Health & Horsemanship
February 2020 - Chisholm’s Story
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 February 2020 22:14
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How Wellpride Omega-3 For Horses helped an OTTB heir to Secretariat find his stride.

Todd Pletcher knows a good horse when he sees one.  

So when a two year-old chestnut gelding named Chisholm, by WinStar Farm’s Congrats (AP Indy/Secretariat) out of the Bold Ruler-bred Icy Warning, entered the racing stable’s program after consigning for nearly half a million dollars at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale, the seven-time Eclipse Award Champion Trainer and 13-time Leading Trainer at Saratoga was pretty sure he had another star in the making.

 


But Chisholm, aka “Busy Chizzy,” had a different destiny in mind.

 

“His racing record doesn’t nearly reflect the quality of horse he is or what they thought he would be. They truly thought he would be a graded stakes horse,” says Sarah Coleman, of Lexington, Kentucky, Chizzy’s owner since 2014 and director of community and public relations for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a nonprofit racehorse rehoming organization focusing on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
 
Finding a New Home for “Busy Chizzy”

Chisholm raced twice – at Saratoga and Belmont – and earned $7,000 before retiring as a three year-old with a small bow to his left front tendon. He was donated to New Vocations, whose program leads the nation in racehorse adoptions (over 500 horses from 30 different racetracks are helped annually at facilities in KY, LA, NY, OH, PA). Several former Pletcher trainees are among its success stories.

“I adopted Chizzy the day after my birthday,” she says. “Both the Kentucky facility director, Melissa King, and Kelli Cross, who oversees some of the rehabbing, had been telling me about him since he came into New Vocations. They said he was silly and kind and lovely – and that I should go see him. Then Anna Ford, the Thoroughbred program director, called me up and literally said, ‘Go get that horse!’

“I am so thankful they insisted I bring that silly beast home.”
 
No Stranger to OTTB Horses

Sarah was no stranger to off-track Thoroughbreds. Growing up in a small farming town in northeast Ohio, she “pretty much rode anything anyone would let me swing a leg over,” and her first horse was an OTTB. “It was all my family could afford. It took time to win that horse over but from him I learned that, once a Thoroughbred gives you its heart, it’s yours forever. That horse not only taught me how to ride but to ‘feel’ a horse. I fell deeply in love with the breed and have never owned another.”

She was competing as an adult amateur in equitation and three-foot hunter classes but her then-OTTB partner, Bayou Brass, was aging, and her trainer, Nori Scheffel, encouraged her to find a new project.

Rehabilitating “The Little Horse”

“I had never owned a young horse. It took some getting used to.” The skinny, slab-sided colt his adopters had nicknamed Little Horse weighed barely 1,000-pounds and had no shoulder to speak of. “I always felt like my saddle was too far forward and I was sitting behind his ears!”

Indeed Chizzy was silly and kind and lovely, but still no more than a three year-old off the track, and that, she knew, came with its own set of instructions.

“At the track, horses are stalled 23 hours a day and only taken out to work and walk. When a horse comes off the track it is generally harder to get them used to turnout than to a new job as a riding horse. Chizzy was no different. He was what we call a ‘stall baby.’ He LOVED his stall and LOVED to sleep. He can nap like no other horse I have ever known.”

In Kentucky the weather is mild enough that many horses, including those at elite breeding barns, traditionally live outside 24/7. A “free range” environment proved a big adjustment for her stall baby: “I had to watch Chizzy like a hawk when I put him in a stall to eat, because as soon as he was done he would fling himself down and have a nap, knowing I was too much a sucker to wake him up to go back outside.

“Now he loves living outside. He’s dubbed ‘the welcoming committee,’ as he loves to show other horses in the field: Here’s the water, here’s the best grass, here’s the neighbor’s cows. He’s hilarious!”

She also credits his ability to move and graze 24 hours a day as equally instrumental to his health and wellbeing as his nutrition. Which has always included Wellpride omega 3 supplements for horses.
 
