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Don't Leave Me Alone!

June 01, 2004

Why do some horses not like having their buddies taken out of their pen when they have to stay in?    Katy


The ancestors of our domestic horses were open plains grazing animals, for whom the strategy... Read More

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Why Horses Stumble

June 01, 2004

The onset of stumbling might indicate a shoeing problem, or could be a warning of serious health problems.... Read More

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Out of Work; Out of Money

June 01, 2004

The world of insurance as it pertains to equines can be a bit complicated for the average horse owner. Nowhere is this more true than with "loss of use" insurance. At the outset, it doesn't seem all that complicated. If your horse can no longer... Read More

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Beasts of Burden

June 01, 2004

Any horse owner who tours the medieval gallery at a museum must stop at the displays of suits of armor and marvel. Imagine the sheer weight of such an outfit--then imagine trying to maneuver oneself into the saddle wearing it! Visions of... Read More

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Mud Management

June 01, 2004

Flanders and Swann, a singing comedy team from the United Kingdom, once penned a song that went like this:

"Mud, mud, glorious mud,
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
So follow me, follow,
Down to the hollow,
And... Read More

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Processed Horse Feed 101

June 01, 2004

Perhaps you've never thought about why your horse's grain looks the way it does, whether it's a molasses-bathed mix of cracked corn and crimped oats, alfalfa-enriched pellets, or chunky nuggets. If you're like most modern... Read More

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Parasite Primer: Examining the Evidence

June 01, 2004

How do you really know if your worm control program is working? If your horses are looking good, are they doin... Read More

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Trilostane for Cushing's Disease

June 01, 2004

Equine Cushing's syndrome (ECS), or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by an excess of cortisol. This syndrome produces signs including excessive hair growth (hirsutism), lethargy, fat redistribution under the skin, chronic/relapsing laminitis, and... Read More

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Measuring Hemoglobin and Red Blood Cells in the Field

June 01, 2004

Many equine illnesses and injuries require rapid determination of blood's oxygen-carrying capacity. Hemoglobin (Hg) can be measured, and packed cell volume (PCV) can be estimated, providing a good indication of how much oxygen can circulate.... Read More

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Foot Care for Foals

June 01, 2004

A foal's future performance in competition, or as a pleasure riding companion, depends in large part on how his feet are cared for in the first six months of his life. ... Read More

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Stall Rest: Laid Up or Losing It?

June 01, 2004

Stall rest--a term that all horse owners and stable managers dread--is generally prescribed following severe injury such as fractures, large wounds, surgery, and in some cases of lameness. How strictly imposed the stall rest is depends upon the sever... Read More

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Welcome A New Delivery

June 01, 2004

There is a commercial on television that promotes a saying: Change is good. Horse people aren't known for their willingness to change, or to change quickly. However, we are quick to accept good ideas whose time has come. For most U.S. readers of... Read More

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Closing the Door to Problems

June 01, 2004

One of the most frequent terms you will hear used by veterinarians during breeding season is Caslick's. This mare needs one, or this mare is due to foal in 16 days and her Caslick's needs to be opened. If you are not familiar with broodmares, or... Read More

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Lameness Diagnostics

June 01, 2004

Quite often, the diagnostic tools and techniques at the disposal of your mobile veterinary service are all that are needed to solve the mystery. Some horse owners have been through this routine a time or two: Your vet will ask to see your horse... Read More

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Managing Hoof Problems in Horses

June 01, 2004

Just about every horse out there has what we might call a hoof problem on at least one of his four feet. It might be a simple mismatch that might not be a problem, or it might be much more serious. In any case, hoof problems, regardless ... Read More

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$1M Awarded in Equitrol Lawsuit; Farnam Plans Appeal

June 01, 2004

A jury awarded $1,007,500 to plaintiffs who alleged that Farnam's Equitrol caused harm to their sport horses.... Read More

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Rolex Three-Day Footing Sticky, But Safe

June 01, 2004

Multiple deluges did not prove dangerous for horses at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held April 22-25 in Lexington. Many well-conditioned horses slogged through the mud on April 24 to meet--if not beat--their optimum cross country course... Read More

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LSU Dedicates New Facilities

June 01, 2004

Louisiana State University's (LSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is an exciting place to be right now. The reinvigoration of the personnel and campus are obvious even to the casual observer. But to those who have horses treated there, or who ar... Read More

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Equine Disease--Fourth Quarter, 2003

June 01, 2004

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More

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Newsletter Supported

June 01, 2004

Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents recently presented a check for $40,000 to the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science in continued support for Equine Disease Quarterly. Now in its 12th... Read More

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USEF Powers Upheld

June 01, 2004

The United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) authority to enforce its own rules and regulations has been affirmed, at least temporarily, in a federal court in Lexington, Ky. A decision on whether the injunction should be made permanent is... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Cases Lessen

June 01, 2004

The African horse sickness (AHS) death toll in the Western Cape of South Africa has risen to 15 confirmed cases since the first death on the Elsenburg Agricultural Research Farm was confirmed on Feb. 25. The last case (unconfirmed) was reported... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Still Targeted in Kentucky

June 01, 2004

The forsythia were blooming at the end of March, and in Kentucky, that means that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) were hatching. In 2001 and 2002, those caterpillars crawled across many farms in Central Kentucky and left in their path what was... Read More

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Mangoes Toxic to Horses?

June 01, 2004

Q: In our horse paddock there are four mango trees. Our horses often eat the mangoes that fall off the tree. We were wondering if it is possible for our horses to get sick from eating too many mangoes. A: Mango has not been reported... Read More

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Rutgers Auction Raises $15K for Research

June 01, 2004

Over two dozen bidders came out April 25 for a chance to own one of 12 Belgian-cross fillies and five Belgian and Belgian-cross mares available this year at the 5th Annual North American Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) auction of incentive... Read More