Recent News for Horse Care

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Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

November 18, 2008

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of... Read More

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USDA Releases 2007 Animal Health Report

November 17, 2008

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released the "2007 U.S. Animal Health Report," which provides a national... Read More

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Beet Pulp Shortage Continues, Could Repeat

November 14, 2008

Plain shredded beet pulp, a source of digestible fiber for many horses, has been hard to come by this year for a number of East Coast horse owners. Some have wondered when supplies will replenish. While a temporary supply will be available soon,... Read More

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Government's Wild Horse Euthanasia Advice Not Unexpected

November 12, 2008

Wild Horse advocate Karen Sussman said she wasn't surprised that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended euthanasia as an option of last resort for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro management... Read More

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Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

November 12, 2008

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious... Read More

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Surgery Recovery Medications Investigated at Kansas State

November 12, 2008

No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing, or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers.

Butch... Read More

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UK Authority Accepting Consults on Equine ID Program

November 11, 2008

The United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation period to revise existing equine identification legislation. During this time, Read More

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Researchers Explore Reasons for 'Early' Return of Small Strongyles Following Treatment

November 11, 2008

Research has shown that small strongyle eggs, apparent in feces, are returning sooner after treating horses with ivermectin (a commonly administered broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug) than when the drug was first marketed.... Read More

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Calgary Trailer Accident Investigation Closed

November 11, 2008

The investigation into the October stock trailer accident in Calgary, in which a trailer carrying 44 horses overturned, has been closed.

According to a spokesman with the... Read More

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University of Florida Veterinarian Troubleshoots West Nile Virus

November 10, 2008

In 2001, University of Florida veterinarian Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, became an authority on West Nile virus by accident. That year, Long and other UF Large Animal Medicine clinicians saw some of the first Florida horses breaking with... Read More

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Kansas Trainer Vows Court Fight Over Relocated Horses

November 10, 2008

Kansas horse trainer Tammy Blase vowed to challenge landlord Scott Becker and his family in court on grounds that he violated their lease agreement by ordering the Nov. 4 removal of 59 horses from Mount Bethel Farm in Meriden, Kan., without firs... Read More

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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New Research Lab Expands Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center

November 08, 2008

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's growing stature as a research enterprise has taken a significant step forward with the construction of a major new laboratory that is equipped to explore the molecular aspects of disease and trauma... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Report: 163 Steroid Tests Requested

November 08, 2008

From the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The Sales Integrity Program managed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association... Read More

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No Breeders' Cup Positives for Steroids, EPO, TCO2

November 08, 2008

None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate), according to Pam Blatz-Murff, senior vice... Read More

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New System Available for Fracture Repair at Marion duPont Scott EMC

November 07, 2008

When a human fractures an arm or leg, the results are pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. When a horse fractures a limb, however, the consequences are more serious--possibly even life-threatening.

While the surgical specialists at Virginia... Read More

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Horses Grab Headlines in Kansas Financial Dispute

November 07, 2008

A group of 59 horses became the subject of a Jackson County, Kan., police investigation this week after they were reported stolen, then recovered, and then revealed to be collateral in a financial dispute between a Meriden, Kan., farm owner and... Read More

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Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More

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Kentucky Confirms First EEE Case Since 1995

November 05, 2008

According to a statement from the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, today confirmed a diagnosis of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) in a Paint filly in Gallatin County.... Read More

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New Web Site Sends Rotational Deworming Reminders

November 04, 2008

Pfizer Animal Health recently launched two new Web sites that offer education on deworming topics, as well as the convenience of an online reminder system. RotationisKey.com allows horse... Read More

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Reward Offered for Information in California Horse Shooting Case

November 03, 2008

Michael and Marianne Rountree, the owners of a pair of tobiano Paint horses found shot and killed in their pasture, are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the capture of the horses' assailant. The couple... Read More

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Tetanus Death Review Finds Correlation to Age, Vaccination Status

November 02, 2008

Young horses are more susceptible to the dangers of tetanus than their older counterparts and are at a greater risk of death due to the disease, according to recent study carried out by Belgian researchers at the University of Liege.

Their... Read More

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Consider Vaccinating Horses Against Botulism

November 02, 2008

The recent deaths of approximately 100 horses in Florida in an apparent outbreak of equine botulism have highlighted the need for a better understanding of the causes of the dreaded disease, and how it can be prevented.

Haylage contaminated... Read More

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Keeping Stalled Horses Happy

November 01, 2008

No matter the reason your horse is stalled, you can keep him happy and comfortable.... Read More

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The Heartbreak of Separation Anxiety

November 01, 2008

Separating horses from their buddies can be problematic and sometimes even dangerous to horse and handler—here’s how to ease the pain of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a relatively common condition among horses,... Read More