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MVA Listening Session for Equine-Assisted Therapy Providers

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a listening session for equine-assisted therapy providers on Thursday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. The MVA says that “as providers of equine therapy and EAGALA programs, your experience and knowledge is of great value in helping the MVA strategically plan for the future …

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Nutrient Management Plan Summit — July 17

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is hosting a Nutrient Management Summit to discuss upcoming changes to the nutrient management plan writing program. The Summit is being held on Monday, July 17, 2023 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m at Anne Arundel Community College. Coffee and refreshments will be served beginning at …

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Disease Alert: EHV-1 Cases at the Virginia Horse Center

On June 22, the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was informed two horses from the same barn tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the virus that causes Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. The infected horses were stabled at the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) during the Shenandoah Classic.

Riding in Hot Weather

Riding in Hot Weather

Horses evolved in colder, drier climes, and they can struggle to keep their body temperatures cool in our humid Maryland summers. Check out our infographic to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your horse healthy and safe.

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Horse Sport Stable Survey

Summer is peak season for active Marylanders and horse people are no exception. Many of us train, compete, teach, and ride at a slightly more frenetic pace than usual when the weather is warm. We conducted a survey over the last month to get a sense of which disciplines our …

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The June Issue of The Equiery Is Out!

The June issue of The Equiery is out! The June issue focuses on lesson barns and stables as well as the equestrian trails at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. Click on the image above or pick up a copy at your nearest distributor.

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MHC Elects New Board – Effective July 2023

The Maryland Horse Council held elections for its 2023-2025 Officers and Directors earlier this spring and we are thrilled to be able to announce the results. Their terms will begin in July. The new officers appear below, followed by short bios for everyone elected to the Board. Congratulations everyone, and a heartfelt thanks for your willingness to serve.

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2023 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2023 Maryland Legislative session went out with a bang at midnight on April 10. Fireworks erupted in the House over whether some legislators were using delay tactics to run out the clock and prevent certain bills from getting a vote. Meanwhile in the Senate, just as the adjournment gavel was falling, a breathless staffer rushed onto the floor with a sheaf of papers fresh from the House clerk’s office with one more bill that would get a vote.

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