Recent News for Horse Care

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Researchers Complete 40-Year Parasite Study

September 26, 2006

Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center recently completed a 40-year investigation of drug-resistant small strongyles in horses. E.T. "Gene" Lyons, PhD, a researcher at Gluck, said the study offered information... Read More

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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Growing, Cast Change on the Horizon

September 26, 2006

Veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital continue to be pleased with the medical progress of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who remains in stable condition at the hospital. "The left hind hoof on Barbaro has grown about 18 millimeters in... Read More

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Aged Morgan Horse Killed in California

September 25, 2006

The killing of an 18-year-old Morgan horse in his San Jose, Calif. pasture has left his owners grieving and other area horse owners concerned that other horses might be targeted.

According to the online edition of Read More

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Kentucky Governor Urges Horse Owners to Prepare for Emergencies

September 25, 2006

In a joint statement issued today (Sept. 25), Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and the directors of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Horse Park stated, "Kentucky and horses are innately, inseparably connected to one... Read More

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Practical Applications for Animal ID

September 23, 2006

"The most important factor in the equine ID controversy is in the interpretation of what is on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) web page," said Carl C Heckendorf, DVM, of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "Horse owners read... Read More

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Court Ruling Keeps Compounding Legal, For Now

September 22, 2006

Horse owners who need medications compounded specifically for their horses will be able to obtain them through a licensed veterinarian, at least for the foreseeable future. A federal court ruling that has surprised some experts leaves the door... Read More

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New and Emerging Technologies in Animal Identification

September 21, 2006

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) made recommendations in August 2006 to USDA regarding the use of specific injectable radio frequency identification (RFID) for horses in accordance with the National Animal ID System (NAIS).

While... Read More

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Angular Limb Deformities in Foals

September 20, 2006

Some of the common bone abnormalities of young foals are referred to as angular limb deformities. Instead of having straight legs, a foal is born with an angle or crook in its legs, similar to a person who is bowlegged. This angular... Read More

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Boot on Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Replaced With Bandage

September 19, 2006

According to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to gradually improve. "He had an excellent week," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "We replaced the boot on his left... Read More

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For Katrina Survivor, Keeping Horses Safe Means Miles of Separation

September 18, 2006

The equine Katrina evacuee snorted and bit into an apple. Her owner, Shelby Wilson of New Orleans, beamed with pride as she related how Fara, a large white Arabian mare, suffered the ravages of the storm one year ago but now has returned to good... Read More

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First New Jersey Horse Industry Symposium Sept. 20

September 17, 2006

The first New Jersey Horse Industry Symposium will be held at Monmouth Park on Sept. 20.

The event brings together representatives of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New... Read More

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Livestock Inspectors Use Technology to Track Equine Movement

September 15, 2006

Wearing Wranglers and sporting a cowboy hat and boots, Buddy Eby doesn't look like your typical computer geek.

But seeing him in his truck, with a small notebook PC on his lap, digital camera at his side, and inkjet printer in the passenger... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

September 14, 2006

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).... Read More

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Testing for Insect Hypersensitivity

September 14, 2006

Allergy testing is done in many species, including horses and humans. Unfortunately, testing to determine a horse is hypersensitive to insect bites is difficult. This disease (insect hypersensitivity) occurs seasonally, in horses of all ages and bree... Read More

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Noni Juice--A NSAID?

September 14, 2006

Although more research is needed, Tahitian Noni Equine Essentials, an herbal product made from the Morinda citrifolia tree, could have uses as an anti-inflammatory agent, according to a cooperative study by the University of Wisconsin School of Vete... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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ACVIM 2006: New Nutrition Software

September 14, 2006

Researchers have completed the new National Research Council (NRC) report that describes nutritional requirements of the horse. The report is expected to be released this fall to update the previous publication, which was distributed in 1989.... Read More

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Del Mar Gets Initial Approval for Synthetic Track

September 14, 2006

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club gained unanimous approval Sept. 12  to install an $8 million synthetic surface  from the board of directors of the agricultural district that oversees the seaside track.

Craig Fravel, Del Mar's... Read More

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Small Volume Resuscitation in Anesthetized Endotoxemic Horses

September 14, 2006

Endotoxemia occurs when toxins from the wall of Gram-negative bacteria crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream. Endotoxin becomes concentrated on the surface of white blood cells, causing them to secrete inflammatory agents. ... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Research

September 14, 2006

There are many reasons why wounds fail to heal. Some wounds, especially chronic ones, are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be used to re-oxygenate wounds and help them heal.... Read More

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Vital Signs (Book Excerpt)

September 13, 2006

The physical examination should assess any changes in the horse's demeanor, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, body temperature, evidence of shock, and hydration status.... Read More

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Horse Trailer Drivers Urged to Use Air Pressure Monitor

September 12, 2006

Flat tires are the leading cause of disablements involving horse trailers. USRider is involved in a research project with Dr. Tomas Gimenez to test the benefits (if any) of using air vs. nitrogen to inflate tow vehicle and horse trailer tires. A... Read More

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AQHA Releases New "Your Horse's Health" DVD Collection

September 12, 2006

The American Quarter Horse Association released its newest educational DVD, "Your Horse's Health I," which explores many conditions, ailments, diseases and health-related topics. This is the first in a three-DVD collection.

Learn from... Read More

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California Implants Microchips in 500 Thoroughbreds

September 12, 2006

Under a no-cost-to-the-owner, voluntary program approved by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) utilizing federal grants, microchips have been implanted in almost 500 Thoroughbreds at Southern California racetracks over the last two months... Read More