Winners of the Triple Crown- In all, There Were Eleven

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1919 Sir Barton

The very first triple crown winner

Gallant Fox 1930

Successful in a winning endeavor

1935 was Omaha

Sired by the winning Gallant Fox

1937 War Admiral

Just like “Big Red” in the starting box

Whirlaway in 1941

Won a grand 32 first places!

Count Fleet 1943

He won 16 out of 21 races

Assault 1946

His wins were short but soon became taller

Citation 1948

Ran  well to the millionth dollar

Secretariat 1973

Known as the second “Big Red”

Seattle Slew 1977

In the triple crown he was quite far ahead

Affirmed 1978

Alydar could have won, too;

Alydar, he won three reds

barely bested by the great Affirmed’s blues.

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“Big Red” the Racehorse

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I was called “Big Red” and I did not race in the Kentucky Derby; in fact, I never raced in Kentucky although it I was born there.  I had a nearly perfect race record, winning 20 out of 21 races, finishing second only once.  I am the Blood Horse‘s top racehorse of the 1900s, racing in the early 20th century.  I was a Thoroughbred stallion.  What was my name? 

Alfalfa and Blister Beetles

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Horse facts as told by a Shetland pony.

 Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, tells about blister beetles and alfalfa hay.

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If you have ever taken a flake of alfalfa and shaken it out, only to find crushed striped or spotted bugs with large, spiny antennae hidden inside, you have probably encountered Blister Beetles.  These toxic pests are large, approximately 1 inch long.  The reason why they are harmful to horses upon ingestion is the presence of the  toxin Cantharidin, which remains inside the beetles for as many as three years.   Belonging to the family Meloidae,  Blister Beetles come in over 200 different species and may be black with yellow or orange stripes or grayish tan paired sometimes with black spots and sometimes without.

If your horse appears to be “off his feed”, Blister Beetles can be a prime suspect. These insects are sometimes eaten by horses, usually concealed in baled  alfalfa (a legume hay that is very high in protein); colic can occur.  The minimum lethal quantity of blister beetles for a 1,100 lb horse is thought to be as few, or even less than, 125 beetles.

Treatment of Blister Beetle poisoning can be difficult.  It has no specific treatment; in severe cases, mineral oil can be administered.  Horses have either recovered or succumbed within 1-3 days.  After treatment, laminitis can result.

Prevention is always the easiest and surest way.  One way to do this is not to feed  alfalfa or to obtain alfalfa from a field that is cut before it blooms for this reduces the possibility of hidden beetles.

Not all places are home to Blister Beetles, as they are usually found in warm, dry locations.  So, if the beetles have not been found in fields nearby or you do not feed alfalfa or other flowering hays, your horses are probably safe.

 

 

The “Peacock of the Showring”

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Horse facts as told by a Shetland pony.

 Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, tells about the AMERICAN SADDLEBRED.

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The American Saddlebred originated as a cross between the Thoroughbred, Canadian Pacer, Arabian, Morgan, American Trotter and other breeds.  The breed was first named the Kentucky Saddler.  Later, the name was changed to the American Saddlebred.

In 1901, the registry, which went by the name of the American Saddle Horse Association, listed ten founding sires but by 1908 the list had been shortened to only one, the great Thoroughbred stallion, Denmark.

In the showring, the Saddlebred is known for high head carriage, flashy, high-stepping gaits and a flagged tail.  Depending on the individual, Saddlebreds may be 3 or 5-gaited.  Horses with the ability to perform all five can do the walk, trot, canter, slow gait or amble, and the rack.  3-gaited horses only perform the walk, trot and canter.

Saddlebreds with pinto markings can be also registered with the PtHA (Pinto Horse Association).

The original Saddlebred Registry was founded in 1891 but the name we know it by today was adopted in 1980.

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A lifelike Breyer model of a pinto Saddlebred weanling. 

Equine Advice: Thrush

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about Thrush.  Like all Shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning.

Thrush is an infection of the hoof which is caused by anaerobic bacteria (Fusobacterium Necrophorum) that creates a black, foul-smelling sometimes cheesy-looking discharge.  Thrush was originally thought to be a fungus but has recently been proved to be caused by bacteria.

It gives the appearance of the frog (a firm, spongy triangle-shaped structure in the center of a horse’s hoof that helps the horse to absorb shock) disintegrating.  When the infection is fairly advanced, it may cause lameness or may affect the sensitive laminae.  The infection thrives in manure and wet soil.

Thrush may be treated by disinfecting the hoof with an anti-thrush solution, once to twice a day for at least 10 days.

Picking a horse’s hooves once a day is a good preventive measure for thrush.  Thrush is fairly common and rarely causes lasting damage if treated properly.

Equine Advice: Capped Elbow

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about Capped Elbow or “Shoe Boil.”  Like all Shetlands, she is always watching, learning and listening.

“Capped Elbow” is a swelling of the point of the elbow which is caused by when a horse irritates the elbow bursa with a hoof when lying down.  It is most commonly found in stalled horses.  The swelling that results may be very large but rarely, if ever, causes lameness.

If the elbow is protected, healing is favorable.  A healed wound left by a capped elbow is considered a  blemish and should not impair a horse in any way.