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Agriculture Officials Helping North Carolina Horse Owners Find Hay

February 23, 2008

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) has launched several initiatives to assist livestock producers and equine owners in locating and transporting hay to their farms to cope with the ongoing... Read More

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Michigan Equine Survey Reports 20% Population Increase

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

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Transitioning to Alternative Forages: Use Caution

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

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Be a Hay Connoisseur

January 01, 2008

Good owners know whether the hay they are feeding is the right type and the right quality.... Read More

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Alfalfa Might Buffer Gastric Acid Production, Prevent Ulcers

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

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Hay Prices Highest Since Records Began; Officials Warn of Scams

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

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Hitting High Hay Prices: Readers Respond

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

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Southeastern Drought Affecting Feed Prices, Horse Sales

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

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Carb Testing Program for Horse Feed and Hay

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

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Illinois Authorities Investigating Semi Trailer Crash; 13 Horses Dead

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

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Choose the Right Hay for Your Horses

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

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International Disease Report Second Quarter 2007

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

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Imported Hay Could Hold Hidden Health Dangers

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

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

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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

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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