Sunday, January 28, 2018

These Idaho Women Followed Salmon Migration on Horseback - Full Article and photos

This spring, Kat Cannell, MJ Wright, and Katelyn Spradley set out on horseback to follow a salmon’s upstream battle from the mouth of the Columbia River to central Idaho’s Redfish Lake. The young trio, who all grew up on horses and now work and guide in the outdoors, planned the 900-plus-mile trip to learn about the waterways, animals, and stakeholders involved in a salmon’s journey to spawn.

After riding across public land, along highways, and through the city streets of Portland, the team and their seven horses arrived at Redfish Lake on June 9. Here, photographer John Webster, who followed the women for much of the time, shares a few images from their ride...

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When Endurance Horses Colic: What Vets Need to Know - Full Article

By Michelle N. Anderson, Digital Managing Editor
Jan 28, 2018

Competitive endurance riding challenges a horse’s athletic ability, stamina, and conditioning over rugged routes ranging from 50 to 100 miles. Because of the sport’s strenuous nature, endurance horses are at risk for colic due to dehydration, fatigue, and metabolic disorders.

Colic prevention, early intervention, and proper management during competition can mean the difference between life and death for endurance horses, said Yvette Nout-Lomas, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACECC, assistant professor of equine internal medicine at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Nout-Lomas presented the paper “How to Treat Endurance Sport Horses With Colic at Competitions” at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC, the U.S. governing body for endurance) veterinary chair Jeanette Mero, DVM, of Mariposa Equine Services, in California, co-authored the study, in which they reviewed AERC data, including recorded equine fatalities related to endurance competition...

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Take the AHP Equine Industry Survey

January 27 2018

Horse owners who live in the United States, are 18 years of age and older, and who currently own or manage at least one horse are invited to complete American Horse Publications' survey by April 1, 2018.

The survey, which is hosted every three years, will gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

The online survey is made possible by a sponsorship from Zoetis, the leading animal health company dedicated to improving equine wellness, every day. Zoetis has sponsored the survey since its inception in 2009.

Wild horses aren’t overrunning the West - Full Article

A Trump administration proposal sets wild horse populations at extinction levels.

Ellie Phipps Price
Jan. 26, 2018

Most Americans want to preserve wild horses on the Western range. Their independence and unbridled freedom symbolize the qualities that make our country great. But their future in 10 Western states is in jeopardy, thanks to a Trump administration proposal to reduce wild populations to extinction levels by killing as many as 90,000 of these iconic animals.

According to a recent poll, it’s a plan that 80 percent of Americans, including 86 percent of Trump voters and 77 percent of Clinton voters, oppose. But will Congress listen? Congress must reconcile the differences in spending legislation created by the Interior Department. The Senate version prohibits killing and slaughter; the House version allows it...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

AHC’s 1st Quarter Webinar to Discuss ELD Mandate

January 25, 2018

(Washington, DC)- The American Horse Council (AHC) will host its 1st Quarter 2018 webinar on Monday, February 12th at 3:00 pm ET and will address the recent Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate that has caused much confusion and a lot of questions throughout the equine industry.

“We have been getting quite a few phone calls and emails with questions about the ELD Mandate and how it is going to not only affect the industry, but individuals as well,” said AHC President, Julie Broadway. “We hope that holding a webinar addressing the mandate would be a compliment to the brochures we have already put together on this issue.”

The webinar will address the details of what the ELD Mandate includes, and who is required to have an electronic logging device. We will also discuss requirements for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as well as what the AHC is doing to mitigate the effects of the proposed changes on the equine industry.

Both AHC members and non-members are encouraged to attend the webinar. The webinar will also be recorded and posted on the AHC website for those that could not attend. Please register online here, and you will receive an email with login instructions two days before the webinar date.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Advanced Equine Comfort Launches Easy’s Performance Slipper™

January 23 2018

New glue-on shoe to provide performance benefits to sport horses

Highlands, NC – Jan. 23, 2018 – Advanced Equine Comfort LLC today announced the launch of its newest glue-on horseshoe, Easy’s Performance Slipper™. No longer solely for therapeutic relief, Easy’s Performance Slipper is a more streamlined model of the original Easy’s Slipper®, providing the same patented hoof support, but with a newly contoured shape for peak performance in all types of riding disciplines.

