Connect with us

Equine

Equine Emergency Preparedness

Published

on

By Dr. Garrett Metcalf

There will come a time for every horse owner or trainer to experience an equine emergency situation. Horses like to harm themselves because they are prey animals. They only know that if something is scaring them they run away as fast as possible and it doesn’t matter what is in their way. These behavior traits often lead to emergency situations and hopefully this article will help horse owners be more prepared in those situations. This is making it difficult for equine owners to get emergency help and making it difficult for the currently practicing equine veterinarians to keep up with the demand, especially in emergency situations. The need for owners and trainers to be more prepared for emergency situations is rather important for the health of the horse and the health of your veterinarian. Most solo practitioners cannot be on call that much or at all after hours leaving most owners with the options of referral to a 24 hour facility or to manage the problem themselves until the next day. The goal of this article is to help horse owners to be prepared as they can be for emergency situations when they arise.

The equine veterinary community is experience a rather tough situation with the lack of graduating veterinarians entering the equine market. The latest statistics from American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has found that only 1.3 percent of veterinary students start work in the equine field directly out school. There are 4.5 percent that enter an internship but out of this total amount roughly half this group will not continue working in equine practices by five years. To add to the problem more than 60 veterinarians are retiring from equine each year in the United States and this is expected to grow at a rate of three percent each year. To put another way there are on average 4,000 veterinary students that graduate each year and only 150 of them are entering some form of equine field with only 50 entering directly into practice.

To read more, pick up a copy of the November issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

Continue Reading

Equine

Rodeo: A Year of Hard Work

Published

on

By

By Phillip Kitts

Rodeo is much more than a weeklong event for the average rodeo committee.
As rodeo fans, it is always an exciting time of year when the local rodeo rolls into town. The energy and excitement of livestock, contract acts, and big-name cowboys is a highlight for many small towns around the nation.

What often goes very unnoticed is the tenacious process that goes into putting on a rodeo of any level for a community. As a rodeo enthusiast, has it ever crossed your mind all the steps it can take to connect with the right contractor and make sure they have the livestock needed, along with a place to house these animals? Add to this all the accommodation to host several hundred rodeo athletes over a weekend. From food all the way to porta potties this is a monumental task. This month, let’s take some time to start with the end of the rodeo and proceed through the final stages of hosting next year’s events.

Most rodeos take no more than a week or two after they complete their event to start the process of preparing for the next year. Something that is not common knowledge is that very rarely are rodeo committees paid individuals, in almost all cases, the folks that put on a local rodeo are a volunteer force.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

Continue Reading

Equine

Winter Hoof Care:Keep Your Horse’s FeetHealthy in the Cold

Published

on

By

By Savannah Magoteaux

As winter sets in, horse owners must pay extra attention to their equine companions’ hoof health. Colder weather poses unique challenges that can lead to common hoof issues if not addressed proactively. This article aims to provide insights into combatting prevalent hoof problems during winter, choosing appropriate hoof protection, and offering tips to prevent conditions such as thrush and other infections.

Combatting Common Hoof Issues in Colder Weather:
Cracked Hooves

Cold temperatures and dry air can contribute to hoof cracking. To combat this issue, it is crucial to maintain proper moisture levels. Regularly applying a hoof conditioner or moisturizer can help prevent excessive drying and cracking.

Snow and Ice Accumulation

Snow and ice buildup can lead to discomfort and increased risk of injury.
Keeping the hooves properly trimmed is essential to prevent the accumulation of snowballs.
Additionally, consider using traction devices such as snow pads or special shoes for added grip in icy conditions.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

Continue Reading

Equine

Consistent McCartney

Published

on

By

By Krista Lucas Wynn

Breakaway is known to be the fastest event in rodeo. At the 2023 National Finals Breakaway Roping, conducted Dec. 5-6 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., no one was faster on 10 calves than Cheyanne McCartney.

The Kingston, Okla., cowgirl competed in a grueling match between the top 15 breakaway ropers in the world, and when it was all said and done had roped nine head in 32.2 seconds.
She split the win in round two with Hali Williams and continued her consistency throughout the two days of competition. She placed in four more rounds to help her win the coveted average title.

McCartney’s story did not start at the 2023 NFBR. This was her third qualification to the NFBR, and a lot of hard work went into getting where she is today. McCartney grew up in Louisiana, where her first rodeo memory began with entering the breakaway roping at a Little Britches rodeo in Deridder, La.

“My family was in the Quarter Horse racing industry, growing up. My father, Carl Guillory, was a trainer and calf roper,” McCartney said.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

Continue Reading
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad

Trending