Using Guide Horses for the Blind


When you think of "service animals," you usually think of a service dog like a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever leading a blind person. But did you know that miniature horses are also service as guides for the blind?Due to the size of horses typically used for riding, it is not practical to use them as service animals, except in a therapeutic riding program. However, miniature horses are usually about the same size as some of the large breeds used by service organizations. In addition, large breed dogs usually live to about 12 or 13 years old, a miniature horse can remain in service well into their 20's. Guide Horses, as they are called, are not for everyone. They are a personal preference and are typically requested by horse lovers, those who need a guide with a long lifespan, blind equestrians who ride large horses, and blind people with dog allergies.

Most Guide Horses come via donations from large breeding farms and individual donations. Less than 1% of miniature horses are suitable for Guide Horse training. All horses must have exceptional small size with good physical health and stamina, sound legs and above average intelligence. A licensed equine veterinarian examines all horses before they are accepted into a training program.Some of the requirements for having a Guide Horse are a bit different than having a Service Dog.

While Guide Horses are trained to work indoors while guiding, all Guide Horses handlers are required to have a fenced outdoor area and barn for when their Guide Horse is off duty. All horses require lots of fresh air, and all Guide Horses live outdoors when not guiding. Since horses are herd animals, they are happier when they have a friend to come home to after work.

While some horses are fine living alone with their handler, many Guide Horse programs will places a companion horse with each Guide Horse.Guide Horses and service dogs share the same extremely high level of training, though may use different training methods. All Guide Horses must demonstrate 100% proficiency at keeping their handler safe in chaotic traffic. Guide Horses have proven to be exceptionally talented in keeping their handler safe in traffic, partially because their 350 degree range of vision allows them to see traffic in all directions at the same time.

No Guide Horse is placed until their handler can confidently place their life in its control.Training any assistance animal requires an in-depth understanding of animal behavior. Because equine behavior is generic to all horse breeds, any professional horse trainer can start the initial training of the assistance horse, teaching it to accept the harness, and start/stop on command.

Advanced training involves training the horse not to react to environmental distractions, to avoid obstacles and to recognize all potential dangers. The idea is to create a team, person and horse, working together and understanding one another.Training of a Guide Horse includes:The handler, too, will go through an entire training program, from animal care through team training.Though allowed under ADA, Guide Horses are still an experimental mobility option for blind people who do not wish to or cannot use a guide dog.

They are provided by The Guide Horse Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide miniature horses as assistance animals to blind users living in rural environments.

Kentucky Derby Top 15


With all the first round of the 2012 three-year-old prep races done across the country it's time to take a first look at the BetAmerica Kentucky Derby Top 15. ; A lot can change between now and May, but for now here's the list.1. Union Rags2. Mr. Bowling3. Liaison4. Gemologist5. Algorithms6. Out of Bounds7. Junebugred8. Alpha9. Hansen10.Creative Cause So Lucky12.O'Prado Again Padrino14. Discreet Dancer15. SabercatUnion Rags tops the list based on his 2011 campaign, which finished with a second place finish to Hansen in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. ; After winning the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont, Union Rags was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Juvenile. ; Drawing post ten was probably the reason for the defeat as the Dixie Union-colt was wide the entire trip. ; Off since then Union Rags is eyeing a return in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 26.Hansen won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but plummets down the list based on his performance in the Holy Bull last weekend. ;After stumbling at the start the nearly white colt made the lead on his own, but was run down late by the impressive Algorithms.Algorithms is trained by Todd Pletcher, who also has Gemologist, El Padrino and Discreet Dancer on the list. ; Gemologist is number four after his win over the highly touted Ever So Lucky, who will be starting in the Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park on February 4, in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. ; El Padrino won an allowance race over Take Charge Indy, who was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, on the same day as the Holy Bull and looks like a horse who will love ten-furlongs. ;

Discreet Dancer has been uber impressive in his two races, a maiden and an allowance at Gulfstream Park, and gives Pletcher a hot hand in the upcoming months. ;Pletcher has the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby, March 31, at Gulfstream Park as well the Risen Star, February 25 at Fair Grounds, and the Southwest, February 20 at Oaklawn Park as possible races for his foursome.Should Pletcher ship one or more of his horses out-of-town then he is going to have to face the winner's from the local prep races Mr. Bowling at Fair Grounds and Junebugred at Oaklawn Park. ; Mr. Bowling won the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes by a head and is expected to move on to the Risen Star while Junebugred took the Smarty Jones by a neck with a rail-skimming ride by Jersey Joe Bravo.

