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WEG: Safeguards for International Shipment of Horses

Planning a trip abroad? Grab your passport, buy a ticket, and pack your bags. Whoa--not if you are a horse. Whenever a horse crosses an international border, the country the horse is traveling to require proof that animals will not threaten the heal Read More

New Kentucky Equine Networking Association Kicks Off Sept. 16

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA), open to both equine professionals and horse owners, will launch at a dinner and educational meeting on Sept. 16 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Ky. The new group, focused on the Ken Read More

Recent Study Indicates Possible Parasite Drug Resistance

A recent study by University of Kentucky researcher Mary Rossano, MS, PhD, assistant professor in Animal and Food Sciences, suggests that two commonly-used dewormers (fenbendazole and moxidectin) might no longer be as effective against small st Read More

WNV Confirmed in Kentucky Horse

A horse in Taylor County, just east of Louisville, Ky., has been diagnosed and treated for West Nile virus (WNV), according to officials at the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office. The horse was presented to a veterinarian with mild atax Read More

Overseeding Horse Pastures in Central Kentucky

Overseeding horse pastures is a pasture management practice that helps ensure good ground cover, quality grazing, and an aesthetically pleasing pasture in the coming year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of pla Read More

Weed of the Month: Tall Ironweed

Tall ironweed is distributed widely across the eastern half of the United States and is found in low damp areas of pastures and roadsides. This tall, upright plant can approach 10 feet under optimum growing conditions but more commonly grows to about Read More

Greening the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Over the last several months, Green Friends of the Games has worked diligently to improve different areas of the Kentucky Horse Park before the start of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Some of the greening projects include improvin Read More

University of Kentucky Hosts International Symposium on Equine Reproduction

More than 300 equine reproduction specialists from 31 countries convened recently at the University of Kentucky for the 10th International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER). The invitation-only meeting is held every four years; the next o Read More

Horseback Riding Survey Shows Many Don't Wear Helmets

A recent University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare survey found that 60% of Kentucky horseback riding respondents did not wear any safety apparel the last time they went riding. "Many riders who have been injured say that they feel Read More

Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

Basic conditioning of the equine athlete involves consideration of the event in which the horse will be competing, the level of competition that you expect the horse to achieve, the time you have in which to condition the horse, and the horse Read More

Equine Farm and Facilities Expo Provided Hands-On Experience

More than 250 farm owners, managers, and Kentucky residents attended the Equine Farm and Facilities Expo hosted by the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative June 1 at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington. The expo gave attendees the opport Read More

Spotlighting Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Service

In the early days of education, when a college degree was a privilege and not the social norm, universities seemed unapproachable to most. With the advent of state universities came a new philosophy that knowledge should be accessible not only Read More

Lawsonia Intracellularis Study: Thoroughbred Farm Participation Needed

The University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center needs Lexington-area Thoroughbred farms to participate in a study to determine Thoroughbred weanlings' seroprevalence (presence of positive serum antibodies) to Lawsonia intra Read More

Weed of the Month: Goosegrass

Goosegrass is a warm-season grass that germinates and emerges in spring and grows throughout the summer until the first killing frost. Goosegrass usually produces a prostrate rosette-like growth that is formed from flattened stems almost parall Read More

EVA and EHV-1 Research a Focus at the Gluck Equine Research Center

Equine arteritis virus (EVA) and equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) are the two main topics of research for Udeni Balasuriya, BVSc, MS, PhD, associate professor of virology at the Gluck Equine Research Center. Balasuriya, who joined the Gluck Center in 200 Read More

Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can Read More

WEG Horse Feed Plan Emphasizes Consistency

With approximately 700 horses from dozens of countries anticipated for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), feed management represents a vital part of the plan to ensure these elite athletes maintain optimal health and welfare... Read More

UK to Host International Symposium on Equine Reproduction

Equine reproduction specialists from around the world will convene in Lexington July 26-30 for the 10th International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER X). The University of Kentucky will host the prestigious invitation-only meeting, held every Read More

Equine Influenza Vaccine Efficacy in Older Horses

We've all heard the statistics about an aging America. The elderly represent the fastest growing-proportion of the U.S. population. In recent years horses have experienced a similar population shift. A large portion of the equine population (a Read More

Use Caution When Bedding Horses on Fescue

Tight budgets have caused several Central Kentucky horse farm managers to reduce straw bedding costs by harvesting overmature grass pastures and using the resulting stemmy hay as bedding. On the surface this practice might seem cost- Read More

Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou Read More

Equine Piroplasmosis Testing Offered in Kentucky

After passing a rigorous proficiency testing program, the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory to begin testing horses for Equine Read More

UK Equine Initiative Equine Farm and Facilities Expo

The University of Kentucky Equine Initiative will host an equine farm and facilities expo June 1 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. EDT at Lexington's Spy Coast Farm on Newtown Pike. "The expo will allow farm owners and managers to see the Read More

French Students Get a Taste of the Bluegrass

The University of Kentucky hosted seven international travelers in May. Students from the Master of Equine Science and Business Program, a partnership between UK and the University of Caen Lower Normandy, France, spent several weeks learning ab Read More

Biosecurity for Horse Farms: Stall Disinfection and Other Management Techniques

It is important to thoroughly clean and disinfect stalls where mares foal. Read More