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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 26, 2011 08:21

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Performance Handlers visit OVC

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:24

On April 4th 2011, Students from the "Performance Horse Handlers Course" at the REACH campus of Ridgetown College were treated to a field trip to Equine Guelph and the OVC.  Instructors Doug Nash and Sharon McMaster report the class was very impressed by the future opportunities displayed.  One Participant commented, "It was an awesome experience, seeing first-hand how and what it takes to operate such a facility and the many opportunities available for careers addressing the welfare of Horses.  Equine Guelph was an amazing source of information regarding career opportunities, courses and knowledge as well as where to find them. The live demonstrations on Anatomy and the use of Heart Monitors and lectures provided by Equine Guelph was the best part"!!!   Thanks to Dr. Jeff Thomason, Dr. Kim McGurrin and Equine Guelph director Gayle Ecker for hosting this informative excursion.



Welcome to Equine Guelph’s First Integrative Therapies night!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:21

This seminar is a memorial tribute to Rosalie Logan from family members to share her love of the horse.  Rosalie believed an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure and Equine Guelph is pleased to facilitate this educational evening.  Guest speakers include: Dr. Brad Hanna, OVC, “From Bloodletting to Evidence-based Medicine”, Dr. Scott Hie, D.C., “Integration of Chiropractic Care With Horse Health Care”, Dr. Wendy Pearson, U of G, “The Science of Natural- A Case Study on Mint”, Holly Barnett, REMT CSF, (the role of massage therapy) and Jackie Vandenbrink, M.Sc., Masterfeeds  “Supportive Nutritional Therapies for Health”. 


Location:             Ontario Vet College Room 1438

Date:                    May 19th 2011

Time:                    7:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Register:              Please phone in to Equine Guelph 519-824-4120 ext. 54205 before May 12th.


Entry by donation kindly requested. 


NEW! Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:16


 First Offering by Equine Guelph, May 2011

Recently acclaimed by Horse Sport as leading the way in online equine education, Equine Guelph offers opportunities to increase your horse knowledge while balancing your schedule.

The latest addition to the award winning course line up, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, will build on your experience with horses and learning from Functional Anatomy to improve your interaction with horses and enhance your ability to locate and use reliable information on equine anatomy. In this course students can research and explore areas of anatomy they are interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, nervous system or any of the other systems based on research and evidence.  "Are you a motivated, independent learner, interested in taking your knowledge of equine biology to the next level, with anatomy as the foundation?  Then this course is for you," states instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason.

Courses Begin May 9th: Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Nutrition, Equine Behaviour, Equine Business Finance & Risk Management, Equine Event Management and Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy.

Courses are filling up fast- Sign up at:  www.equinestudiesdiploma.com



Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding Clinics Help Over 245 Stallions

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 21, 2011 18:08

WASHINGTON, DC – April 21, 2011 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) Operation Gelding program has aided in gelding 246 stallions to date. The program, which was launched in late August 2010 with the help of seed money from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the UHC, is designed to offer funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.


Organizations continue to express interest in hosting and conducting Operation Gelding clinics. As of April 18th, 2011, 246 stallions have been castrated with the help of UHC’s Operation Gelding funding. The nationwide program has sponsored 23 Operation Gelding clinics and offered a total of $12,300 in seed money. UHC sponsored clinics have been offered in 20 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Virginia.


Nadia Lane of High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary hosted an Operation Gelding clinic in California. With her efforts, she and a team of vets were able to help castrate 10 stallions. “I would like to thank you for your help in getting the Operation Gelding seed money check processed for us. The extra effort you made on our behalf really means a lot to me. Our organization is very grateful for the financial help the UHC has afforded toward the gelding of colts and stallions”, said Lane.


The Tacoma Equine Hospital, of Tacoma Washington, was able to host a successful Operation Gelding clinic under the tutelage of Dr. Meg deGravelles. With seed money provided by the UHC, they were able to castrate seven horses. “Operation Gelding was a success! We ended up castrating seven horses. The community has been extremely supportive and grateful, and this was a fabulous opportunity you allowed us to pursue,” said Dr. deGravelles.


Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, said, “We are thrilled with the success of the Operation Gelding program thus far. It is very encouraging to see the amount of interest and participation in the program. Participating organizations have helped hundreds of horses and horse owners in need and have done a wonderful job working together to help with the issue of unwanted horses.”


