Monday, September 16, 2019

Fortified Concentrate Feed Found to Improve Horses’ Toplines

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Owners who struggle to provide their horses with consistently good-quality forage might be able to improve feed digestibility and topline development by offering these horses a fortified feed, researchers find.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Sep 7, 2019

Owners who struggle to provide their horses with consistently good-quality forage might be able to improve feed digestibility and topline development by offering these horses a fortified feed.

Texas A&M University graduate student Mattea Much recently tested this theory and presented her findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Much fed 23 stock-type mares either a control diet, consisting of a custom pelleted concentrate (13 mares), or a treatment diet (10 mares), consisting of a pelleted feed fortified with amino acids and trace minerals (SafeChoice senior). The mares received two concentrate meals per day and free-choice Bermuda grass hay...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/178414/fortified-concentrate-feed-found-to-improve-horses-toplines/

Friday, September 13, 2019

Make-up of one gene points to racing success of Arabian horses, say reseachers

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

September 13, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz

Variations within a particular gene in Arabian horses show potential as an indicator of race performance, according to researchers.

Arabian horses are among the oldest and most popular horse breeds in the world, recognised for their athleticism and stamina.

The breed is commonly used in the discipline of Endurance. However, in some countries, 2 to 5-year-olds are introduced to flat race training and often compete in at least one racing season before achieving maturity and undergoing endurance training.

During intensive training, the rates of lactate production and use are critical to avoid muscle fatigue, resulting in a decrease in exercise performance...

Read more at:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/09/13/one-gene-racing-success-arabian-horses/

Horses Sans Shoes: The Facts on Bare Feet

TheHorse.com - Full Article

The science of the equine foot is like the hoof itself–expanding and contracting, getting shaped and trimmed. Find out what researchers are learning about the biomechanics of the barefoot hoof.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Sep 11, 2019

What researchers know about the biomechanics of the barefoot hoof
It looks like an ultra-resistant all-weather block, with a shiny, marblelike surface that can trick us into thinking it’s indestructible. Its sharply defined edges give us the impression that it’s as solid as stone—especially when they land with full force on one of our own feet. And its “clip clop” sound striking against hard surfaces betray it as a dense support structure that works like a steel foundation under massive forces.

In reality, though, the equine foot isn’t like this at all.

The foot—or, essentially, the one long toe—is a complex structure filled with bones, tendons, ligaments, arteries, veins, nerves, cartilage, joint fluid, and more. Far from being inert, it’s alive and very active, communicating sensory information, pumping blood, and articulating, contracting, and flexing over ground. And if it’s unshod, it’s constantly changing shape as the horse uses it, instantaneously as well as over time...

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https://thehorse.com/160548/horses-sans-shoes-the-facts-on-bare-feet/

Mil's Life - a Real Life Urban Cowboy

FEI.org - Full Article

14 September 2019
Words by Hannah Spreckley

An award-winning documentary tells the true story of how horses changed a young man's life in inner-city Philadelphia...

With the backdrop of the grimy streets of North Philadelphia, a man on a horse strides into focus – setting the scene for a superb short documentary about the close relationship formed between a man and his horse

‘Mil's Life’ is the story of 26-year-old urban cowboy and native Philadelphian, Jamil ‘Mil’ Pratis, and how these animals, specifically his one-eyed horse Dusty, have had a major effect on changing the course of his life.

The 25-minute documentary focuses on Mil's passion for horses in an unusual setting. If you thought that equestrian sport was only ever for the wealthy and privileged, this will change your view! Set amongst the poverty and urban decay of North Philly, where gangs and drugs are rife, Mil’s Life is an almost unbelievable story of how one young man’s life was altered by the Fletcher Street Riding Club...

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https://www.fei.org/stories/mils-life-real-life-urban-cowboy

Horse Boarding: Legal Rights and Responsibilities

EquineLegalSolutions.com - Full Article

At Equine Legal Solutions, we receive a lot of calls from horse owners and boarding stables that are unhappy with a situation and want to know what their legal rights are. In the four states where we practice, California, New York, Oregon and Washington, there are no laws governing horse boarding, other than animal cruelty statutes and local zoning regulations governing use of the property. Landlord/tenant law generally does not apply to horse boarding relationships unless the boarder lives on the stable property. Therefore, in general, the terms of horse boarding relationships are governed solely by contract (written or verbal).

What are the minimum accommodations a boarding stable is legally required to provide?

Unless the boarding contract says otherwise, a boarding stable is only required to provide the absolute minimum level of care – i.e., not violate state animal cruelty laws. State law generally requires providing access to potable water. Beyond that, requirements vary, but are usually quite minimal. For example, depending on the state and local laws, a boarding stable may not be legally required to provide shelter, and there may be no restriction on the number of horses that a boarding facility can keep on a particular piece of property. So, having a written horse boarding contract that spells out all of the important terms and conditions is essential for both boarding stable and boarder! ELS offers a downloadable horse boarding contract and forms package.

How much notice is a boarder required to give a boarding stable before moving out?

Boarding contracts usually say how much notice a boarder is required to give before leaving, and often, it is 30 days. However, if there is no boarding contract, or the boarding contract does not say what notice is required, the boarder can give as little as same-day notice.

Does a boarder have to give a boarding stable written notice before moving out?...

Read more here:
https://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/boarding-rights-and-responsibilities.html

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

How to Ride Your Horse Down a Steep Trail Safely

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

Trainer Jason Irwin offers tips for teaching your horse how to travel carefully down a steep trail, slow and steady to keep you both safe.

By: Jason Irwin | July 4, 2019

The safest way to ride down a steep trail is slow and steady. The faster your horse goes down a steep trail, the more his weight is on his front end. The problem with that is if he trips and his weight is already on his front, he’s pretty likely to stumble or possibly fall. If he goes slower, his weight is probably going to be on his back end, which means he’ll be less likely to stumble, and if he does there’s a much better chance that he’ll easily recover from it.

To get your horse going downhill slow, start with trails that aren’t very steep. Ride down small hills and stop him several times before you get to the bottom. This will cause him to think of going down hills as a time to go slow. If you feel him start to rush, stop immediately and back him up a few steps. Backing up a hill is a lot of work for a horse, so this is a mild reprimand for rushing and it also really causes him to use his hind end...

Read more here:
https://horse-canada.com/magazine_articles/ride-horse-steep-trail-safely

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Omeprazole and Calcium Digestibility: What Horse Owners Should Know

KER.com - Full Article

July 15, 2019
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Omeprazole, the only FDA-approved drug for healing gastric ulcers in horses, may cause reduced calcium digestibility, according to a recent study conducted at Kentucky Equine Research. What does this finding mean to horse owners who rely on the medication to keep their horses healthy?

Gastric Ulcers in Horses and Omeprazole

Researchers estimate 40-90% of horses have gastric ulcers, with those engaged in certain athletic disciplines, such as racing, at higher risk. Excessive gastric acid production ranks as a primary trigger for the development of ulcers. Omeprazole prevents gastric acid secretion in horses, thus rendering it an effective treatment for ulcers.

Omeprazole and other drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are used to treat acid-related conditions in humans. When given to humans, reduced gastric acid production is associated with a decline in the digestibility of several nutrients, including protein, fat, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12.

In horses, however, the effect of omeprazole on nutrient digestibility was unknown.

A study was therefore designed to determine the effect of short-term administration of omeprazole on the digestibility of several nutrients.

Researchers found that omeprazole did not affect the digestibility of dry matter, crude protein, fat, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, starch, or water-soluble carbohydrates. Omeprazole did not change the digestibility of any mineral except calcium. Calcium digestibility decreased by as much as 20% in horses given omeprazole...

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https://ker.com/equinews/omeprazole-and-calcium-digestibility-what-horse-owners-should-know/?utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7cb74ca8f2-Focus_on_Ulcers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-7cb74ca8f2-11166

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Ten Reasons to Love Sticky Ichthammol Ointment

EquusMagazine.com - Full Article

It may be smelly, sticky and sort of gross, but the drawing salve ichthammol can't be beat in terms of versatility and affordability.

THE EDITORS OF EQUUS MAGAZINE
UPDATED:MAR 10, 2017
ORIGINAL:MAR 5, 2012

Messy, smelly and downright gross, the drawing salve called ichthammol may not be your first choice for treating your horse, but you can't beat its versatility and affordability. The sticky ointment, a derivative of coal tar, reduces inflammation, draws out infection, kills germs and soothes pain.

