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The debate over horse slaughter is senseless~ 80% of Americans have spoken and they do not want horse slaughter in the US. The only way to end debate is to deal with the cause not the symptom. The Cause is over-breeding, we must regulate breeding of horses.
The notion that horses are like cattle; cattle did not carry us through this country on their backs, cattle did not take us to battle and help us win, cattle are not companions, cattle are not athletes, the comparison drawn of horses to cattle are just uneducated and close minded.
Horses are a 9 billion dollar a year industry, a live horse generates revenue in a state for feed, training and care, a dead horse generates no revenue and creates no jobs for Americans. Slaughter plants create few jobs and those jobs are dirty; low paying jobs that mostly benefit foreign interests.
Let’s implement jobs for Americans with annual registrations for horses; fees to register horses will pay for the jobs necessary to regulate the annual registrations. Then let’s charge for breeding licenses, again the fees charged will generate the revenue to hire the regulatory body, more jobs. Live horses create jobs, generate revenue and put money into the US economy. Dead horses benefit only foreign interests.
If we control the number of breeding licenses issued per year, we can regulate the number of horses bred per year. This will bring the value of the horseback up and reduce the number of throwaway horses bred by breed registries.
Breed registries make money to register horses ie: AQHA, APHA, and Jockey Club etc etc. Why not have the state charge registration fees to regulate the breeders. Breeders will only be allotted so many registrations per year based on states ability to place those horses into suitable homes. If it is too expensive to breed for slaughter…. no one will do it.
In this scenario horses win, states win, the equine economy grows, Americans are listened to and special interests are driven out of our country.
This is dealing with the cause of slaughter not just the symptom.
The following organization strive to end horse slaughter~
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Welcome! Please spend a minute reading the following – it is worth your while!
You may have been consuming drugs for health – but getting sickly more and more? Did you ever think why? Drugs don’t cure! Do you know that? They only relieve or control..! Medicines alone help cure! Actually Body & Mind can completely cure themselves with the right kind of help. Do you know the actual difference between a drug and a medicine? Contrary to the normal belief that they are synonyms (same) – they are actually antonyms (opposite). Drugs take away control of your body & mind from You! Medicines reverse this and restore the control back to You!
Let me elaborately clarify here how it is so …
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Drug: A drug is a chemical substance that takes control of your body or mind depending on its own inherent nature. For example – when you take a sleeping pill, it puts you to sleep no matter how much you want to be awake! It rules over your body & mind. You can repeat this exercise many times – and you will experience the same every time.
It does not stop there! Subsequently when you want to sleep, it will make your body ask for the pill again. As you start yielding to its demand, it will keep asking progressively for more and more pills for the same amount of sleep while reducing the quality of sleep! You will finally end up in a state that – unless you have many pills each time – you simply cannot have even normal sleep – which is so natural to all living creatures. By now you have become totally a slave to that pill. Pill is the lord & master! This state is called drug dependence. Your life will not be under your control – but the drug.
Same is the case with a pain killer. Pain killer does not resolve the core problem of trauma. It makes you forget it (not feel it) for some temporary period of hours. Pain will reappear shortly as the cause of pain is not addressed and remains unresolved – you will again be forced to seek the help of a pain killer. This process will progress slowly and steadily asking for larger and larger dosage every time. Pain killer becomes the master and you the slave again!
The story is no different with pills for Hypertension (BP) or Diabetes or any other diseases. An acute condition becomes chronic and you are the permanent victim.
All drugs finally create market for more number of new drugs to counteract and compensate for their ill effects! Your body will end up becoming the warehouse of different dumped drugs – and they will not simply sit there – but harm immensely.
Drug takes away control of your body & mind from you – to dictate your life!
Medicine: Medicine is the substance that helps restore “normalcy” to your body & mind. Normalcy is actually nothing but your volitional control over your own body & mind. Hence its action can be seen to be the exact opposite of the drug. The proof of that helpful action of medicine is – that you will never require a medicine compulsively, threatening discomfort and danger when not taken on time. Have you seen the cases of patients of – Diabetes & BP – resulting in other terrible complications when the prescription drug is not taken on time every day? This is because the control is with the drugs here.
But in the case of medicines – control over your body & mind is normally handed back to you – with a little bit of help from the right medicine. Medicine has very close similarity with food & rest in its basic action.
For example: When you are thirsty or dehydrated – you cannot function normally! Then pure water works like medicine. When you are hungry or famished – simple food works like medicine. When you are tired & fatigued – normal sleep works like medicine. Medicines are generally harmless when there is no excess or abuse.
