Recent News for Horse Care

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Trail Riding: Position in a Group

May 18, 2005

Does your horse walk along quietly with at least a horse length between him and the horse in front, or does he want to tailgate the lead horse without watching where he places his feet? You want a horse that is comfortable anywhere in a group... Read More

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

May 16, 2005

Mr Cool's victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i... Read More

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Dealing with a Trailer Accident

May 11, 2005

Having an accident with a van or trailer carrying a horse is a nightmare. Always do everything in your power to prevent a vehicle accident with horses on board (or anytime for that matter). If you are uncomfortable with the trailer rig or the... Read More

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Mule Clones Head for the Races

May 05, 2005

University of Idaho mule clones Idaho Gem and Idaho Star are headed for the races.

But first the pair must complete nearly a year of training before they actually reach a racetrack in 2006. That's when the two clones will begin to prove... Read More

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Is My Horse Psychotic?

May 01, 2005

I bought my gelding as a stallion from a local sulky racetrack a year ago (where he never got out of his stall except for training). He had just turned three and was very excitable, so we had him gelded. After several months, he seemed to calm... Read More

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Making the Best of It

May 01, 2005

Not all dreams work out the way we hope or plan, but Moon Doggie went from a dream of glory to a fulfilling companion. He is now a 3-year-old appendix Quarter Horse that is a friend to a once lonely performance horse. Moon can run and play with... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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The Perfect Hoof

May 01, 2005

An interesting dichotomy exists when we turn our attention to the horse's foot. On the one hand, without a healthy foot, a modern-day horse really has no value. On the other hand, the foot often is the most neglected part of the horse's anatomy.... Read More

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Big Feet, Big Shoes

May 01, 2005

Whether you're a heavy horse fancier or not, a big hitch of fancy draft horses is an arresting sight. But what's the connection between all this flash and the ideal function of a heavy horse? Show ring insiders say you're seeing an animal... Read More

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Managing Wet Feet

May 01, 2005

Hoof care is one of the most important aspects of quality horse management. Hoof trimming, good nutrition, and... Read More

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To Shoe or Not to Shoe?

May 01, 2005

They are questions most horse owners have pondered at one time or another. Does my horse really need shoes? Do they help or hinder him?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Consideration must be given to several factors, including a horse'... Read More

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Controlling Influenza

May 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection. While it affects many horses, it has a low mortality rate; horses generally recover.... Read More

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Online Horse Health Care

May 01, 2005

The Internet has permeated nearly every aspect of our lives; we use it for music, movie tickets, tools, clothing, research, a social life, sport picks, and who knows what else. Information is so easy to find, but there is, as always, a... Read More

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Fitting the Saddle to the Withers

May 01, 2005

Were we to select the perfect withers for our mounts with the idea of arranging the best possible fit for the saddle, we would probably settle on well-placed, prominent withers that blended nicely into the slope of the shoulder and the back.... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Update Influenza Vaccines

May 01, 2005

Veterinarians and horse owners, as caretakers of the health and wellbeing of our animals, tend to be vigilant about ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines. But do we ever step back to examine if these vaccines, which include multiple antigens... Read More

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Athletic Taping of the Lower Limb

May 01, 2005

Athletic taping is commonly used in human sports medicine to begin a physical therapy program; it stabilizes injured soft tissues and helps prevent further injury. Years of experience in the use of athletic taping as well as scientific research... Read More

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Dental Floating Value

May 01, 2005

Maintaining dental health is believed to be critical to optimum feed intake, digestive tract health, and body condition. In Western Canada, there are about 70,000 PMU mares that usually don't get routine dental care. Researchers from the Western... Read More

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More

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Churchill Outlines "Milkshake" Policy

April 25, 2005

With only a few differences, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will be utilizing the same testing procedures for "milkshakes" that are in effect at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and similar to those at many other North American... Read More

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Joint Cartilage Adaptation in Young Horses

April 22, 2005

It is widely believed that exercise and limb-loading in foals help joint cartilage functionally adapt to the rigors of athletic activity. In 2005, Dutch researchers set out to find out if they could verify the concept of functional adaptation of... Read More

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Bleeding of the Uterine Artery

April 20, 2005

There are two large arteries that supply the uterus with blood. One crisis that can occur is severe hemorrhage of one of these arteries into the surrounding tissue or abdominal cavity. This problem, "rupture of the uterine artery," is well-documented... Read More

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Microchip Proposed as Required Form of Equine ID

April 18, 2005

"The advancement of animal ID is currently one of the NIAA's greatest missions," began Amelita Facchiano, consultant for GlobalVetLink and chair of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Equine ID Subcommittee at the NIAA annual... Read More

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Horse Smart Card in the Works

April 15, 2005

The horse industry in Colorado is instituting an Equine Smart Card identification program that will meet National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards. NAIS is a national program being developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and... Read More