Recently this spring, I received an email from Cornell Cooperative Extension with information warning horse owners about “a newly emerging disease of horses — Equine Enteric Coronavirus.” It seemed important to pass along, and so I have used information for this article that was taken from information sent out by the Veterinary Support Services group at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. [Read more…]
Ballston Spa, NY— Horse lovers everywhere, join us for the 23rd Annual Saratoga Horse Symposium on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center, 556 Middle Line Road, Ballston Spa, NY. This is event is open to the public, all are welcome! [Read more…]
The Tennessee Walking Horse is a light breed of horse developed over time in the 1800s by farmers in the that state to meet their needs for a horse that could work in the fields and also serve as a comfortable horse to ride while overseeing their holdings. The breed evolved as the result of crossing several different breeds including Thoroughbreds, Canadian Pacer, Saddlebreds, Morgans, American Standardbreds and Naragansett Pacers. These crosses eventually evolved into an animal with a unique gait which became known as a running walk. This breed’s temperament and stamina allow it to be used in almost any role from western, driving or as a mount for those with handicaps. One of the claims made for this horse is that its easy gait make it the ideal horse for those with back problems. [Read more…]
One of the most important things a horse keeper can do to ensure his horse’s good health is to utilize good pest control practices. “Pests” include, but are not limited to, flies, lice, mites and other insects; grubs/worm larvae; rats and mice and other vermin. [Read more…]
by Mitzi Summers
I think that most horse people at one time or another have watched a horse show from the sidelines and tried judging the class to see if they agree with the judge’s results. They either congratulate themselves when their choices match, view the results with approval or disapproval, or, especially if they are novices and are just trying to understand horse shows, have no idea how the placings were determined. [Read more…]
An important part of ensuring your horse’s good health is to have a strong pest control program in place. In addition to flies and other insects, those who keep horses need to concentrate on a management plan for keeping mice, rats and other vermin at bay.
It’s almost a given fact that barns with farm animals and feed attract mice and rats, and some feel that it’s a losing battle, or not even worthwhile, to try to eradicate them. However, when you consider the damage that these small creatures can cause, not to mention the threat of disease that they can carry, rodent control should be at the top of every horse keeper’s list. [Read more…]
Out of a crowd on a New York City street, a huge brown Clydesdale harnessed in an eight horse team pulling the famed Budweiser wagon notices the man who had raised him since birth, before he was sold to Budweiser. Out of harness, he races without rider or saddle along the New York street to meet him. Though this is the make-believe story of the uplifting 2013 Budweiser Clydesdale Superbowl commercial, the horse is not acting. He is really running without bridle, bit or other visible instruction. He was trained by stuntman Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey, owner of Liberty Horse Ranch in Summerville, GA, who has trained horses for films and television productions and performs nationwide. [Read more…]
A well-trained horse willingly submits to rules established by its handler, but groups of pastured horses live by a completely different set of rules — rules they define and defend.
Mares are often likely the ones to set the tone in a group of horses. One mare is usually dominant, and the others will figure out their roles and submit. The dominant mare controls the other horses with body language: ears pinned, bold, head-down strides toward other horses, and if necessary, kicking. Any mare in the herd can be dominant, even a young mare. [Read more…]