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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) describes the presence of ulceration or inflammatory disease that can affect the horse stomach. The horse stomach has two portions, the squamous or non-glandular portion and the glandular portion, divided by a line called the margo plicatus. As such, horses can be affected by squamous gastric disease (ESGD), glandular gastric disease (EGGD), or both concurrently.

The diagnosis, treatment, and management of EGUS is an important aspect of veterinary care in our performance horses because it is highly prevalent. EGUS in both forms has been reported in varying amounts in horses, but on average, we can see it develop in around 50% of our horses used for pleasure, 75% of our performance horses, and up to 100% of our racing horses. The causes and risk factors for EGUS are varied depending on the type of disease present but can include being housed in busy or stressful environments, use in performance disciplines, frequent travelling, cribbing, exercising more than 5 days per week, being more inexperienced at their work, meal feeding (versus free-choice), and higher grain diets.

Though a diagnosis of EGUS may be a daunting prospect, the good news is that once recognized we have a good selection of management and treatment options to help provide affected horses comfort and improve their overall performance. You might consider booking an appointment to have your horse assessed for gastric ulcers if you notice some of the following more common signs associated with EGUS: recurrent colic, weight loss or being a “hard keeper”, poor coat condition, reduced appetite, diarrhea, hypersalivation, previous anti-inflammatory administration, behaviour changes (nervousness, aggression, girthiness, etc.), and/or poor performance.

To diagnose gastric ulcers, your horse can have a gastroscopy performed under standing sedation (similar to a dental) either at the clinic or on farm. While some might feel that they would prefer to try treatment for gastric ulcers over having a gastroscopy performed, there are multiple advantages to having a gastroscopy performed prior to treatment.

  • First, the risk of treating a horse that doesn’t have ulcers (and potentially wasting time and money on an unneeded therapy) is avoided when gastroscopy is performed.
  • Second, when a gastroscopy is performed we can differentiate between the two different types of ulcers (squamous vs glandular) which each have their own unique treatment and management recommendations. If you treat with oral omeprazole (Gastrogard) alone, you risk inadequate treatment for glandular ulcers if present and a poor response to treatment, which may lead you to assume your horse doesn’t have ulcers when they actually do.
  • Finally, an initial scope can help us gauge response to treatment over time. While healing of squamous ulcers is expected within 4 weeks for around 80% of horses treated with Gastrogard, healing rates of glandular ulcers are much lower with Gastrogard alone at about 25%. As such, if your horse is in the 20% of horses whose squamous ulcers have not completely healed after 4 weeks or if they also have glandular ulcers, an extended treatment with alternative therapies will likely be required for complete healing. Without a gastroscopy to assess response to treatment, we are unable to know how well our initial therapies worked and risk stopping treatment too soon.                                                          

In general, with appropriate treatment and changes to diet and management, horses who have previously been diagnosed with ulcers have a good prognosis for return to work at a high level of performance. We can help to ensure your horse is performing at their best by addressing any underlying disease early in year before the competition season demands a more stressful schedule and any mild underlying EGUS lesions get worse.

We hoped you enjoyed this initial summary on gastric ulcers.

If you have any questions on EGUS or would like to book your horse in for an assessment and gastroscopy please do not hesitate to reach out to our clinic!

https://www.burwashequine.ca/

 
References:

  1. https://www.merckvetmanual.com/digestive-system/gastrointestinal-ulcers-in-large-animals/gastric-ulcers-in-horses
  2. https://vmc.usask.ca/care/equine-health/resources/gastric-ulcers.php#WhatshouldIdo
  3. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/13/7/1261
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Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines to be Updated

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release:

(Ottawa) April 26 2024 – The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is pleased to announce the update to the 2013 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. The update, initiated by Equestrian Canada, will be guided by NFACC’s Code development process.