The key factor is restoration of normalcy –or- the functional ability!
All substances can be made to work in 3-planes …viz … Food, Medicine or Poison!
Let me give an example. Common table salt (sodium chloride) is food and a taste enhancer. It is also a life saver in cases of dehydration as a part of saline water. Mind you – it can kill too in cases of Hypertension! How come – it is the same substance? Yes! The difference is how is it taken and how much.
When food is made to act like a medicine – there are normally no adverse side-effects! This is the boon of VedaCeuticals® a new science & technology! VedaCeuticals® is the important and integral part of Holistic Health.
You can be self sufficient – and there by self dependent. If you have the will & resolve – we have the know-how & do-how. All that you need is to make up your mind and ask – and we will provide all the wisdom that we have gained – the hard way!
Maybe you saw the movie or read the book. These are extraordinary people for certain, but a fellow Zumateer (Katya) aptly said to me, “We are all horse whisperers.” I have observed Katya as she ground works horses and wished I had the “gift.” She has kindly given me pointers and a short round penning lesson. My interest was piqued, so when Diego came to Zuma’s with ground lessons, I eagerly joined his class. Everything about my relationship with horses has changed.
Grooming and preparing my horse to ride was always a means to an end. All I wanted was to get on and ride. To be sure, I love the smell and feel of the barn and horses, but riding was the ultimate goal. So much has changed since I have been introduced to ground training by Katya and Diego. Connection and trust with these wonderful, powerful animals is amazing; and, we all can experience this from the ground.
As riders we learn our horse’s language, and we can detect the slightest change in demeanor from atop his/her back or by observing body cues from the ground. Great. Even better is the experience of teaching and working with the same horse on the ground. Feeling the relationship with your horse change from detached boss/employee to trusted leader/partner is incomparable.
Now when I ride, my horse is more confident in me, as I am in her. Ground lessons have brought about this change. Seeing this same confidence in an inexperienced horseperson or child, who is timid and afraid with horses or in life, makes the statement even stronger. That which we learn on the ground with our horse transfers to our riding experience and to life relationships and behaviors.
We all can whisper to our horses. Diego can teach you, too, whether you are a rider or not. Make the connection and learn about relationships through a horse.
Contributed by Sally Loan ~ Horse Whisperer in Training
June 2011 Spotlight
Lindsey Spears ~ Superior Weed Wacking Ability
Amanda Sapir~ Outstanding Organizational Skills
Sally loan~ Camp Counselor Extrodinaire
Nikki Grover~ Mane Event Committee Life Saver
Vickeye Strobel-Theresa Johnson-Shirley Treichel
Gardeners with Green Thumbs
Mike Worcester~ Master of the Mower
None of what we do for Children and Horses would be possible without the selfless efforts of these and all of Zuma’s Volunteers
◆ 2011 Grants Awarded to Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
◆ ASPCA Grant 4/2011 $600.00 Grant to travel to the Animal Care Expo in Orlando Florida
This grant funded a portion of an educational journey into the world of Animal Rescue and Care
◆ Animal Assistance Foundation 5/2011 $2,500.00 Grant funding our work with the Animal/ Human Therapies
This grant will fund programs costs for our Equine Assisted Learning Programs
◆ Phillip S. Miller Award 5/2011 $10,000.00 Grant Funding our Equine Assisted Learning Program
This Grant takes Zuma’s into 2012 with funding for our Children and Families Experiential Learning Programs
◆ Penny Harvest Grant 5/2011 $200.00 from Sagewood Middle School Students to sponsor a child in our program
This grant will sponsor 1/2 of a troubled child’s summer camp
Purchase Tickets Here, Please consider purchasing a ticket for an under privileged child to attend if you can not attend.
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Wow is Zuma’s growing…. this weekend as crazy as it was is becoming more common place for our Rescue Ranch.
Zuma’s was in attendance at Radio Disney’s “All Kids Expo” at the Denver Convention Center Saturday and Sunday
Saturday Jodi and Paul manned the booth and Sunday DU interns Erin, Michelle, Dana and Program Director Gina Manned the booth
18,000 projected visitors for this event, Great Exposure for Zuma’s
Zuma’s was host to Anna Twinney’s Holistic Horse Day Event Sunday March 6th where 25 eager minds were in attendance to learn from the master of the language of Equines. Great event and wonderful opportunity for Zuma’s to host good horse folks
Zuma’s Held the First Sunday Volunteer Training combined with Grooming Training to a packed house of 32 new volunteers eager to learn how to become part of Zuma’s team, AKA “Zumateer” Blessed are we to have so much interest in our mission to help kids and horses.
