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Developing Natural Springs as Equine Water Sources

Horse owners have several options to provide water for their animals; one of them is to take advantage of a natural spring on your property.

A spring is a discharge of water that has infiltrated the soil profile by precipitation. The discharge Read More

UK Equine Initiative Field Day Held June 27

Nearly 125 people turned out on a steamy summer day, June 27, for the University of Kentucky's first all-equine field day. Participants hailed from 29 Kentucky counties and seven states to attend the daylong event. After registering, attendees Read More

Book Recounts Career of CDC Vet Division Founder

James H. Steele founded the veterinary division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1947. The 96-year-old veterinarian is called "The Father of Veterinary Public Health" by his colleagues.

A book written by the Universit Read More

Using Soil-Cement on Horse and Livestock Farms

Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of Read More

Changing Faces in the University of Kentucky's Equine Programs

The past few years saw many faculty changes at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and Equine Initiative. Additions to the Gluck Center included a new Department of Veterinary Science chair and director, a new Gluck Equine Read More

New University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Online Giving Site Launched

A new University of Kentucky College of Agriculture online giving site was launched June 1 to help secure donations for equine research.

The new secure site, Read More

Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the Read More

Visiting Scientist Builds Parasitology Bridges

For six months, Martin K. Nielsen, DVM, was a visiting scientist at the Gluck Equine Research Center from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark through the Albert and Lorraine Clay Research Fellowship award. Nielsen, an assistant professor in Read More

Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all Read More

Articular Cartilage Maturation in Foals

During a three-year study on articular (joint) cartilage maturation, researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center used new genetic techniques to investigate how joint cartilage changes between newborn foals and young adult horses.

It is Read More

Skull Fractures in Horses

Horses suffering a skull fracture often had a history of being handled with the horse rearing and flipping over, striking the head on the ground, or hitting its head on an overhead structure such as a trailer or stall ceiling. Read More

Strangles Vaccines and Immunity to Streptococcus equi

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

Equine strangles is caused by Streptococcus equi, a biovar, or clonal descendent Read More

Drug Resistance of Equine Internal Parasites

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The main internal parasites traditionally considered to be important in horses are bots, Read More

Equine Diseases: First Quarter 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The International Collating Center, Newmarket, England and other sources reported the Read More

Equine Viral Arteritis Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (O.I.E.) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Read More

Equine Disease--Fourth Quarter, 2003

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the Read More

Equine Disease Outbreaks in the Fourth Quarter, 2003

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, Funded by Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, Brokers and Their Kentucky Agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported th Read More

Central Kentucky Eastern Tent Caterpillar Status

Lee Townsend, Dan Potter, and Beth Ann Choate
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky

Most eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) egg masses should have hatched by now in central Kentucky. Scattered observations point to Read More

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Setae in Digestive Tract of Mare

Hair remnants, resembling Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) setae (hair-like projections on the outside of the caterpillar), were found embedded in the submucosa of the digestive tract of one mare fed ETC larvae. Examination of this mare represents Read More

Study Shows Caterpillars Cause Fetal Loss in Pigs; Problems Similar to MRLS

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) caused fetal loss in domestic pigs based on a recent study, according to a press release issued Sept. 5 by the University of Kentucky. The experiment demonstrated for the first time that ETC could Read More

University of Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Interim Report--Comparison of 2002 and 2003

Jimmy C. Henning, Assistant Director for Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Former Extension Forage Specialist;and Wayne Long, Agriculture Extension Associate, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky Read More

HorseQuest Web Site Provides Valuable Information with Every Click

Cooperative Extension professionals from 13 land grant institutions in the southern United States have combined their equine knowledge and launched a comprehensive Web site of peer-reviewed horse information. The group put Read More

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Update

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Results of Farm Survey To Determine Autumn Fetal Loss Risk Factors

Results of a survey of central Kentucky horse farms has provided information on possible risk factors associated with increased fetal losses during early and late autumn 2002. The survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky Department of Read More

Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Read More