Thursday, December 23, 2021
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Travel is very stressful on horses, especially long-haul ground trips or flights. There is evidence to suggest that cortisol increases with such travel.
By: Shannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD | October 17, 2013
Travel is very stressful on horses, especially long-haul ground trips or flights. There is ample evidence to suggest that cortisol (the stress hormone) levels increase with such travel. While there is very little research that has been conducted on the feeding management of horses prior to, during, or following travel, there is significant research on physiologic changes during transport that give insight on how we should feed our horses prior to and during transport.
The physical demands of travel
An increase in cortisol is frequently observed in research examining the effects of travel. Cortisol causes the body to be prepared for ‘flight or fight’ and acts to release blood glucose and counteract insulin (causing insulin to increase with travel), which might be detrimental for horses with metabolic issues. An increase in stress is also associated with gastric ulcers; however, cortisol itself is not usually directly to blame for ulcers in horses. Gastric ulcer development is generally secondary to changes in eating habits – such as in a horse that may go off his feed for a long period of time during transport...
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
A Well-trained Horse Stands Quietly
A horse that constantly moves around when you try to slip your foot in the stirrup is not only frustrating, but potentially dangerous. A well-trained horse stands quietly while you mount and waits for your cue to move off once you’re situated in the saddle. The secret to getting a horse to stand quietly when you go to get in the saddle is to get him to use the thinking side of his brain and tune in to you. Then, if he shimmies away from you when you go to swing up in the saddle, redirect his feet. You’ll make the right thing (standing still while you get in the saddle) easy and the wrong thing (fidgeting) difficult.
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Sunday, December 12, 2021
December 11, 2021
New scenarios in the way in which metabolic adaptations are viewed in Endurance horses have been raised by scientists in Italy.
Katia Cappelli and her fellow researchers described Endurance as one of the most challenging equestrian disciplines. Endurance horses are susceptible to metabolic imbalance through dehydration, acid balance and electrolyte abnormalities. There is also the risk of heat accumulation, which can trigger life-threatening conditions.
Endurance horses are subjected to specific training that induces the adaptations required for prolonged moderate-intensity exercise on different ground surfaces and under different weather conditions. The training is dominated by aerobic conditioning.
The University of Perugia researchers, writing in the journal Genes, said evidence has been found that alterations in circulating micro RNA expression are triggered by physical exercise and endurance. These micro-RNAs include regulatory molecules that play active roles in cell differentiation, proliferation and metabolism...
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Wednesday, December 08, 2021
By Cristina Wilkins
December 8, 202
As part of their inter-species legislation, which aims to combat animal abuse and strengthen the bond between humans and companion animals, the French Parliament has introduced three laws that affect horse owners.
They were published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on December 1, 2021 and include a requirement for all horse owners to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of equine-specific needs; the registration of neurectomies in horse passports; and safeguards for agistment centre operators against unpaid fees...
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Tuesday, December 07, 2021
Recorded on November 24, 2021
by Jessica Isbrecht
Damara Mullens is probably one of the most well known trail riders in the West because of her social media presence. She loves riding in beautiful places and sharing her photos. She has collected detailed information on nearly all of the horse camps in California. She freely shares this knowledge on HorsePoor4Ever.com and in her Facebook group. In this interview, we discuss her favorite places to ride in California, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona.
Adventures on Horseback Virtual Workshop
This is a three-day online event from November 29 to December 1, 2021. Jess is one of the speakers. She’ll be interviewed on the topic of Endurance riding. Other speakers will cover topics related to trail riding and traveling. Go to the website to see descriptions of each presentation. There will be everything from camping with your horse, to trailering tips, even safety tips for female solo travelers. It’s going to be great!
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Thursday, December 02, 2021
November 30, 2021
Today’s topic is Virtual Challenges and Competitions, something which has mushroomed since the beginning of the Corona pandemic almost two years ago. Since a lot of real life events had to be postponed or cancelled, virtual challenges and competitions have become a way to stay connected with the sport and the community and a big motivator to get into the saddle and ride. I was part of a team of six dedicated women from India and Germany participating in the 2021 Covid Derby, a 1000-km challenge. We managed to complete the distance in 27 days and finished in 6th place. Today I am talking with some of my team mates about our riding, the challenges we faced and the experiences we had. And of course asking the big question: Would we do it all again?...
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
1st December 2021, 00:05 GMT+11
The Syrian war has dealt a blow to the breeding of purebred Arabian horses, some local horse raisers are struggling to preserve the precious breed.
DAMASCUS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Maen Jafar has been struggling to preserve the Arabian purebred horses his family has been raising during the decade-long war in Syria.
At his farm in the countryside of the central province of Homs, Jafar is proud of having 55 horses, as the Arabian horses, one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, are precious for their beauty, endurance, and speed.
He takes care of the horses along with his brothers and cousins at the sprawling farm, where the horses can run freely without limitation.
Speaking to Xinhua, Jafar said during the war they had to move the horses from one place to another to keep them safe from getting killed or stolen...
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
A green energy source might one day come from the big brown pile behind your barn.
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Nov 14, 2021
According to Italian researchers, horse manure could be a clean and efficient biofuel—provided scientists can determine how to dry it out first. Stored feces and manure contain high quantities of water—80% and 66%, respectively—which is far too much for the biomass to burn well. When the raw material is dry, though, it creates such a high-producing energy source that it might be worth investing the energy to dry the piles and combust them in a furnace, said Luca Da Lio, in the University of Padova’s Department of Industrial Engineering, in Italy...
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
22 November 2021
Mari Inouye and Ali Divita of Mind.Body.Vault caught up with one of the top ranked FEI Endurance riders in the world, Rebecca Pinder from Australia...
What separates the good from the great within equestrian sport? What makes someone truly a master at their discipline?
How do certain people take their love of horses, build a successful partnership with their equestrian teammate and become champions and inspirational figures within their sport?
These are questions that fascinate us at Mind.Body.Vault. In this series, we have asked these questions to some of the top athletes in each of the FEI disciplines...
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Monday, November 22, 2021
Do You Sell or Buy Horses Online?
If so, this public service announcement is for you.
EQUINE LEGAL SOLUTIONS ASSISTS IN REMOVAL OF FAKE HORSE SALE WEBSITES
We recently assisted one of our clients in taking down two fraudulent horse sale websites.
SELLER DISCOVERS THEIR HORSES ON TWO OTHER WEBSITES
Our client is in the business of importing and selling quality horses, and has a professionally designed website with beautiful photos, video and detailed descriptions of horses offered for sale as well as horses previously sold. To our client’s horror, they discovered two other websites were advertising some of THEIR horses for sale – using photos, videos and content stolen directly from their website. One of the sites even copied our client’s bio, complete with photos of our client and their personal horse!
