Recent News for Horse Care

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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

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Ideally Speaking

May 01, 2007

At the end of a long day, possibly after driving many miles in all sorts of weather and traffic, many an equine veterinarian must pause for a few moments and shake his/her head in amazement. This amazement is probably not in regard to the animals,... Read More

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A Late Start

May 01, 2007

I have a 5-month-old colt that was never halter broken. According to the breeder, it appeared that at one point a halter had been put on him, and the experience was traumatic for him.

Since he came home with me, I have been spending time with... Read More

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Dentistry Part 5: Surgical Procedures

May 01, 2007

The field of equine dentistry is as broad as the field of human dentistry. While your family dentist receives special training in a wide range of topics on general dental care, the endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, and oromaxillofacial... Read More

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Emergencies on the Road

May 01, 2007

Traveling with horses is no longer the big deal it once was, but the risks attached to hauling are as great as ever; as we all know, accidents happen, even to the most responsible of us. And while it's essential to take precautions to protect... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 5: Trailer Loading Part 1

May 01, 2007

The reason most horses don't load in trailers is that owners have studiously trained them to not load. Horses learn this by accident. The horse gets led up to the trailer and decides not to go in and turns sideways. Then the owner leads him away an... Read More

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Calculating the Equine Attention Span

April 28, 2007

Using operant conditioning, scientists have quantified horses' attention spans, and they have drawn some conclusions that could help horse trainers and owners better understand their charges and how they learn.

The researchers at... Read More

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Derby Trainers Going Against Convention

April 28, 2007

Several entries will have had long layoffs, something that was once unheard of

Four horses have run just two prep races. Four others are coming in off long layoffs. And some didn't even race as two-year-olds. Conventiona... Read More

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Rotation Makes for More Effective Deworming

April 25, 2007

Internal parasites are a serious concern for horse owners across the country. Protecting horses from the severe damage these pests can cause, however, means much more than administering a dewormer once every few months. Owners must select... Read More

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BLM Plans Wild Horse Auction in Helena on June 16

April 22, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management plans to auction 30 to 40 wild horses and 10 wild burros at the Helena, Mont., fairgrounds on June 16.

The BLM auctions wild horses and burros captured on federal lands in the West. An estimated 32,000 wild horses... Read More

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Drug Testing: California Thoroughbred Owners Could Face Fines

April 20, 2007

Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.

Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California,... Read More

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Horse Council Sets Agenda for National Issues Forum

April 19, 2007

Disease control and equine identification programs are among the topics on the agenda for the American Horse Council National Issues Forum June 17-20 in Washington, D.C.

The general session on June 19 will feature the following seminars:... Read More

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USEF Offering Expedited Horse Passport Service

April 18, 2007

The USEF has begun a new expedited FEI and National Passport service which is intended to assist those who have an urgent need to obtain a new passport, revalidate an existing one, change ownership, change a horse's name, and to receive an FEI... Read More

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Pergolide: Veterinarians, Horse Owners Fighting for Availability

April 17, 2007

Pergolide mesylate, a drug commonly used to treat pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also known as equine Cushing's disease, has been withdrawn for human use. The FDA made this announcement March 29. Since that time, horse owners and... Read More

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Equine Cloning to be Discussed at Horse Expo

April 17, 2007

Representatives from ViaGen will speak about the science of equine cloning and answer questions on the subject at this year's Western States Horse Expo, June 8-10 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif.

ViaGen, a livestock cloning compan... Read More

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Connecticut Bridle Path Selected as AHC's First "Featured Riding Trail"

April 16, 2007

The American Horse Council (AHC) selected the Larkin State Park Trail in Southbury, Oxford, Naugatuck and Waterbury, Conn., as the first AHC Featured Riding Trail.

The AHC Featured Riding Trail program is part of a new section on the... Read More

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Lame Ketchikan Could Be Off Triple Crown Trail

April 11, 2007

Louisiana Derby runner-up Ketchikan is lame in his left front foot, which could knock him off the Triple Crown trail. The colt's owner, B. Wayne Hughes, said the 3-year-old son of Mr. Greeley was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in... Read More

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Old School: Traditional Farming on Display at MSU Draft Horse Event

April 09, 2007

The century-old Michigan State University (MSU) draft horse program will hold its annual Plow Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 on the east side of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Local aficionados and... Read More

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Performance Evaluation of Western Saddle Pads

April 08, 2007

The local tack shop has them in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are an essential part of every horse's tack--the saddle pad. Lately, interest in the equine industry has lead to an increase in the manufacturing of technologically advanced... Read More

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Equine Cushing's Drug Pergolide to be Withdrawn for Human Use

April 04, 2007

The FDA has announced pergolide is to be voluntarily withdrawn for human use. Pergolide is commonly used for horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also known as equine Cushing's disease.

According to the FDA announcement... Read More

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Reward Offered for Information on Miniature Horse Killing

April 04, 2007

 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a miniature horse in Waseca County, Minn.

According... Read More

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Barbaro Saddle Donated to Benefit Disabled Jockeys' Fund

April 03, 2007

During a press conference held at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, Jockeys’ Guild manager Dwight Manley called for support of the Disabled Jockeys’ Fund as Edgar Prado formally donated the saddle worn by Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky... Read More