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Farmers Urged to Reduce the Risk of Anhydrous Ammonia Theft

April 04, 2003

Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith reminded farmers and
farm businesses to take extra care to prevent thefts of anhydrous ammonia
during the planting season.

Anhydrous ammonia is a common nitrogen fertilizer for... Read More

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Owners Recommended to Consult with Vet about WNV Vaccination

April 04, 2003

Now is the time for horse owners in Kentucky to consult with
their veterinarians about vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV),
Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith said.

"West Nile virus was diagnosed in... Read More

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FDA Final Rule Streamlines Adverse Event Reporting for New Animal Drugs

April 04, 2003

On April 1, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had published a new regulation that improves the requirements for reporting adverse events associated with approved animal drugs. The reforms reduce certain reporting burdens while... Read More

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Now Is the Time to Control Caterpillars

April 04, 2003

The Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation issued an advisory concerning control methods for Eastern tent caterpillars, which have been linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001 and 2002.

Dr. Dan Potter, an entomologist at the... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted on Turfway Park Horses

April 04, 2003

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will release the quarantine placed on Barn 15 at Turfway Park as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday (April 5). The 80-horse barn was placed in quarantine after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1... Read More

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Foster Homes Needed For Military Pets

April 04, 2003

Steve Albin, who operates NetPets.org, had a good idea that has nearly taken over his life. Albin was told that during Desert Storm, many military personnel were forced to give up their pets because they had no place to leave them when they were... Read More

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Pat Parelli on Shoeing Difficult Horses

April 03, 2003

"Usually you shoe horses that are against you, right?" asked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky. "You're on opposite teams. And when push comes to shove, the horse... Read More

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Official: Uniform Drug Policy Three to Five Years Away

April 03, 2003

Uniformity in medication and drug testing could be years away, a member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium said April 1 during a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB)Medication Committee meeting.

Dr. Rick Arthur, a vice... Read More

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California Panel Calls for Ban on Use of Venom in Horses

April 03, 2003

California has taken the first step to ban the backstretch use of snake venom, which officials believe can be used as a nerve- or joint-numbing agent in sore or injured horses.

If approved by California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), the... Read More

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White Named Interim Director at Scott Equine Medical Center

April 03, 2003

Nathaniel White, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, has been named Interim Director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg, Va. White, who assumed leadership responsibilities for the equine clinical and research center on April 1,... Read More

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EEE and WNV Hit Florida

April 03, 2003

Ten cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one case of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by serological testing as of April 3 in eight Florida counties, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida’s state veterinarian and director o... Read More

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Keeneland Requiring Health Certificate for Horses

April 02, 2003

Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.

River Downs in Ohio implemented a similar policy in the wake of the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak Kills 300 Horses in South Africa

April 02, 2003

An outbreak of African horse sickness detected last week 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 fly.... Read More

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Next Steps Toward Solving MRLS Involve Think Tank

April 02, 2003

Veterinarians and researchers trying to pinpoint the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have joined together to create an MRLS "think tank," the progress and goals of which were discussed April 1 at a joint meeting of the Kentucky... Read More

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Cremello Gene Found

April 01, 2003

The researchers developed a molecular test to detect the cream gene in DNA found in the blood or hair. Guerin says the test will help owners identify heterozygous carriers of the gene (those able to pass on the cremello gene to offspring).... Read More

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TRF to Create Secretariat Center at Kentucky Horse Park

April 01, 2003

Two of Kentucky's most famous industries, bourbon and horse racing, have united to raise money for a new 25-acre center at the Kentucky Horse Park to facilitate adoption of former racehorses. Since 1996, Maker's Mark and Keeneland have produced ... Read More

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Kentucky Ag Commissioner Issues Agro-Terrorism Statement

April 01, 2003

As the United States fights a war in Iraq and a larger war against terrorism, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith has called upon farmers and farm businesses to do their part to secure the nation's food supply.
"Since Sept. 11,... Read More

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Heel Pain in Horses

April 01, 2003

Many conditions that cause heel pain can be successfully treated, so a "heel pain" diagnosis is certainly not an athletic death knell for many horses. Some horses confirmed with navicular disease itself can also be treated successfully and continue... Read More

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Responsible Horse Ownership

April 01, 2003

Animal rights, owner responsibility, health and welfare, and all the attendant issues occupy more and more of our time and energy these days as we horse owners struggle to find a place in our busy lives for what once was a routine part of life i... Read More

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Caring for a Newly Blind Horse

April 01, 2003

Q. We have a 19-year-old Appaloosa gelding that is going blind fast from a genetic disease. He is not coping with it well; he stumbles around, runs into things, leaves the herd, then gets confused and panics. Any advice or... Read More

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Foaming at the Mouth

April 01, 2003

Q: My friend's 3-year-old filly plays with her tongue so much that she foams at the mouth (without a bit). She also plays with the rails in her stalls at feeding time such that she has foam all over. She is not cribbing or... Read More

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Mare vs. Stallion Genes

April 01, 2003

Q: I hear people talking about how genetic lines all trace through the paternal side of the horse. What about the mares? What quality of foal would you get if you doubled on the maternal side, linebreeding (mating related... Read More

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Kicking Out at Feeding Time

April 01, 2003

My gelding is stall kicking. I'm not there at feeding time, but my trainer tells me the stall kicking occurs when it's feeding time. The same thing happened the last two places he lived. She has tried feeding him first, but that didn't help.... Read More

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Faulty Bone Formation

April 01, 2003

A disease that can be debilitating in young horses is osteochondrosis. This affliction has its genesis during the youngster's growing years and can compromise the horse's ability to perform later in life if it is not dealt with early.... Read More

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Traveling With Your Horse: Home Away From Home

April 01, 2003

You've decided to hit the road with your horse for a competition, overnight trail ride, or a pack ... Read More