Recent News for Injuries & Wounds

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Being Prepared for Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

January 18, 2006

The best way to prepare for emergencies is to try to prevent them. Perhaps the best approach to first aid is to minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and disease. Sometimes we do foolish things with, and to, our horses. ... Read More

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Banamine IM Injections: More Than a Pain in the Neck

January 11, 2006

IM injections in horses are fairly easy to administer, and many horse owners find this route convenient, especially when a veterinarian is not available to give an intravenous shot. Vaccines, hyaluronic acid products, some antibiotics, sedatives, vit... Read More

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Filly with Burned Tail Fully Recovered

January 06, 2006

A 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly near Fayetteville, N.C., has recovered completely from an attack last August in which her tail was set on fire and later had to be amputated. According to the horse's owner and veterinarian, a drainage... Read More

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Broken Legs Aren't Death

January 01, 2006

Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More

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Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More

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Filly's Damaged Ear Repaired With Surgery

January 01, 2006

Horses' ears are designed for distinguishing fine sounds, protecting sensitive inner ear structures, and communicating with herdmates. An 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly's ear was injured (likely on a fence), resulting in the ear bending... Read More

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

December 14, 2005

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.... Read More

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Pelvic Fracture

December 01, 2005

Q: My 6-year-old mare suffered a pelvic fracture from a pasture accident five months ago. My veterinarian examined her and prescribed stall rest. What timeframe can I expect for starting light exercise and how can I tell if she... Read More

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Helping Horses Worldwide

November 01, 2005

As a responsible horse owner, you make management decisions that affect the current well-being of your horse and his future vitality. You order low-dust bedding for your gelding with heaves. Your veterinarian arrives for her scheduled visit and... Read More

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Filly Recovering from Tail Burning and Amputation

November 01, 2005

"I knew right away that it was definitely a burn," stated Brian K. Garrett, DVM, of Animal Hospital of Fayetteville in Fayetteville, N.C., Dixie's treating veterinarian. Trespassers maliciously burned the 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly's... Read More

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Electroacupuncture Alleviates Chronic Back Pain

November 01, 2005

University of Florida (UF) researchers have reported success with using electroacupuncture to alleviate chronic back pain in horses. The study was published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy for Pain Relief and Healing

November 01, 2005

In a recently completed study involving navicular cases, Byron found lameness in horses undergoing extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) treatment averaged improvement of about one lameness grade. ... Read More

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Snake Bite Preparedness

October 01, 2005

Q: Our area has a healthy population of rattlesnakes. We spend six to 10 hours a week on trails where we have seen snakes. I would like to be prepared in the event one of our horses gets bitten. What are the procedures and... Read More

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Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More

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Responding to Calls after Rita

September 29, 2005

Days after Rita, equine rescue requests are still coming in to the Louisiana State University Horse Hurricane Hotline, although not with the urgency or number of calls that poured in after Hurricane Katrina hit several weeks ago.

"Today... Read More

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Filly Recovering after Tail Amputation

September 15, 2005

Dixie, the Spotted Saddle Horse filly had her tail amputated on Sept. 1, 2005, after trespassers ignited and burned her tail on Aug. 19. To see pictures of the tail amputation Read More

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Expo Center Crowded; Equine Evacuees Doing Well

September 09, 2005

The continual sound of dogs barking and an occasional worried whinny was audible in the background as Dennis French, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, of Louisiana State University's (LSU) veterinary school, gave an update on the equine evacuees at the... Read More

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Saving the New Orleans Carriage Horses

September 07, 2005

"I wasn't leaving," said Lucien Mitchell, 40, who stayed behind in New Orleans for nearly a week caring for 22 carriage horses and mules after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the city, destroying structures and lives, and leaving water that... Read More

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Hurricane Horses Being Reached

September 05, 2005

As southern Louisiana reaches the one week anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, rescue efforts continue on a large scale for horses affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.

Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, the central staging area for horses... Read More

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Equine Rescue: A Group Effort in Louisiana

September 03, 2005

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many horses in the New Orleans area are currently in need of relief and evacuation. The human response to this need has been overwhelming, and the ability to effectively approach the situation is increasing... Read More

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CNN Airs Clip of Mini Horse Owners Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

September 02, 2005

Following the airing of a live Anderson Cooper CNN broadcast from Waveland, Miss., the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) has been flooded with offers of help and support for some of its members featured on air who are trapped in this... Read More

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Filly Recovering from Tail Burning Incident

August 31, 2005

"Her tail is just barely hanging on," says Vonda Hamilton of Dixie, her 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly whose tail was ignited and burned by trespassers during the night of Aug. 19 near Erwin, N.C. Hamilton is treating the filly's tail and... Read More

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Aggressive Treatment Key to Afleet Alex's Recovery

August 10, 2005

As Afleet Alex walked the shedrow for the second of three times Tuesday morning (Aug. 9), his ears were up and he was looking for peppermints from trainer Tim Ritchey. It was obvious the colt was happy being out of his stall and walking... Read More

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Afleet Alex Sidelined by Condylar Fracture

July 29, 2005

Cash Is King's Afleet Alex, dramatic winner of the Preakness and runaway winner of the Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), underwent surgery yesterday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic after suffering a condylar fracture. The 3-year-old son of Northern... Read More

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Schwartz Joins Veterinary Medical Assistance Team

July 22, 2005

According to a July 20 article in the Mt. Airy Messenger, Allan Schwartz, vice president and co-founder of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR), has been accepted as a member of a Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT).... Read More