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Here are some get-aways when you want to escape from everything EXCEPT your horse

- March 1st, 2018

Coffee Creek Ranch
Trinity Center, Calif.
(800) 624-4480
This 367-acre guest ranch is nestled in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California. Coffee Creek, an excellent fly-fishing stream, runs wild year-round for a half-mile through the ranch where you can pan for gold, tube and fish. Planned activities include horseback riding, bonfires, trapshooting, bingo, volleyball, line dancing and archery, to name a few. The outdoor pool and creekside Jacuzzi spa are perfect places to watch the stars while your mind and body soothe back-to-nature from the stress of the outside world.

Hearty breakfasts are served in the ranch house or out on the trail, as well as poolside lunches and western barbecues under the stars! Coffee Creek’s professional chefs prepare all your meals from garden-to-table, using the freshest herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Special diets can be accommodated.

Specially-designed Summer Youth Programs are offered from June 9 to August 24, with great savings at the beginning and end of summer. Programs include Bronc Busters teens 13-17; Junior Wranglers 6-12; Cowboys & Cowgirls 3-5 have special pony rides, and a Kiddie Korral for those under 3 is FREE. Wilderness Pack Trips to one of the 42 sparkling alpine lakes (summer through fall) are also offered.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– When is a commercial driver’s license required for transporting horses? What should you do or say if you are hauling your horses to a show and stopped by a federal safety official?

Those are the types of questions that the American Horse Council wanted answered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) after a recent meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification. On Feb. 26, the FMCSA published two documents to promote understanding of the regulations and also how to discern whether or not a carrier can be excluding from the commercial driver’s license requirement.

Wild West Casino fund-raiser returns to Horsetown USA

From the Horsetrader sales staff - March 1st, 2018

InGate graphicThe Norco Horsemen’s Association 21st Annual Wild West Casino Night is dealing out winners on Saturday, March 10. Benefitting the Norco High School FFA Scholarship Fund, this event is reminiscent of the wild west saloon of days gone by with gun-slingers, dance hall girls, cowboys, great laughs, good company, food and entertainment. Enjoy the taco bar, music and place your bids in the silent auction with great items. There are hourly $100 “Pot of Gold” drawings and a $500 Grand Prize Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall giveaway. Casino Night is held at Nellie Weaver Hall at George Ingalls Park, 3737 Crestview Dr. in Norco. The event goes from 6 p.m. until midnight, and you must be 21 years or older to attend. Advance tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Keller Williams Realty, 3646 Hamner Ave., in Norco. At the door, tickets are $25 per person. Visit www.NHA-Norco.org for more information or call Bonnie Slager at (714) 585-9528.

Sweetheart of a reining

New CRHA event is a hit to start 2018 season

Special to the Horsetrader - March 1st, 2018

BURBANK—A little love— the love of reining, that is—was spread around the Los Angeles Equestrian Center last month.

The California Reining Horse Association opened their 2018 show season on Feb 2-4 with its new Sweetheart Reining Show. There was a lot of excitement building up to the event with the addition of Ranch Riding classes to the 2018 schedule. CRHA also celebrated the successes of their members with a a year end awards party during the show.

Along with CRHA jackpot classes, AQHA, APHA and PCHA classes, the sweetheart reining show was held in collaboration with 2 slates of NRHA affiliate qualifying classes. The high point CRHA riders from the combined shows in each category were awarded Circuit Champion and Reserve Champion; with the champions receiving embroidered day sheets from Professional Choice and the Reserve Champions going home with CRHA emblazoned barn chairs. Along with jackpot money earned, CRHA individual class awards included leg boots, duffle bags, groom bags, lunge lines, hoof picks and vet wrap.

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time

Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time

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FORT WORTH, Texas — After trading spots back-and-forth atop the National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman competition, Kelby Phillips and Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee) edged Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill) for the prestigious title during the NRCHA’s Celebration of Champions Feb. 9-17 at the Will Rogers Coliseum.

Both entries in the bridle horse competition finished top three of each of the four phases — herd, rein and cow work plus steer-stopping — with Phillips, from Bend, Ore., coming out in the final composite, 890.5 to 888.0. Phillips and Hickory Holly Time, owned by DT Horses, LLC, earned top prize of $40,000. The duo won the herd work (220.0) and steer work (224.5) while taking second in the reining (222.5) and third in cow work (223.5).

