Friday, December 06, 2019

The Black Stallion: A Heartwarming Epic For The Ages

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BY Elizabeth Kaye McCall
November 25, 2019

Still fantastic at 40, one of the best-loved horse movies of all time almost didn’t get made.

It was 3 a.m. when Carroll Ballard’s phone rang with a call from Francis Ford Coppola, who was then in Sicily filming The Godfather: Part II. The two had gone to film school together at UCLA and the middle-of-the-night call was Coppola telling him he thought they should do a film together. Months and ideas later, Coppola sent Ballard a copy of a novel that producer pal Fred Roos had heard about from his then girlfriend. It was her favorite childhood book: The Black Stallion.

“I didn’t like the book when it was first presented to me,” says Ballard, 83, in a rare interview at his hilltop home in St. Helena, California. “I thought, What is this? Leave It to Beaver? I wanted to make War and Peace!” But he finally “wised up” about the opportunity at hand, and in a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction convergence of events — including a typhoon in the Philippines that destroyed the set on Coppola’s Apocalypse Now — the modern classic, turning 40 this October, came to life.

Ballard munches on a quesadilla in a sunroom looking out on the pond flanked by his vineyard, as recollections of years spent on his visual masterpiece return. “I wondered for a long time, How is it that this book became such a big hit. Because I was dwelling on the old trainer and the kid talking,” he says. “Stuff I thought was totally predictable. But, there is this thing. I really didn’t see it for a long time. There is a mythic element in the book. It’s every child’s desire to have a powerful friend who can do things and who will make him powerful too. That’s what’s in this film. It’s mythic and in the form of a black horse...”

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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Water Temperature and Horse Drinking Behavior

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Why might our horses drink from an ice cold creek or tank rather than from the heated water buckets? Equine behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell explains.

Posted by Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB | Nov 18, 2019

Q: A few years ago I read an article describing research done at New Bolton Center on drinking behavior. It said that the research showed that in winter, horses prefer to drink warm water rather than ice cold water, and as a result veterinarians recommend giving horses warm water during the winter to be sure that they drink enough.
So, that winter we hung buckets of water along the fence every morning and evening at feeding time. It seemed our horses drank very little warm water from the buckets. Instead, they kept going to the stream even when it was partially frozen over. On days that the stream was completely frozen, they would drink from the buckets. We thought they might not like something about the hanging buckets, which were quite a distance from their hay racks.

So, the next year we put a heated plastic stock tank in the pasture near the hay racks. We put in a large heating element so the water stayed warm to the touch. Again, once we started heating the water in the tank, our horses seemed to drink mostly from the stream, as if they really preferred the ice cold stream water to the warmed water in the tank.

This year, the day before Thanksgiving, we had a sudden cold snap. I filled up the stock tank, but forgot to plug in the heating element. In the morning, there was a thin layer of ice on the tank. We were surprised to see that the horses had been drinking from the cold tank, breaking through the icy crust. Anyway, I turned the heater on so it wouldn’t freeze. After two weeks of paying close attention, I’m pretty sure they don’t seem to drink much at all from the tank when the heater is on. They are going back to the icy stream.

My veterinarian and I were talking about this, and she thought you might have been involved with drinking behavior research cited in the magazine article, or that she might have heard you talk about it somewhere. Was that you, or do you know about it? Do you have an explanation why in these circumstances our horses drink the ice cold water from the creek or tank rather than the warm water in the buckets or the water that is warmed in the tank? It would seem they actually prefer cold water over warm water.

—Robert, New York

A: Thank you so much for bringing up this question...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/13960/water-temperature-and-drinking-behavior/?utm_medium=Behavior+enews&utm_source=Newsletter

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Bomb-Proofing Tips from Mounted Police Officers

HorseIllustrated.com - Full Article

All riders can benefit from the techniques police departments use to train their horses to stay calm in challenging situations.


By Patrice D. Bucciarelli -
September 12, 2016

Along with their human partners, police horses are conspicuous everywhere from riots to county fairs. But even more than holding the line between crowds and bystanders, horses ridden by mounted police officers seem totally impervious to placards, banners and noise. So how exactly do mounted police units train their horses for street duty? The process takes time and dedication, but any horse and rider team can benefit from what this kind of training provides.

