Friday News & Notes

Horses being special always makes me smile. Photo courtesy of Daniel Mottishaw.

Its Friday! I’m ready for some long luxurious hacks on my ponies, and possibly baking some bread. This is your thirties, my friends, when you get excited about baking bread on the weekends and you’re not even embarrassed to admit it. HMU for some bread recipes when you realize you’re jealous.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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News From Around the Globe: 

Every day, SmartPak is on a mission to support healthy horses and happy riders. Horses Building Trust is the fourth story in this SmartPak video series, bringing you into the barns of unique horses – from treasured therapy horses to the underdog-turned-Olympic-hopeful – showing how they’ve made an impact on the lives of their riders, and  SmartPak continues to support these horses and riders through their journey. “We’re proud to be donating 5% of sales on SmartPak brand tack and apparel on December 10th and 11th to the team at Ebony Horsewomen as well as partner with our friends at Ariat to provide a donation of quality products for the riders and staff there.” [SmartPak Gives Back]

Have you entered the Nation Media Holiday Contest yet? Learn how you could win an epic prize pack from Banixx, Haygain, Kentucky Performance Products, Legends Horse Feeds, and SmartPak here – and don’t wait! Entries close TODAY!!

Keeping horses sound throughout their careers is a fine science, mixed with a little magic perhaps. World of Showjumping spoke with Lars Roepstorff, a professor of equine functional anatomy and highly experienced veterinary surgeon about how to keep horses healthy and sound. From the system of breeding, to how and when to start a young horse, surfaces, and creating a system that can consider soundness with all training, Lars touches on it all. [Equine Soundness Factors]

Caitlin Gooch, is the founder of Saddle Up and Read (SUAR), a nonprofit focusing on encouraging youth to achieve literary excellence through equine activities. It all started in 2017 when Gooch began thinking of a way to help increase the literacy rates in North Carolina. That’s when she came up with the idea to provide children with a unique incentive to read. Partnering with a local library, Gooch came up with the notion to reward any child who checked out at least three books with a trip to visit her father’s horse farm – that became the genesis for SUAR. “Horses connect people and get kids excited. Why not use that energy to encourage kids to read.” [Meet The Woman Using Horses To Encourage Childhood Literacy]

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