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Study Compares Cost of Castration Methods

November 01, 2005

Even considering a higher rate of complications, castrations performed in the field are less expensive than sterile procedures performed in a hospital setting, according a United Kingdom study.

The study compared the intial cost and... Read More

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Hock MRI Studies

November 01, 2005

A U.K. researcher examined how age, exercise, and riding discipline and level affect hock joints, and she hopes to make recommendations on how to take better care of equine athletes' hocks.

Orthopedic research technician Marion Branch,... Read More

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Antioxidants and Heaves

November 01, 2005

When a horse inhales mold spores or other irritants, neutrophils (specific types of white blood cells) release reactive oxidants--generally very reactive substances that can break down mold in the airways. That's not a bad thing, really. "But if... Read More

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AAEP Hosts Wet Labs

November 01, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners held its annual Equine Veterinary Wet Labs on Sept. 6-7. The labs, held for the first time at the Kentucky Horse Park, focused on dentistry, musculoskeletal ultrasound, lameness, and reproduction.... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Summit

November 01, 2005

Representatives from 20 equine-related organizations that make up the unwanted horse coalition met Sept. 21 at the American Veterinary Medical Association headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., to focus on the group's mission and to create a long-ter... Read More

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Senate Passes Slaughter Funding Amendment

November 01, 2005

On Sept. 20, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan amendment (68-29) to the Agriculture Appropriations bill will eliminate federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors in slaughter houses for one fiscal year. Under the... Read More

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Latest Nutrition Tools

November 01, 2005

Hot, dry Tucson, Ariz., doesn't conjure up images of equine nutrition research, but leading animal scientists convened there May 31-June 4 to present their latest findings on a variety of equine science topics. The following article highlights... Read More

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Visualizing Joints During Surgery

November 01, 2005

 

Arthroscopic surgery in horses is commonly performed to remove abnormal pieces of cartilage, called osteochondral (OC) fragments, from the surface of joints. Visualization through an arthroscope is typically aided by... Read More

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Nasal Septum Resection

November 01, 2005

If the nasal septum—the bony structure that divides the left and right halves of the nasal cavity—becomes deviated or thickened, the nasal passages become narrowed and breathing is impaired. Left untreated, it can lead to exercise intolerance an... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy for Pain Relief and Healing

November 01, 2005

In a recently completed study involving navicular cases, Byron found lameness in horses undergoing extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) treatment averaged improvement of about one lameness grade. ... Read More

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Vaccinations for Youngsters

November 01, 2005

Protecting tender immune systems against disease is the surest way to ensure the young horse doesn't fall victim to either temporarily uncomfortable or life-ending infections.

Even though foals receive some immunity by drinking colostru... Read More

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Heroes Nonetheless

November 01, 2005

Hard to imagine, isn't it? Two severe hurricanes hitting within a month of each other. Striking within miles of each other. People we know, people we've never met--their lives are changed forever. Their stories have touched us and made us cry.... Read More

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Enduring Chaos

November 01, 2005

More than 350 Louisiana horses and mules were rescued after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast on August 29. Rescuers dealt daily with images of destruction--such as barns full of trapped horses that didn't survive the storm... Read More

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Damaged Ear Repaired

November 01, 2005

A horse's ear is designed distinguishing fine sounds at the same time protecting the sensitive inner structures and communicating with herdmates. The ear of an 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly was injured, which resulted in the ear... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Heads to Senate for Approval

November 01, 2005

On Friday, Oct. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 318-63 an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for USDA horse meat inspections. That amendment was added to the $100-billion federal appropriations bill. If... Read More

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Florida VETS Team Helping Vets and Owners

October 31, 2005

On Friday morning, Oct. 28, John Haven, Director of the Veterinary School at the University of Florida and head of the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team, said, "It's been an interesting two days. Got a call this morning from Pal... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Update

October 31, 2005

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) health officials confirmed six new cases of equine vesicular stomatitis (VS) in four western states (Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming) that are already under quarantine for the disease. The equine cases... Read More

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Louis Pomes Named White Horse Winner

October 28, 2005

Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park. The award was bestowed upon Pomes during the... Read More

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Penn's Veterinary School Successfully Completes Kresge Challenge

October 28, 2005

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has successfully completed the Kresge Challenge, a $1.5 million grant from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, MI. The grant will be used toward completing the new teaching and research... Read More

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Five Horses Perish in Virginia Barn Fire

October 27, 2005

"I guess you can 'what-if' your whole life away," said a melancholy Tina Johnson about her family's excruciating loss of three horses and two ponies in a furious barn fire on Sunday night, Oct. 16. What began as an idyllic afternoon of young... Read More

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Managing Fractured Ribs in Foals

October 27, 2005

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

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Keeneland Foundation Raises $1.03 million for Hurricane Relief

October 27, 2005

As of Oct. 26, the Keeneland Foundation, in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), Thoroughbred Charities of America, Starquine, and the Casner Family Foundation, raised more than $1.03 million for Hurricane... Read More

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Animal ID Moves Forward

October 26, 2005

United States Department of Agriculture officials announced at the ID/INFO Expo 2005 that they are pursuing an industry-funded animal tracking database to trace the movement of animals in the event of a disease outbreak. The privatization of the... Read More

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Call Goes Out to Fund Testing Consortium

October 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium expects to have enough money to carry it through 2006, but officials with the group indicated not all members are on the same page on how to fund the organization in the future.

The consortium... Read More

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Calder Race Course Sustains Damage from Hurricane Wilma

October 25, 2005

Calder Race Course sustained damage Monday to its clubhouse facility and parts of its stable area as a result of Hurricane Wilma, which stormed across South Florida Oct. 24. The Miami area racetrack lost power during the storm and has cancelled... Read More