Recent News for Horse Care

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The Body's Building Blocks

November 01, 2002

Like a structure made of tinker toys, protein is composed of smaller pieces--the amino acids. These can be rearranged to form the different types of protein-based tissues in the body. Protein is one of the basic nutrient elements of the equine... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses Becomes a Priority

October 30, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia, Illinois, and California... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

October 30, 2002

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a... Read More

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Compounding Study: Know What You're Getting

October 15, 2002

A recent study showed that one type of compounded omeprazole was ineffective against gastric ulcers in horses.... Read More

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Equine Registry To Require DNA Testing

October 11, 2002

The Arabian Horse Registry of America will use DNA testing via hair roots to verify parentage.... Read More

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Arabian Registry To Require DNA Testing

October 11, 2002

DNA testing replaces blood typing as the Arabian Horse Registry of America's required tool for verification.... Read More

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed In Virginia

October 11, 2002

The USDA National Veterinary Services laboratory in Ames, Iowa has confirmed that three horses submitted for testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Results are... Read More

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AHC seeks USDA Appropriation for Horse Industry in Fiscal Year 2001

October 11, 2002

On February 7, 2000, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented its proposed Fiscal Year 2001 budget to Congress. This marks the beginning of the annual budgeting process for the federal government.

During this budget... Read More

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Watch Out For Screwworm

October 11, 2002

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is alerting veterinarians and others involved in the livestock industry in certain areas of the United States to be on the lookout for screwworm.

On Februar... Read More

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Fall Deworming

October 01, 2002

Fall is approaching rapidly and brings with it such predictable events as raking leaves, Thanksgiving dinner, and weekend football. Autumn also heralds changes in parasite activity that are equally predictable. However, just as the environmental... Read More

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West Nile Virus Alert!

October 01, 2002

by Kimberly S. Herbert and Stephanie L. Church

West Nile virus is a dangerous and scary disease, and it is spreading across North America very quickly. However, this is one of the few times when horses have it better than humans when it... Read More

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Halternatives

October 01, 2002

The past 15 years, various techniques have resulted in a type of Arabian "halter" presentation that poses the horse in a now-familiar stance. What is missing in this presentation? To me it's the evidence of trust, affection, and mutual esteem... Read More

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Carnivorous Horses

October 01, 2002

While taking questions from the audience at a one-day behavior program in New Zealand this May, a well-respected horse owner and trainer described behavior she had recently witnessed in a horse involving a scenario I had never heard or thought... Read More

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Feed for Speed

October 01, 2002

Few dispute that nutrition is important for athletic performance in racehorses. However, I'd wager that there is much less agreement among horse owners, nutritionists, and veterinarians when asked to expound upon the "nitty gritty" of what works... Read More

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Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

October 01, 2002

Hoof dressings aren't always what they're cracked up to be--at least not in the opinions of some experts. Ilka P. Wagner, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Services (Texas), and Susan Kempson, BSc, PhD, senior lecturer in Preclinical Veterinary... Read More

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Finding a Suitable Cooled Semen Facility

October 01, 2002

Q: I'm considering using shipped cooled semen for my mare. I want to find a reliable farm/facility to take the shipment and breed her. How do I find a qualified facility? What questions do I need to ask about quality? ... Read More

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Controlling Mosquitoes with Pheromones

October 01, 2002

A new product that can help control mosquito populations is currently under development. Materia, Inc., has developed a cost-effective synthesized version of the natural pheromone called Mosquito Oviposition Pheromone (MOP). MOP is naturally... Read More

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Equine Sports Medicine Center Dedicated

October 01, 2002

The Scott Center for Equine Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center was dedicated on June 29. The 10,000-square-foot addition to the College of Veterinary Medicine's large animal program will improve patient care an... Read More

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Vaccine Licensing

September 27, 2002

Any company trying to put a new vaccine on the market must follow a specific process to obtain a license from the USDA before the product can be used in the horse population. A vaccine receives either a conditional or full license after a series... Read More

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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