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

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

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