The motion of the horse’s feet and legs are called gaits. There are roughly two groups of gaits, the natural gait and the acquired gait. The four natural gaits are the walk, the trot, the canter and the gallop. Some people consider the cantor and the gallop as one gait. A gait performed by natural impulse and without training is called a natural gait. Gaits that require specific training and practice are acquired gaits.
By: Dr. Douglas Stewart
Laminitis is a common illness of the hoof and is the second most frequent cause of premature death in horses. Although it is very rare for laminitis to kill a horse directly, it often results in euthanasia for humane reasons (the horse is crippled or in permanent pain) or practical reasons (e.g. the horse is unable to continue its normal activities). In addition to the horses which are put down, many others survive but are left permanently disabled or in pain.
It has been speculated since the early 90’s that extensive mustang trafficking has occured. The BLM’s closed book policy served to enhance this. Horses to Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover-up within the Wild Horse and Burro Program within the Bureau of Land Management was published in 1997.
While groups have been fighting the BLM for decades, it took just under 15 years for the feds to catch the first slaughter truck. An excellent article was published in horseback magazine. Whether you are a horse person or not, I encourage you to read it in its entirety. This is an example of a lot of untracked federal money and property dissapearing. Are there other sieves out there?
Wild Horse Wild Ride continues to receive rave reviews in the film festival. The film was selected as a candidate for the Gotham Independent Film Award. Audience vote narrowed down 25 moves down to 5. The top 5 are now being voted on. Vote for Wild Horse Wild Ride by clicking here.
This is the story of a girl who wanted a horse very badly, but was unsuccessful at obtaining one. She went with the next best thing; riding one of her family’s Holstein cows.. in an English saddle! Now this is some serious perseverance!
Today is one of the worst ice storms I have ever seen. Hopefully after all of this, our evergreens will survive. Right now, they are so weighted down that I think they might collapse if a strong wind comes through. Since we have 40mph winds expected tomorrow, this is a signficant possibility. The world is like an ice rink. It was challenging for me to even find a place for my dog to stand and do his business without slipping onto his face.
These icy conditions are very dangerous for your horse. If you typically give your horse access to the outdoors and there is any way to keep your horse inside, please do so. You don’t want your horse getting hurt. It would also be very difficult for you to get help given the road conditions or even for you to get out to help him yourself!
Melissa, My husband is an attorney in Green Bay (David), and he had business with your Dad. Your Dad gave my husband this website address and I thought I’d check it out. I have 4 horses myself, including a yearling I was given that I intend to attempt to start myself. I spent a week riding in Wyoming last summer observing wild horses with an amazing couple, Mike and Bobbi Wade. They run Blue Sky Sage Horseback riding adventures. I had the time of my life and I couldn’t believe how breathtaking those mustangs were in their natural environment. I would LOVE to know how I can get a copy of the documentary Wild Horse Wild Ride. I am so inspired by you!! I will surely be adding this website to my favorites and I’ll be checking back often! Happy Trails!
We are all very excited. It plays next week in Wichita, KS. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly encourange you to attend!
The Tevis is arguably the American Endurance Ride Association’s biggest and baddest race of the season. It attracts the best of the best from all over the country and even from other countries. The article that follows is an excellent account of the happenings on this ride: