the time or money to pursue. For some people driving is the new challenge they’ve been looking for for them and their horse after years of riding. Still others, you might say, stumble into driving after their friends bought a driving horse or they purchased a horse that was already broke to drive- in other words the driving bug bit them. With growing interest in driving there are more and more driving clinics being held and trainers are offering driving lessons and training. So if you are interested in getting into driving we suggest you start there. You will find more competitions now that include driving classes and there more driving events. There are Driving Clubs across the country for drivers to join to seek information and fellowship.

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National Animal Welfare Groups, Veteri Federal Efforts to Protect Horses and the WASHINGTON, D.C.— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest applaud U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., for introducing bipartisan legislation that would stop the inhumane killing of American horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses across the U.S. border for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would prevent the introduction of horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. Last year, more than 160,000 American horses were sent to a cruel death by a grisly foreign industry that produces unsafe food for consumers. Horses are raised for use in show, sport, work and recreation in the U.S. and are regularly administered drugs that are expressly prohibited by current federal regulations for use in animals intended for human consumption. For example, a common pain reliever routinely administered to all types of horses, Phenylbutazone, is known to cause potentially fatal human diseases. There is no known safe level for consumption of these drug residues in horse meat. A recent New York Times article emphasized the hodgepodge of drugs used in race horses—including cobra venom and cocaine—and the resulting food safety threats. Thousands of these horses are sold at auction for slaughter within days of their last race, resulting in potentially toxic horse meat being sent overseas. There are also many substances and drugs regularly used on horses that have never been tested for their effects on humans and the potential danger of ingesting these chemicals is completely unknown. Horses are gathered from random sources, and there is currently no system in the U.S. to track medications and veterinary treatments given to horses to ensure that their meat is safe for human consumption. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plan to process an application for 12

inspecting horse slaughter at a New Mexico facility. If the application is approved, Valley Meat Company LLC will be the first facility in the U.S. to slaughter horses for human consumption since 2007, when the few remaining plants closed and Congress chose to suspend funding for any further horse meat inspections. This surprising move toward a resumption of domestic horse slaughter comes in the wake of the scandal unfolding in the European Union, where consumers have been alarmed by the discovery of horse meat mislabeled as beef in prepared food products ranging from lasagna to meatballs. The federal government could potentially spend millions of taxpayer dollars to open new horse slaughter plants at a time when spending cuts associated with the sequester could curtail food safety inspections for U.S. meat products. Additionally, if horse slaughter plants are opened in the U.S., it will be more difficult to prevent this kind of comingling between horse meat and beef products that has occurred in Europe. Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations, said, “The overwhelming majority of Americans are intensely opposed to the cruel practice of horse slaughter, and we thank the sponsors of the SAFE Act for their efforts to protect not only public health, but also safeguard our nation’s equines. The shocking discovery of horse meat in mislabeled beef products across Europe underscores the threat to American health that could result should horse slaughter proponents be successful in bringing this grisly practice back to the United States. Now is the time for Congress to permanently ban domestic horse slaughter and the export of our horses to neighboring countries for slaughter. We must prevent even one more horse from suffering this terrible fate.” Chris Heyde, deputy director, Government and Legal Affairs of AWI, said, “When AWI first brought this issue to Congress and the American public, horse slaughter was a dirty practice that no responsible horse owner wanted to admit even existed. While the issue is now in the public eye, no one who cares about horses thinks it is humane to slaughter them. The only individuals advocating for horse slaughter are those who profit from the suffering of these amazing animals. Like the industry they protect, deception is key. They are willing to mislead and deceive anyone

