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Second annual Ranch/Stock Horse Short Course set for Sept. 19 in Alpine

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By: Steve Byrns

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, [email protected]

Contacts: Jesse Lea Schneider, 432-295-0342, [email protected]

Logan Boswell, 432-837-6207, [email protected]

ALPINE – West Texas horsemen should saddle up and head for the second annual Ranch/Stock Horse Short Course set for Sept. 19 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Arena or “SALE” Arena at Sul Ross State University’s Turner Range Animal Science Center, East U.S. Highway 90 in Alpine.

The multi-county Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties will host the short course.

Horse event at Alpine Sept. 19 to focus on ranch and stock horse skills. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Steve Byrns)
Horse event at Alpine Sept. 19 to focus on ranch and stock horse skills. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Steve Byrns)

“We are pleased to be able to offer this workshop for both youth and adults interested in improving their ranch and stock horse skills,” said Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County. “As a knowledgeable horseman, Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension state horse specialist, will bring a wealth of knowledge to Far West Texas. His style of teaching relates well to all ages and allows for an opportunity for a day of one-on-one questions and interaction both in the classroom and on horseback.”

Schneider said all horses coming to the event must have current proof of a negative Coggins test.

Individual adult registration is $10 as is registration for youth not enrolled in the 4-H program. The program is free for currently enrolled 4-H members. RSVP by Sept. 15 to Schneider at 432-295-0342.

The short course topics and presenters will include:

– Procedures for Showing and Judging Ranch/Stock Horses, Sigler.

– Nutrition and Conditioning for the Working Horse, Sigler.

– Poisonous Plants and ID, Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist at Fort Stockton.

Lunch for participants will be sponsored by Johnson’s Feed and Western Wear of Alpine.

After lunch participants should have their mounts saddled and in the arena for pattern work and an introduction to cow work. The program will conclude with advanced cow work.

For more information call Schneider at 432-295-0342 or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent for Brewster/Jeff Davis counties, at 432-837-6207.

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The American

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

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To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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No, the glory of the rodeo road is not as grand as, say, the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, but being an athlete competing in front of the yellow chutes of Vegas is just as big a deal, and in every way, can be compared to competing in a Super Bowl.
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To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Danger of Lower Limb Wounds of Horses

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By Garrett Metcalf, DVM

It is common for horse owners to have a horse with a wound or laceration at some point in their life. Sometimes small lacerations can be perceived as benign, inconsequential problems that do not need immediate veterinary attention and are managed by the owners or trainers initially. Unfortunately, these simple-looking wounds can involve very important anatomical structures that can lead to serious infections that can be life-threatening or, at best career-limiting, for the horse.

Large wounds tend to get all the attention from owners or trainers because when they occur they are so obvious and visually appalling that medical attention is sought almost immediately. Those types of large wounds can be devastating, but they often involve the upper body regions of the horse, which heal better and often don’t involve structures such as joints or tendons.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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