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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

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The Tapeworm Life Cycle

August 20, 2003

The most significant single difference between the tapeworm and most other parasite life cycles is that the tapeworm life cycle involves an intermediate host--the forage (or oribatid) mite. This mite is highly prevalent in equine environments,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Antibody Product Receives Conditional License

August 19, 2003

The USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a conditional license to Novartis Animal Vaccines, Inc., for the manufacture and distribution of West Nile Virus Antibody, Equine Origin, for treatment of disease caused by West Nile... Read More

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Melanomas: Gray Horses vs. Solid-Colored Horses

August 19, 2003

A recent Austrian study has shown that melanomas in gray horses are less malignant than those found in solid-colored horses characterized by early metastases (cancer that started from cancer cells from another part of the body). Researchers... Read More

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Seabiscuit Star Stevens Released from Hospital; Sidelined for a Month

August 18, 2003

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who miraculously escaped serious injury after being thrown by Storming Home a stride from the wire in the Arlington Million on Saturday, was released from Northwest Community Hospital yesterday in good... Read More

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Canadian Horse Killers Going to Jail

August 15, 2003

According to CBC Alberta, three teenagers who shot at four horses in northeastern Alberta will be incarcerated and have to pay hefty fines for the crime.

Three of the horses died from their wounds. The 17-year-old boys had earlier pleade... Read More

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U.K. Gelding Wounded in Knife Attack

August 15, 2003

The hindquarters of a 15-year-old gelding in Devon, United Kingdom, were slashed in a suspected knife attack, according to Horse and Hound online (HHO).

"He has been cut twice, probably by a long knife, leaving a gash 6 in. long and 4 in... Read More

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2003 West Nile Virus Updates

August 15, 2003

The West Nile virus (WNV) 2003 season is well underway. Reports of equine cases are steadily rolling in from states where the virus has been detected before, and veterinary and public health officials in those states that haven't experienced... Read More

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High-Tech Horse Raising

August 13, 2003

Tracking the growth of young horses is going high-tech with a computer program called Gro-Trac. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the program allows breeders to compare the growth rates of horses on their farms to others of the same... Read More

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EEE in Wisconsin: Officials Say to Take Precautions

August 13, 2003

Eastern equine encephalitis has struck again in northwest Wisconsin, two years after a major outbreak that killed at least 42 horses (see article #2852), prompting the acting state veterinarian to urge horse owners again to vaccinate and... Read More

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First Texas Case of Anthrax in 2003

August 12, 2003

Texas officials have detected the state's first case of anthrax for 2003 in a white-tailed deer near Del Rio. "It's not unusual to have a few cases of anthrax in livestock or deer each year in Texas," said Bob Hillman, DVM, state veterinarian an... Read More

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Expansion Plans Will Lead to More Jobs at Alltech

August 12, 2003

Alltech has announced plans for the expansion of three of their corporate facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Great Britain. With the expansions, the company expects to add 350 new jobs in areas ranging from operations and... Read More

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Remaining Saddlebred Recovering Well

August 12, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, the remaining injured Saddlebred under veterinary treatment at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky., is recovering well and might be returning home sometime next week, according to his treating... Read More

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Three Horses Euthanized, Jockeys Seriously Injured in Del Mar Spill

August 12, 2003

Edited from track reports

Jockeys Tyler Baze and Jose Silva suffered serious injuries Monday in a five-horse spill which marred the running of the fourth race at Del Mar.

Xrays disclosed that Baze sustained fractures of... Read More

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What Can We Do To Feel Safe?

August 10, 2003

It's dark out. You can't see, but you know the drill. You're used to it because it's always dark at 5:00 a.m. when you feed the horses. Yet, something is different about this morning. Maybe it's the sound of a gate left unlatched clanging... Read More

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New Holder of World's Tallest Horse Title

August 08, 2003

The title of "Tallest Living Horse in the World" went to an 11-year-old Percheron horse named Goliath on July 24. He stands 19.1 hands high, or 6"5' at the withers, weighs in at around 2,500 pounds, and is based in Mount Pleasant, Texas.... Read More

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"Horse Ripper" Strikes Again in Germany

August 08, 2003

A "horse ripper" suspected of killing more than 40 horses in Germany struck again on Aug. 5, according to The Guardian, an online newspaper in London.

The two horses killed were mares kept in Helmstedt, near Hanover, and another... Read More

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Five Fillies Die in Central Kentucky Barn Fire

August 08, 2003

Five Thoroughbred fillies scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale were killed Aug. 7 when a fire believed caused by lightning destroyed a barn at Oscar Penn Jr.'s Penn Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Farm manager... Read More

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Death of a Derby Winner: Slaughterhouse Likely Fate for Ferdinand

August 08, 2003

(Reported by The Blood-Horse, 7/25/03) Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Ferdinand Followup: Owners Promise to Tighten Contracts and Supervision

August 08, 2003

(Published in the Aug. 2 issue of The Blood-Horse) In the wake of the disturbing news of Ferdinand's demise in Japan, letters and e-mails from fans expressing both regret and anger have flooded in-boxes. It is likely, however,... Read More

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Free Equine Rescue Seminar

August 06, 2003

What would you do if your horse got stuck in the mud around the pond or at a river crossing? What if he were trapped in an overturned trailer? Those are just two of the scenarios that will be addressed in free equine rescue seminars sponsored by... Read More

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First Cloned Horse Born

August 06, 2003

The world's first cloned horse, created by Italian scientists from a single skin cell taken from a mare, has been born, according to a Washington Post article.

The birth of the healthy foal, announced in Thursday's issue of the... Read More

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Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Confirmed in Two Maryland Horses

August 06, 2003

The first positive cases of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) this year in Maryland have been confirmed in two Lower Eastern Shore horses. Tissues from two horses, both from the Pocomoke City area in Worcester County, were submitted to the... Read More

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Blister Beetles Kill Horses

August 05, 2003

Three horses recently died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two have returned after treatment at the University of Florida following ingestion of alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivered from a... Read More