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Nutrena: Managing Your Horse in Hot Weather

Horses really suffer during extremely hot weather. The thermal neutral zone is a range of  ambient temperatures where they are most comfortable and do the best. Horses' thermal neutral zone is lower than ours. We are most comfortable in the 50s thru 70s whereas horses are 20 to 30 degrees lower. When any animal is within their thermal neutral zone they are more efficient at maintaining body temperature. When they are outside that zone they must burn more energy to warm their self in cold weather or cool their self in hot weather. So they feel better and operate better within that thermal neutral zone. The problem is that in the Southwest horses are usually operating at high ambient temperatures particularly with all of our summertime activities. Add to that is the heat that is generated during muscular activity which is a problem in hot weather. The relative humidity also is a big factor. Lack of air movement can contribute to the problem also.

2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship

Premium Entry Option
August 12-14 - Kentucky Horse Park 

Do you have a Pre-Green horse and want to compete in the 2014 Championship? The Premium Entry Option was created to provide an avenue for owners to enter horses in the Pre-Green Incentive Championship that for various reasons, are not able to qualify through the standard process. Click here for more details.

2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Premium Entry Option

August 14-16 - Kentucky Horse Park

Do you have a Derby horse and want to compete in the 2014 Championship? The Premium Entry Option was created to provide an avenue for owners to enter horses in the IHD Championship that for various reasons, were not able to qualify through the standard process. Click here for more details.

Horsemanship Stable Challenge

For the second year USHJA will run the 30-Day Horsemanship Stable Challenge, which will begin June 15 and run through July 15. To be eligible to win our unique sponsor prize package each trainer* will need at least three junior and/or amateur students to take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz presented by Sweet Briar College between June 15 and July 15. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score and the highest scoring trainer in each zone wins the awards package.


The trainer inspired award package will include a USHJA Trainer Certification Program Manual, polo wraps, grooming brush and a hoof pick, one year free subscription from, and gifts from Sweet Briar College, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy, Nutrena, Charles Owen, Shapley's, Perfect Products and Standlee.


USHJA hopes that with this firsthand experience of the challenge, trainers will encourage their students to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge program presented by Sweet Briar College in which USHJA members under 21 years of age test their horsemanship knowledge and may have the opportunity to compete in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals.


For additional information or questions please contact Jill Insko via email or by calling (859) 225-6716.


* Trainers, coaches and riding instructors must be current USHJA members and be declared professional with USEF.

Equestrian Professional

10 Commandments of Good Hooves and  

Equine Health

This article is presented to Educational Partners of the American & Canadian Associations of Professional  Farriers. For additional information regarding equine hoofcare partners of the AAPF/CAPF are encouraged to visit their website - 


The critical results of nutritional problems a farrier sees are cracking of the hoof wall, scaly, dry hooves, hollow wall and hoof wall infection, commonly known as "white line disease."


Possible Causes

  1. Look for the cause of the sheared or cracked hoof wall; this is generally caused by an out-of-balance condition.
  2. Not disinfecting stalls.
  3. Feeding excess amounts of sweet feed.
  4. Over-deworming and not rotating de-wormers.
  5. Lack of or insufficient amounts of iodine, copper, salt and other vitamins and minerals. Biotin and methionine alone is not the complete answer.

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2014 USHJA Trainer Certification
Program Clinics 

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.

Hunter's Run Stables 
Temperance, MI
Zone 59/1/2014

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Birmingham, AL 

George Morris TCP Clinic at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL 

Zone 4

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Redmond, WA 

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
Buffalo, NY
Zone 2
Sponsors & Partners
The USHJA would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support of our many programs and endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.
United States Hunter Jumper Association 
3870 Cigar Lane
Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859.225.6700 
F: 859.258.9033
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