narians and Horse Owners Applaud Public who advocates for the welfare of American horses. I want them to know today, that everyone supporting the bill will not stop fighting against this cruelty until all of our horses are safe from slaughter.” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said, “The arguments of the horse meat industry are unraveling before the eyes of the world. Congress must take action to prevent the spending of millions of American tax dollars on a marginal industry that peddles tainted horse meat to foreign consumers and seeks to do so at home, too.” Sarah Klein, senior attorney in the Food Safety Program at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said, “American horses are not raised for food, and shouldn’t wind up on consumers’ plates. Horse meat often carries residues from drugs that are not safe for consumers." In addition to the public health concerns associated with the consumption of horse meat, horse slaughter is inherently inhumane. The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths, as horses often endure repeated stuns or blows and sometimes remain conscious during their slaughter and dismemberment. These equines suffer incredible abuse even before they arrive at the slaughterhouse, often transported for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water or rest, in dangerously overcrowded trailers where the animals are often seriously injured or even killed in transit. The majority of horses killed for human consumption are young, healthy animals who could go on to lead productive lives with loving owners. Rep. Meehan said, “Horses are not bred for human consumption. Horses are routinely treated with drugs over the course of their lifetimes that are toxic to humans if ingested. At a time when the U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to furlough meat inspectors due to budget cuts, American taxpayers should not be subsidizing horse meat inspections for the foreign export market.” Rep. Schakowsky said, “Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment. We must fight those practices. The SAFE Act of 2013 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.” Sen. Landrieu said, “The practice of horse slaughter for human consumption is revolting to me as a horse owner, but also as a consumer. Horses are not raised

for human consumption, and they are frequently treated with drugs and chemicals that are toxic when ingested by humans. Especially in light of the European horse meat contamination scandals, we must ensure that our food supply at home is not tainted with horse meat, nor should we supply an unsafe food product to foreign industries. I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce the SAFE Act to end the slaughter of one of the world’s most beloved animals and help protect public health.” Past congressional actions on horse slaughter have demonstrated a strong, bipartisan desire to prohibit the killing of horses for human consumption, but Congress has failed to permanently end the export of live horses to neighboring countries for slaughter. Numerous state legislatures have already acted to stop horse slaughter, resulting in the closure of the last three remaining horse slaughter plants in the country in 2007. Most recently, New Jersey enacted a measure prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption, as well as the sale and transport of horse meat for human consumption. The SAFE Act was introduced with a strong list of bipartisan original cosponsors. The passage of this legislation is a priority for the nation’s leading animal welfare organizations, as well as many veterinarians and equine groups across the country, including the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinarians for Equine Welfare. A January 2012 national poll commissioned by the ASPCA confirms that 80 percent of American voters oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption. About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE: Distracted Dressage By: Bob Goddard My horse-crazed daughter, Jamie, is not shy about asking for help. At home, she has me stacking hay, mucking stalls, and removing lids from sadistically designed supplement containers. At horse shows I seem to spend a great deal of time "holding her horse" as she scurries about doing who knows what. The horse and I look at each other, but since we have little in common, neither of us has much to say. I regard these requests for help as interruptions. I like to sit in a chair and think about things. It's hard to concentrate when you're hauling water or looking for a bottle of hoof black that isn't there. But now, Jamie hands me two mysterious pieces of paper. One is a diagram of an arena with dotted lines and precise notations. The other has the heading "Training Level: Test 1." The test looks complex, like algebra in columns. Someone went to a lot of trouble organizing all of this. Is my daughter introducing me to the intellectual side of horse shows? I did not know such a thing existed. I have to admit, it looks like an intriguing puzzle. And I may want to unravel it. But first, I need a little more explanation: "What the hell is this, Jamie?" "It's dressage, Dad." "Did you do all this?" "No, I didn't. Will you read for me?" "You want me to quiz you?" "Not quite. This is a pattern I'm doing with Eddie. You just have to call out the steps." "You mean you want me to help you cheat?" "Yeah, help me cheat. We need to practice a little." Eddie and I are led to the practice arena. On the way, Jamie gives a lecture on dressage: "This is a little different from what you're used to seeing at horse shows. It's actually meant to teach the horse how to be responsive and balanced. It's not about memorizing the pattern. That's why you're allowed to have a reader at the beginning levels." In the practice arena the letters are arranged around the ring as depicted in the diagram. Things are beginning to make sense. I wonder if they would let me put my chair next to the ring. Jamie explains what she wants me to do. 14