CUSTOMERS QUESTION REAL SELLER’S INTEGRITY
Several of our client’s customers started noticing the same horses for sale at lower prices on the scammers’ websites. These clients contacted our clients and questioned our client’s integrity – a very distressing situation for our client...
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Friday, November 19, 2021
November 2 2021
People often say “It’s just a trail horse!” which implies that a trail horse is a horse which can only walk straight and nothing else. It could not be further from the truth. A good trail horse is light and responsive and a good trail horse is confident and trusts in its rider. But above all, a good trail horse is bomb-proof. Today I am talking about my experiences training young horses for the trail and how to get them bomb proof!
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
October 4, 2021
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff
Horses with high energy demands, such as performance horses and hard keepers, frequently require concentrates to meet athletic expectations and to maintain condition. If you’re looking to decrease the amount of high-starch concentrates, offering beet pulp can offset the need for cereal grains while supporting a healthy gastrointestinal system.
Offering concentrates fills the gap in many horse’s diets when hay alone provides insufficient calories. In some cases, the starch content of traditional sweet feeds and straight cereal grains can exceed 40% in a horse’s diet, potentially resulting in digestive disorders when fed at high intakes.
Some horses fed these types of diets may require gastrointestinal support due to the possibility of gastric ulceration, hindgut acidosis, and even laminitis...
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Colic doesn’t follow a calendar. Virtually any horse can be stricken with gut pain at any time of year. That said, there are certain types of colic that are more likely to occur in winter than at other times of year. A veterinarian called out to see a colicky horse on a frigid day in January is going to expect to find a certain scenario that she wouldn’t for the same type of call in June.
The colics most associated with the cold weather months are impaction- related. When ingested feed stops moving through the horse’s gut efficiently, the material can accumulate and form a blockage. Feed and gas then back up behind the blockage, causing distention of the intestine and associated pain. Impactions are often found in an area called the “pelvic flexure,” a hairpin turn the large colon makes back on itself, but can also occur in other locations.
Thankfully, impactions are typically easy to diagnose---many can be confirmed during rectal palpations---and treatment is often straightforward. A dose of painkillers, possibly a sedative, along with hydration usually gets things moving again. In more severe cases, hospitalization so that intravenous fluids can be administered might be necessary, but even those horses tend to recover quickly. Of course, it’s easier on everyone if colic doesn’t occur in the first place.
In that spirit, I’m going to share the four management tips that will contribute the most to protecting your horse from winter colic or, at the very least, recognizing it early when it’s easier to treat. These aren’t things you haven’t heard before, but it pays to refresh your memory and resolve as we head into winter...
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November 11 2021
BUCHTEL — Joy S. MillerUpton, who has lived in Hocking County for almost five decades, has released her first book, “Journeys: Finding Joy on Horseback” through Buchtel-based Monday Creek Publishing, according to an Oct. 27 press release.
MillerUpton’s memoir is a story of “transformation from a traditional role of wife/mother to writer/photojournalist,” framed by six horse journeys she took over a period of 27 years, beginning with a 30-day, mostly-solo ride in 1973...
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Saturday, November 13, 2021
It's a task every horseman should know and be able to do in a pinch.
Certified Journeyman Farrier Lee Olsen demonstrates a skill every horse owner should know— how to pull a horseshoe off of a hoof.
November 9 2021
Today I am talking with Anna Erickson about Endurance riding in Australia. Anna has recently participated in the prestigious Tom Quilty Gold Cup, a 100 miles endurance race and the unofficial national endurance championship of the country. She tells us all about her experience and why this historic race is special. We also talk about Endurance riding in Australia in general and how it is like to travel more than 3000 km to join a ride.
Your Guest today:
Anna Erickson (Australia)
Endurance rider and veterinarian, Anna first vetted Endurance rides and then decided to try out riding them. This passion finally took her to participate in the prestigious Tom Quilty Cup in 2014 for the first time. It took another two attempts to finally complete the ride in 2021.
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Monday, November 01, 2021
Endurance riding is all about Volunteers.
Without Volunteers, our sport would not exist.
Have you been thinking about getting started in Endurance Riding? Volunteering at a ride is a great way to learn about the sport! Been riding but want to step up in distance or learn about ride management? Volunteer!
Tune in to hear about the many ways you can help to keep rides going in your area! A huge thank you to every single volunteer that makes our sport possible! We appreciate you!
Listen now on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and Amazon Podcasts!
Saturday, October 23, 2021
October 28 2921
By age 10, little Yvette Nout had already lived in several countries including South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Her father, a food microbiologist studying African food processes for a private company also had a working relationship with academia.
Throughout all the family’s many moves, faithfully traveling with young Nout was a deepening love for horses. When she was 7, she began taking riding lessons from an English woman in Kenya. Sitting upon that first pony, “Brownie,” the child felt totally at home, regardless the country in which she lived.
When she was 10 and settled into her new location in The Netherlands (where her ancestral roots were planted), she continued with weekly lessons. When that schedule proved too infrequent for her, she mucked out stalls and did others horsey chores in trade for more classes. Eventually she worked at a riding camp saddling, grooming and leading younger children on rides...
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Sunday, October 03, 2021
Published: October 2, 2021
Boy, you talk about going out and doing something that very few people get a chance or even think about trying, this is it. David Sterna and a 'friend' of his just accomplished something pretty special - living a bit of history so to speak.
An incredible 276-mile journey
According to Kfyrtv.com "David Sterna and his buckskin quarter horse Vegas are back in Mandan after a long journey. They took to the Bismarck-Deadwood trail and traveled 276 miles" - this same trail was used during the late 1880s and David set out to explore what it was like back then - he and his trusty horse...
Read More: Bismarck Man & His Horse Vegas - An Incredible 276-Mile Journey | https://hot975fm.com/bismarck-man-his-horse-vegas-an-incredible-276-mile-journey/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral
Friday, September 24, 2021
September 13, 2021
In today’s episode, we travel to Scotland and talk about Scotland’s very own Tevis Cup, the Cairngorm100 endurance ride. It takes place every two years against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorm National Park which is one of the UK’s last true wildernesses. My guest today is Fionnghuala Paterson from Scotland who has competed in this ride not only once, but three times already. This year she emerged as overall winner and she was kind enough to talk with me about this epic ride across the Scottish Highlands, what makes it so special and her own personal experiences competing in it.
