Veteran’s Day Observance Suggested by ACTHA

By Administrator on August 26th, 2014
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From ACTHA:
We all have one or most likely many more, in our hearts right now and or in our memory. Wouldn’t you like to have a direct impact that shows we are grateful ?
Consider hosting an event on Veteran’s Day in their honor.
November 11th is always reserved as Veterans day in observance of the signing of the armistice ending World War One in 1918.

“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.”

Imagine 111 events on Veteran’s day weekend. At each, yours and every other, from coast to coast at 11AM exactly … we all simply stop on the trail or wherever we are and take a minute to honor the living and the dead who made this ride possible.
Imagine us trail riders contributing thousands to various veteran causes of your choosing. Whether it be Horses 4 Heroes that provides horse experiences for the current soldier’s family while he or she is serving or to another veteran cause near and dear to you.
Perhaps a local veteran in need and his family?
There are so many out there who need the love and help we can give them.
Perhaps one of these wonderful VA non profit centers?
Give of yourself on Saturday November 8th, 2014 and then to yourself on Sunday with another event for you and or your group.
A good event can bring in thousands of dollars. Rider entries will be high. Not only because everyone wants to help but also because ACTHA’s now serves more riders in YOUR area than ever. In just the last year our outreach to the trail rider has tripled.

For those coming home let them find peace and for those already home let them find the warmth of a horse.
Join us. Go to www.actha.us/hostaride and be among the the proud, the brave and the caring. Be among the first 111 to give of yourself this day.

If you wish to speak to your COACH at ACTHA that will guide you through this special event they are here to answer any questions you may have. Some are veterans themselves!
Otherwise JUMP IN! Go to www.actha.us/hostaride right now. THERE IS NO COST FOR YOU TO SIGN UP AS A HOST. As in all ACTHA events ACTHA takes care of all the up front costs like insurance and coaching. So do it right now. Together we can send a powerful message to out veteran’s. That simple but profound message being…
THANK YOU.

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MEMBERSHIP SALE: ACTHA

By Administrator on August 15th, 2014
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From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association:

All Breeds, All Disciplines, All Skill Levels
Anyone who loves their horse and loves to trail ride is welcome. New to horses and want to learn? Veteran rider? ACTHA welcomes everyone with open arms!
Enjoy a 12 month ACTHA membership and two rides in the Scout division at a discounted price of $90
(a $105 value and saves you $10 each ride!) JOIN NOW!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Sign up for an annual membership and receive an additional 6 months free!
* ALREADY A MEMBER? Refer a NEW paying annual member (they MUST enter your membership number when registering) and you’ll get $5.00 on your account immediately!
“Serious Fun, Casual Competition!”
If you’ve been waiting to join, now’s the time… The fall event calendar is filling up with rides across the country. Ride and win prizes, cash, and a trip to Australia.
There’s a membership just for you beginning at $35.
Your membership comes with discounts from our sponsors, reduced ride participation fees, and earn points towards great prizes just for riding! If you can trail ride, you can do this!

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EQUINE HEALTH ALERT: VESICULAR STOMATITIS

By Administrator on August 12th, 2014
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From the Colorado Horse Council:
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 69 locations under quarantine after horses and one cow tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.

“Most confirmed cases are in horses but the risk to cattle is significant as well,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “A cow that’s part of a herd of three head in Weld County tested positive for VS; cattle owners need to remain vigilant in their insect control efforts.”

County totals are:
Adams County – 3 horses on 2 premises
Boulder County – 26 horses on 15 premises
Douglas County – 2 horses on 1 premises
El Paso County – 1 horse on 1 premises
Larimer County – 9 horses on 4 premises
Weld County – 25 horses and 1 cow on 19 premises

For a map of Colorado counties with confirmed cases, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/downloads/animal_diseases/vsv/CumulativeOverview_EXTERNAL_8×11_port_VSV2014_073014.pdf.

