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April 2017




A Look At Thoroughbreds


ext month starts the road to Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, and I will admit that I do enjoy this big event. I know several of you dear By: Vicki Long readers do not like racing, nor do you approve, but after the death of Eight Belles at the 2008 Kentucky Derby, organizations like the NTRA and the Jockey Club advocated for the creation of a nationwide database that tracks the frequency, types and outcomes of horse racing injuries, and has led to banning substances and trying to make racing surfaces safer, and many medical advances on keeping horses sound have come from “the sport of kings”. Another advancement in the industry is that many of the non-performing race horses that would have been sent to slaughter in years past have been saved and found new jobs as- hunters, jumpers, or in eventing, trail riding, barrel racing etc., with the help of many organizations dedicated to saving off-track-Thoroughbreds. This month before Thoroughbred Racing’s big three races we wanted to remind you that if you are in the market for a good horse no matter what discipline, give an ex-racer a chance. I have said this before, I believe a horse if put in the right “job”, will enjoy it and be a success. My first horse was an OTTB, and he had his “second chance” as a hunter jumper, and his “third chance”, with me as an awesome trail horse. He didn’t like his first job racing, but loved the second and third, and had a wonderful life after he was retired from the track. Our hearts go out to our friend Diana Baker, an equine therapist, who worked primarily on racing Thoroughbreds, and has worked with numerous groups around the country to ensure the safe retirement and placement of horses coming off the racetrack, lost her beloved OTTB Rigoletto. She has written a beautiful tribute to him. Hope you have a wonderful spring. What great months for getting out on the trail with your best friend! Next month we will be telling you about a few great vacation destinations. We thank you for your support.

On the Cover:

Thoroughbreds - A scecond lap, a second chance.

April 2017

Cover Stories: 18 Second Time Around - Kelsey Hellmann

Lifestyle & Feature: 8 Barn & Garden 10 Pet Talk - Texas A&M 16 Ten Extraordinary Horses 19 Rigoletto - Diana Baker 24 Hoof Care - Tabb Pigg 30 Horse Heroes

Columns: 14 On the English Front - Cathy Strobel 28 Tack Talk - Lew Pewterbaugh 34 Cowboy Corner - Jim Hubbard


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Jim Hubbard, Steven Long, Vicki Long, Roni Norquist, Lew Pewterbaugh, Cathy Strobel, Margaret Pirtle Volume 24, No. 2 Horseback Magazine, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397, (281) 447-0772. The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted April 2017 by Horseback Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Horseback Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Horseback Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management. Subscription rate is $25.00 for one year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Horseback Magazine | P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397 | Fax: (281) 893-1029


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Lonestar Ranch and Outdoors Cleburne, TX 817/645-4325

Crockett Farm and Fuel Center, Inc. Crockett, TX 936/544-3855

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Chachere Feed Store, Inc. Dayton, TX 936/258-2670

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Conroe Feeders Supply, Inc. Conroe, TX 936/441-5549 Bastrop Feed and Supply LP Bastrop, TX J and D Country Store, Inc. 512/321-3700 Conroe, TX 936/756-7667 Bay City Feed, Inc. Bay City, TX Lone Star Country Store 979/245-2712 CC LLC Corpus Christi, TX Sams Western Store, Inc. 361/387-2668 Beaumont, TX 409/842-2625 Feed Shack and Tack Smith General Store Blue Ribbon Country Corsicana, TX Store LLC 903/875-8026 Beeville, TX 361/392-3333 Pecos Cnty Feed/Crane County Feed Bear Creek/Bells Crane, TX Bells, TX 432/558-2225 903/965-4900

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GRILL, SMOKE, ROAST OR BAKE YOUR WAY TO A SIZZLING SPRING AND SUMMER The weather has warmed and with spring and summer holidays around the corner, it’s time to get the grill ready for months of mouthwatering food. If your old grill has out-lived its usefulness, then by all means it’s time to get one that can handle everything you want to toss on it. Checkout the Lone Oak Smoker/Grill combination - custom-made in Texas and featuring a cooking chamber, grill, side shelf, reverse heat flow, smoke box, and temperature gauge, all coated in three coats of high temperature paint and convenient rolling wheels. You can find this perfect grill and smoker at P&P Trailer Sales – Hwy 290 West, Hockley, TX. Give them a call to see all the different grills they have to offer and be ready for all the fun warm days ahead. 832-334-0185

3 SECRET INGREDIENTS FOR SAVORY HOME GROWN TOMATOES No matter what variety of tomato you choose, the only ones worth your time are fresh and homegrown. There is no shortage of places to buy tomato plants - from big box stores to your local garden center. And unlike some vegetables there are only four things that a good tomato bush requires - fertile soil, plenty of sun, water and your warm weather, but not blazing heat. Now to the secret sauce for you tomato plants: 1. Earthworm casings-earthworm poop is one of the strongest and best fertilizers you can add to your soil. There are many different kinds available but if you want a name, ask your local garden center for Wiggle Worm Soil Builder. 2. Baking Soda – just ad about a 1/4 of a cup sprinkled around each plant when they are about half grown. This reduces the acidity in the soil and produces a sweeter tomato. 3. Sea Salt – According to Rutgers University, added a little sea salt to the water for your plant. It makes a better tasting tomato.



