Spring 2011
That’s a very simple question which is often asked of me when I am teaching about problems that can arise in the hock of the horse. It is very easy to illustrate a curb or a curby hock on the live horse but it becomes a problem to set it all down in writing. With some misgivings, I’ll give it a try. First of all, we have to know where the hock is located on the horse. You would be surprised how many people call me about a lame horse and I find in talking with them they do not…
Today, numerous means of advertising draft horses for sale are available to a breeder. Advertisements in market publications which serve breeders achieve greatest success if market research available is correct. Given this information, what should printed advertisements contain? A good photo is worth a thousand words. Poor photos are the kiss of death. Draft horse breeders who successfully market their product ensure horses offered for sale are well represented in printed photographs. Photographs of horses must be honest representations. Never print photographs illustrating computer enhanced horses. This will soon be public knowledge. The negative publicity resulting reflects a horseman’s integrity.…
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 legal column has kept a steady eye on the Government’s attempt to take over the horse industry, decrease competition and regulate us to death. We saw it with horse slaughter, National Animal Identification System, horse massage and teeth floating. However, horse folk have pushed back and…
As the saying goes, “There are horses, and then there are good horses.” Miss Matilda would have easily lived up to that saying ... and then some. She was, as Bruce Roy would put it, “A mare for all reasons.” A product of Harold Clark’s breeding program at Meadow Brook Farms, Howell, Michigan, she was a mare that fulfilled the goal of winning in halter, hitching with the best and producing offspring that would continue to set benchmarks for the breed. A mare that was inimitable in personality, performance and style, she was the epitome of the breed’s ideal. In…
– photos by Ann Greazel Iowa State University, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center Acupuncture … The use of this word in regards to a possible treatment modality in human or animal medicine can incite some pretty strong discussions. A common reason individuals oppose the use of acupuncture is the relative lack of scientific studies to date documenting the facts of the practice. For many, this is a huge hurdle to overcome in the acceptance of this alternative therapy. The art of acupuncture has been used in humans and animals for over 3,000 years, and its popularity has dramatically increased in the…
photos courtesy of Europferd Noriker Austria is awarded a worldwide bid for an Indian breeding project and supplies–in cooperation with Austrovieh Export-Import GmbH und (a livestock exporting company) and ARGE Noriker (a syndicate of Noriker Breeders)–over 400 Norikers to India!It all happened quite a while ago. Imagine in our time a nation that needs to supply mules, otherwise called Animal Transport Units [ATUs] for its army to fortify the border areas of the Himalayas. That nation is India. In a time where fighter planes, rockets and other such devices of destruction are worshipped in the community of the military-industrial complexes…
The rolling hill country in southern Ohio along the Ohio River in Brown, Adams and Scioto Counties is an area of small, family-operated farms. Not adapted to large-scale operations, it's not densely populated. The hills are forest-covered and the roads, like in New England, seem to follow old Indian trails. Tobacco was once a big crop in the area, but that is controlled by politics and the small growers are being phased out. Corn and beans are the main crops, but everybody grows both, so there is little money in either. Dairy, beef, lumber and other forest production add to…

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