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Solving a Mare’s ‘Behavioral’ Problems
Common signs of ‘misbehavior’ can be a direct result of pain.

Solving a Mare’s ‘Behavioral’ Problems When Korrina Tomes-Hughes – horsewoman, wife and mother of four – acquired a horse who often squealed and kicked out, she told her husband they had a year to solve the issues. “If a horse isn’t safe, they don’t stay at our house,” she said. “Considering a 1,200-pound horse versus our littlest kid of 40 pounds, there can be no taking chances when it comes to safety.”

It is important to bring up any behavior-related issues with your veterinarian, so they can examine your horse for any potential pain and discomfort that may be directing the behavior you’re seeing. And, that’s just what this family did. “You can’t just write [a horse] off for a bad day, or even a bad week. And when you have a mare, you especially have to make sure she is comfortable,” she said. Read the full article...

Camden Film Week and the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest Returns to South Carolina

In April, The Marley Project will once again host a series of equine activities in South Carolina during the annual Camden Film Week. The event, which was hosted virtually in 2020 and 2021, will take place from April 2nd - 9th in Historic Camden, known as the Steeplechase Capital of the World. Marley Project activities will “book-end” the week beginning on April 2nd with Marley’s Round Up in the infield at the annual Carolina Cup Steeplechase from 9:00AM until 4:30PM. Round Ups typically feature activities for the young and the “young at heart,” including equine games, art activities and short film screenings, as well as opportunities to showcase Equines in Education through Arts Integration. April 9th will feature a concluding Round Up on location during the 2nd Annual Kershaw County Food Truck Fest at Historic Camden, providing an opportunity for the real-life equine Marley to meet his fans. Marley’s human side-kick, equine trainer and clinician Bruce Anderson, is one of the organizers of the annual film week event. Read the full article...

Animal Wellness Action’s Lobbying Secures Record $3 Million Funding for Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act

Animal Wellness Action’s Lobbying Secures Record $3 Million Funding for Enforcement of the Horse Protection ActWASHINGTON, D.C. – Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Washington-based non-profit political advocacy group that worked to pass the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act through the U.S. House in 2019, applauded appropriators in Congress for their inclusion of the highest-ever funding levels for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970 in their final spending bill for FY 2022. The measure has now been signed into law with $3,040,000 in HPA funding, more than three times the amount appropriated in 2020.

Until 2019, federal funding for HPA enforcement had never exceeded $700,000 for a single fiscal year. AWA, which was formed in 2018, has made HPA funding a top priority in the war to end ‘soring’ – the intentional infliction of pain to horses’ front limbs to induce an artificial high-step gait known as the ‘big lick’ that’s prized at Tennessee Walking Horse shows in the Southeastern U.S. Read the full article..

New U.S. Forest Service Guidance on Use of Equestrian Campsites

At the prompting of the equine community, last month the Forest Service national office circulated a memo to all national forests and national grasslands titled “Recommended Best Practices for Managing Stock Use Sites at Developed Campgrounds.” A copy of that memo can be found here.

The problem of occupied horse camps escalated across the nation during the COVID pandemic, when many families and others chose close-to-home vacations in favor of long-distance travel. The Forest Service memo describes well the implications to stock users of this growing problem. Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Accepting Gifts for Ukrainian Equine and Veterinary Medical Relief
As the devastation unfolds from the war in Ukraine, many in the equine and veterinary communities have asked how they can help. Through The Foundation for the Horse, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), you can make a financial gift to those providing emergency relief and support, including veterinary organizations and the horses and animals they care for.

“Our hearts go out to the animals, their owners, and veterinarians impacted by the devastation in Ukraine,” said Dr. Emma Read, president of The Foundation for the Horse and the AAEP. “We are working with veterinary colleagues in Europe to identify trusted organizations who are providing rapid response for equine and animal care in the region.” Read the full article...

