The Eclipse and my Equine: Will They Be OK?

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A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on August 21, the first time on the U.S. mainland since 1979. Depending on where you live in the United States, up to 99.4% of the sun will be covered by the moon. What does that mean for your horse, donkey, mule, or even other non-equine pets? Read More

What Is My Donkey DOING!?

More great facts about donkeys!

More great facts about donkeys!We have partnered up with Rachel from Foghorn Farm Donkey Training again to bring you another informative article about Donkeys!

Donkeys are not small horses with long ears and small tails. Oftentimes owners get surprised at certain donkey traits and behaviors because they are either unused to all things equine or very used to horses. Again, donkeys are not small horses! They are an entirely different species and have entirely different behaviors and needs.

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What is Eventing?

USEA Eventing Logo

EventingEventing 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 show their balance, stamina, and precision. Read More

What is Vaulting?

America Vaulting Association

VaultingVaulting 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. Tracing history through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, many references to vaulting are made, and it was during this time that the practice of “La Voltige” (drill riding and agility exercises performed on horseback by knights and noblemen) gave the sport its present name. Modern vaulting was developed in postwar Germany as a means to introduce children to equestrian sport, and it remains a popular training and competitive endeavor all across Europe. Conversely, modern competitive vaulting is relatively new to the United States. Vaulting did not make its way to the U.S. until the late 1950s and the first official competition did not take place until 1969. Since that time, vaulting has experienced significant growth and expansion and is enjoyed by equestrian enthusiasts of all ages. All vaulting routines – team, individual, and freestyle – are performed on the back of a cantering horse, traveling in a circle and attached to a longe line. Read More

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy – Positive Horse in Colorado

EHV - Equine Herpes Virus

EHV - Equine HerpesVirusA 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 restricted movement and all horses having temperatures taken twice daily. As of this date no further horses have shown signs of the disease. Read More

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

EIA Positive Horse in Colorado
EIA Positive Horse in ColoradoFOR 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 Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) that a Weld County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Based on a test at the  National Veterinary Services Laboratory, a 5-year old racing quarter horse in Fort Lupton, Colorado was diagnosed with Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The mare was asymptomatic and was euthanized. The stable with a total of 18 horse is quarantined restricting movement of horses for 60 days.

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What is Endurance Riding?

Endurance RidingEndurance 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 the horse and athlete. Given their ability to meet and master physical challenges, it’s no surprise that Arabians and their close kin dominate in this discipline. Read More

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

Strangles Outbreak in Colorado

Strangles Outbreak in ColoradoThere 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. Read More

Hands in Horses

Hands in Horses

Hands in HorsesAs 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 could still very well be 15.1 hands. It’s important you actually know what it means to label a horse as 16 hands (or any other height for that matter) – otherwise that is false advertising. And if you are selling the horse you could potentially REALLY upset prospective buyers that show up and the horse is not as advertised. Also, those that know what hands mean, and see a 17H horse advertised that is clearly NOT, it drives us batty!!! Read More

Bananas and Your Horse

Bananas and Horses

Bananas and HorsesHorses 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 banana peel. Read More