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DOL Withdraws Proposed Child Labor Rules on Farms

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 2, 2012 16:33

 

On April 26, the Obama Administration announced its plans to withdraw a Department of Labor (DOL) proposed child labor rule applicable to agriculture.  The proposed rule would have severely limited the ability of young people to work on farms and ranches. 

“We are pleased the Administration responded to the concerns of the agricultural community and decided against changing the current rules for young people working on farms and ranches. This was a poorly conceived rule and they did the right thing by withdrawing it,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.   

The proposed rule would have placed new limitations on the ability of young people to work for pay on farms or ranches not owned solely by their parents and would have effectively barred employees under 16 from working in most capacities in agriculture, especially around livestock, such as horses.

The AHC had been working with a broad coalition of agricultural organizations to convince the Administration and Congress that these rules were ill-considered, would prevent young people from becoming involved in agriculture, and would negatively impact family farms and ranches. In November 2011, the AHC submitted comments opposing the rule that can be found here.      

“When the DOL proposed this rule we don’t think they completely understood the impact it would have on young people who work in agriculture. Thousands of Americans from the agricultural community, including the horse community submitted comments to the DOL explaining the problems with this rule and also contacted their Member of Congress to express their concerns,” said AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass.  “The Administration listened and withdrew the rule.  This is a good example of the way the system should work.”

The Administration has stated it will not re-propose any new regulations on this issue. Instead it will “work with rural stakeholders to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.”

The AHC encourages members of the horse community to visit its website www.horsecouncil.org to learn how federal legislation and regulations impact them and how they can get involved.
If you have any questions please contact the AHC.

Link to Full Article on AHC Website

 

As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.                       

The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.

 

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Spanish Equitation Clinic - Prince Albert

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 23, 2012 12:14


Maestro German (Her-mawn) Baca was born in Peru, and was introduced to the Classical Spanish style of training by his father, at an early age. In the tradition of Old Spain, He worked training horses and mules at his uncles hacienda, and in the tradition of Old Spain, eventually followed his father, and grandfather before him in achieving the title of Maestro(Master) Trainer.

He has developed the ability to connect with the horse, and sense the horses needs, wants, or fears. This instinct allows him to create amazing changes in the horse, in a relatively short amount of time. He also uses his instinct to help riders achieve harmony and balance with their horse. Buy teaching them what to look for the rider can begin to understand what their horse needs of them in order to perform to it's full potential.

He has combined the art of dressage, with basic horsemanship,  and years of experience, to become a truly breathtaking horseman. Always interested in learning more, he was fortunate to be able to attend several private schooling sessions with Jose Manuel Martin de Leon, of Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, Jerez (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art)
http://www.realescuela.org/ing/home.htm  This was his introduction to the world of high school dressage, and when he was able to start shaping his own style of horsemanship.
The theories, methods, and skills he has developed allow him to work with all types of horses in a wide range of disciplines.

He has trained many horses, including several peruvian paso national champions in Canada and the US.  Some other note worthy horses that have been shaped by German are the Canadian Champion Andalusian Stallion El Santo, and the Kiger Mustang Stallion "Donner", who was purchased by Dreamworks studios, to be a living model for the Animated film Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron. German was hired to train him to work at liberty in the studio with motion sensors on to map the way his muscles moved. He had learn to do everything from run and jump to rear, buck, and kick on cue, with no tack to interfere with the readings.

His calm energy and keen sense of humor creates a fun, inviting environment for his students. Always the gentleman, he uses the same firm but gentle approach with his students as he does with his horses. Ever willing to share his knowledge, it is his desire to pass on what he has learned for the next generation to become Maestro Trainers.

Chute Jumping Clinic

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 28, 2012 07:21

 

Please contact me to register for this chute jumping clinic held at Maple Leaf Meadows April 21-22nd.           

        

The objective 

  • Prep for the Free Jumping Challenge in Olds the following weekend
  • Sale videos
  • Educate riders how to properly free jump horses and stradgies how to best show horses performance through the chute
  • Educate riders on the benefits of free jumping young and schooled horses
  • Develop an eye how to comment on horses technique through the chute
  • Promote local sale horses and stallions
  • Or just come and show off!!

If numbers are high we may run horses through in groups of 3 at a time.  One benefit of this is you will be able to watch and listen to Daytons comments on each horse.

 

It is mandatory to pay for this clinic before you come.  Space is limited.  Contact me to register. Cost is 60$ per horse per day.  www.Horseclinic.ca

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Alixa Sutton Workshop

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 24, 2012 14:43

 

Just a reminder about the workshop with Alixa Sutton next weekend.  Auditors welcome and I still have a couple spots left if any one would like to participate. 

 

Audit is 25$ a day

 

Check out her website at www.alixaequestrian.com, this is her bio.  You can also read testimonials on her site.