An EPM Diagnosis

“Chizzy has been an interesting horse and a very quick study. When I got him in 2014, we worked on all the basics. He also began to grow quite rapidly as a four- and five-year-old. So much so that he would fall off his leads behind, in both directions.”

As a four-year-old, he was also diagnosed with EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis), an evasive neurologic disease that affects the central nervous system. “This played into why his lead issues were difficult to diagnose as something more than a neurological deficit.”

Enter Sarah’s “amazing” veterinarian, Dr. Martha Rodgers of Shepherd Hill Equine, an expert in equine lameness and acupuncture whom she credits with “helping me through so many weird, horse things including EPM in both my horses.”

“After Chizzy recovered from the EPM,” Sarah says, “she felt his lead issues were caused by weak stifles, from growing so rapidly, as he had no other physical issues.“

Dr. Rodgers’ prescription to strengthen Chizzy’s hind end included lunging on hills, cavaletti and trot pole work, and backing. But after months of work he was still falling off his leads.

“She suggested injecting his stifles,” says Sarah, who had never owned a horse that needed a joint injection. “Even my 22 year-old, who raced until he was nine, jumped three-foot courses for years and never had a joint done!”
 
Supporting Stifle Treatment with Fish Oil

When Dr. Rodgers injected Chizzy, she also suggested putting him on fish oil, specifically Wellpride™, America’s number one fish oil for horses. In contrast to most equine omega supplements, Wellpride contains high levels of EPA and DHA (which have potent anti-inflammatory benefits).

“Dr. Rodgers noted how stifle issues treated with fish oil responded particularly well,” Sarah says, “and, since that one injection years ago, Chizzy has never needed another.  

“Now he gets two ounces of Wellpride with his feed every day. I think it took about 60 days to see the difference,” she says. But once the transformation began, Chizzy was the equine equivalent of the Incredible Hulk. “Not only did he go back to work and feel like a million bucks, he really started to pack on the weight! I think the injections and fish oil made him feel better so he worked better; and the fish oil allowed him to absorb more nutrients from his feed.

“I am not kidding when I say that I get compliments on his weight and size every single time I take him off the farm. People are even more impressed when they learn he is an OTTB and, even though he grows a very thick winter coat because he lives outside, even as a hairy monster his coat is healthy and shiny!”
 
The Happiest Horse

Sarah is proud to report that, in 2020, Chizzy will celebrate his ninth birthday, standing 16.3 hands high and tipping the scales at just over 1,300 pounds.  

The former Little Horse also has a new nickname: The Happiest Horse in the World.

“Because he loves everything,” Sarah says. “Kids, dogs, cats, ponies, puppies, foals, people, food, you name it.” And that includes Wellpride.

Find the Wellpride pair (“If all goes as planned!”) showing at the World Equestrian Center in Ohio, and at Kentucky’s New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, and Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships, although Sarah laughs, “I run that one so there’s no time to show too!”
 
Learn more about Wellpride Omega-3 for horses at www.wellpride.com. Press release provided by AHP.

 
August 2019 - Preparing For The Unpredictable
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:24
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Mind Body Vault offers exercises for injury prevention, with a focus on the core and spine.

As horse lovers, we know all too well, and have a much more literal appreciation for the mainstream motto: “you’ve got to get back into the saddle.” We equestrians have a wholehearted understanding that we have signed up for a sport in which there is always going to be an element of unpredictability. Horses, no matter how trustworthy and disciplined, have a reactive nervous system of their own, so it is best to be prepared for it all.

 

 
May 2019 - Prevention vs. Repair
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:43
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Preventing problems is much easier than fixing them.

The teamwork of tendons, cartilage, bone, soft tissue, and joint fluid are essential for proper joint function. A flaw with any of these working parts can create discomfort in the joint and predispose the joint to further damage.

 
April 2019 - Horse Logic Pro
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:17
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Experience inspires Pam Moeck to promote line of supplements on the West Coast.

