Recent News for Basic Care

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Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More

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Massachusetts Euthanasia Case: Of Pleas and Precedents

February 08, 2009

A defendant’s admission of sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt on a criminal charge, such as one made by Elliot S. Saffran, a Massachusetts horse owner charged with animal cruelty, sounds a lot like a guilty plea. Unlike a guilty plea... Read More

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Time an Important Factor when Dealing with Recumbent Horses

February 06, 2009

It's something you wouldn't believe could happen unless you saw it: You walk out to the barn in the morning and start to panic when you realize your horse has cast itself. Somehow, someway, your horse has managed to lie up against a wall and is... Read More

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Horse Owner Given Probation in Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

February 06, 2009

A Milford, Mass., horse owner who refused to euthanize his ailing mare despite the recommendations of veterinarians will be under probation for two years. Judge Thomas F. Sullivan Jr. continued the case for the duration of the probationary perio... Read More

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MRSA More Common in Horse People

February 05, 2009

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterial infections have become hot news lately, especially among horse people. This topic likely won't die down soon because recent research shows that MRSA is up to 10 times more common in equine ... Read More

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Equine Parasite Symposium at Gluck Equine Research Center

February 04, 2009

The problem of anthelmintic resistance is now recognized as a serious challenge for the control of equine gastrointestinal nematodes, particularly small strongyles (cyathostomins). Benzimidazole resistance is practically ubiquitous in much of th... Read More

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Sand Colic Review Finds Correction Caveats

February 03, 2009

Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More

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Good Barnkeeping

February 01, 2009

All horse owners wish they had more time with their horses. For those who keep horses at home it is always a struggle to keep up with regular farm and barn maintenance and have enough time left to enjoy the horses. Performing proper building ... Read More

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Emergency Foal CPR

February 01, 2009

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat. This most often... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Open Wide: Readers Share Their Horse's Dental Schedule

February 01, 2009

More than 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you have your horse's teeth floated?"

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Safely Increasing Weight in Emaciated Horses

January 31, 2009

Rehabilitating emaciated horses to nutritional health is a challenge--there's a fine line between not getting results and risking the horse's health by introducing too much, too soon.... Read More

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Remember Tapeworm Control this Spring

January 30, 2009

Before turning horses out on pasture this spring, remember to check with your veterinarian to ensure your deworming program includes tapeworm control.

Tapeworms are transmitted by an intermediate host, the oribatid mite, which lives on... Read More

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Equine Parasitologist Receives National Science Award

January 29, 2009

Danish equine parasitologist Martin Krarup Nielsen, DVM, has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards of his country. Danish Minister of Science Helge Sander and Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Denmark recently delivered the Young... Read More

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Expedited Fracture Repair: A Novel Approach

January 28, 2009

Delivering a growth factor in a dissolvable carrier at the site of a bony fracture results in accelerated healing when compared to untreated horses, and it is as effective as treating horses with a bone graft post-fracture, researchers recently repor... Read More

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Managing a Horse on a Tight Budget

January 24, 2009

Most horse owners do not own horses as a business, or with expectations of generating household income from them. Rather, owners are more intent on maximizing the amount of pleasure or involvement per dollar spent. Saving money when it comes to... Read More

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Starving Horse Series: Freeway Shows Signs of Improvement

January 23, 2009

Freeway, the starving horse that Sue Thompson of Clayton, Calif., rescued in late 2007 and has rehabilitated over the past year, could be a step closer to recovery. The Quarter... Read More

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Horses Removed from Virginia Farm

January 23, 2009

Twenty-three allegedly malnourished horses are residing in foster care following their removal from a Zuni, Va., farm. Deputies removed the animals from property owned by Jeff and Diana Hansford on Jan. 21 after a team of state and private... Read More

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Veterinarian Locator Service Improved

January 23, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), in conjunction with Bayer Healthcare Animal Health, recently launched its new and improved Get-A-DVM locator service. This online service allows horse owners to find AAEP-member... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

January 22, 2009

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a high-dose oxygen inhalation therapy that is achieved by having the patient breathe 100% oxygen inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The delivery of oxygen to the tissues occurs through respiration becaus... Read More

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Ataxia in a Young Horse: A Matter of Time and Luck

January 21, 2009

When we got a call from our boarding stable, we weren't expecting to hear the word "ataxia." ... Read More

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TheHorse.com Launches Editorial 'Fact Sheet' Series

January 21, 2009

Sometimes it is difficult to find that one short authoritative article that gives the basic information you're looking for on a specific equine topic. Something that gives you a foundation when you are looking for a starting point on which to... Read More

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California Plan Models Equine Rescues after Animal Shelters

January 19, 2009

Faculty members at the University of California, Davis, are working on a plan to reduce the number of unwanted horses by modeling equine rescues after small animal shelters. Under a plan developed by the International Animal Welfare Training... Read More

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Older Horses Require Extra Care

January 15, 2009

Stiff joints, poor teeth, and weight changes aren't just signs of aging in humans; they afflict horses, too.... Read More

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Horse Health Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

January 14, 2009

This winter has been unusually cold in some areas, with temperatures well below freezing for many days in a row. This extreme cold weather can be particularly dangerous to animals that live outdoors. The Michigan State University Veterinary... Read More