Not everything has to come from a pill bottle. You might be surprised at the number of “weeds” that we mow and dig up that have healing powers, or at least can help with some medical problems. The National Institutes of Health says that herbs, botanicals, and spices are worth looking into, not for a cure, but as a complement to doctor recommended medicine. Here are some of the most popular ones. 1. Red Clover - This wild plant has good amounts of vitamins, proteins and minerals, as well as vitamins A, B-12, E and K. For years red clover was used for a variety of conditions including asthma, whooping cough, cancer and gout. Today extracts from red clover are most often used for the symptoms of menopause and a blood purifier. 2. Dandelion - This common yard weed has a long history of use for problems of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts. The health benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer, anemia and can be used as a diuretic and for minor digestive problems. 3. Turmeric - A common spice, turmeric is a major ingredient in curry powder and one of the most powerful spices for healing. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that it can be helpful in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. 4. Black Cohosh - Black Cohosh has been consumed by Native Americans for centuries to treat many health conditions. A member of the buttercup family, it is used for a variety of ailments and as an insect repellent. It is commonly used in the treatment of ailments related to women such as menopause, PMS, hot flashes, and minor ailments such as throat, colds, hives, arthritis, constipation, backache, depression, and hypertension.

EASTER JELLY BEAN BRITTLE Here is an easy recipe that the Easter Bunny will love to fill his baskets with: Ingredients • 4 tablespoons butter, divided • 2-1/2 cups miniature jelly beans • 3 cups sugar • 1 cup light corn syrup • 1/2 cup water • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons baking soda Directions 1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Cube remaining butter and set aside. Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans with foil; brush with melted butter. Arrange jelly beans evenly in pans. 2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in cubed butter and salt. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage). Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over jelly beans. Spread with a buttered metal spatula. Cool; break into pieces. Yield: 2-1/2 pound.

CUTE BUT RISKY...Peep, chirp, quack! Live baby chickens, birds, and ducks can carry Salmonella and still look

healthy, but can spread the germs to people. Because these birds are so soft and cute, many people do not realize the potential danger that live baby poultry can be, especially to children. Children can be exposed to Salmonella by holding, cuddling, or kissing the birds and by touching things where the bird lives, such as cages or feed and water bowls. Live poultry may have Salmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear healthy and clean. 1. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live baby poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. 2. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Adults should supervise hand washing for young children. 3. Children younger than 5 years of age, older adults, or people with weak immune systems should not handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry. 4. Don’t snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth or eat or drink around live baby poultry. 5. And don’t give them for pets at Easter.


Pet Talk..



magine feeling ill and not being able to properly express it. The language barrier causes many pets to feel this way toward their owners. It is important to know the signs indicative of pain in your pet so that you can help them with their treatment, even if they can’t help identify their pain. According to Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, knowing if pets are in pain can be tricky. “All pets show pain differently,” says Stickney. “Cats are prone to hide when they are uncomfortable while dogs tend to show pain more outwardly than their feline friends.” There is a lot of variation when it comes to pets and showing pain, and the signs of pain are not always obvious. “Some common signs of pain are less energetic greetings and refusing to eat or drink,” Stickney says. “Some animals may pace or pant if they are in pain or they may growl or snap if the sore spot is touched.” Your pets may show you all of these signs while some may show you almost none, Stickney adds. “Cats are the classic example. They can be in large amounts of discomfort and still hide their pain.” “What it boils down to is owners know their pets


best,” Stickney says. “If you think your animal is uncomfortable and not behaving normally, you should call your veterinarian for an evaluation.” Stickney notes that the causes of pain can come from various sources.

at home to make your pet feel more comfortable.

“We see several types of injuries like those caused by cars or other animals,” says Stickney. “Pain can also occur as pets get older from diseases such as arthritis.”

Stickney also suggests moving food and water bowls closer to the animal.

The most common treatment for pain in dogs is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, says Stickney. “These products will reduce inflammation and make the animals feel better. They usually come in flavored preparations disguised as treats.”

“Try to make arrangements so your pet does not have to move as much,” says Stickney. “Keep him or her confined in a small room or crate.”

It is up to you, as the owner, to recognize behavioral changes that might indicate pain. “The veterinary profession has come a long way in recognizing

pain in animals,” says Stickney. “If you think your pet is in pain, contact your veterinarian because there are numerous options to make your pet feel more comfortable.”