“I don’t like the term ‘bomb-proofing’ because people are like horses and none of us is bomb-proof,” says Capt. Lisa Rakes of the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police. “Even with the training, the horses are going to be startled, but the trick is to teach them that while it’s okay to jump in their tracks, it’s not okay to run away...”

Read more here:
https://www.horseillustrated.com/horse-training-bomb-proofing-tips-from-mounted-police-officers

Friday, November 29, 2019

Gastric Ulcers in Horses: Consensus Statement Statistics

KER.com - Full Article

September 14, 2019
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Ulcers or erosions in the lining of the equine stomach are reportedly a common condition in performance animals. In racehorses, for example, ulcers are believed to occur in an estimated 50-90% of horses. Similarly, weanling foals have equally high rates of ulcers. Stress caused by changes in routine is thought to be an important contributor to the development of gastric ulcers.

“While some gastric ulcers can go undetected and seem not to bother certain horses, other horses show a variety of clinical signs, including colic, diarrhea, poor appetite, dull coat, decreased performance, and even behavior changes,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER)...

Read more here:
https://ker.com/equinews/gastric-ulcers-horses-update/?partner=ker&utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4322755467-KER_Equinews_112719&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-4322755467-11166

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Alfalfa or Grass Hay: Which Is Better for Winter Warmth?

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Our equine nutritionist weighs in on which type of hay best helps horses stay warm during cold nights.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Nov 18, 2019 |

Q.I’ve heard that alfalfa is a good hay choice at night for horses because it helps generate heat and keep them warm. Where I board my horse, the barn managers feed grass hay at night and told me that it keeps horses full longer. So, which is better for winter night feedings: grass or alfalfa hay?

—Julie, via e-mail

A.As we head toward the colder winter months, you’re not alone in wanting to make sure your horse stays warm overnight. When temperatures drop, feed requirements increase for your horse to consume enough calories to maintain condition. Staying warm requires calories beyond those needed for regular maintenance. Horses have different ways to regulate their body temperature depending on the ambient temperature, wind chill, and other climatic challenges they face...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/181582/alfalfa-or-grass-hay-which-is-better-for-winter-warmth/?utm_medium=Nutrition+enews&utm_source=Newsletter

Yellowjackets on the Trail

AmericanTrails.org - Full Article

This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail.

by Lora Goerlich

Yellowjackets – the aggressive wasps that emerge from ground or cavity nests ready to do battle at the slightest provocation. From August until the first frost, these battle-minded buggers are to be feared. Not only do they sting multiple times, but as they sting, they release a pheromone trail for their associates, leading straight to the target. Their more docile, relatives include honey and bumble bees, paper and mud dauber wasps, hornets and caricature mascots. Honey and bumble bees sport fuzzy bodies; they don’t typically attack unless they are heavily provoked. Hornets, mud dauber and paper wasps commonly build visible nests among tree branches or on building structures, they are easy to avoid. Clear identification is vital to the survival of the more passive pollinators whose population numbers are dwindling.

On the trail, lead riders unknowingly stir up trouble as their horse’s hooves hit the ground near buried hives creating a wake of mayhem for the riders in the rear...

Read more here:
https://www.americantrails.org/resources/yellowjackets

Friday, November 22, 2019

Breaking Down the $5b to Solve the US Wild Horse Problem

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has said it will take $5 billion and 15 years to control the wild horse population in the western US.


October 28, 2019

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, has said it will take five billion dollars and 15 years control the overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands in the western United States. The current population of 88,000 mustangs and burros, the majority of which reside in Nevada, needs to be reduced to 27,000 ‒ a number the over-grazed ranges can reasonably sustain.

To kickstart the initiative, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million in September to support the implementation of a comprehensive package of humane and non-lethal management strategies for wild horses and burros on federal range lands. The effort is supported by a new coalition of animal welfare advocates and ranchers including the Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation...

