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Straightening Crooked Legs

April 03, 2002

It is not unusual for foals to be born with some level of angular limb deformity, but this becomes a problem when the deformity is severe and doesn't self-correct quickly. If the deviation is relatively minor, it might be resolved with stall... Read More

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More West Nile Virus in Florida

April 03, 2002

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received reports of two positive cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses in Polk County, Florida. This marks the... Read More

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Electrolytes and Rehydration

April 03, 2002

Electrolyte pastes can increase water consumption, improving rehydration following administration of furosemide (Salix). A recently published study was done at Michigan State University on the effects of rehydration during the 36 hours after... Read More

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Small Intestinal Colic Surgery and Predicting Survival

April 03, 2002

While surgical correction of colic in horses has been performed at referral hospitals for many years, it has been difficult for horse owners to get reliable information about survival rate. The prospect of extremely expensive colic surgery... Read More

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

April 03, 2002

(Updated 4/05/02) In a newly released study, a collaboration of statisticians and epidemiologists have pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal losses (EFL) in central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but still... Read More

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Be Prepared for Emergencies

April 01, 2002

Not to be pessimistic, but if you own horses long enough, you will have to deal with emergencies. The best way to handle these situations is to be prepared. Here are some suggested items for a basic first-aid kit: Thermometer; flashlight; bandag... Read More

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Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

April 01, 2002

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Fit for the Task?

April 01, 2002

Regardless of whether your horse is used for high-level competition or weekend trail riding, it's important that he be fit for the task. "Fitness" is a rather vague expression, but in general terms it can be defined as the ability to complete th... Read More

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Throwaway Horses (Banning Slaughter)

April 01, 2002

Habitat for Horses is an equine rescue and sanctuary located near Houston, Texas. We are involved in helping law enforcement handle abuse cases and rehabilitating abused, neglected horses. Over 200 horses have passed through the gates of Habitat... Read More

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Pregnant Mare Weight Gain

April 01, 2002

We have a 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare and a 21-year-old Paint mare, both in foal to the same Quarter Horse stud. Both were five months along in mid-November (they were bred one week apart). The 6-year-old gained 31 pounds in a six-week period,... Read More

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Ruptured Stomach

April 01, 2002

I had a broodmare which died from a ruptured stomach. From what I can find out, this is reasonably rare and I would like to know if I was somehow to blame. Jess

 Rupture of the stomach is relatively rare. Primary rupture is... Read More

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. Every summer these trees produce large bean pods, which evidently taste like candy to horses. According to my vet, they also slow down gut motility--hence the colic. ... Read More

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Which Trees are Toxic?

April 01, 2002

It's hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early... Read More

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Ground vs. Breeding Mount Semen Collection

April 01, 2002

We have show pony breeding stallions, and as of last year are doing almost all shipped semen. This year we are seriously thinking about expanding our business to offer semen collection and shipping services for outside stallions, which will... Read More

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Putting Up Boundaries (Fencing)

April 01, 2002

Horses are nomads by nature, with an inclination to travel far and wide searching for forage and water. Along with their wanderlust, horses possess a strong sense of curiosity, and they are constantly investigating their surroundings. Turn a... Read More

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Restricting Grazing

April 01, 2002

There are some food needs that just can't be argued against: 1) Humans need popcorn plus a cola at the movies; 2) Women need chocolate anytime; 3) Horses need forage at all times. While these combinations aren't equal in terms of supplying... Read More

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Risk of Equine Viral Arteritis from Imported Stallions

April 01, 2002

Equine arteritis virus (EAV) causes a flu-like illness in adult horses called equine viral arteritis, and is responsible for abortion in mares and pneumonia in foals. Stallions can be become persistently infected and shed the virus in their... Read More

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Predicting the Effects of Farriery Using a Computerized Model

April 01, 2002

A talented farrier and knowledgeable veterinarian can often do wonders for a lame horse. Applying corrective shoes can change the forces acting on the feet, improving many foot problems. Unfortunately, even the most talented farrier can... Read More

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"Alternative Therapy" Associations

April 01, 2002

Whether you choose to embrace alternative or complementary medicines is, of course, up to you. However, a word to the wise: To protect yourself, your horse, and your bank account, select a licensed veterinarian who has taken advanced... Read More

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Combat Stiffness

April 01, 2002

Day after day, you battle with your horse to get the correct left bend. Or maybe the trouble comes when you ask him to pick up the right lead, push off his hind end, or stretch out into a longer stride. Instead of a willing response, all you get... Read More

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Eyelid Problems

April 01, 2002

This month we continue our in-depth look at the equine eye by focusing on eyelids. Without the eyelid to protect the sensitive structures of the eye, the horse would go blind very quickly. Therefore, even small injuries are important and require... Read More

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Evaluating Reproductive Health in Mares

April 01, 2002

The reproductive system of the horse has evolved over time with specific protective functions that are necessary for fertility. The horse and pig are the only domestic animals in which semen is deposited directly into the uterus, in contrast to... Read More

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Save Horses From Humans

April 01, 2002

I want to believe...Maybe that's my problem. I want to believe that all horse owners take the best possible care of their horses, or at the very least feed, water, and care for them with proper farriery and veterinary attention. Unfortunately,... Read More

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Tendons and Ligaments

April 01, 2002

It should come as no surprise that horses suffer from tendon and ligament injuries. When one considers these vital parts of the equine anatomy and the stresses placed upon them, it's a tribute to the horse's physical make-up that there aren't... Read More

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Bill to Ban Horse Slaughter

April 01, 2002

A bill to ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and to prohibit the transportation of horses from the United States to other countries for slaughter has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as House Resolution (HR)... Read More