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The Equiworld Ezine
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January 2001

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31st January 2001 Armathwaite Hall Strongid™-P Horse Trials & Cumberland News Country Fair July 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2001
Armathwaite 17-year-old Ian Clark wins Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future £2000 Scholarship
Ian Clark from Didmarton, Badminton in Gloucestershire is the winner of the 2001 Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship, which provides £2000 to be spent on agreed training opportunities during the 2001 eventing season.
17-year-old Ian, whose competition successes during 2000 included wins and placings at intermediate and junior regional novice level, and a 24th placing at Weston Park three-day-event, was nominated by junior regional co-ordinater Celia Gough. She particularly praised his “very real flare at getting horses to enjoy jumping”, also confirming that Ian is “already a very mature cross country rider”.
“I can’t quite believe I’ve won yet!” said Ian, “I’m already planning where we want to take the horses this season and this is going to make such a difference to the amount of training I can look forward to.
“I want to benefit from working with some different trainers and learn as much as I can - one of my main ambitions is the Junior team this season and more, regular training makes such a difference to the horses too!”
Armathwaite Hall in the Cumbrian Lake District holds an annual advanced event each July. As part of the organising team’s support of eventing, the organisers have committed to an initial five year sponsorship of what is known as the Armathwaite Hall Rider Of The Future Scholarship, to provide £2000 annually for funding approved training to a junior rider.
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31st January 2001 Prize money increases to $60,000 for 2001
American Paint Horse Association pays out $45,000 in first year of Gelding Plus incentive program

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association paid out $45,000 in prize money in 2000, the inaugural year of its innovative Gelding Plus Program.
Designed to give horse owners and breeders of Regular Registry and Paint-bred geldings an added opportunity to earn prize money and increase the value of their horses, the program paid the highest-advancing registered Paint geldings in both the open and non-pro divisions of select futurities $5,000 cash awards from APHA.
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30th January 2001
Miss Wish Upona Star Stallings Farms Quarter Horses Wish Upon A Star Fundraiser for Terminally Ill Children.
Stallings Farms Quarter horses owned by Richard M. Stallings of Carmi, Illinois has donated a reg. red roan yearling filly to raise money for terminally ill children through Wish Upon a Star
. Wish Upon A Star is a non profit org. that grants wishes to terminally ill children.
This is our 2nd. annual fundraiser for Wish Upon A Star.
The filly "Miss Wish Upona Star" will be on display at the Illinois Horse Fair March 3rd and 4th in Springfield, IL at the State Fair Grounds, then at the Indiana Horse Fair April 6th -8th at the State Fair grounds in Indianapolis, IN and then at Equitana USA June 14th-17th with the drawing there in Louisville, KY at Freedom Hall on June 16, 2001.
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30th January 2001
The National Countryside Show Stars of "Gladiators" take on roles at National Countryside Show
Three of the four biggest stars from the movie of the moment, Ridley Scott's Gladiators, have accepted roles at the National Countryside Show, Earls Court, London (2nd-4th February 2001)
In the film, the great hero Maximus (Russell Crowe) is destroyed by a young, degenerate emperor called Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who slaughters the general's wife and child.
Part of Gladiators was filmed in a forest near Farnham, England, where the battle between the Roman Legions and the Germanic army was staged.The battle involved the shooting of 16,000 flaming arrows and 10,000 non-flaming ones.Playing vital roles in the mêlée were three of the films biggest stars.They were responsible for ensuring the safe passage of Commodus and at over one ton each, "big" is definitely the word to describe them.They are, of course, the gigantic Shire Horses, Lingwood Majestic, Lingwood Earl and Lingwood Henry all three of whom spent nine weeks on the set of the film!The Shires will be playing an integral part in the main arena performances and will be at the entrance to the show to welcome visitors as they arrive.
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30th January 2001
HITS Horse Shows in the Sun
Richard Spooner Takes First, Second, and Fourth in Two-Man Jump-Off to Win the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at Indio
INDIO, CA (January 28, 2001)--Richard Spooner rode four horses in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in Indio, California, today, and qualified three for the jump-off. The 31-year-old rider from Burbank, California, placed first, second, and fourth, winning the class with Southshore, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner. Will Simpson of Westlake, California, was the only other rider in a field of 23 to go clear over Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios' Round One course, making the jump-off a two-man contest. Simpson was clean in the jump-off with El Campeon's Ado Annie, and had the lead over Spooner's Robinson by almost a full second, but was nearly two seconds slower than Southshore, placing him third. Spooner's take for the day was $15,000 for Southshore's owner, Eldorado 29; $11,000 for Robinson's owner, the Half Moon Bay Investment Group; and $4,000 for Bradford's owner, Tracey Kenly and Kenly Farms. When asked how he liked competing against himself, Spooner quipped, "I have a lot better shot at winning."
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29th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Loading the Scared Horse

Loading a horse into a trailer is a test of how accurately the horse responds to the step cue you put on him by heeding. Trailer loading isn't a separate skill you and your horse must learn. It's just applying the step cue you taught your horse with basic heeding to a specific task.
When the horse understands your step as an cue, meaning he is to follow each of your steps with a step of his own, you can use that cue to ask him to enter the trailer with you.
Horses that have had bad experiences remember trailers as scary things. If your horse is scared of the trailer because of previous bad experiences you must treat it like a new piece of equipment. All new equipment must be presented slowly and in a calm working environment. You reintroduce the trailer slowly, in a relaxed manner, with rhythmic use of your heeding cues.
If your horse is very afraid to even go near the trailer, do calm and familiar things beside it. For example, you can heed the horse in large circles next to the trailer because the circle is a familiar shape and you always want to be directing the horse what to do.

