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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.
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.
"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
The 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...
Feed Room Chemist Podcast Makes Equine Nutrition Accessible, Surpassing 100,000 Listens
Ardmore, OK– Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health is proud to have reached a milestone with the Feed Room Chemist Podcast, surpassing 100,000 listens. Bluebonnet and Stride believes that each horse is unique, and all horse owners should be empowered with the knowledge to make the right choices for their herds, big and small.
“Feed Room Chemist is designed to provide science-based information to help more people find the right nutritional answers for their horse,” says Dr. Jyme Nichols, Equine Nutritionist. “Most people understand that balanced nutritional needs are critical for optimum wellness and performance of a horse, but deciding exactly what to use can get overwhelming quickly. That’s where this podcast can help.” Read the full article...
Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo® & White Party Returns with a Special Edition of the Coveted Event
WELLINGTON, Fla – Feb. 11, 2021 – Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo® & White Party returns with a new look and feel on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. The “can’t miss” event of the social season will be held for the first time in the Pavilion at the International Polo Club (IPC), and will be presented exclusively by Lugano Diamonds.
The event, Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo® & White Party | Special Edition: Latin America, will include the popular Sunset Polo exhibition match; a field-side White Party for 350 guests; a display of distinctive, one-of-a-kind Lugano Diamonds jewelry pieces, a gourmet dinner curated by Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann, and live entertainment by Miami-based band Tartara. Read the full article...
Actress Beth Behrs Joins EQUUS Foundation as an EQUUStar
The EQUUS Foundation is excited to announce that actress, Beth Behrs, will be joining its esteemed roster of EQUUStars, who are popular and iconic horse lovers that assist the Foundation in raising awareness and support for horse welfare across the country.
Fans of the current hit CBS Sitcom, The Neighborhood, and those who tuned in to the enormously popular sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings, will know actress Beth Behrs -- especially in her role as Caroline Channing with her horse, Chestnut! Read the full article...
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act to Ban Doping Signed Into Law
Campaign to end race-day doping in Thoroughbred racing sees tremendous success
Washington, D.C. – In the biggest gain for animal welfare in 2020, and in the $900 billion year-end spending bill, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Horseracing Integrity and Safety (HISA) Safety Act, H.R. 1754/S. 4547, last night, concluding an eight-year campaign to end medication abuses leading to breakdowns and injuries and deaths on tracks across the nation. The House passed H.R. 1754, led by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky. by a voice vote in September, but the Senate had not taken up S. 4547 introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. that promises to end the era of widespread doping of horses in Thoroughbred racing in America. Read the full article...
Pitfalls of Fecal Checks for Parasites
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
Equines 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...
Feeding in Winter
Forage first is always the rule of feeding horses, but in winter it may not be enough. Staying warm takes a lot of calories.
Every horse has a LCT - lower critical temperature. This is the environmental temperature (air temperature + wind chill) below which the horse has to spend calories to maintain his normal body temperature - and it sure is costly! It has been shown in people that just 10 minutes of shivering burns as many calories as an hour of moderate exercise. To make things worse, very cold horses stop eating, drinking and moving around.
Even if not cold enough to shiver, the need to divert calories into heat generation means the horse needs to eat more to maintain body condition too. The usual estimate is an extra 10% of hay for every 10 degrees below the LCT, so a horse normally eating 20 lbs of hay a day would need 22 if the temperature is 10 degrees lower than his LCT. 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...
2021 Harness Horse Youth Foundation Scholarship Applications Available
Anderson, IN- Applications are now available for the two scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are not due until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships.html to access the applications and each scholarship’s eligibility requirements and general information.
The HHYF scholarships are the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. HHYF has awarded over $630,000 in scholarship grants since 1976.
The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is frequently updated. That list is available at https://www.hhyf.org/industry-scholarships.html.
Executive Director Ellen Taylor will be happy to answer specific questions regarding the HHYF scholarships and/or the listing of racing-related scholarships. She may be contacted by email email@example.com or by phone 317.908.0029.
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing.
FREE Equine Behaviour & Safety Online Course Offered to Kids Around the World!
