Out of a crowd on a New York City street, a huge brown Clydesdale harnessed in an eight horse team pulling the famed Budweiser wagon notices the man who had raised him since birth, before he was sold to Budweiser. Out of harness, he races without rider or saddle along the New York street to meet him. Though this is the make-believe story of the uplifting 2013 Budweiser Clydesdale Superbowl commercial, the horse is not acting. He is really running without bridle, bit or other visible instruction. He was trained by stuntman Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey, owner of Liberty Horse Ranch in Summerville, GA, who has trained horses for films and television productions and performs nationwide. [Read more…]
A well-trained horse willingly submits to rules established by its handler, but groups of pastured horses live by a completely different set of rules — rules they define and defend.
Mares are often likely the ones to set the tone in a group of horses. One mare is usually dominant, and the others will figure out their roles and submit. The dominant mare controls the other horses with body language: ears pinned, bold, head-down strides toward other horses, and if necessary, kicking. Any mare in the herd can be dominant, even a young mare. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
A case presently under review by the Connecticut Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications for the horse owners of Connecticut and, if carried to a possible ultimate conclusion, the equine industry throughout the U.S. In this case, a young boy was bitten by a horse and when the case was brought to trial the Appellate Court hearing the case ruled that horses are “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” [Read more…]
by Mitzi Summers
I always knew what I wanted to do with my life — to teach people how to ride and train horses. My goal carried with it certain particulars — I needed to become as educated as possible so I could do the best job that I could, and it had to develop into a system of riding and training that made sense to horse and student and was non-abusive to the horse. So, fresh out of high school, even though I had scholarships to colleges I set off on my own, taking a ship to Southampton, England. [Read more…]
There are a couple of old adages that ring true when it comes to horse farming: “good fences make good neighbors” and “you can always tell a farmer by his fences.” Both statements are generally true, as most horse keepers can attest. [Read more…]
Approximately 100,000 indulged their love affair with horses during the 16th annual Equine Affaire, promoting equine education, communication, and cooperation between horses and riders and within the industry held in Springfield, MA, Nov. 7 to 10. During clinics, presenters taught people how horses think to create better relationships versus just commanding, kindness being key. For many, horse-owner or not, horses and everything about them are the fabric of dreams. [Read more…]
A team of women mounted on well-polished horses enter the ring in formation, carrying American and Canadian flags. They execute a series of precision moves to a cheering crowd, and when the drill is complete, they do something that’s unique to their team: a meet and greet the audience.
The Canadian Cowgirls make it look easy, but they’ll tell you it’s a lot of work. The group just completed a five-performance engagement at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA. [Read more…]