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

Assessing Saddle Fit in Sport Horses

Dr. Sue Dyson shares her tips for ensuring your horse's saddle fits well and doesn't interfere with his performance. Read More

American Pharoah Wins Breeders' Cup Classic, 'Grand Slam'

The 3-year-old colt became the first Triple Crown winner to contest--and win--a Breeders' Cup Classic race. Read More

Vesicular Stomatitis Still Present in Wyoming Horses

There are 23 active cases in that state located in Fremont and Crook counties. Read More

Does a Canine Lyme Vaccine Elicit a Response in Horses?

Researchers found that vaccination with the currently available canine product could offer some protection for horses. Read More

Do Radiographic Abnormalities Impact Equine Performance?

Radiographic abnormalities don't always result in diminished performance; however, many do. Here's what to know. Read More

Nutritional Management of Growing Horses

Growing horses require specific nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to aid in proper development. Read More

Equine Heart Murmurs: Clinically Significant or Just Noise?

While some heart murmurs can spell the end of a horse's career, others have little to no impact on athletic pursuits. Read More

Evaluating the Equine Poor Performer

Poor performers can be a diagnostic challenge. Here's what veterinarians will look for when examining these horses. Read More

Kentucky Reports Two More Equine WNV Cases

The two unvaccinated horses--one from Montgomery County and one from Nelson County--are alive, as of Oct. 1. Read More

Respiratory Problems and Poor Performance

Vets can evaluate and treat performance-limiting respiratory problems to help return the patient to peak performance. Read More

Neurologic Horse Euthanized at Minnesota State 4-H Show

The horse was euthanized Sept. 18 after developing neurologic signs. EHV-1 test results are expected this week. Read More

Kentucky Reports Fourth Equine WNV Case of 2015

The unvaccinated yearling Thoroughbred colt from Bourbon County is recovering. 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

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