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One of the best-known wild horses roaming North Carolina’s Outer Banks was found dead on a beach over the weekend and experts suspect heat may have been a factor. Hazel, as the horse was known, was believed to be nearly 30 years old. Her death comes when some areas of the Outer Banks have had a daily heat index near 110 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. “Hazel lived and died ...

Many horses will cross the finish line at Churchill Downs on Derby weekend. But there will be no winners. Every Thoroughbred is in danger of meeting Private Vow’s fate. Until the racing industry grapples with that and protects the horses it uses, it will continue to decline.

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A horse and its teenage owner have spent the past year becoming the best of friends — and a winning pair in the eyes of judges. Mattie DeBord, 16, who took on the challenge of training her own weanling horse last September, credits hard work and dedication for helping her reap rewards as a national winner in a horsemanship competition.

Allen Pierce, 59, of Bluff City, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord and those passed before him on Saturday, March 21, 2020. He was born in …

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My wife and I were raised with dogs and when Cheryl and I started our new life together, it did not take long for us to bring home our first fur babies (a Scottish terrier and a wire hair terrier), and over the years we’ve had many other wonderful companions. James Cromwell is quoted as saying, “Pets are humanizing. They remind us of our obligation and responsibility to preserve and care for all life.”

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Salt of the earth souls. The type that work from sunup to sundown on the farm. Honest as the day is long. Quick and eager to help every neighbor in need. Raisin’ chickens and cattle and pigs and horses … and a whole slew of young’uns who are called by both their first and middle name when in trouble. My Uncle Paul and Aunt Peggy were such folk.

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Horses were created to graze and as such are well suited to the mountain pastures of our area. However, if not managed properly horse pastures can become overgrazed, weedy and of little or no value as a food source. Maintaining a good horse pasture requires some planning and attention to detail. Here are some general guidelines for good horse pasture management.

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