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Steppin’ Up in the High Desert

- October 30th, 2020

HiDHA show season offers variety, competition — and lots of fun

Photos by Evon Kurtz Photography
EXCA Hall of Famer Bill Cameron enjoys participating in and contributing to his community’s shows. (Evon Kurtz photo)

PALMDALE — Obstacles play a big part in today’s popular horse show classes, but this year, obstacles also have gotten in the way of many 2020 shows. Eight months after COVID’s kickoff in March, some lockdowns remain in place at municipal show facilities, but like a clean trot over poles, some clubs managed to navigate problems and stitch together their show seasons.

The ‘barn-sour’ horse

- October 30th, 2020

By Sheryl Lynde | Horsetrader columnist

The underlying issue regarding a barn-sour or buddy-sour horse is that his attention is not on you. Some horses have more of a herd instinct than others. There is safety in the herd; it’s in their DNA. You may think that you have a strong bond with your horse because you feed him twice a day — and you may — but, he is in that stall or pasture 24/7 next to, or with, his barn companions.

The stronger bond will be with his companions, depending on your leadership skills and how often you ride.

THERMAL — The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association hosted all seven of its 2020 medal finals at the National Sunshine Preview, held Oct. 23-25 and co-produced by LEG Shows & Events and the Desert International Horse Park. Additional sponsors included Hansen Dam Horse Park, Elvenstar, LEGISequine.com and SmartPak.:

Charley Stowell and Milan

ESI photo

Stowell and Elvenstar’s Milan won the LAHJA Junior Medal Final, laying down three consistent rounds to earn the overall championship in the LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by LEGISequine.com.

Metabolic diseases

- October 30th, 2020

By Daniel H. Grove, DVM

In the horse, two metabolic diseases are very common. The first is pars pituitary dysfunction (PPID), a.k.a. Cushing’s Disease, and the other is Insulin Resistance. For the purposes of this article I will refer to Cushing’s disease as PPID. Many developments in the knowledge and testing of these diseases has changed in recent years. I am going to try to explain each easily, discuss the symptoms, discuss how we diagnose them and, finally, how we treat them.

From Horsetrader sales staff

The Bureau of Land Management California Wild Horse and Burro Program, in partnership with Sacramento County Sheriff’s office, will be offering for adoption up to eight saddle-trained horses on Thursday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The BLM will be conducting the adoption via Zoom, and in order to bid and participate in the Zoom call, participants must have an approved adoption application and a bidder number. For more information, contact the BLM at (916) 978-4678. Particpants also can fill out an online adoption application at https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/4710-010.pdf and email it to adumas@blm.gov.  The registration deadline is Nov. 18 at 4 p.m., and because of processing time, the BLM will not accept registrations after the deadline.  Pick-up for the animals will be on Dec. 12 at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (R3C) in Elk Grove.