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Refine Your Training With Good Transitions

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

A hallmark of the well trained horse is smooth transitions from one gait to another. It’s thrilling to watch a reiner make the change from their fast circle to their slow small circle, making the speed change in one or two strides. There’s the dressage horse that moves into their extended trot with a huge change in reach and speed. [click to continue…]

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Notes Inside The Corral (May 2015)

Bobbie as a spectator2Well, March and April proved to be big months for us as we attended trade shows and major events in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania (my apologies to West Virginia). In just our fourth full year of ownership, we enjoy the opportunity to spend time with friends and promote the horse industry in our region. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (April 2015)

Bobbie as a spectator2Officially, or at least astronomically, we have seen the first day of spring which means our animals are starting to shed. I don’t know if I ever shared this with you or not but our little ranch has two names. [click to continue…]

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I Need Help!

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

I am continually trying to find ways to improve my skills and knowledge. Over the years I have found horseman that I knew I wanted to learn from and found ways to do that; whether it was learning from my mentor Wayne Allen, riding in an expo clinics with Eric Horgan (Olympic medalist), Al Dunning, or Dale Livingston, or attending a cattle clinic with Richard Winters. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (March 2015)

Bobbie as a spectator2I’m writing this editorial mid-February while the wind is howling, the snow is blowing and wind chills are in the negative double digits. But, like many of you, thoughts of spring are constantly invading everything I do: driving, working, feeding the animals, feeding my family, and even sleeping. Just last night I had a dream about a camping trip…and I don’t even like camping! [click to continue…]

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‘A Year on the Farm’ Introduces Children to the World of Modern Farming

vcsPRAsset_515593_110305_e0b916ca-10b6-46c3-a3b5-85b783d07c33_0‘A Year on the Farm,’ a new educational children’s book from Case IH, introduces children, ages 4 to 8, to modern farming, showing how the tractors, combines and other equipment are needed to plant and harvest crops. The first in a series from Case IH, ‘A Year on the Farm’ is filled with colorful photography, fun illustrations and a cast of cartoon characters. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (February 2015)

Bobbie as a spectator2The verdict is in and the Horsemen’s Corral has been found guilty of being EXTRAordinary! [click to continue…]

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Ranch Pleasure is Back to Basics

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

I thought we would start out the new year talking about Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. We have had questions and inquiries about Ranch Pleasure. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what these classes are and how to be competitive in these show rings.
Ranch Pleasure in AQHA is a pattern class. There are basically five patterns which are in the rule book, but a judge can also make up their own pattern. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (January 2015)

Bobbie as a spectator2Here I am, still laying around with my broken ankle from my riding accident back on Oct. 31. Not a whole lot to do except work my job, look out the window, read, crochet, look out the window, play around on the computer, watch a little TV, look out the window, think…and write. [click to continue…]

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Six Tips to Improve Your Riding

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

As a year-end article, I thought I would give you six things you can do to improve your riding and make your horse’s job easier. If you want to improve your horse, it starts with you.
1. Don’t pull. In past articles I talked about holding the bridle reins like you are holding hands with that significant person in your life. Would that person like it if you were pulling and yanking on their hand? No? Well your horse doesn’t do so well with it either. Horses react to what we do, so if you are pulling they will pull back. A good way to practice this is to ask a friend to hold the other end of a set of bridle reins. [click to continue…]

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Photos: Don’t You Care Enough to Send the Very Best?

Maloney, Michelle Mby Michelle Farnham
The Post Newspapers managing editor
Medina, Ohio

Editor’s Note: The Horsemen’s Corral wishes to thank Michelle Farnham of the Post Newspapers for granting permission to reprint her article on photos for publication. This is without a doubt the best piece we have ever read on the subject.

