Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

Articles by Erica Larson

FDA No Longer Supports Compounded Pergolide Production

The change comes several months after the FDA approved a pergolide mesylate tablet for use in horses. Read More

Botulism Kills Five Indiana Horses

Five horses in Reddington, Ind., are dead after contracting the botulism toxin from an "unknown food source." Read More

Treating Equine Upper Respiratory Tract Ailments (AAEP 2011)

A horse in respiratory distress or displaying other signs of airway ailments warrants a call to a veterinarian Read More

Additional Calif. Horse Positive for Non-Neurologic EHV-1

The most recently confirmed horse displayed mild neurologic signs before testing positive for the disease. Read More

Strangles Confirmed at New York Harness Racetrack

Live racing has been canceled due to a strangles outbreak on the backside at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Read More

Acupuncture Use in Equine Reproduction (AAEP 2011)

Studies in human medicine are yielding promising results to support aucpuncture use in equine reproduction. Read More

Clinical Outcomes of Large Intestine Thickening (AAEP 2011)

Researchers find large intestinal thickening could indicate multiple diseases in addition to colic. Read More

The Equine Mind: Top 10 Things to Know

Horse owners benefit from an understanding what goes on in a horse's brain, according to one veterinarian. Read More

Complicated Equine Skin Diseases

Complicated and emerging equine skin disorders do exist, but they are rare, according to one researcher. Read More

Equine NSAID Use: Indications and Complications

Even when NSAIDs are used appropriately, the drugs can still prove damaging to the patient. Read More

Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council Convenes

Group discussed horse rescue, retirement, and rehab facility certification and welfare complaint stats. Read More

California Non-Neurologic EHV-1: Surveillance Continues

The CDFA recommends owners of potentially exposed horses continue monitoring animals for signs of disease. Read More

Local Anesthesia's Effect on MRIs of Horse Feet (AAEP 2011)

Researchers recently examined whether diagnostic anesthesia could skew the results of equine foot MRIs. Read More

California Confirms Two Cases of Non-Neurologic EHV-1

Published reports indicate that both horses recently attended the HITS Desert Horse Show in Thermal, Calif. Read More

Managing Inflammatory Airway Disease in Horses (AAEP 2011)

Inflammatory airway disease is a top cause of decreased performance and affects up to 50% of equine athletes. Read More

Equine Motor Neuron Disease: What We Know

Researchers and veterinarians are still working to better understand both the etiology and the disease itself. Read More

MRI to Detect Wobbler Syndrome? (AAEP 2011)

Researchers found that MRI more accurately identified compression in CSM horses compared to radiographs. Read More

CDFA Releases 'Biosecurity for Equine Events' Toolkit

The toolkit provides equine event organizers with equine biosecurity and infectious disease information. Read More

Horse Vaccines in 2012: Where We Stand

Horse owners have all the resources needed to ensure a properly vaccinated horse, one researcher said. Read More

MRI for Localized Fetlock Lameness Diagnosis

One researcher noted that some defects not visible on radiographs (X rays) were easily identified via MRI. Read More

USEF, Hagyard Collecting Disaster Relief Donations

Donations collected will help horses and horse owners affected by last week's severe storms and tornadoes. Read More

African Horse Sickness Hits Swaziland

Three horses from Swaziland are dead after contracting African horse sickness, according to an OIE report. Read More

In Depth: Evaluating the Upper Respiratory Tract (AAEP 2011)

Veterinarians have fine-tuned numerous methods for evaluating the upper respiratory tract for abnormalities. Read More

Equestrian Among 2012 Olympic Hall of Fame Nominees

Among the 18 nominees is William Steinkraus, a member of the U.S. show jumping team at five Olympic Games. Read More

Microstructural Alterations and Navicular Bone Degeneration

Researchers hope to more fully characterize alterations at the microscopic level in diseased navicular bones. Read More