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Editor:Debbie Palmer
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June 2003 Electronic Edition Number 142

Governor Ehrlich Signs Sunday Hunting Bill

Governor Ehrlich has ended our 280-year heritage of Safe Sundays during hunting season.

As originally introduced in the legislature, House Bill 679 would have given hunters on private land all Sundays in November, as well as the Sundays during December's firearms season six Sundays this year and seven next. Six counties were excluded.

TROT and other opponents presented testimony before both the House of Delegates and the Senate, and we worked very hard to encourage letters, e-mails, phone calls, etc. to delegates, senators and the Governor.

Through amendments, the number of days was reduced and more counties were excluded from the Sunday hunting provisions of the bill.

So, here's what the final bill says:

There will be hunting on private land on the first Sunday of November and the first Sunday of the deer firearms season. For 2003, that's November 2 and November 30. The following counties are excluded (no Sunday hunting in these counties): Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester.

Remember, this bill is the foot in the door that will enable more hunting on more Sundays in future years. DNR, which championed this bill, will be reporting back to the Legislature in January, and we can expect that they will ask for more. We should expect a bill next year allowing more Sundays and extending to some or all of the currently excluded counties.

Anne Bennof

by the editor!

Many of you know I am a fairly new recruit as the editor of the TROT newsletter. A year-and-a-half under my belt and some great experiences with many members of TROT -- ridden many of the trails and met some great people. Some things need to be said, though, as I believe the future of TROT is in question!

One of the issues, apparent to me, is that very few people are involved, actually involved performing tasks! Our membership consists of between 700 to 1000 people throughout the year. Out of that number, only a handful of people volunteer for various duties. There is much work to do, and it is all being done by a very small number of people. If even half of our membership would volunteer to do one thing this year, it would relieve the burden of others having to try to do it all.

I wanted to share with the readership an email I received from Gale Monahan, President of TROT...expressing her frustration. We were emailing back and forth about various issues and she asked me if I knew of anyone who wanted to take over as president of TROT!

Her exact words were "Do you know anyone who wants this job? Six years is a little more than enough."

This followed an email I received earlier stating that the TROT sponsored Judged Pleasure Ride (scheduled for June 8, 2003) was in danger of being cancelled because of a lack of volunteers and nobody available to take care of business!

Every organization needs a leader...every organization needs people interested in maintaining the status quo of the original goals it set out to accomplish. TROT has been instrumental in maintaining many trails, keeping many trails open, establishing new trails and dealing with the politics involved in each aspect of what it takes to do this.

TROT basically exists through the efforts of its Directors, Board Members and other leaders...specifically, Gale Monahan, President; Tim McGrath, Vice President; Pat Merson, Secretary; Anne Bennof, Treasurer; Kathy Dobson; Marilyn Miller; Jack Monahan; Deneen Martin; Michelle Beachley; Linda Eminizer; Suzanne Anderson; Karen Alexander; George Graff; Mary Angevine; Naomi Manders. A handful of WONDERFULLY, COMMITTED people looking out for TROT, its members and the future of the organization (if I have erroneously not included your name, please forgive me!). These folks CARE about TROT, trails, the membership and horses! What about the rest of you? When was the last time you strove to attend a board meeting? clear a trail? repair a bridge? write a letter about a bill threatening the existence of horse riding trails? be a judge at the pleasure ride? serve as an Officer? join the TROT Board of Directors? anything?

That having been said, I emailed Gale back and said if she were serious about finding a new President for TROT, maybe we should list the duties in the newsletter and see if we could generate some interest...this is the response I received:

"As far as finding someone to be president, people are not volunteering for anything. I need a Howard County Coordinator also. I have been on the Board for about 10 years with 6 of those years being president. I have asked people to volunteer at the annual pot luck every year, I have written requests in the newsletter telling people this is their organization and it needs you to step up to the plate. We need new ideas, new ways to look at things and folks who have the energy to pursue what TROT is all about, to preserve trails in Maryland. No one is coming forward. It worries me that the organization [that has been working so hard to keep trails for everyone] is going to die without any of its 800 members stepping forward. Without organizations like TROT, we will lose trails every year to where all you have is a back yard or stable with an arena to ride in."

