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December 2000


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31st December 2000
The Arab

The Arabian could be the oldest known pure breed. It has influenced, directly or indirectly, all light saddle breeds, all warmblood breeds and most pony breeds in Europe, including the Percheron, Swedish Warmblood, Russian Orlov, Standardbred, Thoroughbred, all American Gaited Horses, Quarter Horse, Morgan, Connemara and Paso Fino.
A distinctive skeletal feature of the Arab is less vertebrae: 5 lumbar, 17 rib, and 16 tail, compared with 6-18-18 in other breeds. Their action is floating -- a full, free trot with little knee action. In temperament, Arabians are intelligent, affectionate, fiery, courageous, gentle, with high self-esteem.
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31st December 2000 Improving Gaits Through Clicker Training
On the ground one of the first things I teach a horse is to back up. I use the clicker in this early stage. Of course, I can teach backing without the clicker, but if I do, I'm missing an opportunity to show the horse how the clicker works. If I don't include it in these simple lessons, he won't know how to use the information it provides later when the work becomes more complex
. When I teach a horse to back using the clicker, I'm also employing all the principles I'll need to use the clicker under saddle to improve the trot or the canter. I'm going to work in a series of stair steps where I keep asking for more from the horse. I'll begin by triggering the back in the same way I would if I weren't using the "yes" answer signal of the clicker.
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30th December 2000 KWPN Select Sale During Stallion Selection
The first edition of the KWPN SELECT SALE will take place on Saturday afternoon 3 February 2001. At the stallion selection in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, a group of 22 selected three year old stallions will be sold by auctioneer Dirk Zagers. The KWPN (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands) and the VHO (Society of Stallion Rearers) have come together to organize the elite auction that will be trend-setting both nationally and internationally.
All the stallions presented at the auction have been directed for a second viewing of the stallion selection. Most importantly, they have satisfied the X-ray demands that the KWPN asks for in order to be sent through to the performance tests in Ermelo. The KWPN SELECT SALE will take place immediately after the champion's selection. It is very well possible that amongst the horses on offer in the auction there will be participants in the champion's selection and stallions who are referred to the performance test.
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30th December 2000 To Rome Via the Scenic Route.
How many times have we heard that there is so much to learn about dressage it would take a life time (or several!) to learn it all? Lots and it's true! There is so much to learn that it is almost overwhelming at times. We keep going-or I do anyway!-because it is such a rush to finally "get" some small piece of the puzzle.
It is tempting to think that since there is so much to learn that going "outside the box" of traditional dressage training is a waste of precious time. However, in my personal experience the opposite has been true. Some of my most valued "ah-ha!" moments came as the result of connections I made from non-dressage experiences.

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29th December 2000
Training Mythunderstandings -
Choosing Bits.

Bits are one of the most MythUnderstood pieces of horse equipment man has ever invented. The things that people think they're supposed to do with a bit in a horse's mouth are unbelievable.
All to often, the human take on the situation is that a horse is a big animal, therefore the pressures needed to control it must be big and strong. That's a myth. A rocket engine is controlled by tiny bits of information being fed one at a time by a computer. Each of those bits is either a "zero" or a "one". The bits flow in a pattern called a program that the rocket understands. Same thing with a horse. All it needs are tiny bits of information fed to it with the right timing to get with the program.
There are very few surfaces where the bit can apply pressure. So it takes some pretty complex applications of pressure to those few points to create complex communication. The bit must be shaped in such a way and fit properly within the mouth so horse is able to understand what the communication is. Therefore a bit must be both directional and horse logical. It must not cause any injury which will result in temporary numbness.
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28th December 2000 The New, Faster Message Board.
The message board software has now been upgraded to speed your browsing of the messages. The message board is located at,
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27th December 2000
The Andalusian
The Andalusian is one of the three foundation breeds of modern horses, and eighty percent of all modern breeds trace at least part of their breeding to the Andalusian. His influence is especially noted in the Lipizzan, Friesian, Connemara, Cleveland Bay, Welsh Cob, and most American breeds
The Andalusian is perfectly suited for dressage and "airs above the ground", war horse, bullfighter's horse or western cattle horse. He is fiery and proud, but at the same time docile and tractable. He is showy, elegant, strong and bold. His walk is showy, trot is high-stepping and impulsive, and his canter is smooth and spectacular.
These are horses with easy response to command and very sensitive mouths, resulting in a mount that is obedient and of extraordinary comfort. They are temperate and hardy; noble and docile. They learn rapidly and participate intimately with their riders.
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26th December 2000
Training Mythunderstandings -
Using Pressures To Shape The Horse.