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29th January 2001 1-2 Finish Makes It A Super Sunday For Katie Prudent
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- January 28, 2001 - It was a Super Sunday for three-time AGA Rider of the Year Katie Prudent of Middleburg, Virginia, who finished first and second to capture the $35,000 Farr Legacy Grand Prix presented by Western Hay Sunday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The 47-year-old Prudent, who won titles in 1988, 1986 and 1982, earned first-place honors aboard Landato, an 11-year-old Oldenburg bay mare, with a clean ride over 13 obstacles in 36.406 seconds in the sudden-death jump-off round. She earned $10,500 for finishing first.
Prudent finished second aboard Belladonna, an 18-year-old Dutch-bred bay mare in 36.976 seconds and earned $7,700. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany placed third aboard Concetta in 37.733 seconds and earned $4,500.
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28th January 2001
Magnetic Therapy Do Magnets Hold Power of Healing?
HORSE lover Gail Rawlings was in tears when vets advised that her champion mare April would have to be shot after breaking a leg.
She said no-and April is once again winning showjumping competitions at the grand age of 25, thanks to a pair of magnetic boots! Gail, 34, of Whitchurch, Bristol, tried the boots in desperation after a friend came up with the bizarre idea. She said: "Quite frankly I was flabbergasted by the results. On the day the vet came I literally had the local abattoir on standby to come and turn her into petfood.
She could barely move. "Yet I put the boots on her on Monday evening, and by Wednesday morning she was walking around her stables. A week later she was running around in the fields and soon after that she was back jumping fences like a filly.
"It's like a 70-year-old woman with a broken hip who couldn't walk suddenly making a full recovery and running the London Marathon."
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28th January 2001 Ward at the Top of his Game
Wellington, FL -- January 27 - '98 AGA Rider of the Year, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY was once again in the winner's circle at The Nutrena Open Jumper Classic course built by '84 Olympic Gold Medalist, Conrad Homfeld. From a field of 40 competitors, Ward advanced to the jump-off with his bay gelding, All Saints and crossed the timers in 34.87. Olympian, Markus Beerbaum of Germany has returned to Florida to compete in the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival and is giving everyone a run for the money. Beerbaum turned in double clear rounds and the second fastest time of 36.74 aboard the German bred, Leena. Beerbaum and Ward both had two mounts place in today's event and will both be competing in tomorrow's Grand Prix.
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28th January 2001
HITS Horse Shows in the Sun
Richard Spooner and Robinson Win $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at Indio
INDIO, CA (January 26, 2001)¾Richard Spooner, 31, from Burbank, California, riding Robinson, won the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix in Indio, California, today--the first Grand Prix of the Indio Desert Circuit and the first of six Ariat Grand Prix classes to be held at the six-week circuit. Leopoldo Palacios from Caracas, Venezuela, designed the course. Mr. Palacios was the course designer at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Twenty-seven riders made up the field for Round One; four had clear rounds and moved on to the Jump-Off. Spooner was one of two riders to go double-clear, and won by 0.875 seconds. Spooner was awarded the blue ribbon, an embroidered cooler, an engraved silver trophy, and $7,500 for Robinson's owner, the Half Moon Bay Investment Group.
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27th January 2001
Peru Horse Lover's Tour of Peru
See the wonders of the world and tour horse breeding farms in Peru! April 2001 will find us at the Peruvian National Show in Lima, Peru -- with optional trips to Northern Peru and the incredible Inca cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu!
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27th January 2001 Cheska and Merit Dominate Power and Speed
WELLINGTON, FL -- JANUARY 26 - US Equestrian Team Veteran, Donald Cheska of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was in the winner's circle with Merit in the Power and Speed competition at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. 40 year-old Cheska and Merit were one of only three double clear rides out of 23 competitors over the Conrad Homfeld designed course, finishing up in 49.15 seconds. Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ turned in the second double clear ride in 50.04 seconds, up on Rafiki. Colin Syquia and Dumbo De Chapelle stopped the timers just splits behind Kappler in 50.93 seconds, for a third place finish.
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27th January 2001
ILPH ILPH Director takes Retirement
Dr. Douglas Munro, the Director of the ILPH, is taking retirement and will shortly be leaving Snetterton.
“A number of factors have influenced my decision,” said Douglas Munro, “among them the fact that I have recently celebrated my 60th birthday.
“I will be leaving the ILPH in good shape and with an ever expanding role to play in the field of equine welfare. “During my period as Director the League has lobbied effectively for a reduction in the level of transportation of live equines across the European Union, a cruel and unnecessary practice which we all hope will soon be brought to a halt.”
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26th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Loading the Disobedient Horse

Loading a horse into a trailer is not a separate skill that horses and their handlers need to learn. Loading is simply a response to the step cue you've taught your horse through heeding.
The horse that has learned to stay at your shoulder, trust your consistency and trust that he's got your full attention whenever you're with him. He has learned that your step is a cue for him to take a step. So he will match you step for step and walk right into the trailer. The step cues are the same and the horse's response to them should be the same as if you were asking him to walk down the barn aisle or into an arena. When the horse understands heeding, walking into a trailer is just one step away from what he already knows.
When people have trouble loading their horses its usually because they didn't introduce the trailer properly in the first place. Horses that have been forced into trailers or had some other bad trailering experience get afraid of them. Other horses are not afraid. They have just decided that they are not going to get in the trailer and are simply being disobedient.
If you have a horse who is just being evasive and disobedient, the tactics are a bit different than those you use to reintroduce the scared horse to a trailer. But you cannot lose your temper or start fighting. Disobedient horses are spoiling for a fight. Remember that a horse can only get the energy for a fight from the person who's fighting with him. If you're not fighting with the horse, he'll quit.

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26th January 2001 USET Veteran, Little Captures First Grand Prix
Wellington, Florida -- January 25, 2001 -- USET Veteran, Lynn Little of Frederick, MD bested a field of 51 competitors aboard her mount, Comtessa, to win the $25,000 Nutrena/Western Hay Challenge Cup at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Only seven horse and rider combinations advanced to the sudden death jump-off round of the grandprix season opener. Little turned in double clear rounds and crossed the timers in 39.81 seconds. Canadian Equestrian Team Veteran, Jay Hayes, finished the seven fence jump-off track in less than two seconds behind Little in 41.51 seconds aboard Diva, followed by 2000 Olympian, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who stopped the timers in the fastest time of 37.85 seconds up on Hidden Creek's Chris, but knocked down a fence for a four fault finish.
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26th January 2001 KWPN Select Sale Enthusiastically Awaits
Next week, during the KWPN Stallion Show in the Netherlands, 22 three-year-old stallions will be sold. The interest, not only nationally but also from abroad, in the young stallions that are going to be sold then is enormous. On Saturday 3 February more than 10,000 visitors will find their way to the Brabanthallen in 's Hertogenbosch where the first edition of this elite auction takes place. Information and parts of the videotapes of those stallions can be found on the internet.
It's The Start of Something Big
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25th January 2001
The Palomino History of the Palomino Horse Association
The Palomino Horse Association is the Original Palomino Registry incorporated in 1936. Todays Palomino Horse Association is the continuation of the registry which originally began in the State of California in 1935, when Dick Halliday registered the golden stallion El Rey de Los Reyes to begin the records of his envisioned true Palomino Breed. To be exact, the Palomino Horse Association was founded in 1932, but it took so much time to study registry methods, the history of breed formation and many points of law that active field work could not start until February 1934.
The Palomino Horse Association is a registry that does not discriminate against any breed. We recognize all breeds based on color and conformation. If a particular horse is not registered with a breed registry and the color proves to be Palomino we will register on color. We have horses from every breed registered with PHA. The ideal color is that of a gold coin, but the shade can vary from light, medium to dark gold. The mane and tail should be white, ivory or silver, but we will allow 15% dark or sorrel mixed in. In the last few years we have opened our doors to the creme colored horse with blue eyes. It has been researched and proven that these light colored Palominos always produce a Palomino. Therefore, they are definite breeding stock for the Palomino,.
The Palomino is a multi-purpose horse. They are admired not only for their beauty but their versatility, maneuverability and endurance. They are to be found in ranching, racing, rodeos, pleasure riding parades, shows, fiestas, jumping, trail rides and all other equine activities. We even have a few movie stars including Mr. Ed, Trigger and Trigger JR., which were registered with The Palomino Horse Association
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25th January 2001 News from the 2001 Cosequinâ Winter Equestrian Festival
"Ward Captures Season Opener"

WELLINGTON, FL -- JANUARY 24 - Showjumping veteran, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, captured his first victory of the '2001 season aboard his new mount, 4 Seasons. Ward bested a field of 42 starters in the opening meet of the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival, scoring a fault-free ride over the Americhoice Open Speed 12 obstacle jumping course in 60.80 seconds. Ward also finished in the ribbons in at least five other competitions today. 2000 Olympian and 6 time AGA rider of the year, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL finished behind Ward in 62.30 seconds on board Hidden Creek's Alvar. Third place finish went to USET Veteran, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL up on Pandora who finished up just splits behind 62.36. McLain Ward took a fourth in this competition as well.
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25th January 2001
HITS Horse Shows in the Sun Teams Up with HITS as Presenting Sponsor for $75,000 Bayer/USET Grand Prix at Indio
INDIO, CA (January 23, 2001)-Horse Shows In The Sun has announced that is the presenting sponsor for the $75,000 Bayer/USET Benefit Grand Prix at the Indio Desert Circuit in California on February 11, 2001. is a website that offers in-depth horse news and information from Morris Communications Corporation magazines and other affiliates. More than 80 team members from Morris Digital Works are involved in this web effort, and two full time Content Directors lead over 100 freelance journalists covering the nation's biggest horse events. Based in Augusta, Georgia, Morris has been involved in the horse industry for over 50 years and launched in December 1997.
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25th January 2001 Three rides now offered in 2001
APHA takes trail ride program to Philmont Scout Ranch this spring

