Black Friday for Equestrians – 2019

Black Friday Deals for Equestrians

We’ve found a few great deals on horse/equestrian items across the internet for Black Friday through Cyber Monday! Happy Shopping!

If you know of others, message us and we will add the link to this list.


Dover Saddlery:

Centerline Style:

Tractor Supply:

Asmar Equestrian:

State Line Tack:


Premier Equine:

Solo Equine:




Riding Warehouse:

Big D:


Total Saddle Fit:

Levade Kentucky:


Horse Loverz:

Chicks Saddlery:

Schneider’s Tack:

Kastel Denmark:

Adam’s Horse:

C4 Belts:

For an even more robust list, visit one of our favorite blogs, The 900 Facebook Pony:

Thefts in Local Barns

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.

There are 2-3 males entering equestrian centers, both private and public, and getting into vehicles. They steal purses, cell phones, and anything of value in your car while you are out riding your horse. They then go buy gift cards and other items with your credit cards.

Please be safe. Just because you are at your private barn, does not mean your belongings are safe. Please take extra precautions and lock your vehicle anytime you are not occupying it.

Local News: Horse Dragged by Truck

Horse Being Drug in Grand County

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.

Original video of the horse being dragged (caution, disturbing):

Latest News Coverage (with a statement from one of the owners):

Update from Grand County Sherriff 11/25/2019, 2:54pm:

A Brief History of the Pommel Horse

Pommel Horse History
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You may know the pommel horse as a gymnastic device used by men in the Olympics. But it has a much longer history than that. It started out as a practice device for the real-life horse, back in 315 B.C.

The history of the pommel horse goes as far back as Alexander The Great. He and his Macedonian soldiers used an early pommel horse to practice mounting the animals they would ride into battle.

The first pommel horses were not like modern-day versions, and offered no padding like we see today in men’s gymnastics competition. Instead, it was a simple wooden structure modeled after the animal’s back where the rider would sit.

To read more about the pommel horse’s history, check out wikipedia!

Now that Cold Weather is upon us… Be Prepared!

Cold Weather and Winter Tips for your Horse in Colorado

The cold and snow have arrived here in Colorado. And if you are like the rest of us, you were scrambling yesterday to make sure your horse (and barn) were ready for the weather change.

Here are just a few tips to try to make the temperature (and weather) transition easier on all of us:

  • Feed extra hay: the digestive process helps keep your horse warm, so extra hay will keep them warmer. Another benefit is the more constant food supply will help avoid colic.
  • Heated waterers: use some form of water heater to avoid frozen water sources. This will keep your horse hydrated during cold snaps as well as make less work for you. No one likes breaking up ice! Plus, who likes drinking ice cold drinks during a snowstorm anyways?
  • Blankets: if your horse has not grown a substantial winter coat yet, you might want to consider a blanket for added warmth and protection from the snow and dampness.
  • Salt/Minerals: be sure to provide your horse with quality salt/minerals all year, but especially during the cold. Inadequate salt in the diet can result in abnormal eating behavior such as licking or chewing objects which have salt on them or licking/eating dirt. Water intake may also decrease without proper salt/mineral intake, increasing the risk of impaction colic.
  • Shelter: good shelter is important all year in Colorado, but during the cold and winter it is even more important. Horses need a way to get out of the wind and inclement weather in an effort to stay warm (and for their forage to not blow away). This can come in the form of a shelter in a pasture, a stall in a barn, or other methods depending on your property’s setup.
  • Bedding: you may want to add extra bedding for your horse’s comfort. It will give them a soft/warm place to lay down. It will also help soak up any urine before it can turn to ice and become dangerous.
  • Footing Needs: Pay attention to the footing in your horse’s area. Most horses can cope with deep snow, but ice can be dangerous. Where needed, apply snowmelt to help icy conditions. If your horse is shod, you might also need pads to help prevent snow and ice balling up in the foot and causing a slippery situation for your horse.

And remember, our first hard freeze kills off many of our annoying (and disease-carrying pests), so it is not all bad!

VSV (Vesicular Stomatitis) Confirmed in Colorado

VSV Updates for 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.

For any questions and for full information, you can visit the State Vet Website:

On July 3rd, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive test results on samples submitted from two horses in Weld County. 

VSV **as of 9/24/2019 per the state vet** is active in 22 counties and only 44 facilities. 622 facilities quarantine have been lifted as well.

Colorado CountyTotal Current Quarantines Released Quarantines
El Paso1
La Plata165
Las Animas1
Rio Blanco1
San Miguel12

What Veterinarians Need to Know

Report any cases that have clinical signs suggestive of VSV to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.  Reporting cases as quickly as possible will benefit your client and is the best way to reduce the negative implications to other owners. 

