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Pictured is the result of Hruska's hard work and no excuses. A Reserve World Championship at the 2015 American Paint Horse Association World Show.

Insights & Opinions: No Excuses

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several different sports throughout the years. In that time, I’ve also had the pleasure of training with all kinds of coaches.
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Breeding & Beyond: They Always Make Something

In my column in the March 1 magazine, I brought up the subject of finding the best cross for your horse, no matter the popularity factor. I’m very passionate about this subject. Anyone who knows me knows my opinion on the matter couldn’t fit in one column, so I’m going to expand. (I can already hear […]
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Health Matters: Hidden Opportunities in the Current Times

A month ago, I could not have imagined the topic of this article. My inclination is to write about equine diseases that affect people in the horse industry, not the other way around. But, here we find ourselves dealing with a human health crisis that has had a profound effect within the horse industry. It […]
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Insights & Opinions: Unintended Consequences

The last thing you want is to read another commentary about the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or the respiratory disease COIVD-19. But as a journalist, I would be remiss not to address it. The situation is fast-changing. What is true today may be vastly different from what is happening in the world by the time you […]
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Health Matters: Fatty Liver

All the hype and emphasis put on weight management in both people and horses is for good reason. Not liking it or trying to hide from it does us and our horses no favors. Over the last few years, some very practical information has been published and medications developed for the management of hormone-dependent obesity in […]
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Insights & Opinions: Catalyst for Growth

Where do good horses come from? What about great ones? I think most of us can agree it’s a careful balance of genetics, athleticism, conformation and trainability … all with at least a pinch of God-given talent. But what it takes to develop great horses into performers in our industry is a different matter. Along with […]
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Breeding & Beyond: Breeding Goals — A Requirement

In my last couple columns, I brought my passion for creating the best cross pos- sible front and center. Now, I feel the need to go a bit backward. Let’s go back and bring attention to what I think is the foundation for creating a great cross — setting a breeding goal. I think the best […]
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Frankly Speaking: Horse of a Different Color

“We need an outcross stallion!” How many times have you heard that when horse breeders visit with each other? It is a common theme, and one that transcends all disciplines in the equine industry. Why do we need an outcross stallion? The explanation is very simple. For too long now, our horse industry has narrowed its […]
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Health Matters: The Relationship

Just as you would expect, there are some dramatic differences between the horse industry in Texas and what I see on my veterinary mission trips to Central America. Using your own powers of observation, barring any judgement, you can appreciate the discrepancy in education, opportunity and equipment without me pointing anything out. As a whole, I […]
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Frankly Speaking: A Silver Lining

By now, most, if not all, of you have felt the pains of hardship created by the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. I pray that this nasty virus has not affected any of you medically and this column finds you in good health. I know many of you are suffering the difficulties of complying with the restrictions […]