Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2017’

  • What Will the Future Hold for this Kind-Eyed Mustang?

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Let’s Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty for 2018

    22 Days Left, Our handsome Ford!

    The DreamCatcher connection continues…  
    A handsome lil, young, gray gelding came to AAE after a failed attempt in a gentling program.  He landed at AAE for a layover in transportation with two other somewhat overwhelmingly dominant geldings as they were making their way back to DreamCatcher.  He seemed to find himself unwittingly between the antics of the other two, and the poor guy couldn’t seem to catch a break.  He had a kind eye and an inquisitive nature, but for intimidation by the other two.  We called him Ford.  He seemed to be a good fit here at AAE, so we held him back when the trailer came for the boys.

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  • MULE CROSSING: The Importance of Good Manners When Training

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    By Meredith Hodges

    When I was growing up, my grandmother constantly reminded me of the importance of good manners. She would say, “You will never get anywhere of any consequence in this world without good manners!” And she would add, “Without good posture and proper dress, you won’t live long enough to enjoy it!” She made me read Emily Post’s Book of Etiquette from cover to cover. In retrospect, although reading the entire book was a real chore, the respect for good manners that she passed on to me has been an extremely valuable gem in my training experience with equines.

    I think that the concept of combining equine training techniques with lessons in good manners is one that many people do not pay as much attention to these days as they probably should. Putting an equine in good posture with respect to his physical comfort is the most obvious form of good manners when communicating with your equine. When you apply the elements of good manners during the training process, you facilitate body and verbal language that equines really appreciate, and when you apply your own good manners and teach good manners to your equine from the very beginning of the training process, you can continue to move forward much more easily than if you do not incorporate good manners between you and your equine. When you run into resistance from your equine, take it as a red flag that you’re missing something in your communication with your animal and change your approach.

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  • There should be a Cowboy in every countdown!

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Let’s Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty for 2018
    23 Days Left, Meet Cowboy!

    About a month after lil’ Rascal came to AAE, DreamCatcher contacted AAE about another orphaned foal. He was born around May 5, 2017, but wasn’t found until May 8 when his mom was suffering from colic. She had been hiding him.  Mom was a senior mare, and her colic was severe.  Sadly, she had to go to horsey heaven, so her lil guy traveled all the way to AAE so he’d have a big sister to grow up with and lots of people to watch over and love him.

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  • With 24 Days Left We Introduce The Burros

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • Waylon, Whitney & Walker continue our countdown – 25 days left

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • A New Way to Speak Up for Wild Horses

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    A Creative Way to Speak Up: Letters to the Editor

    As Congress debates the future of wild horses and burros in behind-the-scenes negotiations, the key to saving these cherished animals remains expanding public awareness. One great way to spread the word about the threats facing mustangs and burros is by informing your friends and neighbors through letters to the editor. Members of Congress also monitor local newspapers to keep abreast of their constituents’ views and opinions. We have an awesome feature that makes sending your letters to the editor EASY and FAST! Try it out by clicking below!

    Wild Horses: What’s Happening This Month in Congress

    You may have heard that things in Washington are not working very well these days, and we’re here to report that—sadly, that’s exactly correct. Read more about this month on Capitol Hill and what’s in store for wild horses and burro by clicking below.

    Conger Roundup Concludes; Research Moves Forward

    The Conger roundup concluded on December 3, 2017 with a total of 111 wild horses captured. The roundup is part of an ongoing “population control research” study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University to assess the impacts of gelding (castrating) stallions on individual behavior and herd dynamics. Read below for more about the research project and a report from the roundup.

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  • Day 26 – Collaboration Saves Lives: Rascal

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • Day 27 – Farm Animals Get Happy Endings too!

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • Remember Easton? Counting down 28 days left in 2017

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • Senate Passes Tax Bill, Moves to “Conference” to Negotiate Final Package

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

    Senate Passes Tax Bill, Moves to “Conference” to Negotiate Final Package

    Senators scrambled Saturday, December 2, to muster the necessary 51 votes to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, effectively laying down a marker to jump start negotiations with the House of Representatives on a final package.  While details related to the senate bill continue to emerge, please see the below highlights of key provisions that will impact the equine industry.  Many of these provisions diverge from the House-passed version and could be subject to changes during the House and Senate conference, which congressional leadership will organize this week:

