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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.

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Could dental pain be the culprit for your horse’s behavioral problems? A recent study published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science established a link between common equine behavior problems and abscessed cheek teeth. Periapical infections or abscessed cheek teeth are common in horse…

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The 64th annual K-State rodeo, which is expected to draw more than 500 contestants and 10,000 spectators, is slated for Feb. 14 to 16 in Kansas State University’s Weber Arena.

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Bright lights shine down on the rodeo arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, as Brooke Wallace, a native of the Sunflower State, takes a horseback victory lap while saluting the crowd as the first ever Miss Rodeo USA from Kansas. The pageant took place Jan. 14 through Jan. 19 with six contestants from …

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The Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team recently won both the Stock Horse of Texas Collegiate World Championship and the SHTX Collegiate Reserve Championship at the 2019 Stock Horse of Texas Collegiate World Championships in Abilene. Texas Tech will be one of three teams representing the SHTX at the…

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The Kansas State University horse judging team captured a bit of history this fall when the squad won two of the most prestigious contests offered for collegiate competitors.

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Whether ranchers and farmers are raising cattle, bison, horses, sheep or other livestock, reliably providing fresh water is a necessity throughout the year. This is a particularly challenging during winter when standing water sources can ice over and that is where East Peru, Iowa-based Cobet…

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University of Wyoming horse judging team members and their trophy and ribbons received at the competition are, from left, Josey Bailey, Kaylee Davis, Mikaela Moore, Hannah Jankovsky and Tanner Sperle.

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More than 30 riders and auditors participated in the recent Ranching Riding Clinic at the Hansen Arena, according to Ingwerson-Niemann, University of Wyoming Extension equine specialist.

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In Iowa, horse ownership is big business, with nearly 55,000 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys on more than 9,000 farms. The state’s total annual sales of equine was $19.7 million, ranking Iowa 11th in the nation as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agr…

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The Extreme Mustang Makeover is back in 2020 with an exciting tour lineup bringing the event to three cities across the United States, while continuing to deliver on its mission of finding homes for American mustangs.

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The 30th annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo will feature 12 teams Sept. 27 to 28 at Medicine Lodge. Working cowboys will compete in ranch bronc riding, calf branding, stray gathering, team penning and wild cow milking. The winner of this year's event will qualify for the 2019 World Champ…

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Protein is not a popular subject. Most “nutrition-talk” revolves around carbohydrates—sugar and starch, to be specific, because they impact metabolic conditions that are a very real concern for many horse owners. We also talk about fat—types of fat, essential fatty acids, omega 3s, you know …

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It’s the perfect day for a ride. But, while unloading your horse, he quickly steps back, lifting his head high to catch on the bare metal of your horse trailer. The gash is deep. What are your next steps?

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture has additional confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in La Plata, Larimer and Weld counties. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been activated through the National Animal Health Laborato…