Category Archives: Horse Care/Protection

SUNCOAST Pine Shavings

In 2001, SUNCOAST® was first to manufacture and provide animal bedding made from pure pine shavings in ULTRA compressed bales, using state-of-the-art packaging technology. The result was overwhelming global approval and demand for our product. This established SUNCOAST® as the benchmark of the industry.

In effect, we have positively changed the industry, and thereby improved the habitats for countless animals. These improvements resulted in what you know as your best possible choice in bedding.

SUNCOAST® has always believed in Excellence in Animal Care™. Judging by your appreciation for our product, apparently you do too!

Ultra Compression

A great feature of SUNCOAST® Pine Shavings is the highly compressed packaging. Each bale of SUNCOAST® Large Flake contains 10 cubic feet of expanded bedding. Each bale of SUNCOAST® Mini Flake contains 8 cubic feet of expanded bedding. This means fewer bales to handle and store, fewer bales needed per stall, and more expanded cubic feet per bale, per pallet, and per truckload! All of which translates into lower labor costs and best value.

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A New Home for the Freedom Fund Bands

Annie Oakley and Pistol await turnout into their new home.

Dear Friends of our Wild Horses;
A year ago in September the BLM removed the family bands that roamed the Commissary Ridge area in the Custer National Forest, saying they were illegally grazing in this Pryor Mountains area. Their decision to remove ALL the horses in the Forest Service came at the 11th hour when there was no time to mount a protest. Their actions resulted in the removal of four bands led by the stallions Conquistador, Trigger, Bo, and Shane. The bands contained animals like Grumpy Grulla who was 21 years old and Conquistador, the magnificent 19-year-old stallion you may remember from the first Cloud film.

Because of an outpouring of donations from all across the country from generous wild horse lovers like you, the Cloud Foundation was able to adopt and buy the older members of the bands, keeping the families together and providing them with the freedom to roam on a beautiful ranch just north of their home in the Pryor Mountains. This spring three foals were born in Conquistador, Bo and Trigger’s bands. Diablo (Chalupa x Bo) and Diego (Cavelita x Conquistador) were born in April. Lovely Annie Oakley was born in early May to Mae West and Trigger. Our surprise gift arrived in August when Trigger’s mare, Evita, gave birth to little Pistol.

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Madeleine Pickens Gives Update on Pony Express Delivery

Dear Friends,
We wanted to give you an update on the Pony Express Delivery. Since the beginning of August when we started the campaign, we have received 71,568 letters and emails! We are so elated that so many people have come through on this… and are STILL coming through on this; we’re still getting letters!

We’ve received so much positive feedback for the Pony Express from all over the world. So many schools and organizations begged us to let their kids’ letters be included. So, how could we say no to that?

So, we appreciate your patience in this very important issue of stopping the wild horse government roundups. We have extended the deadline, so please keep sending your letters in if you haven’t already. This is an issue that is at the top of everyone’s list and I will deliver on my promise. Literally.

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Statement on Horse #73, Iman du Golfe

October 2, 2010 – Iman du Golfe (ITA), horse number 73, was injured in a Cross-Country fall at fence 20 this afternoon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.  Veterinarians attended to the horse immediately.  The horse was stabilized at the fence and transported by horse ambulance to the nearby Rood & Riddle veterinary hospital for further assessment and treatment.

The rider, Juan Carlos Garcia, was taken to the hospital and initial reports are that he is in good condition.

Update:

Iman du Golfe, horse #73 ridden by Juan Carlos Garcia (ITA), was treated at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for a deep laceration over the left elbow region.  X-rays showed no major fracture, although there is a small bone chip near the elbow.

The laceration has been sutured, and the horse is resting comfortably.  The Rood & Riddle attending veterinarians are optimistic that the horse will make a full recovery.

Iman du Golfe was injured in a Cross-Country fall at fence 20 this afternoon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 5

Jerich Parzival shows the spot on his tongue which led to his elimination from yesterday Dressage Team Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

JERICH PARZIVAL by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 29 September – The Dutch Equestrian Federation has pointed out that Adelinde Cornelissen’s gelding Jerich Parzival, which was eliminated during the Team Grand Prix Dressage competition yesterday at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, bit his tongue during the dressage test and not in the warm-up beforehand as reported in yesterday’s FEI press release.

The Dutch rider and her horse were eliminated following movement number 5 (of 33), the halt and rein-back, when the Ground Jury observed blood in the horse’s saliva. The Dutch Federation has stated that photographs show there was no blood visible during the first four movements of the test.

Dr Wojtek Markowski (POL), the competition’s technical delegate, said afterwards, “The rule is clear, and it is written to protect the welfare of the horse: blood coming from the mouth is contrary to the welfare of the horse and the horse must be eliminated for veterinary reasons.”

