Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Waging War on Equine Parasites

October 15, 2001

Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your animals are heavily infected. At the very least, parasites can cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness. At its worst,... Read More

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Horse Council Opposes Federal HIPPA Rules Affecting Riders

October 12, 2001

The American Horse Council submitted comments opposing proposed regulations governing the provisions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The regulations were proposed by the Internal Revenue Service, the... Read More

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Lien On Me

October 11, 2001

Unpaid bills can be the ruin of any business. Whether you operate a large training stable or a modest boarding farm, the way you deal with the inevitable client who cannot, or will not, pay the board bill might decide whether your business... Read More

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Bits And Pieces

October 11, 2001

We welcome the new year, and all the promise it holds. We also welcome some new names, but familiar friends, to the 1997 Editorial Advisory Board of The Horse, and we thank those who have served without fanfare for the past year. These... Read More

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Stallion Insurance

October 11, 2001

There is virtually no investment in the horse business, short of buying a farm, that equals the investment in a stallion. Whether an individual is buying a horse or several members get together to form a syndicate, the price can run well into th... Read More

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Mare Fertility Insurance

October 11, 2001

Each year horse breeders, regardless of the breed they nurture, make their biggest financial decisions when they decide on matings. Those decisions involve the allure of the equine business and its... Read More

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Barn Construction

October 10, 2001

Kick, chomp, scrape, cough--horses challenge the strength and livability of the shelter you provide. A barn can conveniently enclose one or more horses, but you can't forget that they wouldn't choose to live indoors.

To house horses safely,... Read More

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Coming Attractions: The Newest Dewormers

October 10, 2001

The next generation of dewormers is nearly here. Fort Dodge Animal Health anticipates final FDA approval for Moxidectin this year, while Pfizer Animal Health Group might see Doramectin reach the market in mid-1998. Like Ivermectin, Doramectin an... Read More

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Botulism

October 10, 2001

With foaling season upon us, vaccination for botulism is one of many management considerations facing North American horse breeders. This disease can be deadly in foals, and in adult horses which are unprotected, and it can be tremendously... Read More

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Venereal Disease in Horses

October 10, 2001

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Hoof Preparation Products

October 09, 2001

Walk into any tack store and you can smell the hoof care section before you even get there. A long list of ... Read More

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Restraint Techniques for Breeding

October 08, 2001

When a mare and a stallion meet, love might be in the air...but there's the potential for danger, too. Particularly when humans get in the middle of it all. In our efforts to orchestrate the best possible combinations of... Read More

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Getting the Germs Out

October 08, 2001

You've heard it before, but here it is one more time: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With this in mind, it's time to take a serious look at disinfecting barns and equipment where horses are housed. When it come... Read More

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

October 08, 2001

The official title for an all-too-common respiratory ailment in horses is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the average horse owner, however, that rather cumbersome title has been reduced to a single word: heaves. Other people... Read More

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Forelimb Flexion Test

October 08, 2001

You've decided to sell your horse and the potential buyer has sent a veterinarian to your farm to perform a purchase exam. As you stand beaming with satisfaction next to who you hope will be the new owner, the veterinarian picks up... Read More

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Understanding Horses

October 05, 2001

Sometimes we forget how many different types of equines there are, and how many different things we do with them. As president of the Kentucky Horse Council (I needed something else to do), I was involved this past weekend with our Horse Fair. I... Read More

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Housing Your Horse

October 05, 2001

In the back of your mind somewhere there lurks a Dream Barn. Go on, admit it. You've planned it down to the last luxurious detail--from the Olympic-sized riding arena (with the climate-impervious perfect footing) right down to the automatic fly... Read More

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Definition Of Horses As Livestock

October 05, 2001

What is livestock?

Livestock is most commonly considered animals kept or raised in a farm or ranch setting and used in a commercial enterprise. The raising of livestock is an agricultural endeavor that promotes the preservation o... Read More

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Boarding Contracts Part 2

October 05, 2001

Many attorneys recommend including in boarding contracts an exculpatory clause in which the boarder agrees to a waiver of the farm's liability for personal injuries or injuries to the horse. This is important due to the nature o... Read More

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Protecting Your Horse From Disease Outbreaks

October 05, 2001

When it comes to protecting your horse from disease outbreaks, Mom was right. An ounce of prevention is definitely the way to go. Infectious diseases can be devastating to your horse and your pocketbook, but there are steps you can... Read More

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Computerizing Your Farm or Clinic

October 05, 2001

According to a recent survey conducted by The Horse, 73.9% of our readers own or operate personal computers. This number is high, and computer ownership shows no signs of slowing down because computers have the ability to... Read More

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Risk Management for MRLS in 2002 Detailed; Cause Still Unconfirmed

October 05, 2001

Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year. Dr. Scott Smith, the dean of th... Read More

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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