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MRI: Unlocking the Mystery of Navicular Disease

by Maureen Kelleher DVM, DACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine Navicular Disease has long described lameness attributed to the navicular bone region and often resulted in career-ending lameness. Until recently, tools traditionally used to diagnosis navicular such as digital radiographs and ultrasound have fallen short on early detection. Today, the gold standard for diagnosis of navicular disease is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI allows an early and exact diagnosis, which is important to determining the best treatment options needed to achieve positive outcomes. MRI and early detection of navicular disease have afforded many horses the treatment options that can significantly extend...

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How The Mom & Pop Tack Shop Survives and Thrives in a Big Box Land

The horse industry in Maryland is undergoing a renaissance; not since before the Great Recession have we seen so many innovative horse businesses being launched. No longer the usual menu of lessons, boarding or training, Maryland’s over 1,600 commercial stables offer a hodgepodge of exciting new programs, from driving to therapeutic to interactive programs that don’t involve riding at all. We are seeing a similar growth in product innovation and small manufacturing businesses. Retail, however, is a different story.

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WIHS Wraps Up With Maryland Wins

The 59th Washington International Horse Show wrapped up Sunday with the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. James Fazekas of Friendship won the WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals while Courtney Morton of Clarksburg took home the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals. James, who trains with Suzanne Chambers, won aboard the Connemara/Welsh pony Beaudacious and posted the highest score of the day with an 82. Kelsey Lambert (Chevy Chase) rode Tiny Tunes to second and earned the overall WIHS Regional Pony Hunter divisional championship, while Payton Flanders (Lothian) and Jamrock earned third. “I have been...

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Ladies Mounted Shooting Champ wins Touch of Class

After the fifth race at this year’s Maryland Million Day, Jessie Flores of Rusted Star Ranch (Berlin) rode down the track aboard her American Quarter Horse This Doc Is Zipped to accept a Touch of Class Award, presented by the Maryland Horse Industry Board. Jessie, an Agriculture Teacher at Worcester Technical High School and Worcester County Future Farmers of America advisor, and her 14-year-old gelding were recognized for winning the 2017 Jeffer’s Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Ladies 3 National Championship. “I used to race barrels until I met Rob [Johnston]. He introduced me to mounted shooting and I’ve been...

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Barn Night Winners!

Kudos to all the barns who came out to the Washington International Horse Show last night for the annual Barn Night. The big winners are listed below and photos and videos can be see on The Equiery’s Facebook page. Largest Group Overall: Tamarack Largest Group Maryland: Harmony Ridge Largest Group Virginia: Hoof & Woof Largest Group DC/Other: Rock Creek Park Video Contest: Team Kama Banner: The Big Easy Spirit: Hidden View Competition continues tonight with WIHS’s Military Night. If you can’t make it to DC tonight, you can watch it live here:...

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Marylander Completes Mustang Makeover

This past September, Mt. Airy resident Toby Gibbon once again headed off to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. A four-time Top 10 Finalist, this was Toby’s eighth time competing in the makeover. His entry for this year’s competition was Ima Boy Scout, a five-year-old Mustang that he began working with earlier this year. One hundred and twenty Mustangs competed this year with 57 of them being adopted through the program at the end of the event. Toby was among 79 trainers who competed and finished 47th overall. To read more about Toby Gibbon and his passion for Mustangs,...

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