Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Disease Control Yearly Planner

November 26, 2008

Guard against diseases on your farm year-round by employing these seasonal tips

For a horse to perform to his utmost capacity, he must be healthy and sound throughout the year. The smallest details of farm management often... Read More

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The Scoop on Poop: Readers' Manure Management Tips

November 21, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you or your boarding facility manage manure?"

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Guelph Rolls Out Biosecurity Risk Calculator, New Blogs

November 20, 2008

Horse owners will be able to determine the risk of their animals catching an infectious disease and gather information about infection control thanks to two new online initiatives from the University of Guelph.

The first is an online... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Ends in Substantial Decline

November 19, 2008

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale that coincided with a world economic crash ended Nov. 17 with substantial declines in every key statistical category.

The Lexington sales company reported that 3,019 horses were sold during the... Read More

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Tips for Winter Travel with Horses

November 19, 2008

"While trailering horses in the winter is not all that different from trailering any time of the year, you do need to make a few adjustments for hauling in cold weather," said Neva Kittrell Scheve, co-author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaini... Read More

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EHV: Laurel Park Lifts Ban on Offsite Runners

November 18, 2008

As the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced earlier today that the final 20 samples from Laurel Park's barn 1 tested negative for neurologic equine herpesvirus, the Maryland Jockey Club has amended its restrictions on offsite... Read More

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Opossum Patrol: Readers Share Control Strategies

November 17, 2008

Nearly 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you take any steps to limit opossums around your farm to reduce the chance your horses will get EPM?"

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North Carolina Horse Toxicity Investigation Continues

November 17, 2008

Veterinarians are still searching for what caused the deaths of four horses in Fairview, N.C., earlier this month.

An analysis of the animals' feed failed to reveal the presenc... Read More

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New York Farm Operator Sentenced

November 15, 2008

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm from which authorities seized a herd of horses in August, appeared in Troupsburg Town Court for sentencing this week. Now she's speaking out on the circumstances of her case.... Read More

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Curlin Majority Owner Bids to Buy Out Remaining Share

November 14, 2008

Jess Jackson is involved in a private bid to buy out the 20% minority interest he doesn't control in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, but actions in a Kentucky court Nov. 13 on the surface probably won't help speed a decision on the champion... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Laurel Park Horse; Ship-Ins Stopped

November 14, 2008

The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that no horses will be allowed to ship into Laurel Park, except those coming from the Bowie Training Center on a Maryland Jockey Club shuttle, until further notice. The limitations were instituted after a... Read More

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Neurologic Horse at Maryland Track Positive for Herpesvirus

November 13, 2008

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed today that a 2-year old filly stabled in Barn 1 at Laurel Park has tested presumptive positive for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Results of confirmatory testing from the University of... Read More

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Horse Sales Market Commentary: Tough Times

November 12, 2008

Disaster. Brutal. Blood bath. Just a few of the many descriptive words being used by breeders to describe the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which at this writing still had a week to run.

In light of the recessive global economy,... Read More

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Neurologic Horse Reported at Maryland Track; Hold Order in Place

November 12, 2008

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) officials have placed an Investigational Animal Hold Order on Barn 1 at Laurel Park, after a horse stabled there began showing neurologic signs.

The order restricts movement of horses currently... Read More

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Calgary Trailer Accident Investigation Closed

November 11, 2008

The investigation into the October stock trailer accident in Calgary, in which a trailer carrying 44 horses overturned, has been closed.

According to a spokesman with the... Read More

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Kansas Trainer Vows Court Fight Over Relocated Horses

November 10, 2008

Kansas horse trainer Tammy Blase vowed to challenge landlord Scott Becker and his family in court on grounds that he violated their lease agreement by ordering the Nov. 4 removal of 59 horses from Mount Bethel Farm in Meriden, Kan., without firs... Read More

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Washington Hearings Tackle Horse Farm Tax Issues

November 10, 2008

Operators of horse boarding and training farms in Washington state are poised to pack Department of Revenue hearing chambers Nov. 13 to convince the agency that their businesses should be included in statutory definitions... Read More

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Link Between Equine Disease Outbreak and Psychological Distress Found

November 09, 2008

During the outbreak of equine influenza that occurred in Australia in 2007, mental health researchers identified extremely high levels of psychological distress in horse owners and other people involved in the equine industry.

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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Plunging Horse Sales Market: The View from the Ring

November 07, 2008

On day four of the plunging Keeneland November breeding stock sale market, here's what people had to say about the situation:

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Virginia-based bloodstock agent: "The market is obviously a reflection of what the world i... Read More

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Would if They Could: Readers Respond to Poll on Pasture Rotation

November 07, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you let fields/pastures rest during the year?"... Read More

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Horses Grab Headlines in Kansas Financial Dispute

November 07, 2008

A group of 59 horses became the subject of a Jackson County, Kan., police investigation this week after they were reported stolen, then recovered, and then revealed to be collateral in a financial dispute between a Meriden, Kan., farm owner and... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Suffers More Setbacks

November 06, 2008

The marketplace continued to take a pounding from negative economic forces outside the Thoroughbred industry during the third day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Compared to 2007, the Nov. 5 session was down 42.1% in... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Continues Slump in Second Session

November 05, 2008

When most everything else in the world--including stocks and home values--seems to be losing value, 3-year-old racehorse Mushka went up in the value, proving the old adage that good horses will bring good money, even in tough economic times.... Read More

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Dam of Eight Belles Sells for $2.5 Million

November 05, 2008

Away, the dam of the ill-fated Eight Belles, was purchased for $2.5 million during the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser,... Read More