Training horses involves using pressures to shape a horse's behavior. But many people MythUnderstand how to use pressures properly.
Horses will learn when:
- they perceive you as a dominant best friend within their herd,
- any pressure is not perceived as an attack,
- any pressure is only one step away from something the horse already understands, and
- if doing the correct thing relieves the pressure which rewards the horse.
When all these things are in place, then the pressure will be "horse logical." The horse will accept it calmly and learn from it.
Many trainers attack horses. They think that if the horse's activity level or excitement level increases, the horse is learning more. That's one of the biggest MythUnderstandings there is in the training world. In fact, the truth is just the opposite.
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25th December 2000
What's In a Meal?
the Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
Goals
- Optimum health and performance
- Optimum nutrition
- Reasonable cost
How to achieve the goals
1. Define your horse's current performance level ie. breeding, racing, recreation etc. and body condition score.

(See ERC's Body condition scoring fact sheet - click here)
2. Determine your horse's daily nutrient requirements based on the current performance level and other factors such as environment (temperature, rain, wind), age, breed. Use the National Research Council's Nutrient Requirements of Horses,1989 or consult an equine nutritionist through your local feed dealer.
3. Determine feed composition by analysis. Knowing the protein, energy, fibre, minerals etc. content of feeds is essential in order to feed for optimum health and performance.
4. Balance the ration. Feed costs are a large expense; therefore, feed analysis and ration balancing results in minimizing costs and maximizing the nutritive value of your horse's diet.
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24th December 2000 The Click that Calms.
It was at Christmas time, several years ago, that I began using the clicker to calm my horse, Dan. We'd had a heavy storm of freezing rain that covered everything with a thick layer of solid ice for nearly a week. Our little metal barn turned into an echo chamber as broken tree branches came crashing down onto its roof. Every time he heard a noise, Dan would jump and high tail it out of there. It didn't matter what or who was in his way! It was every man (and horse) for himself!
The ice lay heavy on the trees and branches were cracking like shot gun blasts. They weren't having a saturation effect on Dan either, but rather his reactions were getting worse and worse. He was one upset Curly horse! By the time he knocked me down on his charge through the doorway, I decided that it was time for a change!
We started slowly inside the icy barn. I took a metal rake and ever so lightly scratched the wall with it. Dan's head popped up. His eyes got big and he ran out of the barn. He stopped a few feet outside the doorway-I clicked! Dan's head swung around looking for the treat! The hook was in! Now let the games begin!
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23rd December 2000 WAP News Service.
For those with WAP enabled mobile telephones you can now view the top 5 e-zine news articles via your telephone. Just add the following address to your telephones bookmarks. http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/wapnews or http://www.equi.net/wapnews
23rd December 2000
Jeep Saddles Up for Different Kind of Horse Power
Get ready to saddle up for the Jeep National Riding Festival 2001!
The Festival, now in its fifth consecutive year, will be touring the UK once again to give riding a substantial boost over the summer months - and there's plenty in store for everyone!
Supermodel Jodie Kidd got this year's festival underway and it's gone from strength to strength, seeing riding schools across the country getting involved and opening their doors to new recruits. Hundreds of children have descended on riding centres nationwide to take up the reins and have a go at riding thanks to the voucher system, offering discounted lessons to encourage newcomers to the sport.
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22nd December 2000
The Spanish Horse.
At first sight he takes your breath way with his sculptural beauty, proud bearing, natural high action and docile loving temperament. He is strongly built, yet extremely elegant with cat like agility and whilst he presents a picture of splendid animation he is at all times amenable to the person riding or handling him. .
He is a horse of extreme character and his eagerness to please in all he does makes him a truly magnificent mount or driving horse. These magnificent Spanish horses are once again becoming very sought after and are proving themselves in competition dressage, driving, showjumping, demonstrating great versatility
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22nd December 2000
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
You say you want a tough horse to do a full day's work. But you don't want him to eat too much. And you don't want him to go lame, but you do want him to live a long, long time.
How about a horse that thinks it's normal to work three or four days in a row without stopping for rest or food?

