Recent News for Horse Care

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Trainer Chris Cox Wins Colt-Starting Challenge

March 06, 2008

Defending champion Chris Cox of Mineral Wells, Texas, emerged victorious from his second Road to the Horse competition March 2, 2008, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Along with taking the title, Cox also received a $15,000 donation toward his... Read More

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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FOSH Hosting National Sound Horses Conference

March 04, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) will host a national conference April 11 and 12, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. The conference will focus on challenges to compliance with federal law, methods being used for soring, available technology that could... Read More

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Study Correlates Food Rewards with Positive Responses during Training

March 03, 2008

Young horses learn faster and have more positive interactions with humans when they receive food as a reward during training, according to a new study presented at the 34th Annual Read More

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Blood Test in Young Foals Might Predict Osteochondrosis

March 02, 2008

Measurement of osteocalcin (a marker of joint metabolism) in 2-week-old foals might be useful for identifying foals at risk for developing osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental orthopedic disease that results from a... Read More

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You, Your Vet, and the National Animal Identification System

March 01, 2008

Recently, horse owners have been hearing a lot about animal identification and microchipping. As many already know, the USDA has, for the past four years, been developing and implementing the voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS) i... Read More

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Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More

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Healthy Hooves, Inside and Out

March 01, 2008

Horse hooves aren't created equal, which can make it hard to understand the healthy foot's form and function.... Read More

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Freeze Branding for Identification

March 01, 2008

Instead of burning the flesh, freeze branding uses intense cold to kill pigment-producing cells. ... Read More

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What's New in Horse Trailers

March 01, 2008

Safety and strength are the focus of trailer companies' improvements today.

You're ready to make some changes concerning your showing or horse-traveling activities--perhaps you're scaling down a bit, trailering less horse... Read More

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Raising a Stud Colt

March 01, 2008

I have bred my first colt this year and thus far have followed handling practices we have used on our previous two filly foals with great success. We have a beautiful Welsh Section C colt who is unafraid of most things, is very people friendly, wil... Read More

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Cross-Species Deworming

March 01, 2008

How do the worm infestations of horses and domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, correspond with each other, if at all?... Read More

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Annual Wellness Exam

March 01, 2008

Wellness care can result in a healthier life for the horse at a more manageable cost for the owner.... Read More

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"Sour Gas" Blamed for Horse Illness

March 01, 2008

Horses owned by the Thurston family of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were exposed to a gas leak from a sour oil facility four months ago, and family members say the livestock still have not recovered, according to an article on Read More

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Dover Saddlery Opening Georgia Store

February 29, 2008

Dover Saddlery will open a new store in Alpharetta, Ga., in late summer 2008.

The new 10,000 square foot facility, located three miles north of the Alpharetta Horse Park, will service the area's growing equestrian market. From basic riding... Read More

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Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More

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Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

February 26, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More

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SmartPak Presents Talk on Managing Hard Keepers

February 26, 2008

Horse owners gathered Feb. 20 at the SmartPak Retail Store in Natick, Mass., to hear a lecture on keeping weight on a hard keeper, presented by Lydia Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPak.

The followin... Read More

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Podcast Offers Explanation of Equine Weight Assessment

February 25, 2008

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has a new podcast (a downloadable audio file) available on the group's Web site as part of its Right Weight Road Show. The fat scoring podcast offers owners the opportunity to listen to... Read More

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Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More

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Scientists Examine New Joint Disease Evaluation Method

February 22, 2008

Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis... Read More

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Readers Respond: Calling the Shots

February 21, 2008

More than 1,800 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When do you vaccinate your horse(s)?"

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Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Joins Global Sustainability Group

February 20, 2008

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) has joined the group One Percent For The Planet as part of its effort to raise awareness, provide useful information, and attract funding to help conserve land and preserve trail access for... Read More

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Ovariectomy an Option for Performance Mares and Molly Mules

February 19, 2008

Lacey is beautiful, full of personality, and very athletic--for a mule, that is. Her owners plan on showing their cherished mule when she is ready, but they face an obstacle that all owners of female mules or mares go through--heat cycles.

... Read More

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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More