Living with and working with horses can be an enjoyable and exciting lifestyle, and it brings specific responsibilities. Owners are responsible for knowing and adhering to the laws governing the health and safety of each horse they transport.

Most horses adapt well to colder weather, but there are important things to monitor and provide to keep them safe and healthy in the winter. Above all, they need: good nutrition, including additional energy; warm, palatable water; shelter from wind and moisture; blankets when necessary. Hors…

The 4-H program provides youths from all backgrounds the opportunity to raise, care for and show livestock. If youths understand how to take vitals, properly administer antibiotics, and understand vaccination programs, they will be better prepared to raise a healthy animal.

It is important for youths involved in the 4-H livestock program to have a basic understanding of what signs and symptoms to watch for to prevent illness in their steers or heifers. Recognizing animal behaviors and signs of illness can greatly help 4-H participants and their parents become b…

Weaning is among the most stressful periods in a beef production system for calves because they are subjected to stressors including removal from their mothers, new diets, processing (vaccination, dehorning, castration etc.) and possibly new environments.

Horse shows are a part of Western heritage, but at all horse gatherings there is a risk of spreading disease. Respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurologic and skin diseases, can be spread at shows. A control plan should be in place at each show to help minimize the spread of disease.

In 1999, West Nile virus was first discovered in the northeastern United States. Clinical disease caused by the virus was first identified in birds, followed by humans and equines. By 2002, over 15,000 horses were diagnosed in more than 41 states.

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