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Laminitis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

What causes laminitis? Is it the same as founder? Should I remove shoes from a horse with acute laminitis? Should I soak his feet? Does laminitis always have devastating consequences?... Read More

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Pre-Purchase Exams (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

"A pre-purchase exam is only one factor to help you decide if you are going to purchase an animal," said Craig Roberts, DVM, an Ocala, Fla., practitioner. purchase exams are designed to discover a horse's unique concerns and discuss the management... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: More Veterinary Students Going Into Equine Medicine

February 17, 2006

A few years ago the American Association of Equine Parishioners identified a disturbing trend: The number of veterinary graduates pursuing careers in equine medicine was dwindling. Long hours, low pay, and lack of expertise were seen as common... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How To Repair Incisors

February 17, 2006

Mandible (lower jaw) and premaxillary (upper jaw) fractures are common equine head injuries, according to David Moll, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of large animal clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University. There are many described... Read More

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Stallion Handling (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

A stallion handler must be able to focus the stallion's mind on him, as well as the mare, and make him wait for instructions. This cannot be achieved through fear or abusiveness, but through training basic cues and maneuvers to the stallion before he... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

February 17, 2006

Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual... Read More

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Imaging Foot Lamenesses

February 17, 2006

As the old saying goes, knowledge is power. Nuclear scintigraphy and MRI evaluation proved their worth yet again in this study by giving information about the exact nature and location of these horses' injuries, which helped practitioners select the... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Problems With Multiple Embryo Collection

February 17, 2006

Embryo transfer has been well-established in the horse industry as a method of obtaining multiple offspring from a valuable donor mare. The increased usage of this technique prompted Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to examine the... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Increasing Embryo Recovery and Fertility

February 17, 2006

In a study from the University of Saskatchewan, Canadian researchers compared ovulation rates, embryo recovery and quality, and subsequent pregnancy rate using two estrus synchronization methods--prostaglandin (PG) administration and progesteron... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Optimizing Pregnancy Rates for Frozen-Thawed Semen

February 17, 2006

A major disadvantage associated with frozen-thawed semen is the fertility of the semen, which can be considerably less than fresh semen. This can be problematic when deciding how many progressively motile sperm (PMS) are needed per breeding to... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: WNV DNA Vaccine Effective in Young Horses

February 17, 2006

Scientists recently showed that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile virus (WNV) DNA vaccine, which is licensed but not yet commercially available, should protect foals from the virus regardless of residual antibodies received at birth from... Read More

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Equine Groups Band Together to Provide Feed for Hurricane-Affected Areas

February 17, 2006

(Edited press release)

Five equine organizations joined together this week to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federatio... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Early Diagnosis of EPM with Biomarkers

February 16, 2006

A researcher has found a reliable way to diagnose equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the acutely affected horse by examining genetic markers in its blood. This technique could potentially be applied to detect evidence of other infectiou... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

February 16, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation and Race Performance

February 16, 2006

Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Three Years of Racing Deaths in Victoria, Australia

February 16, 2006

A comprehensive post-mortem survey in Victoria, Australia, found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common cause of Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Additionally, Lisa Boden, AB, BVSc, MACVS, of The University of... Read More

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First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Horsemeat Inspections

February 15, 2006

Animal rights groups and U.S. residents living near three horsemeat processing plants jointly filed suit against the USDA on Feb. 13, less than a week after USDA announced a program to allow fee-for-service inspections of horses at slaughter... Read More

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USRider Calls for Improvements on Trailer Wiring

February 15, 2006

USRider has publicly urged horse trailer manufacturers to improve their electrical wiring practices. "Trailers flex and move constantly when being towed, so it is imperative that proper wiring techniques be used to ensure the proper and continua... Read More

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Horse at Fair Hill Training Center Positive for EHV-1

February 15, 2006

Maryland officials reported today (Feb. 15) that a horse which tested positive for equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at Fair Hill Training Center in Cecil County, Md., last week, has recovered from its fever and has shown no signs of neurologic... Read More

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New Kentucky Drug Penalties Due to Expire; Authority Considers Options

February 15, 2006

Officials with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority were considering their options today (Feb. 15) following the failure of a legislative subcommittee to give final approval to new penalties for violations of the state's equine medication... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Restrictions - EHV Affected Areas

February 10, 2006

While we are confident that the situation at both Turfway Park and the Western Kentucky Training Center have been satisfactorily resolved; we remain concerned over the apparent spread of equine herpes virus from Pimlico to other racetracks,... Read More