This Month in Just Horses
  1. Unlocking the Power of Magnets
    by Clinton Anderson, Pg 10
  2. Do You Know What You Don't Know?
    by Julie Goodnight - Pg 8
  3. Start 'Em Out Right
    by Madison Seamans, MS DVM - Pg 12
  4. Dressage Training Scale
    by Mary Kimball - Pg 14
  5. Improving Horse Pastures
    by Heather Smith Thomas - Pg 18
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Upcoming Events
  • MAY 5 – 8
    BOISE SADDLE & JUMP TREASURE VALLEY CLASSIC Ford Idaho Horse Park

    Nampa, ID
    This USEF B Rated and USEF Jumper Level 1 horse show will showcase an expansive slate of hunter, jumper and equitation classes for all levels of horses and riders and will culminate with a $1,000 USH-JA National Hunter Derby and several $300 Jumper Classics at varying heights.
    For more information, go to www.boisesaddleandjumpclub.com.

  • MAY 6 – 8
    IDAHO BARREL FUTURITY

    Ford Idaho Horse Park Nampa, ID
    $4,000 added 2D Futurity, $1,000 added Maturity, $1,000 added open both days. At 300 entries added goes to $1500! 7 Saddles to be awarded.
    For more information, go to: www.idahobarrelfuturity.webs.com.

  • MAY 12 – 15
    DES ARAB HORSE SHOW

    Ford Idaho Horse Park Nampa, ID 2016 TVC and Region 4 Sport Horse Preshow and Sport Horse Offsite Championships.
    For more information call (208) 861-1147 or visit www.desarabhorse.com.

  • MAY 14
    TMRC TACK AUCTION, SALE & SPAGHETTI FEED Columbia Road

    Boise, ID
    Bring something to sell and buy something you need. The 58th Annual Tack and Auction Sale begins at 10 am, item check-in 8 am. Consignments are welcome and JR Whole- sale Saddler will be bringing a trailer full of items. Debit and credit cards are accepted with a
    fee. For more information, call Bob at (208) 362-4345.

  • MAY 16 – 18
    MARK BOLENDER EXTREME TRAIL CLINIC La Estancia Alegre

    Alcalde, NM
    Get one-on-one coaching from three-time National Extreme Trail Grand Champion Mark Bolender. Partner up with your horse, gain the confidence to face any obstacle, teach your horse to trust you, improve communication with your horse, and master your horse’s fears.
    For more information, call (505) 927-0992 or visit laestanciaalegre.com/extremetrail.

  • MAY 21 – 22
    IDAHO DRESSAGE FESTIVAL

    Ford Idaho Horse Park Nampa, ID
    Riders from all over the Western states will be there. Competitors of all ages will be riding Training Level through Grand Prix. The Idaho Dressage Festival is a Qualifying Competition for the 2016 USEF National Dressage Championships for the Junior, Young Rider and Young Adult Brentina Cup Divisions.
    Admission is free with dressage riders competing from 7:30am to approximately 8:00pm. There is concession food available, fabulous Vendors, plus our very popular “Idaho Freestyle Challenge”, Silent Auction and other fun activities!
    For more information, visit www.idahodressageandeventing.org.

  • MAY 21 – 22
    JORDAN VALLEY BIG LOOP RODEO

    Jordan Valley Rodeo Grounds Jordan Valley, OR
    Bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding and more! Pitch a tent on the nearby school grounds or book a room, but don’t miss this fun-filled weekend!
    For more information, call (541) 586-2551 or visit www.biglooprodeo.com.

  • MAY 26
    BARREL RACE BONANZA

    Rexburg Fairgrounds Rexburg, ID
    $200 added in 4D open barrels. Time onlys start at 6pm. 8 and under start at 7:45pm, followed by ages 9-13, then the open, and finally the 15/40 3D.
    For more information, visit www.brbofidaho.com.

  • MAY 27 – 29
    2016 COW HORSE CLASSIC

    Ford Idaho Horse Park Nampa, ID
    Cow Horse Classic NRCHA Horse Show with AQHA show and the Cow Horse Classic Derby.
    For more information, visit www.idahoreignedcowhorse.com.

  • MAY 27 – 30 15th
    ANNUAL WEISER RIVER TRAIL WAGON TRAIN

    Weiser Trailhead Weiser, ID
    4-day journey on the Weiser River Trail, north from Weiser to Council, through farm country to the mountains surrounding Council. Hot breakfast and dinner each day. Travel at your own speed and enjoy as many rest stops as you like. Outriders welcome!!!
    For more information, call (208) 887-0268 or visit www.weiserrivertrail.org.

Idaho Horse Industry Alert!


Save Les Bois Park!

By Ed McNelis

“We the People” deserve to be treated fairly, have our voices heard and be represented by our elected legislators. None of that happened as one legislator bullied fellow Senators and citizens to keep the Horse Industry bill from being heard by our elected legislators. Senator Brent Hill used all his power to keep the bill from our legislators. It appears that Mr. Hill is conflicted in several ways on this issue, yet took strong actions to deny citizens due process.

The crushing of the industry has created huge personal suffering as they shut down; people were laid off and lost their investments and employment. The industry provided strong income and investments in communities that benefited citizens, communities and youth programs. Idaho’s horse industry was the center of the Intermountain racing scene and was rapidly growing to national status.

Les Bois Park generated income that funded small tracks across the state and youth programs. Les Bois Park was forced to close and take with it the industry and its future. The horse industry created billions in badly needed economic activity for our state. Much of this was in small communities that support youth programs and county fairs. All this was done at a huge human cost.

Conflicted politicians and special interests are making Idaho look like Washington DC. The Horse Industry has great value to Idaho and deserves fair and equal treatment. There is huge anger over the destruction of the industry. Citizens are responding by signing the horsemen’s petition to the legislature for “fair and equal treatment”.

How can you help? The petition on the next page needs to be signed by all the horsemen and horse industry supporters who want to raise their voice and send a message to our lawmakers!

Take this petition to your work, your friends, your next meeting, etc. to have everyone you know sign, then return it to the Idaho Horsemen’s Association.