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26 nations qualify for London 2012 Olympic Games

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:58

 

 

In Jumping, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Portugal, and Russia qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping bringing the total number of nations represented by individual riders to 11. Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, and Japan will be represented by two riders each whereas Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Egypt, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, and Syria will be entering one individual each. Fifteen countries will be represented by teams.

The only countries that will field full teams in all three disciplines (Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) is Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.


In total 200 riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing was published the 2nd of March. They are the final stage of the qualification by nation process, which concluded the 1st of March.


75 riders will participate in jumping:

http://zallina.com/news/jumping/show/500/

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Emergence of new Cross Bred Equine in Western Canada

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:30

 

“The Heaver” emerged on our farm in Western Canada in November of 2011. 

Cunning and wily, this new crossbred is very difficult to sight, elusive to photographers and has some peculiar habits.

We were first alerted to the heaver’s presence because of the evidence it left behind.  Exhaustive

investigation and surveillance have proven fruitless. 

These Heavers have destroyed part of our wood pile, primarily taking only recently cut green poplar and stripping the bark completely off.  Obviously they have mutated some sort of hand type appendages as

they have pulled their preferred wood out of a huge pile of assorted wood.  Thankfully the heaver has limited their bark eating to just green poplar bark out of the wood pile. 

No fence posts, live trees or rails have fallen victim thus far.

The un-mutated form of this new equine cross bred, our herd of horses have access to a high quality water supply available 24/7, high quality grass (90%) /alfalfa (10%) hay in multiple different feeding areas, large pasture area to roam, unrestricted access to salt,

mineral and are current on their herd health.  The herd is round and fat, to date no colic.  Our vet is baffled.

A gifted artist Andrea Lawrence, fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-lawrence.html has created a heaver picture based on our description.

 

 

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One Rider Spot Left in the Hendrik Gabael clinic March 19-21st.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 5, 2012 18:21

I have a rider who needs to sell her spot in the Hendrik Gabael clinic March 19-21st.  Please let me know if you are interested in her spot.  The cost is 480$ for 3 private lesson plus stabling.  The clinic is hosted at Maple Leaf Meadows.

Chelsey

www.horseclinic.ca

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780-968-8705

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"Vision of a Horse" by Casa Terra

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 5, 2012 13:52

"Vision of a Horse"

by Casa Terra

 

The Casa Terra Canvas is a mixed media project combining tempera paint and collage to create a stunning horses head. 

The colors and forms within the horse's head are meant to represent a landscape reflecting the element Casa Terra is named after. 

The artwork was achieved by "painting" the tempera with forks, which created quite a stir in the studio! 

The canvas is truly a unique masterpiece created by using unconventional tools with conventional materials.

Casa Terra is a class of 4-6 year old students at the Maria Montessori School, Saskatoon, Sk.

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 24, 2012 07:14

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Record Crowds Attend the Inaugural Saskatchewan Equine Expo

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 21, 2012 12:24

Syd stolen palimino gelding in Aden, Ab.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 15, 2012 14:50

Caylee's plea for Syd

 

We are emailing all horse rescue groups, stables, anything we can find equine related.  Our daughter's horse was stolen sometime between Feb 1 & Feb 5.  We are desperately trying to find him.  Authorities have been notified, brand inspectors and slaughter plants across Canada.  Auction marts/stables and AQHA have been notified as well.  We have attached some pictures of Syd.  The email below is accurate information on him.  (There is a typo on some ads that he is 11 yrs old and few details missing.)  We would appreciate any sharing of this information that can be done, posting on any blogs/facebook pages/websites... anything to bring him home to our daughter.  She is terrified she will never see her best friend again.

 

Thank you so very much in advance for any help you can offer our family.  If you require any more information please contact us through email fastrac@xplornet.ca (Stephanie) bigjimorosz@gmail.com (Jim) or phone 403-647-3888 or 403-344-2727 Stephanie News Clip on CTV Lethbridge Feb 8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYzIRNR03BI&feature=youtu.be

 

From:

 

Subject: Stolen Horse

Thanks again for giving him a chance!

My daughter is devastated.  She's cried herself to sleep 2 nights now.  A little detail, he was last seen with the herd Feb 1, and noticed not with them early morning Feb 5.  The pasture he was in was a section of land (640acres).  After riding that field via quad, the airplane was then used for 2 hours to try and located him.  He was nowhere to be seen alive or otherwise.  The road into this ranch Ross Ranch - Aden, AB is 8km and a private road. Therefore another reason we suspect he was stolen.  He was pastured with 7 other horses, all of which are worth more than Syd.  Syd has a crooked front end, as Caylee says "2 front left feet" so useless for working or riding hard but fantastic for the kids!  This was her 6th Easter/Bday present and she just wants him home so badly.  The last picture is one she made and put on her Facebook status. We would like him returned within 72 hrs or notified as to where to pick him up from and no questions asked - after such time, when he is found we do intend on prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law we can.  The person found to be boarding him can also be charged with possession of stolen property.  If anyone knows where he is and doesn't want to be involved or whatever the case an email could be sent fastrac@xplornet.ca <mailto:fastrac@xplornet.ca>  even. The below is the ad we are using across the internet currently and on posters sent out to all stables/auction marts. Syd is 9 yrs old (April 27, 2003), gelded, 16.1 HH, "scaly" type scar on back left leg, and a injury to front right this past summer when he sliced his foot right above hoof (from the outside along to the back) on a piece of tin.  He has a crooked front end ; 2 "left" feet and it is noticeable. He also has a white blaze, snip, and star down his nose. He is considered cream by some, but he is a registered palomino roan that is a "muddy" white in the winter. No brand on him. Please call Stephanie at 403-647-3888 or 403-330-6246.

