The Alpena County Horsemen's Club is a group of people with a common yet diverse interest in horses and related activities.  Member's interests include showing (at local, state and national levels), training, breeding, trail riding, horse camping, search and rescue,and driving. We are all about enjoying and getting the most out of the time that we spend with our horses. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in horses. 

TRAIL RIDING

For complete details
on all trail riding see our
Trail Rides page 

Pigeon River Trail Riding

Memorial Day Weekend
Camping and Riding
May 22-26, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground
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Labor Day Weekend
Camping and Riding
August 28 - September 1, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground
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September Ride Weekend
Camping and Riding
September 11-14, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground

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Fall Color Ride Weekend
Camping and Riding
October 9-12, 2014
Pigeon River Group Campground

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Be sure to reserve your spot early
so you don't miss the fun!




CLUB NEWS 




A Special Invitation

We have been invited by the
Michigan Trail Riders Association
to help celebrate the
50th anniversary of the
Michigan Shore-to-Shore riding and hiking trail.

Celebration will be on
June 21, 2014  •  9:30 AM at the
Kalkaska Kaliseum
1900 Fairgrounds Rd.
Kalkaska MI
Followed by a parade through town! 

They would like to know in advance if you plan on attending so they are able to arrange for parking etc.  Be thinking about this! 

 It will be the same weekend as the
Back Country Horsemen annual meeting at Goose Creek so many of us will be close.

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Fundraiser/Bottle Drive

The Alpena County Horsemen's Club is conducting a bottle drive which will continue until the time of the Alpena County Fair in August.  The club is trying to generate over $3,000.  The money will go to the Alpena County Fair to buy out the carnival for a few hours.  This allows children in our area to come into the fair for free and ride the rides free!  

For more info contact Jackie 989-356-0071.

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ACHC Bottle Drop
A Popping Success!!



The bottle drive held on March 29, 2014 at the Alpena County Fairgrounds was an unqualified success.  Jackie Konecke reported that judging from all the bottles dropped off, the club had to have attained their goal for a Free Children’s Carnival Ride Day at the 2014 Alpena County Fair.

This goal was met by the hard work of the Alpena County Horsemen’s Club members in addition to WATZ, APLEX, WHSB, WBKB News, Alpena Talk Of Town, Alpena City Fire Fighters, Alpena News, and all the community support.  

From Jackie: To all my friends, family and co-workers, and the Alpena County Fair Board,  4-H, Facebook and people I never meet before that heard about it. I have to tell you it is an honor to live in Alpena and see such wonderful community support. Alpena you are a town that helps your children and fellow man. This town has a lot of giving individuals that live here; therefore it is a town to be proud of. This town CARES about each other and that is what makes it a sunny shore to come home to!  Thanks Everyone!



LATEST NEWS 
 

From the
Michigan Trail Riders

Dear fellow horseback riders,

With the long winter and heavy snows, the Shore-to-Shore Trail and Trail Camps have been hit hard with debris. With the nice weather now in our minds, we can focus on the upcoming Work Bees and Trail Rides which are rapidly approaching.

Since the Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail and its many Trail Camps are precious
resources for the state of Michigan, enjoyed by many horseback riders and campers, we would like to extend an invitation to your membership to join us at any of our upcoming organized Work Bees.


We will be at Mullett Lake Trail Camp (just outside of Cheboygan) on May 10-11th and Garey Lake Trail Camp near Empire on August 23-24th.


We have lots of work to do so come on out and help us keep those trails and camps open and safe. Bring your horses and you can ride after the work is done.


We’ll have lunch for all the volunteers on the Saturdays of the Work Bees as well as cold-cuts for sandwiches Friday nights. If you have any questions please contact me at the phone number listed above or via email at raynechris@gmail.com. Thanks so much for this opportunity. Hopefully we’ll be able to work together to keep these camps and trail open for all to use.




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Alpena County Fair

August 12-15, 2014
 

Alpena County Fairgrounds



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Announcing the NEW Youth 4-H Club,
The Kountry Kickers in Hubbard Lake Area!
Contact Bonnie Cornelius to join!
989-727-3145

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Do You Have Some Cool Event Photo's 
for the Website?

Send them to Bonnie or Jackie
as an Email Attachment

THE NEXT BIG EVENT! 

SEE ALL EVENTS ON THE CALENDAR PAGE!

 

April 2014

Spring is here and it's time to get into shape!



8 Great Spring Horse Care Tips

Have you noticed that your hands and feet are taking less time to thaw out after you hop off your horse? And after you groom your fuzzy friend, do you end up covered from head to toe in hair? This can only mean one thing—spring is finally here! 

After a chilly winter, it feels great to throw off your coat and to pack away your horse’s blankets. And going to the barn becomes a lot more fun.

