Monday News and Notes

FEI requires stabling on-scene at CIC***’s and makes ground jury officiate horse inspections: At first glance, this seems like a reasonable rule, especially with the FEI’s new stabling doping policies.  Frankly, I didn’t know that it was legal to stable off grounds for any FEI competitions.

Horse slaughter trends (graphs included): the interesting and sad point here is that when the US plants shut down in 2007, Mexico and Canada raised their slaughter levels, and so the number of horses slaughtered overall has remained constant.  Presumably, this is because when supply decreased due to the US closings, demand remained relatively constant, thus raising the short-term prices, which raised the marginal revenue, which raised production.  Just yet another example where fighting supply doesn’t work in a large market.

If you missed it, here is the Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl ad

Who needs to go south for spring training?  Is that the band that did Firefly?  What’s the over-under on how long it takes youtube to yank the soundtrack?

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