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Sep 08

Horsemanship Questions Round 6

By neec | Horsemanship

  1. What condition is described by: an inability to swallow, excessive drooling, copious nasal discharge, anxiety and general discomfort?
    • Choke
  2. What is the difference between the canter and the gallop?
    • Canter is a three beat gait with a moment of suspension. Gallop is a four beat gait with a moment of suspension.
  3. What is a club foot?
    • A club foot is usually characterized as having a hoof angle of greater than 61 degrees. Not all club footed horses are or will become lame; however, the horse’s high heel causes the hoof to land heel first in an exaggerated manor and the front face of the hoof may have a dished appearance caused by the shearing stresses within the sensitive laminae created by the steep hoof angle.
  4. What disease(s) do mosquitos carry that can be transmitted to both horses and humans?
    • West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Sep 08

Horsemanship Questions Round 5

By neec | Horsemanship

  1. How often are most horses shod?         
    • Monthly
    • Every (6) weeks
    • Every (8) weeks
    • Every (12) weeks
  2. The yellow dots commonly seen attached to horse’s fur during the summer months are the eggs of which common parasite?     
    • Botfly
    • Strongyles
    • Ascarids
    • Roundworms
  3. The bit sits across the tongue and the _____ of the horse’s mouth.        
    • Poll
    • Molars
    • Bars
    • Roof
  4. True or False:  A splint is usually hot and painful when it first occurs but with rest it can become “quiet” and usually does not cause further lameness when allowed to heal completely         
    • True
    • False
  5. Bog Spavins and Thoroughpins are both swellings that affect different areas of what joint in the body?   
    • Knee
    • Stifle
    • Fetlock
    • Hock

Jul 14

Horseman Questions Round 4

By neec | Horsemanship

1.) What is a Sarcoid?

A benign tumor that is unique to equine skin. Sarcoids are localized and do not include the underlying structures. They are an external, cosmetic blemish that can be irritated and become ulcerated or infected.

2.) The Coggins Test detects which disease?

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

3.) What are (2) commonly used tranquilizers?

Dormosedan and Acepromazine.

4.) What does the term “Hollow” refer to?

When the horse has its back dropped during work.

Jun 22

Horsemanship Questions Round 3

By neec | Horsemanship

1.     What is the average resting heart rate for a horse?

35 beats per minute.

2.     What is the most reliable way to age a horse?

Examination of the teeth.

3.     To help prevent forging, a farrier might ________ the toe on the ________ feet.

Square the toe on the hind feet.

4.     What do the acronyms IM and IV stand for and what is the difference when giving a shot?

IM stands for intramuscular and IV stands for intravenous. IM shots are typically given in the neck muscle on either side; IV shots are typically given in the jugular vein on either side of the neck.

Apr 22

Horsemanship Questions Round 2

By neec | Horsemanship

1.) Name four common bandaging styles for wrapping injuries.

Treatment, Pressure, Spider, Figure 8

2.) What are some signs of colic?

Depression, lying down at unusual times, restlessness, rolling, general discomfort, pawing, kicking or biting at the belly, flehmen (curling of the upper lip), sweating, increased pulse and respiration, disinterest in eating or drinking, yawning and grinding of teeth, slow capillary refill time, pale gums.

3.) What is meant by proud flesh?

Proud flesh is the common term for exuberant granulation. It is an angry looking tissue that bleeds very easily. Corticosteroids may be used to slow the growth of proud flesh but be aware that they can also slow healing. Pressure bandages may also help to control the formation of proud flesh. Proud flesh that cannot be controlled by corticosteroids or bandaging should be surgically removed. Occasionally, a keloid will form as a fragile, dry, skin-like covering over proud flesh. This scar protrudes above skin level and is subject to cracking and peeling. The keloid lacks elasticity because it does not have an underlying skin layer and may require a skin graft for reparation64.

4.) Describe the condition commonly referred to as scratches.

Scratches is the common name for dermatitis and is also known as mud fever, greasy heels, cracked heels, white pastern disease and dew poisoning. It is generally present on the lower legs, and white leg markings are predisposed to it. The skin swells and chaps followed by weeping red skin at the back of the pasterns.

5.) What is a normal temperature range for a horse?

99-101 deg F

Mar 25

Horsemanship Questions Round 1

By neec | Horsemanship

Round 1 of our horsemanship questions are taken directly from last year’s test. Make sure to check back in for the answers in a few weeks! Each round of questions will stay up for 2 months so be sure to save them for future studying!

1.) USEF rule GR845 states that horses entering the show grounds must be accompanied by what documentation?

At Federation licensed competitions, horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be required to leave the competition grounds upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of the following methods mentioned below. The frequency of vaccine administration should be per the vaccine manufacturers’ or veterinarian’s recommendations. It is recommended that vaccines are administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian

2.) What is the minimum time a horse must sleep laying down (REM sleep) a day?

30 minutes a day.

3.) The drug Omeprazole is used to prevent and treat what condition a horse may present?

Horses suffering from gastric ulcers benefit from the administration of Omeprazole, a drug that decreases the production of stomach acid.

4.) How long should a 6 stride line be set in a typical 3′ course?

84 feet.

5.) What body part does white line disease affect?

The hoof.

Dec 10

2018-2019 New NEHC Rules

By neec | News & Updates

Show Managers Please Read:

As of 12/1/18 NEHC has a new rule to split and combine entries:

If entries warrant minimum 16, management must split class into two sections. For every eight entries after 16 entries management must continue to split into additional sections. i.e. 24 entries would split into 3 sections, 32 entries into 4 sections and so on. California split may be used.

If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both the junior or adult medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement. Riders will show at their respective heights. Junior riders will still need a win to qualify. Point system for adult riders will remain the same.

