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Feed Label Laws

August 03, 2005

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed... Read More

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West Nile Virus Human Vaccine on the Way

August 03, 2005

Horses had a West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine within roughly two years of the first discovery of the virus in the Western Hemisphere. It has taken a little longer to get a WNV human vaccine through the pipeline and to the American public. A... Read More

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Joint Supplements as Preventative Medicine

August 03, 2005

In the past several years there has been an explosion of supplements marketed as protecting and maintaining joint health. Early in the development of these products, information regarding their labeled usage was limited. However, increasing... Read More

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Lipizzaner Stallions of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna to Tour United States

August 02, 2005

For the first time in more than 15 years, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and its troupe of 30 Lipizzaner stallions are coming to tour America. The November and December tour dates coincide with the 60th anniversary of U.S. General... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Committee Addresses Concerns Over Surgery Disclosure

August 02, 2005

The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to... Read More

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Saratoga County Euthanatized

August 02, 2005

Evelyn Pollard's Saratoga County, winner of the Dubai Golden Shaheen (a Grade 1 race--G1) in the United Arab Emirates in late March, was euthanatized on July 29 after developing laminitis. The Thoroughbred was being treated for colitis... Read More

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NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

August 02, 2005

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's... Read More

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Worrisome Warts

August 01, 2005

Q: I have a yearling that has warts in her ear. They have grown so much that the mass almost fills her whole ear. She will not let us touch it, which is a problem for her halter training. Will the warts eventually go away, or shoul... Read More

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Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses ... Read More

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Eating Poop

August 01, 2005

Our first foal is 10 days old and has already been spotted eating manure. We have accepted the fact that eating manure is normal foal behavior and are trying to ignore it. A quick question: When should he get over this behavior? via e-mail... Read More

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Barn Aversion

August 01, 2005

 Our elderly Connemara gelding was unfortunately exposed in his stable to multiple bee stings on more than one occasion over a period of two weeks before the problem was figured out and fixed. He used to be very calm and content in the stable,... Read More

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Anthrax: Clarifying the Cloudy

August 01, 2005

For most Americans, anthrax was a little-known entity until four years ago, when the disease gained worldwide attention with the bioterrorism infection of 22 U.S. postal workers. Some people thought at the time that anthrax was caused by a newly... Read More

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Choosing Feeders: Rack 'Em Up

August 01, 2005

There are so many types of hay racks, mangers, and feed bins available, how do you know the best one to choose? What factors should you consider? Read on for tips on picking the right feeder for your horse's needs.... Read More

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High-Octane Diets

August 01, 2005

It probably comes as no surprise that a horse taking on the rigors of a 100-mile endurance race or a three-day event might need a different diet from one that ambles the trails around home or carries a child through the occasional weekend show. The... Read More

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What's New in Equine Vaccines?

August 01, 2005

For most of us, equine vaccines seem pretty simple and boring--halter and restrain horse, pop in a needle and release contents, then a short time later the horse will be protected against that disease. But it's a lot more complicated than that,... Read More

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Alternative Horse Bedding

August 01, 2005

Research has shown that Kenaf, a fairly new plant to North America that is a relative of cotton and okra, could be a viable product for horse bedding. Michael Yoder, MS, extension associate in the department of animal science at North Carolina... Read More

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Giacomo Out for the Year

August 01, 2005

Giacomo, upset winner of the Kentucky Derby, will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a bone chip in his left front fetlock that he suffered in the Belmont Stakes. Trainer John Shirreffs said the prognosis is excellent, and he is... Read More

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Horses Still Learn While Tranquilized

August 01, 2005

You can teach a tranquilized horse, concluded Samantha Griffith, a graduate student in the Department of Animal Science at Auburn University, in a study she presented at the Equine Science Society Symposium May 31-June 3 in Tucson, Ariz.

Sh... Read More

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USDA Horse Slaughter Inspectors Face Elimination

August 01, 2005

The House of Representatives passed the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) on June 8. Included in the bill was amendment 236, which will end funding for horse slaughter plant inspectors during the 2006 federal fiscal year.

The... Read More

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U.S. Equine Economic Impact Study Released

August 01, 2005

The horse industry in the United States contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact and generates about $102 billion in total spending, according to a detailed economic impact study released June 28.

"The Economic Impact of the Horse... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

August 01, 2005

After nearly three months of state-mandated quarantine for neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., was declared free of the disease on June 11.

"The farm managers, private veterinarians,... Read More

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California: Three 2005 Equine WNV Cases

August 01, 2005

As of July 5, three cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been detected in California horses. All three cases are recovering.

The first case was reported on June 1 in Plumas County. The second and third cases were from Sonoma and Kern Countie... Read More

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C. Immitis Antibody Prevalence

August 01, 2005

Horses can get the potentially severe and fatal disease coccidioidomycosis from the fungus Coccidioides immitis, which grows in portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. However, researchers have discovered that just... Read More

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Breaking News: Anthrax in Texas

August 01, 2005

Two ranches in Sutton County, Texas, had laboratory-confirmed cases of anthrax in horses, deer, and cattle on July 6. Tests on more cases are pending. More information: Read More

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MRSA Surveillance in Horses at a Hospital

August 01, 2005

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) upon arrival to a vet hospital is useful for detecting cases of the "superbug" early so affected horses can be isolated, said Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, an... Read More