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As 2014 winds down, it’s fun to reflect on the year that was. The horse racing world looked to have the second coming of Big Red as the California bred California Chrome threatened to break the Triple Crown drought, but fell just short in the Belmont. Will 2015 be the year a Triple Crown champion emerges? And how about the cat that chased the dog away from the little boy? Then there was the dog that had over 40 socks removed from his innards, a parrot that returned home after four years, speaking Spanish. The National Dog Show was front and center on Thanksgiving, and the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France brought more medals back to Aubrey, TX thanks to Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and the US Reining Team.
And in a story we continue to follow, the New York City carriage drivers are still able to work, and the mayor’s initiative to ban the carriages and reassign the drivers to electric cars, and the opposition in the city and state governments are beginning to voice their disapproval. In Venezuela, on the other hand, the government has created a shortage of necessities, even milk, which led to the closing of the Coromoto ice cream store which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for its 863 flavors. Thankfully, we in the USA bring 2014 to a close as a democracy still, where we can enjoy our animals, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…and ice cream. Happy New Year!
Kathleen Waldvogel, chronicler of California Chrome and the talent behind Forestbird Photography, joined me again on the Wild About Animals Radio Show on Tuesday, November 18 to share what a day in the life of a race horse is really like! I don’t even have the MP3 file from the station yet, but Kat gave me the OK to put on the website the special offer she’s extending to KAAM listeners. She has a classic collection of photos of the classic winning California Chrome compiled into a calendar available for purchase on her website, http://www.forestbirdphotos.com. Here’s the deal:
Select any photo in this portfolio, then click the “buy” button when the image appears on your screen. From there, select “2015 Calendar”, add it to your cart and you can check out or keep shopping.
The coupon code “KAAM”, when entered on the payment page, will give you 30% off your total order when you add any print to your calendar order. And every KAAM listener who buys a calendar will be entered into a drawing for the 8×10 print of their choice, matted and signed by Art and Alan Sherman and California Chrome.
The drawing, and the discount offer, will complete on December 1.
30% off your total purchase when you combine a Chrome Calendar with any other photo(s) in the Sherman Racing portfolio, AND everyone who purchases a calendar and enters the code KAAM on the payment page will be entered in a drawing to WIN an 8×10 print of YOUR choice!
DO IT NOW! The podcast of our conversation will be up ASAP. Thanks for stopping by!!
A show titled “Wild About Animals” would seem to suggest it has an emphasis and appeal to those possibly interested in animal health and stories of animals and since I’m a veterinarian maybe some of the odd stories of what goes on in the life of a veterinarian day-to-day, yet the show is under “Self Help” in iTunes (I think, still don’t have it all figured out). I classified the show under “Self Help” for several reasons, including that I believe there are a lot of life lessons learned from non-human animals, and the people I am around who really embrace the joy of their animals and the pride and joy in taking care of their animals generally flows over into other aspects of their lives. The irony of this episode is that I was REALLY interested and extremely excited to interview the lady who was chronicling California Chrome about California Chrome and sharing with you the care the horse receives, the character of the horse, and some of the ways he has impacted the lives of the people surrounding him. What you will hear in this interview is some indication of the Chrome character, but what ended up unfolding was an amazing example of the power of intention and visualization in the story of my guest, Kathleen Waldvogel.
Kathleen Waldvogel is an artist. Her work and services can be found at her website, http://www.forestbirdphotos.com, though her blog on California Chrome has moved to America’s Best Racing (www.americasbestracing.net). I find her story fascinating in that she has personally employed so many suggestions in the self-help world to create a place in the stable of a race horse and his story which has captured America this past year. First, after leaving the corporate world, she decided to do something SHE enjoyed, spending time with her horse, and her camera. Second, she got a coach. Third, she used the arrogant action of an old flame to set an intention, and then allowed things to fall into place. When the opportunity she desired presented itself, her intention became a reality because her heart was in the right place. While the intention was hers, and she had self-interest, the motivation of the intention had at its foundation the larger motivation of service to others.
The horse world can be portrayed and can in actuality be a world of aloofness and exclusion. Other industries, be they other facets of the entertainment world such as sports or stage, banking, law, real estate, I can think on and on about those groups of people who have seemed to be more EXclusive rather than INclusive. However, in every industry there are those who choose to be inviting and inclusive, and while they may or may not have the biggest house or the biggest bank roll or other material suggestions of success, they often have the biggest lives, and while not completely void of challenges and disruptions, there is a peace and joy and sense of personal satisfaction and self-worth which evolves from the advancement of others. As Zig Ziegler said, “You can have everything you want by helping enough people get what they want.” I think the story of Kathleen and Art Sherman and California Chrome provides an enlightening example of what can happen when intention is followed with action. Let me know what you think in the comment section.
