Throwback Thursday: Not Your Typical Horse Owner

When Casey Deary slid into the 2015 NRHA Futurity Finals aboard a flash Palomino mare, her owner was just so happy that not only was she in the finals, but she was spinning in the middle of Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.

Rob Curtis is about strategy–management strategies for business owners to help them succeed, and strategies for building the next great reining breeding family. While he might seem all business, when you talk with him, you hear the passion he has for his business, his family and his horses, including Shesouttayourleague.

I met Rob a few months after his mare catapulted Casey to Million Dollar Rider status when she won the 2015 NRHA Futurity and got to share his story for the Quarter Horse News. I thought it’d be fun to highlight Rob again because he’s the type of owner you like to talk with!

QHN: Not Your Typical Owner

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American Horse Publications Launches 3rd Equine Industry Survey

Horse owner? WE NEED YOU!

The American Horse Publications (AHP) is launching its third Equine Industry Survey to gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry, identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own or manage horses, and better understand issues pertaining to horse health.

In 2009, AHP conducted an online nationwide survey made possible by the sponsorship of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health.  In 2012, a second nationwide survey was conducted, sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health, and Zoetis. The AHP 2015 Equine Industry Survey is being sponsored by Zoetis, a company made up of people who are supporters of the horse industry because of their love of the horse, not just because it’s their business.

The initial survey collected a total of 11,171 usable responses; the second survey yielded 10,539 usable responses.  AHP will strive to exceed these numbers with its 2015 survey.

AHP Survey

Those eligible to participate in the survey are men and women, 18 years of age and older, who currently own or manage at least one horse and live in the United States. This study is anonymous; this means that no one – not even members of the research team – will be able to associate information that is given with respondents. When the survey results are tallied, only aggregated results will be presented.

To take the 2015 AHP Equine Industry Survey, go to www.ahphorsesurvey.com

Please share this link with every horse-owning group and individual horse owner.

The survey closes April 1, 2015.

The 2015 AHP Equine Industry Survey is being conducted by American Horse Publications (AHP). AHP is a nonprofit association that promotes excellence in equine media. Its members include equine-related publishing media, professionals, students, organizations and businesses. Dr. C. Jill Stowe is providing consulting services for data collection and analysis to the AHP. Dr. Stowe is currently an associate professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky.

Horse Health–Botulism: More Deadly Than Wrinkles

Botulism in horses is a very misunderstood disease. My current full-time employer actually makes the one (and only) vaccination against botulism Type B, but it isn’t a very popular vaccine…yet. In order to combat the misunderstanding of the disease, and the unfamiliarity of the importance of regular botulism vaccinations, I worked with my company to try to help educate horse owners more on the fatal disease. In doing so, I wrote articles for both the Equine Chronicle and Western Shooting Horse on the disease, with hopes of opening up a discussion among horse owners and veterinarians. Horses have survived the disease, but many haven’t. Either way, Neogen wants to hear personal stories about horse owners’ experiences with the disease. It’s not a disease of mistreatment or lack of care on the horse owner’s behalf, as some might think, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

If you’ve had a horse that was affected with botulism, Neogen would like to hear from you. You can read personal stories about horses that were affected with botulism on their Botulism Blog and share your own experiences. The more knowledge researchers have about the disease, the easier it will be to understand and treat.

You can read the article from Equine ChronicleBotulism: More Deadly than Wrinkles

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