The Post Newspapers asks for photos from readers on a regular basis. Whether in the form of a photo contest, youth sports, congratulations announcements and even obituaries, digital picture quality is a big concern.
We realize that not everyone is a trained photographer and for some users, submitting a photo can be a real test of one’s technological knowledge. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (December 2014)

Bobbie as a spectator2Here I lay in my dark gloomy bedroom with my leg in a cast from the knee down, asking myself if I “want some cheese with this whine”. As many of my fellow equestrians know, it’s not easy being laid up with a serious injury when there is so much to be done between the house, barn, and spending time with our family, friends and animals. [click to continue…]

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A ‘Bit’ of Philosophy

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

We had a request from a person to do an article about bits. This is a big topic and one that I feel very passionate about. So much so, that I am working with a bit maker to make a line of bits, based on my experience and seeing what works with training horses. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (November 2014)

bobbie and starSince my last editorial Joe and I, along with Kelsie and the entire staff of the Corral have been very busy. If you tried calling the office in the last 30 days and got our answering machine, we apologize but with such a small staff, when we attend shows and other events representing the Corral, office time becomes very minimal. [click to continue…]

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Cuyahoga County 4-H Youth to Represent Ohio at Nationals

horse bowl & comm 2014 003Jami Meglich of Olmsted Falls will be representing Ohio 4-H at two National competitions this fall. Jami won the Public Speaking division of the State 4-H Communications Contest in March with her speech ‘Equine Embryo Transplants.’ She will compete in the Public Speaking Division of the Communications Contest at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus in October and at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup in Louisville, Ky., in November as the Ohio delegate. Jami is a member of the Cuyahoga County 4-H Equine Studies Teams coached by Rebecca Karl, participating  in the Communications Contest, Horse Bowl, Hippology, Judging Contest, and State Trail Ride. She showed her horse, Couper, in the State Fair 4-H Junior Horse Show. She is a member of the Bedford Clovers 4-H and Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.

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You Really Want to be a Horse Trainer?

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Each year I get invited by Dan Rhodeback down at Ohio State University to be a guest teacher for his equine science class for breaking and training young horses. Dan takes college students who may or may not have a lot of horse training experience and teaches them how to break a colt over a period of two semesters. He does this without an indoor facility, as The Ohio State University no longer has a indoor facility since it was devastated by a storm three years ago. To his credit, he gets the job done every year while keeping the kids safe. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (October 2014)

Bobbie as a spectator2It is hard to believe that we have owned the Corral for three years. On one hand, it seems like we have always been here and on the other, it seems we’re just starting this venture. During the last three years, we’ve realized the strength of our region and focused on being somewhat unique. We’re the only magazine that I know of who is tied into a radio show, Horsin Around Ohio, hosted by Joe and “coming from the studios of the Horsemen’s Corral magazine”. [click to continue…]

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Outbreak Alert – WNV

A case of West Nile virus (WNV) was recently reported in mosquitoes near Barberton, Ohio. WNV is a potentially deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain and threatens horses, birds and humans. While the risk of horses contracting the disease is lower than it used to be, equine WNV remains dangerous and widespread – a serious threat to the health of horses throughout the country.  One out of three horses that gets sick from WNV dies or must be euthanized.

Horse owners who suspect equine WNV should watch for the following clinical signs and, if they are observed, a veterinarian should be consulted. Signs include:  [click to continue…]

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Dr. Getty Advises: Horses Need Supplemental Salt Year Round

by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Regardless of the weather, horses require a daily supply of salt. In cold seasons, salt helps promote enough water consumption to prevent dehydration. In warm seasons, salt replaces what is lost from perspiration. A full-sized horse requires at least one ounce (two level tablespoons or 30 ml) of salt each day for maintenance; this much provides 12 grams of sodium. Heat, humidity, and exercise increase the horse’s need. [click to continue…]

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The Athletics of Riding

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Non-horse people think that riding a horse means you put your butt in the saddle then kick to go and pull to whoa. But they don’t know how to ride. Just like I think golfing is just whacking a ball with a club, but people who golf know that there is much more to the sport. Proper riding is a detailed athletic sport made more complicated by the fact that we have to partner with a 1,200 plus pound team mate. [click to continue…]

