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Statement on the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II
Marty Irby, world champion equestrian and head of animal welfare group, praises late sovereign’s care for ‘the welfare and health of horses’
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, upon learning of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. There has never been another world leader who cared more about the welfare and health of the horses than the Queen, and we will all miss her dearly. Her Majesty granted me the greatest honor of my life with an Award in 2020 for my work to protect horses, and I am eternally grateful. Now is the time to recognize and pay tribute to the Queen for her tremendous work to protect the voiceless we care so deeply about. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and entire United Kingdom." Read the full statement...
Equine Documentary Trailer: “The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the Paradigm of How We See Lameness”
Fairfield, CA (September 2, 2022) The trailer for “The 24 Behaviors of the Ridden Horse in Pain” is streaming now. The film, produced by Padma Video in association with Train With Trust, is a 35-minute documentary featuring world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics, Dr. Sue Dyson, and her research on how “bad” horse behavior can actually be an early indicator of pain.
“We are conditioned that many horse behaviors are normal, when they are not.” says Dr. Dyson. “We need to appreciate that what we call ‘naughty horses’ are often a reflection of underlying musculoskeletal pain.” Read the full article...
From Horses to K9, Horizon Structures Offers Special Event Discounts For Every Affair.
Leading modular barn producer Horizon Structures LLC is proud to bring special event discounts on horse barns and commercial grade kennels to the exhibitions and events they attend. Scoring a deal is easy, just purchase one of the structures in advance of the affair to secure a super discount on freight and delivery as well as price point for the beautifully Amish crafted buildings.
“This November will mark our 15th sponsorship at the nation’s premier equine exposition, the Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA, November 10 –13th, 2022 as the major barn sponsor for the event. You’ll see our run-in sheds at checkpoints throughout the grounds that help house the wonderful team of volunteers that work the show. But as most equine aficionados in the North-East know, our own Brad Zeigler is always there too. Ready with a big smile and a bevy of barns for the discerning equestrian to peruse and purchase. If you want to get first dibs on the run-in sheds and low-profile barn we are bringing to the show, please sign up for our newsletter,” explains Chief Marketing Officer Jill Siragusa. Read the full article...
Equine Affaire: Your Express Ticket To The Horse World
Enjoy every horse lover’s dream this fall in Massachusetts!
LONDON, OH, August 11, 2022 – With less than a hundred days to go, are you ready for the return of Equine Affaire? You’re invited to attend North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering on November 10-13, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Whether you’re a diehard horse fanatic or brand new to the horse world, you can’t afford to miss this horse expo! Read the full article...
Equine Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Guidelines Now Available from the AAEP
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines to assist practitioners with diagnostics, clinical signs, risk factors, treatment and other considerations of Equine Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, a non-fatal infection that causes cutaneous lesions most commonly observed as nodules on the head, pinnae, scrotum, legs and neck. Read the full article...
MMP Enzymes and Laminitis
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
MMPs are matrix metalloproteinases – enzymes that break down connective tissue protein/collagen in the body. If you follow news releases and articles about equine laminitis, you have surely seen mention of MMP enzymes since the late 1990s. Turns out they are not the major players as was originally thought.
The basement membrane (BM) in the hoof is a thin layer of connective tissue lining the junction between the dead laminae of the hoof wall, and the live laminae of the inner hoof. This system locks the hoof wall to the tissues inside like Velcro.
In laminitis caused by things like colic/gut infections, black walnut shavings, grain, or experimental fructan overload, it was noted the basement membrane is damaged or destroyed and that the level of MMP enzymes is increased. This led to the theory that the activation of MMP is what causes laminitis. Read the full article...
AAEP Creates Commission to Alleviate Equine Veterinarian Shortage
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formed the Commission on Equine Veterinary Sustainability to develop strategies to retain and recruit more veterinarians to equine practice.
Many areas of the United States and beyond currently face a shortage of equine practitioners to provide veterinary care to horses and other equids. This equine welfare issue will further intensify without action to address the diminishing number of equine veterinarians.
The Commission will be led by AAEP-member volunteers with work focused in five key areas: compensation, strategies for effective emergency coverage, veterinary practice culture, internships, and supporting the growth and development of the equine veterinary student. Read the full article...
Call to Action to Support “The Old Guard”
Several weeks ago, the American Horse Council was made aware of some concerns regarding the conditions of the facilities housing the soldiers and horses of The Old Guard at Arlington Cemetery. The 3d U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as "The Old Guard," is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784. The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance. Read the full article...
Why “Bute” Doesn’t Work with Endocrine-Related Laminitis
Laminitis caused by high insulin is different from other types
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
Laminitis caused by high insulin is different from other types of laminitis. Both you and your veterinarian are anxious to relieve your horse’s pain when there is laminitis. The first thing reached for is usually phenylbutazone or another NSAID drug like Banamine or Equioxx. Unfortunately, they often have little effect.
There are many different types of lamintis, including:
• Mechanical: A horse is overloading one leg because another is injured, stretched laminae and dropped coffin bone from a long toe and/or shoes.
• Inflammatory: Grain overload, experimental fructan overload, retained placenta, Strangles, colic, Salmonella, Lyme, Potomac Horse Fever.
• Endocrinopathic – EMS or PPID.
Anti-inflammatory drugs like the NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are most effective with the inflammatory types of laminitis which involve destruction of the basement membrane of the laminae, which does not occur in endocrinopathic laminitis. Read the full article...
Solving a Mare’s ‘Behavioral’ Problems
Common signs of ‘misbehavior’ can be a direct result of pain.
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...
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, in summer 2023.
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 Nikki@TheHorseStudio.com for more information.
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 to 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 is 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 2023 and will be available for purchase through www.TheHorseStudio.com 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 info@CatskillHorse.org :-
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 Tel #:
And most importantly a great photo! Must be copyright released to us by photographer if not your own to release.
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