By the way, I do intend to do a follow-up with Kat and share the character of Chrome and the team behind him in the next few weeks. As always, thanks for stopping by!
The Triple Crown chase came to a bittersweet end this past Saturday and our show has been VERY equine intensive the past few weeks. While California Chrome was unable to complete the Triple Crown sweep (bitter), all the participants seemed to complete the races without any catastrophic injuries (sweet!!!), that is until one of the partners of the ownership group of Chrome had a microphone put in front of his face post race. In contrast to Mr Coburn, Mr Art Stewart stepped in front of the mike and was able to convey humility and gratitude for the experience Chrome had allowed him to share with his family and racing fans over the past several months. Today’s guest is a man of the same cloth as Mr Stewart, a true horseman. I have had the privilege of knowing and learning from internationally renowned veterinarian Dr Ric Redden of Versailles, KY for over twenty years, and in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was fortunate to spend a lot of time with him and his indescribable better half Nancy, get to know him not only as a veterinarian, but as a person, and while I was excited to share with you the opinions of a horseman in the heart of Kentucky, with perspective gained from travels all over the world, about the Triple Crown past, present, and future, while I would love to give you eight hours of education he could easily provide as an expert on the horse’s foot and health care, it is his life story and the experiences he has gained from pursuing his passion of caring for the world’s greatest athletes that I am most excited and privileged to share with you today.
As you listen to today’s show, I think you will hear the lessons for life we learn as horsemen. You win some and you lose some, enjoy every minute of each experience because you never know where effort and good intentions will take you next. Wealth is not measured by the portfolio of material assets one has, but the love and experiences you are able to share with others. Life’s not always as fair as you think it should be, but learn from the trials and tribulations, get up the next morning, put your pants on and go adapt, persevere and appreciate the opportunity you had to fail! Somewhere in that failure was the success of learning what not to do in the same situation next time! That leads us to the understanding that just because it seems impossible today, doesn’t mean it won’t be possible tomorrow!
So it is with the Triple Crown. Another year without a champion to celebrate but what a great story and what enthusiasm Chrome created by being such a picture of class and charisma we want a champion to embody. The Triple Crown generates such excitement because it IS so rare and difficult to accomplish. A Triple Crown champion represents the ability to first overcome all the top-guns at a distance none have ever gone before. Then, he has to come back on short rest and just flat out out run some of those horses again, plus a few who may be more specifically bred for and prepped for the shorter, faster race. Then, well then you have to swim the sea of sand that is the Belmont. As in life, you have to prove yourself better than those who lay in wait, mustering guts that others can’t, enduring the challenges of a greater distance than you’ve ever gone before and finding that unparalleled effort which creates legends. Champions. As Jim Rohn puts it, don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Make yourself better. Meet the challenges. Imagine the ecstasy when that horse comes along that finally breaks through! Thanks for stopping by!
It is SOOOO much fun seeing the enthusiasm developing for California Chrome’s final jewel in a Triple Crown run that has created a buzz across the country! Dr Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission, joined us again and the enthusiasm for the events in Elmont doesn’t keep this consummate professional from keeping the tasks at hand in perspective. Deliver a clean, fair, safe racing experience for the horses, jockeys, fans and bettors. Win, lose or draw, California Chrome and thoroughbred racing have brought a fantastic story to the public. A story of underdogs, persistence, grace, beauty and fearless effort that we in the animal world, and especially in the horse world, experience regularly, and so hope the rest of the fast paced “modern” world can learn to enjoy for more than just the 6 weeks that the Triple Crown Series shines the spotlight on these fantastic animals and the people who make it happen, day in and day out, rain or shine, win or lose.
