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Buckets of Muck

May 01, 2005

When food is ingested at one end of the horse, waste material will exit at the other end. That process will continue as long as the horse lives and will cause varying problems to the horse owner, depending on where he or she lives.

As urban... Read More

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Hoof Radiographs

May 01, 2005

Your horse is limping and a detailed visual exam by your veterinarian reveals a small black spot, suggesting a puncture wound. Your veterinarian radiographs the hoof: The X rays confirm the diagnosis, clearly showing the direction and depth of... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

May 01, 2005

Lyme disease is a problem more commonly thought to occur in our canine and human friends than horses. However, occur it does, and it can have a wide range of signs and symptoms. This disease is a perplexing and confusing one to diagnose and trea... Read More

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Probiotics: Worth the Price?

May 01, 2005

Research proving probiotics' worth is missing, even though they have backing from anecdotal evidence. ... Read More

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Managing Wet Feet

May 01, 2005

Hoof care is one of the most important aspects of quality horse management. Hoof trimming, good nutrition, and... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Heaves

May 01, 2005

What owners can do when faced with recurrent airway obstruction in their horses. ... Read More

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To Shoe or Not to Shoe?

May 01, 2005

They are questions most horse owners have pondered at one time or another. Does my horse really need shoes? Do they help or hinder him?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Consideration must be given to several factors, including a horse'... Read More

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Controlling Influenza

May 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection. While it affects many horses, it has a low mortality rate; horses generally recover.... Read More

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Online Horse Health Care

May 01, 2005

The Internet has permeated nearly every aspect of our lives; we use it for music, movie tickets, tools, clothing, research, a social life, sport picks, and who knows what else. Information is so easy to find, but there is, as always, a... Read More

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Fitting the Saddle to the Withers

May 01, 2005

Were we to select the perfect withers for our mounts with the idea of arranging the best possible fit for the saddle, we would probably settle on well-placed, prominent withers that blended nicely into the slope of the shoulder and the back.... Read More

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EPM: Not So Common?

May 01, 2005

"Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a common cause of neurological disease of horses in North and South America, and results from a protozoal infection with Sarcocystis neurona or Neospora hughesi (less commonly)," said... Read More

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Wild Horse Dispersal Under New Legislation

May 01, 2005

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun selling the wild horses and burros under its care due to the new stipulations of the amended 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act.

The first group to benefit from the new legislation was Wild Horses... Read More

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Strangles Strikes

May 01, 2005

Several strangles outbreaks across the country have complicated the spring showing, training, and racing plans for some horse owners. Several racetracks in Florida, Kentucky, and New York have established restrictions on animals from affected... Read More

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Neurologic EHV-1 in New York

May 01, 2005

Three horses have died or were euthanatized following infection with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at a boarding facility in Tioga County, N.Y. The first case was detected in early March, said officials at the New York State Department of... Read More

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Maryland Horses Succumb to Neurologic EHV-1

May 01, 2005

Three horses were euthanatized due to severe neurologic signs caused by equine herpesvirus type-1 at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., the week of March 21, according to the animals' attending vet. Two more horses at the facility... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

May 01, 2005

On March 7, Farnam and Purina announced they were partners in the manufacturing and promotion of a new line of feeds and supplements. The line was created to avoid over-supplementation while delivering state-of-the-art nutrition to horses of all... Read More

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"Seabiscuit" Star Euthanatized

May 01, 2005

Thoroughbred "I Two Step Too," known for his role in "Seabiscuit," was euthanatized on March 7 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington after battling a rare type of tumor called a neuroblastoma in his nasal cavity. I Two Step Too was cast as... Read More

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Update Influenza Vaccines

May 01, 2005

Veterinarians and horse owners, as caretakers of the health and wellbeing of our animals, tend to be vigilant about ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines. But do we ever step back to examine if these vaccines, which include multiple antigens... Read More

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Vet Student/Farrier Courses

May 01, 2005

The importance of podiatry in equine practice and to the overall well-being (especially soundness) of the horse is well known. Treatment and prevention of lameness involving the distal limb centers around a thorough knowledge of hoof care. Due to... Read More

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Athletic Taping of the Lower Limb

May 01, 2005

Athletic taping is commonly used in human sports medicine to begin a physical therapy program; it stabilizes injured soft tissues and helps prevent further injury. Years of experience in the use of athletic taping as well as scientific research... Read More

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Dental Floating Value

May 01, 2005

Maintaining dental health is believed to be critical to optimum feed intake, digestive tract health, and body condition. In Western Canada, there are about 70,000 PMU mares that usually don't get routine dental care. Researchers from the Western... Read More