Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Environmentally Friendly on the Farm

February 01, 2009

Choosing to become more environmentally sensitive on the farm is a responsible option for all of us and can be addressed in varying degrees. You don't need to scrap your tractor, invest in expensive wind-powered generators, build a new solar-roofed... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Managing Horses in Icy Conditions

January 28, 2009

Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.

Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More

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Wisconsin Friesian Stallion Positive for CEM

January 14, 2009

A stallion quarantined in Outagamie County, Wis., has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM), a contagious but treatable reproductive disease of horses.... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis: Culture and Diagnosis

January 13, 2009

One of the most difficult problems in diagnosing contagious equine metritis (CEM) is isolating the organism from heavily contaminated sites in the stallion and mare. CEM is caused by Taylorella equigenitalis, a Gram-negative bacterium,... Read More

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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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Trainers Voice Santa Anita Surface Concerns

January 08, 2009

About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.

Unlike meeting... Read More

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Clean Water for Horses: Poll Results

January 08, 2009

More than 1,550 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you clean automatic waterers or water troughs?"

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Prevent CEM, Other Infectious Diseases Through Strict Hygiene

January 07, 2009

Strict hygiene guidelines should be followed whenever handling breeding mares or stallions to prevent reproductive infectious diseases, including contagious equine metritis (CEM).

CEM is spread between horses primarily by breeding, either b... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Farms Go Green with Composting

January 04, 2009

With the economy in a downfall and the horse industry taking a big hit, farm owners are looking for ways to save money, and perhaps even earn a little extra, in an unconventional way.

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Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

December 06, 2008

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More

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Disease Control Yearly Planner

November 26, 2008

Guard against diseases on your farm year-round by employing these seasonal tips

For a horse to perform to his utmost capacity, he must be healthy and sound throughout the year. The smallest details of farm management often... Read More

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The Scoop on Poop: Readers' Manure Management Tips

November 21, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you or your boarding facility manage manure?"

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Guelph Rolls Out Biosecurity Risk Calculator, New Blogs

November 20, 2008

Horse owners will be able to determine the risk of their animals catching an infectious disease and gather information about infection control thanks to two new online initiatives from the University of Guelph.

The first is an online... Read More

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EHV: Laurel Park Lifts Ban on Offsite Runners

November 18, 2008

As the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced earlier today that the final 20 samples from Laurel Park's barn 1 tested negative for neurologic equine herpesvirus, the Maryland Jockey Club has amended its restrictions on offsite... Read More

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Opossum Patrol: Readers Share Control Strategies

November 17, 2008

Nearly 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you take any steps to limit opossums around your farm to reduce the chance your horses will get EPM?"

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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.

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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