Apparently, I am to play the role of director. "At A: Enter working trot" equals "Action!" and "At X: halt, salute leave arena" equals "Cut!" In between I direct the artful interaction between horse and rider. I stand near "E." As Jamie and Eddie enter the ring at "A," I holler "One: ‘A' enter working trot!" Jamie pauses in the middle of the arena and simulates a salute. I yell, "Two: ‘X', halt, salute'!" Jamie turns and trots over to me. That maneuver is not on the sheet. She's already messing up things. "Dad! You're supposed to be reading, not reporting. You need to stay ahead of me. And it's not necessary for you to read the step number." Wow. The implications are clear. I have to know what she is doing so that I can tell her what to do next. I see one thing, but say another. Jamie says to project my voice. She suggests that I think back to the time she left the milk out all night. I feel the anger well up inside and this enables me to communicate each step with authority and decisiveness. I don't calm down until she's doing her final circle. There's nothing worse than spoiled milk. "Dad, we should practice more, but we need to get over to the dressage arena. Once they call my name, I have forty-five seconds to enter the ring." "Yeah, at ‘A' enter working trot." I take my place near "E" as they announce Jamie's name. I long for the security of the bleachers and wish I was sitting anonymously in that throng of five or six people. But I'm not alone out here. A youngster – a nine or ten year old girl – is sitting on a log close to "E". I hope she knows enough to stay on her log and be quiet. I need to concentrate.

Jamie and Eddie trot down the backstretch outside the ring. I clear my throat and in my best James Earl Jones voice, I belt out: "At ‘A' enter working trot … At ‘X' halt, salute!" Jamie and Eddie enter at ‘A' accordingly. I now feel the power I've been given. "Proceed working trot," I command. Jamie halts and salutes. Her crisp delivery emboldens me. Our team of three means business. I glance at my paper. "At ‘C' track left!" The pair comes around toward ‘E'. "At ‘E', circle left 20 meters." Things are going great. But I wonder why they use meters? Why not yards? The metric system is so stuffy and European. Not like our simple, wholesome yards and inches. And feet. This is America, dammit! I look up and realize I don't have a clue where Jamie is in the pattern. "Umm…uhh…," Darth Vader is replaced by

SpongeBob SquarePants. A small voice comes from behind me: "Workingcanterleftlead!" The Log Girl has pulled me back from the brink of disaster. "Between K & A, workingcanterleftlead!" I bark. And to catch-up: "At ‘B', canter left 20 meters." I turn to the girl: "Hey thanks, young lady. That was nice of you." She smiles, "You need more practice." Jamie and Eddie complete the pattern despite my help. They receive a ribbon and a nice wine glass. Jamie knew the pattern well enough to overcome my dereliction of duty. She's not angry, but she tells me: "You need more practice." And now, I find myself trotting around an empty dressage ring, a horseless rider with a copy of "Training Level Test 2" in my hand. It's a beautiful sport.

