Horse Industry

Horse Shopping? 5 Keys to Success

By Lindsay Grice - When I have a client who is looking for a horse, I often need to remind her to shop with her head and not her heart. Colour, cuteness, or a fancy pedigree must take second place to other more basic qualities: temperament, tolerance, training, talent, and soundness.

By Margaret Evans - Recently, an international team of scientists decoded the genome of the domestic horse Equus caballus and the results, published in the journal Science, showed a genome structure remarkably similar to humans. The research was led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a collaboration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, in conjunction with an international group from 11 countries that all came together on the Horse Genome Project, which actually began in 1995.

By Karen L. Weslowski, LL.B., Litigation Lawyer - Waiver of liability agreements are commonly used in dangerous or high risk sports such as horseback riding. The intent is to transfer liability for injuries from the organizer to the participant through a written contract. The article, "Negotiating Risk: The Use & Enforceability of Waivers" contains a detailed discussion of waivers if readers are looking for more information on the subject.

Karen L. Weslowski, horse-related accidents, equine insurance coverage, horse training concerns, horse care, Occupiers Liability Legislation, horse insurance

For riding coaches and horse trainers, horse-related accidents are often not a matter of “if”, but “when.” Given the dangers associated with equine activities, accidents such as falls are inevitable. Although coaches and trainers should ultimately be focused on offering the very best services possible, they must also be aware of the importance of risk-management and protecting themselves from legal risks.

Preparing Young Horses for Show and Sale

By Kentucky Equine Research - There are two groups of horses that are assessed and valued to a large extent on their conformation and presentation — the halter horse and the sales weanling or yearling. “Fat is a pretty colour” is an age old adage, but some sales and halter horses are simply overfed and too fat. To be successful in the modern sales and show arena, the fitter must be able to differentiate fat from fit.

By Margaret Evans - It’s not often that two agricultural industries are at loggerheads, but it seems the horse industry and the blueberry industry in British Columbia are on a collision course with each ear-splitting shotgun blast of propane cannons used to scare starlings from crops. The trouble is, those cannons can have the same fear factor effect on horses, and a horse that becomes spooked by the noise and bolts could put a rider at risk of injury.

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