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Warts

June 01, 2001

Q: My yearling has broken out with warts around his mouth. These warts have become quite unsightly. How do I treat him, and will they come back? Should I quarantine him so he does not spread the warts to my other horses?... Read More

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Young Foal Exercise

June 01, 2001

 When do I start my foal on an exercise program? My champion show jumper just gave birth to a foal a couple of weeks ago, and I want to give him every advantage possible since I have plans for him to be m... Read More

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Graveled Horses

June 01, 2001

Q: My horse became very lame without showing any signs of cracks, bruising, or having a "hot" nail. The barn manager said my horse was "graveled" and called the veterinarian. After treatment, the... Read More

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Dirty Mares

June 01, 2001

Vet Q&A: My veterinarian said my mare probably didn't conceive this year because she was "dirty." We treated her and cleared up her problem, but what are our chances of getting her pregnant, and could she get "dirty" again?

The term... Read More

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Headshaking Problem

June 01, 2001

My horse is driving me crazy! Every time we go out to ride, he starts flipping his head. I've changed his bridle, put on gallons of fly wipe, and had his ears and eyes checked. What is his problem, and what else can I try?... Read More

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Stall Walking

June 01, 2001

I have a yearling Thoroughbred that constantly circumnavigates his stall. This is causing an uneven wear pattern on his hooves. How do I stop him from doing this? We do not want to put him in a standing stall, and have tried hanging a tire...... Read More

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Gas Colic

June 01, 2001

Question and answer about gas colic in horses, including causes, symptoms/clinical signs, and recommended treatments in both adult horses and foals. Gas colic is an extremely common reason for horses to exhibit signs of abdominal pain.... Read More

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Michigan EPM Studies--Exposure, Testing, Control

June 01, 2001

Research from Michigan State University (MSU) estimates that 60% of horses in the state have been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Analysis showed that seroprevalence... Read More

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International West Nile Conference

June 01, 2001

As mosquito populations began another season of activity, scientists met for the International Conference on West Nile Virus (WNV) in White Plains, N.Y. Individuals from as far away as Israel, Romania, Russia, France, and South Africa joined... Read More

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MSM Helps Sore Muscles

June 01, 2001

A recent study performed by Ron Riegel, DVM, on 30 racing Standardbreds confirms that the popular nutraceutical supplement MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) can have far-reaching effects on the ability of equine muscle tissue to rebound from exercise... Read More

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Flaxseed Might Help Fight Sweet-Itch

June 01, 2001

A University of Guelph Equine Research Centre (ERC) study indicates that flaxseed (linseed) can relieve symptoms of sweet-itch, an allergic skin condition more formally known as recurrent seasonal pruritis. Sweet-itch is a common complaint in... Read More

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AAEP Encore Educates Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

June 01, 2001

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) third annual Encore meeting will offer more continuing education opportunities for veterinarians and introduce an education program for veterinary technicians. The meeting, which features... Read More

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Results From Informal Spring Loss Questionaire

June 01, 2001

We thank those of you who participated in last week's survey of farms experiencing symptoms similar to the spring loss syndromes. We had over 150 individuals respond since May 25, from all areas of North America. We received many replies from... Read More

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More West Nile Virus Findings In New Jersey

June 01, 2001

Two crows collected in Edison, New Jersey, May 22 and 24 tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). To date, 118 crows and 1 hawk have been tested by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services' Public Health and Environmental Laboratory.... Read More

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Maryland Crow Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

June 01, 2001

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Laboratories confirmed May 24 that a crow found in Baltimore City tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). This first confirmed crow of the 2001 season was found in the 3100 block... Read More

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Jamco And Life Horse Help Make Dreams Come True

June 01, 2001

In a fundraising effort, Jamco Trailers of Seaforth, Ontario joined with Life Horse, a national non-profit organization, to raffle off a brand new J2000 trailer. The lucky winner, Gail Suter of Mt Airy, MD had her ticket drawn at the Horse World... Read More

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AQHA Offers Day Camp For Kids

June 01, 2001

It's camp time again and the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum is gearing up for the third annual Camp It Up! With overwhelming response from the last two years, there will be two sessions of the half-day camp this... Read More

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Internet Adoption Of Wild Horses and Burros

June 01, 2001

The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management will be holding an on-line Wild Horse and Burro Internet adoption June 28-July 19. Your family can adopt a horse or burro with just a click of your computer's mouse. There will be 44... Read More

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High-Performance Broodmares?

June 01, 2001

Q: I have heard that breeding a mare does irreversible damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles -- that once a mare is bred, she can't return to the performance ring, i.e., reining. Any reports or information on mares that have been... Read More

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Muscle Toning and Development

June 01, 2001

A number of horses I've seen appear to have asymmetrical muscle development, particularly over the shoulder area, which can make saddle fitting difficult. Many publications seem to say that the larger shoulder indicates that the horse is... Read More

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AAEP UPDATES: New Board Members

June 01, 2001

Three new directors have been elected to the board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Terms for the new directors will begin at the 2001 AAEP Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 24-28.

The newly elected... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers: A Pain in the Gut

June 01, 2001

Over the last 10-12 years, veterinarians and researchers have documented an alarmingly high prevalence of gastric ulcers in horses. Worse, the prevalence seems to be even higher in horses in training, particularly racehorses. Of course, the rise... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy: Use it Logically

June 01, 2001

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is an established medical treatment (see The Horse of May 2001). Originally utilized to treat human kidney stones non-invasively, additional applications for this technology have been discovered.... Read More

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Veterinarians Report Pericarditis Cases Still Being Seen

May 31, 2001

Horse owners should not become too lax even though researchers say the insult that caused the foal losses and other health problems this spring in Kentucky and other states probably is past.

There still are lingering problems in the aftermat... Read More

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Researchers Probing How Mares Ingested Cyanide; 150 Farms Surveyed

May 31, 2001

Scientists now believe they know why more than 500 foals died and mares spontaneously aborted several thousand more early pregnancies on central Kentucky's horse farms this spring.

Their work, however, is far from finished as... Read More