For more information on Operation Gelding, how to conduct a clinic, or the schedule and location of Operation Gelding clinics, please contact Ericka Caslin, UHC director, at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.




AHC Releases Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 19, 2011 11:08


On April 19, 2011 the American Horse Council released its 2010 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2010 report is intended to provide a brief overview of the responses the AHC received from equestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2010.  The report can be viewed on the AHC website at https://www.horsecouncil.org/images/2010ReportEqAccessFedLand.pdf.


In July, 2009 the American Horse Council launched its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands. The center piece of this initiative is a online form riders can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails on federal lands that have been closed to them or other access issues.  This online form is located at           https://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.


This effort was prompted by a growing concern among recreational riders around the country that they were seeing a reduction in the number of trails and trail heads open to equestrians on federal land.


In March, 2010 the AHC released its first report on equestrian access, the 2009 Report

Equestrian Access on Federal Land, which can be viewed on the AHC website at



The 2009 report has been used successfully by the AHC to inform members of Congress, federal land mangers and other recreational users of the issues some equestrians have experienced.


“The 2009 report was a great success and has been used  by the AHC to inform members of Congress, federal land mangers and other recreational users of the issues some equestrians have experienced,” said AHC Legislative Director Ben Pendergrass.


Hundreds of thousands of Americans use horses and pack stock to enjoy America’s great outdoors each year.  However, it is an experience that cannot be enjoyed without access to public land, trail systems, and trailheads. 


“The AHC uses these reports to illustrate some of the challenges facing recreational riders,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.” “Our federal land mangers work hard and there are many great recreational opportunities on federal land. However, the equestrian community needs to be vigilant concerning any loss of access to federal land.”


The AHC plans to continue its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access. The AHC encourages all recreational riders to report their experiences to the AHC using this electronic form https://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.




AHC’s 2011 Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook is Now Available!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 18, 2011 16:08





The American Horse Council is pleased to announce that the new, up-to-date 2011 Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook is hot off the presses!  No one involved with the horse industry should be without the Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook.


Topics covered in the Handbook include:


  • Business versus hobby-including summaries of important court decisions;
  • Passive loss rules;
  • Forms of doing business;
  • Record keeping and accounting rules;
  • Sales, Exchanges and Involuntary conversions;
  • Depreciation;
  • and much more!


This two-volume edition has everything you need to know pertaining to tax laws for your equine business.  Volume-One explains the Internal Revenue Code as it relates to a horse business, and Volume-Two includes court cases involving horse owners and breeders that have had dealings with the IRS, both favorable and unfavorable.  “The Horse Owners and Breeders Tax Handbook is an essential element of a federal tax library for practitioners serving the horse industry,” explains Paul Husband of Husband Law in Universal City, CA.  The cost for the two-volume printed edition of the Tax Handbook is $95 plus shipping and handling.  


For the first time ever, the Handbook will be available as a CD.  No more toting the two volumes around with you when you’re traveling.  This CD will fit in your carry-on and won’t take up much room on your shelves.  The cost for the CD edition of the Tax Handbook is $75 plus shipping and handling.


Looking for a specific topic?  Find it easily!  The CD has a search function to lead you directly to the subject you’re looking for.  Not only is the CD now available, but it is being offered as a special package deal with the books for only $135 plus shipping and handling!


Written by Thomas A. “Tad” Davis of Davis & Harman in Washington DC, this is the most current and informative source on equine tax laws on the market.  Mr. Davis is the guru of equine tax law.  He has represented private clients for years in this area and has worked as the tax counsel for the American Horse Council for forty years! 


You won’t want to be without this Handbook and CD.  "The Tax handbook is a concise and go to resource for those involved with equine tax related issues," said Douglas P. Romaine of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in Lexington, KY.   Order online or call the AHC to get your copies today!


You may find the AHC online at www.horsecouncil.org or by calling 202-296-4031






Equine charity’s gift to Western Canadian veterinary college doubles in value through matching gift program

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 18, 2011 09:44

A $20,000 donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) to support horse health at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on the University of Saskatchewan campus has helped to raise another $20,000 through a matching gift program.


