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Copper-coated steel nails are being increasingly used during shoeing due to their proposed ability to reduce bacterial invasion, despite limited evidence for their effectiveness in this application. The objective of a recent study, conducted in Australia, was to determine whether copper-coat…

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Ration balancers are commercially prepared horse feeds that are designed to provide the trace minerals and vitamins a horse requires. The minerals and vitamins are concentrated so that only a small amount of the ration balancer needs to be fed, typically 1 to 2 pounds a day for a 1,000 pound…

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The recent wet weather has resulted in numerous cases of scratches. Scratches can refer to several skin conditions that occur on the back of a horse’s pasterns or bulbs of the heel. Scratches often occurs in horses exposed to moisture for long periods of time such as a muddy field or wet sta…

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We’ve received several questions regarding blanketing horses in cold climates. The horse’s hair coat is an excellent insulator and works by trapping and warming air. A healthy horse with a thick, dry and clean hair coat can retain enough heat and be comfortable outside in

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Deb Brandon of Montevideo, Minn., sold the Top Sale Horse on Oct. 20 at South Dakota Horse Sales in Corsica, S.D., for $4,200. Lot 1, Tucker Boonboy, a 10-year-old AQHA well broke trail horse sold to Rick Rayman of Aberdeen, S.D. This good looking gelding was sired by a OWN son of Peptoboonsmal.

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Oats are commonly used for human and livestock consumption. Currently, the market prefers white hulled oats (pictured on the right) with a high test weight for use as equine feed. Plant breeding programs in the Midwest U.S. produce both white and yellow hulled oats that meet industry standar…

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We are excited to announce that the Healthy Horse app has been updated with new visuals, additional breed-types and options to use the app in Spanish and with metric units. Additionally, the app includes links to new articles on managing thin and overweight horses.

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Horse owners should take precautions when grazing pastures after the first killing frost. Frost damaged pastures can have higher concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates, leading to an increase in the potential for founder and colic, especially for horses diagnosed with Equine Metabolic…

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Question: I’m building a new horse facility and have two horses. I plan to have a few pastures and a dry lot. How big should my dry lot be? Do you have any other recommendations as I layout my dry lot?

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Many horses and ponies can live into their 20s or 30s with good health care and play important roles including being trustworthy mounts for new riders, children and riders with special needs and being companions for other horses or their owners. As horses age, their health needs change; ther…

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Gary Wickre of Box Elder, S.D., sold the Top Sale Horse on Aug. 18 at South Dakota Horse Sales in Corsica, S.D., for $3,700. Sundance Scottish Win is an 11-year-old ranch-used AQHA gelding. He has also been used to haul to amateur and college rodeos competing in team and breakaway roping. He…

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Carrietta Schalesky was crowned Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, and Maddie Williams was named Junior Miss Rodeo Aberdeen on August 12 at the 12th Annual Miss Rodeo Aberdeen Queen Pageant held in Aberdeen.

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The South Dakota 4-H Finals Rodeo was held Aug. 17-19 in Fort Pierre, S.D., at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with 532 contestants and 1900+ runs in four performances. Below are the results including the top four event average winners and the all around winners. The average champion in each …

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As much as it is for anybody — or likely more — for Shane O’Connell, rodeo is a painful sport.

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Aug. 26, Webster: All American Saddle Club Open Point Horse Shows, at Day County Fairgrounds, 605-880-5522

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Aug. 12, Aberdeen: Miss Rodeo Aberdeen Queen Pageant, Kathy Zambo 605-200-9060.

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Aug. 5, Aberdeen: Aberdeen Area Horsemen’s Association Open Horse Show, at Akkerman Arena, Pearl Holt 605-216-2111.

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