Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Julie fund, Sports Therapy school, Steer Wrestling Jackpot, Barrel and Pole series, Cowhorse Clinic | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Julie fund, Sports Therapy school, Steer Wrestling Jackpot, Barrel and Pole series, Cowhorse Clinic

I don't know about anyone else, but I could do with a let up on the wind. It's sure drying things out everywhere, and it's been a tough battle for firefighters that are working so early in the season to save grass and property. I cringed when I saw a neighbor driving slowly and stopping every once in a while out in a pasture covered with big, dry grass and clover stems. It borders our place and I was sure watching for smoke after he had left. Maybe his outfit was a diesel, but a gas rig with that hot tail pipe could sure cause a big problem in a hurry.

Julie Mankin, who grew up in the Gillette, Wyo. area, was in a serious car accident in Dallas, Texas two weeks ago. She underwent surgery to repair facial lacerations, reattach her ear, and fuse three fractured vertebrae. She is doing well but it will be a while before she is able to get back on track and back to work as a freelance writer. To help her with medical and living expenses, a fund has been set up to help her through GoFundMe. Any financial help would be greatly appreciated, as well as prayers for healing. The fund can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/q4pgg54. You can also keep up with her progress on that page. Julie is a lovely person and I hope she heals fast and is back to her wonderful self soon.

There will be a Top Performance Equine Sports Therapy certification school on April 20-24 at Piedmont, S.D. Rhonda Evans is the instructor and she can teach you to do sports therapy for your horse and others. There are only a few openings left in the school, with limited class size, so get ahold of her right away if you want to do this. Deposits for the school are due April 13. You can learn more about all of this and also get signup info at http://www.EquineSportsTherapy.com.

The 2nd Annual OK Livestock Spring Shoot Out Steer Wrestling jackpot will be May 16. There will be $13,000 added with 85 percent payback! Enter there at 11 a.m. and it starts at noon. The next day will be the Open Steer Wrestling jackpot, with students 19 and under at 10 a.m. and open at noon. Both events will be at the Dupree, S.D. arena.

The River Run Barrel and Pole Bending Series on Tuesday nights at Edgemont, S.D. has set the dates. They will be June 2, 9, and 16, with an age group for everyone. Exhibitions will start at 5:30 and youth events will start after the exhibitions at around 6:30. The Open 4D will not start before 7 p.m. but you need to be entered by 6:30. If it's raining (we can hope), call ahead, or for more info, call Blue Borton at 605-891-9300.

The Spring Cow Horse Clinic with Kirk Hall will be at the ranch at Edgemont, S.D. on June 12-14. Day 1 will be about body control for better horsemanship, day 2 will be fundamental cowhorse maneuvers, and day 3 will be putting those maneuvers to work on the mechanical cow and then live cattle. It's $400 for 3 days, $150/day, and there's a NHSRA discount for students for $200. Call Kirk or Shelly at 605-431-3607.

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We shuffled some stuff around here and got our beloved Tim pony off of any green grass. It's not very big, but it's sure potent when a horse has already foundered in the past. Any overly fat horse, pony, burro or mule can founder. The cool nights make that morning grass awfully dangerous for the founder prone equines. If you want to let them graze for an hour or so during the heat of the day, that would probably be okay if you keep a close eye one them. Watch for a horse standing with it's front feet out ahead of them, one that hesitates to move, or is just acting oddly compared to other horses, such as standing in one place when the others graze away. Keeping a tube of Bute on hand is a good idea as a call to a vet will usually yield a directive to administer some to the afflicted horse. Obviously, get them off that grass immediately.

Well, that's my circle for the week. I think I'll get off this windy ridge and go put my horse up for the day. Please send me any upcoming events, fundraisers, etc…, and I'll be happy to share them here. My email is on this column header and I can be found on Facebook as well.