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West Nile Virus Spreads: Horses in at Least 15 States Affected This Year

July 16, 2003

West Nile virus (WNV) is steadily spreading across the country, having been detected in at least 33 states so far this year*. Horses in 15 states have been infected with the virus in 2003; the most recent announcements of equine WNV cases were... Read More

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Mexico Declares West Nile Virus State of Emergency

July 15, 2003

According to a Reuters health story distributed via ProMED-mail, Mexico has declared a state of emergency due to West Nile virus (WNV), declaring it a severe risk to the horse population and a growing public health threat.

The first... Read More

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Florida Officials Urge Caution As EEE Cases Reach Epidemic Proportions

July 15, 2003

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is concerned about the high number of Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) cases in the state and is urging horse owners to get the proper immunizations for... Read More

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Reward in Saddlebred Case Grows to $100,000

July 14, 2003

A reward has been offered for information about those who intentionally injured five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, Ky. USA Equestrian, the national governing body of equestrian sport, is offering the reward.

At least $100,000 has... Read More

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New State Legislation Provides Funds for LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Program

July 14, 2003

The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) in Baton Rouge, La., will receive funds from tax revenue generated from slot machines placed in racetracks throughout the state, which... Read More

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Injured Saddlebreds Under Continual Treatment: Growth Factor and Hyperbaric Therapy

July 11, 2003

The five American Saddlebreds that were injected with a caustic substance the weekend of June 28-29 are on the road to recovery, according to Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky. Redden has been... Read More

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$10,000 Gift Will Help Care for Aged, Abused Horses

July 10, 2003

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines has once again received a generous $10,000 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) in support of the Farm's century-long mission of caring for aged and abused horses.

"Ryerss receives no public... Read More

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New Directors to Join AAEP Board

July 08, 2003

Three new directors have been elected by the membership of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to serve on the organization’s board. The terms for the directors will begin at the conclusion of the 2003 AAEP Annual Convention... Read More

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Second Annual Equine Industry Vision Award Given To Don Burt

July 08, 2003

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications recently announced that Don Burt has been named as the recipient of the second annual Equine Industry Vision Award. This unique distinction is the first major award to showcase innovation... Read More

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First Sexed Offspring of the World's First Sexed Mare and Stallion Born

July 08, 2003

Researchers led by XY Inc., a global biotech company in Fort Collins, Colo., were recently successful in their quest to produce the first sex-selected offspring of the world’s first sex-selected mare and first sex-selected stallion. “First Lady”... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Injected With Damaging Substance Under Treatment

July 04, 2003

The five American Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown substance and suffered serious injuries as a result continue to recover at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. Ric Redden, DVM, and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Cente... Read More

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Three Elected to International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame

July 03, 2003

Immense knowledge of equine health issues and an equally remarkable willingness to share their know-how distinguish the newest inductees to the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. Ted Stashak, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Suffer Injuries After Mystery Injections

July 03, 2003

The Associated Press reports that five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, KY, including one former five-gaited world champion, suffered life-threatening injuries after their pasterns were injected with an unknown substance.... Read More

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University of Florida Veterinary College Honors 2003 Distinguished Award Winners

July 03, 2003

Two veterinarians who have had significant impact on Florida’s equine veterinary community were recently honored through the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2003 Distinguished Awards program. Lisa Conti, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Maryland Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

July 03, 2003

Maryland state veterinarian Phyllis Cassano, DVM, announced today that an Anne Arundel County, Md., horse has tested positive for rabies. The 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare named Coup de Harmony had recently competed at the East Coast Barrel Bash... Read More

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Saddlebred Attacks

July 01, 2003

In a malicious attack that garnered nationwide news coverage, five top American Saddlebreds were injected with an unknown, necrotizing (tissue-killing) substance the weekend of June 28-29, 2003, at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. These... Read More

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Senior Citizen Surgery

July 01, 2003

When a senior horse needs surgery, there is a concern that he will not survive the procedure because of age. ... Read More

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What You Don't Know Could Hurt

July 01, 2003

As a horse owner, you are regularly bombarded with advertisements for various products that will supposedly cure your horse's arthritis. On the other hand, you might have noticed that your veterinarian uses pharmaceutical products that are... Read More

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Risks of General Anesthesia

July 01, 2003

Q: Are there health risks simply from the anesthesia for a horse undergoing surgery? If so, what are these risks, and how common are complications from them?        via e-mail... Read More

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Wetting the Bed

July 01, 2003

I just started raising a few minis. This year I have a colt which was born with a urinary problem. He keeps dripping urine, not every minute but especially when he lies down. His genital area will be wet, just like kids when they sleep and... Read More

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Cleaning Water Buckets

July 01, 2003

Q: I'm concerned about keeping our horse's water buckets clean. In summer and winter (heated buckets) there is always scum on the inside. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of... Read More

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Slow-Starting Stallion

July 01, 2003

We just started using a 3-year-old Quarter Horse stallion for breeding. He is sort of interested and will rub his head on the mare a bit, but he drops about half-way, then up, down, up, down. He doesn't seem shy or anxious, just lazy, like a... Read More

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Ringbone and Sidebone

July 01, 2003

Ringbone and sidebone are two closely related orthopedic problems of the lower limbs common in working horses.... Read More

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Equipping the Barn

July 01, 2003

Whether you have a large barn or a small one, an inexpensive pre-fab building or an elaborate construction, you can equip it to make it more "user-friendly" for you and your horses. At the very least, your barn should provide safe shelter during... Read More

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A Meal Away from Mom

July 01, 2003

The question of whether to feed foals concentrate separate from mares (called creep feeding) has often posed a dilemma for horse owners. On one hand, owners want to be certain that foals are getting all required nutrients and growing to their... Read More