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.

Articles by Erica Larson

Kentucky Reports Fourth Equine WNV Case of 2014

The unvaccinated 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Allen County is recovering. Read More

Researchers Seeking Input on Supplement Survey

Middle Tennessee State University researchers are studying horse owners' beliefs about and use of equine supplements. Read More

Participation Sought on Performance Horse Management Survey

The survey is for a study into links between management practices and musculoskeletal health, injury, and performance. Read More

Using DNA to Predict a Horse's Athletic Potential

Learn about DNA profiling, or predicting a horse's athletic potential by evaluating that individual's genetic markers. Read More

EHV-1 Confirmed in Bonneville County, Idaho

Two horses were euthanized after exhibiting neurologic signs; one of those tested positive for neurologic EHV-1. Read More

Two Racehorses Die After Australia's Melbourne Cup

Admire Rakti collapsed in his stall following the race and Araldo was euthanized after shattering a pastern. Read More

Increase in Atypical Myopathy Cases Prompts Warning

Atypical myopathy is a highly fatal muscle disease caused by hypoglycin A, a toxin found in sycamore maple seeds. Read More

Vicar's In Trouble Injured in Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

The colt will undergo surgery to repair a condylar fracture in his left front leg, trainer Mike Maker said late Friday. Read More

How to Care for Aging Equids' Teeth

Learn what dental problems veterinarians manage in senior horses and how owners can help monitor them. Read More

Are We Prepared for African Horse Sickness?

One vet recommends taking these preparation steps to help reduce the impact of an outbreak. Read More

Owner Participation Sought for Equine Disease Research

Researchers are seeking owner input for a study aimed at evaluating the economic impact of equine disease outbreaks. Read More

Managing and Preventing Transport-Associated Fever

Most horses travel without incident, but some develop fevers that could point to potentially dangerous health problems. Read More

Factors Influencing Jumping Horses' Performance Reviewed

Researchers believe that increased aerobic capacity is associated with improved performance, reduced fatigue. Read More

Choosing Corticosteroids for RAO: Systemic or Inhaled?

Which option is better? Study results suggest it depends on the horse and the severity of his condition. Read More

Quebec Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1

Ontario officials say it's unclear whether the horse is affected by the neuropathogenic or non-neuropathogenic strain. Read More

Preventing Injuries in Thoroughbred Racehorses

One vet suggests using careful planning, management, screening, and education to reduce catastrophic fracture risk. Read More

Kentucky Reports Third Equine WNV Case of 2014

The unvaccinated 26-year-old grade gelding from Marshall County was euthanized after becoming recumbent. Read More

How to Manage a Collapsed Foal

Weak or recumbent foals require early veterinary intervention. Here's what to watch for. Read More

What Causes Equine Grass Sickness?

Scientists are getting closer to determining what toxins could be behind this deadly condition. Read More

Kentucky Reports Second Equine WNV Case of 2014

The affected horse, a 3-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse mare from Marion County, has been euthanized. Read More

EEE Kills Ohio Horses

Four horses from Ashtabula and Trumbull counties have died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Read More

Optimizing Dressage Horses' Bodies for Peak Performance

From feeding and training to shoeing and warm-up protocols, learn how to keep your dressage horse fit to perform. Read More

WNV Confirmed in Jefferson County, Oregon, Horse

Bend Equine Medical Center reported that it has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse residing in Culver. Read More

Vesicular Stomatitis: What You Need to Know

Rarely a late summer or fall week goes by that an animal health authority doesn't report new vesicular stomatitis cases. Read More

Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise

Your horse's heart and respiratory system work hard to power his every stride. Here's what you need to know. Read More