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Dealing with Old Injuries

June 01, 2006

Will physical therapy help my horse become more supple, or can I have the scar tissue removed surgically?... Read More

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Unexplained Swelling

June 01, 2006

I found my gelding lying down with swollen legs and a cut inside his nostril. Could this be a snakebite?... Read More

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For the Good of All

June 01, 2006

This past January, the AAEP held its Resort Meeting in Rome, Italy. Immediately following, the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) held its 9th Congress across the Mediterranean Ocean in Marrakech, Morocco. It was not a coincidence that the... Read More

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The World's Horses

June 01, 2006

In the country they transport clean water and firewood and are the power for the plow or the cart to market. In the cities they serve as the builder’s van, the taxi, and the refuse collection service. Most of the horses, donkeys, and mules on... Read More

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Horse Learning

June 01, 2006

In a web site advice column written by a veterinarian, he claimed that if a blacksmith trims or shoes a horse incorrectly so that the horse becomes lame within a couple of weeks of work, the horse will make the connection that the blacksmith was... Read More

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Weather Extremes

June 01, 2006

A record hurricane season and drought conditions throughout the United States last year hammered home the message that horse owners need to be prepared for the effects of extreme weather conditions. The immediate effects of these conditions... Read More

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Equality or Survival

June 01, 2006

How can we help? That was the question asked over and over by myself, veterinarians, and other visitors as we helplessly walked by stall after stall of sick and injured working mules and donkeys at the hospital run by the Society for the Protection... Read More

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Olecranon Fracture Repair Has Good Prognosis

June 01, 2006

Olecranon (point of the elbow) fractures are common orthopedic problems in foals often attributable to being kicked while playing, rambunctious behavior, or falling over backward (which they are more apt to do than older horses).

In a joint... Read More

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Repeated Follicle Aspiration Doesn't Affect Fertility

June 01, 2006

Veterinarians are increasingly using repeated transvaginal ultrasound-guided follicle aspiration (TVUFA) to collect eggs from mares for research and clinical applications. Currently, the main use of TVUFA for client-owned mares is for oocyte... Read More

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Pasture and Fencing

June 01, 2006

It's worth the time and expense to establish productive and nutritious pasture, then maintain it. And if you maintain your pasture, you'll want to keep your horses secure with a safe fencing system.

The following are tips on management of your... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 6: The Head and Neck

June 01, 2006

The equine head can be compared to a computer. Housed within the skull are the major components--the brain and the sense organs. In addition to functioning like a computer, the equine head contains teeth for cropping grass and chewing food, and all... Read More

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Young Riders' Championships a Springboard to Success

June 01, 2006

For many competitors, the CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships (NAJYRC) is their first experience riding on a team, as well as their first time competing under international rules. The Championships serve as a proving ground... Read More

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American Horse Council Considers Unwanted Horse Coalition Proposal

June 01, 2006

The American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.

At the AHC issues forum in April 2005, the American... Read More

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Awards Presented at American Horse Council Meeting

June 01, 2006

On April 4, the American Horse Council (AHC) presented its Rolapp Award to Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky. Lewis serves on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and has been instrumental in passage of horse industry-related bills. For more informatio... Read More

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Drought Forces Bureau of Land Management to Limit Births

June 01, 2006

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed the use of a non-hormonal contraceptive--porcine zona pellucida (PZP)--over the next five years to limit equine overpopulation of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM officials say the range... Read More

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Florida Farms on Alert in Wake of Confirmed MRLS Case

June 01, 2006

About 200 people gathered at an April 6 meeting at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. pavilion in Ocala, Fla., for an update on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The syndrome is believed to be responsible for at least three equine deaths in... Read More

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Ford Raises $200,000 to Help Wild Horses

June 01, 2006

More than 26,000 wild horses and burros are currently housed in temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding sites, and Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Funds Record Research

June 01, 2006

The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a record total of $957,260 for equine research projects in 2006. In a meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 27, the board approved launch of 12 new projects,... Read More

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HSUS Makes Statement on Cloning

June 01, 2006

On March 30, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reacted to the announcement of two successful commercial cloning ventures and additional clones that were expected to be born this spring. (See Read More

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Micro Management

June 01, 2006

As Congress considers legislation that would establish the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), horse industry officials are seeking to drive home the message that microchips are  a means of identifying equines--not an avenue for the... Read More

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Senate to Vote on Florida Veterinary Practice Act

June 01, 2006

Two years after the Florida Board of Veterinary Practice formally interpreted the state's Veterinary Practice Act to include a number of alternative therapies among practices limited to licensed veterinarians--to the dismay of many horse owners... Read More

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Study Leads to Safer Caterpillar Insecticides

June 01, 2006

Experts predicted that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) would begin showing up in greater numbers in Central Kentucky this spring, making it an especially important time for area horse farms to be implementing control strategies. One such strategy ... Read More

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Tennessee Bill Would Allow Artificial Insemination Without Veterinary Supervision

June 01, 2006

A Tennessee bill, which was to reach Gov. Phil Bredesen's desk in late April, would consider artificial insemination (AI) a farm management practice, meaning the state would no longer require veterinary supervision in order to artificially... Read More

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USDA Announces Method for Enforcing Horse Protection Act

June 01, 2006

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on April 14 the use of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to enforce the Horse Protection Act. The method will detect horses that have been subjected to soring, a... Read More

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Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

June 01, 2006

Preparation for taking care of horses in emergencies and disasters starts with training emergency responders (firefighters, rescue squad members, veterinarians, police, humane, animal control and sheriff's officers, and search and rescue... Read More