The Southern California contingent is led by Liaison, who won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in his last start in mid-December. ; The Bob Baffert-trainee is expected to show up next in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on February 4 at Santa Anita. ;Out of Bounds and Creative Cause are the other Southern California-based runners with Out of Bounds the slight edge based on his recent start in the Sham. ; Out of Bounds was 10-1 in the Grade 3 Sham earlier this month, but did not run like it. ; He stalked the early pace then ran right by the 1-2 favorite Secret Circle, who won the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint last year. ; Out of Bounds is expected to start in the San Felipe at Santa Anita on March 10.Creative Cause was arguably the top two-year-old in California last year with wins in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar and Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. ; In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile the Giant's Causeway-colt was third, beaten just over a length. ; Trainer Mike Harrington could kick off his campaign with a run in the seven furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on February 19.With most of the New York runners wintering in Florida, including Remsen winner O'Prado Again, Alpha leads those in the Empire State. ; Alpha was second to Union Rags in the Grade 1 Champagne then was eleventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile before scoring an easy win in the Count Fleet at Aqueduct in early January. ; His next start is to come in the Grade 3 Withers over the track on February 4.Sabercat deserves a spot on this list after winning the $1,000,000 Jackpot at Delta Downs last year. ; That win guaranteed him a spot in the field of 20 on the first Saturday in May as the winner's purse was $600,000.

Sabercat's last published work came in early December at Fair Grounds and his trainer Steve Asmussen has yet to set the next live horse race.In addition to the Withers at Aqueduct and Robert Lewis at Santa Anita the other three-year-old prep races taking place this weekend are the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs and the WEBN at Turfway Park.Who makes your Top 15 list?

Fair Grounds Risen Star Stakes


The major three-year-old stakes race this Saturday for those on the Kentucky Derby trail is the Grade 2 Risen Star. ; The $300,000 race drew a field of eleven with two coupled entries. ;The probable favorite eight and one-half furlong race is the Brereton C Jones-owned entry of Mr. Bowling and Mark Valeski. ; Both colts are coming off of wins, but the majority will be focused on Mr. Bowling, who is coming off a head win in the Grade 3 LeComte, which is the local prep for the Risen Star.Mr. Bowling, second on the BetAmerica Kentucky Derby Top 15, will again face rivals Z Dager, Shared Property, Hero of Order, Ted's Folly and Adena's Chance, who all ran in the LeComte. ; Ted's Folly and Adena's Chance appear to be overmatched based on their ninth and tenth place finish so let's take a look at the others. ;Z Dager was a length and a half back at the stretch call, made an inside run and finished a head behind Mr. Bowling with another half length to Shared Property, who made a wide run to get into contention entering the stretch, but could not sustain his bid.Based on the margins and the running lines one may say that Z Dager would appreciated the little bit of added distance, but the race replay suggests otherwise.Z Dager was behind horses entering the stretch then was able to find room late and wad making a menacing run at the leader. ; Mr. Bowling; however, was having none of it and was able to keep his opponent at bay even through the gallop out. ; Shared Property had the worst trip of the top three, but again drew an outside post.In addition to Mark Valeski, the runners in the Risen Star that did not come out of the LeComte are Afford, Optimizer, El Padrino and Tizanexpense.El Padrino could very well go off favored in the Risen Star off his smashing allowance win over Take Charge Indy at Gulfstream Park late last month. ; Take Charge Indy is a top prospect, who was coming off a fifth place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November.

The one concern with the Todd Pletcher-trained colt by Pulpit is the allowance win was over a good, sealed Gulfstream Park track. ; The ability has always been there, but his two wins have come over an off-track. ; As it stands right now El Padrino is tenth on the BetAmerica Kentucky Derby Top 15.Optimizer has yet to deliver on promises from his trainer and has a lot of improvement to do to hit the board on Saturday. ; Afford and Tizanexpense are the bookends in the Risen Star and both come out of allowance wins at Fair Grounds. ; Tizanexpense is stuck in post eleven, but his come home time in his last race was an excellent 29 and one-fifth second. ; For comparison Mr. Bowling shed his final fractions in 30 and two-fifths. ; Tizanexpense could hit the board at a nice price if able to negotiate a good trip.The Saturday card at Fair Grounds is an excellent one with four graded stakes races and six stakes overall. ; The Risen Star is scheduled as race 11 with a post time of 5:55 ET.

