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Heritability of Behavior

May 01, 2003

One of the most complex and least-studied subjects involving the horse is heritability of behavior. Do horses truly inherit behavioral traits, or do these traits simply come into being as the result of environmental factors and influences? There... Read More

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It's Enough to Give Him an Ulcer!

May 01, 2003

If your horse does more than walk around his pasture eating grass, he is at risk for ulcers. The equine life of leisure--grazing in the sun on lush grass, no worries about when that ambitious owner will appear to ride or train--isn't reality for... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Update

April 30, 2003

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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FDA Approves Innovative New Equine Dewormer

April 30, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new, broad-spectrum parasite control product from Merial that will treat and control 61 species and stages of equine parasites, including tapeworms.

Zimecterin Gold... Read More

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Thoroughbred-Interest Veterinarians Join AAEP On-Call Program

April 30, 2003

Three veterinarians with specific interests in the Thoroughbred athlete are the newest spokespersons for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) “On Call” Program. Randolph Hayes, DVM; Scott Hopper, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS; and Keith... Read More

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The Sound Barrier

April 30, 2003

The debate over fast workout times for sale 2-year-olds

The specter of catastrophic injury continues to haunt sales of Thoroughbred 2-year-olds in training. Every time a horse breaks down during an under-tack show, the debate... Read More

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Hoof Pain and Performance

April 29, 2003

When a performance horse slowly goes off form, any number of things can be the cause. Could he have ulcers? Is he being overtrained? Is something subtle and mysterious going on with his metabolism? The problem could be much simpler than that--his fee... Read More

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Lloyd's Continues Support of Equine Disease Quarterly

April 29, 2003

Forewarned is forearmed. That is why Lloyd's of London Underwriters, Brokers, and their Kentucky Agents have made a gift of $40,000 to the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science for continued support of the Equine Disease... Read More

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Extra-Label Drug Use in Veterinary Medicine

April 29, 2003

Reprinted from the FDA Newsletter, March/April 2003

Since 1994, when Congress passed the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA), veterinarians in the U.S. have enjoyed legitimate extra-label use... Read More

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Canada Reports First 2003 Presumed WNV-Positive Bird

April 29, 2003

York Region Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hanif Kassam, has announced that a dead crow has undergone testing and is presumed to be positive for West Nile virus (WNV ). The crow was found in the town of Newmarket. The bird is the first... Read More

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Alltech Appointed University of Kentucky Presidential Fellow

April 29, 2003

The University of Kentucky’s President, Lee Todd, announced the appointment of Alltech Inc, a global leading manufacturer of natural technologies for the feed, food and alcohol industries, as one of its Presidential Fellows.

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Racing Industry Joins to Provide for Retirees at TRF-Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

April 28, 2003

Thanks to the generosity of Maker’s Mark, charitable donations from some of the most respected names in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and the vision of Penny Chenery, the owner of the great Secretariat, dozens of retired race horses will hav... Read More

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Mosquito Disease Could Slow Spread of West Nile Virus

April 25, 2003

A disease that kills mosquitoes could be one way to slow the spread of West Nile virus (WNV), the USDA said in an Associated Press story.

Jim Becnel, a scientist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, said Wednesday he and a team... Read More

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Equine Influenza Spreads in the U.K.

April 23, 2003

Equine influenza has spread to nearly 20 premises—mostly Thoroughbred training stables--in the United Kingdom, and it has been detected in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the country. “The reason(it’s unusual) is because despite the... Read More

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Mare Fertility

April 23, 2003

Uterine lavage can be performed immediately prior to artificial insemination in mares without adversely affecting fertility, according to a recent study completed at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. The uterine lavage process is... Read More

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23 Florida EEE Cases

April 21, 2003

The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE) in horses has risen to 23 in north central Florida, according to Bill Jeter, DVM, Diagnostic Veterinary Manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. This confirmed earlier... Read More

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Authorities Probe Horse Deaths in Pennsylvania

April 21, 2003

At least 20 thoroughbred horses on two farms in Pennsylvania have died in the past month and the remaining group of about 30 horses has been impounded, according to animal control officials quoted in an Associated Press story on... Read More

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USDA Wants More Medical Records Kept

April 21, 2003

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking comments on a proposed change to Animal Welfare Act regulations that would require registered research facilities that use equids in research, other than for agricultural... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in the U.K. Unusual; Asymptomatic Cases Could be EHV-4

April 18, 2003

“It’s very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises,” said James Wood, BSc, BvetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, Head of Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom, about the recent... Read More

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Health Event During Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

April 17, 2003

Following the first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event on Thursday afternoon, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will b... Read More

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Man Charged In Kentucky Horse Shootings

April 17, 2003

A man in Bullitt County, Ky., has been charged with shooting two horses on his neighbor’s farm under unusual circumstances, according to WLEX 18 (www.lex18.com).

“Steven Smith told police the horses... Read More

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Shoeing in the Frontal and Horizontal Planes

April 16, 2003

When evaluating horseshoeing, many people don't look at the hoof correctly, according to Hans Castelijns, DVM and farrier based in Italy. "There are the sagittal, frontal, and horizontal planes (illustration included in this story)," he sai... Read More

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Horse Doused in Gasoline Recovers From Burns

April 16, 2003

A 24-year-old gelding in the United Kingdom suffered severe burns after being doused in gasoline and set on fire in early March. At first, owners Geoffrey and Kath McWilliams believed they would have to euthanize Gus, but according to an article... Read More

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North Carolina Horse Rescue Groups Deal With Drought Aftermath

April 16, 2003

Last year’s drought continues to affect horse owners in Franklin, North Carolina, according to WRAL.com, the web site of News Channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC. Many of the horses have ended up on horse rescue farms like The North... Read More

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Pennsylvania Launches 2003 West Nile Virus Surveillance Program

April 16, 2003

Pennsylvania health official announced April 14 that Pennsylvania has launched this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus (WNV).

"It's that time of the year againtime to get your yard back in shape or... Read More