Recent News for Horse Care

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Are We Over-Vaccinating?

February 01, 2005

Q: Is there a reliable test to check the titer of immunity before we revaccinate each year for flu, rhino, etc.? Why is a tetanus shot good for five or more years in humans and only one year or less in the... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Women's Reproductive Cycles

February 01, 2005

Do horses (stallions) respond to women's reproductive cycles? I work with a group of stallions, and some days they seem more interested in me. They come right up to me and seem to sniff at me. Could it be in response to my period or to... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Clipper Blade Myths and Folklore

February 01, 2005

First, let me explain how this whole thing started. I am a sharpener who does clipper blades, scissors, and clipper repairs for professional groomers, home groomers, colleges, beauticians, etc. Basically, I work for anybody who uses these tools.... Read More

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GI Disease in Foals

February 01, 2005

Despite advances in veterinary medicine, the first few weeks of a foal's life can still be risky. Many health problems can arise, including myriad gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that can quickly drain a youngster of health, vigor, and sometimes... Read More

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Lice on Horses

February 01, 2005

Horses occasionally get lice, and a horse owner needs to know what to look for and how to treat these irritating parasites. Bill Clymer, PhD, of Amarillo, Texas (now a livestock parasitologist on the professional services staff of Fort Dodge... Read More

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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Bits: Pain in the Mouth

February 01, 2005

The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. If a bit is causing pain or discomfort... Read More

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Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the second in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More

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WNV Vaccine: Safe for Broodmares

February 01, 2005

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) have just completed a retrospective study into the safety of administering the killed West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine to pregnant broodmares, the first study on this topic in equine reproductive... Read More

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Additional Treatment Receives Conditional License

February 01, 2005

In the treatment of horses suffering from West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company (CSC)... Read More

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Transport and the Immune System

February 01, 2005

In a study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal investigating the effects of long-term transport on horses, Carolyn Stull, DVM, showed measurable changes in immunological status. She also found the immune systems of transported... Read More

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One Dose of WNV Recombinant Vaccine Could Help Control Outbreaks

January 31, 2005

A recent study at Colorado State University (CSU) found that your horse might have the ability to fight off West Nile virus (WNV) less than a month after receiving a single-dose vaccination against the disease. The challenge study tested Merial'... Read More

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Tegaserod Enhances Gut Motility in Horses

January 28, 2005

A recent study conducted at the University of Berne Equine Clinic in Switzerland demonstrated that the prokinetic (promoting movement) drug tegaserod stimulated gut motility and accelerated gastrointestinal transit in healthy horses. The study... Read More

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The Essential First Aid Kit

January 26, 2005

The preparation of a horse first aid kit for your stable is easy to make and--in an emergency--can be of great importance. Once you have assembled such a kit, make sure everyone knows this golden rule: its contents are for emergency use only.... Read More

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Kester News Hour Part Two

January 26, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials

January 20, 2005

In an ideal scenario, horses that have been seized by humane organization officials and local law enforcement should be evaluated to determine if there's evidence of neglect or abuse, and to educate (owners) on how to take better care of the horses.... Read More

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Postoperative Colic Survival

January 18, 2005

Can a practitioner predict a horse's chances of survival after colic surgery? Not with absolute certainty, but several factors can help that prediction, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Nort... Read More

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Maximizing the Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

January 18, 2005

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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Judge Orders Exhumation of Champion Saddlebred

January 06, 2005

The Associated Press reported this morning that a federal judge in Lexington, Ky., ordered that the body of American Saddlebred champion Wild Eyed and Wicked be exhumed for additional forensic testing.

Wicked was one of five top... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines Developed by the AAEP

January 06, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccination guidelines. This information is intended as a supplement to the AAEP's Guidelines for Vaccination of Horses (January 2001).... Read More

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Endowed Fund Established to Promote Large Animal Rescue Efforts, Launch Training Program

January 05, 2005

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan has established an endowed fund at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to promote large-animal rescue efforts and support related training programs.

The $25,000 gift/pledge, which will be matched through... Read More

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Have Researchers Discovered What Makes Horses Fast?

January 05, 2005

Researchers at The Royal Veterinary College in Great Britain believe they've found the answer to what makes a fast racehorse.

The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, combined data about the... Read More

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Kentucky Stud Farm Offers Seasons to Help Tsunami Victims

January 04, 2005

Coolmore stallion owners are donating one nomination to every one of their stallions worldwide to aid humanitarian efforts following the earthquake-tsunami catastrophe in Asia and Africa, Coolmore announced Dec. 30.

The stud farm in... Read More

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What is a Cryptorchid?

January 01, 2005

Cryptorchid, ridgling, and even rig are terms used to describe a stallion with at least one undescended testis. The condition is not unique to equids, but the horse is of specific importance as the retained testis fails to produce viable sperm,... Read More