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If you suspect your pet is in pain and a veterinarian cannot be reached, human pain medication should never be an option. “Animals metabolize drugs differently than we do,” Stickney says. “Human medication will usually cause more harm than good and could damage organs like the kidneys or liver.” But there are things you can do

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April 2017



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April 2017



What Turns a Rider into a Horseman? By Cathy Strobel


or centuries, people have ridden horses. In Europe, horses were a major method of transportation. They were also instrumental in battle. Not everyone was able to have a trusty steed and the leaders of armies were given the best horses to lead their warriors into battle. Later, they were used to hunt for food and protect against predators. Some of the best horsemen in the world were the Native Americans. They recognized the value of horses when the Spaniards imported them. Some of the horses managed to get loose and roam the open ranges. Over time, their numbers increased and wild herds were scattered around. The natives learned to trap and tame the horses to be used in their daily lives. Recognizing the importance of these animals, the natives developed their skills and learned how to take good care of the horses and trained them to become their partners. They recognized that horsemanship is a lot more than sitting well and controlling a well-trained horse. In the early days of America, the cowboys and Native Americans rode as a necessity for transportation and work efficiency. With their horses, hunting, traveling, herding cattle and buffalo all became easier. Horses were key to the exploration and settlement of what is now the United States of America. The famous Pony Express mail delivery made long distance communication to remote places a reality. Horses pulled wagons across the Great Divide to settle the west coast. During the civil war, horses gave an advantage to army scouts and generals. Farming was made

easier with horses pulling equipment through the fields and settlers were able to travel further to acquire supplies needed to sustain their lives in remote locations. Past history tells us that there were far fewer equine professionals to keep the horses healthy and sound. Since most people who rode in earlier times found it to be a necessity, they also found it critical to figure out how to care for their horses, keeping them healthy and functional. A family member who had experience through trial and error was often the main source for learning horse-keeping skills. Learning to ride by the seat of their pants was also a common method of education. Many of these people developed their skills and became true horsemen by necessity. Today there are millions of people who ride recreationally around the world. People trail ride, fox hunt, ride saddle seat, dressage, hunt seat, side saddle, western, drive carts and carriages and attend all kinds of equestrian competitions just out of enjoyment and pride. In order for all of those people to have horses for entertainment, there are millions of professional horsemen supporting them. Breeders, trainers, instructors, veterinarians, farriers, saddle makers and numerous other experts lend their knowledge to the amateur equestrian to make them successful in their endeavors. Most riders today don’t have the need to learn horsemanship the way they used to but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.

As riders begin their journey into the horse world, learning to sit in balance on a trained horse and control it are usually the main goals. As these skills are mastered, many people begin to develop their skills to become true horsemen. What makes someone a horseman? Perhaps it is a heightened sense of knowing what is good for your horse and what makes your horse tick. It is looking beyond how well you can sit and steer. Horsemanship encompasses everything that develops a horse, keeps it happy, healthy and performing at its best. The following are some of the major keys to good horsemanship. You can probably come up with even more ways to develop your own skills. Reading body language – Horses, like people are constantly sending signals through their body language. If you watch their eyes, ears, mouth, tail movement and even the way they stand or shift their weight, horses will give you great insight into their thoughts and well-being. Their energy level also tells you a lot about how they are feeling. Like people, they have good and bad days and sometimes are distracted or not feeling well. A good horseman will pay attention to the signs and address them as needed. Equipment – Ill fitting, cracked or improper equipment will quickly make a horse uncomfortable and irritable. Every horseman should understand how to properly fit the equipment being used, and the reason for using it. Horsemen need to routinely check all equipment for proper adjustment, cracks or dangerous wear and will clean and oil it regularly.


Grooming - Proper grooming includes conditioning the coat through currying, brushing, mane pulling, clipping as needed, and using appropriate products to bring out the luster in a coat. Body conditioning – A good horseman will insure that the horse is properly strengthened for the job it has through a variety of techniques such as lunging, interval training, gymnastics and rest. Recognizing how much work is enough or too much and knowing when to stop is critical to preparing a horse for any job. Good horsemen will also pay attention to giving each horse ample time in a pasture to exercise freely. Recognizing soundness – When a horse is sore or “off”, a true horseman will recognize it and address the issue. While other professionals such as vets, chiropractors, masseuses or farriers may need to become involved, the horseman should be able to locate the general vicinity of the problem and take some initial measures to prevent further pain and hopefully resolve the issue. First aid and illnesses – Every horseman should be able to treat common injuries with first aid or help a sick horse while waiting for a vet. Problems such as cuts, colic, fever or other issues can crop up at any time. The horseman should know how to take a temperature, pulse and respiration count to assess the health of the horse and communicate with a vet. Knowing and using correct terminology regarding the anatomy of the horse when talking with the vet insures clear communication. Health maintenance and nutrition – Every horseman needs to know the vaccines necessary in their part of the world to keep the horse healthy and prevent disease. They will insure administration of vaccinations, worming and dentistry while keeping accurate health records including lameness and illness. Nutritional knowledge - Good nutritional knowledge is important when assessing the needs of each horse since

there are such a wide variety of feeding options. Supplements are also needed at times and should be used wisely. Horse handling – Every horseman should be able to safely and humanely keep horses under control while on the ground or in the saddle. Skills such as trailer loading, lunging, despooking and riding in a shared arena are a must. A good horseman can read the horse and find ways to calmly and safely introduce horses to new situations or work through difficult circumstances.

