Duane Latimer unofficially become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Two Million Dollar Rider after his performance at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, Texas on April 23rd.
If so, you have seen one or more of these amazing programs and met some of the gifted and caring staff and their volunteers. Every year, more than 7,400 PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) members help 56,000 children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse. Plus, PATH centers often give a new lease on life to horses who have lost their jobs.
The largest National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open in history culminated April 19 with the Open finals. While the field boasted many former Champions and multiple million-dollar riders, new names finished at the top. Martin Muehlstaetter wasn't planning to show Blue Collar Tag at the NRBC; his owner, former Non-Pro Champion Shaunda Rai Ruckman would be at the reins. However, a bobble in the Non-Pro prelims kept Ruckman and the 6-year-old gelding out of the finals. The reins then went to Muehlstaetter.
Researchers are always working to determine which deviations from the norm are performance-limiting, and which ones are just unsightly.
“Why are horses designed so poorly?”
Many a horse owner who has been saddled with weeks of stall rest, repeat veterinary visits, or injury rehab has likely uttered this point, complaining about horses’ tendency to strain tendons, chip knees, and manifest various musculoskeletal afflictions. Sometimes we wish horses came with a foolproof plan for promoting optimal performance without injury.
The transition in temperature and humidity from cool season to warm season, such as winter to spring, could require an adjustment in watering horses. Reduced water consumption can impair performance and increase the risk of impaction colic. Also, horses that are not conditioned properly could sweat more profusely than a well-conditioned horse, and thus dehydrate faster. This is particularly important early in the season when temperatures change suddenly and horses might not yet be in peak condition.
2014 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Offers $7,500 in Prize Money, Awards, & New Categories
When Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS) launched the first Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge in 2009 only a handful of horses competed, but BEHS' Executive Director says the event has grown each year. "For the first few years, we only had one or two professional trainers and a handful of foster homes compete. We've improved the Challenge and now we have a great group of people training our horses and preparing for the event each year. It is a great opportunity to show off the talents of some of the amazing horses who come to us!"
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