July 2013

By Pat Barriage

Etiquette and safety are closely related, in many cases, a lack of one creates a breach of the other.  Poor etiquette typically leads40 great habits for trail riders 1 to unsafe situations, while good etiquette paves the trail for a safe riding experience.  It is every trail users responsibility and right to ensure their own safety and expect safe practices from other trail users.  Exercise caution at all times, follow guidelines and rules of the trails.  Always practice the 3 C’s of Trail Etiquette and contribute to a safe outdoor experience for all trail users: Courtesy, Communication and Common Sense.

1.      Trail etiquette rules indicate cyclists must yield to hikers and horses, and hikers must yield to horses.  Though most hikers and bikers will yield the right of way to horses, remember that many folks do not have experience with horses and may not know what to do. These situations present opportunities for you to inform and educate other users, in a friendly manner.

2.      As a rider, you have the responsibility to manage your animals on the trail.  It is not recommended to bring “green” horses to multi-use trails.

3.      Remember to always be vigilant for other users in front of you, behind you, and meeting you at trail intersections.  With a friendly greeting, do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.


The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is hosting the 2013 Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) in the Calgary area from Sept. 13-15, 2013.  Schooling and warm-up for the competition will be Sept. 11-12.  The AEF is seeking horses for lease to qualified riders from other provinces.

Dressage and jumping for both junior and senior riders will be held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (www.rmshowjumping.com); and reining for juniors and seniors will be at the Okotoks Agricultural Society (www.okotoksag.com).

The AEF is seeking a number of horses in all three disciplines, for lease to qualified teams of riders from other provinces/territories.  Each provincial/territorial team will be coached by a certified coach and /or professional trainer.  Horses for lease must meet certain discipline-specific criteria and will be cared for to the highest standards. 


Airdrie, AB, July 4, 2013 – Collaboration between Alberta Agriculture, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Alberta Veterinary Labs, and Horse Industry Association of Alberta has led to the formulation of a generic liquid Ivermectin dewormer, called "Ivermectin Liquid for Horses." In May 2013, the product was registered by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate for use in horses. The process took in excess of three years to complete the research and trials.

The generic product is manufactured in Calgary and is currently available through veterinary clinics and over the counter at localaInvermectinBottleSyringe med 2 feed and tack stores. It is available in three different forms: a 15 mL syringe, 60 mL bulk bottle, and a 120 mL bulk bottle. It is administered orally, either directly into the mouth with a syringe or top dressed on grain and fed to the horse. “Since it is a water-based product, horses will eat it when added to sweet feed. This is great news for horses that have been a problem to deworm,” states Dr. Merle Olson of Alberta Veterinary Labs.

Horse owners can look forward to significant savings. Treatment with a brand name dewormer imported into Canada costs horse owners between $15-$30 dollars. Ivermectin Liquid for Horses will be available for a quarter of the cost, at around $5 for an average 500 kg horse.




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