Here are 10 uses for ichthammol:

1. Pack it around and over draining hoof punctures to draw out pus...

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Better welfare outcomes seen in domestic-level endurance

Original article, horsetalk.co.nz. photos, study credits

Endurance rides ridden at slower speeds over technically challenging terrain have fewer eliminations and better horse welfare outcomes, the authors of a New Zealand study have found.

Massey University researcher Kylie Legg and her colleagues, writing in the open-access journal Animals, noted that international media recently raised awareness around horse welfare during endurance competitions.

However, much of this attention has been focused on international-level FEI competitions.

Little, they said, is known about domestic-level competitions and their risk factors for elimination.

The researchers set out to learn more about the characteristics of endurance rides in New Zealand and the risk factors for horse eliminations due to lameness and metabolic reasons.

To do so, they looked at the records of all competitors during six competition seasons, from 2010/11 to 2015/16.

They found that endurance ride entries were dominated by lower distances (40–80 km), with the number of eliminations increasing with ride distance.

The competition season was structured with the longer, more competitive rides at the end of the season, allowing the shorter, earlier rides to be used as conditioning rides.

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There were 6885 starts, involving 775 horses and 665 riders. The horses had a median age of 9 years and had a median of three starts per season.

Accumulated ride distance per season per horse decreased from a median of 240km per horse in 2010/11 to 180km per horse in 2015/16.

Ride entries were dominated by the 40km category, comprising 41% of entries, and 80km, comprising 37% of entries.

Eliminations increased with ride distance, from 7% in 40km rides to 53% in the 160km rides.

Lameness accounted for the majority of eliminations, at 64%.

The odds of elimination due to lameness were significantly associated with ride distance, location (North or South Island) and time of year.

“The 11% of starters eliminated for metabolic reasons of the horse had increased odds of elimination associated with horse age, ride distance, location and time of year,” they reported.

Discussing their findings, the researchers noted that horses competing in the South Island had a higher risk of elimination due to lameness than those in the North Island, which had a higher risk of elimination due to metabolic reasons.

“This may be attributable to a number of factors including terrain (South Island has rougher terrain), climate (warmer in the North Island) or training methods between the two islands, all of which are avenues for further investigation.”

Time of year had a significant effect on the risk of elimination due to both lameness and metabolic reasons with the beginning of the season (August–October) having the lowest risk for both reasons.
Risk of elimination due to lameness increased as the season progressed until April/May.

“This,” they said, “was likely an effect of the progressive loading of training and competitions throughout the season in addition to the higher number of horses starting in longer distance competitions later in the season.”

Furthermore, the summer months (November to March) coincide with warmer, drier weather, resulting in hard ground, likely to increase the concussive forces on the horse.

There was an increased risk of elimination due to metabolic reasons in November and March–May. This was likely due to the longer distance rides offered at these times of year, but could also reflect the advent of summer in November, and the beginning of cooler weather from March to May.

“The changing temperatures and increase of dust/pollen in the environment at these times of year may adversely affect the horses’ respiratory systems.”

Additionally, the championship events (North Island, South Island and National Championships) include the majority of longer distance rides and are held between January and Easter.

“Riders are likely to ride more competitively and thus faster, at these events, and the higher elimination rates from these longer distance rides are more in line with those found in the international literature.”

Longer distance rides also include a proportion of the event ridden in the dark, most commonly in the earlier stages of the ride, making it more difficult to judge the terrain and thereby increasing the risk of a horse becoming lame.

Risk of elimination due to metabolic reasons increased with increasing horse age, similar to previous studies.

This, they suggested, may be related to the minimum age limits set for competitions in New Zealand (minimum 6 years old for rides of 100km or more and 7 years for rides of 140km or more).

These restrictions are likely to encourage more conservative racing strategies in younger horses and thus a lower risk of elimination for these horses, they said.

In conclusion, the study team said endurance competitions in New Zealand are attended by a diverse population of horses and riders, the majority of which participate in shorter distance rides, with slow speeds and few starts during the season.

“This reflects the amateur profile of New Zealand competitors and their use of shorter distance rides as conditioning rides for the more competitive, longer distance rides later in the season.

“The number of open level (and longer distance) competitors decreased over the study period, whilst the number of lower level competitors increased, reflecting the changing profile of the sport in New Zealand.”

Both speed and elimination rate increased with ride distance. Ride distance, location and month of year significantly affected the risk of elimination due to lameness or metabolic reasons, whilst horse age was a significant factor for risk of elimination due to metabolic reasons only.

“This profile provides a basis for the adaptation of international regulations specific to endurance rides in New Zealand and confirms that endurance rides ridden at slower speeds over technically challenging terrain have fewer eliminations and better horse welfare.”

The full Massey study team comprised Legg, Jenny Weston, Erica Gee, Charlotte Bolwell, Janis Bridges and Chris Rogers.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Worried About Riding in the Dark? Don't Be



August 13 2019
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net

If you've got a 100-mile endurance ride on your bucket list, but it's worry about riding in the dark that's holding you back, don't be troubled. There are a number of things you can do to make you feel more comfortable while riding in the dark, though sometimes we tend to overthink, and make things more difficult than they really are.

The best thing you can do to make riding in the dark easier is: become a better horseman. (You should always be working on this.) As you learn better communication with your horse, as you learn more balanced and centered riding, you become a better rider and a better partner, and with that comes trust, and with that, you can tackle anything with more confidence.

According to an Equus Magazine article, "Horses have excellent night vision, and on a night lit by a partial moon or by bright stars alone, normally sighted horses can see as well as you do in full daylight.

"The extreme darkness of dense woods and those rare pitch-black nights isn't entirely suitable for riding, but in familiar territory your horse can navigate well enough when you allow him to choose his own path."

I talked to several experienced endurance riders who have riding in the dark down to a science whose advice can help put your mind at ease.

Heather and Jeremy Reynolds are long-time national and international endurance riders. Heather has over 22,000 AERC miles, 50 AERC 100-mile completions, and 3 Tevis Cup wins. Jeremy has over 14,000 AERC miles, 31 AERC 100-mile completions, and 3 Tevis Cup wins.

They both always ride with a headlamp in 100-mile rides. Competing at night with winning or a Top Ten goal in mind means trotting and cantering in the dark; they ride with a headlamp on. They normally don't bother with glowsticks taped to breast collars, because those won't help much in a situation where you're moving along at a fast clip. Heather says, "Unless you’re going 6 miles an hour or less, you’re going to ride faster than the light is projecting. Same with a red headlamp.

"If there’s a full moon and it’s casting a shadow, that’s awesome. Then don’t ride with a light. You can canter along with a bright moon. But if the trail's going to be technical and it’s going to be really dark, we just ride with a headlamp. It’s just safer.

"Also then you’ll know, is the horse slowing down because it just doesn’t want to continue at this pace, or because there’s a hazard in the trail."

If you do choose to ride with a headlamp, the Reynolds recommend turning it on before it gets dark all the way, as sometimes a horse will freak out when you suddenly turn it on in the darkness - not from the light itself but from the shadows thrown by the horse's head.

A horse having pre-ridden a trail will remember it. Heather recounted riding French Open, the 2018 Tevis Cup winner, over the last few miles to the Auburn finish line in the pure dark. "I turned my headlight off, and I was going at a very fast pace, but no one could see where I was. But that was towards the end of the ride. The horse knew exactly where he was; he knew every foot of that trail because that’s where he trained.

"So you can move out in the dark; it’s just easier, as far as your expectations, if you’re aware of and can see what you’re asking the horse to do."

You should be careful and respectful of others if you do ride with a headlamp. "It does bother some people," Heather said. Riding up from behind someone who's not using a headlamp can cast weird shadows, and while turning a light on and off doesn't bother a horse, the shadows can bother some. Simply be polite and courteous, and turn your headlamp off when you get close to another horse, and turn it back on when you pass them. You'll appreciate it when someone does that for you.

Some have said that horses need 20 minutes to adjust to the changes in light, but the Reynolds have not found this to be true (they have put this to the test in training.) "You can turn on your light, then turn it off the next minute, and the horse just keeps right on marching, doesn’t bobble or trip or anything."

Heather's best advice? "Just practice riding in the dark. Try it at home when you’re fresh, and not tired. That magnifies everything when you’re tired at mile 90 and you’re dehydrated and loopy already!"

