HorseAroundOnline Launches!

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© Marcosborne | Dreamstime.com - 3d Tablet PC PhotoWe’re pleased to announce that our sister site, HorseAroundOnline, is officially up and running (galloping?!?). A couple of perks for the first folks to explore the site: free business directory listings and classifieds! These listings, valued up to $39.99, will be available for free for a limited time. They’re a great way to get more exposure for your equine business, club or association; or if you have a horse or related gear to sell, post your classified ad with photo for free. For more online fun, find HorseAroundOnline on Facebook and Pinterest, too.

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Who Won the Trainers Rally for Rescues? We All Did, Thanks to a Few Untrained Horses

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 Article and photos by Cecilia Kayano

L-R: Carol Clegg, Laurie Boultinghouse with Hope and Kirsten Clegg as the two await their turn in the Rally for Rescues arena.
Carol Clegg, Laurie Boultinghouse with Hope and Kirsten Clegg as the two await their turn in the Rally for Rescues arena.

The first Trainers Rally for Rescues held at Mortenson’s Arena on July 26, was nothing less than a high-drama tear jerker with many happy endings.  A benefit for The Horse Shelter, the Rally was one of the last events of the Day of the Cowboy. Who won?  Every trainer, every horse, every spectator.  Starting with Loal Tucker, whose horse Guerro, a shoe-in for first place was injured and recovering with a cast.  Sound sad?  Wrong.  The morning of the event two of Loal’s fans adopted Guerro.

Michelle and Blue 

Blue, with trainer Michelle DeCanditis; both smiling!
Blue, with trainer Michelle DeCanditis; both smiling!

With Guerro out of the running, that left six mares.  The first one to be shown was Blue, ridden and trained by Michelle DeCanditis.  Before showing her, Michelle was standing by her trailer with Blue, photos of her pasted all around.  “Blue just wants to be part of something,” explained Michelle. Before she started riding, Michelle went to bat for Blue.  “We are going to walk and trot, no canter, because it is in the best interest of Blue,” she announced to the standing-room only crowd.   Then she started the music on the big boom box she brought: Blue Bayou.  She walked Blue across a tarp, trotted her in circles.  At the end of the showing, the music changed to “We’ve only just begun.” “These are trained horses, but not finished horses,” said The Horse Shelter volunteers.  They had only 100 days of training.  Indeed, they had only just begun.

The versatile Jackie O and trainer Clint Mortenson took first place at the Trainers Rally for Rescues. Benefitting The Horse Shelter, the event took place at Mortenson's arena on July 26th. All the competing horses were adopted at the end of day!
The versatile Jackie O and trainer Clint Mortenson took first place.

 Clint and Jackie

The big question of the day was, “Where’s Clint?” He was up next, but no Clint.  Earlier, he said that he had “finally gotten attached” to his horse Jackie O.  A man of few words, he divulged nothing of his game plan, saying only, “I just hope she goes to a good home.” Just before another trainer was going to step in for Clint Mortenson, the man enters the arena riding his ranchy-looking sorrel mare, trotting like he had ridden her for years. Not a soul was thinking, “Poor Jackie O, I hope she goes to a good home,“ as they watched the duo jump into a trailer, do flying lead changes, cut some cattle, whack a polo ball, and open a gate flawlessly. As his ace in the hole, Clint removed Jackie’s bridle, then roped a steer.  Simple as that.


Joost and Pipi Longstocking competing in the Rally Arena
Joost and Pipi Longstocking competing in the Rally Arena. Puddle? What puddle?!


Erica, Joost and Pipi

Next up was Pipi Longstocking, trained by Erica Hess and Joost Lammers, and ridden by Joost.  An hour before, Erica seemed a little less stressed than Joost, saying “We just want her to shine,” while Joost was a few feet away saying, “I’m nervous, but I know I can ride as fast as Pipi can run.” A little background on Pipi. She was one of the most challenging horses in the competition.  She was born at The Horse Shelter, and had been treated like a pet her entire life.  She was an orphan, and had huge separation issues. Who would have known that the light red horse with the floaty trot and canter and flying lead changes was once a problem child? During the demo, A Horse Shelter volunteer got teary eyed.  Another one gasped OMG! The riding seemed effortless, but things went wrong:  Pipi would not go into the trailer.  The music didn’t work.  No matter.  At the end, Erica flashed a huge smile, and a thumbs up.  She knew the Pipi story.


Rootbeer, with trainer Ginger Gaffney
Rootbeer, with trainer Ginger Gaffney


 Recovery Center Clients, Ginger and Root Beer

Just when we thought it couldn’t get better, it did.  Root Beer was a horse you couldn’t touch.  “She would bite you,” said a Horse Shelter volunteer.  When Root Beer followed  Ginger Gaffney calmly into the arena, the volunteer almost lost it.  “That Root Beer can even do that, it’s amazing!” Apparently, Root Beer did not want to be pigeon-holed as a bad girl.  She rose magnificently to the occasion by trotting around poles, stepping over poles, backing around a corner, and pulling a parachute.  Root Beer was trained by clients of a recovery center.  They were there, smiling brightly because they knew Root Beer’s story. They had saved her. Maybe she had saved them.  “I love her because she is lovable and loving,” said one client.  Maybe Root Beer was thinking the same thing about the client.

Athena and trainer Rogelio Enriquez in action
Athena and trainer Rogelio Enriquez in action

Rogelio and Athena  

Rogelio Enriquez was next, riding his gorgeous bay mare Athena.  The pair trotted and cantered, doing flying lead changes.  A big steer was let out in the arena, and Athena moved it around with confidence.  Rogelio taught Athena to dance, but a decision was made to not show the dancing.  It would have been a beautiful sight, and would have shown the connection between this trainer and his horse.


Hope and Kirsten Clegg; just another happy moment!
Hope and Kirsten Clegg; just another happy moment!


Kirsten and Hope

The final pair was Kirsten Clegg riding Hope. Kirsten, her mother, her trainer and Hope were all color-coordinated.  Hope wore a purple saddle pad.  The humans had painted “Hope” on their faces with purple paint and glitter.   Maybe it was the heat, or the accumulation of horse and human drama, but watching this pair was a tearjerker.  Kirsten got Hope into the trailer with a suggestion.  She rode with no bit, yielding hind quarters and side passing with ease.  The crowd was whistling and cheering. Who would think that picking up a horse’s hooves would be cause for celebration?  We celebrated.  At the end of her demo, Kirsten draped a tarp over Hope’s body, then respectfully lifted it off her head, then planted a kiss on her forehead. So much high drama. The crowd was spent.

Crowded stands at the Trainers Rally for Rescues
Crowded stands at the Trainers Rally for Rescues


Winners All

By the way, Clint came in first, followed by Kirsten, then Ginger. The horses were auctioned, which turned into a complicated human-interest story of a group of clients buying a horse for a trainer (Michelle), a friend buying a horse for a trainer (Rogelio) and a bidder trying to buy a horse for the recovery center clients.  All horses were adopted. If you didn’t attend the event, maybe you are reading this because you want to know who won.  But if you attended the event, you know the real story:  Everyone won, horse, trainer and spectator.  It was an event imagined out of concern for living beings.  It brought hundreds of people together to witness kindness, good will, giving money, giving time, giving love. We all won because our hearts were changed, all because of a handful of rescue horses.

You can read the first part of this two-part article in the online edition of HANM July 2014: click here.

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The Travel Issue

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July/August 2014

The Cover:

Hold on to your hat! Good advice for this Santa Fe Rodeo bronc rider. This gorgeous piece of photographic art is by Ozana Sturgeon of Ozana Photography; find more of her work at www.ozanaphotography.com. (On second thought: never mind the hat, a simple “hold on!” will do…)

The Issue:

For horse lovers, travel is rarely as simple as throwing a change of clothes in a backpack and catching a train, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get the itch. From the hour-or-two trailer ride to a show or clinic, to the days-long ride out into the wilderness, horse lovers are on the move throughout New Mexico and beyond. We’ve dedicated our summer issue to travelers -armchair and otherwise – with an equestrian twist. Always free, the July/August issue can be found in horse-related businesses throughout New Mexico. Available online August 1.

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The Show Ring

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We love the May/June cover – a vintage photo of the inimitable Helene Asmis with Jalifa, an imported Lusitano stallion. To us, it captures beautifully the joy that can result from a good day of healthy competition, and we’re so grateful to be able to share it with our readers. Photographer unknown, but much appreciated!

The Show Ring. Those three words carry an awful lot of weight – maybe a disproportionate amount of weight – in the world of humans and horses. From that first lead-line circle on the familiar, sure & steady mount, to the pre-teen walk/trot outing on the summer-camp pony we only know for a week or two, showing is part of many equestrians’ DNA. As with all competitive aspects of life, horse shows, races and competitions can bring out the best for many of us; while for others it’s the nerves and perceived losses that we remember. In our May/June 2014 issue we look at competition from several different angles: Thom Pollard has advice for the parents of kids who may be showing for the first time, while Lynn Clifford encourages horse lovers at all stages of life to consider what being a “winner” really means to them. Margret Henkels fills us in on how myofascial release can help to maximize your equine athlete’s health and performance, and Ozana Photography has teamed up with us to provide a peek into the many facets of competitive sport on offer in New Mexico. Resident tack diva Vikki Chavez has advice on catching the judge’s eye with good turnout and the proper use of bling. For those among us prefer the trail to the arena, staff writer/photographer Cecilia Kayano details three of her favorite in-state trail rides. Erica Franz chimes in from the blogosphere with an interesting take on the use of nosebands, while our Special Events Section has information from some of NM’s most popular clubs & associations; along with a May/June calendar bursting with events of interest to participants and spectators alike. From the cover to the tail end, we hope you’ll enjoy our lighthearted take on this busy season – find it in your local New Mexico feed store, tack shop or other equine business throughout the months of May & June – and on June 1 you’ll find it online as well.

