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ublisher’s Welcome


Awareness was recently helping a rider with her horse. She announced he’d been slightly ‘off’ on his leſt hind under saddle for a few days and she couldn’t figure out what was going on as he didn’t have any outward signs of injury on that leg/foot. As I


watched him move under saddle, indeed, his leſt hind leg was struggling, but more importantly, I noticed his right-hind foot hitting his right-front. It seemed he couldn’t pick up his front foot quickly enough to prevent this. I started to switch my focus to his front end—and there it was. “Are you aware that he has a big swelling at the top of his right shoulder?” I asked. She stopped her horse, looked down


from above and compared the leſt and right shoulders, looking perplexed. I explained oſten the lameness we see is actually a compensation for something going on diagonally. She thanked me profusely and mumbled how embarrassed she was that she didn’t even think to check that part of his body. When someone starts a question with these words, “Are you aware that…” most of us stop and listen carefully, as we


don’t want to be leſt not knowing about an important fact or incident. ‘Are you aware there’s a nail in your trailer tire?’ ‘Are you aware that your saddle has slipped to the leſt?’ Naturally we pay close attention, because we all want to be informed on important matters that may affect us, our loved ones or our animals. In this issue you’ll find some of those important ‘are-you-aware’ facts. First, the nurse mare article on page 21 is eye-


opening. I was definitely not aware of how the business of providing nurse mares really works. Second, most people in our industry are not aware of a recently discovered genetic disorder, only found in Warmblood bloodlines, called WFFS. Guest columnist and breeder Mary Nuttall shares firsthand the devastating consequences of this disease. I encourage you to read her story in our “Warmblood Whoas” column on page 74. We also feature highlights of the FEI’s newly released statistical report on the growth and safety of eventing, one-star


to four-star, on page 27. Compiled over the last 12 years, the data is helpful as international and national organizations structure the rules for the sport. Safety has always been a big concern worldwide for the cross-country phase, and it’s good to have an awareness of just how dangerous (or safe) the sport is currently. Some eventing pros weigh in on the facts as well. We round out the issue with our opening article on how jumper pros spot great jumping talent (page 14), plus a story


about two dressage horses in Alabama helping children in a hippotherapy program (page 51) and a recap of the Ingrid Klimke clinic recently held in Canada in March (page 34), along with an update from the Oldenburgs (page 39). You’ll also find a variety of inspirational point-of-view columns starting on page 56. One of our goals at Warmbloods Today is to continually bring more awareness to our sport horse industry—both


through our editorial and through the advertising in each issue. Awareness is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists.” Tat ‘something’ could be major (WFFS) or minor (nail in my trailer tire). In either case, sorting through all the information available is an important task that most of us tackle on a daily basis. And you never know—sometimes even a little awareness can go a long way. Happy reading and riding,


Liz Cornell editor@warmbloodstoday.com


Our Mission: Warmbloods Today is the leading magazine in North America focused on the entire spectrum of Warmblood breeds. It’s a place where people from all aspects of the sport horse community can come together: amateurs, owners, trainers and breeders. Each issue contains interesting, informative and often heart-warming stories of peoples’ experiences with their horses, along with thought-provoking opinions from various professionals and amateurs. We cover all horses from European descent bred for the sports of jumping, dres- sage, eventing and driving including the Iberian breeds and American Warmbloods.


10 May/June 2018


Ed Haas


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