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

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

Gastric Ulcers and Weanlings: Effects of Diet Type

Gastric ulcers can affect horses of all breeds, ages, shapes, and sizes. Weanlings are among these: They are transitioning from a diet of milk to one of forages and concentrates, while also experiencing the stress of separation from their dams. Read More

Cornell University EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted

Cornell University's Equine Hospital returned to normal operating status April 12 when the quarantine put in place after two horses tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was lifted. Additional biosecurity protocol is Read More

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