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Welcome to Catskill Horse.

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

Mastering Management Issues With Boarders

Light Up Your Life With A Sunroom

Get the scoop on modern day coops


Nikki Alvin-Smith

Editor's Welcome

 

The Merry Band at the Catskill Horse hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season making lots of happy memories with your friends and family.
The end of a decade and the start afresh of the New Year brings with it lots of opportunities to fulfill your dreams and take action to bring them to fruition.

The beginning of the year always brings with it resolutions to improve our health, and sometimes little things can make a big difference in your quality of life and health. Our feature, “Light Up You Life With A New Sunroom,” addresses one idea to boost your spirit and overall sense of wellbeing through the long winter months.
Useful both in hot climates and cool, the addition of a sunroom is becoming a popular choice as a retreat, daily working space or playroom for the kids.

If you run a horse boarding business you’ve probably had your share of issues with difficult boarders and the start of the year is the perfect time to check your accounts and manage your business better. Our feature article on, "Mastering Management Issues With Boarders" will help you set up some great ground rules and follow them through.

Our broad range of readers incorporates many rural lifestyle lovers and homesteaders, and the need to eat healthier is much on the minds of many. With our article on, "How to Select The Best Chicken Coop," you can garner some great insight into how to start keeping your own flock of chickens for a supply of eggs all year around. Careful management is key and 5th generation chicken keeper and TV host Lisa Steele brings some great advice on how to keep your flock laying and warm and cozy in winter. Chicken coop building specialist Rachel Miller also chimes in to bring you information on features available in a chicken coop purchase that can make your chicken keeping life easy and efficient.

We hope that you will enjoy our latest issue. Find time to ride and enjoy the seasons whatever they bring you. Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2020!

Don’t forget to check in at our news page for lots of horse lover information, see the winners of our monthly book contest and find new events to attend on our very popular events page.

With heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters, viewers and advertisers alike who have helped keep Catskill Horse growing this far. We look forward to many more years to come as we build this digital publication and continue to reach far and beyond New York.

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.


QUICK TIP: Make Routine Horse Care Easier with Oral Sedation
Prescribed by your veterinarian, administered by you.

We do our best to keep our horses happy, healthy and performing their best, but they don’t always recognize our good intentions. Routine care practices that seem straightforward to us can stress even the calmest of horses, creating situations that are dangerous, difficult and inconvenient for everyone involved.
 
If your horse is prone to nervousness or unruliness, consider asking your veterinarian about Dormosedan Gel® (detomidine hydrochloride) to help you accomplish procedures such as hoof trimming/shoeing, body clipping, sheath cleaning, first-time turnout and mane pulling. Dormosedan Gel can also keep your horse calm amid loud noises and other disturbances.
 
According to Rachel Gardner, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, “Dormosedan Gel is useful for husbandry procedures and can be administered without having a veterinarian present. Its oral gel formulation is convenient for horse owners.” Read the full article...


Core Conditioning For Horses
By Simon CocozzaEnter For Your Chance to Win “Core Conditioning For Horses
By Simon Cocozza ” on our Facebook Page


Here's how:

1. Like Catskill Horse Fb page https://www.facebook.com/CatskillHorse/
2. Post a photo of your horse that would benefit from this work.
3. Share this post on your page.
That's it! Good luck to all. Winner will be announced on Catskill Horse magazine fb page October 20th. With thanks to Trafalgar Square Books for their donation..

The winner of the awesome Core Strengthening book is

Val Pfeiffer of West Fairlee, VT.

“Im very excited to receive my book. All equines can benefit from core strengthening exercises not just those competing. Whether ridden or driven I want my horse to have a healthy back which is enabled by the specific exercises Simon Cocozza writes about. It is simply therapy in motion!”


Dressage for No CountryEnter For Your Chance to Win “Dressage For No Country” on our Facebook Page


Here's how:

1. Like Catskill Horse Fb page https://www.facebook.com/CatskillHorse/
2. Post a comment saying how horses have helped you in your life.
3. Share this post on your page.
That's it! Good luck to all. Winner will be announced on Catskill Horse magazine fb page September 20th. With thanks to Trafalgar Square Books for their donation..

Congratulations to Hannah Terry on her win of this lovely book.

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Leigh Melander of Andes, NY on her win of last month’s title, ”The Horse Cure.”


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.

 


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...


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...


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.


Check Out Horse Radio Network Alumni Helena Harris Podcast Stall and Stable

Listen in for advice "Keeping a Grand Prix Dressage Horse".

Podcast

 


Many Brave FoolsEnter Now For Your Chance to Win A Copy of This Fabulous New Book!

 

Many Brave Fools
A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency ... and Horses
Susan E. Conley
$19.95

For details on how to enter please visit our Facebook page.

Winner is Julie Harris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Catskill Horse T-Shirts & Notebooks Now Available

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Catskill Horse is pleased to announce that we now have T-Shirts, mugs and notebooks with our own arty design available for purchase to help spread the word.

 

Buy any one of our products - choose from our 100% cotton T's or buy a mug or notebook.

Catskill Horse Notebook

T-Shirts are available in Womens Fitted S/M/L/Xl and Unisex S/M/L/XL/2XL for only $20 plus $6.50 S/H. If you are located in NY please add 8% sales tax.

 

Mugs: $12.95 plus $6.50 S/H. Please add 8% sales tax if you are located in NY.

 

These fun notebooks are available for $11.95 plus S/H fee of $2.00. Please also add 8% sales tax if located in NYS.

 

 

Checks should be payable to Horse in a Kilt Media Inc., and mailed to P.O. Box 404, Stamford, NY 12167. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

 

 

 

 

 


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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