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Thursday 20th of December 2007 12:31 AM

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With so many equine sites available now which ones are your favorite and why?

Response 1
Thursday 27th of December 2007 10:03:04 AM
Submitted by: Mary Dietz
Boy..O..Boy I am sure glad this topic was brought up.I have to say that I have been looking at some of these equine classified sites and I see them charging for the privilege of putting a You Tube video on their site well shame on those sites because You is totally free and instead of these sites taking advantage of customers they should explain how to copy and paste the code right into their ads so customers can direct potential buyers to the You Tube site to view these videos for FREE! Kimberly,I just had to respond to this topic on your blog and I sure hope you post this for other sellers and buyers to see. I will not mention the NAMES of those sites that are doing this out of the respect for the other sites but I sure hope you post this in your blogs as kind of a consumer ALERT! Respectfully, Mary Dietz
Response 2
Saturday 12th of January 2008 10:15:30 AM
Submitted by: Carrie Collins
Mary I found your comment quite interesting and I also started looking at other sites and yes you are 100% right about those sites charging for something that is free. I can understand those sites charging if the program is there own video setup but not charging for You Tube that is totally ridiculous.Glad you brought this to everyone's attention I will sure spread the word to all of my horse buddies to look before they leap. Cheers, Carrie Collins

Equines come in different shapes and sizes
Equine Sizes
Wednesday 19th of December 2007 02:09 PM

You’ve been asking so here they are the worlds smallest and tallest horses.

Radar and Thumbelena

Thumbelina and Radar the world’s smallest and tallest horses respectively together at last. 

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is a Belgian Draft Horse featured in the 2006 Guinness World Record Book as the
Tallest Living Horse.

  • Radar Stands 19 Hands 3 1/2 Inches (6' 7 1/2" at the withers) and weighs over 2,400 lbs.
  • Radar eats 18 lbs. of grain, 40 lbs. of hay, and drinks 20 gallons of water each day.
  • Radar,a gelding,was born in 1998 in Iowa USA.
  • Radar is 40 times bigger than Thumbelina, standing at more than 6 feet, 7 inches tall.                                             


Thumbelina,the worlds smallest horse

Kay and Paul of Goessling’s Goose Creek Farm own this darling little creature. 


 Thumbelina entered this world weighing about 10 pounds,a normal miniature horse weighs about 25 pounds at birth.

This tiny dwarf miniature born five years ago,stands a mere 17 1/2 inches tall at the withers, roughly the stature of a medium-size dog, and weighs about 60 pounds.

 According to the Guinness World Record Book,she is officially the world’s smallest living horse.



Response 1
Sunday 23rd of December 2007 03:27:09 PM
Submitted by: Susie
Oh...My...Gosh how cute! Thumbelina is totally amazing

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Horse Slaughter Myths and Facts
Equine Slaughter
Tuesday 11th of December 2007 11:58 AM

Myth: A ban could result in "unregulated shipment of horses to slaughter"and horses being shipped longer distances to slaughter.

Fact: Untrue. The passage of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption, as well as the trade and transport of horseflesh and live horses intended for human consumption. This legislation will terminate any legal option for sending American horses to slaughter within the United States and over the border as well

Fact:Prior to the closure of all three foreign-owned plans in the U.S., over 100,000 horses were being slaughtered in the United States and processed for human consumption. Now, tens of thousands of live horses are transported across the border to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. After these horses are killed, their flesh is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption. Their owners are often unaware of the pain, fear, and suffering their horses endure before being slaughtered. 

Fact:The American tradition of loving and respecting horses existed long before there was a United States. Americans counted on horses to build this nation; to plow the fields and to carrying soldiers to battle. Horses are for many people part of their family, and they are considered to be companion animals, just as dogs and cats are.

Fact:  Who eats horse meat? Horse meat is not eaten in the United States,it is exported to serve specialty markets overseas.The largest markets are France,Belgium,Holland,Japan and Itlay.

Fact: How are the horses killed? Under federal law, horses are required to be rendered unconscious prior to slaughter, usually with a device called a captive bolt gun, which shoots a metal rod into the horse's brain. Prior to the closure of the U.S. horse slaughter plants, it was not uncommon for horses to be improperly stunned and conscious when they were hoisted by a rear leg to have their throats cut. With the export of horses to slaughter increasing more than 300 percent, undercover footage shows live horses being dragged, whipped, and crammed into trucks in 110 degrees on their way to a horrific form of slaughter in Mexico and Canada. These horses are stabbed multiple times in the neck with a "puntilla knife" to sever their spinal cords. This procedure does not render the horse unconscious, and is not a stunning method. Rather, it paralyzes the horse, leaving him/her twitching on the ground, unable to move or breathe, and then they die from suffocation (because their lungs stop working) or from blood loss and dismemberment. Conditions in the slaughterhouse—inside and outside of our borders—are stressful and extremely frightening for horses.

