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LANDMARK EQUINE ONLINE COURSE – HORSES IN MOTION
Castle Rock, CO ------ Horses in Motion is like no other course in existence. Learn equine biomechanics by understanding the living horse – how he functions in his environment given his physical, emotional, and cultural perspective. There’s so much to consider in taking optimal care of horses. This course covers a huge spectrum from complete debilitation to optimum health and performance.
Horses in Motion takes you through the entire equine musculoskeletal system from head to hind hoof while calling attention to how the horse moves for better or for worse. Every chapter contains case studies and photographs of horses that have taken the journey from suffering and pain, through repair and healing, to a return to vitality and healthy movement.
Another distinguishing feature of Horses in Motion is the inclusion of supportive acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine information. It offers equine acupressure, acupuncture, and bodywork practitioners a great resource for identifying functionality and participating in the rehabilitation process.
The authors of Horses in Motion are known for their many years of work as educators and authors in the equine health and rehabilitation field:
Barbara Chasteen has studied and taught equine anatomy, biomechanics, bodywork, and management for 25-plus years. Barbara writes for national international publications, is an anatomical illustrator, and an equine multi-model bodywork educator. She lives in Sonoma County, CA where she rides and rehabilitates horses.
Nancy Zidonis, Founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, has worked with horses for over 20 years, written eight animal acupressure texts, created a 300-hour practitioner certificate online and hands-on training program, and writes for national and international publications. Tallgrass acupressure courses and resource materials are available worldwide.
Horses in Motion may be purchased on the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute website: http://www.animalacupressure.com The cost for this online course is $275.00. There are 12 chapters, approximately 150 pages, plus brief summary quizzes after each chapter. Equine schools are welcome to include this course in their curriculum, contact: Tallgrass@animalacupressure.com
The Benefits of Slow Feeding Horses PLUS a Product Giveaway from Hay Pillow Inc. (www.thehaypillow.com)
Natural Horse Magazine has always advocated free-choice hay feeding, but this can often be a challenge for various reasons. In the past few years, various slow feeding products have come onto the market to address the challenges of free-choice feeding. “I personally have eight Hay Pillows that we use for our herd of seven geldings”, states Natural Horse Publisher Lisa Ross-Williams. “The boys actually prefer to eat out of their Hay Pillow rather than the loose piles of hay on the ground. This product, which is made in the USA, is of the highest quality and withstands the abuse my boys often give the pillows”.
Why a slow feed system for your horse?
Reduces the risk of ulcers. A horse's stomach produces acid 24 hours a day in preparation for constant uptake and can empty in as little as 15-20 minutes. Saliva and hay reduce stomach acid. Equines naturally graze 18-24 hours a day therefore food should always be available. The lack of food produces a stressful situation which can be a large contributing factor.
Increased digestion. If your horse consumes hay too quickly, it will not have enough time to digest it properly. Proper digestion and fermentation require time and movement. Using multiple bags/locations will encourage both. This will keep fermentation going consistently, effectively keeping the hindgut weighted and healthy, as a result, preventing conditions that can contribute to colic.
Minimize or alleviates boredom. Horses allowed to continuously slow feed benefit both physiologically and psychologically. Being kept occupied helps to prevent vices from developing. Horses only sleep 3 to 4 hours in a 24 hour period and usually no longer than 20 minutes at a time, food tends to be their main focus.
Increased chew time wears teeth more naturally and produces more saliva.
Little to no wasted hay. Saving you money!
Weight management. Hay is grass with the water reduced; each mouthful is a more concentrated source of calories. Hay contains seven to eight times more calories than live grass per pound. Grass is 70 to 80% water as opposed to sun cured hay at 5 to 10%. If your horse is overweight, slow feeding will help to regulate insulin spikes and metabolism. If underweight, can help increase digestion and assimilation of calories and nutrients.
Monique Warren, creator of The Hay Pillow has graciously offered to donate one standard or one hanging Hay Pillow at a $69.99 value to this Natural Horse Magazine Giveaway.
