Recent News for Basic Care

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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

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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The Hardest Decision

April 01, 2006

Several recent occurrences have brought to mind the role of humans as stewards of our animals. These stories don't all have to do with horses, but how many horse owners do you know who don't have dogs, cats, or other critters running around the... Read More

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Tying and Hobbling Horses (Book Excerpt)

March 22, 2006

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Progressive Nutrition to Offer Equine Nutritionist Blog

March 17, 2006

Progressive Nutrition has launched a new web site featuring the Equine Nutritionist Blog. Blogging is one of the newest tools in high-tech web marketing, now available to the horse community.

The Equine Nutritionist Blog offers consumers... Read More

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

March 17, 2006

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 08, 2006

Some horses present special challenges, such as being too thin, too fat, or sick. Some horses are finicky and are hard to keep weight on, especially when working. The first option is to increase the feed's energy density by adding grain or fat to the... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Owner Questions Dewormer

March 06, 2006

Four horses outside of Hebbronville, Texas, died after they showed clinical signs of an unknown illness in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the animals' problems might have been caused by a dewormer, and she is... Read More

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The Therapy Horse: An Integral Player

March 01, 2006

Therapeutic riding is for people of all ages with various disabilities, and it has become very popular. For horses, however, the invitation is much more re-stricted. There are specialized expectations of a horse used in therapeutic riding. If... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Preventing Contagious Diseases

February 20, 2006

"Prevention of contagious diseases is dependent on an effective vaccination program and a carefully developed and strictly enforced management program," said Steve Conboy, DVM, a Central Kentucky equine practitioner, at the 2005 American... Read More

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Foal Imprinting -- Research Review

February 17, 2006

While horse owners worldwide want a simple answer to the question of whether foal imprinting works or not, it's hard to give a simple answer to what really isn't a simple question. This was the message of an imprinting research review presented... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Dentistry Table Topic

February 17, 2006

Dentistry continues to be a popular topic of discussion among equine veterinarians; more than 100 attendees lined the walls in standing-room-only fashion during the Dentistry Table Topic session at the 2005 American Association of Equine... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How to Use a Head and Tail Rope for Recovery

February 17, 2006

Recovery from anesthesia after surgery can be a dangerous time for a horse as he struggles to his feet upon waking, often disoriented by unfamiliar surroundings and lingering incoordination. One way to help decrease injuries or re-injuries from... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How-To Henderson Castration Instrument

February 17, 2006

Possibly one of the most talked-about presentations at the 2005 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Seattle, Wash., discussed the proper usage of the power-drill-mounted Henderson castration instrument in horses. Mark Reilly, DVM, of the South... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Recent Progress in Vaccine Development

February 17, 2006

Four equine vaccines have been developed and approved for West Nile virus (WNV) in the past five years, one of which was the first DNA vaccine for any mammal. The pace of this progress is unheard of in industries that make vaccines for other... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Teeth

February 17, 2006

"A plain old float just isn't good enough anymore," explained Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry in Washington, during the 51st Annual AAEP Convention, in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 3-7, 2005. A demand for more comprehensive dental... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Repair Incisors

February 17, 2006

Mandible (lower jaw) and premaxillary (upper jaw) fractures are common equine head injuries, according to David Moll, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of large animal clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University. There are many described... Read More

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Stallion Handling (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

A stallion handler must be able to focus the stallion's mind on him, as well as the mare, and make him wait for instructions. This cannot be achieved through fear or abusiveness, but through training basic cues and maneuvers to the stallion before he... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: WNV DNA Vaccine Effective in Young Horses

February 17, 2006

Scientists recently showed that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile virus (WNV) DNA vaccine, which is licensed but not yet commercially available, should protect foals from the virus regardless of residual antibodies received at birth from... Read More

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First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More