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Editor:Debbie Palmer
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NEWS TROT Information
June 2002 Electronic Edition Number 136


WOW! Was that ever a close one!

At the time of my previous newsletter update on Sunday hunting, prepared March 24th, House Bill 9 had passed the House of Delegates and was still in the Senate Committee. (The bill allowed "at least" 21 days of firearm deer hunting, as well as opening the door to Sunday hunting by allowing one such day in most Maryland counties.) The bill ultimately passed the Senate Committee and moved on to the full Senate.

There, four Senators (Haines, Stoltzfus, Baker and Ferguson) offered amendments which added their counties to those already exempted from Sunday hunting. The final bill allowed Sunday hunting for one day in only seven remaining counties (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and Dorchester) and continued to mandate "at least 21 days of firearm" for the whole state. That bill passed the Senate on April 4th.

So, having passed both the House and the Senate, the bill went to the Governor. We continued to vigorously oppose it, both because of the "at least 21 days" and also because of the Sunday hunting day. While just one day in only seven counties seems innocuous enough, we all know that, with the precedent established, there will be more days and more counties next year and in succeeding years until there is hunting on all Sundays throughout the hunting season. We made our views known to the Governor through phone calls, e-mails, letters and faxes, and asked that he veto the bill. We were joined in this effort by other horse organizations, Audubon societies, animal rights groups, mountain bikers, property owners, environmental groups, etc.

Finally, on May 15th, the Governor vetoed the bill. After noting that DNR already has authority to establish the hunting season (re: the "at least 21 days"), his letter to Speaker Taylor says:

"Our outdoor resources should be shared by everyone. Currently, a Sunday during hunting season is the only day of the week when outdoor recreation such as hiking, picnicking, birdwatching, photography, angling, horseback riding and other non-hunting activities can occur in the State's natural areas without the fear of nearby hunting. Many naturalist societies routinely schedule nature field trips only on Sundays during hunting season to be certain they will avoid the interference and potential danger from hunting. I have received numerous letters from persons across Maryland opposing House Bill 9 because they would lose the certainty of having one weekend day during hunting season when their families and children can safely enjoy the outdoors."

I'm sure you're thinking, "Gosh, I could not have said it better myself."

But, according to the Washington Post, Speaker Taylor has vowed to bring the bill back next year. So be ready to do it all again.

In the meantime, let's thank the Governor for his action. Also, any of your legislators who voted against it (I can give you names).

The Honorable Parris N. Glendening - - - 410-974-3901

Governor- - - 1-800-811-8336 (toll free MD)

State House E-mail:>

Annapolis, MD 21401 Fax: 410/974-3275

Anne Bennof

Vacation Plans? Thanks to those of you responding to our poll about tending to your horses during vacation times!

Seems like most of our members don't travel much...putting their horses first and foremost in their lives! But here were a few of our responses:

I have two horses who are home in summer and boarded in winter, which allows me to travel during the cold weather season. During the warm weather months, I mainly stay home but if we decide to go on a summer vacation, I either board them for two weeks or have a house/dog/horse sitter come in.

We very seldom go away because it is so difficult and expensive to get anyone to look after our 3 horses. The last 2 years we have actually taken separate vacations!

It costs me as much per day to have my animals tended to by a horse/dog/house it does to actually travel. So travel is twice as expensive whenever I choose to go. The most important thing for me is finding someone who's I don't have to worry about feeding and watering while away...and sometimes you have to trade "horse experience" for reliability, and have a horse person look in occasionally just to make sure all is well. Plus, the whole time away I miss my horses so terribly that I wonder why I went! And, while I'm gone, I do my "darndest" to find a horse to ride wherever I am!

We trade "horse sitting" services for deer hunting privileges on our property. Our neighbors will tend to our horses, dogs, cats and sheep in exchange for the rights to hunt deer on our land, which works for us because there are so many deer around here they starve during the winter.

