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Hound Show Cancellations

The organizers of the following hound shows have announced these cancellations: 

Southern Hound Show
Central States Hound Show
Southwest Hound Show
Carolinas Hound Show
New England Hound Show (possible reschedule to later in the summer—check with the New England organizers) 

A Message from MFHA President Tony Leahy, MFH

Hunt Through the Seasons with Outback Trading Company

You get up at the break of dawn to do what you love — spend precious hours in the saddle — no matter what the weather is. We at Outback Trading Company share your love of the sport and understand your passion for the outdoors. Many Outback employees live the same lifestyle; our products are designed by equestrians thriving to create better products to be able to enjoy hunting in any weather.

Why you need to ditch your old liniment… immediately

by Miriam Altman, M.S.

Those of us who compete in equine sports understand that a good, competitive horse is a top level athlete; they are subjected to the same strains, sprains, tight muscles, sore backs and overall discomfort as their human counterparts.  To keep our horses feeling their best, we often incorporate (or at least try) all remedies available—from joint injections to liniments and poultices.  But, when it comes to topicals, do you know what they are really doing?

Liniments have been around for a long time and are well-accepted within the equine world. They have cooling properties which help to relieve inflammation, aches, pains and stiffness. Traditionally, they have been formulated with alcohol which provides rapid, evaporative cooling on the surface of the skin. Counterirritant oils are added to provide vasodilatation (dilation of the blood vessels) which increases the amount of blood available to be cooled.

Ware Lameness!

bayer ad hunthorseYou can’t deny the beauty of a horse working at peak performance. That’s why lameness – an alteration in a horse’s gait – is a symptom to be wary of. Not only can it affect the gracefulness of your horse’s stride, but lameness can also be a sign of joint trauma.

Signs of lameness
Lameness is measured on a scale of 0 (imperceptible under any circumstances) to 5 (the horse is almost completely unable to move).1

If you notice a difference in performance or disposition, it might be time to contact your veterinarian for a professional evaluation. The examination will include a variety of tests including joint flexion, visual appraisal of the horse at rest and under saddle, plus applying hoof testers to the hooves, and palpation of the tendons and ligaments to check for swelling or sensitivity.

Bigger dangers ahead: synovitis

Salamander Resort to Celebrate Opening in Middleburg

Salamander1On August 29, 2013 Salamander Resort & Spa will open in historic Middleburg, Virginia and in the process will become the only luxury destination resort to open in America in 2013.

Since setting the opening date, the resort has been named to several 2013 World’s Top Hotel Openings lists, including those from Forbes and USA Today. It’s fair to say that it’s a project both area residents and worldwide travelers have been eagerly anticipating.

Foxhunting in England: A World Away?

BlackthorneBrook smallFixing foxhunting vacations in England, we often find Americans picture crazy English aristocrats crashing through the countryside when we mention British foxhunting.

But hang on. Foxhunting is the same sport on both sides of the Atlantic, right? We share origins, clothing, even breeds of horses, so just how different can English hunting be?

A big contrast is the meet. Whilst American hospitality occurs after the sport, this party takes place beforehand. The customary eleven o'clock start means glasses of port and whisky and plenty of food. Riders finish hunting at different times, so now's a great time to socialise. At Blackthorn & Brook luxury vacations, we look after your whole hunting experience and part of that is introducing you to new companions in the field.

The Thrill of the Journey

The sun was setting behind the Siria Escarpment, as our wheels touched down on the grass runway. The doors opened and I set foot on the soil of Kenya for the first time. This was the beginning of my big adventure with Safaris Unlimited, to see the wilderness of Africa, which has enthralled me since my childhood. 

Lit purely by lanterns, a glorious golden hue surrounded the private mobile camp. Our bags were whisked off to our individual tents by the charming camp crew, whilst cold refreshments and canapés were handed out as guests made their introductions to Gordie and Felicia. The black open sky enveloped us quickly, revealing bright stars, long forgotten having lived in the city for so many years. A delicious dinner was served by the campfire before heading to bed, which was already warmed up by a hot water bottle.  As I lay there, I listened to the cool breeze, the rustle of the nightlife surrounding me and the distant roar of the lion, making it all too real the freedom these animals have to roam in.

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