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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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Hunter Jankowski of Enderlin, N.D., was charged with a Class C felony for the theft of a horse in May 2018. On Dec. 19, Southeast District Court Judge Mark Blumer sentenced Jankowski to 30 days in the Richland County Jail, 80 hours of community service and two years of supervised probation. …

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Horse owners may be exploring alternative feedstuffs due to high hay costs, poor quality hay, and/or challenges associated with finding sufficient quantities of hay. When possible, quality hay should make up a large portion of a horse’s diet. However, the following alternatives can replace h…

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Forage is a primary part of the horse’s diet and is often fed in the form of cool-season grasses, legumes or warm-season grasses. These forage types differ widely in their nutritional content. Two main differences are the nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) and fiber content.

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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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