April is Trailer Safety Month!
This month’s educational seminar covered trailer safely with an emphasis on horse trailer repair and maintenance from coupler to ramp. Proper hook ups, lighting options, emergency brake away systems, proper tire inflation, and what needs to be inspected yearly, a display of lights and a working electrical braking system were all covered. Additionally a hand out was available but not enough to go around, so here is a downloadable pdf CLICK HERE
About our presenter, Jim Zygmont: After 4 years in the Air Force, Jim took the reins from his father and took over the family service station, running it successfully for over 30 years. He then continued repairing horse trailers as a mobile business. After moving to Tryon, he continues to offer this service as See Horse Trailer Repairs, LLC
All donations went to Lennie's Kids, a 501c3 organization that helps sick animals in the Polk County area of NC.
March Dentristry in the Horse
Close to 50 people attended the 2nd Educational Seminar of 2018. Presented by Dr. Jamie Ashbrook, she discussed the role of dentistry for our horses and what it really means when applied in real life situations. We all know that we should get our horse's teeth floated every year, but equine dentistry
really encompasses so much more. By
definition Equine Dentristry is the diagnosis and
treatment of aliments affecting a horse's mouth,
teeth and head, including the sinuses. Dental helath
complications can affect a horse's entire body, and
are often over-looked when trying to decipher how
and why your horse is hurting.
The anatomy of the equine tooth was discussed to help participants better understand which parts will contribute to certain problems and overall dental health. Participants viewed a variety of photos of different types of edges and hooks as well as other dental anomalies. Dr. Ashbrook provided great visuals of the mouth and what is and is not normal, as well recognizing exhibited behaviours, stressing early detection is key!
Discussion closed with an examination of how
attitudes have changed around equine dental work,
similar to most aspects of horse health care!
Member raffle winner was Johanna Meek and
local non-profit TROT was the recipient of $266....
Dr. Ashbrook donated $100 presenter's honorarium and members raised $83
February Hoof Health & Laminitis Seminar
Dr. Bibi Freer and farrier Jeff Pauley will share information on horse and hoof care on February 21 including laminitis prevention. Dr Freer and Mr Pauley will discuss how to evaluate a healthy foot and how to recognize problems in horse's hooves early, in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. Laminitis can be devastating emotionally and expensive to manage. Come join a discussion with a veterinarian and farrier to learn how to avoid this condition.
About Dr Freer:
Dr. Freer graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After working at a large referral equine hospital in Apex North Carolina for almost 2 years, Dr Freer moved to Polk County to run her own solo ambulatory equine practice. Dr. Freer has a passion for a positive and enthusiastic working relationship with farriers to better serve her patients and clients.
About Jeff Pauley:
Jeff Pauley’s education includes both an Associates degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering. Jeff worked at Rockwell International for 14 years. In 1989 Jeff Pauley attended Alvin Richardson’s Horseshoeing School for 10 weeks while working his day job at Rockwell. In 1991, he took a leave of absence from Rockwell to enroll in a six week course at Kentucky Horseshoeing School. Jeff started out shoeing part-time and finally took the plunge shoeing full time in 2001. Jeff is a competitor with the World Championship Blacksmith group as well as the American Farriers Association. In addition, Jeff has recently taken and passed the United Kingdom’s AWCF test. Jeff strongly believes in giving back to the industry that he loves and has served as an AFA Board of Director as well as an AFA tester. He has also been the USA Team Farrier for the World Equestrian Games in both 2006 and 2010. He was the USA Team Farrier for World Endurance Championships in 2008."