Recent News for Horse Care

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Dissolving the Stain of Pain

July 15, 2004

The presence and degree of pain an animal experiences is meant to be beneficial. Pain signals actual or impending body damage, and may help prevent further damage by initiating movement away from the cause or by limiting use of injured areas... Read More

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U.K. Associations Back Equine Passport Program

July 07, 2004

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) last week expressed support for revised equine passport program regulations presented before Parliament on May 20. United Kingdom horse owners should... Read More

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To the Rescue

July 02, 2004

Eight years ago a horse died during the shift of Capt. John Fox of the Felton, Calif., Fire Protection District. The horse had fallen into a crevice on a trail ride, and none of the emergency responders had the training to get it out. Fox, a... Read More

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Hidden Treasure: Retraining Racehorses

July 01, 2004

"A prize in every box." While that phrase refers to the little toy one finds in a box of Cracker Jacks, adopting a former racehorse is not so different: You're not quite sure what you'll get, but often the experience is fun and the horse can be ... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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After Goodbye

July 01, 2004

As horse owners, we care deeply about our animals. When one of our beloved horses dies, we lose a trusted friend. For many of us, the experience is emotionally devastating. Yet, just when we are at our most pronounced stage of grief, we are... Read More

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Parasite Primer Part 7: Parasites in the Environment

July 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part seven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Back in January, in our first installment of this series, we described what makes a parasite different from other kinds of infectiou... Read More

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Treating Navicular Disease From Inside the Bone

July 01, 2004

Healthy bone undergoes constant metabolic change to prevent bone loss or abnormal remodeling (cell turnover) that can occur with loading. Horses with navicular disease can have abnormal remodeling and formation of osteolytic lesions (areas of... Read More

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Endurance and Endotoxemia

July 01, 2004

Endotoxemia in horses is usually associated with severe infections, inflammation, and colic. Endotoxin from intestinal bacteria activates release of inflammatory mediators such as thromboxane B2 (TxB2), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha),... Read More

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Problems in the Hip and Pelvis

July 01, 2004

When you think about equine lameness, you probably think first about the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the leg, and of course the hoof. But lameness can also stem from trouble higher up the skeleton, including the pelvic (or... Read More

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Deserving of Dentistry

July 01, 2004

There may be no branch of equine veterinary medicine that is advancing as quickly as equine dentistry. As recently as a decade ago, it was still considered adequate to feel along the sides of a horse's first upper cheek teeth and decide, based o... Read More

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Sleep-Crashing

July 01, 2004

In any of the equine behavior literature that I have read, I am unable to find any description of the sleeping behavior we see in our retired broodmare (17 years old). She has functioned as the watch horse in the small herd she was from, and she... Read More

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Purchase Exams: Safe and Sound

July 01, 2004

Buying that first horse can be exciting and scary. Getting that dreamed-about horse is the exciting part, and being concerned that you don't make mistakes in choosing the right one is the disconcerting and worrisome part. In this article, we'll... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More

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Arizona Horse Slashing Mystery Solved

June 17, 2004

The necks of more than 20 horses were mysteriously slashed near their jugular veins at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., beginning in July, 2003. The attacks launched an investigation, and concern about area horses' safety erupted.... Read More

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Fatal Genetic Quarter Horse Disease Identified

June 09, 2004

Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency in Quarter Horses might cause unexplained stillbirths/deaths of foals.... Read More

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New Colic Drug Available

June 03, 2004

Veterinarians in the United States have a new tool to use in their diagnosis and treatment of colic, which gives them an early, 30-minute window in which to decide whether or not the colic might require more intensive medical therapy or surgery.... Read More

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Agricultural Guidelines for Horse Operations Published

June 03, 2004

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Rutgers Equine Science Center have published the eagerly awaited "Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations."

Considered to be the first comprehensive set of guidelines in th... Read More

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New Topical Osteoarthritis Treatment Available

June 02, 2004

The FDA recently approved a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be applied to the skin over a horse's joint to relieve pain of osteoarthritis. The approval represents the first topical equine pharmaceutical formulation... Read More

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Blind and Restless

June 01, 2004

My 19-year-old horse is 95% blind, and when he's not eating or sleeping he walks in circles. What can I do to stop or minimize this behavior? via e-mail


You certainly would want to have this horse evaluated by a... Read More

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Get a Vet!

June 01, 2004

When I ride my 24-year-old Arabian mare Western, she tends to want to pick up the pace and wants to look around. How can I get her to slow down and stay focused? She gets stiff and starts to limp on her left hind leg when I am riding her. Anothe... Read More

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Don't Leave Me Alone!

June 01, 2004

Why do some horses not like having their buddies taken out of their pen when they have to stay in?    Katy


The ancestors of our domestic horses were open plains grazing animals, for whom the strategy... Read More

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Why Horses Stumble

June 01, 2004

The onset of stumbling might indicate a shoeing problem, or could be a warning of serious health problems.... Read More

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Beasts of Burden

June 01, 2004

Any horse owner who tours the medieval gallery at a museum must stop at the displays of suits of armor and marvel. Imagine the sheer weight of such an outfit--then imagine trying to maneuver oneself into the saddle wearing it! Visions of... Read More