Recent News for Basic Care

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Link Between Facial Hair Whorls and Horse 'Handedness' Reported

June 23, 2008

Irish researchers identified a unique link between equine motor laterality, or "handedness," and specific characteristics of facial hair whorls (trichoglyphs): right-handed horses had significantly more clockwise whorls whereas whorls were more... Read More

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TheHorse.com Nets Five AHP Awards

June 22, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications received a total of nine awards on Saturday, June 21 at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Program held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sixty-nine AHP members were named finalists in the 2008 AHP Annual... Read More

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Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

June 21, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of... Read More

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Horse Behavior: War on Punishment

June 20, 2008

Question from a reader:

I see the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has posted a statement from their American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) about the use of punishment for behavior... Read More

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Healthy Horses Workshop: The Language of Gold

June 20, 2008

During the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, one day is set aside for horse owners in the area to listen to experts in the field lecture and demonstrate on specific aspects involved in the overall wellness,... Read More

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Parasiticidal Resistance Reported in New Study

June 19, 2008

Kentucky researchers report that roundworms and small strongyles, two common equine intestinal parasites, are developing resistance against most of the commercially available worming products. What's worse, no new drugs against either of these... Read More

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Vet Shortage Could Put Squeeze on Horse Owners

June 12, 2008

The nation could face a shortage of as many as 4,000 veterinarians in the next six years, if current trends continue, according to a recent study based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary... Read More

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Catching Your Horse: Eye Contact Might Not Matter

June 11, 2008

According to a University of Pennsylvania study, whether or not you make eye contact with your horse doesn't necessarily influence how successful you'll be in catching him in an open pasture.

Experienced horse handlers and educators have... Read More

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Weak Economy Challenges Veterinarians

June 05, 2008

Recently, Tim Van Der Ploeg, DVM, received a call from one of his clients, who was seeking help for her horse. She thought the animal was suffering from tetanus.

"I told her what we could do, and how much treatment would cost," said Van Der... Read More

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Study Highlights Veterinary Contribution to Economy

June 04, 2008

Veterinary medicine contributes $3.3 billion to the economies of New England, but the region could face shortage of as many as 658 veterinarians by 2014, according to a study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.... Read More

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Managing Acute and Chronic Laminitis

June 01, 2008

Belknap (who co-hosted TheHorse.com's Webinar on Understanding Laminitis) said the latest research points to laminitis as an intense inflammatory injury of the foot, and it is no longer believed to be solely a blood flow problem.... Read More

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The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More

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Compounding Caution

June 01, 2008

I recently spoke with a professional horsewoman about the use of compounded drugs in horses. She had heard about the numerous deaths of horses in Louisiana directly attributed to as low as one dose of an illegally compounded clenbuterol product (se... Read More

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Stubborn or Fearful?

June 01, 2008

Q: Recently, I was working with a group of veterinary students and a patient. It was a colt that had experienced minimal handling or training for leading before arriving at the hospital. On the way to his stall, he needed to be... Read More

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Biosecurity on the Farm

June 01, 2008

Disease can come home with you in exposed horses, on your equipment, and even on your skin and clothing. Here’s how to avoid these scenarios and keep your horses healthy.

Reducing the risk and frequency of contagious... Read More

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Rescues Consider Cost of Equine Welfare Cases

May 30, 2008

In February the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Columbia, S.C., seized 45 horses. Four months and thousands of dollars later, the criminal cases against the animals' owners, Read More

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Targeting Foal Disease (Free Online Horse Course video)

May 29, 2008

Vets discuss the varied causes of foal mortality, current recommendations for preventing disease, and breaking research information on foal vaccination and immunity.... Read More

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Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More

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Michigan State Offers Conventional and Advanced Laparoscopy Procedures for Horses

May 26, 2008

The fulminant growth in minimally invasive surgery in people has paid dividends for the horse. "Not only are laparoscopic procedures in horses less invasive and associated with less postoperative pain and inflammation, in some instances they... Read More

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Caterpillars and Creepy Crawlies: Readers Respond

May 24, 2008

Nearly 450 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you do anything to keep pregnant mares away from caterpillars on your farm?"... Read More

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Attacked Arkansas Horses Healed and Rideable, Five Years Later

May 23, 2008

Two Quarter Horses that were severely injured in a brutal attack five years ago are thriving after a long recovery.

"They're tough," said Patrice Swan, the horses' owner. "They never gave up, and now they're running around like babies."... Read More

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South Dakota Horse Owners Reminded to Vaccinate Against WNV

May 22, 2008

Although the number of cases of WNV in South Dakota's horses has gone down significantly in recent years, this decline can be largely attributed to the success of the vaccine, according to South Dakota State... Read More

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Fire Prevention, Farm Safety Podcasts Available

May 21, 2008

Safety is a year-round business, but it becomes a top priority in the spring as farm owners and managers get more active in their stables and fields.

To help remind horse owners of basic safety principles, the Equine Science Center at... Read More

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Veterinarians Begin Testing New Equine Recovery Device

May 20, 2008

A version of a device designed to help brain injured and bariatric human patients to move more freely might also be used to assist down horses recovering from injury and surgeries.

"We were doing applications to support a 1,000-pound... Read More

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Readers Respond: That Ticks Me Off!

May 19, 2008

More than 1,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you have problems with ticks on your horse(s)?"

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