After Pam Moeck moved her son’s show horse, Cowboy, to Kellie Egkan-Hinely’s Trendsetter Performance Horses AQHA show barn, the horse was put on the same regime of supplements that the other horses were on. Within a month Cowboy’s coat improved, his allergies went away and he looked so much better.

 
February 2019 - Brain Power: Neuro-Vet™
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 02:00
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Boosting neurotransmission, cognitive function and impacting nervous system disorders.

The ingredients in Neuro-Vet™ have been clinically studied for many years and have been proven to support neurotransmission, cognitive function and nervous system disorders. These ingredients are known as “acetylcholinesterase inhibitors,” which means that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine.

 

 
February 2019 - Horse Transport Made Easier, Easily!
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:50
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Using Equiwinner™ on horses in trailers helps them adjust to different climates and with stress during transport.

If you travel to compete, you know that transporting horses can be fraught with challenges. One challenge is that all horses are stressed by travel even if you tell them your vehicle is road ready and they’re going south for the winter or back home after being away from their buddies. And that stress can affect their behavior, their health and their ability to perform at their normal level. They also might not drink well enough to stay hydrated.

 
January 2019 - Fire Aftermath
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:21
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Prevent your horse’s health from going up in smoke.

by Nan Meek

The damage done by last fall’s Camp and Woolsey fires is well known in terms of lives and property lost. Less known is the effect of smoke that lingered in the air for weeks afterward. During and after the Camp fire in Paradise, hazardous air quality hovered hundreds of miles away in San Francisco where the air quality index was worse than the notoriously smoggy cities of India and China. Smoke spread far over the ocean, and across vast swaths of California farmland and urban areas alike.

 

 
January 2019 - Tred Carefully
Written by by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:14
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Making the switch from shod to barefoot.

by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.

The long debate of shod versus barefoot has yet to rein in for horse owners and hoof care professionals alike. However, proponents of either side can agree that the transition from shod to barefoot requires extra steps and precaution.

 

 
December 2018 - Saddle Fit and Winter Weather
Written by by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
Saturday, 01 December 2018 00:00
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by Jochen Schleese, MSD, CSFT, CSE • ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

Well it’s that time of year again, and you need to consider that your horse’s conformation may likely change over the next weeks and months as you go into winter mode. Of course, if you belong to the lucky riders who get to head south for the winter with your horse, some of these points may be of less importance to you. Even luckier are those of you who live in temperate climates all year round! However, we still recommend that you consider having your saddle fit checked 2x a year – once in spring just before competition season begins, and then again in the fall as you either change your training patterns, make your way south to continue competing, or even just want to continue to ride comfortably and make sure your horse is working at its optimal level.
 
November 2018 - Before You Buy
Written by by Erin Prutow, Esquire
Thursday, 01 November 2018 01:54
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Hoof anatomy is an important, often-overlooked part of pre-purchase evaluations.

by Erin Prutow, Esquire

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give a client who is horse shopping is to be as proactive as possible. Paper your contracts, hash-out the nuts and bolts prior to transferring the horse.

 
August 2019 - ProElite
Written by CRM
Friday, 02 August 2019 02:22
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Ultra-Premium horse feed now available across the U.S.

For horse owners focused on performance, choosing the right feed can make all the difference. Now, horse owners across the U.S. have access to the best horse feed line on the market. ProElite® feeds, the market’s first ultra-premium horse feed, give horse owners the confidence they need to win.

 
May 2019 - Show Horses Jump for Joy!
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 04:45
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Specially formulated versions of original shine and health supplements keep competitors clear of drug testing rules.

Cheval International, the creators of Color Enriching horse supplements such as Black-As-Knight, Gold-As-Sun, Red-D-Vinity, and White-As-Snow, makes all Cheval products in a non-testing Show Horse Formula.

 
April 2019 - HoofStep
Written by CRM
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:20
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Innovative 24/7 monitoring system for horse welfare, launches on kickstarter.com.

