Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Was Phar Lap Poisoned?

December 25, 2007

The great Australian Thoroughbred racehorse Phar Lap came to the United States to challenge all comers. He died of mysterious causes on April 5, 1932. Last year a group of scientists tested a section of Phar Lap's hide that was preserved and on... Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Four Horses Die after Feed Mixing Error

December 03, 2007

A horse and three ponies have died, and several other equids have been temporarily paralyzed, following the ingestion of contaminated feed in French Guiana (a department of France located on the northern edge of South America), according to the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Mold? Geh!

October 31, 2007

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'Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition' PowerPoint Lecture Available

October 16, 2007

Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More

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USRider Advises Steps Avoid CO Poisoning in Horse Trailer Living Quarters

October 16, 2007

Two children and their grandparents were killed by carbon monoxide fumes while sleeping inside the living quarters of a horse trailer the night of Oct. 11 (for more on this see Read More

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New Research on PSSM Prevalence, Heritability in Progress

October 04, 2007

Researchers with the University of Minnesota have identified polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in 6-12% of overtly healthy Quarter Horses on six farms involved in a new study. They also said the disease could be more common within certain... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funding 11 Equine Studies in 2008

September 25, 2007

In 2008, the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will fund about 120 animal health studies, including 11 new and continuing studies for horses. Equine enthusiasts are invited to sponsor or co-sponsor one of these studies with a total gift of $3,000 o... 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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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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Managing Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

August 08, 2007

At the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke about HYPP.... 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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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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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.

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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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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

July 09, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center discussed PSSM at the AAEP Convention 2006. The disorder causes muscle pain, stiffness, and cramping, and some horses... 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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Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

July 07, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: 14 Years Later

July 04, 2007

Sharon Spier, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, associate professor at the University of California, Davis, has pioneered much of the research on HYPP. She presented updated information gleaned over the past 14 years on this disease at the 2006 AAEP... Read More