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March 14, 2013 For Immediate Release March 14, 2013 Lexington, KY- The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce FarmVet as a USHJA Affinity Sponsor. USHJA Affinity sponsors are trusted companies that provide member benefits through discounts and special member rates. “FarmVet is a perfect Affinity Sponsor for USHJA because the company
FarmVet is proud to now carry LifeForce Formula™ by Alltech. An all natural feed supplement, LifeForce Formula was specifically designed for improving reproductive health and developing sport horses. Functions Supports immune function Maintains well balanced microflora in both the gastrointestinal tract and the cecum, enabling your horse to extract the maximum nutrients from all feed
By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · May 2, 2013
Warm-up before exercise is believed to improve performance and help prevent injury. Various warm-up methods are used for competitive horses, but few studies have examined the actual benefit of warm-up. An experiment conducted at the University of Kentucky examined physiological and metabolic effects of warm-up on Thoroughbred horses.
Four mature Thoroughbred geldings were used in the experiment. During the two months prior to the initiation of the study, horses were exercised at a trot and canter four or five times a week on a high-speed treadmill. Horses were individually housed in box stalls and were fed twice a day at 8:00 am and 4:00 p.m. except on testing days when the morning meal was withheld. At the end of the conditioning phase, the horses were assigned to treatments in a two-period cross-over design experiment. In the first period, two horses performed an 18-minute low-intensity warm-up (LW) prior to completing a step-wise exercise test and two horses performed an 18-minute moderate-intensity warm-up (MW) prior to the exercise test. In the second period, the treatments were switched.
LW consisted of 18 minutes of walk at 2 m/s on a 0% grade treadmill, and MW consisted of 5 minutes at 2 m/s on 0% grade, 4 minutes at 4 m/s (0% grade), 3 minutes at 4 m/s (10% grade), 3 minutes at 4 m/s (0% grade), and 3 minutes at 2 m/s (0% grade). Upon completion of the warm-up exercise, all horses performed a step-wise exercise test (2-7 m/s) on a 10% grade with 2-minute intervals between the steps. The exercise tests were separated by 7 days, and treatment order was balanced. The response variables were heart rate, skin and rectal temperatures, packed cell volume (PCV), plasma lactate, plasma free fatty acids (FFA), and plasma glucose.
During the 18-minute warm-up, there were time x treatment effects on heart rate, PCV, skin temperature, rectal temperature, and plasma lactate concentration, with MW producing higher values for all variables. Heart rate during the twelfth minute of the warm-up averaged 141.5 bpm when the horses performed the MW compared to 53.8 bpm when they performed the LW. Plasma FFA concentrations declined during the first 12 minutes of MW, but remained constant during the same period when horses performed the LW. MW produced higher heart rate, PCV, and skin temperatures at the initiation of the step test, but there were no differences between the treatments for these variables at the end of the step test. Plasma lactate levels at the beginning of the step-wise exercise test were not significantly different between the treatments. Plasma lactate increased during the step test, but there were no treatment effects.
During the step-wise exercise test, there was a time x treatment effect for plasma glucose. When horses completed the MW, they had lower plasma glucose concentrations at the end of the step-wise test. There was no effect of warm-up intensity on changes in FFA or TG during the step-wise exercise test. There were no effects of the warm-up intensity found on any variables during the recovery period.
Warm-up increases tissue temperature, which is believed to facilitate metabolism and muscle contraction, increase cardiac output, and dilate capillary beds in muscle. These changes increase blood flow and oxygen availability. In this study, the MW seemed to be the more ideal type of warm-up because it produced a larger temperature increase than LW, without significant lactate build-up. In addition, higher heart rate and PCV occurred during MW as expected. Despite the differences in physiological and metabolic responses during warm-up, there were no differences in heart rate or lactate responses during the step-wise exercise test. Horses in this study were not maximally exercised, so it is possible that treatment differences would have become apparent with a more difficult test. Warm-up intensity did appear to influence blood glucose responses to the step test. At the end of the exercise test, glucose level in MW became lower than in LW, while the response of plasma FFA to the step test was not affected by warm-up intensity. This was an unexpected result because the warm-up was expected to facilitate fat utilization, and thus conserve glucose. These results may indicate that the MW for this particular exercise test was not beneficial over LW.
