Friday, March 22, 2019

Endurance.net Adds New Blog: Books for Endurance Riders

March 22 2019

https://booksbyenduranceriders.blogspot.com/

Looking for books to read about endurance riding? Long distance riding? Conditioning? Endurance history? Adventure rides? We've got you covered.

You can build your own endurance library by browsing our list. "Books for Endurance Riders" can be found with our other blogs, by clicking on the "News, Stories" tab on www.endurance.net:

www.endurance.net/newsblogs/

Should My Horse Exercise on an Empty Stomach?

Riding before your horse gets fed could put him at risk for gastric ulcers. Find out why.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Mar 18, 2019

Q.I board my horse and ride in the morning and sometimes late afternoon, often before he gets fed. I am worried about the potential gastric ulcer risk of riding him on an empty stomach. Is there anything I can do to combat this?

—Via e-mail

A.You’re right to be concerned. Although historically it wasn’t the case, veterinarians now generally understand that horses should have some amount of food in their stomach, ideally, at all times...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/168300/should-my-horse-exercise-on-an-empty-stomach/

All IR/EMS Horses Have Laminitis

March 19, 2019

Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

The Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group outreach forum (https://ecir.groups.io/g/main) has been in existence for almost 20 years and currently has over 11,000 international members. As you might expect, many members seek out the group when their horse/pony/mini/donkey/mule becomes obviously laminitic. Others report issues confirmed by blood work, but state they have never had problems with laminitis.

Unfortunately, they're wrong.

Back in 2004, Johnson, et al., published an article entitled Endocrinopathic Laminitis in the Horse. They described a "remodeling" of the laminae that occurs in horses with EMS or PPID (Cushing’s disease). Specifically, there is lengthening and thinning of the dermal lamellae that leads to weakening and predisposes to separation, with resultant white line widening, rotation, and sinking. This occurs without the basement membrane damage and white blood cell infiltration characteristic of other types of laminitis.

Of particular interest was the report that these changes are clearly visible microscopically, and on radiographs, in horses not showing any obvious signs of pain, inflammation or lameness.

Johnson focused on a possible role for cortisol in these changes, but more recent research has clearly shown that it is insulin elevation that is to blame. Exactly how this happens is still unclear. There is growing evidence that insulin may be acting through the IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) receptors to cause increased cellular proliferation.

There is some discrepancy in published studies regarding whether or not dermal and epidermal tissues in the lamellae express insulin receptors. If they do, high insulin may stimulate the changes seen via those receptors. In humans, epidermal keratinocytes stimulated with insulin show the same proliferation and elongation seen in the lamellae.

It has also been shown that endocrinopathic laminitis, like human metabolic syndrome, is characterized by increased levels of the potent vasoconstrictor endothelin-1, which may be causing cellular proliferation via endothelin receptors with reduction in perfusion and delivery of oxygen/glucose to the laminae. Positive responses to herbal and amino acid support for nitric oxide generation suggest this is part of the mechanism. Hypoxia (low oxygen tension) itself also causes migration and proliferation of keratinocytes via release of HIF-1 (hypoxia inducible factor). The imbalance between vasodilating nitric oxide and vasoconstricting endothelin-1 is directly caused by high insulin levels within the blood vessels.

Regardless of the exact mechanism, the important thing to realize is that these changes are occurring in every horse with elevated insulin, whether they are recognized to be in pain or not. Low-level lameness is easy to miss because the pain is symmetrical (no head bob). More subtle signs include less spontaneous activity, reluctance to make sharp turns, muscle tension in the forearms, back and hindquarters, more rigid head carriage (high or low), and a subdued attitude. These horses can easily be pushed over the edge into more severe pain by dietary indiscretions or even cold weather.

The good news is that meticulous attention to dietary simple carbohydrates, calories/weight, mineral balancing and additional nutritional support as needed is very successful in controlling insulin and restoring your horse's love of life.

If you suspect your horse has high insulin, get a diagnosis and take correct action. Don’t allow hoof damage to progress to the point of being crippling.


About ECIR Group Inc.

Started in 1999, the ECIR Group is the largest field-trial database for PPID and EMS in the world and provides the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment information, in addition to dietary recommendations for horses with these conditions. Even universities do not and cannot compile and follow long term as many in-depth case histories of PPID/EMS horses as the ECIR Group.