The Standard™ and Mini Hay Pillow™ Original and Version II are the only slow feed hay bags designed for use on the ground; allowing your horse to eat in a natural grazing position and encourage movement! The best choice for voracious eaters; when used on the ground it is not attached to anything so they can’t tug or pull on it. Mini Hay Pillow is designed specifically for miniature horses and ponies.
Hanging Hay Pillow ™ and Hanging Hay Pillow II ™ are also available for those who prefer to hang a bag. It is appropriate for any size horse or pony. Great for horse trailers and stalls!
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling us why you believe your equine would benefit from a Hay Pillow. A winner will be picked at random. Deadline is December 7th, 2013.
For more information about The Hay Pillow, visit www.thehaypillow.com
FOSH President Testifies before Congressional Subcommittee on PAST Act
On November 13, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) President, Teresa Bippen, and other officials testified before the House of Representatives Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee in Washington D.C. on the widespread soring abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses and on FOSH’s strong support for the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) bill (H.R. 1518).
The PAST bill amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA 1970) to close loopholes that have allowed cruel soring practices to exist for over 40 years. Soring is the deliberate infliction of pain upon the front legs and hooves of a gaited horse to create a highly animated gait in some show rings. Although soring is illegal, it is a common training technique in some regions of the U.S. and has attracted negative international attention. The PAST bill provides for stronger penalties, elimination of stacks and chains and abolishment of the current inspection system which is riddled with conflicts of interests and corruption.
Bippen relied upon 27 years’ of data, and FOSH research and analysis to educate legislators on the extent of soring abuse despite Walking Horse industry claims that the problem is only a few bad apples. The industry’s current noncompliance with the law was evidenced by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) swabbing at the 2012 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration where 145 out of 190 horses tested positive for foreign prohibited substances resulting in a 76% noncompliance rate. More recently, 93% of all 2013 HPA violations reported through April were on padded and chained horses. Weak penalties were addressed by Bippen when she testified that the Repeat Violators report at the publicly available www.hpadata.us site was 260 pages long, single spaced.
Analysis indicates the stigma of soring has caused great economic harm to the breeds because of the failure of the Horse Protection Act to eradicate the problem. Bippen concluded, “PAST can fix the deficiencies in the current law, restore honor to the breeds afflicted by soring and bring more people and dollars back into those breeds when soring is eliminated.”
Earlier this year, Bippen and other sound horse and veterinarian officials met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to update him on the negative impact of soring on the Walking Horse industry.
FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against abuse and soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. To become a member of FOSH and help in its efforts to fight soring or for more information about FOSH and its programs for gaited horse owners, please visit www.fosh.info.
Pumpkins are nourishing and healing. The flesh is used (canned, pure pumpkin without spices or puree made at home from cooked flesh) to regulate the bowels of dogs. Adding a quarter cup for very large dogs, two tablespoons for medium size and one tablespoon for small dogs to each feeding will balance the digestive system, relieving constipation or diarrhea.
Pumpkin flesh is full of beta-carotene and enzymes. It can be fed to horses, cubed and added to mashes (raw), 2 to 3 cups daily. The enzymes that fresh, raw foods provide are essential to the health of all species. Enzymes are used by the body for digestion, joint health, brain function and detoxification.
Pumpkin Seeds support human prostate health and are anti-parasitic. The seeds contain 30% fixed/volatile oils; starches, protein, and an anti-parasite property from a resin that is also supported by a physical "scraping" clean effect from the hulls of the seeds. Pumpkin seeds can be brewed as an infusion and used for tea for people or dogs, as a drench for horses to strengthen the renal system. Use fresh seeds for brewing; buy the dry seeds at a health food market or dry them yourself to add to salads, soups, yogurt (unsalted), etc.
Katharine Lark Chrisley, NHC, RMT
Signs of hope for the West's wild horses?
By Kerry Drake
Ken Salazar may not have totally destroyed the Wild Horse and Burro Management Program while he was head of the Interior Department, but he made an already terrible situation far worse.
Now advocates for the animals hope a change at the top leads to some positive changes in a program they believe has been a disaster since it was created by Congress in 1971.