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Bobbie as a spectator2I’m not one who believes in tooting my own horn but like Joshua, sometimes you just gotta blow! Kudos to the Corral team for getting this issue out on time in spite of an amazing number of personal issues. Michelle’s Step-Father passed away after a long battle with heart disease. Joe’s Mother had knee surgery. I’m writing this from the hospital where my Mother has been for a week and is having a heart procedure today. Oh, and my Dad fell and injured his leg! Too much to make up but as Joe put on his Facebook page, “prayers needed for our old folks, the rest of us could use a glass of wine.” [click to continue…]

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A Horse is Only as Good as It’s Rider

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

The other day on Facebook, we had put up a post about training. Printed on a picture, we put the inscribed word ‘Good horses are developed over years, not trained in months.’ We were really surprised at the interest in the post, with over 2,100 people sharing it to their Facebook page, reaching over 160,000 Facebook subscribers (as of the submission time of this article). So given the enthusiastic reception for my message, it really got me thinking about this statement and people’s belief and support in this message. [click to continue…]

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Horse Progress Days — Something for Everyone

Hitching the big draft horsesby Mary Thomas

Horse Progress Days returned to Mt. Hope, Ohio, July 4-5 for its 21st edition. From its modest beginning in 1994 in rural Kinzers, Pa., it has grown into an event with international impact, drawing visitors from Europe, Australia, and Africa. The threat of the local measles outbreak did not reduce attendance with upwards of 20,000 filling the Mt. Hope Auction facility over the two days. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (August 2014)

Bobbie as a spectator2How many of you have thought about summer being half over already? I certainly have. We’ve all been busy here in the Corral offices with our vacations and the fun equine events we’ve been attending, such as several trail rides, including the Ohio Quarter Horse Association trail ride, mounted shooting, rodeos, and the first of the season’s county fairs. Unfortunately several of us have suffered a few injuries, ranging from severe to mildly aggrevating. Our own Mary Vedda is on the mend from her tumble off one of her less experienced horses that landed her in the hospital. Joe is working on getting the strength and range of motion back in his shoulder from his torn rotator cuff, (he fell off our gentlest horse…hee hee hee!) and I ended up with a broken little toe after my foot found its way under our slightly ditzy Friesian cross’s hoof. It wouldn’t be a problem if I would just stop rebreaking it. However, as my dad likes to say about broken little toes “it’s not much of a toe”.

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Cashmans Horse Equipment Adds Bobcat Mowers

Image.1403105562682Cashmans Horse Equipment is pleased to announce the addition of Bobcat Zero Turn Riding Mowers to their vast selection of equine and farm equipment offerings.
“All farms have lots of grass to mow. Our customers were asking for a quality zero turn mower that would stand up to the tough mowing conditions a farm presents.” said Pat Cashman. “We found that Bobcat mowers were tough, powerful and carried a great warranty. Bobcat passed the requirements we demand for our customers.” [click to continue…]

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Horses Don’t Make Mistakes

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Horses don’t make mistakes, but people do. When riding or working with horses and things don’t go as planned, most people want to blame the horse. Horses will only react in accordance to how they are trained by humans. If they are not trained properly or thoroughly, their own instincts take over. When that happens, we get reactions we don’t want or anticipate, and then we get upset with our horse. But here’s the thing, a horse can’t reason. When they shy at something or bolt from something, they don’t turn around and look at it and say “Gee that was dumb.” They react according to their instincts. The very best thing that we can do for our horses is gain their trust through good training, proper riding and understanding their instinctive reactions. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (July 2014)

Ravenstar_bobbieOne of the nice things about owning an equine magazine is that when the cover photo you planned on falls through you can make a quick decision and use a picture of your own horse…as long as you know someone close by with a great camera, an artistic eye, and who can take a super photo on short notice, (in profile and high resolution of course). Our own Michelle Ross, Director Arts and Composition, filled our photographer slot for the July cover photo. The newest addition to the Coalter ranch, and this month’s subject on the cover, Half-Arabian, Princess Ravenstar, can be seen racing through our pasture at just three weeks old. [click to continue…]

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Good Luck California Chrome

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Tick Bites: an Ever Present Danger

by Vicki Pritchard, RN, MSN

Ticks are always a threat to humans, no matter in what part of the country they reside. There are many varieties of ticks and most of them can transmit disease.
Typical symptoms of the foremost tick-borne disease, Lyme, are the tell-tale bulls-eye rash, along with fever, headache, and fatigue, but there can be more serious neurological damage. [click to continue…]

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Stop Pulling!

