Recent News for Horse Care

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New Focus on the Foot

July 01, 2002

No foot, no horse; these words are as true today as they were two hundred years ago. But during that time, the horse has gone from being a "beast of burden" as the major means of transportation to a leisure animal--one that we ride for pleasure... Read More

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Fatigue in Racehorses

July 01, 2002

While visibly obvious, fatigue is hard to quantify. Electromyography (EMG) measures conduction along nerves in a particular muscle group--as muscle fibers fatigue, EMG signals shift from high to low. Taking EMG readings during galloping is... Read More

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Controlling Cribbing

July 01, 2002

There is a new 3-year-old gelding in my barn. He cribs and wears a collar; the collar seems awfully tight to me. A respected friend says that the other horses might pick up this habit from this horse. Is that true? And how can I work with... Read More

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Mosquito Patrol

July 01, 2002

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, they are a public and equine health hazard. In addition to spreading West Nile virus (WNV), mosquitoes can carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasus (e.g., dog heartworm), and several encephalitis... Read More

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Are Your Horse's Bones Tough Enough?

July 01, 2002

Skeletal injuries--those involving bones and joints--are a major concern for all athletic horses. The usual outcome of these injuries is a lameness problem that hampers a horse's training and competition program or, in some cases, is so severe... Read More

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International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame Inducts Two New Members

July 01, 2002

Two talented equine veterinarians have been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame for their extraordinary efforts in the area of hoof care. James Rooney, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of Queenstown, Md.; and Richard Mansmann, VMD,... Read More

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Down, Not Out: Training For an Emergency

July 01, 2002

Moving a horse which can't get up might seem like an impossible task. However, with the proper training, a down horse can be moved safely and easily onto a trailer and to a veterinary hospital. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of... Read More

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Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

June 26, 2002

Unethical medication production and marketing continues to be a serious problem in the equine industry worldwide, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in his presentation “Drug Quality and Equine Veterinary Practice” at the 2002 American Hors... Read More

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Ten Tips for Feeding Horses

June 26, 2002

Feeding horses can take up a great deal of time and money. Yet the subject is often not given the attention it deserves. Here are some tips and best practices for feeding your horses.... Read More

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Poison Control: Spraying Pastures with Insecticides

June 19, 2002

No definite cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been identified, but a recent discovery that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can cause early fetal losses (and likely contributed to MRLS) has scientists at the University of... Read More

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Therapeutic Riding Programs Garner Industry Support

June 11, 2002

At over 670 riding centers, more than 30,000 individuals with mental or physical disabilities find recreation, challenge and a sense of independence thanks to Equine Assisted Activities backed by the North American Riding for the Handicapped... Read More

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MSM and Inflammation

June 05, 2002

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a white, tasteless crystalline powder, is already a favored supplement in the horse industry. Years before any scientific evidence supported its use, it had earned a reputation for helping alleviate many of the... Read More

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Veterinarian Hall of Fame Inducts Two New Members

June 05, 2002

Two talented equine veterinarians have been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame for their extraordinary efforts in the area of hoof care. James Rooney, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of Queenstown, Md.; and Richard Mansmann, VMD,... Read More

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Overly Social Behavior?

June 01, 2002

Why does my son's mare seem interested in another mare in a bordering pasture? --via e-mail

Without further information, I can offer explanations for a couple of likely scenarios. If the mare is just buddying up with another mare... Read More

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Anti-Social Behavior

June 01, 2002

I am looking for some guidance on a horse I'd like to buy. He is an ex-racehorse, about eight years old, with no information on his history--not even a name.

The problem is that he kicks at other horses when ridden. He kicks... Read More

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Train Your Horse to Tie Safely

June 01, 2002

By learning from experienced horse trainers, you can be confident that your horse knows how to tie safely.... Read More

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Laryngeal Paralysis

June 01, 2002

Partial paralysis of the larynx prevents maximal opening of the equine trachea. Affected horses can move air, but breathing noises occur, especially during exercise. The most common form of laryngeal paralysis is recurrent laryngeal neuropathy... Read More

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Environmental Factor in Cushing's?

June 01, 2002

I have been treating an aging pony mare for Cushing's syndrome. She had been chronically foundering for three years when she abruptly started exhibiting diabetic symptoms. After reading your article on Cushing's and conferring with my... Read More

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Stolen Horse Hotline

May 30, 2002

Anyone who has lost a horse or had a horse stolen knows that trying to find the animal can be very frustrating. It is very difficult for law enforcement officials to search for these horses--many times because of a lack of resources or manpower,... Read More

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Horse Sense Used in Making Animated Film

May 14, 2002

Most horse owners cringe when they see non-horse people trying to present equines to the public based on what they think they know. At DreamWorks, which is releasing the animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron on May 24, animators an... Read More

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Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More

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Sifting Veterinary Advice

May 01, 2002

Your horse has a problem that your veterinarian is treating. Then you read an article from a reliable source or hear from a friend's veterinarian of a different way (in your mind possibly a better way) to treat your horse's current problem. You... Read More

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Naturally Parelli

May 01, 2002

Like most people (including more than 90% of our readers), I use a computer. I can turn it on, perform tasks pertinent to my job, look things up on the Internet, print in various fonts and sizes, and accomplish my assigned tasks with little... Read More

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IV Complications

May 01, 2002

Any horse with an indwelling IV catheter should be monitored closely for the swelling and/or thick, rope-like consistency of a vein with thrombosis or thrombophlebitis. Catching any vein problem early and treating it minimizes the risk of serious pro... Read More

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Trailer Loading: All Aboard

May 01, 2002

Many experts believe that more injuries occur during loading and unloading than during the trailer trips themselves. Still, getting your horse on and off of a trailer doesn't have to be risky business. With understanding, forethought, and common... Read More