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Welcome to The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse. We hope you enjoy browsing our monthly online magazine. This .org digital magazine, began as a community resource serving the North East region of the USA, and has grown to reach a national and even international audience. The complete source for everything horse with a bevy of archived educational articles, tips and advice for multi-riding disciplines for horse owners everywhere that encompasses everything horse and rural lifestyle related.

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What's New in This Issue

Flooring First-Barn Design Begins at Ground Level

Unique Horse Barn Styles

An insider’s look into a professional yard…


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

Fall has arrived and here in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York the leaves are starting to show their vibrant colors and widespread frosts have curtailed the annoying activities of pesky flies.

I always think our horses sigh a breath of relief when the frosts arrive and the bug population is diminished. This time of year offers the perfect temperatures for riding, but as horse owners it’s sometimes difficult to find the time with the premise of winter weather around the corner and hay and other supplies to secure.

Traditionally my husband Paul and myself have always started our young horses under saddle during Fall/Winter months. Their growth has been optimized with the sweet Summer grass, and the end of the season means no more hay making until next year for us. Our hay supplies are already safely stored, and there is always plenty of excess hay crop to sell. Aside from our busy schedule giving dressage clinics that consumes most of our weekends year around, the weekdays offer an opportunity to get started developing our protégées on a regular training timetable of 5 days a week.

This year is quite different. Our retirement from breeding warmblood and Iberian horses earlier this year means we have only one youngster to start. Our 3 year old Lusitano/DWB cross, homebred from a 2nd generation horse we also produced, Gambol’s Georgy Girl and sired by the stunning black Lusitano stallion Briosi, owned by a dear friend in Jerez, Spain. Frankly, I can’t wait to get started.

The Covid crisis means all our 2020 clinics had to be cancelled, trips to Spain and Portugal are postponed until travel becomes more approachable, and our domestic schedule is also on hold. While we covet this extra time, we miss our dressage colleagues and clients, and look forward to the return to our training and teaching of our valued dressage family.

Of course, we are not the only dressage aficionados that have had to change plans this year. Everyone has been affected by the pandemic, and for some the time to reflect on their business plans as horse trainers has resulted in changes to their farm operation.

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse was pleased to sit down with local dressage trainer Sarah Casey, who operates Waltzing Horse Farm in New Berlin, NY, to chat about how her own plans have changed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and learn more about her Lipizzan horse breeding program.

If your horse plans include bringing your horses home, perhaps making your dream of horse ownership a reality by buying your first horse or simply extending the horse structures you have available to shelter your equine partner, consider the budget friendly square horse barn or the double wide barn as options that will fit both physically and financially into your life. In an interview with Jill Siragusa, a veteran team member at leading modular horse barn company Horizon Structures, we hear about what makes these horse barn designs popular and how you can capitalize on building plans by leveraging simply designs to add space.

For horse owners the question of keeping a horse comfortable when in its stall is always forefront in their minds. Easy mucking out, bedding cost management and most importantly, the comfort of the horse while confined weighs on the mind of many horse caregivers. Kim Miller guides us through the benefits of matting stalls out and informs us how the stall floor matters when it comes to equine comfort in her article ‘ Flooring First – Barn Design Begins at Ground Level’.

As we head through Fall and into the busy holiday season, I hope that everyone is staying safe, being smart and following guidelines so we can all get back to normal as soon as possible.

PLEASE take the time to get out and vote this Fall. Everyone deserves to have their vote count and have their voices heard.

Don’t forget to check in at our news page for lots of horse lover information, see the winners of our monthly book contest and find new events to attend on our very popular events page.

With heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters, viewers and advertisers alike who have helped keep Catskill Horse growing this far. We look forward to many more years to come as we build this digital publication and continue to reach far and beyond New York.

If you write and would like to contribute; have news you would like to share about your organization or activities at your farm, please email info@CatskillHorse.org

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Happy Riding!

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


Horse Brain Human BrainHillary Whitt Wins Catskill Horse Book Contest

Congratulations to Hillary Whitt, Of Leeds, New York, on her recent win of the Catskill Book Facebook Book Contest. The prize, the new title ‘Horse Brain Human Brain‘ written by Janet Jones PhD, and published and donated by Trafalgar Square Books, is an interesting read about neuroscience in horsemanship.

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse is pleased to announce the new contest has already started, and a copy of ‘What Horses Really Want’ is up for grabs. Please visit our Facebook page to enter. It’s quick and easy! The winner will be announced on Facebook on August 31st.


7 Tips on Equine Conditioning with Biomechanics Expert Dr. Hilary Clayton

7 Tips on Equine Conditioning  There are many important questions pertaining to equine conditioning and fitness as we all look forward to returning to work. Dr. Hilary Clayton recently shared some cautions and considerations in a Skype interview with Equine Guelph. Dr. Clayton is a veterinarian, researcher and horsewoman. For the past 40 years she has been conducting amazing research in the areas of equine biomechanics and conditioning programs for equine athletes. Dr. Clayton has also been a guest speaker in Equine Guelph’s online course offerings.

1. What are the differences between conditioning and training?

• training is the technical preparation of the athlete
(learning the skills and movements they will need to perform in competition)
• conditioning strengthens the horse, progressively making them fit and able
• the goal of conditioning is to maintain soundness while maximizing performance. Read the full article...


Learn More About Horse Hay

Have you ever wondered where your hay comes from? In this episode, we learn about what it takes to produce the most important component of a horse’s diet. Plus, we learn about things like how to spot a good bale when you see one, how to measure moisture content, prevent spontaneous combustion, and more. Hay farmer, Nikki Alvin-Smith from Willowview Hill Farm Dressage, brings a ton of really interesting information.

 


Whole Food for Horses
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

The “whole food” claim is being used to market some feeds and supplements for horses, but what is a whole food and are these products really superior?
The term whole food is not currently regulated, so it can mean anything the company using it wants it to mean. “Whole food” was originally coined in the 1940s and referred to produce “without subtraction, addition or alteration”, harvested and eaten fresh, raised without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers – in other words, both unprocessed and organic.

Whole food in horse products is definitely not the same as organic. If you don’t see the USDA seal of certification, it’s not organic. Non-GMO is not the same thing as organic either, and no guarantee the product does not contain chemicals even far more dangerous than glyphosate. Read the full article...


Creating a Diverse Healthy Pasture for Your Horse
By Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS

Creating a Diverse Healthy Pasture for Your HorseEquine health (and human health, for that matter) is closely intertwined with soil health. Soil health directly affects plant health and the nutrients available to the plants are absorbed in turn by horses. Healthy soil and healthy horses are therefore, inter-related. And microbial populations in the gut, called the microbiome, are also beneficiaries of this relationship.
 
Maintaining a healthy population of micro-organisms requires appropriate food, the correct environment and substrates (prebiotics) upon which to grow. In soil, the correct pH, minerals and organic matter all must be present. In the equine (and human) intestinal tract, the correct pH, minerals and soluble fibers (prebiotics) must all be present. Notice that the same basic ingredients are required whether the land is producing plants, or the horse/human is living. Current research is showing that the natural microbial population in the horse (and human) is primarily soil-based bacteria. So, eating a little bit of dirt is actually a good thing. Read the full article...


\Check Out Horse Radio Network Alumni Helena Harris Podcast Stall and Stable

Listen in for advice "Keeping a Grand Prix Dressage Horse".

Podcast

 


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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.


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