Begun in 2001 as a small hippotherapy program, under the care and development by Dianne Lashoones and Libby Hale, instructors and physical therapists, Rhythm of the Rein has grown and flourished in the Green Mountains of Central Vermont at its host site Water Tower Farm in Marshfield, Vt. Conveniently located on Route 2 between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, the year round program is in easy reach for residents of both Washington and Caledonia counties. Our Premier Accredited Program is also utilized by riders from as far away as Burlington, Vt. and Littleton, NH. Rhythm of the Rein has proudly been a premier accredited program for the past 8 years now, gaining full accreditation even before becoming a non profit.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Leslie Law has been named as the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach, pending contract negotiations.
"This is an exciting next step for the program," said U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor. "Leslie brings a wealth of experience and will provide great leadership for the next generations."
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce plans for the 2015 USEF Dressage Youth Program. Under the direction of recently named USEF Dressage Youth Coaches George Williams and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, the revamped Youth Program will incorporate expanded support for the Platinum Performance/USDF Jr/YR Clinics, rider meetings, coaching support at major events, Outreach Clinics, and a Young Rider European Tour. The USEF Youth Dressage Program is part of the overall pipeline of the USEF Dressage Program which is supported by the USET Foundation.
Audit Details Food Safety, Animal Welfare Concerns in Slaughter of American Horses in Mexico
The European Commission dealt a game-changing blow to the North American horse slaughter industry with its decision to impose a moratorium on the import of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. The audits echo the food safety and animal welfare concerns long voiced and probed by The Humane Society of the United States. The most recent audit published on Dec. 4 is a damning indictment of the horse slaughter industry and the Mexican authorities’ failure to rectify previously identified problems.
While it may not seem difficult to visually identify a horse as neurologic, diagnosing equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) can be a detailed process of evaluating the history, physical examination, and neurological examination of the horse. To assist veterinarians in diagnosing EPM, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis has created several resources that will help trained equine veterinarians determine if their patients may be suffering from the debilitating neurologic disease.