2010 Equine Affaire brings education to horse lovers

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COLUMBUS — The sound of neighing and clip clopping is music to most horse enthusiasts ears and the Equine Affaire provides all of that and more.

The Ohio Expo Center held the event April 8-11 with thousands attending the event.

The event offers education, information, entertainment and shopping for horse lovers.

The show holds breed demonstrations, training clinics and veterinarians presenting health clinics.

The event has a place for even people new to the horse industry, starting with sessions from how to buy a horse and shopping for the right horse to the key qualities humans need to succeed with horses.

One presenter, Scot Hansen, even told of how to become a mounted police officer and some tales of being involved with police horses.

The show also does not discriminate against disciplines. There are demonstrations on western riding and English. The event also includes demonstrations on everything from barrel racing to jumping depending on the day you attend the event.

Some of the demonstrations included a session by trainer Linda Allen on how to start a green horse or novice rider over fences or attending a session by trainer Stacy Westfall on getting started in reining, how to improve steering and teaching neck reining.

Sessions also include tips every horse owner should know including how to deal with an equine emergency in the barn, caring and bandaging wounds and how environmental toxins can hurt your horse.

Other lessons that can be learned including dealing with gastric ulcers in horses, helping the horse through a colic episode, proper nutrition and animal communication including learning to read a horse’s body language.

The Equine Affaire hosts every breed no matter how small or how large. Breed demonstrations of everything from miniature horses to draft breeds can be found at the event.

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Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96. More Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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