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NH's Own Shines at Retired Racehorse Project...again!!! 

I can't help but post this great review in the Chronicle of the Horse recently of one of New Hampshire's own, Fawn Armstrong as she competed again in this year's Retired Racehorse Project.

This is an article not only showcasing the time and effort put in but, the horse's new owner- who seems to gravitate toward eventing as a discipline.

This should be no problem for Whoopie Pie, whereas Fawn always puts a great handle on the basics of training!

Good Luck, Whoopie Pie in your new home!

You can read it here: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/katie-hasse-didnt-plan-on-buying-a-horse-at-the-throroughbred-makeover-but

Oh yes, and did I mention Fawn was riding "double" in the competition?!

Congratulations are too, in order! As Fawn and her husband Chad, are expecting their first child in January 2018. Whoopie!

 

As many of you may know Fawn, has been a fixture in the NH Horse community for awhile. Having grown up here, she was determined to follow her passion of horses. Be it that she has started young horses, reschooled many, shown in- hand for other owners including at Deerfield Fair or worked cows, reined or roped with us... she has always found the outcomes to be successful.

It was personally sad to see she & Chad move on to KY, but they are having a ball, ranching and growing a family while working cows, roping and if you are in the market for purchase- she might even have something available! 

Is it in the feedbag that is making our horses sick? WOW. 

Recently, I have been looking into the sickness, death and soreness data currently available of our horses and the animal food industry. 
All aspects of the horse and animal industry are experiencing major challenges and increasing negative outcomes pertaining to health & wellness.

My local friends, neighbors and community are sharing stories of more Cushings, colic, laminitis, thyroid, death, tumors, infertility, still births and unexplained behavior in the animals they work, grow, live with, and love.
Veterinarian reports from all over the world are showing more of these incidents as well.
Where is this coming from?
 
What if it were a symptom of our feed program
 
Every horse must eat. (we do, too.)

What if it is everywhere, worldwide it related to one word not mentioned; Glyphosate.

Wait, does my feed dealer know this???


 
I share these fact based, scientifically researched, confirmed reports as evidence.
This should not be taken lightly, as it truly is quite serious.
See for yourself and you decide, what is best for you & your animals.






This link below, is the most recent scientific researched publication by a local duo of scientists,
Stephanie Seneff & Anthony Samsel
sought after throughout the world right now,
due to their research on this subject.

http://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Glyphosate_pathways-to-modern-diseases-V-Amino-acid-analogue-of-glycine-in-diverse-proteins_FNL_Published.pdf
 
Some of us are not aware of what medically, is referred to as: a "loading dose" or "half life" of a certain ingredient or substance in our feed bag  or on the label yet, they matter; maybe the MOST IMPORTANT.
These are very important definitions that each and every one of us might want to become more familiar with- they may just be attributing to the horses' demise. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate




 
Horse Racing is seeing more breakdowns too (read the comments):
Could this attribute to the rise in Del Mar, Saratoga & other horses prone to break downs?

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/del-mar-recent-rash-equine-injuries-raises-concerns-draws-protest/



As you know many trainers, breeders, backyard owners throughout the horse community, regardless of discipline, breed or use- have a wealth of knowledge, years and generations invested; they too are loosing value and life.

Feel free to share this.



 

USDA Update 




Recently funding bills have been coming forth for the 2017 USDA budget.

Here is the text and a link for Horse Councils information an happenings on Capitol Hill:
http://www.horsecouncil.org/press-release/house-committee-approves-usda-appropriations-bill-2/

House Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill 

On April 19, 2016, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. 

FY 2016 House USDA Appropriations 

Horse Slaughter 

Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) offered an amendment to prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities that was adopted by a 25 to 23 vote.  Several Members spoke in support and opposition to the amendment.  This prohibition will prevent horse slaughter facilities from operating in the U.S. if this bill is signed into law. 

Currently, No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S and a prohibition on funding for inspectors at such facilities from last year’s FY 2016 USDA bill is  in effect until September 30, 2016. If that prohibition expires, USDA will be required to provide inspectors and horse slaughter facilities if any were to open. 

A similar defunding amendment may be offered when the Senate begins work on their version of the USDA appropriations bill. 

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health 

The bill would provide $931 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks.        Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Rumiant health would be set at $21 million, this is a $1.5 million increase over FY 2015. 

Horse Protection Act 

The bill provides $697,000 for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act. This is the same amount that was appropriated for FY 2016. 

The bill must now be approved by the full House.



I found this worth a read, whereas the appropriations of funding may greatly impact our equine industry. Seems there is too funding looking to continue the Horse Protection Act, that the previous post here referred to.
 

Shelia Varian Tribute 

As many of you know, the recent passing of Shelia has touched us all-

This video has just recently been released and I thought I might share.
It has been said this is the last video she viewed.

Please, consider a quiet area and feel these moments,
...peace.

"Sore", no more. Has the Board of Directors told you? 

Sore, No More... 

This may be of interest to many in the horse community. 

