Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Keeneland Going With Polytrack; Other Track Renovations Planned

April 20, 2006

The Keeneland Association board of directors gave its approval to install a synthetic surface known as Polytrack on the main racetrack during an April 19 meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and the Central Kentucky track will be... Read More

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Drivers Test New Track at Florida Horse Park

April 14, 2006

A new marathon course with untested hazards, a new ring, incorporation of a "theme-park," and jumpers, polo players, and trail riders zigzagging around? It could be a recipe for a disaster.

But it wasn't a disaster. It was... Read More

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Trailer Noise and Vibration Study

April 14, 2006

Any time you have excessive road noise or vibration in a horse trailer, I think the horse experiences some stress. That can lead to fatigue, both muscular and mental. Reduction of noise or vibrations should benefit horses in transit.... Read More

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2006 Van Ness Award to Glen Eaton

April 13, 2006

Glen Eaton, of the Minnesota Horse Expo and Minnesota Horse Council, was awarded the 2006 Van Ness Award at the American Horse Council (AHC) Awards Luncheon on April 4th.

This award is named for Marjorie Van Ness and is given annually to... Read More

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Racing Surface Drawing Rave Reviews From Horsemen

April 12, 2006

Lone Star Park's main track is in its best condition ever, according to several horsemen who have been stabled in Grand Prairie, Texas for several weeks.

The 10th annual 66-date Spring Thoroughbred Season commences Thursday night at 6:35... Read More

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How To Repair A Quarter Crack

April 05, 2006

A successful quarter crack repair should be simple, strong, safe to apply, and durable. ... Read More

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Endophyte-Infected Fescue

April 01, 2006

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is a nutritious cool-season perennial grass that grows on more than 35 million acres in the United States. Introduced from Europe more than 100 years ago, it didn't become popular until the mid-1940s afte... Read More

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Trailer Shopping

April 01, 2006

You're finally ready to buy a trailer--one of the more significant purchases you'll make as a horse owner. It's a lot of money, so you'll want to make a wise investment. It's a good time to buy a trailer, as horse travel has evolved into a part... Read More

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Maryland and USDA Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information

April 01, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness in horse facilities. The USDA has published a separate brochure on the same topic (shown at right), which is available online at Read More

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Pasture Pests Pose Problems

April 01, 2006

Our farms usually fall into one of two pasture pest categories: Currently overrun, or about to be. Tunneling pasture pests can create serious hazards that can injure horses and ruin your fields. In a recent TheHorse.com poll, 65% of the 518 who... Read More

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Protect Horses From Bugs

April 01, 2006

Flies and mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing irritation and discomfort as they feed on horses. They can also be a health risk, spreading West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis viruses, equine infectious anemia, vesicular stomatitis, and other... Read More

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California Requires Synthetic Racing Surface

April 01, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) decided on Feb. 16 that California racing associations operating meets of at least four continuous weeks will be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of race... Read More

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Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

April 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on... Read More

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Tornado Recovery: The Second Time

March 22, 2006

When David Stokely arrived at his family's 40-acre farm near Battlefield, Mo., on the evening of March 12, the first thing he spotted was a dead horse, a victim of the second tornado that has hit Stokely Farms in less than three years. It... Read More

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Maryland Establishes New Equine Health Advisory Committee

March 21, 2006

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) has made 12 appointments to the Horse Health Advisory Committee that was recently established in the aftermath of several equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks. Through the MHIB, the committee will advis... Read More

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

March 17, 2006

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash... Read More

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NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks--Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga--from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain... Read More

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Funding Bill Possible for Calif. Surfaces Plan

March 11, 2006

California Senator Dean Florez is developing legislation to address the issue of funding for the state's major Thoroughbred racetracks to install Polytrack-like surfaces in order to reduce injuries to horses and riders.

The California... Read More

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Kentucky Updates Restrictions on Maryland Horses

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

Officials from the Kentucky's Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday (March 9) that they have removed restrictions on horses originating from Chevation II, a barn at Fair Hills Training Center... Read More

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Remaining EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted at Pimlico and Bowie

March 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and a barn at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie after the final four horses in those barns tested negative for equine... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Laurel Park

March 06, 2006

(edited press release)

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) released its hold order on Laurel Park's Barn 9 on Friday, March 3, which means 34 horses that tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at the Laurel,... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted on Kent County Farm

March 06, 2006

Seventeen horses on a Kent County, Md., farm tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on March 3, resulting in the March 4 removal of a Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) hold order that had prevented equine transport to and from... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Test Pending on Philly Park Horse

March 02, 2006

Officials at Philadelphia Park are awaiting test results from a horse that was euthanatized Feb. 23 to determine whether it had equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Kari Oakie, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly trained by Armand Correnti, fell... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

March 02, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reported EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a private... Read More

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Oh, Horse Manure!

March 01, 2006

If you have horses, you have manure. Dealing with the waste can be burdensome and sometimes costly for farm owners, not to mention some waste management methods are harmful to the environment. If you're looking for a way to improve your current... Read More