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21st December 2000
Safety Around Horses
Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
A basic guide for beginning horse people.
Getting involved in horses is a wonderful and rewarding way to learn new skills, develop a relationship with a fascinating animal, and meet new friends in the process.
Like many activities, however, equestrian sport also involves some degree of risk. Horses are large, powerful animals, easily capable of injuring a person. But, if you are well armed with a basic understanding of horses, a few hard and fast rules, and your own good sense, the risks are readily minimized.
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20th December 2000
Training Mythunderstandings -
Self Control Precedes Horse Control

Merely causing a horse to do something does not mean that you are in control of the horse. Think about the times you have seen someone put a chain lead shank under a horse's chin or over its nose. They may have been successful in leading that horse from Point A to Point B but the use of that shank is a dead giveaway that they were not really in control. If they were, coercive equipment would not be necessary.
Trailer loading is another activity where you see a lot of out of control horses. You may use a longe line or a buggy whip or some form of bribery to get your horse into that trailer. Most horses eventually give in to the pressure if you nag them long enough or coerce them hard enough and they go on that trailer. But that is not training. Even though you succeeded in causing the horse to do what you wanted him to do, you were not really in control.
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19th December 2000
The Magic of India on Horseback

Join A Ride into History with Inder Jit Singh and John Crawford.
It all began when the kilt wearing Scottish polo player John Crawford made contact with Inder Jit Singh by e-mail. When Inder Jit (aka IJ - a keen polo player) offered John the chance to escape Scotland's winter weather and join him and group of riders in India the resounding reply was "Yes! What a great way to start the New Year!".
If you are up for the holiday of a lifetime in India this is the adventure for you.
You will be riding with John who has 35 years of experience of training horses and riders. And I.J. who has a truly amazing knowledge of the culture and regions of India. Set to be an informative, testing, entertaining and a truly unique riding experience.
Adventure it most certainly will be, but with IJ and John leading the rides, you will be in the hands of two very experienced, good humoured horsemen and you will be riding some superbly behaved, beautiful and finely schooled polo and riding ponies from the stables of no less than the Maharaja of Udaipur. IJ and John are keen polo players so the first couple of days may provide an opportunity to play or at least be introduced to "The sport of Kings" in the very country where it originated. You may choose to omit the polo sessions and use these days to acclimatise to your new surroundings or take part in some intriguing trips and sight-seeing expeditions.
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19th December 2000
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Thursday 14th – Monday 18th December 2000
DESPITE THE RAIN OLYMPIA HAS ANOTHER SUNSHINE YEAR
As the curtains closed at one of the most popular show jumping events in the world, the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (14th-18th December), organisers Clarion Events, announced that it had been a near sell-out.
Whilst the rain and gales that hit the Channel at the beginning of the week meant that the arrival of the international competitors was delayed, they arrived just in the nick of time and the show, once again, provided top class entertainment.
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18th December 2000
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials Video
The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials Television Programme is now online. It is available in the following formats: Audio, 56k modem and ADSL.
Hint, the ADSL versions provide the best quality, if you can afford the time, download each section first to disk, then play, (each ADSL section is approx. 20MB in size). They are well worth the wait!!!! For the web page with links to the video, http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/blair/
Or Higher Quality Files to download and save to disk,
Part 1, http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/video/2000-blair-p1-256k.rm
Part 2, http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/video/2000-blair-p2-256k.rm
Part 3, http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/video/2000-blair-p3-256k.rm
Part 4, http://shirehorse.equiworld.com/video/2000-blair-p4-256k.rm
Note, you will need to have the RealMedia, RealPlayer installed to play these files, you can get a free, basic version from, http://www.real.com/
18th December 2000
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
the Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
In most horse operations, vaccination forms an integral part of the overall preventive health program for infectious disease.
To use or not to use a particular type of vaccine in a certain situation is a question that is often asked of veterinarians. This decision depends on the risk/benefit analysis of the particular disease in question. Benefits of not acquiring a significant disease situation on farm are rather obvious. In performance horses, the goal of the preventive health program is to minimize or even eliminate the time spent out of training in order to maximize earning potential. Risk of acquiring a disease depends on all of the factors that contribute to the likelihood of a horse getting that disease.
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17th December 2000 Energy Needs Of Horses Vital In Feeding Management.
Eating well is not always eating safely; horse managers who ignore that lesson when feeding their animals may be creating digestive problems for their horses.
"Many feeding management recommendations for horses are related to supplying energy safely," said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist.
One source of energy that horses rely on is fiber. Hays and pastures supply energy in the form of fiber. Typically, horses should have access to pastures, hays or coarsely processed forage at minimum levels of 0.75 percent of body weight per day. "Long-stem forage has many advantages: intake is slower, generally it can be fed free choice and it guards against feeding too much carbohydrate energy because hays are low in starches and sugar," Freeman said.

