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Do We Need to Practice Social Distancing with Our Horses? 

The Equine Disease Communication Center recommends biosecurity reminders in a recently published article titled “Do We Need To Practice Social Distancing with Our Horses?” 
Social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and the dreaded nasal swab have become part of our normal life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The equine industry faces similar types of outbreaks but placing a mask on a horse isn’t feasible. However, there are ways to prevent disease spread within the equine community.   

The recent increase in horses affected by herpesvirus neurologic disease in North America and Europe reminds us that herpesvirus (EHV-1) remains a constant threat for horses. The virus, which causes upper airway infection and abortion, is highly contagious and easily transmitted between horses. Although there are vaccines for this virus, these vaccines are not completely effective and do not protect against the neurologic form of the disease, which is often fatal. The best protection to limit the spread of this disease is appropriate biosecurity, including isolation and social distancing. Read the full article...

The ASPCA Celebrates First-Ever Adopt a Horse Month this May

The nationwide adoption campaign commences on April 26th, celebrated as Help a Horse Day, and includes more than 150 equine groups.
NEW YORK – The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has launched the first-ever Adopt a  Horse Month, a nationwide adoption event taking place throughout the month of May to help more equines find great homes. Over 150 equine adoption and rescue organizations across the county have joined the campaign to promote the adoptable horses in their care and engage with their communities to raise awareness about equine adoption. Read the full article...

AAEP Publishes Epizootic Lymphangitis Guidelines

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines to assist practitioners and regulatory agencies with identification, diagnosis and control of epizootic lymphangitis, a contagious, chronic granulomatous disease of the skin, lymphatic vessels and nodes of the limbs, neck and chest of horses and other equid species.

Although epizootic lymphangitis is not known to occur in horses in the United States, the disease is common in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Asia, where it is responsible for significant morbidity with chronic weight loss and progressive debility in affected animals.
Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Research Grant Proposals Due June 7
Grants up to $20,000 will support up-and-coming equine researchers

The Foundation for the Horse is accepting grant proposals from graduate students, fellows and residents for up to $20,000 in funding for the study of key diseases and disorders affecting equine health. Applicants must be members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Pressing research topics and areas of special interest include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and metabolic disease; laminitis; factors to improve racing safety; and development of new technologies (i.e., stall-side tests). However, research applications on any topic will be considered for funding, and all investigators are encouraged to apply. Read the full article...


AAEP Issues Updated Euthanasia Guidelines

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has updated its guidance for humane euthanasia of a horse. The chief revision to the AAEP’s Euthanasia Guidelines is the addition of the administration of lidocaine hydrochloride 2% (intrathecal) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia as a technique deemed acceptable when performed by trained personnel. 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...

Love At First Step

Charlotte Dujardin puts a spring in her horses' stride with innovative flooring.
by Kim F Miller

Some athletic achievements are helped along with the latest high-tech advancements. Olympic swimmers shave time with second-skin suits. Skiers get faster skies. Ultra-light tennis rackets parlay the power of an opponent's shot into a winning return.

Charlotte Dujardin

There's no shortage of technological advances supporting equestrian accomplishments. However, the woman who's accomplished the latest of those in the dressage world does so with the simplest, most old-fashioned strategy.

Charlotte Dujardin"We let horses be horses," says Charlotte Dujardin, MBE, the Olympic, World Equestrian Games and World Cup champion. "Our horses get the very best of care, but we don't really do anything too special or out of the ordinary."

Charlotte's horses live and work at the yard of Carl Hester, her Olympic gold teammate, multi-medalist, mentor and training partner. At their training base in the U.K.'s Gloucestershire County, the horses spend as much time outdoors as possible. They're often schooled in the field and hacked on open roads. Neither the footing nor the weather is perfect during that work, and that's part of the point. "You're going to have to ride a test in the rain and wind someday, so the horses best be used to it," Charlotte told clinic participants some years back. Read the full article...

AAEP Publishes Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis Guidelines

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis GuidelinesThe American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines to assist practitioners with identification, diagnosis and control of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM), a progressively debilitating disease of the central nervous system that affects horses that reside or once spent time in North or South America.

“EPM is widely considered the most important infectious neurologic disease of horses in North America,” said guidelines author Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM. “The variable clinical signs and widespread seroprevalence pose challenges to diagnosis. These guidelines aim to summarize essential information regarding this disease process, as well as highlight the three criteria for highest diagnostic accuracy in potentially affected horses.” 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...

AAEP Publishes Borrelia burgdorferi Infection and Lyme Disease Guidelines 

AAEP LogoThe American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines to assist practitioners with identification, diagnosis and control of Borrelia burgdorferi infection and Lyme disease, an important tick-borne disease of horses in the northeastern United States and beyond. 
“Borrelia burgdorferi infection is common in horses residing in Lyme endemic areas and the geographic range for exposure appears to be increasing,” said co-author Dr. Sally DeNotta. “Despite the high prevalence of exposure and seropositivity to B. burgdorferi in horses residing in endemic regions, confirming clinical Lyme disease remains a diagnostic challenge. We hope these guidelines help clear up confusion and provide useful information to assist equine veterinarians with the diagnostic approach and clinical management of horses suspected of having Lyme disease.” Read the full article...

Prisma Develops the First-Ever Functional Full-Body Equine Veterinary Imaging System for a Standing Conscious Horse

Full-Body Equine Veterinary Imaging NEWARK, Calif. ­­Prisma Imaging has successfully developed a new system for equine diagnostic imaging that addresses the shortcomings of current technology. Founded in 2016, Prisma developed a system that captures CT and radiographic images of the entire anatomy of a standing, weight-bearing and conscious horse. The advanced imaging capabilities established through Prisma’s research and development is different from anything available in the marketplace. The resulting system represents a game-changer for the overall effect on equine diagnostics and horse health care. Read the full article...

Does Your Horse Have a Metabolic Disorder?

Many horse owners deal with management of metabolic disorders in their horses. Here’s some great insight into the science of how equine musculature works and can be aided through correctly balanced products;

The Science Behind Muscle EQ by Dr. Eleanor Kellon

When I formulated the new Uckele Muscle EQ supplement I wanted to go beyond the usual topline support to also target suboptimal muscle function that often underlies loss of muscle, failure to build muscle and exercise-related cramping.

From lean Arabians to massive draft breeds, muscle is the engine which drives all types of work. Skeletal muscle makes up an average of 45% of the weight of a horse with a normal body condition score, which is even more than bone. In addition to initiating movement, implementing fine motor control of intricate maneuvers and controlling speed, muscle stabilizes and protects the skeleton and joints.

There is no shortage of supplement ingredients with purported ergogenic benefits but only a few are actually proven. Read the full article...

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

Calculating 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...

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 Spring 2021 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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