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The Foundation for the Horse Throwing a Virtual Barn Party to Celebrate the Horse and Essential Care Providers

Partner Donors Offer $40,000 Matching Challenge

The Foundation for the Horse On the evening of May 29, The Foundation for the Horse invites you to polish your belt buckle, pull on your boots and log into Facebook for The Virtual Barn Party for the Horse, a Facebook Live event celebrating horses and all who care for these majestic animals.

The 90-minute party will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET and feature live performances by Nashville-area musicians, guest appearances by music and equine industry celebrities, cowboy poets, and more.

The performance line-up includes Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rory Feek; Americana/folk-rock band People on the Porch; rock band Sloan Woolly; country-rock trio Campbell Station; legendary singer-songwriters Scott Anders and Roger Murrah; Nashville singer-songwriter Liz Bohannon; and cowboy poet Ron McDaniel.

In addition to performances, party visitors will have an opportunity to win guitars autographed by country music legends Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Josh Turner, and Martina McBride. Read the full article...

EQUUS Foundation Pledges $100,000 in Immediate Support of America's Horses

EQUUS Foundation Pledges $100,000 in Immediate Support of America's Horses
With so many of us facing untold hardships -- and even with some light appearing at the end of the tunnel -- our four-legged equine friends, who are also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, need our care and protection more than ever.

Faced with trying to accommodate the immediate needs of equine charities across the nation, we allocate our available resources to support deserving equine charities on an annual basis.

Instead of waiting until the end of our fiscal year in August, the Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation approved the immediate allocation of $100,000 to help ease the stress of its EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities. Read the full article...

NRHA Board Supports Approved Events Resuming on May 1

NRHA Board Supports Approved Events Resuming on May 1April 28, 2020 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors supports resuming NRHA-approved events beginning on May 1, 2020, as long as show producers and exhibitors adhere to local and state regulations surrounding COVID-19 and take measures to assure the safety of all involved.

NRHA understands that not all areas of the world have lifted restrictions to allow for approved events to take place. With this in mind, the NRHA Board decided that earnings will not count toward world championship titles until further notice.

“Our members are ready to show and, where possible, we think it’s important to get back to what they love,” said NRHA President Mike Hancock. “Show management needs to be prepared to address any and all local conditions or requirements, and the exhibitors must be willing to accept those guidelines.” Read the full article...

Protect your Herd – Equine Guelph Announces a FREE Offering of Online Sickness Prevention Course! 

Equine GuelphCalculating Biosecurity Risks & Creating Action Plans 

Equine Guelph has opened a FREE offering of their online Sickness Prevention in Horses course (normally $85 + HST) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. course is based on the Canadian standard for equine biosecurity.  While many are at home for the next few weeks, this is an ideal time to learn online and develop your own action plan and backup arrangements. 

Maintaining health is everyone’s responsibility. Biosecurity is a word and practice not well understood by an unsettling number of public riding facilities.   How many people wipe down the chains and snaps on cross-ties with disinfectant because they understand this is one of many practices that can reduce the risk of disease spread?  This is just one of the simple take-aways from Equine Guelph’s free Biosecurity Calculator online healthcare tool.  Read the full article...

Plan Ahead for Equine Feed Needs, But Not Too Far Ahead

By Aimee Nielson

Plan Ahead for Equine Feed Needs, But Not Too Far AheadLEXINGTON, Ky. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual.
Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases.
“I can certainly understand that horse owners may be a bit worried about the feed supply,” he said. “I think it’s always smart, not just during a pandemic, to think ahead and try to anticipate your normal feed needs. Maybe plan to buy a little bit more than usual, but don’t go overboard.”
Thinking about feed needs in terms of a week or two at a time will help horse owners feel confident they have enough to cover those needs. Read the full article...

Equine Facilities Race to Prioritize Vital New York Industry in Federal Relief Package

Federal Relief PackageWhile Congress races towards the finish line to finalize the second co-vid 19 federal relief package, advocates for equine facilities across the State call upon the New York delegation to fight to protect the welfare of the equine industry.

Maintaining a thriving equine industry is vital to the health of the New York State economy. According to The New York State Equine Industry Economic Impact Study, “The equine industry has a $4.2 billion effect on the state’s economy and generates 33,000 full-time jobs. Equine commerce also results in $187 million in state and local taxes for New York. The thousands of horse farms, training centers and riding stables doing business across the state preserve 1.3 million acres of open space. There are 157,500 horses in New York.” Read the full article...

Free Digital Access to American Farriers Journal’s Premium Content through May

American Farriers JournalTo help provide the industry with valuable advice and information to help overcome the challenges placed on their business by COVID-19, American Farriers Journal editors are making all of the premium website content free to access until May 31, 2020.

BROOKFIELD, Wis.— The coronavirus behind the spread of COVID-19 is affecting life across the globe, resulting in business shutdowns, shelter-in-place rules, supply chain disruptions and more. It also unfortunately has, and will continue to, significantly influence the horse world. Attempts to manage the outbreak have caused equine businesses to close, and nearly every stage of equine competition to shut down. In the United States, decisions made by federal and state governments have changed the business and recreational use of horses. 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...

