Miami Equine Quarantine Center Closure by USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2019—Out of an abundance of caution, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is temporarily closing the Miami Animal Import Center to new arrivals after a handful of horses quarantined at the facility became sick. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause of illness in these horses, however, officials suspect salmonella, and the facility is taking precautions to stop further disease spread. The temporary closure is effective on Saturday, January 19, 2019. APHIS is conducting environmental testing at the facility, and the samples will be sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for diagnostic testing. Before...

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Trainer/Coach abuse of Young Riders

Today the New York Times published a story providing further details on now-deceased equestrian trainer Jimmy Williams and his abuse of young riders. In addition to describing Williams’ inappropriate and unacceptable actions, the article also discusses how painfully difficult it can be for survivors, athletes, and even parents to recognize the signs of abuse and report it. US Equestrian wants you to know: if you are a victim of abuse, it is never too late to come forward and make a report. You will be supported and an investigation will be conducted. Better safeguards are now in place to prevent abuse and...

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The “Ride With Me” App for Safety

Ride With Me is a horseback riding safety app by Smartpak that gives you peace of mind when riding. Many horseback riding accidents happen when no one is around. If you fall and can’t call for help yourself, Ride With Me is designed to alert your emergency contacts. When you start your ride with Ride With Me, the app monitors your movement to know that you’re in control, using the natural rhythms of you and the horse. If Ride With Me detects no movement over a period of time, a warning will sound. If you’re okay, one button silences the...

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Vaccine Rules for the 2018 Competition Year

Horse Vaccines for the 2018 Competition Season

If you compete, and any of those competitions are USEF licensed, then you need to stay up to date on the vaccine/vaccination rules. Also, be sure to find out the rules/regulations for your show's manager and the facility you are showing at. Sometimes these can vary and be more strict, or also require things such as a veterinary health check prior to arrival at the grounds. We put a lot of money into each competition so we don't want to get turned away at the gate for any reason! USEF requires that for ANY competition, there is a record of...

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Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Signed Into Law

Lexington, Ky. – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 has been signed into law, becoming effective immediately. The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department, within 24 hours. Failure to report is subject to criminal penalties. The bill amends two federal statutes: the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1978. Within the Victims of Child...

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Horse Trailer Organization: Gridwall

[caption id="attachment_584" align="alignright" width="300"] Panorama of the Gridwall Finished[/caption] I have been struggling with getting my trailer organized in a fashion where I could easily get to everything I needed to. I tried a plastic garage cabinet system, a husky rolling trunk, and FINALLY think I've figured out the best option!  (more…)

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COEs Support Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans

Veterans Affairs

Lexington, Ky. – In an effort to increase growth and participation of eligible veterans in para-equestrian sport, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has provided grant support for the Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans. For the past two years, USEF/USPEA International Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence (COE) Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, in partnership with the US Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), has been the recipient of the VA’s Federal Adaptive Sport Grant. This assistance has helped develop the para-dressage and para-driving pipelines through clinics, outreach, and ongoing education efforts for...

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Should my horse wear a halter during turnout?

The age old question, should I leave a halter on my horse during turnout? Everyone has their own opinion (as with everything horse 😂), but here are our thoughts and reasoning behind the options. Horses are gigantic, amazing, strong, beautiful, graceful beings. That also happen to be uber clumsy and really breakable at the worst of times. So why add to the potential catastrophe horses are so good at serving us at the most inopportune times! Typically when our horses are turned out, they are not being supervised so if something were to go wrong they might be stuck without help for quite some...

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Horse.com is having a HUGE Warehouse Sale!

Be sure to check out the HUGE sale that Horse.com is currently having to clear out their warehouse and make room for new products. These deals will only last while the products are on the shelves, so order now at these discounts! Horse.com Spring Cleaning Warehouse Clearance - Save Up To 78% Off

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