2011 Horse Breeders and Owners Conference

How the rider’s body works. The "Visible Rider" demonstrates anatomy in motion, helping riders improve body awareness and discover a clear mind/body connection. Learn to use your body wisely to improve your riding skills, prevent injury, and be able to continue a lifelong pursuit of the sport of riding.

Peggy Brown

Peggy Brown is a Centered Riding and Driving instructor and the co-author and producer of the best selling videos Anatomy In Motion - The Visible Horse and Anatomy In Motion - The Visible Rider. Peggy and her Haflinger mare Ulie were long listed for several years with the US Equestrian Team in combined driving. In 2005, Peggy was awarded the Instructor of the Year Award by the American Riding Instructor Association.

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Beneath our riding clothes and flesh lies our skeleton, that bony framework that supports our entire body.   Joints and ligaments allow these bones to move, and muscles and tendons help create the movement.   The skeleton is one common denominator of us all.   Allowing for variations in bone size and length, we all have the same skeletal makeup.   As riders and instructors we can use that skeleton to help us find correct body alignment, balance and efficient movement regardless of our student’s body size or build.
A basic knowledge of human anatomy is of great importance to instructors of all sports if we are to understand the dynamics of movement.   We also need to be aware of what movement is safe - allowing the body to move freely without putting undue stress on joints or muscles.   This is especially important in working with children as damage done to bodies in the name of sport can often follow them throughout their lives.   So often riding instructors know all about the horse and the horse’s body but know very little about how the human body works.


The focus of this presentation is to explain one or more relevant and significant business-school insights from each of the five key disciplines (accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing), and demonstrate how they relate directly to the planning and operation of all kinds of enterprises in the horse industry, whether large or small.

Rich Wilcke

altRich Wilcke is the director of the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville. He is also the president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, a member of AQHA’s Racing Committee, the treasurer of the American Youth Horse Council, a board member of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, and a board member of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program.

The majority of people who own or manage for-profit businesses in the horse industry, if interviewed, would likely admit that they consider themselves experts – at least to some degree – in their knowledge of horses and maybe also of a certain breed or discipline. They are also apt to admit, if they are honest, that the main reason they are in their business is their love and affinity for horses, and, as well, for the lifestyle that horses make possible.


Application of a knowledge of equine behaviour promotes the healthy growth, mental development, training and performance of horses. This session will look at training and husbandry viewed from the horse’s keen perspective and the equitation science of how horses learn from horse folk and how horse trainers teach horses.

altSid Gustafson

Sid Gustafson developed an early interest in equine behaviour through his exposure to Native American horsemanship and his family’s ranching and horse breeding pursuits. As Equine Studies Program Coordinator for the Natural Horsemanship Program at the University of Montana Western, Dr. Gustafson developed a science-based equine studies curriculum that explored equine behaviour and husbandry as it applied to the mental development and training of horses.

Hello horsefolk!

Friends, forage, and locomotion. These are the requirements for healthy horses.
Horses began their journey through time 60 million years ago. Three million years ago the footsteps of man were fossilized next to the hoofprints of horses, suggesting that humans have been contemplating horses for some time. But it was not until perhaps ten thousand years ago that man began the dance of domestication with horse.There is archeological evidence that man had formed a close relationship with horses by 5500 years ago in Botai, where the horsefolk kept and milked horses, and probably rode them. Horses provided these early horsefolk with nearly everything they needed. It is interesting to note that large domestic dogs lived with these early horsefolk as well, but no other domestic animals. To understand the domestication process is to appreciate equine behaviour. Horses apparently became domesticated because they found a niche with man long ago on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Both trained and wild horses existed in this realm south of Russia and west of China. A population of horses more amenable to captivity and taming than their wild counterparts likely provided the stock for the first horse societies. Rather than plucking wild horses out of the wild and taming them, it is thought that over tens of thousands of years a relationship developed in a shared niche.


Laminitis is most commonly caused by the feeding of grass and/or grain and is actually a toxic metabolic disease that weakens the hoof structure. The relationship between feed, digestion and hoof health will be discussed. Learn how to heal laminitis and metabolic syndrome successfully through diet, therapeutic nutrition and colon detoxification.

Marijke van de Water

Marijke van de Water holds a BSc in Clinical Nutrition and a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Science. She has been in private practice for nearly 2 decades and currently has a natural health clinic in Armstrong, BC. She is the author of “Healing Horses: Their Way!” and the founder and formulator of Riva’s Remedies.

A complex condition and number two cause of death in horses, laminitis is related to the over-feeding of grass and grain and is actually a metabolic disease that affects the laminellar tissue, specialized tissue that ensures the structural integrity of the hoof by adhering the coffin bone to the inner hoof wall. Because of the highly vascular nature of the horse’s hoof it is extremely susceptible to inflammation and damage especially from digestive toxicity resulting from the over-feeding of starches and sugars. The lamina becomes stressed from high blood sugar levels as well as leaky gut syndrome where the bacteria, acids, and toxins migrate from the hindgut to the hoof, initiating damage. Once the laminar tissue becomes weakened the connection between the hoof wall and coffin bone separates causing pain and inflammation. If left unchecked the coffin bone eventually drops - at which point it is labeled as founder.



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