Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Transitioning from Summer to Fall - What Should I Consider with Impaction Colic in Horses?

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September 24, 2020

Fall is approaching and with it, cooler weather and a shift in pasture availability and moisture content. When temperatures start to decrease, some horses have a tendency to drink less; coupled with eating less moisture dense pasture and more dry hay, this transition can sometimes bring on impaction colic. Diagnosed early, impaction colic usually can be treated and resolved without surgery.


Impaction colic is a drying out of intestinal contents causing a blockage in the horse’s gut. The large intestine twists and turns and has several changes of direction and diameter. These “corners” can be position for impactions, where a firm mass of feed or foreign material blocks the intestine. Impactions can be induced by coarse feed stuff, dehydration or accumulation of foreign material, like sand. Other management changes such as feed changes or decreases in exercise and water intake and long-term use of NSAIDs can also increase the risk for impactions colic.


The usual signs of approaching impaction colic are...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Road to the Tevis Cup, Post # 11: (Not) riding in smoke from wildfires - Jessica Black

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September 18, 2020 / Jessica Black

Fantazia’s endurance training has been put on hold due the the insane fire activity in California (and much of the West coast). Riding in smoke from wildfires is a bad idea. When I got up Sunday morning, I thought I had escaped the worst of it. I had gone to Paso Robles to train in the deep sand of a riverbed (see my post on Conditioning in Deep Sand), and I extended my stay because Paso was one of the few places in California that did not have dangerous air quality.

Then on Sunday, as I was getting ready to go on a ride with my friend Laurie, I received a voluntary evacuation notice from the Tulare County Emergency Alert system. That was for where I live with my boyfriend. After an intense exchange of texts with my brother and mother, I determined that they were on mandatory evacuation. I had my boyfriend’s truck and trailer. My family needed me (my son texted as much). I didn’t want to get blocked out, if the situation worsened. I headed home. The Sequoia Complex fire

The Sequoia Complex Fire (SQF) is actually two fires. The Castle Fire started in the Golden Trout Wilderness (destroying my plan to ride in Shake Camp to Maggie Lakes). The Shotgun Fire started just south of Sequoia National Park. Now they have joined and are consuming much of Sequoia National Park. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are the land of giant sequoias, below the timberline. And a lot more, peaks, lakes...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The benefits of active rest

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Biomechanics expert Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, explains why periodically changing up your horse’s activities can be better for his body and mind than giving him time off.

UPDATED:SEP 21, 2020

In Australia we have a saying that goes, “A change is as good as a spell.” It means that if you are feeling tired, don’t stop and rest---do something different. Now, if you’re exhausted from cleaning stalls, switching to cleaning water buckets probably doesn’t sound particularly restful, but the “change is good” principle is worth keeping in mind when training horses.

Developing new skills, whether they are needed to succeed in compe-tition or to simply perform well as a trail or pleasure horse, does require a bit of work. And the best route often involves drills designed to produce incremental improvements in movement, gait or fitness with each session. It then becomes easy to adopt a mindset that makes meeting goals the priority while minimizing other considerations.

“Riders want to practice and refine their skills, and they are probably worried about disrupting the training program if they do anything but formally train,” says Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, FRCVS, who held the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University for 17 years. “So every day they go into the arena, perform the same routine, then take the horse back to the stall.”

This kind of routine can take a toll on a horse, both mentally and physically...

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Can Wildfire Ash Make Pastures Unsafe for Horses to Eat?

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Horse owners are rightfully concerned about their horses’ lung health after wildfire smoke exposure. But can the smoke and ash also affect their pastures and forage?

Posted by Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor | Sep 21, 2020

Q: Our sidewalks here in California are black with the ash from nearby fires. I’ve found information about air quality’s impact on lungs, but what about the quality of or dangers inherent in pasture grasses where ash has settled? Is it harmful for horses to consume? How does it taste? Is it bitter? We can substitute feeding hay in the barn for just so long, and it won’t rain until October at best. Help!

A: This is a great question given how many horse owners in the Western states are finding themselves dealing with ash in their horses’ environment. I have a number of friends in Northern California and Oregon who are reporting a blanket of ash over the plants in their yards, and obviously this ash is also accumulating on pastures and stacks of hay and around the barns where horses are kept. Many of us have read the warnings about looking after our horses’ lung health during the poor air quality these wild fires cause; however, the question remains, is it safe for horses to graze pastures or other forages that might result in the consumption of ash?...

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Virtual Bookstore Launches for Horse Lovers

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By Heather Wallace - September 2, 2020

To highlight the community of equine authors and reach readers who love horses, the Bookstore for Horse Lovers has been launched. Featuring both independently and traditionally published authors, the virtual bookstore is a unique platform dedicated to promoting authors of horse books. Readers may search authors in the following categories of featured, fiction, and non-fiction; read official author biographies; follow authors on social media; and click to websites where they can purchase each author’s books...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Oregon: Unprecedented Wildfires Force Equine Evacuations

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Horsemen and women in the state scrambled to evacuate as emergency facilities quickly reached capacity by Tuesday.

Posted by Stacy Pigott | Sep 10, 2020

Oregon is the latest state to be under siege by wildfires, as high temperatures and strong winds have fanned the flames of more than 35 active fires that have destroyed more than 5 million acres as of Thursday morning, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

The fires spread relentlessly across Western Oregon from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Coast, a region not accustomed to extreme wildfire activity. Horsemen and women in the area scrambled to evacuate, and emergency facilities quickly reached capacity by Tuesday, the day Governor Kate Brown declared a national emergency and said during a press briefing the fires could lead to the greatest loss of property and human lives in state history...

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Monday, September 14, 2020

The Love of Horses

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September 10 2020

Fresh air and sleeping under the stars. Life doesn’t get much better – or simpler – than that.

