'QUACK AND TRACK': THE INTERNATIONAL
IMPACT OF U.S. HORSE SLAUGHTER
Posted January 31, 2012
A Toronto restaurant plans to reintroduce horse meat to its menu Thursday, according to this article,
in combination with duck meat. The entre will be called 'Quack and Track.'
Horse meat was dropped from the menu last year, according to the story in the (Toronto) Star.com, because of news
reports that many of the horses slaughtered for meat in Canada came from the United States after long and grueling and often
cruel truck rides. And there were concerns about whether some of the meat was safe for humans to eat.
The U.S. General Accounting Office concluded last year that the de facto ban on horse slaughter
in this country simply pushed horses to Mexico and Canada, often for those terrible truck rides mentioned above. The ban was
lifted in a Deparment of Agriculture funding bill late last year, although no slaughter plants have reopened in the U.S. as
But the restaurant's owner in this story said he believes
that will occur and will again make horse meat more suitable as restaurant fare.
Click on the link below to read the entire article.
Toronto Star.com article on horse meat
JUDGE WON'T HALT NEVADA
WILD HORSE ROUNDUP
Posted January 28, 2012
that the same judge who issued an injunction to halt a Nevada wild horse roundup last fall refused to do it again this week.
In fact, based on the quotes in this story, he sounds a bit peeved about being asked to do so.
It's part of the continuing battle over how to manage federal lands for wild horses and other uses. To read more
at the Boston Globe website click on the link below.
Boston Globe article on wild horse roundup
FOAL OF THE YEAR?
Posted January 25, 2012
This photo is of Rachel Alexandra's
new foal, born Sunday near Lexington, Ky. Rachel Alexandra was the thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year in 2009. The sire
of her colt was Curlin, Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Obviously, the youngster comes from some pretty good genetic stock.
To read more about Rachel Alexandra's first foal, click on The Washington Post
link immediately below. But to read more about where the speed gene originated, read the post just below this one.
Washington Post article on Rachel's foal
THE ORIGIN OF THE SPEED GENE
Posted January 25, 2012
For years, a lot
of racing experts have argued that more of a horse's speed is handed down from his dam, not his sire, even though it is the
stallions that usually generate big news and big bucks in breeding. This study suggests one ancient mare may be the source
of all modern thoroughbred's speed.
I love scientific efforts
like this one, that try to use modern technology to track historical mysteries, which couldn't have been solved with earlier
science. Click on the link below to read more.
Irish Times.com article on the speed gene
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO COMING IN MARCH
Posted January 22, 2012
mentioned in the post below, March is shaping up to be a busy horse month, and one of the big events is the annual Rocky Mountain
Horse Expo, March 8-11 at the National Western Complex in Denver. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Horse Council and
features a number of exciting and informative events. I'll post more later, but for now, click on the link below to read the
Horse Council's January newsletter with details about the Expo.
and this wonderful photo came from the newsletter.
Colorado Horse Council January newsletter
BUSY YEAR FOR BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN
Posted January 21, 2012
looks like the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen have a busy spring and summer scheduled. This is from President Terry Gray's
message in the February newsletter.
I would like to welcome Scott & Jennifer Fogarty.
2012 dues are now due so, please mail
them in or bring to next meeting on February 6, 7 PM at the Mesa Mall meeting room. Please remember if you joined after October
you will not need to pay until 2013.
I am in the process of contacting committee members to see who is still interested
in working on their committees. If you are interested in working on a committee please let me know and we will try to put
you on that committee. We need someone to volunteer to take over the library.
I would like to thank Penny
Ackerman for her hard work last year and last year’s Board as most of the goals that were set, were achieved.
So thank you everyone who worked so hard on our projects.
It looks like we are going to have another busy
year. We are going to put on a program for the Glade Park Elementary School. The Fruita Co-op has ask us too return this year
and participate in their Co-op Country Day March 24. We have been ask to have a booth at The Horse Expo March 24 & 25
as both of these are on March 24, I would like to ask for some additional help. We will possible have additional other
educational programs throughout the year.
We are going to host the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado Leadership
Clinic June 16 and need volunteers to help.
We need your help to keep working on the right to ride in the
National Forests, as there are groups that would like to keep us off these trails. I have an article put out by the
BCHA 02/12007 titled Why We Need the Right to Ride Protection. The following are excerpts from that article.
In 1956 when the First Wilderness Bill was introduced by Senator Hubert Humphrey stated that "existing uses and privileges
are respected in this bill.” “This bill will not interfere with but will perpetuate, the present multi-purpose
administration of these National Forest areas."
A travel management plan for White River National
Forest had areas of the WRNF closed to horse use in some these areas. The proposal creates new areas where hikers will not
run into stock (limiting current horse access). challenged and changes have been made. The WRNF was not the only NF to have
issues on trail use in this article detrimental to horse use.
