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Stabilization, Changes in Health Management, and Additional Challenges for Riding and Open Spaces Are Indicated - American Horse Publications (AHP) conducted its fourth online nationwide equine industry survey sponsored by Zoetis from January 22, 2018, through April 1, 2018. The survey’s three main objectives are: to gauge participation trends and management practices in the US equine industry; to identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses; and to better understand approaches to horse health care.

Hundreds of Wildfires Affect Thousands of Residents - The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Meaford Fire Department Training Centre in Ontario is opening its doors once again for intensive training on what to do in emergency situations involving large animals. Learn alongside first responders the best practices for successful rescue in these stressful and potentially life-threatening situations. Registration is now open to all (must be at least 18 years of age) for the next offering of Equine Guelph’s Large Animal Rescue Awareness/Operational Training to be held October 12 (evening), 13 and 14, 2018.

Guelph, ON Aug. 8, 2018 - While most of us are more concerned with eliminating waste, the examination of manure and gut contents are providing fascinating upcoming studies for two Ontario Veterinary College researchers, Drs Scott Weese and Luis Arroyo.

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.

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