Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Horse Rescue Receives Seal of Approval

October 01, 2005

Independent Charities of America has awarded Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon, Md., with the "Best In America" seal of approval for adhering to high standards of accountability and successfully managing the organization's finances. For more... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

September 21, 2005

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems.... Read More

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Help Sought for Trailer Accident Survey

September 06, 2005

For the last two years, USRider has been working with nationally known large-animal rescue expert Dr. Tomas Gimenez in an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses. To help with this important equine... Read More

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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

September 06, 2005

When Director-Producer John Gatins (37) wrote Dreamer, he did so with the hope that people would get a wholesome feeling from watching this movie. Gatins, who grew up in upstate New York, which is horse country, never gravitated much to... Read More

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Quick Barn Fixes

September 01, 2005

You can create a functional, safe barn in an existing structure on your property with some practical, ... Read More

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Hauling Q&A

September 01, 2005

Get the answers to 10 frequently asked trailering and equine transport questions from industry authorities.... Read More

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Surface Switch

August 16, 2005

It is often said the key to real estate is "location, location, location." Well, listening to the speakers at the Aug. 8-9 conference of racetrack superintendents, it became clear the key to a good surface is "consistency, consistency,... Read More

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Practical Mosquito Control

August 09, 2005

In addition to vaccination, mosquito control is critical in protecting your horses against WNV. Here's quick review on controlling mosquito populations in your barn:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water through improved drainage, or... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Committee Addresses Concerns Over Surgery Disclosure

August 02, 2005

The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to... Read More

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Alternative Horse Bedding

August 01, 2005

Research has shown that Kenaf, a fairly new plant to North America that is a relative of cotton and okra, could be a viable product for horse bedding. Michael Yoder, MS, extension associate in the department of animal science at North Carolina... Read More

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Giacomo Out for the Year

August 01, 2005

Giacomo, upset winner of the Kentucky Derby, will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a bone chip in his left front fetlock that he suffered in the Belmont Stakes. Trainer John Shirreffs said the prognosis is excellent, and he is... Read More

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Bigger Thoroughbreds Sell Better

August 01, 2005

2005 EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, TUCSON, ARIZ., MAY 31-JUNE 3

"Pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of... Read More

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Kentucky Senator Introduces Legislation to Promote Horse Industry

July 29, 2005

Equine Equity Act will provide tax relief for horse owners

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Thursday (July 28) designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing provisions of federal law that favor... Read More

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VHW, Inc. Acquires Barnmaster, Inc.

July 27, 2005

VHW, owner of MD Enterprises, Inc., announced the acquisition of Barnmaster, Inc., joining two of the nation's leading manufacturers of barns, stables, and agricultural facilities. Combining these companies brings the strength of more than 55... Read More

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Farnam Introduces Granular Larvacide for Mosquito Control

July 26, 2005

"The most important step any property owner can take to control mosquito populations is to remove all potential sources of stagnant water in which mosquitoes might breed," the USDA advises. Unfortunately, many necessary water sources cannot be... Read More

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Racetrack Compost Plan Underway

July 22, 2005

An anaerobic digester serving an Ohio racetrack and the city of Columbus will divert more than 125,000 tons of organic waste away from an area landfill. The composting operation will be built at Scioto Downs, says Read More

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Anthrax in North Dakota

July 15, 2005

Eleven premises in southeastern North Dakota have had confirmed cases of anthrax this year in bison, cattle, and horses as of July 14. It's not uncommon to find anthrax in the state annually, but Beth Carlson, DVM, deputy state veterinarian for... Read More

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Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

July 13, 2005

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in... Read More

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Safety Strategy for Traveling Equestrians

July 12, 2005

Horse owners are advised to carry a second spare tire when trailering their animals.

"The side of the road is a dangerous place to be especially when you have horses onboard. As a conscientious horse owner, you want to minimize that... Read More

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Strangles Identified in Horse at Ellis Park

July 07, 2005

A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park in Henderson County, Kentucky, has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body... Read More

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Disease Control at Racetracks and Horse Events

July 05, 2005

The following guidelines may be implemented at equine facilities to prevent diseases from affecting an event and/or in the face of a disease outbreak. Disease control will be initiated at one of three levels; the federal government deals with... Read More

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Spiders: Insect Invaders

July 01, 2005

Spider venom's prime function is to paralyze insect prey so the spider can dine on them.... Read More

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Dung Beetles

July 01, 2005

Dung beetles are amazing insects that spend their lives mucking out your pastures. The adults use liquid contents for nourishment, and they lay eggs in small manure balls (brood balls) they bury in the ground. In the process, they serve as... Read More

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Trailer Shopping 101

July 01, 2005

Fulfilling your equestrian goals without a horse trailer is difficult. Your facility might be the best one going, but to really stretch your wings, it's good to get out in the rest of the world. Even if you're happy staying put, medical emergencies... Read More