Using Mirrors to Improve Your Horse Riding


Many equestrian disciplines require the horse to work in a certain position or outline such as dressage, western etc. When teaching your horse to work correctly or when learning yourself, it is hard when you are unable to see how it looks and compare this to what it should look like. Many people will video their lessons or schooling sessions then play this back to make alterations for the next session. This is restrictive as it does not allow you to make instant changes and feel the results so you have an ongoing case of trial and error. An ideal solution to this is to have mirrors fitted in your arena or school.By having mirrors in your school it will allow you to check the position of yourself and the horse constantly and improve your performance without the need to have someone on the ground.

Mirrors therefore can help with independence and make the rider feel more confident when schooling alone. As a competitor it enables you to see what the judge sees which is especially important in disciplines such as dressage.When learning new movements such as lateral work, the mirrors can help to show you if the horse is in the correct position.

When positioned correctly, it will encourage the rider to look up at their reflection as opposed to looking down at the horse.When fitting mirrors it is important to remember that unless fitted correctly and made from sturdy stable materials they could potentially be very dangerous. It is important to purchase them from a reputable company that specialise in mirrors for use with horses, as they will understand that they need to be able to withstand horses potentially hitting or kicking them.When riding your horse in an arena with mirrors for the first time, bear in mind that they do not necessarily know what mirrors are and there is the chance they could be spooked by a horse suddenly appearing alongside them.

Allow them time to get used to the idea before attempting any training in front of them.Training is incredibly important if you wish to improve your skills as a rider. The more time spent practicing, the better you will become. With the use of mirrors, your level of training increases as it allows you to actually see where you are doing things right and where you could improve. For those who wish to improve their dressage skills, mirrors can be a very useful addition.

Never Been to The Kentucky Derby? Start a New Tradition in 2011


All family traditions start with a single event that is so enjoyable it is repeated year after year. For many families and groups of friends, an annual pilgrimage to the Kentucky Derby is just such a tradition. You can start your own tradition this year by purchasing Kentucky Derby tickets and finding out what the excitement is all about.If you have never bought Kentucky Derby tickets, 2011 is a good year to do it. The springtime weather is already pleasant, and Louisville is getting geared up for the event like never before. The city is known for fabulous food and a welcoming spirit, so join in the festivities and create some new memories of your own.

You may even win some extra cash if your horse wins the big race!If you're not sure where to stay, you may want to consider one of the many Kentucky Derby packages that include accommodations, Derby tickets, and access to some of those famous parties. There is no shortage of nightlife events in the city at Derby time, so make sure you pack your dancing shoes along with your special Derby hat. Many packages also include Kentucky Oaks tickets, so be sure to look for the combination of features that best meets the needs of your group.

Whether you want to sit in the grandstand or splurge on a clubhouse for your group, there are a variety Kentucky Derby tickets that will help you start your new tradition. No matter where you sit, the experience will not be forgotten, and you will have an event to look forward to year after year.Although it may be an elite event, there are Kentucky Derby tickets available, so there is no reason you can't participate in all the fun. Become a part of the rich history and tradition of the Derby and order your tickets today!

Horse Racing The Finest Sport Played Most Today


Horse racing is a popular game from ancient time. People who are interested in racing have knowledge of its history, when it is started, where it was played first etc. The most common type of horse racing is: -

1. The thoroughbred racing: - It is a type of racing in which the horses are riddled by a person called jockey. This type of races takes place on the smooth tracks and covers the distance of nearly one-fourth or two miles over the course with the speed of forty miles per hour. At present more than 80 thoroughbred racecourses are there in nearly thirty three countries.

2 The harness racing: - In this type of game the conventional horse has to pull a bike on two wheels with a rider and have to cover the distance of at least one mile over the racetrack with the speed of twenty to thirty miles per hour. Now a day, there are twenty nine conventional bread in thirty three countries. This game is generally a fun game along with the money maker also. Horse Racing Singapore is one of the places where this game often takes place. If a person who is the organizer of this must have a good sense of strategy then one should earn a long term profit from this game. So for being a good organizer one must have knowledge of the following points:-

3 In this a person analyzes the horses' fitness, as if a horse have participated recently in a race or have already run well in the last race then the horse is fit and quite good to take part in the next race. But a horse which seems to be good and has a poor fitness then the horse will not be reliable.

