Why is my Horse’s Urine Red?
We tend to notice this in periods where there is snow on the ground. Our horse’s urine turns red or a rust color once in the snow. Typically there is no need to panic (but if your horse has health concerns or you want to be sure – always reach out to your vet). However, if the stream of urine coming out of your horse is orange or red, call your vet immediately.
Helping Horses when there is Wild Fire Air Pollution
This year seems exceptionally bad for our wildfires, and in turn the air is smokey and causing a variety of health concerns including difficulty breathing, sore throats, burning eyes, runny nose, and more in humans AND animals. How can we help our horses when air conditions are like this?
Animal Cruelty in Weld County
You may have seen the image and story circulating social media and the news about a Weld County horse that was severely underweight, with very overgrown feet, unable to stand or eat. That horse has been euthanized and the horse owner was cited with one count of animal neglect, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail. What you might not know are all the details leading up to the charge and euthanasia. So here they are:
What does the Stay-at-Home Order Mean for Me and my Horse?
With this tragic COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic that has hit the world, many states are issuing Stay-at-Home orders (including Colorado). While every municipality/county/state is going to be different, we will highlight some of the important facts for you especially revolving around us here in Colorado.
Thefts in Local Barns
We have been informed by a local Deputy that there has been a slew of thefts in barns spanning across multiple counties here in Colorado.
Local News: Horse Dragged by Truck
You may have seen the video floating around social media of the couple that tied their horse to their pickup truck and literally dragged it down the road while it fought and struggled. We are happy to report that the Grand County Sherriff is investigating the situation.
VSV (Vesicular Stomatitis) Confirmed in Colorado
Colorado has become the third state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Follow the Colorado State Department of Agriculture for updates. We will also be updating this page regularly. If you suspect your horse has VS or shows any sores similar to VS, call your vet and do not transport your horse anywhere.
USEF Office Closed and All USEF Resources Unavailable August 30 to September 3
US Equestrian (USEF) is moving! From Friday, August 30, to Tuesday, September 3, the USEF office will be closed while we move to our new building within the Kentucky Horse Park. During this time, USEF’s online tools and services, including the website, Customer Care Center, horse and member records, fax, and email, will be unavailable. We recommend avoiding any digital communication with USEF (phone calls, email, faxing, etc.) throughout the duration of the move.
Fort Collins installs a Horseback Rider Height Crosswalk Button
Fort Collins city staff partnered with Larimer County Government to install a City & County first at the Poudre Trail crossing at Taft Hill: an equestrian button! Horseback riders can now activate the flashing beacons for crossing without dismounting.
Evacuation Training for Colorado Horse Owners & Volunteers
On Tuesday, April 23rd, Douglas Elbert County Horse Council will be hosting a Barn Manager and Volunteer refresher training for all who have volunteered to help during an evacuation. In order to have things run smoothly during a very high-stress situation, it is important to attend. This meeting should not take very long.