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Magnetic Therapy

July 01, 1997

Horses are electrically charged. So are people. Sound a bit bizarre? Because of this electrical presence, the use of magnets has been a part of the therapeutical approach to treatment of injuries and other maladies since the 18th century.... Read More

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Bandaging Basics

June 01, 1997

A common question among horse owners and veterinary students is: When is it appropriate to bandage a leg or wound and, if it is, what is the best material with which to bandage it? There is an ever-growing variety of commercial bandaging materia... Read More

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Barren Mares

June 01, 1997

For a successful domestic species, the fertility rate of the horse is surprisingly low. Coupled with an 11-month gestation period and a single offspring per year, producing a foal is a significant investment for any breeder. So, if you're... Read More

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The Purchase Exam

June 01, 1997

As the name suggests, purchase exams are an exploratory process designed to evaluate the physical condition of a horse before you commit to a purchase. It is performed by a veterinarian and is, before anything else, a comprehensive physical... Read More

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Working For Welfare

June 01, 1997

Animal welfare and animal rights are not the same; neither are the people who support each cause. Animal welfare means horse people making sure horses are kept and utilized in a humane and safe manner, with consideration given to the animals'... Read More

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Pseudomonas Infection in Horses

May 01, 1997

Pseudomonas is a bacteria family that can cause many types of illnesses, from loss of sight to reproductive problems to death. Members of the genus Pseudomonas are commonly found in aquatic habitats (wet areas... Read More

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Strangles in Horses

May 01, 1997

Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi, this highly contagious disease is most common and severe in young horses.

One beautiful spring morning, you are milling around  in the barn after the morning feeding trying to... Read More

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Caslicks Procedure

May 01, 1997

The Caslick procedure of surgically closing the upper part of the vulva has been commonly practiced on broodmares for the past 60 years. The procedure evolved in an effort to treat what E. A. Caslick, DVM, had observed--the negative effect that... Read More

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Transporting Foals

April 04, 1997

The necessity of foals being shipped can arise for a variety of different reasons, including traveling with the mare to a breeding farm, moving to a new farm after purchase, or traveling to a hospital due to illness or injury of the foal or mare.... Read More

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Stereotypic Behaviors

April 01, 1997

Chomp! Incisors lock onto the edge of the board, and the horse arches his neck as he inhales. You've caught a cribber in the act. This horse is practicing what is known as a stereotypic behavior. Behaviors such as cribbing, weaving, and... Read More

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How Do You Own Your Business?

April 01, 1997

A question often put to attorneys is: "Should I incorporate my (fill in the blank) business?" The answer depends on several factors, and involves weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of ownership that can be chosen for ... Read More

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Vision Testing In Horses

April 01, 1997

Currently, vision testing in horses is not an exact science. The main goal of the ophthalmic examination is to identify abnormalities of the eye and speculate on how they could affect the vision based on known structure and function of the eye.... Read More

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Focus: Physitis

April 01, 1997

Developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) remains one of the top concerns of breeders worldwide. Not one condition, but rather a series of related syndromes, DOD encompasses anything that contributes to poor skeletal development in foals: angular... Read More

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Proximal Sesamoid Bones

April 01, 1997

This information will help you as a breeder, owner, or trainer understand better the area of the sesamoids, how they can be injured, and how they can be treated.... Read More

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Arthritis: When Bones Collide

March 01, 1997

Osteoarthritis probably accounts for the end of more equine performance careers than any other single cause. And until recently, it was considered an irreversible process. ... Read More

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Drugs And Pain

March 01, 1997

When you feel stiff and sore, you can grit your teeth and work through the pain; or, you can depend on medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, or even a stronger analgesic. Like you, the horse suffers from joint inflammation and painful movement.... Read More

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Endophyte-Infested Fescue: Hidden Dangers

March 01, 1997

Horse breeders noticed that they were having foaling problems with some mares which were grazing fescue grass or being fed fescue hay. Cattle producers reported that steers on fescue pastures or being fed fescue hay appeared to be unthrifty and that ... Read More

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PMU Ranching: Use or Abuse?

March 01, 1997

Horse industry representatives have been worried over the years not because of the existence of PMU ranches or treatment of mares, but mainly because the number of foals produced has such an impact on the general horse economy.... Read More

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A View From Within

March 01, 1997

Trans-tracheal "wash," or aspiration, is a valuable diagnostic procedure that is often performed in order to better guide the treatment of difficult or chronic lung disorders. It can be used to aid in the diagnosis of pneumonia, and potentially... Read More

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PMU Ranches and Stewardship

March 01, 1997

For those of you who would like me to condemn the practice of pregnant mare urine ranches, you're going to be disappointed. For those of you who want me to say it's a swell life for a horse, well, that isn't going to happen, either.... Read More

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Flexural Deformities

March 01, 1997

It is a sad sight when it happens. The newly born foal struggles to its feet and stands there wobbling on forelimbs and/or hindlimbs that can't seem to bear the weight. There might be a knuckling over at the pastern with the foal literally... Read More

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Your Aging Horse is Only as Old as He Feels

February 01, 1997

So, rather than gauging a horse's age by years, Ralston recommends horse owners base an animal's retirement and/or health care management on the horse's physical fitness.... Read More

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Using Equine Activity Losses To Achieve Overall Tax Savings

February 01, 1997

Most performance horse owners begin their horse ownership and performance horse activities for purposes other than pecuniary (monetary) gain. Nevertheless, many hope eventually to turn a profit as their horse progresses in skill or as their... Read More

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Cushing's Disease Diagnosis

February 01, 1997

To many horse owners, it's just "old horse disease," and it's an affliction with a number of names--pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), hyperadrenocorticism, ECD (equine Cushing's disease), and, most commonly, Cushing's syndrome. It ca... Read More

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Pelvic Fractures

January 01, 1997

Q: My horse was sound when he was turned out one night, and the next morning he was lame in the hind end. It took quite a few diagnostics by my veterinarian before it was determined that he had suffered a slight pelvic fracture. How common is this...... Read More