Recent News for Farm and Barn

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The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More

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Eradicating Pasture Erosion

May 01, 2008

Fixing pre-existing pasture erosion will probably entail a visit by a county extension agent or a pasture management consultant. Options would be to reduce the number of horses, lime and fertilize, or, in cases of major deterioration, to start over.... Read More

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Equine Summit Tackles Competitive Horse Health Care

April 29, 2008

The Well-being of the Competitive Horse was one of three major industry issues addressed during the Kentucky International Equine Summit.

Today's summit agenda was comprised of panel discussions entitled:

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Invasive Foreign Grass Ups Southeastern Wildfire Fears

April 28, 2008

Cogon grass can seem harmless--even beautiful--but forestry experts in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama warn it's a killer.

The invasive weed already has infested more than one million acres nationwide and experts say the... Read More

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Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More

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Canadian Groups to Hold Biosecurity and Risk Management of Horse Farms Seminar

April 19, 2008

Learn how to protect your horse by managing health and reducing risks on your farm. Equine Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College's (OVC) teaching hospital are co-sponsoring a seminar on Tuesday, April 22, covering biosecurity and risk... Read More

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program Available

April 17, 2008

Optimal use of horse pastures has always been important. As news of the high price and limited supply of hay continues to worry horse owners, the health of horse pastures becomes ever more critical.

Consulting with forage experts might be... Read More

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Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Horse Council Congressional Cavalry Program Grows

April 16, 2008

The Congressional Cavalry, organized by the American Horse Council (AHC) and some of its member organizations, continues to grow.

The Congressional Cavalry was formed last year in an effort to better represent and serve the horse... Read More

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EHV: Murray State Barns Remain Quarantined, No Clinical Signs Reported

April 15, 2008

As of April 14, a horse that had shown clinical signs consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalitis while stabled at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., remains in guarded condition at a referral hospital in Lexington. Samples... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak: WCVM Resumes Clinical Services

April 14, 2008

Based on the results of diagnostic tests, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan has resumed all regular clinical services for equine patients at its Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The decision,... Read More

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Investigating Horse Poisoning

April 13, 2008

When an owner suspects that a horse might have eaten something poisonous, the veterinarian is generally the first person he or she calls. In addition to treating any health problems, that veterinarian is uniquely suited to investigate the cause... Read More

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Hundreds of Horse Lovers Show Up for Equifest 2008

April 13, 2008

Hundreds of equine fans gathered at Equifest 2008 at the Lake Helen Equestrian Center in Florida.

The one-day event was presented by the Museum of Florida Art. All the proceeds from event yesterday (April 12) will go to youth programs of... Read More

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MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More

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Pumping Up Unproductive Pastures

April 11, 2008

Ohio State University Extension educator Rory Lewandowski recently offered a variety of management strategies to help producers ease back into productive forages this spring.

"Between last year's drought that led to overgrazing of pastures... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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Kentucky's EIA Surveillance in 2007

April 09, 2008

During the 2007 calendar year, 128,912 serum samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Kentucky. Private testing accounted for 111,607 samples. These samples were collected and tested to comply with state regulations governing th... Read More

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Illinois House Passes Equine Transport Bill

April 09, 2008

A proposed measure to prohibit the transport of horses in double-decker trailers in Illinois took a step toward becoming law on Tuesday when the state House of Representatives passed HB4162. The vote was 80 to 29.

The approved bill moves... Read More

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Refrigerator Recall Includes Some Horse Trailer Units

April 08, 2008

A recall of certain refrigerators manufactured by Dometic includes units used in some horse trailers, according to a manufacturer's notice. The defective refrigerator units were manufactured between April 1997 and May 2003 and are designed for... Read More

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Fire Ants and Horses

April 08, 2008

Fire ants deliver a simultaneous bite and sting that are very painful and give them their infamous name. The threat of fire ants to healthy, ambulatory adult animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a significant threat to recumbent... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report Fourth Quarter 2007

April 06, 2008

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

A clinically severe outbreak of atypical myoglobinuria/myopathy (AM) was diagnosed among eight non-Thoroughbred horse... Read More

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Aqueduct Cancels Races to Protect Surface

April 05, 2008

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct yesterday in an effort to preserve the racing surface for today's Wood Memorial program.

Aqueduct remained open... Read More

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New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

April 04, 2008

New Zealand biosecurity officials are retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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