2008 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

altAuthor - Dr. Bob Coleman

Dr. Bob Coleman earned his BSc in Animal Sciences and MS degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Dr. Coleman is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Kentucky and recently was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the new Equine Science and Management degree program.

When developing a feeding program for a horse, the goal is to take sources of nutrients (feeds) and use them in amounts to meet the horse’s nutrient requirements.  The nutrient requirements are established by the national Academy of Sciences and are found in the Nutrient Requirements of Horses.  The sixth revised edition was released in January of 2007.  This publication provides the levels of nutrients that are used as the minimum requirements for the horses being fed; it is the place to start.


altAuthor - Christina Weese

Christina Weese is a graphic designer who brings a wide array of corporate experience to the table and is always excited to help horse owners apply marketing and design principles to their own small businesses. Since 2003 she has produced many websites and print designs specifically for equestrian clients. A horse owner for over fifteen years, Christina enjoys starting young horses, and is a certified Equine Canada instructor.

Getting Started
“Advertising is what you do when you can’t go to see somebody personally.” 
 - Jack Trout, writer for Forbes.com


A marketing plan is a natural outgrowth of your business plan. A business plan should give you the following starting points: your target market(s), your marketing budget for the year, and a set of goals you can use to measure the effectiveness of your marketing.


altAuthor - Dr. Robert Tremblay

Dr. Robert Tremblay is a Technical Services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in 1982 then practised in New Brunswick. He was a faculty member in the large animal clinic of OVC until 1992. Dr. Tremblay spends much of his time working on the control of infectious diseases of large animals.


Equine Influenza, better known as “Flu”, is a common cause of outbreaks of respiratory disease in horses.  According to a recent study in Ontario, Flu is responsible for more than half the outbreaks of respiratory disease in horse barns.  Flu occurs in most parts of the world, but until recently, it hasn’t been seen either in Iceland, Australia or New Zealand.  In late August, 2007, an outbreak of flu started in the state of New South Wales in Australia that officials have had a difficult time trying to contain.


Author - Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz

Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz is a professor of equine medicine at Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She began her veterinary training at the University of Illinois and then went on to do a Large Animal Internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Sciences from WSU in 1982 and board certification with the American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 1985. Her research focuses on the diagnosis and control of equine infectious diseases.


Antibiotics and synthetic antibacterial drugs have revolutionized the treatment of bacterial infections in human and animal patients. These drugs deserve careful use in order to preserve and optimize their effectiveness. Deciding on a treatment plan should begin with the determination of whether an antibacterial drug is indicated; if so, the most appropriate drug should be delivered by the best route at the right dose and duration for the specific type of infection.


altAuthor - Dr. Carolyn Stull

Dr. Carolyn Stull received her Master of Science and PhD degrees while working on research projects focusing on muscle and exercise physiology in the horse. Dr. Stull directs the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Welfare Program focusing on the well-being of agricultural animals including the horse. She is the national recipient of the “Hank Award,” presented for outstanding research benefitting the welfare of the horse.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Horses, come in all shape and sizes, as do their owners.  Much of what has been researched and learned in human medicine over the last few decades is now being actively investigated for application to common horse problems such as obesity, geriatric medicine, infertility, glycemic indexes of feed, and the art of aging gracefully.  Many owners are now exploring long-term strategies for nutritional programs to optimize the health, weight, fitness, and longevity of their horses as they age into their “senior” years. The concepts and mechanisms of carbohydrate utilization in managing these different cases or life stages in horses will be explored from basic physiology to practical application in the stable.


Author - Dr. Mike Scott

Dr. Mike Scott graduated form WCVM in 1993 and then completed a 1-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph. In 1997, he completed a 3-year residency in large animal surgery at WCVM and attained a Master Veterinary Science degree. Two years later, he became a board certified large animal surgeon and has been Moore & Co.’s surgery specialist for seven years.

Xeophon the Athenian (431-354 B.C) is often referred to as the father of modern horsemanship, based on the fact that his writings on the subject are some of the earliest known.   In his work “On Horsemanship”, the first points made concern the purchase of horses:

“As our first topic we shall deal with the question, how a man may best avoid being cheated in the purchase of a horse.


altAuthor - Norman Luba

Norman K. Luba is a past member of the faculties at Cornell University, the University of Maryland and the University of Louisville. His horse industry board/committee assignments include the Kentucky Horse Council, United States Equestrian Association’s Breeders’ Committee, American QH Association’s Public Policy Committee and President of the Kentucky QH Association. Recognized for his horse management expertise, business skills and industry coalition building abilities, in 1995 he was named the executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council.

