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SmartPak Is Supporting Riders During Uncertain Times

New face masks designed by riders, and offers support to equestrian community in return

SmartPak Is Supporting Riders During Uncertain TimesThings 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 today.

KER Releases MFM Pellet™: Targeted Nutritional Support for Muscle Disease

KER Releases MFM Pellet™Kentucky Equine Research® recently unveiled MFM Pellet™, a nutritional supplement designed to provide targeted nutritional support for horses with the muscle disorder myofibrillar myopathy (MFM).

Characterized by exercise intolerance, unwillingness to go forward, and inability to achieve or maintain collection, MFM has been studied most extensively in Warmbloods and Arabians, though unrelated breeds have also been affected. While researchers remain unsure why MFM occurs, muscle biopsies taken from diagnosed horses have revealed consistent abnormalities.

Because MFM involves muscle breakdown and atrophy, rations should focus on providing high-quality protein and specific amino acids, which support muscle repair and regeneration. Read the full article...

U.S. House Passes Anti-Doping Bill to Reform American Horse Racing

Legislation Mirrors McConnell Introduced Bill in the U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, led by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky. by a voice vote. H.R. 1754 mirrors legislation recently introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. and promises to end the era of widespread doping of horses in Thoroughbred racing in America.

U.S. House Passes Anti-Doping Bill to Reform American Horse Racing
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act includes a ban on race-day doping, the establishment of a uniform national standard for rules and regulations for U.S. horseracing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) is landmark legislation that would directly address the safety and welfare of racehorses, and the integrity of the sport itself, through better anti-doping measures and racetrack safety standards. Read the full article...

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...

Launching October 15th

Brooke USADid you know you can have a profound impact on millions of lives—ONE by ONE. ONE gift at a time, ONE animal at a time, ONE community at a time. You can help harness the power of ONE gift through Brooke USA's new year-long effort: The Power of ONE.

ONE single gift can stock a vet clinic in a remote woreda of Ethiopia with supplies. ONE donation can start a donkey club for children in Kenyan schools, teaching good handling from a young age. That’s the Power of ONE. Brooke USA’s friends and supporters coming together to join as ONE means that each of those singular gifts adds up to a life-changing (maybe even world-changing) collective ONE.

Brooke USA Ambassadors Ali Brock., JJ Tate and Kasey Perry-Glass visiting Brooke USA-funded work in Guatemala

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Dover Saddlery Opens Its Newest Store in Buffalo, New York

Dover Saddlery retail store on Transit Road in the Buffalo, NY LITTLETON, MA – Dover Saddlery, the leading omni-channel retailer of equestrian products, announced today the September opening of a new Dover Saddlery retail store on Transit Road in the Buffalo, NY area. This new store joins 35 other Dover Saddlery store locations across the United States. The offering of more than 25,000 products available in-store, by catalog or through the ecommerce website make Dover Saddlery The Source® for equestrian needs across all levels of riding in the English disciplines.

“It was important to us to push forward and open this store for the Buffalo, NY community even during this unprecedented and challenging time. We are thrilled to be able to open our doors and welcome local riders to this special store in the heart of horse country,” said Brad Wolansky, CEO of Dover Saddlery. “This store is ideally located to suit the needs of all levels of riders based in Buffalo and surrounding communities year-round.” Read thr full article...

HITS Hosts BIGGEST Hunter & Jumper Classes in the World This Year

HITS Hosts BIGGEST Hunter & Jumper Classes in the World This Year
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 HITS Championship

There's no doubt that 2020 has been a unique year, but that didn't stop the top riders and horses from making their way to HITS-on-the-Hudson for the 2020 HITS Championship. The Richest Weekend in Show Jumping began at HITS Saugerties in 2010 and is an event exhibitors look forward to year-after-year.

The HITS Championship is host to five finals, offering single handedly, the most prize money in hunter and jumper classes in the world. The main event of the HITS Championship is the annual $500,000 Grand Prix, sponsored by long-time HITS partner AIG.

"We are excited that AIG teamed up with us to be the title sponsor of the $500,000 Grand Prix at the HITS Championship," said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS, Inc. "They have been a partner of ours for a decade, previously sponsoring the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal. This was a nice spot to add them in on the East Coast and we look forward to continuing this partnership far into the future." 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...

When Centers Are in Need, PATH Intl. Is There

Denver— As if COVID-19 weren't enough to deal with in 2020, PATH Intl. Centers are still having to contend with the threat of losing property through natural disasters. Wild fires have already destroyed nearly two million acres across the United States. Predictors are also seeing 2020 as a near record-breaking season, predicting a total of 24 named storms, 10 hurricanes and four major hurricanes on the Atlantic coast.

