Amber Heintzberger

Amber Heintzberger is a journalist, photographer and award-winning author of Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse (Trafalgar Publishing, 2008). She lives in New York City.

Articles by: Amber Heintzberger

Diamonds Made From Horse Hair Offered

Three-day event rider Ronald Zabala-Goetschel loves his four-star level event horse Che Mr. Wiseguy so much that he is planning to manufacture a diamond out of a bit of Wiseguy’s mane, so that he will have a little treasure to remember the horse by forever.

A native of Quito, Ecuador, Zabala-Goetschel rides and trains with Dutton and Silva Martin in the United States. He and Che Mr

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Clones of Event Horse Che Mr. Wiseguy Expected in March

Two foals that will be born in March 2010 are the first clones of a three-day event horse. A Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Ronald Zabala-Goetschel of Quito, Ecuador, and Kennett Square, Pa., Che Mr. Wiseguy is a dark bay gelding with three white socks and a blaze. Zabala-Goetschel said that since competing at the Rolex Kentucky CCI 4* in April 2009, the horse has quite a fan club. Based

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Georgia Horse Farm Damaged in Flash Floods

Recent flash floods in Georgia killed nine people and caused the region to be declared a federal disaster area. Willowbrook Equestrian Center in Villa Rica, Ga., sustained significant damage including the loss of two horses. Willowbrook is owned by U.S. Dressage Federation silver and bronze medalist and U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” rated judge Leslie O’Neal Olsen, who runs the farm with her

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Cloned Mules Race Into History

Cloned mules Idaho Gem and Idaho Star made their racing debuts on June 3 and 4 in Winnemucca, Nev., each winning a qualifying heat before placing third and sixth, respectively, in the final 350-yard dash. This was the first time clones competed in

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Medicating for Equine Colic

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse’s colic pain

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Lameness Diagnosis at Home

This system will allow a practitioner to diagnose a horse in the field while trotting in hand, being ridden, or longeing, whereas video-based motion-capture technology (if adequate numbers of strides are evaluated) is restricted to a lab and is very

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