The Inaugural Central Coast Equine Expo
The inaugural Central Coast Equine Expo took place Saturday, April 16, 2016. Thank you to all those that participated and everyone that came and took advantage of the great deals as well as meeting new businesses, organizations, and people. The plan is to make the expo an annual event that will bring the entire equine community together for a fun day.
I am open to ideas if you have something you would like to share. I may not be able to do it all, but I will give it the old college try. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 15, 2017. Why? Well for the 2nd Annual Central Coast Equine Expo of course. There is a year to build and make this event special for the equine community as well as the Central Coast.
Keith Somerville Horseshoeing
Keith is a long time resident of the Central Coast and a 1976 graduate of the Cal Poly Horseshoeing Program. He has worked for ranchers, breeders, show and backyard horse owners. He has a lifetime of experience shoeing a variety of breeds used for a variety of disciplines. These breeds include Quarter Horses, Arabians, Warmbloods, Friesians, Gypsy Vanners, Welsh Cobs, Dutch Harness Horses, and Andalusians. Keith is a bi-coastal farrier. He has a long time client base both on the West and East coast and is the farrier to some of the nations top horses including Grandview Farms’ Elis GV, who was USEF Horse of the Year in 2014.
Dressed in a tux ready to shoe. Showcase of the West- Reno, NV 1994
Dutch Warmblood ` Wimenta CL Owned by Gail Baum
PRE ~ Bandalor MQ Owned by Tom Baldwin
Welsh Cob ~ Sand Hill Caberneigh Eyrl Owned by Deb Hilberg
Friesian ~ Tiana- Owned by Charley and Brenda Roberts
Friesian ~ Elis GV- Owned by Grand View Farms
Friesian ~ Cor Owned by Little River Frisians
Gypsy Vanners ~ Austin and LDivo- Owned by Louise Shane
Back in the day a fellow could be shoeing Arabian English Pleasure horses on one day and Reining horses or donkeys and mules the next. Rather than inventorying the many types of shoes, farriers just made them. The cost for shoeing was about $12.00 for four handmade shoes. After shoeing for about 10 years Keith started working with David Lee Fraser at horse shows in Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Show Case of the West in Nevada featuring Saddlebred, Morgan, and Tennessee Walking horses. Keith considers David his mentor and is grateful for the guidance he provided when he was in the early stages of his career. The experiences and exposure with David opened the door to future opportunities.
The Pre-Purchase Exam with Dr. David Bogenrief DVM
Knowing about the health of a horse before you buy is one of the most important decisions you will make during the lifetime of that horse. Compared to the cost of keeping and maintaining a horse with health problems, the pre-purchase exam is the best investment you will make. The ability to perform a thorough and comprehensive examination requires practice, a critical eye and years of experience as it is a procedure with many nuances and is highly operator dependent.
The buyer must remember that no horse is perfect, that one is looking at a horse at a specific point in time and that the focus should be on a thorough clinical exam to determine if the horse is suitable for the intended use. Acting as the medical advisor, the veterinarian tries to ensure that the horse does not have conformation or physical problems that will prevent the horse from doing an intended job. After obtaining a thorough history, the horse is examined by system (heart, eyes, lungs, neurological, etc.). This step should never be eliminated.
The horse is observed up close and at a distance. Body symmetry is important. Alignment of the limbs is noted and more importantly the conformation is assessed in motion, at a walk and trot in a straight line and in circles, on hard and soft surfaces, and at a canter. Flexion tests, a neurological assessment, and riding under tack are all parts of the physical examination.
Following the physical exam, appropriate diagnostic imaging may be performed. This component can be individualized and flexible. It could include radiographs, ultrasound and endoscopic exams, blood and urine analysis, etc. The decision is guided through client communication and can be tailored to fit the findings of the clinical examination. There is no substitute for soundness and a good clinical exam. Findings on the imaging portion of the purchase exam should be correlated with clinical significance of the physical exam. Abnormalities noted should be categorized according to their effect on athletic ability as having no effect, possibly being significant, riding with limitations, and rendering the horse unable to perform his desired act.
After completing the physical exam, moving exam, and imaging exam the most important part of the pre-purchase exam is interpreting the findings and communicating these findings to the client. This is where the value of the pre-purchase exam lies and where the experience and knowledge of the veterinarian are critical.
Remember, no horse is perfect. Some medical conditions or conformation are manageable. If some conditions require specialized assistance (shoeing for a club foot, for example) can you provide that, and do you want to? The final decision to buy or not to buy is up to you. The veterinarian’s job is to provide you with information so you can make a decision.
The investment in a purchase exam is money well spent that can save you heartache, headaches, and money and provide you with the opportunity to find a horse that is healthy and fits your needs.