Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Study of DNA in Horses

From Cornell:

We are researchers looking at the genetics of body size in the domestic horse. Horses come in a range of sizes, shapes, and temperaments. This is mostly a result of selective breeding—when traits like body size and conformation are selected for, so are changes in genes, called alleles, that affect these traits.

To participate in our study we need:

• 35 specific body measurements
• A tail hair sample (to collect DNA)
• A 3-generation pedigree (if available)
• A profile photo of your horse

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Our research could ultimately lead to the discovery of genes fundamental to growth processes and could improve the quality of life for both horses and all mammals, including humans.

For more information, please contact the Brooks and Sutter Labs at (607) 254-8217 at, or (607) 253-3592,

We hope to hear from you!


Our study is looking for certain genes (alleles) that may contribute to body size in horses. We are collecting body measurements and tail hair samples from horses of all different breeds, shapes, and sizes.

After enough samples are collected (we are aiming for 1,000 horses!), we hope to be able to take any given set of measurements and, from the unique combination of values that each horse gives, be able to identify exactly what breed the horse is from.

Once we have enough samples, we will take the DNA from the tail hair bulbs and "scan" horses to see if we can find differences in their DNA (called gene markers) that could be linked to their differences in body size.

With regards to the actual measurements, we take 35 body measurements, ranging from ear length to the circumference of the hind cannon. We record all measurements in inches.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Loew's Dog Surf Contest at Imperial Beach, CA

Here are some pictures from the Loew's Dog Surfing Contest at Imperial Beach, CA, on June 20, 2009:

Dog Surfing Contest Pictures

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

YahooGroups Attachments

For those who have horse (equine) discussion groups on YahooGroups, and would like to change the settings for attachments:

For those who want to change the attachment settings:

[] Login to YahooGroups
[] Click onto the specific group
[] Click onto Management (in the left sidebar)
[] Click onto Messages (under Group Settings on the right side)
[] Click onto the Edit button next to Posting and Archives
[] Click onto the appropriate radio button under Attachments
[] Save Changes


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Horse Riding Position

Help from Jane Savoie on the rider's position.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


RidersRasp is a tool designed specifically for horse owners to sustain and support hoof balance and soundness. RidersRasp allows users to safely and effectively round their horse’s hooves to retain and prolong balance between professional trims and improve the overall condition of a horse’s hooves.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Old Horse Woman

One night I went out and rode my horse by the moonlight. Just me and her and the moon. My old Icelandic Horse and me.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sheath Cleaning Songs

To the tune of "If you're happy and you know it"...

If it's hanging and you see it lube your hands
If it's hanging and you see it lube your hands
If it's hanging and you see it
Grab it quick it's time to clean it
If it's hanging and you see it lube your hands.

If it's peely and it's crusty pick it off
If it's peely and it's crusty pick it off
If it's peely and it's crusty
and the smell is kind of musty
If it's peely and it's crusy pick it off

If his weenie has a beanie dig it out
If his weeny has a beanie dig it out
If his weiner has a beaner
Pull it out and he'll be cleaner
If his weenie has a beenie dig it out

Now he's happy and you know it wash your hands
Now he's happy and you know it wash your hands
It's a job that's kind of kinky
And now your hands are really stinky
But he's happy and you know it wash your hands.

Sing it to the tune of "Hello Mother, Hello Father" from camp song.

How's it hangin'?
So much cleaner.
Aren't you glad I
washed your wiener?
I'll admit it's
kinda creepy
that I had to stick my arm up in your pee-pee.

It was sticky.
It was gunky.
It felt icky.
It smelled funky.
It was cruddy,
it was crusty--
when you stuck it out, it creaked like it was rusty.

After half an
hour of toilin'
and of squirtin'
baby oil in,
you're as fresh there
as a daisy.
Either this means I love you or else I'm crazy!!!

An original composition by GottaRide, written on
company time. Who can control inspiration? Sung to the
tune of Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda:

Is it clean now
Near your udder?
Is it smooth now
Smooth as butter?
It's a chore that
I'm not keen on
I'm either something to be kicked
Or else to lean on

There's much crust there
'Tween your teatsies
More disgusting
Than your feetsies
I'll admit it's kinda scarey
To be reaching under you where it's not hairy.

It is black and kinda peely
Sometimes chunky, but ideally
It's a good thing, all in all
So you don't rub your tail raw upon the stall wall.

Now the mare folks
Have their own diddy
About cleaning their mare's titty
Hope you've had some slight enjoyment
As for me I might be facing unemployment!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Back to (Horse) Basics

With the economy, we realize that it may be an option to go back to the "original" SUV.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Canada Equine Podcast

From Canada Equine, a podcast about equine news and events in Canada, including the Horse Owners and Breeders Conference, and breaking Albany news and it's impact on the industry.

Listen to this podcast.