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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, August 15.

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 cavtrooper@uscavalryschool.com

Public Relations: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Representative: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355, tovikywho@q.com


Social Director Julia Curtis, 449-0360

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, this month August 15. Membership meeting 6:15 pm

From Our President -----------Howdy Trail Riders!

Where did July go? It is already mid August and I am not ready to start school. We have had a busy summer with many irons in the fire so to speak.

It was much easier to schedule the gate at the Fair this year with so many people volunteering. A huge thank-you to all those who were able to help with the West gate. We gained a couple of families who worked enough hours for an HTR membership for 2019. A get well goes out to Rita Newman. She wanted to work the gates, but her doctor told her no way. I know she was disappointed.

We appreciate the fact that you pay to volunteer to work to keep the club financially sound as well as contributing to community service for equine activities and education. The more you are involved in an organization the more networking seems to occur. The world seems to get smaller all the time with the connections we make while doing something with or about horses.

Heather had an idea to raffle off a pair of tickets to Saturday night’s rodeo. Most of the raffle tickets were sold the night of the last meeting. It worked out great for Marcia who won them and was able to enjoy the rodeo with Bill from great seats in the grandstand for the first time in many years. It was a fun idea and helped make a little extra money for the club. I am not sure if my luck will hold so I haven’t bought a lottery ticket yet.

Our O-Mok-See paid for itself and made enough to pay most of this year’s insurance. Way to go volunteers! Keep it up for next year.

We are trying to update our membership list so don’t be surprised if you are asked for your contact information yet again. Records kept on computers are subject to mysteriously disappearing or being involuntarily edited, so when completed, we will be keeping paper copies with the board of directors.

While chasing grandchildren, we recently had an opportunity to view the Hall of Fame pictures at the outdoor exhibit in front of Carousel Ice cream and Exploration works. It was the first time I was able to see how the Helena Trail Riders 1966 and 1968 National O-Mok-See champions were honored since the induction luncheon last summer. It was fun to see the names and events on public display.

Our horses seem to be eating like bears getting ready for winter. We have never had grass this high and it needs to be grazed off so we are accommodating with many hours of horses on pasture. I am not aware of any complaints from the horses. I haven’t seen much of an undercoat developing but I am easily fooled. I know we will have a snowfall in September just like we always have one in April.

The extra springs are starting to dry up and the frogs are getting harder to locate. They were beneficial in keeping the mosquito and grasshopper population down. They also provided grandkid entertainment. We learned how fat frogs can do ballet with our granddaughter guiding the legs. Bet those frogs won’t be so easy to catch next time. Stage fright?

Join us on August 15th with board meeting at 5:30 and general meeting at 6:15. We would love to visit with you and hear any tales of adventure you have experienced with those fantastic creatures, horses. Best prepare for fall because ready or not, it is coming.

Happy hoof beats! 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. (trailridershelena@gmail.com)
• It is important that no Helena Trail Rider member is left out of the loop because he/she doesn’t have the latest social communication device. Please let us know of any member who is not receiving the newsletter either via e-mail or by snail-mail.
• Send items you wish included in the newsletter to trailridershelena@gmail.com.

From Heather (hmtnavy@blackfoot.net): Well my fellow Trail Riders, we did it! We survived another year of the Last Chance Stampede and Fair with a few hiccups, but no major catastrophes – job well done!!!!

I would like to give a huge shout out to all of the Trail Riders who worked the West Gate this year: Vicki B, Sharon H, Bill & Marcia G, Caleb B, Shirley H, Penny K, Julia C, Chris W, Sam, Sherri O, Judy G, Kate H, and Bill I. Another shout out goes to the nonmembers who worked as well: Jessica Erickson, Cassy Lynn, Tanner Franklin, Betty Franklin, JT Franklin.

We had two couples take us up on the offer of a membership by working 4 hours on the gate. Please welcome to the club, Lee & Chris Blazer and Bill & Becky Henne.

Thank you all so much, this very much was a case of we couldn’t have done this without you.

