Recent News for Farm and Barn

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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

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Trailers 2000

September 13, 2001

Many horse people tend to think of equine transportation vehicles in the same way that we classify automobiles: There are the stripped-down economy models, which are perfectly okay for getting us from point A to point B, but won't elicit envious... Read More

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Common Barn Injuries

September 13, 2001

Two of the saddest words in the English language. After an accident, we tear ourselves apart thinking how we could have prevented it. If only I had seen...If only I had done...Yet, as horse people, we are surrounded by thousands of pounds of... Read More

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Computerizing the Hoof

September 12, 2001

"The biggest problem as I see it," quips Wendy Wergeles, 20-year trainer and event rider of Cottonwood Farm, Los Alamos, Calif., "is that horse owners and even novice competitors understand very little about their horses' feet. They hire a... Read More

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Permeable Stall Flooring, Some Options

September 12, 2001

Permeable stall floor coverings function differently than rubber stall mats, whose main purpose is to provide cushioning for your horse's legs. Rubber is basically waterproof, so urine and other liquids pool on top of such a surface, to be soaked up ... Read More

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Down In The Dumps--Equine Waste Management

September 12, 2001

One of the by-products of horse ownership is dealing with equine by-products, less delicately known as horse manure. The average horse produces about 50 pounds of fecal waste a day. Mix in soiled, wet bedding... Read More

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Home Sweet Barn--People Living in the Barn

September 12, 2001

Tack rooms, offices, and lounges are fairly common horse barn amenities. Less common are built-in living quarters for farm owners or employees, but some facilities have found it practical as well as economical to include a "barn apartment" of... Read More

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Stall Flooring

September 01, 2001

You give a lot of thought to your horse's health and happiness. You groom him until he gleams, swaddle him in boots and blankets, carefully monitor his diet, and expend considerable effort and expense making sure he's comfortabl... Read More

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What's in Your Feed? (Contamination)

September 01, 2001

"Yuck!" you hear your friend exclaim from the feed room as you move down the barn aisle one evening, doling out flakes of hay.

"What is it?" you call over your shoulder.

"There are huge lumps of molasses in this bag of feed!" she... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures

August 31, 2001

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

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Life After Colic Surgery

August 01, 2001

Q: My horse had successful colic surgery about 3 1/2 years ago. He is now for sale, but as soon as someone hears that he had the surgery, they are no longer interested and ignore all the good points about the horse. Is there any... Read More

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

August 01, 2001

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse's energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect ... Read More

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Australian Racehorse Imports From the UK To Resume

July 13, 2001

Racehorses from the United Kingdom will be allowed to travel on direct flights to Australia for race meetings (such as the Melbourne Cup) following detailed inspections of pre-export quarantine facilities by senior veterinary officer ... Read More

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Preserve Productive Pasture

July 01, 2001

Your horse's favorite activity could be time spent with "Dr. Green"--the horseman's name for turnout on pasture. Left on his own in a field, your horse nibbles for long periods of time. Grass forage is an important part of most horses' diets;... Read More

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Farm Disinfection

July 01, 2001

Salmonella, Rhodococcus equi, strangles, rotavirus, and multiple other contagious disease outbreaks...these are the bane of horse owners, farm managers, and trainers. One strangles outbreak can wreck a show season, cause... Read More

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ElectroBraid

July 01, 2001

ElectroBraid Fence Limited is offering a chance for a charitable organization to win free fencing. ElectroBraid President David Bryson wants to donate enough of his equine electrical fencing so that a therapeutic riding program, horse shelter, o... Read More

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Moroccan Animal Hospital Recipient of Equine Ambulance Program

June 29, 2001

The Equine Centre at the MSPCA Nevins Farm, a pioneer in equine rescue and ambulance services, is expanding the reach of its services internationally. Recently, the Equine Centre, one of the nation’s only open-door shelters for horses and farm... Read More

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Update On Foot and Mouth Recommendations

June 22, 2001

Release from Great Britain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF)

5 June 2001

Advice for horse owners during the foot and mouth outbreak

Though horses are not susceptible to infection by... Read More

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Georgia Quarantines 41 horses, Tests 50 More For Equine Infectious Anemia

June 22, 2001

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said on June 15 that 41 horses are quarantined at 10 different North Georgia locations due to exposure to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

"We have tested these 41 quarantined in the... Read More

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Buying or Building a Farm

June 01, 2001

Buying or building a horse farm can be a challenging venture where dreams might or might not become reality, and where budgets dictate compromise. The buyer needs to consider what is more advantageous: To build on empty land, or to buy a... Read More

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Hauling Horses--National Exposition on Equine Transportation

June 01, 2001

The first National Exposition on Equine Transportation (NEET) had a wealth of information for people who haul their own horses for competition or pleasure riding, or for those shipping horses commercially. Information ranged from live... Read More

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Who Owns Radiographs?

June 01, 2001

Q: My vet took some X rays of my horse's legs. I paid the bill in full, but when I asked for the X rays, he said they belonged to him and not me. Is this correct? If I'm charged for the X rays, why can't I have them? A: Many vets run into this...... Read More

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Sole Bruise Lameness

June 01, 2001

This morning when I went to the barn, my Quarter Horse gelding was lame, to the point where he did not want to bear any weight on his left hind foot. My barn manager thinks it might be a sole bruise. What is a sole bruise? What should I do?... Read More