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Winterize your tackroom

Posted on December 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The EventingUSA blog has two informative articles on winterizing your tack room.





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World Horse Welfare health info

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Great bit of horse health info to check out!!!

Horse Advice Library

And a video series worth checking out.

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Horses heat up 10 times faster than people - study

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Recomend you read the full article here. Excerts below.

"It only takes 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse's temperature to dangerous levels. That's three to 10 times faster than in humans. Horses feel the heat much worse than we do."

And the effects can be serious. If a horse's body temperature shoots up from the normal 37 to 38 C to 41 C, temperatures within working muscles may be as high as 43 C, a temperature at which proteins in muscle begin to denature (cook). Horses suffering excessive heat stress may experience hypotension, colic and renal failure.

Horses also rely to a significant extent on sweating to cool them off. They can sweat 15 to 20 litres per hour in cool, dry conditions and up to 30 litres per hour in hot, humid conditions, but only 25 to 30 per cent of the sweat produced is effective in cooling the horse by evaporation.

"Just giving the horse water will not rehydrate a dehydrated horse. When horses drink plain water, it dilutes their body fluids, and their bodies respond by trying to get rid of more water and more electrolytes."

"Many riders will train their horses in the mornings or evenings, when it's cool, then go to a competition held during the hottest part of the day. You need to get horses used to being ridden in the heat and allow them to develop the full spectrum of beneficial adaptations that come with heat acclimation."

"You can cool the horse two degrees in 10 minutes this way: pour on the water, scrape it off, pour on more, and just keep repeating it," says Lindinger. "The scraping part is important because otherwise the water will be trapped in the horse's hair and will quickly warm up. By scraping and pouring on fresh, cold water you keep the cooling process going."

Air vest vidseo and Canadian rules

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Eventing Nation just posted their own video of an air vest deploying. An interesting watch.

Eventing Nation

Also new Canadian Eventing Rules:

Please note the following rule change EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!


“Effective immediately (1/05/2010) - Aninflatable vest is permitted only if worn over the body protective vest.”




4.2      Dress – Cross Country test

Light weight clothing is appropriate for this test, ashirt (any colour) with suitable short or long sleeves must be worn (notsleeveless or cap sleeve). Protective headgear in accordance with Art D 114.1must be worn. This headgear may be any colour. Britches or jodhpurs may be anycolour. Gloves (if worn) may be any colour. Boots – black, dark brown, blackwith brown top, field. Boots must be long boots in one piece or a full grainsmooth leather leg piece and matching leather boot. Jodhpur boots only permitted with appropriatebritches. Spurs optional but when worn in accordance with Art D114.3. Aprotective vest must be worn. Effectiveimmediately (1/05/2010) - An inflatable vest is permitted only if worn over the body protective vest. Competitorsmay not wear a stop watch to time their cross country rounds at Pre Trainingand below. (clarification amendment July 20, 2009)



Temperature, Pulse, Respiration

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Horse-Canada. com is now doing informative online videos to help you learn how to look after your horses better.

The first in this series is:

Temperature, Pulse, Respiration

more web reads

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Towing And Trailering Safety Part 2: Emergencies On The Road

While many people don’t like to think about emergency situations, being prepared for one can be the difference between a good outcome and a horrific one. Not only should you prepare for equine emergencies, but you should also plan for what will happen to your horses if you have a personal emergency while on the road.

Interesting discussion about the Long lost Long Format going on over here. You might want to join in.

Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

Around the time that the long format died, and there are a zillion opinions as to why this happened, things started changing. A trend in course design became noticeable. Without the endurance factor of Phases A, B and C, "new" ways to separate the wheat from the chaff evolved in the form of cross country courses with questions of ever increasing technicality. I've heard it likened to show jumping without walls. At the peak of this trend, horses gallop like gangbusters between clusters of fences in varying combinations where they are forced to whoa-and-roll back before roaring off again to the next cluster.

And while you are there dont forget to check out Eventing Nations latest Sunday Jog-Up!!

I mentioned this series in our newsletter and our Guest Judge made a comment about horse presentation. You should read this collection for some great tips on getting your horse all cleaned up and pretty.

Web reads - past and present

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of these articles are a few years old but they still hold great info.

Towing And Trailer Safety Part 1: It's All About The Horse

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when shipping your horse is that trailering, in general, goes against a horse’s natural instincts.

“Horses are prey animals, and they have a flight response,” said Neva Scheve, author of The Complete Guide To Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing A Horse Trailer. “Their mode of survival is running away, because if they don’t get away, they’re going to be dinner! They are claustrophobic, so if they are stuck in a situation where they can’t run away, there’s going to be a lot of stress, and then you’re going to have a lot of problems.”


All about interval training

Interval training is designed to strengthen the horse's muscles and respiratory system by a gradual increase in 'stress' or exercise levels. In this way, over time, the horse reaches a level of fitness that will enable him to make the sustained effort required in competition.

How to Condition Score a Horse

Condition scoring is a method of measuring the condition (fat) of a horse. It is the best way to monitor a horse’s weight, and it needs no special equipment. If done correctly, condition scoring works despite conditions which may fool the owner’s eye.

This article has a full chart for scoring.

Same scoring but in a Canadian version.

Checking a Horse's Vital Signs Including Pulse, Temperature and Respiration

No matter what breed of horse you have, it's important to have some basicknowledge of how to evaluate your horse's general condition.When the horse's owner is alert and able toperform some basic health checks, it can help your veterinarian keep your horsein the best possible health. Knowing how to spot problems early before they canbecome serious is the best possible preventative.