I recently released a new book, The Passion for Horses and Artistic Talent: An Unrecognized Connection. Originally, the purpose of the book was to try to understand why some peopleís love for horses leads them to a career working with them, or to an all-consuming avocation involving horses. Also, I was curious as to why some people, in mid-life, walk away from a successful career completely unrelated to the horse industry, and end up in a new career centered on equines.

 As I interviewed people who fit the above description, I became aware that all of them had one thing in common: they were involved, either professionally or as a hobby, in one or more artistic outlets. Most often, itís music. Poetry and prose, and painting and drawing were also very prevalent, followed by every conceivable art form. Some carved wood or leather, or sculpted, or did interior design. Often, these horse lovers were skilled in three or more forms of artistic expression.

My love for horses led me to a career in veterinary medicine, but I realized that my aptitude toward writing and cartooning fit the same mold. So, once the book was underway, the artistic connection became the central theme, leading to my conviction that the passion for horses and artistry are genetically linked. Since publication, many readers have expressed, with surprise and delight, ďWhy, thatís me

In addition to the interviews with horse people who are as the book describes-farriers, trainers, veterinarians, breeders, entertainers, and horse show competitors, all people with artistic talent-the book includes chapters on the source of these talents. It explains why all horse lovers are animal lovers, and why not all animal lovers love horses. The book also explores why horses are special amongst other animal species, and why so many people sacrifice income and an ďeasier life,Ē just to work with equines. In this monthís newsletter, I wanted to present an excerpt from The Passion for Horses and Artistic Talent: An Unrecognized Connection, in the hopes of creating greater awareness of this connection.

If youíd like to share your own horse/artistic link, weíd love to hear from you; we'll select two stories for inclusion in our next newsletter.†
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Handling The Equine Patient Ė A Manual for Veterinary Students & Veterinary Technicians

Dr. Miller was recently asked to write an illustrated manual on how to handle equine patients, for veterinary students and technicians. Projected for a late summer release, the project isnít just for professional personnel providing medical services to horses. Itís designed to be useful to all horse owners, because inevitably, the need arises to administer medicine, take a temperature, handle various body parts, and treat feet, eyes, and wounds. Look for updates on our website, and excerpts in a future newsletter.
Some health and safety tips, below.


Summer is when most owners travel with their horses. Whether youíre doing the driving, or having your horse transported professionally, here are some precautions to follow or ask. Note that depending upon the size of the transportation service, policies may vary.

  • Drive with consideration. Stop, start, and turn gently. These are good driving habits to have, regardless, but especially if hauling livestock.
  • Stop once an hour and allow the horses to rest. It isnít necessary to unload them. Balancing while driving keeps them constantly exercised, so what they need is simply to stand quietly for awhile.
  • Donít allow them to become dehydrated, especially this time of year. Itís a good idea to bring water from home, so the horses are familiar with its taste.

Get trailer videos from two or more of your favorite trainers or clinicians, and study them carefully. Thereís a lot to learn, and it is completely unnecessary for horses to learn to fear trailers and develop destructive habits.

Question of the Month

Have a question for Dr. Miller? Send it to questions@robertmmiller.com. We apologize that due to volume, we canít guarantee Dr. Miller can respond to all emails, but we are building a more comprehensive FAQ page on our website to address your needs. All questions may be edited for clarity and space.

Q. Whatís the best bedding material for a stall?

A. To some degree, itís a matter of preference. Straw, tanbark, wood shavings, and even chopped-up newspaper have been used. The important thing is that itís clean, and that the stall is mucked daily. In the United States, the most popular beddings are straw and wood shavings (avoid walnut). For a foaling stall, I prefer clean straw.

New This Month:

Read part-one of Dr. Millerís two-part series on Training and Breeding Errors, in HorsesforLife.com. Dr. Miller has also written the foreword to trainer Sean Patrickís informative new book, The Modern Horsemanís Countdown to Broke: Real, Do-it-Yourself Horse Training in 33 Comprehensive Steps. To order, click here.


Mark Your Calendars!

Interested in catching one of Dr. Millerís lectures?
Summer and Fall Schedule:

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Donít miss Dr. Miller at the Hawaii Horse Expo, August 20-22, on the Big Island:
This annual event features workshops, presentations and exhibitions from the nationís leading clinicians and equine industry experts. This yearís lineup includes Richard Winters, Dale Myler, Tammy Pate, and Rick Lamb. For info, go to www.hawaiihorseexpo.com, or call organizer Nancy Jones at (808) 887-2301.

Fall European seminars!
See Dr. Miller speak on the Revolution in Horsemanship in Trondheim, Norway, Sept. 11-2, Oslo, Sept. 18, and Poland, Sept. 20-21. Contact Bente Fremo, www.hestebente.com.

For contact details and other dates and locations in 2010, go to www.robertmmiller.com/appearances.html.

Coming in our October newsletter:

More on Count Down to Broke, holiday gift ideas for the horse lovers in your life, and choosing the correct-size horse to meet your needs.

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