The Code development process includes a survey, launched at the outset of each Code, to capture top-of-mind welfare concerns from any and all stakeholders. The input received will help the Code Committee understand the kinds of issues people wish to see considered in the update. Everyone is invited to participate; the survey for this Code will be open until May 16, 2024 and is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/equine.

“The health and welfare of equines in Canada is an important priority for EC and the Canadian equestrian industry and community we serve,” said Meg Krueger, CEO of Equestrian Canada. “With the most significant influence on welfare resting with those responsible for their daily care, the Equine Code provides a great tool for both professionals and individual owners. The updates to the Code will continue to ensure it is evidence based and being informed by current researched best practices.”    

Canada’s Codes of Practice provide critical guidance for the care and handling of farm animals. They reflect our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices and serve as educational tools, reference materials for regulations, and the foundation for farm animal care assessment programs.  

“The NFACC Code development process is based on stakeholder commitment to ensure quality animal care standards are established,” said Hans Kristensen, Chair of NFACC. “It’s about each of us taking responsibility – farmers, processors, food companies, consumers, and allied groups – moving beyond the hype and rhetoric and doing real things to support farm animal welfare.” 

Five Codes – beef cattle, equines, pigs, sheep, and poultry – are being updated. The pullets and laying hens Code is being amended. Visit www.nfacc.ca for more details and a timeline outlining the steps and progress made on the respective Codes. 

About NFACC

NFACC is a collaborative partnership of diverse stakeholders created in 2005 to share information and work together on farm animal care and welfare. It is the national lead for farm animal care issues in Canada and operates as a division of Animal Health Canada. For more information on NFACC, visit www.nfacc.ca

About EC

Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. With over 15,000 sport licence holders, 11 provincial/territorial sport organization partners and 10+ national equine affiliate organizations, EC is a significant contributor to the social, physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of the equestrian industry. For more information visit  www.equestrian.ca.

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For more information contact: 

Jackie Wepruk, Division Director, National Farm Animal Care Council
Phone: 403-783-4066, nfacc@xplornet.comwww.nfacc.ca

Melanie McLearon, Director, Marketing & Communications, Equestrian Canada
Phone: 343-308-4390, mmclearon@equestrian.ca, www.equestrian.ca

Révision annoncée du code de pratiques canadien pour le soin et la manipulation des équidés

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Pour publication immédiate :

(Ottawa) 26 avril 2024 – Le Conseil national pour les soins aux animaux d’élevage (CNSAE) a le plaisir d’annoncer la révision du Code de pratiques pour le soin et la manipulation des équidés de 2013. Cette révision, entreprise à l’initiative de Canada Équestre, sera guidée par le processus d’élaboration des codes du CNSAE.

Le processus d’élaboration des codes comprend un sondage, lancé au début de chaque code, pour saisir les préoccupations pour le bien-être animal exprimées spontanément par les parties prenantes. Les commentaires reçus aideront le comité du code à savoir quels genres de questions les gens souhaiteraient voir aborder au cours de la révision. L’invitation s’adresse à tout le monde : le sondage pour ce code sera ouvert jusqu’au 16 mai 2024, et il est accessible sur www.nfacc.ca/codes-de-pratiques/equides.

« La santé et le bien-être des équidés au Canada sont d’importantes priorités pour CE, pour l’industrie équestre canadienne et pour la communauté qu’elle sert, a indiqué Meg Krueger, chef de la direction de Canada Équestre. Étant donné que le bien-être des équidés dépend essentiellement des personnes qui s’en occupent au quotidien, le code pour les équidés représente un excellent outil pour les professionnels comme pour les propriétaires. Les révisions du code continueront de garantir qu’il repose sur des données probantes et qu’il est éclairé par des pratiques exemplaires tirées d’études actuelles. »    

Les codes de pratiques du Canada offrent des conseils essentiels au soin et à la manipulation des animaux d’élevage. Ils représentent l’entente nationale sur les exigences et les pratiques recommandées en matière de soins aux animaux d’élevage et servent d’outils pédagogiques, de documents de référence dans les lois et règlements et de fondements aux programmes d’évaluation des soins aux animaux.  

