• Colorado Horse News

    The Urban Farm was Burglarized and is in need of Donations

    The Urban Farm experienced a break-in and theft this past week. If the items are not recovered, the replacement value of the stolen equine equipment will total over 22K dollars. There are many ways to support the farm, including volunteering, donating, or becoming a sponsor. The Urban Farm (TUF) strives to provide the opportunity for urban youth to engage and participate in local food and agricultural systems by removing the barriers to entry such as land access, time, location and finances. TUF delivers experiential programs in animal husbandry, organic gardening, environmental education, land conservation, and food security that provide practical and behavioral life skills for youth and young adults.

  • Fire at Equestrian Facility in Franktown Colorado
    Colorado Horse News

    Devastating Fire at a Horse Facility in Franktown, Colorado

    Douglas County Sheriffs and multiple fire departments responded to a barn fire in Franktown, Colorado at Hidden Pines Farm near Russellville Rd. and CO-83 this morning, November 27, 2023. Our hearts go out to everyone affected, Hidden Pines was the home base to Sarah Watson with Watson Equestrian LLC, and barn owner Dana Vollbracht, along with their incredible clients and barn family. One person was hospitalized and multiple horses passed away. The official link to donate to this cause is below, and through CHJA (Colorado Hunter Jumper Association). Please be cautious if you find other donation links. As horrible as it seems, sometimes people take advantage of tragedies like this…

  • Horse Stamps coming in 2024 from USPS
    Colorado Horse News

    Saddle Up for 2024: USPS Unveils Stunning New Horse Stamps

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced many of the stamps it will issue in 2024. One of those sets being a beautiful collection of horses. “As always, our stamp program features a broad array of subjects and designs. Stamps are miniature works of art and often tell a story that highlights our American culture, our people or an important point in our history,” said Lisa Bobb-Semple, acting Stamp Services director for USPS. “Stamps also allow us to show what’s important to us as we carefully select which stamp adorns our mailpieces. The 2024 stamps were designed to offer the American public a broad array of choices for those looking…

  • Winter weather is upon us again here in Colorado - are you and your horses ready
    Facility Management,  Horse Care,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Winter weather is upon us again here in Colorado – are you and your horses ready?

    If you are anything like me, you spent the last day or two getting everything ready for the impending snow this weekend. For horse owners, winter poses special considerations when it comes to caring for these magnificent animals. I will touch on essential preparations and care tips to help you and your horses navigate the winter weather safely and comfortably below. Some of the extra things I do to keep my horses happy and healthy during winter weather, and to make things easier for me: Be sure to read some of the other winter hacks our members love here: https://coloradohorseforum.com/cold-weather-winter-hacks-for-horses/

  • Horse Care,  Horse Feed & Nutrition,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Chia Seeds: A Nutritional Powerhouse for Your Equine Companion

    When it comes to equine nutrition, there’s a lot more to consider than just hay. Many horse owners are turning to natural supplements to enhance their horse’s health and performance, and one such superfood gaining popularity is chia seeds. Chia seeds aren’t just a trendy health food for humans; they offer a wide range of health benefits for horses as well. In this article, we’ll explore why chia seeds are becoming a staple in equine diets and how they can benefit your four-legged friend. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining overall health in horses. They play a crucial role in reducing inflammation, supporting cardiovascular…

  • Colorado Horse News,  Horse Care,  Horse Health

    Merck Animal Health Issues Voluntary Recall for Three Lots of BANAMINE® / BANAMINE®-S (Flunixin Meglumine Injection) in the U.S., Due to Presence of Particulate Matter

    RAHWAY, N.J., Sept. 1, 2023 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA. (NYSE:MRK), is voluntarily recalling three batches of BANAMINE®/BANAMINE®-S (flunixin meglumine injection) 50 mg/mL in the United States, used for injection in cattle, swine and horses to the consumer level due to the presence of particulate matter. BANAMINE® /BANAMINE®-S (flunixin meglumine injection) is a prescription product in the U.S.   Particulates were observed during routine quality testing and reviews for the following batches: A photo of the bottle of each batch number (lot number) that is part of the recall…

  • All Day Forage and Why Horses Thrive on Continuous Grazing
    Facility Management,  Horse Care,  Horse Feed & Nutrition,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    The Importance of All-Day Forage: Why Horses Thrive on Continuous Grazing

    One of the most critical aspects of horse care is providing them with proper nutrition. Among the various components of a horse’s diet, forage stands out as a cornerstone. In this article, we will delve into the reasons why horses require all-day forage and how it contributes to their overall well-being. Please note there are many ways you can provide all-day forage, such as slow feeders, if you are concerned about the rate at which your horse eats the hay or potential hay waste. Mimicking Natural Behavior: Horses are natural grazers. In the wild, they spend a significant portion of their day grazing on grasses and plants. This behavior is…

  • Locoweed Plant
    Facility Management,  Horse Breeding,  Horse Care,  Horse Feed & Nutrition,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Locoweed and Horses: A Toxic Combo

    Locoweed, also known as crazyweed, is a type of plant that belongs to the pea family (Fabaceae) and is native to North and Central America. It is known for its toxic properties, which can cause serious health issues in livestock and wildlife that consume it. Locoweed contains toxic alkaloids, such as swainsonine and selenium, which can cause a range of symptoms in animals that ingest it, including neurological, reproductive, and digestive problems. The plant is commonly found in rangelands and pastures, and can be ingested by grazing animals, such as cattle, horses, and sheep, when other forage is scarce. The toxic effects of locoweed can vary depending on the species…

  • Colorado Horse News,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Colorado Equine Health Alert: Equine Herpesvirus – Neurologic

    Two horses were confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus – Neurologic on 3/17/2023 in Pueblo County, CO. For more information go to: https://www.equinediseasecc.org/equine-herpesvirus Location: Pueblo CountySource: State VeterinarianNumber Confirmed: 2Number Suspected: 2Number Exposed: 20Facility Type: Boarding Facility EQUINES AFFECTED:Age: 10; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Usage: Horse Show; Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/13/2023;Confirmation Date: 3/17/2023; Horse Status: Quarantined; Age: 11; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Warmblood (WB); Usage: Pleasure Riding; Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/7/2023;Confirmation Date: 3/17/2023; Horse Status: Quarantined;