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IV Complications

May 01, 2002

Any horse with an indwelling IV catheter should be monitored closely for the swelling and/or thick, rope-like consistency of a vein with thrombosis or thrombophlebitis. Catching any vein problem early and treating it minimizes the risk of serious pro... Read More

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Trailer Loading: All Aboard

May 01, 2002

Many experts believe that more injuries occur during loading and unloading than during the trailer trips themselves. Still, getting your horse on and off of a trailer doesn't have to be risky business. With understanding, forethought, and common... Read More

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Investigating Poor Performance

May 01, 2002

For a horse to perform well as an athlete, all body systems must be in good working order. When one or more systems "breaks down," the horse is no longer able to perform up to his potential, and the owner, rider, and trainer will likely notice a ... Read More

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EPM Medication Q&A

May 01, 2002

My horse was diagnosed with EPM last year. We tried Baycox for one month--no change. Since then, he has been on a daily dosage of sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine combination (SDZ/PYR) for approximately nine months. Would it be advisable to give... Read More

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Bacterial Corneal Ulcers

May 01, 2002

The cornea is a thin and transparent, yet extremely strong tissue that supplies a majority of the eye's refractive, or light-bending, power. It is one of the most sensitive tissues in the body. The thickness of the equine cornea is about 1.5 mm,... Read More

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Wobbler Syndrome Signs and Diagnosis

May 01, 2002

A veterinarian can say several things that will chill every horse owner's heart, including colic, laminitis, navicular disease, and wobbler syndrome. These cause fear because of the unknown--and often unfavorable--outcome for your horse. But as... Read More

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Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit... Read More

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Flushing Solution?

May 01, 2002

I worked at a breeding farm when I was in high school, and after we inseminated the mare we flushed the tube with some type of solution that either was skim milk or reminded me of skim milk. What was that solution and was it necessary?... Read More

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Is He Sore, or Misbehaving?

May 01, 2002

Over the last few months, my horse has changed from a steady, reliable, and willing friend to a miserable grouch. He's an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that I have owned and used just for pleasure since he was seven years old, and I knew... Read More

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Safeguarding Lower Limbs

May 01, 2002

Since bubble wrapping a horse isn't an option, owners use boots and wraps to try to avoid lower limb injuries.... Read More

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Ridding Sand From the Diet

May 01, 2002

In specific regions of the United States, one of the most commonly encountered forms of colic is "sand colic." This is not solely a problem in geographic areas with obviously sandy environments. Anywhere there is sand, decomposed granite, or... Read More

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Treat Hoof Punctures Early

May 01, 2002

It seems like such a mild problem, a nail or splinter in the tough hoof. The solution also seems simple--take the object out, clean the foot up, give the horse some time off, and everything will be all right. For superficial hoof wounds, that's... Read More

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New MRLS/Caterpillar Study Released

May 01, 2002

Preliminary results from a study at the University of Kentucky involving Eastern tent caterpillars and pregnant mares resulted in an early fetal loss syndrome similar to that associated with the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) seen last... Read More

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Weather Watchers at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

May 01, 2002

Weather during the cross-country phase played a key role in the outcome of this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 25-28. While some riders, including American winner Kim Vinoski on... Read More

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Supplement Loss?

May 01, 2002

There are some regulatory rumblings that could change the way all of us feed and take care of our horses every day, whether you are a horse owner or a veterinarian. Many nutritional supplements are sold illegally. "What?" you might say. "How can... Read More

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Acupuncture and Microdose Prostaglandin in the Mare

May 01, 2002

Prostaglandin F2 alpha (PG) is used to shorten a mare's cycle and hasten ovulation for breeding. Unfortunately, the standard PG dose (5 mg) also causes undesirable side effects, including sweating, trembling, increased heart rate, and... Read More

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Feeding Practices and Colic

May 01, 2002

There are multiple causes of colic, some of which are related to diet, stabling conditions, and activity level. Colic is painful for the horse, expensive to treat (especially if it requires surgery), and hard to predict. Determining which... Read More

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Jump Landings and Tendon Strain

May 01, 2002

Lameness in show jumpers is often caused by forelimb tendon injury. The superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is most frequently injured, followed by the interosseus tendon (IT), and the accessory ligament (AL), while the deep digital flexor... Read More

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Prolonged Bute Use Detrimental to Joints

May 01, 2002

Chronic use of phenylbutazone, or Bute, in horses with joint problems could be causing more problems than it's preventing. A recent study showed that Bute and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) might be detrimental to... Read More

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Carpenter Takes Top Job At AQHF

May 01, 2002

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has announced that Gary Carpenter will join the organization as Executive Director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF) on May 6. Carpenter brings more than 20 years of service and... Read More

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New Products and Distribution

May 01, 2002

Four new deworming products and a shift in distribution of the popular Zimecterin and Equimectrin dewormers are offering horse owners new options in deworming their horses. Zimecterin, developed and manufactured by Merial Limited but largely... Read More

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First National Equine Identification Symposium

May 01, 2002

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced that the first National Equine Identification Symposium--ID/INFO EXPO 2002--will take place in Chicago, Ill., July 29-Aug. 1. The symposium and trade show will feature... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

May 01, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education

May 01, 2002

A live satellite broadcast within Ohio March 20 disseminated information about West Nile virus (WNV) to extension and health personnel at remote locations, who then could ask questions of the expert presenters. The broadcast from Columbus, Ohio,... Read More