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Answers Sought in Treating Foal Respiratory Disease

Foals are small enough to fit in the gantry of a CT machine, which is helpful in assessing lung disease. Read More

U of I Extension Project Will Aid Horse Owners in Manure Management

University of Illinois (U of I) Extension has developed a new project that will provide horse owners in Lake, McHenry, and northern Cook, Ill., counties with an alternative to the traditional waste hauling service. Read More

Nutrition, Senior Horse Care to be Featured at 2011 Bi-State Horse Workshop

Midwest horse enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the Illinois/Wisconsin Bi-State Horse Workshop on April 2, at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol, Wis. A full-day program organized and sponsored by Illinois and Wisconsin Cooperative Read More

Horse Health Recommendations for Extreme Winter Conditions

Dr. Pamela Wilkins offers these recommendations for horse safety in extreme winter conditions. Read More

Manure Composting Workshop Offered in Northern Illinois

Horse and small livestock owners are invited to attend a workshop on best management practices for dealing with manure sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension and the Hooved Animal Humane Society. The wo Read More

For a Fostered Foal, There's Nothing Like a Mother's Love

The loss of a mother: a tragic event for any species. Likewise, the loss of an infant: devastating. At the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana this spring, both of these events occurred, leaving a mare without her baby Read More

Predicting Colic: Horse Breeds at Higher Risk

Researchers have noticed that certain breeds of horses are predisposed to certain types of colic. Read More

Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses Read More

Choke: No Heimlich for Horses

Unfortunately, even if you could do the Heimlich maneuver on your equine friend, it probably would not help. That's because choke in horses is completely different than when a human chokes, at least from an anatomical perspective. Read More

Straight to the Horse's Mouth

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction Read More

Equine 'Thumps' Are More than Mere Hiccups

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i Read More

Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot. Read More

Black Walnut Laminitis Cases Reported by Illinois Vet School

Although finding black walnut in shavings used for horse stalls is rare these days, if several horses in a large barn become lame simultaneously, black walnut laminitis should be considered. Read More