Feed, Soil & Water Contamination

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Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More

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Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

November 19, 2009

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Herbecidas en el Heno Retienen el Poder en el Estiércol

September 16, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an... Read More

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Contaminated Feed Seized in Kentucky

July 21, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising horse owners to discard feed purchased at a Florence, Ky., feed store because it could be contaminated. The agency issued the advisory on Monday when U.S. Marshals seized $24,00... Read More

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Horse, Livestock Feed Seized from Kentucky Mill

July 20, 2009

U.S. marshals have seized horse and livestock feed stored under "filthy" conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc. in Florence, Ky., according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bi-Count... Read More

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Hay Herbicides Not a Risk to Horses, Despite Manure-Fertilized Crop Loss

July 10, 2009

Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More

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Grazing Horses in Moderately Polluted Areas

June 27, 2009

Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... Read More

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Euthanasia Drug Found in Carcass Compost

June 05, 2009

Composting is one option for disposing of a horse carcass after euthanasia. Researchers at West Texas A&M recently conducted a study to determine if residues of sodium pentobarbital might remain in compost as a potential environmental hazard... Read More

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Equine Nutrition in Less-than-Ideal Conditions: Dealing with Disaster

May 26, 2009

As horse owners put together a disaster plan and cope with difficult situations, one of the first concerns should be minimizing changes in feed management.... Read More

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Ingested Wires Cause Colic, Adhesions

April 04, 2009

When ingested, small wires can wreak havoc in the equine digestive system. They might even cause different segments of the tract to fuse together, leading to painful and usually fatal consequences, according to South African and American... Read More

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Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

March 06, 2009

Aluminum phosphide is an indoor fumigant used to kill insects in most, if not all, of the stored grains we and our horses are exposed to. Like most pesticides, it can cause major problems in unintended species when used incorrectly.... Read More

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Fifth North Carolina Horse Dies of Unknown Toxin

January 05, 2009

A mystery toxin killed a fifth horse in western North Carolina in November. Veterinarians now suspect this case might be due to the same substance that caused the death of four other horses earlier that month.

The fifth horse was... Read More

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Supplement Safety

December 01, 2008

Standards help to ensure, manage, and effectively monitor risk of use for products and ingredients for horses.... Read More

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Beyond the Feed Tag: Horse Feed Ingredients, Quality and Safety Issues

November 16, 2008

The tag on every animal feed product is labeled with information required by the FDA, with ingredients listed in descending order of predominance--from most to least inclusion. "However, this is not always enforced and there is no guarantee that list... Read More

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100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

October 10, 2008

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis... Read More

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Additional Information on Feed Recall Released

May 09, 2008

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse feed products manufactured at three East Coast facilities. The products might contain an ingredient with an unacceptably high level of aflatoxin. For more on this see Read More

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Purina Recalling Horse Feed in Eastern States

May 05, 2008

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has implemented a voluntary recall of some horse feed due to a possible excess of aflatoxin. According to a statement released by the company, no confirmed animal health complaints attributable to aflatoxins have bee... Read More

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Horse Feed Recall Affects East Coast

May 05, 2008

Horse feed dealers are the key to identifying if there's a potential problem with recently purchased Purina feed, according to Land O'Lakes spokesperson Lydia Botham.

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC recently announced a recall of certain horse... Read More

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FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

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Readers Respond: Mold? Geh!

October 31, 2007

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Unacceptably High Fungal Levels Identified in Horse Feeds

September 08, 2007

High levels of fungal species and mycotoxins (the toxins produced by some fungi) have been identified in equine feeds. This contamination can result in nutrient losses from the food, and it can negatively impact the health and productivity of... Read More

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Blister Beetles in Hay: Shop Smart to Reduce the Risk

April 12, 2007

Alfalfa hay is an excellent, high quality forage for horses, but it has the potential to attract blister beetles--toxic insects that can kill horses if ingested.

Blister beetles cause inflammation and blistering of the skin within hours... Read More

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Damage From Within

September 01, 2006

Mycotoxins can form in plants within hours and they can reach maximum concentration within one to two weeks. ... Read More

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Accidental Poisoning Kills 27 Horses at Texas Boarding Barn

September 01, 2006

Twenty-seven horses died the week of July 16 from apparent accidental poisoning at a boarding farm in College Station, Texas.

Researchers at nearby Texas A&M University (TAMU) suspect a pesticide fumigant used in a feed silo nearby was... Read More

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Australian Toxic Feed Case Decided

July 06, 2006

An Australian court awarded $71,000 in damages after a Sydney area family’s Thoroughbred mare died and three other show horses were permanently retired due to heart conditions resulting from contaminated feed, the Sydney Morning... Read More