Recent News for Horse Care

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Orthodontics for Horses

June 01, 2007

Orthodontics is the study of tooth movement and alignment. It includes normal and abnormal tooth movement, bone growth, tooth eruption, and shedding of baby teeth. In general it is a study of the young, growing patient.

The equine jaws and... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements

June 01, 2007

A shortened stride, a slight hesitation before a jump, or stiffness during warm-up--none of these issues are severe enough to send you scrambling to call your veterinarian. However, these joint-related issues can cause some concern--enough concern... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 6: Trailer Loading, Part 2

June 01, 2007

Last month we talked about how to aggravate the horse to load into a trailer. Remember, this isn't beating the horse or getting angry. It's like the horsefly being able to make a 1,000-pound horse move. You merely make it more comfortable to be... Read More

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EPM Today: Testing and Treatments

June 01, 2007

Horses need to be serviceably sound and safe to ride to fulfill their functions. It is no wonder that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been a dreaded disease ever since its rise to prominence in the 1990s, because horses with neurologic... Read More

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Iowa Police Horse Injured By Pit Bull

May 30, 2007

A pit bull terrier is dead after attacking three Waterloo, Iowa, police horse patrol officers in a residential area May 29.

The unleashed and unfenced dog attacked both the officers and their horses yesterday. Police say the dog bit a horse... Read More

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More Horses and Donkeys Impounded from Georgia Farm to be Sold

May 22, 2007

Some of the horses and donkeys impounded in February by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) from Pike County will be sold at auction at noon, Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the GDA Equine Facility, 2834 Marbin Farm Road, Mansfield, Ga.,... Read More

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Magnesium Bone Cement Aids Fracture Repair

May 21, 2007

Biocompatible magnesium phosphate bone cement might be a better option for aiding fracture healing in horses than the calcium phosphate cement more commonly used today, according to a study performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.... Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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Pony Rescued from Abandoned Well

May 16, 2007

A pony that fell into an abandoned well in Killingworth, Conn., Monday morning was rescued unharmed after crews used a tow truck from a local auto repair shop to lift it to safety.

The pint-sized equine was reported trapped in the well on... Read More

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Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More

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Attacked Saddlebreds: Judge Rules Stable Owners Not Negligent

May 12, 2007

The owners of a central Kentucky boarding farm were not negligent when someone injected five Saddlebreds with a tissue-destroying substance in 2003, a judge has ruled.

Woodford Circuit Judge Paul Issacs issued a 13-page opinion Thursday (May... Read More

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Pergolide: FDA to Allow Compounding From Bulk

May 11, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine announced on May 11 it will allow bulk pergolide to be used in compounding pergolide for use in horses.

Pergolide mesylate, a drug commonly used to treat pituitar... Read More

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ReRun Announces eBay Sale of Moneighs

May 09, 2007

With the second leg of the Triple Crown fast approaching, ReRun’s selection of Moneighs by classic contenders and champions will appear on eBay beginning May 20. The popular paintings created by famous racehorses, including John Henry, Victory... Read More

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States Competing for Animal Disease Lab

May 09, 2007

A dozen states are competing for a government research lab full of killer germs like anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease--a prospect some of their residents want to avoid like the plague.

The states are bidding for a proposed... Read More

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Buchanan Named Director of Administration for 2010 Games

May 08, 2007

The World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc., the organization responsible for planning and executing the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, has announced that Anne Buchanan has been promoted to Director of Administration. Buchanan is one of... Read More

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Arming the Fight Against Resistant Bacteria

May 08, 2007

In 1928, Alexander Fleming opened the door to treating bacterial infections when he stumbled upon the first known antibiotic in a Penicillium mold growing in a discarded experiment.

Nearly eight decades later, chemist Helen... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

May 05, 2007

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Equine Metabolic... Read More

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Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More

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Pergolide Availability: No FDA Announcement, Supplies Running Low

May 04, 2007

More than a month after pergolide mesylate, a drug commonly used to treat pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also known as equine Cushing's disease, was withdrawn for human use, the FDA has yet to make an announcement on whether... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Foal Deformities: New Treatments (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Angular and flexural limb deformities in foals are concerns, to be sure, but they're not necessarily kisses of death. At the recent Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Rolex: Safety Precautions in Place for Horses, Riders, and Spectators

May 01, 2007

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, sponsored by Farnam, is one of the most prestigious events in a potentially dangerous sport. An extensive medical support team for horses and humans works behind the scenes to keep the only four star event in the... Read More

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Cryptorchidism in Horses

May 01, 2007

Cryptorchidism is a congenital condition (i.e., the individual is born with it) in which one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) of the testes fail to descend into the scrotum. A number of common terms have been used to describe cryptorchids,... Read More