Recent News for Horse Care

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More Than a Bad Habit

July 01, 2006

Many horses are kept in an unnatural environment--confined in stalls or small pens. Some of them resort to repetitive behaviors such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking. Most of these horses are fed concentrated, high-energy rations they... Read More

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Hurricane Update: Healing Storm Scars

July 01, 2006

The ghastly, distressing images on network television and in newspapers aren't there to haunt our daily lives, but post-Katrina destruction remains a bitter reality for many horse owners in the Gulf Coast region. For some, the wounds of Katrina... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Injured

July 01, 2006

Barbaro's breakdown after the start of the May 20 Preakness Stakes captured the concern of horse owners and enthusiasts watching on network television and at the Baltimore, Md., track. Equine veterinary medicine was catapulted into the spotlight,... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma for Tendon and Ligament Problems

June 30, 2006

A Cornell University researcher recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance the healing response and quality of repair at the cellular level in treatment of tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier,... Read More

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Equine Species Working Group Unveils New Web Site

June 29, 2006

 The Equine Species Working Group is announcing the release of their new web site: Read More

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ID/INFO EXPO 2006 to Cover NAIS, Other Animal ID Developments

June 28, 2006

ID/INFO EXPO 2006 will provide the latest information on the National Animal Identification... Read More

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Western Stockmen's Issues Recall of Pride Mature Horse Feed

June 27, 2006

Western Stockmen's of Caldwell, Idaho, a business unit of J.R. Simplot Company, is recalling all Pride Mature Horse feed with the lot number 7701-050306. The lot might contain monensin sodium (Rumensin), a drug compound approved for use in some... Read More

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Wounds and Lacerations (Book Excerpt)

June 20, 2006

One of the most important facts regarding severe wounds is that the sooner they are noticed and repaired the better the patient's prognosis, both functionally and cosmetically. Another aspect of wounds is that they bleed, some significantly more than... Read More

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Horse Talk: The Search for Meaning in Equine Communication

June 16, 2006

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible... Read More

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Butler Animal Health Supply and IVESCO Confirm Letter of Intent

June 16, 2006

Butler Animal Health Supply today (June 16) confirmed that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire IVESCO, a leading distributor of animal health products. The two companies are currently engaged in due diligence.

According to the... Read More

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Rabies Vaccine Recall Shouldn't Affect Horses

June 16, 2006

Vaccine manufacturer Fort Dodge Animal Health recalled about 330,000 doses of rabies vaccine recently after a vaccinated dog became ill with rabies. Horses are not likely affected by the recall.

"It's a product that's labeled for equine... Read More

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Much is Being Done: Research to Avoid, Research to Cure

June 15, 2006

This year's running of the Belmont Stakes did not seem to have the same sizzle. Like every racing fan, I am still reeling from Barbaro's injury, and amazed by the surgery and remarkable progress he has made since then.

As with all... Read More

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Equine Body Language

June 14, 2006

When handling a horse, you are better prepared for his actions and reactions if you can interpret his body language, to know whether he is at ease with what you are doing, nervous, afraid, annoyed, or resentful. Part of handling horses safely... Read More

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Traveling in the Best Circles: Theoretical Mechanics of Riding

June 14, 2006

Before either horses or riders master the sequential stages of their respective learning trees, they will travel in endless circles. The circle is the basic school figure we use to develop the essentials of rhythm and relaxation in either horse... Read More

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Family Disaster Plan Should Include Pets

June 14, 2006

Storms, floods, fires, disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks are frightening realities that people all over the world face today, and when disaster strikes, people are often unprepared to care for themselves, let alone their animals. Having an... Read More

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KEEP Scholarship Program Deadline is June 15

June 14, 2006

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) board announced an annual $1,000 scholarship program in May 2006.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 15. 

The five individual scholarships will be awarded to legal... Read More

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USDA Proposes to Amend Regulations Regarding the National Veterinary Accreditation Program

June 13, 2006

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend the regulations regarding the National Veterinary Accreditation Program to establish two accreditation categories in place of the current category, add requirements for... Read More

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Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

June 09, 2006

The 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) was held May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. The event was hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and was sponsored by a variety of animal rescue organizations. More than... Read More

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Proposals Sought for Equine Identification Projects

June 09, 2006

Proposals are being solicited for projects in the area of equine identification related to equine health, and disease control. The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) is interested in projects that... Read More

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More Than We Know (Thoughts on Barbaro)

June 08, 2006

Little League moms. Cub Scout dads. Coaches. Teachers. Neighbors. Middle-schoolers. Gary at the post office. Everyone wanted to know about Barbaro.

And that was before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Afterward, the questions were... Read More

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Can Horses Be Carnivorous? (Book Excerpt)

June 07, 2006

My horse has become carnivorous! She eats roadkill such as dead birds, and now I've discovered her stomping on a live rabbit in her stable. She picked it up in her mouth, bashed it against the stable wall, and ate it.... Read More

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Riding the Better Side of Bucking

June 07, 2006

Bucking is a misunderstood horse activity. Most people look at bucking as an ornery habit, something the horse does when he's trying to get out of work. Or when he just doesn't feel like cooperating at that moment for some reason or another.... Read More

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Florida Horse Rescued from Creek

June 07, 2006

It took more than 35 people to extract a 1,600-pound Hanoverian from a creek yesterday morning (June 6) near Orlando, Fla. The 17.1-hand gelding had been trapped in the 25-foot-wide miry creek with slippery banks for at least three hours when he... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Racing Continues to Expand

June 07, 2006

American Quarter Horse racing saw expansion in 2005, and the trend continues as statistics show considerable increases in 2006.

Year to date, American Quarter Horse purses are up to more than $23 million, an 18.5% increase from 2005.... Read More

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Barbaro: Fellow Athletes Support Recovery Pool

June 06, 2006

Veterinarians at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals continue to be pleased with Barbaro's condition, which improves daily. The Kentucky Derby winner is recovering from a shattered hind leg sustained at the Preakness on May 20. "He... Read More