Cheri Wolfe

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  1. I received this e-mail from the International Equine Business Association earlier this afternoon: Friday European Union officials informed plants in Mexico and Canada that they were ineligible to import cheval (horse meat) to the E.U. produced from U.S. horses unless that had documentation to prove that the animals had been in the country where the plant was located for a minimum of three months. Today, that restriction was lifted. We wanted to share this information with you, although we will apparently not have many other details until later in the week. We are glad that what could have been a disaster and an international trade incident has been averted. As we have more information to share, we will. If you do not already receive alerts and updates directly and would like to, please input your email address to subscribe on our website at http://IEqBAssn.org. Please forward to anyone and everyone you think would need or want to stay informed about this evolving situation, and post on all horse industry networks and bulletins. In the meantime, we are trying to update and ensure the accuracy of our growing list of businesses and individuals who are involved in the international commerce of horses for processing, as well as those who look forward to participating in the industry here in the United States as FSIS finishes its work and issues initial grants of inspection in the next few months. Please contact me if you want to make sure you are included and we that we have your correct contact info at =============================== [This group is working toward opening the processing plants here in the US. I am not a member, but I am on their e-mail list. They are working with the Belgians to get laboratory testing approved for export since there are no lifelong-passports following North American horses around.]
  2. You need to tell the local sale barn owner that he is over-reacting. The Federal Vet told him that no horses would be sold to or shipped to the Mexican border from tonight's sale. The main killer buyer, Bill Richardson, said he is not authorized to buy a single horse for the Belgian owned plant in Mexico. He hopes to have more details at tonight's sale. He said he will still be here because he also is a horse dealer in cutting-bred horses. [He was the last owner of Smart Chick Olena and all of the rest of the Babcock horses.] To blame breeders is like blaming Ford Motor Company or GM for all of the ugly junk-yards and salvage yards. Do you think you could close down all of the salvage yards and car crushers and make 'unwanted cars' just disappear? Of course not. Does it sound reasonable to close down GM and Ford to get rid of the unwanted junk cars? That is what short-sighted people are trying to do with blaming breeders for the glut of unwanted horses. This really has nothing to do with breeders. It has everything to do with property ownership and property rights. It has everything to do with the fact that a horse may have 10 or 20 different owners after it is bred. It is livestock and it is personal property. It is not your child and it is not something that anyone can be held responsible for 25 or 30 years after it has been raised and sold the first time. A horse has value (or at least they used to have value) and that value is determined by the free enterprise / free market system. Good grief, we cannot MAKE people be humane and responsible for their own lives and those of their children. We cannot MAKE people stay from behind the wheel of a car when they are drunk or high. Heck, they drive drunk with their own children in their cars. Have laws stopped that? Do you really think you can pass enough laws AND have them declared Constitutional that restrict property rights? Do you really think you can force someone to not die or lose their job or any other number of circumstances beyond anyone's control that causes an expensive, eating piece of property like a horse to NOT HAVE TO BE SOLD? Get real people. Think with your head and not JUST your hearts. Meanwhile, give us your shipping address and we will send you the next truckload to feed forever that is turned down at the border.
  3. I called the local sale barn owner. They micro-chip and ship anywhere from 1 to 4 semi loads from this sale every other Monday night. They have a sale scheduled for next Monday, Oct,15. He was contacted by Bill Richardson, the biggest killer buyer at this sale, last night to say that he would not be buying any horses Monday. He, (sale barn owner) called Joe Simon in Minnesota, biggest sale barn owner in Minnesota, and he confirmed that the border was closed and several loads were turned down yesterday afternoon. Local sale barn owner then contacted the Federal Vet and he also confirmed that no horses were going across the border as of yesterday afternoon. He could not confirm that the EU was responsible or that the animal rights nuts had put the whole thing together, but if they did, they got the border closed for over the weekend. The local sale barn owner can not get hold of anyone more official than the Federal Vet over the weekend. He will start calling border officials and the USDA Monday morning because he does not know if he can accept horses for Monday's sale. Bill Richardson will also contact the Mexican Plant that he ships horses to Monday AM, but then, this plant is also closed over the weekend and there is not way to contact anyone that is 'official' before Monday. I just called the local sale barn owner a few minutes ago at 9:30 PM Saturday and he has not heard anything more (since I talked to him this morning) and won't until Monday morning. Since about 75% of the horses dropped at this sale get no other bid (except killer buyers), the sale barn owner will start screaning horses and only accept horses that he feels will be purchased by an individual. He also said he may make people leave $100.00 with each horse to insure that they pick up any unsold horses. People may still dump them because you cannot get one euthanized for anywhere near that amount. He is still trying to sort it all out.