Guelph, Ontario, Canada – Equine Guelph, the horse center at the University of Guelph in Canada, has announced it is setting up a free virtual classroom for English-speaking youth around the world. Horse-crazy teenagers (ages 13-17) will have the opportunity to take an online Equine Behaviour & Safety course with access open until February 6, 2021 on www.TheHorsePortal.com Read the full article...
Applications Now Open For 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover
Applications are now open for the 2021 competition year of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2021. Accepted trainers will be announced on February 15, 2021.
As the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover was postponed to 2021 due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Retired Racehorse Project’s banner event will include competition groups both for horses that would have competed in 2020, as well as those entering for 2021. The two groups will compete separately, including two separate Finales to crown each year’s Thoroughbred Makeover Champion. Applications for the 2020 competition year closed earlier this year, though new owners of horses already entered for 2020 may apply to compete. Read the full article...
When Horses Fly: New Study to Help Develop Health and Well-Being Guidelines for Air-Transported Horses
DENVER/November 11, 2020 – Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Italy’s Università di Bologna are studying how horses are managed when transported in planes to identify factors that increase or decrease the risk of horse health and behavioral problems. What the team learns will help develop equine transport protocols for national and global agencies including the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). Read the full article...
SmartPak Is Supporting Riders During Uncertain Times
New face masks designed by riders, and offers support to equestrian community in return
Things might look a little different nowadays because of COVID-19, but SmartPak continues to remain dedicated to supporting healthy horses and happy riders. The company is pleased to introduce its own line of eco-friendly face masks designed with rider comfort and safety in mind.
For every mask purchased, SmartPak is also giving back to the equestrian community with a donation of proceeds. SmartPak is donating $5 of every purchase to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), to give back to the horses that give so much. The company is also donating 50 3-packs to Ebony Horsewomen Inc., which provides equine assisted therapy and therapeutic riding to kids and families within the city of Hartford, CT.
“We know that the industry is adjusting to a new ‘normal’ and we want to do what we can to help riders feel more comfortable”, said Carma Caughlan, chief marketing officer at SmartPak. “Our team did an incredible job designing these masks, and we’re confident that riders will like them too.”
These masks will not only do good, but feel good too. Using excess materials from the Sunshield sun shirts, these face masks are both eco-friendly and incredibly comfortable. The moisture-wicking, UPF 50 fabric stays cool and dry against your skin, and its anti-microbial properties help keep things fresh in between washes. The adjustable ear loops allow you to customize the fit. Plus, you can color coordinate with your favorite SunShield shirt!
Each pack contains three non-medical grade, personal face mask. To purchase your own masks, and to learn more about SmartPak’s efforts to give back, visit www.SmartPak.com today.
Equine Financial Futures Webinar Series
2020 is a year the equine industry would like to flush away, along with all the unexpected business restrictions and financial challenges. First wave, second wave and now a tidal wave of online information is inundating your inbox, but there is a free webinar series you are going to want to add to your e-calendar. Equine Guelph and Sean Jones from Sun Life Financial, in partnership with Ontario Equestrian, will be offering a seven-part webinar series on business management for equine facility owners. Financial planning is always important to ensure there is enough green in your bank account to look after your green acres and horse business. If you run a horse farm or equine business, navigating ongoing challenges and future finances are top of mind. This timely, live, webinar series begins Monday, October 5, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm EST, with: Creating Your Financial Roadmap. Read the full article...
AAEP Publishes Borrelia burgdorferi Infection and Lyme Disease Guidelines
The 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
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...
The Upside of Downtime
Lillie Keenan capitalizes on show circuit downtime with training and health focus for her horses and launches the "Lillie" line of scrumptious show apparel for fellow riders.
by Kim F Miller
Young show jumping professional Lillie Keenan made a pact with herself when it became clear the COVID-driven competition closures would last a while. "I'm going to be better coming out of this than when I went in." That's saying something for an equestrian already sitting at #10 on the U.S. rankings going into the shut-down in March.
She sees the pact as a responsibility to her horses. "They deserve to have someone that's going to try to improve themselves." She also used the time for finishing touches on her first line of equestrian apparel through U.K.-based bespoke and ready-made garment maker to the stars, Flying Changes. 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.
TheHosePortal.ca 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
Hemp 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 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 Spring 2021 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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