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AQHA Novice Championship

2015 AQHA Novice Championships will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2015
at the VA Horse Center

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Soothing Sore Equine Muscles

Jill Deming, a certified equine and canine massage therapist,
specializes in therapeutic massage, myofascial release,
craniosacral therapy, and animal Bowen.


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Restoring A Rare Breed

Cherokee and Choctaw Horses at Summer Duck Wood
Written by S.E. Morris

Mary Carter McConnell established her herd of Cherokee and Choctaw […]

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Triple Crown Trilogy Book Release Party in Middleburg

Virginia equestrian and author Kimberly Campbell debuts the first book in her Triple Crown trilogy at a release party hosted […]

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Demo Horses needed for upcoming Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tours

Do you have a pushy, disrespectful, problem horse that is under the age of 10? He might be just the horse clinician Clinton Anderson is looking for to work with at one of his Walkabout Tours.

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Autumn Olive Farm VHSA / BHSA Hunter Show Series

Autumn Olive Farm VHSA / BHSA Hunter Show Series
4566 Tabscott Rd., Columbia, Va. 23038
The series is recognized by the Virginia Horse […]

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Piedmont Horse and Dog Expo

The Piedmont Horse and Dog Expo will be held 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2105, in Culpeper, […]

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Extreme Mustang Makeover Featured at the VA Horse Festival March 27-28

The Extreme Mustang Makeover, presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro […]

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Adult Re-Riders – Back in the Saddle Again!

Reprinted from the Sept/Oct. 2014 Issue. Written by S. E. Morris
Autumn is upon us; for many, it’s time to go […]

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Ranch Versatility/ Stock Horse Clinic

On April 11-12, 2015 Cornerstone Horsemanship will be hosting a ranch versatility/ stock horse clinic. It will be geared towards […]

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EKG Stables 2015 Hunter Show Dates

EKG Stables at Hill Valley Farm is hosting a series of hunter horse shows for 2015 — listed below.  For more […]

Equine Health

  • 2nd confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Loudoun Co. VA horse

    2nd confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Loudoun Co. VA horse

    On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was notified of a horse in Loudoun County that tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a neurological disease of horses […]

  • Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) confirmed in a Virginia horse

    Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) confirmed in a Virginia horse

    On Thursday, February 5, 2015, VDACS was notified of a positive result for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on a horse displaying neurologic signs in western Albemarle County, Northwest of Charlottesville. The affected horse is located […]

  • Feeding A Champion: Le Cavalier and HorseSense™

    Feeding A Champion: Le Cavalier and HorseSense™

    Written by S.E. Morris

    Emmett Turner, of Ryland Knoll Farm in Rixeyville, Va. was the breeder of Le Cavalier, a 16.2 hand Oldenburg stallion (now gelded), foaled in 1998, and credits HorseSense™ Balanced Optimal Nutrition as […]

  • Equine Health Symposium for Veterinary Professionals & Horse Enthusiasts

    Equine Health Symposium for Veterinary Professionals & Horse Enthusiasts

    North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting an Equine Health Symposium Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015.

    Saturday’s lectures for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary students will focus on trends in […]

  • Soothing Sore Equine Muscles

    Soothing Sore Equine Muscles

     Equine Massage treatments can release stress and improve movement.
    By S. E. Morris
    With a soft voice and gentle hands, Jill Deming begins massage treatment on her latest equine patient. Her calm demeanor transfers to the horse, […]

  • Always Something New at EMC

    Always Something New at EMC

    There is no “normal” for the vets of the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

  • How To Prevent Impaction Colic

    How To Prevent Impaction Colic

    At is every horse owner’s nightmare to come outside to discover your horse acting uncomfortable.

  • Skin Allergies: How to help your itchy horse

    Skin Allergies: How to help your itchy horse

    Skin allergies make our horses miserable, and by mid-summer, some of them have rubbed themselves raw. Read more about how to combat this aggravating condition

  • When and Why does my Horse need Chiropractic Treatment?

    When and Why does my Horse need Chiropractic Treatment?

    Chiropractic therapy is becoming a more common addition to equine health care.

  • How to Treat and Prevent Scratches in Horses

    How to Treat and Prevent Scratches in Horses

    “Clean and dry, clean and dry” is what I tell horse owners after treating a patient with pastern dermatitis.

  • Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis

    Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis

    By Emily McNally, VMD, Rappahannock Equine Clinic

    Equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) is a disease that has just recently been properly identified and named in the horse population. First described in 2006, it is a painful condition affecting mainly the incisors and canine teeth of older horses.