Canada’s 28,000 km Trans Canada Trail awaits you this fall to hike, walk, run, skip, paddle, roll, stroll, bike or ride.
By: Kim Izzo | September 22, 2021
If you’re yearning to take a break from the 24/7 news cycle, or at least from scrolling Instagram, we’ve got a fun activity for you and your horse to take part in. The second annual Great Canadian Hike has begun. Running from September 15 through to October 31, the event is a national challenge that encourages Canadians to get off the sofa and into nature to embrace their local trail in the company of friends, family, and yes, horses (and dogs!)
Organized by Trans Canada Trail (TCT), the Great Canadian Hike has a big goal: to get people from all 13 provinces and territories to disconnect from screens and reconnect with our great outdoors by collectively spending 28,000 hours on Canada’s 28,000 km national trail. It’s all part of trying to create a positive experience after the last 18 months of Covid-19 isolation. And yes, you can also choose to hike, walk, run, skip, paddle, roll, stroll, or bike. Naturally, we at Horse Canada think sitting on a horse is the best way to view the country...
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
By Jaci Conrad Pearson, Black Hills Pioneer
September 21 2021
DEADWOOD — If anyone is wondering how long it might take to travel from Mandan, N.D., to Deadwood on horseback, David Sterna, who rode into town Friday afternoon from his hometown, can give a first-hand account.
“Thirteen days,” Sterna said, adding nights were spent under the stars. “We’d go back and we stayed a lot at Chain Hill. We’d ride so many miles and go back and camp and the last four days, I stayed with my cousin, Joe (Sterna) in Newell.”
Choosing to make the trek and follow the 276-mile Bismarck to Deadwood stagecoach trail, which ran from 1876 to 1880, Sterna said he did it in honor of his family’s three generations of ties to the land and the dying art of working with horses.
“Our family’s the end of an age,” Sterna said. “We farmed with horses. We had horses our whole life. I’m the youngest grandson out of eight brothers and the last one left with a horse and I always wanted to try and make a long-distance trip and we did it...”
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Aug. 20, 2021 5:30 a.m.
On horseback, members of the Quesnel Canadian Ranger Patrol (CRP) trotted through an area with a rich history of gold mining last month in a mission stimulating what it would like when they are called to deploy for a ground search and rescue.
Exercise Goldfield Sojourn got underway Thursday, July 15, with a convoy of trucks and trailers driving from Quesnel to Wells where a reception centre was set up. Rangers met with village residents, community officials, members of the local RCMP detachment and the Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade.
From there, the rangers drove to a new location and set up an administration area and camp where they spent the night, said Captain Natasha Tersigni, public affairs officer with 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol (CRP).
The group departed on horseback in the morning and rode through Barkerville Historic Town and Park up to Groundhog Lake, riding a rocky, steep trail that follows the old Cariboo Wagon Road and a historic ditch line.
“When called upon to assist, members of the CRP typically have less than an hour to gather their equipment, including their horses, and begin deploying to the location where the search will occur,” Tersigni said...
Thursday, August 12, 2021
The two pain-relieving prescription medications that most horse owners keep on hand are Bute and Banamine – but do you know the differences between the two?
UPDATED:AUG 4, 2021 - ORIGINAL:AUG 4, 2021
Both Bute and Banamine are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are used to reduce inflammation and pain in horses. While these drugs sound similar and seem like they could be interchangeable, there are actually several different situations for when you should use one or the other. Read on to see the main differences between Bute and Banamine, and when the right time to use each one is...
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Sunday, August 08, 2021
Don’t forget horses require calories to keep cool in the heat.
Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Aug 2, 2021
Q. With the extreme heat this summer I’m struggling to keep weight on my horse. I’m not used to dealing with summer weight loss. Our pastures are pretty dried out, so we are feeding a good amount of hay. Typically, I just feed a balancer, but this doesn’t seem to be enough. Do you have any advice?
A. We often think of weight loss in horses as a winter issue, when they need more calories to keep warm. However, we don’t often consider that horses also require calories keep cool in hot weather.
Thermal neutral zone (TNZ) is the range of environmental temperatures horses need for minimal metabolic regulation to maintain their internal temperature. When horses are within their TNZ, the basal rate of heat production equals the loss of heat to the environment. They neither heat up nor cool down...
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Horses have unique qualities which enable them to detect scents, which anyone can try at home to give your horse a chance to problem-solve.
By: Kim Izzo | July 28, 2021
Search and rescue teams, the military and police, border patrol officers, all employ the unique talents of “sniffer dogs.” We’ve seen footage of these dogs in the news, searching for survivors at catastrophic events like the recent condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, or we’ve witnessed them firsthand being walked through baggage claim at airports. The dogs are highly-trained professionals. And now, they have competition: sniffer horses (and ponies).
The practice of “equine air scenting” is used by various organizations in Western Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, where some horses are also trained in drug detection. Currently there are no ‘professional’ equine sniffers in Ontario, but that might soon change.
The Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit (OMSSU), a non-profit organization made up of volunteers, is currently training horses in the air scent division with the hopes of being given work in the fields that require such a service. Cindy Fuerth, director of OMSSU, told Global News that the group is planning to expand and hire in the coming year by recruiting around 20 riders to the program. The program will involve the owners/riders and their horses to complete intensive training. Riders will also take online and in-person classes...
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Mon 12 Jul 2021 01.30 EDT
The guidebook publisher’s dream of a solo horseback trip came true, but proved a greater challenge – and more exhilarating – than she’d thought possible
When did I first make the transition from enjoying horse riding as an accomplishment to realising that seeing spectacular scenery from the back of a horse is an end in itself – slow travel at its very best? I think it was in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, about as spectacular a place as you can get, but also as tiring as any mountain hike if you’re on foot, with thin air, steep paths and treacherous drops.
On my horse Everest (of course I sent a photo home of Hilary on Everest), I could just gaze unimpeded at the snow-patched mountains, the gurgling streams and the big sky, and soak up the feeling of emptiness. My friend and I stayed on a dude ranch, slept in tents at night and rode an 80-mile circuit on those comfy western saddles. That holiday, in the 1960s, confirmed the rightness of my childhood dream of buying a horse and riding a long, long way...
12 July 2021
Millions of horse owners the world over are set to benefit from a more effective method to treat equine gastric disease, a common condition affecting horses, especially in thoroughbred racing and the endurance riding sector.
An eight-year joint project between the University of South Australia and animal health industry partner Luoda Pharma has produced a long-acting, weekly injectable medicine, which heals horses a lot faster than current treatments.