Meg Sleeper, top USA and international endurance rider with over 15,000 AERC miles and 74 100-mile completions, just rode in Australia for the first time in July, completing the iconic Tom Quilty. Like most 100-mile rides in Australia and New Zealand, this one started at midnight. Why? "Because it's so much fun starting in the dark on a fresh horse," Aussie endurance rider Linda Tanian joked. But seriously. "It is about utilising cooler weather conditions, tradition, [and] getting finished in daylight if possible," she said, "as it can be mentally tougher going into the dark when both rider and horse are getting tired."

Many riders wore headlamps that were brighter than any Meg had ever seen. "At the start," she said, "it felt like you were going on a street with headlights. It was crazy how bright it was. Of course if they turned to look at you, it was blinding." Despite unfamiliarity with both the trail and the horse she was riding, and despite the fact she'd be doing more than half the mileage in the dark, Meg stuck to what she usually does: she wore a headlamp on her helmet though she left it turned off, and she carried a flashlight in her pocket. "I have a flashlight in my pocket in case I really need to carefully look at markings, like if I think i missed a turn. And I have a headlamp that is bright enough that I have an idea of what the footing is, but it’s not actually very bright.

"I don’t like having a super bright light on, because then I have to remember to turn it off if I look at somebody.

"As long as I have an idea of what the footing is, I feel pretty comfortable with that. And I think so much that the horses are fine. They stay out of their way as much as anything else."

Meg did mention an old Vermont township law that one needs to have lights in front and lights behind if you are riding in the dark. In this case. a glowstick on a breast collar and a glowstick in a horse's tail or on the back of the saddle suffices.

Riding in the dark all comes down to common sense. Don't overthink it. Get to where you trust your horse - be it through riding lessons, auditing or attending training clinics, taking your horse through bomb proofing clinics, or just many more wet saddle pads. Learn to ride very balanced and centered in your saddle for those twisty-turny-uppy-downy trails your horse flies along in the dark. Use glowsticks on your horse's breast collar - though if you're going faster than a fast walk, they are likely more comforting to you than of use to your horse. If you wear a headlamp for when you're moving out, or unsure of the terrain, turn it off when you're approaching other riders. Practice in the dark at home.

And - relax. Your horse will probably know what he's doing and he'll probably see fine to negotiate the trail.

And lastly, simple advice from one more experienced endurance rider, Regina Rose with over 14,000 AERC miles, and 18 100-mile completions, including the Tevis Cup once, and the Big Horn 100 nine times.

"Just ride."


Monday, August 19, 2019

HORSEPLAY: Local Washington equestrian’s second mystery novel coming soon

PeninsulaDailyNews.com - Full Article

By Karen Griffiths
Sunday, August 18, 2019

A DEAD BLOW hammer leaves little to no mark on the surface it strikes.

That’s the tag line to Sequim author and competitive endurance rider Lisa Preston’s new book “Dead Blow,” and I can’t wait to read it after it’s released this fall.

She introduced its main character, Rainy Dale — a female farrier who tends to be a bit mulish and impulsive — last year in “The Clinch,” the first novel in that she hopes becomes several, in her “A Horsehoer’s Mystery series.”

A dead blow hammer is a specialized mallet more commonly used in auto body repair work or in woodworking for knocking joints together without denting the wood.

As a kind of jack-of-all-trades gal, Dale is familiar with their use in precision work, thus spurring her on to find answers to the questions cropping up in her ever-inquisitive mind as to how her new client became a widow.

Her character’s curiosity peaked when her client told her there was hardly a bruise on her dead husband when he died.

She wondered why the deceased was driving his tractor so dangerously near a bull known to brutally attack people. How long did it take him to die after the machine rolled and pinned him? If the whole town seems aware of the dead man’s wandering eye, did her client know, too?

Background

Knowing Preston is a prolific writer of both fiction and nonfiction, I asked her what prompted her to start writing a mystery crime novel featuring a woman blacksmith...

Read more here:
https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/life/horseplay-local-equestrians-second-mystery-novel-coming-soon/

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bute vs. Firocoxib: Which NSAID Results in More Severe Gastric Ulcers?

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Both NSAIDs induced GI tract inflammation, but phenylbutazone might result in more severe inflammation in the lower GI tract.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Aug 12, 2019

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the second-most frequently used drug class in horses after dewormers. Veterinarians prescribe them for a wide range of issues ranging from post-surgical recovery to orthopedic issues. While they’re invaluable for managing horses’ pain, one of their side effects is gastric ulcers.

A group of researchers from Texas A&M University recently compared two types of NSAIDs’ effects on gastric ulceration in horses. Lauren M. Richardson, DVM, a resident in large animal surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, presented their findings at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas.

But first, let’s review how NSAIDs work...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/155604/bute-vs-firocoxib-nsaid-results-severe-gastric-ulcers/

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Use of Alfalfa or Lucerne and Its Effect on Gastric Ulcers

KER.com - Full Article

May 10, 2012
By Dr. Clarissa Brown-Douglas

There has been recent hype in the feed industry about the possibility of improvements in gastric ulceration when feeding ensiled (fermented) chopped lucerne (also known as alfalfa) to horses, and many horse owners have increased the amount of ensiled fiber fed to their horses.

What might surprise you is that this capacity of fiber to protect and support a healthy digestive tract, from the stomach to the large intestine, is the basis behind almost every aspect of sound equine nutrition. This is not new knowledge!

It is commonly known, accepted, and promoted in the equine nutrition and veterinary world that the capacity of feeds and forages to counteract changes in gastric pH (stomach acid) plays an important role in the prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. This ability to resist changes in pH is called buffering capacity. Lucerne hay has been shown in multiple studies to be effective in reducing the severity of ulcers in horses by providing superior buffering capacity compared to other forages.

Gastric ulcers are very common in performance horses, affecting more than 90% of racehorses and 50 to 70% of other performance horses...

Read more here:
https://ker.com/equinews/use-alfalfa-or-lucerne-and-its-effect-gastric-ulcers/?utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7cb74ca8f2-Focus_on_Ulcers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-7cb74ca8f2-11166

Friday, August 09, 2019

Ready for an “Eventful” Ride?

Trailmeister.com - Full Article

by Robert Eversole
June 20 2016

As published in Issue Two – 2016 of The The Icelandic Horse

It seems that it was just yesterday that I had the privilege of speaking at the USIHC Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon. I love sharing my passion for trail riding and camping with anyone who’ll listen. Having the opportunity to chat with fellow Icelandic enthusiasts was the “Icing” on the cake so to speak!

A moment of introduction is in order. I’m Robert Eversole and besides owning the web’s largest horse trail and camping guide, www.trailmeister.com, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge of trail riding and equine camping with horse groups around the nation as a clinician, lecturer, and regular columnist in equine publications. I’m also a registered instructor with PATH Intl. and volunteer at Free Rein Therapeutic Riding in Spokane, WA where I teach equitation to individuals with special needs. My riders inspire me. Yes, I have the best job(s) in the world.

Of course, I wouldn’t be trail riding without horses. Let me first admit that my wife’s Icelandic, Minning fra Alfasaga (foaled 2002) is not only a great riding animal but also arguably a better mountain and pack horse than many I’ve seen, including my main riding beast, LT. Minning’s calm demeanor, goat like surefootedness, and willing disposition are exactly what I look for in an animal that can deliver me to and, more importantly, return me safely from the high mountain back country that I call home during the summer months. Last year Minning and I spent 32 days in wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest where we helped pack in crews and equipment for maintenance projects...

Read more here:
https://www.trailmeister.com/ready-for-an-eventful-ride/?fbclid=IwAR2m2oiVeQXTDJbpwl86roI7hYAFVDe_i_flzcsKunLnRBxT58uQye_EN84

Want a Better-Behaved Horse? Consider Feeding a Low-Starch Diet

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A VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHER INVESTIGATED THE IMPACT OF DIET ON LESSON HORSES. HERE’S WHAT SHE FOUND.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Jul 30, 2019

The amount of starch in a horse’s diet can affect him both behaviorally and physiologically. To better understand its effects, Tanner Price, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, assessed university riding program horses’ behavioral and metabolic responses to diets with varying fat and starch levels. She shared her findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.

In her study, Price split 20 riding horses into five groups of four. Each group received a different starch-to-fat ratio in their diet, ranging from 7.1% to 14.3% starch. Throughout the 21-day period, all horses were fed twice daily, housed individually in stalls, and ridden in regular collegiate lessons (beginner to advanced equitation and hunter/jumper classes)...

