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In addition to our Directory of useful services and horse lover articles check out our latest features Hit the Hay Accommodation Guide, The Feed Bucket Restaurant Guide, Horse and Home Real Estate Guide, Stallion Directory and Equine Art at the Catskill Horse. Plus coming soon our shopping choice guide! Come join our Merry Band at the Catskill Horse. And don't forget to check in at our Facebook page for our weekly Giveaway contests.

  • Keep Current on the Wonders of Alternative Therapy for Horses By Nikki Alvin-Smith Keep Current on the Wonders of Alternative Therapy for Horses By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
  • Horse Hay ~ Are You Playing with Fire? By Nikki Alvin-Smith Horse Hay ~ Are You Playing with Fire? By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
  • How to Make Your New Log Home Your Own By Nikki Alvin-Smith How to Make Your New Log Home Your Own By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
  • Larkin’ Hill ~ A Popular Eventers’ Event~CH Staff Larkin’ Hill ~ A Popular Eventers’ Event~CH Staff Click on Image to Read Article


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

Hay season is here and with it comes fire risk for barn owners who don’t know what they are doing when storing and stacking hay. We are very pleased to present some advice on the subject for our readership with sincere thanks to Horizon Structures LLC for allowing us to share this article. It’s important. Please read it thoroughly!

If you’ve been wondering what alternative health therapies you can use on your horse either yourself, take courses to learn how to use yourself, or want to employ a professional to treat your horses with holistic care, you’ll love our look at what’s available in the land of microcurrent, soundwaves, lasers and a whole host of other options that are non-invasive, and provide help for acute and chronic health issues in horses, humans and dogs. These modalities can also be successfully employed in prevention of lameness and general holistic health care. So if you are an advanced competitor that seeks easy to use, well-tolerated (in fact even enjoyed) alternative equine health advice look no further. Check out our article, Keep Current on the Wonders of Alternative Horse Health Therapies.

For many horse owners living life in a rural landscape is a choice and a necessity. Affording a dream home may become a reality when you find out how easy it is to purchase a log cabin and customize it to fit your own lifestyle and tastes. We take a look at some interior options you should consider, where to look and take advice on what a modular log home building company should provide to you, as a valued client. A modern, well-insulated and beautifully built log cabin or home that is user-friendly and easy to clean with a functional design and lots of feature choices might be just the answer to developing your dream farm. Make Your Log Home Your Own!

Catskill Horse takes a look at local eventing farm Larkin Hill and their 2018 Championship series. It kicked off with their June competition and was extremely well attended. Find out why this event is so popular with eventers in our feature article and interview with Regina Cristo in our article, Larkin Hill ~ A Popular Eventers’ Event.

As ever we welcome news of your own events. And don’t forget our business directory is free for you to list your equine related business. I had a lady call and ask, “ Please take down my horse transport listing. We receive so many calls and we don’t offer horse trailering anymore.” Are you missing out on calls for your business?

With thanks as always to our generous advertisers who support this all volunteer community resource with their advertising dollars. Please tell them you saw them here! We want to keep this publication free for everyone to read and don’t want to have to take it ‘behind the wall’ with a subscription base.

Enjoy the great summer riding weather! We’ll do the same.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a copy of Horses in Translation, from best selling author Sharon Wilsie– competition ends August 1st and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page. A review of the book can be found on our Yay or Neigh column.

Check out our popular A Bit of Advice and Bit Between the Teeth columns. The latest advice topic is on how to get your horse on the bit and our controversial column Bit Between the Teeth always has something going on to get your goat!

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Happy Riding!

Nikki Alvin-Smith
Catskill Horse Magazine
Publisher: Horse in a Kilt Media Inc.

Enter For Your Chance to Win A Copy of Horses in Translation, From Bestselling Author Sharon Wilsie.

Horses in Translation Contest is open:
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Jack Le GoffThe Merry Band at The Catskill Horse congratulates Nancy R. Stoop on her win of this fabulous book.







Choose Hemp Instead of Soy!

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

The ingredients tag on your commercial feed says it all. Protein source? Likely, soybeans. Fat source? Likely, soybean oil. But the love affair with soy is starting to fade. An increasing number of feed manufacturers are coming out with soy-free lines due to consumer demand. There are several reasons for this:

Hemp· Many horses seem to be to allergic to soy, exhibiting respiratory, skin and digestive reactions. Some of this may be a legitimate allergic response to allergens found in soy or it could have nothing to do with allergies and may be related to GMO soy. Most soy grown in the US is genetically modified, which has been implicated for variety of health issues. Discussion about this is beyond the scope of this article but suffice it to say, that if you are going to feed soy, it is best to find a non-GMO, and preferably organic source.

· It is difficult to ascertain from a feed label if the soy product has been heat-treated (necessary for inactivating trypsin inhibitor found in raw soybeans). Trypsin inhibitor reduces protein digestion.

· Soy contains significant levels of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which may mimic estrogen in the body and influence behavior, affect breeding, or interact with other hormones.

