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

EHV-1 Outbreak: The Watch for Cases Continues

Several states affected by the EHV-1 outbreak saw more horses test positive Thursday, while other states saw Read More

EHV-1 Outbreak: Number of Confirmed Cases Rising

More suspected EHV-1 cases are being confirmed in the western United States and Canada. Read More

EHV-1 Outbreak: State Veterinarians Monitoring Closely

The number of confirmed neurologic EHV-1 cases has reached the double digits.
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Poll: Readers Have Varying Views of PRP

More than 100 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Which of the following best represent your Read More

EHV-1 Outbreak: More Cases Emerging

Veterinarians are working to determine the extent of a multi-state outbreak of neurologic equine herpesvirus. Read More

Multiple Western States Affected by EHV-1 Outbreak

Veterinarians in several states are determining the extent of a possible equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak Read More

Neurologic Problems in the Foal

Nothing disrupts the joy of foal ownership like the observation of potential problems: A disinterest in nursing, a depressed attitude, strange mannerisms, or seizures could mean a foal is suffering from some serious neurologic problems. During a Read More

ISU to Host Veterinary Biologics Training Program

The Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will be hosting the 16th annual Veterinary Biologics Training Program May 16-20. The training program is designed to educate veterinary professionals about vaccine safety and Read More

Contagious Equine Metritis Detected in South Africa

Two cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) have been confirmed in the South African province of Gauteng, Read More

Thousands of Horses At Risk as Mississippi River Swells

As Mississippi River floodwaters rise, continuing to threaten parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, hundreds of Read More

Signs of a Septic Foal

There's nothing more heart-wrenching than watching a newborn foal fight for his life. Read More

Heritable Equine Skin Disorders

Some skin conditions in horses are caused by fungus and bacteria, while others are caused by external factors Read More

Cerebellar Abiotrophy: Not Just for Arabians?

Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) might be able to jump the "breed barrier" and affect other types of horses. Read More

Equine First-Aid Kits Recalled

A Wisconsin company is recalling their equine first-aid kits due to the possible contamination of sterile alcohol prep pads and iodine prep pads with an "objectionable organism" during manufacturing. In a letter sent to customers in April, Creative Read More

Kentucky Derby: Archarcharch, Battle of Hastings Doing Well After Surgery

Archarcharch and Battle of Hastings, two of the horses injured during the Kentucky Derby day races at Churchill Downs, are both doing well after surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Both surgeries took place May 8. Read More

UC Davis Publishes 2010 Equine Research Review

The Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), has released its 2010 Equine Research Review. The Research Review is a publication released annually that chronicles the horse-health related research that Read More

Long Toes in Horses: A Pain in the Butt?

Your equine athlete's performance hasn't been blue ribbon-worthy as of late. Or maybe your broodmare's gaits are looking a little off kilter. Could long toes on the hind feet be to blame? According to the results of a recent study, the answer in some Read More

AQHA Executive Committee Approves Grants for Horse Health Research

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) executive committee has given their approval for nine equine medical research projects to be funded by the AQHA and the American Quarter Horse Foundation in 2011-12, according to a report from Read More

Gastric Impaction in Horses: A Review

Colic and its causes are part of most owners' horse care vocabulary--an intestinal twist, sand accumulation, or gas buildup might be among the familiar events leading to equine abdominal pain. But owners might not be aware of another, less-frequent Read More

Rolex 2011: No Major Injuries During Cross-Country Phase

No horses suffered serious injuries yesterday during the cross-country phase of the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, currently under way at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
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Cross-Country Footing: The Wet, the Dry, and the Ideal

As some of the world's top three-day event riders prepare to head out on cross-country at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this weekend, they'll be looking closely at the footing on which their horses will perform. With nearly two weeks of Read More

American Event Horse Mandiba Suffers Broken Rib

Mandiba, an 11-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding ridden by American Olympic veteran Karen O'Connor, suffered a broken rib while competing in the cross-country phase at the Badminton Horse Trials in Badminton, England, April 24. The horse is Read More

First Equine Endocrinology Summit Held

Equine endocrine disorders--namely pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's disease) and equine metabolic syndrome-- represent an area of horse health that researchers are still working to fully understand. The collective Read More

Psyllium for Glucose and Insulin Control

Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for use as a laxative, specifically for clearing sand out of horses' intestines to minimize the chances of sand colic. But new research indicates there might be another use for the phytogenic (plant-based) Read More

Diaphragmatic Tears in Horses Examined

Horses with diaphragmatic tears (also called rents) are given a relatively poor prognosis to make a full recovery, but the condition is not a death sentence, according to the results of a recent retrospective study. Alfredo E. Romero, DVM, of Read More