Good horsemanship encompasses such a wide variety of topics that it’s easy to see that there is a difference between riders and horsemen. It takes a great deal of time and dedication to become a true horseman. If you are a rider working on becoming a horseman, don’t give up. Remember that the journey may be long but it will always be interesting. If you consider yourself to be a horseman already, don’t stop learning. There is always more to learn. And isn’t that half the fun of it? April 2017


Industry News...

Ten Extraordinary Horses To Be Honored on May 21st

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humans,” said Alan Bietsch of Old Salem. “Horses are such special creatures who enhance our lives in so many ways and give us strength and inspiration in their power -- and their vulnerability. They make us fly and soar and teach us to be compassionate and respectful. We are better and more hopeful people because of horses. The EQUUS Foundation is so proud to partner with beautiful Old Salem Farm to honor the 2017 Horse Stars Hall of Fame recipients and their owners,” said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Communications and Special Projects.

en horses will be induct- “Old Salem Farm is thrilled to ed into the Horse Stars host the 2017 EQUUS FoundaHall of Fame for 2017 tion Horse Stars Hall of Fame during the Old Salem May Horse Show, in North Salem, New York - the prestigious twoweek event that is held at one of the nation’s premier equestrian facilities. The ceremony Catch Me HH Azur will precede the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The five horses selected by US Equestrian to be honored for their athletic achievements are Catch Me owned by David and Becky Gochman, HH Azur owned by Double H Farm & Francois MaThe Hall of thy, Mighty Nice Fame, estabowned by HnD lished by the Group, Sjaantje EQUUS Founowned by Gail dation and US Aumiller & Equestrian Dreams Come in 2013, celTrue Farm Dancer Mighty Nice ebrates the exand WGCTop traordinary talOf The Mark ent of horses owned by Mary and the magical bond between awards celebrating the magic of Gaylord McClean. outstanding and unique horses horses and people. and all they bring to the lives of


Sjaantje The five horses selected by the EQUUS Foundation to be recognized for their inspirational and life-changing impact on people are Billy White Shoes, deceased, owned by Roxane Lawrence Durant, Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), Dancer owned by JoyRide Center, GTR Patricks Vindicator, owned by Sarah Schaaf, Sutter, owned by Neda

Sutter DeMayo, Return to Freedom and Twin Ponds Camotion, deceased, owned by Debi Demick, Horses Helping Heroes Project. Stay tuned for May 21st induction ceremony starting at 2:15 pm when the stories of these remarkable horses will be revealed on the Horse Stars Hall of Fame website - and watch the live stream at!

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here is really nothing else like horse racing. It is thrilling to watch. It is high speed and offers betting opportunities. It is one of the only equine events that is widely publicized, with TV ratings for the three Tri-

ple Crown races outnumbering all other sporting events on ESPN except football. Tons of recognition also opens the doors for more criticism and bad publicity. Horse racing and most of the

equine industry is often condemned for everything from training methods to breeding. The racing industry is a vital contributor to the equine industry as a whole, in addition to significantly contributing to the economy.


It is true that the Jockey Club, official Thoroughbred racing governing body, does not register horses that were conceived through artificial insemination. All breeding must be done by live cover. That does not mean that some of the greatest equine medical advancements were not funded and facilitated by key people in the racing discipline. For every race horse that makes it as a successful runner there is a handful of horses that did not make the cut. While it is assumed that the horses that do not cut it end up at slaughter houses, that is not entirely true. A majority of these horses will be placed with off the track rescues across the country or will be sold to other horse trainers in a different discipline. Many race horses are retired or pulled from racing for reasons other than soundness issues such as: lacking the drive, stressing in the gate, or simply not having the speed needed to be successful. These horses typically receive a second chance and a new career in a different discipline of riding. With the help of organizations for ex-racehorses these horses have found new careers in everything from professional polo to barrel racing and from dressage to trail riding. Some of the most widely known organizations in Texas are LOPE,

