Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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Hendra Virus Testing Continues after Three Horse Deaths

August 12, 2009

Veterinarians with Biosecurity Queensland are taking samples from 25 horses at a Cawarral horse facility to confirm any further cases of Hendra virus.

This follows the deaths of three horses at the property since July 28. The most recent... Read More

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MRLS Foal Losses in Kentucky Increased Slightly in 2009

August 12, 2009

Between May 5 and June 15, the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) diagnosed 13 foal loss cases caused by mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Central Kentucky. This number was up slightly from 2003-2008 when only three to five cases... Read More

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Cribbing Not a Learned Behavior, Researchers Say

August 11, 2009

Despite many horse owners' belief to the contrary, researchers concluded in a new study that cribbing does not appear to be a learned disorder. However, genetic predisposition appears to be a factor, especially among Thoroughbreds.

Julia D.... Read More

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Thoroughbreds Could Contribute to Human Diabetes Research

August 10, 2009

Not only can Thoroughbreds provide hours of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, they could also play an invaluable role in understanding obesity and Type 2 diabetes in humans, reports a group of Irish researchers.

"Over the past 400... Read More

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Link Between Drugs and Racehorse Injuries is a Work In Progress

August 10, 2009

Higher levels of two different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were identified in Thoroughbred racehorses suffering musculoskeletal injuries in Kentucky Racing Commission races compared to non-injured horses. But whether these... Read More

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Arlington Park Thoroughbred Racetrack Receives Safety Accreditation

August 04, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the... Read More

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Storm Causes Severe Flooding at Churchill Downs; Horses Safe

August 04, 2009

A torrential rainstorm in the Louisville, Ky., area Aug. 4 is wreaking havoc at Churchill Downs. Flooding has caused several horses to be removed from the barn area, both the main track and infield are completely underwater, and employees at the... Read More

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Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

July 29, 2009

Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. ... Read More

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Neurologic EHV-1 Reported in Pennsylvania

July 24, 2009

Four horses stabled in Allegheny County, Pa., have been euthanized after developing neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to a statement circulated by the Animal Health Emergency Management and Information... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Furosemida Previene HPIE en Estudio Nuevo

July 23, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge... Read More

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Registering a Thoroughbred Foal? Remember Retirement Program

July 23, 2009

The majority of Thoroughbred registration applications were recently mailed to the breeders fo 2009 live foals. The Jockey Club is reminding owners and breeders that they can contribute to the post-racing care of Thoroughbreds through a voluntar... Read More

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CEM Study: Antibiotic-Treated Semen Can Reduce Transmission Risk

July 19, 2009

Researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center will publish a study this fall on contagious equine metritis (CEM), a sexually transmitted disease in horses. Stallions are asymptomatic carriers of Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agen... Read More

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Science Proves What Jockeys Know: Posture Matters

July 18, 2009

Over a century after a Yankee Doodle jockey revolutionized how racehorses are ridden, scientists are figuring out why a jockey's posture speeds up the horse.

Nope, it's not wind resistance. That tough balancing crouch saves the horse som... Read More

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WCVM Student's Horse Anatomy Project Goes Live

July 16, 2009

When Dane Tatarniuk began his summer research project in 2008, the second-year veterinary student wasn't expecting to play a role in developing a minimally-invasive surgical technique... Read More

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Parasite Resistance Live Q&A on TheHorse.com

July 14, 2009

Have questions about parasite resistance and how to manage it on your farm?

On Tuesday, July 14, at 8 p.m. EDT, TheHorse.com will host a live question and answer session with Martin... Read More

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Funny Cide Hits the Road

July 13, 2009

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, currently a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, expanded his résumé Saturday when he traveled to Ellis Park Race Track in Henderson, Ky.

The track star and ambassador found a new... Read More

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Detecting Tapeworms, Reducing Resistance through 'Diagnostic Deworming'

July 12, 2009

Diagnostic deworming of horses with anti-tapeworm drugs could play an important role in reducing resistance to antiparasitic drugs, report veterinarians from Japan and North America.

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Commentary: Horse Health Research Needs Funding

July 09, 2009

Research is an important, but not always visible, part of the horse industry. Basic research is often conducted in laboratories away from horse farms and racetracks. However, results from basic research are frequently the starting point for... Read More

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Thoroughbred Identification Service Enhanced by Jockey Club

July 08, 2009

Owners and equine rescue groups with unidentified Thoroughbreds that sport lip tattoos now have access to free identification services provided by the Jockey Club.

Unveiled in April, the free tattoo lookup service allows horse owners and... Read More

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Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More

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Equine ER Book Now Available

July 07, 2009

Readers can now take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the leading equine veterinary hospitals with the release of Equine ER: Stories From a Year in the Life of an Equine Veterinary Hospital. Published by Eclipse Press, the book captures th... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Resources Available

July 06, 2009

A 74-page report on equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), for which equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has been identified as a causative agent, was released by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Centers for Epidemiology and... Read More

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New Strangles Vaccine Research in Progress

July 06, 2009

There are about 150,000 horses in Montana, about one-sixth the number of people living in the state. Whether they are used for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, or hunting, all of these horses are susceptible to strangles.

"Most horses wil... Read More

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'Welfare of the Horse' Forum Available on H-SPAN

July 05, 2009

On June 16 the American Horse Council held "The Welfare of the Horse" forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum, sponsored by Luitpold, was held as part of the AHC's National Issues Forum and featured speakers from segments of the horse community as... Read More

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Horse Farms Damaged in Ice Storm Will Not Receive USDA Aid

July 01, 2009

Dozens of Central Kentucky horse farms that suffered significant damage from a January ice storm will not receive any relief from the USDA due to the wording in the agency's... Read More