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Horses and Hurricane Charley

October 01, 2004

Despite widespread structural damage and economic devastation to areas of Florida, the horse population fared well in the path of Hurricane Charley. At least three horses were euthanized in Florida from injuries resulting from flying debris... Read More

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Compounded Problems

October 01, 2004

Compounded medications are in the news, on our shelves, and in our horses. Compounding is a confusing topic, but one that has of late come to the forefront of legal and ethical treatment of our horses. Compounding is not bad; in fact, it's... Read More

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Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More

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Warm Springwater Immersion

October 01, 2004

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous... Read More

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Parasite Control Without--or Along With--Chemicals

October 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is part ten of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Our horses are lucky to live in an age when modern deworming drugs can pretty much rid them of parasites. They're living longer an... Read More

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Buying Better Hay -- Stacks of Decisions

October 01, 2004

The quality of hay is important to maintaining proper digestion. Quality hay contains nothing harmful (dust, mold, weeds, or foreign objects), provides the necessary nutrients for the horse consuming it, and is palatable.... Read More

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Feeding the Finicky Eater

October 01, 2004

Some horses present special challenges in feeding, especially if they won't eat enough to maintain proper body weight. Sometimes a lactating broodmare, a horse in hard training or steady work, or a horse recovering from illness or injury... Read More

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A Clean Sweep

October 01, 2004

There's a reality show that airs on BBC America called "Life Laundry." It's all about folks who tend to keep lots of clutter piled up and lying around in big, sloppy messes in their houses or apartments. Then our team of heroes arrives, sorting... Read More

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Feeding Horses: Art, Science, or Both?

October 01, 2004

When feeding horses, two seemingly opposing aspects hold true: It's a little bit of art, and a little bit of science. On one hand, tradition reigns supreme when it comes to horse feeding. Many techniques have been passed down from generation to... Read More

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Understanding Equine Pain

October 01, 2004

Would you know if your horse was in pain? "Sure," you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp or a gaping wound. But what about less dramatic scenarios? Does it hurt your horse when you pull his mane, give him an injection, or... Read More

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Breaking A Young Horse

October 01, 2004

My husband and I recently broke my 3-year-old mare to ride. The first few times she rode like a dream, then she caught on to the idea that when we catch her, she has to work, and she has gotten a bad attitude. Her new antics include bucking. I'v... Read More

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Spooking on Trail

October 01, 2004

I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare. When trail riding, she looks for every opportunity to jump, spook, or take off, especially now that my other horse, her companion, no longer accompanies her. The companion is 30 years old, and due to a recent... Read More

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Water Crossing

October 01, 2004

How can I get my horse to cross through water when I'm riding him on trail? He refuses to even get his feet wet.           via e-mail


For horses that are afraid... Read More

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily.... Read More

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Feeding the Cushingoid Horse

October 01, 2004

Can you provide more information on feeding the Cushing's horse? My dressage horse has Cushing's and is on cyproheptadine and Thyro-L, grass hay, and a quarter-cup of 10% sweet feed. I am worried he is not getting the essential... Read More

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AAEP Horseman's Day

October 01, 2004

As technology continues to make impressive gains, availability of information on a variety of specific topics seems to be limitless. Unfortunately, the plethora of information comes with its own problems: What to trust? What is relevant to my... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome

October 01, 2004

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), Cushing's disease, insulin resistance (IR), glucose intolerance, and glycemic indices of feeds have gotten a lot of press lately. The terms are taken from the human literature, where they have very specific... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Stable After Surgery in the Netherlands

September 30, 2004

Royal Kaliber, the stallion that took Chris Kappler to the Olympic team silver and individual bronze medals at the 2004 Olympic Games, is stable as he continues to recover from colic surgery performed in the Netherlands on Monday, Sept. 27. ... Read More

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Affidavits Supporting Saddlebred's Exhumation Submitted

September 29, 2004

The owners of Wild Eyed and Wicked, one of the American Saddlebreds attacked and subsequently euthanatized after his condition debilitated in the summer of 2003, have asked again that the horse's body be exhumed from its burial site on Double D... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Recovering from Colic Surgery in the Netherlands

September 28, 2004

Royal Kaliber, the stallion that took Chris Kappler to a silver Olympic team medal and an individual bronze medal in Athens last month, underwent colic surgery in Someren, the Netherlands late yesterday. He suffered a leg injury in the final... Read More

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Horse Care in the Fall

September 28, 2004

Fall deworming is important; winter is usually when internal parasites do the most damage and rob the horse of vital nutrients. By fall the worm eggs and larvae eaten during spring and summer have matured and are living in the digestive tract unless ... Read More

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Hurricane Jeanne Smashes Florida—Horses Relatively Unaffected

September 27, 2004

Hurricane preparation, toleration, and clean-up--take four. Horse owners and veterinarians in Florida weathered Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne beginning late Saturday, their fourth natural disaster in six weeks. Veterinarians and animal... Read More

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AAEP and Arabian Horse Association to Promote Horse Health as Alliance Partners

September 27, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the world's largest professional association of equine veterinarians, is pleased to announce the addition of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to the AAEP's Alliance Partner Program.... Read More

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AAEP Updates Equine Dentistry Position Statement

September 27, 2004

The board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has approved a revised organizational position statement on equine dentistry. The revised position was prepared by the AAEP Equine Dentistry Committee and approved... Read More

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Louisiana Publication Collecting Information for Disaster Database

September 24, 2004

The Louisiana Horseman's Guide (LAHG) has joined efforts with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Animal Health Studies, State Veterinarian’s Office, in compiling information for a new disaster... Read More