Judging Horse Events – Timed Event Classes

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Timed event classes may also be referred to as “games,” “gymkhanas,” or “O-Mok-See.” Generally in these classes, the fastest time wins. Deviating from the described rules or pattern will result in either a time penalty or disqualification, depending on the rule infraction.


A judge’s primary responsibilities are to:

  • supervise the class to make sure rules are followed.
  • make sure the course is set up as prescribed by the appropriate rulebook.
  • read over the rulebook prior to

Water Intake and Electrolyte Supplementation for Horses

Of the five basic nutrient groups – protein, carbohydrates and fats (energy sources), water, minerals and vitamins – water is the most essential to your horse.

Research has clearly shown that horses deprived of water for three to four days will not consume feed. A minor reduction in water intake or an increase in sweat loss will eventually cause dehydration, which can result in decreased performance, shock and possibly death.

This publication will clarify the water requirements of horses …

Cuidado y Manejo del Caballo para Vaqueros y Procesadores

¿Es usted un gerente o un miembro del personal que cuida de los caballos en un corral de engorde? ¿Es usted un trabajador en un corral de engorde, que es responsable del cuidado de los caballos y de su bienestar? Si es así, el curso “Cuidado y Manejo del Caballo para Vaqueros y Procesadores” es para ti! A través de este curso, usted puede obtener una certificación sobre cómo proporcionar el mejor cuidado y salud para los caballos que viven

Pen Rider and Processors Horse Safety and Care Certificate course

Are you a manager or staff member who takes care of horses on a feedlot? Are you a worker on a feedlot who is responsible for the horses’ care and well-being? If so, the course “Pen Rider and Processors Horse Safety and Care” is for you! Through this course, you can learn how to provide the best care and health for the horses living and working on your feedlot. This course will educate you on what you need to …

Body Condition Scoring Apps for Horses

Body condition scoring (BCS) is an important skill for horse owners to learn. Estimating body condition, or how much fat the horse has on it’s body, is very important to help maintain the horse at a healthy weight, and as a important piece of information to determine overall horse well being. The resources below will help you learn how to condition score your horse, how to accurately estimate it’s weight, and give you a tool to help you track and …

What do the sensitive and insensitive laminae do in the horse's hoof?

The insensitive laminae and the sensitive laminae intermesh together to hold the hoof wall to the coffin bone. The sensitive laminae are filled with nerves and blood vessels that help support the horse’s lower leg and hoof.

Laminitis, an inflammation of the laminae, results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot. When this occurs, the union between the hoof and the laminae can separate, and in severe cases the coffin bone can …

Are autumn blaze maples toxic to horses?

The only species of maple that has been shown to be toxic to horses in the eastern states is the red maple (Acer rubrum). “Autumn Blaze” is a hybrid between red maple (Acer rubrum) and the silver maple (Acer saccharinum). When eaten by horses, the wilted leaves of the red maple can lead to a severe and possibly fatal anemia. Since Autumn Blaze is a hybrid of the red maple, it is possible, although undocumented, that it may be toxic …

I have heard that feeding corn to horses isn't good for them. Where is the safe limit when feeding corn? The horses that are being fed are draft horses who do work but not overly hard.

Corn, also referred to as maize, is grown in almost all states in America and is readily available to horse owners. Dent corn, also referred to as field corn, is common in livestock feeds. While low in protein and many of the essential amino acids, corn is the only grain with high carotene content. (Remember that carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the small intestine.) Corn is high in energy density (1.54 Mcal digestible energy/lb) and has a high …

Are magnolia trees safe for horses to eat?

First, it may be concerning as to why a horse would be eating magnolia trees. Generally, if horses have adequate, good quality feed otherwise, they do not eat harmful trees/plants.
From available data, magnolia trees are not toxic to horses. Here is a list of plants that are and are not toxic: ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants.
However, it is important to note that anything eaten in large enough quantities not normally in a horse’s diet could …