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Monsters In The Corner, And Other Horse-Eating Creatures

Anyone who rides has inevitably encountered the equine version of the ‘Bogeyman’

Image courtesy of Horse Junction

Whether its the shadowy corner of the indoor, the flapping plastic bag in the wind, or the wild animal running past the outdoor ring, horses can get scared pretty easily. Even the bravest of equines fall victim to the shadowy creatures of their fears inevitably, but there are some great ways to avoid falling on your butt when they turn tail and run. Here are some things to keep in mind when the evil creatures of the shadows descend upon your horse (or when you horse thinks they are):

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Rafalca Jokes Aside?

Ann Romney and her horse “Super Hit”. Image courtesy of Washington Post

In an article in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, it was released that a recent ad featuring Rafalca was pulled from the air. The ad, which featured criticising remarks about Romney’s tax return statements also showed footage of Rafalca competing in dressage events. It’s no secret that horseback riding is an impressively expensive sport, but in a statement by President Barack Obama, it was mentioned that he considered the ad was in bad taste and said he was against personal attacks on family members. In an interview with Good Morning America, Mrs. Romney’s hurt reaction caused concern that the ad hit too close to home: Mrs. Romney uses dressage to combat her multiple sclerosis and has spoken about its benefits in public before. Have we had the last laugh about the Romneys?

Ann Romney and Rafalca, who will be competing in the London 2012 Olympics. Image courtesy of The New Yorker.

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Attack of the Clones

The legendary Gem Twist has a clone! Did you know? Image courtesy of Tuesday’s Horse

Confused about the title? Well here’s the skinny: clones of former olympic champion horses have no been approved to compete in future olympic endeavors! In a recent ABC article, the The Fédération Equestre Internationale(FEI) confirmed that though these clones would be too young to compete in the London 2012 olympics, they would be allowed to compete in upcoming events. The decision came after an inquiry into whether or not these clones of equine superstars would have an advantage over their un-cloned competitors. The result? Clones were deemed only 98% accurate copies of their originals, but it was decided that the training and upbringing of the horse was what determined its ability to compete, not genes. Perhaps in the next olympics we might be able to sneak a peek at Gem Twist’s clone.

Get a good look! This is Gemini Twist, the rumored clone of Gem Twist who has been training under equestrian legend Frank Chapot. Image courtesy of Young Jumpers.

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Hello Heatwave

As some may have noticed the weather seems to get hotter and hotter this summer with each passing day. At least for Crackers and I, that means constant bathing and shorter and shorter rides.What are some things we use to cool down? Check it out!

CJ and I showing in the summer heat! Image courtesy of the ever-talented Roger Wang.

In this heat, you can expect a lot of sweating, tired muscles, and plenty of greenheads waiting to swarm you and your horse. Here are some things we use at Duncraven to help us through the blisteringly hot summer months:

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Check Out My Other Blog!

If you like what you’re reading about on here, why not check out my non-horsey main blog, City Gopher?Just got it officially launched recently, and would love to know what you think!

Crackers would also love to know what you think!

Also, if you are one of my friends from Media Writing, it might be a more approachable read since City Gopher isn’t really about horses at all. Its more or less my NYC misadventures and the misguided glamorous life I’m attempting to live haha.

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Helicopter Herdings Temporarily Grounded

An actual photograph of a typical BLM helicopter roundup. Image courtesy of Animal Rights.about

Before I say anything, I will say that I am highly biased in this matter. This article will have a noticable slant. Apologies.

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Black Caviar Now 22-0 After Ascot Win

Black Caviar.Image courtesy of Daily Mail

You may have read previously that Black Caviar had been the horse to watch at the Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Well, though America didn’t ‘have another‘, England celebrated  the monumental 22nd win for the Australian mare. The 6 year-old is now ranked 2nd behind Queen Anne Stakes winner Frankel, who amazed fans by winning by 11 lengths. Though it has been discovered recently that the mare hand endured some serious injuries after her win, sources have confirmed the mare will be resting and well-treated until she is race-ready again.

Frankel. currently ranked as the top racing mare in the world. She doesn’t just look fast, she IS fast. Image courtesy of Bet365.

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UPDATE: The Walking Horse Trainer’s Association’s New Inspection

Dr. Clem Dussault of the Office of Inspector General and veterinarian Angie Lingl investigate for evidence of soring on this Walking horse. Image courtesy of Knox News.

In the wake of the scandal caused by chemical soring at Walking Horse competitions, The Walking Horse Trainer’s Association has claimed they are introducing a “new” test to see if horses have been sored with caustic chemicals. This new test, it is alleged, is not all that different from tests performed by USDA representatives at shows currently. There has been some speculation whether these new tests will actually have an effect on abusers of these horses, or if they are merely a placation. It is alleged that those found abusing Walking horses with soring will have fairly lenient punishment:

“The trainers group said the horses will be tested for caustic and masking agents through special technology. Trainers refusing to submit to the testing will not be allowed to compete in that show and will have their license suspended for two weeks.” The Republic

In addition, those found abusing these horses will have their names publicly listed online as animal abusers. In addition to these new tests, the Humane Society of the United States is now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the names of those suspected to be horse abusers. Whether these new threats will deter the abusive practice of soring in the Walking horse world, is yet to be seen.

The trainer pictured, Jeff Green of Shelbyville, has over 6 suspensions for soring horses. Image courtesy of the Tennessean.

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Horse Dancing for Breast Cancer

Pictured: Julio Mendoza of Mendoza Dressage. Image courtesy of Friesians Direct.

Julio Mendoza of Mendoza Dressage is renowned for his talent with horses. Whether it is performing the “garrocha” or more traditional dressage maneuvers, it demonstrates a high level of professionalism and talent. On June 23rd, he will perform for the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Ride for Life’s Dancing Horse Challenge which will be held to benefit the John Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center. The event is set to take place at Prince George’s Equestrian Center, in Upper Marlboro, MD.

(A short clip of Mendoza’s 2011 performance has been embedded below)

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Romney’s Rafalca Headed to Olympics?

Ann Romney has long been a rider to combat her Multiple Sclerosis, but it seems the Romneys may soon have a chance at Olympic stardom. Rafalca, a horse owned by the Romneys has recently made the short list for the 2012 London Olympics in dressage.

Pictured: Jan Eberling aboard Rafalca. Image courtesy of Dressage News.

Should the horse succeed, Rafalca will join the political must-see list of competitors alongside Zara Phillips (who has secured a spot in eventing on the British team). As Stephen Colbert vivaciously declared, Dressage will be the ‘official Sport of the Summer’, and it will be interesting to see how veteran dressage rider and Jan Eberling are effected by being such high-profile horses at the event.

On a less professional note, I would like to advise the New York Times that not all horse events are called “races“. In the article’s title ‘For Ann Romney, a Different Sort of Horse Race”, it is implied that Rafalca is a racing horse. This is highly inaccurate. More succinctly, what Rafalca does is compete at a “horse show“. A tennis game is a “match“, similarly a track competition is a “meet“. You wouldn’t refer to a soccer game as a soccer “meet“, so please do your homework before carelessly mis-labelling an equestrian event.

What do you think? Will we have a star-studded summer olympics?

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