Recent News for Basic Care

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Oral Examination of the Horse

February 01, 2007

Does your horse toss his head when loose, in hand, or under saddle? Does he fight the bit? Does he resist being bridled or haltered? Is he underweight despite proper feeding and deworming programs? These are just a few of the possible signs... Read More

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Building Better Hooves

February 01, 2007

At some point, probably all of us have used some type of product to improve our horses' feet. And many of us haven't seen the results we wanted, so perhaps we tried another. And another. Despite our best efforts, some of us despair of ever having... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Laminitis Symposium Returns to Louisville this Weekend

January 26, 2007

The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium is back in Louisville, Ky., this weekend with a full slate of international speakers sharing information on the diagnosis and treatment of laminitis and other diseases involving the equine foot. The... Read More

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Suspect Arrested in Horse Carriage Hit and Run

January 25, 2007

FBI agents arrested and charged a man with the May 27 hit and run of a horse carriage in Marietta, Ga., the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.... Read More

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Colic's Under Attack at North Carolina State

January 14, 2007

Would you take ibuprofen for a stomachache? Your doctor likely wouldn't recommend it; heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea are known "common side effects." But dosing with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like... Read More

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Barbaro Undergoes Planned Procedure

January 13, 2007

As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More

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Health Certification Protocol Established for USEF Licensed Shows in Florida

January 10, 2007

In response to the recent EHV-1 virus outbreak in Florida, and in the best interest of horses, USEF members and competition organizers, the USEF has approved the implementation of precautionary health restrictions for entry into show ground... Read More

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Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

January 03, 2007

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent... Read More

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Washington Stallion Petersburg Dead

January 02, 2007

Guy Roberts reported the loss of his prominent stallion Petersburg Dec. 22. The 20-year-old son of Danzig, who had been ill the past few months, stood at Roberts' Guy Bar Farm near Sunnyside, Wash.

Bred in Kentucky by Seahorse 85, Petersbur... Read More

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Learning for Health (Equine Dentistry Education)

January 01, 2007

Lt. Col. L.A. Merillat, a renowned veterinary surgeon, described the differences in human and animal dentistry in a textbook over 100 years ago: "Human dentistry owes its existence to a single disease process, caries (cavities), while animal... Read More

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Dental Hygiene

January 01, 2007

Horse owners often ask me, "Doc, could you float my horse's teeth?" Horses do need their teeth floated on a regular schedule; the frequency might change with the horse's age. Something that doesn't change with age is the need for a thorough oral an... Read More

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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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What Were They Thinking?

January 01, 2007

Somewhere out there are one or more people--owners, trainers, tack shop managers, veterinarians, etc.--who know where the guilt should lie. A counterfeit clenbuterol product was brought into the United States illegally (by someone), allegedly sold... Read More

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Herpesvirus Vaccination Recommendations

December 27, 2006

The following vaccination recommendations for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were made by Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. There is some debate among researchers... Read More

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4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More

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GPA Helmets Purchased in Europe Might Not Meet USEF Safety Standards

December 24, 2006

A number of exhibitors using the GPA brand of helmets while competing in USEF licensed events may be unaware that they are not wearing an ASTM/SEI certified model as required by USEF rules. Helmets purchased in Europe, from online stores in... Read More

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Missing Mich. Horse Located

December 19, 2006

A couple whose horse was stolen from their farm while they slept later found the white Arabian.

David and Amy Flach said someone scattered horse feed on the ground during the night of Dec. 9-10 and lured the horse away from their 20-acre... Read More

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Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association Celebrates 10th Anniversary

December 11, 2006

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) at its Conference and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in November. EFMHA, which was... Read More

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Merial Adds Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus Vaccine to its Line

December 04, 2006

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Merial announced the addition of Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus vaccine to its recombinant vaccine line--the first and only equine influenza vaccine in the United States that uses canarypox-vectored technology. Recombitek... Read More

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NAHMS: Most Commonly Used Equine Vaccine Type in U.S. is West Nile Virus

December 03, 2006

Equine operation managers surveyed for the National Animal Health Monitoring System's (NAHMS) Equine 2005 study report that West Nile virus (WNV) vaccines are the most common vaccine administered to horses at their facilities.

More than... Read More

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Pfizer Introduces New Daily+ Deworming Program

December 02, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health recently introduced its Daily+ Deworming program to help owners make critical decisions about creating an appropriate rotational deworming program for their horses.

Incorporating daily use of Strongid C or C 2X and... Read More

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Therapeutic Equipment

December 01, 2006

Before you invest in a therapeutic modality, look not just for testimonials and anecdotal reports, but for hard scientific proof and comparable applications in human medicine. Before using any type of modality on your horse, be sure to discuss... Read More

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NSAIDs and Pregnancy

December 01, 2006

Q: A mare I am planning to breed had shoulder surgery almost two years ago (part of her scapula was removed due to a fracture). Although she healed well, she recently slipped and reinjured the shoulder. She's on Bute twice a day... Read More