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

Bone Chips: Prevalence and Effect on Racing Career (AAEP 2010)

In the first study of its kind performed on 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses, Daniel T. Meagher, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Valley Equine Associates, in Ranson, W.Va., set out to determine the prevalence of radiographic lesions and their effect on Read More

Bone Chips in the Knee and Racing Potential (AAEP 2010)

Before purchasing a yearling it's important to review his health records to ensure he is healthy and sound enough for a successful racing career. Jennifer L. Higgins, DVM, gave potential buyers insight into specific lesions that could Read More

Equine Piroplasmosis: An In-Depth Review (AAEP 2010)

Equine piroplasmosis, classified as a foreign animal disease, has made several appearances in the U.S. lately Read More

Horses Being Rescued from Australian Floods

The extreme flooding in Queensland, Australia, has reached what some reporters are calling "biblical proportions." The still-rising water now covers an area as large as France and Germany combined, according to a report on the ABC Brisbane website. Read More

Equine Racing Fatalities: Does Track Surface Matter? (AAEP 2010)

The horse racing industry is continuously working to make the sport safer for all parties involved, and in 2008, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) mandated the use of synthetic track in an attempt to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries Read More

Equine Dermatology Fund Established at Colorado State University

A new fund has been established at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) to help support research related to diagnosing equine dermatology problems. The fund was created in memory of a horse who was euthanized as the Read More

Iceland Horse Respiratory Disease Quarantine Lifted

According to a report filed by the New Zealand-based website Horsetalk, Icelandic authorities will discontinue export quarantine protocol for an upper respiratory tract infection that plagued the island nation earlier in 2010. According to the Read More

Merry Christmas from The Horse

The holiday season is once again upon us! Here at our home office in Lexington, Ky., we are fortunate enough to be celebrating a white Christmas this year. Today we are spending the day with our families (both two- and four-legged!), and we hope you Read More

Horse Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide (AAEP 2010)

Equine welfare and the growing population of horses needing homes are quickly becoming some of the major challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis, according to Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, who Read More

Second Horse Tests Positive for EHV After Racetrack Quarantine

A second horse from New York-based racehorse trainer Chris Englehart's string has tested positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV) in the wake of a 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly contracting and subsequently being euthanized as a result of the disease.

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One-of-a-Kind Fundraiser Under Way for Horse Rescue

A Maryland horse rescue has launched a clever fundraising effort that some might say takes the cake. Days End Farm and Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Md., have teamed up to offer one lucky eBay bidder the opportunity to spend an afternoon with ... Read More

EVA Confirmed in Great Britain

A breeding stallion in West Sussex, England, has tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA), according to a report filed by the British equestrian magazine Horse & Hound. The confirmation of the EVA was announced Dec. 8. Read More

Farriery Track Returns to AAEP Convention

"The AAEP feels it's very important to try to bring vets and farriers together," said Steve O'Grady, DVM, BVSc, MRCVS. "The AAEP accomplishes that by providing quality continuing education for both veterinarians and farriers and by bringing farriers Read More

Specific Gene Thought to Determine Athletic Ability

Two separate research teams have identified the myostatin gene as a crucial indicator of athletic ability in a Thoroughbred's genetic makeup and are continuing to study the potential of this marker for race distance selection. Read More

DNA Testing Reveals Pompeii's 'Extinct' Breed of Horse is a Donkey

After unearthing and examining several equine skeletons in the late 1980s from a stable in the buried village of Pompeii, Italy, researchers believed that they had discovered a new, albeit now extinct, breed of horse. Read More

Modern Pentathlon Horse Injured, Euthanized at Asian Games

A horse died Nov. 23 after a fall in the show jumping phase in the modern pentathlon competition at the 2010 Asian Games, which are currently under way in Guangzhou, China.

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Keeping Water Warm in Winter: Readers Share Tips

Nearly 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " How do you keep your horses' water in the barn from freezing during the winter?" Read More

EEE Outbreaks Taper as Temperatures Cool

Mosquito-borne illness in horses has been a hot topic this summer with several states reporting a record number of positive test results for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Read More

Ribbon Cutting Held for Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 17 to celebrate the impending opening of the new Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine, located in Lexington, Ky.

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Innovative Equine Assistance Program Founded in Georgia

An innovative new organization has been founded to assist horse owners who need help providing feed for their animals. Stamp Out Starvation of Horses was founded by a group of equestrians who were all too familiar with assisting malnourished horses. Read More

Horse Health Advancements Discussed at UK Gluck Foundation Board Meeting

The University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Foundation Board of Directors met Nov. 1 and reviewed the wide array of research advancements and developments made by its members throughout the year, among other topics. Read More

Tampa Bay Downs Mandates Piroplasmosis Testing

All horses staying or racing at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., during the 2010-2011 racing season will be required to test negative for equine piroplasmosis (EP) before admission to track stabling. Read More

Researchers: Flexion Tests Target Fetlock Joint

In a closer look at the standard forelimb flexion test, researchers from Ireland and the Netherlands found that any forelimb lameness detectable with this method generally shows up in the fetlock joint. They also found that the exam can render Read More

Third Massachusetts Horse Dead from EEE

A third Massachusetts horse has died after being infected with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). On Aug. 13 a 3-year-old horse from Lancaster, located in Worcester County, died after developing clinical signs of the illness the previous day. Read More