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recreational riding program will cover exciting new ground this spring, with the addition of a ride at the Philmont Scout Ranch in historic Cimarron, New Mexico, April 30–May 4.
The addition of the Scout Ranch ride means APHA will coordinate rides at three locations this year, all within about a day’s drive from most of its members. Other rides this year include the Black River Trail Ride, to be held Aug. 6–10 in the Ozark foothills of Lesterville, Mo., and an outing at historic Fort Robinson State Park, planned Sept. 3–8 in the rugged Pine Ridge region of northern Nebraska, near Crawford.
For more than 10 years, trail riders have signed on for APHA rides that have taken them though some of the most scenic and historic countryside in the United States. As in previous years, APHA’s goal for this year’s events is nothing short of creating the ride of lifetime for participants.
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24th January 2001
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24th January 2001
The British Horse Society Will your Weekly Riding Lesson Take You To The Top?
The British Horse Society is pleased to announce that the Equitation Competition for Young Riders will again take place in 2001. The BHS believes that this is the only national competition for those who do not own a horse or pony of their own. The prizes will be valuable vouchers to spend on high quality training.
The competition is designed to recognise the importance of the welfare of the horse through the part played by correct riding. The BHS aims to broaden the base of British riding and identify talent, and to give opportunities to young people to benefit from quality instruction in horse care and equitation. The competition provides a pathway for talented riders to progress to the national and international scene, while at the same time promoting BHS Approved Riding Schools as establishments where safe and competent riding and tuition can be enjoyed.
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24th January 2001
Horse Shows in the Sun Horse Shows in the Sun
Coachella Valley Charities Benefit from Indio Desert Circuit Horse Show
INDIO, CA-Horse Shows In The Sun, Inc., (HITS) based in Rhinebeck, New York, has produced the Indio Desert Circuit horse show for ten years at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Indio, California, and annually donates ticket proceeds to local charities in the Coachella Valley. Selected charities pre-sell tickets to the horse show and keep 100% of the proceeds. Additionally, during the circuit, each Sunday one of the charities provides members to act as ticket takers at the entrance gates. At the end of the horse show, each charity receives a percentage of the total gate.
HITS Desert Horse Park features hunter/jumper competition Wednesday through Sunday from 8am until approximately 4pm, January 24 to March 11. Spectators are admitted free Wednesday through Friday. Tickets are $5 on Saturday or Sunday. Children under 12 are always admitted at no charge. More than 25,000 spectators are expected to visit HITS Desert Horse Park during this year's six-week horse show.
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23rd January 2001 APHA awards top racing honors to 16 Paint Horses
FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) announced the names of 16 Paint Horses and their owners who will receive distinguished racing awards during the association’s upcoming Workshop and Board of Directors meeting slated for May 31-June 2, in Irving, Texas. APHA’s racing committee, comprising 17 members, voted for outstanding Paint Horses in several categories and named them as World Champions and Champions in specific age groups.
Karen Utecht, APHA racing coordinator, said the horses and their performances in 2000 highlighted an outstanding year for Paint racing. These award-winning horses are also helping to popularize the breed in racing circles, she said.
“Interest in Paint Horse racing is increasing at a fast pace throughout the country,” said Utecht, citing statistics to back her claim.
Paint racing has shown a steady increase since 1966, when the APHA officially recognized the sport. That year, 17 starters ran for $1,290. In 1999, 503 starters competed in 367 APHA-recognized races for purses exceeding $2 million. Last year, 553 starters had competed in 531 races for a gross purse of nearly $2.7 million. Compared to only three years ago, the number of Paint starters at tracks across the country has increased 67 percent.
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22nd January 2001
Equine Shiatsu The Lung Meridian.
In this article we will look at the Lung Meridian. As its name suggests, this Meridian relates to protecting the horses immune system and guarding the internal body from external pathogens and influences. The horse with a weak lung meridian may have lingering conditions like nasal discharge, coughing or sinusitis. Your touch of this meridian will stimulate and tonify the horses natural protective armour and can bring many benefits. Some owners have found that, after a visit from a Shiatsu practitioner to learn exactly where the Meridian is on their horse and how to work the Meridian their horse can remain clear of Sweet Itch
The Lung Meridian begins within the horse's abdomen and rises to the surface of the chest. It then continues down the front of the foreleg flowing down to a point on the hoof just above the coronary band. From its very position you can see why poorly fitting rugs or breast collars can restrict energy flow.
Each meridian affects the exterior body parts over which it flows so massage and acupressure on Lung Meridian points are used to treat chest and forearm pain, arthritis in the knee, tendonitis in the knee area and laminitis.
The Lung Meridian also affects emotions. Horses with balanced meridians are intelligent, calm, unflappable and composed. They respect riders with the same characteristics - both horse and rider can enjoy tasks that challenge them. The well-balanced horse reacts easily with his social environment but any imbalance in this meridian leads to aloofness, grief, tenseness. Massaging your horse and his Lung Meridian will surely draw the horse out, especially if done in a loving manner.

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22nd January 2001 Equiworld HorseLinks

Trying to Find Websites? Try HorseLinks.
The ever popular Equiworld HorseLinks has been upgraded to make it even easier to both find the information you need and add a listing for your own site.
HorseLinks also features a new "Quick Search" facility, along with direct links to a huge range of information. Also added is an index to equestrian sports.
If you find an equestrian link we have missed, let us know!
21st January 2001
Baileys Horse Feeds What a Christmas Present!
The winner of the Baileys "Cash for Christmas" Prize Draw for £1,000 was Peter Parsons of Knossington in Leicestershire. Peter runs a hunting yard in the Cottesmore country, feeding 10 horses and had been collecting the tokens on promotional bags of Baileys Economy Mix which he sent in for his Christmas "cash back". An added extra for this year's promotion was the entry into a free prize draw for £1,000 for every 20 tokens that were sent in.
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21st January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Applied Heeding: Basic Trailer Training

Trailer loading is not a BIG deal. It is just heeding. When you step forward, the horse steps forward. When you stop, the horse stops. Your horse stays by your side always and that includes walking next to you into a trailer.
The thing you never do is force the horse into the trailer. You don't want to make any part of your training program scary to the horse. You just stay at the shoulder and calmly walk into the trailer. Loading a horse in a trailer is not an accomplishment. You don't need to do anything loud when you load a horse into a trailer. It is just having your horse on your heeding aids so completely that he goes with you anywhere. So if your horse does not want to go into a trailer, you need to go back and sharpen your heeding and bring up the trailer question again later.
Fine tune your step cue by going back to the stage of reinforcing what you ask with an aid, if necessary. Walk forward and reinforce the message that the horse is to step with you by tapping its hindquarters with a whip. Stop by turning your body parallel to the horse's body and blocking its chest with the whip, emphasizing the side that matches the forward front foot. Do a LOT of backing, controlling each stride. Get accuracy. Get only the stride you ask for and no more or less. It is accuracy that makes the horse heed you into the trailer. If you don't get accuracy you will get disobedience.
Remember that if the horse does not enter the trailer, it does not necessarily mean that he is disobeying your step cue. He may not quite understand heeding well enough yet. You may need to go back and work more with basic heeding to confirm your cue.
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20th January 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale

- World Cup Final Dressage moved to Denmark
- 2000 FEI World Jumping Challenge
- Participation of women in sport administration
- In Memoriam: Mr J.-J. de Watteville
- FEI General Assembly

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20th January 2001 The Trakehner
It has been said that the Trakehner has everything everybody is looking for in a performance horse and if you look at the breeds list of attributes it is easy to see why.
The Trakehner is the most important and outstanding of all warmblood breeds, renowned for their grace, power, magnificent movement, outstanding beauty, great ability to perform, they are naturally balanced and free. Best of all, they have an ideal temperament - keen and alert. level-headed and able to take intense work. They have a willingness to work and due to their intelligence they learn extremely quickly. The Trakehner, is the warrnblood closest to the British ideal of the modern competition and riding horse, whose upgrading influence of bloodlines is evident in most of the continental sports breeds today. The popularity of this breed is growing at an outstanding rate.
The Trakehner is the "Thoroughbred" of warmblood breeds, it is more closely related to the Thoroughbred than other German breeds having had major influence in the stud book from the English Thoroughbred and to a lesser degree the Arab and Anglo Arab. Due to selective breeding the Trakehner has retained the best Thoroughbred qualities while keeping its own special character and "type". The "Lloyds Bank Black Horse" is a Black Trakehner Stallion
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19th January 2001
The Paso Fino - A Horse for all Seasons
courtesy of Jennie Williams
What makes a Paso Fino so special?" Many of us in Paso Finos are asked that question on a daily basis. There are a myriad of reasons that a Paso can get under you skin and into your heart forever. But the bottom line is always the RIDE. It usually takes only one ride to convince people that the Paso Fino is completely different from any other breed you have ever encountered.
The Paso Fino
Although not well known in the US, numbering fewer than 40,000 in the entire US, the Paso Fino horse is gaining great popularity among the more horse savvy community. The long held secret is getting out and more and more horse enthusiasts are looking for that very distinctive tic-a-tic-a-tic-a-tic-a sound of a Paso going by. This is the Mercedes of the horse world. Like a Mercedes, the Paso Fino's power steering, power suspension, low-slung carriage, and high performance motor, give a glass smooth ride that effortlessly glides along the trails, providing immense pleasure to both horse and rider.
More and more chiropractors and orthopedists are recommending Paso Finos to their injured clientele that just won't give up riding a horse for anything in the world. Paso Finos have become "horse therapy" for all of those injured backs, hips, and knees.

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19th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Advanced Ground Control

Ground control precedes horse control. If a horse doesn't heed its handler on the ground, it is never going to listen when that person swings into the saddle. A lot of horse people mythunderstand ground work. They think it just means snapping on a lead rope and pushing or pulling a horse from the barn to the arena or from the stall to the crossties or hopefully into a trailer. One of the ways to make people think you're magic with horses is if you can control the horse from the ground constantly and consistently for the purpose you want.
Teaching your horse how to heed makes it possible to tell him not only what direction you want him to move but also how long to make his strides and how quick you want the strides to be. Heeding teaches the horse that when we apply a pressure, it has a meaning. The pressure is never an attack and the horse learns it will go away as soon as he moves way from it. Heeding takes all of the big, exciting individual episodes out of training. It makes training a step-by-step development of an understanding between you and the horse.
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18th January 2001
Pet Care Products Are You Ready For Spring?
The snow may be falling along with the mercury, but savvy horse owners know that now is the time to get ready for spring—especially if they have an expectant mare.
Foaling demands special skills of most horse owners. Though veterinarians are often not, proper precautions should include adequate medical supplies, and your vet's cell phone number!
In the area of supplies, the proven product is the VSI Foal Kit, one of the unique first aid and emergency kits produced by Pet Care Products. Developed with assistance from the Center for Business and Technical Development at Central Missouri State University, Foal Kit" was created with extensive input from horse owners and veterinarians. The most important aspect of Foal Kit" may be the peace of mind it provides horsemen and women who know how important it is to be prepared during this often-hectic time.
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18th January 2001
Brookhill Steeplechase Brookhill Receives JCVB Special Projects Grant for 2001!
Raleigh, NC – The Brookhill Steeplechase 2001, run in Johnston County, NC, was awarded a grant from the Johnston County Visitors Bureau January 3, 2001.
"We are excited to be the recipient of this grant from the Johnston County Visitor's Bureau to help promote the Brookhill Steeplechase," says Glenn Seitchek.
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17th January 2001
Cushings Syndrome Herbal Offers Hope for Cushings Syndrome
The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, a common ailment of older horses, are so classical most vets skip the diagnostic tests. And we don't blame them. Not only are these tests expensive ($80-$100+), but they often return with negative or equivocal results. There's no known cure for Cushing's, so veterinarians focus on treating these symptoms. Prescription drugs do show results and aren't a bad choice, but we've also found an herbal supplement that shows incredible promise.
What's Cushing's
Cushing's syndrome is a collection of clinical signs and symptoms that are the result of hormonal imbalances. These are caused by either overactivity of the pituitary gland or a tumor in the gland itself.
The hallmark of Cushing's is an abnormally long, thick, curly or coarse hair coat that does not shed in the spring, although there are other obvious symptoms (see link below).
Poor immunity, both to infections and internal parasites, often develops, related both to the poor overall condition and the hormonal factors. In advanced cases and/or with large tumors, blindness may occur due to pressure on the optic nerve. The horse may also tilt his head.
Sometimes you can decrease or stop Cushing's treatment in the early summer. Summer's longer day lengths probably result in less stimulation of the melanotrope cells, which produce the problematic POMC hormone. Symptoms return in the fall, which is a common time for laminitis to appear.
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17th January 2001 Equiworld at BETA 2001
Equiworld will again have a stand at this years British Equestrian Trade Association (aka BETA) International Trade show being held on 18/19/20th February 2001 at the NEC, Birmingham, England. Equiworld was the first equestrian internet company to have a stand at BETA. This year marks Equiworlds fourth year at the event.
The Equiworld team will be available to chat about the Equestrian Internet on our stand (C1.3) throughout the event. You can find more about the trade show on the web at,
16th January 2001
The Equine Research Centre Equine Research Centre's Reproduction Workshops to be held at Glengate Farms in Campbellville, Ontario
Reproduction Workshops on Transported Semen, Frozen Semen and Artificial Insemination will be held on February 16th, 17th and 18th, 2001
Guelph, Ontario: The successful ERC reproduction workshops are expanding to Glengate Farms to provide participants the opportunity to work in an industry laboratory.Participants will view firsthand the operation of a state of the art breeding facility that stands seven stallions and houses over 75 mares."It is an excellent environment to learn the techniques of reproduction," said Debra Ottier, reproduction researcher at the Centre.Doug Nash, farm manager of Glengate Farms, has been an essential part of the ERC's workshops, providing current information on shipping procedures and legislation."He lends an industry point of view to the technical information of the workshop in a manner that participants are not overwhelmed."These workshops will address the issues, procedures and practices related to collecting, transporting, and freezing semen, and inseminating mares.The workshops are designed to be practical, in-depth and hands-on.Active participants will be required to sign an accident and liability waiver in order to participate.Highlights of new reproductive technologies and respective conception rates will also be presented.
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16th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Working In Corridors

