Day two of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in Allentown, NJ, saw the completion of CCI3* dressage and the start of CIC3* dressage. After a sunny day of competition, Australian rider Ryan Wood sits atop the CCI3* leaderboard with Powell on a 43.6. “He did a really solid test,” Wood said. “He is a big, fancy-moving horse and didn’t have any mistakes. There were a couple places where it could have been a little more polished, but I am pretty happy with him.”
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By Karen Elizabeth Baril
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True story: Karen walked out to the field gate to let her horses in for their evening feed. Her heart skipped a beat when she noticed her horses were not waiting for her at the gate. That was odd; they were always at the gate for dinner. She called out, trying not to panic, but…nothing. Scanning the fence line, she noticed a broken top rail. As she walked closer, she saw clumps of tail hair snagged in the fence, trampled earth, and three sets of hoof prints heading towards the county road. All three of her horses were loose and she had no way of knowing how long they’d been gone.
True story: Rebecca watched in horror as her mare spooked and charged straight into the fence line. “My mare crashed through the oak boards as if they were kindling,” says Rebecca.
True story: Dave’s Haflinger horse is a solid, reliable trail horse. They’ve logged many miles over the years, but at the start of last year’s trail season, a splinter from his wood fence left a deep laceration in Mighty’s eye. A month of costly veterinary visits preserved Mighty’s eyesight, but the horse suffered painful treatments, and as Dave points out, they missed several weeks of perfect riding weather.
The risk of injury is bad enough, but as Debbie Disbrow, president of RAMM Horse Fencing & Stalls, points out, there’s another equally ominous threat; liability if your loose horse should cause an accident.
“Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society,” says Debbie, who has served as a fence expert on numerous court cases involving loose horses. Debbie and her husband Mike are leading experts in the horse-fencing industry. They’ve been researching safer, stronger, smarter fence choices for more than 26 years and are the authors of numerous articles on the subject. They’re always happy to share their expertise with horse owners.
“The traditional three or four rail oak board fence is what many of us desire when planning our fencing,” says Debbie, “and at first glance it seems like the best option. But oak board, though highly visible, requires more ongoing maintenance than any other fencing. Plus, it’s prone to splintering, leaves jagged edges when broken, and is subject to damage from horses who like to chew or crib on wood. We’re fortunate to have safer choices today.”
Be forewarned: this is an insanely narcissistic post. But if you’ve ever wondered what the editors of Equine Journal do here in the office, and in their spare time, this will give you a good idea (although I can’t speak for the other ladies on staff here)!
When I picked the name of this blog, I wanted it to encompass all facets of my life, because although I have been, and always will be, completely and utterly in love with horses (husband, move over!). Unfortunately, there is not enough time in the day for me to do my work, spend time with my family, and go to the barn every day after work. Sometimes people are shocked to hear that I work for an equine publication, but don’t own a horse. It’s hard enough getting time in to walk my dogs! However, when I finally do buy my own horse, I can promise that I will be going to visit him/her every day after leaving the office.
So my current situation involves trail riding on a very leisurely level (no riding lessons or showing necessary), which helps me keep horses as an affordable and attainable part of my lifestyle, yet still enjoy the other activities that keep me going in life as well, when I’m not focusing on Equine Journal (this baby gets a whole lot of my attention!).
To give you a good idea of how I spend my time at EJ, I’ll break it down by sample weekday and then sample weekend (future post to come!) based on EJ’s busiest time of the month and year, which is, of course, press time, and show season:
What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
Competition wrapped up at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Finals on Sunday, May 8. Western riders earned tri-color ribbons to finish the season with a bang.