Recent News for Horse Care

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Neonatal Isoerythrolysis: Foal Jaundice

January 06, 2010

Neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI) is caused by an incompatibility of blood types between a mare and her foal. If a foal inherits from its sire a red cell factor (antigen) that the mare lacks, the mare may develop antibodies to that antigen. There i... Read More

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Vaccination, WNV, and Colic Fact Sheets Available

January 06, 2010

TheHorse.com is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More

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Winter Horse Care Resources

January 06, 2010

What to do when the weather turns bitter? Bring the horses in or leave them out? Blankets or no blankets? Hay or grain? Or both?

While bringing your horse into the house might seem like the simplest option, TheHorse.com offers a weal... Read More

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Winter Hoof Care Tips

January 05, 2010

Winter is generally a good time to pull your horse's shoes if hoof quality and health allow it.... Read More

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Cold Weather Horse Care Review

January 05, 2010

Winter has an icy grip on most of the United States, and with even sunny Florida facing record freezing temperatures, horse owners across the country need to keep a close eye on their herds to prevent cold-weather related ailments.

I... Read More

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Some Ketamine Hydrochloride Recalled; Check Lot Numbers

January 04, 2010

On December 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide voluntary recall of ketamine hydrochloride injectable (100mg/ml, 10 ml vials) manufactured by Teva Animal Health Inc. Read More

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'Roaring' Surgery Results Examined in New Studies

January 03, 2010

Surgery to correct "roaring" in National Hunt Thoroughbred racehorses can restore racing performance to levels similar to a matched group of peers in the short term, but career longevity appears to be negatively impacted following the... Read More

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Equine Rescue Places 123 Thoroughbreds in 2009

January 03, 2010

 Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue (TPR), a 501(c)(3) located in Upper Marlboro, Md., specializes in retraining and placing horses directly off of the racetrack to pleasure and show homes. In the past year, even with the downturn in the ec... Read More

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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2009 Year in Review: Staff Picks

January 01, 2010

Of the nearly 2,200 horse health, care, management, and welfare news articles posted on TheHorse.com in 2009, which ones stood out to our editors? Here are their top picks:

Kimberly S. Brown (Editor/Publisher) Read More

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Equine Skeletal System

January 01, 2010

The horse's skeleton is a remarkable system of various bone types, capable of remodeling and adapting in response to exercise and training. The skeletal system is made of many interconnected tissues: bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. ... Read More

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

January 01, 2010

One veterinarian discusses the current knowledge and uses of nonsurgical joint problem treatment options including cortison injections, stem cells, interleukin receptor antagonist (IRAP), and platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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World Vets Meet

January 01, 2010

The 2009 World Equine Veterinary Association Congress included discussions of Rhodococcus equi, which causes foal pneumonia; sleep disorders and seizures; guttural pouch problems; late-term abortion; and tendon sheath problems/lameness.... Read More

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Horse Hoof Anatomy: A Guided Tour

January 01, 2010

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing the basics of hoof anatomy and physiology can help you keep your horses sound and bring them back from lameness more quickly. Plus, it certainly helps to understand what the heck your veterinarian and/or farrier ar... Read More

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The Horse's Digestive System

January 01, 2010

Brushing up on our knowledge about how the horse's digestive tract functions can help us feed horses more wisely, avoiding some of the feed-related problems that might lead to colic and other gastrointestinal (GI) tract ailments.... Read More

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Muscles, Tendons, and Ligaments

January 01, 2010

Horses' beauty in motion is achieved via the culmination of a complex and highly integrated interaction between muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and a variety of other connective tissues. ... Read More

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Traveling Legally with Horses

January 01, 2010

Make sure you meet paperwork requirements before shipping horses, whether across oceans or state lines. ... Read More

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Odd Posture to Poop

January 01, 2010

Reader question about why her horse assumes a contorted body position when defecating, and an answer by Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.... Read More

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Watch for Snow Accumulation on Barn, Arena Roofs

December 30, 2009

Horse owners should monitor the snow load situation on their barns and take appropriate action.... Read More

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Nutrition: Monitor, Manage Horse Energy Intake

December 29, 2009

Eating well is not always eating safely; horse managers who ignore that lesson when feeding their animals might be creating digestive problems for their horses. "Many feeding management recommendations for horses are related to supplying energy ... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report, Third Quarter 2009

December 28, 2009

 The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks.

Contagious equine metritis (CEM) was recorded in France, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Unite... Read More

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Tendon Healing: Objective Measurement Method Reported

December 28, 2009

Equine veterinarians can now objectively monitor tendon healing using a technique called ultrasonographic tissue characterization (UTC), said researchers from The Netherlands.

While a number of novel therapies for tendon healing have... Read More

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Lameness in Racehorses Discussed by AAEP Vets

December 28, 2009

Synthetic racing surfaces were the topic that raised the most concern among the approximately 80 veterinarians from the United States, Canada, and Europe in attendance at the Lameness in Racehorses Table Topic held during the 2009 American Asso... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Found in New Mexico Horses

December 28, 2009

As part of a racetrack screening program, three New Mexico horses have been identified as carrying Theileria equi, the causative agent for equine piroplasmosis. These infections are noteworthy as these horses are not epidemiologically li... Read More

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Emerging Disease: Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

December 27, 2009

Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is an emerging intestinal disease primarily of recently weaned foals. Lawsonia intracellularis, the causative bacterium of EPE, is capable of inducing similar disease in many animal species... Read More