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Behind the scenes with the Budweiser Clydesdales

The public regularly sees the members of the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch on display in commercials, at events and in parades, but did you ever wonder what happens when they are between gigs? Despite the fact that they are highly trained and well-behaved horses, they are just horses. Recently, Michelle Randolph, a professional photographer and friend [...]

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Barbara Watson’s love for the Percheron horse has been the driving force of her ownership of the breed.

For the love of the Percheron horse

Anyone involved with showing livestock knows that it takes a special kind of dedication to attend shows throughout the country and compete at the top level. Showing a large hitch of draft horses may be one of the most daunting challenges in the show ring due to the incredible expense, time, amount of equipment, and [...]

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2014 Spring Buckeye Draft Horse Sale results

Official sale results as supplied by the Buckeye Draft Horse Sale Committee. This sale takes place twice a year in Dover, Ohio. Photo courtesy of JW Wilcox – Amish Country Images. 179 horses entered • 22 outs • 7 no sales • 150 sold (catalogued and uncatalogued) Horses entered from and sold into 14 states [...]

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Dean Woodbury and his young assistant, Kaiden Lynch, drove a team of mares from Blue Ribbon Days Percherons during a breed demonstration at the Equine Affaire.

A Blue Ribbon Day at Ohio Equine Affaire

As it turns out, Blue Ribbon Days Percherons’ 6-horse hitch was one of the surprise performers at the Fantasia shows during the 2014 Equine Affaire in Ohio. Their participation in the event wasn’t quite a surprise to me though, because I follow the hitch’s Facebook page. Since I formed a particular interest in Blue Ribbon [...]

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Equine Dentistry: Protecting the horse from unlicensed dental care providers

Editor’s note: This originally appeared in Equine Veterinary Education, American Edition, Vol. 22, Numbers 1 & 2. Reprinted with permission of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.   For the past decade the practice of equine dentistry in North America, as well as other veterinary services such as reproductive services, chiropractics, physical therapy/rehabilitation, acupuncture, prescription [...]

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This mare carefully watches her foal while it plays. Photo by Courtney Uttech.

Equine dentistry: What’s the law?

Editor’s note: This article’s intent is to inform equine owners of some of the laws surrounding equine dental care in the state of Ohio. It is just an overview and should not be considered legal advice. The final decision in all matters of animal care lies in the hands of animal owners. Contact an attorney [...]

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For my horses, I find that if my digital tester reads around 3.0., the horses stay away from the fence. I have accidentally touched the fence when it was tested at around the 3.0 level, and I can tell you that it gives out quite a zap.

Electric fence wars

I have quite a bit of electric fence in use around my barn. I have pastures that are constructed of purely electric fences as well as some dry lots that are composed of traditional livestock fencing types that are bordered with electric wire. I have found it necessary to keep nearly 80% of all my [...]

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What may be floating around in your barn?

Winter Means Increased Respiratory Problems for Some Horses Winter brings cold temperatures and inclement weather. We want to keep our horses as comfortable as possible, which to us, means keeping them warm and snug indoors when the wind is howling outside. So, we blanket them, put them in a warm stall, close all the doors [...]

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Photo provided by Keiser.

Young jockey making a name for herself in the racing world

Chelsey Keiser is part of a younger generation becoming more involved in the unique sport of horse racing. And, even at her young age, she has already compiled numerous accolades and built a reputation as a tough competitor as she lives out her lifelong dream of being a horse jockey. She said her love for [...]

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Honsberger takes a final look at the Hammersmith 6-hitch before he climbs aboard the wagon to drive the horses in the show arena.

Driving draft horses is still a thrill for Buckeye native

Though Jason Honsberger of Defiance has driven draft horses most his life and has been a professional driver for nearly 20 years, he still finds holding the lines of a large hitch of draft horses thrilling. Honsberger started driving horses around the age of 8, but moved up from smaller hitches to driving much larger [...]

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