In 2013 the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity. Tax deductible contributions and grants support ongoing research, education, and awareness of Equine Cushing's Disease/PPID and EMS.

THE MISSION of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians, and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately, and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse.

https://www.ecirhorse.org/video.php

Contact: Nancy Collins
603-323-7469
ecirgroup1@gmail.com

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Leg-bone density increases in response to Endurance training, study shows

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

March 21, 2019
Horsetalk.co.nz

The thickness and density of the leg bones in endurance horses increase in response to training for the discipline, research shows.

Researchers in the Brazilian study investigated the cortical bone – the dense outer surface of bone that forms a protective layer around the internal cavity.

The aim of the study by Mariana Damazio Raj√£o and her colleagues was to understand the bone response to exercise adaptations in the hopes it might provide clues to reducing the occurrence of orthopedic injuries in Endurance horses...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/03/21/leg-bone-density-endurance-training/

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Arizona’s wild horse paradox

HCN.org - Full Article

Activists and agencies try to balance the West’s horse mythology against herd impacts.

December 13 2018
Debbie Weingarten

he horses stood chest-deep in the river, pulling up long strands of eelgrass with their teeth. There must have been 20 of them, in colors ranging from nearly white to ruddy brown. The babies stood wobbly in the current. My partner and I floated quietly past in our kayak, trying not to spook them. But it was a sweltering Friday in July, and we were followed by hollering college students in rented innertubes. Beer coolers floated along behind them, and music reverberated off the canyon walls. Uninterested and used to the party, the horses barely looked up.

A stone’s throw from metropolitan Phoenix, the Salt River runs through the Tonto National Forest, where deer, bighorn sheep and bald eagles live amid cactus and mesquite bosques. But the most famous and controversial inhabitants are the area’s “wild” horses. Once slated for removal by the U.S. Forest Service for reasons of public safety, today these horses are protected by state law. Now, in the first arrangement of its kind, a state government is working with a nonprofit to manage horses on federal land. Now long-feuding entities must work together to find a way to balance the horses — and the mythology of the American West they represent — with river and land conservation and public safety...

Read more here:
https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.5/wild-horses-arizonas-wild-horse-paradox

Delivering aid on horseback – a feel-good adventure through India

Telegraph.co.uk - Full Article

by Kat Brown
19 MARCH 2019

I’m riding through the tufted fields of Rajasthan’s Thar desert, marvelling at how it really does look more like I’m in West Wittering than halfway across the world, when the inquiry comes from our ride leader, Alexander Souri. “How do you all feel about a gallop?”

We eight Relief Riders – four Americans, four Britons – sit up a bit straighter. Oooh. A gallop would be lovely, thank you. The grin that has been plastered on my face since I landed in India five days earlier becomes even wider.

Our journey, book-ended by days in Delhi and Jaipur, is heading towards the celebrated horse and camel fair that is held in Pushkar each November, but for now I can’t imagine being anywhere else, because this is absolute heaven.

My horse, sensing her rider has stopped contributing to the ride, slams on the brakes to avoid us catapulting into a wall. As we slide into trot, I turn to see the group’s two beginners with their jolly, mustachioed ride leader, Ranveer Singh, cantering up behind us. A nice feature of Relief Riders is you can learn en route – and what a way to do it.

For 15 years, Alexander’s company Relief Riders has run humanitarian adventures in India, as well as in Turkey and Ecuador, combining a riding holiday with targeted aid that, to date, has helped more than 25,000 people, most of them children...

Read more here:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/india/rajasthan/articles/horse-riding-holiday-india/

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wild Horses Could Drag You Away – To The Bank. The Government Will Pay You $1,000 To Adopt One

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By Amanda Peacher March 14, 2019

BY AMANDA PEACHER / BSPR
The Bureau of Land Management is offering people $1,000 if they’ll adopt a wild horse.

The agency says more than 80,000 wild horses and burros are on rangelands across the West right now. The animals can damage rangeland and when their populations are high some of them starve.

The BLM captures the animals and keeps them in corrals, but some of the less feral ones get adopted out.

