Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Risk Factors for Catastrophic Fractures

December 24, 2007

At the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Ellen Singer, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS and ECVS, MRCVS (epidemiology), of the University of Liverpool, discussed identifying risk factors... Read More

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Weather Complicates Santa Anita Footing Switch

December 19, 2007

Rain has further delayed renovation of the Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

Horses were unable to use the main track Dec. 19, when track officials had hoped to finish the project to address drainage problems with the surface. They had hoped... Read More

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FOSH to Present Gaited Horse Judging Clinic in Europe

December 17, 2007

History will be made when Dianne Little, director of judging with the Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH), will present an Independent Judges Association clinic in South Germany prior to the European Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses.

The... Read More

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Synthetic Surfaces: Special Report

December 15, 2007

Perhaps no other sport is as bound to tradition as racing Thoroughbreds. From the sheer length of its history, to the grand old venues in which it takes place, to the top-hatted and red-suited bugler calling the horses to post, racing loves its... Read More

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Mega Grand Flex

December 13, 2007

Grand Meadows Nutritional Products Inc. introduces their newest equine joint supplement, Mega Grand Flex. Mega Grand Flex is designed to help horses that have not responded to traditional ingredient levels in joint support products. ... Read More

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Racing Symposium Panel Participants Approve of Synthetic Surfaces

December 06, 2007

Synthetic racing surfaces were given a resounding vote of confidence from racetrack executives and track superintendents Dec. 6, at the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing and Gaming.

The panel, moderated by Churchill Downs racing... Read More

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Two Horses Die After Roundup in New Mexico Forest

December 05, 2007

The U.S. Forest Service says two wild horses captured during a roundup in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico have died.

Agency spokeswoman Kathy DeLucas says one horse died November 26th after running head-first into a metal corral panel... Read More

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Bedding Choices

December 01, 2007


Investigate which bedding choice is safe, healthful, and cost-effective for your operation. 

Stalls have traditionally been bedded with materials that provide cushion and... Read More

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Santa Anita Closing Main Track to Examine Drainage Issue

November 28, 2007

Santa Anita Park, currently open for training only, will close its main track Dec. 3-10 to examine its new Cushion Track surface due to problems with drainage.

The move comes just a month before the start of the Santa Anita winter/spring... Read More

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Australia Flu Inquiry: Groom Says Officials Not Concerned by Sick Horse

November 26, 2007

The outbreak of equine influenza in Australia came about from an apparent lack of concern about horses with elevated temperatures and poor record keeping, according to a groom who worked at the Eastern Creek quarantine facility. The cost of the... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Closes with Record $340 Million Gross

November 19, 2007

Keeneland's record-setting November breeding stock sale came to a close Nov. 19, setting a new standard for gross receipts of $340,877,200.

In all, 3,381 horses were sold during the 15-day sale, an increase of 7.4% over the 14-day sale of... Read More

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Quarantine Protocol Under Fire in Australian Flu Inquiry

November 18, 2007

Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to Read More

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Some Illinois Trailer Accident Survivors Moved to New Homes

November 16, 2007

Eight of the horses that survived last month's semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., have been placed in new homes, and four more are scheduled to be adopted within days, according to Donna Ewing, president of the of the... Read More

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Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More

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Australian Authorities Begin Influenza Inquiry

November 14, 2007

The independent inquiry into the Australian outbreak of equine influenza is underway. Judge Ian Callinan, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, is heading up the probe.

James Gilkerson, BVSc, BSc(Vet) Hons, PhD, president of Equine... Read More

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Readers Respond: Double-Decker Dilemma

November 13, 2007

More than 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you support federal legislation banning equine transport in double-decker trailers for any purpose?"

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Liability and Horses (Book Excerpt)

November 12, 2007

For someone in the horse business, liability lurks behind every stall door, in every paddock, on every trail, and in every business transaction. When you buy a load of hay on credit, for example, you are incurring a liability... Read More

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Illinois Accident Horses Nearly Ready for Adoption

November 09, 2007

A veterinarian who has been caring for the 42 equine survivors of an Oct. 27 semitrailer rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., says the animals are mending and are nearly ready to go to new homes. Placement coordinators for the horses are in the... Read More

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California's Golden Gate Fields Unveils Synthetic Racing Surface

November 09, 2007

Northern California horsemen are hoping that Tapeta Footings will put the bounce back in their racing circuit.

To unanimous endorsement by those on hand Nov. 7, Magna Entertainment's Golden Gate Fields unveiled its new $10-million synthetic... Read More

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Thoroughbred Broodmare Sells for World Record Price at Keeneland

November 06, 2007

English Thoroughbred champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale in Lexington.... Read More

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Readers Respond: Preparing for the Worst

November 05, 2007

More than 1,300 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you buy insurance for your horse(s)?"

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Horse Owners Encouraged to Invest in GPS Unit for Hauling

November 05, 2007

You're on your way to a horse show when your truck breaks down. You know that you are on a main road, but you are not exactly sure where. You did not pay attention to the signs at the last town you passed. How do you give directions so help... Read More

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Trailer Accident: Proposed Law Would Ban Illinois Double-Deckers

November 04, 2007

Less than week after a double-decker trailer rollover caused the death of 17 horses, a member of the Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation that would ban the use of such trailers to transport horses for any reason.

Ill. State... Read More

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Trailer Accident Investigators Consider Charges

November 02, 2007

State, local, and federal investigators are putting their heads together to determine whether the driver of the semitrailer hauling 59 horses involved in a Oct. 27 rollover accident in Wadsworth, Ill., will face additional charges in connection... Read More

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Strangles Management and Prevention

November 01, 2007


New strategies for management and prevention.

It is not uncommon for strangles infections to recur on a farm, and until recent years there have been misconceptions about how this... Read More