Willowview Hill Farm

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What's New in This Issue

Make Your Equestrian Summer Camp Offering The Best It Can Be

Simple Steps To Build Confidence With Your Pony

Tips on Poison Free Pest and Weed Management Around The Barn

Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome


The summer is almost here, and the hay crop is up and seed heads wave in the wind indicating it’s time to knock down some hay. At our farm we have just 24 bales left from our 2021 supplies so the timing couldn’t be better. Memorial Day weekend will be busy for us working on the fields and toiling to bring the first of our organically grown 2022 hay in the building.
Prices for everything have skyrocketed as everyone knows. Fertilizers (both organic and non-organic) are both in short supply and at 500% increased cost, and much diesel is needed for the hours and hours of tractor time needed to crop hay so at $6.50/gallon that is going to create a serious bump in the costs to produce each bale of hay too. So, hold your horses! It’s going to be a bumpy ride this year. The early bird may catch the best prices as the market evens up and catch up to commodity exchanges and option pricing.
Sourcing a good hay supply and managing the horsekeeping budget are not the only things that farm owners must deal with to enjoy horse ownership. The horse owner is always faced with challenges when it comes to providing the best care and attention for their equines and managing life at the farm is one of them. A gift that keeps on giving. In our article this month, “Tips on Poison Free Pest and Weed Management Around The Barn,” we offer some advice on maintenance needs and how best solve common problems all horse barn owners experience. We thank Horizon Structures LLC, leading modular barn building company in the U.S.A., for their generosity in producing this article for publication.
Our training feature article this month is for the wee equines, the pony contingent and their riders. “Simple Steps To Build Confidence With Your Pony,” will help youngsters figure out the keys to a successful relationship with their equine charges as they start out on what will hopefully be a lifetime of happy horsey memories with time spent with our favorite critter, the horse.
And last but not least, for our readers that operate a Summer Horse Camp we’ve put together some helpful hacks to ensure your summer camp offering is the best it can be this season. Many advanced riders began their careers at a summer camp and a lifetime passion for horses is often begun by a positive camp experience as a child. While adult riding camps are a fully-fledged successful idea around the country, this article focuses on the needs of the kids and how to find better options to make their experience at camp even better.

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

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Happy Riding!

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

Horizon Structures 2022 Run-In Shed Giveaway
Just in time for the hot weather, this is the latest Giveaway from Horizon Structures –
Blast into Spring 2022 contest offers a beautiful 10’ x 20’ run-in shed to the winner of the competition that launched 3/3/22. Protect your horses from the summer swelter in style.
The giveaway includes set up and delivery of the run-in shed, you just need to prep a level site.
You can enter it here
Horizon Structures LLC, based in Atglen, PA with a nationwide production footprint, has demonstrated a strong ethic of giving back to the equestrian community that has made it the leading producer of modular horse barns in the country.
Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Follow along on their Facebook and Instagram pages for more info and results.

Come Celebrate our 10th Anniversary Issue!
Advertiser specials, revisits to catch up with the horses and riders from our early editions, special contest prizes and lots more is coming with our celebratory 10th Anniversary issue.

Come Celebrate our 10th Anniversary Issue!

Peace of Mind Comes with a Small Price
Protect your partner with spring vaccinations

Peace of Mind Comes with a Small Price
Protect your partner with spring vaccinationsAs the days get longer and there’s more time to spend in the saddle, it’s also time to help protect horses against common diseases. The peace of mind that comes from protection is well worth the small investment.

“Everyone knows horses are a significant investment of time, resources and emotional energy,” says John Tuttle, DVM, Director, Equine Professional Services, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “But we all know how much joy horses bring to us, so they are well worth it! A small investment in your veterinarian’s recommended vaccine protocol can save potential heartache in the future,” he says. 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

EDCC LogoLEXINGTON, 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...

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.


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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