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Ontario backs ‘horse experience’ businesses for horse upkeep

Trail ride operations, riding schools, others eligible

Ontario horses whose jobs with riding schools, camps and trail rides were lost or cut back during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for funding toward their upkeep. The province on Thursday announced a $3 million equine hardship program would launch starting Monday (Jan. 18) help “horse experience” businesses cover animal maintenance costs. The program […] Read more

U.S. transport regulators reject ’emotional support animal’ status

Service dog status still protected; 'support' goats, turkeys, others up to airlines

Washington | Reuters — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, pigs, turkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. Airlines can still choose which other species to allow on board, but the rules issued on Wednesday […] Read more


History: Blue Blood and Boot Straps

Reprinted from the August 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Blue Blood and Boot Straps By Doreen Runciman, High River, Alta. ‘While it is my intention in no way to take exception to the article, THE BLOOD IS NEEDED IN ALL LANDS, by Linore Wilson, Canadian Cattlemen, May 1952, for no one will dispute the quality and influence of the Arabian, at the same time […] Read more




History: Big Gap Stampede

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Big Gap Stampede By Mrs. Anne E. Spreight, Cairns, Alta. There have been many famous stampedes, but one of the most unique was the Rancher’s Roundup and Barbecue. It started simply enough. A number of ranchers in the Neutral Hills of Central Alberta wanted to hold a get together with the usual western attractions. It […] Read more



History: Observing for Ourselves

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Observing for Ourselves By Lenore Wilson, Calgary, Alta. ‘Owning a half-arab by the Arabian stallion AHMUR A.R.C. 2061, and having studied all available material pertaining to the Arab horse, led to a desire to become personally acquainted with some of these horses and their owners. We wanted to satisfy ourselves that it was not just […] Read more


Members of the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment rest their horses by the side of the road in France.

History: Let us remember the horses

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A year ago, the Vintage Veterinary Committee embarked on a project to bring stories about veterinarians and the contribution they made to the early days of agriculture to life at Calgary’s Heritage Park. Remembering the Great War and the colossal contribution horses made to the war effort during a time in history when ranching had […] Read more

History: Bouncing Buster

Reprinted from the July 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bouncing Buster By Guy Weadick During the spring Horse Show at Calgary last April, probably the most discussed horse, in general conversation, was “Bouncing Buster,” the veteran, tried and true, grand old high jumping horse who as always was one of the outstanding stars of the show. More than one of his admirers asked the […] Read more