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Hauling Training

February 01, 2004

I'd like recommendations for safe hauling for weanlings. What's the easiest way to proceed for happy hauling?... Read More

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Sudden-Onset Headshaking

February 01, 2004

My pony started tossing his head and cribbing at about the same time. The head tossing has increased to the point of not being able to ride him. He has had his teeth floated and has been checked by a vet for common problems. He has never had... Read More

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How Safe is Your Barn?

February 01, 2004

Barns can be elaborate statements about our love for our animals and our economic status. In terms of equine health and safety, the best solution is one that works, not necessarily the most impressive or expensive one. Often, spending more money... Read More

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Feeding the Masses (Managing Multiple Horses Part 2)

February 01, 2004

Day after day, dollar after dollar, much of the cost and labor in horsekeeping is seeing that your horse gets the proper kind and amount of nutrition for his individual needs. Offer too much or over-supplement and you're throwing money away at... Read More

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Safe and Healthy Fencing: A Place Apart

February 01, 2004

In the end, remember that a pastured horse's safety isn't just determined by the materials and construction of the enclosing fence. Other factors to consider include his temperament and age, the number and choice of pasture mates and neighbors... Read More

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Safe at Work

February 01, 2004

Whether riding a reining pattern or jumping a Grand Prix course, the arena is one of the oldest established venues where equine performance is trained and measured. Arena competitions date back to the times when horse-drawn chariots dashed wildly... Read More

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Dressage Immersion

February 01, 2004

Americans might be making great strides in the sport of dressage, but in Germany, dressage is a way of life. An amateur dressage enthusiast, I experienced German dressage culture firsthand during six fascinating days in November.... Read More

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Feeding Orphan Foals

February 01, 2004

Orphan--the name itself evokes sadness and sympathy. A baby without a mother, in this case a foal. Whether it occurs through the death of the mare, or just that the mare cannot produce milk or will not take care of her foal, it all leads to one... Read More

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Tapeworms: An Underrated Threat

February 01, 2004

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

Of all the types of internal parasites that plague our horses, the one that was long considered fairly inconsequential was the tapeworm--an... Read More

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R. equi on Breeding Farms

February 01, 2004

Rhodococcus equi is an organism that lives in soil, requiring warmth and nutrients found in horse manure to grow and spread among equine populations. It is the most common cause of pneumonia in foals one to four months of age, bringing... Read More

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Aging Changes in Muscles

February 01, 2004

The results of EMG analysis on muscle groups in the shoulder revealed that MUAP duration and amplitude were significantly lower in the youngest horses compared to the adult and senior groups.... Read More

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Linking Chronic Laminitis to Immunologic Hyperreactivity

February 01, 2004

The pathogenesis of chronic laminitis remains unclear. There is growing evidence, however, of a link between this condition and the development of certain systemic diseases, such as kidney disease, that involve small blood vessel damage. There... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Healing Under Pressure

February 01, 2004

HBOT is one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy in horses, says Casner. Colic and laminitis are the number one and two killers, respectively, of horses... Read More

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Glass Half Full?

February 01, 2004

Mud. Yuck! Is there any worse problem that we face in our equine environment than simple dirt and water mixed into a gooey sludge? The English have a great word for going out into the mud--they "slog" through it. Certainly sounds like what... Read More

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New WNV Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Approved

February 01, 2004

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and has been included below.

A new West Nile virus... Read More

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Purdue Team Solves WNV Structure

February 01, 2004

Purdue University biologists recently determined the viral structure of the West Nile virus (WNV), a development that could greatly augment our understanding of the virus' life cycle.

Using cryoelectron microscopy and advanced imaging... Read More

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New Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

February 01, 2004

The USDA's Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health announced to industry stakeholders Oct. 22, 2003, that Veterinary Services (VS) is working with six states on an electronic Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) project. Thi... Read More

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Cloned Pregnancy Lost at Texas A&M

February 01, 2004

A research mare at Texas A&M (TAMU) carrying a cloned foal recently lost her pregnancy. "We lost it at nine months of gestation via premature separation of the placenta and placentitis (placental infection), which we treated for three weeks... Read More

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Mare/Foal Interaction

February 01, 2004

Abby L. Fowden, of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, discussed nutritive and endocrine functions of the placenta at the first Equine Placenta Workshop held at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center on Dec. 5-6,... Read More

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Cribbing and Colic

February 01, 2004

Cribbing, the oral stereotypic behavior in which the horse grabs an object with his teeth while flexing his neck and sometimes swallowing air, has long been suspected as a cause of colic. A study from the Universities of Illinois and Liverpool... Read More

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Multiple Ovulations

February 01, 2004

Colorado State University's Ed Squires, PhD, an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenology (reproduction), presented several lectures at the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. One presentation was on... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Assn. Position on Slaughter

February 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing industry in early November (see article #Read More

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Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

February 01, 2004

Laminitis 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 conference is held every other year and sponsored in large part by John K. and... Read More

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Evaluating and Measuring Hoof Shape

February 01, 2004

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently developed a new three-dimensional system for measuring various aspects of the horse's sole. One day their work might help ascertain if hoof shape abnormalities can be predictors of... Read More

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Preparation of the Mare for Normal Foaling

January 31, 2004

Riddle said that most mares are outside all of the time or are only brought up for feeding until they reach one month before their expected foaling date. Whatever is preferred, broodmares thrive on routine.... Read More