Recent News for Basic Care

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Savage Stallions

July 01, 2006

Q: I have worked with many different breeding stallions, including Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods back east, then mostly Arabians and Quarter Horses in Texas. We now have a halter stallion that does something I've never seen... Read More

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White Line Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

July 01, 2006

Good hoof hygiene and recognizing early signs of the disease are essential to controlling the problem.... Read More

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Western Stockmen's Issues Recall of Pride Mature Horse Feed

June 27, 2006

Western Stockmen's of Caldwell, Idaho, a business unit of J.R. Simplot Company, is recalling all Pride Mature Horse feed with the lot number 7701-050306. The lot might contain monensin sodium (Rumensin), a drug compound approved for use in some... Read More

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Rabies Vaccine Recall Shouldn't Affect Horses

June 16, 2006

Vaccine manufacturer Fort Dodge Animal Health recalled about 330,000 doses of rabies vaccine recently after a vaccinated dog became ill with rabies. Horses are not likely affected by the recall.

"It's a product that's labeled for equine... Read More

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Much is Being Done: Research to Avoid, Research to Cure

June 15, 2006

This year's running of the Belmont Stakes did not seem to have the same sizzle. Like every racing fan, I am still reeling from Barbaro's injury, and amazed by the surgery and remarkable progress he has made since then.

As with all... Read More

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Riding the Better Side of Bucking

June 07, 2006

Bucking is a misunderstood horse activity. Most people look at bucking as an ornery habit, something the horse does when he's trying to get out of work. Or when he just doesn't feel like cooperating at that moment for some reason or another.... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Racing Continues to Expand

June 07, 2006

American Quarter Horse racing saw expansion in 2005, and the trend continues as statistics show considerable increases in 2006.

Year to date, American Quarter Horse purses are up to more than $23 million, an 18.5% increase from 2005.... Read More

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Counterfeit Product Linked to Death of Ontario Horse

June 06, 2006

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, yesterday (June 5) announced it has issued a warning to its customers about a counterfeit version of one of its animal health products that may... Read More

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New Perspectives on the Pain Drain

June 01, 2006

Most veterinarians stock the drawers in their mobile units so that the easiest containers to reach when they open the drug compartments are the pain medications. Whether the situation is an emergency call to tend a horse that has acute abdominal... Read More

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Hurricane Season Begins: Remember Pets in Preparation

June 01, 2006

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday (May 31) a joint effort with the American Kennel Club, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Humane Society of... Read More

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any... Read More

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Dealing with Old Injuries

June 01, 2006

Will physical therapy help my horse become more supple, or can I have the scar tissue removed surgically?... Read More

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Unexplained Swelling

June 01, 2006

I found my gelding lying down with swollen legs and a cut inside his nostril. Could this be a snakebite?... Read More

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Horse Learning

June 01, 2006

In a web site advice column written by a veterinarian, he claimed that if a blacksmith trims or shoes a horse incorrectly so that the horse becomes lame within a couple of weeks of work, the horse will make the connection that the blacksmith was... Read More

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Olecranon Fracture Repair Has Good Prognosis

June 01, 2006

Olecranon (point of the elbow) fractures are common orthopedic problems in foals often attributable to being kicked while playing, rambunctious behavior, or falling over backward (which they are more apt to do than older horses).

In a joint... Read More

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Study Leads to Safer Caterpillar Insecticides

June 01, 2006

Experts predicted that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) would begin showing up in greater numbers in Central Kentucky this spring, making it an especially important time for area horse farms to be implementing control strategies. One such strategy ... Read More

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After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain a "Coin Toss"

May 21, 2006

Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in... Read More

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Hoof Structure and Foot Facts (Book Excerpt)

May 17, 2006

The old saying, "No hoof, no horse" is very true, especially as it pertains to the horse's working ability and soundness. The horse is an athlete; we use him for a variety of athletic purposes -- racing, jumping, chasing cattle, pulling carts.... Read More

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Spring and Fall Wellness Exams Help Keep Horses Healthy

May 15, 2006

Many horse health crises can be prevented with wellness exams, vaccinations, and year-round parasite control. ... Read More

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Medicating for Equine Colic

May 01, 2006

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse's colic pain... Read More

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Nightshade and Ivermectin: A Deadly Mixture

May 01, 2006

Editor's note: When researching the unknown illness story on this page, the following study on ivermectin's interaction with a noxious weed was discovered. Nightshade and other poisonous plants should be eliminated from pastures.... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Dewormer Questioned

May 01, 2006

Four horses on a South Texas farm died from unknown causes in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the problems might have been caused by a dewormer; she has necropsy and other test results, but she has not released them... Read More

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Vaccine Helps Treat Pythiosis

May 01, 2006

The Horse recently discussed pythiosis in the aftermath of hurricanes. In 1994, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers teamed with scientists at Pan American Veterinary Laboratories (PAVL) to complete development of an... Read More