Recent News for Horse Care

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Equine ID Task Force Meeting at U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting

January 05, 2004

The American Horse Council will hold a meeting of the Equine ID Task Force during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 14-18.

The Task Force will be... Read More

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Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More

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Excessive Girthiness

January 01, 2004

Q: I start young Thoroughbreds for racing, and occasionally I work with a horse that gets really "girthy." Some even get to the point of falling down, and others get a hump in their backs as if they are going to explode. Can you... Read More

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Jutted Jaw in a Foal

January 01, 2004

Q: Our foal was born with something that our veterinarian called a "jutted jaw." Can you provide any information on this condition and what, if anything, needs to be done about it?

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Fear of Cows

January 01, 2004

My horse is a 16.3-hand 7-year-old off-track Thoroughbred. His history is largely unknown. My problem is that in the five months I've had him at a boarding stable, he hasn't gotten over his fear of cows and their field, which is about 10 fee... Read More

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The Role of Antioxidants

January 01, 2004

Oxidation is a process the body uses for normal energy production and immune function. This is part of the process that enables the body to transform nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. During oxidation (the "burning... Read More

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Coming of Age

January 01, 2004

We're all getting a little bit older, but as with fine wine and good horses, that often means things are getting better. The Horse magazine is celebrating its 21st year in 2004 since its inception as Modern Horse Breeding. And... Read More

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New EPM Treatment Approved

January 01, 2004

On Nov. 19 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Navigator for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This drug has been under development for more than six years.

IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine, received... Read More

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New Vaccine for WNV Awaits Approval

January 01, 2004

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine recombinant canarypox vaccine awaits USDA approval, and once available, could pave the way for a new generation of equine vaccines in the United States. Merial developed this Recombitek equine WNV technology,... Read More

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Beaten Arkansas Horses Recovering

January 01, 2004

Two Arkansas Quarter Horses, a 3-year-old filly named Puddin' and a 5-year-old mare called Fat Girl, were seriously injured when they were attacked Aug. 6 while owner Patrice Swan was away. The two were brutally beaten with unknown blunt objects... Read More

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Bad Bug Basics (Parasite Primer Part 1)

January 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part one of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

It seems that every year, major equine publications take on a virtually impossible task. They publish an omnibus article on equine... Read More

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Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

January 01, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. Th... Read More

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New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

December 31, 2003

A medical device derived from the lining of urinary bladders of specially bred pigs shows promise for healing equine tendon and ligament injuries, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. Mitchell recentl... Read More

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Graded Stakes Drug Testing Plan to Begin in July

December 30, 2003

The American Graded Stakes Committee has set July 2004 as the target date for implementation of a more stringent drug testing policy for all graded stakes that will require tests for more than 140 parent drugs and their metabolites.

The... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Approved

December 24, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and can be seen by clicking here.

A new West Nile virus (WNV)... Read More

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Seabiscuit Now Available on DVD and VHS

December 18, 2003

Seabiscuit, an American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, and based on the best-selling book that remains one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years, broke out of the gate o... Read More

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Heat Lamp Likely Source of Fatal Barn Fire in Kentucky

December 17, 2003

A fire last Friday that resulted in the deaths of 22 horses at the Cross International training center in Henderson, Ky. was apparently caused by sparking from a heat bulb or heat lamp.

The Henderson Gleaner reported the state... Read More

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Equine Emergency Rescue Techniques

December 09, 2003

You might have seen it on television—those daring rescues where a horse is lifted from a ravine by helicopter, pulled out of a raging river, or returned to safe ground after being bogged down in mud. These rescues might awe television audiences,... Read More

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International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

December 08, 2003

Six horseshoers who have helped shape the modern farrier industry have been elected to the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame. They were chosen from a field of 66 nominees in voting by current members of the International Horseshoeing Hall... Read More

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New Combination Vaccines Include WNV Protection

December 05, 2003

In 2004, your veterinarian's truck might be stocked with a new combination vaccine--protection against West Nile virus (WNV) has been folded into routinely used three-way and four-way vaccines. The new combinations, manufactured by Fort Dodge... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Anticipated

December 04, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and has been included below.

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine... Read More

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More on the New EPM Treatment

December 03, 2003

(Revised 12/5/03) Horse owners have a new option for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) following the Nov. 19 U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of nitazoxanide. This medication has been under development... Read More

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Good and Bad Drugs

December 03, 2003

So what do veterinarians talk about when they get together? Pretty much what other horse people talk about--successes, problems, the high cost of doing business, and the latest “hot” topics of the industry. At the 2003 gathering of the American... Read More

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Police Horse Diary 12/3/03

December 03, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting is an interesting gathering of practicing veterinarians, researchers, industry businesses, and horse owners. That convention has delayed some of my entries, but I’ll try and keep up... Read More

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Internal Fixation Foundation Receives Distinguished Educator Honors at Annual Convention

December 02, 2003

Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen/Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (A-O/ASIF) International Foundation's veterinary division was honored for its contributions to veterinary continuing education during the American... Read More