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Equine Drug Research Program Suspended

The University of Kentucky's (UK) equine drug research program, funded by pari-mutuel handle under the auspices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, has been suspended indefinitely.

A memorandum obtained by The Read More

New Research on the Merial WNV Vaccine

Horse owners and veterinarians alike have wondered if they can use Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine in horses previously vaccinated with Fort Dodge's West Nile-Innovator. Recently, Merial released the results of a Read More

Welfare Involvement at Local Levels

A Pike County, Ohio, resident reported suspected abuse in a 52-horse herd in mid-December 2003 to a veterinarian, who asked local law enforcement officials to have the horses examined. By Jan. 9, the horses in question had been examined by three Read More

WNV: Treatment and Prevention

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for Read More

Foal Care When There Are Problems

If a new foal develops a problem requiring surgery, time is of the essence, said Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. The time from recognition of abdominal pain to arrival of the foal at the clinic, evaluation for sur Read More

AAEP Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations Read More

Medicine and Treatments: Colic, Rabies, Pneumonia

A study to determine the clinical signs of gastrointestinal rupture during colic was done by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and results were presented by Diana Hassel, DVM, of UC Davis. Read More

Neurologic Disease Discussed

Morgan stressed that good management practices can reduce the risk factors that contribute to neurologic disease incidence. Keep feed sources clean and free of opossums and protect your hay from rodent infestation. Read More

Reproduction (AAEP 2003)

Research has shown that boars can be fed a specific diet to increase fertility, and the same might be true of stallions. Steven Brinsko, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, from Texas A&M University, discussed the potential of feeding a nutraceutical to stallions Read More

Racehorse Injuries and Issues

Severe injury of a racehorse is one of the most visible and critical situations race track practitioners must handle. Mary Scollay, DVM, senior association veterinarian for Gulfstream Park and Calder Racecourse, and Celeste Kunz, VMD, chief examining Read More

PETA Involvement At Local Levels

A Pike County, Ohio, resident reported in mid-December 2003 what she thought was abuse in a herd of approximately 52 horses to Kristen Rohde, DVM. Rohde asked local law enforcement officials to have the horses examined by a veterinarian. By Jan. Read More

AAEP 2003: Kester News Hour

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations, but some of this Read More

Hurricane Isabel's Impact on Virginia

Hurricane Isabel hit the Virginia coast with fury on Sept. 18. At its peak over the Atlantic, Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane (winds greater than 155 mph), sending coastal horse owners scrambling for safe shelter for themselves and their Read More

Avoid Radiation Exposure

In my opinion, the cover photo on the May 2003 issue of The Horse captures a scene that occurs far too often in the equine ambulatory setting. Clients and horse handlers often assist in obtaining radiographs of their horses. Sometimes Read More

West Nile Virus Alert!

by Kimberly S. Herbert and Stephanie L. Church

West Nile virus is a dangerous and scary disease, and it is spreading across North America very quickly. However, this is one of the few times when horses have it better than humans when it Read More

From Forge to Foot

There isn't much time in the busy farrier's life to chat with his brethren of the forge. On the road before daylight, driving endless hours, and arriving home late at night after a hard day's work doesn't leave much time for socializing. However Read More

Some Farms Seeing No Losses

Reports from Central Kentucky and Ohio note that many farms are seeing no early fetal loss, late-term abortions, or term births of compromised foals. Dr. Roger Murphy, a private practitioner in Central Kentucky who was president last year of the Read More

Weather Watchers at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Weather during the cross-country phase played a key role in the outcome of this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 25-28. While some riders, including American winner Kim Vinoski on Read More

Associations Team Up With Merial For Ulcer Screening

Some of our nation's most competitive racehorses participated in a unique ulcer screening program this year at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Park. The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (KHBA) at the Derby, and the New Read More

Wild Horse Overpopulation

The wild horse is an animal most of us see as a beautiful, capable, defiant creature, comfortable in his environment and not needing human intervention to survive. However, this is not always the case, at least not in the United States.

Wil Read More

Preliminary Test Results Suggest Possible Causes, Preventative Measures

After testing numerous pasture samples for mycotoxins, endophytes, and other possible causes to the problems in Kentucky, tests have shown higher than expected levels of a mycotoxin called zearalenone, according to Dr. Steve Jackson, a consultan Read More

Breeding Sheds All Set to Rally

So far it looks as if many Kentucky breeding sheds will stay open as long as they have clients who want to book their mares...or until the stallions must head into quarantine for trips to Southern Hemisphere locations. Those trips usually take Read More

Veterinarians in Some States Report No Problem With Foal Losses

As of May 10, the states of Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana seem to be clear of the problems of foal losses facing Kentucky horse breeders. Since Tennessee's foaling season tends to coincide with Kentucky's Read More

Feed Additive Might Help Protect Mares During Foal Loss Syndrome

Veterinary and diagnostic professionals in Kentucky are working feverishly to identify the cause of the recent abortion and early fetal loss syndromes. One of the most probable causes is mycotoxins in pastures. If that is the case, Read More

2001 Breeding Season Crisis: Many Mares Losing Foals

Two "syndromes" of unknown origin that began in late April are causing Central Kentucky farms to lose an excessive number of foals and fetuses.

The first syndrome results in what broodmare owners know as "red bag," or premature placenta Read More