Sunday, January 09, 2022

Endurance Horse Podcast: Pony Express National Museum

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28 December 2021
Created by: Christina Hyke

Welcome to Episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast.

April 24th of 2021 was the day I turned 50 and I wanted it to be a memorable occasion. So Jim and I loaded up a rented van with two of our sons and our German Shepard and headed out our Wisconsin driveway bound for St. Joseph Missouri as our destination. We were on a mission to visit two museums, one way station and also to present the National Pony Express Museum with the 16 x 20 large wooden plaque engraved with the names of 500 riders in our Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge.

The Pony Express 1900 Mile Challenge has been popular with our listeners and the riders of the WARHORSE Endurance Challenges as we help to promote and preserve the Pony Express National Museum. We believe that the Pony Express Museum is a unique part of equine history and one that is deserving of preservation.

We hope you enjoy a stroll down this very unique part of equine history where horses and riders were the main characters in the story.

Without further ado, I bring to you episode 53 of Endurance Horse Podcast, The Pony Express National Museum.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Good to Go: Feeding for the Long Haul - Full Article
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Travel is very stressful on horses, especially long-haul ground trips or flights. There is evidence to suggest that cortisol increases with such travel.

By: Shannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD | October 17, 2013

Travel is very stressful on horses, especially long-haul ground trips or flights. There is ample evidence to suggest that cortisol (the stress hormone) levels increase with such travel. While there is very little research that has been conducted on the feeding management of horses prior to, during, or following travel, there is significant research on physiologic changes during transport that give insight on how we should feed our horses prior to and during transport.

The physical demands of travel

An increase in cortisol is frequently observed in research examining the effects of travel. Cortisol causes the body to be prepared for ‘flight or fight’ and acts to release blood glucose and counteract insulin (causing insulin to increase with travel), which might be detrimental for horses with metabolic issues. An increase in stress is also associated with gastric ulcers; however, cortisol itself is not usually directly to blame for ulcers in horses. Gastric ulcer development is generally secondary to changes in eating habits – such as in a horse that may go off his feed for a long period of time during transport...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Stand Still for Mounting - Full Article

A Well-trained Horse Stands Quietly

A horse that constantly moves around when you try to slip your foot in the stirrup is not only frustrating, but potentially dangerous. A well-trained horse stands quietly while you mount and waits for your cue to move off once you’re situated in the saddle. The secret to getting a horse to stand quietly when you go to get in the saddle is to get him to use the thinking side of his brain and tune in to you. Then, if he shimmies away from you when you go to swing up in the saddle, redirect his feet. You’ll make the right thing (standing still while you get in the saddle) easy and the wrong thing (fidgeting) difficult.

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Micro RNA profiles show potential in assessing Endurance ability in horses - Full Article

December 11, 2021

New scenarios in the way in which metabolic adaptations are viewed in Endurance horses have been raised by scientists in Italy.

Katia Cappelli and her fellow researchers described Endurance as one of the most challenging equestrian disciplines. Endurance horses are susceptible to metabolic imbalance through dehydration, acid balance and electrolyte abnormalities. There is also the risk of heat accumulation, which can trigger life-threatening conditions.

Endurance horses are subjected to specific training that induces the adaptations required for prolonged moderate-intensity exercise on different ground surfaces and under different weather conditions. The training is dominated by aerobic conditioning.

The University of Perugia researchers, writing in the journal Genes, said evidence has been found that alterations in circulating micro RNA expression are triggered by physical exercise and endurance. These micro-RNAs include regulatory molecules that play active roles in cell differentiation, proliferation and metabolism...

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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Knowledge Certificate for all Horse Owners will be Required by Law in France - Full Article

By Cristina Wilkins
December 8, 202

As part of their inter-species legislation, which aims to combat animal abuse and strengthen the bond between humans and companion animals, the French Parliament has introduced three laws that affect horse owners.

They were published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on December 1, 2021 and include a requirement for all horse owners to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of equine-specific needs; the registration of neurectomies in horse passports; and safeguards for agistment centre operators against unpaid fees...

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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Happy Trails Podcast: Riding in California with Damara Mullens - Listen

Recorded on November 24, 2021
by Jessica Isbrecht

Damara Mullens is probably one of the most well known trail riders in the West because of her social media presence. She loves riding in beautiful places and sharing her photos. She has collected detailed information on nearly all of the horse camps in California. She freely shares this knowledge on and in her Facebook group. In this interview, we discuss her favorite places to ride in California, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona.

