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Canadian Horse Welfare

September 01, 2006

The horse industry across Canada for the past couple of years has been a bit like a ship in stormy seas. It has been buffeted about, with some of the waves splashing over to its neighbor to the south, but it is now finding itself in calmer... Read More

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Welfare Concerns

September 01, 2006

Because protecting the health and welfare of the horse is one of the American Association of Equine Practitioner's (AAEP) core missions, the association has a standing committee of equine veterinarians dedicated to continuously monitoring issues... Read More

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Trailer Maintenance, Right on Schedule

September 01, 2006

We rely on our trailers to transport our horses safely and reliably. So it stands to reason that we should pay close attention to their maintenance and soundness. But in the busy life of the modern equestrian, trailer upkeep can easily be pushed... Read More

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Damage From Within

September 01, 2006

Mycotoxins can form in plants within hours and they can reach maximum concentration within one to two weeks. ... Read More

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NSAIDs: Not All They're 'Stacked' Up To Be

September 01, 2006

Bute and Banamine are two of the most common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the market, and they easily accessible to nearly every horse owner. They can be the first line of defense in emergency cases such as colic, and... Read More

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Colic Surgery Risk Factors

September 01, 2006

Studies have also shown that colic surgery mortality rates are higher than that of any other surgical procedure--most likely because the horse's system is already compromised when the animal is anesthetized.... Read More

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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More

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Good Foot Gone Bad

September 01, 2006

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center, spoke about several common and sometimes debilitating hoof problems that can materialize with little or no warning, such as laminitis, white line disease, and hoof abscesses.... Read More

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Barbaro "Stable," Has Laminitis

September 01, 2006

In early- to mid-July, Barbaro developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery was pronounced "poor" by Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New... Read More

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Horse Genome Map in the Works

September 01, 2006

A Thoroughbred mare will soon join the human, mouse, dog, and other species on the list of mammals whose genomes have been sequenced and mapped. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is currently working on a high-level equine... Read More

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Genome Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

September 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the consortium project titled "Program in Equin... Read More

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Accidental Poisoning Kills 27 Horses at Texas Boarding Barn

September 01, 2006

Twenty-seven horses died the week of July 16 from apparent accidental poisoning at a boarding farm in College Station, Texas.

Researchers at nearby Texas A&M University (TAMU) suspect a pesticide fumigant used in a feed silo nearby was... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 31 States

September 01, 2006

Thirty-one states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated July 25). The disease has infected horses in 10 states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa,... Read More

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House Subcommittees Hear Slaughter Bill

September 01, 2006

In late July, two House subcommittees heard testimonies from horse industry leaders on H.R. 503, a bill to ban horse slaughter. On July 27, Agricultural Subcommittee members voted 37-3 to send the bill to the House floor and strongly recommended... Read More

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Scientists Investigate Dewormers' Effects

September 01, 2006

Recent research indicates that when selecting a dewormer, a horse owner should consider the season, the horse's access to grass, and the animal's body condition. German scientists have shown that the bowel walls of small strongyle-infected ponies... Read More

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Clone of Show Jumping Gelding Born

September 01, 2006

Researchers announced the June 2 birth of a clone of the Warmblood show jumping champion E.T. The colt, named E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion, was produced to further the 20-year-old gelding's line.

According to release from Cryozootech, a French... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worst on Record

September 01, 2006

Saskatchewan, Canada, is experiencing its worst anthrax year on record. Animal health authorities have quarantined more than 86 premises in Saskatchewan for suspected anthrax contamination and have deemed 409 animal deaths (including one horse)... Read More

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EVA Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

September 01, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center confirmed an EVA outbreak involving fetal... Read More

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MRLS Cases Confirmed in New Jersey

September 01, 2006

A horse farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in pastures where there was an abundance of Eastern tent caterpillars.

Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock... Read More

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Preparing for Disaster

September 01, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) reminds horse owners and veterinarians that when an emergency or natural disaster strikes, it is in the best interest of the horse for everyone to be prepared. With this in mind, the AAEP... Read More

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Flicka, the Motion Picture, to Open October 20

September 01, 2006

"Flicka," a contemporary motion picture adaptation of Mary O'Hara's novel My Friend Flicka, will open in theaters Oct. 20.

The filmmakers have re-engineered the story, changing the main character from a boy to a girl. In the new film,... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter Award Debuts in 2006

September 01, 2006

The USEF Youth Sportsman's Charter program is designed for junior members who are current members of both the USEF and their recognized national affiliate. The youth candidates are to demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the... Read More

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Veterinary News Network Brings Animal Care Into Nation's Living Rooms

September 01, 2006

Veterinary News Network (VNN), a national network of veterinarians, reached more than an estimated 66 million households in the United States and Canada in its first year. VNN specializes in producing and distributing complete news packages for... Read More

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Team USA Wins WEG Silver in Show Jumping, Drivers Placed Well After Dressage

September 01, 2006

It was a late start for the show jumpers on Thursday at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), but it is better late than never. The Main Stadium was once again packed to the rafters, full of fans cheering the competitors and... Read More