Reach Out to Horses Teams up with Zuma’s in 2011
About Anna Twinney –
Anna is respected, around the world, as an Equine Specialist, Natural
Horsemanship Clinician, Animal Communicator, and Intuitive Healer. She is the Founder of
Reach Out to Horses® a comprehensive, holistic, equine training program, uniquely working
in the horse’s own language. Anna teaches people of all disciplines the art of creating a
genuine trust-based partnership with their horse. She has created the very popular Reach
Out to Natural Horsemanship 6-DVD Series, and is a contributor to the book, Horse as
Teacher, The Path to Authenticity with Horses. In addition, Anna teaches the art of
interspecies communication, energy healing, and can be heard on her free podcast show,
Reaching Out with Anna Twinney, interviewing the biggest names in equine training, animal
communication, alternative healing modalities, and more. For more information visit
About the Clinic
This is Your Chance to Learn the Foundations of the Reach Out to Horses® Program!
Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on exercises, you will explore the very same techniques that
Anna uses, all around the world, to build genuine trust-based partnerships with thousands of horses.
Session 1 – April 29th – May 1st, 2011
Overcoming Obstacles through Communication
Learn just how valuable the use of the obstacle course can be.
You will explore this rarely applied tool and uncover just how
safe and effective it can be in familiarizing yourself and your
horse with the challenges of the trail or arena before riding.
Trust Based Leadership & Compassionate Communication
Examine some of the most important elements in creating a trustbased
relationship with your horse and getting the results you’ve
always wanted but haven’t necessarily been able to achieve.
Session 2 – October 22nd – 24th, 2011
The Use of the Round Pen
Clear up the myths and confusion and learn just how effective
the Round Pen can be as a training tool in creating the ultimate
foundation for a relationship with your horse.
Reaching Out – Perfecting the Round Pen
Continue where we left off in Session 1. Deepen your understanding of
the round pen and the many uses it has in the training of your horse.
Advanced Long-Lining – The Final Chapter
Long-lining has often been described as “riding from the
ground”. Discover how effective this tool can be to bridge the
communication gap between you and your horse.
Advanced Trust Based Leadership & Compassionate Communication
Take your skills and your relationship with your horse to a deeper level,
as you continue to explore crucial elements in creating a trust-based
relationship with your horse.
Loading Solutions, Part II
Loading can be one of the most stressful situations for both horse and human. Learn the
Reach Out to Horses’ method of loading and achieve the quiet success you’ve always wanted.
Read about all our courses including the comprehensive Modular Course at http://www.reachouttohorses.com.
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Developing that Genuine Trust-Based Partnership You’ve
Always Dreamed of Creating with Your Equine Companion.
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Great Way to Start 2011
Way to kick of the new year with our first of what I hope to be many Grant Awards! The generous and supportive team at The Kenneth King Foundation have now supported Zuma’s Mission two years in a row! Please take a look at the great work this organization is supporting!
How Much Weight Can My Horse Carry?
We often hear this question in reference to all manner of weight: the rider, the horse saddlebags, hornbags, pack loads, etc. There is no simple answer. Just like humans, some animals will be able to comfortably carry more weight than others and each animal needs to be evaluated individually.
Factors to consider
For every ride you plan, you should take the following into account when determining each animal’s load size, whether it’s your trail horse, your pack horse, your saddle mule or your pack mule:
- Size and weight of animal
- Condition and health of the animal
- Conditioning and fitness of the animal
- Conformation of the animal
- Attitude of the animal
- Age of animal
- Size, fit and weight of the trail saddle or pack saddle
- Ability of the trail saddle or pack saddle to distribute weight across the animal’s back
- Weight of the rider or pack load
- Ability of the rider
- Design of the packs or horse saddlebags
- Distance of the ride
- Type of terrain
- Temperature and weather conditions
Many of these are self explanatory, but I do want to touch on some important points.
Percentage of body weight
When packers ask me how much weight they can safely load on a their pack horse or pack mule, I give them the basic rule of thumb of 20% of the animal’s body weight, depending on all of the factors in the list above. To pack a heavy load, an animal needs to be in good health. This doesn’t just refer to whether or not he has a cold, but whether his feet are in good condition and properly shod or trimmed, whether he has any bites or sores in spots where they could be irritated by the gear and whether he is well rested and prepared for the trip ahead. Good fitness means your pack animal should be regularly and well exercised.