And the opportunity to be involved in the enthralling challenge of endurance horse-riding was an offer too good to pass up.

Here was the chance to better understand the remarkable bond between horse and rider.

To see the love and trust that is forged between them over the many hours needed to complete the course.

And that’s the challenge – to complete the course while ensuring both horse and rider stay fit and healthy from start to finish.

It was overcast on the Saturday morning with some light rain as I drove out from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to the Mary Valley and Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Centre at Imbil...

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Leg Blowup: Cellulitis

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Act quickly to defeat this microbial infection whose hallmark sign is a ‘stovepipe leg.’


Your horse was fine when you left him in his stall last night, but this morning he’s moping in a corner, reluctant to step out. It doesn’t take you long to see the problem—from hoof to well above the hock, his left hind leg is swollen to twice its normal width.

That extreme swelling can be a hallmark of cellulitis, a condition that can be life-threatening in horses. “It should be treated the day you observe it, before the sun goes down,” says Emma Adam, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM, DACVS, at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky. In this article, Dr. Adam helps explain what you need to know about cellulitis.

Cellulitis and its close cousin lymphangitis produce similar signs, and both are caused by microbial infections...

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Algae in Horse Water Troughs: Is It Safe?

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Q: For most of the year my horses live out full time on pasture. In the summer their water trough grows a lot of algae. Is it okay for them to drink from the trough when it has algae, and what can I do to stop it growing?

A: Algae in troughs is a common problem once temperatures start to rise. To grow, algae need water, sunlight, and a nutrient source. Nutrients can come from organic material that has blown into the trough, manure, or even your horse’s saliva.

While most algae don’t pose a direct health concern, certain types of blue-green algae release toxins that can lead to colic and diarrhea. Additionally, a lot of algae might make the water less desirable to your horse and lead to reduced water intake. Keeping algal blooms to a minimum in your troughs is therefore a smart idea. Here are some solutions:...

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Feeding Horses During Disasters

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September 02, 2020

Horses are routine animals and there are known rules we all abide by when feeding our horses, and one of those is to avoid making rapid feeding changes as this can upset the hindgut microbiome and cause diarrhea and gastric upset. Unfortunately, there are sometimes circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters. Flood, wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes are common natural disasters that occur throughout the United States. These events can require sudden evacuation and, in turn, rapid changes in the horse’s diet.

When it comes to your horse’s nutrition, here are a few suggestions:...

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Study: Omeprazole Reduces Calcium Digestibility in Horses

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While omeprazole use is unlikely to cause bone issues in horses consuming correct rations, researchers said it’s important to respect professional recommendations for both omeprazole treatment duration and commercial feeding instructions.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | May 24, 2020

Feeding horses treated with omeprazole a well-balanced concentrate ration can ensure they receive enough calcium to make up for any deficiencies the ulcer medication could potentially cause. Researchers have found that horses treated for gastric ulcers could be getting less calcium into the bloodstream than they would normally. Depending on the calcium source, horses treated with omeprazole (such as GastroGard, the FDA-approved medications for the treatment and prevention of equine gastric ulcers) could be digesting 15-20% less calcium than when they’re not on omeprazole.

Over prolonged treatment periods, this could lead to deficiencies if the horse isn’t consuming adequate amounts of calcium, said Joe Pagan, PhD, founder of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), in Versailles...

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Introducing Pack-Burro Racing: Get Your Ass in Gear!

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Think you've seen it all when it comes to horse sports? How about the official Heritage Sport of Colorado - a human/burro marathon with a Triple Crown!

By: Kim Izzo | September 2, 2020

If you think you’ve heard or seen everything when it comes to horse sports, think again. We came across this video of a pack-burro race in Colorado:

But lest you picture these hard-working animals being ridden at a gallop along a well-groomed track, what sets this sport apart from other horse races is that it’s not only the four-hooved creature that is doing the running. In pack-burro racing the humans must run alongside the burro, or lead it, or as is the case in the video, run behind.

Pack-burro racing isn’t some weird fringe sport either; it’s actually the Official State Summer Heritage Sport of Colorado, and was designated as such in 2012. The sport made its official debut in 1949 and is inclusive, allowing men and women to compete equally like in other equestrian events. In fact, the first ever female competitor of a pack-burro race was in 1951. Her name was Edna Miller and she made history by being the first American woman to compete in a marathon – burro or no burro...

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Happy Trails Podcast: Riding and Packing with Robert Eversole

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August 29 2020

Robert Eversole is the creator of Trailmeister, an online guide to trails and horse camps around North America. He created www.trailmeister.com over a decade ago after dealing with the frustration of scouting trailheads when no information was available.

With over 3,700 trails listed, the site continues to grow. Users contribute trail information, GPS tracks, and photos of their local favorites.

Robert frequently rides and packs into the back country with his horses and mules. He is passionate about sharing information and passing along the knowledge he has acquired over the years.

He has written a plethora of articles relating to trail riding; many of which have been featured in horse magazines. They are available on his website. His YouTube channel also contains many great how-to videos. Additionally, Robert teaches clinics on packing and riding in the back country where attendees can get hands-on experience.

Happy Trails!


Monday, August 31, 2020

Never Get Lost on the Trail

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Follow these simple steps to get back on track if you lose your bearings on a trail outing.

UPDATED:MAR 10, 2017

Some people are blessed with an innate directional sense; blindfold them and drop them off in the woods, and they'll find their way out in no time. Others become disoriented in shopping malls. If you fit into the latter category, you're not going to get into trouble on a single trail that loops back and delivers you to the starting point. Yet even seasoned trail users can get turned around on poorly marked tracks or become disoriented when forced off familiar ground by an unanticipated obstruction along the way. You have to have a rudimentary understanding of navigation and remain keenly observant of natural and/or man-made trail landmarks in order to keep your bearings.

