Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Study: Oral Stem Cells Might Help Horses’ Wounds Heal - Full Article

Body and leg wounds treated promptly with MSCs originating in the mouth heal better than untreated wounds.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | May 20, 2022

Scientists might have just discovered a very “cheeky” solution to equine skin wounds: oral stem cells.

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) harvested from the mouth of one donor horse led to improved healing of other horses’ open body and leg wounds. The researchers’ findings suggest MSCs originating in the mouth might spur cellular changes that improve the way equine skin heals, said Olivier Lepage, DVM, PhD, of the Group for Medical and Rehabilitation Research in Sport Horses (GREMERES), part of the Centre for Equine Health at the National Veterinary School at Lyon – VetAgro Sup, in Marcy l’Etoile, France.

Skin wounds in horses—especially on the lower legs—are notoriously difficult and time-consuming to heal, Lepage said. They can create stubborn biofilms that further delay healing, and can close with tough layers of exuberant granulation tissue—also known as proud flesh—that is not only unsightly but also less stretchy than normal skin...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Equine Activity Statutes - Full Article

As of 2022, only three states, California, Maryland and New York, do not have equine activity statutes (though New York has a “safety in agricultural tourism act” that defines certain responsibilities for visitors to agricultural facilities). Do equine activity statutes offer real protection for horse people? If so, what protection do they provide, and are there any traps for the unwary?

What Are Equine Activity Statutes?

Equine activity statutes are laws designed to limit liability for injuries and deaths connected with horse-related activities. The principle of equine activity statutes is a long-standing legal doctrine, “assumption of the risk.” A person assumes the risk of participating in an activity if they have full knowledge of the risks involved and decide to participate anyway. Assumption of the risk is often a successful legal defense in horse accident cases, even in states without equine activity statutes.

How Can Equine Activity Statutes Benefit Me?

Equine activity statutes have two key benefits...

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ride the Pony Express Trail - Full Article

The Pony Express National Historic Trail provides a chance to experience a piece of romanticized American history.

By Stacey McKenna
May 4 2022

From April 1860 to October 1861, hundreds of young men rode relays between Sacramento, Calif., and St. Joseph, Mo., delivering letters for along the Pony Express Trail. Though short-lived, the system was the first truly rapid mail service to cross the Rocky Mountains and connect communities out west with those east of the Missouri River.

Today, tourists can cycle, hike, drive, and ride parts of the more than 1,800-mile route, and intrepid equestrians can replay the adventure on their own mounts by joining the National Pony Express Association’s annual Re-Ride...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Going the Distance: How Emirati Endurance Rider Fatima Al Harthi Is Paving The Way For Women In Sports - Full Story

by Jessica Michault
May 18, 2022

She’s giving a new face to the century-old sport of endurance riding

The first thing you notice about 30-year-old Fatima Al Harthi is her smile. It lights up her face. And she smiles quite a lot when she talks about her love of horses and her passion for endurance riding. The second thing you notice about Fatima? Her drive. As one of the first female professional endurance riders to represent the UAE, she has doggedly honed her craft since the tender age of 16. Today top endurance horse owners in the region turn to this Emirati native to ride their most challenging steeds.

It’s no wonder then that Canon Middle East recently tapped Fatima as one of its 2022 Trailblazer honorees, alongside two other groundbreaking individuals, Dubai-based Swiss watchmaker Maximilian Büsser and interior designer Laila Al Yousuf. “It was really such a happy moment when I found out about it,” admits Fatima. “Also I liked that they picked me because they thought I could inspire other women,” she adds.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Genetic Elements May Hold Secret of Success in Endurance Horses - Full Article

March 23, 2022
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Small units of genetic material called circulating microRNAs (ci-miRNA) may prove a valuable tool in the design of training programs for athletic horses, ultimately producing fitter, healthier horses that are more likely to complete endurance competitions.

Over the last several years, endurance competitions have increased dramatically in popularity. Horses participating in long-distance events are susceptible to dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, and heat stress, all of which may be life-threatening if not addressed. Clinically, these events can lead to myopathies, including tying-up, diaphragmatic flutter (thumps), and cardiac arrhythmias. Lameness may also develop during a competition, prompting elimination...

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Thursday, May 05, 2022

The Enduring Arabian

Steve Bradley photo - Full Article

This ancient breed has been influential on others while becoming a legend in its own right.

