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Methicillin-Resistant Staph Bacteria Passed From Humans to Horses

June 27, 2005

"What do animal diseases have to do with people?" posed Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate professor at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. "We are just one big global population with subsets," he answered. Wees... Read More

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MRSA Surveillance in Horses at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital

June 27, 2005

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) upon arrival to a veterinary hospital is useful for detecting cases of the "superbug" early so affected horses can be isolated, said Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, a... Read More

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National Economic Impact Study to be Released

June 24, 2005

The release of what is being called the most comprehensive study ever done on the horse industry in the United States will be released June 28 in Washington, D.C.

The study, called "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry in the United... Read More

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BLM's Web Site Restored

June 24, 2005

The Bureau of Land Management announced June 17 that it has restored public access to its national web site (www.blm.gov), which the agency had taken down for several weeks while it resolved issues... Read More

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ACVIM Forums Breaks Attendance Record

June 22, 2005

The 23rd annual American College of  Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum shattered attendance records with a total of 3,251 attendees in Baltimore, Md., June 1 – 4.

Baltimore's attendance surpassed the previous record of 3,07... Read More

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California: Three Equine Cases of WNV for 2005

June 21, 2005

As of June 17, three cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been detected in California horses. All three cases are recovering.

The first case, a 3-year-old Quarter Horse in Plumas County, was reported on June 1. The second and third cases... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Utah

June 20, 2005

On June 17, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in a horse on a premises in Garfield County, Utah. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis in the... Read More

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Eastern Encephalitis Cases Reach 51 in Florida

June 20, 2005

Florida officials have already tallied 51 confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in 2005 as of June 17 (46 of them since May 1), and the state could be approaching a record year for EEE infections. Florida practitioners received a... Read More

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Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Names Equine Facility in Honor of Famed Horse Surgeon

June 20, 2005

An area of Cornell's Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory was renamed in an effort to honor famed equine surgeon John Donald (J.D.) Wheat, DVM '45, during alumni reunion activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine on June
11.

The... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for Utah VS Outbreak

June 20, 2005

With horses in both Davis county and Garfield county, Utah, having been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 now prohibits the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into Kentucky... Read More

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Product Name Dispute

June 17, 2005

Platinum Performance Inc., a California manufacturer of nutritional products for horses, companion animals, and humans, has asked a U.S. District Court for a preliminary injunction against Farnam Companies Inc. to prevent Farnam's use of the... Read More

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Split Verdict in Central Kentucky Horse Abuse Case

June 17, 2005

The two central Kentucky women charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized their 24 horses from a Lexington farm in January 2005 received a split verdict in court on June 8. After a two-day trial, the mother, Nancy Nygaard, was acquitte... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Lyphard Euthanatized at Age 36

June 17, 2005

Lyphard, one of the great sires of recent times and certainly one of the longest living, was euthanatized June 10 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Pensioned in 1996 at age 27, Lyphard lived to be 36.

"Lyphard has been a part... Read More

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Giacomo Out for the Year; Will Stand at Adena Springs Upon Retirement

June 17, 2005

Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Giacomo, upset winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a bone chip in his left front ankle, suffered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Trainer John Shirreffs said the... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Quarantine Released

June 16, 2005

Results from the three horses remaining under quarantine in Barn 17 at Churchill Downs were received earlier today, with all three of the animals being reported negative by a nested PCR assay for equine herpesvirus Type 1 (EHV-1). These negative... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

June 15, 2005

On Saturday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) lifted the "Animal Hold Order" at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus situation since late March. The lifting of... Read More

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2004 Olympic Show Jumping Medals Redistributed: Pessoa of Brazil Gets Gold, U.S. Rider Kappler Awarded Silver

June 15, 2005

Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and Chris Kappler of the United States moved up to gold and silver medals respectively when the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, officially disqualified... Read More

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Should Farriers be Licensed?

June 14, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that will--and should--change soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented ... Read More

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Ghostzapper Retired With Sesamoid Injury

June 14, 2005

Frank Stronach's Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has been retired after the detection of a small hairline fracture of the left front sesamoid. He will stand at Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Versailles,... Read More

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A Day in the Life of A Breeding Farm

June 13, 2005

A world away from hitting the finish line of a classic race in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the dream is reborn. In the quiet of a gray winter morning, when the earth throws its warmth off into the cold air and... Read More

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Trail Riding: Teaching Water Crossing

June 08, 2005

Remember that abuse is never the answer. The proper approach is firm, unrelenting but gentle pressure until the horse decides he at least has to try crossing the troublesome obstacle to regain a comfort zone.... Read More

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Victoria's Horse Disease Plan Put To The Test

June 08, 2005

Victoria's emergency response plan to a horse disease outbreak was put through its paces June 7 when Racing Minister, John Pandazopoulos, launched Exercise Pegasus.

Pandazopoulos said over the past three years the State... Read More

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Equine Science Society 2005 Awards

June 08, 2005

Several awards were presented to outstanding individuals in the field of equine science at the Equine Science Society (ESS) Symposium May 31-June 3, in Tucson, Ariz.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Pete G. Gibbs, MS, PhD,... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Suspected at Prairie Meadows

June 08, 2005

Horses in one barn at Prairie Meadows in Iowa have been quarantined due to a possible case of equine herpesvirus.

The order to keep horses from entering or leaving the barn area came late in the afternoon of June 6 after Storm Wrangler... Read More

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Seven Churchill Horses Test Positive for EHV

June 06, 2005

Horses trained by Steve Asmussen will remain under quarantine in Barn 38 for at least a few more days. Seven horses in his barn still test positive for equine herpesvirus, although there are no new cases with clinical signs. The neurologic form... Read More