Liberty Oaks Pony Club members attend horse management day

From left are: Kaitlyn Warren, Mattison Owning, Mikenzie Owning, Ashley Buck, Miranda Olagaray and Brianna Davis.

On Jan. 18, six members of Liberty Oaks Pony Club with family and sponsors attended Horse Management Day in Petaluma at Circle Oak Equine, a rehabilitation facility for horses recovering from leg injuries.

After registration, we were treated to a tour of the facility with a demonstration of a vibrating plate and viewing an Aquapacer, a water treadmill, and a cold water spa. A new surgery was being built and it's design and use was explained. Following the tour, we gathered in the shop for a lesson on equine teeth and conformation.

During the day, a mock quiz was demonstrated in the covered arena. Teaching stations were set up at tables around the arena and live horses as well as a skeleton were included. 

A horse trailer was set up outside as a demo tack room for a rally. Before lunch, girths, a Dressage court, how to tie up a hay net properly, identifying different breeds, markings and colors of horses, bridle parts and then, guess what's in the socks — grooming tools. After lunch, George, the horse skeleton was examined. Blanketing correctly was demonstrated, different leg wraps were shown and their purposes explained, how to tie your horse safely was explained, which clothing is appropriate for the event in which you are participating; i.e. formal or informal, the farrier box, colic and parasites and bits, types, names and uses.   

Meanwhile, parents and sponsors were back in the shop learning about horse management judging and how they can help by volunteering at meetings and rallies. Teaching was done by two veterinarians and HB and HA level pony clubbers. HB and HA are the horse management portion of the highest levels in United States Pony Club obtainable, B and A, in which their riding skills are also tested by national examiners. Our members who attended, four of which are new to Pony Club along with their parents, found this event to be very informative and well run thanks to Clair Thunes, Sierra Pacific regional supervisor and Marin County Pony Club. 

New members attending were Brianna Davis, Kaitlyn Warren, Mattison and Mikensie Owning, C1's Miranda Olagaray and Ashley Buck. Families interested in learning more about Liberty Oaks Pony Club, should call Laura Weisman Olagaray 209-339-4388 or Andy Ramos 209-369-0893.

— Source: Helen Lakso

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