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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Growing, Cast Change on the Horizon

September 26, 2006

Veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital continue to be pleased with the medical progress of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who remains in stable condition at the hospital. "The left hind hoof on Barbaro has grown about 18 millimeters in... Read More

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British Columbia's First Equine WNV Case Likely Imported

September 25, 2006

A Canadian news service reports that British Columbia health authorities have recorded the detection of the province's first animal case of West Nile virus—a horse. However, the horse likely contracted the illness during a recent visit to... Read More

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Aged Morgan Horse Killed in California

September 25, 2006

The killing of an 18-year-old Morgan horse in his San Jose, Calif. pasture has left his owners grieving and other area horse owners concerned that other horses might be targeted.

According to the online edition of Read More

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Kentucky Governor Urges Horse Owners to Prepare for Emergencies

September 25, 2006

In a joint statement issued today (Sept. 25), Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and the directors of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Horse Park stated, "Kentucky and horses are innately, inseparably connected to one... Read More

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Experts Educate at BHS Horse Welfare Conference

September 25, 2006

The British Horse Society, in partnership with The Home of Rest for Horses, held its second Equine Welfare Conference yesterday (Sept. 24) at Bailbrook House, Bath.

The packed conference, entitled A Horse for Life, focused on many aspects... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases in Horses Continue to Climb

September 25, 2006

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 670 cases of West Nile Virus disease in horses have been reported this year.1 As the number of cases continues to grow, states west of the Mississippi... Read More

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East Texas Mayor Hopes Congress Can Close Slaughter Plant

September 25, 2006

A mile from one of only three horse slaughter plants in the United States, the stale smell of offal and blood wafts under Mayor Paula Bacon's nose.
"It's a kill day, isn't it?" she says, referring to the plant's twice a week slaughter... Read More

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California Official Wants Vets Held Accountable for Medication Violations

September 25, 2006

Rick Arthur, DVM, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Laminitis and Countermeasures

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth, Wales, suggested some possible preventative measures for pasture-associated laminitis in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.... Read More

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Equids Quick to Evolve

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the University of Bari in Italy have discovered that equids, and particularly donkeys, evolved at a rapid pace. Their study was published in the June issue of Genomics.

The researchers came this conclusion after... Read More

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Practical Applications for Animal ID

September 23, 2006

"The most important factor in the equine ID controversy is in the interpretation of what is on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) web page," said Carl C Heckendorf, DVM, of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "Horse owners read... Read More

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Maryland's Mosquito Control Program Still Underway

September 23, 2006

Mosquito season is still ongoing in Maryland. Following a summer of below average mosquito populations in most areas of the state, changes in weather to a wet pattern caused by Tropical Storm Ernesto and rains since the early September storm hav... Read More

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BLM Seeks Two New Holding Pastures

September 23, 2006

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs two new pasture holding facilities west of the Mississippi River. This additional space will be for horses housed in long-term, all of which are located currently in Kansas and Oklahoma.

"We are... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Numbers Increasing

September 23, 2006

On Sept. 21, the Humane Society of the United States issued a release calling for immediate action in the Senate on S.R.1915, a bill that, if passed and signed by the president, would stop the shipment of horses intended for slaughter. The House... Read More

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New Walking Horse Show to Decide Grand Champion

September 22, 2006

The largest Tennessee walking horse organization says it will hold a new event in November to name a grand champion, after the breed's annual show ended in controversy amid federal inspections for animal abuse.

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Football Star Faces Fines After Dogs Kill Miniature Horse

September 22, 2006

Two dogs owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter got off his fenced property and killed a miniature horse on a nearby farm, leading to citations that carry several hundred dollars in potential fines.

Porter's dogs, a pit bull an... Read More

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Branching Out From the Equine Family Tree

September 22, 2006

Equus hydruntinus, an extinct equine, might have had a larger range than originally believed, according to researchers with the French university Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. Their study was published in the July issue of... Read More

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HEART Equine Ambulance Receives Grant

September 22, 2006

Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance has received a $5000 grant from the Equus Foundation. The grant money will replenish funds used to outfit HEART's new state-of-the-art equine ambulance which debuted in May in... Read More

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Court Ruling Keeps Compounding Legal, For Now

September 22, 2006

Horse owners who need medications compounded specifically for their horses will be able to obtain them through a licensed veterinarian, at least for the foreseeable future. A federal court ruling that has surprised some experts leaves the door... Read More

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Suspect Charged in Michigan Arsons

September 22, 2006

Authorities have arrested and charged a man in a string of arsons, including one that killed 18 horses in their barn at a Port Huron-area farm.

Investigators say they believe John Jay Searles, 23, of Marysville, set nine fires Sept. 9 along... Read More

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State Election Commission Stays Out of Celebration Flap

September 21, 2006

The State Election Commission took no action against Hamilton County Election Commissioner Mike Walden over his offer of money to get competitors to withdraw from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Walden was suspended from... Read More

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Owner of Texas Boarding Stable Suspects Intentional Poisoning of 27 Horses

September 21, 2006

The owner of Carousel Acres, the College Station, Texas, boarding facility where 27 horses died the week of July 16, says he now believes the horses were poisoned intentionally, according to The Eagle Land and Livestock Post.

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New Director Heads Expansion Plans for ReRun

September 21, 2006

With plans to expand and open its doors to more needy Thoroughbred horses, ReRun, Inc. has named Barbara Luna executive director. Established in 1996 in Kentucky, the non-profit has anticipated the increase in unwanted horses and the need to... Read More

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New and Emerging Technologies in Animal Identification

September 21, 2006

The Equine Species Working Group (ESWG) made recommendations in August 2006 to USDA regarding the use of specific injectable radio frequency identification (RFID) for horses in accordance with the National Animal ID System (NAIS).

While... Read More

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Geography a Likely Tie to Histoplasmosis Rates

September 21, 2006

Researchers with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia have found a strong correlation between the rate of histoplasmosis (epizootic lymphangitis) and the climate of the area in which horses live. The study was published in the July Veterinary... Read More