Debbie Collins is a wild horse and burro national outreach specialist with BLM. She says the animals’ numbers are up, but adoptions are down. Most corrals are at capacity of about 6,000.

“So what’s happened is our numbers on the range have increased even more, so we’re at nearly 82,000 animals on our public lands,” says Collins...

Read more and listen:
https://www.nwpb.org/2019/03/14/wild-horses-could-drag-you-away-to-the-bank-the-government-will-pay-you-1000-to-adopt-one/?fbclid=IwAR3jbAcHe17thoqoKWIPJ1Y0To9Hkl01-rLPNEd6-DCyXBPNGWhES7Pi9fM

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Shows How Love And Trust Between Horse And Human Can Overcome Almost Impossible Obstacles

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Barbara Jagoda announces the release of ‘Magna Terra Smoky’

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (PRWEB) MARCH 13, 2019

As long as she can remember, Barbara Jagoda has always had a tremendous love and passion for animals. Her admiration of and love for a two-year-old colt who captured her heart by beating all odds and becoming a record-breaking champion in the Arabian Racing World inspired Jagoda to write “Magna Terra Smoky” (published by Trafford Publishing).For more details about the book, please visit https://www.amazon.com/Magna-Terra-Smoky-Barbara-Jagoda/dp/1490791841

The book tells the incredible adventure of an unwanted, insecure two-year-old colt who, sadly is heading for the auction barn. Due to the impeccable timing of events, a human would enter his life and together, they would overcome his fears and injuries to become the “One Eyed Wonder” and a legend in the Arabian Racing World.

“This is truly a ‘Cinderella’ kind of a horse story to be enjoyed by everyone who loves animals. It shows readers how the love and trust that develop between a horse and a human can overcome almost impossible obstacles. There are heartbreak and sadness in the storyline as well as extreme highs and happy, exciting moments,” Jagoda says.

“Magna Terra Smoky” shows readers how it was very close for a talented and exceptional horse came to have his life ended at an auction barn. Smoky is a living proof of what a little luck, love, patience and determination can produce. “Horse racing has had some bad raps, but there is still a lot of good people in the sport who genuinely care for their horses,” Jagoda adds.

“Magna Terra Smoky”
By Barbara Jagoda
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 332 pages | ISBN 9781490791852
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 332 pages | ISBN 9781490791845
E-Book | 332 pages | ISBN 9781490791869
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Barbara Jagoda is a retired science schoolteacher and racehorse trainer who now works part time as a test administrator for a global company. During her university years, she enjoyed working as a wrangler at Cheley Camps, located near Estes Park, Colorado where she developed a fond rapport with her assigned horse, Pearl. Upon graduation and receiving her first paycheck as a new teacher, she immediately purchased Pearl as the first of her long string of equine companions. During the 1970s and 1980s, she went on to enjoy many years as a competitor in North American Trail Ride Conference (competitive trail riding) and later served as a judge for these events. Brandy (registered name of Sheiks Scimitar) was a favorite mount during these years and the two made a formidable team. In later years, she also competed in American Endurance Ride Conference (endurance riding) on another favorite horse, Roc-et Arapaho. Over the years, she has rescued and rehabilitated over a dozen horses either from auction houses or from homes where she discovered starving horses. She currently resides and enjoys living on a small ranch outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado where Magna Terra Smoky and a number of his friends enjoyed their lives after retirement from racing. Sadly, Smoky passed away in 2016, one day short of his 30th birthday. His best friend, Aurzel, and her latest rescue horse named Red currently enjoy the acreage and freedom this land provides.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Infrared thermography could be of value in Endurance contests, say researchers

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

March 10, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz

Infrared thermography (IRT) may be a useful non-invasive tool to assess physiological stress in endurance horses, according to researchers, who suggest it could prove useful in helping vets decide whether horses are fit to continue.

Veronica Redaelli and her colleagues carried out a pilot study in Italy to see whether IRT could be used as a stress indicator in horses trained for the long-distance discipline.

Their findings were encouraging, prompting the study team to suggest that further studies should be conducted at vet checks during endurance competitions to learn whether eye temperature and the temperature at the crown of the head could help vets decide which animals were OK to continue.

