Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Tis the season to get baking! Photo courtesy of SmartPak.

Tis the season to bake tasty treats for those you love in your life….your horses of course! It’s like kismet, actually, as I was looking for a quick and easy to make for my horses and my clients horses, and our friends at SmartPak popped up on my Facebook feed with this wonderful cookie recipe. Don’t worry, you barely need any skills in the kitchen, and just a few basic ingredients. Check out this recipe for No Bake Maple Banana Oat Horse Cookies.

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Peeked inside our Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s packed full of gift ideas for all types of riders, plus more than a few shopping deals to take advantage of! Click here to view the Guide — and don’t forget to support Give Back Week through December 4.

In an ever-changing world, we must constantly reevaluate what we consider “normal.” This is particularly applicable to equine practitioners who are now routinely asked to appreciate situations previously thought to be atypical that have now become standard, usual, or expected. What is abnormal for one animal may well be acceptable in another. It is the job of vets to help muddle through the murky waters to ultimately decide if the patient in front of us is normal. Abnormal is just a term to describe something that deviates from usual, is viewed as undesirable or worrying in some way, or is simply uncharacteristic of a particular patient. [What is Normal in Today’s Sporthorse?]

Horse & Hound has announced their 2022 award winners for a variety of categories. We’re delighted to see Vanir Kamira top the horse of the year list, buoyed by Piggy March’s win on her at Burghley this fall. Laura Collett unsurprisingly wins rider of the year, and best of all, Nicola Wilson won for the Inspiration of the year. [H&H 2022 Year-End Awards]

Terry West added another accolade to her most lengthy and diversified resume when she was announced as one of the newest inductees into the Maryland Horse Show Association Hall of Fame Sunday. West, one of the first black female jockeys, was a competitor on the racetrack for more than two decades before transitioning to the hunter-jumper industry, in which she continues to compete today. She has served as a board member of the MHSA and has been active in retraining off-track Thoroughbreds for the hunter and jumper rings, competing on numerous occasions in the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Racecourse. [Terry West Inducted into MD Hall of Fame]

Equine nutritionists and veterinarians have long been preaching the importance of forage in our horses’ diets. We know ample, good-quality forage is crucial to their digestive health, but why? The horse family Equidae adapted extremely well to grassland as they evolved from browsers to grazers over millions of years. This is evident in their rich fossil record, which reveals equids’ teeth, feet, and more adapted to give them an evolutionary advantage over other herbivores. [Why Forage First?]


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