Recent News for Horse Care

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Surgical Removal of Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage

January 21, 2003

If your horse is tossing his head or hanging his tongue out while being ridden, going “behind the vertical,” or bearing into the bit, then bone spurs might be the reason. Bone spurs are inflammations of the membrane of fibrous connective tissue... Read More

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Botulism's New Threat; Will Horses Have Vaccine?

January 17, 2003

Botulism is one of the most deadly toxins known to man or beast. During the Persian Gulf War, it was confirmed that Saddam Hussein had imported 39 tons of media capable of growing botulism and anthrax, and it was also learned that Hussein’s... Read More

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A Look at Dental Radiology

January 15, 2003

Easley discussed how open-mouth radiographs can be invaluable tools for the equine practitioner in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of dental abnormalities. He believes that radiology has not been used enough in the field by practitioners.... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Injecting the Sacroiliac Joint

January 13, 2003

Acute and chronic disease (especially osteoarthritis) of the sacroiliac joint(s) is not uncommon in competition horses and racehorses, affecting up to 8% of Standardbreds in training and 15% of competition horses (particularly hunters, jumpers,... Read More

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Prepping for Standing Eye Surgery (AAEP 2002)

January 08, 2003

"However, there are challenges with standing ocular (eye) surgery--you generally need magnification, and thus the horse must be perfectly still," he continued. "Many (eye) procedures thus require general anesthesia. But with appropriate tranquilizati... Read More

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Importance of Antimicrobial Resistance

January 07, 2003

The introduction of antimicrobial drugs to veterinary medicine has made a dramatic improvement in the health of our horses, but it’s alarming when infections do not respond to these drugs. “It is not a new phenomenon, but there has been... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Thyroid Function in Horses with Peripheral Cushing's Syndrome

January 07, 2003

Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is seen in middle-aged horses with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of male horses. Researchers are trying to... Read More

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Hock Lameness: A Joint Nutraceutical's Effect (AAEP 2002)

January 03, 2003

The study looked at the effects of a joint supplement (Corta-Flx) on gait asymmetry caused by degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the distal intertarsal and/or tarsometatarsal joints of one or both hocks.... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Racehorse Medication Table Topic

January 02, 2003

Horse racing has far more stringent medication regulations than most other equine disciplines, and this was reflected in the Racehorse Medications Table Topic discussion at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention on... Read More

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Horse Theft and Identification

January 01, 2003

(Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Eclipse Press' Horse Theft Prevention Handbook.)... Read More

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Veterinarian/Farrier Relationship

January 01, 2003

The Practice Act laws state that only veterinarians can diagnose and treat health problems. The veterinarian has to keep records related to each visit and also must protect the confidentiality of your horse's records, and is the steward of that... Read More

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Clusters of Aggression Problems

January 01, 2003

I have an almost 4-year-old Peruvian stallion, born and raised on my farm, living with only his mother and a sister. Because of my inexperience, I treated him as a pet. Since a very young age, he showed a strong will. When I started saddle... Read More

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Internal Combustion

January 01, 2003

Help kick-start your horse's furnace by providing proper fuel: food--and some foods are better than others.... Read More

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Equine Exercise Physiology Research

January 01, 2003

While the term sports medicine is of modern extraction, exercise physiology in humans and horses has been around for more than 100 years. During the decline of the use of work horses in the early to mid-20th Century, not much research was done.... Read More

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Foot Problems: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2003

We all should be aware of our level of competence with foot problems--horse owners, veterinarians, and farriers. Since there is no formal education in the field of podiatry, training must be sought on an individual basis. ... Read More

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WNV Vaccination in Mares and Foals

January 01, 2003

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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Actinobacillus Species Resistance

January 01, 2003

Colorado State University's (CSU) Orthopaedic Research Center (ORC) was launched Nov. 1 with a formal dedication ceremony and open house. Led by Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS, and his scientific team, the Center will... Read More

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Environment and Hormones

January 01, 2003

Some natural and man-made compounds in the environment can disrupt the delicate reproduction hormone balance in many species, possibly including horses. Her suggestion was that although this cause of reproductive dysfunction had not been studied in h... Read More

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Vet's Role in Parasite Control

January 01, 2003

Internal parasites can be a very serious problem for horses. Even though most owners are aware that deworming is a necessary part of an overall good health program for their horses, the veterinarian is sometimes left out of that loop. Because... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Feeding the Geriatric Horse

December 19, 2002

With more and more horses reaching geriatric status (over 20 years of age), it’s important to understand how their nutritional needs might change. Diets should be adjusted if necessary to help old-timers live long and healthy lives. David Pugh,... Read More

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Purchase Exams Table Topic

December 17, 2002

Purchase examinations are a big bone of contention in many equine sale situations--not so much over the necessity of them, but over what exactly needs to be evaluated and how to interpret the results. Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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Juvenile Bowed Tendons and Racing Prognosis

December 17, 2002

“Juvenile bowed tendons, or ‘baby bows,’ are not uncommon in yearlings and weanlings,” said Johanna Reimer, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVC (cardiology), of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., at the 2002 American Association of... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Geriatric Dentistry Table Topic

December 12, 2002

"Dental Care and Management of the Geriatric Patient" was the focus of one lunchtime Table Topic on Dec. 5, with topics ranging from diet selection to systemic illness to sedation. With veterinarians filling all seats and standing against... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Podiatry Forum

December 11, 2002

“The horse’s foot is so integral to most of what we do in equine practice,” said moderator Gayle Trotter, DVM, MS, professor in clinical sciences at Colorado State University, in the Podiatry forum on Dec. 12 at the American Association of Equin... Read More