Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Australia's Equine Industry Won't Receive Influenza Bill

June 11, 2008

An Australian government official announced today that the horse industry would not be asked to pay for the expenses associated with last year's outbreak of equine influenza. According to the Read More

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European Union to Require Horse Passports, Microchips

June 10, 2008

According to a June 9 statement on the European Union (EU) Web site, all equidae will now... Read More

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Strangles Reported at Florida Standardbred Track

June 08, 2008

One case of strangles was confirmed June 4 in the stable area at Pompano Park Harness Track in Pompano Beach, Fla. Live harness racing will continue as scheduled at the facility.

Track management, in working with animal health officials fro... Read More

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Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More

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Track Superintendents Say Don't Diss Dirt

June 04, 2008

On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

Jerry Porcelli... Read More

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Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

June 03, 2008

With track safety being one area of the racing industry under scrutiny, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track... Read More

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Brain Dysfunction in Cribbing Horses Gives Researchers Something to Chew On

June 03, 2008

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered that cribbing horses learn differently than horses that don't crib.

Cribbing is a stereotypy in which a horse grasps an object between his incisor teeth and... Read More

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Decreasing Risk of Enterolithiasis: Hay Type and Pasture

June 02, 2008

Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic). ... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

June 01, 2008

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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Biosecurity on the Farm

June 01, 2008

Disease can come home with you in exposed horses, on your equipment, and even on your skin and clothing. Here’s how to avoid these scenarios and keep your horses healthy.

Reducing the risk and frequency of contagious... Read More

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Horse Feed: Going Green?

June 01, 2008

Are horse owners willing to "go green" in the ways they feed horses and in the packaging of those feeds?

The 24th Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium covered a myriad of topics for all species, but... Read More

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Farm Equipment for Large and Small Facilities

June 01, 2008

From tried and true to novel and exciting, these are the products, services, and techniques that our experts are recommending to facilitate equine management.... Read More

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Indiana Horse Owners Warned of Infectious Anemia Risk

May 29, 2008

Horse owners and veterinarians are being asked to watch their animals closely for any unusual clinical signs, in light of a cluster of recent positive cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA).

According to Tim Bartlett, DVM, director of... Read More

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Suit Filed Against Santa Anita Footing Supplier

May 29, 2008

The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.

The Los... Read More

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Santa Anita to Conduct Flood Test on New Track Surface

May 25, 2008

A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following... Read More

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Caterpillars and Creepy Crawlies: Readers Respond

May 24, 2008

Nearly 450 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you do anything to keep pregnant mares away from caterpillars on your farm?"... Read More

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Rescue Highlights Danger of 'Free Horse' Offers

May 23, 2008

Dennis Rutherford of Elma, Wash., had the best of intentions when he offered his pair of retired Thoroughbred racehorses free to good homes on a popular giveaway Web site. Now he's warning other horse owners it's dangerous to offer something for... Read More

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AQHA and Ranch Horse Association of America Join Forces

May 22, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Ranch Horse Association of America have formed a strategic marketing alliance to promote the growing interest in and usage of Quarter Horses in ranch horse competition.

As part... Read More

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Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

May 21, 2008

Harness racing at Keeneland? Yes, there was, but it's not what you might think.

Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at the Lexington racetrack the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under... Read More

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Readers Respond: That Ticks Me Off!

May 19, 2008

More than 1,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you have problems with ticks on your horse(s)?"

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Horse Auction Operators Deal with Down Market

May 14, 2008

In a glutted market where some horses can be had for as little as $2, auctioneer Tim Jennings is trying to convince horse owners it's still a good time to sell their animals.

"We're telling people to compare how much they're spending o... Read More

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New Florida Horse Sale Rules Published

May 12, 2008

The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

The rules, which were developed... Read More

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Groom Carefully as Tick Season Fires Up

May 12, 2008

Everyone wants their horses to be healthy. Ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, for which there is no currently licensed equine vaccine available. Pay careful attention to your horses and monitor them for ticks. Lyme disease can also occur in humans, ... Read More

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Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

May 10, 2008

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the... Read More

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MRLS: Caterpillar Population Up Sharply from 2007

May 09, 2008

Experts with the University of Kentucky (UK) report that Eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering in the area, and population levels are among the highest they've seen since the 2001, when mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) hit Central... Read More