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16th December 2000
Urban Cowboys turn to Study
Thursday 14th December saw the official opening of a unique humanitarian and equine welfare project in the heart of a large Dublin housing estate.
The Fettercairn Youth Horse Project in Tallaght was conceived in 1995 by a group of adults and young people. The initial aims were to help channel interest and respect for horses into a constructive community activity that would provide local youths with opportunities to develop personal, social and vocational skills. By September of that year the group was catering for 40 young people between the ages of 10 and 25 years.
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15th December 2000
The Orlov-Rostopchin.
Russian Riding horse Black of exotic beauty and substance for dressage and pleasure. Now quite rare.
The Orlov-Rostopchin is an exotic horse. Everything about it is unusual and romantic: its appearance, its origin, its fate. To begin with, it is a product of an exciting competition and a brainchild of two aristocratic breeding talents, Count Orlov and Count Rostopchin..
The two counts followed the same breeding philosophies. And no wonder that when after their deaths their studs were bought by the Crown, the Orlovs and Rostopchins were merged to give rise to Orlov-Rostopchins
The Orlov-Rostopchin combines the size, type and dressage abilities of the Orlovs and the speed of the Rostopchins. The Orlov-Rostopchin is a versatile and willing worker. He has a quiet temperament and is quite trainable. This all makes these horses good for dressage.
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15th December 2000 Combat Cold Weather Nutritional Stress In Horses.
It's a lesson in thermodynamics: Humans combat cold weather by putting on additional clothing; horses fight the elements by using more energy to maintain body temperature. But while most people can address their own needs, horses are dependent upon their owners to provide proper nutrition and protection from the weather, said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist.
"The temperature below which a particular horse starts to expend additional energy for maintaining body warmth (critical temperature) will vary because of fat cover, hair thickness, acclimatization of the horse to cold, hair-coat wetness and wind-chill," Freeman said.
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14th December 2000
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Thursday 14th – Monday 18th December 2000
FORCE 9 GALES DELAY INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS
The freak weather conditions which have brought flooding to much of the country are delaying the arrival of the 24 foreign riders to the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (14th-18th December). Gordon Ashman of the show’s travel company, Shelley Ashman, has reported that the horseboxes are still on the dockside at various European ports waiting for the strong winds to abate.
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14th December 2000 Traxdata Interview
Traxdata Interview, owned by Mrs. Gail McBride and ridden by Tim Stockdale, has died peacefully in his stable at the age of 20. Punky, as he was known, was retired from competition at the Traxdata Hickstead meeting earlier this year.
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14th December 2000
Heat Dissipation and Dehydration
By Dr. Kerry Ridgway, Equisport Enterprises, CA, USA Excerpts from "On to Atlanta" published by the Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
The single most important means the horse has for getting rid of the enormous heat load generated during exercise is evaporation, accounting for about 65% of the heat dissipation. Sweat is evaporated off of the skin surface and cools the horse. The lungs account for about another 25%. This capacity of the respiratory tract in dissipating heat from the body becomes very important under conditions of high humidity and high temperature when evaporation conditions are not favourable.
Sweating can only occur at a significant level when the horse is not dehydrated and has plenty of fluids in its body with which to produce sweat. When the horse is dehydrated, the lungs play an even more important role. Even so, the dehydrated horse is severely handicapped in ability to rid the body of any excess heat.

