Recent News for Horse Care

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New Treatment for Osteoarthritis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 23, 2006

Horses treated with ACS were observed to have significantly improved lameness in osteoarthritis joints at the end of the study weeks after the last treatment compared with placebo-treated horses.... Read More

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Locomotion: The Way a Horse Moves (Book Excerpt)

February 23, 2006

Locomotion is at the very heart of what most domesticated horses do for a living. The way a horse moves (specifically) often is taken for granted. Locomotion is directly linked to conformation as it dictates "the way a horse moves."... Read More

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Making the Most of Microchips

February 22, 2006

ID numbers should be in a searchable database

While microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it was generally because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994,... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Preventing Contagious Diseases

February 20, 2006

"Prevention of contagious diseases is dependent on an effective vaccination program and a carefully developed and strictly enforced management program," said Steve Conboy, DVM, a Central Kentucky equine practitioner, at the 2005 American... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

February 17, 2006

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding in the lungs after exercise, costs the United States horse racing industry a great deal--estimated at up to $260 million per year by Kenneth W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

A racehorse running at top speed breathes about 120 times per minute, moving about 12-15 liters of air per breath or 1,400-1,800 liters per minute. With this amount of airflow, it's not hard to imagine that any amount of airway inflammation can... Read More

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Weaving, Headshaking and Cribbing (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

We often punish horses for exhibiting undesirable stereotypic behaviors, but most of these behaviors are responses to suboptimal environments. Thus, punishing the horse for the behavior only increases the already heightened stress that caused ... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Physical, Psychological, or Both?

February 17, 2006

When your horse's behavior changes, you wonder what caused the change--did he start kicking his stall because he is in pain, or just because he hates his new stablemate? Behavior changes can stem from physical problems, psychological ones, or a... Read More

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Foal Imprinting -- Research Review

February 17, 2006

While horse owners worldwide want a simple answer to the question of whether foal imprinting works or not, it's hard to give a simple answer to what really isn't a simple question. This was the message of an imprinting research review presented... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Equine Learning Ability

February 17, 2006

"Until recently, horses have been estimated to have average intelligence at best," said Evelyn B. Hanggi, MS, PhD, president and, along with Jerry Ingersoll, co-founder of the Equine Research Foundation (ERF) in Aptos, Calif., during her review... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Dentistry Table Topic

February 17, 2006

Dentistry continues to be a popular topic of discussion among equine veterinarians; more than 100 attendees lined the walls in standing-room-only fashion during the Dentistry Table Topic session at the 2005 American Association of Equine... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How to Use a Head and Tail Rope for Recovery

February 17, 2006

Recovery from anesthesia after surgery can be a dangerous time for a horse as he struggles to his feet upon waking, often disoriented by unfamiliar surroundings and lingering incoordination. One way to help decrease injuries or re-injuries from... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How-To Henderson Castration Instrument

February 17, 2006

Possibly one of the most talked-about presentations at the 2005 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Seattle, Wash., discussed the proper usage of the power-drill-mounted Henderson castration instrument in horses. Mark Reilly, DVM, of the South... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Recent Progress in Vaccine Development

February 17, 2006

Four equine vaccines have been developed and approved for West Nile virus (WNV) in the past five years, one of which was the first DNA vaccine for any mammal. The pace of this progress is unheard of in industries that make vaccines for other... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Manage Sheared Heels

February 17, 2006

Steve O'Grady, BVSc, MRCVS, of Northern Virginia Equine, said a sheared heel is a "created situation" and a "poorly understood phenomenon." He said the condition was first described by Bill Moyer, DVM, in 1975. "The diagnosis and treatment is th... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Teeth

February 17, 2006

"A plain old float just isn't good enough anymore," explained Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry in Washington, during the 51st Annual AAEP Convention, in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 3-7, 2005. A demand for more comprehensive dental... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Wound Management

February 17, 2006

The first sight of blood can prompt a frantic call to the veterinarian, but a second examination of the wound with a cool head might prove it to be less of an emergency. To help horse owners distinguish between emergencies and a wound that... Read More

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Laminitis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

What causes laminitis? Is it the same as founder? Should I remove shoes from a horse with acute laminitis? Should I soak his feet? Does laminitis always have devastating consequences?... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Repair Incisors

February 17, 2006

Mandible (lower jaw) and premaxillary (upper jaw) fractures are common equine head injuries, according to David Moll, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of large animal clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University. There are many described... Read More

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Stallion Handling (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

A stallion handler must be able to focus the stallion's mind on him, as well as the mare, and make him wait for instructions. This cannot be achieved through fear or abusiveness, but through training basic cues and maneuvers to the stallion before he... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

February 17, 2006

Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: WNV DNA Vaccine Effective in Young Horses

February 17, 2006

Scientists recently showed that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile virus (WNV) DNA vaccine, which is licensed but not yet commercially available, should protect foals from the virus regardless of residual antibodies received at birth from... Read More

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Equine Groups Band Together to Provide Feed for Hurricane-Affected Areas

February 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

Five equine organizations joined together this week to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federatio... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More