Recent News and Upcoming Events

Our July/August Issue is available online and in stores!

Hot off the presses! The July/August 2015 issue is now available to view online and at your local tack store, […]

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“Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

Hot weather have you worried about riding your horse and his/her health? The Nokesville Horse Society, Inc. will be hosting on July […]

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Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman’s Association 500th Trail Ride

STRHA is a fun group of horse folks who love to ride the trails of the Shenandoah Valley. In celebrating their […]

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2-Day Show Jumping, Riding and Course Design Clinic with Richard Lamb July 11-12

Help support the River Bend Pony Club as they sponsor a 2-day Jumping Riding and Course Design Clinic on July 11-12 […]

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TRF at Montpelier hosting Open House and Used Tack Sale on July 18, 2015

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier is hosting an Open House and used Community Tack Sale on Saturday, July 18- […]

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WIHS welcomes 22 Local Teens to Serve on 2015 Junior Committee

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, is pleased to announce Miriam Dupree, […]

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Western Riders of Virginia Horse Show

Western Riders of Virginia, Inc., is a non-profit association that seeks to promote an interest in western horses and western […]

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Dealing With Flies

Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. […]

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Scenes from Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Wednesday June 3, 2015

Scenes from the hunter side of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on Wednesday including Regular Conformation Hunters, High Performance Hunters, Take 2 TB Hunters and the Adult Amateur Hunters

June Events

  • Dealing With Flies

    Dealing With Flies

    Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. There are 120,000 different species of flies around the world, but luckily only seven of […]

  • Scenes from Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Wednesday June 3, 2015

    Scenes from Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Wednesday June 3, 2015

    Scenes from the hunter side of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show on Wednesday including Regular Conformation Hunters, High Performance Hunters, Take 2 TB Hunters and the Adult Amateur Hunters

  • Back to Basics Horse Show June 20th-21st

    Back to Basics Horse Show June 20th-21st

    Since 2000, Back To Basics Horse Show Association has taken pride in promoting a love of horses in a relaxed, fun, and family-oriented atmosphere. BBHSA welcomes all breeds of horses to their organization, and prides […]

  • History, Horses, Hauntings Trail Ride on June 6-7 in West, VA

    History, Horses, Hauntings Trail Ride on June 6-7 in West, VA

    The first annual “History, Horses, Hauntings” equine trial ride will open the previously private historic 237 acre Stephenson, Virginia property 4 miles from West, VA to the public. Planned for Sat & Sun June 6-7, […]

  • Alumni Tournament of Champions on June 14 in Stevenson, MD

    Alumni Tournament of Champions on June 14 in Stevenson, MD

    The Alumni Tournament of Champions is the only horse show that solely celebrates alumni of the IHSA. In its 4th year, it invites anyone who showed as part of their collegiate career to compete, on […]

  • Ashley Trier Eventing Clinic June 5-7, 2015 in The Plains, VA

    Ashley Trier Eventing Clinic June 5-7, 2015 in The Plains, VA

    Great Opportunity to ride with an accomplished CCI** rider who specializes in green horses and riders as well as the more seasoned competitors! Conveniently located in The Plains, VA. Clinic is open to horse and […]

  • Try TREC!

    Try TREC!

    On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. at Ruxville Farm, Moseley, VA 23120 there will be coaching and casual competition in the sport of TREC. TREC is an international trail riding sport that tests the […]

Equine Health

  • “Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

    “Too Hot to Ride?” Seminar

    Hot weather have you worried about riding your horse and his/her health? The Nokesville Horse Society, Inc. will be hosting on July 8th a seminar with speaker Jennifer Supinger (a local equestrian that was an endurance racer for […]

  • Dealing With Flies

    Dealing With Flies

    Dealing with flies is an unfortunate consequence to owning horses. They can drive our horses mad if we let them. There are 120,000 different species of flies around the world, but luckily only seven of […]

  • Make Your Horse a No-Fly Zone

    Make Your Horse a No-Fly Zone

    The long, cold winter is behind us. Spring is here, and suddenly your horse is plagued by flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks. What’s a caring horse owner to do? Here are five ways in which […]

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

    Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) confirmed in a Virginia horse

    Friday, May 29, 2015 - All horses at the Prince William County equine riding school facility are being monitored. They remain afebrile and healthy.

  • It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now

    It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now

    State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now Regarding Vaccination Schedule.

  • Potomac Horse Fever: What’s the Big Deal?

    Potomac Horse Fever: What’s the Big Deal?

    By: Dr. Emily McNally, VMD with Rappahannock Equine Clinic.
    Published in the July/Aug 2014 issue

    With the wet weather we had at the start of this summer, there was an increase in the number of Potomac Horse […]

  • Common Equine Eye Problems

    Common Equine Eye Problems

    The equine eye is not unlike the eyes of many other species. Because horses are prey animals, they have evolved to be constantly on the lookout for predators. Their eyes are very sensitive to movement.

  • What you should know about Equine Herpesvirus

    What you should know about Equine Herpesvirus

    In February of this year, there was a confirmed case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Albemarle County, Virginia.

  • 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.

  • Will Tildren Help Your Horse?

    Will Tildren Help Your Horse?

