KSU Horseman's Scrapbook

Past Clinics and Horseman Events

April 10 2018

Equine Vaccination Demo

 

Tonight Dr. Blevins showed the Horseman's Club a routine equine examination and the typical vaccination protocol for most horses. He showed the club how a horses teeth are floated as well as how to clean a horse's sheath. He ended the demo by vaccinating the horse. 

April 10 2018

Equine Vaccination Demo

 

Tonight Dr. Blevins showed the Horseman's Club a routine equine examination and the typical vaccination protocol for most horses. He showed the club how a horses teeth are floated as well as how to clean a horse's sheath. He ended the demo by vaccinating the horse. 

April 8 2018

Spring Trail Ride

Thanks to the generosity of many people the KSU Horseman's Association was able to participate on a trail ride. Although the weather was not the best with a little drizzle, it did not stop everyone from having an amazing time. 

March 31 2018

Lil' Wrangler Day 

An event planned by the Kansas State Horseman Association, Lil' Wrangler Day is a fun packed day where kids get to learn about horses and many things that go along with them like tack, barrel racing, and reodeo just to name a few. 

March 6 2018 

Chiropractic demo at KSU Horse Unit

 

Dr. Akers, an assistant professor for Kansas State as well as a veterinarian, showed the Horseman's Association how chiropractic adjustments worked for horses. While carrying out and explaining chiropractic adjustments on a horse she taught us what the benefits of chiropractic medicine for a horse.  

Feb. 20 2018

Equine lameness presentation 

Dr. Younkin, a KSU equine surgeon, gave a informative presentation about how to spot horse lameness and what can be done to fix it. He kindly brought in some of the bones he collected so the structure of a horse leg could be seen clearly. 

December 5th, 2017

Horseman's Christmas Party

Tonight, Horseman's took a step back from all of the studying and other shenanigans going on in our lives and hosted our annual Christmas party. We ordered some pizza, did a White Elephant gift exchange (where I believe everyone was ultimately pleased with what they received), and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the JIm Carrey version, not the cartoon one). After that, we sat down and played Cards Against Humanity for a couple hours. It seemed like everyone had a good time and were able to relax and forget about school for a little bit, so we are grateful for that. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and winter break, and we hope to see you all back here at our first meeting in January!

December 5th, 2017

Horseman's Christmas Party

Tonight, Horseman's took a step back from all of the studying and other shenanigans going on in our lives and hosted our annual Christmas party. We ordered some pizza, did a White Elephant gift exchange (where I believe everyone was ultimately pleased with what they received), and watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the JIm Carrey version, not the cartoon one). After that, we sat down and played Cards Against Humanity for a couple hours. It seemed like everyone had a good time and were able to relax and forget about school for a little bit, so we are grateful for that. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and winter break, and we hope to see you all back here at our first meeting in January!

December 1-2, 2017

HAHA Trip

Horseman's chose the Hope and Healing Academy (HAHA) again this year to serve as our organization/charity for the barrel race, so for this weekend, we made a trip out to their facilities to learn about their organization further and help out in whatever way we could. Chris Moran (co-owner of HAHA with his wife, Kim) told us stories about previous attendees who had been radically changed after going through the HAHA program, showcasing the potential for equine therapeutic riding. They are in the process of updating their indoor arena, so on Dec. 2nd, we helped make colorful letters which we then drilled into the walls of the arena. These letters are designed to make it easier during a session to have a location to aim for directing their horses. 

If anyone is interested in learning more about HAHA or thinking about trying out equine therapeutic riding, please go to http://www.hopeandhealingacademy.com/ and get in touch with Chris or Kim. They are both wonderful people, and we are very grateful to them letting us come visit them again this year.

