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What is the NFR?

National Finals RodeoThe National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is held in December in the big city of Las Vegas, Nevada. There are plenty of good cowboys and girls who are a part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association who compete 10 nights in a row sometimes riding things that buck and jump and other times riding great horses who work very hard for their human counter parts. Horses complete in many different ways in the horse industry. Rodeo horses are no different than show horses in the level of care and conditioning that is needed to keep them healthy. Many days are spent on the road in different cities and towns, and these rodeo horses depend on their owners to give them a comfortable place to sleep and rest for the big event. A good rodeo horse has to like his/her job to do it over and over every night. A special type of horse is needed to run down cattle, or hold a rope for a cowboy, or run fast around barrels. The horses used by pick up men to help rough stock riders to safety have to be brave and get close to bucking horses and bulls. As you might guess not every horse could work at the rodeo. The American Quarter Horse Association gives a special prize to horses who are the best at what they do in a rodeo.


Rodeo Know-How

Underline the following events listed that are ones you would see at the NFR. Circle the ones that are timed events where the fastest time wins.

Tie Down Roping Cow Tipping Bareback Riding Barrel Racing
Sheep Dipping Cow Chip Throwing Bull Riding Barrel Rolling
Steer Wrestling Chuck Wagon Racing Saddle Bronc Riding Team Roping
Bull Milking Horseshoe Throwing Hay Bale Toss Bucket Relay


Horse Doctor

Quick Health Check

One day you go to the barn and notice that old Patch does not look “right” what do you do? Here is a list of things to check on before you call the vet. If you check “yes” on one or more of the choices, call the vet.


• Head is hanging low and ears will not perk. ______Yes_______No

• Horse is not eating hay or grain, not grazing or not drinking water. ______Yes_______No

• A wound won't clot or stop bleeding, or the horse will not let you get
close enough to treat the wound. ______Yes_______No

• Horse is resting front leg, not moving around or is limping ______Yes_______No

• Horse is coughing or shows signs of colic (stomach ache) ______Yes_______No

• Wants to lie down and get up ______Yes_______No

• Frantic rolling ______Yes_______No

• Pawing and kicking at their sides ______Yes_______No

• Sweating ______Yes_______No

• Eyes are cloudy or matted, gums are not a healthy pink,
nose is runny with yellow snot. ______Yes_______No

Always be ready to answer these questions to help the vet help your horse.


Horse Tack

Be Prepared

Pick out the items that you should put into a horse first aid kit:

Latex gloves Curry comb Watch
Umbrella Veterinarian’s Phone number
Iodine Clean towel A Cup
Hoof pick Band-Aids Disposable diapers Candy
Paper and Pencil Health Check List Duct Tape A Book Tweezers

» Answers


Horse Doctor

What is it?

Fill in the blanks for more on horse health care.

What does bpm stand for?___________

The normal resting heart rate for a healthy horse ___________.

What is a capillary?___________

What is capillary refill?___________

The capillary refill on a healthy horse should be how long?___________

Instrument used to listen to a heartbeat.___________

» Answers



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Breed Spotlight:


The Appaloosa horse can from the horses left behind by the Spanish conquistadores who were in this country in the 16th century. The Nez Perce Indians developed the breed and the name “Appaloosa” comes from the “Palouse river which ran through the Indian’s territory. This breed was almost wiped out when in the 1800’s the U.S. Army was fighting with the Nez Perce, many of the Indians’ horses were killed.

The Appaloosa has six different types of “spots” or coat color and markings. These color patterns were good for camouflage out in the western landscape. These color patterns are called: snowflake, leopard, frost, marble, spotted blanket, and white blanket.

The Appaloosa has a mottled skin around their nose eyes and lips and sometimes white around their eyes. They usually have a sparse mane and tail and their hooves may have black and white stripes. Appaloosas have a good work ethic, but can also be quiet and easy going. They are known to be good athletes and stand between 14 to 15 hands high.





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