Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announced that their 10th year anniversary campaign surpassed its goal in 2015. This new campaign fund of $120,900, will be invested in a research project to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. Up to $100,000 will be given to fund an awarded grant and the remainder will offset assessment, administration and management expenses. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research that will ultimately impact physical/mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies. Continue reading
Brooke USA, the American fundraising arm of the Brooke, has announced a pilot project in Mexico to help horses working in a garbage dump and recycling centre in San Martin, Puebla State. The horses are some of the most vulnerable of the 12.8 million working equine animals in Mexico. Continue reading
Although your furry friend may have a nice fur coat, it doesn’t mean that dogs and cats are not susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Continue reading
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has updated its policy on free-roaming abandoned and feral cats to encourage collaboration among veterinarians, humane groups and wildlife conservation entities in efforts to reduce these cat populations in a humane and ethical manner. Continue reading
Horses fed a high fat diet are less reactive to startling stimuli, and have lower levels of excitability and anxiety than horses fed a more traditional grain-based diet.
What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? Stay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!
Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes. Continue reading
“For an adult horse with moderate activity, feed .75 to 1.0 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight.” These are the feeding instructions for a popular commercially fortified feed. If your horse weighs 1100 lbs (500 kg), you’ll need to feed 8.25 to 11 lbs of feed per day. For enough calories? Enough protein? Enough vitamins and minerals? Yes, to all of the above and more. That’s a lot of feed! That could amount to three to five two-quart scoops (depending on the weight of the feed) per day. And you’ll need to divide it into multiple feedings since meal size should never exceed 4 lbs (your horse’s stomach is small compared to the rest of his digestive tract). Continue reading
With winter making its grand entrance in many states and across Canada, having confidence your four-legged companion is comfortable during travel is essential. While horses are very comfortable in cold conditions, and most travel well in the winter, it is still a big question as to whether you should be throwing on a blanket or leaving it at the barn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before you hit the road. Continue reading
What differentiates Equine Metabolic Syndrome from PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or “Cushings”)?
2) Obesity or regional adiposity (“fat pads”)
3) Delayed shedding
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., National Office was the winner of the first annual holiday decorating contest. Hosted by The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, the National Horse Center Exterior Decorating Contest was judged November 19-25. Continue reading