Everything in the horse industry is full of challenges. Some are harder or annoying, some are fun. The one we are going to deal with in this article definitely one of the latter: finding the perfect name for a newborn foal. You want it to sound good, be creative or funny, bear meaning and – ideally – match the horse’s looks or personality. While some people tend to create a mix out of the sire’s and dam’s names, other breeders are more free and creative. We have talked to three breeders who have each told us how they choose show and barn names for the newborns.
We publish a lot of articles on The Showlife: serious articles, interviews, funny and emotional stories. Our series “Coping With Loss” covers the sad part of our lives as horse people: Competitors tell us about their late champions and how they coped with their loss. That’s the first intention of this series, the second intention is to memorize these four-legged stars. The next part in this series is the story of Vanessa Zarcone and Feel The Difference aka Mogli. It is a sad story, sometimes even heart-breaking, but beautiful as well and the best thing about it – it is honest.
Physiotherapy, APM, Bemer – in the other three parts of this series, we have introduced different forms of therapy. Now we focus on the places where all those kinds of therapy are combined: equine rehabilitation centres. We have picked out two examples to show you where and how horse get fit and healthy again and what kind of treatments and forms of therapy are used.
Horse people do rarely share the same opinion, but there is one thing we can all agree on: One can never have enough horses. That might have been one reason why multiple APHA European Champion Sabrina Hoppert has purchased a new horse. Sabrina is known as the rider of Hes A Hollywood Cody and Hot In My Heart as well as one of the founders of the show clothing brand Mama Mia. She has told us about the newest addition to their family and why they bought a horse in crazy times like these.
In our series “Caring for Athletes”, we introduce several forms of therapy that can help our equine partners. This time, we have talked to Claudia Wichtmann who is not only a long-time AQHA competitor, but also a certified APM-therapist. APM stands for Acupuncture Massage according to Penzel. Claudia explains how this can be used for horses.
She is an FEQHA European Champion, NSBA European Champion, Swiss Champion and has coached multiple clients to medals at the European Championship and other big shows. Despite her success, Elif Schleiniger-Kutlu is mostly known for her fun personality and for always having a smile on her face. The Swiss trainer has talked to us about her idols, what she does not like about the industry and how she juggles family and work.
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