Adventures on Horseback Virtual Workshop

This is a three-day online event from November 29 to December 1, 2021. Jess is one of the speakers. She’ll be interviewed on the topic of Endurance riding. Other speakers will cover topics related to trail riding and traveling. Go to the website to see descriptions of each presentation. There will be everything from camping with your horse, to trailering tips, even safety tips for female solo travelers. It’s going to be great!

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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Virtual Challenges – Covid Derby 2021

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by utetonia
November 30, 2021

Today’s topic is Virtual Challenges and Competitions, something which has mushroomed since the beginning of the Corona pandemic almost two years ago. Since a lot of real life events had to be postponed or cancelled, virtual challenges and competitions have become a way to stay connected with the sport and the community and a big motivator to get into the saddle and ride. I was part of a team of six dedicated women from India and Germany participating in the 2021 Covid Derby, a 1000-km challenge. We managed to complete the distance in 27 days and finished in 6th place. Today I am talking with some of my team mates about our riding, the challenges we faced and the experiences we had. And of course asking the big question: Would we do it all again?...


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Syrian horse raisers struggle to preserve Arabian purebreds during war - Full Article

1st December 2021, 00:05 GMT+11

The Syrian war has dealt a blow to the breeding of purebred Arabian horses, some local horse raisers are struggling to preserve the precious breed.

DAMASCUS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Maen Jafar has been struggling to preserve the Arabian purebred horses his family has been raising during the decade-long war in Syria.

At his farm in the countryside of the central province of Homs, Jafar is proud of having 55 horses, as the Arabian horses, one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, are precious for their beauty, endurance, and speed.

He takes care of the horses along with his brothers and cousins at the sprawling farm, where the horses can run freely without limitation.

Speaking to Xinhua, Jafar said during the war they had to move the horses from one place to another to keep them safe from getting killed or stolen...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Horse Poop as a Home Heating Source? - Full Article

A green energy source might one day come from the big brown pile behind your barn.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Nov 14, 2021

According to Italian researchers, horse manure could be a clean and efficient biofuel—provided scientists can determine how to dry it out first. Stored feces and manure contain high quantities of water—80% and 66%, respectively—which is far too much for the biomass to burn well. When the raw material is dry, though, it creates such a high-producing energy source that it might be worth investing the energy to dry the piles and combust them in a furnace, said Luca Da Lio, in the University of Padova’s Department of Industrial Engineering, in Italy...

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

My Fitness Regime: Endurance Rider Rebecca Pinder - Full Story

22 November 2021

Mari Inouye and Ali Divita of Mind.Body.Vault caught up with one of the top ranked FEI Endurance riders in the world, Rebecca Pinder from Australia...

What separates the good from the great within equestrian sport? What makes someone truly a master at their discipline?

How do certain people take their love of horses, build a successful partnership with their equestrian teammate and become champions and inspirational figures within their sport?

These are questions that fascinate us at Mind.Body.Vault. In this series, we have asked these questions to some of the top athletes in each of the FEI disciplines...

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Monday, November 22, 2021

WARNING: Shocking New Horse Sale Fraud Scam!​ - Full Article

Do You Sell or Buy Horses Online?
If so, this public service announcement is for you.


We recently assisted one of our clients in taking down two fraudulent horse sale websites.


Our client is in the business of importing and selling quality horses, and has a professionally designed website with beautiful photos, video and detailed descriptions of horses offered for sale as well as horses previously sold. To our client’s horror, they discovered two other websites were advertising some of THEIR horses for sale – using photos, videos and content stolen directly from their website. One of the sites even copied our client’s bio, complete with photos of our client and their personal horse!


Several of our client’s customers started noticing the same horses for sale at lower prices on the scammers’ websites. These clients contacted our clients and questioned our client’s integrity – a very distressing situation for our client...

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: The Making of a Trail Horse Podcast - Listen

November 2 2021
by Utetonia

People often say “It’s just a trail horse!” which implies that a trail horse is a horse which can only walk straight and nothing else. It could not be further from the truth. A good trail horse is light and responsive and a good trail horse is confident and trusts in its rider. But above all, a good trail horse is bomb-proof. Today I am talking about my experiences training young horses for the trail and how to get them bomb proof!


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Beet Pulp: Energy Source for Horses - Full Article

October 4, 2021
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Horses with high energy demands, such as performance horses and hard keepers, frequently require concentrates to meet athletic expectations and to maintain condition. If you’re looking to decrease the amount of high-starch concentrates, offering beet pulp can offset the need for cereal grains while supporting a healthy gastrointestinal system.

Offering concentrates fills the gap in many horse’s diets when hay alone provides insufficient calories. In some cases, the starch content of traditional sweet feeds and straight cereal grains can exceed 40% in a horse’s diet, potentially resulting in digestive disorders when fed at high intakes.

