Recent News for Horse Care

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Historic Windfields Farm to Disperse, Close

August 22, 2009

Windfields Farm, the historic Canadian nursery that had a major impact on North American breeding, has announced it will close following the dispersal of its remaining bloodstock at this year's Keeneland November sale.

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Young Horse Deworming Protocols Discussed by Readers

August 21, 2009

More than 460 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you deworm your young horses?"... Read More

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Former Lab Tech Suing Polo Ponies' Supplement Maker

August 21, 2009

A former lab technician is suing the Florida company that produced a vitamin and mineral compound blamed for killing 21 polo horses in April on grounds that she lost her job after cooperating with authorities investigating the deaths.

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16-Year-Old Quarter Horse Racehorse Still Winning

August 20, 2009

American Quarter Horse runner Silent Cash Dasher on Sunday won at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla. Owned and trained by Gary Earp of Jay, Okla., the gelding by Dash Easy is 16 years old.

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Vet Hospitalized with Hendra Virus

August 20, 2009

A veterinarian exposed to a horse infected with Hendra virus has tested positive for the disease and is hospitalized in an induced coma, said the Australian Horse Industry Council.

Three horses on a Cawarral, Queensland, property died in... Read More

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Diarrhea Prevention in Hospitalized Horses a Delicate Bacterial Balance

August 20, 2009

Diarrhea acquired while staying in a hospital, termed nosocomial diarrhea, is an unfortunate risk when hospitalizing a horse, but there are steps owners and veterinarians can take to help prevent disease.

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The Germinator Brush for Horses

August 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Pierce

Kinetic Technologies LLC

859-258-9160

barbarapierce@KineticTech.net

Introducing the Germinator Brus... Read More

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Horses Read Human Body Cues, Researchers Say

August 19, 2009

Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them,... Read More

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Project Brings Vet Training to Rural China

August 19, 2009

Working donkeys, horses, and mules in Xinjiang, China, are on the receiving end of care and guidance provided through a project by Urumqi University, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Society for the Protection of Animals... Read More

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Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Might Offer Some WNV Protection

August 18, 2009

Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis might mitigate West Nile virus (WNV) infection in some horses, said a group of researchers from Japan's National Institute of Animal Health... Read More

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Neurectomy Effects on Suspensory Ligament Discussed in Case Report

August 17, 2009

Neurectomy of the deep branch of the lateral plantar nerve resulted in a "profound" atrophy of the muscular portion of the proximal suspensory ligament reports researchers in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

The surgical procedure is... Read More

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Spike in Pigeon Fever Cases Reported in Colorado

August 17, 2009

Equine owners should be extra vigilant for signs of pigeon fever in their horses, according to Colorado State University... Read More

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Reduced Joint Inflammation Noted in Nutraceutical Study

August 16, 2009

A dietary nutraceutical composed of mussel, shark cartilage, abalone, and Biota orientalis lipid extract (trade name Epiitalis), reduced inflammatory responses similar to those experienced by a horse with arthritis, researchers reported in a ... Read More

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Residency Endowment Aims to Keep Equine Vets at Michigan State

August 14, 2009

Robert and Kay Ritchie have a vision: a steady stream of veterinary students in residency positions studying equine medicine at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM). When their residency training is through, these... Read More

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Tips to Stop Horse Poachers Offered by Police

August 13, 2009

While their probe into a series of horse poaching incidents continues, the Miami-Dade County Police are asking horse owners to do their part to keep their animals safe.

At least 17 horses have been stolen and apparently butchered for... Read More

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Donated Water Troughs Aid Moroccan Cart Horses

August 13, 2009

Cart horses, mules, and donkeys working in the Moroccan city of Marrakech are now able to stay hydrated throughout their hot days on the job, thanks to the donation of nine water troughs by the Society for the Protection of Animals... Read More

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Equine Dewormers: Use Care When Choosing Products

August 13, 2009

When confronted by shelves and shelves of dewormers, many horse owners can be confused about their choices--and the issue of equine parasite resistance adds even greater confusion.... Read More

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Softer Whips for Racehorses at Del Mar

August 12, 2009

Del Mar is taking the sting out of its whips.

On Wednesday, it will become the first California racetrack to require riding crops that don't raise welts.

Darrell Haire, regional manager for the Jockeys' Guild, said the whips are made o... Read More

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Hendra Virus Testing Continues after Three Horse Deaths

August 12, 2009

Veterinarians with Biosecurity Queensland are taking samples from 25 horses at a Cawarral horse facility to confirm any further cases of Hendra virus.

This follows the deaths of three horses at the property since July 28. The most recent... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

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Florida Horse Poaching Tip Reward Rises

August 12, 2009

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $8,000 on Tuesday when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. added $3,000 to existing reward... Read More

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MRLS Foal Losses in Kentucky Increased Slightly in 2009

August 12, 2009

Between May 5 and June 15, the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) diagnosed 13 foal loss cases caused by mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Central Kentucky. This number was up slightly from 2003-2008 when only three to five cases... Read More

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Horses' Sleep 'Stay Apparatus' Can Cause Limb to Lock

August 11, 2009

It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a "stay apparatus" that allows them to remai... Read More

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U.S. Thoroughbred Stallion Reported Butchered in Peru

August 11, 2009

Drilling for Oil, a U.S. Thoroughbred graded stakes winner who was sent to Peru in July for stallion duty, was found dead after being butchered for his meat, according to the Read More

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Cribbing Not a Learned Behavior, Researchers Say

August 11, 2009

Despite many horse owners' belief to the contrary, researchers concluded in a new study that cribbing does not appear to be a learned disorder. However, genetic predisposition appears to be a factor, especially among Thoroughbreds.

Julia D.... Read More