Some people wonder why you need to plan for a hay change. The hay makes up typically 75%+ of your horse’s diet, so switching cold-turkey could have ill effects on their health if they aren’t adequately prepared. Would you switch your horse’s grain ration overnight? Probably not!
Here are just a few tips to make your change-over easier on everyone involved:
Just remember, a sudden change in diet of any kind can disrupt the microbes and balance of the gut, which can lead to disgestive upset such as excessive gas, diarrhea, discomfort, colic, etc.
Information taken from the Colorado State Department of Agriculture Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmain/news/8282018-eia-positive-horse-identified-colorado
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 for survivors, athletes, and even parents to recognize the signs of abuse and report it. US Equestrian wants you to know: if you are a victim of abuse, it is never too late to come forward and make a report. You will be supported and an investigation will be conducted.
Better safeguards are now in place to prevent abuse and misconduct, but it is incumbent upon all of us as a community to look out for one another and, if you see or suspect abuse or wrongdoing, please report it to US Equestrian or the U.S. Center for SafeSport. All reporting is confidential.You can submit a report electronically to the Center or at (720) 524-5640.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Make a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment, or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. You can submit a report electronically to the Center or at (720) 524-5640.
Reporting Misconduct to Local Authorities
Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must be reported to local authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.
24 Hour Helpline
Reporting Other Misconduct
USEF handles all reports of suspected misconduct that is non-sexual in nature, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct. Reports can be made electronically to email@example.com, or electronically or telephonically to any of the individuals on the Athlete Protection Team:
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 Me is designed to alert your emergency contacts.
When you start your ride with Ride With Me, the app monitors your movement to know that you’re in control, using the natural rhythms of you and the horse. If Ride With Me detects no movement over a period of time, a warning will sound. If you’re okay, one button silences the alarm.
If you don’t respond to the warning, then Ride With Me will send a text message to a select group of emergency contacts of your choice. The message includes your GPS coordinates and lets them know that Ride With Me hasn’t detected any movement.+
If you need help evacuating, or are willing to help, please click here to see what options you have! If you don’t see what you need, create a new post.
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 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 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: https://www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations
USEF Equine Vaccination Rule GR845: https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/ANcxoLX1gNs/equine-vaccination-rule-gr845
USEF Equine Vaccination Record Form: https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/xUbu-pT8eLM/equine-vaccination-record
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:
The 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!
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 these discounts!
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).
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.
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!