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Equine Light Therapy

Gospel Hour - Friend & Inspiration

by Cheryl Childs There are many reasons that someone chooses to go into business, such as wanting to own their own business or perhaps wanting to turn a hobby into a business, but for Christina & Dennis Reguli of Tennessee the reason they started their business, According to "Gospel" Equine Light Therapy it was none of those reasons. Their reason was a 17 hand show jumper named Gospel Hour. Every horse owner has had to deal with an illness or injured horse at some time and that was exactly what Christina and Dennis had to go through with Christina's gelding, Gospel Hour. Gospel Hour developed laminitis while recovering from a surgery to correct an old injury. Gospel's road to recovery was long and rocky and included having a tendon cut, sidewalls being removed and a two month stay at the veterinary clinic, but he fought and survived. "He was a miracle," Christina says. Gospel went home to live out his life in retirement. As time passed Gospel Hour began to experience problems with the leg again. Christina got bad news at a monthly visit to the Vet, the deep flexor was pulling on the coffin bone of his foot. The pull on the tendon was forcing the coffin bone to tip downward and, if it continued, the bone would go through the bottom of his foot. The Vet felt that it was due to scar tissue building up from the tendon surgery. The Vet told Christina and Dennis that they would probably lose Gospel Hour. That statement made the Regulis even more determined to find an answer. They knew that time was not on their side. Christina found out, through her research, about a therapy that used light. According to extensive research the therapy had been used on horses since the mid 80's. There was documentation about the use of light therapy from all over the world. Wanting to know more about how light could heal tissue she did more research and Christina thought that signs pointed to light therapy possibly being the answer for Gospel Hour. It was, however, a very expensive treatment (costing thousands of dollars for one small device) which made it cost prohibitive for her. Dennis - who is an engineer - told her that maybe there was something he could do. After doing some research of his own Dennis thought he could make a light device for Gospel Hour. Christina measured Gospel's leg and Dennis ordered what he


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needed to make a light pad that they could wrap around his leg. They were racing against time and when the neoprene fabric didn't arrive on time Dennis took a mouse pad and duct tape and fashioned a light therapy pad for him. They treated Gospel every day and his coffin bone slowly retreated back where it belonged. The Vets were shocked by Gospel's improvement. As word spread about Gospel's recovery, people began to contact the Regulis to see if they could purchase one of "Gospel's Light Pads" to help their horses. It became clear to Christina and Dennis that this was what they were supposed to do, Christina explained. The Regulis also wanted to make the treatment affordable for everyone. After nearly two years of prototyping, research and testing the first product was manufactured in 2005. The pads have been used on many horses and dogs, including their own, with no adverse side effects. "What began as a way to help

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my horse", says Christina, "became a business." People often ask how Light Therapy aids in the healing process. The tissues and cells of the body absorb light at certain specific wavelengths, but does not absorb light at other wavelengths. The key factor is using specific wavelengths. According to "Gospel" Equine Light Therapy uses those specific wavelengths in the red and infrared spectrum. Visible red light is absorbed by skin layers very efficiently and is best for uses such as stimulating trigger and acupuncture points and for treating wounds and infections. Infrared light penetrates to a

deeper level and has been used to treat concerns of tendons. ligaments, joints and muscle. There are many uses for Light Therapy including arthritis pain, bursitis, bruising, burns, edema, deep muscle problems, hematomas, inflammation, tight or sore muscles and infections. It also works well on hoof problems such as abscesses, bone spurs, inflammation, navicular, ringbone and laminitis as well as ankle problems, bone chips, hock problems, inflammation, ligament soreness, tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain, sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds, cuts, and scrapes. You can find more information, as well as testimonials from people who have used the product, on their website at

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10 Stalls C u tt i n g A re n a R o u n d Pe n N e w Fe n c i n g P i p e Pa d d o c k s & M a ny O t h e r E x t ra s Also available: Neat old farm house remodeled. 40 x 200 Horse barn with 24 stalls, bath and office. Great Estate site. 39 acres and a year round Spring fed stream. Property in path of future development land. $669,500

