Willfully Guided Horsemanship

Seeing Through the Eyes of the Horse by: Catherine Madera     Willfully: (adverb) acting intentionally, deliberately, of one’s own free will, voluntarily, willingly and with purpose. Guided: (verb) lead, piloted, steered, instructed, directed. Trainer Allison Trimble thought carefully about naming her style of horsemanship. She wanted something reflective of …

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Hoof Abscesses

Pranic Healing

Diagnosing and Treating a Common Ailment by R. Paul Schwab, DVM   Most horse owners will eventually deal with an abscess in their horse’s hoof. The common scenario is sudden, non-weight bearing lameness in one of the legs. Hoof abscess pain is so severe that many people think that their horse has …

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Touched by Cavalia

An Inspiring Night Under the Big Top by: Katlyn Schaer   Two horses galloping across stage is how the show Cavalia begins. Man tried to conquer the spirit of the horse after the introduction of the performers, however, once they discovered the willfulness of this majestic creature they decided to …

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Checkers Takes the Challenge

The Joy of Demonstrating at the AQHA Show   by Mark Bolender I love the AQHA shows. In July of 2011 I had the privilege of attending the Region 5 event in Langley, British Columbia. I was a demonstrator, clinician, and judge for the sport of Mountain Trail and Trail …

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Hock Health

Giving Back

The Care and Keeping of this Important Joint by Paul Schwab, D.V. M.   Most horses at some time in their life will develop some amount of arthritis in one or more joints. The hock is one of the more common locations for arthritis. The hock in the horse is basically the …

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Youth Under 18 Category: Courtney Kimpel and Ella

We thunder through the forest, mane and tail whipping like a spurt of black flame in the wind created by our passage. We are flying, hooves barely seeming to touch the ground. Trees whip past, distinct and each leaf separate until they blur together as we pass. I breathe in …

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Honorable Mention Essays

Adult Category: Bonnie Hammond, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE Horse) Rescue, and Sunny   Sunny was 28 years old when he found himself unwanted, neglected, and homeless. When he was taken in by the horse rescue I work for he was pitifully thin, his hooves overgrown, and his chestnut coat …

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Yearly Wellness Exams and the Senior Horse

Ensuring a Long and Happy Life for Your Equine Companion By: Jennifer Miller, DVM, IVCA   Everyone knows how important it is to get yearly wellness exams by an MD, dentist, and ophthalmologist. It is just as important for your horse to receive regular wellness exams from your veterinarian to …

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Adequan Select World Show

Congratulations to Washington Qualifiers!   The Adequan Select World show was held in Amarillo, Texas August 28 through September 3. Washington had seven qualifiers hit the road, most of them for their very first world show appearance. Connie Marvik qualified in Western Pleasure with Slow Riding, aka “Wyatt.” They finished …

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