Winter 2004-2005
The coffin bone gets very little support from the rim shoe. In fact, it’s a wonder the bone doesn’t push right through the sole of the foot. Soil and manure can pack between the Cytek shoe and hoof sole to add more cushion and support that improves circulation. Fads in horseshoeing come and go, and you wonder how some of them ever came into vogue in the first place. When I first saw the Cytek shoe, I thought, “Here we go again!” and dismissed it. But the shoe didn’t go away. In fact, to my surprise a few horsemen whom…
That is quite an order, especially when you set out to try and tell someone how to handle his or her draft horse breeding program. Why should anyone listen to me? There are many very successful draft horse breeders that I know of here in the States and Canada. If you as an individual were to talk with them about their horse breeding business you would soon find that each individual has certain “points” in their program that they adhere to and abide by to make their program successful. You will also discover that these points may vary from breeder…
(From the Breeder’s Gazette of October, November and December 1929 and the general new sources plus the 1929 International Livestock Show Album) There is a poem by T.S. Eliot entitled “The Hollow Men” and I think it ends somewhat like this: “and this is the way the world ends, and this is the way the world ends, and this is the way the world ends…not with a bang, but a whimper.” On Thursday, October 24, 1929, the stock market binge that was soon a decade old (that is why they called them “The Roaring ‘20s”) experienced the most spectacular one…
(From general news sources and the Belgian and Percheron publications of that time) The “settlement” of the war in Vietnam dividing the former colony into the communist zone north of the 17th parallel and the non-communist zone south of the 17th didn’t work as planned. Instead it triggered a mass exodus of people from the north to the south. The south was soon jammed with refugees and it was the United States that was filling the void, because the emperor was just a puppet and the French sort of walked off the job site. In one sense, we got it…
(From general news sources of the day and the Winter 1980 Draft Horse Journal) Are you wishing things would settle back a bit to the “way things used to be?” I have news for you. In a good many respects, they are the way they used to be. There were some dandy hurricanes down in our Southeast and the Caribbean in 1979. The most damaging of that crop was one called Frederic. Frederic forced over 400,000 people along the coast from Florida to Louisiana to evacuate their homes. City-wise, Fred had a special dislike for Mobile, Alabama. Another one named…
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 depends on the definition of is.” William Jefferson Clinton (42nd President of the United States) An important decision has been recently handed down by the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the case should be understood by anyone who buys or sells horses. The decision in Morningstar v.…
I was witness to two incidents in show rings this past year, that horsemen ringside felt out of character in draft horse circles. Incidents such as these were once addressed in The Horse Book, by J.H.S. Johnstone, whose words I would like to paraphrase. “Make your entries at the proper time and ensure they are complete. Ask as few favors of show management as you can. Suffer inconvenience to the point of imposition. Do not lose your cool. It pays, for officials are also under pressure. It also pays to do whatever management asks, i.e. getting your horses into the…
It was every cowman’s nightmare. Owen’s ranch in Globe was a long way from the Prescott sale barn. It also involved passing through the “Gates of Hell,” as he referred to the booming, seething expanse of asphalt and dragon’s breath others called Phoenix. Girding his loins, he loaded one old bull and ten cull cows in his 20-foot gooseneck trailer and came down the mountain. Even at five p.m. on that hot summer evening it was well above 100 F. Of course, he planned on reaching Phoenix so he could be a part of the after-work traffic. Even with five…

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