Recent News for Horse Care

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Endoscopy-Assisted Dentistry Improves Traditional 'Shot In The Dark'

December 26, 2008

After investigating the technique in more than 300 horses, Austrian researchers have concluded that endoscopic evaluation of the oral cavity as part of a routine dental examination is a safe and effective means of thoroughly assessin... Read More

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Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

December 22, 2008

In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More

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Fracture Repair Aided by Gelatin 'Microspheres' in Pilot Study

December 20, 2008

Japanese researchers have discovered that injecting specially designed "microspheres" containing basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) directly into the fetlock joints of horses with defects in their distal cannon bones results in enhanced bone... Read More

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Working Equids in Ethiopia Receive Donated Vaccines

December 19, 2008

A gift of vaccines to help prevent the suffering--and even death--of thousands of working horses and donkeys has arrived in Ethiopia, arranged as a gift by a Colorado State University veterinarian. The vaccines, donated by Fort Dodge Animal... Read More

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AAEP Racing Task Force Puts the Horse First

December 17, 2008

"We have a crisis in Thoroughbred racing," stated Scott Palmer, VMD, of New Jersey, a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and head of the AAEP Racing Task Force.

The AAEP Racing Task Force was conceived... Read More

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Maintain Trailer Breakaway Systems for Safe Hauling

December 17, 2008

Emergency breakaway systems lock trailer brakes automatically if the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle. Maintaining this equipment is an aspect of trailer maintenance you don't want to overlook, although hopefully you'll never... Read More

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Animal Stress Course Finds High Interest

December 16, 2008

There is considerable interest in finding out how, and particularly why, animals react to stress the way they do. Denmark's Aarhus University reports that applications to a new PhD course, developed by two scientists from the Faculty of... Read More

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Test Reveals Arabian Sire as Carrier of Neurologic Disorder

December 15, 2008

An Arabian horse breeding operation announced a stallion is a carrier of cerebellar abiotrophy. ... Read More

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Herb Shown to Reduce Inflammation in Equine Study

December 13, 2008

Move over glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, there might be a new supplement in town. In a clinical trial involving 74 trotting horses, LitoVet, a rose hip powder manufactured specifically for animals by HybenVital in Denmark, had an ... Read More

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Nearly 2,000 Wild Horses To be Rounded Up in Nevada

December 13, 2008

An Associated Press article from Friday, Dec. 12, stated that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees have begun removing 1,480 horses from Battle Mountain rangelands in Nevada, and the federal group in January will remove 450 mustangs fro... Read More

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Speed Researcher Says Horses Have Reached their Limit

December 11, 2008

It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again.

According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached... Read More

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Free Vaccines for Some Unwanted Horses

December 09, 2008

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Dec. 8 unveiled the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC), a nonprofit program that will provide free equine vaccines to qualified... Read More

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Firocoxib Safety and Efficacy Trial Completed in 429 Horses

December 09, 2008

In a recently completed 429-horse trial, researchers reinforced the effectiveness and safety profile of Equioxx (firocoxib), the first equine oral, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to be approved in more than 20 years.

"This... Read More

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Diode Laser Treatment for Headshaking a Burning Success

December 08, 2008

California researchers aren't shy when it comes to managing headshaking in horses. According to a case report published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Jeannine Berger, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

December 06, 2008

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More

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Massachusetts Euthanasia Case to Trial in February

December 05, 2008

A long-standing Massachusetts animal cruelty case drew closer to its resolution on Thursday when Worcester Central District Judge Thomas Sullivan slated the jury trial of Elliot Saffran for Feb. 5. Saffran, of Milford,... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine for Horses Introduced

December 05, 2008

West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus, was launched by Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, Dec. 4. Developed in collaboration with... Read More

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Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

December 04, 2008

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a... Read More

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Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

December 04, 2008

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via... Read More

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Stakes Winner Springside Recovering After Surgery

December 02, 2008

Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

Dean... Read More

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Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

December 01, 2008

Q: As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. However, he appears to have become gradually and increasingly stiff and short-strided without it. I really think that it helped ... Read More

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Unbalanced Behavior

December 01, 2008

Several months ago my gelding started having "tantrums" and displaying stallionlike tendencies and characteris... Read More

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Managing Mules

December 01, 2008

More people today are turning to mules to take advantage of the temperament and work ethic of these horse/donkey crosses.

The population of mules in the United States is growing, although their numbers are still calculate... Read More

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A Need for Compounding

December 01, 2008

Veterinary compounding is an alternative source of medications when there are no commercially available products that meet the needs of a particular patient.

Compounding, by definition, is tailor-made preparation of a dru... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More