Read more here:
https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/breaking-5b-solve-us-wild-horse-problem/

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Appaloosa horses gave Nez Percé advantage over US cavalry

Two Nez Percé men with an Appaloosa c. 1895
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By JUSTIN SMITH For Farm & Ranch
November 20 2019

One of the reasons the Nez Percé warriors were so effective against the US cavalry during the legendary Nez Percé war lead by Chief Joseph was their distinctive horse, the Appaloosa. Named after the Palouse River, it was selectively bred by the Nez Percé for speed and endurance. Their beauty was a happy side effect of the breeding program.

While the US Army horses were primarily drawn from stock in the East and were ill-fit for the environment, the horses used by Native Americans in the West largely came from the Spanish horses brought into Mexico with partial lineages going back to Arabia. In the mid-17th century large Spanish herds were used around Santa Fe and Taos. The Spaniards attempted to keep the horses from the Native Americans, but escaped Indian slaves and stolen horses resulted in Apache and Navajo acquiring horses rapidly and putting their new equestrian skills to masterful use...

Read more here:
https://www.postregister.com/farmandranch/livestock/horses/appaloosa-horses-gave-nez-perc-advantage-over-us-cavalry/article_219fd99f-ad17-57b0-9bda-5b69d112e8c9.html

Home Off the Range: What the $35 Million Population Control Plan Means for America’s Wild Horses

HorseNetwork.com - Full Article

November 2 2019
MARINA CALLAHAN

Wild horses are an iconic feature of the American West, but now on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, their future as a symbol of freedom on the frontier is threatened.
On September 23rd, the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill that includes a budget increase of $35 million for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program.

It’s a contentious population control plan, involving large scale helicopter roundups and fertility management, that has animal welfare groups in fierce division. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) told the Associated Press it was a historic win for horses while critics such as Animal Wellness Action call it a “poorly disguised path to slaughter...”

Read more here:
https://horsenetwork.com/2019/10/home-off-the-range-what-the-35-million-population-control-plan-means-for-americas-wild-horses/?utm_source=MASTER&utm_campaign=cba886c6ff-HNS_2019_11_2_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5694ca6b0c-cba886c6ff-84641243&goal=0_5694ca6b0c-cba886c6ff-84641243&mc_cid=cba886c6ff&mc_eid=b3c9897994

Monday, November 18, 2019

I Bought a Lame Horse: What Are My Legal Options?

EquineLegalSoutions.com - Full Article

At Equine Legal Solutions, unhappy horse buyers contact us for legal advice, telling us, “I bought a horse – it seemed sound when I tried it out, but now that I have it at home IT IS LAME!! Can you help me??” Has this happened to YOU? If so, here is what we need to know to help determine what your legal options are.

Did You Have a Pre-Purchase Exam?

If the buyer had a pre-purchase examination (PPE), the veterinarian who performed the exam assessed the horse’s overall physical condition, which provides valuable data about its condition on the day of the exam. The buyer should have received a written report from the veterinarian, as well as copies of any diagnostic imaging and/or laboratory tests (such as drug screening) that were included in the exam. If the buyer did not receive these records, they should call the clinic and ask for copies. Because the buyer paid for the exam, the buyer owns the exam records, and in most states, the seller cannot obtain copies without the buyer’s permission. PPE reports vary greatly in formatting and content, but the most informative reports are very detailed and explain exactly what the veterinarian examined and what her findings were. Some PPE reports even include photos and/or video of any notable findings.

What the pre-purchase examination report says is critical...

Read more here:
https://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/I-bought-a-lame-horse.html

Sunday, November 17, 2019

BLM’s Attempts to Solve the U.S. Wild Horse Problem

HorseSport.com - Full Article

What’s the US Bureau of Land Management’s plan to reduce the population of wild mustangs and burros to a number the over-grazed ranges can sustain?

By: Horse Media Group | 3 weeks ago

UPDATE:

After repeated requests, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was unable to justify the originally quoted $5 billion cost to manage the wild mustangs and burros. As per publicly available information, BLM is currently spending $80 million on housing and caring for the horses and burros. A further $35 million has been requested, which could bring the total funding to $115 million per year, and $1.7 billion over 15 years.

