Recent News for Farm and Barn

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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

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Australia Lifts European Ban, Restricts Import

May 18, 2001

Biosecurity Australia announced yesterday (May 17) that the March 14 ban on horses from foot and mouth disease (FMD)-affected countries has been lifted. Strict quarantine and disinfection measures have been enacted to maintain Australia’s... Read More

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

May 01, 2001

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More

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Parasite in Horses: A Primer

May 01, 2001

Even at low concentrations, internal parasites have a less than ideal impact on your horse's health and well-being. Parasites steal nutrients from their host and can leave him undernourished and anemic. They can produce open sores and intense itching... Read More

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Disinfecting For Strangles

May 01, 2001

I have a pony on a farm where strangles has broken out. There are about 80 horses on this farm on about 100 acres (split into different pastures). We don't know where the infection started, but horses which show signs are being treated. What... Read More

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Sales Prepping Yearlings

May 01, 2001

As spring moves into summer, the primary focus of activity on many breeding farms is preparation of yearlings for sale. There isn't much scientific research on exercising horses at that young age, yet many farms are using forced exercise to make... Read More

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USDA Proposes To Exempt Iceland From Horse Testing Regulations

April 27, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced April 17 that it is proposing to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and equine infectious anemia during the quarantine period... Read More

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The Same, but Different

April 11, 2001

How many of you just spent a pretty big chunk of your weekend around horses? It amazes me in talking to other horse people just how many things can be done that involve everything from the Thelwell-sized ponies to upper level dressage horses to... Read More

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The New List of Precautionary Measures

April 06, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture has responded to the foot and mouth disease threat by taking more precautionary measures in the importation of horses from foot and mouth disease-affected countries.... Read More

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FMD: Recommended List Of Disinfectants

April 06, 2001

From the United States Department of Agriculture (http://www.usda.gov):

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Certification of Disinfections for Tack Trunks/Containers

April 06, 2001

Certification of Disinfection for Tack Trunks/Containers

Identification of Tack Trunk/Container... Read More

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Riders Health Insurance At Risk

April 06, 2001

Regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration and the Health Care Financing Administration could affect people who enjoy horseback riding (and other forms of recreation) by permitting healt... Read More

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Biosecurity At Colorado State University's Open House

April 06, 2001

Biosecurity procedures to reduce the risk of the spread of foot and mouth disease will be implemented throughout this weekend's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House event at Colorado State University.

Dr. Paul... Read More

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Club Foot Concerns

April 01, 2001

Club feet might be one of the most common growth problems in young horses. Affecting youngsters primarily between birth and 6 months of age, the club foot actually is a flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (coffin joint) caused... Read More

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Create Protective Barriers

April 01, 2001

You've heard it a hundred times before, and you'll probably hear it a hundred times again: "If there's a way a horse can get into trouble, it will." That means if you have abandoned machinery at the far end of your 900-acre spread, your horse... Read More

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Hair Loss in Horses

April 01, 2001

Tracking down the reason for skin disorders often becomes an exercise in sleuthing. One important element to consider is whether or not your horse is itching and rubbing out the hair, or if the hair is simply missing because of a disease or immune pr... Read More

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When Lightning Strikes

April 01, 2001

If you think lightning never strikes twice in the same place, think again. The USDA's recently retired Chief Meteorologist Albert Peterlin says, "Lightning is not just a random event natural killer, but more an opportunist taking advantage of a... Read More

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Checking Out Equine Insurance

April 01, 2001

Q:  I recently read your article in the February 2001 issue about horse insurance by Les Sellnow. What I would like to know is how to check and find out if the horse insurance you have is with a company with a good... Read More

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Ready To Assemble: Barns, Stalls, And Run-In Sheds

February 01, 2001

For those who have the time, inclination, and the ability to follow instructions, assembling a run-in shed, stall, or a barn from a mail-order kit might be a 21st Century option. These do-it-yourself kits can yield impressive savings... Read More

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AI Training For Stallions

February 01, 2001

Given the choice, a stallion wouldn't choose to mate with man-made devices. His instincts drive him to breed a mare; yet he can learn to transfer his sexual focus to a "phantom" mare and an artificial vagina (AV). In order to train a stallion fo... Read More