Things have taken a delightful and surprising turn for the New York City (NYC) carriage horses and the people who care about them. For decades, getting the pro-carriage side of the story into the media was very difficult. However, since the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, it seems as though the news media cannot get enough of the carriage horse story. I’ve been reminded often over the last few months of the old saying, “Houses that don’t burn down don’t make the evening news.” I guess the looming reality that the NYC carriage horses might in fact be forced…
Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. Recently HR 1518 was introduced in Congress. The Bill is a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sponsored Bill that outlaws soring and calls for the ban of all action-enhancing devices on horses including pads and weighted shoes. As proposed, the Legislation is limited to the Tennessee Walking…
Four times” is what he said, this Amish harness maker with his shop in Shipshewana. As we talked, he repeated again, “Yes, as a good rule of thumb, I would say they will back up with about four times as much weight in the wagon”. It was the first time he had used a Yankee Breeching on his Belgians. He said further, “I had a heavy load of firewood on the wagon and had to back it through a deep muddy hole to unload at the woodshed; they just dropped their rumps down and pushed like never before through the…
Years past, horse shows were social events. Held in conjunction with leading exhibitions, these affairs were not breed specific. They showcased different equine breeds in numerous disciplines, together with cattle (dairy and beef), sheep, swine, goats, poultry, rabbits, hay, grain and silage. The exhibitors mixed and mingled at these annual events with spectators, who often traveled across the continent and over the sea to ensure their attendance. Chicago's International Livestock Exposition was the grandfather of these North American exhibitions. Founded in 1900, this show's province were the agreeable, instructive and business contacts it offered. The Chicago show was truly international.…

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