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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… ...
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… ...
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… ...
Horse Vaccines for the 2018 Competition Season Vaccine Rules for the 2018 Competition Year- 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… ...
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… ...
Horse Trailer Organization: Gridwall- 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… ...
Veterans Affairs COEs Support Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans- 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… ...
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… ...
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… ...
Spring Forward this Weekend!- One of our favorite things as horse lovers is MORE DAYLIGHT!!! So remember that Daylight savings time starts this Sunday. Which means you will set your clocks forward 1 hour. ...
USA Reining What is Reining?- The modern reining horse’s roots date back to the bygone era of the Old West where horses were a vital part of every working livestock ranch. Horses needed to be sturdy, quick, responsive, and agile to be able to herd… ...
USEA Eventing Logo What is Eventing?- Eventing is the equestrian equivalent to a human triathalon, consisting of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event is usually contested over three days, hence the other popular term for the discipline, three-day event. By performing each of these classes, horses… ...
How will the Eclipse affect my Horse?- 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… ...
Combined Driving What is Combined Driving?- Combined driving is designed to test a horse’s or a team’s speed, stamina, obedience, and athleticism, in three distinct and demanding phases usually held over the course of three days, and is actually modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of… ...
What is Para-Equestrian?- The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition… ...
Popsicles for your Horse Popsicles for Your Horse During Hot Weather- 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… ...
Bananas and Horses Bananas and Your Horse- 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… ...
Don’t let Trailering get Between your Friendship- Not all of us are lucky enough to own our own truck/trailer for trailering our horses where they need to go. So if you are not hiring a professional hauler and are instead using a friend to help you out;… ...
USHJA Jumping What is Jumping?- Jumping enjoys its place, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most popular and perhaps most recognizable equestrian events, aside from Thoroughbred horse racing.  At its highest competitive level, Jumping is recognized as one of the three Olympic equestrian… ...
What is Endurance Riding?- Endurance is a long distance sport covering variations in altitude, terrain, and weather that tests the fitness and stamina of the horse as well as the athlete’s discipline and horsemanship skills. Periodic checkpoints occur throughout the competition to ensure the… ...