"I find that people tend to get lost when they rely on someone else," says Montana wilderness rider Dan Aadland. "For example, you plan to head back separately after lunch, but you weren't paying attention because you were following someone else. Then it's easier to get lost..."

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Supplements for Endurance Horse in Training?

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My 16-hand (163-cm) Anglo-Arabian is in good weight for his sport, just below optimal body condition. He’s in training year-round for competitive endurance riding, working towards 100-mile rides. He’s fed 2 lb (0.9 kg) of senior feed, 1 lb (0.45 kg) unmolassed beet pulp pellets, 0.5 lb (0.23 kg) whole flaxseed, 1 lb (0.45 kg) timothy pellets, one flake (3 lb, 1.4 kg) of quality hay, and free grazing. He was diagnosed with insulin resistance and hypothyroidism two years ago, but we manage that with diet control and exercise. Other than this, his health seems fine except for some hoof issues. He’s been a bit lackluster under saddle lately. I am worried about his electrolyte balance as we begin to step up the distance. I use a combination of electrolyte and homemade lipid-coated salt, but I would like to know more about calcium, magnesium, and selenium in relation to our region and supplementation.

Your current feeding program is not providing sufficient quantities of certain trace minerals–namely selenium, copper, and zinc–to meet recommendations for endurance horses...

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Capturing horses with a drone

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Feral populations of horses often roam over extensive areas. When it becomes necessary to confine them for management purposes – for contraceptive treatment, for example - it becomes necessary to round them up.

Current methods of trapping are based on chasing the animals into a corralled area – often using helicopters.

Is there another way? A less stressful, less expensive, and safer alternative? Sue McDonnell and Catherine Torcivia, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center, believe that there is...

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Feeding the Foot: Nutrition of Equine Hoof Health

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Two equine nutritionists shed light on the do’s and don’ts of feeding your horse for strong and healthy hooves. Read an excerpt of this article from the August 2020 issue of The Horse here.

Posted by Lucile Vigouroux | Aug 22, 2020

How to feed your horse for strong and healthy hooves

Nutrition impacts everything from performance and temperament to growth and metabolic rate. Hoof quality is no exception. It can take up to a year for a full new hoof to grow, so what your horse eats today could impact his soundness much further down the road. In this article two equine nutritionists—Lynn Taylor, PhD, and Ashley Wagner, PhD—shed light on the do’s and don’ts of feeding for optimal hoof health.

The Recipe for Healthy Hooves

Your horse’s diet plays a crucial role in the quality and durability of the horn that makes up his hooves. Horses require certain nutrients in specific amounts and ratios to grow and maintain strong hooves. However, even the perfect diet is not enough by itself to grow good feet—­several other factors come into play...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Wildfire Season and Feeding Horses for Lung Health

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Smoky air makes breathing difficult and can exacerbate equine asthma. Learn how to support your horse’s respiratory health via nutrition and reduce airway irritants during fire season.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Aug 24, 2020

Q. I live in an area plagued by wildfires. Thankfully, we haven’t been directly impacted, but we have experienced very low air quality. I always worry about my horses’ health, because they’re in stalls breathing unfiltered air. Is there anything nutritionally I can do that might help protect them?

A. Having lived in Northern California for many years during large wildfires, I understand your concerns firsthand. A horse’s respiratory system is the main limiter of performance.

While it’s possible to improve cardiac function and muscle mass, as well as the strength and skill to perform certain expectations, the respiratory system cannot be greatly improved through exercise. The ability to transfer oxygen across lung membranes into the bloodstream sets the upper limit on how much oxygen is available to reach muscle tissues. Muscles need oxygen to metabolize fuel stores of fats and carbohydrates using aerobic metabolism...

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

A different kind of endurance race

Howard Reid, of Barre, astride the winning horse, Halcyon. Vermont Historical Society

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August 22 2020
By Paul Heller For Weekend Magazine

From the Boston Marathon to the Indianapolis 500, endurance and strength have always been celebrated. Even in the bygone age of horse power, a stress test to find the best horse and rider was first staged by the Morgan Horse Club of New England in a feat of stamina and survival for Vermont horsemen and their mounts.

The “Endurance Ride of 1913” followed a route that started in Northfield and made its way through Waterbury, Stowe, Hardwick, St. Johnsbury, Wells River and concluded in White River Junction – a distance of 154 miles. The route took two days – Sept. 16-17 – and was the focus of every equestrian in New England.

The Vermont Horse and Bridle Trail Bulletin called this event “the first test in America of weight carrying over long distances.” This occasion also marks the beginning of the endurance ride as a sport, and it was a Norwich University cadet from Barre who won this first-ever public competition.

Developed by the U.S. Cavalry as a way to grade military mounts, the “Endurance Ride” became a way for breeders to establish favorable bloodlines and for equestrians to establish bragging rights...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Did You Know: Equine Gastric Ulcers Impact Stride Length

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Reduced performance, including a shorter stride length, is likely a consequence of pain caused by equine gastric ulcers.

Posted by Edited Press Release | Aug 19, 2020

No matter the discipline in which you compete, your horse’s stride length is important. Longer strides can mean faster times, bigger jumps, and prettier movement. To get that edge, horse owners often focus on conditioning and joint health. Another key area to focus on is digestive health, specifically with regard to equine gastric ulcers.

The way performance horses are commonly fed, along with the stress of training, showing and traveling, causes acid levels to rise past the glandular portion of the horse’s stomach, leading to ulcers. That pain from sores on the stomach wall can cause your horse’s performance to suffer. Two out of three performance horses have stomach ulcers, and a study has shown that horses with ulcers have a shorter stride length than those without...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Study: Transportation Related to Equine Gastric Ulcers

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Italian and Australian researchers investigated the relationship between transportation, gastric pH, and gastric ulcers. The team was surprised by some of the results.