November 28th, 2017

Equine Lameness Demo

For this week's demo, Horseman's teamed up with the KSU Vet Voyagers to receive an equine lameness demo from Dr. Dylan Lutter (equine emergency care) and Dr. Chris Blevins (equine dentistry professor) from the VHC. Dr. Lutter showcased (via PowerPoint) how it is possible to determine if a horse is lame, based on the amount of pressure it is putting on each leg while moving, how the horse reacts to flexing different muscles in the horse's legs, and using nerve blockers to see if blocking certain nerves results in the horse no longer acting like it is in pain while moving. We are very grateful to both the Vet Voyagers for helping set this up, and for Dr. Lutter and Dr. Blevins for providing this very informational demo.

November 14th, 2017

Equine Dental Demo

Horseman's was lucky to get the Veterinary Health Center's Dr. Chris Blevins, the main equine field service veterinarian, to lead an equine dental/floating demo tonight.  Dr. Blevins explained to us the common time frame for floating a horse's teeth, why it's important, and what could happen if a horse doesn't have its teeth floated. He showed us all the different tools a veterinarian could use to float a horse's teeth, and also used an endoscope to allow us to see what he was looking at inside the horse's mouth. In addition, we could feel inside the horse's mouth to compare the before/after from floating the horse's teeth. We are very grateful to Dr. Blevins for giving the demo, and we hope everyone enjoyed and learned something from it.

October 31st, 2017

Pumpkin Carving

For tonight's meeting, to get in spirit with the holidays (especially with it being the actual day of Halloween), Horseman's decided to carve pumpkins again like last year, in addition to having candy and watching a movie. I think everyone enjoyed being able to sit and relax for a couple hours without worrying about classes. Thank you everyone who came and carved pumpkins with us, and we hope you all had a good time!

October 17th, 2017

VHC/EPTC Tour

Tonight, Horseman's was lucky enough to get a tour of the equine side of the Veterinary Health Center (VHC) as well as the Equine Performance Testing Center (EPTC) by Dr. Jarrod Younkin, a third-year equine medicine resident here at the VHC. Throughout the tour, Dr. Younkin explained the various tests, procedures, surgeries, and other activities they perform at the VHC in order to treat the animals which come in. In addition, getting to see the inside of the EPTC along with the explanation of everything they can do for determining laminitis, fractures, and other lower leg problems was pretty amazing as well. As most of our members are pre-veterinary medicine, the tour served as an excellent introduction as to what to expect if they want to perform in the equine veterinary field, and we are incredibly grateful to Dr. Younkin for the tour.

October 3rd, 2017

Draft Horse Pulling Demo

For our meeting tonight, Horseman's had the opportunity to travel to Westmoreland to a farm owned by Jeremy Johnson, who demonstrated draft horse pulling for us. He had a green (fresh) pair of horses he was training which he used to demonstrate for us. In addition, he explained the process he uses for training, where he gets his horses from, the competitions he goes to, and other various aspects involved with competitive draft horse pulling. We are very grateful to Jeremy for giving us the demo, and we hope he does well at his competitions in the near future!

September 19th, 2017

Hunter-Jumper Demo

For our first demo of the year, we were lucky bring in Ann White (who is a former Horseman's Association president) from Vermillion Valley Equine Center to give us a hunter-jumper/dressage demo! She told us about the basics in terms of judging a hunter-jumper competition, had her students demonstrate how to properly maintain posture, stance, etc. while jumping, as well as showing us some novice patterns in dressage. We are very grateful for Ann and her students giving us the demo, and we hope they do well at all of their competitions this year!

September 5th, 2017

Welcome BBQ

Ladies and gentlemen, we are back for another year of learning, having fun, and occasionally getting to play with some horses! The KSU Horseman's Association once again started the year with having some good food and getting to hang out with the foals at the KSU Horse Unit. We had a pretty good turnout for our first meeting, and everyone seemed to have a good time, in addition to getting their horse fix. Thank you to everyone who came, and we hope to see you all at our first demo!

May 20th, 2017

Horseman's Barrel Race

 

The day finally came! The Kansas State University Horseman's Association Barrel Race Blowout in support of the Hope and Healing Academy finally took place, almost a month after it was originally scheduled. We had a good turnout that was slightly better than last year, in part due to unfortunate timing this year. However, we were still able to raise a good amount of money for HAHA! We are very thankful for everyone who participated in the barrel race and silent auction, and hopefully this event will only continue to grow from here forward!

