2009 News Archive

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) honored a council of family ranchers dedicated to improving equine welfare through research, education, and innovative marketing with the 2009 Lavin Cup, its award for outstanding equine welfare initiatives.

The North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC), a non-profit association comprised of 64 family ranchers in Canada and North Dakota, will be presented with the Lavin Cup at the President's Luncheon on December 8, 2009, during the AAEP's 55th Annual Convention.


Getting Back in the Saddle: Managing Fear
Nettie Barr, www.canadiannaturalhorsemanship.com

Nettie Barr and Ribbon

If the truth were known, I think at some point most people with horses have experienced some fear issues. Fear is normal, it is healthy, and it is Mother Nature hard at work within us saying, “I want to live”.  I call fear “self preservation” and consider it a great gift. 

Rather than being ashamed, recognize that your senses are working well, appreciate this gift and work with it rather than against it. Fear can cause us to re-evaluate our situation or make quick life saving decisions. However, fear becomes unhealthy when we allow it to control, holding us back from doing the things we enjoy. 
Following are some suggestions in helping you overcome some of your fears.


Due to the outbreak of equine piroplasmosis in the state of Texas, the CFIA has asked the USDA to suspend the issuance or endorsement of export certificates for horses and other equines originating from Texas.
The imposed restrictions on the import of equidae into Canada from Texas are effective immediately. The CFIA has confirmed that the import restriction only applies to live horse, donkey or mule imports and not to equine semen or equine embryo imports.
The USDA has also been asked to provide supplementary certification for horses and other equines from other states as follows: "During the previous twenty-one (21) days, the animal(s) in this shipment has/have not been in the State of Texas."
Current import requirements for horses entering Canada may be found using the CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) at http://airs-sari.inspection.gc.ca 

Feeding When Hay is in Short Supply
With drought conditions in a large part of central Alberta, there is a high level of uncertainty about feed sources for horses this coming winter. Although there has been a firm belief that horses need hay, there are well researched options when hay is not readily available. These alternatives should be considered if finding hay is proving too challenging or costly in your area. No one feed program is right or wrong so do what is best for the horse.

According to Dr. Lori K. Warren, Equine Nutritionist of the University of Florida, the most significant health problems seen during drought are malnutrition and starvation. Older horses, younger horses, pregnant or lactating mares have higher energy and protein requirements making them more susceptible to the effects of malnutrition. Allowing horses to starve is unacceptable so supplemental feed will likely need to be provided. There are alternative feed sources that can be used to extend your hay supply and ensure your horse receives an adequate diet.   


Pam Asheton, www.pamasheton.ca
Photographs courtesy of Pam Asheton

Snow on August 15th, this year and also in 2005!

The year 2005 was the year I've since regularly journaled all backcountry details, at that point for what would later become the equestrian Alberta trails guidebook.  June that particular year had the notorious 200-year floods that sluiced through foothills, flooded Sundre, High River (well-named, wondered if the residents ever wondered why?!) and then the bated-breath wait southwards to see if the sand-bagged Red River would hold for communities in danger of huge water damage issues.



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