Recent News for Horse Care

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Vet Check Protocol for Winter Equestrian Festival Issued

January 03, 2007

Stadium Jumping Inc. announced yesterday (Jan. 2) the protocols that are now in place for horses arriving at the WEF Showgrounds at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.

All information is also posted on the Stadium... Read More

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Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

January 03, 2007

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent... Read More

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Washington Stallion Petersburg Dead

January 02, 2007

Guy Roberts reported the loss of his prominent stallion Petersburg Dec. 22. The 20-year-old son of Danzig, who had been ill the past few months, stood at Roberts' Guy Bar Farm near Sunnyside, Wash.

Bred in Kentucky by Seahorse 85, Petersbur... Read More

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Honor of a Lifetime

January 01, 2007

As the AAEP enters its 53rd year of protecting the health and welfare of the horse, I am extremely honored to serve as the association's president.

The AAEP's long-range goals and mission have been clearly defined by its board of directors and... Read More

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What's Wrong? (Understanding Horses)

January 01, 2007

How do you tell if a horse has a physical, behavioral, or a training problem? Once you rule out a physical condition, are the other two options that different from one another?

Andy Anderson, DVM, grew up training, riding, and showing... Read More

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Learning for Health (Equine Dentistry Education)

January 01, 2007

Lt. Col. L.A. Merillat, a renowned veterinary surgeon, described the differences in human and animal dentistry in a textbook over 100 years ago: "Human dentistry owes its existence to a single disease process, caries (cavities), while animal... Read More

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Dental Hygiene

January 01, 2007

Horse owners often ask me, "Doc, could you float my horse's teeth?" Horses do need their teeth floated on a regular schedule; the frequency might change with the horse's age. Something that doesn't change with age is the need for a thorough oral an... Read More

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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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What Were They Thinking?

January 01, 2007

Somewhere out there are one or more people--owners, trainers, tack shop managers, veterinarians, etc.--who know where the guilt should lie. A counterfeit clenbuterol product was brought into the United States illegally (by someone), allegedly sold... Read More

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Saddle Shopping? New Resource Offers Online Assistance

January 01, 2007

Finding a Western saddle that fits well is a task that has horse owners turning to the new online Saddle Expert System. With well over 200 different breeds of horses, one can imagine how tricky it can be to find a saddle that fits just right.... Read More

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Herpesvirus Vaccination Recommendations

December 27, 2006

The following vaccination recommendations for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were made by Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. There is some debate among researchers... Read More

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4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More

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Take Time to Analyze Bad Bit Manners

December 24, 2006

The average horse weighs at least five or six times the average human adult. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict who's going to win if they get into a pulling contest.

Humans who find themselves in pulling matches with... Read More

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GPA Helmets Purchased in Europe Might Not Meet USEF Safety Standards

December 24, 2006

A number of exhibitors using the GPA brand of helmets while competing in USEF licensed events may be unaware that they are not wearing an ASTM/SEI certified model as required by USEF rules. Helmets purchased in Europe, from online stores in... Read More

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Stopping Steroids

December 24, 2006

Progress in racing's war on drugs started with a report in August 2000 from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Task Force on Racing Integrity and Drug Testing at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following... Read More

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Draft Horses Add Historic Touch to Christmas Tree Farm

December 21, 2006

Isabel and Irene are moving along at a casual pace among the Scotch pines and matted grass, as casually as 1,500-pound giants do anything. A brisk wind is blowing through a windbreak of oak trees nearby.

The sounds of brown leaves rustling... Read More

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Missing Mich. Horse Located

December 19, 2006

A couple whose horse was stolen from their farm while they slept later found the white Arabian.

David and Amy Flach said someone scattered horse feed on the ground during the night of Dec. 9-10 and lured the horse away from their 20-acre... Read More

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Chaplaincy Launches Disaster-Aid Response Program

December 16, 2006

The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America has launched "White Horse Riders," a group of specially trained RTCA chaplains who will deploy to assist racing-related victims during disasters in areas where racing workers and racetracks are adversely... Read More

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Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association Celebrates 10th Anniversary

December 11, 2006

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) at its Conference and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in November. EFMHA, which was... Read More

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Ouija Board Withdrawn From Final Start Due to Soreness

December 09, 2006

Ouija Board has been withdrawn from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday due to soreness in the splint bone of her left foreleg.

The mare had been expected to conclude her... Read More

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Symposium Panel Addresses Question of Keeping Star Horses in Training

December 06, 2006

The loss of star racehorses in training and the negative effect it has on the sport was a hot topic during a panel discussion Dec. 5 at the 33rd Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.

A panel that included Eclipse Award-winnin... Read More

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New Mini First Aid Kits Available for Horse Owners

December 06, 2006

A series of comprehensive and disposable wound care treatment kits is the latest addition to EquiMedic USA's line up of complete equine emergency first aid kits. Four new Mini Wound Care Kits expands the unique and varied inventory of EquiMedic'... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Emergency Transportation

December 06, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital.... Read More

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Exercise Study Reveals Anatomical Potential for Fetlock Injury

December 05, 2006

Previous studies have shown that bones develop to suit the purpose routinely required of them; therefore, would young horses in regular work from the time they are foals have stronger musculoskeletal tissues then those left to mature in pasture?... Read More

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Merial Adds Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus Vaccine to its Line

December 04, 2006

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Merial announced the addition of Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus vaccine to its recombinant vaccine line--the first and only equine influenza vaccine in the United States that uses canarypox-vectored technology. Recombitek... Read More