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					     Jenny Lance                                                                                                              Angie Robinette-Dublin

No Fences Horsemanship                                                                                                          Cowgirl Up Training

 Live To Ride Mid-West                                                                                                         Live to Ride Mid-South
       Athens, OH                                                                                                                  Lexington, TN
 Phone: 440-759-2230                                                                                                           Phone: 202-368-7988

  JANUARY                  2011             Newsletter               A Trail Horse Is A Performance Horse
                                                                     Take care of Your Horse’s. Here are our TOP TIPS:
  Happy New Year!!! In everything we do, we hope to
  motivate and inspire you to consider your horsemanship             Okay, when it comes down to the Brrr cold winter, let’s bundle up and get down
                                                                     to business. Particular attention must be placed on creating a safe, healthy
  and your trail horse in a whole new light.
  Join Us On Facebook!                  Angie and Jenny              living environment, feeding adequate nutrition & clean water, ensuring proper
                                                                     hoof care, and providing protection from the cold. So many people don’t realize
                                                                     the importance of taking care of your horse in the winter. Below are a few
  Winter Tid-Bits                                                    pointers to help out:
  WE ASKED & YOU RESPONDED…COLD WEATHER FUN                          1. The truth of the matter is that a horse’s metabolic needs for routine
  1. Winter--when footing is poor for anything but a walk-- is a     maintenance in the winter are greater than that in the summer because more
  good time to return to doing things like controlling the horse’s   energy is needed maintain body temperature. Keep your horse on regular
  feet while mounted or dismounted. We refresh the exercises         feed along with plenty of hay. That is why people tease and call them hay
  you taught us using a ground pole--having the horse place 1        burners…that is what their body “burns” to maintain body heat and to stay
  foot over it, halt for a few seconds, then back-up. Do that        warm.
  once or twice (I ask him to do it with the left fore then right    2. Ensuring adequate water intake can be a challenging chore in the winter
  fore, or vice-versa). Then go for both forelegs stepping over      due to the frigid conditions. Some horses do not like to drink freezing cold water
  the pole--halt there for a few seconds or longer. Then back        so their water intake decreases as a result. Other horses would like to drink
  him up and pause or walk around for a few minutes working          more water, but the surface freezes solid and prevents them access to the
  on stride length, connection or something forward-thinking.        water underneath. Either scenario is dangerous and can lead to impaction
  Next, return to the ground pole and have him step over with        colic. Keep track of the water your horse drinks and make sure water is
  both forefeet and just one hind leg, halt, then back-up and        available, NO MATER WHAT!!!
  pause for a few seconds. Note from us…3 feet is the                3. Ideally, each of us would own a fully enclosed, draft-free stable, but this is
  critical step. Maybe do it again. I do avoid drilling this         not always a feasible option. A three-sided lean-to can offer protection from
  exercise by moving on to the next stage when he gets it right      wind chill, sleet, rain, and snow, but not cold. In most cases, this should be
  once or twice or doing a completely different 'task' for a few     adequate, but always take the temperature into account. Do the best you can
  minutes between a success and the next attempt.                    to provide them with a warmer environment. If you are concerned that your
   2. Lately, I splurge and board at a place with a small indoor     pasture horse’s winter coat is inadequate or if you opt to stable your horse and
  arena (20mx40m or bigger); there, dressage is a worthy             body clip it for grooming efficiency, you should provide it with a durable winter
  winter sport. Western saddle works fine for dressage as long       blanket. Your choice in blankets should be based upon your horse’s living
  as you aren't showing; at that point, an English saddle is         environment. Examine your horse daily or every other day or so for rubbing or
  required. I use a snaffle bit, but a horse with a good western     abrasions caused by improper blanket wear and check body condition.
  'handle' can do at least lower levels of dressage in a curb bit,   Blankets can also create stiffness in your horse just like wearing a heavy winter
  shank bit, hackamore or whatever he usually wears.                 jacket tends to stiffen our shoulders if we have it on too long. There is also a
  Dressage lessons with a knowledgeable instructor whom you          danger is making your horse too warm. Natural is a better choice when
  can understand--and who can adapt to your use of western           possible.
  tack, if used-- are very, very helpful.                            4. Don’t forget your horse’s hooves. In the wintertime, they are exposed to the
                                                                     firm, unforgiving surfaces of frozen soil. This will require that you pay particular
   -Susan Miller & Cimarron                                          attention to hoof care. There is a greater potential for chipping and cracking if
  Equine Affaire 2009, Massachusetts, Demo Team                      your horse is unshod. To prevent sole bruises, which could ultimately develop
                                                                     into abscesses, monitor feet regularly for ice packing. If you find that ice is
  Don’t Forget Your                                                  accumulating in your horse’s sole, try picking her feet out more regularly and
  Other 4-legged                                                     apply Vaseline or cooking spray to the soles to help prevent the ice build-up.
  Friends for winter                                                 This is more of a concern on horses that wear shoes in the wintertime.
  training!                                                          5. Don’t forget to groom your horse. Grooming feels good to him/her and
  Angelia is working on                                              helps you connect with your horse. It provides that opportunity to check him all
  teaching Sly puppy to                                              over for soreness or sores. It’s also great time for some training. Practice
  stay and watch me                                                  ground tying while grooming.
  while I lunge                                                      6. Clean up your supplies. Get rid of old and replenish meds, ointments, etc.
  Oklahoma. We also                                                  Clean tack (ALL tack from saddles to your headstalls.) Wash your brushes.
  practice leading both.                                             7. See one of our readers winter suggestions in the box to the left. Work on
  This takes patience                                                the stuff you may put off during riding season such as trailer loading, standing
  and time, time, time.                                              quietly tied, etc. If you would like more training winter tips, just send us an
                                                                     email! It’s also a great time to work with those babies!

                                                                     2011 CALENDAR *
                                                                     February 11-13 NCHA Show/Auction (Angie) Murfreesboro,TN
                                                                     February 25-27 Road to the Horse Murfreesboro, TN…privates available
                                                                     April 6-8 4-H Clinic Tellico Plains, TN (Angie)
                                                                     April 30th Trail Tune Up (indoors) Smokerise Ranch, Glouster OH (Jenny)
                                                                     May 14 Clinic Athens, OH area (Jenny)
                                                                     June 25 Clinic Athens, OH area (Jenny)
                                                                     July 12-16 LTR Trail/ Performance Clinic OH (location TBA)
                                                                     July 18th – July 23rd American Ranch Horse Association World Show,
                                                                     Wilmington OH
                                                                     Sept. 28th-Oct 2nd LTR Trail/Perfomance Clinic, Natchez Trace, Lexington,
                                                                     Area private lessons available for all dates *see website for full listings