The international equine community recognizes the Calgary Stampede as being one of the premier draft horse showcases, and this year the Stampede’s program was better than ever. An important anniversary inspired a new feature exhibit and the show saw an increase in both exhibitors and spectators. Heavy Horse Show Heavy horses have been shown at the Stampede every year since the late 1800s The Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show celebrated an incredible 125 years this year. Horses have been shown at Stampede Park every year since the late 1800s and draft horses are the only class of livestock to hold this…
When that question is put to me the only way I can possibly answer it is to refer back to the many phone calls I have received from people who have a problem with the pregnant mare and they are seeking help. This past foaling season I received many calls asking for advice in dealing with one or two conditions which can occur in the pregnant mare. These are health problems which seem to have been fairly common in the past foaling season. They are, in order of their frequency; ventral edema, occurring on the lower abdomen and chest of…
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. United States livestock markets selling horses to Canada for food processing became subject to new rules and regulations, effective July 31, 2010, by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Before a horse can be presented for slaughter, the new rules require extensive physical and medical identification records…
Two classes draft horse publications report–those for a Get of Sire and Produce of Dam–will often fail to name ribbon winning sires and dams. The information publications receive from exhibitions will most often only give the exhibitor's name, which tells prospective buyers little. Is this the exhibitor's fault? Often draft horse exhibitors fail to include this information in their entries. This I know from experience, for I have had occasion to review the entry forms Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire exhibitors have submitted to exhibitions. In many instances, they fail to inspire confidence, which I feel is unfortunate. Draft horse…
One of the sad signs of “progress” in Southern Appalachia in the 21st century has been the decline in draft horse culture. Well past the middle of the last century, horses and mules played important roles in agriculture and the lumber industry, but as more and more gated communities and golf courses have replaced farms and woodlands, work stock have lost their place. Since most mountain residents must work a public job rather than make a life from the land, those who still farm and cut wood have turned to tractors, tillers and ATVs. Johnny Reed’s young Percherons drag a…
*Image in Circle with Horse—Wes with a Clyde donated to Malabar Farm by Bill Burgett from the Owl Creek Hitch. * Image of three guys –– David Greer, Wes Jackson and Tony Celebreez On Saturday, May 1, members and friends of the Louis Bromfield Society gathered in the Great Barn at Malabar Farm for the 11th annual "MalaBarBQ" and to honor one of the truly great pioneers in sustainable agriculture, Wes Jackson, with the Annual Louis Bromfield Society Award. Deb Stinner, PhD, Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at OSU, Wooster and Wes. Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm were an…
Bill Brown gets the whole family out to mow the hay. From the left are Brian Jennings, Willie Brown, Jessie Brown and Bill Brown. Phillip Daugherty Photo If you happen to be driving down Highway 188 in Tonto Basin, Arizona, you might think you’d been taken back in time–back to a time when things were done at a slower pace; back to a time when things were simpler. Through the saguaro cactus on the rugged hillsides, the snow-capped mountains in the distance and on the banks of Tonto Creek lies the H-4 Ranch. On this particular day you would see…

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