It seems as though it would be an unforgettable experience to be included as a participant in the Inaugural Parade, especially when only 90 entries were accepted from the entire United States. Sixteen young men from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based McCrossan Boys Ranch had the opportunity to realize that dream on January 20. During the preparation for departure, David, a McCrossan resident, admitted, “We’re nervous–Pretty much excited too, at the same time!” Another boy named Zach said, “This is awesome! This is pretty much something that’s going to stick with me forever.” Both boys are involved in the day-to-day…
“Doc –Can Navel Infection of Newborn Foals be Prevented?” © A.J. Neumann, D.V.M. published in The Draft Horse Journal, Spring 2009 So called “navel infection” or “joint ill” is a very costly disease complex for the horse or mule breeder. Foals of either sex, from any breed, can suffer from this condition. Many infected foals, who receive proper treatment, can be saved and go on to live a normal life. Others may become permanently disabled and some will die from the disease complex. The loss of these foals is very sad and costly because most cases can be prevented–prompt treatment…
(From newspapers and livestock publications of the day and a kid's memory.).) Our country, and the world, was in the grip of the Great Depression of the early '30s. Sort of like right now … but very different, too. One way in which it was completely different is that a much higher percentage of the population was involved in farming. My dad was a lifelong farmer and it was by choice. He loved farming, it was his heritage. Nearly all of it was done with live horsepower. He did have an old McCormick-Deering tractor which was drained and put up…
(From the 1959 Belgian Review, Fall 1958 Percheron Notes and general news sources of the period.) FOUR OF THE PROMINENT BELGIAN STALLIONS OF THAT PERIOD KENFLEUR'S ROYAL FARCEUR, from the ad of A.F. & A.D. Allen, Salem, Ohio. They described him as "Still Pretty, Proud and Prolific" at 21 years. KING FARCEUR, herd sire for Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gale, Middleton, Indiana. This stallion was the 1958 winner of the Conner Trophy and a very popular sire of that period.     JUBILEE JAY LOU, 1st prize 3-year-old stallion and reserve grand champion at the 1958 Royal Winter Fair for…
(From general news sources of the day and issues of The Draft Horse Journal) It was very much the Cold War era with our Marines dispatched to or stationed at hot spots on the globe, here, there and yonder. Ronald Reagan, the ex-movie actor and sports announcer from our neck of the woods, was in the White House. In the spring of '84, he announced that the job wasn't unbearable and that he could stand a second term. I think he phrased it somewhat differently than that. This, no doubt, pleased Britain's Maggie Thatcher who had kind of a crush…
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.. I previously wrote about the government’s intrusion into the horse world in the Summer and Autumn 2008 issues of The Draft Horse Journal. There I wrote about the government’s position to regulate teeth floaters because the state of Minnesota felt teeth floating was the practice of veterinary medicine.…
Draft horse breeders have focused their attention on the structure of the hind legs found on the draft horses they breed for centuries. It is a fact well known, that the hind legs must be properly positioned and structurally correct, to remain sound when the harnessed draft horse is tested in the field, on the street or in the show ring. Hocks should be tight, their points turned in. The free movement of both stifle joints is facilitated by such a configuration. It is important a draft horse’s hocks are positioned so a plumb line, dropped from the point of…
What did we do to deserve dogs? Is it because we always treat them kindly, never yell at them or kick ‘em? Or because we promise to pamper them and pick up their poop? Why did God decide to gift humans with such a loyal companion? I have a typical teenager in my house; wakes up late, rushes through the chores, grabs his backpack and then hurries off to school. The dogs wolf down their chow, accompany him to feed the horses and wait outside the door on the wild chance they might catch a scratch behind the ears or…

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