By Audrey Pavia
May 5 2022

When it comes to equine history, many believe you can’t go further back than the Arabian horse.

For centuries, the ancestors of today’s Arabians were carefully bred by the Bedouin tribes of the Sahara Desert. Used for war and for traveling long distances, these horses lived in close quarters with their nomadic keepers, sharing their tents on cold nights and developing deep bonds.

Life in the harsh desert meant only the strongest of these horses survived. The results were the development of a breed with a large lung capacity and great endurance that can travel for miles without stopping, with the heart and spirit to match.

In more recent times, Arabian horses have contributed their ancient genes to help create and refine other breeds. The Thoroughbred, Andalusian, Welsh Pony and American Quarter Horse are just a few of the breeds that owe their influence to the Arabian horse. An Arabian Horse Ambassador

What does it mean to live with a horse whose heritage is considered the oldest and purest of all of the breeds? Husband-and-wife team Lee Pearce and Naomi Preston of Baker City, Ore., know the answer...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Road Dog Podcast: Shannon Weil Rides Us Through the History of Western States 100

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Apr 25, 2022

“We knew how to set up a course you know. We knew how to go out and mark a trail. We knew how to do that from horses. So when we were given the reigns to take the run and launch it on our own, we called on all our endurance riding friends.”

Shannon Weil is the author of Strike Along Trot and historian on the Western States Trail. Hear about her endurance horse riding, learn about the history of the Tevis Cup, the history of the Western States 100 Endurance Run, how the run buckle came into existence, and the birth of the Western States Trail museum.


Nutrition Tips To Prevent Endurance Horses From ‘Tying Up’ - Full Article

Reduce sporadic episodes of exertional rhabdomyolysis by providing plenty of forage and meeting these unique equine athletes’ nutrient requirements.

Posted by Jennifer Madera, DVM | Apr 25, 2022

The endurance horse is a distance athlete with high nutritional demands to support his work. Competitors can cover 25 to 100 miles in a single day. One health risk endurance can pose is exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) or “tying-up.” This is a condition where a horse experiences some degree of muscle stiffness usually shortly after starting exercise. It might progress to severe muscle damage or necrosis, and renal (kidney) failure secondary to myoglobinuria, which is the presence of the broken-down muscle protein in urine.

Sporadic ER is a single or rare occurrence due to overwork or other confounding factors such as hot, humid weather. Veterinarians diagnose ER episodes using bloodwork. Chronic ER is a collection of heritable myopathies, including recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER), myofibrillar myopathy (MFM), and polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) types 1 and 2. Veterinarians make definitive diagnoses of these conditions via muscle biopsy. In this article, I’ll provide nutritional recommendations to decrease episodes of sporadic ER. If you’re concerned your horse could be affected by a chronic ER condition, work closely with your veterinarian, who can make a diagnosis and management plan...

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Redwood Rangers rode horseback 125 miles in four days in 1947 - Full Article

April 11, 2022

While most horseback riders travel with a horse trailer hitched to their car, four Sonoma County men in 1947 decided to take a more unconventional path.

They mounted their horses in Guerneville, and after riding 125 miles in four days, they arrived during a downpour of rain in Stockton for the California State Horsemen's Association Convention on Oct. 16.

The quartet were part of the Redwood Rangers Riding and Driving Club, a group based out of Guerneville from the 1940s to the 1970s. The 1947 riders included the club’s president, Jack Luttrell, vice president Leo O’Connors and members Jack Williams and David Grant. Media sometimes referred to them as the “hardy four” or the “four mesquiteers...”

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ride & Tie 50th Annual World Championship in California in July

Location: Cuneo Creek Horse Camp, located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA Date: July 29-30, 2022

Things to Know: In the early 1900s, loggers came to what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park to cut down lofty ancient redwoods for grape stakes and shingles. The founders of Save the Redwoods League thought that was akin to “chopping up a grandfather clock for kindling.” From the acquisition of a single grove in 1921, the League has raised millions of dollars to build and expand this park. Today Humboldt Redwoods spans 53,000 acres, an area almost twice the size of San Francisco. About one third, or 17,000 acres, of the park is old- growth redwood forest—the largest expanse of ancient redwoods left on the planet. The South Fork of the Eel River provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, picnicking, and swimming. More than 100 miles of trails await hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Summer temperatures range from 70s to 90s, with lows in the 50s. Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather. The park receives between 60 and 80 inches of rain per year; the vast majority falls between October and May. Rain in the summer season is unusual, but does occur. In the summer, frequent morning fog usually burns off by noon.

