Recent News for Horse Care

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Breath of Fresh Air for Barbaro, Gaining Weight

August 14, 2006

After almost three months in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, Barbaro has begun brief outings to some grassy areas adjacent to the ICU to hand graze.

"We felt he was ready for ... Read More

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Trailer Accident Survey Generates Valuable Safety Tips

August 13, 2006

In an effort to help improve safety of horses and those who travel with horses, USRider has been working with nationally known large-animal rescue experts Tomas Gimenez, DVM, and his wife, Rebecca Gimenez, PhD.

For the past three years,... Read More

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Breeding Cents

August 11, 2006

In 2003, the horse industry directly contributed $10.7 billion to the U.S. economy; $2.2 billion of that was from the breeding industry alone, according to a study published in 2005. It's no wonder that Karin Bosh's July 11 graduate defense... Read More

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AHC Issues Forum Discusses ID

August 11, 2006

The American Horse Council (AHC) confirmed today (Aug. 10) that Bob Hillman, DVM, will be a speaker for the AHC Issues Forum, which will be held on Sept. 25 in Austin, Texas. Hillman currently serves as the Texas state veterinarian and executive... Read More

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Dr. Bob Hillman to Speak at AHC Issues Forum

August 10, 2006

The American Horse Council has confirmed Bob Hillman, DVM, as a speaker for the AHC Issues Forum, which will be held on September 25th in Austin, Texas. Hillman currently serves as the Texas State Veterinarian and Executive Director of the... Read More

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Shipping a Horse with Colic (Book Excerpt)

August 09, 2006

In my experience, shipping a horse with a severe case of colic can be a dangerous and harrowing experience. If at all possible the horse should be seen by a veterinarian and stabilized prior to transport.... Read More

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ESWG Suggests Movement Reporting Plan to NAIS Subcommittee

August 09, 2006

On August 1, 2006, the Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) made recommendations to the NAIS Subcommittee on how the equine industry might reach NAIS compliance in the future. Each of the different... Read More

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During Cast Change, Barbaro's Injured Leg 'Looked Good'

August 09, 2006

Edited release from New Bolton Center

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was doing well Wednesday morning after the cast on his right hind limb was changed late Tuesday afternoon under general anesthesia at the New Bolton... Read More

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Cast Change Planned for Barbaro Today

August 08, 2006

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital plan to change the right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro later today (August 8).... Read More

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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

August 04, 2006

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a... Read More

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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Showing Evidence of Regrowth

August 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's left hind hoof is slowly showing evidence of regrowth after surgery last month to treat laminitis.... Read More

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Barbaro's Right Hind Leg Healing Well

August 02, 2006

By now, Barbaro should have been close to casting aside any doubts that he could make a full recovery from the devastating right hind leg injuries he suffered at the Preakness Stakes.

Instead, the winner of the Kentucky Derby still has a... Read More

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Equine Problem Behavior Research Survey Now Online

August 02, 2006

A veterinary behavior student at The University of California, Davis, Read More

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Veterinary Education

August 01, 2006

A veterinarian's education does not end when he or she graduates from veterinary school. Some might go on to become board certified in a specialized area of practice, such as surgery or internal medicine, and all are required by state licensing... Read More

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Could This be Back Pain?

August 01, 2006

My mare appears to be in pain particularly in the withers, shoulder, and stomach areas. She used to round her back, but has since stopped. She squeals when she is touched. She has been checked for ovary problems, bladder problems, lameness, and... Read More

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No Vertical Vision?

August 01, 2006

I follow Pat Parelli's training methodology. While doing the exercise of desensitizing my horse to a ball, I quickly realized that her focus never followed the ball over her head. If I rolled it at her feet, or played with the ball anywhere belo... Read More

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Trashing the Place

August 01, 2006

Why do some defecate onto the walls of the stall, pasting manure onto their tails, hindquarters, and all over ... Read More

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Daily Hoof Washing?

August 01, 2006

I have heard horses should get their feet washed every day, and that this is called the natural moisturizing cycle for hooves. In the horses you have observed in the wild, do they wet their feet every day? If so, please explain how they do... Read More

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Body Builders--Muscles

August 01, 2006

Muscles are one of the most important components in the equine body. Without them, the horse would be unable to walk, chew and digest food, or even swish his tail. Muscles comprise the largest tissue mass in the horse's body. There are various types ... Read More

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Ammonia is the Enemy

August 01, 2006

You know that burning sensation that fills your nostrils as you're mucking out stalls? The fiery feeling spreads from your nose into your sinuses, down your throat, and billows through your lungs. It makes your eyes sting and water. Imagine living... Read More

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Overactive and Underweight

August 01, 2006

Sometimes it's challenging to keep weight on a horse. A hyperactive horse might burn off too many calories to stay in optimum body condition, while an old broodmare with digestive inefficiency can lose weight during the stress of lactation. We'll ... Read More

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Barbaro Update

August 01, 2006

Barbaro was recovering well after his second cast change at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center. "Barbaro is back in his stall and is doing well," said Chief of Surgery Dean W. Richardson, who on July 3 replaced the cast he had put o... Read More

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Examining Equine Vocalizations

August 01, 2006

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Treats Tendon and Ligament Problems

August 01, 2006

A Cornell University scientist recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance healing and quality of repair at the cellular level in treating tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS... Read More

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Equine Behaviorist Chris Irwin Offering Sessions at KHP

August 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) welcomes the return of equine behaviorist and trainer Chris Irwin on October 27-28. He will be offering private and semi-private sessions at the Maker’s Read More