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Cover Stories: 12 Diamond in the Rough - Kelsey Hellmann

I am a gal that was born out west in the beautiful state of Utah, however my father worked for Conoco and we moved to Houston Texas over forty years By: Vicki Long ago. So, for the majority of my life I have been a Texan, and love my state as much as any native except for one thing-I HATE HOT HUMID WEATHER! (I have always thought you had to be born in this region to say you love summer as most I know that do are true natives).

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By: Brigitte Barry Common Injuries in Western and English Riding Horses

estern and English riding horses are exciting and wonderful to watch but behind these beautifully executed moves is rigorous, repetitive training that can stress the body and lead to injury when practicing or performing. These injuries are often soft tissue injuries and degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, laminitis, and navicular syndrome.

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.”

“All horses are susceptible to injuries, but for performance and show horses, the demands of the discipline and the environment will in general dictate an injury,” said Ciera Guardia, DVM, owner of Guardia Equine Sports Medicine in Cypress, Texas.


~Sharon Ralls Lemon Factors that affect injuries are deep footing, lack of rest, overusing or straining muscles and tendons, ground surface (dirt or turf), intensity, overall health, fitness, age, lifestyle and a genetic disposition. Injuries and conditions are affected by a horse’s lifestyle and genetics. The relationship of horse and owner, rider and owner and “knowing your horse” can help sense a change in behavior before an injury is initially detected.

All horses, however, are prone to any of these injuries, but the wear and tear of training and repetitive movements makes performance horses more prone to certain injuries, Guardia notes. In Western riding events such as team penning, cutting, reining, roping and barrel racing, horses stop after running, spinning and turning. This type of quick running, turning and quick stopping can result in the horse’s legs becoming hyperextended, pulling a muscle or pulling or tearing a tendon or ligament. In English riding events such as dressage, hunter/jumpers or eventing (cross-country, show jumping and dressage), horses perform in a number of ways. Dressage horses follow a pattern, (Injuries cont. on pg 8)

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performing highly collected movements, then transition to extended movements, emphasizing versatility and athleticism. Hunter/jumpers jump a number of different obstacles and can land in deep footing or may land and turn sharply when jumping. Injuries in both dressage horses and hunter/jumper horses are wear and tear of the pastern and coffin joints and torn ligaments and tendons. The navicular bone can also be injured when a horse lands.

tive (worsens over time). Many soft tissue injuries are typically acute.

As an equine veterinarian, Guardia says the most common injuries she treats are soft tissue injuries of the suspensory ligament (SL) deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT), osteoarthritis, laminitis and Navicular disease.

DEEP DIGITAL FLEXOR TENDON (DDFT) runs down the back of the leg and behind the heel to attach to the bottom of the coffin bone. It helps flex the leg but also helps support the heel. Jumping horses may tear the tendon when landing. Repeated stress on the DDFT can also develop into tendinitis.

Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries can be acute (happens all at once), chronic (gradually develops and remains a problem over time) and degenera-

SUSPENSORY LIGAMENT (SL) runs down the back of the cannon bone from below the knee and splits into two branches. Its job is to support the ankle joint as it bears weight. When a horse bears too much weight on the leg(s), the suspension is strained and an injury can occur such as a ligament tear or rupture.

SUPERFICIAL DIGITAL FLEXOR TENDON (SDFT) is where the cannon bone meets the knee.

Its main functions are stabilization and energy storage. High speed and heat can overload the tendon, causing a tear or rupture. Older horses are also prone to injury due to a loss of elasticity and weakening of the tendon. OSTEOARTHRITIS, or arthritis, is an inflammation of the bone and joints. It is a progressive disease with no known cure. It affects horses of all ages and there are no clear reasons why some horses develop osteoarthritis and some do not. Trauma, infection, and joint inflammation may be contributing factors. LAMINITIS is an inflammatory condition of the sensitive laminae of the hooves. Lameness is present in varying degrees. In severe cases, the pedal bone can penetrate the sole of the hoof. There are numerous causes including excessive intake of grass, “Crushing’s disease,” high insulin levels, excessive intake of corticosteroids and excessive weight bearing on one foot. (Injuries cont. on pg 10)


