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Weaning Foals Using the Farmers’ Almanac

Weaning Foals Using the Farmers’ Almanac

The Old Farmers’ Almanac has maintained an enduring and faithful readership since its inception in 1792. Early farmers took the Almanac’s advice very seriously for planning, predictions, planting, and animal health. While the world has changed much over the centuries, the Almanac’s Best Days advice continues to be one of its most popular features, right in league with its long range weather forecasts.

Home Away From Home – Camping at the Show Has Benefits

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Home Away From Home – Camping at the Show Has Benefits

It’s been a long day in the saddle. After tossing your barn gear in the laundry, you fix yourself a drink and turn on the TV. It’s time to relax, and you haven’t even left the showgrounds! From keeping costs down to bringing along the kids or the family dog, there are countless benefits to camping onsite. Read on for tips and advice from some of the industry’s most fairground savvy exhibitors.

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Perfecting Pole Work for the Young or Green Horse

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Perfecting Pole Work for the Young or Green Horse

These days, a Trail course can seem like an endless sea of poles: pinwheels, serpentines, and chutes. No matter the graphic complexity of all those lines, at any point in the pattern, you’re only dealing with one pole. Breaking a pattern down to that basic element not only helps eliminate the overwhelming aspects of the course, it’s the starting point of training a young or green horse the fundamentals of Trail work. Three Trail experts share their reasoning for perfecting pole work, starting with a single log.

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Pattern Practice Ahead of the Horse Show

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Pattern Practice Ahead of the Horse Show

Every competitor has experienced that dreaded moment when the pressure is on and, for some unknown reason, their mind takes a holiday. What pattern? Extend the trot where? What are logs doing here? Which side of the cone am I supposed to be on? In the past, show nerves were exacerbated by the pressure of having to memorize patterns with little prep time before an event. Trainers and competitors juggling the excitement and energy of time crunch at the horse show found it difficult to do their best under those circumstances when only given a few minutes to learn a complicated series of maneuvers.

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Fine Points for Equine Leases – How to Avoid Legal Battles

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Fine Points for Equine Leases – How to Avoid Legal Battles

To begin, lease agreements involve terms that can be unfamiliar. The “lessor” in a lease is the one who owns the horse at issue and has the ability to temporarily transfer possession, custody and/or use to another. The other person in the lease transaction who receives use of the horse under the terms of the agreement is the “lessee.”

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Ask Not What Your Trainer Can Do For You…

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Ask Not What Your Trainer Can Do For You…

When John F. Kennedy challenged society to do its part to contribute for the betterment of the world as a whole at his inaugural address in 1961, he did so by uttering the famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

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Trillions – A Rising Star

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Trillions – A Rising Star

Some horses just have star quality. It’s that unique charisma that goes above and beyond their already desirable traits. It’s not something that can be described with words; rather, it’s something that must be felt with the heart.

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Day Fees Demystified – Straight Talk on What Day Fees Encompass

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Day Fees Demystified – Straight Talk on What Day Fees Encompass

For experienced exhibitors, it’s understood that there are extra expenditures associated with showing horses. The additional
costs for clients begin with those expenses like hotels, meals, and rental cars. With trainers, it’s the same scenario. Being on the road suddenly increases overhead a great deal, and it, starts the moment a truck and trailer pulls out of the driveway. Just plain wear and tear on a trainer’s rig is a start.

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Something Borrowed – The Latest on the Show Clothing Rental

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Something Borrowed – The Latest on the Show Clothing Rental

Renting show clothing? You bet, say more companies than ever. It’s part of a recent upswing in the show clothing rental business. What began as a remote possibility of success is now emerging as a viable option, after much speculation about how the practice might really work.

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NCEA – Balancing Collegiate Competition With Breed Show Aspirations

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NCEA – Balancing Collegiate Competition With Breed Show Aspirations

Tests, quizzes, and grades are just a few of the many worries that youth competitors have to juggle while competing at horse shows throughout the school year. As much as I wish I could say that these worries disappear the second you move away to college and “become your own person,” they don’t.

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