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Your Horse Has Uveitis? Here’s What You Need To Know

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 28, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Uveitis is a common cause of blindness in horses, but in some ways it remains mysterious. In its recurrent form, it also can be intractable. There’s no cure for it yet, but it also need not be a death sentence for a horse. Careful management and treatment can help preserve a horse’s sight longer, and even in cases where an affected eye has to be removed, many horses can still continue to live largely normal, active lives and even have successful competitive careers. Photo:...

Horses Plus STEM Can Equal a Career

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 28, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Some Kentucky equestrians who also are involved in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—are showing young horse-lovers how their passions for equestrian sport and STEM disciplines can lead to a career that combines both. The effort started informally this year when Dr. James MacLeod, professor of veterinary science and the The group from the Columbia Equestrian Center in Missouri with Dr. James MacLeod (far right), Dr. Suzanne Smith (third from right, back row),...

Antibiotic Resistance is Real. Here’s How You Can Help.

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 14, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Antibiotic-resistant diseases are a serious concern in both equine and human medical practice. Photo: dimasobko/Adobestock If you’ve got an old bottle of leftover antibiotics sitting in your tack room, it might be tempting to use it the next time you have a horse with an issue. But giving those antibiotics without a veterinary diagnosis and prescription could contribute to an issue that’s got veterinarians and human doctors concerned: antibiotic resistance. “It’s...

“The Horse Brought Us All Back to Normal”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 7, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Madeline Jordan doesn’t remember being hit by the white pickup truck. But it’s a moment her parents, Grady and Monica Jordan, will never forget. It was Halloween night in 2015, and the family had joined what Monica called “a walking block-party” of friends, carry­ing flashlights and wearing fluorescent necklaces, to go trick-or-treating. Maddie was dressed up as Bill Belichick, the Super Bowl-winning coach of her beloved New England Patriots football team. Maddie and...

Hoof Sense: What Are Your Horse’s Hooves Telling You?

by Fran Jurga | Jul 31, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Have you ever wished you could pick up your horse’s hoof and read it, the way a fortuneteller reads your palm? What if that hoof in your hand were a crystal ball, and it could foresee how sound and healthy your horse’s feet have been, are, and will be? As it turns out, that’s not such a far-fetched idea. A horse’s hoof is a library of information, if you know how and where to look for information. Bring your hoof pick! Your eyes, nose, and touch can all help spot trouble...

New US Equestrian Heritage Competition: Charleston Summer Classic I & II

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

US Equestrian has designated the Charleston Summer Classic I & II a Heritage Competition in recognition of the show’s 26-year history and its substantial contribution to the development and promotion of equestrian sport. The hunter jumper competition on Johns Island, South Carolina, celebrated the designation at its most recent edition, which took place July 10-14 and July 17-21 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center . Celebrating Charleston Summer Classic I & II’s Heritage...

Group Effort Makes 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup a Success

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 17, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

When saddle seat teams from Canada, Namibia, South Africa, and the United States converged on Kentucky for the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup , US Equestrian staff were ready. Hosted this year by US Equestrian, the biennial competition brought 50 horses and 42 team members, coaches, managers, and mentors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., July 2-6. Among the US Equestrian National Affiliates team members who pitched in at the Saddle Seat World Cup were (front row, l to r) Erin DesNoyers,...

Equine Tech Companies BarnManager, Equo, Jumpfax, and StableGuard Form Collaboration

by Emily Riden/Jump Media | Jun 26, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Wellington, FL – Equine technology companies BarnManager, Equo, Jumpfax, and StableGuard have come together to form the first equine technology collaboration of its kind, aimed at supporting one another, better serving the equestrian industry as a whole, and ultimately creating greater inter-operability between the equine applications and software. Watch more on the equine technology collaboration here ! Launched by BarnManager founder and CEO, Nicole Lakin, the innovators working...

Spotting, Treating, and Preventing Strangles

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 19, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

It is a dreaded disease in the horse world, even though it often isn’t fatal. Strangles—one of the world’s most commonly diagnosed contagious equine diseases, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners —is feared because it’s highly contagious and can be carried by horses who have no apparent symptoms—and once it’s in a barn, it can be difficult to get rid of. Streptococcus Equi Photo: Stefan Walkowski The bacteria Streptococcus equi...

Horses Inspire Smiles, Build Strength

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 12, 2018, 3:17 PM EST

Ethan Simmons and his mother Maria Cristina Velasquez Simmons know better than most how horses can transform a person’s life. Ethan Simmons and an equine friend. Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Simmons Ethan, a six-year-old in Miami, Fla., was diagnosed with autism when he was three. He would not speak and, Cristina says, “He had a general poor development curve, so he had issues from the very beginning with walking and with balance.” From an early age, activities that required...