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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... Read More

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Folliculitis in Horses: What to Do?

January 31, 2011

I own a 28-year-old thin mare that is pastured with approximately 20 other horses. I have been treating for ... Read More

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Mistletoe: A Treatment for Sarcoids?

January 19, 2011

Mistletoe might be a timeless excuse for stealing a kiss at Christmas, but Swiss researchers have found a more practical and innovative use for the plant: treating equine sarcoids, the most common skin tumors in horses. The research team, led by ... Read More

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Genital Cancer in Horses Linked to Newly Discovered Virus

January 12, 2011

A newly discovered virus might be a cause of equine genital cancer, an aggressive type of skin cancer that affects male and female horses of all breeds, according to Tim Scase, BSc, BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVP, director of Bridge ... Read More

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A Sticky Situation: Getting Tar Off Your Horse

August 01, 2010

I painted some boards with tar rather than black paint. Of course my bay and white Pinto mare got some in her ... Read More

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Sunburn and Photosensitivity

August 01, 2010

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It serves to protect internal structures from a variety of environmental stimuli. In the summer months this is an especially vital organ for fending off a barrage of flies and the relenting summer sun.... Read More

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Sunburn and Photosensitivity in Horses

August 01, 2010

Like humans, horses are susceptible to sunburn, especially on the non-pigmented pink-skinned areas of the body. The skin condition photosensitization (a sensitivity to sun exposure) is different from sunburn in that it often affects both pigmented... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining of a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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Be Aware of Systemic Effects of Topical Steroids

July 21, 2010

When a horse has a skin problem, most people reach for the steroid creams. However, because the creams are topical, many people don't realize they can have systemic effects on a horse. A recent study showed that a course of topical dexamethasone... Read More

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Full-Thickness Skin Grafts Have Superior Cosmetic Outcome

July 13, 2010

In horses requiring skin grafts to enhance wound healing, split-thickness grafts are typically used, according to Ferenc Toth, DVM, PhD, of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; however, full-thickness grafts provide a better cosmetic appea... Read More

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Three Forms of Pigeon Fever in Horses

July 01, 2010

Infection caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (commonly known as pigeon fever or dryland distemper) assumes three forms: external abscesses, internal infection, and ulcerative lymphangitis (limb infection).... Read More

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Sarcoid Development May Have Genetic Basis

June 06, 2010

The development of sarcoids--the most frequent of equine skin tumors--appears to have a genetic basis, and Swiss researchers are now honing in on the exact genes responsible for the disease.

A new major study involving 222 horses yie... Read More

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Study: White Markings Sell Well, Don't Impact Health

May 21, 2010

Breeding colorful horses, especially with various white markings, seems to breed good business without raising significant health concerns, according to Swiss researchers.

Representing the primary breed of the Swiss national stud, 97... Read More

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Flies Show Horse Color Preferences

March 09, 2010

In the world of blood-sucking tabanid flies, a white horse is not nearly as attractive as a brown or black horse, noted a group of researchers from Hungary, Spain, and Sweden.

This interesting tabanid tidbit is likely to be welcomed ... Read More

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The 'Skinny' on Skin Conditions

February 01, 2010

Diagnosing skin diseases is probably one of the greatest challenges to horse handlers and veterinarians alike. Thankfully, veterinary researchers are continually learning more about equine skin diseases and treatment.... Read More

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Send Horse Reproduction, Lameness, Skin Questions to AAEP

January 21, 2010

Veterinarians will provide horse owners with timely, accurate information on reproduction, lameness, and equine skin conditions through the American Association of Equine Practitioners' online "Ask the Vet" discussion tool. Horse ... Read More

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Sarcoids and Other Skin Tumors Discussed by Vets

December 26, 2009

A variety of sarcoid and skin tumor treatments and management topics were discussed by veterinarians during a Table Topic at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. All veterinarians in the room had treated skin... Read More

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Genetic Testing for Coat Color in Horses Reviewed

November 28, 2009

One theory explaining this "horse of a different color" phenomenon is that, historically, only a few coat colors might have been appropriate for survival in the wild. For example, horses of a certain color could have been better camouflaged, consider... Read More

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Study: Topical Allergy Cream Can Produce Systemic Effects in Horses

November 10, 2009

Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects, said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also... Read More

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Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. What do you recommend to help heal it?... Read More

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Tail Rubbing in Horses

November 01, 2009

Owners go to great lengths to keep their horses' tails pristine. So, when a horse rubs his tail into a frayed or hairless mess, there is motivation to get to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible.... Read More

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Genetic Diseases in Horses Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 31, 2009

While genetic diseases exist in a number of horse breeds, many researchers have focused expressly on issues occurring in the Quarter Horse breed. Thanks to their efforts, genetic tests for several disorders specific to this breed are now... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More

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'Soapy' Protein in Horse Sweat Evolved to Dissipate Heat

June 11, 2009

Latherin, a soaplike protein in horse sweat and saliva, helps spread sweat over the coat, maximizing evaporation of water for heat loss, and causing the foam that we see when horses sweat profusely. Latherin is also found in saliva, which might... Read More

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A Rash of Questions

May 01, 2009

Q: We have a Paint mare that is mostly white. In the spring and summer she has a rash-type skin problem around her nose and moving to her shoulders. It starts out looking like what we were told was dew poisoning, but it has spread... Read More