Nikki Livermore

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  1. 2012 London Olympics

    Opening ceremonies are on Friday! Will you be watching? I found this link listing all the equestrian events to be live: Go USA!
  2. 2012 London Olympics

    Read more >> Read more >> There seems to be other controversial things going on in other sports as well. They complained about a series of "bad calls" in Volleyball and a few other sports. Do you think this a London issue or a typical Olympics? ------ ETA - This statement was issued by the FEI regarding the alleged "rollkur" issue caught by camera's in the Dressage warmup ring.
  3. Misbehaving Stallion + Founder = Not Able To Correct Him?

    Just to clarify, I inquired yesterday about the posting of the pictures with LostHorseRider and the member said it was okay and I did not need to get involved. I do want to make it clear that it IS against forum rules to post pics of someone else's horse without their permission. I have received the "reports" on this thread and thank those for bringing it to our attention. Let's keep the thread on track and avoid a train wreck please.
  4. New Member From Port Orchard

    Welcome to Horsecity! We all love pictures so if you are feeling brave, please share!
  5. Stephen Colbert Learns Dressage

    I laughed when he repeated it "I think I pee-affed a little" Anyone know anything about Colbert's wife being a rider? I heard a rumor ...
  6. 2012 London Olympics

    "Best Dressage Horse Names" post is hilarious! Doubtful he understands the ones he listed are not all Dressage, but that's okay.
  7. 2012 London Olympics

    Why equestrians rock (for "normal" people) It's pretty cool that horses are getting a lot of attention at this Olympics
  8. Rehoming / Giveaways For Critters

    Lets keep the communication about transport and other personal details in PMs (or in a thread of it's own if you wish) so we can keep this thread for critters. Thanks! And please remember if your critter is "taken" or you found one to delete your post so there's no confusion.
  9. 2012 London Olympics

    This link takes you to live scoring and order of go for all equestrian events: You can watch the events live (on your computer) from NBC's feed if you have a cable or satellite service login: Their coverage on the live feed has been fabulous. The cameras are great and pretty good commentary.
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  11. Within A Blink Of The Eye,

    Adorable! It makes me want "pasgetti" << what we used to call spaghetti when we were kids
  12. Against Horse Therapy?but Riding Leasons Are Fine?

    Therapy programs with horses are very near and dear to my heart and I'd like to use this debate to pass along some really great information that might contribute to the opinions expressed here. Many, many people truly believe horses hold an expressed ability to connect and bond with humans through tragedy. Horses sense things we might not, and their ability to communicate and release negative thoughts for those that have been exposed to tragedy is impressive and unexplainable. My farm hosts a therapy program called S.T.A.R. Riding ( ) and I've seen this impressive connection first-hand with the students. If you would like to know more about equine therapy there are numerous organizations to help. These two are very credible and a "start" for any questions you might have. Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. is a 501©(3) non-profit corporation. Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to Veterans and active military who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma (PTSD) during their time serving our country. From day one Veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are Veterans themselves. Though PATH Intl. began with a focus on horseback riding as a form of physical and mental therapy, the organization and its dedicated members have since developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (or EAAT). Besides horseback riding, EAAT also includes therapeutic carriage driving; interactive vaulting, which is similar to gymnastics on horseback; equine-facilitated learning and mental health, which use the horse as a partner in cognitive and behavioral therapy, usually with the participation of a licensed therapist; ground work and stable management; and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes, which uses a variety of EAAT disciplines specifically to help war veterans and military personnel. In addition, many of PATH Intl.?s 25 volunteer-driven committees are working on identifying and refining even more disciplines and activities that might be put to use in the world of EAAT. If you'd like to get involved ... Be a volunteer! It's super fun and you get to meet cool new people. Check the PATH website for a location near you. It's very rewarding. :) The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is partnering with Horses For Heroes to host a nationwide Trail Challenge called "Ride to Remember" from November 10-11 2012. To read more about it click here:
  13. Nurturing The Soul Of A Better Ride

    Nurturing the Soul of a Better Ride A riding experience can bring out all of what being with horses so meaningful. By paying close attention to what a horse has to offer you, that time spent together can be an actual investment with a positive payoff better than any lottery could offer. Riding horses is different from person to person, and if you were to think about it from horse to horse also! What truly happens for both horse and rider is happening in multiple dimensions at any given time. Read more here:
  14. Saddleseat Training?

    Oops I forgot to mention ... the New England Morgan show runs through the 28th and you can watch live on USEF Network There's a PDF download of the event info and schedule too. Morgans do everything!
  15. Saddleseat Training?

