By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Equine Cushing’s disease, scientifically referred to as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), is typically an age-related neurodegenerative disorder. Many horses will develop Cushing’s as they get older, but the symptoms come on so gradually, the disease often goes unrecognized. Usually around the age of 15 the risk becomes greater; however, younger and younger horses are developing PPID, which is a disturbing trend.
Every day we are bombarded with the detrimental effects of chemicals in our food and in the products we put on our bodies. We do what we can not to consume these products but let’s be honest, living a completely organic lifestyle is expensive and can be cost prohibitive for most of us. However, if we only partially change the food we consume and products we use, we will improve our lives and we can do the same for our horses.
The Longines Global Champions Tour will touch down in some of the world’s greatest cities in 2014 - including Paris, Shanghai and London - launching the most spectacular season to date for the world’s premier show jumping series. This year, exciting new events will take place at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in dynamic Shanghai, China and the diamond city of Antwerp, Belgium - with the London event staged at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Horse Guards Parade Ground.
Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin to Travel to California for First U.S. Dressage Symposium Appearance
Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin is the darling of the dressage world. With a story that reads like a fairy tale, she rose from young stable groom to stand on top of the world as she swept the Team and Individual Gold Medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games aboard the charismatic Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, a horse she developed through the ranks from the time he was a youngster. This endearing pair has won the hearts of millions and continue to set world records when they step into the international dressage arena.
Diamante Farm's Devon Kane and Destiny, the 16.2-hand dark bay Danish warmblood trained personally by Kane, notched another win under their cutaway during Week Three of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, with a 67.843% finish in Saturday's FEI Grand Prix Special 2014.
Hunter, Jumper, And Dressage Riders Show Off Reining Skills At Fourth Annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?
The equestrian community and South Florida locals came together on Friday, January 31, 2014 for the fourth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?, supported by MeadowView Farm. The Old West themed event centered around a reining competition with hunter, jumper and dressage riders. Other highlights of the evening included a cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards ceremony, and live and silent auctions, all to raise money for equestrians and equine-related professionals suffering from injury and chronic illness.
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