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, has said it will take $5 billion dollars and 15 years to control the overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands in the western United States. The current population of 88,000 mustangs and burros, the majority of which reside in Nevada, needs to be reduced to 27,000 ‒ a number the over-grazed ranges can reasonably sustain.

To kickstart the initiative, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million in September to support the implementation of a comprehensive package of humane and non-lethal management strategies for wild horses and burros on federal range lands. The effort is supported by a new coalition of animal welfare advocates and ranchers including the Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The funds are part of a $35.8 billion Interior Department appropriation bill which provides funding to address National Park maintenance backlogs and environmental and conservation programs, although it is not known when the full Senate will vote on the measure. The monies would be used to pay for additional staff to carry out roundups in densely-populated, for fertility control measures, and to move horses currently in short-term holding pens to larger, more humane pastures...

Read more at:
https://horsesport.com/horse-news/breaking-5b-solve-us-wild-horse-problem/

Horse Poop Powers Helsinki International Horse Show

HorseSport.com - Full Article

For the fifth year in-a-row, all the electricity used at the Helsinki International Horse Show was generated entirely from horse manure.

By: Horse Sport Ireland | 3 weeks ago

All the electricity used at the Helsinki International Horse Show, which hosted yesterday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Show Jumping qualifier, was generated with horse manure. Over 150 megawatt hours of energy was created from the 100 tons of manure collected from competing horses during the four-day event in the Finnish capital.

Ireland was represented at the event by Tipperary’s Denis Lynch, Clare’s Eoin McMahon and Derry’s David Simpson with all of their competing horses contributing towards the unique ‘Horse Powered’ energy output.

The manure-to-energy system developed by Fortum, an international company specialising in electricity generation, heat production and waste recycling, met all the equestrian event’s electricity needs, including lighting, scoreboards and cell phone charging stations. The surplus energy that was generated went back into the national grid to heat homes in the Helsinki area.

What started off as a desk project in 2014 is now a resounding endorsement of the power of horse manure as a reliable source of renewable energy, not just at equestrian competitions but also for local communities...

Read more here:
https://horsesport.com/horse-news/horse-poop-powers-helsinki-international-horse-show/

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Qatar: Inside the 'Hollywood' of horses, Al Shaqab is the essence of equine luxury

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By Matt Majendie, for CNN
Updated 5:27 AM ET, Mon November 11, 2019

(CNN)It has been described as the "Hollywood" of horses, and it's certainly a winner in the glamor stakes. But Qatar's Al Shaqab is more of a seven-star equine resort than a make-believe movie set.

The multi-million-dollar center on the outskirts of the capital Doha is Qatar's luxury launchpad into equine excellence, from elite show jumpers to Arabian show horses and endurance racers. It is also helping to spawn the highly successful thoroughbred horse racing operation now predominantly based in France under the same name.

The stunning complex has been built in the shape of a horseshoe around an old Ottoman stable and fort. It serves to promote both Qatar's rich heritage with Arabian horses, and set the "highest standards in horse welfare, breeding, equine education and research," according to its website.

The facilities include a breeding center and stabling for more than 400 horses, a state-of-the-art equine hospital, indoor and outdoor performance arenas as well as an air-conditioned hydrotherapy and exercise unit complete with walking carousel, a circular swimming pool akin to a lazy river and a therapeutic spray bath like an equine Jacuzzi. Huge heat lamps dry the horses after their dips...

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/11/sport/al-shaqab-hollywood-horses/?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20191112.home&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

5 Steps to Prevent Trailer Theft

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Don't leave your rig at a trailhead without taking these proven trailer-theft-prevention steps from our panel of experts and on-the-go trail riders.

AUDREY PAVIAUPDATED:OCT 17, 2019

It's a familiar scenario. You and your horse have been out on the trail for hours, riding up hills, wading in streams, and trotting through gulleys. When the day is nearly over and the two of you are getting tired, you start back to the trailhead. You get to your trailer, untack your horse, load him up, and head home.

Now imagine that same scenario—but when you get back to the trailhead, your trailer is gone! Your truck is still there, but your trailer is nowhere to be found.