Based on customer and farrier feedback, changes were made to the original Easy’s Slipper, including:

• Material was removed from the sides to reduce leverage
• The cuff was thinned to provide more flexibility for ease of installation
• Material was added to widen the sole surface at the toe to provide support for horses with less than well-connected growth at the toe
• The back bar was increased in size to provide additional support to the heel
• Vertical ribs were added to the inside of the cuff to provide space for equal dispersion of glue, as well as serving to keep any break in the glue bond from spreading
• Cut marks were made to the rear of the cuff to offer guidance to nipper the cuff in the event the cuff is too tight at the heels

The material of Easy’s Performance Slipper remains the same thickness on the sole of the slipper to continue to provide the best shock absorption and shock vibration dissipation of any boot or glue-on presently on the market. The Easy’s Performance Slipper patent is pending the U.S., U.K. and 28 European communities. It is offered in all three original Easy’s Slipper styles, including the open bottom rocker, closed bottom rocker and heart bar.

“We’ve listened to our customers from across the world, and the demand is for a sporty glue-on so that competition and riding horses can have all the benefits from a therapy shoe, along with superior riding performance,” said Sue Blair, founder and CEO, Advanced Equine Comfort. “We expect Easy’s Performance Slipper to gain mass appeal and be a real game-changer for the horseshoe industry.”

The original Easy’s Slipper is still available, and continues to be the leading therapeutic glue-on horseshoe that provides shock absorption and vibration dissipation to improve joint and bone health. It is both FEI and USEF approved for competition.


About Easy’s Slipper®

Easy’s Slipper, from Advanced Equine Comfort LLC, is the therapeutic glue-on horseshoe that provides shock absorption and vibration dissipation to improve joint and bone health. Easy’s Slipper encourages hoof growth and physical movement to grow healthier hooves and happier horses. The superior shock absorbency decreases stress on the bones, ligaments and joints, allowing natural flexing of the hoof, resulting in enhanced blood flow and increased oxygenation of the horse’s body. The built-in rocker can be easily adjusted by a farrier for the desired breakover for proper movement and soundness.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Is Sugar Beet Pulp Too High in Sugar for Horses? - Full Article

By Clair Thunes, PhD
Jan 15, 2018

Q. Last week in your article about helping horses stay warm in winter you mentioned feeding sugar beet pulp to horses in need of extra calories from a forage source. It doesn’t seem like that would be a good choice for a lot of horses. Isn’t sugar beet pulp high in sugar?

A. The name certainly implies that this common equine feed ingredient is high in sugar. However, you might be surprised to learn that by the time it makes it to your horse’s feed bucket sugar beet pulp, in most cases, is actually very low in sugar.

Sugar beets are a root crop with a high concentration of sucrose sugar (think table sugar) grown commercially for sugar production. According to the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, sugar beets are grown in many Western and Northern states. The sugar beet is about a foot long and weighs between 2 to 5 pounds. With a sucrose content of about 18%, sugar beets make up a little over 50% of the domestically produced sugar.

However, we’re not feeding horses whole beets. Rather we feed what‘s left after manufacturers have extracted sugar for human use. What’s left is referred to sugar beet pulp and is a source of fermentable fibrous material that requires microbial fermentation in the horse’s hindgut. Sugar beet pulp is used extensively in livestock feed and, for horses, is sold as an ingredient in commercial feeds or separately as shreds or pellets...

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The Arabians who conquered Scottsdale - Full Article

These sleek desert horses have become big business in the American Southwest.

B. Williams Author (Curated by J. Strawberry)

Arabians have conquered Scottsdale, Arizona with love and affection - not the warring Bedouin tribes from the Arabian Peninsula [VIDEO] thousands of years ago, but rather the 1,000-pound, four-hoof Arabians. They yearn to be stroked and scratched, and the signature neck - missing one vertebra - loves to have a human arm around it. If you blow in their nostrils they will follow you anywhere.

“Arabian horses create a bond with their owners and caretakers that is unlike any other breed,” Gary McDonald told me after touring his Arabian farm in Scottsdale. “They are the most intelligent of the breeds and the intelligence makes them interactive, playful and easy to be trained.”

In 1954, Ed Tweed and 20 other breeders formed the #Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, with Ed as its first president, but America’s interest in the horses goes further back in history than that...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Will the new laws for hauling horses affect you?

Is your truck/trailer a CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle)?
Do you need a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) to haul your horses?
If so, you will need an ELD (Electronic Logging Device).

