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

Corn Spills The Beans

"Interrogate" corn kernels under strobe lights and they may admit aloud that they're harboring a toxin-producing fungus. Nowadays, Agricultural Research Service scientists with specially programmed computers find such Read More

Pasture Management Tips to Minimize Carbohydrate Content

Carbohydrate research done on forages, though not specific on carbohydrate type, has provided information on pasture management that owners can use to manage their horses' intake of carbohydrates. This is particularly of interest to owners with Read More

Kentucky Set For Drug-Testing Upgrade

A move by the Kentucky Racing Commission to upgrade equine drug-testing standards in the state has stirred the pot in a simmering conflict between those who believe change is long overdue, and those who see it as a veiled Read More

False EIA-Positive Mustang Foals Go Up For Adoption

Twelve Mustang foals will be among horses offered for adoption at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adoption in Stillwater, Okla., April 10. Ten gentled and halter-trained geldings, 12 untrained mares, and four gentled jack Read More

Equine Encephalitis Detected In Mexico And South America

Three new equine encephalitis locations have been detected in Mexico as of Feb. 20, 1999, according to ProMED (Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases). The disease is continues to be present in two other locations, accordin Read More

Strangles Identified In Florida

Complaints indicating an outbreak of Streptococcus equi (strangles) in the area led the Animal Disease Control for the state's Department of Agriculture to conduct an investigation in Davie, Fla. The investigation took place March 5 and Read More

Hendra Virus Returns To Australia

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory has confirmed that the Hendra virus (HeV), otherwise known as equine morbillivirus, has made a third appearance in Australia. According to ProMED (Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases), "The diagnosis Read More

Update: Clean Bill Of Health For EIA-Positive Mustang Foals

Eleven Mustang foals taken to Oklahoma State University last summer when they tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) now have tested negative. A temporary restraining order filed by the International Society for Read More

EIA Positive Horses Detected In Florida

Five horses located west of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., have tested positive for equine infectious anemia, an infectious disease that can be fatal. All five horses which tested positive for EIA antibodies came from a single premise (farm) that house Read More

UF Researcher, New Techniques Help Reconstruct Ancient Diets

Out of the mouths of long-dead animals come stories of vanished landscapes, ancient weather and the way the creatures lived and died.

With a unique combination of two scientific techniques, Read More

1999 Federal Grazing Fee Announced

The grazing fee for Western public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 1999, which is the same amount charged in 1998. The formula used for Read More

Ash Fork Update

Since August, 1998, twelve horses and a mule have died in the Ash Fork, Ariz., area after displaying similar symptoms. Although the exact cause of the illness has not been specifically determined, evidence gathered by several Read More

ADA Launches Joint Investigation Into Ash Fork Horse Deaths

Arizona Department of Agriculture officials today announced that experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, have joined the investigation into a series of Read More

Botulism In Arizona...Or Not?

The first case of what state officials suspect to be botulism was seen in the latter part of November, 1998. To date, 13 horses in the Ash Fork, Ariz., area, a rural town west of Flagstaff, have exhibited the same neurologic Read More

AAEP Convention 1998 Wrap-Up

Wonder where your veterinarian was the first week in December? If he or she is at the top of the game as an equine practitioner, you probably could find him or her enjoying the weather in Baltimore, Md., site of the 44th American Association of Read More

AAEP 1998 Convention Prospects


Mobile Clinic
LaBoit has introduced the Medical Trailer in 12', 14', 16', and 18' sizes. According to the company, all procedures done in a stationary clinic Read More

UC Davis On Limited Accreditation

Due to deficiencies in its aging physical facilities, the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has been assigned limited accreditation status for two years by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Read More

Heinz Hitch Percheron Horses Appear In Rose Parade

One of America's most famous horse teams appeared in one of America's most famous parades. The Heinz Hitch Percheron Horses made their third appearance in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 1999. One of only a few horse teams tha Read More

Alice Chandler Elected UKERF Chair

The Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation (UKERF) announced this week that Alice Chandler has been elected as its chair. Chandler follows Albert G. Clay, who had served as chair for the past 10 years. Read More

Forgotten Victims Of Hurricane Mitch

With an estimated 10,000 people dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, rescuers from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are providing continuous relief for the animal survivors.

As soon as travel into Honduras was Read More

Auburn Builds New Large Animal Teaching Hospital

Thanks to a $52 million agriculture bond initiative that Alabama's voters approved in the Nov. 3 general election, Auburn University and other state colleges and universities will receive a new supply of funding to help build new classroom and Read More

Michigan's Performance Center

The first step toward construction of a Michigan State University facility devoted to the care of the nation's performance horse population was taken Friday, Dec. 11, when the University's Board of Trustees hired an architect/engineer for the Read More

Horse Owners Plead Guilty To USDA Import Violations

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that horse facility owners Emil and Anna Jung of Gehlenberg-Friesoythe, Germany, have pled guilty to three counts each of false statements and mail fraud. In May of 1998, the Jungs were Read More

AQHA Parentage Verification

For the protection of all American Quarter Horses and so American Quarter Horse owners better understand certain genetic diseases and prevent them being passed on to future generations, AQHA is making an effort by positively identifying all Read More

LSU Helping Animals And Humans Reproduce

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center's reproductive physiology research program started with one main focus--helping farm animals reproduce efficiently and at the least cost to livestock producers. Along the way, this research Read More