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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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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How will the Eclipse affect my Horse?

[caption id="attachment_1004" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo: Martin Bernetti, AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on August 21, the first time on the U.S. mainland since 1979. Depending on where you live in the United States, up to 99.4% of the sun will be covered by the moon. What does that mean for your horse, donkey, mule, or even other non-equine pets? The path, in which the moon's shadow sweeps across the Earth's surface, will cross parts of 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. We spoke...

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Popsicles for Your Horse During Hot Weather

Popsicles for your Horse

During the hot weather that our upcoming summer will be offering, a great way to keep your horse cool, happy, and hydrated is to make popsicles for your horse! These are easy and inexpensive to make! Just get a tupperware container, fill with horse safe fruits (apples, carrots, bananas, grapes, etc.) and then fill the rest with water. Once frozen, put out in the field or feed bin with your horse and watch them enjoy!

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Bananas and Your Horse

Bananas and Horses

Horses can most certainly eat bananas! However like humans, horses have their own taste palate, so some horses may not enjoy bananas. Not only do bananas offer a great treat alternative, they also provide a great source of potassium. Horses can even eat the banana peel. Potassium is a vital mineral that contributes to cellular and muscular health in your horse. Because of the importance to your horse's muscles, riders will often give a banana as a treat during competitions, races, or other high-energy situations. They also help to provide the much-needed energy for horses in such situations. Make sure...

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Cold Weather, Hydration, & Your Horse’s Health

Most of the year it is pretty easy to keep your horse drinking to stay healthy & hydrated, just provide clean water. But getting a horse to drink the approximate 10 gallons of water they need per day, during cold weather, can be quite a challenge at times. Not only is clean water important in winter, now you have to factor in freezing water, and even the lack of interest in water sometimes due to the horse being cold. Most owners feed more forage during winter, to keep their horse warm (digestion aids in keeping a horse warm). Due to...

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Everything You Need To Know About a Digital Pulse in Your Horse

What is an Equine Digital Pulse? An equine digital pulse is a very useful tool for horse owners in determining if there is pain or inflammation in the hoof (or hooves) of your horse. The digital pulse is the bloodflow through the main artery going into the hooves. A digital pulse is typically hard to find/feel, this is due to the fact that there is no restriction of the blood flow into the hoof of the horse. The more restriction (inflammation) there is going into the hoof, the easier it will be to find. If you are not familiar with...

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USEF Submits Comment on USDA’s Proposed Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed amendments to the regulations that implement the Horse Protection Act. In its comment, the USEF seeks to partner with the USDA in the eradication of soring in equestrian sport. The USEF commends the USDA in its efforts to strengthen the regulations and further protect horses from the practice of soring. Dedicated to upholding horse welfare, this comment is a part of the USEF's on-going efforts to modify and implement rules that eliminate cheating, doping, and abuse in the sport....

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Aging Horses: How to Care for a Senior Horse

An unfortunate part of horse ownership is that our horses age. And senior horses require a little extra care to ensure they are happy and comfortable in their upper years. As in humans, horses strength and overall body condition diminishes. This does not mean you can't have a healthy senior horse though! You will want to know your horse's Baseline TPR (Temperature, Pulse, & Respiratory Rate) and have that information handy for your use or your veterinarian's use in case of concern. Make sure your elderly equine friend gets an annual checkup by your vet including a full oral exam...

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10 Rules to Live by in Evacuations with Horses (Fire/Tornado/Etc)

10 Rules to Live by in Evacuations with Horses (Fire/Tornado/Etc) By:  CTB-Animal Control/Animal Evacuator 1. TEACH YOUR HORSE TO LOAD (and tie)! And I mean immediately step into a trailer. 2. Take at least one bale of hay and a BUCKET, you never know where your horse is going to end up. 3. No matter what, if you take your horses or not, MAKE SURE you take your proof of ownership/BRAND INSPECTIONS! This will help you prove the horses are yours later on! (Photos work in non brand inspection areas!) 4. If you CANNOT TAKE your horse, TURN THEM LOOSE!...

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