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Australian Horse Racing Industry Abuse Response
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Last fall we posted a story about a news documentary exploring the route from race track to slaughter house in Australia. Jockeys, trainers, owners and others in the industry were shocked by the revelations of cruelty an ...
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The Eastern Cape Bajodini Bush Race
4th Feb 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Bush racing is common in many areas. These races take place in remote countryside spaces were an impromptu track is set up, and spectators stand on the sidelines, separated by a small rope, if that. One such race takes place in a province of South Africa called The Eastern Cape. ...
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More Horses Die Over Weekend At Santa Anita
1st Feb 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Santa Anita Park can’t shake scrutiny, and now, after three horses have died after one weekend questions are being asked again. Two horses shattered pasterns during racing and one was euthanized after an unspecified injury during training. A total of five horses have died in the ...
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Interview of a Horse Kill Buyer
8th Jan 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
The public may be more aware of the negative side of horse racing as the number of race horse deaths at Santa Anita and other tracks becomes publicized. Now, USA Today has shone an unflattering light on another dark side of the sport. While the public focus may be on track deaths ...
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Horse Magazine Apps
4th Jan 2020   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
An interesting magazine is a good way to pass the time on the bus or in a waiting room. But who wants to read those germ laden, dogeared waiting room magazines, or yesterday's newspaper? And, your Facebook Instagram feeds can get equally uninspiring. Why not try a horse magazine ...
Chuckwagon Racing Under Review
2nd Aug 2019   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
After six horses died during chuckwagon racing at this year’s Calgary Stampede the sport is under scrutiny. July 14, three horses on the same team were euthanized after sustaining irreparable injuries. After one horse broke a hind leg the team went down, and three of the four hor ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Sass Levels Reach All Time High
7th Jul 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
This is not fake news. Our sources have confirmed that Baby Niro displayed excessively high levels of sass recently when being ridden in the arena after a week off work. Witnesses report high levels of head tossing and neck flicking, followed by many grunts and the occasional buc ...
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Santa Anita Racing Investigation Ordered by Newsome
22nd Jun 2019   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Governor Newsome of California is calling for a moratorium on racing until all horses have been examined by an independent team of experts. Despite calls to close down the track and suspend racing following the 29th horse death on the track since December 26, 2018, racing has con ...
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Derby Winner Foals Slaughtered in South Korea Race Industry
31st May 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
As the popularity of horse racing increases in South Korea, so has the number of horses that are sent for slaughter. Most sources claim the number of horses slaughtered has tripled. And while most of the horses are raised for that purpose, several Thoroughbreds, some bought for t ...
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Another Santa Anita Breakdown
16th Apr 2019   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
After only two days of racing another horse has suffered fatal injuries at Santa Anita racetrack. Santa Anita was shut down March 5 and during the shut down, investigations into why twenty-two horses suffered fatal break downs since the middle of December were conducted. ...
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Difference Between Trotters and Pacers
13th Apr 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
What is the difference really, beside the gait at which they race? The biggest difference between a trotter and a pace may be something we can’t see. Horses can be trained to pace, but with mixed success. The natural tendency of a horse to pace is determined by its genes. Researc ...
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Santa Anita Park Horse Racing Resumes After 22 Deaths
9th Apr 2019   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Horse racing has resumed at Santa Anita Park. Racing was temporarily suspended following the fatal breakdowns of twenty-two horses in less than sixteen weeks. That is over double the number that died in the same period last year. The track closed March 5, and since that time, off ...
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Horse Versus Machine
29th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The first steam engines were invented in the late 1600s, but these were stationary. It took about a hundred years before the first moving engines that traveled down a road or track were developed and a few decades beyond that before they were really practical. But even in the ear ...
Among The Stars - Part 1 of 8
2nd Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
As humans we love to look on the bright side, we love our silver linings and positive spins. We love to feel moved and inspired. Sorry, but I don’t have anything like that for you today. What I’m here to share with you isn’t graceful, or inspirational, or ‘nice’ on any level. I’m ...
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Equine Hall of Fame Locations
5th Jan 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
The new year is here, and it seems like a natural time to take a look back at the highs and lows in the horse world. Really, we’ve had enough of the lows haven’t we? So I’ll just take a look at some bright spots, which include annual inductions into various halls of fame. Now the ...