And...some Notes from Prince George's County

Fairland Regional Park: This bi-county park has had a fine history drawn up by our own Jane Toal who has been riding there both as a member of the Iron Bridge Hunt and as an individual. Those who know Jane may remember that she has kept her horses with Bobby Cook in Laurel, and then also when he moved to upper Montgomery County. It is great to have her archives - still kept in Riverdale, where she lived until very recently. I have faxed a copy to interested parties in both County's Park and Planning Offices.

Oxon Hill Stream Valley Trail: On April 27th, this trail and new directional signs were dedicated in a ceremony arranged by Jim Hudnall of the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club. While horsemen have been enjoying this trail from end to end for many decades, it was just recently that enough pavement was put in place for the bicyclists to enjoy a long ride. It has taken them 30 years of strong effort, connecting with WMATA, the Park and Planning Department and private industry to see this completion. They are continuing to work for another short piece to connect to the subway for their neighbors who wish to hike or bicycle to that transportation hub.

Equestrians were represented by riders from Archer Equestrian Center (located in Fort Washington), the Rough Riders group, two trail riders who brought horses for petting, and a local representative of the Buffalo Soldiers (who educated today's youth in the practice of horsemen for our country's early days). TROT supplied the refreshments.

Senator Gloria Lawlah and Parks Director Marye Wells-Harley came to support the project and to cut the ribbon.

Rosaryville State Park: The Rosaryville Conservancy has just initiated a new user protocol. For an annual fee (paid with a registration form), one will be given gate-opening privileges. Please don't park on the fields, as they are used for hay. Please contact me (301/937-0014) for a registration form. I'm trying to get a map: DNR has a GPS map which you may be able to obtain from their web site.

Potomac National Heritage Scenic Trail: An off-road hiker-biker map is in the works. It will show only current segments, which contain very short equestrian portions. There will be a trail head with space for horse trailers in the County. I'm working to extend the horseback components, but bridged sections are currently only for foot traffic, not up to bearing the weight of horses.

Mary Angevine

Sun Sensitivity and Sun Screens

If your horse has areas of white hair or pink skin, especially on the face, he is likely to be prone to sunburn or sun sensitivity. Sunscreens, creams or lotions, applied to the skin prevent a large percentage of UVB rays from reaching the skin cells. There are, however, a large number of chemicals in sunscreen products that you may want to avoid in order to decrease the likelihood of another kind of skin reaction from those horses with sensitive skin. Active ingredients such as avobenzone, benzophenones, cinnamates, dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, paba and paba esters can cause reactions to sensitive skinned horses. The following "inactive" ingredients can worsen sun reactions in sensitive horses: aniline compounds, benzocaine, bergamot oil, cedar oil, coal tar, fragrance, hexachlorophene, mexanone, musk oil, psba, salicylates, sandalwood oil.

Zinc oxide cream (remember that white stuff that lifeguards at the beach always had on their nose?) is available in most drug stores and your least expensive route for sun protection. Rub into the skin in a light layer, then apply thicker over the top. An SPF of at least 15 is provided as long as you can see a white layer over the skin. To test how well your horse will tolerate a sunscreen product, rub a generous amount into the muzzle at night and check his skin the next morning. If there is no reaction, proceed to a test in the sun. Frequent drinking, grazing and rubbing tend to rub off sunscreens. If your horse is prone to sunburn, consider having the horse wear a safety halter when outside and attach a piece of cloth to the noseband to cover the nose.

Also, if your horse is on a consistent "diet" of "bute" or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, he could be more susceptible to sunburn. Always consult your veterinarian when serious sunburn becomes an issue.

The above excerpts are reprinted with permission from The Perfect Horse.


June 15 Sat Patapsco River Park. Leader Annie Mo Benhoff--410-781-4165. This park, located in Carroll county, is one of the most extensive trail systems that we have. These are very scenic trails that follow the Patapsco river and wander through the adjoining parkland. Rain date June 16, Sunday.