Lead researcher, UniSA pharmaceutical scientist Professor Sanjay Garg, says the current standard treatment for gastric disease – an oral paste – has to be administered daily into the horse’s mouth and sometimes is only 30 per cent effective.
“It is not only time consuming but not all horses accept this treatment willingly. For maximum effect, horses also can’t be fed prior to the paste being administered,” Prof Garg says.
The new injectable formulation of omeprazole developed by UniSA and Luoda Pharma is now used widely in horses in Europe, with outstanding results, and has become the treatment of choice for many veterinarians...
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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.”
Sometimes it’s pretty obvious something is painfully wrong and the veterinarian should be summoned. Other times mild clinical signs might accurately reflect a mild colic that easily and quickly responds to minimal management without a vet even seeing the horse. Then there are those times when mild clinical signs don’t indicate the severity of a problem that could result in death if treatment is delayed.
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? How do you handle the situation? Actions to take/avoid with your horse’s recovery plan? How to minimize the risk for colic in the first place?
The following are 33 tips to use as guidelines...
Thursday, July 08, 2021
JUNE 30, 2021 / ASHLEY WINGERT
At the last Arizona Endurance Riders Club learning event, the topic of discussion was on goal-setting within endurance. One of the beautiful things about this sport is how varied and encompassing those goals can be. Whether it’s starting out and having a goal of getting to and finishing your first ride, or setting your sights on Top Tenning at Tevis and showing for the Haggin Cup, and everything in between those two points…endurance seems to be able to accommodate a wide range.
It’s no secret that I have always dreamed big when it comes to this sport. I set my sights high, am willing to take risks and chances, and don’t always wait for the stars to be in 100% alignment before trying something…but that also means I’ve frequently fallen short of hitting those goals. And at least as of yet, it still hasn’t stopped me from dreaming and setting more goals.
If nothing else, this sport will teach resilience, and make you dig deep to hold on to your inner grit and determination. It teaches you how to re-frame disappointment and perceived failure...
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Thursday, July 01, 2021
Our nutrition expert offers tips for keeping algal blooms to a minimum in your horse’s water trough this summer.
Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Jun 5, 2017
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...
Sunday, June 27, 2021
JUN 16, 2021 @ 8:59AM
By Frank J. Buchman
“Cris and Forrest are living their dream.”
The Nevada, Missouri, horsemen left home June 1, 2021, on horseback with one packhorse headed to South Dakota’s Black Hills.
“It’s something I always wanted to do. We decided the window of opportunity was right and just took off,” said Cris Rodriquez.
“I really hadn’t even ridden horses until about two years ago. But then got into riding with Cris and here we are,” added Forrest Drury.
“We really don’t have a set route, just follow our instinct, with advice we’re given along the way,” Rodriquez admitted. They do have solar powered cell phones with maps and also use a GPS global positioning system.
Traveling an average of about 23-miles per day, the horsemen ride both major highways and country backroads.
“We try to take in as much of the different landscapes as we can,” Rodriquez said. “We have ridden up to 36 miles in a day, but that’s too much as hot as it’s getting.”
“The best part of the journey though has been meeting all of the people,” Drury insisted. “Everybody is very congenial, welcoming, interested in what we’re doing...”
Friday, June 25, 2021
Mike Marino was near the end of his term as the Montgomery County district attorney when he had the idea to open a riding stable.
Delaware Valley Journal, News Partner
Posted Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 4:21 pm ET
By Linda Stein, Delaware Valley Journal
June 23, 2021
Mike Marino was near the end of his term as the Montgomery County district attorney when he had the idea to open a riding stable as a way to keep busy after leaving office. And the name for the stable, "Red Buffalo Ranch" came to him in a dream, he said in a recent interview with the Delaware Valley Journal.
He had no idea the riding stable–which offers trail rides, lessons and a summer camp for kids–would become so successful when he opened it in 1998.
"The saying goes, 'If you build it they will come,'" he said. And although it was shut down for three weeks last year during the pandemic, once Gov. Tom Wolf re-opened the parks the stable, which abuts Evansburg State Park, was back in business.
"Because you're on a horse, you're socially distant so people could ride without the mask on and still be compliant," he said. "Well, people started coming out of the woodwork because people wanted to get away, to get out and our business doubled."
Marino, 79, who grew up as a city kid in Norristown, didn't know much about horses when he got his first steed in 1970. He was an assistant district attorney then making $7,500 a year and his mother asked him if he could afford the horse.
"And I said, 'No, but I'm going to buy him anyway,' and that was my lucky horse," said Marino. "Because of that horse, I ended up here, with property. It was a very fortuitous horse..."
Rocklin’s Tollefson set to compete for first time; women’s field strong again
Bill Poindexter Jun 23, 2021 10:30 AM
What happens when excitement clashes with pent-up energy? Show up for the Western States Endurance Run on Saturday and find out.
The field is a little smaller this year as the 100-mile event returns for its Olympic Valley-to-Auburn run, but it’s no less packed with star power, including Jim Walmsley, who broke the course record in 2018, then hacked another 20 minutes off his mark a year later.
Jared Hazen, like Walmsley from Flagstaff, Ariz., was the runner-up in 2019. Rocklin’s Tim Tollefson is in the Western States for the first time and becomes an immediate threat. He won the Bishop High Sierra on May 22 by 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, eight of the top 10 women from 2019 are back in the Western States, including defending champion Clare Gallagher of Boulder, Colo., and runner-up Brittany Peterson of Pocatello, Idaho. Diana Fitzpatrick, president of the board of directors for the Western States Endurance Run, described the international women in the elite field as “exciting...”
Monday, June 14, 2021
JUNE 2, 2021 / ASHLEY WINGERT
It never goes away. It might ebb and wane for a time, but it’s always there, waiting.
51 days and counting until this year’s Tevis. This week, I’ve been working on finalizing details and travel arrangements for heading out there to crew again. Within a couple of months following the 2019 ride, Cathy put crew dibs on me for the following year…which, of course, got cancelled. So those crew dibs rolled forward into this year.
Earlier in the year, I was “meh” about it. Not sure I wanted to travel, unsure of how many restrictions would still be in place and have to be dealt with, how many hoops jumped through…just not sure it was worth it. But as plans have started to come together, and as life starts to once again slowly start resembling something a little closer to “normal”, without “new” attached to the front of it…I can feel myself getting excited again...
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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Gillian Larson became the first solo thru-rider of the Pacific Crest Trail in her 20s. Here's why she wants more women to "feel free in our environment."
