Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Look at that bascule! Photo courtesy of RaisingtheRuff.com. Look at that bascule! Photo courtesy of RaisingtheRuff.com.

I came across the above photo while scrolling through my Facebook news feed the other day. Meet Rufus, a Pharaoh Hound who “smiles on command (and when he’s happy), enjoys having spaz outs and as you can see here, sleeping! His owner, Sara Rehnmark, is a blogger and actress who takes photos of Rufus while he naps, peacefully reenacting scenarios such as roasting s’mores over a campfire, lounging at the beach, and even horseback riding – all using household items as props. Visit their whimsical and adorable blog and follow Rufus on his many adventures.

If only I could do this with my horse… thing is, I’m pretty sure she never sleeps. Ever.

Events Opening Today: Pine Top Spring Horse Trials (GA, A-3), MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social Event (TX, A-5), Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6)

Events Closing Today: Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3), Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. (FL, A-3), Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. (CA, A-6)

News and Notes:

Win a Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters: This week’s Fab Freebie is the durable, ergonomic and customizable Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters. With a retail price of $54.99, it’s also an affordable addition to your barn… but the only thing that beats this price is the opportunity to win one on EN! [EN Fab Freebies]

Everyone loves a great rehab story. Whether it brings us to tears or makes us even more grateful for our equine friends, rehab stories are some of the most inspiring stories to tell. For that reason, we’d love to hear yours! Send us your rehab story for your chance to win an awesome prize pack from OCD as well as see your story told right here on EN! [Win with OCD]

Attack on horse leaves rider paralyzed: Lindsey Hawkins, a mother of two from South Yorkshire, was enjoying a hack with her horse Murphy last spring when a group of teenagers threw stones at them, causing Murphy to rear and bolt. Lindsey fell off and was left with a severe concussion, bleeding in her brain, and a subsequent stroke that left her paralyzed, unable to walk, speak, swallow, or care for her children. Police are still on the lookout for the people who caused the accident. [Horse & Country]

Equine flu responsible for 1 out of 10 respiratory illnesses: Veterinarians across the US have determined that 1 out of 10 horses with upper respiratory infections have equine influenza. A large number of these horses were older than horses in previous studies, and had been previously vaccinated against equine influenza. This study raises questions about the effectiveness of current American flu vaccines, and further shows the importance of proper quarantine and vaccination schedules for horses. [Horsetalk]

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a score of 11.7 looks like: Yes, you read that correctly. Alexis Brown and her Trakehner mare Acclimation finished on their dressage score of 11.7 in the Novice Horse-B division at Rocking Horse last weekend. This was the mare’s first event of her career, and she just came back from recent hock surgery. You go, girls! [The Chronicle of the Horse]

Video of the Day: Judging from this video’s description (and hilarious commentary), Norman the mini is Fed. Up. with his goat companion’s bullying. FYI, there is an instance of NSFW language at 0:32.