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate & Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Requirements:

In an effort to help provide clarity to the ELD Mandate that was previously set to go into effect December 18, 2017- the AHC has put together two brochures to help provide insight into this already complex issue.

To see the ELD Mandate brochure and the CDL brochure, see this page:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off? - Full Article

By Britt Conklin, DVM
Jan 3, 2018

Q. After a recent ride, I picked up my horse's hoof and found that the frog was hanging off. I've included a photograph I took of it. Why is my horse's frog falling off, and what should I do about it? Is he okay?

Via e-mail

A. The picture reflects a normal process in the horse's foot called exfoliation. Many people understand exfoliation in terms of human skin cells whereby dead cells are chemically or mechanically removed to improve the aesthetic look of the skin. The horse's sole and frog are similar in their cellular makeup to skin and therefore undergo a process whereby older cells "shed" over time...

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Today, I sent an email to the AERC BoD … - Full Article

by Patti Stedman | Jan 12, 2018 | Patti's Blog |

[If you are an AERC member and would like to voice an opinion on this topic, here’s a link to email your BoD members. Please note that most of them do not read or participate on Facebook, so while such discussions may be gratifying and allow you to vent your spleen or defend yourself, this is probably the more effective means of communicating your views as a member. ]

Good morning AERC BoD and members, USEF and FEI representatives.

I know a great many of you, and I know how difficult it can be to navigate the turbulent waters of the AERC BoD or Committee Chair role. I served on the BoD for one term, and also served for a long time as Chair of the Ride Managers’ Committee. So first off, thank you for your service to the organization and the sport I know we all love.

I’ve learned that the amount of time spent on Facebook and my mental health are inversely proportional.

The divisiveness of the discussions re: AERC’s relationship with Region VII and FEI and USEF are savage. I know that many of you do not participate on Facebook (see above; I understand why not) but there is a reality that we need to face. Whether or not the USEF/FEI/Region 7 issue itself affects our organization and the outside perception of it, the social media fights certainly do. We are not putting our best face forward and I think we’ve all realized how critical Facebook has been to AERC’s growth/new member recruiting over the past 8-10 years...

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Forage-Only Diet a 'Win' for Standardbred Racehorses - Full Article

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
Jul 28, 2017

Horses in few disciplines require as much high-energy nutrition as racehorses. So it’s no surprise that, traditionally, a large part of a racehorse’s food ration is energy-dense concentrated feeds. But concentrates are hard on the equine stomach, contribute to gastric ulcers, and lack the bulk and fiber content that keep a horse’s gut healthy.

In an ideal world, horses—even racehorses—would thrive off forage alone. But given their intense training programs, could that ever be possible? Swedish researchers say yes, not only is it possible but it can also be beneficial...

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Cold Weather Laminitis? - Full Article

December 30 2017

It happens every winter. A horse that may not even have a prior history of laminitis is found to be very lame and reluctant to move. It’s more than the typical hesitation horses show on hard, frozen ground. Looks like laminitis but the feet aren’t hot. What’s going on?

Cold-induced hoof pain strikes horses with insulin resistance. IR is a well described risk factor for laminitis and even when the horse is not glaringly lame it is causing damage to the laminae. We haven’t uncovered all the mechanisms behind laminar damage from high insulin levels but one known factor is elevated levels of endothelin-1.

Endothelin-1 is a peptide (small protein) produced by the cells lining the interior of blood vessels. It is the most potent vasoconstrictor known and is normally balanced by production of the vasodilating chemical nitric oxide. Cold-induced reduction in blood supply to the hoof when superimposed on the pre-existing high endothelin-1 activity may explain why some IR horses develop hoof pain in cold weather but normal horses do not...

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Should I Feed Alfalfa Between Endurance Races? - Full Article

I manage endurance horses. I have experience using alfalfa during races, but I have been told to not use it between races, when I’m training, as it could cause metabolic problems. Can you please tell me your thoughts?

Many performance horses benefit from alfalfa. The forage can be used successfully in endurance horses with some precautions.

At a competition, there is no better forage for endurance horses because of its palatability, high calorie content, and nutrient profile. However, it is not usually fed to endurance horses as the only forage on a day-to-day basis.

The concern with feeding alfalfa daily is thought to lie in its high calcium content. The mechanism is not completely understood, but researchers believe that daily high calcium intake may affect the body's ability to mobilize calcium during times of accelerated need, such as those associated with long-distance competition...

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