2006 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

Mike Scott, DVM, MVSc
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Moore & Company Veterinary Services Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I am a veterinarian specializing in equine surgery, and I work at Moore & Company Veterinary Services in Calgary, Alberta. I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon in 1993. Following graduation, I completed a 1 year internship in Large Animal Medicine & Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College. I was then fortunate to be admitted to a Large Animal Surgery Residency program at the WCVM. I completed my residency training in 1998, and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. Today most of my work involves equine surgery, lameness diagnosis, and diagnostic imaging. It is a pleasure and an honor to give this presentation at the Horse Industry Association of Alberta Horse Breeders and Owners Conference.


Body, Mind, Spirit

Sally Bishop
BA Environmental Science, Principia College
ACE-certified personal trainer, former NCAA college athlete and team captain, professional trick rider

Regardless of your particular equine discipline, we all regard our horses as athletes, but do you hold yourself to the same regime of conditioning? Or do you regard saddle-time as enough physical activity? In today’s society, fitness is revered as a very important part of general aesthetics, or looking good. But as riders, its importance goes above and beyond this.


Stephen Dobson
President, D.H. Resorts, Inc.

Agri-tourism is relatively new terminology within the business of tourism. Although many tourism businesses have been using this concept for years, it is only recently that agriculture and tourism agencies have realized the benefit and potential of combining their strengths. Agri-tourism is defined as any business conducted by a farmer for the enjoyment or education of the public, to promote the products of the farm and to generate additional farm income.


Ken Carson
General Manager, Valor Farm

The biggest change in standing stallions in the regional markets during the last 15 years is the difficulty of acquiring them. The demand for top quality stallions worldwide has made it hard to justify what they cost. Additionally, the shake-up in the stallion acquisition food chain in Kentucky has affected acquiring stallions at every level and every region.


Dave Elliott

The anatomy of a horses head plays an important role in the form, function and design of a bit. By understanding where the bit applies pressure in or on the horse’s head we can better judge the response we want to achieve. If we are creating excessive physical pressure, keep in mind that this gives the horse the opportunity to resist and he will win. When we use our hands to feel the horse he will respond mentally, and his mind controls all his physical maneuvers. By using pressure points, i.e. lips, tongue, palate, bars, curb, pole and nose, we can understand how a bit effects the horse. When we figure out which pressure point or combination of pressure points the horse best responds to, then the bit can be selected. I believe the mouthpiece is for the horse and the cheekpieces are for the rider.



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