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Equine Influenza

September 01, 2003

Equine influenza is a common disease that causes acute respiratory signs. In nations with extensive horse breeding and racing industries, it is currently considered to be the most economically important respiratory disease of horses. The... Read More

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Focusing on the Flu

September 01, 2003

Equine influenza can strike a horse regardless of time of year. Competitive horses which attend events where other horses are congregated or horses which live in large boarding barns are particularly at risk. Not every horse which contracts a... Read More

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I Never Thought it Would Happen to Me...

September 01, 2003

Many horse owners, and the public in general, firmly hold the belief that disasters "will never happen to me."... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy -- Does It Work?

September 01, 2003

What is shock wave therapy? Extracorporeal shock wave therapy focuses a highly concentrated, powerful acoustical (sound) energy source to a focal area. The shock waves induce increased activity of bone-producing cells and might also lead to increased... Read More

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Roaring Down the Stretch

September 01, 2003

Most people who have been around horses long enough have heard a few make abnormal respiratory noises while exercising. These horses usually draw attention to themselves by the sheer volume of noise they create as they go around the show jumping... Read More

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Wanted: Crystal Ball

September 01, 2003

Wouldn't you like to be able to foresee the future, even if just for a few little things? Nothing so dramatic as making a killing on the stock market (if that can even be done these days) or hitting the lottery. Simple things would do, such as... Read More

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Sabotaged Saddlebreds

September 01, 2003

In a malicious attack that garnered nationwide news coverage, five top American Saddlebreds were injected with an unknown, necrotizing (tissue-killing) substance the weekend of June 28-29 at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. These were five of... Read More

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis: Still on the Offense

September 01, 2003

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) case reports have risen into the hundreds already this year, with confirmation of equine cases in at least nine states. Florida has been hit hardest, with a total of 183 equine cases reported from 47 counties as... Read More

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Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

September 01, 2003

At press time, three horses had died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two others returned home following treatment at the University of Florida after eating alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivere... Read More

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The Latest on EPM Research

September 01, 2003

The annual American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists met July 19-22 with presentations on many equine-related topics. The EPM Society held a roundtable during that meeting after presentations from top EPM (equine protozoal... Read More

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TIEC Brings Health Topics to Horse Owners

September 01, 2003

The Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC) held in Lexington, Ky., June 20-22, featured seminars given by prominent racing and equine health experts covering a range of issues related to health, farm management, sales, and... Read More

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Safe Horse Handling

September 01, 2003

Colorado State University (CSU) and Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship have agreed to jointly create a safe horse-handling program for veterinary students, veterinarians, and horse owners, educating them about how to work around horses on a daily... Read More

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Maryland Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

September 01, 2003

Maryland state veterinarian Phyllis Cassano, DVM, announced on July 3 that an Anne Arundel County, Md., horse had tested positive for rabies. The 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare had competed at the East Coast Barrel Bash in Harrington, Del., June... Read More

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Tapeworms Implicated in Some Types of Colic

September 01, 2003

The evidence is growing steadily that heavy infestations with tapeworms in horses can lead to increased incidence of certain types of colic. For years, tapeworms have been considered a fairly benign parasite to horses because they are rarely... Read More

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Pfizer Releases New Tapeworm Dewormer

September 01, 2003

On July 18, Pfizer Animal Health announced the U.S. release of Equimax, a dewormer designed to kill all major equine parasites in one dose--including tapeworms.

The apple-flavored paste dewormer combines praziquantel with ivermectin to trea... Read More

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Wild about Behavior

September 01, 2003

Why does my stallion not perform as eagerly in the breeding shed as in the past? Why does my mare's ground behavior become nearly unbearable during estrus? Is there a reason that my gelding isn't moving along as easily in his training as other... Read More

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Terrorism Targets

September 01, 2003

September 11, 2001, did more to the American consciousness than make us aware that we are vulnerable to something as heinous as hijacked airplanes being crashed into densely populated office buildings. The September 11 attacks also brought with... Read More

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First 2003 West Nile Virus Finding in California

August 27, 2003

The first evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) in California this year was found in mosquitoes collected in Imperial County near the Salton Sea, announced Diana M. Bontá, RN, DrPH, state health director,  on Aug. 20. Several flocks of... Read More

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Vote in the Ivercare -- Because You Care Award Program

August 26, 2003

Nearly 31,000 online votes were received from the public in the semifinals of the Ivercare--Because You Care award program sponsored by Farnam Horse Products. Earlier this year, more than 100 organizations and individuals were nominated for the... Read More

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PHF in Oklahoma

August 25, 2003

The death of at least one Oklahoma horse has been definitively linked to Potomac horse fever (PHF), a disease rarely found in the state, and two of her stablemates likely died of the same illness. The horse manager at the farm with the confirmed... Read More

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Large Animal Rescue Video Deemed a Success

August 25, 2003

An organization has sought to remedy the problem of large animals being dragged, strangled, drowned, or dropped during attempted rescues due to improper training of emergency responders for lage animal rescues.. USRider has produced a video to... Read More

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EEE Confirmed in New Jersey Horse

August 25, 2003

New Jersey officials announced last week that the state's first equine case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) since 2000 had been detected. The 8-year-old Thoroughbred in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, was euthanized Aug. 7.

"Eastern... Read More

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New President for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

August 25, 2003

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Board of Directors recently named Terence Collier president of the organization at its most recent meeting. Collier, best known in the horse racing industry as the director of marketing and the sales... Read More

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Purchase, Design, and Management of the Farm

August 20, 2003

So you want to have your own horse farm. Should you build or buy? Hire a real estate agent or go out looking on your own? What about once you've acquired a facility--how do you manage the soil, fencing, employees, security, and manure? Four... Read More

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New WNV Antibody Treatment Explained

August 20, 2003

West Nile Virus Antibody is a prescription product, administered intravenously by a licensed veterinarian. It is an antiserum product that increases the antibody level in the circulatory system. This enhances an animal's ability to neutralize virus... Read More