Heeding is a horse communication system that proceeds in small, horse-logical steps that never create fear or antagonism in the horse. It requires being consistent in the moves you make around the horse, introducing just one small bite of information at a time, and making sure that new information is just one step away from what the horse already understands.-.
Heeding builds a solid foundation that the horse and trainer can use to play reining or show jumping or dressage or any other game they decide to play. In a relationship with a horse, the best place to start is at a distance. So last time we talked about how you start the heeding relationship at a distance. You turn the horse loose in an arena and just "play" by following him in a way that builds his confidence that you are not an attacker. You establish an imaginary line running through your shoulders and the horse's shoulders and consistently keep your body facing in the same direction as the horse. The horse begins to associate that posture with the freedom to move forward. When you step behind this line, you put pressure on the horse to move forward. If you step ahead of this line, you restrict him a little.
As you and your horse get to playing together and paying more attention to one another, you can eventually use these actions to encourage the horse to turn another direction or change speed. For example, you can step ahead of the shoulder line, turn, and ask the horse for a turn.
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16th January 2001
Brookhill Steeplechase Tent Space Renewals are Hot to Trot for Brookhill 2001
Raleigh, NC – Coming back after its record breaking 2000 season, the Brookhill Steeplechase has started signing up tent space renewals for 2001.
“Last year, tent sales volume increased by as much as fifteen percent - our best ever,” says Vice Chairman for Marketing, Dupre Jones, “Jockey’s Club, Paddock Club and Outrider Club tent spaces were some of our hottest sales packages.” The renewal rates for Brookhill’s most exclusive tent package, Winner’s Circle, are as high as ninety percent.
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15th January 2001
Teton NewMedia Popular author Cherry Hill and publisher Teton NewMedia release first of a kind CD-ROM for Horseowners: Cherry Hill Horsekeeping" & Training CD-ROM Collection.
Jackson Hole, WY - January 2001. Now horseowners, trainers, and equine enthusiasts can enjoy instant access to the wisdom of popular equine author Cherry Hill with the Cherry Hill Horsekeeping" & Training CD-ROM Collection developed and marketed by Teton NewMedia. The Collection is comprised of three separate CD-ROM libraries containing Cherry Hill’s most popular horse care and training books with enhancements such as video and animation.
The 3 CD-ROM Libraries are the Horse Care Library, Rider Library, and the Master Library. The Horse Care Library contains these Cherry Hill books: Horse Health Care, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, and Maximum Hoof Power and retails for $49.95. The Rider Library contains: Horse Handling and Grooming, Becoming an Effective Rider, and 101 Arena Exercises with 15 animated exercises! The Rider Library also retails for $49.95. The Master Library contains all of the previous titles plus 6 more of Cherry’s most popular books, additional videos and animations. The Master Library retails for $169.95.
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15th January 2001 The Canadian Pony of the Americas.
On March 12th, 1975 the Canadian Pony of the Americas Association was recognized by Agriculture Canada to maintain a registry for CPOAs in Canada. Appaloosa coloured ponies had been bred in Canada prior to this date, but no one had maintained a record of them. Consequently, ponies with unknown background, which met the breed requirements could still be recorded and become part of the breed. Now there are CPOAs in most provinces. CPOA
Today our breed standard calls for a versatile performance pony exhibiting excellent conformation, working ability and durability combined with a good and willing temperament, which is suitable for the entire family, at home and in the show ring. The CPOA measures between 11.2 h.h. (46") and 14 h.h. (56") which has the appearance of a small horse, having sufficient body to be able to do a full day's work, while having enough refinement to make it attractive. It should have beauty and personality as well as stamina and stability. The CPOA started out as mainly a Western Pony but over years of breeding many have developed a long flat kneed forward movement and the breed has advanced to now being very capable in all disciplines including hunter, jumper, dressage, gymnastics and Three Day eventing, and are being ridden by youths and adults alike! They have now become the versatile using pony for the whole family
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14th January 2001
Przewalski's Horse Prezwalskis Horse.
The Przewalski Horse (Equus przewalskii Poliakov) or Takhi as the Mongolians name them is rather small, sturdy animal with a short, strong neck.
They are sand-colored all over except for a dark stripe running along the spine into the dark colored tail, covered by light deckchairs. The nose is cream-colored and the legs show zebra stripes. Their erect manes and tail are dark brown. Prehistoric drawings in caves in France and Spain show that primitive humans hunted these horses over 20,000 years ago. The earliest written reports on Przewalski horses date from the ninth century and in 1226 a herd of Przewalski horses is said to have caused Chingis Khan to fall off his horse. For millennia these horses roamed the steppes of Europe and Asia.
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14th January 2001
Cyberfoal is the free Internet service offered to breeders having lost mares and foals, during and after foaling. It also provides the availability and need of colostrum.
Mares and foals unfortunately meet unforeseen circumstances during and after foaling. Realizing a need for breeders to help each other in these situations, Peter decided to set up the unique Internet service of, a free service offered with the support of a sponsor to breeders in need. This independent site, allows owners and breeding farms the opportunity to enter and view mares, foals and colostrum available at the touch of a button. Both parties closest to each other then discuss an amicable agreement. Many breeders are satisfied in offering their mares, in return of care and/or trade of a breeding, their priority being that of companionship to both mare and foal, when compatible. Through this service many mares and foals have been united and new friendships have been made by the cooperation of breeders helping each other. Cyberfoal brings together all breeds, an accomplishment seldom seen, but for the love of our foals.
The Cyberfoal mission is not to take away what nature has given, but give back what nature has taken and with this philosophy Cyberfoal has become a successful Network to world breeders.
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14th January 2001 Horsing around the net
The internet is very much in the news and internet sites seem to be springing up at an alarming rate, many will fall by the wayside but one we heard about of recently seems to have all of the ingredients required for success. is the brain child of Nicola Walden and offers the opportunity for owners and prospective purchasers to do just what the domain name suggests at a price lower that most forms of advertising and yet available to a greater audience than even the largest circulation magazine. For as little as £25.00 Horse and Pony Sales will show a colour photograph and written text on their site placed under the heading of your choice. (Adverts can be placed without a photograph for £20.00) So if you are selling or buying an animal or have tack or other items for sale there is usually a heading already in place, but if not one can easily be created and you can be on site and advertising within 24 hours, as the site is updated on a regular basis.
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13th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
"Leading" Is Misleading.

Ground control precedes horse control. Before you snap the lead rope onto a horse's halter, you and the horse need to start communicating in a meaningful, horse-logical way.
The reason for that is because lead ropes don't lead horses or control horses. You're in trouble right from the start if you expect a little bitty rope, or even a rope with some kind of chain at the business end, to control a horse. You have to lead a horse using a communication system that clearly tells the horse you are the lead mare he can trust and that clearly tells him the speed, the direction, and the shape you want the horse to move.
We start by bringing the horse into a small indoor arena. This confines the horse in way that is understandable to him. Starting inside four solid walls minimizes distractions and makes it easier to get the horse's attention, especially in the beginning lessons