Over the last 30 years, IRT has been widely used in veterinary medicine to detect injury, inflammatory responses, and causes of lameness, such as laminitis, in horses...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/03/10/infrared-thermography-endurance-contests/

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Things You Should and Should Not Put on a Horse’s Wound

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Is the ointment you’re using on that cut helping or hurting? Remember these tips when treating horse wounds.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Feb 18, 2016

Horse owners and veterinarians have been treating equine wounds for centuries. After all, horses are unabashedly practiced at the art of sustaining wounds. Over the years we’ve tried many different wound ointments and salves, cleansers and dressings, but not all of them are backed by evidence of safety and/or efficacy.

So Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, went back to basics, describing effective and ineffective wound-cleaning agents to an audience of veterinarians at the 2015 Annual American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 5-9, in Las Vegas.

Although our intentions are good, “most wound-cleaning agents and techniques will cause chemical or mechanical trauma to the wound bed,” he said. “Weigh the benefits of cleaning the wound against the trauma that agent will cause...”

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/17070/things-you-should-and-should-not-put-on-a-horses-wound/?fbclid=IwAR1e-0Zehi349oQ9HsHM_LFKR4KDQQm4Xp3xuI7uszI7_DHYQPA4X7RGeSM

Thursday, March 07, 2019

War horses: Syria's Arabian beauties plod way to recovery

YahooNews.com - Full Article

Maher al-Mounes
AFP • March 3, 2019

Damascus (AFP) - A shadow of her former self after years of war, 11-year-old Arabian mare Karen stands quietly as a Syrian vet gently pushes a syringe into her pale grey neck.

"Karen used to be the beauty queen of all horses," says the vet, Ahmad Sharida.

But inside her stable near Damascus today, her hips jut out viciously from her overgrown speckled coat.

Weak and withdrawn, Karen is unable to even whinny.

After almost eight years of war, she is one of dozens of Arabian horses from all over Syria recovering from the physical and psychological trauma of the fighting.

Prized for their beauty, endurance and speed, Arabian purebreds are one of the oldest horse breeds in the world.

In Syria, Bedouins have bred them in the north of the country for centuries, seeking to maintain the purity of the local bloodlines.

Before the conflict, Sharida had proudly watched Karen grow from a long-legged foal into a graceful equine beauty.

"I know her very well. I was the one who brought her out of her mother's belly," says the vet, a stethoscope hanging around his neck.

But he lost sight of Karen after she was stolen from her stable in Eastern Ghouta in 2012, the same year rebels overran the region northeast of Damascus.

The area suffered five years of regime bombardment, as well as food and medicine shortages under a crippling siege, before Russia-backed government forces took it back last year.

Sharida had long fled his home region but returned to search for missing Arabian horses and immediately recognised Karen when he found her in October...

Read more here:
https://news.yahoo.com/war-horses-syrias-arabian-beauties-plod-way-recovery-035714738.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=fb&fbclid=IwAR3GLIVFr5miawLERNC8IkvHAdr6gRkRYbUntWHp6QC9GKIJ1c0OzFahUYY

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Book Review: The Rough Magic Of The Mongol Derby

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ThoroughbredDailyNews.com - Full Review


Friday, February 22, 2019

By Kelsey Riley

“Why do humans put so much thought into some decisions, yet plunge into others like cavalier penguins?”

This was 19-year-old Lara Prior-Palmer’s revelation after a day spent poking around Google for inspiration in June of 2013 led her to the application page for the Mongol Derby. It was seven weeks out from the world’s longest and toughest horse race, most of the other 40-odd riders had been training for a year, and she didn’t have nearly enough money to cover the entry fee. Yet, there is something intensely captivating about that far off, wild landscape and its horses and people, and so, wildly unprepared, Lara hit the big red ‘apply’ button.

I can attest to that feeling of wonderment and that urge to recklessly dive in head-first despite the odds of success-or even survival–looking incredibly unlikely; four years after Lara, it was me clicking that apply button, despite having never in my life camped or used GPS navigation, and having not been on the back of a horse in three years. Hell, I didn’t even know if I still enjoyed or was capable of riding, but something about the very thought of the Mongol Derby is absolutely intoxicating.

Rough Magic, set to be released in May, is Lara Prior-Palmer’s debut book and her memoir of becoming the youngest-ever person and first woman to win the Mongol Derby...

