Saturday April 29, 2017 was the date for the annual Spring Plow Day sponsored by the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association. Held at Saunderskill Farms, Accord, NY, under cloudy skies, the event went off without a hitch (or with, as the case may be)! The location was perfect, as Saunderskill Farms is easy to find, right off Route 209, and yet the event was far enough back across the fields to provide privacy and quiet from the road. [Read more…]
There’s a current trend in society toward more natural products and remedies, and insect repellents for horses are no exception. But are natural products effective, and are they really safer? Examining the ingredients in repellents and understanding how they work can enable you to choose the insect repellent that’s best for you and your horses. [Read more…]
The horse show season officially kicked off in New England April 19-22 with the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 14 Spring Premier Horse Show. A total of 295 horses and approximately 600 riders filled the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA for the show’s 36th anniversary. Most of the riders participating in the show were from the New England states but according to show officials this year’s show included stables from as far away as Ohio, Michigan, Florida and California. [Read more…]
When Potomac Horse Fever was first identified in the Potomac River region of Maryland, horse owners who lived outside that area weren’t too concerned. But the rickettsial disease soon spread to other geographic regions.
“Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) was first noticed in 1979 in the Potomac Valley region of Maryland,” said Cornell University veterinarian Dr. Joy Tomlinson. “Since then, it’s been recognized in almost every state in the U.S., as well as parts of Canada, South America and Europe.” [Read more…]
Advisory group of Standardbred breeders and stakeholders will help guide the future growth of the industry and highlight its importance to agriculture
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner has announced a new initiative to help grow the Standardbred horse racing industry and highlight its importance to agriculture in New York State. During the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund meeting, the Commissioner, who is also a Fund Board trustee, announced the launch of a working group that will help guide the future of the industry. [Read more…]