Read on, ride on – and keep in touch!

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Vaccinations: just a little poke

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It’s that time again: itchy eyes, allergy pills, the joy of weather that alternates between winter and summer every other day. And for the horses, Spring Shots. We happened upon this essay on the age-old “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate” argument, which we guarantee is going on right now at barns across the country. DVM David Ramey shares strong opinions about alternative approaches to equine health care and funny illustrations in his article titled “Vaccinosis (and other dopey assertions about vaccines)”.  There’s some really good advice here, along with  plenty of good old-fashioned cranky vet common sense.

Just click on the excerpt below to read the whole thing: 

I just don’t get the “Don’t vaccinate” advice.  It’s like people are saying, “Your horse might get sick from vaccines, so let’s let him get sick with diseases that are difficult or impossible to treat, instead.”  What kind of dopey advice is that?


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Horse Around New Mexico: latest issue better than ever!

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We love it and hope you do, too. The March/April 2014 issue  is on the shelf at your favorite feed store/ vet’s office / trailer dealer — and art gallery?!

The Art Issue
The Art Issue

That’s right – the Annual Art Issue is free for the taking at your local equine business right now. Don’t forget to browse while you’re there!

This issue has also found a place at the Albuquerque Museum, Barbara Meikle’s Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, the New Mexico Art League, and Matrix Fine Art in Albuquerque. With a lovely cover by artist Nance McManus, more advertisers than ever before and so many gorgeous photos and great articles, this is a keepsake issue of HANM that you’ll want to pick up soon (before they’re all gone) and keep around for coffee-table viewing. Don’t worry, the quality paper stock and superior printing process that we use guarantees that this issue will be around, and be beautiful and informative, for a long, long time to come.

If you’d like copies for your establishment to distribute, if you’d like to know more about advertising, or if you have an article, event or listing to contribute, please contact us.

Ads & Distribution: information here; or email ads@horsearoundnm.com

Submissions: information here, or email editor@horsearoundnm.com

Ride on, and keep in touch!



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Happy Chinese New Year!!

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     Our friend, the artist Nance McManus, wrote to us this morning, with a list of some great activities that celebrate the               Year of the Horse in New Mexico:

     “I wish this was my image however a good friend of ours sent it from Hong Kong.

     The sentiment is all the same however!!!

Let’s hear it for the beautiful snow here in New Mexico that has encouraged me to stay in the studio and work. I have a LOT on my dance card at the moment and the reason why I wanted to send this note now is that Sunday the 9th of February at 2:30 there is a reception at Holy Cross Church in Edgewood, NM as part of their “Art and Music for the Soul” series. Four artists are in the show and I have polymer gravures hanging. After the reception there will be a concert presented by “Breaking Brass” (gotta love the name!!)….a brass quintet.

Then, in chronological order, I will be heading to Orme School of Arizona to teach again in my annual pastel class for their Fine Arts Festival. Whilst I am in Arizona, the second week, I will be studying with another Orme alum Ray Roberts. I applied for, and won, a scholarship at Scottsdale Artists School for his workshop Plein Air Extreme to Studio. I can’t wait!!

The BIG party for the SPIRIT OF THE HORSE at the New Mexico Art League will be on the 30th of March. Art, food trucks, a live horse to practice your drawing, tea, pottery, did I say GREAT art?? Come celebrate the Year of the Horse!!!


April 12th I will be at 4 Winds Equestrian Center helping with “Caballos, Canvas and Color”. Colleen and her crew have orchestrated one heck of a party combined with a day of painting exploration. Not only are we going to work from live horses in the arena 4 Winds is providing lunch and paints for us to play in the afternoon (you can paint from live horses or bring images or images will be provided too). There will be a free drawing for one of my photogravures. If you sign up before the 2nd of April you get a break on the price at only $50 for the day!

MORE of the Year of the Horse…I know this doesn’t surprise any of you!!
First Friday Arts Crawl May 2nd, 5-8, is the reception date for the invitational show of five women equine artists at Matrix Fine Art. Besides yours truly the other fine women artists are Cynthia Rigden, oils, Susan Leyman, drawings, Suzanne Betz, multi-media, and Lynne Pomeranz, photography. The show will hang the month of May. If you can’t make it to the opening let me know and I will meet you down at Matrix, it’s in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque, if you want a personal tour!!

How’s that for a list of Year of the Horse parties?”

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America’s Wild Mustangs Need Our Help

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 America’s wild mustangs need our help. Every day there is more evidence that the BLM is (at best) mishandling them and (at worst) annihilating them; against the science and against the wishes of the American people. Frigid temps throughout the country have been big in the news recently: here’s some news you haven’t heard about how the mustangs are being “managed”, at great taxpayer expense, by the BLM.

Let’s get to Secretary Jewell and get behind Madeleine Perkins’ plan for a wild horse eco-resort and preserve so we can enjoy these incredible animals instead of systematically destroying them.


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