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Commercial General Liability Horse Insurance: Who Needs It and Why?

by Markel Insurance | Jul 13, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

If you run a business involving horses, whether it is training and boarding, offering riding lessons, or performing Photo: Pretty Pixels Photography farrier work, you need commercial equine liability insurance as part of your insurance risk-management plan. Sometimes referred to as general liability or just liability, it is protection that covers you and/or your business in the event there is personal injury, bodily injury, or property damage to others by you, your horse, or the premises for...

How to Get Rid of Flies

by Glenye Cain Oakford and Absorbine | Jun 30, 2020, 4:13 PM EST

Are flies driving you and your horse to distraction? Luckily, keeping the fly population down in the barn and off your horse is relatively simple. House flies and stable flies are irritating and can carry disease. Photo: © mark kelly/EyeEm/ It’s important to control flies. According to Absorbine, the makers of UltraShield EX ® fly spray, biting flies drink four cups of horse blood every 10 days. And flies and other pests like mosquitoes and gnats aren’t only...

Why It's Safe To Fly NetJets During COVID-19

by NetJets Communications | Jun 30, 2020, 11:41 AM EST

As you probably know, it is inherently safer to fly private because of the lack of crowded airports and overflowing aircraft. At NetJets, we have responded to this pandemic by going to extreme lengths to ensure the safety of our Owners, passengers, and employees. To help offer you peace of mind in preparation for your upcoming travels, we want you to understand all we are doing to put safety first throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Is it safe to fly—how are you changing your...

Treating Cellulitis

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 22, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

Cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the soft connective tissues under the skin, causes sudden, extreme swelling in the affected area—often in a leg. Given the condition’s seemingly fast onset and dramatic appearance, horses and ponies with cellulitis—especially if they are lame or unwilling to move—can sometimes look like they have a severe injury, such as a bowed tendon or a fracture. So, before taking any action, call your veterinarian for a diagnosis, advises Dr....

For the Rider: Exercises for Back Health

by Dr. James Warson | Jun 16, 2020, 3:11 PM EST

Neurosurgeon and horseman Dr. James Warson, whose classic book “The Rider’s Pain-Free Back” has recently been revised and updated in a new printing by Trafalgar Press, is keenly aware of the equestrian’s need for a strong, supple, healthy back to do everything from tacking up and mucking out to competing successfully on horseback. Warson’s book describes the physics of movement and discusses how combining the human and equine backs during riding can create...

Letter from US Equestrian CEO Regarding Racism

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 9, 2020, 4:30 PM EST

Dear Equestrian Community, The protests and political unrest ignited by the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis have dominated the news throughout the world and motivated hundreds of thousands – including many of our employees – to protest peacefully against racial injustice. This has been a difficult and emotional time, and we wanted to share with you the steps US Equestrian is taking to listen, learn, and do more. Last Tuesday, US Equestrian participated in...

Get Show-Ready with These Five Steps

by US Equestrian Communications | Jun 2, 2020, 9:00 AM EST

The best time to avoid last-minute headaches with your horse show entry is before you ever fill it out. With Photo: Sarah Bennett for Howard Schatzberg US Equestrian’s website,, it’s fast and easy to take care of pre-show business like renewing your US Equestrian membership and recording your horse for points, so you can focus on competing. Check these things off your list now and enjoy your show season! 1. Join or Renew Your US Equestrian Membership (and Take Required...

Return to Fitness

by Kathleen Landwehr | May 26, 2020, 4:04 PM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected barn activities across the country. For equestrians who have been unable to ride or drive due to stay-at-home orders or to protect the health of barn workers, getting back to horse sports under eased restrictions is a welcome change. However, if your horse has been enjoying a vacation for an extended period of time, he may need some help getting back into shape before he is ready for full work. Dr. Laura Werner of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute...

Equestrians Helping Equestrians: Relief Efforts in the Wake of COVID-19

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian Communications Department | May 26, 2020, 11:20 AM EST

Once a week, the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) shares a school-horse appreciation post on social media for what they’ve dubbed “Feed Your Favorite Lesson Horse Friday.” There’s also “Tip Your Groom Tuesday” and “Support a Horse Show Super Hero Sunday,” which are all designed to encourage equestrians to give money to support lesson programs and horse show support staff. While spring would typically be a busy time of year for the...

MemberPerk Spotlight: Q & A with Equo’s Steven Bluman

by Equo | May 19, 2020, 4:10 PM EST

This has been a landmark year for a lot of things in our sport, and one of the most positive changes is the tech boom in the industry. Many companies are coming up with innovative ideas to help equestrians live their best lives and meet the future with every advantage possible. The Equo app , a USEF MemberPerk , is one such innovation: an equine transportation app that makes it easier to get your horse to his destination. US Equestrian members get a 15% discount on their first Equo app use and...