Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

Articles by Erica Larson

Sedatives' Impact on Equine Lameness Exam Results

Xylazine, detomidine, and romifidine appear to have few effects on lameness exam results when used without butorphanol. Read More

Studs: Boosting Horses' Traction in Sporting Events

Take a look at how adding studs to horseshoes can help horses navigate less-than-ideal footing. Read More

What it Takes To Ship Competition Horses Overseas

Take an inside look at the rules and regulations regarding importing horses to the United States solely for competition. Read More

Weanling Stifle Abnormalities Can Improve by Yearling Year

Researchers found that many radiographic abnormalities resolve by the time weanlings return to the auction as yearlings. Read More

How MRI Helps Manage Hock, Suspensory Ligament Injuries

Vets can use MRI to help diagnose injuries, select treatments, monitor healing progress, and determine prognosis. Read More

Do Radiographs Change as Weanlings Grow to Yearlings?

Many of the abnormalities researchers evaluated in weanling X rays improve by the time the horse was a yearling. Read More

Risk Factors for Biaxial Proximal Sesamoid Fractures

Preliminary results suggest risk factors include fewer high-speed workouts and a drop in racing class, among others. Read More

Marion County, Oregon, Horse Tests Positive for EHV

The horse showed acute neurologic signs and was euthanized after his condition deteriorated. Read More

Arena Surface Impacts Fetlock Kinematics in Extended Trot

Researchers confirmed that footing properties could impact dressage horses' risk for suspensory ligament injury. Read More

Elevated SAA Can Help Diagnose Septic Arthritis in Horses

Findings suggest blood serum SAA levels could be an earlier indicator of joint infection than synovial fluid SAA levels. Read More

Oklahoma Reports First EIA Case for 2017

The affected horse, an 8-year-old Quarter Horse gelding used in rodeo and roping events, was euthanized. Read More

Acetaminophen Could Relieve Laminitis Pain

In one trial, oral acetaminophen was comparable to flunixin meglumine at relieving hoof pain. Read More

What's Inside the Equine Digital Cushion?

The digital cushion, located in the rear of the hoof, protects the foot's complex bone and soft-tissue structures. Read More

Minding the Great Tooth Transition in Horses

The transition from baby to permanent teeth can go smoothly, but it can also hit some roadblocks along the way. Read More

Tips for Returning Horses to Work After Soft-Tissue Injury

Tailored rehab plans and frequent veterinary checks are just two pieces of the rehabilitation puzzle. Read More

San Diego County, California, Horse Positive for EHV

The positive horse was stabled at the HITS Thermal show from Jan. 21 to Feb. 5. The animal is currently quarantined. Read More

How to Tell if Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse

A properly fitting saddle is key to keeping any ridden horse healthy and performing at its best. Read More

Ingham County, Michigan, Horse Tests Positive for EHV

The horse had only mild clinical signs and is recovering. Read More

Kentucky EHV: Keeneland, Turfway Released From Quarantine

These quarantine releases mean there are no racing or training facilities in Kentucky under quarantine for EHV-1. Read More

Screen for Stifle Osteochondrosis With Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography allowed researchers to detect subclinical lesions in young foals and implement treatment promptly. Read More

Top Surgery Studies of 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi recaps studies on fracture recovery, joint injections, sarcoid treatments, and more. Read More

Using MRI to Evaluate Fetlock Pain

Vets use MRI to identify issues and prescribe targeted treatment to give the horse the best chance at returning to work. Read More

Kentucky EHV: Quarantine at Oldham County Facility Released

Unrelated EHV quarantines remain in place at Keeneland Race Course's Rice Road Training Center and Turfway Park. Read More

EIA Confirmed in Quebec Horse

A horse in the Lanaudiere region tested positive in January. This is Quebec's first positive EIA test since 2011. Read More

Methods for Rehabbing Horse Joints

There's not one particular approach for rehabilitating injured joints. Here are a few of the options vets have to use. Read More