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$50,000 Available For Researchers Investigating Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

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$50,000 Available For Researchers Investigating Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T).

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Mud Management Key to Equine Health And Safety During Wet Weather

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Mud Management Key to Equine Health And Safety During Wet Weather

Lea went on to detail that field rest periods should be a minimum of one week, but that resting for two to three weeks is ideal. Field soil samples should be taken every 2 to 3 years and only the needed amendments applied, she said. However, nitrogen can be applied twice every fall without a soil test, at 60 to 80 pounds of urea per acre, she explained, but cautioned that no amount of fertilizer can make up for poor management. Though traditionally a mixture of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, orchardgrass, white clover and some ryegrass is planted in September, farm owners can seed just ryegrass during much of the year to quickly fill in high-traffic areas for short-term cover.

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A Stable Stomach- Equine Ulcer Prevention

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A Stable Stomach- Equine Ulcer Prevention

Ulcers — particularly those of the gastric variety — are one of the most hotly discussed and debated subjects among horse owners today. Performance problems? Must be ulcers. Attitude issues? Probably ulcers. Poor appetite? Have you checked for ulcers? You get the idea.

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Paying It Forward

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Paying It Forward

Special needs horses find a loving and forever home at Tracy Acres Equine Sanctuary, located in Vacaville, California. Dean and Denise Tracy, who fulfilled their dreams by establishing their sanctuary, rescue horses that often have come from a life of abuse and neglect. Most have arrived in poor condition—some blind, others starved with ribs protruding, while still others with complex medical conditions.

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Are “Normal” Horse Temperatures Too High?

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Are “Normal” Horse Temperatures Too High?

Along with heart rate (pulse) and respiratory rate, rectal temperature is one of the “vital signs” that can alert us to the presence of disease. Ideally temperature should be measured regularly – both to get the horse used to the procedure and to establish what is normal for that individual. 

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New APHA Rule Prohibits CBD Oil Use in Competitions

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New APHA Rule Prohibits CBD Oil Use in Competitions

Cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD oil—is now classified as a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. As such, it is considered a forbidden substance by APHA and is prohibited for use in horses competing in APHA-approved events, per rule SC-085.C.1 in the APHA Rule Book.

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American Humane Rescue Team Works to Save Animal Victims of Oklahoma Flooding

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American Humane Rescue Team Works to Save Animal Victims of Oklahoma Flooding

The American Humane Rescue team, first to serve in saving and sheltering animals for more than 100 years, has deployed with a veterinarian, trained swift and floodwater responders, rescue boats, critical medical and sheltering supplies, and one of its giant 50-foot animal rescue vehicles to save animals caught in the deadly Oklahoma floods.

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Is Your New Horse Barn Permitted?

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Is Your New Horse Barn Permitted?

If you try to dodge the permit requirement, you will be not be able to legally sell your property in the future without the town’s consent and issuance of a certificate of compliance. There will likely be expensive penalties involved even if the construction is latently approved, and the town can require that the building be entirely removed.

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Understanding Navicular and Heel Pain in Horses

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Understanding Navicular and Heel Pain in Horses

As with most lameness, the lameness from navicular syndrome is most noticeable at the trot, resulting in a head-bob. Affected horses often have a short, choppy trot and canter, and tend to hold their neck and poll rigid. The gradual onset of lameness in both forefeet can mislead riders into thinking that “this is just the way the horse travels.”

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Is Your Horse Fat? And Should You Be Concerned?

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Is Your Horse Fat? And Should You Be Concerned?

Carrying excess weight places increased stress on the skeletal system of the horse, can limit reproductive performance, adversely affect athletic performance, and may lead to an increased risk of laminitis, osteoarthritis, heat intolerance and certain types of colic.

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