Behind the Badge: A Look Inside Charles Owen Helmets 

Every day before you mount your horse, you strap a helmet on your head. But have you ever really considered how that helmet was manufactured or what steps went into creating that helmet?


A helmet is designed to help protect your head in the event of a fall, possibly a kick from your horse or being stepped on by your horse's hoof. Hundreds of different styles exist, and although all certified helmets try to protect you, depending on the accident some do a much better job than others.


A helmet is a combination of parts that work together for three main purposes: the helmet needs to stay in place on the head, help prevent skull fracture, and provide cushioning to help prevent bruising or shearing of the brain. Charles Owen has gone far beyond to create a helmet that provides the best in comfort, protection and performance.


One hundred percent of Charles Owen helmets are made start to finish in Great Britain by small teams of workers in the Wrexham factory. By keeping all aspects of the manufacture in house, Charles Owen is able to control quality and create a helmet that can meet and surpass multiple safety standards across the world.    


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The United States Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA) and the American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF) cordially invite you to register for a special webinar entitled  "State of the Art Horse Shoeing Practices for Hunters & Jumpers"  

on Oct 8, 2013 9:00 PM EDT at: 


Mr. Red Renchin APF CF of Mequon, Wisconsin and Wellington, Florida will be discussing the newest techniques being used by many of the top farriers on the hunter/jumper circuit. Red began shoeing professionally in 1969 and soon began specializing in hunters and jumpers. Former clients include Olympians Bernie Traurig, Chris Kappler, Beezie Madden, and Laura Kraut.  Mr. Renchin is now serving as the technical editor of the American Farriers Journal.


Invitees for this webinar include the USHJA Certified Trainers and selected AAPF/CAPF Hunter/Jumper farriers.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  This is no charge for this webinar.

5 Tips for Horse Professionals Dealing with a Full Plate: Elisabeth McMillan

This week, like many horse professionals, I have more on my plate than is humanly possible to accomplish.  I wish I could say this is one of the few times that this has happened in my life, but it is a fairly regular occurrence.  I start out with a reasonable (for super woman) amount of work and then life, weather, the horses or my clients add a few thing  s to my plate. They are generally important things. So, I feel obliged to carry them. However, the next thing you know, I'm as embarrassed as the fat lady at the buffet whose paper plate has folded and poured its contents all over her.   


Since I seem to find myself in this predicament so often, I thought I would share a few things I've learned over the years that have helped me to survive and reduce (progress not perfection) the time I spend in this situation.


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Potomac Horse Fever   

Rood & Riddle Equine Internal Medicine Department


The clinical problem of diarrhea is one of the most difficult and sometimes fatal diseases facing horses and their owners. The causes can be several, but the big three are Salmonella spp, Neoriskettsia risticii (Potomac Horse Fever) and Clostridium difficile or perfringens.


Of these three; Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is sometimes forgotten. This is either because it has a fairly low incidence, because people have vaccinated to prevent it or we simply think that it does not occur in our area of the country. However, the causative organisms are in Central Kentucky and after the very wet spring we have had followed by the recent episodes of heat, the environment is right for the organisms to be present in high numbers. PHF has been recognized as an equine disease since 1979 and is typically associated with areas in close proximity to freshwater streams and water sources.


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Upcoming Trainer Certification
Program Clinics 

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

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Birmingham, AL 

TCP Clinic with George Morris at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL.
Zone 4

TCP Clinic - Geoff Teall - Coconut Creek, FL 

TCP Clinic with Geoff Teall at Millpond Farm in Coconut Creek, FL
Zone 4

TCP Clinic - Candice King - Owings Mills, MD 

TCP Clinic with Candice King at McDonogh School in
Owings Mills, MD.

Zone 3

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Buffalo, NY 

TCP Clinic with George Morris at Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
in Buffalo, NY.

Zone 2

TCP Clinic - Rita Timpanaro - Simsbury, CT 

Rita Timpanaro TCP Clinic at The Ethel Walker School in
Simsbury, CT.
Zone 1
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Lexington, KY 40511
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