May 2nd, 2017

End of Year BBQ

 

Tonight was the last meeting for this semester, and everyone had a great time! There was good food, good friends, and good times to be had all around. We had the chance to "play with" all the foals which had been born this past semester, and they were all very adorable and easygoing. We hope to see everyone who did not graduate next year, and we hope everyone has a wonderful summer break!

April 11th, 2017

Equine Dental

 

For tonight's meeting, Horseman's made a trip over to the VHC to meet with Dr. Blevins once again. Tonight, rather than just showing us around the VHC, he performed a float on a horse who was being used as a teaching horse at the VHC. We were able to feel inside the horse's mouth, as well as being provided video feed from one of Dr Blevin's tools he used. Dr. Blevins told us after the float that he performs up to 500 floats in a single year! We greatly appreciate Dr. Blevins for his continued generosity in assisting our club, and we hope that we are able to keep using him as a presenter and demonstrator in the future!

March 28th, 2017

Basic Medical Care Demo

At tonight's meeting, Horseman's was able to bring in Dr. Dylan Lutter, a professor from the College of Veterinary Medicine, to demonstrate ways to monitor your horse in the case of an emergency if you are unable to immediately reach your veterinarian, such as TPR (Temperature, Pulse, and Respiration), as well as how to bandage a horse's legs in case of some form of surface injury. We are grateful for Dr. Lutter's presentation, as all of this information will be very useful when we all (hopefully) own our own horses!

January 31st, 2017

Leg lameness presentation

For tonight's meeting, Horseman's was lucky to bring back Dr. Matt Wimer, a farrier and alumnus of the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Jarrod Younkin, a current in-house resident for equine surgery at the VHC, to talk to our club about lower leg lameness issues. They had several preserved legs that we passed around to look at, and Dr. Wimer and Dr. Younkin explained in great depth the muscles, bones, and overall structure of the lower leg of the horse. In addition, they also thoroughly explained different diseases that could affect the lower leg, such as laminitis, abscesses, and white line disease. It was a very informative and interesting meeting, and we are very grateful to both of them for coming to talk to us! 

December 6th, 2016

Christmas party

To celebrate the end of the semester and to help de-stress/cheer up our members before their upcoming finals, Horseman's held our annual Christmas party today. To make things a little more interesting this year, we built graham cracker houses (because we didn't have enough time for actual gingerbread) using a variety of candies, chocolate, and other goodies. Based on how most of the houses turned out, many of our members have quite the artistic bone in their body... I am not one of those people. At the end of the party though, it seemed like everyone had enjoyed themselves, which is the important thing. We hope everyone has a great winter break, and we hope to see all of you at our first meeting next semester!

December 3rd, 2016

Lil' Wrangler Day

This year, Horseman's teamed up with the Kansas Horse Council to run our Lil' Wrangler Day alongside their Horse Care 101 event. We used some of the  same stations that we used last year, but this year we updated a few of them to look nicer and less in danger of falling apart. Due to the fact that we didn't quite have enough stations to last the entire time, we had to improvise and use the chute to practice our roping skills (in addition to attempting to wear the kids out while having fun). Overall it looked like all of the kids had a good time, and we hope they also learned some useful information about how to care for horses and other aspects of horsemanship.

November 18th, 2016

Hope and Healing Academy Fall Trip

Every year, Horseman's chooses an organization to serve as our philanthropic charity for the year. Once we have made our decision, we will visit them one weekend in the fall to assist with the running of their organization. This year, we chose the Hope and Healing Academy in Topeka, KS to serve as our charity. The Hope and Healing Academy (HAHA) performs equine-facilitated physical and psychotherapy, and the owners, Chris and Kim Moran, told us plenty of stories about children and adults afflicted with everything from autism to PTSD who were benefiting from their services. We are very grateful for the opportunity the Morans gave us to help them, as well as the generosity they showed us while there. We are also very appreciative to Matt Jobe for giving us a mounted shooting demo (and letting us shoot his guns), as well as to Jancy Morgan of Stershire Farms for letting us see her baby Friesians. 

