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Horse Expo Pomona coming March 11 — get with the program!

From the Horsetrader Sales Staff - February 1st, 2018 - Ingate Column

InGate graphicThe 2018 Western States Horse Expo looks to be more super than ever, as the Horse Expo team brings this first-class event to the L.A. County Fairplex in Pomona March 9-11. There are lots of exciting innovations ramping up for the event, and you’ll get to plan early this year as the March 1 California Horsetrader magazine will have the official Horse Expo Program inside! Founder Miki Nelsen is thrilled to have the program delivered early — in print and online, as it will put the program into the hands of horse people everywhere more than a week before the event. Folks will be able to see the great lineup and plan early. It’s a win-win! Deadline is Feb. 20 for this special edition, so call 760-546-1184 to place your ad today, or email lori.wilson@horsetrader.com!

Popular clinician Craig Cameron will host his crowd-pleasing “Extreme Cowboy Race” at this year’s Western States Horse Expo Pomona, lighting up the Expo on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. The Freedom Arena will explode each night with 15 contestants as they challenge 13 tough obstacles. The top 10 from Friday and Saturday will once again confront obstacles with grit and determination at the finals on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. “This race is a great test of horse and rider and it takes a great team to compete in a winning way,” says Cameron. “Both the audience and competitors love this race. As a matter of fact, I’d venture to say that it’s the fastest growing sport in the horse industry.

“In today’s equine world, the sports are so specialized that both horse and rider pretty much only know one thing and do it well,” added Cameron. “But in the Extreme Cowboy Race,these horses and riders have to face a whole spectrum of challenges.” For instance, from fast to slow, from rollbacks to spins, from sorting cattle to trailer-loading. And it’s all accomplished against the clock! The course will change during these three days, so no one can guess what’s going to be asked of them. The judges are looking for soft hands, loose reins, straightness — all the elements that make up good horsemanship. They might even add in some ground work, too!

All entrants must be members in good standing with the Extreme Cowboy Association. For more information, visit www.horseexpoevents.com or call 800.352.2411. Avoid the lines and purchase your tickets early!

Is molasses in horse feed good or bad? There’s been a growing trend of concern among horse owners about molasses in feed. So what’s the deal? Is it a natural way to satisfy a horse’s sweet tooth, or an unhealthy sweetener that gets horses hopped up on a sugar high? Star Milling says let’s look at the facts.

Molasses is the remaining syrup from the refining process of sugarcane or sugar beets. It offers little nutritional value, but it does provide a benefit in horse feed. Molasses is sticky and binds the feed together, keeping it from being too dry and dusty. It also tastes good. Adding a small amount to a balanced formula makes it more likely that your horse will eat the feed and get all the other nutrients along with it.

Molasses is about 40 percent sugar. That seems like a lot, but let’s run the numbers to get some perspective. If you feed 4 lbs. daily of a feed with 8 percent molasses…4 lbs. of feed x 8% molasses = 0.32 lbs. of molasses; 0.32 lbs. x 16 oz. = 5.1 oz. of molasses; 5.1 oz. x 40% sugar in molasses = 2.01 oz. of sugar. That comes out to about 4 ½ Tbsp. of sugar for a horse that weighs six or seven times our own body weight, carries us on his back, and works a lot harder than we do. They’ll burn that off during regular exercise! Every horse is different, so you’ll want to check with your vet if your horse has any special dietary needs. For all other horses, it’s best to feed according to their activity level rather than the molasses percentage.

Star Milling produces nutritious, high-quality animal feed that is sold through feed stores in the western U.S. Products are sold under the brand names Ace Hi, Integrity, Kelley’s, Star Milling Co., and Ultra Balance. Star Milling has been a family-owned and operated feed mill for three generations, with a personal commitment to quality and good manufacturing practices. We are Safe Feed / Safe Food certified and are proud to have a medication/drug-free feed mill.

While large enough to manufacture a wide range of feeds for many species, we have a small company concern for our customers and their animals.
To find the right Integrity Feed for your horse visit https://www.starmilling.com/integrity-formula.php.

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The UC Davis Department of Animal Science Horse Barn is proud to offer quality stallions for commercial breeding. From performance Quarter Horses to a proven mule producer, the UC Davis Horse Barn has quality sires with all proceeds directly benefiting the Horse Barn teaching program. In 2018, the UC Davis Horse Barn is standing Dun Walla Walla, a 2010 Dun QH Stallion

(Walla Walla Whiz x Miss Cutie Pine) and UCD Actions Protege, a 2007 56″ Red Roan Mammoth Jack (Action Jackson x April, Timberjack Ranch). Contact the Barn Manager, Kelli Davis at (530)754-4156 for more information on breeding to one of our stallions.

The Department of Animal Science Horse Barn has been a mainstay of the University of California, Davis since its foundation in the early 1910s. The Horse Barn began as a carriage house for draft horses and mules used in agricultural work for the university. It later became a remount station for the US Army standing several stallions including the thoroughbred stallion Gunrock, son of Rock Sand and relative to the famed Man O’War, who started as the mascot for the men’s basketball team in 1924 and later served as the official mascot for the university. The barn also served as a successful Thoroughbred breeding operation from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Today the Barn stands as one of the oldest original structure on the core campus. Students are only a step away from the history of the Barn and the future of the equine industry. The Barn has undergone many changes since its construction, but the structure is almost completely original. The Horse Barn is a fully equipped commercial breeding facility with some of the most advanced reproductive equipment. They offer top notch reproductive services as well as advanced teaching for students. Visit http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/facilities/horsebarn for more information.

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