The second guest for our show today is a person who does it! Allyson Decanio and her husband Mike have established an equine rescue organization called The Pegasus project just outside of Tyler, TX. People’s passion for horses (and animals in general) have led many into the business of rescuing starved and neglected horses, but The Pegasus Project is unique in that not only do they rehabilitate and nurture the physical needs of their rescues, they also rehabilitate their usefulness. The Pegasus Project has two trainers who, once the animal’s health is restored, train or re-train the horse to be all that they can be to their adoptive home. While other rescues may provide meals and a warm pasture for their charges, the Pegasus Projects teach a horse to return to the service creature they so enjoy being. Potential adopters are heavily “vetted” to best determine who best matches who and assures that a horse is going to a place it can be cared for and enjoyed maximally. If you are interested in a companion horse or light riding horse or maybe need a mate for a retiree (horse, that is!), The Pegasus Project could have exactly what you are looking for at a very affordable price. They do charge an adoption fee and place stipulations on ownership so make sure the situation suits you, then giddy-up!
This show was a lot of fun to do and lots of lessons learned. Dr Palmer’s quick decision on the nasal strip issue in order to make it about the horse, the race, the fans, allow the event to be all it can be without any focus on anything or issue other than the history that could be made. The Pegasus Project…if you build it, they will come! Listen to how the Decanios took complete leaps of faith at several points along their journey and how their relationships with people, their attitude of gratitude, and their going the extra mile to give a horse its purpose as well as its health again. All of these intentions and attitudes applied towards horses are keys to successfully dealing with people and problems and opportunities in any facet of life. Taking the focus off yourself, putting compassion into the universe, and realizing that helping anyone or anything have a purpose of service can be as life restoring as food on the table (or in the pasture!!)
I LOVE TUESDAYS! Monday is behind us, hump day awaits us, but best of all I get to talk healthcare and critters with some amazing people! Have you listened to the April 29 show? Our guest that day was Scott Palmer, DVM, highly regarded veterinarian and recently appointed Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission, in charge of making policy and decisions for the best interest of the horses racing in New York state. THANKFULLY, Dr Palmer issued his position this week which recommended the stewards at Belmont Park allow the use of nasal strips on the horses, which means we get to see California Chrome and Dumb Ass Partners run for the third jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown three Saturdays from now! A tip of my cap to trainer Art Sherman for taking care of business and to Dr Palmer and the stewards for allowing ALL of us to watch Chrome try to break the drought of Triple Crown winners. Like a lot of things in life, IT”S TOUGH! but boy will it be worth it! Here’s hoping for a continued safe and thrilling Triple Crown pursuit!
Today’s guest was Dr Taryn Eaton from VCA Metroplex Animal Hospital in Irving, TX. One of my favorite parts of our discussion today was when I asked her if she was board certified or had any special training in imaging or ultrasound. Her answer was brilliant! She enjoyed ultrasound, she WORKED HARD to learn how to make it useful to her and her patients, doing over 200 exams just to get to a comfort zone, and now uses it everyday to benefit her patients, owners, and her business! Small animal vets use ultrasound as a non-painful, non-invasive tool to predominantly evaluate their patients’ abdomens and chests. Some disorders of the eye can best be evaluated with ultrasound, also. Maybe the biggest asset to the ultrasound exam is that it can often be done without general anesthesia and even without tranquilization! Can it be used in health screenings? Listen to what she does for her OWN dog each and every year!! What a great example of practicing what you preach! You can contact Dr Eaton at 972-438-7113!
In the horse world, ultrasound is EXTREMELY valuable. We use it very regularly to assess lower leg swellings, often resulting in reduced recovery times, to assess the chests of foals and adults to direct treatment, and of course, to monitor the heat cycle of mares and determine and monitor pregnancy status. A very common theme to both of our uses was the value ultrasound has in helping make a more timely and accurate diagnosis which leads to more focused and immediate treatment which can produce faster and more cost efficient results! And all of these uses have been developed in only the past twenty years!
Did you know a yellow ribbon on a dog’s leash is a sign that the dog does not take kindly to strangers and should NOT be petted? Don’t you wish we had a similar coding system for people!!! However, here’s a thought I have had the past few weeks, brought on by the fun I am having with a new puppy my college daughter adopted (and kinda left for Dad to take care of while she finished the semester and now is off in South Carolina riding polo ponies!) What if you approached every person you came in contact with with the same love and enthusiasm you greet your dog or cat with when you walk in the door or yard each day? I bet there would be a lot less barking and biting by the two legged animals, and who knows, you might even get a big fat sloppy face licking kiss from time to time !! Check out other tips on preventing dog bites at https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx?utm_content=most-viewed&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=gen. Enjoy this week’s podcast and please leave a comment or topic of interest. Thanks for stopping by!
Dr Taryn Eaton VCA Metroplex Animal Hospital 972-438-7113