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Vitamin E is a necessary nutrient required of all animals and humans. It is often supplemented in sport horses in hard work; even in horses under maintenance care, horse owners often give it via corn or soybean oil during the winter. We use it often, but do we know why?
According to Dr. Frederick Harper of the Animal Science Department at the University of Tennessee:
Vitamin E helps maintain the membrane integrity of virtually all cells in the body. Vitamin E also enhances the body’s immune response and is important in nerve and muscle function. Vitamin E interacts with the trace mineral selenium and aids maintenance of normal muscle function and helps prevent muscular disease. (Source)
Because of its anti-oxidative qualities, studies suggest that Vitamin E may prevent muscle damage in over-worked muscles due to exercise-induced stress. Studies also suggest that vitamin E in conjunction with Selenium may help alleviate the symptoms of “tying-up” or help to prevent the syndrome in horses prone to tie-up:
For hard-working and athletic horses which may be
prone to “tying-up” there is a definite benefit from vitamin E and selenium supplementation. These antioxidants
can reduce the severity of exercise-induced free radical
damage to muscle cells. In a small percentage of horses
that tie-up, supplementation of vitamin E and selenium
alone will alleviate the problem. (Source)
Recent studies from researchers at Oregon State University and Cornell University also suggest that Vitamin E deficiencies may play a primary role in cases of equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM), equine motor neuron disease (EMND), and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).
Studies suggest that low levels of vitamin E during the formative years of a horse (approx. 1 – 3 years) may largely affect the chances of the horse developing EDM. EPM, while largely treated with anti-protozoal medications, may also be aided with vitamin E supplementation as the vitamin may fortify the immune system and aid in killing the remaining parasites where antibiotics fail. As for EMND, there is currently no known cause, however EMND horses tend to have low levels of vitamin E; Cornell University is currently researching efectiveness of vitamin E supplementation to battle the symptoms of EMND. (Source)
You can read more about the research into vitamin E and how it relates to these diseases here.
Vitamin E can be found in roughage such as green forages, growing pastures, alfalfa, and other fresh, green hays. While during the spring and in year-round moderate climates, green forage is plentiful, during times of dry drought or during the winter seasons, green forages may be harder to come by. In alfalfa and fresh, green hay, the content of Vitamin E may be heavily affected by the maturity, harvesting, and storage of these forages. Alternative sources can be found in supplementing oils such as corn and soybean oils, which are rich in Vitamin E and other anti-oxidants. (Source)
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In light of the EHV-1 outbreaks over the winter show season, the question on many equestrians’ minds is what can we do (more than what we already are doing) to prevent outbreaks from happening?
Inquiring minds will be happy to know that the USDA is in the process of implementing a new program for disease traceablility.
From our friends at Kentucky Equine Research:
Most states already require horses to have an identity document, such as the Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) now in use, before they can begin interstate travel. Owners in mid-Atlantic and southern states have an option to get an Equine Interstate Event Permit, which is valid for six months. This permit covers 15 states. In western states, a six-month Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Interstate Movement Permit is used for horses traveling in Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Washington.
The use of a travel permit will now cover the entire U.S. An ICVI will include a description that may include each horse’s name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, brands, tattoos, scars, and other markings. Photographs and information on microchips must also be included.
Veterinarians can issue an ICVI for horses before they travel. This document will be used to trace horses that have been at the site of the outbreak. Owners are responsible for finding out the requirements of the states a horse will be passing through and for arranging to get the proper documentation before the horse travels. A grace period of a year is planned so that owners will have time to become familiar with the new guidelines, which will not essentially change what equine transportation has already required.