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NAVICULAR SYNDROME is a condition causing lameness in the horse originating from the navicular region, including the navicular bone, impar ligament or other structures comprised in the heel of the horse. It is an incurable disease and its cause is unknown. However, work horses with repeated pressure on their feet and horse breeds with heavy bodies and small hooves are more prevalent. Detection, diagnosing, treatment, care and management for soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis, laminitis and navicular syndrome in horses depends on each individual horse. There are often multiple factors in diagnosing and treating a horse. No horse is the same and no injury is the same. “It depends on how well a horse is monitored.” A former dressage rider herself, Guardia said, “In tune riders feel it before we see it.” Horse owners that are concerned about an injury or lameness in their horse should seek advice from a trusted veterinarian. Reference: Discipline-Related-Injuries


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Competing at GHHJA Show in Itty Bitty Division


Diamond in the rough

By Kelsey Hellman

W blossom.

hen it is realized that age is just a number and beauty is in the eye of the beholder great friendships can

Some of the more reliable equine mounts tend to be up there in age and do not necessarily fit ideal breed standards. But when the horse has heart and drive even the

youngest of riders can take notice of a diamond in the rough. In 2008 Lynette Diamond was looking for a horse for her eightyear-old daughter, Makenzie. They proceeded to try out an 18-yearold horse called The Grey Ghost. This horse had a successful show career on the A Circuit and even competed at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in his younger years.

At first, Diamond was not impressed by this rough looking, underweight grey horse that toed out and had crooked legs! But when her daughter rode him she was nothing but ecstatic, giggling and laughing the entire time. With that they purchased The Grey Ghost, (barn name Scout), a 1990 grey paint horse. Makenzie Diamond and Scout (Diamond cont. on pg 14)


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seemed like he knew the course better than I did. I always trusted he would get me to the fence without any problems.”

Competing at USPC Festival on Show Jumping team in 2011 at Kentucky Horse Park at 20 years old.

Once Makenzie had out grown Scout’s jumping height, she found herself another mount but Scout’s career was far from over. He became a lesson horse at the Diamond’s facility, New Horizon Stables. “He is very honest to the jumps. You can get him at any distance, position, angle, he doesn’t care, he’ll go over it.” explained Diamond. With Scout’s ability to take a jump correctly without the riders help, he became a stable horse for beginner riders. Scout was a huge asset to the New Horizon Stables riding program with facilities trainer, Laura Sartwelle, by using him for lessons with very beginner jumpers-typically adults with no previous riding experience. “He not only can be so tolerant of beginner riders who bounce on his back and pull on his mouth, he can also ‘turn it on’ and act like a five year old for more experienced riders.” expressed Sartwelle.

started her youth show career in the Itty-Bitty Jumpers at the Greater Houston Hunter Jumper Association. Through their career together Makenzie showed at the GHHJA, United States Pony Club (USPC) and several local show series. The team’s major career highlight


was qualifying for the USPC Festival Show Jumping Team and traveling to Lexington, Kentucky. Festival is a major event that only happens every four years and riders must qualify to attend the show. “My favorite memories were being in the show ring with Scout,” Makenzie mused. “It always

Over the nine years, in addition to Makenzie, he has been the mount for two youth riders in hunters and six adult jumpers. When not working, Scout is a huge asset in the pasture as well, teaching the stable’s younger horses manners, how to act in a herd and be respectful to the elders. In 2015, the Diamonds retired Scout from showing and lessons, (Diamond cont. on pg 16)

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Scout giving a lesson to a current student

Swimming in Pond at New Horizon Stables thinking it was time for him to just relax in the pasture and be pampered. However, retirement did not sit well with him. He missed his job and the affection from his riders and fans at the stables. He started to appear depressed, he lost weight and was not as high spirited as normal. “He’s got a good heart. That’s what keeps him going.” explained Diamond.

transfer it to your next horse.” Now at the age of 27, Scout no longer travels to shows, but does participate in the eight-show series that is held at New Horizon Stables. He is in great condition for his age, swimming in the pond whenever he likes and racing around the pasture with the other horses, just like when he was younger. At the age of eight Makenzie picked

a true diamond in the rough, a horse so full of heart and drive while proving that age is merely a number and beauty is on the inside. New Horizon Stables is a boutique style training barn in Hockley, Texas. To find out more about Scout or New Horizon Stables visit or find them on Facebook.

