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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!
Not a misspelling! My friend Bob Moore joins us today with his amazing story. Bob has logged over 23,000,000 (yes, over 23 million) steps since 2006. In his mid 70’s, Bob confesses he moved to East Texas to die, and instead, he found life. Two parts of his new lease on life are the Vemma nutrition products, especially the Verve energy drink (www.drbruce.vemma.com), and his dog Daisy. Bob and Daisy walk and walk and walk. Mix with water and a low carb diet and Bob reduced his weight by over 40 lbs and has a laboratory profile found in fit forty year olds! He has become the poster “child” for senior wellness in East Texas and is just a great guy who I am really glad I’ve had some time to get to know!
So as we approach Christmas time, consider TIME. You can give your dog all the treats and goofy costumes in the world, but man, doesn’t he like that time with you more than anything? So take the guy on a walk, Be like Bob! Your horse, mine all come to the fence for a pet on the nose or neck. They too appreciate a little time. Now, a case I saw in the month of December made me think one gift most horses would appreciate would be a good dental exam and care as indicated. The poor old mare I saw was in bad shape and had been for several months as the owner sought advice and help from feed store employees and kept switching feeds to find a magic formula. Fact was, her dentition was preventing adequate mastication and an infected molar was leading to her progressive demise. And then there’s the cat. Well, cats appreciate a little time with them also, when it’s their idea. Maybe a scratching post would be a good choice for the cat in your life, and a little time, when they decide it’s time.
I think one of the things that separates our animal friends from our human friends (and family) is time. While animals definitely appreciate a schedule and routine, they make no demands (well, accept that cat, they have their ways). They appreciate when we give them our time, and with few exceptions, they reward our time with performance. Have you ever seen the retriever give it up before the thrower? A good horse responds by going and going and going, and what beats the purr and kneading of the good kitty cat who finally decides, it’s time? So as we enjoy Christmas time, perhaps we can be IN JOY more by being appreciative of the time people choose to spend with us. But if that doesn’t work, pee on the carpet and see if that doesn’t get you a little more time and attention. Merry Christmas! And thank you for your time!
I’m in the process of reading Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged. As I progress through the pages penned in the 1940’s, I am astounded at the parallelisms I can draw with the fictional society created by Ms. Rand and the policy approaches and philosophies attempting to be instituted at many levels of government in the United States today. As a horse doctor, issues affecting horses and maybe more importantly, the horse industry, tend to catch my attention a little more than some other issues. One issue in particular has been New York City’s mayor Bill Deblasio’s insistent on banning carriage horses in the city, on the grounds that pulling a carriage is abusive to the horses involved, in spite of evidence and opinion to the contrary from multiple veterinarians and other equine professionals. It seems one of two explanations for the mayor’s plan exist. First is the explanation that this is simply political maneuvering to evacuate some very valuable NYC real estate which could be gobbled up and cashed in on by some of the mayor’s buddies. Second is that the left leaning liberal mayor is allowing his feelings to create policy rather than rational analysis and heeding of advice and evidence brought forth by experts. Whatever the explanation, each of these two reasons are mirrors of the governing which takes place in Atlas Shrugged and ultimately leads to the demise of both the people and the looter government officials who govern via feelings and self interest rather than facilitating individual and collective growth of the nation through policies encouraging individual enterprise and development by the people. Eh, just a fictional writing, can’t happen in real life. Wrong.
A prime example of governing on feelings vs rational is the decision once again to essentially ban horse slaughter and processing for meat by not providing funds for the inspection of meat for European export and consumption. The ban on horse processing in the United States has resulted in horses intended for processing to be trailered to Mexico and Canada to meet their fate. Now, the European Union has banned importation of horse meat processed in Mexico due to several violations of EU standards ranging from humane treatment of horses to traceability to outdated and inadequate first aid kits. So will loss of the EU market spare more horses? According to one industry expert, and it only seems rational, that the Russian and Chinese markets will easily absorb the volume of EU meat, likely for a cheaper price and undoubtedly with less stringent attention to the care of the product pre or post processing. So, now while officials and horse processing opponents can “feel good” about not processing horses on American soil, these same horses are being subjected to a more dismal ending to wind up as food product for Russia or China, and isn’t America fixing to begin importing chicken from China? But nobody ever said horse meat tastes like chicken, have they?
