Recent News for Horse Care

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California Wildfire Danger Eases as Winds Fade

October 16, 2008

Like thousands of residents, Tanya Valdivia was allowed back in her neighborhood after firefighters began to surround the remnants of three major wildfires that forced widespread evacuations this week in Southern California.

The news for... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Fires: Some California Horses Able to Return Home, Others Now Evacuating

October 15, 2008

After living in evacuation centers for nearly three days, some of the horses displaced by the Marek fire in Los Angeles County were allowed to go home Tuesday night. The fire was 80% contained with 4,824 acres burned by 9:00 p.m. It should be... Read More

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New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

October 15, 2008

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing... Read More

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10-Year-Old Racehorse Evening Attire to be Honored at Belmont

October 15, 2008

After 69 starts, $2,977,130 in purses won, and nearly 80 miles of dirt and turf, the finish line for Evening Attire finally arrived last month with the announcement of his... Read More

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NTRA Announces Racing Safety Reforms, Independent Monitor

October 15, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor. During the news conference in New York City, less than two weeks before... Read More

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Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic

October 15, 2008

NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia... Read More

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Fires: L.A. Animal Services Allows Horses to Leave Shelters

October 15, 2008

Los Angeles Animal Services is currently monitoring the welfare of horses in the various shelters, according to Kathy Davis, assistant general manager. The animals are allowed to leave as the Fire Department releases holds on various areas. A... Read More

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Horse Owners Evacuating Ahead of California Fires

October 14, 2008

Horse owners are trying to get themselves and their animals out of the way as two fires burn out of control in the Los Angeles area. The Marek fire in the San Fernando Valley had burned 4,726 acres by Monday afternoon, and the Sesnon Fire,... Read More

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Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

October 14, 2008

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He... Read More

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See the Light: Advancing the Breeding Season for Early Foals

October 12, 2008

Horse breeders face a dilemma every year as the breeding season nears. Should they breed for early foals or breed their mares to foal out in the spring and summer? The fact that all foals in the northern hemisphere share the same... Read More

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Autumn is 'Fly Season'

October 12, 2008

Autumn is no time for an outdoor picnic, says entomologist Lynn Kimsey, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It's fly season.

The common house fly (Musca... Read More

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Straight to the Horse's Mouth

October 12, 2008

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction ... Read More

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John Henry Memorial Statue Unveiled

October 09, 2008

A year after the death of racehorse John Henry, fans now have a lasting monument and a dedicated place to remember their champion.

A bronze statue by artist Shelley Hunter has taken its place at John's gravesite, just outside the Kentucky... Read More

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Just Push Play: Which Webinars Would You Like to See Again?

October 08, 2008

More than 350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which TheHorse.com Webinar would you like us to re-run with a live question and answer session with the presenters?"

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Hurricane Damage Means Late Start at Houston Horse Track

October 08, 2008

The 2008-09 Sam Houston Race Park meet probably won't make its Nov. 28 start date given extensive damage sustained by the track during Hurricane Ike, according to chief operating officer Andrea Young. Officials in Texas are studying alternatives... Read More

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Comparing Humans and Horses

October 08, 2008

Comparisons of humans to horses logically can start with the anatomy. We stand upright; horses stand prone on their four limbs. What we call our knees are the stifles of horses, and our heels or ankles are horses' hocks. Our foot is their cannon... Read More

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International Racing Group Focuses on Synthetic Surfaces

October 07, 2008

Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.

British opinion,... Read More

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Carcass Composting How-To Event Offered

October 07, 2008

For years, large animal carcass disposal has been a problem. Not only are options to dispose of a large carcass limited, they can also be costly.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a Field Day on large animal carcass... Read More

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Genetics of Contracted Foal Syndrome

October 05, 2008

When a foal is born with limb contractures preventing it from standing or walking normally, it is said to have contractures, or contracted foal syndrome (CFS). ... Read More

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Horse Owners Look to Save During Economic Crunch

October 04, 2008

The current economic climate and tight credit markets have everyone looking for ways to live more frugally, and horse owners are no exception.

"Nervousness about loans and housing is certainly affecting people," said American Horse Council... Read More

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Shortage of Large Animal Vets Taxes Farmers

October 03, 2008

This summer, Steve Sanford had to tell 106 dairy farmers in rural northern Vermont he could no longer treat their cows.

Battling degenerative arthritis, the 56-year-old large animal veterinarian can't do the physically challenging work any... Read More

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Hitting the Trails? Take a Look at What Our Readers Wear

October 02, 2008

More than 1,850 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What safety equipment do you wear when riding your horse?"

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Racehorse Ready to Run After Bout with Ataxia

October 02, 2008

Racehorse owners Suzanne VanderSalm and Ellen Bennett of Hickory Corners, Mich., weren't about to give up on Navigator, their Thoroughbred who became ataxic (incoordinated) suddenly as a yearling three years ago. VanderSalm had come home from... Read More

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Seeing Stars

October 01, 2008

I have a Quarter Horse mare that stares into lights. She does this with both electric lights and the sun or m... Read More