Recent News for Basic Care

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Oklahoma Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Animals Against WNV

July 28, 2007

Oklahoma state veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

The virus is carried by mosquitoes and officials say because of the rainy summer mosquitoes are... Read More

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Ashker to Replace Severson at Hong Kong Test Event

July 27, 2007

The United States Equestrian Federation announced a change to the horse-and-rider combinations it will be sending to Hong Kong for the test event at the Sha Tin race course in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. The test event will be held at the... Read More

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Joint Disease and Lameness

July 23, 2007

More than half of all equine lameness is due to noninfectious joint disease and injury. It can happen from one bad step, but it's most likely due to cyclic (repeated) trauma.... Read More

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Training Your Horse for Procedures--And Everything Else

July 21, 2007

"It is our responsibility to have the horse so well trained that we can do whatever we need to do without a problem," he stated. "Our horse does not have the right to hurt anyone. It's not because the vet smells funny that a horse hurts him... Read More

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Influenza Canarypox Vaccine Reduces Clinical Signs and Shedding

July 20, 2007

Researchers found that clinical signs of influenza and virus shedding were significantly reduced in horses vaccinated with a recombinant canarypox-vectored influenza vaccine and experimentally exposed to influenza compared to unvaccinated horses... Read More

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Treating Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (or Cushing's Disease)

July 19, 2007

Medication options for PPID include pergolide, cyproheptadine, trilostane, and chasteberry extract. One disadvantage is that no treatment is currently FDA-approved for PPID in horses.... Read More

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Horses Unwilling or Unable to Eat: A Feeding System

July 11, 2007

Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field

July 02, 2007

What exactly does stored fat do to a horse's body? It wreaks serious havoc on at least 11 vital body functions. Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri (UM), presented a... Read More

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Corneal Infection Treatment

July 01, 2007

Silver sulfadiazine (a topical drug frequently used to treat burns) could be an effective treatment against common corneal fungal infections, according to researchers at Purdue University.

Fungal keratitis is a serious, painful corneal... Read More

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Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but his back has dropped.... Read More

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Positive Reinforcement

July 01, 2007

Can you explain the concept of positive reinforcement training? What exactly does it mean? I was recently in New Zealand, where I was with a group that seems "converted" to what they call "all-positive training." It sounds like good old-fashioned... Read More

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Understanding Horses Part 7: Yielding to Pressure

July 01, 2007

I'm going to start discussing ground manners by talking about a 2-year-old colt from Arkansas who hadn't been handled much. He wasn't mean, he was just uneducated.

I use a rope halter to give me a little more leverage and "bite" if the horse... Read More

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Slimming Down

July 01, 2007

Couple consistent exercise with controlled calorie intake to promote weight loss in overweight horses.... Read More

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Older Horses: Dental Problems

July 01, 2007

More horse owners have become aware that good dental care is a key component in keeping a horse healthy. ... Read More

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Lessons Learned, Again

July 01, 2007

Sometimes we need to hear the same things again in order to learn them. Or maybe it's not the learning, but the applying what we've learned. I had to call Dr. Andy Anderson after reading his column this month and put his lessons into practice at... Read More

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Thirst for Knowledge

July 01, 2007

Horse people are always searching for new ways to learn about their passion: the horse. Perhaps it is because our relationship with the horse is just that--a passion--that we are continually looking for ways to expand our knowledge base. It can be... Read More

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Tapeworms

July 01, 2007

Tapeworms are becoming more of an issue in horses as we learn more about how they affect horse health. Some regions of the country have a greater risk of equine tapeworm problems. In the upper Midwest (Wisconsin and Minnesota), for instance, studie... Read More

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Working with Morocco's Horses: Journey's End

June 25, 2007

The article At Work in Morocco, published in The Horse magazine in June 2006, highlighted the conditions of working equids in the African nation. But it also performed an... Read More

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Rider Safety to be Focus of British Horse Society Conference

June 20, 2007

The safety of riders, particularly expectant mothers and those who ride alone or work in isolated circumstances, will be the focus of the British Horse Society's Biennial Safety Conference.

Taking place September 15 at the Coventr... Read More

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Extreme Drought Spreading Across South

June 14, 2007

The choking dryness that's killing crops and turning streams into dusty trails across the Southeast is getting worse, with the government saying Thursday the nation's most extreme drought has expanded from Alabama into three neighboring states.... Read More

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Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

June 13, 2007

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control.... Read More

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New Oregon State Park to Include Horse Trails, Camp

June 13, 2007

Oregon's newest state park will open officially on July 8, the Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday.

The park is named for L.L. "Stub" Stewart, a former Eugene-area lumber company entrepreneur, state legislator, and philanthropist... Read More