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Trail Trials Training Day
Happy Horses 4-H Club Fundraiser:
April 3, 2015
9 – 3
Location: 10 minutes west of Felton, DE just off Rt. 12
595 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Harrington DE 19952
Cost: $10 4-H Members (age 9-19), $15 All others
Pre-registration: not necessary
Contact: Mary@RidingbyDesign.com
Food booth: on site
Parking: ample
Order: none, train at your own pace – this is informal and not a competition
Time Limit: 10 minutes per obstacle, you can return after those in line are done

Timed Classes beginning at 2 PM for an additional fee:
$5 per class for 4-H Members and $8 per class for non-members
Registration upon arrival only

Contact: Mary Bashtarz at mary@ridingbydesign.com, (302) 535-9759 OR Samantha Hudran at (302) 382-5851

Easter/Spring Themed Obstacles to include:
flower bridge, rainbow curtain, approximately 30 different mounted and hand-held distractions with a special Easter Egg Hunt for your horse along the course!

We expect to have many more obstacles than horses. There will be 4 fenced areas with obstacles inside and outside. Suggested order is to start with exposure in-hand for inexperienced horses. The goal is to keep horses as calm as possible through their learning experience and keep a safe environment for others. You are welcome to use the obstacles in different ways provided they are safe uses.

There will be a lot of obstacles to try. Be sure to give your horse some break times as it can otherwise make for a very long day. Keep it fun for the horses too! We will have adult monitors who can offer suggestions to try if a horse is having difficulty with an obstacle. We will ask a handler/rider to remove a horse if it poses a danger to others.

No vehicles are allowed in the area of the obstacles or where the horses will be training. There will be plenty of parking.

This event will have plenty of opportunities for de-spooking horses and provide multiple of several obstacle items for consecutive use.

For those who may not own a horse or cannot trailer in but, would like to have the experience of learning and teaching a horse to work through the obstacles in hand, we will have a small number of horses available for use. This can be arranged on a per case basis prior to the event and requires that the handler be horse experienced or be supervised by a trainer or other horse knowledgeable adult.

Just to clarify, a 4-H member is 19 years old or younger. All adults will need to register as non 4-H members unless they are only attending to supervise a child. Then they cannot ride the obstacles or work the horse alone without teaching the child.

The 4-H club will also have a tack sale of items that have been donated to the club. If you wish to donate any used tack to our club, we will be happy to accept it for use in our program. If it cannot be used by us we will clean/repair and add it to our used tack table. We are a non-profit and are happy to provide a receipt.

Well behaved dogs are allowed if they are kept confined inside a vehicle. They can be walked on leash in trailer parking area only. We are a carry in, carry out facility. Please keep your trailer area clean. Negative Coggins required.

 

Trail Trials Training Day
Happy Horses 4-H Club Fundraiser:
October 17, 2015
9 – 3
Location: 10 minutes west of Felton, DE just off Rt. 12
595 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Harrington DE 19952
Cost: $10 4-H Members (age 9-19), $15 All others
Pre-registration: not necessary
Contact: Mary@RidingbyDesign.com
Food booth: on site
Parking: ample
Order: none, train at your own pace – this is informal and not a competition
Time Limit: 10 minutes per obstacle, you can return after those in line are done
Obstacles: cowboy curtain, embankment, water, bridge, gates, take a shower, barrel board pinwheel, various drags, recycle, tarp, spanish pole, slicker, mailbox, flags, spray me, labyrinths, jumps, side passes, rings, lariat, umbrellas and more! It will be a fun day!
Instructions: posted at each station
We expect to have many more obstacles than horses. There will be 4 fenced areas with obstacles inside and outside. Suggested order is to start with exposure in-hand for inexperienced horses. The goal is to keep horses as calm as possible through their learning experience and keep a safe environment for others. You are welcome to use the obstacles in different ways provided they are safe uses.

