Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine Visual Laterality Reinforces Horse Handling Traditions

August 02, 2009

The convention of leading and mounting the horse from the left might be more than just tradition, according to a new study from St. Andrews University. The study, led by Kate Farmer, MA, at the Harmony Center in Austria, shows that horses... Read More

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Expert and Novice Riders See Jumps Differently, Study Says

August 01, 2009

Training unmounted riders to look at jumps the right way could enhance horse and rider performance and prevent jumping accidents, suggest researchers who recently published a study on rider visualization.

Researchers from the United Kingdom... Read More

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Headshaking Triggers and Treatment

August 01, 2009

What triggers a horse to flip his head uncontrollably, sometimes to the point of endangering him and his rider?

The amazing thing about horses is how such large, powerful animals can be exquisitely aware of the slightest... Read More

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Anhidrosis: Should I Sweat It?

August 01, 2009

Anhidrosis, or nonsweating, is a poorly understood condition affecting thousands of horses worldwide. Horses are most commonly affected in areas with hot, humid climates, such as in the southeastern United States. Let's look at the causes of and... Read More

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Nip Nipping in the Bud

August 01, 2009

A few of our therapy horses are very mouthy. When they are in session and have a child on their back they try ... Read More

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Earning Back Trust

August 01, 2009

I have a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Simon, that I have owned for five years. I need some real advice be... Read More

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Causes of Diarrhea in Horses (Beyond Salmonella)

August 01, 2009

Diarrhea can rapidly develop into a life-threatening condition that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Knowing the potential causes of diarrhea can help ensure a full recovery and minimize the chances of the development of... Read More

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Ventilation: Go With the Flow

August 01, 2009

Ventilating your equine facilities is critically important for your horses' and your own health and well-being. Taking advantage of natural ventilation is the best way to design your facility for long-term comfort.... Read More

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The Equine GI Tract: Down the Hatch

August 01, 2009

If the horse's gastrointestinal (GI) tract were a highway, no self-respecting engineer would take credit for its design. Take a trip along the highway of the equine GI tract to learn more about how your horse digests his food.... Read More

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Horse Hock Health

August 01, 2009

The hock is one of the most complex and hardest-worked joints in the horse's body, so it must be strong and sturdy to avoid injury. Much of what we ask our horses to do, whether high-performance dressage, reining, jumping, or simply going up and... Read More

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Equine Sinus Surgery Aided by CT Scan

July 31, 2009

Paranasal sinus surgery is a challenging operation that can encounter complications, such as pneumocephalus, a condition in which air is trapped inside the brain. Veterinarians recently used a computed tomography (CT) scan to decide the best way... Read More

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Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

July 29, 2009

Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. ... Read More

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Farmers Dispose of Chemicals, Sharps through Ontario Program

July 28, 2009

A program to collect obsolete pesticides is being expanded this year to also provide farmers with safe disposal for unused animal health products and sharps. Taking place this fall, the program is part of an Ontario government-supported Great... Read More

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Impaction Colic: Consistent Management Reduces Risk

July 28, 2009

A horse's risk of impaction colic might be elevated by decreased exercise, restricted water intake, administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and poor dentition, said Amy E. Plummer, DVM, Dipl. ACVS... Read More

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Florida Horse Killing Investigation Expands Again

July 28, 2009

The investigation into a series of Florida horse poaching incidents expanded again Sunday when another horse was found dead in its pasture, apparently slaughtered for its meat.

A caretaker discovered the horse's carcass in a pasture near it... Read More

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Livestock Antibiotic Bill in the Works

July 27, 2009

A congressional committee recently held a hearing on a bill that proposes severe restrictions on the use of antibiotics in food animals. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 would ban "non-therapeutic" uses of... Read More

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EEE Reports Prompt Horse Vaccination Push

July 27, 2009

Recent reports of several horses dying from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) serve as a reminder that horse owners should make sure their horses are vaccinated.

"We've always recommended that horse owners in Oklahoma vaccinate for it as a... Read More

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Traumatic Injury to the Equine Central Nervous System, ACVIM 2009

July 26, 2009

Whether it's a yearling that flipped and landed on his poll or an older horse that tumbled after simply taking a bad step, traumatic injury to the central nervous system is the most common cause of neurologic problems in horses.... Read More

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Aged Horse Health Screenings Recommended, ACVIM 2009

July 24, 2009

Lameness, weight loss, colic, and equine Cushing's syndrome are the four top reasons for euthanizing an older horse, said Catherine McGowan, BVSc, PhD, RCVS, European specialist in equine internal medicine, who presented research by Thomas... Read More

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Neurologic EHV-1 Reported in Pennsylvania

July 24, 2009

Four horses stabled in Allegheny County, Pa., have been euthanized after developing neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to a statement circulated by the Animal Health Emergency Management and Information... Read More

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International Parasite Survey: Still Time to Weigh In

July 23, 2009

Horse owners around the world are being asked to participate in an online questionnaire to help researchers better assess the issues of parasite control and anthelmintic (dewormer) resistance. The study is part of a collaborative effort between... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Furosemida Previene HPIE en Estudio Nuevo

July 23, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge... Read More

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Registering a Thoroughbred Foal? Remember Retirement Program

July 23, 2009

The majority of Thoroughbred registration applications were recently mailed to the breeders fo 2009 live foals. The Jockey Club is reminding owners and breeders that they can contribute to the post-racing care of Thoroughbreds through a voluntar... Read More

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Molly the Pony to Visit Ohio State Vet School

July 22, 2009

Molly the Pony, one of the world's only prosthesis-wearing ponies, will be visiting The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Visitors will have the chance to hear the presentation "It's All About Molly" at 5... Read More

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Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

July 22, 2009

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More