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13th January 2001
If your pet is injured or unwell and traditional remedies are simply not working, you should visit a new website which, in its own words, is "dedicated to providing information on how we can naturally look after our pets in sickness and in health"
The site,, offers advice on where to seek alternative treatments for your pet when all traditional methods have failed. Many people now accept that going the alternative route can often be the best, and this site has all sorts of useful tips and advice; it also has some wonderful case studies, which you may find really inspiring.
You'll also find directories of services and suppliers, book reviews, regular contributions from the team of vets, product reviews and, of course, updated reports on alternative and complementary treatments available today.
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13th January 2001
Brookhill Steeplechase Executive Committee Announced for 2001 Brookhill Steeplechase
And they’re OFF! The Raleigh Jaycees’ Board of Directors has announced the Executive Committee for the 2001 Brookhill Steeplechase, the Triangle’s premier horse racing event, to take place on May 5, 2001 in Clayton, NC.
The Brookhill Steeplechase is a horse race, sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, owned and operated by the Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Raleigh Jaycees. Founded in 1993, the Brookhill Steeplechase offers enthusiasts from across the Research Triangle region a chance to witness professional jockeys compete for purses exceeding $40,000. Proceeds from this unique event help fund many of the more than 120 projects run by the Raleigh Jaycees each year, including Goodfellows, the Turkey Shoot at the NC State Fair, numerous child literacy and mentorship programs, professional and personal training programs and cooperative efforts with the Jaycee Burn Center and the Boys’ Home of North Carolina.
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12th January 2001
Pet and Garden The Pet & Garden Competition Winners
The Question was: what is the flavour of Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste?
The Answer is Cinnamon flavoured

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12th January 2001
ILPH Are Police Cuts Costing Lives ?
Incidences of loose horses on Britain’s roads are on the increase says a leading horse welfare charity.
Following today’s report of the shooting by police of three loose horses on the A13 in Essex, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) is calling for a more cohesive national police policy on dealing with loose horses.
Says David Mountford, Head of Equine Operations at the ILPH, “We have seen a drastic rise in the number of calls we receive from the public reporting horses loose on the roads. Whether these animals have strayed, been abandoned, or broken their tethers, the ILPH sadly cannot take them in having neither the capacity nor the authority to do so. It is the responsibility of the police to remove them from the public highway and impound them.
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12th January 2001 The Appaloosa.
Although Appaloosas are readily recognized by their spotted coats, some "Appys" are solid in color. The Appaloosa Horse Club recognizes 13 different base colors, including bay, black, chestnut, white, and palomino. The identifiable characteristics of the breed are: white sclera around the eye; striped hooves; sparse, short mane and tail; and, mottled skin around the nostrils and genitalia, a characteristic unique to Appaloosas. Appys range in height from 14.2 to 16 hands.
Appaloosa patterns are: Blanket - white over the hip area with a contrasting base color; Spots - white or dark spots over all or a portion of the body; Blanket with spots - a combination of the above two; Roan; Roan Blanket - has roan pattern over a portion of the body, usually the hips; Roan Blanket with Spots - the roan blanket has spots within it; and, Solid - coat has no contrasting color in the form of an Appaloosa coat pattern. Leopard coats are white with dark spots; Snowflake coats have dominant spotting over the hips; Frost coats have white specks with a dark background.
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12th January 2001
Open Forums Open Forum: For Arabian Horse Owners (And those interested in owning an Arabian horse!)
El Masri Arabians
588 Highway 36 West
üHave fun with your Arabian horse on the Trail!
üCompete with your Arabian in Barrel Racing or Team Roping
üRide your Arabian in Reining or Cutting horse competitions
üRide an Arabian as a Hunter or Dressage horse
üRide an Arabian in Western Pleasure or Working Cow Horse classes
üShow your Arabian or ride for pleasure! The Arabian horse can do it all!

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11th January 2001
Tri Shield 9 divided by 3 = 1 Tri-Shield Rug System?
Horses could be in for a cosy new treat this winter with the launch of the Tri-Shield Rug System. Tri-Shield is an entirely new concept of combining the benefits of nine, yes nine rugs, into one comprehensive system.
Based on original research at a leading British university and developed by extensive field trials, Tri-Shield has brought Innovation to the equine rug market at a price that offers real value.
Essentially users will not need any other rugs, as Tri-Shield has a simple solution for the horse’s varying needs in terms of warmth, protection or care. At its heart is the simple principle of using multiple layers and providing more options. There is a tough outdoor weatherproof ‘New Zealand’, a really snug stable rug for the draughtiest barn, or a superb sporting universal rug to quickly dry off the competitive horse, Tri-shield has a design solution that has been field tested to work, and work well.
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11th January 2001 The Tennessee Walking Horse.
The Tennessee Walking Horse's claim to fame is its unique gait, the running walk. This smooth, gliding gait is a fast version of the flat walk in which the back foot glides over the track left by the front foot. The horse's head nods in time to the beat, the ears swing in perfect motion, and some horses will click their teeth. These are very rhythmic horses!
TWHs range in size from 15 to 17 hands, weigh approximately 1000 pounds, and come in a variety of colors. The head is large, with pointed ears, a straight profile, large, gentle eyes and flared nostrils. The neck is muscular and arched and fairly broad at the base.
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11th January 2001
KWPN Select Sale Great Interest for KWPN Select Sale
In three weeks it will be upon us; the first edition of the KWPN Select Sale will take place in 's Hertogenbosch. The interest in the young stallions that are going to be sold then is enormous. In the meantime the organization is in full swing.
"The selection is complete and the photography and video work is done" says Hank van Campen of EQ International. A group of 22 stallions remained after the veterinary examination.
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11th January 2001 Tejano Red, stakes winner of 7 races with earnings of over $237,000 U.S. will be entering his first year at stud in Dunrobin, Ontario.
Tejano Red Sired by Tejano (Caro, Infantes by Exclusive Native) and out of Life's Melody (Stop The Music, Spit and Polish by Herbager), is a welcome newcomer for thoroughbred mare owners in the area . His presence means that mare owners won't have to travel long distances to get their mares to a good quality race sire. His race record and bloodlines speak for themselves
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10th January 2001
Dustloc Organic Dust Suppressant Reduces Dust and Saves on Watering
DUSTLOCTM Dust Suppressant, from EnvironMist, Inc., is a revolutionary new organic dust control product that nearly eliminates dust and dramatically reduces watering.
Stop harmful inhalation of dust by horse, rider, and spectator while also reducing the time and expense of constant watering.
When properly applied, Dustloc's new formula bonds with the soil and retains moisture in the footing of your indoor or outdoor arena. Dustloc reduces evaporation, which keeps your footing moist longer, thus reducing the frequency of watering.Dustloc also contains a de-clumping agent to keep your footing uniform and manageable. The amount that Dustloc reduces watering depends on your particular soil, but in our tests, an indoor arena that needs water once every two days will need water only once every 2-3 weeks.

