Natural Horsemanship of Northern Nevada
October 2008 Newsletter
President: Lydia Andrews-Jones, 775-970-5256 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Lisa Mae Woods, 775-762-7581 email@example.com
Immediate Past President: Rebekka Rhodes, 775-972-9025 firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities Coordinator: Elizabeth Stanton, 775-720-7593 email@example.com
Secretary: Louise Fernandes, 775-425-0778 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Secretary: Position Open
Newsletter Editor: Position open
Treasurer: Dar Meredith, 775-972-1127 Darm@gbis.com
Web Master: Jann Hehn, 775-852-7261 email@example.com
Membership Director: Barbara Crossland, 775-852-5930 firstname.lastname@example.org Mail membership dues
to NHANN, c/o Barbara Crossland, 2775 Ravazza Road, Reno, NV 89521. $25.00 individual, $35.00 family
Librarian: Cindy Salyer, 775-853-5546 email@example.com
October Meeting Highlights:
The general meeting was called to order at 6:20 p.m. with a welcome from Lydia Jones. Rebekka
requested that the members and guests introduce themselves, as she noted several new faces.
Lydia asked for an approval of the September meeting minutes (contained in the newsletter). Rebekka
motioned to approve the minutes, and Dar offered a second on the approval; none in attendance were
Dar gave the treasurer’s report as follows: The ending balance for September was $1,792.52. Dar stated
that the club’s financial account is readily available to all members for their evaluation.
Cindy and Barbara were not in attendance for this meeting therefore the membership report and club
library were unavailable.
Elizabeth announced that the play day is scheduled for October 26th, 2008 at Bartley Ranch. A brand
inspection is tentatively scheduled from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with the play day to follow from 12:00
PM to 3:00 PM. The club will provide pizza immediately following the play day to allow for a social
time where members can visit and share their experiences with their horses. The club has requested that
members volunteer with the set up and tear down of the play day stations. Please be aware that in order
to provide all members with a quality experience, your time commitment is extremely valuable.
The club Christmas party has been scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008, beginning at 6:30 PM.
The party will be hosted this year by club members Louise Fernandes and Harold Wilson. Lydia will
send out e-mail RSVP’s, which will include the address of the party location. The members are asked to
bring a dish to share, and the club will provide the main meat entrees. There will also be plenty of food
appropriate for vegetarians. The party includes great gifts for all that are attending.
Rebekka asked for a report from Lydia on the trail ride that was held in September from Lydia’s house
in Red Rock. Lydia said that the ride was small with four riders attending. The ride was uneventful until
it became apparent that one horse was not accustomed to having objects around his lower legs (as in
sage or other Nevada desert brush). Lydia said that she discovered that this was this horse’s first trail
ride. She cautioned horse owners to be aware that trail riding is not a small undertaking, and that horses
need to be well prepared and educated for this job well in advance.
Lydia requested that the board members give their input related to their ideas for next year’s speakers or
meeting topics. Lydia thought that addressing horse trailer maintenance and safety would be an
invaluable topic for members, as she was told during her routine trailer maintenance that horse trailers
are rarely seen for safety checks and routine maintenance, as opposed to other types of trailers. The
members in attendance agreed that this topic would be welcomed, and in addition to this topic a poll
among the members at the meeting was taken regarding topics of interest and their educational desires
for the 2009 year. As a result of her poll, Lydia was able to fill in a year’s worth of topics and interests
for the year 2009.
Lydia asked if anyone had announcements, and there were none offered.
Dar asked if the club members thought that the club should guarantee a specific date once or twice a
year to reserve Bartley Ranch for play days or other club events. Recently the Parks Department has set
a new policy to request for reservations up to a year in advance in an attempt to accommodate regularly
scheduled events at specific facilities. The members agreed that this would be a proactive choice. It was
decided that a reservation twice a year for the Bartley Ranch Park would be requested, one occurring in
the spring and one in the fall.