NON-EQUINE CASES:  All suspected VSV in non-equine cases (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids) must be investigated by state or federal animal health officials


  1. Hold Order:  If you suspect VSV, in addition to reporting the case to the State Veterinarian’s Office, inform the owners that they are under a Hold Order which means that livestock cannot leave the premises until testing is done or the State Veterinarian releases the Hold Order.  Once the state vet receives the report, they will mail a hold order to the owner.  Call the state vet’s office if you have any questions on the restriction of livestock movement into and out of that facility. The Hold Order will remain in effect until the results of laboratory testing are reported which takes approximately 3-7 days.
  2. Lab Submission: Now that the index case has been confirmed in Colorado, the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CSU VDL) in Fort Collins has been activated to receive and test samples for equine species only with VSV compatible clinical signs from accredited veterinarians.
    1. When you call to report the case to the State Veterinarian’s Office, you will be given an investigation number that must be included on the lab submission form.
    2. Read the Submission Information Details page on the state vet’s site for more detailed information about submitting samples and the Sample Shipping Information page for specifics on shipping substances.
  3. Sampling: When sampling a horse for vesicular stomatitis, you must obtain a minimum of two samples:
    1. Serum (for complement fixation) – at least 2mL, separated from the clot and submitted in a red-top or other sterile tube
      1. Note: CF test can be negatively impacted if serum is not separated from the clot
    2. Sterile swab (for PCR) – (Dacron/polyester with a plastic shaft) of lesions placed in a screw-cap or other sterile tube with a maximum of 3mL TBTB media. Make sure tube lid is secured so fluid does not leak out of the tube. Do not use wooden shafted swabs as they contain PCR inhibitors and cannot be accepted.
    3. Additional samples to the swab may include:
      1. Vesicular tissue (epithelium) placed in a screw-cap tube with TBTB media
      2. Vesicular fluid (from unruptured vesicles) placed in a screw-cap tube.
  4. Supplies:  TBTB media will be made available to accredited veterinarians for sample collection for VSV cases.  Please contact one of the following:
    1. CDA Animal Health Laboratory
      300 S Technology Ct, Broomfield, CO  80021
    2. Colorado State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
      Fort Collins:  2450 Gillette Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526  Ph. (970)297-1281
      Rocky Ford:  27847 Road 21, Rocky Ford, CO 81067
      Grand Junction  425 29 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504
    3. The State or Federal field veterinarian in your area
  5. Results:
    1. If the laboratory results are NEGATIVE: The Hold Order will be removed unless VSV is still highly suspected, in which case additional samples may be collected and tested before the Hold Order is removed.
    2. If the laboratory results are SUSPECT: Suspect results might be reported for the blood tests. The Hold Order will remain in place until further virus isolation test results are completed and reported. Additional blood samples may need to be collected.
    3. If the laboratory results are POSITIVE: A quarantine, a formal written no movement requirement, will be placed on the movement of horses and other susceptible animals from your premises in order to control the disease. The quarantine will remain in effect for 14 days after the start of VSV lesions in the last affected animal.

Health Certificates

Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met.  States may impose certain restrictions for horses and livestock coming from VSV affected states. Visit this website for a list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices. 

If the destination state requires you to certify that the livestock do not originate within a specified distance of a VSV-quarantined premises (for example a 10 mile circle), call the state vet’s office at 303-869-9130.  One of our staff can map the location of your client and the location of the nearest quarantine so you can ensure they meet the destination state requirements. 

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Background

Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas.  The transmission of VSV is not completely understood, but includes insect vectors such as black flies, sand flies, and biting midges as well as through horse to horse by contact with saliva or fluid from ruptured blisters.  The incubation period ranges from 2-8 days.  Clinical signs include vesicles, erosions, and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats, and coronary bands.  Often excessive salivation is the first sign of disease, along with a reluctance to eat or drink. Lameness and weight loss may follow. 

Humans may become infected when handling affected animals, but this is a rare event.  To avoid human exposure, individuals should use personal protective measures when handling affected animals.

More information on VSV can be found through these links:

International Helmet Awareness Day 2019

International Helmet Awareness Day 2019

In 2010, Riders4Helmets hosted the first national event designed to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitting, secured and certified helmet. The event brought over 300 U.S.-based retailers and eight helmet manufacturers together, to help educate their customers on topics such as correct helmet fit and why wearing a helmet is important.

Since that day, Riders4Helmets expanded the event globally. Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day 2018 received support from 19 helmet manufacturers and hundreds of equestrian retailers in twenty six countries.

International Helmet Awareness Day 2019 will be held Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th, 2019.

For all participating retailers, visit here:

If your club or organization is interested in hosting their own event to celebrate the day, they may email They can send interested parties safety brochures at a small charge (to cover costs).

They will also be happy to help promote any event by posting details of it on and also on their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages. Equestrians are encouraged to take lots of photos of their event and write up a short description of what they did, and who participated. This will then be included as a feature article on the Riders4Helmets campaign website.

Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney King-Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. King-Dye, who remained in a coma for a month following her accident, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and continues to undergo rehabilitation. The goal of the Riders4Helmets Campaign is to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitted and secured, certified helmet.

Trail etiquette tips every hiker, biker and equestrian needs to know

Douglas County Open Space Rangers, Amy and Tyler, share real-life examples of trail etiquette, including yielding to other trail users, announcing yourself before passing and keeping your dog leashed. Help ensure everyone has a friendly, fun and safe experience by following accepted trail etiquette at all times, even when you think no one is watching.

Learn more at:

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.

If you are competing at a horse show between August 30 and September 3, please ensure that you print and bring hard copies of the following documents with you to the show grounds, as applicable:

  • Membership card
  • SafeSport training certificates
  • Horse recording
  • Measurement forms
  • Farm/business recording
  • Horse passport
  • FEI registration

The decision to build a new USEF headquarters was made after extensive analysis and review by the leadership and Board. The benefits of a new building include a financial savings of several hundred thousand dollars annually versus our current headquarters, and a new building will provide a more collaborative work environment that will support our efforts to provide exemplary member services.

Additional information can be found in the Building Move FAQ.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Fort Collins installs a Horseback Rider Height Crosswalk Button

Crosswalk Button for Horseback Riders

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.

See the post here: