Recent News RSS

Article

Churchill Downs, Farms Take Steps Against West Nile Virus

August 15, 2002

Churchill Downs' primary weapon against the West Nile virus (WNV) sits in a clear, plastic vial on the desk of track superintendent Butch Lehr, according to AP writer Chris Duncan.

The vial holds birdseed-like pellets that release a... Read More

Article

More Kentucky Potomac Horse Fever Cases Confirmed

August 15, 2002

Two additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary hospital in Lexington, Ky., bringing the clinic’s total to five confirmed cases since the end of July. Two other PHF cases previousl... Read More

Article

UK Announces New Forage-Animal Program to Solve Farm Problems & Enhance Profitability

August 14, 2002

Through a unique collaboration with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the University of Kentucky is launching an innovative new forage-animal research initiative. The program will discover new technologies to enhance the health and... Read More

Article

Kentucky Has Fourth West Nile Virus Horse

August 09, 2002

A fourth horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky. The 5-year-old draft-cross gelding first showed signs on July 26, and he was euthanized on July 29 after becoming recumbent and unable to rise, according to Rusty Ford of the... Read More

Article

Watch For Potomac Horse Fever in Kentucky

August 08, 2002

Four additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at two veterinary hospitals in Lexington, Ky. Three of the cases were treated at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Veterinary Hospital, where two of the horses are recovering... Read More

Article

First Equine West Nile Virus Cases in Georgia for 2002

August 05, 2002

Tests confirmed July 31 that West Nile virus (WNV) led to the death of a Pike County horse earlier in July. Tests also confirmed that a horse in Putnam County had contracted the disease, but fully recovered. The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic... Read More

Article

Woodbine Barn Fire Toll: 32 Horses Dead

August 05, 2002

Woodbine Entertainment reported Monday that 32 Thoroughbreds were killed in Sunday's barn fire at Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto, Ontario. The damage estimate was set at $3 million.

The horses were stabled in barns 7 and 7A at Woodbine... Read More

Article

LSU Equine Health Studies Program Holds Second Annual Stallion Auction

August 02, 2002

The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) in the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine will launch its second annual Internet Stallion Service Auction in October to generate funds for expansion of the school's Equine... Read More

Article

Malicious Mycotoxins

August 01, 2002

Leave your saddle sitting in a corner of your tack room after you and your horse are caught in a rainstorm, and you'll get an eye-opening look into the world of fungi and molds. Within days, your leather tack will have sprouted a patchy coat of... Read More

Article

The Dreaded Corneal Stromal Abscess

August 01, 2002

The corneal stromal abscess is a very serious and potentially vision-threatening condition that can follow apparently minor corneal ulceration in the horse (see Figures 1 and 4 on page 56). They can be infected and cause severe eye pain.... Read More

Article

Locked Into Place

August 01, 2002

Much has been learned about exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up) in recent years, but unfortunately some of that knowledge has been troubling. For example, at least one newly recognized cause of tying-up in foals has, in identified cases, always... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Encephalitis

August 01, 2002

In August 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) was identified as the cause of encephalitis in birds, horses, and humans in New York. Since then, WNV activity has spread north and south along the East Coast, and west to several states following bird... Read More

Article

Help Limit Laminitis

August 01, 2002

To be sure, we don't yet know everything about laminitis. We don't know exactly why it occurs, why some horses have more acute attacks than others, or why some severe cases bounce back while seemingly lesser cases go downhill until euthanasia is the ... Read More

Article

Eye Removal

August 01, 2002

Q: I was just informed that my 2-year-old Quarter Horse needs to have his right eye removed. He is a rescue that I received through the court, and when I got him he was blind in his right eye. My veterinarian says that it looks... Read More

Article

Skunk Cabbage Toxic to Horses?

August 01, 2002

Recently our horses have begun eating skunk cabbage that grows on the property. They have not done so before. They have plenty of grass plus hay and grain, all of which they also eat. One veterinarian says it is harmful to them; another says... Read More

Article

Mare Milking Early

August 01, 2002

I have a Paso Fino mare whose due date is three months away and her milk bag is full, hot, and dripping very white milk. She has been waxed over for about a week now, but thankfully she seems to be in no distress. I can find no one with this... Read More

Article

Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More

Article

Basics of Being an Employer

August 01, 2002

You probably know the employment drill all too well--you place an ad in the local newspaper or on the bulletin board at the feed/tack store, ask your friends for a few names, interview some job prospects, review your budget, review your budget... Read More

Article

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy and Back Pain

August 01, 2002

As many as 40% of all cases of equine back pain are the result of soft tissue injury. The primary causes include chronic and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (CER and RER, respectively), and an inherited enzyme deficiency called polysaccharid... Read More

Article

Preventing Airway Obstruction

August 01, 2002

During periods of intense exercise, portions of the upper airway can collapse, interfering with breathing. The cause of these obstructive episodes, most notably dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), is yet unknown. In other species,... Read More

Article

Forever Foundered?

August 01, 2002

Is there a way to return a foundered horse to a useful, productive life, and to successfully manage his discomfort and all the associated fallout from laminitis?... Read More

Article

Carbohydrates for Energy

August 01, 2002

In human nutrition, carbohydrates or "carbs" have a bit of a bad name these days. A quick trip through the local book store or over the Internet leads us to believe that dietary carbohydrates are the source of all evil. When weight loss is the... Read More

Article

Olden Horses; Golden Horses

August 01, 2002

As the Baby Boomers are edging into and out of middle age, there is a push to learn more about the ills and problems of this generation. There is also the discovery that middle age and beyond doesn't necessarily mean slowing down. Today's adults... Read More

Article

Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

August 01, 2002

Unethical medication production and marketing is a serious problem in the equine industry, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in a presentation at the American Horse Publications convention on June 21. "The equine industry is a huge target... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus in Texas Birds, Kentucky Horse

August 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its march westward, recently being detected for the first time in Texas in two blue jays in northwest Houston. Additionally, the disease made its 2002 Kentucky equine debut in a Thoroughbred yearling.... Read More