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Snakebit!

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Snakes commonly found in the United States can cause serious injury to a horse. Horses are at the top of the list of sensitivity to snakebites and are followed in order by sheep, cows, goats, dogs, pigs, and cats. However, because a lethal dose of venom is based on body weight, most horses and cows are simply too large for snakes to kill. Other factors that affect the severity of the bite are:

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Enjoying Veterinary Visits

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In our referral equine behavior practice, we frequently rehabilitate horses perceived to be uncooperative with one or more veterinary procedures such as injections, nasogastric tubing, genital examination, etc. We have found that straightforward behavior modification techniques--adapted to the horse--are highly effective in regaining and maintaining cooperation, even in once dangerously resistant animals. In fact, clients and veterinarians describe the animals as now "enjoying" veterinary visits and appearing to solicit procedures. The methods we use rely mostly on positive reinforcement, avoid excessive restraint, and include no punishment.

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Superhorses Put on a Show at Western States Horse Expo

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Spectators at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento were treated to a unique demonstration of horsemanship over the three days of the event, June 13-15, 2014. The Expo has partnered with Charles Wilhelm to put on his signature Ultimate Super Horse Challenge. In its second year, the event challenged competitors across disciplines to navigate multi-disciplinary horsemanship questions all while inspiring the audience to take a new view on horsemanship.

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Fiesta of the Spanish Horse Fights for a Cure

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May 1-4, 2014, the 16th Annual Fiesta of the Spanish Horse held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California brought premiere equestrians, exquisite breeds and a lot of hope to those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The Fiesta is a charity show, raising funds for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. This multi-breed event plays host to a vast range of classes, a Saturday Night Spectacular like no other, and a chance for Andalusian owners and riders to gain much needed exposure on the west coast.

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Horse-Training Basics: Leading Without Resistance

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Lead your horse with ease and lightness with these horse-training tips.

If you can lead your horse in a halter with ease even at a trot, he will be much simpler to show in halter classes or to trot during a veterinary exam or inspection. By the end of this exercise, your horse won’t stay with you because he is forced to do so, but because he understands it’s a comfortable place to be.

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