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New Insights into Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease

January 05, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

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Herpesvirus Still Circulating At Turfway Park

January 05, 2006

Results received yesterday (Jan. 4) showed that three additional horses were positive for equine herpesvirus and two were "suspect" for the virus at barns quarantined at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky... Read More

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Jockey Club Teams Make Farm Visits to Check Broodmares, Foals

January 05, 2006

As a follow-up to a rule revision last August that added provisions for field inspections, The Jockey Club, during the last week of December, sent two teams of representatives to several farms in six states to examine Thoroughbred broodmare... Read More

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Additional Turfway Horse Dead

January 03, 2006

An outrider's horse at Turfway Park that had run a fever last week and tested positive on Dec. 29, 2005, for herpesvirus developed neurologic signs on Jan. 1, declined rapidly, and was euthanatized, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State... Read More

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Texas A&M Offers New Economic Center

January 02, 2006

Texas A&M University will create a Center for Equine Business Studies to provide equine industry statistics and data to the government and public to help the horse industry make better decisions and build business. The university has retaine... Read More

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A Decade Looking Inside

January 01, 2006

Starting in 1996, James N. Moore, DVM, PhD, a veterinary educator at the University of Georgia (UGA), began to work with Thel Melton, a computer graphics artist in the college, to develop a faster way for students to envision what is happening... Read More

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Will Cimetidine Hurt the Foal?

January 01, 2006

I would like to put my mare back on cimetidine to control her melanomas. Will cimetidine cross the placenta?... Read More

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Frozen vs. Cooled Semen

January 01, 2006

Does using frozen-thawed semen instead of cooled semen reduce the chances of our mare getting pregnant? ... Read More

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Bute: How Much is Too Much?

January 01, 2006

Phenylbutazone (PBZ), commonly known as Bute, can be the horse owner's (and horse's) best friend. This popular and economical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) blocks pain, reduces swelling and inflammation, and lowers fever, making it an... Read More

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The Cost of Putting a Foal on the Ground

January 01, 2006

If you are new to the breeding business, you will soon realize that putting a foal on the ground can be an expensive proposition. Breeding can be as simple as turning a stallion in with a group of mares, or it can be as sophisticated as importin... Read More

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Solar Horse Barn

January 01, 2006

Solar electricity, produced by photovoltaics (PV), is a proven means of generating electricity from the sun, and it's not just for high-tech houses anymore. Whether you want to be more "green" in your electrical use on the farm, you have a remot... Read More

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Help Us Help Horses

January 01, 2006

Since its inception in 1994, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has allocated more than $750,000 to equine research, education, and benevolent programs that have improved the health and welfare of the horse. But... Read More

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Benefits of Bran Mash

January 01, 2006

A little bran, warm water, and molasses are all it takes to create a mouth-watering mash fit for horse utopia.... Read More

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Retained Fetal Membranes

January 01, 2006

For a mare, the birth of her foal is an explosive process, in the best of circumstances requiring less than a half-hour from the time her water breaks to the time the foal has been delivered through the birth canal. In a wilder existence, a... Read More

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Broken Legs Aren't Death

January 01, 2006

Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More

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Hey There, Honey!

January 01, 2006

In nature, mares have a high fertility/ conception rate since they are continually with a stallion who teases and breeds them at the best times. But few domestic horses are bred under natural conditions in pasture harems, and broodmare managers... Read More

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New Year, Same Resolve

January 01, 2006

A new year has begun. How many resolutions have you made? Broken any yet? Mine include getting home and barn emergency kits together. I've had them in the past, but when we checked after the hurricanes made preparedness an issue in our lives,... Read More

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Slaughter Bill Passed By President Bush

January 01, 2006

On Nov. 10, 2005, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter plants i... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More

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Morris Donates $500,000 For Equine Research

January 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has committed more than $500,000 toward 12 new and continuing equine veterinary studies in 2006.

Foundation-funded scientists at universities throughout the United States will study issues including foal... Read More

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Filly's Damaged Ear Repaired With Surgery

January 01, 2006

Horses' ears are designed for distinguishing fine sounds, protecting sensitive inner ear structures, and communicating with herdmates. An 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly's ear was injured (likely on a fence), resulting in the ear bending... Read More

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Inheritance of RER in Thoroughbreds: One Affected Parent Required

January 01, 2006

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, tying-up) causes affected Thoroughbreds to suffer recurring episodes of muscle cramping, stiffness, excessive sweating, and a reluctance to move after exercise. With no cure available, information on how... Read More

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Veterinary Equipment

January 01, 2006

As research involving veterinary equipment results in more and more sophistication, both veterinarians and horse owners face something of a dilemma. For the veterinarian, the question involves how much a practice can afford to invest in the latest... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More