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14th December 2000
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Thursday 14th – Monday 18th December 2000
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13th December 2000
Training the Western Pleasure Horse
by Hardy Oelke
In order to successfully train a western pleasure horse, you must first pick the right kind of horse. Your training can improve any kind of horse, but to end up with a competitive pleasure horse you need to start with the kind "raw material".
The most important requirement is that this horse is a pretty mover. Pretty may be different things to different people, but in western pleasure it means a horse that naturally moves in a more or less collected way, with fluent, flat strides, its hind legs always well under him, and with its neck and head carried level. The more strong-out horse can be improved on, but will never become a tough pleasure horse. Our western pleasure prospect should be a pretty horse of good size, preferably even a flashy one, that moves gracefully - an eye catcher!
In your actual training, your goal is to teach your horse so he never wants to go fast, waits for your cues without ever getting in a hurry, but still stays collected. You want him to do all that on a slack rein and while staying in the same "frame" all the time, no matter what gait you are executing.
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13th December 2000 The Horisen Centre Christmas Appeal
The Horisen Centre of Riding Therapy operates programmes for children who have been abused or beaten, offering peace for children in Ireland through inter-community education with horses. The small ponies and small people programme is for terminally ill children Horisen also offers equestrian education training for blind adults and children.
The Horisen Centre would love to hear from anyone who is willing to help a child smile through support and financial contributions.
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Horisen is a registered charity in Northern Ireland, charity registration no. XR12583
12th December 2000
Training Mythunderstandings -
Breaking Vs. Training.

Many people who are training horses will ask them questions that the horse has no way of understanding or answering. Then they will fight with the horse or hold him hostage until the horse either gives in or gives up. The so-called trainer walks away feeling like he or she has won the game because the horse finally did what they wanted him to do. But no actual communication took place. What happened was "breaking" not training.
When you break a horse rather than train it, you get a trained flea. What do I mean by that? Well, you start training fleas by putting them in a jar. You know they are going to jump and if they do that, they'll jump out of the jar. So you put a lid on the jar.
Now when the fleas jump, they hit their heads on the lid. Being smart fleas, they learn not to jump so high. Now you can take the lid off and they won't jump out. Voila! You have trained your fleas not to jump so high. That is exactly what you do when you "break" a horse. A lot of people train horses this way. They condition the horse to random tasks one by one. They do not do it in a systematic way that is logical to the horse.
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12th December 2000
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
I call 'em like I see 'em.
So, I say anyone supporting our present EIA (equine infectious anemia) eradication program is lacking in normal intelligence or understanding, is slow-witted or dull.