Because of this, Diamond decided to give Scout his job back! They started using him again for beginner lessons. Sartwelle enjoys working with older horses. “When you learn how to ride on a horse like Scout it gives you so much confidence that you


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Announces Retirement of Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Kraut and Cedric at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


nership with Kraut has been nothing short of incredible. Kraut and Cedric were key members of the United States show jumping team that claimed the gold medal in 2008 at the summer Olympics in Beijing.

Kraut and Cedric were one of the most dynamic and successful show jumping combinations in American history. Cedric made his FEI debut in 2006 as an 8-year- old, and his part-

“Cedric has been the horse of a lifetime for me,” Kraut said. “He has been incredible and I’ve learned not to give up and to persevere. It took a long time as he was a little bit slower to develop than your normal grand prix horse. He’s been amazing, and

lympian Laura Kraut and Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm, have announced the retirement of Cedric, Kraut’s Olympic partner. The 19-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Chambertin 3-Cortina, Carolus LL) is owned by Cherry Knoll Farm.


Cedric I think I’ll never have another horse like him.” The pair made numerous Nations Cup appearances around the world, including Rotterdam, La Baule, Rome, St. Gallen, Aachen, Wellington, Dublin and Barcelona on multiple occasions. Kraut and Cedric have also been successful players on the Global Champions Tour and to this date are the only horse and rider combination to win back to back Global Champions Tour events, win(Cedic cont. on pg 20)

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ning in Chantilly, France, and then just two weeks later at Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. “For me, one of the biggest career highlights with Cedric was him winning multiple Global Champions Tour grand prix events,” Kraut said. “For him to win back-to-back huge grand prix competitions like that was a tribute to just how great he is.” Cedric, one of the nation’s leading money winners, amassed well over $2 million in prize money won and, in major competitions of $100,000 or more, produced 81 clear and 45 double-clear rounds. In 2010, Cedric was named The Chronicle of the Horse’s Show Jumping Horse of the Year. Throughout her career Kraut has achieved great success with many different horses, yet none of those were more exciting than the partnership she developed with Cedric. He has been an absolutely world-class competitor and representative of the United States Equestrian Team. U.S. chef d’équipe and legendary horseman, George H. Morris, coached Kraut and Cedric to a team gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Morris was a huge supporter of the pair from the start, and was confident in their abilities to rise to the occasion in Beijing for Team USA. “I wanted to go with [Cedric] because he was a careful and competitive horse,” said Morris, regarding selecting Cedric for the 2008 Olympic Games. “I never underestimate a little horse, and the rider - nobody rides better than Laura. He is an absolute blood horse. With all of that Thoroughbred blood in his veins, there is no bottom to Cedric. Careful, clever as a cat, so handy, so fast - all of the qualities that really make a superb show jumper. “He’s what I call a darling horse,” continued Morris. “That of course was a great asset for the team. He had many, many wins in Nations Cups


Laura Kraut and Cedric with Margaret Duprey after winning the 150,000 FEI Ocala Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala CSIO in 2015 Photo by Rebecca Walton around the world representing Team USA. Besides the Olympic Games, he’s a horse you won’t forget. You won’t forget Cedric.”

chase the grey gelding in 2012. “To be able to carry on Peter’s love of this horse and his love of Laura, makes it very special.

Prior to Cherry Knoll Farm stepping in as owner in 2012, Cedric was owned by Happy Hill Farm and Peter Wetherill, one of Duprey’s childhood friends. In addition to owning Cedric, Duprey, a Grand Prix dressage rider and philanthropist, also owns decorated grand prix show jumper Constable and Rio Paralympic mount Schroeter’s Romani ridden by Rebecca Hart. Duprey is also a partner in a syndication for Andretti S, who is ridden by Kraut.

