Educational and Informative Articles
The AMERICAN TRAILS INTERNATIONAL TRAILS SYMPOSIUM
American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium every two years to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.
The Symposium is the premier opportunity for the worldwide trails community to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and educational conference. This is the largest gathering of all trail interests who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone.
The Symposium includes numerous educational sessions covering the broad range of trail issues, internationally prominent speakers, a state-of-the-art, trail-related exhibit hall, informative and interactive mobile workshops and much more.
American Trails presents the National and International Trails Awards at the Symposium to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails.
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Trailering your horse
in Icy Conditions
Make a New Year’s resolution to be proactive when planning to haul horses in slick winter weather.
Maintenance on heavy-duty towing vehicles include a brake check, tire and tire pressure check, battery check and most importantly a safe driver check. Having a vehicle in top-notch shape is important, but having a good driver that understands how to carefully maneuver in slippery elements is a priority.Advice from the Experts
Current Coggins Requirements
What is EIA? Equine infectious anemia (EIA) is a viral disease that causes anemia, intermittent fever, and severe weight loss. Equidae, e.g., horses, ponies, mules, zebras, and donkeys, are the only animals known to be affected by the virus. Once an animal is infected with the virus, it is infected for life. Other common names for EIA are swamp fever and Coggins disease. At present, there is no vaccine or cure available.
STATE VETERINARY OFFICES
State Animal Health Officials (SAHOs), under the direction of the State Veterinarian, protect the health of the equine industry. The SAHOs monitor equine diseases and equine movement within the states to mitigate threats and to effectively respond to the disease incursions. Each state develops and maintains a state reportable disease list, which includes endemic equine diseases of concern to the state’s equine industry and foreign equine diseases of national concern. Detection of a regulated reportable equine disease results in SAHO assessment of disease risks and determination of appropriate disease control measures to be implemented such as quarantine, movement controls or biosecurity measures. However, a reportable disease does not necessarily mean actionable, as the SAHO investigation of the disease may deem control measures unnecessary.
Select your state or other states on the map to see information about the State Veterinarian’s office. Read MORE
Horse Trail Access
Setting out on the trail with your horse is a magic moment. The promise of quiet solitude, the beauty of nature, relaxing with friends, the companionship of a beloved horse and enjoying a bit of adventure are all part of the attraction of trail riding.
National Forest Trail
The AHC will be working on these bills and many other issues that impact the entire horse industry in 2016. We thank you for your current and future support. If you have any questions on these bills, please call the AHC.
Seven Steps to Influencing Horse-Friendly
Planning for Horsemen
While the process of community planning can seem mysterious or overwhelming at times, in reality it often boils down to a few simple steps. The process itself follows a simple outline of identifying a need in the community, gathering ideas from individuals within the government and from the public, and then fitting these ideas together into a cohesive plan that will hopefully be implemented. Sometimes the needs are identified by the state government, which may require towns to update comprehensive plans every five years, while other times they are recognized by the government officials responsible for planning or brought to their attention by the public
Seven Steps to Planning for an Equestrian-Friendly Community
for Community Leaders and Planners
Horses bring many benefits to our local communities including economic, ecological, and aesthetic, and add greatly to our general health and wellbeing. Horses can be local economic drivers considering all the additional services that go into supporting horses. In addition horses are known to attract tourism in many local communities. According to the American Horse Council 2005 National Economic Impact of the U.S. Horse Industry Study the equine industry accounted for 460,000 fulltime jobs with an annual impact of $39 billion annually to our economy, generating $1.9 billion in taxes.
Senate Appropriations Committee
Approves Horse Slaughter Amendment
On July 16, 2015, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). An amendment was adopted by the committee during mark-up of the bill that would prohibit funding for USDA inspections at
Recreational Trails Program Included
in House Passed Highway Bill
On November 5, 2015, the House of Representatives passed its version of a multi-year national highway bill known as the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 or STRR Act. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
ELCR and My Horse University hosted a webinar on March 24, 2015 to discuss the basics of planning and zoning, and cover the tools of zoning codes and the comprehensive plan. In plain terms, learn how to understand what your property is zoned, how to get involved in the planning process, and what to look for relative to horse-friendly plans and regulations. Local governments of all shapes and sizes are using planning and zoning tools in their communities.
USA Equestrian Trust is now accepting proposal from IRS-registered equine non-profit organization for its 2015 grants program. In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund nearly 20 projects.
USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purpose are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports.
For more information or to submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Applications are due Monday, May 4.