« Le processus d’élaboration des codes du CNSAE repose sur l’engagement des parties prenantes à établir des normes de qualité pour les soins aux animaux, a affirmé le président du CNSAE, Hans Kristensen. Il faut pour cela que chacun et chacune d’entre nous – éleveurs, transformateurs, entreprises alimentaires, consommateurs et groupes alliés – prenne ses responsabilités, aille au-delà du battage médiatique et des discours creux et fasse des choses concrètes pour appuyer le bien-être des animaux d’élevage. » 

Cinq codes – pour les bovins de boucherie, les équidés, les porcs, les moutons et la volaille – seront révisés, et le code pour les poulettes et pondeuses sera modifié. Visitez www.nfacc.ca/francais pour en savoir plus et pour consulter le calendrier des étapes et l’état d’avancement respectifs de ces codes. 

Le CNSAE

Créé en 2005, le CNSAE est un partenariat de collaboration entre diverses parties prenantes soucieuses de partager des informations et de travailler ensemble aux soins et au bien-être des animaux d’élevage. Il est le chef de file national en matière de soins aux animaux d’élevage au Canada et fonctionne en tant que division de Santé animale Canada. Pour plus de détails au sujet du CNSAE, visitez www.nfacc.ca/francais 

Canada Équestre

Organe directeur national des sports et de l’industrie équestres, Canada Équestre (CE) a le mandat de représenter, de promouvoir et de faire progresser tous les intérêts équins et équestres. Rassemblant plus de 15 000 titulaires de licence sportive, 11 organismes provinciaux et territoriaux de sport partenaires et plus de 10 organisations nationales affiliées, CE est un important contributeur à la santé sociale, physique, émotionnelle et financière de l’industrie équestre. Pour en savoir plus, visitez www.equestrian.ca/fr/.

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Renseignements : 

Jackie Wepruk, directrice de la Division du Conseil national pour les soins aux animaux d’élevage
Tél. : 403-783-4066, nfacc@xplornet.com, www.nfacc.ca/francais

Melanie McLearon, directrice du marketing et des communications, Canada Équestre
Tél. : 343-308-4390, mmclearon@equestrian.cawww.equestrian.ca/fr/

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Equine Podiatry

You’ve likely all heard the saying “No foot, no horse” – in our experience, no truer words have ever been spoken. That’s why we think it is so important to know what is going on in your horses’ feet so that we can make any necessary adjustments to their trimming and shoeing to help prevent injuries and soreness.

When we take a set of podiatry radiographs, we generally shoot 2 views of each foot that are specific for evaluating the foot from a podiatry standpoint. These x-rays allow us to measure key details about the foot that can be used to make adjustments to the way they are shod. We can evaluate foot and joint balance, bone angles, sole depth, and determine if the foot is being loaded appropriately.

Figure 1: This figure shows a cutting horse with a very common shoeing concern where the shoe is not well balanced around the center of rotation from toe to heel, leaving too much foot in front of the center of rotation compared to behind. This leads to increased load on the heel and navicular region and a prolonged breakover phase, causing unnecessary stress on the structures in the foot.
Figure 2: In this figure, we see another common foot concern. This jumping horse has a long toe and heels that have run forward, creating a broken back hoof pastern axis. This can result in increased stress on the joints of the lower limb and lead to early signs of osteoarthritis such as bone spurs as seen here.

Dr. Penttila takes shoeing survey films on her good mare, Chic, and all her prospects at least twice a year.  This has allowed her to make timely changes and intervene when needed to ensure their foot balance and loads remain ideal.

See the Burwash Equine Services webpage for more info about shoeing survey films: https://www.burwashequine.ca/podiatry

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Rabies cases in Canada 2023

Rabies is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. It is usually passed from animal to animal and rarely affects humans.

