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The war against COVID 19 includes the search for safe and effective medicines to treat those who contract the virus. A recent breakthrough from Merck provides hope for many.
Meanwhile off-label use of an older Merck drug referred to as a horse dewormer has been a hot news item. The route a chemical compound takes from isolation, to identification, to discovery of therapeutic properties, and finally validation of safety and efficacy can be a long journey with many twists and turns along the way. The paths taken by two chemical compounds to become potential COVID treatments are both stories that
Continue Reading Molnupiravir & Ivermectin’s Equine Connections

The war against COVID 19 includes the search for safe and effective medicines to treat those who contract the virus. A recent breakthrough from Merck provides hope for many.
Meanwhile off-label use of an older Merck drug referred to as a horse dewormer has been a hot news item. The route a chemical compound takes from isolation, to identification, to discovery of therapeutic properties, and finally validation of safety and efficacy can be a long journey with many twists and turns along the way. The paths taken by two chemical compounds to become potential COVID treatments are both stories that
Continue Reading Molnupiravir & Ivermectin's Equine Connections

As the acceptance of artificial intelligence for smart devices grows, AI is permeating an ever- increasing number of industries. The animal and pet-related industries are no exception. Products for animal identification, monitoring and biometric data-gathering include Iams’ NOSEiD for identification via dog noseprint, Zoetis’ Vetscan Imagyst for diagnostic fecal testing and Stable Guard for monitoring horses in the barn. Even more interesting developments and potential new products are on the horizon. Commentary on some of the latest AI powered animal-related inventions worth watching and the intellectual property that protects them follow.

Neural Networks are Trainable but can we say the
Continue Reading Ones to Watch: Animal-Related Inventions Harnessing the Power of AI

Spectacular leaps aren’t the exclusive purview of showjumpers. Some inventions are able to vault the gaps too; jumping off from the animal care products market to land in the personal care products market. Examples include nail polish, shampoo and pain relief consumer products. Originally created for our equine companions, they went on to find success as products for humans. Read on for vignettes of how these products made the leap.

Hair Care Products
MANE ‘N TAIL

Nail Care Products
,A racehorse owner at Belmont Park needed a solution to prevent the splits and cracks that would appear in his horses’
Continue Reading Products that Jumped From Tack Shop to Pharmacy Shelves

Spectacular leaps aren’t the exclusive purview of showjumpers.   Some inventions are able to vault the gaps too; jumping off from the animal care products market to land in the personal care products market.  Examples include nail polish, shampoo and pain relief consumer products. Originally created for our equine companions, they went on to find success as products for humans.   Read on for vignettes of how these products made the leap.

Hair Care Products
MANE ‘N TAIL shampoo got its start on a New Jersey horse farm.  It was developed by the Katzev family for use on their show horses to
Continue Reading Products that Jumped From Tack Shop to Pharmacy Shelves

Many people who board their horses have found themselves unable to ride due to the quarantine. Boarder barns nationwide have been closed to all but essential workers caring for the animals in an effort to dampen the spread of the COVID 19 virus, so those who still want to ride may seek other methods of riding without having access to a live horse. Here’s a look at some of the horseless options, to satisfy your appetite for riding, if you want to something more than the

,,Non-Mechanical Horseback Riding Simulator

,The simplest form of simulator is a hobby horse. This
Continue Reading How to Ride When the Barn is Closed for Quarantine

Many people who board their horses have found themselves unable to ride due to the quarantine. Boarder barns nationwide have been closed to all but essential workers caring for the animals in an effort to dampen the spread of the COVID 19 virus, so those who still want to ride may seek other methods of riding without having access to a live horse. Here’s a look at some of the horseless options to satisfy your appetite for riding, if you want to something more than the hilarious simulated riding this creative posted to YouTube. Horseback riding simulators can be non-mechanical,
Continue Reading How to Ride When the Barn is Closed for Quarantine

,Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a vision for the American city of the future – a plan for a layout of homes to provide enough acreage, air and light for each resident with an intentional mix of small farmsteads and homes. In 1935, he built and then displayed a model for his concept of

Looking at the world today, where fresh air, outdoor activity and social distancing are at a premium and ,our densely populated cities are acting as giant Petri dishes in which contagious diseases are able to spread all too rapidly; perhaps it is time to resurrect
Continue Reading Did Wright Have the Key to a Healthy Lifestyle?

Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a vision for the American city of the future – a plan for a layout of homes to provide enough acreage, air and light for each resident with an intentional mix of small farmsteads and homes. In 1935, he built and then displayed a model for his concept of Broadacre City where each home was to be associated with a plot of land so that a family could be self-sufficient; granting them great freedom and giving them the ability to grow their own food and practice animal husbandry. His concept challenged the very notion
Continue Reading Did Wright Have the Key to a Healthy Lifestyle?

https://www.facebook.com/EquestrianCoalitionofMcHenryCounty/videos/2307413769559085/ ,Working Animal Protection Act (WAPA) bills aim to protect legitimate and legal businesses utilizing working animals for purposes including transportation, ranching, service, education, entertainment and exhibition. A WAPA model state bill was first developed by Mindy Patterson and

Horse-drawn carriages have already been banned from thirteen U.S cities; and ban proposals are pending in seven more cities. The enacted bans are ostensibly for the benefit of the animals, but those businesses involved with working animals (such as circuses and horse-drawn carriage rides) are already licensed, inspected and highly regulated for the protection of the animals.

WAPA bills ban the
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Would you like to have a cat that doesn’t kill the birds that visit the feeder on your back deck or one that won’t make you sneeze? What about a pet that lives longer because it is free of age-related diseases? Or one that glows in the dark? These seemingly far-fetched ideas may become reality in the near future, as humans tinker with animals’ genetic codes in an effort to to customize certain traits and characteristics.

Some of the tinkering is less obtrusive, such as g,ene therapy which involves modifications that return the animal to a normal, disease-free state. An
Continue Reading Designer Cats

Would you like to have a cat that doesn’t kill the birds that visit the feeder on your back deck or one that won’t make you sneeze? What about a pet that lives longer because it is free of age-related diseases? Or one that glows in the dark? These seemingly far-fetched ideas may become reality in the near future, as humans tinker with animals’ genetic codes in an effort to to customize certain traits and characteristics. Some of the tinkering is less obtrusive, such as gene therapy which involves modifications that return the animal to a normal, disease-free state. An
Continue Reading Designer Cats

About a hundred years ago, the US horse population was reduced drastically when one million horses were sent to Europe to participate in World War I. A small number of the imported horses were used in cavalry units, but mainly they were used to transport goods and artillery to the battlefront. With such a large number of animals engaged in war, there were many injuries and illnesses to treat, overwhelming existing European veterinary services.

In order to care for sick and wounded war animals, the International Red Star Alliance treaty was negotiated. It allowed personnel saving animals to have neutral
Continue Reading Red Star Rides to the Rescue

We’re covering the latest news of patent protection in pet products. 2019 has
only just begun, but there are already equine innovations that have received U.S.
design patent protection this year.

One newly minted patent is for an LED lighting safety system for horses involving
attachment of a set of strings of LED lights to a horse’s tail, developed in
California. The illumination device can be used to increase the visibility of the
horse if riding at night; in parades; or by officers on patrol. US Design Patent
838,024
strings for the product, which is sold at
Another new design
Continue Reading Shining Light on IP Protection for Horse Products

Standing an impressive 17.2 hands tall, champion thoroughbred mare Zenyatta was renouned for her 26’stride which helped her win more than $7,000,000 during her racing career. She was named after Zenyatta Mondatta, the title of a record album of The Police. The link between the famous rock band and the famous racehorse is Jerry Moss. He was the co-founder of A & M Records and is also the owner of the mare. Even though she is now retired and living on a privately owned farm, Zenyatta’s legacy continues through the Mosses’ charitable work that leverages her fame. During the annual
Continue Reading Record-Breaking Horse named after Record Album

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the temperature inside a car on a 70 degrees F day can reach 99 degrees F in

The answer is yes, if you live in one of the fourteen states that have laws on the books to protect anyone who takes action to save a life. Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin all allow any person to break into a car to rescue an animal without being liable for damages; but only if the rescue is done under certain circumstances. Indiana has a similar law
Continue Reading Breaking & Entering – Legality of Freeing Pets from Locked Cars