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The Low-Down on Vaccinations

In the current Covid-19 climate, the word "vaccine" is a hot topic. Countries around the world are developing their vaccination approvals, protocols and distribution plans. People are beginning to receive their vaccinations now. While we're thinking so much about them, we thought it was a good time to focus on vaccinations for our horses' health too. 

Dr. Martha Mellish, assistant professor in the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Ambulatory Equine Service (AES), recently sat down with NBEA president Deanna Phelan for a chat about vaccinations, including a slide presentation. What are vaccinations for, what's the best plan for giving them, what are the essential shots, do my horses really need them, and can I give them myself? These questions and more were addressed by Dr. Mellish. 
 
Renew Today!
 
The NBEA online membership system, HorseReg, is up and running for purchase and renewal of memberships for 2021. Membership fees are staying the same as last year. If you’re a current member, be sure to renew before your 2020 membership expires on December 31st – you don’t want any lapse in your liability insurance coverage that comes as a benefit of membership. Check in with your horse riding friends and stablemates to see if they have their membership too. Everyone who rides, drives, or handles horses should ensure they are protected through an NBEA membership.
Details and links to HorseReg and printable membership forms can be found on the NBEA Membership web page.
An NBEA membership would be a great Christmas gift for your friend who doesn't have one!
No Stirrups November
 
Congratulations to the participants whose names were drawn for a free Equine Guelph online short course through the Horse Portal. Improving their horsemanship sans stirrups were:
 
Isabelle Shepard                  Chantal Richard             Olivia Blunden           
Marie Claude Michaud         Kaaren Lebert                Josie Davenport              
Jennifer Melanson       Courtney le Roux           Megan Charters
Premises ID – Got Yours?
Emergency preparedness seems to be a more urgent topic these days, as Covid-19 keeps us all on alert. How prepared are you for an equine disease outbreak or widespread emergency?
 
One of the simplest things you can do as a property owner with horses is to register and obtain your Premises ID with Livestock.
 
This nation-wide registry is similar to the property number you have, but registers you as having horses (and any other livestock) on your land. Then, should a disease break out or a threat such as flooding occur, you can be targeted for information and assistance.
 
Once your property is registered, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can contact you if there is an animal disease outbreak in your area. Likewise, if you contact the CFIA with your premises ID number and ask, they will tell you if there are active cases in your vicinity.
 
Obtaining a Premises ID with Livestock is free, and requires only a form. The process consists of providing information about your specific location (i.e., contact information, location, type of agricultural operation on the site, and animal species kept). Once the information has been received and validated by the provincial or territorial government where the premises is located, a unique identification number is provided for this specific location.
 
For more information and an application form, visit the NB Department of
Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries Premises ID web page.
Get yours today!
The In Gate, a series of presentations designed to bring new riders into the competition ring, met with great enthusiasm at the first session, held at Geary Hill Stables. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic and the move of three NB zones to Orange forced the cancellation of the second session. However…
 
We are pleased to bring you The In Gate series in virtual form. The three presenters for Session 1 were filmed. This round addressed the rules and traditions of correct tack, clothing, and equipment for hunter, jumper, dressage, and eventing. These videos are now available on our In Gate webpage.
 
The second session, aimed at the first steps of entering competitions and getting started at a show have been created using video presentations. Nancy McAlinden brings you dressage, Deanna Phelan returns for hunter/jumper, and Samantha Atkinson continues her talks on eventing. The Session 2 videos will be uploaded to The In Gate page as they become completed.
 
Stay tuned for news about the third round in this educational series.
Horse Trails New Brunswick recently held their AGM via Zoom. The highlight of a year with few competition opportunities was the eventing LTED program, which was well attended and productive. The LTED riders collectively set 80 goals for the 2020 season and only four went unmet! More riders are keen to participate next year, and HTNB is hoping for a return to competitions for 2021.
 
