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Purchase Exams: Safe and Sound

July 01, 2004

Buying that first horse can be exciting and scary. Getting that dreamed-about horse is the exciting part, and being concerned that you don't make mistakes in choosing the right one is the disconcerting and worrisome part. In this article, we'll... Read More

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Guidelines for Horse Operations Established

July 01, 2004

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Rutgers Equine Science Center recently published "Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations." Considered to be the first comprehensive set of U.S. guidelines for horse operations, th... Read More

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Illinois Slaughter Bill Stalled; Possibly Dead

July 01, 2004

Illinois HR649 amendment 4, which would ban equine slaughter for human consumption in the state and make it illegal to transport horses into or out of the state for slaughter, passed the Illinois Senate (as SB1921) in late May. However, it was... Read More

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Slaughter Legislation Stuck In Committee

July 01, 2004

Legislation designed to prevent horse slaughter at the national level could be indefinitely stuck in committee.

In January 2003, U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, a Republican from New York, proposed HR 857, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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Salmonellosis in Central Kentucky

July 01, 2004

On May 8, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky, sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explainin... Read More

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Emergency Vesicular Stomatitis Rules

June 29, 2004

Following are summaries of the emergency rules that are in effect currently in Florida and Kentucky, due to the outbreak of VS in New Mexico and Texas. Visit the web sites listed to read the exact wording of the... Read More

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Maryland Farm Quarantine Lifted

June 28, 2004

The quarantine of a Poolesville, Md., farm was lifted June 22 after five weeks passed with no detection of additional cases of neurologic disease. On May 18, veterinarians confirmed the last new case of what could be the neurologic form of equin... Read More

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VS Case Count Climbs in Texas

June 24, 2004

Six more premises in Texas have horses with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS), reports the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). The most recent cases, were confirmed this week through laboratory tests, and include horses on a ranch... Read More

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Kentucky Tightens VS Regulations

June 24, 2004

After receiving information that more premises and cases had confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas and New Mexico, Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, announced on June 23 more detailed restrictions on movement of all... Read More

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Equine Emergency Demonstrations and Training Offered

June 23, 2004

Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) veterinary hospital will be offering equine emergency demonstrations to the general public on Aug.14, 2004 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. A more extensive three-day training... Read More

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VS Update: Breeders' Cup, Lone Star Park Moving Ahead With Plans

June 23, 2004

Breeders' Cup, which has plans to set up a "disease-free zone" to allow horses to ship in and out of Lone Star Park, is moving full-steam ahead with preparations for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships even as a limited outbreak of... Read More

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Tests Inconclusive in Maryland Disease Outbreak

June 23, 2004

Investigators have been unable to make a conclusive diagnosis in the outbreak of equine neurologic disease on a single quarantined farm in Poolesville, Md. There is strong suspicion that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) is to blame, but further... Read More

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Penn's Veterinary School receives Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant of $1.5

June 22, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine received a Kresge Foundation challenge grant of $1.5 million for its new Teaching and Research Building. To obtain the grant funds, the School must raise $13.9 million by Oct. 1,... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Accepting Applications for its 2005 Equine Education Scholarships

June 22, 2004

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2005 Equine Education Scholarship program. The KHC is offering five scholarships to its members or children of its members (under 18 years of age)... Read More

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MSU to Hold First Annual Stallion Service Auction

June 22, 2004

The Equine Club at Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting its first annual Stallion Service Auction fundraiser. Stallion services for 2005 could be purchased for half the stallion's regular stud fee.... Read More

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More Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Texas and New Mexico

June 20, 2004

Horses on a total of three sites in Texas and four premises in New Mexico are known to be infected with vesicular stomatitis (VS), a painful blistering disease of livestock such as horses, sheep, swine, and deer. The viral disease appears... Read More

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Perfect Drift Recovering From Throat Surgery

June 18, 2004

Edited from Churchill Downs reports

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the 2003 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) and third to Colonial Colony in this year's renewal, is recovering from throat surgery to correct an... Read More

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Research Projects Benefit from Belmont Celebration

June 18, 2004

Edited release from The Jockey Club

The Belmont Celebration, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club on June 4 at Belmont Park, raised more than $235,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More

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Thoroughbred Charities Awards $1,014,400 in Grants

June 17, 2004

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) approved grants of $1,014,400 for the 2004 fiscal year at an annual board of directors meeting on May 22. The grants have been awarded to 85 equine charities that work with improving the lives of... Read More

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Virginia Logs Its First 2004 Equine WNV Case

June 17, 2004

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced 2004's first positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse on May 28. The six-year-old Thoroughbred mare lived on a farm in Culpeper County that had a positive... Read More

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Arizona Horse Slashing Mystery Solved

June 17, 2004

The necks of more than 20 horses were mysteriously slashed near their jugular veins at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., beginning in July, 2003. The attacks launched an investigation, and concern about area horses' safety erupted.... Read More

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EIA Detected in Australia

June 17, 2004

On June 8, the Queensland, Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) reported that equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed on a central coast property. While the disease is detected frequently along western... Read More

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Fatal Genetic Quarter Horse Disease Identified

June 09, 2004

Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency in Quarter Horses might cause unexplained stillbirths/deaths of foals.... Read More