I don’t like the idea of horse slaughter, cannot imagine ever sending one of my horses to that ending for a few bucks. However, I can remove my feelings from the situation enough to realize it may be the option acceptable to someone else, may provide a business opportunity or a job for someone else. Processing horses in America may lead to development of a more humane method of termination, may lead to a healthier product for a European or Russian or Chinese, and maybe we can rest assured that there ain’t nothin’ in our chicken, but chicken. In spite of my feelings towards processing horses for food, I can rationalize the industry.
At an annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioneers (AAEP), not too manmy years ago, a veterinary speaker involved in the legislative process spoke about his experience discussing the horse processing laws with a Congressman. The veterinarian presented the facts of what was happening to horses sent to slaughter outside of the United States, the likelihood of dramatic increases in the number of unwanted horses, and the negative effects of the slaughter ban on the equine industry. He then related how the Congressman looked him in the eye and said he saw his point, and personally agreed with him. However, he next said that when he has hundreds of constituents calling his office to voice their opposition to horse slaughter while very few voice support, he would be voting to continue the ban, after all, it’s his desire to be re-elected.
So we are left with a choice. it is either necessary for us as citizens to be a voice of reason more vocally to our elected officials, or to elect leadership with enough backbone to make rational, economically sound and rational decisions in spite of what the verbose feel good movement may advocate. There is plenty to feel good about when we can maintain industry, jobs and the inevitable opportunities which arise to improve the faults which exist in any industry or business.
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!!
Somewhere around 10-12 years ago I got a call from an Arabian horse farm in Waco regarding a very valuable stallion who had severe laminitis. The horse had been at a university and had been discharged with “interesting” recommendations, and the French Canadian stallion manager was insistent on me seeing the horse immediately. I drove the 2 hours to the farm that night and found a stunning Arabian stallion who could stand up for about 15 seconds, touch both front feet to the ground, then lay back down on the deep straw bedding. I asked the stallion manager if the horse was insured, and when he replied yes, I informed him that if this was about money, the horse would surely meet any insurance company’s criteria for euthanasia. His reply was that this was NOT about the money, it was about saving the horse, “that is why we called you!” We went to work that night, did immediate surgery, and I have been fully blessed to have a relationship with the outstanding people and horses of Arabians LTD ever since. Yes, the stallion survived and I still am taking care of him and his now near normal, healthy, sound feet, every 5 weeks, along with a few others at the farm.
Over the years I have been able to get to know owner Judy Sirbasku’s “right hand woman”, Shawn Crews, but I never knew fully Shawn’s story. I have learned she is a phenomenal showman and evaluator of Arabian horses. I have learned she travels all over the world, working with owners and breeders to perpetuate the success of Arabians LTD and the Arabian breed. She is both tough as nails and as soft and caring as Mother Theresa. She is a relentless worker and a studious businesswoman, and to say she keeps me both challenged and motivated as a health care professional may be the understatement of the century. But I never knew “Her Story”. I kind of figured she was like a lot of people in high places in the horse world, raised in a “horsey” family, developed as a trainer and exhibitor, and progressed into a management roll. Well, part of that is true.
You see, we live in a land of opportunity, not a land of entitlement. This is a lesson I embraced at an early age. No one owes you anything, other than an opportunity. Sometimes recognizing the opportunity only occurs in hindsight, and those occasions should be learned from, but certainly not dwelt upon, or another opportunity may be missed. In this episode, I share with you the story of how Shawn got an opportunity she really wasn’t looking for, but now can see in retrospect how it became the opportunity of a lifetime. Now, through persistence (oh, some might say a little hard-headedness, but surely not me!), diligence, acceptance and realization she has built a lifetime of opportunity and helped to build the WORLD leader in Egyptian Arabian horses in Waco, Texas!
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to lift my game to the level required to be of benefit to the people and horses of Arabians LTD. One of the things we discuss in the interview is the upcoming Fall Seminar the farm is having. I don’t have, nor have I had, clients who work any harder to help their clients and those interested in horses become more knowledgeable and experienced horsemen than does Shawn and her crew. Whether you are interested in horses or not, the business principles and attitude of service exemplified at the farm can be beneficial, and i encourage you to contact and even visit the Arabians LTD team. Thanks for sharing Shawn Crews! And thanks to you 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!
