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Marissa Raymo will discuss everything about horses, including horse health care tips, training tips, equestrian friendly trails, horse buying info and much more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Recent Outbreak of EHV-1, Equine Herpesvirus

At least 7 horses this month have been killed or euthanized due to the outbreak of EHV-1, Equine Herpesvirus. The outbreak started in Utah (it is believed to have started at the NCHA Western Regional Championships) and quickly spread across many of the Western States. EHV-1 is highly contagious to horses, and though it does not affect humans, it can be spread from humans to horses. It is a neurological disease and symptoms include lack of coordination, gait abnormalities and a temperature above 102F.
For more information on the virus, it's symptoms, and how to protect your horses, check out this resource guide from the Center for Equine Health UC Davis.

Also, will be hosting a webinar tonight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. According to their website, this webinar will "provide horse owners with an update on the status of the EHV-1 outbreak and timely information on EHV-1 disease, testing, how to monitor your horse for disease, and how you can prevent EHV-1 spread with optimal horse management, hygiene, and biosecurity measures. Following the presentation, our panelists will answer your questions on EHV-1 for another 30 minutes."

For more information or to reserve your spot, check out their website.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Teaching Your Horse to Bow - with video!

"Take a Bow" was the first (and only) trick I ever got around to teaching my pony George. He does it so well, in fact, that sometimes he'll bow without command to see if he can scam a treat!  

As far as horse tricks go, it is probably one of the easiest to teach, and it's a fun one to pull out to impress a new visitor.

Check out this video from Rick Gore of to learn how to teach your horse to bow!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Adoptable Horse of the Week ~ Meet

Mr. Ed is an 18 year old Chestnut Appaloosa with a spotted blanket. He was shown at appy world in Western Pleasure and Halter. He is kid safe, very calm on the ground and in the saddle. He will make a great learning horse for a young child. Mr. Ed was injured about a year ago and probably won't be able to show again. However, he is doing much better and would make the perfect horse for someone looking for that special horse for their younger kids to learn on. Everyone who meets Mr. Ed absolutely adores him. He is UTD on Medical and Farrier.

For more information or to meet Mr. Ed, call 269-965-2117 oEmail EARTH Services.

Or for information on some of the other adoptable horses that EARTH Services has to offer, check them out on!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

A big THANK YOU to our new Horse Sense sponsor ~ Arizona Saddlery of Clarkston!

A great BIG thank you to our new Horse Sense sponsor - Arizona Saddlery of Clarkston!

Arizona Saddlery has been family owned and operated for over 30 years, offering a huge selection of supplies for all equestrians, including:

  • English Tack
  • Western Tack
  • Horse Grooming Supplies
  • New & Used Saddles
  • Western Home Decor
  • Gifts for Horse Lovers
  • Riding Apparel - Schooling & Show Clothes
  • And much more!
Arizona Saddlery of Clarkston offers horse tack and equestrian apparel from top manufacturers, such as Ariat, Justin Boots, Levi, Dan Post, Chippewa, and much more! If you don't see it in store, ask a sales associate about special orders!

Arizona Saddlery
6525 Dixie Hwy # A
Village of Clarkston, MI 48346-3499


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