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USRider Calls for Improvements on Trailer Wiring

February 15, 2006

USRider has publicly urged horse trailer manufacturers to improve their electrical wiring practices. "Trailers flex and move constantly when being towed, so it is imperative that proper wiring techniques be used to ensure the proper and continua... Read More

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Horse at Fair Hill Training Center Positive for EHV-1

February 15, 2006

Maryland officials reported today (Feb. 15) that a horse which tested positive for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at Fair Hill Training Center in Cecil County, Md., last week, has recovered from its fever and has shown no signs of neurologic... Read More

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New Kentucky Drug Penalties Due to Expire; Authority Considers Options

February 15, 2006

Officials with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority were considering their options today (Feb. 15) following the failure of a legislative subcommittee to give final approval to new penalties for violations of the state's equine medication... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Restrictions - EHV Affected Areas

February 10, 2006

While we are confident that the situation at both Turfway Park and the Western Kentucky Training Center have been satisfactorily resolved; we remain concerned over the apparent spread of equine herpes virus from Pimlico to other racetracks,... Read More

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Cuts Made at the Animal Health Trust

February 08, 2006

Researchers' departure "a bitter pill to swallow"

In November 2005, The Horse reported on studies underway at the Animal Health Trust's Centre for Equine Studies based in Newmarket in the United Kingdom (Helping Horses... Read More

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The Respiratory System (Book Excerpt)

February 08, 2006

The respiratory system's main goal is to transfer oxygen from the air we breathe to the red blood cells where the oxygen will be transported throughout the body and be available for all organs and tissues. In addition, carbon dioxide, a waste produc... Read More

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Medication Consortium Lobbies For Long-Term Funding Mechanism

February 08, 2006

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, expected to exhaust its bridge funding this year, continues lobbying the industry to support a per-start fee that would be shared by horsemen and racetracks.

RMTC chairman Dan Fick, executive... Read More

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Research Sought on Use of Alcohol in Racehorses

February 08, 2006

Having gotten field reports that racehorses are receiving vodka intravenously in an attempt to calm them down before races, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has authorized laboratories to develop a test for... Read More

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New Product Reduces Herpesvirus Clinical Signs

February 08, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus (EHV) types-1 and -4 pathogens. The... Read More

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Final Kentucky Racetrack Released From Quarantine

February 08, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities were released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on Feb.... Read More

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Arena Dust and Human Health

February 08, 2006

Respiratory health in horses is often a concern, and we work tirelessly to control dust in our horses' working and living environments. Ironically, we give little regard to our own respiratory health in and around the barn. It has long been know... Read More

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Michigan Veterinarian Describes Neurologic Herpes Case

February 08, 2006

A 3-year-old Standardbred mare suffering from signs of neurologic disease tested positive for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) and was euthanatized at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in Allegan, Mich., on Jan. 18. The horse had been shipped in... Read More

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Pimlico Quarantine Lifted

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course this morning (Feb. 8), allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve... Read More

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Second Neurologic Horse Euthanatized on Maryland Farm

February 08, 2006

A competitive event horse that began showing neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) last Thursday (Feb. 2) was euthanatized on Sunday (Feb. 5) after a rapid decline in health. The mare is the second horse to be euthanatized on the... Read More

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Maryland Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information for Stable Operators

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness.

Keep your stable disease-free:

  • Limit traffic of incoming people who could have been exposed to germs elsewhere.... Read More

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Maryland Trainers Holding Their Breath

February 07, 2006

For more than a week, Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) chief operating officer Lou Raffetto said he could "see the light at the end of the tunnel" regarding the ongoing battle with equine herpesvirus.

There was some light Feb. 3, when Laurel... Read More

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FSIS Establishes Fee-For-Service Program For Horsemeat

February 07, 2006

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced an interim final rule establishing a voluntary fee-for-service program under which establishments that slaughter horses can continue to receive... Read More

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Kansas Barn Fire Kills 43 Horses

February 06, 2006

A Feb. 5 fire in a barn at Eureka Downs in Eureka, Kan., killed 43 horses and remained under investigation as of Feb. 6, officials said.

Both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, most of which were 2-year-olds in training, were killed.... Read More

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Pregnant Mares

February 01, 2006

The mare from which you have always wanted to raise a foal has just been pronounced pregnant by your veterinarian. Now you just have to wait about 11 months and see what she produces, right? Not so fast! There is much more involved than just... Read More

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Synovial Joints and How They Work

February 01, 2006

First we'll look at how the horse's synovial joints are constructed, then we'll outline where they are located, the functions they serve, and some of the problems that can develop.... Read More

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Genome Sequencing

February 01, 2006

In 1991, Eliane Marti, Dr. Med. Vet., published a study as a graduate student in Switzerland, showing that chronic hypersensitivity bronchitis (a.k.a. heaves) had a strong hereditary component among Swiss horses. She meticulously defined the... Read More

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Will Eating Grass Seeds Hurt My Horse?

February 01, 2006

We are new horse owners who know very little about horses. We've had our horse "Trouble" (a 2-year-old Standardbred-Arabian cross) for almost a week now. A local horseman said it would be fine to dump our two bags of buckwheat, red clover, and... Read More

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Pony Girthing/Mounting Issues

February 01, 2006

My 11-year-old daughter is having trouble with her pony nipping at her when she is girthing him, and when she goes to mount without an assistant. He also smacks his tail and pins his ears, almost looking like he might cow-kick at her sometimes.... Read More

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Semen Collecting from a Blind Stallion

February 01, 2006

We have a Standardbred stallion that had a minor neurologic episode a few months ago that was never really figured out. He has recovered slowly back to normal, except that he has gone completely blind. He does well at pasture and you would hardl... Read More

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Dealing with Dummy Foals

February 01, 2006

At first, everything seems fine: Your foal was born without incident and started nursing as he should. But two days later, the baby quit suckling and began acting strangely--wandering around and pressing his head against the stall wall. Your... Read More