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Last month we talked about the similarity in human/horse instincts and how fear can be one of our biggest obstacles to succeeding with our horses, because of the reactions fear causes. Our ability to apply reason marks the difference between humans’ and horses’ fear reactions. Add improved horsemanship knowledge to the mix and you’ve got a much better chance at successful results with your horse. [click to continue…]

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Notes From Inside The Corral (June 2014)

Bobbie as a spectator2June is here and as I write, our mare Morning Star is one week overdue from her foaling date. [click to continue…]

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Get Involved with ACTHA/PATH

Have you been to an ACTHA/PATH Internationl Shamrock Ride? If so, you have seen one or more of these amazing programs and met some of the gifted and caring staff and their volunteers. Every year, more than 7,400 PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) members help 56,000 children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse. [click to continue…]

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The Last Ride

“So when we do make that last ride that is inevitable for us all to make, to that place up there, where the grass is green and lush and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear, and deep—You’ll tell us as we ride in that our entry fees have been paid. These things we ask.—Amen.”
—Excerpt from ‘A Rodeo Cowboy’s
Prayer’ by Clem McSpadden

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Don Blazer, author of the syndicated columns ‘A Horse, of Course’ and ‘Making Money with Horses’ lost his battle with lung cancer on April 7, 2014. Don’s energy changed form at the Bulverde, Texas, home he loved, with his wife and daughter by his side. [click to continue…]

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Notes from Inside the Corral (May 2014)

Kelsie and Angel First Time Being PoniedAt the Horsemen’s Corral we’ve finally attended our last trade show for the season. We had a presence at more shows throughout the region than in past years, which means more exposure for our advertisers and clubs. Yes, trade shows are fun; especially meeting new people, but the long hours on sore feet and back to back weekends became exhausting. Was it worth the time and investment to do all these shows?

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Cashmans Horse Equipment and Millcreek Manufacturing Collaborate on a New Line of Rust-Resistant Stainless Steel Spreaders

IMG_9183After years in the making, Cashmans Horse Equipment is proud to introduce the world’s first stainless steel manure spreader. Cashmans, a dealer for Millcreek Manufacturing for over 20 years, has built a great relationship with the engineers at Millcreek who design and fabricate the spreaders. Over the years, feedback from customers—both positive and negative—is regularly communicated between the two companies. The latest collaborative effort has resulted in the creation of what is being termed ‘The Ultimate Manure Spreader.’ Cashmans and Millcreek are proud to introduce the Millcreek SS Series—a stainless steel version of their already popular spreader line of products.

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Congratulations to our Local Featherlite Trailer Dealer

BLH8E29VHarrison Ford once again recognized at annual Featherlite Dealer meeting

Featherlite Trailers recognized Harrison Ford Inc. of Wellington, Ohio, at its 2014 Dealer Awards Banquet on February 18, 2014. The awards banquet was held during the annual Featherlite Dealer Meeting in Rochester, Minn. Honored dealers were presented awards for sales growth, service and performance achievements for the 2013 sales year. Featherlite has a dealer network of over 190 dealers across the U.S. and Canada.

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Ram Trucks Wild Card Jim Anderson Captures Road to the Horse 2014 Title

Mary Road to HorseIt was a photo finish at the Kentucky Horse Park after a historic showdown which brought the crowd to their feet as a Cinderella story unfolded. Canadian Wild Card Jim Anderson captured the Ram Trucks Wild Card Championship and ultimately the 2014 World Championship of Colt Starting title.

