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Strangles: What to Know

July 01, 2005

The first reported case of strangles in a horse was in the year 1251, and it has continued to worry horse owners since that time. Your veterinarian has a wealth of knowledge about strangles infections in horses. This article will expose you to the... Read More

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Jiminy Crickets!

July 01, 2005

If it's the right thing to do, why don't people do it? We assume good people in all walks of life, in every business, ask that same question. Horse owners have a common bond--the horse. That animal gives many of us a livelihood, and all of us... Read More

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A Promising Future

July 01, 2005

When equine industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., on April 19 for the first Unwanted Horse Summit, it marked the start of an unprecedented effort by the horse community to address the care and fate of this country's “unwanted” horses. The... Read More

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Strangles Risk and Treatment

July 01, 2005

Strangles is hardly a new disease, having been recognized as a contagious bacterial problem in horses for centuries. Yet it still remains a troublesome and persistent issue, and it is identified worldwide. Research has been directed toward... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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Farrier Licensing Controversy

July 01, 2005

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

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Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

July 01, 2005

In response to an increased threat of the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and H.R. 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allar... Read More

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Herpesvirus Breakthrough

July 01, 2005

Preliminary research on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing modified live virus (Rhinomune) appears to be more effective in preventing infection than killed... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Outbreak

July 01, 2005

As of May 26, there are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia Horse Center in Maryland. The facility has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late... Read More

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VS Outbreak Hits the Southwest

July 01, 2005

Texas on May 20 joined New Mexico and Arizona as states with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) this spring. Two Travis County horses were hauled home May 10 from a trail ride in Arizona, where they apparently were exposed to the VS virus... Read More

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Foot and Mouth Disease Confirmed in China

July 01, 2005

Confirmed in China

On May 26, China's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Beijing, Xinjiang, and Hebei.

While horses cannot be infected by FMD, they can carry the virus on their... Read More

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Whisper Syndrome Update: Titer Results Inconclusive

July 01, 2005

A treating vet in Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board as "Whisper Syndrome" (for background information, see Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Research in Racehorses

July 01, 2005

Two articles on the use of omeprazole paste (Merial's GastroGard) in racehorses were published in the May 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The first study looked at using omeprazole paste to... Read More

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Ad-Painted Horse Causes Welfare Warning

July 01, 2005

Not many people think of using their horses as painted billboards, and the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says you shouldn't. At least, they say, not with regular paint, as it could harm the horse. According to a story on... Read More

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Memorial Service Set for Slain Saddlebred

July 01, 2005

A memorial service for Wild Eyed & Wicked will be held on July 10 at 4 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP), where his remains will be reburied. The service will be hosted by Wicked's owners, Joe and Sally Jackson, and the KHP. Wicked wa... Read More

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Wild Horse Amendment Passes House

July 01, 2005

Wild horses and burros that are eligible for slaughter had a victory on May 19 when the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior 2006 budget (H.R. 2361) passed the House of Representatives.

Among hundreds of lines of text... Read More

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Roping Horse Lameness

June 30, 2005

A study from Texas A&M University (TAMU) on roping horses determined, "Horses used for heading were most commonly affected by lameness in the right forelimb. Horses used for heeling had more bilateral hind limb lameness than horses used... Read More

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Study: Horse Industry Produces $102B in Spending

June 28, 2005

The horse industry in the United States contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact and generates about $102 billion in total spending, according to a detailed economic impact study released June 28.

The Economic Impact of the... Read More

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hosts Large-Animal Rescue Training

June 28, 2005

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will once again offer an extensive three-day training course on August 8-10, 2005, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This training is designed to educate first responders such as firefighters, police... Read More

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Principles of Disease Prevention

June 28, 2005

Editor's Note: This is Chapter 1 of Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by author and veterinarian Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. The book is available from Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Hosts Equine Consortium Summit

June 28, 2005

Morris Animal Foundation, the world's largest private funding source for companion animal and wildlife health studies, gathered some of the nation's top authorities in equine research to pinpoint equine health priorities and address the... Read More