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Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis in 2001

April 24, 2002

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and Western equine encephalitis (WEE) are mosquito-borne viral diseases that primarily affect horses east and west of the Mississippi River, as their names imply.  The Centers for Disease Control and... Read More

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Supplemental Work

April 24, 2002

The threat of a supplement crackdown motivated a group of 25 manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and distributors to join with the National Animal Supplement Counsel (NASC) on April 3-4 to hammer out a proposed Compliance Plus program. This... Read More

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Change to Texas EIA Regulations

April 23, 2002

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently enacted a new regulation that requires equids to have had a negative blood test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within the previous 12 months if the animals are kept within 200 yards of equid... Read More

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Advisory Issued Following Weather Forecast

April 22, 2002

Weather forecasts for the evening of April 24 in Central Kentucky have prompted University of Kentucky scientists to advise farm owners to temporarily restrict horses from eating pasture grass. The advisory is because of mare reproductive loss... Read More

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Next Racehorce Medication Meeting Set for May 1

April 19, 2002

Racing leaders who convened last December in Tucson for the industry’s first-ever Racehorse Medication Summit will hold a second meeting on Wed., May 1 at the Executive Inn in Louisville, Ky.

Discussion will focus on the implementation... Read More

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Medication, Regulatory Matters on Front Burner

April 19, 2002

While the Thoroughbred industry makes an aggressive push toward unification on the issue of drug testing and medication, two organizations involved in the regulation of racing--the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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Australia Looks at Repositories for Some Auctions

April 19, 2002

A repository for X rays will be set up for at least some of Australia's major yearling sales well ahead of the 2003 auctions. Following the imbroglio that engulfed the recent Australian Easter sale, the setting up of an X ray bank for the main... Read More

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West Nile Virus 2001 Report Released, Map Online for 2002 Cases

April 18, 2002

Cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been reported in Florida, and a bird has tested positive in Louisiana. Keep up with the spread of WNV in 2002 with our WNV map of cases.

Current Map of West Nile Virus Infection in... Read More

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UK Legislation Threatens to Change Medication Policy

April 18, 2002

Legislation is under consideration in the United Kingdom that would drastically affect the way horse owners obtain medications such as dewormers for their horses. Amendments to the legislation would require a veterinary prescription for the... Read More

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Mycotoxin Binders Not Labeled Legally

April 12, 2002

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the claims made by some feed products that they contain mycotoxin binders is illegal. In Kentucky last year, many feeds and supplements were touted as having mycotoxin binders in the face of mare... Read More

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Foal Hyperbaric Chamber Studies Commence

April 12, 2002

Studies examining the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on dummy foals and those with septic joints have begun.... Read More

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Rare White Thoroughbred Born in Kentucky

April 10, 2002

Patchen Beauty, the rare white Thoroughbred mare who garnered a lot of attention when she competed on the Kentucky circuit in the mid-1990s, produced a white colt on April 5 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington,... Read More

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Foal Reduction Slows, But Percentage Still High

April 10, 2002

The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago. In an earlier... Read More

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California EEE Case Investigation Complete

April 10, 2002

Final results have been released from a study that investigated the only case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) ever documented in California. The infected Quarter Horse yearling died in the spring of 2000 (See Article Quick Find ... Read More

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Fructan Possible Key to Laminitis

April 10, 2002

At sufficient doses, the fructan induces digestive upset and will cause an uncontrolled activation of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases; these enzymes are thought to be a factor in laminar degradation), triggering laminitis.... Read More

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Health Officials Tracking West Nile Virus

April 05, 2002

Health officials charting the spread of West Nile virus across the United States project that "Texas and at least up to the Rocky Mountains will be affected" by the virus in 2002, said Dr. Kristen Bernard, assistant director of the Arbovirus... Read More

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Some NY Farms Experiencing Foaling Problems

April 05, 2002

Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpesvirus abortions. There is evidence to suggest a slight connection between the... Read More

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Straightening Crooked Legs

April 03, 2002

It is not unusual for foals to be born with some level of angular limb deformity, but this becomes a problem when the deformity is severe and doesn't self-correct quickly. If the deviation is relatively minor, it might be resolved with stall... Read More

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More West Nile Virus in Florida

April 03, 2002

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received reports of two positive cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses in Polk County, Florida. This marks the... Read More

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Electrolytes and Rehydration

April 03, 2002

Electrolyte pastes can increase water consumption, improving rehydration following administration of furosemide (Salix). A recently published study was done at Michigan State University on the effects of rehydration during the 36 hours after... Read More

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Small Intestinal Colic Surgery and Predicting Survival

April 03, 2002

While surgical correction of colic in horses has been performed at referral hospitals for many years, it has been difficult for horse owners to get reliable information about survival rate. The prospect of extremely expensive colic surgery... Read More

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

April 03, 2002

(Updated 4/05/02) In a newly released study, a collaboration of statisticians and epidemiologists have pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal losses (EFL) in central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but still... Read More

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Be Prepared for Emergencies

April 01, 2002

Not to be pessimistic, but if you own horses long enough, you will have to deal with emergencies. The best way to handle these situations is to be prepared. Here are some suggested items for a basic first-aid kit: Thermometer; flashlight; bandag... Read More

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Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

April 01, 2002

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Fit for the Task?

April 01, 2002

Regardless of whether your horse is used for high-level competition or weekend trail riding, it's important that he be fit for the task. "Fitness" is a rather vague expression, but in general terms it can be defined as the ability to complete th... Read More