May 27, 2021, 12:52 PM PDT / Source: TMRW
By Erica Chayes Wida
We are all works in progress; even the successful women you see owning it on Instagram faced stumbling blocks along the way and continue to work hard to stay at the top of their game. In this series, we're sitting down with the people that inspire us to find out: How'd they do it? And what is success really like? This is "Getting There."
Through the deserts, backcountry and treacherous mountain passes of the West Coast is a trail. It stretches 2,650 miles from the Mexican to the Canadian border. And in 2014, Gillian Larson became the youngest documented woman to ride it alone on horseback.
Thru-riding is the term for the people who mount their horses and see the country in its wildest places by riding long-distance trails. Some of the most famous in the U.S. include the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, and the Continental Divide Trail. Larson, a native Californian who's just 29, has ridden both in their entireties, amassing more than 10,000 miles. She first did the PCT at just 22 years old, becoming the youngest woman to do so, and again in 2016.
Some may recognize the trail from the Reese Witherspoon film, "Wild," based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed, who thru-hiked 1,100 miles of it.
Larson is an equestrian with a masters in biology who was raised about 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles in Topanga Canyon, California. And while she's accomplished a groundbreaking feat and is being recognized for her achievements, which includes starring in a documentary short film by Firestone Walker, she remains humble and eager for her next quest...
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Three seasoned trail riders offer strategies for overcoming the most common spoilers of the great-outdoor horseback experience.
UPDATED:MAR 10, 2017 ORIGINAL:MAY 20, 2008
Ah! A nice, relaxing trail ride on a pleasant summer day: What could be better to break the tedium of ring work and soothe the stresses of show training? Just head for the hills, the woods, the rolling meadows on horseback, alone or in congenial company, and all your troubles will melt away. Yeah, right... until your horse refuses to cross the creek or runs in terror from an innocent boulder or takes up a bone-jarring jig that puts you both in a lather for the duration of the ride.
When horses and their riders are unprepared for the out-of-arena experience, a simple walk through the woods turns into a series of frustrating or frightening confrontations. The disconnect between expectations and reality often begins with the choice of mount.
"Most people don't select horses for trail riding," says Montana horseman Dan Aadland, an avid backcountry rider and author of several books on the topic. "I get tired of hearing, 'Well, she's not good enough for the show ring, but she'll make a good trail horse.' Why should trail riding be relegated to a secondary job for a horse? If you want to trail ride exclusively, buy a horse who excels at it, not one who can't do anything else..."
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
By Daria Sokolova Special to the Pahrump Valley Times
May 25, 2021 - 11:34 pm
After taking a year-long break due to the pandemic, Samantha Szesciorka is riding her horse across Nevada again to discover the state and promote wild horse adoption and public land preservation.
This year, Szesciorka is making her way from Las Vegas to Carson City with her horse Sage and her dog Juniper for the first time and making several stops in Nye County. She arrived in Las Vegas from Reno where she lives – a week before starting her ride on May 1.
“I like the challenge, but it’s just a fun personal project. I like getting to know Nevada on horseback, because it’s just a slow immersive way to see the state and see parts of it that many people don’t get to see,” Szesciorka said in a phone interview with the Pahrump Valley Times...
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
18 May 2021
by Alison Lincoln
Alison Lincoln is a rider, author, coach and freelance groom with a degree in Equine Sports Coaching
Alison Lincoln looks at the importance of energy supply, training and recovery for long-distance horses... Competitive Endurance rides are a test of the athlete’s ability to safely manage their horse’s stamina and fitness while coping with the varying terrain, distance and weather conditions on the course.
At elite level, rides can be up to 160km (100miles) long and split into 3-6 loops. That’s exactly the distance we’ll see this weekend when the Longines FEI Endurance World Championship is held in Pisa, Italy.
At the start of Endurance competitions and at the end of each loop all horses must pass a veterinary examination before being allowed to continue. If a horse fails any of these ‘vet gates’ then their result is classified as FTQ (failure to qualify).
Research at international level events show that fast riding speeds in the early stages of a ride (loops 1 and 2) and when riding in large groups is a significant risk factor linked to negative outcomes for horses and tends to be followed by a sudden drop in speed in the following loop.
In both cases, it’s likely adrenalin takes over causing combinations to get ‘carried away’ and end up travelling at speeds they haven’t trained for or aren’t capable of maintaining for any length of time.
More often than not this leads to an FTQ classification due either to lameness or fatigue. Fatigue is more than just tiredness, it’s the muscles’ inability to continue to work and occurs primarily due to the depletion of energy stores or the build-up of lactic acid. (You know that burning feeling after you’ve stacked a barn full of hay? That’s lactic acid build-up)...
Monday, May 17, 2021
Hilary Bradt speaks with Isabel Conway about 'A Connemara Journey'.
SAT, 15 MAY, 2021 - 13:00
Ask veteran explorer and travel guide writer Hilary Bradt why it took her over 30 years to publish “the most important adventure of my life, the one that changed me forever” and she has a great excuse. A string of guide books, tour-leading in remote parts of the world, plus running a successful business accounted for only part of the hold-up.
She had galloped through the rough manuscript, helped by detailed diaries and tape recordings, committing a rich tapestry of human encounters, sublime Irish landscapes, places of historic interest and the odd tall story heard during her epic 1,000-mile solo horseback journey through parts of Connaught and much of Munster back in 1984 to the page in a few weeks. Then Hilary lost her manuscript.
The co-founder of Bradt Guides – today with over 200 titles the world’s largest independently owned travel guides publisher – was fulfilling a childhood ambition to do a long-distance horseback ride which brought her to Ireland, giving free rein to her adventurous spirit and two Connemara ponies...
Sunday, May 16, 2021
16 May 2021
Words by Sophie Baker
Sophie Baker enjoys the wonders of South Africa with some delightful horses...
I’m seated on an expansive riverside deck overlooking the South African bushveld.
My riding helmet, atop the table, rocks back and forth ever so slightly as a gentle breeze does its best to pierce through the midday heat. As I wash down a bite of homemade orange cake with a sip of coffee, Gerti Kusseler starts the safety briefing.
First up; a form stating that if I don’t follow instructions carefully, I “might get eaten.” Not by her husband, Phillip Kusseler, head guide and the other half of the dynamic German duo. But by the lions and elephants we're going in search of – on horseback.
I’m at Wait A Little, South Africa’s only horseback safari that offers guests the opportunity to see the Big Five from horseback: lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard.
They say that Africa gets under your skin, and into your blood. You see, once you’ve set foot on her soil - like it or not - Africa is in your veins...