Posted by Casie Bazay, NBCAAM | Aug 14, 2020

Veterinarians and scientists have long suspected a relationship between transport and gastric ulceration in horses, but until recently little data existed to support this association. However, a team of Italian and Australian researchers, has now found some definitive answers.

“We carried out a survey entitled ‘Horse Transport Issues and Management,’ and we found an association between transportation and stomach ulcers,” said Barbara Padalino, DVM, PhD, associate professor of animal science in the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences at University of Bologna...

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Friday, August 14, 2020

7 Rules for Buying a Horse

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Dr. David Ramey
August 12, 2020

I have had the opportunity to conduct a lot of presale/prepurchase exams. You know, the exam that you’re almost obliged to schedule prior to making one of the most important purchases (in terms of time and money commitment) in your life. And, honestly, I’m absolutely flabbergasted at what goes on in the sales process.

I mean, I do think that having some sort of an examination done on the horse that you’re intending to buy is fairly important (an examination on the horse: your significant other might think that you need to get your head examined), and especially for someone who is relatively inexperienced in the process. However, there’s quite a bit of nonsense that can go on during the process of buying a horse.

This is not a “how to” when it comes to prepurchase exams—there are probably as many ways to do these exams as there are people to do them. Instead, let’s see what we can do to help put you—and keep you—in charge of the process.

Here are seven rules to live by, when it comes to buying a horse...

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Founder vs. Laminitis

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A lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?

Posted by Bryan Fraley, DVM | Aug 5, 2020

Q:I hear a lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?–Alyson, via email

A:That’s a more difficult question to answer than you might expect...

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Feeding the Ulcer-Prone Horse

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Learn how to craft a diet for the horse with painful lesions in his stomach.

Posted by Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS | Aug 3, 2020

How to craft a diet for the horse with painful lesions in his stomach Which horses would you traditionally consider “ulcer-prone”? Racehorses in training? Western pleasure horses showing competitively on the American Quarter Horse Association circuit? Pony Clubbers’ games ponies? Injured horses on stall rest? Truth is, you could be right with any one of these.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) can plague any age, breed, or sex, and the risk factors are many—certain types of training and exercise, nutrition, feeding practices, and stabling, to name a few. Let’s take a look at one very important aspect of preventing and managing ulcers: diet...

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United States ‘Space Force’ Horse Patrols California Coastline

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Ghost the mustang joins four Quarter Horses at the Vandenberg Airforce Base as part of the Military Working Horse law enforcement unit.

By: Kim Izzo | July 30, 2020

When the United States Space Force was launched in February 2019, it created a new division of the military to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. With such a futuristic name, and a mission that’s out of this world, you might be surprised to learn that the branch’s latest recruit isn’t a computer genius or military mind at all; instead, the latest addition to the Space Force is a horse, of course.

His name is Ghost, a mustang. Ghost joins four Quarter Horses at the Vandenberg Airforce Base in California as part of the Military Working Horse law enforcement unit. The base is home to the 30th Space Wing and supports West Coast launch activities for the Air Force, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The “Wing” also is the site of launches for disposable space vehicles like the Atlas V, Taurus and the aptly named Pegasus, among others...

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Emergency Shoe Removal for Horses

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A nearly lost shoe should stop a rider cold because it can expose horses to foot injuries ranging from nail punctures to sole bruising. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them can help you remove a shoe safely when a farrier isn’t available.

Posted by Pat Raia | Jul 29, 2020

Having the right tools and knowing how to use them can help you remove a shoe safely when a farrier isn’t available.
Donald Brockman, DVM, can’t count the number of times he’s been flagged down by fellow trail riders whose horses’ shoes have been partially separated from their hooves. A nearly lost shoe should stop a rider cold because it can expose horses to foot injuries ranging from nail punctures to sole bruising. Therefore, it is critical to remove a nearly lost shoe completely as soon as possible.

“It’s one thing if you know there’s a farrier on the trail somewhere, but that’s not always the case,” says Brockman, who made his living as a farrier before earning his veterinary degree. “People should know how to pull a shoe in an emergency situation...”

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Travel Papers: Nuisance or Necessity?

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Learn how equine-travel documents protect your horse and get answers to commonly asked questions for equine-travel requirements.


I was digging through a box of papers the other day and came across a report I’d written in sixth grade: “EIA: Is Test and Slaughter the Answer?” I still remember writing the report, pondering the dilemma, and looking for solutions. I somehow grasped the importance of controlling the spread of a terrible, fatal disease in horses. That was 1972.

Fast-forward to today. I’ve been a practicing veterinarian for 30 years. And in that 30 years, I’ve never seen a positive Coggins test, the blood test that detects a horse’s antibodies to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

How can that be? Because, in fact, testing and “lifetime quarantine” did prove to be the answer. Does that mean EIA has been eradicated completely? No. But that does mean it’s been pretty well controlled—largely because of mandatory testing required for horses transported across state lines...

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Ride Like A Girl: An Inspiring True Story of Determination

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Horse lovers and racing fans alike are in for a treat when this exciting new film gallops into (home) theatres this August.

By: Kim Izzo | July 29, 2020

It’s been a long first half of 2020, and we’ve all been stuck at home watching way more Netflix and other television than we would normally. While thankfully many of us are now out riding our horses and picking up our lives as best we can, there is one more television movie worth checking out.

In August, the Australian film Ride Like A Girl is set to make its small-screen debut. Directed by Aussie actress and first-time director Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under), it’s the true story of Michelle Payne, a young woman who fulfills her dream of becoming a jockey and riding in the legendary Melbourne Cup. Payne suffered a horrific fall early in her career, fracturing her skull, which meant a lengthy recovery period. But after making a comeback and winning other races, she first rode in the historic, gruelling two-mile race in 2009, where she finished 16th in a field of 23.

