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Welcome to The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse. We hope you enjoy browsing our monthly online magazine. This .org digital magazine, began as a community resource serving the North East region of the USA, and has grown to reach a national and even international audience. The complete source for everything horse with a bevy of archived educational articles, tips and advice for multi-riding disciplines for horse owners everywhere that encompasses everything horse and rural lifestyle related.

In addition to our Directory of useful services and horse lover articles check out our latest features Hit the Hay Accommodation Guide, The Feed Bucket Restaurant Guide, Horse and Home Real Estate Guide, Stallion Directory and Equine Art at the Catskill Horse. Plus coming soon our shopping choice guide! Come join our Merry Band at the Catskill Horse. And don't forget to check in at our Facebook page for our weekly Giveaway contests.


What's New in This Issue

Effective Cost Management of Your Horse Barn

Lightness in Dressage

The Top Ten Reasons To Choose Modular Over Stick Built Horse Barns

Get Out Of The House


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

The heat of the summer is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy some time reading as well as riding. Our horses appreciate the break from the sun in their stalls and we love the chance to spend time mapping out our future horse plans and enjoying a break from the daily toil.

For our dressage aficionado readers this month’s edition takes an insider’s look into the German and French schools of dressage and the history behind what we do in dressage. The factor of lightness is on everyone’s mind as we watched the major annual event at Aachen and the rewards in the ring with high scores certainly should mirror the classical principles of dressage and not be biased toward over expression or tricks. While obviously competition dressage runs on its own center line when it comes to judging, it is wise to know the what’s, where’s and why’s of what dressage was and to some extent is, all about. Learn more in our feature Lightness in Dressage.

For barn owners that run a business for profit earning a few extra bucks is always important. The best way to manage and design a business plan for your barn takes a two fold approach ~ a look at expenses as well as income channels. Lots of tips in our cost effective barn management article will help you on your way.

If you don’t have a barn yet but one is on your horizon, take a look at a smart ‘instant’ barn option and see why so many horse owners opt for modular barn purchases. You don’t have to be an Olympian like Boyd Martin to appreciate their benefits, (who of course does), but you can join the ranks of the well-informed when it comes to making your horse barn purchase the smart one in our Top 10 Reasons Modular is Better Than Pole/Stick-Built.

An increasing number of our readers are rural lifestyle lovers and not necessarily horse owners. Whatever property you own the addition of extra space to enjoy the outdoors indoors, makes a lot of sense. Budget friendly ways to provide a spot for a birthday party, a respite for your elderly relatives from the sun or to enjoy a peaceful glass of wine at the end of a long and dusty day are a hot topic right now. See what options for the sunroom, summerhouse or studio shed are available right now and learn what features you can have as standard when you choose the right company.

On other news next month marks our 50th Edition! Can you believe it? We are running a special “Win a Horse Basket,” to celebrate. It will be filled with some super horse lover items courtesy of our friends at www.TheHorseStudio.com. Free to enter, all details will be posted on our website and Facebook page so don’t forget to check in.

Keep cool and stay hydrated this summer and don’t forget to bring pets inside during hot weather and keep your horses protected from the sun and bugs.

If you write and would like to contribute; have news you would like to share about your organization or activities at your farm, please email info@CatskillHorse.org

Please to visit our Facebook page and keep up on current news and come join the chat at the Catskill Equestrian Group too.

Happy Riding!

Nikki Alvin-Smith
Editor
Catskill Horse Magazine
Publisher: Horse in a Kilt Media Inc.


Learn More About Horse Hay

Have you ever wondered where your hay comes from? In this episode, we learn about what it takes to produce the most important component of a horse’s diet. Plus, we learn about things like how to spot a good bale when you see one, how to measure moisture content, prevent spontaneous combustion, and more. Hay farmer, Nikki Alvin-Smith from Willowview Hill Farm Dressage, brings a ton of really interesting information.

 


The Real Cause of Pasture-Associated Laminitis (PAL)
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

It isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science: The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Laminitis Working Group did a four-year study with the goal of identifying laminitis risks. Other than diet, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) pattern obesity, known EMS or Pituitary Pars Intermedia (PPID), and use of corticosteroids within 30 days, were identified. All relate to equine metabolic syndrome and elevated insulin.

PAL Article
 
A 2006 field study performed by a group from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) followed a herd of 106 mixed breed ponies on pasture for a year, performing pasture analyses and monitoring the ponies using proxies of insulin resistance they had developed from the results of intravenous testing. They found both prior laminitis and development of acute laminitis correlated well with indicators of insulin resistance. There was no increase of fructan in the pasture when laminitis cases appeared, nor no indication of diarrhea or hind gut upset. Read the full Article...


Whole Food for Horses
Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

The “whole food” claim is being used to market some feeds and supplements for horses, but what is a whole food and are these products really superior?
The term whole food is not currently regulated, so it can mean anything the company using it wants it to mean. “Whole food” was originally coined in the 1940s and referred to produce “without subtraction, addition or alteration”, harvested and eaten fresh, raised without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers – in other words, both unprocessed and organic.

