There is much more to the flashy colored cobs of England–also known as Gypsy horses, Gypsy Vanners and Irish Tinker horses–than meets the eye. The Romany people are charismatic and their horses are charming and inimitable. Those with the reputation for bringing out their best colored cobs uphold an annual event in Cumbria, England, each June known as Appleby Fair, and anyone who is anybody within the Romany circles attends the fair with their best Gypsy horses. It’s a rite of passage for many in the Romany circles of distinction. Stateside, we’ve all seen them cropping up like the February…
I occasionally ask this question when I find myself mentally reviewing some of the cases I have had in the past. It is very difficult to study and practice Veterinary Medicine without forming an opinion on this matter. However, let me tell you about a case I had back in the ‘50s, then you can make up your own mind. This story begins with a phone call I received during the noon hour on a hot Saturday afternoon in August. A client who farmed about two miles north of town informed me that he had a “sick cow.” She was…
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 National Animal Identification System [NAIS]was the USDA’s plan to allow the Government to keep track of all movement of livestock in order to prevent and track disease. This plan applied to horses, cattle, goats, poultry, sheep, swine, alpacas, llamas, bison, deer, elk and aquaculture. The ultimate…
Buyers new to the industry often fail to recognize unsoundness in draft horses, as do individuals from families that have draft horses but have participated in few organized breed activities. Early in the 20th century most stallions offered for public service were licensed. Before a breeding horse was granted a license, it was inspected by a government or breed-appointed inspector. These stallion inspectors were respected horsemen or knowledgeable authorities, such as veterinarians and animal science professors. Today, few stallions–Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron or Suffolk–are inspected. What constitutes unsoundness in a draft horse? Stringhalt, shivers, roaring (whistling), sidebones, ringbone, bog spavins, bone…

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