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Four Tips to Help Prevent Gastric Ulcers

by Glenye 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...

Costume Inspiration from US Equestrian Breed Affiliates’ National Championships

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 29, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

With Halloween just around the corner, equestrians are brainstorming or perfecting costumes for themselves and their horses. Several of US Equestrian’s breeds have costumes classes at their national championships that allow competitors to get creative and show their individual style. Costumes ranging from whimsical creatures to native tack and attire acknowledging the breed’s heritage impress the judges and spectators at the national championships. US Equestrian spoke with three...

Future Stars of Eventing Showcased at FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 29, 2019, 2:59 PM EST

Each fall, the world’s best young event horses prove their mettle at the Fédération Équestre Internationale World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers, France. The championships test six- and seven-year-old horses in two separate divisions, giving the horses their first taste of world championship competition while their riders guide them through eventing’s three phases. Liz...

Veterans and Mustangs Are Perfect Match at WDAA World Championship Show

by Ashley Swift | Oct 28, 2019, 8:47 AM EST

Marine Corps veteran Jimmy Welch (Woodstock, Ill.) and dressage trainer Patti Gruber (Woodstock, Ill.) competed with two mustangs at this year’s Western Dressage Association of America’s (WDAA) World Championship Show. These World Show first-timers also paid tribute to the flag and all veterans with a Color Guard every evening before the freestyle tests. Welch and Gruber brought Gruber’s five-year-old mustang gelding OWH Pearl Harbor and her eight-year-old mustang mare Little...

Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Opens Doors for Next Generation of Para-Dressage Athletes

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 22, 2019, 2:09 PM EST

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. , is one of the United States Equestrian Federation/United States Para-Equestrian Association International Para-Equestrian Centers of Excellence providing up-and-coming athletes with quality para-equestrian sport programs. TRI was founded in 1984 as a therapeutic riding facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., to help those with disabilities experience horseback riding and its many benefits. TRI is celebrating its 35 th anniversary this year, and it shows no sign of slowing down...

Nine-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Awarded First WPCSA Courage Award Presented by Angel Heart Farm

by Ashley Swift | Oct 8, 2019, 12:07 PM EST

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America (WPCSA) recently hosted their national championship, the American National Show, in Tulsa, Okla., where Welsh Pony and Cob enthusiasts competed for top honors. This community is a tightknit group with deep connections to one another beyond their common bond of the Welsh breed. Dr. Ruth Wilburn with Courage Award recipient Gaige Queen and Coye Ann Queen The WPCSA presented the first Courage Award presented by Angel Heart Farm at the 2019 American...