1966-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1966 May Voice RS - Page 63

A. My father used to plant potatoes by the moon, and castrate according to the signs. He also doc­ tored cattle for a condition that he called hollow tail. In the late winter and early spring, some cows would go down. The treatment: Split the hide on the tail (along about halfway up), sprinkle red pepper on the wound, and place tape over it. Cows so treated moved — and fast. Of course, such animals had usually wintered on a straw stack, so today we would say that they were de­ ficient in vitamin A and phosphorus. But it’s good to have faith in something! And dear old Dad had faith in his treatment for hol­ low tail. It did accomplish something! That hot pepper caused them to move out to pastures, where the first green sprigs were just coming through. As a result, their nutrition was improv­ ed, and they got better. Personally, I feel that horses can be castrated most any time that they are ready and the knife is sharp. But, as I say, it’s good to have faith in something. WISCONSIN WALKS Jean S. (Mrs. Leo)Baum Box 250 Ixonia, Wisconsin 53036 The feeling of spring is in the air and, so far, Wis­ consin has had some unusually lovely and mild wea­ ther. Along with the feeling of spring the thoughts of horse people turn towards show time and getting our horses in shape. The first show on the Wisconsin circuit comes in the middle of May, in Madison. The show schedules are being readied, and the possibility of adding another Walking Horse class for ladies in several of the shows is being considered. The Mil­ waukee Spring Horse Show, the biggest in Wisconsin (June 2-5), has already put one in. Our Wisconsin Walking Horse Association had a dinner meeting March 5th at the 7 Seas restaurant and, to everyone’s delight, there was a turnout of almost eighty people! The big attraction was the offi­ cial film of the 1965 Celebration which BOB THOMAS, the able man in charge of publicity for the Celebration, so promptly sent us. JEAN WOLF and JEAN BAUM were program chairmen, and narrated the film along with JIM Baum, who has a knack for remembering each and every winner of the classes. The film was enjoyed by all, and many saw their first pictures of the Celebration. There was also a business meeting with President WALTER PIEPER presiding, at which BILL STARK and SAM KAGEN of the Wisconsin Riders and Ex­ hibitors Association (sponsors of the Milwaukee Spring Show) spoke, and told what would be expected of the Walking Horse people. Many trainers and people from all over the State, and quite a few from Illinois, were there. There was May, 1966 dancing for those who wished to, and discussion of a two-day trail ride in June. To show how the interest in the Walking Horse in Wisconsin is still growing, it looks like another Walk­ ing Horse barn is going to be built in the Waukesha area. More on this later, as it develops. Mr. EDWARD McCOY, SR., of Brookfield, Wiscon­ sin, is our personality of this month. He has a real way with horses and is especially talented with young horses, having the patience needed to break and work them. Mr. McCoy and his two sons have a thriv­ ing plumbing and heating concern. He has had a love for horses all his life, and it has culminated in a won­ derful hobby. He owned his first horse shortly after his marriage. It wasn’t long afterwards that he was intrigued by the beauty of the five-gaited horses, and soon he had two of them. He broke, trained, and showed these horses for two years, never being out of the money, which is something for an amateur to accomplish. The Walking Horse was to be the great attraction, however. The McCoys were at a sale in St. Louis, and Honey Gold was up for sale. Ed McCoy decided then and there that the beautiful and smooth-going Walking Horse was the breed for him, and purchased his first Walker from RAY WAGGONER, who was then in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since then, he has had nothing else. Mainly he has broken and trained a horse or two for someone else but, along the way, he has always had his own, too. Many people in the greater Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Oconomowoc areas have Ed McCoy to thank for starting and train