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- The Pleasures Pavilions and Pergolas Provide By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
- Carpenter Bees Spell Trouble for Wooden Structures By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
- How to Make Serious Money Hosting a Clinic By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
- Living with Horses ~ Literally By Nikki Alvin-Smith Click on Image to Read Article
Summer is finally here and haymaking is in full swing. The wet start to June may have hampered the start of the horse hay season at our farm but the hay looks delicious and the timothy grass beckons with its green heads ready for harvest.
As Mother Nature now seems back on track it’s a great time to get outside and ride!
This month’s issue of Catskill Horse magazine is full of tips and advice on how best to enjoy your time outside with and without horses. Check out The Pleasures of Pavilions and Pergolas, a look at the history of these outdoor structures and lots of ideas of how they can add pleasure and relaxation to your season. If you have some barn building plans and have thought about adding living quarters above the horses, you might be wise to check out our article on Living with Horses ~ Literally. You may find a few factors involved in that scenario that you haven’t thought about. It always pays to plan ahead when building.
If you spend much time at the barn, and I’m sure you do, you’re probably aware of the presence of carpenter bees and the damage they can do to a wooden structure. We’ve found a simple, inexpensive means to eradicate the problem in an eco-friendly manner. See our article The Carpenter Bee Spells Trouble for Wooden Structures.
We are pleased to welcome new advertisers to our community resource magazine and welcome Larkin Hill Farm, at Chatham, New York. This well known eventing venue will host two 2018 Championship Horse Trial events, one in June and one in September. The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse will be adding a wrap up article on the June competition in the July issue so look out for that news.
Also Catskill Horse is pleased to welcome back renewing advertiser Matrix Therapy Products. Their line of low current micro-current devices are extremely effective in all sorts of horse health treatments and we look forward to bringing you up to date on what’s out there to help you heal your horse in non-invasive and affordable methods.
Talking of affordability, we all know running a horse barn for profit is not easy. So as an experienced clinician and someone who has hosted many clinics yours truly brings you advice on How to Make Serious Money Hosting a Clinic. It’s always good to know how to bring in extra cash.
Our blog is updated too and if you train horses and have had difficult clients that come along with those horses there is some sincere advice on how to successfully navigate training horses and protecting yourself from false claims down the road.
Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a copy of Jack Le Goff’s book, Horses Came First, Second, And Last – competition ends June 30th 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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Catskill Horse Magazine
Publisher: Horse in a Kilt Media Inc.
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Winners will be announced June 30th on Facebook.
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:
· 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?
Placed 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...
Updated AAEP Biosecurity Guidelines Now Available
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published updated biosecurity guidelines to help minimize the occurrence and mitigate the spread of potential disease outbreaks.
The downloadable PDF file incorporates comprehensive information and step-by-step protocols in three distinct areas: identification of key personnel, important contacts and reference materials; routine biosecurity protocol; and outbreak response. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee updated the protocols. Read the Full Article...
Myths and Misconceptions about Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome
By Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
It always takes a while for textbooks, veterinary schools and practitioners to catch up with the best published research. Magazines and news feeds often focus on whomever has a better and louder PR network. There are also companies and individuals that seek to capitalize on owners’ concerns, offering products or services that may even claim to be science-based but are not. The end result is a lot of advice that at best is not helpful and at worst is harmful. These are a few of the latter.
Short chain (or any length) fructans cause insulin to rise. This is sometimes presented as a need to look at starch plus WSC (water soluble carbohydrates which includes some fructans) versus starch plus ESC (ethanol soluble carbohydrates = simple sugars only) when evaluating the safety of a hay or other food item. This misunderstanding can cause people to reject perfectly safe hay and waste time and money looking for hay which ends up being overly mature and nutritionally inferior in many ways such as digestibility, protein and vitamin/mineral levels. Look for ESC + starch less than 10% and don’t worry about fructan unless NSC [WSC + starch] is over 40%. Read the full article...
How Much Do You Know About PPID?
We take a look at eight misconceptions you might have about PPID.
Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID, has been called ‘equine Cushing’s disease’ by horse owners and veterinarians for years. As more information is learned about it, the clinical signs of PPID are becoming more recognizable in horses. However, there are still several other misconceptions or myths about the disease. We asked Steve Grubbs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, equine technical manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), to help dispel some of the most common misconceptions.
1. PPID is only a condition of the geriatric horse.
“This is probably one of the most common myths about PPID,” Dr. Grubbs says. “We have been tracking epidemiological information on horses diagnosed with PPID, and have found that PPID affects horses of all breeds, and all ages, even as young as 5 years old.”
Dr. Grubbs adds that it is important to monitor all horses for clinical signs of PPID. “Horse owners should perform frequent overall health checks looking for early signs of PPID. If you have concerns, consult your veterinarian. The earlier the diagnosis, the better,” he says.
2. Decreased athletic performance is not a clinical sign of PPID.
One of the earliest signs of PPID, horses showing decreased athletic performance and/or lethargy could have an endocrine issue like PPID. Dr. Grubbs says, “Catching PPID early on can have a profound impact on how the horse responds to treatment before other signs appear.”
3. The overnight dexamethasone suppression test is the gold standard for the diagnosis of PPID.
Once considered the best way to diagnose PPID, the overnight dexamethasone suppression test is no longer recommended by experts to test for PPID. “Instead we recommend using the resting adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) concentration test,” Dr. Grubbs says. “It is a simple blood test that your veterinarian can draw at any time during the day.”
4. Generalized hypertrichosis, or long hair all over the body, is the earliest clinical sign to use for diagnosing PPID.
“Generalized hypertrichosis considered an advanced sign of PPID. “Early signs of PPID include regional hypertrichosis or patchy spots of long hair, delayed hair coat shedding, lethargy, decreased athletic performance and laminitis,” says Dr. Grubbs.
5. Signs of lameness, like tendon laxity and suspensory desmitis are not associated with PPID.
While laminitis a well-known sign of PPID, until recently other signs of lameness have not been considered to be indicators of the disease. However, new research is indicating that other causes of lameness, particularly certain tendon issues and suspensory desmitis, may also be associated with horses with PPID.
6. For PPID diagnosis, resting ACTH cannot be used in the autumn time period.
The resting ACTH concentration test can be used at any time of the year when you utilize seasonally-adjusted reference ranges. “The resting ACTH test is a simple blood test that your veterinarian can draw at any time,” Dr. Grubbs says. “The benefits to using this test include not only for diagnosis but also to monitor ACTH levels to know if treatment is working to decrease the levels.”
7. Horses can have only one endocrine disease, either PPID or equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), but not both at the same time.
The diagnostic laboratory at Cornell University has amassed more than 3,000 samples to test for PPID from the IDPPID study. “Of those horses diagnosed with PPID, we found that 47 percent also had increased plasma insulin, which is an indication of EMS,” Dr. Grubbs says.
With thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. for this article.
Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available & Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate from TheHorseStudio.com
Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks with 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 TheHorseStudio.com, The International Equestrian Shop. The Horse Studio is a Stamford, New York based online equestrian store that offers the largest online selection of quality 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.
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.
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.
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
• 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:
• Difficulty breathing
• 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
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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 http://www.ResumeSpecialistServices.com 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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