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” – unknown

After accepting this assignment, it dawned on me that I may have been targeted as a speaker more for my age than my breath of knowledge and experience.  Regardless of the actual rationale (which I may never know for sure but hope it’s the latter) the purpose of this presentation is important.  What lessons, experiences, trends and/or occurrences have we experienced over the last several decades in the horse industry and can predictions be made from these as the industry moves forward in the new Millennium?


altAuthor - Dr. Katharina Lohmann

Dr. Katharina Lohmann graduated from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Veterinary School in 1995 and is certified as Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). She obtained her PhD from the University of Georgia, working under Dr. James N. Moore. Since 2004 Dr. Lohmann has held the position of Associate Professor Large Animal Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Care and management of geriatric horses is becoming an issue of increasing importance to horse owners, and the number of geriatric horses presented for veterinary care appears to be increasing. There is no universally accepted definition of a “geriatric” horse; however, the term is mostly applied to horses that are older than 20 years of age and/or are showing physical signs of old age. To date, few conditions are recognized as affecting geriatric horses exclusively, but management issues of common conditions in aged horses may present particular challenges.


Author - Dianne Little

Dianne Little is a native Calgarian who was introduced to gaited horses in 1981. She has been a director for the Alberta Walking Horse Assoc and the Canadian Registry of the Tennessee Walking Horse, and is Vice-President of Friends of Sound Horses, a leader in the promotion of natural, sound, gaited horses. Dianne is also Director of Judges for the Independent Judges Association, a training and licensing body for sound, natural and ethical judging of all gaited breeds.   

I stumbled upon gaited horses by accident.  After my first lesson as an adult, actually my first riding lesson ever, I was sold.  There was no doubt that I would own a horse and since the facility offering the lessons bred Tennessee Walking Horses, that was the breed I chose.  As well, (and I think I may be a minority in this), I started out in horses with no expectations other than I wanted to ride. I came with no knowledge of any horses, never mind gaited horses, and I was guided by those I encountered. I realize now that you are only as good as the people who teach you.  I was fortunate that I was taught by the best and the most ethical in the TWH community in Canada.


altAuthor - Dr. Bob Coleman

Dr. Bob Coleman earned his BSc in Animal Sciences and MS degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Dr. Coleman is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Kentucky and recently was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the new Equine Science and Management degree program.

The horse evolved as grazing animal that consumed a wide variety of forage plants.  Within this array of forages there were a variety of carbohydrates that the horse was able to digest and utilize as an energy source.  Today, there are a significant number of horses who, because of their physiological state, can be easily maintained on a high forage diet.  Forages, and the carbohydrates they contain, are an important ingredient in all horse diets.


Author - April Clay

April Clay is a Calgary based sport psychologist who owns and operates Body Mind & Motion sport and psychological services. Her articles on sport psychology for riders have appeared in Horses All, The Corinthian Horse Sport, Your Horse, Equus, Dressage Today, Flying Changes, Horse News, Performance Horse, Equine Lifestyle, Canadian Horse Journal, New York Horse, and The Eastern Equerry.  April is the author of “Riding out of Your Mind”.   www.bodymindmotion.com

Horses and horse sport have captivated us for many years.  The horse is mysterious, intelligent and wise in a way we struggle to comprehend.  Its no wonder we took up the challenge of partnering with them for competition.  This at least dates back to 680 BC when horses were part of the newly founded Olympic Games in Athens. This challenge demands much from its rider, who must be steeped in the art of his or her own psychology.  And more and more, it also means being savvy to the psychology of the horse.


altAuthor - Peggy Brown

Peggy Brown is a Centered Riding and Centered Driving instructor and clinician who has taught in Europe, Australia, Canada and the UK as well as in the USA. She is certified as an Expert Instructor by the American Riding Instructor Association and, in 2005, was awarded their Instructor of the Year Award. Peggy is the co-author and producer of the best selling videos Anatomy In Motion The Visible Horse TM and Anatomy In Motion The Visible RiderTM. Peggy and her Haflinger mare Ulie were long listed for several years with the US Equestrian Team in combined driving.


All of us who love horses have aspirations of being able to continue to ride, drive, and work with our horses into later life.   We can do that, if luck is with us, and if we use our bodies wisely as we age.


Author - Jim Babcock

Jim Babcock is originally from southwestern Ontario but now resides at his Babcock Ranch with two divisions in Texas: the Performance Division in Gainesville, and the Breeding Division in Valley View. Owner of the now $9,000,000 sire, Smart Chic Olena, Babcock has created an empire in the horse industry through hard work, an impressive stallion roster and carefully executed breeding programs. 


After being in the horse business for 40 years, I believe there are a tremendous amount of normal mistakes that occur in the horse business on a very regular basis. What I try to do is point out to people where these normal mistakes are made.


Author - Dr. Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 and has been practicing equine medicine ever since. Despite his standing as an accomplished reiner and a successful veterinarian, it is the sharing of what he has learned about training horses that has become Dr. Anderson’s second calling. He currently owns and operates Equine Veterinary Associates in Broken Arrow.


Lack of ground manners is a very common problem regardless of breed.  Many people excuse their horse’s behavior by saying, “He’s a Thoroughbred (Arabian, Saddlebred, etc.), and they are all this way.”  This is absolutely not true.  Almost any horse can be taught to have good ground manners in a relatively short period of time.



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