Help Your Senior Horse Prepare for Winter

What defines a senior horse? While there is no consensus among experts about what constitutes a “senior” horse, most agree that it is not based on chronological age but on physiological age. Some horses may start to slow down at 15, while others are still fresh and frisky well into their 20s. No matter what your horse’s chronological age, if he’s starting to show signs of aging such as stiffness, difficulty maintaining weight, or decreased immune response, it’s time to start thinking of him as a senior. Continue reading

PATH Awarded!

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is pleased to announce that it has received a $176,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for direct service and training for veterans and disabled service members to receive equine-assisted activities. Continue reading

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

​When it comes to protecting children from dog bites, parents might think the biggest threat comes from stray dogs, or dogs unknown to the family.

But in reality, only about 10 percent of bites are inflicted by dogs unknown to the victim. And more than two-thirds of children bitten by familiar dogs were bitten with a parent or grandparent in the room. Continue reading

Preparing for Disaster

Although the number and severity of weather related disasters is on the rise, according to a recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey, only 39 percent of respondents have developed an emergency plan.  September is National Preparedness Month, so it is a good time for horse owners to make sure they have a plan for their horses should disaster strike.  The key to remaining calm and keeping animals safe during an emergency is being prepared.  The Homes for Horses Coalition offers horse owners tips for protecting their equine companions in the event of a disaster. Continue reading

Crazy for Catnip

While our cats are often models of grace and composure, some of them can achieve altered states of drooling relaxation or fits of frantic energy just by getting a whiff of a little bit of catnip. But what exactly is catnip, why does it have such a strong effect on some cats and not others, and is it in any way harmful to our cats? Continue reading

NSAIDs: Are you following the rules?

As equestrians, we expect a lot from our performance horses. Sometimes pain and inflammation of their joints can happen right before a show or competition. Before administering a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), it’s important to know the rules specific to your particular association or show. Continue reading