4 The jockey should always be an experienced person, as it is totally depend on the jockey that how to improve the win chances of the horse.

5 Beside all one must have to be attentive towards the best value.

6 The condition of the track is also important whether it is favorable for your livestock or not along with the weather condition of that day in which the race will be happening.

The horse race is a traditional game which is being played all over the world and if we talk about Singapore Racing it is really the best place where several world class events take place. So one can achieve an immediate income from this game if a person is having a good faith on his horse and jockey's success then obviously the person will win and gain good income. But the person must be careful about the riders who will be going to ride the horse in the race course and will able to win the race.

Horse riding is like a "King's Sport" and which generally liked by so many aspirants. It also means it is the best source of revenue.

Take Riding Lessons to Ride Like a Pro


You drive all the way to work everyday in your shiny black sedan and in style. Had you been in the 16th century, you would have been galloping on your horse in a battle most probably. Time has changed but man's need for transportation has remained unchanged. The mode of transportation has undergone a drastic transformation. Now if you ride a horse to work everyday, people are going to assume that you have completely lost it. But at times when you go to the race tracks on weekend to suck up some luck you can't help but take horsemanship videos of the jockeys and uploading them on the web. You also wish at times to be able to ride a horse like that. It would be so thrilling an experience and so grand a feeling.You remember you had gone for a camping trip from school and you had a part of that camp's activity included taking horse riding lessons.

Your 6th grade teacher tried convincing you to at least try riding the horse. The trainers were giving basic riding lessons but the very sight of the magnificent animal scared you to death. That was the last time you had ever been so close to a horse. But now, you somehow have got over the fear and want to give horse riding a shot. Qualified trainers are available in reputed training academies to guide you through the step by step learning process. And don't think you would feel awkward to learn horse riding along with much younger boys and girls. Once you are there, you would forget everything else.The horsemanship videos on the website show how the riders have mastered the various techniques of riding.

There are different styles in which horses can be ridden. From one leg on each side of the horse to riding with both legs on one side without falling off needs a lot of patience and practice. In a circus or in the Olympics you have seen how effortlessly the jockeys maneuver the animal without anybody getting hurt. These are the techniques that one can learn through proper training and that too from expert trainers. The lessons will also be a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some time amongst the lovely fields and forests and parks. In your everyday routine there is hardly any time left to appreciate the beautiful nature.

The horse riding lessons serve a twofold purpose. Not only will you be leaning how to ride a horse like a pro but also getting a chance to communicate with an animal first hand. You have never even had a dog at home. This will be a challenging task; to be able to communicate to your horse through the entire training period.

The horse has to understand all the commands you give. Whether to just trot or walk or gallop or jump over the obstacle or just be still. Unless there is a good rapport between you and your horse, you cannot possibly become a good rider. And there is nothing better than being friends with an animal; don't be surprised if the horse becomes your best friend even! The riding lessons are guaranteed to become one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable moments of your life.

Biography of The Thoroughbred Race Horse Citation


In the history of horse racing there have been a few horses that are remembered through the years for their impressive accomplishments. It is not secret that there is one accomplishment that keeps horses in the memory of horse racing fans. That accomplishment is of course winning the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown is rare, but each of the horses that have won the Triple Crown have been remembered as legends.The Triple Crown is won when a horse wins the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. These are the three biggest races in the American horse racing scene and the winner is revered as a hero. Citation was the 8th horse to ever win the Triple Crown. While those three wins in his career were huge, he was by no means a horse that only won three races.Citation was bred by Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

He began to race as a two year old at Havre de Grace, Maryland. From the beginning it was clear that this horse was special as he managed to win his first race ever. He continued on to impress his competition as he broke the Arlington Park record in the second start of his career. He raced just 9 races in his first year and managed to win 8 of the races. He was named the 1947 champion 2 year old colt for his impressive showing through the year.As a three year old he continued to show his value as he beat Armed, the horse of the year from the previous year two times to start the year. He continued to beat older horses and this year would be the biggest year of his career. Throughout the year the horse managed to win 9 major races.

