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Evaluating Ulcer Medications

February 01, 2006

Studies have shown that gastric squamous (the non-glandular area of the stomach) ulcers affect approximately 80-95% of racehorses, and more than half of the entire domestic horse population. A recent study from Murdoch University in Australia... Read More

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The Scoop On Feed

February 01, 2006

Sweet feeds, pelleted feeds, textured feeds, concentrate mixes, processed mixes ... many novice (and seasoned) horse owners are confused over what these feeds are, the purposes they serve, and which horses benefit from them. Read on to learn how you ... Read More

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Growing Problems

February 01, 2006

Horse breeders have long known that problems can develop in the bones of young horses as they grow. The term developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) was coined in 1986 to encompass all orthopedic problems seen in the growing foal and has become... Read More

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Five Years Hence...

February 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation has set a tremendous goal for 2006--with input from industry leaders they will determine one priority area of equine health where research should be conducted, seek the most gifted researchers to tell them what specific... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Vaccine Efficacy and Controversies

February 01, 2006

"There are a huge number of (vaccine) choices out there and it's hard sometimes to see our way through the forest," said Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor in Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. "What... Read More

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Can Immunomodulators Help Herpesvirus Victims?

February 01, 2006

Human and animal scientists have been researching ways to stimulate the immune system in order to prevent or mitigate disease, especially just prior to or during stressful events. Options include vaccination, antimicrobial therapy, and... Read More

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Five Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

February 01, 2006

As 2005 neared its end, equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) killed two horses that were stabled at Turfway Park, a Northern Kentucky racetrack. The victims--one Thoroughbred in training and a lead pony--were euthanatized after they developed the... Read More

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Horse Facts Launched at AAEP Convention

February 01, 2006

In order to raise awareness about the vital role of animal research in advancing the health of horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced on Dec. 6, 2005,... Read More

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America's Healthy Horse Announced at AAEP

February 01, 2006

The American Association of Equine Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced on Dec. 5, 2005, a joint initiative to raise awareness about the importance of twice-a-year veterinary wellness exams.

According to a 2002 American... Read More

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Plant Causes Complaints

February 01, 2006

On Nov. 29, the Kaufman, Texas Board of Adjustments moved a step closer to closing Dallas Crown Inc., one of two horse meat processing plants in Texas, because many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 to 0 to... Read More

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MRLS Update

February 01, 2006

"We can prevent mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) as we experienced in 2001 and 2002 by keeping horses away from caterpillars," said Bruce Webb, PhD, a University of Kentucky (UK) researcher who has been studying the condition that... Read More

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Microchips Not Mandated in Racehorses

February 01, 2006

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard ID procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts at The Syamposium on Racing and Gaming held Dec. 6-8, 2005,... Read More

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

February 01, 2006

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi... Read More

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

February 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a northwestern California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County... Read More

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Why Veterinarians Get Kicked

February 01, 2006

It comes as no surprise that a Swiss study of kick injuries to veterinarians found that the risk of injury to veterinarians treating horses is highest when performing painful procedures on the horse. In the study, Sabina Jaeggin, assistant at th... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Planning and Preparing for the Big Adventure

February 01, 2006

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Happy Trails by Les Sellnow. This book is available from Read More

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Equine Program Receives Heroes for Horses Award

February 01, 2006

The faculty, staff and students of the Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM) were recently nationally recognized for their efforts in assisting horses and horse owners... Read More

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Veterinarian Suggests Owners Implement EHV-1 Preventive Measures

February 01, 2006

In light of the current equine herpesvirus type-1 neurologic outbreaks, Rob Holland, DVM, senior veterinarian at Pfizer Animal Health, has suggested that owners take steps to prevent EHV-1 infection in their horses.

"Other than... Read More

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Hold Order at Additional Maryland Training Center

February 01, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture placed an initial "Investigational Animal Hold Order" on Barn 1 at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie, Md., this afternoon (Feb. 1) after a horse showed clinical signs of neurologic equine herpesvirus type-... Read More

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Cornell Researcher Warns About Herpesvirus

February 01, 2006

Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (German equivalent to a PhD), an associate professor of virology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., studies equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). He shared his views with The Horse on recent... Read More

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Hoof Care For Your Horses

February 01, 2006

The horse's leg below the fetlock joint is similar to the human finger; the long pastern bone, short pastern bone, and coffin bone are comparable to the three segments of a human finger. The hoof wall is made of the same material as our... Read More

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Second Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpes

January 31, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed today that a second horse, Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). The 3-year-old was euthanatized on Jan. 26 with a... Read More

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Correcting Foundered Feet

January 31, 2006

Can coffin bone rotation be improved or corrected in horses that have foundered?... Read More

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Pimlico Considers Lifting Quarantine Feb. 4; Stakes Could Be Rescheduled

January 30, 2006

Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) officials are hopeful they will be able to lift the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Feb. 4, MJC chief operating officer Lou Raffetto said at a news conference at Laurel Park on Jan.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Community Disaster Planning

January 26, 2006

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wildfires, tornadoes, and outbreaks of diseases at equine facilities raised awareness of disaster planning this year in the horse industry. That was reflected by the large crowd at the Community Disaster Planning... Read More