 

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Biosecurity Tool – Does Your Barn get the Green Light?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 14, 2012 18:37

 

With all the breaking news on the importance of biosecurity – Isn’t it time to bone up on preventative measures your barn could be taking?   Calculate your horse farm’s risks with Equine Guelph’s Biosecurity Risk Calculator, a tool designed for horse owners to generate a report that grades them on their biosecurity management practices on their farms.  See if you score a green, amber or red light.

Live and online at Biosecurity Calculator, the interactive tool is an educational resource of Equine Guelph (University of Guelph) developed in collaboration with Colorado State University and sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

 

"Every horse owner should think about a biosecurity management plan,” says Karen Ann Paradis, Equine Product Manager of Vétoquinol. “Having a solid understanding of equine health, infectious disease and disease control is paramount in reducing biosecurity risk in a high-risk industry."

 

After taking the 10 minute, 42 question Biosecurity Calculator quiz - turn those amber scores green by increasing your knowledge with Equine Guelph’s biosecurity workshops this March and 2 week e-Session April 16 - 29.    The combined feedback from the Biosecurity Calculator and Equine Guelph’s upcoming programs will provide you with the best practices for decreasing risk of infectious disease in your horse(s).  

 

To learn more about Equine Guelph’s biocesurity programs visit:    www.EquineGuelph.ca/biosecurity.php

WCVM research survey targets Cushing’s disease

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 8, 2012 11:19


Cushing’s disease is considered one of the most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders of horses — especially as the equine population continues to age. But just how common is the disease internationally?


It’s one of the questions that researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are addressing through a 16-question survey of international equine practitioners. The online survey, which was launched in January 2012, is available at www.wcvm.com/veterinarians/cushings_survey.php for the next six months.


“Our objective is to determine the true prevalence of Cushing’s disease worldwide, because until now, previous surveys were only based in the U.S.,” explains Dr. James Carmalt, an equine surgeon and associate professor in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.


Carmalt is also a PhD student in equine neurophysiology through the veterinary college’s Department of Veterinary Pathology. He and his graduate supervisor, veterinary pathologist Dr. Andrew Allen, are beginning to explore a new treatment methodology for equine Cushing’s disease.


Carmalt and his colleagues at the western Canadian veterinary college will use practitioners’ responses to the brief survey to determine the incidence of the disease and the most common treatment protocols being used by practitioners in countries around the world. The WCVM researchers also want to evaluate the need for developing new treatment methodologies.
“Right now, the only available treatment for Cushing’s disease requires daily dosing of medications for the rest of the horse’s life. It’s onerous, time consuming and a huge management challenge,” says Carmalt, who urges horse owners to inform their veterinarians about the survey.


“If the responses from this survey reflect our impression that practitioners need a new option to offer their clients, our ultimate goal is to develop a one-time treatment for the disease so daily medications for Cushing’s disease become unnecessary.”
For more information about the Cushing’s disease survey for equine practitioners, please contact Dr. James Carmalt (james.carmalt@usask.ca). As part of the survey, practitioners can also provide their email addresses if they wish to receive a copy of the survey results.


Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association
202 - 224 Pacific Ave
Saskatoon SK S7K 1N9
T. 306.955.7862 | F. 306.975.0623
svma@svma.sk.ca | http://www.svma.sk.ca

Unwanted Horse Coalition presents at Horse World Expo

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2012 16:33

WASHINGTON, DC – January 23, 2012 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) was invited to participate in the University Seminars, courtesy of University of Maryland, at the Horse World Expo on January 20th in Timonium, Maryland. Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, gave an informative presentation about the UHC and unwanted horses to a group of Expo attendees.

 

The presentation, titled Unwanted Horses: The Issues and the Solutions, focused on responsible ownership and the options horse owners have when faced with the difficult decision of finding their horse a new home. Caslin said, “Many horse owners are not informed about the help that is available to them. The UHC helps owners understand their options, from donation to therapeutic riding programs, to horse owner assistance and grant programs.” Caslin gave the attendees information about the UHC’s Operation Gelding Program, as well as other similar programs offered by organizations throughout the industry. Caslin also reported the findings of the UHC’s 2009 Unwanted Horses Survey, which details the scope of the problem, the causes, and possible solutions.

 

Each attendee was given a copy of UHC’s brochure, The Problem of the Unwanted Horse: Own Responsibly and information about how to find additional materials on the UHC website, free of charge.

 

“It is extremely important to make sure that each horse owner has the knowledge of responsible horse ownership. In order to help our nation’s unwanted horses, we need to make sure we provide the tools and information to horse owners about their options,” said Caslin.

 

For information about the UHC or to request a speaker for your event, please contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-2964031. For information about horse owner assistance programs and facilities that accept horses, please visit www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org

 

The Unwanted Horse Coalition

The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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