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Six Ways to Prevent Mud

by Glenye Oakford | Jan 27, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

Mud is hard on human and horse alike, and many a barn manager undoubtedly has wished they could simply wave a magic wand to get rid of it. Reducing mud around the barn and pasture isn’t quite that easy, but there are things you can do to prevent it. We asked Dr. Stephen Higgins, director of environmental compliance for the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Lexington, Ky., for his top mud-prevention tips. “You have to be willing to try things and think...

The 2020 Census: You Count!

by US Equestrian Communications | Jan 21, 2020, 9:53 AM EST

Don’t miss being counted in the 2020 census just because you’re busy at the barn or traveling for a competition. The U.S. Constitution requires a census each decade, and this year, for the first time, you can participate in the nationwide count online. Check out 2020census.gov for more details, including information about accessibility for all respondents. The Timeline Most households in the country will be able to start participating between March 12 and March 20, when the U.S....

Missed US Equestrian’s 2020 Annual Meeting? Catch Up On Demand at USEF Network

by US Equestrian Communications | Jan 14, 2020, 10:57 AM EST

US Equestrian’s 2020 Annual Meeting is in the books, but you can still access the highlights, celebration, and shared knowledge from the General Session, the Horse of the Year Gala presented by Aon and the Pegasus Awards presented by Adequan®, and the week’s panel discussions on USEF Network . And don’t miss these key summaries: General Session President Murray Kessler Outlines Key Areas of Success and Introduces Goals for the Future at 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting US...

Three Easy Ways to Stay Up to Date for US Equestrian’s 2020 Annual Meeting

by US Equestrian Communications | Jan 7, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Stay engaged with US Equestrian’s Annual Meeting , whether you’re on site at the Hilton West Palm Beach in Florida or following along from home. 1. Download the 2020 US Equestrian Annual Meeting app. The app features staff and panelist bios, a detailed daily schedule, an activity feed, maps and floor plans for the Hilton, and much more. Get started in three easy steps: Step 1: Download the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub app. Click here to download for iOS and here to download for Android ....

Lessons, Comfort, and Joy from a Beloved Horse

by Ashley Collins | Dec 11, 2019, 4:32 PM EST

Ashley Collins and Tomasa at Bluestone Stables in South Salem, N.Y., in November 2018. Photo: Rob Cassady My mare Tomasa has to be retired due to an injury, and I feel like I’m losing a part of my family. It is difficult to accept that this 19-year-old horse, whom I have leaned on both physically and emotionally for the past decade, will no longer be central to my life. We first met on a hot Sunday afternoon, the last day of a fall horse show at the LA Equestrian Center in California....

Four Tips to Help Prevent Gastric Ulcers

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Dec 10, 2019, 1:15 PM EST

Hand-walking, grazing, and turnout can help reduce the stress that can contribute to gastric ulcers. (Rita Kochmarjova Photo) Has your horse’s behavior changed? Are his eating habits different? Does he seem mildly colicky after meals? Gastric ulcers could be the culprit. As many as 80% of active sport horses might have gastric ulcers at one time or another, says Dr. Nathan Slovis, a board-certified internal medicine veterinarian and the director of the McGee Medical Center at Hagyard...

Blanketing Basics

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Dec 2, 2019, 1:00 PM EST

When temperatures drop, many horse owners’ thoughts turn to blankets. And with horse clothing choices ranging from summer scrims to heavyweight blankets with attached neck covers for deepest midwinter, it’s no wonder they often find themselves wondering which blanket best suits their horses and the weather conditions. Fortunately, we've got great resources to help, starting with the video "Blanketing 101" with top eventing groom Emma Ford in our online Learning Center . We also...

After Brain Injury, Healing with Horses

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Nov 26, 2019, 2:41 PM EST

Brittany Halstead and Dos Equis after their first hunter jumper round at Brownland Farm in Franklin, Tenn., on Oct. 5. Photo: Tina Halstead Brittany Halstead had the best of two equestrian worlds— hunter jumpers and polo—when a car crash nearly ended her life in 2014. Her recovery was nothing short of miraculous, and she credits working with two horses, polo ponies Fanta and Dos Equis, for helping her return to the saddle and the show ring. In return, she formed ReplayPolo , which...

SafeSport Training Refresher: What You Need to Know

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Nov 19, 2019, 9:00 AM EST

Did you get a reminder to take your SafeSport Training refresher course? The refresher is quick and easy, and completing the course ensures that an adult competing member can continue to participate in USEF-licensed competitions as an owner, athlete, or trainer. You’ll find additional information and resources about SafeSport Training and USEF’s Safe Sport Policy—including SafeSport Training FAQs —on the Safe Sport page at usef.org . Here’s what you need to know:...

Hay Flying U.S.-Bred Flag in Dressage Ring

by Nancy Jaffer | Nov 5, 2019, 11:34 PM EST

Bridget Hay has a simple reason why she began breeding dressage horses at her Hunterdon County, N.J., farm. Bridget competing on Amy Price’s Fauna, a mare Bridget bred, foaled, and trained (©2018 by Nancy Jaffer) “It started years ago because I could never afford to import horses or buy well-bred horses,” she explained. “So I make them myself and train them myself.” She has quite an array of homebreds at the Rainbow Ridge Equestrian Center, from which she has...