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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

I Bought The Wrong Horse Barn

Set Up Your Driving Pair For Success

The Glorious Indoor Arena ~ I Want One But How Can I Afford It?

Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome


Catskill Horse magazine is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. It’s hard to believe it. Along the way I have met so many interesting people and visited many super horse farms and events. There is always something new to learn.
While chefs like my mate Gordon Ramsay are constantly on the search for fresh ideas on which to cut their culinary talents as an advanced rider, I similarly always seek new ideas to further feed my passion for all things horse. Different methods of training and innovative perspectives on how horses learn are all fodder for inspiration.
As a writer sharing what I have been blessed to experience and lessons that I have learned has been a driving force in keeping creative content flowing and the digital pages of equestrian press, in this case Catskill Horse magazine, full of helpful advice. Over the past ten years many writers have joined the magazine and shared their own perspectives and advice.
At the beginning Catskill Horse was truly aimed at horse owners and equine aficionados, but it has migrated over the years to include information and viewpoints on rural lifestyle, local food and tourist culture, country lifestyle and travel. The audience has surpassed 100,000 readers per month and returning viewers make up over 70% of that market – so we must be doing something right.
Wonderful advertisers help keep the magazine free for all to enjoy without any walled content or subscription need. Our publisher, Horse in a Kilt Media Inc., intends to keep the magazine free for all to access, but a few changes are coming.
A registration pop-up will soon be added, and while not registering will not limit readership, we encourage our viewers to register so that we can continue to keep the magazine free by adding new services in the future.
Our ‘bumper’ celebratory issue is currently in the works and will be published late Fall. So look out for that! Meantime in this new issue there is lots to enjoy.
As we approach Fall the notion of owning an indoor arena to keep the training going full throttle is not as far reached an idea as you might think. For those with the property to develop, our feature The Glorious Indoor offers a few ideas on how to fund and make the dream of owning an indoor arena a reality.
If you are contemplating a new horse barn, you’ll enjoy the share from the leading USA producer of modular horse barns, Horizon Structures, on what not to overlook when planning and designing your new stabling.
The equestrian discipline of driving horses is becoming increasingly popular. Once the excitement of learning to drive a single horse has been explored, many horse owners take to driving a pair. And next usually follows competition and showing off what has been achieved. In our article, Set Up Your Driving Pair For Success, we uncover the tricks, tips and techniques that can be employed to successfully navigate the process of driving two horses versus one.

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.

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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Catskill Horse Notebook

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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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