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Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

March 11, 2006

The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by... Read More

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NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks--Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga--from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain... Read More

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Funding Bill Possible for Calif. Surfaces Plan

March 11, 2006

California Senator Dean Florez is developing legislation to address the issue of funding for the state's major Thoroughbred racetracks to install Polytrack-like surfaces in order to reduce injuries to horses and riders.

The California... Read More

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Kentucky Updates Restrictions on Maryland Horses

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

Officials from the Kentucky's Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday (March 9) that they have removed restrictions on horses originating from Chevation II, a barn at Fair Hills Training Center... Read More

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Helping Horses & Horse Owners Affected by Katrina and Rita

March 08, 2006

Help horse-owning Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims by contributing to groups earmarking funds.... Read More

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Farnam Announces 60th Anniversary Diamond Giveaway

March 08, 2006

(edited press release)

Farnam Companies has announced a customer appreciation sweepstakes in honor of its 60th anniversary. The giveaway will include five pairs of diamond stud earrings, five diamond tennis bracelets, four... Read More

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Memorial Service for Police Horse Touches Toronto

March 08, 2006

More than 1,500 people honored the memory of Brigadier, an equine member of the Metro Toronto Police mounted unit who was tragically killed in the line of duty, by attending a special memorial service in downtown Toronto on Monday, March... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 08, 2006

Some horses present special challenges, such as being too thin, too fat, or sick. Some horses are finicky and are hard to keep weight on, especially when working. The first option is to increase the feed's energy density by adding grain or fat to the... Read More

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$2.5 Million Research Initiative Draws 27 Pre-Proposals

March 08, 2006

The announcement of a $2.5-million equine health consortium initiative has been met with great enthusiasm, says Kristin Benjamin, vice president of scientific programs and advancement for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in Englewood, Colo.... Read More

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Remaining EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted at Pimlico and Bowie

March 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and a barn at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie after the final four horses in those barns tested negative for equine... Read More

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Louisiana Termite/Mulch Rumors Untrue

March 07, 2006

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An e-mail warning the public about Formosan termite-infested mulch from southern Louisiana has been circulating online this week. Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) officials are... Read More

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Required Premises Registration in Texas Postponed

March 06, 2006

Commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency, met on Feb. 16 and postponed taking action on proposed regulations that would require identification of physical locations... Read More

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AAEP Foundation Helps Feed Gulf Coast Horses

March 06, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation announced on Feb. 22 a donation of more than $26,000 to two relief efforts for horses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both efforts are providing hay and other supplies t... Read More

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Maryland Veterinarians Must Report Neurologic Cases

March 06, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has added equine neurologic syndrome to its list of infectious livestock or poultry diseases that must be reported to MDA officials. Under Maryland law (Agriculture Article, Section 3-105 Annotated... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Laurel Park

March 06, 2006

(edited press release)

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) released its hold order on Laurel Park's Barn 9 on Friday, March 3, which means 34 horses that tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at the Laurel,... Read More

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Free Horse Health Seminars At Rolex

March 06, 2006

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The Kentucky Horse Park has announced that Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will offer the following free seminars to horse owners and enthusiasts who attend the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April... Read More

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Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Owner Questions Dewormer

March 06, 2006

Four horses outside of Hebbronville, Texas, died after they showed clinical signs of an unknown illness in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the animals' problems might have been caused by a dewormer, and she is... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted on Kent County Farm

March 06, 2006

Seventeen horses on a Kent County, Md., farm tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on March 3, resulting in the March 4 removal of a Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) hold order that had prevented equine transport to and from... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Test Pending on Philly Park Horse

March 02, 2006

Officials at Philadelphia Park are awaiting test results from a horse that was euthanatized Feb. 23 to determine whether it had equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Kari Oakie, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly trained by Armand Correnti, fell... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

March 02, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reported EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a private... Read More

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New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

March 01, 2006

Practitioners need to quickly assess an acutely recumbent (unable to stand) horse's prognosis, and that can be difficult. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at least six... Read More

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On the Forehand

March 01, 2006

The foreleg of the horse is, for the most part, a model of good engineering. It is structured in such a fashion that the horse can move slowly or at speed with the concussion of each footfall minimized by a sophisticated shock absorbing system.... Read More

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Barefoot Horses

March 01, 2006

Veterinarians are often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owners'... Read More

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Acclimating Competition Horses

March 01, 2006

It becomes obvious that acclimating to a new environment is a challenge for the competing horse, involving everything from wellness and altitude to circadian rhythms involving time zones. It also becomes obvious, based on research, that there is no... Read More

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Spring Fevers

March 01, 2006

Respiratory problems are frequent health issues for horses, and are often associated with microbial infections. For horse owners preparing for spring competitions or the birth of foals, a review of respiratory diseases is timely. Owners need to... Read More