NHANN November Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Round Table
Pizza, 4007 South Virginia Street in the Reno Town Mall (formerly the Old Town Mall). The board meeting begins at
5:15 PM, with the general meeting following at 6:00 PM. Our guest speaker is Cindy Nielsen, DVM. Cindy is a
veterinarian that became involved in natural hoof care with Pete Ramey and Jamie Jackson’s original
organization (AANHCP) American Association of Natural Hoof Care Practioners. In 2008, Cindy opened her
practice, Founder Warriors Rehab. Her topic is, “Can all horses be barefoot?”
NHANN Christmas Party: The club’s year end Christmas party has been scheduled for Saturday December 6, 2008
from 6:30 PM to …whenever. The party is hosted by club members Harold Wilson and Louise Fernandes. The location
and directions will be e-mailed to club members by Lydia.
October Presentation Highlights: Rebekka Rhodes, ARIA (American Riding Instructors Association)
certified riding instructor.
Rebekka said that she obtained her ARIA certification up to a level three (beginner to advanced) in two of the
many riding disciplines, stock seat, and recreational riding.
Rebekka said that of the many safety considerations to consider when embarking on any trail ride, the first
question should be related to the distance or length (hours) of the ride. This question, once answered will help
one decide how much extra gear to pack along for the ride. These general principles can be applied over and
over again for any ride, once the distance and time is factored into the equation. Obviously the longer you are
planning to be gone, the more prepared you need to be for any thing that might come your way.
Rebekka suggested that riders educate themselves about this discipline (trail riding) by subscribing and
investing in publications, such as magazines and books. Rebekka said that she finds that the magazine “Trail
Rider” to be informative and the club library has excellent references on the subject of trail riding. In addition to
these mentioned resources, Rebekka recommended an online magazine available @ www.myhorse.com.
Rebekka said that there is a list of things to consider prior to venturing out on a trail ride. One thing to consider
is the experience level of both the horse and rider. She mentioned the old adage that “green on green makes
black and blue”. Therefore, a well seasoned trail horse with a green rider is the optimum combination. In fact
the experienced trail horse is the best teacher in the world for any rider.
Another consideration prior to leaving home is to be aware of and prepared for prevailing weather conditions,
such as thunder, lightening, rain, flash floods and wind. You and your horse will need to remain calm, coping
with these natural occurrences safely. Rebekka said if you find yourself caught in a lightening storm get off of
the top of the mountain as soon as possible. You don’t want to be the tallest object in the area. If your horse has
metal shoes, they could act as a conduit if the lightening were to strike near you. Being caught in a fire caused
by lightening is another possibility. Make sure you are aware of the terrain, including water crossings or other
obstacles, as well as where the trail ends. It is wise to be knowledgeable of other trails to take instead of the one
you may be on, and possible escape routes. In flash floods, you will need to stay away from the washes and
gulleys. Make sure your horse is prepared in advance for adverse weather conditions, will cross water safely,
etc. Lydia mentioned that you should be able to load your horse(s) safely in adverse situations as well. She felt
it would be best to practice this when at home.
Rebekka said that you will want to carry on your person any items that you would need for your comfort, safety
and convenience in case you and your horse were to become separated. Rebekka said that she always carriers
lip balm, and a bandana, (to use as mouth and nose protection in a dust storm, or as a tourniquet, etcetera.
Other items you would want to carry on your person include a cell phone (in a cushioned carrier, and safely
placed on you, so that if you were to fall off of your horse, it would remain intact); gloves, to protect your hands
from the elements and harmful objects such as barbed wire; snacks and water.
In addition, always carry a hoof pick; something to tie tack together, such as tie wraps or strips of leather,
which might be used to tie the bit to the headstall, etc. The Chicago Screw was mentioned because of its
infamous ability to back off, and fall out of whatever object it may be securing. Ray mentioned using nail polish
to help cement these in place. A lead rope and halter is a must and can be attached to the saddle in a way that it
will not become a dragging object. Lead ropes can be tied Calvary style around the horse’s neck and may be
kept in place by using bailing twine to attach it to the saddle horn. Rebekka said that she always carriers a full
extra bridle, and something that can be used as a latigo.
