An office renovation has forced me to clean-out an office that has been accumulating (and I mean accumulating!) items for over 25 years. Yesterday, I tackled my desk drawers which became an archaeological adventure…the deeper I dug, the younger (and thinner) I looked in all the pictures I unearthed. At the very bottom of the drawer, in an old address book I used as a child, I found a picture of Marian Wright, sitting in a box seat at the NY Morgan Horse Show sometime in the 1970s. read more
SURVIVAL OF SPERM AFTER CASTRATION
The castration of GCM Vernon Hall, “Vern,” a mature stallion, provided an opportunity that was hard to pass up. Karen and I have wanted to attempt to freeze epididymal sperm for some time. Several equine reproduction labs in the country have successfully frozen epididymal sperm from stallions at the time of castration or who have to be euthanized. Studies have shown that stallion spermatozoa can be harvested from epididymides that have been stored for up to 24 hours, resulting in 5-25 breeding doses. read more
VERN: THE WINTER OF DESPAIR AND THE SPRING OF HOPE
“Vern healed beautifully and without any complications from his castration surgery in November,” was the short and sweet follow up that I’d hoped to report in this issue of The Stable Sheet. Alas, this was not the case. Despite having been on a couple of different types of antibiotics combined with some bute to help with swelling and discomfort, and hot packing the sheath area to facilitate drainage, Vern wasn’t healing on his left side (the right closed just fine). read more
SUMMER EXPERIENCE AT MINER: ONE FOR THE MEMORY BOOK
The Summer Experience in Equine Management will mark its 27th year in 2013. The program emphasizes horse handling and training skills; students learn ground training techniques such as halter breaking, lungeing, longlining, and ground driving. Students also get experience handling stallions, and with semen collection and processing, as well as managing broodmares. read more
2013 Kentucky Derby Open Barn Party
Thank you to everyone who came out to our May 4 Kentucky Derby Open Barn Party! Visitors enjoyed our beautiful renovated horse barn, which was built in 1906 as the dairy barn for William Miner’s Heart’s Delight Farm. The stalls were occupied by 14 very well-behaved Morgans. Refreshments were delicious, plentiful, and southern-themed! HD Valhalla, “Hallie” gave a great impromptu demonstration with Katie Ballard. A good time was had by all!
Special thanks to event sponsors: Duprey’s Feed, North Country Floral & Gifts, Blair & Webber Photography, Adirondack Tack, and Alltech.
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