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Noble Majestic Powerful Black Arabian Horse dec 29 2015

Noble Majestic Powerful Black Arabian Horse dec 29 2015

The earth is flat. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. The way this horse moves reminds of this beautiful lady doing a middle eastern dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2kyqpPGRTw

Cyclic Organic Farming model

Cyclic Organic Farming model

Bowman Cleared to Ride

Jockey Hugh Bowman, regular reinsman for Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), has been cleared to return to the saddle following a fall on Mar. 10. He will rejoin Winx, as that champion goes for her 24th-consecutive score and 17th-Group 1 win in the Mar. 24 G1 George Rider S. Bowman sustained a concussion after falling from Mar. 24 G1 Golden Slipper S. hopeful Performer (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) and was stood down. The Australian will most likely be race riding on Thursday and will be aboard several horses for trackwork on Tuesday morning.

“I don’t feel I could have ridden last weekend, but having had a good week’s rest, I’m feeling much better,” Bowman told Racing NSW on Monday. “You’ve only got one head, don’t you? The brain’s an important part and I had a significant concussion.”

In addition to Winx, Bowman will be aboard Performer once again in the Golden Slipper, also on Rosehill’s Saturday card, as well as D’Argento (Aus) (So You Think {NZ}) in the G1 Rosehill Guineas, Le Romain (Aus) (Hard Spun) in the G1 The Galaxy and Prized Icon (Aus) (More Than Ready) in the G1 Ranvet S.

“I am looking forward to it, believe it or not,” said Bowman. “It seems to be a freak thing. He’s obviously reacted to something, but he’s trialled well since, so we will get on with it.”

Arabian horses are crazy… or are they ?

Arabian horses are crazy… or are they ?

The reason that some people believe that Arabian horses are “crazy”.

Warwick has hundreds of full length videos filmed with real horses with real problems in real time at www.WarwickSchiller.com

Miller Fined, Suspended for “Derogatory Words”

As first published by Daily Racing Form, trainer Peter Miller has been fined $2,500 and suspended seven days by the Santa Anita stewards for the use of “derogatory words about a licensee’s unborn baby” last September at San Luis Rey Downs. In addition to his suspension, which begins Apr. 2, Miller has been placed on probation through the expiration of his current trainer’s license in October 2019 and will be required to attend anger management classes. The ruling noted that it was the seventh time that Miller was reprimanded for disorderly conduct and “aggressive/abusive behavior.”

Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture

Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture

In this film, organic market gardeners Frank and Josje discuss the issues with the supermarket system and how Community Supported Agriculture fits into a new story for sustainable food growing.

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Hard to ‘Fault’ This Daughter of Blame

Fault (Blame–Charming N Lovable, by Horse Chestnut {SAf}), winner of the grassy GII Buena Vista S. in her local debut at Santa Anita Feb. 17, switched to dirt in style with a dominating victory in Saturday’s GI Santa Margarita S. The 7-2 chance raced in midpack through a :22.92 opening quarter, began to roll with a flashy sweeping move on the far turn and showed no signs of slowing down in the stretch, storming home to a dominating victory. Mended (Broken Vow) was second; Mopotism (Uncle Mo) was third. The final time was 1.50.58. Sales history: $120,000 yrl ’15 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 15-5-3-2. O-Agave Racing Stable or Little Red Feather Racing; B-Claiborne Farm (Ky); T-Phil D’Amato.

Arabian Dancing Horse

Arabian Dancing Horse

I took this video while I was on vacation in Egypt it’s an arabian horse dancing with music

Organic Agriculture in the City of Toronto – Fresh City Farms

Organic Agriculture in the City of Toronto – Fresh City Farms

McMaster Life Sci 3D03 “Team Awesome” interviews Abra Snider of Fresh City Farms to learn more about local organic agriculture in the City of Toronto.

Edited by David Findlay of Barbershop Editing.

Environmental Contamination, Transfer Feature at NHBPA Panel

NEW ORLEANS — Ted Shults, a nationally recognized expert in forensic toxicology and law, says racing chemists and regulators face “self-inflicted injury” if their testing policies fail to recognize the existence of environmental contamination and inadvertent transfer of recreational and prescription medications to horses.

“We would never do this on the human side,” said Shults, who works in both the equine and human testing worlds.

