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Study Compares Castration Methods

October 04, 2005

Even considering the higher potential for complications, castrations performed in the field are still less expensive (including complications) than sterile procedures performed in a hospital setting, according a United Kingdom study.

The... Read More

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One Mississippi Vet's Stories of the Aftermath

October 03, 2005

"Every life was changed overnight in this area. Every life in America was changed. What if we did get attacked by a foreign country? I can tell you now that it would be like it is here."

This quote was from Jacqueline Broome, DVM, a mixe... Read More

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Owners Need to Claim Horses at Lamar-Dixon

October 02, 2005

Officials at the Lamar-Dixon Expo facility in Gonzales, La. asked owners to claim their horses before Oct. 1. As of Sept. 30, Lamar-Dixon still housed more than 200 horses rescued from the New Orleans area.
 
Horses not claimed before... Read More

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Snake Bite Preparedness

October 01, 2005

Q: Our area has a healthy population of rattlesnakes. We spend six to 10 hours a week on trails where we have seen snakes. I would like to be prepared in the event one of our horses gets bitten. What are the procedures and... Read More

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Pinworm Problems

October 01, 2005

I have a 10-year-old mare being treated for pinworms. She incessantly rubs her tail. She also uses the wall of her stall or anything else available to lean on while defecating. Are these signs related? Could they be behavioral?... Read More

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Deliberate Abuse?

October 01, 2005

I hope you remember me from psychology graduate school back in the early '80s. Time flies. Anyway, I still have horses and enjoy your contributions on behavior to The Horse magazine and web site. Sometimes I wish I had gone into horse or dog... Read More

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Tweaking Tails

October 01, 2005

There is bucolic tranquility in the sight of two horses dozing in the sun, side by side, nose to tail, with their tails rhythmically swishing as they leisurely work at keeping flies off their bodies. That is the basic purpose of the equine tail... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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Blanketing Q&A

October 01, 2005

Crisp fall air signals a perennial dilemma for many horse owners: To blanket or not to blanket? ... Read More

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Analyzing Forages

October 01, 2005

We all know a horse's primary food is pasture grass and/or hay (forage). The quality of the forage is, thus, a major factor affecting his health. Do you know if your horse's forage meets his needs? Truly, most of us don't--but we should.... Read More

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EMND and Glucose Metabolism

October 01, 2005

Study results indicate horses with equine lower motor disease (EMND) had an increased glucose metabolism rate.... Read More

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Oral Potassium for Endurance?

October 01, 2005

Endurance riding can lead to significant losses of water and electrolytes, which can cause clinical illnesses related to increased neuromuscular excitability, including cardiac arrhythmia, muscle cramping and twitching, and gut motility changes.... Read More

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Biomechanical Efficiency

October 01, 2005

The horse is an amazing athlete, with great speed and endurance considering his body size and weight. For the past 20 years, researchers have evaluated what makes the equine locomotive system so efficient for racing and other strenuous... Read More

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Improving Travel Conditions

October 01, 2005

While there have been many changes in the equine world in the past several decades, no change has been more dramatic than that experienced by horse transportation. The change, literally, has been from hooves and rails to wheels and wings. While... Read More

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Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More

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End Horse Slaughter

October 01, 2005

In August 2002, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn gave his opinion (Opinion No. JC-0539) that horse slaughter was illegal in Texas because of a 1949 Teas law against the sale, possession, and transport of horse meat for human consumption.... Read More

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Ulcers From Shows and Training

October 01, 2005

New research indicates that the normal stresses of traveling and showing can cause ulcers and stomach lining changes in as little as five days.

Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, used 20... Read More

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Dangerous Strangles

October 01, 2005

Strangles, the upper respiratory disease in horses caused by Streptococcus equi, has a low mortality rate (2.6%), but it is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. Complications can occur in as many as 20% of cases. One such complication... Read More

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Texas Judge Rules on Horsemeat

October 01, 2005

On Aug. 25, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled that the possession of horse meat for sale for human consumption was not illegal under Texas law. The judge also issued a permanent injunction against Tarrant County, Texas, District Attorney Tim... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Now in Five States

October 01, 2005

Montana and Wyoming have joined the list of states affected by vesicular stomatitis; cases were announced in mid-August in both states. They have 17 and 21 affected premises, respectively.

Utah tops the list of the states with the most... Read More

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"Dreamer" Features Racehorse with Fracture

October 01, 2005

John Gatins, the writer/director of the upcoming movie "Dreamer," used the story of Thoroughbred racehorse Mariah's Storm as the movie's inspiration. In "Dreamer," a Thoroughbred filly named Soñador breaks her leg. The movie tells the story of... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination Revisited

October 01, 2005

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a comprehensive report detailing the number of reported rabies cases in the United States and Puerto Rico. The most up-to-date report, which details cases from the year 2003... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Study Might Link American Robins To West Nile Virus

October 01, 2005

A recent DNA study of the blood consumed by 300 mosquitoes in Connecticut over the past three years found that 40% fed on American robins, while only 1% fed on American crows, a known host of West Nile virus (WNV). Theodore Andreadis, MS, PhD,... Read More

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An Unusual Case of Septic Arthritis

October 01, 2005

Septic or infectious arthritis in healthy adult horses usually develops rapidly, creating significant lameness, but a recent case report found that septic arthritis might appear chronic rather than acute, and that it can be caused by an unusual... Read More