If this seems like a horrifying development, it is. Not only are you and your tired and hungry horse stranded, but your valuable trailer and everything in it are in the hands of a thief.

Every year, horse trailers are stolen right off towing vehicles, some from trailheads. In fact, trailheads are a good place for thieves to look for trailers, since they're often in remote areas with no one around to witness the theft...

Read more here:
https://horseandrider.com/western-horse-training-tips/prevent-horse-trailer-theft?utm_source=Horse&RiderNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9cddYWEShMh8E9fdyg0BIQRh895AwXn3-y5eRRNqnJlZHy7_p-ZyXdzgLgi33Ew4ifh670vzRJ_C4wk_gA4cM7kpvsiQ&_hsmi=79264203

Monday, November 11, 2019

How to Get a Horse’s Coat to Dapple

Thehorse.com - Full Article

A dappled coat has long been a sign of optimum equine health and good nutrition, but the reality behind dappling is more complicated. Our equine nutritionist offers advice on bringing out the bloom in your horse’s coat.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Nov 4, 2019

Q.Earlier this year I purchased a mare who had a dull coat and needed to gain weight. After several months she now looks amazing and has developed beautiful dapples. I’ve always heard dapples are related to diet, specifically fat. However, I don’t feed her that differently than my other horses, and they don’t have dapples. Why do some horses get dapples and some don’t?

A.Dapples on nongray horses are interesting. These irregular spots where the coat appears as a slightly different shade are seen on some horses but not others. Horses might only get them at certain times of the year. In the winter some horses have them, but when you clip them the dapples disappear. And as you have observed, dapples often appear to be condition-dependent. Traditionally, they are thought to be a sign of good health, so that would somewhat explain the condition connection...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/180950/how-to-get-a-horses-coat-to-dapple/?utm_medium=Reader+Favorites+enews&utm_source=Newsletter

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Arthur B. King, DVM Breaks Down the Endurance Vet Check

Equestrian.ca - Full Article

6 November 2019

An endurance race can last from sunup to sundown, with horses traveling up to 160km in a single day. Amongst the throng of horses, athletes, grooms and crew members constantly milling about race headquarters, there’s one figure who’s always easy to find in the crowd: the veterinarian.

In addition to a pre- and post-inspection, FEI endurance races include at least one compulsory hold of 40 minutes with an additional vet check. Arthur B. King, DVM of Fort Erie, ON, is an FEI 3* Endurance Official Veterinarian and 3* Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, and he took us through what goes on behind the scenes to keep horses healthy throughout the day of competition.

Read on to get the inside scoop from Arthur!

Equestrian Canada: What are the components of an endurance vet check?

Arthur King: It’s very simple, really. The main thing is to make sure the horse is reasonably sound. It’s just like marathon runners: If you watch them, a lot of them have odd ways of going and part of it is the way they’re put together – confirmation as opposed to an unsoundness that’s painful. But if the horse has a consistent gate aberration, something abnormal that they didn’t start with, then it gets eliminated.

The other important thing is to make sure that the horse is metabolically stable, so if it’s eating alright and that its heart rate is coming down. Obviously, horses have a high heart rate when they’re on the trail, but when they come into the vet check they should recover down to 64bpm in a matter of minutes and probably 48bpm or less by the time they’re going out on the trail again...

Read more here:
https://www.equestrian.ca/news/Bdc9aJdp5nkNwHLA8/arthur-b-king-dvm-breaks-down-the

Friday, November 01, 2019

Animal Therapy in an Israeli-Arab Town: No Horsing Around

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Riding at the first therapeutic school in an Arab town

BY DIANA BLETTER
November 1 2019

n a recent afternoon, a herd of cattle ambled across a field while inside a riding area, several children – including those with various physical and mental challenges – rode horses at the first therapeutic riding school in an Israeli-Arab town.

The Hurodj Horse Farm in Jadeidi-Makr, a few kilometers east of Acre in the Western Galilee, is a family-run business, owned and operated by Muhammad Hudroj and his wife, Gihan. The family opened the horse farm in 1999 and introduced the therapeutic riding program 10 years later. The program, which is covered by the National Health Insurance system, draws both Jewish and Arab children from the surrounding areas – some who come for therapeutic riding, and others who train for competitions and horse shows.

