Emmy Widman, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Articles by Emmy; WSU Vet Med Widman

Transporting Horses with Fractures

Some of the most important factors for a successful fracture outcome are limb stabilization and first-aid. Read More

Strangles: Serious, But Not Often Fatal

Due to its contagious nature, outbreaks of the bacterial disease strangles, which can cause serious complications, periodically occur. This can send owners scrambling to protect their horses.

Owners are justifiably concerned because Read More

Embryo Transfer an Involved but Viable Breeding Option

Horse owners with a mare that can't carry a foal to term need not give up on the idea of getting a foal from her. One potential solution is embryo transfer (ET), a technique that involves taking a fertilized egg from the desired mare and Read More

WSU Equine Internal Medicine Scholarship Honors Former Dean

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine recently established a $25,000 scholarship to honor the former dean, Warwick Bayly, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM. The fund will help students following in his footsteps in Read More

WSU Equine Transport Allows Hospital Access in All Weather

Snow storms, icy conditions, fog, avalanches, rock slides, and other hazardous conditions can make traveling Washington State's mountain passes in winter a daunting and undesirable task, especially when hauling a sick or injured horse.

To Read More

Carry That Weight: Lameness in Pregnant Mares

Lameness is not an uncommon condition in pregnant mares. But does pregnancy itself make a horse more prone to lameness?

"Any horse can become lame while pregnant, but pregnancy does not make lameness more likely as a single factor," said Read More

No Sugarcoating: Diagnosing and Managing the Insulin-Resistant Horse

Insulin resistance can lead to Type II diabetes in people. In horses, it can lead to what is called equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).

"We have diagnosed five or six horses (with EMS) here at Washington State University's Veterinary Read More

Research Ride Raises Funds for Washington State Vet School

For the fourth year, the Washington State Horse Council hit the trail to benefit the Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

The ride took place June 20-22. It included a trail ride for prizes, camping, an evening Read More

'Tongue Piercing' in Horses

It's not a new fad and probably isn't what you're thinking. Horses sometimes accidentally become wounded by pieces of metal or wire, splinters of wood, or even grass awns that become lodged in their tongue, mouth, or throat as they eat. Read More

Fires: Emergency Planning For Your Horse

A wildfire occurs and you need to evacuate. In the smoke and confusion, a beloved horse refuses to load in the trailer. Now you're faced with making decisions. What's the best thing to do?
This is just one of many stressful Read More

Colic and Equine Enteroliths: Rock Bottom

Colic, or abdominal pain, is a common ailment in horses. More than 70 causes can trigger colic, including gas distention, food impactions, intestinal tract spasms, and intestinal displacement or twists. One of the more exotic forms is Read More

Handling a Choking Horse

All animals can choke, including horses. When it happens, it should be considered a medical emergency. A horse chokes when its esophagus is obstructed, rather than the trachea, or windpipe. Although horses are still able to breathe in this Read More

Ovariectomy an Option for Performance Mares and Molly Mules

Lacey is beautiful, full of personality, and very athletic--for a mule, that is. Her owners plan on showing their cherished mule when she is ready, but they face an obstacle that all owners of female mules or mares go through--heat cycles.

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Navicular Treatments Studied by Washington State Vets

Navicular disease, or inflammation of the heel, is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in the front legs of many different types of horses. Although it is common and veterinarians have long recognized and treated it Read More

Laboratory Testing Can Help Pinpoint Cause of Abortion

When a mare aborts a foal, it can be a traumatic event for both horse and owner. While emotionally and financially expensive, abortion is not terribly uncommon in the equine breeding business. As many as 30% of broodmares fail to produce a Read More

Postpartum Care for Mares

Mares can rebreed fairly early after birthing compared to most animal species. For broodmares expected to produce a foal every year, the average time between pregnancies is 10 days to two weeks.

For this reason and others, postpartum care is Read More

West Nile Virus Appearing in Washington Horses

In 2002, Washington confirmed its first two equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Pierce and Thurston counties. The disease was not seen again until 2005, when one positive horse was found in Yakima County. In 2006, six cases were confirmed, Read More