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Efficient Solution to Maintaining Paddocks June 14 2013

Wessex Dung Beetle paddock cleaner is a dung deal!

Broadwood International has unveiled a new self-powered paddock cleaner that sweeps up droppings as it is towed around the field.

The Wessex Dung Beetle runs on four wheels for maximum stability, and is designed to follow the ground contours with a brush rotor. The sweeper has four banks of polypropylene brushes that propel debris into the hopper, while the bristles on the brush clears dead grass, encouraging fresh growth, and tines loosen stubborn muck.

The Dung Beetle is powered either by a 5½hp Honda petrol engine or a PTO version, which drives a rotor via twin belts with a centrifrugal clutch.

The manufacturers say that it has already proved popular with equestrian centres, stud farms, zoos and wildlife parks.
RRP: £4,255
Read more...http://www.broadwoodintl.co.uk/news/wessex-atv/its-a-dung-deal.php

Preparing and Breeding Your Mare Training Program June 06 2013

My Horse University Sponsoring Body 

Preparing and Breeding Your Mare is one of four online short-courses in the Horse Breeding and Selection Series presented by Michigan State University’s My Horse University and Horse and Rider magazine. Each of the four short courses will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. As an added bonus, participants will have access to an informative online presentation given by a top equine expert!

This course will cover some of the important factors a breeder should know about when breeding a mare. The course begins with basic information about the mare’s reproductive anatomy. The course then explores the mare’s reproductive cycle, appropriate times to breed, and the breeding process. The broodmare’s nutritional requirements are also detailed. Read more...https://noncredit.msu.edu/listSections.action?catalogid=3&offeringid=191

A Clear Solution June 05 2013

Respiratory problems in heat and dust - finding a way forward
Dust is a concern—a potential health hazard—for both horse and human, as it makes both more prone to respiratory issues. That makes dust control a priority for stable owners.

There is no one solution for dust control that fits all equine arenas and barns. Watering the arena is one step, whether with a handy garden hose or a sophisticated sprinkler system. Proper preparation of the footing is another step. That can take the form of adding rubber footing materials or coatings or utilizing rubber bricks or mats. Read more...http://stablemanagement.com/article-archive/barns-grounds/a-clear-solution/