Recent News for Horse Care

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Australians Attend Kentucky Large-Animal Rescue Training

May 07, 2009

Large-animal emergency rescue training continues growing in popularity around the globe, according to Mark Cole, managing member for USRider, a roadside assistance plan designed with horse owners in mind. Awareness of the issue was at a far lowe... Read More

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AQHA Suspends Texas Trainer

May 07, 2009

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has suspended trainer Cleve Wells in connection with the treatment a horse received from an employee at Wells' Burleson, Texas, facility.

On April 23, the AQHA Executive Committee announced that... Read More

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Esophageal Problem Hereditary in Friesians?

May 07, 2009

Megaesophagus, a chronic dilation of the esophagus, appears to occur at an atypically high rate in Friesians.... Read More

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Injury to Scratched Derby Favorite I Want Revenge More Serious

May 06, 2009

The injury that kept I Want Revenge out of the May 2 Kentucky Derby will keep him from racing for months and threaten his career if he doesn't respond well to therapy, the horse's veterinarian said May 5.

Foster Northrop, DVM, said swelling... Read More

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Hoof Trimming Intervals (Book Excerpt)

May 06, 2009

How often a horse needs trimming depends on many factors, particularly how fast his hooves grow. A shod horse usually needs trimming every four to ten weeks (depending on his growth rate), since there is no way for the hoof to wear naturally.... Read More

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Heaves Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention: AAEP 2008

May 06, 2009

The discussion covered a number of areas, including the pathophysiology of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also called heaves) and its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The causes of RAO are known to be inhaled allergens and irritants... Read More

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Postal Service to Unveil Seabiscuit Stamped Envelope

May 05, 2009

Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and his wife Joan, member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, will lead a special first day of sale ceremony at noon May 11, for the new commemorativ... Read More

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Hoof Wall Separations and Quarter Cracks

May 05, 2009

Many things can contribute to abscesses that cause your horse pain and undermine hoof integrity.... Read More

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Anabolic Steroid Testing in a Racing Environment

May 03, 2009

While steroid enhancement of performance is debatable, the public has the perception that it might affect performance in horses. In evidence-based analysis on purported effects of anabolic steroids, there are no documented studies that correspond to ... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Becomes AQHA Corporate Partner

May 03, 2009

SmartPak Equine, provider of the popular patented daily-dose SmartPak supplement service, has been named the Official Supplement Feeding System of the American Quarter Horse Association.

"We are delighted to be partnering with AQHA and... Read More

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See What Past Kentucky Derby Winners Are Up To Now

May 02, 2009

The Blood-Horse recently caught up with some of the Derby champions to see what they're up to now.... Read More

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Racehorse Stormalory Euthanized After Leg Fractures

May 02, 2009

Stormalory, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.
    
Stormalory, trained by Bill Mott and owned by... Read More

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Equine Joint Health Management Program Launched

May 02, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has announced the formation of the equine Joint Health Management (JHM) program, an education program for veterinarians and horse owners designed to prevent and treat equine joint... Read More

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Feet Feud

May 01, 2009

My horse Lucky has started a behavior problem when we handle his feet. He's always been awesome about lifting... Read More

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New Herdmates

May 01, 2009

Dr. Sue McDonnell helps a reader whose horse's attitude changed with his new barn. ... Read More

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Estrus Suppression

May 01, 2009

When a mare exhibits unexpected or undesirable behavior that cannot be explained by illness or injury, the owner might suspect it is related to the mare's estrous cycle. He or she might notice the mare is more difficult to train or ride... Read More

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Building Immunity

May 01, 2009

The foal’s immune system is almost a blank slate at birth; researchers are figuring out how to best protect horses as they grow.

The process of building immunity against disease-causing pathogens for a horse begins with a... Read More

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Probiotics and Prebiotics

May 01, 2009

When the levels of the good bugs wane, pre- and probiotics might be able to help replenish them.... Read More

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Will the Worms Win? Part 2: Resistance

May 01, 2009

Managing internal parasites in the face of dewormer resistance.

Anthelmintic resistance is a growing problem the world over. While we might not see "super worms" ravaging our equine companions, there is a pressing need to... Read More

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Racetrack Emergencies (AAEP 2008)

May 01, 2009

Preparation includes understanding the nature of racing emergencies along with an assessment on how to maximize available resources. Venue-specific concerns should be identified, as every situation is unique, and Scollay-Ward urged on-track veterina... Read More

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Roaring Down the Track: Laryngeal Hemiplegia Basics

May 01, 2009

It is estimated that 3-5% of young Thoroughbreds have left laryngeal hemiplegia, also known as roaring. In laymen's terms this... Read More

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Horse Owner Survey Shows NSAID Use Trends

April 30, 2009

In a recent survey, 96% of respondents said they used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control the joint pain and inflammation in horses, and 82% administer them without always consulting their veterinarian. More than 1,400 horse... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Test Results

April 29, 2009

The pharmacy involved in the investigation into the recent death of 21 polo ponies in Wellington, Fla., has released a statement verifying that selenium was the excess ingredient in the medication prepared for the ponies.

Florida State... Read More

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Protective Boots: Researchers Call for Standards, Testing

April 27, 2009

Many horses sport leg protection while working or during turnout. Some horse owners also use "support" boots, which are designed to lessen the strain on their horses' lower-limb tendons and ligaments. But David Marlin, BSc (Hons.), PhD, says some boo... Read More

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Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Tendonitis in Cornell Study

April 25, 2009

Horses faced with career-ending tendon injuries might possess the power to heal themselves.

According to Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues from Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to effectively treat horses... Read More