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Back Country Horsemen of California

August 2009 Volume 17, Number 8

Erica Canevari, Editor/Publisher

17, Number 8 Erica Canevari, Editor/Publisher The Redwood Unit Newsletter How to deal with

The Redwood Unit Newsletter

Canevari, Editor/Publisher The Redwood Unit Newsletter How to deal with a Barn Sour Horse By

How to deal with a Barn Sour Horse

By Jeffrey Rolo Working with a barn sour horse can be the ultimate test of patience; a test that can drain even the best of horse trainers. Unfortunately in the midst of frustration or anger, many handlers will make some fatal mistakes that exasperate the problem rather than lessen it. The Common Mistakes:

Throw In The Towel – There is no denying that dealing with a barn sour horse can be a taxing experience, but once you decide to engage in the "battle of wills" it's important that you follow through until the end. This does not mean placing yourself in a position of danger; if your horse is bucking and rearing on the roadside because he does not wish to ride away from the barn, do not potentially hurt yourself or the horse by forcing the ride. By the same token do not just give up and return the horse to his stall, because that's exactly what he wanted and if he wins you can rest assured that your next "war" will be all that much more difficult. Take your horse into a riding arena or round pen and work him hard. By hard I do not mean allowing anger to fuel your actions and thereby running the horse ragged; I mean give him a good workout so that next time he might decide the trail ride was more desirable after all. It's never good to lose a battle with a horse since they always become progressively worse, but in the above case you showed the horse that although you lost the initial battle, ultimately you won the war. Don't wave the white flag the moment you experience your first setback. Racing Home One of the initial symptoms of a barn sour horse is a horse that speeds up the pace as he nears the barn on the journey home. Most of the time the horse does this of his own accord since he's simply excited about returning home, but sometimes a rider will actually canter the horse down the final stretch for fun. If only that rider knew how foolhardy such an action was! It is important that you always take the final stretch home at a leisurely walk. Not only is this better for the horse's health (they should have a cool down period just as human athletes), it will let the horse know that you are in full control at all times. If you are returning at a medium walk and your horse hastens to a faster walk,

don't let him get away with it. Sure, he might still be walking, but he also just determined the pace and the next trail ride he'll push his luck even further.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Article continues on page 8.

2009 President: Yvette Mendes (707) 768-3010 7721 State Hwy 36 Carlotta, CA 95528 yvettemm@suddenlink.net
2009 President:
Yvette Mendes (707) 768-3010
7721 State Hwy 36
Carlotta, CA 95528
yvettemm@suddenlink.net
2009 Vice President:
Jacque Murphy (707) 498-6648
1801 Cecil Avenue
Fortuna, CA 95540
brennaluet@hotmail.com
2009 Secretary:
Erica Canevari (707) 407-9591
P.O. Box 21
Ferndale, CA 95536
redwood_rider@hotmail.com
2009 Treasurer:
Maris Hawkins (707) 839-0422
4944 Dows Prairie Road
McKinleyvile, CA 95519
maris@northcoastems.com
Two Year Board Members
2009-2010
Bo Harkins (707) 465-4795
P.O. Box 13
Fort Dick, CA 95538
Mule_rider_2000@yahoo.com
Darrel Polasek (707) 786-9637
P.O. Box 792
Ferndale, CA 95536
Muleride@frontiernet.net
One Year Board Members
2009
Sandy McKay
P.O. Box 132
Hydesville, CA 95547
(502) 643-4259
No Email
Carole Polasek (707) 786-9637
P.O. Box 792
Ferndale, CA 95536
Muleride@frontiernet.net
Mort Scott (707) 839-2800
1560 Zeus Avenue
Mckinleyville, CA 95519
mortscott@sbcglobal.net
Nancy Trine (707) 725-6367
3683 Renner Drive
Fortuna, CA 955340
No Email
Bev Harvey (707) 498-0912
201 Center Street #10
Rio Dell, Ca 95562
bevholcom@yahoo.com
Two Year Board Members
2008-2009
Chip Cannon (707) 839-0481
4555 Chaffin Avenue
Mckinleyville, CA 95519
packsaddle101@yahoo.com
James Archer (707) 768-3725
6887 State Highway 36
Carlotta, CA 95528
No Email

Remember, turn in your volunteer reports each month!

