Help Wanted!

By Administrator on July 7th, 2014
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ACTHA, the American Competitive Trail Association, is looking for help! Looking for enthusiastic ride hosts across the country who are willing to meet new people, have fun, and earn some serious cash. Applicants must be able to laugh, work hard and be slightly horse crazy. They’ll help with everything else, from volunteers to finding a perfect location. On-the-job training provided. For more information go to actha.us/hostaride or call 434-989-1437.

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Is Your Horse Dehydrated?

By Administrator on June 28th, 2014
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From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association:

Did you know that water is the most important nutrient in a horse’s diet? Horses need approximately 10 gallons of water a day and if under hydrated, they can become dehydrated in a matter of hours. Dehydration can lead to a multitude of illnesses-including colic and even death. ACTHA Founder Carrie Scrima shares her story about her horses’ drinking issues and her tried and true hydration solution:

” As a life long competitor, culminating in one of my horse’s receiving 2 gold medals in the 1976 Olympic Trials, we traveled quite extensively. The ultimate unsolvable issue for us was getting our horses to drink while traveling and/or under stress. Despite electrolytes and everything we tried, hydration remained a serious issue that caused serious concerns and problems.

Recently, I found Horse Quencher, who is now the official dehydration solution for ACTHA. I must note ACTHA pursued them as a sponsor based on my personal experiences and our member’s searching for a solution (especially while trailering to our events) .Fact is, it works! My horses, all of them, now drink well on a daily basis, even under stress or when being hauled- a first in my 46 years of horse ownership. They get their electrolytes naturally and separately along with good volumes of fluids to aid in the digestion of hay and/or alfalfa. I now don’t have to worry about colic due to dehydration and it’s Horse Quencher that I must credit. Thank you Horse Quencher!”
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Message from Colorado Horse Council

By Administrator on June 9th, 2014
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Heritage Pledges are Welcomed, Support Needed

On June 21st we will be holding our Colorado Horse Council Heritage Ride. The ride is being held for many important reasons but the most important is that people throughout our state and the world love horses. They love to ride them, raise them and just plain look at them. Artists love to draw them, writers describe their meaning, and photographers capture their beauty and magnificence, while sculptures have recreated their image and strength on buildings and in statues.

The horse and other equines have become symbols for us and people have created a bond with them that affects their lives in special ways. Many of those bonds are shown to us through movies, through competitions and even when we go out to care for them each morning and evening. This relationship has built our nation and provided a million hours of joy. Regardless of how you see them or what your relationship is with them, they have been, and still are part of our lives.

You can help the Colorado Horse Council maintain the equine industry and the relationship that you have with horses by participating in this once a year event. The Heritage Ride mission is to:
• Promote the Heritage of the Horse,
• Protect the Heritage of the Horse,
• Develop the Future Heritage of the Horse
Send in a pledge, come ride in the ride, encourage your horse club members to get together and promote what you do in the equine community. To see how you can join in the work, go to our website at www.coloradohorsecouncil.com, call us at (303) 292-4981, or text the word, “Horses” to “70000″.

See you at The Heritage Ride!
Happy Trails!
Bill Scebbi
Executive Director
Colorado Horse Council
Colorado Horse Development Authority

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SPECIAL ACTIVITIES JUST FOR KIDS AT WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO

By Administrator on May 28th, 2014
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Kids 6 and under are FREE! Children 7-13 are just $5 per day!
PLAY, DREAM, LEARN.
MAKE FAMILY MEMORIES WITH HORSES
… at WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO!

June 13-15, 2014
Sacramento, CA
Questions? Call 800-352-2411

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Socialize with other ACTHA riders online!

By Administrator on May 25th, 2014
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Join the conversation and read about trail riding and obstacle tips…
The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is on Facebook, so jump online today!
Join in on the conversation with other ACTHA members, riders, ride hosts, and staff. Write on their wall, post pictures of you and your horse, enter contests, stay up to date with ACTHA news, learn obstacle tips, and connect with other riders in your area!

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Western States Horse Expo Coming Soon!

By Administrator on May 13th, 2014
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The Western States Horse Expo is coming to Sacramento, California between June 13-15, 2014. Check it out for an incredible equestrian experience!
Questions? Call 800-352-2411 for answers to your good questions.

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Protect Colorado Horses – Brand Inspection – It’s the Law

By Administrator on May 6th, 2014
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FROM COLORADO HORSE COUNCIL:
Have you ever thought about having the appropriate paperwork on the ownership of your horses? Some people think that the Certificate of Registration proves ownership, but it does not. Also the state of Colorado has very specific requirements which must be followed for the recorded ownership to be legal. Take a look at the brochure of Laws for Horse Owners at the
www.ColoradoHorseCouncil.com website.

