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

Diagnosing and Treating Equine Neck and Back Pain

Identifying and fixing neck and back pain can be, well, a pain in the neck. Here's how vets work through the issues. Read More

Palm Beach County, Florida, EHV Quarantine Released

All the horses remaining on the premises have tested negative for the virus. Read More

Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise

Learn how your horse's cardiovascular and respiratory systems function to power his every stride. Read More

Pain, Behavioral, or Both?

Often, a horse's behavior problems are rooted in either pain or incomplete training. Here's what to consider. Read More

Equine Genetics Researcher Lear Dies at 64

Teri Lear, PhD, worked on the Horse Genome Project, which resulted in the first map of a horse's genetic sequence. Read More

Florida Reports Second Equine EEE Case of 2016

The unvaccinated 2-year-old Mustang began showing clinical signs May 6 and was euthanized for humane reasons on May 7. Read More

One Florida Horse Tests Positive for EHV-1, Euthanized

The index case's home premises in Palm Beach County has been placed under quarantine. Read More

Spotting the Problem Patient

The key is understanding a horse's arousal, or alertness, level. Read More

TMJ Inflammation's Impact on Chewing in Horses

Unilateral TMJ inflammation not only affects the way horses chew but also likely creates a certain level of pain. Read More

Are TMJ Variations Normal in Horses?

Researchers found that "an unexpectedly large number of normal horses" had temporomandibular joint (TMJ) variations. Read More

Three-Day Eventing Horse Inspections

Here's what to know about horse inspections, which are designed to evaluate the horse's fitness to compete. Read More

Common Hock Abnormalities Found on MRI

Frequent findings included osteoarthritic changes, sclerosis, and mild bone spurs, among others. Read More

Parx EHV-1: Sixth Horse Tests Positive

The horse residing in a quarantined barn at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, track tested positive earlier this week. Read More

EHV-1 Prevalence in Horses With Respiratory Disease

Submitting blood and nasal secretion samples gives vets the best chance of accurately diagnosing EHV, researchers found. Read More

EEE Confirmed in Unvaccinated Florida Horse

The affected 18-month-old Quarter Horse died on April 4. Read More

Fluid Therapy: Are We Overdoing It?

Researchers found that many horses recovering from colic surgery probably don't require as much water as once thought. Read More

Parx EHV-1: Additional Cases Confirmed

As of April 10, four horses--including the index case--have died or been euthanized. Read More

Recognizing Klebsiella Pneumonia in Practice

Researchers found that bloody nasal discharge was common in horses with Klebsiella pneumonia. Read More

How Scientists Count Equine Parasites With a Cell Phone

Learn how researchers determined this was possible and what steps went into developing the final product. Read More

Mare Thyroid Condition Might be Linked to Foal Deaths

The rare condition--primary hypothyroidism--in mares could be behind a potentially deadly foal problem called CHDS. Read More

Nephrosplenic Entrapment Treatment, Recurrence, and Survival

Survival rates were high, and a surgical procedure could help prevent recurrence of this type of colic. Read More

Two Barns at Pennsylvania Track Quarantined for EHV-1

A horse previously stabled at Parx Racing tested positive for neurologic EHV-1 and was euthanized April 2. Read More

Neonate Prognostic Indicators: Making Sense of the Noise

One vet reviews the options practitioners have for determining prognosis and predicting survival for sick foals. Read More

Monitoring Foal Ascarid Burdens With Ultrasonography

Researchers confirmed that transabdominal ultrasonography can reliably identify worm burdens of more than 10 ascarids. Read More

Researchers Compare Strangulating Intestinal Lesions

Epiploic foramen entrapments and gastrosplenic ligament entrapments are similar, but have some key differences. Read More