Trail expert and backcountry extraordinaire Mike Kinsey runs his Start 'em Right horse training program from his facility in Belton, South Carolina. Kinsey conducts a variety of clinics throughout the country, and authored the Western Horseman book Backcountry Basics, with Senior Editor Jennifer Denison. Learn more about Mike at startemright.com.
At Western Horseman, we know how lucky we are to have access to the best clinicians, horsemen and experts in the industry. Lucky for you, we also love to share. This month we're kicking off a new series, "Ask Our Expert," which bridges a gap between our two most valuable assets: our equine experts and you.
Pigeon fever is often found in the dry climates of the West, but Ruth Sorensen, DVM, typically doesn't see as many cases as she has this year. Her practice, which includes part of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, has recently seen a spike in the number of horses affected by the disease, which can be tough to spot and even more difficult to treat.
These nine types of shoes help horses get their jobs done, no matter what those jobs might be.
Known for his heartfelt, and at times, humbling stories, Colorado-based clinician Mark Rashid has become an expert at breaking down horsemanship the way he learned it from the infamous "old man" of his tales. In his newest book, Whole Heart, Whole Horse, Rashid again draws from real-life experiences to show how perceptions, leadership, and the martial art of Aikido can help humans harmonize with horses.
With racehorse welfare making national headlines, the horse industry is being scrutinized for putting money before the well-being of young animals. Racetrack injuries and deaths may have sparked mainstream interest in the issue, but high-stakes stock horse futurities beg the same question: ARE YOUNG HORSES PUSHED TOO HARD, TOO SOON?