What is Eventing?

USEA Eventing Logo

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 that compete in eventing…

What is Vaulting?

America Vaulting Association

Vaulting enjoys an ancient heritage and can probably be described as one of the oldest known forms of equestrian sport. Often described as gymnastics performed on horseback, vaulting’s origins can be traced back to Roman games which included acrobatic displays performed on cantering horses….

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy – Positive Horse in Colorado

EHV - Equine Herpes Virus

A 17-year old quarter horse mare used for barrel racing was diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Grand Junction,  Mesa County, Colorado. The mare is recovering from urinary incontinence and hindlimb ataxia. The premises with a total of 10 horses is quarantined with…

EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) – EIA Positive Horse in Colorado

EIA Positive Horse in Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2017 Contacts: Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us Dr. Keith Roehr, (303) 869-9130, Keith.Roehr@state.co.us EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado BROOMFIELD, Colo. –On May 4, 2017, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s Office, was notified by the US Department of…

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 health and fitness of…

Are there any current disease outbreaks in Colorado? The short answer is YES.

Strangles Outbreak in Colorado

There have been a LOT of posts floating around the interwebs about strangles and disease outbreaks in Colorado. Heritage Equine from Parker, Colorado and the Equine Disease Communication Center have confirmed this to be true.

Hands in Horses

Hands in Horses

As you may (or may not) know, horses are measured in hands. And not everyone knows exactly what that means; we will clarify that for you. One hand = 4 inches. A “tall horse” to you does not mean it is 16+ hands. It…

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…

Equestrian Grammar Lesson: Gaits vs Gates

Equestrian Grammar - Gaits vs Gates

Equestrian Grammar – Gaits vs Gates. They mean completely different things. Make sure you are using them correctly.

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!