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Equine Cancer

June 01, 1996

The treatment of choice for horses with malignant or benign tumors has been radical surgery to remove all of the cancerous tumor. However, in many cases, even radical surgery would not prevent recurrence of the tumor. ... Read More

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Impaction Colic

June 01, 1996

Colic is an equine problem familiar to all people who work with horses. Many colics are simply gas colics and can resolve themselves quickly with little or no intervention. In some cases, the home remedy of walking the horse or loading the horse... Read More

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Derby Precautions

June 01, 1996

That there were no accidents in the Kentucky Derby was no accident. Everything that could be done to ensure the safety of the horses was done, including an impartial physical inspection of every entrant the morning of the race. Of course in... Read More

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Decoding the Laminitis Mystery

June 01, 1996

Laminitis and founder are two words in the lexicon of the horse that are guaranteed to elicit a definite response, whether it is a painful memory for a horse owner, a recurring anxiety for a breeder, a shoeing dilemma for a farrier, a complex prognos... Read More

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Traction or Trauma?

June 01, 1996

Some astute horsemen have long alleged that certain styles of horseshoes might predispose a racehorse to catastrophic injury, often resulting in euthanasia of the athlete. A recently completed study at the University of California, Davis,... Read More

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Cribbing

May 01, 1996

I have a horse that cribs all the time. How bad is this for him, and is there any way to stop him permanently?... Read More

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Preventing Estrus In Performance Mares

May 01, 1996

It has happened to many horse owners. The day of the major event or stakes arrives and the prize mare is ready to compete. The night before her coat glistened, her muscles rippled, and her eyes were aglow with competitive spirit.

This... Read More

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Colic in Horses: Recognize the Signs

May 01, 1996

Owners, beware. THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF HORSES IS COLIC! But it's not a disease. It is not an immediate accident. And, unfortunately, it is not thoroughly understood.

It can, however, become life threatening in a relatively... Read More

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Respiratory Disease In Foals

April 01, 1996

What are the best things to do to prevent pneumonia and other problems from happening in the first place? ... Read More

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Will Medicine Keep Your Horse Sound?

April 01, 1996

Degenerative joint disease is a common malady of the horse. It most frequently strikes the hocks, front fetlocks, and front navicular bones, and its consequences can be severe. In fact, degeneration of the joints is the most common reason for... Read More

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Footing that Forgives

April 01, 1996

Every horse appreciates sure footing, either on the track or the trail. For the equine athlete, sport-specific footing helps him achieve his best perform-ance. Every athlete, human or equine, must traverse through an environment. His body impact... Read More

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Urine Pooling

April 01, 1996

A small percentage of broodmares will be afflicted with urine pooling, also known as vesicovaginal reflux (VVR) or urovagina. But when it does occur, it is a serious problem that sometimes can only be remedied with surgery. Simply put, urine... Read More

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Moving Your Horse Safely

March 01, 1996

I will be moving my horse in the near future. What preparations can I make to ensure the health of my horse in transit? ... Read More

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Bee Prepared

March 01, 1996

If you live in the South or Southwest, you have certainly heard, or read, about the northward progression of African honeybees, more sensationally known as "killer bees."

"Elderly Woman Attacked By Killer Bees," The Arizona... Read More

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Biologic Solutions

March 01, 1996

(Author's note: Sera, Inc., who markets oral and IV equine IgG products approved by the USDA, sponsored a roundtable discussion on Biological Solutions for Biological Problems in Lexington, Ky. Participating in the roundtable were: Michelle... Read More

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Prepping Stallions

February 01, 1996

It's getting close to breeding season. What are some tips on getting my stallion, my crew, and myself ready? ... Read More

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Dorsiflexion and Carpal Damage

February 01, 1996

Last time we talked about carpal arthrosis, pointing out that too much bowing--dorsiflexion--of the foreleg at the knee was the immediate cause of damage to the articular cartilage. Further, with a bit of mechanics, we saw that too much... Read More

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Twinning

February 01, 1996

Congratulations, you have successfully bred your mare. But do you have time to sit back, catch your breath, and wait eleven months for the foal? Unfortunately not. You might have cleared the first hurdle, but the obstacle course has just begun.... Read More

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Jaundice

January 01, 1996

Each year a small percentage of foals are born to mares whose immune systems, in an odd twist of nature, are prepared to battle their own foals. Antibodies from the mare, delivered to the foal in the colostrum it drinks soon after birth, attack... Read More

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Dummy Foals

January 01, 1996

Q: My mare suffered a dystocia and the foal had to be taken to a local veterinary hospital for care. The veterinarian termed him a "dummy" foal, but said his chances of being a normal adult were very good. What can you tell me about a "dummy" foal?... Read More

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New Treatment For Joint Disease

January 01, 1996

Both the equine practitioner and the horse owner have been barraged with a number of new treatments for arthritis in joint injury, a common problem to anyone who owns horses. Some, such as Adequan and hyaluronic acid, have been around for a... Read More

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Breaks At Birth

January 01, 1996

In humans you tape them. In dogs you can fix them with a cage that fits outside the chest. But in foals, cracked or fractured ribs can be hard to find, present no easy solutions, and can be life-threatening.

Each winter and spring as foals... Read More

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How It Moves

January 01, 1996

In the first article of this series (The Horse of June 1995, page 21), I went on at some length about how much one could expect to predict performance based on the examination and evaluation of conformation. I tried to make it clear that,... Read More

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Taxes and the Home Office

January 01, 1996

Because the IRS criteria for claiming a home-office deduction are so specific, and because the pros and cons of a home-office deduction vary by each individual situation... Read More

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When are Fillies Fertile?

January 01, 1996

At what age does a filly go into heat? Our 18-month-old Haflinger/Arab mix shows signs of coming into heat.... Read More