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Anesthesia: Down, Not Out

October 10, 2001

Put a horse down. Euthanized. Humanely destroyed. The list goes on. It is how we in the business describe the unsavory, but sometimes necessary, task of killing a horse. Sometimes an animal becomes sick or crippled from a chronic problem, such a... Read More

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Attitude

October 10, 2001

Sometimes we need to get away from what we do to appreciate the rest of the world. Sometimes we have to get away from what we do to appreciate what we do. Looking out helps us look in.

As I write, a thunderstorm is fighting... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Hunters/Jumpers

October 10, 2001

Ears forward and eyes fixed, the horse concludes his gallop in front of the fence. He gathers himself and leaps gracefully into the air, clearing the obstacle with ease and landing on the other side of the obstacle to gallop on to the next... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome

October 10, 2001

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot's response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse's foot.... Read More

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Barn Construction

October 10, 2001

Kick, chomp, scrape, cough--horses challenge the strength and livability of the shelter you provide. A barn can conveniently enclose one or more horses, but you can't forget that they wouldn't choose to live indoors.

To house horses safely,... Read More

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Chincoteague Ponies

October 10, 2001

Chincoteague is such a unique name and place that it is impossible to confuse it with anything or anywhere else. From children who have read Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague, to travel buffs who ended up on the island in search of... Read More

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Derby Decisions

October 10, 2001

Every competitive horse has normal wear and tear, just like human athletes. Horses on the road to the Kentucky Derby in Thoroughbred racing receive more media attention than probably any other equine athletes. So, when a spring season arrives,... Read More

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Coming Attractions: The Newest Dewormers

October 10, 2001

The next generation of dewormers is nearly here. Fort Dodge Animal Health anticipates final FDA approval for Moxidectin this year, while Pfizer Animal Health Group might see Doramectin reach the market in mid-1998. Like Ivermectin, Doramectin an... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Dressage

October 10, 2001

An elegant athlete, the dressage horse moves in perfect harmony with his rider. Following the artistic traditions of European horsemanship, the performer displays supple joints and natural balance, or expresses power and grace in the demanding... Read More

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How to Read a Feed Label

October 10, 2001

How long has it been since you really looked at the content of your horse's concentrate feed? If you're like many of us, you probably stand in line at the feed store, ask for "three bags of the 12%," heave the feed into the back of your truck,... Read More

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Feeding the Foot

October 10, 2001

Can you feed a foot? "You bet!" Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse's flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the quality of joint fluid by feeding a supplement? "It's... Read More

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Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

October 10, 2001

Tying-up is a problem that has troubled horses and their owners for many years, and it has been known by many names. The old-timers who battled the syndrome in their draft horses following a Sunday away from the fields called it Monday morning... Read More

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Physical Therapy for Horses

October 10, 2001

The role of the equine sports therapist can be compared to that of the athletic trainer or sports therapist in human sports medicine. The job of these specialists is considered adjunctive to that of the sports medicine physician or orthopedist. ... Read More

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The Natural Hoof: A Sign of the Times

October 10, 2001

The feet of wild horses have been able to adapt to their environment, while the feet of domestic horses seem to consistently fail at adapting and instead collapse, crack, flare, and bruise.... Read More

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AESM Convention

October 10, 2001

Researchers, veterinarians, and horse people from around the world gathered in San Antonio in April for the 16th meeting of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine (AESM). The program included three full days of presentations concerning the... Read More

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Botulism

October 10, 2001

With foaling season upon us, vaccination for botulism is one of many management considerations facing North American horse breeders. This disease can be deadly in foals, and in adult horses which are unprotected, and it can be tremendously... Read More

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Breeding on Foal Heat

October 10, 2001

The mare has a long gestational period and to be a yearly producer she must be back in foal, on average, 25 days from giving birth. It is important to understand all the processes that take place in the period from parturition to the restoration... Read More

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Chiropractic: Modality of Movement

October 10, 2001

Chiropractors have been treating human patients on a professional basis in this country since before the turn of the century, but it has only been in recent years that this alternative form of therapy has been applied to a substantial number of horse... Read More

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EPM: Hope At Last

October 10, 2001

It seems to work! Because of research on new drug treatments for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), horse owners might soon be able to kill the parasite that they now only can control effectively about 60% of the time. Preliminary researc... Read More

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HYPP: Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

October 10, 2001

They gave the muscular Quarter Horse colt an ambitious name: Impressive. He lived up to the name in such dramatic fashion that it became a household word in Quarter Horse circles - especially among breeders and exhibitors involved in showing... Read More

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Venereal Disease in Horses

October 10, 2001

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary... Read More

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Questions of Balance

October 10, 2001

There is no consensus on "alternative" or "complementary" approaches to equine health care. In fact, it would be hard to find a more controversial topic. For every "expert" who terms acupuncture, chiropractic, and other new therapies... Read More

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Injured Riders Can't Help Horses

October 09, 2001

Why doesn't every rider wear an approved safety helmet, and wear it correctly, every ride? Statistics show that most people who are severely hurt in riding-related incidents suffer from head injuries. I guess it's a lot like the debate concernin... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome Treatment: The Brave New World

October 09, 2001

In spite of the best care given to horses in the history of their domesticated lives, record numbers of carefully bred, reared, and trained saddle horses are prevented from fully athletic lives by the crippling disease known as "navicular syndrome."... Read More