Read more at:
https://thehorse.com/176821/want-a-better-behaved-horse-consider-feeding-a-low-starch-diet/

US Equestrian Adds Member Benefit: Free Mental Health First Aid

USEF.org

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 8, 2019, 2:39 PM EST

As part of our commitment to members and their wellbeing, US Equestrian is partnering with the McLaughlin Young Group to offer free, confidential counseling services for mental health first aid.

US Equestrian members will now be able to access professional counseling services for emotional or other personal issues for up to three visits or sessions through a third-party licensed provider. All providers are state-licensed, with a graduate degree and five years of post-graduate clinical experience. These experienced professional clinicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Members can reach a counselor by calling 1-800-633-3353.

This membership service is provided by McLaughlin Young, a specialist in providing services to non-profit organizations.

“Our members’ safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us, and we are pleased to offer this new mental health resource as a valuable benefit to US Equestrian members,” said US Equestrian Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney. “Providing our members access to free, confidential, professional counseling demonstrates our long commitment to equestrian safety and welfare, both in the competition arena and beyond.”

Learn more about the mental health first aid resource and the many other US Equestrian member benefits by visiting our Membership Benefits page. To access the full list of membership benefits and all the US Equestrian MemberPerks, join US Equestrian today.

See more at:
https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/us-equestrian-adds-member-benefit-free-mental

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Sweat Patterns and Saddle Fit

SynergistSaddles.com - Full Article

It’s just about impossible to walk through a big boarding facility or barn without the topic of sweat patterns and saddle fit coming up. If all you are looking at when assessing how well your saddle fits is the sweat marks after a ride, you are only getting a small piece of the overall picture.

Here is how the theory goes. When you take your saddle off at the end of a ride you should see even sweat marks on both sides of the spine that resemble the bottom the saddle. If you see dry areas, it is supposed to mean that the pressure there was so high that it shut down the sweat glands.

The overwhelming majority of riders totally believe this is the absolute gospel of saddle fit. If this was actually true and all you had to do was look at a horse’s back after a ride to tell if a saddle fit or not, I could teach a 5 year old how to be a saddle fitter.

In the 30 years I have spent around horses with the last 17 years fitting thousands of horses I have seen horses with perfect sweat patterns with white hairs right in the middle of them. (When you see white hair showing up that is an undisputed sign of pressure and an ill fit saddle). I’ve also seen horses with the ugliest sweat patterns imaginable, asymmetrical and spotty, and the saddle fit impeccably with the horse perfectly happy and in no discomfort. So there are definitely several holes in this theory...

Read more here:
https://www.synergistsaddles.com/sweat-patterns-saddle-fit/?fbclid=IwAR2zKQpezuGf7C8O9LJgVIjS4JvjPROVI9QyBbeO0q0eXXn-wu7J5b7ZkOs

Repairing wounds with honey

EquineScienceUpdated Blog - Full Article

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Horses are renowned for their ability to attract wounds. Under ideal conditions, surgical repair may lead to rapid (“first intention”) healing. However, wound breakdown is not uncommon, particularly in lower limb injuries. Factors such as infection and movement are significant problems.

Research from Israel suggests that applying medical grade honey to the wound, as it is repaired, may help control infection and reduce wound breakdown.

The study, from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been published in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

Eleven veterinarians were involved – between them treating 127 lacerations. Most wounds (30%) were on the lower limb. Upper limb wounds accounted for 28% and head wounds a further 24%.
Wounds were repaired using a standardised protocol, with some being chosen at random to have medical grade honey (MGH*) applied to the wound. (Medical grade honey has been sterilised by gamma radiation to eradicate any bacterial spores - such as Bacillus spp and Clostridium spp - that may be found in raw honey...)\

Read more here:
https://equinescienceupdate.blogspot.com/2019/07/repairing-wounds-with-honey.html

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke in Horses

Thehorse.com - Listen to the podcast

Do you know the difference? Dr. Jeanette Mero outlines the clinical signs of heat exhaustion and stroke in horses.

Posted by Jeanette "Jay" Mero, DVM | Jul 20, 2019

Listen to the podcast:
https://thehorse.com/176455/heat-exhaustion-vs-heat-stroke-in-horses/

What to do when your horse ties up

EquusMagazine.com - Full Article

If your horse develops severe muscle cramping, call your veterinarian, then keep him still and comfortable until help arrives.


LAURIE BONNERAPR 14, 2016

Bringing a horse back into condition after some time off must be done carefully: He needs to work up a sweat to gain fitness, but too much exertion increases the risk of several serious complications, including tying up.

Tying up, technically called exertional rhabdomyolysis, refers to severe cramping of the large muscles of the hindquarters, back and, sometimes, the shoulders during or after exercise. In some cases, damaged or dying muscle cells can release enough toxic debris into the bloodstream to stress the kidneys. Extreme cases may be fatal.

Repeated tying up occurs in horses with two specific disorders characterized by cellular dysfunctions in the muscles: polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER). However, heat stress and/or electrolyte imbalances can cause virtually any horse who exerts himself to tie up under the right conditions. Here’s what to do...

Read more here:
https://equusmagazine.com/horse-world/tying-up-in-horses-32169?utm_source=EQUUSNL&%3Butm_medium=email&%3Butm_campaign=Newsletter&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_q5V22spLfAp5qy2dUrMMQM79D64YzCG1xNtfnLnF7z52z5GocC_29bdL2B4SkxqbXxdSHzR1XJcEWTvCiIbAxLtqNkw&_hsmi=75177142

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Feeding Endurance Horses

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Feeding hard-working endurance horses is as much art as it is science. Our sources walk you through an endurance horse’s diet, from conditioning to post-race.

Posted by Heather Smith Thomas | Jul 22, 2019

Make sure your horse gets the energy, nutrients, and water he needs to tackle a long ride
Athletes need fuel to work. Endurance horses, in particular, need a nutrition strategy that will allow them to travel all day at moderate to high speeds without “running out of gas” or becoming dehydrated. They need adequate energy in a form that won’t produce excess body heat and will provide enough fluid and electrolytes to maintain hydration.

Julie Bullock, DVM, of Mount Sidney, Virginia, has been riding endurance horses for 25 years and competes in 100-mile races. She says the endurance community is growing fast, and it’s important for newcomers to the sport to understand these horses’ nutritional needs.

Kathleen Crandell, PhD, an equine nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research, in Versailles, has extensive background in nutrition science and has trained and competed endurance horses. “When feeding an endurance horse, we think about two programs—feeding the horse on a daily basis as we get the horse into fitness, and then a plan for what we’ll feed the horse on the day of competition,” she says.

In this article our sources will walk you through an endurance horse’s diet, from conditioning to post-race...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/159337/feeding-endurance-horses/

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Practical Electrolyte Use in Horses

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Electrolytes play an important role in hydration and cellular function in horses. Learn more about electrolytes, when you might need to supplement them, and what research has shown about how they affect performance horses in an excerpt of this article from our July 2019 issue of The Horse now.

Posted by Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA | Jul 22, 201

These minerals are key to hydration and cellular function
With the variety of human sports drinks on the market, almost everyone these days is familiar with electrolytes. But what are they, and what role do they play in equine health?

Electrolytes are components of salts (or mineral salts) that carry an electric charge (as ions) when dissolved in fluids. “About 2⁄3 of the horse’s body weight is fluid,” says Harold Schott, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in East Lansing. “Water is the most abundant molecule in the body, whether horse or human; however, it’s not plain water—it’s a solution of water and electrolytes. Electrolytes make up a critical component of the horse’s total body fluid.”

These minerals include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate, says Michael Peralez, DVM, Tevis Cup head veterinarian and four-time finisher who runs a private practice in Arcadia, California. “They are involved in fluid balance, hydration, and nerve conduction,” he adds...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/176419/practical-electrolyte-use-in-horses/

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Performers on horseback surprise passengers at Paris train station

Euronews.com - Watch the video

Performers on horseback roamed around a Paris train station on Sunday (July 21), passing through a waiting bar and performing stunts to the delight of hundreds of passengers.

The artistic performance, organised by Paris' Theatre of Centaur, features the story of two "centaurs", Camille and Manolo, who wander around the Gare de l'Est train station in search of each other.

