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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


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, saw many of us out and about enjoying the sunshine and spending time social distancing, wearing masks and trying to figure out the ‘new normal.’ The whole Covid19 experience has made changes in the lives of many, some positive and some negative.

For myself, the situation has presented its own set of challenges. No flying means no visits home to Mom who just lost my father, no clinic giving here or abroad and no family celebrations with our kids. Our organic hay sales are completed on the honor system for smaller loads, and loading out larger loads with everyone socially distancing and wearing masks. Not easy to complete such a physical task when wearing a mask for sure.

New York State is slowly reopening, but a recent case of Covid19 positive tracing to a local horse auction house in Unadilla, where approximately 70% of the shoulder to shoulder crowd on the inside bleachers were maskless, saw a rise in positive cases in neighboring counties. Hopefully actions like these of a reckless few, won’t delay the opening of phase 2/3/4 in the State.

Wherever you are and whatever your circumstances, I hope that you are safe and healthy and that you are embracing the opportunity to build a better life for your future and for those around you. In this difficult time it is more important than ever to be kind to others and reach out and help those less fortunate then yourself.

On a brighter note the changes for those that own horses and have the property to manage them at home, or have the space to put in a vegetable lot or add an outdoor living structure to the backyard, this time at home has been put to good use.
Real estate sales in the Upstate regions of New York, and across rural areas of Connecticut and New Jersey are not ‘pausing’ at all, and an underworld of activity in all things has been seen, reminding folks old enough to remember or those that have studied history of Prohibition.

There has been a hive of activity at home, as people find themselves with time on their hands. I can see from my drives out and about, that folks are delving into all sorts of development when it comes to their lifestyle and their properties. New barns are set up as horse owners bring their horses home, ponies pop up in newly fenced paddocks to keep the kids entertained, and horse farms take the opportunity to get some construction done so they are ready to reopen with a new vision of how to be profitable.

It seems that the expression, “ At the end of this pandemic you’ll either be a great baker or have an alcohol problem,” has been circulating on social media.  My eldest son remarked, “ Or both!”  Let’s hope not. Instead let’s focus on making a new and better future.

In this edition we’ve included some tips on the trending popularity of homesteading, and look at building a new indoor arena to grow your horse business and how to keep a pony at pasture.

Hope that you enjoy your FREE read and stay safe!

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.


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...


Advice For Horse Professionals During Covid19 Crisis ~ Fabulous Advice From A Noteworthy Source

“COVID19 is hitting everybody very hard right now. If you own horses or are a horse professional, there are specific legal issues related to the virus you should be thinking about. Equine attorney Jo Belasco wrote “Horse People, Don’t Panic: COVID19 Legal Issues for the Horse Community” as a free PDF that looks at some of the most important topics to think about during this pandemic. 
The e-book is divided into four sections. The first section, “COVID19 and Liability,” introduces the basic legal elements concerning liability and negligence. It then goes on to discuss the possible liability of horse businesses that choose to remain open during this time. The second section, “Horse Care,” addresses the difficult topic of who will take care of your horse if you are incapacitated or die. The third section, “Virtual Lessons and Training,” discusses liability issues that may accompany online teaching and training. Finally, “Enforcing Contracts,” touches on ways to enforce contracts during this difficult time.

COVID19 Legal Issues for the Horse Community
This e-book is an educational service of Windhorse Legal, PLLC, and does not constitute legal advice. It is Attorney Belasco’s hope that this e-book will give horse people some information that helps them make informed decisions and helps them discuss these issues with an equine attorney in their state. She says, ‘We can pull together as a horse community and get through this difficult time.’”


QUICK TIP: Make Routine Horse Care Easier with Oral Sedation
Prescribed by your veterinarian, administered by you.

We do our best to keep our horses happy, healthy and performing their best, but they don’t always recognize our good intentions. Routine care practices that seem straightforward to us can stress even the calmest of horses, creating situations that are dangerous, difficult and inconvenient for everyone involved.
 
If your horse is prone to nervousness or unruliness, consider asking your veterinarian about Dormosedan Gel® (detomidine hydrochloride) to help you accomplish procedures such as hoof trimming/shoeing, body clipping, sheath cleaning, first-time turnout and mane pulling. Dormosedan Gel can also keep your horse calm amid loud noises and other disturbances.
 
According to Rachel Gardner, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, “Dormosedan Gel is useful for husbandry procedures and can be administered without having a veterinarian present. Its oral gel formulation is convenient for horse owners.” 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...


Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Announce Ban of Off-Label Use of Bisphosphonates

LEXINGTON, KY, Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. (OBS) jointly announced today that they will enable buyers of horses younger than four years old to have those horses tested for bisphosphonates. The policy is undertaken to ban off-label use of these drugs. The revised Conditions of Sale for each of these sales companies takes effect July 1, 2019. Read the full article...

Editor’s Note:

The breakdown of racehorses at racetracks around the country, have many folks scratching their heads searching for the reason. In our recent blog, we pointed out that medications could possibly provide the answers and in particular bisphosphonates such as Osphos®. Please read the blog for opinion and more information on this important topic. The use of these medications does not just affect the racehorse industry, it is a wake up call for all horse owners.


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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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