Ocala Horse Life
Ocala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, Florida. Here, many of the nations top equestrian horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse.
Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thorobreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.
Florida Horse Park
Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.
Hits Post Time Farm
Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm from mid January to mid March for over 30 years. The Ocala area includes Marion, Alachua, Levy, Suwannee, Sumter counties.
Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Travel Ocala for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planing a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.
| | | |
Jun 15, 2013
Wellington Council Allows Palm Beach Horse Park to Proceed with Plans
Wellington’s Council meeting on Tuesday night, June 11, produced a standing room only crowd. There were several items on the meeting’s agenda of interest to members of the community. But you could tell that an equestrian issue was on the docket by the number of people in the audience wearing cowboy hats and boots. In fact, the Wellington Council was scheduled to discuss the Letter of Intent, submitted by the Palm Beach Horse Park, LLC, for the purchase and development of an American Quarter Horse show complex.
Jack Van Dell, a long-time Wellington resident and local business owner, did a PowerPoint presentation for the Council and audience members as he outlined the proposed plans for the new horse park. Van Dell has been working for over a year, with a small group of community and equestrian leaders, to develop a unique horse park in Wellington, the Palm Beach Horse Park. Part of their plan is to purchase Wellington’s K-Park property, located on the corner of Stribling Road and State Road 7/441, and to utilize the location for the horse park. More info...
Jun 13, 2013
The Unwanted Horse: What’s His Fate?
By Barb Crabbe, DVM
With a struggling economy, closure of U.S. slaughterhouses, and lack of resources to support equine rescue, the fate of the unwanted horse is one of the most heated topics among U.S. horsemen today. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
These BLM mustangs, offered to Mustang Makeover participants for training and eventual adoption, represent one innovative step toward resolving America’s unwanted horse crisis. But thousands of others, deemed unadoptable for various reasons, remain in BLM holding facilities to be fed at taxpayer expense.
Photo by Charles Brooks
In the April 2012 issue, we wrote about the controversial topic of unwanted horses. In the June issue, our "We Hear You" section featured many reader responses to the article. Review the full article here.
He stands in a pen of mud and manure. His mane is long and tangled, and his feet haven’t been trimmed in over a year. Although he’s hungry, his kind expression and gentle face greet me hopefully when I approach the fence along with the humane officer who’s been called out by a worried passerby. He was once a champion. Now he’s starving and has no home. This is the plight of the unwanted horse. More info...
Jun 13, 2013
How to Help Wounds Heal
By the Editors of EQUUS magazine
Here are a few tips for helping minor skin wounds heal quickly and without complications.
Cover wounds if possible to reduce the chance of infection. Photo © EQUUS
Few horses get through life without at least a few minor skin wounds, whether from scrapes, scuffles or other mishaps. Most heal quickly and uneventfully, but you’ll want to do what you can to support the process.
• Call your veterinarian when in doubt about sutures. Most cuts heal just fine if left unsutured, but some larger lacerations, as well as wounds near mobile areas such as joints, do better if stitched shut. If you’re not sure whether a wound needs sutures, consult your veterinarian without delay.
• Clean the wound immediately and thoroughly. Flushing a wound right away with water or isotonic saline solution clears out debris that could cause infection. The moisture also encourages granulation, the formation of new tissue across the “bed” of a wound, and epithelialization, the growth of new skin tissue over the surface. Also, keep in mind that small wounds can be deceptively deep---check them daily for swelling, soreness or pus and call your veterinarian if any of these occur. More info...
Jun 8, 2013More Ocala Horse News
Wellington Council Considers Palm Beach Horse Park
On Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Wellington Village Council will review and discuss proposed plans to build the Palm Beach Horse Park on the K-Park property, a 67-acre parcel of land located on the corner of Stribling Road and State Road 7. To demonstrate their support for the project, many enthusiastic equestrian spectators, replete with cowboy hats and boots, are expected to fill the council room on Tuesday night.
Jack Van Dell, a longtime resident and business owner in Wellington, has spearheaded the effort to create this unique, completely new horse park in the Village of Wellington. The Horse Park will feature facilities for the American Quarter Horse, as well as many other breeds, in its design.
“Wellington already offers plenty of competitions, facilities and instructors to equestrians from around the world in the disciplines of dressage, hunter/jumper and polo,” explained Van Dell. “But many other large equestrian groups are not represented - for instance, the Quarter Horse industry - and we are building this facility with their needs in mind.” More info...
© 2009- 2013 My Ocala Horse. All rights reserved.