Thursday, May 13, 2021
This episode of The Ride is brought to you by Soft-Ride Comfort Boots. Nichole and Michaela sit down with Gillian Larson (@thru_rider) to talk about her trail riding adventures. Gillian was the youngest woman to thru ride the Pacific Crest Trail on horseback–and she has done it twice. She was the first person to thru-ride both the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide Trail—eventually accumulating more than 10,000 backcountry wilderness miles. Listen to this inspiring episode. Then check out Gillian's short film here!
A French study is the first to connect the gut microbiota with the mitochondria in horses, or any other species.
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Apr 9, 2021
The feed horses eat can fuel their muscle power in more ways than you might think. According to a new study, muscle cells create energy based not only on available nutrients but also what the microorganisms in the gut—which vary according to what horses eat—tell them to do.
“There are some kinds of bacteria in the gut microbiota that favor the production of energy at a (cellular) level and which, consequently, could enhance performance,” said Eric Barrey, PhD, DVM, the Integrative Biology and Equine Genetics team leader at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRA), in Jouy-en-Josas, France...
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Thursday, May 06, 2021
April 28, 2021
On today’s episode Ute talks with Julie Veloo, Equestrian Adventuress from Canada who made Mongolia her home more than ten years ago. Together with her husband, Julie runs the Veloo Foundation, operating two kindergartens for underprivileged children in Ulan Bator. Julie learned to ride at the age of fifty only after she came to Mongolia in what she calls an 35 00 Acres-Open-Arena on Mongolia horses. Today she has ridden more than 37 000 km all across Mongolia. She organises the annual Gobi Gallop endurance ride as a charity event for her foundation and she is planning the longest charity horse trek in history criss-crossing Mongolia in 2022.
Having lived in Mongolia for so many years, Julie shares her insights into Mongolian society and culture with us and talks about its people and horses which will make you want to pack your bags and book the next flight to Mongolia!
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
January 11, 2021
On today’s episode, Ute talks with Stevie Delahunt, an Equestrian Adventuress from the USA. Stevie has participated in the Mongol Derby, the Gaucho Derby, the Tevis Cup, the Wildcoast Race in South Africa and plenty other extreme horse trails and races around the world. She uses this experience to teach other riders in boot camps, the skills they need to participate in endurance races and extreme horse adventures. She also works for The Adventurists, the company organising The Mongol Derby and the Gaucho Derby among others. She conducts the interview with the applicants and decides together with a team who will participate and who will be rejected. She tells us about another derby which is yet secret and which will come to happen in the future and what is important for her in her interviews. So, if you ever plan to join the Mongol or Gaucho Derby, be sure not to miss this episode!
Monday, April 26, 2021
APR 19 2021
He nearly froze to death, but managed to cross the finish line and impress the people and the Tsar. Cossack Dmitri Peshkov traveled from Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East to St. Petersburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire, covering 8,800 kilometers (5,500 miles) on a small, but sturdy horse. By the end of the trip, he had earned the status of a countrywide celebrity and even met with the Russian Emperor.
The Mongolian breed
Peshkov, a military officer in the rank of Sotnik, came up with the idea of a grand expedition, inspired by a previous achievement of a different traveler and military officer named Mikhail Aseev, who, in 1889, rode a horse from the city of Lubny in the Poltava province of the Russian Empire, to Paris, France, covering about 2,500 kilometers.
Peshkov envisioned a much more daring enterprise, however. He planned to travel from Blagoveshchensk, a city on the eastern fronts of the Russian Empire, to St. Petersburg, covering about 8,800 kilometers in a saddle.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
April 7, 2021
In today’s episode, Heather and Ute are talking about how far you can travel on horseback in a day. Naturally, there are some huge differences between an endurance rider with his Arabian horse and the average weekend rider with his Irish Cob, therefore it is extremely difficult to generalize. But we are giving you some examples of what can be done and talk about limitations and considerations. There are of course a lot of factors influencing the speed and distance you can travel on a day or multi-day ride and we will discuss many of them such as weather, terrain, access to water and feed, and so on. But we also give you some tips on how to get your horse fit for the challenge and what you can do so that your next long ride will become a success.
So if you are planning a day or a multiple-day ride in the future, here are some great tips!
A new study provides evidence that human speech style can affect equine behavior and that pet-directed speech (aka “baby talk”) improves human-horse communication.
Posted by Robin Foster, PhD, CHBC, Cert. AAB, IAABC | Apr 4, 2021
Do you talk to your horse? If so, your speaking style matters, according to new research by Lea Lansade, PhD, and colleagues from Université de Tours in France. The article, “Horses are sensitive to baby talk: pet‐directed speech facilitates communication with humans in a pointing task and during grooming,” was published in the March 2021 issue of Animal Cognition.
This is the first study to provide evidence that human speech style can affect equine behavior. Lansade was particularly interested in the use of pet-directed speech (PDS) with horses. PDS has the same sound qualities as baby talk (also called infant-directed speech [IDS], Motherese, and Parentese). This style of speaking has a distinctive vocal signature, with a high pitch and slow rate.
PDS captures a horse’s attention and improves human-horse communication The research began with a social media survey. Most horse owners who responded to the survey claimed to talk to their horse using PDS, but fewer than half thought the horse was actually sensitive to it. The researchers then conducted two experiments with 20 Welsh mares comparing the effects of PDS and adult-directed speech (ADS). They found that:...
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Monday, April 12, 2021
APRIL 7, 2021
Study linking gut bacteria to more efficient energy generation in the cells of horses paves the way for dietary supplements that enhance their performance.
A horse’s gut microbiome communicates with its host by sending chemical signals to its cells, which has the effect of helping the horse to extend its energy output, finds a new study published in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences. This exciting discovery paves the way for dietary supplements that could enhance equine athletic performance.
“We are one of the first to demonstrate that certain types of equine gut bacteria produce chemical signals that communicate with the mitochondria in the horse’s cells that regulate and generate energy,” says Eric Barrey, author of this study and the Integrative Biology and Equine Genetics team leader at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France. “We believe that metabolites — small molecules created by breaking down bigger molecules for food or growth — produced by these bacteria have the effect of delaying low blood sugar and inflammation in the cells, which in turn extends the horse’s athletic performance...”
Thursday, April 08, 2021
April 7, 2021
Have you ever wished a trail ride wouldn’t end? Then, you may want to consider long riding; which is simply long distance travel on horseback. It’s not competitive, it’s not timed, and there are no limits. It’s just an adventure.
My guest today is long rider, Samantha Szesciorka. She has completed two journeys across Nevada and she’s about to embark on her third. On her first long ride in 2013, Sam rode 500 miles across Nevada from Baker in the east to Reno in the west...
