Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Trauma-Free Trailering

October 04, 2001

If you feel insecure about assessing your trailer's safety, it's best to take it to your local trailer repair center for a complete going-over, but there are a few simple things you can do at home to give your mechanic a head start.... Read More

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Health Insurance for Horses

October 04, 2001

Sometimes all that separates a horse from life-saving treatment vs. euthanasia is economics: If a horse owner doesn't have the money to provide treatment, often the only humane option left is to put the horse down. It's a... Read More

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From The Ground Up: Stall Flooring and Mats

October 04, 2001

Your horse is on his feet most of the day and night. He prefers to feel dry, with his feet at room temperature. He wants to stand on a surface that's resilient and doesn't smell bad. Listen to your horse, and you will want to... Read More

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No Canadian Exports Permitted to the EU

October 04, 2001

Effective July 27, 2001, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will suspend the issuance of export permits for horses from Canada destined to European Union (EU) member countries. The CFIA has made this decision because current regulations... Read More

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Dealing With Agents

October 03, 2001

Several years before his death, comedian-actor John Candy teamed with   Eugene Levy in a video spoof of musical documentaries. They portrayed the inept, accordion-playing Schmenge brothers in "The Last Polka." At one point in the... Read More

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Its All A Matter of Perspective

October 03, 2001

The altimeter reading indicates we are miles above the Pacific Ocean. We just passed the International Date Line, heading toward Sydney, Australia. Exotic places like Pago Pago slip under our wings in the darkness while the moon plays peek-a-boo... Read More

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Prepurchase Exam

October 03, 2001

The purchase examination of the horse has become an important part of the horse industry.... Read More

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Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More

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Deductive Reasoning

October 02, 2001

By the time you read this, tax time will be nearly over. The rush to get all those receipts collected and all the itemized deductions documented will be but a fond memory. My guess is that you, like many others and me, had some charitable... Read More

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Solitary Confinement

October 02, 2001

There are few things sadder than a horse not in contact with other horses. A herd animal by nature, the horse always feels safest and most content when in company of others of his kind; isolation doesn’t come naturally to him. But in certain... Read More

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Soil and Water Testing

October 02, 2001

As you push your shopping cart down the aisle at the supermarket, it's likely become routine for you to do a quick scan of the nutritional analysis printed on the side of every cereal box and container of yogurt you select. Instantly, you know how... Read More

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On Equal Footing

October 02, 2001

Trainers and riders have become sophisticated about ground, and about how good footing protects horses' feet and legs. Many owners spend large sums to install the best footing at home. Indoors or outdoors, they control the type of ground their horses... Read More

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Hemp A Hit In Ontario

October 02, 2001

Proponents say that hemp can be used for everything  from making clothing, to rope, to paper…even automotive parts. Now, a Delaware, Ontario-based... Read More

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Heavy Metal: Farm Tractors

October 01, 2001

Keeping horses on your property? Then you don’t need me to tell you how much work there always is to do. In addition to all the actual horse care, there are endless weeds to whack, riding rings or tracks to be harrowed, bales of hay to be moved fro... Read More

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Safe And Secure Fencing

October 01, 2001

Sandra had installed her fencing in good faith, on the advice of "experts" - yet in only weeks, one of her horses had been seriously injured. Would another kind of barrier have been any safer? It seems everyone's got at least one fencing horror story... Read More

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Choosing the Right Horse for Your Lifestyle

October 01, 2001

Owning a horse can be expensive. There has long been a saying among horse owners that it's easy to get a horse--keeping it is the tough part! After all, the purchase is a single expenditure of money that sets the stage for many future outlays fo... Read More

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Pre-Purchase Exams

October 01, 2001

Q: Over the years, I've had a number of pre-purchase exams done on my horses. I've come to realize that one vet will read an X ray and say a horse has arthritis, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), navicular problems, etc., but whe... Read More

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Mosquito Wars

October 01, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading, and horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" The good news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and conditionally approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work... Read More

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Planning Health Expenses

October 01, 2001

The number and variety of sophisticated services equine veterinarians can provide for horses have grown greatly through the years. How much of these services you choose for your horses usually depends on how much money you want to spend, and wha... Read More

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Posting The Guard

September 17, 2001

With more land owners deciding to use their acres to house a horse or pony comes the inevitable question, "Which fence should I use?" Because you are trying to contain living creatures who are nomadic by nature, and accident prone by design, you... Read More

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Pests: Insect and Otherwise

September 17, 2001

Summer also means insect season. And while in the past that might have been seen as an annoyance, today it can mean much more, and much worse. Today, it can mean life-threatening illness, and even death. Those insects can carry a growing host ... Read More

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Common Skin Issues for Horses

September 17, 2001

 The horse's largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to... Read More

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Leather Care For A Stable Connection

September 17, 2001

Leather accumulates dirt, sweat, and just plain grunge whenever it contacts the horse's coat and skin. To maintain the leather's reliability, you continue the care that began at the tannery. You'll apply leather care preparations to remove harmful... Read More

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Fly Protection Uncovered

September 17, 2001

These days, we have quite an arsenal at our disposal to attack and repel flies. From electric bug zappers, to pheromone traps, to parasitic wasps that feed on fly pupae, we've explored all sorts of ways and means of getting rid of flying insects.... Read More

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Secrets Of Rubber Mats

September 13, 2001

Where would we be without rubber? Make all the jokes you want; rubber's indispensable stuff, especially in the barn. The tire on your wheelbarrow, the handle grip on your longe whip, your two-year-old's first snaffle bit, that flexible curry... Read More