Recent News for Horse Care

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Shoeing in the Frontal and Horizontal Planes

April 16, 2003

When evaluating horseshoeing, many people don't look at the hoof correctly, according to Hans Castelijns, DVM and farrier based in Italy. "There are the sagittal, frontal, and horizontal planes (illustration included in this story)," he sai... Read More

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Leg Amputation

April 14, 2003

"If a horse needs an amputation or he's not going to live, that's not much of a choice," began Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center and host of the 2003 Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, in a presentation on Jan. 18.... Read More

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Pat Parelli: Anvil Side Manner

April 14, 2003

"For seven years in a row, I've been voted the world's worst shoer," joked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky., to begin a discussion on "Anvil Side Manner."... Read More

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Pest Control for Horses

April 07, 2003

Stable hygiene is the first line of defense in keeping pests out of a barn. Another place to exercise good stable hygiene is in the feed room. The storage of feed can either deter or attract rodents and other critters that don't belong in... Read More

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FDA Expands Label for Zimecterin

April 07, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has approved additional label claims for Zimecterin (ivermectin), adding several species and stages of small strongyles to the list of parasites controlled by the equine... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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Owners Recommended to Consult with Vet about WNV Vaccination

April 04, 2003

Now is the time for horse owners in Kentucky to consult with
their veterinarians about vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV),
Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith said.

"West Nile virus was diagnosed in... Read More

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FDA Final Rule Streamlines Adverse Event Reporting for New Animal Drugs

April 04, 2003

On April 1, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had published a new regulation that improves the requirements for reporting adverse events associated with approved animal drugs. The reforms reduce certain reporting burdens while... Read More

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Pat Parelli on Shoeing Difficult Horses

April 03, 2003

"Usually you shoe horses that are against you, right?" asked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky. "You're on opposite teams. And when push comes to shove, the horse... Read More

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Official: Uniform Drug Policy Three to Five Years Away

April 03, 2003

Uniformity in medication and drug testing could be years away, a member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium said April 1 during a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB)Medication Committee meeting.

Dr. Rick Arthur, a vice... Read More

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California Panel Calls for Ban on Use of Venom in Horses

April 03, 2003

California has taken the first step to ban the backstretch use of snake venom, which officials believe can be used as a nerve- or joint-numbing agent in sore or injured horses.

If approved by California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), the... Read More

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EEE and WNV Hit Florida

April 03, 2003

Ten cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one case of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by serological testing as of April 3 in eight Florida counties, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida’s state veterinarian and director o... Read More

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Caring for a Newly Blind Horse

April 01, 2003

Q. We have a 19-year-old Appaloosa gelding that is going blind fast from a genetic disease. He is not coping with it well; he stumbles around, runs into things, leaves the herd, then gets confused and panics. Any advice or... Read More

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Foaming at the Mouth

April 01, 2003

Q: My friend's 3-year-old filly plays with her tongue so much that she foams at the mouth (without a bit). She also plays with the rails in her stalls at feeding time such that she has foam all over. She is not cribbing or... Read More

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Kicking Out at Feeding Time

April 01, 2003

My gelding is stall kicking. I'm not there at feeding time, but my trainer tells me the stall kicking occurs when it's feeding time. The same thing happened the last two places he lived. She has tried feeding him first, but that didn't help.... Read More

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Faulty Bone Formation

April 01, 2003

A disease that can be debilitating in young horses is osteochondrosis. This affliction has its genesis during the youngster's growing years and can compromise the horse's ability to perform later in life if it is not dealt with early.... Read More

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Traveling With Your Horse: Home Away From Home

April 01, 2003

You've decided to hit the road with your horse for a competition, overnight trail ride, or a pack ... Read More

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Conservative Therapy for Crooked Foals

April 01, 2003

The most common angular limb deformity in foals is carpus valgus (sometimes called toeing out) in which affected foals have limbs that flare outward below the carpus (knee). This deformity can be corrected surgically with hemi-circumferential... Read More

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Exercise and Ulcers: Is it the Norm?

April 01, 2003

University of Florida (UF) research has shown that any exercise above a walk could force acidic gastric juices up into sensitive areas of the equine stomach, which could be why ulcers develop or worsen in horses in training (affecting more than... Read More

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Camping With Your Horse

April 01, 2003

Whether it is the increased stress of daily life or the baby-boomer generation wanting to experience the roots of their pioneer forefathers, more and more people are setting out to see the country from horseback. As a result, equestrian... Read More

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Saving Survivors

April 01, 2003

Amber is a 30-year-old Arabian mare which was slowly starving to death because her owners had run out of money to care for her. Because of her age and lack of potential and worth, Amber's owners allowed her to be pushed out of food and veterinar... Read More

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The Right Saddle for the Job

April 01, 2003

What is good saddle fit? Simply put, it involves a saddle--English or Western--that spreads weight evenly on the longissimus dorsi muscles along either side of the spine. This well-fit saddle has clearance over the withers and doesn't impede movement... Read More

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Trailering Older Horses: On the Road Again

April 01, 2003

Horses in their late teens and older require extra attention, especially during a long haul. ... Read More

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New Equine Dentist for the University of Florida

March 24, 2003

Toots Banner, DVM, an equine veterinary dentist, was recently hired by the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to provide service to clients on-site and in the field.
 
Banner said, “Unlike the farrier, whose... Read More

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Without Definitive Test, Battling EPO Use Big Challenge

March 14, 2003

Officials said the classification of erythropoeitin -- the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO -- as a prohibited practice has curbed its use in some jurisdictions but a definitive test for the substance is a must if any regulation is to have... Read More