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It's always fun to share horsey news with fellow horse folks. Please send us your news, wrap up of events and clinics, comings and goings at your barn and don't forget to add a photo or two. We'll share it on our facebook page. If you'd like us to give you press coverage of an event please email us the details as far in advance as possible.


Recent Outbreak Alerts for NY/NJ Region

EHV-1 Neurologic _ November 18th, 2017

 A case of Neurologic Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) was recently reported in Belvidere, New Jersey. EHV-1 is one of the most common strains of equine herpes virus and is known to cause respiratory disease, as well as outbreaks of abortions and neurologic disease.

As this disease is primarily spread through sneezing/coughing it is important to avoid horse-to-horse contact. Be sure not to cross contaminate with shared feed, water, barn tools, buckets etc. Also you can spread the disease through your own clothing as well as the horse’s tack.

Unfortunately once a horse has suffered an EHV1 attack it may become a silent shedder of the disease with the latency factor, particularly when a previously exposed horse becomes stressed.1
Sadly, there is still no vaccine to protect against the neurologic form of EHV-1,3 so take appropriate biosecurity measures to help prevent exposure the spread of the disease.
Don't share tack and equipment and minimize stress on your horses. Always quarantine horses for 30 days before introducing them into your herd and clean and disinfect your horse trailer if you transport horses other than your own.

Contact your vet immediately if your horse exhibits any neurologic signs of the disease.

Ravaging Wildfires Unite Western States Horse Expo Community

Ravaging Wildfires Unite Western States Horse Expo Community

There are few things more terrifying than a roaring, voracious wildfire that consumes everything in its course. Recent headlines told of the horror of California wildfires that destroyed entire towns, taking lives of humans and animals in their paths. These fires were the worst in California history, totaling over 8,000 fires that consumed 1.139 million acres.

News on the television focused on the Northern California fires in the Santa Rosa area, interviewing people who had lost everything to the flames and had nowhere to go. Other interviews showed people desperately trying to load horses, goats, sheep into trailers — some were the owners, others were good samaritans trying their best to help. Those were the lucky animals; many had to be left behind. And then the questions arose: Where was a safe place to take these animals? Can we come back for another load before the roads closed? How are these animals going to be contained and fed? Who’s going to help? Read the full story...

Local Riders Earn Honors in Kentucky!

Local Riders earn honors in Kentucky!

Pictured are Alora and Emily Carey with CHA Spokesperson Julie Goodnight.

Local teens, Alora and Emily Carey from Maple Woods Farm in Loch Sheldrake, recently attended the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Certified Horsemanship Association in Lexington, Ky. Hundreds of Certified Riding Instructors, Clinicians and Equine Enthusiasts gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park to participate in riding lessons and workshops taught by the nations top Clinicians. Alora and Emily represented Maple Woods Farm, along with Lee Botsford and CHA Clinical Instructor Amy Barkley-Carey. All participated in amazing lessons and workshops, including Western Dressage with Julie Goodnight. At the conclusion of the conference, awards were given to the top professionals in the industry. Alora Carey received a plaque and Troxel Helmet from CHA for earning top honors in TeamCHA, the Youth division of the Certified Horsemanship Association. Her sister Emily was second. Both girls are currently leading the ranks for 2017.

Horsemeat Sold as Beef Found in Markets and Street Stalls in Various Mexican Cities

Horsemeat Sold as Beef Found in Markets and Street Stalls in Various Mexican Cities

Several samples contained high levels of clenbuterol, a substance given to horses that is not suitable for human consumption
MEXICO CITY (Oct. 31, 2017)—Researchers with the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico found horsemeat present in raw and cooked samples sold as beef or unclearly labeled in butcher shops, markets and informal selling points such as street stalls in six Mexican cities.
The study, commissioned by Humane Society International (an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States), also found high levels of clenbuterol in some raw meat samples. Clenbuterol, a veterinary drug commonly prescribed for horses, is not approved for food producing animals, and can be harmful to humans. Read the full article...

Know Before You Show: 
New Rules for the New Competition Year

Below are important rule changes that were approved by the USEF Board of Directors in January that will be effective for the 2017 competition year. Please take the time to review these important updates that were developed with horse and rider well-being and safety, fairness of play, and enhancing the competitive experience in mind. Read the full article...

Finally! NYS Inherent Risk Law Signed by Governor Cuomo

NYS Inherent Risk Law Signed by Governor Cuomo

Governor Cuomo signed the Inherent Risk Law bill October 23rd, 2017.

This law has been a long time coming and will make a significant difference to the development of the horse industry in New York State. Stalwart campaigns have been going on for many years. Organizations that have led the charge such as the New York Farm Bureau and the New York State Horse Council are to be commended on their dedication to this effort.

