Welcome back to the land of the living, those of you who, like me, are just emerging from the post-holiday madness. It’s like a hangover, but for your emotions and your physical energy, and it lasts for days after. All that work and buildup, all the time outside of our normal routines, it’s delightful and exhausting at the same time. I’m excited to get back to the daily grind, and remind my horses that they are not professional vacationers.
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Time is running out to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win travel funds for your trip to The Best Weekend All Year, general admission to each day plus premium cross country tailgating, and Dubarry gear — all you need to do is enter by December 31 for a shot at winning. [Fly Away to LRK3DE]
Millfield Lancando may look like a big, brave cross-country horse in competition, but at home, he’s more of a gentle giant and a worrywart, according to his rider Booli Selmayr. The Millbrook, New York-based rider has been partnered with “Lance” for six years, and this spring, they completed their first five-star at Land Rover Kentucky. Lance wouldn’t be one you would pick out of the field to compete at the top levels, but he makes it work just fine with Booli at his side. [Behind the Stall Door: Millfield Lancado]
December is the best time to look back at all the feel-good stories of the year. With horses, there is so much joy to balance out the disappointments, and I’m choosing to focus on the good stuff as I look back at 2022. [COTH Best Stories of the Year]
Don’t miss the most recent episode of Major League Eventers! Karen and Rob catch up with 5* Eventer, Cornelia Dorr. Cornelia talks about her time in England with Kevin McNab, her first 5* and her wedding plans with Eventer Jacob Fletcher. You’re not going to want to miss this fun episode! [Podcast of the Day]
Studies have shown that owners are often unable to recognise lameness in their own horses. Identifying whether a horse experiences musculoskeletal pain, resulting in lameness, can be very difficult, especially for inexperienced riders, they said. On the clinical side, veterinary experience influences subjective lameness evaluations. Veterinary students and recent graduates often exhibit difficulties in identifying the affected leg. So, researchers have developed artificial intelligence to identify lameness in horses and pinpoint the affected limb based on analysis of cellphone videos. [AI Identifies Lameness in Horses]