Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Toxin Suspected in North Carolina Horse Deaths

November 13, 2008

Veterinarians are trying to determine the cause of an illness that has killed four horses in Fairview, N.C., since last Thursday.

Affected horses show a rapid deterioration in muscle condition. Other clinical signs include lethargy, shaking,... Read More

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Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

October 31, 2008

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses... Read More

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100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

October 10, 2008

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis... Read More

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Poisonous Plant Risk Increases as Pasture Grass Goes Dormant

October 10, 2008

As autumn rolls around, pastures become depleted as grass and plant growth slows prior to going dormant for winter. So, it's not surprising that this time of year can also bring an increase in reports of horses becoming ill from... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): Search for Underlying Causes Continues

October 06, 2008

Despite having recently identified a genetic defect that results in polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in many horses, the underlying cause of PSSM remains to be determined in others.... Read More

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Poisoning in Horses: Common Toxic Substances

October 01, 2008

Poisoning in horses is not a common occurrence, but when poisoning occurs, effects can be disastrous and far-reaching. Listing all toxic substances is impossible, as virtually everything on the planet can be toxic at sufficiently high dosages.... Read More

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Genetic Mutation for Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Widespread

September 20, 2008

Veterinary researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified a gene potentially responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in Quarter Horses and, in doing so, they uncovered a number of research leads to pursue. In a... Read More

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Safety of Nutritional Supplements for Horses Unknown, Researchers Say

September 14, 2008

Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.

According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Minnesota Horse Owners Warned of Toxic Plant Issue

August 25, 2008

Due to last year's drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state's Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed... Read More

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New Report on Water Quality and Livestock Health

August 14, 2008

The University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, in collaboration with two state agencies, has published a report on water quality as it pertains to the health of livestock and wildlife.

"The target audience is anyone with an interest in... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More

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Report: Natural Nitrate Levels Caused Wild Horse Deaths

July 22, 2008

Federal officials probing the deaths of 71 wild horses on a military site ruled out high levels of nitrate in a pond, saying such rates occurred naturally.

Testing of a watering hole showed that the nitrate levels came from a combination of... Read More

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Horse Owners Cautioned about Hardy Toxic Plant

July 17, 2008

With cases reported already this year, horse owners are being cautioned about a toxic plant that flourishes during drought and in overgrazed conditions.

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Hazards Could be Hidden in Hay

July 16, 2008

Just 24 hours after Betsy Bueno of Santa Rosa, Calif., began feeding her horses a new batch of hay, one colicked and began to show neurologic signs. Within days, two of her 12 horses required euthanasia and seven were showing similar clinical... Read More

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Rapid and Reliable Test for Diarrhea-Causing Toxin Identified

July 13, 2008

Toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can cause diarrhea in adult horses and foals. The high economic impact associated with treatment costs, considerable animal losses to disease associated with mortality and... Read More

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Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More

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A Better Way?

July 01, 2008

Breeders willing to risk disease or injury for the traits they desire are at the heart of the problems we face today.

We've had bad news following bad news lately with the loss of some of the top horses in equestrian... Read More

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Scientists: Arsenic Killed Phar Lap

June 20, 2008

Forensic scientists say champion Australian gelding Phar Lap died of arsenic poisoning, solving a mystery that has intrigued the horse racing world for more than 75 years.

Phar Lap won 37 of his 51 starts before his death in mysterious... Read More

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Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More

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Diagnosing Muscle Soreness

June 01, 2008

Q: Last year my 18-year-old Quarter Horse mare became very sensitive to touch on her back and hindquarters. It progressed to a slight hind limb lameness. She would stand with her back feet close together until eventually she would... Read More

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Additional Information on Feed Recall Released

May 09, 2008

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse feed products manufactured at three East Coast facilities. The products might contain an ingredient with an unacceptably high level of aflatoxin. For more on this see Read More

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Purina Recalling Horse Feed in Eastern States

May 05, 2008

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has implemented a voluntary recall of some horse feed due to a possible excess of aflatoxin. According to a statement released by the company, no confirmed animal health complaints attributable to aflatoxins have bee... Read More

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Horse Feed Recall Affects East Coast

May 05, 2008

Horse feed dealers are the key to identifying if there's a potential problem with recently purchased Purina feed, according to Land O'Lakes spokesperson Lydia Botham.

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse... Read More