Needed: Membership ChairCoalition
I am taking a new job, I'm afraid I must give up being the TROT Membership
Chairperson duties as of July 1, 2000. I will be around in July and August
to help out a little bit and answer questions.
hope that one of you will step up to the plate and become the new TROT
Membership Chairperson. This job does require working with a computer.
The current membership database is in Microsoft Access, and I use and
Microsoft Word in conjunction with Access to create mailing labels, letters,
of the TROT Membership Chairperson include the following:
- Adding new and
updating renewal membership applications
- Handling the yearly
membership renewal mailing
- Printing mailing
labels for the newsletter every 2nd month
- Printing select
groups of mailing labels for specific county mailings
- Printing (or sending
to a printshop) membership applications and brochures, postcards for
the annual potluck, letterhead stationary, and a few other letterhead
items for use by board members and county coordinators
free to call me at 703-866-3176 or e-mail me at email@example.com
if you have questions about the job.
is often the case, it takes something dramatic to jump start a movement.
The tragic fall off a mountain side of a horse last summer was the catalyst
for the organizing of an equine emergency response plan among various
state agencies and associations, including (but not limited to):
Reg. Coll. of Veterinary Med.
Trail Riders of Today
(TROT), Days End Farm Horse Rescue, and Frederick Animal Control have
been instrumental in getting these organizations coordinated.
long term goal of this coalition is to be able to respond to dramatic
rescue situations and to have in place access to the necessary heavy equipment
(e.g. helicopters, slings, winches) to respond to such situation.
get things rolling, the Coalition will hold the Trailer Emergency Rescue
Clinic on June 10. This seminar will primarily teach emergency responders
how to cope with a traffic incident involving a horse trailer. Please
see page 11 for more information on how you can participate in this groundbreaking
We need 12 very calm horses for this Rescue Clinic, to serve as models
for demonstrating how to tie ropes to tails. No lifting of horses involved.
Please call Gale Monahan 301-854-3852.
Frederick County Comments
Merson and Angela Klinger
West has turned over the reins to Angela and Pat after many many years
of hard work at being the Frederick Co. Coordinator. We hope to be able
to ride as hard as Harriet did! All the Fred. Co. TROT members thank her
very much. Maybe now she will have a little spare time to ride.
goal is to attend all meetings in Fred. Co. "to keep on top of trail issues."
We meet monthly with DNR and Frederick Co. Trails Inc. (FCTI). Pat &
I are hoping that the Fred. Co. TROT members will really get involved
when we call on you to attend important hearings. A couple of times a
year, we want to plan some trail clearing days on horseback with a pot
luck afterwards. All that's involved would be bringing pruning shears
and as you ride, just prune. You'd be surprised how nice the trails will
look. Cap it off with the comradery of friends and a delicious pot luck
afterwards. We are counting on our Fred. Co. TROT members.
would like to invite you now to the first such Post Luck, Prune, &
Trail Ride. Mark your calendar for July 15, ready to ride at 10:00
AM at the Manor Area, next to the creek. There's plenty of parking. Call
Angela 301-898-9133 to sign up. I also have extra pruning shears!
February 22, we attended a meeting with FCTI. We discussed ways to raise
money in order to print 10,000 color 2˝'x3' area maps of Frederick County
showing roads, towns, and parks. The back side of the map will be filled
with local business advertisements. Any TROT member that would like to
advertise in it or make a donation, please call us. The maps will be distributed
free throughout Frederick County in bike shops, Inns, Parks, and Visitor
News—we just found out the commissioners approved the Bike & Trail
Plan for Frederick County!
February 26 we hiked with DNR Rangers, a member of the DNR Resource Planning
Dept. from Cumberland, and several members of hiker and biker groups.
We all walked several miles through Gambrill State Park. We discussed
where repairs are needed, such as new water bars installed and old ones
replaced, and trails rerouted and new trails constructed. DNR Headquarters
will have to approve the plans, and it looks very promising.