“It has been a privilege to own a horse like Cedric,” Duprey continued. “Because of him, I have experienced international show jumping at the highest level around the world. I am so thankful for everyone who has played a role in his life, from the farriers, grooms, veterinarians - it truly takes a village. There will only be one Cedric and I am honored to have been a part of his journey.”

“I thought owning Cedric would be a great opportunity to become involved in the jumping world with one of the best,” Duprey said about her decision to pur-

Cedric and his standout career was recognized at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Friday, March 3, in a retirement ceremony prior to the start of the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4*.

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he Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is known for its rich history, time-honored traditions, and equestrian excellence since its inception in 1945. It is also known for its legacy of charitable giving to support the healing of sick children. In addition the financial donations made to their charities, Pin Oak engages in outreach with their charities throughout the year: Texas Children’s Hospital – Main and West Campus Whether is the creative and fun Welcome Desk decorations at West Campus or herds of Pin Oak ponies unleashed at both Main and West Campus, Pin Oak supports the healing of sick children throughout the year. Pin Oak participates in the Texas Children’s Family Fun Run, Teddy Bear Clinic, What’s Up Doc? and serves as a Texas Children’s Ambassador. Pin Oak has created the Ten for Teens program at the West Campus, supports the Remembrance Event, and honors children who have overcome so much medically


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lthough the term colic, in the true definition of the word, simply means “abdominal pain,” the term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling, and sometimes the inability to defecate. You just never imagine it might be the death of your partner. My horse Pistol started to colic on a Thursday afternoon, and I had the vet here at 4:30 thinking it would be just a simple gas colic but since you never know, you do the best you can based on the information you have. The recommendation was to wait until the morning, and after texting back and forth, Pistol was still not doing well. The vet was back at 7:45 AM to tube again, administer a pain killer but still no reflux. Said if not any better in two hours, bring him in. But I wanted to know if I brought Pistol in what options they could offer me to help him. They said they would hydrate him with IV all weekend but really couldn’t do much more at the clinic than that as without the ability to see inside they aren’t equipped to determine surgery or not nor options available to him. The recommendation- possibly head to Texas A&M, where they have that equipment and expertise to give me more de-

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tails with this type of colic. So with that I figured it best to head straight to A&M to know my best options for him fast, because this was NOT a simple gas colic, as I had hoped. At Texas A&M I was greeted by a team of 4 personnel from the soft tissue surgery service, and Pistol was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit where a team of 14 or more went to work to find out what our options were. A nasogastric tube was passed and this time he refluxed an entire bucket of fluid. They continued the colic work up with a complete physical exam, abdominal ultrasound, and collecting abdominal fluid (abdomenocentesis) to determine the health of the intestines. His physical exam revealed an elevated heart rate at 90 beats per minute (normal 24-48). Abdominal ultrasound revealed multiple loops of distended small intestine that was not moving. In addition, there were multiple other abnormalities on ultrasound suggesting that the cause of Pistol’s colic was an abnormality with his small intestine. They then performed the abdomenocentesis, also called a “belly tap,” to collect and analyze fluid that had accumulated in the abdominal cavity. This fluid was an abnormal color (bloody), and analysis revealed a severely compromised intestine. They then combined these findings to come up with a presumptive di-

agnosis and treatment options for Pistol. In their opinion, they thought he had a “strangulating” obstruction of his small intestine. A strangulating obstruction is a blockage that also cuts off the blood supply to the intestine. Specifically, they thought he had a strangulating lipoma (also known as pedunculated lipoma, which is a benign fatty tumor that forms in a horse’s abdominal cavity). The tumor forms on the mesentery, a thin sheet of tissue that encloses the intestines. As the tumor grows, its increasing weight causes it to hang from the mesentery, forming a long cord-like stalk or pedicle. The tumor is then said to be “pedunculated,” and it is this stalk or pedicle that sometimes becomes looped around a section of small intestine, cutting off the blood supply. They said that most local veterinarians don’t see this type of colic that often because it is rare when compared to other types of colic such as gas colic or an impaction. Also, when a horse has this kind of colic they usually do not respond to typical treatments such as Banamine and laxatives and are subsequently referred to a specialty clinic such as Texas A&M . This type of colic most commonly affects older horses (mid-teens or older) as it can take years for the lipoma to develop. A horse’s body condition score has little to do with the chance of having lipomas form. Fat horses might never develop lipomas, and thin horses are (Colic cont. on pg 26)