Many horse owners and horse lovers across the State have volunteered, written and phoned in their support for this bill.

Catskill Horse gives sincere thanks to Governor Cuomo for signing this into law on behalf of every horse owner and horse business in New York State.

New Study Shows Equine Gastric Ulceration Can Be Remedied.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the oldest and one of the largest private equine veterinary facilities in the world, submitted a study that was peer reviewed and published in the March 2017 Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, showing treatment with a polysaccharide blend reduced gastric ulceration in active horses.

Ten horses underwent gastroscopy for diagnosis and scoring of existing ulcers. For the duration of the study, each participant was administered 1 to 2 ounces of a polysaccharide blend. The study reveals that a polysaccharide blend of high-molecular-weight hyaluronan and schizophyllan, a beta-glucan, administered daily for 30 days demonstrates ulcerative healing.

Of the horses treated with the blended therapy, 90% showed complete resolution and/or improvement in ulcerative areas, increased appetite, weight gain, and positive behavioral changes. The study suggests that a polysaccharide blend represents a novel means to enhance gastric healing in the active horse.  The study’s long-term results could be impactful to the entire equine community, giving horse owners and veterinarians an all-natural alternative to current therapies.

“Ulcers can be found in as many as 80-100% of horses," said Dr. Nathan Slovis of the McGee Medical Center, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, "Our objective in this research was to determine whether a natural treatment would help in the healing process. From the data gathered, we were able to determine that horses can be successfully treated with a naturally safe and effective polysaccharide blend of hyaluronan and schizophyllan."

Since its inception in 1876, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has been at the forefront of equine medicine. Its reputation is built, in part, on a continued effort to increase veterinary knowledge and thereby improve the state-of-the-art treatments and surgeries offered to its diverse equine clientele which represent international breeding operations, world-renowned racehorses as well as performance and pleasure horses.

For more information on this unique polysaccharide blend, call 859-685-3709 or visit

Equine Disease Communication Center Launches Outbreak Alert E-mail Service
Owners, trainers, veterinarians and other equine industry participants can be alerted to infectious disease outbreaks and updates through an e-mail notification system recently implemented by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), an industry-funded hub for efficient communication of information about equine infectious diseases and disease outbreaks.
The EDCC’s Outbreak Alert e-mail service advises subscribers when an infectious disease outbreak is confirmed or an update to a previously reported outbreak is available, such as when a quarantine has been lifted. Each e-mail includes a link to the Disease Outbreak Alerts page of the EDCC website for detailed information about the alert. 
The e-mail alerts are available at no charge as a service to the industry; subscribe through the EDCC Mailing List link at Alerts and other information are also posted on the EDCC’s social media platforms. “Like” the EDCC on Facebook at and follow @EquineDiseaseCC on Twitter.
The EDCC is based in Lexington, Ky., at the AAEP’s headquarters with website and call center hosting provided by the United States Equestrian Federation. The EDCC is funded entirely through the generosity of organizations, industry stakeholders and horse owners. To learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the EDCC, visit and click the Sponsors link.

Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at :-
Stallion Name:
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands:  Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Name:
Contact Tel #:
Contact Email:
Website address:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.

Degas BridleThe Horse Studio, The International Equestrian Shop Launches New Year Round Charity Campaign

Pick your favorite charity, horse rescue/sanctuary, therapeutic riding program and send their name to the online tack store The Horse Studio and they will consider the charity for their giving campaign. The organization must be a registered 501c charity. A percentage of sales from the strap goods (bridles/halters/leather leads etc.) on their site will be donated to the charity.

Congratulations to the latest addition to the program, Northeast Hackney Rescue & Sanctuary, of Brookfield, New York. Simply add their name in the comments box of your order of any Masters line bridle or any leather halter and they will receive 5% of the proceeds from the item sold!

Are You Hurting Your Horse? Check Out This Great Article from Dr. Juliet Getty.

Restricting Forage is Incredibly Stressful Choose a different method to help your horse lose weight
Stress = Obesity. That’s right. Stress is keeping your horse fat. And the main source of stress for most horses? Restricting forage. The very thing most people do to try to help their horse lose weight actually causes the same stress reaction that brings about body fat retention, and all its attendant problems.

I cannot emphasize this enough. Here are the physiological facts—they are indisputable: The horse is a trickle feeder. He’s a grazing animal designed to chew all day long. His chewing produces saliva, which neutralizes the acid that’s continually flowing in his stomach. Your stomach produces acid only when you eat; your horse’s stomach produces acid constantly, even when the stomach is empty (you see where I am going with this—his stomach should never be empty!). He also needs forage flowing through his digestive tract to exercise those muscles; otherwise the muscles get flabby, which can bring on colic from a weak intestinal tract that torques and intussuscepts. Furthermore, Read the full article..


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