Les Sellnow

Les Sellnow is a free-lance writer based near Riverton, Wyo. He specializes in articles on equine research, and operates a ranch where he raises horses and livestock. He has authored several fiction and non-fiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.exclusivelyequine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.

Articles by Les Sellnow

Mucus Accumulation and Effect on Performance

The results of this study suggest that moderate to severe tracheal mucus accumulation is a risk factor for poor racing performance in Thoroughbred horses. Indeed, horses with little to no tracheal mucus placed nearly twice as well in a race compared Read More

Furosemide (Salix) Effect on Racing Performance

Overall, Standardbred mares given furosemide, Morley said, finished 0.18 seconds faster than untreated mares; treated geldings finished 0.05 seconds faster than untreated geldings, and treated stallions finished 0.11 seconds faster than untreated Read More

AAEP Convention 2004: Sports Medicine II--EIPH/Race Times

K.W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004 discussed the effect of EIPH Read More

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

There were a couple of take-home messages from Dyson's presentation. One was that sacroiliac joint problems can dramatically compromise a horse's ability to perform, and the other was that using an analgesic injection can be a valuable technique in Read More

Equine Infectious Anemia: Symptoms and Control

EIA is characterized by fever, anemia, jaundice, depression, edema, and chronic weight loss. Read More

Fighting Invaders

The immune systems of humans and horses are what keep us alive. Without a properly functioning immune system, disease would run rampant, with serious illness and death being the ultimate outcome. Unfortunately, it is not a simple system that Read More

Basic Horse Anatomy and Physiology

Gain an understanding of how the horse is constructed and what this means in the realm of form to function. Read More

Planning and Preparing for the Big Adventure

Once you have committed to a pack trip, the preparation begins, even though it might be a year away. First of all, you must decide where you are going and obtain all possible information about the area.

A letter or phone call to the Read More

AAEP 2004 Convention Preview

This is a special year for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). There aren't many things today that last 50 years, especially an organization that was started to ensure the health and welfare of the horse and to further the Read More

Dallas Crown Litigation

Dallas Crown, one of two Fort Worth, Texas, area horse slaughter plants, continues in business after a brief court battle concerning its wastewater discharge permit.

It all started when the city of Kauffman, Texas, where Dallas Crown is Read More

Tying and Hobbling

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin. Read More

Temperament: Buying the Right Horse for the Trail

In a discussion of proper temperament in a trail horse, words like "solid" and "steady" come to mind. You want a horse that will carry you over a trail with little to no fuss or fidgeting--a horse that is solid and steady in the bridle Read More

Slaughter Plant Reopens

The Cavel International horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Ill., opened for business June 2. The plant was destroyed by fire on March 31, 2002, and a new facility was constructed at the same location.

James Tucker, manager, said that the new Read More

Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform Read More

Purchase Exams: Safe and Sound

Buying that first horse can be exciting and scary. Getting that dreamed-about horse is the exciting part, and being concerned that you don't make mistakes in choosing the right one is the disconcerting and worrisome part. In this article, we'll Read More

Out of Work; Out of Money

The world of insurance as it pertains to equines can be a bit complicated for the average horse owner. Nowhere is this more true than with "loss of use" insurance. At the outset, it doesn't seem all that complicated. If your horse can no longer Read More

HC/HERDA Update; Owners of Carrier Stallions Notified

Approximately 100 Quarter Horse stallion owners have received, or will receive, a message that the stallion is a carrier of the recessive gene that causes HC, also known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA). Read More

Pursuing Hope

Referral centers are godsends to the equine community. Often housed in state-of-the-art buildings, featuring the latest in scientific technology and equipment, and manned by specialists, referral centers offer a strong ray of hope when the best Read More

Building Blocks?

They come in various colors and sizes. Some weigh 50 pounds, others a pound or less. But how do we know which salt and/or mineral block to place before our animals? Should we offer all of them and let the horses choose? Can a horse actually get Read More

Trails, Trips, and Traveling With Horses

There was a time when trail riding was pretty much confined to where one lived. The choices might include a country road or a ditch along a busy highway. That, however, is in the past. Powerful trucks and sophisticated trailers have opened Read More

Obesity and Cushing's Disease

There is speculation that metabolic syndrome could be a factor in horses which develop Cushing's disease. Read More

HERDA: Not Just Skin Deep

Today, it is primarily through Poco Bueno's bloodline that the recessive gene that causes hyperelastosis cutis (HC) has passed. In some scientific circles, the disease is called hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA). Read More

Shipping of In-Foal PMU Mares on Hold

The shipment of PMU (pregnant mare urine) mares from farms in the United States and Canada was put on hold in February until after the foaling season, unless the shipping distance is very short.

The reason, says Nat Messer IV, DVM, Dipl. Read More

Illinois Slaughter Legislation

New legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state of Illinois was introduced Feb. 6, 2004, in the Illinois House of Representatives in the form of HB 6570. On Feb. 18, 2004, the bill was referred to the House Read More

No Increase in PMU Mares At Slaughter Plants

Thousands of horses from shut-down PMU (pregnant mare urine) farms in Canada and North Dakota are finding new homes in the United States, but few are winding up at slaughter houses at this time, according to slaughter plant managers.

Dick Read More