New Equine Fecal Transplant Research 

Fecal transplantation has been very successful in treating humans with issues such as C-difficile infection, which is also a leading cause of diarrhea in horses. Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Luis Arroyo and his team are about to begin a study which could make treating gastro-intestinal (GI) issues in horses using fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) a viable option. FMT has been given to horses with diarrhea, but so far, there is little evidence-based medicine to support that FMT is efficient in horses. One challenge is the path to the colon is much longer in a horse, precluding administration by enema for example, and therefore requiring delivery into the stomach via the nose instead. The inoculant needs to survive the trip to its intended destination. Another challenge is the preservation of a product that can be on hand when needed.

Amazing progress in genome sequencing has opened doors to new research tackling GI issues. Arroyo has been involved in studies examining the inhabitants of the equine gut and explains there is still much to learn, but we are starting to develop a clearer picture of how the micro-environments are very different in a diseased gut compared to a normal healthy one. They are recording what types of bacteria live in different areas of the GI system, what proportions of each bacteria should be present, and how they interact. Read the full article...

Casting Call ~ The Horse Studio 101 Dressage Series
Do you ride dressage? The Horse Studio is currently in production for a new video series called, “Road Map To Making The Grand Prix Dressage Horse. Part 1 of the series “101 Dressage ~ The Young Horse” will be filming at Willowview Hill Farm, Stamford, NY this summer.
The series will follow along with British international level Grand Prix coach/clinician/competitor Paul Alvin-Smith training his homebred Lusitano youngster, Extravaganza WVH.
If you are interested in being involved in the production as a dressage rider and have a young horse to showcase, please contact for more information.

Washington International Horse Show Plans to Return to the D.C. Area as a Five Star in 2022

Local Maryland Officials Support the Move with Major Investment in Prince George’s Equestrian Center

The board of directors of the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS EquestrianTM is pleased to announce the storied and prestigious equestrian event has officially applied to the USEF and FEI for a change of venue to return home to the greater Washington, D.C. area and to upgrade the show to the FEI 5* level, continuing as a member of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM North American League in 2022. Read the full article...

EHV-1 Research Study and Infection Control Tips

“Most horses have been exposed to the equine herpies virus,” says Dr. Diego Gomez-Nieto, researcher at the Ontario Veterinary College. Gomez has been part of a research study on the Equine Herpes Virus which discovered the nasal microbiota of infected horses differed significantly to those of a healthy control group. The study came together quickly and was conducted on a horse farm in Ontario that was experiencing an outbreak. Read the full article...

AAEP Announces Support of Federal Legislation to Protect Donkeys by Banning the Sale of Ejiao

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) today announced its support of the Ejiao Act (H.R. 5203), legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 10 by Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) that would prohibit the sale or transport of any ejiao products made from donkey skins.

Ejiao is a gelatin used in Chinese beauty products and traditional medicines that is made by boiling donkey skins. According to Brooke, an international charity focused on the welfare of working equines, demand is estimated to be 4.8 million skins each year, a rate that would wipe out half the world’s donkey population within 5 years. The United States is the world’s third largest importer of ejiao, with $12 million worth of imports each year. Read the full article...

Caring for Barn Cats?
Veterinarian shares 8 tips for looking after our most resourceful felines.

Barn cats are kings and queens at horse farms and ranches, keeping away varmints like moles, mice and consequentially, even snakes. But even the most independent outdoor cats can benefit from added protection and routine care.

For advice on caring for barn cats, we turned to Oklahoma State University's Assistant Clinical Professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sarah Peakheart.

Purrr-use these top tips for thriving barn cats:

1 Offer any outdoor cats (and dogs) a safe, warm place to sleep. A heated or insulated cat house is perfect for keeping outdoor cats in winter months cozy. Also, ensure they have plenty of food and fresh water. Consider a heated water bowl to help prevent frozen water during wintertime. Read the full article...

Are Most Horses Lefties?

The perils of putting symmetrical saddles on asymmetrical horses

“We were not surprised to learn 60% of the horses in our 490 horse retrospective study had larger measurements on the left side of their withers”, says Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph. Undergraduate students, Julia Alebrand, Bethany Harwood, Katharine Labarge and Laura Scott digitized and compared years of measurement data gathered from a saddle fitting company, which used a flexible wither tracing tool. The empirical evidence did indeed back up the hypothesis expecting more bulk on the left, based on what saddle fitters were already noticing in their day to day work. But what does this mean for the horse owner shopping for a shiny new saddle, manufactured in a perfectly symmetrical way? Read the full article....

