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MRLS: We Need To Know More

January 06, 2004

“In the final analysis, we do not understand this disease,” said Bruce Webb, PhD, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky who has been a leading researcher into the problem of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).

Webb and... Read More

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Founder Care and Ethical Considerations

January 05, 2004

While you probably wouldn't think of treating a foundered horse as a situation in which tough ethical decisions could crop up, the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held Nov. 10-11 featured a morning... Read More

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Equine ID Task Force Meeting at U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting

January 05, 2004

The American Horse Council will hold a meeting of the Equine ID Task Force during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 14-18.

The Task Force will be... Read More

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Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More

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FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More

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Excessive Girthiness

January 01, 2004

Q: I start young Thoroughbreds for racing, and occasionally I work with a horse that gets really "girthy." Some even get to the point of falling down, and others get a hump in their backs as if they are going to explode. Can you... Read More

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Jutted Jaw in a Foal

January 01, 2004

Q: Our foal was born with something that our veterinarian called a "jutted jaw." Can you provide any information on this condition and what, if anything, needs to be done about it?

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Fear of Cows

January 01, 2004

My horse is a 16.3-hand 7-year-old off-track Thoroughbred. His history is largely unknown. My problem is that in the five months I've had him at a boarding stable, he hasn't gotten over his fear of cows and their field, which is about 10 fee... Read More

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Equine Vacation: Monumental Escape

January 01, 2004

It can be as simple as that first outing in the fall, with leaves crunching underfoot and cool breezes blowing life into us and our horses. It can be as exciting as a once-in-a-lifetime trip to herd cattle in Wyoming, a vacation in Germany to learn... Read More

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The Role of Antioxidants

January 01, 2004

Oxidation is a process the body uses for normal energy production and immune function. This is part of the process that enables the body to transform nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. During oxidation (the "burning... Read More

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Optimizing Implant Therapy in Cycling Mares

January 01, 2004

Deslorelin acetate implants (Ovuplant from Fort Dodge Animal Health) have proven highly successful at inducing ovulation in mares. Implanted mares typically ovulate within 48 hours. Unfortunately, despite administration of prostaglandin during... Read More

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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

January 01, 2004

Congestive heart failure is a term describing a group of clinical signs that develop as a result of other cardiac diseases. As the name implies, equine congestive heart failure is generally an endpoint of disease, and it is considered rare in... Read More

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Tell-Tale Signs of West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

Unfortunately, clinical signs of West Nile virus (WNV) aren't unique, making it difficult for practitioners to suspect WNV above other neurologic diseases. For this reason, researchers from the University of Florida set out to closely scrutinize... Read More

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Coming of Age

January 01, 2004

We're all getting a little bit older, but as with fine wine and good horses, that often means things are getting better. The Horse magazine is celebrating its 21st year in 2004 since its inception as Modern Horse Breeding. And... Read More

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New EPM Treatment Approved

January 01, 2004

On Nov. 19 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Navigator for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This drug has been under development for more than six years.

IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine, received... Read More

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New Vaccine for WNV Awaits Approval

January 01, 2004

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine recombinant canarypox vaccine awaits USDA approval, and once available, could pave the way for a new generation of equine vaccines in the United States. Merial developed this Recombitek equine WNV technology,... Read More

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Rapid Testing for West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

By the 2003 West Nile virus (WNV) season, a majority of state laboratories had obtained (or were establishing) the capacity to run the IgM Capture ELISA, the most common quick test for the disease. The test measures a class of antibody produced... Read More

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Why Is Your Vet The Best?

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) wants horse owners to share why his or her veterinarian is the best by participating in the My Vet Matters Contest.

From Jan. 1-Oct. 31, submit an entry explaining why your vet is... Read More

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Beaten Arkansas Horses Recovering

January 01, 2004

Two Arkansas Quarter Horses, a 3-year-old filly named Puddin' and a 5-year-old mare called Fat Girl, were seriously injured when they were attacked Aug. 6 while owner Patrice Swan was away. The two were brutally beaten with unknown blunt objects... Read More

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Colorado Fires Cause Evacuation

January 01, 2004

Equine evacuation plans were put to the test in Colorado when the Overland Fire in canyons northwest of Boulder grew so quickly that within just a few hours, 3,500 acres were engulfed and indefensible. The fire started early on Oct. 29 near... Read More

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AQHA Supplemental Registry Proposed

January 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Stud Book and Registration Committee will discuss various matters relating to the breed and AQHA's registration process, namely eligibility of horses with white beyond certain prescribed limits on... Read More

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No Grass, No Horse

January 01, 2004

Research published in Nature shows that climate changes and the highly specialized digestive system of the wild horse Equus ferus might have contributed to its extinction in North America.... Read More

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AAEP Tail Docking Position Statement

January 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) board of directors recently approved a new position statement regarding tail docking. The statement written by the Equine Welfare Committee reads:

"Tail docking in horses should only b... Read More

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A Win at Any Cost?

January 01, 2004

The horse show scene often is one of pageantry, color, and excitement. There are handsome horses groomed until they shine, riders dressed in colorful or formal garments who ride with skill and aplomb, and judges who observe every movement and... Read More

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Hands On and Happy (Massage)

January 01, 2004

Throughout history, different forms of massage have been used in cultures to relieve pain and tension in soft tissues. We humans know that massage usually feels good and provides relaxation to us, so we assume that the same will be true for our... Read More