The season we all love to hate. Officially it doesn’t start until Christmas time but when you are living here in central Alberta you would either be new to the area or delusional to think this beautiful fall was going to last until then. This year the fall has been warm and dry and exceptionally beautiful but we all knew the day would come when cold and wet would take over. And when it is cold enough… the wet is snow.
But for tonight I think I will let the darkness take over the scene and pretend until morning’s reality proves it wrong that my flowers are still all gloriously cheery and bright.
While I figure out where I left my warmer muck boots.
Well another Barn Burner of a Sale, this time in Alameda, SK. on September 19.
Boyes Quarter Horses Production Sale was on FIRE
High Seller $2,700
Lot 54 – Sorrel Horse Colt
Sired By: King Leo Bug Blue
Purchased By: Colleen Goertz
Reserve High Seller $2,600
Lot 14 – Bay Roan Horse Colt
Sired By: Boons Blue Delight
Purchased By: Prouse Ranch
An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond.
Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”
The American Association of Equine Practitioners posted the following on Facebook:
Did you know fall grass could be just as dangerous as spring grass for a laminitis-prone horse? Most horse owners know they should be wary of lush spring grass, which produces large amounts of sugary substances to give the pasture energy to grow. What you may not know, is that fall grass also accumulates high levels of soluble sugars and carbohydrates, due to the combination of warm days and cool nights, as well as increased precipitations.
For horses at higher risk of developing laminitis, this refreshed grass may be enough to push them over the edge. While the exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged due to laminitis remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce the condition. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse’s body (like overfeeding).
By learning more about this condition, you may be able to minimize the risks of laminitis in your horse or control the long-term damage if it does occur. Learn more about laminitis on our website at https://aaep.org/horsehealth/laminitis-prevention-treatment and, as always, contact your veterinarian for more information and advice tailored to your horse’s individual situation.
COVID didn’t beat the equine community this weekend during the Rocking Heart Ranch 60 Colt Starting Challenge. Even though attendance was limited due to COVID restrictions, the event was livestreamed over DLMS.ca so people from all over Canada could tune in and watch the next generation of equine training talent.
Trainers competed to win the coveted 2020 Trainer of the Year which was based on completing a pattern that included the elements of a solid start. It was an intense competition with a lot of talented trainers and the judges, Adiva Murphy and Dean Ross, had a hard decision to make. At the end of the day, the hardware and titles were handed out and a huge congratulations go to: CLICK ON “PAGE 2” BELOW TO CONTINUE