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Share the Feeling

October 16, 2001

When was the last time you brought a non-horse person close to a horse? I mean really went out of your way to make sure they got to see and touch a horse. When was the last time you introduced a "horsey" friend to your breed or discipline? Let... Read More

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When the Chips are Down: Equine Identification

October 16, 2001

Using microchip technology as a form of equine identification is quite popular in Europe. However, the widespread use of electronic identification systems for tracking diseased or stolen horses, show horses, or horses in transit has been slow to... Read More

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For The Good of the Horse: Dubai Symposium 1996

October 16, 2001

As important as the formal lectures, however, was the opportunity for veterinarians from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas about how to best care for the horse. As the week unfolded, it became apparent that Sheikh Mohammed had... Read More

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The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

October 16, 2001

Then there is the matter of the large colon, with its sacculated construction that seems made to order for twisting or strangulating when the pouches become distended by gas during a bout with colic.

There is also the matter of length. If... Read More

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LSU Equine Veterinary Research: Young and Growing

October 16, 2001

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in Louisiana were influential in funding and building the veterinary school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but the school serves all the state's horses and their owners. Although one... Read More

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Caesarean Sections

October 16, 2001

When your favorite basketball team is leading by a point and the clock is ticking down to the final seconds with your team in possession, time seems to move at a snail's pace. Not so when your favorite mare is in labor and can't seem to deliver ... Read More

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More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More

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What's on the Horizon for Parasite Control

October 16, 2001

Among the plethora of studies and research dedicated to improving equine health, the war against internal parasites has made some of the biggest strides. The most effective dewormer to result from the last 20 years of research is Ivermectin. Tha... Read More

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Why Do Horses Need Dental Care?

October 16, 2001

A horse's teeth begin to erupt in the first few days after birth, and continue to grow throughout most ...... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: First Step On A Long Road

October 16, 2001

I'm not happy, but I am satisfied. I'm not happy because I still think there are more questions than answers about letting horses positive for piroplasmosis enter the United States and compete in the Olympics. I'm not happy because I think this... Read More

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Thermography: Hot Images and a Hot Topic

October 16, 2001

Thermography is a means of examining the horse through a pictorial representation of skin temperature. The technique detects thermal emissions of normal, hotter, and cooler areas, and a thermogram displays slight temperature variations as visual imag... Read More

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Lest We Forget--Dubai International Equine Symposium 1996

October 16, 2001

In recent years, there has been an ongoing change in the attitude of horse owners, a positive growth in their understanding of their animals. At the same time, there has been a change in the desire of owners to know more, and that demand drives... Read More

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Importance of a Purchase Exam

October 16, 2001

There are so many unknowns about a horse that you want to minimize any surprises you may get down the road. Purchasing a horse is an exciting and uplifting experience, and you want your expectations to be fulfilled. In order to avoid any... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: Scientific Information Needed

October 16, 2001

Don't you just hate people who complain all the time and aren't willing to do something about the problem? Me, too. I have been harping on piroplasmosis in this column for the last two months, and we've been covering the controversy stirred up b... Read More

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It's in the Blood

October 16, 2001

Blood tests aren't magic, but they do have broad capability that ranges all the way from helping determine pregnancy to diagnosing rare diseases. So helpful are blood tests in making diagnoses that in most equine clinics and hospitals, they are... Read More

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Colostrum: Nothing Better Than Mother's Milk

October 16, 2001

There might be ongoing debate as to the value of a woman's colostrum versus commercial colostrum products, but for a foal, nothing is better than a mare's milk. Colostrum is specialized milk secreted during the first 24 hours following birth and... Read More

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Boarding: You Get What You Pay For

October 16, 2001

For many horse owners, deciding where to board requires the same careful thought and research as buying a new car, or even a house. Factors such as cost, location, and level of care all figure into the choice. So, too, does the type of horse and... Read More

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Reproductive Challenges: Barren Mares

October 16, 2001

The anticipation and jubilation surrounding the arrival of the first foals of the new year have come for many of us. It is interesting how transient that celebration is. In fact, we are applauding Mother Nature and the victories of last year's... Read More

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Evaluating Placentas Can Pinpoint Potential Problems

October 16, 2001

Although common knowledge among veterinarians, few horse owners know that the condition of a mare's placenta following birth is a useful barometer for gauging the health of a newborn foal. If the placenta appears abnormal, the foal could be at... Read More

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Oversight and Interaction

October 16, 2001

The policies are stringent. A hard line seems to have been drawn. Responsibilities have been assigned. Excruciating details have been put forth. Now the big questions is: Who?

Georgia and the USDA decided to grant waivers to allow... Read More

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Without Warning: Dystocia

October 16, 2001

Eleven months is a long time to wait for the birth of a foal. Even with the best of care, things can go wrong and interrupt the normal development of the fetus and/or compromise the health of the mare.

When the day (or as is often the case,... Read More

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A Breed Apart: Cooled and Frozen Semen

October 15, 2001

The shipping of cooled and frozen semen has opened the door to a wide variety of breeding opportunities for horse owners, providing, of course, that their breed organization permits artificial insemination (AI) with shipped semen. A mare in New... Read More

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Males as Athletes

October 15, 2001

In a crowd of geldings, his presence is conspicuous. The stallion that competes in sport adds extra energy to every step. His distinctive bearing attracts the eye, and he truly displays the look of eagles. Horsemen debate the pros and cons... Read More