Four more zones to ‘stops’

Les Vogt for the Horsetrader - March 1st, 2018

More with LesLast column, I introduced you to an entire stopping program that began with “whoa” and proceeded to the next phase, the “signal stop.”

Random Stop
So, when he has learned the signal stop, we go into the next phase, which is going to be random stops. We take what he knows now, and we teach him that he is going to gallop or trot around the arena. As with the other steps, this one has to be in all of his gears or gaits as well. He has to graduate up to the gallop. Now, at this stage in the game, the walk probably is not going to count, but he has to master the trot and the gallop for sure, and he has to be perfect in both.

Joint Supplements

By Daniel H.Grove, D.V.M. - March 1st, 2018

AskTheVetJoint supplements are always a hot topic. Most people are concerned about the athletic performance of their horses and anything they can do to keep them going at their maximum performance level. This month I am going to discuss the most common ingredients, how they are given, and what we think they do.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is found naturally throughout the body. It is used to improve the lubricity (viscosity) of the joint fluid and to reduce inflammation. Cartilage in the joint is like a sponge. The joint fluid fills it up and pressure from weight on the joint expels the fluid. If the fluid is more viscous or thicker, it is harder to expel from the cartilage, and therefore absorbs more concussion. Inflammation makes the joint fluid more watery or less viscous. HA aims to combat that. It is commonly given intravenously (IV), intraarticularly (IA, or in the joint), and orally.

Did your horse ‘fire’ you?

“Bucking is used to establish a pecking order. The unwelcomed behaviors are the horses’ natural instinct to test your role as leader in the partnership …”

Sheryl Lynde / Horsetrader columni - March 1st, 2018

Trainer TipsAre you noticing changes in your horse’s attitude when he is being handled or under saddle that is causing you to be concerned? Is he more attentive to pasture mates and other horses when out on the trail than he is on you? Do you feel “out-of-your-depth” when you try to safely identify and resolve the unwanted behaviors?  Well, he could be challenging your position in the pecking order. It’s possible you have been fired!

CalFireSAN MARCOS — Horse owners are encouraged to attend a Feb. 26 community forum at Walnut Grove Heritage Park for a presentation of lessons learned, preparedness and effective reaction strategies in event of a fire emergency.
The Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association and Horse Heritage Conservancy will host the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in Mary Connors Hall, 1952 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069.
Positive dialogue is expected between the public and community leaders including Laura Ward, Deputy Director of the County of San Diego Animal Services; Tonia Haynes, Sergeant of Community Relations, Animal Rescue Services; Buck Martin, City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Director; as well as representatives of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire.
For additional information, contact TOVEA at twinoaksvalleyequestrian@gmail.com.
If you have news or important community service items that you would like distributed by California Horsetrader magazine or horsetrader.com, send items to: news@horsetrader.com

Ready for Scottsdale

Region 1 and Region 2 Arabians meet at LAEC for winter tune-up

- February 1st, 2018

1802A CoverBURBANK — It’s the time of year when hopes are high and anticipation for the show season rises. For many Arabian and Half-Arabian competitors, it’s also the doorstep to the venerable Scottdale Arabian Show,so any schooling in a live arena is golden.

The Southern California Half-Arabian Association and the Arabian Horse Association of the San Fernando Valley conducted a golden opportunity Jan. 19-21 for both clubs’ members to meet whatever January objectives they have. The dual-qualifying show for Region 1 and Region 2 attracted a variety of barns from throughout the state, including several keen on this month’s 63rd Annual Scottsdale showdown Feb. 15-25. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center was buzzing with classes that included sport hroses, dressage, youth, amateur, trail, western dressage, and ranch horse pleasure. Special awards were issued for High Point Dressage Horse and High Score SPort Horse,and in addition to the previously mentioned regions, the event was a qualifying show for Pacific Slopes and the U.S.,Canadian and Sport Horse Nationals with AHA, USEF and USDF approvals.

MORE ONLINE: Http://bit.ly/1802_Arabians