Recent News for Basic Care

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Equine Tapeworms Free Special Report Now Available

September 04, 2008

Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on TheHorse.com and sponsored by Read More

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Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More

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Promoting Equine Veterinary Practice to Vet Students

September 02, 2008

More than 800 third-year veterinary students were given a fully sponsored trip to attend the Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar (OEPS) in Lexington, Ky., over Labor Day weekend. Members of the veterinary class of 2010 were given the... Read More

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Horse Diseases and Humans

September 01, 2008

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you'll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the... Read More

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Equid Emotions and Laterality: Is there a Connection?

September 01, 2008

Does your horse give "dirty" looks? Rather than trying to read his expression, you might be able get some clues about how your horse really feels about objects by paying attention to which eye he uses to observe them. French... Read More

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Rabies Has Many Faces

September 01, 2008

Rabies. The word conjures up chilling images from old movies: a snarling dog, foaming at the mouth, attacking anything that moves. But did you know horses are very susceptible to this disease?

Skunks, foxes, bats, and raccoons are the main wil... Read More

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Beware of Rabies

September 01, 2008

There is absolutely no reason for a horse owner not to vaccinate a horse against rabies.

Numerous states already this year have reported rabies in a variety of domestic and wildlife species. Horses get rabies. Humans get... Read More

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Barn Upkeep/Equipment

September 01, 2008

High-quality products and maintenance can save time, money and providing a safer environment for your horse. ... Read More

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Hurricane Gustav Update

August 31, 2008

As dawn broke Sunday over New Orleans, bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported in nearly every direction as residents heeded orders to flee an only partially rebuilt city.

Police and National Guard troops were on the streets preparing to patrol... Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Reaction Case Underlines Need for Horse Owner and Vet Communication

August 27, 2008

The ability to have a straightforward, informative conversation with your veterinarian about his or her prescribed treatments for your horse can be just as important as asking questions about treatments or diagnostics that your own physician... Read More

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Aligning Training with Horse Behavior

August 27, 2008

Along with researching drugs, treatments, and techniques to keep your horse healthy, equine researchers are discovering how handling and training methods can be brought more in line with horses' natural behaviors and instincts for a more harmonious... Read More

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Olympic Medication Update: 'B' Samples Positive, U.S. Rider also Involved

August 27, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the four 'B' samples in the cases involving the presence of the banned substance capsaicin have all... Read More

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Valacyclovir Dosage Recommendations for EHV Released

August 24, 2008

Oklahoma researchers interested in limiting equine herpesvirus (EHV) disease outbreaks have established specific dosing recommendations for the antiviral agent valacyclovir. The drug appears to be effective in preventing or minimizing clinical... Read More

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Wild Horse Euthanasia Decision Postponed by BLM

August 23, 2008

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) isn't likely to make a decision regarding the use of euthanasia in wild horse herd management until the end of the year, a spokesman said. The euthanasia option decision was originally... Read More

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Attorney Seeks Dismissal, Evidence Suppression in 'Quincy' Euthanasia Case

August 14, 2008

The attorney representing Elliott Saffran, the Massachusetts man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize Quincy, his aged, infirm horse, has filed motions to either dismiss the case against Saffran or suppress evidence pertinent... Read More

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Wisconsin Horses Positive for EEE, WNV

August 12, 2008

A horse in Dodge County, Wisc., has died from Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease that is easily prevented by vaccination.

A yearling Quarter Horse died from EEE in Juneau July 28, one day after it showed... Read More

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Cruelty Stats Bill Draws Mixed Reaction

August 11, 2008

A measure aimed at collecting and making animal cruelty crime data public is drawing praise from animal welfare advocates as a means to raise awareness of animal cruelty crime.

"For one thing, it would legitimize the data, so law... Read More

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Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

August 11, 2008

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case... Read More

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Strategic Deworming Q&A

August 07, 2008

Your questions about strategically deworming horses, answered by an expert.... Read More

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UK, Kentucky Equine Humane Center to Host Pasture Management Seminar

August 06, 2008

The University of Kentucky's pasture evaluation program will host a seminar called "Horse Pastures in the Fall: a Perfect Time to Renovate" in conjunction with the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) at the center's facility in Nicholasville, Ky.... Read More

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Equine Rabies Case Confirmed in Kentucky

August 05, 2008

Kentucky Public Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a horse in Pulaski County. According to Michael Auslander, DVM, MSPH, state public health veterinarian with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the infected... Read More

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'Tongue Piercing' in Horses

August 02, 2008

It's not a new fad and probably isn't what you're thinking. Horses sometimes accidentally become wounded by pieces of metal or wire, splinters of wood, or even grass awns that become lodged in their tongue, mouth, or throat as they eat.... Read More

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Mosquito Dunk Danger?

August 01, 2008

Q: Has there been any research on the safety of using "BTi mosquito dunks" in horse water troughs and buckets? A: A: Mosquito dunks are a form of the solid-dwelling Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More