    Business Provisions

    • Corporate Tax Rate: The senate bill delays reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% until 2019. By contrast, H.R. 1 provides an immediate corporate tax cut, effective in 2018.  Lawmakers will have to bridge this gap during the conference committee.
    • Small Business:  The senate vehicle establishes a 23% deduction for small business income of “pass-thru entities,” or small companies which opt to pay taxes under the individual rate.  Senators included this deduction to address concerns from lawmakers who claimed that previous versions of the bill did not create sufficient tax relief for small business.
    • Expensing: While the House bill and a previous version of the senate vehicle provided 100% bonus depreciation, the final senate bill appears to modify treatment of bonus depreciation to “phase down … the percentage from 100% by 20% per calendar year.”  AHC largely supports the House treatment of expensing, which according to Hill sources, includes a broad legislative definition to allow full expensing of horses.
    • Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – According to Hill sources, the senate vehicle preserves a 20% corporate, alternative minimum tax.  The House bill repeals the unpopular provision altogether, laying the groundwork for a major discussion point during negotiations for a final package.
    • Name and Logo Royalties:  The senate bill strikes a provision from a previous version of the bill that treated “name and logo royalties” as unrelated business taxable income.
    • Wagering Losses:  A previous version of the senate bill states that it amends the existing tax code provision that addresses treatment of gambling winnings, without specifying how.   The current senate vehicle does not appear to clarify this provision, which AHC will continue to monitor.
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  • SYALER eNewsletter

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    The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

    Ears the news…

    I hope everyone had a lovely, relaxing Thanksgiving. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to you, our loyal contributors, Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue has found great new homes for 36 animals so far this year!  We exist to help long ears in need and your financial gift makes this possible.

    a lazy day at the rescue

    Your donation is very important to us as it offers immediate resources that go directly to the current needs of the animals and the rescue itself. We have one, amazing paid farm hand, everything else is done by volunteers.

    Hannah with her assistant, Daisy… sporting the shades.

    Your gift of $500.00 will make a long term impact on the animals in our care. Please send a donation today to help us meet our annual fund raising goal of $35,000.00. You, our loyal supporters are the reason we celebrated our tenth year of running Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue as a 501 c-3 non-profit donkey and mule rescue this September. We could not do what we do without YOU!

    Please take part in making this year’s fund raiser a success. You can mail a check to SYALER, 23 Saw Mill Road, South Acworth, NH or make a payment via PayPal by clicking on the DONATE button.

    I thank you very much in advance.

    Warm regards,

    Ann

    President & Shelter Manager

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Sapphire’s Story, counting down 29 days left in 2017

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • MULE CROSSING: Fine-Tuning the Aids

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    By Meredith Hodges

    While doing the exercises in balance by riding without the aid of your reins as described in DVD #5, you probably discovered a lot more shifting of your own balance than you imagined. This nearly imperceptible shift of balance, however, can grossly affect the balance of your equine. Until now, I have always given the rider a visual point of reference by allowing you to glance down at the outside front leg. Now you will want to be more inwardly conscious of your own body position.

    You need to repeat many of the previous exercises to cultivate this kind of sensitivity, but this time, close your eyes for brief periods of time to get the “feel” of each movement in your own body. Do not simply allow your equine to travel freely in any direction, because this will not give you an accurate feeling for any specific gait or task—you must plan your course of action. If, for instance, you set up your equine to bend through and come out of a corner with impulsion, you can close your eyes for a few seconds down the long side and feel the balance that comes out of that corner when the movement is executed correctly. In this particular situation, once you’ve closed your eyes, you may notice that your animal is starting to lean slightly to the inside. A squeeze/release from your inside leg, sending your mule forward and catching that balance with the outside rein, corrects the balance and keeps him going straight and erect down the long side.

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  • Deck the Stalls for 2018 – Dayton

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

    Continue Reading
  • Deck the Stalls for 2018

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
    As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

    We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

    We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  • In Time for the Holidays: New Wild Horse Apparel

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    We are so excited to announce the launch of three AWHC apparel designs just in time for the holidays! With dozens of styles and colors to choose from these are sure to please the wild horse advocate in your life!

    Order by December 6th, for delivery by December 24th.

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  • 2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

    2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to America’s horse farms. Mailing in phases, all census questionnaires should be received by late December. If you do not receive a questionnaire this year, or have not received one ever, but wish to be included, you can sign up at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/legacy0/cgi-bin/counts. Producers can respond online at www.agcensus.usda.gov or by mail. The American Horse Council encourages all qualified operations to participate and be counted. The deadline to respond is February 5, 2018.

    Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by trade associations, researchers, policymakers, extension educators, agribusinesses, and many others. The data can play a vital role in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more. This information may provide a critical snapshot of the equine industry that, when coupled with the AHC Economic Impact Study, will provided the evidence needed to affect important change here in Washington D.C.

    For more information, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

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  • American Horse Council Efforts to Address ELD Mandate

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

    American Horse Council Efforts to Address ELD Mandate

    Over the past months the American Horse Council (AHC) has reached out to the equine community to determine the potential impact of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device mandate. Based on the information received, the AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, we requested that the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The welfare, safety, and health of the animals in transit, together with the safety of other drivers on the road, are top priorities for the equine industry and its enthusiasts.

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