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Montana Town Nixes Processing Slaughter Plant Development

April 27, 2010

The city of Hardin, Mont., will not be a site for horse processing plant development, thanks to an ordinance that forbids the location of high-volume slaughter operations within the city limits. The Hardin City Council passed the ordinance last... Read More

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Clydesdale Saves Forest Plants

April 27, 2010

A 19-year-old Clydesdale recently helped England's Forestry Commission haul logs out of Rockingham Forest with minimal damage to nearby trees and plants. Instead of using machinery, which would have cut a wider swath through the forest, the horse hau... Read More

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Kentucky International Equine Summit Broadcast Live

April 25, 2010

The 2010 Kentucky International Equine Summit has entered a partnership with HorseTV to provide a live video feed of the summit over the Internet. The biennial event is slated this year for April 26-27 at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington, Ky.

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Kentucky Horse Park Stream Project to Improve Water Quality

April 24, 2010

The Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community has been working to make the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games as "green" as possible. One of the project's focal points has been to protect and improve water quality in and ar... Read More

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Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More

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FDA Seeks Injunction Against Florida Pharmacy for Polo Pony Deaths

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking a federal court to stop Franck's Compounding Lab Inc. from manufacturing and selling compounded drugs used to treat animals. The Ocala, Fla., pharmacy produced a vitamin and mineral comp... Read More

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Tennessee Walking Horse Historian Dies

April 20, 2010

Dr. Bob Womack, who wrote The Echo of Hoofbeats, a History of the Tennessee Walking Horse, died April 17 in Mufreesboro, Tenn., reports the Murfreesboro Post and the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Inducted into the Tenn... Read More

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Amigo Returns Home After Tree Branch Impalement

April 19, 2010

A horse that was given only a 2% chance of survival four months ago, following a freak accident, was discharged from the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital April 18.

About 100 well-wishers were present to celebrate Amigo's recovery. The 10... Read More

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Positive Hypersensitivity Test Eliminates Sapphire from FEI World Cup Final

April 18, 2010

The FEI reported that Sapphire, the horse ridden by McLain Ward (USA), has been eliminated from the second round of the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland, and disqualified from the rest of the event following a positive hypersensitivity test... Read More

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U.K. Women's Polo Team Wins Nationals

April 17, 2010

The University of Kentucky women's polo team topped three other teams at the United States Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championships April 5 through 10 in Charlottesville, Va., to capture its first national title. Additionally... Read More

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FEI: New Stewards' Guidelines on Warm-Up Techniques

April 15, 2010

The FEI Bureau today gave its unanimous approval to new Stewards’ guidelines on warm-up techniques produced by the Working Group formed after the round-table conference held in Lausanne in February.

One of the key stipulations ... Read More

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California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 15, 2010

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s ... Read More

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FEI: Riders Warned of a Two-Year Ban for Doping Positives

April 14, 2010

Riders competing at this week's Rolex Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Cup Jumping Final in Geneva, Switzerland, were warned about the two-year ban if their horse was was found to have a banned substance in his system. ... Read More

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Horses Needed for Mounted Patrol Unit

April 14, 2010

The Bedford County Sheriff's Department of Shelbyville, Tenn., is forming an equine mounted patrol unit. The department is looking for Tennessee Walking Horse geldings that are 3-8 years old and stand 15-16 hands tall, and preferably well-broke.... Read More

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Donkey Dies of Rabies in North Carolina

April 13, 2010

The Raleigh, N.C.-based News & Observer reported that a miniature donkey died of rabies last week on a Durham County goat farm... Read More

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Roundworm Resistance to Dewormers Assessed in Canada

April 13, 2010

Resistant Parascaris equorum on Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms to ivermectin and moxidectin was identified in Ontario, Canada.

Rolph de Gannes, an equine veterinarian practicing in Southern Ontario, Canada, had the impr... Read More

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Polo Pony Owners Sue Pharmacy for $4 Million

April 12, 2010

The owners of the 21 polo ponies that died at the U.S Open Polo Championships last year in Wellington, Fla., are seeking more than $4 million in damages from Franck's Pharmacy, the Ocala-based company that mixed the fatal concoction ... Read More

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Polymerase Chain Reaction: Benefits and Drawbacks

April 12, 2010

The application of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to veterinary medicine has revolutionized the way diagnosticians detect infectious agents and genetic markers of non-infectious disease. Confusion frequently encircles this technology du... Read More

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Dixieland Band Euthanized at Age 30

April 11, 2010

Dixieland Band, one of the original three stallions at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and the sire of 117 stakes winners, was euthanized April 7 due to the infirmities of age. The son of Northern Dancer, who was 30, will be buried in... Read More

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Rutgers Students Working to Change the Perception of Mustangs

April 09, 2010

For the first time since its inception in 1999, the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP) at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, includes four Bureau of Land Management mustangs. Mustangs are ofte... Read More

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Tennessee Horse Processing Bill Advances

April 08, 2010

A bill that would allow horse processing plant development in Tennessee advanced yesterday when members of the state's House Finance Subcommittee passed it by a slim 7-6 margin. The measure now moves on for full Finance, Ways and Means and ... Read More

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Lawsuit Seeks Mustangs' Return to Range

April 07, 2010

A group of wild horse advocates have asked a federal judge to order the return of 1,800 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs to the Calico Mountain Complex range in Nevada. The BLM relocated the horses from the range to holding facilities d... Read More

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Riding Discipline Choice Related to Income, Survey Shows

April 06, 2010

Income plays a significant role in how owners use their horses, according to a recent survey.

The findings are part of the American Horse Publications nationwide online survey, conducted from Oct. 15, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2010, which re... Read More

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Sport Horse Feeding and Veterinary Management Seminar Coming to Kentucky

April 06, 2010

The care and nutrition of competition horses will be the focus of this year's Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Nutrition Conference, held this year on April 26-27 in Lexington, Ky.

The theme of this year's conference, "Fee... Read More

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FEI: Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations and Prohibited Substances List Goes Live

April 05, 2010

The FEI today announced that the new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations and the Read More