  4. Yes! It is just what the title says. The European Union has shut down all of its slaughter facilities in Canada and Mexico until all animals can be tested and traced to their origin prior to slaughter. I have been told that this will be possible before the first of the year. They are working on it now. Meanwhile, all the killer buyers will stop buying a single horse. Since the feed prices have gone up and the drought has been so severe, they have been shipping 3500 to 4000 horses per week across both borders straight to the processing facilities in Canada and Mexico. More than 2500 a week have been going into Mexico. All of the horses leaving our local sale barn have been micro-chipped and identified for about 2 months now. While all of the animal rights nut jobs may think this is great, I am waiting for the neglect and abuse to rise to levels we have never seen before. If you think rescues have been overwhelmed before, wait and see just how bad it gets now. This is not good for horses, feed prices or horse people in general -- but mostly, it is bad for the poor horses that no one wants -- now including the slaughter buyers.
  5. As far as I am concerned, HSUS is WORSE than PETA and ALF because they hide their real intentions behin sad eyed pictures of abused and abandoned animals. They have many of the same officials as PETA and many letters, e-mails and articles meant for internal use only have been 'leaked' that show the real agenda of both. Both have declared that in one generation they hope to stop all 'ownership' and 'use' of animals. They do, indeed, spend less than 1/2 of 1% of their huge budget on actually helping animals. Most goes to 6 figure salaries for guys like Wayne Pascal and others, pensions that will continue to give them that kind of income forever, lobbying and more fund raising. Just look it up. The figures are available for all to see because they are a 'non-profit' that must account for their money. Look up Wayne Pascal and see what his real agenda is. Go to this link. Humanewatch Everything they write is documented and none is conjecture or opinion. The HSUS is being investigated for fraudulent practices by many states' AGs and by the IRS. Just look it all up. I truly feel that they are one of the most dangerous organizations in the US with their agenda, their money and their power.
  6. What?????
  7. I find studies very suspect when they are conducted or reported by groups with an agenda. When Universities and Research groups that are not affiliated with any group with an agenda come up with documented studies, I get a lot more interested. When amounts of GMO corn is quantified to the body weight of a person, I suspect that person would be eating its body weight in corn every week or maybe even more than that. Kind of like the Saccharin causes cancer research -- when it was quantified, it was equal to a 180 pound person drinking 600 12oz. cans of diet pop per day. Ingesting that much sodium would kill you long before the saccharin would.
  8. What you will NOT see is all of the people that go off grounds to a nearby ranch or trainer's place and work their horse as they want to. This has been going on for years and there will be a lot more of it now. Cutters do this at every big futurity and show because they cannot use 'training equipment' at a show under NCHA rules. They can also use spurs rough enough to draw blood and they can't do that at a show. Now, the show horse trainers will do this too. ps - The AQHA World Championship Show is November 2 - 17, 2012.
  9. Well, I think she is really a good 'dog food prospect' or 'needs a tin vest' as husband usually says. But, if someone really wants to 'fix' this little beast -- I would just go back to the "make the right thing pleasant or easy and make the wrong thing difficult or unpleasant". For me, this would be to 'beat her up' when she starts trying to rub me off and letting her 'live' when she listens to me and followers her nose. I really think making her life THAT miserable when she does the bad thing is the only thing she is going to respect. She is just too spoiled to be 'talked' out of mis-behaving. Even if you get her where she respects you, she may be smart enough to behave for you and go immediately back to dragging kids on trees and fences. I kind of have to grin when I remember one of these beasts many decades ago. I was attempting to ground-drive one that just kept running sideways to the nearest fence when it dawned on me to take it to a pen that had been divided in half with an electric fence. Yup -- she rubbed the fence -- for about 10 or 12 feet before it soaked in. She ended up getting tangled up in it, but after fixing it, she sure was paying better attention after that. I drove her a bunch around electric fences before I went back to riding her. It has been so long ago I don't remember much else, but I think I finally get her kinda fixed. Right now, there are just so many horses and ponies out there that are nice, I just do not think it justifies putting a lot of time and trouble into one that may go right back to doing this with a child.
  10. OK. I found an old post where I explained how we use and 'overcheck' type of arrangement that stops a horse from dropping his head to buck. Since he runs into it himself, he disciplines himself -- which is always better because a rider's timing is always worse than doing it this way. Here is a copy of that old post. Here is a photo of it if it will cooperate. http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c23/cheriwolfe/overcheck-1.jp I actually prefer putting the little nylon cord between the two ropes (up above the top knots) on a tied rope halter. It brings the cord through a place that is much higher and more effective than the rings on a web halter as shown.