A horse's last look before entering the slaughterhouse.

With new laws making it difficult to send horses off to the slaughterhouse when they are no longer suitable for racing or work, auction houses are glutted with horses they can barely sell, and rescue organizations have run out of room.

Some owners who cannot get rid of their horses are letting them starve,others are turning them loose in the countryside.

Kentucky swamped with unwanted horses

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the Myths and Facts of horse slaughter and a few of our members have requested that this topic be discussed.What Myths or Facts do you know? 

I received an email on 2/28/08 in regards to a new petition about reopening the slaughter plants for horse slaughter.

These petitions have been sent by a member of Your Equine Source,
       we have been asked to participate by posting this information in our Blogs.
See links below to sign petitions:

Response 1
Thursday 13th of December 2007 07:24:45 PM
Submitted by: Kent
I feel that horse slaughter should have never been outlawed there are so many horses now that are simply brought to the horse sales and left because the owners can no longer afford to feed them and they are in such poor condition and worth nothing.At least with the slaughter houses open horses that are in poor shape can be brought there and put to death immediately instead of lingering and suffering.
Response 2
Saturday 15th of December 2007 08:01:59 PM
Submitted by: Ashley
I agree with Kent. I think that there should be a mandatory test before anyone can buy a horse and a selection committee that people have to get past before they can breed any horses.
Response 3
Monday 4th of February 2008 05:51:47 PM
Submitted by: Patricia
As an ag teacher, I always ask my kids to look at both sides of the issue. Unfortunately, I think the author of the bill missed the mark. An unintended consequence of this bill "forces" people to use available resources ie: slaughter houses across the borders. Were there slaughter houses still here, this would not be an issue. Do I agree with processing methods? If done correctly, yes. Dragging them out of trailers? Nope. As to the issue that horses are "pets", nope! They are a domesticated livestock animal, and should be treated as such. Proper care and welfare, yes, Rights- NO. I grew up in Holland, and horse meat was no different than beef, and it tasted just as good (gasp!)
Response 4
Friday 8th of February 2008 04:12:07 PM
Submitted by: Sandra Wills
I am for horse slaughter. That being said, I have three wonderful horses, and have been around horses all my life. When I was a teenager my Bay Filly hurt her leg badly and had to be put down. Also, the horse I learned to ride on grew old and was sold to a slaughter plant. I know these things are a fact of life. It is the logical answer for the question of what to do with unwanted, lame, injured, sick, or dying horses. For all those non-thinkers out there who just LOVE horses and consider NO horse "unwanted", let them adopt them and pay the vet and feed and farrier bills. It CAN'T be done. Doing away with horse slaughter will hurt the horse industry...and it already has. Horses are being sold for $20 at auctions today because they aren't worth anything to anyone. The fault is also in poor breeding, too--for example, people own too many horses, they don't plan their breeding, just let them multiply randomly, and produce low-quality, unregisterable, and unwanted offspring. The result is: by banning slaughter and raising a lot of poor quality animals, our country is soon to be over-run with worthless horses and it may get so bad they are just like deer...people can't afford to feed them, so they just turn them out to run wild and get hit by cars. So THINK AGAIN before you just say "I love horses--don't slaughter them!" It is a rising problem, and just because you love them doesn't mean you CAN or WILL care for them when they just need to be humanely slaughtered. Humanely a caring horse owner, Sandra Wills
Response 5
Monday 17th of March 2008 05:42:54 AM
Submitted by: Mel
I think its disgusting and cruel ... the way the outlaws are killin horses through means of cruelitly instead of properly. and the fact that even young horses are being slaughtered at the age of 8months as well is disgracful ... they have so much more potential and life to live they dont diserve to be dead and slaughtered it just wron i hate sslaughter houses there cruel and just plain painful how could sum1 do such awful things to these beautiful beloved animals/pets that have helped us to build what we didnt have to survive
Response 6
Monday 17th of March 2008 09:26:05 AM
Submitted by: Kieann
Wow this issue is a big consern for many horse owners and breeders. I am All for horse slaughter. And no, im no a horse hater, I have 7 of my own that I love and train. I love horses but people dont understand the balance bettween whats right and whats wrong. Breeders are breeding out ragous amounts just to find the "Prefect" horse. Also they say that rescue houses will take all these horses in, well I know for a fact that 3 rescue animal houses have shut down in the past 2 years because lack of funds. I know that hay and grain prices have gone up tramendous prices because I own a feed store. How are we going to be able to take care of our horses, and other peoples if money is in the way. I use to sell horses, but what is the point now? you dont get any money for them. This last winter i took a trip up in the hills and I was riding along when I came across people dumping horses out and leaving them to fend for them selves. All of these horses died, but there was nothing anybody could do about it. I just think people need to realise that shutting down the houses are VERY bad for the economy and the horse industry! I have reserced this topic for over a year now and I feel that many other people need to reasurce before they make a desicion about this prominent issue.
Response 7
Monday 15th of September 2008 04:20:44 PM
Submitted by: katie
i think horse slaughter is sick, horses that are sick can be treated they dont have to die because they are skinny, all of those people who are for slaugherting are sick people, to the person who was around horses her whole life you should NOT be for it you have seen how beautiful and free they are, if we continue to kill them we will have no more horses in the world, this is comong straight from a 13 year old girl's mouth, horses cant speak so someone has to be there voice. Kaitlynn
Response 8
Friday 14th of August 2009 03:54:00 PM
Submitted by: Tommy Lee
Horse slaughter promotes abuse and neglect. Anyone that believe this business is good should leave the US. The Majority of Americans oppose horse slaughter due to these business allow abusive owners to sell the horses they do not know how to train or that dont meet there desired color or size or unsold at the high prices they want. Auctioneers should be held accountable as well for allowing and promoting these illegal business in America. In addition Haulers that ignored laws to haul blind,crippled,and sick horses in double deckers should be held accountable as well. To date yet far late a bill to ban the use of double deckers with horses has been passed yet there is a loophole which allows horses to be hauled to feedlots and rodeos. So little is done to protect our horses Yet pro slaughter people continue to want to reward these criminals and allow horses to pay the price. There are NO unwanted horses just an unsold horse at a bad place by a bad irresponsible owner that continues to spew out lies for profits. To date not the AQHA or any other organization that makes profits from Overbreeding fights to protect horses or even donate to any rescues in the US or Canada. There history and actions speaks for itself. NO MORE SLAUGHTER To add there are many drugs we horse owners used to protect our horses from Worms and other deseases. It clearly states on each package to not used on any animals intended for humane consumption. Our own USDA has also failed to protect people. Shutting down US plants did NOT open mexican and Canadain plants they have existed secretly they knew there day would come to be shut down.. We now must press our elected officals to pass our bills HR503 For more info visit
Response 9
Thursday 12th of May 2011 09:03:37 PM
Submitted by: jeff
For the people against slaughter, where are you when the cow, chicken and hog are being slaughtered? Are you at McDonalds or Kfc maybe you had bacon or eggs for breakfast. Do you consider eating eggs a form of abortion?
Response 10
Thursday 12th of May 2011 09:07:04 PM
Submitted by: jeff
Theres a balance needed for all things a wild gazelle is a beautiful free animal so is a lion should we arrest the lion for murder when he kills and eats a gazelle. we like beef france likes horses your not shutting down mcdonalds for cows