Rabies is a virus that causes neuroencephalitis and death in humans. It is transmitted via the saliva of infected animals. In Ontario, animals most at risk for having rabies are raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats. In some areas of the world, rabies in domestic dogs and livestock poses a considerable risk.

Rabies is nearly always fatal but can easily be prevented by encouraging people to vaccinate their pets, avoid touching or interacting with any unknown animals, and seeking proper care for any animal bites or scratches.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms usually appear approximately 3 to 8 weeks after an exposure, but they can appear as soon as nine days or as long as seven years after a bite. Rabies is usually fatal unless post-exposure prophylaxis is given before symptoms would have appeared.

Early symptoms of rabies may include discomfort, paraesthesia, or pain at the exposure site, as well as headache, malaise, fever, and fatigue, and possibly psychological symptoms such personality changes or apprehension.  More specific symptoms develop after an average of 4 days (up to 10) of prodrome. The fully developed illness typically presents in one of two ways. The more common furious form presents with symptoms of hydrophobia (fear of drinking, difficulty swallowing, foaming at the mouth caused by severe laryngeal or diaphragmatic spasms that cause a sensation of choking when attempting to drink or swallow), aggression and other behavioural changes. The paralytic (or dumb) form of the disease manifests as progressive flaccid paralysis. Both forms of the disease rapidly progress, typically within days, to encephalitis and death.

Risk Assessment

Factors taken into account during risk assessment:

  • Severity/depth of bites
  • Bites on hands, neck, or face
  • Animal saliva exposure to a pre-existing wound, mucous membrane, or respiratory tract
  • Abnormal or aggressive behaviour in animal
  • Unprovoked attack
  • Prevalence of animal rabies in the area

More severe bites may be more likely to suggest the animal is rabid, and these bites may also provide more opportunity for exposure to and transmission of the virus because of increased exposure to saliva.

Bites on the hands and face are considered high risk exposures because of the high density of nerve endings. Bites to the face and neck are also considered higher-risk exposures because of the proximity to cranial nerves leading directly into the brain.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will conduct a risk assessment concerning suspected rabies exposures. However, the ultimate decision regarding
administration of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (RPEP) is based on the informed-consent discussion between the attending health care provider and the patient or parent/guardian.

In situations where patients find a bat in a room in which they have been sleeping, the risk of rabies is considered low if the patient was not woken by direct contact with the bat and there is no identified direct contact and no sign of a bite or scratch or saliva exposure. If the bat was found in the room with a child or adult who is unable to give a reliable history, it may be more difficult to fulfill these criteria and RPEP may be recommended.

Please see Rabies Prevention and Control Protocol, 2022 for further details.

Prevention

Most humans are given rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (RPEP) as a result of exposure to domestic animals, therefore it is important to emphasize keeping rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all domestic cats, ferrets, and dogs. Also, maintaining control of pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision outdoors is important to prevent their exposure to wild animals with rabies.

Finally, it is important to call animal control if you encounter a stray animal or sick or injured wild animal. Do not approach, touch, or feed wild or stray animals. Teach children not to touch animals, including dogs and cats, even if they appear friendly.

Advise your patients who are at higher-risk of exposure to consider pre-exposure vaccine for rabies, particularly if they have occupational exposures (such as lab workers, veterinarians, animal control or wildlife workers) or are travellers who will spend more than one month in a country where rabies is endemic.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis of high-risk individuals consists of rabies vaccine administered at Day 0, 7 and 21–28. The vaccine is 100% effective immediately after all the doses have been given and persists for up to 2 years after immunization. (Recall that exposure to a potentially rabid animal still requires two doses of rabies vaccine post-exposure.) However, protection wanes over time, and this varies from individual to individual, which is why post-exposure vaccines are always given and serologic testing is required every two years for individuals at ongoing high risk of exposure. A booster shot is necessary if antibody titres fall below 0.5 IU/mL.