June 22 Sat Fair Hill. Come join Karen Reynolds at this expansive horse facility near the Pennsylvania border. Fair Hill is host to world class horse events and is definitely worth a look-see. Fair Hill was previously owned by the Duponts and is a nice ride through fields and woods. Overnight camping is available but limited so if interested call early. For camping contact Carla at 410-398-1246. There is also a $2.00 user fee per vehicle for the TROT trail ride. Karen's number is 410-392-4454. Rain date June 23, Sunday.

June 30 Sun Potomac Area, Mont.Co. Sheila O'Donnell will lead a trotting ride from Lisa Gordon's Hunt View Farm on Stoney Creek Road along streets into Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park to the Potomac Horse Center. The ride will also traverse PEPCO power lines and adjoining neighborhoods so horses should be accustomed to walkers, bikes, dogs, and quiescent construction equipment, as well as a possible horse show in progress. There will be some steep hills so be sure your horse can manage a few of these. Ride time will be about 2 hours and limited to 10 riders. Contact Sheila at 202-431-9471 or email:

July 13 Sat The Hawlings River Trails. Leader Karen Alexander--301-774-4499.This ride covers the Hawlings river and its watershed. These are beautiful scenic trails with lots of creek crossings located between Brinklow and Sunshine in Montgomery County.

July 20 Sat Susquehanna. This historical park embraces 2500 acres on the West Bank of the Susquehanna River. Trials are beautifully maintained and vary from field to hilly slopes. About a 3 hour ride or longer depending on group at a mostly easy pace. Contact Diane Weiman about this new ride at 410-836-1248.

July 27 Sat Greenbelt National Park, P.G. Co. Greenbelt Park is a wonderful treasure so close in to the Nations's capitol. There are wide wooded trails, wooden bridges, and lots of shade. For details call Lee Poore at 301-262-1003.

August 4 Sun Liberty Reservoir, Carroll Co. Come ride the Fire Road trail around Liberty Reservoir. This is a very nice, open trail that follows the reservoir with many nice views of the water. The ride will leave this year from the boat ramp in Eldersburg. Contact Mary Prowell at 301-607-8061 or

August 11 Sun Savage Mill Park, Howard Co. These trails have a little bit of everything. Ride along the Little and Middle Patuxant Rivers on wide converted railroad beds, wood chipped with nice canter stretches. There will be some road crossings, some wilder and less groomed trails, along with nice breaks where the horses can splash and cool off in the river. Contact Mary Prowell at 301-607-8061 or

August 18 Sun Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Watershed, Frederick Co. This ride will climb the mountain ridge north of Frederick and head eastward. This area will give you a good idea of what mountain riding is all about. Shoes are strongly recommended and the pace will mostly be at a walk. Ride time will be 4 to 6 hours. Contact Doris Kulp at 301-271-0226.

Hi Trail Riders...5/5/02

Just a quick note to let everyone know our ride at Union Mills this year (4/21/02) was wonderful! It started out cloudy with a chance of showers. Luckily, the showers held off till the last 15 minutes of the ride and then we only had light sprinkles.

I got several new memberships and a few renewals. The new memberships said they enjoyed the ride and hoped all the trot rides in their future were going to be as nice. I wished them well and told them that I have encountered very few problems with trot group rides. This is a plus for TROT.

I also wanted to send out a special thanks to Curt Meadows who helped me with this ride this year. He made a wonderful drag rider and kept everything in ship shape in the rear. My daughter usually takes this position for me but was unable to attend at the last minute. Also a big thank you to my husband Michael for leading the ride with me. As far as I know he set a good pace, at least we had no complaints.

Hope to see you all again next year and hopefully some new faces too.

Happy Trails to all

Cathy McElroy

P.S. We also attended the TROT 5/11 Sugarloaf Ride. We had a wonderful time there as well...thanks again to Monica -- JOB WELL DONE!

