Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Here comes the rain

Oh how we all cringe at that statement.

I know that we need God's liquid blessing so that this area we live in can stay green and beautiful. But..... I sure could live with the mud that is coming.

We have our horses on our property and I like being able to look out and see them happily munching away but there is a trade off. We spend our time working on fencing and the barn. Feeding, hauling hay and cleaning stalls.

Or we could have them at a stable where we could just drive over and ride them in a dry area.

Lucky K is just such a facility located at 16818 NE 223rd Circle in Battle Ground. They have big matted stalls, warm water wash rack and individual tack lockers in the barn. And from there you can go to the 72x120 covered arena with seating and a club room and an indoor bathroom. They also have a 60'round pen and parking for your trailer.

They have a basic boarding package for $375 a month. Give them a call at 360.718.7555 or cell 540.841.1642 and talk about your individual needs and preferences.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Trail connection coming soon.

A vision that has been held for decades is finally going to pay off.

I had heard that the "Fairgounds trail" was moving forward but saw in the paper this morning that even better than that, with enough volunteer help, it could be ready for use in a month.

In an article on the front page of the Life section of the Columbian, written by Scott Hewitt, says that this short trail will be an important connection to a trail that will eventually connect our regional parks. Lisa Goorjian, a landscape architect with the Vancouver-Clark parks says this trail will eventually run from the Columbia River on the west to the Mount Vista area, near the campus of Washington State University Vancouver, on the east.

Dennis and I were part of a committee that continued long standing work to get a trail from the fairgounds to Whipple Creek park. When that committee died because of a change in county employees, we felt like that option would be gone forever.

Let me encourage you to not give up on a good idea for the good of our horse community. Where we left off, others came in and now we will have our trail!

Thank you to all who worked to get this accomplished.

Now we just need 'wet gloves on the handle of a shovel' to get this trail ready to ride.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This is from a friend here in Vancouver. Please pass this information on to everyone!

Her 15'2 hand 10 year old grey mare Sophie was last seen 6/24 near Forest Road 1600/1611 off the Nile Road east of Naches in Yakima county during an endurance ride. She was wearing a black English saddle at the time she was lost.

There is more information on the lost horse international website -

Please contact Misty or the Yakima County Sherriff’s office if you have any information on this horse.

Misty: 360-263-4551

Yakima County Sheriff’s office: (509) 574-2500 • FAX (509) 574-2501

Saturday, July 9, 2011

2011 Trial Trials results

How fun.
Great weather, beautiful location and fantastic people.
Today's Trail Trials were a success and I will have tons of pictures in a day or two. In the meantime, I wanted to post the winners.

Congratulations to you all.......

Adult Placings
1st Lisa Lichte 126.5 Bridle
2nd Bill Bott 123 Groom tote
3rd Debby Williams 118 Saddle Pad
4th Pam Walsh 118 Saddle Pad

1st Chloe Nevins 115 Earrings or Bridle
2nd Emily Wickert 84 Silver Hoofpick

1st Debbie Woodhouse 120 Saddle
2nd Kathleen Ingerson 117 Bridle
3rd Stephanie Gaylord 116.5 Hoofpick

Monday, July 4, 2011

2011 Trail Trials

Registration form for 2011 Trail Trials Saturday July 9th.

Clark County Fair Mounted Patrol Trail Trials
Saturday July 9, 2011
Zumstein Family Farm
41316 NE 12th Ave., Woodland, WA
(360) 225-8694
email at

The Trail Trials is a judged competitive trail ride that emphasizes safety and good horsemanship. It consists of a trail ride of 1-2 hours with judged obstacles for horse and rider to negotiate along the way. Obstacles can be natural or a simulation of naturally occurring conditions. This event will have 12-14 obstacles including a bridge, creek, logs and hills.

If you don't feel like you want to complete, come anyway and just enjoy a ride on a beautiful historic tree farm while you challenge you and your horse partner.

Sign in starts 8:00 a.m. with first out at 9:00 a.m. The start time will be assigned at sign in. The last Entry will be accepted at NOON!

The directions to the farm are on the entry form.

Fees per class:

Youth 12 – 17 $25.00
(Helmets required)

Adults 18+ $30.00

Extreme Trail Horse $45.00
(adults only)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EHV-1 outbreak

This is taken directly from Ridgefield Equine Clinic's FaceBook page.
If you have any other questions, call the office at 360-887-8979.

by Ridgefield Equine Clinic, PC on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 12:27pm
Many of you have seen in the news in the past few days, there is an outbreak of the neurologic virus: Equine Herpes Virus type-1 (EHV-1). The numbers are changing by the minute, however at least 6 states including Washington have affected horses. Many of the affected horses attended the National Cutting Association’s Western national Championships in Ogden, Utah (April 30-May 8 2011), or were in contact with persons or horses who attended the Championships.
Some important information:
1)EHV-1 is highly contagious among horses and camelids (llamas and alpacas) but does NOT infect humans or small ruminants. Transmission of the disease can be by direct or indirect contact with a horse that is shedding the virus. Humans, tack, and buckets are all potential ways the disease is transmitted. Airborne transmission also occurs; how far the virus can travel and survive in the air is unknown at this time.
2)It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a horse to become ill. Often the first symptom is a fever (body temperature greater than 101.0 F), monitoring temperature 2-3 times per day of any horses that may have been exposed to the virus can be a helpful tool in early diagnosis. Other symptoms can include inappetance, lethargy, nasal discharge, dribbling urine, abnormal gait (wobbly) among others.
3)Proper biosecurity is a key component in preventing the spread of this, and many diseases. Stop the movement of any horses who have been in contact with affected horses or facilities. If a horse is known to have been exposed do not allow that horse to have contact with other non-exposed horses. Isolate sick horses. Do not share equipment among horses, wash hands, disinfect. The recommended isolation period for horses potentially exposed is a minimum of 28days.
4) If you are concerned your horse may be affected by, or in contact with horses affected by this outbreak situation, please call our office! There is some indication that vaccination with a high antigen load killed vaccine licensed for abortion control may help minimize the impact of this disease; also there are antiviral pharmaceuticals available for horses; these may be helpful in treating this disease--these can be discussed with us on a case-by-case basis.