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Fire at The Thoroughbred Center Kills Two Horses

July 10, 2002

A barn fire late Monday night killed two horses at The Thoroughbred Center near Lexington, KY. The fire, which was contained to two stalls of a 20-stall barn adjacent to the training track, is suspected to have started near an electric fan... Read More

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More West Nile Virus Found in Kentucky

July 10, 2002

A total of seven birds and one horse have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky in 2002, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office. The one horse, which was euthanized, was from Fayette County. Two birds... Read More

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California Places Restrictions on Shock Wave Therapy

July 09, 2002

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) notified trainers and veterinarians on July 8 of new rules that go into effect on July 24 restricting the use of shock wave therapy (SWT) for the treatment of orthopedic injuries in horses at... Read More

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Parelli Pennings: My Experience

July 08, 2002

I'm only sorry that everyone can't have the adventure in learning that I'm looking forward to this week while visiting Pat Parelli's International Center in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Two Lexington, Ky., mounted police officers and myself are heading out ... Read More

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Probable First Equine West Nile Virus Case in Texas

July 05, 2002

Preliminary tests indicate that Texas has its first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case. The sick horse was euthanized June 29 near Katy, Texas. West Nile virus was detected for the first time in Texas on June 18 near Houston; since then, 29... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education is Key

July 03, 2002

"Whether or not West Nile virus (WNV) is going to become a serious concern in your state, the media is going to make it one," stated Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University's (OSU) Department of Veterinary Preventive... Read More

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Equine Identification: Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

July 03, 2002

If all of the horses in your area had to be evacuated due to a natural disaster, and were put into one huge corral, would you be able to pick out your horse?

“Of course!” you might say, because like most horse owners you are extremely... Read More

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Bringing Up Baby

July 01, 2002

Your young horse is growing up. From birth to age two, a horse will achieve 90% or more of his full adult height. But growing up too fast can cause problems, including an increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), which includes... Read More

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Tying-Up in Horses

July 01, 2002

Tying-up is the most common muscle problem in horses. This syndrome is also called azoturia, set fast, paralytic myoglobinuria, and chronic exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER). HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis) in Quarter Horses is a different... Read More

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Forging in Young Horses

July 01, 2002

Q: My trainer says that my 1 1/2-year-old Thoroughbred colt is forging, but only at the trot. What can I do?... Read More

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Hermaphroditic Teaser "Mare"

July 01, 2002

A stud farm I once visited was using a hermaphrodite mare as a teaser, with none of the problems of having a stallion (i.e., no problem with mares in foal to the teaser stallion should he escape). How can you tell if a mare is a hermaphrodit... Read More

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Sheath Cleaning Frequency

July 01, 2002

 Gray is a 22-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. My question is how/whether to clean his penis. When he lengthens it to urinate, I try to pick off the black crusty stuff, but it is somewhat unpleasant to do this. There is no smell, no... Read More

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It's In the Attitude

July 01, 2002

Man has been linked to the horse for centuries, but often in the past, it was more of an adversary relationship than a partnership. In recent years, that has changed for many horse owners. Thanks to the efforts of equine behaviorists at the... Read More

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Cribbing and Wood Chewing: Just Gotta Gnaw

July 01, 2002

Cribbing and wood chewing by horses can create problems for horse and owner alike. Wood chewing is often considered by many owners to be a rather benign vice, while cribbing more frequently is considered to be a direct threat to the horse's... Read More

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Think Tough to Increase Profits

July 01, 2002

For many, enjoying horses is a way of life, and we are willing to work hard in other areas to support this hobby. There are those, however, who have decided to make their involvement in the horse industry a paying supplement to their earnings. I... Read More

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Breathe Easier!

July 01, 2002

When Anne Thomas called me to her ranch house early one spring morning, she said it was urgent. Her 5-year-old horse, Charlie, was having trouble breathing. When I arrived at the barn, I could see the bay gelding standing in the middle of his... Read More

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New Focus on the Foot

July 01, 2002

No foot, no horse; these words are as true today as they were two hundred years ago. But during that time, the horse has gone from being a "beast of burden" as the major means of transportation to a leisure animal--one that we ride for pleasure... Read More

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Fatigue in Racehorses

July 01, 2002

While visibly obvious, fatigue is hard to quantify. Electromyography (EMG) measures conduction along nerves in a particular muscle group--as muscle fibers fatigue, EMG signals shift from high to low. Taking EMG readings during galloping is... Read More

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Controlling Cribbing

July 01, 2002

There is a new 3-year-old gelding in my barn. He cribs and wears a collar; the collar seems awfully tight to me. A respected friend says that the other horses might pick up this habit from this horse. Is that true? And how can I work with... Read More

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Screening for Joint Disease

July 01, 2002

Veterinarians are quite capable of identifying a painful joint in a lame horse, but determining what is occurring within the joint and how far it has progressed is not yet possible without removing synovial fluid or exploring the joint with... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Soundness Chipping Away?

July 01, 2002

The old adage, "Something's gotta give," holds true when you accidentally bump a dinner plate on the counter and it chips or you bang your car door on the car next to you and the paint chips. Trauma inflicted upon an object can cause a chip. The... Read More

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Mosquito Patrol

July 01, 2002

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, they are a public and equine health hazard. In addition to spreading West Nile virus (WNV), mosquitoes can carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasus (e.g., dog heartworm), and several encephalitis... Read More

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Are Your Horse's Bones Tough Enough?

July 01, 2002

Skeletal injuries--those involving bones and joints--are a major concern for all athletic horses. The usual outcome of these injuries is a lameness problem that hampers a horse's training and competition program or, in some cases, is so severe... Read More

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Cooperative Research

July 01, 2002

Symbiosis occurs when two living creatures survive better by working together. For example, there are populations of microbes living in the digestive system of the horse that help break down feedstuffs and create nutrients needed by the horse.... Read More

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Researchers Share West Nile Virus Tips

July 01, 2002

Veterinarians experienced in the surveillance, treatment, and public education of West Nile virus (WNV) presented their research and observations of the disease at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine... Read More