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Ellis Park to Conduct Random Milkshake Testing

July 05, 2005

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will randomly test horses before every race during its 2005 meet for alkalizing agents known as milkshakes.

Under Ellis' milkshake testing policy, the track will require a random number of horses entered in... Read More

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International Breeding

July 01, 2005

I brought two Walking Horse mares to France. I would like to breed to a U.S. stallion and want to know what the success rate might be with shipped frozen or cooled semen. Will I run into importation red... Read More

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How to Improve Stallion Fertility?

July 01, 2005

I have a young (4-year-old) Dutch warmblood stallion with some fertility issues. However, he has had good fertility and a good sperm cell count. He has low motility, some poor morphology, and some dead and immature sperm cells. The longevity of... Read More

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A Stallion as a Problem Breeder

July 01, 2005

We purchased a stallion for breeding at nine years of age. He had bred before, but curiously had very few offspring for his impeccable credentials. He was a lovely stallion, very well-behaved, and a perfect gentleman to work around. When we... Read More

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Prosthetics: Science, Not Science Fiction

July 01, 2005

There is a roadside pasture in Pullman, Wash., where a black Quarter Horse stallion has been known to stop traffic. It's not simply the pastoral beauty of a handsome horse in a natural setting that draws attention. Rather, it's that this... Read More

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Spiders: Insect Invaders

July 01, 2005

Spider venom's prime function is to paralyze insect prey so the spider can dine on them.... Read More

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Severed Extensor Tendon

July 01, 2005

One afternoon in December, my gelding George lurched into the barn with a hole where his knee used to be. The emergency veterinarian, Dr. Zimmerman, soon confirmed our worst fears: George's extensor tendon was severed, his... Read More

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Leg Injury Rehabilitation

July 01, 2005

When your veterinarian informs you that your 6-year-old gelding has sustained a suspensory ligament injury in his left foreleg, your heart sinks. Not only are you concerned about the amount of pain and suffering your horse will endure in the... Read More

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Dung Beetles

July 01, 2005

Dung beetles are amazing insects that spend their lives mucking out your pastures. The adults use liquid contents for nourishment, and they lay eggs in small manure balls (brood balls) they bury in the ground. In the process, they serve as... Read More

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Trailer Shopping 101

July 01, 2005

Fulfilling your equestrian goals without a horse trailer is difficult. Your facility might be the best one going, but to really stretch your wings, it's good to get out in the rest of the world. Even if you're happy staying put, medical emergencies... Read More

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Photosensitization in the Horse

July 01, 2005

 

Photosensitization is a serious skin condition characterized by "sunburned," crusty skin that dies and sloughs away. It is usually caused by a reaction to something the horse has eaten, but the skin problem does not appear until the... Read More

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Stone Bruises

July 01, 2005

Though a seemingly innocuous injury, a stone bruise can result in a horse's demise if left untreated.... Read More

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Treadmills for Diagnosing Lameness

July 01, 2005

Through the years, the treadmill has been a valuable asset in diagnosing various respiratory problems and complications in athletic horses, especially those involving the larynx and upper airways. Now another dimension has been added--the evaluation ... Read More

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Strangles: What to Know

July 01, 2005

The first reported case of strangles in a horse was in the year 1251, and it has continued to worry horse owners since that time. Your veterinarian has a wealth of knowledge about strangles infections in horses. This article will expose you to the... Read More

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Jiminy Crickets!

July 01, 2005

If it's the right thing to do, why don't people do it? We assume good people in all walks of life, in every business, ask that same question. Horse owners have a common bond--the horse. That animal gives many of us a livelihood, and all of us... Read More

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A Promising Future

July 01, 2005

When equine industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., on April 19 for the first Unwanted Horse Summit, it marked the start of an unprecedented effort by the horse community to address the care and fate of this country's “unwanted” horses. The... Read More

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Strangles Risk and Treatment

July 01, 2005

Strangles is hardly a new disease, having been recognized as a contagious bacterial problem in horses for centuries. Yet it still remains a troublesome and persistent issue, and it is identified worldwide. Research has been directed toward... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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Farrier Licensing Controversy

July 01, 2005

Horseshoers (farriers) in the United States have long practiced with no regulation and only voluntary certification, but some in the industry think that should change--soon. An American Farrier's Association (AFA) task force presented a proposal... Read More

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Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

July 01, 2005

In response to an increased threat of the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and H.R. 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allar... Read More

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Herpesvirus Breakthrough

July 01, 2005

Preliminary research on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing modified live virus (Rhinomune) appears to be more effective in preventing infection than killed... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Outbreak

July 01, 2005

As of May 26, there are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia Horse Center in Maryland. The facility has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late... Read More