A great number of new hitch exhibitors appear at the shows each year, many of them coming from backgrounds other than the heavy horse industry. Consequently, they are entering a strange new world and, not surprisingly, many of them have questions about how to improve their outfits, how to become more competitive and how those hitches placing at the top do things. Sounds like a wonderful topic for a Horsemen's Round Table, so let's meet our panel of experts: Mr. Brad Schreiber, Plainview, Minnesota; Brad grew up a farm kid and has been showing horses for over 25 years, including…
The “foaling season” in North America is generally thought, by many horsemen, to start January 1 and proceed through the last day of June. With this in mind, by the time you read this article, many of you may have already experienced one or more of the three problems I am going to discuss. Most of the time, all goes well. The foal and mare do fine and everyone involved is relieved and happy. This scenario is ideal but things do not always work out this way. Problems can arise from the moment the foal is born until it is…
(From the general news sources of the times, the Breeder's Gazette and the Percheron Review.) If the first three months of 1933 didn't scare the living daylights out of most Americans, it was probably because they were overwhelmed by their own problems or, in the case of nitwits, unaware that the whole world seemed to be coming unglued. There were farm foreclosures in the country and mass unemployment in the cities. There were soup kitchens in the cities and plenty of despair to go around. It seemed like everything was going to pot, but as bad as it was, it…
(From the general news sources of the period and the Belgian and Percheron publications of the time.) In February of 1958, the U.S. launched its first space satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was named Explorer I. I'm sure President Eisenhower was both relieved and elated when it all went well. He had taken a certain amount of flak that we trailed the Russians in this department and this success took some of the heat off. And just a little bit later there was a change of the guard in Russia. On March 27 of that year, Nikita…
(From general news sources, the Spring 1983 Draft Horse Journal and the various breed publications of the time.) The Spring 1983 issue was a 156-page magazine, considered large for the DHJ in those days. It was a very interesting mix of old and new, so much so that this segment might run a tad long. With so many of the old horsemen still around, coupled with the big time infusion of young and enthusiastic breeders, it was in many respects the best of times–at least for us. The draft horse had been rediscovered. It was our second designated brood mare…
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.. It has been awhile since I reviewed court cases interpreting equine statutes (See Article in Winter 2002-'03 issue of The Draft Horse Journal). Also, as an update, it should be noted that five States still have not passed an equine activity statute. These States are Alaska, California, Maryland,…
Fifty years ago it was important that draft exhibitors had hitch horses that placed well when shown on halter, if they expected their hitch horses to place when shown in harness. It was important an exhibitor had one, better two, even three hitch horses, which could lift blue or red ribbons in the halter classes offered. If an exhibitor had a grand or reserve grand champion gelding, in particular, this was icing on the cake. The exhibitor was well positioned to win the hitch classes. The performance classes always followed the halter classes. Teams were the turnouts first shown, then…
Charlie survived and is now a member of that elite group of cowmen who have run the O.B. Chain Marathon. “O.B. chain” for you readers who are poultry producers and might think this refers to manacles worn by Over the Border illegals or a delicate veterinary instrument used to spay heifers by Ovary Burglars, it is not. O.B. stands for Obstetrical. Obstetrics, obstetricians … refers to pregnancy, labor and birth. During a calving … well, let me tell you Charlie’s story. He and his brother run a modest-sized cow ranch in the pretty rolling country north of Lewistown, Montana. It…

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