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August 22, 2022
Heat Stress, Part 3: Managing Cattle in Warm Weather

By Tony Hawkins, DVM, Valley Vet Supply Technical Service Veterinarian In Parts 1 and 2, we covered heat stress prevention for dogs and horses – last but not least, let’s look at this topic as it relates to cattle. Simply put, cattle are not designed to be the most efficient at cooling themselves down. Cattle […]

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August 17, 2022
Heat Stress, Part 2: Horse Safety During Hot Weather

By Tony Hawkins, DVM, Valley Vet Supply Technical Service Veterinarian In Part 1 of this series, we discussed heat stress in dogs, which are very prone to overheating. Now, we’re moving on to horses. Horses are very proficient sweaters, making them some of the most efficient animals at cooling themselves – but, they are still […]

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August 8, 2022
Heat Stress, Part 1: Keeping Your Dogs Safe

By Tony Hawkins, DVM, Valley Vet Supply Technical Service Veterinarian Heat can have a devastating impact on our animals – it’s something that, in a clinic setting, I have seen first-hand. All animals outdoors in the heat – whether large or small – require shade, continuous access to fresh water, and air movement and ventilation. […]

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August 2, 2022
Rutgers University Advises Helmet, Vest Replacements

Recently Rutgers University addressed riding safety and traumatic brain injuries, and the need to replace helmets and vests more often than most riders think. According to the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University (https://esc.rutgers.edu/), riding is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the United States because injuries are more likely to be severe […]

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April 1, 2022
Trail Riding Safety Tip

When deciding to go for a trail ride there is one important safety practice that is often overlooked. When riding in a group you should always keep at least one horse length between horses on the trail. Here's a story to illustrate my point. Learning from our mistakes A group of us were planning a […]

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April 1, 2022
Keeping America's Horses Safe - One Horse At A Time! What You Can Do Right Now

Note from HST Editor: While there are a variety of ways to protect America's Horses please keep in mind there is more than one way. This is one avenue. The issue of old, neglected horses is very sad. Do your part to help keep our Horses safe. ~ Karen Pickering America's horses need our protection. […]

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November 2, 2021
Thoughts on a Horse Safety Course for Youth

Horse Safety is of utmost importance. When we're around horses for a lifetime you learn to read the signs your horse is trying to communicate. If we can channel our youth to learning safety before they start handling and being around horses on their own, it's a win for them and the horse. We should […]

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October 8, 2021
Horse Safety in the Barn

Horse Safety in the barn is an often overlooked item. I recently moved to Colorado from Washington. While I was transitioning between the move from Washington and Colorado, our friends in Colorado agreed to take my horses until we found a place of our own. It was an incredibly generous offer and my friend made […]

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February 13, 2021
Safety and Feeding Horses

Do you have grumpy horses at feeding time? You’ve just bought beautiful hay for your beloved horse. You groom him or her, love them and as soon as you bring his feed, he pins his ears or even shakes his head at you in a threatening manner. Now why would he do that? Some horses […]

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February 4, 2021
Safety Gear and Keeping Your Gear Safe!

Reduce the risk of taking an unnecessary fall from your horse Keeping your tack clean and oiled is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe in the saddle. It’s a task that we may avoid but consider what happens if an essential piece of gear breaks while riding or driving […]

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