Jun 15, 2013
Wellington Council Allows Palm Beach Horse Park to Proceed with Plans
Wellington’s Council meeting on Tuesday night, June 11, produced a standing room only crowd. There were several items on the meeting’s agenda of interest to members of the community. But you could tell that an equestrian issue was on the docket by the number of people in the audience wearing cowboy hats and boots. In fact, the Wellington Council was scheduled to discuss the Letter of Intent, submitted by the Palm Beach Horse Park, LLC, for the purchase and development of an American Quarter Horse show complex.
Jack Van Dell, a long-time Wellington resident and local business owner, did a PowerPoint presentation for the Council and audience members as he outlined the proposed plans for the new horse park. Van Dell has been working for over a year, with a small group of community and equestrian leaders, to develop a unique horse park in Wellington, the Palm Beach Horse Park. Part of their plan is to purchase Wellington’s K-Park property, located on the corner of Stribling Road and State Road 7/441, and to utilize the location for the horse park. More info...
Jun 13, 2013
The Unwanted Horse: What’s His Fate?
By Barb Crabbe, DVM
With a struggling economy, closure of U.S. slaughterhouses, and lack of resources to support equine rescue, the fate of the unwanted horse is one of the most heated topics among U.S. horsemen today. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
These BLM mustangs, offered to Mustang Makeover participants for training and eventual adoption, represent one innovative step toward resolving America’s unwanted horse crisis. But thousands of others, deemed unadoptable for various reasons, remain in BLM holding facilities to be fed at taxpayer expense.
Photo by Charles Brooks
In the April 2012 issue, we wrote about the controversial topic of unwanted horses. In the June issue, our "We Hear You" section featured many reader responses to the article. Review the full article here.
He stands in a pen of mud and manure. His mane is long and tangled, and his feet haven’t been trimmed in over a year. Although he’s hungry, his kind expression and gentle face greet me hopefully when I approach the fence along with the humane officer who’s been called out by a worried passerby. He was once a champion. Now he’s starving and has no home. This is the plight of the unwanted horse. More info...
Jun 13, 2013
How to Help Wounds Heal
By the Editors of EQUUS magazine
Here are a few tips for helping minor skin wounds heal quickly and without complications.
Cover wounds if possible to reduce the chance of infection. Photo © EQUUS
Few horses get through life without at least a few minor skin wounds, whether from scrapes, scuffles or other mishaps. Most heal quickly and uneventfully, but you’ll want to do what you can to support the process.
• Call your veterinarian when in doubt about sutures. Most cuts heal just fine if left unsutured, but some larger lacerations, as well as wounds near mobile areas such as joints, do better if stitched shut. If you’re not sure whether a wound needs sutures, consult your veterinarian without delay.
• Clean the wound immediately and thoroughly. Flushing a wound right away with water or isotonic saline solution clears out debris that could cause infection. The moisture also encourages granulation, the formation of new tissue across the “bed” of a wound, and epithelialization, the growth of new skin tissue over the surface. Also, keep in mind that small wounds can be deceptively deep---check them daily for swelling, soreness or pus and call your veterinarian if any of these occur. More info...
Jun 8, 2013
Wellington Council Considers Palm Beach Horse Park
On Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Wellington Village Council will review and discuss proposed plans to build the Palm Beach Horse Park on the K-Park property, a 67-acre parcel of land located on the corner of Stribling Road and State Road 7. To demonstrate their support for the project, many enthusiastic equestrian spectators, replete with cowboy hats and boots, are expected to fill the council room on Tuesday night.
Jack Van Dell, a longtime resident and business owner in Wellington, has spearheaded the effort to create this unique, completely new horse park in the Village of Wellington. The Horse Park will feature facilities for the American Quarter Horse, as well as many other breeds, in its design.
“Wellington already offers plenty of competitions, facilities and instructors to equestrians from around the world in the disciplines of dressage, hunter/jumper and polo,” explained Van Dell. “But many other large equestrian groups are not represented - for instance, the Quarter Horse industry - and we are building this facility with their needs in mind.” More info...