Manders 301-495-2543 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 3, Little Bennett Regional Park
Volunteer Day & National Trails Day
up soon! It's time for equestrians to step up to the plate. Montgomery
County is planning so many trails in parkland and bridle easements on
subdivisions that we need to demonstrate our willingness to help monitor
and maintain them. Hiking and biking organizations are pressing for admittance
and sometimes exclusive use of all of our Parks, and they offer to BUILD
new trails too. TROT needs to join the effort; most other trail users
are willing to work with the special requirements of horse trails. Trail
Preservation goes hand in hand with Trail Maintenance.
this purpose I have set up a workday with Manager Art Nelligan of Little
Bennett to identify some projects. Angela Klinger, Susan Hanson, and Jim
Fieser, etc., are recruiting troops. We are interested in any suggestions
you riders have, so speak up!
event will be sanctioned, M-NCPPC will provide liability coverage for
the day and some much needed publicity. TROT will be credited volunteer
hours. We will probably have an informal picnic after the work is done.
horses and dogs are not invited (horses would have to stand unattended
in the trailers in the sun for too long).
SOON . . .
equestrian Eventing Facility—On Route 28 (Darnestown Road) between Beallsville
and Dickerson, this facility will be built on land donated by Hermen Greenberg
for this purpose. The County's purpose in building an equestrian facility
is to support the equestrian community, and therefore aid the economic
base of the Agricultural Preserve Lands. It is finally recognized that
horses are the basis for that economy.
you, like me, are thrilled to hear this, remember that your support of
the project will be needed (written and oral testimony). In order to build
this facility, monies must be appropriated from the State, which cannot
happen without your support. We will let you know when and to whom to
address your letters, Meanwhile, spread the good news! Tell everyone you
know that NO, the County is NOT planning to develop more of the Ag Lands—this
parcel is a special, once in a lifetime gift. And YES, there will be trails
for you. We are planning an east-west trail connector from Seneca State
Park to the Canal towpath at Martinsburg Road, through the Greenberg facility.
The Two Edged Sword
teach a horse to be gentle and kind
We must understand his mind.
A horse not by logic thinks.
Instead, he pairs and links
two events. We call this horsey notion
learning by association.
Keep your language simple and clear
when you're teaching him how to go and steer.
To teach a "go," when the command leaves your lips,
follow it closely by a tap of the whip.
And when you want to teach those "whoas,"
follow the command by a tug on the nose.
But be careful not to make
a horse who has no brake.
Don't say "whoa" when you mean "easy," or at best
your signal will be meaningless.
After mounting, the trainer's next choice
is to associate leg and hand with the whip and voice.
Each new understanding is made
in association with the previous aid.
When a pattern has been repeated,
the beginning of a habit has been seeded.
Association can be rewards, which come in several shades.
Food, a pat, kind words, and the timing of the aids.
The best reward, it's a fact,
is the rider who has tact.
A good rider is on whose give and take
is correctly timed.
He listens to the horse's rhyme,
easing the signal for his partner's sake.
But bad habits sometimes will arise
and seem to take us by surprise.
Any bad habit the horse may flaunt
may just be a "signal" we don't want.
When entering an open field,
if you always run, your fate is sealed.
So when he tries to run away,
maybe he's trying to obey,
because he's associated the sight
of the field to the signal of the starting gate!
If you always canter in a certain corner,
because the horse is a good learner,
you may now have trouble in that spot
keeping the horse in a trot.
Signals should be inner sent,
not coming from the environment.
The opposite of the first rule is this:
To prevent a bad habit you should dis-
associate. This means you plan never to pair
two events, or take great care
to make the pairing irregular.
You may not fix it with a stick.
Instead try to disassociate it.
To break a pattern the method is to never match
the "signal" with the act.
Another kind of association is punishment.
Sometimes it works, sometimes is doesn't.
For punishment to succeed,
it must be simultaneous with the evil deed.
Hitting several seconds later doesn't rectify the matter.
Every second that was spent
makes a different association than we meant.
Let's make this idea very clear:
To get obedience, don't teach fear.
Association and disassociation is what we use.
These two principles do not confuse
and your horse will know his "Ps and Cues."
News from the
National Scenic Trail Corridor
2000, Volume 1, Number 4
Potomac Heritage Partnership ("Partnership") has launched yet another
Council within its arsenal of ventures designed to build a better sense
of community throughout the Potomac River watershed tied to the economic
drive of heritage tourism and its impact upon commerce, culture and conservation.
