Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

January 18, 2009

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation... Read More

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Penn School of Vet Medicine Marks 125 Years

January 18, 2009

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

"From our earliest years, Penn Vet has shaped and advanced the education and practice of the profession," said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD,... Read More

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Keeneland Sale Final Gross Down 53.4%

January 18, 2009

The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people... Read More

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Lady Finds a Home: 50th Thoroughbred Adopted Through TheHorse.com Service

January 15, 2009

TheHorse.com recently got word that a Thoroughbred formerly en route to slaughter had found a home via TheHorse.com's Thoroughbred Adoption Services, sponsored by Gainesway Farm. She was the 50th Thoroughbred to be placed through the service. Read More

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Downward Spiral Continues at Keeneland Sale

January 14, 2009

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued its scary downward spiral during the second session of its six-day run in Lexington. The gross revenue Jan. 13 dropped 66.2% from a year ago while the average price fell 61.6%. The median... Read More

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Wisconsin Friesian Stallion Positive for CEM

January 14, 2009

A stallion quarantined in Outagamie County, Wis., has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM), a contagious but treatable reproductive disease of horses.... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis: Culture and Diagnosis

January 13, 2009

One of the most difficult problems in diagnosing contagious equine metritis (CEM) is isolating the organism from heavily contaminated sites in the stallion and mare. CEM is caused by Taylorella equigenitalis, a Gram-negative bacterium,... Read More

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Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Opening Down 45.9%

January 13, 2009

The results were grim, but not surprising, as Keeneland opened its January horses of all ages sale in Lexington during a time of worldwide economic downturns. The gross revenue Jan. 12 plummeted 44% from the auction's first session in 2008 while... Read More

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Shortage of Wood Bedding Ongoing, Could Intensify

January 09, 2009

The housing market downturn is affecting more than just developers and realtors. Some horse owners have a new challenge in locating adequate, affordable bedding for their animals.

Jeannie Queen of Clear Vision Equine, based i... Read More

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45 Horses Find New Homes Via TheHorse.com Service

January 09, 2009

Launched in November 2008, TheHorse.com's Thoroughbred Adoption Service has now coordinated new homes for 45 horses. See a list of horses placed.  

"I’m extremely... Read More

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Trainers Voice Santa Anita Surface Concerns

January 08, 2009

About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.

Unlike meeting... Read More

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Clean Water for Horses: Poll Results

January 08, 2009

More than 1,550 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you clean automatic waterers or water troughs?"

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Temporary Tack Emergency Halter Repair Kit

January 08, 2009

Four Footed Essentials of Midway, Ky. has developed Temporary Tack, a kit that includes sized, color-coded sections that can be used to repair broken halters in emergency situations.

Designed for use on all types of livestock, Temporary... Read More

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Prevent CEM, Other Infectious Diseases Through Strict Hygiene

January 07, 2009

Strict hygiene guidelines should be followed whenever handling breeding mares or stallions to prevent reproductive infectious diseases, including contagious equine metritis (CEM).

CEM is spread between horses primarily by breeding, either b... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Farms Go Green with Composting

January 04, 2009

With the economy in a downfall and the horse industry taking a big hit, farm owners are looking for ways to save money, and perhaps even earn a little extra, in an unconventional way.

According to the Read More

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Heavy Snow Causes Problems for Horse Owners

December 30, 2008

After experiencing her area's worst snowstorm since 1968, Beth Sandland of Sandy, Ore., was unable to visit her boarded horses for three weeks.

However, other horse owners have had to deal with a more serious side effect of winter weather:... Read More

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42 Horses Die in Minnesota Barn Fire

December 23, 2008

Sunday morning, Scot Stelter received the call that horse owners dread: the barn where six of his Quarter Horses were temporarily housed, along with 36 others, was on fire. The horses were trapped inside and died.

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Maintain Trailer Breakaway Systems for Safe Hauling

December 17, 2008

Emergency breakaway systems lock trailer brakes automatically if the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle. Maintaining this equipment is an aspect of trailer maintenance you don't want to overlook, although hopefully you'll never... Read More

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Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

December 06, 2008

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More

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British Thoroughbred Sale Tattersalls Down 51%

December 05, 2008

Tattersalls' December sale ended quietly in England with a breeding stock session in which a 3-year-old colt, sold as a jumping prospect, topped trade at 65,000 guineas. The other figures for Dec. 4 were 139 horses sold, a gross of 656,650... Read More

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California Vet Service Tax Fails; Might Resurface

December 03, 2008

Last week, the California State Senate and Assembly rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to balance the budget, which included the addition of a sales tax to veterinary... Read More

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Sale of Interest in Curlin Rejected

December 01, 2008

A Kentucky state judge has denied the private bid by majority owner Stonestreet Stables for the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, ordering the pertinent parties to work out their differences on their own.

Franklin... Read More

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Ireland's Miniature Horses to Get Official Studbook, Passports

December 01, 2008

The owners of Ireland's smallest equines have big cause for celebration, as that country's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food last week officially recognized the Miniature Horse and Pony Society of Ireland (MHPSI). As a result, the... Read More

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California Governor Proposes Tax on Veterinary Services

November 26, 2008

In an effort to raise funds for the state, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced his proposal to expand sales tax to include veterinary services. If this proposal passes, the governor estimated $357 million in increased revenu... Read More

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Disease Control Yearly Planner

November 26, 2008

Guard against diseases on your farm year-round by employing these seasonal tips

For a horse to perform to his utmost capacity, he must be healthy and sound throughout the year. The smallest details of farm management often... Read More