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AHP Survey Shows Economic Stability For Horse Owners, Changes In Management Practices

American Horse Publications (AHP) conducted its fourth online nationwide equine industry survey sponsored by Zoetis from January 22, 2018, through April 1, 2018. The survey’s three main objectives are: to gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry; to identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own […]

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‘The Next Set Of Hands In The Industry’: College Students Learn On The Job At Maine Chance

In one way or another, everyone in the Thoroughbred industry learns on the job. The University of Kentucky’s Maine Chance Farm is the rare consignment that makes learning on the job its priority. The farm, positioned within a stone’s throw of Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks base in Lexington, Ky., affords students the opportunity to get hands-on […]

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NTRA, UK To Offer Racecourse Manager Certificate For Handling Surfaces

The NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs today launched a joint initiative offering a Racecourse Manager Certification from the University of Kentucky beginning this fall. The curriculum will be designed for those already engaged in careers with racing surface maintenance crews with an eye toward stepping into leadership roles. “Horse […]

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‘Thick Skin And Broad Shoulders’: Guilfoil Speaks For The Horses

Marc Guilfoil’s love affair with horses started well before he hocked his high school senior ring to have money to go to Keeneland one afternoon while attending the University of Kentucky. He correctly figured he’d miss being at the track more than he’d miss the ring. “I was thinking about that today when I was […]

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Pearse Lyons, Founder Of Alltech And Kentucky-Based Philanthropist, Dies At 73

Pearse Lyons, the billionaire founder of Central Kentucky-based Alltech, died Thursday morning due to complications from heart surgery in November. Alltech produces a line of horse supplements and was a major sponsor on a number of sport horse events, including the 2010 World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lyons’ son Mark will […]

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Kentucky: Time For 2018 Eastern Tent Caterpillar Hatch Is Likely Approaching

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon […]

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Savannah Robin Named Internship Coordinator For UK Ag Equine

Savannah Robin, an alumna of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and one the very first interns within UK Ag Equine Programs’ office more than 10 years ago, has been named its new equine science and management internship coordinator. She will begin June 11. In this role, Robin will administer internships for […]

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Research Update: Soaking Hay Reduces Nitrates

Horses with heaves and other breathing issues do best when specific management changes are made, like allowing them to be outside as much as possible, removing them from barns before stalls are cleaned and aisles are swept, and soaking hay before it is fed. Soaking hay reduces the breathable mold and dust particles, allowing the […]

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‘Why’d You Do The Study That Way?’ Questions About Equine Research Answered

From time to time we report on a new scientific study and see some of the same comments asking questions or posing suppositions about how the research was done — or how it should have been done. For people outside the research world, it can be confusing to see an expensive study done to test […]

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Racetrack Surfaces Key To Keeping Horse And Rider Safe

Proper footing is imperative to keeping horses and riders safe, no matter what discipline they are competing in, and footing has been a growing focus for researchers around the world. Mick Peterson, PhD, the director of the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs and also a faculty member within UK’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, […]

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