Wimpys Little Step Becomes an NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire

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By Hayley Lewallen – April 10, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – In 10 months after achieving the five million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Six Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fourth horse to earn such a prestigious title and puts him in the ranks alongside Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz, and Hollywood Dun It. The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys...

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Trailering With Safety in Mind

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As a horse owner, it’s likely that it will be necessary to trailer your horse at one time or another. Whether it’s a short distance to nearby trails or several hours’ drive to a competition, with a bit of care and attention, you can safely get your horse to where you’re going and minimize the possibility of any mishaps or undue stress. While it’s just common sense to ensure that your horse has been trained to load and unload safely and in a calm manner well in advance, proper planning ahead for any trip can ensure that the entire...

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Lord of The Rings Shadowfax Superstar Horse Unexpectedly Dies

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The Death of a Legend – San Diego, California (April 12, 2014) – Blanco, the angelic white horse who was the primary equine actor to play Gandalf’s mythical steed Shadowfax in the blockbuster Lord of The Rings movies The Two Towers and The Return of The King, had to be euthanized last week. One of the most beloved animal stars to ever emerge from Hollywood films, the 25 year old Andalusian horse suddenly fell critically ill while at home with owner, horse behavior and positive training expert, Cynthia Royal. During a lengthy stay in...

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The Smartest Way to Keep Bugs Off!

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  SmartPak’s Exclusive Line of Fly Gear Offers Smarter Protection PLYMOUTH, MA – April 21, 2014 – Say goodbye to stomping and swishing, and say hello to a happier and healthier horse! SmartPak’s exclusive line of fly protection is here to keep your horse comfortable and make the fly season a bit more bearable.   Nothing ruins a relaxing ride or a peaceful pasture faster than a swarm of bugs. The warmer months are fast approaching in many regions of the country, making now the perfect time to start stocking up on...

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PPID Progression Can be Slowed Down

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By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Equine Cushing’s disease, scientifically referred to as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), is typically an age-related neurodegenerative disorder. Many horses will develop Cushing’s as they get older, but the symptoms come on so gradually, the disease often goes unrecognized. Usually around the age of 15 the risk becomes greater; however, younger and younger horses are developing PPID, which is a disturbing trend. PPID is a progressive disorder, meaning it gets progressively worse over time. Cushing’s...

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Dr. Getty Advises: Horses Need Salt Year Round

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Regardless of the weather, horses require a daily supply of salt. In cold seasons, salt helps promote enough water consumption to prevent dehydration. In warm seasons, salt replaces what is lost from perspiration. A full-sized horse requires at least one ounce (two level tablespoons or 30 ml) of salt each day for maintenance; this much provides 12 grams of sodium. Heat, humidity, and exercise increase the horse’s need. There are several ways to provide salt. The best ways include offering free-choice granulated salt, or adding salt to your...

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Win a new show outfit from FITS!

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To enter, upload a picture to Facebook of you and your horse having Fun In The Sun. February 28, 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA — FITS, inventor of the most athletically advanced riding breech on the market, announced they will be giving away an entire new show outfit to one lucky Facebook fan on April 2nd.   “FITS has always stood for Fun In The Saddle. But for the month of March, it will temporarily also stand for Fun In The Sun,” said Sheryl Rudolph, founder of FITS. “We’re all pale, bundled up, and sick of the snow, sleet and...

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Join PATH Intl. and Make a Difference

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 Denver—Ann Romney, who has multiple sclerosis, once said, “I’m determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease by raising the profile of MS.” Ms. Romney is also an advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), believing that her love for and work with horses kept her out of a wheelchair. Lives are changed and bodies strengthened every day at PATH Intl. Centers around the world, and its certified professionals make a difference in the lives of 56,000 children and adults with...

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NRHA Sire & Dam Program Continues to Reward Stallion Owners

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For Immediate Release – February 11, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program continued to put money in sire owners’ pockets by paying Sire Awards totaling over $34,900 in addition to awarding NRHA Lawson trophies to the winning sires in three divisions at the 2013 NRHA Futurity. Below is a listing of the winners: Level 4 Open division: $13,117.95 to Hollywoodstinseltown, owned by David Silva, Sr., for Tinseltown Fly Guy $6,558.97 to Gunner,...

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The Real Cost of Horse Ownership

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It is often said that if you ask a question to ten horse owners, you will get ten different answers. However, one thing we can all agree upon is that horses are expensive! Affording the initial purchase cost is the least of expenses.  Calculating the maintenance over the horses’ lifetime is a more realistic look at a long-term budgeting plan.  How much does horse ownership really cost? The short answer is that it depends. There are many variables that come into play when calculating the cost of horse ownership:   Buying a Horse “How...

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