New Therapy Could Combat Persistent Joint Infections in Horses

Joint Infections in HorsesDENVER/April 6, 2020 – A new therapy could combat persistent joint infections in horses, potentially saving them from years of pain. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) lysate that, when teamed with antibiotics, can eradicate bacterial biofilms common in joint infections. The therapy could also be applied to other species, including humans and dogs. The team presented their findings in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
“This could really provide a more effective way of clearing a joint infection quickly so that the horse does not suffer long-term consequen

ces of joint damage,” said Dr. Lauren Schnabel, Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery at North Carolina State University, a primary investigator of the study. “For any horse’s well-being, it’s important to make them as comfortable as possible, as quickly as possible to avoid laminitis and other complications.”
Horses are more prone to joint infections than other animals due to their predominantly outdoor, active lifestyles coupled with a lack of tissue protection over the joints of their lower limbs. Any wound near a joint, regardless of its size, requires immediate veterinary attention. Left untreated, they can be life-threatening. Read the full article...

Survey Results Evaluate the Effect of Coronavirus Pandemic on Equine Management in US & Canada

Survey Results Evaluate the Effect of Coronavirus Pandemic on Equine Management in US & CanadaIt’s about the horse™

Flair, LLC teamed up with Dr. David Marlin and Science Supplements USA to launch a survey for those located in the US and Canada to better understand the effects of COVID-19 on horse owners, riders, trainers, grooms, stable managers, and other equestrian professionals. Over 4,000 participants completed the recent survey to evaluate the impact that COVID-19 is having on horse owners, riders, trainers, grooms, stable manager, and other equestrians. While there is no evidence that COVID 19 is a problem for horses, over 40% of respondents reported they have had to change their horse’s management because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article...

Quarantine Q&A with Tom Struzzieri

If you have wondered what has been going on at HITS during this unusual time of shelter-at-home, the answer is – a LOT! HITS has made some big announcements over the past few weeks, from the purchase of Lamplight Equestrian Center, the new home of HITS Chicago, to the hopes of kicking off the summer series at HITS Saugerties and HITS Chicago the week of June 1. Assuming that plan falls within USEF and State and Local guidelines at that time, the HITS summer show season will begin with the Spring Spectacular Series at HITS Chicago, June 3-21, and the third week of the Saugerties Spring Series, June 3-7. With a target start-date now in mind, HITS President and CEO, Tom Struzzieri sat down to answer a few questions about HITS plans for the summer season, the state of equestrian sport, and why, in the current climate, he was willing to take a chance on purchasing Lamplight. The entire HITS team has been working diligently to prepare for the Summer Show Series at all of our sites with the safety of our exhibitors being our top priority. Read the full article...

Innovative Vet Direct Safety Net Program to Help Horse Owners in Need 

The Foundation for the Horse The Foundation for the Horse and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to manage a program offering relief to horse owners unable to afford veterinary care. 

The ASPCA awarded The Foundation for the Horse a $50,000 grant to support the Vet Direct Safety Net initiative. This program, originated and piloted by the ASPCA, aligns with The Foundation’s mission of improving the welfare of horses and enables AAEP-member veterinarians in the U.S. to administer compassionate service to horses and the equine community without incurring financial stress to their practice.  Read the full article...

Are You Concerned About Colic During Covid-19?  

Equine GuelphWith many horses seeing their exercise schedules suddenly reduced or eliminated, questions have cropped up if this creates a higher risk of colic.  Our National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines is clear: Horses must have some form of exercise or turnout unless under stall rest for medical reasons or severe environmental conditions make this temporarily impossible.   Equine Guelph encourages concerned horse owners and care takers to assess their risk and adjust management practices to help reduce their chance of colic using a free online healthcare tool: The Colic Risk Rater 

One key to reducing the incidence of colic is making changes slowly.  This includes exercise, feed changes and more.  Dr. Kristen Frederick is just one veterinarian and equestrian providing helpful insight to keep everyone grounded during these rapidly changing times. Read the full article...

Is My Horse at Risk?
What do we know about the potential COVID-19 threat to and from horses, cats and dogs?

Dr. David Marlin

Covid-19March 18, 2020. At the time of writing there have been 1,029 scientific papers published on COVID-19 – two papers in 2019 and 1,027 in 2020! This illustrates how acute the emergence of this pandemic has been. I certainly can’t claim to have read all of these, but I have read a lot, especially the ones I consider to be most relevant relating to aspects such as origin, transmission, disinfection, strain mutation, management and treatment.

As an asthmatic, I have been taking both a professional and personal interest in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many animal owners will be facing some anxiety at this time, especially as there is a lot of misinformation circulating about where COVID-19 came from and its potential to jump into animals or for animals to transmit the disease. Diseases that can be spread from animals to people are referred to as "Zoonoses," and include diseases such as rabies, Lyme disease, malaria, Salmonella, Ebola, Swine flu and West Nile virus.