The project, part of a series of summer cultural events organised by the French capital, aims to evoke the rich emotions that take place in a train station, including "happy reunions and painful separations," according to a news release for the performance.

Manolo said the performance aims to encourage the public to seek "symbiosis with nature" and to believe in "childhood dreams."

Watch the video at:
https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/22/performers-on-horseback-surprise-passengers-at-paris-train-station?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190723.home&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

A Parent’s Guide to Choosing a Horse for Their Child

EquineLegalSolutions.com - Full Article

At ELS, parents frequently ask us for advice on choosing a horse for their child. Here is what we tell them:

(1) Sign your child up for riding lessons. Enroll your child in regular riding lessons (at least once a week) with a reputable instructor who can provide horses for lessons. Look for a program that includes other children so your child has others his or her age to learn with and from.

(2) Join a horse club. Sign your child up to be a member of a local 4-H horse club or local chapter of the U.S. Pony Club. Both 4-H and Pony Club offer a wealth of opportunities for you and your child to learn about horses and develop horsemanship and leadership skills. They provide fun, safe, and encouraging environments and focus on teamwork and responsibility. These clubs are family-based organizations – as a parent, expect to volunteer and learn along with your child...

Read more here:
https://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/parents-guide.html

Monday, July 22, 2019

Dubai-based firm launches world's first cryotherapy cabin for racehorses

Khaleejtimes.com - Full Article

Staff Reporter /Dubai
Filed on July 22, 2019

A Dubai-based startup has been putting special focus on full-body cryotherapy cabins for competition horses and the results are already being seen.

Working from Dubai's Downtown, Revive offers a full range of professional cryotherapy equipment across the sports and wellness industries.

A world first, the research and development work for this equestrian cryo equipment was carried out by specialist engineers at the manufacturer's facilities in Finland.

Sateesh Seemar, head trainer at Zabeel Stables in Dubai, collaborated closely with the Revive team during the process, and personally supervised and monitored the first field trials in Dubai.

A cryotherapy session for a full grown racehorse lasts around five minutes, at temperatures as low as minus 140°celsius. Thermal imaging cameras are used to monitor the release of liquid nitrogen vapour, which is gently circulated around the horse's body...

Read more here:
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/horse-racing/dubai-based-firm-launches-worlds-first-cryotherapy-cabin-for-racehorses

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Horse Knows Best or How To Train a Race Horse

HorseReporter.com - Full Article

16/07/2019
by Pamela Burton

16 July 2019, USA ~ David and Tracy Kaden love their Arabian horses. Their ranch is on the West Texas, New Mexico border and the two have competed in endurance, trained their Anglo-Arabian to be a jumper, then in 2013 took up cowboy mounted shooting, each winning their divisions. After an intro into Extreme Cowboy events they decided that it was time for them to try Arabian racing, one sport they have watched with interest. Knowing that it takes long term commitment for the sport but feeling well prepared regarding nutrition, shoeing, hauling, and saddle fit, they are ready to compete. Kaden makes the horsesport-friendly Specialized Saddle and has now produced an exercise saddle using his patented fitting system. David tells us about his first foray into race horse training.

“I decided to try Arabian racing on a do it yourself basis. My wife helped me find some horses to buy. I went out to California to pick up an older gelding with several wins that I hoped to return to stakes class racing.

While there, I noticed a rangy looking mare in the pasture, and was told she was available for a reasonable price. I sent her pedigree (Djet Set De Falgas x Gizmoson Fire by Burning Sand) 2011, to my wife to approve and we decided to take her. I have had experience fixing problem horses. In fact when Tracy and I started our horse farm, we were sent problem horses from a local track. Some bucked, some flipped over, some ran away and some didn’t respond to the rein. We needed some income, so I climbed on some rank ones, and for the most part sent them back to the track very much improved.

As soon as we developed an endurance business I quit getting on broncs. So now many years later I took a chance on a mare that I assumed I could turn around, and make her into an Arabian racehorse. Her name is Sluffys Gizmo but her barn name is “GG”...

Read more here:
https://www.horsereporter.com/the-horse-knows-best-or-how-to-train-a-race-horse/

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dealing With Equine Colic: Here are 33 Do's and Don’ts

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Do you know what to do–and just as importantly, what not to do–if your horse displays vague, mild, or serious signs of what might be colic? Your answer could save your horse’s life.

By Marcia King

The changes indicating colic were subtle but nevertheless concerning. Rufus, a Thoroughbred/Warmblood jumper, wasn’t himself, recalls owner Sydney Durieux of New York City. “Rufus was always attentive, playful almost, wrapping his neck around you and giving you a kind of hug, straining his neck to reach you,” she describes.
But that evening Rufus ignored Durieux and just stared, looking distracted and vaguely uncomfortable. “He wasn’t swaying, pawing, or looking at his stomach, but when the trainer listened to Rufus’ belly, she couldn’t detect any sounds,” she says.

After a half-hour, Durieux trailered him to a veterinary hospital an hour away. “Both the trainer and I thought we might be overreacting, but our hunch was right: The veterinarian said Rufus had colic and needed immediate surgery,” she says. “I was shocked, because every other horse I’d seen with colic had been very distressed.”

That’s the trouble with colic: You just can’t tell what you’re dealing with...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/features/dealing-with-equine-colic/

Podcast: How to Tell if Your Horse is Dehydrated

Thehorse.com - Listen

Posted by Jeanette "Jay" Mero, DVM | Jul 19, 2019

Dr. Jeanette Mero outlines the early warning signs of dehydration in horses and shares how much a horse should drink on a hot day.

Listen:
https://thehorse.com/176450/how-to-tell-if-your-horse-is-dehydrated/

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hoof Boots Market Future Forecast Indicates Impressive Growth Rate

TheGuardianTribune.com - Full Article

July 17, 2019
Laxman D

Equestrian Sport is a unique field that is an amalgamation of human athletes and animals working together as a team. Equestrian Sports consist of two disciplines i.e. equestrian and racing. Horse riding or horseback riding refers to the art of vaulting, steeple chasing, driving or riding a horse. As awareness about the sport is increasing, sales of accessories related to horseback riding, such as harness, saddle and hoof boots are also on the rise.

Market Overview:

Professionals who practice horse riding feel that hoof boots are excellent substitutes to the earlier used horseshoes. Hoof boots are often used as a backup either when the farrier is unavailable or in case of a thrown horseshoe or as hoof protection for a barefoot horse. The popularity of hoof boots is increasing in all disciplines of horse riding, particularly in endurance riding and trail riding. With the increasing demand, hoof boots are now available for every kind of horse playing any discipline of horse riding. Hoof boots are extremely necessary for horses that have recently been inducted into the sport, to protect their hoof from getting damaged in the uncomfortable terrains. Additionally, in some hoof boots, equine hoof pads are provided to ensure more comfort and additional support...

Read more here:
https://theguardiantribune.com/hoof-boots-market-future-forecast-indicates-impressive-growth-rate/"

Choosing Salt and Mineral Blocks for Horses

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Choosing between plain white salt blocks, red mineralized blocks, rock salt on ropes, and more can be challenging. Our nutritionist offers advice on the best way to supplement salt in your horse’s diet.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Jun 24, 2019

Q. I have been researching different types of salt and mineral blocks available for horses. I’m trying to determine if one kind is better than another, but there are quite a few different types! Is there one type I should choose over the others?

A. There are a large number of different types of salt and mineral blocks available at feed stores. Here in California, I most commonly see plain white salt blocks, red mineralized salt blocks, and rock salt on a rope. However, in certain parts of the country, other salt blocks that contain supplemental selenium, cobalt, or sulfur are common, as well.

Despite being visually quite different and having names that suggest significantly different nutritional compositions, all these salt sources have the similarity that they are all predominantly sodium chloride—more than 92% sodium chloride, based on the analysis I found...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/155743/choosing-salt-and-mineral-blocks-for-horses/

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Your DIY Camp Kitchen

Trailmeister.com - Full Article

June 14 2019
Your DIY Camp Kitchen Boxes

As published in the June, 2019 issue of Western Mule Magazine
by Robert Eversole

Morning coffee is the highlight of my day. But I don’t want the odors of breakfast to linger in the LQ. I needed a space to store my kitchen equipment, and a convenient area to prepare and cook my meals. I’ve seen lots of chuck / kitchen boxes over the years and they all seemed lacking and terribly expensive. So, I designed my own DIY camp kitchen to fulfill my needs and wants at much less expense.