Visit http://bchcalifornia.com to download the form. If you download the form you will need to have the Excel program on your computer to fill it out. If you do not have Excel on your computer and you need a hard copy of the form contact Nancy Trine at 707-725-6367

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Back Country Horsemen Mission Statement:
1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's backcountry and wilderness.
2.To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen
and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
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The BCHC Redwood Unit News
Publication Information : A monthly publication of the BCHC Redwood Unit.
Disclaimer : Articles that appear in the BCHC Redwood Unit Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the position or
opinion of the unit officers and/or members. Nor does publication of said articles constitute an endorsement of
views. Accuracy of materials is the sole responsibility of the authors. Appearance of an advertisement does not
constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the good or service offered therein.
Submissions & Deadlines: The BCHC Redwood Unit News welcomes member contributions. Club news, events,
calendar dates and items of interest you wish to have submitted in the next issue of the newsletter need to be
submitted by the 5th of the month. Send submissions to the following address:
Erica Canevari, Editor
P.O. Box 21
Ferndale, CA 95536
Redwood_rider@hotmail.com
Webmaster: Jacque Murphy (707) 498-6648
Unit Website: redwoodunit.com
2009
Committee Chairmen
Public Lands:
Carole Polasek (707) 786-9637
Public Liaison: Mort Scott (707) 839-2800
Education:
Chip Cannon (707) 839-0481
Volunteer Hour Reports: Nancy Trine (707) 725-6367
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Saddle Up!

Saddle Up! Mark your calendars for these Coming Events: Campout at Cuneo Creek August
Saddle Up! Mark your calendars for these Coming Events: Campout at Cuneo Creek August

Mark your calendars for these

Coming Events:

Campout at Cuneo Creek August 28-30th, 2009 Cuneo Creek Horse Camp at Cuneo Creek August 28-30th, 2009 Cuneo Creek Horse Camp

See page 7 for details and registration!

September Membership Meeting Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Potluck dinner 7:00, meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

@ the Cafeteria,

Freshwater Elementary School

Take Old Arcata Road/Myrtle Avenue to Freshwater Road, left onto Greenwood Heights Drive and the school is the first building on the right.

Redwood Unit BBQ Unit BBQ

Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2009

Yvette & Albert Mendes’ Home

See page 6 for details.

Cowboy Canned Food Convoy Canned Food Convoy

Canned food drive for Eureka Food Bank Date in November to be announced.

Found

at the Half Ass Flat Ride

A lumbar support or cushion for a chair,

and a grey sweatshirt, size Extra Large.

Please contact Darrel or Carole Polasek

at (707) 786-9637 if one of these items belongs to you.

if one of these items belongs to you. President’s Horse Chat I was on the road
if one of these items belongs to you. President’s Horse Chat I was on the road
if one of these items belongs to you. President’s Horse Chat I was on the road

President’s Horse Chat

I was on the road during the Rodeo Parade, but I heard it went really well and was a lot of fun. Im looking forward to reading about it in this months newsletter.

Weve had a busy month. The last few weeks have been a lot of traveling. First we spent a week in Susanville for the All Star Regional Championship for our Eel River Little League Team. They won the regional championship so it was off to Santa Cruz the next weekend. We attended Alberts 45th class reunion during Auto Expo. The following weekend was a family reunion in Pleasanton, then family came to visit us this last week and now we are heading off again for our annual anniversary vacation. We will be traveling to Missoula, MT to see our daughter & son-in-law and the new condo they bought, then to West Yellowstone, to Jackson Hole, WY and then to Pocatello, ID. A couple of days there and then well make the two day trip back home. Hopefully we will be able to stop off and see Tom and Kathy Acord on our way back. Weve been busy with some remodeling as well as really busy with our vegetable gardens and harvesting them. When we get back it will be time to can pears and peaches. By the time all that is done it will be time for the Cuneo Creek ride. We are hoping to be able attend this event. On September 12th (the weekend after Labor Day) you are all invited to come to our home and enjoy a potluck BBQ. We will provide the meat, so please bring food that will complement a good old fashioned BBQ and your favorite drinks. No meeting stuff! It will just be a good old fashioned, relaxing day to enjoy each others company. Come around noon. Well plan on eating around 1:00 pm. May you ride with the wind. Yvette Mendes, President

pm. May you ride with the wind. Yvette Mendes, President Tales from the Editor The Campout
pm. May you ride with the wind. Yvette Mendes, President Tales from the Editor The Campout
pm. May you ride with the wind. Yvette Mendes, President Tales from the Editor The Campout

Tales from the Editor

The Campout at Cuneo Creek is fast approaching. Jacque and I have been working hard to plan a great ride. Im excited to get one more chance to spend time with all the friends Ive made in the unit before I leave for farrier school in mid-September. I will be gone through November.

