International & National

How many ways can you think of to stress out a horse? Trailering, bathing, clipping, vet visits, hoof trims, bridling, saddling — the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, calming options are not. Thanks to research conducted at the University of Arizona (UA), horsemen and horsewomen have a new tool to help manage equine stress, and it’s as simple as a sniff. A sniff of lavender, that is.

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has independently tested 15 riding helmets for children and adults available on the Swedish market. Their test shows that only three out of fifteen helmets obtained the Folksam “Best in Test” or “Good Choice” label. If you are unlucky to find yourself in an accident, the right choice of equestrian helmet may prevent a concussion. The test also shows that the price is irrelevant in choosing a helmet as one of the most expensive helmets was among the worst performing ones.

The Thoroughbred racehorse who became the 13th Triple Crown winner in 2018 has been officially retired from racing. The three-year-old colt had been in light training to allow him time to recover after the grueling Triple Crown campaign, but in early July his trainer, Bob Baffert, noticed a slight filling in the horse’s left front fetlock. When the swelling returned a few days later the leg was evaluated, and the decision was made to retire him from racing on July 25, 2018.

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was injured on Sunday morning, July 22, 2018, when the horse he was riding at California’s Del Mar racetrack collapsed during training and died.

An outrider horse suffered a lower front leg fracture during the ninth and final heat of the July 11th GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. The horse, owned by chuckwagon driver, Chad Harden, managed to finish the race. The rider came off on the third corner but was not injured.

Horses in Ethiopia are at risk from a fatal disease. With a horse population of about 2.8 million horses, Ethiopia is home to more than half the total number of horses on the African continent. More than one-third of the horses in some regions of Ethiopia are under threat from the devastating disease known as EZL.

Canadian Horse Journal and its veteran freelance writer, Margaret Evans, were recognized for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications 2018 Equine Media Awards at The Hunt for Excellence Conference held in Hunt Valley, Maryland.