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Conditioning Your Horse

It’s that time of year again.  We have emerged from the bitter cold days of winter and the warm temperatures have returned.  With the warmer weather here we are usually determined to get out and do more, and that often involves our horses.  After a more sedate approach to riding during the winter months it is important to make sure your horse is ready for the frenzy of activity that comes with summertime and show season.  
Unless you have been diligent over the winter months and have ridden your horse on a regular exercise regimen it is generally safe to say that some conditioning workouts are in order.

Grooming with Intention

How much time do you regularly spend grooming your horse?  It probably varies depending on the day, how dirty your horse is, how much time you have, etc.  On average though riders tend to spend around 10-20 minutes grooming their horse before and after riding. If you add that time up over the course of a month of daily grooming that equals 8+ hours of grooming time spent with your horse.  Why not make that quality time with your horse more productive in order to deepen your bond and create a lasting partnership?

EHV-1 Outbreak in Minnesota – Updates and Links



In recent weeks, Dr. Kyla has limited the number of barns that she travels to due to the EHV-1 outbreak, and has been using biosecurity measures to deter the spread of the disease between horses, as we mentionedhere. We've heard questions from horse owners across the state about the spread of the disease and the status of the horses that have been tested. In an effort to make it easier for you to find accurate and current information about EHV-1 in Minnesota, we've compiled some links to helpful articles, handouts, and videos on the web.

EHV-1 Outbreak in Minnesota

EHV-1 Outbreak in Minnesota affects barrel horses

EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus 1,is currently a hot topic here in Minnesota. In March 2014, several horses in Minnesota and western Wisconsin have shown neurologic signs of the disease, and some have been euthanized.  This outbreak of the disease has roots in the barrel racing scene, at a competition in Winona, MN in early March.  Cases have appeared in Hennepin, Chisago, Dakota, and Wright County in MN, as well as Burnett and Polk County in WI. Information is still emerging, but several of the horses who have been euthanized have connections to the barrel horse world.
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