Regardless of their actual date of birth,
January 1 is considered the official
birthday of every registered Thoroughbred
and Standardbred in North America. Since
many horse races are restricted by age,
having all horses advance a year at the
same time makes things less complicated.
Of course, this quirk of the racing world
becomes irrelevant once a horse’s racing
career is over, but if you’ve got a retired
racer in the barn, it’s still a good excuse to
celebrate. Carrot cake for everybody!
If you don’t have a Thoroughbred or
Standardbred, get to know more about
these wonderful breeds by checking out
some of the great organizations that help
retrain and rehome off-track horses. Many
states that have harness tracks also have
a Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization to connect adopters and horses, as
well as provide programs to help owners
enjoy their ex-racers. Find out more at
lifeafterracing.ustrotting.com. For Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred Aftercare
Alliance maintains a list of accredited
adoption organizations at
HORSES AND THE U.S. ECONOMY
In 2005, the American Horse Council completed an economic impact study that
revealed the horse industry’s $102 billion effect on the U.S. economy. This year,
the AHC plans to complete an updated study to show where we stand now.
Researchers will collect data on jobs and revenue created by the horse industry,
as well as the economic impact of horse shows, racing, recreational riding and
other segments of the industry. It will also evaluate demographic information about
the people who make up the human side of the horse world here in the U.S.
The results of this study will be used to help quantify the importance of horses
and the equine industry for lawmakers, general-interest media and the public. At
the time of this writing, data collection is set to begin in March, and the AHC is
currently seeking industry organizations to help fund the $500,000 study.
HEALTHY NEW YEAR
Now is the time to map out your horse’s
wellness plan for the year ahead, including
vaccinations, dental care, and a parasite
control strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for horse health care, so
get your vet involved to optimize these
important decisions based on your
horse’s unique history and lifestyle.
Got an iPhone? You can down-
load the EQStable app from Zoetis to
manage your horse’s health records.
Store your horse’s deworming, vaccination, and shoeing history; use the
calendar to track appointments and
events; and record training activities
for one or multiple horses.
Get it now at the iTunes store.
BY LESLIE POTTER