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Barn Buddies: Foal Watch Dogs

As farms prepare for another foaling season, night watchmen everywhere will shuffling up and down barn aisles in layers of clothing, checking in stalls and checking on cameras. Robin Berryhill, co-owner of Hidden Springs Farm in Palmyra, Ind., will be shivering in the foaling barn too, but she has a secret weapon to help be […]

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Four Tips For Feeding Mares In Late Gestation

The nutritional requirements for in-foal mares are more robust than the average horse. Not only are they in need of specific vitamins, minerals and fats in order to maintain their health and condition, but they also need specific nutrients to maintain that of their unborn foal. While the nutritional requirements of mares don’t change dramatically […]

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Will Colic Surgery End A Horse’s Competitive Career?

  While surgery for horses experiencing colic is not within every horse owner’s financial reach, it can be worth the risk if the prognosis for a full recovery is good. While there are many factors that go into the surgery decision-making process, including age and health of the horse, location of the equine hospital, type […]

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Sexual Development Of Colts Affected By Broodmare Diet

New European research suggests that the way a broodmare is fed will affect the rate of sexual maturity of her colt, says HorseTalk. Researchers from Belgium and France discovered that pregnant mares and weaned foals are typically fed diets rich in soluble carbohydrates with their forage. These diets are fed to increase growth rates of […]

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USDA Announces Changes Aimed At Ending Soring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of […]

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EHV-1 In Kentucky: Five New Positives Announced At Training Center

HighPointe Farm and Training Center in LaGrange, KY, now has a total of six horses in one barn on the premises which have tested positive for EHV-1, according to the Equine Disease Communications Center. Turfway Park, approximately one hour north of the training center, was instructed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on Thursday not […]

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Fair Grounds EHV-1: 40 Horses Now Positive, Seventh Barn Enters Quarantine

The Equine Disease Communications Center reports that there are now a total of 40 horses on the Fair Grounds Race Course backside to have tested positive for EHV-1, and that the total number of barns quarantined was increased from six to seven (14, 36, 47, 4, 30, 45, and the receiving barn). A horse in […]

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New Study Shows Too-Tight Nosebands Prevalent In Equine Competition

Tight nosebands in equine competition seem to be the norm rather than exception; many of the nosebands worn by show horses are so tight that not one finger can be placed between them and the horse’s face. In a recent study, it was found that 44 percent of nosebands on 750 horses surveyed with a […]

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USDA Releases Findings Of 2015 Equine Study: Many Horse Owners Aware Of EIA

The United States Department of Agtriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) released the first report from its Equine 2015 study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015. The Equine 2015 study is NAHMS’ third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’ 1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 […]

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EHV-1: Fair Grounds Quarantine Mandated By State

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has instituted a mandatory quarantine of the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Fair Grounds voluntarily imposed a quarantine on Jan. 2, and the restrictions placed at that time will continue to be in effect, with no horses permitted to enter or exit the property. Fair Grounds’ live […]

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