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Retained Fetal Membranes

January 01, 2006

For a mare, the birth of her foal is an explosive process, in the best of circumstances requiring less than a half-hour from the time her water breaks to the time the foal has been delivered through the birth canal. In a wilder existence, a... Read More

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Broken Legs Aren't Death

January 01, 2006

Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More

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Hey There, Honey!

January 01, 2006

In nature, mares have a high fertility/ conception rate since they are continually with a stallion who teases and breeds them at the best times. But few domestic horses are bred under natural conditions in pasture harems, and broodmare managers... Read More

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New Year, Same Resolve

January 01, 2006

A new year has begun. How many resolutions have you made? Broken any yet? Mine include getting home and barn emergency kits together. I've had them in the past, but when we checked after the hurricanes made preparedness an issue in our lives,... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Passed By President Bush

January 01, 2006

On Nov. 10, 2005, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter plants i... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More

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Morris Donates $500,000 For Equine Research

January 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has committed more than $500,000 toward 12 new and continuing equine veterinary studies in 2006.

Foundation-funded scientists at universities throughout the United States will study issues including foal... Read More

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Filly's Damaged Ear Repaired With Surgery

January 01, 2006

Horses' ears are designed for distinguishing fine sounds, protecting sensitive inner ear structures, and communicating with herdmates. An 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly's ear was injured (likely on a fence), resulting in the ear bending... Read More

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Inheritance of RER in Thoroughbreds: One Affected Parent Required

January 01, 2006

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, tying-up) causes affected Thoroughbreds to suffer recurring episodes of muscle cramping, stiffness, excessive sweating, and a reluctance to move after exercise. With no cure available, information on how... Read More

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Veterinary Equipment

January 01, 2006

As research involving veterinary equipment results in more and more sophistication, both veterinarians and horse owners face something of a dilemma. For the veterinarian, the question involves how much a practice can afford to invest in the latest... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More

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Turfway Park EHV-1 Summary 12/30/05

December 31, 2005

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced yesterday (Dec. 30) that while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested... Read More

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Second Turfway Horse Positive for Herpes

December 31, 2005

The second neurologic horse that was undergoing testing from Barn 26 at Turfway Park was found to be positive for equine herpesvirus type 1, noted Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office the afternoon of Dec. 29. He said there are... Read More

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New York Requiring Kentucky Health Papers

December 31, 2005

Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), conveyed to the Kentucky State Veterinarian by telephone earlier this afternoon (Dec. 31, 2005) that effective immediately, all horses shipping onto... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Keeping Records on Your Horse

December 28, 2005

Learn how to record keeping aids in preventive medicine for horses.... Read More

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Re-Testing At Turfway Tonight

December 28, 2005

Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park will be re-tested this evening for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Honored with 2005 Equine Welfare Award

December 27, 2005

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, a non-profit, volunteer-based animal welfare organization, is the 2005 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary... Read More

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Health Aspects of the World Equestrian Games

December 27, 2005

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced Dec. 6 that the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington will host the 2010 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG). While this is a wonderful opportunity for the KHP and the... Read More

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Przewalski's Horses Return from Brink of Extinction

December 27, 2005

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) recently recommended that the World Conservation Union (IUNC) upgrade the status of the wild Asian Przewalski's (pronounced zeh-val-skee) horses from "extinct" to "endangered" after their... Read More

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Maryland Horse Park Site Plan Released

December 27, 2005

The Maryland Stadium Authority this month released a rendering of the site plan for the proposed Maryland Horse Park in Gambrills, Md. The rendering, prepared by Gralla Architects, designers of some of the world’s top equestrian facilities,... Read More

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Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

December 24, 2005

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t... Read More

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Progress in Predicting Joint Problems

December 22, 2005

Someday veterinarians might be able to take a horse's blood sample, analyze its makeup to predict his future bone and joint health, and simply prevent the problems that are likely to arise. In late 2005, 20 leading joint researchers that are likely ... Read More

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Veterinarians Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

December 22, 2005

With water pooling everywhere and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in illnesses such as tetanus, encephalitis, botulism, and Potomac horse fever... Read More