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 eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

Articles by Erica Larson

Minimizing Laminitis Risk in EMS Horses

Take steps to reduce the risk of laminitis development, such as combating obesity and reducing pasture and NSC intake. Read More

Forage: Evaluating Quality and Balancing Rations

Basing a horse's diet on forage allows him to function as evolution and nature intended. Here's where to start. Read More

Options for Managing Equine Intestinal Pain

Veterinarians can't manage all colics with NSAIDs alone. Learn about the other medication options they have. Read More

Kentucky Reports Third Equine WNV Case of 2015

The unvaccinated 3-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Shelby County is recovering and is in stable condition. Read More

Tips for Maintaining Aged Horses' Health

Find out how to ensure your senior horses stay healthy all through their golden years. Read More

Kentucky Reports Second Equine WNV Case of 2015

The unvaccinated 7-year-old Fayette County mare is alive and responding favorably to treatment. Read More

Using Nutrition to Manage Obesity

Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue. It's a health issue. Learn how to modify your horse's diet to help him slim down. Read More

Kentucky Reports First Equine WNV Case of 2015

The unvaccinated 5-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse mare is alive and her condition is reportedly improving. Read More

Participation Sought in Study on Collapse, Sudden Death

The researchers are nearly ready to start analyzing data, but the surveys will remain online for a few more weeks. Read More

Study: Mycotoxin Causes Bone Marrow Suppression, Hair Loss

Still, the researchers found that spontaneous recovery is possible following trichothecene intoxication in horses. Read More

Heaves and Tracheal Microbiomes: Is There a Connection?

Researchers learned that the total bacterial load was higher in horses with heaves than in healthy horses, and more. Read More

Gastric Ulcers in Polo Horses: Prevalence and Risk Factors

Researchers found that 69% and 54% of polo ponies examined had glandular and squamous ulcers, respectively. Read More

PPID Horses' Hair Cortisol Levels Examined

Scientists theorized that hair cortisol levels could help identify early stage pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction. Read More

Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Wyoming

A horse in Laramie County, Wyoming, tested positive for vesicular stomatitis on July 22, a USDA statement said. Read More

Firocoxib, Acetaminophen Eyed as Laminitis Treatments

Firocoxib and acetaminophen showed promise in alleviating acute equine foot pain, researchers found. Read More

CSU Receives Gift to Build New Equine Hospital

A $10 million gift launching plans at Colorado State University (CSU) to build a state-of-the-art equine hospital. Read More

Poll Recap: A Breath of Fresh Air

Most respondents said the use open doors and windows and/or fans to help keep air circulating in their horse barns. Read More

Survey: Owners Consider Vets Important in Horse Health Care

The 2015 AHP Equine Industry Survey shows that horse owners rely on vets, industry has stabilized since Great Recession. Read More

Undefeated Racehorse Lady Eli Battling Laminitis

The multiple graded stakes winner developed laminitis after stepping on a nail following her most recent victory. Read More

Macrolide Antibiotics' Effects on Sweating in Foals Examined

Researcher found that three commonly used macrolides suppressed foals' normal sweat responses to varying degrees. Read More

Gastric Ulcer Prevalence in Feral, Domestic Horses Compared

Ulcers were more prevalent in domestic horses than feral ones, but the latter group wasn't immune to these lesions. Read More

California EHV-1 Quarantines Released

Animal health officials released the quarantines in San Joaquin and Riverside counties on June 30. Read More

Referring Vets' Expectations of Equine Referral Centers

Strengthening referring vets' and specialists' relationships could help improve the referral process, researchers found. Read More

Vaccines, Dewormers, and Nutrition for Senior Horses

Ensure your horse's "healthspan" equals his lifespan by optimizing his immunity, parasite control, and feed programs. Read More

Phase II of NAHMS Equine 2015 Study Postponed

The study is postponed due to a large-scale highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak requiring officials' attention. Read More