“Over the past two weeks, our office has been receiving approximately ten reports daily of animals demonstrating clinical signs that are consistent with VS. Veterinarians have been very observant and diligent to report horses and other livestock that are suspicious of being infected,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Livestock, including horse and cattle owners, should be aware that insect control is an important tool in the prevention of VS. Most of the cases we have investigated involve horses that have had no history of movement; therefore, controlling black flies and midges are very important in the prevention of the spread of disease.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:
VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

“The State Veterinarian’s Office is not recommending that livestock shows be cancelled. Instead, it is more important to consider certificates of veterinary inspection prior to or on site observations at entry into events and then insect control measures during before during and after events occur,” said Roehr. “If event organizers have questions, they can contact our office.”

Tips for Event Organizers and Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available atwww.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears), and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.

Important Points for Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions

For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.

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Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property, or a home to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer Gellert, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

NEED A RIDE?

By Administrator on August 5th, 2014
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FROM AMERICAN COMPETITIVE TRAIL HORSE ASSOCIATION:

We have lots of rides, and our motto “Casual Competition, Serious Fun” has never been truer. And, as charity and rescues receive 20% of ACTHA’s gross member rider’s entry fees, everybody wins. Can’t find a ride near you? Call 877-99-ACTHA, or email iwantaride@actha.us, and tell us where you are. Leave or send us your name, zip code, and phone number, and we’ll get right on it!

August 9
Springboro, OH
Hampton, GA
Hampton, GA

August 10
Hampton, GA

August 15
Talking Rock, GA
Camdenton, MO

August 16
Glade Park, CO
Cedarburg, WI
Camdenton, MO
Jamestown, TN
Talking Rock, GA
Martinsville, IN

August 17
Jamestown, TN
Glade Park, CO
Martinsville, IN

August 23
Lac St. Anne Cty, AB
Bethel, OH
Pine Mountain, GA
Black, MO

August 24
Pine Mountain, GA
Bethel, OH
Black, MO

August 30
Westfield, NC
Lake City, FL
McDonald, TN
Westfield, NC
Laurel, MT

August 31
Westfield, NC
Lake City, FL

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Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property, or a home to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer Gellert, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

EQUINE HEALTH ALERT UPDATE

By Administrator on July 28th, 2014
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State Veterinarian’s Office – July 2014
Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) update: Seven Colorado Quarantines
Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions and Events

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed seven locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Weld and Boulder counties; results on additional tests in other counties are pending.

Colorado is the second state in the country to have confirmed cases of VS. Previous positive cases of Vesicular Stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas near the Mexico border and more recently in Bastrop and Travis counties just south of Austin, TX.

“Vesicular Stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said state veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may haveVS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no UDSA approved vaccines for VS.
While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs And Transmission:

VS-susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include: vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of Vesicular Stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission and livestock movement.

Tips For Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of veterinary inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears) and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally, please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado Office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.
Important Points For Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or Federal Foreign Animal Disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions.
For Additional Information:
Contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.

And for outstanding equestrian products, such as Bob Marshall Treeless Sports Saddles, Skito Equalizer Pads, Dixie Midnight No-Sweat Vent Pads, and more, check out www.savvysportsaddle.com and see why so many people purchase their riding gear here!
Call 772-220-8822 OR 970-250-1979 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!
Looking for the perfect equestrian property to purchase or sell in Florida? Contact Geri and Spencer, the GSG Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty, at 772-233-8352 or go to www.yourfloridahomesource.com for first-class service with a smile!

Equine Ear Facts

By Administrator on July 22nd, 2014
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From The American Competitive Trail Horse Association Newsletter:
• Horses hear sounds between 55 Hz and 33.5 kHz. A human cannot hear sounds higher than 20 kHz. 796917

• Usually, a horse can only find the general direction of a noise, not the exact origin. The unknown source can result in a spook.

• Horses filter out much of what they hear, such as sounds they previously have determined were safe.

• Horses can have hearing loss due to age, antibiotics, infection, ear mites, or a genetic disorder.

• Ear mites can be the cause of head rubbing, head shaking, and irritability.

• A horse has sixteen muscles in each ear, allowing her to swivel her ears roughly 180 degrees.

• You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.

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HEALTH ALERT from Colorado Horse Council

By Administrator on July 18th, 2014
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Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) – Positive Diagnosis
in Horses in Weld County
Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events
State Veterinarian’s Office, (303) 869-9130
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -Colorado has become the second state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses on two Weld County premises tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.

