Veterinary Tales about Horses
told by Leo Rogier Verberne
From horse practitioner to breeding manager
The true stories in this book are a selection from the daily practice of a horse practitioner. They largely take place in the countryside of the province of Noord-Brabant where horse farming went through drastic changes. As from the early fifties in the previous century, workhorses used to carry out heavy work on farms were replaced by tractors. The strong and obedient workhorse was then used to breed a lighter and faster saddle horse for recreational purposes. The rural villages saw the rise of national saddle horse riding associations where farmers’ sons practiced dressage in teams of four or eight and pursued leaping hurdles.
1984: versatile recreational horse
In the period 1984-2015, the versatile recreational saddle horse was the basis for the breeding of various specialised horses. Not only for different disciplines ridden under saddle but for driving carriages as well. The horses of the KWPN (Royal Dutch Warmblood Horse Studbook) became trend-setting in many of these disciplines. Those costly animals require top-quality veterinary care and sophisticated medical equipment in the event of lameness or illness. This led to the establishment of regional horse clinics that are also concerned with the veterinary inspections to the purchase and sale of these animals.
Sint Michielsgestel, May 2018
2014: specialised dressage horse
© Leo Rogier Verberne