Horse Sense

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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The Hammersmith Belgian hitch waited for its turn to show in the arena at the 2013 Ohio State Fair.

Logging with Belgians begins journey to show ring

Craig and Chris Hammersmith of Defiance weren’t always interested in draft horses. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Hammersmiths resided in Vermont where they owned a logging operation. They didn’t own any horses at the time and had no plans to change their situation. “I had a skidder and bull dozer, and I [...]

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Hess and her horse, Arawak LHF, travel through a water obstacle during the marathon portion of a CDE. Photo credit: Erin K. Smith.

Veterinarian/College Dean becomes combined driving enthusiast

As a veterinarian and a lifetime horse enthusiast, Pamela A. Hess, D.V.M. of Chardon has worked professionally in the equine field since the mid-1970s and has been an avid trail rider since the early-1990s. Although she has always ridden and worked with horses, she had never driven horses. “I worked as a Thoroughbred racetrack groom [...]

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Lor Rob Dairy Farms Belgians of East Bethany, New York, were the winners of the Buckeye Team Challenge.

2013 Buckeye Battle of the Breeds Draft Horse Team Challenge

Ten teams of draft horses participated in the Buckeye Battle of the Breeds Team Challenge at the 2013 Ohio State Fair. This special class is open to all breeds of draft horses and offers extra prize money to the winners. Short videos of the three heats of this class are shown to the left. The [...]

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