House Bill 1518 would expand the Horse Protection Act. Sponsored by Congressman Ed Whitfield of Tennessee it aims to crack down on the practice of horse soring. Dr. John Bennett with Equine Services testified on behalf of the Performance Show Horse Association. He says the bill is too far reaching. Dr.Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, disagrees. He testified that the current law does not go far enough.
Among the National FFA awards earned for proficiency in a variety of fields, many are in the equine area. Camber Sannes of the Amherst, Wisconsin FFA Chapter won the proficiency award in equine science entrepreneurship. Camber has been riding for as long as she can remember. What she does to be able to continue to ride is that she works. She barters with her parents who provide horse boarding in exchange for Camber’s labor to maintain the stalls and train horses. To raise, board, train and ride horses is not cheap. That’s why her parents provide support in exchange for labor from Camber, who expects little to nothing for income from competing.
Since getting her first pony at four years old, Sannes has known that horses would always be a part of her life. That’s reinforced by the proficiency award that she brought home from Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, however, she’s preparing for a career in the medical field that will definitely take some of her time away from the horses she’s grown up with.
New mobile apps developed at University of Minnesota Extension can help horse owners more precisely determine how much hay to purchase and feed their animals.
“Horses have evolved from work animals to recreational animals, with many leading leisurely lifestyles of limited exercise and access to lush pasture and grain. The recent shortage of hay and the spike in prices have forced many horse owners to re-evaluate their feeding strategies,” says Krishona Martinson, U of M Extension equine specialist. Adding to the complexities of horse feeding is the fact that most horses have differing dietary needs, she notes.
The U of M Extension’s horse team worked with researchers from the university and across the country to find solutions. Two mobile apps for use with iPhones and iPads have been developed for the horse industry by a group led by Martinson. Android versions are in development.
We visited with Martinson about their new Hay Price Calculator and Healthy Horse apps.
The financial risks of horses developing equine influenza can be calculated in a new application. Kevin Hankins, an equine veterinarian with Zoetis Animal Health, says the app can help horse owners SEE how costly Equine Influenza can be without vaccination. The app is free at the Apple Store.
Dr. John Donecker is Associate Director, Outcomes Research and former senior veterinarian at Zoetis, he has some tips on getting your horse ready for the cold months ahead.
Hope Haven Horse Farm at Coatesville, Indiana provides therapeutic riding lessons to clients with special needs. One of their clients, a student in biomedical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology suffered a traumatic brain injury in car accident, that’s all it took before fellow students went to work to develop equine therapy devices to help patients.
The populations of wild horses and burros in the western United States are at unsustainable levels. The rangeland just cannot feed that many animals and the federal government is spending a lot of money on them. Many say the Bureau of Land Management’s horse program needs a major overhaul. Doug Busselman is executive director of the Nevada Farm Bureau; he says he has seen a lot of the damage first-hand because around half of the wild horses are in his state.
*thanks Johnna Miller with American Farm Bureau
The Missouri State Fair Queen has a passion for horses and for helping people. Ashley Bauer is a sophomore at Williams Woods University in Fulton, Missouri where she is studying business, equine and equine assisted therapy. Ashley explains who benefits from equine assisted therapy. She wants to see it available for people in need everywhere.
Across the country one of the big draws at state fairs are the draft horses. At the Ohio State Fair I caught up with Nicole Honsberger with All-Star Farms which brought 15 Percheron horses. So why do they do it?