Autumn 2011
I would often hear that comment while I was teaching students what to look for when purchasing a horse. I will tell you as I have told my students; when you first approach a horse which you are interested in buying, pay extra attention to its head. That examination will influence you as to whether you want to own the animal or not. Remember, when you are examining the horse, and especially its head, always have the light coming over your shoulder and shining on the subject. Never examine an animal, or a part of it, when you are looking…
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. I  have received many phone calls of late concerning boarding horses. In these challenging economic times many horse owners are looking for added income and if you have sufficient real estate and a barn, boarding horses may supply the added income to keep up with increased expenses.…
Horsemen have their own vernacular which is spoken in equine circles. However, members of the public often employ the words veteran horsemen use to communicate in error. A Single is a harnessed horse driven alone. Cart horses are Singles. Two horses, driven beside each other form a Team. A Team can be called a Pair. Other configurations, where two or more horses are hooked with each other, is known as a Hitch. Members of the public often refer to a Hitch as a Team. This is wrong. Yet, newspaper reporters, authors, actors and show announcers make this mistake, as do…
Lorraine Melgosa from Manzanola, Colorado, a small farming town of 500, has been thrust into the national media spotlight. This humble woman is finding her voice to bring attention to a cause near and dear to her heart. Since the start of Wellington Carriage 17+ years ago, she and her horses have provided horse-drawn hearse services at over 700 funerals and, since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she has carried the bodies of over 45 servicemen to their final resting place, free of charge to the military or their families. It is her personal mission to…
BATS IN YOUR FARM STRUCTURES ARE A BIG BONUS. In order to fully appreciate the marvel of the world's most wondrous insect terminator–the bat–a review is in order of that familiar sboteur of a warm summer evening: the mosquito. Many people fear bats, and while this little guy may not be as cute or "dog-like‟ in appearance as a fruit bat, he is just as curious and intelligent as any other bat species. If the female mosquito was disinclined to reproduce, we would hardly take notice of her. She would duplicate the male’s behavior and feed off nectar and other…
This summer, some two dozen rigs and a company of outriders traveled more than 130 miles from Goodhue to Rushford, Minnesota, kicking up dust on gravel and low-maintenance roads, leaving wheel and hoof tracks on field access paths and bringing traffic to a respectfully slow speed on smaller paved highways. Despite the joys of traveling the old-fashioned way, participants agree that the real reward came at the end of the journey, when they presented a check to Camp Winnebago, a facility near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota that caters to children and adults with special needs. Over its 23-year history, this…

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