The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) continues to grow its ranching program. At the recent Cattle Industry Convention trade show in Nashville, we stopped by the AQHA booth and visited with Brandon Black, manager of ranching programs.
The Horses and Humans Foundation’s primary goal is to support, promote and fund scientific research exploring equine assisted activities and therapies. To learn more Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with KC Henry, Executive Director of the Horses and Humans Foundation.
Casper (Cap) Bendixsen will join the National Farm Medicine Center as an Associate Research Scientist once he defends his doctoral research in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Rice University. It all started with high school rodeo in Idaho which led to a college scholarship as a bareback bronc rider. So what does it take to be a good bareback rider?
A new online site to track the health care of horses is available to horse owners. Dr. Wendy Vaala, a veterinarian with Merck, says Horse Care for Life is like tracking health care for people, from birth through old age. Horse owners get access to the free website through their veterinarians.
You’ve no doubt heard about efforts by the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, to do away with the carriage horse industry in the city. It has prompted the New York State Horse Council to issue a statement calling on all other state horse councils and all concerned horse groups and horsepersons throughout the country “to come to the support of the New York City carriage horses and the carriage industry”
The president of the New York State Horse Council, Marsha Himler, believes the outcome could have ripple effects across the entire industry.
We are in the “dead of winter” and veterinarian Dr. John Donecker has some tips for helping your horse get through these cold days and nights.
Ron Knodel has a different way of working with horses. To hear it from Ron, he “gentles” horses. It’s the result of a lot of time learning to work to horses. And when it comes to his working relationship with horses, “breaking” doesn’t seem to be part of his vernacular.
“I dedicated my life a long time ago for all of the bone-head things that I’d done when I was a younger guy trying to force things onto horses,” said Knodel, referring to techniques he’s long abandoned.
His method seems to work. Knodel demonstrates his “gentling” technique on wild mustangs, some of which have never been touched by a human. He gets through to them with calming communication.
The owner of the Missouri plant that is preparing for horse processing says some hurdles have been removed but others remain. A federal appeals court in Denver lifted a temporary injunction against USDA horse slaughter inspection ruling that the Humane Society of the United States had “failed to meet their burden” to keep the injunction in place. Rains tells Brownfield Ag News the hurdle that remains is the state operating permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – which excluded horses from the company’s waste water permit. On the other side of the issue, the attorney for Front Range Equine Rescue tells Brownfield the organization is parallel partners with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in trying to stop horse processing in the U.S. and they have many cards yet to play.
House Bill 1518 would expand the Horse Protection Act. Sponsored by Congressman Ed Whitfield of Tennessee it aims to crack down on the practice of horse soring. Dr. John Bennett with Equine Services testified on behalf of the Performance Show Horse Association. He says the bill is too far reaching. Dr.Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, disagrees. He testified that the current law does not go far enough.