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Vaccine Rules for this Competition Year

Equine Vaccination Rules for Competition

Equine Vaccination Rules for CompetitionIf 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 a horse receiving the Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables of the show grounds.

  • If your vet gives your horse(s) their vaccines: the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the veterinarian on documenting that the horse in question received the vaccinations; name of the vaccines
    and date of vaccine administration.
  • If you give your own vaccines: the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine
    purchase which is signed by the owner, or agent with care, custody, and control of the horse; name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine; and date of vaccine administration.
  • In the rare instance your horse cannot receive vaccines: the exhibitor, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from the veterinarian on official letterhead stating that the horse in question cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a log of temperatures taken twice daily for the seven days prior to entering the competition grounds. These horses must also have their temperature taken and logged twice daily while on the competition grounds. The log of temperatures should be provided to the Competition Management, steward, or technical delegate when requested.

If you plan on competing throughout the entire year, and even compete at a Championship show, try to schedule your vaccines around that. You do not want your horse to get vaccines the week before any important show in case of adverse reactions or stiffness. In Colorado, our show season tends to be a little shorter than in other areas, so sometimes your spring shots (if timed correctly) can get you through the end of your show season. And then you can worry about fall shots after show season has ended.

Be sure to check YOUR show schedule and find the vaccination schedule that will suit your needs the best. And with any questions, always consult your veterinarian! Remember, they are the experts.

All USEF Rules and Regulations can be found here:

USEF Equine Vaccination Rule GR845:

USEF Equine Vaccination Record Form:

To halter or not to halter in turnout, that is the question.

Horses without Halters in 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 time.

Having a halter on adds to the potential risks your horse may face:

  • Getting the halter stuck on a fence, gate, latch, tree, etc. in their turnout area.
  • Getting the halter stuck on their own shoe.
  • Having another horse grab the halter and hurt your horse in the process by yanking or ripping it across their skin.

Horses without Halters in TurnoutThe halter, persay, isn’t the problem. The problem is when that halter gets stuck and your horse panics and thrashes around. This can cause lacerations, fractures, breaks, soft tissue damage, and a variety of other injuries including death. And I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid vet bills at all costs!

So our stance is to leave halters off whenever possible during turnout.

Yes, there are occasions where it is IMPOSSIBLE to turnout without a halter. Example: hard to catch horse, unbroke horse, etc. In these instances, try to use a halter designed for turnout safety. These would be halters with leather breakaway pieces above the crown, or fully leather halters (however, these tend to be a little stronger than the breakaway type). But avoid fully nylon halters and rope halters at all costs! As these are nearly indestructible.

We’d love to see photos of your horse in turnout having fun, comment below!

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Equestrian Grammar Lesson = Ferrier

Many people spell a horseshoer as “Ferrier”, this is incorrect in American English. The correct spelling is “Farrier”. So now that you know, we will assume when you use the word ferrier, that you are referring to a farrier with a nice hind end 😂😂😂. Or you are from 14th-17th century France and therefore a vampire.

And for your knowledge: It turns out that farrier (which is the current preferred English usage) evolved from the Middle French word “ferrier“, which meant blacksmith (back then, iron workers and blacksmiths were one and the same). Ferrier, in turn, evolved from the Latin word ferrarius which means “of iron”, which is from the Latin ferrum, “iron”. (Taken from here).

How to create an Effective Sales or ISO Ad

We often see a sales or “in search of” (ISO) ad lacking tons of information. Do yourself a favor and include pertinent information in your ad so you alleviate the “tire kickers” contacting you and avoid unnecessary questions. Here are some tips on creating effective ads to sell your item or find something you are looking for.

Sales/Service Ad

ISO (In Search Of) Ad

Include Price & Location Include Budget & Location
Include Item Details such as: Include Item Details such as:
Age of horse/Year of birth or manufacture date Age range or Year Range you are looking for
Color If you have a color preference
Breed of Horse / Bloodlines If you have a breed preference
Gender of Horse Gender preference
Discipline (H/J, Dressage, Western Pleasure/etc.) Specific discipline of horse or service you need
Level of training / Awards If you have a specific level of training needed
Material Item is made from If there is a specific material you require
Service Offered  Service Needed (lessons/training/builder/etc.)
Any other important details (Temperament/Soundness/etc.) Other important details on the item/svc you need
Any other items it comes with (tack/bits/stirrups/etc.) Where you are willing to travel / if they must come to you
If you will accept trades

If you think we should add anything to the list, comment below!

If you can’t Give, Do.

Are you involved in any equestrian sport or organization? Chances are, they are a non-profit and rely heavily on participation and donations from members to keep running. If you can join, and/or donate – they will be extremely thankful. But if you cannot help out financially, there are still other ways to give back. Many of these organizations need volunteers to help with events, and MANY other tasks to keep the organization running smoothly.

Without these financial and time donations from the people that believe in their organization, they would not be able to keep running and providing the service that they offer.

So if you can’t give, DO!

2017 Equestrian Demographics in Colorado

Every year, we take a survey of the equine owners/riders/enthusiasts in Colorado to gauge the demographic base of these people. We then share this information with anyone that may want to utilize it! Whether you are an organization trying to garner sponsors or advertisers, a business looking at new ways to advertise, or any other person/organization; we encourage you to take a look at the information in this document.

Here are those results:

2017 Surveyed demographics – 2017-Surveyed-Demographics.pdf

USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic January 2-4, 2018

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Horse Hauling; What the new regulations & laws mean for you

Horse Hauling - what the new regulations and laws mean for you

With all the recent changes to regulations regarding horse trailering, it’s no wonder many of us are left dazed & confused. Get the details here on what you need to do to stay legal while hauling your horse, or anyone else’s horse!
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