Judith Lee

Judith Lee is a freelance health care writer who has written for a number of medical and health care journals and health care companies. As a long-time equestrian and horse owner, she has a particular interest in equine health care. She also operates an equestrian education program, Riding for Fun, geared toward adult beginners and returning riders.

Articles by Judith Lee

Cost of Wood Shavings Increasing as Housing Market Falls

A downturn in the housing industry is being blamed for a shortage of equine shavings that has resulted in sharp price increases and changes in the methods some owners use to manage their horses.

"The cost of shavings has increased by 70% in Read More

Horse Recovering from New Glaucoma Procedure

VIDEO | A horse that underwent a rare endoscopic laser eye procedure is showing normal intraocular pressure (IOP), a key indication that the procedure has brought his Read More

Veterinary Ophthalmologists Using New Equipment to Correct Glaucoma

Next week, veterinary ophthalmologists at The New Jersey Equine Clinic in Clarksburg, N.J., will perform an endoscopic laser procedure on a horse with glaucoma--one of the first equine uses for a new piece of equipment in the ophthalmologists' Read More

Texas Horse Cruelty Case Motivates Legislative Change

A 22-year-old Texas man will serve nine months in jail for torturing and killing a yearling filly named Cowboy Chic in her pasture last October.

A jury convicted Kenneth Ryan Peterson of animal cruelty and felony criminal mischief in 11 Read More

New Surgery for Roarers Restores Talented Racehorse

A new way to correct a respiratory condition commonly called "roaring" has returned a Thoroughbred mare to the track, earning her owners more than $300,000 since her recovery in 2006.

Raging Rapids, a strapping 5-year-old mare, won a race Read More

When Your Horse Visits the Hospital: 12 Tips

Taking your horse to the equine hospital can be confusing and emotionally taxing. As the owner, you will be asked to assist the treatment team, and also to make decisions for your horse.

Here are tips to prepare you from Read More

Colorado Veterinarians Now Required to Report Suspected Abuse

Colorado veterinarians are now required to report suspected animal abuse or neglect, thanks to a state law that went into effect July 1. Supported by organized veterinary medicine, proponents say the statute is meant to encourage veterinarians t Read More

Arkansas Legislature Considering Tougher Cruelty Laws

Arkansas animal activists are hoping companion animals and horses will soon be protected by harsher penalties for any person who tortures or cruelly kills them, or fails to provide sufficient care.

Bills have been introduced in both houses Read More

Texas Horse Slashings Motivate Legal Change

A series of attacks on horses in Texas has motivated equine welfare activists to seek a change in the legal status of Texas horses in order to subject abusers to stiffer animal cruelty penalties.

On Feb. 12, the Greater Houston Horse Counci Read More

EHV-1 Outbreak Occurs Despite Rigorous Control Efforts at Colorado State

This fall, equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) spread among patients in the veterinary hospital at Colorado State University (CSU), despite the fact the school runs one of the nation's top veterinary biosecurity programs. The finding forced 20 Read More

Err on Side of Caution with Prescription Antibiotics

Equine veterinarians should prescribe antibiotics conservatively, and horse owners should support this approach, said researchers who studied resistance to antibiotics in 216 horses. Their study showed that a common strain of Escherichia Read More

Court Ruling Keeps Compounding Legal, For Now

Horse owners who need medications compounded specifically for their horses will be able to obtain them through a licensed veterinarian, at least for the foreseeable future. A federal court ruling that has surprised some experts leaves the door Read More

Scientists Investigate Dewormers' Effects

Recent research indicates that when selecting a dewormer, a horse owner should consider the season, the horse's access to grass, and the animal's body condition. German scientists have shown that the bowel walls of small strongyle-infected ponies Read More

Scientists Investigate Dewormers' Effects on Bowel Walls

Recent research indicates that when selecting a dewormer, horse owners should consider the season, their horse’s access to grass, and his body condition. German scientists have shown that the bowel walls of small strongyle-infected ponies become Read More