Some horses fed these types of diets may require gastrointestinal support due to the possibility of gastric ulceration, hindgut acidosis, and even laminitis...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Four Simple Rules for Preventing Winter Colic - Full Article


Colic doesn’t follow a calendar. Virtually any horse can be stricken with gut pain at any time of year. That said, there are certain types of colic that are more likely to occur in winter than at other times of year. A veterinarian called out to see a colicky horse on a frigid day in January is going to expect to find a certain scenario that she wouldn’t for the same type of call in June.

The colics most associated with the cold weather months are impaction- related. When ingested feed stops moving through the horse’s gut efficiently, the material can accumulate and form a blockage. Feed and gas then back up behind the blockage, causing distention of the intestine and associated pain. Impactions are often found in an area called the “pelvic flexure,” a hairpin turn the large colon makes back on itself, but can also occur in other locations.

Thankfully, impactions are typically easy to diagnose---many can be confirmed during rectal palpations---and treatment is often straightforward. A dose of painkillers, possibly a sedative, along with hydration usually gets things moving again. In more severe cases, hospitalization so that intravenous fluids can be administered might be necessary, but even those horses tend to recover quickly. Of course, it’s easier on everyone if colic doesn’t occur in the first place.

In that spirit, I’m going to share the four management tips that will contribute the most to protecting your horse from winter colic or, at the very least, recognizing it early when it’s easier to treat. These aren’t things you haven’t heard before, but it pays to refresh your memory and resolve as we head into winter...

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Hocking County woman publishes horseback memoir - Full Article

November 11 2021

BUCHTEL — Joy S. MillerUpton, who has lived in Hocking County for almost five decades, has released her first book, “Journeys: Finding Joy on Horseback” through Buchtel-based Monday Creek Publishing, according to an Oct. 27 press release.

MillerUpton’s memoir is a story of “transformation from a traditional role of wife/mother to writer/photojournalist,” framed by six horse journeys she took over a period of 27 years, beginning with a 30-day, mostly-solo ride in 1973...

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

How to Pull a Horseshoe Off

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It's a task every horseman should know and be able to do in a pinch.

Certified Journeyman Farrier Lee Olsen demonstrates a skill every horse owner should know— how to pull a horseshoe off of a hoof.

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Endurance Riding in Australia Podcast - Listen

November 9 2021
by Utetonia

Today I am talking with Anna Erickson about Endurance riding in Australia. Anna has recently participated in the prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup, a 100 miles endurance race and the unofficial national endurance championship of the country. She tells us all about her experience and why this historic race is special. We also talk about Endurance riding in Australia in general and how it is like to travel more than 3000 km to join a ride.

Your Guest today:
Anna Erickson (Australia)

Endurance rider and veterinarian, Anna first vetted Endurance rides and then decided to try out riding them. This passion finally took her to participate in the prestigious Tom Quilty Cup in 2014 for the first time. It took another two attempts to finally complete the ride in 2021.

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Monday, November 01, 2021

Talkin' Trot Podcast: Volunteering

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Endurance riding is all about Volunteers.

Without Volunteers, our sport would not exist.

Have you been thinking about getting started in Endurance Riding? Volunteering at a ride is a great way to learn about the sport! Been riding but want to step up in distance or learn about ride management? Volunteer!

Tune in to hear about the many ways you can help to keep rides going in your area! A huge thank you to every single volunteer that makes our sport possible! We appreciate you!

Listen now on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and Amazon Podcasts!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Home is where the horse is for Veterinarian Yvette Nout - Full Article

October 28 2921

By age 10, little Yvette Nout had already lived in several countries including South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Her father, a food microbiologist studying African food processes for a private company also had a working relationship with academia.

Throughout all the family’s many moves, faithfully traveling with young Nout was a deepening love for horses. When she was 7, she began taking riding lessons from an English woman in Kenya. Sitting upon that first pony, “Brownie,” the child felt totally at home, regardless the country in which she lived.

When she was 10 and settled into her new location in The Netherlands (where her ancestral roots were planted), she continued with weekly lessons. When that schedule proved too infrequent for her, she mucked out stalls and did others horsey chores in trade for more classes. Eventually she worked at a riding camp saddling, grooming and leading younger children on rides...

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Sunday, October 03, 2021

Bismarck Man & His Horse Vegas – An Incredible 276-Mile Journey - Full Article

Published: October 2, 2021

Boy, you talk about going out and doing something that very few people get a chance or even think about trying, this is it. David Sterna and a 'friend' of his just accomplished something pretty special - living a bit of history so to speak.

