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Sleeping Patterns

December 01, 2004

I think my 11-year-old mare isn't getting enough sleep. My mother and I have seen her start to fall asleep in her paddock and in her stall during the day. Her eyes begin to close, her lower lip hangs loose, and her head slowly lowers. When it... Read More

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Seven Deadly Sins

December 01, 2004

No matter a horse's talent, if he consistently engages in difficult, damaging, or dangerous behavior, he risks being found guilty of being a "problem horse." He then will serve time wearing uncomfortable devices designed to break or hinder an... Read More

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Feeling Good About Giving

December 01, 2004

Once again, 'tis the season, and in most horsey households no gift list is complete until the names of equine friends appear right along with Uncle Joe and Cousin Mary Sue. As we do for our human friends and relatives, we want to get just the... Read More

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My Horse Will Eat/Drink...

December 01, 2004

Even though horses are primarily forage eaters, many also seem to like candy, soft drinks, and even meat.... Read More

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Parasite Control Programs for Mature Horses

December 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment in a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

In last month's article, we discussed certain parasites that are found almost exclusively in horses less than two years of... Read More

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GastroGard vs. a Generic Drug

December 01, 2004

It has been reported that more than 80% of highly trained horses will develop gastric ulcers. But only one anti-ulcer drug, GastroGard, has been found to significantly decrease the risk of developing moderate to severe gastric ulcers during... Read More

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MRI for Confirming DDF Tendonitis

December 01, 2004

Tendonitis of the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in horses is a newly recognized cause of foot pain. Radiography and even ultrasonography have failed to detect abnormalities in this tendon, especially as it travels within the hoof capsule and... Read More

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Injecting Cervical Facet Joints

December 01, 2004

The ability to accurately locate and inject the cervical vertebral facet joints, the joints that lie between the transverse processes of the vertebrae, has significant advantages, including the performance of regional nerve blocks and... Read More

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Is Tubal Ligation a Viable Choice?

December 01, 2004

Has laparoscopic unilateral tubal ligation reached a level of safety and success for mares, or is it a procedure yet to be useful and/or effective or cost prohibitive? Why or why not?      Samantha Read More

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Medicinal Control of Tying-Up

December 01, 2004

Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium) is used to control exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER, also called tying-up) in horses. Diagnosis of ER is typically confirmed by a finding of increased serum creatine kinase (CK), which is often greater than 1,000 IU at... Read More

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With Every Fiber of Their Being

December 01, 2004

With the recent Athens Olympics as our inspiration, we might all be pondering what it takes to go "faster, higher, and stronger." Whether you're a human, a hamster, or a horse, the answer, at least in part, is muscle fibers--each of which holds... Read More

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Behavior, Good and Bad?

December 01, 2004

What makes our horses "acceptable" to us, even when they might not be "acceptable" to another owner? As someone who has taken her share of bucks, falls, bounces, and near-misses, at this stage in my life I'm not looking for a new "challenge" or ... Read More

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Vets Prepared for Hurricanes

December 01, 2004

In the days leading up to Hurricane Frances' landfall in Florida, it became apparent that if Marion County were to sustain significant damage from the storm, there was no plan to address ensuing problems relative to the equine population. On... Read More

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The Truth About H.R. 857

December 01, 2004

As lead sponsor of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 857) in the U.S. House of Representatives, I feel it is important to respond to articles recently published in The Horse that grossly misrepresent my bill and the issue... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

December 01, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no livestock restrictions due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease thought to be transmitted by sand flies and black flies that appears every few years in the Southwest. Sick livestock... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Euthanatized

December 01, 2004

Royal Kaliber, a prominent U.S. showjumper, was euthanatized Oct. 8 in the Netherlands. The stallion underwent colic surgery for intestinal adhesions on Sept. 27 and had been recovering well until his progress considerably slowed. Royal Kaliber... Read More

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Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

December 01, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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Plaintiff Would Cooperate in Saddlebred's Exhumation

December 01, 2004

The owner of the ranch near Versailles, Ky., where an American Saddlebred was buried after brutal attacks led to his eventual euthanasia, has expressed in court documents that she would cooperate with requests for exhuming the horse's body if it... Read More

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Seal Signifies Quality of Animal Supplements

December 01, 2004

The Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a Quality Seal Program as part of its ongoing effort to improve and standardize the animal supplement industry. The seal is a way for consumers to know that when they buy a product, they buy fro... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

December 01, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare in early October when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky., because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine... Read More

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Contact Lenses for Horses

December 01, 2004

While they aren't used to improve vision in horses, soft contact lenses can be used to protect the eye and facilitate healing in horses with non-infected ulcerations. Reasons to avoid contacts for a particular horse include reduced tear production... Read More

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Noted Equine Researcher Jack Bryans Dead at 80

December 01, 2004

John T. "Jack" Bryans, MS, PhD, 80, an equine researcher who developed numerous vaccines, died Oct. 2 in Lexington, Ky.

Bryans was internationally recognized for his infectious disease research. Bryans and E. Roger Doll, DVM, MS, discovered... Read More

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Doug Corey Named 2005 AAEP Vice President

December 01, 2004

Doug Corey, DVM, of Adams, Ore., has been selected as the 2005 vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). He will be inducted into office at the AAEP 50th Annual Convention, taking place Dec. 4-8 in Denver, Colo.... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Drug Panel Gets New Members

December 01, 2004

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since the fall of 2003, has been officially reconstituted. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

The terms of members of the previou... Read More

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Australian Mystery Disease

November 29, 2004

Reports have been circulating that there is a disease similar to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) occurring in Australia. In a correspondence, Nigel Perkins, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACT, FACVSc, of the private consulting firm AusVet Animal Health... Read More