Recent News for Horse Care

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First Responders Learn Horse Handling Basics at Virginia Tech

April 04, 2008

Emergency personnel often have their first experience handling horses when they are called to the scene of a trailer collision, barn fire, or other crisis situation.

In order to better prepare fire, police, and medical professionals for... Read More

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Commentary: Working With Your Veterinarian

April 03, 2008

"Please help! My 10-year-old Quarter Horse has been down in the pasture for two days and won't get up. What should I do?"

"A week ago I saw my horse bitten by a skunk in broad daylight. I dressed the wounds, but after searching the internet... Read More

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Keep Expo Horses Healthy

April 03, 2008

Although the stress of exposition environments might be unavoidable, according to several exposition professionals, its effects on horses can be reduced through careful selection of the horses that will be participating and management at the event.... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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False Giveaway Ads a Cover for Saddle Theft

April 02, 2008

It wasn't a hoax or revenge that cost a Southern Oregon man many of his belongings when people responded to a Craigslist posting and nearly emptied his rural home, officers say: It was a pair of thieves covering their tracks.

Jackson County... Read More

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Prevent Horse Trailer Tire Trouble

April 02, 2008

Flat tires are the leading cause of disablements involving horse trailers. While horse haulers can never totally eliminate the risk of a breakdown, the risk can be minimized by taking the proper steps. USRider offered the following suggestions... Read More

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EPM Treatment

April 01, 2008

To understand the best approach to treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), it is helpful to have a brief look at how the protozoa (single-celled parasites) that cause EPM--Sarcocystis neurona--enter the central nervous system.... Read More

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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More

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Potty Problems

April 01, 2008

I have a serious problem with my 3-year-old Warmblood filly I recently purchased. I had her extensively vette... Read More

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Training a One-Eyed Horse

April 01, 2008

Working with visually impaired horses has been mostly with those that lost vision as an adult, after they had been trained. And, in general, the horses I have worked with directly have impressed me with how adaptable they have been with losing vision... Read More

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Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... Read More

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Dental Care and Health

April 01, 2008

Dental science and, consequently, dental health for us as human beings, have come a very long way in the past 250 years. Most of us in this country are accustomed to regular, routine visits to our general family practitioner for an overall health... Read More

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Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More

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Reducing Back Sensitivity

March 30, 2008

Back pain is often suspected in horses, but most treatments haven't been researched much or at all. Results of a study designed to measure the effects of massage, chiropractic, and phenylbutazone (Bute) on back sensitivity were presented at the 200... Read More

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Campaigns Work to Keep Endangered Draft Breeds Viable

March 28, 2008

Suffering dramatic drops in numbers of registered animals, several European draft horse breed societies are coming up with targeted promotional campaigns in order to keep their breeds alive.

In England, the critically endangered Suffolk is... Read More

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Diagnosing Coxofemoral Subluxation with Ultrasound

March 28, 2008

Subluxation (partial dislocation) of the coxofemoral joint between the femur and pelvis in horses is rare; only two cases have been reported in the literature. However, six cases were seen at the University of California, Davis, in a three-year... Read More

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Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

March 28, 2008

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you've just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University's... Read More

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Sound Horse Conference Approved as Continuing Education

March 27, 2008

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has approved the Sound Horse Conference for 9.75 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. The conference is being held at The Ohio State University April 11 and 12, 2008.

Soring is the... Read More

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Giving Omeprazole for Ulcers Intravenously

March 27, 2008

In the past few years, we've been hearing how many more horses have gastric ulcers than we used to think. We also know that oral omeprazole paste (GastroGard, manufactured by Merial Limited, Decatur, Ga.) effectively treats and prevents ulcers.... Read More

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Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

March 26, 2008

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral... Read More

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Computed Tomography for Imaging the Stifle

March 26, 2008

The stifle joint is often implicated in cases of lameness, but it can be a notoriously tough joint to image. Radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), and diagnostic arthrography (joint evaluation) all can be used, but they... Read More

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Pregnant Percheron Plucked from Pond

March 26, 2008

Firefighters in Johnson Creek, Wis., rescued a pregnant horse from an icy pond after it escaped from its nearby pen.

The 7-year-old black Percheron draft horse, named Katie, is expected to make a full recovery after being in the cold water... Read More

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South African Horse Sickness Cases Approach 300

March 25, 2008

African horse sickness (AHS) has struck close to 300 horses in South Africa so far this year, killing approximately half of them and prompting an embargo on horse transports in Western Cape. The area on equine lockdown includes the country's... Read More

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Myristol's Effects on Clinical Joint Disease

March 25, 2008

For the study, 39 horses in Missouri and Florida (on a broodmare farm, a Thoroughbred retirement center, and in two university equestrian programs) were selected for naturally occurring osteoarthritis that caused Grade 2-4 lameness on a scale of 0-4.... Read More