ISO Riding Buddy?

Are you and your horse not quite ready for a TROT ride? Do you need a buddy to "practice" with or "tune-up" with out on the trail? This column is a way for you to find a riding buddy. Let us know where you ride, where you'd like to ride, when you ride and what you're looking for. Your information will be included in this column! This column has generated lots of interest from riders looking for riding buddies as well as those wonderful horse people offering their experience to help out riders new to trails.

Hi! I live in Carroll County (Manchester), have one horse who is young and not acquainted with the trails yet. I was hoping to find someone with a quiet horse that would accompany us till he is acclimated. I have ridden trails all my life and participated in charity rides, endurance rides, etc...However, about 8 years ago I was in a very bad accident involving a horse, was injured, and sold my horses and stopped riding during a lengthy recovery period. Last year, I imported a lovely gelding from Holland (Rembrandt aka Remy is his name). Anyway, we are doing some 1st level stuff, bending, leg yielding, etc...but no trails!!!! Remy is very intelligent and level headed most times, but being young and inexperienced he has his little shy moments. It would be great to be able to get him out around some quiet horses to desensitize him. Please contact me if you could rescue us from our seclusion! At a very slow pace that is! Contact Fran Scott via email at

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Hi! I live about 4 miles from The Union Mills Trails but prefer riding at Colorus State Park near Hanover, PA. It is about hour drive from The Union Mills trails. As it is a Pennsylvnia State Park, you don't have to worry about ATVs, etc. The trails are well maintained with many nice views of the large lake. Anyone interested in being introduced to this area could give me a call at 410/374-4736. Just leave a message on the machine...Carol.

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Hi! I live 4 miles from Morgan Run, and Martz Road, close to Freedom Park and am willing to haul. I have a 33 yo mare who has been everywhere, done everything (my 8 yo daughter rides her) as well as a 4 yo mare who is new to EVERYTHING (and two horses in between). I prefer long & slow to short & fast. Walking is wonderful, trotting is great, I love cantering - don't get me wrong - but I do appreciate having time to admire the scenery and talk to my mount and fellow riders. Weekends are best, particularly Sunday as I am trying to work as many Saturdays as possible. But that isn't set in stone. My barn buddy has a 16 yo gelding who is a quiet trail companion as well. She & I (and her gelding and my stallion) also enjoy NW Branch, between Kemp Mill Road & Route 29. Good bridges, and my stallion has just gotten over his intense phobia about bridges while on that trail. Looking for folks who know Patapsco, Patuxent & Freedom Park in particular. Contact me, Dawn, via email at

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Thanks to Danielle and Carob (her brand-new "first" horse) and Lee and Velvet (a very sweet mare) who joined me and Jax (my most favorite palomino) on trail rides at Schooley Mill Park. It's so nice to meet new horse people to ride with and I hope we can do it again! Debbie


HORSE CART: Beautiful, hand made oak, 2 cushion seats, full size horse cart. Used 1 time. Excellent condition. Harness Included. $850/OBO 301/972-6172.

FOR SALE: Horselover's Dream: Sear's classic country cottage, 2 bdrm, finished basement, 1-1/2 acre lush pasture, 3 stalls, detached oversize 2 car garage w/income generating 2 bdrm apt above. Miles of great trails. Bowie. $185,000. 301/262-2666.

SADIE LANE FARM -A full care boarding facility in Howard County. 12x14 salls, hot & cold wash stall, indoor & outdoor arenas and miles of trails. Riding-horsemanship courses specializing in dressage and pleasure. Leasing, sales and clinics. Call or come by for a visit. 16061 A.E. Mullinex Road, Woodbine, MD 301/604-5388.

