Marcella M. Reca Zipp, MS

Marcella Reca Zipp, M.S., is a former staff writer for The Horse. She is completing her doctorate in Environmental Education and researching adolescent relationships with horses and nature. She lives with her family, senior horse, and flock of chickens on an island in the Chain O'Lakes.

Articles by Marcella Reca

Latest Nutrition Tools

Hot, dry Tucson, Ariz., doesn't conjure up images of equine nutrition research, but leading animal scientists convened there May 31-June 4 to present their latest findings on a variety of equine science topics. The following article highlights Read More

EIA-Positive Horse Auctioned Off in Two States

Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed July 13 in a Pennsylvania horse, said Bruce Schmucker, VMD, of the state's Department of Agriculture. The horse hasn't shown any clinical signs of EIA and passed through an auction in Meadville, Pa., Read More

Feed Label Laws

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed Read More

Alternative Horse Bedding

Research has shown that Kenaf, a fairly new plant to North America that is a relative of cotton and okra, could be a viable product for horse bedding. Michael Yoder, MS, extension associate in the department of animal science at North Carolina Read More

Horses Still Learn While Tranquilized

You can teach a tranquilized horse, concluded Samantha Griffith, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science at Auburn University, in a study she presented at the Equine Science Society Symposium May 31-June 3 in Tucson, Ariz.

Sh Read More

USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal year.

The Read More

Killing Resistant Parasites

2005 EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, TUCSON, ARIZ., MAY 31-JUNE 3

"Parasite resistance has emerged as a dilemma in the livestock industry as many classes of parasites are becoming resistant to dewormers," began Meghan Read More

Bigger Thoroughbreds Sell Better

2005 EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, TUCSON, ARIZ., MAY 31-JUNE 3

"Pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of Read More

Horse Owner Wins Laminitis Lawsuit

Jane McGarel-Groves was awarded 350,000 GBP (about $608,280 US) in damages after suing two veterinarians that treated her 14-year-old dressage horse Annastasia in 2001 with corticosteroid joint injections. The injections inadvertently caused Read More

Preventing Bucked Shins

Shin soreness, or bucked shins, in Thoroughbred racehorses is a partly preventable condition according to a recent Australian study. Horses with shin soreness display signs of pain on the front of the shins between the knee and fetlock, said Read More

Repeat Horse Abuser Arrested

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials removed seven starving and dehydrated horses from James Leonard Baxley's Appling, Ga., farm on July 15, said Linda Fulmer, manager of Colombia County Animal Care and Control in the eastern part of the Read More

Nygaard Going to Jail for Animal Cruelty

After showing up to her sentencing 20 minutes late on July 19, Kathleen Nygaard faces 90 days in jail, according to WLEX-TV. Nygaard is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty after humane officials were alerted to dead and starving horses i Read More

EIA-Positive Horse in Pennsylvania

Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed July 13 in a Pennsylvania horse, said Bruce Schmucker, VMD, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The horse is not showing any clinical signs of the disease and passed through Meadville Read More

Diary of an EHV-1 Survivor

Twenty-year-old Radar "just wasn’t looking right" when he came in from the pasture on April 6, recalls his owner, Bill McCarthy, PhD. "When I picked his feet up to pick them out, he would just fall into me," said McCarthy. "The next day the stat Read More

Surgery Treats Hock Arthritis

Osteoarthritis of one of the joints within the hock (the talocalcaneal joint) is a rare cause of acute onset of severe lameness, but clinical findings and diagnostic analgesia (such as blocking a joint) often fail to identify precisely the site Read More

Update: USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal Read More

Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

In response to an increased threat of the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and H.R. 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allar Read More

Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her Read More

Wild Horse Amendment Passes House

Wild horses and burros that are eligible for slaughter had a victory on May 19 when the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior 2006 budget (H.R. 2361) passed the House of Representatives.

Among hundreds of lines of text Read More

Split Verdict in Central Kentucky Horse Abuse Case

The two central Kentucky women charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized their 24 horses from a Lexington farm in January 2005 received a split verdict in court on June 8. After a two-day trial, the mother, Nancy Nygaard, was acquitte Read More

Equine Science Society 2005 Awards

Several awards were presented to outstanding individuals in the field of equine science at the Equine Science Society (ESS) Symposium May 31-June 3, in Tucson, Ariz.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Pete G. Gibbs, MS, PhD, Read More

No Added Benefits from Higher Bute Dosage

Higher dosages of phenylbutazone (Bute) don't make chronically lame horses any sounder than standard doses, according to a study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Thus, giving a lame horse Read More

Horse Smart Card in the Works in Colorado

The horse industry in Colorado is instituting an Equine Smart Card identification program that will meet National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards. The NAIS is being developed by the USDA and state agencies, and it is intended to Read More

Arthritis in the Performance Horse

Arthritis causes considerable pain in your horse, and understanding the disease cycle is necessary in order to prevent further damage from occurring. "One-third of all lameness is due to arthritis or soft tissue trauma," said Rhonda Rathgeber, Read More

Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

In response to an increased threat with the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and HR 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), a retired Read More