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New University Study Shows Next-Generation SmartStride Ultra Supports Joint Health

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New University Study Shows Next-Generation SmartStride Ultra Supports Joint Health

The purpose of the research was to evaluate the effect of SmartStride Ultra pellets on gait mechanics – including stride length and range of motion – as well as on markers of inflammation and cartilage metabolism in mature horses undergoing light to moderate exercise.

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BEMER Joins All American QH Congress as Official Sponsor

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BEMER Joins All American QH Congress as Official Sponsor

“The AQHA Congress is such a spectacular event. Nowhere else in the country can you interact with top-level athletes of varying ages and disciplines like you can here. BEMER is proud to support the AQHA Congress as an Official Sponsor, and we look forward to meeting all of the competitors in attendance and showing them how our BEMER Horse-Set can bring out the best in their equine partners. We are also so excited for the chance to watch our ambassadors, Tom and Cade McCutcheon, compete in person!”

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Equine PET Scanner Making Big Strides

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Equine PET Scanner Making Big Strides

The equine Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner pioneered by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, is now in heavy use at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. In just over six months since the installation in December 2019, with the financial support from the Stronach Group, more than 100 scans have been performed with the “MILEPET” (Molecular Imaging of Limbs in Equids), the PET scanner specifically designed to acquire images on horses without the need to lay them down.

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APHA HorseIQ Releases New Offering For 4-H and FFA Groups

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APHA HorseIQ Releases New Offering For 4-H and FFA Groups

This new model allows each leader and member to have their own access to the HorseIQ library at an affordable price to the county or chapter. New materials are added to the HorseIQ library throughout the year, giving users hours of videos and modules that were developed and curated by top professionals in the industry.

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Every Breath a Horse Takes Affects Every Move They Make

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Every Breath a Horse Takes Affects Every Move They Make

Horses breathe in and out at the same rate as their gait. As they canter or lope, they inhale in suspension, and exhale when their first foreleg hits the ground. Standardbred trotting horses have an advantage because, if they become oxygen deficient, they can take a big breath over several trot steps. A Thoroughbred racehorse is limited because they can’t compensate with a big breath over a few strides. They have to breathe in and out with their stride. As they become oxygen deficient, they have to breathe more often, which means shortening their stride.

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AAEP Publishes African Horse Sickness Guidelines

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AAEP Publishes African Horse Sickness Guidelines

“The potential risk of introducing endemic or transboundary diseases into the country’s equine population cannot be over emphasized, either at the level of the practicing veterinarian or the horse-owning public,” said Peter Timoney, MVB, MS, Ph.D., FRCVS. “Failure to suspect the occurrence of such a disease could have major consequences, especially when dealing with a contagious disease or a vector borne disease like African horse sickness.”

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Second Round of COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey

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Second Round of COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey

“Since we completed our first survey in May, the state has lifted some of the restrictions on the horse industry, which should provide a boost to equine business across the state,” said Elisabeth Jensen, KEEP’s executive vice president who oversees the daily operations of the organization. “However, we have yet to see the impact of how the pandemic is affecting horse sales and what that means for Kentucky’s equine economy. We hope that this second round of our survey can, when combined with the data from our May survey, paint a clearer picture of the challenges the industry will face.”

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Helping the Herd With $175,000 in Relief Raised so Far

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Helping the Herd With $175,000 in Relief Raised so Far

After two or three months of complete shut-down because of COVID-19 and now an only partial return to normal operations, lesson program owners are looking at scary balance sheets: same costs of feed and care, but nothing in the revenue column.

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How Hay Banks Are Helping Horses in Need During the Pandemic

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How Hay Banks Are Helping Horses in Need During the Pandemic

Feed and hay bills did not stop even though income evaporated amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizations across the country offer access to hay banks and A Home For Every Horse helps connect horse owners with those resources.

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Physical Conditioning is Important for Previously Idle Horses

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Physical Conditioning is Important for Previously Idle Horses

Bone tissue responds to use by altering both its density and shape in response to the stress placed on it. Research has shown that short periods of cyclical loading – multiple short-duration sessions of moderate-to-intense exercise – is preferred over long periods of galloping, she said.

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