Because the horse's score is averaged with the vaulter's to give the overall score, the horse's performance is quite important. This is Romeo, a 13-year-old Shire gelding.   Smokin' Joe is a 17-year-old Belgian gelding The ideal horse can maintain a steady 3-beat canter, while giving in to the side reins, maintaining a bend on the lunge circle, as does Praise, a 13-year-old Belgian Attention all horse fans! For the first time since its inception, the Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) will be held in America. An expected 60 nations will be competing at the 2010 Games to be held…
Lockjaw is the common name used by many people to identify a case of tetanus. Tetanus can affect a whole host of mammals–almost all of which may be found on a farm. Different species have varying degrees of susceptibility to the organism and its toxin. For instance, horses, sheep and goats are often known to get the disease, while it is rarely seen in cattle, swine, dogs or cats. The human can contract lockjaw and his susceptibility to the disease probably ranks just after that of the horse, sheep and goat families. Since I have lived here, I have known…
In my travels I continue to be amazed by the technologies being used in ranching and feedlot operations. The close monitoring, record keeping and decision-making as a result of implant or ear tag scanning and computer tracking of individual beasts, is fine-tuning and improving our productive efficiency. But it wasn’t always that way. Dr. Darrell is a cow veterinarian and theriogenologist, as am I. We were waxing nostalgic about the good ol’ days when, despite our valuable medical opinion and sage advice, we didn’t always get the message across! Darrell told of preg checking a pasture full of dairy heifers…
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 previously wrote about the gallant effort of an equine massage therapist who challenged a cease and desist order from the Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Draft Horse Journal, Spring 2009). The Chiropractic Board informed massage therapist Mercedes Clemens that if she did not stop practicing equine massage,…
Ringside at a number of exhibitions over the years, I've had occasion to watch many of North America's best known draft horses in action. I am concerned, for fewer name Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire horses shown today travel as correct as the name horses in each breed once did, although they may lift higher in front. The percentage of draft horses sold or shown who travel correct at both ends is falling. Today, many draft horses carry their heads high on necks of impressive lengths, lifting exceptionally high in front when trotted forth on halter or in harness. This…

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