Recent News for Horse Care

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Auction of Barbaro's Derby Saddle to Benefit Disabled Jockeys Charity

April 01, 2007

The saddle worn by Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro will be sold at a charity auction in May to raise money for permanently disabled jockeys.

Edgar Prado, who used the red-and-white leather saddle to guide Barbaro to a dominating victory... Read More

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Trailer Driving Tips

April 01, 2007

While most of us learn to drive a passenger vehicle through driver's education, the majority of us learn to drive horse trailers through experience. When you consider how precious the cargo is, cutting our towing teeth at the "school of hard knocks... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Challenges of Feeding High-Performance Horses

April 01, 2007

"A horse that's working hard does have a high energy requirement," says Nielsen. "And when we are trying to get that into a horse, we have to feed him a fair bit of concentrate, meaning grain, of course. In this case, we run the risk of health... Read More

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Gait Analysis for Horses

April 01, 2007

There has been a long journey over a relatively short span of time in the world of equine gait analysis. The first studies utilized high-speed cameras and a treadmill and took place at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences some 35 years... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 4: An Epic Day

April 01, 2007

People are shocked that I give my horses treats. I tell them there's a big difference in giving your horse treats, and him demanding treats. My horses don't demand treats. I don't show them treats before I catch them. Consider my horse Epic. I give... Read More

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Let Nature Work it Out (Shy Stud Colt)

April 01, 2007

I desperately need some advice about my new colt. He is a 2½-year-old Gypsy Cob named Geordie. He was raised in a herd, then separated as a yearling colt, and ran with a colt herd until I imported him to Australia. He is naturally gentle and not... Read More

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G.I. Tract Monitoring Device Being Tested in Horses

March 27, 2007

A developer of capsule-based medical devices has begun trials of a product for use in animal health. ... Read More

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USDA Provides Update on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

March 26, 2007

In order to comply with a March 12, 2007, preliminary injunction order by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is... Read More

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Herd Instincts: Sparring

March 26, 2007

My horse was seen biting another horse in the throat. They were up on their hind legs supposedly playing when all of a sudden my horse made a very unusual move, according to the witness, and bit the other horse in the throat. The other horse ran an... Read More

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Function of the Palmar Foot

March 24, 2007

Several lameness problems can exist in the rear (palmar) half of a horse's foot; most bear the very general title of "heel pain." The real problem is that without very careful diagnosis, lameness in this general area might be attributed to the... Read More

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Horse Heart Monitor Video Available Online

March 22, 2007

The video explains the health and fitness benefits of using a horse heart monitor for any horse or rider.... Read More

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Treating Stifle Injuries

March 22, 2007

A panel of three veterinarians addressed the topic of stifle treatment at the Western Performance Horse Forum.... Read More

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Fjord Horse Registry Offering Registration Amnesty

March 21, 2007

The Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry announces a registration amnesty period from April 1, 2007 to May 31, 2007. During this period, Fjord Horse owners will be able to register their horses at reduced fees.

"There appears to be a large number... Read More

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Vaccination Principles

March 18, 2007

Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, associate professor of equine medicine at Washington State University's vet school, spoke about equine vaccination principles and strategies at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17. She... Read More

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Windblown Debris Blamed for Montana Horse Death

March 15, 2007

A windblown plastic sheet is being blamed for the death of a horse in Helena, Mont., the Helena Independent Record reported.

The sheet... Read More

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Finding and Managing Back Injuries and Pain

March 13, 2007

How do you locate the source of back pain in the horse? Once you find the source, how do you manage the pain? At the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17, a panel of three veterinarians discussed options for findin... Read More

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Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More

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Pregnant Horse Survives Collision with Train

March 12, 2007

A pregnant horse that was hit by a train last month is recovering and should give birth soon.

The 4-year-old Quarter Horse named Bailey is owned by Matt and Gena Leyden and their three children, who live near Columbus Junction, Iowa.... Read More

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Farm Safety Symposium Goes "Back to Basics"

March 10, 2007

The annual Farm Safety Symposium will go "back to basics" in its 2007 edition Mar. 9 in Elizabethtown, Ky.

The symposium will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pritchard Community Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The symposium will run in... Read More

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Trainer Wilhelm to Present Demonstration Tour for Andis

March 10, 2007

The Andis Company has announced that Charles Wilhelm will represent the company in demonstrations throughout the United States. Wilhelm is an internationally known horse trainer who has developed techniques that calm even the most... Read More

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Diagnosis of Back and Sacroiliac Pain

March 10, 2007

Chris Ray, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Weatherford, Texas struck off the discussion about lameness and performance problems associated with back and sacral area pain at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17. He... Read More

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Horseshoeing a Family Business for Michigan Farriers

March 10, 2007

A sizzle followed by a billow of foul-smelling smoke floated through the barn as Jeff Lickfeldt pressed a hot shoe to a Thoroughbred's hoof.

"That smells like money," he said laughing as it caused others' nostrils to curl.

For more tha... Read More

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Animal Identification Group Deactivates

March 06, 2007

A nonprofit organization established to compile a national identification database for livestock, including horses, was rendered "inactive" in January--just one year after its founding--because it was ahead of its time, said a spokesperson for... Read More

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MSU Vet Students Experience Draft Horse Driving

March 06, 2007

Animal Science 141 is more about the warm gloves than the notebooks, more about remembering to bring a hat than a pen.

We're talking draft-horse driving, and a Michigan State University class last month hitched students with horses in an... Read More