IS THIS ENOUGH SAID?...PLEASE PEOPLE, GET INVOLVED! The future of TROT is hanging in the balance. Do you want to have your trails preserved? Volunteer, there are jobs to be done...we NEED YOU!

This Month's Recipe

Cinnamon Spice Cookies
6 c. bran
2 c. oatmeal
2 c. cracked corn
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
2 t. cinnamon
2 eggs
16 oz. sweetened apple juice
2/3 c. molasses
6 T. corn oil
2 T. salt

Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix all ingredients and form into dough (will be very sticky). Roll the dough into one or two-inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake for 45 minutes or until they are dry and crisp.

Keeping Weight on an Old Horse

by Carol Petree Iglehart (Thanks Carol!!!!)

Feeding any horse requires knowledge and good sense. When feeding a complete senior feed to an old horse it is important to read the label and also know your own horse. Getting enough food into the horse without making him sick by feeding too much at once can be a challenge. Senior feed contains less carbohydrates than sweet feed and can, thus, be fed in larger amounts without a greater chance of founder.

Let's examine "know your horse" by the following examples:

25 year old with worn teeth, but very little tooth loss who cannot chew hay or grass, but can pick up and chew a senior feed. Does not over eat. His eating pattern is to eat 1-2 quarts when first fed and then nibble the rest of the day. Must be kept separate to allow him hours of slow eating. This horses is the easiest to take care of as long as he doesn't pine for other horses if left in a paddock by himself. Can be fed a large amount in a very large tub twice a day. Most of the food cannot be wet down as it would probably spoil since it is eaten so slowly.

26 year old with unevenly worn teeth and tooth loss who can still eat hay and grass, but cannot maintain weight on these alone. This horse needs more frequent dental work to counteract uneven tooth wear. Benefits greatly from second and third cutting hay and longer grass. Lime and fertilize the pasture to try to get more out of it. Section off a portion of the pasture and let it grow longer. Then let only this horse onto it for a short time each day. Avoid old tough grass and coarse hay. Eats three senior meals a day with water added to make chewing easier and to prevent choke. Amount of feed needed varies with the season since grass can still be eaten. Pines if left in a stall or kept separate from the herd. Eats better if a companion is in next stall. Still ridable with lots of zip. Cannot ride right after a senior feed.

Older, ridable founder survivor with some tooth loss. Amount of complete feed needed varies in type and amount depending of the season. Monitor daily for laminitis. Can eat grass, but should be muzzled in the spring and fall when out on any grass or when out on the big pasture. Feed complete feed and grass hay in stall, then put on grazing muzzle and turn out. Feed a low octane pleasure horse maintenance feed when the grass is growing fast and to avoid a food-rich total diet to prevent laminitis. Switch gradually to either a part low octane maintenance pellet and part high octane senior feed, or to all senior feed when grass is poor depending on how much the horse weighs. Always add water to the feed. Feed grass hay 2 to 3x a day all year round as long as it can be chewed. Do not let this horse get fat.

30 plus unridable, blind horse with extreme tooth wear. Cannot pick up or chew anything. Must drink his food. Adding water to feed ensures good hydration, but increases the volume of the meal, so he needs four meals a day to take in enough feed. The feed bag instructions say 3 meals a day with 5# per meal as the safe upper limit. He would never be able to do this. 3-1/4# is the largest meal he can take in. Keep extra gallon jugs of water and a spatula near the stall. Stir his food to keep it from settling and add water and stir when he is almost done to help him drink all of it. Rinse old feed out of bucket so it won't create a sour smell. Use warm water when the weather is cold. Remove anything the blind horse might hit his head or eyes on, such as low tree limbs in paddock and wooden mangers in the stall. Always place the feed in the same place in the stall in a way that it won't spill. A wide tub is more steady than a bucket. But a tub could also be used as a platform to set a bucket onto, making it less likely that the bucket will tip over. This works well unless the horse plays with the bucket. This horse is totally dependant on you for feed. He needs to be fed regularly, even on the weekends. If a meal is delayed too long, he may feel weak and might stumble.