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Notes From Inside The Corral (April 2014)

Kelsie and Carlos at MichiganI’m very proud of the young lady in the picture accompanying my editorial. This is my daughter Kelsie, and what a fine little horsewoman she has become over the years. This year my editorials have mentioned Kelsie’s journey with horses beginning with therapeutic riding and then advancing to riding her own horse without any side-walkers in the arena. When Kelsie lost her horse, Mr. Slick, to cancer, she also lost her desire to ride. It has been three years now and Joe and I miss Kelsie joining us in the arena and on the trail. We’ve gone through ups and downs to find Kelsie the right horse, one she can love and trust like Mr. Slick, but luck has not been on our side. I would sometimes think, it’s just not meant to be.

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Nutritional Management of Equine Medical Conditions

Kelly R. Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Equine Nutritionist
Purina Animal Nutrition

Introduction

Feeding a healthy horse is a relatively straight forward endeavor: maximize high-quality forages, supply NRC daily recommended levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals for that class of horse, and feed concentrates according to energetic requirements. Unfortunately, feeding protocols for horses with specific medical conditions are not so simple or well defined. This is due to the fact that the majority of published research in equine nutrition focuses on the requirements of the “healthy” horse, but scientific research related to feeding the “sick” horse is limited. The research and information that is available, combined with practical field experience, gives equine veterinarians, technicians, and nutritionists a solid basis for outlining feeding protocols that will both theoretically and functionally support horses suffering from a particular medical condition.
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Notes From Inside The Corral (March 2014)

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With the arrival of March, spring can’t be too far away; at least according to the calendar. The seed packets and potting soil, along with grass seed and fertilizer are on the shelves at our favorite stores. The tack catalogs all have a spring theme in their advertising photos and the biggest harbinger of spring, the annual Ohio Equine Affaire, is just a month away. This month’s issue of the Corral once again provides our subscribers with an Equine Affaire Preview insert. If you plan on attending this mega horse expo, take some time to check out the insert’s four-day calendar and the biographies of this year’s clinicians. As always, thank you to Equine Affaire, our advertisers and our own Corral staff who made the insert possible.
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Collection Basics For All Horses

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Early in February we asked our Facebook friends what they would like to read about and we received a lot of great suggestions. In coming months we will try to write about many of the topics that people requested. By far, the most requested topic was regarding collection; what it is and what it isn’t, how to achieve collection, how do you know when you do achieve collection with your horse. We will try to address many of questions in this article regarding collection basics.
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Notes From Inside The Corral (February 2014)

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I wanted to let you know that the subject of my editorial last month, Joey, our rescued Arabian, passed away in the pasture the middle of January. When we found him down on his side, alive but unable to get up, we immediately called our vet. He thinks Joey’s heart may have given out possibly from the neglect he suffered over the years prior to our rescue. Maybe it was his kidneys shutting down from a disease he came to us with, or maybe it was one of a multitude of other reasons. No matter, Joey’s passing hurts just the same, especially after starting to develop a bond with him once he began trusting us. Although Joey left all too soon on a winter’s day, it was one of the warmer ones we’ve seen for a while and the sun was shining brightly while he was in the pasture with his buddies. Our sweet little Joey died with a full belly, his herd gathered round, and the people who loved him by his side.
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New Year, New Horse?

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

With the New Year and the potential for a new riding season, many equine enthusiasts will find themselves in the market for a new horse. Here is an update from a previous article that I feel makes logical, yet important points to remember…
When you find yourself in the market to buy a horse, there is much to consider. Your first decision is defining what your goals are with a new equine partner. Will you be showing and what discipline(s), trail riding, working livestock or do you just want to play and have fun? How much time do you realistically have to ride and work with your horse? Do you have the financial stability to buy and care for your horse as well as purchase all the necessary tack and equipment? What do you need in terms of age and experience in a horse? Do you have the knowledge and “know how” to keep yourself and your horse safe after the purchase? We will try to address each of these questions in this article.
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Restricting Forage is Incredibly Stressful