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11th December 2000 Monday 11th December - Your Last Chance to Enter the
Pet & Garden Competition !
Enter this great free competition to win special gifts for your favourite pet!
Each entrant will also receive a complimentary discount voucher book for use when purchasing products from the Pet & Garden or Hunter Horse Care ranges. Note: This competition is restricted to UK residents and only one entry per household
Sorry, this competition is now closed
11th December 2000 The 7 Games and Clicker Training.
For centuries men and women have gotten together to discuss ways to make things better for the horse. Through Natural Horsemanship we are asking the horse to do a lot of un-natural things though. Be around people. Be saddled, bridled and ridden. Natural, to me, means working within a horses natural way of understanding (this is through feel) and within his own boundaries. With all of the games I am looking towards building a partnership. I'm thinking a lot about feel and developing that from the very beginning.
The Seven Games are not about winning or losing. A horse does not know about winning or losing, unless we teach it to them. I prefer not to teach that. Instead I'll think about setting things up in a way that my horse can best understand and then use the clicker to encourage reinforce that understanding. The Seven Games are an excellent guide to teach us about body position, observing your horse and improving rope handling skills.
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11th December 2000 The Equiworld video library.
On this page you can find links to videos encoded by Equiworld.
Before you can view the files you will need to have downloaded and installed the RealPlayer product. A number of versions are available, including a free version. You should visit www.real.com and follow the links to the player version which best matches your system.
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10th December 2000
Body Weight
Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
Body weight monitoring is important for feed management, medication and animal health. Subtle changes may not be noted using body condition scoring. A change in weight of 16-20 kg is necessary for the body condition score to vary by 1 (eg. 4 to 5) Weight loss/gain may indicate a health problem that requires veterinary assistance.
The only accurate way to know your horse's weight is by using a scale. This can be accomplished by purchasing a livestock unit or by using a feed mill's weigh scale. Weights should be recorded in the health record for future reference.
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10th December 2000 Horses Grazing Fescue Require Sound Management.
The ability to use tall fescue as pasture for horses is a helpful aid to many owners' pocketbooks, though it is a practice that takes sound management.
Much of Oklahoma's fescue is infected with an endophyte that can cause health problems in horses. Unfortunately, ridding pastures of fescue is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.
"Unless the fescue in your pasture has been planted with 'endophyte-free seed' the past few years, and was entirely devoid of fescue before then, you can count on the fescue to be endophyte infected," said Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist.

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9th Decmber 2000
International Horse Welfare Charity Welcomes EC Report
A Review of the EC Directive on the Transportation of Live Animals out today is welcomed by a UK equine welfare charity.
The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), a leading International horse welfare charity, welcomes the recommendations made in the review, which covers transport for all live animals, but particularly those specifically outlined for the transport of equines.
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9th December 2000
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Thursday 14th – Monday 18th December 2000
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8th December 2000
The Medicine Hat Horse
Medicine Hat is the name applied to horses exhibiting a unique and rare pattern of color. Being mostly white in body, Medicine Hats have color on their ears and top of the head, which resembles a bonnet or hat. Color on the chest is termed a shield. Other areas of color vary, but may show around one or both eyes and in the flanks.
Often one or both eyes are partially or totally blue, especially when the area around the eye is unpigmented. There are exceptions, some have dark eyes surrounded by white skin. They may be of any base color, often roaning of the base color is present as well. Medicine Hats are described by their base color such as bay Medicine Hat, black roan Medicine Hat, chestnut Medicine Hat etc.. War Bonnet is a name given to horses of a similar pattern which exhibit less color, usually having just the Hat and very little, if any, other colored areas.
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8th December 2000
The Trillium Fellowship Award
In appreciation for the outstanding volunteer service the farm has received over the years from so many, the Sampsons decided to recognize these special individuals who have been generous in their support of the farm, its activities and its horses.
Also presented at this event are "In Appreciation" awards. These lovely etched glass medallions honor certain people who have offered their assistance as well. It is the Sampson's way of saying thank you.
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7th December 2000
"Bedding in the horse stable...a breath of fresh air".
Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
The health and well being of horses depends on healthy lungs. Poor air quality can contribute to various respiratory disorders in horses and in the people who care for them.
Your choice of bedding will depend on a combination of personal preference, cost effectiveness, local availability and type of horse housed. Bedding should be dust and mould free, absorbent, supportive and easy to use and dispose of. A barn with proper ventilation and floors with good drainage are as important as your choice of bedding.
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7th Deccember 2000
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
A long stretch limo pulled up to the ranch gate and a man dressed in black, wearing a chauffeur's cap stepped out and asked, "Is there a Mr. Walter at this address?"
"There's a Walter," I replied. "But he's a horse, of course. Are you sure it's a Walter you're looking for?"