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Safety and Selection of Horse Hay Feeders
By Nikki Alvin-Smith

Saving up to 30 percent on your hay bill is an appealing reason to opt in to purchase a hay feeder. The University of Minnesota studies showcased that not only users of large square and round bale feeders could benefit from a smaller hay bill, but also horse owners that utilize small squares could get in on the significant savings.

Hay feeders can be labor saving boon, but with so many options on the market, what should the diligent horse owner look for when selecting a feeder and what safety measures should they employ to mitigate the risks of injury, choke or colic to their horses. Here are a few suggestions to help the neophyte equine hay feeder user navigate the world of feeders.

Cows and Horses

Cow feeders may be more readily available and cheaper than horse feeders, but does this make them a good option for use around equines? The answer is a resounding “No!”

Cows necessarily are not as athletic as horses and certainly their legs are shorter and their activities generally more lethargic than our beloved equines. While photos posted on social media of horses standing in the center of an empty round bale feeder may seem funny, the reality is that the gaps in the feeder are large enough for equine hooves to become trapped and can result in catastrophic injury or even death. Read the full Article...

Why Do Horses Eat Dirt?

One of the most frequently asked question from my clients is “Why does my horse want Why Do Horses Eat Dirtto eat dirt? Is she missing something in her diet?” Well, the question can be answered several ways, as there is not one particular reason why horses engage in this perfectly natural activity. Horses are supposed to eat a certain amount of dirt on a daily basis.

• Dirt is a natural part of the equine diet. It contains minerals in bio-available form that the horse needs for various metabolic functions. Some of the minerals, iron for example, are more utilizable from the soil than when added to feeds or stored in forages. Horses that are constantly stabled and deprived of minerals naturally found in dirt may develop deficiencies even when supplied with those minerals in processed feeds.

• Dirt also contains microbes that the horse’s digestive tract can benefit from. Some microbes are located in plant roots so the horse may dig through the dirt to get at the roots of these plants.

• Dirt contains water and salt which can both help a thirsty horse stay hydrated. However, it is always better to make sure horses are supplied with fresh drinking water and salt at all times. Read the full article.

Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage

With a ton of experience horse breeding, importing, training horse and rider in dressage it Coming Soon! The Latest Book from Catskill Horse Editor Nikki Alvin-Smith ~
Road Map to Grand Prix Dressageis no big surprise that our own Nikki Alvin-Smith has been signed up to write a book on the topic. The book will be chock full of advice on everything dressage from horse selection to piaffe and passage training.

“I’ve always believed that every horse and rider can benefit from dressage training no matter what discipline they currently favor. The advanced levels are attainable for everyone and I love to take the mystique out of all horse training and provide a down to earth program for riders and horses of all abilities. My book will have a humorous touch with the ‘road map’ portion legend that will warn the rider when to put on the brakes or proceed with caution as they train their own horse through the various movements. Classical dressage training is fun and this title will include lots of anecdotal experiences I love to share including travel to buy horses abroad, competing abroad and clinic snafus that have happened during my career. I am thrilled at this opportunity!” said Nikki.

Road Map to Grand Prix Dressage is slated for release in November 2022 and will be available for purchase through and Amazon in both print and e-book format.

Standing a Stallion? Cash in on a FREE listing in Catskill Horse Stallion Directory

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse continues to add more resources to the magazine to service regional horse businesses and horse owners with the addition of a Stallion Directory.
To grab your free listing as a stallion owner please submit the following via email to us at :-
Stallion Name:
Bloodlines to 3 generations:
Registry of Stallion: GOV/VHW etc.
20 words or less highlighting his credentials:
Stud Fee: Up to you whether you want to list or show as Private Treaty
Location where stallion stands:  Town/State ( Your full address if you wish published)
Contact Name:
Contact Tel #:
Contact Email:
Website address:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.


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