Anxiety? Bullying? Low Self Esteem? Corporate Team Management and Leadership? Interpersonal Relationship Strengthening and Conflict Resolution?
Winston Churchill has been credited with the comment that “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” I see this almost everyday and continue to be amazed by the influence sharing time with a horse has on people. Annette Crooks has been a long time friend and client of mine and I am pleased to share the mission she has adopted to combine her experience and expertise in Human Resource Management with her expertise and passion for horses, along with her friend and Licensed Professional Counselor Glinda Digiacinto, to help people solve their problems by interacting with horses. All of her sessions are performed on the ground, no riding or prior horse handling experience required and the service is certified by the Equine-Assissted Growth and Learning Association (EAGLA).
Patience and presence, being completely immersed in the moment and situation that is in front of you RIGHT NOW, are only part of the depth of life a horse can bring to a person. The saying, “Each of us needs all of us, and all of us needs each of us”, may never be more applicable than when dealing with a horse. While I don’t think I could ever fully describe the relationship that develops between man and equine, and especially woman and equine, it is unique, with components and characteristics which translate so seamlessly into relationships with not only other people, but probably more importantly with SELF, perhaps the most frightening relationship of all. Do you fear the horse stepping on your foot? Is he doing it now? Do you believe he wants to step on your foot? So take the belief that the horse doesn’t want to step on your foot, learn to put yourself in a position to avoid having your foot stepped on, and overcome the fear that may be inhibiting you from enjoying the life experience which allows you to take the next step in our life journey. Yes, it will hurt if the horse does step on your foot, but. like most pain, it is temporary (even if you lose a few toenails, trust me, I KNOW!). As legendary horseman Ray Hunt stated, ” The horse will teach you if you will listen.” Thanks for stopping by!
When I signed on with KAAM 770 Legends Radio to create an animal/ veterinary care related radio show for the listeners, I had hoped to create a program to help people with their animals’ healthcare, their own healthcare, and to introduce people, products and processes which I have seen produce success (let’s define it as resolution of a problem here!) and hopefully inspire someone to pursue their passion and ambition in some facet of the animal industry. As I have learned more about the reach of podcasting and have explored my own passions, I realize how blessed and fortunate I have been in making the friends and connections throughout the veterinary and horse world, the riches they bring to my life, and the messages and wisdom they have to share. While I knew my long time friend Tom McCutcheon could provide more insight into the world of reining horses than anyone else on the planet , you can hear his passion, the impact and humility the success he has enjoyed on a world stage has had upon him that makes me so proud to be able to share a little of his story with you. Most exciting, we visited after the show and may very well have some incredible opportunities to share with you in the very near future…once he and his wife, Mandy, return from France and the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with more GOLD MEDALS around their necks!
There are pearls of wisdom and interest throughout this interview, but the thing that keeps resonating with me is how it was Tom’s dad, and his love and enthusiasm for horses that got him started, and the emphasis that he walked away with from his youth. “Regardless of the situation, YOU have to figure it out, there are no excuses…”. That is the creed of a winner. Now, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to figure it all out on your own, no one is born into the world with all of the answers to all of the situations and problems life will present. To have the humility and wisdom to seek help, advice, mentoring from someone who may have had the similar experience before is as important a part of problem solving as figuring it out on your own. It will be YOU who makes the final decision, the final choice, and it is those choices that will determine your actions which will determine your results, which ultimately determine your life. One of my most admired and respected qualities of people in agriculture is their resourcefulness and ability to use often limited resources to solve problems. And while we must first learn to solve our own problems, and take accountability for our own actions, it is gaining the ability to help others solve their problems that brings life’s greatest rewards.
