Recent News for Horse Care

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Racehorse Retraining Symposium Coming to Maryland

September 14, 2009

A training symposium focusing on retraining the retired racehorse will be offered by professional three-day event rider and clinician Steuart Pittman Oct. 4 in Crownsville, Md.

The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the skills that a... Read More

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Tampa Police Investigate Horse Theft

September 14, 2009

Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., are seeking two men and a woman suspected of stealing five horses from a Seffner pasture on Sept. 5.

The stolen horses were among eight located in the pasture when the suspects cut a fence, drove a... Read More

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Five Horses Stolen from Florida Pasture

September 13, 2009

Five horses have been reported stolen from their Tampa-area pasture. An eyewitness watched the situation unfold, unaware the animals were being stolen.

The thieves pulled up a fence post, cut the fence, and released two horses of their own... Read More

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Bitless Bridles Touted as Safer Alternative for Horses in New Study

September 12, 2009

Previous studies evaluating the behavioral responses of horses to different types of bridles found that horses perform at least as well, if not better, with a bitless bridle than a jointed snaffle.

To probe deeper into the issue, Robert... Read More

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University of Florida Vets Treat Horses with Life-Threatening Bleeding from Guttural Pouch

September 12, 2009

Two horses at risk for life-threatening bleeding caused by an uncommon infection of the internal carotid artery were successfully treated recently by University of Florida veterinarians who used cutting-edge technology to resolve the problem... Read More

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Hendra Virus Safety Tips for Horse Owners Released

September 11, 2009

The Queensland government has released a safety alert for horse owners following several cases of Hendra virus, a rare but potentially fatal zoonotic virus that can pass from horses to humans. Read More

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Study: Neurologic Signs Not Limited to One EHV-1 Strain

September 11, 2009

Anytime a horse develops fever, malaise, and a stumbling gait or inability to stand, owners should contact a veterinarian immediately--they might be dealing with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). In addition, the animal should be quarantined to... Read More

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Equine Piroplasmosis Reported in Ireland

September 10, 2009

Animal health authorities in Ireland are reporting equine piroplasmosis among Thoroughbred racehorses in County Meath. Nearly 30 animals have tested positive for the disease, stated a report issued to the World Organization for Animal Health... Read More

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Firefighters Rescue 2,400-lb Draft Horse from Hole

September 10, 2009

A 2,400-lb draft horse named Sylvia is recovering after firefighters in Estacada, Ore., rescued her from a 15-foot-deep hole on Monday night, Read More

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Miami Gardens Horse Reported Butchered

September 10, 2009

Investigations into a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida expanded again on Wednesday when a horse was discovered dead in the paddock of a Miami Gardens ranch.

The... Read More

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Nearly 200 Horses Adopted Through TheHorse.com Service

September 09, 2009

We're only nine adoptions away from 200 horses finding new homes through TheHorse.com's Adoption Service for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Originally launched as a Thoroughbred service in November 2008, Standardbreds were recently added into... Read More

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Florida Equine Vets to Meet on Marco Island

September 09, 2009

Registration is still open for the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners' 5th annual Promoting Excellence Symposium, to be held Oct. 1-3 on Marco Island, Fla.

The meeting offers 34 hours of continuing education credits for... Read More

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Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine Tendon Injuries

September 09, 2009

A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a... Read More

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AP Report: Racetrack Horse Deaths Down Slightly

September 08, 2009

The rush to improve safety since Eight Belles was euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby did little to curb the number of horses dying at American racetracks in 2008, The Associated Press found in a national count.

Although many tracks... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Gone West Euthanized Due to Colic Complications

September 08, 2009

Gone West, who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery. The 25-year-old stallion, who was... Read More

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Study Shows Stall Cleaning Impacts Stable Air Quality

September 08, 2009

A change in your approach to horse stall cleaning might result in improved air quality in the stable, report researchers from Georg-August University of Guttingen, in Germany. Researchers measured the air quality in the stable with different bedding... Read More

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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Racing Industry Numbers Strong in 2009

September 07, 2009

Bucking the trends in the racing industry and the economy at large, American Quarter Horse racing indicators showed the industry is holding steady in the face of the biggest economic downturn in decades.

Numbers released by AQHA show that... Read More

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Thoroughbred Filly Rachel Alexandra Makes History in New York

September 06, 2009

Three-year-old Rachel Alexandra won her eighth race in as many outings this year when she became the first filly to win the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga in New York.

Rachel Alexandra drew much acclaim earlier this year when she... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Horse Diseases Update

September 06, 2009

Many equine health professionals are worried that because of the economic recession that's lasted more than a year, many horses are either not vaccinated or are under-vaccinated to protect them agasint common diseases.

According to the... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma: Healing Skin Wounds in Horses

September 05, 2009

Brazilian researchers report that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is beneficial for healing surgical wounds in horses, contrary to previous reports.  

Because wound healing in... Read More

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Racehorse Conformation Discussed on New DVD

September 04, 2009

 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz, Keeneland sales inspector Ryan Mahan, Fasig-Tipton sales inspector Bill Graves, and noted bloodstock agent Buzz Chace share their knowledge and guiding principles when it comes to analyzing... Read More

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Deworming Decisions: Readers Discuss What Impacts Theirs

September 04, 2009

More than 780 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What drives your deworming product selection decision?"... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Equine Diseases Prevalent on Both Coasts

September 03, 2009

As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most... Read More

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Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More