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

The Ark at JFK Opens Quarantine Facilities

The Ark's facilities are designed to eliminate the introduction of disease to the United States from imported horses. Read More

Keeping Horses in the Asphalt Jungle

From vets stuck in city traffic to vexing ventilation issues, urban-dwelling horse owners deal with unique challenges. Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Cardiopulmonary-Related Problems Cited in Horse Deaths at Florida Event

The sport of eventing lost two equine athletes during the cross-country phase of Red Hills Horse Trials CIC***-W in Tallahassee, Fla., on March 15. Jonathan Holling’s 1996 bay Irish Thoroughbred gelding Direct Merger, owned by Janet Olsen, Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More