Animals are amazing and the people that interact with them regularly continue to amaze me, and , in fact, there is substantial research being done which is proving the benefit of animals to people both in health and disease, in youth and in the senior years. One of the problems I hope to help solve with this show is introducing to you the people, products and processes which you can trust and enhance, or even begin to develop, your interaction with an animal or enterprise that maybe you just haven’t quite had the confidence to pursue. Tom and Team McCutcheon have developed an amazing website http://www.virtualhorsehelp.com. Go there, join (FREE!!!!), follow them on their trip through the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and learn from and enjoy the expertise they have assembled. Go TEAM USA!!! Thanks for stopping by!
So you think you might want to find a job working with animals? Maybe even “grow-up” to work in a zoo, or train dogs, or be a veterinarian?? Today’s show highlights a few entrepreneurial avenues which blended an interest in one industry with an interest in animals to create some really unique products and businesses. The Wild About Animals Radio Show has as one of its missions to inform you about people, products, procedures and events which I have personal experience with directly or through the guest host, but I also hope to inspire you to get “WILD” about creating your own life and economy. I have no experience with and this is not an endorsement of the businesses or products, but there were some new ventures which I would NEVER imagine creating, yet someone did, and they are great ideas which show how passion and thought and seeing a need and meeting it can create a business in the animal industry.
Wanna buy some pre-wash, pre-worn distressed looking jeans? Check out what Zoo Jeans is doing (actually talked about them on 15 July show)! This Japanese firm is using lions and tigers and other big cats in exhibits to distress their denim! The company then apparently donates back part of their sales to the zoo or exhibit, and to the World Wildlife Federation. Would you prefer a house with a mud room for your dog? Maybe an automatic feeder? Builders are now incorporating accommodations for pets into new homes to meet the needs of four legged family members and their owners. Trouble getting that puurrrfect pet pose for Facebook or Instagram? Bark & Co has an app to help you get your dog’s attention to the camera an instant before the shutter opens! Think the attention to dieting and nutrition are limited to targeting the 60-75% of overweight or obese humans? American pet owners spent over $26,000,000,000 ($26 Billion) on pet food with 40 % of that going towards gourmet or specialized dietary items INCLUDING breakfast items, appetizers, and weight loss formulas. With roughly an estimated 140,000,000 dogs and cats, that’s $180/ year/ pet on food, roughly $0.50 per day. Let’s say the sum total AVERAGE of the weight of all domestic dogs and cats is 20 pounds (this is my guesstimate, more cats than dogs in US, cats average 10 pounds, and I imagine the trend is toward smaller rather than larger dogs, but this is just for arguments sake) and an average daily intake of 2% body weight, 0.4 pounds or 6.4 ozs, that’s about $1.25 per pound AVERAGE pet food price people are currently paying. With corn costing $0.10 per pound wholesale and , and beef at roughly $3 per pound wholesale, it would appear the trend is toward higher priced and higher perceived value pet food, and one can only imagine that as the value of pets in families increases, so will the willingness to pay for optimum nutrition and meal experiences. Put that in your abacus and double check me on all of that!! Point being, whether your interest is nutrition, fashion or technology, the opportunity to create YOUR niche in an animal industry is as wide open today as EVER!! You can check out the links to these stories below.
But while you’re running around creating products and services for animals and their owners, DON”T LEAVE YOUR PET IN A HOT CAR OR OTHER AREA WHERE THEY CAN OVERHEAT!! Here are my notes on what to look for with heatstroke and why you need to follow up with your vet should this be a concern.
Heat stroke – Predispositions – Black dogs, short snouted dogs, heavy weights, esp heavy muscled
a. Signs – Excessive panting, red tongue, pail gums, disoriented, stiff, hot to touch
b. What is going on and what could get going on – DIC – Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
c. Complicated medical problems can ensue as circulation is altered, cells/ tissues are damaged
d. Emergency treatment – Immediate cooling- ice water baths and fans and can progress to ice bath submersion but probably need to be getting to vet once initial cooling accomplished
e. Foot pad cooling – prob not much good in advanced dz due to vasoconstriction.
f. Clotting problems, internal organ problems
g. Follow up for at least a week
Most media will try to convince you what a mess our world and country are today. While I certainly don’t agree with all that is going on in the political environment, we are living in AMAZING AND WILD TIMES!! Gather yourself up and take a step on the journey of a lifetime, and realize, that regardless of where you live or what your area of expertise, you can make a difference in an animal’s life and they can make a difference in YOU! Thanks for stopping by!
