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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. Therefore, the go…

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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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