Jun 8, 2013
Preventing Heat-Related Problems in Horses
Photo: Erica Larson, News Editor
Heat can kill: High environmental temperatures and related heat issues of dehydration, exhaustion, and heat stroke can occur in horses and can produce illness and death. This is serious business and you must take steps to ensure your horse is protected when traveling in a trailer, being ridden on trail rides, or in competition events.
2. Drink water: Maintain hydration in your horse by allowing free access to water at all times during hot weather. It is a myth that a hot horse drinking water will experience colic or other medical problems. Never let your horse pass up a chance to drink water. Only horses that have been deprived of water for a significant time (many hours or days) need to have water provided in smaller amounts over time. Let your horse drink on the trail or after a class at a show. Offer some hay and your horse will often drink after eating the hay. Soup-consistency bran or pellet mashes are another means of getting extra water into your horse More info...
Jun 7, 2013
Field Guide to Horse Fences
By Gavin Ehringer
While investigating a 5,600-year-old village site in Kazakhstan, archaeologists determined that its Copper Age inhabitants were among the first cultures to tame horses. The evidence? The buried remnants of corral posts. Clearly, fences have been crucial to our shared relationship all along.
Unlike ancient horsemen who were limited to sticks and stones to enclose their horses, we benefit from a vast variety of traditional and modern materials from which to choose. Unfortunately, despite over 5,000 years of development, there’s still no ideal fence for every horsekeeping purpose. Each fence choice involves balancing safety concerns with aesthetics, cost, and upkeep. More info...
Jun 7, 2013
Flea Control for Dogs and Cats
Its the flea season again. Prevent fleas on your pets and save money by buying online.
The use of flea prevention medications prevent dangerous fleas from attacking your pets. The cheapest way to purchase products such as Frontline Plus, Advantage II or K9 Advantix II is to compare prices online. Here you can view prices for each brand offered by several different sellers and also compare prices between brands. More info...
Jun 6, 2013
EQUUS Magazine to Host Webinar on Helmet Design with Roy Burek
Helmets are far from ugly, and they’re protecting something pretty important.
How do helmet designers create helmets to withstand impact if you fall from your horse?
Award-winning magazine EQUUS will host “Complex Helmets for a Complex World,” brought to you by Charles Owen & Co. This free webinar will be presented by Roy Burek, managing director and head of design at Charles Owen & Co., on May 29 at 8 p.m. EDT. Sign up for the webinar at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/494087742.
During the hour-long presentation, Roy will discuss innovations in helmet design. By adding complexity into the helmet design to answer many of the questions asked in today’s riding accidents, Charles Owen has been able to build a helmet that works to deal with the energy of impact in a wider range of accident situations. Horses and riders are riding in many different situations and environments than before, requiring helmets that can answer today’s tougher questions. More info...
Jun 6, 2013
The Oklahoma Equine Survivor Relief Clinic June 16 in Jupiter, FL
All proceeds to be donated to the relief fund.
Riders get a first-class Horsemanship by the talented Bob Faath, a clinic modeled after the ones he attended with Ray Hunt, Tom Curtin, and other legends of Horsemanship. If you don't want to ride but come as an auditor there is always much to learn from listening and witnessing the clinic railside.
This event will send 100% of the proceeds over to Oklahoma's equine survivors fro the Tornadoes. These horses will need care and supplies long after we stop hearing about them in our headlines.
Please bring contributions the day of the clinic or MAIL to Bob Faath at 17166 123rd Terrace, Jupiter, FL 33478
If folks want a tax write off you can write it PAYABLE: OTRP (Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Fund) as they are working alongside Red Earth Feed & Tack in their extensive efforts.
Safe Rides and Big Strides!
Palm City, FL
Jun 6, 2013
Clinton Anderson Philosophy
New Book from Clinton Anderson
By breaking down the most important elements of Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship® method of horse training, this book will inspire the dreams and goals of both horsemen and horsewomen alike. Dynamic color photographs and fuller explanations of this proven philosophy guide riders through such topics as understanding the prey-predator relationship between horses and humans, making the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult, using consistency in training, and determining horse personality to make an appropriate selection. Riders of all disciplines and levels of ability—from a weekend trail rider who wants a horse that will go safely down the trail to a competitive rider with aspirations to reach the top—will find inspiration for accomplishing their equestrian goals within this guide.
Clinton Anderson Philosophy More info...