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Industry Debates Animal Identification System's Impact on Horses

June 14, 2008

Despite considerable opposition from groups who say the program is unworkable or an invasion of privacy, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is making inexorable inroads into the lives of horse owners.

Jim Morehead, DVM,... Read More

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Australia's Equine Industry Won't Receive Influenza Bill

June 11, 2008

An Australian government official announced today that the horse industry would not be asked to pay for the expenses associated with last year's outbreak of equine influenza. According to the Read More

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European Union to Require Horse Passports, Microchips

June 10, 2008

According to a June 9 statement on the European Union (EU) Web site, all equidae will now... Read More

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Keeping Records

June 02, 2008

At some point, in response to an audit, for example, it may be necessary to prove to the IRS that your horse activity really is a business entitled to deductions for business expenditures. You also may be required to prove the level of your participa... Read More

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Horse Feed: Going Green?

June 01, 2008

Are horse owners willing to "go green" in the ways they feed horses and in the packaging of those feeds?

The 24th Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium covered a myriad of topics for all species, but... Read More

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Rescue Highlights Danger of 'Free Horse' Offers

May 23, 2008

Dennis Rutherford of Elma, Wash., had the best of intentions when he offered his pair of retired Thoroughbred racehorses free to good homes on a popular giveaway Web site. Now he's warning other horse owners it's dangerous to offer something for... Read More

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Horse Auction Operators Deal with Down Market

May 14, 2008

In a glutted market where some horses can be had for as little as $2, auctioneer Tim Jennings is trying to convince horse owners it's still a good time to sell their animals.

"We're telling people to compare how much they're spending o... Read More

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New Florida Horse Sale Rules Published

May 12, 2008

The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

The rules, which were developed... Read More

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Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

May 10, 2008

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the... Read More

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Equine Law Conference: Review of Pending Horse Bills

May 02, 2008

American Horse Council president James J. Hickey Jr. briefed attorneys May 1 on legislative actions in Congress during the 23rd National Conference on Equine Law, but he also handicapped the immediate passage chances of a couple of them as... Read More

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Equine Law Conference: Estate Planning for Horsemen

May 01, 2008

An attorney specializing in estate planning says now is a good time for horsemen and others to establish tax-friendly programs that pass along assets to descendants--but warned that time was of the essence in organizing such efforts.... Read More

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The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More

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Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Kentucky's EIA Surveillance in 2007

April 09, 2008

During the 2007 calendar year, 128,912 serum samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Kentucky. Private testing accounted for 111,607 samples. These samples were collected and tested to comply with state regulations governing th... Read More

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Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

March 28, 2008

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you've just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University's... Read More

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Arkansas Horse Owners Face Floods

March 27, 2008

Despite rising river waters and extensive flooding throughout Northeast and Central Arkansas, Kay Jordan has not received a single call from horse owners with stranded animals.

"I would have heard from local humane societies if there was a... Read More

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Readers Respond: Just Ain't Right

March 24, 2008

Nearly 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " What do you do when your horse isn't acting normal, but doesn't show specific clinical signs?"

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Jockey Club Now Selling Microchips

March 13, 2008

The Jockey Club is now offering microchips for sale to interested owners and breeders for use in Thoroughbreds residing within the United States, the organization announced March 12.

Microchips are not currently a requirement for Thoroughbred... Read More

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Horse Owner Liability on Trial in Britain

March 03, 2008

The legal responsibilities of being a racehorse owner in Britain have come to the fore in the wake of a multi-million dollar legal claim against the owners and trainer of a horse that severely injured an assistant trainer in a pre-race paddock... Read More

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Economic Stimulus Benefits Owners of Horse Businesses

February 14, 2008

The Economic Stimulus Act signed into law by President Bush on Feb. 13, 2008 includes two tax incentives that would allow a much bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service during 2008, according to an advisory... Read More

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Economic Slump: Effect on the Horse Industry?

February 04, 2008

Over the past few weeks many have discussed the odds of a recession in the United States. Economists' opinions are mixed as to whether we will have a true recession, but all agree that, at the least, the economy is currently slowing and a period of... Read More

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Florida Sets Limit on Horse Auction Rules

January 25, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services claims it doesn't have the power to regulate certain aspects of horse sales in the state, but is prepared to publish proposed rules it says are intended to prevent unfair or deceptive... Read More

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First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More

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New Tax Could Put Tennessee Horse Owners in Bind

January 12, 2008

As if the drought wasn't enough for the farmers of Tennessee. Beginning Jan. 1, all people buying feed (hay, grain, etc.), farm equipment, and other tax-exempt farm supplies in the Volunteer State had to present proof of exemption or pay almost... Read More