Recent News for Horse Care

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Hippotherapy Evaluation Aided by Technology, Report Says

June 25, 2009

The ability to measure changes in pressure values at the points of contact between a rider and a horse is anticipated to be an important tool in advancing the quality of hippotherapy, say researchers from Eastern Europe.... Read More

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Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

June 25, 2009

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the... Read More

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Horse Reported Stolen from Ohio Fairgrounds

June 24, 2009

A sorrel Quarter Horse gelding named Doc Rancher (barn name Lucky), has been reported as stolen June 20 between 2:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. from his stall at the Champagne County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio.

Owned since February 2008 by Amanda... Read More

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Medication Threshold Review, AAEP 2008

June 23, 2009

At the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, Keith Soring, DVM, presented material regarding withdrawal times and therapeutic thresholds of medications in horses. A threshold is a defined concentration of a "regulatory analyte... Read More

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NYRA Schedules Second Hearing Over Detention Barn Breach

June 23, 2009

The New York Racing Association has scheduled another hearing June 24 to investigate trainer Jeff Mullins' actions in the Aqueduct detention barn April 4.

An enhanced version of NYRA's Barn Area Violations Panel already held one hearing in... Read More

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Necropsy Shows Racehorse Died of Colitis Complications

June 22, 2009

The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes, showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

The Merck Veterinary Manual... Read More

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Widespread Drug Contamination Found at Racetracks

June 22, 2009

Since racetrack environments contain residues of multiple drugs that can be detected by standard testing procedures, environmental drug contamination as an explanation for positive drug tests in racehorses needs to be considered like it currentl... Read More

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Equitation Science Meeting to Focus on Horse Sport and Welfare

June 22, 2009

International authorities in horse behavior, training, and welfare will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the fifth Equitation Science Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and Centennial... Read More

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Study: Tablet Form of Dewormer as Effective as Gel

June 22, 2009

A new tablet dewormer was deemed as safe and effective against large strongyle infections in horses as the gel formulation of the same drug, according to a controlled study recently published in Parasitology Research.

"Large... Read More

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Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

June 22, 2009

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all... Read More

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Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008

June 21, 2009

Vaccinating 5-month-old foals with a single dose of West Nile virus chimeric vaccine in the presence of maternal antibodies to West Nile virus does induce a cell-mediated response (in the foal). ... Read More

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Articular Cartilage Maturation in Foals

June 20, 2009

During a three-year study on articular (joint) cartilage maturation, researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center used new genetic techniques to investigate how joint cartilage changes between newborn foals and young adult horses.

It is... Read More

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Poll: Majority of TheHorse.com Readers Vaccinate Against WNV

June 19, 2009

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you vaccinate for West Nile virus annually?"

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AAEP Member Honored for Therapeutic Riding Horse Care

June 19, 2009

For the past 10 years, Richard Markell, DVM, has traveled every Wednesday afternoon to the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County, Calif., about 75 miles from his own practice in Encinitas, Calif.

An AAEP member who has cared... Read More

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Rachel Alexandra to Race for a Cure

June 19, 2009

Rachel Alexandra, who last month became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness, will "race for a cure" for the remainder of her 2009 campaign. A $20,000 donation to a breast cancer nonprofit, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, from th... Read More

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NTRA Safety Alliance Gives Delaware Park Accreditation

June 18, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.... Read More

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U.K. to Investigate Environmental Impact of Equine Carcass Disposal

June 18, 2009

As with all large animals, disposal of horse carcasses in an environmentally safe manner requires planning and resources.

In June 2008 the USDA held a national forum to discuss the issue of the unwanted horse (Read More

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PSSM Genetic Mutation Reported in Some UK Horse Breeds

June 18, 2009

Collaborative efforts between researchers on both sides of the Atlantic have identified that a genetic mutation in enzyme glycogen synthase 1 (GYS1) is an important cause of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM, a form of... Read More

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AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

June 17, 2009

Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses.

The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole... Read More

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AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

June 17, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the prepurchase... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

June 17, 2009

Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

With a special session currently... Read More

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House Funding Bill Excludes Animal Identification System

June 16, 2009

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will receive no new funding under a 2010 spending bill proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture, Rural Development, and FDA appropriations subcommittee. Chairwoman Rosa L. DeLauro... Read More

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Derby Contender Friesan Fire Recuperating from Surgery

June 16, 2009

Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby, is recuperating nicely from surgeries to repair a hairline fracture and remove a bone chip, his co-owner said.

The 3-year-old colt is owned by Tom Simon's Vinery Stables in... Read More

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

June 16, 2009

The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More

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Ontario Veterinary College Opens Isolation Unit

June 16, 2009

A new large animal isolation unit that sets the standard for patient housing and infection control opened May 25 at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Animals showing signs of infectious disease will... Read More