Snake bite & horses

Unfortunately it’s the time of year when we start to see snakes out and about.  I found an informative article from Equus Magazine that talks about what to do if your horse does get bit by a snake.  Though it is rare, it can happen and we horse owners should be prepared just in case. Here’s an important resource for horse owners from Equus Magazine:

The risk of your horse being bitten by a snake is low, but if it does happen, quick thinking on your part and prompt veterinary care are keys to a successful and uncomplicated recovery.

Foul fiddleneck

Our committee chair, Sarah Jackson, brought to my attention some toxic weeds that we had growing at the Equestrian Center.  She also shared this post with me that she found on Facebook that explains why it is toxic and what signs to look for if you horse does ingest it.
The post was generated by a highly acclaimed large animal veterinary practice located in the Santa Barbara area, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center.
I have included the link below — but in case you don’t have Facebook I included the contents of the post as well.

Spring has sprung and so has fiddleneck (also know as tarweed or yellow bur weed.)

Fiddleneck is a flowering plant that is extremely poisonous to your horses.

Dr. Lisa Teske has recently seen the plant at three separate appointments here in our area. Small amounts of fiddleneck, if eaten, may cause serious damage to a horse’s liver and in some cases complete liver failure, which is very difficult to treat.

Symptoms of ingestion of fiddleneck include depression, diarrhea, weight loss, skin changes and discoloration, swelling of the legs, etc.

Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms in your horse and please be on guard this season. While the blooms we see all around us certainly are enjoyable, in some cases they may be deadly for horses.

Check out https://csuvth.colostate.edu/poisonous_plants/Plants/Search for more information about the plants that may be dangerous for your four legged friends.


Shedding lessons

We are all so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. This time of year always reminds me of how much I love it here.  If you are a horse owner, along with the green grass and wildflowers we know it’s spring because our horses are shedding… a lot!

I found this great article from Equus Magazine that talks about how shedding can tell you more about your horse than you might think.

Equestrian events

Myself and the YLPEC Committee have received many inquires regarding if we are going to hold horse shows again this year. 

Our YLP Equestrian Committee discussed all of our options and we have decided to proceed with the Trail Trial events and to hold off on horse shows at this time.  We have enjoyed trying something new and have seen a lot of new faces at our Trail Trial events.  We plan to hold horse shows again in the future but for now we have another Trail Trial scheduled for Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th.  
For more information on the Trail Trial Event, please email equestriancenter@yloa.org or call Karen at 559-341-4764. 

New Equestrian Center chair

This month we say farewell to Sharra Kelley as she relocates. We thank her for her service as chair of the Equestrian Center Committee.

Now in that position, we welcome Sarah Jackson.  Sarah and her husband, Ethan Jackson (you may have seen him at previous Town Hall events in uniform, representing our local California Highway Patrol) moved to Yosemite Lakes Park in October from the Wishon/Bass Lake area.  They chose to move their family to YLP for the Equestrian Center and Rivergold School, and have been enjoying the community here.

Sarah recently resigned from CHP after 10 years to care for their four children.  Prior to serving as a CHP officer, Sarah was a cost accountant for Flory Industries in Salida, and an editor for the American University of the Caribbean.  You might see Sarah at the barn, riding her palomino mare, Vitesse (pronouced Vee-TESS, after the Bugatti) with her 4-year-old daughter and her pony, Morning Glory.  Sarah has been barrel racing since she was 7 years old, and still competes today.

Let’s welcome the Jackson family to YLP and Sarah to the chair position on the Equestrian Committee!

Back row left to right: Ethan, Sarah, Brett (22), Promise (15). Front row: Kelly (4), Seth (8)

How to use Banamine

As horse owners, I am sure we all know what Banamine is but do we all know how to properly use it?  I found this article, written by Patricia DeLoache DVM, to be very informative and I think it is something every horse owner should read.
“As equine veterinarians, we use Banamine® on a regular basis.  Many horse people make a point to keep this medication on-hand “for emergencies.”  But what does it actually do?  What are the side effects?  When and how is the best way to give it?  Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more.  Although, banamine® is one of the most commonly used equine drugs, it may also be one of the most commonly misused.  Below are 10 things we think you should know about banamine®.”