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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Foot and Mouth Disease
By: Jessica Jahiel
Editor’s Note: This is a discussion with Dr. Jessica Jahiel about the transmission of foot and mouth disease and how it relates to horses.
Dear Jessica, what are the chances that someone could bring foot-and-mouth disease to the United States if they spend their vacation riding horses in Ireland? And what would this do to the horses at our home farm? Are there special precautions to take, or would it be better just not to go to Ireland? I need to know this because my …

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Partnership Savvy: Seven Secrets for a Productive & Profitable Partnership
By: Christina Haxton, MA, LMFT and Mary Ayers, MA, LMFT
Partnerships exist at many levels: Personal (a marriage) and professional (a business) and sometimes these two occur together (a family business), and “official” (a legally recognized LLC, LLP) and “unofficial” (a handshake, an understanding, a contract to provide services).
In this series of articles, we will define partnership to be when two or more people, businesses or organizations join together to accomplish a professional or business-related goal, specifically in the horse industry. Here …

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You know You’re A Horse Person When…
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
You know You’re A Horse Person When…
By Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
You know you are a horseperson when:
-You cluck to your car when you go up a hill.
-Your horse’s hair is in better condition than your own.
-You refer to your car as “my portable tack room”.
-You are exited when your friend tells you that there is a huge sale at the bridle shop, then you are dissapointed when you realize they mean the bridal shop.
-You have the vet’s number but not your kid’s pediatrician on …

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Have you ever found yourself bemoaning the fact that you want to be in a consistent training program but your budget is already stretched to the limit? Maybe you can swing one lesson a month but by that time, so many little habits have crept in that your instructor has to do repair work rather than going on to something new. It’s so frustrating, but you just can’t figure out how you can afford more instruction.”
Well, how about complementing your lessons with the inexpensive and readily available source of information …

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Bats
Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine pictures of horses with Rhett Russell
Bats hang upside down easily with locking feet.
Nothing is as inviting as a chirpy summer evening with good friends sitting around the porch and yard enjoying the twilight and cooling temperatures. But then along comes that all-too-familiar, faint sound (high-pitched, distant kazoos) followed by a brief silence, then ‘SLAP!’ go our hands to our faces, necks, legs, etc… Before too long the stifling indoors look more inviting, and once again the pesky mosquitoes readily regain their turf, breaking up a …

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[16 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]

Identifying Bad Hay
By Rhett Russell
Hay is a very difficult thing to purchase and know exactly what you are getting. The risk of feeding suspect hay to a horse is not worth trying to save a few dollars on the hay. Here are a few things to look for when trying to determine if your hay is bad:
Visible signs of mold — there should be absolutely NO mold.
Musty smell — it should be sweet-smelling.
Flakes sticking together – almost matted — flakes should fall apart.
Dusty appearance or mold spores falling out of …

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Leasing a Horse
By Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
There are many advantages and disadvantages of leasing a horse. Depending on your particular situation, you can decide whether leasing is a suitable option for you. The most common reason a person would lease a horse instead of buy one is that leasing allows you to experience the joys and responsibilities of horse ownership without actually having to buy a horse, and without having to deal with certain liabilities. This article should demonstrate what is involved in leasing a horse, and help you make the decision …

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Companion For The Older Horse
By Dr. Jessica Jahiel
Dear Jessica,
My question involves my 20-year-old gelding, Sam. The poor fella hasn’t had the easiest life. He’s had 17 owners and was always “trained” with very abusive methods up until I bought him three years ago. Because of his past, any kind of change in his situation or routine is disturbing to him. For example, I’m the only human he wants to deal with on a regular basis, and he’s also particular about which horses he wants to be friends with. Despite all …

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Don’t Feed Treats Without Permission
By Dr. Jessica Jahiel
A boarder stopped me one afternoon to tell me how poorly-mannered my horse is. She said that he’s pushy, demanding, and nipped at her for a treat. As my horse is clicker-trained, well-mannered, and this boarder has nothing to do with the day-to-day operation of the barn, I was surprised, but I listened and told her I’d keep an eye out for it.
To my stunned disbelief, not five minutes later, she walked up to my horse and fed him a handful of “Altoids” …

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Make Stall Time More Interesting
By Laura Phelps-Bell
If you’re horse is confined to a stall, here are a few ideas on how to make his/her stall time less boring and more interesting. First and ideally, a box stall with a run is the best circumstance in this situation. If your horse is in only a box stall with no outside run, make sure that she has as much ventilation and light coming into her stall as possible. Often, light deprivation can lead to a horse that is mentally not feeling well …