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Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Dublin Citizen

Horse guru uses knowledge to help local animals

By Paul Gaudette

  Earth County resident Joseph R. Yasinosky believes someone should give back when they've been so blessed.
  His wife Freddie learned that training barrel horses can be profitable and Joseph has made a name for himself as an equine dentist, horse trainer, horseshoer and a jockey.
  It seems only right to him than that he pass on the information he's learned through his life and help animals in need. Last year, he started to do just that.
  Joe left his California home at the age of 15 to start working at a race track, exercising horses for famed racehorse trainer Charles Whittingham. While there, he began learning various tricks to fix horses’ ailments from the older men around the track which included many celebrities like of the time.
  Eventually, Joe decided he wanted to try being a cowboy and compete in rodeo but found that it was much harder to earn money in that so he went back to training.
  He developed a reputation for bringing out the best in horses in which others had lost hope, retraining one animal which was simply coasted around the track to rehabilitation and matching the track record. These results left Joe with around 70 horses to train when he was just in his mid-20s.

  “I was the youngest trainer to get a license in California," Joe added.

  When Joe left to get involved with the rodeo, Whittingham had been angry, saying he'd either be in the rodeo or work for him not both. He and Whittingham hadn't spoken since each shows the rodeo life until he credited the mentor in a newspaper with a trick in fixing an ailing horse. Whittingham approached Joe to say he was glad that he had regained his senses. Three days before Whittingham’s death, he told Joe, "You were one of the best horseman I've ever seen. Too bad you weren't good with people."

Joe also knows the other side of the racing business from his days as a jockey where he had to keep a lean 110 lbs. on his 5’9” frame. In his 30s, he competed in rodeo again, but when he came back to helping at the race track, he found that he had developed a distaste for the sport.
  "I was tired of hurting horses," he said. Joe expounded by saying that racehorses dash through the track at approximately 45 mi./h while carrying a jockey that weighs around 100 pounds on their back. The exertion and strain takes its toll on the animals and although Joe was good at treating and giving advice to make the horses more comfortable, he no longer wanted to be involved in racing.
  Fortunately, he also was a licensed equine dentist servicing many celebrities horses and prize-winning animals, like Tiznow, winner of two breeder’s cups and horse of the year.
  Bowing out of racing, he focused on helping horses with the teeth and shoes while serving as a police officer with the K-9 unit.
  His fondest memories of working in law enforcement was his canine companion, further cementing his love for animals, a love which he shares with his wife.
  Freddie and Joe have known each other since they worked 10 years old, but where he left for the race track at age 15, she left home to live with his sister in Oklahoma.

Joe had moved to Texas when he reentered rodeo competition and was living in Bandera when Freddie called him about helping her father who had just suffered a stroke with his horse. She was actually living in Texas too, and they began talking and eventually, the childhood friends got married.
  Freddie is the daughter of a saddle maker and the granddaughter of a horse trainer so she also grew up around the animals and her own love inspired her to work for Fuzzy Friends, and animal rescue in Waco.
  After getting married they found a place to live in Stephenville and loved the location except when they learned about the need for support at the local animal shelters.
  Joe and Freddie began donating bleach and dog food when they could, but saw an opportunity to expand their support in the old tricks to help horses that Joe had learned.
  Joe was using one to relieve the discomfort of a tender footed horse and Freddie said that these old horseman remedies needed to be written down because they were in danger of being forgotten.
  Realizing that many of the men he learned the tips from had died, Joe agreed and they decided to found
  On the site, visitors can buy a download featuring 20 of these cures (plus one offered for free) for $6. For every order, Joe has been matching the six dollar amount and buying $12 in supplies for the Stephenville animal rescue. He is planning to start supporting the Dublin animal shelter as well if the enterprise gets the support.
  He plans to release the cures 20 at a time and eventually will publish a book when he has all 150 of them written down.
  All proceeds go to helping local animals and Joe encourages those that buy the cures to print them out and share them with their friends, hoping that they might inspire more to donate to their local rescues.
  Joe has a lifetime of experience using these cures and although they are no substitute for a veterinarian, he reported they can make life better for an uncomfortable horse with a minor problem.
  For more information on Joe Yasinosky or his time tested remedies, visit WWW.OLDHORSEMANCURES.COM.
Old Horseman Cures are not meant to replace your vet or veterinary care. They are tried and true remedies and cures that come from true horsemen and horsewomen. Old trainers, grooms, cowboys, and some even come from old vets. From minis to drafts and everything in between, we are sure you will find these "cures" very helpful with your equine partner.

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