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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....

The Foundation for the Horse Awards Nearly $640,000 for Programs Benefiting the Welfare of the Horse

The Foundation for the HorseThe Foundation for the Horse has approved $638,922 in grants for 31 programs and projects committed to The Foundation’s mission of improving the welfare of horses.

The Foundation Advisory Council at its summer meeting selected recipients from a group of applications and ongoing projects seeking continued Foundation support. These recommendations were ratified by The Foundation board of directors.  Read the full article...

NRHA Ceases Negotiations with FEI
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) collaborated for more than 20 years to showcase and expand the sport of reining worldwide while creating historic memories valued by many.

Unfortunately, countless impediments throughout the relationship – legal, cultural, structural, and financial in nature –  presented numerous hurdles over that time, and include recent FEI actions. Therefore, the NRHA leadership made the decision not to move forward with a new FEI agreement. Read the full article...

Demand for Donkey Hides, Used to Make Ejiao, has Built a Lucrative Trade Industry, Endangering the Livelihoods of Those who Rely on Them

Half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in the next five years, as millions are slaughtered to meet the rising demand for “ejiao”, a gelatin-based traditional Chinese medicine derived from boiling the hides of donkeys. Believed to improve blood circulation and treat conditions like anemia, infertility, and impotence, ejiao is found in powders, tonics cosmetics and even food products.

The demand for donkey hides is outstripping supply, creating a lucrative business for both producers and retailers. The emergence of the global trade of donkey hides is attributed to the rise of China’s middle class and increased perception of the medicine’s efficacy. Ejiao can sell for up to $200 per pound. Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Working with Veterinary Groups Providing Hurricane Ida Equine Relief

More help needed; donations welcome

The Foundation for the HorseWith the arrival of Hurricane Ida as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit Louisiana, The Foundation for the Horse is asking for financial help for horses impacted by evacuations or that otherwise may be in harm’s way.
The Foundation has provided immediate aid of $20,000 total to two groups it has worked with previously on disaster relief: the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association’s Equine Committee and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association Foundation, which will be assisting its neighbors in Louisiana. In anticipation of the storm, The Foundation has been working with these groups and others during the past week on shelter locations, hay, feed shipments, and veterinary medical supplies. Veterinarians within these groups have been actively helping horses evacuated prior to the storm and are currently assisting with recovery and post-storm care. Read the full article...

EQUUS Film Fest is Proud to Announce the Mustang Discovery Ride

EQUUS Film Fest is Proud to Announce the Mustang Discovery Ride

Take two young women with a passion for the iconic American Mustang, looking for a grand adventure, add 4 American Mustangs along with a curious wild born molly Mulestang and you have the ingredients for the “Mustang Discovery Ride”. Riders, Hannah Catalino and Lisanne Fear, will cover 12 states taking 12 months, with the assistance of their support crew, Dustin Leinenbach. Starting in Delaware in September and ending their journey on the California coast next year.

Presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Mustang Discovery Ride will take us on a journey across the United States, coast to coast, on American Mustangs. Both girls are trainers who have taken part in the MHF Trainer Incentive Program (TIP). Hannah travels the world as a Mustang Ambassador and trainer doing “Wild Horse Workshops” & Liberty Training Clinics. Read the full article...

Celebrate Equine Practice at the 2021 AAEP Annual Convention in Nashville

Event marks return of in-person learning; virtual option also available

Equine veterinarians and veterinary students will write the next verse of their careers in Music City USA when the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 67th Annual Convention convenes Dec. 4–8 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The convention is the most comprehensive continuing education event dedicated to equine practice, with an educational program offering 147.5 hours of CE presented by renowned practitioners in the field, laboratory and classroom; a 300-exhibitor trade show spotlighting the latest technologies, services and products to improve practice; and a slate of networking and social events to renew friendships and build new career connections. Read the full article...

Horse Power - AHC Announces Membership Drive!

Horse Power - AHC Announces Membership Drive!The American Horse Council (AHC), the horse industry’s voice in Washington DC, is holding our annual “Horse Power” membership drive.

What does it take to keep the horse industry alive, thriving, vibrant and relevant? It takes YOU!

There’s never been a better time to become a member and support the industry so we can ensure the equestrian lifestyle and passion you have for horses remains at the forefront of everyone’s mind. AHC works with federal legislators, agencies such as USDA, DOI, EPA, DOT and partners with numerous coalitions to like the Sports Coalition, Outdoor Industry Coalition, H2B Coalition, Economic Business Coalition, Agriculture Tax Coalition and many more. Read the full article...

Legislation Introduced in Congress to End Horse Soring
Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and 46 original cosponsors, nearly half the Senate, reintroduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act today. This bipartisan federal legislation will protect horses from the cruel practice known as soring, which is the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of show horses in the Tennessee walking, racking and spotted saddle horse breeds.
This painful practice forces these horses to perform an artificial, high-stepping gait prized in the show ring. The gait is known as the “Big Lick.” The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association are urging Congress to swiftly pass this much-needed legislation. Read the full article...

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Grants Will Improve Trails for Endurance Riders

A commitment to trails is vital to the sport of endurance riding, and the American Endurance Ride Conference is pleased to announce that a 2021 National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) grant has been approved in the amount of $20,000 for trails work in Ohio, under the auspices of AERC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The funding will continue to improve existing trail systems in the Wayne National Forest, Vesuvius Region, near Pedro, Ohio. This system is home to Elkins Creek Horse Camp and AERC’s Black Sheep Boogie (held the last full weekend of June) and The Iron Horse 100 (held the third weekend in September) endurance rides. Read the full article...