Home builder offers pet-specific amenities
In developments from California to Florida, Standard Pacific Homes offers pet owners amenities such as step-in wash stations, automated feeders and toy cabinets for dogs and cats. According to the American Pet Products Association, 68% of Americans have pets, and the market for pet services and goods is worth $55 billion. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/16 http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/fUxgCozYBdCHtPhKCidzanCicNNHLa?format=standard
Gourmet trends driving pet food boom
U.S. pet food sales topped $26 billion in 2013, and 40% of that went to premium products, according to Packaged Facts. Other trends in pet food include growing interest in therapeutic foods spurred by issues including pet obesity. Also on the menu are “breakfast” and “appetizer” foods, in demand from owners, who largely see pets as family members. PhysOrg.com (7/21)
BY KARISSA BELLJUL 16, 2014
Taking the perfect dog portrait is harder than you think.
For starters, getting your pooch to look at the camera long enough to get an Instagram-worthy shot can be nearly impossible, particularly if you have an extra rambunctious pup. But pet-centric startup Bark&Co has a new app to help dog lovers in their quest for the perfect canine portrait.
BarkCam is a photo-sharing app that is like a dog version of Instagram.
Dogs in Texas have Chagas disease parasite, study finds
Veterinarian Sarah Hamer and colleagues at Texas A&M University found that 9% of dogs tested in the state carried the Chagas disease parasite. Transmission from dogs to humans is unlikely because the disease can be spread only indirectly, through kissing bugs that must bite the dogs in early stages of the infection. The disease is more common in Latin America, and most people in the U.S. who have the illness likely contracted it in other countries http://vetmed.tamu.edu/faculty/hamer-lab/projects/chagas-disease-eco-epidemiology
A Japanese jeans maker has found a new way of capitalising on zoo animals. Zoo Jeansare producing jeans “designed by dangerous animals”. Denim is wrapped around tyres, which are then thrown to the lions who enjoy ripping and biting at the material. This produces that all-important designer, distressed look.
Rather than simply being a marketing gimic, there is actually value in this from an animal welfare perspective. Involving lions and the zoo’s other large carnivores in the activity is part of what’s called environmental enrichment. This is the provision of stimuli to help improve well-being. It’s a win-win activity for many zoos, who can make alternative profits from their animals, which tend to be used to provide extra facilities for them
Independence, animals, and steroids…and amber waves of grain. The Fourth of July has become one of my favorite holidays for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the unbelievable fireworks show that goes on in my neighborhood, usually until 11 o’clock that night, and I’m talking the good stuff, too! The downside to all the shock and awe is the distress it causes for the ponies and pooches in the neighborhood, and the people that own them. I put my horses in the barn, and would turn on a radio if I had one in there. The dogs go hide and then socialize a bit once they realize it is benign noise and lights. Dr Bonnie Beaver gives some great tips for owners who have small animals that panic with uncommon noises and excitements. You can hear her short podcast as well as others at http://www.avmamedia.org. Do you find it interesting that the noises of the fireworks frighten and excite animals, yet they don’t know what a gun is, or what a bomb is, and their behavior suggests fear? Perhaps, at least in the case of dogs, the noise is painful? Where does the threat to the horse come from? onward…
As much as I enjoy the revelry around the Fourth, it is what the day represents that I become more respectful of each year. Independence, the fight of a nation for it in 1776, the fight of each person for it on a daily basis. This is why I brought up the NY City carriage horse issue earlier this year, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Soring Act issue, which is hot and heavy in Congress currently. Volatile issues in the horse and animal world, and while I do not condone nor support in any way, shape or form abusive actions towards horses or any other animal, I believe when we allow the government to dictate how an owner treats his animal or what he can do with his animal, our struggle for independence worsens. Now, when what an individual does with his/ her animal threatens or even potentially threatens the rights, safety or independence of another person, different issue. Protecting the public’ safety, our food supply, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the common good…a government’s calling. Were you to see a carriage horse with sores on it or limping through the streets, or skin and bones, would you even consider employing it’s driver for a tour? Of course not! It is in the industry’s best interest to present the public, the market, with a desirable product of high quality and be paid a fair price to do so. Would you go watch a horse show, or consider purchasing a horse, who travels with a bastardized gait accentuated by pain and abusive tactics? I hope not, but there is a segment of the population who does derive pleasure from this. That is their choice, their freedom, their independence. If they sway enough people to also enjoy their abuses, their industry will survive ( poor horses!). If other horseman and educators inform the public of the abusive nature of the few bad apples, show them a humane alternative, quit supporting the bad apples, the industry will either collapse, or adapt for its own survival. As I stated, soring or any other abusive behavior has no place in the animal world, in my opinion; however, the act of doing so provides no threat to the general public, and if the public is informed and educated that this is not a necessity to win, enjoy a horse, or make money with a horse, it will stop. If the public/ market adopts the philosophy,”If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, we have much deeper problems as a civilized society, culture and nation.
