Spring 2012
Is the market for today's Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire falling away? Without question top hitch horse prospects of these four breeds capture the big dollars. Tall, stretchy horses, geldings or mares that will hitch, enjoy this fast market. These potential hitch horses must have headset, length of neck and stretch. It is important these potential hitch horses exhibit desire, stand on lots of leg and lift high in front. Correct conformation seems less important, for the harness worn by hitch horses masks traits long considered undesirable. Few individuals are ever shown on halter. A growing school of horsemen feel…
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. Congress recently removed a 5-year ban on funding horse meat inspections thereby opening the door for the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States. This change of heart was due partly to the struggling economy and to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled “Horse Welfare:…
I have always liked the winter season. Late fall and winter were the seasons my brother and I looked forward to each year. It was the time of the year when we could do many things we liked to do. In addition to the normal amount of chores, which involved the livestock and poultry, we found time to run a two-mile trap line twice a day; hunt the rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and quail in season and even went along with Dad and the neighbors occasionally when they took the hounds out at night to chase and tree raccoons. Let’s not…
The USDA Farmer's Bulletin No 803–Horse-Breeding Suggestions for Farmers notes, "Desirable breed characteristics in purebred mares signify impressive ancestry and prepotency. Femininity of expression and of conformation is an indication of good breeding qualities. Style, good disposition, quality, clean, flat bone, concave, open feet, strong constitution, good proportions, deep, roomy barrel, width across the hips denoting a large pelvic arch, and well-developed vulva and teats are qualities especially desired in breeding mares. An inspection of the colts the mare produces is generally the best evidence of her worth as a broodmare. The length of usefulness as producers varies greatly with…
A lane that winds through the gently rolling Normandy countryside leads to a big barn with fields stretching out in all directions behind it. A little farther down, a beautiful house with a lovely old walnut tree standing in the courtyard. The setting for CHEVALAIT, the only company in France to market fresh pasteurized mare’s milk on a commercial scale, is certainly very bucolic. Mare’s milk is the stuff of legend, but has never been part of a western diet. It is prevalent in places stretching from Turkey to Mongolia, constituting a staple of food across the steppes of Central…
Inspiration can strike like a bolt of lightning in the sky, or it can arrive quietly and wait patiently for the right moment to sneak into a person’s consciousness. When it happens, it’s like magic; everything is clear and focused, bringing about a sense of euphoria and new energy that’s sometimes difficult to describe. Nathan Orton of Caro, Michigan, says his inspiration was right in front of him for the longest time, but he wasn’t aware of it until one summer day when everything literally fell into place. “I was out in the barn whistling to Hector, our 13-year-old Percheron…

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