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The good weather has horse folks dancing with delight as after the long lock down the world of showing horses opens back up. Farmers are able to get some much needed hay supplies in the door to feed the frenzied need for forage across the North-East USA, and due to the increased number of Covid vaccinations administered and the decreased level of Covid infections reported, a collective sigh of relief is palpable.
As a Brit I can report that Americans are widely known and highly liked for their easy smiles and friendly outgoing manner. It is truly a wonderful thing to be able to see happy faces and be able to mix and mingle again. Social media platforms are awash with photos of riders and horses back in the ring enjoying competition and tack stores are busy with the Spring rush, as horse owners prepare their supplies for fly season and equine spa time. There is much to do! Actually preparation is key to success in almost any endeavor, so it is good to get out and get busy now to save angst or disappointment later.
My experiences competing in Europe through Grand Prix level, and all the experiences that led up to those wonderful and sometimes challenging times being possible, taught me the importance of ensuring my horses were properly prepared for getting out on the show circuit. Preparation for showing is not just ensuring your tack is spotless and you’ve packed the right clothes. In our feature, “How To Set Up Your Show Season For Success.” you’ll find some tried and tested advice that will help ensure you and your horse enjoy a good go!
The same level of attention should also be paid to the little ones, the future generation of horse owners and horse lovers that will hopefully be ‘made’ by their experiences around and on horses.
Safety must always come first, but the way a child is taught is paramount to whether or not the entire ride is enjoyable and will help determine the child’s ongoing interest in equestrian sport. Not all parents are experienced horsemen so in our article, “Teaching Children To Ride,” we share some insights and guidance to help folks get started out on the right foot.
Another area of horse life where being prepared matters, is the major decision to purchase a horse barn. It can be overwhelming to figure out what the order of go should be and what documentation should be provided, what questions should be asked and how much should be paid and when to the construction company. In our article, “Is A New Barn in Your Future ~ Simple Steps for a Stress Free Experience, Catskill Horse magazine offers resources to guide your way and assist you in navigating the entire barn buying process without a minimal amount of stress and heartache.
I do hope that you enjoy the features and don’t forget to check out the other areas of the magazine too. The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse proudly published this 71st volume and I’m pleased to report our readership topped 100,000 last month so evidently many of you are finding our efforts engaging. Woohoo! Thanks everyone.
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.
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Preventing Equine Asthma Spectrum Conditions
"Get nosy," advises veterinarian Dr. Wren Burnley
Wren Burnley has a veterinary degree and ongoing education to inform the care of her own horses and those in her practice. She also brings her perspective as an FEI dressage trainer and rider.
When she wants to evaluate her patients' home environments for respiratory risks, however, Dr. Burnley only needs her nose. As in, she'll stick her nose into a bale of hay, bend down in the stall to inhale deeply in the horse's "inhalation zone," or stand in the barn aisle sniffing for ammonia odors. She encourages clients to be equally "nosy" in protecting their horse's respiratory health.
"Because horse's lungs are at their peak from the get-go," she explains. "You can't make lungs get stronger with exercise." That puts a premium on protecting them, along with the upper respiratory tract that delivers oxygen to the lungs and carries carbon dioxide out.
As the term "Equine Asthma Spectrum" becomes widely accepted in veterinary circles, Dr. Burnley fields increasing inquiries about what it is and how it applies to clients' horses. She may get even more inquiries this month because May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in the human world.
Here are answers to some of Dr. Burnley's Frequently Asked Questions on the subject. Read the full article...
Equine Disease Communication Center Serves Critical Role During Disease Outbreaks
Horse owners and others are encouraged to sign up for free alert service
LEXINGTON, 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...
Hillary 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
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
Equine 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...
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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.
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