Recent News for Horse Care

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Therapeutic Drug Research, Necropsies Recommended by Racing Group

September 07, 2006

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended going forward with two studies--one that could lead to establishment of withdrawal times or threshold levels for therapeutic medications and one analyzing the medication... Read More

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Horse Owners Encouraged to Have Evacuation Plan

September 07, 2006

The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) is actively encouraging horse owners to have a disaster plan for the animals in their care. Lessons learned from prior hurricane experience have led the group to the development of comprehensive... Read More

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Temperament and Being Alert (Book Excerpt)

September 06, 2006

Look for a horse that's alert to its surroundings and pays special attention to unusual objects. This is where the subtlety comes in. You want the horse to be observant, but you don't want it to become agitated and frightened when it sees something... Read More

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Barbaro Continues to Do Well

September 05, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to please veterinarians with his progress after his most recent right hind leg cast change last week. "Barbaro is wearing the new cast satisfactorily," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of... Read More

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United Kingdom Seeks Changes to European Equine Identification Proposal

September 05, 2006

Following consultation with the horse industry about a proposed European Union Regulation on the identification of equidae (horses, donkeys, etc.), the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) is giving its comments to the... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: North American Reiners Slide Onto Podium

September 02, 2006

The Horse Gallery is a collection of images by photographer Doug Prather at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2006, in Aachen, Germany.

For more information on the World Equestrian Games, see Read More

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Tendons and Ligaments: Anatomy and Physiology

September 01, 2006

Tendons and ligaments in the horse are the "belts" and "cables" that hold bones in place and allow the muscles to do their jobs in creating propulsion-- forward, backward, sideways, and up and down. Because of the workload often put upon them, tendon... Read More

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Misplaced Nail

September 01, 2006

I noticed my farrier put two nails in too high. She won't put weight on it. How long until it heals?... Read More

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Trailer Maintenance, Right on Schedule

September 01, 2006

We rely on our trailers to transport our horses safely and reliably. So it stands to reason that we should pay close attention to their maintenance and soundness. But in the busy life of the modern equestrian, trailer upkeep can easily be pushed... Read More

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NSAIDs: Not All They're 'Stacked' Up To Be

September 01, 2006

Bute and Banamine are two of the most common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the market, and they easily accessible to nearly every horse owner. They can be the first line of defense in emergency cases such as colic, and... Read More

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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More

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Barbaro "Stable," Has Laminitis

September 01, 2006

In early- to mid-July, Barbaro developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery was pronounced "poor" by Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New... Read More

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Scientists Investigate Dewormers' Effects

September 01, 2006

Recent research indicates that when selecting a dewormer, a horse owner should consider the season, the horse's access to grass, and the animal's body condition. German scientists have shown that the bowel walls of small strongyle-infected ponies... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worst on Record

September 01, 2006

Saskatchewan, Canada, is experiencing its worst anthrax year on record. Animal health authorities have quarantined more than 86 premises in Saskatchewan for suspected anthrax contamination and have deemed 409 animal deaths (including one horse)... Read More

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WEG Photo Gallery: Driving Competition Underway

August 31, 2006

The Horse Gallery is a collection of images by photographer Doug Prather at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2006, in Aachen, Germany. For more information on the World Equestrian Games, see Read More

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Katrina Still Affecting Louisiana Racehorse Sales, Breeders

August 31, 2006

One year ago all eyes were on the Gulf of Mississippi and the path of Hurricane Katrina. The category four storm made landfall in New Orleans Aug. 29 while many of Louisiana's breeders and consignors were attending the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer... Read More

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Ernesto Gaining Strength, Carolinas Under Hurricane Watch

August 31, 2006

The National Weather Service released a statement at 11 a.m. today (Aug. 31), warning that Ernesto is gaining strength over open water.

Ernesto passed over the Florida peninsula as a comparatively docile tropical storm, but it has since... Read More

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Animal ID and the Horse Industry

August 31, 2006

Amy Mann of the American Horse Council presented an update on efforts of the Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) in her presentation at the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) ID Info Expo held in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 22-24. The... Read More

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Post-Katrina Images from the Gulf Coast

August 30, 2006

  • Post-Katrina Louisiana and Mississippi images from Read More

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Two Others With Horse Industry Ties Identified as Crash Victims

August 30, 2006

As the investigation continued into the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., two more individuals connected with the Thoroughbred industry have been identified as victims of the crash.

The plane, which went down in a field about a... Read More

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Wading Through Katrina's Aftermath

August 30, 2006

Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages' trucks were gassed and ready to evacuate horses and mules yesterday (Aug. 29) from New Orleans, La., as Hurricane Ernesto began its move toward the United States. Fortunately, the storm didn't track toward the... Read More

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Remembering the Victims, Heroes of Hurricane Katrina

August 29, 2006

One year after Hurricane Katrina pounded the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, we pause to reflect on what horses and horse owners endured on August 29, 2005, and in the following days, weeks, and months. Katrina scattered buildings and life in... Read More

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"Thank God We Got Out!"

August 29, 2006

One Recovery Story From New Orleans

Foresight, planning, and quick action allowed 72 horses to be rushed from Equest Farm in New Orleans, La., to safety before Hurricane Katrina hit on this day last year. Among the stories of... Read More

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Bluegrass Cat Retired Due to Pastern Injury

August 28, 2006

WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in Saturday's (Aug. 26) Travers Stakes, was retired Sunday morning after X rays revealed a fractured right hind pastern.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said copies of the X rays will be forwarded to tw... Read More

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Richardson Reports Barbaro's Right Pastern Completely Fused

August 28, 2006

Veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital changed the right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro yesterday, Sunday, August 27. "The cast was changed because there was a small crack in it," said Dean W... Read More