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Welcome to Catskill Horse.

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.

Come join our Merry Band at the Catskill Horse. And don't forget to check in at our Facebook page.


What's New in This Issue

The Most Cost Effective Method To Build The Maximum Stall Space


You can overcome


Love Never Ends So Neither Does Grief


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

As we slip slide into February 2024 in the North-East it is good to remember that Spring really isn’t that far away. The recent winter storms have hit such a high percentage of U.S. residents, and in such traumatic and dramatic ways, that I can hardly complain about an 8-inch snowfall that makes these Catskill Mountains ever more beautiful.
 
The year ahead looks busy already. On a personal note I am glad to have my frequent hops across the pond on pause for a bit and have time to get my feet back under the table (or rather desk). Organization of a full book of dressage clinic-giving far and wide takes some effort, and my writing passion is also in full swing kicking off with a bounty of opportunities too.
 
The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse is excited to be changing up a few things here at the magazine, with several new aspects that you, our wonderful readers, will see come to fruition over the next several months. All of which are designed to enhance your enjoyment of this always free to read publication.
 
In this month’s edition we are exploring some fresh viewpoints on traditional ideas that we hope will make you think a little differently about how connected we truly all are – based in science our feature, “Love Never Ends So Neither Does Grief – The Pain of Losing Your Heart Horse Is With You For Life But An Understanding Of Quantum Physics Help,” I invite you to explore a new avenue to embrace moving forward following loss of a horse. Not as glum a topic as you might at first imagine!
 
As Spring fast approaches and even well before, horse folks looking to upgrade, expand or begin their journey into ownership of a horse business or development of an equine property will benefit from our article on how to best leverage their budget to build maximum stall space.
 
For many avid equestrians and horse aficionados, the aging process presents challenges not just in the lives of our horses, but also in our own. In our feature, “How To Find The Energy To Stick With Horses As You Age Up,” you’ll find advice on how to continue to enjoy your passion for horsey lifestyle with lots of sage tips on how to accomplish the task that time present to us all at some point or other.

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

Please to visit our Facebook page and keep up on current news and come join the chat at the Catskill Equestrian Group too.

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.


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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Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available

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CatskillHorse.org Mugs

 

 

 

Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks with our own arty design available for purchase to help spread the word.

 

Buy any one of our products - choose from our 100% cotton T's or buy a mug or notebook.

Catskill Horse Notebook

T-Shirts are available in Womens Fitted S/M/L/Xl and Unisex S/M/L/XL/2XL for only $20 plus $6.50 S/H. If you are located in NY please add 8% sales tax.

 

Mugs: $12.95 plus $6.50 S/H. Please add 8% sales tax if you are located in NY.

 

These fun notebooks are available for $11.95 plus S/H fee of $2.00. Please also add 8% sales tax if located in NYS.

Checks should be payable to Horse in a Kilt Media Inc., and mailed to P.O. Box 404, Stamford, NY 12167. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

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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