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The fecal sample on the left is from a healthy horse, while the one on the right comes from a horse with acute colitis. (Graness, Swidsinski, Schusser: Equine fecal bacterial microbiota. University of Leipzig, Charite’ Humboldt University, Germany; Poster, Colic Research Symposium, Lexington, 2017).

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Equine Gut Microbiota Research Update

November 04, 2017

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

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Does 'Performance Dentistry' Improve Horse Rideability?

November 02, 2017

Dentistry--including balanced alignment of the teeth and jaws--is an important part of good horse health and welfare.... Read More

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Heritable Heart Traits Can Help Endurance Horses Succeed

November 01, 2017

An "athletic" heart is a heritable characteristic linked to good endurance performance, researchers confirmed.... Read More

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Study: Gene Therapy Can Help Reduce Equine Lameness

October 31, 2017

Study horses returned to full health after tendon and ligament injuries and treatment without adverse side effects.... Read More

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Aloe Vera vs. Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment

October 31, 2017

While aloe vera appeared to have some benefits, researchers say omeprazole remains the treatment of choice.... Read More

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The Science Behind the Equine 'Biological Passport'

October 30, 2017

Horses' RNA could contain clues about even the sneakiest substance abuse cases, researchers have learned.... Read More

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Six Steps to Keep Aging Performance Horses Healthy

October 27, 2017

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

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Most Riding Horse Fractures Result From Pasture Accidents

October 25, 2017

The most common fracture sites in competition and leisure horses were the medial splint bone and the head.... Read More

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Risk Factors for Colic Surgery Incision Failure Studied

October 24, 2017

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

Your veterinarian might insert needles into the infected joint and flush it with sterile saline.

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Getting a Jumpstart on Joint Infections

October 20, 2017

Infected joints can be scary and cause stress, but early aggressive treatment offers the best chance for full recovery.... Read More

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Equine Rehab Therapies: How Do They Work?

October 18, 2017

A look at noninvasive high-tech therapies--from lasers to ceramic-thread blankets--and how they might help horses heal.... Read More

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Study: Horse Hoof Problem Prevalence High

October 18, 2017

Out of nearly 1,000 randomly chosen horses, 85% had at least one hoof disorder visible during a regular farrier visit.... Read More

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Mild, Moderate EIPH Not Associated With Race Performance

October 17, 2017

However, more severe bleeding in the lungs was significantly associated with decreased racing performance.... Read More

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Equine Sex Chromosome Disorder Screening Test Validated

October 14, 2017

Researchers can now detect more than 90% of the chromosomal abnormalities in horses, including sex reversal syndrome.... Read More

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Mares With Corrected Mesenteric Rents Can Return to Breeding

October 13, 2017

Mares discharged from the clinic following surgery have an excellent prognosis for survival and producing foals.... Read More

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Resistance Bands Help Strengthen Horses' Core Muscles

October 11, 2017

After four weeks of resistance band training, horses showed less unwanted vertebral movement along the back.... Read More

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Scientists Study 'Silent' EIA

October 08, 2017

Researchers say horses can carry EIA's causative virus for up to two years without a blood test returning positive.... Read More

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Proteins Can Predict Colic Surgery Survival

October 04, 2017

Haptoglobin in peritoneal fluid and SAA in serum and peritoneal fluid and were associated with nonsurvival.... Read More

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Repeat Colic Surgeries Don't Always Have a Poor Prognosis

October 03, 2017

Of 22 horses that underwent a second surgery, 19 survived and were discharged from the hospital, researchers found.... Read More

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Could SAA, Fibrinogen Predict Colic Surgery Complications?

September 30, 2017

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

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Systemic Pain Management in Horses

September 29, 2017

Dr. John Hubbell shares how vets can recognize and help horses experiencing pain by focusing on creating comfort.... Read More

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Evaluating Horses With Chronic Colic

September 29, 2017

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

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Researchers Study Owners' Blanketing, Clipping Knowledge

September 28, 2017

Half the owners didn't understand equine thermoregulation, including horses' bodily response to clipping and blanketing.... Read More

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Study Supports Stent Use After Colic Surgery

September 26, 2017

Researchers found that antimicrobial-impregnated dressing could help reduce the incidence of surgical site infection.... Read More

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CT Scans Allows Quantitative Wobbler Syndrome Evaluation

September 26, 2017

Quantitative information provides better data for determining treatment and prognosis, researchers said.... Read More