Recent News for Basic Care

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Troopers Instruct Iraqi Horse Handlers

October 06, 2004

Trading computers and badges for saddles and spurs has provided a welcome break for troopers of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment working with Saddam Hussein’s former horses at the Baghdad Zoo.

After... Read More

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Equimax Receives FDA Approval for Pregnant and Nursing Mares

October 01, 2004

The broad-spectrum dewormer Equimax (also labeled for tapeworms) recently received FDA approval for safety in pregnant and nursing mares. A French study confirmed the safety of ivermectin/praziquantel--the active ingredients in Equimax--for this... Read More

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BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More

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Compounded Problems

October 01, 2004

Compounded medications are in the news, on our shelves, and in our horses. Compounding is a confusing topic, but one that has of late come to the forefront of legal and ethical treatment of our horses. Compounding is not bad; in fact, it's... Read More

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Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More

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Warm Springwater Immersion

October 01, 2004

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous... Read More

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Parasite Control Without--or Along With--Chemicals

October 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is part ten of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Our horses are lucky to live in an age when modern deworming drugs can pretty much rid them of parasites. They're living longer an... Read More

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Breaking A Young Horse

October 01, 2004

My husband and I recently broke my 3-year-old mare to ride. The first few times she rode like a dream, then she caught on to the idea that when we catch her, she has to work, and she has gotten a bad attitude. Her new antics include bucking. I'v... Read More

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Spooking on Trail

October 01, 2004

I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare. When trail riding, she looks for every opportunity to jump, spook, or take off, especially now that my other horse, her companion, no longer accompanies her. The companion is 30 years old, and due to a recent... Read More

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily.... Read More

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Horse Care in the Fall

September 28, 2004

Fall deworming is important; winter is usually when internal parasites do the most damage and rob the horse of vital nutrients. By fall the worm eggs and larvae eaten during spring and summer have matured and are living in the digestive tract unless ... Read More

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AAEP Updates Equine Dentistry Position Statement

September 27, 2004

The board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has approved a revised organizational position statement on equine dentistry. The revised position was prepared by the AAEP Equine Dentistry Committee and approved... Read More

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Louisiana Publication Collecting Information for Disaster Database

September 24, 2004

The Louisiana Horseman's Guide (LAHG) has joined efforts with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Animal Health Studies, State Veterinarian’s Office, in compiling information for a new disaster... Read More

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Intestinal Healing Delayed With Banamine and Etodolac

September 24, 2004

Horses with colic are often treated with Banamine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that effectively reduces pain and inflammation. Although Banamine (flunixin meglumine) helps colicky horses feel and look better, the drug can have... Read More

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Tying and Hobbling

September 21, 2004

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Assessing Ivan's Damage

September 17, 2004

Hurricane Ivan made furious landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., early yesterday, tearing into the landscape with winds of up to130 mph, causing coastal storm surge flooding, and spurring tornadoes in several southeastern states. As of Friday... Read More

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Pulling a Shoe

September 15, 2004

Even if you have a farrier do your shoeing you should still learn how to pull a shoe properly. There are situations where you should not wait for a farrier. A shoe may loosen when caught in a bog, hooked on a fence or some other obstacle, or stepped ... Read More

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Control of Infectious Diseases in Vet Hospitals

September 13, 2004

Infectious disease outbreaks that occur in veterinary hospitals (nosocomial outbreaks) can present an overwhelming challenge to veterinary personnel, and they are often events that incite a greater awareness and concern for routine infection... Read More

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Vaccinating Strategically

September 01, 2004

Every spring, you ask your veterinarian to vaccinate your horse to protect her from disease while she's showing, racing, carrying a foal, or hanging around your pasture. But is this yearly routine the best way to confer immunity with the vaccine... Read More

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Times Are a-Changin'

September 01, 2004

There are many of us old enough to remember nasogastric tube deworming of our horses. The vet would show up in his truck, haul out the buckets, pump, and hose, and we'd line up to twitch the horses and fill their stomachs full of whatever that... Read More

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Anesthesia and the Equine Brain

September 01, 2004

In horses, the gas anesthetic isoflurane can produce decreases in mean arterial pressure (MAP) as well as cerebral perfusion pressure (that pushes blood into the brain). The implication is that decreased cerebral perfusion pressure leads to... Read More

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Resistant Worms: Do Your Horses Have Them?

September 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part nine of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Most people assume that when they administer a tube of dewormer to a horse, the drug is effectively killing worms. The drug must... Read More

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Taming an Aggressive Foal

September 01, 2004

We recently were blessed with a healthy filly. However, the breeder we bought the mare from had her due date wrong. She came five weeks before we were expecting her. She was born in the pasture with another mare present. Th... Read More

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further... Read More

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Changes in Horse Dentistry

September 01, 2004

We all want our horses to have comfort, enhanced performance, more nutrition efficiency, and even a good chance of living longer. So we're all glad to see the changes that are occurring in the field of equine dentistry, a long-neglected part of... Read More