Recent News for Basic Care

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Unwanted Horse Survey Results Released

July 09, 2009

The results of a survey on perceptions of factors surrounding the unwanted horse issue are now available from the Unwanted Horse... Read More

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

July 08, 2009

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More

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Parasite Resistance in Horses: Share Your Thoughts

July 07, 2009

Horse owners still have an opportunity to let their opinions on parasite control and resistance be known. Researchers have organized an international survey to better assess the issues of parasite control and dewormer resistance. Read More

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New Strangles Vaccine Research in Progress

July 06, 2009

There are about 150,000 horses in Montana, about one-sixth the number of people living in the state. Whether they are used for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, or hunting, all of these horses are susceptible to strangles.

"Most horses wil... Read More

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Human Injuries Related to Horses Analyzed

July 05, 2009

The American Horse Council's 2005 report "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States" documents that more than 2 million horse owners are involved in a variety of activities. Millions more people ride horses every year or handle... Read More

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U.K. Horse Industry Group Opposing Proposed Levy on Horses

July 04, 2009

The British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC) has reported that it opposes a £10.50 levy on horse owners proposed by the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

BHIC Chair Professor Tim Morris (Equine Science an... Read More

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Equine Sinus Infection Treatment Balloons at WCVM

July 03, 2009

A few years ago, a magazine article describing a minimally-invasive treatment for people with chronic sinusitis caught the eye and imagination of Chris Bell, DVM. What if such a treatment could be adapted for use in horses?

Last... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures: Poll Results

July 02, 2009

About 980 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What mosquito control measures do you utilize?"... Read More

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Keeping Weekend Warrior Horses Fit

July 01, 2009

Horses that are mainly ridden on weekends require special care and training to avoid injury.

Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or... Read More

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EEE, WEE, and VEE (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis)

July 01, 2009

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis can be deadly, but they also can be prevented.

Author’s Note: My grandfather and his neighbors in southern Idaho lost several work horses to "brain... Read More

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Broodmare's Laminitis Battle Aided by Volunteer Vet

July 01, 2009

After more time at Shawhan, Halo Silver's left foot improved, but the right foot became even worse and she was in considerable pain. The options were clear for Blowe: euthanasia or removing the entire hoof wall in order to stop the pinching.... Read More

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Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

July 01, 2009

Research shows an increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding. ... Read More

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

June 29, 2009

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More

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Core Vaccines Protect Horse Health, Vet Reminds

June 29, 2009

This summer's warmer weather has horse owners out riding, tending to foals, and heading to shows and other activities. In the midst of it all, a Kansas State University veterinarian is reminding owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated.... Read More

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Hoof Anatomy Video Released by Racehorse Safety Group

June 29, 2009

A free educational video that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques is now available. "The Hoof: Inside and Out" is offered online and as DVD by the Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee of the... Read More

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Racehorse All Smiles Recovering After Serious Injury

June 27, 2009

Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More

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Hippotherapy Evaluation Aided by Technology, Report Says

June 25, 2009

The ability to measure changes in pressure values at the points of contact between a rider and a horse is anticipated to be an important tool in advancing the quality of hippotherapy, say researchers from Eastern Europe.... Read More

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Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

June 25, 2009

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the... Read More

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Medication Threshold Review, AAEP 2008

June 23, 2009

At the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, Keith Soring, DVM, presented material regarding withdrawal times and therapeutic thresholds of medications in horses. A threshold is a defined concentration of a "regulatory analyte... Read More

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Study: Tablet Form of Dewormer as Effective as Gel

June 22, 2009

A new tablet dewormer was deemed as safe and effective against large strongyle infections in horses as the gel formulation of the same drug, according to a controlled study recently published in Parasitology Research.

"Large... Read More

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Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008

June 21, 2009

Vaccinating 5-month-old foals with a single dose of West Nile virus chimeric vaccine in the presence of maternal antibodies to West Nile virus does induce a cell-mediated response (in the foal). ... Read More

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Poll: Majority of TheHorse.com Readers Vaccinate Against WNV

June 19, 2009

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you vaccinate for West Nile virus annually?"

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AAEP Member Honored for Therapeutic Riding Horse Care

June 19, 2009

For the past 10 years, Richard Markell, DVM, has traveled every Wednesday afternoon to the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County, Calif., about 75 miles from his own practice in Encinitas, Calif.

An AAEP member who has cared... Read More

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U.K. to Investigate Environmental Impact of Equine Carcass Disposal

June 18, 2009

As with all large animals, disposal of horse carcasses in an environmentally safe manner requires planning and resources.

In June 2008 the USDA held a national forum to discuss the issue of the unwanted horse (Read More