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, […]
I have a theory that states the size of a stallion’s testicles is inversely proportional to their “undesirable” behavior. Stated another way, the smaller the testicles, the more the attitude; the larger the testicles, the calmer-minded the stallion. Over 20 years of equine veterinary medicine, I have found this to be true of horses and […]
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 […]
Life without mom can be a scary time for any foal. One minute she’s there for reassurance or food, but come weaning day, she’s out of their lives. At Sterling Ranch, weanlings have a little help making that transition. They’re accompanied every step of the way – actually connected to – a pair of steady, […]
For some of you who care as deeply as I do for our horse and the industry that surrounds him, you look forward to learning about what positive changes may occur in this business. Some of you have made the effort to be proactive. You filed your thoughts and ideas in the form of rule […]
In the car business, from time to time, an individual who had successfully climbed the ladder to a highly compensated level retired with a sizable piece of money. Some wanted to become dealers. Having worked with dealers for 20 years, they knew how stupid and inept dealers were, so this would be a piece of […]
There was a man showing at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity by the grace of God. He insisted I include that in his story. After hearing it — and only part of it — I must agree. Showing in the Amateur, we noticed him because of his chaps first. They were black bat wings […]
As I write this, I’m sitting at the Quarter Horse News (QHN) booth in Fort Worth, Texas, during a cattle change for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open semifinals. The buzz in the Best of the West trade show seems livelier tonight than it has been in years. I see smiling faces — […]
At 5 months old, Aidan Marshall was plenty old enough to start picking out horses at Western Bloodstock’s NCHA Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale on July 21. He had his eyes on Dualin Metallic, a red roan yearling colt by Dual Smart Rey and out of Metallic Little Cat (by Metallic Cat) that sold for $12,000.
I’m writing this on June 27, and I happened to recall this is the day in 1922 that the American Library Association awarded the first Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book: “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.