Recent News for Basic Care

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Working with Morocco's Horses: Journey's End

June 25, 2007

The article At Work in Morocco, published in The Horse magazine in June 2006, highlighted the conditions of working equids in the African nation. But it also performed an... Read More

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Rider Safety to be Focus of British Horse Society Conference

June 20, 2007

The safety of riders, particularly expectant mothers and those who ride alone or work in isolated circumstances, will be the focus of the British Horse Society's Biennial Safety Conference.

Taking place September 15 at the Coventr... Read More

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Extreme Drought Spreading Across South

June 14, 2007

The choking dryness that's killing crops and turning streams into dusty trails across the Southeast is getting worse, with the government saying Thursday the nation's most extreme drought has expanded from Alabama into three neighboring states.... Read More

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Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

June 13, 2007

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control.... Read More

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New Oregon State Park to Include Horse Trails, Camp

June 13, 2007

Oregon's newest state park will open officially on July 8, the Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday.

The park is named for L.L. "Stub" Stewart, a former Eugene-area lumber company entrepreneur, state legislator, and philanthropist... Read More

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Kansas County's Elusive Feral Stallion Captured

June 07, 2007

Sheriff's officers and horsemen in Douglas County, Kan., on Tuesday captured an Appaloosa stallion that had been running wild in the area for five years, the Read More

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U.K. Equine Welfare Charity Launching 'Right Weight' Campaign

June 04, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), a U.K. equine welfare charity, has organized a campaign to help horse owners accurately measure their horses' weight and design nutrition plans to keep the pounds in check.... Read More

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Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More

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Orthodontics for Horses

June 01, 2007

Orthodontics is the study of tooth movement and alignment. It includes normal and abnormal tooth movement, bone growth, tooth eruption, and shedding of baby teeth. In general it is a study of the young, growing patient.

The equine jaws and... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements

June 01, 2007

A shortened stride, a slight hesitation before a jump, or stiffness during warm-up--none of these issues are severe enough to send you scrambling to call your veterinarian. However, these joint-related issues can cause some concern--enough concern... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 6: Trailer Loading, Part 2

June 01, 2007

Last month we talked about how to aggravate the horse to load into a trailer. Remember, this isn't beating the horse or getting angry. It's like the horsefly being able to make a 1,000-pound horse move. You merely make it more comfortable to be... Read More

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EPM Today: Testing and Treatments

June 01, 2007

Horses need to be serviceably sound and safe to ride to fulfill their functions. It is no wonder that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been a dreaded disease ever since its rise to prominence in the 1990s, because horses with neurologic... Read More

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Attacked Saddlebreds: Judge Rules Stable Owners Not Negligent

May 12, 2007

The owners of a central Kentucky boarding farm were not negligent when someone injected five Saddlebreds with a tissue-destroying substance in 2003, a judge has ruled.

Woodford Circuit Judge Paul Issacs issued a 13-page opinion Thursday (May... Read More

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Arming the Fight Against Resistant Bacteria

May 08, 2007

In 1928, Alexander Fleming opened the door to treating bacterial infections when he stumbled upon the first known antibiotic in a Penicillium mold growing in a discarded experiment.

Nearly eight decades later, chemist Helen... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

May 05, 2007

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Equine Metabolic... Read More

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Strategies for Improving Vet-Client-Farrier Relations

May 01, 2007

When a horse has a foot problem, effective communication bewteen farrier, vet, and owner is key.... Read More

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What is a Healthy Hoof? (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Ask 10 people what a healthy hoof should look like, and you'll likely get 10 variations of an answer. ... Read More

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Rolex: Safety Precautions in Place for Horses, Riders, and Spectators

May 01, 2007

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, sponsored by Farnam, is one of the most prestigious events in a potentially dangerous sport. An extensive medical support team for horses and humans works behind the scenes to keep the only four star event in the... Read More

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Ideally Speaking

May 01, 2007

At the end of a long day, possibly after driving many miles in all sorts of weather and traffic, many an equine veterinarian must pause for a few moments and shake his/her head in amazement. This amazement is probably not in regard to the animals,... Read More

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A Late Start

May 01, 2007

I have a 5-month-old colt that was never halter broken. According to the breeder, it appeared that at one point a halter had been put on him, and the experience was traumatic for him.

Since he came home with me, I have been spending time with... Read More

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Dentistry Part 5: Surgical Procedures

May 01, 2007

The field of equine dentistry is as broad as the field of human dentistry. While your family dentist receives special training in a wide range of topics on general dental care, the endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, and oromaxillofacial... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 5: Trailer Loading Part 1

May 01, 2007

The reason most horses don't load in trailers is that owners have studiously trained them to not load. Horses learn this by accident. The horse gets led up to the trailer and decides not to go in and turns sideways. Then the owner leads him away an... Read More

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Calculating the Equine Attention Span

April 28, 2007

Using operant conditioning, scientists have quantified horses' attention spans, and they have drawn some conclusions that could help horse trainers and owners better understand their charges and how they learn.

The researchers at... Read More