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Armed only with her wits and a GPS connected to a support team, French author Aliénor le Gouvello tackled the infamous 5,330 km trail.
By: Kim Izzo | April 7, 2021
When French expat Aliénor le Gouvello encountered semi-wild Brumbies in the Australian outback, she was immediately obsessed. An animal fiercely loved by some and considered a scourge by others, Brumbies have a complicated place in Australian culture and history. Inspired to celebrate their character, le Gouvello tamed three brumbies ‒ Roxanne, River and Cooper ‒ and teamed up with them to take on the physical and mental challenges of the Bicentennial National Trail, Australia’s longest trek, which passes through 18 of Australia’s national parks and more than 50 state forests...
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Filed on April 6, 2021
The league aims to encourage ex-racehorses and their riders to compete in new disciplines, and runs till April 30, 2021
The UAE’s world-class racing scene has been bringing joy to equestrians for decades. Now a UAE-based non-profit organisation aims to do the same for the racehorses that once illuminated the iconic Meydan racecourse.
Life After Racing was launched on February 15, 2021, by Dubai-based expats Debbie Armaly and her co-founders Sophie Dyball and Karen Stewart. The league aims to encourage ex-racehorses and their riders to compete in new disciplines, and runs till April 30, 2021.
“They can go on to compete in new disciplines… show jumping, dressage, cross-country, or just a general happy hacker - they don’t have to compete in their new lives,” says Armaly, a syndicate member of the Emirates Entertainment Racing Club who has been rehoming ex-racehorses from the UAE for over a decade.
She has rehomed horses such as Prince Shaun, Los Barbados, My Catch and Shamaal Nibras who have all ran on the World Cup night in previous years...
Monday, April 05, 2021
More than four hours without feed is fasting for a horse and can lead to issues. The solution for evening feeding? Slow feeders extended nighttime “grazing” time by 95-105%, researchers observed.
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Sep 9, 2019
Night falls, and it’s time for bed. Your horse has had his last hay meal of the day and is comfortably in his freshly cleaned stall for a good night’s sleep. All’s well, right?
Actually, if you’ve fed loose hay, you might be the only one enjoying a comfortable evening. According to Irish and Scottish researchers, horses can consume loose haylage quickly and end up waiting so many hours before their morning meal that it could affect their health.
“Recent recommendations highlight that when horses go more than four hours without food, they’re technically fasting,” said Barbara Hardman, a postgraduate MSc from the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, in Scotland. “Foraging (the behavior of consuming forage) is a ‘highly motivated’ behavior for horses, meaning that it’s critical that they perform it for not only their gut health but their mental health, as well...”
Friday, April 02, 2021
A barn owl family will consume nearly 2,000 mice or other rodents in just a couple of months. The good news for you is all it requires is the installation of a simple nest box—and the right habitat for their prey.
Posted by Alayne Blickle | Mar 13, 2021
The mouse situation in your horse barn is getting out of control. You know mice can carry diseases, some serious to humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mice and rats can directly or indirectly transmit 20 diseases worldwide. Several of these, such as leptospirosis and salmonellosis, affect horses, as well. And what about the moles and gophers in your pasture making a mess of things with their telltale little piles of dirt and “ankle-breaking” holes?
Rodents are probably one of the toughest issues to deal with on horse properties. They’re small, stealthy, and primarily active after dark when we can’t see them. So how do you reduce the populations of these persistent little things without lethal trapping or using chemicals that are deadly to other animals in the ecosystem, including dogs and cats?...
Thursday, April 01, 2021
By Horse & Rider | 2/1/2016
What Proud Flesh Is:
As your horse's wound begins to heal, pinkish granulation tissue fills in the gaps between soft tissues. Granulation tissue normally stops forming as the skin edges grow together to close the wound. But when healing doesn't go according to plan, the granulation tissue becomes exuberant-it keeps growing until it bulges above skin level, so newly formed skin can't grow over the wound. That's proud flesh.
When Proud Flesh happens:
Proud flesh tends to form in wounds below your horse's knees and hocks, where there's little soft tissue between skin and bone, and where movement constantly tugs the wound's edges. It's most likely to occur in places with lots of movement, such as over joints, or when a complication, such as infection, slows healing.
How to prevent Proud Flesh:...
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Updated Mar 30, 9:15 AM; Posted Mar 29, 8:00 AM
By Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive
UPDATE #1 (3/29): Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Chris Havel said the mule was found around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
UPDATE #2 (3/29): Hickory the mule is back home after leading hikers to injured owner, then disappearing into forest
On Sunday, a mule led a pair of hikers through a Clackamas County state park to the spot where its injured owner had fallen earlier in the afternoon.
Then it disappeared into the forest.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said a 60-year-old man, whom they have not publicly identified, was riding his mule on trails at Milo McIver State Park, when they believe he fell off and hurt himself.
The mule began walking alone on the trail until it found two people hiking, said Sgt. Marcus Mendoza, then led them back to the injured man.
One of the hikers who found the mule, Doug Calvert, said he and his wife were on foot on a popular equestrian trail around noon when they saw what they thought was a horse walking toward them.
As they got closer, they realized the animal was a mule, and it was alone and watching them.
“It kept stopping and looking back to make sure we were following it,” Calvert said...
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Monday, March 29, 2021
Why this design technology is so important and how research is working to make us safer ‒ plus we bust a few helmet myths along the way.
By: Alison King | March 26, 2021
If you’ve purchased a new helmet in the past couple of years, chances are you’re already aware of MIPS technology. If not, read on and we’ll explain what MIPS is and why it’s so important ‒ while busting a few helmet myths along the way. What is MIPS?
MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, and that’s exactly what it is – a design technology that allows helmets to provide more protection to the wearer in the case of an impact or fall. While MIPS has been widely used in sports such as cycling, downhill skiing, and snowboarding for years, it’s a relatively new addition to equestrian helmets. How does it work?
During an angled impact, rotational motion causes damage to the brain, often resulting in a concussion or more serious TBI (traumatic brain injury). The MIPS magic lies in a thin layer of foam added to the inside of a helmet. This low-friction layer, as it’s called, is designed to move inside the helmet shell to provide a shearing effect. The liner – and the wearer’s head – can slide 10 to 15mm relative to the helmet shell in all directions, dissipating the energy from a fall or an impact away from the brain.
