Recent News for Farm and Barn

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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.

According to... Read More

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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

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Good Grazing Starts with the Soil

November 04, 2008

Good pastures start at the root--and those roots need soil. The first step to managing pasture soils is using a soil survey to identify what you have. While you can't change the inherent properties of your soils, with understanding you can manag... Read More

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Thoroughbred Broodmare Sells for Record Price

November 03, 2008

Even though we're in the midst of a global financial crisis, a special horse can still bring a jaw-dropping amount.

Better Than Honour, the dam of back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches, set a world Thoroughbred auctio... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Faces Economic Hurdles

November 02, 2008

Consignors are steeling themselves and their clients for a significant downturn in the market at Keeneland's breeding stock sale, which starts Nov. 3 in Lexington and runs for 15 days. But they also are hoping that the drop in prices will bring... Read More

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Unwanted Thoroughbreds: A Challenge for Sellers

November 02, 2008

With the economy struggling and the buy-back/no bid rates at Thoroughbred auctions rising, the issue of unwanted horses is a growing concern. Antony Beck, president of Gainesway Farm in Lexington, decided to try to do something about it, by... Read More

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Keeping Stalled Horses Happy

November 01, 2008

No matter the reason your horse is stalled, you can keep him happy and comfortable.... Read More

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Thrush Diagnosis and Treatment

November 01, 2008

Most cases of thrush occur in inactive horses that live in stalls. Unfortunately, this describes a huge percentage of horses in the United States, since over the past few decades horses have become 'apartment dwellers.' ... Read More

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Winter Barn Ventilation

November 01, 2008

How do you know if your barn is well-ventilated, and what can you do to fix it?

What could possibly be more interesting than barn ventilation? It ranks right up there with oil changes and trimming those low-hanging tree... Read More

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Wrangler Charged in Oregon Horse Shooting

October 31, 2008

A former employee of an Oregon youth camp faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the shooting and abandonment of Trooper, a 6-year-old Arabian gelding discovered wandering in the Deschutes National Forest with a gunshot... Read More

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Santa Anita Footing Lawsuit Dismissal Denied

October 30, 2008

The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.

U.S. District Judge... Read More

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Effort to Match Seized New York Horses, Owners Continues

October 30, 2008

Eight weeks after seizing 85 allegedly malnourished Thoroughbred horses from a Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm, authorities with the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are still trying to match the... Read More

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Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Starts Monday

October 30, 2008

Keeneland will open its 15-day November Thoroughbred Breeding Stock Sale--the largest of its kind in the world--on Monday, Nov. 3.

A record 5,709 horses have been cataloged for the sale, which runs through Monday, Nov. 17. Sessions begin... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Trainers Weigh in on Artificial Surfaces

October 28, 2008

Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World... Read More

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Trail Horses Included in Resort Bankruptcy Auction

October 27, 2008

Operators of the Double JJ Resort and Ranch in Rothbury, Mich., are hopeful that the resort's 94 horses will find new homes when the company's assets are liquidated at bankruptcy auction on Oct. 30. Owners ceased operations on Sept. 3 after... Read More