Students and instructors with their teams on the day the class is introduced to their horses. Student Eric Grover on the lines and student Janell Smith, assisting. The Animal Science Department was invited to the University homecoming activities, so Belgians, Bill and Shorty, were brought from the draft horse class for the tug of war. They proved to be the winning team.   Students Becky Millar and Mike Archibald providing wagon rides for student groups. Imagine a typical class schedule at college-accounting, chemistry, English lit., medieval history and logistics. Just the thought conjures up memories of boring morning sessions half…
Part I The word “colic” comes from the Greek work “k_likos” which meant, “relating to the colon” or its English use is “spasmodic pains in the abdomen.” When a horse or mule is diagnosed as “having a colic” this in itself means the animal is having abdominal pain. Mention the word “colic” to a group of horse owners and some will almost certainly conjure up the picture of one of their horses rolling about, kicking, sweating and finally dying after suffering terrific abdominal pain. No wonder the word “colic” inspires some degree of fear in a horseman or woman. If…
(From the January, February and March 1930 Breeder’s Gazettes and general news sources of the period) Some folks regard history as an endless series of important dates to be memorized, generally featuring leaders who were either heroes or scoundrels, but rarely a mixture of the two. Same way with time periods such as the 1920s (roaring) and the early 1930s (soup kitchen poor); that begin and end with the abruptness of a sunrise and a sunset. While there is considerable truth in both generalizations, it was not a case of black and white. Sweeping generalizations, without nuance, often just serve…
(From breed publications and general news sources of the times) All the chronic hot spots were going about their usual business being chronic hot spots. In Central America, that great breeding ground for dictators, Nicaragua and Costa Rica were at loggerheads with each other while Guatemala’s strong man foiled a coup. What else is new? The OAS (Organization of American States), headed up more or less by Mexico, must have done a good job of keeping the lid on that pot because we didn’t dispatch any Marines to go south and I can’t remember any banana shortages at the grocery…
(From general news sources of the day, the three breed papers and our own Spring 1980 issue) Afghanistan was very much in the news 25 years ago, just as it is now. And for some of the same reasons. Soviet troops had moved into the country just as 1979 wound down. The Soviets claimed that they were invited by President Amin. Amin was a Marxist, but had rejected an offer of help from the Soviet Union. I guess he wanted to be his own kind of Communist. Convinced that Amin could not control the Afghan rebels, they decided to come…
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Subjective judging has often been the cause of a public uproar. The international attention given Olympic competition, has increased the focus of subjective judging. This reflects society’s desire to see officials employed who are respected for their knowledge and integrity. Most draft horse enthusiasts would agree, horsemen who judge performance classes at the leading exhibitions place their reputation on the line. However, perceived errors said judges make are remembered for a short time only. The short list of judges employed to place performance classes at leading exhibitions changes little each year. However, the same cannot be said for horsemen employed…
“Basically there’s no income from growing wheat. There’s just enough to keep us alive.” “Farmers’ income falls, thanks to surplus of crops...” “The biggest threat to farmer’s incomes comes from (urban) development of their lands.” “Officials and developers have latched on to it (the farmland) and won’t let go.” “Farmers must somehow be weaned from the land and steered onto productive urban jobs.” “Farmers who have lost their land...find work, but it’s often just picking and selling old garbage...” Recent newspaper excerpts from Saskatchewan? Kansas? Montana? No. Hebei province, China. Sounds achingly familiar. China, that for years could not feed…

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