  11. We are VERY ADAMANT about never letting a horse buck. Most green horses buck because someone let them get scared of the saddle. For us, it is NOT OK to let one buck with a saddle or a surcingle. To a green colt, especially one that has not been blanketed and stalled and handled that way as a yearling, to strap a saddle or surcingle on him and turn him loose is about like having a mountain lion jump on his back. Of course he is going to try to get rid of it. Why would one take the time to teach a horse everything else and then let them explode instead of teaching them to quietly accept a saddle? Some horses 'get over it' and learn to accept a saddle quickly, some horses learn to buck every time a saddle is tightened up on them, some horses learn to buck every time they get scared and others just get practice and get better at it. We just don't like the chances of having an otherwise good horse turn into a bronc over something so unavoidable as 'teaching' one to buck. If I were you and going to send a colt out, I would get him trained to a saddle at home so an ill-advised trainer cannot have the chance to scare him with one. You can eliminate the possibility at home by teaching him the right ay to accept a girth and a saddle. This is how we teach a green (barely handled horse here) to accept a saddle.: 1) We teach them to tie solidly. We tie them fairly long but from a very high place. We have several huge old oilfield tanks that we have made into tack rooms and feed storage tanks. [The two that hold 400 barrels of oil are 20 feet tall, 12 feet in diameter and hold 1 1/2 semi-loads of grain.] We have horseshoes welded to the tanks 7 feet high that we tie to. We tie horses to these tanks for hours at a time. We want them to learn patience and to completely accept being tied. We have never found a downside. Any new horse we acquire, learns to stand patiently tied before any other training is begun. 2) We 'sack them out' with a long rope. We use a hand-braided soft cotton rope that is about 25 feet long. I took a 1 inch cotton rope, untwisted most of it, braided a neck loop in one end and hand braid the three strands into a soft braided rope. We get a horse used to it being flipped, flopped and drug all over every part of its legs and body. We get each horse used to having over, under, around and between and behind its legs. We just 'outlast' any horse that fights or fusses about the rope. We do not punish a horse to kicking or resisting the rope -- we just keep it up and only stop when the horse stops. [Good ole 'approach and retreat'!] Any horse learns very quickly to accept this big rope. 3) Next, I put a surcingle around the horse with a strap around the horses neck to keep it from slipping back. 4) When the horse is comfortable with a surcingle, I put a light saddle on it and let it stand around tied with the saddle on. I may saddle one early in the AM, work other horses till noon, put them up and let the horse stand with no other horses around until after lunch, then, ONLY WHEN THE HORSE IS STANDING QUIETLY, I will unsaddle him and put him up. I never longe or walk a horse around until I am sure the horse has fully accepted the saddle. Any time it is standing around saddled, it will also be carrying a bridle and snaffle bit. 5) I will hand lead a horse around (not turn it loose) and usually will 'pony' it until I am sure it is completely comfortable with the saddle. 6) Finally, I will longe the horse. I want it trained to the longe line before and I want it very quiet and well-mannerd on the longe line. I will tie the reins up to the saddle-horn so that it is impossible for the horse to drop its head should it want to. I will trot it only and on a short line for a session or two before I ask it to lope. I do a lot of direction changes and do a lot of stopping by pulling its head around hard. 7) Once the horse is comfortable with all of this, I go on to ground-driving and further training but never before. I usually spend at least 2 weeks on this part of the training process. I will take as long as it takes to get a horse comfortable with a saddle. I will take as long as it takes to insure that no horses wants to buck or play as a reaction to a saddle or girth. I will take as long as it takes insure that no horse will develops bucking as its reaction to being 'fresh', feeling good or getting scared. These bad habits will persist for the life-time of many horses. I want a broke horse that can be turned out for several months, brought in, saddled up and will ride off like he was ridden hard yesterday. This is the main reason that our horses will do this. We saddled up a broodmare about 2 weeks ago to get her ready to sell. She is 11 and has not been ridden in about 5 years. She still has a foal at her side. We saddled her up and let her stand tied while her foals ran around and out of sight, worrying her some. Then, we tightened up the girth and we trotted her around on the longe line for about 5 minutes. Then, we got on her and she rode off like she had been yesterday. The next day we saddled her, got on and rode her for about an hour all around the ranch, baby running around with her. She walked, jogged and loped everywhere she was asked to go. I will wean her filly this weekend and sell her. We have just got to cut back. Another thing we NEVER do is exercise a horse that is saddled. If a horse has been penned up or stalled, it will always be turned loose to exercise and play. We never let a horse play on the longe line and we would never, ever let a horse play with a saddle on. While many handlers think they are letting them 'get it out of their system', they are, in reality, just learning bad habits and getting practice. So, to the OP -- You can do all of this saddle training without getting on your horse. If you do this before you send your horse out, the trainer will be able to teach your horse a LOT more in 30 or 60 days and you will get back a horse that has not been taught to buck. Make sure you use the same kind of saddle. If your trainer is going to use a back girth, make sure you get your horse used to one. There is just no reason anyone can't do this.
