Recent News for Basic Care

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Soy Safety: Depends on the Source, Nutritionists Say

October 27, 2008

Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More

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Equine Endometrial Infections Following Embryo Transfer Limit Pregnancy Rates

October 25, 2008

According to a group of European reproduction specialists from the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University of Veterinary Sciences in Austria, subclinical infections of the uterine lining can occur following... Read More

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Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

October 24, 2008

Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

Richard Williams,... Read More

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Equine Pain Management: Readers Share Their Tools

October 24, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you use for pain management?"

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Reward Offered for Information on Shot, Abandoned Horse

October 23, 2008

An unidentified resident of Deschutes County, Ore., is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting and abandonment of Trooper, a 6-year-old Arabian gelding. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl and a... Read More

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Equine Telecardiology Progresses

October 21, 2008

When she put her stethoscope to his chest and heard what sounded like jungle drums thumping inside, she knew something wasn't right. There was no cardiac murmur, jugular venous distension, or dependent edema. What was going on? And what would happen ... Read More

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Laser Surgery Now Available at the Ontario Veterinary College

October 20, 2008

Horses in Ontario, Canada diagnosed with upper airway problems such as "roaring" (also known as left laryngeal hemiplegia) no longer need to be treated under general anesthesia. Nor do they have to shop south of the border for their laser surger... Read More

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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