Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

Articles by Erin Ryder

Hendra Virus: Neurologic Variant Confirmed, Clinic Staff Exposed

Three horses have tested positive for Hendra virus at Redlands Veterinary Clinic on the outskirts of the city of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. Hendra virus is deadly and can affect both horses and humans.

According to Davi Read More

Hendra Virus Reported at Australian Equine Clinic

Three horses have tested positive for the deadly Hendra virus at a veterinary practice on the outskirts of the city of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. This virus can affect both horses and humans.

"We are taking the situatio Read More

Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

Following the euthanasia of the filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter-mile after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to Read More

Australia's Equine Industry Won't Receive Influenza Bill

An Australian government official announced today that the horse industry would not be asked to pay for the expenses associated with last year's outbreak of equine influenza. According to the Read More

Readers Respond: Challenging Feet

More than 1,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Do you think Big Brown's hoof issues might be a factor in his bid for the Triple Crown?"

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Theodore O'Connor Euthanized

Theodore O'Connor, the 13-year-old eventing "super pony" was euthanized today as a result of an injury sustained in an accident at Karen and David O'Connor's barn in The Plains, Va., according to a statement released by the U.S. Equestrian Read More

O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind Read More

Share Your Thoughts: Theodore O'Connor Memory Wall

The Horse has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Theodore O'Connor. It can be accessed through Read More

First Foal Sired by Cloned Stallion Born

The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.

The original Read More

Got Milk? Central Kentucky Colostrum Bank in Need

Veterinarians with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., have put out a call for colostrum donations as their supply has dwindled in the midst of foaling season.

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Event Horse Dies on Cross-Country at French CCI***

Nullabor, an 11-year-old Irish sport horse ridden by Clayton Fredericks of Australia, died Saturday while competing at the Saumur CCI*** in France, according to a statement on the event organizers' Web site.

Fredericks told Britain's Read More

Atypical Causes of Stallion Infertility

It pays to think outside the box when considering possible causes of stallion infertility. The stallion's reproductive conformation, quality of sperm, and history can all impact his performance in the breeding shed. Read More

Aortic Rupture Cited in O'Connor Event Horse Death

According to a statement released on the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Web site, preliminary necropsy findings on the horse Tigger Too, a 17-year-old gelding, show that he passed away from an acute abdominal aortic rupture. Final necropsy result Read More

Neck Problems in Sport Horses

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage. Read More

Additional Information on Feed Recall Released

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse feed products manufactured at three East Coast facilities. The products might contain an ingredient with an unacceptably high level of aflatoxin. For more on this see Read More

Diagnostics for the Chronically Infertile Mare

The diagnosis and treatment of chronically infertile mares is a complex process. Practitioners should utilize the available diagnostics, including cultures and cytology, along with endoscopy, to root out the myriad causes of this problem and increase Read More

Purina Recalling Horse Feed in Eastern States

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has implemented a voluntary recall of some horse feed due to a possible excess of aflatoxin. According to a statement released by the company, no confirmed animal health complaints attributable to aflatoxins have bee Read More

Horse Feed Recall Affects East Coast

Horse feed dealers are the key to identifying if there's a potential problem with recently purchased Purina feed, according to Land O'Lakes spokesperson Lydia Botham.

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse Read More

Artificial Insemination: It's Not How Much You Have, It's Where You Put It

When it comes to artificial insemination in horses, the site of deposition might have a big impact on the procedure's outcome. Placing semen directly into the uterine horn containing the ready follicle could allow breeders to use far less Read More

Reproduction and Sports Medicine Update: AAEP 2007

Veterinarians who attended presentations at the event came away with 18 hours of continuing education credit and new knowledge of current topics in equine reproduction and lameness. Read More

Searching for the Source of Carpal Lameness

The equine carpal (knee) joint is a veritable puzzle of bones and sometimes a diagnostic enigma for veterinarians. Mike Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center offered some insight to practitioners on working Read More

Arthroscopy Gives a Valuable View

Utilizing an arthroscope--a slender instrument for visualizing the environment inside joints--can be a good move when radiographs fail to elucidate the bony cause of a horse's lameness. Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at the Read More

Family of Rider Injured at Rolex Releases Statement

Equestrian Laine Ashker, 24, was seriously injured Saturday during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Her horse, Frodo Baggins, was euthanized.

Ashker's family released the following statement:

"First and Read More

Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder Read More

Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event

Equestrian Laine Ashker and her mount, Frodo Baggins, were both injured this afternoon in an accident during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The horse, a 12-year-old black Thoroughbred from New Zealand, was Read More