Good morning EN! Today’s lovely photo is brought to you by avid reader Maggie Little, who may have just won all of the selfie contests ever with this gem. The horse pictured is Baloo, a half-blind, spunky nine year old Quarter Horse. When not taking selfies, Baloo loves to spend his time as a therapeutic riding horse at Storybook Farm, a non-profit in Opelika, Alabama. You can learn more about Baloo and his mission by visiting Hope On Horseback! If you ever have an awesome selfie or just a great pic to share, send it to us at [email protected]!
Events This Weekend:
News From Around The Globe:
Did you know that California Chrome’s Derby pony ran in the Derby himself? That’s right, Chrome’s pony, Perfect Drift, ran in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and placed third. Not only that, but he went on to earn more than $4.7 million in his career, including a third place in the Breeders Cup Classic and a win in the Kentucky Cup Classic. Retired now to a new job, he knows exactly what to tell those young whippersnappers as he leads them to the gate. [Chrome’s Pony Is Hot Stuff]
China is celebrating the year of the horse with their most famous equestrian, Alex Hua Tian, achieving a qualifying score at Saumur CCI3* with Harbour Pilot C. Alex only began his partnership with Pye in March, and the two have had three competitions together. Now that the qualification is over, Alex is hoping to use the remaining weeks between now and WEG to up his level of competitiveness with his new mount. [China Rejoices for Alex Hua Tian]
We’ve all wondered how horses seem so adept at reading our emotions and our minds, but what about the science side of that? here is some mysterious device to measure heart rate variability called HRV. It reflects heart-brain reactions and is particularly sensitive to changes in emotional states. Positive and negative emotions can easily be distinguished by changes in these heart rhythm patterns. Horses, as it turns out, have incredibly consistent HRV patterns, making the time you spend with them more likely to rub off, and make you feel calm and relaxed! [Science of Horse Heart Connection]
Rising from the controversial video on horse racing that PETA recently released, HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ is taking a closer look at the drug culture in racing. Not only do they go further into Steve Asmussen’s record, but we look at top trainers like Bob Baffert, who had seven horses drop dead in California, all due to a legal thyroid supplement. Todd Pletcher gave one horse seventeen injections prior to a race where it collapsed and had to be destroyed. The section is almost painful to watch. What do you say, EN? [Real Sports: Horse Racing]
Looking for an awesome new job that involves horses in a great company dedicated to quality care? Cavalor USA is looking for a new US Sales Manager, and if you think you’ve got what it takes, be sure to email Mike McCullogh! [Email Mike]