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FEB 2019

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WHAT'SONLINE CURRENTLY ON TheHorse.com | The Horse February 2019 5 In this two-part presentation from the University of Kentucky, learn about "Research Into Managing Horses and Cattle on Fescue Pastures" from Jamie Matthews, PhD, MS, and "Grazing Mares on Novel Endophyte Fescue" from Karen McDowell, PhD, EMB. Sponsored by Dechra. TheHorse.com/UKLectures. Learn three keys to successful interactions on multiuse trails from guidebook author Kim McCarrel. TheHorse.com/164656 New Performance Horse Q&A Series Send your performance-related equine health questions to THEditorialStaff@ TheHorse.com for weekly responses from sport horse veterinarians. Sponsored Performance Horse Nutrition. Why Does My OTTB Tilt Her Head? An OTTB who's been off the track for three months tilts her head during bridling and at liberty. Could she be in pain? TheHorse.com/164638 Trail-Sharing Tips Horseback Riders Can Use Watch: Fescue Toxicosis Research in Horses and Cattle ISTOCK.COM COURTESY KIM MCCARREL COURTESY ROOD & RIDDLE EQUINE HOSPITAL Read: Do Horses Have Muscle Memory? Species and individuals differ in their genetic potential for quick and coordinated movement. How do horses compare to humans? TheHorse.com/163987 ■ HORSE HEALTH This award-winning e-newsletter offers news on diseases, veterinary research, and health events, along with in-depth articles on common equine health conditions. Supported by Zoetis . ■ HORSE WELFARE AND INDUSTRY Get the latest news on equine welfare, industry happenings, and horse-related business. E-NEWSLETTERS Get Horse Health News Delivered To You! ■ SPECIALTY WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTERS ■ Nutrition ■ Soundness & Lameness ■ Reader Favorites MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTERS ■ Behavior ■ Breeding ■ Farm & Barn ■ Older Horse Care ■ Sports Medicine Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 ❙ 8 p.m. EDT EIA, Coggins Tests, & Protecting Your Horse Why are there so many equine infectious anemia cases in the news, and how can you protect your horse from this deadly disease? Find out from our experts. ASK THE HORSE LIVE! Visit TheHorse.com/ AskTheHorseLive 1 Creating and properly maintain- ing arena and racetrack footing is important not only for equine injury prevention but also for rider safety. In recent years it's been a growing research focus for scientists around the world. One of those researchers, Mick Peterson, PhD, is the director of the University of Kentucky (UK) Ag Equine Programs, a faculty member within UK's Biosystems and Agricul- tural Engineering Department, and ex- ecutive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory (RSTL). The RSTL, founded by Peterson and Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, a professor at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has a more than 10-year his- tory of examining surfaces at race- tracks and equestrian sports venues worldwide, developing protocols and standards, and offering recommenda- tions. Peterson is considered one of the world's premiere experts in testing of high-level competition surfaces. Regardless of whether the RSTL team is working on a track (dirt, turf, or synthetic) or arena, its objective of surface testing remains the same. Here, we'll focus on racetrack surface testing; a later article will address arenas. "The goal (of surface testing) is to create a consistent surface and to meet the needs of the event," Peterson said. Ensuring racetrack surfaces meet the established criteria is fairly straightforward, he said. One param- eter the surface testing team can use to determine if the surface is doing its job well is race times for a particular day. However, it is critical on those occasions when a horse is injured and/ or safety questions arise that complete data is available to ensure the safest possible surface is provided for racing. Testing track surfaces involves examining its composition, as well as how the footing performs during use. Once investigators perform these tests, they can make recommendations for improvement, whether it be the foot- ing's contents or how it's maintained. Surface testing isn't a one-time event; rather, its a regular part of track maintenance. Part of their goal is to ensure proper long-term surface maintenance. The Maintenance Qual- ity System (MQS), which Peterson and the RSTL developed, involves a methodical approach of assessing and maintaining the surface prior to every event; it also assists track maintenance workers in enhancing the maintenance protocols already in place. This is the fi rst in a series of articles looking at the testing and maintenance of equine competition surfaces worldwide. N o matter the discipline—be it a horse race, show jumping competition, dressage test, reining pattern, or any other equine events that take place every year—all have one singular requirement they need to take place: appropriate and safe footing. In is Issue Feeding Healthy Senior Horses 02 Cold Spells Stress Livestock 05 Dr. Uneeda Bryant Recognized 07 Mineral of the Month: Zinc 10 Engineers inspect tracks prior to a race meet or before a change in season, depending on how long the venue operates each year, to ensure it is fully prepared for a safe competition. ANNE M. EBERHARDT/THE HORSE CA.UKY.EDU/EQUINE ❙ THEHORSE.COM ❙ JANUARY 2018 B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y PART ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SURFACE TESTING Surface Testing: Keeping Horse and Rider Safety in Mind ■ Bluegrass Equine Digest is published monthly in partnership with UK Ag Equine and the Gluck Equine Research Center and is supported by Zoetis . Each week equine nutritionist Clair Thunes, PhD, answers user questions about feeding their horses. Submit yours to THEditorialStaff@ TheHorse.com. Sponsored by LMF Feeds. Will an Omega-3 Fat Supplement Help My Horse's Allergies? Could omega-3s might help a hives-afflicted horse, and will adding a fat supplement upset his dietary balance? TheHorse.com/164293 Nutrition Commentaries

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