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

Male Horses: A Role in Early-Term Abortion?

Early-term abortion in mares is a frustrating problem for breeders, as often the cause is nearly impossible to determine. But a team of researchers from the Czech Republic might have uncovered one possible reason why mares abort in certain management Read More

Possible Cause of Unusual Neurologic Signs in Australian Horses Identified

Australian authorities might have identified the cause of unusual neurologic signs in horses in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, according to a report from the New Zealand-based website Horsetalk.
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Two Horses Die at Great Britain's Grand National

Two horses are dead following the 2011 running of the Grand National, the famed British steeplechase held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. The race spans four-and-a-half miles and includes 30 jumping efforts.
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Texas Horse Dies of Rabies, Human Exposure Possible

Authorities confirmed April 6 that a Texas horse that died April 4 was infected with rabies, according to a press release from the Texas Department of State Heath Services (DSHS). The 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding began showing signs of illness Read More

Diagnosing Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome (AAEP 2011)

Clearly defined diagnostic criteria could help veterinarians detect BFS earlier and more accurately. Read More

Thermographic Eye Thermometers for Horses

A horse's body temperature can indicate everything from an internal ailment (such as colic) to an infectious disease to hypothermia. Or it can simply confirm that a horse is healthy and ready for action. While most owners and veterinarians step to Read More

Yes, Your Horse Is Fat

Horse owners must be able to acknowledge that a horse is overweight and needs to drop a few pounds. Read More

Ointments Help Horses with Bug Bite Hypersensitivity

Regular application of a topical ointment might help horses suffering from insect bite hypersensitivity. Read More

Starry Sky Ultrasound Pattern: A Review (AAEP 2011)

The starry sky pattern is an unusual and dramatic ultrasonographic appearance of the equine liver. Read More

Cornell Equine Hospital Quarantined with Confirmed EHV-1

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's equine hospital is under a voluntary quarantine after confirming a case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The quarantine began March 20 and will continue indefinitely.
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Mustangs Teach RU Students About Nutrition, Behavior

What do wild mustangs have to teach people? If you ask the students enrolled in Rutgers University's (RU) Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP), the answer will likely be, "plenty." For the past two years, the YHTRP, headed by Sarah L. Read More

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Applications in Horses

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an increasingly popular treatment method for equine injuries. During a presentation at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Iowa Read More

Top Show Jumper Sapphire Injured

American show jumper McLain Ward's long-time partner Sapphire, a 16-year-old Belgian warmblood mare, strained her right front check ligament while training in Florida last week and will miss the remainder of the 2011 show season.
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Japan's Equine Industry Begins Rebuilding

Now more than two weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, the equine industry in the country is beginning to rebuild. New details continue to surface about the extent of the damage, but the industry as a whole is Read More

African Horse Sickness: Western Cape Death Toll Rises to 24

The number of equine deaths caused by African horse sickness (AHS) in South Africa's Western Cape has risen to 24, according to a report from the South African-based news website Eye Witness News. Authorities announced March 28 that in the previous Read More

Rutgers University Young Horse Auction Scheduled for May 1

The annual Rutgers University (RU) Young Horse Teaching and Research Program (YHTRP) benefit horse auction will take place May 1 at the school's horse facility on College Farm Road on the G.H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, N.J. This year's auction Read More

Box Fan Recall Could Affect Horse Owners

Lasko Products Inc., manufacturer of home appliances such as fans and heaters, is recalling approximately 4.8 million box fans (similar to those frequently used in barns by horse owners) after an electrical problem in the fan's motor has caused some Read More

Pain Management Options for Horses

Methods of managing pain in horses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and opioids to alpha-2 agonists and ketamine, among others. Over the years, experience and research have helped veterinarians determine which of these are most Read More

Merial and Intervet/Schering-Plough Merger Plans Terminated

Sanofi-aventus (the parent company of Merial) and Merck (the parent company of Intervet/Schering-Plough) announced today that their plans to merge the two animal health divisions into a new animal health venture have been terminated. Plans for the Read More

New Information on Japan's Equine Industry Surfaces

Now a week after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, new information is slowly surfacing about the equine population in the areas heavily damaged by the natural disasters. "Currently, we still have intermittent earthquakes elsewhere in Read More

Investigation of Unexplained Neurologic Cases in Australia Halted

The investigation into a number of undiagnosed and unexplained neurologic clinical signs present in some Australian horses was halted March 15 due to a strike at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Read More

Extent of Damage to Japan's Equine Industry Remains Unclear

Little new information has surfaced about the effect the March 11 earthquake and tsunami had on the Japanese equine industry. As previously reported, much of Japan's Thoroughbred breeding industry--most of which is located on the island of Hokkaido Read More

Ruffian Equine Medical Center Closes, Scheduled to Re-Open in May

The Ruffian Equine Medical Center (REMC) closed its doors for renovation on March 1. According to the hospital's website, the state-of-the-art equine hospital located across the street Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., is undergoing restructuring and Read More

Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, Read More

Negative Piroplasmosis Test Required for AQHA World Show

All horses competing at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show will now be required to test negative for the tick-borne disease equine piroplasmosis (EP) before being allowed to enter the show grounds. The mandate comes following a Read More