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Stacey Reap

June 16, 2006

IRAP: A New Weapon In The Osteoarthritis Arsenal

Think of IRAP treatment as the defensive line in the war against equine degenerative joint diseases.

"IRAP" may sound like the vanity plate off of a groom's hatchback or hip-hop mogul's Bentley, but it actually stands for interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IL-1Ra) and is one of the newest developments in the treatment of equine osteoarthritis.

May 25, 2006

Abby Mundt Has Really Fought Her Way Back Into The Tack

On August 14, 2004, Abby Mundt and her Quarter Horse, Skidattle set out on their fourth intermediate cross-country round at the Hunters Run Farm Horse Trials in Metamora, Mich. She remembers now that he seemed a bit uncertain in the starting box, but he soon settled into gear, handling the tricky fourth fence with ease.

But the seventh fence didn't go so well.

April 21, 2006

Cracking The Osteoarthritis Code

With some estimates relating as much as 60 percent of equine lameness problems to osteoarthritis, it's no wonder every tack store you enter and horse supply catalog you flip through is crammed with supplements touting miraculous results in the treatment of degenerative joint disease.

March 24, 2006

Sally Swift's Always Had An Unusual Take On Retirement

Looking out onto the more than 90 people assembled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her monumentally influential first book, Centered Riding, Sally Swift, 92, expressed her gratitude in trademark style: "This is really great. You're saying all these nice things about me. I'm so glad you did this while I'm still alive!"

December 8, 2005

An Amateur's Guide To Cutting Your Equine Costs

It seems my husband and I have garnered a bit of a reputation among our friends as being tightwads. "Reap rhymes with cheap!" one declared as I doled out discount movie coupons to the group during a recent outing to "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."

I think "frugal" is a more apt description. If we were really cheap, we would've insisted upon a matinee showing.

And I didn't see anybody turn down their $2.75 savings when they hit the ticket window.

November 21, 2005

Area I “Ponies” Continue Domination Of Chronicle’s Eastern ATC

The new millennium has been kind to the Mountain Fox Hunt Ponies of Area I. The ever-morphing band of riders has amassed a hefty collection of The Chronicle of the Horse Eastern Adult Team Championship coolers over the past five years with wins at novice in 2001 and 2002 and training in 2003. After a hiatus from last year's competition, they reclaimed their throne Oct. 15-16 with a novice ATC victory at the New Jersey Horse Trials, held at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Stone Tavern.

July 25, 2005

The Hydration Situation

If you've been keeping a close eye on the latest Gatorade TV advertisements, you're acutely aware that without the proper hydration strategies during a tough workout, you can be reduced to a desiccated pile of human rubble on the treadmill or left to drag your twitching body on all fours toward the finish line of the Ironman competition.

June 22, 2005

Four Young Riders Embrace An Excellent Adventure

Illuminating. Eye-opening. Inspirational. Ask any of the participants of The Dressage Foundation's advanced young rider European training/education program about their experience, and those are the words you'll hear.

The brainchild of 1992 Olympian Michael Poulin, the program has given, since its inception in 2000, 16 young riders exposure to some of Europe's top trainers and riders in an effort to provide the tools they need to become world-class riders and trainers.

May 31, 2005

Feeling The Pinch Of Kissing Spines

As afflicted people, be they couch jockeys or sports nuts, can testify, back pain can be a constant source of discomfort in day-to-day living, let alone in the performance of more ambitious athletic endeavors. The same holds true for your horse.

The cause of many equine performance issues can be traced to an unidentified back problem and pinpointing and alleviating the source of the pain can be a frustrating process.

May 31, 2005

Welcome To Munchkin-land

In the Midwest, and in an ever-increasing area outside the region, the utterance of the word "Munchkin" doesn't evoke images of tasty donut holes or Lollipop Guild members. Instead, it causes mounted games fans to think of a 13.2-hand, bay mare who's become a legend in her own time.

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