Recent News for Horse Care

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Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

July 22, 2009

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More

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Equine Tapeworms Prevalent in Western States, Study Shows

July 21, 2009

New data shows tapeworm prevalence on West Coast farms as 17.3% in California, 36.5% in Oregon and 25.3% in Washington. A 2003 study in equine parasitology by Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD, of East Tennessee Clinical Research, uncovered the high... Read More

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Barrel Horse Theft Investigations Continue

July 20, 2009

Charges connected to the alleged theft and abuse of a barrel horse remain pending until prosecutors can verify facts surrounding the case.

The horse was competing in the... Read More

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Horses Evacuated from British Columbia Fires

July 20, 2009

Most horses are now safe from forest fires that have been burning west of Kelowna, British Columbia, thanks to the efforts of the Kelowna SPCA, the B.C. Interior Horse Rescue, and the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team.

The fires drove... Read More

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Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

July 20, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it... Read More

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CEM Study: Antibiotic-Treated Semen Can Reduce Transmission Risk

July 19, 2009

Researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center will publish a study this fall on contagious equine metritis (CEM), a sexually transmitted disease in horses. Stallions are asymptomatic carriers of Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agen... Read More

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Ireland's EIA Experience: What Did We Learn?

July 18, 2009

In 2006, Ireland was rocked by an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that was rapidly contained by veterinarians and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (read... Read More

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Veterinarian Suspended for Medication Violations Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

July 18, 2009

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations, including possession of cobra venom, has been granted a stay of that action until his appeal can be heard,... Read More

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Science Proves What Jockeys Know: Posture Matters

July 18, 2009

Over a century after a Yankee Doodle jockey revolutionized how racehorses are ridden, scientists are figuring out why a jockey's posture speeds up the horse.

Nope, it's not wind resistance. That tough balancing crouch saves the horse som... Read More

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Vet Contest Nominations Now Open

July 17, 2009

Nominate your veterinarian for the third annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet contest, conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation.

The national short-essay contest honors America's veterinarians for their dedication to helping animals and... Read More

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Equine Vet Receives ACVIM Award for Professional Excellence

July 16, 2009

Susan White, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, professor emerita at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently awarded the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence at the 2009 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine... Read More

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Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

July 16, 2009

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line... Read More

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Old Horse Immune Function: Is Gene Length Key?

July 16, 2009

Is it possible genes that become shorter as horses age could be the key to how well that animal's immune system works?

The availability of horses 20 years old and older on the University of Kentucky's Maine Chance Farm and on farms in the... Read More

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WCVM Student's Horse Anatomy Project Goes Live

July 16, 2009

When Dane Tatarniuk began his summer research project in 2008, the second-year veterinary student wasn't expecting to play a role in developing a minimally-invasive surgical technique... Read More

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Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians Recognized

July 15, 2009

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) recently announced three new specialty academies for their members.

In addition to their existing specialties in dentistry, anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

July 15, 2009

North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced.

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Parasite Resistance Live Q&A on TheHorse.com

July 14, 2009

Have questions about parasite resistance and how to manage it on your farm?

On Tuesday, July 14, at 8 p.m. EDT, TheHorse.com will host a live question and answer session with Martin... Read More

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Pain of Branding, Microchip Insertion Compared in New Study

July 14, 2009

It is significantly more painful for a horse to be branded with a hot iron than it is to receive a microchip transponder for identification purposes, researchers concluded in a new study. They also found pain from hot branding lasts for at least... Read More

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Ranch Hand Arrested in Texas Horse Deaths

July 13, 2009

A ranch worker was arrested on multiple animal cruelty counts for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas.  

Parker County law enforcement... Read More

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Funny Cide Hits the Road

July 13, 2009

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, currently a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, expanded his résumé Saturday when he traveled to Ellis Park Race Track in Henderson, Ky.

The track star and ambassador found a new... Read More

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Study: Rein Modifiers Helpful for Novice Riding Lessons

July 13, 2009

A training martingale--a piece of equipment with rings on either side of the horse's neck to stabilize rein position--might provide a more comfortable experience for lesson horses in novice riding programs.

In a study at Michigan State... Read More

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Detecting Tapeworms, Reducing Resistance through 'Diagnostic Deworming'

July 12, 2009

Diagnostic deworming of horses with anti-tapeworm drugs could play an important role in reducing resistance to antiparasitic drugs, report veterinarians from Japan and North America.

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More

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Soft Tissue Injury Prompts Retirement of Pioneerof the Nile

July 10, 2009

Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile, winner of four consecutive graded stakes and second in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired due to a soft tissue injury to his left front leg.

One of the top colts of his generation, the homebred son... Read More

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Commentary: Horse Health Research Needs Funding

July 09, 2009

Research is an important, but not always visible, part of the horse industry. Basic research is often conducted in laboratories away from horse farms and racetracks. However, results from basic research are frequently the starting point for... Read More