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7th December 2000 Seven Steps To Establishing A Behaviour
1. Train one element at a time.
2. Get a response, get it consistently, then improve on it.
3. Raise your standards in small enough steps that the animal continues to be successful and can be reinforced.
4. Once the behaviour is established, shift from a fixed to a variable reinforcement schedule to improve response.
5. When adding a new criterion, temporarily relax the standards of the old one.
6. If behaviour deteriorates, go back to a previous step in the training process.
7. If one training procedure is not creating progress, find another. There are many ways to build the steps to the desired behaviour.
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6th December 2000
Horse Trials Video Online
The entire Armathwaite Hall Horse Trials & Country Fair 2000 video is now available online.
As broadcast on TV,it is available in formats, Audio, 56k modem and ADSL.
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6th December 2000
Baileys Support British Sport Horse Breeding
Baileys Horse Feeds are to support the British Horse Database Leading Sire Rankings from 2001.
Based on performance data supplied by British Dressage, British Eventing and the British Show Jumping Association, the Rankings have fast become the focus of sport horse breeders' attention on their publication in Sport Horse Annual in January each year.
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6th December 2000 Pedigree Horse Trials Sponsorship
Pedigree Masterfoods has decided, after sponsoring Eventing since 1987 and the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials since 1995, that 2001 will be the last year of their title sponsorship programme within the sport.
The company will continue to remain involved in Horse Trials from 2002 through its support of the Winergy Young Event Horse competition, which incorporates 20 regional heats and a final at Burghley. It also plans to maintain a presence at Burghley together with running the ever-popular Pedigree Fun Agility competition, which has raised over £40,000 for the Horse Trials Support Group.
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5th December 2000
Equestrian Shopping Online
Visit some of the best online equestrian shops!
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5th December 2000 BHS Warns of Unscrupulous Dealers
The British Horse Society has issued a warning to horse owners about the dangers of unscrupulous dealers. Reports have been coming in that dealers are advertising in equestrian Magazine s for 'companion' horses. Owners are selling their horses to these people in good faith, thinking that their much loved horse or pony will spend the rest of its days being cared for in pleasant surroundings as a companion to another horse.
However, the BHS has received complaints that dealers posing as private owners seeking a companion horse are in fact selling the horses on, either at sales or to the meat market.

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5th December 2000
Vechta Awarded Gold Disc Performance Status by BSJA
Since the recent announcement from the BSJA on the stallions awarded Silver and Gold Disc Performance Status, Jackie Knightley of the BSJA has confirmed to Caroline Thomas at New Priory Stud that VECHTA by Voltaire has been
awarded GOLD DISC performance status following his Nations Cup performance in Rome. VECHTA is owned by Mr D Barnwell and William Funnell who says......
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4th December 2000
The Lipizzaner
The Lipizzaner Horse's ancestors can be traced back to 800AD. They were Berber horses brought to Spain by the Moors from North Africa via Gibraltar. These Berber horses were then crossed with Karst horses as used by the ancient Romans for chariot racing and other sports, as well as being used as war horses in the Middle Ages.
Although, historically, the Lipizzaner is a carriage horse, and a dressage horse, especially famous for the 'Airs above the Ground' as performed at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna - it is also used in many countries for trial driving, endurance (long distance) riding, showjumping and a few are in circuses.
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4th December 2000
Golden Moments
Look out for the new Baileys Golden Chaff sacks. Produced to compliment their complete Range of Horse Feeds, Golden Chaff has been reformulated and repackaged as part of Baileys ongoing policy to review and improve products. .
Golden Chaff is a lightly molassed oat straw chaff which now contains a special blend of molasses to give a sugar content of approximately 10%. This is lower compared to standard types of molassed chaff and is suitable for most types of horses and ponies that have chaff included into their feed. The new blend also ensures a more even coating making the chaff easier to handle as well as being less sticky.
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4th December 2000 New Drug-Free Pain and Lameness Therapy for Horses Announced
EquiMend, a new drug-free pain and lameness treatment for horses, was introduced to the horse industry today, according to Access Equine Inc., an equine marketing firm.
EquiMend is an innovative self-activating invention that holds therapeutic micro-currents within its patented cloth design and time-releases the treatment to the horse's injury over a 48-hour period, without the use of electrical connections, batteries, drugs or medications. The product's technology was awarded the prestigious gold medal for best invention at the 35th annual World Trade Fair in Brussels.
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3rd December 2000
When it is Time to Say Goodbye.
- a tribute to H-Loli and Serenity Intrigue -