Very fat, easy keeper completely dependent on senior feed. If you reduce the amount of senior feed to reduce his weight, you also reduce the amount of fiber in the gut. This may make the horse uncomfortably hungry. Even worse, the gut may not get enough stimulation and slow down, eventually resulting in a colic. You can substitute maintenance feed for some of the senior feed to keep the total combination by weight equal or slightly greater. As horses age their digestion becomes less efficient and their needs may change. Be ready to change your routine when he needs it.

Appetite can be encouraged by using clean feed and buckets, fresh water, warm water in winter, changing brands to change the flavor and increasing the amount of fiber by adding some pleasure horse maintenance feed. Gut sounds can be raised, resulting in improved appetite, by giving Mylanta.


The TROT Pleasure Rides are open to all current TROT members. New members are ALWAYS welcome. Membership forms will be available at the ride. Membership is only $15 for 1 year! What a DEAL! For more information about TROT's Pleasure Rides, call Michelle Beachley (301-482-2526) A Negative Coggins Test is required on all TROT pleasure rides and events.

June 22, Sunday, Potomac Area, Montgomery 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 2-1/2 hours and limited to 10 riders. Contact Sheila at 202/431-9471.

July 5, Saturday, Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Watershed, Fred. 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. This is a rocky trail. Marilynn Miller 301/898-7274.

July 8, Tuesday, TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm

July 13, Sunday, Rocky Gorge Reservoir, P.G. Co.
Come ride these gorgeous trails! The views are spectacular as each bend and turn yields a new vista of the river stretching away in the distance. These trails will really make you feel you are far from the maddening crowd, with the possibility of seeing deer, fox, beaver, Osprey, and even Bald Eagles! There will be a walking group and another faster group when the terrain allows. Contact Terry Ledley at 301/776-2661 for more information.

July 19, Saturday, Morgan Run Park, Carroll Co.
Rain date Sunday, July 20. Ride through woods into open fields in this Carroll County park. Call Doris Kulp for the particulars at 301/271-0226.

August 12, Tuesday, TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm

September 9, Tuesday, TROT Board Meeting at Gale Monahan's house! 7:30 pm

For any feedback, suggestions or comments regarding scheduled rides, contact Michelle Beachley, TROT's Trail Ride Coordinator, at 301/482-2526 or via email (

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.

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Hi- I live in Bel Air, MD which is located in Harford County, approx 35 minutes north of Baltimore. I have a Tennessee Walker that has some trail experience and I am looking for a buddy to ride with in Harford/Baltimore/Cecil County area. I have a flexible schedule - I can ride weekends, weekdays or evenings. I have a trailer and don't mind driving to meet up with someone. I frequently ride at Susquehanna Park and Fair Hill. If interested, please call me at 410-236-1740.

What is it YOU want from TROT? As one of the focuses of this newsletter is to ask you to volunteer, it also seems appropriate for you to let TROT know what you think! Are there new programs you would like to see in place? Would you volunteer for an activity if it were presented differently? What would encourage you to become involved? What do you like or not like about the way TROT runs, operates, etc.?

Send your suggestions or emails to the editor...anonymously or not, up to you. How could TROT change? Would you be willing to help? How do you see yourself benefitting from TROT in the future? What would you like to see happen?

CALIFORNIA RANCH MANAGER -- sought for large ranch in California. Must have significant ranch experience, knowledge of horses, excellent riding skills and be able to supervise ranch hands.
Resume to (Fax) 570-842-4445 or e-mail to:


Please send ads to the editor: Debbie Palmer, TROTNews, P.O. Box 129, Highland, MD 20777. The next newsletter deadline is July 25th. Make checks out to TROT. Type or print your ad, 70 characters per line, 6 lines = $5.00. Each additional line = $1.00.

Meadowbrook Pony Cart with Harness - Excellent condition, used for showing, road driving, or just having fun. Fits small pony up to 13 hands. Can email pictures. or 301/854-5080.

