Idaho Horse Expo 2015, April 17,18,19

This Years Clinician is Ruben Villasenor ,

Horsemen’s Western Dressage ,About Horsemen’s Western Dressage

Horsemen’s Western Dressage’s experience has been developed and honed through the years within the Villasenor family. The Villasenor family has a long history of outstanding horsemanship, experience and traditions have been passed down through the generations. As a young boy in Mexico it was Ruben Villasenor, owner of Horsemen’s Western Dressage, responsibility to tame wild horses that were rounded up in the mountains of Jalisco. As a child he knew little about the processes involved but dedicated himself to earning the trust and respect of those wild horses. Now, as the owner of Horsemen’s Western Dressage, he works with all breeds of horses and train for all disciplines. HWD believes that the more we teach our horses the more capable and dedicated they will be to our relationship with them.

Training Techniques

Horsemen’s Western Dressage utilizes a unique the methods with a Bosal. HWD offers their clients and the public a new and fresh approach to the correct use and fit of this very effwctive but often misunderstood tool.

HWD’s training techniques are good for the horse and easy for the horseperson to understand and implement. We believe that if you are not having a good time while working with your horse then it is time to learn how to, after all, most of us at the end of the day want to spend time enjoying our horses not struggling with them.



Miss Rodeo Idaho – 2014 Hali Stutzman -

9206281Hali will be our dinner speaker at the Idaho Horse Council Annual Meeting.

Hali is the 24 year old daughter of Howard and Laura Stutzman of Twin Falls, Idaho. Hali was crowned Miss Rodeo Idaho July 17, 2013 in front of a packed house at the 98th Annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa. She began her reign in mid-December, 2013. Hali is the 59th woman to wear the Miss Rodeo Idaho crown.

Hali has always believed if you work hard and have enough passion, you can achieve your goals. In 2008, Hali and was signed to compete on the College of Southern Idaho Rodeo Team. In 2009, she was recruited to compete for the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team in New Mexico where she served as women’s team captain. She was a successful and strong competitor in breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing and goat tying. Continue reading

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As temperatures drop, horse owners should begin to make changes in their horse’s feeding program in preparation for winter. But what alterations are needed? Here are some points to consider when preparing to adjust a nutrition program for the colder weather.


As the temperatures fall, horses will often decrease their water consumption per day. Ensure horses always have access to fresh water, and when temperatures dip below freezing, make sure to check all water sources for ice. Continue reading

AHC Opposes Easing of Import Restrictions on Horses from Saudi Arabia

AHC Opposes Easing of Import Restrictions on Horses from Saudi Arabia

The American Horse Council has opposed the easing of the current 60-day U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) import requirement on horses from Saudi Arabia. 

Horses from Saudi Arabia, and all countries affected with African Horse Sickness (AHS), must be quarantined for sixty days before entering the U.S., while horses from non-AHS countries may be admitted with a shorter quarantine period.  The extended period is required to ensure that horses from AHS countries are not infected with AHS, which has a long incubation period.  AHS is a highly contagious and deadly disease that affects horses, donkeys, and mules and has a mortality rate of up to 95% in naive horse populations like that in the U.S. 

In response to a 2009 request by Saudi Arabia to be recognized as free of AHS, USDA studied the status of the disease in that country.  The USDA evaluation used information provided by Saudi Arabia and other sources.  Based on its evaluation, USDA concluded that AHS was not known to be present in Saudi Arabia and that the likelihood of introducing AHS into the U.S. through imports of horses from that country was low.  But USDA also concluded that “the biological and economic consequences of an AHS outbreak in the United States could be high.”  In June, USDA proposed to change the federal import rules to remove Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected by AHS and allow horses to be imported with a much shorter quarantine period.  

In lengthy comments filed with the Department on August 11, the AHC opposed removing Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected with AHS.  The AHC maintained that the potential benefits were not sufficient to offset the potential adverse consequences, which included the high mortality rate, up to 95%; the costs of caring for or euthanizing and disposing of sick horses; the imposition of interstate and international controls and travel restrictions on equine movements, which is so important to the industry, that would accompany an outbreak; and the resultant economic affects and lost revenue to the industry in breeding, racing, showing and exhibiting horses.

The AHC noted that most of the U.S.’s trading partners, and particularly the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), did not recognize Saudi Arabia as AHS-free.  The AHC also questioned whether USDA or the industry itself would have the resources to respond to an AHS outbreak.

The AHC concluded that the USDA evaluation did not make a sufficient case to change the rules and put U.S. horses and the $102 billion U.S. horse industry at risk of AHS.

Vet Mobility Act Signed Into Law

Vet Mobility Act Signed Into Law

On Friday, August 1, President Obama signed into law an American Horse Council (AHC) supported bill, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, making it legal for veterinarians to provide the care necessary to horses away from their licensed place of practice and across state lines.

Previously, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believed that veterinarians were in violation of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) and prohibited them from transporting, administering or dispensing any controlled substances which are necessary for the veterinarian when attempting to care for the safety and well-being of the horse beyond their licensed locations.

The new language reads, “a registrant who is a veterinarian shall not be required to have a separate registration in order to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice at a site other than the registrant’s registered principal place of business or professional practice, so long as the site of transporting and dispensing is located in a State where the veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and is not a principal place of business or professional practice.”

The AHC is unaware of how the DEA will react to this or whether they will issue new guidance or change their registration process in any way to reflect this new provision.

 The AHC would like to thank Congress and the President for this important legislation that allows veterinarians to continue caring for the well-being of horses without any fear of being in violation of the CSA.