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What Makes a Horse Yawn?

June 01, 2003

What makes a horse yawn? Is it a sign of anything in particular?... Read More

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Wrapping a Bowed Tendon for Exercise

June 01, 2003

Q: We have a 4-year-old Thoroughbred with a bowed tendon. He has been laid up for about a year and is now in training and doing well. My question: When we race him, should we wrap his leg to support the bow or leave it open? I... Read More

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Colt Fertility

June 01, 2003

Q: My husband and I have a mare in heat. I had suggested that we use a 2 1/2 year old stud that we own. He said that the stud is too young and that the foal would probably come out with some form of defect. I am having a hard time finding an... Read More

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Gentling Abused Colts

June 01, 2003

I run a rescue ranch in Tucson for abused horses and dogs. I recently got in two young horses about six to eight months old, weighing in at about 500 pounds each. They have been badly branded, and they appear to be beaten up pretty badly.... Read More

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Keeping Disease at Bay

June 01, 2003

Preventing communicable diseases from striking horses should be the goal of every horse owner. Despite our best efforts, however, there are going to be occasions when a communicable malady afflicts one or more horses at a private farm or public... Read More

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The Magnificent Seven

June 01, 2003

Ever wonder why some minerals (such as copper, zinc, iron, and selenium) are referred to as "trace minerals" while other minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus) are not? According to some nutrition texts, the term "trace" was originally used... Read More

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What Boys Are Made Of

June 01, 2003

An appreciation of normal reproductive anatomy is essential to the competent physical examination of the stallion's reproductive tract. If you are involved in breeding, then you should be familiar with what is considered normal so you know when... Read More

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Stop Problems Before They Start

June 01, 2003

Thought you knew the latest in keeping your horse healthy from head to toe? Think again! Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD, from Central Carolina Equine Practice in Chapel Hill, N.C., is using a preventive foot care program that's designed to detect... Read More

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Arthritis Under Control

June 01, 2003

Although not usually life-threatening, arthritis causes your horse pain and can be career-ending. In fact, a research report from Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center calls degenerative joint disease the single most... Read More

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Advice and Advisors

June 01, 2003

Who among us hasn't had a problem that frustrated us because we didn't know where to turn for answers? Maybe it's something complicated or technical and there isn't anyone in our area who is an expert. Perhaps the question deals with something... Read More

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44 Florida EEE Cases

June 01, 2003

The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE) in horses has risen to 44 as of May 6 in north central Florida, according to Bill Jeter, DVM, diagnostic veterinary manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. This confirmed... Read More

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First WNV Case of 2003 Detected In Florida

June 01, 2003

One equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Florida had been confirmed by serological testing as of May 1, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida's state veterinarian and director of the Division of Animal Industry. This was the first reported... Read More

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Fertility

June 01, 2003

Uterine lavage can be performed immediately prior to artificial insemination in mares without adversely affecting fertility, according to a recent study completed at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. The uterine lavage process is... Read More

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Uniform Drug Policy Years Away

June 01, 2003

A standardized medication and testing policy for Thoroughbred racing in the United States is three to five years away, said Rick Arthur, DVM, vice president and director of the Oak Tree Racing Association and a member of the Racing Medication an... Read More

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FDA Approves New Equine Dewormer

June 01, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new, broad-spectrum parasite control product from Merial that will treat and control 61 species and stages of equine parasites, including tapeworms.

Zimecterin Gold combines two... Read More

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Equine Influenza Spreads in the U.K.

June 01, 2003

Equine influenza has spread to nearly 20 premises--mostly Thoroughbred training stables--in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the United Kingdom. "The reason (it's unusual) is because despite the fact that horses have been very well... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak Kills 300 Horses in South Africa

June 01, 2003

An outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) detected in late March in South Africa has killed 300 horses, according to a Pro-MED report. African horse sickness is a lethal virus spread by the Culicoides bolitinos midge, a species of small... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in England Unusual; Some Cases Could be EHV-4

June 01, 2003

"It's very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises," said James Wood, BSc, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, head of epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in the United Kingdom, about the... Read More

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New Advisory Board Members Appointed

June 01, 2003

A new board will serve in an advisory capacity to The Horse magazine. Each of these American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) members is volunteering to mentor the publication by answering questions and helping us understand... Read More

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FDA Approves New Equine Dewormer With Additional Label Claims

June 01, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it has approved additional label claims for Zimecterin (ivermectin), adding several species and stages of small strongyles to the list of parasites controlled by the equine dewormer. The... Read More

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A Shot in the Dark

June 01, 2003

Author's note: This article is intended to improve your understanding of drugs commonly used in equine veterinary care; it is not a "treatment guide" for the lay person. No medication or combination thereof should be given without veterinary... Read More

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Drugs and Competition

June 01, 2003

The use of drugs in the competition horse carries with it some extra concerns and responsibilities. Many of the major issues related to drug use in the performance horse involve the treatment of lameness. It is imperative that the moral and... Read More

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No More Hitchhikers

June 01, 2003

Internal parasites are insidious culprits. They steal, damage, and even kill. The worst part of the whole scenario is that they can't be totally eliminated, only controlled. In the theft department, internal parasites rob in two ways: First, the... Read More

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The World's First Equine Clone

May 30, 2003

The landscape of equine reproduction research dramatically changed yesterday (May 29) when a University of Idaho (UI) and Utah State University team announced they were the first to clone a member of the equine family--the mule--according to an... Read More

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Idaho, Utah Researchers Successfully Clone Mule

May 29, 2003

A University of Idaho--Utah State University research team is the first worldwide to clone a member of the horse family, a mule, according to an article to be published in the journal Science.

The research team includes Gordon... Read More