Yvettes BBQ is another chance for us all to get together. I hope our newest members whove registered for the Cuneo Creek Campout arent hesitant to come and introduce themselves. Its sure to be a great time! (Dont forget to RSVP to Yvette!)

The unit was well represented at the Rodeo Parade. We had a lot of fun attending. I hope next year we can ride again, our pack string really drew a lot of comments from the crowd.

See you on the trail, Erica Canevari, Editor

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Stable Report General Membership Meeting- Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 Opening Ceremonies: Call to Order Jacque

Stable Report

General Membership Meeting- Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
General Membership Meeting-
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Membership Meeting- Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 Opening Ceremonies: Call to Order Jacque Murphy called the

Opening Ceremonies:

Call to Order Jacque Murphy called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m and welcomed everyone. She read a letter from Yvette Mendes, who could not attend the meeting. Roll Call of Officers and Board Members Officers present were Jacque Murphy, Vice President and Erica Canevari, Secretary. All Board Members were present except for Nancy Trine and Mort Scott. Chip Cannon had to leave the meeting early. Review of Minutes Minutes from the July Meeting were read. Carole Polasek had two corrections, Tim Gomesname had been misspelled in the minutes,

and also,

it was unclear whether the cabin itself had burned down.

Treasurer’s Report Jacque Murphy presented the July Treasurers Report. Correspondence Correspondence received was a newsletter from the Top of the State Unit, information about a Joyce Gay Horsemanship Clinic, a letter from the State Parks, and information regarding a First Aid clinic being taught by Colleen Davis, Heart of the Redwood Horse Rescue is putting on a clinic featuring local horse trainer Yadau Inong in August. Standing Committee Reports:

Public Lands-Carole Polasek Please see the full Public Lands Report on Page 5. Public Liason-Mort Scott Mort was unable to attend the meeting. Jacque Murphy presented his Stanshaw & Ten Bear workparty report. Mort reported that wed had a very productive work party, with twenty-two Backcountry Horsemen present. Part of the crew worked to dig out, and fence off the water hole at Ten Bears, and also set and cemented a second fire ring, creating two camp sites. The other par t of the crew rode the trail from Stanshaw to Ten Bears and cleared brush. Stanshaw was in good shape and needed little repair. Mort plans to repair one water fitting at the lower corrals in Stanshaw, it was cracked and leaking water. He notified Bob Hemus that he could use picnic tables at the sites if Bob could find any. Education-Chip Cannon Chip Cannon had to leave the meeting early, Jacque Murphy gave his report on Education. Chip reported that he had packed food, gear and supplies into Stanshaw with Mort Scott on July 17,18,19th for the Boy Scout Eagle project. He gave an educational demo on packing. Old Business:

Bylaws : Due to the low number of Officers and Board members present at the meeting, Bo Harkins motioned to put off voting on the revised bylaws until the next monthly meeting. Carole Polasek seconded and the motion passed.

Fortuna Rodeo Parade: Erica reported that the Foruna Rodeo Parade had been a success. Erica Canevari, Jacque Murphy, Barry Stewart and Lori White rode in the parade, Jacque Murphy also brought her pack horse along. Jeremy Dean and Crystal Lovfald walked with the riders and handed out candies with the units name and website address attached to them. New Business:

Campout at Cuneo Creek: Erica Canevari reported that the ride is already filled to half capacity. Many non-members as well as current Redwood Unit members have signed up. Several games are planned for the ride. See page 7 for a sign-up sheet. October State Meeting: The Redwood Unit will need a new delegate to attend the annual State meeting in October. Carole Polasek motioned to table this item until the next meeting, Bev Harvey seconded.

Cowboy Canned Food Convoy:

Jacque Murphy asked if the unit was

interested in being involved in this canned food drive again. Many members said they were and knew of others who wanted to attend this year. Jacque said she would start coordinating the ride with the Food Bank and inform the insurance company of the occasion. Jill mentioned an idea to have other organizations ride with the unit, such as the Sheriffs Posse, the unit needs to find out if the separate organizations need their own insurance for the ride.

