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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!
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
My long time friend Ashley Richardson of McKinney, TX joined me today for what I thought was to be the grand opening day of her DREAM, Castle Creek Pet Resort and Spa. Ashley comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has overcome HUGE hurdles put in place by local government to make her dream a reality, so another month delay is nothing to get this girl down! Her parents operate a very successful pipe and steel company and her brother races Nationwide Series cars and Ashley has developed her passion for dogs (AND she loves her dressage horses, too) into a very successful dog grooming business. Sassy Paws Pet Salon (www.sassypawspetsalon.com) is imaginative and innovative in its approach to meeting the grooming needs of the animal while adding the WILD SIDE of the groomer and owner team through creative clips and colorful “additions” to suit the personalities of both the dog and the owner. During our talk, she gives some great tips on frequency of grooming, whether to shear heavy coated dogs for summer, flea and tick control and heat stroke prevention, as well as talking about how and why she has turned her passion into a very successful business venture. Check out her website and schedule an appointment, and book your pet a stay at the Castle Creek Pet Resort and Spa in McKinney, TX once it opens in a few more weeks!
I follow Ashley on Facebook (you should too! Her pics of her grooming art always brighten my day!) and was very interested to see her post her displeasure with the sport of horse racing after the Kentucky Derby. I really appreciate her concern for the welfare of the horses, and recognize it is a common view shared by many, and a big reason for my doing the show and blog and podcast and all that this involves. Her displeasure arises from the perception that young horses are pushed beyond their limits for the purpose of making money for people, leading to the eventual breakdown and euthanasia of the horse. You can read my comments to her post on her FB page (i will figure out at some time how to link to it or post on the WAARS FB page!), but her concern generated several questions and views which, regardless of how you feel, I ask you to consider in forming your opinion and assessment of horse racing and animal sports in general.
Here is the question I ask in today’s show, ” In the unfortunate event of a horse suffering an irreparable lower leg fracture during a race, would you rather see the horse euthanized immediately, or would you rather see the horse transported, undergo an amputation and later be fitted with a prosthesis, allowing it an opportunity at life, though maybe not an entirely “normal” life?” Would it matter to you if the horse stood at stud (male) or entered a broodmare band (female) to reproduce and potentially generate revenue for the owner, and for the care of the horse? Oh, by the way, amputations and prosthetics for horses are successfully performed in some instances now, though the success rate is certainly not 100%.
I look forward to reading your comments and opinions. I will write a little more as feedback comes through, and remember, there is no right or wrong answer. We all have our own set of beliefs and I hope the discussion can lead all of us to a better understanding of each of us! Have a WILD week!! Thanks for stopping by!
I never will forget sitting in front of the old RCA in 1973 and watching the legendary Secretariat smoke the field by over 30 lengths at Belmont Park to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. There have been only two since, none since Affirmed in 1978. That performance sticks in my mind over forty years later, as an avid sports fan, as the most impressive athletic accomplishment and shear domination I believe I have ever seen. THAT is the athlete I chose to take care of by becoming a veterinarian.
Horse racing may be the most scrutinized sport in this country, and in fact, with exception of the Triple Crown series and the Breeder’s Cup events, little exposure is given the sport and its participants aside from issues involving abuses of horses, people, medication or the “system”. Today I was joined on the show by Dr Scott Palmer, newly appointed Equine Veterinary Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission. The past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioneers shared how his 38 years as an advocate for the welfare of the race horse and his involvement in organized veterinary medicine led him to this position, and we talked candidly about the role new diagnostics and technologies can play in allowing a horse to compete, at the top of his or her game, pain free and with a minimal amount of risk to horse or rider. The passion for excellence, the compassion for the equine athlete, and the desire for a thriving racing industry were all present as he discussed his vision for the future of racing. But it was the last two minutes of our talk I hope you listen to.
I asked Dr Palmer to share what keeps him awake at night and what keeps him excited about getting to work each morning. He said, ” I have not found worrying to be a very productive human endeavor, but I do keep a notepad by the bed to write down all the ideas that come to me to help make racing safer for horses”. Life lesson…STOP WORRYING, START DOING!! His answer to the second question literally made my spine tingle with pride and enthusiasm. You’ll have to listen to get the full effect, but when you can greet each day BELIEVING what you do will have a positive influence on the lives of hundreds of animals and millions of people, your nights are always too long, and your days way too short! There are opportunities in every corner of the horse world and the animal world as a whole to allow YOU to feel the passion, and join us in being Wild About Animals!
Enjoy the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Say a prayer for the safe journey for all involved, but fully take in all that the race embodies and represents, and know there are very, very good people working to make the most exciting two minutes in sports even greater, safer, and more exciting than ever!