Read more here:
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/book-review-the-rough-magic-of-the-mongol-derby/

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

California: Camelot Equestrian Park offers donations to Camp Fire victims

Chicoer.com - Full Artice

By Kayla Fitzgerald | kfitzgerald@chicoer.com | Chico Enterprise-Record
February 25, 2019 at 4:52 am

OROVILLE — The Camelot Equestrian Park in Oroville is offering various horse supplies to people affected by the Camp Fire.

Connie Andrusaitis is a volunteer at Camelot and for the Butte Valley Pony Club. She has been present for giving out donations every weekend since Nov. 24.

After the fire, Andrusaitis and some members of the Butte Valley Pony Club came together and started gathering donations and it took off from there.

“Several of us in the pony club said gather up all of the halters and lead ropes you can find because we’re going to need them for the horses coming off of the hill and it kind of just grew from there,” Andrusaitis said...

Read more here



Friday, February 22, 2019

Great Britain: New guidance on the movement of horses and other equines in a no deal Brexit scenario

Gov.uk

The government has issued guidance for owners of equines on the preparations they need to make

Published 21 February 2019
From:
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and David Rutley MP

The Government has today issued guidance for owners of horses, ponies and other equines on the preparations they need to made in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. We are continuing with our ‘no deal’ preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

The guidance will help owners to navigate the new processes for moving horses and other equine animals from the UK to EU member states. This will also apply to those owners who currently move their animals between the UK, Ireland and France under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) – an agreement relied on by many in the horseracing industry and the competition sector.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal:

equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations
owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel
all equines will need an Export Health Certificate in order to travel to EU states, instead of current documents, and will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP)
some equines will also need a Government issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport
The UK has already committed to allowing continued movement on all equine animals from EU member states to support the industries that rely on these animals and ahead of major horseracing events, such as the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

The government is continuing to negotiate with the European Commission on securing listed status for the UK, which would enable the continued movement of equines to EU member states.

The guidance published today is designed to give the owners of horses and other equine animals as much time to prepare for these new processes and factor in any extra travel time they may require when travelling to and from the EU.

Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:

Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is our job to responsibly ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

This guidance will help businesses and owners prepare for life after 29 March if we do leave without a deal. However, it is in the interest of the EU to reciprocate our commitment on the movement of horses. This will ensure horseracing and competition events across the continent can continue to be attended by all of Europe’s top equine talent.

Julian Richmond Watson, Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, said:

The British thoroughbred racing and breeding industry welcomes publication of this important guidance and will be communicating it to our participants to help them prepare for all potential Brexit negotiation outcomes.

We fully support the Government’s welcome and pragmatic position to allow continued equine movement under current systems from EU member states to the UK in a no deal scenario.

Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), said:

The BEF has worked closely with government and leading figures in equestrian sport to make sure that all horse owners have as much information as possible for when the UK leaves the European Union. It’s important to prepare for all eventualities and we’d urge all horse owners to take notice of the material provided by Defra.

If the UK is not provided with listed status by the European Commission, no movements of equines from the UK to the EU will be possible after we leave the EU until listed status is secured.

Businesses that may be affected should read the latest guidance on equine movements.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Presidents on Horseback

WhiteHouseHistory.org - Full Article

Military heroes who risked their lives in devotion to the nation have long been attractive presidential candidates. The image of a uniformed officer on a warhorse was a powerful symbol of leadership and executive ability. Presidents depicted in equestrian art include military heroes such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, and Benjamin Harrison. Warhorses like Taylor’s Old Whitey and Grant’s Egypt and Cincinnati enjoyed honored retirement at the White House.

With the invention of photography and the popularity of illustrated magazines and newspapers in the late nineteenth century, images of the presidents posed on horseback became a staple for photojournalists. Pictures of the chief executive and their families on horseback became a familiar subject for posed photographs. President and first ladies regularly rode horses for exercise and relaxation in public both in the city parks of Washington, D.C., and on vacation. This practice changed after World War II transformed security procedures...

Read more here:
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/presidents-on-horseback?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190219.home&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Is Muscle Disease is Contributing to a Horse’s Poor Performance?

