Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine Color Vision Research: Seeing Things Differently

April 30, 2008

If you have a horse of a different color, chances are your horse knows it--although he might not be able to say if he's red or green.

New physiological and behavioral research by various teams across the globe has added weight to the... Read More

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Searching for the Source of Carpal Lameness

April 30, 2008

The equine carpal (knee) joint is a veritable puzzle of bones and sometimes a diagnostic enigma for veterinarians. Mike Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center offered some insight to practitioners on working... Read More

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Repairing Hernias with Subcutaneous Mesh

April 29, 2008

Incisional hernias (protrusion of abdominal contents through a gap in an incision beneath the skin) occur in up to 17% of horses receiving abdominal surgery, reported Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, clinical assistant professor at the University of... Read More

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MRI for Diagnosing Sesamoidean Ligament Desmitis

April 28, 2008

The high degree of detail seen with MRI has made it possible for veterinarians to find equine injuries they've never seen before. One example of this--MRI evaluation of desmitis in the oblique and straight distal sesamoidean ligaments--was discussed.... Read More

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Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

April 27, 2008

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder... Read More

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Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event

April 26, 2008

Equestrian Laine Ashker and her mount, Frodo Baggins, were both injured this afternoon in an accident during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The horse, a 12-year-old black Thoroughbred from New Zealand, was... Read More

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Handling a Choking Horse

April 25, 2008

All animals can choke, including horses. When it happens, it should be considered a medical emergency. A horse chokes when its esophagus is obstructed, rather than the trachea, or windpipe. Although horses are still able to breathe in this... Read More

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Equine Locomotor Pathology Group Moves Toward Certification

April 25, 2008

The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) held the first of its second series of lectures earlier this month. Around 100 veterinarians attended the weekend course hosted by Virginia Equine Imaging and led by Jean-Marie... Read More

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Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

April 24, 2008

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor... Read More

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Wooden Shoes for Chronic Laminitis

April 23, 2008

The chronically laminitic horse is often a very tough case to manage because displacement of the coffin bone within the foot leads to a lot of pain and damage, in addition to the damage that allowed the displacement in the first place.... Read More

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Annual Dental Exams Important for Horse Health

April 22, 2008

Going to the dentist annually is not only necessary for humans; it is an important part of equine health. Annual dental exams are extremely important for horses young and old to help ensure the animals comfort and performance.

Cleet Griffin,... Read More

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How to Apply a Half-Limb Cast and Elevated Support Limb Shoe

April 22, 2008

There are many situations when casting a horse's lower limb can be beneficial, such as when he has a fracture of a pastern bone, a tendon or ligament injury, or a wound that won't heal because of excess movement. At the 2007 American Association of... Read More

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Azithromycin Protects Foals Against R. equi in New Study

April 22, 2008

Texas A&M researchers have discovered they can reduce the incidence of foal pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi by giving the antimicrobial drug azithromycin during foals' first two weeks of life.

Rhodococcus equi (R.... Read More

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Alliance Formed at Sound Horse Conference

April 22, 2008

At the recent Sound Horse Conference, leading animal welfare organizations joined with Tennessee Walking Horse industry groups to announce the formation of the new Alliance to End Soring. The conference took place April 11 and 12 in... Read More

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Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More

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Diagnosing Upper Cannon Area Injuries

April 21, 2008

Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI.... Read More

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Feeding Senior Horses

April 20, 2008

A horse that is kept healthy and disease-free in its younger years has the potential to live well into its 20s and 30s, stated David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, ACVN, of Fort Dodge Animal Health in his presentation on feeding the geriatric horse a... Read More

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Derby Hopeful War Pass Sidelined by Injury

April 20, 2008

Robert LaPenta's War Pass, the champion 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park, has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.... Read More

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More

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Vaccination, Early Recognition Key with Potomac Horse Fever

April 17, 2008

The name is deceiving, but Potomac horse fever (PHF) is not just a concern for horses near the Potomac River. Cases have been found across most of the United States.1 Knowing the key signs of PHF and watching carefully for them can... Read More

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ACell Tendonitis Treatment Study

April 16, 2008

"Tendonitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is a common injury in horses, especially racehorses and event horses," began Ty Wallis, DVM, a third-year resident in equine surgery at Colorado State University (CSU). "It's usually... Read More

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Sacroiliac Injection Technique

April 15, 2008

The sacroiliac joint, which forms the articulation between the pelvis and the spine, is often considered a location of elusive pain in horses. However, its deep location and, thereby, limited accessibility make diagnosis (via nerve blocks) and ... Read More

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Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

April 15, 2008

According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance.

"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley... Read More

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Making, Placing, and Removing Transphyseal Staples

April 14, 2008

Many methods have been used to straighten crooked limbs on foals, and in the past staples placed across the "long" side's growth plate have received somewhat mixed reviews. However, some researchers suggest that this was due to poor staple choic... Read More

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Study: Small Strongyles Developing Resistance to Ivermectin

April 14, 2008

Researchers in Central Kentucky have suggested that small strongyles might be developing resistance to ivermectin (a commonly administered broad spectrum anti-parasitic drug). The scientists found that the number of parasite eggs in study... Read More