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New Vaccine for WNV Awaits Approval

January 01, 2004

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine recombinant canarypox vaccine awaits USDA approval, and once available, could pave the way for a new generation of equine vaccines in the United States. Merial developed this Recombitek equine WNV technology,... Read More

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Rapid Testing for West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

By the 2003 West Nile virus (WNV) season, a majority of state laboratories had obtained (or were establishing) the capacity to run the IgM Capture ELISA, the most common quick test for the disease. The test measures a class of antibody produced... Read More

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Why Is Your Vet The Best?

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) wants horse owners to share why his or her veterinarian is the best by participating in the My Vet Matters Contest.

From Jan. 1-Oct. 31, submit an entry explaining why your vet is... Read More

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Beaten Arkansas Horses Recovering

January 01, 2004

Two Arkansas Quarter Horses, a 3-year-old filly named Puddin' and a 5-year-old mare called Fat Girl, were seriously injured when they were attacked Aug. 6 while owner Patrice Swan was away. The two were brutally beaten with unknown blunt objects... Read More

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Colorado Fires Cause Evacuation

January 01, 2004

Equine evacuation plans were put to the test in Colorado when the Overland Fire in canyons northwest of Boulder grew so quickly that within just a few hours, 3,500 acres were engulfed and indefensible. The fire started early on Oct. 29 near... Read More

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AQHA Supplemental Registry Proposed

January 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Stud Book and Registration Committee will discuss various matters relating to the breed and AQHA's registration process, namely eligibility of horses with white beyond certain prescribed limits on... Read More

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No Grass, No Horse

January 01, 2004

Research published in Nature shows that climate changes and the highly specialized digestive system of the wild horse Equus ferus might have contributed to its extinction in North America.... Read More

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AAEP Tail Docking Position Statement

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) board of directors recently approved a new position statement regarding tail docking. The statement written by the Equine Welfare Committee reads:

"Tail docking in horses should only b... Read More

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A Win at Any Cost?

January 01, 2004

The horse show scene often is one of pageantry, color, and excitement. There are handsome horses groomed until they shine, riders dressed in colorful or formal garments who ride with skill and aplomb, and judges who observe every movement and... Read More

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Hands On and Happy (Massage)

January 01, 2004

Throughout history, different forms of massage have been used in cultures to relieve pain and tension in soft tissues. We humans know that massage usually feels good and provides relaxation to us, so we assume that the same will be true for our... Read More

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Bad Bug Basics (Parasite Primer Part 1)

January 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part one of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

It seems that every year, major equine publications take on a virtually impossible task. They publish an omnibus article on equine... Read More

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The Goal is a Foal

January 01, 2004

If your broodmare or stallion is having reproductive problems, you might need a specialist to figure out what's wrong. And that specialist might use knowledge gained from the annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology held in Columbus,... Read More

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Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

January 01, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. Th... Read More

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New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

December 31, 2003

A medical device derived from the lining of urinary bladders of specially bred pigs shows promise for healing equine tendon and ligament injuries, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. Mitchell recentl... Read More

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Police Horse Diary 12/31/03

December 31, 2003

First Three Months
It’s amazing that time flies so fast. This morning there was a heavy frost and the babies--thinking they are going to be in Canada for the winter--have heavy coats that are frost-tipped. They like this cold... Read More

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Seabiscuit Makes $80 Million in First Week of DVD/VHS Sales

December 30, 2003

Riding the crest of the holiday shopping season, Seabiscuit burst out of the gate with more than $80 million in DVD and VHS sales in its first week, making it the year’s best-selling drama released on DVD and VHS. Released Dec. 16, the... Read More

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Wayne McIlwraith Named New Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair

December 30, 2003

Colorado State University recently named Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, FRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS, professor of surgery and director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at the university, the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed University Chair in... Read More

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Graded Stakes Drug Testing Plan to Begin in July

December 30, 2003

The American Graded Stakes Committee has set July 2004 as the target date for implementation of a more stringent drug testing policy for all graded stakes that will require tests for more than 140 parent drugs and their metabolites.

The... Read More

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Purina Mills and NARHA Announce an Expanded Partnership

December 30, 2003

Purina Mills, LLC, and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) have formed a new partnership benefiting all... Read More

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The Future of Horses with HYPP

December 30, 2003

Letter to the Editor:

This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met.  His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  Mr.... Read More

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Kentucky State Veterinarian Position Opening

December 30, 2003

Applications for the position as Kentucky State Veterinarian are currently being accepted.  Please send resume and curriculum vitae to:  State Veterinarian Position, PO BOX 4021, Frankfort, KY  40604-4021. The expected closing dat... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Approved

December 24, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and can be seen by clicking here.

A new West Nile virus (WNV)... Read More

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Vet Clinic To Host Animal Rescue Course

December 23, 2003

Hagyard-Davidson McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington will be hosting a three-day animal rescue course Jan. 2-4 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

According to a release, the course will focus on "basic concepts applicable to safe and... Read More

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Laminitis Terminology

December 18, 2003

A guide to laminitis terminology was presented by course director James A. Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Universally understood terminology helps everyone communicate wh... Read More

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Experts Speak Out At Laminitis/Foot Conference

December 18, 2003

Laminitis--a disease that strikes fear into the hearts of horse people everywhere--was the primary focus of the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. This conferenc... Read More