Creating a sacrifice area can help protect horse pastures from wet weather or overgrazing.
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Owners should consider creating surfaces that minimize pastures damage and reduce horse health risks.
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Horse owners share their tips for reusing select items to save money around the barn.
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February 20, 2014
Mud prevention requires long-range planning and a balance between managing horses and managing pastures.... Read More
March 25, 2013
Use pervious concrete in bathing or water-retaining areas to reduce injury risk and protect water resources.... Read More
October 16, 2012
Arena maintenance changes the surface's properties, which in turn alters horses' movement patterns.... Read More
August 11, 2012
Creating a sacrifice area can help protect horse pastures from wet weather or overgrazing.... Read More
July 01, 2012
The field of footing science involves understanding how different kinds of footing affect equine health.... Read More
June 29, 2012
Owners should consider creating surfaces that minimize pastures damage and reduce horse health risks.... Read More
June 24, 2012
Horse owners share their tips for reusing select items to save money around the barn.... Read More
May 25, 2011
Steps to take after heavy rains to prevent further soil loss, erosion, forage loss, and pasture damage.... Read More
November 13, 2010
Every owner wants to provide the safest conditions for his or her equine athlete.... Read More
October 08, 2010
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) takes place Oct.26-31 in the nation's capital, and plans are already in the works to ensure the footing is up to the standard demanded by internationally ranked riders and their horses. "Hosting a ... Read More
August 01, 2010
Learn how to treat and prevent common stone bruises in your horse's hooves.... Read More
July 23, 2010
Del Mar canceled training on its main track the morning of July 22, when it was determined that there had been some separation of its Polytrack materials in the stretch area that caused some inconsistencies in the surface makeup.... Read More
February 14, 2010
When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta... Read More
November 30, 2009
Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the ... Read More
August 28, 2009
A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.
In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died... Read More
August 17, 2009
Surfacing Resources, LLC, a leading supplier and installer of quality rubber flooring for the equine industry, is proud to announce the addition of Red Barn mats to our product line.
Red Barn has manufactured high quality, 100%... Read More
June 28, 2009
Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of... Read More
June 15, 2009
State-of-the-art track maintenance equipment in use for less than two weeks on Arlington's Polytrack course has already led to positive feedback from local horsemen.
"I haven't heard any criticism at all," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's... Read More
May 15, 2009
More than 1,250 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More
April 14, 2009
What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical... Read More
March 16, 2009
Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More
January 28, 2009
Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.
Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More
January 08, 2009
About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.
Unlike meeting... Read More
October 30, 2008
The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.
U.S. District Judge... Read More
October 28, 2008
Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World... Read More
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