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AVMF Will Match Australia Relief Donations Up to $50,000

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AVMF Will Match Australia Relief Donations Up to $50,000

“As part of the global veterinary community, the AVMA and AVMF are grateful to be able to provide this critical support to our colleagues in Australia who are helping save the lives of countless animals,” said Dr. John de Jong, chair of the AVMF Board of Directors. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating disaster.”

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New Pilot Program in OKC Provides Open-Admission Center For Horses

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New Pilot Program in OKC Provides Open-Admission Center For Horses

“Unfortunately, there are very few safe, affordable options for horse owners when they are unable to keep, sell or give away their horse, and the ASPCA is committed to creating humane options for these equines,” said Tom Persechino, director of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “When dog and cat owners are unable to continue caring for a pet and need help, they can seek out a shelter where their animal will be cared for and placed into a loving home. The ASPCA—along with many of our shelter and rescue partners—are on a mission to create the same lifesaving options for equines across the country.”

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Research Identifies Possible Shock Wave Treatment Markers in Horses

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Research Identifies Possible Shock Wave Treatment Markers in Horses

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is used to promote healing of injured tendons and ligaments. Using high-pressure sonic waves, ESWT is thought to increase blood flow to the treated area. It has been shown to reduce pain for several days after treatment.

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U.S. Border Patrol Horse With Longest Record of Active Service Has Retired

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U.S. Border Patrol Horse With Longest Record of Active Service Has Retired

Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said, “We are honored to provide a home where Bob can live out his retirement grazing on hundreds of acres, enjoying sunshine on his back, roaming with a herd, running and kicking up his heels. Since he was accustomed to humans in his work, our devoted caregivers are more than happy to give him all of the attention – and treats – that he desires and deserves.”

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Former Alumni Plans to Include Equine Program in Her Estate Plans

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Former Alumni Plans to Include Equine Program in Her Estate Plans

“There’s often young people interested in horses and they don’t have the opportunity to work with high-quality talent,” she explained. “This is something I would have wanted to do at the university when I was a student there.”

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Selecting Siding For Your Horse Barn

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Selecting Siding For Your Horse Barn

It is true that traditional siding such as board and batten is cheaper than more modern materials such as LP Smartside or LP Techshield. Metal materials can be galvanized or treated coatings to extend their lifespan. Gavalume is an example of a commonly used metal for siding and roofing. It is a steel sheet that has an electrolytically applied coating of a combination of zinc and aluminum.

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Ride With a Pro at Equine Affaire 2020

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Ride With a Pro at Equine Affaire 2020

This year’s lineup of presenters includes such equestrian all-stars as Jonathan Field, Craig Cameron, Warwick Schiller, Tik Maynard, and Lynn Palm, presenting on general training and horsemanship. Other featured clinicians and topics include JR Robles (general training & colt starting), Lynn Palm (Western dressage), Jim Thomas (general training & horsemanship), Jonathon Millar (hunter/jumper), Steve Colclasure (cutting & reined cow horse), Jeremy Steinberg (dressage), Kevin Oliver (reining and trail), Kristen Weaver Brown (barrel racing), Liz Austin (dressage), Heidi Potter (centered riding), Rick Christy (western horsemanship and hunter under saddle), Suzy Stafford (driving), Simon Cocozza (core strengthening & yoga for horses), Sarah Track (saddleseat), Paul Garrison (mules), and Heidi McLaughlin (overcoming fear).

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Study Shows Increased Whip Usage Correlated With Increased Faults

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Study Shows Increased Whip Usage Correlated With Increased Faults

The findings revealed that approximately 76% of riders carried a whip of which 14% of those riders actually used their whip in competition.  Additionally, this study found that increased whip usage correlated with decreased performance (increased faults).  

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How Do We Measure a Horse’s Quality of Life?

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How Do We Measure a Horse’s Quality of Life?

Hayley Randle, from Charles Sturt University, AU, presented on the results from the physical measures related to a horse’s emotion. Randle explains, “Heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV) and cortisol are the most commonly measured physiological indicators of equine emotion. Other suggested indicators include eye temperature, respiratory rate and salivary alpha amylase, but many of these lack validation in relation to association with emotional state. There were methodological problems with all of the measures we looked at, such as the lack of standardization of reporting and interpretation.”

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Horses Blink Less, Twitch Eyelids More When Stressed

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Horses Blink Less, Twitch Eyelids More When Stressed

“When we train horses, we specifically teach them to suppress their stress responses because we don’t want horses to react when they are startled or nervous. But even if they’ve learned to suppress their reaction, it doesn’t actually decrease the stress they feel,” she said.

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