In Loving Memory of Rigoletto

May 23, 1993 – March 30, 2017 (Nureyev – Aria by Stop the Music). By Diana Baker


lost my best friend last week. Rigoletto was a once in a lifetime horse. His kind and steady nature, sense of humor, and quiet demeanor made him a wonderful companion, partner, teacher, and friend. While I feel fortunate to have shared 19 years with Rigo, I honestly believed he would be with me much longer. His sudden and unexpected death has left me reeling. Rigoletto was a Thoroughbred sired by the great Nureyev. He sold for $90,000 as a yearling and began his racing career in California with the great jockey turned trainer Willie Shoemaker. After a few lackluster races, and another trainer, Rigo’s owner sent him to Kentucky to be trained by my husband Chris. Rigo was small for a racehorse, only 15.2 hands, but when he stepped onto the racetrack he transformed. The little gelding somehow appeared much bigger, focused on the task at hand. Rigo always gave it his all and usually brought home a check. When Rigo’s owner told Chris to enter him into a claiming race I was upset and worried. Rigo was claimed and off he went to a new barn at a different racetrack. I promised myself I would keep an eye on Rigo and not let him simply drop off the radar screen as so many horses in the claiming ranks seemed to do. A month later, in Rigo’s first start for his new connections, he was pulled up and didn’t finish the race. Chris contacted Rigo’s trainer and learned he had suffered a serious injury, a sesamoid fracture, that meant his racing career was over. The trainer said Rigoletto (Rigoletto, Cont.on Pg. 22)

(Second Time Aound, Cont. on Pg. 22)


(Second Time Aound, Cont. from Pg. 24)

CANTER and Remember Me Rescue. LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) The LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers, LOPE for short, was founded in 2003. They work with horses active in the racing industry in Texas. However, they accept various racing breeds in addition to Thoroughbreds; such as Quarter Horses, Arabians and American Paint Horses. The horses in the LOPE program are not rescues but horses voluntarily donated by racing owners. Typically, these are horse that are retired, not making the race times to win, or just not enjoying being a

racehorse. The LOPE philosophy is; “We believe ex-racehorses are winners even after their racing careers end. They have so much heart, athleticism and intelligence – all they need is a chance to find that second career and new life after the finish line.” LOPE has set out to provide Texas racehorses with opportunities for new careers after racing. With a ranch based in Driftwood, Texas, they take in these horses and work on retraining them, starting with a foundation that is key to all disciplines. From there the horses get matched to their new home, many of the new

owners will continue the training or take their new horse to a trainer for the discipline they want. Many of these horses will go on to be competitive in their respective areas of training. CANTER USA Texas CANTER is an acronym that means Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses. This is a national organization with 18 affiliates across the country. Their collective mission is helping retired racehorses have better futures after the finish line. Over 22,000 off the track thoroughbreds have transitioned in to new careers

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and lives through the programs that CANTER offers. CANTER got its start in 1998 in Michigan as a web-based program to connect buyers and sellers by posting ex-racehorses online. The program has grown over the years and some affiliates have horse adoption programs. In adoption programs CANTER takes ownership of horses and assumes responsibility for expenses, medical needs and retraining for a new career. The




formed in 2014 and currently focuses on connecting buyers and sellers through their website and Facebook page. They offer advertising for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Arabians that are newly retired or in need of a new career path. These horses can be found all over the state at racing farms or at the tracks in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. CANTER is only a way for people to get connected to find the right horse, they do not get involved in the purchasing process.

This is a great option for racing farms to post horses for sale that are not cutting it in their program but are still sound enough to continue to a new career in a different discipline. Remember Me Rescue Remember Me Rescue is a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance specializing in rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming retired racehorses. Formed by racehorse trainers and like-minded volun-

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wanted to ensure that he had every chance to live and that, if he was not salvageable, that he would have the humane and dignified end that all horses deserve.

was to be sold as a stallion prospect. Chris informed the man that Rigo was actually a gelding! The trainer then told Chris that he needed to “get rid of the horse” and he would be “sent down the road”, a euphemism for selling a horse for slaughter. Chris and I picked Rigo up, not knowing if he would be able to be ridden, or even if he would survive the devastating injury. We

So began the long, and sometimes eventful, rehabilitation of Rigoletto. Rigo was a good patient and he not only survived, he thrived. The horse we hoped would be pasture sound was eventually sound enough to be a trusty trail horse, a lead pony for young horses on the farm my husband managed, and even my protector. The level of trust we had and the bond Rigo and I shared was formed during his recovery period and strengthened over the years. We each felt safe in the other’s company. I say Rigoletto was my protector because he once stepped between me and a young bull who was aggressively pursuing me. Rigo


teers this program accepts racehorses that need to be rehabilitated and retrained, then finds the horses new homes. This program will also accept slightly unsound horses for rehabilitation or will find them homes as companions only. Remember Me Rescue is based in Burleson, Texas and was founded by Dallas and Donna Keen.  With over 900 Jockey Club approved races in the state

stood between me and the bull, then chased him away, while I rushed to the safety of my SUV. Rigo never again let that little bull, or any other animal he deemed a threat, near me. If I fell off of Rigo when riding him, he stood still, taking care not to step on me, and waited patiently while I stood up and remounted. When my daughter was young Rigo would patiently stand while she bathed him, climbing onto the fence so she could reach his back, and then would quietly graze as she held the lead line while he dried. Rigoletto, my little throw away horse, made me focus on the fate of Thoroughbreds, when their racing days are over. I had always been involved in rescuing and rehoming animals, large and small but Rigo’s near tragic fate, and his remarkable

