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Rare Horses Arrived at Bulgaria Zoo

September 25, 2003

A couple of Przevalski's horses arrived Sept. 23 from Switzerland to the freshly opened zoo in Dobrich, Bulgaria, which is 486km northeast of Sofia. The rare breed has not been seen in the wild since 1968, and only 500 specimens can be counted i... Read More

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MRLS Research Funding Exceeds $2 million; More Needed

September 23, 2003

Funding figures from the University of Kentucky and non-university sources for research on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) were recently made available. The problem is estimated to have cost the horse industry in Kentucky nearly $500... Read More

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Breeders Granted $5 Million in Loans to Help with MRLS

September 23, 2003

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has approved $5,407,739.00 in low-interest loans for breeders in Central Kentucky who were negatively impacted by mare reproductive loss syndrome.

The program was developed b... Read More

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Trail Ride to Benefit Riding for the Handicapped Program

September 23, 2003

The Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped (CKRH) is having its sixth annual Halloween Trail Ride/Ride-A-Thon. The ride is open to participants of any age, riding experience, and discipline. The marked trail (over 10 miles) will be open fro... Read More

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Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

September 19, 2003

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Setae in Digestive Tract of Mare

September 19, 2003

Hair remnants, resembling Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) setae (hair-like projections on the outside of the caterpillar), were found embedded in the submucosa of the digestive tract of one mare fed ETC larvae. Examination of this mare represents... Read More

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Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

September 18, 2003

With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

"We've done this each of the past couple years,... Read More

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17th Horse Slashing on Arizona Dude Ranch

September 18, 2003

Seventeen horses have been found slashed in the throat on a guest ranch in Tucson, Ariz., since early July. The latest attack happened between midnight and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, on the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, according to Pima County... Read More

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Horse Bomb Kills Eight People in Colombia

September 18, 2003

A bomb strapped to a horse exploded in a plaza in a small town in northeast Colombia on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, including a toddler, and injuring 20 others, stated the Army in a report in the Read More

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Pony Attacked in United Kingdom

September 18, 2003

A 3-year-old pony named Socks is recovering from a seven-inch long knife wound to his chest, according to a report by the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette’s online edition. Surgery was performed on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 16th,... Read More

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Horses Displaced as Fires Rage in British Columbia

September 16, 2003

Rain, cooler temperatures, and tenacious firefighters are finally extinguishing many of the fires that have burned in British Columbia, Canada, for the last six weeks. Owners of one Thoroughbred farm are rebuilding after flames took two barns,... Read More

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Plans Finalized to Rebuild Illinois Slaughterhouse

September 16, 2003

Plans for rebuilding Cavel International, the horse-slaughtering plant in DeKalb, Ill., that burned down in 2002, have been finalized, according to the Northern Star of Northern Illinois University.

James Tucker, controller for... Read More

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AAFCO Takes Action Against Feeds Containing Kava

September 16, 2003

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO) announced to its members and to the feed industry on Aug. 4, 2003, that kava should not be used as an ingredient in animal feeds. An enforcement strategy event for kava in animal... Read More

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Bacterial Involvement in MRLS

September 15, 2003

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC), plus some bacteria, plus a mechanism to deliver bacteria to blood, equals MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome). This summary of a hypothesis based on accumulating data was presented at a regular weekly meeting... Read More

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Kentucky Vets Host Seminar In Panama

September 15, 2003

Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates PLLC are hosting the International Bluegrass Equine Veterinary Symposium in Panama City, Panama, Jan. 7–10, 2004. The program, held in the Intercontinental Miramar Panama Hotel, will feature hands-on wet labs an... Read More

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Setae and MRLS

September 12, 2003

Studies to determine the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have led investigators to associate the syndrome with exposure to the Eastern tent caterpillar. Although the exact cause of MRLS remains unknown, some component of the oute... Read More

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A Hairy Situation

September 12, 2003

Another new word has been added to the equine world--setae (prounced see-tay). Why? Horses have hair, caterpillars have setae. There are some researchers who hold the belief that these hair-like projections on the skin of Eastern tent... Read More

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Irritating Caterpillars

September 12, 2003

While we all were irritated to some extent by the massive amounts of caterpillars in 2001 and 2002--stepping on them, having them climb our fences, houses, cars, gates, and everything else around our homes and farms--there is new evidence that... Read More

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West Nile Virus: The Fifth Year

September 10, 2003

Even with a conditionally approved treatment for West Nile virus (WNV) available, prevention is still key. As of Sept. 9, WNV equine cases had been reported in 37 states, and only four of the continental United States (Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and... Read More

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More on the Licensed WNV Treatment

September 10, 2003

Novartis Animal Vaccines announced Aug. 19 the conditional licensing and availability of the only antibody product approved by the USDA to help control disease caused by West Nile virus (WNV) in equids. This product helps an exposed animal by... Read More

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Hyperimmune Plasma for WNV Horses

September 10, 2003

Veterinarians have been using an antibody product to treat West Nile virus (WNV) clinical signs, but its use for this purpose is currently off-label (not approved by the USDA). Currently, the hyperimmune plasma product HiGamm-Equi, by Lake... Read More

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Opportunities in Equine Practice

September 10, 2003

A total of 379 veterinary students from 27 vet schools in the United States and four from Canada gathered Aug. 29-31 in Lexington, Ky., to learn about the ins and outs of being an equine veterinarian at the first annual Opportunities in... Read More

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Suspect EEE or WNV Cases in Rhode Island

September 08, 2003

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has been notified of three suspected cases of encephalitis in horses in Rhode Island. All three horses are from Washington County and are being investigated for possible West Nile Virus... Read More

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Pair Pleads 'No Contest' to Felony in Mare's Killing

September 08, 2003

Two Northern California men pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to felony animal cruelty stemming from the torture death of a Thoroughbred mare in Northern California.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert Boyd set Oct. 9 for sentencing of... Read More

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Dutch, Israeli Researchers Developing West Nile Virus Vaccine

September 08, 2003

Crucell N.V., a Dutch biotechnology company, and the Israel-based Kimron Veterinary Institute are anticipating the approval of their veterinary West Nile Virus (WNV) in Israel in early 2004. Based on encouraging results from their early work,... Read More