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Jerich Parzival Eliminated from Dressage World Championships at the Alltech FEI WEG

Lexington, Ky., Day 4 — Jerich Parzival, ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands, was eliminated during Tuesday morning’s team Grand Prix at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The elimination occurred following movement number 5 of 33, the halt and rein-back, when the ground jury observed blood in the horse’s saliva.

Dr. Wojtek Markowski (POL), the competition’s technical delegate, said, “The rule is clear, and it is written to protect the welfare of the horse: blood coming from the mouth is contrary to the welfare of the horse and the horse must be eliminated for veterinary reasons.”

Dr. Markowski added that the FEI rule does not specify what amount of blood must be present; elimination is automatic if blood is visible in the horse’s mouth. There was no suggestion that any abuse of the horse had occurred.

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Parade of Breeds and Petting Zoo at Why Not an American Ark

The U.S. Equine Rescue League (USERL) will hold their Third Annual Parade of Breeds and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10:00 .m. until 3:00 p.m. at Why Not an American Ark (WNAA) at 1126 Charlie Williams Rd., Monroe, NC 28112 www.wnaaa.com.

WNAA is an equestrian center that also houses a petting zoo that provides a rare opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of animals including camels, zebras, wallabys, Patagonia cavis, turkeys, geese, ducks, a baby mule, a baby yak, a baby bison, bunnies, and guinea pigs. There are over forty (49) types of animals that visitors will get to meet, in addition to the beautiful horses taking part in the Parade of Breeds. So far in the line up there are Fresians, the extremely rare Akhal Tekes, and Andalusian, Irish Sport Horses, Thoroughbreds and a Quarter Horse that does tricks. There will also be an opportunity following the Parade of Breeds, held at 1:00 p.m. sharp, to meet the horses and talk to their handlers.

In addition to the Parade of Breeds and ongoing guided tours of the petting zoo, there will be a silent auction and BBQ lunch served to raise money to help the rescue horses of the USERL.

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Meet Josie the Amputee Horse & Dr. Ric Redden a the International Equestrian Festival

Renowned and innovative veterinarian is special guest on October 5

Lexington, KY (September 22, 2010) – On October 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Ric Redden will present a demonstration with Josie the Amputee Mare. Showcased in the International Equestrian Festival’s Ecotrack Park, Redden will change the horse’s prosthetic leg to provide viewers an overview of the options and advancements in equine prosthetics. As part of the Festival’s special series, Dr. Redden will also present more than six hours of lectures:

*       3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Evaluating and Treating Angular Deformities in Foals – Learn Dr. Redden’s method of assessing foot and flight leg alignment and when and how to treat various deformities.

*       4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Diagnosing and Shoeing the Navicular Horse – A discussion of history, radiographs, clinical workup and efficient therapeutic shoeing.

*       5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – How to Manage Club Feed and the Opposite Foot which often has a Crushed Heel – Lecture on understanding and managing club feet in foals, sport horses and broodstock.

*       7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Understanding and Treating the Laminitic Case – Learn about the urgent need for accurate assessment and subsequent treatment plan, and how venograms make the difference between success and failure.

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Dressage at Devon Offers Six Educational Programs from the Veterinarians at the Prestigious New Bolton Center

Devon, PA — While Dressage at Devon is recognized worldwide for its dressage and sport horse competitions, part of its directive also includes education. This year the show features workshops on hot veterinary topics from six members of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. The program is offered free of charge with a general admission ticket to the show. Snacks and beverages are also provided during the educational programs.

“These workshops are an optimal opportunity for horse owners to learn from some of the country’s top veterinarians,” explains Lori Kaminski, President and CEO of Dressage at Devon. Participants in the workshops are invited to ask questions and make the experience truly interactive. “Most horse owners do not have the opportunity to interact in this type of a setting with this caliber of practitioners.”

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LubriSyn Equine Sponsors Dressage Rider and WEG Competitor Tina Konyot

Part of the U.S. Dressage Team, Tina Konyot will represent the U.S. at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo courtesy of Phelpsphotos.com)

North Stonington, CT (September 23, 2010) – LubriSyn Equine, the equine market’s leading oral HA joint supplement, is proud to announce they are sponsoring dressage rider Tina Konyot. As the United States’ Number One Dressage rider headed into the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Konyot and her equine partner, Calecto V, recently proved they are a force in the dressage world when they won four Grand Prix classes at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions.

“I am pleased to have LubriSyn join me as a sponsor,” Konyot said. “The health of my horses is of utmost importance to me and LubriSyn is the leading oral form of hyaluronic acid that when administered daily maintains joint health, increases mobility and sustains joint stability. My horses are top athletes that work hard and they deserve a product that helps improve their performance and gives them a better quality of life.”

Konyot and Calecto V will join teammates Steffen Peters, Todd Flettrich and Katherine Bateson-Chandler as part of the U.S. Dressage Team at the World Equestrian Games. Peters, who will compete Ravel at the World Equestrian Games, is also sponsored by LubriSyn.

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