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affected as often as fat horses are. Pistol was only 18, and loved to play. But even just running or normal daily motion can cause these pedunculated lipomas to swing and loop around the intestines, cutting off blood supply. So we don’t know when or how it happened but it did. They said he was not a good candidate for colic surgery based on how sick he was and a heart rate of nearly 100 before surgery can indicate a poorer prognosis. They said they have done it successfully on older horses but it can be a long and expensive road for the horse and human. I did the most humane thing I know I could do and let him go. I had them do necropsy on him because I really wanted to know the cause in case it was something that could affect my other horses. They confirmed it was indeed a strangulating lipoma that caused nearly 10 feet of dead small intestine.

what was going on to help him be out of animated, fun boy to have around. pain within 20 minutes. I am so thankful, It is heartbreaking having living, breathI did not want him to suffer anymore. ing animals we love only to eventually lose them. All our other horses are sad because Pistol spent an amazing 13 years with us we didn’t bring him home with us. They as a spoiled pasture ornament getting all were all looking at the trailer hoping he the best care and love we could offer him. would come out- but he of course didn’t. He loved his life here with us. He was My heart is sad for Pistol’s best friend Zaplike having a fun teenage boy around. He pa, who to this day still calls for him. would never want a UV fly mask on but would always allow us to put it on him What I do know without a doubt is he was and then methodically go around to all loved here more than he could have been the other horses and take theirs off and fi- anywhere, and had the best life ever for the nally his. If we didn’t put a mask on him he last 13 of his 18 years of life. So that I am left the others alone. It was his game. This comforted by that, just sad that he was in would go on and on until finally, we got pain the last two days of it and I couldn’t fix the message he didn’t want it on and said I it for him. I loved that boy. will do this if you do that. He was a smart,

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don’t know why it gives me such a thrill, but I love hunting for shed antlers. Out walking the dogs tonight, I found three. It’s a little early, but I guess with a mild winter (except for those 2 days) and ample forage, and days in the high 80’s, the bucks may be shedding their antlers a couple weeks sooner than usual. The ones I found tonight were all right antlers, and no matter how far I searched, I couldn’t find their mates. One year I found a real tiny antler with 2 points, but the whole thing wasn’t 4” long. I took it to the old Bunkhouse Leather shop and put it in my display case with a tag that said, “Texas Deer Fly Antler shed”. A guy from Colorado asked if it was real. I told him our deer flies are so big that they grow antlers and he said he had to have it to show his buddies. I sold it for $15.00. That same year, I sold porcupine eggs, too. One of the most popular things to make from shed antlers is a scarf slide. We usually use the base, but you can cut them out of any part of the antler. They were pretty good sellers when I had the store, and if I had a webmaster, I would still make them, and sell online, but I don’t need the extra work. I do have enough sheds to make some pretty serious money if saddle work ever slows down.



I walked into a convenience store in San Antonio a few years ago, and was wearing a bandana with one of my plainer antler button slides, and the female clerk said, “Oh, my God! How did you make that”? I told her I just drilled a hole in it and polished it. She asked, “Isn’t it a mushroom?” Here’s your sign. As a leather worker, almost every project I make requires smoothing leather edges. Antlers are just as effective a slicker as a burnishing wheel or a cocobolo wood slicker, and the points also make a good handhold. Also for pulling laces and saddle strings, I took a tubeless tire repair tool, and put an antler handle on it. It gives me a lot more power pulling strings through a tree than the traditional collar awl. That may not make any sense to a lot of you, so just imagine any of your kitchen utensils with a really cool antler handle. We have a screen house for summer entertaining. The juncture between the sidewalls and the ceiling is covered with interlaced sheds that I have picked up around the ranch, some whitetail sheds and some axis sheds. The axis sheds are found more sporadically, as the axis shed their antlers on their birthdays, and they breed year round, so you might find them any time. We have a lot of axis around right now, all over the Hill Country. Coming

