By Nancy Wesolek-Sterrett, Dressage Department Head, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
Winning rides depend on a pre-class warm up specifically tailored for the individual horse. At the very least, a warm up routine establishes rhythm and relaxation while creating a connection to the aids. Trainers and seasoned competitors understand that one of the best ways to win classes is to plan the right warm up. Put another way, a poorly planned and executed warm up risks losing a class before they even go through the in gate.
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Did you take your vitamins?
My mother asked me that almost every night. It never occurred to me to ask, “Why?” Of course in that era, children did not question parents. I now know why I have to take vitamins – I have Celiac Disease and don’t utilize nutrients available in food. (As a child we didn’t know I had the disease.) Humans have other needs for vitamins as well.
But why give vitamins to horses?
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The United States Hunter Jumper Association announces George Morris will serve as an Advisor for the Hunter and Jumper Working Groups. Representation on the Working Groups includes athletes, amateurs, owners, trainers, coaches, riders, licensed officials and competition organizers.
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Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) announces its full support of federal bill (H.R. 6388) that amends the Horse Protection Act by strengthening enforcement and penalties for individuals who “sore” horses.
Soring of horses is the cruel and deliberate infliction of chemical or mechanical pain upon a horse’s hooves and limbs to create an unnatural, exaggerated, high stepping gait for the show ring. Soring is a major animal welfare issue that has been illegal for over forty years under the federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) yet the practice is still widespread in some show rings of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses and Racking Horses.
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State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today urged horse owners across New York State to vaccinate their horses against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). This is especially important since parts of New York have mosquito activity into late November. Commissioner Aubertine is reminding horse owners to vaccinate against these diseases due to recent cases of EEE found in horses in St. Lawrence and Westchester Counties, along with a case of WNV found in a horse in Saratoga County. The Department of Agriculture and Markets has made veterinarians across the state aware of these confirmed cases.