Recent News for Horse Care

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Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis Update

December 17, 2009

ESPA is a "new" name for an old disease: degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a heritable, debilitating syndrome characterized by "an insidious onset of either bilateral or quadrilateral lameness with no history of trauma or injury,"... Read More

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Horse Owners Reminded to Plan for Winter Hazards

December 17, 2009

As winter progresses, the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds animal owners to plan for routine winter hazards. All pet and livestock owners must ensure an adequate supply of feed and water for their animals, as well as shelter fro... Read More

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Gestational Weight Gain in Mares

December 16, 2009

It's generally known that a mare gains weight during gestation, but University of Kentucky (UK) researchers are studying how much weight a normal mare should gain for the health of the fetus.

A 1,100-pound mare will produce a foa... Read More

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Equine Regenerative Medicine Conference Scheduled for 2010

December 16, 2009

The University of California, Davis, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital have teamed up to offer the first North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference. The conference will take place March 5... Read More

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Fellowship Benefits Ukrainian Researcher at Gluck Center

December 16, 2009

Limited funding prevented Tetiana Kuzmina, PhD, from completing her parasitology research in her native Ukraine. But after receiving the Albert and Lorraine Clay fellowship, the scientist was able to continue her research at the University of K... Read More

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Winterizing Your Senior Equine

December 16, 2009

When preparing your senior equine for winter, small steps can go a long way to support health and comfort.... Read More

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USDA Revises Veterinary Accreditation Program

December 15, 2009

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has revised its National Veterinary Accreditation Program. The changes will strengthen animal health safeguarding activities and increase the training and skills of accredited ve... Read More

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New Horse Weight Management Book Available

December 14, 2009

Knowing whether your horse is overweight and understanding how to manage the problem is crucial to your horse's wellbeing. Understanding Your Horse's Weight is the newest addition to Eclipse Press' Horse Health Care Library.... Read More

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Exercise Causes Slight Hoof Changes, Researchers Report

December 12, 2009

About 30% of lameness in horses is associated with foot problems, yet little research focuses on the biomechanics and function of the equine hoof. Researchers recently found slight differences in horses' hooves following exercise.... Read More

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USEF Horse of the Year Candidates Announced

December 12, 2009

Excellence in equestrian sport does not come easy. It takes an amazing sense of dedication, incredible skill, and a courageous heart. In 2009, five horses (and their riders, drivers, and handlers) have shown the world exactly those qualities. F... Read More

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Aging Horses' Immune Systems Reviewed

December 11, 2009

Lymphoid cells are found to be weaker in older horses, thus, causing weaker immune systems as they age.... Read More

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Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed

December 10, 2009

Insulin resistance has profound consequences for affected horses, yet there are currently no licensed treatment options. Management of the condition is primarily aimed at modifying the affected horse's diet, maintaining a healthy body ... Read More

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International Spread of Disease Reviewed for World Equine Vets

December 08, 2009

Increased worldwide movement of equids means increased potential for spread of horse diseases. The impact of a disease outbreak on the health of the animals in a country, as well as the health of the country's economy, was evidenced with... Read More

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Racehorse Issues Leader to Receive AAEP Distinguished Service Award

December 08, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners will recognize a past president who has guided the AAEP in racing and welfare issues with the annual Distinguished Service Award during the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. AAEP Past Pre... Read More

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AAEP Convention Lights Up Las Vegas

December 07, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' 55th Annual Convention is on stage in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5 - 9, as the world's largest continuing education meeting for equine veterinarians.

The convention was expecte... Read More

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AAEP to Induct Dr. Jay Addison to the Board of Directors

December 07, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will install longtime Louisiana practitioner Jay Addison, DVM, as a new member of the board of directors during the Dec. 8 President's Luncheon at the 55th Annual Convention, which is ... Read More

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Wisconsin Livestock Shootings: Reward Offered for Information

December 07, 2009

Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of incidents that left several animals dead or dying in their pastures. The H... Read More

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Horses Demonstrate Ability to Count in New Study

December 06, 2009

It's no circus trick: researchers have shown that horses can count, despite 100 years of belief to the contrary. By dropping apples one by one into two buckets, researchers determined that horses almost always chose the bucket with more apples... Read More

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Summer Bird Fracture Repair a Success

December 06, 2009

Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his right fore cannon bone Dec. 4 and is expected to return to racing next year.

"As... Read More

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Working Horse, Donkey, and Mule Welfare Examined in New Study

December 05, 2009

Since more than 85% of the world's equids (estimated at 94 million) live in developing countries where they are used for work, and because there are few studies looking at how different types of work affect these animals' welfare... Read More

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Deafness in American Paint Horses Examined

December 03, 2009

Paint Horses with certain coat patterns and blue eyes are more at risk for deafness than others.... Read More

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Adequan Multi-Dose Now Available

December 03, 2009

This new vial will allow veterinarians to draw ten injections from one vial quickly with less handling compared to the traditional 5mL single-dose vial that is still available in a 7-dose package. The multi-dose package has a 24-month shelf life.... Read More

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Transport Stress and EHV-1

December 03, 2009

Dormant equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) resides in the horse's nervous system, where it can reactivate when the horse's immune system is compromised by stress or illness. Results of a study on transport stress and EHV-1 reactivation. ... Read More

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New Equine Education Courtesy of Intervet/Schering-Plough and TheHorse.com

December 02, 2009

Horse owners looking for up-to-date information on parasites and drug resistance can find two new videos on TheHorse.com containing presentations made in Kentucky to a group of veterinarians, vet techs, and horse owners. These are sponsored b... Read More

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National Equine Welfare Code of Practice: HSUS Reaction

December 02, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has weighed in on the recent endorsement of a national welfare code of practice for the horse industry. Drafted by the American Horse Council and endorsed by several major horse industry groups,... Read More