Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Hundreds of Horse Lovers Show Up for Equifest 2008

April 13, 2008

Hundreds of equine fans gathered at Equifest 2008 at the Lake Helen Equestrian Center in Florida.

The one-day event was presented by the Museum of Florida Art. All the proceeds from event yesterday (April 12) will go to youth programs of... Read More

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MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More

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Pumping Up Unproductive Pastures

April 11, 2008

Ohio State University Extension educator Rory Lewandowski recently offered a variety of management strategies to help producers ease back into productive forages this spring.

"Between last year's drought that led to overgrazing of pastures... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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Kentucky's EIA Surveillance in 2007

April 09, 2008

During the 2007 calendar year, 128,912 serum samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Kentucky. Private testing accounted for 111,607 samples. These samples were collected and tested to comply with state regulations governing th... Read More

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Illinois House Passes Equine Transport Bill

April 09, 2008

A proposed measure to prohibit the transport of horses in double-decker trailers in Illinois took a step toward becoming law on Tuesday when the state House of Representatives passed HB4162. The vote was 80 to 29.

The approved bill moves... Read More

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Refrigerator Recall Includes Some Horse Trailer Units

April 08, 2008

A recall of certain refrigerators manufactured by Dometic includes units used in some horse trailers, according to a manufacturer's notice. The defective refrigerator units were manufactured between April 1997 and May 2003 and are designed for... Read More

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Fire Ants and Horses

April 08, 2008

Fire ants deliver a simultaneous bite and sting that are very painful and give them their infamous name. The threat of fire ants to healthy, ambulatory adult animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a significant threat to recumbent... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report Fourth Quarter 2007

April 06, 2008

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

A clinically severe outbreak of atypical myoglobinuria/myopathy (AM) was diagnosed among eight non-Thoroughbred horse... Read More

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Aqueduct Cancels Races to Protect Surface

April 05, 2008

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct yesterday in an effort to preserve the racing surface for today's Wood Memorial program.

Aqueduct remained open... Read More

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New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

April 04, 2008

New Zealand biosecurity officials are retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Clearing Sand From the Gut

April 03, 2008

Sand colic due to an accumulation of sand in the intestines accounts for up to 30% of all colics, often causing weight loss and chronic diarrhea. Psyllium has often been recommended as a laxative for clearing sand out of the intestines, although... Read More

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Australia Equine Flu Inquiry Wraps Up

April 03, 2008

Leaders of an inquiry into Australia's billion-dollar equine influenza outbreak finished taking evidence Thursday after five months and testimony from 200 witnesses.

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who will issue his report by April 25,... Read More

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False Giveaway Ads a Cover for Saddle Theft

April 02, 2008

It wasn't a hoax or revenge that cost a Southern Oregon man many of his belongings when people responded to a Craigslist posting and nearly emptied his rural home, officers say: It was a pair of thieves covering their tracks.

Jackson County... Read More

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Prevent Horse Trailer Tire Trouble

April 02, 2008

Flat tires are the leading cause of disablements involving horse trailers. While horse haulers can never totally eliminate the risk of a breakdown, the risk can be minimized by taking the proper steps. USRider offered the following suggestions... Read More

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Fencing on the Rocks

April 01, 2008

Over, around, or through, when your fencing runs into rock, there is a variety of choices to solve the problem... Read More

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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More

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Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

March 31, 2008

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.... Read More

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Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

March 28, 2008

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you've just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University's... Read More

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Arkansas Horse Owners Face Floods

March 27, 2008

Despite rising river waters and extensive flooding throughout Northeast and Central Arkansas, Kay Jordan has not received a single call from horse owners with stranded animals.

"I would have heard from local humane societies if there was a... Read More

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Readers Respond: Just Ain't Right

March 24, 2008

Nearly 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " What do you do when your horse isn't acting normal, but doesn't show specific clinical signs?"

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Canadian Vet School Recommends Precautions to Prevent Spread of EHV-1

March 22, 2008

As a precautionary measure, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Clinic at the University of Saskatchewan is not accepting any nonemergency equine patients to control risks related to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)... Read More

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Sponsor Tables Illinois Horse Transport Bill Amendment

March 19, 2008

The sponsor of a proposed Illinois measure designed to enhance horse transport safety has tabled a controversial amendment that equine advocates denounced as unacceptable.

"We're going to go back to the original bill," said Ill. Rep. JoAnn... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Concludes

March 18, 2008

Participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in a multitude of... Read More