What do you need to know before you volunteer at a horse rescue?
Story Via: Animal Welfare Council
People who care about horses and want to help decrease the unwanted horse population would do well to volunteer at a horse rescue or sanctuary. Helping the people who are working hands-on to find good homes for unwanted horses will help the industry tremendously to reduce this problem. “Lessons about the Unwanted Horse,” from the Animal Welfare Council, offers options for “hands-on helping” in its lesson: Well Run versus Well Intentioned: The Measure of a Horse Rescue. The information is suitable for individuals as well as for leaders of youth horse programs.
Story Via: Kathleen Landwehr
Seven talented U.S. horse-and-rider combinations are ready to compete in Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*. Taking place October 23-27 in Pau, France, an elite field of 75 is ready to take on the challenging CCI4*. With all horses passing the first horse inspection, 11 nations will be represented on the first leg of the 2013/2014 FEI Classics™.
MacPhail and O’Neal Come Away with USEF National One-Star Eventing Championship Titles at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*
National titles were awarded to riders on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park upon the completion of the USEF National One-Star Eventing Championships. Held October 17-19 in conjunction with the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge, 42 horse-and-rider combinations tackled the CCI1* in hopes of being crowned champion.
QUOTABLE, an 8 year old gelding owned by DL Glefke & Kenneth Garber, and shown by Kelley Farmer, won the prestigious Grand Hunter Championship, sponsored by P.P.C. Lubricants, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show yesterday.
The award of Grand Hunter Champion was presented to the horse that accumulated the most points in the Green Conformation Hunter, Regular Conformation Hunter, Green Working Hunter, or High Performance Working Hunter divisions. The winner of this Championship also received the Beaufort Hunt Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Col. And Mrs. J.B. Hollis Jr. in memory of their daughter Shari Hollis.
Story Via: Rob Warren
A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine revealed that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), caused by two different parasites, is widespread throughout the United States. The single-celled protozoal parasite Sarcocystis neurona which is shed in the feces of opossums is the most commonly recognized cause of this neurological disease in horses. However, this study found evidence that Neospora hughesi, the other EPM-causing parasite, first identified in California, is now being identified in horses across the United States. After obtaining a total of 3,123 diagnostic submissions from 49 states, UC Davis determined that horses from 42 states were affected by parasites causing EPM. Horses in 24 states tested positive for antibodies against Neospora hughesi and Sarcocystis neurona. Horses from 17 states tested positive for antibodies against Sarcocystis neurona only, while horses in one state tested positive for antibodies against Neospora hughesi only. As these results show a widespread distribution of the parasites causing EPM, horse owners and practitioners should test EPM-suspect horses for antibodies against both parasites.