An incredible 276-mile journey

According to "David Sterna and his buckskin quarter horse Vegas are back in Mandan after a long journey. They took to the Bismarck-Deadwood trail and traveled 276 miles" - this same trail was used during the late 1880s and David set out to explore what it was like back then - he and his trusty horse...

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast: Cairngorm100 – Scotland’s Own Tevis Cup

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by utetonia
September 13, 2021

In today’s episode, we travel to Scotland and talk about Scotland’s very own Tevis Cup, the Cairngorm100 endurance ride. It takes place every two years against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorm National Park which is one of the UK’s last true wildernesses. My guest today is Fionnghuala Paterson from Scotland who has competed in this ride not only once, but three times already. This year she emerged as overall winner and she was kind enough to talk with me about this epic ride across the Scottish Highlands, what makes it so special and her own personal experiences competing in it.


Happy Trails: Saddle Up for the Great Canadian Hike - Full Article

Canada’s 28,000 km Trans Canada Trail awaits you this fall to hike, walk, run, skip, paddle, roll, stroll, bike or ride.

By: Kim Izzo | September 22, 2021

If you’re yearning to take a break from the 24/7 news cycle, or at least from scrolling Instagram, we’ve got a fun activity for you and your horse to take part in. The second annual Great Canadian Hike has begun. Running from September 15 through to October 31, the event is a national challenge that encourages Canadians to get off the sofa and into nature to embrace their local trail in the company of friends, family, and yes, horses (and dogs!)

Organized by Trans Canada Trail (TCT), the Great Canadian Hike has a big goal: to get people from all 13 provinces and territories to disconnect from screens and reconnect with our great outdoors by collectively spending 28,000 hours on Canada’s 28,000 km national trail. It’s all part of trying to create a positive experience after the last 18 months of Covid-19 isolation. And yes, you can also choose to hike, walk, run, skip, paddle, roll, stroll, or bike. Naturally, we at Horse Canada think sitting on a horse is the best way to view the country...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Happy trails: Mandan, S.D. resident journeys 276 miles to Deadwood in the saddle

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By Jaci Conrad Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer
September 21 2021

DEADWOOD — If anyone is wondering how long it might take to travel from Mandan, N.D., to Deadwood on horseback, David Sterna, who rode into town Friday afternoon from his hometown, can give a first-hand account.

“Thirteen days,” Sterna said, adding nights were spent under the stars. “We’d go back and we stayed a lot at Chain Hill. We’d ride so many miles and go back and camp and the last four days, I stayed with my cousin, Joe (Sterna) in Newell.”

Choosing to make the trek and follow the 276-mile Bismarck to Deadwood stagecoach trail, which ran from 1876 to 1880, Sterna said he did it in honor of his family’s three generations of ties to the land and the dying art of working with horses.

“Our family’s the end of an age,” Sterna said. “We farmed with horses. We had horses our whole life. I’m the youngest grandson out of eight brothers and the last one left with a horse and I always wanted to try and make a long-distance trip and we did it...”

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Quesnel Canadian Rangers familiarize themselves with historic Gold Rush terrain - Full Story

Aug. 20, 2021 5:30 a.m.

On horseback, members of the Quesnel Canadian Ranger Patrol (CRP) trotted through an area with a rich history of gold mining last month in a mission stimulating what it would like when they are called to deploy for a ground search and rescue.

Exercise Goldfield Sojourn got underway Thursday, July 15, with a convoy of trucks and trailers driving from Quesnel to Wells where a reception centre was set up. Rangers met with village residents, community officials, members of the local RCMP detachment and the Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade.

From there, the rangers drove to a new location and set up an administration area and camp where they spent the night, said Captain Natasha Tersigni, public affairs officer with 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol (CRP).

The group departed on horseback in the morning and rode through Barkerville Historic Town and Park up to Groundhog Lake, riding a rocky, steep trail that follows the old Cariboo Wagon Road and a historic ditch line.

“When called upon to assist, members of the CRP typically have less than an hour to gather their equipment, including their horses, and begin deploying to the location where the search will occur,” Tersigni said...

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Bute vs Banamine – what's the difference? - Full Article

The two pain-relieving prescription medications that most horse owners keep on hand are Bute and Banamine – but do you know the differences between the two?

UPDATED:AUG 4, 2021 - ORIGINAL:AUG 4, 2021

Both Bute and Banamine are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are used to reduce inflammation and pain in horses. While these drugs sound similar and seem like they could be interchangeable, there are actually several different situations for when you should use one or the other. Read on to see the main differences between Bute and Banamine, and when the right time to use each one is...

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