Horse industry works to engage newcomers

time to rideThe American Horse Council’s “Time to Ride” campaign is designed to reinvigorate horseback riding in the U.S.

As part of that program, that organization is conducting a “100 Day Horse Challenge”, an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100-thousand new people with horses in a 100-day period.   It challenges stables, horse clubs, and other organizations and individuals to reach out to newcomers and allow them to experience horses.

We discussed the program with Patti Colbert, marketing manager for the American Horse Council.

AUDIO: Pattie Colbert (3:00 MP3)

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Four years ago the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were held in Lexington, Kentucky. The games are coming up August 23 through September 7, this year  in Normandy, where Elizabeth Bagby, Corporate Marketing Manager at Alltech says things are taking shape.

Audio: Elizabeth Bagby, Alltech, Corp. Marketing Mgr. (3:00 mp3)

EEE and WNV season is upon us

It’s the time of year when Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus start showing up in horses.  Some parts of the country have had a rather large population of mosquitoes this year so the threat is increased.  Dr. Darlene Konkle is Assistant State Vet in Wisconsin, she talks about the symptoms to watch for and preventative measures you can take.

AUDIO: Konkle talks about the threats 3:00 mp3

Belgians – big, bold and beautiful

Draft horses are always a big attraction at the Ohio State Fair. Adam Steinbrick of Lighthouse Acres at Marblehead, Ohio says people are just fascinated by their size and beauty, but it’s the same for Adam and he’s been around the Belgian breed for most of his life.

Audio: Adam Steinbrick, Lighthouse Acres, Marblehead, OH (3:00 mp3)

Young horse trainer learns from own injuries

Zane Volkmann at the 2014 Missouri State Fair Ham BreakfastA 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 Volkmann 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 TakeMeRiding.com.

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)