Horsemen — get ready for summer

What can you do now to enjoy a great summer of riding with your horse?

Join the membership of the Backcountry Horsemen for a presentation by Dr. Hooton on getting horses ready for a long, fun summer of riding. The March membership meeting is Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds.

Hooton will cover the topics of spring horse checkups, spring vaccinations, and the importance of tooth floating and having a worming program. He will also talk about how to set up a safe fitness program to get horses fit for the summer season. Find out what to expect when the brand inspector comes, and what tests and documentation you will need. If you haul your horse, this is important information to have.

“Maintaining your horse is just like maintaining your car. You vaccinate your horse to avoid expensive treatment for preventable diseases, just like you change the oil in your car to prevent damage to the motor. You de-worm your horse to avoid colic and poor condition, just like you align your car to minimize abnormal tire wear. Maintaining your horse’s teeth maximizes their utilization of feed, while tuning up your car maximizes performance and fuel economy. Just like your car, failure to perform routine maintenance for your horse often results in expensive repairs later on,” says Hooton.

This event is sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health. Fort Dodge will provide food and drinks that evening. Please R.S.V.P. to Beverly Compton at or 731-3471. Fort Dodge is providing a complete horse first aid kit as a door prize. The public is welcome.

The mission of the Backcountry Horsemen is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness; to work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use; to assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource; to educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resources by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage; and to foster and encourage the formation of new state organizations and BCHA. To learn more about the San Juan chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen, visit the Web site at