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10th January 2001
Hill Country Equestrian Hill Country Equestrian Lodge - A Haven for Riders and Nature Lovers
Nestled in an oak-studded valley, and encircled by the rugged hills west of Bandera, Texas, Hill Country Equestrian Lodge offers a new perspective on the traditional guest ranch.
According to owners Dianne Tobin and Peter Lovett, "Everything here is designed to create a very personal experience for each guest. We emphasize privacy, and no one is restricted by a set schedule. Guests can bring their own horses and ride at will, or they can take a private lesson or a guided ride on one of ours. Each of our cabins is carefully placed among the trees to provide a sense of seclusion, and is situated to take advantage of the incredible Hill Country views here."
Built in historic Early Texas architectural style, each cabin has a full kitchen, rear deck, and spacious front porch from which to enjoy sunrises, sunsets, birding, and stargazing. In four of the cabins, a limestone fireplace stretches from the hard-wood floor to the peak of the 21 foot cathedral ceiling.
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10th January 2001
Hedgeholme Stud Announces Two New Stallions for 2001
Hedgeholme Stud are pleased to announce that for the 2001 season two new Stallions will be available for British Breeders.
The well proven stallion Namaqualand, a Group Winning son of Mr. Prospector has moved to Hedgeholme from Rathbarry Stud in Ireland.
The really fast son of Dancing Dissident, Almaty will be joining Namaqualand for the 2001 season at Hedgeholme, this exciting new Stallion could well be the horse to fill the gap in the North left by Clantime.
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9th January 2001
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
He's got ears--they hear, and he talks with them, and they can tell his temperature, and at times they make a good handle.
Horses have an extremely good sense of hearing. Little is actually known about how they hear, but it is suspected his hearing is more similar to, than different from our hearing.
A Horse of Course
Humans hear a range of sounds from 30 to 19,000 hertz. Horses can hear a range of 55 to 33,500 hertz. So a human can hear a few lower sounds, but horses hear many more sounds through the higher frequencies.
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9th January 2001 Equestrian Cornwall Health & Safety Evening website is hosting a Health and Safety evening on January 29, at the Crossroads Motel, Scorrier, Cornwall for Show/Event Secretaries, Organisers/Competitors etc., Health and Safety at Equestrian Events is a high profile issue at the moment and we have top-notch panel of experts coming for the evening.
These are: Christopher Riddle (Royal Cornwall Show Sec); Jane Philips (Litigator specialising in Personal/Injury Equine Law, Solicitor to the BSJA Insurers and BSJA Disciplinery Steward); Bill Cook (Safety Mangement Consultant, Advisor to the Pony Club at Branch, Area and National Level) and George Harvey (BSJA Coursebuilder).
It is quite unique to get such high profile people like this together for one evening and we expect an excellent turnout on the night.
Health and Safety will be an upper-most concern for many of us in the Year 2001 - Show Organisers, competitors, owners, employers and employees are all aware of the importance of Health and Safety in the Equine World.
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9th January 2001 The Horse of Course 4-H Club, Washington

HI. My name is Jackie Deutsch. I am a member of the Horse of Course 4-H Club in Pierce County, Washington. I am seeking sponsors to help us put on a club show. We are proud to announce ads for our sponsors during our show, and to hang banners or signs you supply. We will also be listing a link to sponsors web sites on our Club Web Page. We will e-mail you a tax-deductible receipt, which includes our nonprofit EIN number upon receipt of your donation. Donations may be mailed to Horse of Course 4H club
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8th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Intensity and Activity.

Never do anything to frighten a horse to gain control. Swear pressures or avoidance pressures can create activity in an animal but activity should not be mistaken for learning. A high level of activity can sometimes limit the amount of learning. If a horse is reacting to frightening situations, it is not responding to your aids..
Many people think that a horse isn't working very hard if the horse isn't reacting in an "active" way- trying to avoid a punishment that will surely come if it doesn't perform correctly. Avoidance situations create more activity than approach situations. An avoidance situation is stronger in that it creates more reaction. You create about five times as much negative feeling with an avoidance situation as you can create positive feeling with an approach situation
. People often use avoidance pressures because they stir the horse up so much and so quickly and these so called trainers think that activity indicates learning. It does not, necessarily. So whenever these people come to the end of their knowledge about how to enforce training positively, they often resort to avoidance pressures. That means pop that sucker, jerk him, jab him. Jabbing, jerking or excessive spurring are not going to produce a high level of trust in the horse.
Calm concentration teaches the horse more than frantic confrontation. The mental effort of straightening things out in his own mind and then repeating that effort over and over is the important part of training. And that's working pretty hard work. You don't want the horse to do anything from fear because if does, you're going to get the wrong result.

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8th January 2001 British Equestrian Tourism examinations for Assistant and Ride Leader and Holiday Riding Centre Manager.
These qualifications are jointly promoted by the British Horse Society,the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland,the Wales Trekking and Riding Association and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments as British Equestrian Tourism (BET) and are internationally recognised by the Federation Internationale Touriste Equestre (FITE).
These qualifications are very relevent to todays Riding School which is becoming more aware of their commitment to the safety of both rider and horse, and the need to look after their clients in a more professional competent and friendly way. For the first time in the South of England,Burley Villa School of Riding,Hampshire is holding a refresher course and examination for the Assistant and the Ride Leader Qualifications during the week commencing February 19th 2001.
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8th January 2001 Sending a Press Release.
Press releases are a great way to get publicity for something you are doing. It might be a local riding club show, or a new product. Press releases need to be interesting, well written and informative. You can email press releases and news articals to Equiworld,
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7th January 2001
Arabian Auctions .com
Online auctions for Arabian horses, stallion breedings, tack, saddles, art, clothing and other horse-related items.
Eileen Verdieck has been a pioneer in the Arabian horse Industry and has become
an authority on marketing Arabian horses. Now she is using her talents and vast contacts to revolutionize how we market Arabian horses. After selling several hundred horses in live auctions, Eileen decided to expand her base of operations to the Internet
The next auction will run February 28 - March 11, 2001. Potential consignors are encouraged to list their horses as early as possible to allow more exposure. Potential buyers are encouraged to regularly view the website as consignments for the next auction are already listed. The website is being upgraded and the server enhanced to support heavier usage.
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7th January 2001 Veterinary Statistics.
Those essential statistics - learn about the pulse rate, temperature and respiration rate of the horse along with many more interesting facts.
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7th January 2001
Animal Crackers Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers is an animal feed supplier for the Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Durris areas in the North East of Scotland. We stock all the main horse feeds, plus dog and cat food. For more information phone 01569 731064.
We pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient service. Delivery available within the catchment area is only £2.50 and anyone outwith this area can collect, if they phone ahead their order will be made upready for them and someone will load up their car/lorry with their feed.
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6th January 2001
Badminton Horse Trials Major Changes Introduced for the 2001 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
The many changes being introduced at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this year will most certainly mean the Box Office staff being inundated with early applications when the Office opens for business on Monday, January 8th.
One of the new features for Badminton 2001 will be, for the first time the cross country course starting and finishing in the arena and it is here, too, the final fence will be positioned.
Another important innovation being introduced by the Director, Hugh Thomas, is a Badminton Members' Club adjacent to the main arena where, for a modest daily charge, spectators will be able to have a meal or a snack in some degree of comfort in a ringside marquee with its own toilets and closed circuit television. The Badminton Members' Club replaces the marquee previously exclusively reserved for British Horse Society and British Horse Trials Association members.

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6th January 2001 The Falabella.
A Brief History of the Falabella
Although the origin of the Falabella miniature horse is still uncertain, there are several tales of how this rare horse came to the notice of the Argentinians.
One such tale has it that a European settler, named Newton, settled on the Pampas. Newton had built a mill on the river that dissected his property. This river provided the only water source for miles. For fear of marauding Indians, Newton would place rocks in the millwheel at night. The rumbling of the stones would echo across the vast Pampas. This lead the Indians to believe that Newton had magical powers.
Empty carriages, without occupants, were not an uncommon site at the river. Sweating teams of horses would arrive at the ford, parched from their panicked flight. It was one such occasion that a miniature horse appeared at the ford. Newton managed to capture the stallion, and it is believed that this horse was one of the forebears of the Falabella.
The Falabella is a perfectly proportioned miniature horse, resembling the Thoroughbred or Arab, of under 34" (86.5cm). The Falabella miniature horse has a sleek coated, slim frame. True proportions may be imagined as looking through the wrong end of a telescope
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6th January 2001 Saddle Fitting Clinics for the Thinking Rider start this month
A new series of clinics aimed at eliminating the saddle fitting problems faced by many horse owners at some stage during their horses working lives, will take place throughout 2001. The clinics, organised and run by The Free 'n' Easy Saddle Company, aim to empower riders whatever their final choice of saddle style or brand - with a clearer understanding of how the saddle affects both the horse and rider; with the result that any potential saddle fitting problems can be anticipated and either prevented or more easily solved.
Saddle Fitting for the Thinking Rider clinics cover aspects of the horse structure, assessing the fit of the saddle and examining how the saddle affects the balance of the rider. The first few clinics will take place in the South East with further dates to be announced later in the year across the UK - Please click here for further details
5th January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Keeping a Horse's Attention.

