Mustang Challenge

October 23, 2012

Posted by SBS in General Interest

Mustang 2In 1971, with the help students from across America, Ms. Velma Johnson’s efforts of protecting America’s horse became reality with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Ms. Johnson saw the American Mustang as an icon of the West and fought to protect them and land they roamed, creating a legacy that lives on today. This act declared the wild horses and burros to be “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West”. Carrying out this task has led to the establishment of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, through which the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages and protects these animals both on and off the range as well as working to maintain the rangeland that they call home.

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Stretching Your Hay Supply

October 23, 2012

Posted by Dr. Clair Thunes in Nutrition

HayForage should be the foundation of every horse’s ration. For most horses in the winter months this means hay and in certain locations where pasture is not practical in the summer hay has traditionally been the year long source of forage. However with some parts of the country reporting that only half the normal amount of hay was harvested and put up this year many owners are experiencing hay shortages and or high prices. This can be a particular challenge for breeders as broodmares and growing youngstock require high quality forage. Here are some ways that you can make the most of your hay budget and stretch what hay you do have in the barn this winter.

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Willdraft Stud

October 22, 2012

Posted by in Focus on Our Breeders

Soda Justice 2Michael Wilson of Willdraft Stud in Australia began breeding horses 30 years ago. He began by breeding a handful of mares which had proven themselves in the show pen. It didn’t take him long once he began his training operation to determine what mares produced offspring which were easy to train, willing to perform and of sound conformation. Once he figured that out he started breeding more mares and his breeding operation has continued to grow based on those criteria for his foals. He has won many major awards throughout the years but the ones he finds most rewarding are those he won on the horses he bred, raised and trained.

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