If you would like to learn more about HAHA and what they do, please visit their website:  http://www.hopeandhealingacademy.com/

November 15th, 2016

Draft Horse Pulling Demo
 

For tonight's meeting, we visited a farm owned by Jeremy Johnson, a local resident of Westmoreland, KS, and watched him work a couple of his newer draft horses. These horses were still in the process of training for heavier loads before competition season in the spring, but we learned about the weight they should be able to pull, as well as the general training he does for them. We appreciate Jeremy taking the time to perform the demo for us, and we hope he does well in the spring during competitions!

November 1st, 2016

Tour of VHC and Equine Performance Testing Center
 

At tonight's meeting, Horseman's was lucky enough to have Dr. Chris Blevins, one of the equine professors for the College of Veterinary Medicine, give our club a tour of the equine side of the VHC as well as the Equine Performance Testing Center that is being built behind the VHC. We got to see a variety of rooms for different procedures and purposes, and we are very grateful for Dr. Blevins giving us the informative tour!

October 18th, 2016

Pumpkin carving

For today's meeting, Horseman's decided to just have a fun day and get in tune with the holidays. We sat down to carve some pumpkins and watch an awesome movie (Space Jam) while also getting to know each other and having a fun time hanging out as a group. Based on the success of this meeting, we are hoping to potentially make this an annual occurrence, and we hope everyone who came had a great time!

October 4th, 2016

Farrier demo

For tonight's demo, we were lucky to have two farriers who have presented for us before in the past, Dr. Matthew Wimer and Matt Merrill, come back and give us a dual presentation on how to shoe a horse. In addition, they were also generous enough to let our members use their equipment to practice rasping the hoof or using a horse pick for two of the broodmares at the KSU Horse Unit. We are very grateful for the demo, and we hope to have them back in the future.

September 20, 2016

Weanling-breaking demo

Technically today was the first "official" meeting for Horseman's, but that's beside the point! For our meeting today, we went out to the KSU Horse Unit again to watch Kallie Emig (the KSU Horse Unit manager) demonstrate how to properly halter-break weanling horses, as well as one technique used to actually wean the foals from their mothers. While these foals were relatively tame and socialized already, it still served as good practice for learning the technique for the future!

September 6, 2016

Welcome BBQ

Today was the first official meeting for the 2016-2017 Horseman's Association! We went out to the KSU Horse Unit and had our annual welcome BBQ to introduce the new members to the club, have some tasty food, play with some foals, and also (as thanks to the Horse Unit for their continuous support) painted the inside walls of the barn. We might not be the best painters, but I'd like to think we did a pretty good job.

May 1, 2016

Horseman's Association Barrel Race

The day finally came for the KSU Horseman's Association to host our annual barrel race blowout! This year, we held a charity barrel race called "Run for the Meadows" in support of Rainbow Meadows, the equine rescue we visited in the fall. We had a good turnout for the event, and we thank all of our sponsors for their support and we hope all of the riders had a good time!

April 9, 2016

Lil' Wrangler Day 
 

For the first time in a couple years, Horseman's was able to host Lil' Wrangler day, an event designed to teach kids in elementary school how to properly take care of a horse, as well as other important features such as tack, breeds and colors, and anatomy. In addition, we also had a couple of fun stations for kids to be able to relax a little bit with arts and crafts, lawn games, and practice roping.

 

 

February 23, 2016

2UW Brush Creek Ranch trip
 

This week, Horseman's went on a trip to the 2UW Brush Creek Ranch where the owner, Monte Wedel, gave us a tour around the facilities and explained to us how he doesn't teach people how to ride horses, but makes people into horsemen and women. We are very grateful for Monte's generosity, and we hope to go back at some point in the future.

