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West Nile Virus in 24 States

July 10, 2006

Twenty-four states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated June 27). The disease has infected horses in four states: Iowa, North Dakota,... Read More

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Barbaro Receives Sixth Cast, Hoof Abscess Treated

July 10, 2006

(Updated July 11) After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the morning of July 10, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery, replaced the cast on the colt's injured hind leg for a sixth time.

"The long leg cas... Read More

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Another Cast Change for Barbaro, New Bolton Provides More Information

July 07, 2006

On Wednesday, July 5, Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery, replaced the cast on Barbaro that he had received on Monday, July 3. "Barbaro was not comfortable with the second cast, so we decided it... Read More

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Farnam Offers Family Vacation Sweepstakes

July 07, 2006

Imagine spending eight fun-filled days and seven starry nights nestled at the base of the spectacular Read More

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Shetland Pony Nationals Moving to St. Louis

July 07, 2006

After nearly a decade in the Gordyville Arena in Illinois, the Shetland Pony Nationals Championship Congress is moving to the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Mo.

"We were at capacity at the Gordyville facility," explained... Read More

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Spinal Taps Unnecessary for EPM Diagnosis?

July 07, 2006

While cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for equine protozoal myloencephalitis (EPM) is widely regarded as the only definitive way to diagnose the disease, the difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous test might not be necessary, according... Read More

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Harness Racing Documentary to Air on Cable Network

July 06, 2006

"Inside the Heart of Harness Racing," a 23-minute documentary providing insights into several aspects of the Standardbred sport, will air on cable network RFD-TV starting in July.Read More

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Horsemen Hope for the Best in New Jersey Budget Crisis

July 06, 2006

New Jersey’s racetracks could close Wednesday if the state legislature is unable to adopt a spending plan by that date. Harness racing track The Meadowlands already was forced to cancel its July 1 card... Read More

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Australian Toxic Feed Case Decided

July 06, 2006

An Australian court awarded $71,000 in damages after a Sydney area family’s Thoroughbred mare died and three other show horses were permanently retired due to heart conditions resulting from contaminated feed, the Sydney Morning... Read More

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Barbaro Gets New Bandages; Two New Screws

July 05, 2006

Doctors at New Bolton Center's George D. Widener Hospital on Monday changed the cast on the hind right leg of Barbaro for the second time since the winner of... Read More

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Equine Evacuation Guidelines Available on AAEP Web Site

July 05, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) reminds horse owners and veterinarians that when an emergency or natural disaster strikes, it is in the best interest of the horse for everyone t... Read More

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Arlington Catastrophic Injury Rate Draws Criticism, Concern

July 05, 2006

Although many causes have been suggested, there's still no definitive reason for the recent slew of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbreds at Read More

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Slaughter Legislation Could Be Put To Vote

July 05, 2006

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act could be put to a vote when Congress returns July 10 from its Fourth of July recess. Before the break, Capitol Hill was the scene of intense lobbying from those on both sides of the issue.... Read More

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Emergency Transportation for Horses

July 05, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. ... Read More

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Care for Adopted Wild Horses and Burros

July 01, 2006

Wild horses and burros adapt well to changes in their natural environments. The same holds true for their transition to domestic life. With a few preventive measures, they should have few health problems and won't need veterinary care beyond that... Read More

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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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Recovery...of Sorts

July 01, 2006

Same storm, starkly different effects. There was a very different disaster area waiting for me in coastal Mississippi than I saw in Louisiana eight months earlier, and recovery has been markedly different. In both regions, all forms of life were at... Read More

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Recovering From EPM

July 01, 2006

My horse was diagnosed about six months ago with EPM. Can I help him gain his strength back in his hind legs?... Read More

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

The bottom line is any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. I would have advised a visit on the day of this injury.... Read More

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Altitude Affects Anesthesia

July 01, 2006

High altitudes can affect an animal's blood pressure; it's the reason athletes must acclimate themselves to high altitude conditions long before they compete in them. University of California (UC), Davis, researchers were concerned that this... Read More

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Failure of Racehorses to Train and Race

July 01, 2006

It's commonly known that racehorses endure extreme physical and mental stresses preparing for a racing career, which can lead to injuries and illnesses. In a University of Cambridge study, researchers sought to quantify ailments endured by today's... Read More

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Thoughts on Barbaro

July 01, 2006

No one knows why it happens, but it does. Whether the horse involved is a Kentucky Derby winner like Barbaro, or a backyard companion, it is rare when an owner doesn't face losing a horse to some sort of catastrophic injury or disease during a... Read More

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The Equine Back: Conformation and Injuries

July 01, 2006

Even a horse with excellent conformation can wind up with back problems if ridden by a rider out of balance or if outfitted with inappropriate tack.... Read More

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Freedom Contained

July 01, 2006

Romantic images swirl through the mind when one considers America's wild horses. For some the image might be that of a beautiful wild stallion racing across the prairie, mane and tail flying in the wind as he celebrates his freedom. For others, the... Read More

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More Than a Bad Habit

July 01, 2006

Many horses are kept in an unnatural environment--confined in stalls or small pens. Some of them resort to repetitive behaviors such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking. Most of these horses are fed concentrated, high-energy rations they... Read More