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September 15, 2020 – West Nile Virus in Stanislaus, Butte, San Bernardino and San Joaquin County, CA

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture Stanislaus County Number Confirmed: 1; Age: 1; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/23/2020; Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Falling Over, Mildly febrile; Confirmation Date: 9/3/2020; Horse Status: Affected And Alive; Vaccination Status: Status Unknown; Butte County Number Confirmed: 1; Age: …

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No Excuses! Education and Training Progress Can Continue During a Pandemic

Does the pandemic have you feeling stuck in your riding? Do you long for some one-on-one feedback on your training? Do you have a training issue you can’t resolve and don’t know where to turn for help? If all the canceled clinics, lessons, shows, and fairs are getting you down, …

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Speaking of Horses TV in partnership with Northwest Horse Source Magazine

Speaking of Horses TV in partnership with Northwest Horse Source Magazine     ~ Introduction ~ I met Wayne Williams of Speaking of Horses at the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo. Wayne has his own radio show and has been the announcer for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in …

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Learning Continues – A Computer, Wi-Fi, and Imagination Create Opportunity

Photo by Kim Roe

It’s late July as I write this column and I’m preparing to make the eight-hour drive down to the Oregon Horse Center to judge a Working Equitation show. Hurray! It’s the first horse show I’ve been to in 2020. I’m excited to see horses and people in the flesh. I’ll …

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Fall Riding Opportunities in Washington – Rock Creek Horse Camp, Riverside State Park, and Les Hilde Trailhead

Photo by Patti Sanders Carmichael

Note: A decision on whether to hold the 2020 BCHW Winery and Halloween Costume & Prize Ride is being made on September 1, the same day this edition is released. Please visit bchw.org for the announcement of that decision.   Rock Creek Horse Camp on NE Dole Valley Road in Yacolt, …

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September 3, 2020 – West Nile Virus Glenn County, CA

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture Number Confirmed: 1; Age: 2; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/29/2020;  Clinical Signs: Dragging pelvic limb, drooping eyelids, head drop, stiff hindquarters; Confirmation Date: 9/2/2020; Horse Status: Affected And Alive; Vaccination Status: Not Reported; Notes: None;   All information is sourced from  http://equinediseasecc.org/alerts/outbreaks NW Horse SourceThe Northwest Horse Source is an independently …

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Alice Yancey and Angie Schutte – Goodbye, Dear Alice Yancey

Photo by Pat Leedy

NWHS Editor’s Note: Alice Yancey, a Whatcom County, Washington, horsewoman, volunteer, and trail rider extraordinaire passed away on June 7, 2020. I first met Alice many years ago (at least 25) when we were both members of the Bellingham Riding Club (BRC). Alice, along with long-time best friend and partner …

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Bork Saddlery Hardware – Ancient Technique and Years of Labor Perfecting Metal Saddle Parts

“It gives you a good feeling,” says Herb Bork when describing seeing his creations in use. Photo by Robert Eversole

Mountains of bronze dust stand as testament to years spent crafting saddle hardware. A mound of black sand silently waits to help form yet more bits and bobs that will go into untold saddles across the world. Herb Bork has been melting and casting bronze for well over 40 years …

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Training Your Horse to Hate the Arena – Less Correction, More Direction

“Ride like nobody's watching.” Photo by Anna Blake

Does your horse go better out of the arena? It seems like some horses just won’t go forward and no amount of kicking and yelling work. Sometimes they’re gate sour: fast toward the gate but then getting away from the gate is a wrestling match. Horses who are great on …

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