HoofStep®, an innovative monitoring system providing real-time remote data on individual horse health and welfare, launched globally via the Kickstarter platform on March 2. The sensors and app package offers constant data collection, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, concerning the most subtle head movements a horse makes. By using proprietary artificial intelligence models, these head movements reveal a wide range of issues such as lameness, laminitis, colic, and stress. By alerting owners via a remote app about any deviations from their horses’ normal behaviors, disease or poor welfare can be detected in the earliest stages, allowing for rapid intervention.

 
February 2019 - Cheval International
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 02:02
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A unique background led to pioneering company’s inception 30 years ago.

August Anderson invented horse coat enhancers three decades ago, helping to super charge the entire horse supplement industry.

 

 
February 2019 - Sedelogic
Written by CRM
Friday, 01 February 2019 01:57
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High tech pad for high performance.

After introducing the Sedelogic® saddle pads to the US horse industry in 2013, Vitafloor USA, along with another partner, acquired the high-tech pad last year.

Sedelogic saddle pads were developed by a veterinarian in Europe with the objective of achieving significant and verifiable improvements to the welfare and performance of horses in high-impact sports disciplines. They specifically looked at performance problems associated with significant pain in the horse’s back and this research included the world’s first pressure measurement under the saddle, while jumping a course. These studies led to the development of a machine-washable and breathable, three-dimensionally woven polyester fiber that is manufactured in two thicknesses (12 & 15 mm) and is clinically proven to distribute pressure and absorb shock up to 50% during peak pressure measurement.

 
January 2019 - The 2018 NorCal Clinic with Mandy Porter
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:12
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A report from the sidelines.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller

Forty eight lucky riders were treated to the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association’s clinic with superstar grand prix rider and trainer Mandy Porter. The clinic, which was really two clinics spanning over two days each, was hosted by Leone Equestrians in Sacramento from November 29-December 2, 2018. An annual NorCal tradition, the free-to-members clinic had almost 100 applicants for the coveted spots.  

 
January 2019 - Academy of Animal Sport Science
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:18
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Newly launched educational endeavor helps professionals master & keep pace with a rapidly evolving field of cutting-edge horse care.

by Kim F. Miller

Three well-known figures in horse health and owner education have realized a dream three years in development with the launch this month of the Academy of Animal Sport Science.

 

 
January 2019 - Janet Reed’s Natural Horse Feeders
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:10
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High praise for feeders that require a low head position.

Dressage trainer Janet Reed is always looking out for her horses. Compassion for equines drives her in her training business and is what drove her to build a better feeder.

Too many horses eat with their heads up high and Janet knows that a horse’s head reaching towards the ground is the best way for a horse to eat. It’s the natural grazing position that makes the horse a happy creature.

 

 
December 2018 - Tips For Hard keepers
Written by By Dr. Kellon, Uckele Health & Nutrition
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:52
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For horses, at least, there is such a thing as “too thin.”

by Dr. Kellon, Uckele Health & Nutrition

Overweight horses are grabbing all the headlines, but horses that tend to be very thin can also be a major headache for their owners. While obesity is clearly to be avoided, there is such a thing as too thin.

Horses that are underweight have reduced performance capacity, reduced immunity, less tolerance for cold, reduced fertility and poor physical reserves in the face of a serious injury, illness or major surgery. They are at increased risk of side effects from even common things that are normally distributed to the fat tissue such as vitamins A or D and moxidectin.

 
November 2018 - Why Do Horses Eat Dirt?
Written by by Dr. Amy M Gill
Thursday, 01 November 2018 01:41
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This natural behavior actually has many benefits.

by Dr. Amy M Gill

One of the most frequently asked question from my clients is “Why does my horse want to eat dirt? Is she missing something in her diet?” Well, the question can be answered several ways, as there is not one particular reason why horses engage in this perfectly natural activity. Horses are supposed to eat a certain amount of dirt on a daily basis.

 
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