Prizes/Awards: All participants in each race will receive an athletic t-shirt. All long course finishers in the Ride & Tie as well as in the equathon will receive belt buckles. Turtle awards will be presented for each race. Top woman/woman, woman/man, and man/man awards will be given to the first place finishers for each division in the long course Ride & Tie. First, second, and third place awards will be presented to short course Ride & Tie, long and short course equathons. Best condition will be awarded to horse in the long course Ride & Tie. Special awards will be presented to: the team traveling the furthest; oldest team competing, top Pro/Am and Am/Am teams, among others...

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Friday, April 22, 2022

How Horses Heat Up and Cool Down Varies Considerably - Full Article

Measure and understand your horse’s unique exercise heat patterns so you can promote recovery and prevent heat stroke.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Apr 19, 2022

As the planet heats up, so will our equine athletes. Belgian and Australian researchers recently reported that it’s more important than ever to understand how hot horses get during and after exercise, as well as how fast they recover.

“In the last 10 years, we have been alarmed by heat waves due to climate change and global warming,” said Elisabeth-Lidwien (E.J.M.M.) Verdegaal, MVM, DVM, Dipl. RDVS, ECEIM, a Dutch, European, and Australian registered specialist in equine internal medicine, senior lecturer equine medicine, and joint PhD candidate at Ghent University, in Belgium, and the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

“The sudden unexpected increase in hot ambient temperatures results in a significantly increased risk of heat stress because horses have not been able to acclimatize,” she said. “The global warming aspect underlines that we need to be prepared to prevent exertional heat illness...”

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Friday, April 01, 2022

Short course: Preventing lameness in sport horses - full article

April 1, 2022

Canada’s Equine Guelph is offering a new two-week online short course on the care and prevention of injuries in sport horses.

Course instructor Dr Brianne Henderson of Rivendell Equine Veterinary Services will take the course, which runs from April 25 to May 6, 2022.

Participants will learn daily practices that can optimize health and performance and reduce the risk of lameness issues in their athletic horses. Everything from early detection, footing and exercise regime can have an impact on soundness.

Henderson will discuss common lameness issues for horses as well as early detection and prevention. Those attending will also learn about the horse’s musculoskeletal system, how they move, best practices for detecting lameness, assessment tools, management of a lame horse and the latest research...

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Hindgut Happiness: Forages and Their Alternatives - Full Article

Good-quality forages can provide a horse with all the energy he needs, most of his protein requirements, plus many minerals and vitamins.

By: Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Ph.D. | March 23, 2022

Forages are long-stem plants and include pasture, hay (cut and dried plants) and haylage (cut and fermented plants). They typically provide the bulk of the equine diet and for good reason. The horse’s digestive system, with its well-developed cecum and large colon full of microbial organisms – or hindgut – is designed to digest and ferment these high-fibre plants to provide useful nutrients.

The fragile ecosystem of the horse’s hindgut needs a constant influx of fibre and it is well recognized that diets low in fibrous plant material can increase a horse’s risk of digestive upset such as colic. In feral horse populations, and even many domesticated populations, animals will spend up to 70 per cent of their day “foraging” and eating plant material as they meander around their location...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Does Your Horse Need Probiotics? - Full Article

By supplementing horses with the same kind of beneficial microorganisms that colonize their guts, probiotics might help reestablish healthy balances in the gut microbiome without causing harm. Learn more in this article from the September 2021 issue of The Horse.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Sep 27, 2021

If your horse’s gut microbiota is out of whack, microorganism-packed products might get him back on track

Inside the digestive system live millions of microscopic organisms that play vital roles in the horse’s digestive—and general—health. Many of these of bacteria, protozoa, archaea, and fungi help break down food and usher nutrients efficiently into the bloodstream. They play a role in metabolizing fiber, generating energy, and promoting proper intestinal transit.

While scientists still don’t know what makes up the ideal equine gut microbiota, they do know it’s a question of balance. “All these microorganisms live in a kind of symbiotic relationship when they’re in balance,” says Kathleen Crandell, PhD, a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research, in Versailles...