home tonight, I counted one herd of over 40, one of about 30, and here on the ranch where we live, a small herd of about 15. Several of the bucks were in velvet. Some of the axis are really in need of being culled. As a side note, I’m really saddened to report the passing of another once great U.S. saddle company. I ran into an old customer and friend, that I hadn’t seen in several years, and he informed me that a company he and I both had worked for had closed its doors for good. Tex Tan, Hereford brand saddles, is no more. Tex Tan started life as Texas Tanning and Manufacturing, shortening their name to Tex Tan around 1948. They were bought out by Tandy Leather- I believe in 1961, and were a major player in the saddle industry for many years. Tex Tan was bought by Don Motsenbocker in the early 80’s. I will try to get more exact info, and do an entire article in an upcoming column.

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1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic a week or two before leaving Japan for the U.S. in November 2016 (Photo: Shigeki Yusa)

Dual Classic Winner Charismatic Dies Suddenly Dual classic winner and 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic died February 19. The 20-year-old stallion, who returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on December 4, 2016, was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. “A necropsy performed at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory revealed that Charismatic suffered a severe catastrophic fracture of his pelvis that resulted in fatal bleeding. Pelvic fractures will in some cases also lacerate the large arteries of the pelvis and cause severe internal bleeding. Fatal pelvic fractures are uncommon and usually unforeseeable. It is not possible to know exactly


how the injury happened or any factors that may have led to its occurrence.”--Bryan M. Waldridge, DVM, MSDiplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Practice) Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) --Rhodes P. Bell, DVM, MSDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Large Animal) “Right now, everyone is pretty much inconsolable,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “Last night, at 6:30, he was fine. He was a really tough horse and he deserved a much longer retirement. But none of us, unfortunately, has a magic wand. Everyone at Old Friends takes solace from the few great months that this great Champion gave us.” Bred in Kentucky by Parrish Hill Farm and William Farish, and

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trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Charismatic (Summer Squall-Bali Babe, by Drone) won, at long odds, the 1999 Kentucky Derby after vying in claiming races just a few months earlier. He went on to capture the Preakness Stakes and found himself an unlikely Triple Crown contender. But in the Belmont Stakes the chestnut colt suffered multiple fractures in his left front leg just a few strides before the wire. It was only through the heroic efforts of jockey Chris Antley--who quickly dismounted and held up Charismatic’s injured left front leg off the ground--that the injuries were career ending and not life ending. Charismatic earned that year’s Eclipse Award as champion 3-yearold colt, as well as Horse of the Year honors, and retired with five wins from 17 starts and earnings of $2,038,064. He entered stud at Lane’s End in 2000 and stood there for three seasons before relocating to Japan in 2002.

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A Horse Called Hooch Wins NATRC Top Award

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urnner’s Wildcard, a.k.a. Hooch, a champagne Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse gelding, owned and ridden by Lin Ward of Westcliff, CO, was named the winner of the North American Trail Ride Conference’s

(NATRCTM) highest award, the 2016 President’s Cup, at the national convention held February 17-18, 2017 in Chattanooga, TN. Lin purchased Turnner’s Wildcard as a 7-year old after an intensive search and after first riding him under a full moon, at night, on a trail at the breeder’s facility. Lin recalls, “he just listened and did all I asked.” After getting him home, Lin changed his name. She says, “Never name a horse something you don’t want them to be. With a ‘Kentucky Full Moon’ ride as our first experience together, he became Hooch.” She says it fits him well as he has lots of personality. It took 13,137 miles of trailering, competition in 16 NATRC rides, and winning in different states and regions beginning

in March and finishing in the first week of November, to put Hooch at the top! Through it all, he did not lose a single pulse and respiration point, have a sore back or leg, and remains a sound, sane and happy horse. Together, the Lin and Hooch team, also took home overall lightweight horse, overall lightweight horsemanship, overall combined horse and horsemanship awards, her region’s lightweight top award, a national championship, Hooch’s 2,000 mile award, Lin’s 7,000 mile award, and the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association’s high point breed award. NATRC, the United States’ oldest and largest long distance competitive trail ride organization, is open to all equine breeds and disciplines. “It is a wonderful organization that helps folks train, ride and compete sound, fit, smart, and most importantly, safe horses,” says Lin. For more information on NATRC, go to NATRC horses are no strangers to hill climbs, descents, creek and river crossings, sand, rocks, mud, downfall, logs, brush and wild critters. For Hooch and Lin, it is just another day on the trail no matter how challenging.