My Top Requirements:

– In my opinion boxes that are permanently fixed to the sides of trailers are hazardous. I don’t want anything obstructing my rear view when driving. And I just may need that extra few inches when I turn into a parking area. Finding this inside storage space was a bigger challenge than I anticipated. I wanted the boxes to be safely secured when in motion, out of the LQ area, and safely away from the ponies...

Read more here:
https://www.trailmeister.com/your-diy-camp-kitchen/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July+2019+general

Reduce Trailering Stress – Keep Your Cool When Traveling With Horses

Trailmeister.com - Full Article

As Published in the July, 2011, issue of The Northwest Horse Source.
by Robert Eversole

Summer is officially here, and in spite of high fuel prices, trail riders are hitting the highways in large numbers to haul their horses, and mules, to “work” as they travel to that perfect riding destination. In my last article we discussed the fundamentals of trailer maintenance and how to check your equine partner’s travel accommodations for safety. Let’s expand on that topic and talk about how to create an equine friendly environment while we roll over the blacktop. There are several topics to discuss around trailering such as; front or slant load, bumper pull or goose neck, step up or ramp, tie or not tie, and more, but today we’ll narrow our focus and concentrate on two factors; dealing with heat and driving styles. Regardless of how far we haul we’re asking a lot of our horses and we’re creating stress on them in several ways; from the stress of heat to the stresses of being bounced around inside a trailer.

Dealing with heat – Most horses’ comfort range is between 30 to 75 degrees depending upon the breed. While this is a wide temperature range consider the wide range of horse breeds from cold loving Icelandics to thin coated Arabians. They each have adapted to different environments. Now consider the trailer and how hot it can become on a warm sunny (think perfect riding weather) day. Studies have shown that temperatures inside trailers can easily be 10 to 15 degrees greater than outside temperatures. That perfect 80 degree day just became a hot and humid 95 plus degrees inside the trailer. In order to ease heat stress on your animals you can take the following precautions...

Read more here:
https://www.trailmeister.com/reduce-trailering-stress-keep-your-cool-when-traveling-with-horses/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July+2019+general

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Fire destroys part of historic French National Stud

Horseandhound.co.uk - Full Article

Sarah Radford
12 July, 2019 17:04

A fire that broke out overnight on 11-12 July has destroyed part of the historic French National Stud of St Lo (Haras National de Saint-lo).

A statement on the Pole Hippique Saint-lo Facebook page said a rider living on site had spotted the outbreak of the fire in stable block number three at around midnight.

All 22 horses in the block were evacuated safely, with vets reporting no injuries from the blaze.

“Neighbours and professionals from around the stud all mobilised spontaneously and offered their help and the 22 horses were quickly evacuated and put safe before the spread of the fire to stable number four. No one was hurt in the disaster,” the statement said...

Read more here:
https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/fire-destroys-part-historic-french-national-stud-691689

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mountain Bikes on Horse Trails? No Problem if You’re Prepared

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Introduce horses systematically to bikes, hikers, backpackers, strollers, and ATVs to reduce spooking on the trail.

Posted by Robin Foster, PhD, CHBC, Cert. AAB, IAABC | Jul 4, 2019

Few things are more enjoyable than riding through the forest, coming around a bend in the path, and having the sky open to a breathtaking mountain vista. But, today, equestrians are sharing the trail with a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts, and a rider might instead come around a bend in the path to encounter a group of day hikers or off-road cyclists. This has led many rider to seek advice on how to prepare for encounters with mountain bikes on horse trails.
In urban equestrian areas, off-leash dogs and baby buggies are often as common as horses. These unfamiliar, fast-moving, and loud objects can frighten horses, causing them to startle, panic, rear, or bolt.

A few strategies can help prepare your horse for these contemporary trail obstacles and increase safety...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/110581/mountain-bikes-on-horse-trails/

FEI Set to Eject the Discipline of Reining at the End of 2019

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

July 9, 2019 | Comments
by: Pippa Cuckson

Reining has just months left as an FEI sport, with news that the General Assembly in November will be asked to “remove” reining from the FEI portfolio from January 1, 2020.

This will be the first time the FEI has ever ejected a discipline – having obtained stronger powers to do so last year.

The writing was on the wall in November 2018 when the FEI ceased its cooperation agreements with the National Reining Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Main areas of concern were the three bodies’ diverse opinions over minimum horse ages, stewarding and anti-doping policy, and the “money-driven” approach of NRHA compared with the FEI’s “performance-based” ideals...

Read more here:
https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/fei-set-eject-reining-end-2019/?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190710.home&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Horse Owner Liability Checklist

EquineLegalSolutions.com - Full Article

​Horse ownership is a joy, whether you’re hitting the trails, heading to horse shows, or galloping along a beach. But is potential liability lurking in the shadows, just waiting to ruin the fun? Go through this quick checklist and find out before it’s too late.

If You Own a Horse

√ You have reviewed your insurance policies and are confident you’ll be covered if your horse injures or kills a person or another horse, or causes property damage, no matter where the incident takes place.

Why this matters: If you are sued and don’t have insurance to pay for your legal defense, you could easily spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend yourself, with no hope of getting your money back, even if you ultimately prevail in the lawsuit.

If You Let Friends or Family Ride or Handle Your Horses

√ You have a good-quality liability release designed for letting friends and family ride and handle your horses, and you have them sign it before they come anywhere near your horses. And if any friends or family members are under 18, you have their parent or guardian sign a liability release that includes an indemnification provision.

Why this matters: While you’d certainly like to think your friends and family wouldn’t sue you if your horses injured them, you won’t really know for certain until and unless it happens...

Read more at:
https://www.equinelegalsolutions.com/horse-owner-liability-checklist.html

Monday, July 08, 2019

Study Confirms Horses ‘Talk’ to Human Handlers

Thehorse.com - Full Article

New research has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Jun 9, 2016

“Hey! See that bucket of feed over there? Yeah, that one. Can you grab that for me, please? I’m kind of hungry.”
Wait a minute. Did your horse just speak to you? Actually, he might have—in his own way, of course. New research by European scientists has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.

In their pioneering study, researchers have determined for the first time that horses are capable of heterospecific referential communication—essentially, the ability to communicate about something, specifically to someone else. More precisely, to us.

So does that mean our horses actually “talk” to us?...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/17891/study-confirms-horses-talk-to-human-handlers/

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Create a Trail Riding Survival Kit

EquusMagazine.com - Full Article

Whether you're riding familiar trails or exploring new territory, a trail survival kit can help you handle emergencies.

CHRISTINE BARAKAT
JUN 21, 2019

So you're not the rugged, survivalist type. You're not alone. It's a fact of 21st century life that fewer and fewer people are experienced in surviving in the great outdoors. Moseying on horseback through the local park on a sunny Saturday may be the closest some of us ever get to a wilderness adventure.

Yet even on a familiar trail a mishap can occur that could ruin your fun or, worse, get someone hurt. Serious accidents on trail rides are rare, but venturing from the security of home on horseback always poses a certain amount of risk. Changing weather, wildlife, the limitations of your own sense of direction--many potential hazards can sour what should be a pleasurable ride. Even on a short jaunt, an injury to yourself or your horse can isolate you, forcing you to rely on your own resources--reason enough to plan ahead and prepare for the unexpected...

Read more here:
https://equusmagazine.com/riding/trail-riding-survival-kit-8300?utm_source=EQUUSNL&%3Butm_medium=email&%3Butm_campaign=Newsletter&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--wFYKQanyxqcXdzscnMFq9GO1yX8EFD2Lcqxu5KzTDIDfFYWlBMB-KDfisUi9fy4B_uiqMh0ZbP56cuTC6ASqY0Cb6ug&_hsmi=74330068

Monday, July 01, 2019

Feeding the Anaerobic Equine Athlete

Thehorse.com - Full Article

How do you build a nutritional program that supports your high-­intensity equine athlete? Three experts share their advice in this article from the June 2019 issue of The Horse. Read an excerpt now.

Posted by Katie Navarra | Jun 28, 2019

At the National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, the final seconds of competition can determine the champion. The winning horse stays with the last cow, preventing it from returning to the herd. Another horse loses its last cow just before the buzzer sounds, only to go home without placing. In many cases, the latter horse has simply run out of gas, says Karen Davison, PhD, an equine nutritionist and director of equine technical solutions for Purina Animal Nutrition, in Gray Summit, Missouri.

