Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Horse Sales Transparency at Heart of New Florida Law

July 06, 2007

A bill that empowers Florida's state government to set rules regarding transparency issues in the sale of horses was recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist.

The law gives the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services... Read More

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Understanding the Prepurchase Exam

June 26, 2007

The search is over: You've finally found the horse of your dreams. But before you sign the sales contract and load him onto the first trailer headed home, protect yourself with a prepurchase exam. Granted, there's no magic crystal ball there to... Read More

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Hollywood Park Tweaking Cushion Track Blend

June 22, 2007

(From Hollywood Park release)

Hollywood Park, acting on test results, has ordered additional wax for the top layer of its synthetic racing surface.

"There has bee... Read More

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Extreme Drought Spreading Across South

June 14, 2007

The choking dryness that's killing crops and turning streams into dusty trails across the Southeast is getting worse, with the government saying Thursday the nation's most extreme drought has expanded from Alabama into three neighboring states.... Read More

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Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

June 13, 2007

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control.... Read More

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Injuries Common Among Experienced Riders, Study Finds

June 12, 2007

Results of a retrospective study performed by doctors at an Alberta trauma center shed a new light on the incidence and type of injuries sustained by equestrians. Additionally, the doctors found that experienced riders were more likely to suffer seve... Read More

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Safe and Healthful Stall Mats

June 01, 2007

So you have decided to invest in rubber mats for your stalls. What now? In this article, we'll compare some of the available features, and we'll give you points to consider when refining the requirements for your barn.

An important... Read More

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Texas Therapeutic Riding Group Seeks Volunteers

May 24, 2007

Therapeutic Riding of Texas (TROT), a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association premier accredited therapeutic riding center, is seeking side walkers and horse handler volunteers for Session II. Volunteers do not need experience, as ... Read More

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New York Senate Passes Bill Exempting Farm Buildings from Maintenance Code

May 24, 2007

The New York state senate passed a bill May 23 that would provide relief to farmers from the high costs and red tape a new state regulation could potentially cause them.

The bill (S.3022) would exempt permanent farm buildings on working... Read More

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Federal Government to Hold Horse Auction In Michigan

May 20, 2007

Dozens of Michigan horse lovers are expected to attend an auction this weekend at the Midland County Fairgrounds, where the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will offer wild mustangs and burros for as little as $125 each.

The bureau will have 60... Read More

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Mustangs Enlisted to Patrol Canadian Border

May 18, 2007

Wild horses, tamed in past generations by Indians, soldiers, and prospectors, are now being enlisted for a new chore--patrolling the most rugged and remote stretches of the nation's northern border.

In a project dubbed "Noble Mustang," the... Read More

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Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

May 16, 2007

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point,"... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

May 13, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at... Read More

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Attacked Saddlebreds: Judge Rules Stable Owners Not Negligent

May 12, 2007

The owners of a central Kentucky boarding farm were not negligent when someone injected five Saddlebreds with a tissue-destroying substance in 2003, a judge has ruled.

Woodford Circuit Judge Paul Issacs issued a 13-page opinion Thursday (May... Read More

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Revived Sales Integrity Task Force Holds Organizational Meeting

May 08, 2007

Meeting for the first time since its announced resurrection almost three months ago, the revived Sales Integrity Task Force left its May 7 gathering at Keeneland with proclaimed vows of providing quick and satisfying results.

Re-formed i... Read More

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Arming the Fight Against Resistant Bacteria

May 08, 2007

In 1928, Alexander Fleming opened the door to treating bacterial infections when he stumbled upon the first known antibiotic in a Penicillium mold growing in a discarded experiment.

Nearly eight decades later, chemist Helen... Read More

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Arlington's New Surface Healing Old Wounds

May 07, 2007

A year after an unprecedented string of catastrophic injuries left horsemen wondering what was wrong with the dirt track at Arlington Park, they were singing the praises of a new synthetic racing surface.

More than 20 fatal injuries in an... Read More

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Name Selected for Colt Rescued from Interstate 44 Accident

May 02, 2007

The Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is proud to announce Twist of Fate as the winning name for the new colt born April 18. More than 5,360 votes were cast to help pick the colt's name. "Twist of Fate" led the pack to... Read More

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Stall Stuff

May 01, 2007

The care of horse stalls is an inherently messy part of horse management. There are a variety of opinions on how to cope with this daily chore. Let's face it: urine and manure reek. Additionally, an excess of these two elements creates unsafe and... Read More

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Polytrack Founder Admits Problems at American Tracks

May 01, 2007

Martin Collins, the creator of the Polytrack artificial surface, admitted to having faced problems in North America in an interview with the British monthly racing magazine, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.
 
Interviewed in the May... Read More

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Emergencies on the Road

May 01, 2007

Traveling with horses is no longer the big deal it once was, but the risks attached to hauling are as great as ever; as we all know, accidents happen, even to the most responsible of us. And while it's essential to take precautions to protect... Read More

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Rodent Control in Horse Stables

April 18, 2007

Mice and rats consume and contaminate food destined for livestock and other animals as well as humans. ... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Track to Have Synthetic Surface

April 18, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, which plans to open Sept. 1 for its inaugural Thoroughbred meet, will have a synthetic surface, and a decision on the manufacturer could be finalized by the end of April.

Presque Isle, located near Erie, Pa., opened... Read More

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Missouri Equine, Livestock Veterinarians in Short Supply

April 13, 2007

It's a routine morning for Charles Dake: He drives an hour roundtrip to give a horse a quick vaccine, then he's off to castrate and dehorn a herd of cattle, and onto yet another farm to sedate and castrate a horse--all before lunch.

Wit... Read More

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Performance Evaluation of Western Saddle Pads

April 08, 2007

The local tack shop has them in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are an essential part of every horse's tack--the saddle pad. Lately, interest in the equine industry has lead to an increase in the manufacturing of technologically advanced... Read More