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Saratoga War Horse Project bonds vets,horses

“In a way, retiring racehorses and veterans lead a parallel life. They’ve both been changed by their service, either to the military, or to racing,” and by connecting the two, they may forge a mutual understanding, which is healing.

Maj. Judith Maloney, Chief of Plans, 109th Airlift Wing, was among the first soldiers to be introduced to Traffic Chief.

The veteran of Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, felt her self-protective shell melt a little on the November day she and Chief connected in the pen.

“It felt like we were two warriors who are starting to soften up,” she says. “I realized in the round pen that he was touching me with his big, open heart.”

Churchill Downs dream horse is now hers

Barreling down the Churchill Downs backstretch like the storybook stallion of childhood fantasies thundered a large black Thoroughbred with bright blaze; his head tucked, legs flying above the earth. And standing at the rail was Kristin Leason and her friends; they were excitedly awaiting the spectacle of Calvin Borel riding millionaire racehorse Brass Hat. They had come to meet the famous racehorse and watch his morning workout by the masterful jockey who won three Kentucky Derbies. But who was this Thoroughbred? Quickly snapping a picture that framed the animal mid-stride, Leason captured his hind legs pushing his front off the ground, […]

Veterinary Q&A: Healthy weight, good teeth

Dr. Lori Dykeman, of private practice Paris Equine Services in Ontario, recently took time out of her busy schedule to offer insights and advice on achieving and maintaining overall good health in the horse. In a Q&A interview with, Dr. Dykeman offers on how to gauge whether a horse is at proper weight, and some guidelines for safely adjusting a horse’s diet. She also discusses the importance of good dental care, and ideas for achieving a holistic balance. We hope this interview will provide our readers with a greater understanding of horse health issues and how to become better […]