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 eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

Articles by Erica Larson

Central Washington Wildfire Threatens Area Horses

More than 100 horses have been evacuated from areas affected by a wildfire raging in central Washington, Read More

Miniature Horses Designated as Service Animals in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Tuesday designating Miniature Horses as recognized service animals. Read More

Kentucky's Second Equine WNV Case of 2012 Confirmed

The affected horse--an 18-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse from Laurel County--had no WNV vaccination history. Read More

'Cup' Feeder Slows Horses' Consumption Rate, Reduces Waste

Researchers found that a specially designed feeder can slow horses' rate of consumption and reduce feed waste. Read More

Leptospirosis Confirmed in Kentucky Weanling

Veterinarians from Hagyard Equine Medical Center have confirmed leptospirosis in a Thoroughbred weanling. Read More

Canadian Equine Disease Report, Second Quarter 2012, Issued

The CFIA has released a report on equine infectious diseases in Canada during the second quarter of 2012. Read More

Olympic Modern Pentathletes Getting Ready to Ride

Forty competition horses and 15 training horses remain in Greenwhich Park for the modern pentathlon. Read More

New Mexico Vesicular Stomatitis: Emergency Rule Approved

The current outbreak began in late April when two horses in Otero County tested positive for the disease. Read More

New Treatment for Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Evaluated

Zoledronate appears effective in improving clinical signs associated with bone fragility disorder. Read More

Radiographic Fetlock Abnormalities in Barrel Racing Horses

Nearly 50% of high-performance barrel racers evaluated showed radiographic changes in their fetlock joints. Read More

Iowa's First Two Equine WNV Cases of 2012 Confirmed

Two horses from Johnson County, Iowa, have tested positive for West Nile virus. Read More

California Confirms Fourth Equine WNV Case of 2012

The 3-year-old unvaccinated filly from Fresno County is recovering, the CDFA said. Read More

Kentucky Confirms First Equine WNV Case of 2012

The affected horse was not vaccinated against WNV and has since been euthanized. Read More

Understanding Equine Movement Disorders

More research is needed to fully understand equine movement disorders such as shivers and stringhalt. Read More

Two More Equine West Nile Cases Confirmed in California

All three confirmed WNV cases were unvaccinated, the CDFA reported. Read More

Diagnosing and Managing Tetanus and Botulism in Horses

Vaccination reduces horses' risk of contracting tetanus and botulism, two often-fatal diseases. Read More

California Confirms First Equine WNV Case of 2012

The 2-year-old unvaccinated filly began displaying severe neurologic signs was euthanized. Read More

Researchers Seeking Horse Owner Help in Laminitis Study

Researchers are asking for horse owners' help identifying suitable acute laminitis cases for research. Read More

New Mexico Equine Vesicular Stomatitis Case Count Rises

More than 20 vesicular stomatitis cases have now been confirmed in New Mexico horses. Read More

Nutrition, Genetics, and Equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy

Researchers recently identified links between equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD), nutrition, and genetics. Read More

Identifying and Managing Acute Rhabdomyolysis in Horses

Understanding equine acute rhabdomyolysis can help ensure affected horses receive appropriate veterinary care. Read More

Ky. Council Discusses Voluntary Equine Rescue Certifications

The council discussed voluntary certifications for rescue and retirement facilities in the commonwealth. Read More

Elite, Non-Elite Endurance Horse Hearts Compared

Elite endurance horses had fewer cardiac abnormalities and different cardiac dimensions than non-elite horses. Read More

Treating Pleuropneumonia-Related Abscesses with Thoracotomy

Many horses recover from pleuropneumonia with medical therapy, but some require surgery to prompt healing. Read More

Oklahoma State Health Officials Warn of WNV Resurgence

Oklahoma's last confirmed WNV case came in Sept. 2009 when a horse from Cherokee County tested positive. Read More