of Texas alone it is programs like LOPE, CANTER and Remember Me Rescue that help ensure that the horses retired from this sport are placed in good homes. All three of these organizations depend on volunteers and donations to operate. Many of the people involved simply do it for the love of the horses and the want to see these horses move on to new careers. These racehorses get new careers and they are successful at them! Ex-racehorses have been retrained for everything

recovery caused me to become active in Thoroughbred rescue, aftercare, and rehoming on more than a casual level. It became my life’s work, my purpose. Literally thousands of off track Thoroughbreds, as well as many other horses, donkeys, and ponies, were saved from horrible fates because of my love for Rigoletto. In a perfect world Rigo would still be with me, waiting for me at the gate each morning, nickering a soft greeting to me, as happy to see me as I was to see him. As I work through the grief of losing Rigoletto, I know that my boy has left quite a legacy in the depth of the love I felt for him, the years of loyalty and faithful companionship, and even more importantly, the thousands of horses whose lives were spared, who went on to second (and third, even fourth) careers, and have the safe,a dignified retirements or humane ends all horses deserve.

from leisurely trail riding to elite dressage mounts. Ex-Racehorses have been competitive in a wide variety of events; dressage, jumping, barrel racing, polo, crosscountry, gymkhana, therapeutic riding, ranch work and much more. For those interested in finding out more about off the track race horses in Texas visit, or

Diana Baker is an equine therapist, who worked primarily on racing Thoroughbreds. She has served on the boards of several Thoroughbred rescue, retraining, and rehoming groups and has worked with numerous groups around the country to ensure the safe retirement and placement of horses coming off the racetrack, working to keep them out of the slaughter pipeline. Diana was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance which serves as an accrediting and funding body for registered and approved nonprofit groups working with Thoroughbreds. Her husband Chris grew up with horses and has worked in the Thoroughbred industry in various capacities in the United States, Australia and England. After careers as an assistant trainer, trainer and farm manager, Chris is currently the Chief Operating Officer and general manager of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, KY. For information on Thoroughbred retirement, aftercare, rescue and rehoming please go to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s website for a list of accredited groups www.thoroughbredaftercare. org. When choosing a group to work with, donate to, or adopt from, please research the group thoroughly to ensure your funds are well spent.


Hoof Care...

Environmental Factors:

How Weather and Temperature Affect Hoof Health


easonal weather changes have a major effect on a horse’s hoof health. Depending on the time of year, horses’ hooves change and may require extra attention and treatment. Neglecting environmental factors can lead to sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. When it comes to a horse’s environment, there are two main seasonal factors that impact hoof health: temperature and moisture. How the Changing Temperatures Impact the Hoof Cavity Depending on the weather, the speed at which a hoof grows can be affected. A cooler climate causes foot growth to slow down, while warmer temperatures allow for normal sole development. Changes in growth impact a horse’s hoof condition. In cooler climates, trimming happens less often because of the slowing in growth. Whereas in warmer climates, the hoof will return to its normal growth speed and will need more consistent trimming and maintenance. It’s important that hoof care professionals are consistently monitoring growth to determine how often hooves should be trimmed or simply maintained. During periods of little-to-no growth, it’s also vital to make sure that the hooves aren’t wearing away. Extra support inside the hoof cavity can alleviate pressure from the hoof wall to mitigate any wear that may occur. Pour-in pad materials adhere to the bottom of the feet and can be used throughout any time of the year. Both Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak Soft provide extra protection and support as temperatures change, and also bond to the sole eliminating the need to pick out the feet daily. These fast-setting materials can be injected under a pad or used as standalone pads.

by Tab Pigg crease of moisture. Throughout spring, some parts of the country are still getting rain and a wet environment can cause thrush to run rampant through the barn. Thrush is a bacterial infection that lives in the soft tissue of the frog, and can cause irritation in a horse’s foot. Similar to Athlete’s Foot in humans, thrush is not life-threatening, but can lead to serious hoof issues if left untreated. Like a sponge, the foot of a horse can also become soft and saturated when the ground is wet. In these conditions, the feet often expand and become softer, so it’s important that a hoof care professional is monitoring the hooves to assure that horse shoes fit correctly or that the feet are being cleaned out regularly. To avoid infection or injury, horse owners can use pour-in pad materials to help maintain optimal sole health. Vettec’s Equi-Pak CS will bond to the bottom of a horse’s foot, sealing out moisture and preventing debris from being packed in the foot. Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting soft instant pad material, and is infused with copper sulfate to effectively manage mild and moderate cases

of thrush. Another situation to consider is when a horse goes from wet to dry conditions in a short amount of time, which is likely in some areas as winter turns to spring. This can cause chipping and cracking, as well as a change in shoe size. The feet shrink as they dry out, so if a horse is shod, the shoes become too big. It’s critical that a farrier examines the hooves when this change occurs so that the horse has proper support, and to mitigate the possibility of abscesses due to cracking and chipping that may occur when the sole dries out. When horseshoes don’t fit correctly, horses distribute their weight unevenly, and land on their feet differently. If they put excessive force and stress on one area of the hoof wall, it can cause a vertical crack, otherwise known as a Quarter Crack. Often times, a horse is in pain when it has Quarter Crack, and it can become lame if the condition is not treated. If a horse is diagnosed with Quarter Crack, it’s important to apply support to its hooves. Pour-in pads are an ideal solution to provide extra support