This seems that the information below...
 is not limited to gaited horses

Horse Protection Act & Animal Welfare Act information: 
Here is an actual training presentation being used currently;
shared from the Federal aphis/usda.gov website: 
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2015/hpa_training_fy15.pdf 

After review of this presentation while repeatedly reading and re-reading slide # 8, the question came to mind of:
Is this a time for MAJOR funding to be put forth by the governmental entities (in partnership with others); to educate and inform participants in the horse community to answer the following question... 

What really is sound vs. sore

If you are a returning reader to this site, you may well know that in the past, postings here have tried to inform and educate as to the progression of this legislation & regulation, yet too- bring forth positives and negatives of such initiatives. As early as 2010, changes and lots of energy toward these changes were brought to meetings and HIO's (Horse Industry Organizations). I know NH Horse Council has been aware. The Arabian Horse Association is making positive efforts on their site to remind competitor's of changes as well, I haven't seen much else here locally, so...
Well, here we are. 
Stay "sound" or, your horse may become a "negative value asset" 
Let me explain as to the negative value asset reference that has just been made.  Seems if you have a gelding that at any age comes under the "unsound/sore" category here as defined, you may find yourself feeding, sheltering and caring for him throughout his natural born life, without any opportunity for return on investment by sale or commerce. Geldings have been pointed out here- due to the fact that "value of breeding/production" (ie: stallion or mare) has been eliminated. 

While this is a turning point in the horse community, whereas efforts made by this legislation are thought by intention, to bring forth a "change to unsound horse and practices"  be that by the determination and
newly implemented ID methods, namely 
-through iris identification 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/2015/iris_scan_memo.pdf) 

seems this may be for permanent database entry, along with; owners, trainers, managers, show management and others held to accountability of  the horses' history as it may also relate to future transport and resident location of identified horses.

THIS  IS HUGE. 
Suggestion: Read that again. 
  
This would include training methods & practices, riding schedules, environmental affects, as well as education levels. Yes, natural horsemanship and stockmanship are great methods; as well as other s, however- "reasonable" is sometimes subject to interpretation. 
This is why it seems this regulation has left determination up to veterinarian professionals

So for those of you doing the right thing and placing the horse first, further asking questions beyond what you may have the answers to and really attending to the responsibility of horse ownership deserve the kudos here, this could be changing anyone who in the past has trusted just anyone with the safety and soundness of  their horse, from unfortunate situations and outcomes sometimes reflect poor decisions. 

Remember the ancient saying that Jane Savoie opens her book, "That Winning Feeling" with? 
"Violence begins, where knowledge ends." 
  

From a point of view as to the future, this may be just a thought; certification and a standardized  level of education, skill and information may just be the next step for all. 
  

Feel free to comment here and too,
please share this information
with the Board of Directors of any horse organizations
you may be members of
;

this is where the leadership part comes in!
 



 





 

Comfort Care in Horses 



Seems recently, these veterinarians in Ohio, spoke to some very valid issues within the horse industry,
that just may be worth considering.
Comfort for the welfare animals under their veterinary care by administering drugs or not.
I shall leave it up to you to decide, although some very important points have been made here.
 
 

Look what our... "Cat" dragged in"! 

This one week old filly
( which we have been waiting for) is
out of:
our young PB Arabian stud;
"Oscar".
This is his first foal, yet it seems he may be throwing fillies!

The dam is:
"His Sunday Bess"

out of
NCHA Futurity Champion: 
"A Hocus Pocus Cat"

This Half Arabian filly is cow bred and balanced at 1 week!

Just a sweet filly!
"B" resting and having a "cat nap"!

This horse deserves an International Relationship! 

Remember our Polish/Russian guy?

We call him...
"Oscar"

 
This is a cross by:
 RA Honor
1988

(Naivnyi X Susecion)
(from Tersk Stud in '65) X (Le Fire's Dam) 
&


JN CHANTILLY LACE+
1991

(text in CAPS; as listed on allbreedpedigree.com )
(MS Santana X Silver Annie)


 
 
and just recently..

.Temperament, Athletic & Presence

His first filly is one the ground! April 2015




and here is his 23 yr. old dam with last year's colt, Bellamy...
Would like to do justice to this bloodline & quality temperament!
Comments?

 

Remember this filly?  

 Here she is...we call her
Hay U!



At a couple of months in the first picture, then as a yearling

Here she is now at almost 5 years...
Coming out of Winter!





This young filly is about 15h., ready, sound and balanced, with tons of cadence- 
one could take her into any discipline; 
out of:
Khlassic Bey
X
Sassy Dee Breeze

(working foundation QH lines) 


We will update this filly when she is shedded out and glistening!
 

NH Horse community has lost a poet & neighbor 

 
Recently, our local community has lost a neighbor and published writer.
Diana Kimball

Through her desire to share the majestic beauty,  personal observations, experiences and feelings given by and through; the Friesian horse.  
"The Collection",
is yet another expression of how horses affect out lives.
I first read excerpts from this at a local feed store and then had the opportunity to briefly congratulate her on the support and reflection she put forth through the writings. For it seems she put into print what she felt from her experience.
Diana Kimball
was a local woman within our community,
she will be missed.
 
Additionally, it was mentioned that donations in her memory may be made to the sustainability of a foundation she connected with;
The Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses.

Our thoughts are with her family at this time.



 


 

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