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AAEP Convention 2006: Additional Topics

Western Performance Horse Forum

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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

EVA Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center confirmed an EVA outbreak involving fetal Read More

Club Foot (Book Excerpt)

Acquired flexural deformity of the coffin joint is often referred to as "club foot." The foot's appearance can vary from dished with the heel raised to a boxy shape with the hoof wall nearly perpendicular to the ground. Read More

Barbaro Update

Barbaro was recovering well after his second cast change at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center. "Barbaro is back in his stall and is doing well," said Chief of Surgery Dean W. Richardson, who on July 3 replaced the cast he had put o Read More

Topics on Racing, Breeding, Sales, and Health Covered at Breeders Meeting

Note: The bi-annual International Breeders Meeting was held on May 30 in Tokyo and was hosted by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association. Delegates from 16 countries along with each country's associated veterinarians and observers met to Read More

Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

Preparation for taking care of horses in emergencies and disasters starts with training emergency responders (firefighters, rescue squad members, veterinarians, police, humane, animal control and sheriff's officers, and search and rescue Read More

Surgery Scheduled Sunday Afternoon for Barbaro

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who suffered multiple fractures soon after the start of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been taken to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. He is Read More

The Gift of Sight

The lessons I learned from this experience are that if an eye infection does not resolve--or look much improved--in a week, then seek an ophthalmologist or at least ask your veterinarian to take samples of the infected area for further study. Read More

Recovering from Sesamoiditis

Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be Read More

Critical Care In the Field

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine Read More

Emergency Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

"Keep your knee gently pressed into her neck, and if she decides to get up, go ahead and let her, don't fight it." An emergency instructor gave this advice to a firefighter learning to hold down a horse acting as an injured animal during a Read More