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Evaluating Saddle Fit

February 04, 2005

The initial saddle fit examination begins with evaluation of the horse's back, including a fingertip exploration of the entire area under the saddle to identify any bumps caused by friction or areas of localized pain or swelling, he said. Also, the h... Read More

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Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced to Congress

February 03, 2005

The Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has been reintroduced to Congress as bill H.R. 503. Congressman John Sweeney of New York is the lead sponsor of H.R. 503 and introduced the bill on Feb. 1 as "A bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibi... Read More

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Facts About Blood

February 02, 2005

Blood is an essential component of the mechanism whereby oxygen is transferred from the lungs to all of the body's organs and tissues. So just how much blood does a horse have anyway?... Read More

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Saddlebred Exhumation Under Way

February 02, 2005

The much anticipated court-ordered exhumation of the body of champion Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked began this morning under gray skies and amidst chilling temperatures at Double D Ranch near Versailles, Ky. Wicked was one of five top American... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Testing

February 01, 2005

Piroplasmosis is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by one of two parasites, Babesia equi or Babesia caballi, which attack and destroy red blood cells in horses. The mortality rate can be as high as 20% among susceptible... Read More

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Saddlebred Exhumation Set for Feb. 2

February 01, 2005

The exhumation of the body of champion Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked from its resting place on Double D Ranch in Woodford County, Kentucky, is set to commence on Feb. 2.

Wicked was one of five horses injected with a necrotizing... Read More

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Plight of the Unwanted Horse

February 01, 2005

"Unwanted horses" within the domestic equine population have been determined by someone to be no longer needed or useful, or their owners are no longer interested in or capable of providing care for them physically or financially. Many unwanted... Read More

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A Rare and Fatal Disease

February 01, 2005

What can you tell me about Tyzzer's disease? I've heard of only two cases in the last 20 years.... Read More

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Getting Back to Work

February 01, 2005

My 5-year-old mare has been suffering from an odd gait problem for a few weeks. She "hikes up" her right hind leg from the hock at a walk, but is perfectly sound at the trot and canter. She has been diagnosed with a form of tenosynovitis... Read More

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Are We Over-Vaccinating?

February 01, 2005

Q: Is there a reliable test to check the titer of immunity before we revaccinate each year for flu, rhino, etc.? Why is a tetanus shot good for five or more years in humans and only one year or less in the... Read More

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Horse Behavior and Women's Reproductive Cycles

February 01, 2005

Do horses (stallions) respond to women's reproductive cycles? I work with a group of stallions, and some days they seem more interested in me. They come right up to me and seem to sniff at me. Could it be in response to my period or to... Read More

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Determining Delivery Time

February 01, 2005

I have two horses I have purchased not knowing they were pregnant. How will I know that they are close to delivery? Will they lose their appetite like my dogs do, or will there be other signs I should look for in the last month of... Read More

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Equine Infectious Anemia: Symptoms and Control

February 01, 2005

EIA is characterized by fever, anemia, jaundice, depression, edema, and chronic weight loss.... Read More

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The ART of Breeding

February 01, 2005

Successful breeding of horses is not always as easy as presenting a receptive mare to a fertile stallion. There are many things that can go awry with the reproductive process. Broodmares that were once fertile and produced many excellent foals... Read More

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Hoof Abscess Goes South

February 01, 2005

My 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Sterling Story, suffered four months with what my vet and I thought was a hoof abscess. He was retired from the track as a 6-year-old, and I have ridden him in dressage and as a trail horse since. He is that... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Clipper Blade Myths and Folklore

February 01, 2005

First, let me explain how this whole thing started. I am a sharpener who does clipper blades, scissors, and clipper repairs for professional groomers, home groomers, colleges, beauticians, etc. Basically, I work for anybody who uses these tools.... Read More

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GI Disease in Foals

February 01, 2005

Despite advances in veterinary medicine, the first few weeks of a foal's life can still be risky. Many health problems can arise, including myriad gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that can quickly drain a youngster of health, vigor, and sometimes... Read More

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Lice on Horses

February 01, 2005

Horses occasionally get lice, and a horse owner needs to know what to look for and how to treat these irritating parasites. Bill Clymer, PhD, of Amarillo, Texas (now a livestock parasitologist on the professional services staff of Fort Dodge... Read More

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Sick Baby? Calories Count!

February 01, 2005

Focusing on proper nutrition can play a key role in getting your sick foal back on a healthy track.... Read More

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EHV in Foals From Vaccinated Mares

February 01, 2005

The results suggest that certain mares have latent EHV-1, experience reactivation of the virus, and pass it on to their foals, allowing viral spread around the farm. Therefore, EHV-1 is continuing a silent cycle among foals even when the mares are... Read More

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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Bits: Pain in the Mouth

February 01, 2005

The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. If a bit is causing pain or discomfort... Read More

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Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the second in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More

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What Price Life?

February 01, 2005

A few dollars vs. thousands of dollars, or total loss? Do you sometimes wonder if horse owners should be made to act more like car owners? For cars, it's mandated that you must have insurance to protect you, and the people around you. Bad... Read More