HORSES AVAILABLE FOR PARTIAL LEASE: Gray QH gelding. 15.1h, great trail horse, likes to go FAST! Int. Rider. Liver Chestnut Morgan gelding, 15.1h, professionally trained, Park, shows, jumps and trails. Int. Rider. Bealsville. Trails across the street. Tack Available. Price negotiable. 301/972-6172.

PARELLI - This is a copy of Pat Parelli's audiotape called "Understanding Natural Horsemanship". High quality tape, only been played once. $10. 301/854-9763.

This is YOUR newsletter...we welcome submissions of any articles and news items that would be of interest to TROT members. Please send all materials to the editor:

Debbie Palmer
PO Box 129
Highland, MD 20777-0129
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Gale Monahan, President (301/854-3852); Tim McGrath, Vice President (301/428-8216); Pat Merson, Secretary (301/898-3251); Anne Bennof, Treasurer (301/829-0949)

Directors/Board Members:

Kathy Dobson (410/747-2015); Angela Klinger (301/898-9133); Marilyn Miller (301/898-7274); Jack Monahan (301/854-3852); Deneen Martin; Michelle Rich

Membership: Linda Eminizer

Trail Ride Coordinator: Mary Prowell (301/607-8061)

Mapping Project: Tim McGrath (301/428-8216)

Search & Rescue Team: Suzanne Anderson (301/829-3881)

Archivist: Karen Alexander

Web Page Master: George Graff

County Coordinators: Carroll - Anne Bennof; Howard - Gale Monahan; Frederick - Angela Klinger & Pat Merson; Montgomery - Tim McGrath; Prince George's - Mary Angevine


Several areas in Virginia are experiencing horse thefts, or nearly successful attempts at horse thefts!

From the Fairfax area to Spotsylvania to nearby rural areas...thieves are attempting to steal horses in the middle of the night by cutting fences, luring horses out and attempting to load them onto trailer.

Beware of unfamiliar rigs, especially from dusk to dawn. Do not assume something normal is going on if it isn't a regular happening! Call the police and animal control. At least four reported incidents of attempted theft have been confirmed, some successful, some not. Do not take any chances with our beloved companions. Help out a neighbor if you see something unusual.

Once horses are stolen, the thieves commonly take them to auction. Time is short. Be on the look out.

This Month's Recipe: Carrot and Apple Horse Cookies

1 cup sweet feed
2 cups bran
1 cup flax seed
4 large carrots, shredded
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce

Mix molasses, brown sugar, carrots and applesauce in one bowl. In another, mix the dry ingredients. Slowly combine the molasses mixture with the dry ingredients. Add only enough to form a thick dough, add more bran if necessary.

Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil or waxed paper. Using a tablespoon, drop batter onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly to form portions about the size of a silver dollar.

Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour, flip and bake for an additional 45 minutes, until they are dried out. Check often to make sure they don't burn.



Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg, VA has had three horses show severe neurological signs and collapsed - all three had to be euthanized. The farm implemented a self-imposed quarantine (not the state); no horses in or out until problem is resolved.

There is no vaccination for this form of the Rhino Virus; it is the same Rhino virus that horses are vaccinated for (respiratory and abortion problems) but is an extremely rare and unusual manifestation that the vaccine does not protect against) and it is contagious. It is said to be spread through direct horse to horse contact (i.e. nose to nose) but there is no certainty except that it is not an airborne virus. The virus cannot live without a host for very long so quarantining horses and taking proper precautions with clothing/shoes/etc (and bleaching to kill) is prudent). Good housekeeping and barn hygiene are imperative - no sharing of equipment between horses. The virus takes about a week to incubate before the horse shows symptoms.

The earliest symptom is elevated temperature, followed by lethargic or dragging [hind] limbs as the virus affects the nervous system and ultimately paralyzes the hind end of the horse. If the horse can survive or work through the virus without suffering permanently from the side affects (damage to internal organs from laying down too long due to hind end paralysis, colic, etc.) They can potentially recover. The veterinarians focus on treating the inflammation. Apparently most hoses have been exposed to this virus at some point in their lives and are likely carriers. It could take stress, poor general health or the introduction (from another horse) of an active form of the virus to cause the horse to fall ill.

