Sarah Evers Conrad

Sarah Evers Conrad has a bachelor’s of arts in journalism and equine science from Western Kentucky University. As a lifelong horse lover and equestrian, Conrad started her career at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care magazine. She has also worked for the United States Equestrian Federation as the managing editor of Equestrian magazine and director of e-communications and served as content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency. When she isn’t freelancing, Conrad spends her free time enjoying her family, reading, practicing photography, traveling, crocheting, and being around animals in her Lexington, Kentucky, home.

Articles by Sarah Evers Conrad

A Look at Dental Radiology

Easley discussed how open-mouth radiographs can be invaluable tools for the equine practitioner in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of dental abnormalities. He believes that radiology has not been used enough in the field by practitioners. Read More

Enterocolitis and the Effectiveness of Bio-Sponge (AAEP 2002)

Enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) caused by the bacteriums Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens is a common problem for both adult horses and foals. Read More

AAEP 2002: Thyroid Function in Horses with Peripheral Cushing's Syndrome

Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is seen in middle-aged horses with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of male horses. Researchers are trying to Read More

Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance

When a prescribed medication doesn’t work as it should, one cause could be antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistance. Is the widespread use of antibiotics selecting for stronger and stronger pathogens that can resist the drugs we use to fight them? Read More

AAEP 2002: Feeding the Geriatric Horse

With more and more horses reaching geriatric status (over 20 years of age), it’s important to understand how their nutritional needs might change. Diets should be adjusted if necessary to help old-timers live long and healthy lives. David Pugh, Read More

AAEP 2002: Infectious Disease Forum

With West Nile virus (WNV) marching across the United States and affecting both horses and humans, infectious disease prevention has been a hot topic in barns, the media, veterinary clinics, and elsewhere. During the Infectious Disease forum, Read More

Intracranial Pressure

Two studies done at the University of California, Davis, have allowed researchers to measure the intracranial pressure (ICP, the pressure that the cerebrospinal fluid exerts on the brain) in the horse for the first time and determine how body Read More

The Adaptive Equine Stomach

A study at the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory at the University of Florida has determined that the horse's stomach can adapt to meals of various sizes and compositions, giving researchers a better understanding of how the normal Read More

Factors Affecting Fertility with Cooled Semen

With the use of cooled shipped semen on the rise, breeders want to maximize the effects of this new technology as best they can. However, there are a variety of factors that can affect fertility with cooled semen, said Dickson Varner, DVM, MS, Read More

Clostridia-Associated Enterocolitis in Foals

Clostridia-associated enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) affects both humans and horses, young and old alike. According to Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates veterinary clinic i Read More

Bedding Benefits and Risks

Most horse owners take great pride in providing their horses with clean, nice-looking stalls; some of us might even throw in that extra bit of bedding for added comfort. But could we be unknowingly harming our horses more than helping them? Let' Read More

Controlling Mosquitoes with Pheromones

A new product that can help control mosquito populations is currently under development. Materia, Inc., has developed a cost-effective synthesized version of the natural pheromone called Mosquito Oviposition Pheromone (MOP). MOP is naturally Read More

Origins of the Horse

It was previously thought that modern horses were descended from a limited number of wild herds and were selectively bred, leading to the diversity in breeds that we have now. However, new DNA evidence suggests that horses have a more diverse Read More

Bringing Up Baby

Your young horse is growing up. From birth to age two, a horse will achieve 90% or more of his full adult height. But growing up too fast can cause problems, including an increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), which includes Read More

Down, Not Out: Training For an Emergency

Moving a horse which can't get up might seem like an impossible task. However, with the proper training, a down horse can be moved safely and easily onto a trailer and to a veterinary hospital. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Read More

Methods for Diagnosing Lameness

After an exciting day of cross country at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 27, horse owners and enthusiasts gathered to hear top equine veterinarians from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital speak on health issues pertaining to the sport Read More

MRLS Timeline


April 7--The temperature high in Lexington is 84 degrees; 23 degrees above normal.

April 17--The temperature low in Lexington is 29 degrees; 19 degrees below Read More

Electrolytes and Rehydration

Electrolyte pastes can increase water consumption, improving rehydration following administration of furosemide (Salix). A recently published study was done at Michigan State University on the effects of rehydration during the 36 hours after Read More

Dental Correction and Feed Digestibility

Equine dental abnormalities are among the top five most common medical problems encountered by equine veterinarians. Clinical evidence has shown that horses with severe tooth hooks and points that were corrected gained weight Read More

AAEP Convention News: Infection Control Strategies

The importance of minimizing exposure to infectious agents and optimizing resistance of an animal to them cannot be overemphasized. In addition to vaccination and the use of antimicrobials, infection control strategies can help save the lives of Read More

Airway Reactivity in Rural vs. Urban Horses

As cities continue to grow, so does pollution. It is only natural to think that horses might be affected by this pollution, since studies have found that exposure to air pollution particulate matter contributes to respiratory problems in humans. Read More

General Medicine: A Review of Probiotics

The definition of probiotics was refined in 1998 to “living microorganisms, which upon ingestion in certain numbers, exert health effects beyond inherent basic nutrition.” Probiotics have been increasing in popularity due to their ability to Read More

Restraint Techniques For Horses

Veterinarians are constantly seeking ways to perform procedures on horses as quickly and safely as possible. The inherent risk with working with an unpredictable animal has caused veterinarians and handlers to develop various methods of Read More

General Medicine: The Michigan Cushing's Project

There have been advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing’s disease; however, previously there were no studies comparing the two most used medications—pergolide, a dopaminergic agonist, and cyproheptadine, a serotonin Read More


Held June 15-18 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Equitana featured around 800 demonstrations and educational seminars, the Mane Event, concerts, and hundreds of booths with equine products Read More