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Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Traveling Mongolia by Horse Cart Podcast - Listen

by utetonia
March 23, 2022

If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Ute is talking with Ruth Cox about her book Exodus, a classic traveler story about her incredible journey through Mongolia with a bunch of hippies, two horses and a cart...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Horse - Ukraine: From Horse Tour Operator to Relief Worker - Listen

by utetonia
March 18, 2022

The Ukraine still tops the news and the war is on-going, soon to enter its fourth week. Millions of people are fleeing the bombings and they bring their animals too if they can. Horses sometimes cannot be taken along as roads and bridges are destroyed and fodder is almost unavailable. In today’s episode I am talking to Pawel Jasinski from Poland who normally operates horse trails in different countries including the Ukraine. Poland shares a long border with Ukraine and is the prime spot to get relief aid into the war-torn country as well as welcoming refugees.

Pawel speaks Ukrainian and has a lot of friends there, bringing groups of riders several times a year. When the war started he decided to do something to help the Ukrainian people. He started a fundraiser and personally drives convoys of aid to the border where it is received by his Ukrainian horse riding partner who makes sure it will be distributed to those in need. In today’s episode he tells us about the Ukraine and his views on the war.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

New York: Riding the local trails for a good cause - Full Article

March 17 2022
By Jacob Fries

During the early period of the Covid pandemic, many sports and hobbies had to be put on hold. However, horseback riding was one activity that could still be done, as it’s inherently socially distanced. Considering how their activities were able to go on uninterrupted by the pandemic, a few riders from the Western New York area decided to put their hobby to good use through their riding group “RiDE,” or Riders Donating Everywhere.

“It started out of a sense of gratitude for our hobby, and the fact that we’re so fortunate to be able to do the things we do,” said RiDE member Lynn Schauer-Bewley from Newfane. “We’re able to ride our horses in our neighborhoods and communities because we have so many people who support us. We just wanted to do something to give back.”

Many of the members had known each other for years through endurance riding. They decided to make donating to charity a regular thing near the beginning of the pandemic after traveling on horseback from Burt to Olcott to deliver homemade masks...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Travel Tips for Your Next Horse Riding Holiday - Listen

by utetonia
March 14, 2022

Holidays are the best time of the year and you want to make sure that you enjoy every single minute of them! As the world is slowly opening up, we are back looking for amazing horse riding opportunities around the world. Today Heather and Ute talk about some important points to consider while choosing and booking your next horse riding adventure.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Gastric Ulcers as a Cause of Poor Performance in Horses - Full Article

Learn how gastric ulcers affect equine performance and the best ways for treating them in actively competing horses.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Mar 4, 2022

Poor performance in horses can result from a single cause or a combination of factors, ranging from injury to illness. When trying to diagnose a medical reason for poor performance, veterinarians should always consider gastric ulcers as a potential problem. This is because these painful lesions are incredibly common in athletic horses. Fortunately, treatment and management methods are quite effective.

Frank M. Andrews, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM (LAIM), LVMA department head, equine committee professor, and director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Baton Rouge, described the association between gastric ulcers and equine performance and how to treat the condition during the 2021 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Nashville, Tennessee...

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Horse Foot Bruises - Full Article

The average horse is more likely to encounter a foot bruise than any other lameness. If you recognize the causes of foot bruises and understand their treatment and prevention, you can stave off discomfort in your horse and perhaps avoid an abscess.

Posted by Tracy Gantz | Feb 15, 2022

Understanding what causes foot bruises and how to treat and possibly prevent them can save your horse from sore feet.

While laminitis and navicular disease pose more dangerous threats to your horse’s feet, the average horse is more likely to encounter a foot bruise than any other lameness. If you recognize the causes of foot bruises and understand their treatment and prevention, you can stave off discomfort in your horse and perhaps avoid an abscess, which is a more serious problem that can develop in a bruised hoof...

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Faced With Scary Objects, Is Your Horse Left- or Right-Brained? - Full Article

Researchers studied which eye horses used to look at new objects. Their findings were unexpected.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Feb 6, 2022

Horses tend to look at scary or surprising things with one eye—but the eye they choose depends on the individual horse.