“Both horses are incredibly talented elite athletes,” she says. “One just didn’t have enough energy to sustain the high-intensity workout and make that final big move to hold the cow.”

Nutrition in the form of fats and carbohydrates (sugars, starches) is the fuel that sustains performance. However, the body uses these energy sources differently depending on a workout’s duration and intensity. Take aerobic exercise, for instance: During this longer-lasting, lower-intensity work such as endurance riding, the muscle tissues use oxygen to convert fat into energy...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/174529/feeding-the-anaerobic-equine-athlete/

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Horse Race Without A Horse: How Modern Trail Ultramarathoning Was Invented

WBUR.org - Full Article or Listen

June 28, 2019
Karen Given

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the modern-day sport of trail ultramarathoning began 45 years ago when a man showed up to a 100-mile horse race — without a horse.

An ultramarathon is defined as anything longer than 26.2 miles. And it’s true — tens of thousands of people every year run 50, 100 and even 1,000 miles over rough terrain because of that man and his nonexistent horse.

But the story of ultramarathoning actually begins with another man — named Wendell Robie — and another horse.

The Western States 100

"Wendell's a little guy," says Gordon Ainsleigh, who most people call Gordy. "He's strong, he's wiry and he wears cowboy boots. Well, he doesn't anymore. He died in ’84."

Gordy was a friend of Wendell’s back in the day.

In 1954, Wendell was camping with the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association at Robinson Flat, 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe. Gordy recalls sitting around the campfire on the last night of the trip...

Read more or listen here:
https://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2019/06/28/ultramarathon-gordon-ainsleigh-western-states

Friday, June 28, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run

RunnersWorld.com - Full Article

A snowy winter will not detour the 2019 race. Here’s what to expect—and how you can follow along.


By PAIGE TRIOLA
JUN 27, 2019

The 2019 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which is known for being one of the hardest races in the country, will begin on June 29.

Past winners Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter will be back to challenge for victory again this year.

You can follow along with the race with live updates on ultralive.net, through Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, or by checking the live finish feed on the race’s Facebook page.

Known for being one of the most difficult organized running events in the country—and the oldest 100-mile trail race in the world—the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is a worthy challenge for any runner ambitious enough to take it on. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 race, its entry process, and what to expect from the course.

How to Watch the Western States Endurance Run

The 2019 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run will be held on Saturday, June 29, and runners will have until Sunday, June 30 to finish.

There are a few ways to follow along with the race, race director Craig Thornley told Runner’s World...

Read more at:
https://www.runnersworld.com/races-places/a28208082/how-to-watch-western-states-100-mile-endurance-run/

Help Gastric Ulcers with Frequent Feedings

KER.com - Full Article

June 6, 2019
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Many performance horses have ulcerations of the stomach that can hinder performance and well-being. Did you know that broodmares and lightly ridden horses are also at risk? According to veterinarians and researchers, one contributing factor to equine gastric ulcer syndrome, or EGUS, involves feeding management strategies, including lack of free feeding.

“Free feeding of performance horses or those maintained primarily in individual stalls is not a realistic option, compared to horses on pasture that will graze for 10-15 hours a day,” shared Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.

For most performance horses, simply offering more hay will not provide sufficient energy, necessitating the addition of a concentrate to the diet. Typically, these grain meals are offered twice daily.

One viable alternative to this feeding dilemma, according to a recently published study*, involves using an automated feeder programmed to deliver 20 small grain meals spread over a 24-hour period...

Read more at:
https://ker.com/equinews/help-gastric-ulcers-with-frequent-feedings/?partner=ker&utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=be6fee2903-KER_Equinews_062619&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-be6fee2903-11166

Monday, June 24, 2019

Heather Wallace Releases New Book, Girl Forward, about Her Travels to Mongolia

June 19 2019

Girl Forward is the tale of one woman’s adventures traveling to work for an equestrian event in Mongolia. Heather Wallace is an unlikely adventurer and a timid rider. A mother of three and a small business owner, she has little time to explore the world the way she did in her younger years. When the opportunity arose to work for The Gobi Desert Cup, an endurance horse race in Mongolia, she took a risk learning about herself and changing her life forever.


“You did what? Where?”

When I tell people I traveled to Mongolia to photograph a horse race, there is often confusion. Even my friends and family struggled to understand.

I was a mother of three struggling to build a business for myself. However, when I had the opportunity to travel across the world for several weeks away from everything and everyone I loved, I jumped at the chance and left it all behind for a while.

The Gobi Desert Cup, an endurance horse race over 480 kilometers in six days, on Mongolian horses sought a writer and photographer to attend their event, and that was going to be me.

I don’t camp, I don’t typically take risks, and I don’t speak Mongolian. I never doubted for a second that I needed to be part of this experience. I knew from the very start this would be a journey of self-discovery.

I didn’t know it would change my life.”

Already a winner of the Reader’s Favorite 5-Star award, the critics note, “Heather Wallace’s love of animals, especially horses, is clearly shown throughout Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia, with her enthusiasm for the Mongolian breed being contagious. The hazards of the adventure and the difficulties (including the security screening problems at Beijing Airport) encountered in reaching and returning from the destination (Ulaanbaatar) should sound familiar to many a seasoned traveler.”


Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia

By Heather Wallace

Published by Water Horse Press

Copyright 2019, All rights reserved.

$7.99 US Kindle Ebook; $16.99 US Paperback

Publication date: June 19, 2019. Available for purchase at:

https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Forward-Unlikely-Adventure-Mongolia-ebook/dp/B07RSXZ1NK/



About the Author

Heather Wallace is a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist working with animals by day and writing about them by night. She is known for her blog about confidence at The Timid Rider.

Her first book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses, was a 2017 Literary Selection for the Equus Film Festival and is a humorous look at the excuses we tell ourselves why we can’t ride that day. Her second book, Confessions of a Timid Rider, details her insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate equestrian and writer. It was both an Amazon #1 Hot New Release and won the Equus Film Festival Winnie Award for Non-Fiction.

Heather wears many hats and is exceptionally proud to be an example to her three daughters of a woman who follows her passion and takes risks. Heather is every woman who decided to leave her fears behind and do what she loves.

In her spare time, of which she has little, she spends her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and pony.

Follow her on social media @timidrider or at timidrider.com. Please contact Heather if you would like a review copy, or you are interested in an interview.


About The Gobi Desert Cup

Co-founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a 480-kilometer equestrian adventure through the Gobi Desert, riding Mongolian horses every day for six days over 50 miles. This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine endurance while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Officials: Increased Risk for WNV in California Horses Near Wildfire Zones

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Butte County public health officials say they’re concerned about an increased number of mosquitoes capable of transmitting WNV due to late-season rainstorms and more breeding sites in the 2018 Camp Fire burn zone.

Posted by Edited Press Release | May 31, 2019

California public health officials are encouraging owners to vaccinated horses against West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne illness transmitted to animals and people via a bite from an infected mosquito. In 2018, there were 11 confirmed cases of WNV in California horses. Six of the affected horses (54.5%) died or were euthanized.

Butte County Public Health and the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced May 29 that they’re concerned about an increase in the number of mosquitoes capable of transmitting WNV in Butte County due to late-season rainstorms and more mosquito breeding sites in the Camp Fire burn zone.

In Butte County, WNV season runs June through October, the groups said...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/173543/officials-increased-risk-for-wnv-in-california-horses-near-wildfire-zones/

Equine Electrolyte Supplements: Three Tips

KER.com - Full Article

July 18, 2018 By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

The sweat that froths and drips from your horse is laced with electrolytes. Profound electrolyte losses occur in exercising horses, often necessitating an electrolyte supplement for optimal athletic performance. Which supplement should you choose, and how much should you offer to ensure electrolytes are being adequately replaced?

“Electrolyte supplements help replace ions lost in sweat during exercise, predominantly sodium, chloride, potassium, and magnesium. Those ions play important roles in an extensive array of metabolic processes, including those involved in nerve and muscle function, and the flow of nutrients into and waste products out of cells,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist...

Read more here:
https://ker.com/equinews/equine-electrolyte-supplements-three-tips/?utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c889f961f5-Focus_on_Electrolytes&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-c889f961f5-11166

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Long Haul: Traveling Long-Distances With Horses

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A U.S. Equestrian Team veterinarian who has overseen the shipping of horses to six Olympic Games shares what steps to take before, during, and after a long-distance trailer ride.