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LIGAMENT TEARS Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.


hile ligament tears can cause serious setbacks in an athlete’s career, a similar injury can mean surgery and rehabilitation for your frisky kitty or romping Rover. According to Dr. Sharon Kerwin, professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears or cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries, as they are referred to in animals, occur almost as often as they do in humans. “Cats and dogs have the same ligaments that we have in our knees,” says Kerwin. “The cruciate ligament stabilizes your femur and your tibia so you don’t get too much motion between those two bones.” CCL tears in cats often occur the same way ACL tears occur in humans. Often, there is some traumatic injury that occurs as a result of jumping from high places, playing or getting the animal’s leg caught in something. “It takes a fair bit of force to rupture a cruciate ligament, and it tends to occur more often in overweight cats,” says Kerwin. However, in dogs, this injury is often the result of a chronic degeneration of the ligament and occurs much more frequently than it does in cats. “In dogs, we think the injury may be related to weight and body structure, meaning that some large breeds such as Rottweilers, Labradors and Chow Chows, may be predisposed to CCL injuries,” said Kerwin. “In some cases, we think it’s either the shape of their tibia or the shape of their femur that predisposes them to this injury.” A ruptured ligament is usually characterized by limping or inactivity. In cats, they will not want to play the way they used to, and dogs will often appear lame and sit awkwardly with their leg sticking out, signaling a

possible knee problem. Kerwin says if your pet shows signs of an injured leg, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian who will conduct a lameness exam in order to diagnose the problem. The injury is often treated in cats with medical management by placing overweight cats on a strict diet with exercise restriction for three to six weeks, followed by a check-up measuring progress. If the injury fails to heal, surgery is often recommended to explore and stabilize the joint. But when dogs are afflicted with CCL injuries, many times the best option is surgery as quickly as possible. “Dogs often don’t do well with medical management, the injury will often worsen over time as the arthritis in the knee builds,” explains Kerwin. “Part of the problem is they tend to suffer cartilage tears that we don’t often see in cats, so we recommend exploring the knee and cleaning it through an arthroscopy just like they would do in a human and then stabilizing it,” says Kerwin. Dogs often require 8-12 weeks of recovery including strict rest and rehabilitation. Once your pet has undergone the recommended period of exercise restriction, it is important to encourage it to exercise its leg with slow leash walks or through playtime activities. “The biggest way to prevent CCL tears is to keep your pet at a proper weight,” Kerwin says. It is very easy for animals to gain weight, especially if they spend most of their time indoors, because they do not get the same level of exercise. Your veterinarian can advise you on the proper weight for your dog or cat.

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Welcome to Cowboy Corner. Had the opportunity to again practice what I preach. A few years back, I wrote about using safety fence as a temporary supplement to a permanent fence in disrepair. Now I am talking about the typically blaze orange, mesh pattern, safety fence commonly used in the construction industry.

Thank the good Lord there was a bridge across the creek, but no fence on one side to the bridge. To make an enclosed “alley” a temporary fence was needed in order to drive the cattle across the bridge. The open space distance on one side of the bridge was over 90 feet, and across a ranch road. However, good corner-post type fence braces were at either end of the clear span with no middle supports. To construct the temporary screen I used a 4’ by 100’ roll of safety fence supported by a 100 foot 3/8” nylon three plait rope pulled tight just over four feet off the ground. To attach the safety fence

at 4’ intervals to the rope, I used 4” multi-purpose nylon ties commonly called “wire ties”. If the day is windy, you may have to weight the bottom of the fence to prevent it from “flopping in the breeze”, and spooking the stock. After the stock is moved, cut the ties, roll up the fence, and untie and coil the rope. Put it all in an old feed sack for next time. The temporary screen is easy to use and available from home improvement/hardware stores. A wet spring can cause many of us to drive cattle from one place to another because the loading/unloading areas are too wet.

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