In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first woman to win the race in its 155-year history, riding Prince of Penzance, a six-year-old gelding that she had developed a relationship with...

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Looking for room to roam? Try a ‘pack trip’

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Horseback journeys in the Wyoming wilderness offer a deep connection to nature.

Story and Photographs by Matt Stirn

I snapped awake in my sleeping bag as the day’s first light set fire to the granite peaks above our campsite. Deep in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, the air was frosty as I unzipped my tent and crawled outside. Across a meadow vibrant with wildflowers, I saw our horses look up from their morning graze.

“Breakfast is ready!” my dad called. Heath, our guide and a true Wyoming cowboy, handed me a tin cup of coffee and a plate of eggs and grilled trout that we had caught the day before. On this third morning of our weeklong wilderness pack trip, we had no pressing plans, and our only task was to watch the sun rising over the mountains. We would need the energy—later in the day we would hike to see a glacier along the Continental Divide.

The history of pack trips in the United States can be traced to the early 19th century, when explorers and trappers ventured west into the uncharted territory of the Rocky Mountains. Small strings of mules and horses were employed to help lessen the burden of carrying heavy equipment and supplies across great distances...

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Keeping a PPID Horse Cool During the Summer

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Horses with Cushing’s have a harder time regulating their body temperature and often sport longer coats. Dr. Jeanette Mero has recommendations for keeping those horses comfortable.

Posted by Jeanette "Jay" Mero, DVM | Jul 24, 2020


Friday, July 24, 2020

Third Generation Suffragist Rides for Women's Equality

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Lisa DeMasi
July 23, 2020

A long rider, according to the Long Rider’s Guild, is someone who has ridden more than 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.
Bernice Ende has ridden over 30,000 miles on horseback since 2005, by herself, across the U.S. and Canada. Her longest ride—traveling coast-to-coast and back, dating from 2014–2016—covered an epic 8,000 miles.

I first encountered the “Lady Long Rider” on the page.

As a book lover with a proclivity to read about women who have endeavored and achieved the impossible, I was drawn to her book, Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback. I quickly learned at the root of her long rides pursuit is the sentiment that her freedom to ride was won by the courageous suffragists, who over a hundred years ago, never gave up their fight for equality...

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Trail First-Aid for Horses

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Know what to do if your horse gets injured on the trail.

By Nancy S. Loving, DVM
March 1 2012

Some of the most memorable rides are those enjoyed on a quiet, remote trail. Nothing could be finer. Without a worry in sight, your mind roams free as you absorb the beauty of the day and connect with your horse. And then, disaster strikes.

Emergency Plan

When you are faced with a crisis out on the trail, your prime objective is to execute a quick fix until you can get in touch with a vet. Before you head off on any ride, make sure someone knows what trail you’ll be on, and don’t deviate from this plan. Have a charged cell phone in hand, a GPS unit if possible, clothing for all kinds of weather and a well-stocked first-aid kit. Here are some common scenarios you might encounter on the trail.

Bleeding Laceration

Trails are full of obstacles that threaten to inflict cuts and scrapes as your horse fails to clear sharp branches or rocks while negotiating tough terrain or crossing creeks. If this happens, dismount and assess the damages when it is safe to do so...

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

A Honey of a Wound Treatment

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Dr. David Ramey
July 13, 2020

There’s something really sweet that you might want to consider putting on your horse’s wound. Literally: sweet. You may have some in your kitchen—honey.

Honey is being investigated for its medicinal uses. It’s been used for a long time. There are reports of honey being used as medicine in ancient China. The Egyptians used it. Africans folk healers from Mali to Ghana used it (and still do). In fact, honey has drawn so much curiosity for its medicinal properties that there’s an entire honey research unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

I’m usually not very impressed by the, “This has been around for thousands of years,” line of reasoning when it comes to therapies. (I’m particularly unimpressed when it’s stated when it’s not true, such as with modern acupuncture, but that’s another story).

But here’s something really cool. When archaeologists were digging up ancient tombs in Egypt, you’ll never guess what they found (besides dust and statues and such). Honey. In sealed pots.Honey that was thousands of years old. Incredibly, the honey was completely preserved and unspoiled, even after all that time...

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Chief Joseph 100 Mile Challenge


Mon July 20 - Thu December 31, 2020
Anywhere, US


Anywhere, ID US 83660


The 2020 Chief Joseph Trail Ride was canceled thanks to COVID. We would have returned to Musselshell Meadow in August, where we ended in 2019, and ridden on to Lolo Pass, Lolo Trail and Motorway, Clearwater National Forest, Packers Meadows to Wendover Camp. Since we can't ride it physically, we CAN ride it virtually. And we have the Appaloosa Horse Club's blessing as we keep this ride alive in 2020. We can ride with friends in 2020 any place on any trails that we want, have some fun and raise some funds for the Chief Joseph Foundation. So saddle your horse or mule and ride, hook up your cart and drive, or put on your walking shoes and lead 100 miles. Since the idea is to get out and have fun you can walk, run or ride a bike too! Ride as many miles in a day as you like, anywhere, anytime. For this virtual event you can ride any horse or mule. Submit your mileage online. At the end of 100 miles you'll receive a cool printed bandana created especially for this event to celebrate your journey with your horse. We are trusting you to track your miles and all miles are on your honor. If you say you went 5 miles we believe you. It's easy to add miles online and track your progress, and you'll receive email links for this. You can register anytime, just allow yourself enough time to complete the challenge. 100 miles is so doable, ride a mile day, ride 3 days a week and add your miles, ride 20 times 5 miles each = FINISHED! Or however you would like to do it at your own pace of course! We'll begin collecting miles on July 20, this would have been our 2020 start date. It was going to be a 100 day challenge but that has been changed to allow more time as school will begin in August for many, cutting into riding time for a lot of people. The challenge will end Dec 31, 2020.