  12. I call it the 'trainability factor' and it is VERY inheritable. It is why I still spend, at this difficult time in the horse business, about 20X as much raising a prospect than I could buy them for. I think trainability boils down mainly to inherent resistance. As the resistance and 'push back' increases, it takes a lot more time to train one and the end results are a lot more questionable. One of the things that I have seen a lot is horses that train fairly well 'to a point'. These are horses that a good trainer (and owner) can invest 2 years of training time in, get an almost competitive horse and the horse will just not take the pressure it takes to make a high level horse. This is true in almost every venue from Dressage to Cutting and Reining to Western Pleasure. This is why people pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a prospect bred a certain way and even that is no guarantee. Whether any of this counts or how big a deal it is really depends on a couple of things: One is what a rider will put up with. We have found that many of those who say they do not care have just never ridden a 'nice' horse that has little or no inherent resistance and push-back. The other thing is if a rider is only looking for a horse to ride recreationally and not be competitive in any event, it is less important. But, these are the people that we sell most of our horses to. They are just sick and tired of having one issue after another to deal with and just want a horse that wants to get along and these are horse with low levels of natural resistance. They are forgiving and not always looking for a 'way out'. They just WANT to get along.
  13. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for posting this. I was trying to round up these facts and figures when I found that you had already done all of the work. It is really sad to think this idiot would not only 'throw Grandma and out troupes under the bus' but is so out of touch with the real world and the rest of us that he does not even understand that nearly half of this demographic that he is demonizing actually would vote for him. I hope they change their minds. I live in Oklahoma where there is a very high percentage of low paying jobs, a high number of elderly and a very high number of individuals and families eligible for food stamps and it voted 67% for John McCain and will probably vote That high or higher percentage for Obama -- just because they hate him. This man (Romney) is completely out of touch with the real struggles of the working poor and the elderly on fixed incomes that do not have huge stock portfolios. The elderly people here did not have high paying jobs, did not have investments and financial planners and lived paycheck to paycheck for over 40 years of their working life, but they were hard workers that were proud and tried to be independent and now they should be ashamed of 'taking a handout'? Excuse me! Taking your SS check that is not taxed is NOT taking a handout.
  14. Can you get someone else to ride him before you do on your first ride or two? I would get someone competent to warm him up and then after someone has 'knocked a little bit of the air out of him' (as we call it), you should feel a lot more comfortable getting on and riding. Since I am old and pretty crippled with arthritis, I frequently have someone warm up a horse for me. Then, I not only know I will not have any surprises I don't want, I also have a horse that is ready to listen and learn so I can work briefly on actual schooling and training. I just cannot ride a 'fresh' horse any more and I absolutely hate longing or round-penning a horse before riding one.
  15. The applause that set him off was not something planned by Chris, you or the horse. But, once it happened and your horse reacted badly, it was what it was. I think Chris did the best (and only) thing he could do once it was done. I think the only problem was that you did not try to continue the lesson for several days. A 'one time' experience can really set any horse off (even one with a good foundation). The key to it not becoming the one thing that defines the horse is to repeat the lesson day after day until the horse learns to accept it. The more 'broke' a horse is, the better the chance of having the horse yield to a 'one rein stop' or the 'hind quarter disengagement'. Any 'holes' in a horse's foundation come to bite any of us if the unexpected happens. I had a horse once that I was riding along a busy road. He was always very good in traffic, never spooking as big trucks, tractors and big farm equipment passed, loads with loose tarps, anything. One day, a truck had a blow-out, slung a huge piece of rubber off the tire and it almost hit us. This horse got over it somewhat, but was never as comfortable as trucks approached. It did the most good to tie him out for hours at a time to the fence bordering the busy US highway we live along. Before that, he never flinched at anything going by. If this were my horse, I would take him to playdays, practice ropings, any place that is very busy with lots of noise and many strange horse. The reining associations set up 'paid works' where you take young reining horses headed for the futurities or new to showing. They have sound tracks from big shows with music, announcers and lots of applause playing through the sound systems. It is best to just tie one up and ignore it and let it stand tied until it goes to sleep (resting a hind foot). It is called 'seasoning' one. This horse had had no seasoning of any kind. One could expect that anything out of the norm for him could set him off -- and it did.