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Additional Steroid Testing for Sale Horses at Keeneland

Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that

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Hobby or Business? Defining your Equine Venture


According to the Internal Revenue Service, if your main objective is to make a profit, then you are considered a legitimate business.



Many people involved within the horse industry often do not view their small hors

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Judge Denies Motion to Sell Curlin

A Kentucky judge denied a motion July 10 requesting a forced sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, a decision that was applauded by majority owner Stonestreet Stables, which clearly stated it has no desire to sell its part of the champion

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Trusts (Book Excerpt)

Various kinds of trusts can be valuable estate planning tools, although trusts probably are not the cure-all for probate problems they sometimes are advertised to be.

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Horse Feed: Going Green?

Are horse owners willing to “go green” in the ways they feed horses and in the packaging of those feeds?

The 24th Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium covered a myriad of topics for all species, but

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Rescue Highlights Danger of ‘Free Horse’ Offers

Dennis Rutherford of Elma, Wash., had the best of intentions when he offered his pair of retired Thoroughbred racehorses free to good homes on a popular giveaway Web site. Now he’s warning other horse owners it’s dangerous to offer something for

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Horse Auction Operators Deal with Down Market


In a glutted market where some horses can be had for as little as $2, auctioneer Tim Jennings is trying to convince horse owners it’s still a good time to sell their animals.

“We’re telling people to compare how much they’re spending o

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New Florida Horse Sale Rules Published

The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

The rules, which were developed

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Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the

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The Steroid Debate

“Steroid” use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses’ performance at maximal

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Economic Slump: Effect on the Horse Industry?

Over the past few weeks many have discussed the odds of a recession in the United States. Economists’ opinions are mixed as to whether we will have a true recession, but all agree that, at the least, the economy is currently slowing and a period of

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Florida Sets Limit on Horse Auction Rules

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services claims it doesn’t have the power to regulate certain aspects of horse sales in the state, but is prepared to publish proposed rules it says are intended to prevent unfair or deceptive

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