Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

May 01, 2010

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system?... Read More

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Atypical Myopathy Cases Discovered in Europe

April 28, 2010

An ongoing spring outbreak of atypical myopathy has caused a reported 47 cases in Europe to date, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

Reports of new cases continue to stream into the data being collected by the At... Read More

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Warmer Weather Calls for Close Monitoring of Stored Grain

April 21, 2010

With early onset of warm temperatures, stored grain operators need to monitor inventory closely. ... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Anticoagulant Rodenticides

April 18, 2010

Many horse owners do not realize that baits used to kill mice, rats, and small rodents are also poisonous to horses and other mammals. Several types of rodenticide baits are available, but the most commonly used products are the anticoagulant ... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More

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High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

April 01, 2010

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were...... Read More

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Equine Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology

March 26, 2010

The equine pharmacology, therapeutics, and toxicology program at the Gluck Equine Research Center focuses on interactions among performance-enhancing drugs and therapeutic medications in performance horses. Early work focused on the detection o... Read More

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Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More

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Horses Needed for Equine Metabolic Syndrome Research Project

March 22, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers." These... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

March 09, 2010

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More

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Avoid Moldy Corn in Horse Feed

March 01, 2010

Farmers across the Midwest struggled last year to harvest their crops in what turned out to be an unseasonably wet autumn. These conditions led to reports of widespread mold in this year's corn crop. Moldy corn is a hazard for all species o... Read More

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Beat Botulism

March 01, 2010

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse's life.... Read More

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Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More

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Freeze Stops European Atypical Myopathy Reports

January 21, 2010

The largest outbreak of equine atypical myopathy in Europe has ended with freezing winter temperatures, with a record number of 371 reported cases, according to a group of researchers in Belgium.

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Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More

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Equine Grass Sickness Reviewed

January 07, 2010

A fatal gastrointestinal disease once limited to Scotland is being seen more frequently in certain parts of the world due to geographical progression, said British researchers. Frequently occurring throughout Great Britain, equine gr... Read More

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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Weighty Issues

December 01, 2009

Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise.... Read More

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Emerging Neurologic Syndromes Discussed at World Equine Vet Meeting

November 27, 2009

"The more we look for neurologic signs, the more we discover new syndromes," said I.G. Joe Mayhew, BVSc, FRCVS, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, ECVN, head of Equine Massey and professor of Equine Studies at Massey University in New Zealand, at the... Read More

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Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

November 19, 2009

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available... Read More

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U.K. Couple Sentenced in Pony Obesity Cruelty Case

November 05, 2009

A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More

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Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

November 04, 2009

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United... Read More

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Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. What do you recommend to help heal it?... Read More

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Genetic Diseases in Horses Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 31, 2009

While genetic diseases exist in a number of horse breeds, many researchers have focused expressly on issues occurring in the Quarter Horse breed. Thanks to their efforts, genetic tests for several disorders specific to this breed are now... Read More