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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, April 18

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

Vice-President: Heather Hollandsworth 492-7066

Treasurer: Kate Hollandsworth, 492-7206

Secretary: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858


Trail Rides: Chris Warren, 461-6527

Building/ Maintenance: Caleb Blokzyl, 465-7123

Historian: Historian & MSCA Delegate: Penny Koehler,

O-Mok-See: Keith Herrin, 461-3614

Public Relations: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Representative: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355,

Social Director Julia Curtis, 449-0360

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. Board of Directors Meeting this month - April 18. Activity - Clean up Day on April 28.

From Our President

We had a wonderful guest speaker at the March meeting. Sterling Campbell from Sting Saddlery gave an excellent talk that dealt not only with saddle fitting but cost saving ideas, safety, and some helpful horse hints. Those that attended the meeting got quite an education and visual treat. If you missed it for some reason, stop by his store at 2121 Euclid and see quality workmanship that we haven’t seen in Helena for the past several years. Telephone 406-899-3029.

April 18th there will be a board of directors meeting at 5:30. All are welcome to attend but there will be no member’s meeting afterward.

Caleb, maintenance director, has set April 28th as clean-up day for the West arena and the clubhouse. We usually meet at 10:00 a.m. with many of us bringing our own tools and cleaning supplies. Gloves come in handy, too. Bill will be bringing the poles for the West arena that we didn’t get in the ground last year. Look for the other articles on this topic that Caleb may have written for the Pony Tales.

Trail Riders will supply the burger and buns for the end of work pot luck April 28th. If you would like to bring a side dish, chips, relish tray or dessert to contribute to the pot luck, that would be great. Many hands make light work so please plan to come by and help. If it snows, we will only work at the clubhouse.

We have lost another supportive Trail Rider with Bill Bluck passing away in January. A recent newspaper article alerted me to this sad news. From the time he first joined the Trail Riders, he fit in with the experienced members known fondly as the “Old Timers”. He was a great help in whatever project the HTR tackled and fun to ride with. Happy trails to you, Bill.

The snow is a trick of mother nature but I can still tell it is spring. The geese are nesting and I leave the barn with a mouth full of horse hair after grooming. Marcia

Anyone with suggestions for programs or activities, please come to a meeting and share, or let a board of directors member know what you would like to see or hear about.

• Any member can contribute to the Pony Tales. For sale or wanted items and articles must be to Sharon by the 10th of each month.

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From: Caleb Blokzyl

A clean-up day has been set for April 28, 10:00 a.m. We will be cleaning the clubhouse and West Arena (if the weather allows). Please bring drills and any other tools you can that would be necessary to fix fencing in the arena. Thank You!


Please let me know if you have any trails that you would like me to look at for possible rides. I have a few ideas and would like to mention a few poker rides for the year of 2018, some of which I believe have been posted in the HTR FB page. Here is a list of them that have been found so far and can get additional details to anyone, just let me know.

four aces Plains BCH poker ride 5/19
four aces Virginia City poker ride 5/26
four aces RMEF poker ride 6/9
four aces Gallatin BCH poker ride 7/7
four aces Upper Clark Fork BCH 7/14
four aces Virginia City poker ride 9/1

So now that spring is just around the corner, it is time to be thinking about getting your horse and or yourself in shape for the year and found a couple articles that may help which seemed to be a pretty good read. The links to the articles are attached.

Hope to see some or all of you out on the trails.

If you have any questions, please call Chris Warren,461-6257. Thanks.


• Ladies Horse Camp May 3 - May 5, Kissock Horse Center, Butte, MT

• Trail Challenge Obstacle Clinic, Saturday and/or Sunday, May 5-6 Dagnal Ranch, Wolf Creek MT. 9 am - 4 pm. To register or for more information contact Perry Knize, 406-880-1640 or $150/day, Limit 10 riders/day, auditors free.