State statutes require a “brand” inspection upon transfer of ownership of horses and may be required when they are transported.
“The Department typically sees an increase in the number of horses bought, sold and transported to various equine events this time of year. It’s important that brand inspections be obtained to protect the equine industry,” said CDA’s Brand Commissioner, Chris Whitney.
The Division of Brand Inspection’s primary responsibility is to protect the livestock industry, including horses, from loss by theft or straying; a key component of that responsibility is to inspect horses and verify ownership before sale, transportation beyond 75 miles within Colorado, and transportation out of the state.
Residents get more information about brand inspection requirements and find their brand inspector by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/brands.

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Family Activities & Events at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, March 8-10, 2013

By Administrator on March 1st, 2013
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A Family Atmosphere is what you will find at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo (Denver, Colorado) and we are pleased to present Expo 2013! We are celebrating our 21st Anniversary and we would like to personally invite you and your family to join us! Not only are we offering over 45 clinics, we are also offering shows, sporting events, art exhibits, kid friendly events; along with true cowboy experiences. Children five years of age or younger get in FREE!
Schedule of Family Events and Activities

Friday, March 8th:
- 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Stick Horse Rodeo
- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. “How to Draw Animals” with Sherry Baker
- 4:30 p.m. Artists Opening Reception
- 7 p.m. Mane Event

Saturday, March 9th:
- 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stick Horse Rodeo
- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. “How to Draw Animals” with Sherry Baker
- 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Polo
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cowboy Trails
- 4:30 p.m. Stock Dog
- 5 p.m. Select Sale
Sunday, March 10th:
- 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stick Horse Rodeo
- 2 p.m. LaCross Polo

The Mane Event
Are you looking for true entertainment? “The Mane Event” puts the spotlight on horses doing exactly that: reining, racing, piaffes, playing and much more! Reining freestyle champions will slide, spin and stop, and team penners will move cows with style and finesse. Vaulters will leap, dressage champions will dance, and draft horses will be towering tall, while Miniature Horses will be the small of it all! The Mane Event has got it ALL!

The Mane Event includes an alphabet of breeds, disciplines and talents, showcasing horses at the top of their form. Over 90 horses will perform under the lights in the Event Center at the National Western Stock Show Complex. “This is the greatest display of horsemanship, entertainment and excitement ever presented at the Expo”, says Bill Scebbi, Expo Manager and Executive Director. “Each act exemplifies the joy and beauty derived from witnessing human and horse coming together in this fun filled, two hours of pure entertainment.”

The Rocky Mountain Mane Event is for everyone: families with children, horse lovers, and folks looking for a high-value evening, with music and fun included.

Cowboy Trails
A gathering of the cowboy way of life! Experience a bit of how a cowboy lives and the way of life they so love. This ticketed event includes ALL the action,
Expo general admission and more!
Introduction: National Anthem, Color Guard, Mounted Patrol

Witness a reenactment of gunfight at the OK Corral. Meet some of your favorite characters from the Old West including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday and more!

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Free Hay Testing at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

By Administrator on February 22nd, 2013
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NUTRENA is offering FREE hay testing at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, Colorado, March 8-10, 2013.

Hay is the foundation of a good nutrition program, but horse owners are often left to the sight, smell and touch of hay to “make general assumptions” about its quality. Nutrena believes that you don’t need to be left “guessing” when making important grain & supplement choices for your trusted companion or equine athlete. Take advantage of their complimentary hay testing offers at an event near you and start maximizing your horse’s nutrition program today!
Why is hay testing so important?

Hay is the foundation of the diet & provides 50-90% of the horse’s total nutrients
Protein & fiber values are an important factor in balancing the equine diet- and these values will vary widely by state, county, field and cutting.
Needed to calculate digestible energy (DE) and calorie content in your hay.
Balancing your horse’s diet – “what’s in your hay” should be telling you what feed and/or supplements to be using!

For more information on the importance and roles of hay and pasture in a horse feed diet, visit their Horse Feed Blog.

How to Collect a Hay Sample
Hay Testing Event Schedule

Collecting Your Hay Sample

The ideal sample is obtained using a hay probe to collect a core sample (if possible). If you do not have a hay probe available we recommend the following:
Instructions:

Collect equal parts of the stalk, stem & leafy material in the hay sample.
FILL a (1) gallon clear plastic bag with your hay sample – bag must be sealed.
Label your sample with your:
NAME
PHONE NUMBER
TYPE OF HAY

Small Square Bale Samples:

Collect the sample(s) from the center of the hay bale
Collect sample(s) from (3) three or more hay bales, if possible
Combine all samples collected

Round Bale Samples:

Collect the sample(s) from the center of the round bale
Collect sample(s) from (2) two or more round bales, if possible
Combine all samples collected

If you have any other questions about collecting your hay sample or Nutrena’s FREE hay testing, feel free to call them directly at 877-394-4771.

