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What's New in This Issue

How to Keep Your Horse Barn Building on Budget

Riding Lessons from the Trainer's Perspective ~ Ehat's Best? Group or One on One?

Cozy Up Cabins and Luxury :og Homes ~ Big and Small Zook Cabins Builds them All

Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome


There’s so much going on at Catskill Horse magazine it’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps locally, with news of Leatherstocking Veterinary Clinic and their new diagnostic equipment, added discount coverage of the region and added vet staff.
Catch up with all that’s on offer with our feature ‘Leatherstocking Look-In’ and get up to date with the recent outbreaks of equine West Nile disease and learn what action you need to take to secure the health of your horses.

As the days shorten horse owners get more time to plan their future and this may include a new horse barn. The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse is pleased to provide you with some sincerely good advice on how to keep your horse barn building on budget from top professionals in the horse barn-building world, Jill Siragusa and Denise Chesnet.

As show season in the North-East draws down to award nights and clinic and lesson time, our minds turn to furthering our equestrian education. As a horse riding instructor you may have questions about whether a particular student fits best in a group or a private lesson. Learn about the factors to consider in our article on What’s Best.

Fall is family time with the Thanksgiving holidays around the corner. If you’ve ever thought about adding a vacation home for your family and friends to your Upstate visits instead of paying out for costly hotels and restaurant eating, check out our feature on Zook Cabins with a little look at the history of cabin building. There are lots of options out there for building the perfect family compound, vacation or 2nd home, and enjoying the rural lifestyle. And with the Zook advantage, its all under one roof!

Fall is also the perfect time to address your horse’s health. Aside from the veterinary advice from the team at Leatherstocking Vet Clinic you can also glean lots of help from expert John Byrd. D.V.M. on the best pasture management practices to protect your horses from equine parasites. You’ll be surprised to learn (I was too), that Fall harrowing of the pasture after the first frost is not the best program to adopt after all in our article Parasites and Pasture Management.

As the days shorten and we all spend more time inside, you might be feeling a little crowded in your home with the noise of kids, dogs taking up all the couch space and constant need for your attention from your beloved spouse and family. Of course our homes are also filled with not just people and pets we love, but a ton of ‘stuff’ that we have accumulated. Find out the cheapest way to add much needed space to your life, for living or for storage in our article on ‘ The Budget Friendly Way to Create More Living Space.’

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a copy of 55 Corrective Exercises for Horses from author Jec Aristotle Ballou– competition ends Octoner 15th and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page. A review of the book can be found on our Yay or Neigh column.

Check out our popular A Bit of Advice and Bit Between the Teeth columns. The latest advice topic is on how to get your horse on the bit and our controversial column Bit Between the Teeth always has something going on to get your goat!

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Happy Riding!

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

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55 Corrective Exercises for Horses


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Choose Hemp Instead of Soy!

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

The ingredients tag on your commercial feed says it all. Protein source? Likely, soybeans. Fat source? Likely, soybean oil. But the love affair with soy is starting to fade. An increasing number of feed manufacturers are coming out with soy-free lines due to consumer demand. There are several reasons for this:

Hemp· Many horses seem to be to allergic to soy, exhibiting respiratory, skin and digestive reactions. Some of this may be a legitimate allergic response to allergens found in soy or it could have nothing to do with allergies and may be related to GMO soy. Most soy grown in the US is genetically modified, which has been implicated for variety of health issues. Discussion about this is beyond the scope of this article but suffice it to say, that if you are going to feed soy, it is best to find a non-GMO, and preferably organic source.

· It is difficult to ascertain from a feed label if the soy product has been heat-treated (necessary for inactivating trypsin inhibitor found in raw soybeans). Trypsin inhibitor reduces protein digestion.

· Soy contains significant levels of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which may mimic estrogen in the body and influence behavior, affect breeding, or interact with other hormones.

· Soybean oil is very high in linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid. Some linoleic acid is required because it is classified as essential, meaning the horse cannot produce it. But too much, relative to alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega 3 fatty acid, will increase inflammation throughout the body. Since soybean oil has approximately eight times more linoleic acid than ALA, it can lead to health issues relating to joints, digestive tract, hooves, eyes, skin, lungs, and even the brain. Read the full article...

Where are all the horses?

Empty Fields EverywherePlaced high on mounds in the distance were spectacular barns – horse “hotels” where horses reside – some just during the day, some for most of the time.

While this may be convenient for the horse owner, standing in a small area for hours on end (even if part of it is outdoors) takes its toll on your horse’s mental and physical health, to such a great extent, that it dramatically diminishes his quality, and length, of life. Horses need to move. Ever tried staying in a small room for most of the day? And we like cozy places! Horses do not! Their very survival depends on their ability to flee at a moment’s notice from dangers, real or perceived. Trapped, they eventually succumb to their fate, appearing as though they are accepting and perhaps even appreciating their solitude. But the stress takes its toll on their immune system and hormonal responses, leading to a vast variety of health issues.

All body systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, neuromuscular, and skeletal systems depend on exercise to remain sound. If the horse cannot be ridden every day, many will benefit from simply being lunged or worked in a round pen. And all horses benefit from free exercise by walking around in a large pasture (or large dry lot with hay available). Read the full article...

Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available & Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate from

Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks Catskill Horse T-Shirtwith 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 and email us a picture of you wearing it with your horse in the photo, or buy a mug or notebook and email us photo of you and your horse and the product in the picture and be automatically entered in our Fall contest. This is your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from, The International Equestrian Shop. The Horse Studio is a Stamford, New York based online equestrian store that offers the largest online selection of Mugsquality horse DVDs and books with hundreds of titles to choose from in addition to lots of tack and performance riding apparel and gifts. Please be sure to include your email address with your order to be entered in the contest.

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.

Careers in the Horse Industry
A Kind Offer.

Catskill Horse is pleased to have negotiated a special offer for its readers with the professional resume masters at Resume Specialist Services. Resume Specialist Services (RSS) will offer all Catskill Horse readers a special 10% discount off all their equine industry resume services. RSS

If you have just graduated from local equine studies programs, moved in to the area or find yourself without a job after years working in the industry due to the economic downturn then RSS can help. Resume packages are extremely reasonable. We thank them for the kind offer for our local equestrians. Please visit them at to learn more. Mention Catskill Horse at time of payment and they will refund you 10% of your package cost when they complete a powerful new resume for you.

As a specialist industry there are so many avenues in the horse world that there are probably careers you may not have even contemplated in your job search. Their packages include a one on one interview so your individual experience and skill sets can be analyzed and tips and ideas for new careers in the equestrian world are included. That's a sweet deal.

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