A slicker or wind breaker has dual purposes, as a coat or a shade structure. A first aid kit that contains items for
both horse and human could be combined. Items such as bandages, Vet wrap, Bute, Banamine, and
dexamethasone, might be included, as well as a piece of tubing to use as an airway in case your horse is bitten
on the face and localized swelling occurs (the tubing would be inserted into one of the horses nostrils, and needs
to be the approximate diameter of a garden hose, about twelve inches in length). Rebekka said to think
creatively about items that could have multiple uses to provide for both the horse and riders’s care and survival.
It is important to carry identification with you. Your horse should carry your identification as well, including
your name, address, and phone number in case a separation occurs. A luggage tag works well for this, and can
be hooked onto the halter.
Be aware of the unique risks that might occur in your chosen trail riding area, such as the presence of wild
animals, other horses, dogs off leash, busy streets, hikers, backpackers, bicycles, ATVs, etc.
It is a must to tell several people where you are going and when you plan to return. Have a safety plan in place,
and do not ride alone unless you are extremely experienced.
Specialized emergency equipment such as GPS systems and emergency beacons were mentioned. These items
can be purchased at many sporting goods stores, and although they may be pricey, they might also save your
Rebekka said to check your tack prior to each trail ride for wear. Any leather that is thin, cracked, torn or in
otherwise bad repair will become a safety hazard at some point. Make sure your stirrups are properly sized to
accommodate the boots you will be wearing. Over sized boots must have oversized stirrups to accommodate
them. Lisa Mae asked Rebekka about the break away stirrups she has seen being advertised. Rebekka said that
she believes these are a very good idea. Also, riders can practice popping their foot out of the stirrup and
vaulting off of the horse, so that this becomes second nature in the event an emergency dismount is imminent.
In addition you can teach your horse to stop when you place both of your hands upon its neck. This is a
technique that could be a pre-cue for a pulley rein or (emergency) stop.
Rebekka gave the following trail riding rule and tips:
1. Ride to the lowest level in your group. This means ride to the least experienced horse or rider level
to ensure safety for all.
2. Agree on the plans. Never abandon others that you have set out to ride with. If you are in a group
and need to cross a road, all must do so together. If traffic is an issue, one person can be stationed at
either end of the street while the group crosses, with them following immediately afterwards.
3. Be aware of each other’s needs. Be considerate of each other, and wait for one another with
patience. Ride with a soft focus or eye.
4. If a horse gets loose from its rider, do not chase it. Take care of the rider first. Usually, horses will
soon return to their group (herd) once they realize they are on their own.
5. Be fit enough to walk back as far in as you have ridden.
1. Teach your horse body control. You need to be able to move all of the horse’s body parts with ease.
Can you move the individual shoulders and hips separately in either direction? Does your horse
confidently move forward freely? Does your horse have a stop?
2. Be able to mount or dismount from either side. You never know when an obstacle on the trail may
prevent you from going about business as usual, causing you to alter your habits. Can you position
your horse in an ideal mounting position for your benefit, such as in a ditch, or beside a rock? Does
he stay put for mounting?
3. Does your horse have a good back up? This is very important, because you may come into a
situation such as a narrow dead end trail and be forced to back your horse out the entire way in
which you came.
4. Does your horse come when called? This can be taught!
5. Can you hobble and tie your horse? Does he tie without pulling back?
6. Can you ride your horse anywhere in the group without him offering objections, and can you keep
him at a safe distance behind other horses? Rebekka said that kicking out at other horses behind
them is a training issue that needs to be addressed.
7. Does your horse know where his feet are? Can he pick his way safely through and over objects?
Will he jump an object if deemed necessary? Is he able to ignore misplaced or unbalanced loads
that may occur as he carries them?
