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

Neurologic Horse Reported at Maryland Track; Hold Order in Place

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) officials have placed an Investigational Animal Hold Order on Barn 1 at Laurel Park, after a horse stabled there began showing neurologic signs.

The order restricts movement of horses currently Read More

Florida Piroplasmosis Investigation Wraps Up; Positive Horses Removed

According to a Nov. 5 statement released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, none of the horses that tested positive for piroplasmosis during a recent investigation remain on Florida properties. Six quarantines remain Read More

Kentucky Confirms First EEE Case Since 1995

According to a statement from the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, today confirmed a diagnosis of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) in a Paint filly in Gallatin County. Read More

Readers Weigh in on Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinics

More than 2,370 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you think low-cost equine euthanasia clinics should be widely available?"

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Readers Report Trends in This Year's Hay Market

More than 1,900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you purchased hay for the coming winter?"

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Equine Telecardiology Progresses

When she put her stethoscope to his chest and heard what sounded like jungle drums thumping inside, she knew something wasn't right. There was no cardiac murmur, jugular venous distension, or dependent edema. What was going on? And what would happen Read More

Widespread Pigeon Fever Reported in Oregon

Veterinarians in Oregon are reporting a surge in cases of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (also known as pigeon fever or dryland distemper), a bacterial disease that can linger in a horse for months. Jessica Evans, DVM, of Bend Equine Read More

Kentucky Reports Fourth WNV Case of 2008 Season

A fourth horse in Kentucky has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). According to a notification released by the state veterinarian's office, the 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse had been partially vaccinated against the disease. It had Read More

Horse Farm Owners Arrested for Alleged Cruelty to 55 Horses

Owners of a Ventura County, Calif., horse farm were taken into custody Wednesday after animal welfare authorities found 55 allegedly malnourished horses on the property, Read More

100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis Read More

John Henry Memorial Statue Unveiled

A year after the death of racehorse John Henry, fans now have a lasting monument and a dedicated place to remember their champion.

A bronze statue by artist Shelley Hunter has taken its place at John's gravesite, just outside the Kentucky Read More

Glanders Reported in Brazil

A horse in the southeastern portion of Brazil has tested positive for glanders. This disease has not occurred in this area of the country since 1968. A report on the case was released by the Read More

Third Kentucky Horse has West Nile Virus

A third horse in Kentucky has been confirmed positive for West Nile virus. Two other cases have been reported thus far this year, with the second reported just hours before the third. The cases all occurred within different counties.

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Kentucky Reports Second Equine West Nile Virus Case

A second Kentucky horse has been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus, animal health officials announced.

The affected animal is a 17-month-old Tennessee Walking Horse from Adair County, in the south-central portion of the state. This Read More

2,185 Equids Dead in Ethiopia Horse Sickness Outbreak

Nearly 2,200 equids have died in an outbreak of African horse sickness in the country of Ethiopia, according to a report released by the Office International des Epizooties Read More

More Farms Released from Piroplasmosis Quarantine

Florida agriculture officials are releasing additional farms from equine piroplasmosis quarantine. There are currently 13 premises under state quarantine. One farm still has positive horses on the premises.

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Galveston Horse Rescue Effort Wraps Up

A week and a half after Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, Texas, horse rescue groups working the scene are scaling back their involvement as horse owners return to reclaim their animals and start the long rebuilding process.

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Texas Equine Rescue Needs Help Following Hurricane

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, which has rescue horses stationed in foster homes throughout Texas and Arkansas, could use some help cleaning up after Hurricane Ike. While the group moved its foster and adopted horses well out of harm's way, Read More

Seven Premises Released from Piroplasmosis Quarantine

Seven of the premises quarantined by Florida officials due to exposure to equine piroplasmosis have been released. Eighteen premises are still under quarantine. Positive horses are currently located at three of these properties, according to a Read More

Paralympic Horses Stay Healthy in Hong Kong

The Olympic horses and riders might have left the equestrian venue last month, but the lights at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin facility are only now beginning to dim, as the Paralympic Games came to a close only a couple weeks ago.

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Kentucky Reports First Equine West Nile Virus Case of 2008

Kentucky agriculture officials announced today that a 9-year-old Saddlebred gelding has been confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first WNV case in the state so far this year.

The affected horse lives in Christian Read More

Wait Too Long to Call the Vet? See What Our Readers Said

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do any of your horse-owning friends wait too long to call the veterinarian for injury or illness?"

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Equine Evacuation Site Reports Smooth Sailing During Ike

With around 175 horses protected under its roof, the Brazos County Special Event Facilities came through Hurricane Ike in fine shape, according to facility Director Tom Quarles.

"The horses and the livestock made it through fine," Quarles Read More

Hurricane Update: Horses in Coastal Texas Receive Care, Hay

As of the afternoon of Sept. 17, about 100 horses remained on Galveston Island, while another 23 had been moved to a staging area on the mainland for further care, according to Jerr Read More

Clone of Show Jumper Gem Twist Born

A clone of champion show jumper Gem Twist is the newest addition to the stable of horses cloned by Cryozootech, a French company that banks equine genetic material. The company announced the clone's birth Sept. 15.

Gem Twist, a grey Read More