Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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21 Kentucky Horses Lost In Flooding

June 09, 2004

One farm in Stanton, Ky., on the Red River lost 15 babies, five broodmares, and a stallion to flooding on Sunday, May 30. Heavy rains that day rapidly forced waters higher in the already swollen river, and within three hours the river had covere... Read More

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Mangoes Toxic to Horses?

June 01, 2004

Q: In our horse paddock there are four mango trees. Our horses often eat the mangoes that fall off the tree. We were wondering if it is possible for our horses to get sick from eating too many mangoes. A: Mango has not been reported... Read More

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Are Grass Clippings Toxic to Horses?

May 01, 2004

Q: A friend swears that I put my horses at serious risk of "grass tetanus" by mowing my pasture with a rotary finish mower. He says that all of the short pieces produced by small, high-speed equipment expose so much of the grass... Read More

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Feeding HYPP Horses

May 01, 2004

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) horses need careful dietary management to reduce attacks.... Read More

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Building Blocks?

May 01, 2004

They come in various colors and sizes. Some weigh 50 pounds, others a pound or less. But how do we know which salt and/or mineral block to place before our animals? Should we offer all of them and let the horses choose? Can a horse actually get... Read More

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Grass Sickness Linked to Clostridium botulinum Bacterium

May 01, 2004

United Kingdom (U.K.) researchers recently found that grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, indicating that affected horses couldn't fight off infection. Findings from the... Read More

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Million Dollar Jury Award in Equitrol Lawsuit; Farnam Plans Appeal

April 14, 2004

(Updated Story) A jury awarded $1,007,500 to plaintiffs who alleged in a lawsuit that Farnam's Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their Thoroughbred and Warmblood sport horses.... Read More

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Equitrol Lawsuit

April 07, 2004

A jury has returned a verdict of $1,007,500 to plaintiffs alleging in a lawsuit that Farnam's product Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their horses; Farnam has countered with a press... Read More

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Alsike Clover Poisoning

April 01, 2004

Q: I'd like to see more information on alsike clover sensitivity, especially in horses with large areas of white skin such as Paints, pintos, and Appaloosas. All the information I can find suggests that the only problem you will... Read More

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Diet: When Horses Need Less Carbs

April 01, 2004

Research suggests some horses (growing foals, laminitic horses, etc.) could do well on low-glycemic diets. ... Read More

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More on the Recent Grass Sickness Link to Clostridium botulinum

March 29, 2004

Researchers in the United Kingdom recently advanced scientific knowledge of equine grass sickness with a three-year study that found the disease to be strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.... Read More

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AQHA Board of Directors Votes on Key Rule Changes at Convention

March 11, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday on the recommendations of the AQHA standing committees as approved in the general membership meeting. The following is the final results of the vote regarding hyperkalemic... Read More

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Equine Grass Sickness Linked to Clostridium Botulinum

March 05, 2004

A new study completed at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and funded by The Home of Rest For Horses has revealed that grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum... Read More

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Oranges for Treats?

March 01, 2004

Can horses eat oranges? I just bought a 4-year-old gelding who apparently loves oranges.... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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The Grass is Not Always Greener

March 01, 2004

The word "horse" conjures up images of graceful, powerful animals roaming across miles of rolling hills, periodically stopping to graze on lush, green grass. In reality, such scenes are rare; these days, many horses live without... Read More

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Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Programs

January 22, 2004

Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long, MS, of the University of Kentucky's (UK) Department of Agronomy,... Read More

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No Grass, No Horse

January 01, 2004

Research published in Nature shows that climate changes and the highly specialized digestive system of the wild horse Equus ferus might have contributed to its extinction in North America.... Read More

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The Future of Horses with HYPP

December 30, 2003

Letter to the Editor:

This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met.  His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  Mr.... Read More

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Diagnosing Grass Sickness

November 01, 2003

Equine grass sickness is so named because it occurs in the spring in pastured horses which are eager to eat plentiful green grass. Its cause is unknown, but the result is destruction of the nerves of the gastrointestinal system, which is often... Read More

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Folic Acid Supplementation

November 01, 2003

Sulphadiazine and pyrimethamine are used in combination to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). These drugs interfere with folic acid (folate) metabolism, a vitamin essential for survival of the causative protozoon Sarcocystis... Read More

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Twelve Belgians Dead from Bad Feed

November 01, 2003

Feed contaminated with a cattle weight gain medication (monensin) killed 12 Belgians in Wisconsin and sickened several others, said a Wisconsin Ag Connection report. The horses, owned by Wayne Huston of Cottage Grove, were treated at the... Read More

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Problems for Horse Owners Caused by This Summer's Wet Weather

October 14, 2003

From Penn State University's Dairy & Animal Science News

The wet weather this summer has not only increased the price of quality hay, but creates the right conditions for increased mold, fungi and mycotoxins in hay and... Read More

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Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

September 01, 2003

At press time, three horses had died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two others returned home following treatment at the University of Florida after eating alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivere... Read More

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Blister Beetles Kill Horses

August 05, 2003

Three horses recently died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two have returned after treatment at the University of Florida following ingestion of alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivered from a... Read More