    Article appears in our Nov./Dec. 2013 Issue
    Written by Dr. Courtney Bowers and Dr. Jonathan Hirsch of Woodside Equine Clinic

    As veterinarians, we are frequently asked about products to treat chronic conditions, subtle lameness or lameness that has not responded to other therapies.  One of the most exciting products to come along in the last few years is Tildren.  It is a medication that has allowed us to offer a novel therapy for some of the most chronic causes of lameness that are often unresponsive to other therapies.

    How does it work?
    Tildren, or Tiludronate for all you pharmacology buffs, is a non-nitrogen containing bisphosphonate.  The bisphosphonates are a class of drug that work at the cellular level to slow down or prevent bone loss.  Bone is constantly changing and remodeling based on the forces applied to it. Osteoclasts are specialized bone cells which resorb bone, while osteoblasts are bone cells which serve to lay down new bone, a process known as mineralization. Tildren is thought to regulate bone remodeling by reducing the activity of osteoclasts while increasing osteoblastic activity.  Bone loss is reduced, resulting in the maintenance of or increase in bone density and strength.   Tildren was first used in human medicine for treating diseases that cause bone loss such as osteoporosis and Paget’s disease.  Other bisphosphonate drugs include Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel and Reclast.  In horses, Tildren has been studied for treatment of navicular disease, osteoarthritis and lesions of the thoracolumbar vertebral column.

    Navicular Disease
    Navicular disease, or caudal heel pain, is seen most often as a low-grade front end lameness of both front feet.  The discomfort can be caused by changes to the bones as well as the soft tissues within the hoof.  The cause of navicular disease is still not well understood, and each individual horse may suffer from differing pathologies.  Often, the navicular bone itself is affected when it undergoes excessive bone degeneration or proliferation.  These changes can weaken the bone, causing pain in the back of the foot.  A drug that affects the cells that mediate bone resorption and proliferation like Tildren can therefore be helpful.  Clinical trials have shown that Tildren is effective in treating navicular disease when given at a total dose of 1 milligram per kilogram of body weight broken up into 10 daily intravenous injections.  A recent research study showed that 100 percent of horses suffering from acute navicular disease (affected by the disease for six months or less) responded to Tildren treatment, whereas only 60 percent of horses that had chronic disease (affected by the disease for greater than six months) responded, and that of the horses with more acute navicular disease, 75 percent returned to normal work within six months.  Therefore it’s very important that Tildren be given earlier rather than later in the disease process.  Although there was clear success in horses treated with Tildren in this study, it’s important to keep in mind that not all horses diagnosed with navicular disease have disease of only the navicular bone.  Therefore, Tildren, which treats bony lesions, may not help every horse with navicular syndrome.

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  • 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

ADVERTISER SPOTLIGHT

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Bellemount Stables looks forward to meeting you in 2015

May 16th, 2015|Comments Off

Bellemount Stables offers many amenities to the horse enthusiast.  Once an antebellum plantation circa 1810, Bellemount Stables is owned and operated by trainer Erin […]

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Canterbury Farm – An Equestrian Paradise in Christiansburg, Va

May 15th, 2015|Comments Off

One of a kind horse farm on 45.8 acres in Christiansburg, VA. Custom built 12 stall center aisle barn w/tongue & groove pine walls, wash area w/hot & cold water, hay storage

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Clean and Dry Horse Blankets – Only $18 cleaning for all turnouts and blankets until May 31

May 6th, 2015|Comments Off

Take advantage of our $18 cleaning special for all turnouts and blankets if dropped off or picked up by May 31.

Keeping your horse […]

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10 acre horse farm for sale just outside Asheville, NC

May 2nd, 2015|Comments Off

Ten acres of beautiful pasture with an immaculate spacious ranch house move-in ready. This handcrafted eight stall barn is perfect with a tack room, office, and feed stall.

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Clinton Anderson brings Walkabout Tour to VA Horse Center on August 22-23, 2015

May 1st, 2015|Comments Off

The Walkabout Tour featuring clinician Clinton Anderson is coming to the VA Horse Center in Lexington Virginia on August 22-23, 2015. The two-day event offers […]

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Touch Point Farm has shows, camps and more!

March 26th, 2015|Comments Off

Touch Point Farm is a beautiful equine facility located in Culpeper, VA. Offering Boarding, Lessons, Training, Horse Shows and Summer Camp for 2015.

Touch Point Farm offers quality riding instruction […]

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The Great American Trail Horse Sale is on April 10-11, 2015

March 18th, 2015|Comments Off

The largest group of horse enthusiasts are those whose interest is in trail riding or just riding for pleasure. Finding the right horse […]

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Advertiser Spotlight: Agape Pet Services

March 16th, 2015|Comments Off

Agape Pet Services will honor your request for the care and handling of your horse’s remains in an accurate courteous, compassionate and timely manner.

We […]

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Amazing Horse Property – Christy Farm in Stafford, VA

March 10th, 2015|Comments Off

Offered for sale, find peaceful living with this Amazing Horse Property! Grand 2 Story Foyer, Library w/ Built-ins, Kitchen w/ Granite, Stainless Steel […]

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Picturesque Farm has something for everyone in 2015

March 5th, 2015|Comments Off

We are proud to say that if you have not heard of Picturesque Farm yet you will soon! We have to be one […]

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

March 3rd, 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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Extreme Mustang Makeover Featured at the VA Horse Festival March 27-28

February 20th, 2015|Comments Off

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