Managing Hooves in Wet and Dry Conditions The amount of moisture within the ground is one of the most important environmental factors to consider for hoof health. Wet conditions increase the chance of infection because of the in-


Moisture, Temperature, Ground Conditions.

Environmental Factors Affecting the Foot. Moisture softens the foot allowing for excess exfoliation, increased chances of thrush, foot expansion, and over hydration leading to abscesses. Extreme cold or heat slows hoof wall growth. Sole bruising and hoof wall chipping occur on hard, rocky terrain, and sandy terrain wears away sole.


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during seasonal transitions. Vettec Equi-Pak works well for this issue to support the internal hoof cavity. It absorbs shock and concussion to alleviate pressure from the hoof wall. Sole-Guard is beneficial and serves as a firmer pad material that distributes a horse’s weight across the entire hoof-bottom. It also allows for faster sole growth. In situations where a horse needs to relieve pressure around a Quarter Crack, this material is key to providing the horse relief, especially in the changing seasons. Although moderately warm and dry weather is ideal for horses, it is more common that horse owners will have to deal with a variety of climates. The temperature and moisture content both directly impact the anatomy and health of hooves. To maintain a horse’s overall health, it is important for horse owners to offer extra attention to soles throughout the changing seasons. Talk with your farrier or veterinarian about your horse’s environment, and how pour-in pad materials can be a helpful tool for soles during a variety of environmental conditions.

April 2017


Industry News...



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Tack Care...

Horseback Magazine’s Saddle & Tack Editor


here always seems to be a strong interest in old cowboy collectibles; everything from Roy Roger,s cap pistols to old saddles, even old saddle catalogs. Since we’re dealing with an article on tack, we’ll just forget the cap pistols. Old saddles are just old saddles if they’ve been torn up, rebuilt, and botched up. It doesn’t matter if they’re one of the finest makers in the world, if there’s nothing left of the original saddle, it won’t be worth much. If, however, you are lucky enough to find or possess a really clean saddle of 100 years old or older, you may have a treasure. Some of the really desirable names in collectible saddles are: Collins Bros., R.E. Donaho, Denver Mfg., Ernst, T. Flynn, R.T. Frazier, G.S. Garcia, Gallatin, Furstnow, Hamley & Co., H.H. Heiser, Main & Winchester, F.A. Meanea, Miles City Saddlery, S.D. Myres, Fred Mueller, N. Porter, C.P. Shipley, Visalia Stock Saddle Co., J.H. Wilson, to name just a few. There are many, many good saddle makers from the past.

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Almost every town had a saddle shop that made saddles, tack, and harness. Some were very good but didn’t make enough product for their name to get known, and some made lots of mediocre products that made their name a household word, almost. I would much rather own a real nice unknown craftsman made saddle than a real nice mass produced saddle. As far as value, it depends on condition, rarity, and name. An old Texas Tanning and Manufacturing saddle (forerunner to TexTan) in the same condition as an F.A. Meanea, would be worth far less, however, if the Meanea is worn out or repaired, the Texas Tanning and Manufacturing saddle would probably be worth more. Rarity is one of the considerations. I restored an Al Furstnow saddle that was marked “Al Furstnow, Hollywood, Calif.” In all of my studies of old saddles, I had never heard of Furstnow being anyplace but Miles City, Montana. However, he did die in Los Angeles. Apparently, he was friends with the famous Hollywood saddler, Ed Bohlin, and made a very few saddles in his shop, with Bohlin silver. This saddle that was brought to me was really trashed, but an observant eye had caught the name on the saddle and saved it from the trash. I have no idea what the owner who brought it to me to restore paid for it, but it certainly was a task to fix it. Now I must say, it looked good by comparison to what it was when it came in, but it still looked worn and repaired. You just can’t bring back worn down tooling. Still the saddle was bid up to $25,000 at a show in Arizona, strictly on the rarity of the saddle. I recently sold a restored Heiser saddle for

