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Australian Toxic Feed Case Decided

July 06, 2006

An Australian court awarded $71,000 in damages after a Sydney area family’s Thoroughbred mare died and three other show horses were permanently retired due to heart conditions resulting from contaminated feed, the Sydney Morning... Read More

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any... Read More

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Dealing with Old Injuries

June 01, 2006

I have a 20-year-old Quarter Horse that is in top working condition, worked daily in basic dressage, and he is always happy to jump whatever I ask him to. However, before I purchased him, he had a deep wound in his offside flank. It’s long been... Read More

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Fortified Plasma Benefits Sick Foals

May 12, 2006

Critically ill foals are seven percent more likely to survive if they receive plasma with higher concentrations of antibodies as opposed to traditional plasma, according to results of a recent study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School... Read More

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Nightshade and Ivermectin: A Deadly Mixture

May 01, 2006

Editor's note: When researching the unknown illness story on this page, the following study on ivermectin's interaction with a noxious weed was discovered. Nightshade and other poisonous plants should be eliminated from pastures.... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Dewormer Questioned

May 01, 2006

Four horses on a South Texas farm died from unknown causes in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the problems might have been caused by a dewormer; she has necropsy and other test results, but she has not released them... Read More

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What Was Causing Foal Abnormalities?

May 01, 2006

I have bred and raised 142 Morgan foals since 1976. During that time, we've had eight foals born with a very similar set of problems--contracted front tendons, an underbite, lethargy, hypothyroidism, and/or mental deficiency. We tried bottle... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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Heat Stress Prevention

April 13, 2006

Editor's Note: Dr. Godman, DVM, MS, graduated from Auburn's vet school 1993 and received his Masters at University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. He currently works for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Nice... Read More

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Out of Control

April 01, 2006

One night you hear kicking and crashing coming from the barn and think you have a cast horse. You run to see if you can help, and what you find is a horse down on his side paddling as if galloping on the ground. His head and neck are extended an... Read More

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Failure to Sweat

April 01, 2006

A horse in motion is a striking image: Vigorous, powerful, animated. In your mind's eye you can imagine his ears pricked forward, nostrils flared, limbs strumming the ground, streaks of sweat punctuating his rippling muscles. To create... Read More

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Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

April 01, 2006

Your horse is doing it again: Inexplicably tossing his head and sometimes charging off. Your trainer has tried everything--fly spray, changing tack, new bits, negative reinforcement--and while your horse goes through periods where he never flips... Read More

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Fainting Foals, Sleepy Horses

April 01, 2006

Humans have been fascinated with narcolepsy for centuries. The sight of an otherwise normal person suddenly lapsing into unexplainable deep sleep was cause for curiosity, if not amusement, even after scientists in the late 1800s found that... Read More

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Bute: How Much is Too Much?

January 01, 2006

Phenylbutazone (PBZ), commonly known as Bute, can be the horse owner's (and horse's) best friend. This popular and economical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) blocks pain, reduces swelling and inflammation, and lowers fever, making it an... Read More

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Tennessee Feed Recalled

November 18, 2005

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative officials voluntarily recalled four lots of horse feed in early and mid-November after a horse's death was linked to the feed, which contained high levels of a livestock drug. The 10% Grain Mix (item #93638) was... Read More

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Working Horse Dentistry

November 01, 2005

Equine dentistry started centuries ago with filing horses’ teeth, but it was not until the past decade that motorized dental instrumentation coupled with research allowed vast improvements. These advances have helped all horses, but performance... Read More

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Cure For a Toothache

November 01, 2005

Abby is a Tennessee Walking Horse mare who was recently purchased by a Virginia family as a 5-year-old and shipped there from Tennessee to train and show. A dental examination six months after purchase found that her right and left lower first... Read More

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Dental Plan for the Working Horse

November 01, 2005

Routine equine dental care is important for three reasons, says David O. Klugh, DVM, Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, owner of Equine Dental Associates in Yamhill, Ore.:

  • Making sure deciduous teeth come out and adul... Read More

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Managing Fractured Ribs in Foals

October 27, 2005

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, said Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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Swollen Thyroid Gland

September 01, 2005

My 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has a swollen thyroid gland on the right side of his throatlatch. It was about the size of a grapefruit, but recently it has decreased to about one-third of its original size. It has never bothered him. Is... Read More

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Sudden Death: Untimely End

June 01, 2005

Sometimes horses die suddenly when they aren't involved in athletic competition. You walk out to stall or paddock one morning and your good trail horse or companion animal is lying dead, even though it had appeared normal and healthy when you fed the... Read More

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Black Walnut Tree Shavings as Trail Mulch?

April 01, 2005

Q: This summer we are planning to start making riding trails on our heavily wooded property. As we cut down the branches and trees, we plan to chip the wood to mulch the trails. However, we have a good number of black walnut trees, and I am wondering... 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