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Disciplines You’ll Find at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

By Administrator on February 11th, 2013
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Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, March 7 – 10, 2013
National Western Complex, Denver , Colorado
rockymountainhorseexpo.com

Disciplines:
English Riding is a style of riding that was primarily developed in Great Britain. This is a forward seat style of riding that became popular for fox hunting when a rider needed the ability to be ready to chase fox over fences, through ditches and other obstacles. Hunt seat riding and dressage are a few different forms of English riding. There will be many opportunities to enjoy this style of riding at the Expo.

Dressage is a French word meaning ‘training’ and dressage horses can be ridden in both hunter and jumper classes. Riders and their horses are judged on technical aspects and ease of movement. This style of English riding is deeper in the saddle and the riders drive the horse more with their seats and legs. Dolly Hannon will teach a Pre-Expo Clinic Dressage class.

Western Riding evolved from ranching and warfare traditions. The Spanish Conquistadors brought this style of riding to America. Tack and equipment was designed for long hours in the saddle, working cattle and the ranch. There are many opportunities to enjoy this style of riding at the Expo.

Versatility Ranch Horse is a fast growing discipline of Western riding. Competitions consist of five classes: Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Ranch Cutting, Working Ranch Horse and Ranch Conformation. In this discipline of riding fancy tack is discouraged and everyday working gear and western clothing is required. Charles Wilhelm will give various demonstrations and clinics geared toward this discipline.

Working Cow Horse, also known as reined cow horse is a competition where horses work a live cow in an arena. The horse and rider are judged on herd work, ‘fence work’ and their performance in a reining pattern. Horses must be accurate, responsive, quick, and able to cut a cow from a herd and handle it successfully.

Roping is a discipline of riding that developed from techniques used for working on ranches. Team roping, calf roping, tie down roping and goat roping are some examples of competitions in the roping discipline.

Western Dressage is a style of riding using traditional dressage principles to further develop and train the western horse and rider. The goal is to develop a all-around and disciplined horse. The horse and rider work to develop balance, cadence, relaxation and acceptance through classical dressage methods. Cliff Swanson will be teaching ‘Western Dressage – A Celebration of the American West’ during the Expo.
Trail Riding is widely enjoyed across the state of Colorado and involves riding outdoors on natural trails instead of in an arena. Trail riding can also involve camping, packing and other activities. This discipline can be enjoyed on solo rides, with groups of people or guided by professional outfitters. Many classes will be taught during the Expo that would be important for trail riding such as ‘Trail Riding Safety and Etiquette,’ Trailer Loading – Reliable Steps to Get Your Horse to the Trail Head and Back Safely,’ ‘The Art of Spookbusting’ and many more.

Vaulting is dance and gymnastics on horseback. Originally vaulting was enjoyed at the circus as an equestrian act and has since become widely enjoyed across the United States, Europe, Germany and many other parts of the Western World. Vaulting is practiced both competitively and for fun. Christoph Lensing will teach ‘Equestrian Vaulting’ at the Expo.

Trail Obstacles are a great way to challenge your trail horse over natural and man-made obstacles. This is a great way to challenge the confidence, agility, and control of the horse and rider. Trail obstacles are a great way to show horsemanship. Various classes will be taught by Kim Baker and Debbie Bibb for this style of riding.

Holistic Health and Training is an approach to training that is based on developing a relationship that is natural through understanding the horse’s nature and understanding the world from their point of view. There are many different methods, principles and concepts that make up holistic and natural horsemanship. Throughout the weekend there will be a wide variety of clinicians lecturing about the different types of natural horsemanship; Kay Aubrey-Chemene, Gloria Garland and Dr. Barb Page just to name a few.

Jumping plays a role in a wide variety of equestrian sports. Show jumping, fox hunting, steeplechasing and eventing are a few examples of this discipline. Typically obstacles are approached at a canter and the jumping process can be broken down into five steps: approach, take-off, flight/suspension, landing and recover/getaway.

Lunging also known as longing, is a training tool you always want to have in your back pocket. When lunging, the handler moves the horse around them in a circle. Using tools like the lunge rope, your voice and body language you ask the horse to speed up, slow down, bend on a circle, and move in closer and farther away. Take the opportunity to attend Yossi Martonovich’s clinic, ‘The Art of Lunging Horses’ to learn more about this training tool.

Trainers for all Disciplines will be at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. Classes like ‘Foundations to Create Finished Horses,’ ‘Fear Management for Horse Lovers,’ and ‘Becoming One With Your Horse – Core Strength and Balanced Seat’ are important for all disciplines. Please view the full schedule for clinics covering all the above mentioned disciplines and more!

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