ONE BIG MOOSE Alces alces, the North American moose, is the largest member of the deer family and is the largest antlered animal in the world. Moose actually inhabit northern forests throughout the world. In Europe, they are known as elk and live in northern Scandinavia and eastward through Siberia. In North America, they are found in Canada and Alaska and southward into the Rocky Mountains to Utah and Colorado. They also live in parts of Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont and North Dakota. Moose are also establishing a resident population in Connecticut. The Boone & Crockett Club…
What a difference one letter in a word will make as to the word's meaning. The word "quitter" with the "or" present at its end is a term applied to a disease of the feet of horses, asses and mules. In contrast, the term "quitter" with an "er" at its end is a name applied to a human who quits a job or shirks his duty when he or she is expected to carry their load and perform a job. This term is also applied to the horse or mule that quits easily and will no longer work with its…
(From the July, August & September 1930 Breeder's Gazette, Belgian and Percheron publications of that time, as well as general news of the times.) In the last issue we started this column with commentary on the serious troubles of China and India. Awful as they were, I suspect it was fairly easy for our parents and grandparents to dismiss conflicts in that part of the world as: A-of little consequence to them and, B-a long way from home. For one thing we were drifting into a serious economic depression ourselves. It was hard to worry about who was going to…
Let us first discuss "the value of the dollar." On August 12, 1955, the federal minimum wage was raised to $1 per hour. Jeannine and I had gotten married the previous summer. Her annual salary on her third and final year as a full-time junior high math teacher had been $3,150. I was making about the same as lab manager at the Nebraska Dairy Association bull stud plus a house to live in. If you had a lot of bales of hay to put away before the rain, you could hire high school kids, but they were savvy to this…
(From The Draft Horse Journal and general news sources of that period.) Want to read something pathetic? Twenty-five years ago, in late June of 1980, several heads of state and their entourages met in Venice to discuss "the situation." There is always a situation. In this instance, these countries were faced with sharply escalating prices for petroleum from the OPEC nations. So, they faced the situation squarely and issued a declaration saying that they could reduce oil consumption by up to 20 million barrels a day by the end of the decade (which is now 15 years ago). They went…
The draft horse industry across North America requires individuals who are leaders-enthusiastic people who are educated, articulate and respected-to lead the charge that Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire breeders must mount. There is a pressing need for statesmen, who are industrious, innovative and professional. Unfortunately, those individuals most qualified refuse to accept office. Each year, the issues that face our industry multiply. A multi-million-dollar business, that involves North Americans from every walk of life, cannot be allowed to flounder. Seldom have more Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons or Shires been registered on this continent. The contemporary population of each breed is large.…
Bareback bronze boys black with dirt and glistening with sweat on the back of a flatbed trailer on a hot, humid summer afternoon, used to be a common sight in rural America. Putting up hay was steady employment for generations of teens, back when backs were strong, labor was honorable for kids and a dollar had value. But things have changed. Just like the cotton picker, the drive-through car wash and self-serve gas pumps, the round baler has put legions of young men out of work. Maybe that's not quite fair. The kids are now competing for fast food jobs…
Disclaimer - This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. In today's politically correct world, almost anything is possible so I embarked on a research project to determine the legality of branding. (Also, I recently purchased a horse with a brand and was curious as to the state of the law.) Branding is legal in the United…

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