Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Strangles Report Shows Decline in Cases at Trackside

March 24, 2005

According to a second round of tests on quarantined horses, the number of confirmed cases of strangles has declined and there is no evidence that the disease has spread at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center in Louisville,... Read More

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Emergency Transportation

March 23, 2005

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. If you have your own trailer, make sure that it is in working order at all times (the truck, too) and always have a back-up plan. Be prepared to make ... Read More

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Precautions Taken After Trackside Strangles Case

March 14, 2005

Churchill Downs is taking precautionary measures at its Trackside training facility in Louisville, Ky., after a Thoroughbred racehorse was diagnosed with strangles, a contagious bacterial disease.

Rumors began circulating the weekend of... Read More

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Importing and Exporting Horses: World Travelers

March 03, 2005

With the advent of the Internet, cheaper airline travel options, and popularity of foreign breeds, more people are importing and exporting horses between countries. But whether home or abroad, purchasing or selling a horse is seldom simple.... Read More

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History of the Horse

March 03, 2005

There are many scientists who have studied and theorized about how man and horses came to be together.... Read More

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Tick-Borne Illness

March 03, 2005

Diseases transmitted by ticks are becoming more widespread. Recently, a case report was published detailing a common tick-borne illness in horses called equine granulocytic anaplasmosis (EGA), once called equine ehrlichiosis. An 11-year old... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: The Grab Bag

March 03, 2005

Stopping Equine Aggression With An Electronic Collar

"Aggressive behavior in horses is expensive," said Michelle A. Kennedy, DVM, a private practitioner in Delta, Colo. Veterinary expense, property damage, loss of use of affected... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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EHV-1 Cases in Eastern Canada

February 25, 2005

Three Standardbred racehorses in Nova Scotia have been euthanatized due to the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1, and at least one other horse was suspected to have the illness. Two of the horses that were euthanatized and the... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to Public

February 24, 2005

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) recently released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took abou... Read More

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Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Case Euthanatized at Pennsylvania Harness Track

February 23, 2005

A Standardbred mare euthanatized last Friday (Feb. 18) at the Meadows racetrack in Meadowlands, Pa., had the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 infection, according to University of Pennsylvania veterinarians. The barn where the mare... Read More

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Michigan Officials Requiring EHV Vaccination

February 15, 2005

Officials from Michigan's Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) are requiring all horses entering any of seven licensed pari-mutuel facilities in the state be vaccinated for equine herpesvirus (EHV), in an effort to keep the virus confined to... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Prepurchase Exams Table Topic

February 14, 2005

The conditions under which a veterinarian is asked to complete a purchase exam have great bearing on how much he or she is able to ascertain about the horse and its current state of health and athleticism. A roomful of veterinarians discussed the... Read More

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Salmonella Outbreaks and Prevention

February 14, 2005

What impact can a salmonella outbreak at a veterinary hospital and what can be done to prevent it? As part of a study to determine what could be done to cut down on the harmful bacteria, a footbath for workers was compared to disinfectant misting... Read More

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Evaluating Saddle Fit

February 04, 2005

The initial saddle fit examination begins with evaluation of the horse's back, including a fingertip exploration of the entire area under the saddle to identify any bumps caused by friction or areas of localized pain or swelling, he said. Also, the h... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Testing

February 01, 2005

Piroplasmosis is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by one of two parasites, Babesia equi or Babesia caballi, which attack and destroy red blood cells in horses. The mortality rate can be as high as 20% among susceptible... Read More

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Bits: Pain in the Mouth

February 01, 2005

The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. If a bit is causing pain or discomfort... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

February 01, 2005

A study recently published in the Japan Racing Journal found that as turf courses become wetter and softer, fracture risk is reduced. In contrast, muddy conditions on dirt courses lead to a greater risk of horses sustaining a fracture.... Read More

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NAHMS to Study Equine Industry in 2005

January 18, 2005

The USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will be conducting an Equine 2005 study, which will examine equine events and on-farm health management factors as they relate to the control of equine infectious diseases.... Read More

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U.K. Equine Viral Arteritis Restrictions Lifted

January 14, 2005

The stallion that tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been returned to its country of origin and restrictions on the quarantine premises where it was being kept have now been lifted.

The horse, which had been imported... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Detected in Suffolk, U.K.

December 17, 2004

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood tes... Read More

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Ban Passed on U.K. Hunting with Hounds

December 07, 2004

According to www.equine-world.co.uk, the U.K. House of Commons on Nov. 18 used the Parliament Act to force through the a bill to ban hunting with hounds. "Following disagreement between... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More

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Nominations due Jan. 10 for the 2005 Equine Industry Vision Award

November 12, 2004

Jan. 10, 2005 is the deadline date for nominations for the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which will be presented at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Seminar in Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 2005. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors th... Read More

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Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More