Knowing horse, dog and cat owners, they are more likely to be concerned about passing COVID-19 onto their animals than catching it from them. Read the full article...

Statement from American and International Associations of Professional Farriers

AAPF/IAPFWe understand this is an incredibly challenging time for all. We want you, our members and others in the horse industry, to know that the American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) continues to work as an advocate of the farrier industry.

An important question that has been asked is whether farrier service is considered an "essential business".

The AAPF/IAPF are advocating for all farrier and equine veterinary practices, as animal health care professionals, to be considered essential businesses in any situations in which non-essential businesses are asked to close for COVID-19 risk mitigation. Farriers, veterinarians and our teams provide important animal and public health surveillance and deliver essential hoof care. Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Awards $25,000 to Assist Veterinarians Involved in Australia Wildfire Relief 

The Foundation for the Horse, which in mid-January issued a call for contributions through its Disaster Relief Fund to support veterinarians working with wildlife, horses and other livestock affected by the Australia wildfires, recently distributed $25,000 to the Australia Veterinary Association’s Benevolent Fund. 

The total, comprised of $15,000 in contributions and a Foundation match on the first $10,000 raised, is helping the many veterinarians impacted by the fires or who provided charitable care to affected animals. Read the full article...

Four Legs Move My Soul Winner of Four Legs Move My Soul book by Isabell Werth Announced


Thanks to everyone that entered the Catskill Horse Facebook contest for their chance to win a copy of this wonderful new book Four Legs Move My Soul from iconic dressage star Isabell Werth and journalist Evi Simeoni.


The winner is Karen Kohl, of NY! Congrats to Karen. We hope the book inspires her with its great insights.


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...

The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) Announces New Dressage Tests

Driving Dressage Tests

Cross Plains, WI - The NEW 2020 ADS Dressage Tests are available now, exclusively on the ADS website.
“The ADS has always been committed to supporting the evolution of the sport of carriage driving and the education of our members,” said ADS President Daniel Rosenthal. “We are very proud to introduce a comprehensive set of new dressage tests for the first time in a number of years. As a driver, I look forward to learning and driving these tests and using them in the ongoing training of my Dartmoor Ponies.”
The Judges View Tests are available at:…/Resourc…/Dressage-Tests . Members have exclusive access to the Drivers View Tests. Please note that the new tests are identified by letters to differentiate them from the old, numbered tests.
These tests were created by the Driven Dressage Committee of The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS). As such they are the copyrighted and propriety work product of the ADS and are exclusively for the private use of ADS Members, by ADS-Recognized Events, or with advance express written approval of the ADS.
Both the NEW lettered tests and the older numbered tests may be used at ADS-Recognized Events through June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020 ADS-Recognized Events will only offer the NEW lettered Dressage tests.
Join us at the ADS Annual Meeting Weekend at The Grand Oaks on Saturday, December 7 at noon to observe the demonstration of the new tests. Register for the weekend on the ADS website.
The ADS Board and staff extend their gratitude to the Driven Dressage Committee, led by Chair Tracey Morgan, for their tireless work on this project. Read the full article...

UC Davis Study Reports That Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is Not Associated with Catastrophic Breakdown in Thoroughbreds

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have published the results of a study that investigated the frequency of the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) mutation in Thoroughbreds. The study demonstrated that the WFFS mutation is not a genetic risk factor for catastrophic breakdown and is only present at a very low frequency in this breed.

UC Davis Study Reports That Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is Not Associated with Catastrophic Breakdown in Thoroughbreds
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion, meaning that a horse needs to have two copies of the mutation to be affected. WFFS is a fatal genetic defect of connective tissue characterized by hyperextensible, abnormally thin, fragile skin and mucous membranes. More than 700 Thoroughbreds were tested for the WFFS mutation, including 22 catastrophic breakdown fatalities. The allele frequency among all samples was 1.2 percent and the carrier rate (or horses with one copy) was 2.4 percent. None of the horses in the study had two copies of the mutation and only one of the 22 catastrophic breakdown cases carried the WFFS allele. Read the full article...

Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces its new “Mare & Foal Care Tool" Mare & Foal Care, a free and interactive online tool that will help users learn about reproduction in horses. The Mare & Foal Care Tool was designed and developed in partnership with PFERA, an equine reproductive biotechnology company, as a resource for horse owners and breeders.
This free online resource will take users through the complete cycle of reproduction in the horse, from preparing to breed a mare to caring for the newborn foal. Users can start with The Pregnancy Wheel, where they’ll see how their foal will develop through pregnancy and learn what care their mare will need. They can experience the Mare & Foal E-Learning Checklist, an interactive module that will take users through the needs of the mare and/or foal before, during, and after pregnancy. Finally, users can watch the Foaling Time Video and print the Foaling Checklist Poster so they’re ready when it’s time to meet their new little one! 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 Spring 2020 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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