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Attention to certain details during exams and careful consideration of test results can help a veterinarian arrive at a diagnosis, making way for an appropriate management.

Posted by Erica Larson, News Editor | Feb 16, 2019

Lack of energy under saddle, a poor attitude during exercise, chronic back pain, hollowing over jumps. These are all possible signs of low-grade or chronic muscle disease, which can be difficult to diagnose. But one researcher reports that attention to certain details and careful consideration of test results can help a veterinarian arrive at a diagnosis, making way for an appropriate management.

At the 2018 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 2-5 in San Francisco, California, Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in East Lansing, reviewed how she determines whether muscle disease is behind a horse’s poor performance...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/166342/is-muscle-disease-is-contributing-to-a-horses-poor-performance/

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Meet the 'Horse Barber' creating spectacular equine designs

Cnn.com - Full Story and photos

By Ben Church, CNN
Updated 7:55 AM ET, Tue February 12, 2019

(CNN)By combining her two passions, Melody Hames produces some of the most unexpected and spectacular designs in the equine world.
Dubbed the "Horse Barber," the design graduate has set up her own business clipping creative artwork into the hair of horses.
"They've all got a unique meaning," Hames told CNN Sport. "I've always been into art and design anyway so I love to do it..."

Read and see more at:
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/12/sport/horse-barber-clipping-art-winning-post-spt-intl/index.html

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ROC the Standardbred launches ambassador program

USTrottingNews.com

February 11, 2019, by Alyssa Hedges, for ROC the Standardbred

The group, founded by Alyssa Hedges in 2015, started on Facebook to connect Standardbred lovers and has since grown in size and mission. ROC the Standardbred has formed a board and applied for 501(c)3 not-for-profit recognition. The group’s primary mission is to create a market for Standardbreds as a pleasure horse and their breed ambassador program was designed to help them reach that goal.

Their 2019 lineup features 16 horse and rider teams that include the following:
• a pony-Standardbred cross to multi-million dollar winner Golden Receiver;
• horses aged 5 – 21;
• bays to greys to chestnuts;
• three blind-in-one-eye horses;
• some who raced and others who didn’t make it to the track;
• adoptees to those who never left their race family; and
• riders age 15 and up.

Teams are located throughout New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and even Canada. They will be found doing everything from barrel racing, to dressage, to hunter/jumpers, to mounted archery and even RUS. Aiming to prove just how versatile Standardbreds are, the team is excited to share the breed with the horse world. The ultimate goal is to drive up adoption rates from Standardbred rescues/transition programs and also to give those in the business alternative options for selling horses retiring from the track.

To keep up on all of the action, you can join ROC the Standardbred’s Facebook group or follow them on Instagram!

Website – www.rocthestandardbred.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com/groups/ROCtheStandardbred
Instagram – @rocthestandardbred

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Great Britain: Rider who lost horse to Cushing’s diagnosed with the same condition

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Sarah Radford
11 February, 2019 07:06

When celebrity portrait photographer Lucy Sewill’s much-loved endurance mare had to be put down as a result of Cushing’s, she had a sudden realisation — she was suffering from the condition herself.

Horses have been part of Lucy’s life since childhood and her passion for them was reflected in her 2016 book Horses and Humans, which featured equestrian celebrities William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning, Kelly Marks and American Pie, Monty Roberts and Shy Boy and Dickie Waygood.

Lucy is a believer in the “special bond between horses and humans”, which she said helped her find the answer to debilitating symptoms that had plagued her for years.

“The relationships we have with our horses are so life-enhancing,” she said. ”The way animals and humans relate is extraordinary — including highlighting things that are wrong with us.”

An FEI endurance rider, Lucy had previously completed 100-mile rides with her 23-year-old Anglo-Arab Nutcracker. The mare had been enjoying a quieter life — although still “fit, athletic and active” — when she suffered a dramatic onset of symptoms...

Read more at https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/rider-lost-horse-cushings-diagnosed-condition-678875#AYogKjC2u6djsekE.99

Understanding Antioxidant Supplements for Horses

KER.com - Full Article

April 25, 2017
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Many owners offer their horses antioxidant supplements. In some cases, this might be without a solid understanding of what antioxidants do and how they benefit horses. To better appreciate how oxygen is both vital and dangerous to a horse’s body and the role antioxidants play in combating “oxidative stress,” take this short, 10-point crash course on understanding antioxidants.

