Recent News for Horse Care

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Evolution of Critical Care in Private Equine Practice (AAEP 2009)

January 31, 2010

Changes in equine critical care are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment. In today's electronic world, this is coupled with networking opportunities... Read More

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British Vets Encourage Responsible Anthelmintic Use

January 31, 2010

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) recently launched a campaign to remind veterinarians to use anthelmintics in grazing animals, such as horses, responsibly. The campaign is in response to a growing concern to the resistance to these dewormers.... Read More

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Louisville Horse Breeders' Seminar Postponed Due to Weather

January 29, 2010

The Kentucky horse owners' seminar scheduled for Jan. 31 has been postponed. The event features guest speakers who will touch on many different topics related to the horse industry. Those topics include a discussion about the horse owner of the futu... Read More

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Radiographic Abnormalities in Young Quarter Horses Common, AAEP 2009

January 29, 2010

A high prevalence of radiographic abnormalities exist in the joints of yearling and 2-year-old Quarter Horses.... Read More

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Lawsonia Infection in Foals: No Negative Effect as Adults (AAEP 2009)

January 29, 2010

Horses that recover from Lawsonia intracellularis infections cost less as yearlings than their siblings, but they race just as well. The bacterium L. intracellularis is the causative bacterial agent for equine proliferative enteropathy (E... Read More

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Horse Haulers Urged to Follow Commercial Driver Texting Ban

January 29, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Jan. 26 issued a nationwide ban on texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large truck and buses.

Horse owners are urged to voluntarily comply with this ban while transporting horse... Read More

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Last Chance! Horse Industry Survey Closes Soon

January 28, 2010

Tell the editors of horse magazines and Web sites what equine industry issues matter most to you by participating in the American Horse Publications survey. The survey deadline is Jan. 31, 2010.... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

January 27, 2010

The equine lower limb can be a notoriously difficult part of the horse to treat with systemic antibiotics, mainly because the limited blood supply in this area makes it tough to deliver enough antibiotic to be effective. One option for getting ... Read More

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Common Castration Complications (AAEP 2009)

January 26, 2010

Complications associated with equine castrations occur commonly and should be indentified and treated properly in the field. Even though castration (removal of the testicles) is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in equine practice, ... Read More

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Mexican Donkey Welfare Aided by UK Sanctuary

January 26, 2010

A Donkey Sanctuary mobile unit working in Mexico recently met two working animals that contribute to their owners' lives in very different ways.

The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in Mexico City and the surrounding areas since... Read More

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Track Bans Owner's Horses Pending Necropsy Review

January 26, 2010

Horses entered in the name of Michael Gill, North America's leading owner by races won and purses earned in 2009, will not be accepted for entry at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Chris McErlean, vice president of ... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Owners Urged to Prepare for Winter Storm

January 26, 2010

Kentucky livestock producers and other animal owners have been urged to prepare for a severe winter storm that is expected to strike the Commonwealth near the end of the week.

"Kentucky has been slammed by severe winter weather ... Read More

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Vets Join Haiti Animal Relief Coalition

January 25, 2010

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Veterinary Medical Foundation have joined a coalition of other animal health and welfare groups to help address the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti following the Janua... Read More

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Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

January 25, 2010

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th... Read More

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Lameness in Racehorses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

When a racehorse is injured, one of the biggest concerns an owner has is whether or not the animal will be able to race again. The owner also wants to know if the horse will be able to perform as well as it did prior to being hurt. Travis Tull,... Read More

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Improving Peritonitis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

Peritonitis, defined as inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdomen), can result from many problems, from disease to infection following injury or colic/colic surgery. Regardless of the cause, a common treatment is lavage (flushing) o... Read More

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Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

The advantages of using painkillers in horses are that they help an injured or ill horse feel better, eat more, lose less weight, stay in the hospital for a shorter time, and often avoid chronic pain. The potential disadvantages include the possibili... Read More

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Removing Incisor Teeth in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

On occasion, certain dental problems in horses might call for removal of one or more permanent incisor teeth. A veterinarian experienced in equine dentistry can perform the necessary dental surgery to remove the tooth with the horse standing and... Read More

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Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/... Read More

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Cold Weather Horse Care Precautions Shared

January 22, 2010

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you do to help your horse cope with below-normal temperatures?" The responses varied for cold weather horse care.... Read More

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DMSO Doesn't Help Gastric Aspects of Endotoxemia, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Endotoxemia causes delayed gastric (stomach) emptying, which can cause the stomach to retain acidic contents and cause or worsen gastric ulcers. At worst, delayed gastric emptying can lead to accumulation of reflux material and gastric rupture.... Read More

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Ohio Track Offers Help for Horses at Risk

January 22, 2010

Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the Read More

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Freeze Stops European Atypical Myopathy Reports

January 21, 2010

The largest outbreak of equine atypical myopathy in Europe has ended with freezing winter temperatures, with a record number of 371 reported cases, according to a group of researchers in Belgium.

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Man Accused of Hanging Horse to Plead Not Guilty

January 20, 2010

A man accused of starving and then hanging a 27-year-old Appaloosa plans to plead not guilty at his next court appearance Jan. 25, at which time a trial date will also be set.

David Whiffin of Vancouver Island faces charges of killin... Read More