Recent News for Basic Care

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Therapeutic Steroid Use Distinct from Anabolic Steroids

October 20, 2008

With the work and stress put on the legs of every equine athlete, across disciplines, it's no surprise that joint inflammation is a common problem among working horses. Fortunately, intra-articular corticosteroids provide veterinarians with a... Read More

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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic

October 15, 2008

NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia... Read More

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Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

October 14, 2008

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He... Read More

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Autumn is 'Fly Season'

October 12, 2008

Autumn is no time for an outdoor picnic, says entomologist Lynn Kimsey, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It's fly season.

The common house fly (Musca... Read More

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John Henry Memorial Statue Unveiled

October 09, 2008

A year after the death of racehorse John Henry, fans now have a lasting monument and a dedicated place to remember their champion.

A bronze statue by artist Shelley Hunter has taken its place at John's gravesite, just outside the Kentucky... Read More

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Hurricane Damage Means Late Start at Houston Horse Track

October 08, 2008

The 2008-09 Sam Houston Race Park meet probably won't make its Nov. 28 start date given extensive damage sustained by the track during Hurricane Ike, according to chief operating officer Andrea Young. Officials in Texas are studying alternatives... Read More

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Carcass Composting How-To Event Offered

October 07, 2008

For years, large animal carcass disposal has been a problem. Not only are options to dispose of a large carcass limited, they can also be costly.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a Field Day on large animal carcass... Read More

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Horse Owners Look to Save During Economic Crunch

October 04, 2008

The current economic climate and tight credit markets have everyone looking for ways to live more frugally, and horse owners are no exception.

"Nervousness about loans and housing is certainly affecting people," said American Horse Council... Read More

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Shortage of Large Animal Vets Taxes Farmers

October 03, 2008

This summer, Steve Sanford had to tell 106 dairy farmers in rural northern Vermont he could no longer treat their cows.

Battling degenerative arthritis, the 56-year-old large animal veterinarian can't do the physically challenging work any... Read More

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Racehorse Ready to Run After Bout with Ataxia

October 02, 2008

Racehorse owners Suzanne VanderSalm and Ellen Bennett of Hickory Corners, Mich., weren't about to give up on Navigator, their Thoroughbred who became ataxic (incoordinated) suddenly as a yearling three years ago. VanderSalm had come home from... Read More

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Parasite Control Strategies

October 01, 2008

Deworming your horse is a seemingly simple process, yet there is much more to effective parasite control than just buying dewormers on sale every eight weeks and administering them. Most importantly, no deworming program fits every individual.... Read More

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Autumn Challenges for Cushing's Diagnosis, Management

September 27, 2008

Owners of older horses that exhibit any of the classic signs of Cushing's during the fall months work with their veterinarians to determine whether they should test or treat horses until diagnoses can be confirmed.... Read More

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Imprint-Trained Trotting Filly Passes $1 Million Mark

September 21, 2008

Buck I St. Pat has been trotting along the road to glory since she was two days old.

That was the first time that breeder Ron Fuller, DVM, hooked the Standardbred filly to an old goat cart and let her pull it around. "They'll follow their... Read More

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After the Hurricane: Flooding, Mosquitoes, and Equine Disease

September 19, 2008

Recent flooding, including flooding from storm surge and rains due to Hurricane Ike, likely will lead to significantly increased mosquito activity in many parts of Texas.

"Flooding in many parts of the state has created optimal conditions... Read More

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Equine Ambulance Hits the Road for Marion duPont Scott Center

September 19, 2008

They travel up to five hours one way to staff an event--and during the whole trip, they hope their services won't be needed when they get there. The five-member ambulance crew from Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and... Read More

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Equine Laser Surgery Now Available through Wisconsin Vet School

September 19, 2008

Lasers are changing the options available to horse owners whose animals need surgical procedures.

"Laser surgery can not only save horse owners money for certain procedures, it can also be more effective than traditional surgery, with fewer... Read More

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Tips on Caring for Livestock After Hurricanes

September 18, 2008

Immediate danger to livestock from hurricanes comes from drowning due to storm surges and accumulated rainfall. Injury can occur from flying debris or electric shock from downed power lines. But the risk of injury doesn't end when the... Read More

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Wait Too Long to Call the Vet? See What Our Readers Said

September 18, 2008

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do any of your horse-owning friends wait too long to call the veterinarian for injury or illness?"

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Disposal Directions for Eqvalan Dewormer Revised

September 11, 2008

The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has alerted veterinarians of revised directions for the disposal of Eqvalan (ivermectin) Liquid for Horses. The CVM has received a small number of reports of precipitate forming in opened or leaky... Read More

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Florida Equine Rehabilitation Center to Open in January

September 09, 2008

Doors are set to open in January at Farnsworth Farms' new equine sports medicine and rehabilitation center in Ocala, Fla. Construction is in the final stages at KESMARC Equine Rehabilitation, the horse therapy facility designed and dedicated to... Read More

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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