Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

Articles by Erica Larson

Winter is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

Three equine professionals offer tips for preparing your animals, facilities, and yourself for the deep freeze ahead. Read More

Vaccines for All Ages

Horses at different life stages have variable vaccine needs, but they're not as complicated as they seem. Read More

New Jersey Horse Euthanized Due to EHV-1

The 25-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Warren County was euthanized on Nov. 2. Read More

Equine Gut Microbiota Research Update

Learn about the innerworkings of horses' digestive tracts and how the bacteria that reside there impact health. Read More

Wisconsin, Ontario Horses Test Positive for EEE, WNV

Wisconsin and Ontario have now confirmed 24 and two EEE and 22 and 21 WNV cases in horses, respectively. Read More

Six Steps to Keep Aging Performance Horses Healthy

Find tips on how to extend horses' "health spans," maximize performance years, and maintain a good quality of life. Read More

Oldham County, Kentucky, Mare Tests Positive for EHV

The Thoroughbred mare presented with acute neurologic signs and was euthanized following an examination on Oct. 13. Read More

Risk Factors for Colic Surgery Incision Failure Studied

This rare, but potentially catastrophic, complication occurs in less than 1% of colic surgery patients. Read More

Oklahoma Confirms Third Equine WNV Case of 2017

The vaccination history for the affected Quarter Horse mare from Kay County is unknown. Read More

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Reports Equine EEE Cases

Two unvaccinated horses from different farms in Marquette County tested positive for EEE and have been euthanized. Read More

Seventh Equine WNV Case of 2017 Confirmed in Idaho

The unvaccinated yearling Quarter Horse filly is responding to treatment. Read More

Additional EEE, WNV Cases Confirmed in New York Horses

An Oswego County horse tested positive for EEE and horses in Cayuga, Erie, and St. Lawrence counties contracted WNV. Read More

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Found in Florida, Kentucky Horses

Florida horses tested positive for EEE and WNV and a Kentucky horse was euthanized after contracting WNV. Read More

Additional EEE, WNV Cases Confirmed in New Jersey Horses

A Cumberland County mare was euthanized due to EEE and a Salem County stallion is recovering from WNV. Read More

West Nile, EIA Confirmed in Tennessee Horses

Horses in Davidson and Knox counties tested positive for WNV and a Bedford County horse tested positive for EIA. Read More

Michigan Reporting Additional Equine EEE, WNV Cases

To date, the state has confirmed four EEE cases and 14 WNV cases in horses. Read More

Could SAA, Fibrinogen Predict Colic Surgery Complications?

If levels continue to increase for more than three to four days post-surgery, complications could be brewing. Read More

Evaluating Horses With Chronic Colic

Horses with chronic colic present unique challenges and create a diagnostic puzzle for veterinarians to piece together. Read More

Caring for Senior Horses: What to Remember

A vet tech shares tips on managing aging equids' unique needs to keep them healthy and happy through their golden years. Read More

Two Additional WNV Cases Confirmed in Kentucky

Neither affected horses was vaccinated against West Nile. Both are currently recovering. Read More

Kentucky Confirms Sixth Equine WNV Case of 2017

The unvaccinated 13-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding from Metcalfe County is reportedly recovering. Read More

What's New in Treating Pastern Dermatitis

A veterinary dermatologist offers tips on how to properly diagnose, treat, and prevent pastern dermatitis, or scratches. Read More

Second North Carolina Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

Both affected horses are from the same Polk County farm, which is now under a voluntary quarantine. Read More

Could Overweight Equids Benefit From Teff Hay?

Horses voluntarily reduced their hay intake (and, thus, calorie consumption) when offered teff compared to ryegrass. Read More

California Confirms Tenth Equine WNV Case of 2017

The most recent case involves an unvaccinated yearling Quarter Horse colt from Lassen County. He is now recovering. Read More