On July 17th, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported a positive test on samples submitted from four horses in Weld County. The initial Colorado disease investigation was performed by one of the field veterinarians from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in the southern area of Texas near the Mexico border and more recently in Bastrop and Travis Counties just south of Austin, TX.

“Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission:
VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

Tips for Livestock Owners:
• Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease.
• Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.
• Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “Import Requirements.”
• Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
• During an event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animals ears), and closely observing animals for signs of VS.
• If moving livestock internationally please contact the USDA APHIS VS Colorado office at 303-231-5385 to determine if there are any movement restrictions or testing requirements for VSV.

Important Points for Veterinarians:
• Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
• Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD).
• When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions.

And for outstanding equestrian products, such as Bob Marshall Treeless Sports Saddles, Skito Equalizer Pads, Dixie Midnight No-Sweat Vent Pads, and more, check out www.savvysportsaddle.com and see why so many people purchase their riding gear here!
Call 772-220-8822 with your questions and receive personalized assistance, as well!

Help Wanted!

By Administrator on July 7th, 2014
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ACTHA, the American Competitive Trail Association, is looking for help! Looking for enthusiastic ride hosts across the country who are willing to meet new people, have fun, and earn some serious cash. Applicants must be able to laugh, work hard and be slightly horse crazy. They’ll help with everything else, from volunteers to finding a perfect location. On-the-job training provided. For more information go to actha.us/hostaride or call 434-989-1437.

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Is Your Horse Dehydrated?

By Administrator on June 28th, 2014
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From the American Competitive Trail Horse Association:

Did you know that water is the most important nutrient in a horse’s diet? Horses need approximately 10 gallons of water a day and if under hydrated, they can become dehydrated in a matter of hours. Dehydration can lead to a multitude of illnesses-including colic and even death. ACTHA Founder Carrie Scrima shares her story about her horses’ drinking issues and her tried and true hydration solution:

” As a life long competitor, culminating in one of my horse’s receiving 2 gold medals in the 1976 Olympic Trials, we traveled quite extensively. The ultimate unsolvable issue for us was getting our horses to drink while traveling and/or under stress. Despite electrolytes and everything we tried, hydration remained a serious issue that caused serious concerns and problems.

Recently, I found Horse Quencher, who is now the official dehydration solution for ACTHA. I must note ACTHA pursued them as a sponsor based on my personal experiences and our member’s searching for a solution (especially while trailering to our events) .Fact is, it works! My horses, all of them, now drink well on a daily basis, even under stress or when being hauled- a first in my 46 years of horse ownership. They get their electrolytes naturally and separately along with good volumes of fluids to aid in the digestion of hay and/or alfalfa. I now don’t have to worry about colic due to dehydration and it’s Horse Quencher that I must credit. Thank you Horse Quencher!”
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Message from Colorado Horse Council

By Administrator on June 9th, 2014
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Heritage Pledges are Welcomed, Support Needed

On June 21st we will be holding our Colorado Horse Council Heritage Ride. The ride is being held for many important reasons but the most important is that people throughout our state and the world love horses. They love to ride them, raise them and just plain look at them. Artists love to draw them, writers describe their meaning, and photographers capture their beauty and magnificence, while sculptures have recreated their image and strength on buildings and in statues.

The horse and other equines have become symbols for us and people have created a bond with them that affects their lives in special ways. Many of those bonds are shown to us through movies, through competitions and even when we go out to care for them each morning and evening. This relationship has built our nation and provided a million hours of joy. Regardless of how you see them or what your relationship is with them, they have been, and still are part of our lives.

You can help the Colorado Horse Council maintain the equine industry and the relationship that you have with horses by participating in this once a year event. The Heritage Ride mission is to:
• Promote the Heritage of the Horse,
• Protect the Heritage of the Horse,
• Develop the Future Heritage of the Horse
Send in a pledge, come ride in the ride, encourage your horse club members to get together and promote what you do in the equine community. To see how you can join in the work, go to our website at www.coloradohorsecouncil.com, call us at (303) 292-4981, or text the word, “Horses” to “70000″.

See you at The Heritage Ride!
Happy Trails!
Bill Scebbi
Executive Director
Colorado Horse Council
Colorado Horse Development Authority

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