· Soybean oil is very high in linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid. Some linoleic acid is required because it is classified as essential, meaning the horse cannot produce it. But too much, relative to alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega 3 fatty acid, will increase inflammation throughout the body. Since soybean oil has approximately eight times more linoleic acid than ALA, it can lead to health issues relating to joints, digestive tract, hooves, eyes, skin, lungs, and even the brain. Read the full article...

Where are all the horses?

Empty Fields EverywherePlaced high on mounds in the distance were spectacular barns – horse “hotels” where horses reside – some just during the day, some for most of the time.

While this may be convenient for the horse owner, standing in a small area for hours on end (even if part of it is outdoors) takes its toll on your horse’s mental and physical health, to such a great extent, that it dramatically diminishes his quality, and length, of life. Horses need to move. Ever tried staying in a small room for most of the day? And we like cozy places! Horses do not! Their very survival depends on their ability to flee at a moment’s notice from dangers, real or perceived. Trapped, they eventually succumb to their fate, appearing as though they are accepting and perhaps even appreciating their solitude. But the stress takes its toll on their immune system and hormonal responses, leading to a vast variety of health issues.

All body systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, neuromuscular, and skeletal systems depend on exercise to remain sound. If the horse cannot be ridden every day, many will benefit from simply being lunged or worked in a round pen. And all horses benefit from free exercise by walking around in a large pasture (or large dry lot with hay available). Read the full article...

Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available & Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate from

Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks Catskill Horse T-Shirtwith our own arty design available for purchase to help spread the word.

Buy any one of our products - choose from our 100% cotton T's and email us a picture of you wearing it with your horse in the photo, or buy a mug or notebook and email us photo of you and your horse and the product in the picture and be automatically entered in our Fall contest. This is your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from, The International Equestrian Shop. The Horse Studio is a Stamford, New York based online equestrian store that offers the largest online selection of Mugsquality horse DVDs and books with hundreds of titles to choose from in addition to lots of tack and performance riding apparel and gifts. Please be sure to include your email address with your order to be entered in the contest.

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T-Shirts are available in Womens Fitted S/M/L/Xl and Unisex S/M/L/XL/2XL for only $20 plus $6.50 S/H. If you are located in NY please add 8% sales tax.

Mugs: $12.95 plus $6.50 S/H. Please add 8% sales tax if you are located in NY.

These fun notebooks are available for $11.95 plus S/H fee of $2.00. Please also add 8% sales tax if located in NYS.

Checks should be payable to Horse in a Kilt Media Inc., and mailed to P.O. Box 404, Stamford, NY 12167. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.






Vaccine Risks?

Here is some advice on what to look out for as your horse is administered vaccines this season. There have been reports of some serious adverse reactions this year, so be vigilant and ask your vet for their advice and specifically what adverse vaccine reports they have received through their channels.

It’s important to be able to distinguish between minor side effects and those reactions that warrant a call to your veterinarian.
Normal Responses
After intramuscular vaccination, it’s fairly common for horses to experience mild, temporary side effects for a few hours such as:
• Local muscle soreness or swelling
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Loss of appetite
• Lack of energy or alertness 
However, if the signs listed above last for more than 24 hours, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible to inform them of what is going on with the horse. This will allow your veterinarian to provide you with treatment advice and care instructions.
Causes for Possible Concern
Sometimes more serious side effects, and in some cases, life-threatening events, can occur, including:
• Hives
• Difficulty breathing
• Collapse
• Colic
• Swelling at the injection site several days post vaccination.
These more serious side effects are rare, but do require immediate consultation, and, in some cases, medical intervention.
Working with your veterinarian is the best way to ensure your horse is being evaluated based upon its particular needs. Many veterinarians follow the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ recommended guidelines for core vaccinations.  Veterinarians can also be helpful in determining the need for other risk-based vaccinations based on an assessment of your geographic threats and travel plans. They are also familiar with the proper handling and administering of vaccines, which is important because those handled improperly can actually become ineffective or may increase the risk of side effects.

CH note: This advice comes from a leading vaccine manufacturer and is provided in excerpts.

Careers in the Horse Industry
A Kind Offer.

Catskill Horse is pleased to have negotiated a special offer for its readers with the professional resume masters at Resume Specialist Services. Resume Specialist Services (RSS) will offer all Catskill Horse readers a special 10% discount off all their equine industry resume services. RSS

If you have just graduated from local equine studies programs, moved in to the area or find yourself without a job after years working in the industry due to the economic downturn then RSS can help. Resume packages are extremely reasonable. We thank them for the kind offer for our local equestrians. Please visit them at to learn more. Mention Catskill Horse at time of payment and they will refund you 10% of your package cost when they complete a powerful new resume for you.

As a specialist industry there are so many avenues in the horse world that there are probably careers you may not have even contemplated in your job search. Their packages include a one on one interview so your individual experience and skill sets can be analyzed and tips and ideas for new careers in the equestrian world are included. That's a sweet deal.

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