Recent News for Horse Care

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Lower Airway Disease

October 01, 2001

Coughing, one of the most common signs of respiratory disease, can occur in response to irritation from viruses, bacteria, or inhaled environmental dusts and allergens. However, most veterinarians and researchers will agree that irritation from... Read More

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Mosquito Wars

October 01, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading, and horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" The good news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and conditionally approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Cutting Horses

October 01, 2001

One on one, horse meets heifer. The cutting horse matches wits with a cow, and a champion maintains 100 percent control of the wily critter.

Like reining, cutting is a sport that developed on the ranch. Cowhands valued the cutting horse as ... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Dietary Needs: Striking a Balance

October 01, 2001

You can't watch TV for more than half an hour these days without viewing at least one ad preaching the virtues of a balanced diet. Public service announcements emphasize the value of getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables. Cereal... Read More

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Decisions, Decisions

October 01, 2001

Information is a peculiar thing. It seems that no matter how much we have, we want more. While some people would have you believe that is wrong (the "ignorance is bliss" crowd), others firmly believe that what you don't know can hurt you...or... Read More

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Disposal of Euthanized Animals

October 01, 2001

Q: Are there risks to other animals that may eat the carcass of a euthanized horse or other large animal?... Read More

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Nail-Quicked

October 01, 2001

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the "quick," or the sensitive laminae... Read More

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Bapten Taken Off Market

October 01, 2001

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept it from becoming popular, according to Keri... Read More

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Intranasal Equine Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Canada

September 28, 2001

Heska Corporation announced Sept. 24 that it has received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell Flu Avert(TM) I.N., an influenza vaccine, in Canada. Heska has granted Novartis Animal Health Canada, Inc. exclusive distribution... Read More

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Disaster Relief Fund Soars to $5.7 Million

September 21, 2001

In an unprecedented show of compassion from the Thoroughbred community, contributions to the disaster relief fund organized by Keeneland have soared to $5.7 million, Keeneland President Nick Nicholson revealed today in an interim... Read More

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Training Young Horses

September 18, 2001

Dr. E.E. Watson was a veterinarian of some repute for many years in the Midwest during the middle decades of the 20th Century. He not only treated racehorses, but he bred them, owned them, and trained them. One year in the late 1950s, he had a... Read More

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Puncture Wounds in Horses

September 17, 2001

Puncture wounds can be difficult to treat and can lead to a horse contracting tetanus. ... Read More

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Spleen Problems

September 17, 2001

I heard that a horse's spleen is unique, but my friend said horses don't have a spleen. What's the truth? ... Read More

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Pests: Insect and Otherwise

September 17, 2001

Summer also means insect season. And while in the past that might have been seen as an annoyance, today it can mean much more, and much worse. Today, it can mean life-threatening illness, and even death. Those insects can carry a growing host ... Read More

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Common Skin Issues for Horses

September 17, 2001

 The horse's largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to... Read More

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Leather Care For A Stable Connection

September 17, 2001

Leather accumulates dirt, sweat, and just plain grunge whenever it contacts the horse's coat and skin. To maintain the leather's reliability, you continue the care that began at the tannery. You'll apply leather care preparations to remove harmful... Read More

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Fly Protection Uncovered

September 17, 2001

These days, we have quite an arsenal at our disposal to attack and repel flies. From electric bug zappers, to pheromone traps, to parasitic wasps that feed on fly pupae, we've explored all sorts of ways and means of getting rid of flying insects.... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Information

September 14, 2001

The following information is written with information from Rocky Bigbie, DVM, a representative of Fort Dodge Animal Health. Fort Dodge produces the West Nile virus vaccine.

Q: Why should we vaccinate now if... Read More

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Scintigraphy: Get It While It's Hot

September 13, 2001

Many times radiographs fail to show even stress fractures. Enter nuclear scintigraphy. This sophisticated technology uses radioactive material that, combined with a bone-seeking agent, is capable of locating stress fractures and other bone damage. ... Read More

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Tendon Injuries in Horses

September 13, 2001

Tendon injuries can be extremely frustrating. The best way to deal with them is to make every effort to prevent them, or if possible, limit the degree of damage that occurs. Certainly some tendon injuries occur acutely without any warning, but... Read More

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Have Horses? We'll Travel!

September 13, 2001

Have horses? We'll travel! seems to be the motto of Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a husband-wife team who for the past dozen years have set up and spearheaded... Read More

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Big Appetites In Big Horses (Drafts)

September 13, 2001

Nothing says sheer power like a draft horse. Nothing else exudes such strength with such a mild-mannered attitude. To watch these gentle giants in action is to get a sense of our own history and the invaluable role horses played, and continue to... Read More

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Trailers 2000

September 13, 2001

Many horse people tend to think of equine transportation vehicles in the same way that we classify automobiles: There are the stripped-down economy models, which are perfectly okay for getting us from point A to point B, but won't elicit envious... Read More