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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

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AAEP Preview: State of the Art Lecture

November 01, 2002

Innovation in equine medicine is the hallmark of the AAEP Convention's State of the Art Lecture, and this year will be no different. David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Chairman and Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New Bolton Center's... Read More

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AAEP Preview: An Educational State

November 01, 2002

While "the mouse" usually is king in Orlando, for a week in early December the horse takes center stage as the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) descends on that city for its annual convention. The AAEP hosts some of the best... Read More

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The Body's Building Blocks

November 01, 2002

Like a structure made of tinker toys, protein is composed of smaller pieces--the amino acids. These can be rearranged to form the different types of protein-based tissues in the body. Protein is one of the basic nutrient elements of the equine... Read More

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Environmental Effects on Hormone Activity

October 31, 2002

Some compounds present in the environment, both from natural and man-made sources, can disrupt the delicate hormone balance necessary for reproduction in several species possibly including horses, according to Cynthia Corbitt Gulledge, PhD, of... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses Becomes a Priority

October 30, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia, Illinois, and California... Read More

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

October 30, 2002

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a... Read More

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Fall Abortions in Kentucky

October 28, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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Kentucky Drug Council Discusses EPO Options

October 25, 2002

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council met Thursday at Keeneland to discuss options to identify and enforce the prohibited use of erythropoietin (EPO). The drug, commonly called EPO and marketed under the name Epogen, is suspected to be in us... Read More

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Effects of Airport Radiation on Shipped Semen

October 25, 2002

As airports across the country and around the world continue to tighten security, there is a growing concern among some researchers that increased irradiation levels for screening luggage and shipped parcels have the potential for damaging... Read More

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The Gray Gene

October 23, 2002

British scientists have identified the distinctive gene that gives about 3% of the Thoroughbred population the gray coat color, and they plan to continue studying the genetics in hopes of learning why grays are more prone to developing melanomas... Read More

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Varner Wins Theriogenology Award

October 23, 2002

The American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) recently honored Dickson Varner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Texas A&M University, as the 2002 Theriogenologist of the Year. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in the field... Read More

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AQHA Announces Equine Public Service Award Winner

October 23, 2002

EL NINOS POCO, a 1998 bay gelding, was honored October 18 at the Great Midwest International Quarter Horse Show in Valley City, North Dakota. First announced in 2001, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Equine Public Service Award... Read More