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					    Natural Horsemanship of Northern Nevada

                                   November 2008 Newsletter
President: Lydia Andrews-Jones, 775-970-5256
Vice President: Lisa Mae Woods, 775-762-7581
Immediate Past President: Rebekka Rhodes, 775-972-9025
Activities Coordinator: Elizabeth Stanton, 775-720-7593
Secretary: Louise Fernandes, 775-425-0778
Assistant Secretary: Position Open
Newsletter Editor: Rebekka Rhodes, 775-9729025
Treasurer: Dar Meredith, 775-972-1127
Web Master: Jann Hehn, 775-852-7261
Membership Director: Barbara Crossland, 775-852-5930 Mail membership dues
to NHANN, c/o Barbara Crossland, 2775 Ravazza Road, Reno, NV 89521. $25.00 individual, $35.00 family
annual dues.
Librarian: Cindy Salyer, 775-853-5546

November Meeting Highlights:
    The general meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m. with a welcome from Lydia Andrews-Jones. Lydia
     asked that the members introduce themselves and state the names of the horses that they owned.
    Lydia asked for an approval of October’s general meeting minutes. Rebekka motioned to approve the
     minutes, and Ray gave a second. There were none opposed.
    Dar gave the treasurer’s report as follows: The ending balance for September was $ 1,792.52. After
     expenses for website host fees and the play day, the ending balance for October was $ 1,635.80. Dar said
     that she had received a few deposits for memberships in the amount of $110.00, which brings the current
     mid November balance to $ 1,745.80.
    During the membership report, Barbara said that the new club roster was available for pick up on the
     library table. The roster will also be sent to all club members via e-mail.
    Elizabeth was not present at the meeting to deliver the activities report.
    Cindy said that the Pete Ramey hoof trimming videos titled, “Under the Horse”, are so popular that a
     wait list was made available for members to reserve these DVD’s in the future. Rebekka reminded
     members of the free magazines available on the library table.
    Debbie Tayler gave a special thank you to everyone that participated in the play day by volunteering
     their time to set up and dismantle the obstacles. Lydia agreed that there was great team work during this
     event. Rebekka also, gave thanks to the helpers, and thought that the challenges differed from the last
     play day which made the day exciting for the members and their horses.
      Lydia opened the floor for nominations for board positions for the 2009 year. Lydia gave information
       regarding the current board positions and the incumbents for these positions. In addition to this Lydia
       listed the following board nomination changes that occurred in the board meeting this evening. Elizabeth
       decided to step down from the Activities Director’s position, and Dar offered to nominate herself. Lisa
       Mae requested to step down from the Vice President position and step into the Treasure’s role. Cindy
       nominated herself for the Vice President’s role, and agreed to help Barbara with the Membership
       Director’s duties. Roger Pepper nominated himself as Librarian. All other board incumbent’s positions
       remain unchallenged. Lydia reminded the members that she would be sending out ballots via e-mail and
       any members that would like to serve on the board then can nominate themselves. The members are free
       to nominate each other for positions as well.

Upcoming Events:

NHANN Christmas party: The Christmas party is being held on December 6th 2008 beginning at 6:30 PM at
Louise Fernandes and Harold Wilson’s residence. The Christmas party is potluck, with the main entrées being
provided by the club. Please RSVP to Louise at 775-425-0778 or 775-303-6709. Louise will provide the
address with directions, and give ideas on what dish you can bring. Please be aware that the Christmas party
takes the place of a December meeting.

Marvin Piccolo School- Tack Sale: This yearly event is a benefit for the therapeutic riding program of the
school which teaches special needs children. The sale is being held on November 15 and 16 from 9AM to 4PM
on the school property located at 900 Foothill Road.

November Presentation Highlights: Cindy Nielsen DVM, Founder Warrior Rehab. Center. “Can All
Horses be Barefoot?

Cindy passed several models around the room to provide a visual representation of the anatomy of the horse’s

Cindy said that she had considered labeling her discussion, “should all horses be barefoot”. She said she
decided to change her presentation title when she considered the many horses that she had seen for consultation,
as well as one of her own horses that was sore, in spite of heroic measures, and presented with thin soles. Cindy
said that she felt that she was considered a “barefoot Nazi” by other professionals. However, she is beginning to
realize that barefoot may not be suitable for all horses or in all cases.

Cindy gave some personal history about herself including how she arrived where she is today in her vocational
field. Cindy had been a small animal veterinarian in California. She moved to Nevada in November 2004, and
obtained her first personal horses in 2003. This was her introduction to the equine. She was initially unable to
practice as a veterinarian upon moving to Nevada because the state law dictates that those with licenses
received out of state would need to retake their licensing examinations. While studying to retake her veterinary
examination for Nevada accreditation, Cindy became interested in the care of her own horse’ hooves.

She became involved with and studied under Pete Ramey and Jaime Jackson’s original organization, known as
the AANHCP (American Association of Natural Hoof Care Practitioners).
Cindy began to trim her own horses’ hooves utilizing the natural techniques that she was learning during her
studies and affiliation with this organization. She expanded her experience by trimming other people’s horses,
and formed her own natural hoof care practice. During this period of time she pondered the widely debated
question presented within the field of hoof care professionals; genetics verses environmental factors.