In addition, $5 of every entry will be donated to the Chief Joseph Foundation. Normally at the ride they have a raffle and other fundraisers. Last year Kirk Knowlton and Kristen Reiter raffled a saddle for the Foundation as a fundraiser. Let's help the kids of the Chief Joe Foundation and hope we all return to Musselshell next year to really ride!!

This event is a test run for a VIRTUAL 1300 Mile Challenge on Chief Joseph trail in the future. We have a LOT of details to work out so it can benefit future Chief Joseph Rides.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tying Up and Hydration: How to Get a Horse to Drink

Thehorse.com - Full Article

A reader’s horse who doesn’t like to drink when traveling recently tied up while running cross-country at an event. Our nutritionist offers advice to get the horse to hydrate in the future.

Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Jul 13, 2020

Q.​Recently my horse tied-up while running cross-country. This has happened before but not for well over a year. He’s not a good drinker while traveling and barely drank 15 gallons over three days, which actually is more than normal when away from home. My vet thinks the tying-up is most likely related to hydration. What can I do to get him drinking more?

A.Having a horse that won’t drink while traveling and staying away from home is both frustrating and concerning. It can be near impossible to make a horse drink, but the good news is there are some things you can try...

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Monday, July 13, 2020

What We Learn When Humans Race Against Horses

OutsideOnline.com - Full Article

The hotter it is, the closer we come to the ever elusive goal of besting the horse—which supports the evolutionary "born to run" hypothesis

Alex Hutchinson
Jul 12, 2020
Back in the summer of 1980, the barkeep of the Neuadd Arms Hotel in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells overheard two men arguing about one of those hypothetical questions that inevitably come up after a few pints of cwrw. Who would cover a long distance over mountainous terrain more quickly, they wondered: a human or a horse? The bartender, a man named Gordon Green, was intrigued—and the event he set up, a 22-mile challenge known as the Man Versus Horse Marathon, has been running annually ever since.

The answer, it turns out, is that horses are pretty clearly faster, at least under the conditions that Green created. Only twice in the race’s history has a human triumphed. The first time was in 2004, when Huw Lobb—a former college teammate of mine, as it happens—finished in 2:05:19 to edge out a horse named Kay Bee Jay by just over two minutes. Lobb was no slouch: he was a cross-country ace who ran a 2:14 marathon the following year. He collected a cool 25,000 British pounds (about $45,000 at the time), because the pot had been growing by 1,000 pounds a year since the race’s inception, waiting for the first human winner.

(Aside: that year’s edition of the race also featured the unveiling of a memorial to Screaming Lord Sutch, the founder of Britain’s Monster Raving Loony Party, who was the event’s official starter until his death in 1999. Now you know.)

Lobb’s victory came on a hot day, as did Florian Holzinger’s subsequent victory in 2007—a significant detail, according to a new study in the journal Experimental Physiology from Lewis Halsey of the University of Roehampton in Britain and Caleb Bryce of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. Halsey and Bryce gathered historical data from three endurance races that pit humans against horses, including the Man Versus Horse Marathon, to test the idea that humans are uniquely adapted to run for long distances in hot weather...

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THE STYLE EDIT Interviews International Endurance Horse Rider Amy McAuley

TheStyleEdit.com - Full Article

THE STYLE EDIT Editor Jenny Taggart talks childhood, training, travel and winning medals with International Endurance horse rider Amy McAuley from County Meath, Ireland

May 2020

THE STYLE EDIT: Would you say that a career in Equestrianism was always written in the stars for you?

I always hoped horses would be a major aspect of my life, as they are of strong significance on both sides of my family, but truthfully a career in Equestrianism was something I didn’t expect. For as long as I can remember, I have attended the RDS Dublin Horse Show every summer with my family and from a young age the sight of the top, world class horse-rider combinations competing on such technical courses was a major catalyst of inspiration for me. However, my parents were firm believers in prioritising academics and often reminded me it would be best to maintain horse riding as a hobby, which is what I did for many years, until Endurance provided me with the opportunity to balance both with ease.

TSE: Would you be so kind as to explain exactly what Endurance Racing is and how it differs from other forms of horse-racing?

Endurance Racing is a long-distance horse race, ranging from distances of 80km to 160km in any given day, across differing terrains depending on the country of context. For example, we race across the desert in the United Arab Emirates.
The races are comprised of a number of loops depending on its length. For example, a typical 120km race would be split into four loops, descending in distance, usually 40km, 36km, 28km and 16km. Between each loop there are compulsory vet checks for the horses, where they are analysed on attributes such as heart rate, soundness in gait and hydration before they are permitted to proceed to the next loop. The most technical aspect of the sport, is the overall time taken between finishing the loop to presenting the horse at the vet check, this is deemed the recovery time and determines the position you will depart on the next loop, usually influencing your overall fate in a race...

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Electrolyte Problems in Endurance Horses

July 12 2020

Electrolyte problems in the heat are directly proportional to sweat loss, so it makes perfect sense that horses working long periods are at greatest risk.  This puts the spotlight on endurance horses.

Equine sweat is a concentrated electrolyte solution. Chloride is the most abundant electrolyte in sweat, followed by sodium, then potassium, with much smaller amounts of calcium and magnesium. The daily requirement for sodium can double with just one hour of low level sweating.


Even at low rates of sweating the horse will lose over a gallon of fluid per hour - and up to 4 gallons per hour with heavy sweating. That's a lot of fluid!  The first consequence of this is dehydration. Since sodium lost in the sweat is needed to hold water in the body tissues, drinking water alone is not enough to correct the dehydration. Even mild dehydration has a major impact on the ability to perform.


