I read an article today about “Cooperative Care”. It made me think about how animal handling has changed in my lifetime.
Suggesting “training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences” would have got you scoffed out of the group of farmers drinking coffee at the local auction mart when I was a kid. Continue reading “Cooperative Care”
Post by Melody Garner-Skiba
Rocking Heart Ranch
Every day each of us gets a little older. It does not matter what industry you work in or what job you do, days go by so quickly and none of us get any younger. This is especially important to remember if you want to ensure your way of life, your business, and your passion will continue long after you are gone. The horse industry is not immune to this circle and unless we get our kids to exchange remotes for a set of reins, we could find ourselves in a bit of a conundrum down the road.
It is with this potential pitfall down the road, that our ranch started to work on a vision of getting Youth Back in the Saddle several years ago. Our mission is to encourage up and comers of all ages to get involved in the industry and contribute to ensuring this way of life that we all love will be around for future generations. One of the projects that our ranch is undertaking to meet this vision, is our 60-day Colt Starting Challenge. This challenge focuses on promoting up and coming trainers who are trying to ensure that people of all ages get back into the saddle and stay in the saddle! Continue reading “Exchanging Remotes for Reins..”
Some things just catch your fancy.
Like a Mule and Donkey Show.
or how about a Pony Show?
Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.
I was reading through the events section on Northernhorse when it struck me that these might be fun “things to do” for almost anyone. Continue reading “Mules & Ponies”
Yellow Rose Futurity & Derby – Claresholm, Alberta Canada – May 5-6, 2018 Results
Western Fortunes would like to thank everyone who participated in our first event, the Yellow Rose Futurity, Derby and Open on May 5-6, 2018.
Also, we’d like to extend special congratulations to Kareen Warren and her mare, Miss Coronaboon sired by Boonlit and out of Corona Lina (Corona For Me* x Dinah Carolina). They dominated the competition, winning every WF round, pocketing $1890.00
for the owner and breeder!
We’re so pleased at how successful our first event was and we can’t wait for the rest of the season! Good luck, everyone! Continue reading “Results of Western Fortunes Incentive”
A lot of very interesting information in this video (first published in 2011) but be warned that it includes a dissection of a horse. Might be more visual information than some folks like.
My brother and I got kicked out of our herd by the herd stallion who had enough of our shenanigans. It was fun at first roaming around in the forests and meadows but soon we wanted some company and found a beautiful mare.
Unfortunately she lived on private land and we were not welcome. With the help of the rancher and the kind folks at WHOAS, we were encouraged to get into a trailer and came to their rescue facility just west of Sundre.
At first we were frightened but our caretakers are patient and have years of experience in helping wild horses adjust to captivity. It starts with them bringing us lots of good food and water. Before you know it we had halters on and began to trust these humans who did not want to harm us.
Now you should see me. I look forward to being led into the barn twice a day where I get more good food. I can be brushed and touched and its okay. I have been gelded, had my wolf teeth removed, vaccinated and wormed. I have also been freeze branded (W or H right hip) so if I ever get lost or stolen I can be found again. My brother is already adopted but I am still waiting for someone to take me to my forever home.
Is that person you?
Cascade is ready for adoption. Contact WHOAS at WHOASalberta@gmail.com and arrange to come out and see him. He is not going to be a big horse, maybe 14.1 hh but is strong with good feet. We have found these wildies are quick learners and bond quickly with their new owners. He is only 2 1/2 years old – a perfect time to begin to develop a riding horse.
If Cascade isn’t the Wildie of Your Dreams, maybe you would like to leave your name on our list of potential adopters should another wildie becomes available. We would like to hear from you.
Would you like to learn more about the wild horses of Alberta? Would you like to keep up to date with what is happening with them?
Have you ever seen, met or ridden a wild horse? Be sure to tell us about it in the comments if you have.
Previous Wild Horse Posts on Northernhorse Blog:
Drone Footage of Alberta’s Wild Horses