by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Stress = Obesity
That’s right. Stress is keeping your horse fat. And the main source of stress for most horses? Restricting forage. The very thing most people do to try to help their horse lose weight actually causes the same stress reaction that brings about body fat retention, and all its attendant problems.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Here are the physiological facts—they are indisputable: The horse is a trickle feeder. He’s a grazing animal designed to chew all day long. His chewing produces saliva, which neutralizes the acid that’s continually flowing in his stomach. Your stomach produces acid only when you eat; your horse’s stomach produces acid constantly, even when the stomach is empty (you see where I am going with this—his stomach should never be empty!). He also needs forage flowing through his digestive tract to exercise those muscles; otherwise the muscles get flabby, which can bring on colic from a weak intestinal tract that torques and intussuscepts. Furthermore, the cecum (hindgut) contains the bacteria responsible for digesting fiber from forage. But its exit and entrance are both at the top! In order for digested material to be pushed to the top, the cecum must be full. Otherwise colic can result from material left at the bottom.
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Sidelines Q and A with Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship

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Question: About two months ago, I purchased a 6-year-old gelding for use on the trail. He has been great on the trail when we are going straight down the trail. I notice when I turn him sharply he throws his head. I have the same bit in the bridle that the previous owner used, so I know it is a bridle he is accustomed to. Is there anything else that could be causing this behavior? Debbie C.
Answer: I would recommend that you have your horse’s teeth examined by an experienced dental veterinarian as horse’s teeth continue to grow for most of their life and dental problems may develop at any time. Until 6 years old, a horse will have deciduous and permanent teeth erupting and be shedding deciduous teeth. This means that a dental examination should be scheduled every six months to ensure if problems do develop that they can be quickly corrected or treated. From six years to 20 years most horses will need an annual dental examination. During this time they will develop sharp enamel points as well as have the potential to develop many other problems, which if identified and treated early can help the horse to lead a more pain free, comfortable life.
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Notes From Inside The Corral (December 2013)

Bobbie as a spectator2Congratulations to our young winners of the Corral Search and Find puzzle coloring contest. Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry, and also to the many moms, dads and club advisors for helping to get those entries in the mail. I absolutely loved seeing some of the same names for this contest that I saw for the last! I added the second and third place prizes because with so many entries I just had to have more than one winner. If you are wondering how we made our selections, we put all our qualifying entry names in a pot and blindly selected the first, second and third place names. If interest from our Corral youngsters continues at this pace, we are just going to have to do more contests! So look for Morning Star Kid’s page contests in 2014 and send in those entries!
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A Breath of Fresh Air

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

In my opinion, there is nothing much better than watching a good western pleasure horse go around the pen. But if you think about our western pleasure competition today, you have a lot of horses who don’t have a natural western pleasure gait. These horses are forced to put their heads down and go slow in a way that creates a contorted, forehand heavy, head bobbing, unnatural stride. Because of the modern western pleasure lope, the term ‘trope’ was born (lope in front and trot in back). Here is the good news…AQHA and several ranch horse associations such as American Ranch Horse Associate (ARHA) are trying to offer the horse public an alternative; the ranch pleasure and ranch riding classes. These classes showcase horses that have natural forward motion while being light in their feet and responsive to the bridle.
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7th Annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Horse Show Donates $65,000

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by Chip Jackson
Photos by Fairfield Photography

The 7th Annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show is now in the books. And what a show it was! Stalls, entries, and most important the donation amount, all broke records again this year. New for this year was the Buckeye Nutrition’s $500 Ladies Pink Barrel Race. The ladies were flying around the new J.D. Equipment Pink Barrels and said they are looking forward to the 2014 show.

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Cleveland Mounted Patrol Downtown Ride a Huge Success

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by Kathy King
Photos by Reuss Griffiths

The big day has come and gone, pictures are circulating and I am happy to report we officially had 70 degrees and sunshine for our September 14 ride in downtown Cleveland. This ride was held in support of the 102 year old Cleveland Mounted Police (CMP) Unit. As we know, the city pays the officers, but the horses are maintained on donations. The eight horses are used for sporting events, crowd control, patrolling, public relations, collaborative work with the Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Unit at the newly acquired Lakefront Parks, and funerals to honor fallen officers. No doubt they are there to serve and protect. On the 14th of September, 2013 they served and protected 180+ horseback riders, three wagons full of riders, and six carriages drawn by miniature horses during a 90 minute ride.