The newest Council is the Potomac Sojourners ("Sojourners") program, conceived
as the Partnership's outreach to the education community. The Sojourners'
Council will explore how best to help all ages to better connect with
the Potomac and the bountiful legacy of history and storytelling that
this "Nation's River" has to share with those who live within or come
to visit our watershed.
order to showcase and promote this new program, a non-stop, self-contained
Potomac Sojourn trip is being planned by a group called the "Potomac Sojourners,"
which will follow one of the proposed Potomac Heritage National Scenic
Trails (PHT) routes, beginning in Pittsburgh, PA on 15 May 2000 and ending
on National Trails Day, 3 June at the mouth of the Potomac. There will
be media events scheduled throughout the trip at key historic sites and
a grand finale held both at Smith Point, VA in the morning and Point Lookout,
MD in the afternoon on Trails Day.
the trail will be non-motorized and will include hiking, biking, in-line
skating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and rowing* (See * in Susan Brehm's
article below). The preliminary itinerary is:
who would like to participate in this adventure promotionally, physically
or otherwise is encouraged to contact our Event Coordinator, Kip MacArthur
by phone at 202.333.4478; by fax at 202.333.6733; or by e-mail at <email@example.com>.
Potomac Heritage Partnership is a group working to preserve and promote
land and water trails in the Potomac Watershed. Their most notable project
in the works is the upcoming Potomac Sojourn, a non-stop trail trip following
one of the proposed Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Routes beginning
in Pittsburgh, PA on May 15, and ending at the mouth of the Potomac on
June 3 (National Trails Day).
notice in the information given in the previous article that there is
no mention of horses. I wrote asking why, and could they possibly be included.
The Potomac Sojourners are very excited to include horses not only in
this event, but in their planning commission for long term development
of an extensive trail system in the Potomac Watershed area.
am putting together a committee that will be represented on the Potomac
Heritage Trail Coordinating Council (one of 5 Councils of the Potomac
Heritage Partnership). Our primary task will be coordinating a trail ride
along the W&OD Trail on May 23, in conjunction with the Potomac Sojourn.
There will be a media event in Leesburg, VA that morning, hopefully featuring
the equestrian participation. The long term work of the committee will
be to work with PHP in developing the trails to be equestrian friendly.
I would like to have someone from TROT on this committee.
need you to help me with this committee and promote equestrian trail use
with the Potomac Heritage Partnership. Please drop me an e-mail at RockingB@worldnet.att.net Susan
Let Me Teach You
you are tense, let me teach you to relax.
When you are short tempered, let me teach you to be patient.
When you are short sighted, let me teach you to see.
When you are quick to react, let me teach you to be thoughtful.
When you are angry, let me teach you to be serene.
When you feel superior, let me teach you to be respectful.
When you are self absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things.
When you are arrogant, let me teach you humility.
When you are lonely, let me be your companion.
When you are tired, let me carry the load.
When you need to learn, let me teach you.
After all, I am your horse.
© 1997 Lamm's Kickin' Back Ranch. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission.
now, the REAL Story...
you are tense, let me teach you that there are lions in the woods, and
we need to leave NOW.
When you are short tempered, let me teach you how to slog around the pasture
for an hour before you can catch me.
When you are short sighted, let me teach you to figure out where, exactly,
in the 40 acres I am hiding.
When you are quick to react let me teach you that herbivore's kick MUCH
faster than omnivores.
When you are angry, let me teach you how well I can stand on my hind feet,
because I don't FEEL like cantering on my right lead today, that's why.
When you are worried, let me entertain you with my mystery lameness, flatulence,
and skin disease.
When you feel superior, let me teach you that, mostly, you are the maid
When you are self-absorbed let me teach you to PAY ATTENTION. I TOLD you
about those lions in the woods.
When you are arrogant, let me teach you what 1200lbs of YAHOO-let's-go
event horse can do when suitably inspired.
When you are lonely, let me be your companion. Let's do lunch. Also, breakfast
When you are tired, don't forget the 600lbs of grain that needs to be
When you are feeling financially secure, let me teach you the meaning
of "Veterinary Services, additional".
When you need to learn, hang around, bud. I'll learn ya.
SALE—4 yr old Pony of Americas gelding. Sorrel with white blanket.
12.2hh, $3200. Good 4-H prospect. Also, 14 yr old Morgan gelding, sorrel,
15hh. Good jumper. Needs experienced rider. $1600 or best offer. Call
Kitty Harvey, 410-752-2040.
SALE—Horses for Sale. Trail or Show. All very reasonably priced. Call