Imperial Sahbaj (Ibn Safina X Glorieta Maarqesa) is a 15.1 hh, 14-year-old grey purebred Egyptian Arabian, bred at Imperial Egyptian Stud. Sahbaj has many Pony Club and 4H miles and would be great for an intermediate rider. Baj has a beautiful floating trot and excellent conformation; he is in good weight, an easy keeper, and gets along well with other horses. He has no vices and has a sweet even temperament. A good home is a must. $5,000. Contact us: 301-834-8920.
(Email: urburnt for photos).

Two Mature Morgans for Sale: Excellent trail horses. Also drive. Used for Search Team. 410/531-6652.

Horse cart and leather harness. Amish made. Fits small to medium horse. $500 OBO for both. Crosby Wembly II saddle good condition, 17" $600. 1970 Horse van $3,000. Holds 2-3 horses very comfortably, can hold 5. Engine replaced, much work done, runs. I would not be selling it if I was still riding. New Zealand turnout rug, fits small horse, almost new, exc. cond. $50. Anti-sweat sheet, cotton, good cond. $10. Kirsten 410-867-0798 or 301-261-9023.

Saddle Collegiate Marathon 16- inch trail/endurance saddle. Padded seat, extended panels, fiberglass tree, light weight. Stirrups and stirrup leathers and saddle pad included. State Line Tack sells it for $985.50. Asking $450. Call Gale at 301-854-3852.

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
or email to:

Please refer to TROT in the subject line or your email may not be opened.

PLEASE NOTE: The mailing of the newsletter is not done by the editor. Please refer your concerns to the TROT BOARD. Thank you!

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Gale Monahan, President (301-854-3852)
Tim McGrath, Vice President (1-800-292-3547)
Pat Merson, Secretary (301-898-3251)
Anne Bennof, Treasurer (301-829-0949)

Directors/Board Members:
Kathy Dobson (410-747-2015)
Marilyn Miller (301-898-7274)
Jack Monahan (301-854-3852)
Deneen Martin (301-253-2955)
Michelle Beachley (301-482-2526)

Membership: Linda Eminizer
Trail Ride Coordinator: Michelle Beachley (301-482-2526)
Mapping Project: Tim McGrath (1-800-292-3547)
Search & Rescue Team: Suzanne Anderson (301-829-3881)
Archivist: Karen Alexander
Web Page: George and Lisa Graff

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


The Information Exchange

From Our Members!

Nobody sent any information in to exchange this month!

Please send all ITEMS FOR "INFORMATION EXCHANGE" to the editor @, or by calling 301/854-9763. And, remember to reference "trot" in your subject line of your email to be sure it will be opened.

Chesapeake Trail Riding Club, Inc.
30 & 50 mile competitve rides
ECTRA sanctioned
Date: 30-mile ride, Saturday, 8/30/03
Date: 50-mile ride, 30 miles ridden Saturday and 20 miles on Sunday, 8/31/03
Location: Fair Hill Natural Resource Area (nearest large town is Newark, DE)
For fee and other information, contact Linda Smith (410) 838-4747
or email

September 21, 2003

Judged Pleasure Trail Ride

(3rd of 5 in Crystal Crown Competition)
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA
Clifton Horse Society
703-222-8253 or email:

The Gettysburg Quarterly article states the horse trail project to begin in June at the Gettysburg Military Park.
Volunteers will begin to improve horse trails through the central section of the battlefield during a 2 week project from Taneytown Road to Hancock Ave and from Emmittsburg Rd. to the Virginia Memorial.
To volunteer call 717-334-5533.

[excerpts from] A Letter from your Horse

Dear Rider, When you are tense, let me teach you to relax;
When you are self absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things;
When you are lonely, let me be your companion;
and the reality check:
When you are tense, let me teach you that there are lions in them thar woods, and we need to leave NOW!
When you are self absorbed, let me teach you to PAY ATTENTION. Remember? I told you about those lions in them thar woods?
When you are lonely, let me be your companion. Let's do lunch. Also, breakfast and dinner.

Your Horse

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