Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine ID Group Meets, Elects New Chairmen

October 13, 2006

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) had a meeting on August 21st, in conjunction with the National Institute of Animal Agriculture's 2006 ID Info Expo.

During this meeting, the ESWG gave subcommittee updates, discussed ESWG membership... Read More

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"Cribbing Rings" Give Stall Walls and Fences a Break

October 13, 2006

A relatively new procedure to remedy cribbing in horses is performed by some equine practitioners. Kate Christensen, DVM, with Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in Wendell, N.C., practices the innovative procedure, which is the insertion of... Read More

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

October 12, 2006

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that... Read More

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Bigger Horses, Greater Post-Op Risks

October 12, 2006

Draft horses weighing more than 1,500 pounds are at greater risk of postoperative complications due to anesthesia than lighter draft horses, according to a Purdue University study.

"Heavy draft horses had significantly more postoperativ... Read More

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Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More

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Locomotion (Book Excerpt)

October 11, 2006

Locomotion is at the very heart of what most domesticated horses do for a living. The way a horse moves (specifically) often is taken for granted. Locomotion is directly linked to conformation as it dictates "the way a horse moves."... Read More

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Vet-Stem Secures Exclusive Veterinary Rights for Fat Derived Stem Cells

October 11, 2006

Vet-Stem, Inc., has announced that a license agreement with the University of California has been completed which secures Vet-Stem's exclusive rights to stem cells derived from fat for veterinary use.

The veterinary rights for stem cells... Read More

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Consent Decree Filed in Compounding Case Against BET Pharm, LLC

October 09, 2006

On Sept. 25, Judge Forester of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky entered a Consent Decree between the United States and BET Pharm, LLC, resolving a dispute over compounded drug products for use in horses. The U.S.... Read More

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Equine.com Offers Nelson Horse Watering System in October Giveaway

October 09, 2006

The year-long Tenth Anniversary Year celebration continues at Equine.com, and again this month, more than 300 people will win prizes in the "Ten-a-Day Everyday Giveaway." In addition to giving away ten prizes every day in October, the Web... Read More

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Here's Looking at You

October 09, 2006

Different breeds of horses examine novel objects using different dominant eyes, according to researchers from the Universite de Rennes in France. Their observations of horses' reactions can also help horse handlers interpret whether a horse is... Read More

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Miniature Horse Dies After Dog Attack

October 07, 2006

A miniature horse owner in Hailey, Idaho says one of his animals was killed and two others were injured in a dog attack. Tom Riney says that for the second time in two years, loose dogs attacked two of his miniature horses and a burro on... Read More

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Truck Companies Pulling for Safety

October 07, 2006

Trailers decked out with lavish living quarters that would put some houses to shame are becoming increasingly popular in the competition and pleasure horse industries. However, these massive trailers can weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds (i.e.,... Read More

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Cape Town Jockey Suspended for Overriding Horse

October 06, 2006

South Africa's Independent Online reports that Christopher Puller has been suspended from riding for two months becaus... Read More

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Can Horses be Despooked? Upcoming Study to Investigate Fear Response

October 05, 2006

There is a lack of knowledge about the reaction of horses when they are frightened, but scientists at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences are now attempting to do something about this. The knowledge acquired may be used to help prevent... Read More

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Illegal Castration of Horses Rife in New Zealand

October 04, 2006

According to The New Zealand Herald, castration of horses by lay persons is a recurring problem in the country. Two individuals have... Read More

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Stallion Handling Course for Veterinarians and Stallion Owners Available

October 04, 2006

The Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab and the Section of Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center is offering a stallion handling course for veterinarians, stallion owners, and managers. The two-day course will focus on... Read More

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Feeding Horses in Winter (Book Excerpt)

October 04, 2006

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay.... Read More

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Survey Gives Insights on Danish Dewormer Restrictions

October 03, 2006

A survey of Danish veterinarians revealed that legislation making equine dewormers available by prescription only resulted in veterinarians being more involved in parasite control, with most horses treated less often.

Enacted in 1999 to slo... Read More

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Another Good Week for Barbaro

October 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week, and continues to please veterinarians with his progress. "He is doing very, very well," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be... Read More

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Barbaro Remains an Inspiration On and Off the Track

October 01, 2006

Led to the gate for the first race of his career, Barbaro shied away, reluctant to get started.

A mile later, after an eye-catching 81/2-length victory on Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson... Read More

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Autumn Pests

October 01, 2006

Someone told me cows attract bot flies. Is this true?... Read More

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Rearing and Flipping

October 01, 2006

We have a Quarter Horse mare whose mother was a bad flipper in the starting gate. She has two half-brothers that were also bad in the gate. All of these offspring were trained by different individuals. This spring, she had a filly that tried to fli... Read More

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Bone Chips: When the Chips Are Down

October 01, 2006

In the case of bone chips, sometimes bigger is better. In a study performed in 2006, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center theorized that bone chip characteristics in a horse's knees were an indicator of the severity of ... Read More

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Internal Insights

October 01, 2006

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek... Read More

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The Equine Digestive System: A Food Factory

October 01, 2006

The equine digestive system is a complicated factory that is designed to process small amounts of food frequently and convert them into nutrients that can be absorbed and produce energy. The same, concerning the end result, could be said of the cow... Read More