2010 News Archive

altThe 16th annual Fall Classic Breeders' Sale offered by the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association wrapped up another great year on October 17th. The barns were buzzing and the seats full with additional viewers looking on via live streaming video. This European format sale allowed buyers a day and a half of previews and tryouts of the consigned horses, showing the horses under saddle, chute jumping and in-hand. This year’s group of breeders consigned a consistently well-bred, well-raised product. Eric Martin, a trainer from Manitoba, said “This is my first time here and I am truly impressed with the quality of horses and breeding offered and the fact that one trip allows me to see so many potentially suitable horses for my clients”. Bob Wilson of Ottawa found and purchased five horses to take back to Ontario, Warmbloods P3R purchased three horses to take to Quebec, and long time US buyer Marion O'Connor took a trailer load back to Idaho -- all indications of the high quality and breeding available at the sale.



altSince the early 1970’s Olds College has been a center for equine education in Canada. Now with the opening of the Canadian Center of Innovation (CECI) in 2009, the college has new facilities including a new arena, stabling, reproduction center and penning, and new programming to expand on the opportunities for people to obtain equine related education either in preparation for a career in the industry or to increase their own knowledge and skills for recreational purposes. 


altEven though most of our horses will eat whatever we put in front of them, all hay is not created equal and there are a number of things to consider when selecting it. Following are some general considerations for selecting hay.

All hay should be free of dust and mold. Horses can develop permanent lung damage after consuming moldy or dusty hay. This chronic condition, commonly referred to as heaves, affects the horse’s ability to breathe normally during exercise and, in severe cases, at rest. In addition, once a horse has been sensitized, it may react to clean feed and will require its hay to be soaked, or substituted with another type of forage. In some cases, mold can also cause digestive upset.


altAh, the excitement of the auction – nothing quite like it! As the leaves turn colour and the air more chill, we start to see the advertisements in the horse magazines and on-line for the many fall horse sales. Production sales, breeders group sales, association sales, select sales and dispersals – all are vying to have you fill a seat at their event.

If you’re looking for a horse, any type of horse, you can probably find an auction selling just what you seek, likely a number of them, and there are benefits to buying at auction versus buying privately. Ron Anderson has been involved in the horse industry all of his life and in purebred horse sales by public auction for over 30 years. He believes the auction is a great place to purchase a horse – that is, if it’s a reputable auction and you do your homework. With a little help from Ron, we’ve compiled some things to consider when buying or selling at auction.



altAs of July 31, 2010, an EID (Equine Information Document) is required for all horses presented at a processing facility in Canada. The document will require an owner-signed declaration to verify the accuracy of the information and include details, dating back 6 months, on the animal's health and any administered medications. A number of medications are no longer permitted in horses being processed for human consumption. For complete details on the EID, the list of non-permitted drugs, and equine description terms, visit the CFIA web site.



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