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Empty fields everywhere--why movement is so important to horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Driving through Kentucky recently, I passed breathtaking farms—acres and acres of meticulously manicured pastures, lined with white Kentucky-style four board fences that seemed to travel for miles. What struck me, however, was their barrenness.

Where are all the horses?

Placed high on mounds in the distance were spectacular barns—horse “hotels” where horses reside—some just during the day, some for the majority of the time.



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Equine specialist joins UW animal science

The Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming welcomes Jenny Ingwerson as its new equine specialist.


Colorado, Texas updates on vesicular stomatitis

As of Sept. 4, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 208 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 40 of the 248 quarantines have now been released.

“The number of quarantined premises is actually going down in some counties as horses are healing and the quarantines are being released. We continue to see new cases so continue to ramp up your fly control. The State Veterinarian’s Office is following up on reports of horse owners who have moved their horses out of a quarantined facility. If requirements of the quarantine are not followed, the Department will investigate, write citations for violations and institute fines according to the Livestock Health Act in State statute,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.


AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. to retire

Don Treadway Jr., the executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association, announced July 18 his intent to retire in 2015. In making the announcement, Treadway wants to allow ample time to appoint a successor and ensure an orderly transition to not interrupt Association business and member needs.



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75 wild horses die in western Kansas corral
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CSU veterinarians advise ways to avoid infection while traveling with horses
Vesicular Stomatitis update: 69 Colorado quarantines
Empty fields everywhere--why movement is so important to horses

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