One evening in the middle of February I received a phone call from Craig Perry, Urbana, Iowa. I had never met Craig–he was very up front and to the point. He wanted to know if I was interested in going to the Louisiana Purchase Zoo and Gardens located in Monroe, Louisiana, in March to train people who would be driving two 25-passenger people haulers and running a giant "pony" ride. All the horses would be Percherons originating from Iowa. Now, where we live in Northwest Iowa, you really don't need too much of a reason to go 950 miles south…
You are partially correct. There is a disease of horses known as Equine Viral Arteritis, "EVA" for short, but it is not new to this country or hemisphere. The virus likely caused a large outbreak of sickness in horses in the United States in 1872-'73. It has occurred sporadically in the United States since that time. Cases have been identified and reported from New York, Ohio, Indiana, California, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. EVA became a very hot topic in the latter months of 2006 due to an outbreak on a New Mexico Quarter Horse facility. The Spring 2007 issue of The…
(from the April, May & June Breeder's Gazettes and general news sources of the period.) The worldwide depression that our parents and grandparents were experiencing showed no sign of letting up. It was an equal opportunity destroyer of hopes, dreams, homesteads and fortunes–large and small. It was also an election year and if you were in office you would likely lose–this terrible mess had to be "somebody's fault!" So, not surprisingly, Hoover lost in a landslide to the Governor of New York, Franklin Roosevelt. FDR, as he quickly became known, promised a "New Deal." I doubt that when the phrase…
(From general news sources and the 1958 Belgian Review) One piece of news that I'm sure brought back memories to thousands of ex-GI's was word that the American occupation of Japan was being wound down. The war had, by then, been over for 12 years and I imagine many small occupation outposts had been vacated bit by bit. It was time to leave. Senator Joseph McCarthy from Wisconsin died at the age of 48. He was considered a true patriot by his followers and completely despised by his critics. It was impossible to be indifferent to the junior senator from…
(From general news sources and the Summer 1982 Draft Horse Journal) No one can successfully accuse the 20th Century of being dull. It could, in fact, have used a lot more peace and quiet instead of so many wars. It was 25 years ago that the most surprising and unlikely conflict of the bunch was waged. It took place clear down at the south end of the known world, not some chronic hot spot. On April 2 of that year, several thousand Argentine troops stormed the Falkland Islands, easily overrunning the 84 British Marines stationed there. Margaret Thatcher, prime minister…
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. The answer to this question is simple if you sell the horse privately or at auction. The purchase price or top bid is the value of the horse. However, what is the value of the horse in a divorce, partnership or business breakup, insurance claim, motor vehicle…
Presentation! Presentation! Presentation! These three cardinal rules ensure success if you are a draft horseman or horsewoman. How often do we see horsemen leave a sale ring unhappy with the price paid for a horse they just sold? While many excuses will be offered, consignors seldom ask the question, "What did I do wrong?" A horse must be structurally correct, completely sound and in good condition to command attention. His feet must exhibit care, if they are not properly shod. His mane and tail should be trimmed and combed, better yet tied and decorated. He should have a coat of…
Because of the carnivorous wildlife around our place we keep the cow dogs up at night. They get shut in the yard and stand guard. Ranch house security, so to speak. One night Hattie came in alone. She’s the blue heeler cross, but Pancho Villa, the blue-eyed Australian shepherd never came. Our calls and whistles were in vain, so we left the gate open. Next morning he was still a no show. I went out to feed, called for him. I drove out to the main road with a knot in my stomach. But, still no sign. Late afternoon I…

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