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ReviewC o r r a l ™™™ Horse Crazy by Bob Goddard Reviewed by Cheryl Childs If you’re looking for a book as a gift for a horse person or a person with a horse person in their life Horse Crazy is the book you’re looking for. Bob Goddard started out writing a series of stories that were observations of his life as the Dad of two horsewomen. The stories were always well written and left you laughing, sometimes so hard you would be crying. The book is even better. If you are a horsewoman you will see yourself in the book from start to finish. It also gives some insight to what your family and friends put up with because you are a horsewoman. Bob puts a humorous spin on dealing with horsewomen on a daily basis. If you’re a parent, grandparent, spouse or sibling of a horsewoman you will really enjoy the book. Chances are it just might make you feel as if you’e not out there alone, that there are others struggling with this, as he refers to it, “ mental illness”. It’s good handbook for parents and grandparents of horse crazy girls, too. It will prepare you for what you will dealing with in the future. Forewarned is forearmed. Bob ‘s humorous collections will be a great stress reliever for you and help you keep your sense of humor through it all. When your horse crazy girl has grown into a horse crazy woman, give the book to her and she will find herself laughing as much as you did. I know, as a horsewoman Bob's humor makes me laugh out loud, because it's all so true. So I highly recommend this book be added to your gift list. It’s a great read and it will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. If your feeling blue pull it out - it will cheer you up. If you’re stuck at home taking care of the horses for the horsewoman in your life (with a long list of instructions on the care and feeding of her horses) go ahead - pull Bob’s book out - it will ease the pain. But don’t take to reading until you read the instruction list and feed the horses, of course.

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HEALTHY HORSE Guest Columnist: Angeline Schwebke CEMT

Massage Therapy Equine massage therapy is a very safe, non-invasive type of therapy. It is even safe enough to be used on pregnant mares and foals and can benefit most any horse. Massage therapy involves learning the horse's skeletal and muscular systems. In includes kinesiology, the study of movement and the parts of the body that are responsible for a specific motion, as well as the relevant safety and ethical issues. It is not something that a person can learn in a few hours or a day. There are a number of benefits to equine massage, both physical & psychological. The benefits include increasing the horse's range of motion, increasing circulation, improving digestion, decreasing muscle recovery time after exertion, improving the animal's disposition, and improving the horsehuman bond. I'd like to elaborate a little on what increased circulation means for your horse. By increasing circulation, the amount of nutrients that the bloodstream carries to muscles is increased. And at the same time as circulation is increased, waste products in the muscle tissue, such as toxins and excess fluid are removed at a greater rate. In addition to increased circulation and its accompanying benefits, massage therapy addresses muscle problems, such as stress points, muscle spasms, and trigger points which interfere w/a horse's movement. Some of the ways these movement problems manifest are uneven hips, head bobbing, stumbling, bucking, being short strided, to name a few. People sometimes think their horse is being stubborn when it could be due to muscle problems such as tension, spasms, even scar tissue or adhesions from past injuries. The body is always striving to maintain homeostasis, to heal, repair and maintain itself, from the cellular level on up to the complex systems within the body. In order for this to occur the proper conditions need to be present. Massage therapy assists the body in getting back to a state of health. When this happens, the horse is more resilient. When a horse feels better and moves more freely and without pain, it performs better! 26

Massage therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care for your horse, but a great way to enhance their horse's performance, well being, and overall quality of life. If people give it a chance they will see results! It is amazing how much massage therapy benefits horse psychologically. Even horses that have experienced severe abuse. Horses are affected both physically & mentally by how they are trained, treated, and handled. When they are abused they loose their ability to trust people and to interact with people in a relaxed manner. Massage therapy is effective in strengthening the horse/human bond. Touch is a very powerful form of communication, especially for social animals, such as the horse. Massage therapy tells the horse that humans can be trusted, that there is good touch, and that a good relationship with a person is possible. In this way, massage therapy can play powerful role in an abused/neglected horse's healing and rehabilitation. Massage therapy also can improve a horse's disposition. Just as in people, the mind and body are interconnected. In order for a horse to function at its best it needs to be balanced and healthy, both physically & mentally. The most common misconception is that this type of therapy is frivolous pampering-that it is "spoiling" a horse. Massage therapy is at least 3,000 years old and offers benefits that have been documented. I liken it to regular maintenance on your care. Your car runs better and has fewer breakdowns if it is serviced regularly. What massage therapy does for horses is enhance their health and enable them to achieve more of their potential and perform better. Contact Angelina E-mail: Call: (316) 213-1890. Please check out my

