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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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The stress and anxiety that is caused by the health crisis of Covid-19 cannot be underestimated, but if we all do our part to stay safe, protect and friends/family and communities by following directives issued by our Governors and stay above all, positive, we shall overcome this challenge. I urge everyone to check facts and act based on facts, not fiction, hype and propaganda!
Viewpoint and perspective are everything, and staying positive is possible. With this in mind we’ve crafted some articles to help you focus on the positive, and that for many of us is more time available with family both two and four legged.
As Governor Cuomo just said on his daily news conference (paraphrasing), when else have you had the opportunity to have possibly two months off work to spend at home? I know this is not true for health care workers, police and other essential services providers, but for many of us it is true. Coronavirus is not spread from animals to humans or vice versa so spending more time with your furry friends can be extremely helpful in relieving stress. Dogs for example, are great stress-busters and can take your blood pressure down just by stroking them. Same for horses.
Check out our article, “You may be home, but you are not alone,” for some ideas on how to make good use of this ‘downtime’.
Worried about veterinary care as clinics close down services to just emergency level care? You are not alone. The use of telehealth is much in the media right now, and the USA has been very behind other countries in offering this service. After this crisis passes, this will be a service that will likely continue. For the veterinary community, farriers and other licensed alternative medicine equine practictioners, the use of telehealth services is much warranted and folks are ready to pay for it so why isn’t it more commonplace. Read our feature on how it can benefit both horse owner and medical professional.
Our friends at Horizon Structures LLC, have generously provided an article with tips on Spring barn tidy up to help you sort through jobs that you can get busy doing especially now you have the time. Exercise as we know is an important factor in maintaining good physical and mental health, but the action of tidying up and setting square your barn can also offer rewarding therapy when you clean out cupboards and de-clutter your life.
Not everyone in the family is horse-oriented but love the second form of horsepower, automobiles. So we’ve included something for the car lover too – a look at building that multi-car garage and loft space that they’ve always wanted. Now is the perfect time to set in motion plans to develop your property, and a garage can provide a welcome space to serve multiple purposes.
We hope that you’ll get busy enjoying your horses, stay safe through these trying times and be considerate of others in your community by following guidelines for self-quarantine and protect those less healthy than yourself.
Equestrians are good at dealing with medical issues in general and usually have a pragmatic approach to handling emergencies that arise. Bank that positive attitude and response, and don’t get caught up in negative media and scaremongering.
We are after all, all in this together!
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.
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QUICK TIP: Make Routine Horse Care Easier with Oral Sedation
Prescribed by your veterinarian, administered by you.
We do our best to keep our horses happy, healthy and performing their best, but they don’t always recognize our good intentions. Routine care practices that seem straightforward to us can stress even the calmest of horses, creating situations that are dangerous, difficult and inconvenient for everyone involved.
If your horse is prone to nervousness or unruliness, consider asking your veterinarian about Dormosedan Gel® (detomidine hydrochloride) to help you accomplish procedures such as hoof trimming/shoeing, body clipping, sheath cleaning, first-time turnout and mane pulling. Dormosedan Gel can also keep your horse calm amid loud noises and other disturbances.
According to Rachel Gardner, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, “Dormosedan Gel is useful for husbandry procedures and can be administered without having a veterinarian present. Its oral gel formulation is convenient for horse owners.” 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
Equine 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...
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...
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.
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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.
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
• 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:
• Difficulty breathing
• 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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