the Calgary Stampede

the Calgary Stampede

July 12, 2011 11:45 ET

From Yoga to Pedicures, a Peek at a Horse's Life at the Calgary Stampede

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) -

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Sometimes a horse needs a little pampering, just like the rest of us. While a human might struggle a bit to assume the ancient yoga "horse pose", it comes to a horse, well, naturally.

"It's the same as yoga, just for horses," says Reo King of King Kinetics, an equine stretch and align service working at this year's Calgary Stampede. "They dig it, it's pretty cool."

King says when horses get sore they start to exhibit abnormal behavior.

"When they're not enjoying it, you better find out what's going on so you can help them."

King's horse yoga service is but one of many forms of advanced animal care practiced at the Calgary Stampede. Just ask Stampede veterinarian Dr. Brian Edge, who has been making the rounds for 45 years.

"In my morning rounds I'll likely look at about 600 animals," says Edge. "Everything from ducks to chickens to cows to horses – you name it."

The Stampede has even gone high-tech, introducing an innovative micro-chipping program that is a dramatic leap forward in the cause of animal care.

"We have a fitness to compete program that's new this year," says Stampede Rodeo and Chuckwagon director Keith Marrington. "We have implanted microchips in all 500 horses competing in our chuckwagon races so our veterinarians can now track the chuckwagon horses in greater detail, monitoring performance, rest days and all medical treatment or therapy."

Throughout the 10 days of Stampede 7,500 animals are on-park involved in hundreds of exhibition, education and competition events, creating one of the most unique agricultural showcases in the world.

The combination of continuous improvement, outside auditing and consultation has made the Calgary Stampede a leader in agriculture programming, western events and animal safety, a tradition that will continue going into our 100th year. Conversation is welcomed at the Calgary Stampede blog. Learn more from our animal welfare videos on YouTube.

About Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

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