 

 

Alixa Sutton is a flexibility expert with over 10 years of experience working with all different types of athletes from all over the world, including equestrians, horses, artistic gymnasts, rhythmic gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, synchronized swimmers, contortionists, ice skaters, horse vaulters, circus acrobats, sports acro, aerobic fitness, and divers.

 

Alixa has worked for Cirque du Soleil on "Kooza" as a choreographer, trainer and creator, and on Cavalia as a flexibility expert and Equestrian Performer in their new show "Odysseo". In Cavalia, Alixa performed in Dressage, Jumping, Roman riding, Horseback Princess, and Liberty. She has over 20 years of riding & training experience working with all types of horses & disciplines. Alixa also performs as a Swinging Trapeze Solo Artist, and is the creator of the "Mystic Pixies". The first US kids Contortion troupe.

 

Now Alixa travels all over the world giving workshops and lectures on flexibility. She has given seminars or workshops for the USA National Gymnastics Congress, Alberta Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, BC Synchronized Swimming Association, Ontario Gymnastics Coaching Congress, Alberta Tumbling & Trampoline Association, US World Championship Vaulting Team, L'Ecole National du Cirque, USA National Rhythmic Team, SF Ballet members, American Youth Circus Organization, and hundreds of individual facilities & clubs.

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United States Hunter Jumper Association Joins Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 15, 2012 16:03

 

 

Washington, DC – March 15, 2012. The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

 

"Supporting the mission of UHC is totally in line with the USHJA’s mission of which a major component is protecting the well being of our participants both human and equine and offering broad based education for our members.  We want to do all we can to help ensure that these generous animals have the responsible care that they deserve from all of us," said Shelby French, CEO of the USHJA.

 

The USHJA, which is the nationally recognized affiliate for the hunter and jumper riding disciplines, promotes the equestrian sport and the well being of its participants. The USHJA offers broad based education for its members and provides the framework for the conduct of the hunter/jumper sport.

 

“The UHC looks forward to working with the USHJA to educate our industry about the welfare of horses. The UHSJA offers so many wonderful programs and educational seminars, it is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that has a similar mission,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC Director. “The USHJA offers equine retirement listings, as well as owner resources. Their welfare committee is dedicated to improving the well-being of our nation’s equines.”

 

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.  

 

For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.

 

 

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition

The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

 

 

 

 

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Yes You Can….Learn to Make a Difference With Horses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 15, 2012 07:42

Guelph, Ontario – March 9, 2012 - The University of Guelph’s award winning continuing education program has unveiled their new Equine Welfare Certificate which will offer students the opportunity to explore animal welfare issues in the horse industry both locally and globally.

 

Made up of six online courses, this program has been designed to engage students who have a passion for making a better world for our equines, and will examine the biological and emotional factors that affect a horse’s quality of life. Course content will include housing, management practices and procedures that can affect the well being of horses.

 

"It is extremely important that everyone who owns or works with horses understands not only the complex issues, but also the common practices in daily care and management that can affect the welfare of horses,” explains Tina Widowski, Director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. “Through our partnership with Equine Guelph, we are able to combine top expertise in both equine science and animal welfare science to deliver a practical and well-rounded program in Equine Welfare."

 

Offered by the Campbell Centre, Equine Guelph, and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support, the Equine Welfare Certificate core courses include Equine Welfare, Advanced Equine Behaviour, Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition, and Global Perspectives in Animal and Equine Welfare, as well as two elective courses including Health and Disease Prevention, The Equine Industry, Equine Nutrition, and Advanced Equine Anatomy.

 

The Equine Welfare and Advanced Equine Behaviour courses will be offered during the fall semester beginning September 10, 2012; however, the required pre-requisite courses for this certificate are currently available for registration, with courses starting in May 2012.

While acknowledging that most only want the best for their beloved equines, many horse lovers yearn for the chance to better understand why horses do the things they do and recognize situations that may compromise horse welfare. “This program has been designed to provide students with the tools to become familiar with negative emotional states and recognize how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse to improve its overall health,” says Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph.

 

For more information, please contact the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support at info@coles.uoguelph.ca, call 519-767-5000 or visit www.EquineWelfareCertificate.com.

 

About The Centre of Open Learning and Educational Support

The Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental, and based on best practices.

 

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"Possible" EHV-1 Case in Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 14, 2012 18:41

March 14, 2012

"In the news at CPVS" Dr. Domoslai, DVM euthanized a horse in the Saskatoon and district area last week. 

Injury and rabies have been ruled out as causes for the horse becoming progressively recumbent.

EHV-1 neurological herpeshas not been positively identified at this time, however the case is being investigated.

The farm is currently under quarantine.



