Fair Play: World Equestrian Games

September 26, 2010

For decades the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has governed major international equestrian events with the objective of keeping the sport fair and drug-free--an initiative the FEI refers to as "Clean Sport." Recently, however, the FEI... Read More


Readers Share Fecal Egg Count Test Experiences

August 10, 2010

More than 590 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Does your veterinarian recommend fecal egg count exams?" ... Read More


Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More


Penicillin's Effects on Castrated Horses

July 29, 2010

Giving procaine penicillin before and after castration reduces the levels of inflammatory markers on a horse's blood test, which suggest that this approach might reduce bacteria in the surgical wounds, according to a Danish study. ... Read More


Isoxsuprine (Book Excerpt)

July 26, 2010

Isoxsuprine is most frequently used in horses for the management of navicular disease and laminitis although it is not a universally accepted treatment. Some veterinarians believe it helps, and others remain skeptical. This is partly because there ha... Read More


Be Aware of Systemic Effects of Topical Steroids

July 21, 2010

When a horse has a skin problem, most people reach for the steroid creams. However, because the creams are topical, many people don't realize they can have systemic effects on a horse. A recent study showed that a course of topical dexamethasone... Read More


SmartPak Receives Vet-VIPPS Certfication

July 08, 2010

SmartPak was recently awarded the Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (Vet-VIPPS) certification from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). SmartPak is only the fifth veterinary pharmacy to receive Vet-VIPPS certifica... Read More


Study: Cream Effective for Horses With Aural Plaques, But Not Intended for All

June 18, 2010

A cream containing 5% imiquimod (an immune-boosting drug) effectively and completely treated aural plaques in horses, but side effects of the drug (e.g., inflammatory reaction) limit the cream's usefulness, reported a group of researchers from Minnes... Read More


Reward Offered for Lost Horses' Return

June 14, 2010

A New Hampshire couple hope the offer of a cash reward will help them recover two Paso Fino horses lost during a trail ride last month. Garrett and Deb Caputo became separated from the horses on May 21 after one of the animals became... Read More


National Helmet Awareness Campaign Endorsed by USEF, USEA, and USDF

June 04, 2010

Equine digestive health product SUCCEED has teamed up with helmet advocate Jeri Bryant to launch the online helmet awareness campaign The campaign is designed t... Read More


Deworming Your Horse: Take 2

June 02, 2010

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Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

May 28, 2010

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou... Read More


Two Horses Test Positive for EIA in Montana

May 14, 2010

Two horses recently tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Montana.... Read More


Parasite Perspectives: Thinking Outside the Box

May 01, 2010

Some parasitologists are now approaching the subject of parasites from some interesting alternate angles. ... Read More


Equine Antibiotics: What They Are, How They Work, and Resistance

May 01, 2010

Daily, humans wage chemical warfare against an overwhelming population--bacteria. The arsenal of our chemical warfare relies on a mighty weapon--antimicrobial drugs (AMD). Of these substances, antibiotics have been a formidable weapon... Read More


Horse Parasite Control Programs

May 01, 2010

Because of the potential for anthelmintic resistance, deworming decisions should be based on fecal egg counts.... Read More


Parasites: Roads to Resistance

May 01, 2010

Parasites follow Darwin's law: survival of the fittest. In fact, all biological organisms adapt. ... Read More

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Pain Management

May 01, 2010

Using pain management for horses is important to ensure no horse experiences pain unnecessarily. ... Read More


Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More


England to Build 164-Foot White Horse

April 17, 2010

Driving or taking a train through Kent, England, might surprise you in the future. The BBC News reports that permission has been granted to built a 164-foot white horse beside the A2 dual carriageway.... Read More


California Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

April 15, 2010

A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took a step toward passage on April 15 when the state’s ... Read More


Roundworm Resistance to Dewormers Assessed in Canada

April 13, 2010

Resistant Parascaris equorum on Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms to ivermectin and moxidectin was identified in Ontario, Canada.

Rolph de Gannes, an equine veterinarian practicing in Southern Ontario, Canada, had the impr... Read More


Rutgers Students Working to Change the Perception of Mustangs

April 09, 2010

For the first time since its inception in 1999, the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP) at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, includes four Bureau of Land Management mustangs. Mustangs are ofte... Read More