UC Davis Standing Equine PET Scanner Now in Use at Golden Gate Fields

The UC Davis standing equine positron emission tomography (PET) scanner is officially in use at Golden Gate Fields racetrack in Berkeley, CA, providing imaging at the molecular level to monitor racehorse health and guide training and medical care. The scanner (the MILEPET from LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging) allows for imaging of a horse’s leg while under mild sedation, eliminating the time, cost, and health risks associated with general anesthesia. In use at the UC Davis veterinary hospital since March, the instrument has been transported by a team of UC Davis veterinarians and technicians to the equine hospital at Golden Gate Fields once a week for the past month. Read the full article...

BUCKEYE™ Nutrition Finds First Evidence to Support Calcite as a Hindgut Buffer in Horses
Research in partnership with Waltham Petcare Science Institute, the science behind the BUCKEYE™ Nutrition brand, and The Ohio State University

Digestive disturbances such as gastric ulcers and hindgut acidosis affect many performance horses, especially those that are stalled for long periods of time and are fed feeds high in starch to meet their energy requirements. Recent advances in ways of providing digestive support may provide a nutritional non-medicinal option, such as marine-sourced calcium like calcite. Calcite has been touted for its gastroprotective effects in horses attributed to the increased surface area of its honeycomb structure that facilitates greater acid-buffering capacity versus calcium carbonate. However, the effects on the equine hindgut have not been evaluated until now. New research conducted by BUCKEYE Nutrition, Waltham Petcare Science Institute and The Ohio State University to be presented at this year’s Equine Science Society (ESS) Conference has shown that calcite can significantly raise fecal pH in horses. Read the full article...

Use Caution Mixing Chastetree Berries with Pergolide
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

Chastetree berries (CTB), aka Chasteberry, aka Vitex agnus-castus, is an herbal remedy I first published about using in horses with Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction/Cushing’s (PPID) back in 2000. It had been determined that CTB could help normalize prolactin levels by binding to dopamine receptors in the brain. Low dopamine activity is at the root of PPID, so I decided to try it.

The initial trial was an observational study. All horses were correctly diagnosed but follow-up blood work was not standardized. Emphasis was on signs/symptoms. Response was very positive, especially with coat and foot comfort, but even in this short preliminary study I noted it may not be appropriate for advanced cases and, of course, a lot more work needed to be done. There was also concern about how it might interact with pergolide, since both act by binding to dopamine receptors. Read the full article...

Dr. Slovis’s Six Tips on How to Prevent & Treat EHV-1 In Your Horses

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) causes respiratory disease, abortions and neurological disease. Transmission occurs via the respiratory system, with droplets of the virus being spread by mucus via snorting, coughing and human contact.

If you are in a high-risk area where there’s a greater incidence of EHV-1 cases, the following tips may help ensure your horse is protected from infection. These precautionary strategies come directly from Dr. Nathan Slovis, DACVIM, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. As an Internal Medicine Specialist and the Infectious Disease & Biosecurity Director, he has implemented the current Infectious Disease and Equine Emergency Response Programs at Hagyard. Read the full article...

Pitfalls of Fecal Checks for Parasites
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

Pitfalls of Fecal Checks for ParasitesEquines with uncontrolled Primary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) are often more prone to high parasite burdens related to immunosuppression from the disease, so diligent deworming — and control of ACTH — is essential. The fecal egg count (FEC) has become the method of choice for determining when to deworm a horse but there are many shortcomings.

Most labs do simple flotations, which means manure is mixed with a concentrated sugar or salt solution then allowed to sit. The eggs will float up and attach to a microscope slide at the top of the container. Read the full article...

The Facts About Feeding Straw
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

Straw is often recommended as an alternative to hay in a variety of scenarios: hay shortage, for weight loss, to decrease sugar/starch in the diet, or simply to give the horse something to chew on for longer periods, without increasing calorie intake. Straw is an especially common recommendation for feeding donkeys.

Straw is the dead stalks of grain plants, cut after the grain has been harvested. The plants are allowed to die and dry out before harvesting, to reduce moisture in the grain. In some areas the plants are sprayed with glyphosate to hasten their death and drying. This is a very different scenario from harvesting hay which is done when the grasses are still alive and green at a nutritional peak. Read the full article...

Demystifying Hemp and CBD in the Equine

by Joyce Harman, DVM

HempHemp is all of the buzz these days, and for good reason. It's a plant with literally thousands of uses. Hemp is used for clothing, fuel, paper and everything in between. It is a weed and capable of growing in many different conditions with little additional fertilizer or other inputs. Hemp is nutritious and can have medicinal properties. This article will help clear up the confusion about the different types of hemp products available to feed horses.

First, here are a few definitions to clarify the different uses and types:

Hemp is known by the Latin plant names as Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica. There is not a clear botanical differentiation between the two species, despite some claims otherwise. Hemp is a cannabis plant that contains very little detectable levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the ingredient that can make the animal “high.”

Marijuana is the same basic plant but does contain THC and can make the animal “high.” Using THC is not advised, and it is toxic to dogs if they get into the horse’s feed. 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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