Recent News for Buildings & Structures

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Barn Fire Horse Deaths Revised to 43

December 06, 2009

A harness track barn fire at a county fairgrounds in southwest Ohio early Saturday morning killed two people and an estimated 43 horses, The Associated Press reported. The initial number of equine fatalities was projected at more than 60.

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Hay Feeders Uncovered

December 01, 2009

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.... Read More

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Consider Drainage when Selecting a Horse Barn Site

November 30, 2009

Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the ... Read More

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Horse Barn Workers Report More Respiratory Symptoms

November 19, 2009

The estimated 4.6 million Americans involved in the equine industry might be at risk of developing respiratory symptoms due to poor air quality in horse barns, according to a questionnaire study undertaken earlier this year by investigators a... Read More

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Soaking Hay Key to Stable Dust Reduction

November 05, 2009

Horse owners' selection and preparation of their animals' feed has a greater influence on concentrations of dust and endotoxin in the stable than the type of bedding used, researchers recently reported.... Read More

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Controlling Ammonia in Horse Stalls

October 17, 2009

One of the irritating compounds that can accumulate inside a horse barn is ammonia (NH3). High concentrations of ammonia in the air can irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth and possibly increase the susceptibility o... Read More

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Managing Airway Disease

October 01, 2009

Can you adequately treat your horse's inflammatory airway disease if you have little control over his environment and face strict drug withdrawal times? Researchers have proven that anomalies of the equine uppe... Read More

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Study Shows Stall Cleaning Impacts Stable Air Quality

September 08, 2009

A change in your approach to horse stall cleaning might result in improved air quality in the stable, report researchers from Georg-August University of Guttingen, in Germany. Researchers measured the air quality in the stable with different bedding... Read More

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Barn, Stall, and Fence Maintenance

September 01, 2009

Take a closer look at your barn and property and ensure it's safe for horses and handlers.... Read More

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Ventilation: Go With the Flow

August 01, 2009

Ventilating your equine facilities is critically important for your horses' and your own health and well-being. Taking advantage of natural ventilation is the best way to design your facility for long-term comfort.... Read More

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Barn Fires: Avoid Hay Bale Combustion

July 24, 2009

Experienced agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains know that low wind speeds, high humidity, moist hay, and hot temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Under such a set of circumstances, tightly stacked hay bales have been... Read More

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Vetrolin Grooming Guide

June 29, 2009

The new Vetrolin Grooming Guide provides information on techniques for keeping horses clean and healthy. Topics discussed include proper bathing and tail cleaning, cleaning tough stains, managing unruly hair, and protecting the horse’s hair coat... Read More

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Horse Transport, Housing Stress Reflected in Hormone Levels

June 29, 2009

Horse transport and housing has an effect on the animals' stress levels, according to Shannon Garey, a PhD candidate under the direction of Theodore Friend, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAABS, of Texas A&M. Garey presented results of an ongoing study on... Read More

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Using Soil-Cement on Horse and Livestock Farms

June 28, 2009

Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of... Read More

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Pastured Horses More Fit, Study Finds

June 09, 2009

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Patty Graham-Thiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. She presented results of her recent study at the 2009 Equine Science Society... Read More

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Readers Comment on Riding Surfaces

May 15, 2009

More than 1,250 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More

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Heaves Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention: AAEP 2008

May 06, 2009

The discussion covered a number of areas, including the pathophysiology of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also called heaves) and its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The causes of RAO are known to be inhaled allergens and irritants... Read More

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Dusty Air and Respiratory Problems

March 09, 2009

In addition to the risks viruses and bacteria pose to the horse, environmental exposure to particulates dispersed from feed, bedding, footing materials, and other sources (such as diesel exhaust) all can lead to IAD. Even small increases in aerodynam... Read More

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Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

March 06, 2009

Aluminum phosphide is an indoor fumigant used to kill insects in most, if not all, of the stored grains we and our horses are exposed to. Like most pesticides, it can cause major problems in unintended species when used incorrectly.... Read More

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Horses and Tight Budgets

March 01, 2009

Here are a few ways to spend less on horsekeeping.... Read More

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Barn Fires: Strategies to Prevent and Respond (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

Barn fires are the No. 1 local emergency that affects everyone from horse owners to veterinarians, and property owners to the horses themselves. Barn fires kill more horses annually than any other type of nonmedical emergency. ... Read More

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Good Barnkeeping

February 01, 2009

All horse owners wish they had more time with their horses. For those who keep horses at home it is always a struggle to keep up with regular farm and barn maintenance and have enough time left to enjoy the horses. Performing proper building ... Read More

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Barn-O-Matic

February 01, 2009

The latest models of automated waterers and feeders can take some of the work out of horsekeeping, and automatic stall cleaners can even minimize your time wielding a pitchfork!

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Shortage of Wood Bedding Ongoing, Could Intensify

January 09, 2009

The housing market downturn is affecting more than just developers and realtors. Some horse owners have a new challenge in locating adequate, affordable bedding for their animals.

Jeannie Queen of Clear Vision Equine, based i... Read More

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Heavy Snow Causes Problems for Horse Owners

December 30, 2008

After experiencing her area's worst snowstorm since 1968, Beth Sandland of Sandy, Ore., was unable to visit her boarded horses for three weeks.

However, other horse owners have had to deal with a more serious side effect of winter weather:... Read More