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Winter 2020

EQUUS provides the latest information from the world's top veterinarians, equine researchers, riders and trainers on understanding and influencing equine behavior, recognizing the warning signs of illness and disease, and solving riding and training problems.

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In a 2016 installment of the Conformation Insights series (“The Registered Morgan,” EQUUS 471, by Deb Bennett, PhD), inaccurate pedigree information was presented for the horse Statesman’s Eclipse. The caption with his picture should have read: “The Morgan and the American Saddlebred are the American equivalents of the European sporthorse, and in this writer’s opinion, far too little appreciated for this kind of use. This is Statesman’s Eclipse (1995), by Caduceus Montour who is of Flyhawk, Senator Knox and government breeding, out of Statesman’s Manzanita, who descends from Lippitt Mandate and government breeding. The rider is Ange Bean of Straight Forward Dressage.”…

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Good behavior and rewards After reading your article “Good Behavior” (EQUUS 501), I have to tell you what happened to me. I take lessons on and show in dressage on my coach’s horse, Foxxy. She is your typical crabby mare. Yesterday I worked an extra day at my coach’s boarding and training barn. After feeding Foxxy in a stock pen I let her out to join the rest of the herd in our big pasture. But she just stood at the door looking at me. I gave her a few scratches but I think she was waiting for me to put her halter on. After I shooed her out the gate, she decided she would go up to the barn instead of going out with the herd. After dodging other horses and two…

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become an equus contributor!

EQUUS welcomes freelance submissions for practically any section of the magazine. We prefer to receive manuscripts via email, sent to EQLetters@aimmedia.com. We will also consider typed hard-copy manuscripts, but please note: If you would like your materials returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope needs to be included with your submission. We do not review or accept simultaneous submissions. Here are a few guidelines for prospective contributors: • Features generally run from 1,600 to 3,000 words. • Medical Front (200- to 400- word items)—Brief articles about the latest research, technological advances, treatments and other veterinary topics pertinent to horse owners. • Hands On (100- to 400-word items)—Short items offering practical advice and useful reminders on everyday horse care issues, ranging from feeding and hoof care to training and breeding. • True Tales (700 to 2,000 words)—True stories that…

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a forever home

Well, it was bound to happen. After many years of rescuing horses and finding them homes, I’ve finally fallen in love with and adopted one of my own rescues. My name is Teri Allen, founder of Terolyn Horse Rescue in Elizabeth, Colorado. Before starting Terolyn, I was a horse trainer for more than three decades. During that time, I occasionally retrained at-risk horses and helped find them homes. It felt good to help the animals that have added so much joy to my life. In 2015, I was asked by Morgan Safenet—a non-profit dedicated to protecting the Morgan breed—to rescue a horse scheduled to go through a slaughter auction. The experience was eye-opening. It was the first time I’d been to such an auction and the horses’ fear and stress were agonizing…

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three ways to prevent blanket injuries

Of all the things your horse could injure himself with, his blanket seems an unlikely candidate. But don’t rule it out. Blanket mishaps do happen and they can be serious. Here are three things you can do to avoid them: 1. Check the fit: Most blanket injuries are a consequence of poor fit. A too-large blanket can shift out of position and slip down around legs, entangling them in the hind-leg straps. If the material does not rip quickly, tendons can become dangerously constricted. Blankets that are too small may cause pressure sores or rubbing injuries. 2. Adjust the straps properly: Even a blanket that fits well can pose an injury risk if it’s not adjusted correctly. Belly straps are meant to fit flush with the skin, allowing just enough room for…

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shopping for cbd

You’ve been probably been hearing more lately about cannabidiol (CBD) supplements for horses. Here are the basics about this new and growing segment of the equine supplement marketplace: • CBD is extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis plants. The compound is promoted as providing the health benefits of the herb without the “high” associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana. • The primary catalyst for the explosive growth in the CBD industry was passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp (and derivatives with low levels of THC) from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. That, combined with increasing acceptance—both legally and socially—of cannabis products, opened the door to many new products for people and animals—including horses. • CBD products for horses are formulated to…