1. Oxygen is 100% essential for almost all living creatures. Inhaled oxygen drives metabolic processes and helps cells produce energy.

2. In typical Jekyll and Hyde style, some oxygen molecules form damaging “reactive oxygen species” (ROS) while producing energy. These molecules are also called free radicals...

Read more here:
KER.com

Friday, February 08, 2019

Getting Properly Hitched

USRider.org - Full Article

The proper marriage of your trailer and truck revolves around understanding trailer hitches-and the important function they serve in the hauling process.

By Equus | 1/31/2019

You're considering towing your horses. One of the most confusing and scary aspects of this adventure is the myriad kinds of trailer hitches available to buy. It might seem like there are hundreds. In reality, there are only a handful, but they come in a large variety of sizes and capacities.

Of course, you want to select the right hitch, not only so it matches your trailer's coupler, but-probably most importantly-so that it has adequate capacity to safely carry the full weight of your horses and any additional loads.

Glossary of Terms
To start, let's define some terms you'll need to know to discuss hitches and towing with hitch and trailer retailers...

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Great Britain: Cyclist found guilty after hitting horse and rider during Windsor triathlon

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article and Video

Becky Murray
28 January, 2019

A cyclist has been convicted after a horse and rider were hit during a triathlon.

Iain Plumb, 32, of Chaucer Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, was found guilty of one count of riding a cycle on a road without reasonable consideration for others following the incident which happened during the Windsor triathlon on 17 June 2018.

The rider, Jennifer Katherine, shared hat camera footage of a number of cyclists undertaking her which has receieved more than five million views. She said one of the cyslists hit her and her horse, causing him to jump sideways and pull off a hind shoe, but the cyclist did not stop...

Read more at https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/cyclist-found-guilty-hitting-horse-rider-windsor-triathlon-677714#HBm1q01fmgTyhM1k.99

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Starch in Horse Diets

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch can be an important part of horse diets. Here’s what you should know.

Posted by Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS | Feb 4, 2019

Starch is a highly digestible energy form and can provide horses with energy they need for exercise, growth, metabolism, and other life functions. However, when fed improperly, this nonstructural carbohydrate can be detrimental to your horse’s health.

Most of the energy contained in grains, such as corn and oats, and a percentage of the energy from forage is starch. During digestion, starch is broken down primarily in the horse’s small intestine by an enzyme called amylase. This process efficiently produces glucose, a type of simple sugar essential for fueling some bodily functions.

The amount of starch consumed at one time also affects the amount of starch digested in the small intestine...

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https://thehorse.com/118110/starch-in-horse-diets/

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Bahrain: Amazing charm of a royal welcome at the endurance village

NewsOfBahrain.com - Full Article

SAMIRA DANOUNI
OP-ED - FEBRUARY 04, 2019

Growing up in an urban setting and amid high rise buildings, the only things I knew about horses were scenes of John Wayne riding rhythmically and at times gloriously on his black, brown or white steeds striding out in the open desert, or of Zorro’s black Tornado adroitly evading being caught. The equine characters that populated the Little House on the prairie were also a source of fascination for me as I was discovering, thanks to our television set, a world that was vastly different from mine.

I never had the chance to be physically close to horses, so although they looked recognisable enough to me and I could tell the difference between a dignified trot and a full out gallop, they remained fascinating, but mysterious creatures. My first close contact with real horses was in February 2005 when as a teacher at Bahrain School, I was amazingly lucky to be able to arrange a trip for students to the Royal Stables thanks to a kind invitation from Tawfiq Salehi, the head of the media office of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Tawfiq, Bu Ahmed as he is called, was a real gentleman and made it effortlessly easy for us to visit the stables where we had the immense pleasure of meeting HH Shaikh Nasser and his brothers HH Shaikh Khalid and HH Shaikh Faisal, may God rest his soul in eternal peace. They took us into the world of horses, providing us with information that we all took in with great anticipation, so eager we were to comprehend the nature of these lovely, harmless and intriguing animals. The visit lasted about four hours and its effects on us were enormous...

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http://www.newsofbahrain.com/op-ed/50895.html