Recent News for Horse Care

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It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

May 28, 2009

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory... Read More

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CSU Vets to Host Free Seminar for Horse Owners on Emergencies, Wound Care

May 28, 2009

Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, will host "Equine First Aid: A Horse Owner's Guide to Emergencies and Wound Care," on Thursday, June 4, from 7-9 p.m.... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Announces Additional Study on Surfaces

May 28, 2009

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it is providing $50,000 to fund an innovative research project designed to create a state-of-the-art method of assessing racetrack surfaces. The project is being conducted by Sue... Read More

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Castration Clinics Snip Away at Unwanted Horse Population

May 27, 2009

Equine groups across the country are attempting to reduce the number of unwanted horses at the source, through subsidized castration clinics aimed to reduce the number of foals hitting the ground.

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More

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Hawaii Horse Expo to Benefit Horse Rescue Fund

May 25, 2009

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009, sponsored in part by Mâlama Lio, a Hawaiian horse magazine, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea on Hawaii's Big Island. Proceeds from the... Read More

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Preakness Filly Rachel Alexandra Works; No Belmont Decision

May 25, 2009

Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in :50 1/5 over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs early May 25. Co-owner Jess Jackson explained that the filly is doing well, but no decision has been made whether she will contest the... Read More

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Best Biosecurity Boots, AAEP 2008

May 24, 2009

We're all familiar with the medical/veterinary axiom: First do no harm. A recent Colorado State University (CSU) study extended this principle to biosecurity for ambulatory veterinarians: First, don't bring any diseases into a patient's... Read More

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Oklahoma Equine Dentistry Bill Remains Controversial

May 23, 2009

Oklahomans who are not veterinarians will soon be able to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges, now that Gov. Brad Henry signed SB 452 into law on Thursday.

SB 452 strips an amendment to the state's Veterinary Practice Act of ... Read More

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Readers Come Clean on Tack Maintenance Schedules

May 22, 2009

More than 1,050 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you do a full cleaning (polish silver, clean/condition leather, etc.) of your tack?"

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Foot and Limb Deformities in Foals

May 21, 2009

Hunt discussed several limb and hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. One of his bi... Read More

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Colic Questions? TheHorse.Com to Present Ask the Vet Live

May 20, 2009

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on TheHorse.com on Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Read More

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New Cloning Technology Might Mean Improved EHV Vaccines

May 19, 2009

Japanese researchers recently reported the use of the technology "Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) cloning," which enabled the scientists to clone the entire genome of a virus in bacteria.

The technique could be used to mas... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: ¡Rabia!

May 19, 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 Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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UC Davis Vet School Opens Stem Cell Laboratory

May 19, 2009

Focused on providing the latest in stem cell therapies for horses, the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has opened its new Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching... Read More

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New Edition of Equine Color Genetics Text Released

May 19, 2009

A new edition of the veterinary textbook Equine Color Genetics, penned by D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, was recently released by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. An expansion of the previous edition released in 2003, the third edition... Read More

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Auburn Researchers Need More Horses for Cushing's Study

May 18, 2009

Researchers at Auburn University still need horses to participate in a study that will examine the use of chasteberry (vitex agnus castus) supplements in horses with Cushing's disease.

Chasteberry supplements are ofte... Read More

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Oklahoma Legislators Back Lay Equine Dentists

May 15, 2009

Oklahoma legislators have approved a measure that allows individuals who are not veterinarians to float horses' teeth without risking felony charges.

SB 452 strips an amendment from the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act of 2008 that... Read More

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USDA Hosts Discussions on Animal Identification System

May 14, 2009

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on May 11 held a roundtable discussion with a variety of industry stakeholders on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). This was the second in a series of listening sessions the USDA will hold... Read More

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Florida Horse Poaching Continues

May 14, 2009

Police in Miramar, Fla., are searching for poachers responsible for killing two Paso Fino horses for their meat. The horses' butchered carcasses were discovered in their pasture on May 6 when their owner arrived to feed them.

The case is th... Read More

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Colorado Vets Polled on Unwanted Horse, Euthanasia Issues

May 13, 2009

Although anecdotes suggest the number of unwanted horses is growing, there is very little data that measures the magnitude of the problem or how extensively the various options to address the issue are being implemented.

To get a better... Read More

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Kentucky Reports Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Cases

May 13, 2009

The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an... Read More

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Hagyard to Offer Large Animal Emergency Response Training

May 12, 2009

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, Ky., strives to train veterinarians, first responders, and individual horse owners in large animal emergency response techniques by offering annual courses.

The group's next large animal... Read More

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Your Exercising Horse's Upper Airway

May 12, 2009

Upper airway problems can ruin a good horse, whether they slow him down or cause airway noise that hurts his show placings. But they haven't always been easy to sort out because the upper airway couldn't be examined under natural exercise conditions ... Read More