    A horse’s tooth has an outer layer of enamel covered by cementum. The cementum gives grip for periodontal ligaments in the socket to keep the tooth in its place. Unlike humans and many other animals, horses’ teeth continuously erupt throughout life. They are able to do this through two steps: breakdown of the periodontal ligament attachment to allow the tooth to move and reproduction and subsequent re-attachment of the periodontal ligament. Odontoclasts are live cells in the tooth that cause lysis, or eating away, of cementum and tissues surrounding the tooth. When the attachment breakdown is overactive, the result is resorption or lysis of the tooth. Sometimes, other cells respond by exaggerating the re-attachment of the periodontal ligament, creating extra cementum on the tooth surface. Subsequent inflammation and infection of the teeth lead to decreased structural support which can result in gingivitis, pulpitis, and loose and fractured teeth.

    The cause of EOTRH is not completely understood at this time. It is clear that chronic inflammation is somehow involved. One theory is that as a horse ages, the angulation of its incisor teeth puts more strain on the periodontal ligament, leading to increased inflammation. A study presented at the 2013 AAEP convention by Dr. Ann Pearson looked into associated risk factors of EOTRH. Excessive dentistry, periodontal disease, and horses fed alfalfa without pasture or grazing were more likely to have EOTRH, but more research is warranted.


  • Causes and Treatments for Rain Rot

    Causes and Treatments for Rain Rot

    Written by Emily McNally, VMD   Rappahannock Equine Clinic

    With winter upon us, we can be sure to see a fair share of wet days over the next few months. Wet weather brings a myriad of different skin conditions that can be frustrating for horse owners to deal with. One of these conditions almost all owners have to deal with at some point is commonly known as “rain rot” and is one of the most common skin infections seen in horses.

    The organism Dermatophilus congolensis is the causative agent of rain rot. These bacteria can be found dormant on the skin of many healthy horses and do not pose a problem until the skin is compromised in some way or infection is exacerbated by weather conditions. There is a certain natural immunity to the organism, but as many owners have seen, some horses are more susceptible to infection and can get rain rot year after year. Horses with heavy winter coats keep moisture in contact with their skin, producing an environment for the organism to grow. When the skin is damaged, such as with an insect bite or scrape, Dermatophilus congolensis can infect deeper down into the epidermis.



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Advertiser Spotlight: GearClean Blanket Cleaning Service

February 14th, 2015|Comments Off

Horse Blanket Cleaning and Repair
Horse blankets are routinely exposed to the ammonias found in urine and manure that act like acid on fabric, […]

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Advertiser Spotlight: Agape Pet Services

February 13th, 2015|Comments Off

Agape Pet Services provides equine cremation with transportation.  Pick-up is available seven days a week, and can be scheduled to coincide with euthanasia.


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Advertiser Spotlight: Walkabout Tour Coming to Perry, Georgia – March 21-22, 2015

February 12th, 2015|Comments Off

The Walkabout Tour featuring clinician Clinton Anderson is coming to the Reaves Arena in Perry, Georgia March 21st and 22nd. The two-day event […]

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Advertiser Spotlight – Pristine Equestrian Facility – 60 minutes south of DC

February 3rd, 2015|Comments Off

11 acre parcel back to forest retention area and is surrounded by picturesque farmland.

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Advertising Spotlight: “Cameo” Fencing, Inc. and EquiPride

January 30th, 2015|Comments Off

Nancy Parrish, owner of “CAMEO” fencing in Valentines, Va., knows and appreciates quality. She and her late husband, Gary, started their fencing company […]

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Advertiser Spotlight: Double L Tack Shop

January 13th, 2015|Comments Off

Double L Tack Shop at Wilson Farms is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015.  The full-service English and Western tack shop includes:

Show Clothing

Riding […]

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Advertiser Spotlight: Olde Towne Equine

January 5th, 2015|Comments Off

Olde Towne Equine Veterniary Services in Fredericksburg, Va., provides routine preventative care, including vaccinations, fecals and dentistry, and advanced lameness, neurologic, dermatologic and […]

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Advertiser Spotlight: Virginia Field Hunters and Merle-Smith Eventing

January 3rd, 2015|Comments Off

Virginia Field Hunters and Merle-Smith Eventing is home to Concerto Grosso, the 1998 Imported Holsteiner Stallion approved and licensed by the American Holsteiner […]