Recent News for Farm and Barn

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MacKinnon Ice Horse Boots Evendura Wrap

February 01, 2008

The First+Ice inserts remain cold at therapeutic levels for up to two hours, while the horse eats or rests comfortably in his stall. As the legs remain dry, there is no risk of skin irritation or bacterial, fungal and hoof. ... Read More

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Seasonal Tack Touch-Ups

February 01, 2008

Saddles wear out more from neglect than use.

The days will soon begin to get longer and the riding bug will start to bite--it's almost time to dust off your saddle and deep clean your furry beast of a horse. But will... Read More

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'Loved' to Death?

February 01, 2008


We must do the best we can to create an environment where our horses can thrive physically and mentally.

Horses weren't designed to be "apartment dwellers," said a horseman friend... Read More

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AlpharmaEquine Extend-A-Cool

January 30, 2008

Extend-A-Cool as an effective remedy to address sore shins, inflamed leg muscles and tendons, and reduce swelling from acute sprains and bruises. When applied to the lower leg, the temperature under the wrap may be reduced by up to 6°F or more... Read More

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Florida Sets Limit on Horse Auction Rules

January 25, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services claims it doesn't have the power to regulate certain aspects of horse sales in the state, but is prepared to publish proposed rules it says are intended to prevent unfair or deceptive... Read More

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Santa Anita to Close for Footing Fix

January 17, 2008

A liquid binder officials believe will save Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track should take about 10 days to acquire and another four to mix with the synthetic racing surface, the California Horse Racing Board was told Jan. 16.

Track president... Read More

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Olympic Horse Manure Management Going Green in Hong Kong

January 15, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club recently demonstrated its manure management program, illustrating one way in which the club will observe the "Green Olympics" theme of the 2008 Olympic Games. Stable waste and manure from the Olympic equestrian venues a... Read More

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Santa Anita Trying New Synthetic Material to Fix Drainage Woes

January 15, 2008

Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.

After several days of testing material manufactured by... Read More

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First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More

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New Tax Could Put Tennessee Horse Owners in Bind

January 12, 2008

As if the drought wasn't enough for the farmers of Tennessee. Beginning Jan. 1, all people buying feed (hay, grain, etc.), farm equipment, and other tax-exempt farm supplies in the Volunteer State had to present proof of exemption or pay almost... Read More

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Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

January 10, 2008

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More

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Ford Recalling 1.18 Million Heavy Duty Vehicles

January 08, 2008

Ford Motor Company is conducting a voluntary recall of 1.18 million F-Super Duty trucks, E-Series vans, and Excursions due to a sensor problem that can cause the vehicle's engine to hesitate, stumble, or stall.

The recall involves... Read More

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Cost of Wood Shavings Increasing as Housing Market Falls

January 06, 2008

A downturn in the housing industry is being blamed for a shortage of equine shavings that has resulted in sharp price increases and changes in the methods some owners use to manage their horses.

"The cost of shavings has increased by 70% in... Read More

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Rain Shuts Down Santa Anita Racing

January 06, 2008

Santa Anita officials canceled racing for Jan. 5 after Southern California was hit with the first of a series of rainstorms the previous evening. The Cushion Track synthetic surface, installed at Santa Anita this past summer to replace its main dir... Read More

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Santa Anita Track Drainage Dilemma Not Over

January 03, 2008

Knee deep in controversy over drainage problems with Santa Anita's new synthetic racetrack and heavy rainfall expected this week, the company that installed the surface has acknowledged that the issue remains unresolved.

In a Jan. 2 press... Read More

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Drug-Resistant Bugs

January 01, 2008

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a multidrug-resistant bacterium that has received ample attention in the press lately. Much concern has been expressed because of the tremendous increase in human infections, including... Read More

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25 Years of Medicine

January 01, 2008

Reflecting upon the last 25 years in equine veterinary medicine, it is difficult to limit the list of changes to a single page. Since The Horse has done an excellent job of educating horse owners about diagnostic and therapeutic advances in... Read More

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Insurance: Not Sexy, But Essential

January 01, 2008

Dozens of insurance companies understand the horse business and offer insurance tailored for your situation. ... Read More

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Be a Hay Connoisseur

January 01, 2008

Good owners know whether the hay they are feeding is the right type and the right quality.... Read More

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Investigating Foreign Animal Diseases

December 30, 2007

Surveillance for and the investigation of suspected foreign animal diseases is a high priority for state and federal animal health regulatory officials, because the movement of animals and animal products, including semen and embryos, in... Read More

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Commentary: Equine Quarantine Increasingly Important

December 28, 2007

Epidemics of equine influenza in Japan and Australia during the summer of 2007 have raised questions regarding the failure of quarantine and influenza vaccination to control the spread of disease.

Expanding and increasingly mobile equine... Read More

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Honey Making a Comeback as Antibiotic Choice in Human Medicine

December 27, 2007

Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic--honey--is making a comeback.

More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma... Read More

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Alabama Man Found Guilty of Cruelty; Ownership of Horses Uncertain

December 26, 2007

An Algiers, Ala., man has been found guilty of 10 counts of animal cruelty after being accused of keeping horses on his property with limited food and water, a prosecutor said.

A criminal District Court commissioner last week found Dave... Read More

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Risk Factors for Catastrophic Fractures

December 24, 2007

At the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Ellen Singer, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS and ECVS, MRCVS (epidemiology), of the University of Liverpool, discussed identifying risk factors... Read More

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Weather Complicates Santa Anita Footing Switch

December 19, 2007

Rain has further delayed renovation of the Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

Horses were unable to use the main track Dec. 19, when track officials had hoped to finish the project to address drainage problems with the surface. They had hoped... Read More