Equine Health
Sunday 9th of December 2007 08:39 AM

Request from a member who would to discuss this topic.
This is a topic that could be discussed before foaling season. We had a bout with it last spring. People in our area had trouble with it in their newborn calves also. Almost lost 2 foals with it. It also pertains to humans.  
Sara Schmidt
Rotavirus infections of animals

Rotaviruses infect and cause diarrhea in young animals. They have been shown to infect mammals,apes,cattle,pigs,sheep,rats,cats,dogs,mice,rabbits and birds including chickens and turkeys.These rotaviruses are a potential reservoir for genetic exchange with human rotaviruses. There is evidence that animal rotaviruses can infect humans, either by direct transmission of the virus or by contributing one or several RNA segments to reassortants with human strains.Rotaviruses are a cause of economic loss to farmers because of costs of treatment associated with high morbidity and mortality rates.

In countries with a temperate climate rotavirus infections occur mainly in the winter and early spring. In the tropical countries rotavirus infections occur all the year round.

Scours in cattle was caused by an infectious agent smaller than a bacteriuma virus.Samples of the infectious agent were preserved and decades later shown to be rotavirus.

Specific diagnosis of infection with rotavirus A is made by identification of the virus in the patient's stool. Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) is the method most widely used to test these specimens, and several licensed test kits are used. These test kits are very sensitive, specific and detect all serotypes of rotavirus A.These kits are also used to diagnose infections of animals.

Treatment of acute rotavirus infection involves management of symptoms and most importantly maintenance of hydration. Depending on the severity of diarrhea,treatment consists of oral rehydration with plain water,water plus salts,or water plus salts and sugar.