But before you saddle up your horse and start enjoying the warmer weather, you should take care of a few simple chores. You’ve got some spring cleaning to do.

Check out our tips to help your horse be happy and healthy in the spring and summer months.

• Fly Control

You're not the only one who starts being active when the snow melts and temperatures warm up. Flies start buzzing in the spring, so it's important to protect your horse from them.

Don't leave large piles of manure around your horse's stall or pen, especially if it's wet. Flies like to breed in damp places. If they can't breed, then you won't have as many.

Set up fly traps near your horse's stall and put fly spray on your horse when you go out and visit her. You can also get her a flysheet. The mesh material keeps flies off her and helps keep her coat from fading when she's turned out. You can also get her a fly mask to protect her eyes. Try to check under the fly mask and flysheet every day to make sure there aren't any cuts or bruises.

• Dewormers

A regular deworming schedule is vital for your horse's health. Worms and dangerous parasites thrive in warm and moist conditions. You definitely don't want your horse to get worms, so remember to deworm in the spring. It's easy to forget when you last dewormed your horse, so write down the date you deworm your horse on a calendar. Ask your veterinarian about what kind of dewormer to use. 

• Mud

Spring usually means rain, and when you're at the barn, rain means mud! Horses are likely to be standing in mud when they're near water troughs, but it's not healthy for their hooves to be wet all the time.

If your horse spends a lot of time in a muddy pasture, she could get thrush, a bacterial infection in her hoof that smells bad and leaves black material in the hoof. The best way to protect your horse from thrush is to pick out her feet daily.

Mud fever is another bad side effect of mud. When wet, sticky mud stays on the backs of horses' legs for long periods of time, bacteria can start to grow. If the mud isn't washed off, horse's legs can become swollen and scabby.

• Fresh Green Grass

It's likely that your horse doesn't get as much green grass during the winter months as she does during the summer. It's nice to see your horse munching on the lush, green grass in his pasture in the spring, but you may have to limit his grazing time. High amounts of sugar in fresh grass can be unhealthy for some horses and may cause founder, a condition that causes inflammation in the hoof and may result in the horse's cannon bone separating from the hoof wall. Founder is very painful for a horse and can cause permanent lameness.

All that new grass can also upset your horse's digestive system and give her diarrhea. If your horse hasn't had any grass during the winter months, give her some hay before you turn her out into pasture. However, your horse won't need as much hay in the spring and summer as she did in the winter months.

• Blankets

If you had a blanket on your horse during the winter, it's probably got lots of mud on it. Once spring comes, it's easy to put the blanket in a corner of the tack room and not think about it until winter, but that's a bad idea.

Have your blanket cleaned. A dirty blanket that has any moisture on it could grow mold, and you don't want mice or rats to make a home in it. Once you've had your blanket cleaned, put it in a waterproof container. You never know when rain could come through a tack room roof or a hose could accidentally spray your belongings. A blanket is an expensive item--take care of it so it'll be able to keep your horse warm and toasty next winter.

• Shoes

If your horse is barefoot or if you pulled her shoes for the winter, it's time to call the farrier again. Even if you plan on keeping your horse barefoot, she probably needs a trim so she can be comfortable when you go on rides.

Remember that your horse's feet may be tender when you start riding again. If you put shoes back on her, give her several days to adjust to the feeling. You wouldn't want to go for a long run in shoes that aren't broken in, and your horse won't want to go for a ride if her feet are sore.

• Spring Makeover

If you didn't show your horse during the winter months, she's probably quite fuzzy! When you get ready to start riding again, give your horse a makeover. After you give her a warm bath, let her dry completely. Then grab a pair of clippers, have a friend hold your horse and start tiding up. Clip her bridle path, but remember not to make it too long. Some breeds have longer bridle paths to accentuate the neck. If you show under a specific breed, check the breed association's guidelines. You'll also want to clip her muzzle, ears, chin and fetlocks.

If you show English, you can bang your horse's tail. Banging a horse's tail means that you make a blunt cut at the bottom, to make it look more thick and luxurious.

• Lesson Time

Lessons can be difficult in the winter, especially if you live where there is a lot of snow and ice. Spring means you can call your instructor and ask when lessons start. It may take several weeks for you and your horse to get back in shape. Be patient so you don't make yourself or your horse too sore.



 

FEATURES 

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Have an idea for Group Camping? 

 Contact Jackie Konecke at 989-356-0071
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Want to plan a Day Ride? Contact...

Indian Reserve Road/Carol Clute 989-727-2405
Chippewa Hills/Darlene Alexander 989-727-3137
Graham Road/Carol Dodge-Grochowski 989-379-2701

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Weather Alerts! 

For current up-to-the-minute weather
alerts regarding club events and weather
situations, go to the Club Forum page
and click on Weather Alerts
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