    One of my first riding/training experiences as a kid was with a Morgan/Saddlebred cross. He was lovely to work with and not at all the flash and drama the industry is known for now. We had classes called Country Pleasure (not sure if your local circuit has that specific name but it's similar to what folks describe above). They could be ridden English or Western and lacked the super animated leg movement but instead were judged on soundness, manners and overall "pleasurable" appearance. "Turnout" was still very important but it gave the horses with less "gait" a shot at showing. I saw a lot of crosses in this ring ... Morab, Morgan/QH, National Saddle Horses, etc. I think there was even a Paso Fino cross in it. Your horse is beautiful! I bet he would be very suitable for this style class without a lot of effort to make him "fit in". Good luck!
  16. Cactus Rose

    I hope you hear more soon Char. Jingling for a speedy recovery here! :angel3:
  17. Issues Posting Pictures To My Gallery

    The pictures are probably too big in size. If you can get them below 1mb they should load for you.
  18. Feeding The Hard Keeper

    Great article on "Feeding the Hard Keeper"
  19. Racing Trainer O'neill Banned In August After Deal Is Negotiated

    A friend of mine from Europe just sent me this link: Leading owner/breeder slams US stance over medication Full article is here:
  20. Books!

    Thrity Umrigar is one of my favorite authors. "First Darling of the Morning" is fabulous. I also just finished Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 100 Years of Solitude. Good reads!
  21. Racing Trainer O'neill Banned In August After Deal Is Negotiated

    They issued a correction to the press release I posted above: ------------------- This is a NY Times article written by a vet about Alkalinization, Lasix and Milkshaking: That may or may not help you but it's an interesting viewpoint from a vet.
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  23. Scratch To 4-Star Eventer In 18 Minutes

    This is a really cool video of Eventer Doug Payne's mount "Running Order" and his eventing career of 4 years crunched into 18 minutes of video. I get to watch these two every winter when they come down to Aiken so it was fun to see his progression.
  24. Racing Trainer O'neill Banned In August After Deal Is Negotiated

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Natalie Voss Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital 859-233-0371 Kelly Wietsma Equisponse 914-261-6379 Reports on Racehorse Injury Rates, Medications Misleading July 13, 2012 ? Lexington, KY - Earlier this week, the horse racing industry encountered further criticism when an article by the New York Times (found here: <> ) alleged that drastic treatments were being given to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I?ll Have Another leading up to this year?s Belmont Stakes. The colt was withdrawn from the Belmont, ending his bid for the Triple Crown, when trainer Doug O?Neill reported he began experiencing tendonitis, or tendon swelling, in his left front leg. The Times alleges that ?powerful painkillers? were given to the horse, and that x-rays taken of the colt?s joints prior to his withdrawal indicate a much more severe problem. The author also alleges that the practice of running horses with high doses of drugs to overcome painful injuries is common practice in Thoroughbred racing. As a member of the Jockey Club, and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, renowned Thoroughbred health expert Dr. Larry Bramlage gave an interview to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in an attempt to more accurately inform the public about health and safety practices in racing. That video can be found here: As the AAEP?s on-call veterinarian for Triple Crown races and chief orthopedic surgeon at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Dr. Bramlage became concerned following the release of that segment that the public did not have all the facts regarding the issues presented by the Times and NBC. ?In my opinion, The New York Times piece published on July 11 titled ?I?ll Have Another had history of ailments, records show? was closer to tabloid journalism than in-depth reporting, as was the selective editing demonstrated on the July 11 edition of NBC?s Nightly News with Brian Williams. In reality, statistics given by the Times that 24 horses break down each week on American racetracks was calculated based on a number of questionable assumptions including, the inclusion of ?eased? designations and equine ambulance pick-ups after a race as indications of injury, a procedure that is often, in fact, precautionary. Our increased awareness of equine injuries has increased the number of times that we help the horse off the track, but those are not necessarily indications that the horse has had a serious problem. In fact, statistics indicate the number of Thoroughbred injuries has trended downward with the increased caution The misinterpretation of the medical terminology ?osteoarthritis?, and the substitution of ?major painkillers? for anti-inflammatory medications is unfair to the uninformed general public. It?s useful only to sell newspapers, not to allow the public to understand what actually happened for the horse. The phenylbutazone given to I?ll Have Another is from the same drug group as aspirin and ibuprofen in humans, can?t be given to a horse within 24 hours of a race, and is tested for with blood and urine samples at all levels of the sport. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid used as an anti-inflammatory as well. There have been 11 horses that have won two of the three legs of the Triple Crown in the last 33 years. I would guess that almost all of those horses had x-rays after winning the second leg as a monitoring, precautionary measure. That?s routine veterinary care, and would be akin to the kind of examinations that human Olympic athletes who just qualified in the U.S. championships will undergo prior to competing in the Olympics at the end of July. While veterinary ethics preclude us from speculating on I?ll Have Another?s case specifically as we were not the attending veterinarian, the records provided to New York State Racing and Wagering Board do not indicate anything inappropriate. No illegal, unprofessional, or medically unwarranted medication was given to this horse. We totally agree with the approach that Dr. Jim Hunt, attending veterinarian, took to get this horse ready for a possible Triple Crown run.? ###
  25. Horse Slaughtering To Be Focus Of Senate Hearing

    Story about prominent racing family's well-bred mares being sent to auction and rescued by a Texan businessman John R. Murrell.