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Explanation: Ergotism or Ergot Poisoning

May 16, 2001

At the industry-wide meeting on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Steve Jackson, an equine nutrition consultant and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, an extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky's College of... Read More

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Kentucky Veterinarian Seeing Increase in Laminitis Cases

May 16, 2001

Dr. Rhonda Rathgeber, a veterinarian with Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., specializes in performance horse problems. She said in the past 10 days, she has seen "a lot of riding horses lame with an associated colitis... Read More

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Kentucky Legislators Ask USDA for Assistance With Horse Industry 'Disaster'

May 16, 2001

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and two members of the House of Representatives from the Bluegrass State -- Ernie Fletcher of the 6th Congressional district and Ed Whitfield from the 1st district -- have written a letter to Secretary of Agricultur... Read More

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Dr. Byars--Pericarditis Becoming More of a Problem

May 16, 2001

While the numbers are nowhere near those associated with early fetal loss and late gestation pregnancy loss, there is a pattern appearing with horses developing pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart), said Dr. Doug Byars, a specialist... Read More

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May 12 Update: Foal Loss Appears to Be Slowing

May 16, 2001

As the breeding season winds to a close, you expect to see fewer foals being born. Therefore, there are fewer chances for the current syndrome to affect late-gestation mares. It also seems, however, that the loss of late-term gestations--and... Read More

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Evidence Presented at Keeneland Suggests All Horses May Be at Risk

May 16, 2001

The foal loss syndromes facing Kentucky's pregnant mares might be just the start of a host of problems that could affect horses of all ages, breeds, sexes, and uses in Kentucky and other states. Whether you have a gelding that is on turn-out, a... Read More

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Kentucky Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update, 5/15

May 15, 2001

As of noon May 15, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 26 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (18 late-term and eight early-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001, is... Read More

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Syndrome Problems Continue in Ohio; Spread to West Virginia

May 15, 2001

It might not be possible to gauge the extent of the fetal loss syndrome problem in Ohio since pleasure horse owners might not pay for the cost of testing on dead fetuses and foals presented to the diagnostic lab. However, anecdotal reports support... Read More

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Additional Information on Zearalenone

May 15, 2001

In the industry-wide meeting at Keeneland on Thursday, May 10, zearalenone, a kind of mycotoxin, was put forth as a possible cause of the recent rash of late-term stillbirths, critical foals, and early fetal loss. But while experts seem to be in... Read More

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Kentucky's Fields Of Dreams Now Nightmares

May 11, 2001

The old-timers say Kentucky is horse country because of its soil. What's now growing on that soil could be the cause of a rash of late-term losses in foals, early embryonic death, pericarditis (fluid surrounding the heart), reduced growth rates... Read More

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Championship Standardbred Racer Cam Fella Dies

May 11, 2001

Champion Standardbred, Cam Fella, died May 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park where he had been retired after a successful career at stud at Stonegate farm in New Jersey. At the age of 22, the gelding was humanely put down due to renal failure... Read More

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Llyod's Of London Continues Support of Equine Disease Publication

May 11, 2001

Ten years ago, Lloyd’s of London Underwriters, Brokers, and their Kentucky Agents joined together to help underwrite the cost of a new disease publication that was being developed by the University of Kentucky’s Department of Veterinary Science.... Read More

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Phillip Dutton Teams Up With Cosequin

May 11, 2001

Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton and Cosequin have teamed up to create a mutually beneficial partnership program. Dutton, who won the Team Gold Medal for Three-Day Eventing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, ha... Read More

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Stallion Kills 4-year-old Boy

May 11, 2001

According to an Associated Press report, a 4-year-old boy in Colcord, Okla. was killed May 2 by a stallion that jumped a fence and attacked him as he played in his front yard.

The horse, which was owned by the boy's family, and had graze... Read More

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Glossary Of Terms For Mare Reproductive Loss Syndromes

May 11, 2001

Following is a glossary of terms related to the mare reproductive loss syndromes in horses. This will be a living document--we will add to it as requested or as necessary. If you have any terms you would like to see listed on this document,... Read More

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Florida Only State Requiring Special Permit for Kentucky Shippers

May 06, 2001

Concerns about reports of late term abortions and early fetal loss in Kentucky mares has caused only Florida to enact special restrictions on horses shipping in from the Blue Grass.

Kentucky state veterinarian Dr. Don Notter said he has... Read More

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Florida Officials Tracking Requests for Horse Shipments; Van Companies Busy

May 06, 2001

Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry, reported early Thursday afternoon that in 2 1/2 days they have received applications for 71 permits for horse shipments from Kentucky to... Read More

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Florida Veterinary Students Gain Valuable Experience

May 05, 2001

Lisa Hinder, president of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP), and approximately 20 other University of Florida veterinary students who belong to SCAAEP have had a regimen of activities that would mak... Read More

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

May 01, 2001

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More

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Elective Cesarean Sections: Who Needs Them?

May 01, 2001

Many horse breeders and owners are familiar with the circumstances that necessitate an emergency cesarean section. Those circumstances involve the mare and/or unborn foal being in imminent danger due to birthing difficulties (also known as... Read More

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The Educated Equestrian

May 01, 2001

How can you become a better, more informed rider, owner, breeder, manager, groom, conformation judge, health spotter, tack fitter, and just all-around horse person? By allowing yourself the time to learn. Many horse owners take... Read More

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Parasite in Horses: A Primer

May 01, 2001

Even at low concentrations, internal parasites have a less than ideal impact on your horse's health and well-being. Parasites steal nutrients from their host and can leave him undernourished and anemic. They can produce open sores and intense itching... Read More

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The Foundation of Health

May 01, 2001

Secretariat, one of the most admired horses in recent years, was humanely destroyed in 1989 because of intractable laminitis. This devastating inflammation between the bone and hoof has been the finish of many horses, ever since the horse was... Read More

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Foot and Mouth Disrupts Activities

May 01, 2001

The current outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Europe has severely disrupted movement of horses among countries in Europe, and exports to the United States and other overseas countries. The highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed... Read More

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June Declared Disaster Preparedness Month

May 01, 2001

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has declared June National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals. HSUS is launching programs to educate America on the need and the details for disaster preparedness for horses. These developments... Read More