Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Hygiene Shovel

August 03, 2009

Union Jack Stable and Garden announce the release of the Solid One-Piece Hygiene Shovel, an ideal tool for stable owners, barn managers, and equine health professionals.

This new product is made from a solid piece of lightweight,... Read More

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Ventilation: Go With the Flow

August 01, 2009

Ventilating your equine facilities is critically important for your horses' and your own health and well-being. Taking advantage of natural ventilation is the best way to design your facility for long-term comfort.... Read More

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EHV-1 Quarantine at Pennsylvania Stable

July 29, 2009

Horses at Rolling Hills Ranch stable in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pa., have been quarantined after at least three horses tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said... Read More

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Farmers Dispose of Chemicals, Sharps through Ontario Program

July 28, 2009

A program to collect obsolete pesticides is being expanded this year to also provide farmers with safe disposal for unused animal health products and sharps. Taking place this fall, the program is part of an Ontario government-supported Great... Read More

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Third Piroplasmosis Horse Reported Missing

July 27, 2009

A third horse that tested positive for equine piroplasmosis was illegally removed from quarantine in June, stated a report issued to the World Organization for Animal Health (Office International des Epizooties, or OIE) by John Clifford,... Read More

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Readers Take on the Battle of the Flies

July 25, 2009

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you deal with flies at your barn?"

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Barn Fires: Avoid Hay Bale Combustion

July 24, 2009

Experienced agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains know that low wind speeds, high humidity, moist hay, and hot temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Under such a set of circumstances, tightly stacked hay bales have been... Read More

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Pasture Weeds Covered in University of Minnesota Publication

July 24, 2009

Horse owners can learn more about weed control in horse pastures from a new fact sheet published by University of Minnesota horse extension specialists.

The new publication, Read More

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Drought Burdens Texas Horse Rescues

July 23, 2009

Texas' worst drought in 50 years has burnt up pasture and raised the price of hay, leaving horse rescues to cope with an increase in abandonment and neglect cases as owners struggle to feed their horses.

"The cost of hay is going up, if you... Read More

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Going Green: Environmental Stewardship for Horse Owners

July 20, 2009

Most horse owners have happy memories of trotting down a tree-shaded lane, riding along a stream of clear water, or cantering across an open field. Nature and horses just go together.

"Taking steps to protect the environment can improve you... Read More

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Ireland's EIA Experience: What Did We Learn?

July 18, 2009

In 2006, Ireland was rocked by an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that was rapidly contained by veterinarians and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (read... Read More

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Australia Quarantine Respiratory Disease Not Horse Flu, Vet Says

July 17, 2009

A number of imported horses at Australia's Eastern Creek Quarantine Station are showing signs of equine herpesvirus type-4 (EHV-4), reported Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer, Andy Carroll, BVSc (hons), MSc, Phd, Cert QA Aud.

EHV-4, a... Read More

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Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

July 16, 2009

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line... Read More

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Simple Steps to Reduce Infectious Horse Disease Risk

July 15, 2009

Infectious diseases are a constant risk to the health and welfare of horses. Along with vaccination, preventive management techniques are critical to disease prevention.

Horse owners should:

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More

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Hay Herbicides Not a Risk to Horses, Despite Manure-Fertilized Crop Loss

July 10, 2009

Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More

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Bermudagrass for Horse Pastures

July 09, 2009

Kentucky horse owners might find Bermudagrass to be a good summer pasture species for mares, foals, and yearlings, and it might also serve as an on-farm source of hay or bedding. These observations are based on a continuing four-year study at the... Read More

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Horse Quarantine Facility Regulations Amended

July 04, 2009

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the regulations pertaining to the importation of horses to establish standards for the approval of permanent, privately owned quarantine facilities for horses. APHIS is... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures: Poll Results

July 02, 2009

About 980 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What mosquito control measures do you utilize?"... Read More

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Greener Pastures

July 01, 2009

Maintain good ground cover to keep your horses grazing and the soil and nutrients in your pastures.

A good pasture is not just a grassy field surrounded by a fence. It's a place of beauty, a weed-free meadow where horses... Read More

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Horse Manure Management the Subject of Michigan State Program

July 01, 2009

Horse owners who keep their animals in suburban settings might find challenges in handling manure to avoid issues with odor or flies that can strain neighborly relationships. To help them learn strategies for managing and composting manure, a... Read More

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Vetrolin Grooming Guide

June 29, 2009

The new Vetrolin Grooming Guide provides information on techniques for keeping horses clean and healthy. Topics discussed include proper bathing and tail cleaning, cleaning tough stains, managing unruly hair, and protecting the horse’s hair coat... Read More

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Horse Transport, Housing Stress Reflected in Hormone Levels

June 29, 2009

Horse transport and housing has an effect on the animals' stress levels, according to Shannon Garey, a PhD candidate under the direction of Theodore Friend, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAABS, of Texas A&M. Garey presented results of an ongoing study on... Read More

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Using Soil-Cement on Horse and Livestock Farms

June 28, 2009

Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of... Read More

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Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

June 22, 2009

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all... Read More