There will be a lot of obstacles to try. Be sure to give your horse some break times as it can otherwise make for a very long day. Keep it fun for the horses too! We will have adult monitors who can offer suggestions to try if a horse is having difficulty with an obstacle. We will ask a handler/rider to remove a horse if it poses a danger to others.

No vehicles are allowed in the area of the obstacles or where the horses will be training. There will be plenty of parking.

This event will have plenty of opportunities for de-spooking horses and provide multiple of several obstacle items for consecutive use.

For those who may not own a horse or cannot trailer in but, would like to have the experience of learning and teaching a horse to work through the obstacles in hand, we will have a small number of horses available for use. This can be arranged on a per case basis prior to the event and requires that the handler be horse experienced or be supervised by a trainer or other horse knowledgeable adult.

Just to clarify, a 4-H member is 19 years old or younger. All adults will need to register as non 4-H members unless they are only attending to supervise a child. Then they cannot ride the obstacles or work the horse alone without teaching the child.

The 4-H club will also have a tack sale of items that have been donated to the club. If you wish to donate any used tack to our club, we will be happy to accept it for use in our program. If it cannot be used by us we will clean/repair and add it to our used tack table. We are a non-profit and are happy to provide a receipt.

Well behaved dogs are allowed if they are kept confined inside a vehicle. They can be walked on leash in trailer parking area only. We are a carry in, carry out facility. Please keep your trailer area clean. Negative Coggins required.

Race Training Saddle now available for Test Rides!

Suitable for training in flat track, timber racing, steeple chasing etc. Available in three tree widths, R1, R2 and R3. Has a very flat seat, more forward flap and shorter flap. Built on the Nexus tree.

Western Montana Saddle now available for Test Rides!

Shortly on loan from BALANCE, a C seat, #3 tree (wide horse) western saddle here in DE available for a Test Ride. Willing to travel to a reasonable radius of local states. MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY. Better yet, get a group together or host a workshop for an equine organization.

Equine Dentist Demonstration

Mary Bashtarz and the Kent County Happy Horses 4-H Club recently hosted an equine dentistry demonstration presented by Steven M. Purse, EqDT. Steve’s demonstration included using four different horse skulls from both young and senior horses. He discussed in depth various mouth issues, why they occur, and preventive measures for each, along with the necessary treatments. On one skull, the jaw was cut away to expose the full molar teeth to the root, whereby detailing how large these teeth become. He explained the grinding motion, the way the teeth are optimally used and the pathologies that often develop due to neglect of dentistry. The handout he distributed a good reference text showing many malocclusions with diagrams. Steve. also displayed several individual teeth such as wolf teeth, cracked teeth, baby teeth and completely erupted teeth of the senior horse. He also explained the use and design of his two full buckets of dentistry tools. Each tool has an important role in keeping a horse’s mouth healthy.

Bella, a 13 year old pony, was the demo patient of the day. Steve demonstrated the process of floating (filing) teeth with her. She was new to Steve so he demonstrated his calm horse handling skills and Bella behaved quite nicely throughout…..and that is saying something because Bella is very wary of strangers! She appeared to be testing the work he had done in her mouth and evidently thought all was good and she was feeling better so she let him carry on! Steve indicated that Bella had several sharp edges in her teeth; therefore the filing was definitely an improvement and made her feel more comfortable when eating hay or grass. He also explained the use of the speculum (you know the one that looks scary) and why its use was necessary to do the back molars properly.

We want to thank Steve for donating his time, all those who attended and asked the really interesting questions, and to DEC for publicizing our event. We all enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. Check out Steve’s website at www.csjequine.com.

Hay in the central DE, eastern MD area

For true 50 lb bales of beautiful green alfalfa as well as grass bales for horses please contact Chris Schoonover 443-783-0700. He is honest, very service oriented and a true pleasure to deal with. He started cutting this year around Mother’s day. Please let him know you were refered from this site.