Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Laurel Park Horse; Ship-Ins Stopped

November 14, 2008

The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that no horses will be allowed to ship into Laurel Park, except those coming from the Bowie Training Center on a Maryland Jockey Club shuttle, until further notice. The limitations were instituted after a... Read More

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Neurologic Horse at Maryland Track Positive for Herpesvirus

November 13, 2008

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed today that a 2-year old filly stabled in Barn 1 at Laurel Park has tested presumptive positive for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Results of confirmatory testing from the University of... Read More

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Neurologic Horse Reported at Maryland Track; Hold Order in Place

November 12, 2008

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) officials have placed an Investigational Animal Hold Order on Barn 1 at Laurel Park, after a horse stabled there began showing neurologic signs.

The order restricts movement of horses currently... Read More

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Link Between Equine Disease Outbreak and Psychological Distress Found

November 09, 2008

During the outbreak of equine influenza that occurred in Australia in 2007, mental health researchers identified extremely high levels of psychological distress in horse owners and other people involved in the equine industry.

According to... Read More

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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Thrush Diagnosis and Treatment

November 01, 2008

Most cases of thrush occur in inactive horses that live in stalls. Unfortunately, this describes a huge percentage of horses in the United States, since over the past few decades horses have become 'apartment dwellers.' ... Read More

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Winter Barn Ventilation

November 01, 2008

How do you know if your barn is well-ventilated, and what can you do to fix it?

What could possibly be more interesting than barn ventilation? It ranks right up there with oil changes and trimming those low-hanging tree... Read More

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Santa Anita Footing Lawsuit Dismissal Denied

October 30, 2008

The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.

U.S. District Judge... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Trainers Weigh in on Artificial Surfaces

October 28, 2008

Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World... Read More

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Brazilian Endurance Team Changes Route to Avoid Glanders Hotspot

October 14, 2008

The road to the FEI World Endurance Championship (WEC) will be a little longer for Brazil's six horses because of a recent case of glanders in a horse in Sao Paulo. The European... Read More

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Autumn is 'Fly Season'

October 12, 2008

Autumn is no time for an outdoor picnic, says entomologist Lynn Kimsey, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It's fly season.

The common house fly (Musca... Read More

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Glanders Case in Brazil Affects International Horse Transport

October 11, 2008

A case of glanders in a horse in a Sao Paulo, Brazil, has impacted international transport and competition in Brazil and abroad. Event organizers, equine transport companies, and governmental authorities are working closely together to keep... Read More

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Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator Coming Soon

October 10, 2008

A new equine biosecurity risk calculator will be unveiled by Equine Guelph, in partnership with Vétoquinol Canada, at this year's Ontario Equestrian Federation Conference, Nov. 28-30.

The equine biosecurity risk calculator allows horse... Read More

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International Racing Group Focuses on Synthetic Surfaces

October 07, 2008

Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.

British opinion,... Read More

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Carcass Composting How-To Event Offered

October 07, 2008

For years, large animal carcass disposal has been a problem. Not only are options to dispose of a large carcass limited, they can also be costly.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a Field Day on large animal carcass... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Update: 20 Positive, Tracing Exposed Horses

September 10, 2008

Florida agriculture officials announced Sept. 8 that 20 horses have been confirmed positive for the foreign animal disease equine piroplasmosis, but even though this might sound... Read More

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Santa Anita Track Open after Surface Overhaul

September 02, 2008

Horses are back in training, with several galloping, on Santa Anita's newly reconstituted racing surface Aug. 31. Most of the Southern California horses have not yet returned from Del Mar, so few horses are currently housed at Santa Anita.... Read More

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Horse Diseases and Humans

September 01, 2008

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you'll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the... Read More

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Beware of Rabies

September 01, 2008

There is absolutely no reason for a horse owner not to vaccinate a horse against rabies.

Numerous states already this year have reported rabies in a variety of domestic and wildlife species. Horses get rabies. Humans get... Read More

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Barn Upkeep/Equipment

September 01, 2008

High-quality products and maintenance can save time, money and providing a safer environment for your horse. ... Read More

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Penn National to Suspend Racing for Track Resurfacing Project

August 30, 2008

Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is... Read More

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Vet Preparations in Progress for World Equestrian Games

August 26, 2008

While the attention of most equine enthusiasts was turned to Hong Kong for the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, preparations were well under way for the next major international equine competition: the 2010 Alltech FEI... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Veterinary Clinic with Hendra

August 26, 2008

With test results confirming that all remaining horses at a Redlands Veterinary Clinic are free from Hendra virus, Biosecurity officials in the Australian state of Queensland have lifted the stringent quarantine that was imposed seven weeks ago.... Read More

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Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

August 21, 2008

One of the two equine hospital staff workers hospitalized with Hendra virus in Australia has died. Veterinarian Ben Cunneen, BVSc, died Wednesday. He had contracted Hendra virus from a horse hospitalized at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic on the... Read More

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Foreign Disease Equine Piroplasmosis Found in Five Florida Horses

August 20, 2008

Equine piroplasmosis was eradicated officially from Florida (and, thereby, the United States) in 1988. So it came as a shock to many people in the equine industry to hear that a horse in Florida was confirmed positive for the disease last week.... Read More