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Follow-Up: Carnivorous Horses

May 01, 2003

Last October, we shared letters from three readers describing horses killing and/or eating small mammals and birds (see "Carnivous Horses," article #3832 at Read More

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The Inflammatory Cascade

May 01, 2003

Some drugs have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain associated with various horse injuries.... Read More

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Buying a Trailer: What to Know Before You Go

May 01, 2003

Buying a horse trailer is a big decision. With so many models and styles of trailers, how do you choose? ... Read More

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Feeding Yearlings: Preparing for the Sale

May 01, 2003

As the breeding season winds down and spring becomes summer, the primary focus on breeding farms is preparation of yearlings for the sales. The stakes are clearly high as vast sums of money are on the line--rightly or wrongly, the overall... Read More

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A View Within: Reproductive Ultrasound

May 01, 2003

Since the early 1980s, the use of ultrasound has revolutionized our understanding of mare reproductive physiology, and with it stud management. Ultrasound allows the practitioner to diagnose problems and monitor reproductive activity with... Read More

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Glucosamine Supplement Efficacy

May 01, 2003

Glucosamine is a popular nutritional supplement that horses are fed in hopes of protecting them from osteoarthritis. Researchers studying the mechanisms of osteoarthritis have identified several compounds, called markers, that are unique to the... Read More

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Challenges of Assessing Pain

May 01, 2003

Because of its subjective and complex nature, the severity of a horse's pain is very difficult to assess. Recently, a comprehensive review was published by the University of Minnesota outlining the definitions of the types of pain and the... Read More

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Evaluating Spinal Cord Disease

May 01, 2003

Spinal cord disease in horses is fairly common, but it can be difficult to precisely diagnose. Ancillary tests such as cerebrospinal fluid analysis, contrast myelography, and electromyelography can be helpful, but also somewhat risky. There is... Read More

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Thrush: Phew! Stinky Feet!

May 01, 2003

Thrush is very common, and it typically is a mild disease that can be easily treated. More importantly, it can be prevented with adequate hoof/foot management and good stable husbandry.... Read More

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Physical Therapy for Healing and Health

May 01, 2003

Call it what you will--equine physical therapy, equine therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation therapy, equine sports therapy, or even alternative therapy. The treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of movement dysfunctions, orthopedic ailment... Read More

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Depending On the Team

May 01, 2003

Who is responsible for the horse, and what are that person's limits morally and legally for making decisions about his/her horse's health, care, and well-being? Being a responsible horse owner, you tend your horses daily in a way that ensures... Read More

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What Only Veterinarians Can Do

May 01, 2003

Each state has a veterinary practice act, which is a legal interpretation of what constitutes veterinary practice in that state on all species. For example, chiropractic or acupuncture might be considered veterinarian-only skills in some states,... Read More

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Genetic Defects Statement Issued by the American Association of Equine Practitioners

May 01, 2003

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently re-stated a policy that surgical correction of "genetic defects" for the purposes of concealing the defect is unethical. The policy states that if surgical correction is undertaken for... Read More

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American Live Stock Insurance/AAEP Scholarships

May 01, 2003

Eight veterinary students have been selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from the American Live Stock Insurance Company (ALSIC) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The scholarships are presented annually to fourth-yea... Read More

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California West Nile Virus Seminar

May 01, 2003

California is bracing for West Nile virus (WNV). N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, said that he and his colleagues expect to... Read More

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Box Containing WNV Explodes at Fed Ex Site

May 01, 2003

A package containing West Nile virus (WNV) exploded on March 18 at a Federal Express building in Columbus, Ohio, near the Port Columbus International Airport, the Associated Press reported. Fifty workers were evacuated.

The shoebox-size... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

May 01, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine at the West Nile Virus Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Colorado State West Nile Virus Study

May 01, 2003

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers released results March 25 from a study that examined the characteristics of 2002's West Nile virus (WNV) equine outbreaks in Colorado and Nebraska. The study was a collaborative effort between the stat... Read More

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A Florida Practitioner's Perspective on WNV

May 01, 2003

Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida (UF), spoke about West Nile virus (WNV) protective strategies for horse owners and veterinarians at a March 7 meeting in Lexington, Ky. Veterinarians and public officials gathered... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed at Kentucky Racetrack; Pennsylvania Track Lifts Quarantine

May 01, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The March 18 announcement of this fact followed treatment of EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and... Read More

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Findlay Classes Resume After EHV-1 Outbreak

May 01, 2003

Classes resumed March 10 at the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which had been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1). (For more on the outbreak,... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis

May 01, 2003

Of particular interest to horse owners was Johnson's black-and-white linkage of the newly termed EMS condition with laminitis and obesity. "Obesity-associated insulin refractory state" was Johnson's precise description of "Equine Metabolic Syndrome" ... Read More

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Joint Pressure in the Foot

May 01, 2003

New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the United Kingdom has advanced hoof balance from a farrier's art form to a measurement of pressure inside the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint (coffin joint). Some day, a horse's ideal... Read More

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Cutting-Edge Hoof Education

May 01, 2003

All of the cutting-edge hoof information presented at this symposium is very helpful to the fledgling field of equine podiatry. Equally valuable is the open, helpful atmosphere in which everyone is learning and helping each other understand new conce... Read More

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A Horse of a Different Color

May 01, 2003

What is your favorite color of horse? Is it the pitch black of Walter Farley's Black Stallion? The whiteness of the Lone Ranger's Silver? The sunshine gold of Roy Rogers' Trigger? How does a breeder capitalize on the fancy colors that bring big... Read More