The Horse Staff

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care is a monthly equine publication providing the latest news and information on the health, care, welfare, and management of all equids.

Articles by The Horse Staff

A New Theory About Equine Foot Physiology

A Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine researcher has pieced together a new picture of equine foot physiology that suggests vascular systems in horse hooves function in much the same way that air- or Read More

VS Update As Of 10/16/98

Colorado reported eight new investigations during the week ending October 16, 1998, of which three were VSV positive premises. Two of these premises were located in Larimer County and one in Weld County. Five formerly VSV Read More

Clues To Horse Extinction Point To Grass, Climate Change

What caused the extinction of many equine species and other mammals 6 million years ago? Read More

EIA Reservoir Implications

Charles Issel, DVM, PhD, spoke about the implications of reservoirs of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) at a seminar hosted by the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky. Issel began by stating Read More

EIA Positive Horses Found In Germany

Nine horses tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in the Augsburg area of Bavaria, Germany, with one of the horses showing clinical signs of the disease, according to Dr. Hofherr of Germany's Ministry Read More

Louisiana Veterinarians Put On Alert For EEE

Veterinarians in southwest Louisiana have been advised to stay on the lookout for Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in horses (EEE). The Louisiana State Health Department has put veterinarians in this part of state on alert Read More

Veterinarian's Input On Olympics Horse Events Has Had Global Impact

The 1996 Summer Olympics may be over, but a success story involving veterinary medicine and horses that went virtually unnoticed then has had a lasting impact.

Despite the heat and humidity Read More

Out On A Limb: Young Burro Receives Artificial Leg At Colorado State

A five-month-old burro named Primrose got a leg up on life in the form of a prosthetic hind limb at Colorado State University recently, and her owner, a professional storyteller, put a happy ending on a sad tale. Read More

VS Update As Of 10/09/98

Colorado reported nine new investigations during the week ending October 9, 1998, of which five were VSV positive premises. In addition, four previous investigations were reported VSV positive premises. These nine premises Read More

Ontario Racing Commission Promises Probe Regarding Ill Horses

Several horses from trainer Mark Casse's barn at Woodbine racetrack were found ailing Oct. 2, which led to some speculation that the animals had been tranquilized. The Ontario Racing Commission has promised an investigation into an incident in Read More

New Surface At Sportsman's Park To Be Tested

Even while bulldozers and construction crews work to make Sportsman's Park accommodate auto racing, a small corner of the Stickney, Ill., facility will remain the preserve of the Thoroughbred horse.

On Sept. 30, Sportsman's Park Read More

VS Update 10/05/98

As of October 5, 1998, Arizona has been removed from Kentucky's list of embargoed states. Arizona was removed based on information received from the Arizona State Veterinarian's Office and the USDA indicating that Arizona is Read More

New Jersey EEE Update

Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a virus that is spread by mosquitoes and causes “sleeping sickness” in horses. It has been confirmed in nine N.J. horses on eight premises as of Oct. 1, according to New Jersey's Read More

VS Update 10/06/98

Arizona reported no new VS investigations during the week ending October 2, 1998, and one pending case was negative. Arizona has no premises under quarantine for VS.

Colorado reported 11 ne Read More

Stricter EIA Requirements Possible For North Carolina

According to M. A. Mixson, DVM, of North Carolina's State Veterinarian's office, stricter requirements concerning the testing for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is pending approval by the state's General Assembly. The North Read More

VEE Reported In South, Central America

The American Horse Council (AHC) has recently learned that an outbreak of Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis (VEE) has been occurring in Columbia over the summer. It was reported that as of July 21, 1998, some 480 horses had Read More

VS Update 9/08/98

Arizona reported no changes in its status during the week ending September 4, 1998. Two VSV positive premises remain under quarantine.

Colorado reported eighteen new VSV investigations Read More

Animal Protection A Major Theme On State Ballots

With election day less than two months away, voters will soon decide a variety of statewide ballot measures affecting animals, including commercial trapping, cockfighting, mourning dove hunting, and Read More

Potomac Breakthrough: A Fluke Larva

Potomac horse fever was an equine disease shrouded in mystery. Scientists knew what caused the illness--the bacterium Ehrlichia risticii--but its source in nature could not be found. No one knew how horses became Read More

Split-Sample Requests Have Impact On Labs

An increase in requests for testing of split samples taken from horses competing in North America--attributable in part to the legalization of clenbuterol--is adding to the workload at drug-testing labs around the country. Read More

New York State Raises Fines For Cruel Horse Transport

New York Governor Pataki has signed into law Senate Bill 6332 introduced in March 1998 by Senator Kuhl, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill raises the fines for violating New York State's Agriculture Read More

Injuries Put Del Mar Surface Under Microscope

The unusual concentration of catastrophic and career-ending injuries during the opening weeks of the current Del Mar meet hit home in dramatic fashion Aug. 13 when Prosperous Bid, a 3-year-old son of Mr. Prospector owned by Read More

Reclassification Of The Horse Is Addressed

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a "white paper" issued to its state association members and the media, is urging any states that may consider changes in the legal definition of the horse to look at the Read More

Ohio State Drops Split-Sample Testing

The equine drug-testing program at Ohio State University is no longer providing split-sample testing as a result of an institutional policy.

Dr. Rick Sams, director of the analytical Read More

Animal Welfare Council Working For The Equestrian Industry

Imagine opening your newspaper one morning and seeing the headline: "Animal Ownership Banned." The article goes on to say, "The riding of horses has been voted to be an act of animal cruelty. It is henceforth illegal to own, ride, exhibit or Read More