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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.

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.


What's New in This Issue

Horse Clipping History and Hacks For Success


The Hen Party On A Roll


Are Small Square Horse Hay Bales Becoming An Artisanal Product?


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

The lovely Autumn warmth with unusually high temperatures for the time of year was a welcome respite to a busy and stressful summer season, but further equine illnesses ensued.
My own medical health takes a turn to the cancer worries for a third time, in this case a growth on my lower eyelid that likely will require surgical intervention.
 
“Always something,” as Gilda Radner would say. Certainly seems that way.
 
On the good news front, we recently found our next ‘unicorn’ in an Andalusian weanling colt from Ohio, that I hope will fill the huge hole in my heart left by the loss of my beloved Grand Prix horse, Charrington WVH.
 
Given the ups and downs of the year, the holiday season will hopefully be a less eventful time.
 
I give thanks every day for how blessed I am to still have the support of my wonderful mother who is pushing 90 and managed the long trip from the U.K. to New York to visit with us this summer, and the love and of our youngest son and his wife, and most of all that Paul and I have each other. In sickness and in health, to honor and love – I cherish all the days we have had together and those yet to come.
 
The horse world meantime continues to turn and there is lots going on in our neighborhood and across the globe in the world of animal health and welfare.
 
Practical matters of the season, such as securing the hay supply for long winter months ahead (as I write this, 45 mph winds are lashing the house with horizontal freezing rain) and clipping the performance horse brought the Merry Band at the Catskill Horse to bring forth interesting and educational content on both hay production and the practice and methods of horse clipping.
 
It’s quite amazing that both practices have such long histories that have not changed much over time.

Catskill Horse has a large flock of chicken keepers that regularly read the magazine and that will likely much appreciate the latest news of chicken coop options that is included in our The Hen Party Is On A Roll feature.
 
As we head past Thanksgiving and into the Christmas and holiday season, our Merry Band at the Catskill Horse wish you and your two and four legged families a very Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday and 2023.
 
Thanks for being part of our family, and for showing your loyalty and support to this all-volunteer community resource in its 10th year!

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.


Can You Help Spread The Love?
 
The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse have been catching up with Dominique – the therapy horse. Sandy Smith and her wonderful companion Dominique have been out and about cheering up folks in need of a smile.

Can You Help Spread The Love?
 
“Here is Dominique in his Super Dom costume. He looked adorable and is Super the way he changes a room from winter into summer with sunshine, flowers, and smiles. Dom spent a good deal of time at the Wilmington, DE Ronald McDonald House on Halloween. He was Super Dom and his dad just sent this photo. The joy they shared with their little son, told it all. This is why Dominique’s Smiles exist, and why we simply must get into hospitals and other Ronald McDonald Houses. Everyone reading this, please know Dominique needs your help. If you know a hospital doctor or board member with some clout, get after them to allow Dominique to visit!” explains Sandy Smith.
 
If you can help, please step up. You can follow Dominique’s adventures on Instagram and Facebook.


Equine Disease Communication Center Serves Critical Role During Disease Outbreaks

Horse owners and others are encouraged to sign up for free alert service

EDCC LogoLEXINGTON, Ky. -The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) is the “go-to” source for accurate and timely equine disease information, including the latest reports on outbreaks, such as EHV-1 in North America. Now in its sixth year, the EDCC continues its central role in helping control equine disease outbreaks by serving as an important horse health service and tool for horse owners, equine facility managers, veterinarians, state animal health officials and the equine industry.

Communication, traditionally, is one of the most significant challenges in containing and preventing disease spread, especially during an outbreak. This was especially true prior to launch of the EDCC in 2015, when nationwide coordination of disease outbreaks and confirmed cases was virtually non-existent. 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.

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

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

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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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