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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More

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Be a Hay Connoisseur

January 01, 2008

Good owners know whether the hay they are feeding is the right type and the right quality.... Read More

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The Business of Breeding

November 01, 2007

Breeding in the horse world breaks down into a few categories: field breeding (where the horses just do what comes naturally) live cover in a breeding shed, and artificial insemination. The tools of the trade range from very basic to high-tech ... Read More

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Wildfires: Dealing With Smoke Inhalation

October 31, 2007

Learn what health problems smoke and ash from wildfires can cause for horses.... Read More

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Barn Innovations

October 01, 2007

We've come a long way since the days of the simple tie stall and the humble hitching post. Necessity is the mother of invention, and through the years we've added stall mats, cross-ties, hay racks, and automatic waterers to the mix.... Read More

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Barn Design Tips: A Place to Call Home

August 01, 2007

Placement of the barn in a convenient, well-drained location, close or adjacent to turnout areas should be your primary consideration. Access for hay, feed, or bedding delivery vehicles is important. Try to put the structure downwind from the house, ... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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Safe and Healthful Stall Mats

June 01, 2007

So you have decided to invest in rubber mats for your stalls. What now? In this article, we'll compare some of the available features, and we'll give you points to consider when refining the requirements for your barn.

An important... Read More

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Stall Stuff

May 01, 2007

The care of horse stalls is an inherently messy part of horse management. There are a variety of opinions on how to cope with this daily chore. Let's face it: urine and manure reek. Additionally, an excess of these two elements creates unsafe and... Read More

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Healthy Habitats for Your Horse

March 01, 2007

There are many benefits to keeping horses on your own property, but there are also responsibilities, and one of the biggest is barn maintenance. Whether your barn is old or new, there are products on the market that can help ease the burden.... Read More

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To Stall, or Not to Stall?

October 14, 2006

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo... Read More

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Home Sweet Barn

October 01, 2006

Change has been constant in the equine industry during the past couple of decades, ranging from sophisticated health care and treatment to improved living quarters for horses in our care, custody, and control.

When the horse was the prime... Read More

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Shredded Court Documents Give Horse Allergy Relief

August 16, 2006

An allergy to hay and straw dust can be a tough sentence for a horse. But a black-and-white U.K. lesson horse with the problem is breathing more easily after a local community justice center and two magistrates' courts began donating shredded... Read More

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Ammonia is the Enemy

August 01, 2006

You know that burning sensation that fills your nostrils as you're mucking out stalls? The fiery feeling spreads from your nose into your sinuses, down your throat, and billows through your lungs. It makes your eyes sting and water. Imagine living... Read More

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Alltech Delivers the Nutrigenomic Promise in Equine Nutrition

May 19, 2006

The 1,550 delegates from 71 different countries who attended Alltech's 22nd International Feed Industry Symposium were challenged by "new realities" in equine nutrition. Those present at the annual three-day Symposium, which was held April 23-26... Read More

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Barn Makeover: Gathering Storm or the End of the Rainbow?

May 01, 2006

Are you torn between undertaking a completely new structure or an extreme renovation of a building already on your property to use for housing horses? You might have what you need right there in front of you. With careful evaluation and planning... Read More

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Toning Up Rings

May 01, 2006

If your indoor or outdoor arena is less than you hoped it would be, join the club. ... Read More

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Nine Steps to a Better Feed Room

May 01, 2006

The best, most convenient feed rooms are organized, accessible, and easy to keep clean. That's important enough if you only have one or two horses, but once the numbers start increasing, these elements become imperative. Here are nine... Read More

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Run-In Shed Makeover

May 01, 2006

You've watched your horses hide in their run-in sheds from the harsh elements all winter. Now, they're finally ready to trade its protection for the sun's warm rays giving you the perfect opportunity to make a few improvements.

While safety... Read More

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Housing the Horse

March 01, 2006

The health and safety of the horses that will live in a barn are of primary importance no matter the style. But barns come in many sizes, shapes, and styles to meet the needs of intended use, climate, site, and the owner's budget. Personal taste... Read More

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Arena Dust and Human Health

February 08, 2006

Respiratory health in horses is often a concern, and we work tirelessly to control dust in our horses' working and living environments. Ironically, we give little regard to our own respiratory health in and around the barn. It has long been know... Read More

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Solar Horse Barn

January 01, 2006

Solar electricity, produced by photovoltaics (PV), is a proven means of generating electricity from the sun, and it's not just for high-tech houses anymore. Whether you want to be more "green" in your electrical use on the farm, you have a remot... Read More

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Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

September 21, 2005

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems.... Read More

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Quick Barn Fixes

September 01, 2005

You can create a functional, safe barn in an existing structure on your property with some practical, ... Read More

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VHW, Inc. Acquires Barnmaster, Inc.

July 27, 2005

VHW, owner of MD Enterprises, Inc., announced the acquisition of Barnmaster, Inc., joining two of the nation's leading manufacturers of barns, stables, and agricultural facilities. Combining these companies brings the strength of more than 55... Read More