For those of you who were not aware, the club raffled off two tickets to the Saturday night rodeo. The raffle winner – as drawn by Ryker was (insert drumroll here please)…Marcia Gray!!!! I was working the gate Saturday night and felt my phone buzz in my pocket not long after the rodeo started. I checked it and had received a message from Marcia saying they were amazing seats. Glad you enjoyed them. smiley face

Heather (VP) 406.461.9339 / hmtnavy@blackfoot.net

Trail Rides

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 as well. I would like to bring your attention to a few poker rides for the year of 2018, some of which I believe have been posted in the HTR facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/helenatrailriders)

Check under EVENTS for a list of these rides that have been found so far. If you know of any additional rides, just let me know.

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

From Sharon:

I am planning to add a short section on trail riding areas near Helena, starting with this issue. Please feel free to send me your favorite rides for future issues! Since the Pony Tales is added to the website each month, members will have a resource for future ride ideas.

The first I will add is Scratch Gravel Hills. The Scratchgravel Hills are Helena's year-round riding area. Due to the well-drained geology, open slopes, and minimal snowfall, this area offers dry trails nearly every month of the year. Existing trails are a hodgepodge of old Jeep trails, mining roads, and some singletrack. When the BLM re-evaluates this area's management plan in the next few years, hopefully new trail networks will be constructed.

Access Info:

There are several major trailheads:

Head Lane (Green Meadow Drive to Franklin Mine Road to Head Lane
Tumbleweed Drive (Green Meadow Drive to Franklin Mine Rd to Tumbleweed Drive)
Echo Drive (off Birdseye Rd near the old Broadwater Store)
Norris Road (off Green Meadow Drive), and John G Mine (also off Green Meadow Drive). It is noted that trails from Norris and John G Mine Roads can be steep. The Tumbleweed Drive trailhead has good parking, but is primarily an area used for Folf. It is possible to make your way into the hills, but the trail crosses an area of private property with a fence and usually locked gate. Head Lane has good access, with a short rough uphill section on the driving access road right before the parking area, and somewhat limited parking for horse trailers.

I am adding a link from a bicycle website, but is a good resource as it does show most of the main trails that are usable for horse travel. https://www.trailforks.com/region/scratchgravel-hills-14034/?lat=46.684001&lon=-112.098913&z=13&m=trailforks


• Virginia City Annual Labor Day poker ride. September 1, 2018. More details to come! http://www.outpostevents.net/09/01/2018/labor-day-horseback-poker-ride/

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 2chalkie@gmail.com

• Join us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/helenatrailriders

Remember Facebook is not the web page.
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Heat Stroke in Horses (www.petmd.co)

Also known as heat exhaustion or hyperthermia, heat stroke is a condition that occurs with horses performing a great deal of work in excessively hot or humid conditions. When the horse is unable to lose body heat, its body temperature goes up rapidly, causing severe (and sometimes fatal) health concerns. Therefore, heat stroke must be treated promptly and properly.

Symptoms and Types

Rapid pulse and breathing
Heavy breathing/panting
Increased sweating
Excessive salivation
Redness of the tongue and oral area
High body temperature
Erratic heart beat
Muscle spasms
Stumbling gait


Exposure to a very hot or humid environment, combined with inadequate ventilation, can lead to heat stroke. Other common causes include:

High level of physical stress
Excessive exercising
Increased weight (obesity)
Respiratory diseases


Heat stroke is not hard to diagnose at all. A horse that is overheated will act strangely and will display the symptoms listed above. If you suspect your horse is suffering from heat stroke, you must cool it down immediately and take it to a veterinarian for medical assistance.


Treatment for heat exhaustion must be done as quickly as possible in order for the horse to survive. Cold water should be applied to the skin, usually poured over the horse’s body; adding ice to the water can help severe cases of heat stroke. Also, fanning the horse and guiding it to a shady area will assist in cooling the animal.

Heat stroke indicates a severe loss of electrolytes, so intravenous electrolyte administration is a critical part of the treatment process for heat exhaustion.


Heat stroke can be prevented by taking caution not to expose the horse to hot and humid conditions, especially if the animal is doing manual labor or when racing or riding. And be sure to provide plenty of water, as well as shade, to horses that roam out in the open for a long time.
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