Palm Beach County plays host to the Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), International Polo, World Dressage Masters, and Wellington Classic Dressage. The FTI WEF is the world's largest and longest running equestrian competition, hosting 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from 49 states and 30 countries.
International Polo Season January 3, 2013 - April 21, 2013
Global Dressage Festival January 31- April 14, 2013
Miami Beach Polo April 25-28, 2012
South Florida equestrian show venues include Wellington, International Polo Club Palm Beach, PBIEC, Jim Brandon Equestian Center, Equestrian Estates Horse Park, Ronald Regan Equestrian Center at Tropical Park, Plantation Equestrian Center, and Parkland Equestrian Center.
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May 21, 2013
6 Key Horse-Hunting Questions
By Heidi Melocco with Julie Goodnight
Looking for a new trail horse? Here are six key questions to ask the owner from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight.
“Try to find the safest and best-trained horse your money can buy,” advises Julie Goodnight (shown). “You’ll love a horse that makes you feel safe.”
Photo by Heidi Melocco
When you’re hunting for a new equine trail partner, look for an experienced horse with a mellow, kind, forgiving attitude. For trail riding, also look for a horse that’s been out and about, hauled around a lot, and will enjoy the ride with you.
When you visit a prospect, ask the following questions before you mount up—and before you buy.
1. Why is the horse for sale? You’ll see the warning glances if there has been an issue or training problem with the horse. There are lots of legitimate reasons to be selling a good horse, but the answer to this question can possibly throw up some red flags. Trust your intuition.
May 21, 2013
The Equine Vaccine ChallengeHave you ever wondered why your dog gets a rabies shot every three years, but your horse must endure one every year?
Well, you’re not alone. Horse Journal Contributing Veterinary Editor Deb Eldredge DVM explains:
Talk to any dog or cat owner and they competently discuss titers, three-year vaccines and the Rabies Challenge Fund (www.rabies challengefund.org) whose goal is to get rabies vaccines approved for five to seven years for companion animals. My sheep get the exact same rabies vaccine as my equines (horses and donkeys). For the sheep, the vaccine is considered effective for three years, but for horses it’s just one year. More info...
May 21, 2013
Healthy, Safe TraileringWhat can you do to make sure you and your horse arrive safely and legally at your destination, and how can you ensure your horse is healthy and ready to tackle the show, trail, or whatever awaits?
Listen to this question and answer session about safe house trailering with Rebecca Gimenez, PhD and Catherine Kohn, VMD. More info...
May 20, 2013
Cowboys, Cowgirls, & Native American Indians Needed!!!
25 Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Native American Indians are needed for The Glades on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Hiring from 21-50 years of age. Please contact Melanie at (407)468-4893. Please send picture and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay rate is $110/12 hours. They will be shooting a bar scene and fans at the Rodeo. Need to have hat, boots, and cowboy attire. Please contact immediately if you are interested.
May 13, 2013
Can Horses Recognize People and Voices?
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre
Are horses really capable of recognizing their owners and their voices? Study results from a team of British behavior researchers suggest that horses really do appear to be capable of matching voices to faces when it comes to the humans they know.
“We already know that horses can discriminate between different human faces and between familiar and unfamiliar people, but this is the first time we have shown that they can associate the right voices with the right people,” said Leanne Proops, PhD, of the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research group at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom. More info...
May 12, 2013
Start Now With Fly Prevention: 5 Ways To Keep Flies Under Control
by Amy Herdy
Spring may be late in many parts of the country this year, but horse owners don’t want to be late with preventative fly control practices, according to Laurie Cerny, publisher of www.good-horsekeeping.com, a website devoted to practical horse care.
“You don’t want to wait until it’s 85 degrees out and with humidity to match to think about fly control,” Cerny said. “Early prevention is key to having fewer flies around your horses and stable this summer.”
Here are some things you can do now to be ready for fly season:
1. Harrow pastures (break up manure piles) and muck out dry lots or pens. This might also mean bringing in some new sand for areas that have been saturated with manure and urine. Stalls and run-in sheds should also be stripped of old bedding. Old manure, dirty bedding, and feces saturated soil will all attract flies and insects once the temperature increases. More info...
May 11, 2013
Use Caution when Fertilizing with Raw Horse Manure
For home gardeners, spring is a busy time of year and there’s never a tomato with more flavor than one grown to full ripeness on the vine. But there are also many safety precautions to follow to prevent contamination of fruits and vegetables with pathogens that cause serious foodborne illness.
Michele Jay-Russell, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, a veterinarian and research microbiologist at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security and program manager of the Western Center for Food Safety, recently co-authored a study that highlights the need to be aware of the hazards associated with using raw animal manure to fertilize home gardens. The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Zoonoses and Public Health.
The basis for the study began in July of 2010 when a Shire mare from a rura More info...
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