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Horse owners and enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn more about management of equine during a monthly webinar on equine management decisions.

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Due to a limited number of shows in some areas of the country in 2020, the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance has waived qualifying requirements for the upcoming National Championship Show scheduled for June 2021. This decision was made after careful consideration of alliance partners f…

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Cromeplated Sidekick left little doubt that he was the top Open horse at the 2020 the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show held in Abilene, Texas. The 2009 grey gelding dominated the competition, winning cow work, stock horse trail and stock horse pleasure for owner Linda Bouziden-Lackey …

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Domestic horses have evolved from creatures that could eat fruit, woody plants and a number of other coarse forages to survive. In doing so, their body structures have changed to suit their environment where humans provide the majority of their diets. And for a horse to perform its best, own…

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After a phenomenal 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Emily Miller-Beisel gave her horses a much-deserved rest and began thinking about the new year.

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Being involved in 4-H and the horse project helped Oklahoman Reagan Stephens get through a rough year of bullying at her middle school. She felt ostracized and bullied on a regular basis.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Erath County will be hosting a series of Horse Show Preparation Clinics in November, December and January.

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The Kansas Professional Rodeo Association Finals were held in Dodge City, Kansas, Sept. 25 to 27.

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The 10th annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship, sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, LG Seeds and Double D Western, was recently held in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

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The rodeo team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is a member of the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. With Covid-19 precautions in place, the Ozark Region’s season began in Marshall, Missouri, at the Missouri Valley College Viking Stampede, where 15 te…

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A University of Wyoming rangeland ecology master’s student is examining the gut microbiome in free-roaming horses and how it adapts to different environments and diets and if certain microbiome communities create a better body condition score.

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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is moving to Texas in December 2020. Arlington’s Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, will host the Wrangler NFR 2020—the first non-baseball event at the park. Event organizers confirmed the event will comply with all health and safety protocols for…

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is hosting a Ranch Horse Competition held in conjunction with the 36th Annual OCA Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 22 at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie. The ranch horse competition will begin at 8 a.m.Spectators are welcome to watch the Ranch Horse Competition for free.

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While enjoying a ride with your horse on a perfect, sunny day, you sink into the saddle in pure relaxation. Then suddenly, a horse fly lands on your horse’s rear end. He swishes his tail and the tranquility of just moments ago is halted as your horse bucks mid-air to rid the biting pest. Can…

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Horse owners, as well as producers of other hooved animals, should be on the lookout for a highly contagious virus among their stock that was recently confirmed in Benton County.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has now identified positive cases of vesicular stomatitis virus in 20 counties in Kansas. KDA’s Division of Animal Health continues to respond to the outbreak that began in south central Kansas in mid-June and has now expanded its reach to the north and e…

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Two confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis virus have been reported in cattle in Montgomery County, Kansas, according to a spokeswoman from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced that vesicular stomatitis virus has now been confirmed in 10 counties in Kansas. KDA’s Division of Animal Health continues to respond to the outbreak that began in south central Kansas in mid-June and has now expanded its reach to the north …

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On July 7, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis virus, also known as VSV, at a premise in Washington County. This horse showed lesions in its mouth and on its muzzle.

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Vesicular stomatitis has made its appearance once again in Kansas. The virus was first found in Butler County on June 16 and now has been confirmed on more than 30 premises in Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. The viral disease primarily affects horses and beef cattle, occasional…

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in Buffalo County. The horses on the infected premises have been quarantined. At present time, one additional horse on the premises is also exhibiting VS symptoms. All animals on the infected premi…

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, in partnership with the Oklahoma Ford Dealers, is preparing for the 36th anniversary of the OCA Ranch Rodeo on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

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Vesicular stomatitis virus was confirmed in horses on two Starr County, Texas, premises on April 23. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the virus as the New Jersey serotype. These confirmations mark the first cases of VSV in Texas this year.

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On April 13, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus infection on an equine premises in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. A single horse on the index premises has met the case definition of infection with compatible clinical s…

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Extension Horses, a group of professionals from different Land Grant Universities, hosted a webinar April 8 to detail options for employees and owners in the equine industry who have lost their jobs, been furloughed or are barn or business owners.

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While the primary concern of the coronavirus pandemic is for human health, horse owners should have plans in place to ensure proper care of their horses in case of sickness and hospitalization, Oklahoma State University Extension experts said.

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For years, the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has utilized the tag line, “Where Champions Come to Play the First Weekend in May.” With the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shaking its nasty head around the region, the country and the world, the volunteer committee has opted to move this year’s festi…

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It does not matter if it is a devasting tornado, wildfire, flood or a financial catastrophe; Oklahomans always rebuild, restore and resume. After wildfires ravaged northwest Oklahoma in November 2019, White Horse Ranch, located near Mooreland, Oklahoma, was forced to evacuate, along with man…

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As the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association recently decided to cancel the remaining events on the 2019-20 regional season.

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The Bureau of Land Management manages and protects wild horses and burros on public lands across 10 western states. The BLM and the U.S. Geological Services have been working with Dr. Reed Holyoak at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine on contraception methods for mares …

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The Texas Animal Health Commission received confirmation of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy, the neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus, in a hunter jumper horse visiting Texas from Wyoming.

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A sold out crowd, talented trainers and their mustangs made this Extreme Mustang Makeover one for the books. Fifty adult trainers and 33 youth recently vied for the chance to win top honors at the Fort Worth, Texas, event in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. However, it…

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Animal type and their safety needs are important factors to consider before putting up a fence, says Steven Sarson, a Bekaert Fence Pro and Technical Sales Manager.