Posted by Alayne Blickle | Jun 12, 2019

Steps to take before, during, and after a long-distance trailer ride

Sarah Burris bought a lovely young cowhorse from Idaho in an online sale. There was only one problem: She lives in North Carolina and needed to ship the filly across the country to get her home. The filly was sensitive and not a good eater to begin with, says Burris. As a result, she arrived underweight, depressed, slightly dehydrated, and sporting a snotty nose.

Many owners ship horses all over the country these days, whether to attend competitions or relocate. Some haul their horses themselves, while others hire carriers to do the job.

Regardless of who’s behind the steering wheel, long trailer rides are associated with many stresses, including temperature extremes and humidity, flies and other insects, air quality issues, and potential exhaustion, dehydration, and disease exposure. So what should you do if you are preparing a horse for a long haul?...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/158895/the-long-haul-traveling-long-distances-with-horses/

Not Your Average Equine Ulcer

Thehorse.com - Full Article

Gastric disease develops most commonly in the squamous region, when stomach acid splashes onto that vulnerable area of tissue. Why it develops in the glandular region—and how to prevent and treat it—is less clear. In the June 2019 issue of The Horse, five researchers discuss what we do know about equine glandular gastric disease. Read an excerpt now.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Jun 4, 2019

What scientists are learning about the recently defined equine glandular gastric disease

Gastric ulcers are nearly ubiquitous in our domestic equine population. We know they plague anywhere from 50% to 90% of horses, particularly performance horses. But not all ulcers are created equal. In the past few years researchers officially split gastric disease into two categories: squamous, affecting the upper portion of the horse’s stomach, and glandular, a nonulcerative condition affecting the lower. Gastric disease develops most commonly in the squamous region, when stomach acid splashes onto that vulnerable area of tissue. Why it develops in the glandular region—and how to prevent and treat it—is less clear.

At the 2018 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, five researchers discussed what we do know about equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD). Here are their key takeaways...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/173644/not-your-average-equine-ulcer/

Friday, June 21, 2019

Levels of a protein in Endurance horses could point to overtraining – study

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

June 21, 2019 Horsetalk.co.nz

The measurement of serum amyloid A in the blood of Endurance horses might be a useful indicator of overtraining, the findings of a study suggest.

Serum amyloid A is an acute-phase protein made mostly in the liver. It has several roles, including the recruitment of immune cells to areas of inflammation.

Olga Witkowska-Piłaszewicz and her colleagues, writing in the journal Animals, said sport training in horses led to adaptations linked to physical effort that are reflected by the changes in blood parameters.

Blood testing is accepted as a support tool in the training of endurance horses, the study team from Poland said...

Read more here:
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2019/06/21/levels-protein-endurance-horses-overtraining-study/

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Electrolytes Vital for Performance Horses

KER.com - Full Article

June 2, 2017
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

More than one horse owner has asked herself this simple question, “Why don’t feed manufacturers put electrolytes in feed specifically designed for performance horses?” According to Joe Pagan, Ph.D., founder and owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), this is a reasonable question but one that is easily answered.

“A horse’s energy requirement stays the same during consistent work,” explained Pagan, “but sweat losses change with weather, work intensity, and other factors. Horse owners need to be able to easily adjust the amount of electrolyte given based on sweat production.”

The two most common questions Pagan addresses about electrolyte supplements include what type of product is best and how much electrolyte should be fed.

In selecting a product, Pagan advocates simplicity. “Pick an electrolyte that is salty. A lot of electrolytes are full of sugar. The horse may love it, but it doesn’t have a lot of electrolyte in it,” he said. “Look at the label, find one that has sodium, chloride, and potassium as the primary ingredients...”

Read more here:
https://ker.com/equinews/electrolytes-vital-performance-horses/?utm_source=KER+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c889f961f5-Focus_on_Electrolytes&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0d95781dfc-c889f961f5-11166

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Got Healthy Hooves? Here’s How to Keep Them That Way

TheHorse.com - Full Article

Posted by Heather Smith Thomas | May 22, 2019

Consider the big picture, from farrier care and diet to environment and genetics, when working to keep horse hooves healthy
My horse is barefoot. And sound. And his feet look pretty great, if you ask me. What can I do to keep them this way? Are there special products I should be using or certain ways I should be managing them? What if someday he needs shoes?

These are just a few of the many questions horse owners ask about their horses’ feet. They’ve heard about or have managed less-ideal feet, so it’s only natural to want to keep things going the way they are and stave off problems. We gathered advice from two farriers on how to have the healthiest of hooves, with or without shoes.

Paul Goodness, CJF, a farrier at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s (VMCVM) Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, in Leesburg, Virginia, says horses’ feet are fairly resilient and can adapt to many conditions, but sometimes they need a little help. Travis Burns, CJF, TE, EE, FWCF, assistant professor of practice and chief of farrier services at the VMCVM, agrees, and says horse owners can do many things to help their horses maintain healthy hoof capsules...

Read more here:
https://thehorse.com/19088/got-healthy-hooves-heres-how-to-keep-them-that-way/

Pony Express riders arrive at Fort Churchill, Carson City, Genoa and Tahoe this Wednesday

CarsonNow.org - Full Article

Submitted by Jeff Munson on Sun, 06/16/2019

Imagine you live in the year 1860 with vast wilderness, wide-open plains and high desert between Missouri and California. You're one of the chosen riders on top of a horse with a mochila strapped on your saddle, navigating along the trail where unknown dangers may be ahead.

You're not on a leisure trip, you're one of a team of boys and young men traveling 1,966 miles in 10 days on horseback, delivering mail to and from the West.

Even though the Pony Express lasted just 18 months (having been replaced by the transcontinental telegraph line that started just 10 weeks after the Pony Express began), the lore and legend live on. In its short history, the Pony Express has become synonymous with the Old West. In the era before easy mass communication, the Pony Express was the thread that tied East to West...

Read more here:
https://www.carsonnow.org/story/06/16/2019/pony-express-riders-arrive-fort-churchill-carson-city-genoa-and-tahoe-wednesday?fbclid=IwAR2qJoMGSbTM_1PRcvHGsLm5kkZe5-vi72xsJAfJNhekrsAjRbcIpbqYn48

Saturday, June 15, 2019

USEF and ADS Unable to Reach Agreement After Initial Affiliate Agreement Concludes

USEF.org

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 11, 2019, 10:30 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - In January of 2017, the USEF terminated its relationship with the American Driving Society (ADS) because that organization was unwilling to reach an agreement regarding its responsibilities as the Recognized Affiliate for the Driving discipline. In May of 2017, the ADS and USEF were able to reach agreement on key issues including competition licensing, licensed officials, anti-doping efforts and a continued commitment to work together to grow the driving discipline. These efforts resulted in the reinstatement of ADS as the Recognized Affiliate until the end of November 2018, at which point the two organizations would meet again to determine the path forward and renew the Affiliate Agreement.

Unfortunately, after the initial Affiliate Agreement expired, and despite continued negotiating through repeated extensions of the Agreement, the two organizations could not come to an agreement and have agreed it is in the best interest of both organizations to part ways. As the current Agreement is expired, this decision is effective immediately.

“Recognized Affiliate Association status offers significant benefits, but also comes with great responsibility,” stated USEF Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney. “Relationships between the USEF and its Recognized Affiliates must be mutually beneficial in order to best serve the needs of the horses, athletes and the sport of equestrian. In today’s environment, there are higher requirements to ensure fairness and safety, added scrutiny, and increased exposure associated with operating as an amateur sports organization and this can create challenges. USEF is uniquely positioned to assist our Affiliates in meeting those challenges so we can all enjoy a safe environment.”

Moroney continued: “We recently met with ADS leadership and developed several proposals regarding competition licensing, licensed officials, alignment of rules and anti-doping for presentation to the ADS Board of Directors. We are very disappointed that the ADS Board of Directors was unwilling to accept these proposals required to keep our environment safe and fair, despite USEF’s best efforts to be flexible regarding their Affiliate concerns. Ultimately, however, USEF cannot compromise on protecting our athletes, ensuring the welfare of our horses and maintaining the integrity of our sport.”

USEF continues to work with organizers and competitors to make certain athletes at every level have access to the competitive opportunities and resources needed to hone their talents. USEF is committed to the continued development of the sport of driving and will immediately begin a process to replace the ADS with a new Recognized Affiliate for driving.