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Our Newsletter

January 2003


Tricks Of The Trade



Many riders are tense and tight and don't realize it. Tension in the seat, back, legs, shoulders and other areas block communication with the horse. Have your students sing the "Hokey Pokey" and do the movements. It never fails to get riders smiling and to loosen up those tight areas. And "That's What it's All About!"

Jorine Seale, 
Pinebrook Farms Owner 
Magnolia, TX


Keep a fan going constantly in the tack room during hot and humid weather. Not only will this keep the air fresh, but it will also prevent mold from growing on tack and help dry saddle blankets.

Polly Haselton Barger
Ashland City, TN 
CHA Clinician



Have a plan for disposing of dead horses. As much as we would prefer not to think about this, when the time comes it is very helpful to have thought it out. Your plan should address how to dispose of the horse (bury?, renderers?), where to dispose of it, how to keep it out of sight of clients, how to move the carcass or dig the hole, where to euthanize the horse and how to deal with your staff once it happens.

Ardith Turpin
CHA Instructor 
Horsemanship Director YMCA Camp 


Flehmen Response: This is a commonly seen behavior of horses where they curl their nose up and reach upward with the head. This is a reproduction related behavior primarily displayed by stallions when they are analyzing a mare's urine to see if she is ready for breeding. By curling the nose and lifting the head, the horse allows the odors to reach special odor sensing receptors further back in the horse's skull. This allows the horse to analyze odd smells. This behavior may be displayed by any horse, not only breeding stallions, and is usually done when the horse encounters unusual odors. The Flehmen response might also be an early warning sign of colic and if a horse is displaying this behavior for no known reason, it should be monitored for colic.

Julie Goodnight
CHA Clinician 
Salida, CO