Hudroj, 44, has been fascinated by horses since he was a young boy growing up in Acre. His father refused to buy him a horse, but a cousin granted Hudroj’s wish and gifted him his first horse.

Hudroj loved riding his horse so much that he sometimes skipped school to go to horse races and shows. He eventually become a top champion of riding Arabian horses in Israel.

In a recent interview at his horse farm, Hudroj said there was never a time that he was not with a horse. He still rides and trains with one of his sons, 13-year-old Tarik, for endurance riding – a trek in which riders travel 80 kilometers on horseback. Hudroj hopes that they will soon go to Europe to do a 160-km. endurance ride...

Read more here:
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/No-horsing-around-606453

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Preparing a Truck for Towing

Trailmeister.com - Full Article

September 29, 2019

PREPARING A TRUCK FOR TOWING – Setting up a new truck for safe trailer towing

I got a new to me truck! She’s a 2019 Ford F450, diesel, 4×4 crew cab, long bed, and I’m finding out that much of the equipment from my old truck (2008 Ford F350, diesel, short bed) doesn’t swap over to the new vehicle. Even with all the factory installed towing options I’ve learned that there’s a lot more to preparing a truck for towing than pulling out of the dealership and hitching up. My animals are depending upon me getting this right for the many trips we have planned!

My initial Challenges:

New truck came with a factory gooseneck package. The ball may be removable (via a nasty greasy latch on top of the ball) but neither it nor the factory safety chain loops inspired confidence.

• With the trailer attached I cannot open the tailgate. It hits the trailer jack’s hydraulic pump housing. This was not a problem before but the new tailgate is a fraction taller than the old. I’d like to be able to drop the tailgate to load and unload hay and water when still connected to the trailer.
• The new truck’s rear bumper pull hitch receiver is much larger than that on the old truck. (3 inch square vs 2 inch).

What I thought were 3 easy questions soon turned into a rabbit hole of new queries and concerns, and the thought of messing it up was keeping me up at night. I’m not a truck guy, and have never been mechanically inclined, so I started searching for answers from experts. Real experts in the field, not the keyboard warriors you find across the internet. My investigations led me to Beth Barlow of B&W Trailer Hitches in Kansas. Beth was able to help me sort through the most important considerations for my situation...

Read more here:
https://www.trailmeister.com/preparing-a-truck-for-towing/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=October+2019+general

Friday, October 18, 2019

Horse Manure on the Trails: Should we do something?

ELCR.org - Full Article

Horses have been a critical part of human progress from the early days of our history. They have carried men and supplies in times of war and peace, pulled the plows of farmers’ fields and were the main source of transportation during the settlement of the American west. Horses were the backbone of farms, the transportation to town for supplies and social activities, and a family necessity. Historically, many trails were created by horses ridden by people who needed to get from point A to point B. Today those trails are a critical part of recreation in open spaces and parks. Over the decades, the role of horses in daily life greatly diminished in both importance and numbers. As a result, horses are little understood by modern community members, especially trail users.

The modern horse is generally confined to a barn or small (5 acres or less) pasture area. They are mostly used for pleasure riding, showing, racing and the like. A few modern horses are working horses, and most of those are used in ranching and the production and management of other livestock. Many horses retire from ‘work careers’ to become pleasure and trail horses.

The Rise of Trail User Conflicts

A decrease in the number of boarding stables in or near urban areas, and community planning and zoning ordinances that place farms further away from urban areas place the typical trail user, or for that matter, equine enthusiast, far from any horse facility. Thislack of accessto horses creates a situation where many trail users have no experience with them. The number of horses on the trails has rapidly diminished in the last 100 years while the number of hikers and bike riders has increased exponentially. This has created the potential for conflict between the user groups. For example, hikers and equestrians don’t like fast bikes, mountain bikers want the challenge of single-track trails, and everyone wants to be out in open space enjoying the day. And no one wants to be told that they can’t be there, or they aren’t welcome...