With the knowledge of these disasters comes the fear of losing property and, even worse, the possibility of losing lives. Evacuations of humans and horses are heartbreaking yet necessary. Many return to homes and barns destroyed, shells of the dreams and activities that took place there. How to rebuild and where to start can be enormous and almost unanswerable questions. 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...

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.

The Upside of Downtime

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...

Reward Offered in Pearland for Information Leading to Arrest of Person or Persons Who Killed and Dismembered Stolen Horses
HSUS LogoAug. 28, 2020 — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing and dismemberment of five horses. The horses’ remains were found in a cluster of locations along South Beltway 8 near Pearland, Texas. Anonymous donors have pledged an additional $20,000, bringing the total reward fund to $25,000.
The Case:  According to the Pearland Police Department, since May, at least five horses have been stolen from their pastures in the Houston and Pearland area and killed. The horses were found dead with ropes around their necks and all horses’ backstraps and front and back hindquarters had been butchered and removed. Four of the five cases were reported from Hooper Road and all five horses were discovered dead and dismembered by their owners in or near the pastures where the horses were living. Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Awards $5,000 to Veterinary Groups Providing Hurricane Laura Equine Relief

More help needed; donations welcome

The Foundation for the HorseWith the arrival of Hurricane Laura, which battered the East Texas and Louisiana coastlines as the region's strongest storm in over a century, The Foundation for the Horse is asking for financial help for horses that are being impacted due to evacuations or that otherwise may be in harm’s way.

To provide immediate aid, The Foundation is donating $5,000 total to two groups it has worked with previously: the Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association’s Equine Committee.

Veterinarians within these groups are actively helping horses that are being evacuated or which may have to endure the hurricane in place. Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is currently taking in and sheltering animals, and its VET will be deployed as needed to impacted areas. Similar efforts are underway in Louisiana as well. Read the full article...

Pony Club Offers Teaching Resources to Instructors and Educators for Barn, Classroom & Online Use

August 25, 2020 (Lexington, KY) – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has been teaching riding and horse care since 1954, and during recent years has expanded to offer more learning and membership opportunities than ever before. The Professional Membership option is available to any equestrian instructor, professor, teacher or educator who is interested in ready-to-teach educational materials for their students and clientele.

“We know our traditional Pony Club and Riding Center models don’t always fit the needs of those who are interested in accessing the many educational resources available through Pony Club,” said Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. “Our Professional Membership option is a great way to make teaching easier and customize the educational package that is best for you and your students, with complete course curriculum for the classroom or the barn.” Read the full article...

The Foundation for the Horse Awards $5,000 to Veterinarian Groups Providing California Fire Equine Relief

More help needed; donations welcome

The Foundation for the Horse is asking for financial help for horses impacted by the more than 300 separate fires currently burning in California. To provide immediate aid, The Foundation is donating $5,000 total to two groups it has worked with previously: the Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners (NCAEP) and the University of California-Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).

Veterinarians within these groups are actively helping horses impacted by the fires through search and rescue, as well as shelter and care efforts. The LNU Lightning Complex Fires in Napa and Solano counties have numerous horses and hooved animals on the run and in danger. Read the full article...

Brooke USA Funds Equine Organizations in the US and Abroad to Assist during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brooke USA Funds Equine Organizations in the US and Abroad to Assist during the Coronavirus PandemicLexington, KY The Board of Directors of Brooke USA has approved $32,500, to date, in micro-grants for 20 equine organizations in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund disbursements were made from Brooke USA’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund which was designed to address the need for financial aid across the globe due to the pandemic. In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Brooke USA is committed to meeting the needs of equine-dependent communities impacted by the pandemic both in the United States and abroad.

Brooke USA recognizes that in the developing world there is a lack of health care facilities, medical supplies are not readily available, and living in highly crowded communal situations exacerbates the risk of spread. Moreover, the international community which normally offers aid is hard pressed to help because every nation is dealing with their own problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article...

Retired Racehorse Project’s ASPCA Makeover Marketplace Transitions to Virtual Event

Retired Racehorse ProjectWhile the in-person horse shopping and adoption experience at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium may no longer be possible this year with the postponement of the event to 2021, the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, will continue to produce the Makeover Marketplace and promote transitioned Thoroughbreds as premier sport horse prospects online.

Expected to feature dozens of restarted Thoroughbreds, the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace catalog will once again be offered in print as well as digitally. Sign-ups are now open to receive the catalog, which will be printed in the Fall 2020 issue of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, the RRP’s award-winning quarterly publication. The catalog will be printed in color and feature each horse’s Jockey Club name and basic details, price or adoption fee, home location, description and photo, as well as trainer contact information. Each advertisement will also include a QR code that will direct smartphone users to the horse’s full online listing, which may include additional information and video. 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...

