Recent News for Basic Care

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How Does Your Horse Score?

November 01, 2001

Keeping a close eye on your horse's body condition and weight is perhaps the best way to gauge the effectiveness of a feeding program. We all want our horses to be in tip-top shape, well-muscled, and neither too fat nor too thin. The problem?... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update for 2001

November 01, 2001

Horses in Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana have been battling West Nile virus (WNV) for the first time since it hit the Western Hemisphere in 1999. In the meantime, veterinarians, public health officials, and horse owners are anticipating the... Read More

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Mating Mares Q&A

November 01, 2001

Readers ask questions of equine reproduction experts

Earlier this year, The Horse made a request to its Horse Health E-Newsletter subscribers: What questions do you have for specialists about breeding your mares? Our e-mail... Read More

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Foal Hoof Care

October 18, 2001

Among the many factors that determine the success of a foal as a sales yearling or as a mature athlete are management decisions about its feet and limbs during its first four months of life. Because a solid foundation for performance in the... Read More

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Airing Out Your Barn

October 18, 2001

Many agree that older barns are gorgeous, but are they good for horses? There are many issues to consider, such as construction, footing, layout, and safety. One of the biggest issues is ventilation--is your horse getting enough air?... Read More

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The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

October 16, 2001

Then there is the matter of the large colon, with its sacculated construction that seems made to order for twisting or strangulating when the pouches become distended by gas during a bout with colic.

There is also the matter of length. If... Read More

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LSU Equine Veterinary Research: Young and Growing

October 16, 2001

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in Louisiana were influential in funding and building the veterinary school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but the school serves all the state's horses and their owners. Although one... Read More

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More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More

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What's on the Horizon for Parasite Control

October 16, 2001

Among the plethora of studies and research dedicated to improving equine health, the war against internal parasites has made some of the biggest strides. The most effective dewormer to result from the last 20 years of research is Ivermectin. Tha... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Males as Athletes

October 15, 2001

In a crowd of geldings, his presence is conspicuous. The stallion that competes in sport adds extra energy to every step. His distinctive bearing attracts the eye, and he truly displays the look of eagles. Horsemen debate the pros and cons... Read More

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What Can Your Veterinarian Do for Parasite Control?

October 15, 2001

In-feed wormer? Pastes? Stomach tube? Field rotation?

With a myriad of choices, designing a worming program for your horse can prove quite cumbersome. Unfortunately, the increased availability of commercial... Read More

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The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... Read More

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Making Every Health Dollar Count

October 15, 2001

One of the most important aspects of owning a horse is the relationship an owner has with his or her veterinarian. In these days of advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, horses live longer, healthier lives, and therefore, give their... Read More

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Horse Trailer Safety and Value

October 15, 2001

At home, on the road, and at your destination, a horse trailer must safeguard the horse. And as long as you own it--which could total the lifetimes of several horses and towing vehicles--a safe trailer proves the worth of your investment.

A... Read More

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Waging War on Equine Parasites

October 15, 2001

Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your animals are heavily infected. At the very least, parasites can cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness. At its worst,... Read More

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Hoof Wall Repair

October 15, 2001

In one study involving Moyer and Sigafoos at New Bolton Center, 19 horses were admitted with severe hoof crack problems that were of a severity that the horses were lame and unable to perform. In each case, the damage was repaired by using a fabric... Read More

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Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

October 11, 2001

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: "Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again?" What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special ... Read More

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Preparing for Foaling

October 11, 2001

This article will describe procedures that should be done before foaling, the events that take place just prior to foaling, what events take place during a normal foaling--along with the normal post-foaling events--and will describe some of... Read More

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New Year's Vet-Solutions

October 11, 2001

Exercise more. Cut down on coffee. Call your children more often. The new year is here--and why not put your horse's health on your resolution list? Just like you, your horse needs a health maintenance plan and regular immunizations from its... Read More

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The Young Stallion

October 11, 2001

Envision this: In his first season, the young stallion fulfills his purpose as a breeding animal. He matures from a rambunctious colt into a skillful stud. So how do you make this dream a reality? As the handler, you want the horse to behave... Read More

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Anesthesia: Down, Not Out

October 10, 2001

Put a horse down. Euthanized. Humanely destroyed. The list goes on. It is how we in the business describe the unsavory, but sometimes necessary, task of killing a horse. Sometimes an animal becomes sick or crippled from a chronic problem, such a... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome

October 10, 2001

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot's response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse's foot.... Read More

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Coming Attractions: The Newest Dewormers

October 10, 2001

The next generation of dewormers is nearly here. Fort Dodge Animal Health anticipates final FDA approval for Moxidectin this year, while Pfizer Animal Health Group might see Doramectin reach the market in mid-1998. Like Ivermectin, Doramectin an... Read More