Electron micrograph of Rotaviruses
Electron micrograph of Rotaviruses. The bar = 100 nm


Response 1
Monday 10th of December 2007 07:47:45 PM
Submitted by: Sara Schmidt
We had a total of 4 foals out of 6 affected by this virus last year.It was so hard to keep these foals up and sucking. They one by one showed signs of loose stools and loss of appitite. We are fortunate enough to have a family member who is a vet. He administered IVs and antibiotics. The first 2 foals where not affected but after the weather chenged everything started. Usually at 2 to 3 days old. I have found a product that helps keep the flora in the foals stomachs and that helped increase their appitite. It is FLOAGEN and you can buy it over the counter at a drug store. You need to ask for it because it is a live bactera it needs to be refrigerated. I also pumped our mares and fed the foals periodically untill their appitite came back to normal. And the foals went back to sucking the mares as normal. I know it hit in the mid west last year. Many of our neighbors lost calves with it and several humans were also diagnosed with it. So please keep a watchful eye. I know many people have their foals born in their pastures and that is one reason why it hit so many calves and they were lost. I hope noboby has to deal with it but keep it in mind when your mares are near foaling.

What is Mud Fever and can it be prevented?
Equine Health
Sunday 9th of December 2007 01:06 AM

Mud fever is known by other names, cracked heel, scratches, rain rot, muddy heel, mud rash. It seems to be attracted to horses that have white feet. Constant exposure to muddy fields allows the bacteria in the mud dermatophilus congolensis to infiltrate the heel of the horse.

Despite all those so-called expert's claims of doom and gloom and global warming, every winter it seems to rain enough for our horses to poach up their fields and be left standing up to their knees in mud. To some horses the wet conditions result in the painful discomfort of equine mud fever and many owners dread the winter because of the misery it causes.

The result can vary depending on the time of exposure, but with added contact to the muddy ground, the scabby sking can suddenly become an open, weeping wound, raw and bleeding. For some unknown reason, the back legs are affected more than the front legs.

Mud fever is stubborn and hard to treat. It clings to the feet and the horse becomes sensitive to you handling their feet. In severe cases, getting the horse onto dry areas and out of the mud will help to speed recovery, but then you have a stalled horse that will grow bored out of his mind.

It's quite nasty to treat, because the scabby portion of the mud fever sores needs to be removed in order for the ointment to have proper contact to the skin. This involves some scraping.

The only cure I have found to effectively treat it- is called Aromaheel. You order it out of the United Kingdom and I highly recommend that you do. There is nothing else that I have found that touches this and cures it as quickly as Aromaheel does, that is, if the rain stops! I found out the hard way, you can't cure this until the mud dries up.

Dermatophilus congolensis, the causative agent of mud fever

 Dermatophilus congolensis

Dermatophilosis (sometimes called Mud fever) in animals and humans, a dermatologic condition that manifests itself with the formation of crusty scabs that contain the microorganism.

This photo above shows quite bad mud fever on a ponys hind legs resulting in the scabby appearance around the fetlock and heels with some swelling of the area.

Muddy Field

A good situation to try and avoid to help prevent mud fever!

Does anyone have knowledge on Mud Fever and would you like to share some remedies with us?

Response 1
Sunday 3rd of August 2008 04:50:09 AM
Submitted by: Carrie Harrington
I have a solid paint with a white sock and he has had issues with scratches. A vet told me to shave the affected areas then scrub down with betadine rinse and dry completely. Once dry take regular garden lime and rub over area daily until gone. It worked great also keep stalled in dry shavings.

Equine Health
Friday 7th of December 2007 09:22 AM

Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4)

Rhinopneumonitis. Two distinct viruses, equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and equine herpesvirus type 4 (EHV-4), cause two different diseases. Both cause respiratory tract problems, and EHV-1 may also cause abortion, foal death and paralysis. Infected horses may be feverish and lethargic, and may lose appetite and experience nasal discharge and a cough. Young horses suffer most from respiratory tract infections by these viruses. Rhinopneumonitis is spread by aerosol and by direct contact with secretions, utensils or drinking water. Virus may be present but not apparent in carrier animals.

Pregnant mares, foals, weanlings, yearlings and young horses under stress are candidates to be vaccinated. Immune protection is short. Therefore, pregnant mares are vaccinated at least during the fifth, seventh, and ninth months of gestation and youngsters at high risk need a booster at least every three months. Many veterinarians recommend vaccination at two-month intervals year-round for high-risk animals.

  • Foals: First dose: 4 to 6 months Second dose: 5 to 7 months Third dose: 6 to 8 months Then at 3-month intervals
  • Yearlings and Adult Horses: Booster every 3 to 4 months up to annually as prescribed by veterinarian
  • Broodmares: Fifth, seventh, ninth month of gestation (inactivated EHV-1 vaccine); optional dose at third month of gestation. Vaccination of mares before breeding and 4 to 6 weeks pre-partum is suggested.

Many combination vaccines are available. Please check with your local equine practitioner.

Appropriate vaccinations are the best and most cost-effective weapon you have against common infectious diseases of the horse. A program designed with the help and advice of your local veterinarian will help keep your horses healthy, and you happy for many years to come.

Mare and Foal

There are alot of mis-concepts about this shot and I have heard of many horse owners that are afraid to give this shot. Give us some feed back on your past experience's with this shot?


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