Cindy said that environmental issues or where a particular horse lives was always thought to be a major factor
in deciding if a horse would succeed in being bare foot. It was felt among the natural hoof care advocates that if
a horse had the ability to move about freely in an area providing a substantial amount of space, its hooves would
reach a standard of perfection, similar to the wild Mustang.

Cindy said a proper hoof trim is an assumed factor in the success of a horse’s ability to be barefoot. She
expanded somewhat on the ideal trim. This would be a hoof in which live sole has not been pared away, and is
shedding appropriately. The hoof wall would be 1/16th above the sole. Sole grows from the inside out and the
surface of the sole needs to exfoliate naturally with daily movement, (Cindy said in our dry environment,
retained sole is common). Heels would be trimmed for balance and not left high. The frog should be built up
and hard. Cindy said she has studied numerous resources, including one from author/ farrrier Mike Savolody
who has dissected many hooves. It is sited in the literature that a high heel ultimately results in pathological

Cindy said she decided to conduct her own study regarding genetic predispositions verses other factors in
regards to barefoot versus shoes. Cindy has six horses on a five acre, 24/7 turn out. She is the only trimmer for
all six of her horses. She feeds all of her horses the same low sugar, grass hay and daily supplements that are
specifically designed to balance nutrients lacking in her hay. She did x-ray’s on all of her horses’ feet. In spite
of management consistencies within her entire herd, Cindy said she has one colt that has feet that have always
been sensitive. He consistently demonstrates a thin sole and lacks concavity. Cindy concluded from her
personal study, that genetics do indeed play a significant role in whether or not a horse can live out its life
comfortably being barefoot.

Cindy sited some common struggles in having barefoot horses:
    1. Many times riders are not aware that their horse has sore feet when being ridden.
    2. Boots are helpful, and she cautioned that a pad in the boot is a must, as it facilitates full contact allowing
        the entire foot to bear weight.
    3. The problems with the long term booting horses are listed as follows: Rub sores; moist, dark
        environment inside the boot 24/7; boots do not afford good traction in slippery wet conditions; boots
        change the break over point in the horse’s stride; Boots can cause detrimental changes in hoof form and
        shape over time; and lastly boots are labor intensive.
This brings about the question of what to do with a horse that is consistently sore while barefoot, due to thin
soles or other undesirable hoof anatomy. Shoes were not considered by Cindy to be an answer, so she began to
look for another alternative.

In her search, she came across information on the Epona Shoe ( ). Cindy listed the
advantages of this shoe as follows:
    1. It mimics barefoot by allowing weight bearing across the entire surface of the foot.
    2. It provides better shock absorption than a metal shoe.
    3. It allows the hoof to flex.
    4. The break over can be moved back or changed to suit the horse.
    5. Nail damage can be reduced or all together eliminated.
    6. Horses can wear the shoe as he would his own hoof to natural bevel.
    7. The shoe can be used for any performance discipline, including jumping and endurance.
    8. The shoe provides good traction in slippery conditions.
Several questions and concerns about the shoe were asked of Cindy. Does this shoe require special training for
installation? Yes, the shoe does take special training to learn how to apply it, but there are DVD’s and clinics
available. Is hoof cleaning an issue, and what about thrush growing between the hoof and the shoe? These are
only superficial problems and are addressed with the next trim. What about the shoes’ increased traction
causing torsion injuries? Cindy said she did not have any information on this particular concern. Do you have to
buy new shoes for each trim or can the shoes be reused? Cindy said that the shoes are reusable however, she
prefers to put new ones on each time with horses that are being used on a regular basis. Are hoof supplements
worthwhile? Well, some studies indicate that those with biotin, mythanine, and lysine are beneficial, and others
do not. Cindy said our hay in northern Nevada is consistently shown to be lysine deficient. Cindy also cautioned
to be aware of engaging in excessive supplementation. Cindy felt it is best to test hay for mineral content and
provide supplementation accordingly. For more information contact Cindy Nielsen, DVM (Founder
Warriors Rehabilitation Center) at 775- 813-1107.

Member Share:
This portion of the September meeting did not occur, as the members chose to visit with each other informally.

                                     The Warmth of a Horse

                        When your day seems out of balance and so many things go wrong…
                         When people fight around you and the clock drags on so long…
                          When some folks act like children and fill you with remorse…
                         Go out into your pasture and wrap your arms around your horse.
                          His gentle breath enfolds you as he watches with those eyes…
                                    He may not have a PhD but he is so wise!
                          His head rests on your shoulder you hug him good and tight…
                            He puts your world in balance and makes it seem all right.
                          Your tears will soon stop flowing; the tension will be eased…
                                           The nonsense has been lifted.
                                            You are quiet and at peace.
                         So when you need some balance from the stresses in your day…
                               The therapy you really need is out there eating hay!

                              By Anonymous and borrowed from another newsgroup.

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
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