Previous study results have suggested horses investigate new and scary objects mainly with the left eye and, hence, the right brain. New research by Italian behaviorists, however, has revealed the “unexpected” finding that horses use whichever eye—and brain hemisphere—they prefer on an individual basis when they’re tackling sources of potentially negative emotions...

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Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Can I Tow This Horse Trailer? - Full Article

February 28, 2022
by Robert Eversole

“Can I tow this horse trailer?” It’s a common question that I hear regularly at my horse camping clinics.

Safely towing a horse trailer can be confusing. It seems that there are a million different acronyms to learn and know. GCWR, GAWR, Tow Rating, Payload, and many more. What do all these things mean? Understanding these acronyms and numbers can be confusing without a degree in “Towology.” And, if you get it wrong, you or your horses can get hurt.

Let’s take the mystery out of one of these figures and talk about PAYLOAD Ratings – What it is and how to find yours. Most of us have an idea about towing ratings. But payload is something else entirely. We’ve all heard it – I’ve got a ¾ ton truck, and the dealer says it can tow 21,000 lbs. That’s nice, but what can it carry? You see what you can tow and what you can handle are two different things...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Trailer Maintenance - Full Article & Video

March 5, 2021
by Trailmeister

Horse Trailer Maintenance

Before the riding and camping season gets going full swing, now is a good time for your horse trailer’s yearly safety checks and trailer maintenance service. If you aren’t mechanically savvy, or just not inclined, to do the job yourself a qualified professional can do all the work for you. Just make sure that they know what you want to be examined as the mechanic may not be familiar enough with horse trailers unless you ask for specific tasks...

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Inexpensive Pain Drug Gets a Boost for Treating Horses - Full Article

Researchers found acetaminophen is readily and rapidly absorbed, and most of the horses appeared to feel and move better.

Posted by Betsy Lynch | Feb 2, 2022

Editor’s note: Always consult your veterinarian before giving your horse any pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter drugs.

If a little bit of acetaminophen makes your horse feel better, a little bit more might make him feel a little bit better for a little bit longer. This is welcome news for owners who are managing horses with chronic aches and pains.

Acetaminophen is a cheap and effective over-the-counter pain reliever that provides an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) with undesirable side effects such as gastric ulcers and kidney damage. Researchers confirmed that acetaminophen is safe for horses at a higher dose than tested previously, even when administered for weeks at a time...

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Monday, February 07, 2022

Study: Preload Horses With Electrolytes Before Travel, Exercise - Full article

Horses lose large quantities of sodium, potassium, and chloride, as well as smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium, through their sweat. Supplementation before work might help.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Feb 7, 2022

Horses lose so many electrolytes through their sweat—even when you don’t see them sweating—they risk drawing electrolytes from muscle cells to replace the lost ones. Fortunately, “preloading” horses with electrolytes, by having them consume an electrolyte mixture before travel or exercise, appears to protect them from such deprivation, said a team of Canadian researchers.

More specifically, a 2-gallon dose of a hypotonic electrolyte supplement can help keep fluids in the muscular cells and lead to longer exercise times, while maintaining high sweating rates—meaning the horse’s cooling system is still working as it should, said Michael Lindinger, PhD, president of The Nutraceutical Alliance, in Burlington, Ontario.

Horses lose large quantities of sodium, potassium, and chloride, as well as smaller amounts of magnesium and calcium, through their sweat...

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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Endurance Horse Podcast: Pony Express National Museum

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28 December 2021
Created by: Christina Hyke

Welcome to Episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast.

April 24th of 2021 was the day I turned 50 and I wanted it to be a memorable occasion. So Jim and I loaded up a rented van with two of our sons and our German Shepard and headed out our Wisconsin driveway bound for St. Joseph Missouri as our destination. We were on a mission to visit two museums, one way station and also to present the National Pony Express Museum with the 16 x 20 large wooden plaque engraved with the names of 500 riders in our Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge.

The Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge has been popular with our listeners and the riders of the WARHORSE Endurance Challenges as we help to promote and preserve the Pony Express National Museum. We believe that the Pony Express Museum is a unique part of equine history and one that is deserving of preservation.

We hope you enjoy a stroll down this very unique part of equine history where horses and riders were the main characters in the story.

Without further ado, I bring to you episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast, The Pony Express National Museum.