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What a Horse Thinks…

Terry Myersby Terry Myers

Have you ever truly thought about what your horse is thinking? Ever thought about how they interpret their world? Growing up, people used to tell me that to be a good horseman; you have to think like a horse. But yet, no one ever would tell me how a horse thinks. Today, we have all kinds of horse psychology books and videos published by the well educated and the not so well educated. So I’m going to give you my view point from experience (no college degree here, just scars from the school of hard knocks). In past articles, I frequently referred to the rider’s instincts. Hope you liked those articles, because we are going to talk about that again, but this time from the horses’ perspective.
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Notes from Inside The Corral (November 2013)

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It has been two years now since Joe and I bought the Horsemen’s Corral. The first year flew by and this past one has been no different. If anything we have been even busier but having the time of our lives! Have there been rough spots? oh yeah. Being new to the publishing world we of course had much to learn. Do we expect to travel more rocky roads? Sure. Considering today’s economic climate for small and medium size business owners, sometimes we face challenges beyond our control. But when we get to sit back for a few quiet moments and just contemplate, that’s what life is about; facing challenges in an ever changing world, learning from those same challenges, and always going forward.
On our second anniversary, I’d like to thank all of you; our subscribers and our advertisers, for your continuing support of the Horsemen’s Corral. And as always, we thank our wonderful staff for keeping the faith!
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Cell Phone Use: Warning Issued for Riders

So-called ‘distracted driving’ laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving are being enacted around the nation, and now it is time for the equine community to take notice, says one equine safety professional.
“It’s important for riders to remember that the horse can be an unpredictable animal,” notes Wayne G. Hipsley, chairman of HorseSafetyUSA.com. “If the rider is distracted by using his or her cell phone, and the horse reacts to something in its environment, serious injuries may be the result.” Riding a horse is like operating a vehicle, distractions can be the cause of serious injuries, and it is well documented the cell phone is a distraction while operating a car and truck.
Hipsley pointed to 12 states and the District of Columbia that prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. “If that is important when only one mind is involved [with driving], then it’s important when two minds—the rider and the horse—are involved.” Therefore, HorseSafetyUSA recommends not using any form of communication device while participating in equestrian activities with a horse and pony.

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The AAQHC is the Largest Single Breed Horse Show in the World…Hope to See You There!

All-American-QH-Congress-Loby Bobbie Coalter

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is the world’s largest breed registry with over 5 million horses registered; so it’s fitting the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) is the largest single breed horse show in the world. The event is hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) and held at the Ohio Expo Center, (the Ohio State Fairgrounds) in Columbus, Ohio. This year the AAQHC takes place October 4-27.

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Successful Horse Trailer Training

by Dan Steers

Tackling horse trailer loading problems at the trailer is the most common mistake that horse owners make when dealing with horses that are difficult to load. The key to successful trailer training starts away from the trailer, with first establishing ground control with the horse.
When attempting to load the horse he only has four directions in which his body can move; left, right, forwards and backwards. Therefore to successfully load the horse we must have control over his body in all four directions. To achieve this, the horse must be taught hindquarter control, where the horse learns to yield its hindquarters to whip pressure; the horse must also be established in coming forward to whip pressure and be proficient in circling around the handler and being driven to the fence from a circle. Only once these ground control basics are established should the handler approach the trailer.

IMG_9577trailerTo read more about successful horse trailer training, see the October issue of the Horsemen’s Corral.

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Notes From Inside The Corral

Bobbie as a spectator2by Bobbie Coalter

 

What I love about October: the weather, the leaves, the bugs…or lack of them, trail riding, the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
What I don’t like about October: Winter is around the corner!
Yes, I’m no different than most horse people. We are all enjoying the end of our busy time of year with our equine companions and dreading having to prepare for winter. Why is it that the best time of the year has to be so short and immediately followed by the cold, wind, snow, ice and mud? Yuck! But I do have to admit that for a month or two I will enjoy being able to slow down and rest a bit.

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