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Treating Irregular Heartbeats

October 01, 2007

Chances are you know someone with a heart murmur--you might even have one yourself. Usually it's discovered at birth, and most often it's nothing to worry about. The heart is fine; it just makes a sound associated with blood flow. The same can be... Read More

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Imported Hay Could Hold Hidden Health Dangers

September 23, 2007

As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More

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Unacceptably High Fungal Levels Identified in Horse Feeds

September 08, 2007

High levels of fungal species and mycotoxins (the toxins produced by some fungi) have been identified in equine feeds. This contamination can result in nutrient losses from the food, and it can negatively impact the health and productivity of... Read More

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British Group Calling for Pulling Parties to Remove Toxic Weed

September 06, 2007

The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More

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Equine Dentists Challenge Texas Law

August 29, 2007

A showdown is looming in Texas between a group of equine dentists and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Examiners over who should be allowed to work on a horse's teeth. The State Board fired the first shot in the exchange earlier this year by... Read More

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University of Guelph Researchers Investigating Racehorse Heart Rates

August 24, 2007

Exactly how fast is the heart rate of a racehorse as it flies around the track?

For the first time ever, two University of Guelph researchers will be able to answer this question as part of a study aimed at recording the maximum heart rate... Read More

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Toxic Weed Hoary Alyssum Found in Drought-Affected Pastures

August 24, 2007

The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More

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Hennessy Dead of Apparent Heart Failure

August 11, 2007

Coolmore Stud’s talented stallion Hennessy reportedly died of apparent heart failure Aug. 9 at Haras La Mission in Argentina. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat out of Island Kitty, by Hawaii, had shuttled to Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere... Read More

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The Role of Obesity in Insulin Resistance

August 04, 2007

"Not all obese individuals are insulin-resistant, and not all IR-affected horses are obese. But IR-associated medical problems are more likely to develop in concert with obesity in individuals born with IR," said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an... Read More

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Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More

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Unsettled Slumber

August 01, 2007

My horse might have sleeping problems. I have seen him almost fall over trying to sleep. Is this normal?... Read More

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Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Laminitis

July 31, 2007

Insulin resistance is a part of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). There are three criteria for identifying the horse with EMS: Insulin resistance, prior (founder lines) or current laminitis, and general obesity or regional adiposity (areas of abnormal... Read More

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Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence

July 25, 2007

Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according... Read More

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Shivers in the Horse: A Review

July 24, 2007

Shivers has been recognized by horse owners for more than a century and refers to a chronic nervous or neuromuscular condition that in a 1962 text was said to be "as common as dirt." This statement referred to the period when draft horse populations ... Read More

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Overweight Horse Study: More on Improved Forages

July 20, 2007

More than half of 300 horses involved in a study at at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech were found to be overweight or obese. The researchers... Read More

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New Study: Equine Obesity More Prevalent than Previously Reported

July 18, 2007

A team of researchers in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech have determined that horses are facing serious health risks because of obesity.

Of the 300... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Hold the Grain, Please

July 12, 2007

Management of insulin resistance might lower the risk of laminitis, and one of the cornerstones of management is diet. “Think of these horses as being in a prediabetic state,” said Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of... Read More

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Glucocorticoids and Obesity

July 11, 2007

Glucocorticoids have been implicated as a cause of both laminitis and IR. "Our team has been interested in the role that glucocorticoids (corticosteroid drugs or hormones that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism and the body's response... Read More

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Treating Obesity and Adiposity Research

July 11, 2007

Owners need to control obesity now by properly managing horses' diets and increasing exercise levels.... Read More

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Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More

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Farm Worker Settles in Horse Poisoning Accusation Case

July 08, 2007

A woman who worked at an equestrian facility in College Station, Texas, where 27 horses died last year settled a lawsuit she filed against the stable's owner, who had accused her o... Read More

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Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field

July 02, 2007

What exactly does stored fat do to a horse's body? It wreaks serious havoc on at least 11 vital body functions. Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri (UM), presented a... Read More

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Possible Toxicity: Georgia Horses Sickened by Michigan Hay

July 02, 2007

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has alerted horse owners to a problem with some alfalfa hay from Michigan and the upper Midwest. The hay is believed to contain hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), a weed that is toxic to... Read More

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Sweat Glands of Anhidrotic Horses -- Short Circuit Found

June 27, 2007

Results of a study performed by scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University and Michigan State University have revealed that the sweat glands of anhidrotic horses secrete chloride ions differently than normal horses--these chloride ions underpin the ... Read More

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Septicemia: Early Detection Is Important

June 22, 2007

A recently published study could help veterinarians predict the causative agents of a deadly bloodstream infection (septicemia) common in newborn foals by characterizing clinical signs associated with different types of bacteria.

"Infection... Read More