Whole food in horse products is definitely not the same as organic. If you don’t see the USDA seal of certification, it’s not organic. Non-GMO is not the same thing as organic either, and no guarantee the product does not contain chemicals even far more dangerous than glyphosate. Read the full article...


Keep Your Horse Safe During Sumer Trailering Trips with Tips from Cavallo Horse & Rider

Q: Cavallo Hoof Boots Q&A: What can I do to keep my horse safe while trailering?
 
Cavallo President Carbre Herder shares her advice….
 
A: Preparation is prevention when it comes to trailering. More than 50 percent of the injuries horses sustain in transportation are to their lower limbs. Ranging in severity, from treatable surface wounds to irreparable impairment, the main causes are scrambbrng, loss of balance and conflict with other horses. With less frequency are collisions, fires, over-turned trailers, trappings, trappings and tying up.
 
Although daunting, it is your responsibibrty to be aware of the risks for accidents and injuries and do the best you can to prepare for anything. You don’t want to be the one responsible for something that could have been prevented. Equally consider your own aptitude and preparation, your trailer safety and maintenance and your horses’ emotional and physical well-being.
 
Here’s a checklist of what to do to prepare for trailering trips…. Read the full article...


Creating a Diverse Healthy Pasture for Your Horse
By Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS

Creating a Diverse Healthy Pasture for Your HorseEquine health (and human health, for that matter) is closely intertwined with soil health. Soil health directly affects plant health and the nutrients available to the plants are absorbed in turn by horses. Healthy soil and healthy horses are therefore, inter-related. And microbial populations in the gut, called the microbiome, are also beneficiaries of this relationship.
 
Maintaining a healthy population of micro-organisms requires appropriate food, the correct environment and substrates (prebiotics) upon which to grow. In soil, the correct pH, minerals and organic matter all must be present. In the equine (and human) intestinal tract, the correct pH, minerals and soluble fibers (prebiotics) must all be present. Notice that the same basic ingredients are required whether the land is producing plants, or the horse/human is living. Current research is showing that the natural microbial population in the horse (and human) is primarily soil-based bacteria. So, eating a little bit of dirt is actually a good thing. Read the full article...


The Importance of a Detox Program For The Equine Athlete

Show JumperAs with human athletes, high performance equine athletes cannot be kept at peak performance year round and a rest from heavy work can actually contribute to a stronger athlete in the long run by allowing the body to heal and rejuvenate. 

Competitive horses face mental and physical challenges that a less active horse does not. The intense demands during competition, stress of travel, changes to feeding routine, and the possible decrease of fiber in a horse’s diet due to lack of grazing on the road can affect health and performance. These challenges can often upset a horse’s delicate digestive system that will need to be repaired before peak performance can then again be achieved. Read the full article....


Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Announce Ban of Off-Label Use of Bisphosphonates

LEXINGTON, KY, Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. (OBS) jointly announced today that they will enable buyers of horses younger than four years old to have those horses tested for bisphosphonates. The policy is undertaken to ban off-label use of these drugs. The revised Conditions of Sale for each of these sales companies takes effect July 1, 2019. Read the full article...

Editor’s Note:

The breakdown of racehorses at racetracks around the country, have many folks scratching their heads searching for the reason. In our recent blog, we pointed out that medications could possibly provide the answers and in particular bisphosphonates such as Osphos®. Please read the blog for opinion and more information on this important topic. The use of these medications does not just affect the racehorse industry, it is a wake up call for all horse owners.


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A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency ... and Horses
Susan E. Conley
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Vaccine Risks?

Here is some advice on what to look out for as your horse is administered vaccines this season. There have been reports of some serious adverse reactions this year, so be vigilant and ask your vet for their advice and specifically what adverse vaccine reports they have received through their channels.

It’s important to be able to distinguish between minor side effects and those reactions that warrant a call to your veterinarian.
 
Normal Responses
After intramuscular vaccination, it’s fairly common for horses to experience mild, temporary side effects for a few hours such as:
• Local muscle soreness or swelling
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Loss of appetite
• Lack of energy or alertness 
 
However, if the signs listed above last for more than 24 hours, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible to inform them of what is going on with the horse. This will allow your veterinarian to provide you with treatment advice and care instructions.
 
Causes for Possible Concern
Sometimes more serious side effects, and in some cases, life-threatening events, can occur, including:
• Hives
• Difficulty breathing
• Collapse
• Colic
• Swelling at the injection site several days post vaccination.
These more serious side effects are rare, but do require immediate consultation, and, in some cases, medical intervention.
 
Working with your veterinarian is the best way to ensure your horse is being evaluated based upon its particular needs. Many veterinarians follow the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ recommended guidelines for core vaccinations.  Veterinarians can also be helpful in determining the need for other risk-based vaccinations based on an assessment of your geographic threats and travel plans. They are also familiar with the proper handling and administering of vaccines, which is important because those handled improperly can actually become ineffective or may increase the risk of side effects.

CH note: This advice comes from a leading vaccine manufacturer and is provided in excerpts.


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