Legendary Horses Winning Colors Ke n t u c k y D e r by W i n n e r (one of only three fillies to do so)

Winning Colors was an American Hall of Fame Champion Thoroughbred racehorse and one of only three fillies to ever win the Kentucky Derby. Though she was registered as roan, she was, in fact, a gray with a broad band of white on her face. Racing on the West Coast of the United States for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Winning Colors won both of her starts at age two. In the spring of 1988, the large filly put on a powerful performance in the Santa Anita Derby, defeating colts her age by 7½ lengths. Sent to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, she was up against a stellar field of colts including Risen Star, Seeking the Gold, Forty Niner, Regal Classic, and cofavorite Private Terms. As was her habit, Winning Colors broke fast and raced to the lead. Although Forty Niner made a determined charge in the homestretch, she held him off to win by a neck. In the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, Winning Colors finished third to

Risen Star who then blew away the field in the 1½ mile Belmont Stakes, winning by fifteen lengths while Winning Colors finished out of the money. In the fall of 1988, Winning Colors finished second to Ogden Phipps' filly Personal Ensign in the Maskette Stakes. The two fillies next met in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs in a race that is remembered as one of the most exciting finishes in Breeder's Cup history. Winning Colors had the lead with just 110 yards to go when Personal Ensign, who had struggled throughout the entire race because of the sloppy track, made a charge and won by what the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame describes as a "lip." After the race, Winning Colors' trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that she had run the best race of her career. Voted the 1988 Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly, the following year Winning Colors raced in her final campaign at age four but won only two of her seven races, hampered by breathing diffi-

culties and surgery. In 2000, Winning Colors was inducted in the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Winning Colors was euthanized February 17, 2008 at the age of 23 as a result of complications from colic. She was in foal to Mr. Greeley. She is buried at Greentree Farm, a division of Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.

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Riding Through History on the Lewis and Clark Trail

In 1805 Lewis and Clark led their Corps of Discovery on the search for a water route across North America. Over 200 years later, one section of the route they took, the Lolo Trail in north central Idaho, remains almost exactly as it was when Lewis and Clark first made their historic trek. For horseback riders, the Lolo Trail presents an incredible opportunity to step back in time and experience one of the most pristine parts of our vast country. The trail is located in the Clearwater National Forest, one of a series of interconnected parks and national forests that form “Big Wild,” the largest contiguous wild area in the lower forty-eight states. This is an area of majestic forests, wide open meadows, crystal clear lakes and rivers, as well as abundant wildlife such as bears, elk, deer, moose and eagles. It was an unforgettable experience to ride across this country with Tony and Annie Lowry of Triple O Outfitters. The horses we rode were not typical “string horses,” and showed the benefits of the vaquero natural horsemanship style of training that Tony, his cousin Brett, and Brett’s wife Kami adhere to. They were extremely gentle, fit, willing and engaged. All of the horses are different crosses of Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Morgan. My horse, Zap, was an alert, sure footed partner, keeping a nice steady pace even on steep uphill climbs. All riding is at the walk, which is appropriate for the terrain, which includes heavily forested areas, stream crossings, grassy meadows, and ascents and descents on mountain trails. The pace allowed us to take in sweeping vistas as we ascended on the trails, and to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the dense forest areas. We had high quality Western saddles, which were

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extremely comfortable for the five to six hours per day we spent riding, covering eight to fourteen miles each day. Tony is flexible in setting the length of each day’s ride, which makes this an excellent trip for novices as well as experienced riders. Each afternoon when we rode into camp the horses would free graze in beautiful meadows, occasionally taking breaks to wander back to camp and check on us. I rode at the end of August and the first few days of September, and we had clear, sunny days that were not too hot, and pleasantly cool evenings. I look forward to going back to experience this beautiful country at different times of year. Triple O Outfitters can be reached by phone at (208) 437 0719 or (208) 610 1492. Their email address is and their website is Copyright Equestrian Adventurer Media, LLC

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