Read more here:
https://elcr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Horse-Manure-on-the-Trails-by-Lyndall-Erb2-2019-002.pdf

Heart Horses - Ashley Wingert

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September 27, 2019 / Ashley Wingert

I think anyone who has been around horses for any length of time has heard the term “heart horse.” That special horse with whom you share a special bond, an almost indescribable feeling you get when you’re around them.

I found the above video yesterday, courtesy of my Facebook feed, and I couldn’t help but tear up as I watched it. I love some of the descriptions they use…how they are “…the horse that brings out the best in you…not only teaches you to be a better rider, but a better person.”

I’d never quite heard it put into words that way, but I think that describes it really well. I can say I’ve learned something from every horse I’ve ridden, and there are very few times I’ve ever regretted climbing into the saddle…but those heart horses…they’re something special.

I got very, very lucky: my first horse is one of my heart horses. Not too many people are that fortunate right off the bat to end up with a lifetime heart horse that they keep for a couple decades and counting. Granted, I spent several years of riding lesson horses before I ever got Mimi, but some of those lesson horses did their best to try to dissuade a small, horse-crazy child from further pursuing her passion...

Read more here:
https://gopony.me/2019/09/27/heart-horses/

Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘Havoc’ From Wild Horses Is Top Issue for Trump Lands Chief

News.bloombergenvironment.com - Full Article

October 11 2019
by Emily C. Dooley

• More than 88,000 wild horses, burros represent ‘existential threat’ to land
• William Perry Pendley also overseeing BLM move to Colorado from Washington, D.C.

The biggest challenge facing public lands is the more than 88,000 free-roaming wild horses and burros on nearly 27 million acres of Bureau of Land Management property, a top Trump administration official said Oct. 11.

Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley said the destruction and devastation created by the descendants of animals used by Spanish explorers, the U.S. cavalry, and others costs the federal government millions of dollars each year.

He called the horses and burros “an existential threat to these lands.”

Pendley spoke as part of a panel on public lands during the Society of Environmental Journalists annual meeting in Fort Collins, Colo. He replaced Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who had a scheduling conflict, during a morning session.

Other panelists said climate change was the biggest threat, but Pendley said he was most concerned by roaming animals, which the agency routinely auctions off. More than 11,000 horses and burros were removed in 2018...

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https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/drilling-ban-on-federal-lands-insane-trump-land-head-says

Monday, October 14, 2019

Bicyclist Rides Entire Pony Express Trail Alone

Fox40.com - Full Article

POSTED 11:09 AM, OCTOBER 13, 2019, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS,

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jan Bennett endured food poisoning, hail and near misses with tornado weather on her solo bicycle ride across the entire 2,220-mile (3,572-kilometer) Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.

The former cycling road racer from Dallas, who made the trip as part of her effort to map out a bike-packing route along the historic trail knew it wouldn’t be easy.

But she wasn’t fully prepared for her toughest challenge yet in a remote piece of terrain in northern Nevada, where the climb was too steep and rough to ride and water was scarce.

More than 1,700 miles (2,735 kilometers) into the ride out of Missouri last year, she realized just how alone she was in a canyon north of Eureka.

“It was a little bit of a gut check,” Bennett told the Reno Gazette Journal in a recent interview.

“It is in the middle of a really remote section of route,” she said. “I had the moment of, ‘If something happens out here, I am kind of screwed’.”

As she slowly pushed her bike up the steep incline, she remembered an old piece of advice about endurance riding.

“If you have to cry, cry while you are moving,” Bennett said. “If you cry on the side of the road you still have to get up and cover that area...”

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https://fox40.com/2019/10/13/bicyclist-rides-entire-pony-express-trail-alone/

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Nick Bondarev Introduces Us to the Eagle Hunters of Mongolia

ThePhoblographer.com - Story and photos

09. Oct. 2019

One of the most fascinating topics to explore in documentary photography is how people have retained their traditional culture and way of life. Tribes and ethnic groups are perfect for these, as we’ve previously seen in projects that covered the Toda Tribe of the Nilgiris, the Brokpa Tribe of the Himalayas, the Ladakh locals of India, and the Tengger group of Java, Indonesia. This time, we take a peek into the life of the Kazakh eagle hunters of Mongolia, who keep this fascinating, age-old practice alive to this day.