These races included the Tanforan Handicap, Flamingo Stakes, Kentucky Derby, Preakness States, Belmont Stakes, Stars and Stripes Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, American Derby and the Pimlico Special. Besides being the 1948 Triple Crown Champion, he was also named the champion 3 year old colt and the U.S. Horse of the Year.While many horses finish their careers with less on their record than Citation, Citation was not done after that point. As a 5 year old the horse came back into the national scene and managed to win a couple more big races. The notable wins for Citation in 1950 included the Hollywood Gold Cup and the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile.

As a 6 year old the horse continued to race and won another major race at the American Handicap. Citation was named as the champion older horse in 1951 and went over the 1 million dollar mark in terms of earnings. From that point he retired to stud.Citation was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 1959 and was added to the "Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century." He was named the 3rd best horses of the 20th century on the top 100 list and is remembered as one of the all-time greats.

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Generating Wise Decisions to Win the Bet


Many people have become enthusiasts of horse racing since in the past. They enjoy watching their favorite equines run and many of them are eager to visit the arena due to the money wagering activity that can make them take home a big amount of cash if they win. There are so many aspects to consider and to understand before you get involved in the activity. You must also keep in mind that only your wise decisions and luck can make you acquire victory since they both play important roles. Horse racing tips have helped so many bettors obtain victory and have helped so many beginners get by in the arena. There are professional tipsters that can guide you during the game. Understand that the advice that they give you are generated from their personal opinions and experiences.

This is the reason why you should hire an experienced tipster that has also helped various people win bets. If you think that paying for other's opinions is not good for you, you can do your own research. You can also read blogs and articles online that can help you get by in the race. Always have a DRF or daily racing form in your hands if you want to place your bet because this piece of paper is a very power tool in the contest. It provides you with detailed information about each of the steed in the race track. Some avid bettors even try their best to acquire information from jockeys and steed owners since not many people can get their hands on these data. Always remember that all of this advice will only guide you generate a system that will take you to the winning path. It will all depend on your decisions and luck in the end. Every steed in the track has its own unique skills and attitude. It will help you decide if you know each of the contestants very well.

Make sure that they have already won previous races and they are fit for the contest. Know and understand all kinds of wagers before placing your cash as well. In fact, not all horse tips are for bettors only. You will find various articles in the World Wide Web that talk about the proper care for equines and facts about their kind. These tips are important for horse lovers as well. The performance of the steed is greatly affected by how their owners nourish and take care of them and this is the reason why the information they give is very important for the bettors.

There are some equines that cannot perform well on wet racetracks and even this small detail can mean a lot to the avid bettor.

Importance of Buying Horse Supplies at an Online Store


People often think that owning a horse is an expensive task. Horse is often a favorite pet for many individuals all over the world and this can fulfill their dream to ride a horse whenever they want. Having a personal horse is a great dream and it can be a reality for many too. It is highly imperative here to mention about the pet horse supplies, which are often very costly to afford. Most of these required supplies will include tack, grooming products, clothing and some more. Most of these products will vary significantly basing up on the regional location too. Price of horse supplies can be witnessed with significant difference between the local markets and online. These supplies can be little affordable than the local market through considering it from a pet shop online. There are many exclusive online horse supply sites available for the horse owners. Online sites often come up with special offers and deals to convert this shopping into a quite affordable one.

Here, local tack store can be a best place to avail good advice besides your shopping too. Most of the online stores provide valuable information on various pets including. People find it tough to go through these content pages as time is the greatest constraint. People that are more into personal advices about your pet horse can make good use of the both shopping options. It will result into an effective stocking for pet horse supply in return. For example, custom products that require special attention can be ordered from the local store. This will enable utmost control over your shopping to result into expected products successfully.

General items such as saddle pads, blankets, grooming products, food and some more can be ideal through considering online. Shopping for pet horse supplies requires special attention. Check for the conditions of this shopping like minimum total, shipping cost and some more. Some online stores are keeping certain limits to avail free shipping. You should keep away from these stores that are with similar conditions. Also, this will not be economical too. It is always a good practice to check few online stores for this purpose and compare the prices. This kind of planned approach can let you land into an offer that is quite affordable besides being more economical too. You can definitely avail the best deals through a pet shop online for your horse supplies.

Here, it is imperative to check the price, brand and quantities in detail before finalizing the purchase online. You have to be more attentive towards your online shopping as most of the stores will not take back goods once sold. It is your responsibility to check all your purchases in detail before making the payment. Once the payment is through, then it is your responsibility to accept the products. You have to be more vigilant towards your online shopping all the time.