Recent News for Farm and Barn

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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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Canadian Vet School Recommends Precautions to Prevent Spread of EHV-1

March 22, 2008

As a precautionary measure, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Clinic at the University of Saskatchewan is not accepting any nonemergency equine patients to control risks related to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)... Read More

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Sponsor Tables Illinois Horse Transport Bill Amendment

March 19, 2008

The sponsor of a proposed Illinois measure designed to enhance horse transport safety has tabled a controversial amendment that equine advocates denounced as unacceptable.

"We're going to go back to the original bill," said Ill. Rep. JoAnn... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Concludes

March 18, 2008

Participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in a multitude of... Read More

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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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West Virginia Track Barn Quarantined

March 12, 2008

A barn at Charles Town Races & Slots was placed under quarantine March 10 after a local veterinarian reported he was treating a 4-year-old filly for neurological signs of an unknown origin.

Live racing and training at the West Virginia... Read More

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Soiled Bedding Serves as a Vehicle for Drug Contamination

March 08, 2008

Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... 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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What's New in Horse Trailers

March 01, 2008

Safety and strength are the focus of trailer companies' improvements today.

You're ready to make some changes concerning your showing or horse-traveling activities--perhaps you're scaling down a bit, trailering less horse... Read More

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"Sour Gas" Blamed for Horse Illness

March 01, 2008

Horses owned by the Thurston family of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were exposed to a gas leak from a sour oil facility four months ago, and family members say the livestock still have not recovered, according to an article on Read More

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Santa Anita to Replace Racing Surface

February 21, 2008

Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces before a standing-room-only crowd during a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Feb. 20. While some... Read More

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Morris, Ransehousen Roast to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

February 15, 2008

The dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper communities are uniting for the good of all equestrians Feb. 26, 2008 to raise funds for the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The occasion is the 70th birthdays of renowned horsemen George H. Morri... 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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Prepare Your Horse Trailer for Travel Season

February 08, 2008

Before the start of the summer travel season, it is critically important for horse owners to perform basic yet essential maintenance on their trailers.This will be time well spent because it will ensure that their trailers will be in optimal... Read More

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Q&A on Santa Anita Footing Fix

February 05, 2008

Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita's troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface. Founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia, Pearse this week begins what i... 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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Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder to Fix Track Surface Drainage Program

February 02, 2008

Ian Pearse of Pro-Ride Racing Australia stands ready to begin fixing Santa Anita's beleaguered Cushion Track surface as soon as the final race is completed Feb. 3.

"On Sunday afternoon after the races, we'll harrow the track and break up... Read More

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MacKinnon Ice Horse Boots Evendura Wrap

February 01, 2008

The First+Ice inserts remain cold at therapeutic levels for up to two hours, while the horse eats or rests comfortably in his stall. As the legs remain dry, there is no risk of skin irritation or bacterial, fungal and hoof. ... Read More

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Seasonal Tack Touch-Ups

February 01, 2008

Saddles wear out more from neglect than use.

The days will soon begin to get longer and the riding bug will start to bite--it's almost time to dust off your saddle and deep clean your furry beast of a horse. But will... Read More

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'Loved' to Death?

February 01, 2008


We must do the best we can to create an environment where our horses can thrive physically and mentally.

Horses weren't designed to be "apartment dwellers," said a horseman friend... Read More

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AlpharmaEquine Extend-A-Cool

January 30, 2008

Extend-A-Cool as an effective remedy to address sore shins, inflamed leg muscles and tendons, and reduce swelling from acute sprains and bruises. When applied to the lower leg, the temperature under the wrap may be reduced by up to 6°F or more... 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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Santa Anita to Close for Footing Fix

January 17, 2008

A liquid binder officials believe will save Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track should take about 10 days to acquire and another four to mix with the synthetic racing surface, the California Horse Racing Board was told Jan. 16.

Track president... Read More

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Olympic Horse Manure Management Going Green in Hong Kong

January 15, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club recently demonstrated its manure management program, illustrating one way in which the club will observe the "Green Olympics" theme of the 2008 Olympic Games. Stable waste and manure from the Olympic equestrian venues a... Read More