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Lack Of Forage May Lead To Wood Chewing

It’s not uncommon to see horses chewing on wood, whether its fenceposts or boards in their fields or the side of their stall walls. Wood chewing can be a result of multiple things, including lack of forage. If a horse that is used to being turned out on pasture suddenly has his routine changed and […]

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BLM Needs 15 Years And $5 Billion To Get Wild Horse Population Under Control

The overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands has been an issue for years. There are currently over 88,000 wild horses and burros on land that has been determined to be suitable for 26,500 horses. When the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act went into effect in 1971, the goal was to stop and reverse […]

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Additional Cases Of Anthrax In Texas Horses

On July 29, three additional anthrax cases were reported in Texas. Two horses in Crockett County and one in Uvalde County had been diagnosed with anthrax on July 22, reported the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). To date, there are 14 areas with confirmed cases of anthrax in five Texas counties: Crockett, Kinney, Sutton, Uvalde, […]

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Packing On The Pounds: The Skinny On Skinny Horses

Getting skinny horses to gain weight can be tough, but the only way to pack on the pounds is to maximize energy consumption. This is traditionally done through adding additional quality forage, adding grain or adding in a high-calorie supplement. Many horses can gain weight by being turned out on high-quality pasture for grazing for […]

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Bureau Of Land Management Sued Over Plans For Wild Horse Removal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was sued by wild horse advocates regarding a plan to remove wild horses from land in rural Nevada. The plaintiffs include Western Watersheds Project, American Wild Horse Campaign, The Cloud Foundation and land owner Laura Cunningham. The plaintiffs claim the planned removal violates a 40-year-old federal law. Approved in […]

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Drought In Australia Affecting Even Large Thoroughbred Farms

Drought conditions in Australia are affecting all livestock owners, including large Thoroughbred breeding farms, with an increased cost for hay and the potential for limited quality hay in the near future. Farms like Yarraman Stud and Arrowfield are considering or have implemented an additional fee on horse owners to cover the rising cost of quality […]

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Pasture Pointers To Increase Horse Health

Pasture quantity and quality affects the nutritional value it offers horses, as does the season and the amount of grazing time offered. A horse consumes more grass per hour in pastures that are lush; overgrazed or weedy pastures will offer little in the way of nutritional value and will be consumed more slowly. Here are […]

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Easy Ways To Create Healthier Pastures

There are simple measures farm managers and horsemen can take to encourage their pastures to grow lush and resilient. This year, for example, was unusually wet, with significantly higher amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Often, increased moisture leads to sloppy, muddy pastures, which are less than ideal for sprouting thick grass. According to a report […]

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Drug Resistant “Super Worms” Pose New Threat to Horses

Intestinal parasites can wreak havoc with horses of all ages, causing weight loss and damaging not only the gut, but other organs. Typically, the best ways to keep worms at bay include rotating pastures and keeping pastures harrowed regularly. It was also long believed that regular bi-monthly deworming of horses was the best way to […]

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