Recent News for Horse Care

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Challenge Study Q&A

September 20, 2002

Research and Development representatives from Fort Dodge Animal Health presented results from their challenge study of the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine on Sept. 18. The information was presented at the World Organisation for Animal Health... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Study Abstract Released

September 18, 2002

Fort Dodge Animal Health recently received USDA approval to release the following abstract regarding the West Nile virus vaccine and its efficacy. More information on the topic was presented in today's sessions at the World... Read More

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Drought Takes Toll on Horses

September 18, 2002

Drought, in varying degrees of severity, still grips nearly 50% of the United States. Also afflicted are parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada (see “Alberta Drought” below). The two areas of the United States most seriously affected by the... Read More

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Behavior Symposium will Feature Natural Horsemanship

September 06, 2002

Horse owners will have the chance to saddle up alongside Robert M. Miller DVM, to experience the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort's "Natural Horsemanship" symposium offered Nov. 17-20, 2002. The event is designed to introduce equine enthusiasts to... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Q&A

September 03, 2002

The following information is from Rocky Bigbie, DVM, a representative of Fort Dodge Animal Health, the company that manufacturers the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine. Company officials recommend that horse owners consult with their own... Read More

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Stallion Mounting Behavior

September 01, 2002

I'm a veterinarian asking this question on behalf of clients who are standing a stallion at stud. The stallion isn't new to breeding or to this farm; he's in his third or fourth breeding season. He normally breeds eagerly, without hesitation... Read More

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Putting Weight on Hard Keepers

September 01, 2002

Is your horse a "hard keeper?" If so, you are well aware of how difficult it is to maintain adequate or desirable body condition in this type of horse. The reality is that no two horses are the same when it comes to the amount of feed (and numbe... Read More

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Racing Toward Injury

September 01, 2002

There seems to be little doubt that musculoskeletal injury--including injury to bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments--is a major problem for Thoroughbred racehorses. This impression has been borne out by studies of "wastage" in the racing... Read More

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Production of Banamine Temporarily Halted

September 01, 2002

Production of the popular anti-inflammatory drug Banamine (flunixin meglumine) and many other drugs manufactured by Schering-Plough Corporation was temporarily halted in May when the manufacturer signed a consent decree of permanent injunction... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Welfare Conference

September 01, 2002

A recent gathering of equine behavior and welfare specialists in Holar, Northern Iceland, gave scientists from around the world the opportunity to present their work and review the science underpinning management practices on the horse. The... Read More

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Zimbabwe Horse Farms Under Attack

August 22, 2002

Horses in Zimbabwe are facing injury and slaughter due to a government land grab.

According to reports from racing officials in South Africa, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has instituted a program whereby all white farmers must... Read More

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Radiographs and Selecting Racehorses

August 22, 2002

Veterinarians should select racehorses at auction, not "radiographically clean horses," Thoroughbred farm Three Chimneys' resident veterinarian Jim Morehead, DVM, told Australia's leading equine veterinarians at a yearling radiographic seminar... Read More

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Safety Tips for Animal Owners During Mosquito Spraying

August 22, 2002

As more cases of West Nile virus (WNV)-associated illness have been diagnosed in people and horses, communities have taken steps to prevent spread of the virus. Mosquito control is the most effective means of preventing spread of WNV and many... Read More

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Industry Members Discuss Future of Equine ID

August 15, 2002

Equine identification was a lively topic of discussion during the National Institute of Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Identification and Information Expo held in Arlington Heights, Ill., the last week of July. The conference featured a... Read More

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Woodbine Barn Fire Toll: 32 Horses Dead

August 05, 2002

Woodbine Entertainment reported Monday that 32 Thoroughbreds were killed in Sunday's barn fire at Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto, Ontario. The damage estimate was set at $3 million.

The horses were stabled in barns 7 and 7A at Woodbine... Read More

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Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More

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Carbohydrates for Energy

August 01, 2002

In human nutrition, carbohydrates or "carbs" have a bit of a bad name these days. A quick trip through the local book store or over the Internet leads us to believe that dietary carbohydrates are the source of all evil. When weight loss is the... Read More

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Olden Horses; Golden Horses

August 01, 2002

As the Baby Boomers are edging into and out of middle age, there is a push to learn more about the ills and problems of this generation. There is also the discovery that middle age and beyond doesn't necessarily mean slowing down. Today's adults... Read More

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Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

August 01, 2002

Unethical medication production and marketing is a serious problem in the equine industry, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in a presentation at the American Horse Publications convention on June 21. "The equine industry is a huge target... Read More

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Fire Relief in Arizona and Colorado

August 01, 2002

Hundreds of horses have been displaced by wildfires that spread across Colorado and Arizona throughout June. Various members of the horse industry have offered support through their time and donations.

At press time, an estimated 320 horses... Read More

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Providing Care for Your Senior Horse

August 01, 2002

Technology and advances in medicine have given us tools to keep our horses alive longer.... Read More

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American Humane Association Aids Animals in Minnesota

July 19, 2002

The American Humane Association has donated $2,000 to provide an emergency food supply for 30 horses and 1,100 head of livestock affected by the flooding in Minnesota. Combined with a matching donation by the Humane Society of the United States,... Read More

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TRPB Part of Horse ID Seminar

July 11, 2002

One of the identification agencies that will be presenting information at the National Equine Identification Symposium in Chicago, Ill., July 28-Aug. 1, is the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB). The TRPB is a national investigative agenc... Read More

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Parelli Pennings: My Experience

July 08, 2002

I'm only sorry that everyone can't have the adventure in learning that I'm looking forward to this week while visiting Pat Parelli's International Center in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Two Lexington, Ky., mounted police officers and myself are heading out ... Read More

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Equine Identification: Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

July 03, 2002

If all of the horses in your area had to be evacuated due to a natural disaster, and were put into one huge corral, would you be able to pick out your horse?

“Of course!” you might say, because like most horse owners you are extremely... Read More