Oct 23

2018 New England Equitation Championships

By neec | News & Updates


Photos: Anne Gittins Photography

The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 43rd anniversary this year. The five-day event is one of the longest running and most prestigious equitation finals in the country. All five days were produced by ShowNet and livestreamed on USEF Network. Emma Fletcher, Ellie Raidt and McKayla Langmeier gave excellent commentary on Sunday’s Junior final.

The renowned judging panel included Ken Krome (course designer), Hope Glynn, Jenny Fischer, Lynn Forgione, Brian Lenehan and Jean Marie Dunford-Miller.

The 46+ Adult Medal kicked off the week on Wednesday, October 17. Jeanine Cash was Champion, Reserve: Sarah Cabot. The 28-45 Medal scores required testing the top two. 2007 Junior Champion, Jenny Walters, reclaimed her Champion title, Reserve: Carolyn Lavin. On Thursday in the 22-27 group, Melissa Groher was Champion and Hannah Brown was Reserve for the second year in a row. In the 18-21 group Emelie Burgess was Champion. Reserve: Clara Bechtold.

The Adult Amateur Grand Championship Class on Thursday invited back Champion and Reserve riders from the four adult age groups to compete. Hannah Brown emerged as Grand Champion.

Junior Open sections ran Friday and Saturday. On Friday evening, 76 Juniors took the written phase of the Horsemanship Class. Originating at the NEEC, the Horsemanship Class combines a rider’s written test score, practicum, and first round Finals score to determine the overall top Junior Horseperson.

425 family and friends then gathered for a fun-filled dinner and commemorative video celebrating Juniors in their last year. McKayla Langmeier won the Junior Sportsmanship Award. Kelley Small received the esteemed Sue Brainard award in recognition of her years of dedication to the NEEC.

The world-famous Challenge of the States team costume class ran on Saturday and participants celebrated with as much gusto as ever. Juniors with top scores in the Open competed on teams of six to represent their home states – NO help from trainers allowed! Connecticut 1 won Gold. Thanks to an anonymous donor, teams competed for money to donate to a charity of their choice. Gold donated to Danny & Ron’s Rescue.

Cookie DeSimone won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cookie is beloved by generations of students and has been a cornerstone of the NEEC as a member and co-chair of the show committee.

Sunday’s Junior Medal Final featured 175 riders. Between rounds, Frances McGivern was named winner of the Katie Battison Horsemanship Award.
Top scoring Juniors who never competed in a 3’6” final were eligible for a separate set of ribbons. First place went to Lila Ouellette.

Ellie Ferrigno earned the High Point Junior Rider Award.
After two rounds and a test of the top three, Katrina Tiktinsky’s beautifully consistent trips made her NEHC Junior Medal Champion. Trainer: Jenny Martin-Rudaz. Reserve: Ava Stearns, Trainers: Missy Clark, John Brennan, Linda Langmeier.

Adult Sportsmanship: Wynatte Chu and Lindsey Davitt

Groom’s Award: Juan Carlos Migueles Guzman

Adult Judge’s Choice: Casino Royale

Junior Judge’s Choice: Quantico


Sep 10

Scholarship Application

By neec | Uncategorized

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone (required)

Junior or Adult (required)

Date of Birth (required)

Name of Trainer (required)

Trainer Address (required)

Trainer Email (required)

Trainer Phone (required)

Name of School Attending Now (required)

Address of School Attending Now (required)

Date of Graduation From High School (required)

Name of College/School You Will Be/Are Attending (required)

Address of College/School You Will Be/Are Attending (required)

Date of Entrance to Above College/School (required)

Date of Show Qualified for NEEC Finals (required)

Name of Show that You Qualified for NEEC Finals (required)

Question 1: Tell us about your career goals. What plans are you making for continuing your education beyond the high school level and what is your time schedule for doing so? (i.e. college, business school, vocational school, etc.) (required):

Question 2: We are well aware of the demands on your “time” required by the
care, training and showing of your horse. Have you been able to
participate in other sports or extra-curricular activities at school,
church or in your community? Are you gainfully employed anywhere?
Perhaps you work at the barn to help pay for lessons, board and
show expenses. Please tell us your story. (required):

Question 3: Describe a situation in which you exercised leadership, responsibility and/or judgement indicating its impact on your personal development (required).

Question 4: This scholarship may partially be based on need. Please write a paragraph about how the scholarship money would be helpful to you and your family (required).

Mar 07

Exciting Announcement for NY Riders!

By neec | News & Updates

March 1, 2018

Attention: Show Managers

At the request of the New England Equitation Championship Committee (NEEC) the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) has approved to allow USEF Horse Shows from New York to offer our NEHC Hunter Seat Medals. Going beyond that NEHC also approved New York shows to hold our other medals as well (Saddle Seat, Western and Hunter Seat Pleasure). This is exclusive to USEF Horse shows in the State of New York effective May 1, 2018.

We have received many requests from NY riders who have wanted to qualify for our Medal Finals by doing so in their home state. We have also had New England members ask about shows in NY hosting the medals as another venue for them to compete and qualify.

In addition to the Medals your show will also include our NEHC Pleasure classes or choose not to for an additional fee. Show management may decide to affiliate the entire show too as many of our classes align with USEF rules. Our rules governing the medals and horse shows are on our website. If you would like a printed rule book let Cindy know at

When applying for a show date let us know if you would like to run just the NEHC Medal Classes and NEHC Pleasure or the entire show.

To affiliate and allow exhibitors ample time please send your forms to the NEHC Administrator at least 45 days in advance. All affiliated shows are posted on our website with their link to all of our members.

We look forward to working with you and your horse show. Do not hesitate to contact Cindy our Administrator for any questions.
Cindy Travers