• Facility Management,  Horse Feed & Nutrition,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Easy and Secure Grain Storage for Multiple Types or Bags of Grain

    I see people asking how to store multiple bags of grain securely for their horses all the time. As with everything horse, everyone has an opinion… but this is what I do for my grain storage! I use a contractor job site box so I can have multiple grain bags and types, without multiple containers, and they stay protected. This way I can feed right out of the grain bag and never have old grain at the bottom I need to worry about using up before I can get new grain (like if Murdoch’s is having a sale and I want to buy grain now!). The particular model I have can…

  • Senate Bill 23-038 Prohibit Equine Slaughter For Human ConsumptionSenate Bill 23-038
    Colorado Horse News,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Senate Bill 23-038 Prohibit Equine Slaughter For Human Consumption

    Concerning a prohibition on slaughtering equines for human consumption. SESSION: 2023 Regular Session SUBJECTS: Business & Economic Development, Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement BILL SUMMARY Section 1 of the bill establishes the crime of unlawful equine slaughter. A person engages in unlawful equine slaughter if the person: Section 1 provides a safe harbor to the offense for equine slaughtered for use by a facility in feeding predators housed at the facility. Each equine that is unlawfully slaughtered and each 100 pounds of equine meat derived from unlawful slaughter is a separate offense. A first violation is a class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000, and a second or subsequent violation within a…

  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary Acquires 22,450 Acres of Land for Newly Formed Wild Horse Refuge Property
    Colorado Horse News,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary Acquires 22,450 Acres of Land for Newly Formed Wild Horse Refuge Property

    CRAIG, Colo., Jan. 26, 2023 – The Wild Animal Sanctuary, A Colorado Non-Profit Corporation, announces the recent acquisition of a large parcel of land located in northwest Colorado not far from the historic town of Steamboat Springs. With more than 22,450 acres of land spanning 29 square miles, this contiguous parcel represents a landmass larger than Manhattan Island. The Wild Animal Sanctuary purchased the land for its newly created Wild Horse Refuge, which will serve to rescue and protect hundreds of Colorado’s native wild horses, which are also known as Mustangs.  The Refuge is being created in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse round-up operations which began in early 2022 and were done within Colorado’s Sand…

  • The US Senate Farm Bill
    Colorado Horse News,  Facility Management,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    The 2023 Farm Bill

    Every five years, Congress passes legislation that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy, commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill”. The Committee formally kicked off its process for the 2023 Farm Bill with field hearings in both Michigan and Arkansas in 2022. Hearings continued in November and December of 2022, and will continue throughout the early parts of 2023. The Committee invites ideas and proposals for the 2023 Farm Bill, as well as feedback about the 2018 Farm Bill. Submissions are welcomed via this form or emailing FarmBill2023@ag.senate.gov. The measure we commonly call the “farm bill” is the single most important piece of legislation for improving the quality of life…

  • Alfalfa Cubes Cause Disease in Horses
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    FDA Cautions Horse Owners Not to Feed Recalled Lots of Top of the Rockies Alfalfa Cubes due to Reports of Illness and Death

    UPDATE On January 19, 2023, FDA finalized laboratory testing of samples of Top of the Rockies alfalfa cubes that confirmed the presence of Clostridium botulinum type C, a bacteria that can lead to botulism.  Fast Facts What is the problem? On December 17, 2022, the U.S. FDA cautioned horse owners not to feed recalled Top of the Rockies alfalfa cubes with the date codes 111222, 111322, 111422, 111522, and 111622. Some of the alfalfa cubes have been reported to contain what appears to be fur and animal tissues, indicating that material from an animal or animals may have been incorporated into the cubes during alfalfa harvesting. Some people have reported…

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

    Foxtail and Horses in Colorado

    You may have heard about foxtail and that it poses a danger to horses. But did you know it can actually get embedded in their mouth needing veterinary removal? It even poses dangers to dogs and other outdoor pets, and can get embedded in their paws. First, what is Foxtail? Foxtail Barley (hordeum jubatum) is a showy short-lived native perennial cool-season bunchgrass that belongs to the grass tribe Triticeae. This plant ranges in height from one to three feet tall at maturity. Livestock can safely graze foxtail barley prior to seed development. Once the seeds develop, livestock and other animals should no longer have access, as the seeds form awns…

  • Zycosan is the first injectable pentosan product to receive FDA approval for use in horses
    Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Zycosan is the first injectable pentosan product to receive FDA approval for use in horses.

    In December 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zycosan (pentosan polysulfate sodium injection) for the control of clinical signs associated with osteoarthritis in horses. The FDA wants to remind you of the benefits of FDA approval. Drug Information Zycosan is the first injectable pentosan product to receive FDA approval for use in horses. Zycosan is FDA-approved for intramuscular use in horses. Zycosan is a heparin-like compound with anticoagulant and fibrinolytic effects. The mechanism of action for pentosan polysulfate sodium is unknown but is thought to include stimulation of hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycan synthesis in damaged joints, inhibition of proteolytic enzymes, and scavenging of free radicals. Pentosan polysulfate…

  • Colorado Equestrian Survey for 2023
    Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Colorado Equestrian Survey for 2023

    Every year, we survey our website visitors and group members to learn more about who they are, and their upcoming equine and personal needs. We use these results for our own advertising, as well as providing these results to all local equine and equestrian organizations for their sponsorship outreach for the year. We would love it if you took a moment to fill this survey out!

  • Horse Ownership in Colorado,  Local Highlight

    Local Highlight: Sarah V. Barnes

    Greetings fellow Colorado horse lovers! I’ve been invited to introduce myself and tell you a little about She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe (Book One). Set in more than 6,000 years ago, the novel begins the story of Naya, the first person to tame and ride a horse. It recently won the 2022 Best Indie Book Award for historical fiction AND the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2022 Winnie Award, also for historical fiction, as well as receiving numerous five-star reader reviews. Not bad for an aging horsewoman’s first effort as a novelist. Here’s the quick synopsis: Daughter of a clan chief, bolder than the other…

  • Major Denver and Colorado Weather Event with Frostbite Warning for Horses and Equines
    Facility Management,  Horse Care,  Horse Health,  Horse Ownership in Colorado

    Tips for Taking care of your Horses and Equines with -50°F Temperatures

    If you haven’t seen yet, Wednesday night through Friday morning, we are supposed to get a MAJOR freeze event in Colorado. They are predicting -12°F as the high in places with a -50°F windchill. This means exposed skin (human and horse alike) can get frostbite in as little as 5 minutes. Not to mention our normal concerns for colic during these drastic weather changes. Important things to consider for your horse and equine friends: Some tips for humans during this cold snap: Thanks to Dr. Kieran Smith from Vetwerx Equine South for providing some of these helpful tips for our horses and equines! If you have other recommendations, be sure…