“The Equine Foundation of Canada’s dedicated efforts to support horse health at the WCVM and at other Canadian veterinary colleges are exceptional,” said WCVM Dean Dr. Douglas Freeman. “Year after year, members of the EFC have put the long-term health and welfare of horses first by investing in veterinary education, research and clinical services across the country. We admire their commitment and thank them for supporting our veterinary college.”


Established in 1983, the EFC is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting the health and welfare of all breeds of horses across Canada. Its latest donation qualifies for the veterinary college’s matching gift program — an initiative that was created by the Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé Foundation in 2006. The Saskatoon foundation has pledged to match any new or increased donations to the WCVM’s equine research programs between 2006 and 2011.


With the EFC donation and the matched dollars, the WCVM has purchased two pieces of equipment that will be used for horse health research as well as for the clinical care of patients in the college’s veterinary teaching hospital:


• a Holter monitor that will allow veterinarians to continuously monitor a horse’s heart activity for 24 hours or longer. The equipment will help veterinarians diagnose and investigate cardiac arrhythmias and other cardiac-related symptoms that come and go without any predictability.


• an overground video endoscope that gives veterinarians the ability to examine a horse’s upper airway during exercise. Endoscopic evaluation of horses exercised on a high-speed treadmill or on a track is the gold standard for identifying dynamic abnormalities such as dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), laryngeal hemiplegia or other upper airway dysfunctions.


This is the second year that the EFC has qualified for the matching gift program. The organization contributed $10,000 in 2009 to support the WCVM’s studies of equine sarcoids — the most commonly diagnosed skin tumours in horses around the world.


While the EFC generally rotates its annual donation among Canada’s five veterinary colleges, its members decided to make an exception. “We had donated to the WCVM in 2009, but the chance to double the support for horse health programs was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” said EFC President Eldon Bienert of Leduc, Alta.


Combined, the two EFC gifts and the matching dollars will result in a $60,000 addition to the WCVM’s equine health program. After more than four years, the matching gift program has helped to increase funding for WCVM’s horse health activities by more than $450,000.


“I think the matching gift program is a wonderful motivator for anyone who owns and works with horses. We rely on our animals for so much, and this program inspires horse owners and organizations like ours to dig deeper for the sake of horse health care,” said Bienert.


Supporters of the EFC include members of all types of equine breed organizations and sport groups across Canada. Through fundraising trail rides, raffles and individual gifts, EFC members have raised more than $200,000 in support for scholarships, research grants and the purchase of medical equipment over the past 28 years.


Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask., the WCVM is the centre for veterinary education, clinical expertise and research for Western Canada. The veterinary college’s Equine Health Research Fund annually invests nearly $200,000 in equine health research grants, equine fellowships and a summer research program for undergraduate veterinary students at the WCVM.




1099 Reporting Requirement Headed for Repeal

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 14, 2011 15:39

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2011


The American Horse Council reports that on April 5, 2011 the Senate passed a repeal of the onerous new 1099 reporting requirement that was scheduled to kick-in in 2012.  The House approved the same 1099 repeal bill (H.R 4), introduced by Congressman Lungren (R-CA), earlier this year. The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the next several days. 

“We are glad Congress took action to head off what would have been a large increase in tax-related paper-work for horse businesses in 2012,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.

The new 1099 paperwork mandate was a provision of the health care bill passed last year that would have imposed burdensome new tax reporting requirements on every business in the U.S., including those in the horse industry, beginning in 2012.  Current law requires 1099s to be sent to any independent contractor that receives $600 or more from a business in a year.  The new provision would have required 1099s be sent not only to independent contractors but also to any individual or corporation from whom a business purchased a total of $600 or more in goods or services in the year.

The bill repeals only the new broader reporting requirements.  Businesses will still have to send 1099s to independent contractors as current law requires.

“Repeal of the new 1099 requirement has had Presidential and bipartisan Congressional support once its full impact on businesses was realized,” said Hickey “However, during the last Congress disagreement over details got in the way of repeal.  We are happy Congress prioritized getting this done before businesses were impacted in 2012.” 



Corman Park Veterinary Services

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 11, 2011 18:53

Watch our "Ask a Vet" section to see the great addition of Corman Park Veterinary Services new website coming soon..............