Ginger Kathrens, a filmmaker who has spent the past 19 years documenting the activities of the Pryor Mountain wild horse herd in Wyoming and Montana, said Salazar was a rancher who viewed the animals as pests and implemented policies that treated them as such.
He left office dodging questions about the sale of 1,700 wild horses to one of his Colorado neighbors, who had them slaughtered. The matter is still under investigation.
Under Salazar, the program’s budget more than doubled while most of its efforts failed miserably. The agency now spends 60 percent of the program budget on expenses related to the more than 50,000 horses it rounded up.
The rest is spent “managing” the remaining 38,000 wild horses left roaming the West. But as a damning report issued in June by the National Academy of Sciences noted, that estimate is nothing but a guess.
Kathrens, who lives on a ranch in Westcliffe, Colo., said BLM has just wanted to see wild horses gone, literally managed to extinction. Jeannine Stallings, a long-time animal advocate in Cheyenne, agrees.
“The BLM has failed in its mission 100 percent, on purpose,” Stallings charged.
Stallings, 83, has watched the agency for years. When I interviewed her about the wild horse program in 1987, she said the agency had ignored its studies “because they didn’t get the results they wanted.”
Wearing a yellow T-shirt that proclaims, “Americans Don’t Eat Horses,” Stallings said while she voted for Barack Obama twice and considers him a good president, “He certainly hasn’t been a friend to wild horses.”
Why should anything be different now?
Kathrens said that Sally Jewell, the new secretary of Interior appointed by Obama, doesn’t have the personal animosity toward wild horses that Salazar had.
“She brings with her a love of the wild and open spaces,” she explained. “If she appoints people to key positions who agree with her … things could change.”
Time will tell if Jewell is able to n or even wants to n change the program’s direction, but in the meantime, the lives of thousands of wild horses are at risk here and in nine other Western states.
“In Wyoming, we have a tragedy in the making,” Kathrens said, referring to BLM’s plan to “zero out” the Rock Springs herd on private land.
That will mean taking all of the horses off public land as well. The animals would be rounded up and moved to Salt Wells and Adobe Town in the Red Desert, where forage is scarce.
The Rock Springs herd has become a great tourist attraction, she noted, but under BLM’s plan, people would no longer have access to see the horses.
Kathrens has likely done more than anyone else to raise the public’s awareness of the multitude of problems facing America’s wild horses. She has produced three films for PBS’s “Nature” series, focusing on the Pryor Mountain herd and in particular the life of Cloud, a wild pale palomino stallion.
Stallings said Cloud has been rounded up several times up by BLM but always freed.
“They could never take Cloud off the range,” she said. “They know the public just wouldn’t stand for it.”
The nonprofit Cloud Foundation started by Kathrens is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud’s herd through education, media events and public involvement. It is also dedicated to protecting other wild horse herds on public lands, especially isolated herds with unique characteristics and historical significance.
For years, BLM has defended its management program and maintained that the roundups are necessary. But some former BLM officials are now decrying what the agency is doing.
What should happen to the 50,000 wild horses being kept in pens by the feds? Kathrens said the obvious solution is to “take some of the 24 million acres of public land where the herds have been ‘zeroed out’ and put them back on the range.”
Her fear, though, is that the agency will surreptitiously get rid of the animals by selling them to be slaughtered when the public isn’t paying attention.
Stallings shares her concern.
“The fact is that BLM is winning and we’re losing,” she said. “Things have always been bad, but it’s much worse today, and it’s going to take a national outcry (for things to improve). I just hope it doesn’t end in a horrendous, final tragedy.”
Thanks to Stallings, Kathrens and other animal advocates’ abilities to stir up the public, wild horses have not disappeared from the range yet.
But they’ve been right about these issues for decades and are still largely ignored by the federal government. It’s time someone in charge seriously listens to them, and I hope Jewell is the one who does.
Veteran Wyoming journalist Kerry Drake is the editor-in-chief of The Casper Citizen, a nonprofit, online community newspaper.