Such environmental transfer to horses was the topic of the Kent Stirling Memorial Scientific Panel at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Convention that concluded Friday at the Astor Crowne Plaza. The audience heard how increasingly sensitive testing has led to horses testing positive for drugs or therapeutic medications that were not administered to them by their trainer or veterinarian. Among them: cocaine, morphine, methamphetamine, dextromethorphan and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Naproxen.

The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has lobbied hard for screening and threshold levels that would not call a positive finding for such substances when detected at trace levels that have no impact on horses’ performance.

Shults said he worked for one of the first certified labs that did testing for the U.S. military. “One of the first things I learned was, ‘Look, we have a choice here: Do we want a litigation program? Or do we want a testing program?’” he said. “My view has always been, ‘Get the litigatable issues out of here. Figure out a way of fixing them. Don’t make believe they don’t exist. Don’t try to cover them up.’ Because the word will get out, and next thing you know we’re up to our elbows in cases.”

Dr. Thomas Tobin, the veterinarian and pharmacologist at the University of Kentucky who is a longtime consultant to the National HBPA on medication and drug testing, showed findings from a 2016 study where swabs of the walls in 18 ship-in stalls at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races detected 30 different medications and drugs on the walls. The 50 total instances of contamination broke down to 20 findings of equine medications, 16 of recreational drugs and 14 of human prescription medications, he said.

Shults said that with today’s testing technology “the race for sensitivity is over…. We’re on the verge of going toward (detection levels) of parts per trillion.

“My concern is now–and what we recognize on the human side–OK, we’re down in the picogram level, but what are we measuring? What are we looking at?” said Shults, who began his toxicology training under Tobin. “… Now we’re dealing with environmental contamination, and it’s not just on the surface. We have it in the air. People smoke marijuana, they smoke crack, methamphetamine. And then we have water, and we have food.

“… I first heard about this maybe 15 years ago when people were finding benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine) in the Po River that runs through Rome. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ Well they found it on the West Coast in the Snake River…I think there’s a growing awareness of environmental contamination out there, because it’s well established that most of the paper (currency) in circulation has benzoylecgonine. But there’s more and more paper that has–guess what?– methamphetamine. Now I don’t think the horses are eating the dollar bills out of the grooms’ pocket. But it’s become part of the environment, of the universe we live in. You have a drug user, maybe it’s a legal drug, maybe illegal. If they’re going to take whiz in the stall on the hay, guess who is going to eat the hay?… One of my favorite little ones, esoteric kind of thing, this is a guy that’s got a (positive) test for minoxidil–Rogaine. It was the guy’s hair spray.”

Dr. Levent Dirikolu, who oversees Louisiana horse racing’s testing at the LSU lab, said a cocaine positive should not be called if only the metabolite benzoylecgonine is detected. That is a clear sign of environmental contamination that doesn’t impact the horse, he said.

Dr. Clara Fenger, a Kentucky veterinarian and researcher, brought up Illinois harness racing cases where horses were testing positive for the pain medication Tramadol–all having raced out of the same paddock stall.

“The paddock judge was urinating in the stall, and the paddock judge was on Tramadol,” she said. “…. We need to start considering an environmental contamination violation category, so we can separate contaminants from real attempts to cheat.”

Hugh Gallagher, the New York Racing Association’s safety steward, offered the perspective of racing officials.

He said mitigating factors must be considered in such cases. But he also said that trainers must do more to keep their barn environmentally contaminant-free, including stressing to employees that “stalls are not bathrooms.” He also cautioned about keeping coffee, tea, energy drinks and chocolate away from horses. Likewise, regulators must do a better job sanitizing those areas where horses have blood and urine samples taken, he said, also advocating drug testing employees who handle horses at some stage of a race.

Dr. Scott Stanley, who heads California’s testing lab, said labs and commissions must be open to doing detective work to ferret out what might cause a positive finding, not just assuming the trainer is to blame. He agreed more can be done to reduce the transfer of substances to horses. One suggestion: having horse identifiers and the starting-gate crew wear latex gloves, and more pre-employment drug screening be implemented.

MaryAnn O’Connell, executive director of the Washington HBPA, said some officials view contamination “as the new loophole for trainers” and are unwilling to consider the science.

“It should not be taken as a loophole,” Gallagher said, saying he would refer the matter for Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s stewards advisory committee. “… We have to work together and find solutions together. Racing regulators and horsemen have to work for a common goal. And it has to be done the right way and done fairly and justly.”