Recent News for Horse Care

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Parasite Resistance in Horses: Share Your Thoughts

July 07, 2009

Horse owners still have an opportunity to let their opinions on parasite control and resistance be known. Researchers have organized an international survey to better assess the issues of parasite control and dewormer resistance. Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Resources Available

July 06, 2009

A 74-page report on equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), for which equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has been identified as a causative agent, was released by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Centers for Epidemiology and... Read More

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New Strangles Vaccine Research in Progress

July 06, 2009

There are about 150,000 horses in Montana, about one-sixth the number of people living in the state. Whether they are used for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, or hunting, all of these horses are susceptible to strangles.

"Most horses wil... Read More

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Human Injuries Related to Horses Analyzed

July 05, 2009

The American Horse Council's 2005 report "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States" documents that more than 2 million horse owners are involved in a variety of activities. Millions more people ride horses every year or handle... Read More

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French Derby Winner Le Havre Retired

July 05, 2009

Thoroughbred Le Havre, winner of the June 7 Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I, the French Derby) for owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury suffered during the classic race, according to the Racing... Read More

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'Welfare of the Horse' Forum Available on H-SPAN

July 05, 2009

On June 16 the American Horse Council held "The Welfare of the Horse" forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum, sponsored by Luitpold, was held as part of the AHC's National Issues Forum and featured speakers from segments of the horse community as... Read More

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U.K. Horse Industry Group Opposing Proposed Levy on Horses

July 04, 2009

The British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC) has reported that it opposes a £10.50 levy on horse owners proposed by the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

BHIC Chair Professor Tim Morris (Equine Science an... Read More

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Equine Sinus Infection Treatment Balloons at WCVM

July 03, 2009

A few years ago, a magazine article describing a minimally-invasive treatment for people with chronic sinusitis caught the eye and imagination of Chris Bell, DVM. What if such a treatment could be adapted for use in horses?

Last... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures: Poll Results

July 02, 2009

About 980 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What mosquito control measures do you utilize?"... Read More

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Free Thoroughbred Identification Service Expanded

July 02, 2009

The Jockey Club has enhanced its free Tattoo Identification Services by adding access its markings database to the tattoo research module.

The free tattoo identification service was unveiled in April to help owners identify tattooed but... Read More

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Self-Mutilation or Pain?

July 01, 2009

I have a horse that I believe is displaying a form of self-mutilating behavior, and I'm wondering if you have ... Read More

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Keeping Weekend Warrior Horses Fit

July 01, 2009

Horses that are mainly ridden on weekends require special care and training to avoid injury.

Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or... Read More

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Scoliosis in Adult Equines

July 01, 2009

I purchased my Thoroughbred gelding when he was 5 years old. Within the next two years we were doing really ... Read More

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Ins and Outs of Equine Lactation

July 01, 2009

Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, that two lives depend on it. A mare's body will sacrifice her foal's health to save her own life ... both during gestation and after foaling. In other words, you must feed her... Read More

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EEE, WEE, and VEE (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis)

July 01, 2009

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis can be deadly, but they also can be prevented.

Author’s Note: My grandfather and his neighbors in southern Idaho lost several work horses to "brain... Read More

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Equine Splints: Causes and Cures

July 01, 2009

Your 2 1/2-year-old horse has been in training for a few months, but even though you're taking it slowly and steadily and not pushing too hard, he sometimes comes up lame during or after a workout. The lameness isn't always present and rarely occurs ... Read More

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Horse Farms Damaged in Ice Storm Will Not Receive USDA Aid

July 01, 2009

Dozens of Central Kentucky horse farms that suffered significant damage from a January ice storm will not receive any relief from the USDA due to the wording in the agency's... Read More

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Broodmare's Laminitis Battle Aided by Volunteer Vet

July 01, 2009

After more time at Shawhan, Halo Silver's left foot improved, but the right foot became even worse and she was in considerable pain. The options were clear for Blowe: euthanasia or removing the entire hoof wall in order to stop the pinching.... Read More

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Hock Problems and Age

July 01, 2009

Horses can suffer hock problems at any age. Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University, points out that some horses develop juvenile spavin as foals.... Read More

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Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

July 01, 2009

Research shows an increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding. ... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report, First Quarter 2009

June 30, 2009

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

Contagious equine metritis (CEM) was confirmed on four premises in France. In December 2008, four stallions (three Quarter... Read More

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Racehorse Medication Policies to be Focus of Jockey Club Speech

June 30, 2009

The need for international harmonization of racehorse medication rules will be the topic of the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 57th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. Louis Romanet, chairman of the International... Read More

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Study: Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage Prevented by Furosemide

June 29, 2009

Furosemide does more than enhance performance in Thoroughbred racehorses; it also has beneficial effects on the health and welfare of those horses, the American Veterinary Medical Association announced in a statement regarding a study to be... Read More

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

June 29, 2009

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More

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Core Vaccines Protect Horse Health, Vet Reminds

June 29, 2009

This summer's warmer weather has horse owners out riding, tending to foals, and heading to shows and other activities. In the midst of it all, a Kansas State University veterinarian is reminding owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated.... Read More