Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine Parasites: 6 Tips on Learning to Live With Worms

February 21, 2010

If you read the title of this article and said, "WHAT?!?" don't worry--you're not alone! No horse owner wants to think of even a single worm burrowing in their horse's innards. But a goal of zero tolerance for worms is no ... Read More

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Horses and Veterinarians: How to Get Along

February 20, 2010

"Veterinarians work under a great handicap when handling horses--almost everything the veterinarian does to a horse is either frightening or painful," began Robert Miller, DVM. However, that doesn't mean there's no way for a v... Read More

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Vaccinations an Investment in Equine Health

February 20, 2010

When watching your wallet, it's also important to remember that trimming many veterinary expenses may cost you more in the end.

"Horses can be very expensive animals to own and maintain," said April Knudson, DVM, manage... Read More

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Acepromazine for Tranquilizing Male Horses: Pros and Cons

February 19, 2010

Acepromazine, often called simply Ace, is commonly used to tranquilize horses for veterinary procedures. However, its use in male horses can cause penile prolapse, or an inability to retract the penis back into the sheath. This effect is desire... Read More

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Elmer Bandit Necropsy Performed at Kansas State

February 19, 2010

"We are looking for what was right with Elmer, not what was wrong," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, friend of Elmer Bandit, as she accompanied owner Mary Anna Wood on Elmer's final journey, which was, fittingly, to a veterinary teaching ho... Read More

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Parasite Load Not Related to Horse Age, Researchers Say

February 19, 2010

Contrary to common belief, older horses do not carry higher worm burdens than their younger counterparts, said Oklahoma State University veterinarians. "Despite the belief that older horses are more susceptible to internal ... Read More

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Saddle Up Safely Campaign Unveils New Booklet

February 18, 2010

"Can you catch a disease from a horse?" was the question.

Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science in the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, took the lead for ... Read More

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Equine Influenza Vaccine Protocols: Boosters are Best

February 17, 2010

A 300-horse study sought to find the vaccination protocol that best prevents flu in horses--intranasal (IN) or intramuscular (IM), given as a single dose or two doses given 30 days apart (boosted). Researchers also looked at boosting an initial ... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: No Pase Por Alto La Vacunación

February 17, 2010

One of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo. Cuando se esta en cabalgata, hay posibilidades que los caballos hagan contacto con animales infectados con rabia. Hay un serio tropiezo por que un caballo infectado pud... Read More

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Broken Coffin Bones Common in Warmblood Foals

February 17, 2010

A recent study of coffin bone (distal phalanx) fractures in foals found they were far from rare. In fact, all 20 of the Warmblood foals in the study (all foals on a particular farm in one season) had fractures at some point in their first year ... Read More

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Equine Reproduction Advances Discussed at AAEP

February 16, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction, inte... Read More

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Long-Acting Antibiotic Formulation Approved for Use in Horses

February 16, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Excede sterile suspension, a new long-acting antibiotic formulation for horses from Pfizer Animal Health, the company announced in a release.

Excede Sterile Suspension is used to tre... Read More

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Georgia Panel to Study Horse Racing

February 16, 2010

Acting Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association president and Atlanta defense lawyer Robert Meier has been asked by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to put together an advisory panel to complete an economic impact study on t... Read More

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Targeted Deworming Advocated for Cushing's Horses

February 16, 2010

Horses with Cushing's disease tend to have higher fecal egg counts than healthy horses. ... Read More

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Electrotherapy Devices for Equine Veterinary Use

February 15, 2010

Electrotherapy technology, available since the 1960s, is useful to manage pain, improve range of motion, decrease edema (fluid swelling), improve motor control and strength, reverse muscle wasting, deliver blood flow, and serve as a vehicle for ionto... Read More

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Used Snaffle Bits Requested by UK Group

February 15, 2010

A group based in the United Kingdom is asking for horse owners' help in replacing homemade bits often used in India. Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse U.K. has put out an open call for donations of small (5" and under) snaffle bits.<... Read More

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Teaching Old Ponies New Tricks: Positive Reinforcement Effective

February 14, 2010

What's best for teaching an old pony new tricks: The carrot or the whip? Equine behavior research says carrot.... Read More

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Race Surfaces Dominate California Summit Talk

February 14, 2010

When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid and Steroids: Effects on Equine Cartilage Cells

February 13, 2010

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of wastage in the equine industry, especially considering that an estimated 81% of the 9.3 million horses in America are involved in equitation and performance. A mainstay treatment for OA is the use of ... Read More

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Equine Reproduction Clinics in Indiana to be Held this Spring

February 12, 2010

Historic Prophetstown in Battle Ground, Ind., will host three horse reproduction clinics at the RX Acres Belgian breeding farm in Brookston in conjunction with Purdue University Extension.

The clinics take place Feb. 19-20, March 13-... Read More

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UC Davis to Develop Plan to Help Animals During Disasters

February 12, 2010

The International Animal Welfare Training Institute at the University of California (UC), Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has received $250,000 from the California Emergency... Read More

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Standing Chemical Restraint of Horses

February 11, 2010

"Many surgical and medical procedures can be accomplished in the standing horse if appropriate combinations of physical and chemical restraint are employed," began John Hubbell, DVM, MS, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State Uni... Read More

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Arthrodesis of the Hock Joint

February 11, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the distal (lower) hock joints is a common performance problem in sport horses. ... Read More

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AVMA Requests Stronger Disease Traceability System

February 11, 2010

In response to a statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has reaffirmed its call for a strong, national animal disease traceability program... Read More

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Training: Positive Reinforcement Improves Horse Memory

February 11, 2010

The research team that demonstrated yearlings perform much better if their training included feed rewards as positive reinforcement is now back to let us know that positive reinforcement gets engrained in young horses' minds for the long ha... Read More