For more information regarding the program, visit these resources:
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services FAQ sheet
American Horse Council: USDA Adopts Animal Disease Traceability Program
March 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
March 14, 2013
Lexington, KY- The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce FarmVet as a USHJA Affinity Sponsor. USHJA Affinity sponsors are trusted companies that provide member benefits through discounts and special member rates.
“FarmVet is a perfect Affinity Sponsor for USHJA because the company offers quality products and will provide special discounts for our members. Members will receive special promotional offers throughout the year providing great savings. We are very excited to be working with such a great company.” said President of USHJA, Bill Moroney.
“Farmvet is excited to be involved with the USHJA. We provide all the supplements, supplies and pharmaceuticals you will need for your horse at great values every day. You can buy our horse supplements and supplies on our websiteFarmVet.com.We have compounding expertise and veterinarians on staff. Visit our mobile units or call 1-888-837-3626 for all your pharmaceutical needs.” said Christian Curry, Owner of FarmVet.
As an added benefit, Farmvet will offer a 5% discount for all website sales to the USHJA membership. Visit FarmVet’swebsite for great specials and look for their mobile units at your next show.
Visit ushja.org for more information about the member discount.
About: FarmVet.com is your premier source for animal health products and supplies. We offer the highest level of customer service at a great value on a vast number of products to meet your needs. We have access to over 50,000 products so remember if you don’t find what you are looking for online give us a call 888-837-3626. The FarmVet web site is complete with in-depth product information and features safe, easy online ordering and order tracking.
For questions about sponsorship please contact Whitney Allen via email or (859) 225-6707.
For more media information from the USHJA, read more here.
FarmVet is proud to now carry LifeForce Formula™ by Alltech.
An all natural feed supplement, LifeForce Formula was specifically designed for improving reproductive health and developing sport horses.
- Supports immune function
- Maintains well balanced microflora in both the gastrointestinal tract and the cecum, enabling your horse to extract the maximum nutrients from all feed sources
- Improves mare milk quality, which in turn promotes healthy growth in young foals
- Supports the reproductive system of mares and stallions
- Increases the likelihood of a successful mating and improves stallion conception rates
Here more about the the science behind LifeForce Formula™ from the nutritionist behind its development, Kyle Newman, here.
Case Studies: Before and After
The proof of the pudding is in the eating: take a look at Windy, Echo, and Fancy and their improvements since having LifeForce Formula™ introduced to their diets.
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For Immediate Release February 21, 2013 Contact: Jessica Harms 817.205.8072 Jessica.email@example.com www.clintallencuttinghorses.com
Clint Allen Accepts Position as Resident Trainer for McDavid Cutting Horses
Clint Allen Cutting Horses is thrilled to announce a new direction for our training program. As of Feb. 18, 2013, Clint will begin training for David and Stacie McDavid ofFort Worth,Texas. The McDavids are longtime supporters of the cutting horse industry and have become well-known for their successful training and breeding operation stemming from their great stallions, Hickorys Indian Pep,
Widows Freckles and the late Hes A Peptospoonful, a $4 million sire that ranked No.7 as the leading sire of 2012. Aside from ranking No.5 as leading owners in cutting for 2012, the McDavids have remained pioneers in the business through innovative incentive tactics such as the “Spoonful Million Dollar Bonus” and the “Double Down Bonus,” which will pay $1 million to any horse by “Spoonful” that wins the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity, and will double the earnings of any horses sired by one of their three stallions that win the Non-Pro and/or Amateur classes at the NCHA Futurity. The McDavids have offered this incentive since 2009.
“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity,” Clint said about the transition. “The McDavids have done great things in this business and show continued commitment to the perseverance of cutting. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this partnership.”
Clint will continue to train a select group of outside horses at the McDavids Weatherford ranch.
For more information on the McDavids program visit www.mcdavidcuttinghorses.com.
Congratulations to the WEF Week 5 FarmVet Champions!
3’3″ AO 18-35: Breitling and Stephanie Riggio (pictured)
3’3″ AO 36&O: Winner and Daryl Portela (pictured)
Adult Mod. Jumpers: Barillo W and Lynsey Whitacre