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First Commercially Cloned Mare Born

March 30, 2006

Scientists and veterinarians today (March 30) announced the birth of the first commercially cloned mare, created from the cells of champion cutting horse Royal Blue Boon. The filly, Royal Blue Boon Too, was carried to term by a recipient mare an... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

March 29, 2006

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Emergency Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

March 29, 2006

"Keep your knee gently pressed into her neck, and if she decides to get up, go ahead and let her, don't fight it." An emergency instructor gave this advice to a firefighter learning to hold down a horse acting as an injured animal during a... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option for Racehorses?

March 28, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. Studies in California in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk o... Read More

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Citizens Push for "Brigadier's Law"

March 27, 2006

A deliberate hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Metro Toronto police horse on Feb. 24 has galvanized Canadians to amend the Criminal Code to better protect law enforcement service animals.

After attending Brigadier's... Read More

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Premature Foals (Book Excerpt)

March 27, 2006

Foals can be born prematurely for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a premature delivery are infection of the placenta (placentitis) or long-standing placental insufficiency. ... Read More

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Understanding Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

March 27, 2006

Canadian researchers are investigating the cause of a condition found primarily in Appaloosas that prevents them from seeing in the dark. Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a hereditary, non-progressive condition for which there is... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Feeding During Pregnancy and Lactation

March 24, 2006

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. This book is available from Read More

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Tying and Hobbling Horses (Book Excerpt)

March 22, 2006

Whether on a pack trip into the mountains or on a weekend trail ride during which you return to your trailer at night, it is important that your trail horse has been taught to stand quietly when tied, hobbled, or tethered by one foot to a picket pin.... Read More

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Tornado Recovery: The Second Time

March 22, 2006

When David Stokely arrived at his family's 40-acre farm near Battlefield, Mo., on the evening of March 12, the first thing he spotted was a dead horse, a victim of the second tornado that has hit Stokely Farms in less than three years. It... Read More

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Texas Fires Kill Thousands of Animals

March 22, 2006

Quenching rains last weekend slowed the progress of Texas panhandle fires that consumed more than 800,000 acres of land and killed an estimated 10,000 head of livestock in less than a week. At least 30 horses in the McLean area of Texas succumbe... Read More

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Maryland Establishes New Equine Health Advisory Committee

March 21, 2006

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) has made 12 appointments to the Horse Health Advisory Committee that was recently established in the aftermath of several equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks. Through the MHIB, the committee will advis... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

March 20, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of AHS in the George area.... Read More

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European Union Might Lift Ban on South African Horses

March 20, 2006

South African news outlets have reported the European Union (EU) could lift a ban it imposed on South African horses in 2004. According to an article in the March 16 online edition of The Citizen (Read More

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Progressive Nutrition to Offer Equine Nutritionist Blog

March 17, 2006

Progressive Nutrition has launched a new web site featuring the Equine Nutritionist Blog. Blogging is one of the newest tools in high-tech web marketing, now available to the horse community.

The Equine Nutritionist Blog offers consumers... Read More

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Rabies Confirmed in New Mexico Horse

March 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

New Mexico health and livestock authorities have reminded owners to vaccinate their horses and other animals for rabies after a horse from Lea County in the southeastern part of the state tested positive... Read More

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Handwashing: Bar Soap or Liquid?

March 17, 2006

With much information about biosecurity revolving around current equine herpesvirus infections, salmonellosis, and the upcoming foaling season, one small but important item has been often omitted. Animal workers and veterinarians should wash... Read More

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Veterinary Students Receive AAEP Foundation/ALSIC Scholarships

March 15, 2006

Eight veterinary students were recently selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from the American Live Stock Insurance Company (ALSIC) and the AAEP Foundation. The scholarships are presented annually to fourth-year veterinary students who plan t... Read More

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Judge Dismisses Suit, Horse Slaughter Fee-for-Service Plan Implemented

March 15, 2006

On March 14, a federal judge ruled in favor of the USDA to allow fee-for-service inspections to horsemeat processing plants despite efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups to prevent the... Read More

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Missouri Stable Leveled Second Time by Tornado

March 15, 2006

Nearly three years after a tornado destroyed the barn at Stokely Farms near Battlefield, Mo., another tornado decimated the farm's replacement barn on Sunday night (March 12). One horse was killed during the storm, and several were injured.... Read More

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New Orleans Carriage Company Rebuilds

March 14, 2006

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages helped usher in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in Katrina- and Rita-stricken... Read More

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Texas Animal Health Commission Cancels March 23 Meeting

March 14, 2006

(Edited press release)

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) canceled its March 23 meeting. The commissioners were to consider proposed regulations that would require registration of sites where livestock, exotic livestock,... Read More

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Kaufman Residents Slam the Door on Horsemeat

March 13, 2006

On March 3, the Kaufman, Texas, zoning board unanimously voted to close Dallas Crown Inc., one of three horsemeat processing plants in the United States. The board ordered the Kaufman-based plant to close its doors by Sept. 30, citing public... Read More

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Fee-For-Service Plan Implemented

March 13, 2006

The nation's three horsemeat-processing plants began paying USDA employees on March 10 to conduct pre-slaughter inspections of horses. The highly debated fee-for-service program allows the plants to continue processing despite the 2006... Read More

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Animal Health and Consumer Protection

March 13, 2006

Reprinted with permission of FDA Consumer magazine

Nearly a century ago, farmers had a medicine chest of products to "cure" their animals, with names such as Lee's Gizzard Capsules, Liquid Hog Medicine, and Kow-Kure. Th... Read More