Zoetis Donates CORE EQ INNOVATOR™ Vaccines to Partners of The ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative

Equine organizations across the country are eligible to receive free vaccines for the hundreds of horses in their care

Zoetis Donates CORE EQ INNOVATOR™ Vaccines

NEW YORK– The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that Zoetis has generously donated 1,500 vaccines to its Right Horse InitiativeSM adoption partners and the horses in their care. In addition, Zoetis will extend additional savings on critical deworming products to new foster caregivers and adopters of equines from these organizations. Read the full article...

Practice Owners from Texas and Montana Appointed AAEP Officers

Drs. Rob Franklin and Amy Grice have been appointed officers of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and will assume their respective positions when installed during the December 8 President’s Luncheon at the 66th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Dr. Franklin has been named 2021 vice president and will assume the role of AAEP president in 2023; Dr. Grice has been named treasurer and will serve a three-year term.

Drs. Rob Franklin and Amy Grice

Dr. Franklin is a partner in Fredericksburg Equine Veterinary Services in Fredericksburg, Texas, and a strong advocate for equine-humanitarian efforts through his support of working equid welfare. A founding director of the Equitarian Initiative, Dr. Franklin has led more than 15 veterinary medical trips to Central America since 2012 to administer care to the region’s working equids and education to caretakers. He is also co-founder of animal nutritional supplement company Animal Stewards International, whose pay-it-forward model helps animals in need in underdeveloped countries. Read the full article...

Animal Wellness Action Champions Historic Wins for Horses in U.S. House Spending Measures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the U.S House of Representatives passed the last of a series of equine protection amendments and provisions included in the federal spending packages for Fiscal Year 2021 that would fund the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), Agriculture (USDA), Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Veterans Affairs Administration (VA). Three of the four amendments were conceived by Animal Wellness Action, and all of the provisions were backed by the organization that has maintained a physical presence on Capitol Hill amidst COVID-19.

The amendments include $11 million for BLM to utilize in implementing PZP birth control within wild horse and burro populations on federal lands; $750,000 for a USDA Horse Protection Program audit; $1 million for USDA’s Office of Inspector General to better enforce the Horse Protection Act; $5 million for equine assisted therapy programs at the VA; and $1 million for DOJ to create an Animal Cruelty Crimes Unit to better enforce the Horse Protection Act and other anti-cruelty laws. read the full article...

Morris Animal Foundation Announces Call for Equine Behavior Research Proposals

Morris Animal Foundation DENVER/July 30, 2020 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for pilot studies focused on equine behavior, relating to health and welfare. This request is part of the Foundation’s Donor-Inspired Study program, which allows individual donors to directly support a research topic they have a passion for, and for which there is a pressing need. Grant applications are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 4:59 p.m. EST.

This grant is being funded by Dr. Wendy Koch, a veterinarian who has supported the Foundation for nearly 30 years. She began a career in animal welfare with the federal government in 1990 and became board-certified in that field in 2016. Dr. Koch has closely followed equine behavior and welfare research and regretted that specific funding available in these fields has been minimal.

Sept. 1 Deadline to Apply for Research Fellow Scholarships

Applications are being accepted for The Foundation for the Horse Past Presidents’ and EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow scholarships for 2020. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1.

Mare and FoalThese annual scholarships are awarded to American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) member veterinarians who are beginning careers in equine research in graduate school. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship during the AAEP’s 66th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5-9, 2020.

The Foundation for the Horse Past Presidents’ Research Fellow and the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow, established in 2006 and 2011, respectively, emphasize the importance of equine research while rewarding researchers for their personal contributions. The Foundation for the Horse created the research fellows to acknowledge the increasing need to support and train future equine veterinary researchers. Read the full article...

U.S. House Agriculture Funding Package Provides Tremendous Victories for Animals and Animal Wellness’ Led Enforcement Campaign

House Agriculture Funding PackageHouse Bill Scheduled for Markup fully funds PAWS Act, Doubles HPA Funding, and Maintains Horse Slaughter Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations package scheduled for votes by the Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations and the full Appropriations Committee this week. The package includes $3 million in funding for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act that Animal Wellness Action worked to successfully get signed into law in the 2018 Farm Bill, and $2 million in funding for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) of 1970. The HPA amount represents a doubling in funding for enforcement of the law against horse soring. The FY2021 bill also maintains the current ban on horse slaughter in the United States by defunding the inspection of horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil – a provision that’s been regularly maintained by the Congress since the last U.S. based plants were shuttered in 2007. 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...

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...

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...

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:
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