 

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New AQHA Award to Honour Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horses

AQHA PATH Intl. EAS Horse of The Year Award

to Honor the AQHA-PATH Intl. Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horse of the Year with one $10,000 first-place award and one $5,000 second-place award!

Who Can Enter?

  • Any current PATH Intl. Center may nominate their registered American Quarter Horse(s). There is no limit to how many registered American Quarter Horses a center may nominate.
  • The center must hold an AQHA General membership ($65) to nominate their horse(s). If the center does not currently hold an AQHA membership, one may be purchased here for $65 and it provides myriad benefits throughout the year.
  • The nominated horse must be registered with AQHA. If the center holds the horse’s papers, you’re ready to nominate now! If the center wasn’t given AQHA registration papers at the point of purchase or donation but you suspect the horse may have been registered at some time or know his registered name, in addition to requesting the papers from the previous owner or donor, here are some useful tips for tracking down a horse’s papers.

How To Enter?

PATH Intl. will collect all nominations and deliver the entries to AQHA for judging and selection.

Complete the nomination form, including the required documentation, and tell us why your worthy nominee should win $10,000! Nominations must be received prior to 11:59 PM on December 31, 2023.

Questions? Please contact: Erika Berry at AQHA.

FAQs

Can a center nominate a leased horse?

Yes, however please not the following details: The PATH Intl. Center that is leasing the horse will receive the award, not the owner of the horse. While many PATH Intl. Centers have their own written lease agreements with owners, in order to qualify for the AQHA award, they must have a current lease authorization form on file with AQHA at the time the center submits its nomination. The cost for filing the lease authorization form is $100 to AQHA. Please submit questions and lease requests to

Why isn’t the nomination form anonymous as they normally are for most PATH Intl. awards?

This is an AQHA award, so the process is a little different. AQHA needs information such as the name of the center and the horse’s name to verify registration. The judges appointed by AQHA will receive redacted information, focusing on the reasons in the nomination for why the center believes its horse should win the award.

When will the winners be announced?

The AQHA-PATH Intl. Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horse of the Year will be honored at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas, March 15-18, 2024.

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AQHA Animal Welfare Rule Changes

 

The AQHA Animal Welfare Commission met at the 2023 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, and submitted several animal welfare-related rule-change recommendations to the AQHA Executive Committee, which approved them in April. These rule changes focus on revisions and updates to penalties, allowing the use of an approved lip cord in weanling halter classes, rules regarding the death of a horse at an AQHA-approved event and educational programming for animal welfare.

Here are the recommendations that were approved by the Executive Committee:

