After a flurry of effort last year, you’ve been waiting for months, hoping everything progresses normally, and preparing for when this quiet waiting will abruptly transition to all the excitement and activity that comes with a new foal. That transition comes with some anxiety. Usually foaling happens naturally, unassisted, with no hitches. In the rare instances that something goes wrong, it can go wrong quickly and efficient resolution makes a difference. Being there to notice the problem when it first happens is a necessary step in salvaging future potential from an otherwise disastrous end. Even though most of the time everything goes well and your presence at the event is superfluous, witnessing the miracle of that entrance into life is worth the effort and the lost sleep. It sounds trite to say that, but it’s just the truth, no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. This article will review the ways you can monitor your mare to determine when she will foal so that you can be there to observe, and go over the degree that you might assist, if necessary. Read more
The Results Are In!
THE 2017 ALL-NORTH AMERICAN SHIRE CONTEST
Since 2011, the All-North American contest has been an annual competition that provides an historical photo record of the top halter animals being exhbited across Canada and the U.S. The competition itself is not a show. It is tabulated mathematically, and therefore, may best be described as “the average opinion of the majority of contemporary judges in the U.S. and Canada.” We feel that is among the best promotional devices available and we are proud to collaborate with the American Shire Horse Association and the Canadian Shire Horse Association in this endeavor. Results and photos can be seen in the Spring 2018 DHJ, pages 76-79 or a list can be found on our web site.
Listen to Horses In The Morning!
Canada's Largest Sleigh Ride
“Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too,
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you,
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you hoo,
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!”
The lyrics of this beloved Johnny Mathis Christmas tune seem to sum up the overall cheerful mood of the folks attending Canada’s Largest Sleigh Ride, which took place on March 4, 2017, in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) in southwestern Manitoba. Involving 56 sleighs, 30 outriders and approximately 300 people in tow at this year’s event, it seems that it might well indeed be living up to the title. Read more
Order the 2018 Heavy Horse Calendar!
Do you live, eat and sleep big horses 365 days a year? The NEW Heavy Horse Calendar is for you. Order online at heavyhorsecalendar.com
Letter to the Editor
I would like to take this opportunity: the Draft Horse Journal’s fiftieth year in publication: to acknowledge and bestow gratitude upon, not only the founders of this fine magazine, but the current editor and his team who relentlessly strive to unify our industry through their quality quarterly publication.
The draft horse industry is not a product-driven industry. We do not yield an item that humans willingly wish to consume; like milk, meat, feathers or fur. Except for a rare sliver of history, when naturally-synthesized premarin was of value, the draft horse has contributed little in the last 75 years... Read more
History of Draft Horses
The Industrial Revolution proved to be responsible for both the rise and collapse of the heavy horse in America. Demand for draft animals was spurred on by the growing transportation, construction and agricultural needs of the nation. The last half of the 19th century made draft horse breeding both essential and profitable. Massive importations from Europe took place. The period also ushered in the development of the present day breeds of heavy horses. The number of horses and mules in The United States peaked in 1920, at about 26 million. The groundwork for today’s agriculture had been laid.
The horse lost the battle of the streets to the automotive industry rather quickly. As for the battle of the agricultural fields, it fought very tenaciously, but eventually yielded in most cases to greatly improved tractor power. By 1950, it was indeed, on thin ice... Read more
History of The Draft Horse Journal
The post WW II years were not kind to the draft horse and mule. Both horse numbers and horse use plummeted. The number of animals being exhibited dwindled and many shows dropped heavy horses altogether. The industry needed a boost and it got one when the first issue of The Draft Horse Journal was published in May 1964. New interest was stimulated and the heavy horse has since made a convincing resurgence. From the 28 pages in the first issue to over 300 in recent ones, The Journal has grown, evolved and progressed right along with the draft horse trade.
In addition to the magazine’s traditional content, covering breeding, raising, showing, selling and using all breeds of heavy horses, the modern version includes veterinary advice from “America’s Draft Horse Vet,” Dr. A.J. Neumann; historical accounts by the publication’s founder, Maurice Telleen; legal advice from Ken Sandoe;... Read more