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U.S. Horse Passport Program Gaining Popularity

April 12, 2005

The list of states accepting equine passports is growing longer as Florida is implementing its own passport program in order to fulfill state and federal initiatives as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Greg Christy, DVM,... Read More

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Management of Pregnant Mares

April 11, 2005

As breeding season begins, James Brendemuehl, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, is often consulted about broodmare health.

Brendemuehl explains that... Read More

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Additional Horse at Maryland Farm Shows Signs of EHV-1

April 08, 2005

(edited from press release)

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable (Columbia Horse Center, CHC; read archived stories) reported April 7 that an... Read More

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Cold Air and Lung Health

April 08, 2005

Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing... Read More

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Bleeding from the Ears, Nose, or Mouth

April 07, 2005

It is because of this disease that hemorrhage from the nose should be taken very seriously, even though it is possible for a laceration, foreign body, tumor, or other cause to be responsible for the bleeding.... Read More

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Merial Launches Site for Equine WNV Vaccine

April 07, 2005

Merial has announced the launch of www.EquineWNV.com, a web site that offers comprehensive information about RECOMBITEK Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccine. Aimed at horse owners and... Read More

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First Florida EEE Case Reported for 2005

April 07, 2005

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services (FACS) Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says this year's first case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in Union County and he is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Confirmed in Maryland

April 06, 2005

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) received confirmation yesterday (April 5) that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) was the cause of equine illness at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The virus, which causes upper respiratory... Read More

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Decreasing Abdominal Adhesions

April 01, 2005

Post-operative abdominal adhesions are a significant problem in horses, as they can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation. In recent years, a laparoscope is used to look into the abdomen and break down any adhesions that have formed... Read More

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WNV in Northern Indiana

April 01, 2005

West Nile virus (WNV) was first detected in Indiana horses in 2001. In 2002, the state reported 704 cases, the fifth-largest outbreak in the United States. Michael Ward, BVSc, MSc, MPVM, PhD, from Purdue University's School of Veterinary... Read More

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Pointing Fingers?

April 01, 2005

Originally the reason to cover the plight of working horses in Mexico was to open the eyes of U.S. owners to the fact that our horses don't have it too bad in this country, despite any disagreements we have on equine welfare issues. We also... Read More

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Recognizing and Responding to Neglect

April 01, 2005

Equine veterinarians are in a unique position to recognize neglect or the potential for neglect in horses. They have direct access to horses and horse property, and they get to know horses and their owners by providing care for many years. As... Read More

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Tips On Natural Horsemanship

April 01, 2005

Training has come a long way since the days when the term "breaking a horse" could have very well meant just that. Everything from sacking out, a process by which a horse is tied and hobbled before being pummeled with empty burlap bags meant to... Read More

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U.S. Outreach Needed

April 01, 2005

There is a growing awareness in the equine community of unwanted, neglected, and mistreated horses. At the 2004 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting, an entire session was devoted to a discussion of the "Unwanted Horse."... Read More

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Lyme Disease and Shipping Stress

April 01, 2005

We have a horse on antibiotics for Lyme disease. After his 30-day regimen, he will be shipped from New England to California. Will the stress from the trip cause a flare-up in this disease? Is it a risk to ship him? Are there ways to prevent... Read More

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Black Walnut Tree Shavings as Trail Mulch?

April 01, 2005

Q: This summer we are planning to start making riding trails on our heavily wooded property. As we cut down the branches and trees, we plan to chip the wood to mulch the trails. However, we have a good number of black walnut trees, and I am wondering... Read More

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Foals of Non-Milking Mares

April 01, 2005

I have a gorgeous palomino Quarter Horse mare that I would like to breed, but I have a problem. She ran into barbed wire as a yearling and she cannot produce milk as a result of that accident. The man who owned her before bred her twice, and he... Read More

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Welfare in Mexico

April 01, 2005

Mexico is truly a land of enchantment. Pristine beaches in places with names like Acapulco and Cancun entice visitors, many of them very wealthy, from around the world. Scenic mountains tower over part of the land. Blue skies and balmy... Read More

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Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

April 01, 2005

South Beach Baby, a.k.a. Hope, was a 16-month-old Thoroughbred filly who gave the gift of knowledge to many in the horse industry. Her painful battle with degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD) came early in life and progressed rapidly... Read More

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What's My Horse Really Worth?

April 01, 2005

Sometimes circumstances make it necessary to determine the actual monetary value of a horse. If an owner purchases a mortality insurance policy on a horse, for example, it is necessary to know approximately how much it will cost to replace ... Read More

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A Closer Look at Insulin

April 01, 2005

When you think of insulin, you might think first of humans and diabetes. But horses have insulin, too ... ... Read More

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Pigeon Fever: Abscesses Within and Without

April 01, 2005

The first thought that might run through your mind as you approach your horse in the pasture and see his swollen chest or belly is that he has been kicked. As you await your vet, you think back over the past few days, and realize that perhaps he... Read More

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Settling Down: Reproductive Problems in Performance Mares

April 01, 2005

Let's say you've got a great performance mare you'd like to breed. But getting her in foal might not be as simple as swapping arena for breeding shed. Mares in performance careers can sometimes be hard to breed because these mares are under more... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus in Canada and Pennsylvania

April 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been detected in horses in two additional areas of North America--Nova Scotia, Canada, and Meadowlands, Pa. At least four affected horses were put down (three in Canada and one in... Read More

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The Ever-Present Threat

April 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

West Nile virus (WNV) might be the new kid on the block, the one gaining all the media attention, but unfortunately, it is not the only... Read More