Recent News for Horse Care

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Recovering from Sesamoiditis

April 01, 2006

Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be... Read More

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Henneke Body Condition

April 01, 2006

I am looking for a body score chart in layman's terms. I would like to include this chart in our handbook for Personal Ponies, a national nonprofit organization, but many people (including me) don't know what these terms actually mean. The two I... Read More

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Hoof Care for Toeing Out

April 01, 2006

An owner looks for help for a filly that wears down her feet unevenly with turned-out toes.... Read More

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Sexual Misbehavior Vaccine?

April 01, 2006

I am looking into ways to settle down a colt that is showing full-blown sexual interest already at a 1 1/2 years of age. He's just too much for us to handle, but we are not ready to geld him. If you try to correct him when he's all excited, he... Read More

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Maryland and USDA Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information

April 01, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness in horse facilities. The USDA has published a separate brochure on the same topic (shown at right), which is available online at Read More

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Groups Band Together to Provide Hay for Hurricane Victims

April 01, 2006

Five equine organizations joined together in Feburary to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federation, the American Association of Equine... Read More

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Lessons Learned From the Hurricanes

April 01, 2006

Microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after the 2005 hurricanes, but it was usually because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) has required... Read More

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Protect Horses From Bugs

April 01, 2006

Flies and mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing irritation and discomfort as they feed on horses. They can also be a health risk, spreading West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis viruses, equine infectious anemia, vesicular stomatitis, and other... Read More

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New Beginnings

April 01, 2006

If you had never been to Louisiana before, you might drive through the southern countryside today, passing sugarcane fields and oil refineries, and across bridge after bridge spanning a seemingly endless swampland, without too heavy of a reminde... Read More

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Lameness Diagnosis at Home

April 01, 2006

This system will allow a practitioner to diagnose a horse in the field while trotting in hand, being ridden, or longeing, whereas video-based motion-capture technology (if adequate numbers of strides are evaluated) is restricted to a lab and is very ... Read More

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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The Hardest Decision

April 01, 2006

Several recent occurrences have brought to mind the role of humans as stewards of our animals. These stories don't all have to do with horses, but how many horse owners do you know who don't have dogs, cats, or other critters running around the... Read More

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Emergency Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

March 29, 2006

"Keep your knee gently pressed into her neck, and if she decides to get up, go ahead and let her, don't fight it." An emergency instructor gave this advice to a firefighter learning to hold down a horse acting as an injured animal during a... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option for Racehorses?

March 28, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. Studies in California in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk o... Read More

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Citizens Push for "Brigadier's Law"

March 27, 2006

A deliberate hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Metro Toronto police horse on Feb. 24 has galvanized Canadians to amend the Criminal Code to better protect law enforcement service animals.

After attending Brigadier's... Read More

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Tying and Hobbling Horses (Book Excerpt)

March 22, 2006

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Texas Fires Kill Thousands of Animals

March 22, 2006

Quenching rains last weekend slowed the progress of Texas panhandle fires that consumed more than 800,000 acres of land and killed an estimated 10,000 head of livestock in less than a week. At least 30 horses in the McLean area of Texas succumbe... Read More

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Progressive Nutrition to Offer Equine Nutritionist Blog

March 17, 2006

Progressive Nutrition has launched a new web site featuring the Equine Nutritionist Blog. Blogging is one of the newest tools in high-tech web marketing, now available to the horse community.

The Equine Nutritionist Blog offers consumers... Read More

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Rabies Confirmed in New Mexico Horse

March 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

New Mexico health and livestock authorities have reminded owners to vaccinate their horses and other animals for rabies after a horse from Lea County in the southeastern part of the state tested positive... Read More

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

March 17, 2006

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash... Read More

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New Orleans Carriage Company Rebuilds

March 14, 2006

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages helped usher in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in Katrina- and Rita-stricken... Read More

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Texas Animal Health Commission Cancels March 23 Meeting

March 14, 2006

(Edited press release)

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) canceled its March 23 meeting. The commissioners were to consider proposed regulations that would require registration of sites where livestock, exotic livestock,... Read More

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Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

March 11, 2006

The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by... Read More

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Helping Horses & Horse Owners Affected by Katrina and Rita

March 08, 2006

Help horse-owning Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims by contributing to groups earmarking funds.... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 08, 2006

Some horses present special challenges, such as being too thin, too fat, or sick. Some horses are finicky and are hard to keep weight on, especially when working. The first option is to increase the feed's energy density by adding grain or fat to the... Read More