Traditional helmets are designed to protect the skull in the case of a linear impact – a fall straight down onto the head. The hard helmet shell is tested for its ability to withstand an impact and prevent a rock or other hard object from penetrating that shell and reaching the skull. However, they are not designed to prevent the forces generated by a fall or impact from being absorbed by the brain, nor are they tested for performance when the impact is on an angle – a much more realistic simulation of a fall from a horse...
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Equestrian Adventuresses Horse Podcast Ep 111: Long Distance Riding Passion – Crossing Europe on Horseback
March 19, 2021
In today’s episode, Ute talks with Cathleen Leonard, Equestrian Adventuress and long distance rider from England. Cathleen has traveled across Great Britain and Ireland with her two rescue draft horses, her Warmblood cross and her dog. She tells us all about her difficult beginnings, how she nearly gave up on long distance riding and how she finally succeeded in realizing her dream of doing an epic ride from Scotland to Cornwall. Today Cathleen is an experienced long-distance rider and has written and published two books about her journeys.
However, her biggest adventure is yet to come: Crossing Europe from West to East on Horseback, riding from Portugal to Romania with horses horses, her dog, her partner and a little, one-eyed mule. Currently marooned in Portugal due to the Corona lockdown, she is not deterred and has done a ride cross Portugal in autumn and winter and now hopes to set out towards Romania this spring.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
2021 AERC Convention Notes: Nick Warhol on What Makes a Great Endurance Horse, and How Do You Get One?
by Tamara Baysinger
You know Nick Warhol, right? Over 13,000 miles in 13 years of endurance, 30-plus 100-milers, ride manager, former AERC board member, and storyteller. Yeah, you know the guy. His talk at the 2021 AERC Convention was worth the price of admission. (You can still access all the Convention sessions through the end of March!)
Warhol began with a disclaimer: All opinions are his and could be argued by others.
I reckon that’s true of anyone trying to sort out what makes a great endurance horse. We all agree on good feet, correct conformation, and all that…but Warhol’s focus went more than bone deep: His #1 most important trait for an endurance horse: its mind.
Warhol listed a variety of mental attributes of a good endurance horse, noting that some are trainable, and others are not. Here’s his list:...
Saturday, March 20, 2021
March 4, 2021
In this episode, Jess talks about her lifestyle as a digital nomad with horses. She talks about how and why she chose this life. She details her travels of the first year and the lessons she learned along the way.
Jess is then joined by Michelle Murphy and her daughter, Scout. This mother/daughter team travels the country full time with three horses and two dogs. They have designed their life to satisfy their passion for travel and exploration. Michelle shares that when they lived in Massachusetts, Scout battled with anxiety. Their intent in leaving was to escape the pressures of societal norms and live a stress-free life.
Scout and Joker navigating a tricky trail
Scout and Michelle have been traveling for two years. Scout enjoys her unique lifestyle. She learns through experience and has the freedom to pursue her interests. Artistic expression is very important to her. She paints regularly and has written her first book, A Magical Friendship Journey. It is the story of a band of thrown away misfits who come together to form a special family...
March 18 2021
A librarian from Gundagai who is reenacting journeys by Australian pioneer women will begin the first of six treks in Young this weekend.
Rochelle Grey will travel with her two horses, Frodo, a 10-year-old grey Australian stock horse, Zee, a 16-year-old chestnut quarter horse, and border collie Rowdy.
The first journey, beginning Saturday, will commemorate Sarah Musgrave, the first European child born west of the Great Divide, who rode 90 miles through bushranger-infested bushland to attend her own wedding in 1853.
"I love Sarah's story - she was clearly a girl of enormous capacity, courage, and endurance. The route of the journey will pass through Young, Wombat, Harden, Galong, Binalong and Yass, over nine days," Rochelle said...
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Lora Goerlich, American Trails contributor and equestrian expert, shares trail etiquette around horse manure.
by Lora Goerlich
Trail apples - the organic, naturally beneficial, digested balls of vegetation that host nourishing insect meals for birds and game fowl while also providing valuable minerals for butterflies, moths and dragonflies. On unimproved trail tread, manure will break down in about two weeks with a little help from sun, rain, dung beetles and foraging birds. AND unlike tacky, foul-smelling human or dog feces (which are more frequently found trailside) horse manure is not considered hazardous or toxic and carries no pathogens of concern.
Manure on trails, at staging areas and camp sites is unavoidable. Knowing when to take it or leave it can be confusing for both equestrians and non-equestrians. Additionally, park agencies may not understand what to expect from riders and haven’t established or posted clear guidelines. Unless otherwise posted, the standards listed below are appropriate expectations for riders:...
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Today’s hoof protection options include a variety of glue-on shoes, hoof boots, and even orthotics. Learn about the pros and cons of each.
Posted by Heather Smith Thomas | Mar 10, 2021
Today’s hoof protection options include a variety of glue-on shoes, hoof boots, and even orthotics Far more shoeing and hoof care materials and products are available today than 20 or 30 years ago, and horses are the beneficiaries. No longer are farriers limited to just steel shoes and nails.
“At the first farrier conference I attended, in 1988, one topic of discussion was whether glue-on shoes would ever be possible,” says Pat Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center School of Veterinary Medicine, in Kennett Square. “Now glue-on shoes are commonplace; it’s amazing that we’ve made that much progress in my professional lifetime...”
Sunday, March 14, 2021
by Tamara Baysinger
I always enjoy presentations by Melissa Ribley, DVM. Her talk at the AERC Unconventional Convention on March 6, 2021, was especially effective in sharing her passion for traveling to endurance rides all across the country. My notes capture the highlights, but there's no substitute for the full video, now available from AERC through the end of the month.
Dr. Ribley is an extremely experienced endurance vet and rider. Not only does her AERC record span well over 20,000 miles, it also reflects her love of traveling with her horses. Competing in different regions means implementing good hauling practices and being prepared for all types of climate and terrain. Dr. Ribley shared tips on all counts.
Five Reasons to Ride Out-of-Region
Dr. Ribley started by sharing some enticing reasons to explore endurance rides in other regions:...
Learn how to avoid combustion and barn fire caused by your stored hay.
Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Jan 25, 2021
Q: A friend recently told me that stored hay can self-combust. I’d never heard of this before. I keep my hay in my horses’ barn, above the stalls, and now I’m terrified it’s going to catch fire! Should I be concerned, and how can I store hay and keep my horses safe?
A: It is, indeed, true that under certain conditions, hay can self-combust. In fact, it’s a major cause of barn fires along with electrical malfunction, poor housekeeping, and careless work habits.
The No. 1 cause of hay self-combustion is that it was put-up (stored) with too high of a moisture content. Whether you should be concerned will depend on the conditions under which your hay was baled...