Recent News for Horse Care

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Massachusetts Euthanasia Case to Trial in February

December 05, 2008

A long-standing Massachusetts animal cruelty case drew closer to its resolution on Thursday when Worcester Central District Judge Thomas Sullivan slated the jury trial of Elliot Saffran for Feb. 5. Saffran, of Milford,... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine for Horses Introduced

December 05, 2008

West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus, was launched by Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, Dec. 4. Developed in collaboration with... Read More

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Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

December 04, 2008

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a... Read More

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Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

December 04, 2008

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via... Read More

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Stakes Winner Springside Recovering After Surgery

December 02, 2008

Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

Dean... Read More

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Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

December 01, 2008

As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. ... Read More

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Unbalanced Behavior

December 01, 2008

Several months ago my gelding started having "tantrums" and displaying stallionlike tendencies and characteris... Read More

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Managing Mules

December 01, 2008

More people today are turning to mules to take advantage of the temperament and work ethic of these horse/donkey crosses.

The population of mules in the United States is growing, although their numbers are still calculate... Read More

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A Need for Compounding

December 01, 2008

Veterinary compounding is an alternative source of medications when there are no commercially available products that meet the needs of a particular patient.

Compounding, by definition, is tailor-made preparation of a dru... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

November 29, 2008

Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither... Read More

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Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Compression Found

November 28, 2008

A triad of factors, namely sex, breed, and age, are all associated with the development of cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy (CVCM) according to one of the latest studies published by researchers at the College of... Read More

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Fracture Recovery: A Stem Cell Case Study

November 26, 2008

Because of the severity of the fracture, a decision was made to use stem cells to enhance fracture healing. Bone marrow was taken from her sternum and submitted to the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Laboratory for expansion of stem cells 12 days ... Read More

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Disease Control Yearly Planner

November 26, 2008

Guard against diseases on your farm year-round by employing these seasonal tips

For a horse to perform to his utmost capacity, he must be healthy and sound throughout the year. The smallest details of farm management often... Read More

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Cushing's Horses Sought for Pergolide Study

November 25, 2008

Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly and Company), in collaboration with Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and Louisiana State University, is seeking horses with equine Cushing's disease, also known as pituitary pars... Read More

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Meet Core Sponsors of UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Group

November 24, 2008

Motivated by a desire to help broaden the exploration of regenerative medicine as a treatment option for companion animals and horses, Dick and Carolyn Randall of Cupertino, Calif., provided core funding to launch a five-year, $2.5 million study... Read More

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Measuring the Physiologic Response to Nutrition

November 24, 2008

Whether for weight gain or loss, speed or shine, nearly everything we offer our horses is given to bring about a desired effect. Stacie Appleton, PhD, and Mike Jerina, BS, presented a demonstration on "Measuring the Physiologic ... Read More

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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Ride Along at the FEI World Endurance Championship

November 21, 2008

The first-ever FEI World Endurance Championship in Malaysia was held Nov. 7-8 in Terengganu. Meg Sleeper, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, and her horse, Syrocco Reveille, competed on the team representing the United States.

While the competition didn't... Read More

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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in Horses

November 21, 2008

Regenerative medicine technology in humans and animals is advancing at a much faster pace than most of us realize. It has offered hope to thousands of humans suffering from diseases and injuries that destroy or damage vital cells. In animals,... Read More

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Stem Cells for Tendon Repair

November 20, 2008

Findings from the RVC indicate that stem cell therapy for superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injury can significantly reduce the rate of re-injury over a three year period compared to conventionally treated horses.... Read More

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FEI Forms Commission on Medication and Doping

November 20, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international equestrian sport, today announced the creation of a commission on medication and doping chaired by Arne Ljungqvist, MD, PhD, chairman of the International Olympic... Read More

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Guelph Rolls Out Biosecurity Risk Calculator, New Blogs

November 20, 2008

Horse owners will be able to determine the risk of their animals catching an infectious disease and gather information about infection control thanks to two new online initiatives from the University of Guelph.

The first is an online... Read More

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Horse Owners Utilize Low-Cost Euthanasia Service; Castration Clinics Also Planned

November 20, 2008

How would Northern California horse owners respond to a low-cost euthanasia clinic? That was a question Tawnee Preisner, operator of NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., asked herself earlier this year when she offered to organize $25... Read More

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Tips for Winter Travel with Horses

November 19, 2008

"While trailering horses in the winter is not all that different from trailering any time of the year, you do need to make a few adjustments for hauling in cold weather," said Neva Kittrell Scheve, co-author of The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaini... Read More