There are probably as many jokes about getting a mule's attention with a two-by-four as there are pickup trucks in Texas. When you are teaching your horse to heed, you must keep bringing its attention back to you. But you don't want to use a two-by-four. You don't want do a lot of exciting or loud things that will cause the horse to do a lot of exciting or loud things.
Horses only pay attention to one thing at a time. Their eyes are out on the sides of their head to see any approaching attacker and their instincts tell them to constantly look out for those attackers. This superb peripheral vision is what makes it so easy to get horses to heed your body position. They can see all the way to the back of their hindquarters with just a slight tilt of their head. But what gets their attention keeps changing all the time.
When their attention goes away from you, your goal is to get it back. When something in their environment puts a question in their mind and diverts their attention, you want them to come back to you for the answer.
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5th January 2001
Horse Welfare Charity Calls for DIY Livery Yard Licencing
Just before Christmas yet another skeletal horse arrived from a DIY livery yard at Glenda Spooner Farm, Nr. Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.
Says Dee White Manager of the Centre, run by the International League for Protection of Horses (ILPH), “When Solo came to us in January last year from a DIY yard I said that he was the worst neglect case I had every seen, but my latest case comes a close second.”
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5th January 2001 The Northern Minnesota Horse Fair 2001
This years Northern Minnesota Horse Fair located in Virginia, Minnesota on March 30-31 and April 1, 2001 is coming together fast.
There will be entertainment, food, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits to appeal to every member of the family. Entertainment being scheduled will include Old Time Cowboy reenactments. Horse drawn wagon rides. Planned events include Barrel Racing, Breed Demonstrations, Jumping and Dressage Demonstrations, Stallion Presentations. Seminars will be included on all aspects of Horsemanship and Care of Horses. This year’s show will also feature over 70 exhibitors covering tack, trailers, western wear, stables, Organizations and Associations among many others. Definitely something for everyone!
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4th January 2001
The Equine Research Centre Poisonous Plant Alert.
The Equine Research Centre, Guelph, Ontario
Toxic Plants: Is your horse safe?
Is your horse's pasture free from toxic plants? Are you sure? It is important for horse owners to be aware of potentially fatal plants that could be present in your pastures.
This brochure provides you with some simple ways to help avoid pasture poisoning, lists some resources available to help identify plants and offers suggestions in case of suspected poisoning.
How to Avoid Poisoning: Preventative Medicine
The single most effective thing you can do to ensure that your horses will be unlikely to eat poisonous plants is to ensure that they have access, day and night, to good pasture and/or good hay. Sensible horse management can prevent almost all cases
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4th January 2001
BEIB Pledge Further Support to Injured Rider
Felicity Coulthard's major supporter BEIB (British Equestrian Insurance Brokers) has pledged to carry on with their current level of support for the forthcoming season even though this young rider has suffered a severe riding accident during training at the end of last summer.
Felicity Coulthard
Felicity who is sixteen years old spent a week in hospital after dislocating her shoulder, spraining her wrist and breaking three bones in her elbow. She now has three plates in her arm which meant that she was ordered by her doctor not to ride for the next 8 months at least! "This is a terrible blow" explains Felicity, "it not only means that I have missed out on the winter competitions, but it looks like I will not be ready for the summer as well".
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4th January 2001 THE COLLEGE Equestrian Centre
Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford
The Competition Dates for January - March 2001 are now available.

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3rd January 2001 New Dates for Horse of the Year Show 2001
The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) has confirmed new dates for the 2001 show. The Show will now take place at Wembley Arena from Tuesday 2nd October to Sunday 7th October 2001, a week later than previously published.
Following the considerable growth that the event has experienced over the last four years, the organisers, Grandstand Media Limited, have agreed with the venue to extend the Show by an extra day to accommodate the increasing numbers of competitors and visitors.
In order to facilitate this new format, Horse of the Year Show will revert to its traditional week at the beginning of October.
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3rd January 2001
American Paint Horse Association releasing limited-edition bronzes APHA
FORT WORTH, Texas—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has unveiled a one-eighth life-size version of its bronze masterpiece “Legacy of Color,” a sculpture which will serve as a representation of the breed standard that was established nearly 40 years ago.
The one-eighth life-size bronze, now on display at the American Paint Horse Association in Fort Worth, Texas, was the first of several such pieces to leave the foundry recently. Both one-eighth and one-third life-size pieces, called maquettes, will be produced in the months leading to spring 2002. At that time, a life-and-a-quarter size bronze of four Paint Horses, measuring 36 feet long, will be completed and displayed at the APHA headquarters building during the association’s 40th anniversary celebration.
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2nd January 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Horse-Logical Communication Starts With Grooming.

A lot of amateur trainers MythUnderstand what the training process is all about. They think that training involves dominating a horse, showing him who's boss. They approach training as though it were a battle in which one party wins and the other loses..
Good training is not about confrontation. It's about building a horse-logical communication system. As trainer, you do your talking as a non-hunting predator just walking through the herd or in the role of lead mare in your little herd of two. But you don't ignore the horse's side of the conversation.
To understand the horse's side of the conversation means learning horse-speak--how horses say things to one another. Then you use that knowledge to say things back to the horse for your own purposes. You want to communicate to the horse that you like it, that you're glad it's there, that you like to be around it. You're not going to just grab the horse and beat it into submission. In terms of horse-speak, grooming can be a powerful influence you can use to gain control and trust.
Wild horse survival requires strong herd instinct. Mutual grooming expresses camaraderie among horses and helps wild ones bond into a herd. Horses love to be groomed. Use this to your advantage to make friends with a horse when you first start working with it and to study how your horse communicates things to you.
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1st January 2001 The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions to be seen by a global audience.
Bloodstock and technology are brought together by QuickStream Australia at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions on January 11th 2001.
Gold Coast, Queensland – Magic Millions and Brisbane streaming media company QuickStream have teamed up to allow Internet users around the world to access first ever video previews of horses offered in the prestigious Sales.
In addition to the previews and fully integrated on-line sale catalog, all the action from the 2001 Sales will be broadcast Live to a world wide audience from the Magic Millions Web Site
The live broadcast will offer individuals interested in Australia’s premier Yearling Sale the opportunity to view the lots anywhere in the world as the sales unfold. By logging on the viewer will be able to see:
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1st January 2001 Message Board Upgrade
The Equiworld message board has had a few upgrades recently. These include,
* Faster page loading.
* Quicker message posting.
* New messages have a reply counter.
1st January 2001 Nabab De Reve Wins Final Qualifying Heat
The last qualifying heat for the finals of the TNT Sires of the World took place in the Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium on Friday evening, 29 December 2000. There were 38 stallions in a strong field of contenders who all had a go at gaining the last points. The selective course of Lucien Somers produced seven candidates for the jump off. After a thrilling competition it was Nabab de Reve (Quidam de Revel x Artichaut) with Phillipe Lejeune riding for Belgium, who took the first prize.
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