Recent News for Horse Care

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Old Horse Care and Feeding

April 01, 2004

Of the 5.32 million horses and ponies in the United States, 400,000 (over 7.5%) are 20 years or older and considered geriatric, according to Frank Andrews, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM. About 50 horse owners convened at the University of Tennessee's (UT... Read More

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Captive Bolt: Comments From The Industry

April 01, 2004

One item in the debate on equine slaughter is the use of captive bolt for euthanasia. This is the same method used on other livestock killed during slaughter or during a disease outbreak (such as foot and mouth disease on farms in England).... Read More

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Animal Identification Plan Largely Misunderstood

April 01, 2004

Comments collected on the draft U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) have been largely characterized by misunderstanding and frustration, according to one government official. The plan, which at this time is not an official program of the... Read More

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WNV: Treatment and Prevention

March 18, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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TRF Receives Pharmaceutical Product Donations from Fort Dodge

March 17, 2004

Fort Dodge Animal Health has donated a variety of equine vaccines and pharmaceuticals to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) located in Midway, Ky.

Lynn Bixler, equine product manager for Fort Dodge, said, "We're in the business... Read More

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WNV: An Evolving Epizootic

March 12, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is coming to a state near you if it hasn't already arrived," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratory in... Read More

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Western Performance Horse Injuries and Problems

March 11, 2004

Tarsitis (hock inflammation) is a common problem for Western performance horses since they use their hind ends heavily during events such as reining and cutting. Black believes that a large percentage of high-performance Western performance horses... Read More

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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Nominations Open for AQHA Equine Public Service Award

March 10, 2004

Until May 1, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is accepting applications for its Equine Public Service Award. The award recognizes American Quarter Horses that are specifically used in the public service sector, including, but... Read More

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Neurologic Conditions, In-Depth

March 02, 2004

Assessing neurologic conditions might seem difficult, but with practice and attention to the subtle differences between different conditions' deficits, the process can become easier. Additionally, practitioners discussed vaccination and treatment opt... Read More

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Owner-Performed Fecal Exams

March 01, 2004

In the interest of checking fecal samples for types of worms actually present in individual horses, and since I have the equipment, I'd like to do fecal checks here at home. Can you direct me to a chart or a book containing information and... Read More

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Mad Cows and Horses

March 01, 2004

We know horses don't get the deadly neurologic problem commonly termed mad cow disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). However, we've faced our own plethora of neurologic crises in the past few years, including West Nile virus (WNV),... Read More

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Relieving Rectal Pain in Mares

March 01, 2004

Roman Skarda, DrMedVet., PhD, professor in the Anesthesia Section of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, has studied techniques of epidural and spinal analgesia in horses for 20 years. For the past seven... Read More

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Ascarids: A Growing Problem

March 01, 2004

Editor's Note: This is part 3 in a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

In the world of internal parasites, ascarids get no respect. Unlike strongyles, they aren't a high-drama threat to your horse's health, and they... Read More

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Longitudinal Tears in the DDFT

March 01, 2004

Horses with chronic inflammation of the digital flexor tendon (DDFT) sheath that doesn't respond to conventional therapy might be suffering from longitudinal tears in the DDFT. Warmbloods which suffer from chronic annular ligament constriction... Read More

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Colic Surgery and Reperfusion Injury

March 01, 2004

During colic surgery, it can be difficult to judge whether twisted bowel deprived of oxygenated blood, a process called ischemia, will recover sufficiently once it is replaced and blood flows again. While the bowel might look healthy on the outside, ... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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Heavy Horse Health Problems

March 01, 2004

Draft horses are enjoying a comeback. Not since the days when they were required to move the nation have the "gentle giants" been so sought after as riding and driving competitors. Draft crosses are found worldwide, competing at many levels and... Read More

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Preventing Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2003)

March 01, 2004

Laminitis in the contralateral (same end--fore or hind--opposite leg) limb is a well-recognized and potentially devastating sequela (result) in horses with complete fractures, sepsis involving a synovial structure, catastrophic breakdown injuries... Read More

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Handling a Hostile Broodmare

March 01, 2004

My mare just had a colt today and I have a concern about it because she is 13 years old and not broken. She had been broken three times prior to me getting her, and she won't come near anyone. My question is: How will I be able to mess with the... Read More

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Managing Thin, Shelly Feet

March 01, 2004

Poor genetics, environment, nutrition, and foot care are the main causes of thin, shelly feet according to Ken Marcella, DVM, and farrier Jaye Perry. Marcella co-owns Chattahoochee Equine in Canton, Ga., and Perry, a farrier based in Cumming,... Read More

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Legislation Introduced for Expediting Horse ID Plan Use

March 01, 2004

Four bills that would accelerate implementation of a national animal identification system have been introduced in Congress--two in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. Horses are not specifically mentioned in any of these bills,... Read More

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Bereavement Leave?

March 01, 2004

I have two horses in my stable yard. One is a 20-year-old retired ex-chaser gelding and the other is a 12-year-old Arab gelding. They have been together for seven years, six of which were spent living on a small yard with just the two of them an... Read More

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Post-Surgical Care

March 01, 2004

"Your horse is ready to be released to your care at home." These words bring relief that the surgery is past and your horse is ready to return to the farm. But then, you have an anxious moment wondering how to manage a post-operative situation.... Read More