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.

Articles by Erica Larson

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

Acupuncture and Managing Pain in Horses (AAEP 2011)

Clinical trials still yield a mixed bag of results for acupuncture's efficacy in treating equine ailments. Read More

Managing Severe Colic in the Field (AAEP 2011)

Horse owners should be prepared to make decisions about managing serious colic without the option of referral. Read More

West Nile Virus Vector Identified in U.K.

West Nile virus--while common in some global horse populations--has never been found in the U.K. Read More

Samples Sought For Donkey Besnoitiosis Research

Further investigations are needed to better understand disease transmission, treatment, and prevention. Read More

Top Medicine Studies of 2011 (AAEP 2011)

A wrap-up of the most important, interesting, or applicable studies to equine medicine from Dr. Steve Reed. Read More

Calif., N.C. EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted

State animal health officials quaratined three premises in early to mid-January after confirming EHV-1. Read More

HBO Defends Equine Actor Safety on 'Luck' Set

HBO is defending the treatment and safety of animals in its new racing drama after two horses died on set. Read More

Imported Horses: Prevalence of Fevers Examined (AAEP 2011)

Age, breed, previous experience with air travel, and location in the cargo area can impact body temperature. Read More

Besnoitiosis in Donkeys (AAEP 2011)

The parasite Besnoitia bennetti grows in tiny cysts in the skin, organs, and eyes of affected animals. Read More

Managing Bacterial Pneumonia in Adult Horses (AAEP 2011)

Without proper post-treatment management and some husbandry adjustments pneumonia can recur. Read More

AQHA Offers Genetic Disease Panel Test

The test will screen for five potentially fatal genetic diseases often found in Quarter Horses. Read More

Prevalence of L.intracellularis on Farms (AAEP 2011)

The overall seroprevalence was 68% on all farms tested, with levels on individual farms ranging from 14-100%. Read More