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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.

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What's New in This Issue

Two Non–Classical Dressage Moves You Should Know


Improve Your Comfort Zone ~ Adjust Your Attitude


The Importance of Lending a Helping Hand to Horses in Need


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

A peek out the barn door shows us we are officially in ‘stick season’, as the Vermonters like to call it. The Fall foliage rests on the ground and the hint of winter is reflected in the darkness of the deers’ coats, as they graze the open organic hayfields at our farm in the Catskill Mountains.

Gunshots can be heard across the valley as folks practice their skill set in readiness for rifle hunting season, and we carefully monitor our security cameras for signs of trespassers both bowhunters and errant hunting hounds on the scent of raccoons and smaller prey. It is a time to be watchful.

As we stack firewood and sweep chimneys it is also a reminder that the holiday season is right around the corner. The garden furniture is stored away for next season, the empty table under the tree by our barn a stark reminder of the lack of visitors we've had this year including family, friends and clients caused by our cautious approach to the 2020 pandemic. The last meal out hubbie and I had was at Heathrow Airport,UK, on January 20th, when we were en route home to JFK, New York after our trip home to attend my father’s funeral. The last time we saw our three kids, was also in England at that very sad event.

It has not been an easy year for anyone, but I do count my blessings. Especially when I look around me and see the sincere distress of others. Emotionally drained, financially strapped, there is a palpable air of despair and sadness that pervades the shoppers at supermarket that I visit every 3 weeks. Following a mind-boggling error ridden re-opening plan at the local State College at Oneonta SUCO, our local town suffered a Covid outbreak that shut down all the efforts of the community over the summer to ‘strive to thrive’ with local businesses that were barely managing to stay alive left with empty tables and stores bereft of customers.

No-one it seems, has gone ontouched by the Covid virus.

In my professional life as a pro content writer, I have interviewed many horse businesses including horse rescue organization Board Members and Therapeutic Riding Program administrators, and the Covid crisis has knocked their fund-raising opportunities and donation chests bereft of funds.

I’m pleased to report that equestrian related businesses are stepping up to help, and an event where you can do your bit to help is open for entries right now. Barnfest 2020, is a collaborative effort by Horizon Structures LLC and Purina Animal Nutrition as key participants, organized by The Equine Network’s EQUUS magazine, where folks can nominate their favorite 501(c)3 registered Horse Rescue in the contest for their chance to win a horse barn (a prize valued at $18,000), donated by Horizon Structures LLC and $200 in feed coupons from Purina. Here’s how to enter this contest and information about the other horde of horse lover prizes that are on offer to the winning nominator.

For many of us we are working our horses very much from home right now. A limited amount of outings to competitions and horse events have come and gone, and Fall/Winter is traditionally a time for training and schooling your mounts in readiness for the next year’s events, which we hope in 2021 will be back in full force.

As an experienced horse trainer and clinician/coach/competitor, I have never heard of anyone that has not had self doubt about their riding abilities at some point or other. If you have been working alone you are even more likely to have suffered issues with how to handle your own insecurities in the saddle. Our article on Improve Your Comfort Zone” will help you establish more confidence and a better rapport with your horse during your training sessions.

For the dressage aficionados and riders in other disciplines working horses on the flat for general improvement of gymnastic ability and fitness, our feature article, Two Non-Classical Dressage Moves You Should Know,” opens a conversation on what the benefits (and pitfalls) are of two commonly used and competition dressage tested movements and how and when they should be used and discarded.

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.


Horse Brain Human BrainHillary 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

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...


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...


\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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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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