  • Keep the Conformation Alteration Task Force in place to identify funding mechanisms and continue to refine testing protocols and procedures for conformation alteration at AQHA World Shows.
  • Accept the Complaint and Reporting Task Force recommendations for the immediate implementation of: 
    • The recommended streamlined adjudication process for inhumane treatment violations; 
    • The update to the minimum levels of offense in VIO204.1-VIO204.20;
    • The revised AQHA Disciplinary Fine and Penalty Chart;
    • That all suspensions for inhumane treatment will trigger VIO657, a ban from AQHA show grounds;
    • That horses transferred out of the suspended persons name cannot be transferred back into their name until the probationary period resulting from their suspension is complete; and
    • That a suspended person cannot self-promote or be promoted by AQHA at any AQHA managed event.
  • Allow halter weanlings to be shown in an AQHA-approved lip cord or safety lead for immediate implementation.
  • Accept the task force recommendation to approve new AQHA Rule VIO207: In the case of a horse’s death as a result of an incident at an AQHA-approved event, AQHA will immediately appoint a three-person panel from the Animal Welfare Grievance Committee to review the incident. In conjunction with such investigation, a Responsible Party hereby agrees to cooperate with AQHA by (1) answering truthfully and promptly any inquiries; (2) providing medical/treatment records and post death reports/results (e.g. necropsy report) if any; and (3) authorizing any third parties to answer AQHA inquiries and provide the aforementioned records.
    VIO207.1 Subject to such panel’s review and recommendation, AQHA may temporarily suspend a Responsible Party as defined herein [see VIO250] pending AQHA’s further investigation of the horse’s death.
    VIO207.2 Should a temporary suspension be enforced a preliminary hearing will be held within two weeks of the horse’s death with the Responsible Part(ies), initial hearing panel and AQHA Staff.
  • Accept the task force recommendation to approve the mandatory necropsy rule as presented (April 13, 2023): This rule applies to fatalities of horses. For purposes of this rule, a “fatality” is defined as a death to any horse by any means including euthanasia at any time from when the horse/s arrives at the venue until the completion of the AQHA approved event or after the AQHA approved event where such fatal injury or illness is related to the horse’s presence at the AQHA approved event. This pertains to death on the grounds or death of horse transported to other facilities to seek care. 
  1. The trainer, owner or exhibitor as defined by AQHA rules, [see VIO250, Responsible Party], must notify the Steward or Show Manager as soon as possible but no later than one hour after such occurrence of any fatality. When a fatality occurs outside of competition hours, notification must occur as soon as possible but no later than one hour after the Steward/Show Manager reports to the show or returns to duty. 
  2. The Show Manager/Steward/Responsible Party must report a fatality to AQHA as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the incident as well as an explanation as to what happened to the horse. 
  3. If an official show veterinarian is not available, an on-call veterinarian or a veterinarian on the grounds shall be appointed to collect samples (blood, urine and/or vitreous fluid) at the earliest opportunity and submits the samples for analysis to the AQHA approved laboratory. (If the responsible party refuses the collection of samples, they are subject to temporary suspension pursuant to VIO207). 
  4. In addition to the duties set forth in SHW133, the Steward/Show Manager shall file an Equine Fatality Report Form with AQHA within 24 hours of notification, except in exceptional circumstances. 
  5. Show management must post emergency veterinary contact information as well as identify prior to the start of the competition the nearest Veterinary Pathology laboratory to facilitate a rapid and accurate post-mortem (information available at www.equinediseasecc.org). 
  6. A gross postmortem examination including histopathology must be performed in all incidents of euthanasia or fatality, except where the nearest Veterinary Pathology laboratory is further than 200 miles from where the equine fatality or euthanasia occurred. The trainer, owner or exhibitor as defined by AQHA rules, [see VIO250, Responsible Party] is responsible to transport the horse for the postmortem examination. If a horse is uninsured or a postmortem is not required by the owner’s insurance, AQHA will cover the cost of the gross postmortem and transport costs to the appropriate veterinary facility, up to a maximum in total of $1,000.00, unless a greater amount is pre-approved by AQHA should the circumstances warrant. If AQHA covers the cost of the postmortem and the relevant postmortem report is provided to the owner’s insurance, AQHA will only be responsible for half of the cost of the postmortem up to a maximum in total of $500.00. If a postmortem is required by the owner’s insurance, at no cost to AQHA, the horse’s owner shall provide AQHA a copy of the postmortem report within 24 hours of receipt of such report. (List of pathology laboratories can be found at www.equinediseasecc.org) (If responsible party refuses the necropsy, they are subject to temporary suspension pursuant to VIO207).
  7. In certain circumstances, as approved by AQHA Director of Breed Integrity, who may be contacted at 806-679-5693, a necropsy may not be warranted. (Add secondary contact number) 
  8. Within 12 hours of the horse leaving competition grounds, AQHA Show Management shall provide AQHA with the contact details of the applicable Veterinary Pathology laboratory. 
  9. The owner shall provide the preliminary and final reports of a postmortem to AQHA within 24 hours of the pathologist completing their report or the owner’s receipt of the report. Failure to submit reports could result in the temporary suspension to responsible party pursuant to VIO207. 
  10. The cause of death and, if relevant, the method of euthanasia should be included in the postmortem report. 
  11. The competition or treating veterinarian shall submit all information regarding any treatment or substance(s) administered to the horse prior to or during competition and before or during death or euthanasia with owner’s written permission to AQHA within 12 hours. Failure to submit reports could result in the temporary suspension to responsible party pursuant to VIO207. 
  12. Once all medical and treatment records and post death reports/results are forwarded to AQHA the Animal Welfare Grievance Committee will review within 72 hours to determine if further investigation is necessary. 
  • Cooperate with the United Horse Coalition to utilize its educational content to conduct educational programming about responsible ownership for AQHA members.

