Recent News for Horse Care

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Veterinarians: Donate Your Unwanted Dental Tools at the AAEP Convention

November 22, 2004

The Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) is in great need of dental floats to be used on horses in Haiti. A project to begin dental work on horses in Haiti has been scheduled for early spring of 2005. Should you happen to have any old floats layin... Read More

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Diagnosis and Management of Equine Food Sensitivity

November 18, 2004

The percentage of horses that suffer from food allergies remains unclear.... Read More

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USEF Rule Permits Use of Surpass

November 17, 2004

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permits the therapeutic use of Surpass, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the FDA for use in horses. Thi... Read More

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Feeding in Winter

November 16, 2004

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay. A little alfalfa hay... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

November 16, 2004

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a... Read More

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Nominations due Jan. 10 for the 2005 Equine Industry Vision Award

November 12, 2004

Jan. 10, 2005 is the deadline date for nominations for the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which will be presented at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Seminar in Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 2005. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors th... Read More

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Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

November 11, 2004

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported... Read More

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Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Panel Discusses Veterinary Disclosure, Accountability

November 09, 2004

The issue of full disclosure of veterinary procedures for horses offered at auction generated lively discussion during the Nov. 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting in Lexington. The Sales Integrity Task Force is preparing a... Read More

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Birdstone Retired After Suffering Fracture

November 05, 2004

Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) this year, has been retired after a radiograph taken Nov. 2 revealed a medial chip in the colt's left front long pastern bone (P1).

The son of... Read More

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Winter Riding

November 03, 2004

Give your horse longer warm-up and cooling-out time in cold weather to prevent tendon injury. Frozen ground, cold temperatures, and stiff tendons (not warmed up) can result in damage or even a bowed tendon. ... Read More

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Lone Star Offers Access to High-Tech Equine Surgical Suite

November 02, 2004

A high-tech surgical suite, developed originally for human medicine, is now available to horses at Lone Star Park, the host for this year's running of the Breeders'Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The facility, designed especially for... Read More

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Equine Working Group Provides Views to USDA

November 01, 2004

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) said it supports the approach the USDA is taking to organize a national animal ID system to deal with animal diseases and their effects. But, the group cautioned, the horse industry has unique issues and... Read More

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Electronic ID Debate

November 01, 2004

When you have a radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip implanted in your horse, chances are you feel secure in knowing that if he were lost or stolen, he would be easily identified and returned. However, incompatible microchip... Read More

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Double-Decker Trailering: Casting Stones...

November 01, 2004

Some states--because of pressure from constituents--have passed laws that won't permit slaughter horses to be hauled in double-decker trucks through their states. That's a fine idea, but I don't think any of the state laws would have covered this in... Read More

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Age-Related Parasites: Scourges of Foals and Young Horses

November 01, 2004

Editor's Note: This is part eleven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

BY KAREN BRIGGS, WITH CRAIG REINEMEYER, DVM, PHD; DENNIS FRENCH, DVM, MS, DIPL. ABVP; AND RAY KAPLAN, DVM, PHD... Read More

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Don't Bypass a Veterinarian

November 01, 2004

I have an older Tennessee Walking Horse with Cushing's disease. She has been on Cipro for some time. She foundered long before I got her, but it has become chronic. I have been able to maintain her to a point, but she is losing weight and I have a... Read More

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young... Read More

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Dental Professionals Available

November 01, 2004

There is, of late, much discussion amongst horse owners and the horse industry in general about the practice of equine veterinary dentistry by unlicensed lay individuals. Some feel that laws should not restrict the horse owner in their choice of... Read More

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USRider Assists Gimenez in Trailer Accident Survey

November 01, 2004

USRider has teamed up with nationally known large-animal rescue veterinarian Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, in an effort to further enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses.

Through an innovative research project, USRider... Read More

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Congenital Hypothyroidism Devastates Western Canada Breeders

November 01, 2004

Veterinarians in western Canada report that 2004 has been a disappointing year for many breeders because of an increase in cases of fatal congenital hypothyroidism in foals. Newborns with the disease can exhibit clinical signs such as contracted... Read More

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Using the Twitch Properly

November 01, 2004

I attended a short course on horse behavior at New Bolton Center where you explained how a twitch works and your recommendations for how to use it most effectively. It seemed to make so much sense why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't,... Read More

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Maximizing Benefits of Influenza Vaccines

November 01, 2004

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

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Equine Dentistry Position Statement

November 01, 2004

The board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has approved a revised organizational position statement on equine dentistry. The revised position was prepared by the AAEP Equine Dentistry Committee and approved... Read More