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Making Winter More Bearable
4th Jan 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Winter has arrived and if you’re a horse owner, you may feel like everything you do to look after your horse takes twice as long, and the time you have to enjoy your horse has been cut in half - if it happens at all. There is not much we can do about the weather. But we can do a ...
Show Jumping Refresher
29th Sep 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Unlike a lot of sports like dressage, figure skating and gymnastics, the scoring in show jumping is fairly non-subjective. A horse either knocks down a rail or doesn’t. Refusals and falls are very well defined and scores aren’t influenced by anyone’s opinion. Scoring is based on ...
How To Make Money With Horses
6th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Lots of the jobs in the horse industry are lower paying, minimum wage or slightly higher. But there are jobs that will bring you a much higher wage. Most of them will require college, university or an apprenticeship, and perhaps some specialized training. But, once you’re done yo ...
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The Horseracing Integrity Act
21st Aug 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most contentious issues in horse racing is the use of drugs - both legal and illegal to improve performance. Race tracks across the U.S. have rules, with novel sized books of regulations, regarding the use and misuse of various drugs. Until now, each state had its own ...
Rodeo Horses
25th Jul 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The Calgary Stampede has just ended as I write this, and the controversies around the rights of the animals performing always swirl. Those controversies haven’t seemed to dampen the spirits of the people who attended that Stampede. This year’s event attracted 1,271,241, attendees ...
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Horse Racing Scandals and Cheats
8th Jul 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The newest triple crown winner may have been aided by a block. The newest Triple Crown winner may have taken his lead thanks to another horse, a long shot, Restoring Hope, swerving and then pinning another horse to the rail, keeping other contenders away from Justify. ...
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The Economics of Horses
2nd Jun 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A 2017 study of the horse industry by the American Horse Council found that the horse industry has a $50 billion impact on the overall economy in the United States. This did not take into account the spending of race and competition fans outside the actual events they attended. C ...
Good News in the Horse World
6th May 2018   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Is it all bad news? Sometimes it feels like it. But, it really isn’t. There’s lots of good news out there. And, some of it is horse news. ...
Types of Western Saddles
29th Apr 2018   |   Horse Tack   |   Winniefield Park
Older western saddles tend to be narrower and have deeper seats with a very thin upright horn. But, since old-west cowboying has ceased to be a way of life, the western saddle has taken on further refinements depending the specific use. No longer is there a one-style-fits-all wes ...
Interview with Magic Mike
21st Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Michael Kenneth de Vrye, AKA ‘Magic Mike’, is a 31 year old Equine Behaviourist from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was born into a horsey family, and began his equestrian career through work riding for his aunt – Diane Botes of ‘First for Horses’ – one of South Africa’s leadin ...
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West Palm Beach Winter Equestrian Festival
25th Mar 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Ever wondered where the rich and famous go to play with their horses? Me neither. But, I have always taken for granted that Lexington, Kentucky was the horse capital of North America. Turns out I may be wrong. Many would argue that Wellington, Florida is the real capital. And tha ...
Neonatal Foal Diseases
27th Feb 2018   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Winniefield Park
On the inside, a foal is protected from viruses and bacteria that might make it ill. But, it’s born without a fully functioning immune system. Getting the first milk, called colostrum is essential for a foal, as this carries immune building antibodies. If a foal doesn’t get this ...
Was Sure My Horse Had Colic
17th Feb 2018   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I let her out, and she strolled to the middle of the paddock, where she stopped and gave two cow kicks, then she pooped. Then she stood there, head down. I went from alarmed to really alarmed. I checked her pulse and nothing seemed unusual. I watched for awhile, but she didn’t do ...
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Horse Racing on Lasix
5th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Not all sports allow the use of Lasix, and the use of Lasix for racehorses on race day is not allowed in most places outside North America. Its use is controversial, even though horses that are put on Lasix perform much better than without. And, there is controversy over when the ...
The Worlds Richest Horse Races
27th Jan 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
It’s been called the ‘sport of kings’ and high profile horse races have long been regarded as the place to ‘see and be seen’ by the rich and famous. So it always seems a bit ironic that most of the horses on the track are from small stables, run by dedicated but definitely not ri ...
English or Western Riding
11th Jan 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A commonly asked question when people first decide to learn to ride is ‘should I ride English or western’. I’ve covered the differences between the two in The Difference Between Western and English Riding Styles. But how do you decide? Here are a few questions you can ask yoursel ...
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