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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

The Seven Deadly Sins of Horse Hay Making

Keeping Carpenter Bees Out Of Your Carpentry

How To Build A Better Horse Business

How Your Farm Could Cash In On Agritourism Trends

The Weather Vane ~ “The Cherry On Top” of Your New Structure


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

Summer has joyfully arrived but the dates don’t seem to matter to Mother Nature as the rain pours down and farmers look balefully at their sodden fields awaiting the sun to dry them out so they can get busy. The expression, “ Knee High by 4th July” that applies to corn crops is certainly more dream than reality at this point and hay farmers are fielding calls from far afield with horse owners searching for 1st cutting hay. It will get better weather wise, it always does, but the late start will almost certainly result in less availability of 2nd cut as the 1st hay crop will come in so late, so plan accordingly folks.

As it is hay season and there is the possibility that hay quality may be compromised by some farmers who are anxious to get some crop in the door, I thought it timely to reprint our popular article on “The Seven Sins of Haymaking.” Take a look and make sure you are not a casualty of poor handling practices.

The warmer weather also brings the insects of all species out to the barn and the naughty Carpenter Bee can do a large amount of damage if you own any wooden structures. Check out this eco-friendly solution to deal with their activities and prevent damage to your carpentry.

For many horse business owners the Summer heralds an opportunity to garner more lesson dollars and show coaching spots. It is important to make money while the sun shines. To help along the need to increase revenues check out our article on “How To Build A Better Horse Business,” after all, every dollar helps.

For farm owners the need to make extra cash is always front and center and whatever larger property you may own, the opportunity to cash in on the huge trend in Millenials and Gen X’ers to get out and enjoy rural lifestyle is one that you can‘t afford not to cash in on as it can be very lucrative. Check out our article on how to join the camping/glamping property owners, it is not as capital heavy investment wise as you might think.

As regular readers now, Catskill Horse loves to help horse owners that are planning a new barn build with tips and advice on everything building. Our latest adventure takes us to the history and tradition of the weather vane, an architectural adornment that has withstood the test of time and is extremely popular today on everything from coops to kennel to garages to barns. Learn how it came about and why folks love them, and what to look for on an install.

For myself, while Summer temperatures have not yet arrived in full force and the vegetable garden and flower tubs look forlorn, it does give me time to get busy with training our two mares that are available for sale as we disperse our mare band due to our retirement from horse breeding. After 25 years it is time to hang up the exam gloves, and in a shameless shout out here please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’ve been looking for a talented Dutch warmblood mare at an entry level price.  We have two mares available, but neither mares are started under saddle, so the work needs to be done but the discount price makes it an affordable option if you have the expertise to start your own horse.

And finally, congratulations to Celia Daniels of Binghamton, NY on her win of our latest book contest and title Horse Fun. It is a super book with oodles to do for the horse crazy kid, regardless of whether they are currently horse owners or not. Please check our Facebook page to see the next title up and enter for your chance to win a copy!

Hope everyone enjoys a great July 4th weekend, and don’t forget to keep those pets inside!

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.


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.

 


The Real Cause of Pasture-Associated Laminitis (PAL)
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

It isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science: The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Laminitis Working Group did a four-year study with the goal of identifying laminitis risks. Other than diet, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) pattern obesity, known EMS or Pituitary Pars Intermedia (PPID), and use of corticosteroids within 30 days, were identified. All relate to equine metabolic syndrome and elevated insulin.

PAL Article
 
A 2006 field study performed by a group from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) followed a herd of 106 mixed breed ponies on pasture for a year, performing pasture analyses and monitoring the ponies using proxies of insulin resistance they had developed from the results of intravenous testing. They found both prior laminitis and development of acute laminitis correlated well with indicators of insulin resistance. There was no increase of fructan in the pasture when laminitis cases appeared, nor no indication of diarrhea or hind gut upset. Read the full Article...


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...


Keep Your Horse Safe During Sumer Trailering Trips with Tips from Cavallo Horse & Rider

Q: Cavallo Hoof Boots Q&A: What can I do to keep my horse safe while trailering?
 
Cavallo President Carbre Herder shares her advice….
 
A: Preparation is prevention when it comes to trailering. More than 50 percent of the injuries horses sustain in transportation are to their lower limbs. Ranging in severity, from treatable surface wounds to irreparable impairment, the main causes are scrambbrng, loss of balance and conflict with other horses. With less frequency are collisions, fires, over-turned trailers, trappings, trappings and tying up.
 
Although daunting, it is your responsibibrty to be aware of the risks for accidents and injuries and do the best you can to prepare for anything. You don’t want to be the one responsible for something that could have been prevented. Equally consider your own aptitude and preparation, your trailer safety and maintenance and your horses’ emotional and physical well-being.
 
Here’s a checklist of what to do to prepare for trailering trips…. 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...


The Importance of a Detox Program For The Equine Athlete

Show JumperAs with human athletes, high performance equine athletes cannot be kept at peak performance year round and a rest from heavy work can actually contribute to a stronger athlete in the long run by allowing the body to heal and rejuvenate. 

Competitive horses face mental and physical challenges that a less active horse does not. The intense demands during competition, stress of travel, changes to feeding routine, and the possible decrease of fiber in a horse’s diet due to lack of grazing on the road can affect health and performance. These challenges can often upset a horse’s delicate digestive system that will need to be repaired before peak performance can then again be achieved. 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.


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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Many Brave Fools
A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency ... and Horses
Susan E. Conley
$19.95

For details on how to enter please visit our Facebook page.

Winner is Julie Harris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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