Horses & Life

Dale Myler Seminar/Clinic hosted by Myler Bits and Lock, Stock, & Barrel, Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Lock, Stock, & Barrel, 770 Amity Rd., Bethany. Dale Myler is a world-renowned horseman recognized for his unique approach to bitting horses for tongue relief. Dale’s seminars and clinics are educational in scope, discussing general bit knowledge and showing how any bit works with the basic principles of anatomy and physiology. Dale has given seminars and clinics around the world, in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany. He has worked with riders and horses at every level and in all disciplines of equestrian sport, from Olympic riders down to the everyday pleasure rider. For details, call LSB (203) 393-0002, as times may change.

Video from 2012 about the company and creating the bits, preview.

Connecticut Barrel Horse (page is now titled Secret Whisper Farm) Facebook page, linked here. Dates for 2017 Secret Whisper Farm Non-Pro Gymkhana Series: June 11, Smith Stables, Bethlehem; June 25, July 9, July 23 – Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Bethany Airport; Oct. 1 non-point Awards Show/Bethany Harvest Fest, Bethany Airport. For additional information call Dave (203) 650-6123 or Helen (203) 650-3900. Story about the open practice at Old Bethany Airport, here (from 2016).

CT Draft Horse Rescue Facebook page linked here for details plus contact information about the ongoing efforts to raise funds for a new, permanent home with more space for this non-profit organization.

A proposed horse park in Massachusetts would serve a region.

The Horse Park also has a Facebook page – this image is linked to it for more updates.

The Massachusetts horse park, if approved, would “combine a high-end equestrian center, a horse retraining/retirement farm, and a race track for Thoroughbred horses. The equestrian center, capable of hosting indoor and outdoor dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper competitions, would be anchored by a large indoor arena with stadium seating. There would be ample space for conferences and trade shows, 4-H activities and meets, local community recreation, pleasure riding, agricultural and artisanal markets, and equine health studies and services, among other uses.”

A proposed horse park, linked to complete details via Massachusetts Horse Park Project.

Done for the day. Moo Dog Press

Spring clinic on May 6, at Northeast Farrier Supply, featuring Dave Farley (CF, APF) and Todd Allen (CJF, APF). Learn new information, connect with other farriers, and see new products. Visit the event Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/389747068055847 for information.

Saratoga Horse Symposium, May 20, with well-known equine experts and veterinarians, along with live horse demonstrations, riding clinics, and educational presentations, and a silent auction. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser directly benefit educational CCE Equine Programming and the 4-H Training & Education Center. Pre-registration admission per day is $20; students with ID, $10; 4-H, $5. Walk-ins, add $5 to admission fee.

Will never forget miles and miles of backwoods Florida backcountry trails – riding a willing Quarter horse mare, a faithful feist at our heels. Always. Nothing like it, exploring and seeing wildlife up close, swimming clear creeks (no saddle) with an equine and canine for company – hearing the loud plop of a snake falling off a tree limb and S-curving by on its way somewhere else.

Coiled lariats.

Coiled lariats.

Find your own dream in or out of the saddle. Here are more than a few places, people and groups listed to help you connect to a horse or place that may take you places, help learn more. Meantime, do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. That’s a psalm, and those pared-down words express something very basic that resonates through time for our collective humanity, and for our livestock and companion animals.

Green Mountain Horse Association has posted listings of events by category online from pleasure rides to shows and eventing but also driving, dressage, and conditioning for endurance rides. The GMHA 65-acre facility in South Woodstock, Vermont, is home to this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1926. GMHA is also committed to education, offering a variety of clinics and camps for adults and young riders.

A farrier at work.

Rasping the hoof. If you have a good farrier, treasure the person, value the work. AGH/MDP

Bridle Path Conservancy is a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and acquisition of multi-purpose, passive-use, recreational trails in Connecticut. For more information, contactus@BPConservancy.org.

The New England Horsemen’s Council is the six New England states joined together in a cooperative interest to encourage and promote all equestrian activities. For information call (603) 887-6342 or visit nehc.info.

Walk, ride, share the trail.

Walk, ride, share the trail.

Need a new place to explore? Links to state parks and horse trails in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, are listed on the Connecticut Horse Council Web site. The information is comprehensive and includes national areas to consider. Here is the link to get you there; the detailed information is more than halfway down the page.

Should long-distance rides your joy, the Vermont Equine Endurance Riding and Driving Association (VERDA) members host competitive trail rides and drives, endurance rides, and clinics to “better the performance and health of the trail horse and rider” – if you’re not ready to ride or drive yet, consider volunteering as they welcome people who want to help and learn. Contact is Jenny Kimberly, (802) 674-5384. Here’s a link to the American Endurance Ride Conference NorthEast Region calendar. While on the site, look over the Endurance Rider’s Handbook which includes a checklist in the proper care of the horse before, during and after long distance riding.

A new Appy. TW/MDP

There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience. – John Lyons

The Connecticut Valley Driving Club (CVDC) members promote the enjoyment of “all aspects of carriage and sleigh driving by providing historical context, offering educational and sporting opportunities, and encouraging safety” – and they welcome horse people and all equine breeds and sizes. “You do not have to know how to drive to belong, nor even own a horse. Our club is friendly and is a fun place to learn and meet others with the same interests. Drivers are the friendliest of horse people, always looking out for each other or lending a hand.” – from the CVDC site.

“The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will," said Buck Brannaman.

“The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will,” said Buck Brannaman.

Charted horses to knit.

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Remember, equines are good for human beings. Riding, driving, or simply working with an animal from ponies to mules, donkeys or horses – each can provide balance to life’s problems and dilemmas. Bring patience and kindness with you to share. No matter if you are learning how to pick a hoof with confidence, practicing basic skills or training to advance to the next level in any discipline – all you learn is beneficial for body, mind and soul.

Choose to share your knowledge to give back and that work will return to you tenfold.

Flow rider. AGH/MDP

Flow rider. AGH/MDP

“A lovely horse is always an experience…. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.” – Beryl Markham

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