• Foundation Horsemanship Clinic, Friday, May 18. The third annual Judge's Obstacle Clinics at the Big Sky Horse Park in Missoula are coming up. The first clinic is in May and has been split into two different sessions due to popular demand. If you would like to sign up, get in touch with us as soon as you can. Then sign up to compete in the Color My Ride Competitions! Call Ethan 406-381-0987 or Lorri 406-381-0988.

Tidbits Club Contacts:
Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 202-2355

O-Mok-See Coordinator – Keith Herrin 461-3614

Gone with the Wind – Peggy Huntington 459- 2161

Western Patriots- Patsy Althof 439-8916

Helena Valley Blues – Moriah Parker 202-5729

• Remember: West Arena Schedule is (exclusive use) every Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday of the month.

• Don’t forget to check on all Helena Trail Riders information posted to the website (including past copies of Pony Tales). Suggestions or corrections to Cheryl Bryant

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Rita Newman has several pairs of new men's Wrangler jeans, waist size 35, she would like to see go to a different home. Give her a call at (406) 458-4725.

(From Tom Rolfe) 406-589-5213

I've got a coming 5yo mare I'm looking for a good home. I simply don't have the time to devote to her, since I also have a riding horse young enough to probably last through my riding years and the mare's mother.

Amber is a non-registered Tennessee Walking horse (dam) x Missouri foxtrotter (sire) born here on my property May 2013. I've owned her the entire time, have been on her bareback around here, had her tacked up many times, ponied on many trail rides carrying light loads, but she's not had any real training aside from a few times in the round pen. About 15H. She loads and hauls easily. Easy to catch and lead. I've done all her farrier work without any issues. Vaccinations up to date. Lifetime brand inspection. Below is a picture in her summer coat 2 summers ago. If you know anyone who might be interested my contact info is at the bottom of my email. I have no price in mind, make an offer, but definitely inexpensive. I'm more interested in a good rapport with a new owner. I think she'd be a great 4H project with someone who wants to spend the time with her. At her age she gets bored just standing around. Right now, she's in Helena at my daughter's place since I was gone much of the winter. Thought it would be better to make one move rather than move her back here then to a new owner.

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Horse History

Written in about 350 BC, the treatises of Xenophon were considered the earliest extant works on horsemanship in any literature. The following is an excerpt.

Part I: Selecting a Young Horse

Xenophon ideal war horse head     The ideal head of the warhorse

Xenophon details what is to be examined when inspecting a horse to buy as a war-mount.

He is especially careful to stress the importance of soundness. His recommendations include:

A hoof of thick horn, and a frog that is held off the ground.

Pasterns that are not too straight and upright, as these will jar the rider and are more likely to become sore, nor too long and low, as they will strike the ground when galloping and will be cut on rocks.

Thick cannon bones

Good bend in the knees, as the horse is less likely to stumble or to break down

Thick and muscular forearms

Broad chest, for both beauty and because the legs will be less likely to interfere

A neck that is high-set and carried upward. Xenophon believed this would allow the horse to better see what was in front of him, and also make him less able to overpower the rider, because it would be more difficult to put his head down.

A bony head with a small jawbone, a soft mouth, and prominent eyes for good vision

Large nostrils, for good respiration and a fiercer appearance

A large crest and small ears

Tall withers, to help hold the rider on, and to give a good attachment between the shoulder and the body

Double "loins" are more comfortable to sit on, as well as prettier

A deep, rounded side, which allows the rider to stay on more easily, and allows the horse to better digest his food

Broad, short loins, allowing the horse to raise the forehand and engage the hindend (Xenophon describes the ability to collect), and are stronger than long loins.

The hindquarters should be muscular and firm, for speed

The gaskins and buttocks should be well separated, so the horse stands wide behind, allowing him to be more balanced, and to give a prouder bearing

He should not have large testicles

Xenophon then directs the reader to look at a young colt's cannons to predict his height.

It is interesting to note that many of Xenophon's suggestions are still applied today when selecting a sport horse.

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