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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

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Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicine

October 15, 2001

Guidelines For Alternative And Complementary Veterinary Medicine

(Approved by AVMA House of Delegates, 1996)

Preamble

Veterinary medicine, like all professions, is... Read More

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So You Want to Breed...

October 15, 2001

Breeding season is just around the corner, and you might be one of the thousands of mare owners considering breeding your mare. Before taking the plunge and becoming a full-time reproduction service, you should create a realistic expectation of... Read More

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Reflections

October 15, 2001

We all miss school, at least parts of it. Before you fall off your chair laughing, try to think back to when you took a course that really grabbed your attention. You could argue and discuss the finer points of literature or math or... Read More

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The Farm's First-Aid Kit

October 15, 2001

Most horse owners equip their barns, stables, and trailers with an equine first-aid kit. However, most of these kits are either overstocked or inadequately maintained. Outdated drugs, contaminated ointments, and irritating medications can do mor... Read More

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Horse Protection Act

October 15, 2001

The following information was provided by Tim Cordes, DVM, Senior Staff Veterinarian, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services. The Horse Protection Act was put in place and is being modified in order to prevent... Read More

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Late Gestation Mare Management

October 15, 2001

The final months of a mare's gestation period are anxious ones. As an owner during those final weeks, one is filled with anticipation now that the date of birth is approaching. At the same time, there are those disquieting concerns about... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

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Diversity

October 15, 2001

Admit it. You, the ultimate dressage competitor, have always wanted to ride in a competitive trail class. You "trail ride" your horse, don't you? Open a few gates without getting off. Walk over the railroad ties or logs instead of... Read More

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What Can Your Veterinarian Do for Parasite Control?

October 15, 2001

In-feed wormer? Pastes? Stomach tube? Field rotation?

With a myriad of choices, designing a worming program for your horse can prove quite cumbersome. Unfortunately, the increased availability of commercial... Read More

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The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... Read More

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Probiotics

October 15, 2001

Horse management practices have drawn from many sources, but the link between an increasingly popular system for improving digestion in the horse and turn of the century Bulgarian peasants is perhaps one of the most exotic. Shortly before World... Read More

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Ovuplant: Improving the Odds

October 15, 2001

If you're a breeder, frankly, it pays to be in the livestock business. Cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs all make life easy for those trying to produce young stock--they are all "facultative-induced ovulators," meaning that matings early in their... Read More

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Veterinarian's Role In Equine Insurance

October 15, 2001

Why Insure?

Over the last several years, more and more horses are being insured. The purchase of a horse or horses is a significant investment relative to purchase price and ultimate maintenance. For many buyers, the... Read More

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Mysterious Eye Inflammation Traced to Plant Burrs

October 15, 2001

Fall and winter sometimes bring unexplained eye problems in horses and cattle, with irritation and inflammation, or corneal ulcers. Some of the horses examined at these college clinics over the past several years had microscopic barbed "slivers"... Read More

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Joints: Part 1

October 15, 2001

The mechanical engineering involved in the structuring of equine joints is both complex and masterful. Not only do healthy joints allow the horse to move freely, but they also help to effectively absorb concussion, especially when the horse is... Read More

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Management of Twins: Have We a New Option?

October 15, 2001

As has been discussed in earlier issues of The Horse, twinning is highly undesirable in the mare. The advent of ultrasound has allowed earlier detection of multiple pregnancies from around Days 14 to 16 post-breeding, and the majority of... Read More

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Hope

October 15, 2001

When someone you know dies, it is human nature to become reflective. You think about how that person touched your life and the lives of others around you. You think about your own life--the brevity and uncertainty of each day and what... Read More

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Making Every Health Dollar Count

October 15, 2001

One of the most important aspects of owning a horse is the relationship an owner has with his or her veterinarian. In these days of advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, horses live longer, healthier lives, and therefore, give their... Read More

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Who Is My Equine Neighbour?

October 15, 2001

Many of us will remember the story of the Good Samaritan from the gospel of Luke, when the lawyer asked Jesus to define "who is my neighbor?" This question was asked because the lawyer didn't want to have to go out of his way to help someone tha... Read More

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The Equine Eye

October 15, 2001

Because it is a prey animal, the horse has both monocular and binocular vision. Its monocular vision is the result of having one eye located on each side of the skull instead of both eyes in the front. This means that the horse has far greater periph... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: The Olympic Question

October 15, 2001

(The following information was presented by Lee Brooks, DVM, the state veterinarian for Georgia, at the American Horse Council's Horse Health Committee meeting. Following this information is a summary from Georgia and the USDA giving... Read More

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Horse Trailer Safety and Value

October 15, 2001

At home, on the road, and at your destination, a horse trailer must safeguard the horse. And as long as you own it--which could total the lifetimes of several horses and towing vehicles--a safe trailer proves the worth of your investment.

A... Read More