Hemlock (the plant) vs. Hemlock (the tree) – An Important Distinction in Equine Safety

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In the world of equine health, distinguishing between the hemlock poison plant and the benign hemlock tree is crucial. Despite their shared name, one poses a hazard to horses, while the other may very well be an asset to your equestrian property.

Hemlock Poison (Conium maculatum)

Hemlock poison, scientifically known as Conium maculatum, stands as a threat to horses and various livestock. This toxic plant harbors potent alkaloids, including coniine and gamma-coniceine, capable of inducing paralysis and, in the most serious cases, death if consumed in large quantities. With its tall stem, delicate fern-like leaves, and […]

Breaking the Cycle: A Call for Comprehensive Safety Measures in Horse Racing

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The recent loss of 12 horses on the Churchill Downs track, home to the renowned Kentucky Derby race, has sparked outrage and raised profound concerns within the equine and animal rights communities, reigniting a nationwide debate on safety issues and the wider implications of horse racing.

Since April, over a dozen horses have met a devastating fate on racetracks, reviving painful memories of a series of heartbreaking fatalities that occurred at the Santa Anita racetrack in California back in 2019. These recent incidents have prompted a call for immediate action to thoroughly examine existing welfare measures and implement effective strategies […]

Honoring the Legacy of Equestrians: Coping with Grief and Navigating Loss in Our Community

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Recent tragic incidents involving the loss of young talents have left the equestrian community deeply affected as we are grieving and struggling to make sense of these devastating events. Hannah Serfass was only 15-year-old when she tragically passed away on April 30 during a hunter/jumper competition at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida. Just a few days later, on May 4, we mourned the loss of Sienna, a 23-year-old Australian model and exceptionally skilled equestrian, who sadly succumbed to her injuries after a fatal riding accident.

The emotional impact of losing someone from our community […]

Interview with Oakland-based Artist Pryce Jones

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Pryce Jones is an Oakland-based painter, architectural designer, game developer, and a professor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. With a unique abstract style of painting, Pryce reveals his interest in portraying black American life. Some of his more recent work also depicts the beauty of Nature and animals. We caught up with Pryce to learn more about his process, inspiration, and his unique journey as an artist.

Can you walk us through your journey as an artist?

I started drawing as a kid, and I have drawn my whole life. When I was a […]

A Selection of Original Equestrian-Themed Gifts

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The equestrian community is full of talented and creative people, so if you are looking for an original gift for yourself or an equestrian friend, there is a plethora of fun and customizable options! Whether for Christmas or an upcoming birthday, your purchase will support a small business and trendy creators within the equestrian community.

Dapple Bay Equestrian:

With many original equestrian accessories, apparel and home décor, the brand motto is “Good Rides Only”, a philosophy that fosters a community of positive and supportive women in the equestrian world. From saddle pads to key chains, mugs and […]

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Horse

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Buying a horse: For many, it’s a childhood dream- but when the time comes, there is a lot of research, legal and financial considerations. Asking the right questions, budgeting for unexpected expenses, and weighing the pros and cons may go a long way in having a successful adventure with your new companion.

Initial research: The initial research phase will help you determine what breeds and characteristics to look for in your future horse. Depending on your riding goals, whether you wish to compete, ride for leisure, or if you want to use your horse for breeding, you […]

Choosing a Surveillance Camera for your Barn

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There are many benefits to owning a simple, or more complex, camera surveillance system at your barn. Whether you want to prevent theft and unwanted visitors at your barn or monitor a pregnant mare without interrupting your other responsibilities, you may be considering investing in a surveillance camera.

Different cameras are available on the market depending on your specific needs. For example, the ability to view camera footage remotely from your phone may be desirable for someone who wants immediate and real time information about what goes on at the barn. Having a camera that has clear night vision and […]

Choosing The Right Tractor for Your Farm

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Selecting the right tractor is one of the most important equipment decisions you will need to make in order to run your farm’s operations. As a significant investment, there are a few things to consider so that you can make an informed purchase decision. Below are some tips to help you choose the most suitable tractor for your needs while limiting unnecessary expenses.

The Size of Your Land:

Generally speaking, the size of your land or property will help determine the type of tractor and accessories needed. While a smaller piece of land may only require a […]

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