Young horse trainer learns from own injuries

A young horse trainer shares his story about coming back from life-threatening injuries with appreciation for what he loves and is still able to do.  I’m Julie Harker with Hoofbeat on Brownfield.  Meet Zane Volkmannn of New Franklin, Missouri, a sophomore majoring in Equine Ranch Management at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College.

HOOFBEAT – Horse trainer Zane Volkmann (3:00 mp3)

Using horses for physical rehabilitation

People with physical handicaps need all the help they can get to improve or to recover.  Horses are being used to do just that and it’s being proven to work.  K.C. Henry is executive director of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.  She tells Brownfield the foundation funds research into how horses can help with rehabilitation.  Among the eight research projects completed is one to find whether young people with cerebral palsy improve their stability by therapeutically riding horses.  The organization is constantly looking for support and for volunteers.

AUDIO: KC Henry (3 min. MP3)

Introducing more children to the world of horses

“The world’s most revolutionary effort to introduce children to the wonderful world of horses.”

That’s how Todd Branson, director of youth development with the American Quarter Horse Association, describes Take Me Riding, a new all-breeds “edutainment experience” for children ages 5 to 9 found online at

Brownfield visited with Branson about this new initiative.

AUDIO: Todd Branson (3:00 MP3)

Is pasture insurance right for you?

Is pasture insurance something to look into for your farm?  Well… maybe.

University of Missouri professor of ag economics Ray Massey says Pasture, Range, and Forage insurance isn’t like any other – and they’ve developed an online tool to help producers decide if it’s what they need.

AUDIO: Ray Massey, Pasture Insurance (3:00mp3)

What we’ve learned about EHV1

Researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have been studying the Equine Herpes Virus or EHV1 for years. Dr. Giesela Hussey talks about some of the things they have learned about the virus over the years.

AUDIO: Hussey talks about their discoveries 3:00 mp3

Rainy hay issues for horses

A wet spring can mean delayed harvest for hay and that can spell trouble for livestock and horses.  For areas of the country where tall fescue is grown it is toxic when the seed heads are present.  Both a mare and her foal can be affected when the mare eats endophyte-infected fescue.

Aside from the toxicity issue – University of Minnesota Extension Horse Specialist Krishona Martinson says most horses don’t need to have the best hay.

HOOFBEAT PROGRAM – Rain affected hay (3:00 mp3)

Avoiding stone bruises

A stone bruise can keep a horse out of commission during recovery and if the bruise advances to an abscess, the animal will be out of commission for a longer period.

Kathy Anderson, extension horse specialist at the University of Nebraska, says there are ways to prevent stone bruises, such as avoiding rocky areas where a horse is more likely to get a stone bruise.  She also suggests shooing horses to prevent stone bruising, but to pay close attention so that if a horse suffers from a stone bruise, it can be treated.

AUDIO: Kathy Anderson (3 min. MP3)

Boosting pasture productivity

University of Minnesota Associate Professor and Equine Extension Specialist Krishona Martinson says maintaining pastures are a key component to equine productivity.

AUDIO: Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota (3:00mp3)

Warmer weather means vaccination time

The weather is warming up and that means it is time to make sure your horse’s vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus are up-to-date. Dr. Darlene Konkle is assistant State Veterinarian in Wisconsin, she says you also want to make sure your biosecurity measures are up-to-date to protect from Equine Herpes Virus.

AUDIO:Konkle talks about the threats 3:00 mp3

Engage your vet at first signs of EHV

The Equine Herpes virus is affecting horse in several states and has led to the cancelling of some horse shows to reduce the spread. Rebecca Bott is an equine specialist wth the South Dakota State University Extension. Bott says engaging your equine vet at the first sign of the illness is very important because the vet can help set up supportive care for your horses to reduce stress during the virus.  And, of course, she tells Brownfield Ag News that prevention of EHV is possible.

HOOFBEAT – Rebecca Bott (3:00 mp3)