Wanna hear my take on steroids? ha ha!! Actually, the podcast today discusses the differences between anabolic steroids and corticosteroids. As you will hear, corticosteroids are a vital treatment modality along with baths, antibiotics, and more in the fight against skin diseases in animals. These are NOT the steroids the government oversees and has had such negative publicity in sports. Anabolic steroids are the muscle building, aggression causing steroid under such scrutiny in sports and the general public. Why the difference? While I wish you a long and productive life here on Earth, what you choose to do with your body is your business, your independence, until it alters your behavior to the point that it threatens the health and well being of me, or your family, or my family, and that is why anabolics are so closely regulated, and should be. Anabolics have therapeutic value when used judiciously in animals and humans. However, they can also create uncivilized behaviors which can greatly endanger the independence of others when misused or abused. The same can be said about alcohol, narcotics, even automobiles and firearms. In horse racing, and for that matter most human sports, anabolics have the capacity to create an unfair advantage to the user(s) and thus unknowingly affect the sports wagering business. Once again, the concern is not necessarily for the adverse affects of the drug on the user, but the affect on others’ ability to make choices and participate with some degree of confidence in the fairness of competition. Fairness, civility and the protection of independence … simple principles an ethical government can administer.
So you see, our individual independence is largely about choices and consequences. As rulers remove choices, be it on your health care or your animals’ health care, your individual independence is stripped away, little by little. You begin to live with the consequences of the choices of others, rather than the consequences or results of your own choices. Independence Day. Every day, in America, provided I respect your right to independence, you respect my right to independence, and all of us respect the sacrifices made over the past 238 years by those who have fought for the independence of the United States of America. Namaste. God Bless America. Thanks for stopping by!
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not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion,conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independentthinker.
not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous;free: an independent businessman.
not influenced by the thought or action of others: independent research.
not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
not relying on another or others for aid or support.
rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
possessing a competency: to be financially independent.
sufficient to support a person without his having to work: an independent income.
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!
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.~ Arabian Proverb
Farm owner Judy Sirbasku and Manager Shawn Crews were surprised and honored to be the recipients of the 2014 Ambassador Award at this weekend’s Arabian Breeders World Cup in Las Vegas!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a “coherent” heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may “feel better” when we are around them. . . .studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy–that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
EPA: Some flea and tick collars pose danger to children
An Environmental Protection Agency report warns that propoxur, a flea-killing chemical in flea collars marketed by Sergeant’s Pet Care Products and Wellmark International, is unsafe for children. However, the products can be distributed until two years from now, and retailers can continue to sell them after that until their stock is gone. Veterinary dermatologist Daniel Morris says there are safer products available and urges owners to consult with their veterinarian to determine the best approach. The Philadelphia Inquirer (4/13)
NYC horse carriage drivers relieved after Mayor de Blasio delays ban
De Blasio admitted he likely won’t get around to his pet project of banning horse-drawn carriages until the end of the year, taking a giant step back from his campaign promise that he would put an end to the iconic industry as soon as he took office. More.
Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com.
Bundy ranch – 2 wrongs don’t make a right! – A commentary on the situation involving free grazing, desert turtles and the invasion by the BLM. I wonder if all this transpires if Mr Bundy would have paid his land use fees? On the other hand, it must not have been important to the US government until Mr Reid decided he needed some land. Two wrongs obviously don’t make a right!