Recent News for Horse Care

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Surgery Scheduled Sunday Afternoon for Barbaro

May 21, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who suffered multiple fractures soon after the start of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been taken to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. He is... Read More

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After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain a "Coin Toss"

May 21, 2006

Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in... Read More

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Preakness: Gasps and Disbelief Give Way to Hope, Prayers

May 20, 2006

The gasps that rose from the record crowd gathered for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course told the story. There eventually was a winner, but even his connections were thinking about the injury to heavily favored Barbaro,... Read More

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Hoof Structure and Foot Facts (Book Excerpt)

May 17, 2006

The old saying, "No hoof, no horse" is very true, especially as it pertains to the horse's working ability and soundness. The horse is an athlete; we use him for a variety of athletic purposes -- racing, jumping, chasing cattle, pulling carts.... Read More

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Sam Houston University to Graduate First Class of American Paint Horses

May 16, 2006

Seven American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered fillies were enrolled this semester at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas, to receive a higher education. Not your typical student body, this is one of the first all Paint... Read More

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Lawyer Ron Back at Churchill After Surgery

May 16, 2006

Grade II winner Lawyer Ron, who ran unplaced in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been returned to trainer Bob Holthus at Churchill Downs following surgery to remove bone chips.... Read More

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Spring and Fall Wellness Exams Help Keep Horses Healthy

May 15, 2006

Many horse health crises can be prevented with wellness exams, vaccinations, and year-round parasite control. ... Read More

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Hurricane Pony Receives Prosthetic Limb, Helps Kids

May 11, 2006

Molly, a 15-year-old Appaloosa pony, survived Hurricane Katrina when it hit Louisiana. She was rescued from her pasture near New Orleans after the storm and given a new home with Pony Paradise. However, Molly's storm tragedy didn't end there; a... Read More

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Lawyer Ron to Miss Preakness; To Have Chip Removed

May 11, 2006

Lawyer Ron is scheduled to have a small chip removed from his right, hind ankle May 12 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. The surgery, to be performed by Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will force the son of Langfuhr to... Read More

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Sharp Humor Sidelined With Chip Knee Fracture

May 10, 2006

Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.

The 3-year-old New York-bred son of Distorted Humor is scheduled to undergo surgery... Read More

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New Booklet Offered to Help Answer ID Questions

May 05, 2006

The national Equine Working Group has a new information booklet available on the American Horse Council web site. The booklet provides valuable information from the working group and might aid in answering questions about equine animals and... Read More

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Ham Radio Communication and Horses

May 04, 2006

To successfully manage and recover from terrorist attacks, medical emergencies, accidents, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, floods, blizzards, etc., reliable communications are absolutely necessary. A relatively simple way to vastly... Read More

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Stolen Horse International Announces Court Victories

May 04, 2006

Stolen Horse International Announces Court Victories for Missing Horse Case Victims
From California to Maryland

Stolen Horse International (SHI) has resolved equine theft cases and has proven the justice system can prevail. For Rod... Read More

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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Rolex Talk Highlights Performance Horse Issues

May 03, 2006

The 2006 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event drew more than 90,000 equine enthusiasts to the Kentucky Horse Park, and Lexington's Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI) used the opportunity to educate horse owners on common health issues... Read More

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Temperament--Buying the Right Horse for the Trail (Book Excerpt)

May 02, 2006

If you're going to enjoy trail riding, you need a horse with a good temperament. You may have the best-conformed horse in the world, with sound limbs and body, but that will matter little if the horse is mentally and emotionally unsuited... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Retrofit Your Rig

May 01, 2006

Of the many things you ask your horse to do, few are as totally unnatural and potentially hazardous to his health as asking him to climb into a metal box and trundle down the road for hours on end. To make the trailering experience as low-stress... Read More

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Medicating for Equine Colic

May 01, 2006

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse's colic pain... Read More

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$2.5 Million Research Initiative Draws 27 Pre-Proposals

May 01, 2006

The announcement of a $2.5-million equine health consortium initiative was met with great enthusiasm, says Kristin Benjamin, vice president of scientific programs and advancement for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in Englewood, Colo. Twenty-seve... Read More

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Carriage Company Rebuilds

May 01, 2006

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages ushered in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in hurricane-stricken Louisiana.... Read More

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Nightshade and Ivermectin: A Deadly Mixture

May 01, 2006

Editor's note: When researching the unknown illness story on this page, the following study on ivermectin's interaction with a noxious weed was discovered. Nightshade and other poisonous plants should be eliminated from pastures.... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Dewormer Questioned

May 01, 2006

Four horses on a South Texas farm died from unknown causes in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the problems might have been caused by a dewormer; she has necropsy and other test results, but she has not released them... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option?

May 01, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. California studies in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk of... Read More

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Vaccine Helps Treat Pythiosis

May 01, 2006

The Horse recently discussed pythiosis in the aftermath of hurricanes. In 1994, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers teamed with scientists at Pan American Veterinary Laboratories (PAVL) to complete development of an... Read More