Story Via: Laurie Cerny
Doing some simple projects before the snow flies can make horse chores a lot easier during the winter.
1. Check all barn doors and windows to make sure they close properly. Replace anything that’s broken from windows to door latches. Just as important is to make sure that the door tracks are cleaned out. You’ll want ample clearance to allow for snow, ice, and even for the expansion of frozen ground.
Jillian Michaels, Emmylou Harris, Georgina Bloomberg Urge Support for Federal Legislation to Protect Horses from Abuse
Story Via: Stephanie Twining
Jillian Michaels, Emmylou Harris, Georgina Bloomberg and a cast of noted horse-loving celebrities and horse industry professionals have thrown their support behind recently introduced federal legislation, H.R. 6388, the Horse Protection Act Amendments of 2012. The bill will significantly strengthen the Horse Protection Act, originally passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to gaited horses in order to produce an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions.
Story Via Tim Hayes
Having a good relationship with your horse and being successful in any discipline, whether it’s Jumping, Trail Riding or Dressage requires leadership. To ride in true harmony without resistance a rider must become a respected and trusted leader for his horse. Many people are taught that to become the leader they need to intimidate their horse - “Show the horse who’s boss!” This is what I refer to as “Traditional Horsemanship”.
Alternatively “Natural Horsemanship” teaches us that to become the leader we must learn how to dominate our horse. This is how horses control each other naturally whether it’s the stallion of the herd or the mother of a foal. The difference and the results it produces are remarkable.
Story Via: Missy Hodgin
October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and the 4-H Horse Club of Clay County, TX is celebrating it in a fun way – they produced a video to show how much fun 4-H can be. The video received first place at the State Fair of Texas 2012 “Advocates in Agriculture” Video Contest.
Story Via: The USEF Dressage Department
Anne Gribbons, the Technical Advisor to the U.S. Dressage Team since December 2009, has informed the USEF she does not wish to be considered for the position after her contract expires November 30, 2012.
"It has been a privilege and my pleasure to spend the past three years working with the greatest of our American dressage athletes," stated Gribbons. "I wish them all the best of luck and much success in the future."