Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

Articles by Erin Ryder

New Herd Arrives for Rutgers Young Horse Teaching and Research Program

Twelve weanlings will be getting their college educations this year via the Rutgers University Young Horse Teaching and Research Program, led by Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN.

The young horses arrived at Rutgers, the State University Read More

Irish Officials Working to Control EIA Outbreak

Since equine infectious anemia (EIA) was first identified in Ireland in mid-June, animal health officials have been working to contain the outbreak that has now resulted in 21 confirmed cases and surveillance of around 1,000 horses. Read More

Arabian Mare, Palomino POA Filly Reported Missing

Birdie, a gray Arabian mare, has been reported missing from the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Birdie is eight years old and she stands at 14.3 hands.

More information on Birdie can be found at Read More

EIA Outbreak Spreads to Northern Ireland

A foal in Londonderry County, Northern Ireland, was euthanatized after testing positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), reported The Belfast Telegraph on Sept. 6.

The 12 other horses on the farm, including the foal's dam, are Read More

Ernesto Trudges Up the East Coast

Ernesto struck land in North Carolina just after 11 p.m. yesterday (Aug. 31), reports the National Weather Service. Packing 70 mph winds, it was just short of being classified as a hurricane.

The storm is now moving inland along North Read More

Accidental Poisoning Kills 27 Horses at Texas Boarding Barn

Twenty-seven horses died the week of July 16 from apparent accidental poisoning at a boarding farm in College Station, Texas.

Researchers at nearby Texas A&M University (TAMU) suspect a pesticide fumigant used in a feed silo nearby was Read More

Ernesto Gaining Strength, Carolinas Under Hurricane Watch

The National Weather Service released a statement at 11 a.m. today (Aug. 31), warning that Ernesto is gaining strength over open water.

Ernesto passed over the Florida peninsula as a comparatively docile tropical storm, but it has since Read More

Ernesto Nearing Hurricane Strength

As of 2 p.m. today (Aug. 31), the National Weather Service is reporting sustained winds of 70 mph associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto as it nears the Carolina coast.

The minimum requirement for sustained wind speed for hurricane Read More

Ernesto Weakens, Horse Movement Regulations Temporarily Lifted

The National Weather Service has reported that tropical storm Ernesto is weakening over the Florida peninsula today (Aug. 30).

While sustained winds associated with the storm have decreased to 40mph, the National Weather Service warns o Read More

Measuring Future Performance

Buying a racehorse can be a gamble against time, soundness, and better competition, but never more so than when buying yearlings.

But researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have found a correlation that might hel Read More

Pinpointing Colic Risk Factors

In a yearlong observational study of 128 horses on six farms in Kerman, Iran, researchers with the University of Kerman sought to identify risk factors most likely to contribute to colic. Researchers correlated the colic incidence rates to age, Read More

USDA Working to Reduce Wildlife Rabies

The Unites States Department of Agriculture is dropping bait cubes laced with oral rabies vaccine throughout Appalachian states in an attempt to slow the spread of raccoon-strain rabies in the wild and Read More

EVA Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage Affecting Western U.S.

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) has resulted in quarantine restrictions in 18 states, with nine states reporting positive cases. A Read More

Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a Read More

Spinal Taps Not Necessary for EPM Testing?

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been widely regarded as the only definitive way to diagnose the disease. This test can be difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous, and according to new Read More

Examining Equine Vocalizations

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible Read More

Texas Department of Agriculture Investigating Toxicity Deaths

The Texas Department of Agriculture is investigating the manner of pesticide application that led to the deaths of 27 horses at a boarding facility in Read More

Exact Cause of Toxicity Deaths Still Unknown

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas, say they strongly suspect that the pesticide used on feed at nearby Carousel Acres was directly involved in the death of 27 horses. However, the reason for the extreme Read More

Veterinarians Investigate Toxicity Deaths

Twenty-seven horses have died in what appears to be an accidental poisoning at a Brazos County, Texas boarding barn, reports The Bryan-College Station Eagle, a local newspaper.

Preliminary reports suggest that the horses' feed Read More

Trial Postponed in California Neglect Case

The 35 horses removed from James DeNoyer's northwestern Read More

Spinal Taps Unnecessary for EPM Diagnosis?

While cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for equine protozoal myloencephalitis (EPM) is widely regarded as the only definitive way to diagnose the disease, the difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous test might not be necessary, according Read More

Australian Toxic Feed Case Decided

An Australian court awarded $71,000 in damages after a Sydney area family’s Thoroughbred mare died and three other show horses were permanently retired due to heart conditions resulting from contaminated feed, the Sydney Morning Read More

Arlington Catastrophic Injury Rate Draws Criticism, Concern

Although many causes have been suggested, there's still no definitive reason for the recent slew of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbreds at Read More

Horse Talk: The Search for Meaning in Equine Communication

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible Read More

Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More