Open Floor:

-Bo Harkins mentioned that Charlie Haynes was on dialysis, please keep him in your thoughts. -Bev Harvey reminded its not too late to sign up for Mercy Air, and passed out sign-up sheets to interested members. A sign up sheet can be found on page 10. -Carole mentioned that someone had left a seat cushion/lumbar support cushion and an extra large grey sweatshirt at the Half Ass Flat Ride. Please contact her at 707-786-9637 to claim your item. Drawing: Barbara Allen won the drawing for a battery powered lantern with remote, donated by Yvette Mendes.

powered lantern with remote, donated by Yvette Mendes. -Author Unknown The meeting was adjourned at 8:21

-Author Unknown

The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Erica Canevari 2009 Secretary Redwood Unit, BCHC

“If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.”

What’s happening with public lands, and what you can do about it. A report by
What’s happening with public lands, and what you can do about it. A report by
What’s happening with public lands, and what you can do about it. A report by

What’s happening with public lands, and what you can do about it.

A report by Carole Polasek

BCHA

A. There is information in the Summer 2009 newsletter to sign up for email alerts from BCHA. Go to

www.backcountryhorse.com. B. A poster developed by Back Country Horsemen of Idaho.

Animal ID

A. Email about a suit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Consumer Defense Fund from Falls Church, VA, seeking a halt to the

National Animal ID system. The suit was dismissed.

Forest Service

A. A federal judge in San Francisco struck down national forest management rules devised by the Bush administration that

environmentalists had denounced as a thinly veiled sop for timber companies. The Forest Services will have to reinstate rules protecting fish and wildlife and limit logging in 150 national forests.

General

A. Email stating that biologists have rediscovered an endangered frog population in the San Bernardino National Forests San

Jacinto Wilderness. The Mountain Yellow-Legged frog has been found in the wild and the San Diego zoo is successfully breeding these frogs. B. Three emails concerning the proposed Clean Water Restoration Act which would give the Federal government control over all waters in the US. C. Email about the California budget and the removal of monies to pay for Williamson Act lands.

National Forest

A. Schedule of proposed actions for the 4th quarter, FY2009, for the Sequoia National Forest.

Public Lands and Trails

A. The American Horse Council is seeking information on access issues that equestrians are experiencing on federal lands. There

is an online form at http://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.

Redwood National and State Parks

A. Letter from Redwood National and State Parks Superintendent Steve W. Chaney, regarding our comments on the Trail and

Backcountry Management Plan and Environmental Assessment on expanding the trail system.

Six Rivers National Forest

A. Letter extending the comment period to August 4, 2009, on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Lower

Trinity and Mad River Motorized Travel Management Project. Our comment letter stated we preferred alternative 3. It also states we are concerned about the parking being limited to a vehicle length off these routes. We requested that the report indicate that parking parallel to the road with a vehicle and trailer be allowed as stated in conversations with Forest Service staff.

Give Away!

August

G i v e A w a y ! August Barbara Allen won this month ’
G i v e A w a y ! August Barbara Allen won this month ’

Barbara Allen won this months give away, she won a battery powered lantern, donated by Yvette Mendes.

Attend next months meeting for your chance to win!

donated by Yvette Mendes. Attend next months meeting for your chance to win! Page 5

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The Redwood Unit rode in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade is July. Riding in the parade
The Redwood Unit rode in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade is July. Riding in the parade

The Redwood Unit rode in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade is July. Riding in the parade were Barry Stewart, Jacque Murphy, Lori White and Erica Canevari. Members Jeremy Dean and Crystal Lovfald walked with the riders and handed out candies. The riders won Best Mounted Group.

candies. The riders won Best Mounted Group. Above: Lori White and Jacque Murphy in
candies. The riders won Best Mounted Group. Above: Lori White and Jacque Murphy in

Above: Lori White and Jacque Murphy in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade. Top Right: Crystal Lovfald smiles for the camera. Bottom Right: Lori White, Erica Canevari and Jacque Murphy make their way down Main Street.

You’re invited to a Redwood Unit

Potluck Barbeque

When: Saturday, September 12th, 2009, come around 12 noon, food will be ready at around 1 p.m. Where: Albert & Yvette Mendes Home, 7721 State Highway 36, Carlotta

Home, 7721 State Highway 36, Carlotta Yvette and Albert invite you out to
Home, 7721 State Highway 36, Carlotta Yvette and Albert invite you out to

Yvette and Albert invite you out to enjoy a beautiful day in the sun, there is no agenda for this get together. So come on out, bring your favorite side dish and drinks.

