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

Movie Magic, Makeup, and Horse Tricks Shape War Horse

Head horse trainer Bobby Lovgren explains the challenges he faced when preparing the equine stars of the film. Read More

Dental Health and the Performance Horse

When an equine athlete's performance slumps, check the mouth, where numerous factors can cause problems. Read More

Acute Aortic Rupture Blamed for Hickstead's Death

An acute aortic rupture caused show jumping champion Hickstead's death during a Nov. 6 competition in Italy. Read More

Developmental Dental Disorders in Horses

Some developmental disorders can be dangerous and performance-limiting if not treated promptly and properly. Read More

BHA: Changes to Grand National Could Improve Equine Welfare

Recommended changes include raising the minimum equine age allowed to run and expanded veterinary inspections. Read More

Botulism or Ticks Likely Caused Australian Horse Deaths

Botulism and scrub tick infestations both cause the progressive muscular paralysis seen in the deceased horses Read More

Lecture Discusses NEXT Generation in Equine Tissue Healing

Nonsurgical exogenous crosslinking therapy (NEXT) is undergoing efficacy testing in healing equine tendons Read More

Turnout's Effects on Stall-Kept Equine Athletes

A team of researchers found that a little turnout time can improve behavior in stall-kept equine athletes. Read More

Researchers Review Treatment and Outcome of Canker in Horses

The rare hoof ailment canker can cause lasting problems in horses, and can even be fatal. Read More

Appaloosa World Show: EHV-1 Test Negative

Samples taken from a horse exhibiting neurologic signs at the World Championship show were negative for EHV-1. Read More

Appaloosa World Show Put on Hold Due to Sick Horse

The Appaloosa World Championship Show has been put on hold after a horse began exhibiting neurologic signs. Read More

Keeping the Bitted Horse's Mouth Healthy

Studies offer conflicting information in regard to whether bit seating is beneficial to bitted horses. Read More

Managing Deciduous Teeth in Young Horses

Caring for deciduous teeth in young horses requires additional considerations from a veterinary standpoint. Read More

Ergot Alkaloids' Effects on Colts and Stallions

Preliminary research showed that ergot alkaloids had minimal effects on stallions' and colts' fertility. Read More

New Clenbuterol Regulations at Los Alamitos Race Course

The new regulations were prompted by increased use of the substance as a replacement for anabolic steroids. Read More

Royal Blue Boon, First Commercially Cloned Horse, Dies

The blue roan Quarter Horse mare died last week in Weatherford, Texas, at the age of 31. Read More

Hendra Virus: Latest Confirmed Case Brings 2011 Total to 23

Another Australia horse has tested positive for hendra virus, bringing the nation's 2011 total to 23 cases. Read More

Dentistry Groups Ponder Equine Veterinary Dental College

International dental groups are considering developing an equine veterinary dental specialty college. Read More

Suspended Jockey Protests New Whip Rules in Britain

Richard Hughes says he will not race again unless the new regulations regarding whip use in races are changed. Read More

Strongyle Egg Counts and Race Performance

High strongyle egg counts in Standardbred trotters didn't have a negative association with racing performance. Read More

Restorative Dentistry in Horses

Advancements in equine restorative dentistry are giving owners options when faced with some dental disorders. Read More

Record-Breaking Hendra Season Continues in Australia

A Queensland horse was euthanized after testing positive for hendra virus; national total stands at 22 cases. Read More

Number of Australian Horses Dead With Unknown Cause Hits 19

Nineteen horses have now died or been euthanized as the result of an unknown ailment, officials said. Read More

12 Australian Horses Dead of Unknown Cause

Seven horses died and five were euthanized, but Australian officals say the cause of death is unknown so far. Read More

AHF Releases 2011 Equine Research Project Summaries

The Arabian Horse Foundation released summaries of the research projects the organization funded in 2011. Read More