Electrolyte losses triggered by exercise and sweating can produce a variety of temporary signs which respond to hydration and electrolyte replacement.  Normal levels are required for regular heart rhythm, intestinal motility, coordinated movements of involuntary muscles like the diaphragm, skeletal muscle contraction and relaxation and the regulation of nerve firing.


Endurance horses show some typical changes in their blood electrolyte profiles. Low chloride is common. As above, chloride is very high in sweat. They do not have good stores of chloride in the tissues to replace what is lost in sweat. Low potassium is more common than low sodium. This is because horses can pull sodium from the tissues surrounding the body's cells to keep blood levels up.  The kidney also conserves sodium by reducing sodium in the urine and replacing it with potassium.


Low potassium interferes with normal contraction of intestinal muscles, skeletal muscles and the heart. The loss of chloride also worsens these changes. In the body, negatively charged chloride and bicarbonate normally balance out positive charges. When chloride becomes too low, more bicarbonate is produced. The bicarbonate then binds up "free"/charged calcium and magnesium ions which in turn disrupts muscle and nerve activity.


The bottom line of course is that successful endurance activity requires careful attention to electrolyte intake. Hay/grass is an excellent source of potassium but chloride levels vary and sodium is extremely low. Plain salt (sodium chloride) is the first consideration, feeding 2 oz/day along with generous forage.


If the horse is on a ride or working more than 1 to 2 hours/day, add a balanced electrolyte replacement with roughly a 4:2:1 ratio of chloride:sodium:potassium. In other words, twice as much sodium as potassium and four times as much chloride as potassium. Once you find a balanced product, calculate a dose that provides 10 to 12 grams of sodium. You need one such dose for every hour worked over the 1 to 2 hour mark.


The above program is designed to prevent significant electrolyte losses. If the horse has already been working heavily without electrolyte support, a different formula could be beneficial in targeting the existing situation first.  Look for salt (sodium chloride) to be about double the level of potassium with magnesium about 1.5% and calcium 3%.


Correctly supplementing to provide optimal electrolyte support takes a little effort, but is well worth it.


Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers formulas that provide Electrolyte support.  


Pro Lyte pellets provide highly concentrated, low sugar electrolyte for everyday use.  Add to feed or water for fast results to maintain the balance and flow of vital body fluids and the healthy function of the muscles and circulatory system. Palatable apple-flavored source of Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, and Magnesium for use pre- and post-event.


Lyte Now is a convenient, full spectrum electrolyte paste designed to help replenish major electrolytes and trace minerals lost in sweat for horses under stress from summer heat, hard work, training, and physical activity. Supports proper mineral balance to maintain the circulation of vital body fluids and the transmission of nerve impulses pre- or post-event to promote an optimal competitive edge.


About Dr. Kellon

Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience.  Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.  www.ecirhorse.org
Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier.  On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances.  www.uckele.com.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Endurance riding is not for the fainthearted

ABC.net.au - Listen

On Breakfast with Sally Bryant

Forty five years ago, Allan Caslick saw a young woman working a horse and asked her what she was in training for; she replied she was an endurance rider and he was intrigued.

This weekend, his committee will host riders of all ages at The Rock, near Wagga in the Riverina.

Allan says there is something for everyone in the sport. The challenge of training a horse, the ability to pace yourself according to your fitness and ability, and the satisfaction of developing a true understanding and bond with your horse.

"It's all about finishing the event," he says.

"It's about finishing in your own time, with your horse fit and sound. That's where the satisfaction lies."

Duration: 11min 28sec
Broadcast: Wed 8 Jul 2020, 6:35am


Wednesday, July 01, 2020

In Case of Crash & Burn: Emergency First Aid For Riders

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

We all assume risk when we ride and work around our horses. But would you know what to do if the worst happens and someone, including yourself, falls off?

By: Kim Izzo | June 16, 2020
According to statistics, fractures account for 25-28% of all horse-related injuries in the US (we don’t have any recent Canadian stats, unfortunately), and concussions account for 9.5% of all show jumping injuries. Perhaps more surprising was that less experience meant a greater chance for falls and injuries, but the most experienced riders – and professionals – had the highest incidences of severe injury. Sadly, there was also a correlation between experience and lack of wearing a helmet; those who were professional horse trainers were least likely to wear a helmet when mounted.

Even if you’re a pleasure rider who just loves to go out on the trail for an hour or more, you should know what to do in an emergency. To help, we’ve created a list of rider survival tips that hopefully you’ll never need...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Not Your Average Equine Ulcer

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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. Five researchers discuss what we do know about equine glandular gastric disease.

Posted by Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor | Jun 28, 2020

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...

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Minimize Transport-Related Disease, Gastric Ulceration in Horses

KER.com - Full Article

March 13, 2020
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff

If you think that safely transporting horses, particularly over long distances, causes you strife, just imagine for a moment the stress your horse must feel. While many management strategies minimize stress and illness during and after transport, injuries, dehydration, and respiratory issues persist.

“Gastric ulceration occurs when horses experience stress, contributing to weight loss and changes in behavior and performance, and transport can certainly stir stress in many horses,” explained Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutrition advisor for Kentucky Equine Research.

Considering the nature of the industry, transport over long distances can rarely be avoided, especially for competition horses and many breeding horses. In an attempt to minimize transport stress and the associated health problems, veterinary researchers recently attempted to identify healthier ways to travel...

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Officer Barney: Always on Duty

HorseNetwork.com - Full Article

Emily Daily
June 25, 2020

It’s not often that a horse has had a million hands pet him throughout his lifetime, but for Officer Barney, a retired mounted police horse, that number is no exaggeration.
For 12 years, the 17-hand Belgian gelding was the lead horse for the Baltimore Mounted Police Unit (the oldest mounted police force* in the United States), but now at age 24, he’s enjoying a quieter life performing a different type of public service.

