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Dentistry Part 4: Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most painful conditions that can occur in the horse's mouth. The number one cause of premature tooth loss in adult horses (as in adult people) is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can affect incisors, canine Read More

Understanding Horses Part 4: An Epic Day

People are shocked that I give my horses treats. I tell them there's a big difference in giving your horse treats, and him demanding treats. My horses don't demand treats. I don't show them treats before I catch them. Consider my horse Epic. I give Read More

Colic and Digestive Health

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, today it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States. White said it is one of Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Obese Horses

Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Lameness

Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

In 2005, nutraceutical Read More

Horse Management and Care (AAEP 2006)

Various horse management and health care tips offered by equine professionals at the AAEP 2006 Convention. Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Medicine

Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

John Read More

Reproduction Problems

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum. Read More

Muscle Disorders (AAEP 2006)

Careful inspection of a horse's muscle mass and symmetry and hands-on palpation educates the examiner about the horse's muscle tone and comfort level. The examiner also evaluates the horse in motion and conducts a full lameness exam. Read More

Skin Disease and Dermatology

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivity Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: Additional Topics

Western Performance Horse Forum

The Western performance hors Read More

AAEP Convention 2006: News and Awards

The 52nd annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners was Read More

Understanding Horses: Basics #2 and #3

Last month we started talking about the three things every horse needs to know to make his rider happy. My hero, champion reining horse owner and trainer Dick Pieper, told me I had been making the training of my horses way too complicated. "You Read More

Equine Welfare Organizations

From the Mustang protection issue to slaughter bills, equine welfare concerns are getting plenty of attention in the mainstream media. Behind these issues are equine welfare organizations working hard to make a change in horses' lives. Some of the Read More

Colic and Digestive Health (AAEP 2006 Wrap-Up)

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States today. Read More

Understanding Horses: Basic Movement #1

Champion reining horse owner/trainer Dick Pieper is my hero. I was showing and winning, but I wasn't completely happy with my reiners. In less than an hour under Dick's tutelage, I learned more than I had in the last 20 years. He said I was making Read More

From Breeding to Birth

Testing innovative techniques and brushing up on common procedures are the lifeblood of advancing any medical specialty, and the field of equine reproduction is no exception. Veterinarians are always looking for new ways to improve procedures they Read More

What's Wrong? (Understanding Horses)

How do you tell if a horse has a physical, behavioral, or a training problem? Once you rule out a physical condition, are the other two options that different from one another?

Andy Anderson, DVM, grew up training, riding, and showing Read More

Regulation of Steroids to be Recommended

Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) are expected to recommend regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but the timetable for the regulations remains up in the air.

RMTC officials earlier in the year said Read More

Churchill Says Personnel Were Following Regulations on Ambulance Availability

An equine ambulance was delayed in getting to Fleet Indian after the mare injured her left front suspensory ligament during the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff because Churchill Downs personnel were following state regulations regarding Read More

To Stall, or Not to Stall?

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo Read More

Internal Insights

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek Read More

Breeding Season Manipulation (Book Excerpt)

In order for a mare to foal on or a little bit after January 1, she needs to conceive during February. Left alone, mares are still in late anestrus or spring transition at this time (not the optimal time to be trying to breed a mare!). Read More

Two New Equine Clinics to be Added to Belmont Park

Belmont Park horsemen will soon have more options available for intensive equine medical care if plans involving two clinics come to fruition in the next year or so.

IEAH Corp. and owners of the New York Equine Hospital have separately Read More

Barbaro "Stable," Has Laminitis

In early- to mid-July, Barbaro developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery was pronounced "poor" by Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Read More