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Inaugural Area II New Event Horse Champs Set in Maryland

First published in the January 2018 Equiery In addition to its recognized horse trials and three-day events, the U.S. Eventing Association offers a series of tests for young horses. Most people have already heard of the Future Event Horse (yearlings through three-year-olds) and Young Event Horse (four and five-year-olds) programs, both of which have year-end championships with competitions held across the country. Not many people, however, have heard of the New Event Horse Tests, which are designed to be an introduction to the sport of Eventing for horses of any age. Similar to the YEH tests, the NEH tests...

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Have you heard about the latest advances in regenerative medicine therapy?

with Jennifer G. Barrett, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery, World Expert in Regenerative Medicine Since discovery of stem cells in the 1950’s, unexpected advances have been made. Adult stem cells (including bone marrow, adipose, umbilical cord blood and others) function as a pool of resting cells that are capable of fighting inflammation, assisting in healing, and forming new tissue. Contrary to previous theory that only bone marrow could be a source of stem cells, almost every tissue has a storehouse of stem cells in it. Currently, adult stem cells are being used to...

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Triple Crown announces new partnership – what does this mean for local stores?

It has been a season of changes! Cargill acquires Southern States feeds; Maryland Horse World Expo closes, merges everything into its Pennsylvania show; Maryland Horse Council acquires The Equiery – and in all the hubbub, we regret that we overlooked another significant piece of industry news: Triple Crown has a new manufacturing and distribution partner – Purina Mills. ​ The corporate parent now known as Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc., was founded in 1989 and owns Triple Crown Feeds, as well as full line of forages, supplements and more. However, the company does not own feed manufacturing plants (also known as mills). The corporate parent now known as Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc., was founded in 1989 and owns Triple Crown Feeds, as well as full line of forages, supplements and more. However, the company does not own feed manufacturing plants (also known as mills). Triple Crown owns the formula, or recipe, and contracts with various mills to produce its feeds. Triple Crown owns the formula, or recipe, and contracts with various mills to produce its feeds, such as current partner, Blue Seal Feeds. For almost two decades, Triple Crown also partnered with Southern States, and it was common to see the product reps sharing a booth at Horse World Expo and elsewhere.  However, when Southern States Cooperative, Inc., divested itself of its animal feed division and the related mills, the Triple Crown contract did not convey. Although Triple...

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Holiday Gift: DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days

The livestock industry (including which includes us!) was relieved to learn that, on Nov. 27, the United States Department of Transportation granted a 90-day waiver from the requirement that to install electronic logging devices in vehicles. The waiver was a welcome holiday gift, as the mandate was supposed to begin on Dec. 18. Between now and March 18, DOT intends to look closely at agriculture’s request for an exemption while developing additional guidance for agricultural and livestock haulers. The waiver was granted in response to a petition last September from the American Farm Bureau, the American Horse Council and several other livestock organizations. In their request, the groups explained their two biggest concerns about the requirement: livestock haulers’ readiness to comply and the effect on the transported animals’ well-being. Drivers who have to use ELDs would be limited to current hours of service rules, which restrict a driver to only 14 “on duty” hours, with no more than 11 active driving hours. Once a driver hits those maximum hour allotments, he must stop and rest for 10 consecutive hours, which would be problematic when transporting livestock and other live animals. The petition referenced livestock haulers’ strong commitment to and track record of ensuring the safety of both the animals they’re transporting and the drivers they share the road with.  In addition, livestock haulers often receive specialized training beyond that...

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Life with Brynn

First published in the December 2017 Equiery by Jo Meszoly “I know who you are! You’re Brynn’s dad!” The star-struck comment was directed to my husband at a party last summer. His name is Martin, but among these horsey guests, his affiliation to the infectious 7-year old was sufficient. Like other one-name celebrities (Cher, Oprah, Madonna), our youngest child, Brynn, has become something of a micro-celebrity among equestrians in upper-Montgomery County, especially among the members of the Potomac Hunt Club – just by the force of her personality, famous for just being Brynn. Had Brynn gravitated toward horse shows,...

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COLIC: Critical Care can make the difference

with Krista Estell, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine Earlier this month, we discussed colic surgery, the need for rapid correction of surgical conditions, and the role that postoperative care plays in successful outcomes. But what about horses with colic that do not need colic surgery? How do they benefit from emergency and critical medical care? Whenever possible, if your horse is not responsive to medical therapy administered on the farm, referral to a hospital should occur without delay. Immediate evaluation of your horse, including ultrasound examination and comprehensive laboratory testing of blood and abdominal fluid...

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