The Board of Directors for 2021 are:
 
Janet Currie (president)
Samantha Atkinson (vice-president)
Reba Fournier (secretary)
Suzanne Stevenson (treasurer)
Emilie Murphy
Janelle Finnegan
Meredith Canty
Faith Bell
Stacey Mackay-Killingbeck
Capital Region Equestrian Committee
 
The Zone 3 committee held its AGM on December 2nd. Continuing board members for 2021 are: Cindy Brown, Marie-Claude Michaud, Cyndi Mitchell, and Chantal Richard. Planning is under way for many upcoming events in Zone 3, as well as a brand-new initiative to be announced in the new year! Stay in touch via their Facebook page.
Virtual Horse Day
 
For 55 years, the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Conference has been educating farmers and livestock owners every January.  They have livestreamed for the past 3 years and now are pivoting to a fully virtual experience, complete with a tradeshow. 
One of the 8 days of the event is a Horse Day.

Take advantage of all the online offerings.
Check out the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week link for details.
Equine Guelph
 
Our friends at the University of Guelph are always working to provide horse owners with useful information (in the form of articles, infographics, posters, and videos), and valuable tools to help gauge and monitor their horses’ health. They also offer cool activities for kids in their EquiMania section. You can find a list of some of there best by clicking the link here.
 
 
Upcoming Horse Portal Short Courses
Horse Behaviour & Safety
Nov 30 – Dec 11 (Registration still open)
 
Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (13 - 17) On-demand: FREE access until February 6
 
Equine First Aid
Jan 25 - Feb 1
 
Gut Health & Colic Prevention
Feb 8 – Feb 19
 
Fire & Emergency Preparedness
Mar 8 – Mar 15

NBEA members enjoy 15% off registration. 
Stride Control

Congratulations to NBEA friend and LTED Tier 2 coach Jen Hamilton! Her latest book Stride Control is receiving rave reviews.
 
From Tamarack Hill Farms/Denny Emerson:
 
Jack LeGoff, the many times gold medal winning former coach of the USET 3-day team, stressed the importance of being able to create a canter which he said should be the perfect blend of "speed, balance, and impulsion."
He clarified this by explaining that balance and impulsion are rather incompatible qualities, that too much emphasis on creating impulsion can drive a horse forward and down, thus destroying balance, while over-emphasizing balance can snuff out impulsion.
It is a tricky concept, and not one that is always easy to grasp or to feel or to do.
Jen Marsden's "Stride Control" is one of the only books that I know of that fully addresses just this specific paradox. It is loaded with actual examples of ways to develop that feel, and full of real examples of training strategies.
Want to kick up your riding a few notches?
 
Judy Richter:

“This book is more than a treatise on stride control. Someone once said, attitude is everything. Jen’s positive attitude is evident on every page: “You can do it and here’s how.” It’s no surprise she’s an excellent teacher, trainer, coach. I’m grateful she made the effort to write it all down clearly and concisely, so even a rider who is mostly on her own can follow her directives. Of her many pertinent sidebars, my two favorites are that you have to have unbridled passion for the horse and for the sport, and you must know when enough is enough, and when to quit for the day. The photographs and testaments from her students over the years reaffirm the validity of her treatise. I recommend it highly to serious riders of all ages and in all stages.
 
Check out this great review at Horse Journals Canada.  

Her book was also selected by Horse & Hound magazine’s list of best books for reading this Christmas.

Is Santa bringing you a copy?
In Memoriam
 
Dr. Maurice Cormier
 
The Dressage New Brunswick board and the NBEA extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Maurice Cormier. Moe was a popular DNB member for many years and pioneered competition in the Western Dressage division in the province with his horses Pete and Tazor. He will be sadly missed.
 
Obituary
 

Patti Lipsett
 
Patti was a beloved member of the greater Fredericton equestrian community her whole life. In her role as head coach of the Fredericton Pony Club, she created a legacy of dedicated horse people who put the care of the horse first, and who treasured their lifelong friendships with Patti. Deepest sympathies are extended to her children, grandchildren, many friends, and family.
 
Obituary
The New Brunswick Equestrian Association wishes to thank everyone for their 2020 membership.
The Board of Directors wish you all a safe and warm holiday season.
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