The above information was gathered from several emails received with specifics provided by Fairfax Equine Service, Middleburg Equine, Dept. of Agricultue and Consumer Services (Richmond, VA) and Morven Park Equestrian Center.

From Our Members!

The Information Exchange

West Nile Vaccinations

My two mares were vaccinated for West Nile this Spring because my vet said there have been positives in horses in Carroll County. There were no ill effects. Carol Sanders.

Rabies Vaccination

My horse was vaccinated in Aprill for rabies (Forte Dodge) and it almost killed him (major panic). He had the vaccine before and had a slight reaction to it, but this time it was really bad. I was told by the Vet and Forte Dodge, not to use that particular brand anymore and not to vaccinate him without the results of a titer test (blood test to determine if there are antibodies for the disease already present). If there are, then the vaccine is not needed at that time. I think this is good sense for all vaccines, the test is fairly inexpensive and could save your horse's life. Also, it insures that the horse isn't over-vaccinated, which after a time can weaken their immune system leaving them open to all sorts of other opportunistic diseases...I do titer tests on my dogs now too. Just thought I'd share. Happy trails! Fran.

Recalled Medication

My friend who sort of heads the Maryland Search Team Task Force, of which TROT SAR is a member, sent me this note on a equine medicine recall.

Equine Miracle Corp. Has Recalled Miracle Leg Paint Veterinary Drug

Reason: Because the product contains a mercuric chloride blistering agent, a poison to animals and humans. Distribution: Nationwide.

from: Suzanne Anderson

Cost effective handling of the "wet spot"

Baking soda, air and sunlight will do wonders for controlling that wet-spot ammonia area in stalls without using lime. Clean the stall and let it air out while your horse is exercised or at pasture. Sprinkle with baking soda when dry. You can purchase baking soda in large quantities at warehouse clubs and restaurant supply outlets.

Buff Bottom!

My elderly (28 yo) horse has a problem with watery diarrhea from time to time...thus creating an itchy fly problem on the ol' behind. I found this cleaning method to be really effective in keeping him clean and itch free: Wash with c. baking soda in a 2 gallon bucket of warm water. Shampoo with baby shampoo; rinse thoroughly. Apply 1 TB aloe vera gel to the underside of the tail and other previously soiled areas. Liberally apply A&D ointment to these same areas so he's visibly greasy. This provides a protective barrier and prevents future manure smears from adhering to skin and hair.

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A Few Myths - Or Are They?

With electrolytes, it's better to err on the side of excess?

Your horse's body knows exactly how much of each electrolyte he needs; anything beyond this is superfluous. Too many electrolytes only make the kidneys work harder and are urinated away unused. If a horse is healthy and consumes a well-balanced diet, there is probably little need for electrolyte supplementation. A routinely hard working horse that sweats heavily could benefit from a trace-mineralized loose salt with an electrolyte preparation before, during and just after competition.

Horses can overdose on salt?

Very unlikely. If salt is readily available, it'll be consumed as needed. Horses that chomp on the salt block are likely craving stimulation, not salt. Horses who truly seem to crave salt may need to be checked for kidney disease.

The pinch test shows if a horse is dehydrated?

In theory, the slower an inch of pinched skin flattens, the lower the horse's body fluids. However, thinner skins have less fat and will both pinch more easily and stay folded up longer. If the pinch response time suddenly increases by one to two seconds, there is dehydration to some degree. Other signs of dehydration include muscular weakness, dry mucous membranes and decreased urination.

We would like to know your experiences with salt (plain vs. mineralized)and electrolyte supplementation. Loose salt vs. blocks? Dehydration? How do you get your horse to drink when you're away from home? Send us your input for the next newsletter.

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