On the early morning of November 23, 2000, with temperatures plummeting to an unseasonably 10 degrees Celsius, I opened the stable door, turned off the alarm and began the morning chores as I have done with regularity every morning. It was the American Thanksgiving holiday and in a way I too was giving thanks to these two American bred Morgans for the last time. The routine was kept the same, but this was no ordinary day. It would be the last morning that I would feed and water two old and dearly loved friends, H-Loli and Serenity Intrigue.
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3rd December 2000
News from Grifone Club Milano
Results and much more about the C.S.I.-C 1/3 Dec'00 in real time program Special Gift and Prizes prize money risults the placing and nationalities of all competitors and their horses obstacle-course of every cathegory in 2D and 3D kind of obstacle and ... realtime video/audio
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2nd December 2000
Training Mythunderstandings - Horse Logic.
Good horse training is boring to watch. It looks like nothing is happening. Many people are impressed by training methods that are nothing more than a blatant series of attacks on the horse because they are dramatic to watch. However, physically dominating a horse does not teach him anything. To train a horse, you must use mental strength, not physical strength.
Training horses starts with understanding how their minds work. You have to understand what is logical to the horse. The horse's mind does not work the same way as yours. They do not associate events or a sequence of actions in the same way we reason that things are related. To train a horse, therefore, you have to understand how horse logic works and base your training on that.
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2nd December 2000
Catch Traxdata on Eurosport this Weekend!
Peter Charles in your front room Friday, Saturday and Sunday night!
Traxdata Team's very own Peter Charles is competing at the Amsterdam CSI-W show this weekend and coverage can be seen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
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1st December 2000
The British Association of the Purebred Spanish Horse
Despite a hectic schedule, Peter Maddison-Greenwell, President of the Society, found a few minutes to talk with John Crawford at the British Equine Event
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1st December 2000
Housing the Horse
Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
The horse may spend approximately 22 hours per day in its stable. Stable design and management can have direct effects on the health of horses. Perhaps the most widely appreciated diseases in this context are those affecting the horse's respiratory well-being.
However, the horse is more than just a set of lungs. The risks of other diseases and indeed direct physical trauma can be increased by poorly designed stables. The incidence of many of the so-called stable vices of horses can be increased by stable design. Stables themselves aside, problems may also arise from the design and positioning of ancillary buildings, such as feed- storage areas. Surfaces in stables, passageways and walks around stables can also increase the risk of disease and injury.
The design, selection and positioning of new stables or alterations to existing buildings, require careful planning to avoid unnecessary problems. The money invested in these buildings is not always an indication of their effectiveness in terms of housing the horse. The well being of horses housed in the most carefully designed stables can be compromised by the use of contaminated feeds and beddings or management practices such as deep litter bedding.
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1st December 2000
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Thursday 14th – Monday 18th December 2000
LUCY SPEED TO JUDGE FANCY DRESS AT OLYMPIA
Lucy Speed who plays Natalie Evans in, the BBC’s, Eastenders will be judging the Fancy Dress Pairs Relay during the Sunday evening performance at the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships (14th-18th December), in London. Lucy famous for her part as the long-suffering wife of Barry in the hit soap will be judging each pair on their humour value and their costumes.
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