Recent News for Horse Care

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2008 Kentucky Breeders' Incentives Announced

March 28, 2009

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.

While this year's KBIF awards are down from the $19,220,007 paid in 2007, they are... Read More

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Maintain Trailer Axles for Safe Hauling

March 27, 2009

Trailer axles have a lot riding on them--take good care of this crucial element of your rig. One of the more debilitating disablements for a horse trailer is axle failure. In addition to putting you and your horse at great danger on... Read More

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Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More

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NARHA Celebrates 40 Years of Therapeutic Riding

March 26, 2009

Since 1969, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has provided equine assisted activity and therapy programs in the United States and Canada through its network of nearly 800 member centers. Each year, dozens of new... Read More

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Assisted Recovery Prevents Postoperative Catastrophic Events

March 26, 2009

Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t... Read More

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Partial Phallectomy Technique, AAEP 2008

March 25, 2009

Although it's a painful option to consider (especially for the males in the profession), for some horse health problems the best treatment is partial phallectomy, or amputation of part of the penis. Such conditions might include penile injury... Read More

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Don't Overlook Trail Horse Vaccination

March 25, 2009

Trail riding can be fun and relaxing, but it can also leave horses exposed to disease, especially if they are traveling to a new area or haven't been given the proper vaccinations to help protect them from local disease threats.

"Horses tha... Read More

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Knee Arthritis Treatments Examined (AAEP 2008)

March 24, 2009

The objective of joint therapy is to decrease pain using an osteoarthritic drug that modifies clinical signs and to minimize further deterioration with a disease-modifying osteoarthritic drug.... Read More

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Wound Management Enhanced Via Maggot Therapy

March 23, 2009

The use of sterile maggots specifically produced for medical industries is not a new procedure, but one that is perhaps not utilized enough, suggested Olivier M. Lepage, DMV, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, from the University of Lyon in France, at the 10th... Read More

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Emergency Services at Steeplechase and Cross-Country Events (AAEP 2008)

March 22, 2009

Due to the nature of the course terrain, it is best to have a four-wheel drive horse ambulance (and backup) with a long ramp for efficient loading. Cooling fans are desirable, and the ambulance should have curtains to form a screen around an injured ... Read More

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Love the Longears? Mule Days Are Coming!

March 22, 2009

Mule Day is a week-long celebration held each year in  Columbia, Tenn. This year's event will be Monday March 30 until Sunday April 5. According to the Mule Days muleday.com official... Read More

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From the Horse's Mouth: Zoonotic Disease in Equine Practice

March 21, 2009

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All of these can infect and cause disease in animals--which is especially noteworthy when you consider that more than 70% of infectious diseases of domestic animals and wildlife can also infect humans.... Read More

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Equine Career Fair to Help Students Prepare for Internships, Workforce

March 21, 2009

The event is not limited to UK students; all students with an equine interest are invited to participate. "The career fair will be an excellent opportunity for students to connect with local employers in the equine industry," the Kentucky... Read More

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UK Donkey Rescue Urges Awareness of Foreign Disease Risk

March 20, 2009

The number of donkeys being rescued and imported from Europe into the UK is at an all-time high, according to the Devon-based Donkey Sanctuary. Any donkeys of unknown origin might potentially carry exotic diseases--posing a risk to the UK's... Read More

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Testing an Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Nutraceutical (AAEP 2008)

March 19, 2009

Horse owners commonly add nutraceuticals to their horses' diets to treat or prevent joint disease, but most products have no research data supporting their effectiveness. ... Read More

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Zimectrin Products Offer New Satisfaction Guarantee

March 19, 2009

Horse owners can hold their parasite control to a higher standard--their own approval. Now, all Zimecterin (ivermectin) Brand Products are backed by a satisfaction guarantee, helping to ensure the highest standard of parasite control.

"Hors... Read More

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Report: Hyperimmune Plasma Not Effective for R. equi

March 19, 2009

The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian... Read More

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Brentina Home After Colic Surgery, Retirement Ceremony Planned

March 18, 2009

Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.

The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More

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Vaccinations Not a Place to Cut Back, Vets Say

March 18, 2009

In today's economy, many horse owners are looking for ways to cut back on expenses--but skimping on equine vaccinations should not be one of them.

"People are looking for ways to cut costs, and preventive care seems like an obvious choice t... Read More

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Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More

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Acquired Scoliosis in Equids, AAEP 2008

March 17, 2009

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is most often attributed to congenital vertebral malformations, possibly associated with malposition of the fetus in the uterus. However, researchers have linked cases of acquired scoliosis presented at Cornell... Read More

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Tooth Characteristics and Feed Digestibility

March 16, 2009

Think floating a horse's teeth improves his feed digestion? Think again, says one study. ... Read More

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Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

March 16, 2009

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More

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Tiny Drugs Could Have Big Effect on Equine Medicine

March 15, 2009

Nanomedicine--the use of small-molecule therapeutic drugs--is a rapidly expanding field in human medicine and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

According to Paul Debbage, PhD,... Read More

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Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More