Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Personal Liability Policy Provided to Kentucky Horse Council Members

January 23, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), a statewide association for all horse owners and enthusiasts, now provides a $1 million Excess Personal Liability Insurance Policy for all of its individual and family members. Effective January 1, 2007, the... Read More

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Rare Breed Proposed for S.C. State Horse Status

January 17, 2007

The Marsh Tacky, a rare breed of horse descended from colonial Spanish horses and renowned for its ability to navigate through swampy terrain and remain calm under gunfire, has been nominated as the state horse of South Carolina, the Read More

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Keep Horses Healthy in Mud Season

January 11, 2007

Winter brings rain. And rain brings mud, especially if you have horses on a small acreage.... Read More

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Police "Pull Over" Man Riding Horse on Expressway

January 11, 2007

Traffic police in Zhengzhou, capital of China's Hunan province, stopped a man riding a horse on the expressway, China Daily reported yesterday... Read More

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Health Certification Protocol Established for USEF Licensed Shows in Florida

January 10, 2007

In response to the recent EHV-1 virus outbreak in Florida, and in the best interest of horses, USEF members and competition organizers, the USEF has approved the implementation of precautionary health restrictions for entry into show ground... Read More

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National Guard Dropping Hay for Snowbound Colo. Livestock

January 04, 2007

Hundreds of hay bales fell from the sky across Colorado's rangeland as military helicopter and cargo plane crews spent a second day Thursday delivering food to cattle that have been stranded by heavy snow and high drifts for a week.

Using... Read More

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Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

January 03, 2007

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent... Read More

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Saddle Shopping? New Resource Offers Online Assistance

January 01, 2007

Finding a Western saddle that fits well is a task that has horse owners turning to the new online Saddle Expert System. With well over 200 different breeds of horses, one can imagine how tricky it can be to find a saddle that fits just right.... Read More

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Bay Meadows Might Defer Synthetic Track Decision

December 30, 2006

Bay Meadows Race Course, long rumored to be facing demolition in favor of redevelopment plans approved by the city of San Mateo, might seek an exemption from a California Horse Racing Board mandate to replace its existing dirt track with an... Read More

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Monday's Florida EHV-1 Status Report

December 26, 2006

The following edited release is from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry.

Equine Herpesvirus-1 Status Report--Florida
Revised December 25, 2006, at 12:30 pm

Nine... Read More

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Take Time to Analyze Bad Bit Manners

December 24, 2006

The average horse weighs at least five or six times the average human adult. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict who's going to win if they get into a pulling contest.

Humans who find themselves in pulling matches with... Read More

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City Fights To Preserve Equine Identity

December 23, 2006

Tucked in a region of galloping suburban growth is a town where the sidewalks are horse trails and there's a ride-through McDonald's.

Locals hunker down at the Saddle Sore Saloon. New commercial development must be western themed. The... Read More

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Md. Horse Owner Facing Criminal Charges

December 22, 2006

A Sharpsburg, Md., woman who had 74 allegedly neglected horses on her Washington County farm is facing criminal charges.

Prosecutors say Barbara Reinken has been charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty. Each is punishable by up to... Read More

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New Publication Rates Trees by Susceptibility to Ice Storm Damage

December 22, 2006

A unique publication tells city planners and homeowners just how susceptible certain tree species are to ice storm damage--a handy guide in the wake of late November's ice storms in Illinois.

The publication, developed by the University of... Read More

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New Horse-Friendly Highway Bridges Span British Roads

December 19, 2006

Britain's Highways Agency is today celebrating the completion of two new bridleway bridges over the M3 in Windlesham and Chobham in Surrey, after they were installed overnight on Dec. 8 and 9.

With a higher headroom clearance than the... Read More

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Florida Equine Neurologic Outbreak: Tip of the Iceberg?

December 15, 2006

The source of the current outbreak of neurologic illness in Wellington, Fla., has been traced back to a shipment of 15 horses imported from Europe the last week of November. The horses were housed together at a quarantine facility in New York.... Read More

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Gator TH 6x4 Diesel

December 14, 2006

The newest addition to the John Deere Traditional Series Utility Vehicle offering, the John Deere Gator TH 6x4 Diesel delivers exceptional work performance in a very stable, turf-friendly 6x4 configuration.... Read More

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Arlington Park to Install State-of-the-Art Racing Surface for 2007 Season

December 07, 2006

Arlington Park announced today that it will begin construction immediately to replace its conventional dirt track with a new state-of-the-art, synthetic racing surface to enhance athlete safety in advance of the 2007 race meet, which begins on... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Emergency Transportation

December 06, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital.... Read More

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Synthetic Surfaces: Spanning the Globe

December 03, 2006

It's difficult to get away from talk of synthetic surfaces, whether it concerns racing in North America, Asia, Europe, or Dubai.

At this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs Nov. 4, a prominent European horseman said surfaces such as... Read More

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SmartPak to Offer Farrier's Formula

December 02, 2006

Life Data Labs and SmartPak Equine have announced that they have entered into a partnership to make Farrier's Formula available in SmartPaks. Farrier's Formula is the original hoof supplement, and has been shown effective in university studies a... Read More

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Double-Decker Disaster Leaves 17 of 42 Horses Dead

December 01, 2006

A truck carrying 42 horses bound for slaughter overturned early Sept. 27 on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Mo. Seventeen horses died immediately or were later euthanatized due to extensive injuries, and the remaining 24 horses and a hinny are in... Read More

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"Horsetown USA" to Regulate Waste-Filled Water

November 28, 2006

Norco, a California town known as "Horsetown USA," is under pressure to come up with a manure management plan to reduce the environmental impact of the town's estimated 14,000 horses, reports the Read More

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Book Excerpt: Rainrot

November 15, 2006

Rainrot (rain scald) is a skin problem that often appears during wet weather. ... Read More

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Reward Offered for Information on Ark. Horse Shooting

November 10, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse in North Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 26.... Read More