Recent News for Basic Care

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Immunostimulant Helps Mares with Endometritis Maintain Pregnancy

February 01, 2007

"Post-breeding endometritis is a major cause of subfertility, affecting approximately 15% of mares," said John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "We know it's a big problem, so we've tried an adjunct treatment to see... Read More

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Another Approach to Equine Castration

February 01, 2007

The use of the Stone Henderson Equine Castration Instrument, which allows veterinarians to geld colts using an attachment on a battery-powered drill, has gained speed since its debut at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners'... Read More

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

February 01, 2007

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate... Read More

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

February 01, 2007

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these... Read More

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Farrier Hygiene

February 01, 2007

To prevent white line disease from spreading, should I purchase my own farrier tools for the farrier to use?... Read More

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Overexcited Stallion

February 01, 2007

I have a stallion that "saucers" (exhibits glans penis enlargement) prior to mounting. Any suggestions?... Read More

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Keeping Stallions Focused

February 01, 2007

I'm a veterinary student from the United Kingdom and have been riding with a stud farm veterinarian in America going from place to place. I am trying to figure out the art of handling stallions for breeding. Can you please enlighten me on the... Read More

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Understanding Horses: Basic Movement #1

February 01, 2007

Champion reining horse owner/trainer Dick Pieper is my hero. I was showing and winning, but I wasn't completely happy with my reiners. In less than an hour under Dick's tutelage, I learned more than I had in the last 20 years. He said I was making... Read More

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From Breeding to Birth

February 01, 2007

Testing innovative techniques and brushing up on common procedures are the lifeblood of advancing any medical specialty, and the field of equine reproduction is no exception. Veterinarians are always looking for new ways to improve procedures they... Read More

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Immunotherapy for Broodmares

February 01, 2007

Endometritis has been the bane of many broodmares and their owners through the years. It frequently has been blamed for mares not becoming pregnant and, when they do conceive, for early embryonic death. The result has been serious economic losses... Read More

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Oral Examination of the Horse

February 01, 2007

Does your horse toss his head when loose, in hand, or under saddle? Does he fight the bit? Does he resist being bridled or haltered? Is he underweight despite proper feeding and deworming programs? These are just a few of the possible signs... Read More

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Building Better Hooves

February 01, 2007

At some point, probably all of us have used some type of product to improve our horses' feet. And many of us haven't seen the results we wanted, so perhaps we tried another. And another. Despite our best efforts, some of us despair of ever having... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Laminitis Symposium Returns to Louisville this Weekend

January 26, 2007

The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium is back in Louisville, Ky., this weekend with a full slate of international speakers sharing information on the diagnosis and treatment of laminitis and other diseases involving the equine foot. The... Read More

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Suspect Arrested in Horse Carriage Hit and Run

January 25, 2007

FBI agents arrested and charged a man with the May 27 hit and run of a horse carriage in Marietta, Ga., the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.... Read More

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Colic's Under Attack at North Carolina State

January 14, 2007

Would you take ibuprofen for a stomachache? Your doctor likely wouldn't recommend it; heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea are known "common side effects." But dosing with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like... Read More

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Barbaro Undergoes Planned Procedure

January 13, 2007

As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More

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Health Certification Protocol Established for USEF Licensed Shows in Florida

January 10, 2007

In response to the recent EHV-1 virus outbreak in Florida, and in the best interest of horses, USEF members and competition organizers, the USEF has approved the implementation of precautionary health restrictions for entry into show ground... Read More

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Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

January 03, 2007

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent... Read More

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Washington Stallion Petersburg Dead

January 02, 2007

Guy Roberts reported the loss of his prominent stallion Petersburg Dec. 22. The 20-year-old son of Danzig, who had been ill the past few months, stood at Roberts' Guy Bar Farm near Sunnyside, Wash.

Bred in Kentucky by Seahorse 85, Petersbur... Read More

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Learning for Health (Equine Dentistry Education)

January 01, 2007

Lt. Col. L.A. Merillat, a renowned veterinary surgeon, described the differences in human and animal dentistry in a textbook over 100 years ago: "Human dentistry owes its existence to a single disease process, caries (cavities), while animal... Read More

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Dental Hygiene

January 01, 2007

Horse owners often ask me, "Doc, could you float my horse's teeth?" Horses do need their teeth floated on a regular schedule; the frequency might change with the horse's age. Something that doesn't change with age is the need for a thorough oral an... Read More

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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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What Were They Thinking?

January 01, 2007

Somewhere out there are one or more people--owners, trainers, tack shop managers, veterinarians, etc.--who know where the guilt should lie. A counterfeit clenbuterol product was brought into the United States illegally (by someone), allegedly sold... Read More