Winter 2010-2011
Folks that know Eddie Freitag well–really well–know how much he enjoys a good cup of strongly-brewed coffee, the kind that makes one’s hair curl. Visitors to the Freitag residence may have even been treated to a cup of that Jubilee Java from time-to-time. It is his trademark coffee, as well as his piercing blue eyes, strong jaw line and infectious grin that make Eddie Freitag of Alameda, Saskatchewan, recognizable. But it is his love and devotion to the Belgian horse that makes him distinguishable. Along with the love of his life and partner now for nearly 50 years, Roberta, one…
When November arrives, and winter is around the corner, I begin to plan for sleigh weather. Jostling the horse-drawn vehicles around in the shed is the first step; get the sleigh and bobsled forward, and tuck the wheeled vehicles back until spring. After that I pull a stack of lap robes out of a trunk, and put them near the sleighs. These old, richly colored and  heavy wool lap robes that I pile on in the winter to keep me and my passengers warm, have an equally rich and colorful history. Years ago anyone who had a horse had some…
Whatever else the year of 1935 brought into play, it was a sure thing that the Great Depression had put renewed life into the draft horse and mule trade throughout the cornbelt states. The reliable old hay burners had become objects of ridicule with a lot of tractor-minded folks, salesmen, draymen, etc., and many farmers themselves during the roaring '20s that extended well into the Dirty '30s. But every coin has two sides ... at least. For the fellows who had stuck by their horses and mules as their power plant, they really didn't notice. It suddenly became evident that…
For most of us, the irrevocable age of emancipation and its accompanying right of passage into adulthood concludes at 21. By age 21, child prodigy Mozart had already composed several pieces that, as he settled into Vienna and continued to churn out his brilliant compositional legacy, logged him into the chronicles of musical legend. By age 21, German-born college drop-out, Jawed Karim, left a U.S. college campus for his garage where he worked diligently with two pals on a concept that eventually sold to Google for a reported $64 million. That brainstorm, incidentally, was a video-sharing web site you may…
The reputation of a horseman is on the line when he is called upon to place a class of foals. When compared with judges in the British Isles, few North American judges select class winning foals which go on to capture top honours as they mature. Those few North American judges who make foals a breed's grand champion are called "prophets" in breed circles. Not so in the British Isles. Why? Published records suggest teamsters who handle few foals have problems selecting colts or fillies; foal class winners that go on to win their class when shown in following years.…
The answer to that question is very easy because Stedmans Medical Dictionary defines the condition as an inflammation of the lymph vessels and lymph nodes in the horse’s body. Now you really do not know much about lymphangitis after reading the definition in the dictionary. Lymphangitis is a very complex condition, as seen in the horse, and has many causes. I just wrote an article, for The Draft Horse Journal, describing ventral abdominal edema as it occurs in the pregnant mare. This article sparked a number of requests to define lymphangitis and discuss its causes and cure, if there should…

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Winter2010-2011