Please RSVP at (707) 768-3010

and drinks. Please RSVP at (707) 768-3010 Don’t forget Officer elections are coming

Don’t forget

Officer elections are coming up in November. Think you would be a great candidate for President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer? Consider running!

candidate for President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer? Consider runnin g! Page 6
candidate for President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer? Consider runnin g! Page 6

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Come enjoy a weekend of horse camping and trail riding, August 28th through the 30th, 2009.

The Redwood Unit has rented the group campground at Cuneo Creek and we invite you to come spend the weekend with us.

If you have never been to Cuneo Creek camp ground, you are in for a real treat. The camp ground is located off the Mattole Road, eight miles west of the Avenue of the Giants. There are many miles of trail riding, many of which are in pristine redwood forest. The campground has many amenities, including Bar-be-ques, fire rings, picnic tables, treated water, flushable toilets and coin-op hot showers.

The ride is limited to the first 65 riders. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all

times.

No dogs are allowed on the park trails, dogs in camp must remain leashed at all times.

For more information please contact:

Jacque Murphy

Erica Canevari

707-498-6648

707-407-9591

brennaluet@hotmail.com

redwood_rider@hotmail.com

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Registration

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Cost:

BCHC Members:

$20.00 per person $30.00 per family

Non-BCHC Members:

$40.00 per person $50.00 per family (cost includes a one year membership to the Redwood Unit.)

Ride includes:

Camping fee for Cuneo Creek Campground

for Friday night and Saturday night. BBQ Chicken Dinner Saturday night.

night. BBQ Chicken Dinner Saturday night. Make check payable to: Redwood Unit, BCHC

Make check payable to: Redwood Unit, BCHC Mail to: Campout at Cuneo Creek, P.O. Box 21, Ferndale, Ca 95536

For registrations with more than one person, please list the names of the other people attending on a separate sheet.

*All pipe corrals have been filled. Please plan on bringing your own corrals or highline for your stock.

Dealing with a Barn Sour Horse (continued from cover)

Bring him back to the medium walk, or better yet slow him down even further so that he sees his disobedience and impatience only made matters worse. Never look the other way when your horse misbehaves, no matter how sleight the disobedience. You may find it necessary to stop your horse completely if he becomes too skittish or insistentyou might even need to stop several times on your return home. This is fine since haste will make waste - take the time to make him return properly. If your horse becomes too insistent you can even turn him around and walk away from the barn again until he settles down. If worse comes to worst and he refuses to walk home properly, try to dismount him and lead him home. Unless you are a very experienced rider (and even if you are!) you do not want to risk being dismounted by a roadside or on an obscure trail, especially if you didn't bring along any riding partners to watch over you. (You did bring along a riding partner when you worked with a barn sour horse, right?) When we become tired of holding our horse back and frustration begins to set in it's only natural to want to just let him head home quickly to get the undesirable situation over with. But that natural reaction will only compound your frustrations later as you find your partner turning into a full-fledged barn sour horse. Bringing Along A Buddy Herd bound horses resist leaving the property because they do not wish to leave their equine buddy behind. Often the owner of a herd bound horse will have another rider take the herd bound horse's buddy on a trail ride with him so that his horse doesn't have to leave his buddy behind. The thought behind this is the journey goes by smoothly and in time the owner's horse will become less barn sour by observing how easily his buddy rides. This solution couldn't be any more mistaken! When you pair up a herd bound horse and his equine companion on a trail ride all you succeed in doing is masking the symptoms, yet the problem still exists. In fact doing this will make the problem even worse over time rather than better, because you need to break the reliance on his buddy to overcome the herd bound problem. Never use a buddy as a pacifier for a herd bound horse; make sure if you have a riding partner he or she is riding a neutral horse.

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neutral horse. Get your Newsletter via e-mail For those of you who might find it more

For those of you who might find it more convenient, we are now offering the Redwood Unit Newsletter via e- mail. Get the newsletter in full color, right on your computer. Simply e-mail me at redwood_rider@hotmail.com to get on the list.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Campout at Cuneo Creek! Spaces are going fast,

Don’t forget to sign up for the Campout at Cuneo Creek! Spaces are going fast, the last day to register is August 21st.

We hope to see you there!

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