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Smaller Horses, Bigger Reproductive Problems

March 01, 2002

Big gifts come in small packages. That's a fine sentiment when it comes to presents, but when it refers to miniature horse reproduction, that big gift/small package combo can be a little tough on the mare. It's not so great for the foal, either.... Read More

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Common Foal Eye Problems

March 01, 2002

The foal's eyes are fully developed at birth. Disorders of the foal eye might be noted at birth, or they can be inherited or acquired after birth. Low tear film production, a round pupil, reduced corneal sensation, and a temporary lack of some... Read More

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The Equine Immune System

March 01, 2002

Vaccines are designed based on the specific nature of an antibody response to an antigen. In other words, the antibody will work only against the antigen that stimulated its production. A "booster" creates more antibodies, a quicker response, an... Read More

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Feeding Broodmares

March 01, 2002

The broodmare goes through three phases of reproduction--early gestation, late gestation, and lactation. Mares in good body condition cycle earlier in the year, require fewer cycles per conception, have a higher pregnancy rate, and are able to... Read More

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Vet's Role in Purchase Exams

March 01, 2002

 The purchase examination can be one of the most confusing aspects of buying a horse. It might take weeks, or even months, of searching to find the most suitable horse. Then your efforts are held under the discretion of the examining... Read More

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Skin Problems and Climate

March 01, 2002

We recently purchased a horse in Kentucky which we shipped to Montana to be a ranch horse. His coat is taking a beating with the cold, dry air. He has little hair on his face, and his coat is thin and flaking. Are there any supplements or... Read More

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Equine Lymphoma Cancer

March 01, 2002

I am trying to find out if equine lymphoma cancer is hereditary, and any other causes and effects. I had to euthanize my 5-year-old Quarter Horse recently because he had this. How could I have known sooner that he might have had it? Could a... Read More

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Narrow Doorway Aversion

March 01, 2002

 My mare has a particular problem with doorways, like stall doorways, small barn doorways, and even to some extent with the round pen gate. Big, wide doors are no problem, but with anything about four feet wide or smaller she will... Read More

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Foal Urination and Defecation

March 01, 2002

The first urination in foals typically occurs within the first six hours for females and the first twelve hours for males. Like defecation, the first urination in foals very often occurs soon after the first nursing.... Read More

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Protecting Equine Investment

March 01, 2002

Equine insurance is not necessarily about how much the horse is worth, but how much the owner can afford to lose. Many horse owners in Kentucky, Ohio, and other states last year were struck by an unexpected, widespread loss of foals. Related... Read More

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High-Tech Horse Purchases

March 01, 2002

The Internet has become an everyday tool for horse owners. Not only does it allow easy and immediate communication with friends and business associates around the world, it opens the doors to purchasing just about anything we need for our horses... Read More

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Fescue Field Management

March 01, 2002

It is estimated that 35 million acres of United States pasture are planted with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and roughly 700,000 horses graze these fescue pastures. This plant is a cool-season plant, so it grows in cooler climates,... Read More

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Phlebotomy for Thickened Blood

March 01, 2002

Some Standardbred trotters develop a condition called red cell hypervolemia (RCHV), a thickening of the blood due to an increase in the number of red blood cells. This increase in red blood cells is a result of intense exercise programs, and is... Read More

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Stallion Behavior Immunization

March 01, 2002

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone or GnRH can be thought of as the master reproductive hormone. In stallions, GnRH is responsible for initiating a hormonal cascade that stimulates production of testosterone and other hormones necessary for breeding... Read More

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Limitations of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bowed Tendons

March 01, 2002

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular means of monitoring the healing of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries, also known as bowed tendons. As image analysis software has been developed, the technique has become more widespread... Read More

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Priming Equine Energy Systems

March 01, 2002

 Last month, this column covered some of  the basics in developing a physical conditioning program (see "Getting Your Horse in Shape" in the February 2002 issue of The Horse, article Quick Find #3263 at www.TheHorse.com). The... Read More

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Emergency Shoe Removal

March 01, 2002

Everyone who owns a shod horse will have that horse lose a shoe at some point. Popped clinches, missing nails, interference from one limb to another, or an overreach can cause a shoe to come off. It might be a nuisance, but the shoe normally... Read More

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Competition Medication

March 01, 2002

I don't know of any horse owner who doesn't give medication to his or her horse. However, for those who compete with a horse, the medication issue has been front and center for the last few years, and it's a hot topic again. There is legal... Read More

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Scientists Sequence Clostridium perfringens Genome

March 01, 2002

According to Reuters Health news, Japanese scientists recently announced that they have sequenced the genome of Clostridium perfringens. The anaerobic (active in the absence of oxygen) pathogen is widely recognized as being a causal... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting Emphasizes Communication

March 01, 2002

More than 350 veterinarians, farm managers and personnel, and other members of Central Kentucky's horse industry gathered on Feb. 4 in Lexington to review what is known about the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) of 2001, and how to monitor... Read More

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FDA Will Reprimand Renegade Drug Manufacturers

March 01, 2002

Buying name-brand products is not a requirement for most consumers, but in the case of purchasing an equine bronchodilator with the active ingredient clenbuterol, it's a must. A two-year investigation has led to an official statement from the... Read More

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Emergency Breeding Procedures Filed for Kentucky Farms

March 01, 2002

Due to concerns resulting from last year's foal losses attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), on Feb. 4 the Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed emergency regulations regarding procedures to be followed when breeding an... Read More

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Merger & Medical Outcome at USA Equestrian Annual Meeting

March 01, 2002

 This year's USA Equestrian (USAE, formerly American Horse Shows Association) Annual Meeting, held in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 9-13, 2002, covered numerous topics. While the Drugs and Medications Committee discussed concerns about... Read More

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Afghan Equine Refugees

March 01, 2002

The Brooke Hospital for Animals (BHA) has three branches in Peshawar, Pakistan, a city near the Afghanistan border. The hospitals have been treating the working animals belonging to poverty-stricken Afghan refugees free of charge. The refugees... Read More

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Thoroughbred Pedigrees Show Little Genetic Diversity

March 01, 2002

More than 95% of Thoroughbreds share the same paternal lineage, and almost half of the genetic makeup of the breed can be attributed to just 10 foundation horses. These facts are just a few of the recent findings brought to light by a research... Read More