I can not stress enough that you have to know your animal and for every trip you need to evaluate at least the animal’s condition as well as the temperature, distance and terrain of your ride and base your load weight on those factors. A long ride on uneven terrain at the height of summer requires animals in peak condition. An animal should also be given time to acclimate to a change in altitude. Humans are not the only ones who can suffer from altitude sickness. If your animal is not up to the task you are asking of him, you may be endangering not only his life, but yours as well.
As examples of individual assessments, I once owned a tough, raw-boned pack mule named Henry. Henry only weighed about 1100 pounds, but he could pack a 250 pound load for 15 miles in hot weather and dance the whole way. However, I currently have a pack mule, Daisy, who is pushing 35 and would be retired if she didn’t pitch such a fit when she gets left behind. Daisy’s loads typically weigh in at maybe 15% of her body weight. We all walk a little slower to accommodate her and I keep her in mind when deciding how far we’ll go each day.
The animal’s conformation can be a factor in how well your pack load or horse saddlebags ride. For instance, a low withered animal will need to be packed carefully and evenly because even a minor difference from one side to the other can cause the trail saddle or pack saddle to constantly shift as you go down the trail. At best, this is an inconvenience causing you to constantly adjust. At worst, the trail saddle or pack saddle could slip completely and cause a wreck. In another example, a short-backed horse may not be able to carry large horse saddlebags as they will sit uncomfortably too far back on the horse’s rump.
Live weight versus dead weight
Additionally, it is important to remember that live weight (i.e. a rider) rides differently than dead weight (i.e. a pack load of any kind) and the 20% rule doesn’t necessarily apply to live weight. A rider can move and shift in the saddle to compensate for rough terrain and can get off and walk. A good rider is also easier for a horse to carry than an inexperienced one. An experienced rider in a good fitting saddle on a fit horse could be fine on a long, tough ride, even if the combined weight of saddle and rider is more than 20% of the animal’s body weight.
Packing the load
Dead weight, on the other hand, does not have the ability to adjust to terrain changes and, therefore, must be carefully packed to stay put and be comfortable for the animal to carry regardless of conditions. Remember, gravity works. Once dead weight begins to slide off to one side, it has the tendency to keep going. This can upset your animal, cause soring or, even worse, cause a wreck.
Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules on how to pack a load. It depends upon what you are packing, your equipment, your animal and all of the other conditions listed above. However, there is one rule to always bear in mind…equal size, equal weight and equal weight distribution. If you follow this rule, you should generally have less trouble packing a load.
- Equal size. It is easier to balance a load that is the same size on each side. This is easy with panniers and saddlebags, which have a fixed size. It is more difficult with mantied loads. This is one reason I recommend panniers to beginning packers.
- Equal weight. Any kind of load should be balanced from one side to the other. This means that if your panniers, saddlebags or hornbags do not weigh the same, you need to balance the lighter side by hanging something else off of that side such as your rifle scabbard, pack saw, camp axe or another such item.
- Equal weight distribution. Try to pack each pannier, saddlebag or hornbag so that the weight is distributed evenly throughout. Do not pack all of the grain in the front of one pannier and your down sleeping bag in the back.
- Additionally, while weight rides better and is carried better higher up the animal’s sides, be careful not to make a load top heavy. Remember the top pack is meant for bulky, lightweight items.
Saddles, both pack and riding saddles, need to fit well to be effective and not cause additional problems. A poor fitting saddle will not properly distribute weight across the horse’s back. If the fit is particularly bad, it can cause sore muscles or even open wounds. Before loading any weight on your animal, be sure to double check the fit and condition of your saddle.
When loading saddlebags, the weight and ability of the rider should be factored with the horse’s size and condition as well as with the fit of the saddle. An inexperienced rider can unknowingly throw the horse off balance and too much extra weight will make recovery more difficult. Additionally, poorly designed saddlebags can hang too low or constantly shift, which can irritate your horse and put extra strain on him.
No simple answer
There is never a black and white answer to the question “How much weight can my horse carry?” The answer always has to be found on an individual basis considering the factors mentioned above. As I said, most of these items are simply common sense, but so many of the “horror” stories that I have been told over the years could have easily been prevented if the people involved had just critically and honestly judged their animals against this list.
Zuma’s does not have horses able to carry 200 lb beginner riders. This is a fact that is hard for some to hear, yet the fact remains for a horse to comfortably and safely carry a 200+ pound rider we would need draft horses, which we don’t have.