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Herpesvirus Positives Keep Racetrack Shipping Ban in Place

March 05, 2003

Two additional positive tests for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) virus Feb. 26 were reported at Penn National Race Course. That prompted Philadelphia Park Racetrack to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Penn.,... Read More

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Lower Limb Research--Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 04, 2003

Probably the foremost biomechanics researcher in the country, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine, McPhail Equine Performance Center, discussed recent lower limb research during the 16th annual... Read More

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Help With Skin Problems

March 04, 2003

Many equine skin problems have not been fully elucidated (analyzed and explained) yet, but experienced veterinarians often will recognize a problem and confirm a tentative diagnosis, if possible, with an appropriate test. Owners need to realize... Read More

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Common Skin Problems

March 01, 2003

We used to call it the "creeping crud"--a colorful, youthful label applicable to any gross-out skin disease the horse happened to have (and not to be confused with the cold-and-flu-like symptoms in humans that earned the same appellation).... Read More

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10 Tips on Getting Ready for Spring

March 01, 2003

You can feel it. You can smell it. Spring is in the air. Oh, to be sure, we aren't finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won't be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show... Read More

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Ouch! That Hurts!

March 01, 2003

Pain. The Merriam-Webster electronic dictionary defines pain as 1: punishment; 2: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also, a basic bodily sensation induced by a... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination

March 01, 2003

The following responses to questions are from Rob Keene, DVM, a field technical consulting equine veterinarian with Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH), manufacturers of the West Nile virus vaccine.

 The West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine i... Read More

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Braces for Horses?

March 01, 2003

I read in a magazine that you can have braces put on a horse for an overbite. How can I find out about this? ... Read More

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Fescue Allergy?

March 01, 2003

I have a 6-year-old Arabian gelding who used to spend up to about 12 hours a day on our fescue pasture. As a 4-year-old, he developed lesions on his three white legs on the cannon bone area that were crusty, raw underneath, very sore, and... Read More

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Trailer Resistance

March 01, 2003

I've had my yearling filly all of her life. I trained her from week one to trailer load, and she was fine with getting in and out. However, this was with a four-horse slant load trailer that steps up. Now I need to load her into a two-horse... Read More

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Vaccinations: Kick-Starting the Immune System

March 01, 2003

These days, research protocols are a little more sophisticated and complicated, although the basic premise for testing a vaccine is pretty much the same: The researcher vaccinates the animal against the infection or disease using some sort of disease... Read More

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Farm Equipment: Nice or Necessary?

March 01, 2003

Proper equipment will help you manage your barn efficiently and safely, but what do you need and what's extra?... Read More

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Ohio EHV-1 Outbreak; Strain Might Be Atypical

March 01, 2003

The worst is over in an equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak that thus far has caused the death of 12
horses, and scientists are still studying the virus to see if it is somehow different from the normal EHV-1 strain. The outbreak,... Read More

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Emerging Disease in Foals

March 01, 2003

A bacteria that causes weight loss, colic, diarrhea, and hypoproteinemia (abnormally low protein in the blood) in foals is being seen more often in North America and Europe. The affected foals are usually four to eight months old, but can be... Read More

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Medication Rules Revised

March 01, 2003

The USA Equestrian (USAE) Board of Directors approved a rule change on Jan. 19 that should reduce the incidence of corticosteroid abuse in equine athletes. The USAE sets rules for 27 breeds and disciplines competing in the United States, and is... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Aborted Kentucky Fetuses

March 01, 2003

Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) was found in 35 aborted fetuses in Kentucky since July of 2002, according to Lenn Harrison, VMD, head of the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington. "We have handled about 400 aborted fetuses... Read More

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New Treatment for Endotoxemia

March 01, 2003

Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, of the University of Georgia, recently completed a project on treating endotoxemia with polymyxin B (PMB), an alternative to endotoxin antibody products. The drug PMB kills many Gram-negative bacteria and also... Read More

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More Pigeon Fever in Kentucky

March 01, 2003

The bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, usually is seen west of the Mississippi--especially in California and southwestern states--but it has been recognized in Kentucky and Florida in increasing numbers in recent... Read More

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Lower Limb Research at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

March 01, 2003

Probably the foremost biomechanics researcher in the country, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center, discussed recent lower limb... Read More

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Marbles Keep Mares Out of Heat

March 01, 2003

Mares in performance careers are sometimes a frustration to their trainers and riders because during estrus, they can have difficulty concentrating on their work or have "behavioral problems." Many horse owners resort to hormone therapy to keep... Read More

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Blood Test for Ovarian Tumors

March 01, 2003

Granulosa-theca cell tumors (GTCTs) are usually tentatively diagnosed by rectal palpation and ultrasound examination after an owner complains of poor performance or aggressive, sexual, stallion-like behaviors. However, the diagnosis can't be... Read More

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Lasers for Removing Skin Masses

March 01, 2003

Skin masses in horses have historically been removed by surgical excision (cutting them out). Regardless of the type of mass, the surgeon's goal is to remove all of the tissue, limit hemorrhage, and prevent infection while achieving the best... Read More

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Treating Shoulder Lameness

March 01, 2003

There is an uncommon type of shoulder lameness in horses that produces a dropped elbow and flexing of the carpus (knee) and pastern at rest. At work, affected horses are typically severely lame with a significantly decreased forward phase of the... Read More

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When Your Horse's Muscles Ache

March 01, 2003

Equine muscle injuries are often elusive, leading to frustration for the rider and a challenging diagnosis. ... Read More

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Chiropractic Care: A Movable Framework

March 01, 2003

Equine chiropractic is a complementary modality that can be used in veterinary medicine for the diagnosis, treatment, and potential prevention of select musculoskeletal disorders in horses.... Read More