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3RBCH MEETING TONIGHT

By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen — 3RBCH — will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Silt Historical Park, at the south east corner of Orchard and 7th St., in Silt.

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BOOK BUSY

By Bob Silbernagel
Monday, June 13, 2011

Late last week I learned that my book, "Troubled Trails: the Meeker Affair and the Removal of Utes from Colorado," will be officially out in late August. As a result, I have been scrambling to get some related work done, such as a slide presentation, some possible magazine articles, preparation for a TV interview and the creation of a website.

Consequently, I haven't had as much time to devote to this website as I normally have. I'll try to keep up with news of upcoming regional horse events, but I won't be looking for national horse news to post.

The book is being published by the University of Utah Press. This is a shot of the cover.

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RANCHO DEL SOULE DRESSAGE SHOW

By Bob Silbernagel
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Entries for the June 18 Rancho del Soule dressage schooling show are now open. They will close this Friday. It is part of a series of dressage schooling shows the ranch, at 819 24 Road, northwest of Grand Junction, will hold thought the summer and fall.

For entry forms and class lists, click on the link to the Rancho del Soule website, HERE.

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MORE ON EHV-1

By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, May 27, 2011

While the outbreak of equine herpes virus-1 seems to have quieted down in Colorado, there was more disturbing news out of Utah Thursday.

According to news outlets in Utah, five newly suspected cases of the equine herpes virus were reported by private veterinarians in Utah on Thursday, bringing the total suspected cases to 13. And rodeo queen contestants in one area were left to compete on stick horses.

Seven horses have been confirmed to have the disease, the Deseret News reported and all cases, suspected and confirmed, have been confined to six private locations in Box Elder, Davis, Kane and Utah counties.

A total of 415 horses — brought to Utah from 19 different states — were exposed to the equine herpes virus during a regional cutting horse competition held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden earlier this month. Approximately 50 horses throughout the West are believe to have contracted the disease as a result of he cutting horse show held in Ogden May 2-8.

In the Grand Valley, Colorado State Veterinarian for Western Colorado, Dr. Dan Love, has joined the program of the Horsemen's Health Fair June 4 to discuss the equine herpes outbreak. The Horsemen's Health Fair will be held at the Western Slope Cattlemen's Salebarn in Loma. It is sponsored by All Around Feed & Farmacy.

To read the Deseret News article on EHV-1, click HERE.

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HORSEMAN’S HEALTH FAIR

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coming up in two weeks — June 4 — is the Horseman's Healh Fair at the Western Slope Cattleman's Sales Barn in Loma.

Sponsored by All Around Feed and Farmacy in Fruita, it is to include a presentation from Taylor Moss, a nutiritionist with Purina; Dr. Lindsey Helvey, of the Glenwood Springs Veterinarian Clinic, discussing management of Equin Colic; and Dr. John Harris presenting on lameness involving the foot.

There will likely also be a discussion about the Equine Herpesvirus outbreak and the latest news from that front.

The health fair is free to the public, and the sponsors hope to make it an annual event.

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PREAKNESS DONE, ON TO BELMONT

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Too bad, as far as I'm concerned, that Animal Kingdom came up just short in the Preakness. Another few strides and he would have caught Shackleford to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. But, as Johnny Velasquez said, he was just too far behind when he made his charge. A slow break from the gate and dirt in his face early on slowed him down a bit, Velasquez said.

Click HERE for a link to an ESPN story on what happens next.

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PREAKNESS PREDICTIONS

By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, May 20, 2011

When the Preakness Stakes is run Saturday, Animal Kingdom will be the favorite, but not by a large margin. The winner of the Kentucky Derby will be tested by the likes of Dialed In and Mucho Macho Man. There may even be a dark horse, a long shot that wins the race. I'm rooting for Animal Kingdom, but I think it will be a close race.

HERE is a link to a good article on handicapping the race.

 

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EQUINE HERPESVIRUS OUTBREAK

By Bob Silbernagel
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mesa County is among the four counties in Colorado with horses being investigated and quarantined for Equine Herpes Virus, according to a release Monday from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The othee counties are all on the Front Range — Boulder, Larimer and Weld.

There have been two confirmed cases in Colorado of horses with EHV-1 in the past week, and one of the horses was euthanized. A second horse was euthanized, but it has not yet been confirmed as an EHV-1 victim.

Both confirmed EHV-1 positive horses had recently attended the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is working with the Utah State Veterinarian to investigate the location as a point of interest for the infection.

The Department of Agriculture is urging caution in transporting horses or bringing new horses onto your premises. Some veterinarians are reportedly urging people to avoid both actions for the time being.

Below is a link to the Department of Agriculture home page, with several links about EHV-1 on the left side, halfway down the page.

For Colorado Department of Agriculture website, click HERE.

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PONY CLUB FUN

By Bob Silbernagel
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cora Severs approaches a crossrail at the Grand Valley Pony Club Benefit Jumper/Equitation Schooling show Saturday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. It was a fun day of jumping and equitation classes for Pony Club members and adults. Moose and I participated and had some success, as did Cricket Donoho and her horse, Junior.

The Saturday show was followed Sunday by an open show, jointly sponsored by the Pony Club and the Grand Junction Horse Show Association. All in all, it was a great weekend for horse activities.

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ODE TO A BUCKING HORSE

By Bob Silbernagel
Friday, May 13, 2011

Peggy Malone, a Fruita musician and horse lover, wrote the lyrics below about a bucking horse who died at a rodeo at the Mesa County Fairgrounds back in 2006. She said she will be entertaining at the Mesa County Fair July 20 and 21, and hopes to have music to go with the lyrics by then.

BLACK BALDY by Peggy Malone

This song is a tribute to a horse not long ago
Gave his all, for what he loved, at the County Rodeo
Born to buck, spin and rear, he did it with such flair
And soon he earned respect of cowboys everywhere

Black Baldy was his name, he was headin' for the finals
He proved himself top notch, outshining all his rivals
He was the very best, and just now had reached his prime
The Cowboys hoped to draw him, so he could make them shine

In chute number 4, he stood stompin' with desire
The cowboy slipped upon his hide, full of spit and fire
He leaned way back, set his legs, his spirits ridin' high
Black Baldy's muscles quivered, he snorted in reply

Excitement filled the air , when he nodded for the gate
Black Baldy in rare form, but soon he'd meet his fate
Like a burst of a tornado,they bolted toward the sky
What happen next, was such a shame , still makes me wanna cry

This cowboy stayed right with him, but at 7 lost his hold
Black Baldy rose and twisted, and hurt himself I'm told
He never could get up,as he lay there on the ground
The crowd was hushed in silence, as cowboys gathered round

Away they gently took him, and the vet came to his side
The word had got around, just how those cowboys cried
and soon it was decided that nothing could be done
with loving care he left us 'neath the Colorado sun

Black Baldy Black Baldy..A bronc tried and true
he'll never be forgot, by folks like me and you...
 

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