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What's New in This Issue

How to Keep Your Horse Barn Building on Budget

Riding Lessons from the Trainer's Perspective ~ Ehat's Best? Group or One on One?

Cozy Up Cabins and Luxury :og Homes ~ Big and Small Zook Cabins Builds them All

A Look-in At Leatherstocking Veterinary Services

Parasites and Pasture Management

The Budget Friendly Way to Create More Living Space

Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome


Welcome to our 40th Edition! You can enjoy our fabulous 40 editions on our Article Archives page if you missed them.

There’s so much going on at Catskill Horse magazine it’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps locally, with news of Leatherstocking Veterinary Clinic and their new diagnostic equipment, added discount coverage of the region and added vet staff.
Catch up with all that’s on offer with our feature ‘Leatherstocking Look-In’ and get up to date with the recent outbreaks of equine West Nile disease and learn what action you need to take to secure the health of your horses.

As the days shorten horse owners get more time to plan their future and this may include a new horse barn. The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse is pleased to provide you with some sincerely good advice on how to keep your horse barn building on budget from top professionals in the horse barn-building world, Jill Siragusa and Denise Chesnet.

As show season in the North-East draws down to award nights and clinic and lesson time, our minds turn to furthering our equestrian education. As a horse riding instructor you may have questions about whether a particular student fits best in a group or a private lesson. Learn about the factors to consider in our article on What’s Best.

Fall is family time with the Thanksgiving holidays around the corner. If you’ve ever thought about adding a vacation home for your family and friends to your Upstate visits instead of paying out for costly hotels and restaurant eating, check out our feature on Zook Cabins with a little look at the history of cabin building. There are lots of options out there for building the perfect family compound, vacation or 2nd home, and enjoying the rural lifestyle. And with the Zook advantage, its all under one roof!

Fall is also the perfect time to address your horse’s health. Aside from the veterinary advice from the team at Leatherstocking Vet Clinic you can also glean lots of help from expert John Byrd. D.V.M. on the best pasture management practices to protect your horses from equine parasites. You’ll be surprised to learn (I was too), that Fall harrowing of the pasture after the first frost is not the best program to adopt after all in our article Parasites and Pasture Management.

As the days shorten and we all spend more time inside, you might be feeling a little crowded in your home with the noise of kids, dogs taking up all the couch space and constant need for your attention from your beloved spouse and family. Of course our homes are also filled with not just people and pets we love, but a ton of ‘stuff’ that we have accumulated. Find out the cheapest way to add much needed space to your life, for living or for storage in our article on The Budget Friendly Way to Create More Living Space.’

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a copy of Fergus and The Night Before Christmas from author Jean Abernethy– competition ends November 15th and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page. A review of the book can be found on our Yay or Neigh column.

Check out our popular A Bit of Advice and Bit Between the Teeth columns. The latest advice topic is on how to get your horse on the bit and our controversial column Bit Between the Teeth always has something going on to get your goat!

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Happy Riding!

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

Enter For Your Chance to Win A Copy of Fergus and The Night Before Christmas
from author Jean Abernethy

Fergus and the Night Before Christmas


Contest is open:
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 Here's how ~
 Step 1. Visit Catskill Horse Facebook page and give it a like.
 Step 2. Comment in less than 5 words, your favorite thing about Christmas.
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 Winner will be announced November 15th on Facebook.

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Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available & Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate from

Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks Catskill Horse T-Shirtwith our own arty design available for purchase to help spread the word.

Buy any one of our products - choose from our 100% cotton T's and email us a picture of you wearing it with your horse in the photo, or buy a mug or notebook and email us photo of you and your horse and the product in the picture and be automatically entered in our Fall contest. This is your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from, The International Equestrian Shop. The Horse Studio is a Stamford, New York based online equestrian store that offers the largest online selection of Mugsquality horse DVDs and books with hundreds of titles to choose from in addition to lots of tack and performance riding apparel and gifts. Please be sure to include your email address with your order to be entered in the contest.

Catskill Horse Notebook

T-Shirts are available in Womens Fitted S/M/L/Xl and Unisex S/M/L/XL/2XL for only $20 plus $6.50 S/H. If you are located in NY please add 8% sales tax.

Mugs: $12.95 plus $6.50 S/H. Please add 8% sales tax if you are located in NY.

These fun notebooks are available for $11.95 plus S/H fee of $2.00. Please also add 8% sales tax if located in NYS.

Checks should be payable to Horse in a Kilt Media Inc., and mailed to P.O. Box 404, Stamford, NY 12167. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.






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.

Careers in the Horse Industry
A Kind Offer.

Catskill Horse is pleased to have negotiated a special offer for its readers with the professional resume masters at Resume Specialist Services. Resume Specialist Services (RSS) will offer all Catskill Horse readers a special 10% discount off all their equine industry resume services. RSS

If you have just graduated from local equine studies programs, moved in to the area or find yourself without a job after years working in the industry due to the economic downturn then RSS can help. Resume packages are extremely reasonable. We thank them for the kind offer for our local equestrians. Please visit them at to learn more. Mention Catskill Horse at time of payment and they will refund you 10% of your package cost when they complete a powerful new resume for you.

As a specialist industry there are so many avenues in the horse world that there are probably careers you may not have even contemplated in your job search. Their packages include a one on one interview so your individual experience and skill sets can be analyzed and tips and ideas for new careers in the equestrian world are included. That's a sweet deal.

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