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Racehorse Retraining Symposium Coming to Maryland

September 14, 2009

A training symposium focusing on retraining the retired racehorse will be offered by professional three-day event rider and clinician Steuart Pittman Oct. 4 in Crownsville, Md.

The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the skills that a... Read More

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Bitless Bridles Touted as Safer Alternative for Horses in New Study

September 12, 2009

Previous studies evaluating the behavioral responses of horses to different types of bridles found that horses perform at least as well, if not better, with a bitless bridle than a jointed snaffle.

To probe deeper into the issue, Robert... Read More

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Hendra Virus Safety Tips for Horse Owners Released

September 11, 2009

The Queensland government has released a safety alert for horse owners following several cases of Hendra virus, a rare but potentially fatal zoonotic virus that can pass from horses to humans. Read More

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Study: Neurologic Signs Not Limited to One EHV-1 Strain

September 11, 2009

Anytime a horse develops fever, malaise, and a stumbling gait or inability to stand, owners should contact a veterinarian immediately--they might be dealing with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). In addition, the animal should be quarantined to... Read More

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Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine Tendon Injuries

September 09, 2009

A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Gone West Euthanized Due to Colic Complications

September 08, 2009

Gone West, who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery. The 25-year-old stallion, who was... Read More

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Study Shows Stall Cleaning Impacts Stable Air Quality

September 08, 2009

A change in your approach to horse stall cleaning might result in improved air quality in the stable, report researchers from Georg-August University of Guttingen, in Germany. Researchers measured the air quality in the stable with different bedding... Read More

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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Horse Diseases Update

September 06, 2009

Many equine health professionals are worried that because of the economic recession that's lasted more than a year, many horses are either not vaccinated or are under-vaccinated to protect them agasint common diseases.

According to the... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma: Healing Skin Wounds in Horses

September 05, 2009

Brazilian researchers report that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is beneficial for healing surgical wounds in horses, contrary to previous reports.  

Because wound healing in... Read More

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Deworming Decisions: Readers Discuss What Impacts Theirs

September 04, 2009

More than 780 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What drives your deworming product selection decision?"... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Equine Diseases Prevalent on Both Coasts

September 03, 2009

As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most... Read More

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Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More

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Maine Reports Five EEE Horse Deaths, Three Suspect

September 03, 2009

Five horses in Maine have died of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and animal health authorities are waiting on test results of another three "suspicious" cases, reported the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC)... Read More

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Hoof Abscesses in Horses

September 01, 2009

The scenario is all too familiar for many horse owners ... yesterday your horse was sound, but today you find him crippled, with no apparent injury! What could have happened? Odds are this horse has a hoof abscess. Sooner or later, nearly all... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Caballos Reaccionan al Latido Cardiaco del Humano

September 01, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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Predicting Equine Postoperative Infections

September 01, 2009

Inflammatory markers in horses' blood might tell veterinarians when the animals are at risk for adverse events after surgery.

"Monitoring the recovery of the patient closely in the postoperative period allows the surgeon to detect infection... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis: The Economic Impact

September 01, 2009

Do you know what your horse's joints are worth?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, debilitating joint disease with no known cure. It is characterized by heat, pain, swelling, crepitus (a crackling, crinkly, or grating... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More

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The Latest on Pain Relief

September 01, 2009

Short-circuiting an injured or ill horse's pain response can not only help him be happier now, it can improve ... Read More

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Barn, Stall, and Fence Maintenance

September 01, 2009

Take a closer look at your barn and property and ensure it's safe for horses and handlers.... Read More

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Some Herding Dogs Sensitive to Horse Dewormers

August 28, 2009

Consuming avermectin dewormers can prove fatal for some herding breed dogs.... Read More

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'On-Call' Racing Stewards Media Program Launched

August 28, 2009

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) has developed an On Call Stewards Program so that a designated racing official will be available during telecasts of major racing events to explain the rules of racing if an unusual event occurs... Read More

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Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

August 26, 2009

The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome a Focus of Research

August 25, 2009

The Equine Science Society Symposium (ESS) is a gathering place for researchers involved in all aspects of equine health and well-being. For more than two decades, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has presented findings from its nutrition and exercis... Read More