Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine Groups Band Together to Provide Feed for Hurricane-Affected Areas

February 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

Five equine organizations joined together this week 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 Federatio... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

February 16, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation and Race Performance

February 16, 2006

Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Three Years of Racing Deaths in Victoria, Australia

February 16, 2006

A comprehensive post-mortem survey in Victoria, Australia, found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common cause of Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Additionally, Lisa Boden, AB, BVSc, MACVS, of The University of... Read More

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First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More

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USRider Calls for Improvements on Trailer Wiring

February 15, 2006

USRider has publicly urged horse trailer manufacturers to improve their electrical wiring practices. "Trailers flex and move constantly when being towed, so it is imperative that proper wiring techniques be used to ensure the proper and continua... Read More

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Cuts Made at the Animal Health Trust

February 08, 2006

Researchers' departure "a bitter pill to swallow"

In November 2005, The Horse reported on studies underway at the Animal Health Trust's Centre for Equine Studies based in Newmarket in the United Kingdom (Helping Horses... Read More

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Medication Consortium Lobbies For Long-Term Funding Mechanism

February 08, 2006

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, expected to exhaust its bridge funding this year, continues lobbying the industry to support a per-start fee that would be shared by horsemen and racetracks.

RMTC chairman Dan Fick, executive... Read More

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Maryland Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information for Stable Operators

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness.

Keep your stable disease-free:

  • Limit traffic of incoming people who could have been exposed to germs elsewhere.... Read More

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Synovial Joints and How They Work

February 01, 2006

First we'll look at how the horse's synovial joints are constructed, then we'll outline where they are located, the functions they serve, and some of the problems that can develop.... Read More

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Pony Girthing/Mounting Issues

February 01, 2006

My 11-year-old daughter is having trouble with her pony nipping at her when she is girthing him, and when she goes to mount without an assistant. He also smacks his tail and pins his ears, almost looking like he might cow-kick at her sometimes.... Read More

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Forelimb Lameness Common in Barrel Horses

February 01, 2006

A Texas A&M University (TAMU) study has found that horses used for barrel racing were more often lame in their forelimbs than horses used for other disciplines. The study examined 118 Quarter Horses and Appendix Quarter Horses brought to TAM... Read More

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Evaluating Ulcer Medications

February 01, 2006

Studies have shown that gastric squamous (the non-glandular area of the stomach) ulcers affect approximately 80-95% of racehorses, and more than half of the entire domestic horse population. A recent study from Murdoch University in Australia... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Vaccine Efficacy and Controversies

February 01, 2006

"There are a huge number of (vaccine) choices out there and it's hard sometimes to see our way through the forest," said Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor in Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. "What... Read More

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Microchips Not Mandated in Racehorses

February 01, 2006

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard ID procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts at The Syamposium on Racing and Gaming held Dec. 6-8, 2005,... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

February 01, 2006

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More

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Why Veterinarians Get Kicked

February 01, 2006

It comes as no surprise that a Swiss study of kick injuries to veterinarians found that the risk of injury to veterinarians treating horses is highest when performing painful procedures on the horse. In the study, Sabina Jaeggin, assistant at th... Read More

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Equine Program Receives Heroes for Horses Award

February 01, 2006

The faculty, staff and students of the Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM) were recently nationally recognized for their efforts in assisting horses and horse owners... Read More

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Veterinarian Suggests Owners Implement EHV-1 Preventive Measures

February 01, 2006

In light of the current equine herpesvirus type-1 neurologic outbreaks, Rob Holland, DVM, senior veterinarian at Pfizer Animal Health, has suggested that owners take steps to prevent EHV-1 infection in their horses.

"Other than... Read More

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Hoof Care For Your Horses

February 01, 2006

The horse's leg below the fetlock joint is similar to the human finger; the long pastern bone, short pastern bone, and coffin bone are comparable to the three segments of a human finger. The hoof wall is made of the same material as our... Read More

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Winter and Cold Weather Care (Book Excerpt)

January 25, 2006

During winter the horse needs additional forage to create more body heat, clean unfrozen water, and some kind of shelter or windbreak. In some climates he may need blanketing if his winter hair coat is inadequate. Cold weather is not a problem if... Read More

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Turfway Park's Barn 26 Released from Quarantine

January 20, 2006

The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 at Turfway Park in Boone County, Ky., were released Jan. 19 from quarantine. Horses in Barns 26 and 27 were quarantined following a Dec. 21, 2005, outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at the track,... Read More

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Being Prepared for Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

January 18, 2006

The best way to prepare for emergencies is to try to prevent them. Perhaps the best approach to first aid is to minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and disease. Sometimes we do foolish things with, and to, our horses. ... Read More