Recent News for Seasonal Care

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Cooling Systems Help Olympic Horses Beat the Heat

August 13, 2008

Years of in-depth preparation, planning, and some luck combined to make cross-country at the 2008 Olympics a success, according to vets on the scene.

"We were lucky with the weather," said Foreign Veterinary Delegate Leo Jeffcott, MA,... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

August 11, 2008

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no... Read More

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Olympic Horse Safety: Team Monitors Hong Kong Weather

August 05, 2008

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has deployed a dedicated team of meteorologists to provide weather information at the equestrian event venues to ensure that both the organizers and the public are fully informed of the weather conditions during... Read More

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Ohio State Veterinarian Faces Familiar Challenges at 2008 Olympics

August 01, 2008

Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, will be part of a multinational team of veterinarians caring for horses competing at the 2008 Olympics.... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Arrangements are Years in the Making

July 27, 2008

The decision to hold the equestrian competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong continues to be a topic of interest and debate. The events were moved because competition organizers sought to minimize the risk o... Read More

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20 Hot Weather Trailering Tips

July 01, 2008

Keep your horses cooler, less stressed, and happier when hauling in hot, humid conditions.... Read More

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Animal Welfare Group Tours Hong Kong Olympic Stables

June 25, 2008

Representatives of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) visited the Sha Tin and Beas River Olympic equestrian facilities in Hong Kong June 24.

"It's very impressive," said AWAG spokesperson Chan Pui-tin. "Before I came here I had a lot... Read More

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Readers Respond: Loving Summer

June 13, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What activities will you do with your horse this summer?"

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Use Careful Management to Avoid Equine Heat Stress

June 12, 2008

With temperatures rising higher as summer approaches, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is cautioning horse owners to be sure that their animals do not become victims to the heat.

During the summer, measures should always... Read More

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37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Completes Another Ride

June 03, 2008

Elmer Bandit, a 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding, completed the Indian Territory North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) ride over Memorial Day weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing his lifetime mileage total to 20,360.

The... Read More

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... Read More

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Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More

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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More

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Winter Weather Halts Racing at Several Tracks

February 13, 2008

Aqueduct canceled its Feb. 13 racing card due to adverse weather conditions after the wintry mix that hit the area the night before turned to heavy rain. The track remained open for simulcasting.

The nine-race card was the last scheduled under... Read More

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Cold Weather Nutrition

February 01, 2008

Cold and inclement weather conditions present special challenges for the horse. Whether a horse is turned out or exercised regularly, you need to focus on his nutritional requirements. Horses are naturally well-adapted to thrive in frigid weather ... Read More

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Keeping Horses Comfortable in Winter Temperatures

January 30, 2008

Horses prefer, and are better off, outdoors even in cold weather, and will acclimate to cold temperatures if given the opportunity, according to Marcia Hathaway, PhD, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota... Read More

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Readers Respond: Winter Refreshment

January 17, 2008

More than 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you encourage adequate hydration during cold weather?"

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Olympic Organizers Confident Hong Kong Weather will not Endanger Horses

January 10, 2008

Olympic organizers do not expect other equestrian teams to follow the lead of Switzerland by pulling out of events at this year's Games due to Hong Kong's heat and humidity.

The Swiss team said Wednesday that it would not take part in the... Read More

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Winter Storm Bearing Down On Midwest

December 11, 2007

The icy storm that has blasted Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas has so far killed at least 22 people, with the worst death toll from ice-coated highways in Oklahoma, and storm warnings are up now for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and... Read More

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Winter Care: Use Caution when Changing a Horse's Rations

November 16, 2007

Some horses might need more feed to replace energy loss brought about by harsher weather conditions as the temperature turns colder.

Equine owners must practice sound management in altering their animals' rations if problems with colic... Read More

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'Winterizing Your Horse' Seminar at the Kentucky Horse Park

November 14, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Park will be hosting a winter horse care seminar this Saturday (Nov. 17).

Topics will include:

  • Where Did All the Feed Go? (9:00-9:45) Feeding Challenges, nutrition, alternative feeds, and... Read More

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Heating Barns in Winter: Use Caution to Avoid Respiratory Problems

November 14, 2007

Horse owners who heat their barns to keep water from freezing and to protect horses from cold temperatures during late fall and winter should remember supplemental heat can cause problems if used incorrectly.

Ventilation is important when... Read More

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Warm Winter, Continued Drought Forecast

October 10, 2007

The government's winter forecast includes some bad news--continued dry conditions in an arc sweeping from the Southeast across the Gulf States and into the Southwest.

Much of that region is already struggling with drought and "right now the... Read More

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Preparing for Winter Trailer Storage

August 18, 2007

While it might be hard to imagine that winter weather is only a few months away, now is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your horse trailer so that your rig is road-safe and ready come spring.

"Your trailer has safely... Read More

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Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More