January 21, 2008
Michigan's equine population has climbed nearly 20% since 1996, according to the preliminary results of a new study conducted by investigators from Michigan State University (MSU), the Michigan Horse Council, and the National Agricultural... Read More
January 11, 2008
Whether it is the result of weather conditions making forage scarce or prohibitively expensive, or if there's some other reason, there could come a time when horse owners need to consider alternative sources of forage. Equine nutritionists say that... Read More
January 01, 2008
Good owners know whether the hay they are feeding is the right type and the right quality.... Read More
December 19, 2007
Feeding grain, confinement, exercise, and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the on... Read More
November 30, 2007
Agriculture experts around the country are warning hay farmers and buyers to watch for scams amid a feed shortage and resulting high prices.
In Washington, hay prices have passed $200 per ton in some areas, and winter is still weeks away. The... Read More
November 21, 2007
Nearly 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How much are you paying for small square bales of hay?"... Read More
November 19, 2007
Some horse owners are looking toward a dire winter as hay prices soar, and rescue workers worry about animal neglect and abandonment in the coming months.
Both groups blame the drought, which wiped out hay crops across the South and affecte... Read More
October 30, 2007
When it comes to horses, what does "low carb" mean? Lower than what? "There are several analytical procedures that measure sugar, and each one measures a slightly different fraction," said Kathryn Watts, BS, owner of Rocky Mountain Research & Consult... Read More
October 29, 2007
Illinois State Police and animal rights activists are attempting to learn why 59 Belgian draft horses were being transported in a double-decker trailer designed to haul cattle and pigs.
And the fate of the 46 horses that survived the... Read More
October 26, 2007
You invest a lot of care and appreciation on your horses, so it is wise to spend some time considering their primary diet -- forages.
The horse evolved over time to be efficient as a grazing animal thriving on forages. As we adapted the horse... Read More
October 03, 2007
This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.
The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More
September 23, 2007
As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More
July 31, 2007
Horses eating a diet consisting mostly of pellets or grain could require more dental maintenance than horses eating predominantly hay or pasture grasses, according to researchers at Michigan State University who used motion capture techniques to... Read More
July 22, 2007
As the industry continues to grapple with use of medication--legal or illegal--in racehorses, will science or public perception win out?
That debate played out yet again July 20 during the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective... Read More
July 16, 2007
Kentucky horse owners in need of hay can call the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's toll-free Hay Hotline to join up with farmers with hay to sell.
The Hay Hotline number for both buyers and sellers is 888/567-9589. Those who... Read More
July 02, 2007
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has alerted horse owners to a problem with some alfalfa hay from Michigan and the upper Midwest. The hay is believed to contain hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), a weed that is toxic to... Read More
June 09, 2007
Present and persistent since the Paleozoic era (250 to 540 million years ago), the plants of the genus Equisetum, commonly known as horsetail, are considered to be living fossils. These widespread, perennial, fern-like plants... Read More
May 14, 2007
Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More
May 06, 2007
Rags to Riches came out of her easy 4 1/4-length victory in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs in good order and will soon travel to trainer Todd Pletcher's base at Belmont Park in New York. She'll be accompanied on the journey... Read More
April 15, 2007
Nutritionists are doing away with "nonstructural carbohydrates" in favor of more specific measures.
If you own a horse with laminitis or a metabolic problem such as insulin resistance or Cushing's disease, chances are you've... Read More
April 12, 2007
Alfalfa hay is an excellent, high quality forage for horses, but it has the potential to attract blister beetles--toxic insects that can kill horses if ingested.
Blister beetles cause inflammation and blistering of the skin within hours... Read More
April 01, 2007
Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More
March 27, 2007
A group wants to build a Quarter Horse racetrack in south-central Kentucky and is trying to get Kentucky's last available racetrack license, a lawyer for the group said.
Seven partners want to build a track on Kentucky 80 in London at a... Read More
March 15, 2007
Diagnosis of stifle disease relies on a thorough history and clinical exam. Van Snow, DVM, from Santa Ynez, Calif., addressed stifle-related lameness at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17.... Read More
February 08, 2007
Adverse summer grass growing or harvesting conditions or excessively long, cold winter weather can make it difficult to find or afford horse hay. These problems might tempt horse owners to feed their horses an all-concentrate diet. However, hors... Read More
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