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AAEP Releases Racetrack Practitioners Directory

October 11, 2002

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published a new directory of racetrack veterinarians. More than 700 AAEP members currently practicing at racetracks across the country are listed.... Read More

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USDA Funds Genome Project

October 11, 2002

The horse genome effort received a major boost in April 1998 when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved renewal of an initiative of the National Animal Genome Project which, for the first time, includes support for... Read More

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Testing Supplement Efficacy

October 10, 2002

How do you know if something, anything from a car to a blender to a vitamin supplement, works? You test it in a manner consistent with the way it’s going to be used, using specific, relevant measures of performance, and evaluate it according to... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in Washington

October 09, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a dead raven collected near Newport, Wash. Testing at the National Wildlife Health Center Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., confirmed the virus. This is the first WNV detection in Washington, according to... Read More

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Australian Horse Council Investigating Industry Insurance

October 09, 2002

The Australian Horse Industry Council has received funding to begin a process to help the industry with Public Liability Insurance (PLI). The group is developing a code of practice, implementation guides, risk management regimes, and an... Read More

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Equine Salmonellosis in the United States and Kentucky

October 09, 2002

Salmonella spp. cause a multitude of diseases in horses, including diarrhea, abscesses, septicemia, and other ailments. Over 2,200 serotypes of salmonellae are known and can be identified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories... Read More

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Airway Health

October 03, 2002

Many trainers judge the health of their horses’ airways by listening to the sounds the animals make while they are exercising. Airway Dynamics of Midway, Ky., is doing the same thing more scientifically by using high-tech equipment. Veterinarian... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 29

October 03, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories or reported by state officials so far this year is 7,462.  That is an increase of 1,239 cases... Read More

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New Flair Nasal Strip Study

October 03, 2002

A recent study completed by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) suggests that Flair nasal strips decrease the amount of work required for respiratory muscles in equine athletes during intense exercise, and might reduce the amount of... Read More

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Fall Deworming

October 01, 2002

Fall is approaching rapidly and brings with it such predictable events as raking leaves, Thanksgiving dinner, and weekend football. Autumn also heralds changes in parasite activity that are equally predictable. However, just as the environmental... Read More

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West Nile Virus Alert!

October 01, 2002

by Kimberly S. Herbert and Stephanie L. Church

West Nile virus is a dangerous and scary disease, and it is spreading across North America very quickly. However, this is one of the few times when horses have it better than humans when it... Read More

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Halternatives

October 01, 2002

The past 15 years, various techniques have resulted in a type of Arabian "halter" presentation that poses the horse in a now-familiar stance. What is missing in this presentation? To me it's the evidence of trust, affection, and mutual esteem... Read More

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Carnivorous Horses

October 01, 2002

While taking questions from the audience at a one-day behavior program in New Zealand this May, a well-respected horse owner and trainer described behavior she had recently witnessed in a horse involving a scenario I had never heard or thought... Read More

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Bedding Benefits and Risks

October 01, 2002

Most horse owners take great pride in providing their horses with clean, nice-looking stalls; some of us might even throw in that extra bit of bedding for added comfort. But could we be unknowingly harming our horses more than helping them? Let'... Read More

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Feed for Speed

October 01, 2002

Few dispute that nutrition is important for athletic performance in racehorses. However, I'd wager that there is much less agreement among horse owners, nutritionists, and veterinarians when asked to expound upon the "nitty gritty" of what works... Read More

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Cardiovascular Changes With Moldy Corn Poisoning

October 01, 2002

Fumonisins are toxic byproducts of the fungus Fusarium verticilloides, which often grows on corn. These mycotoxins can cause leukoencephalomalacia (moldy corn poisoning) in horses, and are undetectable to the naked eye. Horses exposed to... Read More

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Clostridium in Mares and Foals

October 01, 2002

Newborn foals are especially susceptible to gastrointestinal diseases such as clostridial enterocolitis, which is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, toxemia, shock, or death without prior signs. While this disease occurs only... Read More

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Hoof Dressings: What Studies Show

October 01, 2002

Hoof dressings aren't always what they're cracked up to be--at least not in the opinions of some experts. Ilka P. Wagner, DVM, owner of Equine Veterinary Services (Texas), and Susan Kempson, BSc, PhD, senior lecturer in Preclinical Veterinary... Read More

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Diagnosing Breathing Problems

October 01, 2002

Many of you are familiar with the respiratory condition known as "heaves," also termed recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Primarily caused by chronic exposure to dusts and molds in hay and bedding, heaves can cripple the function of a horse's... Read More

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You Should Be Afraid, But...

October 01, 2002

West Nile virus is here to stay. Just like its cousins Eastern and Western equine encephalitis, it can be controlled, but only with diligence and hard work. West Nile virus (WNV) is deadly in about 40% of the horses which get the disease. It... Read More

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Finding a Suitable Cooled Semen Facility

October 01, 2002

Q: I'm considering using shipped cooled semen for my mare. I want to find a reliable farm/facility to take the shipment and breed her. How do I find a qualified facility? What questions do I need to ask about quality? ... Read More

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Probiotics and Yeast Cultures

October 01, 2002

My personal experience has been very positive in using probiotics and yeast in the equine diet. My question is about the best formulation of the products. Does using only yeast culture with no bacteria diminish the effects? Which bacteria ar... Read More

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Understanding Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU)

October 01, 2002

Horses exhibit eye pain for a variety of reasons and to varying degrees. As we've discussed previously, the most common cause is corneal ulceration. In this article, we'll discuss uveitis, which requires a very different kind of treatment than... Read More

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

October 01, 2002

You're preparing your mare for the upcoming breeding season. The stud owner insists on a bacterial culture of your mare's uterus prior to live breeding to reduce the chances of her passing any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) she might have... Read More

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Alberta Drought

October 01, 2002

A severe drought in northern Alberta is taking its toll on the horse population of that Canadian province. Canadian newspaper reports have indicated that many Alberta horses have been sent to slaughter (because the drought has made feeding... Read More