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Pericarditis Study Results Released

December 17, 2001

Pericarditis is a disease involving the sac around the heart and the heart itself. The disease is uncommon. During the spring of 2001, however, an unexpectedly large number of cases... Read More

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Mild Winter Weather: Affect on Horses

December 17, 2001

It is well-accepted that the foal losses and other problems seen in several states in the spring of 2001 were triggered by environmental factors, meaning weather. Farmers and livestock managers have known for years that weather conditions affect the ... Read More

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Australia Asks, "What If...?"

December 12, 2001

In a move to determine what an outbreak of a serious equine disease might cost the government and equine industry in Australia, the government group Animal Health Australia commissioned a report that looked at likely costs of an emergency... Read More

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Transport to Slaughter: Final Rule Passed

December 12, 2001

The final rule establishes minimum standards to ensure that horses are transported humanely when being transported to slaughter facilities. The final rule covers food, water, and rest, among other things. Under the rule, the shipper or owner of the ... Read More

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Kester News Hour

December 05, 2001

The Kester News Hour kicked off the scientific program of the AAEP Convention, held Nov. 24-28 in San Diego, Calif. Named for the late veterinarian General Wayne O. “Sage” Kester, the hour was designed to cover timely topics that are either too... Read More

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Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

December 05, 2001

In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and... Read More

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Medication Summit: Consensus, But Very Few Details

December 04, 2001

Participants at Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit in Tucson, Ariz., reached a consensus on medication, drug-testing, security, and enforcement, but said much of any future policy depends on scientific... Read More

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Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

December 04, 2001

Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in... Read More

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First Equine-Specific Metered Dose Inhaler Approved by FDA

December 03, 2001

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis, you’ve probably been prescribed a convenient inhaler that delivers your medication into your airway. For the first time, horses with recurrent airway... Read More

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Breeding Contracts: Read the Fine Print

December 01, 2001

Spring -- a time for new beginnings and unrealized potential -- might be the most enjoyable season of the year for a mare owner. The sight of a healthy foal romping with its dam in the field can easily pus... Read More

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Turnout Time for Warmblood Foals

December 01, 2001

I am being told by "professionals" that warmblood foals should be turned out a limited amount of time. The "professionals" were a farrier (who shoes Olympic-quality horses) and a respected veterinarian. Their reasoning is that warmblood babies grow... Read More

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Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

December 01, 2001

Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care (article #287), Christina Cable, DVM, talks about the CITE test as one of the most frequently use... Read More

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Which Foot to Pad?

December 01, 2001

Q. I just read your June “Ask the Vet” article about muscle toning and development (article #2775). It describes my horse exactly! Her left shoulder is more developed, and the right shoulder is farther forward and flat. Her... Read More

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Foaling Problems

December 01, 2001

A medical doctor once told me, "There’s only a 1% chance that a problem will develop, but if it develops in you, then it’s 100% a problem." So it goes with foaling: Foaling difficulties occur in less than 1% of births, but if it’s your mare, thi... Read More

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Frostbite: The Bite of Winter

December 01, 2001

How can you tell if you horse has frostbite, and what should you do if your horse has frostbite? ... Read More

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White Line Disease in the Hoof

December 01, 2001

Look up “white line disease” in your equine veterinary book, and you might not find it. This name for the condition was first coined in 1990, and the disorder is also known as seedy toe, hoof or stall rot, hollow foot, yeast infection, Candida,... Read More

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Wintering a Geriatric Horse

December 01, 2001

Wintering the geriatric horse is somewhat more challenging, but can be successfully accomplished.... Read More

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Legislation Begins With You

December 01, 2001

Often I am asked, "How does a law originate?" That’s a good question. Recently in Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to author a bill that became law in June of 2001. The law (Act 64 of 2001) prohibits tranportation of horses in multi-level... Read More

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How Smart is He? The Thinking Horse

December 01, 2001

I am writing a paper in my agricultural ethics class on the treatment of horses, and one of my discussions deals with the equality of horses to humans. My roommate and I were debating if horses have the... Read More

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Water Contamination

December 01, 2001

Any treatise you've ever read on caring for horses probably includes the line, "Provide access to plenty of fresh, clean water." Although we all understand that this is good advice--all living things need this simple, essential liquid--we don't... Read More

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Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More

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Nail-Free Footwear

December 01, 2001

Tough. Resilient. Protective. Whether on a human foot or a horse's hoof, a shoe supports weight and helps one overcome environmental hazards. With today’s technology, equine footwear can "stick" to a hoof without the traditional nails. Tough... Read More

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MRLS Research Yields Answers

December 01, 2001

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture released guidelines (below) to help horse owners and farm managers avoid mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) and the uveitis (eye) and pericarditis (heart) problems that struck horses in... Read More

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MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

December 01, 2001

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million,... Read More

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AAEP Convention News: Infection Control Strategies

November 30, 2001

The importance of minimizing exposure to infectious agents and optimizing resistance of an animal to them cannot be overemphasized. In addition to vaccination and the use of antimicrobials, infection control strategies can help save the lives of... Read More