Jan has information on the GMUG travel plan
coming up. There are a very large number of trails on this travel plan. So you might offer to help him with the trail inventory.
This is the reason we all need to continue working to keep this from happening. So please renew your membership
and try to get others to join as the more of us there are the bigger voice we have. "
TORNADO TWINS A CSU SUCCESS STORY
Posted January 20, 2012
I posted something about this shortly after these twin horses were born almost three years ago, to surrogate mothers
after their real mother was killed in the 2008 Windsor tornado. Doctors at the CSU Vet School's equine reproductive lab harvested
eggs from the mother, named Tuesday, before she was euthanized due to a broken leg.
The Denver Post has updated their story, now that the foals are three-year-olds, and tied it to the fire that destroyed
the lab last year, and efforts to raise money to rebuild it. It's an interesting story.
The link is below.
Denver Post article on CSU Equine Reproductive Lab
WHAT'S WRONG WITH WAR HORSE?
Posted January 18, 2012
My wife will tell
you that I'm a sucker for horse movies of nearly any sort. From "The Black Stallion," to "Secretariat,"
I'm usually lined up early to see a horse pic. So, my daughter Kara (the other horse nut in our family) and I were eager to
see Steven Spielberg's "War Horse." I'd read a lot about the play, and the trailers for the film looked great.
But Kara and I both walked out of the theater very disappointed. For a variety of reasons.
First, it seemed like Spielberg couldn't decide whether to make a Disney-style, feel-good
fantasy like "E.T.," or a gritty war movie like "Saving Private Ryan." The result is it switches back
and forth from hoaky, feel-good scenes to gruesume war scenes with little rhyme or reason. And human characters come and go
so quickly (mostly go as war victims) that you don't know whether you're supposed to like them or not.
Second, I don't mind a horse fantasy. "The Black Stallion," after all, did
things that most of us know a horse is never going to do. But what Joey, the War Horse, does was too incredible for me to
suspend my disbelief.
Finally, I can think of only one other
movie where I felt like the director was so blatantly trying to manipulate my emotions, and I didn't like that one either.
I expected "War Horse" to be a tear-jerker -- sort of "Black Beauty" and "Ol' Yeller" rolled
into one. But instead of getting teary, I got angry about feeling so manipulated. The "Gone With the Wind" sunset
at the end was particularly annoying.
Speilberg is a great filmmaker,
but this wasn't his best effort. And if you want a great, upbeat horse movie, go rent "Seabiscuit" again.
BUDGET CUTS MAY ELIMINATE
DENVER'S HORSE PATROL
Posted January 17, 2012
is no great surprise, given the budget problems all levels of government are facing, but it's still unfortunate. Police horse
patrols have long been an important community relations tool for municipal police departments. But they are costly to maintain,
and only useful for law enforcement in limited purposes.
is a link to the article that appeared today in The Denver Post.
Denver Post story on horse patrol
A TRULY REMARKABLE
Posted January 16, 2012
going to write something today about the fantastic survival tale in the very mediocre movie, "War Horse." But I
ran across this more astonishing — and true — story of a horse surviving and overcoming long odds, and I decided
to share this tale, instead. It's about Neville Bardos, a one-time racehorse turned eventer, who came close to dying twice
but was just named USEF horse of the year.
This photo is from the U.S. Eventing Association website, and you
can read more information about Neville there. Or click on the link below.
I'll explain in a later post why I was so disappointed in "War Horse."
Digital Journal article on Neville Bardos
NEW FORM OF EQUINE HERPES
DISCOVERED IN CALIFORNIA
Posted, January 15, 2012
new variation of equine herpes, which apparently mutated from last year's deadly EHV-1 virus that struck across the West last
May and June, has been discovered in California.
This is from
the Moorpark Patch:
"Five new cases of Equine Herpes Myoencephalitis
(EHM), also referred to as neurological Rhino, a mutated form of the Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) were reported at a facility
in California by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)."
Below is a link the complete article. Let's hope it doesn't cause problems like EHV-1 did last year.
MoorparkPatch story on equine herpes virus
National Western Stock Show Rodeo
gets under way tonight
It may not be the Grand Daddy of Them All, but the National Western Rodeo is the
first big rodeo event of the year, and it's been going for 80 years. It runs for 10 days in Denver.
This photo is from a National Western press email sent to me.
JUMPER SHOW BEGINS FRIDAY
AT NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
Posted January 12, 2012
Gambler's Choice Open Jumper Stake is Friday, January 13, beginning at 7:30pm.
Open Jumpers Stake where the best riders in the region will compete for the top prize at 7:30pm Friday night.
Speed and accuracy will be on display as this head to head competition heats up.
More jumping competition through the weekend, culminating with the $40,000 Grand Prix Monday night.