Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Maryland Offers Horse Owner Pasture Walks

June 06, 2009

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland have partnered together to offer a Horse Pasture Walk on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Equine Rotationa... Read More

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Mine That Bird's Registration Papers Reported Stolen

June 03, 2009

Trainer Chip Woolley Jr., who trains Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, woke up the morning of June 2 to find his truck had been broken into at the Louisville hotel where he was staying. The registration papers for Mine That Bird were missing... Read More

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Tack and Equipment: Gearing Up

June 01, 2009

One wonderful aspect of being a horse owner or enthusiast is the variety of available tack and equipment--generally innovative, cool stuff--to use under saddle or in the stable. Exciting innovations in recent years have lent safety, comfort... Read More

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Fences and Machines: Ways to Trim Expenses

June 01, 2009

Fences and machinery are some of the higher-ticket items on a farm, and in this iffy economic climate, it might be overwhelming to even consider replacing these everyday necessities with new products. Having an organized, planned maintenance program ... Read More

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Customize Bits and Bridles to Minimize Oral Ulcers

June 01, 2009

"Oral ulcers and abrasions on the lips, cheeks, and tongue of horses are very common and are primarily caused by trauma," Wattle said. "For example, nose bands pressing against the horse's cheeks and badly fitting bits are both thought to be common... Read More

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Best Biosecurity Boots, AAEP 2008

May 24, 2009

We're all familiar with the medical/veterinary axiom: First do no harm. A recent Colorado State University (CSU) study extended this principle to biosecurity for ambulatory veterinarians: First, don't bring any diseases into a patient's... Read More

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Readers Come Clean on Tack Maintenance Schedules

May 22, 2009

More than 1,050 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you do a full cleaning (polish silver, clean/condition leather, etc.) of your tack?"

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Readers Comment on Riding Surfaces

May 15, 2009

More than 1,250 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More

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Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

May 08, 2009

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

The accident... Read More

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Heaves Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention: AAEP 2008

May 06, 2009

The discussion covered a number of areas, including the pathophysiology of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also called heaves) and its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The causes of RAO are known to be inhaled allergens and irritants... Read More

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Horse and Farm Insurance

May 01, 2009

Choose a knowledgeable insurance agent with a reputable company that understands horses and the horse industry... Read More

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Keeping Glanders at Bay

April 24, 2009

Considering that North America has been free of glanders for more than 50 years, many practitioners and horse owners are, understandably, not familiar with the clinical signs of the disease. As evidenced by the recent importation of... Read More

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African Horse Sickness: A Threat to the United States?

April 17, 2009

African horse sickness virus (AHSV) and bluetongue virus (BTV) are both members of the genus Orbivirus of the family Reoviridae. Both cause serious, noncontagious but infectious, arthropod-borne diseases in equids and ruminants,... Read More

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Deadbeat Horse Boarders Addressed by Kentucky Law

April 17, 2009

Horse owners who fail to pay boarding fees can and do create real hardship for farm owners. Legislation was recently signed into law that will dramatically improve the outlook for boarding operations left in the lurch by non-paying horse owners.... Read More

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Michigan Extension Offers New Toxic Plant Bulletins

April 15, 2009

Horse owners do what they can to make sure their charges get healthy feed. But how do they know that the plants growing in their pastures are safe for equine consumption, and how do they grow good forage? Find out which plants can threaten horse... Read More

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Surface Safety, Step By Step

April 14, 2009

What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More

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Bankruptcy: Can I Keep My Horse?

April 02, 2009

What happens to the horses if their owner declares bankruptcy? ... Read More

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Causes of Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

Progression of obesity and insulin resistance exacerbates laminitis risk. As a horse gets fatter, insulin sensitivity decreases. Insulin resistance worsens with chronic obesity, making a horse more susceptible to laminitis and less tolerant ... Read More

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Abnormal Sheath Buildup

April 01, 2009

I have searched the Internet and asked everyone I know about the abnormal sheath buildup on my 17-year-old gelding. ... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More

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Managing Manure

April 01, 2009

Manure is something all horse owners must deal with, but it can be worth its weight in gold as a fertilizer if properly composted.

There is no shortage of manure on a horse farm. We're simply rich with the stuff. And... Read More

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Strangles: Answers to Common Questions

March 31, 2009

Strangles is a highly contagious disease that causes horses to have swollen and painful lymph nodes that block their airway and can cause difficult breathing. The name was coined because these enlarged nodes sometimes (but rarely) suffocate... Read More

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Maintain Trailer Axles for Safe Hauling

March 27, 2009

Trailer axles have a lot riding on them--take good care of this crucial element of your rig. One of the more debilitating disablements for a horse trailer is axle failure. In addition to putting you and your horse at great danger on... Read More

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New Jersey Animal Waste Management Sessions Planned

March 25, 2009

Educators from Cooperative Extension, a unit of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, will provide training, beginning this month, for equine and other livestock farmers in the development of "Self-Certified Animal Waste Management... Read More