Horse Feed: Going Green?

June 01, 2008

Are horse owners willing to "go green" in the ways they feed horses and in the packaging of those feeds?

The 24th Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium covered a myriad of topics for all species, but... Read More


Rescue Highlights Danger of 'Free Horse' Offers

May 23, 2008

Dennis Rutherford of Elma, Wash., had the best of intentions when he offered his pair of retired Thoroughbred racehorses free to good homes on a popular giveaway Web site. Now he's warning other horse owners it's dangerous to offer something for... Read More


Horse Auction Operators Deal with Down Market

May 14, 2008

In a glutted market where some horses can be had for as little as $2, auctioneer Tim Jennings is trying to convince horse owners it's still a good time to sell their animals.

"We're telling people to compare how much they're spending o... Read More


New Florida Horse Sale Rules Published

May 12, 2008

The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

The rules, which were developed... Read More


Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

May 10, 2008

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the... Read More


The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More


How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More


Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Economic Slump: Effect on the Horse Industry?

February 04, 2008

Over the past few weeks many have discussed the odds of a recession in the United States. Economists' opinions are mixed as to whether we will have a true recession, but all agree that, at the least, the economy is currently slowing and a period of... Read More


Florida Sets Limit on Horse Auction Rules

January 25, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services claims it doesn't have the power to regulate certain aspects of horse sales in the state, but is prepared to publish proposed rules it says are intended to prevent unfair or deceptive... Read More


First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More


Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Closes with Record $340 Million Gross

November 19, 2007

Keeneland's record-setting November breeding stock sale came to a close Nov. 19, setting a new standard for gross receipts of $340,877,200.

In all, 3,381 horses were sold during the 15-day sale, an increase of 7.4% over the 14-day sale of... Read More


Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More


Thoroughbred Broodmare Sells for World Record Price at Keeneland

November 06, 2007

English Thoroughbred champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale in Lexington.... Read More


Horse Sales Task Force Recommendations Draw Praise, Criticism

October 16, 2007

Preliminary recommendations aimed at self-regulation for the equine auction industry were unveiled by the Sales Integrity Task Force during a public forum held at the Keeneland sale... Read More


Sales Integrity Task Force Issues Recommendations

October 15, 2007

The Sales Integrity Task Force presented its initial recommendations Oct. 15 at Keeneland, suggesting the industry opt for self-regulation through the conditions of sale rather tha... Read More


Public Forum Set for Sales Integrity Task Force Recommendations

October 04, 2007

A public forum on preliminary recommendations by the Sales Integrity Task Force to the Kentucky legislature on auction transparency issues will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The 36-member task force, which... Read More


Keeneland September Sale Ends With Second-Highest Gross and Median Ever

September 26, 2007

When the Keeneland September yearling auction ended Sept. 25 in Lexington after 15 grueling sessions, consignor Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock was eager for more.

"I'm not ready to go home," he said. "As long as the horses are selling good... Read More


Keeneland Buyers, Consignors Impressed With September Sale Market

September 24, 2007

As the Keeneland September yearling sale approached the end of its long run in Lexington, the comments from consignors and buyers were nearly all positive. Here's what they had to say:

Jody Huckabay, Elm Tree Farm: "If you bring a nice horse... Read More


Finding the Right Horse

September 14, 2007

No matter how long you've been riding, the age and the level of training of the horse you're thinking of buying are key considerations. While a young, green horse may be perfect for a skilled equestrian, the same horse might prove too challenging for... Read More


$3.7 Million Colt Tops Keeneland Select Yearling Sale

September 12, 2007

A striking son of Unbridled's Song brought a final bid of $3.7 million from Coolmore and associates to establish a new high price for the second session and first two days of the Keeneland September sale.

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Keeneland November Sale Will Have Record Numbers

September 09, 2007

While getting ready for the massive September yearling sale that starts Sept. 10 in Lexington, Keeneland officials also were working hard to put the finishing touches on the November breeding stock auction catalog. And it will be a big... Read More


Preparing to Buy a Horse

August 14, 2007

The decision to buy a horse is a big one, and like all major decisions, it should be made with a great deal of thought, consideration, and planning. Because owning a horse will change your life in ways you might never have imagined, you should approa... Read More


Private Sales of Horses

July 12, 2007

When the object of the contract is the sale of a horse, everything is open for negotiation--the identity of the horse, the purchase price, the terms of the sale, warranties, time and method of delivery, and the passing of the risk of loss.... Read More


Horse Sales Transparency at Heart of New Florida Law

July 06, 2007

A bill that empowers Florida's state government to set rules regarding transparency issues in the sale of horses was recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist.

The law gives the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services... Read More