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Equine Motor Neuron Disease

September 13, 2001

Through a series of clinical studies and observations the past 10 years, researchers at Cornell University discovered that a vitamin E deficiency is the cause of equine motor neuron disease (EMND). This is a rare neurodegenerative disorder of the... Read More

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Nothing But Net: Equine Health Information Online

September 13, 2001

With the explosion of web sites (more than 10 million, and increasing), veterinary information has proliferated. Hundreds of businesses, organizations, institutions, and individuals upload information related to equine health... Read More

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Fact or Opinion?

September 13, 2001

No doubt about it, West Nile is a nasty disease. It causes neurologic problems in humans and horses, and has led to deaths in several species. Since the United States never dealt with West Nile before last year, it's even scarier than some of th... Read More

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Working Moms

September 13, 2001

Back in the days when horses pulled the plows and harvesting machines across agricultural America, it was not uncommon to see a team of horses trudging over a field with a young foal trailing behind one of the mares. Many farmers could not affor... Read More

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Echinacea Proven Effective In Horses

September 13, 2001

The Equine Research Centre (ERC) in Guelph, Ontario, in the past year has undertaken an exhaustive series of studies on the safety and efficacy of herbal supplements for horses. Many of these studies are the first quantifiable, species-specific... Read More

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Tendon Injuries in Horses

September 13, 2001

Tendon injuries can be extremely frustrating. The best way to deal with them is to make every effort to prevent them, or if possible, limit the degree of damage that occurs. Certainly some tendon injuries occur acutely without any warning, but... Read More

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Tying-Up Syndrome

September 13, 2001

I just bought a Thoroughbred filly which was in race training, but retired without running because of recurrent bouts of ‘tying-up.’ She had been turned out for six months before I got her, and never showed any problems while on the farm.... Read More

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Extruded Feeds

September 13, 2001

The first time you saw extruded feed, you probably thought, "Ick. Dog food!" The nondescript brown lumps do look a lot like your hound's kibble, or some sort of uninspired version of Cocoa Puffs, and in fact they're made by the same process--but... Read More

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Secrets Of Rubber Mats

September 13, 2001

Where would we be without rubber? Make all the jokes you want; rubber's indispensable stuff, especially in the barn. The tire on your wheelbarrow, the handle grip on your longe whip, your two-year-old's first snaffle bit, that flexible curry... Read More

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Stars Shine In Kentucky

September 13, 2001

 Rolex just keeps getting better. That sentiment was echoed from every sector of the eventing world, from the riders, to the veterinarians, to the spectators. "I truly believe in a couple of years it will rival the Kentucky... Read More

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Have Horses? We'll Travel!

September 13, 2001

Have horses? We'll travel! seems to be the motto of Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a husband-wife team who for the past dozen years have set up and spearheaded... Read More

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Shoeing The Laminitic Horse

September 13, 2001

Of all the medical crises that can afflict a horse, laminitis surely is one of the most alarming. Horribly painful, and potentially devastating to his long-term soundness, the strange syndrome whereby the coffin bone inside the hoof begins to... Read More

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Big Appetites In Big Horses (Drafts)

September 13, 2001

Nothing says sheer power like a draft horse. Nothing else exudes such strength with such a mild-mannered attitude. To watch these gentle giants in action is to get a sense of our own history and the invaluable role horses played, and continue to... Read More

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Trailers 2000

September 13, 2001

Many horse people tend to think of equine transportation vehicles in the same way that we classify automobiles: There are the stripped-down economy models, which are perfectly okay for getting us from point A to point B, but won't elicit envious... Read More

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Common Barn Injuries

September 13, 2001

Two of the saddest words in the English language. After an accident, we tear ourselves apart thinking how we could have prevented it. If only I had seen...If only I had done...Yet, as horse people, we are surrounded by thousands of pounds of... Read More

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Return to Nature With Pasture Breeding

September 13, 2001

In a world of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, simplicity can prevail. Registered stallions and mares can breed with minimal human intervention, through natural cover in the pasture. Pasture breeding continues as an... Read More

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Computerizing the Hoof

September 12, 2001

"The biggest problem as I see it," quips Wendy Wergeles, 20-year trainer and event rider of Cottonwood Farm, Los Alamos, Calif., "is that horse owners and even novice competitors understand very little about their horses' feet. They hire a... Read More

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Permeable Stall Flooring, Some Options

September 12, 2001

Permeable stall floor coverings function differently than rubber stall mats, whose main purpose is to provide cushioning for your horse's legs. Rubber is basically waterproof, so urine and other liquids pool on top of such a surface, to be soaked up ... Read More

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Happy New Year

September 12, 2001

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and look at the big picture. Maybe you will discover that the way you've put hay in the loft all these years can be done differently to save you time (and an aching back). Maybe you've decided that you wan... Read More

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West Nile Firsthand

September 12, 2001

September 2, 2000, Clayton, Delaware

The shrill ring of the phone announced a call from Tanja Hanyi, DVM, my partner in veterinary practice some years ago. "Hey! Guess what? I think I've got a West Nile case!" she said excitedly. No... Read More

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Nutrition 101

September 12, 2001

You don't need to be a novice to be confused about the subject of equine nutrition. Many long-time horse owners have never dabbled in the mysteries of feeding because their horses always were kept at boarding stables or managed by... Read More

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Down In The Dumps--Equine Waste Management

September 12, 2001

One of the by-products of horse ownership is dealing with equine by-products, less delicately known as horse manure. The average horse produces about 50 pounds of fecal waste a day. Mix in soiled, wet bedding... Read More

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Progress and Prognostication

September 12, 2001

The year's end is a time for reflection, and looking ahead. This has been a critical year for the horse industry. We have been blessed with prosperity, and attacked by diseases and animal rights groups. Our horses are healthier than ever before,... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More