Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Confirmed in Maryland

April 06, 2005

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) received confirmation yesterday (April 5) that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) was the cause of equine illness at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The virus, which causes upper respiratory... Read More

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R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of R. equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally, farms... Read More

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Veterinarian Describes Maryland Disease Cases; Officials Rule Out Rabies

March 31, 2005

Three horses succumbed to neurologic illness and were euthanatized at the Columbia Horse Center (CHC) in Columbia, Md., last week, according to the animals' attending veterinarian. Two more horses at the facility developed signs of the... Read More

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California Strangles Outbreak; At Least 60 Horses Affected

March 30, 2005

A strangles outbreak has placed a boarding stable in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., under quarantine, and more than 60 horses at the farm remain under close observation. The outbreak of the highly contagious upper respiratory disease cause... Read More

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Strangles Report Shows Decline in Cases at Trackside

March 24, 2005

According to a second round of tests on quarantined horses, the number of confirmed cases of strangles has declined and there is no evidence that the disease has spread at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center in Louisville,... Read More

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Precautions Taken After Trackside Strangles Case

March 14, 2005

Churchill Downs is taking precautionary measures at its Trackside training facility in Louisville, Ky., after a Thoroughbred racehorse was diagnosed with strangles, a contagious bacterial disease.

Rumors began circulating the weekend of... Read More

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History of the Horse

March 03, 2005

There are many scientists who have studied and theorized about how man and horses came to be together.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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EHV-1 Cases in Eastern Canada

February 25, 2005

Three Standardbred racehorses in Nova Scotia have been euthanatized due to the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1, and at least one other horse was suspected to have the illness. Two of the horses that were euthanatized and the... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to Public

February 24, 2005

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) recently released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took abou... Read More

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Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Case Euthanatized at Pennsylvania Harness Track

February 23, 2005

A Standardbred mare euthanatized last Friday (Feb. 18) at the Meadows racetrack in Meadowlands, Pa., had the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 infection, according to University of Pennsylvania veterinarians. The barn where the mare... Read More

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Michigan Officials Requiring EHV Vaccination

February 15, 2005

Officials from Michigan's Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) are requiring all horses entering any of seven licensed pari-mutuel facilities in the state be vaccinated for equine herpesvirus (EHV), in an effort to keep the virus confined to... Read More

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Salmonella Outbreaks and Prevention

February 14, 2005

What impact can a salmonella outbreak at a veterinary hospital and what can be done to prevent it? As part of a study to determine what could be done to cut down on the harmful bacteria, a footbath for workers was compared to disinfectant misting... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Testing

February 01, 2005

Piroplasmosis is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by one of two parasites, Babesia equi or Babesia caballi, which attack and destroy red blood cells in horses. The mortality rate can be as high as 20% among susceptible... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

February 01, 2005

A study recently published in the Japan Racing Journal found that as turf courses become wetter and softer, fracture risk is reduced. In contrast, muddy conditions on dirt courses lead to a greater risk of horses sustaining a fracture.... Read More

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NAHMS to Study Equine Industry in 2005

January 18, 2005

The USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will be conducting an Equine 2005 study, which will examine equine events and on-farm health management factors as they relate to the control of equine infectious diseases.... Read More

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U.K. Equine Viral Arteritis Restrictions Lifted

January 14, 2005

The stallion that tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been returned to its country of origin and restrictions on the quarantine premises where it was being kept have now been lifted.

The horse, which had been imported... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Detected in Suffolk, U.K.

December 17, 2004

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood tes... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More

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Feed Through Fly Control Options

October 20, 2004

Veterinarians and drug companies agree that feed-through fly control for horses--along with proper land and stable management--can keep barn fly populations under control. Fly control management is a serious problem facing horse farms of all... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

October 15, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare last week when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky, because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine infectious... Read More

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Above the Surface: Polytrack

October 04, 2004

Polytrack--polypropylene fibers, recycled rubber, and silica sand covered in a wax coating--has been used for training and racing for years in Great Britain, but Keeneland is the first U.S. facility to install it.... Read More

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Parasite Control Without--or Along With--Chemicals

October 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is part ten of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Our horses are lucky to live in an age when modern deworming drugs can pretty much rid them of parasites. They're living longer an... Read More

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A Clean Sweep

October 01, 2004

There's a reality show that airs on BBC America called "Life Laundry." It's all about folks who tend to keep lots of clutter piled up and lying around in big, sloppy messes in their houses or apartments. Then our team of heroes arrives, sorting... Read More

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily.... Read More