 

You can learn more about him and the ranch at:   http://www.2uwbrushcreekranch.com/ 

February 9, 2016

Halter-making demo
 

This week for our demo, Horseman's was lucky to have our very own MaRyka Smith demonstrate to all of us how to make a halter for our current and future horses. While we all needed help at different points in the process of making our halters (some more than others, *cough* me *cough*), it was still a lot of fun, and we learned a valuable new skill for the future.

December 8, 2015

Farrier Demo
 

Even though it was quite chilly, Horseman's was lucky to have a farrier and professor from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Matt Merrill, come in and show us the normal work that he would perform on a horse that needed a shoeing. We learned a lot about how important hoof health is for a horse, because, after all, everything starts with the hooves. 

I apologize for the blurriness of some of the pictures. Phones are not exactly the best picture takers.

November 6-7, 2015

Rainbow Meadows Fall Trip

 

This fall, Horseman's went on a philanthropic trip down to Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue in Sedan, KS. We spent the weekend helping out the rescue with a few various tasks, and learned a ton about what goes into taking care of rescue horses, in addition to being able to relax and have a lot of fun. 

 

You can learn more about Rainbow Meadows here:

http://rainbowmeadowsranch.com/Rescue.htm

October 6, 2015

Equine Dental Demo

 

Dr. Chris Blevins, a veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was kind enough to give us both a tour of the large animal section of the College of Veterinary Medicine and show us how to perform a dental on a horse. We even got to feel inside its mouth before and after the dental!

March 10, 2015

Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding 

 

Amanda Meinhardt came to speak to the club about Therapeutic Riding, specifically the Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center where she works. We learned valuable information of how horse's aid people and the specialized equipment used. The club greatly appreciated her presentation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 24, 2015

Extreme Cowboy Obstacle Course Demo 

 

Lee Hart with Lee Hart Training, demonstrated and talked us through his teaching methods for Extreme Cowboy Obstacle Course training. Lee will be coming to the Lazy J Ranch on April 4th for a clinic focused on working cattle and obstacle training. Contact 785-221-1359 if interested. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 10, 2015

Hoof Care and Shoeing Demo

 

Richard Kimmer, a K-State Graduate, demonstrated shoeing his horse and educated us on hoof care. It was extremely interesting and educational.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 7th 2014

Draft Horse Pull Demo 

 

Jeremy Johnson of Westmorland, Kansas let us see his small team of draft horses, Sunny and Tim. These horses are used for draft horse pulling competitions. As a team they weigh 3,700 lbs and can pull at best approximately 10,000 lbs at a pulling contest. Topics discussed at the meeting included importance of harness fitting, importance of proper shoes, dietary needs, and how the pulling contest work. Jeremy was also gracious enough to give a demonstration of how the horses pull by hooking them to a work sled, and doing four or five demonstration pulls.

 

 

 

 

Jeremy walking Sunny and Tim down to the work sled. 

Sunny and Tim pulling approximately 6,000 lbs. 

Sept. 23 2014

Club BBQ and Horse Judging Demo at Kansas State Horse Unit presented by Tasha Dove.

 

 

 

March 11th, 2014

​Learning & practicing how to prep a horse for a show.

 

Getting yourself and your horse ready can be a long process and an even longer day. All for five minutes to show the judges all the hard work you and your horse have done. We wanted to make sure both English and Western show preparations were shown, and that club members had a chance to practice on the horses. Also it was a chance for the broodmares to get some TLC <3

Nov. 6th 2013

Tour of Large Animal Facilities at Kansas State Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

 

Dr. Chris Blevins, who is a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine gave a eye-opening and insiders tour of the Equine and Farm Animal facilities to the KSU Horman's Association. Dr. Blevin's primary focus the Equine Practice and Equine Field Medicine. 

 

Here are some video's demonstrating English braiding. Youtube is loaded with videos, so go out and see which one works best for you on teaching you how to braid (for any dicipline). Should you have any other questions regarding anything on braiding, clipping or a general show preparation over view, you can always send us an e-mail with your questions :) Remember!!! Don't get frustrated if they are not perfect the first few times!! Just keep practicing and try to get the braids as tight as possible. 

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