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Fly Masks

November 01, 2002

When I am bringing fly-masked horses in from the field, I feel insecure, as if it's hard to tell what they are doing. I always feel better when fall comes and the masks come off. I've talked to other people who feel the same way. Do you know... Read More

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Truck Training

November 01, 2002

I recently had a difficult time trailering my horse to a show. While loading him, we had backed the trailer up to the barn, which resulted in a situation where he became afraid of the truck/trailer by the barn area. After returning from the... Read More

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Legalities of Equine Rescue

November 01, 2002

Driving home one evening at dusk, you notice a horse standing listlessly in a small, fenced paddock on a farm located a few miles from your home. The horse looks quite thin, almost to the point of emaciation, and there is neither food nor water... Read More

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Is Dietary Fat Really Healthy?

November 01, 2002

Marketing claims regarding the virtues of fat in equine diets are plentiful. Statements such as "Added dietary fat for improved performance," "Increased stamina," "Calm energy," or "Improved coat and hoof condition" abound. Indeed, at times it i... Read More

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Joint Disease Model

November 01, 2002

Horse owners are familiar with the devastating effects of osteoarthritis (OA) in performance horses. Methods to detect OA earlier, treat it more effectively, and slow its course are heavily researched. One problem, however, is the lack of an... Read More

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Chronic Uterine Torsion in Mares

November 01, 2002

In late pregnancy, mares are susceptible to a dangerous complication called uterine torsion. Accounting for 5-10% of obstetrical emergencies, twisting of the uterus can be fatal to fetus and mare if left untreated. The hallmark of acute uterine... Read More

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Foal Sex Selection

November 01, 2002

Sex selection of foals prior to conception is highly desirable for horse breeders. Currently, sperm can be sorted by their X and Y chromosomes, improving odds of sex selection through artificial insemination. Flow cytometry measures DNA in cells... Read More

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Underrun Heels--Not So Innocent

November 01, 2002

Underrun heels sounds like an innocent term. Certainly it doesn't strike fear into the hearts of horse owners in the same way as, say, navicular syndrome. It should. The disorder is so common today that many people fail to see it as an... Read More

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Understanding Back Pain

November 01, 2002

Since the beginning of his involvement with man, the horse has been used to either pull heavy loads or carry a rider or packs upon his back. Prior to the advent of the gasoline engine, a great many horses were bred for pulling strength and power... Read More

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Things to be Thankful For

November 01, 2002

With fall comes Thanksgiving, followed quickly by Christmas, then the New Year starts us all over again. Where did 2002 go? Where have the past few years gone? In 1999, we were all worried about Y2K (haven't heard that one in a while, huh?). Lat... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Challenge Study

November 01, 2002

Research and development representatives from Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH) presented results from their challenge study of the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine on Sept. 18. The information was presented at the World Organisation for Animal Healt... Read More

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USDA Vaccine Licensing

November 01, 2002

Any company trying to put a new vaccine on the market must follow a specific process to obtain a license from the USDA before the product can be used in the horse population. A vaccine receives either a conditional or full license after a series... Read More

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WNV Holds Up Australian Quarantine

November 01, 2002

The Australian Horse Industry Council congratulated quarantine authorities for their actions in the case of a horse which became sick during quarantine in Sydney and later was determined to have West Nile virus (WNV). Horse Council president Pau... Read More

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Comfrey Targeted for Removal

November 01, 2002

Earlier this year, the Association of Animal Feed Control Officers (AAFCO, a non-profit organization of state and federal feed regulators that has no regulatory power, but helps guide national interpretation of feed laws) planned to select one o... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for WNV

November 01, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular Thoroughbred gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Sept. 9 with West Nile virus (WNV), said Bob Vallance, DVM, the horse's local veterinarian in Maryland.

Vallance was in daily... Read More

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New Surgical Treatment for Suspensory Injury

November 01, 2002

Suspensory injuries are common in athletic horses. The suspensory ligament extends down the back of the lower leg from the knee or the hock and lies between the flexor tendons and the cannon bone. There are a number of treatments for injured... Read More

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Hoof Project Foundation Will Fund Lameness Research

November 01, 2002

Combining scientific research with real-life case management is the mission of the new Hoof Project Foundation headed by David Hood, DVM, PhD. Noted for his research on hoof problems such as laminitis, Hood hopes to work with the horse-owning... Read More

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Feeding Management for Stressful Situations

November 01, 2002

"Anytime you ask a horse to be a performance horse (taking him out of his natural environment), you put him in a stressful situation," said Joe Pagan, PhD, owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in Versailles, Ky., during his presentation... Read More

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Eventing Recommended for Exclusion from the 2008 Olympics

November 01, 2002

The Olympic Programme Commission report recommending that eventing be excluded from the 2008 Olympics was presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on Aug. 28 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The commission was in charge of... Read More

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New Flair Nasal Strip Study

November 01, 2002

A recent study completed by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) suggests that Flair nasal strips decrease the amount of work required for respiratory muscles in equine athletes during intense exercise, and might reduce the amount of... Read More

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Flair Strips Acquired By Merial

November 01, 2002

Merial, the company which makes GastroGard (omeprazole), Eqvalan (ivermectin) and Zimectrin (ivermectin) recently acquired Flair Equine Nasal Strips. The strips were invented by two equine veterinarians and developed in 1999 by CNS, Inc., which... Read More

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Renowned Artist Supports Equine Research

November 01, 2002

Richard Stone Reeves is designating a portion of the proceeds from his limited edition Mr. Prospector lithograph to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (GJCRF). Mr. Prospector was one of the leading Thoroughbred sires of the 20th... Read More

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Breeding Soundness Exam of the Mare

November 01, 2002

Horse breeding is a time-consuming and expensive business. Therefore, horse breeders must be able to assess the likelihood of a mare being able to conceive, carry a fetus through a pregnancy, and deliver a live foal. While unforeseen problems ca... Read More

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Equine Glaucoma

November 01, 2002

The glaucomas are a group of diseases resulting from alterations in the formation and drainage of aqueous humor (clear eye fluid), which causes an increase in intraocular (within the eye) pressure (IOP) above that compatible with normal function... Read More

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Foaling Alarms--Expecting Company?

November 01, 2002

There are several types of foaling alarms available. They are designed to notify the person responsible (owner, farm manager, or foaling attendant) that the mare is in labor. ... Read More