Welcome to Monday, EN. I’ll be honest, I’m still a little shell shocked from a weekend full of sad news. The loss of Powderhound and Conair at The Fork certainly had much of the eventing community sharing in grief. Additionally, Mickey Rooney has passed. It seems like he played a role in just about every horse-movie ever made. While The Black Stallion is probably my favorite Mickey Rooney film, National Velvet will always have a special place in my heart as much of it was filmed where I lived and rode as a teenager.
Monday News and Notes:
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Show season is here and that means some travel time for you and your equine friend. In addition to making sure your truck and trailer are road worthy, you should make sure your horse is ready to hit the road as well. Fitness and vaccinations are two important things to consider. [More from tricities.com]
As someone with a 9-5 office job, I know how hard it can be to even keep ONE horse fit. I’m still not sure how friends with multiple horses and similar working hours do it. Ponying is a great solution for many riders. I’m always impressed when I see polo players working their entire string at once. [Tips on Ponying from horseandhound.co.uk]
Efforts are being made by Congress to further address the issue of soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. In 1970 Congress passed the Horse Protection Act which outlaws soring, however according to Tennessee Walking Horse insiders, the practice still continues. There are currently two competing bills circulating. it will be interesting to see which one garners the most support. [More from kentucky.com]
When a story has to do with veterans and horses, it gets me right in the heart strings. The story of Matt Littrell is one that socks it to me with deadly precision. Matt is planning to ride cross country from Surf City, North Carolina to Camp Pendleton in California in order to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit group that helps veterans return to civilian life. [More from 9news.com]
One of my weird hobbies that I use to pass time is designing my dream horse facilities. Even though I don’t think I’d ever want to have my horses at home, I love checking out photos and blue prints for ideas. You can find out a lot about someone’s program based on their barn set up. I was very excited when I heard that researchers have analyzed the remains of a medieval stable and gathered some insights in to what horse care was like in 13th century Central Europe. [More from horsetalk.co.nz]
One of the best horse-movies ever made.