$450.00. It was about a 1940 model. We had to put new fenders, stirrup leathers and riggings on it along with new straps, strings and stirrups, and new fleece. Actually I gave the saddle away and charged for the repairs. My old Heiser is a 1928 model in exquisite condition that I have refused to sell for $3500.00. Heiser was a pretty prolific saddle maker, but they made really good saddles that have lasted a long time because of the quality If you have what you think may be a valuable antique (over 100 years old) or collectible (less than 100 years old), find an expert to advise you where to look for an approximate value. Most dealers will want to pay way less than market value because they’re going to want to trade with their trading buddies and they won’t usually pay more than “half price”. Unless someone is putting an investment quality saddle in their collection, chances are the real value is what the dealer offers you. It’s a complicated system based on an inexact science of speculation. Like with any art collection, if you like it and can afford it, buy it. If you’re selling, put it out to the world at auction. The highest bid is what its worth. One more point I should make about old saddles. Lots of people tell me they’ve got a hundred year old saddle and when I see it, it’s usually from the 30’s or 40’s. Modern western saddles evolved from the early “Hope” saddle from the 1850’s, and the evolution was pretty uniform from one era to another. Do your homework and find out what era your saddle was from before you start advertising your hundred year old saddle.

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April 6, the U.S. will commemorated its World War One Centennial, marking the 100th anniversary of its entry into the war, and Brooke USA officially launched its Horse Heroes program to honor the one million American horses and mules who also served. Brooke USA’s goal is to raise one million dollars this year through its Horse Heroes program – one dollar in memory of each of those American horses and mules, to fund equine welfare programs in some of the poorest countries around the world. The war horses in WW1 carried men to battle and wounded men to safety. They carried food, water, medicine, ammunition, guns, and other supplies enormous and precious loads - to the front lines through appalling weather, over unforgiving terrain, in terrifying situations, and surrounded by dead and wounded men and animals. While often sick and

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Despite their role in the war, nearly all of the animals who had survived were abandoned by their armies to be slaughtered or sold into hard labor in the countries where they served. Dorothy Brooke, the wife of a British Army officer stationed in Cairo, became aware of the misery of those abandoned, former war heroes and rescued 5,000 of them, bringing a peaceful

end to their suffering. Today 100 million equines in developing countries are enduring similar, tremendous hardships, chronic suffering and high mortality as they labor to serve 600 million people, and the charity that is still helping them, Brooke, is reaching (Horse Heroes, Cont. on Pg. 32) April 2017


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Safety Fence! Howdy!

Welcome to Cowboy Corner. Well it’s all over but the shoutin’. The Greatest Show on Earth, also known as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, just ended with some great memories. Got to see a legend in his own time, Willie Nelson. The house was packed and fans were singin’ and clappin’ and havin’ a great time. Folks just wanted to see the livin’ legend one more time, cause we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. My compliments to the Zack Brown Band Group for purchasing the Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $330,000. Have been to many years of HLSR steer auctions and to my knowledge, 2017 was the first time a concert entertainer purchased livestock at any of the auctions. Understand that Zack Brown is a Texan and former 4H club member, obviously a gentlemen with a big heart and something between his ears. Thank you sir and hope to see you next year. HLSR is already talking about records being broken. Attendance was reported, as the best ever and auction sales were good. For all who participated in HLSR, thank you. Spring has sprung and with a bang. Enjoyed both days of spring, but seems like we went from mild winter to early summer. A wet winter and early warm temperatures has brought a big crop of weeds. However, before we can

do anything about the weeds, gotta’ have some dry weather. Visited with my fertilizer/ag-chemical expert several weeks ago about what the crystal ball is telling us about spring. Early weeds, possible early hay crop, not as wet as the spring of 2016, and warm early, are all on the screen. Think using liquid fertilizer with a herbicide early this spring, like now, may be a good plan. Really want to cut our first hay crop in May this year, ‘cause the crystal ball is a bit fuzzy about late summer moisture. Flooding prevented on time hay makin’ last year so let’s all pray for a normal year. Whatever that is. Always wanted to ranch in the Brazos river bottom in a “normal year”, so may get my chance in 2017. Back to fertilizing, to save money, soil test your hay fields and grass land. It’s never too late to soil test, but early in the spring is best. Our Agri-Life County Extension Agents have the soil test kits. Soil testing saves money, cause no need to buy nutrients that your ground doesn’t need. With a soil test and recommenda-

tion of nutrients needs, your fertilizer supplier can mix what you need, for your ground for your crop. Have had good luck side dressing hay fields after cutting, if the moisture is right. All Bermuda grasses are fertilizer gobblers, and I always run out of money before they run out of appetite for nutrients. Cut it pretty thin last winter and only had about a dozen and a half round bales left over. Remember the ol’ sayin’, “hay in the barn is like money in the bank”. Never know what summer will bring and what kind of hay inventory we’ll have next November. Never believed in a slow start feeding hay in the late fall and saving for winter. Calving starts on my place the first of the year and don’t want hungry cows 60 or 90 days before they calve, and sure not after they calve. 2017 looks like a great year, adequate moisture, moderate feed prices, pastures in good shape, and hopefully a good time with Mother Nature. Happy Trails...



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