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Editor’s note: Each summer, South Dakota Farmers Union feeds hundreds of rodeo athletes and their families during the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals in Belle Fourche. Read on to learn more about one of the many families who will compete during the June 11-16 event.

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Buy hay the smart way! Many horse owners purchase hay by the bale. However, the more economical way to purchase and compare different hay types is to calculate the price per ton. The Hay Price Calculator app aids hay buyers in calculating price per ton and provides cost comparisons of small …

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Question: We are building a new horse facility and would like some guidance on dry lot size. The dry lot will be for our two horses who get along well. We know a dry lot is important, so we want to make sure we do it correctly the first time.

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Equine laminitis is a complex disease that manifests as pain and lameness in the feet, often with debilitating consequences. There is limited data that accounts for the multifactorial nature of laminitis. The goal of this study, conducted by a team of researchers from Great Britain and Austr…

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Sallis Ranch Large Animal Rescue has provided hope and given life to neglected horses and other large animals for more than eight years. The ranch started in Greenbrier, Ark. and now is based out of Rose Bud and Rabbit Ridge, Ark.

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Question: Since baleage is becoming more readily available, I’m wondering what your thoughts are on feeding it to horses? Should horses be vaccinated against botulism if feeding baleage? Is warm weather feeding of baleage going to result in mold formation? Additionally, I know of some horses…

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Throughout the year, horse owners work outside to care for their horses despite what challenges the forecast might offer. Precipitation, whether its rain, sleet or snow, eventually turns soil to mud and can create major hurdles for efficient horse management. In order to best manage muddy co…

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PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota horse owners are reminded to consider routine vaccinations in preparation for spring and summer equine activities. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven notes that the risk of horses contracting disease can be minimized with a good preventative health plan inclu…

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Why would anyone hop on a horse and ride 100 miles in less than 24 hours across all imaginable terrains, in every weather condition possible when there is absolutely zero financial incentive for doing so?

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In 2017, the American Horse Council evaluated the economic impact of the horse industry in the United States (U.S.). They further looked at the economic impact in individual states including Minnesota.

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The Double Bar J Cowboy Church in Huron, S.D., will be hosting their second annual Team Roping Clinic at the Beef Complex at the South Dakota State Fair Grounds April 26-28. Again eight-time world champion team roper and Cowboy Hall of Fame member Speed Williams will be the clinician.

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Riding around the arena displaying sponsor flags and presenting awards — what fans see of a rodeo queen’s job may look effortless. But, behind the scenes, rodeo queens put a lot of hard work, horsemanship and public relations into the role, explains Kay Marrs, who recently handed off the tit…

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