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Bits: Protect Your Horse's Mouth

October 01, 1998

Inside the horse's mouth, the bit's motion sends messages to the horse. The message can be as subtle as a twinge, obvious only to the horse. Or, a harsher sensation can result in the animal's gaping mouth and visible pain. ... Read More

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Euthanasia for Horses

October 01, 1998

After three days of colic, the horse's pain finally is subdued by various drugs and the anesthetic gas. The ventilator now is breathing for the horse, which has been placed on his back and a large incision made in his abdomen to allow for... Read More

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Traveling With Older Horses

October 01, 1998

Traveling cross-country with a horse can be an ordeal under the best of circumstances.... Read More

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Older Horses at Work

October 01, 1998

The aging process takes its toll on all working horses, but the rate of attrition can vary significantly. In this, horses are similar to humans. We all have met the person who is barely past middle age and because of mental, emotional, or physical... Read More

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The Aging Equine

October 01, 1998

The average lifespan of a horse is said to be about 24 years; but as with humans, a horse's chronological age isn't always a good indicator of how old he really is. Some horses still are active at the age of 35, while others suffer significant signs ... Read More

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Stricter EIA Requirements Possible For North Carolina

September 25, 1998

According to M. A. Mixson, DVM, of North Carolina's State Veterinarian's office, stricter requirements concerning the testing for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is pending approval by the state's General Assembly. The North... Read More

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USDA Plans To Relieve Georgia Horse Import Restrictions

September 18, 1998

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed today that Georgia is approved to receive certain mares and stallions imported into the United States from regions affected with contagious equine metritis, a serious venereal... Read More

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VEE Reported In South, Central America

September 18, 1998

The American Horse Council (AHC) has recently learned that an outbreak of Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis (VEE) has been occurring in Columbia over the summer. It was reported that as of July 21, 1998, some 480 horses had... Read More

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New ID Program Possible For Thoroughbreds In UK

September 18, 1998

Peter Webbon, Chief Veterinary Advisor to the English Jockey Club, confirmed that his organization is looking into using microchip identification of all Thoroughbreds in the near future. The committee charged with improving... Read More

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Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Confirmed In New Jersey

September 11, 1998

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a virus that is spread by infected mosquitoes and causes “sleeping sickness” in horses and has been confirmed as a cause of death in a N.J. horse. As of September 4, two new case... Read More

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WesternU Names The Nation's First Woman Dean Of A College Of Veterinary Medicine

September 11, 1998

The President of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) announced September 10, 1998, the appointment of Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD, as Founding Dean of the University's new College of Veterinary Medicine.... Read More

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VS Update 9/08/98

September 11, 1998

Arizona reported no changes in its status during the week ending September 4, 1998. Two VSV positive premises remain under quarantine.

Colorado reported eighteen new VSV investigations... Read More

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Animal Protection A Major Theme On State Ballots

September 04, 1998

With election day less than two months away, voters will soon decide a variety of statewide ballot measures affecting animals, including commercial trapping, cockfighting, mourning dove hunting, and... Read More

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Rare Caspian Foal Born At Memphis Zoo

September 04, 1998

Hisan, a seven-year-old gray Caspian mare made history at the Memphis Zoo August 15 by giving birth to Xerxes, the first Caspian horse born in a U.S. zoo.

Named after predecessor of King... Read More

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Potomac Breakthrough: A Fluke Larva

September 04, 1998

Potomac horse fever was an equine disease shrouded in mystery. Scientists knew what caused the illness--the bacterium Ehrlichia risticii--but its source in nature could not be found. No one knew how horses became... Read More

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Split-Sample Requests Have Impact On Labs

September 04, 1998

An increase in requests for testing of split samples taken from horses competing in North America--attributable in part to the legalization of clenbuterol--is adding to the workload at drug-testing labs around the country.... Read More

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Massage While You Groom

September 01, 1998

How much time per day do you spend grooming your horse? It probably varies between a minimum of five minutes to sometimes as long as 30 minutes, depending on what needs to be done. Over the months and years, this time adds up to a... Read More

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Working Horses on Hard Surfaces

September 01, 1998

Hard surfaces come in many forms. There's that parking lot where you lunged your horse last weekend at the horse show. There's that cracked-clay pasture where your horse was turned out all last summer. There's that poor-excuse-for-an-arena down at th... Read More

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Hives in Horses: Symptoms and Treatment

September 01, 1998

Q: I noticed the other day that my Appaloosa gelding had hair standing up and welts on his skin. A friend suggested that he might have hives. What can you tell me about hives on horses. What kind of treatment should he have? ... Read More

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Panic Or Procrastinate? What To Do if Your Horse Has Eaten a Poisonous Plant

September 01, 1998

You provide plenty of good quality feed, water, and turnout--do you still have to worry about your horse's getting sick from eating a poisonous plant? While common sense and good horse management are your horse's best protection... Read More

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Equine Dentistry Update

September 01, 1998

One of the oldest of adages in the horse world is, "No feet, no horse." We could add another that is just as appropriate, "No teeth, no horse." The teeth are one of the most important parts of a horse's anatomy, yet they often... Read More

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Communication With Horses: Gaining Unity

September 01, 1998

Learning to communicate with equines can, and, should be, a lifelong endeavor on the part of the horse enthusiast. There is no quick fix in learning the art of communication because each horse is different. What works for one will not necessarily ... Read More

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Allergic Reactions in Horses

September 01, 1998

Allergic reactions are complicated and somewhat unpredictable events that are triggered by various environment... Read More

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Stallion Behavior

September 01, 1998

Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses observations of stallions in the wild and domestication. ... Read More

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Restraint Techniques

September 01, 1998

The first premise regarding restraint techniques for horses is the art of knowing when and when not to use them. The individual personalities of horses sometimes can make the decision to use restraint (and the particular type) more... Read More