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Gasoline, Weather Fueling Hay Prices

June 16, 2008

When her barn operator's hay supply fell short last fall, Kentucky horse owner Linda Jones struggled mightily with high prices and limited availability to keep her two Saddlebreds fed.

"I'm stocking up now," Jones said. "I don't... Read More

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Decreasing Risk of Enterolithiasis: Hay Type and Pasture

June 02, 2008

Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic). ... Read More

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North Dakota Database Connects Horse Owners, Hay Sellers

May 13, 2008

Drought conditions in parts of western North Dakota have some livestock producers in need of additional forage. Farmers and ranchers who have forage for sale can list it on a North Dakota State University (NDSU) database designed to help feed... Read More

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Conscientious Ownership

May 01, 2008

In recent months, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Denver Post have reported on the apparent increase in the number of unwanted, neglected, or... Read More

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Understanding Feeds for the Busy Owner

May 01, 2008

Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.... Read More

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Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More

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Prepare for a Reduced Hay Crop in 2008

April 22, 2008

The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008.

The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower than previous years. This information, combined with higher input cost... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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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