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Pre-Sale Questions

September 01, 2002

A pre-sale veterinary examination for a horse of any age in any discipline should address two questions. Can this particular individual, in the opinion of the examiner, be expected--barring illness or injury--to reach competition in a timely... Read More

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Salvation from Slaughter

September 01, 2002

There are numerous horse auctions in the United States. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has commissioned a private study of some auction houses to learn: Where are these horses coming from? How many are there? What is their... Read More

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What's a Thumper?

September 01, 2002

My training is in equine myotherapy; I specialize in sports massage, stretching, and hydrotherapy. Sometimes I get asked about a thumper. I have an idea of what it is and its use, but am not sure if I'm correct. The only thing I am sure of i... Read More

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Stallion Mounting Behavior

September 01, 2002

I'm a veterinarian asking this question on behalf of clients who are standing a stallion at stud. The stallion isn't new to breeding or to this farm; he's in his third or fourth breeding season. He normally breeds eagerly, without hesitation... Read More

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Putting Weight on Hard Keepers

September 01, 2002

Is your horse a "hard keeper?" If so, you are well aware of how difficult it is to maintain adequate or desirable body condition in this type of horse. The reality is that no two horses are the same when it comes to the amount of feed (and numbe... Read More

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Hazard-Free Homes

September 01, 2002

A run-in shed is probably the least expensive shelter you can give your horse(s)--and, some believe, one of the healthiest. With a run-in shed, your horse lives as near to nature as domesticity allows. But that shed can't be a slap-dash... Read More

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Club Feet in Adult Horses

September 01, 2002

Some women love high heels. Walking in them might take some getting used to, but they provide the perfect look for big-city club-hopping or schmoozing at the latest gallery opening. They're not so great, though, for jogging or other sports. A... Read More

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Racing Toward Injury

September 01, 2002

There seems to be little doubt that musculoskeletal injury--including injury to bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments--is a major problem for Thoroughbred racehorses. This impression has been borne out by studies of "wastage" in the racing... Read More

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Lest We Forget

September 01, 2002

There are tragedies every day; some are personal, some are public, and some are almost unseen. We need to remember all of these tragedies, from small to large, and not forget that we can make a difference to a person's or horse's life, if we tak... Read More

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Foal Loss Possible in Caterpillar Areas

September 01, 2002

Four interesting facts were brought to light because of the late-term abortion and Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) study that was recently completed at the University of Kentucky, according to Thomas Tobin, MVB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ABT, of the... Read More

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Potomac Horse Fever Fatality in Kentucky

September 01, 2002

A Thoroughbred filly in central Kentucky recently succumbed to Potomac horse fever (PHF), a disease that is detected only once or twice per year in the Commonwealth. The cause of death was a mystery until test results were received from the... Read More

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Horse Health at AVMA

September 01, 2002

The annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, held July 13-17, drew practitioners from around the world. One topic of particular timeliness was the growing use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) for various... Read More

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First Foal Produced from Deceased Mare's Shipped Oocytes

September 01, 2002

The first foal produced from oocytes that were harvested from the shipped ovaries of a deceased mare was born recently. This successful procedure, completed by researchers at Colorado State University (CSU), opens a door for owners with valuable... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 32 States and D.C.

September 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its advance across the United States, making its debut in states untouched by the virus before 2002. In all, 32 states and Washington, D.C., had been affected this year as of press time (by the end of 2001, 27... Read More

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Production of Banamine Temporarily Halted

September 01, 2002

Production of the popular anti-inflammatory drug Banamine (flunixin meglumine) and many other drugs manufactured by Schering-Plough Corporation was temporarily halted in May when the manufacturer signed a consent decree of permanent injunction... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Welfare Conference

September 01, 2002

A recent gathering of equine behavior and welfare specialists in Holar, Northern Iceland, gave scientists from around the world the opportunity to present their work and review the science underpinning management practices on the horse. The... Read More

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Kentucky Equine WNV Cases Reach 89

August 30, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Aug. 30 that 20 more horses have been confirmed with West Nile virus. That brings the total number of 2002 equine WNV cases in Kentucky to 89.

Of the 20 horses reported today, 12 are... Read More

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Australian Shuttlers Released From Quarantine

August 30, 2002

In the wake of a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) test on a Canadian Standardbred horse, almost 50 Thoroughbred shuttle stallions were released from Australia's major quarantine station outside Sydney on the morning of Aug. 30.

The decisio... Read More

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Recent Kentucky WNV Horses Not Fully Vaccinated

August 30, 2002

To clarify information released yesterday (Aug. 29) on two Kentucky horses which were reported to have been vaccinated yet contracteed
West Nile virus (WNV), the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office noted that those two horses had not receive... Read More

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The Path of West Nile Virus in Canada

August 30, 2002

Horse owners in Canada are becoming just as wary of the neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV) as their U.S. neighbors. The virus has already affected at least ten horses in the Manitoba province, and officials are recommending mosquito... Read More

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First Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Vermont

August 30, 2002

Animal health officials with the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food & Markets have confirmed that a horse in Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), ending three years of speculation as to when and where the first... Read More

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Researchers Lay Groundwork for Future MRLS Studies

August 30, 2002

The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). They put forth some ideas on how to... Read More

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Kentucky Equine West Nile Virus Cases Total 69

August 29, 2002

Six Quarter Horses are among the 13 new confirmed cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state's equine population, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. The total number of equine in Kentucky confirmed infected with WNV in... Read More

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EIA in Georgia: Four Test Positive, 94 Quarantined

August 26, 2002

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced last week that four horses in Chattooga County tested positive for Equine infectious anemia (EIA) and have been euthanized. So far, 94 other horses in the county have had to be quarantine... Read More

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First West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico, Montana

August 23, 2002

New Mexico and Montana joined the list of states affected by West Nile virus (WNV) Thursday when they announced their first equine cases. A New Mexico ranch horse from Tucumcari, in the eastern part of the state, did not survive WNV, and was not... Read More