Recent News for Basic Care

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Spring and Fall Wellness Exams Help Keep Horses Healthy

May 15, 2006

Many horse health crises can be prevented with wellness exams, vaccinations, and year-round parasite control. ... Read More

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Medicating for Equine Colic

May 01, 2006

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse's colic pain... Read More

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Nightshade and Ivermectin: A Deadly Mixture

May 01, 2006

Editor's note: When researching the unknown illness story on this page, the following study on ivermectin's interaction with a noxious weed was discovered. Nightshade and other poisonous plants should be eliminated from pastures.... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Dewormer Questioned

May 01, 2006

Four horses on a South Texas farm died from unknown causes in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the problems might have been caused by a dewormer; she has necropsy and other test results, but she has not released them... Read More

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Vaccine Helps Treat Pythiosis

May 01, 2006

The Horse recently discussed pythiosis in the aftermath of hurricanes. In 1994, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers teamed with scientists at Pan American Veterinary Laboratories (PAVL) to complete development of an... Read More

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Uniform Medication

May 01, 2006

The AAEP organized the Racing Medication Summit in December 2001 during the University of Arizona Racing Symposium in Tucson. By the end of the day, there was recognition by the participants that an opportunity existed to address the ongoing... Read More

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AQHA Ride Program Celebrates 10 Years With Trailer Giveaway

May 01, 2006

The American Quarter Horse Association Ride Program celebrates 10 years of connecting people with their American Quarter Horses on some of the most beautiful trails in the world. In honor of this milestone, AQHA is giving away an Exiss XT300E... Read More

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Mouth Ulceration

May 01, 2006

Q: My 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse has developed ulcers on the bars of his mouth. They quickly resolved within a week of antiseptic mouth washes, but returned three weeks later. The bit is well-placed in his mouth and doesn't touch the... Read More

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WNV: A Threat to Unvaccinated Horses

April 24, 2006

As spring approaches and temperatures rise, growing mosquito populations will increase the risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis (sleeping sickness).

Since its discovery in... Read More

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Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

April 20, 2006

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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WNV Treatment Trial Begins

April 17, 2006

GenoMed, a medical genomics company, is seeking horses to participate in a free trial to test a medical protocol for treating West Nile virus (WNV). David W. Moskowitz, MD, MA, FACP, chairman, CEO, and chief medical officer for GenoMed, said the... Read More

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Communicating With Horses

April 12, 2006

To work with horses successfully, we must be able to communicate adequately with voice, touch, and body language. The horseman must be sensitive and sympathetic, with an intuitive feel for what is right for that particular horse at that... Read More

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Friesian Association Moves to Kentucky Horse Park

April 11, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to announce that the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) is moving their headquarters to the National Horse Center at the park. This move will enable the Friesian breed to increase its visibilit... Read More

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Independent Veterinary Group Formed In Kentucky

April 07, 2006

(edited press release)

The Independent Veterinary Group (IVG), LLC, has been formed by Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. AVECC, ACVIM, and others in response to the needs of the many solo practitioners in and around Kentucky who operate... Read More

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How To Repair A Quarter Crack

April 05, 2006

A successful quarter crack repair should be simple, strong, safe to apply, and durable. ... Read More

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Basic Horse Handling (Book Excerpt)

April 05, 2006

Always think in terms of safety first when handling horses -- safety for you, the horse, and anyone else in the general area. Like it or not, horses are fight or flight creatures and can be unpredictable when faced with new people or surroundings.... Read More

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Drug Resistance from Daily Dewormers

April 01, 2006

Are daily dewormers contributing to the development of drug-resistant parasites? A study from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) suggests they might be. The study used fecal worm egg count reduction tests (FWECRT) to evaluate small... Read More

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Recovering from Sesamoiditis

April 01, 2006

Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be... Read More

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Henneke Body Condition

April 01, 2006

I am looking for a body score chart in layman's terms. I would like to include this chart in our handbook for Personal Ponies, a national nonprofit organization, but many people (including me) don't know what these terms actually mean. The two I... Read More

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Maryland and USDA Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information

April 01, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness in horse facilities. The USDA has published a separate brochure on the same topic (shown at right), which is available online at Read More

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Protect Horses From Bugs

April 01, 2006

Flies and mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing irritation and discomfort as they feed on horses. They can also be a health risk, spreading West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis viruses, equine infectious anemia, vesicular stomatitis, and other... Read More

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Lameness Diagnosis at Home

April 01, 2006

This system will allow a practitioner to diagnose a horse in the field while trotting in hand, being ridden, or longeing, whereas video-based motion-capture technology (if adequate numbers of strides are evaluated) is restricted to a lab and is very ... Read More