Horses Chew Different Feeds in Different Ways

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


Science, Public Perception Clash on Drug Testing

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


Kentucky Hay Hotline Helps Farmers in Search of Forage

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


Possible Toxicity: Georgia Horses Sickened by Michigan Hay

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


Toxicity of Equisetum to Horses

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


Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More


Winner Rags to Riches, Rest of Field Exit Oaks in Good Condition

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


Changing Carbohydrate Evaluations in Animal Diets

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


Blister Beetles in Hay: Shop Smart to Reduce the Risk

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


Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More


Group Proposes Quarter Horse Track for Kentucky

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


Diagnosing Stifle Disease

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


Hay Alternatives for Horses

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


Nebraska Vet Accused of Giving Horses Vodka Before Races

January 19, 2007

A veterinarian will be in court next week to face accusations he injected horses with vodka to calm their nerves before races at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Jay Stewart faces four misdemeanor counts of attempting to influence a race by... Read More


Illinois Horse Found Shot; Colt Dies

January 09, 2007

A 3-year-old mare was found dead in her pasture in St. Augustine, Ill., on Dec. 26, according to The Register-Mail, a Central Illinois... Read More


KEEP Names New Executive Director

January 04, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has named Patrick Neely as its new executive director.

Neely, a University of Louisville undergrad and graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, previously served as campaign... Read More


Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More


Hay for the Laminitic Horse

September 01, 2006

Is there a particular type of grass hay that is better than others for maintenance diet for a laminitic horse?... Read More


Drought Grips Areas of the United States

August 22, 2006

Drought and excessive heat could strain the nation's agricultural industry. From Florida to California farmers and ranchers have already felt the effects in decreased hay production and waning grazing pastures.

"A big concern right now i... Read More


Horse Owners' Needs Still Urgent after Katrina and Rita

January 12, 2006

It's a common trend--people don't break out the checkbooks months after a disaster event as readily as they do immediately after the crisis. Time passes, other calamities arise, and well-meaning donors change their focus. The salty water drowned... Read More


Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

October 21, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... Read More


Analyzing Forages

October 01, 2005

We all know a horse's primary food is pasture grass and/or hay (forage). The quality of the forage is, thus, a major factor affecting his health. Do you know if your horse's forage meets his needs? Truly, most of us don't--but we should.... Read More


National Hay Association Convention to Be Held In Lexington

August 23, 2005

More than 100 members of the National Hay Association are expected to attend the organization's annual 110th convention, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 29- Oct. 1. Tom Creech, owner of Charles T. Creech, Inc... Read More


Afleet Alex Progressing; BC Classic Questionable

August 23, 2005

Trainer Tim Ritchey said Tuesday that Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex's fracture is healing nicely, but with an extra week of walking prescribed, there is a question whether the colt can make the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup... Read More


Choosing Feeders: Rack 'Em Up

August 01, 2005

There are so many types of hay racks, mangers, and feed bins available, how do you know the best one to choose? What factors should you consider? Read on for tips on picking the right feeder for your horse's needs.... Read More