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UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 12, 2012 13:40

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH

CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP

CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

Toronto, Ontario-

 

Over 160 horse enthusiasts assembled for the highly acclaimed production of War Horse and a special Equine Guelph Gala evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto on March 8th 2012.  Gala attendees were delighted to hang up the ‘wellies’ and gather for an enchanting evening thrown in support of Equine Guelph’s new horse welfare education programs. 

 

Partnership is the best descriptor for the special fund raising evening that benefitted the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Foundation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund.    "The War Horse Toronto production brings back into the spotlight the welfare issues that faced millions of horses in the First World War," says David Mirvish, producer, Mirvish Productions and Chancellor of the University of Guelph.  "Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness and education, we are pleased to partner with Equine Guelph and the Ontario Equestrian Federation to create the 'Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund' in honour of these brave horses and to develop courses that teach horse care and welfare to future champions of the horse.  Through education, we hope to help Equine Guelph in their admirable quest of 'helping horses for life.’” The incredible turn out of horse industry supporters at Equine Guelph’s pre-show meet-and-greet was a testament to the shared sentiment.

 

The wine was divine and the appetizers appealing, but it was the puppets that brought the passion with a spellbinding show.  The crowd of horse lovers did not need any convincing of how near and dear the bond between horse and human can be.  Not a dry eye could be found as the audience rode along on the journey of “Joey”, the beloved War Horse.  To top it off, after the production, gala attendees were treated to an exclusive introduction to the life-like puppets and their marvelous, detailed craftsmanship.  Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) donated 24 Traditional limited edition 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets, signed by David Mirvish, as a fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s gala evening.   Many attendees arrived early for the opportunity to trot off with one of these very special mementos.

 

For future performances, War Horse Toronto will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – May 6, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD of the music of War Horse (one per order). Call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code – WHFUND.  Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation comments, "I thought that the puppets were magical and found the original stage production to be absolutely mesmerizing. I am certain that "War Horse" will have a very successful engagement!"  She adds, "The Ontario Equestrian Federation in partnership with Equine Guelph is proud to be part of a collaboration which which will ultimately benefit the welfare of all horses."   Equine media in attendance were awe-struck and nearly speechless with initial reactions:  “Wow, terrific!”, “Not what I expected”, and “How Lifelike.” 

 

Funds raised are helping Equine Guelph develop new courses, teaching the highest degree of skills in horse care and welfare.  This will help ensure horses receive the best possible care and will contribute to the reduction of welfare issues.  “In an industry where well-intentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment, says Equine Guelph Director, Gayle Ecker.  Education in horse welfare will result in benefits including:  well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses.”

Ecker continues, “Tonight, Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that we are able to offer the first Equine Welfare Certificate online program in Canada. The support of the industry has enabled us to open this opportunity for students starting in May of this year, with the first offering of the new Equine Welfare course in September of this year.  We will be developing further courses that will become available online throughout the year.”

 

Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information and to learn about another special evening Equine Guelph will be hosting at War Horse Toronto on May 10, 2012.  

 

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26 nations qualify for London 2012 Olympic Games

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:58

 

 

In Jumping, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Portugal, and Russia qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping bringing the total number of nations represented by individual riders to 11. Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, and Japan will be represented by two riders each whereas Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Egypt, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, and Syria will be entering one individual each. Fifteen countries will be represented by teams.

The only countries that will field full teams in all three disciplines (Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) is Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.


In total 200 riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing was published the 2nd of March. They are the final stage of the qualification by nation process, which concluded the 1st of March.


75 riders will participate in jumping:

http://zallina.com/news/jumping/show/500/

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Emergence of new Cross Bred Equine in Western Canada

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:30

 

“The Heaver” emerged on our farm in Western Canada in November of 2011. 

Cunning and wily, this new crossbred is very difficult to sight, elusive to photographers and has some peculiar habits.

We were first alerted to the heaver’s presence because of the evidence it left behind.  Exhaustive

investigation and surveillance have proven fruitless. 

These Heavers have destroyed part of our wood pile, primarily taking only recently cut green poplar and stripping the bark completely off.  Obviously they have mutated some sort of hand type appendages as

they have pulled their preferred wood out of a huge pile of assorted wood.  Thankfully the heaver has limited their bark eating to just green poplar bark out of the wood pile. 

No fence posts, live trees or rails have fallen victim thus far.

The un-mutated form of this new equine cross bred, our herd of horses have access to a high quality water supply available 24/7, high quality grass (90%) /alfalfa (10%) hay in multiple different feeding areas, large pasture area to roam, unrestricted access to salt,

mineral and are current on their herd health.  The herd is round and fat, to date no colic.  Our vet is baffled.

A gifted artist Andrea Lawrence, fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-lawrence.html has created a heaver picture based on our description.

 

 

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