I’ve decided to make my fortune in the horse world not by actually riding horses, or teaching other people to ride horses, or even taking care of horses, but making ASMR horse videos for TikTok. Yep, you heard it here first, I’m entering the world of Gen Z, and buying some fancy microphones so can record my horses grazing and chewing on hay and the noises that brushes make as they go across their coat. I think this is a million dollar idea, so nobody steal it, okay?
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News From Around the Globe:
Ludger Beerbaum surprised us all with the announcement of his retirement last month at CHIO Aachen. He’s still settling into the idea of retirement, but his everyday life hasn’t changed much. A career that is unlike any other, even all of us on the dark side have admired him for decades. From reflecting on his favorite horse (Goldfever) to thoughts on how he develops the relationship between horse and rider for his students, and how he expects to invest his time in retirement, you won’t want to miss this detailed interview. [Ludger Beerbaum: “You Can’t Preach Water and Drink Wine]
Recent research has shown we can better perceive both laeness and poor saddle fit using the ridden horse pain ethogram (RHpE) rather than simply evaluating a horse during a routine in-hand lameness examination. The ethogram, which was devised by Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, helps the user evaluate 24 different behaviors, such as head-tilting and changing head position from side to side, closing the eyelids, exposing the sclera (white of the eye), spontaneously changing gait, and rearing/bucking. Scores greater than 7 out of 24 reflect the presence of musculoskeletal pain. Dyson’s previous work showed most of these behaviors were 10 times more likely to manifest in horses with musculoskeletal pain than in nonpainful horses. [RHpE For Lameness and Saddle Fit]
The halfway point of the 2023 competition year has passed, which offers a great opportunity to review the season thus far. The USEF Eventing Development and Emerging Program participants have recorded impressive competition results in recent weeks, such as the silver medal at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Strzegom, Poland, and top placings at The Event at Rebecca Farm. Coach Leslie Law offered his insights into the success of the program athletes and making plans for the remainder of the competition year. [Mid-Year Team Report]
The Jockey Club will begin a project to trace recently-retired horses as part of an attempt to improve traceability of first exit from racing.The breed registry will reach out to last known racing connections for horses foaled in 2017 or earlier who have started in the past decade and whose status is not on record. This refers to horses that are not actively racing or breeding, were not officially registered as retired from racing, were not exported, do not have a Thoroughbred Incentive Program number and have not been reported dead. [Racehorse Tracking Through the Jockey Club ]