From Amish Country to the Big City

Barney’s tale begins on the outskirts of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he worked as the lead horse for a six-horse hitch on an Amish farm. Janine Gilley, a now-retired Baltimore City Police Officer, was hunting for a strong, steady horse to join the ranks of the city’s mounted unit and visited the farm to try out their horses. The horse she’d traveled to see didn’t pan out for the intended job, but something about Barney caught her eye—he seemed like just the type who’d fit in with her unit. She made the farmer an offer on his prized lead horse, and soon enough Barney was en-route to his new home in the city.

Barney had little riding experience, but it didn’t take long for him to master his new duties in Baltimore. At six years old, Barney was a quick learner and epitomized all the special qualities needed for the force: bravery, patience, and most importantly, a kind disposition...

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Volunteers Weigh In on New COVID-19 Protocols

USEventing.com - Full Article

June 24 2020
By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff

Since the USEA lifted the COVID-19 suspension on June 1, 2020, there have been 11 recognized events that have taken place across the country. Events such as Plantation Field, Waredaca, and Full Gallop Farm have been the pioneers for adapting to the new normal of eventing. Setting the standard high, these events have diligently followed the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan and have shown everyone how an event can run safely and smoothly. The success of these events is due largely in part to having strong volunteers.

Many dedicated volunteers have come back to work including John Bandrofchak, a cross-country timer at Full Gallop, Skip Simmons, a show jumping steward at Waredaca, and Susan Hart, a dressage scribe at Waredaca. Last week, the USEA featured Plantation Field and this week, volunteers from Waredaca in Laytonsville, Maryland and Full Gallop in Aiken, South Carolina share their experience...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Genetic study of Arabian horses challenges some common beliefs about the ancient breed

Phys.org - Full Article

June 23 2020
by Cornell University

A study involving Arabian horses from 12 countries found that some populations maintained a larger degree of genetic diversity and that the breed did not contribute genetically to the modern-day Thoroughbred, contrary to popular thought.

An international team of scientists was led by the University of Florida's Samantha Brooks, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of animal sciences; Cornell University's Doug Antczak, the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine at the Baker Institute for Animal Health; and Andy Clark, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor in Cornell's department of molecular biology and genetics.

The group collected and examined DNA samples from 378 Arabian horses from Qatar, Iran, UAE, Poland, USA, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark and Canada...

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Hemp for horses? Studies show it might work

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Researchers at Tarleton are studying the use of CBD to calm horses and other livestock.

By Kimberly Guay

11:30 PM on Jun 20, 2020

Can CBD minimize pain and manage obsessive compulsive behaviors in horses? Researchers at Tarleton State University hope to have an answer soon. Observers around the world need to know.

While federal officials have yet to finalize rules allowing the nonintoxicating cannabinoid in animal feed — or even in food products for human consumption — CBD supplements are a hot commodity among horse lovers seeking to ease pain, reduce muscle and joint inflammation, and calm stress in their animals.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, leading to a lot of hype about the potential benefits of CBD for horses, but reliable data is scarce...

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Sunday, June 07, 2020

What gives the mighty mule its endurance? Researchers investigate

HorseTalk.co.nz - Full Article

June 7 2020

Mules are renowned worldwide for their outstanding muscular endurance, but what gives them this ability to outshine their horse and donkey parents?

Hybrid vigor has long been recognised and widely exploited in animal and plant breeding programs to enhance the productive traits of hybrid progeny from two breeds or species.

However, its underlying genetic mechanisms remain enigmatic.

Researchers from Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China, set out to understand more about the molecular mechanisms at work in mules that provide this superior muscular endurance...

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Canada: Freedom on Horseback: Heading Out on the Open Trail

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

With the loosened pandemic restrictions and warmer weather, trail riding businesses are looking forward to a busy season.

By: Kim Izzo | May 27, 2020

As the Canadian economy starts to slowly roll out again following its shut down in March, many equestrian businesses that struggled to stay afloat during the closure are hopeful that things will turn around, especially with the summer weather. Riding schools are one such business; trail riding establishments are another. And as we all know, riding a horse is an easy way to maintain physical distance while getting the mental health benefits that horses and nature offer.
Niagara Escarpment Views

In Oakville, Ontario, The Ranch has been offering scenic trail rides through the Niagara Escarpment since 1980. While Covid-19 certainly dampens the 40th anniversary, owners Cary and Vanessa Warren have taken the lengthy closure and slow reopening in stride. The Ranch and their other property, Capstone Farms, offer boarding to individual horse owners and that side of the business, like most in Ontario, remained open during the stay-at-home order with restricted access. “I think it’s unethical to keep people away from their horses,” says Vanessa Warren. “I have one hundred horses between the two farms, it would have been impossible any other way to manage that number of animals responsibly, and we have always been set up to have the owners participating in their horse’s care...”

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Study: Omeprazole Reduces Calcium Digestibility in Horses

TheHorse.com - Full Article

While omeprazole use is unlikely to cause bone issues in horses consuming correct rations, researchers said it’s important to respect professional recommendations for both omeprazole treatment duration and commercial feeding instructions.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | May 24, 2020

Feeding horses treated with omeprazole a well-balanced concentrate ration can ensure they receive enough calcium to make up for any deficiencies the ulcer medication could potentially cause.

Researchers have found that horses treated for gastric ulcers could be getting less calcium into the bloodstream than they would normally. Depending on the calcium source, horses treated with omeprazole (such as GastroGard, the FDA-approved medications for the treatment and prevention of equine gastric ulcers) could be digesting 15-20% less calcium than when they’re not on omeprazole...

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