8. Does your horse know that you want him to stop with a simple signal? For instance, as previously
mentioned, you can teach him to stop when you place both of your hands simultaneously on his
neck above his withers.
9. Does your horse respond to an emergency stop technique? This can be taught to each individual
horse via the one rein stop or the pulley rein. Rebekka said that in a high velocity situation the
pulley rein is the most effective. The technique for the pulley rein, which should be utilized only in
an emergency situation, is as follows: The rider would shorten one rein, anchoring it to the horse’s
mane by a non-movable fist, followed by the opposite hand pulling the rein upward. Rebekka said
that this offers the rider a huge leverage advantage over the horse.
10. Can you pony your horse, or other horses from your horse?
11. Are you able to lead and drive a horse from the ground?
Rebekka said that all riders need to be aware of loose clothing that can get hung up during a mount or dismount.
Bras can be a catch hazard for women riders. Rebekka felt that the mecate tucked into a belt is a hazard for
riders, and thought that it would be safer to wrap it around the saddle horn instead. In regards to tack, a loose
flank cinch or breast collar can foster a potential place for hooves or branches to get caught up in. Be aware of,
and learn about the proper methods to effectively tie your horse.
Be aware that everyday is a new day for the horse, and patience with any new task is the appropriate approach
Also, be aware that when you take a horse from a dark environment into a light environment, or vice versa, their
eyes adjust very slowly. Please allow them time to acclimate.
Dar asked how one would keep their own horse out of another horse’s drama. Rebekka said to maintain a
moderate distance away from another horse that may be exhibiting behaviors of stress or anxiety. This distance
would be just far enough away to promote safety, yet close enough to inhibit the separation anxiety response
from evolving. Rebekka said that each rider must offer a supportive interaction with their own horse during
another horse’s crisis. It is beneficial to be aware of how horses think, feel and act, according to their energy
Rebekka said to remember that you can always ride as fast as your horse can run, unless the situation puts you
into imminent, life threatening danger, then you must bale off, tuck and roll to the best of your ability.
Rebekka Rhodes can be reached @ www.centaurgenics.com, or (775) 972-9025.
Ray H; said that he feels an inner peace, an increased confidence, and believes he has become a better
rider under Rebekka’s instruction. His quiver is full of arrows.
Carol S; said she is getting a miniature horse “unless some one talks me out of it”.
Louise F; said she has three horses, all different sizes, with individual caloric requirements, and all three
are “fat”. She and her husband, Harold, have been hashing about how to feed them, allowing for their
individual caloric needs. Harold came up with an idea to make separate stalls within their corral,
utilizing extra pipe corral panels. Each horse now has its own “stall” to be fed in. Louise reports that
because the stalls are fairly narrow, only allowing the horses to back out once they are in, which
prevents one horse from moving another horse off of its feed. In addition to this, they have been
weighing the hay that is doled out. So far these changes in feeding practices have been successful in
keeping each horse on track for the goal of desired weight loss.
Horse Friendly Products:
Timberline Saddle Company Custom Saddles: Western, Dressage, English, Trail and Endurance models. 60-90
day delivery for custom orders. Custom saddle pads, girths and cinches, bridles and accessories available.
Tacky-Tack Saddle Pads – extreme comfort and non-slip security; washable and breathable. Turtle Snaps
quick release ties. Skidmore’s Leather Care products. Contact Mark Rhodes, 775-972-9025 or e-mail
Hand-made bamboo training sticks by Ray Henderson.
These lightweight training sticks and whips are the answer for sore wrists and tired arms! These gorgeous,
hand-made sticks are light but strong and can be customized to your specifications. Call Ray at 775-297-6092 or
visit his website at www.equischwinger.com.
Horse for sale:
Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse (easy gaited) mare. Fancy Face is 16h, 14 years old, sound and without vices.
This horse is being sold because as a beginner, she has proved to be too much horse for me. Contact Louise,
775-425-0778, 775-303-6709 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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