Marcella M. Reca Zipp, MS

Marcella Reca Zipp, M.S., is a former staff writer for The Horse. She is completing her doctorate in Environmental Education and researching adolescent relationships with horses and nature. She lives with her family, senior horse, and flock of chickens on an island in the Chain O'Lakes.

Articles by Marcella Reca

Tips for Stallion Handlers

"Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a challenging and time-consuming effort over many sessions and even a few weeks," said Sue McDonnell, PhD, a Certified Applied Read More

Fetotomy in the Mare

Even if a fetus is dead before foaling is finished, the time spent manipulating the fetus is still critical. If you are far from an equine hospital where a Cesarean section could be performed to extract the fetus, a fetotomy might be your best Read More

Advances in Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination (AI) is becoming an increasingly popular method for breeding horses, and with that comes advances in the timing methods used to inseminate mares. "Breeders have embraced the use of transported cooled semen for all the Read More

Bill Rider Makes Wild Horses Eligible for Slaughter

Some feral horses and burros rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now eligible to be sold at public auctions to the highest bidder.

The appropriations bill for 2005 (H.R. 4818) was made public law on Dec. 7. This bill ha Read More

Jumping Evaluation of Foals

Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands have documented a method to evaluate the jumping ability of horses as young as six months of age to see if their athleticism continues with them as they grow older.

While breeding Read More

Nutritional Link to Equine Behavior

Today's equine management practices can be a recipe for disaster. For a horse, stall life and two meals a day might be like living in a prison, and that lifestyle might contribute to delinquencies and health problems in horses.

"These Read More

Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian Read More

Vitamin E for Better Health

Nonenzymatic antioxidants, such as vitamin E, are critically important to protect horses from tissue damage and disease, and they might enhance immunity during these processes. However, the form of vitamin E your horse obtains determines the Read More

Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a Read More

Positive Drug Tests at 2004 Olympics

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, have tested positive for banned substances, including a gold medal winner. The four positive horses are showjumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian Read More

Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian Read More

Equimax Receives FDA Approval for Pregnant and Nursing Mares

The broad-spectrum dewormer Equimax (also labeled for tapeworms) recently received FDA approval for safety in pregnant and nursing mares. A French study confirmed the safety of ivermectin/praziquantel--the active ingredients in Equimax--for this Read More

Trailer Accident Survivors Doing Well

The surviving horses from a trailer accident occurring in Indiana on Sept. 15 are all doing well according to Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Ford said, "I have spoken with Mr. Jodi Ramey on Read More

Horses Killed in Trailer Accident

A livestock trailer traveling from Minnesota to Kentucky and carrying 52 horses overturned, tumbled down an embankment, and crashed into a utility pole, breaking it in half. A small fire ignited from downed wires, Read More

Potomac Horse Fever Outbreak in New York

Potomac Horse fever (PHF) season is now underway in New York. "There are no actual numbers for the (amount of) disease because it is spread out," according to Jenny Gold, DVM, an equine veterinarian in the large animal clinic at Cornell Read More

African Horse Sickness In Lesotho

African horse sickness (AHS) has claimed the life of another horse in Lesotho, in southern Africa, raising the death toll to two and the confirmed 2004 case count to 23 as of late April. According to Dr. Malefane Moleko, Chief Veterinary Officer Read More

New Method for Lyme Disease Diagnostics

Horse owners will now be able to know the results of a Lyme disease test within minutes instead of having to wait for as long as a week. A new test, the Snap 3Dx assay, to confirm Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative bacterial agent for Read More