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Medicated shavings are popular in veterinary clinics since they make the stall environment unfavorable for the growth of bacteria and diseases like thrush and white line disease. Photo by Carey Nowacek

Stall Bedding Matters

Straw, shavings, paper – hemp? There are many horse bedding options available on the market today. Like many things in the Western performance industry, the type of bedding you choose for your horse’s stall is likely based in tradition — maybe your parents used it, or a favorite trainer. If you keep your horse elsewhere, […]
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Highbrow Supercat Laid to Rest

The day before Mother’s Day, Highbrow Supercat, a distinguished mom herself, was laid to rest. The mare had been in colic surgery at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma, but didn’t recover and passed away May 11.
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Give ‘Em the Boot: Leg Protection

Choosing the correct combo of leg protection can mean the difference between a successful career and an early retirement. Whether you’re new to the horse industry or have been involved for many years, leg protection can be a confusing topic. There are many opinions on the subject, and sometimes it can be hard to separate […]
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The Scoop on Horse Poop

Monitoring your horse’s poop is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way to find out what’s going on inside his body.  Handling horse poop may not sound appetizing to most people, but it’s part of Megan Petty, DVM’s, job at Tularosa Equine Clinic in Tularosa, New Mexico. Manure is a […]
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Rollz Royce Throws Down 228 to Win NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Classic Open finals took place on April 6 before the Open finals, and the field was stacked with some of the best 5- and 6-year-old horses in the industry. The first three entries out had a tough time with the cattle, but draw five, Second Spot and […]
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Hiss N Vinegar Fires to NCHA Super Stakes Open Win

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals, held April 6 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, boasted two sets of finalists for a total of 21 horse-and-rider combos. Included in the line-up were second go-round winner Exs N Ohhs; NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Badboonarising; Southern Cutting, Cotton […]
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Kit Kat Sugar Rolls Over $1 Million Sire Threshold

2012 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year Kit Kat Sugar has surpassed the $1 million mark as a sire. While “Skeet” has sired quite a few offspring for the cutting pen, the success of his No. 1 earner — a reined cow horse — helped elevate the stallion to his newest […]
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Austin Shepard Climbs to $8 Million Rider Status

Thanks especially to his success over the last two years, including the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Open Championship, 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Championship, 2017 NCHA Open World Championship and 2018 Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open Championship, Austin Shepard has risen to Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Rider status merely a year-and-a-half after reaching […]
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Tom Herold Gains Two Titles at The Cattlemen’s

It wasn’t enough for Tom Herold to win one title at The Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic on March 10. After riding Simon Sez to the 4-Year-Old Amateur title, he came back in the 4-Year-Old Unlimited Amateur with “Simon” to also take that Championship home to West Point, Iowa. Describing himself as “very surprised” to win […]
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The Cattlemen’s 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Ends in Tie

The Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic 4-Year-Old Non-Pro ended in a tie after two exhibitors marked matching scores of 217. The first was Dustin Adams, who rode Hottish For You from the third draw. Catching them at the end of the class were Kade Smith and Playboy Bunny. Hottish For You is a homebred mare by […]