According to a BBC travel story, the art of berkutchi has been around for 6,000 years, among the best-known practitioners being Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan who both kept thousands of hunting birds. The ethnic Kazakhs of today continue to hunt with the aid of eagles as part of their way of life, which is very different and detached from the modern world. They continue to tame and train eagles for hunting on horseback and live off the grid in portable round tents called gers..

More photos and story here:
https://www.thephoblographer.com/2019/10/09/nick-bondarev-introduces-us-to-the-eagle-hunters-of-mongolia/

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

New Equestrian Podcast Released

September 28 2019

The Equestrian Pulse Podcast is a new show from equestrian bloggers discussing current topics in the horse world. This podcast was founded by three international bloggers Heather Wallace of The Timid Rider (USA), Andrea Parker of The Sand Arena Ballerina (AUS) and Louise Dando of In Due Horse (UK/FRA) to discuss a wide variety of topics including confidence, horsemanship, health, and trending events important to horse lovers across all disciplines.

Heather Wallace of The Timid Rider is a returning adult equestrian, equine sports massage therapist, and author writing about confidence in and out of the saddle. Andrea Parker of The Sand Arena Ballerina is a dressage rider and dietician based in Queensland, Australia. Louise Dando writes In Due Horse, a horse girl’s lifestyle blog. She is a Brit now based in France talking about all things horsey.

Upcoming episodes include an interview with Raquel Lynn of Horses & Heels and Stable Style, Challenging Yourself in and Out of the Saddle, Beginning Clicker Training, Tips on Moving to a New Barn, and much more.

Are you interested in being interviewed? Please complete the form and you may be contacted to appear on the podcast. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well as product reviews and sponsored blog posts. Please inquire for details to equestrianpulse@gmail.com.


About the Equestrian Pulse Podcast

The Equestrian Pulse Podcast takes the pulse of the global equestrian community. A podcast by international bloggers Heather Wallace (The Timid Rider), Andrea Parker (The Sand Arena Ballerina), and Louise Dando (In Due Horse) to discuss and interview brands and equestrians regarding nutrition and fitness, trends, horsemanship, and confidence amongst all disciplines. Listen on Buzzsprout, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. Follow us on Instagram @equestrianpulse and Facebook @equestrianpulsepodcast.

The battle over wild horses

washingtonpost.com - Full Article

Ranchers and animal advocates finally made peace. But critics call it a betrayal.

By Karin Brulliard
September 18, 2019

ELKO COUNTY, Nev. — Wild horses may be symbols of the wide-open American West, but J.J. Goicoechea watched them warily. Under a bright desert sky, about 20 mustangs munched on the crested wheatgrass meant for the Angus cattle he grazes here on public land.

“You’ve got to look up to them. They’re tough,” the fourth-generation rancher said, leaning against his dusty red truck. “But if we turn a blind eye, in five years there will be 100 horses here, and it won’t look as good.”

Goicoechea has long been on one side of the battle over wild horses and burros, an issue so contentious that Congress, animal advocates, conservationists, ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have long been in a stalemate. Everyone agrees the situation is untenable: The government says three times more equines roam public land than the fragile terrain can handle. To address this, the BLM, which is charged with managing most of the animals, periodically rounds up horses and now has nearly 50,000 in holding. The agency says caring for the warehoused animals devours most of its wild horse budget, leaving little for other approaches.

Horse advocates call the roundups cruel, contend that millions of cattle do vastly more damage to public lands than thousands of horses, and insist mustangs must never be killed. Ranchers and some environmentalists view the horses as feral pests that damage ecosystems, compete for resources with cattle and wildlife and should be culled or sold...

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/18/wild-horses-have-long-kicked-up-controversy-now-foes-say-they-have-solution/?arc404=true&utm_campaign=26d6e1c183-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_19_03_28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=1500%20CWP%20List%20Daily%20Clips%20and%20Updates