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Learning About Horses
A Legend
By Don Blazer
           Only under very special circumstances or in a fit of sentimental foolishness would a man refuse to put a price on a horse.

             Samuel D. Riddle might have been guided by both.

             He had a colt he’d paid $5000 for as a yearling, yet he turned down William T. Waggoner’s offer of $500,000.

             And when the Ft. Worth Texan offered $1 million, Riddle turned that down, too, and when Waggoner handed Riddle a blank check, Riddle refused it, saying, “The colt is not for sale.”

            Riddle may be the only horseman in history who did the right thing by not selling.

Deadly Horse Feed
            "Tainted Feed Kills Horses" are headlines that appear too frequently.   

             Is your horse at risk?  Yes, if you purchase feed from manufacturers that use a drug called an ionophore.

             Ionophores are non-therapeutic antibiotics used to control coccidiosis, a microscopic one-celled parasite, that can infect animals, birds and humans.  Cattle and poultry producers use the antibiotic to fight the protozoa which causes diarrhea, decreased egg production, decreased rate of gain, and death in severe cases.  Cattle growers also use feeds containing ionophores to prevent bloat, acidosis, and to increase feed efficiency.

              While ionophores can be beneficial to cattle and chickens, it can be deadly to horses.  According to a study done in 1985 by Langston VC, Galey F, Lovell R and Buck WB (Toxicity and Therapeutics of Monensin: A rev. Vet. Med., 80: 75), a commonly used ionophore called monensin may cause death in some horses, if as little as 1milligram per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight is consumed.   For an average-sized horse of 1,000 pounds this works out to less than a gram of monensin having the potential to kill a horse.  To put it into prospective, an average-sized paper clip weighs about a gram. 

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  She started as a 2-year-old "demonstration" horse for www.horsecoursesonline.com and finished with two ABRA World Championship awards and a Reserve World Championship title.

      Sheza Especial Gold got her training as a demonstration horse for Don Blazer's online course,
Training Performance Horses.  Step by step she followed the course program until she competed for 2010 and 2011 World Championship titles at the American Buckskin Registry Association show in Tulsa, Ok.  Blazer rode the 5-year-old filly in her competition classes.

      In 2010 Sheza won the ABRA Junior Trail Horse title under all five judges, and then came back in 2011 to repeat as a judge's choice sweep in Junior Trail.

      The filly also won Reserve World Champion honors in All-Ages Western Riding, a pattern class requiring 8 flying changes of lead.  She was the only junior horse in the class.

      Sheza was sold at the Reichert Celebration Show Horse Sale in Fort Worth September 9 and 10.

      "We'll miss Sheza in our program," Blazer said.  "Hopefully she'll go on to win many more titles for other horse lovers.   I think she'll make an exceptional all-around horse for an amateur or youth rider."

     Sheza's trail horse training followed the course instructions in Train A Trail Horse, taught by world champion trainer and AQHA director Cathy Hanson.   The filly's education in western riding came from following the instructions in
Train for Western Riding taught by world champion trainer Nancy Cahill.
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