I kicked off 2019 with a whoooole lot of clipping! Honestly, I don’t mind clipping that much, and most people don’t like it, so I’m pretty busy throughout the winter season. I just listen to audiobooks and buzz my way through the afternoons, going home to immediately shower aggressively and pull hair out of my ears because, ew, no thank you.
National Holiday: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
News From Around the Globe:
Happy 50th birthday, William Fox-Pitt! A more accomplished, courteous, stylish and ridiculously tall champion of Eventing has never existed. With 14 four-stars and 50 three-day event wins under his belt, he hardly needs any introduction. Horse & Hound gathered some of their favorite WFP moments throughout his career in photos and stories to celebrate his birthday. [Happy 50th WFP!]
Missed the USEA convention this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this video of Max Corcoran talking about the science of conditioning and recovery in the event horse. Max is a self-professed “geek” when it comes to the conditioning and recovery of athletes. In this seminar, Corcoran spoke about the parallels between the science of human conditioning and recovery and equine conditioning, training, and recovery. As an Olympic groom, her years of the firsthand experience provide her with an interesting viewpoint and a wealth of knowledge. [Conditioning & Recovery for Eventers]
Chincoteague ponies are battling a disease known as “swamp cancer” this winter. A total of seven ponies have died or been euthanized as a result of pythiosis infection: the funguslike microorganism Pythium insidiosum causes tumor-like lesions, often on the lower legs as well as the abdomen, chest and face. The masses ulcerate and are terribly itchy, and include lumps of dead stony tissue called “kunkers.” The microorganism cannot penetrate healthy skin, but enters the body through small scrapes or cuts, as small as a fly bite, and lives in wetlands. Early detection is key for successful treatment and survival, but pythiosis can be often mistaken for other conditions early in its progression. [Chincoteague Ponies In Danger]