Recognizing that animal welfare is the single most important issue facing the equine industry today, the AQHA Executive Committee created the Animal Welfare Commission in 2012. The Animal Welfare Commission serves as AQHA’s primary body for rules, policies and procedures related to all areas of animal welfare. In addition, the commission oversees the educational processes associated with AQHA officials responsible for animal welfare.

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Barn & Stable First Aid

Every Barn & Trailer should be equipped with a first aid kit that has safe & practical items for an emergency! Both a equine & human emergencies should be considered for these!

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Kits are $10 each (tax included) Team Canada receives $4 from each kit sold to support their fundraising goals for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Every Barn & Trailer should be equipped with a first aid kit that has safe & practical items for an emergency! Both a equine & human emergencies should be considered for these! 

Keeping in mind you should be prepared to provide emergency health assistance until Paramedics or a Vet can attend. Please keep in mind that any emergency care you provide should only consist of knowledge you have & are confident doing until professionals can attend. 

When an emergency arises the most important thing and one of the hardest is to stay calm. 

Depending on the nature of the injuries you maybe able to manage the problem on your own with items from your First Aid Kits. 

If Not 

  • Call 911 or a vet needs to be called send someone to do that immediately (get the professionals to you as quickly as possible) 
  • Do a visual examination of the equine or human to determine the nature of the injuries.
  • If Paramedics are attending send someone to the roadside to flag them down direct them to the patient.
  • If a Vet is attending, make some notes on the horses condition and call the vet back to update. (A vet usually takes longer to attend)

I hope this will give you a better understanding of the importance of a stocked first aid kit in the barn or trailer. 

EOQHA is selling an assortment of first aid kits suitable for home, barn, trailer, or vehicle. 

A portion of all sales will go to the association to help support the 2023 Hot Hot Sizzler AQHA Circuit.

To Order please email qhlover66@gmail.com

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Canadian Mare Highest Seller at the 2023 Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma

Congratulations to Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association members Barry and Janice Sather from Beaverlodge, Alberta on selling their mare SINGLES CRUISE SI 101 at Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma on Jan 19.

The 2016 brown mare was the top selling broodmare at the opening day of the Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma on Jan 19th and the fourth high seller overall.

Singles Cruise is in foal to champion KVN Corona and fetched $95,000 USD. The California bred mare by Favorite Cartel and out of the Mr. Eye Opener mare Going Single was raced in Alberta and California by the Sathers. Singles Cruise won 9 out of 20 starts, earned $103,586 USD and is a Graded Stakes winner.

In 2018 she was the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association’s Grand Champion Running Horse and Champion Two Year Old.

Janice and Barry have embryo transfer babies from this great mare coming to the track in 2023 and beyond.

 

 

Written with material supplied by the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association

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2022 CNATT Fashion Show

The 2022 CNATT Fashion Show took place between Christmas and New Years. The videos submitted by all 12 Designers were posted on YouTube and the CQHA community was invited to vote on their favourites to determine the winners.
 
A total of 150 votes were cast, and in a last minute surprise the event’s sponsor Show Horse Today announced that they were so impressed by the creativity and fun, that all entries would receive a full page ad in a 2023 issue of their publication!!!
 
Congratulations to all participants and a special shout out to Leslie Riley of team My Sleepy Valentine on winning the fashion designer contest!
 
Leslie Riley of Ontario, representing team My Sleepy Valentine was crowned the 2022 CNATT "Barn Fashion" Designer of the Year