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

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

African Horse Sickness Outbreak: Western Cape Confirms 12 Cases

Twelve cases of African horse sickness (AHS) have been confirmed in the Western Cape region of South Africa, according to a report from the South African-based news website Eye Witness News. The cases in the Western Cape follow an outbreak of more Read More

Embryo Recovery Procedures and Collection Success: A Review (AAEP 2010)

Since the first live foal produced by embryo transfer was born in 1974, the procedure has become one of the most popular assisted reproduction options for breeders with mares who are valuable or for mares that are to remain in competition. According Read More

Uterine Ultrasound, Cytology Helpful in Pinpointing Pathogens (AAEP 2010)

When it comes to a mare's uterus, ultrasound examination and cytology (examination of cells under a microscope) can give a veterinarian a pretty good picture of what's going on inside that could be confounding conception. However, comparing these Read More

African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa Deadly

More than 90 cases of African horse sickness (AHS) have been confirmed in South Africa this year and more than 50 horses have succumbed to the disease, according to a report from the South Africa-based news website Cape Times. The outbreak has Read More

Fenbendazole: Better Treatment for Fighting Resistant Ascarids (AAEP 2010)

Foal owners need to be especially mindful of Parascaris equorum, commonly known as ascarids, the most dangerous worms found in these youngsters, according to D. Craig Barnett, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian for I Read More

High Field MRIs for Horses Now Available from Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) has announced that they are now able to offer high field MRI service for horses. A mobile high field MRI is scheduled to the clinic in Leesburg, Va., about once a month, according to a Read More

R. equi Immunity and the Foal (AAEP 2010)

Although about 30% of foals that develop Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia do not survive, the majority of foals can be treated successfully and proceed with a normal life. But why is it that only foals are affected by this respiratory disease? One of Read More

Determining Fetal Gender: Practice Makes Perfect (AAEP 2010)

For nearly 20 years, veterinarians have been determining fetal gender using transrectal ultrasound. While it's exciting for a mare owner to know the sex of the new addition before it arrives, just how accurate are these ultrasound procedures? Read More

Responsible Horse Ownership and Racing Reform (AAEP 2010)

Responsible ownership is one of the keys to addressing the country's equine welfare problems. Racing is one segment of the horse industry that regularly is subject to public criticism, mostly due to catastrophic injuries sustained by race horses. Read More

Ovarian Response to Injectable Deslorelin During Anestrus (AAEP 2010)

Most breeders meticulously plan out every detail of breeding a mare. But sometimes things don't go quite according to plan.Suppose, for example, as breeding season approaches, the clinically breeding-sound mare is anestrus (she doesn't show an Read More

Handling Barn Collapses

No horse owner or barn manager wants to deal with a barn collapse, but should one occur, it's important to know how to deal with the situation to give the horses and other animals that might be trapped the best chance of survival. There are a few Read More

New Border Inspection Point for Horses Traveling to England

According to a report from Horse and Hound, a European Union equine border inspection post at Manston Airport scheduled to open in April will allow more horses to fly in and out of Great Britain, bringing the number of equine-friendly airports in the Read More

Stallionlike Behavior in Mares: The Role of Adrenal Glands (AAEP 2010)

Stallions are commonly known to be feisty, fresh, and sometimes difficult to handle, largely attributable to the testosterone coursing through their bodies. But when mares begin to display aggressive or stallionlike behavior, the reason for the Read More

Ohio Veterinarian's Son Confirms 52 Thoroughbreds Rehomed

The 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds gaining notoriety three weeks ago after their owner's death have been placed. Read More

Epidemiology of R. Equi Foal Pneumonia (AAEP 2010)

One of the major foal diseases in the United States is Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia. Responsible for the deaths of up to 30% of infected foals, it is a serious problem at many large breeding farms. Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, presented Read More

Accidental Electrocution Confirmed in Death of Newbury Racehorses

Accidental electrocution has been confirmed as the cause of death of two racehorses that collapsed Feb. 12 in the paddock at Newbury Racecourse in England, according to a report from Horse and Hound.
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Two Horses Die at Newbury Racecourse; Electrocution Suspected

Two horses collapsed and died in the paddock on Feb. 12 at the Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire, England, according to a report from BloodHorse.com. An investigation into the cause of the horses' deaths is under way, but initial reports indicate that Read More

New Surgical Tool for Treating Epiglottic Entrapments in Standing Horses

An epiglottic entrapment is an upper airway abnormality that can cause poor performance in athletic horses. A team of researchers from the University of Montreal recently developed a safer instrument for surgically correcting an entrapped epiglottis. Read More

Equine Guelph Seeks Respondents for 2011 Equine Industry Survey

Equine Guelph is seeking respondents for its 2011 Equine Industry Survey now through March 31. The survey is available online and in a printable PDF. Founded in 2003, Equine Guelph is operated in conjunction with the University of Guelph. Read More

Russian Donkey Forced to Parasail has Died

According to a report from Horse and Hound, the Russian donkey Anapka--who was once the center of an international welfare controversy after she was attached to a parasail and flown over a beach as part of an advertising stunt--has died of suspected Read More

Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: Developing a Challenge Model (AAEP 2010)

It isn't every day that a new disease or ailment is discovered, as many of the most common equine health problems have been around for several decades, if not centuries. But within the past decade a new disease has emerged that appears most Read More